Nigerian Newspapers: Headlines that will interest you today, Thursday

Good day, good citizens of Nigeria. Here are headlines from Nigerian Newspapers that may interest you today, Thursday, May 12, 2022.

1. Ministers’ exit: Buhari bows to pressure, APC panel may demand resignation letters [Punch Newspaper]

There are strong indications that members of the Federal Executive Council who have declared their intention to contest the 2023 presidential election may appear before the All Progressives Congress screening committee with copies of their letters of resignation and acknowledgement.

Party sources stated that this might form part of the additional stipulations the aspirants were expected to comply with. Read more.

2. Buhari’s order: Akpabio, Onu, Nwajiuba resign [Vanguard Newspaper]

Three ministers tendered their resignations, yesterday, following the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari on members of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, seeking electoral positions to resign.

Those who dropped their resignation letters at press time, last night, include the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba; Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, and Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio. Read more.

3. PDP accuses APC of looting Government funds for elections [NewsWireNGR]

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Muhammadu Buhari Presidency of allowing the alleged mass looting of public funds to corruptly create a war chest for the APC to intimidate Nigerians and muscle the 2023 general elections.

The PDP in a statement on Tuesday claimed that the All Progressives Congress is diverting public funds meant for development purposes and salaries of workers to its coffers by orchestrating the purchase of its presidential nomination form by all manner of persons at an excessive N100 million to warehouse sleaze funds for the elections. Read more.

4. Gbajabiamila begs for total debt cancellation by creditor-nations [NewsWireNGR]

Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has said that the Conference of Speakers and Heads of African Parliaments (CoSAP) is out to push for total debt cancellation by creditor-nations.

Gbajabiamila made this known on day two of the ongoing 1st CoSAP in Abuja.

He explained that the body would want all debts owed by African countries cancelled, adding that this would help the countries to start “reset the button to zero. Read more.

5. Bandits kill 6 soldiers in Taraba [NewsWireNGR]

The soldiers of the 93 Battalion, Nigerian Army in Takum, Takum Local Government Area (LGA) of Taraba, have come under heavy banditry attack, leaving six dead, and one missing.

DSP Abubakar Usman, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Taraba Command, who confirmed the report to newsmen in Jalingo, said that the soldiers were on their way to repel an attack on Tati village in Takum LGA, when they were ambushed by the bandits. Read more.

6. Soldiers who fought Biafra war protest 44 years unpaid pensions in lbadan [NewsWireNGR]

Some members of the First Intake Able Voluntary Retired or Discharged 10 or More Years in Military Service on Wednesday in Ibadan, protested their 44 years unpaid pensions.

The group led by their National Coordinator, Cpl. Babawande Philips Rtd. took to the streets of Ibadan, the Oyo state capital with placards bearing various inscriptions.

Among some of the inscriptions on their placards were 44 years unpaid pensions to the Nigeria Civil War Veterans’ and ‘We are dying in silence.’ Read more.

7. Nigeria’s GDP improves by 4.03% in Q3 2021 — NBS [NewsWireNGR]

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), says Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased by 4.03 per cent in the third quarter of 2021.

This is according to a report released by the NBS on Nigerian Gross Domestic Product Report (Expenditure and Income Approach) for Q3, Q4 2021 in Abuja on Wednesday.

According to the report, in the third quarter of 2021, Nigeria’s real GDP at basic prices grew by 4.03 per cent on a year-on-year basis showing a steady improvement from the economic downturn in 2020. Read more.

8. ASUP declares two-week strike [NewsWireNGR]

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics has declared a two weeks strike starting from May 16, 2022.

In a statement signed by its national president, Anderson Ezeibe, and titled, ‘Status Update of the ASUP/Federal Government of Nigeria Engagement; and Resolutions of the Emergency National Executive Council Meeting of ASUP Held on the 11th Of May, 2022,’ the union stated “suspended its industrial action declared on the 6th of April 2021 on the 10th of June, 2021, following the signing of a Memorandum of Action with the government.

The signed MoA contained a clear path to sustainable resolution of the issues in dispute with time lines attached to each of the items in dispute.” Read more.

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