Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Saturday 9th October 2021.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s special adviser for media and publicity, Femi Adesina, has suggested that Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe is in jail.
According to the Presidential Media Assistant, Abaribe, who is the Senate Minority Leader, is guilty of supporting and associating with Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Adesina made the claim Thursday night via a post titled “Important Questions About Our Country” that he posted on his Facebook page.
Although Adesina did not specifically mention Abaribe’s name in his article, he made blatant references pointing to the fact that he was referring to Senator Abia.
An online newspaper Premium Times has accused a former People’s Democratic Party, PDP vice-presidential candidate, Peter Obi, of trying to mislead Nigerians.
Recall that the Pandora Papers which were created by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) involving more than 600 journalists and more than 100 media organizations (including Premium Times) had accused Peter Obi of creating companies as fronts for his activities business, and how he changed the company name to PMGG.
But in a statement obtained by Naija News on Thursday, the former governor of Anambra State denied breaking any Nigerian law by engaging in secret businesses based in tax havens.
He said that nowhere in the article was he accused of any form of corruption, whether in the form of embezzlement of public funds or in any other way during and after his stewardship as governor of the of Anambra State.
In a swift response, Premium Times accused the former bank manager of breaking Nigerian laws.
The suspended National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, has taken a swipe at Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.
Wike had in a recent interview with BBC Pidgin said that he opposed Secondus because he was unsuccessful.
Reacting in a statement released Thursday by his media adviser, Ike AbonyiSecondus accused Wike and his assistants of trying to blackmail.
He said Rivers’ governors only attacked him because he refused to do what he wanted by managing the party structure to him.
According to the embattled PDP leader, he is in court to clear his name, correct blackmail and concoctions.
President Muhammadu Buhari has observed that Nigeria expects nothing less from NNPC’s new board, chief executive and chief financial officer other than “the achievement of a global national oil company that this nation desires and deserves. “.
Naija News reports that the President said this on Friday when he received the Certificate of Incorporation of the Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited.
Under the recently signed Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was to transform into a limited liability company, which has now been done.
The top boss of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Walid Jibrin, has advised party leaders to be careful in handling the zoning of his presidential ticket and other elective positions, saying zoning can destroy the gone if not properly managed.
Speaking to reporters at the party’s national secretariat, Jibrin, who is the chairman of the board, revealed that thanks to their meeting on Friday, the BoT is now fully constituted according to the PDP constitution.
Naija News reports that he pledged that the board will be ready to assist the PDP Governors Forum, National Executive Committee, NEC and other party bodies to help engender peace before the elective convention and the 2023 elections.
Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed backed threats by Federation Attorney General Abubakar Malami to declare a state of emergency in Anambra for a peaceful election.
Lai Mohammed said Malami was right to make the decision as it would help avert a national crisis.
He said that over the past few weeks, IPOB’s mandatory home siege has led to students not attending school and people not being able to carry out their activities.
The minister went on to say that the Anambra situation cannot be compared to the killings in the North because while the Anambra agitators wanted out of the country, the bandits were simply criminals who wanted to stay in Nigeria.
The presidency has argued that President Muhammadu Buhari was not mistaken when he recently claimed to have performed better than any other government since Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999.
He argued that the Buhari administration has made huge strides in infrastructure, social care and general governance, more than any previous administration since 1999.
That stance was brought back to the timeline on Thursday by the president’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, who reiterated the stance via an opinion piece titled “important questions about our country” that he posted on his Facebook page.
He made direct reference to part of Buhari’s Independence Day message to Nigerians in which the President boasted that he had done more for Nigeria and Nigerians in six years than any of his predecessors since 1999. .
Former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Deputy Governor Kingsley Moghalu has joined the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
Naija News reports that the former presidential candidate dumped the Young Progressive Party, YPP, after the 2019 elections.
Moghalu, who has signaled his intention to run in the 2023 presidential election, announced his new party on Friday.
Speaking on Friday, the 58-year-old declared his confidence in the ability of young Nigerians to revamp the Nigerian economy.
Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lead lawyer for the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has revealed that the pro-Biafra agitator wants his followers to keep praying for him.
Naija News reports that Ejiofor said this in an update after his routine visit to the pro-Biafra agitator in custody at the Department of State Services (DSS).
While revealing that he visited Kanu in the company of his younger brother, Prince, Ejiofor said the defense team was well prepared for the resumption of court on October 21.
According to Ejiofor, Nnamdi Kanu is in good spirits and looking forward to his court appearance.
The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has recounted his ordeal while incarcerated in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Speaking on Thursday when he received the Christian clerics from the North at his residence in Abuja, El-Zkzaky said he had seen hell during his time in DSS detention.
He added that he had miraculously recovered from shots allegedly fired at him by the army during the December 2015 attack on his residence in Zaria, Kaduna state.
The IMN chief, however, revealed that he and his wife, Zeenat, still had bullet fragments lodged in their bodies to this day and were still suffering from the traumatic experience.
These are the headlines of Nigerian newspapers today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you tomorrow.
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