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Nigerian Tribune Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 29 January, 2021)

Prince Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

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Worsened Corruption Rating Under Buhari Vindicates Us ― PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday observed that the “abysmal” 2020 corruption index report on Nigeria by Transparency International (TI), has further confirmed that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government “is a citadel of corruption and the most corrupt administration in the history of our nation.”

Making this declaration in a statement by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, the main opposition party asserted that the TI report, which showed the country plunging to a putrid 149th on the corruption perception index in 2020 – dropping 13 places since 2015 – under the watch the president, “is an incontrovertible confirmation that our nation is more corrupt under President Buhari and the APC, than it was in 2015 when they took office.”

Part of the statement read: “This descent into the abyss of corruption only goes to show that President Buhari’s anti-corruption stance is a mere swindle used to delude Nigerians while the vaults were laid open for APC leaders and officials of the Buhari administration to plunder.

Buhari’s Failure Caused Dislike For Fulani By Nigerians —Lamido

Former governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji (Dr) Sule Lamido, has said the attacks on and dislike for Fulani (herders) by Nigerians is due to the failure of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is believed to be the leader of the Fulani tribe.

Lamido, who is also a former foreign affairs minister during former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration, lamented that today, Nigerians are so blindfolded by hatred for the Fulani because of President Buhari’s bad governance, forgetting that not all Fulani even voted for and or like him.

Speaking to newsmen in Kano on Thursday, Lamido, who stated that the situation the country finds itself is pathetic and saddening, however, asked rhetorically where Nigeria is headed with people killing one another with no serious step being taken to arrest the situation.

Transparency International: Nigeria Ranks Second Most Corrupt West African Country

Nigeria, in the Global Corruption Index (CPI) 2020 released on Thursday by Transparency International, fell three places to 149 out of 183 countries. With a score of 66, Seychelles consistently earns top marks in the African region, followed by Botswana (60) and Cabo Verde (58).

At the bottom of the index are Sudan (16), Somalia (12) and South Sudan (12), perceived as the most corrupt nations on earth.

Of the 49 countries assessed in Sub-Saharan Africa, 12 countries of Zimbabwe, Chad, Eritrea, Burundi, Congo, Guinea Bissau, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, Somalia and South Sudan are more corrupt than Nigeria.

The index reveals that Nigeria scored 25 out of 100 points in the 2020 CPI, falling back by one point compared to last year. Nigeria dropped to 149 on the rating to become the second most corrupt country in West Africa, an indication that the country has worsened, with the new ranking being the worst in two years.

COVID-19: NCDC Confirms 864 New Cases, Total Now 127,024

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 864 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 127,024.

The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle on Thursday.

“864 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria; FCT-129 Anambra-87 Rivers-82 Benue-80 Oyo-76 Plateau-61 Kaduna-54 Delta-51 Nasarawa-38 Kwara-36 Edo-32 Katsina-26 Kano-24 Taraba-18 Ogun-14 Sokoto-11 Gombe-10 Jigawa-7 Akwa Ibom-6 Cross River-6 Zamfara-5 Bauchi-5 Osun-4 Ekiti-2.”

Nigeria Dealing With Protracted Security Problem ― Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, met with the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, telling the body that the country is dealing with a protracted security problem.

However, he has assured that his administration is doing everything necessary to halt the menace. The president said the government has continued to provide the military with the needed equipment as he called on citizens to provide timely intelligence to the nation’s security agencies.

He said: “Security is a protracted challenge. But we are not relenting in our efforts. We equipping the military. We encourage localities to enhance their intelligence gathering and timely remitting to the security agencies.”

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