Good Morning Nigeria! Here’s what you need to know this Saturday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday at the inauguration of a bridge built by Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State in Ado Ekiti, said that he is ashamed that Nigeria is now being used as a negative example in the international community. Mr. Jonathan cited the instance when President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana mocked the poor state of security in Nigeria and the naira’s weakening status. “He (Ghanaian President) said Ghana is not like Nigeria where cattle roam the streets. At another occasion in the United Kingdom, he made scathing remarks about Nigeria’s currency. I feel ashamed as a former President that the president of a neigbouring country used Nigeria as negative examples,” Jonathan said.
2. Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi-led faction of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State says that it is considering dumping the APC and defecting to another political party. According to the group, if there is no visible evidence of success in addressing the damaging levels of alienation and frustration among the millions of party faithful in Kaduna State, it would take the decision. Notable political heavyweights in the faction include, Senator Shehu Sani, Isah Ashiri, Mr. Mataimaki Tom Maiyashi and others.
3. President Muhammadu Buhari told Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo that his position as Nigeria’s VP was being threatened, following the demand by the female members of the State House of Assembly across the country asking him to consider picking a female candidate as running mate for the 2019 presidential election. The President’s statement came they visited him at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. The women further asked that it should made compulsory that one of the 3 senators from each state must be a woman and 3 out of members of the House of Representatives must be women.
4. The Supreme Court on Friday in its ruling ordered the name of late Brig. Gen. James Abdullahi to be replaced with his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth, in an appeal the late general had filed against the Nigerian Army, the Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Defence Staff and the Minister of Defence. According to the judges, an action would normally come to an end when an applicant dies, but however, the circumstances surrounding this case warranted intervention. Late Gen. Abdullahi was convicted to 10 years by General Court Martial on September 30, 2005 for allegedly stealing various sums of money totaling N33.5million being property of the Nigerian Armed Forces. His landed property worth about N83.1million was confiscated to recover the amount. However, Elizabeth, noted that the judgment against her husband had adversely affected her and her 5 children.