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10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers Tuesday morning, August 13, 2019

Top 10 stories from Nigerian newspapers

These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will interest you this Tuesday morning.

1. El-Zakzaky, wife, depart Abuja for India

Embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat, have departed the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, to India for medical treatment. They flew out to India on an Emirate flight on Monday evening.

2. Like a drowning man, PDP has not ceased to clutch at straws to cast Buhari’s govt in bad light —BMO

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), has yet again bared its fangs on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), claiming that the opposition party is dishing out unverified claims and mixing facts with “outright” fiction against President Muhammadu Buhari. In a statement signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju, and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, on Monday, it said that the PDP, led by its presidential candidate at the last election, Atiku Abubakar, had been “recycling old reports just to take a swipe at Buhari’s administration.”

3. Nigeria may not survive if North secures power in 2023 says Shehu Sani

Former lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, has replied Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s comments on zoning arrangement ahead of the 2023 general elections. Sani noted that it will be a serious threat to the future and peace of the country if the Northern region continues to dominate the leadership of the nation because of her numerical strength.

4. PDP govs accuse soldiers of ‘criminal acts’, urge Buhari to do something

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum has condemned alleged criminal acts by Nigerian soldiers in Taraba and Abia states. Only last week, some soldiers were said to have killed three policemen and a civilian in Taraba state, as well as a commercial motorcyclist in Abia State. Responding to this development in a statement on Monday, PDP Governors’ Forum chairman and Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, decried the alleged act, wondering how soldiers could abandon their constitutional role of defending the borders of the country from external aggression to descending into “such lowly criminality”.

5. Be careful, cautious over Jega’s move to join PRP, Balarabe Musa warns party members

The immediate past national chairman of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) Alhaji Balarabe Musa has warned members of the party to be careful and cautious over the coming on board of former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attairu Jega. The one-time former governor of old Kaduna State who is now the chairman, board of trustee of the party, revealed that much while fielding questions from members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kaduna state council on Monday.

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6. Nigerian govt explains delay in minimum wage implementation

The Federal Government on Monday explained that the delay in the implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage was because labour unions were unwilling to compromise their stand. Following the approval of the minimum wage in April, the government had offered workers a ‘consequential adjustment’ of 9.5 per cent for level 7 to 14.

7. Government may pay ‘Scarce Skills Allowances’ to discourage brain drain

The Nigerian Government on Monday said it was considering payment of “Scarce Skills Allowances” to skilled Nigerians seeking better life beyond the shores of the country. This was disclosed by the Chairman of National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Chief Richard Egbule, while speaking to journalists in Abuja.

8. Ondo police to arraign soldier involved in AAUA student’s rape Wednesday

The Ondo State Police Command has said it would on Wednesday arraign the soldier who allegedly raped a student of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA). The suspect, Lance Corporal Sunday Adelola, allegedly raped the victim, a 300-level student of the Department of Religious and African Studies of the AAUA, at a military checkpoint along Ikare Akoko-Akungba Akoko road, two weeks ago.

9. APC spokesman Igbokwe dubs anyone who claims Buhari isn’t doing well ‘a liar from the pit of hell’

Nigerians who criticise President Muhammadu Buhari and say he has not been functioning have been described as liars “from the pit of hell”. Buhari critics were so branded by the All Progressives Congress (APC) spokesman in Lagos State when he spoke to journalists on Monday. Igbokwe, who did not deny that Nigeria is currently facing a heap of challenges, however, said that past governments, and not Buhari’s administration, should be blamed.

10. The idea of a northern president in 2023 is wishful thinking —UPP boss Okorie

The National Chairman of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie, on Monday said a northern president will not be tolerated in 2023. He added that the arrangement for rotational presidency in Nigerian politics had become conventional even though qualified citizens from all parts of the country were entitled to run for the nation’s top job each election circle.

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