Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Wednesday morning🙂. Enjoy!
1. Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Tuesday revealed that over 680,000 people were displaced and properties worth over N400billion destroyed by Fulani herdsmen in the state.
“Those who think that the problem of herdsmen is only that of the Benue Valley and Middle Belt states should watch out. At first, it was Plateau State and southern Kaduna, then Taraba, Adamawa, Niger, Kogi, Nasarawa, Delta, Cross River, Ekiti, Ebonyi, Enugu, Zamfara, Katsina, Rivers, Ogun, Ondo and other states. It is spreading and soon it will become an obvious national social and economic problem too difficult to contain,” Governor Ortom said while delivering the Prof. Miriam Ikejiani lecture at the University of Nigeria Nsuka.
2. Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has revealed his plan to send delegation to the Republic of Niger to tell it to start receiving goods at the Kaduna Inland Dry Port instead of using seaports in Lagos State.
“We are very grateful today’s event has opened a new vista of commercial opportunities, not only for northern businessmen but even for our neighbouring countries.
“I intend to send a delegation to the Republic of Niger to sensitise the government of that country on the opportunities of receiving their goods in Kaduna instead of Lagos and having to truck them, as well as any of their exports from Kaduna port to any part of the world,” the governor said.
3. Amaju Pinnick, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, has been charged by the Federal Government of Nigeria with alleged misappropriation of $8,400 which was paid by FIFA to the NFF as Nigeria’s appearance fees in the group stage of the Brazil 2014 World Cup.
Pinnick alongside 4 others was accused of also siphoning N4billion belonging to the NFF.
They were also accused of failing to declare their assets which is punishable under section 3(3)(a) of the Recovery of Public Property (Special Provisions) Act, 2004.
4. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the National House of Representatives, in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, said that Nigeria need leaders who would not need godfathers approvals to serve the people.
According to Dogara, Nigeria’s major challenge is not corruption, “rather, the real disease has been the absence of true leadership which in turn breads moral corruption and wickedness.”
Dogara who spoke during a programme organized for youthful legislators-elect by YIAGA Africa with support from UKAid and #NotTooYoungToRun, advised the legislators-elect to shun abuse of power and nepotism.
He further advised the lawmakers-elect to stand firm “for the truth regardless of who is for or against it or even when the consequences are dire.” Read Dogara’s full speech on Naija Buzz
5.Prof. Ango Abdullahi, the Chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, has expressed worry over the spate of insecurity in the country. He noted that President Muhammadu Buhari is not doing enough to tackle the situation.
His statement came while reacting to the statement issued by the presidency over the kidnap of the District Head of Daura, Alhaji Musa Uba, who is Buhari’s in-law.
Prof. Abdullahi however in his reaction to the statement by the presidency said that the security issues in the north were worse under Buhari than it was during the administration of Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
“Obviously there is more insecurity in the North today than during Jonathan’s leadership,” Prof. Abdullahi told Punch.
6. Afenifere, the pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, and the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has rebuked Mr. Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, for likening them with the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria.
The presidential aide had stated that Miyetti Allah should not be criminalized because it was in same league with Afenifere and Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
“It is a mistake to say the Nigerian government is talking to bandits. The Miyetti Allah group is like the Ohanaeze and Afenifere. It is a socio-cultural group. There are criminals within the Yoruba race and you cannot say because of that Afenifere is a group of criminals,” Shehu had stated during a programme on Channels TV.