Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Monday, 31st October 2022
President Muhammadu Buhari has scheduled an emergency security meeting with the heads of the nation’s security outfits to discuss growing security concerns in the country. The meeting is scheduled to hold on Monday, 31st October, at the presidential villa in Abuja, Naija News reports. This development was confirmed in a statement on Sunday by the senior special assistant to the President on media and publicity, Garba Shehu. To accommodate the emergency meeting, the President has postponed the planned commissioning of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) new Technology and Innovation Complex earlier scheduled for tomorrow. A new date will be announced for the commissioning.
President Muhammadu Buhari has finally broken his silence about the approval of the new naira note that has caused controversies between the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning. According to Buhari, the CBN had his backing on the decision to introduce new naira notes, adding that he approved the policy because he was sure it is in the national interest. Naija News gathered that the President in a statement on Sunday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, noted that the only people the policy will affect are those hiding illicit money, not people with legitimate businesses. Recall that the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Amina Ahmed disclosed last Friday that she and her ministry were not consulted or had prior information about the redesigning of the N200, N500, and N1000 notes.
Scores of terrorists suspected to be Islamic State in West African Province (ISWAP) fighters have been neutralized by the Nigerian troops after a failed attempt to free their leaders in a concentration camp located in New Bussa, Niger State. According to PRNigeria, a defence intelligence source revealed that the military had been anticipating the terrorists who met a massive ambush laid for them. “Though the incident happened in the night, the troops had been anticipating such daring moves and have been on high alert. They just came into our trap. “While at least seven dead bodies of the terrorists were counted this morning, the troops succeeded in arresting one of their commanders who led the fighters. “NAF aircraft were also timely in supporting the ground troops from Wawa Military cantonment in Borgu local government area of Niger state, hence the success in decimating the terrorists,” he said.
As part of efforts to advocate for the release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, the Southeast Governors on Sunday suggested to the Federal Government that a political solution is still applicable to the situation. Naija News learnt that the Governors noted that despite the federal government’s stay of execution, they still believe a political solution can still be used to free Kanu. The Governors’ reaction follows the federal government’s refusal to obey the Appeal Court’s judgement that discharged the IPOB leader and dismissed the six-count charge preferred against him by the federal government. Kanu’s freedom had been described by the federal government as a threat to national security. Therefore it got a stay of execution from the Appeal Court, to still detain him while it appeals the ruling of the Supreme Court. However, the Southeast Governors after their meeting in Enugu said they were monitoring the situation. Chairman of the Southeast Governors’ Forum and Ebonyi Governor, Dave Umahi, read the meeting’s communique to pressmen after the end of their gathering.
Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has hinted on the presidential candidate he would support amidst the fallout with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. He made a promise on Sunday to agree with the decision of the Yoruba social-cultural organization, Afenifere. This is amidst reports that Afenifere is backing the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari come 2023. Makinde announced his stand in Akure, Ondo State capital when the former Governor of Lagos State visited the state to meet with the Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti. Represented by his Deputy, Bayo Lawal, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain said although they belong to different political parties, he is in support of the decision of the Afenifere and Yoruba race.
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has dared the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyorchia Ayu, to stop any contestants if he indeed has what it takes. Naija News reports that Wike, who said this at a press briefing at his private residence in Port Harcourt today, described Ayu as corrupt and lacks integrity. Wike’s reaction follows Ayu’s statement against the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom. Ayu is reported to have earlier boasted that he had the power to stop Ortom and others from contesting the 2023 elections.
7. Muslim-Muslim Ticket: Akeredolu Tells Nigerians To Vote Based On Competence And Integrity Not Religion
The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has told Nigerians to vote for the next president of the country at the 2023 polls based on competence and integrity, and not based on religion. Naija News reports that the governor, who was reported to have said this at the 16th Jesus Festival Dinner of the Ibadan Anglican Diocese held at the Ibadan Civic Centre, Agodi, Ibadan, noted that past records of candidates in the forthcoming presidential election should be the basis for Nigerians to judge who has the capability to lead Nigeria next year. According to him, it was time for power to shift for the south to produce a president “in the spirit of equity and fairness,” for peace to reign. Akeredolu advanced that on that premise, Nigerians should stop the debate on the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the APC because that is not important, instead, they should maintain the debate on equity and justice to allow peace to reign. The governor, who was reported to be the Chairman of the occasion said “competence and integrity should be the criteria for representation,” and not based on faith.
The Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on Sunday disclosed that some individuals wanted President Muhammadu Buhari to endorse one of the presidential aspirants in the party but he declined. Tinubu, in a statement issued Sunday by his Media Office and signed by Tunde Rahman, stated that despite the pressure from various individuals, Buhari refused to back any aspirant but rather insisted that all the aspirants must be allowed to go to the field. The APC flag bearer argued that the role played by the President and northern governors proved to him that Nigeria can survive its unity and challenges. Naija News recalls that a day before the party’s presidential primary, the National Chairman of the APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu during a meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) announced that the President of the Senate, Dr Ahmed Lawan had been anointed the candidate of the party. However, other members of the NWC and APC northern governors insisted that all the presidential aspirants must be allowed to go to the field. Tinubu, while speaking to the leaders of Afenifere at the residence of Pa Reuben Fasoranti on Sunday in Akure applauded President Buhari for sticking to his beliefs despite others trying to convince him to do otherwise. The former Lagos Governor revealed that at a time he became confused because of the different rumours getting to him.
The Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has declared that there are no Obidients, a term used for supporters of Labour Party’s (LP) Presidential candidate Peter Obi in his state. According to him, power must shift to the South, therefore his state is ready to deliver. Naija News reports that the governor who was represented by his Deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, spoke in Akure when the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu visited Afenifere leaders to present and explain his manifesto to them. The governor insisted that it was time for power to shift to the Southwest region.
10. U-17 WWC: Flamingos Grab Bronze As They Beat The Germans On Penalties
The Nigerian Flamingos defeated Germany on Sunday to claim the bronze medal at the under-17 Women’s World Cup in India. The Nigerian girls, including their Substitute Etim Edidiong, made several goals and attempts in the opening minutes of the game and raced into a 3-0 lead. But the Germans proved to be a tough nut to crack as they levelled the game at 3-3 in regulation time, forcing the game into a penalty shootout. The Flamingos won 3-2 on penalties to take third-place bronze and became the second African team to accomplish this.
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