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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 18 March, 2021 Edition)

Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe

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Armed Forces: Senate Throws Out Abaribe’s Bill After Stormy Session

The Senate, yesterday, stepped down the consideration of a bill seeking to establish the Armed Forces Service Commission after a stormy session that forced the lawmakers into a closed door.

The bill, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, aims at ensuring that the composition and appointment of service chiefs of the armed forces reflect federal character in a manner prescribed in Section 217 (3) of the 1999 Constitution.

Senators were sharply divided during a debate on the general principle of the bill. Lawmakers, who backed the bill, argued that it stood on a very strong constitutional ground and also invited the Senate to exercise its constitutional rights. Those who opposed it said the establishment of the commission would politicise the armed forces, which they argued, was dangerous for the peace and unity of the country.

‘What Does Gumi Know About Forests?’ – Masari Hits Prominent Cleric Over Banditry

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has kicked against Sheikh Ahmad Gumi’s approach to the banditry ravaging the northwest.

After embarking on peace seeking mission to different forests, the respected cleric has appealed to the government to offer amnesty to armed gangs making life difficult for Nigerians.

The cleric had faulted governors approach to tackling insecurity, saying the insistence of not negotiating with bandits will worsen the situation.

But speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Masari faulted the approach of the Islamic cleric whom he challenged to a debate. “What did he know about what we did in Kaduna? I challenge Gumi to come and tell us if he knows what we did in Kaduna. The stories they are telling him are the stories they said in 2015, the same story in 2019. What does he know about the forest? Is he victimizing killings?

2023: Merit Not Zoning Should Determine Our Presidential Candidate — PDP Panel

A panel of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said merit, not zoning should determine the party’s presidential candidate, come 2023.

The committee, chaired by Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, was constituted to review the performance of the party in the 2019 general elections.

Submitting the report of his committee to the PDP National Working Committee (NWC), Mohammed said every part of the country should be given the opportunity to choose the best candidate.

I Am Not Afraid Of Losing 2023 Election – Makinde

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, says he is not afraid of losing the 2023 governorship election.

Makinde, who said he contested governorship elections in 2007, 2011 and 2015 respectively and failed, noted that “if the people of Oyo State ask me to leave the office as governor today, I won’t hesitate to leave the office because I go to office daily with my bag.”

The governor, who spoke at the pan-Yoruba Congress at Mapo Hall, Ibadan, also said he has no political father. “Let me tell you here today. I don’t have a political father. It was God who made me governor and not human being. I fear only God and not any human. No matter how powerful a man is, I cannot fear him. I contested election in 2007, 2011 and 2015 but failed and when it is time for God to make me a governor, he made me. If the people of the state decide that they don’t want me again, I will only take my bag and leave because I don’t have a pin in the office,” he said.

Hijab Crisis: CAN Hasn’t Learnt From History, Says MURIC

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) says the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has not learnt from history.

In its reaction to the crisis rocking Kwara State over the use of hijab in some secondary schools, Ishaq Akintola, director of the Nigerian Islamic human rights group, accused CAN of instigating crisis.

Violence erupted at the Baptist Secondary School, Surulere, Ilorin, Kwara capital, on Wednesday, over the refusal of the school authorities to allow female Muslim students to use hijab. Parents of the students engaged the school authorities in a hot argument which resulted into a stone-throwing contest between Christians and Muslims. In his statement, Akintola wondered why the Christian leaders have refused to comply with the directive of the court on the issue.

Soldiers Killed In Exchange Of Gunfire With Bandits In Zamfara

At least three soldiers were killed in a shootout with armed bandits in Kabasa village of Magami District in Gusau local government area of Zamfara State.

Residents told Daily Trust that armed men arrived at the community on motorcycles on Tuesday, firing at people. A resident said apart from the soldiers, seven other persons were killed in the incident.

“The whole community was thrown into pandemonium as several other residents trying to escape the attack were injured. Seven people were confirmed dead in the attack,” a resident identified Saminu Usman told Daily Trust.

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