TOP 10 NEWS MAKING THE ROUNDS IN NIGERIA TODAY, THURSDAY
1. Nigeria Will Be Peaceful Before I Leave Office – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, reassured that Nigeria will be more peaceful by the time he will vacate office come 2023.
Buhari, who met with security chiefs and top government officials in Abuja, said his administration would leave the country safer than when he assumed power in 2015.
The number one citizen gave the assurance during the Emblem Appeal Launch for the 2023 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration held at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa.
The President also announced a N10 million donation towards the appeal fund.
He called on all Nigerians and corporate organizations to support veterans and families of the fallen heroes whose past sacrifices have kept the country together.
Present at the event was Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; National Assembly President Ahmed Lawan; Ministry heads, and military and other security chiefs, among others.
2. You Won’t Be Paid For Work Not Done – FG Dares ASUU
President Muhammadu Buhari-led government on Wednesday insisted that members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will not be paid for work not done.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu noted that the decision was reached in line with the ‘No work no pay’ policy.
Adamu stated this while reacting to the protest of members of ASUU over the half salary received by lecturers in October.
The minister had addressed State House correspondences after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Minister of Education in his reaction to the allegation made by the President of ASUU, Emmanuel Osodeke that paying the lecturers on a pro-rata basis was a ploy to make them casual workers, said the government had no such plan.
3. 2023: “This Is Where We Stand” – Again, Wike Gives PDP Condition To Support Atiku
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has insisted that he and his loyalists have not changed their minds about their refusal to support the 2023 ambition of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Wike insisted that except Iyorchia Ayu resigns as the PDP National Chairman and is replaced by a southerner, Atiku and the party are on their own regarding the 2023 presidency.
The Rivers Governor made the submission on Wednesday during the commissioning of a flyover in Rumueprikon, Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State which was done by former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.
According to him, their demand is about upholding the principles of equity, justice, and fairness, adding that there can’t be any reconciliation unless their demand is met.
Wike added that some people may see him as an enemy of the PDP but that is not the case as he is only fighting for what is right.
4. Nnamdi Kanu: IPOB Is Not A Violent Group – Ozekhome
Constitutional lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) has said the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is not a violent group as being portrayed by the Federal Government.
He stated this on Wednesday while delivering a lecture at the 11th Zik’s lecturer series held at the Nnamdi Azikwe University in Awka, Anambra State.
Ozekhome said it was the security agents who attacked and killed many IPOB members in Afara Ukwu, Umuahia, the home country of the leader of the group, Nnamdi Kanu.
He asserted that Kanu is not a separatist but a self-determination agitator, stressing that he is fighting a self-determination course that is globally recognized.
The lawyer, therefore, begged President Muhammadu Buhari to release Kanu, adding that his protracted detention would further aggravate the insecurity in the South East.
5. Senate Takes Decision On CBN’s Naira Redesign Plan
The Nigeria Senate on Wednesday resolved to provide legislative support for the policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to redesign the naira.
CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, had on October 26, announced the plan to redesign the Naira to control the money supply. According to him, the redesigned notes include N200, N500, and N1,000.
He stated that the new N200, N500, and N1,000 notes will go into circulation from December 15, while the current notes will cease to be legal tender by January 31, 2023.
It was gathered that the move was aimed at fighting corruption, checkmating money laundering, eliminating counterfeits, and ending the hoarding of the Naira by kidnappers and others.
The Senate’s resolution followed a motion on the policy by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions, Senator Sani Uba.
Despite supporting the move to redesign the naira, lawmakers pointed out that the deadline of January 31st, 2023 to pay all cash in circulation into banks was too short.
6. 2023: INEC Cancels Differential Accreditation And Voting, Says Both To Be Done Simultaneously
Ahead of the 2023 general election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed the cancellation of differential accreditation and voting time frame.
The electoral body said the move is to avoid any discrepancies between the number of accredited voters and the total votes cast.
The electoral umpire noted that in 2023, polls accreditation and voting would be done simultaneously, and there won’t be time differences between both exercises.
It would be recalled that in previous elections, voters were first accredited in the morning and then they returned to cast their votes at noon of the same day election.
However, INEC has stated that would no longer happen, as voters will now be allowed to vote immediately after they are accredited at their various polling units in the 2023 general elections.
According to INEC, it observed that some voters at various polling units across the federation get accredited in the morning but don’t come back to vote later at noon, a development which has caused a difference between the number of accredited voters and the total votes cast.
The commission’s spokesperson, Festus Okoye, who disclosed this on a programme on TVC said voters would now be allowed to cast their votes immediately after they must have been successfully accredited through the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) only.
7. No Need To Campaign In Rivers State – Wike Tells Oshiomhole
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike on Wednesday declared that there’s no need for the All Progressives Congress (APC) to campaign in Rivers State.
He argued that even President Muhammadu Buhari has recognized his good work in the state and given him an award for infrastructural development which he would use to campaign.
Wike also stated that retaliating for a bad action is part of politics and should be done without hesitation.
According to the Governor, the admonition not to retaliate when someone does a bad thing to you is a religious statement and does not apply in politics.
Wike observed that if you don’t retaliate, you don’t know whether you will survive the next one, hence the need to take immediate action.
The Governor said this on Wednesday in Rivers when he played host to the former National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole who was in the state to commission a flyover project.
8. 2023: Atiku Reveals Economic Policy He Will Adopt If Elected As President
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has revealed the economic policy his government will adopt if elected as Nigeria’s next president come 2023.
The former Vice President met with members of the Nigerian Guild of Editors in Lagos state on Wednesday, where he shared his plans for the country.
When asked about his economic blueprint for Nigeria, Atiku told the editors that he intends to continue with the economic policy of the PDP government used between 1999-2007.
The blueprint, according to him, includes liberalising the economy, empowering the private sector and continuing with the privatisation agenda of the Olusegun Obasanjo-led administration.
The presidential hopeful reiterated at the event that if elected, his government will work to unite Nigerians and uphold press freedom.
9. Atiku Vs Wike: Oshiomhole Speaks On PDP Crisis, Backs G-5
The former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has reacted to the crisis rocking the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and four other aggrieved governors have been on a collision course with the PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
The four other aggrieved governors are Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia).
Wike and four other PDP governors known as the G5 have demanded the resignation of the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, saying that the PDP national chairman and presidential candidate cannot come from the North.
The five aggrieved governors also pulled out of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation, demanding Ayu’s removal as a condition to return.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Rumuepirikom Flyover in the Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers state, Oshiomhole said Wike and allies have shown leadership character with their demands.
The former Edo governor commended Wike and the other governors for insisting that politics is not about making agreements that cannot be kept.
Oshiomhole asserted that executive exchanges have a way of communicating to the people that the political divide is not war.
10. In Case You Have Not Heard I Came To Tell You – Tinubu Begs CAN For Support
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has told the leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) that his presidency is not based on religious grounds.
Tinubu who made the statement during a presidential interaction session with the leadership of the CAN on Wednesday in Abuja officially announced to the group his intention to run for the presidency.
The APC flag bearer explained that his decision to run for the presidency is in line with the country’s Constitution as he allayed fears over his same-faith ticket.
The former Lagos Governor opined that his interest in the highest position in the country is based on his love for people.