Good Morning Nigeria! Here’s what you need to know this Thursday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hammed Ali, said that if he were President Muhammadu Buhari he would not contest the 2019 presidential election at his age. He noted that at 70, President Buhari should have not contemplated running election. He however said that it was the president’s love for the country and his integrity as well as his excellent achievement that has spurred him to seek another 4 years. Mr. Ali led a delegation of the Buhari Support Organisation to the Presidential Villa few days ago to see Buhari ahead of the 2019 general election.
2. The Nigerian Government on Wednesday vehemently dismissed the claim by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State that the Federal Government was plotting to assassinate him in a crowd and claim it was accidental discharge. According to the Minister of Information Lai Mohammed in his response to Governor Wike’s accusation, he said that; Wike is only still free after making this allegation because he enjoyed immunity as a governor. “I think one of the beauties of being a governor is that you enjoy immunity from prosecution and arrest.” “I remember a couple of years ago when I made similar allegations I was invited to Force Headquarters,’’ he said
3. There was commotion on Wednesday at the Kano Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as hundreds of former Governor Ibrahim Shekarau supporters protested what they described as the persecution of Shekarau by the anti-graft. The incident happened around 4pm when Shekarau who also served as the Minister of Education visited the office of the EFCC as scheduled over allegedly receiving N950million part of the $115million allegedly distributed by Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former Minister of Petroleum Resources.
4. Evang Victor Uwajeh, a former Special Investigator to the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Property, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari’s government of sacking him because he refused to implicate Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, and others. According to him, Buhari’s administration is bias in its fight against corruption, adding that they already had a mindset about who should be prosecuted at all costs.
5. Prof. Wole Soyinka on Wednesday while speaking at the Second Chinua Achebe International Conference at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, said that there is an urgent need to restructure and re-configure the country in a way that would suit all sections in Nigeria. “There is urgent need to restructure and re-configure the country in a way that would suit all sections in Nigeria. But I am happy you didn’t invite me to give a speech on that topic (restructuring). I thank you all for this honour, not just the honour but this sense of belonging that you have reignited in me by this turn-out. I am most deeply appreciative. Thank you very much.”