For today, Wednesday, July 5, 2017:
PDP ex-ministers challenge Buhari to re-contest in 2019
Former ministers who served in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration rose from an emergency meeting yesterday challenging ailing President Muhammadu Buhari to contest the 2019 elections.
Frontline diplomat, Maitama Sule, dies at 87
Elder statesman and former Nigeria’s representative to the United Nations, Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule, is dead. He was 87 years old. Confirming the death, the only surviving son of the late orator and Dan Masani Kano, Alhaji Mukhtar Maitama Sule told The Guardian at his Dawakin residence that his father passed on at an Egyptian hospital in the early hours of yesterday.
Nigeria has been awash in recent times with heart-thumping narratives. Some of the stories are capable of bringing tears to your eyes or laughter to your lips. Whether they are tears of joy or of pain, the truth is that they evoke a mesmerising emotion in you.
Restructuring: Southern leaders give Oyegun hard knocks
FROM the lips of a host of South-South and South-East leaders, it is hard knocks for National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, over his comments that the APC did not promise restructuring but devolution of power.
Badoo boys move to Ogun as Police screen 38 more
Indications emerged, yesterday, that the dreaded Badoo cult group has extended its gruesome killings of defenceless Nigerians to Ogun State, following the arrest of suspected members in Ogijo area of the state, weekend.
No deadline to actualize Biafra — Kanu
The leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has said that IPOB did not give any deadline for the actualization of the sovereign state of Biafra and neither did he say there would be no election without a referendum on Biafra, but government is using media to spread false information about him and the agitation for Biafra.
THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER
INEC releases timetable for Melaye’s recall
The Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday in Abuja, released the timetable and schedule of activities for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye, who represents Kogi West Senatorial District, Kogi State in the Senate.
Sambo’s house raid: PDP, APC exchange words on anti-graft war
The National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party and the ruling All Progressives Congress, on Monday, engaged in a war of words over the search of former Vice-President Namadi Sambo’s residence in Kaduna by security agencies.
Badoo: Lagos comedian lynched as residents, landlords buy more weapons
A Lagos-based comedian, Chinedu Paul, aka Think Twice, has been identified as one of the three persons mistaken for members of the Badoo cult and lynched on Saturday by angry residents in Odogunyan, Ikorodu, Lagos State.
THE THISDAY NEWSPAPER
Book on Maimalari Reopens Wounds from First Coup
A new book titled “The First Regular Combatant: Brigadier General Zakariya Maimalari” is bound to reopen the wounds of the January 15, 1966 military coup that brought an end to the First Republic and eventually led to the Nigerian Civil War.
Maitama Sule: An Eloquent Unifier Dies in Heat of National Strife
Yusuf Maitama Sule could well have been the cat with nine lives. Twice, first in 2013, then in 2016, he was speculated dead only for family and friends of the celebrated political orator from the core North-western part of the country to clarify that, though ripe in age, he was well and still kicking. Monday, however, in the faraway ancient city of Cairo in Egypt, he died. He was 88 years old. The nation mourns.
Etisalat CEO, CFO Resign as Crisis Deepens
The debt crisis rocking Etisalat Nigeria took a new turn Monday when the company’s chief executive officer (CEO), Mr. Matthew Willsher, and chief financial officer (CFO), Mr. Wole Obasunloye, resigned their appointments.
THE BUSINESSDAY NEWSPAPER
President Buhari’s job safe despite indefinite sick leave
The National Assembly may have a hard time if it ever considers impeaching President Muhammadu Buhari for being away from office on health grounds, amid heightening concerns on the president’s long absence from work and secrecy around his health status.
Nigeria’s tax revenues could hit N19 trillion annually
A new scheme targeted at taking Nigeria’s tax to GDP ratio from six percent to 15 percent by 2020 could add some N19 trillion to public funds and prove the country’s biggest step yet, along the painstaking road to revenue diversification.
I&E FX window offers Nigeria light at end of the tunnel
Leaders of the FMDQ OTC exchange recently met with virtually all the top market movers in London, including representatives of leading fund and asset managers, banks and investors.