The headlines of mainstream Nigerian newspapers for Wednesday, December 18, are focused on President Muhammadu Buhari's warning to politicians against namedropping, the continued controversy surrounding Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), Atiku Abubakar's warning to the president on borrowing, among other top stories.
The Nation reports that in the race to replace Buhari come 2023, the president has advised against using his office for electioneering.
The race to succeed him in 2023 got his attention on Tuesday as he warned against the use of his office in the campaigns, adding that he would guarantee a free and fair election.
The Guardian reports that Atiku on Tuesday, December 17, strongly warned the president against debt accumulation affecting the country's future.
His condemnation came following the signing into law of the 2020 budget by Buhari, where important personalities like Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, and SGF Boss Mustapha, among others, were present.
The Punch reports that there were signs on Tuesday, December 17, that lecturers who do not register for the IPPIS may have a rough Christmas as the government maintains its position on the new payment system.
The newspaper learnt that the federal government has insisted that those who fail to follow the directive on the integrated system will not get their salary.
This Day reports that business leaders in the country have praised the budgetary system of January-December signed into law by the president on his birthday.
They all agreed that the budget will help the economy grow and ensure speedy development in all areas, especially in the public and private sectors.
Vanguard reports that the Abuja division of the Federal High Court on Tuesday, December 17, issued a summon on the attorney-general of the federation and justice minister, Abubakar Malami, and director-general of the Department of State Service to come and explain the continued detention of Omoyele Sowore.
The new development came a day after Femi Falana, a human rights activist, said the attorney-general could lose his job if he does not ensure the release of Sowore.
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