Good morning, here are ten things you need to know this morning.
1. No fewer than 30 persons were feared killed and 60 others seriously injured after suspected Boko Haram members attacked Azare GSM market in Bauchi State on Sunday.
The latest attack is coming barely one week after the insurgents bombed the city, killing several persons.
2. The alleged planned defection of Governor Suswam of Benue State from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, became glaring yesterday after President Goodluck Jonathan and top party leaders shunned his 50th birthday bash.
The event, which took place at the Aper Aku stadium, Makurdi witnessed a low turn out as civil servants in the state are said to be at war with the governor over their unpaid four months salaries.
3. As schools resume in crisis-ridden Borno State today, the state government has announced that it would enlist the services of local vigilantes, called Civilian JTF, to provide security in public schools.
Students of public schools in the state are expected to return to classes today after being shut on March 16 due to security challenges.
Dr. Mohammed Dongel, the Chairman of the 19-man committee on the resuscitation of primary school education in the state made this announcement in Maiduguri on Sunday.
4. Controversial Islamic scholar and activist, Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Mahmud Gumi has once again voiced his conviction that Nigeria would boil if President Goodluck Jonathan and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari contest the 2015 presidential election.
Gumi told Sunday Sun that the ongoing attacks by the Boko Haram sect may not end soon as the insurgents were being backed by the United States.
5. The All Progressives Congress on Sunday wrote off the almost 60 months of the Peoples Democratic Party-led administration, saying that it was one of the worst in the nation’s history.
The opposition party in a statement by its Publicity Secretary laughed off the scorecard reeled out by President Goodluck Jonathan during his declaration for the second term as “a scorecard of failure” and “claims of phantom achievements.”
6. President Goodluck Jonathan will today decide on the next line of action on Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states at the expiration of the emergency rule imposed on the three north-eastern states.
The states have been under emergency rule imposed following the continued activities of members of the Boko Haram sect.
There have been speculations that President Goodluck Jonathan may impose “total emergency rule” on the states by appointing military administrators to take over from the state governors.
7. On a good note, the authorities of the Nigerian military have said that the Special Forces have recaptured the town of Chibok in Borno State from the control of Boko Haram.
It was stated that the troops had secured the town and had restored normalcy to the area.
8. A former National Publicity Secretary of the now rested Congress for Progressive Change, Rotimi Fashakin, has said Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), who is a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, would choose a southern Christian as his running mate.
Fashakin, a prominent figure in Buhari’s campaign organisation, ruled out the possibility of Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, a fellow Muslim, emerging as Buhari’s running mate.
9. The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, and the Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. Fr. Mathew Kukah, have given assurance that Nigeria will not partition after the 2015 general elections.
The duo told Punch in separate interviews that Nigeria will remain united, no matter the drums of war being beaten by some persons who do not wish the country well.
10. Frontline Lagos lawyer and rights activist, Femi Falana, SAN, has raised the alarm that the $1bn loan the Federal Government requested to tackle insurgency in the country, may be diverted for the 2015 elections.
He said this on Saturday during a national symposium to commemorate the first memorial anniversary of late Pro-National Conference co-founder, Baba Omojola.
Source – DailyPost