The United Nations is calling for justice in the Borno State terrorists’ gruesome killings of rice farm workers.
UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres says the federal government must ensure that those who perpetrated the atrocities must be brought to justice. The UN boss says he condemns the killings and abductions in the strongest terms.
Guterres reassured Nigeria of continued un commitment to supporting the nation in its fight against terrorism, violent extremism and response to humanitarian needs.
Meanwhile, the world body has backed off its earlier report of one hundred ten victims. It says that figure was inaccurate. Reverting to the unconfirmed number issued by OCHA earlier, the un now says it is reporting that an unspecified number of farmers were killed.
Osinbajo Calls For Locally-Made COVID-19 Vaccine
Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo has spoken on the need for locally-developed COVID-19 vaccines, developed and manufactured by indigenous pharmaceutical companies.
In a statement on Thursday, the vice-present said the country should begin a dialogue on how this could be achieved to boost capacity for the manufacture of vaccines that would be suitable for peculiar Nigerian situation in particular and Africa in general.
Nigeria currently plans to spend two trillion naira to purchase COVID-19 vaccines for an estimated one hundred sixty million of the country’s 200 million population. One hundred thousand vaccines are expected to be delivered to the country by the end of this month.
Professor Osinbajo said in the statement, although COVID-19 poses one of humanity’s greatest health challenges, it could also present the country with an opportunity to “ramp up public health infrastructure in Nigeria including the training of required experts.” He said the government should be providing more funding for this cause.
Ebonyi PDP Petitions Police, DSS, Alleges Threat To Chieftain’s
Ebonyi state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has petitioned the new commissioner of police, department of state security, DSS, and other security agencies in the state, to investigate the threats and attack on its chairman, Elder Fred Udeogu by alleged thugs they say are loyal to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
The petition forwarded to the state police command, dss office, and other security agencies in the state, asked for an immediate arrest and prosecution of the alleged thugs.
PDP is claiming that APC state chairman, Stanley Okoro, stormed Udeogu’s residence with the alleged thugs. The party also accused governor David Umahi of directing the whole incident.
Caretaker chairman of Ebonyi APC chapter, Stanley Okoro Emegha, describes as falsehood PDP claims that the governor took away a vehicle that was given to Fred Udeogu when he took office as PDP caretaker chairman in the state.
Udeogu claims the governor has a sinister plot against him and that his life is threatened.
Okoro says there is nothing like that and that no thugs are being harbored.
2023 Presidency: APC Reveals How, When Its Zoning Formula Will Be Decided
The All Progressives Congress, APC, said on Thursday it would decide on its zoning formula for 2023 elections after part main players meet.
The party’s former national secretary, Yekini Nabena told an online newspaper critical stakeholders in every zone would have to first meet before a final decision could be made. He said some people have been heating up the polity because of what they stand to gain. He says Nigerians should be patient.
Borno state former governor, senator Kashim Shettima, had said last month that president Muhammadu Buhari, APC national leader bola Tinubu, and other party leaders will resolve the zoning issue.