The headlines of mainstream Nigerian newspapers for Wednesday, February 5, are focused on President Muhammadu Buhari's claim that 90% of those affected by Boko Haram are Muslims, the support Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) gave to Operation Amotekun, among other stories.
The Punch reports that President Buhari has said that it is totally false that the activities of Boko Haram have taken the lives of more Christians than Muslims in the country.
The president said that the true account is that 90% of those who have been victims of the insurgent's activities are Muslims. This was made known in an op-ed Buhari gave for Christian Today, a US-based organisation.
Vanguard reports that the president on Tuesday, February 4, opined that 90% of those who suffer in the hands of Boko Haram are Muslims and not otherwise as being peddled around.
He also said that the group has also targetted the non-religious, young and the old, "without any discrimination".
In response to that, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) condemned the stance of the president, saying that the federal government does not have the figures and data to back up its claim.
The Nation reports that the southwest governors will be meeting on Thursday, February 6, with the Inspector-General of Police Sulaiman Adamu to work on the structural plan for the security initiative code-named Amotekun.
On the same day, attorneys-general and commissioners of justice of the region will be meeting to work on the bill that gives legal support to the initiative.
NLC and Catholic bishop in the region also gave support to the security initiative on Tuesday, February 4.
The Guardian reports that there were protests in the Senate on Tuesday, February 4, as the red chamber gave approval to N238.15 billion earmarked for the Nigerian Customs Service.
This came as there were allegations that the agency was facing a series of abuses. It was noted that legislators would have rejected the approval of the funds if Senate President Ahmed Lawal had not stepped in.
ThisDay reports that the government of Jersey in the US, the federal republic of Nigeria and the United States government have signed an agreement to bring back to the country over $308 million of seized assets.
The development which will make looted funds get back to the country has been praised by the attorney-general of the federation and the minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, as a big victory for Africa.
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