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Buhari’s trips, Atiku’s loss at Supreme court, pressure to probe Tinubu, other top stories last week

Last week was characterised by different stories in the Nigerian political space. These ranged from the furore about President Muhammadu Buhari’s foreign travels and the loss of the opposition leader, Atiku Abubakar at the Supreme Court. Other headliners include the demand for the probe of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and controversies surrounding the confirmation of the three-man steering committee for Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) nominated by Godswill Akpabio. Opera News brings you the details of these top stories in brief. Furore about Buhari’s Foreign Trips The decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to embark on a 10-day private trip to London, United Kingdom, was announced on Monday. Before then, the foreign travels of the President have been a major topic of discussion by all and sundry. Punch newspaper, Nigeria’s top newspaper, in its editorial, advised Mr Buhari to delegate emissaries for the diplomatic shuttles in a bid to attend to burning issues at home and save traveling expenses. The Monday announcement however sparked controversies from Nigerians who are worried about the economic effect of these shuttles on the country’s treasury. Recall that the President spent the whole of last week in Saudi Arabia.  Mr Buhari arrived Abuja on Saturday after visiting Mecca for the lesser Hajj, Umurah.   Atiku’s loss at the Supreme Court On Wednesday, the Supreme Court’s verdict on matters arising from the 2019 Presidential election, ruled out the petition of the opposition party’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar. The apex court upheld the victory of Mr Buhari who was earlier declared the winner of the February 23 poll. While some saw the verdict as a rape of the judicial process, the ruling party’s loyalist opined that Buhari’s victory shows that the judiciary is independent. The loss of Mr Atiku at the apex court signaled the end of the legal battle regarding the last Presidential election. Pressure on EFCC to Probe Tinubu Some days to the 2019 elections, a bullion van containing a large sum of money was found at the residence of Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC). Although Mr Tinubu did not deny the incident when alleged that the money was meant for vote-buying at the polls, no one had the knowledge of the amount and what it was meant for. Meanwhile, the demand for the probe of Mr Tinubu was intensified on social media platforms last week. Nigerians called on the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to investigate the APC chieftain. The EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, however refused to respond to questions on the case during an event where the anti-graft agency stated its achievements in the fight against corruption. Nomination of NDDC steering committee On Tuesday, the National Assembly confirmed the nomination of a three-man steering committee for the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, made by the Niger Delta Minister, Godswill Akpabio. The agency set up in 2001 is saddled with the responsibility of overseeing matters related to the oil-rich region. Mr Akpabio earlier decried the rate of corruption allowed to thrive in the agency, which according to him, some corrupt officials have turned into their Automated Teller Machine (ATM). However, the decision to commit the affairs of the commission into the hands of three men did not augur well with some stakeholders, who felt Mr Akpabio lacks the moral justification owing to his previous records of corruption. Also, some of the APC members have demanded the sack of Akpabio because the committee is not statutory. 

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