Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Thursday morning


1. The Supreme Court of Nigeria, yesterday, laid to rest the protracted leadership tussle in the Peoples Democratic Party between the two factions led by Ali Modu Sheriff and Ahmed Markafi. The court sacked Sheriff as the chairman of the former ruling party and reinstated Markafi.

2. Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-rufai has affirmed that the ruling All Progressives Congress must perform at all levels or risk the anger of Nigerians.

El Rufai noted that the current federal government was credibly elected by people of this country in 2015, and has continued to enjoy unwavering support and solidarity all the way and the party can’t afford to disappoint them.

3. Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has directed the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, to immediately release N1.6 billion for 16 states ravaged by floods across the country.

The states are Ekiti, Osun, Akwa Ibom, Kebbi, Niger, Kwara, Ebonyi, Enugu, Abia, Oyo, Lagos, Plateau, Sokoto, Edo and Bayelsa. Adesina said the money will help cushion the effects of the disaster on residents of the states.

4. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has stated that restructuring of Nigeria can only be actualized through alteration and amendment of the 1999 Constitution.

Dogara, who made the disclosure at a public hearing organised by the House Ad hoc Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution at the National Assembly, also assured that the National Assembly will not “constitute a stumbling block” to the aspirations of Nigerians for genuine changes in the constitution.

5. Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has vowed to release recent pictures of President Muhammadu Buhari to prove he is critically ill.

According to him, if they (FG) go further and try to continue to deceive Nigerians, he will release about 11 damaging pictures anytime from now on the President’s health.

6. The Peoples Democratic Party, Kogi State chapter, has accused Governor Yahaya Bello of wasting the resources of the state on frivolous political jamboree.

The PDP, in a statement by its State Publicity Secretary, Bode Ogunmola, accused the governor of disregarding the laid down rules and procedures in carrying out government business.

7. The West African Examination Council (WAEC) will release the May/June 2017 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results by next week Wednesday.

The board said the results of the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2017 will be released by the Council, on or before Wednesday next week.

8. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has said that the country will be self sufficient in rice production by November, which he said will force a reduction in the price of the commodity

He frowned on what he called the people’s unbridled penchant and taste for foreign foods, most of which, he said, were not as healthy and nutritious as those produced locally.

9. Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s health condition is “pathetic” and he will never return to govern the country.

Fani-Kayode, in a series of tweets posted on Thursday, also called on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to stop lying, because “Nigerians have a right to know the truth.”

10. Popular American singer, songwriter and global Evangelist, Don Moen has debunked the rumours that went viral of his death on Social media on Wednesday.

The American worship leader who dispelled the death rumour in a tweet had posted a family photo of himself, his father, his own son and two of his grandchildren.


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