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Nigerian Newspapers (Sunday, 7 April, 2019 Edition)

President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the National Food Security Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja

Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Sunday morning????. Enjoy!

1.Paul Unongo, a former Chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, has revealed that he warned President Muhammadu Buhari on his first day in office not to run Nigeria through a cabal.

“Mr President is fully in charge of his administration. I am one of the people who advised him not to micro-manage Nigeria. I told him on the first day in office that I was worried that he was not appointing advisers and that I could see the desire in him to micro-manage Nigeria. I said if he attempted it, he would collapse and die and Nigeria would continue. I urged him to get the best advisers. Who is a president? A president is a person who gets things done by applying the best minds and he is only the coordinator,” he said.

His position however contradicts the statements of Mrs. Aisha Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, who had repeatedly stated that some people hijacked her husband’s government.

2. The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council of Nigeria has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to pick the next Secretary to the Government of the Federation from the South-East to correct the perceived marginalisation of the Igbo.

The group also endorsed the emergence of the next Senate President from the North East as planned by the leadership of the ruling APC.

“The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council demands from Presidency the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation as the rightful means of re-writing the past mistakes of perceived marginalisation of the Igbo in the first tenure of the Buhari presidency.

“We are also supporting the Senate Presidency to go to the North-East as we expect the North-East to relinquish the office of SGF to the South-East.  We have eminent personalities from the region who are qualified for the job. The Presidency should allow its appointments to reflect the principle of federal character as the position of the SFG will heal the injustice of the past and unite Nigeria as one,” Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the President-General of the group, said.

3. Report has it that efforts by the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, to pacify Senator Ali Ndume to drop his ambition to become Senate President has failed.

Ndume had vehemently rejected the position of the leadership of his party to support Senator Ahmed Lawan.

An undisclosed source who is a senator told Punch that some senators who wants Lawan to become the next Senate President had travelled to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, to meet Governor Kashim Shettima who is also an APC senator-elect over Ndume’s ambition.

“The governor, who was probably aware of the Pro-Lawan senators’ visit, travelled out of the country before their arrival.

“The lawmakers decided to meet the deputy governor, who is not a stakeholder in the project. During the brief session, the deputy governor told the lawmakers that Shettima had travelled to Saudi Arabia,” the senator said.

4. Chief Victor Oye, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), in a recent statement said that the Igbos have totally lost out for vehemently rejecting President Muhammadu Buhari.

The last election was a tragedy for our people. I was among those who spoke against putting all our eggs in one basket. My idea was that if we could give President (Muhammadu) Buhari about 40 per cent, then, the balance could go to anyone who we so much loved. But today, we have lost out. It was that mistake that we made on February 23. That is having serious impact on our people in Lagos. The people there voted for a party they saw as theirs and didn’t want Ndigbo to do otherwise. When you go to Rome, behave like Romans,” he said.

5. Prince Dayo Adeyeye, a former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who is now a senator-elect under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has stated that no PDP senator would contest the Senate Presidency.

“In America, as we speak, the Republicans are in the majority with three or four senators over the Democrats in the Senate and yet nobody in the minority party has ever contemplated nominating any of their members to become the majority leader. That will be against the ethics and the norms of parliamentary practice and procedure,” he said in an interview with Punch.

Nigerians have given the APC the majority of the seats in the Senate. They therefore expect the APC to control the Senate. Nobody should therefore try to subvert the will of the people by trying to play any game or cause any division among the majority party such that the will of the people, freely expressed at the polls, could be subverted. I do not expect any member of the PDP to come out and contest leadership positions meant for the party with the majority seats on the day of inauguration of the 9th National Assembly,” he added.

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