The main headlines of mainstream Nigerian newspapers of Friday, May 24, are focused on the proposed establishment of a radio station for Fulani herdsmen by the federal government, Governor Kayode Fayemi's emergence as NGF chairman among others.
The Guardian reports that the federal government has been cautioned by the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum against proceeding with its plan to set up a radio station for Fulani herdsmen.
The leaders, who warned that the establishment of the radio station will precipitate a crisis in the country, said the station would become a weapon for spreading hateful propaganda against other nationalities.
The forum said: “We totally reject this insensitive decision of the government. The radio smacks of hypocrisy and deception, coming from a government that has in the last four years denied responsibility on behalf of Fulani herdsmen for crimes they (herdsmen) even owned up to.”
The Nation reports that 159 suspects were arrested and paraded by the police in Lagos state for different crimes, such as robbery, kidnapping and cultism.
The suspects were paraded by the Lagos state commissioner of police, Zubairu Muazu, and on display were 43 arms and 80 ammunition, which the police chief said were recovered from the suspects.
Puff Adder, a special operation introduced by the inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu, was responsible for the arrest of the suspects.
The Punch reports also reports that the federal government has been cautioned against its proposed establishment of a radio station to reach herdsmen.
The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum and the Christian Association of Nigeria disagreed with the Jama’atu Nasril Islam over the radio station.
While the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum and the Christian Association of Nigeria condemned the move, Jama’atu Nasril Islam said there was nothing wrong with the creation of a radio station for Fulani herdsmen.
The spokesperson for CAN, Pastor Bayo Oladeji, says: “Why didn’t they set up a radio station for farmers too? Where is the radio station for the bandits in Zamfara, or for the Niger Delta militants? No single person has been prosecuted for the killings in the North-Central. Is the allegation by former President Olusegun Obasanjo that there is a planned Fulanisation of the country not playing out now?”
This Day on its part reports that the Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi's emergence as chairman of the Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF) could change the political calculation in the southwest.
Those who have held the position in the past succeeded in using it to position themselves for relevance in the Nigerian political space.
Senate president Bukola Saraki chaired the NGF when he was Kwara state governor and minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, chaired the forum when he was Rivers state governor.
Both men used the platform to position themselves for more relevance in the current political dispensation.
According to Vanguard, truck owners will commence removal of their vehicles from Oshodi/Apapa express on Friday, May 24, following President Muhammadu Buhari's directive.
President Buhari, on Wednesday, May 22, ordered immediate clearance of Apapa gridlock and restoration of law and order to Apapa and its environs within two weeks.
A meeting between Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led taskforce and stakeholder in the maritime sector in Lagos on Thursday, May 23.
A source that was at the meeting said the trucks would be relocated to 53 private trailer parks in Lagos.
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