Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Monday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. Former Chief of Army Staff, Abdulrahman Dambazau, while addressing journalists at the secretariat of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja said that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is no match for President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming 2019 presidential election, adding that Atiku will only suffer a bloodied nose in the election. According to Dambazau who is currently the Minister of Interior, the 2019 presidential election will be the easiest in the history of Nigeria for Buhari.
2. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a statement on Sunday accused the President Muhammadu Buhari led All Progressives Congress (APC) government of diverting over N11trillion particularly in the petroleum sector where Buhari is currently the Minister of Petroleum. “President Buhari should, by now, be providing answers for the over N11trn stolen under his watch, particularly in the petroleum sector where he sits as minister,” PDP said in a statement issued by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan.
3. The Nigerian military in a recent statement said that it has not yet received the $1billion promised by the Federal Government to fight insurgency in North-East Nigeria. President Muhammadu Buhari had in December 2017 said that money will be taken from the Excess Crude Account to fund the military. Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, the Director of Army Public Relations, in a programme on NTA, however noted that the Ministry of Defence was still working towards receiving the money from the FG. “People should understand also that this is a democratic system in which the procurement, and of course, the funding of defence-related issues take such a long time. Take for instance the issue of the $1bn approved recently by Mr President, up till now the process is ongoing. The Ministry of Defence is still pursuing the matter to the point that when it is done, the armed forces will definitely get more equipment, more arms and ammunition,” he said.
4. Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, in a statement on Sunday promised to provide uninterrupted supply of electricity in the country in the first four years of her government if elected president of Nigeria in 2019. “Our vision is to provide sustainable, affordable and uninterrupted electricity supply to all Nigerian towns and villages, starting with Nigerian cities. Our vision is to ensure that the Nigerian electricity supply industry becomes fully functional, vibrant and employs hundreds of thousands of young Nigerians, in both the on-grid and off-grid segments,” she said.
5. President Muhammadu Buhari for the first time responded to the rumour that he was cloned. Rumour has it that President Buhari is dead and the person parading himself as Buhari was one Jubril Aminu from Sudan. “It’s real me, I assure you. I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong. A lot of people hoped that I died during my ill health. Some even reached out to the Vice- President (Prof. Yemi Osinbajo) to consider them to be his deputy because they assumed I was dead. That embarrassed him (Osinbajo) a lot and of course, he visited me when I was in London convalescing… It’s real me; I assure you,” he said.