• June 19, 2021

NEWS RECAP: Nigeria’s Golden Jubilee, Labour’s Doublespeak, Babangida’s Bombast And Much More

By Jude Obuseh, Editor-In-Chief

Assuming you missed out on major news headlines during the past week, don’t worry, this edition of News Recap will fill you in.

We have quite a loaded package for your reading pleasure: From the marking of the country’s Golden Jubilee on October 1, Abubakar Malami’s low rating of President Buhari’s predecessors’ development initiatives, Labour’s volte-face, the overturning of the nullification of the election of Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State by an appellate court, and former President Babangida’s  claims that the military jump-started the development of the country, it has been a week of fireworks.

News Recap is a summation of top-line news stories that were published in the news sections of agendawatchdog.com during the previous week. Have a blast! 

-.Abubakar Malami, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, declared that incumbent President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has done better than Obasanjo, Yar’Adua and Jonathan put together in every ramification of governance since mounting the saddle of the country’s leadership. Malami stated this while hosting some members of the All Progress Congress, APC, in on Friday.

-Nigeria’s first self styled Military President, Ibrahim Babangida, on Friday declared that the military laid the foundation for Nigeria’s all-round development, and also prepared her for democratic rule.The former military strongman said this while speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s NewsNight.

-.The nullified election of Douye Diri as Governor of Bayelsa State has been overturned by a five-man panel of the Appellate Court on the grounds that the Bayelsa Election Petition Tribunal lacked jurisdiction. In its ruling, the five-man panel stated that the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party failed to prove that it had a legitimate candidate that was unlawfully disqualified by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from contesting in the poll.

-.There were reported confrontations between the Police and members of the #RevolutionNow Movement on Thursday following a nationwide protest staged by the group.  The pressure group staged series of protests across the country, including the Federal Capital Territory where they went to the United States Embassy to express their angst at the state of insecurity in the country and the dire economic conditions facing Nigerians, demanding for the resignation of the President Muhammadu Buhari.

-.Nigeria  celebrated its 60th anniversary on October 1, 2020, with a military parade, colourful celebration, acrobatic display, cultural dances, among others at the Eagle Square in Abuja, the nation’s capital. The celebration was low-key as initially announced by the government.

-.A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja restrained the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and the Delta State Police Commissioner from arresting or detaining a former Minister of State for Education, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi. Justice Taiwo Taiwo made the order sequel to an ex parte application filed by Gbagi for the enforcement of his fundamental rights.

-.In furtherance of its capacity-building efforts to tackle various internal security challenges in the country, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) graduated another set of 6 pilots in tactical and basic flying. The combined graduation ceremony, which took place today, 29 September 2020, comprised 2 pilots of the Tactical Flying Course 24 (Batch B), and 4 student pilots of the Basic Flying Course 19 (Batch A)

-.The Federal Government agreed to lift the ban placed on Emirates Airlines, which prevented it from operating in and out of the country. According to a statement signed by the Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Aviation, James Odaudu on Wednesday, the development was based on an undertaking by the authorities of the United Arabs Emirates (UAE).

-.The growing wave of separatist agitations and increasing economic problems the Nigerian State is currently grappling with can oly be checked by the restructuring of the federation, this is the view of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye.

-.The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, urged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to refrain from seeking to control Governor Godwin Obaseki during his second tenure. The revered monarch said this on Tuesday, when five PDP governors, Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa, Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Aminu Tanbuwal of Sokoto, Seyi Makinde of Oyo and Godwin Obaseki of Edo paid him a courtesy visit at his palace

-.The counry’s 11 Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) were on Wednesday directed to suspend the Sept. 1 new tariff by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). The 14-day suspension order was signed by Prof James Momoh, NERC’s Chairman, and published on its official website on Wednesday, following a joint communique issued by the Federal Government and the labour unions. The order by NERC said that from Sept 28 to Oct 11, the DisCos must revert all charges to the tariff existing as of Aug 31.

-.The sum of N50 million has been awarded in damages against the Senator representing Adamawa North, Senator Elisha Abbo by A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Maitama, Abuja, as compensation to Osimibibra Warmate, a female attendant, whom he allegedly assaulted at a sex-toy shop. This was contained in a judgment by Justice Samira Bature in her judgment on the fundamental rights enforcement suit instituted by Warmate against the senator.

-.Former Governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan formally returned to his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), following his defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC). Dr Uduaghan, who served as Secretary to the Delta State Government and Governor for eight years under the banner of the PDP, was gladly welcomed back to the PDP fold at his ward, Aigborodo Ward 6, in Warri North Local Government Council of Delta State.

-.The Federal government and the Nigerian Labour Congress reached an agreement on electricity tariff and the planned industrial action has been suspended. The new agreement, according to the Minister of Labour and employment (State) Festus Keyamo involves the suspension of the new electricity tariff hike for two weeks

 -.United States President, Donald Trump and his wife, Melania were confirmed COVID-19 positive. President Trump, while announced this via a tweet on Friday, added that they will be isolated as treatment would commence immediately.

-.The U.S. and the Vatican butted heads over China on Thursday as the Holy See chafed at U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s public call to take a harsher stance against Chinese restrictions on religious freedom. The disagreement on China comes as the Vatican is heading into delicate negotiations with Beijing to extend its controversial 2018 accord over bishop nomination

-.Barcelona was teetering on the brink of complete disaster after Bayern Munich crushed its reputation in a historic 8-2 defeat that even made Lionel Messi believe it was time to abandon his club. But less than two months after that Champions League loss, a new coach emphasizing a strong work ethic and a forward not even 18 years old have pumped fresh optimism into Camp Nou

-.Tottenham staged a second-half comeback before eliminating Chelsea on penalties to reach the quarterfinals of the League Cup on Tuesday. The first nine penalties were all successfully converted before Chelsea’s Mason Mount missed the target to ensure Tottenham advanced 5-4 in the shootout after the game ended 1-1.

That’s all for this edition of News Recap. Until next week, endeavour to visit other sections of our blog.

Have a great week ahead!

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