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1. Emeka Ojukwu Jr., the son of Chief Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, on Wednesday, confirmed that his late father actually had discussions with President Muhammadu Buhari on Nigeria and reached a conclusion with his father that Nigeria is better united. Emeka Ojukwu vehemently denied granting any interview quoting him to have stated that Buhari’s statements were false. Ojukwu Jr. noted that his late father told him about his meeting with Buhari while he was still alive.
2. The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, on Wednesday, while speaking to the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Ekiti State Government house, said that he stands by his claims about President Muhammadu Buhari’s ill health and would not apologize over what he had said.
3. A former Minister of Labour and Productivity, Alhaji Usaini Zanwa Akwanga, has been reportedly abducted in his farmland in Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State. According to report, about 10 gunmen stormed his farm along Wamba road in Akwanga around 6pm on Tuesday and kidnapped him to an unknown destination.
4. The Southern Leaders Forum (SLF) on Wednesday insisted that it is time to restructure Nigeria. The SLF statement came as its reaction to President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement during his nationwide broadcast on Monday after returning from 104 days medical leave in London. Buhari had stated that Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable and that any issue of national discus should be submitted to the National Assembly. “The claim that Nigeria’s ‘unity is settled and not negotiable’ is untenable. Every country is daily dialogue and there is nothing finally settled in its life,” it said.
5. Mallam Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, said that those who clamour for the nation’s restructuring should choose their words carefully, saying that issues are resolved through “established processes, not by abuses, insults or irresponsible statements’’.