The newspaper review for Wednesday, May 2, leads with reactions over President Donald Trump's statement on the killings of Christians in Nigeria, the killings of over 60 worshippers in Adamawa state among other stories.
The Punch reports that the Christian Association of Nigeria, civil rights groups and the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere said the comment of the United States President, Donald Trump, on the killings in Nigeria was a wake-up call to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Trump, before a closed-door meeting with Buhari described the killing of Christians in Nigeria as a serious problem.
CAN, in its reaction, said Trump hit the nail on its head when he informed Buhari that Christians were being killed in Nigeria, noting that the American leader told the Nigerian government the right thing.
The Guardian reports that the Federal Government will fast track action to ensure that a new minimum wage is ready by the second quarter of the year, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has promised.
At the 2018 May Day celebration in Abuja, he also assured stakeholders that delays in the payment of salaries and pensions would end, as the welfare of workers would be prioritised.
“The argument for a national minimum wage cannot be faulted, because minimum wage is the minimum amount of compensation an employee must receive for putting in his or her labour. And as such, should be anchored on the principles of social justice, equity, and fairness. We believe that those who can pay above the social protection floor are free to do so, as many have been doing in many states and sectors of the economy,” he said.
This Day reports that no fewer than 60 worshippers were killed and 68 others injured as twin-bomb explosions which bore the unmistaken signature of the Boko Haram terror sect on Tuesday rocked a mosque in Mubi, Adamawa state, north-east of Nigeria while the worshippers were holding the Zuhr (afternoon) prayer.
According to the accounts of two local residents who attended funerals of the victims as reported by the AFP, the deaths toll is likely to rise as more bodies could be recovered from the twin bomb blast scene.
Vanguard reports that the Senate will today receive the report of the Committee set up last week to investigate President Muhammadu Buhari’s action to pay a whopping sum of $496 million to the United State Government for the purchase of Tucano Aircraft as fighter Jets without approval by the National Assembly.
The Senate had last week Thursday mandated Senator David Umaru, APC, Niger East led Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal matters to investigate the matter and report back at plenary today, Wednesday.
The Nation reports that Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in the United States (U.S.) spoke on former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s January 23 “Special Statement”, which asked him not to seek reelection in 2019.
The statement, the president said, was “abusive”.
The statement generated heat across the country, with some analysts backing Obasanjo and others condemning him.
The president spoke during an interview on the Hausa Service of the Voice of America (VOA) in Washington D.C. He is on a four-day visit to the U.S.
The president said despite perceiving the letter as abusive, he refrained from replying in kind. Rather, he said, he authorised that the government’s reaction should be to tell the country what it has achieved.
The president said: ”Even when the minister of Information and Culture wanted to reply that abusive letter written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, I told him not to. I later allowed him but only to highlight the achievements of our administration.’’
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