The major headlines in mainstream newspapers, today, Friday, July 12 are focused on the revelation of the identity of the individual behind the Tinubu 2023 items, the intrigues surrounding the release of the ministerial list, and the latest Shiites clash with security agents over the release of their leader.
Kicking off the review, The Nation reports that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Thursday, July 11 disowned a “faceless group” pushing his alleged 2023 ambition.
Campaign souvenirs, such as T shirts, fez caps and leaflets had been packaged by the group of “mischief makers”, to embarrass the former Lagos state governor.
According to the publication, the items were traced to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where they were said to have been prepared and embossed with Tinubu’s name, in a bid to cause disaffection in the ruling party.
Although the souvenirs were credited to an unknown group christened “Asiwaju Reloaded Ambassadors”, sources reportedly said they were bankrolled by a Kaduna politician.
The Punch reports that President Muhammadu Buhari admitted on Thursday night that he had been under unprecedented pressure to release the names of his ministerial-nominees.
The president, who made a brief remark during a dinner he had with the leadership of the National Assembly, however, maintained that he would not be stampeded into releasing the list.
He stated that when he first came into office in 2015, the majority of ministerial appointees were not known to him personally.
This time round, the president stated that things would be different as he would appoint persons that he knew personally, a reason the search had continued till now.
On its part, The Guardian reports that the move by Senate President Ahmed Lawan on Wednesday, July 10 to pacify anxious colleagues over President Muhammadu Buhari’s delayed submission of a ministerial list fell on its on Thursday.
Lawan had quickly intervened to douse growing tension among the lawmakers who were worried that the delay could increase pressure on their work schedule, especially as the end of session recess was just two weeks away.
“This is to inform this Senate that the executive arm of government is working very hard to get the list of ministerial nominees to the Senate. I can imagine that before this week runs out, we could get the list,” he said.
But with Thursday being the National Assembly’s last legislative day, the cloud of uncertainty surrounding the list is expected to thicken.
Still on the issue of the ministerial list, ThisDay reports that intense intrigues and lobby have restrained the submission of President Muhammadu Buhari’s list of ministerial nominees to the Senate, in spite of assurances by the presidency on Wednesday night that the list had been concluded and was on its way to the upper chamber of the federal legislature.
A presidency source told the publication that the president had closed entries into the list and directed its submission, just as he had instructed the transmission of his application for approval for appointment of 15 special advisers.
Senate President Ahmed Lawan had told his colleagues on Tuesday that he was expecting the list shortly, in order to enable the Senate to consider the nominees and confirm them before the legislators proceed on recess.
However, the nation might have to wait a while to know those the president would be proposing to work with, as the intrigues surrounding the compilation of the nominees have become intense with former ministers mounting blistering pressure to return to office.
Rounding off the review, Vanguard reports that members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shi’ites, on Thursday, clashed with the police at the federal secretariat, Abuja, with one of the leaders in the south-west saying there would be no Nigeria in 2023 if security agents continue to kill them.
The clash occurred barely 48 hours after they clashed with the police at the National Assembly, injuring some policemen and destroying vehicles.
Wielding placards and chanting anti-government songs, the protesters demanded the immediate release of Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, their leader.
They had converged on the federal secretariat and were marching towards Eagle Square when they were intercepted by armed anti-riot policemen.
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