Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Friday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. On Thursday, a team of detectives from the Nigeria Police Force interrogated the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, at his office in the National Assembly Complex. This development was revealed by Olu Onemola, Saraki’s Special Assistant on New Media. “Further to the invitation to the Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, by the Police on July 23, 2018, and his written response to them on July 24, 2018, on why he could not see them that day; today at about 1:40 pm, the Senate President met with a team of investigators on the Offa robbery case in his office. Dr Saraki used the opportunity to reiterate the fact that he had nothing to do with either the robbery incident on April 5, 2018, or any other criminal activity,” his aide stated.
2. Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State on Thursday accused the President Muhammadu Buhari led All Progressives Congress of failing to address Nigeria’s major challenges (insecurity, economic and unemployment challenges). “We formed the APC together in 2014 with the hope to meet the needs and aspirations of the people in critical areas of our national life. The leadership of the APC has failed to intervene in critical issues affecting the party and its members; injustice within the party is unbearable,” he said.
3. Former Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State has described the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government as incompetent, visionless, evil and divisive. Lamido stated this when he paid a consultation visit to Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State on Thursday over his presidential ambition. “They (the APC) said for 16 years, the PDP under Goodluck Jonathan was only there corrupting, stealing and killing. But today, it is up to us to reflect. Look at it, from 1999 to 2015 was PDP, while from 2015 till today is the APC. Look at it: Are we more united now? Are we richer now? Are we more secure now? Therefore, you can see that the APC is a virus of evil,” he said.
4. Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has reportedly ruled out automatic tickets for APC lawmakers. Oshiomhole revealed this on Thursday at a meeting with the party’s caucus in the House of Representatives at the APC national secretariat in Abuja. “Somebody asked me are we countering the Peoples Democratic Party by offering automatic tickets, I asked, did we offer anybody departure ticket? If we did not, then how does the issue of return ticket arise? For me, I am tired. We just need to ensure every legislator who has value, who is at home with his people, that legislator is of value to the party and the party will do all to retain such,” he said.
5. President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday at the graduation of Senior Course 40 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State, urged Nigerians to stop blaming only leaders for the problems of Nigeria. He noted that the change desired in the nation begins with individuals. “The change we desire in Nigeria actually starts with us as individuals. In Nigeria, there is the tendency to lay the blame for the state of affairs in the country on the doorsteps of the leaders alone. Yes, leaders have a major role to play in providing direction and the enabling environment. However, the citizens’ role also is vital in attaining meaningful transformation of any society,” he said.
6. Google Nigeria has announced plans to provide free internet access to 10 million Nigerians across 5 cities (Lagos, Kaduna, Port Harcourt, Ibadan and Abuja). This was revealed by Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, the Director of Google Nigeria, while unveiling the Google stations. “One of the challenges we found was access to data. Broadband penetration is low and are not reliable and there are challenges with affordability; just allow many Nigerians benefit from the digital economy. We are very excited to be able to launch in collaboration with partners. We are starting in Lagos with four sites, and the commitment is to expand to 200 sites across five cities in Nigeria by 2019. There are opportunities that are available once people get online and are able to consume information,” she said.