Good Morning Nigeria! Here’s what you need to know this Wednesday morning. Our top picks from stories across Nigerian Newspapers 🙂. Enjoy!
1. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday opposed President Muhammadu Buhari’s position on the restructuring of the country, saying that there was no alternative to the restructuring for Nigeria to make progress. Buhari had on Monday while receiving a delegation of Urhobo Traditional Rulers and Urhobo Progress Union at the Presidential Villa said that those calling for the restructure of Nigeria had selfish interests. Atiku who spoke in Asaba, the Delta State capital, however noted that there was too much power in the hands of the Federal Government, and it has made governance less competitive among states.
2. Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Education, on Tuesday embarked on a protest to the Presidential Villa in Abuja over the killings of over 100 people in Barkin-Ladi and Riyom in Plateau State by suspected Fulani herdsmen. Dr. Ezekwesili walked from the Eagle Square to the first gate of the Presidential Villa Abuja where she was stopped by armed security operatives. The security operatives were so hostile and aggressive that the cameramen who had gone to record the protest had to flee.
3. Sunday Akinniyi, a former Chief Whip of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, on Tuesday defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). His defection came following his suspension from the House for alleged terrorism and for sleeping during plenary in the last 3 years. The lawmaker was also barred from the State House of Assembly complex.
4. Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming July 14 Ekiti State governorship election, has accused Governor Ayodele Fayose and the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of plotting to compromise the July 14 governorship election. According to him, a team of INEC officials led by one Ishaku Abbo, who had been living with Fayose at the Government House since January, revealed that they’ve been having secret meeting with 3 other top officials of INEC identified as Egharevba John, Festus Aisien, and Igidiogu Kelechi from INEC headquarter in Abuja. “Curiously, these three top officials hold strategic positions in election management. One is from the Administraion; one is Store and Distribution Department while the other is an Information and Communications Technology top official,” Bamidele Faparusi, the Deputy DG of Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation, said
5. Afenifere, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, has called on governors in the South-West region not to provide land for the proposed cattle ranches by the Federal Government in their respective states. The group noted that any governor who provides land for herdsmen in the state would face the wrath of the people of Yorubaland. According to Afenifere, rearing of cattle was a private business and government has no right to use public funds to establish ranches for herdsmen.
6. President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said that it was unjust to accuse him of being silent on killings being carried out by suspected herdsmen in parts of the nation. According to Buhari who spoke during an interactive session with stakeholders in Jos, Plateau State, he said that people were blaming him for not talking to herdsmen probably because he looked like them. “Whatever is being given to the media, we have to be very responsible about it. Take for instance the situation in Benue. The Benue subsistence farmer knows that the Nigerian cattle herder that he knows doesn’t carry nothing more than a stick occasionally sometimes something to cut grass to feed his cattle. But the present herder, I am told, carries AK47 and people are even blaming me for not talking to them because may be (they say) I look like one of them.” “There is some injustice in these aspersions,” Buhari said.
7. The Department of State Services (DSS) has released Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the lawmaker representing Abia South Senatorial District. The senator was released on Tuesday night after 5 days incarceration by the DSS. There was no conditions for his release apart from him showing up time to time. “No condition except that he should be showing up from time to time. There is nothing more,” his lawyer, Chukwu-Machukeu Ume, said when asked if there was a condition attached to his release.