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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 29 January, 2021 Edition)

President Muhammadu Buhari addresses Nigerians on COVID-19

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Nothing to show for Buhari’s investment in SIP -Ndume

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, on Thursday, lamented that there was nothing on the ground to show for the huge budgetary allocation made by the Federal Government towards its Social Intervention Programme in the 2020 budget.

Ndume, who spoke with journalists in Abuja, on the implementation of the 2020 budget, urged the youths and all the intended beneficiaries of the N729bn social intervention funds, to hold government agencies accountable.

The senator said unless the youth being the beneficiaries, the civil society groups and the Media “followed the money” by asking questions on the disbursement of the funds, the aim would be defeated. He said, “Sincerely, President Buhari has done his bit. No government has done this much for the youth. But, the beneficiaries must ask the right question of where the money is with a view to accessing them.”

Igbo council urges FG, Imo to withdraw soldiers from Orlu

The Igbo National Council Worldwide has called on the federal and Imo state governments to call off the joint military campaign going on in Orlu Local Government Area before it degenerates to a dangerous magnitude.

The president of the group, Mr Chilos Godsent, in a statement on Thursday, said it may not be in the best interest of the Imo State and Federal Government of Nigeria to militarise any part of the Igboland in the disguise of fighting pro-Biafra agitators.

“We have keenly observed the tempo of the joint military campaign going on in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State which have lasted over four days and have claimed many lives. The military is said to be on a revenge mission to avenge their dead of their comrades who were alleged to have been killed by members of the Eastern Security Network set-up by the Mazi Nnamdi Kanu led Indigenous People of Biafra. In view of the above, we call on the Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma to quickly intervene on the ongoing violent conflict between the Nigerian Military and the Eastern Security Network so as to halt the wanton destruction of lives and properties of the people of the area,” the statement partly read.

Saudi Arabia returnees: Authorities restrict Nigerian media, allow BBC, Reuters

Security officers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, stopped some local media professionals from covering the return of a batch of the 802 Nigerians who landed at the NAIA on Thursday. According to the officers, the restriction was based on the orders given to them by the authorities at the airport.

A photo journalist with The PUNCH, Olatunji Obasa, said he visited the airport to get images of the returnees but was denied access to the location where Nigerians were. He, however, noted that the security officials only granted access to journalists with BBC, Reuters, TVC and NAN. They said I should go back as no one gave them clearance to allow me in. They also stopped reporters and photo journalists from many other local print media,” Obasa said.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had disclosed on Wednesday that 802 Nigerians would return from Saudi Arabia on Thursday and Friday. It said the citizens who were held at various detention centres over migration issues would be received at the NAIA by MFA officials.

Why Fayose shunned Wike’s peace meeting with Makinde – Aide

A former Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has explained why he shunned the Peoples Democratic Party South-West leaders’ meeting to reconcile him with Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.

The meeting which was held at the Oyo State Government House, Ibadan had Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, former Osun State Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; former Ekiti State Governor, Mr Segun Oni, Senator Abiodun Olujimi, Makinde and others in attendance. Fayose, his loyalists and some PDP leaders in Oyo State who are supporting Dr Eddy Olafeso’s bid to return as the National Vice-Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (South-West) were absent at the meeting.

When contacted on Thursday, Mr Lere Olayinka, the media aide to Fayose said although the former governor wanted to attend the meeting, his loyalists said they would not sit on the same table with Makinde because of his utterances and actions.

Buhari’s failure responsible for attacks on Fulani herdsmen – Lamido

The former governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has said that the unfortunate hatred and attacks on Fulani (herders) in Nigeria was as a result of the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to govern the country well.

Lamido, who was a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, made the remark while speaking with newsmen in Kano on Thursday. He lamented that “Nigerians after putting in their trust in President Muhammad Buhari, a Fulani head, he has woefully failed to protect and provide good governance for them.

“That today, Nigerians are so blindfolded on the hatred and apparent dislike of Fulani because President Buhari’s misgovernance, forgetting that not all Fulani even voted for him or like him.”

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