Newspaper review for Friday, January 31: Buhari ignores call to sack service chiefs

Newspaper review for Friday, January 31: Buhari ignores call to sack service chiefs

Nigeria's security is rapidly deteriorating and the pressure is on President Buhari to fire his service chiefs. This is the focus of the country's major newspapers published on Friday, January 31.

The Nation newspaper's focus is on the clash between the presidency and the lead opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), over the rising cases of insecurity in the country.

The opposition party said recent comments by President Muhammadu Buhari showed he was incapable of providing solutions to the security challenges.

The presidency, however, fired back at the opposition party, saying the president is in control of the situation and will in due time put all the issues of insecurity to rest.

Newspaper review for Friday, January 31: Buhari ignores call to sack service chiefs

The front page of The Nation newspaper for Friday, January 31
Source: UGC

The Punch's newspaper's front page also carries a story on the security challenges facing the country.

During the Senate's debate on Security on Wednesday, January 29, the lawmakers called for the sack of the service chiefs as one of the steps the president should take to address the challenges.

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The following day, President Buhari summoned the service chiefs for a closed-door meeting, making Nigerians to speculate that he may fire them after the meeting.

But the report by The Punch says the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd.), who spoke to the newsmen after the meeting said the issue of the sack was not discussed.

Newspaper review for Friday, January 31: Buhari ignores call to sack service chiefs

The front page of The Punch newspaper for Friday, January 31
Source: UGC

The front-page story on The Guardian is similar to that of The Punch's as it also reveals that the president and his security council were not bothered by the call by the Senate and the House of Representatives to fire the service chiefs.

The newspaper adds that Monguno said the service chiefs received instructions from the president urging various security agencies to work in synergy to address the myriads of challenges threatening the country's peace.

Newspaper review for Friday, January 31: Buhari ignores call to sack service chiefs

The front page of The Guardian newspaper for Friday, January 31
Source: UGC

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Covering from another editorial angle, Vanguard's front page is also on the security challenges and the calls for the sack of the service chiefs.

According to the newspaper, regional groups such as Afenifere, Ohanaeze and PANDEF have all supported the call for the service chiefs to be replaced.

Newspaper review for Friday, January 31: Buhari ignores call to sack service chiefs

The front page of Vanguard newspaper for Friday, January 31
Source: UGC

ThisDay newspaper also focuses on the security issue but uniquely covers the side of the presidency.

According to the newspaper, the federal government is calling on all Nigerians to cooperate and collaborate with it in its effort to rid the country of the daunting security challenges.

Newspaper review for Friday, January 31: Buhari ignores call to sack service chiefs

The front page of Thisday newspaper for Friday, January 31
Source: UGC

Meanwhile, Femi Adesina, a presidential spokesperson, has said President Buhari is fully aware of the security challenges in Nigeria.

Adesina made the statement on Thursday, January 30, when dismissing the media narrative which claimed that Buhari said he is unaware of the security challenges in the country.

He argued that Buhari was quoted out of context when he was speaking about the emergence of banditry in the north-west region of the country.

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