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Nigerian Newspapers: Headlines that will interest you today, Monday

Good day, good citizens of Nigeria. Here are headlines from Nigerian Newspapers that may interest you today, Monday, January 31, 2022.

1. Presidency: APC in dilemma over zoning, may throw race open [Punch Newspaper]

There are strong indications that the All Progressives Congress is in a dilemma over the zoning of the 2023 presidency.

The PUNCH gathered on Sunday that although the party was looking southwards to pick its presidential candidate, there was a strong possibility that it could still throw the race open for both northern and southern aspirants.

A top leader of the APC, who confided in one of our correspondents, said the party was still considering options that could make it retain the presidency in 2023.

The party leader said, “Although from all indications, the next chairman will come from the North, that will not stop interested northerners from vying for the APC presidential ticket. We have competent aspirants in the North and the South. We have not made up our minds, but we will go for the best, who will help us retain the presidency in 2023.”

2. 2023: APC leaders split over Tinubu; South-East may get presidential ticket [Vanguard Newspaper]

Governors and top leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, are split over the presidential aspiration of the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The division is affecting zoning of National Working Committee, NWC, and National Executive Committee, NEC, offices ahead of the February 26 National Convention.

A top party source told Vanguard, weekend that contrary to perception, Asiwaju Tinubu is not desperate to become president in 2023 but wants agreements to be honoured.

“Top founders of the party know that President Buhari promised to hand over to Tinubu in 2023. Now if they don’t want to fulfill that promise, they have to  sit down with Tinubu and discuss.

“Tinubu has to be respected. You can’t treat him as nobody and expect him to keep quiet and do nothing. He is a democrat,” the source said.

3. Boko Haram frees 4 Chibok girls abducted in January [NewsWireNGR]

Boko Haram members suspected to be loyal to ISWAP group who invaded Kautikari village of Chibok Local Government Area in Borno state have freed four girls hitherto abducted on Friday 14th January, 2022, relevant sources have said.

Recall that during that incident, about nine residents of Kautikari village were abducted, before they released about two old women and some children, Unfortunately, the four young ladies were taken to Dille village axis of nearby Askira Uba Local Government Area that shares Local border with Sambisa forest

During that attack, a church and some residential houses including that of a renowned businessman (name withheld) were all set ablaze before snatching a cell phone belonging to his wife. Read more.

4. Shehu Sani says diplomatic buildings cost as much as US$2 million [NewsWireNGR]

Senator Shehu Sani, former Kaduna Central Senator, has underscored the need for an economic review of the dilapidated state of Nigerian Embassies abroad, to avoid colossal loss of foreign missions.

Sani, a former Deputy Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs in the eighth Senate, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

He spoke in reaction to complaints about the dilapidated state of Nigerian embassies abroad and its economic consequences to the country on funding repairs of such missions. Read more.

5. “We no be crayfish! We are human beings!” – Diobu waterfront residents’ emotional plea to end ongoing demolition [NewsWireNGR]

Residents Stranded as Rivers State Government evicts Elechi Waterfront Community on Saturday, as homes and residents were sacked, demolished at Elechi Phase I, Diobu, Port Harcourt.

The state government had earlier threatened to evacuate residents in some coastal communities in the state for allegedly harbouring criminals. This move had been objected to civil society organisations. Regardless, the government still carried out the demolition.

Amnesty International, and its civil society partners working in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, have condemned the ongoing forced eviction of waterfront communities in the Diobu axis of the city. Read more.

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