Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Wednesday morning. Enjoy!
1. President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his government is focused on ending killings across the country.
The president stated this at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday when the Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, led some delegations to visit him.
“The incessant conflicts between herders and farmers are an age-long problem, this administration is determined to find lasting solutions to this problem. I implore all opinion leaders to help maintain peace while we are putting in place policies and permanent solutions,” Buhari said.
2. Senator Ahmed Lawan, the President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on Tuesday when members of the Senators Forum visited him said that there was no jumbo package for National Assembly members.
“I never believed that there is anything called jumbo payment to the National Assembly members,” the senate president said.
He further revealed how much he receives as his monthly pay. Read more on Naija Nuzz News to know how much the Senate President earns monthly
3. Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State, the Ondo State Government and all the five governors in South-East states, have vehemently rejected the proposal of the Federal Government to establish a settlement for Fulani herdsmen in their states.
President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the establishment of Ruga settlements which will stop open grazing and allow herdsmen to settle in specific areas to graze their cattle. The plan is to end the clashes between herdsmen and farmer across the country which had claimed thousands of lives and properties worth millions.
The proposed Ruga settlement had already kicked off in 12 states according to a statement by Mohammed Umar, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Read More
4. The Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigerian military have arrested suspects involved in the killing of Ex-Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.
The suspects who were supposed to be paraded before newsmen at the Mogadishu Cantonment in Abuja yesterday were arrested by the Joint Investigative Panel setup by Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, the currently Chief of Defence Staff.
Badeh who was assassinated on December 18, 2018, served as Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff under Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan between January 2014 and July 2015. Read our report on the latest news regarding Ex-CDS Badeh’s assassination.
5. Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano, says that Nigeria is heading to bankruptcy.
The Kano Emir noted that fuel subsidy, electricity subsidy, and debt servicing, are devouring the country’s revenue and would soon push Nigeria into bankruptcy.
“The country is bankrupt and we are heading to bankruptcy. What happens is that the Federal Government do pay petroleum subsidy, pays electricity tariff subsidy, and if there is a rise in interest rates, the Federal Government pays. What is more life-threatening than the subsidy that we have to sacrifice education, health sector and infrastructure for us to have cheap petroleum?”
“If truly President Buhari is fighting poverty, he should remove the risk on the national financial sector and stop the subsidy regime, which is fraudulent.” Read More on Naija Buzz