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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 26 March, 2021 Edition)

Mr. Mele Kolo Kyari, the new Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

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Subsidy Removal: Fuel May Sell For N230 Per Litre

The federal government on Thursday said spending over N100 billion to subsidise petrol every month is not sustainable.

The Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, said petrol is currently being subsidised at between N100 billion and N120 billion on a monthly basis.

Kyari disclosed this while fielding questions from State House correspondents at the fifth edition of the Special Ministerial Briefings coordinated by the Presidential Communication Team. This is even as he said the cost of importation and handling charges now amounts to N234 per litre.

Jigawa Governor: Buhari Is The Best Thing To Happen To Nigeria

Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State has described President Muhammadu Buhari as the best thing to happen to Nigeria. Speaking when he featured on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme, the governor said has recorded a lot of achievements.

The presenter had asked him if he agrees with his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterparts who said Buhari is the best thing to happen to Nigeria and he said: “I agree with the given circumstances we have now. I believe 100 percent. I know what I inherited. I know the trouble I got through. I know at one time, I even wanted to leave. Really, without the support of Buhari, we wouldn’t have raised our heads up as governors.

“If you remember, he bailed out all the states, gave 18-month support for us to pay salaries, I mean all of the governors. He paid the Paris fund money for all to do infrastructure.”

Shoot-On-Sight Order Hindering Rescue Of Abducted Kaduna Students, Says Gumi

Renowned Islamic Scholar, Sheik Ahmad Gumi, has said the shoot-on-sight order of President Muhammdu Buhari is hindering the efforts to negotiate the release of the kidnapped students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Kaduna.

Earlier in the month, Buhari had asked security operatives to gun down those carrying arms illegally in the forests.

Speaking with Daily Trust on Thursday, the cleric said some of the bandits he met in the forest during his peace meetings have assisted in identifying the leader of the gang responsible for the abduction of the students. Gumi said despite identifying the leader of the gang, he has been unable to reach out to him because of the shoot-on-sight order of the president.

Negotiate With Bandits, Parents Of Abducted Kaduna Students Tell El-Rufai

Parents of the 36 kidnapped students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, have asked the state government to negotiate with bandits to secure the release of their children.

Sani Friday, a parent of two of the abducted students, while speaking on Channels Television on Thursday, said parents were worried that the state government insisted on using force to rescue the students.

Friday, who spoke on behalf of the parents, expressed fear that such a move could force the bandits to eliminate the students, adding that they want the government to negotiate with the bandits. “It’s the same state government which some time ago told the entire Kaduna state that if it cost him paying bandits to stop killing the citizens of Kaduna state, he’ll pay them. But that statement was about a year or two ago.

N120b Spent On Petrol Subsidy Monthly, NNPC Laments

The Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, says petrol is currently being subsidised at the cost between N100 and N120 billion on monthly basis.

Kyari disclosed this Thursday while fielding questions from State House reporters at the fifth edition of the Special Ministerial Briefings coordinated by the Presidential Communication Team.

It comes amidst controversy about the removal of petrol subsidy between the administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan and current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

2023: Presidency Should Go To South — Gov Zulum

Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum, on Thursday, said there is a covenant among political leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) that the presidency would be zoned to the South in 2023.

He maintained that the Southern region deserves to produce the next president of the country on expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure in 2023 to enhance political stability.

Zulum specifically called on the APC to heed his advice and keep to previous agreements made to shift power to the southern part of the country. He stated this in Abuja when he presented a public lecture on the topic ‘Security and Economic Growth: Leadership in Challenging Times’ at a book launch.

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