Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, on Wednesday, said striking resident doctors must be patient with the government as their demands are being met. The Minister made the plea in an appearance on Channels Television’s special COVID-19 program.
2-.The Biafra Nations Youth League, BNYL, has attacked former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, for boasting that he can bring back Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to Nigeria. Senator Kalu had yesterday pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari government to allow him convince Kanu to stop his Biafra agitation
3-.Pope Francis was seen Wednesday for the first time wearing a protective face mask as he attended his second traditional general audience before a limited public presence after a six-month suspension. The pontiff — known for a fondness for close personal contact — however quickly removed the mask as he emerged from the car carrying him to the audience, which was suspended in February over the coronavirus pandemic.
4-.Barely 10 days to the governorship election in Edo State, another Commissioner, Mr. Joseph Ikpea on Wednesday resigned his position from the cabinet of Governor Godwin Obaseki. Until his resignation, Ikpea was the Commissioner for Minerals, Oil and Gas in the state.
5-.Multiple Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo wants to score more goals for the national team after he crossed the 100-goal mark for Portugal in a 2-0 win over Sweden, Tuesday. The former Manchester United forward who is overjoyed on reaching the milestone, took to his social media handle to describe it as a “historic goal” for A Seleção.
6-.The candidate of the Zenith Labour Party, ZLP, for the Ondo State governorship election, Agboola Ajayi, has vowed to defeat the incumbent, Rotimi Akeredolu and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Eyitayo Jegede. Ajayi, who is the Deputy Governor State gave reasons he will emerge victorious in the October 10 governorship election.
7-.Sudan’s government and rebel forces have agreed a landmark deal aimed at ending decades of war in which hundreds of thousands of people have been killed. After an initialling ceremony on August 31, rebel commanders and the transitional government, which took power after the toppling of hardline ruler Omar al-Bashir last year, are set to sign a “final” deal on October 2.
8-.The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned comments by former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on the hike of electricity and petrol prices. APC argued that Atiku’s position exposed his hypocrisy on many issues relating to the progress of Nigeria.
9-.The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has reacted to a statement by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) which questioned its measures to stabilize the country’s financial system and reduce the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. CBN accused NESG of malicious intent, noting that the organisation could have raised its allegations directly instead of through the media.
10-.The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said he will gladly testify before the Justice Ayo Salami-led Presidential panel against the suspended EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu if he is summoned. Malami said this while answering questions on Arise TV on Wednesday morning