Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Friday, July 22, 2022
President Muhamadu Buhari on Thursday met with heads of departments and heads of security agencies over the worsening insecurity in the country.
Naija News reports that the National Security Council meeting was held in the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting took place in the presence of the Chief of the Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of the Defense Staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo; and Air Chief of Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao.
Also present were the Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba Usman; Department of State Services (DSS) Director General Yusuf Bichi; and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.
Others present at the meeting included the Secretary to the Federation Government; Boss Mustapha; the President’s Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari and the National Security Advisor (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (retired).
The Federation’s former accountant general, Ahmed Idris, would be arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday.
The commission will bring Idris before Judge AO Adeyemi Ajayi of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The former AGF would be taken to court by the anti-corruption agency alongside three others: Godfrey Olusegun Akindele, Mohammed Kudu Usman and Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange Limited on 14 counts of theft and criminal breach of trust up to N109,485,572,691.9.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s special adviser for media and publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, has denied being a card-holding member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party.
Adesina said on Thursday that the APC was only his favorite party but he was not a member of the party, adding that he was also a Buharist.
Naija News reports that he made his position known in an article published on Thursday in which he reacted to those who called him out after the APC lost the July 16 gubernatorial elections in his home state. , Osun.
It will be recalled that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, defeated the outgoing governor and APC candidate, Gboyega Oyetola, on Saturday.
This led many to start calling out the state’s APC stalwarts, including Adesina, about how they couldn’t deliver their own state.
However, Adesina on Thursday in an article titled “OSUN: BUHARI DOES IT AGAIN” said that although he would have preferred Oyetola as the preferred candidate to win the election, he is not a stakeholder in Osun’s election as people have described it.
Labor Party (LP) presidential candidate Peter Obi has said the continued breakdown of the national grid reveals the failure of the federal government led by Muhammadu Buhari.
Naija News reports that the national power grid collapsed for the sixth time around noon on Wednesday, plunging the nation into darkness.
Additionally, the Premium Breadmakers Association of Nigeria on Thursday announced plans to halt bread production due to rising prices of baking materials.
The president of the association, Emmanuel Onuorah, in a statement, lamented that the prices of baking materials and diesel have affected production. Onuorah further stated that the bakeries are incurring losses and the situation is no longer viable.
Reacting in a post on his Twitter account on Thursday, Peter Obi said the current administration’s continued failure to fix the power sector is a compelling catalyst for a change in direction.
The former governor of Anambra State noted that the unavailability of bread due to the bakers’ strike is resulting in a national crisis.
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has explained why his state and 20 other states across the country are currently struggling to pay workers’ salaries.
In an interview on Arise TV, Ortom said he inherited pension and salary arrears of over N70 billion from previous administrations.
According to him, his administration has been able to deplete the 70 billion naira to 30 billion naira since he took office in 2015.
The governor claimed that Benue is not the only state facing wage challenges as more than 20 states are struggling to pay wages due to low allocations from the federal account.
Ortom attributed the misallocation to the non-sending of funds from the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, NNPC.
The government led by President Muhammadu Buhari revealed on Thursday that it is considering banning the use of motorbikes, commonly known as okada, across the country.
Justice Minister and Federation Attorney General Abubakar Malami gave the hint while speaking to reporters after a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC).
Naija News previously reported that the meeting was chaired by President Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja.
Malami noted on Thursday that a survey carried out showed that okada was being used for mining activities across the country.
He added that banning the use of Okada would cut off sources of funding for terrorists and bandits.
Malami, who was accompanied by interior and police ministers Rauf Aregbesola and Mohammed Dingyadi, said the meeting focused on how to end terrorist activities.
According to the minister, terrorists are now generating funds through mining and ransoms, as they use motorbikes to get around.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and heads of higher education institutions on Thursday released the admission limit for universities and polytechnics in 2022/2023.
The admissions body has set the minimum threshold for universities at 140.
JAMB has set the minimum threshold for admission into polytechnics and colleges of education at 100.
Education Minister Adamu Adamu made the announcement during the ongoing Admissions Policy Meeting in Abuja on Thursday.
Jamb’s registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, announced the cut after extensive debates and votes by university vice-chancellors, polytechnic rectors and colleges of education provosts.
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom spoke on Thursday about the crisis in the Peoples’ Democratic Party.
Ortom, who recently returned to Nigeria, revealed that he had met with Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and others over party differences before the general elections of 2023.
According to the Ortom, the aggrieved governors decided to remain in the main opposition party.
Governor Wike is not happy with the decision of PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar to choose Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate.
Ortom, who had condemned Atiku for ignoring Wike, said he and his aggrieved colleagues had agreed to remain in the PDP.
He, however, called on Atiku to reach out to Governor Wike for reconciliation.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has called on the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its strike and return to the classroom.
Education Minister Adamu Adamu made the call Thursday in Abuja during the 2022 Policy Meeting on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria.
Adamu called on ASUU and all other unions in public higher education institutions to consider the future of students and allow the dialogue to be fruitful.
He said the government wants a stable academic calendar but needs the cooperation of the unions to make it work.
All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu has denied reports that bogus bishops have been hired to attend the inauguration of his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima.
Tinubu, in a statement released Thursday by Tinubu Campaign Organization (TCO) spokesman Bayo Onanuga, said the clerics were in fact genuine and promising.
He affirmed that clerics are church leaders who sincerely believe that Nigerians should shun the politics of hatred and religious bigotry and instead embrace the politics of peace and nation building.
The APC presidential candidate said the viral videos and photos of clerics attending the event were the work of political distractors.
He said, however, that the outrage over the development on and off social media was an undue distraction.