Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Monday morning🙂. Enjoy!
1. The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, on Sunday arrived the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport from Saudi Arabia.
He was received by top emirate council members and crowds at the airport.
Many Kano residents greeted the emir while on his way to his palace.
The Emir was in Saudi Arabia during the decentralization of his emirate and the creation of 4 new emirates and Emirs by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State.
2. Alhaji Attahiru Ahmad, the Emir of Zamfara State, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari ought to have sacked the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, for accusing traditional rulers of aiding banditry.
“It is very unfortunate for the defence minister to accuse us of aiding banditry. If it were in another country, the minister would have been fired because it is a very serious allegation. He said it was not only the traditional rulers in Zamfara that were aiding the bandits but even those in other parts of the North. But we kept quiet because he is our own. Go to his local government area and see what is happening. So, as a defence minister, he should have relocated there,” the Emir stated (as seen on Punch).
The Emir who is also the Chairman of the Zamfara State Council of Chiefs further expressed disappointment over report circulating in the media few weeks ago that he retracted his statement accusing the Nigerian Air Force of bombing innocent villagers.
Naija Buzz had published a report where the Emir vehemently denied retracting his statement against the Nigerian Air Force. We also listed the names of the innocent victims who were killed by the air strikes in the village.
3. Naija Buzz has confirmed that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had last week seized some houses belonging to Dr. Bukola Saraki, the President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The houses are located at 15a and 15b MacDonald Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.
The anti-graft also marked house 17 on MacDonald Road which it suspects also belongs to Saraki.
The problem however is that the recently marked building was part of the properties the anti-graft commission presented as evidence against the senate president in a case which he (Saraki) was discharged and acquitted by the Supreme Court in 2017. Read More on Naija Buzz
4. Report has it that 49 out of 127 President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo’s aides are entitled to N2.48billion within four years.
The 127 presidential aides inclues; 4 top aides, 7 special advisers, 51 senior special assistants, 47 special assistants and 18 personal assistants.
Each special adviser is entitled to an annual basic salary of N1,942,875; motor vehicle fuel and maintenance of N1,457,156.25; special assistant (full value paid for by the government); personal assistant allowance of N485,718.75; domestic staff allowance of N1,457,156.25; entertainment allowance of N874,293.75; utilities allowance of N582,862.50 and newspapers/periodicals allowance of N291,493.75 (as seen on Punch).
The total salary for the 49 aides amounts to N347, 483,193.75 per annum. For tenure of four years, they collect N1.39bn.
But other allowances which includes accommodation, furniture, leave, tour, the aides gets a total of N620million yearly and N2.48billion in 4 years. Each of them will also receive a severance allowance of N5.8million at the end of the tenure on May 29.
5. Former Senate President David Mark on Sunday during a thanksgiving service held at the St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Otukpo, Benue State, said that he is retiring from active politics to become a peace ambassador for Benue State and Nigeria.
Senator Mark expressed gratitude to his people for the support given to him for the past 20 years.
He also begged his people to forgive him for the mistakes he made in the course of his 20 years in the Senate.