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Vanguard Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 15 January, 2021)

Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai with President Muhammadu Buhari

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Insecurity: Buhari has failed woefully ― Junaid

The second Republic lawmaker, Dr Muhammad Junaid, says the administration under President Muhammadu Buhari has failed woefully.

According to him, “As regards the statement made by the President concerning security in the country generally and northeast, I think President Muhammadu Buhari is been economical with the truth.

“First, I believe within this week, there are three or four attacks. And any leader who can give himself pass mark not to talk of half when the situation on ground is the reverse is not sincere or honest with people of this country. Nobody likes conflicts, lack of security but it is absolutely unbearable for leaders to invent lies in order to give himself credits for what he has not done and for which he cannot claim credit for. In addition also, it does not add any value or credibility to the government, the party, military and the President himself.

Not a hair must fall from kukah’s head — Fani-Kayode warns Muslim Forum

Frontline Nigerian government critic and a former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has given a strong warning to the Muslim Forum saying any attack on Bishop Hassan Kukah would spiral out of control and beyond anyone’s expectation if not properly managed.

Fani-Kayode blasts those fuelling the criticisms against the Sokoto cleric and asking him to leave Sokoto state, describing them as an enemy of Nigeria and undermining the great work done by the Sultan of Sokoto in ensuring harmonious co-existence am long Muslims and Christians in Nigeria.

In an essay obtained by Vanguard on his social media page, Fani-Kayode noted that if the issue is not properly handled, it might result in a serious religious crisis which will further stretch the Nigerian government’s capacity to deal with.

Nigeria’s debt service charges rise 89% to N803bn

The cost of servicing Nigeria’s public debt has increased quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) by 88.8 percent to N803.69 billion in third quarter of last year (Q3’20), from N425.7 billion in Q2’20. The amount was used to service the country’s debt stock of N32.22 trillion during the review period.

The figures in the ‘Nigeria and Foreign Debt Report Q3’20’ released yesterday by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) show that the debt service fee comprises actual external debt service fee of N199.5 billion and actual domestic debt service fee of N604.19 billion.

The report further shows that external debt service fee rose by 77 percent to N199.5 billion in Q3’20 from N112.9 billion in Q2’20. The external debt service fee was used to service the country’s foreign debt of N12.19 trillion during the quarter. Similarly, the country’s domestic debt service fee rose by 93 percent to N604.19 billion in Q3’20 from N312.8 billion in Q2’20, and was used to service the country’s domestic debt of N20.04 trillion during the period.

Presidency lists military’s achievements as Nigeria marks Armed Forces Remembrance Day

The Presidency has listed the achievements of the military in the on-going fight against insurgency and violent crimes as Nigeria marks the Armed Forces Remembrance Day on Jan. 15.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Jan. 15 every year is commemorated as Armed Forces Remembrance Day to mark the end of the country’s 30-month civil war which ended on Jan. 15, 1970.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, listed the achievements in a special write up tagged: “Security Checklist: as Nigeria marks Armed Forces Remembrance Day’’, which was made available to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday

Wounds of Civil War haven’t healed— Bishop Kukah

The Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah, Thursday, said that the wounds of the civil war have not been healed.

Kukah disclosed this at a zoom meeting organized by Dele Momodu of the Ovation Magazine and Mazi Ezeoke.

Speaking on the theme: The Second never again conference: 51 years after Nigerian-Biafran Civil war, the outspoken Bishop, advised Nigerians to compile a history of the country, noting that knowing the history will calm/qualm the taste for violence.

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