Newspaper review for Friday, March 13: Sanusi sues FG, Kano government over banishment

Newspaper review for Friday, March 13: Sanusi sues FG, Kano government over banishment

The dethronement and banishment of the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, and other key issues occupy the front pages of major Nigerian print newspapers published on Friday, March 13.

The Punch newspaper cover the Kano saga from three major editorial angles: Sanusi's reaction, Wole Soyinka's response to the dethronement and some high profile visits to the deposed emir.

According to the newspaper, Sanusi is poised to contest his detention in Nasarawa state where he was banished to after the dethronement.

While the former monarch has shown no interest in contesting his dethronement, he has made it clear that he would challenge the banishment.

He has sued the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu; the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi; the Attorney-General of Kano state, Ibrahim Muktar, and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN).

The Punch also reports that Nigeria's Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, also hit Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, saying he lacked friends who could have prevailed on him to save himself before dethroning and banishing Sanusi.

The governor of Nasarawa state, security chiefs and some emirs in the state have also visited Sanusi in the small town of Awe where he currently resides.

Newspaper review for Friday, March 13

The front page of The Punch newspaper published on Friday, March 13
Source: UGC

The Guardian's front page is also on the Sanusi dethronement saga and it is quite similar to that of The Punch; it covers Sanusi's legal suit challenging his detention and Soyinka's statement.

Another information the newspaper, however, adds is the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU) Awka, Anambra State, has postponed its honorary doctoral degree award which it planned to confer on Sanusi.

The newspaper also covers reactions from the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), a PDP chieftain and others.

Newspaper review for Friday, March 13

The front page of The Guardian newspaper published on Friday, March 13
Source: UGC

Away from the Sanusi saga, The Nation newspaper's frontpage focus is on the crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

On Tuesday, March 10, the APC deputy national secretary Victor Giadom convened a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC).

The embattled national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, described the meeting as illegal and queried Giadom.

However, the governors on the platform of the party want to know the position of President Buhari on the issue.

As the crises continue unresolved, many political analysts speculate looming defeat for the ruling party in the forthcoming elections in the country.

Newspaper review for Friday, March 13

The front page of The Nation newspaper published on Friday, March 13
Source: UGC

Vanguard newspaper's front page also focused on the APC crisis, covering four major areas.

According to the newspaper, officials of the APC have removed Oshiomhole’s pictures from billboards at the party's national secretariat.

Also, 47 non-NWC members have kicked against the NEC meeting which Oshiomhole had also declared illegal.

The newspaper also states that the hearing in the case against the appointment of Abiola Ajimobi as the deputy national chairman of the APC (south) has begun in Ekiti.

Newspaper review for Friday, March 13

The front page of Vanguard newspaper published on Friday, March 13
Source: UGC

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ThisDay newspaper's front page focused on the nation's economy.

According to ThisDay, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is working with commercial banks, pension funds and other financial institutions to raise N1.5trillion to fund key infrastructural projects in the country.

CBN's governor Godwin Emefiele made this known just as the apex bank ruled out the devaluation of naira.

Newspaper review for Friday, March 13

The front page of ThisDay newspaper published on Friday, March 13
Source: UGC

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