Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspapers headlines in Nigeria for today, Friday, 26th November 2021
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, November 25, issued a new directive to security agencies over the state of the nation.
Naija News understands that a National Security Council meeting was held earlier at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
At the meeting, President Buhari was briefed about the current security challenges including unrest along Abuja-Kaduna road. The recently concluded Anambra governorship election was also discussed at the meeting.
Another subject of discussion at the meeting was the election of a Nigerian, AIG Garba Umaru, who emerged out of four other candidates, as the vice president of Interpol for Africa.
The president who frowned at the security tension along Abuja-Kaduna road ordered security agencies to get into action and mount surveillance at different points necessary.
The plan to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty before 2023 is still on track, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said.
Malami made this known on Thursday during the commissioning of the 155km stretch of the Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega–Koko-Birnin Yauri Road, Phase I & 2 in Koko, Kebbi State.
In a statement issued by his spokesman, Umar Jibril Gwandu, the minister stated that all inherited uncompleted projects would be completed before 2023.
Malami stated that these projects when completed would show Nigerians that the promise of change and next level delivery are real.
He stated that the road project was started by the Goodluck Jonathan administration on 13th December 2012, adding that the completion was proof that the current administration was committed to providing jobs.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has asked the Muhammadu Buhari government and governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to learn how to deliver dividends of democracy from the Peoples Democratic Party governors.
Naija News reports that Abubakar said this at the official commissioning of the 4.2km Gombe Maiduguri by-pass road on Thursday in Bauchi.
The former vice president asked the Buhari government to provide infrastructural development for Nigerians in order to tackle unemployment, insecurity, and other social ills in the country.
He claimed that only PDP-controlled states are constructing roads and commissioning projects, mocking states controlled by the All Progressives Congress.
Abubakar, therefore, commended Governor Bala Mohammed for constructing the road which would be beneficial to the people of the state.
A former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Thursday, stated that the next recruitment of Boko Haram fighters may come from out-of-school children in Nigeria.
Obasanjo made this claim while addressing participants at the presidential youth mentorship retreat held at Youth Development Centre, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to Obasanjo, no one needs an oracle to know that the 14 million out of school children may turn to Boko Haram recruits in the next ten years.
The Head of INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB), Nigeria, AIG Garba Baba Umar has emerged the duly elected Vice President (Africa) and Executive Committee Member of the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO) – INTERPOL.
This was made known in a statement to Naija News on Thursday by Force spokesperson, CP Frank Mba.
AIG Garba was elected in the early hours of today, 25th November, 2021 in the 89th INTERPOL General Assembly currently holding at the Halic Congress Hall, Istanbul, Turkey.
6. CBN Asks Buhari Govt To Increase Investment In Non-oil Sector
The Central Bank of Nigeria has advised the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to increase investment in the non-oil sectors as a source of foreign exchange earnings.
Naija News reports this was disclosed by the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, while reading a communique at the Monetary Policy Committee meeting.
While commended the federal government’s effort to diversify the economy, Emefiele called for further support to increase non-oil exports.
He said, “The Committee also commended the gradual diversification of the economy with the increased contribution of the non-oil sector to Government revenues and called for more support to increase non-oil exports as a source of foreign exchange earnings into the economy.”
7. “Penny Wise, Pound Foolish Gamble,” – NLC Rejects FG’s Plans To End Fuel Subsidy, Introduce ₦5,000 Allowance
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has reacted to the ongoing plans by the federal government to totally put an end to the fuel subsidy regime in the country.
The Labour union also rejected plans to introduce the payment of ₦5,000 for 40 million poor Nigerians in order to cushion the immediate effects of the fuel subsidy removal.
President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba made this position known in a statement on Wednesday containing his reaction to the government’s proposal to end fuel subsidy by next year and pay ₦5,000 to 40 million Nigerians to cushion the effect.
Ayuba accused the government of taking a unilateral decision on the matter without carrying along the NLC and other stakeholders.
According to the NLC President, negotiations between the organized labour and the federal government had been adjourned indefinitely only for the government to surprise them with the introduction of a new policy on fuel subsidy removal.
He questioned the move by the government describing it as shady.
According to the union, the model of deregulation been adopted by the federal government is not the solution to Nigeria’s problems but will create more problems including hyper-inflation and security challenges.
The Anambra State government has berated the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly leaking that it has placed Governor Willie Obiano on a watchlist.
In a statement to newsmen the Anambra commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba, accused disgruntled politicians of using the anti-graft agency to attack Obiano.
Adinuba stated that it has not been a secret that Governor Obiano has always revealed that he would leave Nigeria for his base in the United States at the expiration of his tenure.
Recall that reports had emerged that the anti-graft agency decided to place the governor under the watchful eyes of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) ahead of the expiration of his tenure.
The anti-graft agency asked the Service to inform it anytime Obiano is travelling out of the country from any of the international airports, as well as other points of entry and exit.
Although the EFCC has not formally preferred any charge against Obiano since he is still enjoying immunity from prosecution as a sitting governor.
Reacting the Anambra government maintained that Obiano was ready to answer questions about his eight-year tenure in office.
Adinuba noted that the governor who is currently in the United States did not leave the country in disguise or sneak out.
The Nigerian Senate has warned Ministries, Departments, and Agencies of the federal government against the illegal activity of secret recruitment.
The Senate noted that thousands of Nigerians are jobless while some top government officials carry out secret recruitment of their own people and hide under the pretense of employment embargo on government jobs to deny other qualified citizens.
The red chamber of the National Assembly, therefore, charged the affected government officials to henceforth carry out open recruitment or provide official evidence of the embargo on employment.
The observation was made by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Character Commission and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator Danjuma La’ah.
He spoke on Wednesday when he defended the 2022 budget report before the Appropriation panel of the red chamber.
In his view, youth unemployment is a major factor contributing to the security challenges facing Nigeria and must be addressed squarely for the country to make progress.
To this end, he said his committee had mandated all the MDAs to increase their personnel cost with a view to opening up spaces for the employment of jobless Nigerians.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to release the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, immediately.
Naija News reports that the group made the call in a statement by its Secretary-General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro.
According to the apex Igbo group, the illegal extradition of Kanu from Kenya left the government with no option than to free him.
The group slammed Northern leadership, especially the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF and the Coalition of Northern Groups who have kicked against the Unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu.
Ohanaeze warned the northern groups to desist from fanning the embers disunity, stressing that “they should allow President Muhammadu Buhari do his job by getting Nnamdi Kanu released.”