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Nigerian Newspapers Review (Wednesday, 10 October, 2018 Edition)

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Wednesday morning 🙂. Enjoy!

1. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo in a recent statement said that Nigeria requires a President with a sound knowledge of the economy to make headway. OBJ noted that a former German Chancellor, late Helmut Schmidt, once told him during a discussion about African countries that Nigeria needs a President who understand economy. According to Obasanjo, even Jesus Christ understood economy and that there was no way that a President with poor knowledge of the economy could meet the needs of the citizens. “There is no doubt at all that if we have to get it right, the three (economy, faith and politics) must go together. One of my international friends, the late Helmut Schmidt, who was a former Chancellor of Germany –  he died at the age of 96 about three years ago, I was at the burial – and he said if we, in Africa have to make it, all our political leaders must have good grounding in economy,” he said.

2. Ahead of the expiration of Governor Ayodele Fayose’s immunity, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has set up a special team to interrogate Fayose next week. The governor’s immunity ends on October 15, 2018. According to reports, Fayose is under investigation for allegedly receiving over N1.2billion from a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), through Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro, a former Minister of State for Defence. “We are expecting Fayose to show up at our office next week. He has nowhere to run to since he is under security watch and cannot leave the country through any land border, seaport or airport. We have also set up a special team of investigators that will interrogate him immediately after the expiration of his tenure,” the EFCC said.

3. Senators and members of the National House of Representatives, on Tuesday, allegedly agreed to dump the impeachment plot against Senate President Bukola Saraki and probably Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the House. According to reports, the plan is to face national issues which are paramount. Some senators who lost out in the parties primaries especially the APC primary had resolved to stop defending the interests of their party. Consequently, the lawmakers have collectively agreed to give peace a chance.

4. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in a recent statement said that President Muhammadu Buhari has never ran any business successfully. “Some of Atiku Abubakar’s achievements as Nigeria’s Vice President are that as head of the National Council of Privatisation, he superintended over the GSM revolution that saw Nigeria go from 50,000 to 100 million GSM lines, has added 500,000 direct jobs to the Nigerian economy and attracted $27bn to our GDP. Our question to President Buhari and the APC is how many jobs have they created? Atiku’s team asked.

5. Mr. Festus Keyamo, the Director of Media for the Buhari Campaign Organisation, in an apparent response to the statement credited to Atiku’s team that President Buhari has not successfully ran any business, said that Atiku made his money illegally using a cheating system. “Firstly, the myth about Atiku’s business acumen is one of the biggest and fattest lies ever sold to Nigerians. He has never run a successful business. He only has one company, which is a cash cow through which he invests in other things and that company is known as INTELS. He acquired shares in INTELS in 1982 when he was still a customs officer which was in clear violation of the code of conduct for public officers where he acquired shares in a company that had something to do with the customs and government,” Keyamo said.

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