Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Saturday, 25th September 2021.
Nigeria’s Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami SAN, on the sidelines of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the United States told journalists that the Buhari government has succeeded in identifying persons responsible for funding terrorism in the country.
Malami however stated that “Naming and shaming of suspects is not embarked upon as a policy by the federal government out of sheer respect to the constitutional rights of Nigerians relating to presumption of innocence”.
This aligns with an earlier remark by President Buhari’s special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, that the Federal Government is not interested in exposing sponsors of terrorism but will rather focus on prosecuting the suspects. We make haste to ask: if the prosecution of terrorist sponsors is this important to the government, why aren’t the courts already busy with their trials?
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday told world leaders that his administration is steadfast in safeguarding human rights.
Naija News reports that this is coming as numerous accusations of human rights abuses hangs on the neck of his government.
The present administration has become notorious for attacking peaceful protesters, as an inquiry in still ongoing over the shooting of live bullets at peaceful EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020.
The Buhari administration has also been accused of attacking protesters at the Unity Fountain in Abuja, allegedly unleashing thugs on peaceful protesters across the country, parade of criminal suspects, shutting down of social media handle Twitter, extra-judicial killings by security agents, attack on secessionists, illegal detention, disobedience of court orders, among others.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday addressed the 76th Session of the high-level General Debate of the UN General Assembly.
Naija News reports that Buhari delivered his address at 2PM Nigerian time at the UN headquarters in New York.
The theme for the 76th session is, “Building Resilience Through Hope – To Recover from COVID-19, Rebuild Sustainably, Respond to the Needs of the Planet, Respect the Rights of People and Revitalise the United Nation’’.
The leadership of the Alumni Association of the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) has handed a seven-day ultimatum to the management of the institution to explain circumstances leading to the recent appointment of Dr Isa Ali Pantami as a professor.
Naija News had earlier reported that the authorities of FUTO as clarifying that the institution did not promote Pantami, who is the current Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, to a professorial position, but only “appointed” him a Professor, considering that the minister was already a Reader.
The Registrar of FUTO, Mr John Nnabuihe, while insisting that the appointment of the minister to the position of professor “followed required due process”, disclosed that Isa Ali was assessed alongside other internal members who were also appointed as professors.
A counsel to Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, Yomi Aliyu (SAN) has said the Federal Government has agreed to obey a court judgement in favour of his client.
Naija News reports that the Muhammadu Buhari-led government is considering filing a fresh action against Sunday Igboho.
Reacting to the judgment of Oyo State High Court which awarded N20 billion in damages in Sunday Igboho’s favour, Malami said the federal government had the right to appeal the judgement or file a fresh charge.
The federal government of Nigeria has instructed that students in Senior Secondary School classes one and two must not write external examinations again.
According to the government in a directive issued to federal unity schools, it has discovered that the students no longer take their academics seriously once they write the exams before getting to SSS 3.
The government directive through the Federal Ministry of Education, contained in a circular with reference number FME/DBSE/US/DOC/III/16 and signed by the ministry’s Director Senior Secondary Education, Hajia Binta Abdulkadir was confirmed on Friday by the Director of Press and Public Relations, Ben Bem Goong.
The federal government has alerted the general public not to be scared by the noticeable increase in the level of security patrol and activities ahead of the October 1 independence day celebration.
According to a statement in Abuja on Friday issued by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, all is in order and there is no need for residents and citizens to panic.
The statement, in particular, noted that there will be an obvious increase in security presence in the Federal Captial Territory (FCT), Abuja.
The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has decried his continued detention in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Kanu stated he is just a political prisoner, expressing optimism that he will get justice because he has not committed any offence against the law.
The counsel to the IPOB leader, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, made this known in a statement on Thursday after his latest visit to his client in DSS detention.
Ejiofor stated that the separatist group is not unlawful and not a terrorist organisation as ruled by Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja, in 2017.
Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has berated the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) for saying that it regretted thwarting the chances of former President Goodluck Jonathan in winning the 2015 presidential election.
NEF had through its Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, expressed regret that it worked against ex-President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 elections to vote in President Muhammadu Buhari.
In an interview with The PUNCH, PANDEF National Publicity Secretary, Ken Robinson, asked the NEF to stop playing with Nigerians, adding that the forum is not sorry for its action.
President Muhammadu Buhari has stated the Nigerian military has recorded considerable success in tackling terrorism and banditry in Nigeria.
He stated that his government has spared no effort in addressing the challenges of terrorism posed by the activities of Boko Haram in North-East Nigeria and the Lake Chad region.
Buhari made these known in his address to World leaders at the 76th Session of the high-level General Debate of the UN General Assembly on Friday.