BREAKFAST NEWS 21-07-2021

HIGHLIGHTS

  • PRESIDENT BUAHRI AGAIN ADVOCATE FOR ONE NIGERIA.
  • COURTS ORDER INEC TO ENLIST SOLUDO, ONE OTHER IN ANAMBRA GUBER RACE.
  • ON FOREIGN SCENE, GERMAN GOVT DEFENDS WARNING SYSTEMS IN WAKE OF DEADLY FLOODS.

SURULERE/EID

As Muslim faithfuls across the world mark the 2021 Ed el Kabir, Muslim faithfuls in Ondo city gathered at different Eid grounds to pray to mark the end of Hajj.

A visit to Surelere Eid ground by Eki F.M reporters, founder of Antazil Islamic foundation and chief Imam of Alauyai, Imam Abdulrafui Lagbaji, representing imam Oke-Osun stated that Eid el Kabir unites and represents love, unity and sacrifice to Allah.

Also, the Imam of Islamic Muslim forum, Alhaji Isiaka Akindejoye, traced the festival to the time of Phophet Ibrahim, whom Allah replaced ram for his son, whom he wanted to sacrifice to Allah.

Muslims present at the Eid ground expressed joy for being alive to celebrate the festival and also prayed for life to witness another Eid el Kabir.

They further advised youths and Muslim to remain cautious during and after the celebration.

They as well urged Nigerians to embrace peaceful coexistence.

BUHARI/NYSC SALAH HOMAGE

President Muhammadu Buhari has tasked Nigerians to aspire for a united and prosperous country rather than pursuing divisive tendencies.

President Buhari, who gave the warning in Daura, Katsina state while receiving representatives of corps members deployed to the town that paid him Sallah homage at his residence, said it was better Nigeria remained united, notwithstanding the different ethnic nationalities.
Throwing his weight behind establishment of the scheme by a former head of state, retired general Yakubu Gowon, the president insisted the scheme had helped in promoting unity in Nigeria.

EID/MESSAGE 3

In Kaduna, former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi has led the Eid prayer at the Murtala Mohammed prayer ground where he sought for peace as well called on Nigerians to continue to live in peace, irrespective of their religious or ethnic differences.

Security is the major concern of the governor of Kaduna state, Nasir el-Rufai as he stated the effort carried out so far in the state to curb criminal activities in the state.

On his part, Zamfara state governor, Bello Mattawale said he will not rest until relative peace is restored to his state.

Niger state , governor, Abubakar bello also charged Nigerians to seek for the peace of the country.  

Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed, who paid the state workers ahead to the festival said he did because his government cares and assured the people of more dividence of democracy but urged them to remain supportive.

IGBOHO/ARREST

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has described the arrest of Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho in Cotonuo as an evidence that the federal government has the capacity to end terrorism and banditry in Nigeria.

The group made this known while reacting to the arrest of the Yoruba activist, saying in a statement by the secretary-general, Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, that interceptions of Sunday Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu signify the government has what it take to put things right.

According to the group the interceptions of the duo signify that those who promote the consciousness of Nigerians are detained while the terrorists, bandits, and killer herdsmen are furnished with cover-ups.

INEC/SOLUDO

Two courts in Anambra state have ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to list the names of Professor Chukwuma Soludo and Senator Ugochukwu Uba to participate in the November 6, 2021, governorship election.

The duo are to serve as candidates of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, respectively for the poll.

The high court presided over by Justice C.C. Okaa directed INEC to publish the former CBN governor’s name, professor Soludo, which was removed from it’s list on July 16 and replaced with that of Hon Chukwuma Umeoji.

Justice Okaa in passing judgment ordered INEC to remove the name of Hon Umeoji from its list and ordered him to stop parading himself as the candidate of APGA for the November election.

UZODINMA/COURT CASE

A federal high court in Abuja has dismissed a suit seeking to nullify the election of Hope Uzodinma and his deputy, Prof Placid Njoku and declare the governorship seat of Imo state vacant.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo held that the applicant, Mcfyne C. Chikwedu, had no locus standi, and that the suit was patently non-justiciable.

The judge noted that Uzodinma’s election had been affirmed by the Supreme Court and his court was not an election tribunal that could sit on appeal over elections conducted by the independent national electoral commission, INEC.

He therefore ordered Chikwedu to pay INEC 250,000 naira as costs for bringing such a frivolous and meaningless suit to the court for adjudication.

IPOB/BETRAYAL

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has alledged some Southeast politicians of betraying its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful, claimed that Imo state governor, Hope Uzodinma and former Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN governor, Chukwuma Soludo, were part of those who betrayed Kanu.

It claimed that the Soludo and Uzodimma funded the repatriation of Kanu back to Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the group had earlier accused the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, Anambra state governor, Willi Obiano; Igbo businessman, Emeka Offor; rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike and a politician, Victor Umeh allegedly betraying Kanu.

However, powerful, in a statement accused Umeh and governor Obiano of involving in the re-arrest and repatriation of their leader.

FOREIGN

Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended Germany’s warning systems against widespread criticism after deadly floods last week.

Speaking during a visit to the country’s flood-hit state of north Rhine-Westphalia, Merkel said Germany had a very good warning system but pledged a thorough review of what went wrong in the wake of the natural disaster.

It was the chancellor’s second visit to the region since the flooding, which killed not less than 165 people in Germany and 31 in neighbouring Belgium.

She said the government would discuss using cell broadcast flood warning systems in the future following criticism that people in affected areas were not sufficiently warned of the danger.

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