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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Monday, 14th June, 2021 Edition)

Senator Ali Ndume

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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.

Foreign loans not meant for salaries, overhead – Ndume

The Chairman, Senate Committee on the Army, Senator Ali Ndume, has advised the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), against spending foreign loans which the nation is getting from international lending agencies on recurrent expenditure like salaries and overhead.

The former senate leader, who is representing Borno South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, gave the advice in a statement he personally signed on Sunday on the Democracy Day anniversary.

The country’s current debt profile, according to the Debt Management Office, hit N33.10trn as of the end of the first quarter of 2021. This represents an increase of N191bn compared to the N32.91trn recorded in December 2020.

Ndume said there was nothing wrong with a country taking foreign loans, but that such should be spent to boost agriculture and the revival of moribund industries.

This isn’t democracy my dad, others died for – Kola Abiola

The son of the acclaimed winner of the June 12 presidential election, Kola Abiola, has said Nigeria’s democracy the way it was currently being practiced was not what his late father, Chief MKO Abiola, and several Nigerians died for.

He further said it was not the kind of democracy several Nigerians laid down their lives on the line for. The younger Abiola, said this during the Tribe Naija, 2021 Democracy Day Fireside chat, with the theme: ‘This thing Called Democracy,’ in Abuja, on Saturday.

Abiola said, “I am not impressed with the democracy that we are in today, because it is not what my father and others died for. Is not what they put their lives on the line for. And I want to make sure we get what they will be proud of in their graves. The mantle is now for me to make sure that happens and that is what I mean by completing that bridge.”

Family plans TB Joshua’s burial for July 9

The late founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Pastor Temitope Joshua may be buried on July 9, 2021 on the premises of his church in Lagos State. Joshua died last week in Lagos State at the age of 57.

A member of the family, who spoke on condition of anonymity on Sunday, said the date was fixed after the immediate and extended members of the family of TB Joshua met at the residence of the deceased in Lagos State on Friday.

The family decision is contrary to the expectation of the monarch of Arigidi Akoko, Oba Yisa Olanipekun, and some other traditional rulers in the Akoko area, who wanted the late pastor buried in his hometown, Arigidi Akoko.

Supporters flood Abuja streets with Tinubu’s posters

Supporters of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, have flooded streets of the Federal Capital Territory, with his campaign posters.

Several posters bearing colorful images of the former Lagos State governor were seen pasted in strategic locations within Abuja, on Sunday.

Some of the areas include: highbrow Maitama District, Central Business District, as well as areas around the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress.

Herdsmen attacks angry Kwara rice farmers, chops off farmer’s hand

Suspected herdsmen have reportedly cut off the right hand of a rice farmer, Saheed Zakariyau, in Bindofu village, Lafiagi Emirate, in the Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State.

The farmer, according to sources, was allegedly attacked on his farm in Bindofu village last Saturday after accusing the herdsmen of using their animals to destroy his farm.

It was gathered that the victim, in company of his colleagues, got to the farm on Saturday and discovered that the herdsmen grazed their cattle on his farm and destroyed the crops. The farmer and his friends reportedly chased away the herdsmen. However, one of the herders reportedly drew out a cutlass and chopped off the farmer’s hand.

Buhari’s cow routes gazette doesn’t exist, grazing ban stays, say states

Ondo, Delta, Cross River, Enugu, Benue and Akwa Ibom state governments on Sunday faulted the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), over the existence of a gazette, which marked out grazing routes for cattle across the country.

Officials of the state governments, who stated this in separate interviews with The PUNCH, also insisted on the ban on open grazing despite the President’s opposition to it. Recall that Southern governors at their meeting in Asaba, the Delta State capital, last month banned open grazing as part of measures to address killings by herdsmen.

In his reaction, the Chairman South-South Governors’ Forum and Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, said as of 1963, the state had not been created. The governor, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Olise Ifeajika, stated, “Yes, Mr President directed the AGF to dig out a gazette of 1963 which marked out cattle routes across the country. “Delta State has no such law because the 1963 gazette he talked about does not in exist in the state.”

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