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10 things you need to know this Thursday Morning

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

1. The Federal Government on Wednesday, declared Monday, 27th, Tuesday 28th December 2021 and Monday, 3rd January 2022, as public holidays to mark the 2021 Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year Day celebrations. The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, disclosed the development in a statement issued on Wednesday.

2. Suspected bandits yesterday, attacked a convoy of over 10 motorists and abducted 70 travellers along Kaduna – Birnin Gwari Highway. This happened less than 12 hours after bandits on Tuesday night attacked Angwar Gimbiya community, in Sabon Tasha, Chikun LGA, in Kaduna and abducted scores of residents in the area.

3. Members of the Peoples Democratic Party’s caucus in the House of Representatives, Wednesday said that the real reason President Muhammadu Buhari withheld his assent to the amended electoral bill was to avoid electronic transmission of election results. This was contained in a statement signed by the leader of the caucus, Rep. Kingsley Chinda (PDP Rivers State).

4. President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday said that the government requires an investment size of N348.1 trillion to achieve the targets set out in the National Development Plan 2021-2025. He spoke at the formal launch and public presentation of the National Development Plan (NDP) 2021-2025.

5. President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the National Assembly will on Thursday (today) transmit the 2022 budget passed by both chambers to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent into law. Lawan gave the hint on Wednesday in his remarks moments before the chamber proceeded on recess.

6. President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu, has denied saying Vice President ,Yemi Osinbajo will run for the presidency in 2023. Ojudu said such pronouncement is not his call, adding that only the Vice President would disclose if he has a presidential ambition.

7. The Kano State Hisbah board is planning to invite the parents of Shatu Garko, winner of Miss Nigeria 2021 for questioning. Garko, an 18-year-old Hijab wearing model from Kano, emerged winner of the contest, which held in Lagos on Friday night. Commandant-General of the board, Harun Ibn Sina, said participation in beauty pageants was against Islamic teachings.

8. Two weeks after the outrage over the burning alive of passengers in Sokoto State, bandits have set someone on fire in Fasakari Local Government Area of Katsina State. According to the Deputy Speaker of Katsina State House of Assembly, who is the member representing Faskari constituency, the victim was burnt alive in his car.

9. The Federal Government has destroyed about 1,066,214 doses of Astrazeneca vaccines donated to the country to combat COVID-19. The destruction carried out on Wednesday in Abuja, according to the government, followed the expiration of the vaccines given to the country by foreign donors.

10. Leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Ijaw National Congress, Chief Edwin Clark, on Wednesday slammed former President, Olusegun Obasanjo over what he called a disappointing display of hatred against the people of the oil-producing states in Nigeria.

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