Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Sunday 28th August 2022.
Nigeria is currently facing a significant number of socio-economic issues including insecurity, high cost of goods and services, unemployment, a 6 month strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), as well than other economic problems. and financial challenges affecting the country.
The crushing depreciation of the Naira and heightened insecurity has also created a sense of urgency for many young Nigerians in search of a better life.
In this article, Naija News examines the current trend among many young Nigerians who are turning to ‘Japa’, a phrase used to describe traveling out of the country in search of greener pastures.
This adds to the fear of what would become the fate of many young people if All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu or Peoples Democratic (PDP) flag bearer Atiku Abubakar becomes president.
Daily on the microblogging platform Twitter, “Japa” takes the lead in trending, with many Nigerians expressing how the country will lose a lot of young people and experts if Tinubu or Atiku becomes president.
All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s revelation about the candidates he would support for the 2023 election.
According to Tinubu, he is happy with the president’s position and Buhari is to be commended for making his position openly and boldly known.
Naija News reports that the APC candidate made his views known in Abuja on Saturday as he welcomed members of the APC National Working Committee (NWC) to the Tinubu/Shettima campaign office.
Tinubu’s reaction comes days after President Buhari said on Wednesday that only genuine All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates would win his support in the 2023 elections.
The President, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said those who have defected to other parties or taken legal action against validly elected APC candidates and the party do not won’t get his support.
He also warned those who defected from the APC to stop linking him to their actions as he remains absolutely committed to the party.
According to Buhari, the APC brought him to power and he will not do anything that will undermine or jeopardize the party’s chances in the upcoming elections.
The President of the Academic Staff of Universities Union (ASUU), Emmanuel Osodeke, has denied calling universities owned by state governments a charlatan.
Several media platforms reported on Friday that the ASUU president said state universities were charlatans and should not be taken seriously.
Naija News reports that Osodeke appeared on Arise TV on Thursday and described some state universities that recently pulled out of the strike as unimportant universities and charlatans.
The development sparked a backlash from some state universities who lambasted the ASUU president for allegedly calling them a charlatan.
However, in an interview with Daily Post on Saturday, the ASUU president claimed he was misquoted by the media, pointing out that he never called all state universities quacks.
Osodeke revealed he was only referring to three universities owned by state governments that are not currently on strike.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar is expected to welcome former Kano state governor Ibrahim Shekarau back to the party.
Naija News reports that Atiku will lead PDP leaders to welcome Shekarau into the party after his recent outburst and accusation against New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) presidential candidate Rabiu Kwankwaso.
It is understood that the former governor of Kano is unstable in the NNPP and is believed to be planning to dump the party for the PDP.
Shekarau said the NNPP and Kwankwaso had failed to integrate his supporters into the party structure, accusing his successor of betraying the agreement they had before his defection.
Atiku, who is due to return from the UK on Sunday, will meet Shekarau ahead of his official defection to the PDP.
With the 2023 elections fast approaching, the PDP is scrambling to encroach on APC strongholds, especially as it faces an unresolved internal crisis.
A former Edo state governor, Adams Oshionhole, has refuted claims that All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Bola Tinubu was planning to turn Nigeria into an Islamic country.
Oshiomhole said the APC presidential candidate had no ambition to Islamize Nigeria, describing Tinubu as a religiously tolerant politician.
Speaking at a stakeholder meeting Friday in Benin, the capital of Edo State, Oshiomhole urged Nigerians not to be misled by what other presidential candidates are saying. gone.
Oshiomhole said Nigerians and politicians who live on the Muslim-Muslim ticket do so to distract people from major issues.
He said: “We should explain the APC ticket to people because there has been deliberate misinformation and an attempt to make the debate personal rather than issue-based.
“The problem is that we should vote for a person who will develop the country. Those who dwell on the Muslim-Muslim ticket do so to distract people from the bigger issues. If they ask for your vote, ask them to show you what they did to earn your vote.
“Tinubu did not make Islam obligatory for his wife who is a senator and pastor. His children are also Christians and Muslims. Is there a better example of religious tolerance?
New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) presidential candidate Rabiu Kwankwaso has explained why his alliance with Peter Obi, the Labor Party presidential candidate, has fallen apart.
Kwankwaso made this known during an exclusive interview with News Central TV where he said he turned down the request to serve as Obi’s running mate due to the mood of the North.
According to him, most northerners wanted power to stay in the north and not in the south even after President Muhammadu Buhari completed his eight years in office.
When told that many young Nigerians were not happy with him and that the planned alliance with Obi had failed, Kwankwaso said, “Yes, I have done my best to make this alliance work for many people. many obvious reasons. At Kwankwassiya, we are in no hurry.
Supporters of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman Iyorchia Ayu are in a state of panic following the meeting in London between the party’s presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar and Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State .
Naija News reports that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has insisted on Ayu’s resignation as one of his conditions to support Atiku’s presidential candidacy.
Wike’s camp claimed that Ayu had “promised to resign” from his post if the PDP presidential candidate emerges from the North.
But in a statement released by his media assistant, Simon Imobo-Tswam, Ayu said he had been elected national president to lead the party for the next four years.
He added that he was on a mission to lead PDP on a rescue mission by February 2023.
It has, however, been understood that Atiku may be willing to agree to Wike’s demands following the Rivers State Governor’s meeting with opposition politicians.
Naija News recalls that All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu met with Wike and some PDP Governors at a hotel in London, UK on Monday.
In addition, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Peter Obi had met with Wike as part of a move to gain broad support for the Labor Party’s presidential candidate aspiration.
In order to avoid any interruption or distraction from other politicians, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, chose to hold his reconciliation meeting with Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State in London, at the UK.
Naija News reports that Atiku and Wike, alongside some governors, had been at odds since May 2022 when Atiku became the PDP’s presidential candidate. The crisis escalated after Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa was appointed as Atiku’s running mate on June 16. Attempts to reconcile all parties have failed.
Atiku had met with Wike in London on Thursday alongside the governors of Abia, Benue, Adamawa and Oyo states. There were other PDP speakers like Donald Duke who were present.
The parties involved chose London to avoid many of the talks and media attacks already associated with the meetings.
An ally of Atiku, familiar with the available results of the meeting, told Saturday Sun that Atiku was successful in convincing Wike and other aggrieved governors to suspend their efforts for the impeachment of PDP National Chairman Iyorchia Ayu until to the next elections. year. He said Atiku framed her case on the dangers she will pose to the success of the PDP in next year’s elections.
All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Friday held a meeting with the party’s national chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, and other members of the National Working Committee at his campaign office.
Those present at the closed meeting held at the APC’s campaign office in the central business district of Abuja were Tinubu’s running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima; Southwest National Vice President Isaac Kekemeke; National Youth Leader, Dayo Israel; National Vice President of the North, Senator Abubakar Kyari, and other notable NWC members present.
According to The PUNCH, a source revealed that the meeting could be linked to the prospect of courting Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and the need to resolve infighting between his former co-aspirants and aggrieved party leaders in subject of the disputed Muslim-Muslim ticket.
Naija News reports that Tinubu had met with Wike and some People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governors at a hotel in London, UK, on Monday.
The reported demands of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar have come to light.
Naija News has learned that Governor Wike’s camp insisted that the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, resign from office.
Another report states that Wike’s camp has demanded that Ayu be given a dignified exit and be brought into the new PDP government if he wins the 2023 presidential election.
Governor Wike’s camp also demanded that he be allowed to produce Ayu’s replacement and that the person be from the Southwest.
It comes after claims that Atiku agreed to meet Governor Wike’s demands after their reconciliation meeting in London.
However, it was unclear whether Atiku had agreed to serve as president for a term allowing for a transfer of power to the South in 2027.
The camp also asked to produce the President of the Senate and some Senior Officers of the National Assembly.