These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will make your Friday morning.
1. PDP yet to recover from 2019 election defeat —BMO
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) Thursday criticised the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), saying the party had been acting with rascality since it lost the 2019 general elections. BMO said PDP must cultivate the habit of being a responsible opposition, rather than causing disaffection and confusion in the polity.
2. XENOPHOBIA: FG says it’s not aware South Africa has closed its Nigerian embassy
The Nigerian Government has denied knowledge of South African Government closing down its foreign missions in Nigeria. Media reports on Thursday had quoted the South African Foreign Affairs Minister, Naledi Pandor as well as the country’s acting High Commissioner, Ambassador Bobby Moroe, of announcing the temporary closure of its embassy in Nigeria.
3. Boycott South African goods, services, Oshiomhole tells Nigerians
The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, has called on Nigerians to stop using South African goods and services as a form of protest against the killings of Nigerians and other nationals living in that country. The ruling party national chairman made the call at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday.
4. XENOPHOBIA: Buhari’s special envoy arrives South Africa ahead of meeting with Ramaphosa
President Muhammadu Buhari’s special envoy has arrived in Johannesburg, for a meeting with South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, on the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in the country. The special envoy who is also the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar, was said to have arrived at the OR Tambo Airport on Thursday evening.
5. XENOPHOBIA: South African minister says ‘many’ Nigerians into drugs, human trafficking in the country
In reaction to widespread backlash following xenophobic attacks in South Africa, the South African Foreign Affairs Minister, Naledi Pandor, has called on the Nigerian government to help her country keep off Nigerians who are into drug peddling, human trafficking and other vices. Pandor made the demand in an interview with South African TV station, eNCA on Thursday.
6. Amid backlash, Emir Sanusi speaks on why he attended WEF in South Africa
After receiving heavy backlash from Nigerians for attending the World Economic Forum, Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has explained that he was in South Africa a day before the violent attacks that resulted in the diplomatic row between Nigeria and the country. The Federal Government had on Wednesday announced its withdrawal from the World Economic Forum holding in Cape Town over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals in the country.
7. APC guber aspirant, Aganaba brands Bayelsa primary a ‘scam’, says results were written in a hotel
Preye Aganaba, one of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Bayelsa State, has rejected the outcome of the primary which produced David Lyon as the candidate of the party. He described the party’s primary as a mockery of the democratic process, adding that the direct primary was a political hoax and lacked any semblance of credibility. He further alleged that the results were written in a hotel in Yenagoa, the state capital.
8. Three soldiers, policeman killed in ISWAP attack on Borno community
At least three soldiers and one policeman were on Thursday killed by IS-backed Jihadists, who attacked the town of Gajiram, Borno state. According to security sources and residents, fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) stormed the town around 0100 GMT in nine all-terrain trucks fitted with machine guns and engaged troops and policemen in a gunbattle.
9. PDP gov aspirant in Bayelsa dumps party after scoring 7 votes
A governorship aspirant in Bayelsa State, Joshua Maciver, who contested the primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has dumped the party. Maciver, who only got seven of the 1,244 votes cast during the party’s Tuesday primaries, tendered his resignation letter as a member of the ruling party in the state, to Olodiama ward 2, ward 4 and Constituency 4 chairman of the party.
10. ADAMAWA: Teacher drugs, rapes, impregnates a primary school pupil, blames ‘the devil’
A teacher at Gurel Primary School, Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa State has confessed to raping and impregnating a pupil. The Adamawa State Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), Abdullahi Nuruddeen, confirmed this development, adding that the suspect, Nathan Yusuf, 37, had been arrested.