Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Tuesday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1.President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, after the 203 member Guards Brigade held a special parade in his honour at the presidential villa in Abuja to mark his 76 birthday, begged Nigerians to give him more time in 2019 election to fix Nigeria. “We will keep reminding Nigerians about what we have done, how we met the country, what we have been able to do for the time we came in to now with the resources available to us. Nigerians should continue to pray for me and understand my intentions and give me time,” he said.
2. President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday while receiving delegation from the International Republican and National Democratic Institute, United States of America, said that he would not cheat in 2019 because he knows how it feels to be cheated. He promised that he would ensure a free and fair elections in 2019. “Having run for President three times, ending up at the Supreme Court all three times, before God and technology made a way for me the fourth time, I know what it is to be cheated at the polls. What they used to do was just to award votes and tell anyone who was dissatisfied to go to court. But we won’t do that. I am prepared to give the opposition the opportunities I was not given in the past,” he noted.
3. Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), a well known human rights lawyer, alleges that the real reason why Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat in 2015 was because he was afraid of the International Criminal Court (ICC). “Before the 2015 elections, the ICC warned that if there was any problem in Nigeria, anybody who was responsible would be arrested and charged like former President Laurent Gbagbo of Cote d’Ivoire. That was the atmosphere under which President Goodluck conceded victory,” Mr. Falana said on Monday at the inauguration of the League of Anambra Professionals Legal Defence Initiative held in Lagos.
4. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday, said that his Youth Minister would not be up to 30 years old. He noted that his focus if elected president would be on education, job creation, and youth empowerment, adding that 40percent of the people in his government would be youths. “I believe in creating jobs and I am creating jobs for the youth,” he said at a town hall meeting in Lagos.
5. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), on Monday while speaking in a meeting with all APC stakeholders (including Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the APC governorship candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu) urged party members to deliver three million votes for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election. “We must differentiate between developmental economy and container economy. We must educate our people that we will not accept to get Nigeria corrupt again. We suffered 16 years of their failures and empty promises. We in Lagos survived them and we made progress. We are today the fifth largest economy in Africa. They do not have the number. We have six million solid votes in Lagos. I challenge all of you, your target must be 50 per cent of those votes for APC- three million votes of the entire six million votes,” he said.