Good Morning Nigeria! Happy New Month! Here are a few of what you need to know this Thursday🙂. Enjoy!
1. The Nigerian Army on Wednesday following thorough search, finally found the body of missing Major General Idris Alkali. His decomposing body was reportedly discovered in a well located in a village called Guchwet in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State. The Army general who recent retired from service went missing while on his way to Bauchi from Abuja through Jos. Although no medical test was ran to confirm that it was his body, the army noted that investigation led to the place where the body was dumped, adding that some of the suspects involved actually took the army to the location.
2. The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, while speaking with journalists at the presidential villa in Abuja shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari said that he and other APC chieftains do not care whether the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and his PDP team holds meetings in Dubai or in jungle ahead of 2019 elections. He strongly expressed conviction that Nigerians would reject the return of PDP. “We don’t fear, whether he (Atiku) is meeting in the jungle, in Dubai or in Abu Dhabi. People are free to meet and strategise in any way they felt, but we are not going back to the illusion of the PDP. It is not possible, Nigerians will not do that. They say slow and steady wins the race. We inherited that from our forefathers and knowledgeable people. We can’t go back to the pit that we inherited for 16 years. They can strategise from anywhere, but a leopard cannot change its skin,” he said.
3. Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday while speaking during an interview with State House correspondents shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja said that he would not mortgage his conscience in a bid to keep his job as the party’s chairman. Oshiomhole expressed commitment to justice and fairness, saying that he was already old to begin learning new tricks. “Let me say that if there is a choice between my conscience, what I believe is right and mortgaging that conscience, in order to keep the job, I will have no difficulty resolving it in favour of my conscience. Those who know, know that at my age, I cannot learn new tricks. I am absolutely committed to justice and fairness. I am a stickler to enforcement of rules because the source of relevance is derived from rules. I have lived my life fighting for justice and fairness,” he said.
4. The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has vehemently condemned the Federal Government for not paying subsidy claims by petroleum product marketers despite approval by the National Assembly since July. At a meeting of stakeholders called by the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) and held in Abuja on Wednesday, senators took turns to criticise government agencies for allegedly slowing down the process of paying petroleum product marketers what was owed as and when due. The committee resolved that the Ministry of Finance should within one week call a meeting of other government agencies and the marketers to reconcile subsidy claim figures and discuss ways of fast-tracking the payment of arrears. The stakeholders are to report back to the committee next week.