Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Monday 4th July 2022
President Muhammadu Buhari sent warnings to motorists as he opened up a 55-kilometre road in Yobe.
During the commissioning of the Nguru-Gashu’a-Bayamari road, the President outlined the major causes of damage to Nigerian roads.
He listed the causes, including the overloading of vehicles and trucks which accelerates the deterioration of the pavements, the spillage of petroleum products which dissolves all the components and allows water to penetrate and transform the shoulders into parking spaces.
Naija News reports that Buhari warned against the abuse of federally built roads meant to spur economic growth and development.
Represented by the Minister of Energy, Abubakar Aliyu, Buhari explained that the road was built to the highest standard of design and workmanship.
Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been assured that the dust raised by the choice of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, as the party’s vice presidential candidate will soon subside.
Chairman of the Board of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Walid Jibrin (BoT), gave the assurance on Sunday in a statement made available to reporters in Kaduna State.
It is exactly as BoT Chairman said Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike is a very responsible and very obedient member of the PDP who has helped immensely in making the party what it is today.
He appealed for patience among party members and advised members to allow the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and its chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, to return to the country.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue said the state is not in favor of reintroducing the National Water Resources Bill in the National Assembly.
Let us recall that the bill sponsored by the Hon. Sada Soli (APC – Katsina) was originally passed in 2020 by the House of Representatives but was later withdrawn following criticism from some Nigerians.
The bill, which seeks to establish a law that would provide a regulatory framework for the nation’s water resources, was reintroduced on the floor of the Green House and was defeated by two MPs from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
However, the bill finally passed its first reading in the Green House on Tuesday after House Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila said the bill’s sponsor informed him that the governors and attorney general of States had made their contribution and agreed that the bill was reintroduced. .
Reacting in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Terver Akase on Sunday, Governor Ortom said the bill is anti-federalism, abhorrent and denies the right of Nigerians to their ancestral resources.
The Governor of Benue has claimed that the North Central State is against the bill and should therefore be excluded from any discussion relating to the bill.
He pointed out that the bill seeks to grab water resources that rightfully belong to the states, calling on other state governments to oppose the bill.
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has, ahead of the 2023 presidential election, warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against gambling on the fate of a Muslim ticket -Muslim by the Congress of All Progressives.
Naija News reports that the rights group has reprimanded APC presidential candidate, Vice Presidential candidate Bola Tinubu, saying the move will further aggravate aggression against Christians by bandits and other terrorist groups in the country.
HURIWA, in a statement signed and released on Sunday by its national coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, argued that the emergence of an Islamic-Muslim presidency will further reinforce the aggression against Christians by bandits and terrorists who claim allegiance to the ‘Islam.
Naija News understands there are suggestions that Tinubu could in the coming days confirm either Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State or Senator Kashim Shettima as his standard running mate for the 2023 elections to beat the date. July 15 deadline set by INEC.
Despite calls for a Muslim-Christian ticket, the ruling party had refused to bow to pressure as around 13 northern Muslim governors would pressure Tinubu to pick them because they backed his candidacy in the primary hotly contested APC.
HURIWA however deplored the ruling party candidacy saying that it is unconstitutional and violates Article 14 (3) and (4) and Section 318 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which specifically states that the principle of federal character must be reflected. in the composition of government and that no group, religious or ethnic, should dominate the other.
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has refuted media reports that he advised Christians to buy guns for self-defense.
Several reports emerged on Saturday indicating that the famous cleric had asked Christians to defend themselves against attacks by criminals.
During his Holy Spirit Service sermon on Friday, Adeboye said that while safety belongs to the Lord, the Bible is not against Christians who defend themselves against evil.
He had urged church members not to be afraid to attend church programs due to the recent terrorist attack on St Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State.
Clarifying his Sunday sermon at the monthly Thanksgiving service, Adeboye said he never asked Christians to go gun shopping.
He, however, urged Nigerian Christians to ensure that unwanted visitors do not come to churches and kill innocent citizens.
Adeboye also urged Christians to pray to the agent of the devil’s plans to depopulate the kingdom of God.
Voice of Nigeria (VON) chief executive Osita Okechukwu has predicted an outright victory for All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in the 2023 elections.
According to APC founding member and leader Okechukwu, some other presidential candidates from other parties failed to live up to the expectations of Nigerians and would therefore not get the votes of the people.
The VON boss who spoke at the APC national secretariat in Abuja said the emergence of Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Musa Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) negates the principles of rotation as the south should take over from President Muhammadu Buhari.
He added that he was assured of Tinubu’s victory because the APC as the ruling party has 22 sitting governors, the majority of the National Assembly and all those people and other political appointees. will not betray the party’s candidate for the 2023 presidential election.
Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, in his determination to tackle insecurity in the state, has announced the training of newly recruited Community Protection Guards (CPGs).
It is exactly as the governor said that the state is now moving towards implementing new security measures under his direction.
According to him, “only the brave and courageous will offer to serve as guards of their communities, courageously standing up to face the brutal infamy of the bandits”,
He did, however, reveal that his administration had proposed additional measures to tackle the insurgency in the state.
Governor Matawall, while announcing the training in Gusau on Sunday, noted that additional counter-insurgency measures include the recruitment of CPG community protection guards in each of the 19 emirate councils in the state.
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom’s convoy was involved in a road accident in Abuja on Sunday.
The development was confirmed in a statement released by the governor’s media aide, Terver Akase.
According to Akase, no lives were lost in the incident which happened in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
He further said that the convoy was involved in the crash as it was returning to Makurdi after accompanying Ortom to the airport.
Akase said a golf cart collided with one of the security vehicles near Karu Flyover in Nyanya.
The Igbo socio-political group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, says the outcome of the two main party presidential primaries was a gross injustice against the South East.
The group’s general chairman, Professor George Obiozor, made the point in a statement titled “What does Nigeria want from Ndigbo?”, released by the group’s spokesman, Alex Ogbonnia, on Saturday.
Obiozor was reacting to the outcome of the presidential primaries led by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Recall that the former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, became the presidential candidate of the APC, and the former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, became the presidential candidate of the PDP.
Obiozor described the result of the presidential primaries of the two main parties as a gross injustice against the Igbo beyond expectations.
He accused the country’s political elite of successfully orchestrating to deprive the South East of an opportunity to produce Nigeria’s president in 2023.
Obiozor urged Ndigbo not to lament too much over the Southeast’s failure to produce the next president but to wait for the verdict of history.
New Nigeria Peoples Party presidential candidate Rabiu Kwankwaso has revealed why he cannot be a running mate in the 2023 presidential election.
According to the former Kano state governor, agreeing to be the running mate of any presidential candidate would lead to the collapse of the NNPP.
Kwankwaso said this while addressing reporters after the inauguration of the party office in Gombe state.
The presidential candidate admitted that the party is in talks with the Labor Party, but there is a problem with who will become the presidential candidate.
Kwankwaso while speaking said: “From the discussion with the Labor Party, the main question was who would become the president if the parties merged.