The Big 5: Act now before it’s too late – Anyaoku tells Buhari, NASS; Northern Elders wants herdsmen to relocate from the South | Other top stories

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Relocate from the south – Northern elders tells herdsmen

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) on Tuesday asked herdsmen to leave the south, stressing that their safety in that part of the country is no longer guaranteed.

Chairman of the forum, Ango Abdullahi, who made the call after a meeting with the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNGs), said there was a move by some “trouble elements” to harm herdsmen in the southern part of the country, while appealing to security agencies to pay attention to what is happening to herdsmen “hour-to-hour, day-to-day basis.”

“If it is indeed true that their safety is not guaranteed in the places where they are residing, we would rather have them back into areas where there safety is guaranteed, and they should be coming back as much as possible to the north,” he said.

Act now before it’s too late – Anyaoku to Buhari, NASS and Governors

Former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Emeka Anyaoku, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to eschew sectional practices and focus on eliminating Nigeria’s ethnic and religious fault lines.

Speaking at a book launch in Abuja on Tuesday, the elder statesman called on the president, National Assembly members, governors and all political elites not to continue to live in denial of the seriousness of glaring facts, adding that if not effectively addressed, the issues are bound to push the country over the brink of a national disaster.

“We see an unprecedented diminution of national unity; we see an unprecedented level of insecurity of life and property with kidnappings and killings of human beings occurring virtually every day in many parts of the country including the seemingly unchecked violence by Fulani herdsmen which has spawned fractious controversies over the proposed Ruga policy by the federal government,” Anyaoku noted.

APC faults Governor Makinde’s asset worth, wants relevant government agencies to beam searchlight on him

The All Progressives Congress (APC) is requesting that relevant agencies of government beam their searchlight on Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo over his N48 billion assets declaration.

In a statement on Tuesday by one of its spokesmen, Prince Ayobami Adejumo, the opposition party said most of the companies listed in the declaration were relatively unknown in the local Oil and Gas industry and global arena, alleging that the governor’s action was a ploy to give a false impression of his real financial status now so that he would have a safe landing when he leaves office with stupendous wealth.

“What manner of billionaire would abandon his business partially or completely for 13 years in pursuit of political ambition and still claim to have multiplied his wealth more than corporate players in a globally competitive sector like oil and gas?” the statement read.

We have commenced mobilization of workers for total strike – Labour

The Organised Labour says it has commenced the mobilisation of workers for a total industrial action if negotiation on the consequential adjustment arising from the N30,000 new minimum wage breaks down.

This is as contained in a communiqué issued Tuesday in Abuja, and signed by the acting Chairman of JNPSNC, Anchaver Simon, as well as secretary of the body, Alade Lawal, at the end of the meeting of the national leadership of the Trade Union Side of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council and chairmen and secretaries of the body in all the 36 states of the federation.

The council, which is negotiating on behalf of workers in the public service, argued that if government position was heeded, workers on level seven step eight would only have a monthly salary increase of N5,139 instead of N16, 230 which the new law stipulated, while those on level 17 step eight would have an additional monthly salary of N22,056 instead of N88,226.

South Africa says it has commenced investigation into death of Nigerian found dead in her hotel room

The South African High Commission in Nigeria says authorities are now investigating the death of Elizabeth Ndubisi-Chukwu, Deputy Director-General of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), whose corpse was found in a room in Emperor Palace Hotel where she had lodged for the African Insurance Organisation (AIO) conference in Johannesburg.

Bobby Moroe, South Africa’s acting high commissioner to Nigeria, disclosed this while speaking on Tuesday during a meeting with Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, and Chiedu Ndubisi, sibling of the late insurance director, at the South African High Commission in Abuja, said video footage has been obtained from the hotel to help the investigation.

“You will also appreciate that we are constrained at this point to speculate or to provide as much information as possible because the matter is still under investigation. “We wouldn’t want to put the horse before the cart because we think this is a very sensitive case. We need to treat with the greatest of respect. We are talking about the loss of human life,” Moroe said.

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