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Nigerian Tribune Newspaper Headlines (Monday, 4 January, 2021)

Bishop Matthew Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese

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I Don’t Have To Like Buhari And He Doesn’t Have To Like Me —Bishop Kukah

Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah during the week, had an interview with newsmen in Sokoto where he spoke, among other issues, on the controversy trailing his Christmas Day homily. Tribune’s OLAKUNKE MARUF was there. He brings excerpt.

You were alleged to have said that if President Buhari was from the North, there would have been a coup. You were also accused of saying that the president was tribalistic.

It is very interesting. Somebody did a fact-check in Business Day newspaper and said it was clear that out of 103 appointments he (the president) made in the country, 81 of them were for Muslims from the North. Don’t get me wrong, this is something that everybody has talked about; it is not about loving Muslims or loving Christians, or loving Northerners or whichever. I am a Northerner and I think this is not something that is new. Anybody can check and bring out the numbers. Now, if you say you call for a coup. It is unfair for a journalist or for any newspaper to say that I called for a military coup.

Governance: We Have Allowed Charlatans To Lead Us —Babangida Aliyu

Former Niger State governor, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu, popularly known as Servant Leader, speaks to OLAKUNLE MARUF, on growing insecurity in the country and other issues.

What is your take on the allegation by the APC that a North-West governor is behind the insecurity in the North?

It is very irresponsible and stupid for a whole political party to come out and say one governor is sponsoring whatever they say. That is a security issue; give that information to the right people and they will know what to do. I saw someone responding. To me, if you say something which involves everybody, why should I talk?

There are seven governor’s in the North-West, but I saw someone responding. If you checked, this thins has been there eight or 10 years before he became governor. So how could he have been the one who sponsoring them? You see, we have allowed charlatans to be leading us in politics in Nigeria. Some people think for every little thing, they must say something to divert the attention of the people. If you confirmed that there is a governor that has been sponsoring things, the security is there on the ground that you can reach out to and make him pay for whatever he is doing.

Nigeria Records 917 New COVID-19 Cases, Toll Now 90,080

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 917 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 80,080.

The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle on Sunday. “On the 3rd of January 2021, 917 new confirmed cases and 9 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

“Till date, 90080 cases have been confirmed, 75044 cases have been discharged and 1311 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. The 917 new cases are reported from 17 states- FCT (222), Lagos (214), Kaduna (119), Plateau (92), Nasarawa (50), Oyo (41), Adamawa (33), Ondo (32), Abia (28), Ogun (19), Rivers (17), Kano (16), Yobe (14), Edo (8), Anambra (6), Ekiti (5) and Jigawa (1). Our discharges today includes 59 community recoveries in Lagos State managed in line with guidelines.,” the NCDC said.

ACF’s Alarm On Terrorists Using Camels To Smuggle Arms Into Nigeria Is Scary —Afenifere

In this interview by SAM NWAOKO, Afenifere spokesman, Mr Yinka Odumakin, speaks on several aspects of Nigeria’s challenges as a nation and the way forward as we enter a new year.

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) on Thursday cried out that camels were being used to import weapons into Nigeria, and that terrorists were using ransom money to buy more sophisticated arms. What is your take on this?

That camels are being used to import weapons into Nigeria is a very serious matter and very scary. It is good that it is the ACF that is raising the alarm. The second issue of terrorists using ransom money to buy arms is no-brainer because groups like Boko Haram can only increase their terror capacity when you pay them ransom. They have no cattle farm or any industry other than terror.

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