Nigeria Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Thursday morning

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Mar 27th, 2014

Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know this morning:

1. Report has further revealed this morning that the nation’s Petroleum Minister, Mrs Diezani Madueke is currently being accused of hiring a third flight, apart from the two uncovered. The Lawmakers have equally cried out that they have been under intense pressure by some persons who have asked them to take it easy with the Minister.

2. A Presidential Committee has been set up to supervise the new immigration recruitment process. This was announced yesterday by the Secretary to the government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim. The Committee has up to six weeks to conclude the process.

3. The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Wednesday led a delegation of prominent Muslims in the country to the Presidential Villa, Abuja in protest that the Muslims was not genuinely represented in the ongoing National Conference. They had faulted the composition of the conference, saying that it does not favour Muslims. Jonathan in response appealed to them, while aslo stating that nothing was done deliberately to victimise any section of the country.

4. There was jubilation yesterday amongst car users when a Federal High Court in Lagos declared that the new number plates introduced by the Federal Road Safety Commission were unconstitutional, hence not bidding on car users. Justice James Tsoho while delivering the judgment on Wednesday, said that the redesigning of the old number plates was not backed by any law.

5. The Senate confirmed yesterday, the nomination of Mr Godwin Emefiele as the new Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Emefiele will take over in June when the suspended Sanusi Lamido’s tenure expires.

6. Some group of Igbo youth yesterday blamed their elders for not involving the youth in the ongoing National Conference. The youth said the present crop of individuals representing them do not have the dynamic minds to discuss on behalf of the Igbo nation. They said this after their meeting in Awka, the Anambra state capital.

7. The demolition of a ritualists den in Ibadan yesterday was brought to a halt when the Police said an order from above had ordered that the exercise be put on hold, dispersing the crowd that were gathered to witness the exercise.

8. The Lamido Adamawa, Alhaji Muhammadu Barkindo Mustapha has sounded a note of warning to his fellow delegates in the ongoing National Conference. He said that going into issues the President warned against in his inauguration speech may lead to the disunity of the country, and if that happens, he would cross over to Cameroon where part of his Kingdom extends to.

9. Despite heavy protests by other candidates in the recently concluded PDP primaries for the Ekiti state gubernatorial election, the PDP, through its Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh has said that after a careful study of the election, the party has decided to uphold the election, hence Ayo Fayose remains its candidate for the governorship election in the state.

10. Delegates of the National Conference murmured yesterday when obvious food shortage hit the conference as some of them were unable to have their meals. However, the Secretary of the conference, Dr. Valarie Azinge formally addressed the issue. He apologised to those who were unable to have their meals, promising that such would not be repeated.

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