Good Morning Nigeria! Hope you had an awesome weekend! Here’s what you need to know this Monday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. The National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, alleges that some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are deliberately hindering the progressive agenda of the ruling party. Tinubu stated this in a recent statement released yesterday in Abuja. According to him, many of those in crucial positions in government agencies and ministries were fifth columnists in the party. “I must mention something of high concern; our progressive agenda has been hampered because elements of the PDP remain embedded in many agencies and ministries so crucial to daily governance,” he said. “They have been fifth columnists, undermining our policies at every turn. While impeding reform, they also plot the comeback of their reactionary brethren to power,” he added.
2. Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the National House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, on Sunday urged the new National Chairman of the ruling APC, Adams Oshiomhole, to stamp out injustice from the party and unite the party members together ahead of 2019. “As we look into the future, we must ask ourselves; how have we been successful so far? How were we able to win an election against all sorts of opposition? We did it because we were courageous,” we did it because we made sacrifices. We worked as a team and we put in our all. And that is what it takes to get this achievement.” Saraki said.
3. The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria says that it will only confirm serious appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari. This reaction came following rumours that the red chamber had lifted through the back door, the embargo it had placed on confirmation of appointments made by the president. The lawmakers noted that it only confirmed recent appointments because they were considered to be serious enough to call for exception. The senate had in March 2017 agreed not to consider any of Buhari’s appointments in protest over the continued retention of Mr. Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), who the lawmakers had rejected.
4. According to a recent review done by the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) from 2015 to 2017 lost about N547billion. This revelation came following the review of the NNPC financial and operations reports since 2015 to 2017. The statement was released on Sunday in Abuja.
5. Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), a human rights lawyer, in an apparent reaction to the arrest and detention of Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, by the Department of State Services (DSS), said that the DSS must charge the senator immediately to court or grant him bail if it is yet to complete investigations. Falana urged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct all security agencies in the country to respect the fundamental rights of all citizens.
6. The National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) has reportedly suspended its registrar, Prof. Ifeoma Abanihe, and 4 other directors (Finance and Accounts, Examination Administration, Examinations Development, and Procurement Officer) over their failure to account for N49million contracts awarded by the body. According to the investigation panel constituted to look into the irregularities in the contract awards, N49,779,000 was allegedly unaccounted for by the registrar.
7. Following threats by the leaders of the Islamic State terrorists (ISIS), the federal government has deployed tight security to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport. An Assistant Inspector General of Police, Danjuma Muhammad, was deployed to head the Lagos international airport Command.