Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Saturday 5th February 2022.
As the politics for the 2023 general election gathers momentum, the evolution of politics is already indicating the complexion of the upcoming elections. It may be a battle between the old and the new order, with Nigerians proving they have reached political maturity. Indeed, the activities of political actors provide a sufficient basis for reading the tea leaves with regard to the 2023 season. The first of these indicators emerged when an otherwise taciturn president, Muhammadu Buhari, refused to name his successor. probable on the grounds that “he could be eliminated if I mention his name”.
This revelation in a Channels Television interview indicates that the president already has a horse in the race scheduled for February next year. While there may be other clever reasons why this person’s identity should be kept a secret, for now the way the President has phrased his response feels like a fait accompli. When deconstructed, it suggests that this favorite candidate is destined to become the next president, so it’s best to protect favorites from ambitious politicians who tolerate no obstacles. Fear of elimination suggests anyone with Buhari’s backing has a better chance of becoming president than the person most Nigerians want to occupy Aso Villa in 2023.
The Police Services Commission (PSC) has been pushing for the immediate dismissal and prosecution of disgraced Deputy Police Commissioner, DCP, Abba Kyari.
Recall that the former commander of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) was suspended from his duties on August 1, 2021, following his indictment by the FBI for allegedly colluding with Internet fraudster Ramon Abbas, alias Hushpuppi, to defraud a Qatari businessman.
The supercop was accused of raising $1 million to arrest and detain for several weeks another member of the criminal syndicate who disagreed with Hushpuppi.
Presidential Spokesperson Femi Adesina has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari cannot be friends with politicians who steal from the coffers of the nation.
Naija News reports that Adesina made this known in an article titled, “PMB and NDDC”, posted via his Facebook page on Thursday evening.
He revealed that the President hates corruption with a passion and will continue to wage war against the threat until his term expires in 2023.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Friday threatened to go on strike over the delay in the federal government’s decision to resolve the lingering crisis in universities.
The ASUU called the defense of IPPIS disgraceful, claiming that there was fraud in its implementation as indicated by the 2021 report submitted to the National Assembly by the Auditor General of the Federation.
The union deplored the meetings with the federal government which yielded no results.
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Dr. Vincent Olatunji as the National Commissioner/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Data Protection Bureau (NDPB).
Naija News reports that the appointment was approved following a request from the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Pantami.
In a statement released Friday by the minister’s spokesman, Uwa Suleiman, the appointment is effective immediately.
Several leaders and fighters of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) were killed on Thursday evening by the Nigerian army in Marte district, Borno state.
Naija News reports that ISWAP terrorists were neutralized by soldiers from Combined Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) in massive airstrikes on their camps in villages of Gamboru, Abbaganaram , Bukar Mairam and Jubularam.
It has been learned that the leadership of ISWAP is currently evacuating the corpses of terrorists killed by the Nigerian army.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has countered the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over its bid to make Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu its candidate for the 2023 gubernatorial elections in Lagos.
The APC, which described the PDP’s offer as a worthless Greek gift, said it was rather unfortunate that the opposition party could find no qualified person within its fold to stand as its candidate for the post of President. governor and must now try to poach Sanwo-Olu.
Naija News reports that the Lagos APC’s reaction comes after an opposition party leader in Lagos, Ganiu Taofik, said the incumbent governor could have done better if he had been in the PDP.
Former Enugu State Governor Okwesilieze Nwodo said Senators Anyim Pius Anyim, Orji Uzor Kalu and Rochas Okorocha are eminently qualified to lead the country in 2023.
Speaking in an interview on Arise News on Thursday, Nwodo said it was time for an Igbo presidency, asking parties to zone their presidential tickets to the South East.
He condemned claims from some quarters that the Igbos are not competent enough to provide credible leadership to the country, saying such claims are meant to deny the Igbo presidency.
Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Interim National Committee and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni inaugurated the party’s state chairpersons in Abuja.
Naija News reports that Buni, who was represented by committee secretary John Akpanudoedehe, swore in the presidents of 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Akpanudoedehe, however, failed to inaugurate the state presidents of Kano and Sokoto due to the internal crisis in the two states which had resulted in parallel congresses.
Students at Adekunle Ajasin University in Akungba Akoko, Ondo State have been protesting against the relentless killing of their colleagues by trailers and trucks in the city.
Naija News reports that some students at the institution have been killed in accidents involving trailers, but the latest tragic incident on Wednesday has led to the protest.
It has been collected that a 400 level student who was simply identified as Michael was killed on Thursday evening by a caravan coming from Ikare-Akoko.
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