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


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

1. President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday announced his intention to seek re-election in the 2019 presidential election.

Buhari told the National Executive Committee meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress on Monday that he was ready to give the presidential race another shot.

2. Nigerians have welcomed with mixed feelings the Monday’s declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari to run for second term in 2019.

While some advised the president to step down for a younger person, considering the fact that age is no longer on his side, others believe the president has done well and should complete his second tenure.

3. President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that members of the John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC, were not eligible to seek reelection in the forthcoming congresses and national convention of the party.

He pointed out that based on the provision of Section 30 (1) (3), any officer currently serving and wants to seek re-election must resign their appointment 30 days before the election.

4. Nigerian stocks dropped to a three-month low, after President Muhammadu Buhari officially announced he would seek re-election in 2019.

Reports say the stock market, which opened on a losing streak after Lafarge Africa announced a surprise 2017 loss, worsened its decline, while the equity market fell near 40,000 points.

5. Unknown gunmen, suspected to be herdsmen have invaded Jimin Nyaku in Aloshi chiefdom; and Guidan Ayua in Kadarko area of Keana Local Government, Nasarawa State, killing about six Tiv villagers.

It was gathered that the attackers left a father and his son brutally murdered.

6. The Police in Benue State yesterday arraigned 28 suspects at a Makurdi Magistrate court for their alleged involvement in last Saturday’s gruesome murder of 10 herders at Yelwata, a border town between Benue and Nasarawa states on the Makurdi- Lafia road.

The victims were said to be traveling from Awe in Nasarawa State for a wedding but unfortunately had a break-down in the town when the hoodlums pounced on them and killed them in cold blood.

7. Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has said the political tenacity and foresight of former Senate President, David Mark, helped stabilise Nigerian polity and saved the country’s democracy from collapse.

He explained that Mark’s ‘doctrine of necessity’ saved the country’s democracy from collapse and that the constitution review which he anchored were achievements and imprints that would remain indelible in Nigeria’s history.

8. The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, said, yesterday, that the Federal Government was set to introduce a new legislation that would create tougher sanctions for terrorists and their financiers.

Malami, who made the disclosure at the opening of a regional workshop on prison intelligence in a counter-terrorism context, organised by International Institute for Justice and Rule of Law, said the new law would also expand the definition of terrorism.

8. Accord Party (AP) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo state have advised President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to prepare for defeat in 2019.

They stated said Buhari’s announcement of his plan to seek re-election has brightened the chances of their parties.

9. Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has warned that clashes between farmers and herdsmen might get worse in 2019, if nothing was done to intensify efforts to create cattle ranches or provide better security against rustling.

Ogbeh at the briefing said Nigeria needs to move the cattle to the good old grazing reserves and create environment for them.

10. The Nigerian Communications Commission ( NCC) said that MTN has paid N165 billion out of the N330 billion fine imposed on it due to its inability to disconnect improperly registered SIM cards.

Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman of NCC said this on Monday in Abuja when MTN Group, led by its Chairman in Nigeria, Dr Pascal Dozie visited the commission.


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