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Remove petrol subsidy, economic council tells Buhari, warns states
The Presidential Economic Advisory Council has asked the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to remove subsidy on petrol and adopt a pricing regime that reflects the cost of the commodity, The PUNCH reports.
Buhari had in 2019 set up the council chaired by Prof Doyin Salami to replace the regime’s defunct Economic Management Team led by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
The council, charged with the responsibility of advising the President on economic policy matters including fiscal analysis, economic growth and a range of internal and global economic issues working with the relevant cabinet members and heads of monetary and fiscal agencies, reports directly to Buhari. Its advice that petrol subsidy be removed formed part of its presentation at its sixth regular meeting with the President last Friday, when it also warned that the subsidy regime would worsen solvency of state governments.
Truck with ammunition falls in Anambra, conductor flees, driver held
A truck loaded with ammunition fell on Sunday in Onitsha, Anambra State. It was gathered that as soon as the truck fell into a ditch and spilled its content, live littered the road. The driver of truck was said to have been arrested by the police, while his conductor manage to flee.
“The incident occurred on the Awka Road. It was discovered by those going to the church early in the morning. It has attracted heavy security presence to the road.
“The truck, a Mercedes Benz 911 model, was moving the goods out of Onitsha when the driver lost control and fell into a gutter.”
Don’t take COVID-19 vaccination, Oyedepo tells Winners worshippers
The General Overseer of the Living Faith Church International (Winners Chapel), Bishop David Oyedepo, has called on the government to come to him for a lasting solution to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He stated this on Sunday during the 40th anniversary thanksgiving service of the church in the Ota Cathedral in Ogun State, monitored by The PUNCH.
He said, “They should come to me to find out how to deal with COVID-19 at no cost. Let me warn you against this deadly thing circulated round the country, because it has not been duly tested. An elder of this church, who works with the World Health Organisation, confirmed this, thanking me for always speaking the truth about the authenticity of the COVID-19 vaccine,” he said.
Kanu’s petition to protect Biafra’s interest, says Akinterinwa
A former Director-General, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Prof. Bola Akinterinwa, said the letter by the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to President Joe Biden was in furtherance of his agitation for the disintegration of the country and the establishment of the Republic of Biafra.
He also noted that the US refusal to relocate AFRICOM from Stuttgart, Germany, to Nigeria also coincides with Kanu’s request that the US should not sell arms to Nigeria.
Akinterinwa in an interview with The PUNCH on Sunday, said, “Since Kanu is requesting that the US should not supply arms to Nigeria, it is very logical; why would Nnamdi Kanu accept the relocation when AFRICOM is most likely to be an instrument against what Kanu is asking for – the Republic of Biafra?”
Courageous judges, rule of law saved me from prison – Oshiomhole
Sacked national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, has said if not for the courage exhibited by judges as well as their respect for rule of law, he would have been an ex-convict on account of his activism.
Oshiomhole spoke while receiving the leadership of the Law Students Association of Nigeria, led by Blessing Abonmhere, in his private office, in Abuja, on Saturday.
He said, “I am not a lawyer; even though in the course of my journey in life, I realised that I wished I had read law but I know it is too late for me now. I know it is never late but I didn’t want to read law for reading sake but that I can practice. However, given my age, it would have been embarrassing to graduate, go through Law School, only to be carrying a bag for my grandchildren’s mate to the court. I guess that it is too late for me.
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