Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Tuesday, 14th March 2023
1. Naira Redesign: Buhari Denies Directing Malami, Emefiele To Disobey Supreme Court
The Presidency on Monday clarified that President Muhammadu Buhari did not direct the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, not to obey the supreme court ruling on the naira redesign policy.
In a statement on Monday evening, the presidency said: “The CBN has no reason not to comply with court orders on the excuse of waiting for directives from the President.”
Reacting to the public concerns about the failure of the apex bank to comply with the Supreme Court ruling ordering the validity of the old naira notes till December 31st, the presidency in the statement insisted that there was no time that the president directed the AGF and CBN governor not to obey the ruling.
The statement reads: “The Presidency wishes to react to some public concerns that President Buhari did not react to the Supreme Court judgement on the issue of the N500 and N1,000 old currency notes, and state here plainly and clearly that at no time did he instruct the Attorney General and the CBN Governor to disobey any court orders involving the government and other parties.
“Since the President was sworn into office in 2015, he has never directed anybody to defy court orders, in the strong belief that we can’t practice democracy without the rule of law, and the commitment of his administration to this principle has not changed.
“Following ongoing intense debate about the compliance concerning the legality of the old currency notes, the Presidency, therefore, wishes to state clearly that Pres. Buhari has not done anything knowingly & deliberately to interfere with or obstruct the administration of justice.
2. APC Chairman Admits Flaws In February 25 Presidential Election
The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, on Monday, admitted that the presidential and national elections held on February 25th, 2023 were not ‘perfect.’
Adamu made this claim at the meeting of the lawmakers elect with the president-elect, Bola Tinubu, vice president-elect, Kashim Shettima and officials of the party.
Naija News recalls that the closed-door meeting was held at the State House Banquet Hall, Abuja.
Among the dignitaries in attendance are Senate President, Ahmed Lawan; Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Senator Godswill Akpabio, among others.
Adamu in his speech at the event congratulated all the elected political officeholders.
3. CBN Gives Directives On Old Naira Notes Hours Buhari’s Statement
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Monday announced that the old N200, N500 and N1000 notes remain legal tender until December 31, 2023.
This is coming days after the Supreme Court ruled that the old notes should remain in circulation till the 31st of December, 2023.
The CBN, however, released a statement hours after President Muhammadu Buhari insisted that he did not order the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele or the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to disobey the apex court’s ruling.
The CBN spokesperson, Isa Abdulmumin, in a statement released on Monday, insisted that the old notes remain legal tender.
4. NLC Issues 7-day Ultimatum To FG, Threatens Nationwide Strike Over Naira, Fuel Scarcity
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has issued a 7-day ultimatum to the federal government to address current naira and fuel scarcity in the country.
President of the NLC, Comrade Joe Ajaero, made this known while briefing journalists at Labour House on Monday, Naija News reports.
Ajaero said the 7-day ultimatum is one of the resolutions of a meeting convened by the Central Working Committee of the Congress.
The NLC leader said the union would declare a nationwide strike and mass action if the two major problems are not addressed after seven days.
5. Obi Makes U-Turn, Vows To Challenge Presidential Election Process, Outcome
The Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi has made a U-turn on his earlier comment that he would not challenge the outcome of the 25th of February, 2023 presidential election.
Obi while speaking on Arise TV on Monday had said he would only challenge the process that led to the declaration of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu as the winner.
He said, “I’m not challenging who they declared.
“I’m not challenging whatever the outcome, I’m challenging the process (through) which they arrived at their declaration.
“And unless we do that, we’re not going to stop the rascality we witnessed in that election.
“The process through which people come into the office is for me…far more fundamental than what they do thereafter. There is a process of doing things. There is a process of arriving at any destination. Like I said in my press conference if you’re going to answer ‘His Excellency’, the process of coming to that position must be excellent. If you’re going to be a Bishop, there’s a process of being a Bishop.”
The former governor of Anambra State in a twist in a post on his Twitter account on Monday afternoon said he is at the tribunal to challenge both the process and the outcome.
6. I Wrote My Withdrawal Letter Under Duress – Embattled Taraba Labour Party Gov’ship Candidate
The embattled Labour Party Governorship candidate in Taraba State, Philip Munlip has opened up about writing his withdrawal letter under duress.
According to him, he was under pressure by the party’s chairperson in the state, Easter Gulmu to withdraw from March 18 election.
Naija News understands that Munlip disclosed on Channels Television’s, Sunrise Daily on Monday that Gulmu kept pressuring him to step down because she had her preferred candidate, which is Joel Ikenya.
Munlip explained that “I wrote the withdrawal letter under duress, but the court ruled the withdrawal out in my favour, the chairperson placed me under pressure and I didn’t know she had gone to the national office for her to buttress her claims that I had withdrawn.”
The embattled governorship candidate advanced that plans were underway for his replacement by the party leadership, noting that he was replaced almost immediately after he withdrew.
7. Mahmood Yakubu Speaks As Peter Obi’s Legal Team Storm INEC’s Headquarters
The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, has declared that the electoral umpire has nothing to hide regarding the outcome of the just concluded election.
Naija News earlier reported that Peter Obi’s legal team has arrived at the headquarters of INEC in Abuja for a crucial meeting.
The meeting with INEC officials was meant to come before the party began to inspect the 2023 election materials, as earlier requested.
Leading the Labour Party legal team to the meeting with the electoral commission is, Dr Livy Uzoukwu.
Confirming the arrival, the electoral body via its Twitter page said the INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu assured the Labour Party’s Legal Team that the Commission will provide all the documents it requested to prosecute its case.
The electoral umpire also assured that the election documents will be immediately made available to LP’s legal team.
8. Father Mbaka To Meet Tinubu Over Release Of Nnamdi Kanu
The Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu (AMEN), Rev. Fr Ejike Mbaka has disclosed plans to meet with the president-elect, Bola Tinubu over the continued detention of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
According to Mbaka, many elders in the country who are supposed to push for the release of the detained IPOB leader have failed to do so.
He also berated such leaders for keeping silent over the new naira policy of the government which has brought untold hardship to Nigerians.
The fiery clergyman, therefore, said since the elders are keeping quiet, he as the father of the youths is making arrangements to meet the incoming President of Nigeria to discuss the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Naija News reports Mbaka disclosed this on Sunday during a worship service at his adoration ground.
9. Tinubu Speaks On Preferred Candidates For NASS Leadership
President-elect Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Monday dismissed reports claiming that he has preferred candidates for leadership of the forthcoming 10th National Assembly.
Naija News reports that the former Lagos State governor made this known while addressing new members-elect to the National Assembly at a meeting organised by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Tinubu also charged its legislators-elect not to rest yet over the electoral victories that paved their way to the next National Assembly.
He asked them to go back to work for victory at next Saturday’s Governorship and Assembly elections in their various States.
The Vice President-elect, Senator Kashim Shettima delivered Tinubu’s position on the composition of the leadership of the soon-to-be-composed 10th National Assembly at the meeting.
Naija News reports that stakeholders has tipped the ruling APC to zone the Senate Presidency to the Southeast to appease Christians.
10. Tinubu’s Victory Can Never Be God’s Plan For Nigeria – Peter Obi
The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, has said the victory of his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart, Bola Tinubu, in the just-concluded presidential election can never be the plan and will of God for the country.
The former Governor of Anambra State stated this on Monday during an interview on The Morning Show, a programme on Arise News.
According to the LP flagbearer, politicians, religious leaders, and others who asked Nigerians to accept Tinubu’s victory in the presidential election as the will of God are wrong.
Speaking further, Obi stated that God’s wish is to do the right things and not to accept wrongdoing and unacceptable things.
The LP flagbearer added that the preaching of the religious leader is the problem of Nigeria, accusing them of using God’s name in vain.