Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Sunday, 3rd October 2021.
President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday attend the inauguration of the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for a second five-year term in office in Addis Ababa.
Naija News reports that this was made known in a statement on Saturday signed by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
Buhari, who will depart Abuja for the Ethiopian capital on Sunday, is scheduled to deliver a goodwill message at the inauguration ceremony.
He is also expected to attend a State Banquet in honour of visiting Heads of State and Government.
As the 2023 general elections draws nearer, prominent Nigerians have come together to unveil a newly formed non-partisan coalition.
Naija News reports that the coalition under the aegis of the National Consultative Front (NCF), is designed to galvanise support for legislation for the electronic transfer of election results.
Those at the unveiling which took place at the 61st Independence National Political Summit organised by the NC Front, include a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, and a foremost political economist, Prof. Pat Utomi among others.
Speaking at the event, Attahiru Jega pointed out that integrity or otherwise of any electoral process begins with the laws guiding it
The Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, George Akume says the unassuming leadership style of the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, is responsible for the massive defection of opposition politicians into the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Naija News reports that this was as the former Benue governor commended the current Caretaker, and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee for uniting the party.
In a congratulatory letter addressed Buni and released to newsmen on Saturday, the Minister expressed confidence that his party will emerge victorious in the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra and the 2023 general elections.
Air Vice Marshal Sikiru Smith (retd.), who was abducted in the Ajah area of Lagos State, has regained freedom.
Confirming his release to PUNCH, spokesman for the Police in Lagos State, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said the retired General was released in the early hours of Saturday.
“I can confirm that he has been released,” he said
The former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has dispelled rumour of ill health in a recent video.
The APC leader in the past few months has received political office holders and prominent individuals in London, United Kingdom.
Tinubu has been away from the country for some months due to alleged ill-health, an allegation he dispelled.
The former Governor in a video stated that he is in good health, but undergoing physiotherapy.
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has mocked some state governors mandating residents to take the Covid-19 vaccine in order to access public places like government offices, banks, churches and others.
Naija News had reported Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State as carrying out his threat to bar civil servants who are yet to receive COVID-19 jab from their place of work.
The Governor had declared that starting from the second week of September, people in the state will be required to show their COVID-19 vaccination cards before gaining access to public spaces.
While addressing RCCG members in the early hours of Saturday at the monthly Holy Ghost Night, he wondered why some state governors are mandating their citizens to take the vaccine before they can have access to public buildings.
The Director-General of the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Timothy Olawale, has died.
It was gathered that the NECA DG gave of the ghost in an undisclosed hospital on Friday.
His death was confirmed in a statement on Saturday by the NECA Secretariat.
“It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the passing of Dr Timothy Olawale, our Director-General, which occurred on Oct. 1 2021, at a hospital in Abuja,” the statement reads.
Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has backed President Muhammadu Buhari’s move to deal with individuals violently agitating for Nigeria’s breakup.
Recall that Buhari, during his independent day nationwide broadcast, had vowed to go after violent agitators like Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho, who threaten the cooperate existence of Nigeria.
Reacting, Yerima Shettima, National President of the AYCF, said those agitating for Nigeria’s breakup should be decisively dealt with.
The Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello has confirmed the death of two soldiers following an attack by bandit terrorists in Kagara.
Apart from those who lost their lives, many others also sustained varying degrees of injury and are currently receiving treatment at the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Specialist Hospital, Minna.
Those who need more special treatments have been transferred to Kaduna State for better medical care.
Governor Bello confirmed these when he paid a visit to those receiving care at the IBB Specialist Hospital and was having a chat with newsmen.
The insistence of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, to proceed with the adoption of an electronic voting system ahead of rounds of elections, despite the unaddressed legal, logistics and constitutional constraints, has raised curious concerns of many Nigerians, this newspaper can report.
Also, the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is in sync with the INEC’s position and has urged the electoral body to use the electronic direct transmission of results in the 2023 general elections and other future polls regardless of the visible constraints and landmines identified.
There is a growing concern among key stakeholders over what is turning to be a a ‘strange alliance’ between Mahmood and the PDP on electronic voting/transmission. Sources reveal that the chair who reportedly being suspected of being sympathetic to the party is pushing for its stand on the matter. This development has pitted majority of the stakeholders against one another.