The Newspapers: Things You Need To Know This Tuesday

7th February 2017
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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers

1. Angry Nigerians yesterday took to the streets against the policies of the current government, which they claimed have subjected them to untold hardship.

The protesters, who chanted solidarity songs with placards bearing several inscriptions called on the presidency to disclose the true health status of their leader and stop playing hide and seek game with the president’s health.

2. Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari is hale and hearty, saying that he would address Nigerians very soon.

Osinbajo said he was not in any way under pressure to resign as reported in a section of the media last weekend.

3. Founder of Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, and leader of Biafra Independent Movement, BIM, Ralph Uwazurike, has said President Muhammadu Buhari will not die but live to witness the actualisation of the Republic of Biafra.

According to him, Nigeria is a collapsed nation and cannot be revived again. He stressed that the nation cannot be revived again “unless it divides into six independent nation.”

4. Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has refuted media reports that he was ready to return N26million to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The PDP chieftain insisted the case against him was adjourned, because a new lawyer took over and needed time to study it.

5. The Federal Government has directed the National Institute for Medical Research and the College of Medicine, Ibadan to do proper study of the two claims to HIV cure in Nigeria.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who gave this directive on Monday in Ilorin at the Federal Government Town Hall meeting for the North Central Zone, noted that a recent claim by a Nigeria university don, Prof. Maduike Ezeibe, to have found a cure for the virus should be investigated.

6. A former National Publicity Secretary of the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, Anthony Sani has affirmed that no force can stop President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential elections.

According to him, if Nigerians vote a weaker candidate against a strong person like President Buhari, who he believes, is serving under the toughest situation, Nigeria will crumble.

7. Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has vowed to ban popular commercial buses known as Danfo from plying Lagos roads before the end of the year.

The governor said taking Danfo off the road will create a more efficient, “well-structured and world class mass transportation system that would facilitate ease of movement within the city”.

8. A former Delta State governor, Chief James Onanefe Ibori has denied being deported by the British government to Nigeria. Ibori, who returned to Nigeria on Saturday after serving out his jail term in the United Kingdom over corruption, said the report that he was deported from the Queen’s country was false and unfounded.

9. Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi has accused the National Assembly of holding the Buhari government back from fixing infrastructure problems and creating jobs with their failure to approve its borrowing plan.

Amaechi denied the reports that President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, during the 2015 general promised to fix Nigeria’s problems within a year.

10. Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, on Monday declared that the Islamisation of Nigeria was not possible.

The Minister, who made the declaration during a Town Hall meeting in Kwara state, stressed that those claiming the current Federal Government was plotting to Islamise the country were working towards diverting attention from the ongoing anti-corruption crusade.


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