The request by the South East’s presidential ambition and the crisis in Akwa Ibom House of Assembly are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Thursday, 22 November 2018.
The Vanguard and many other newspapers reported the response of the presidency to the demands of the South East leaders that visited President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.
The newspapers quoted the Presidency as saying that the political investment of the South East zone in the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in next year’s election will determine their fate in 2023.
The Guardian reported that with general elections very near, the two major political parties might have unwittingly picked the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly for a preliminary test of strength.
It said the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) alleged a plot by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to take over the house, aided by security operatives, and unleash an impeachment plot against the state governor, Emmanuel Udom.
The APC, on its part, claimed the Speaker, Onofiok Luke, breached the law by declaring vacant the seats of five PDP members, who crossed to the ruling party.
This Day newspaper said Nigerian airlines, presidential fleet, Nigerian Air Force and the Nigerian Police spend an estimated $2.5 billion annually in conducting C-check and other levels of aircraft maintenance overseas.
The Sun newspaper said Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima has faulted former President Goodluck Jonathan’s account of the Chibok girls’ abduction saga in his book, ‘My Transition Hours’, released to the public, on Tuesday20 November 2018.
Shettima, in his reaction, said the former president attempted to sweep the Chibok abduction under the carpet.
The Leadership newspaper reported that the federal government’s revolution in agriculture, especially in the rice sub-sector, has cut down the country’s unemployment rate by 12 million jobs in just two years.
The Punch said the Arewa Consultative Forum and the Northern Elders’ Forum on Wednesday, 21 November 2018, defended their opposition to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan when he contested the 2011 and the 2015 presidential elections.
The groups, in separate interviews with The Punch, indicated that they had no regrets for their position in the two elections.
The Nation newspaper reported that many parents of pupils at the International School, Ibadan (ISI) of the University of Ibadan (UI) staged a protest against the approach of their Muslim colleagues in introducing hijab for female pupils. They said it would divide the pupils along religious lines.
The Tribune said the number of policemen killed by armed robbers, who invaded a bank in Ijero Ekiti in Ekiti State on Monday, has risen from the initial two to three.