Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Wednesday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo at the public presentation of ‘My Transition Hour’, a book written by Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, urged Nigerians to ensure that they would not hand over the nation to those he described as thieves and hooligans. “There is still no substitute for democracy when all is said and done. It fosters peace. It builds and does not destroy. It unifies, rather than divides. But all these can only happen if democracy is in the hands of democrats. If it is in the hands of thieves and hooligans, they can use it as a weapon. We should ensure hooligans don’t get it,” OBJ said.
2. Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is the worst in the history of Nigeria. He described Buhari’s years in power since 2015 as locust years, saying that the Coalition of United Political Parties was determined to save the country by kicking him out of Aso Rock. “We clearly understand that to win the forthcoming elections, we require a united opposition. So, all the parties are simply presenting their presidential candidates but by January, the CUPP will formalise its consensus candidate. It may well be Atiku or it may not but the person who will be chosen must be one who has the heavy-lifting, who can get the job done. Personally, I’m pro-Atiku because I think he has the heavy-lifting but I will not preempt anything,” he said.
3. The deadly Boko Haram terrorist group in a recent attack reportedly killed 44 soldiers and 9 farmers in 3 days attacks on some villages in Borno State, North-East Nigeria. According to AFP report, at least 43 soldiers were killed on Sunday as the sect attacked an Army Battalion. “Our troops were completely routed and the terrorists captured the base after heavy fighting,” an undisclosed military officer told AFP.
4. Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan in his new book revealed that some governors elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) worked against his 2015 re-election bid because of their personal ambitions. “Governors elected under the banner of my party, the Peoples Democratic Party, who did not wholeheartedly campaign for me and adamantly refused to allow campaign posters with my picture and theirs to be printed and circulated. In fact, a particular first term governor in the North openly said his ideal scenario was to have him re-elected and my opponent elected President. This same governor told his aides that I would be removed in a coup. Unfortunately for him, his wishes did not come to pass and he ended up not being elected,” he revealed.
5. Senator Shehu Sani who was elected under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015 but was however kicked out by his political enemy, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, now says that the ruling party, he wanted to contest in 2019 under, has failed Nigerians.