Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Friday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. The National House of Representatives has on Thursday approved June 12 to be marked as Democracy Day in Nigeria. May 29 which was previously Democracy Day in Nigeria was also deleted from the Public Holidays Act and replaced with the new date. The new date is in honour of Mr. MKO Abiola, a politician who was the acclaimed winner of the 1993 election held in Nigeria during the regime of Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida. President Muhammadu Buhari had in June announced that Democracy Day would be celebrated on June 12 every year.
2. The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Thursday in Ibadan, during the PDP South-West Presidential rally, said that compared to the government of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria was more prosperous under the government of the PDP. “My brothers and sisters, I stand before you today to promise you that we shall return your prosperity and the prosperity of this country. If you give me the opportunity again, I will assemble the best team so that we can return prosperity to our country. The former vice president further promised to commence the restructuring of the country 6 months into his government. “I am a strong advocate of restructuring. I promise to commence the process of restructuring within six months if I am elected President in 2019. Stop listening to the lies of the APC. Work hard to return prosperity. Do not sell your PVC. Do not sell your votes. Buhari must go, Buhari must go, Buhari must go,” he said.
3. Mrs. Biodun Olujimi, the Senate Minority Leader, on Thursday during her campaign in Ado-Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State, said that Nigerians have no reason to re-elect President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019. Olujimi is the senator representing Ekiti South senatorial district. “President Buhari does not have anything to campaign with as his achievements in the last four years. Maybe that is why he has been finding it difficult to address Nigerians. The situation in the country at present requires a leader with vision and ability to put things right. That is where the PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, comes in. Evaluate the Buhari-led government for the past four years – look at the condition of roads across the country, look at electricity supply, consider water situation and the growing insecurity – you will discover that there is no reason to vote for Buhari,” the senator said.
4. The Nigerian Army on Thursday announced the reorganization of the Operation Lafiya Dole fighting the Boko Haram terrorist group in the North-East. Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, ordered the redeployment of 7 new commanders to the region to ensure the complete eradication of the terrorists devastating the region. “New Brigade Commanders have been appointed for some of the Brigades at Operation Lafiya Dole. They are Brig Gen E.F Oyinlola, Brig Gen V.U Okoro, Brig Gen A.B Mohammed, Brig Gen A.O Oyelade, Brig Gen M.T Usman, Brig Gen M.G Kangye, and Brig Gen A.S Ishaq. Similarly, the development has affected several Commanding Officers of the various units in Operation Lafiya Dole among others. This is in order to inject new hands into the fight against terrorism and other operations,” Army spokesman, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, said.
5. Report has it that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is worried over the decision of some aggrieved members of the party, especially Governor Ibikunle Amosun and Governor Rochas Okorocha of Ogun State and Imo State respectively, to shun the APC governorship candidates in their states. The APC Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, had in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja said that the APC would win the two states even without the support of the governors. The 2 governors had declared their support for their anointed candidates who have moved to different parties to pursue their ambition.