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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Monday, 12 April, 2021 Edition)

Aisha Buhari, President Muhammadu Buhari's Wife

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Why Aisha kept mum on Buhari’s ‘other room’ comment – Biographer

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Administration and Women Affairs (Office of the First Lady), Dr Hajo Sani, has given an insight into why the wife of the President, Aisha, did not react publicly to “the other room” comment made by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in 2016.

Sani said the outspoken Aisha refused to react to the statement because she understood her husband’s mindset and sense of humour. She disclosed this in the biography of the wife of the President titled, ‘Aisha Buhari: Being different,’ which was presented to the public at an elaborate event held at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja on Thursday.

The President had a joint press conference with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, during a state visit to Germany in October 2016 and was asked to respond to an interview Aisha granted the BBC in which she claimed her husband did not know most of the top government officials he appointed, saying some people have hijacked the government. But when asked to react to his wife’s position, Buhari had laughed it off and said, “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room.”

Hijab: Kwara directs 10 shut mission schools to resume today

The Kwara State Government on Sunday recalled students of the 10 mission schools affected by the hijab crisis in the state since February from the second term holiday, directing them to start third term academic programme from today, Monday April 12,2021.

A statement by Mrs Kemi Adeosun, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, said the 10 affected schools should resume from the ongoing vacation to cover the academic activities lost during the period of the crisis.

She said that other schools not involved in the crisis would reopen on Monday, April 26, 2021. Recall that the state government shut down the 10 schools in the state on February 19, 2021 as a result of the refusal of the school owners, who are Christian missionaries, to allow the wearing of hijab in their schools.

MASSOB knocks Dambazau for comparing IPOB, OPC to Boko Haram

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra has attacked a former Chief of Army Staff and Minister of Interior, Lt.Gen. Abdulraham Dambazau (retd.), for comparing the Indigenous People of Biafra, O’odua People’s Congress and other pro-Biafra agitators with a terrorist group, Boko Haram.

MASSOB described as unguided and reckless the utterances of the former minister, maintaining that such comments were also debasing and unprofessional. It noted that it was Dambazau’s kinsmen who he described as Fulani herdsmen that were terrorising and destroying Nigeria.

Dambazau, speaking on Friday in Abuja at the inauguration of Army War College Nigeria Course 5/2021, said the proscribed IPOB and the OPC shared similarities with the terrorist group, Boko Haram. He added that both the OPC and IPOB were making attempts to plunge the nation into an ethnic war.

But MASSOB in statement on Sunday by its National Director of Information, Edeson Samuel, said for Dambazau to compare an internationally accredited terrorist group with self-determination organisations without condemning the atrocities of his kinsmen, Fulani herdsmen, across the country showed conspiracy and Jihadist agenda in the South.

Bad belle stopped Abiola from becoming president – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday broke his silence over the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election presumably won by late business mogul, Moshood Kashimawo Abiola.

Obasanjo, who described Abiola as his school mate at the Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta, lamented that the cancellation of June 12 election had robbed of Egbaland the rare opportunity to have three of its prominent sons occupy the seat of the president at different times.

Obasanjo said “I want to thank the (Abeokuta) club for this honour being bestowed on me and the honour being bestowed on my school mate MKO Abiola which he richly deserved. Kabiyesi, the Alake (of Egbaland) alluded to it. Normally when you win a cup three times, you keep that cup. Isn’t it? If not for bad belle (hatred), Abeokuta would have produced President of Nigeria three times, in which case we should have kept it permanently.

Defect to APC, lose your seat, Yari tells Matawalle

A former governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji AbulAziz Yari, has told the state governor, Bello Matawalle, to note that he would lose his seat if he leaves the Peoples Democratic Party, going by the Supreme Court’s verdict that brought him to power in 2019.

Yari spoke at the secretariat of the All Progressives Congress in Gusau on Sunday, during the distribution of N1.3bn assorted grains he purchased for the APC supporters as Ramadan gift.

He was represented by Senator Kabiru Marafa. He said nobody had informed them either verbally or in writing that Matawalle was defecting to the APC. He, however, cautioned that the apex court nullified the election of the APC candidates in 2019 and announced the PDP candidates as winners who would remain in power till 2023.

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