Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Sunday, 17th October 2021.
The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, lately came under intense criticisms after recommending that members of the National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC) should be deployed to the military to join the fight against security challenges ravaging the country. Many of those who tackled or slammed the Ekiti governor for this suggestion may not know that the speaker is an expert in his own right, which makes his recommendation not entirely bunkum as many have dismissed it.
Fayemi’s intervention must have been informed by his academic background. The Ekiti governor has a doctorate degree in War Studies from King’s College, University of London, England, specializing in civil-military relations. To this extent, it can be conceded that Fayemi was not foraying into a subject that is beyond his handle. Moreso, he is the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF). As such, he should have an appreciable understanding of Nigeria’s pervasive insecurity.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has grilled a former Kano Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
Naija News reports that the questioning was in connection with an alleged mismanagement of N10billion pension cash.
Some individuals had accused Kwankwaso of using the pension remittances to allegedly fund a housing project for some cronies.
According to a source, the EFCC invited the former Governor following a petition by some retired employees of the Kano State Government.
The Ezeani II of Mmaku Kingdom, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State has stated that for fighting for the unity of Nigeria as a young military officer, President Muhammadu Buhari would always be welcome in any part of the country, particularly the South-east.
Naija News reports that the Nigerian Civil War was fought from 6 July 1967 to 15 January 1970 as a means of keeping Nigeria a united country.
The monarch, who spoke at the Presidential Villa while on a courtesy visit to Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, said apart from the war of unity fought by the young Buhari, the President has equally done many things for the South-east.
Veteran Nollywood actor, Chiwetalu Agu has told President Muhammadu Buhari to end all vestiges of injustice and inequality in the Nigerian system so that agitations and frequent attacks by unknown gunmen in the South-east can stop.
Naija News reports that Agu, who was recently released from the Department of State Services (DSS) custody after being arrested by the army at the Onitsha head bridge, has now said the quota system in place in the country would lead to nowhere.
“Have you heard about quota system? Is quota system good that someone from the South with a high score would not gain university admission while a candidate from the North with a lower score would gain admission ahead of me?”
The national leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended the ongoing State Congress in Oyo State.
Naija News reports that the order was given by the Governor of Yobe State and Chairman, Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Mai Mala Buni.
It was gathered that the suspension was due to the forging of documents meant for the exercise and other irregularities.
A former lawmaker representing Kaduna Central in the Senate, Senator Shehu Sani, has called for the addition of zoning in Nigeria’s constitution.
He stated that this is necessary to prevent one part of the country from dominating another part.
The former Lawmaker told Channels Television on Friday that it was necessary to adhere to the principles of fairness and equity.
The National Economic Council has warned against October 20 #EndSARS anniversary protest by aggrieved Nigerian citizens.
The council has advised those interested in taking part in the protest to look out for other lawful alternatives to express their grievances and suspend the planned anniversary, noting that the protest might again be hijacked by hoodlums.
Naija News understands that NEC gave the advisory in a statement released on Friday, October 15.
Recounting various actions and inactions already taken by federal and state governments in addressing the gruesome killings of citizens and harassments that led to the 2020 protests, NEC opined that staging another protest might heighten the current security situation in the country.
The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and Police Service Commission (PSC) have resumed the process of the intake of 10,000 constables into the force.
The development was confirmed to newsmen in a statement released on Saturday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, Naija News reports.
The PPRO noted that the force portal [www.policerecruitment.gov.ng] will be opened for access from Monday, 18th October to Tuesday, 26th October 2021.
Mba urged candidates to check their recruitment status on the portal, email and phone numbers they submitted during registration for notifications.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has offered three National Working Committee seats to the Northeastern region of the country.
The development, Naija News understands is coming in less than 72 hours after the emergence of former Senate President, Iyorchia Ayu as the consensus candidate for the position of the National Chairman of the opposition party for the North Central zone.
The new principal officers were appointed on Friday, October 15 purposely to oversee the activities of the party.
Confirming the appointment in a statement made available to newsmen a few moments ago, the Media Secretary, PDP Zonal Headquarter, Northeast, Bauchi, Alhaji Musa Sunusi, said the appointed persons will take charge of Northeast.
The self-acclaimed disciple of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, Simon Ekpa, has claimed that plans have been concluded to hand over power to former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar.
Ekpa who has been in the news since the arrest and detention of the IPOB leader said the plan would be carried out in February 2022.
Atiku who was the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 general elections was defeated by President Muhammadu Buhari.