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Amb. Ibrahim A. Gambari, President Muhammadu Buhari’s new Chief of Staff

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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.

Buhari’s success is our success, Chief of Staff tells Nigerians

The Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, on Sunday urged Nigerians to give maximum support to President Muhammadu Buhari, saying “his success is our success.”

Gambari, visiting his ancestral home, Ilorin, for the first time after his appointment as Chief of Staff to the President, made the call while speaking with Journalists in Ilorin, the Kwara capital.

“This period is an opportunity to reflect on the state of our country and to give maximum support to our president, Muhammadu Buhari, because his success is our success. By the grace of God, all the programmes and projects he has embarked upon, in economic, political and social domains will materialize for the betterment of our people.

Nigerian printers decry industry monopoly by foreigners

The Chartered Institute of Professional Printers of Nigeria on Wednesday lamented that foreign printers have monopolised the market, making it impossible for Nigerians to freely import paper into the country. The President and Chairman-in-Council of the Institute, Mr. Olugbemi Malomo, said the ease of doing business in the country has allowed foreigners to come unhindered to retail level, thereby denying the industry opportunity to build capacity.

Malomo spoke at the second edition of the Institute’s annual National Conferences in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital with the theme: “Using Regulation To Revive The Ailing Printing Industry.” He expressed regrets that the obvious distortion in the equilibrium of the print-related economy of the nation has resulted in the current predicament of the “ailing” industry.

Malomo expressed concern that large number of printing jobs, including ballot papers, are done abroad to the detriment of the indigenous professional printers. This, he said, is not due to lack of capacity of the Nigerian printers but “because people are taking advantage of outdated government policy.”

Eid-el-Kabir: Army remains focused in tackling security challenges –COAS

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has assured Nigerians that the Nigerian Army would remain focused in tackling the myriad of security challenges bedevilling the country.

Yahaya gave the assurance in his goodwill message to officers, soldiers and their families on the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir celebration 2021, on Monday in Abuja.

He said that Eid-el-Kabir festival highlighted the virtues of loyalty, obedience and sacrifice which were the hallmark of professional soldiering. According to him, “Eid Festival therefore provides a unique opportunity for us to reflect and redouble our efforts towards fulfilling our constitutional roles of defeating our adversaries and defending the territorial integrity of Nigeria. No doubt, the Nation is faced with myriads of security challenges, the Nigerian Army has so far lived up to expectations and will continue to remain focused in tackling these challenges.

APC chairmanship: No gang-up can stop me, says Yari

A former governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, has said no amount of gang up or blackmail would deter him from aspiring for the office of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress.

Yari said this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Sunday. He said he heard that some of his former colleagues and some party chieftains in the North-West were working to truncate his ambition in pursuit of theirs but that he would not be deterred.

He said, “Somebody told me that some of my colleagues and former colleagues are interested in the number one and number two slots. If the (National Chairmanship) seat goes to the North-West, nothing will get to them, so they ganged up to neutralize Yari. If God decides that it should be, it is going to be. People can manoeuvre and do all sorts of calculations but they will not prevail. All I know is this: I have the capacity to lead this party and they know what I can do.”

Yoruba Nation rally: Police to conduct autopsy on slain salesgirl today

The Lagos State Police Command will on Monday carry out a post-mortem examination on Jumoke Oyeleke, the salesgirl who was allegedly killed by a stray bullet during the Yoruba Nation rally in Lagos on July 3.

Agitators for the Yoruba Nation gathered at the Gani Fawehinmi Park at Ojota amid the presence of armed policemen and soldiers. Jumoke, 25, who displayed soft drinks at her boss’ shop in a compound close to the rally ground when security men chased some agitators into the premises, was hit by a stray bullet.

However, the police in a statement denied killing the victim, saying she was an abandoned corpse with a wound sustained from a sharp object. But her family and witnesses said she was killed when police opened fire on protesters.

E-transmission of results: Buhari’s aide defends rejection, NBA, others say resolution illegal, selfish

The Nigerian Bar Association on Sunday took a swipe at the National Assembly over its decision on the electronic transmission of election results.

The National Publicity Secretary of the NBA, Rapulu Nduka, in an interview with one of our correspondents, said the decision to attach conditions to the electronic transmission of election results had whittled down the powers of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Also, some senior lawyers said the lawmakers had tampered with the independence of the electoral commission with their decision. But the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu, in an interview with journalists on Sunday, defended the Senate, saying issues raised by the lawmakers should be considered.

Matawalle: PDP vows to pursue case up to Supreme Court

The Peoples Democratic Party has vowed to pursue its case against the defection of some of its governors and members of the National and State Assemblies up to the Supreme Court, should the need arise.

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan said this in a telephone interview with The PUNCH, in Abuja, on Sunday.

He explained that the PDP, as a law-abiding political institution, still has confidence in the judiciary and was willing to pursue any infringement on its rights and privileges as guaranteed in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As amended), to the highest Court in the land.

E-results transmission: No plan to rig 2023 poll, says Buhari’s aide

The Special Adviser to the President on Political matters, Babafemi Ojudu, has reacted to the legislature’s rejection of transmission of results electronically by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Recall that the lawmakers in the red chamber, had on Thursday, while deliberating on the Electoral Act 2010 Amendment Bill, voted that the commission should seek the permission of the National Assembly and the National Communications Commission.

The senators, who voted against the report the committee, anchored their decision on technical issues that may arise in some parts of the country.

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