Femi Ogbonnikan In Abeokuta
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has condoled with the President of the United States, Mr. Donald Trump, over the death of the country’s former President, Mr. George H.W Bush Snr.
The 94 year old former US leader died on Saturday.
In a letter of condolence, which was made available to newsmen by Obasanjo’s media Aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, on Sunday, the former President said he received the news of the death of the erstwhile US leader with rude shock.
According to Obasanjo, “President Bush’s death is a loss, not only to his immediate family and to the United States of America, but also to the entire world.”
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has announced that its campaign for 2019 elections will kick off in Sokoto state on Monday.
Senate President Bukola Saraki, director-general of the party’s campaign council, said this at the inaugural press briefing of the council. The PDP inaugurated the council, made up of 153 members, on Thursday.
Saraki raised 10 questions, saying if Nigerians cannot give positive answers to them, they should vote out the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.
The questions ranged across economy, security, employment and the rule of law.
“ISSUES: For Nigerians, in 2019, the issues that have to be addressed are:
Chairman, University of Ibadan chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr. Deji Omole has described the federal government as shameless for owing lecturers seven years of unpaid earned academic allowances and still want them to continue to work for free while the Presidency and the National Assembly feed fat on the wealth of the nation.
Omole made this declaration while reacting to a memo which directed Vice Chancellors of universities to implement the “no work, no pay” policy on the sticking lecturers across the country.
The Federal Government, it was gathered had directed Vice Chancellors of striking public universities across the country to enforce “no-work-no-pay” rule on the striking lecturers.
The British Government has said it would not interfere in Nigeria’s 2019 general election. Britain, however, urged the Nigerian Government and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to ensure that free, fair, credible and violent free election is conducted.
The Deputy British High Commissioner, Harriet Thompson, stated this in Umuahia when she led a delegation from the British High Commissioner, Abuja, to interact with the Abia State Police Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike.
It stated that it would engage the INEC, on allegations against them by parties to ensure that the election is free and credible. According to her, “British Government is desirous of seeing Nigeria conduct credible elections.
The Nigerian army has issued out another warning, as they told Nigerians to leave the army out of politics and fake news.
The Nigerian army also stated in its press statement that it will continue to be professional in their assigned roles, and remain apolitical at all times. The statement reads in full;
The Nigerian Army has noted with great concern the deliberate and concerted efforts to mislead the public by some people through misinformation.
Thus creating an erroneous impression of the Nigerian Army through the inaccurate and false publication of casualty figures on the unfortunate attacks on some of its locations in the North East.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said that he cannot take responsibility for the abduction of the Chibok girls in April 2014 as he does not control the terrorist group.
Recall that Boko Haram members stormed the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, on April 14th 2014 and abducted over 200 girls.
Speaking in an interview with BBC on Friday, November 30th, Jonathan said he did all that was expected of any responsible government to do immediately the girls were abducted.
“Immediately the Chibok [schoolgirls] issue came up, we expected Nigerians to be concerned. ‘How do we get these girls out?’ Within a couple of days, we saw people going to the US with Bring Back Our Girls placards.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says its Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, possesses the qualities that Nigerians will use to determine who they will elect in the 2019 Presidential election.
The President of the Senate and Director-General of PDP Presidential Campaign Council, Sen. Bukola Saraki, said this at a news conference in Abuja on Friday.
Saraki said that Nigerians need a President who understands the economy, can drive investment and also secure lives and property.
He said that PDP had a candidate who had an understanding of what it takes to move Nigeria forward, drive investments, unite Nigerians and run an inclusive government.
A faction of the All Progressive Grand Alliance on Friday emerged in Abuja with a call on the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, to resign for single-handedly endorsing President Muhamadu Buhari for the 2019 elections.
The governor had in a video, which went viral, reportedly endorsed the President during the public presentation of a book to commemorate the 80th birthday of a former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Victor Attah, despite having Gen. John Gbor (retd) as its presidential candidate for the 2019 presidential poll.