The newspaper headlines for Tuesday, May 8, leads with President Muhammadu Buhari embarking on a four-day medical trip to the United Kingdom. The president had had a meeting with his doctor in the course of a technical stopover for aircraft maintenance on his way back from Washington, last week and had been requested to return amongst other stories.
The Punch reports that President Muhammadu Buhari will on Tuesday embark on a four-day medical trip to the United Kingdom.
According to a statement on Monday by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, the president’s trip is at the instance of his doctor. He said Buhari would return to the country on Saturday.
The statement read: “President Muhammadu Buhari will tomorrow (Tuesday) undertake a four-day trip to the United Kingdom. In the course of the technical stop-over for aircraft maintenance in London on his way back from Washington last week, the President had a meeting with his doctor."
Vanguard reports that the Emir of Katsina, Dr. Abdulmumini Kabiru Usman, yesterday, said those against President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term re-election were behind the current killings and insecurity bedevilling the country.
The paramount ruler stated this when he received President Buhari on condolence visit to the palace over the death of Chief Imam of Katsina Central Mosque, Alhaji Muhammadu Lawal, 95, who died on Sunday.
He said: “Those who don’t want you re-elected and who don’t want your government to succeed are behind the current killings ravaging the country. More than 80 per cent of these crises are being sponsored by individuals.
“It is designed to discredit and bring down your government but they will not succeed. We will continue to pray for you and, therefore, urge Nigerians to join us in praying.”
The Nation reports that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said that Nigeria recovered about N7.8 billion, $378 million and £27,800 through the Whistle-blower’s Policy launched by President Muhammadu Buhari in December 2016.
He also said the federal government met no savings in the accounts when the Buhari administration came on board.
According to him, the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA), which oversees the Whistleblower’s Policy in the Ministry of Finance, has helped the government to save over N200 billion by eliminating ghost workers. PICA was established to clean up the payroll and pension system across all the ministries, departments and agencies.
The Guardian reports that the federal government could ignite a crisis, if its planned resumption of oil exploration in Ogoniland goes ahead without the resolution of key issues.
The warning by stakeholders in the Niger Delta is coming on the heels of last weekend’s meeting between the leadership of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu. The meeting had sought to find solutions to the crisis in Ogoniland.
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Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) was forced to stop exploration and leave Ogoniland in 1993, following an upheaval that caused the death of several Ogoni persons.
The president of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Eric Omare, told The Guardian that the meeting proves the federal government cares nothing about the tragic experiences the Ogoni people have gone through, including the murder of Ken Saro- Wiwa and other prominent Ogoni activists.
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