Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines for Today, Monday, June 6, 2022

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The presidency has denied media reports that President Muhammadu Buhari directed the zoning of the presidential ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress party to the south.

Several reports emerged on Saturday evening that the president had backed the rotation of power to the south in the 2023 general election.

It was learned that Buhari said this during a dinner with the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirants at the presidential villa in Abuja.

However, in a conversation with the BBC on Sunday, presidential spokesman Garba Shehu dismissed as false reports that Buhari had asked party leaders to choose a southern aspirant as the party’s consensus candidate.

The presidential spokesman also refuted reports that the Nigerian leader had said he would only back a southern candidate as his successor.

Shehu said the president only asked all candidates to seek consensus among themselves ahead of the party’s presidential primary elections scheduled for June 6-9.

He added that Buhari said he would support anyone chosen in the consensus talks regardless of the region of the contender.

There was a pandemonium on Sunday when shepherds attacked a church in Owo, Ondo state, killing over 50 people.

Speaking on the incident, a source explained that gunmen believed to be shepherds invaded the church during the service, opened fire on church members and killed as many as 50 people, adding that the congregation had been caught off guard.

The source said the number of casualties could be higher as some worshipers who were taken to hospital have given up.

He said the shepherds also used explosives in the church compound, but said most people were hit by gunfire.

The perpetrators reportedly fled the scene immediately after carrying out the murder, killing many people.

Former Borno State Governor Kassim Shettima on Sunday apologized to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for liking him to an ice cream parlor for challenging All Progressives Congress national leader Bola Tinubu .

Shettima, while speaking out on his previous statement, said it was not to claim that Osinbajo and Lawan did not deserve the presidency.

He said his comment was to clarify that they are “non-threatening suitors” to Bola Tinubu, under the ruling party.

The former governor said the character couldn’t win him the presidency but would have to sell gala and popcorn.

Shettima’s headline reacting to his earlier comment issued a statement titled: “My Channels TV interview taken out of context” reads in part: “When I appeared on Channels TV last Thursday amid the tension that was spreading in our political arena, it was to highlight the Bola promise Ahmed Tinubu’s candidacy for the presidency stood for those who have not yet established the certainty of the obstacle in front of the APC. never sought to denigrate the personality of any aspirant and not that of my dear friends and allies.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has compared attackers of worshipers at a Catholic church in Ondo state to evil spirits from hell.

Buhari made the statement on Sunday in a statement by his Special Advisor for Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in which he reacted to the attack on St Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa Street, Owo Kingdom, in Ondo State.

It will be recalled that unknown gunmen on Sunday attacked the Catholic Church located in Owo Local Government Area in Ondo State and killed many worshipers as the service drew to a close.

The gunmen reportedly detonated explosives before shooting worshipers.

Reacting, President Buhari wept with the families of those affected and wished the survivors a speedy recovery.

He swore that darkness would not triumph over light in Nigeria and that none of the wicked would go unpunished.

Oyo State Deputy Governor Rauf Olaniyan has dumped the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Olaniyan made this known in an interview with reporters on Sunday at his private office in Ojoo, Ibadan, the state capital.

Naija News reports that Olaniyan’s defection to the APC confirms speculation about his distant relationship with state governor Seyi Makinde.

The development comes days after the deputy governor said only God will determine his political action in 2023.

Olaniyan, while speaking to reporters at his residence in Ibadan, confirmed that he remains a member of the PDP, adding that anything can happen in the next 24 hours.

He further stated that the fact that he was not with his manager when he got his nomination form does not mean that Makinde would abandon him as a running mate.

Olaniyan, however, revealed that there was no rift between him and Makinde.

The Ondo state government has pledged to hunt down the terrorists who attacked worshipers at St Francis Catholic Church in Owa-Iuwa Street on Sunday.

Naija News reports that Ondo Governor Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in a statement on Sunday expressed sadness over the unprovoked attack and killing of innocent people in Owo, describing the incident as satanic and ‘unexpected’. .

The Ondo State Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday where he said the attack is a calculated assault on the peace-loving people of the Kingdom of India. Owo “who has enjoyed relative peace over the years.”

The statement reads in part as follows: “I spoke to the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ondo, Bishop Jude Arogundade, who is currently on his way to Owo. Likewise, I had to cut short my party’s national mission in Abuja and visit Owo immediately.

“It’s an unexpected development. I’m shocked, to say the least. Nevertheless, We will commit all available resources to track down these assailants and make them pay. We will never pander to the machinations of heartless elements in our resolve to rid our state of criminals.

Senate Speaker Ahmad Lawan and Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello have been asked to give up their 2023 presidential ambition for former Lagos State Governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

The call was made in a statement by campaign organization Bola Tinubu through its spokesperson, Bayo Onanuga.

The statement also praised Jigawa State Governor Abubakar Badaru for his decision to step down from the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential bid.

It comes after ten northern governors under the ruling party platform asked President Buhari to back a southerner for the party’s presidential ticket.

In a statement, northern governors also advised northern presidential aspirants to drop out of the race, ahead of the party’s presidential primary set for June 6.

The governors advised President Buhari to choose his favorite presidential aspirant from the region.

The governors who made the call are Aminu Bello Masari, Abubakar Sani Bello, Abdullahi Sule, Babagana Zulum, Nasir El-Rufai, Muhammad Yahaya, Bello Matawalle, Simon Lalong, Former Governor of Sokoto State, Aliyu Wamakko, Abdullahi Ganduje, Abubakar Atiku.

Responding, Tinubu’s campaign organization urged all northern aspirants in the race for the APC ticket to give up their ambitions in the interests of fairness and justice.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday denied a report that he resigned for a presidential candidate under the All Progressives Congress ahead of the party’s presidential primary.

The vice president’s campaign council clarified the situation in a statement issued through its chairman, Richard Akinnola II.

Akinnola noted that the people behind the fake news are “afraid of Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo’s huge base of political support.”

The campaign board further said the VP is ready for the ruling party’s presidential primary scheduled for June 8-9.

The council also welcomed all delegates coming for the CPA primary election in the Federal Capital Territory.

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State called on his supporters to continue supporting the People’s Democratic Party.

The presidential aspirant made the call a week after losing to former vice president Atiku Abubakar in the main opposition party’s presidential primary.

Wike, who was represented by his deputy, Ipalibo Harry-Banigo, said so during the PDP’s thanksgiving service in Rivers State on Sunday for the successful primaries.

He called on party members to continue supporting the PDP to enable it win the next general election, adding that the PDP is ready to save Nigeria.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the recycling of criminals on behalf of deradicalizing terrorists.

The association called on the Buhari government to halt the de-radicalization program and called for a complete overhaul of the security architecture.

Naija News reports that CAN made this known when reacting to the killing of worshipers at St Francis Catholic Church in Owa-luwa Street, Owo in Ondo State by unknown gunmen.

As previously reported, unknown gunmen attacked the Catholic Church on Sunday and killed many worshipers as the service drew to a close.

The gunmen were found to have detonated explosives before shooting worshipers, including women and children.

Reacting in a statement released by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Spokesperson for CAN President Rev. Dr. Samson Ayokunle condemned the unprovoked attacks and killing of several innocent worshipers at the church.

The association described the hideous attack as outrageous, unacceptable and satanic, declaring the gruesome attack a gross persecution.

CAN sympathizes with the families of the victims, the Catholic Church and the government, as well as the people of Ondo State for this incident.

However, he called on the security agencies to apprehend the perpetrators of this despicable crime and bring them to justice.

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