Headlines from mainstream Nigerian newspaper today, Friday, August 4, are focused on Nigeria acquiring some American attack planes to fight Boko Haram and wastage of resources by state governments to non-compliance with tax payment.
The Punch reports that the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has drawn the ire of Nigerians for saying that with President Muhammadu Buhari’s sickness, the nation and indeed all Nigerians are sick.
He said he and six of his colleagues that visited the ailing President in London last week advised the Nigerian leader not to be in a hurry to return to the country.
Vanguard reports that Finance Minister, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, yesterday, attributed wastage of resources by state governments to non-compliance with tax payment by many Nigerians, especially at the state level.
Mrs. Adeosun, who made this known during a Facebook LIVE video chat tagged “Tax Thursday,” said many state governments get away with wastage and corruption because many Nigerians don’t contribute to resources at the state level.
The Nation reports that Nigeria has got the green light to acquire some American attack planes to fight Boko Haram, officials of the Trump administration have said.
The deal, which is about $600 million, will strengthen Nigeria’s fire power against Boko Haram and other extremists, AP reported.
The approval is despite U.S. concerns about human rights abuses by Nigerian security forces. The military has denied such abuses, which have been a subject of big rows with Amnesty International.
ThisDay reports that despite the intervention of Northern State Governors’ Forum and some notable leaders from the South-east, the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF) thursday restated its position on the quit notice given to Igbos residing in the North.
The Chairman of the forum, Mr. Shettima Yerima, told journalists in Kano during a North-west consultative forum organised by the Coalition of Northern Groups.
The Guardian reports that the Senate and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) may be on a collision course over the lawmakers’ N200 per dollar proposal for Muslims undertaking pilgrimage to Mecca this year.
A directive had earlier been given to CBN to provide the needed foreign exchange for N305 per dollar to intending pilgrims, but was considered too high by the upper chamber of the National Assembly.
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