OSINBAJO URGES NORTHERN TRADITIONAL RULERS TO COUNSEL MISGUIDED YOUTHS
The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has called on traditional rulers to advise misguided youths in their domains against divisive action. He made the call on Tuesday following his consultation with leaders of the North and South East.
He also stressed that Nigeria is stronger and better as one unified nation, adding that rather than viewing the country’s diversity as a challenge, it should be a source of unity. The ongoing consultations by the Vice President are expected to be concluded today, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, with a meeting with the 36 governors.
NORTH MUST PRODUCE PRESIDENT AGAIN – NORTHERN YOUTH LEADERS INSIST
The Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF) has said that the ‘North will not and will never allow the Presidency to move to the South in 2019’ no matter what. The group in a statement signed by Comrade Elliot Afiyo also enjoined northern youths to embrace dialogue and seek peace with everyone even in the midst of provocations.
The group further said that as far as the northerners need the Igbo, the Igbo need the Yoruba and the Yoruba need the Hausa. That we ‘have our differences; we should use these differences to foster our unity.’ And that the north will continue to play safe and host the Igbos, no matter the provocations but against the balkanization’.
COMMUNITIES PROTEST ALLEGED NEGLECT, THREATEN TO DISTRUPT AGIP OIL PRODUCTION
Some Niger Delta communities have threatened to distrupt oil exploration due to the activities of Nigerian AGIP oil company. They issued the warning in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital city where they protested to draw attention to their plight.
The group expressed worry that should efforts to reach an amicable resolution fail, many of their members may resort to violent agitation. Several efforts made to reach the management of the Nigerian AGIP Oil Company to react to allegations raised by the protesters were stiffly resisted by security personnel.
FG APPROVES PAYMENT OF N701 BN ASSURANCE SYSTEM TO BOOST ELECTRICITY SUPPLY
The Federal Government has approved the payment of assurance system of N701 billion to break the liquidity of the entire electricity value chain in the country, the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said. Osinbajo made the fact known at a roundtable on Nigerian Renewable Energy in Abuja on Tuesday, adding that part of the amount which was approved by the Federal Executive Council had been released.
He said the second payment of the assurance system would soon be made to further boost electricity supply.
I’M THE RIGHTFUL KING – AKIOLU
Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu on Tuesday insisted before an Ikeja High Court that he remains the rightfully elected monarch of Lagos. This he disclosed at the resumed hearing of a suit challenging his right to the throne as Oba of Lagos.
While being cross examined by Mr Babatunde Fashanu (SAN), Akiolu reasserted that the age-long traditional customs and traditions were followed in his selection as an oba. Responding to claims that he was elected less than 90-days after the demise of Oyekan which is contrary to customs, Akiolu said that such a rule was non– existent.
IPOB BERATES OSINBAJO FOR SAYING GROUP’S ACTIONS VIOLATE NIGERIA’S CONSTITUTION
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has berated the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo, for saying that actions by its members were a violation of Nigeria’s constitution.
Maintaining that all it is asking for is self determination through internationally recognised instrument of referendum or plebiscite, IPOB also advised Prof. Osinbajo and those it called “few rented saboteurs and uneducated public commentators to stop the perverse insinuation” that the Biafra agitation is a demand for war.
BUHARI SUFFERS SPEECH IMPAIRMENT IN LONDON
President Muhammadu Buhari, who left Nigeria 45 days ago to resume treatment for an undisclosed medical condition believed to be cancer, has developed speech difficulties, Presidency sources said today.
It has now been learnt that President Buhari has not spoken to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo by telephone since his departure. Only last week, the Acting President was asked to await a phone call from Mr. Buhari but when a call eventually came in, nothing coherent was heard from Mr. Buhari, despite the cabal telling people of his “tremendous” improvement.
FG REACTS TO NEWS ON REMOVAL OF CRK FROM SECONDARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM
The Federal Ministry of Education has debunked reports that Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) has been removed as a subject of study from the curriculum of public secondary schools in Nigeria, while Islamic Religious Studies (IRS) has been reintroduced.
Debunking the report, Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs. Chinenye Ihuoma, pointed out that the ministry had designed a new subject which merged Civic Education, IRS, CRK and Social Studies into “Religion and National Values”. Mrs. Ihuoma said the alternation is not from the minister, but purely from the National Council on Education.
SUSPECTED BOKO HARAM MILITANTS AMBUSH 200 VEHICLES
Militants in northeastern Nigeria ambushed a 200-vehicle convoy after fighting with security forces, resulting in at least two deaths. The incident occurred in the restive Borno state, on a highway connecting Borno’s capital Maiduguri to Damboa town on Tuesday.
The attack came two days after Boko Haram was accused of killing between eight and 17 people during multiple bomb blasts in a crowded area of Maiduguri, which is the group’s birthplace and the epicentre of its insurgency. The country’s government and army have often claimed the fight against the insurgent is over, but violence has continued since.
TWO POLICE OFFICERS DISMISSED FOR COLLECTING N15,000 BRIBE IN ABUJA
Police in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja has dismissed two traffic wardens attached to Wuse Police Division, for allegedly collecting N15,000 as bribe from a traffic offender.
The Assistant Commissioner of Police in-charge of the unit, Abayomi Shogunle gave the names of the suspects as Musa Muktari with force number 394120 GDI and Shuaibu Suleman, 10627 GDII who arrested a motorist at Wuse Market on May 29, accusing him of jumping traffic light. He further stated that.both men were found guilty of abuse of office, soliciting and receiving a bribe contrary to Paragraph C Sub (IV), (VI) and (II) of the 1st Schedule of the Police Act and Regulation CAP 370 of 1990.