Word on the Street: Drama at the National Assembly, Sowore sues election debate group and more
Dear friends, I write to you today to accept my apologies for not publishing Word on the Street yesterday. I’ve had an eventful week and it will only get eventful in the next couple of days. I promise to do better. Here are a few stories you may have missed yesterday.
Scenes at the 2019 budget presentation
Yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari presented the 2019 budget at a joint session of the National assembly for consideration. During the president’s presention, where he was highlghting the achievements of his office, some lawmakers (I’m guessing those of the opposition parties) were echoing “noooo” and booing Bubu (see what I did there?).
— GrassRoots.ng (@GrassrootsNg) December 19, 2018
Anyway, Bubu didn’t flinch, he just continued his speech. He said the new budget would accomodate a new minimum wage and earmarked ₦462.2 billion for education, among other things. Apparently, there some “non-truths” in the achievements Bubu mentioned during his presentation and Nigerians aren’t having none of that. Also, the session ended in some verbal combats between lawmakers. So much drama. #Budget2019 has been trending on Twitter ever since.
Abuja airport sound system has been fixed
Apparently, some weeks ago, the sound system at the departure lounge of the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport, Abuja malfunctioned, making flight announcement inaudible. This was uncovered by Premium Times’ three-part investigative series on corruption and misconduct in Nigerian airports, published in November.
Now, passengers say that the situation is now better as the speakers seamed to have been fixed. According to a spokesperson of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), some cables were replaced and so were speakers. Now that speakers are no longer the problem, can they please address inaudible announcers too?
Sowore files lawsuit against the NEDG
Yesterday, Omoyele Sowore, presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) filed a lawsuit against the Nigeria Election Debate Group (NEDG) for excluding his running mate Rabiu Rufai, from the Vice Presidential debate last week. He also sued the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), BON Chairman and CEO of Channels Television, John Momoh.
He says the exclusion was an act of discrimination and malice against the party and its candidate. According to a report by Premium Times, “the party through its legal adviser was also asking the court in the suit to declare that AAC and Mr Sowore are entitled to equal media time to participate in the January 19, 2019 presidential debate.”
Sowore actually does have every right to be upset with the group, we hope the suit will help them make better decisions in the future.
Have a great weekend.