Newspaper review for Friday, February 7: Buhari pledges more funding, equipment to tackle insecurity

Newspaper review for Friday, February 7: Buhari pledges more funding, equipment to tackle insecurity

Nigerian security challenges continue to dominate the country's public discourse. Stories of the security situation occupy the front pages two major newspapers published on Friday, February 7: ThisDay and Vanguard.

The front page of ThisDay newspaper focused on the new combat helicopters which were inducted by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, February 6.

During the induction, the president restated his commitment to finding lasting solutions to the security challenges across the country.

The president also thanked the foreign countries where the helicopters were procured from, promising to strengthen the bilateral relationships with them.

Newspaper review for Friday, February 7

The front page of ThisDay newspaper for Friday, February 7
Source: UGC

Vanguard newspaper's focus is on the reactions to the comment made by President Buhari at the commissioning of the combat helicopters.

President Buhari and the air chief had stated during the ceremony that the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents had been decimated.

However, prominent leaders from the northern part of the country have contrary views.

Alhaji Tanko Yakassa disagreed with the president's claims on security while a former governor of old Kaduna state, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, claimed the security has not improved.

Newspaper review for Friday, February 7

The front page of Vanguard newspaper for Friday, February 7
Source: UGC

The Nation newspaper's focus is also on President Buhari, though this time on economic issues.

The president during his meeting with the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) at Aso Villa lamented that the outbreaking of the coronavirus which has spread from China to other countries is affecting Nigeria's economy.

President also listed bad harvests, drop in oil price, and so on, as some factors working against the growth of the economy.

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Newspaper review for Friday, February 7

The front page of The Nation newspaper for Friday, February 7
Source: UGC

The Guardian's focus is on the plan by the Nigerian Senate to review the constitution.

The president of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, had constituted a 56-member panel made up of seven principal officers as a steering committee for the constitution review, with one senator each from the 36 states and two each representing the six geopolitical zones.

However, reactions to the Senate's move has been negative as there are arguments that constitution review is outside the jurisdiction of the upper legislative chamber.

Reacting to the development, a professor of International Law and Jurisprudence in the University of Lagos, Akin Oyebode said "it is neither the place nor function of the National Assembly, being a parliament set up to enact legislation for the peace, order and good government."

According to Oyebode: "The rightful body to discharge the duty of fashioning a new fundamental law is a duly convened constituent assembly, otherwise, it would amount to the tail wagging the dog."

Newspaper review for Friday, February 7

The front page of The Guardian newspaper for Friday, February 7
Source: UGC

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