A statement allegedly made by the Department of State Services on Tuesday, against Maxwell Opara, counsel to Godwin Emefiele, the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria has sparked outrage on social media.
On Monday a consortium of lawyers led by Maxwell Opara and Ahmed Tijani stormed the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, to initiate a contempt charge against Yusuf Bichi the director general of the state security service, for failing to release Emefiele despite a subsisting court order.
In reaction, an unverified DSS twitter account posted a series of tweets accusing Opara of mobilising other like-minded lawyers against the DSS DG. The tweets went further to describe him as a Biafran Republic agitator.
Following the increase in petrol pump price from N540 Naira per liter to N617 per litre on Tuesday, the group chief executive officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, Mele Kyari while addressing state house correspondents blamed market forces for the increase adding that the Fuel hike is not based on a shortfall in supply. Many Nigerians across several states, have reacted to the impact of the fuel hike.
Meanwhile, the announcement made by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to review the proposed N8,000 Naira conditional cash transfer to 12 million households, meant to cushion the effect of the petrol subsidy removal is generating reactions.
In a statement by Dele Alake, the presidents special adviser on special duties, communications and strategy. The President also directed the Immediate release of fertilisers and grains to approximately 50 million farmers and households in all the 36 states and the FCT. The President said the decision became necessary, in light of the views expressed by Nigerians against the cash transfer palliative. Ene Obi, the Outgoing Country Director, Of Action Aid and the Centre for Social Justice in Abuja on Wednesday, condemned the eight thousand Naira cash transfer, saying that it would only cause more inflation.
First Lady of Nigeria, Oluremi Tinubu on Tuesday renamed the National Centre for Women Development after the late Maryam Babangida. Maryam Babangida was the wife of Nigeria’s Former Head of State, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, who ruled the country from 1985 to 1993. Maryam championed women’s development during her reign as First Lady, most notable was her grassroot root program, Better life for Rural women to empower women.
She died of ovarian cancer at the age of 61 in December 2009. Oluremi Tinubu at the unveiling event, praised the late Maryam for her exemplary role in women’s empowerment and national development.