Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Wednesday morning🙂. Enjoy!
1.Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, a former Governor of Delta State, urged President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill in order to address the shortcomings witnessed in the just concluded general elections.
“The role of INEC is central to everything concerning electoral politics. Is INEC truly independent and capable not just in Abuja but across the various states, local governments and wards?, the ex-governor said in a lecture he delivered at the Prof. B.I.C Ijomah Centre for Policy Studies and Research, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
“INEC should come up with a fail-safe system, there is need to further improve on the efficiency and the efficacy of the card reader. Nigerians should take a second look at the electronic voting and electronic transmission of results,” he added.
2. President Muhammadu Buhari during a meeting with the Nigerian community in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, said that he will consolidate corruption fight and improve the economy before 2023.
Buhari promised to prudently manage the country’s resources and rapidly diversify the economy with special emphasis on agriculture.
“What we did was to encourage agriculture and fertiliser was made available at half the price.
“We encouraged people to go back to land. The response was excellent. We have virtually achieved food security; we have stopped the importation of rice,” he said.
3. The Arewa Consultative Forum will on Wednesday meet over the increasing rate of killings and banditry in the north, especially in Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna and Sokoto States.
The meeting will be for the Board of Trustees of the top northern socio-cultural group.
“We have the BoT meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) to discuss the general insecurity due to kidnappings and insurgency in the country; for now, no comment please,” Alhaji Muhammad Biu, ACF spokesman, told Punch.
Mansur Dan-Ali, the Minister of Defence, had recently accused traditional rulers in the north of aiding bandits.
4. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the exiled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), said that the bench warrant issued against him by Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja is just an academic exercise.
He noted that the international and diplomatic community would ignore the bench warrant, adding that the warrant means nothing to him.
“The international and diplomatic community would surely ignore the bench warrant,” he said.
5. The Buhari Media Organisation on Tuesday asked security agencies to investigate former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), over what its described as an unholy romance with foreign bodies especially the United States of America in pursuit of a mandate he never had.
According to the group, Atiku wants to destabilize Nigeria in a bid to achieve his fail presidential ambition.
The group claimed that Atiku had been lobbying the US to recognize him as Nigeria’s President-elect despite his defeat in February 23 as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
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6. Governors Ibukunle Amosun and Kashim Shettima of Ogun and Borno States reportedly met on Monday to discuss their plans over the senate presidency.
The two governors who are currently serving their final term as governor won election into the senate under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The party had zoned the number 3 position to the North-East and also adopted Senator Ahmad Lawan as its next senate president.
However, Senator Ali Ndume, a lawmaker from Borno State, rejected the party’s decision, saying that he will contest for the position as well even without his party’s support. Read More on Naija Buzz