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10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers Thursday morning, November 21, 2019

Top 10 stories from Nigerian newspapers

These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will interest you this Thursday morning, November 21,  2019.

1. Buhari signs Executive Order on open defecation into law

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law an executive order 009 entitled, ‘The Open Defecation-Free Nigeria by 2025 and Other Related Matters Order’ into law. The Order declares as follows: That by this Order, Nigeria is committed to being open defecation free by 2025. That the National Open Defecation Free (ODF) Roadmap developed by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources with support from other key sector players across Nigeria be put into effect. Read more

2. 2023: Tinubu is the most suitable choice for president in the south —Guru Maharaj ji

Founder of One Love Family, Satguru Maharaj Ji, Wednesday declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Bola Tinubu, was fit and suitable for presidency in 2023. In his words, “If there is anyone who is fit in the south, it is Sen. Bola Tinubu. So, I will offer him for president if the presidency would be zoned to South-West. Maharaj Ji stated this on Wednesday at a news conference held at his Maharaj Ji village to herald the Family’s golden age festival. He noted that anyone could become the president of Nigeria as long as he or she placed the interest of the country above personal interest. Read more

3. BUHARI TO JONATHAN: Your legacy of humility will continue to echo

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said that former President Goodluck Jonathan’s legacy of humility and patriotism would continue to resonate and inspire generations to come. He stated this in his congratulatory message to Jonathan as the former leader marked his 62nd birthday on November 20. Read more

4. Amnesty International officially names Sowore, Bakare, Jalingo ‘prisoners of conscience’

Amnesty International has declared the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, his compatriot, Olawale Bakare and a journalist, Agba Jalingo as prisoners of conscience. It said the men were facing ongoing arbitrary detention and unfair trials for exercising their right to freedom of expression. Ripples Nigeria had in an exclusive report, examined the cases of some Nigerians whose travails, arguably, appear to qualify them as prisoners of conscience. Read more

5. Group discovers N150bn ‘wasteful and unclear’ expenditures in 2020 budget

A group, the Centre for Social Justice, Wednesday said there were about N150.07 billion expenditures that were frivolous, inappropriate, unclear and wasteful in the 2020 budget presented to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari. This was revealed in a report made available to journalists in Abuja by its Lead Director, Eze Onyekpere. The report analysed the 2020 budget of about N10.33trn, which is currently before the National Assembly. Read more

Read also: 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers Wednesday morning, November 20, 2019

6. Only corrupt Nigerians question Buhari’s anti-corruption war —Sagay

Only corrupt elites see no positive difference in the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s anti-graft crusade, the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), said on Wednesday. Sagay stated this when he led members PACAC on a solidarity visit to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja. He said President Buhari’s administration has brought a paradigm shift in the anti-graft war. Read more

7. DPO abducted

The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Mubi North Local Government Area of Adamawa state, Ahijo Mujeli has been kidnapped. The DPO was reportedly kidnapped late Tuesday at Mararraban Mubi on his way from Yola, the state capital. “The DPO was coming back from Yola and all of a sudden some yet to be identified gunmen wielding sophisticated rifles attacked him at Mararraba at about 8 p.m. and whisked him away to an unknown destination, a local resident who asked not to be named said. Read more

8. Senator claims 50m Nigerians suffering from mental illness

The chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe, on Wednesday, said that about 50 million Nigerians suffer some form of mental illness. He stated this while leading the debate on a “Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment and regulation of mental health and substance abuse services, protect persons with mental health needs and establishment of National Commission for mental and substance abuse services, for the effective management of mental health in Nigeria and for other related matters, 2019,” on the floor of the Senate. The bill was sponsored by the senator himself and was read for the second time during the lawmakers’ plenary today. Read more

9. Fire razes Lagos super plaza

Properties worth several millions of naira were on Wednesday destroyed by an inferno that razed the upper section of a shopping plaza in Akerele, Surulere local government Area of Lagos. Team from the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the state Fire Service raced to the scene and curtailed the fire from spreading to other apartments in the area. Read more

10. Two men to get 10 strokes of the cane for stealing TV sets, laptops

Two artisans, Saminu Ahmed, 25 and Mohammed Isah, 23, have been sentenced to 10 strokes of the cane by an Upper Sharia Court in Kaduna for stealing two television sets and two laptops. The accused persons were sentenced by the presiding judge, Mustapha Umar after they pleaded guilty and prayed the court for leniency on Tuesday. They were however given an option to pay a fine of N5,000 each. Read more


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