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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Monday, 29 March, 2021 Edition)

The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

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Senate summons NNPC again, cites non-remittance of N4.07tn

The Senate Public Accounts Committee has again summoned the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation over alleged non-remittance of N4.07tn to the Federation Account between 2010 and 2016.

The management of the NNPC had appeared before the Senate panel penultimate week to explain how the N4.07trn was spent.

The firm had presented a written response which stated that the money was expended on oil pipelines repairs, heavily subsidised domestic fuel supplies, security and management matters. The committee however asked the NNPC to provide it with the required details within a week so that the panel would either vacate or sustain the query.

Lagos, Kano have roles in united Nigeria, says Tinubu

The National leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Sunday in Kano has said Lagos and Kano states have critical roles to play in championing Nigerian peace and unity due to the cosmopolitan nature of both states.

Tinubu, who spoke at the Kano Emirate Council when he paid a visit to the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Bayero, said Nigeria needed unity and peace as the basic tonic to overcome ongoing challenges.

He said, “Nigeria is at a critical stage of its life and the only thing that would make it survive is unity and understanding. Lagos and Kano, which have gone through these over times, must show the way. “Peace and development could be eluded if the nation continues the way it is going. Fundamentally, unity and tranquillity must be the hope that we can ride on.

Presidency tackles Atiku over Nigeria’s failed-state comment

A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has expressed fear about some economic indices suggesting that the country is slipping into a failed state. Atiku, who contested the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, said this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.

The statement signed by him is titled, ‘World’s Highest Unemployment Rate: Time To Help This Government, Help Nigeria.” Atiku lamented that his earlier warnings to the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), were ignored.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in his response says, “The former Vice-President was in power for eight years. Now, he is in the opposition. You can’t take whatever he says as the gospel. The question is when former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar was in government with President Olusegun Obasanjo, where did they take the country? “Where did they leave the country? I have seen clips on social media where he said some things they promised to do, particularly on power; some people collected some trillions and didn’t deliver… Former Vice-President is part of the rot this country became.

Insecurity: Government doesn’t know what to do, says CAN

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Reverend Supo Ayokunle, has again lamented the increasing insecurity in the country, saying government does not know what to do again.

The president of CAN, who spoke on Sunday during a thanksgiving service in honour of Bishop Wale Oke as the newly elected president of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, said the association convinced Christians not to fight back in spite of increasing attacks on them.

Ayokunle, who said Oke’s appointment at this auspicious time demanded courage, prayer and fear of God, said he faulted the Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq, on the use of Hijab. He told the governor that his action suggested that he was fuelling tension and acrimony which could result in bloodshed between Christians and Muslims in Kwara State.

Ikpeazu, Abaribe excited as PDP wins Abia bye-election

The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the Aba North/South Federal Constituency bye-election, Mr Chimobi Ebisike, the winner of the Saturday polls.

Ebisike polled 10,322 votes to defeat his closest challenger and candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Mascot Uzor Kalu, who scored 3,674 votes. “That Chimobi Iheanyichukwu Ebisike of the PDP, having satisfied the requirements of the law, is hereby declared the winner and returned elected,” the returning officer, Prof Fedelis Okpata, had declared.

The state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, described the PDP’s victory as a vindication of the hard work his administration has put into repositioning Aba. Also, the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, on Sunday congratulated Ebisike and commended the people of Aba for trooping out to elect a representative of their choice.

APC won’t return to power in 2023, says SDP

The Social Democratic Party has prayed to God to forbid the ruling All Progressives Congress from retaining power after the 2023 general elections. The opposition party said it is the wish of Nigerians that the APC rule ends with the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

Speaking to our correspondent on Friday, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Alfa Mohammed, urged opposition parties with like minds to join forces and form a formidable force that will serve as a better alternative to the APC in the next general elections.

When asked to react to the plan by the APC to rule the country for 32 years, Mohammed said, “First of all, I want to say God forbid that APC will succeed itself in the next election. When a country is visited with the misfortune of being ruled by an inefficient government as we have now, it is very important that the citizens of such a country come together and ensure that such a government never ever succeeds itself.”

Saraki’s panel asks PDP to waive nomination fees for youths

The National Reconciliation and Strategy Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has recommended measures that would encourage participation of youths in politics.

The NRSC being led by a former President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has specifically advised the PDP leadership to allow any aspirant below 35 years, seeking to contest elective position on the platform of the party to be exempted from the payment of nomination fees.

The recommendation is contained in a one-page letter dated March 25, 2021, signed by Saraki and addressed to the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus. The Committee also advised the National Working Committee to immediately recommend to the National Executive Committee that the party constitution be amended to that effect.

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