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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 23 April, 2021 Edition)

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to Buhari on Media and Publicity

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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.

Presidency Defends Pantami, Probes ‘Smear Campaign’

The Presidency on Thursday rose in defense of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, who has continued to face resignation calls despite renouncing his previous support for extremist groups.

A presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement issued on the recent campaign against the minister, said the federal government had started investigating the claim that the campaign was sponsored.

Shehu said if the claims of attempted inducement of newspaper editors were found to be true, then those involved must expect police and judicial action.

Don’t Push Your Luck, Buhari Tells Bandits

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned the bandits killing people especially in the northern part of the country to “stop pushing their luck too far by believing that the government lacks the capacity to crush them”.

President Buhari gave the warning on Thursday while condemning the latest killing of tens of people by bandits in Zamfara State.

The President, who warned that “such wanton disregard for life will be brought to an end sooner than later”, said, “This insane and persistent violence against innocent people must stop”.

Nigeria Overtakes Congo, Worst In Global Electricity Access

Nigeria has overtaken the Democratic Republic of Congo with 25 percent of people without access to electricity, making it the country globally with the highest number of citizens that lack access to power.

This was revealed by the World Bank Group officials during a virtual engagement with power reporters in Abuja on the Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP).

“Nigeria now has the largest number of unelectrified people globally and the trend is worsening; of the electrified, the supply is very unreliable with widespread blackouts,” said a presentation from the group.

FG: Nigeria Is Bleeding

The Minister of Defence, retired Major-General Bashir Magashi, has said that Nigeria is “bleeding” due to self-interest and other primordial considerations of the elite.

General Magashi said this Thursday in Abuja at the seventh edition of the ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential Media Team. The minister said quite a number of political, ethnic and religious leaders were exploiting the social division for their personal gains.

General Magashi had told reporters yesterday that Nigeria lacked a national consensus, common comprehensive understanding and the interpretation of what national security is because of such divisiveness.

I’ll Depose You If Insecurity Persists, Uzodimma Tells Imo Monarchs

Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma has threatened to depose any traditional ruler who allows brigandage to flourish in their community.

“The Imo State government has resolved to depose any traditional ruler who fails to do something while insecurity reigns supreme in his community,” he said at a security stakeholders meeting in Owerri on Thursday, 22 April 2021

He said traditional rulers must begin to take responsibility for the things that happen their communities. The meeting had in attendance the newly deployed Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 9, Umuahia, Ekim Okon.

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