These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will make your Monday morning
1. Northern leaders insist presidency must remain in north in 2023
Leader of Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), Prof Ango Abdullahi, on Sunday, said the presidency, must remain in the north beyond 2023. He noted that critical evaluation of positions of different ethnic groups in the country showed that the North has been short-changed as key positions were not with them. Abdullahi, a former Vice-Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, also maintained that the noise on lopsidedness that favoured the North was not true.
2. North’ll never allow any southerner become president in next 20 years —Fani-Kayode
Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has asked the southerners to jettison any hope of producing the next president of Nigeria in 2023. The former minister said that only a “fool” would believe that the North would allow power to return to the South in 2023. He claimed that the North had concluded plans not to allow the southerners mount the office of the president of Nigeria until after 20 years.
3. Gbajabiamila under attack over threat to report service chiefs to Buhari
Following a threat to report service chiefs to President Muhammadu Buhari over their failure to honour meeting with lawmakers, a northern group, Arewa Citizens for Democracy (ACD) has attacked the Speaker of the House of Representative, Femi Gbajabiamila.
4. Nigeria’s democracy derailing under Buhari —Catholic Bishops
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has stated that Nigeria’s democracy under President Muhammadu Buhari was derailing. The bishops said the Buhari administration was lacking in transparency, accountability, independence of the judiciary, respect for fundamental rights, observance of the rule of law, and fair and credible electoral process.
5. How Nigeria generated N28.6trn from oil, non-oil sources in 5 years
Ripples Nigeria notes that an Audit report by the Fiscal Allocation and Statutory Disbursement (FASD) for the period 2012-2016, released in Abuja, on Sunday, has it that a total of N28.58 trillion was remitted to the Federation Account between 2012 and 2016, from mineral revenues, non-mineral revenues and Value Added Tax (VAT). Giving a breakdown of the N28.58 trillion remitted to the Federation Account, NEITI noted that mineral source contributed highest sum of N18.15 trillion, after deductions for joint venture cash calls and subsidy claims.
However, a year – by – year breakdown of the total remittances showed that N4.19 trillion was remitted in 2012, while N4.73 trillion was recorded in 2013. Furthermore, N4.69 trillion was recorded in 2014 while N2.89 trillion and N1.65 trillion were remitted in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
6. BORNO: LG boss hires special hunters to fight Boko Haram
The Caretaker Chairman of Gubio Local Government Area of Borno State, Hon Zanna Modu, has hired special hunters from some parts of Adamawa, Gombe, Katsina and other states in Northern Nigeria to fight the menace of Boko Haram. Modu, in a statement issued on Sunday, said the services of 200 special hunters was to complement the efforts of the military and other security agencies to nip the threat of Boko Haram in the bud.
7. FUNKE OLAKUNRI: Afenifere faults police investigation
Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, has alleged that the Nigeria Police was planning to sweep the murder of Mrs Funke Olakunrin under the carpet. Mrs Olakunrin, the daughter of Afenifere leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, was killed about two months ago by suspected kidnappers.
8. CAN demands arrest of Miyetti Allah president
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called for the arrest of the President of Miyetti Allah, Abdullahi Badejo, for saying that there would not be peace in the country if RUGA was not implemented in all the states. The body also decried the “influx of strange faces into the Southeast region,” stating that such strange faces should be made to leave the zone.
9. Week-old baby stolen in Gombe found in Lagos
A week-old baby, stolen in Gombe State, was on Sunday recovered in Lagos State by the police. The Lagos Police Command, which revealed this in a statement, said that the baby was recovered in Ejigbo, a Lagos suburb, from two women who buy and sell babies.
10. Ngige offers reasons for non implementation of ‘consequential adjustments’ in minimum wage
The Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige, on Sunday, offered reasons for non implementation of consequential adjustments in minimum wage negotiated with Nigerian workers. He also claimed that some workers in the country had started receiving the N30,000 minimum wage.
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