These are the stories that drove the conversation today:
President Muhammadu Buhari has on Saturday reacted to the Supreme Court’s acquittal of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, saying the nation’s judicial system is working despite the challenges it is facing and no one should be allowed to undermine or break the judicial system.
Buhari who in a statement on the official twitter account of the Presidency, noted that Saraki took the tortuous path of using the judicial process and persevered until he was pronounced not guilty, added that Saraki’s journey from the lowest to the highest court of the land provided an important example for Nigerians to emulate.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately order the sack, arrest and arraignment of Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun for alleged criminal forgery of her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) discharge certificate.
As contained in a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Saturday, the PDP said the Minister’s NYSC certificate scandal was a vindication of its position that the Buhari government is not as upright as it wants Nigerians and other citizens of the world to believe.
The Nigeria Police Force has arrested five suspects for alleged involvement in the death of seven policemen in Galadimawa area of Abuja on Monday night.
Force Spokesman, Acting DCP Jimoh Moshood who disclosed this, said more arrests are been made and the police authorities were working to ensure that all the perpetrators involved in heinous crime are apprehended, and police personnel deployed for special duty are properly protected.
Ekiti Governor, Ayodele Fayose has reacted to a statement credited to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, that he and the PDP were being haunted and jittery about the gubernatorial election holding on Juy 14.
Fayose who spoke in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, said “Contrary to Adams’ diatribe, rumour peddling and rabble rousing unbecoming of an ex- governor and national chairman of the ruling party, Fayose and PDP are only interested in a credible election.
“Oshiomole’s secret plan to use his fraudulent Edo template in Ekiti will never work and it will attract injurious consequences. This is because Ekiti people are resolutely determined to resist rigging right on the spot,” he added.
Aminu Masari, Katsina Governor and Chairman of the Security Committee of the Northern Governors Forum, on Saturday expressed disappointment with the non attendance of governors of the North West to a meeting on the security of the sub-region held in Kaduna.
According to reports, the meeting was attended by the Deputy Governors of Sokoto and Kaduna states also had in attendance Secretaries to the State Governments of the two states, and that of Katsina, as well as various consultants on security, but Masari said the governors must separate politics with the issue of security that affects the generality of the people.
And from around the world:
The peace process between the United States and North Korea is in crisis after Pyongyang angrily rejected Washington’s “gangster-like” demand for rapid nuclear disarmament, despite two days of intense talks.
When US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew out of Pyongyang after negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s right-hand Kim Yong Chol man he tried to appear positive, insisting progress had been made.
But as he arrived in Tokyo to brief his Japanese and South Korean counterparts, his North Korean hosts issued an angry statement rejecting his efforts and appealing to US President Donald Trump to revive the peace process. (AFP)
Temidayo Taiwo-Sidiq is a Political Journalist, Analyst and Social Change Advocate with major interest in Nigerian Politics, Governance and Sports.