Good Morning Nigeria! Here’s what you need to know this Friday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, said that the party does not have any preference for any of its presidential aspirants for the 2019 election. He however noted that an acceptable candidate that would shock the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) would be presented. “We, the national leadership of the PDP, have no preferred presidential candidate for the 2019 election. We have eminently qualified members of the party and other Nigerians who are still aspiring to come to the PDP that can fly the flag of the party come 2019,” Secondus said.
2. Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has emerged as the Leadership Newspaper Governor of the Year 2017 for his outstanding developmental projects in Rivers State since he took over in 2015. The award ceremony held at the International Conference Centre in Abuja was attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, former Governor Donald Duke, Senator Ahmed Makarfi and others.
3. An executive bill sent to the Red Chambers of the National Assembly seeking to concentrate the control of water resources in the hands of the Federal Government has reportedly caused divisions among senators across regional lines. The northern senators supports the bill while the southern senators opposed it on ground that if the bill was passed into law, it would only centralize power and the nation’s resources which would further counter the devolution of powers.
4. The Commander of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, (F-SARS), Mr. Akin Fakorede, is seeking a N2billion in damages from the Government of Rivers State for allegedly lying against him deliberately. He gave a 7day ultimatum to the State Government to retract a libelous publication against him and issue an unreserved apology which must be publish on the front pages of national newspapers.
5. The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria ahead of the Children Day’s celebration urges the Federal Government of Nigeria to intensify effort for the release of Leah Sharibu, the only remaining Dapchi School girl in Boko Haram captivity. Leah was held back by the sect for refusing to denounce Christianity and accept Islam. The Senator also urge FG to speed up efforts at releasing the remaining Chibok School girls who have so far spent over 1,500 days in Boko Haram captivity.
6. Amnesty International in its latest report accused soldiers and Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) of raping women and girls at the Internally Displaced Persons Camps. According to the report, the women were deliberately separated from their husbands to remote camps where they were raped sometime in exchange for food. “It is absolutely shocking that people who had already suffered so much under Boko Haram have been condemned to further horrendous abuse by the Nigerian military,” The Manager of Amnesty International, Isa Sanusi, said.
7. Mr. Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said that the nation’s economy was on the right track with steady growth under the present administration. He noted that though the opposition might not see the positive growth in the economy, the report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) was evidently showing that the country was in safe hands.