Top 10 Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Thursday, 4th February, 2021
1. Buhari Govt approves the creation of 20 new private colleges
A memo from the Ministry of Education has been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari through the Federal Executive Council for the establishment of 20 new private universities across the nation.
Ejes Gist Naija News understands that provisional licenses to run for three years are to be given to the 20 new private universities while the ministry monitors and evaluates their growth.
This will bring Nigeria’s total number of private universities to 99, reports Channels Television.
2. Tunde Bakare– Why VP Osinbajo Should Resign
Pastor Tunde Bakare, the Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church in Lagos, has asked Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to resign if he is not allowed to perform by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Bakare stated during an Instagram Live interview with Ovation magazine publisher, Chief Dele Momodu, that he does not believe reports that Osinbajo was disabled in office and that he was not allowed to perform his constitutional role.
“He said, “I do not know if that statement is true that it is not permitted to be carried out because the constitution is very clear on the role of the vice-president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, particularly as it relates to the governance of the nation’s economy.
3. Revalidation of APC membership, Caretaker Committee, Not Good Signs For The Party, Akande
On Wednesday, the pioneering national chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, falsified the decision to set up the party’s national caretaker committee.
He also challenged the party leadership’s decision to call for a re-validation of the membership register of the party less than ten years after the party was originally formed in 2014.
In his submission while speaking at the APC (2021) registration of membership and revalidation exercise in Ila Orangun, Osun State, Akande noted that if not properly managed, handpicking any political party’s leadership could pose a risk to such a party.
He added that, less than ten years after the formation of the party, calling for an update of the membership register is an aberration that should not be taken lightly by the leaders.
4. 2023: Position of Lamido States on Jonathan’s Possibility as APC Presidential Candidate
Sule Lamido, former Jigawa State Governor, has lambasted All Progressives Congress (APC) members, pushing to have former President Goodluck Jonathan as the 2023 presidential candidate of the party.
In his submission, Lamido said such individuals are nothing but hypocrites.
Explaining his submission, Lamido said that the members of APC were those who tagged Jonathan as weak and clueless when they wanted to push him out of power in 2015, so that they want to pick him as their candidate leaves a question as to whether APC has no qualified person to present in 2023.
5. Wike – Buhari Successor Will Spend Tenure Fixing Problems
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari-led government for worsening the state of insecurity and tension in the country.
In his statement, Wike noted that Buhari’s successor would spend his tenure solving the ethnic, religious and socio-economic problems created by the government led by the All Progressive Congress.
He further stated that, since taking over power in 2015, the current government has created religious intolerance and ethnic divisions.
6. 2023: The North should rest and allow the next president-ex-Governor of Kano-South to produce
Kabiru Gaya, a former Kano State Governor and current Chairman of the INEC Senate Committee, said the North should take a break from the presidency.
This is because he declared that, for the sake of equity, he would personally support the southern region for the 2023 presidency.
Gaya made his position known at the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) Forum on Tuesday, where he argued that the south should produce the next president of Nigeria in the spirit of fairness, while the north should produce the vice president.
7. Biafra: Facebook Blocks the Account of Nnamdi Kanu
On Wednesday, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, condemned Facebook for blocking its leader’s account, Nnamdi Kanu.
In a statement released on Wednesday through its media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, the group reacted.
In the statement, Powerful said Kanu’s Facebook account was blocked on Tuesday night after his live broadcast.
Powerful described Facebook’s attitude as oppressive and preventing the flow of information, which he said was similar to how the British government prevented Biafra information from going out during the 1967-1970 Nigerian Civil War.
8. Lai Mohammed #EndSARS: CNN, Amnesty Guilty Of Double Standard
Nigerian Information Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed has accused CNN and Amnesty International (AI) of double standards regarding their position on the #EndSARS protests in Nigeria and the U.S. invasion of the Capitol Building.
Mohammed said it was similar to the Lekki Toll Gate incident during the #EndSARS protest in Nigeria during the Capitol invasion in the USA, but the two organizations chose to treat the American version differently.
He blamed CNN for relying on concocted social media lies to blame the federal government for the security operatives’ Lekki Tollgate incident, insisting the incident is part of why the government insists on social media regulation.
9. Benue: Ortom Stops Aids from 2023 Campaigns Or Resign
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Governor Samuel Ortom of the Benue State has asked all his appointees to halt any form of campaign for themselves or for others.
Ortom stated this during a discussion at the Benue Government House on Wednesday with newsmen.
The governor stated that, as the 2023 elections were still far away, it was too early for any of his appointees to participate in campaigns or political consultations.
He warned that any of his appointees who would not comply with the Directive would have to resign and focus on campaigning for 2023.
10. Questions from EFCC Former Zamfara Governor Abdulaziz Yari
On Wednesday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) questioned former Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari over alleged illegal financial dealings.
Ejes Gist Naija News reports that the former governor was questioned by the anti-graft agency’s Lagos bureau.
On 26 January 2021, the Federal High Court, Abuja, ordered the final forfeiture of Yari funds residing in Zenith and Polaris Banks on 26 January 2021.
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