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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Monday, 08 February, 2021 Edition)

Prof Wole Soyinka

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Here’s our picks on today’s top buzzy stories on Daily Trust Newspaper. We prepare it as a quick-read for our visitors who also enjoys Daily Trust News.

Herdsmen Crisis: Address Nation Now, Soyinka Tells Buhari

Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation and declare that he is not in support of criminal activities of some herdsmen in parts of Nigeria. Soyinka made the call in an interview with BBC News Pidgin.

He urged Buhari to state categorically that: “Yes, I (the president) am a patron of cattle rearers association, I’m a rancher, and it’s a business I engage in on business terms. I do not rape, torture or displace people to occupy their land. I warn everyone in the food commodity chain, and cattle rearers that anyone seen illegally occupying or trespassing other people’s property should be prosecuted and the army as well as other security forces to back efforts of citizens to flush them out.”

Soyinka said the country might enter a phase of serial skirmishes “which may get more and more violent and develop – I hate to use the word – may develop into a civil war and a very untidy and messy one at that. That is my biggest fear.”

2023: Real Reasons Tinubu, Akande Oppose APC Registration Exercise

Fresh facts have emerged on why the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the founding Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, among others, oppose the ongoing membership registration of the party.

Beyond the reasons the two leaders have stated, sources around them said suspicion of a sinister motive by the current leadership of the party was the main reason Akande and Tinubu are against the exercise.

Informed sources told our correspondent that Tinubu and some chieftains suspect an agenda aimed at hijacking the party from some of them. Daily Trust reports that Akande had last week faulted the registration exercise, describing it as an aberration. On Saturday, Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, aligned with the position of Akande, his political associate.

APC’ll Be Stronger After Membership Update — Wamakko

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) would come out stronger after the ongoing membership registration and revalidation exercise.

Speaking after revalidating his membership at the Gidan Ja’oje polling unit in Wamakko, Sokoto State, he said the party would remain intact despite all odds.

Wamakko, who is the leader of the party in Sokoto, noted that the dissolution of the party executives at the state level was done in good faith.

Zamfara APC Factions Resolve Crisis, Pick Yari As Leader

The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State, has been resolved as the warring factions met in Kaduna State.

At the end of the meeting, the party picked former governor of the state, Abdulaziz Yari as leader of the party in the state.

The resolutions of the meeting, read by one of the stakeholders, Dr. Mikailu Barau , the party chieftains also agreed to collapse the party into one structure. He also said that Senator Kabiru Marafa has agreed to drop all court cases instituted against the party as part of the reconciliation.

Ambassadorial Appointment: Why I Won’t Reply PDP – Buratai

The immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai (Rtd) has said he owes no one explanation over his recent appointment as one of the non-career ambassadors.

Buratai disclosed this while speaking with journalists after a special gala night organised for him by members of the 29th Regular Course Association of the Nigerian Defense Academy in Abuja on Saturday.

Buratai and other Service Chiefs “voluntarily resigned” their positions on 26 January 2021, after months of calls for their sack following a spate of insecurity in different parts of the country, especially in the northeast, and the seeming failure of the security agencies to contain it.

Tambuwal: ‘Fura Da Nono’ Hawkers Supplying Drugs To Bandits

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has alleged that female dairy hawkers, known to sell yoghurt made from cow milk and millet, have been supplying drugs to bandits.

He made the allegation while receiving Sheikh Ahmad Gummi-led Bandits Repentance Initiative (S-GULBAR Initiative) in Sokoto on Saturday.

To buttress his point, the governor shared an experience he once had with one of his counterparts.

‘It’s Fueling Terrorism’ – CBN Defends Ban On Cryptocurrency

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has justified the ban on cryptocurrencies, saying it fuels illicit financial flow and terrorism.

In a statement, Osita Nwanisobi, Acting Director, Corporate Communications, CBN, said the ban on cryptocurrencies will not have any negative impact on Fintechs as there are other robust platforms they can thrive.

He said in light of the fact that cryptocurrencies are issued by unregulated and unlicensed entities, their use in Nigeria goes against the key mandates of the CBN.

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