These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will make your Monday morning.
1. Buhari blames Muslims for the rise of Boko Haram
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerian Muslims to avoid extremist ideas, stating that the greatest challenge to Islam was violent extremism. The President noted that Boko Haram became a deadly force and major security scourge because Muslim societies were indifferent from the beginning to the activities of extremist preachers, who manipulate their innocent and gullible followers.
2. 184 doctors from 7 countries write Buhari over El-Zakzaky
Physicians from seven Islamic countries have petitioned the Nigerian government to transfer leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, to a well-equipped hospital. The group of doctors, numbering about 184, in a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, noted that El-Zakzaky’s condition had become critical, asking the government to move him to a well-equipped hospital as soon as possible.
3. Amid sack rumours, police seal off Okoi Obono-Obla’s office
Operatives of the Nigerian Police have sealed the office of one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s aides and chairman, Special Presidential Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property, Barrister Okoi Obono-Obla. The sealing of his office comes on the heels of his rumoured sack as the chairman of the panel on recovery of public property.
4. Nigerian Senate counters Enang, denies budgetary provision for RUGA project
The leadership of the Senate has denied claims by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly, Senate, Ita Enang that there is a N2.258 billion budgetary allocation for the suspended RUGA project in the 2019 federal budget. The Senate also challenged him to show Nigerians where the provision was inserted in the budget.
5. Rift still on? Ganduje stops District Heads from attending Sallah Durbar with Emir Sanusi
The rift between the Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdulahi Ganduje and the Emir of Kani, Mohammadu Sanusi II, may be far from over as the state government on Sunday stopped District Heads outside the Kano Emirate from attending the annual Sallah Dubar with the Emir. The directive stopping the District Heads was announced in a statement issued by Abba Anwar, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ganduje, on Sunday.
6. Nigeria’s insecurity caused by “homosexuality, lesbianism…” — Kebbi Emir
The Emir of Gwandu and Chairman of the Kebbi Council of Chiefs, Muhammadu Bashar, has blamed rampant satanic behaviours for the current security challenges in the country. According to him, behaviours such as homosexuality, rape and lesbianism are the causative factors of insecurity in the country.
7. Gunmen allegedly abduct Kogi PDP LG chief
The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State, Musa Adelabu, has been abducted by unknown gunmen dressed in military uniform. This was disclosed in a statement on Sunday by the state Chairman of the party, Sam Uhuotu, adding that the abduction of Adelabu was an indication that Kogi State was not safe to live in.
8. PDP clears all seats in Bayelsa LG election
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, came out victorious in the local government election held in Bayelsa State on Saturday by the Bayelsa State Independent Electoral Commission (BYSIEC). The PDP won in all the eight local government areas in the state, just as the opposition party in the state, the All Progressives Congress, APC, stayed away from the election, alleging some irregularities.
9. Afenifere won’t play sycophants to Buhari or any govt
The pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, on Sunday knocked president Muhammadu Buhari for sinking Nigeria into more problems, saying it won’t play sycophants to government. The spokesperson of the group, Yinka Odumakin, said the group’s criticism of the Buhari administration was borne out of the need to ensure that the government did the right things always.
10. Osimhen nets brace on Lille debut
Super Eagles forward, Victor Osimhen, was twice on target on his debut for French Ligue 1 side, Lille, in their 2-1 victory against Nantes on Sunday. The 20-year-old joined the club just before the start of the season from Sporting Charleroi of Belgium, and went on to show his worth in the season opener at Stade Pierre-Mauroy.