The Big 5: Buhari leaves for Niger Republic today, Who’s to blame for reinstating Maina, and other top stories

Good morning.

Here are the top 5 stories you should be monitoring today:

President Muhammadu Buhari is travelling to Niamey, in the Republic of Niger for a meeting, today, just a day after returning from his trip to Turkey.

According to a statement signed by the president’s special adviser, the meeting with some other West African countries will deliberate on a common currency for the West African sub-region.

Find out more about the meeting, here.


So much has happened since President Buhari ordered the immediate sack of former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, yesterday.

For one, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), accompanied by Policemen, stormed a mansion reportedly owned by Maina. The house was said to have been bought for $2 million.

Here’s what the EFCC did to the mansion.


Meanwhile, the blame-game of who authorised Maina’s reinstatement has continued, with accusing fingers being pointed from one direction to another.

A letter dated October 16, 2017, indicated that the Head of Service of the nation, Winifred Oyo-Ita was aware of the reinstatement, however, Winifred has denied being behind Maina’s recall.

Another document claimed Maina was reinstated based on the advice of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami. So far, he has neither confirmed nor denied the claims.


With everything going on, you can trust Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti state governor, would not be silent on the matter.

In a typical way of saying “I told you so”, he said he had been vindicated because he warned Nigerians before now that the kind of corruption that would be witnessed in Buhari’s government would be unprecedented.

Adding salt to the injury, he said Buhari’s anti-corruption fight is a situation where “Satan is calling Judas Iscariot a sinner.”

Read everything he said, here.


In other news, 580 Nigerians are expected from Libya this week, adding to the hundreds of Nigerians that have returned from the North African country this year.

According to officials, 420 Nigerians would arrive at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Tuesday via two chartered flights while another 160 would return on Thursday.

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