Nigerian newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Wednesday morning

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

The kidnapped twins of Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Lekan Balogun have regained their freedom. The twins were said to have been released in Lagos. The Olubadan second-in-command, who confirmed the release Tuesday evening, however, said a ransom of N10 million was paid for the release of the twins, a boy and a girl.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Tuesday, blamed past civilian administrations for the current nation’s economic woes.
The former Lagos state Governor who was represented by Governor Abiola Ajimobi at a symposium in Kano described ex-President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration as the worst culprit in the squandering of the nation’s resources.

Suspected herdsmen, Tuesday afternoon launched a fresh attack on Chembe settlement in Ukemberagya/Tswarev ward of Gaambe-Tiev, in Benue State, killing a village head, Chief Iyongovihi Ninge. Report says the attackers came with hordes of cattle, plundering yam seedlings of farmers. They reportedly opened fire on the deceased who was clearing his field in readiness for cultivation.

Senior lawyer, Festus Keyamo, SAN, was Tuesday appointed as the Director, Strategic Communications, (Official Spokesperson) for the President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 presidential campaign. This was contained in a statement signed and forwarded to DAILY POST by the Secretary, office of the Director-General, President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organization, Mohammed Dattijo. The same statement also confirmed the appointment of Amaechi as Buhari’s campaign DG.

The elective National Convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is to hold on Monday, May 15, 2018. In a letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) dated April 9, 2018 with the title, notice of conduct of congresses/national convention, the party said it intended to conduct special ward and local government congresses to elect delegates to the convention.

A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, has said that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has not performed well. Falae said he was not expecting him to seek re-election in 2019. He said Buhari had failed in his primary responsibility of protecting lives and property.

Ahmad Salkida, a journalist and close ally of the Boko Haram sect has reversed his statement behind the abduction of Chibok girls from Borno State in 2014. Salkida, in new tweets, yesterday, said new information available to him, from two other cells within the sect, indicated that apart from the original 15 he knew were alive, 15 other girls were still alive.

Former First Lady of the United States of America, Barbara Bush, is dead. She died at the age of 92. This was announced in a statement by her husband and former President, George Bush Snr.

Senator Barnabas Gemade has backed the call by a former Minister of Defence, TY Danjuma for Nigerians to defend themselves. He added that there was an ongoing cleansing of his ethnic group, Tiv. Speaking on the floor of the National Assembly yesterday Gemade said, the country was becoming a state without control and that of ethnic cleansing.

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in 19 Northern states and Abuja and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) have called on the Federal Government to reject the call by the British Prime Minister, Theresa May for Nigeria and other Commonwealth nations to allow same-sex marriage. They said Nigeria already had several social challenges to contend with, urging the Britain to respect Nigerian value system.

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