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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Monday, 07 December, 2020)

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Compel National Assembly to impeach Buhari, PDP Reps urge Nigerians

The Peoples Democratic Party caucus in the House of Representatives has called on Nigerians to compel their representatives in the National Assembly to immediately commence impeachment proceedings against the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for “gross incompetence and persistent and continuous breach of Section 14(2) (b) of the 1999 Constitution.”

The section partly reads, “The security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government; …” The caucus also called on members of the Federal Executive Council to invoke the provisions of Section 144 (1) of the Constitution by declaring that Buhari was incapable of discharging the functions of the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Leader of the PDP caucus, Kingsley Chinda, in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, titled, ‘PDP caucus mourns, says Nigeria saddled with the circus’, said it was disheartening to the caucus that the President has failed to lead Nigerians from the front as he promised.

FG revives 300-hectare farmland, engages 400 youths

The Federal Government on Sunday said it had commenced the process of reviving its 300 hectares of farmland in Gombe State. It stated this through the National Agricultural Land Development Authority, adding that it would engage 400 youths under its National Young Farmers Scheme.

The Executive Secretary, NALDA, Paul Ikonne, said in a statement issued in Abuja that his agency was working in collaboration with the Federal College of Horticulture Dadin, Kowa, Gombe State. He said college had also donated 100 hectares of land to the authority as part of its partnership with NALDA to boost the agricultural sector in Nigeria.

Ikonne said the 400 youths being engaged in the state would be empowered to carryout dry season farming, adding that NALDA would work with college to create jobs for young people in the sector. He explained that the 300 hectares of land, which had been abandoned over a period time, would be reactivate as directed by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

We are ‘ara Ife’, Yoruba is an alias, says Ooni

OONI of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has said the people of South-West Nigeria are ‘Ara Ife’ and not Yoruba as they are being called. Oba Ogunwusi spoke in his Ile Oodua Palace on Saturday, while receiving indigenes of Otun-Ekiti and descendants of Olofin Ogunfunminire, who visited Ile-Ife to reunite with their root.

The royal father, who noted that all towns and settlements across Yorubaland had their roots in Ife, further explained that a research had revealed that the Yoruba people of South-West Nigeria were with the oldest DNA dated about 120,000 years.

Speaking further at the event attended by the Ajero of Ijero-Ekiti, Oba Joseph Adewole, Akeran Onimoba of Moba in Lagos State, Oba Razak Adisa, Alagbado of Agbado, Ogun State, Oba Adeayo Syllon and Aare OnaKakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, Oba Ogunwusi, declared that the name Yoruba could not be found in Ifa corpus.

No resumption until FG pays withheld salaries – ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Sunday said it would not end the strike it embarked on until government paid all the salaries of its members it withheld.

The President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in a telephone interview with our correspondent in Lagos, said government should not expect the lecturers to resume without paying the withheld salaries.

Recall that there were reports on November 27 that the union had agreed to end its strike following the Federal Government’s promise to release N70bn to ASUU as earned allowance. But Ogunyemi on Sunday explained that the members were still consulting and at the same time waiting for the government to fulfil its promise of releasing members’ withheld salaries.

APC wins Lagos, Imo, Plateau senatorial seats, PDP clinches Cross Rivers, Bayelsa

The candidates of the All Progressives Congress and the People Democratic Party on Sunday displaced candidates of other parties and won the 15 by-elections in held on Saturday in their stronghold states.

In Lagos, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Tokunbo Abiru, won the Lagos East senatorial bye-election. Also in Plateau State, the candidate of the APC, Prof. Nora Daduut, was declared the winner for Plateau South Senatorial bye-election.

The candidate of the PDP, Dr Stephen Odey, was declared winner of the Cross River Northern Senatorial District bye-election by the returning officer, Prof Ameh Dennis Akoh. The INEC Returning Officer for Bayelsa Central, Dr Emmanuel Akpan, declared the candidate of the PDP, Moses Cleopas, winner for the district. Also, the flag bearer of the PDP in Bayelsa West, Seriake Dickson, was also declared winner for the district.

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