Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Saturday 3rd September 2022.
As the handover date of May 29, 2023 approaches, many Nigerians have seemingly given up on President Muhammadu Buhari finishing strong in the fight against corruption, nor do they see him triumphing over insecurity or bequeathing a healthy economy. These are the three pillars on which his administration has rested since he entered the scene. Although Buhari can be forgiven for reneging on the many promises he and his party men made as they pounded soapboxes across the country in the run-up to the 2015 elections, the president acknowledged the three above, but all clues point to the federal government. alarming performance in these critical areas. One might therefore expect the president to stick tenaciously to an aspect that provides a silver lining to his eight-year reign. It is about the conduct of free, fair and credible elections in 2023. This should be the President’s legacy project. Unfortunately, he spoils with bad choices made on the eve of his departure from office.
So far, there have been strong complaints against Buhari’s senseless patronage appointments. Nigerians have taken his parochialism in their stride and are already looking forward to the breath of fresh air that will see the back of the current administration, which seems to be the only consolation. Anything that fouls this anticipated fresh air in terms of undermining the process that will bring about the president’s successor is cruel and must not be allowed. It is against this backdrop that the selfish and ungodly appointments of the chairman of the heads of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the eve of a critical election like the 2023 elections are one indiscretion too many. In July, the President nominated 19 candidates for the Nigerian Senate to be confirmed as Resident Election Commissioners (RECs) of the INEC. After searching the list of candidates, no less than nine civil society organizations identified four people with questionable credentials as to their ability to be non-partisan.
The federal government led by Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated a 15-man inter-ministerial committee to organize the celebration of the 62nd anniversary of Nigeria’s independence.
Naija News reports that the Committee was inaugurated in Abuja on Friday by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.
Speaking at the inauguration, Mustapha said the Committee was constituted to plan, organize and execute all approved activities suitable for the celebration of the 62nd anniversary of Nigeria’s independence on October 1, 2022, as well as document for posterity, all activities planned for the anniversary.
The federal government says the lack of enforcement of immigration laws is responsible for the hostile treatment of Nigerians in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Naija News reports that Federal Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Francisca Omayuli made this known in a statement Friday in Abuja.
Naija News recalls that a video showing Nigerians stranded at Dubai International Airport has surfaced on social media, with at least 20 Nigerians stranded at the airport and their passports seized.
Nigeria has been ranked the second most attacked country by the Islamic State terrorist group despite budget allocation for security.
Data published by Jihad Analytics covering the period from January to June 2022 shows that Nigeria recorded 305 attacks, with Iraq being the first (337) and Syria the third (142).
Jihad Analytics specializes in global and cyber jihad, intelligence and open source data.
The Federal Government of Nigeria from 2015 to 2022 has allocated a total of N11.18 billion for security.
Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi has urged Nigerians to vote for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in next year’s general elections.
In an interview with BBC Hausa, he said insecurity had deteriorated under the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) party.
Makarfi, who governed Kaduna State, said that when the PDP was in power, only the northeast experienced insecurity, but an election was always due to measures taken by the administration led by Goodluck Jonathan.
Nigeria’s former military leader, Abdulsalami Abubakar, has revealed his stance on the type of president the country needs in 2023.
Abubakar said it is time for old politicians to step down and allow younger generations to lead the country.
According to him, what older politicians should be doing right now is encouraging and mentoring younger ones.
A Plateau State High Court sitting in Jos has acquitted and acquitted former Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang of N6.3 billion bribery charges.
The presiding judge, Justice Christy Dabup, in a judgment on Friday, dismissed corruption charges brought against Jang by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Judge Dabup also acquitted Jang’s co-defendant, Yusuf Pam, a former cashier in the Plateau State Cabinet Secretary’s Office.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar has reportedly been advised by his supporters to continue his campaign without Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike.
Governor Wike had repeatedly threatened not to support Atiku if his demands were not met.
Part of the Rivers State governor’s demands are that the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, step down and hand over power to someone from the South West.
Atiku, however, is aware of calling Wike’s bluff given his influence among key party stakeholders, including some governors.
Former Kano State Governor Ibrahim Shekarau said on Thursday that he had not resigned from the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for selfish reasons.
Speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today program, Senator Shekarau slammed those who accused him of indiscipline for moving from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the NNPP and now the PDP in five years.
According to the former governor, he always consulted his grassroots supporters before moving from one political party to another.
A leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former communications minister, Adebayo Shittu, said APC presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was in very good health.
Speaking on Trust TV on Thursday, Shittu said the former Governor of Lagos State had no health issues.
According to the former minister, the APC presidential candidate is as healthy and strong as anyone.