The Nigerian newspaper headlines for Thursday, November 28, lead with the protest at the National Assembly over anti-hate speech and social media bills, INEC's report on smart card readers, among other top stories.
Nigerian newspaper The Punch reports that scores of protesters made up of civil society groups and students besieged the National Assembly complex on Wednesday, November 27.
They asked the federal lawmakers to drop the anti-social media and the hate speech bills which are at various stages in the nation’s parliament.
The protesters armed with placards containing various inscriptions, chanted, “What are we saying?, Say no to social media bill; What are we demanding? Say no to hate speech bill.”
The Guardian reports that the federal government, National Assembly and office of the auditor-general for the federation’s acclaimed pursuit of transparency and fiscal discipline is being threatened.
The threat is coming from the non-presentation of the 2017 audit report on the accounts of the federation, nearly two years after the end of the fiscal calendar.
According to Vanguard report, the federal government has said that closure of the nation’s borders has contributed to the rising inflation.
But the FG has also assured that the closure is temporary as the government expects the neighbouring countries to respect the ECOWAS protocols to enable the reopening of the borders.
This was made known by the minister of finance, budget and national planning, Zainab Ahmed, while fielding questions from State House correspondents after the weekly federal executive council.
The Nation reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) came down hard on the judiciary and politicians, blaming them for the nation’s electoral woes.
The agency also said the smart card reader, whose introduction into the electoral system in 2015, is seen as a game-changer, has outlived its usefulness.
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