Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines for Today, Tuesday, June 14, 2022

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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari attended the country’s 2022 Democracy Day celebration at Eagles Square in Abuja on Monday.

As a special guest of honour, President Buhari inspected the guards during the 2022 Democracy Day celebration at Eagles Square, Abuja.

The celebration also brought together several government officials, diplomats, students and other dignitaries, including All Progressives Congress (APC) 2023 presidential candidate Bola Tinubu.

Also present were the heads of national services, cabinet members and lawmakers.

Former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kingsley Moghalu left the African Democratic Congress (ADC) on Monday after losing the party’s presidential ticket.

Moghalu announced his decision to resign his membership in a letter to the party’s national chairman, Okey Nwosu.

Naija News previously reported that Moghalu lost his chance to run in the 2023 presidential election to Roots Television founder Dumebi Kachikwu.

The former CBN Deputy Governor, while explaining his reason for leaving the party, pointed to the lack of transparency in the conduct of the party’s presidential primary.

The government led by President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday recognized Babagana Kingibe, the running mate of acclaimed winner of the 1993 presidential election, MKO Abiola, as a former vice president.

Naija News has learned that Kingibe was branded as a former vice president during the Democracy Day celebration at Eagles Square.

Kingibe was invited to join President Buhari, former President Goodluck Jonathan and Senate President Ahmad Lawan for a group photo Monday during the celebration.

Other dignitaries from the event who have been invited for photography include Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief Justice of the Federation Ibrahim Tanko and National President of the All Progressives Congress (APC ), Abdullahi Adamu.

Recall that the administration of President Buhari in 2018 changed the celebration of Democracy Day from May 29 to June 12 to honor Abiola whose presidential election was canceled by the then military head of state, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.

Until today, Kingibe was not publicly recognized as a former vice president in Nigeria.

National Consultative Forum spokesman Yinusa Tanko said there are plans to merge the Labor Party and the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) to defeat the APC and PDP in 2023.

In an interview on Arise TV, Yinusa Tanko said he can’t detail everything, but there are serious plans for the two parties to merge.

According to Yinusa Tanko, merging the two parties is an idea they have seen on the ground, and they believe Labor Party candidate Peter Obi, who is already rooted in the south of the country, needs to work with people like Kwankwaso, a strong person from the North.

Yinusa Tanko said Peter Obi and Kwankwaso have shown character, resilience and determination while working closely with the underprivileged.

The late MKO Abiola’s running mate in the 1993 presidential election, Babagana Kingibe, has revealed why he served in Sani Abacha’s government.

In a conversation with reporters in Maiduguri on Sunday, Kingibe said his decision to serve in Abacha’s government was due to his love for the national interest and not for personal gain.

He said he had given up his personal interest to serve in the late dictator’s regime, adding that his decision was in line with the teachings of the Islamic faith.

The national power grid collapsed again, throwing several cities, including the Federal Capital Territory, into darkness.

Power companies said the collapse happened on Sunday evening just before 7 p.m.

This is the sixth time the collapse has occurred in 2022.

The Jos Electricity Distribution Plc notified customers via its Facebook page on Sunday of the interruption in electricity supply and many other nightclubs also issued statements on the situation.

Living Faith Ministry General Overseer David Oyedepo has called the Buhari administration the worst in Nigerian history.

He said the government had deceived Nigerians by talking about fighting corruption but was not improving the country in any way.

The cleric insisted it was the most corrupt government in Nigerian history.

Oyedepo shared his disappointment with the Buhari-led administration during a religious program, Special Prayer for The Nation, on Monday.

He added that the government claims to fight corruption, but its officials are also corrupt.

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has dismissed the federal government’s claim that the Islamic State in the West in Africa Province (ISWAP) is responsible for the attack on St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State.

Naija News recalls that unknown gunmen attacked St Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State on June 5, killing more than 40 worshipers and injuring many others.

Reacting to the gruesome killings of June 9, the federal government claimed the attack was linked to ISWAP due to the terrorist group’s footprint found at the scene of the attack.

Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola revealed this while speaking to State House correspondents after a meeting of the National Security Council chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said security agencies had been ordered to pursue the perpetrators and bring them to justice, adding that the church was not attacked on the basis of an ethnic agenda.

But in an interview with a Channels Television show on Monday, Fayemi said the federal government’s claim was purely speculative and unsubstantiated.

The governor said there is not a shred of evidence that substantially links ISWAP to the heinous attack on Owo.

Fayemi said the gunmen committed a heinous crime and demonstrated the maximum capacity to cause harm to people in the area.

Minister of State for Labor and Employment, Festus Keyamo, on Monday pleaded with former Central Bank of Nigeria Deputy Governor Kingsley Moghalu to join the All Progressives Congress.

It comes after Moghalu resigned from his membership in the African Democratic Party (ADC) after failing to land the party’s presidential ticket.

Moghalu announced his decision to resign his membership in a letter to the party’s national chairman, Okey Nwosu

The former CBN deputy governor pointed to the lack of transparency in the conduct of the party’s presidential primary as the reason for his quitting the party.

Recall that the founder of Roots Television, Dumebi Kachikwu beat Moghalu to the ADC presidential ticket.

Keyamo, while reacting to Moghalu’s decision, said the so-called third force was made up of untested Nigerians who may well be worse off.

Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar has denied media reports that he plans to choose World Trade Organization Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as his running mate.

Several reports emerged over the weekend claiming that Atiku had met with some members of the international community in Zurich, Switzerland, as part of the decision to choose Okonjo-Iweala as vice president.

Apart from the former finance minister, other names that would be considered for the post of vice president are Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State; Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State; a former Governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha and a former Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan.

In a conversation with The Punch, Atiku spokesman Paul Ibe refuted reports that the former vice president had met with members of the international community in Switzerland regarding Okonjo-Iweala.

Ibe said Atiku had intensified his consultations with stakeholders and party leaders to seek a candidate acceptable to Nigerians and compliment him.

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