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Nigerian Newspapers (Thursday, 20 June, 2019 Edition)

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

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

1. The Presidency on Wednesday in a statement issued by Mr. Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, asked former President Olusegun Obasanjo to state why he shunned June 12 Democracy Day inauguration.

Shehu in his statement noted that Obasanjo was invited for the event, but he however ignored it.

“Chief Olusegun Obasanjo owes an answer to Nigerians on his absence from the 2019 Presidential inauguration and Democracy Day celebration,” the presidency said. Read More

2. The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the sacking of Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, following his recent statement about his troops fighting the Boko Haram insurgency.

Naija Buzz had reported how the army chief berated his soldiers, saying that the recent setbacks the army witnessed in the fight against insurgency was due to the lack of commitment by his officers and soldiers fighting the war against insurgency.

The PDP in its reaction to Buratai’s statement called for the sacking of all Service Chiefs over the renewed Boko Haram attacks, spate of kidnappings and banditry in the country,” Read More on Naija Buzz

3. A former Director of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mike Ejiofor, alleges that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has lost control of his troops.

Ejiofor’s statement came following the army chief’s recent statement about his troops fighting the Boko Haram insurgency.

Buratai has come under serious attack since making the statement, with many calling for his sack and others saying that he sits in an air conditioned office to demoralize his troops who risk their lives at war front. Read the reaction by the former secret service boss on Naija Buzz

4. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday in Lagos at a dinner and interactive session with Faculty Members of Harvard Business School revealed that the extreme poverty problem in Nigeria denies him sleep at night.

“I think what keeps me up at night has to do with extreme poverty,” he said.

Osinbajo further noted that the largest numbers of those who voted for President Muhammadu Buhari and him are very poor.

“The issue is that the largest number of those who vote for us are the very poor. The promises that government makes to them is that their lives will be better and obviously they are looking at their lives being better in the shortest possible time. he added. Read More

5. The United Kingdom has cautioned its citizens against travelling to some states in Nigeria.

The warning was contained in a report by the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) which was released on Monday.

Some of the states the UK government warned citizens against visiting in Nigeria include states ravaged by terrorists, and kidnappers. Read more details on Naija Buzz

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