Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Saturday, 11th December 2021.
“We have a lot of gas in Nigeria. We currently have 206 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves… The belief is that if we really aim to look for gas dedicatedly, we will find up to 600 trillion cubic feet of gas,” these were the words of the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, at the 23rd World Petroleum Congress in Houston, Texas, US on Wednesday.
Most Nigerians will hardly believe that their country is this endowed given how scarce and exorbitant cooking gas has become. How can a country be so blessed with natural gas yet citizens pay through their nose to get the derivative of the mineral deposit most needed by them? Nigeria sits on gas reserves and potentials so huge that the portion flared was once said to be sufficient to generate electricity for the whole of Trinidad and Tobago for one year.
President Muhammadu Buhari has sent heads of the nation’s intelligence and security services to Sokoto and Katsina states in response to the recent attacks by bandit terrorists.
Naija News reports that this was disclosed in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled ‘President Buhari Sends Security, Intelligence Heads To Sokoto, Katsina.’
“The President is expecting an immediate situation report and recommendations on actions to follow to effectively deal with the worrying situation,” the statement revealed.
The Federal Government has directed the use of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as the only recommended booster shot.
The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) spokesman, Yanda Muhammad, made this known in an interview on Friday.
Muhammad stated that the government had approved the Pfizer vaccine as a booster shot for Nigerians that have completed the doses of other brands of the COVID-19 vaccine.
He admonished Nigerians that have not been vaccinated to visit health centres and mass vaccination sites from December 10 to get their booster dose.
The newly inaugurated national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Iyorchia Ayu has told the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to start preparing its handover notes.
Ayu made the call on Friday in his inaugural address shortly after he and other new members of the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) were sworn in.
As earlier reported by Naija News, Ayu and other NWC members of the PDP were sworn in at a ceremony held at the International Convention Center in Abuja.
The PDP boss alleged that the APC has inflicted nothing but suffering and hardship on Nigerians since it took over power in 2015
A call has gone out from a section of Northern youths in the country for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign his position as the leader of the nation immediately.
The youths, under the aegis of the Northern Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) based their call on the challenges of insecurity ravaging the country which they say the President and his administration have been unable to fix.
They lamented that terrorists, bandits, insurgents, and other forms of criminals have taken over several parts of the country particularly the north, inflicting pain and hardship on the people and residents of Nigeria.
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to cancel his planned visit to Ebonyi State.
Naija News reports that the proscribed group made this known in a statement on Friday by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful.
The group threatened to lock down the South-East ahead of the President’s visit to Ebonyi, adding that it would not accept any presidential visit while its leader, Nnamdi Kanu is still in DSS custody.
IPOB stated that Kanu cannot be in detention and Buhari will expect a glorious welcome to the region, adding that the visit is a mockery of the Ndigbo.
Political leaders, bigwigs and stakeholders in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria have been admonished to resort to lobbying if they desire to produce the nation’s next President.
Naija News reports that the advise was given by the Chairman Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Chief Audu Ogbeh.
Ogbeh while interacting with newsmen on Thursday in Kaduna State, told Igbo leaders that their style of seeking the seat of power through threats and blackmail may not work.
He observed that the management of political parties had become low, saying that parties should be responsible for zoning the presidency.
The former interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Bisi Akande has described the former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo as a faithless suitor and an unblinking political philanderer.
The former Governor of Osun State made this claim in his autobiography, ‘My Participations,’ which was presented in Lagos on Thursday.
Billionaire businessman Femi Otedola has reportedly acquired an additional 2.5 percent in First Bank Nigeria Holdings Plc.
FBN Holdings is the parent company of First Bank of Nigeria (FBN).
Naija News reports that with the latest acquisition, Otedola has become the single largest shareholder in the company.
It was gathered that Otedola’s stake has now risen over that of Tunde Hassan-Odukale, another shareholder.
Nigeria’s major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has sworn in Dr. Iyorchia Ayu as the party’s new National Chairman.
Ayu and other members of the new National Working Committee of the PDP were was sworn in on Friday in Abuja at the International Conference Center.
The new PDP leaders were also presented certificates of return, Naija News reports.
In his acceptance speech, Ayu vowed that his leadership would reposition the party and work towards reclaiming power at the central level in 2023.
That’s the top Nigerian newspaper headlines for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.
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