As Nigeria celebrates its Independence Day anniversary, president Muhammadu Buhari in an early morning nationwide broadcast acknowledged the economic and security challenges currently facing the country.
In the broadcast message, the president lauded his leadership, stating his administration has achieved much with few resources.
Buhari also criticized past administrations, including former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, late Umar Yaradua and Goodluck Jonathan, who were in charge of the country from 1999 to 2015. He said they did not accomplish what his regime has done with scarce resources.
President Buhari also said, for Nigeria to succeed, a responsible government must face realities and take tough decisions.
The federal government, along with state governments, observed low-key celebrations. Many demonstrators, who violated the no parade rules, were arrested in some states, including Lagos.
Fashola To APC: Respect Your Zoning Plan In 2023
Minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, has advised leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to respect its zoning formula in picking a presidential candidate for the 2023 elections.
Fashola says this is the core of the agreement by APC founding fathers before the 2015 elections.
The minister said although zoning is not in the party’s constitution, party leaders had agreed on the zoning when the party was being formed.
Fashola has also advised party members to support the Mala Buni-led caretaker, extra-ordinary, convention committee, which he described as a product of necessity.
He says the caretaker committee must be respected because it is a by-product of the leadership crisis that engulfed the party.
Police Begin Investigation Of Mysterious Death Of Three Children In Enugu
Enugu State Police Command has begun a full-scale investigation into what it calls the mysterious deaths of three children at Itchi, in Igbo Eze south of Enugu State.
Police commissioner, Ahmad Abdurrahman, says the command will apprehend and bring to book, perpetrators of the act. Addurrahman also urged parents and guardians to be vigilant and take good care of their children and wards especially in these “ember” months.
The commissioner said three of the children were found dead in a parked car in Itchi community, and that two other children were still alive when police got to the scene. They are now receiving medical care at a hospital.
The police commissioner said the case has now been transferred to the state CID.
FG Moves To Resolve Imo/Rivers Boundary Dispute
The federal government has shown interest in settling the boundary dispute between Imo and Rivers States.
In its attempt to resolve the dispute, a federal government team, represented by members of the national boundary commission and officers from the office of the surveyor-general of the federation, has flagged off the Imo-Rivers inter-state boundary physical and tracing demarcation.
The federal government also inaugurated members of Imo State committee on the boundary demarcation with a joint task team consisting of officials from the two states, to ensure a fair and just exercise.
Imo state deputy governor and chairman of the state’s boundary committee, Prof Placid Njoku, assured the national boundary commission of the state government’s partnership and support to ensure a smooth boundary exercise.
He expressed optimism that the commission would end the lingering boundary disagreement by meticulously carrying out the exercise.