Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Friday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday while receiving the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) from the 19 northern states at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, said that the claims that he must be encouraging the ongoing gruesome killings perpetrated by herdsmen across the nation because he is Fulani is evil. He noted that “when some people, for clearly political purposes, attempt to suggest that this government is doing nothing about the killings, and that I, being Fulani, must be encouraging these satanic acts, it seems to me that there is no limit to the evil in the minds of men.”
2. Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming Ekiti State governorship election, has criticized Governor Ayodele Fayose for declaring public holiday on Thursday to draft civil servants to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign rally. The mega rally was for Prof. Olusola Kolapo, Fayose’s deputy who is PDP’s candidate in the July 14 election.
3. Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State in his reaction over the emergence of a factional group in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), said that there was nothing to panic about. The governor reportedly said this during an interview with State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. On Wednesday, a new APC faction known as the “Reformed APC” emerged with Buhari’s former ally, Buba Galadima, as its chairman. Yari how admitted to be worried about the development however noted that the leadership of the party would handle the issue. “Of course, I am worried over the matter, but it is something that party will handle. You know that with the forthcoming elections, you will expect this kind of thing. You will expect crisis left, right and centre because of political interest, especially in a party with an overwhelming majority. The most important thing is that with the emergence of new leadership of APC, everything will be resolved. Therefore, there is no panic,” he said
4. Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-political group, in its reaction to the statement by President Muhammadu Buhari at a rally in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, said that Mr. President should not threaten or cajole the igbo into voting for him in 2019 with talk of possible Igbo Presidency in 2023. Speaking through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, Buhari urged igbos to support his 2019 presidential ambition, saying that he will support an Igbo presidency at the right time too. “South-East will overtake others after 2019,” he said. “2019 will make or mar the aspiration of the Igbo nation. I am calling on the Igbo to make a paradigm shift and think seriously of their position,” he added. “The presidency of Nigeria is negotiable and can only be done on the position of strength and the strength of the Igbo will be determined by 2019 support for Buhari.” Ohanaeze however noted that the future of Ndigbo lies in God’s hands and not in any man.
5. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the National House of Representatives, in a statement on Thursday during a meeting with the newly elected National Working Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) led by the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, said that only justice and equity will be able to resolve the crisis within the party. “APC lawmakers only expect justice, which is indivisible and universal,” he said.