Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Sunday, April 18th, 2021

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1. Pantami Admits Making Controversial Remarks About Al Qaeda And The Taliban

Ali Isa Pantami, Nigeria’s Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, has admitted to making several controversial remarks about Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Many Nigerians have called for the minister’s resignation because of his remarks, which have been interpreted as promoting extremist sects.

The minister renounced the controversial remarks on terrorist organisations during his regular Ramadan lecture at Annor Mosque in Abuja on Saturday.

Isa Pantami claims that he now understands the gravity of some of his previous remarks.

2. Araraume vs. Ibezim: Final Decision by the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has dismissed Sir Frank Ibezim’s disqualification as the authentic candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Imo North Senatorial election on December 5, 2020.

Justice Emmanuel Agim, who delivered the decision, stated that the suit that led to Ibezim’s disqualification for allegedly providing false information in order to obtain appointment was statute-barred at the time it was filed.

Asomugha Elebeke, one of the aspirants, filed the lawsuit after expressing interest in running in the party’s primary for the bye-election.

3. Boko Haram’s Biggest Sponsors in 2012: Buhari Reveals

Muhammadu Buhari, a presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), exposed the supporters of the Boko Haram terrorist group back in 2012, when he was still pursuing his desire to become Nigeria’s president.

President Buhari reportedly accused former President Goodluck Jonathan’s leadership of being the main supporter of Boko Haram during an interview in November 2012.

He questioned why Jonathan’s government, with all of its military and finances, had been unable to put an end to the insurgency, and urged him (Buhari) to engage in talks with the sect.

4. Isa Pantami: I Am Not A Terrorist, My Driver, and Secretary Are Christians

Isa Pantami, Nigeria’s Communications Minister, has denied any links to terrorist organisations and accused reporters of racial and religious bigotry.

The minister’s personal driver, clerk, and technical assistant are all Christians, according to him.

Pantami was recently linked to terrorism, which he has categorically denied, and the charges were removed, but there have been renewed demands for President Muhammadu Buhari to fire him.

Pantami said he has never had problems with his Christian aides, relatives, and associates over the years, in an interview with PeoplesGazette on Friday.

5. Atiku on  Money Printing Saga: Obaseki Seeking Cheap Points.

Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi has questioned Governor Godwin Obaseki’s claims that the federal government printed N60 billion to distribute to states.

Atiku, the chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), a coalition of governors elected on the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform, said Obaseki’s argument did not represent the true state of affairs.

He urged state governors to work together to address Nigeria’s economic problems, rather than resorting to “cheap and demagogic point scoring in our search to rescue the economy,” in a statement released on Friday.

6. Jang accuses Babangida of lying and claims that the PDP governors have never worked against Jonathan.

Jonah Jang, the former Plateau State Governor, has refuted allegations that northern governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) conspired against former President Goodluck Jonathan’s second-term bid in 2015.

Jang was referring to a suggestion made by Babangida Aliyu, the former governor of Niger State, that the Northern PDP governors conspired against Jonathan’s re-election bid because he broke a promise not to pursue a second term.

As previously stated by Naija News, Aliyu said on Friday, in response to his suspension by the PDP in Chachanga Local Government Area of Niger, that if Jonathan was reelected, the North would have missed out entirely.

7. Osinbajo Dismisses Christianization Agenda and Names Muslim Appointees

Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President, has denied having a Christianisation policy or only nominating Christians to sensitive positions.

Osinbajo was accused of following a narrow religious agenda by nominating or appointing predominantly Christians into government in a widely circulated article titled “Osinbajo’s Stealth Christianization Agenda” by “Dr Musbau Akinbode.”

Balkisu Saidu, Osinbajo’s Senior Special Assistant to the President on Legal, Academic, and Enforcement Matters, denied the allegations.

8. Today is the one-year anniversary of Abba Kyari’s death.

Mallam Abba Kyari, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, died one year ago today.

Mr. Kyari, an influential figure in President Buhari’s government, died of illness on April 17, 2020.

Buhari, who acknowledged death as an unavoidable act of God, expressed his thoughts in a media interview with Mallam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity.

9. Amotekun and Ebubeagu Plan Fulani Killings – Miyetti Allah

Allah’s Miyetti According to Kautal Hore, the governors of the South West and South East set up Amotekun and Ebubeagu to destroy Fulani.

Abdullahi Bello Bodejo, the group’s national president, made the accusation in an interview with the Saturday Sun.

Both security networks are targeted against the Fulani, according to Bodejo, who claims that the federal government was not involved in the process of setting them up.

10. Prince Philip Is Buried At Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel 

On Saturday, Queen Elizabeth II laid to rest her late husband, Prince Philip, in a royal funeral unlike any other, with coronavirus restrictions limiting the ceremony but representing his long military and public service career.

Philip, who died on April 9th at the age of 99, was buried in the Royal Vault at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, west of London, after a 50-minute service attended by just 30 people but broadcast live to millions.

More Headlines for Today

  1. Thousands of youths, women and leaders of Yoruba, yesterday, staged a protest in some streets of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, demanding for Oduduwa Republic. The protesters were led by a Yoruba group, “Ilana Omo Oodua”, clamoring for self determination.

 

  1. Following an alleged plan by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria to deploy 5,000 of its vigilante to the South East to protect herders in the zone, the IPOB has warned the association to steer clear from Igbo land, just as it has threatened to deploy its outfit, the ESN to the North. IPOB gave the warning in a statement by its media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful.

 

  1. The PDP Southwest zone, yesterday, commended the former governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, over his decision to unite the aggrieved party members in the zone and for prevailing on Dr Eddy Olafeso and other candidates that contested in the just concluded PDP South West congress from challenging the outcome of the congress in the court. The party’s zonal Publicity Secretary, Sanya Atofarati, made this disclosure in a press release on Saturday.

14 . Governors of the states battling with Boko Haram terrorism in the North-East have asked the Federal Government to issue a special fiat, different from the general one issued earlier, to enable them to speedily prosecute suspects arrested for terrorism.

 

  1. Chairman, Takum local government council of Taraba State, Shiban Tikari, narrowly escaped death yesterday as armed militia opened fire on his vehicle leading to the death of his police orderly.

 

  1. Armed men suspected to be Fulani herders, yesterday morning, butchered a family of four and three other residents of Mbamondu community, Modern Market Council Ward in Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue state.

 

  1. The Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, yesterday, called on Muslims in the country to rally support for the FG’s COVID-19 vaccination programme by being vaccinated to save their lives. Oyetola made the call on Saturday while speaking at the 26th Annual Ramadan Lecture of the Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Abuja Branch.

 

  1. Troops yesterday resisted an attempt by the Islamic State of West African Province/Boko Haram to take over Kumuya Military Base in Yobe State. Following an attack, the military restricted movements on Damaturu-Damboa-Biu Road to enable it trail the fleeing insurgents.

 

  1. Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday ruled Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State off the track over his recent allegation that the FG printed N60 billion to augment the March revenue allocation to states. The Progressive Governors’ Forum made this known in a statement on Saturday.

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