The main headlines of the mainstream Nigerian newspapers for Thursday, May 3, are focused on ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo's reaction to President Muhammadu Buhari's meeting with US president, Donald Trump.
Punch reports that former president Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday declared that even morons would not describe the mediocre performance of President Buhari as superlative.
He made the declaration even as he distanced himself from a purported report trending on the social media that he had made a U-turn on his verdict of non-performance and had declared support for President Buhari.
Vanguard reports that Obasanjo said the president bungled his trip to the US for talks with President Donald Trump, and thereby lost another opportunity to “self-redeem.”
The presidency, however, refused to comment last night. Special adviser to the president on media, Femi Adesina, told Vanguard on phone that there would be no reactions to the latest missive from the former president. Similarly, minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed declined comments.
The Guardian reports that masked operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) stormed the premises of the National Assembly yesterday, causing tension among lawmakers, journalists and other workers.
There was a standing directive barring security men from entering the NASS premises with arms. They were to dump their arms and ammunition in the armory of the complex. But armed with Tavor assault rifles, the DSS operatives took up positions in parts of the building housing the two legislative chambers.
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The Nation reports that with one voice, some leaders from the north, east and west yesterday spoke on restructuring, saying it is the only way to stabilise Nigeria and guarantee its progress.
Former Commonwealth Secretary-General Chief Emeka Anyaoku, former military governor of Rivers State Gen Zamani Lekwot, renowned historian Prof. Banji Akintoye and Ohanaeze Ndigbo President-General Chief John Nwodo, among others, urged those in power to arrest the country’s drift by returning to true federalism.
This Day reports that elder statesman Chief Emeka Anyaoku has urged the electorate to make restructuring a condition for voting for candidates in next year’s election.
Anyaoku’s advocacy got for support from the President-General General of the Ohaneze Ndigbo, Highl Chief John Nwoko, who also called for a “ detribalised leadership” and former military of the old Rivers state in the 1970s, General Zamani Lekwot.
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