Check out the major news in Nigeria this Wednesday morning below.
1. Nigeria Records 90 New Cases Of COVID-19, Total Cases Now 56,478
The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 90 new cases of coronavirus infections across the nation. The new cases now bring the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 56,478.
This was made known by NCDC via its verified Twitter handle on Tuesday night.
“90 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
Lagos – 33
Plateau – 27
Kaduna – 17
Ogun – 6
FCT – 4
Anambra – 1
Ekiti – 1
Nasarawa – 1
1,088 deaths”, NCDC tweeted.
2. Atiku Counters Tinubu, Asks Edo People To Vote Obaseki
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has asked voters to cast their votes for the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Godwin Obaseki, in Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State.
He tweeted this a few hours after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu said Obaseki does not deserve a single vote.
Atiku in his tweet warned against violence during the election.
He said “The democracy we enjoy today was bought at a great price. We can only deepen and sustain it by respecting the sanctity of the ballot and necessary review of our electoral process.
“As the great people of Edo State go to the polls to elect their governor this weekend, they need to be provided with a secured environment to cast their votes and be assured that their votes will count.
“I urge all duly registered voters of conscience and who truly care about the well-being of Edo to turn out en masse to cast and defend their vote for @GovernorObaseki”.
3. 1,785 New Lawyers Called To Bar
The Body of Benchers on Tuesday called a total of 1,785 successful graduates of the Nigerian Law School to the Nigerian Bar.
The event took place at the Eagle’s Square in Abuja with parents, guardians, and well-wishers barred from entering the venue.
Speaking at the event, the Director-General, Nigerian Law School, Prof. Isa Hayatu (SAN), said a total of 2,515 students sat the final bar examinations in January, but only 1,779 were successful.
He said 736 of the students failed.
According to him, while five of the candidates made First Class, 76 made Second Class Upper, 633 graduated with Second Class Lower Division, while 1,065 came out with a pass.
4. Edo Election: PDP Hails Buhari
The People’s Democratic Party on Tuesday hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for heavy security deployment to Edo State.
Chief Nehikhare, Publicity Secretary in Edo, gave the commendation in a statement on behalf of the State PDP Campaign Council.
The spokesman said efforts put in place by the Buhari-led government to ensure security and safety of Edo people, before, during, and after the election, deserved praise.
He notes that with the massive deployment of the Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Police, and military operations, the election will be crisis-free.
Nehikhare reminded the electorate to exercise their duty on election day.
5. We Would Have Been In Trouble By Now – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, said that Nigeria would have been in trouble by now if not for his government’s decision to embrace agriculture.
Buhari spoke at a virtual meeting with members of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC) at the State House, in Abuja on Tuesday.
President Buhari stressed the position of agriculture in the government’s scheme to reduce joblessness and poverty.
“For us to bounce back to productivity, especially in agriculture, the unemployed with many of them uneducated had to be persuaded to go into agriculture, ” Buhari said.
“If we hadn’t gone back to the lands we would have been in trouble by now. That is why we virtually stopped the importation of foods thereby saving jobs and foreign exchange”.