The Newspapers: Things You Need To Know This Thursday

27th April 2017
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Nigerian-Newspapers-3-300x225 General News News

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers

1. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, yesterday disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari will “now operate from home.”

According to Mohammed, the President needed some rest and has asked that all the files on his table be brought to him at his official residence.

2. More Nigerians have condemned the decision of President Buhari to work from the house. While the Civil Liberty Organisation asked the president to honourably resign, the Ahmed Markafi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said President Buahri was becoming another episode of late ex-President Musa Yar’Adua, who died on seat in 2010.

3. The United States of America has faulted the claim by former President Goodluck Jonathan that it (US) was behind his defeat to President Muhammadu Buhari at the 2015 presidential election.

US Embassy spokesman, Russel Brooks, said the election was free and free, noting that Jonathan was ousted because Nigerians were no longer comfortable with him as their president.

4. A former governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has revealed that Senate President Bukola Saraki and Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, forced President Muhammadu Buhari not to pick him as his running mate in the 2015 presidential election.

Tinubu in a book titled ‘Against the Run of Play,’ written by the Chairman, Editorial Board of ThisDay, Olusegun Adeniyi, said their reason was that Christians in the North, will not accept a Muslim-Muslim ticket.

5. The Presidency yesterday denied that President Muhammadu Buhari was harassing members of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s family.

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Buhari’s media aide, Femi Adesina said the president has no reason to harass Jonathan and his family as the latter had claimed in an interview.

6. The death has been announced of former Minister of Education, Babalola Borsihade. The deceased, who was initially rushed to Reddington Hospital in Lagos, last week from where he was taken to London died of lung and heart related ailment at the age of 71.

7. Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has promised to attend the court trials of Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser, and Ibrahim Zakzaky, founder of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

Fayose said his presence at the court in Abuja shows his belief in “justice for all irrespective of tribe.”

8. The Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led committee investigating allegations of due process violation in award of contracts under Presidential Initiatives on North East (PINE) has asked the Upper Chamber of the Senate to produce relevant documents on the matter.

According to the chairman, Ad Hoc Committee on Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in the North-East, Sen. Shehu Sani, Osinbajo had in a letter said the committee required the Senate’s report for appropriate consideration.

9. The Nigerian Senate has ordered suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, to appear before it on Thursday April 27 by 10:00 a.m.

Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee on Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in the North-East, Sen. Shehu Sani, said that the committee discovered that some of the contracts were awarded to companies belonging to top government officials’ cronies and family members.

10. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has affirmed that ex-President Goodluck Jonathan should be blamed for the shoddy handling of the Chibok girls abduction in April 2014.

Obasanjo said that poor handling of the Boko Haram insurgency was one of the reasons he opposed Jonathan’s reelection bid because a continuation of the administration could endanger the country.

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