Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Thursday morning

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Dec 25th, 2014
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Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know this morning:

1. Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka in a piece titled, ‘Watch And Pray, Watch And Prey’, has expressed great shock at the contents of former President, Olusegun Obasanjo’s controversial autobiography titled, My Watch. He said Obasanjo was an expert in telling lies and a shameless man.

2. The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had in a Christmas message to Nigerians said that despite the wealth of Nigerian, its people have continued to live in abject poverty, promising to better the lives of Nigerians if elected. He also assured that insurgency would become a thing of the past as he would involve former Generals in his effort to curb it.

3. The Presidency while reacting to the call by Governor Rotimi Ameachi of Rivers state that the army should continue to commit mutiny if they are not equipped, has accused the Rivers State Governor of “treason”, and also condemning Buhari for standing with the Governor despite his (Buhari) integrity as a former military leader. This condemnation came through the Senior Special Adviser to President Jonathan on political matters, Doyin Okupe.

4. The Defence headquarters have confirmed that a suicide bomber who rammed a Honda car loaded with Improvised Explosive Devices into a military checkpoint in Bajoga, Gombe, State was killed by the military on Wednesday after the explosives failed to detonate. The Director of Defence Information, Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, confirmed this no newsmen.

5. Another report this morning showed a 13-year old girl’s confession on how she was recruited by the Boko Haram militants as a suicide bomber. The girl who was part of the suicide bombers that attacked Kano confessed that her father persuaded her to die for Allah, while the leader of the insurgents threatened her life and her other colleagues. She was identified as Zaharau Babangida.

6. Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, yesterday said over 100,000 employers of Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, have not been paid their October to December 2014 salaries, hence they would be having an awful christmas celebration.

7. The Independent National Electoral Commission has said it cannot probe donors of president Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign funds as it is only security agencies that can investigate any party, person or company that violates any part of the country’s Electoral Act. This was disclosed by INEC’s Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi.

8. Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Abubakar Gumi has faulted a newspaper report that claimed he called the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari as a corrupt fellow. Denying the report, he said it was not for him to determine who is corrupt or not.

9. The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday assured Nigerians this Christmas would be their last under difficult situation as insecurity, corruption, unemployment, hopelessness and poor leadership would become a thing of the past if voters use the opportunity offered by the coming presidential election to choose competent leadership.

10. President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday extended his Christmas wishes to all Nigerians, assuring of a peaceful Christmas celebration, and also promising a peaceful 2015 general elections without violence and rancour.

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