Top 10 Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Friday, 5th February, 2021


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Good morning Nigeria, welcome to today’s Friday 5 February 2021 Ejes Gist Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria

1. Buhari gives all immediate past service chiefs fresh appointments

President Muhammadu Buhari recommended that all immediate past chiefs of service be appointed as non-career ambassadors.

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To this end, for confirmation, the President has forwarded their names to the Senate, reports Ejes Gist Naija News.

“Buhari’s letter on this development to Senate President Ahmad Lawan reads: “In accordance with section 171(1), (2)(c) & sub-section (4) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, I have the honour to submit the under-listed five (5) names of nominees as Non-Career Ambassadors-Designate, for confirmation by the Senate.

Gen Abayomi G. Olonisakin (Rtd), Lt Gen Tukur Y. Buratai (Rtd), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas (Rtd), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Rtd), and Air Vice Marshal Mohammed S. Usman are the nominees (Rtd).

2. President Buhari Extends IGP Mohammed Adamu’s Tenure

The tenure of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has been extended by three months by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, disclosed this development on Thursday afternoon while briefing State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

He noted that the President’s extension of the IGP’s tenure was to allow sufficient time to select a new police boss.

3. Katsina Government Paid Us N30m Ransom For Release Of Kankara Schoolboys — Bandits Leader, Awulu

A top commander in the banditry group that kidnapped over 300 schoolboys in the state’s Kankara Local Government Area, was accused of paying them the sum of N30 million as a ransom before the boys were released.

The development is contrary to the statement that no ransom was paid to release the students released by Zamfara, Kastina, and the Federal Government.

According to SaharaReporters, the bandits’ commander admitted the group collected N30m from the state government in a leaked telephone conversation between Awulu and a former council boss in Katsina State.

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4. Varsity Workers To Start Indefinite Strike

The Joint Action Committee of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) requested that their branches begin the strike today.

Ejes Gist Naija News reports that in a statement signed by the leaders of both university staff associations on Thursday, the directive was issued.

Part of the notice read, “In view of the outcome of the meeting, the leadership of the NASU and SSANU JAC branches is hereby directed to start joint general meetings on Friday to report on the outcome of the conciliation meeting and to adopt resolutions on the way forward.”

“In the meantime, the national strike will take effect from 12 noon on Friday, 5 February 2021, pending any resolution to the contrary by the branches.”

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5. Tunde Bakare : Security Situation Has Never Been This Bad 

Pastor Tunde Bakare, General Overseer of Citadel Global Community Church, said Thursday that the security situation in Nigeria has never been so bad.

The cleric called on the government to address security problems in the country while speaking on Arise TV on Thursday.

Bakare further stated that it is about time to directly address the problems of disintegration.

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6. 2023: Wike States, Why Nigerians Will Vote APC Out 

On Thursday, the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, said the country’s insecurity issues and corruption will force Nigerians to vote out the All Progressives Congress in 2023.

The Governor of the People’s Democratic Party noted that Nigerians realized that they made a mistake in voting for APC because of the economic problems and insurgency.

After inspecting the Greater Interchange and Underpass built by the Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, in Yola, Wike said this.

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7. Why APC Revalidates Membership- Buni Fires Back At Akande

The Chairman of the Caretaker / Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Mai Mala Buni, explained that the membership revalidation exercise undertaken by the party is very important.

In response to the position of the APC pioneer national chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, who had previously argued that the exercise was an aberration and a waste of resources, Buni made this view known on Thursday.

Akande questioned the party leadership’s decision to call for a re-validation of the membership register of the party less than 10 years after the party was originally formed in 2014.

However, in response to Akande’s submission, Buni, who is also the Yobe State Governor, said the ongoing national membership revalidation exercise was a strategic move by the APC.

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8. Why Ganduje Barred Me in Kano from Preaching-Islamic Cleric Reveals

Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara, a Kano-based Islamic cleric, has accused Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of banning him from preaching because he was working against him during the 2019 general election.

The strongly contested election led to a runoff before Ganduje, who ran under the All Progressive Congress (APC) platform, defeated Abba Kabir Yusuf, his rival in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Reports reaching Naija News at the time confirmed that heavily armed officials of the State Security Department, DSS, had been deployed to the mosque and house of the Sheikh to ensure that no violation of the previously issued Directive had occurred.

Kabara had previously been banned by the state government from leading prayers or preaching in the state over his messages that are considered to be inciting.

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9. Ohanaeze Ndigbo Speaks To Northerners In Southeast On Eviction Notice

The alleged notice of eviction reportedly issued by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide to the northerners in the Southeast has been described as a mere rumor.

In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, the apex Igbo socio-cultural group said no one is sending away the region’s non-indigenous people.

Elites from the two regions were warned by Ohanaeze to shun inflammatory statements and activities that might incite ethno-religious violence.


Nevertheless, the group expressed its dissatisfaction with the activities of certain herdsmen in the region and in many other parts of the country, causing a crisis.

10.  Faisal, Son of Maina Flees to U.S.

Faisal Maina, son of Abdulrasheed Maina, the former President of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT), fled to the United States of America (USA).

This was disclosed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) counsel, Mohammed Abubakar, on Thursday to Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The EFCC lawyer noted that the anti-graft agency learned that through the Republic of Niger, Faisal sneaked to the USA#


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