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Again, Atiku blames Buhari for making Nigerians poorer than they were

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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the last general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has launched a fresh attack at the government of President Muhammadu Buhari over recent reports on the country’s debt.

DAILY POST reported earlier in the week that the Debt Management Office published the Public Debt Data comprising the Domestic and External Debts of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT as at March 31, 2019.

In a series of tweets on Friday, Atiku claimed that the current administration has done nothing but put the country in huge debts, adding that hunger and poverty have doubled in 2019.

He tweeted, “Nigeria’s debt has more than doubled from ₦12 trillion in 2015, to ₦24.9 trillion in 2019, yet we became the world headquarters for extreme poverty. Irresponsible borrowing results in unprecedented sorrowing. We mustn’t saddle future generations with debt instead of prosperity.

“Nigeria’s debt has more than doubled from ₦12 trillion in 2015, to ₦24.9 trillion in 2019, yet we became the world headquarters for extreme poverty. Irresponsible borrowing results in unprecedented sorrowing. We mustn’t saddle future generations with debt instead of prosperity.

“Without the checks and balances occasioned by a truly independent and self-accounting Legislature and Judiciary, as co-equal and non-subordinate arms of government, we will continue to have a profligate executive that borrows to sustain its greed and not the nation’s need.

“As it stands today, every man, woman and child in Nigeria is now not only poorer than they were in 2015, additionally, we all individually owe more than twice what we did in 2015. We may not have participated in the profligate borrowing, but we all suffer the resultant sorrowing.”

“As it stands today, every man, woman and child in Nigeria is now not only poorer than they were in 2015, additionally, we all individually owe more than twice what we did in 2015. We may not have participated in the profligate borrowing, but we all suffer the resultant sorrowing.”

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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Tuesday morning

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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. The Supreme Court has told the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, that it had yet to constitute the panel that would hear the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

2. Nigeria’s First Lady Aisha Buhari has made revelations on the power tussle at the State House in the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Mrs. Buhari confirmed the viral video that circulated online last week. The First Lady said she ranted after she was denied access to parts of the villa by Mamman Daura and his family.

3. About $665billion has been lost in the last three years globally to disasters. A large percentage of the loss was recorded by high-income countries.

The Director General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Engr. Mustapha Maihaja stated this on Monday.

4. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has blamed the moribund state of the country’s refineries on lack of proper maintenance of the facilities over the years. The NNPC said that Nigeria has one of the highest number of technicians in the petroleum sector in the world, but that the experts have not been adequately engaged.

5. The Minister for Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, has said that fuel subsidy will gulp N450 billion in 2020. She said this on Monday in Abuja, at the public presentation of the 2020 budget proposals.

6. The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), retired Col. Hammed Ali, said operatives of the ongoing Joint Border Security had seized items worth N1.4 billion since the partial closure of borders.

7. The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, to reverse the tenure extension for seven permanent secretaries in the federal civil service who are already due for retirement.

8. The ECOWAS Court of Justice has ordered the Federal Republic of Nigeria to pay N10 million compensation for the violation of right to work to Pte. Barnabas Eli, a dismissed Nigerian soldier.

9. Fatima, the daughter of Mamman Daura, has accused the wife of the president Aisha Buhari of attacking her inside the presidential villa in Abuja. Fatima is family member to President Muhammadu Buhari.

10. Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has urged members of Rice Millers Association of Nigeria (RIMAN) and other stakeholders in the rice value chain not to increase the price of the product due to the border closure.

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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Monday morning

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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has split with the formation of a new union, the Congress of University Academics, CUA. Lecturers from five universities in the country announced the formation of CONUA in Ile-Ife on Saturday.

2. The Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, has revealed why he decided to airlift Nigerians from South Africa during the xenophobic attacks. He said it was because of his passion and vow to God.

3. A chiefain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Lanre Razak, has said that the national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, is ‘eminently’ qualified to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

4. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) invectives on former president Goodluck Jonathan, at the weekend, was unwarranted and best suited for President Muhammadu Buhari.

5. Constitutional lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome has said that President Muhammadu Buhari, and Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Governors and Deputy Governors can be investigated while in office.

6. The member representing Mbaise/Ngor-Okpalla Federal Constituency of Imo State, Rep. Bede Eke at the weekend canvassed for the conceding of the 2023 Presidency to the South-East Zone of the country in the spirit of justice, enquiry and fair play. He said this arrangement would also put an end to the clamouring for the Republic of Biafra.

7. The organised labour in the country yesterday said it has not shifted ground on its plan to embark on a nationwide strike should the government fail to meet its demands on or October 16.

8. Legislative aides to senators and members of the House of Representatives in the current National Assembly are going through hard times. They have not been paid their salaries or allowances since June this year. The aides have also accused the management of the nation’s highest lawmaking institution of scheming to remove some of the allowances they enjoyed in past assemblies.

9. President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Dr Akinwunmi Adesina for re-election as the President of African Development Bank (AfDB). Akinwunmi appreciated Buhari for nominating him for re-election for a second term as president of the bank.

10. Imo-born Big Brother Naija 2019 housemate, Mercy emerged winner of the 2019 ‘Double Wahala’ edition of the reality television show on Sunday. Mercy beat off competition from Mike, Seyi, Frodd and Omashola to win N60 million worth of prize. She’s the first female housemate to have achieved the feat.

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APC, Buhari under fire for attacking Jonathan

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday said the All Progressives Congress (APC) unwarranted invective on former President Goodluck Jonathan was misdirected as it best suits President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, which has “gone down as the most incompetent and most corrupt in the history of our nation.”

The party said the distortions and groundless attack on President Jonathan is a desperate tactic by the APC and the Buhari Presidency to divert public attention from the recent shocking corruption and fraud revelations in which close relatives and confidants of Mr. President are
mentioned.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the opposition party claimed that it has been made aware of “how the Presidency has been in a frenzy to suppress investigations and deflect public enquiries from the arrest of President Buhari’s known confidant deported from the United Kingdom for alleged international passport scam and money laundering, as it
knows that an inquest will further expose the huge rot in the Buhari Presidency.”

“Our party has equally been made aware of how the APC and the Buhari Presidency have been desperate to divert public attention from the administration’s obnoxious decision to further oppress Nigerians by reintroducing tollgates on our highway, increasing Value Added Tax
(VAT), electricity bill and other tariffs as well as their despicable plot to sack government workers.”

The PDP also charged the APC and the Buhari Presidency to “perish the idea of thinking that this unnecessary distortions on the Jonathan administration would bury the demand for an inquest into the Danu racket through which billions of naira meant for the wellbeing of Nigerians are
allegedly being diverted to private purses.”

The opposition party also stressed that Nigerians should note how the APC had remained silent since

revelations that its key leaders and the cabal at the Presidency are involved in the stealing of over N14 trillion meant for the wellbeing of Nigerians.

“Our party further challenges the APC and the Buhari Presidency to speak out on the alleged diversion of the N500bn meant for the Social Investment Programme among other humongous fraud directly perpetrated under the Buhari Presidency.

“Furthermore, in trying to tar the PDP, the APC forgets that it is already common knowledge that all the bad eggs that brought a bad name to the PDP have since left our repositioned party to the APC where their National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, who also has a huge corruption
allegation on his neck, admitted that the party is a haven for corrupt persons.

“Moreover, the fact that President Buhari can only surround himself with persons openly indicted for corruption, as ministers and advisers, speaks volume of the administration’s posturing on corruption,” the statement added.

The PDP therefore charged the APC not to think that it can cover its mess by trying to make “unfounded allegations against President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP as Nigerians can now see through their shenanigans.”

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