Dangote, Adenuga, Otedola can end extreme poverty in Nigeria; Senate gives Osinbajo ultimatum; UK govt reacts to coup rumours in Nigeria
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The combined wealth of Nigeria’s five richest persons, estimated to be about $29.9 billion, can end extreme poverty in the country, a report by Oxfam International has stated.
The Oxfam report was titled “Inequality in Nigeria, Exploring the Drivers.”
Forbes magazine lists the five richest Nigerians as Aliko Dangote, Mike Adenuga, Femi Otedola, Folorunsho Alakija and Theophilus Danjuma.
The Oxfam report exposed the large and growing gap between the rich and poor in Nigeria.
The Senate has issued a two-week ultimatum to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to ensure submission of the budgets of 31 public establishments, including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Nigerian Ports Authority, to the National Assembly in line with the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution and the Fiscal Responsibility Act.
The Senate, following a motion by the Deputy Leader Bala Na’Allah on Wednesday, also resolved that the concerned agencies should stop further spending pending compliance.
The Nigeria Army on Wednesday said it had arrested about 126 suspected Boko Haram members at the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camp in Damboa, Borno.
Lucky Irabor, a major general, who made the disclosure while fielding questions from journalists in Maiduguri, said the suspects were flushed out during mop up operations.
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday confirmed that another Chibok schoolgirl had been found, 12 days after the release of the 82 abducted girls by their captors.
Femi Adesina, President Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, who made this known Wednesday in Abuja, said the recovery of the girl was announced by the acting president during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday.
According to him, the affected girl had been brought to Abuja to join her colleagues who were rescued from captivity.
A member of the House of Representatives from Plateau State, Edward Pwajok, has defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress.
He is the member representing Jos South/East federal constituency.
His defection followed a letter read by the Speaker on the floor of the House on Wednesday.
The death of the first civilian governor of Osun State, Isiaka Adeleke, has been linked to excessive dose of analgesics, sedatives and alcohol.
This was revealed as the pathologist who conducted the autopsy examination on the late senator, Solaja Olufemi, testified before the coroner inquest on Wednesday n Osogbo.
Mr. OIufemi who works at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, also refuted the notion that Mr. Adeleke was poisoned, saying that there were no traces of poison or heavy metal in the examined body of the deceased.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said the House is committed to passing the #NotTooYoungToRun bill in order to lower the age requirements for elective offices to ensure youth inclusion in politics and leadership.
He stated this on Wednesday at the National Assembly while addressing the plenary session of the Nigerian Youth Parliament.
The acceptance rate of Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals among Nigerians is on the rise according to a latest survey by NOIPolls, a premier organisation for country specific polling services in West Africa.
Commissioned by The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs), a non-profit organization working to protect the rights of sexual minorities, the Social Perception Survey on Lesbian, Gays and Bisexual Rights report showed a rise in family acceptance from 11 per cent in 2015 to 13 per cent in 2017.
The Nigerian Senate passed the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act — also known as Anti-Gay Bill — in late 2013 before it was signed into law by former President Goodluck Jonathan in January 2014.
A man appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to head Nigeria’s lottery regulation commission assumed office without Senate confirmation, in line with the law establishing the body, Dino Melaye said on Wednesday, prompting Senate’s investigation.
Lanre Gbajabiamila was one of the 23 persons appointed to head various federal agencies by Mr. Buhari, through an announcement made by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, on April 14
According to the announcement, the appointments were with immediate effect, brushing aside referral to the Senate for confirmation.
The British government has warned against “non-democratic” change of government in Nigeria, amid speculations about military coup as concerns grow over President Muhammadu Buhari’s health.
“The British government believes that democracy is actually critical in Nigeria,” the United Kingdom High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, said on Wednesday. “There are elections. If you’re not happy with your leaders then you should change your leadership through the democratic process and through elections.”