Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Monday morning

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Oct 13th, 2014

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

1. The Interior Minister, Abba Moro, yesterday in Lagos, blamed last Friday’s riot at the Kirikiri Medium Prison, Lagos, which left two persons dead on congestion and unlimited freedom accorded inmates. Moro, while on a visit to the Medium Prison avowed that the riot was orchestrated by one of the convicts who motivated other inmates to embark on the riot.

2. Thunder struck and killed three teenagers yesterday at Ijale Ijaka Street in Ijoun, Ayetoro area, Yewa South local government area of Ogun state.
The incident occurred during a heavy down pour. Report says the thunder killed Sunday Mulero,13, Dare Olaifa,15 and Sodiq Segun, 15.

3. In his response to the pleas by some PDP leaders seeking Obasanjo’s forgiveness, Chairman, Mobilisation and Organisation committee of the PDP in South West, Prince Buruji Kashamu has debunked the claim by the former President that he had been indicted as a drug Baron in America. He said the allegation was a cocktail of lies, hence it was wrong for Obasanjo to stay away from the party because of what he allegedly cooked up.

4. The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos State has said that the latest allegation by the PDP that Governor Babatunde Fashola-led government was a bad form of democratic governance was not only baseless but the biggest joke of the 21st century.

5. Former Education Minister, and a Coordinator of BringBackOurGirls, BBOG, campaign group, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, while speaking over the weekend said the task of mobilising Nigerians against Boko Haram insurgents lies with President Goodluck Jonathan. The former Minister who wept while addressing members of the BBOG at the Unity Fountain, Abuja, said no mobilization against the insurgents can be successful without having the President to lead the fight.

6. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has faulted the claim by a group in the state, the E-11 that the first term of the Governor-elect, Ayo Fayose, was more violent than the tenure of the outgoing Governor, Kayode Fayemi. While debunking the assertion, the party listed up to 10 people who were killed under Fayemi’s government.

7. Efforts by the All Progressives Congress to reach a consensus between the two major contenders of the 2015 Presidential election, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and Gov. Rabiu Musa Kwankwanso has failed as both aspirants have fixed dates for their former declaration. While Buhari is to declare for the contest on Wednesday, October 15, Governor Kwankwanso has scheduled his declaration for October 23, 2014.

8. Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, has declared that he would officially resign his appointment from Jonathan’s cabinet on October 20. According to him, the decision was important just to enable him pursue his governorship ambition in Nassarawa State come 2015.

9. Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo had in a statement issued on Sunday said he was still a member of the PDP. He asked President Goodluck Jonathan, Senate President, David Mark, and the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to do the right thing and stop being worried about his grudge for the party.

10. Former Presidents, Thabo Mbeki and Olusegun Obasanjo have called on both Nigeria and South African Presidents, Goodluck Jonathan and Jacob Zuma to put a stop to the deteriorating relationship between South Africa and Nigeria, as such was not healthy for both countries. Both leaders gave the advice on Thursday night, last week, at the Old Mutual Wisdom Forum gala dinner in Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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