Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Wednesday, February 2, 2022

The House of Representatives has begun to take steps to raise the minimum level of education required to be elected to the post of Speaker.

Naija News reports that the Green House took action on Monday after a bill to raise the minimum education qualification for elective positions passed its first reading.

The bill sponsored by the Hon. Adewunmi Onanuga (APC-Ogun) is also seeking to raise the minimum qualification for election as Governor, State and National Assembly member to at least a university degree or its equivalent.

It has been learned that the bill will deal with Article 131(d) of the 1999 constitution which states that “A person is qualified to be elected to the office of President if he has been educated to at least the standard school certificate or its equivalent”.

However, it is understood that for this section of the constitution to be amended, it must be supported by 24 state houses of assembly.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has condemned the burning of his 2,420 hectares of farmland in Howe in the Aliade area of ​​Gwer East local government in Benue state over the weekend.

Recall that Naija News reported earlier that the farm may have been set on fire by youths to air their grievances over not paying compensation for the land.

Reacting to the incident, the 84-year-old leader said it was a bad development and that he would ensure the arsonists were picked up by security guards.

His special assistant for the media, Kehinde Akinyemi, made this known in a statement titled “Obasanjo condemns the burning of a farm in Benue” on Tuesday.

The statement revealed that the local and state government were working hand in hand with security agencies in an effort to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has distanced himself from the report that he was chosen as the running mate of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, in the 2023 presidential election.

Wike on Tuesday, while accusing Nigerians of not believing the report, noted that the South has yet to issue a statement on the zoning of the PDP presidential ticket.

There had been reports that the Governor of Rivers State had been chosen to run alongside Atiku.

He further said that the region cannot be seen as a handicap, adding that when the South decides, the whole world will know that “we are not kidding”.

Wike said so during an interactive session with some stakeholders at Government House Port Harcourt.

The Kaduna State government has revealed the number of residents killed and kidnapped in 2021.

In a security situation report released on Tuesday, the state government said a total of 1,192 people were killed by bandits and 3,348 abducted across the state last year.

Naija News reports that the figures were made public after Homeland Security and Home Affairs Commissioner Samuel Aruwan presented the January to December 2021 report to Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

Aruwan disclosed that 1,038 men, 104 women and 50 minors were killed by bandits and terrorists in the state during the year under review.

The Commissioner said Kaduna Central Senatorial District recorded 720 deaths from banditry, communal clashes, violent attacks and reprisals, while Kaduna Southern Senatorial District had 406 deaths from communal clashes in sides of banditry.

In his remarks, Governor El-Rufai called on the Federal Government to create a Theater Command similar to the situation in the North East to deal with the insurgency that has affected five North West states.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday visited former military President Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB) at his Uphill residence in Minna, Niger State.

Naija News reports that the two leaders held a closed meeting which lasted around an hour.

Atiku then visited Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting with Governor Bello, Atiku said he would declare his 2023 presidential ambitions at the appropriate time, but was only in the state for a courtesy visit.

He added that he was in Niger to sympathize with the governor over recent killings in various communities in the state.

President Muhammadu Buhari met Senate Speaker Ahmad Lawan behind closed doors on Tuesday inside the presidential villa in Abuja.

Naija News reports that the meeting is the first between the leaders after the National Assembly sent the revised Electoral Law Amendment Bill to the President for approval on Monday.

Recall that the Senate and the House of Representatives have adopted the revised electoral bill which includes the direct, indirect and consensual mode of elections.

After the passage, the Clerk of the National Assembly, Olatunde Amos Ojo, forwarded the document to the President’s office in Aso Rock.

Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi said he was surprised at how Nigerians are complaining about money borrowed from China for investment projects.

According to the minister, Nigeria has borrowed little money from China compared to other countries.

Naija News reports that the minister said this during an interview with Guardian.

Amaechi blamed delays in major projects, including railways, on the Chinese government’s inability to fund them.

He said the government had launched a search for loan offers in Europe since the Chinese refused to continue funding Nigerian projects.

Amaechi expressed hope that Nigeria could get loans from Europe to complete existing projects in the country.

Imo West Senator Rochas Okorocha has said he was disrespected by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) during his tenure as Governor of Imo State.

Okorocha added that IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu is a smart man who has taken advantage of the Igbos’ frustration and anger at the government to advance his agenda for Biafra by convincing them that others hate them.

He added that the IPOB is a controversial group and many of those who belong to it are disgruntled people seeking relevance and justice.

Naija News reports that the presidential aspirant made the submission during an interview with Arise TV in which he said that most IPOB members have already been frustrated with the system and thus have become easy targets for IPOB.

He made this presentation while expressing his position on the secessionist agitation of the IPOB and the demand for an independent Biafra.

The Federal Polytechnic at Offa in Kwara State has been approved to be upgraded to a university.

Naija News understands that the development took place after the Senate passed the Federal Universities of Technology (Amendment) Bill 2022 on Tuesday.

The passage of the FUTA (Amendment) Bill automatically gives consent to the upgrading of the institutions established in 1992 which mainly offer the National Diploma and the Higher National Diploma respectively.

The new bill approval has now launched the Offa Poly to a full degree awarding Federal University of Technology.

The Senate also on Tuesday approved the establishment of the Guyuk School of Mines and Geological Studies.

Veteran statesman Edwin Clark advised northern presidential aspirants to give up their ambition and support a southern presidency.

Naija News reports that the head of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) made this known in a statement issued on Monday.

Clark particularly advised former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Senate Speaker Bukola Saraki, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal and other northern PDP aspirants to reconsider their candidacy for the presidency. in 2023 in the interest of peace and unity.

He added that zoning the 2023 presidency in the North will invite chaos and further lead to the disintegration of the country, stressing that it is time for the South to produce Buhari’s successor.

Clark argued that the concept of zoning is not written into the constitution, but the process is in the interest of the unity of the country.

These are the top headlines in Nigerian newspapers today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you tomorrow.

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