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Today’s News: Buhari Urged To Appoint Southerner As FCC Chair, CEO, MURIC urges Army to postpone training new recruits

Buhari Urged To Appoint Southerner As FCC Chair, CEO

A group, the United Youth for Growth and Development (UYGD), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to consider a southerner as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Character Commission (FCC).

The group said since the establishment of the Commission in 1996, there have been five Chairmen and none came from Southern Nigeria.

The Executive Director of the group, Wasiu Adebiyi, while speaking in Osogbo, asked President Buhari to respect the principles of Federal Character and ensure that a southerner heads FCC.

Adebiyi said the South couldn’t continue occupying the secretaryship post, saying that it would be an injustice to the region.

2. MURIC urges Army to postpone training new recruits

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has appealed to the Nigerian Army to postpone its training exercise until after the Ramadan fast.

PM NEWS notes that the training is billed to commence on April 12, 2021, and the Ramadan fast may begin the next day, being 13th of April, 2021.

MURIC argued that shifting the training will allow new Muslim recruits to be able to focus mentally and spiritually with enough energy to face the rigours of the exercise.

This was part of a press release signed by MURIC’s director, Professor Ishaq Akintola and made available to journalists on Tuesday.

MURIC noted that the fasting in this month of Ramadan is mandatory upon adult Muslims as recorded in the Holy Qur’an, adding that it is one of the five pillars of Islam, none of which a Muslim can ignore.

3. Ndidi ranked 13 best player in the world

Super Eagles and Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has been ranked as 13th best player in the world for the first quarter of 2021 by the highly respected CIES Football Observatory.

Ndidi has an index of 85.5 having played 852 minutes in the first quarter of 2021.

The top star in the world according to CIES is Lionel Messi of Barcelona, whose index is 92.5 after he clocked 998 minutes of action.

This crowns him as the third best player in the Premier League ahead of the likes of Harry Kane, Luke Shaw and Thiago Alcantara.

4. ‘Selfish lawmakers put Nigeria in jeopardy’ — Amaechi speaks on delayed China loan approval

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, says the “selfishness” of some lawmakers, which resulted in a probe and generated publicity on the details of a 2018 Chinese loan agreement, has negatively affected the country.

In July 2020, a house of representatives panel had raised the alarm over clauses conceding Nigeria’s sovereignty to China in a loan agreement.

The probe dragged on for weeks, despite assurances from Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, that the federal government will work in the best interest of Nigerians, while Amaechi had also warned that the investigation may affect Nigeria’s chances when it comes to loans.

Giving an update on the situation on Monday when he featured on a Channels Television programme, Amaechi said the probe resulted in seven months of “waste”, as the approval process was delayed.

That’s where we are. The loan for Ibadan to Kano, up till now we haven’t gotten approval. And at the point that happened, we were just on the verge of getting approval. They withdrew. They’re asking more questions,” the minister said.

“The two things I said at that meeting; they’re happening now. There are other countries we have loan agreements with, that we entered into agreement to borrow money from. They don’t usually ask for immunity clause, because they trust you, so they expect that you’ll pay back. The moment you brought this to the public, it was ‘ah! you’re giving China immunity clause, so you must give us.’

“The selfishness of those members, who I don’t know what they’re pursuing, has put the country into jeopardy. Now, other countries are asking for immunity clause in their own agreements.

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