Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:
United States, United Kingdom, the European Union and 19 other countries have called on Nigeria to ensure free and fair 2019 election. They advised the Federal Government and the legislators to work with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to work on the improvement of the electoral process at least six months before the elections. The position was contained in a joint statement in Abuja to celebrate with the nation on its Democracy Day.
The leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said that Nigeria’s democracy of 18 years has served only the political class and not the average Nigerians. The labour union lamented that those that were elected as democratic leaders had not only turned around to serve themselves but have continued to exploit every given opportunity to “turn the rest of us into paupers in our own land.” Ayuba Wabba, NLC President issued this statement to mark this year’s Democracy Day.
Members of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP, have said that it was too early to talk about leaving the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki led members of the aggrieved members of the nPDP in a closed door meeting with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa on Monday. But spokesman for the group, Kawu Baraje while addressing reporters immediately after the meeting said it was too early to talk about their final exit from the APC.
17 suspected Boko Haram members, on Monday surrendered to the Nigerian military, due to the Federal Government’s promise of amnesty. One of them, Ahmed Alhassan, disclosed this when Rogers Nicholas, a Major-General, paraded them at the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri. Alhassan confessed they heard President Buhari’s appeal through the radio, at their camp known as “Marcas of Nguma”, around the shores of Lake Chad region and gave up the struggle.
The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, on Monday described the sit-at-home order by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra IPOB, as destructive to the nation’s cohesion. Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, ACF National Publicity Secretary in a statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna Monday, said, ACF considers such press statement as destructive of national cohesion.
President Muhammadu Buhari has admitted that Nigerians have been facing serious challenges since he took over power in 2015. He, however, boasted that he came into power with the promise to bring change to the nation and the change he would continue to deliver despite distractions. He made this statement on Tuesday in a nationwide broadcast to mark the nation’s democracy day.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday promised to sign the “Not too young to run” bill in a few days. He made the promise in a nationwide broadcast in commemoration of the Democracy Day. The bill seeks to reduce the minimum age requirement for elective positions in the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday queried the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation for not inviting a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe, to the 2018 Democracy Day Lecture to learn from the lecture. Buhari noted that Orubebe should have been present to listen to the lecture delivered by the then Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. The former minister’s action nearly disrupted the hall as he accused Jega of bias during the election.
Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Monday played a 1-1 draw in an international friendly played in Rivers State. William Troost-Ekong scored for Nigeria in the 14th minute while DR Congo levelled in the 78th minute through Ngulugu from the spot.
The dismissed Corporal who led the armed robbery gang that attacked commercial banks in Offa, Kwara State, Michael Adikwu has told detectives why he killed many people that day. Adikwu told operatives of the Inspector-General of Police (IG) Intelligence Response Team (IRT) that he personally killed over 20 people, mostly policemen during the operation, in revenge of what they did to him. He lamented his sack from the force for his involvement in the release of some armed robbers.