The newspaper review for Tuesday, June 26, leads with President Muhammadu Buhari describing calls for restructuring of the country as parochial and laced with interest, hence discussions and arguments on the matter failed to capture his attention among other stories.
The Punch reports that the burial of over 200 victims of the recent attacks in Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau state carried out by suspected Fulani herdsmen generated a serious controversy following allegations that security agencies want to carry out the exercise in secret.
Sources said that relatives of the deceased wanted to pick the corpses for burial because they have started decomposing, while tension continued to escalate despite the dusk to dawn curfew imposed by the government.
Already, some travellers coming in and out of Jos were said to have been killed.
The attack was said to have spread to a village called Kwi where an old woman who could not escape was reportedly killed while many houses were burnt.
The chairman, Public Accounts and Petition Committee in Plateau state House of Assembly representing Barkin Ladi constituency, Peter Gyendeng, and the president of Middle Belt Youth Council, Emma Zopmal, in an interview with The Punch, believed that the planned secret burial was to cover up some facts and conspiracy of soldiers in the killings.
Vanguard reports that President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, June 25, in Abuja said he has no regrets being a person of honesty and integrity.
“I am satisfied with what I am. I am happy I have kept myself and people close to me from benefiting from government contracts,” the president told a delegation of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria at the State House.
President Buhari said he did not award contracts and did not care about who got them so long as they did a good job at a cost that is justifiable to the nation.
According to him, “I have been in many places including (Ministry of) Petroleum. I would have gone to jail if I had taken an oil well. For integrity and honesty, I have no regrets. By this, I have contributed to my social safety. I won’t go to jail.”
The president, who said he had been accused of many things, said his critics cannot accuse him of stealing.
The Nation reports that Afenifere chieftain, Senator Ayo Fasanmi, urged leaders of the socio-political organisation to avoid former president Olusegunn Obasanjo.
He noted that the former president’s agenda was at variance with the objectives of the Pan-Yoruba group.
The elder statesman said Obasanjo was seeking relevance, having outlived his political usefulness, adding that it is time for him to really go on political retirement.
Fasanmi, who spoke on phone, objected to the invitation extended to Afenifere by the former president to team up with him in his plot to frustrate the second term ambition of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Warning the group to beware of the antics of the General, the Afenifere chieftain recalled that Obasanjo once cajoled the group in 2003 to support his second term ambition, only to turn his back against the organisation after his victory.
The Guardian reports that President Buhari described calls for restructuring of the country as parochial and laced with interest, hence discussions and arguments on the matter failed to capture his attention.
He spoke, yesterday, when he received traditional rulers and the leadership of the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) and members of the Delta state All Progressives Congress (APC) chapter.
The group was led by 101-year-old traditional ruler, His Royal Majesty, Dr. Laiyeguen, Ogbon-Ogoni Oghoro I, the Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom.
Speaking at the meeting held inside the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Buhari pointed out that some of the views being canvassed by interest groups on restructuring were not properly coordinated and did not align with constitutional provisions.
Responding to requests made by the leaders, he said his administration would not forget the Urhobo nation in its development agenda for Delta state, even as he pleaded with them to protect oil installations in their communities as they did during the 16 years of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) rule in the state.
This Day reports that the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, on Monday, June 26, inaugurated nine new judges for the Federal High Court, and charged them to allow integrity to be their watchword in the dispensation of justice to the citizens that will appear before them.
Onnoghen urged them to always have at the back of their minds that they are accountable to God, who chose them for their exalted position.
At the inauguration ceremony performed at the Supreme Court complex, Justice Onnoghen re-emphasised the need for judges to always abide by the Constitution, oath of office and Code of Conduct for judicial officers, so as not to go astray.
Specifically, the CJN pleaded with the judges to look beyond temporary advantages but to work assiduously, so as to make their names and marks on the bench.
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