The Nigerian Newspapers review for Friday, November 7, leads with a report on the Vanguard newspaper which states that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has dismissed suggestions that there is a rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Yemi Osinbajo.
The CAN’s national director, legal and public affairs, Samuel Kwamkur also said the reported sack of Osinbajo’s 35 aides may not have been done in bad faith.
“We believe President Buhari has a reason for dismissing the aides to his deputy. However, it is left for him to explain to Nigerians why he had to let them go. “CAN does not think there is a rift between the President and Vice President Osinbajo," he said.
“The VP has been very loyal to the President. In fact, we think he is one of the most loyal Vice Presidents in Africa.
In a related report on This Day newspaper, the presidency dismissed as untrue, the list, circulating in the media, containing the names of 35 aides of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo purportedly sacked.
Laolu Akande, the senior special assistant to the vice president, in a tweet on Thursday night, November 7, said the list was false.
“A list circulating in the media on the so-called sacked presidential aides is not genuine and ought to be ignored,” he tweeted.
In another news report, unions in the oil sector have backed the federal government’s decision to suspend supply of petroleum products to petrol stations within 20 kilometers of all the border posts.
The Punch newspaper reports that the general secretary of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Afolabi Olawale, said the union was in support of the suspension of the supply of fuel to border filing stations.
Meanwhile, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industries (LCCI) said the closure of Nigeria’s land borders has brought suffering and losses to some businesses within and outside Nigeria.
The Nation newspaper reports that LCCI’s vice president and chairman, Gabriel Idahosa, said the border closure had forced people to pay higher for the local products.
He said some distributors of foreign products are suffering loss of business because they had invested in becoming distributors from those countries.
In another news report, the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) disclosed that it is working with the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) to block bank accounts of 200 allegedly corrupt public officers.
The Guardian newspaper reports that the chairman of CCB, Professor Mohammed Isah, made the disclosure at a town hall meeting on anti-corruption organised by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.
Isah said the bureau had investigated over 200 cases, filed 75 at the tribunal while about 100 were pending.
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