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The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, November 20 as public holiday to mark the 2018 Eid-El Maulud celebration.
In a statement by the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau over the weekend, he called on Muslim faithful to align themselves with the teachings of the prophet which borders on piety, charity, tolerance and peaceful coexistence among others.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday promised to overhaul the country’s education system if he is elected for a second term.
The President who was speaking at the launch of his re-election campaign tagged ‘The Next Level,’ said whatever it takes to prepare teachers’ curriculum and classrooms to attain the right educational goals to grow the country will be done.
“We will remodel 10,000 schools every year and retrain our teachers to impart Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics using coding, animation in the curriculum,” he said.
Similarly, the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar on Sunday described the the campaign document of the APC Presidential candidate – “The Next Level” as big on promises and vague on policy.
As contained in a statement by his campaign organisation, Atiku said “these ‘next level’ promises are nothing more than next level propaganda,” stressing that policies are the plans and roadmaps that would be used to achieve those promises, else they fail.
“Anyone can make promises and indeed President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) did make quite a number of promises which they either denied or fulfill, such as the promise to create three million jobs per annum and to equalise the value of the naira with the dollar,” the former Vice president noted.
Following the official commencement of campaigns for the 2019 general elections on Sunday, the United States and European Union Delegation to Nigeria have urged security agencies in Nigeria to avoid actions that could jeopardise the elections.
The Delegation expressed “grave concerns over incidents of widespread intimidation, interference and vote buying during the recent gubernatorial elections, as well as the irregularities and violence during party primaries.”
It further stressed that INEC must be allowed to operate free from outside pressure and intimidation, and in turn, must demonstrate full neutrality and professionalism.
The Senator representing Ogun East at the National Assembly, Buruji Kashamu has been confirmed as the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 election in the state.
The former governorship candidate, Adeleke Shittu is reported to have “voluntarily withdrawn” from the race for him on Friday, as reported by Daily Trust.
According to Kashamu’s media aide, Austin Oniyokor, the leaders and elders of the party “prevailed” on Kashamu’s to run for the office if the PDP wants to win.
Temidayo Taiwo-Sidiq is a Political Journalist, Analyst and Social Change Advocate with major interest in Nigerian Politics, Governance and Sports.