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Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Tuesday, 6th December, 2022


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Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Tuesday, 6th December 2022

1. 2023: President Buhari Issues Stern Warning To Army Ahead Of Elections

President Muhammadu Buhari, has issued a stern warning to the Nigerian Army to stay neutral ahead of the 2023 general election.

Naija News reports that the president directed the force to keep operating within the framework of the constitution to ensure the successful conduct of polls next year.

He gave this directive on Monday at the opening ceremony of the this year’s Chief of Army Staff’s Annual Conference.

The President in a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, called on the Army to keep improving in their human rights duties during operations in line with global best practices.

The president said improved operations by the force and other security agencies would be “the major pathway for winning the hearts and minds of the people.”

President Buhari noted that it’s become imperative that the Army and the armed forces, in general, support the civil authority by providing a peaceful environment to allow its successful conduct during the 2023 general elections.

He was, however, glad that the Chief of Army Staff already gave a reviewed Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct to guide personnel during the 2023 general elections.

2. Why I’ve Not Been Attending Public Debates In Nigeria – Tinubu

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu on Monday disclosed why he has been shunning public debates in Nigeria.

Tinubu speaking at the Chatham House in London said those inviting him for presidential debates are only trying to use him to make money.

The former Lagos State Governor said he is a marketable individual and he would not allow anyone to take advantage of him.

He said this while answering questions from the audience in London on why he doesn’t attend debates.

Tinubu said, “I see myself as a marketable individual. You want to use me to make money and I’m saying no.”

3. If You Continue To Send Your Boys To Attack G5 Governors We Will Strike Back – Wike Threatens PDP Presidential Council

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has threatened to strike back at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential council if any of its members insults the G5 governors.

Wike gave the warning on Monday during the commissioning of a new road project in Eleme Local government area of Rivers State

According to the Governor, he and his supporters would no longer tolerate insults from any members of the PDP presidential campaign group.

He insisted that all the G5 Governors want is peace, but if they are treated otherwise they would not hesitate to reciprocate the action.

4. Abuja-Kaduna Train Operation Records Low Passenger Turnout As Service Resumes

As operation commenced at the Abuja-Kaduna train terminal on Monday, (today) passenger turnout is reported to have been low on the first day of resumption.

Naija News learnt that the Nation boarded the train from Idu to Kubwa stations in Abuja to monitor the resumption of the service.

According to its observation, only few cars were seen at the park about 30 minutes before the take-off of the first train, a development that indicates a low turn out of passengers.

It also revealed that two traders were sighted at the entrance selling face masks, while men of the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were seen at the entrance of the station on guard.

The management of Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), had announced over the weekend that the train service would resume on Monday, after 251 days of service suspension.

The service was suspended on 28 March after an attack on the rail tracks by bandits.

5. PDP Crisis: Makinde Gives Update On Presidential Candidate G5 Governors Will Support

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has declared that the aggrieved Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are yet to take a final decision on the presidential candidate to support in 2023.

Makinde disclosed that talks are still ongoing with the leadership of the party hence it’s too early to unveil any specific candidate that will get their support.

The Oyo Governor added that the G5 Governors have placed a demand before the PDP leadership and are waiting for feedback.

He expressed optimism that a common ground will be reached ahead of the 2023 polls.

The Governor also added that steps are been taken to reconcile aggrieved stakeholders at the Oyo State level of the party as well.

6. Atiku: I Never Knew You Were Suffering From Amnesia, There Was A Witness – Dogara Replies Wike

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has lashed out at the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.

Naija News recalls that the Governor had earlier expressed his disappointment over Dogara’s decision to support the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.

Wike said that Dogara refused to inform him when he was leaving PDP and only found out about his decamping in the news.

However, Dogara did not take Wike’s allegations lightly as he wondered if the governor is suffering from amnesia.

Amnesia is a medical condition that involves the loss of one’s memory partially or entirely.

Speaking via a series of tweets on Monday evening, Dogara threatened to reveal a private conversation he had with Wike.

7. How Dare You Criticize Us When You Could Not Even Build Roads To Your Hometown? — FG Slams Atiku

The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Monday, said that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar is not in a position to condemn the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Naija News recalls that Atiku, during his campaign in Akure accused the Buhari-led administration of not achieving anything in the about eight years they have been in power.

Reacting to the PDP flag bearer’s claims while Speaking in Abuja on the achievements in the water sector, the minister accused Atiku of trying to downplay the effort of the Buhari administration.

Mohammed argued that Atiku has no right to point fingers at the All Progressives Congress considering that during his eight years as the vice president there was no motorable road to his hometown and key local governments in the southern senatorial zone that served as Adamawa’s food basket and economic nerve centre until the government of President Muhammadu Buhari took over office.

8. Dogara Officially Dumps APC For PDP

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has officially announced his membership withdrawal from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The lawmaker was received into the PDP on Monday during the party’s presidential campaign in Lagos today.

PDP presidential candidate and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, was happy to receive Dogara at the nation’s commercial capital.

Naija News reports that Dogara’s defection to PDP comes barely three days after a group led by him, the Northern Leaders Consultative Forum, adopted Atiku as the preferred presidential candidate for the 2023 election.

The group consisting of Christian and Muslim religious and political leaders in the north said after careful evaluation of all the presidential candidates, Atiku appears the best to them.

9. Chatham House: Tinubu Agrees To DNA Test To Confirm His Lineage

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has agreed to make himself available for a Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) test to confirm his lineage.

Naija News reports that the former Governor of Lagos State made the bold move on Monday during his presentation at Chatham House in London, the United Kingdom, where he spoke on his plans for Nigeria and foreign policy imperatives ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Tinubu insisted that he remains a proper member of the Tinubu family, faulting his counterparts from other political parties who have been criticizing his identity at any opportunity.

“I’m not claiming another father, I am Tinubu and Tinubu proper. If they want a DNA, they could as well request from us. One of them has even been accused of not being a Nigerian citizen, I didn’t touch that area,” Tinubu said.

He insisted that his birth, academic, and professional records are consistent, adding that his critics are only wasting their time and money.

Naija News understands that there has been a series of controversies about the identity, date of birth and educational background of the APC presidential candidate.

Tinubu, however, said today that those in doubt of his paternity can request a DNA test to validate that he is indeed a scion of the Tinubu family.

Speaking about his date of birth, Tinubu said the question is inquisitive but that at the time of birth, he was dated March 29, 1952.

10. 2023: You Have No Electoral Value, Tinubu Fires Babachir Lawal

The Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has slammed the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, over his recent comments on his ambition.

Naija News reports that Lawal, an erstwhile political ally of Tinubu, had in a recent interview on Channels Television downplayed Tinubu’s chances ahead of the 2023 general election.

Lawal argued that the APC flagbearer stands no chance of winning the presidential election because of the Mulsim-Muslim ticket fielded by the ruling party.

The former SGF also said he has endorsed the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, stressing that he is still a member of the APC.

Reacting to Lawal’s comment, the Director of Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), Bayo Onanuga, described the statements made by the former SGF as mere conjectures.

He argued that the former Governor of Lagos State has never been on the ballot and lost any election, saying that Lawal’s comments are laughable projections.

Onanuga said Tinubu is heading for a landslide in the forthcoming presidential election with the support of President Muhammadu Buhari and all APC governors.

He, however, advised the former SGF to resolve the split in his own group, Northern Christain Leaders Consultative Forum, before dabbling into Tinubu’s affairs.

Those are the top Nigerian newspaper headlines for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.

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