Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Monday, 4th July 2022
President Muhammadu Buhari has sent warnings to motorists as he commissioned a 55-kilometre road in Yobe.
At the commissioning of the road linking Nguru-Gashu’a-Bayamari, the President outlined the major causes of damage on the Nigerian roads.
He listed the causes to include the overloading of vehicles and trucks which accelerates pavement damage, the spilling of petroleum products which dissolves all the components and allow water to penetrate and convert the road shoulders into parking places.
Naija News reports that Buhari warned against abusing roads constructed by the federal government meant to stimulate economic growth and development.
Represented by the Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, Buhari explained that the road has been built to the highest quality of design and workmanship.
Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been assured that the dust raised by the choice of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa as the vice-presidential candidate of the party will soon settle.
The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees,(BoT) Senator Walid Jibrin gave the assurance on Sunday in a statement made available to pressmen in Kaduna State.
This is just as the BoT chairman said that the Governor of Rivers State Nyesom Wike is a very responsible and very obedient member of the PDP who assisted tremendously toward building the party into what it is today.
He appealed for patience among party members and advised that members should allow the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and its chairman, Iyorchia Ayu to return to the country.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue has said that the State is not in support of the reintroduction of the National Water Resources Bill in the National Assembly.
Recall that the bill sponsored by Hon. Sada Soli (APC – Katsina) was initially passed in 2020 by the House of Representatives but was later withdrawn following criticisms from some Nigerians.
The bill, which seeks to establish an act that would provide a regulatory framework for the nation’s water resources, was re-introduced on the floor of the Green Chamber and was rejected by two Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers.
However, the bill eventually passed the first reading at the Green Chamber on Tuesday after the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, said the bill’s sponsor informed him that Governors and the Attorney-General of States, made input and agreed that the bill is reintroduced.
Reacting in a statement issued on Sunday his spokesman, Terver Akase, Governor Ortom said the bill is anti-federalism, obnoxious and negates the right of Nigerians to their ancestral resources.
The Benue governor asserted that the North Central state is against the bill and should therefore be counted out of any discussion that pertains to the bill.
He stressed that the bill seeks to take over water resources which rightfully belong to states, calling on other state governments to kick against the bill.
Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has ahead of the 2023 presidential election, warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against playing to the plight of a Muslim-Muslim ticket by the All Progressives Congress.
Naija News reports that the Rights group berated the presidential candidate of the APC, Bola Tinubu‘s choice of running mate, saying the decision will further heighten the aggression against the Christians by bandits and other terrorists groups in the country.
HURIWA in a statement signed and released on Sunday by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko argued that the emergence of a Muslim-Muslim ticket presidency will further heighten the aggression against Christians by bandits and terrorists who claim allegiance to Islam.
Naija News understands there are suggestions that Tinubu may in the next few days confirm either Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State or Senator Kashim Shettima as his standard running mate for the 2023 election to beat the July 15 deadline by the INEC.
Despite calls for a Muslim-Christian ticket, the ruling party had refused to bow to the pressure as about 13 Muslim northern governors are said to be pressuring Tinubu to choose them because they backed his candidacy during the fiercely-contested APC primary.
HURIWA has, however, bemoaned the ruling party’s bid saying it is unconstitutional and violates Section 14 (3) and (4) and Section 318 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which specifically states that the principle of federal character should be reflected in the composition of the government and that no group, religious or ethnic, should dominate the other.
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has refuted media reports that he advised Christians to buy guns for self-defence.
Several reports emerged on Saturday stating the renowned cleric had asked Christians to defend themselves against attacks from criminals.
During his sermon at the Holy Ghost Service on Friday, Adeboye said though safety is of the Lord, the Bible isn’t against Christians defending themselves against harm.
He had urged members of the church not to be afraid to attend church programmes because of the recent terrorist attack on St Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State.
Clarifying his sermon on Sunday during the monthly Thanksgiving Service, Adeboye said he never asked Christians to go and buy guns.
He, however, asked Nigerian Christians to make sure that unwanted visitors don’t come to churches and kill innocent citizens.
Adeboye also urged Christians to pray agent the plans of the devil to depopulate the kingdom of God.
The Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu has predicted an outright victory for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in the 2023 elections.
According to Okechukwu who is a founding member and chieftain of the APC, some other presidential candidates of other parties have run foul of what Nigerians expect and would therefore not get the votes of the people.
The VON boss who spoke at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja said the emergence of Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Musa Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) negate the principles of rotation as the south is expected to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari.
He added that he has an assurance of Tinubu’s victory because the APC as the ruling party has 22 sitting Governors, the majority of the National Assembly and all these people and other political appointees won’t betray the party’s candidate for the 2023 presidential election.
The Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle in his determination to tackle the insecurity in the state has flagged off the training of the newly recruited Community Protection Guards (CPG).
This is just as the Governor said that the State is now moving towards implementing new Security measures under his watch.
According to him, “only people with courage and bravery will offer to serve as guards of their communities, bravely standing up to face the brutal infamy of the bandits,”
He however disclosed that his administration has come up with additional measures for combating insurgency in the state.
Governor Matawalle while fagging off the training in Gusau on Sunday, noted that additional measures of combating insurgency among which is the recruitment of Community Protection Guards CPG in each of the 19 Emirate Councils of the state.
The convoy of the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, on Sunday was involved in a road accident in Abuja.
The development was confirmed in a statement released by the media aide to the Governor, Terver Akase.
According to Akase, no life was lost in the incident that happened in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
He further stated that the convoy was involved in the accident while returning to Makurdi after accompanying Ortom to the airport.
Akase said a golf car collided with one of the security vehicles near Karu Flyover in Nyanya.
The Igbo socio-political group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, says the outcome of the presidential primaries of the two major parties was gross injustice against the South-East.
The President-General of the group, Prof George Obiozor, made this known in a statement titled, “What does Nigeria want from Ndigbo?,” released by the spokesman of the group, Alex Ogbonnia, on Saturday.
Obiozor was reacting to the outcome of the presidential primaries conducted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Recall that former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu emerged as the presidential candidate of the APC, and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar emerged as the PDP presidential candidate.
Obiozor described the outcome of the presidential primaries of the two major parties as gross injustice against the Igbo beyond expectations.
He accused the country’s political elite to have successfully orchestrated to deny the South-East an opportunity to produce the president of Nigeria come 2023.
Obiozor urged Ndigbo not to lament much about the failure of the South East to produce the next President but wait for the verdict of history.
The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has revealed why he cannot be running mate to any presidential candidate in the 2023 presidential election.
According to the former Governor of Kano State, accepting to be the running mate to any presidential candidate would lead to the collapse of NNPP.
Kwankwaso stated this while addressing newsmen after the inauguration of the party’s office in Gombe State.
The presidential candidate admitted that the party is in talks with Labour Party, but there is an issue with who will become the presidential candidate.
Kwankwaso while speaking said, “From the discussion with the Labour Party, the main issue was who becomes the president if the parties merge.