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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. A prominent Islamic scholar, Dr Ahmad Abubakar Mahmud Gumi, at the weekend, declared that Nigeria will disintegrate and that the North will suffer most compared to the other regions. According to him, in the face of a possible break up, the Southwest will be relatively stable; Southeast will be stable, but the North will be volatile. Narrating what Nigeria will be like if disintegrated, the cleric said, “I see chaos and probably Nigeria can even disintegrate. And disintegration will be bad for Nigeria.”

2. Five children were burnt to death when their home caught fire in Abagbo Village, Takwa Bay Island, Lagos. A statement on Sunday by police spokesman, DSP Bala Elkana, gave the names as Folake Ogundiya, 13; her eight-year-old sibling, Abigail; six-year-old Daniel Bakare; Chidima Achomye, two-year-old Nnamdi Achomye and a-year-old Khadijat. It disclosed that the children were locked inside the house by one Suliat, in whose care their mother Florence Asoye left them.

3. The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Sunday directed 36 out of the 44 local government district heads not to attend Daushe Durbar in Kano, traditionally led by Emir Muhammadu Sanusi. This followed an announcement from the Kano Emirate Council on local radio inviting all district heads to attend the grand Daushe Durbar, which usually holds a day after Sallah. Sanusi’s influence had been whittled down since the split of the Kano emirate.

4. South Africa, yesterday described as untrue, reckless and unwarranted, reports that Nigerians living in the country are being killed by her citizens as a result of xenophobia. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that South Africa also expressed concern over the call by the National Association of Nigerian Students for the expulsion of South Africans and protest at South Africa-owned businesses in Nigeria.

5. Human rights lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje at the weekend dragged the federal government before the Federal High Court over clampdown on ‘Revolution Now’ protesters who claimed to be demanding better governance in Nigeria. In a suit filed before Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Ikoyi Division of the Court, Ogungbeje, is praying the court “to order the police to release everyone in its detention.” He argued that protest is a guaranteed right of every Nigeria according to the constitution of the country. The lawyer joined the Department of State Services (DSS), Inspector-General of Police, and Attorney-General of the Federation in the ex parte suit on the violation of fundamental human rights.

6. Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) at the weekend threw its weight behind the call by Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka for a declaration of emergency in the Southwest, owing to the level of insecurity in the region. According to the elders, the forests in the region have been invaded and the people are in danger.

7. A former Head of State and leader of the Nigeria Prays Movement, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) on Sunday called for caution as Nigerians continue to grapple with security challenges across the country. He also called for attitudinal change among Nigerians, saying peace and harmony would only be achieved in a refined society. Gowon expressed regret that after the civil war, Nigeria was still battling with serial security challenges ranging from Boko Haram; kidnapping; banditry and lots more.

8. The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB on Sunday disagreed with the Nigeria Army over the identity of its officer who killed a commercial motorcyclist, Chimaobi Nworgu in Abia State last week. A statement by Col Aliyu Yusuf, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, titled, ‘Updated Report on the Shooting incident that led to the death of Mr Chimaobi Nwaogwu at Umuokereke Ngwa Community of Abia state’ had given the name of the officer as Lance-Corporal Ajayi Johnson. Yusuf said in a press statement, “Further investigation on the incident revealed that Lance Corporal Ajayi Johnson one of the soldiers deployed at Forward Operations Base, Ohanze for security duty shot and killed the Okada rider, Mr Chimaobi on Wednesday 7 August 2019.” But IPOB in a press release signed by its media and publicity secretary, Mr Emma Powerful and made available to DAILY POST said the named officer was not responsible for the death of Nworgu, but merely dropped by the army to protect the identity of the perpetrator.
9. The Lagos State Chapter of the African Alliance Congress (AAC) said on Sunday that it would not recognise Mr Leonard Nzenwa as the national chairman of the party. The Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Mr Elias Ozikpu, expressed the position in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. He was reacting to the reported sacking of Mr. Omoyele Sowore as National Chairman by a convention of the party on Aug. 9 in Owerri and the subsequent naming of Nzenwa as the new chairman.

10. South Africa on Sunday expressed concern over the call by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) for the expulsion of South Africans and protest at South African owned businesses in Nigeria. The country made its feelings known in a statement issued by Ms Anna-Maria Jojozi, Counsellor in-charge of Political Affairs at the South African High Commission in Abuja on Sunday. Jojozi quoted Dr Naledi Pandor (MP), Minister, International Relations and Cooperation, to have expressed the feeling at the South African Development Community (SADC) meeting held in South Africa on Sunday. She said that the meeting sought to discuss President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa official visit to President John Magufuli of Tanzania, for the SADC Summit, from Wednesday to Thursday.

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Buhari signs another open defecation bill into law

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President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday signed Executive Order 009 entitled, ‘The Open Defecation-Free Nigeria by 2025 and Other Related Matters Order’ into law.

The Order declares as follows:

That by this Order, Nigeria is committed to being open defecation free by 2025.

That the National Open Defecation Free (ODF) Roadmap developed by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources with support from other key sector players across Nigeria be put into effect.

a. There is established in the Federal Ministry of Water Resources a National Secretariat called “Clean Nigeria Campaign Secretariat.”

b. The Secretariat is authorized on behalf of the President to implement this Order by ensuring that all public places including schools, hotels, fuel stations, places of worship, market places, hospitals and offices have accessible toilets and latrines within their premises.

All Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government shall cooperate with the Clean Nigeria Campaign Secretariat.

The National Assembly and the State Houses of Assembly shall enact legislation on the practice of open defecation with appropriate sanctions and penalties.

All development projects shall include construction of sanitation facilities as an integral part of the approval and implementation process.

The Secretariat shall terminate when Nigeria is declared Open Defecation Free.

All enforcement authorities are hereby directed to diligently collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources in implementing this Order.

The Executive Order 009 came into being against the background that:

Nigeria is ranked second amongst the nations in the world with the highest number of people practising open defecation estimated at over 46 million people – a practice which has had a negative effect on the populace, and has contributed to the country’s failure to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);

President Buhari had described the statistics on open defecation and access to pipe-borne water service and sanitation as disturbing, and had declared commitment to implement the National Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Action Plan.

The President had declared a State of Emergency on Nigeria’s water supply, sanitation and hygiene sector, the action being imperative as it will reduce the high prevalence of water-borne diseases in different parts of the country which have caused preventable deaths.

Nigeria is committed to ending open defecation throughout the country by 2025 in consonance with her commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This Executive Order takes effect from Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

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Shugaba Buhari na bukatar Kafa Kotunan Musamman

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(VOA Hausa)

Wannan a cewar shugaba Buhari, zai taimaka ainun wajen magance matsalar tsaiko da ake samu a shari’o’in cin hanci da rashawa a kotunan kasar.

Buhari ya yi wannan kiran ne sa’adda ya bude wani taron kasa na kwanaki biyu a kan yaki da cin hanci da rashawa a aikin gwamnatin, wanda hukumar yaki da ayyukan cin hanci da rashawa ta ICPC, tare da ofishin Sakataren Gwamnatin Tarayya suka shirya a fadar gwamnatin da ke Abuja.

Ya ce kafa kotuna na musamman na shari’o’in cin hanci da rashawa, zai baiwa gwamnatin damar cimma burin ta na ganin an kwato dukiyoyi na haram da kadarorin da aka mallaka ba bisa ka’ida ba, da kuma uwa uba, hukunta wadanda aka kama da aikata irin wadannan laifuka.

Shugaban kasar yayi amfani da damar taron inda ya bayyana irin illoli da matsalar cin hanci da rashawa ya ke haifarwa ga tattalin arzikin Najeriya da rayuwar al’ummar ta.

Da ya ke karin haske a kan jawabin shugaban kasa a wurin taron, Kakakin Fadar Shugaban Kasa Garba Shehu, ya ce “akwai damuwa a bangaren gwamnatin da hukumar ICPC, yadda ake daukar tsawon lokaci kafin a yanke hukunci a shari’un da suka shafi cin hanci da rashawa a kotunan yau da kullum”.

Garba Shehu ya ce wannan yanayin yana shafar kudurorin gwamnatin na inganta sha’anin ilimi da yaki da ta’addanci da kalubalen tsaro da ya addabi yankuna da dama na kasar.

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Sokoto guber: What Appeal Court decided on Tuesday

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Sokoto, on Tuesday, reserved judgement in the appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Candidate in the state, Alhaji Ahmad Aliyu.

Aliyu is challenging the Governorship Election Tribunal judgement that affirmed the election of Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the March 9 governorship election in the state.

The election was declared inconclusive following cancellation of 75, 403 votes which were higher than the 3, 413 votes margin between the leading candidates.

A re-run was held on March 23, which led to the victory of Tambuwal, who won with a slim margin of 342 votes.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the tribunal on Oct. 2, in Abuja affirmed the election of Tambuwal.

The three man tribunal led by Justice Abbas Bawale dismissed the petition of the APC and its governorship candidate, Aliyu, for lacking in merit.

Unsatisfied with the judgement Aliyu, on Oct. 16, filed a notice of Appeal challenging the judgement of the lower court, seeking the court to set aside the tribunal judgement and declared him as the winner of the election.

The four man panel of Justice led by Justice Hussein Mukhtar has now reserved judgement in the appeal.

The Presiding Justice said that the judgment will be ready in a short frame of time and the court will communicate all parties when it is ready.

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