Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Wednesday morning. Enjoy!
1. 211,000,000 pounds (about N82billion) was recently traced to a former Nigerian Head of State, late Gen. Sani Abacha.
The huge amount was reportedly laundered by the former Nigerian leader through the United States into the Channel Islands while he was in office.
The money was deposited in an account in Jersey, United States of America, by Doraville Properties Corporation, a British Virgin Islands company.
The US government has seized the said amount until the Jersey authority reaches an agreement with the Nigerian Government on how the money should be repatriated.
2. The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will on Thursday begin a two-day consultation with PDP lawmakers-elect ahead of the election of presiding officers of the 9th National Assembly.
The opposition party has 44 senators-elect and 118 members-elect.
At the end of the meeting, the PDP would decide on who to vote for the positions of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House.
3. General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd), a former Head of State, in a statement on Tuesday in Minna, the capital of Niger State, expressed confidence that President Muhammadu Buhari will overcome security challenges in the country.
“What is required now is for Nigerians to rally round the President to enable him provide adequate security and good leadership.
“The people’s support will help the president to succeed; he needs everyone’s cooperation to trudge on to success,” IBB said.
4. The All Progressives Congress (APC) in its response to Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, a former National Chairman of APC, says that he (Oyegun) is responsible for the current indiscipline in the ruling party.
Naija Buzz had few days ago reported how the former APC Chairman described the incumbent Chairman Adams Oshiomhole as a failure because he lacks the temperament and capacity required to run a political party. Senator Lawal Shuaibu, the Deputy National Chairman of the APC, had last week asked Oshiomhole to step aside because he was only doing more damage than good for the party.
The APC however noted that its former chairman accommodated impunity and promoted indiscipline in the party, adding that he lacked the courage to confront those who couldn’t operate by the party’s rule. More details on Naija Buzz
5. President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday described those who live in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as ‘necessary evil’ because they voted for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the last presidential election.
He noted that he has all the results of all constituencies, adding that he knows those who didn’t vote for him but he’s not threatening the FCT.
“I have all the results of all constituencies. I am not threatening FCT because to make FCT secure is to make myself secure and the Vice President. I think they are are necessary evil that was why they decided to vote for PDP,” Buhari said at the Presidential Villa in Abuja when he received a delegation from the FCT who paid him Sallah visit. Read More on Naija Buzz