Here are the top stories that drove conversation today:
Following a controversial viral video showing minister of women’s affair Aisha Alhassan publicly declaring support for former vice president Atiku Abubakar, the minister has said she is unperturbed by criticism.
She has also stated in several interviews that she would support Atiku even if the President contests in 2019.
This has raised questions of whether her job in Buhari’s administration is still safe. However, she said today, “let the will of God be.”
The Federal government, reacting to the alleged killing of a Nigerian by policemen in South Africa, has expressed displeasure and summoned the South African high commissioner to Nigeria.
Godwin Adama, Nigeria’s consul-general in South Africa, said, “the Nigerian government is against crime and will not support any Nigerian involved in crime. But if a suspect is arrested, the due process of the law should be followed.”
In Lagos, the government has launched a statewide HIV screening process with the aim of achieving the UNAIDS’ 90-90-90 initiative to end the AIDS epidemic in the world by 2030.
Recall that in May, Lagos state received N3.84 billion from Global Fund to fight the scourge of HIV/AIDS.
Starting with 36,000 Ikorodu residents, the Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA) will be focusing on Imota, Igbogbo/Baiyeku, Ijede, Ikorodu West and Ikorodu North Local Council Development Areas.
The forum of the 19 Northern States and FCT chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has asked Nigerians to remain where they reside, noting that despite the withdrawal of the ultimatum by the Coalition of the Northern Groups, there is still fear among the populace.
Chairman of the forum, Yakubu Pam, said, “we come today as leadership of the northern Nigerian CAN to call our brothers and sisters from the South, Igbos, those at home and those who are here (in the north); they should know that we are together, and we believe in the unity of this country.”
“Secondly, we call on the Federal Government, state governors of various states to call on their people, we need to live together in peace,” he added.
In the United States, President Trump has assured the people affected by the repeal of the DACA program that nothing will happen to them in the six months delay attached to the decision.
He tweeted: “For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about – No action!”
Meanwhile, former White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has accused the Catholic church of supporting the DACA program because they “need illegal aliens to fill the churches.”
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