1) FG declares health workers strike illegal
The Federal Government on Sunday declared the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) strike as illegal.
The health workers had declared a nationwide strike, effective from midnight on Sunday over the federal government’s failure to address their demands.
But in a statement issued by the Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan, the government directed the various unions in the health sector operating not to go ahead with the strike.
According to the statement, JOHESU decision to go ahead with the strike was illegal and a clear breach of the International Labour Organisation Principles and Conventions on Strike and sec. 18 of the Trades Disputes Act, Cap T8, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
2) STATE OF THE NATION: PDP knocks presidency over attack on Obasanjo
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday night chided the presidency for allegedly attacking former President Olusegun Obasanjo and other leaders over their comments on the state of the nation.
The presidency had described Obasanjo as “Divider-in-Chief” after he condemned the current administration’s handling of the country’s affairs.
In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party urged President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to the advice from eminent Nigerians on how to save the country from total collapse under his watch.
3) Ize-Iyamu accuses Obaseki of ‘falsifying’ claim on job creation at Edo governorship debate
The two major protagonists in this week’s governorship election in Edo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki, and his All Progressives Congress (APC) rival, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, met face-to-face at a governorship election debate held in Benin City on Sunday evening.
The duo shared their visions with the people of the state at a debate organized by Channels Television and its partners.
They were asked questions on the economy and their plans for the teeming population of the state, especially on industrialization and employment creation.
The moderator of the event, Seun Okinbaloye, reminded the candidates on the current position of Edo State on the Human Development Index (HDI) and challenged them to explain how they intend to address this if elected as governor of the state.
The Edo State governorship election holds on September 19.
The governor, who was the first to speak, said: “In terms of human capacity and employment, that is one area we believe we have accomplished quite a lot. On the onset, I promised I will raise a minimum of 200,000 jobs within a minimum of a four-year period. And just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we had created directed and indirect jobs for Edo people as much as 157,000.
4) We must forgive those killing us, Rev Kaigama urges Christians
The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, on Sunday charged Nigerians residing in troubled zones to forgive those behind their ordeal.
The preacher, who made the call while delivering his Homily at the Holy Cross Parish in Apo, Abuja, declared that there was no limit to forgiveness.
According to him, forgiveness was paramount to enable speedy social integration, healing and development in the affected areas.
Kaigama urged Christians to stop counting the number of times they forgive and desist from the practice of retributive justice as good followers of Christ.
He said: “Forgiveness takes various forms: the forgiveness an individual receives from God; the forgiveness one offers to another, the forgiveness I receive from another person; the forgiveness a group offers to another group, which is what we badly need in various parts of Nigeria today experiencing violence and conflicts, leading to the wasting of human lives and resources.
5)Buhari’s govt bombs Obasanjo: You frittered away opportunity
Lai Mohammed: sends another bomb to Obasanjo
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has dismissed as incorrect former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s description of Nigeria as a failing state.
Mohammed admitted the nation faces challenges, but he said they are being confronted headlong by the Buhari administration.
”Nigeria today is not a failed state, but a nation that is courageously tackling its challenges and building a solid infrastructure that will serve as the basis for socio-economic development, a nation that is unrelenting in battling insecurity and working hard to ensure greatest prosperity for the greatest number of people,” Alhaji Mohammed said.
Mohammed’s response on behalf of government was issued in Abuja on Sunday.
He described as ironical that Obasanjo, who was part of a long stretch of rapacious and rudderless leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, is now turning round to point fingers at the Buhari administration.
“President Muhammadu Buhari’s assumption of office in 2015 prevented Nigeria from becoming a failed state”, Mohammed said.
“President Buhari came into office at a time that a swathe of the country’s territory was under occupation, a period when many Nigerian towns and cities, including the capital city of Abuja, were a playground for insurgents and a moment that the nation’s wealth had been looted dry, with little or nothing to show for the nation’s huge earnings, especially in the area of infrastructure .
6) Edo Election: ‘My predecessor borrowed recklessly,’ Obaseki tackles Oshiomhole
Obaseki also accused Oshiomhole of owing contractors to the tune of N70bn.
Governor Godwin Obaseki has accused his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole of putting Edo State in debt through reckless borrowing.
The governor made the allegation on Sunday, September 13, 2020, during the Edo Governorship debate organized by Channels Television.
While answering a question about the debt profile of Edo state, Obaseki said the Oshiomhole-led administration was responsible for the state’s debt burden.
7) You are dividing Nigeria – Presidency attacks Obasanjo
The presidency has accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of dividing Nigeria.
An article signed by the Presidents’ Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu and made available to DAILY POST alleged that a recent statement by the former President was an attempt to divide the nation.
Garba Shehu, on Sunday, claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari has continued to promote nation-building and the unity of Nigeria and maintained that the difference between the two leaders is clear.
8) Nigerians have long stopped taking Obasanjo, Atiku seriously —APC
The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday challenged former President Olusegun Obasanjo to provide details of how the $16billion earmarked for the development of the country’s power sector was spent under his administration.
The ruling party in a statement issued by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, also berated ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar for selling national assets to friends and cronies with attendant negative consequences on the country’s fortune.
Atiku supervised the country’s privatisation process during Obasanjo’s administration.
The ex-president had come under renewed attacks from APC over his latest comment on the state of the nation.
At a forum in Abuja last Thursday, Obasanjo lamented that Nigeria was becoming a failed state under President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership.
He also claimed that Nigeria was more divided under the current administration.
But in its reaction, the APC described Obasanjo, Atiku, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as “political actors that midwifed and institutionalised the national rot, corruption, impunity, and eroding of the country’s value systems.”
The party insisted that such characters could not chart the way forward for the country.
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