10 things you need to know this Sunday morning - Nigerian Newspapers
Tiamiyu Saheed Oluwatosin
Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know this morning.
1. President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, his predecessor, David Mark were among prominent Nigerian People who paid glowing tributes to erstwhile president, Olusegun Obasanjo on his 79th birthday.
The trio in separate statements described Obasanjo, 79, as an outstanding nationalist and statesman who laboured to keep Nigeria one.
2. Freedom has finally come the way of Miss Patience Paul, the 15-year-old girl who was abducted in Sokoto State last year.
The young girl, according his elder brother, Isaac, returned home to the warm arms of her family on Saturday with what he described as ‘small malaria.’
3. The Arewa Youth Leaders Forum has pleaded with the Federal government to pardon members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) including their leader, Sheikh El-Zakhzaky over their clash with the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai in December, 2015, in Zaria, Kaduna State.
The group noted that they should be pardoned on the condition that such ugly situation would not happen again. IMN had since tendered unreserved apology to the army authority over the incident.
4. President Muhammadu Buhari has admitted that there were some bad eggs in his government.
According to him, there were some persons who were not “100 percent loyal” to his administration, especially as regard to the alleged padding of the 2016 budget, which had caused his government serious embarrassment.
5. President Muhammadu Buhari is set to launch the cleanup of Ogoniland in no distant time, the Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed has disclosed.
The minister, who made this announcement when she paid a courtesy visit to Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, noted that the clean up of the Ogoniland would span between 25 and 30 years.
6. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has lifted the temporary suspension slammed on the Bristow Helicopter Sirkorsky S-76 aircrafts in the country.
A statement signed by its External Communications Manager, Julie King, said the return of the Sikorsky S-76 aircraft to flight operations followed completion of the NCAA’s comprehensive operational audit.
Bristow Helicopter’s aircraft type Sikorsky S-76C was suspended from operations in Nigeria due to the recent mishaps in the country, which led to the lost of many lives.
7. The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoh Adeboye has affirmed that those calling for his retirement were ignorant.
Daddy G.O, as Adeboye is fondly called, said the church constitution did not state that anyone above 70 years should not lead the church.
He made this assertion at his 74th birthday celebration.
8. The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has warned that nobody should abduct any Christian girl and force her into marriage. General Secretary of the association, Rev. Musa Asake, said it was wrong for anyone to kidnap anyone and force her into unwanted marriage in the name of religion. Asake said it was a sin before God and humanity.
9. Ex-President, Olusegun Obasanjo has described the Economic and Financial Crimes Commision, EFCC, as a toothless bulldog.
Obasanjo said, though the anti-graft body was effective during the time of the pioneer Chairman, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, it had become weak and inactive.
10. Despite the recent directive by President Muhammamdu Buhari for a thorough investigation into the Fulani herdsmen/Agatu farmers’ crisis, report says the people of the community were still being attacked by the herdsmen.
It was gathered that between the time of the president’s reaction and now, no fewer than 20 persons had been hacked to death in the community.
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