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10 things you need to know this Friday Morning

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. Barely 24 hours after the Senate called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare bandits terrorists, the House of Representatives has also called on the president to do the same. That resolution was sequel to a motion of urgent public importance moved by Babajimi Benson on Thursday.

2. The convoy of Hon. Chris Emeka Azubogu, lawmaker representing Nnewi North/Nnewi South/Ekwusigo Constituency in the House of Representatives, came under gun attack in Anambra State on Thursday. Ikechukwu Onyia, spokesperson of the lawmaker, confirmed the tragic incident.

3. The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has urged the Nigerian Armed Forces to continue its “patriotic duty” of defending the country, stressing that Nigeria cannot be surrendered to criminals. The ACF, in a statement signed by its National Chairman, Audu Ogbeh, also thanked the Armed Forces for standing firmly behind the Nigerian government as it “fights the twin evils of insurgency and terrorism.”

4. The Central Bank of Nigeria on Thursday announced the postponement of the planned unveiling of the digital currency, e-Naira. The launch was initially scheduled for October 1, but was postponed due to other activities lined up to commemorate the country’s 61st Independence Anniversary. The apex bank’s Director of Communications, Osita Nwasinobi, made this known in a statement.

5. The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, says teachers will begin to enjoy the new salary structure promised by President Muhammadu Buhari, from January 2022. Nwajiuba disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja at a symposium organised by the Ministry of Education.

6. The palace of HRH Eze Obi Ralph Ekezie, the traditional ruler of Obor Autonomous Community, a neighboring community to Omuma, Gov Hope Uzodinma’s hometown in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State, has been set ablaze by unknown persons. An eyewitness said the arson caused some damages to the monarchs’ property and two other buildings around his community.

7. Kaduna-based Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, on Thursday, said too much blood is flowing in Nigeria. Speaking at a peace conference organised by Center For the Advancement of Human Dignity and Value (CAHDV) in Kaduna on Thursday, the scholar wondered “why nothing is being done to stop the unnecessary flow of blood”.

8. No fewer than 38 people, who were murdered by bandits on Sunday evening in Madamai community, Southern Kaduna, were buried on Thursday. The victims were buried at Malagum 1, Kagoro in the Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State after a funeral service presided over by the Catholic Bishop of Kafanchan, Julius Kundi.

9. President of France, Emmanuel Macron, has expressed hope of increased bilateral relations between Nigeria and France. Macron, in a letter addressed to President Buhari on the occasion of the nation’s 61st independence anniversary, said he was pleased to extend to President Buhari on his behalf and on behalf of the French people, his warmest congratulations, which also go to all Nigerians.

10. Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to find ways to stop the killing of Nigerians across the country. Lamenting what he described as the senseless killings of Nigerians by suspected jihadists, the Pope called on the Federal Government to guarantee the safety of all citizens.

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