Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:
1. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said the outcome of this year’s general elections has made Nigeria more divided than ever before. He said the administration after President Muhammadu Buhari must find ways of healing the wounds caused by the division.
2. Residents of Daki Biyu, a suburb within the Jabi District area of Abuja, have been thrown into panic by the ongoing demolition of buildings in the community by the authorities. The demolition is part of the ongoing efforts of the FCTA to restore the Abuja master plan.
3. An FCT High Court has stopped the Nigerian Army and the Ministry of Defence, among others, from trespassing on plots of land located at highbrow Maitama Extension, popularly known as Maitama Aliero. Justice U. P. Kekemeke restrained the defendants pending the determination of a subsisting case before it.
4. President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sum of N320,345,040, 835 as the 2023 intervention funds for public tertiary education institutions in the country. Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Sonny Echono, disclosed this in Abuja yesterday during TETFund’s annual strategic planning workshop with all heads of benefitting institutions.
5. The All Progressives Congress (APC) governors under the umbrella of Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) have declared that they would not interfere in the election of principal officers of the National Assembly. The governors who rose from a marathon meeting in Abuja yesterday, said the new and old members were intelligent enough to understand the expectations of Nigerians from the ruling party.
6. President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said the 2023 elections have proved the growing strength of the nation’s democracy, more especially, the sophistication of the Nigerian voter when it comes to the choice of leaders. The President spoke when he received the newly-installed Emir of Dutse, Jigawa State, Alhaji Muhammad Hamim Nuhu Sunusi, at the State House in Abuja.
7. Opposition yesterday piled against the federal government’s planned removal of subsidy on petrol, otherwise known as premium motor spirit, PMS, and its decision to secure an $800 million World Bank facility as a palliative to cushion the effect on the people. The resistance came from Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Trade Union Congress, TUC, Nigeria Employers Consultative Association, NECA, and northern youths, under the aegis of the Northern Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN.
8. Labor Party Presidential Campaign Council, LP-PCC, yesterday, accused the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, of a well-calculated and orchestrated campaign of calumny to discredit and delegitimize Mr Peter Obi, its presidential candidate, to compel him to abandon his right to seek redress in court, following the outcome of the last election.
9. The National Population Commission, NPC has reassured of its commitment to fully deploy digital technology in the conduct of census exercises to ensure that data generated meets international standards. The Federal Commissioner representing Enugu State, Ejike Ezeh gave this assurance in Enugu while inaugurating a 21-member State census Publicity Committee.
10. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, yesterday, said the Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, is still pained by the defeat suffered by Peter Obi, candidate of the Labour Party, LP. In an interview with reporters, in Washington DC, US, the minister said Afenifere has refused to get over the defeat suffered by Obi at the polls.