Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Thursday morning????. Enjoy!
1.Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), will be president for all Nigerians, unlike President Muhammadu Buhari. He further took a jibe at Buhari, saying that people had alleged that he (Obasanjo) during his administration never trusted Atiku to preside over the Federal Executive Council meeting or ever act as president in his absent, but in his response Obasanjo vehemently denied it, saying that Atiku had so many times acted as president in his absence, but people however never noticed because he did not embark on a 104-day medical vacation.
2. Afenifere, a pan-Yoruba socio-political group, on Wednesday disowned the reported endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term in office by some of its members. The group vehemently denounced the alleged endorsement in Ibadan on Tuesday, saying that those involved, including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Chief Ayo Fasanmi, and Senate Olabiyi Durojaye, were not Afenifere members, adding that those involved in the act as impostors.
3. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed fraud charges against the sacked Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and a former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayodele Oke. The EFCC on Wednesday in Abuja filed a 10 counts charges of fraud against Mr. Lawal alongside his company Rholavision Engineering Limited before a Federal High Court in Abuja. The Anti-graft also filed a four counts of money laundering against Ayo Oke and his wife, Folasade, before a Federal High Court in Lagos.
4. Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), while addressing party supporters during the APC presidential campaign rally in Calabar on Wednesday, said that history will punish former President Olusegun Obasanjo for ceding Bakassi to Cameroon. Oshiomhole told the people “never forget Obasanjo because he handed over Nigeria to Cameroon because he wanted to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Nigeria can never forgive him. History will punish him if we are too weak to punish him. He separated fathers from mothers, brothers from sisters. The Nobel Peace Prize is not given to traitors.”
5. The National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) on Wednesday protested against President Muhammadu Buhari’s suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, describing it as an Islamic agenda. NCEF described Buhari’s decision as a judicial coup, urging Nigerians to mobile themselves and resist the Islamists in the country. “In 2015, Nigerians unwittingly elected an Islamist government into office, supposedly on a platform of democracy. It is with this as background that the questionable suspension of the CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, should be situated. The ‘judicial coup’ is not only against the judiciary, but also the constitution that is under attack and with it, the sovereignty of the Nigerian state as a democratic nation,” the group said.