Good morning Nigeria, welcome to the news roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Wednesday, 23rd November 2022
The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele on Tuesday confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari will unveil the redesigned Naira notes on Wednesday, November 23, 2022.
Emefiele disclosed this while speaking at the Central Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee monthly meeting in Abuja.
Naija News recall that the CBN Governor in October had announcer that the apex bank would issue redesigned N200, N500, and N1,000 notes, effective December 15, 2022,
Emefiele, however, on Tuesday noted that the apex bank will not wait till December anymore for the unveiling of the new notes.
According to Emefiele, the deadline for returning the old Naira notes to commercial banks in exchange for newly designed ones would not be shifted.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday supervised the first oil drilling in the Northern part of Nigeria.
All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was on sight at the historical event some other top government officials witnessed today, Naija News reports.
The Oil Prospecting Lease (OPL) 809 and 810 at the Kolmani oil field site are located in Bauchi and Gombe States.
The Kolmani Integrated Development Project phase I is expected to entail an in-situ Oil Refinery of up to 120k barrels/day capacity, a gas processing plant of up to 500 million standard cubic feet per day, a Power Plant of up to 300MW capacity and a Fertilizer Plant of 2,500 tons per day, President Buhari’s aide, Bashir Ahmad revealed.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola on Tuesday declared that most of the inmates that escaped from the Kuje prison during the attack on the facility in July are still at large.
The Minister made it known that security operatives have been able to recapture a few but search efforts are still on for most others.
Speaking in Abuja during the fourth edition of the ‘President Muhammadu Buhari Administration Scorecard’ press conference, held at the National Press Center, Aregbesola added that they have completed their investigation on the matter and a report has been submitted to President Buhari.
He added however that because the matter is a security issue and it’s sensitive, more details can’t be revealed publicly but he’s sure the President would take appropriate action at the right time.
Naija News recalls gunmen on July 5, attacked the Kuje Medium Correctional Facility in Abuja and freed many inmates including some high-profile Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists.
Speaking on the matter on Tuesday, Aregbesola boasted that with the improvements that have been made after the attack, it would be difficult for any facility of the correctional service to be attacked again.
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has again attacked the presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar, saying he humiliated former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.
Naija News reports that Wike recounted how PDP and Jonathan, who was the then sitting President and the candidate of the party, went to London to beg Atiku because he left the party.
The governor said Jonathan had to meet Atiku at the Dorchester Hotel in London to beg him to return to the party to support him.
Wike, who wondered why people forget things quickly, said “but Atiku gave Jonathan a condition that he must relinquish the ticket of the party.”
The five aggrieved Governors in the PDP identified as G-5 led by Wike have vowed not to support Atiku’s presidential bid until the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu resigns or is removed from his position.
The G-5 governors, which include Governors Nyesom Wike (Rivers State), Samuel Ortom (Benue State), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu State) Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia State) and Seyi Makinde (Oyo State) had pulled out of the party’s presidential campaign council due to Ayu’s failure to resign from office.
The Governors had condemned northern dominance in key positions in the party.
The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi on Tuesday visited his counterpart, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike at his residence in Port Harcourt.
Naija News had earlier reported that Umahi was in Rivers State to commission a road project carried out by the Wike-led government.
Umahi while speaking on the fight for justice by Governor Wike and his allies identified as the G-5 said their fight is not personal.
The Ebonyi State Governor noted that the G-5 members are fighting to keep the country together, adding that God is with them and he has Wike and his allies back.
Umahi noted that there was a G-4 before which had him (Umahi), the Zamfara State Governor, Matawalle, and Cross Rivers Governor, Ben Ayade as members before Wike removed them.
He, however, stated that he has joined the G-5, which consists of the Rivers State Governor, Oyo State Governor, Benue State Governor, Abia State Governor, and Enugu State Governor.
Umahi further stated that many other Governors are interested in the integrity group of the aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has shared details of his discussion with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Tuesday.
Naija News recalls Atiku held a meeting with the leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Abuja at the Christian Ecumenical Centre in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Taking to his Twitter account after the session with the religious leaders, Atiku confirmed that both parties shared ideas and concerns on what Nigeria needs to move forward as well as discussed about the 2023 elections.
The PDP candidate also shared his policy plan if elected President of Nigeria in 2023 and stressed the need to give Nigeria a new lease of life different from the type of ‘change’ brought about by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Atiku in his statement also thanked the leadership of the Christian body for the opportunity to rub minds with them in the quest to deliver a better Nigeria.
The Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed has declared that the surge in fake news in Nigeria poses a big threat to the 2023 general election.
According to him, the issue of insecurity, political thuggery vote buying, and attack on INEC facilities among others are considered the biggest threats to the elections but fake news and disinformation also constitute an equally-potent threat, because they are capable of hampering the success of the polls.
Naija News reports that the minister who identified fake news as the biggest threat to the 2023 polls, warned opposition parties against peddling fake news to woo voters.
Mohammed, at the ministerial scorecard presentation of the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in Abuja, pointed out that fake news is “capable of hampering the success of the polls.”
He said the increasing trend of fake news and disinformation among some sections of the media is on the rise and has a great tendency to hinder the success of the election next year.
The minister also remarked that it was unfortunate that fake news has also been targeted at the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu.
He warned that fake news peddlers should desist from the act or face the wrath of the government if caught.
The battle between the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu seems not to end anytime soon as Kanu has demanded N20 billion as compensation from the minister.
Naija News learnt that the IPOB leader demanded compensation from Malami following alleged defamatory and libellous claims against him.
Kanu through his special counsel, Aloy Ejimakor stated that the minister claimed that he jumped bail despite a court order clearing him was libellous.
Recall that the military invaded the residence of the IPOB leader at Isiama Afaraukwu Ibeku, Abia State on 10th September 2017.
The invasion of his residence in 2017, saw Kanu flee the country.
The invasion of the IPOB leader’s residence was contested and tagged a violation of his fundamental human right.
The court ruled that the action of the military to invade his residence was unlawful, illegal, and unconstitutional.
The Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed on Tuesday declared that everyone in his state is a ‘Buharist’ – a term used to describe supporters and loyalists of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Naija News understands Mohammed made the declaration during his speech at the flag-off of the Kolmani Integrated Development Project in Bauchi state.
The event marked the official exploration of crude oil in the northern part of Nigeria, which was discovered at the bother of Gomber and Bauchi states, both in the northeast.
As earlier reported by Naija News, the event was attended by President Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, and many top government officials.
While declaring that everyone in Bauchi is a Buharist, Mohammed added that the people of the state would vote for any candidate the President wants them to vote for.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been ordered to resume the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) until 90 days before the 2023 general elections.
Naija News reports that the directive was issued on Tuesday (today) by the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
At the court sitting today, Justice Inyang Ekwo held that it was the constitutional responsibility of the electoral body to make adequate provisions for the exercise following Nigerian laws.
It hence directed the INEC to ensure that eligible Nigerians are not deprived of the opportunity to have the voter’s card to carry out their civic responsibility in the forthcoming poll.