Top Nigerian Newspapers Headlines For Today
Good morning Nigeria, and welcome to the Ejes Gist News roundup of today’s top newspaper headlines in Nigeria, Tuesday, September 22, 2021.
1. Buhari Writes National Assembly, Seeks Amendment To PIA
President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Nigerian Senate to amend the Petroleum Industry Act, which was recently signed (PIA).
Ejes Gist News reports he informed the National Assembly of this in a letter.
At the start of the day’s plenary, the Senate’s President, Ahmad Lawan, read Buhari’s letter on the Senate floor.
The President is requesting an amendment to the new Act that would allow the Ministers of Petroleum and Finance to be removed from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s board of directors (NNPC).
The Nigerian leader requests that the ministers be removed from the board so that they can continue to perform their duties without having to be members of the board.
In the interest of our national petroleum, Buhari also wants the amendment to allow the Non-Executive Members to be increased from two to six.
2. ‘Your Hands Are Not Clean’ – PDP Dares Buhari To Expose Boko Haram Sponsors
President Muhammadu Buhari has been chastised by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for refusing to name and shame Boko Haram and ISWAP sponsors.
Ejes Gist News reports, the Presidency has stated that the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is only interested in prosecuting terrorism sponsors, not exposing them.
On Monday, Presidential Spokesman Femi Adesina told Channels Television’s Politics Today that security agencies are working to gather solid evidence against these terrorism financiers before charging them in court.
The PDP responded in a statement signed by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Tuesday, saying that the Buhari government’s refusal to expose terrorism sponsors in Nigeria shows that “its hands are not clean.”
The refusal, according to the PDP, demonstrates that the APC-led government is allegedly providing official cover for insurgents and bandits terrorising the country.
It did, however, challenge the Buhari administration to publish the names of terrorism sponsors provided to it by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as soon as possible.
3. Bandits Have Been Overpowered In Katsina, Other States – Lai Mohammed
Bandits have been boxed in in Katsina and other North-West states, according to Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed.
According to Mohammed, the governors’ security measures in the fight against bandits and criminals in the state are beginning to bear fruit.
The “table is turning” against bandits in the North-West region, according to Mohammed, after governor-imposed security measures encircled the bandits and the military stepped up its kinetic approach.
The minister stated that the governors’ positive efforts have gone unnoticed by the media, urging the press to support the governors and assist in the fight against banditry.
4. El-Rufai Reveals His Position On The Defection Of Fani-Kayode To APC
Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State, has refused to be drawn into a discussion about former Aviation Minister Femi Fani-recent Kayode’s defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Governor claims that he was not involved in the process that brought Fani-Kayode back into the APC, and that only the party leaders who facilitated his return can explain their actions.
Ejes Gist News reports, Fani-Kayode left the PDP for the APC last Thursday and was brought to the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja by the ruling party’s national caretaker committee chairman, Mai Mala Buni, where he was received by President Muhammadu Buhari and other party leaders, eliciting mixed reactions.
When asked for a reaction to the development by journalists on Tuesday at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja, El-Rufai said the matter was outside of his purview and that only the party’s National Leaders and others involved in the negotiations that brought Fani-Kayode can give reasons for their actions.
5. 2023 Presidency: Don’t Set Nigeria On Fire – Gani Adams Warns Baba-Ahmed
Gani Adams, the Yoruba generalissimo, has chastised Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, the spokesperson for the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), for his remarks on the 2023 presidency.
Ejes Gist News reports that the NEF spokesperson has been chastised for claiming that the North will retain political power beyond 2023.
On Saturday, Baba-Ahmed told students at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria that the North has the votes and will not be second best to any other part of Nigeria.
“We will lead Nigeria the way we have always led Nigeria; whether we are the president or vice president, we will lead Nigeria,” he said.
The Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland said in a statement on Tuesday that Baba-comments Ahmed’s have the potential to set the country on fire.
Adams went on to say that the statements only revealed the north’s domineering agenda and plan to stay in power indefinitely.
6. Donald Duke, Pat Utomi, Ahmed Abdulfatai, Attahiru Jega, Others Form New Political Party
The Rescue Nigeria Project (RNP) was founded by a group of prominent Nigerians to provide an alternative platform to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Nigerians.
Former governor of Kwara state, Ahmed Abdulfatai, Prof. Pat Utomi, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, are among the RNP’s founders.
Senator Lee Maeba, Usman Bugaje, Prof. Attahiru Jega, Amb. Nkoyo Toyo, Yomi Awoniyi, Dr. Rose Idi Danladi, and Dr. Sadiq Gombe are among those who have spoken at the event.
Usman Bugaje has been named the RNP’s coordinator.
Former Kwara Governor Abdulfatai spoke at the unveiling and bemoaned the state of the nation.
He claimed that high levels of nepotism and a lack of inclusiveness have sparked protests from various ethnic groups.
The hearing in the suit filed by Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, against the Federal Government has been adjourned by Justice KCJ Okereke of the Abia State High Court in Umuahia.
Remember that Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor, had filed an ex parte motion asking the court to make an interim order allowing Kanu to attend to his health in any Nigerian medical facility of his choice, pending the hearing of the motion, among other things.
He demanded an apology and $5 billion in damages from the federal government for infringing on his fundamental rights.
Due to the inability of the Federal Government, the Attorney-General of the Federation, and the Nigerian Army to appear in court, the court adjourned the case until October 7 for further hearing.
8. Senate President Issues Fresh Directive On Buhari’s Loan Request
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has directed the Senate Committee on Foreign and Local Debt to begin legislative work on President Muhammadu Buhari’s external loan request.
When the issue came up in the plenary on Tuesday, Lawan gave the order.
President Buhari, according to Ejes Gist News, requested the lawmakers’ approval to borrow new $4,054,476,863 and €710 million external loans in a letter read in the Senate last Tuesday by Ahmad Lawan.
In the letter, Buhari urged the National Assembly to approve $125 million in grant components.
Senator Clifford Ordia (PDP ) Edo is the chairman of the Senate Committee working on the President’s request, as directed by Lawan on Tuesday.
The Committee has been given a deadline of next week Tuesday to present their findings and recommendations to the general house at plenary for consideration.
9. Open Grazing Is Old Fashioned – El-Rufai Tells Miyetti Allah, Tackles Southern Governors
Ranching, according to Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, is the best and most sustainable method of livestock production in the world.
The eloquent governor went on to say that open grazing is inefficient and unsustainable and that there are other ways to raise livestock.
El-Rufai revealed these to reporters shortly after a meeting with All Progressives Congress (APC) officials at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday.
Ranching, according to the governor, would reduce the number of farmers-herders clashes across the country and bring peace to the country.
Ranching, he continued, is the best way to raise and market livestock in the region, according to the Northern Governors’ Forum.
El-Rufai, on the other hand, decried the politicisation of open grazing and the passage of anti-open grazing legislation in some Southern states.
10. Gov Zulum Suspends Management After Surprise Visit Exposed Dead Polytechnic
After paying a surprise visit to the state-owned Ramat Polytechnic in Maiduguri, Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, has imposed a six-month suspension on the entire management of the institution.
Ejes Gist News reports Zulum graduated from the Polytechnic in 1988 with a National Diploma in Agricultural Engineering before serving as Rector of the tertiary institution from 2011 to 2015.
When the Governor paid an unannounced visit to the school, he was astounded to discover that the workshops and laboratories were no longer operational, indicating that the “Polytechnic is dead.”
Around 9 a.m., he arrived at the Polytechnic and discovered most of the laboratories were unusable, with some covered in cobwebs and rodents roaming freely due to neglect.
Following an inspection of the facility, the Governor directed Dr. Babagana Mallumbe, the State’s Commissioner of Higher Education, Science, Technology, and Innovation, to take immediate control of the school.
11. Day Of Reckoning Is Coming For Those Attacking Me, Benue People – Gov Ortom
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom expressed hope that those who attacked him for exposing suspected Fulani herdsmen’s criminal activities would face the consequences of their actions one day.
In an interview with the DAILY POST, the governor expressed hope that the Supreme God would vindicate him after the attacks he had faced while defending his people, stating that the day of reckoning is approaching.
Some political actors in the state, according to the Governor, are sabotaging the interests of the people to keep their jobs as ministers or gain control of a political party’s national chairmanship.
“I will say it is well,” he said. We will be helped by God. They are doing all of these things, and the day of reckoning is approaching. I can assure you of that. All of these wrongdoings; all of the things I’ve gone through on behalf of my people; the day of reckoning will come for all of these blackmailers who are now causing havoc in Benue State.
“The same people who benefited enormously from the votes of our people are now turning our state into IDP camps.
“We will be judged by God. They hold press conferences, insult the people, and walk on their graves and across their dead bodies because they want to be National Chairman and Ministers. The time for reckoning is approaching. Keep an eye on what I say! I am a servant of the living God.”
Ejes Gist News recalls the governor’s recent spat with the presidency and Senator George Akume, Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, over his calls for President Muhammadu Buhari to address the security situation in Benue and other parts of the country.
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