Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Sunday morning🙂. Enjoy!
1.President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday during the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign rally said that the duty of his administration was to imprison those who had looted the nation’s treasury. He noted that he would prosecute those who is yet to return their loots and send them to prison. “If the proper thing is not done, we will eventually get hold of them; take away what they have stolen and get them imprisoned. This is our duty; this is our responsibility and I assure you we will continue to do it,” Buhari said.
2. The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar, has ignored the authority of the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Federal Judicial Service Commission, saying that he is not a judicial officer and therefore not answerable to any institution but the presidency. “With regard to the prayer of the petitioner for an appropriate sanction against the chairman, it is important to note that the chairman and members of the tribunal, not being judicial officers, are not constitutionally subject to any disciplinary proceedings by either the National Judicial Council or the Federal Judicial Service Commission but the Presidency,” the CCT Chairman said in response to a petition against him by the Incorporated Trustees of the Centre of Justice and Peace Initiative.
3. Mr. Stuart Symington, the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, on Saturday when he paid a courtesy visit to the Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-Makura, said that the US has not and will not endorse any candidate or any political party in the forthcoming general elections. “The US does not have an anointed candidate or a political party for the elections. Nigerians must work hard to ensure that the elections are credible like the 2015 elections. We don’t have a favoured candidate or party, but we hope for the people of Nigeria to have peaceful and credible elections. We hope Nigerians come together and influence their neighbours and the world,” he said.
4. The Nigeria Police Force will deploy over 300,000 personnel nationwide to provide security for the forthcoming February 16 presidential election. The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had deployed 6 Deputy Inspector Generals of Police to supervise the election in the six geopolitical zones. “Even police personnel in the offices, in control room, including those on decoy operation or intelligence, everyone would be on duty. Our Medical personnel would also be on standby; we are maximally deploying all our resources and personnel for this election,” Police spokesman, Frank Mba, said.
5. The United Nations has advice Nigeria to ensure that it delivers credible, peaceful and fair general elections. The UN noted that Nigeria as the big brother of Africa has played a critical role in stabilising many parts of Africa and consolidating their democracy; therefore, Africa is looking up to Nigeria for leadership. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, a special representative of the UN Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), stated this on Saturday in Abuja. He further urged politicians to avoid inciting statements that could undermine the peace and stability the country currently enjoys.
6. The National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has again attacked former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Tinubu this time around described the former president as the country’s greatest election rigger. He noted that even late President Umaru Yar’Adua admitted that he was rigged into power by Obasanjo. “When he was asked, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua admitted that the election which brought him into office was rigged,” Tinubu said during the APC presidential rally in Lagos on Saturday.