Breaking News in Nigeria this Afternoon, Friday 19th of June, 2020
1. PDP cannot complete head office despite raising billions of naira Femi Adesina has said
Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), says the Peoples Democratic Party plunged Nigeria into a cesspool of backwardness from 1999 to 2015.
Adesina said the party does not breathe progress, adding that despite raising billions of naira for its head office, the party has not been able to complete it.
In a piece entitled, ‘A Good Setback by 60 Years,’ the President’s spokesman argued that the PDP has a “fixation with 60 years” but could only rule Nigeria for 16 years.
He said since the party lost to his principal and the All Progressives Congress in the 2015 elections, the PDP has not stopped fantasying about 60 years.
According to him, the claim by PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, that Buhari and his team “have taken our country 60 years backward” showed the party’s “neurosis with 60 years”.
“And to think the party can’t even complete its head office, despite raising billions of Naira, which developed legs and vanished,” he added.
Adesina listed some of Buhari’s feats in the last five years including those in the Agriculture sector, noting that neighbouring countries now buy food from Nigeria.
He wrote, “We used to import everything. Even when we had a celebrated farmer as President, we brought in rice from all over the world, and beans from Burkina Faso. Maize, wheat, sorghum, millet, we imported everything. Fertilizer was one huge scam, when we planted nothing.
“Then Buhari came. He told Nigerians to return to the land. And he put his money where his mouth was. Agriculture was massively funded, and today, we have pyramids of rice round the country. We no longer import any type of grains, rather our neighbours come to buy here. We are almost self-sufficient in food.”
2. Breaking: WHO has declared Nigeria Polio free
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Nigeria free of wild polio, following the completion of documentation for the free status.
The UN health agency disclosed this on its regional office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, official twitter account @WHOAFRO.
“Today, Nigeria’s complete documentation for Wild Polio virus free status was accepted by the Africa Regional Certification Commission for polio eradication (ARCC).
“It is a historic day for Nigeria, Africa and the Global Polio Programme,’’ WHO said.
Meanwhile, Dr Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director and CEO of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), in a tweet at @drfaisalshuaib described the documentation as historical.
“Amazing moment in history to have had our polio-eradication documentation accepted by (ARCC); the Nigeria team led by NPHCDA and partners demonstrated evidence of our polio-free status.
“Nigeria achieving a Wild Polio Virus-free status today, is significant on multiple fronts.
3. PDP NWC considers waiver for Gov. Obaseki, postpones primary
The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party held a meeting in Abuja over the Edo State chapter of the party.
Our correspondent gathered that the meeting was in continuation of further consultations on how best to accommodate the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his supporters expected to join the party’s ranks before the governorship primary which has been shifted to June 23 from June 19 and 20.
It was learnt that the NWC agreed to grant the governor a waiver in line with the party’s constitution to enable him to contest the primary.
Obaseki had held a series of meetings for the most part of Wednesday night with the PDP Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus; the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum who is also the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal; and his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, among others to fine tune the agreement.
It was gathered that there were strong indications that two aspirants had agreed in principle to step down for the governor.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan, confirmed the party’s decision to postpone the primary in a telephone interview with our correspondent. He said, “The NWC of the party has postponed the Edo State governorship primary election earlier scheduled for Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20, 2020, to a new date of Tuesday, June 23, 2020. This decision is predicated on exigencies of party activities.”
As to what was discussed during the NWC meeting, Ologbondiyan said, “We discussed the modality for our primary election for the Edo governorship and the decision to postpone till Tuesday, June 23, was arrived at.”
4. Invite us to negotiate peaceful exit of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu tells FG
THE leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has condemned the arrest of the convener of the Katsina protest over the unending killings of the people there, saying that more protest would be witnessed in the north over the spate of insecurity.
He wondered why the convener was arrested for organizing a protest over the killing of his people on daily basis and blamed it on what he called “Fulani cabal” ruling the country.
“ The people of Katsina protested something that is even their right as is being done around the world in the name of “black lives matter”, the organiser of the same protest in Katsina, Nastiwa Sharif, was arrested.
“Amnesty international has reported that they have arrested this man because he is crying out about the killing of his people by bandits. What is happening today we foretold it, and we knew they will happen”.
Saying that misrule, injustice and hardship are hitting hard on the people of Nigeria who are neglected by their leaders, Kanu noted that “for the first time in the history of Nigeria, the indigenous People of Katsina have risen up and have asked for a state of emergency.
According to him, “if the Federal Government does not call him and IPOB to discuss Biafra exit, with what happened in Katsina, they will lose Sokoto also.”
He condemned the killing of Christians in the north, saying, with the number of Christians in the north, which he said outnumbered the Muslims, if they retaliate, it would be fatal.
Urging the Federal Government to take action and stop the killing, the IPOB leader warned what he called the Fulani cabal that “very soon, you are going to lose your emirate in Sokoto, if you keep delaying people’s right to separate”.
He berated Church leaders in Nigeria for not speaking out against the bad governance, injustice, killings and other atrocities going on in the country-