The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also said that Zakari cannot be trusted, describing her recent appointment as a plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the upcoming election. The Zakari family of Jigawa state also called on politicians to leave their daughter out of their politicking. They made this known in a statement issued by a member of the family, Isah Zakari. The family also said that the President had no hand in her appointment as an INEC commissioner.
Jim Yong Kim has made the surprise announcement that he is stepping down after six years in the post. His resignation will take effect from 1 February. Mr Kim, 59, was not due to leave until 2022, after he was re-elected for a second five-year term in 2017. He will "join a firm and focus on increasing infrastructure investments in developing countries", the World Bank said.
The 106th Indian Science Congress, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, runs from 3-7 January. The head of a southern Indian university cited an old Hindu text as proof that stem cell research was discovered in India thousands of years ago. Dr KJ Krishnan reportedly said Newton failed to "understand gravitational repulsive forces" and Einstein's theories were "misleading".
Nigeria’s transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi, has been heard in an audio recording to be expressing shocking pessimistic views about Nigeria and the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, whose re-election bid he leads. The recording was shared with PREMIUM TIMES by Phrank Shaibu, a spokesperson for the Atiku Abubakar campaign.
Umahi, who also serves as Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum, however, said some of the agitations of IPOB members were genuine, except that the approach used in actualising their objectives were bad. Umahi also raised the alarm of an alleged threat of kidnap on the five governors of the zone by the group and added that the fresh threat was received via text messages, sent to his wife.