UK, Ohaneze Ndigbo, PDP warn Nigerian soldiers against coup. Paper reviews..

Punch reports that regional bodies, the Peoples Democratic Party, civil rights groups and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria among others, on Wednesday, urged military officers and other individuals toying with the idea of a coup in Nigeria to perish the thought.

Among those that condemned the alleged plot of a military intervention are the United Kingdom Government, the umbrella body for the North; the Arewa Consultative Forum, the Igbo socio-political organisation; the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and a prominent lawyer, Alhaji Yusuf Ali (SAN).

Vanguard reports that the Senate on Wednesday issued President Muhammadu Buhari a two-week ultimatum to submit the 2017 budget proposals of at least 36 agencies of the federal government for consideration and passage by the National Assembly, in line with the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA).

It also barred the agencies, which are revenue generating, from further capital and non-essential expenditure, pending the submission and approval of their budgets.

Following that absence of clarity on Wednesday afternoon as to who would sign the 2017 budget after its transmission to the executive by the National Assembly, the presidency last night said Acting President Yemi Osinbajo would assent to this year’s spending bill.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting had said that the federal government would take a decision on who will sign the 2017 budget when it is transmitted.

Osinbajo’s media aide, Laolu Akande, however took to his Twitter handle @kandeoj late last night, saying his principal will assent to the budget if he’s satisfied with the budget, This Day reports.

The Nation newspaper reports that senior lawyers are pushing for a probe of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai’s claim that some officers have been hobnobbing with politicians.

The lawyers suggested yesterday that the matter should not end with Gen. Buratai merely issuing a statement and warning those involved to retrace their steps.

British High Commissioner to Nigeria Paul Arkwright, also yesterday, said: “The British Government believes that democracy is actually critical in Nigeria.”

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