Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspapers headlines in Nigeria for today, Tuesday, 14th June 2022
The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari on Monday attended the 2022 celebration of Democracy Day in the country at the Eagles Square in Abuja.
As the Special Guest of Honor, President Buhari inspected the Guards during the 2022 Democracy Day Celebration at the Eagles Square, Abuja.
The celebration was also attended by several government officials, diplomats, students and other dignitaries including the 2023 presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
Also in attendance were the nation’s service chiefs, cabinet members and legislators.
A former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kingsley Moghalu on Monday dumped the African Democratic Congress (ADC) after losing the party’s presidential ticket.
Moghalu announced his decision to resign his membership in a letter addressed to the National Chairman of the party, Okey Nwosu.
Naija News had earlier reported that Moghalu lost his chance of contesting in the 2023 presidential election to Dumebi Kachikwu, founder of Roots Television.
The former Deputy Governor of CBN while stating the reason for leaving the party, pointed to the lack of transparency in the conduct of the party’s presidential primary.
The President Muhammadu Buhari-led government on Monday recognised Babagana Kingibe, the running mate of the acclaimed winner of the 1993 presidential election, MKO Abiola, as a former Vice President.
Naija News gathered that Kingibe was referred to as former Vice President during the Democracy Day celebration at the Eagles Square.
Kingibe was invited to join President Buhari, former President, Goodluck Jonathan and the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan for a group photograph on Monday during the celebration.
Other dignitaries at the event that were invited for the photograph include the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, the Chief Justice of the Federation, Ibrahim Tanko, and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Adamu.
Recall that President Buhari’s administration in 2018 had changed the celebration of Democracy Day from May 29 to June 12 to honour Abiola whose Presidential election was annulled by the then military Head of State, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.
Until today, Kingibe was not publicly recognised as a former Vice President in Nigeria.
The Spokesman National Consultative Forum, Yinusa Tanko has said there are plans to merge the Labour Party and New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) to defeat the APC and PDP in 2023.
In an interview on Arise TV, Yinusa Tanko said he cannot give details of everything, but there are serious plans on merging the two parties.
According to Yinusa Tanko, merging the two parties is an idea they have seen on the ground, and they believe that the Labour Party’s candidate, Peter Obi, who is already grounded in the Southern part of the country, needs to work with people like Kwankwaso, a strong person in the North.
Yinusa Tanko said that both Peter Obi and Kwankwaso, have exhibited character, resilience, and determination while working closely with the disadvantaged.
The running mate to late MKO Abiola in the 1993 presidential election, Babagana Kingibe, has revealed why he served in the Sani Abacha government.
In a chat with reporters in Maiduguri on Sunday, Kingibe said his decision to serve in Abacha’s government was due to his love for national interest and not personal gain.
He stated that he jettisoned his own personal interest to serve in the regime of the late dictator, adding that his decision was in line with the teachings of the Islamic faith.
The national electricity grid has collapsed once again thereby throwing several cities including the federal capital territory into darkness.
Electricity companies announced that the collapse occurred on Sunday evening just before 7pm.
This is the sixth time the collapse is occurring in 2022.
The Jos Electricity Distribution Plc informed its customers through its Facebook page on Sunday about the interruption in Electricity supply and many other discos also released statements on the situation.
The general overseer of the Living Faith Ministry, David Oyedepo has tagged the Buhari administration the worst in Nigerian history.
He stated that the government had deceived Nigerians with talks of fighting corruption but was not making the country better in any way.
The clergyman insisted that this was the most corrupt government in Nigeria’s history.
Oyedepo shared his disappointment with the Buhari-led administration during a church programme, Special Prayer for The Nation, on Monday.
He added that the government claims to be fighting corruption, yet its officials are also corrupt.
Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has rejected the claim by the Federal Government that the Islamic State West in African Province (ISWAP) is responsible for the attack on St Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State.
Naija News recalls that some unknown gunmen had on June 5 attacked St Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo state, and killed over 40 worshippers and injured many others.
Reacting to the gruesome killings on June 9, the Federal Government claimed that the attack had been linked to ISWAP due to the terrorist group’s imprint found on the scene of the attack.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, revealed this while addressing State House correspondents after a meeting of the National Security Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said the security agencies had been ordered to go after the perpetrators and bring them to book, adding that the church was not attacked based on ethnic agenda.
But in an interview on a Channels Television programme, on Monday, Fayemi said the claim by the federal government is purely speculative and not substantiated.
The governor stated that there is no shred of evidence that substantially links ISWAP to the heinous attack in Owo.
Fayemi stated that the gunmen have committed a heinous crime and demonstrated the maximum capacity to cause damage to the people of the region.
The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo on Monday pleaded with former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kingsley Moghalu to join the All Progressives Congress.
This is coming after Moghalu resigned his membership from the African Democratic Party (ADC) after failing to clinch the presidential ticket of the party.
Moghalu announced his decision to resign his membership in a letter addressed to the National Chairman of the party, Okey Nwosu
The former Deputy Governor of CBN pointed to the lack of transparency in the conduct of the party’s presidential primary as his reason for dumping the party.
Recall that the founder of Roots Television, Dumebi Kachikwu beat Moghalu to the presidential ticket of ADC.
Keyamo while reacting to Moghalu’s decision said the so-called Third Force are some untested Nigerians who may just be worse off.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has denied media reports that he is planning to pick the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as his running mate.
Several reports emerged over the weekend claiming that Atiku met with some members of the international community in Zurich, Switzerland as part of moves to pick Okonjo-Iweala as his Vice President.
Apart from the former Minister of Finance, other names said to be considered for the vice-presidential slot are Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State; Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State; a former Govermor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha and former Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan.
In a chat with The Punch, Atiku’s spokesman, Paul Ibe refuted the reports that the former vice president met with some members of the international community in Switzerland regarding Okonjo-Iweala.
Ibe stated that Atiku has stepped up his consultations with stakeholders and party leaders to search for a candidate that will be acceptable to Nigerians and compliment him.