Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Sunday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. The Sultan of Sokoto and the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Muhammadu Abubakar, has urged the federal government to ensure it conduct free, fair and credible general elections in 2019. “Let me justifiably appeal to government on 2019 election to demonstrate moral determination to conduct a credible, free and fair elections, to fulfill the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 21 Section 3,” he said on Friday at the opening of the 29th National Conference of the Muslim Sisters Organisation (MSO) holding at the Abuja National Mosque.
2. Following the crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, there are indications that members of the APC in the state might end up supporting candidates of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Action Alliance candidates in the forthcoming 2019 elections.
3. Mr. Anthony Sani, the Secretary-General of the Arewa Consultative Forum, in a recent interview says that the further restructuring of the nation would not be helpful. “We have said this country has been restructured several times politically, economically and by geography. And even though we cannot say there should not be restructuring any more, we think any further restructuring at this point in time may not be helpful,” he said.
4. The United States of America, on Saturday night, after 13 years, finally issued visa to the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. Atiku had on Tuesday visited the US Embassy in Abuja for his visa interview and biometrics. The former VP was accused of demanding a kickback of $500,000 to facilitate the award of contracts to two American telecommunication firms following an investigation by the FBI over a bribery scandal involving a former US congressman, William Jefferson.
5. Report has it that there is rising tension among the top hierarchy of the Nigerian military as fears of an imminent rebellion continue to spread. Some undisclosed military officers (including a Major General) revealed that many soldiers, especially those fighting the Boko Haram terrorist group, had been showing signs of agitation over killings of their colleagues due to lack of weapons. “I can tell you without mincing words that many of us, officers, are afraid because the soldiers can revolt anytime from now. You will recall that some soldiers of the 21 Brigade in Sambisa Forest last year went on the rampage, revolting against their superiors. Such rebellion only happens when the officers lose the trust of their men. The soldiers have been complaining about lack of weapons and welfare but their demands are being ignored. Always remember that whenever there is an attack, if 40 soldiers are killed, only two officers will be affected. This is because the soldiers are the ones at the battlefront,” the undisclosed officer said, (as seen on punch).