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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 8th July, 2021 Edition)

President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan

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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.

Senate Approves Buhari’s N2.3 Trillion Loan Request

The Senate, on Wednesday, approved the request of President Muhammadu Buhari to borrow N2.3 trillion (about $6.183 billion) to fund the deficit in the 2021 Appropriation Act. This followed the consideration of the report of the Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, chaired by Senator Clifford Ordia (PDP, Edo).

Buhari had, in May, sought the approval of the National Assembly to source the fund from multiple avenues, including multilateral and bilateral lenders, as well as the International Capital Market (ICM) via issuance of Eurobonds.

“We estimate that Nigeria may be able to raise $3 billion or more, but not more than $6.183 billion (the amount provided in the 2021 Appropriation Act) in a combination of tenors between five and 30 years,” Buhari had said.

‘You Are Ignorant’, Malami Hits Canadian Minister Over Nnamdi Kanu

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has criticised the Solicitor-General of Alberta in Canada, Kelechi Amadi, over his comment on the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

In a post on social media, Madu had said if Kanu was truly abducted from Kenya, then Malami was a disgrace to the rule of law.

But in a statement, Dr Umar Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the minister, issued on Malami’s behalf on Wednesday, the minister described Madu as ignorant. “Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) has described the ideas attributed to one Kelechi Madu as outrageously ignoramus opinions that are eccentric and weird to the legal profession. It is unfortunate for someone who claims to be a lawyer of a status of a Solicitor General of a provincial State of Alberta in Canada to fault the internationally recognized manner through which Nnamdi Kanu who jumped bail was re-arrested and brought back to face trial,” the statement read.

Kano Youth Sets Self Ablaze Over Inability To Pay NECO Fees

A 20-year-old man in Kano State has set himself ablaze after all his efforts to raise the money to pay for his Secondary School Leaving Certificate Examination (SSCE) organised by the National Examination Council (NECO), failed. The incident happened last week Tuesday in Garo town of Kabo Local Government Area of the State.

According to reports, the youth, who was identified as Danladi Shu’aib, had written the exams three times but failed. However, he could not raise money to register for the exam this year.

A resident, Ya’u Ahmad Garo, confirmed to Daily Trust that late Shu’aib had on various occasions threatened to commit suicide if he failed to write the exam. He also explained that Shu’aib was later taken to the hospital after setting himself ablaze, but died two days later.

Northern Elders Give Conditions For Supporting Zoning Presidency To South

The Northern Elders Forum says for the north to support the southern governors’ demand for the 2023 presidency, they must give a convincing reason and present the right candidate.

NEF’s spokesman, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, who said this on Channels TV yesterday, was reacting to the resolution of Southern Governors Forum meeting on Monday in Lagos that the South should be allowed to produce the president of Nigeria in 2023.

Baba-Ahmed said: “Southerners will have to convince the northerners on what they stand to benefit if they shift power to the south. You read in between the lines of their well-crafted communique that says that they want basically a southern presidency. It is not wrong. That means the North needs to yield the presidency to the southern part of the country. There is nothing wrong with that.”

“The problem is the manner it is being pursued this time by people who were elected on the basis of the constitution, who understand that politics is about getting up and convincing people rather than just sitting down and say ‘we want this, we want that.’ That’s wrong.”

We’ve Sent Many Bandits To God – Chief Of Army Staff

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya, on Wednesday, said his men have sent many bandits to God to answer for their crimes.

Speaking with state house correspondents after his elevation to the rank of Lieutenant General, Yahya said the military has been giving bandits a tough time.

Asked to comment on Buhari’s directive that bandits and other criminal elements should be treated in the language that they understand, he said: “That’s what we have started doing already. Many of them have been sent to God to answer for their crimes, and we will continue to do that.”

NYSC Controversy: Court Clears Ex-Finance Minster Kemi Adeosun

A Federal High Court in Abuja has cleared former Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, of the controversy over her participation in the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.

In 2018, Premium Times had reported how the former minister “illegally obtained” her NYSC exemption certificate to get into public office. This had sparked a controversy which forced Adeosun to resign her appointment. But the minister, who was accused of forgery, later filed a suit before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

In a ruling on Wednesday, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, held that Adeosun was not qualified to have participated in the scheme when she graduated at 22 years because she was then a British citizen. The judge further held that as at when she formally returned to Nigeria, and became a Nigerian citizen, at over 30 years, she was not eligible to present herself for the NYSC service.

Ban On Open Grazing Won’t Work – Zulum

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State says the prohibition of herders from grazing openly in some states will not work.

At a summit which held in Asaba, Delta State capital, two months ago, the Southern governors had unanimously banned open grazing, attributing this to the clashes between farmers and herdsmen.

But their action was received with mixed feelings, with the presidency saying the constitution guarantees freedom of movement. When he featured on a Channels TV programme on Wednesday, Zulum said the ban will not work until the insecurity and economic crisis are addressed.

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