Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Friday 13th May 2022

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally expressed concern over the prolonged strike by the University Academic Staff Union, ASUU.

Naija News recalls that ASUU embarked on a month-long warning strike in early February over the failure of Buhari’s government to meet its demands.

After a series of deliberations, ASUU’s demands remained unmet when the warning strike ended in March.

Without hesitation, the ASUU on Monday extended its ongoing roll-over strike for another three months to give the government more time to respond to its demands.

Naija News understands that President Buhari has remained silent on the ongoing strike that has driven university students across the country to return to their parents while others wade their way through society doing dirty jobs.

However, the Nigerian leader on Thursday urged ASUU to look into the plight of the students and rescind the industrial action.

Naija News understands that Buhari expressed concern today during the 19th National Productivity Day Celebration and National Order of Merit Productivity Award Ceremony held at the State House Conference Center, in Abuja.

At least two people have reportedly been arrested in connection with the horrific murder of a Christian student at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto on Thursday.

The internet went wild today after a disturbing video emerged showing moments a mob lynched and set fire to a lady identified as Deborah for an alleged blasphemous statement against the Prophet of Islam Muhammad (SAW).

The guys allegedly called Deborah from her hostel and descended on her with sticks and rocks until she couldn’t breathe, then set her on fire.

The disturbing incident has since sparked a flood of reactions on and off the internet, reports Naija News.

In a bid to bring the perpetrators to justice, the State Police Command confirmed late Thursday that two people have been arrested while others are still wanted.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has openly endorsed the presidential ambitions of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.

Naija News reports that the Governor of Kaduna openly supported Tinubu’s ambition at Murtala Square in Kaduna on Thursday.

It was gathered that Tinubu alongside former Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima, former EFCC boss Nuhu Ribadu and other dignitaries were in the state to seek support from delegates ahead of the ruling party’s primaries.

Shetimma had previously assured delegates that Kaduna State Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai was “firmly on their side”, according to the Daily Trust.

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has said he may move sensitive election material from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) coffers.

Naija News understands this comes after alleged moves by CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele to join the race to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

Speaking in Abuja on Thursday at the second quarterly media meeting, the INEC boss said the election arbiter may be forced to move his sensitive material.

Yakubu said CBN is responsible for the storage and movement of sensitive materials, adding that INEC has never doubted CBN’s ability to fulfill this responsibility.

The presidency has said ministers and politicians who seek elective office but have refused to resign will be sacked.

Naija News reports that Presidential Spokesperson Garba Shehu made this known in an interview on Channels Television on Thursday.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered members of his cabinet and other government appointees with political ambitions to resign by May 16.

According to Shehu, anyone politically appointed who has political ambition but continues to hold office “would ask someone to decide for them.”

The presidential spokesperson noted that the presidential directive is clear and direct, emphasizing that those named must obey the order.

Nineteen days after the Nigerian Identity Management Commission banned an estimated 72 million telecom subscribers for failing to comply with the Federal Government’s policy on the NIN subscriber identity module, the agency has issued 80.7 million national identification numbers.

Data on the agency’s portal showed that the number of NINs issued to Nigerians stood at 80.7 million as of April 23, 2022.

Following the ban, NIN registration increased by 4.67%, from 77.1 million as of March 21, 2022 to 80.7 million as of April 23, 2022.

According to a breakdown of the data, around 20.56 million NINs were issued in the northwestern part of the country; 20.23 million in the South West; 13.59 million in the North-Centre, 9.96 million in the North-East, 9.34 million in the South-South and 6.87 million in the South-East.

Former vice president and presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar hastily deleted a message he posted on his Facebook and Twitter pages condemning the murder of Deborah Samuel, a Christian student at Shehu Shagari College of Education, in the State of Sokoto.

Naija News earlier reported that a young woman identified as Deborah was lynched and set on fire by her fellow Muslims for allegedly insulting the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.

A bloody image and video clip of Thursday’s incident caused a stir on social media as netizens took sides based on religious beliefs and personal convictions.

Atiku, who hopes to grab the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) presidential ticket, took to Twitter and Facebook to condemn the barbaric act.

However, Islamic fanatics in the north, unhappy with his post, threatened to deal with the former vice president in the presidential elections.

While some have called on him to forget about his presidential ambition, others have blamed him for trying to gain support from southerners.

Following the threats, Atiku, who is generally considered a moderate statesman, deleted his post less than an hour after it was posted.

Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Godwin Emefiele has told Nigerians to expect news of his presidential ambition soon.

Emefiele also urged citizens to be careful if he would not be affected by the presidential directive to political appointees seeking elected office in the 2023 general election to leave office by Monday.

The head of the apex bank made the point in a chat with State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House on Thursday.

The CBN governor also said he was not worried about speculation surrounding his alleged presidential ambition, adding that he liked the media attention.

The Nigerian Army has confirmed the killing of six soldiers by suspected bandits in Taraba State during a rescue operation in the Tati community of the state.

Troops from Battalion 93 also embarked on a search and rescue mission for a staff member missing in Tuesday’s attack on a military convoy in Tati community, Takum local government area in Taraba.

In a statement to reporters on Thursday, the army’s director of public relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, explained that personnel were responding to a distress call from an attack on the community of Tati, in the area of local government of Takum in Taraba, before being ambushed.

The army statement confirms earlier reports by Naija News of the killing of soldiers and a missing officer believed to have the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Senate Chief Whip Orji Uzor Kalu has declared the former statesman, Leader Edwin Clark and others as traitors to the people of the Southeast.

Kalu, however, pointed out that people in the region are wiser and understand the need to align themselves with mainstream politics in Nigeria.

He also questioned why Chief Clark, the leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) chose to attack him alone for his decision to quit the 2023 presidential race while ignoring others.

Naija News reports that Clark previously called Kalu a dishonest and insincere person who betrayed the Igbo people for their own selfish desires by withdrawing from the 2023 presidential race and declaring his support for Senate Speaker Ahmad Lawan, who hails from the north. -is.

But Senator Kalu, in a personally signed statement Thursday in which he responded to Chief Clark, denied any wrongdoing.

The lawmaker said while many were calling for a southern presidency in 2023, he was the first person to demand a southeastern presidency before others joined him.

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