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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 28 April, 2021 Edition)

Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila

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Senators, reps are genuine corruption fighters, says Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has described members of the National Assembly as the genuine fighters of corruption in Nigeria.

Lawan, according to a statement from his media office on Tuesday night, made the remark when he inaugurated Nigeria’s chapter of the Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption in Abuja.

Lawan’s declaration is coming on the heels of the refusal of the federal parliament to disclose details of its annual budget despite mounting pressure from the media and the civil society groups. But the Senate President argued that the National Assembly in 1999 created the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Pantami, part of Buhari’s plan to islamise Nigeria, says MASSOB

The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra on Tuesday said the appointment of Dr Isa Pantami as the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy by the President, Major General Muhamadu Buhari (retd.), was a continuation of the “Fulanistic agenda of islamizing the country by all means, including electronic digitization and communication.”

MASSOB described Pantami as a Fulani terrorist apologist and an ardent promoter/supporter of radical and extreme Islamism.

A statement by MASSOB Leader, Uchenna Madu, titled, ‘Buhari has vindicated MASSOB through Isa Pantami’s appointment’, said, “Pantami is a qualified and excellent tool in the hand of President Buhari in his primitive quest of making the Nigerian state as the permanent homeland for all Fulani scattered in West Africa.”

52 northern groups ask UN, others to back Biafra agitation

A coalition of 52 northern groups on Monday called on the global community to intervene in persuading Nigerian government and United Nations to facilitate the final actualisation of the Biafran dream by the Igbo.

While describing as empty and of no effect “threats and promises” by the President, Major General Muhammad Buhari (retd.), the CNG said that “between December 2020 and April 2021, over 970 students were abducted from their schools in the Northern part of Nigeria with a substantial number still in captivity and some violently executed.”

The spokesperson of CNG, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, raised the views in a communiqué after an emergency meeting in Abuja. According to him, Northern Nigeria has never experienced the present level of exposure to criminals and bandits under the régime of Buhari.

Tinubu rubbishes reported rift with Buhari after Villa closed-door meeting

A national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Monday, reacted to the various challenges bedevelling Nigeria, saying all nations would go through difficult times. He said the difference would be in how to communicate the challenges to citizens and how to make it easier for them to bear.

Tinubu stated this in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after a closed-door meeting he had with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The former Lagos State Governor, who was accompanied by a former national chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande, said one of the steps in addressing the challenges was exchanging ideas with the leadership, which he was in the Presidential Villa to do.

Report ranks Nigeria third worst country in the world

The Chandler Good Government Index has ranked Nigeria as the third worst governed country in the world.

The report ranked the nation very low in governance, leadership and foresight, scoring the country 102 out of 104 countries with a score of 0.319 points, ahead of Zimbabwe and Venezuela. The 2021 report released in Singapore on Monday by the Chandler Institute of Governance, noted that the ability to handle corruption properly is the strongest indicator of good governance.

The index, which was the first in the series, scored Nigeria 0.44 on leadership and foresight; anti-corruption 0.45; long-term vision 0.47; strategic prioritization 0.41 and innovation 0.4.

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