Nigerian army accused of plotting to depopulate South-East – Igbos; Buhari requests Senate’s confirmation of Ms. Ahmad as CBN deputy governor; I approved 2 NNPC contracts – Osinbajo; NSDC denies monkey pox vaccination in South-East; Supreme Court adjourns Dasuki’s appeal; Senate passes bill seeking inauguration of President & Vice-President at NASS complex . . .
Many parents rushed to schools to withdraw their children and wards back home in many parts of the southeast as news spread like wildfire that the free medical outreach that the Nigerian Army conducted in some communities in the South-East, as part of the ongoing Operation Python Dance II, was described on Wednesday as a tool to depopulate the south-East region.
Many Igbos claim it was a ploy to depopulate Igboland. Pupils in public and private schools in the South-East states on Wednesday abandoned their classrooms as information spread that a vaccination exercise had been added to the outreach to deliberately kill schoolchildren. Some Igbo people claim that it’s a continuation of the army’s assault on Igbos because of the pro-Biafra agitations (i.e. IPOB’s Biafra separatist movement). This is fake news.
President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking the Senate’s confirmation of Mrs Aishah Ahmad’s appointment as a deputy governor in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). In a letter to the Senate read by Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over Thursday’s plenary, Buhari said, if confirmed, Ahmad would replace a deputy governor, who retired early this year.
According to the letter, Buhari’s request for the confirmation of Ahmad is in accordance with the provisions of Section 8 of the Central Bank of Nigeria (Establishment) Act 2007. There are opposing voices against Mrs. Ahmad’s appointment, saying that there are better qualified people, both within the CBN and outside the CBN better qualified and capable of doing the CBN job. They accused the president of forcing a mediocre on the CBN.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has taken responsibility for granting authorisation to two NNPC oil contracts worth ₦640 billion. A Twitter statement by his spokesperson, Laolu Akande, said: “In response to media inquiries on NNPC joint venture financing, VP Osinbajo, as Ag President approved recommendations after due diligence.”
The admission came a day after Premium Times published a report on NNPC’s response to the Minister of State, Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu’s leaked memo with allegations on Monday. The NNPC had stated in the response that two presidential approvals were granted to the NNPC for contracts with Shell Nigeria and Chevron at the rate of $1 billion and $780 million respectively.
The National Centre for Disease Control (NSDC), has denied executing vaccination against monkeypox in the South-East or any part of Nigeria.
The National Coordinator of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekwazu, while appearing before the Senate Committee on Primary Health and Communicable Diseases in Abuja on Thursday, stated that the disease had no vaccine and the federal government was not conducting any immunisation on it in any way.
The Supreme Court of Nigeria has adjourned hearing into the appeal by former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd.) against the Nigerian Government.
Dasuki is challenging the disobedience to the various court orders seeking his bail. The Federal High Court, FCT High Court and the ECOWAS Community Court have ordered his release, which were not adhered to by the government. The hearing was adjourned to January 25. 2018.
The Senate on Thursday passed a bill seeking that an elected President and Vice President of Nigeria shall be inaugurated at the premises of the National Assembly complex.
The passage of the bill sponsored by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, followed several debates on the report of the Senate Committee on Special Duties. Inauguration of presidents and vice presidents of the federation takes place at the Eagles Square in the Federal Capital Territory under the oath administered by the Chief Justice of the Federation. The House of Representatives is yet to pass a similar bill. If passed by both chambers and signed by the president, it shall become law.