Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines for Today, Wednesday 4th May 2022

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The presidency has moved President Muhammadu Buhari away from alleged plans to allow former president Goodluck Jonathan to succeed him in 2023.

In conversation with Daily Independent, a senior presidential aide said the president was not behind the decision to lure Jonathan into the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and make him the consensus candidate of the party in the 2023 presidential election.

He said President Buhari would never allow Jonathan to succeed him after sharply criticizing him for mismanaging the country’s resources while in power for four years.

The presidential aide, however, said Buhari had great respect for Jonathan for accepting the result of the 2015 presidential election and fending off pressure from some of his loyalists to reject the election.

The Nigerian Army High Command has condemned the gruesome killing of two soldiers by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and their militia known as the Eastern Security Network (ESN).

In a statement on Tuesday, the army’s director of public relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, described the killing as callous and despicable.

The army spokesman said the killing of the security guards in Imo shows that IPOB and ESN are committing acts of terrorism in the southeast.

While promising to smoke out the killers, he urged the public to provide useful information to security agencies.

Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has identified a person he believes can change the country’s economy if given the chance.

Chief Obasanjo is said to have singled out Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel as someone he believes can fix the country’s economy.

The former president reportedly made the statement when he hosted Governor Emmanuel on Tuesday at his Abeokuta residence in Ogun State.

Governor’s spokesman Bola Bolawole quoted Obasanjo for expressing his confidence in Emmanuel’s ability to change the country’s economic fortunes for the better based on what he has done in the state of Akwa Ibom.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has accused Nigerian businessman Afam Mallinson Ukatu of importing two containers of Tramadol worth over N22 billion in October 2019.

In a statement released Tuesday by its spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, the NDLEA said the discovery was made during an ongoing investigation into the alleged drug lord.

Babafemi said the essence of the disclosure was to reveal that the anti-narcotics agency has evidence to charge Ukatu with being a drug lord.

He pointed out that the suspect owned pharmaceutical and plastic manufacturing companies, which he allegedly used as a cover to import illicit drugs into Nigeria.

Pan Niger Delta Forum leader Edwin Clark has called the Peoples Democratic Party and All Progressives Congress’ decision to allow northern candidates to run for their party’s ticket unfair.

Clark said while calling for the presidency in 2023 must be zoned to the southeast extraction.

He noted that no Nigerian would like to live in a country where some people believe they have the sole right to rule.

According to Clark, if the presidency is not zoned to the southeast in 2023, there may be no Nigeria because no one wants to stay in Nigeria as a second class citizen.

He said so during an interview on Arise TV on Tuesday.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday afternoon.

The Portuguese politician and diplomat, according to Naija News, was received at Maiduguri International Airport by the Governor of Borno State, Babagana Umara Zulum.

After receiving a warm welcome, António Guterres proceeded to assess the humanitarian situation resulting from the decade-long Boko Haram crisis in the region.

During the visit, he will have one-on-one interactions with state stakeholders.

Everything is now settled as the Executive Governor of Ekiti State, Olukayode Fayemi announced that he will declare his presidential ambition of 2023 on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

Fayemi revealed this on Tuesday in a music video he posted on his microblogging platform, Twitter, reports Naija News.

In the one-minute video, Fayemi unveiled her Nigerian platform ahead of the 2023 general election.

He said, “the Nigeria of our dreams is possible, a Nigeria that is the pride and joy of all, among others.”

Fayemi’s offer was also confirmed in another social media post by the Ekiti State Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Hon. Akin Oyebode.

Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu said on Tuesday that the Congress of All Progressives must take a final position on zoning.

There have been calls for the ruling party to state its position on zoning ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

According to Akeredolu, it is the turn of the southern part of the country to produce the country’s next president.

He said the party leadership should have no difficulty deciding on the zoning issue.

The chairman of the South West Governors Forum, in a statement on Tuesday, warned the party not to let the zoning issue plunge it into another crisis.

Former Kaduna lawmaker Shehu Sani has revealed the only way a southerner can succeed Buhari in 2023.

As the 2023 elections draw closer, different groups have demanded that the south and especially the southeast produce the country’s next president.

However, the two main political parties PDP and APC have not spoken on the decision to zone their presidential ticket.

Sharing his thoughts via Twitter on Tuesday, Sani said the only way for a Southerner to emerge as president is for the APC and PDP to choose a southern candidate.

The upgrade of the Nigeria Police Crimes and Incidents Database Center (NPC & IDB) was carried out by the Police under the leadership of IGP Usman Alkali Baba.

The aim is to provide further assistance to police officers in acquiring a credible electronic criminal database to support investigations and strategic operational and tactical planning which, in turn, would facilitate the easy identification of suspects , the place of the crime, the modus operandi, the global positioning system (GPS) to geolocate the crimes, among others.

A statement signed Tuesday by the Force’s Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, added that “the upgrade of the Nigeria Police Crimes and Incidents Database, which was commissioned by the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, in 2020 has become unavoidable given the sophistication of criminals, who now apply technology to perpetuate their nefarious activities.

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