Here are the topical news that drove conversations in less than 48 hours into the New Year.
ASUU strike: NANS to commence mass action against FG, ASUU, ASUP on January 7
As the ongoing ASUU strike extends into the new year, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has issued a notice to all its structures and organs to commence mobilisation for mass action against the federal government, the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics. ASUU commenced a nationwide strike on November 4 after lecturers accused the federal government of not implementing previous deals.
“Why are Nigerian students made to suffer for the interests of ASUU or ASUP which doesn’t improve lots of Nigerian students’ lives?” NANS president Danielson Akpan said in a statement. The mass action will commence January 7, 2019.
We will tackle power supply in the first six months – Peter Obi
Appearing as a guest on Politics Today on Channels, PDP Vice President aspirant Peter Obi spoke about the the economy and PDP’s plan to revamp major sectors. But the juicy soundbite: “We will tackle power supply in the first six months.”
The comments has sparked conversation on social media, drawing skepticism from Nigerians because these are the same election rhetoric parroted by politicians.
U.S. government shutdown will not affect consular services in Nigeria
The ongoing U.S. government shutdown has partially crippled America, stemming from the decision taken by President Trump to get the U.S. Congress to approve money for his proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. But in a statement released by the United States Embassy in Nigeria, the shutdown will not affect its consular services in Nigeria. “The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the Consulate General in Lagos will remain open during the U.S. government shutdown. This includes the Consular Sections. Prior reports to the contrary were incorrect.”
Lawyer sues Nigerian Army, asks court to stop Operation Python Dance
Today, a Lagos-based rights campaigner Malcom Omirhobo asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to declare Operation Python Dance as unlawful and unconstitutional in the country, Premium Time Reports. According to Omirhobo, it violates the fundamental rights of the Nigerian public, to life, dignity of human person, personal liberty, family and private life, freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association and freedom of movement.
In New Year message, NBA President accuses the Buhari administration of trampling on the rule of law
In a New Year message published by the Vanguard Newspaper, the president of the Nigerian Bar Association Paul Asodo has accused President Buhari of trampling on the rule of law by attacking judicial officials from the bar and the bench. “In our country, the rule of law suffers degradation in multiple ways,” Asodo said, “The rule of law is trampled upon when there’s no access to justice or when such access is denied, not well defined or is constrained, stifled or impaired howsoever.”