Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Monday morning. Enjoy!
1. Solomon Dalung, a former Minister of Sports who served in President Muhammadu Buhari’s first term from 2015 – 2019, has boasted that his reappointment as Minister is unstoppable by any human.
He was asked by Punch newspaper to clarify allegations that he had issues with stakeholders who were allegedly working against his reappointment, the former Sports Minister said; “No, there is nobody born of a woman that can stop my appointment if God wants it to be. I am not carried away by such sentiments.”
Dalung whose impact in the last 4 years is still yet unknown further noted that he was prepared to bring advancement to sports in Nigeria if appointed. Read More on Naija Buzz
2. Senate President Bukola Saraki has donated his severance allowance to the family of Leah Sharibu and families of 2 other victims (Hussaini Ahmed Khoisan and Hauwa Liman who were murdered by the sect) of the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.
He donated 20% of his severance package to Leah Sharibu’s family, 20 % each to the other victims who were gruesomely murdered.
Saraki further instructed that the remaining 40% be used by the National Assembly management to setup a trust fund for children of late senators who are in need of financial assistance for their education. More details on Naija Buzz
3. President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the resignation of former Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen.
Mr. Walter who was accused of false asset declaration by the Federal Government through the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) resigned following his conviction at the Danladi Umar led Code of Conduct Tribunal.
Naija Buzz reported that Onnoghen amidst the legal battle sent his resignation letter to President Muhammadu Buhari few months ago.
Mr. Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistance on Media and Publicity to the President, on Sunday revealed that Buhari in a letter to the Acting CJN accepted his (Onnoghen) voluntary resignation and has also initiated the process of appointing 5 new justices of the Supreme Court. Read More on Naija Buzz
4. Ahead of tomorrow’s election for the presiding officers of the 9th National Assembly, Senators Ahmed Lawan and Ali Ndume, has reportedly intensified efforts to get the votes of senators-elect in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The 2 main contenders are both members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Lawan who is the anointed candidate of the ruling APC met with former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, Senator Dino Melaye and other PDP senator-elect on Sunday morning.
Ndume also met with some PDP senators-elect yesterday too.
The PDP will however decide on whom to vote for today ahead of the election tomorrow. APC is on alert to ensure there is no repeat of what happened in 2015 when the opposition took over the legislature. Read our big story on the battle for who becomes the next Senate Presidency on Naija Buzz