Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Thursday morning ????. Enjoy!
1. President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said that he met mind boggling mismanagement when he assumed office in 2015. He however noted that his administration was working hard to organize the country. “We are trying to organise the country. The extent of mismanagement we met when we came was mind-boggling,” Buhari said. “Many times, I have spoken about the tremendous resources available to us between 1999 and 2014 and how they were frittered. If only they had used just 25 per cent of them on infrastructure: road, rail, power, Nigerians would mind their own business and not bother about whoever was in power. The casualty figure on our roads daily is simply scandalous. No wonder they are in the opposition now, despite all the power they thought they had,” he added.
2. The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied report that its National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole was invited and grilled by the Department of State Services (DSS). The Cable had reported that the DSS questioned Oshiomhole over his role in the rancourous APC primaries. According to report, he was asked to answer questions on allegations against him by aggrieved members of the party. “We do not have any information on this rumour. More so, the chairman is not around in the country to confirm or deny this. As soon as we have any relevant information, you’ll be updated,” Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC said.
3. The Emir of Gummi, HRH Justice Lawal Hassan Gummi, has urged the Federal Government to adopt modern administrative methods to develop the country. “It is true that we are in dire need of change in Nigeria because we can no longer keep doing the same thing and expect change. “We all agree that we need change as promised by the government, but that change must first begin with them, then, you and me,” the Emir said at the Barewa Old Boys Association’s 2018 annual lecture in Sokoto.
4. Over 120 lawyers, including Senior Advocates of Nigeria, have reportedly expressed their interest in defending the 19 suspects arrested in connection with the murder of Major General Mohammed Idris Alkali. This was revealed as the suspect filed their bail application on Wednesday at the Plateau State High Court in Jos. “Over 120 lawyers want to be part of the team to defend the accused. They are yet to be granted bail, but the bail application has just been filed. The accused have pleaded not guilty to the charges,” Gyang Zi, lawyer for the accused said. The suspects were charged with criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide counts.
5. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has reacted to the statement by the Federal Government concerning the proposed N30,000 minimum wage. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, while speaking with State House correspondents on Wednesday said that the N30,000 submitted by the tripartite committee was still a recommendation and had not been approved. Mr. Lai noted that President Muhammadu Buhari would study the report and take a decision. “I think it (N30,000) was a recommendation. Mr President will consider it and will make his views known in due course,” the minister said. However, the NLC in its apparent reaction to Lai’s comment noted that a nationwide strike would happen if the Federal Government fails to approve and implement the N30,000 minimum wage. “They can say anything they want to say. Why were they panicky before? Why did they agree to the N30, 000? They can call it a mere recommendation or whatever they want to call it but the important thing is that at the end of the day, if we do not get the N30,000, they know what we will do,” the General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress, Mr. Musa Lawal, said.