Former British Prime Minister, Mr. Tony Blair, has asked the incoming President, General Muhammadu Buhari, to overhaul the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, saying it was one sure way of tackling corruption and saving more money for infrastructural development.
Blair also asked the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to switch from its opposition status and assume the posture of head of an organisation, stressing that the days of persuasion and agitations were over. He further stated that Buhari and the APC must be true to their words at all times, saying the action of the incoming government within the first 100 days in office would determine the kind of goodwill it would eventually have. Blair spoke at a two-day policy dialogue themed “Implementing Change: From Vision to Reality,” organised by the Policy, Research and Strategy Directorate of the APC Presidential Campaign Council in Abuja, yesterday.
BUHARI GOVT WILL INHERIT WORST ECONOMY IN NIGERIA’S HISTORY
The Vice President-elect, Prof. Yomi Osinbajo, has said the Muhammadu Buhari-led government will inherit the worst economy ever in the history of the nation. Also, a former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has advised Buhari to take advantage of the country’s current level of public support for him to take hard decisions. Osinbajo and Blair spoke during the opening of a two-day Policy Dialogue on the Implementation of the Agenda for Change, which began in Abuja on Wednesday. Osinbajo put the nation’s local and international debt profile at US$60bn with a 2015 debt-serving bill of N953.6bn, representing 21 per cent of this year’s budget.
SPEAKERSHIP: I’M NOT TINUBU’S CANDIDATE – GBAJABIAMILA
The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, denied on Wednesday that he was the candidate of National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for the speakership of the 8th Assembly. Gbajabiamila, who is one of the leading contestants for the number four job, spoke in Abuja as he met with Peoples Democratic Party members-elect in continuation of his campaign for the position. Other contenders include Chairman, Committee on House Services, Mr. Yakubu Dogara; Chairman, Committee on Agriculture, Mr. Mohammed Monguno; Chairman, Committee on Finance, Mr. Abdulmumini Jibrin; and Mr. Pally Iriase. However, the race has lately narrowed down to Gbajabiamila and Dogara, seen as the front runners.
MUÁZU, ANENIH RESIGN TO PAVE WAY FOR JONATHAN’S HEADSHIP?
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu and the Board of Trustees Chairman, Chief Tony Anenih, on Wednesday bowed to pressure from key members of the party to resign. Mu’azu, in a letter he tendered during the PDP National Working Committee meeting in Abuja however cited “health grounds ” as the reason for his resignation. But Anenih, in a one-page letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, hinged his action on the current state of affairs in the party and also for Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to become BoT Chairman. Mu’azu, a former governor of Bauchi State, had only last week dismissed calls for his resignation and warned that the PDP would be buried if he succumbed to the pressure.
KANO GOVT WITHDRAWS MURDER CHARGES AGAINST CHILD BRIDE
The Kano State government has surprisingly dropped murder charges against a 14-year-old girl, who reportedly killed her husband. The child bride, Wasila Tasiu allegedly thumb-printed a confessional statement while in police custody that she killed her husband, Umar Sani through application of rat poison in his local delicacy. Tasiu was said to to have taken the action after she was forced to marry the deceased against her wish. However, a government lawyer, Abba Lamido Sorondinki made an oral application before the Gezewa High Court, Kano, where Tasiu had been standing trial in the last 20 months that the accused person be set free as the state was no longer interested in prosecuting her. This development may be Nigeria’s baby steps towards discouraging this sickening child-bride-syndrome in northern Nigeria.
HOW DRIVER DELIVERED RANSOM TO KIDNAPPERS OF GUO MOTORS BOSS
Ikechukwu Okere, personal driver to Chief Godwin Ubaka Okeke, Chairman of GUO Motors Limited, yesterday, at an Onitsha High Court II presided over by Justice Alexander Okuma, gave a graphic account of how some of the suspected kidnappers abducted Okeke, on Sunday, August 23, 2009, in the premises of All Saints Anglican Church Cathedral, Onitsha, Anambra State. He also explained how he personally drove the vehicle that took the unspecified amount of ransom to the kidnappers the next day for Okeke to be released from their captivity. Testifying before the court as second prosecution witness at a resumed hearing of the proceeding in the case against three accused persons, including Kelechi Okafor, Anthony Okafor and Alexander Onyinanya, who are currently standing trial for allegedly participating in Okeke’s kidnap.
21 PDP CANDIDATES WITHDRAW POLLS’ PETITIONS IN ANAMBRA
TWENTY-ONE candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who contested for seats in the recent House of Assembly elections in Anambra State have decided to withdraw their petitions from the election petitions tribunal. In a statement they issued in Amawbia, Anambra State after their meeting with the Deputy Governor of the state, Dr. Nkem Okeke, the candidates declared that their decision was borne out of the need to save the state from any acrimonious legal battle. They said: “Our decision was part of the sacrifice for the state and to enable us co-operate with the Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, to move Anambra State forward in view of the good works which he is presently doing in the state.
579 SOLDIERS CURRENTLY FACE COURTS MARTIAL
The Nigerian Army is prosecuting 579 officers and soldiers for offences bordering on professional misconduct and indiscipline in the Armed Forces says Ag. Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman. The 579 are being tried in two courts; the Army Headquarters Garrison, Mogadishu Cantonment, Abuja, and headquarters of the 81 Division in Lagos. “There are currently two separate ongoing courts martial in the Army Headquarters Garrison, and 81 Division, Nigerian Army, with a view to ensuring quick dispensation of justice, discipline and professionalism. In all, 473 suspects are to be tried here at the Army Headquarters Garrison and 106 at the 81 Division” Usman says.
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