Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Thursday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1.Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and former President Olusegun Obasanjo and their Chiefs of Staff will reportedly receive N2.3billion as benefits in 2019. This was contained in the 2019 budget submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Natioanal Assembly. Also, in the 2019 budget, the sum of N4.5billion was proposed as severance benefits for retired Heads of Service and Permanent Secretaries while former heads of government agencies would receive N1billion.
2. The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to allow the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to retire on January 15. According to the PDP, it was one of the ways to convince Nigerians that he is committed to have free, fair and credible 2019 elections. “One of the ways to demonstrate or show that he (President Buhari) is committed to free, fair and credible elections, is not to extend the tenure of the IG, who is due for retirement this month. He has said that he is committed to having transparent elections. He needs to tell Nigerians by his actions, and not merely with words of mouth,” PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said.
3. Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State on Wedensday in a statement in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, said that the people of Imo would neither support nor vote for any governorship candidate who was brandishing a stolen ticket. “lmo people do not support stolen tickets and that is why all those who stole the governorship tickets of their parties for the 2019 elections cannot fly. They have become stranded and looking for who to blame for their woes or misfortune. They know this fact. Imo people do not support anything stolen. That was the reason they dealt with 419ers in 1997. It was out of frustration that those concerned came up with the story of Governor Okorocha leaving APC for AA, which is not true,” the governor said.
4. The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) alleges that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), hired an American lobbyist for $90,000 monthly to be releasing fake news capable of threatening national security. BMO says that fake news againt the Nigerian Military on social media were the handiwork of Atiku. The group noted that claims of terrorist attack on the military, desertion by police personnel, allegations of corruption scandals in the military leadership, even the recent claims that Ex-Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, was killed to conceal corruption in the current defence leadership was fake news sponsored by Atiku.
5. A Nigerian Air Force helicopter deployed to North-East to fight the Boko Haram terrorist group has reportedly gone missing in action. It is suspected that the helicopter might have crashed. According to NAF, the helicopter was lost in combat around 7:45pm on Wednesday while providing close air support to troops of the 145 Battalion at Bamasak in Borno State. “A Nigerian Air Force helicopter was lost in combat while providing close air support to troops of 145 Battalion at Damasak in Northern Borno State. The mission was part of the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the North-East,” Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, said.
6. Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governorship candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming 2019 elections, while speaking on Wednesday during a consultative meeting with a group (Committee of Indigenous Associations of Lagos State), promised to be fair to all residents and indigenes of Lagos State. “Integrity is the greatest qualification I am putting at stake in this race to govern Lagos. My five-point programmes contained in my manifesto are carefully designed to take Lagos to a new level of development. Everybody will be part of our government and no discriminatory agenda will be initiated against anyone, irrespective of ethnic group or status,” he said.