1) Under fire Pantami renounces radical views on terrorists
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, on Saturday withdrew his past controversial comments on Al-Qaeda, Taliban, and other groups, saying the remarks were made at a young age.
The minister said: “For 15 years, I have moved round the country while educating people about the dangers of terrorism. I have traveled to Katsina, Gombe, Borno, Kano states and Difa in the Niger Republic to preach against terrorism.
2) Solution to Nigeria’s problems not secession –Orbih
The National Vice Chairman, South-south, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Dan Orbih, is the immediate Chairman of PDP in Edo State. In this interview with South-south Bureau Chief, Bisi Olaniyi, he expresses optimism that his party will produce Nigeria’s president in 2023 and that the crude oil and gas-rich Niger Delta region deserves more developmental projects from the Federal Government, among other issues
3) IPOB Warns S'East Govs Against Compiling ESN Operatives' Names For Incarceration
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Saturday accused the South-East governors, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and others of compiling the names of its members and those of Eastern Security Network, to handover to the Federal Government for possible prosecution.
Some groups and individuals in the South-East had accused the proscribed group of masterminding recent attacks in the region.
4) Southeast: Deployment of military may lead to Nigeria’s break up – Ohanaeze
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, on Sunday, cautioned the Federal Government against any deployment of military to the South-East.
It warned that such action could lead to Nigeria’s break up.
He said the “Southeast has remained the nation’s safest place for foreign and local investments. What is happening now is not strange as the UK Ambassador announced in his earlier warnings that Northern bandits were sponsored to the South, possibly to wreak havoc and tensions in the region.
5) I sacrificed my parents for Biafra, I will sacrifice everything – Nnamdi Kanu vows
Leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has vowed never to back down on the struggle for Biafra freedom.
Kanu said he had sacrificed his parents for the Biafran agitation and was ready to do more for the struggle.
6) Dino Melaye Speaks on Yahaya Bello's Chances of Becoming Nigeria's President in 2023
A former member of the National Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye, has thrown a jibe at Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state, his political archrival, saying he cannot be Nigeria’s president.
Governor Bello is one of the Nigerian politicians who has been widely reported to be interested in succeeding President Muhammdu Buhari in 2023.
Dino Melaye rules out Yahaya Bello's chances of becoming Nigeria's president in 2023, says the Kogi governor can only become a town union president. Photo credits: Alhaji Yahaya Bello, Dino Melaye.
7) Nigerian leaders need followers’ prayers, says Lawan
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has urged Nigerians to continue praying for the leaders in government as they tackle the various challenges facing the nation.
Lawan, according to a statement released on Saturday by his media office, made the appeal at the launching of Pataskum Emirate Central Mosque Appeal Fund, at Potiskum, Yobe State.
The Senate President, the statement added, announced a donation of N20 million to support the project.
He said, “Every time, leaders need prayers, particularly from the followers.
8) Abia Govt warns residents over alleged plot to attack key locations in state
The Abia State Government has revealed the discovery of an alleged plot by some persons to carry our disastrous attacks within the state.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Information Commissioner John Okiyi-Kalu on Saturday, who said that the hoodlums’ targets were key locations.
According to Okiyi-Kalu, security agencies in the state have been fully mobilised and placed on high alert to thwart the planned attacks and bring those concerned to justice swiftly.
He advised members of the public to be vigilant and ensure that they keep indoors between 6pm and 8am.
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