Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers
1. The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, during the weekend swept the election conducted on Saturday in the entire 17 local government areas in Enugu State.
PDP also pocketed the 258 councilorship positions in the state.
2. Nigerian government has sacked President Muhammadu Buhari’s adviser on prosecution, Okoi Obono-Obla, as Chairman of the Special Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property.
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, in a statement on Sunday, said that recent actions of Obono-Obla ran contrary to the enabling act that established the panel.
3. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has declared 21 days mourning for its members who died during the military invasion of the home of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, at Afara Ukwu, Umuahia, Abia State.
This is even as the group claimed it has discovered more corpses of slain members in a bush within the precincts of Kanu’s home.
4. Femi Falana, Lagos activist lawyer, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently sanction all government officials involved in the reinstatement of the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.
According to Falana, the handling of the scandal generated by the recall of Maina had eroded the credibility of the current anti-corruption crusade being championed by the currently government.
5. Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stalwart and publisher of Champion newspapers, Dr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu has debunked the belief that Igbo policial leaders instigated the January 1966 coup that ended the first republic.
He said it was wrong for anybody to insult Igbos by claiming that political leaders from the region masterminded the coup, when in the real sense, the same Igbo leaders stopped the coup from actualising its main objectives.
6. Elder statesman and National Leader of Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, Chief Edwin Clark, other Niger Delta leaders and groups, yesterday, appealed to the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, to abort its threat to recommence bombing of oil facilities in the region, saying that violence was not the solution.
Chief Clark pointed finger at a powerful minister from the region, a former governor and a top Presidency official, for the October 26 disruption of the forum’s fourth general assembly in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, regretting that even now, government had not explained its action.
7. Former Military Head of State, General Abdullsalami Abubakar has said the major challenge facing Nigeria as a nation now was national unity and cohesion.
Abubakar said presently, different agitations ranging from restructuring, resource control, self-determination to state police, among others were too much for the country to contend with at a time when the economy is not buoyant.
8. A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and former governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu said yesterday, that the Igbos would produce the President in 2023 after President Muhammadu Buhari’s second tenure.
According to Kalu, who spoke in Umuahia during the annual harvest of St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church, the future of the Igbo in Nigeria politics is brighter now in APC than ever.
9. The Accountant-General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris, has said he has no legal obligation to account for how the states of the federation spent the N388.3bn Paris Club loan refund released to them.
He argued that he could not be compelled to disclose such information because it was “protected by professional privilege, and therefore confidential.”
10. The Federal Government has said the impact of its economic policies will be felt soon by Nigerians.
According to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the current administration had improved the country’s tax to Gross Domestic Product ratio through the Nigerian Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme.