Isa Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, has denied having any link with the Boko Haram insurgent group as alleged in some viral reports.
The minister said he has been preaching against the doctrines of Boko Haram and similar groups, endangering his life in the process.
“My lectures against the doctrines and all other evil people have been available for over 15 years, including debates that endangered my life against many criminals in Nigeria,” he wrote via his Twitter handle on Monday.
“By the Almighty, no amount of intimation will stop @IsaPantami from implementing the good policies of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR on security.”
2) Many feared dead as suspected herdsmen attack Ebonyi community
Scores of residents in a village in the Ngbo community in Ohaukwu local government area of Ebonyi State, have reportedly been killed, while houses and property worth millions of naira have been lost following an attack by men suspected to be herdsmen.
The unprecedented attack which came a few days after some communities in the state were attacked, happened on Monday and according to fleeing residents, the attackers were herdsmen who were said to have vowed to sack the community over the killing of some of their members and the rustling of their cows.
A resident, who narrated how the incident happened to security officials, was quoted as saying:
3) Jonathan calls for legislation against money politics in Nigeria
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has decried the act of politicians using money to sway voters to their sides during the electioneering process.
Speaking during a studio visit to the Ms Osasu Igbinedion led TOS TV network in Abuja, a digital Pan -African news network, Jonathan canvassed punitive measures against those who indulge in the unwholesome act.
Jonathan stated that unlike what prevails in other African countries, the reverse is the situation in the country where politicians go out of their ways to induce voters with various edible and nonedible items on the day of election.
4) Nigeria Is Broke, Leaders Should Cut Down Spending – Onyekpere
The Director of the Centre for Social Justice, Eze Onyekpere, has called on Nigerian leaders at all levels to cut down on wasteful spending as Nigeria is broke.
He made this call during an interview on Channels Television’s Newsnight which aired on Monday.
While asking leaders to set an example for citizens to follow, Onyekepre insisted that the present security challenges are a sign that the led are seeing the lifestyle of the governed.
He noted that such a lifestyle does not see any seriousness in adjusting to the current realities, adding that the citizens are seeking their own ways of survival.
5) PDP S/West Congress: Over 150 Thugs Invaded My Hotel – Fayose
Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has raised the alarm that armed men numbering more than 150 have invaded the hotel where he lodged.
Media to the former governor, Lere Olayinka, made this known in a statement made available to Naija News on Monday.
Fayose alleged that the political thugs numbering more than 150 surrounded the hotel as delegates from Oyo State are being accredited for the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) Congress.
The former governor also alleged that the thugs suspected to be members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Oyo State, came to the hotel in more than 10 buses.
6) In race for 2023, Tinubu branded rice distributed to Kano residents
Loyalists of the former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu have commenced the distribution of branded bags of rice and other food items to Kano residents.
Several residents were seen with bags of rice with the ‘JAGABAN – Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’ inscription on it.
An Instagram username @mansurah_isah of Today’s Life Foundation uploaded pictures of the event with a caption appreciating Tinubu’s foundation for the food items.
Political observers stated that this is part of calculated steps taken by the former governor to get the support of the North, ahead of a planned declaration of interest to run for the presidency in 2023.
7) Edo APC faults Obaseki’s comments over huge debt burden on economy
The Esi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has faulted claims by Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, that the Nigerian economy was in critical situation due to a huge debt burden.
Retired Col. David Imuse, chairman of the state APC caretaker committee, said in a statement by Mr Ofure Osheobo, the assistant secretary of the committee on Monday, in Benin, that Obaseki’s criticism of the Federal Government on handling of the economy was ‘a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black.’
“The true position is that under Obaseki’s watch, the economy of Edo is in dire straits with the governor bereft of ideas on how to get it out.
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