Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Saturday 14th May 2022.
It was pretty gruesome watching videos circulating on social media on Thursday, especially the one that captured the moment Ms Deborah Samuel was murdered in the most horrific murder by those who should be teachers-in-training. No, she was not the target of xenophobic rage in South Africa or Ghana, the very chilling scene was in Nigeria where the life of a promising Nigerian woman was cut short in her prime by savages who should be her compatriots. If their bestial tendencies had been visited by bandits who made their lives so miserable, perhaps Nigerians would not have been so enraged. Yet the civilized world would not condone such jungle justice on even the vilest of offenders, let alone being visited on someone who was just exercising his inalienable right of expression in his country! Even if Deborah was reckless with her tongue and “insulted the Holy Prophet”, shouldn’t she have been handed over to the police and let the law take its course?
A former member of the House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin has officially joined the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP).
Recall that the Jibrin, who was the general manager of the support groups Bola Tinubu had announced that he was leaving the All Progressives Congress in a post on his Twitter page on Saturday May 7, 2022.
Kofa however did not publicly reveal why he dumped APC, but boasted in his brief notification that he had given enough to the ruling party and it was time to move on.
President Muhammadu Buhari wished good luck to ministers who resigned from his cabinet to pursue their political ambitions.
Naija News reports that the President made this known on Friday during a farewell session held for them in the council chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
In a statement released by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, President Buhari commended the outgoing ministers for serving the nation sacrificially with dignity and honour.
The Nigerian leader commended the outgoing ministers for their decision and courage to run for elected office and their compliance with his directive.
The president, however, informed the outgoing political candidates that they would be replaced “without delay”.
The Delta State High Court sitting in Kwale Division has upheld the request of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele to challenge the 2023 presidency.
The presiding judge, DC Judge Maidoh delivered judgment on Thursday, May 12 and adjourned the case to May 25.
Naija News reports that the court has issued an order restraining the CBN board and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from stopping Emefiele from running in the 2023 general election.
According to The Punch, Emefiele had secretly filed a request on May 5, 2022 for a court order allowing him to continue as CBN boss and run for president.
Following the judgment, the court barred the CBN board and INEC from blocking Emefiele from seeking to become the next president in 2023.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Friday condemned the gruesome killing of a Christian student at Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, Deborah Samuel, by fellow extremists.
Naija News earlier reported that a young woman identified as Deborah was lynched and set on fire by her fellow Muslims for allegedly insulting the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.
The angry mob had stormed Deborah’s inn, dragged her out before beating her to death and setting her body on fire.
Reacting in a statement sent to Naija News and signed by CAN Secretary General, Joseph Bade Daramola, the association said that the illegal and despicable action of the perpetrators should not only be condemned by all right-thinking people, but that the security guards must fish them out, pursue them as expected of them.
CAN said it was the failure of security agencies and the government to speak out against such crimes in the past that gave rise to terrorists and bandits.
He pointed out that until the state brings these beasts and criminals among us to reserve, society will also continue to be their battleground.
Minister of Labor and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has dropped his 2023 presidential ambition and abandoned the process of securing the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket.
Naija News reports that the minister announced his withdrawal from the 2023 presidential race in a statement on Friday.
According to Ngige, his decision to step down from the race to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari follows consultation with his family, supporters and other stakeholders.
“After also consulting extensively with my family, constituents, supporters and supporters, I am pleased to announce my withdrawal of interest and earlier decision to contest the office of President in the 2023 general election,” reads- on in the minister’s statement. part.
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele has reportedly abandoned his 2023 presidential ambition.
Naija News has learned that Emefiele has decided to step down from the presidential race and intends to continue as head of the apex bank.
“The CBN Governor has stepped down from the presidential race and has indicated his intention to continue as CBN Governor,” a source told Business Day.
Efiele’s final withdrawal from the race came weeks after speculation swirled that he would run for president in 2023 as part of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The presidency gave the reasons why President Muhammadu Buhari ordered ministers and political appointees running for the 2023 general elections to step down.
Recall that Buhari had, during the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday, asked the ministers to resign no later than Monday, May 16, 2022.
In a circular on Thursday, Buhari also ordered all heads of agencies, departments, parastatals and ambassadors with political ambitions to tender their resignations.
Federation government secretary Boss Mustapha signed the circular ordering all heads of agencies with political ambitions to resign.
Speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Buhari’s special adviser to the president for media and publicity, Femi Adesina, said political appointees had been asked to resign to save the APC from the crisis resulting from the controversial section 84(12) of the Electoral Act 2022.
According to Adesina, Buhari and the APC are playing it safe until the Supreme Court rules on the controversial Article 84(12).
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the horrific murder of Deborah Samuel, a student at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto State.
President Buhari, in a statement on Friday, said the incident was concerning because the law does not allow anyone to take matters into their own hands under any circumstances.
He further called for peaceful co-existence and religious tolerance among all Nigerians while sympathizing with the family of the deceased.
The President’s statement through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, comes after the killing of Deborah on Thursday by her colleagues for alleged blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
The Imam of the Abuja National Mosque, Ibrahim Maqari, has defended the brutal murder of a Christian student, Deborah Samuel, accusing her of crossing red lines of the Islamic faith.
Mr Maqari, while absolving the perpetrators, warned that there were serious consequences for people who crossed religious red lines, adding that such behavior would not be accepted.
“Everyone should know that Muslims have red lines that MUST NOT be crossed.
“The dignity of the Prophet (PBUH) is at the forefront of the red lines.
“If our grievances are not properly addressed, then we should not be criticized for handling them ourselves,” said a statement posted on the imam’s Twitter account.