Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Thursday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement on Wednesday urged Nigerians to be patient with him over the ongoing killings across the country, saying that his security chiefs were working hard and racking their brains to apprehend sponsors of the gruesome killings and come up with a lasting solution. “I wish to assure all Nigerians that their security is receiving the greatest attention from this administration and there is no compromise in this commitment. I appeal for your patience while my security teams crack their brains to put an end to this horrendous violence” he said while reacting to the killings of many people in Sokoto State.
2. Governor Ayodele Fayose while crying on National TV on Wednesday alleged that he was slapped and hit with a gun by the police who were allegedly ordered by the presidency to kill him and his deputy, Prof. Olusola Kolapo. The policemen had stormed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rally held at the main entrance to the Ekiti State Government House to disperse crowd because a police permit was not obtained by the rally organizers.
3. The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria on Wednesday expressed shock over the unanimous rejection of ranches the South-East governors. Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, the SE leader of the Fulani group, while speaking in Anambra State capital, Awka, said; “it was surprising to us considering the cordial relationship that had existed in the zone between us and the state governments.”
4. The breakaway faction of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Reformed APC, on Wednesday asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to nullify the National Convention of the All Progressives Congress held recently where Ex-Governor Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee was elected. The group noted that the election of the officers of the party was in direct contravention of Article 20(1) of the APC Constitution. According to Buba Galadima, the leader of the breakaway faction, the convention was flawed and undemocratic. The R-APC had on Monday joined 38 other registered political parties to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support only one candidate in the 2019 presidential election to challenge President Buhari under the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).
5. The Federal Government on Wednesday launched a campaign against fake news in Nigeria. According to Mr. Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, fake news is an epidemic sweeping the world, adding that fake news on social media was fueling the ongoing farmers-herders crises in the nation, saying that if unchecked in Nigeria could cause greater damages than the world had recorded. “In a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country like ours, fake news is a time bomb. And in recent weeks, many anarchists have been doing everything possible to detonate the bomb. But for the prudence and vigilance of Nigerians, they – the religious and ethnic bigots among us – would have set the nation on fire, especially over the farmers-herders clashes as well as communal clashes,” he said.