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Buhari forwards CBN board nominees to the Senate
President Muhammadu Buhari sent the list of non-Executive Directors of the Board of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to the Senate for confirmation. In a statement issued on Wednsday by the media and publicity adviser to the president, Mr. Femi Adesina confirmed that a nomination list has been forwarded to the Senate President Bukola Saraki.
The nomination list include Professor Ummu Ahmed Jalingo from North East; Professor Justitia Odinakachukwu Nnabuko, South East; Professor Mike I. Obadan, South South; Dr. Abdu Abubakar, North West; and Mr. Adeola Adetunji, representing South West.
Trump plans to sell 12 aircraft to Nigeria
The United State of America has agreed to sell aircraft to Nigeria to fight the Boko Haram group.
According to reports, the 12 Embraer A-29 Super Tucano aircraft would cost Nigeria almost $600 million. The A-29 sale signals that there would be a strong relationship between U.S. and Nigeria.
According to the Federal Government, Trump’s first phone conversation with the Nigerian President in February, was to assure him that the United States is ready to help the country with its terrorism issues.
‘…this Government inherited bad economy’ – Charles Soludo
The former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Charles Soludo, made it clear that the present administration inherited a poor economy. He mentioned this at an event tagged ‘talk shop’ organised by the Vanguard newspaper.
“To be fair, this government inherited a bad economy…the previous government had an unprecedented rate of debt accumulation, even at a time of unprecedented oil boom and was even depleting our foreign reserves instead of doubling the reserves…insecurity, especially in the north-east was very high, and corruption was pervasive….” he stated.
Soludo made reference to the country’s GDP. He said that the economy situation is as a result of the size of the nation, stating that the GDP shrunk from about $575 billion to about $354 billion.
The event includes Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, former governor of Edo State; Dr Kayode Fayemi, the Minister of Steel and Solid Minerals; Mr. Issa Aremu, the deputy president of the Nigerian Labour Congress.
Sadare says APC is still united
Mr Olawale Sadare, APC Director of Publicity and Strategy in Oyo state, said in a statement on Wednesday in Ibadan that the party was not involved in crisis as it is being concluded..
“As much as we would have desired to see the opposition in other political parties as formidable enough to play the role expected of them, their camps are becoming more vulnerable to emptiness…this is simply because more discerning people are realising that the APC could deliver the goods regardless of the odds…the daily influx of influential members of the opposition into our great party is a pointer to the fact that APC is waxing stronger in the state,” he mentioned.
Furthermore, he mentioned that the reason for the inauguration of a council of Elders in the Party was to improve the mobilization and crisis management machinery of the party at grassroots.