These are the stories that drove the conversation today:
Following the ban on election campaign lifted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday, the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar on Monday released the policy document that would drive his campaign ahead of the 2019 elections.
According to the document, Atiku says he will lift 50 million Nigerians out of extreme poverty by 2025 by providing skill acquisition opportunities and enterprise development for job and wealth creation, rather than direct cash distribution, adding that “by 2025, we shall reduce the housing deficit to less than 10 million houses from the current deficit of 15 million.”
The policy document themed, Let’s Get Nigeria Working Again is focused on Unity, Security and Prosperity.
President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that his administration will continue to ensure appropriate funding for the nation’s armed forces in order to enhance capacity building and deepen professionalism.
Disclosing this on Monday during the opening ceremony of the International Airpower Seminar in Abuja, the President also assured that his administration is committed to bringing an end to Boko Haram activities in the northeast and further make all parts of the country safe for Nigerians to live peacefully with one another.
“Our vision is to build a stable and prosperous Nigeria that would be the pride of future generations. It is however pertinent to note that this cannot be accomplished without peace, stability and security,” he said.
A High Court in Kano on Monday, granted an interim injunction restraining online medium, Daily Nigerian and its publisher, Jafaar Jafaar, from publishing videos of Kano Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.
The governor had approached the court to seek the order declaring the publication as wrongful and a defamation of character, leading the court to rule on Monday, that Jafaar and Daily Nigerian, as well as their agents desist from “publishing, sharing or spreading videos injurious to the plaintiff/applicant pending the determination of the substantive application slated for hearing on the 6th of December 2018.”
The news platform had in a series of videos it published recently, shown the governor allegedly collecting kickbacks from contractors.
A Federal High Court in Abuja has on Monday held that the trial of former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), over allegations of illegal possession of firearms and money laundering, would go ahead regardless of his decision to stay away from court.
In his ruling on a letter presented to the court last Tuesday through Dasuki’s counsel, requesting that he is allowed to stop submitting himself for trial until the federal government obeys court orders regarding his bail, Trial judge, Justice Mohammed, held that there were constitutional provisions that allows a criminal case to go on, even if the defendant refuses to make himself available for trial.
He subsequently adjourned till December 11 for continuation of trial with or without the defendant in court.
And stories from around the world:
The US temporarily closed its busiest border crossing with Mexico to boost security after a migrant caravan arrived in northern Mexico. (BBC)
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday the Kremlin would retaliate if the United States withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, Russian news agencies reported. (Reuters)
British Prime Minister Theresa May has sought to rally support for her unpopular draft Brexit deal, stating that the agreement means Britain will be “fully in control” of immigration. (Al Jazeera)
Similarly, European ministers signed off on Britain’s draft divorce deal on Monday as they launched a “painful” final week of negotiations on future cross-Channel ties.
Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and the Union’s Austrian rotating presidency said the negotiated text would be presented to EU leaders at a signing summit on Sunday. (AFP)
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Monday gave his first major speech since the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents, expressing support for his son, the crown prince, and making no mention of allegations that the young royal ordered the killing. (Associated Press)