Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Friday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. Prof. Wole Soyinka on Thursday in Lagos at the launch of his latest interventions series (Interventions VIII, tiled ‘Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Gani’s Unfinished Business), said that the Governor of Benue State, Mr. Samuel Ortom, should not be crucified for leaving the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). “I am not campaigning for any party. That is my position on those that leave their party to another. They do it for all kind of reasons. And I do not believe that Ortom, the governor of one of the states, should be crucified by any power or force for taking decision,” he said. He added that he told Ortom in a letter that, “as the leader of a state that experienced attacks, you have a right to seek the promise of an alternative means of security for your people because they remain your primary responsibility.
2. President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Bauchi told his supporters not to be worried about those who left the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He described them as “bad eggs”, saying that “God will continue to fish out the bad eggs among us.” Mr. President was in Bauchi State to kickoff the campaign rally for the Bauchi South Senatorial District bye-election which will hold on August 11. “The work we are doing is because of God, our country and you. I want to inform you that the knowledge we have garnered over the years, we won’t allow you to be cheated. Like we promised, what will determine a good future for the country are security, strong economy and to stop corruption. We campaigned on these things, you voted for us and we will never forget,” he said.
3. The Chairman of the Reformed all Progressives Congress (R-APC), Buba Galadima, at the unveiling of the CUPP new secretariat warned members of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) that it would be tough to take power away from President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019. “Trying to take over power from a retired military general is not a small task. It is a Herculean task. But we will try. Over 200 million Nigerians out there are waiting for us,” he said. That is however in doubt considering the massive supporters that came out yesterday in support of Buhari in Bauchi.
4. Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has reportedly barred members of the All Progressives Congress from using the Abakaliki Township Stadium as venue of their rally which was scheduled to hold on Saturday. “I urge the opposition All Progressives Congress in the state to look elsewhere for its proposed rally slated for Saturday. The Abakaliki Stadium, it vowed to use for the rally, is still undergoing reconstruction and renovation,” the governor said through his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor.
5. The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig. Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, on Thursday in Abuja, while inspecting the NYSC Orientation Camp, said that the Federal Government has begun a review to increase the current N19,800 monthly allowances paid to members. According to him, the NYSC received a letter from the Presidency which confirmed that the process had already started. “The Federal Government is working to increase your monthly allowance. Therefore, wherever you find yourselves, conduct yourself well and be good ambassadors for the country. We received a letter from the Presidency through the Ministry of Youth and Sports and copied to the Ministry of Finance, which shows that the corps members’ allowance will be reviewed upward. This is in the pipeline,” he said.