Here are the Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Sunday, 16 May.

1. President Buhari Jets Out Of Nigeria For France

President Muhammadu Buhari is set to jet out of Nigeria for France on Sunday, May 16, 2021.


The President will be in France on a four-day official visit to attend African Finance Summit which would focus on reviewing the African economy, following shocks from the Coronavirus pandemic, and getting relief, especially from the increased debt burden on countries.


The summit is to be hosted by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, and would be attended by major stakeholders in the global finance world as well as other heads of government.


Ejes Gist News understands Buhari will be accompanied on the trip by some Ministers and intelligence/security chiefs.


2. Boko Haram Dares Nigerian Army, Holds Eid-el-Fitr Prayer Openly [Photos]

A faction of Boko Haram backed by the Islamic State (IS), the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), has released photographs of terrorists observing Eid-el-Fitr prayers at different locations in Nigeria territory.


Ejes Gist News reports that Eid-el-Fitr was celebrated by most Muslim faithful across the globe on May 13.

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The insurgents formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād were seen in photographs obtained by SaharaReporters in about four groups praying together in open fields.


3. Boko Haram: Army Recalls Soldiers From Study Leave

The Nigerian Army has reportedly recalled all its officers currently on study leave in civil institutions across the country.


A leaked memo by the Nigerian Army Headquarters, Department of Army Training, Abuja, dated May 11, said that the decision was taken to tackle the intensified insurgency in the North.


Ejes Gist News reports that the memo was signed by Brigadier General I. A Ajose on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, and titled, ‘Exemption of Ex Boys (NMS) from Personnel Affected by Directive on Suspension of NA Sponsorship to Civil Institutions.’


The memo was referenced AHQ DA/G7/230/164 and addressed to the Ministry of Defence, Office of the National Security Adviser, Defence Headquarters, and Nigerian Defence Academy.


4. Sunday Igboho Storm Osogbo For Yoruba Nation Rally

Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho, on Saturday stormed the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo, the Osun State capital, to demand Oduduwa Republic.



Igboho while speaking at the rally called for the release of operatives of the Oodua Peoples Congress who were detained for arresting notorious Fulani herder, Iskilu Wakili, in the Ibarapa area of Oyo State.


Security agencies were present at the venue of the rally, including operatives of the Amotekun corps.


Igboho in his statement said there will be no election in Yoruba land in 2023.


5. Buhari Asks Imams, Oyedepo, Mbaka, Others To Help Fight Boko Haram

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked religious leaders of all faiths like Father Ejike Mbaka, David Oyedepo amongst others to unite and support the fight against terrorism.


Buhari made the call in a statement titled ‘President Buhari urges spiritual leaders to mobilise people of all faiths to fight crimes.’


According to his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President made this call while speaking on the telephone with the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar lll.


Buhari called on religious leaders to help fight against kidnapping, banditry, and the COVID-19 pandemic.


6. Stop Fighting Buhari – Yahaya Bello Tackles 17 Southern Governors

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has warned the Southern Governors against fighting President Muhammadu Buhari or only blaming the Federal Government for Nigeria’s woes.


Speaking while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme, the Kogi governor said the failure of government is across board.


He warned the southern governors not to heat up the polity with their misguided utterances.


“Let me caution each and every one of us, leaders across board including governors and all of the leaders across Nigeria that we should be careful about the words we use,” Yahaya Bello warned.


7. 2023: Bello Can’t Rule Even A Pig Farm – Deji Adeyanju

The co-convener of Concerned Nigerian Advocacy Group, Deji Adeyanju, has mocked the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, over his intention to run for presidency in 2023.


The activist said Governor Bello lacks the capacity to be president of a “pig farm,” let alone, rule Nigeria.



Recall that Bello hinted on running for the 2023 presidency when he pledged not to disappoint Nigerians.


The governor had said some Nigerians were asking him to run for President in 2023.


He had said: “Nigerians, the youth and women including very objective elites, are asking me to run for President in 2023.”


8. Appeal Court Nullifies Conviction Of Companies Linked To Patience Jonathan

The Abuja division of the court of appeal has upturned the conviction of four companies linked to the alleged money laundering case involving Patience Jonathan, wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan.


The companies – Seagate Property Development & Investment Co. Limited; Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited, and Development Company Limited – had, in September 2016, pleaded guilty to conspiring to launder $15 million.


Directors of the companies are domestic workers of Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs, Waripamowei Dudafa.


9. Nigerian Man Who Supplies Guns To Bandits Reveals How Much He Sells Them

A Maiduguri based Twitter user, Dan-Borno @DanBorno has taken to the micro blogging platform to shared a video of Arms dealer who sells to bandits being interviewed and wrote:


“……… I sell each bullet at the cost of N100.00 each while AK47 and AK49 goes for N700,000.00 and N1,000,000.00 respectively……”


“The only thing that will make you fear them is the AK which we can also afford if Govt will find a way of doing so,” he tweeted.


10. Israel Destroys Aljazeera, AP Media Building In Gaza

Israeli planes struck targets in the Gaza Strip again on Saturday. A building housing Al-Jazeera and AP media, which had previously been evacuated, was also destroyed. The toll of this conflict has exceeded 160 dead.


The thirteen-story building housing the premises of the Qatari television station Al-Jazeera and the American news agency Associated Press was pulverized in a raid.


The owner of the building had been warned in advance of an imminent airstrike and the building was evacuated. Al-Jazeera broadcast live footage of the tower collapsing in a cloud of dust.

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