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


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

1. President Muhammadu Buhari and former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday met at the opening session of the 30th African Union Summit.

The leaders, who met for the first time after former President Obasanjo blasted President Buhari in a 13-page statement, shook hands and talked for about two minutes before proceeding for the meeting.

2. President Muhammadu Buhari has said he is expecting the membership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to swell greatly as millions of Nigerians from all parts of the country will be joining the Party in few months’ time.

President Buhari stated this in his letter to Senator Basheer Mohammed Lado who recently defected to the APC in Kano State.

3. Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has given a hint that President Muhammadu Buhari will run in 2019.

Mustapha, who spoke at a reception organised for the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Affairs Office, Barr. Georgina Ehuria, by the former governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, stated that he expected Nigerians, especially those from across the Niger to support the president ahead of the 2019 presidential election.

4. The Nigerian Army has called on the public, especially people in the North East, to look out for Boko Haram escapees hiding among them and promptly report them to security agencies.

It said troops had inflicted heavy casualties on Boko Haram terrorists and routed them from their various hideouts in Sambisa forest.

5. The ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) has won all the 389 wards in Osun State in the Local Government election held across the state on Saturday.

The Chairman of Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) , Mr Segun Oladitan informed journalists at the headquarters of the commission on Sunday that only 71 candidates went into the contest, while 318 returned unopposed.

6. Nigeria has qualified for the semi-final of the ongoing Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco.

The home-based Super Eagles battled back from a goal down to defeat Angola 2-1 in extra-time on Sunday.

7. Players and officials of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club, MFM FC, were involved in an auto crash on Sunday.

The delegation were heading back to Lagos after a league game away to Plateau United in Jos where they lost 1 – 0.

8. Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, yesterday said the Federal Government has spent over N1 Billion on Ekwueme’s burial.

The Minister, who is a member of the national burial committee, after visiting Oko to inspect preparations for the burial, expressed satisfaction with the level of work already done.

9. The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Dr Supo Ayokunle, yesterday, said the wave of killings and bloodshed across Nigeria were unprecedented.

Ayokunle, who is also the President of Nigerian Baptist Convention, lamented what he described as the continued mindless killings in the country.

10. President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday said Nigeria was committed to fighting corruption for life.

Buhari, who spoke while inaugurating the African Anti-Corruption Year 2018 during the opening of the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, described corruption as “one of the greatest evils of our time”, adding that Africa loses about $50bn yearly to the vice.


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