Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Thursday morning🙂. Enjoy!
1.Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka while speaking on Wednesday in Abuja at a symposium on fake news organised by BBC News, asked Nigerians to be wary of a former President who pretends to be the conscience of the nation. According to Soyinka, if the former leader had been referring to a certain person as a devil for 8 years and is now telling Nigerians to vote for the devil, then there was reason for Nigerians to express some doubt. “We have got to develop very healthy scepticism. If someone in a position of power for eight years has lectured a nation for eight years and after that continued year after year to continue to direct the minds of a whole nation in one direction only saying ‘this is Lucifer from hell’ for eight years in office and several more years out of office saying this is Lucifer and then one day he changed his left hand and says behold your redeemer, which of the two is fake news?,” he asked in the event tagged ‘Nigeria 2019: Countering Fake News.’
2. Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has in a recent statement commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the progress of work on the construction of the second Niger Bridge. According to the governor, Buhari has done well for the South-East and South-South region. He stated this during an inspection visit of the project in Onitsha, Anambra State. “I have no choice but to praise President Muhammadu Buhari for his determination in the implementation of other Federal Government’s projects in the state and other states in the geopolitical zone,” Obiano said.
3. Dr. Bukola Saraki, the Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in an interview with Channels TV alleged that the paying of subsidy on the 50million litre of fuel reportedly being consumed by Nigerians daily were a big fraud in the nation’s oil sector under President Muhammadu Buhari’s government. “One of the areas we labeled the Goodluck Jonathan government as a corrupt one is on the issue of fuel subsidy. The assumption then was that the Federal Government was paying subsidy on the 30 million litres of fuel being consumed daily by Nigerians. All statistics have shown, even now that it is not possible for Nigerians to consume that much daily. A government that is claiming to be fighting corruption is now telling us that we are consuming 50 million litres of fuel per day. It is not possible,” Saraki said.
4. Mr. Aliko Dangote, the President of the Dangote Group, and Dr. Mike Adenuga, the Chairman of Globacom, top Forbes Africa lists of billionaires. Dangote whose wealth dropped from $12.2billion to $10billion retained his position as the Africa’s richest man, while Adeguna’s wealth which increased from $5.3billion to $9.2billion came second richest man in Africa.
5. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday attacked President Muhammadu Buhari for not attending the burial of the 5 Nigerian Air Force personnel, who died recently in an helicopter crash while fighting the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State. Atiku noted that it was unpatriotic for Buhari not to attend their burial. “At a time when the morale of our soldiers should be lifted as they face the difficult task of defeating terrorists, who are threatening our national security, I find it most regrettable that President Buhari, despite being in Abuja, chose not to attend the funeral of the five air force officers, who died in a helicopter crash while prosecuting the war on terror,” Atiku said.