Nigerian newspaper: 10 things you need to know this Saturday morning

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

1. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said President Muhammadu Buhari has led Nigeria 60 years backwards since assuming power in 2015. PDP made the remark while reviewing the last five years of Buhari’s administration. The opposition party described the administration as wasteful, corrupt, insensitive and incompetent. This was contained in a statement signed by PDP’s spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan.

2. Major airports in Nigeria are expected to reopen in the “next few days”, after weeks shutdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Director-General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu, speaking at a virtual event organized by the Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ART) on Friday, said the flights will commence at selected airports to avoid choking the system. They are the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos state; Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja (FCT); Aminu Kano Airport in Kano State and the Port Harcourt Airport in Rivers State.

3. Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has said Nigeria’s economy is going into a state of depression. The governor said all the states are presently dealing with very difficult situation as they battle COVID-19 pandemic. El-Rufai said this while speaking with State House correspondents on Friday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

4. President Muhammadu Buhari has assured all Nigerians that the mandate for change remains relevant. The President said the mandate will be steadily followed to improve livelihoods as he marks the first year anniversary of his second term in office. In a statement signed and made available to DAILY POST by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari said that gradually, his administration was tackling the challenges he was mandated by Nigerians to address.

5. The remains of the late Executive Chairman of Asari-Toru Local government area of Rivers State, Odiari Princewill who died of coronavirus, have been exhumed. Late Princewill’s body was exhumed by gunmen suspected to be native of Buguma, his hometown. Eyewitnesses revealed that some gunmen stormed Port Harcourt cemetery, shot sporadically in the air, headed for the site where the late LGA Chairman was buried and dug-out the coffin. It was gathered that they escaped with the coffin through the Bille waterside jetty in Port Harcourt.

6. Nigeria on Friday recorded 397 new cases of coronavirus. The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, confirmed this in a post on its official Twitter page. This brings the total of cases in Nigeria to 9,302 with 261 deaths recorded.

7. The Niger-Delta Development Commission, NDDC has hinted that an autopsy is being conducted to ascertain the cause of the death of its former Acting Executive Director, Finance Ibanga Bassey Etang. Charles Odili, Director of Corporate Affairs, NDDC in a statement issued on Friday in Port Harcourt announcing the death of Eteng said the Late EDFA did not die of COVID-19 as suggested by many. The Commission therefore, emphasize that any report concerning the cause of death of the Acting EDFA is false until the result of the autopsy is out.

8. The General Court Martial (GCM) sitting at the NAF Base, Abuja, has sentenced six Nigerian Air Force (NAF) personnel, who were aides to the former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Late Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh. The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja. Daramola said the six NAF personnel were standing trial for various offenses, including failure to perform military duties, by absconding from the convoy of the deceased former CDS while it came under attack as well as conduct to the prejudice of service discipline, for giving false statements.

9. Former Presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan, among other ex-leaders have backed Adesina Akinwumi, the President of African Development Bank (AfDB) over the call by the United States for his fresh probe despite his clearance by the Ethics Committee. In their joint statement signed by Obasanjo’s spokesman, Kehinde Akinyemi, they said Africa is facing unprecedented challenge with COVID-19 and that all hands must be on deck to tackle the pandemic. The former leaders said Adesina has been doing a remarkable job in steering the organization and it was needless calling for another probe.

10. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammad on Friday highlighted some positive steps President Muhammadu Buhari has taken in the past one year. Mohammed said the steps have placed Nigeria on an irreversible road towards sustainable development. He insisted that Nigeria has never witnessed so many positive steps being taken in so short a time as Buhari has done in the past one year.


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