Nigeria's literary icon and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka has postponed the tearing of his green card. He said on Wednesday, November 2, while giving a speech to students of Oxford University in England that he would destroy his Green card in the eventuality of a Trump presidency but that decision will have to wait.
His words were: “If in the unlikely event he does win, the first thing he’ll do is to say [that] all green-card holders must reapply to come back into the US. Well, I’m not waiting for that.
“The moment they announce his victory, I will cut my green card myself and start packing up.”
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According to This Day, President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated President-elect Donald Trump on his victory in the United States presidential election.
In a statement, issued by his special adviser on media and publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, he also congratulated American citizens on the outcome of the election, which was keenly observed by all true lovers of democracy and those who believe in the will of the people.
Buhari said he looked forward to working together with President-elect Trump to strengthen the already established friendly relations between both countries, including cooperation on many shared foreign policy priorities, such as the fight against terrorism, peace and security, economic growth, democracy and good governance.
According to Daily Trust, officers of the Department of State Services (DSS) have raided two major Bureau de Change markets in Lagos and Abuja in a fresh attempt to end speculation in the foreign exchange transaction at the parallel market.
Sources at the market said that the DSS have earlier directed the officials of the BDCs association to peg the dollar at N400 while selling and N390 while buying from customers.
Immediately after the directives, the DSS operatives commenced the enforcement of the order by arresting those erring members that sold the dollar above N400 and or bought above N390 a dollar. During the two-day operations, which took place between Tuesday and Wednesday, November 8 and 9, some traders were arrested.
According to Daily Sun, members of the South East Caucus in the Senate, yesterday, met with President Muhammadu Buhari over pressing issues facing the zone.
Some of the issues raised at the closed-door meeting centred on the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), lopsided appointments and decaying infrastructure in the zone.
The South-East senators were led by the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and the caucus’ chairman, Eyinnaya Abaribe, to the meeting held inside the President’s office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Ekweremadu who said the zone believes in using dialogue to address issues, described the discussion as cordial and revealed that they secured a promise from the President to look into the issues raised.
He said: “For us from the South East, we believe that dialogue is better than any other form of engagement.
“So, we decided to visit the President and present to him some of the concerns of the South East including the issues of roads, general infrastructure; the rail, airports and others.
“We also discussed the issue of security with him and of course the issue of IPOB. We had a good conversation and he promised to look into the issues.”
Abaribe, on his part, said although there were problems everywhere, the South East remained the most shortchanged zone in the country.
According to The Punch, the House of Representatives on Wednesday, November 9, asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Central Bank of Nigeria to immediately go after the promoters of the Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox, otherwise known as MMM, in Nigeria.
Lawmakers strongly opposed the investment scheme, which has lately gained popularity among Nigerians in the wake of the current economic recession in the country.
The MMM promises 30 per cent return on investment for any money put into the scheme for 30 days.
According to Vanguard, the election of Mr Donald Trump of the Republican Party as the 45th President of the United States of America, yesterday, provoked an avalanche of questions from local and foreign experts.
There were uncertainties over how his presidency will affect the country’s economy, crude oil price, Nigeria’s main revenue earner; her nationals in the US, aid to developing countries, including Nigeria and, of course, international politics.
According to The Nation, the debate on the controversial bills for the establishment of Grazing Areas Management Agency and another for the establishment of National Ranches Commission was aborted in the Senate yesterday.
The bills – “A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of Grazing Areas Management Agency and for other related Matters, 2016 sponsored by Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano Central); A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of National Ranches Commission for the regulation, management, preservation and control of ranches and for connected purposes, 2026 proposed by Senator Barnabas Gemade (Benue North East) and A Bill for an Act to control the keeping and movement of cattle and related matters thereto, 2016 sponsored by Chukwuka Utazi (Enugu North) – were withdrawn due to disagreement on the way forward.
According to The Guardian, President Muhammadu Buhari has charged his ministers to work harder to endear themselves to Nigerians. The ministers would have spent one year in office by tomorrow.
The President gave the charged during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting where members took a look at the progress the administration has so far made, the sundry challenges among others and the commitments the government has to the people.
The FEC yesterday gave approval for the purchase of 38 units of four-wheel Nissan Patrol at the cost of N326.781 millions for the inspectorate division of the Ministry of Mines and Steel.