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Nigerian Newspapers Review (Friday, 23 November, 2018 Edition)

Ex-President Jonathan's speech at PDP's National Convention

Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Friday morning 🙂. Enjoy!

1. Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan in his new book, My Transition Hour, said that his election into office in 2011 was beyond human control and against political order. He noted that unlike him, everyone who had been president before him were from major ethnic groups. “Now, from the above list, my readers will understand what I meant by emerging onto the scene as president against the established political order. Of the 13 heads of government Nigeria has had, eight have been Hausa/Fulani  (a majority ethnic nationality). Two of them have been Yoruba (another majority ethnic nationality). One of them was from a northern ethnic minority and the other was Igbo (one of the three large majority tribes). I remain the only one to be elected from a southern minority ethnic nationality as president of Nigeria.  My election was due to circumstances largely beyond human control. I became president against the established pattern of choosing Nigerian leaders from amongst the majority ethnicities,” Jonathan said.

2. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are reportedly sealing houses and properties allegedly belonging to Ex-Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State. The buildings include a block of two-storey commercial complex located opposite the Ekiti State Local Government Service Commission; the NTS Event Hall and Hotel, Fajuyi; a twin-building behind the Government House at the GRA; a two-storey commercial building at the Okesa Market; a petrol filling station; Our Peoples 104.1FM, Fajuyi; and a building beside Spotless Hotel, GRA, Ado Ekiti.

3. The Nigeria Police says that the evidences provided by the gang leader of the Offa bank robbery, Michael Adikwu, before his death in their custody was enough to prosecute Senate President Bukola Saraki. According to the police, Adikwu who was 30 just slumped and died in detention. “It is important for the public to know that Adikwu was not among the five gang leaders that indicted and implicated the Senate President; therefore, his death cannot vindicate Senator Bukola Saraki. There is a post-mortem examination result in respect of the death of Adikwu. Evidence from the five suspects now in court is enough to prosecute the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki,” Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, said.

4. The Presidency has vehemently condemned the claim by Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan that corruption is more rampant in Nigeria under the All Progressives Congress (APC) led President Muhammadu Buhari’s government than his time. Mr. Garba Shehu, Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity described Jonathan’s position as hallow boasts.

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