Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Saturday morning🙂. Enjoy!
1.Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu on Thursday night during a dinner to mark the end of the orientation programme organized for the elected federal lawmakers in Abuja said that the 9th Assembly must shun politics in tackling national issues.
“After elections comes the onerous business of governance and I am greatly encouraged by the enthusiasm and determination of senators and members-elect to rise above narrow politics.
“It gladdens the heart that members-elect are aware that once sworn in as senators and members of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic, we are bound by our oath of office.
“We will always act in the overall interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well-being and prosperity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Ekweremadu said.
2. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the National House of Representatives, has advised lawmakers elected into the Senate and the House not to see their membership when inaugurated as a form of induction into an elite club.
He advised them to see themselves as ambassadors of their different constituencies and focus of the job they were elected for.
“Let me remind us that very soon, after this orientation programme, we will get the oath of office into the chambers. And by that, we shouldn’t deceive ourselves that we are getting inducted into an exclusive club of some kind of elite in this country, but merely ambassadors of our different constituencies, by extension, the nation Nigeria.
“We cannot afford to fail the people who sent us. The only thing we require to make a difference is knowledge. Our parliament must be knowledge-based. If we have no knowledge; we cannot do the work or succeed in the task that is before us,” Dogara said.
3. The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in its reply to the petition filed against it by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate, said that Atiku is not a Nigerian.
APC noted that Atiku is not a Nigerian citizen, but a Cameroonian.
The ruling party said that Atiku who was a Vice President is a Cameroonian and“not a citizen of Nigeria by birth and ought not to have even been allowed in the first place, to contest the election”.
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4. The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) anointed candidate for the next 9th Assembly Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan, reportedly met with some of his colleagues in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The APC had stated that it would not need the opposition PDP for Senator Lawan to emerge winner of the senate presidency.
Lawan’s endorsement by the party however created a division among the APC senators. Some are with Senator Ali Ndume who has vehemently refused to accept his party’s decision and Senator Danjuma Goje also wants to contest the number 3 position.
5. The Nigerian Air Force has vehemently denied claim by Emirs state its air strikes killed innocent people in Zamfara State.
NAF had stated that it bombed the location of bandits logistics base n Ajia in Birnin Magaji Local Government Area of the state and killed many bandits.
The traditional rulers however said that the air strikes missed its target and instead killed innocent people.
“The Air Force finds such reports rather ridiculous because most of the locations attacked are within the Rugu, Sububu and Kagara forests general area, which are known bandits’ hideouts that have been attacked in the past, without any outcry,” NAF said.
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