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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 5th May, 2021 Edition)

Mr. Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity

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Here’s our picks on today’s top buzzy stories on Punch Newspaper. We prepare it as a quick-read for our visitors who also enjoys Punch News.

ACF, Ohanaeze, PDP slam Buhari as Presidency alleges coup plot

The Peoples Democratic Party, the Arewa Consultative Forum, the Pan- Niger Delta Forum and the Yoruba sociopolitical group, Afenifere, on Tuesday took a swipe at the Presidency over an allegation that some leaders were plotting to overthrow the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

The groups, in separate interviews with The PUNCH, cautioned the Presidency against misinterpreting well-intended criticism amid worsening insecurity in the country.

The Presidency earlier on Tuesday claimed it had evidence to show that some elements were recruiting ethnic groups and politicians with the motive of convening conferences where a vote of no confidence would be passed in the President. It said the purpose of the move was to further throw the country into turmoil.

Parents of 29 college students still in kidnappers’ den protest at National Assembly

The House of Representatives will be meeting with the Kaduna State Government on how to rescue the remaining 29 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna, who were abducted by bandits on March 11, 2021.

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, made this known following the protests by parents of the students at the main gate of the National Assembly complex in Abuja on Tuesday.

The bandits had shortly after abducting the students released some of them. Out of the 39 students kidnapped, 10 had so far been released, remaining 29 of them.

CBN should pay N100m Greenfield students’ ransom before it’s too late – Gumi

An Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi, on Tuesday urged government not to take the threat by the kidnappers of students of Greenfield University, Kaduna lightly.

Gumi, who stated this in an interview with The PUNCH, said the Central Bank of Nigeria should pay the N100m ransom being demanded by the kidnappers of the students.

No fewer than 23 students and a member of staff of the university were abducted from the school on April 20, 2021. Few days later, five of the students were killed by the bandits. On Monday, one of the bandits, Sani Jalingo, in an interview with the Hausa service of the Voice of America, demanded N100m and 10 motorcycles for the students to be freed.

Jonathan tried to jail me, ignored our friendship – El-Rufai

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has said former President Goodluck Jonathan almost put him in prison because he thought he was a threat to his second term ambition.

El-Rufai, in an interview published in The Point, said although Jonathan was his very close friend from when he was the deputy governor of Bayelsa State, he persecuted him because he believed those who told him that he was a threat.

The governor said his persecution started in 2006 when he was in charge at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. He said, “Jonathan was convinced by his own circle too that I was a threat and that if he was going for a second term of office, he had to take me out of the race. And so, Jonathan continued the persecution that Yar’adua started.

Ahmed appears before Senate, says Army got N1tn in two years

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, on Tuesday, said her ministry had released a total sum of N1.008.47tn to the Nigerian Army between January 2019 and April 2021.

The minister stated this when she appeared before the Senate Committee on Army. The panel had summoned the minister following complaints by the Nigerian Army that it had outstanding N50bn to collect from the ministry which was part of the budgetary provision to fight terrorism.

But Ahmed told the Senate Committee that the Nigerian Army got more than the budgetary provision in the period under review. She read out the Capital Funding of the Nigerian Army from 2019 till April 2021.

APC has performed beyond PDP’s 16-year achievements —Yahaya Bello

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, says the six-year performance of the ruling All Progressives Congress government of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), surpasses the combined 16-year achievements of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

Bello spoke on Tuesday while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme monitored by The PUNCH. “APC successes today within six years outweigh or outnumber the performance of PDP for the 16 years that they ruled. The statistics are there. If the Honourable Minister of Information (and Culture, Lai Mohammed), is not saying it, very soon, we will remind Nigerians of where APC inherited Nigeria and where we are today, so, we shouldn’t ascribe the issues to political parties,” he said.

The APC took over the wheels of governance in 2015 after Buhari won the presidential elections, defeating ex-President Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP whose party ruled from 1999 to 2015. Buhari has been under intense fire lately, especially over the country’s worsening economy and escalating security situation.

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