Major Nigeria Newspaper headlines & Naija News Today, Saturday, August 13th 2022 can be accessed below.
Below are the Major Nigeria Newspaper Headlines from Nigerian Newspapers today:
POLITICS AND NATIONAL NEWS
EKO HOT BLOG reports that the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, says the government has done all it can to meet the demands of Abuja-Kaduna train attackers to ensure the release of all the victims.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyorchia Ayu, has fingered the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) as those behind the suit challenging the victory of its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, got a rousing welcome on Friday at the Holy Ghost Service of the 70th convention of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that the former Kogi lawmaker, Senator Dino Melaye has submitted that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi can’t win the 2023 election.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that Senator Dino Melaye, the spokesperson for the presidential campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Abubakar Atiku, has said the former vice president will not allow Governor Nyesom Wike of River State to pull down the party.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prof. Jerry Gana, said Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers is not challenging the outcome of the party’s presidential primary.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday received the Share Certificate of Lagos State Government from the Odu’a Investment Company Limited, a company jointly owned by the six South-West states
EKO HOT BLOG reports that the Lagos State Government has met with stakeholders in the Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area on the reconstruction of Eleko Road.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that the Lagos State Government has announced a traffic diversion plan for the commencement of repair works on sections with eroded asphalt along the Third Mainland Bridge. The repairs would be undertaken by the State Public Corporation between 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday, 14th August, 2022.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that the Lagos State Government, in furtherance of its resolve to create access for residents to enjoy quality healthcare, has launched its ILERA EKO Mobile Customer App, EkoTeleMed App, USSD code and voucher gateway.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that members of the Lagos State Creative Industry initiative (LACI) Committee have a paid visit to the venue of the ongoing film training for selected youths at the Badagry Theatre as part of their oversight functions.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that a search warrant has revealed that the FBI seized top secret files in a search of former US President Donald Trump’s estate in Florida this week.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that Salman Rushdie, whose novel “The Satanic Verses” drew death threats from Iran’s leader in the 1980s, was stabbed in the neck and abdomen Friday by a man who rushed the stage as the author was about to give a lecture in western New York.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that the Paris Saint-Germain duo of Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr were sensationally excluded from a 30-man shortlist for the 2022 Ballon d’Or award
EKO HOT BLOG reports that Manchester United are in talks with Barcelona over a second player this summer amid their ongoing pursuit of Frenkie de Jong, according to reports in Spain.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that Barcelona manager, Xavi Hernandez, has hinted that ‘different things can happen before the summer transfer deadline.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that the week 6 pool fixtures are for forty-nine (49) football matches for UK football 2021/2022 from the pool agent.
Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Major Newspapers in Nigeria
1. Pope comment: Lalong apologises to Catholic bishops
The Director-General of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, on Friday, tendered his apology to the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, following the alleged ‘blasphemous’ comments about the Holy Father, Pope Francis.
While admitting that it was an error on his part to have linked the Catholic Pontiff with Nigeria’s politics, he begged for forgiveness and understanding from the Catholic Church through the Bishops’ conference.
Earlier, the concerned members of the church had frowned at his choice of words, even as a Papal Knight of St. Gregory, and they demanded his immediate suspension from the church.
However, in a letter to the CBCN President, entitled, ‘Letter of Apology,’ which was dated August 12, 2022, Governor Lalong restated his commitment to the Catholic faith and promised to continue upholding the banner of the Christian faith in public life.
The letter read, “I have followed with some shock and deep regret, the reactions that have trailed my appointment as the Director-General of the Campaign Council for the presidential candidate of our party, the APC, Ahmed Tinubu, and his running mate, Ibrahim Shettima.
“The appointment, understandably was received with mixed reactions across the Christian community, who genuinely feel aggrieved by the decision of our party to settle for a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
2. Monkeypox: Experts give virus variants new names
A group of global experts convened by WHO has agreed on new names for monkeypox virus variants, as part of ongoing efforts to align the names of the monkeypox disease, virus and variants—or clades—with current best practices.
The experts agreed to name the clades using Roman numerals.
Assigning new names to existing diseases is the responsibility of WHO under the International Classification of Diseases and the WHO Family of International Health Related Classifications.
The monkeypox virus was named upon first discovery in 1958, before current best practices in naming diseases and viruses were adopted. Similarly for the name of the disease it causes. Major variants were identified by the geographic regions where they were known to circulate.
Current best practice is that newly-identified viruses, related disease, and virus variants should be given names with the aim to avoid causing offense to any cultural, social, national, regional, professional, or ethnic groups and minimise any negative impact on trade, travel, tourism or animal welfare.
The WHO, in a statement made available to our correspondent, said it is holding an open consultation for a new disease name for monkeypox and anyone wishing to propose new names can do so here.
“The naming of virus species is the responsibility of the International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses, which has a process underway for the name of the monkeypox virus.
3. Oshoala nominated for 2022 Ballon d’Or
Super Falcons forward player, Asisat Oshoala has been nominated for the 2022 Women’s Ballon d’Or player of the year award on Friday, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
Her exploits with FC Barcelona femeni earned her a place on the 20-woman shortlist.
In July, Oshoala was awarded the African Women’s Player of the Year for the fifth time, breaking her own achievement and becoming the first person to win the CAF award five times.
Her remarkable form which saw her produce 20 goals in 19 appearances saw her become the first African player to win the Pichichi ward in Spain despite being injured for a large part of the season (three months).
She sustained an injury during Nigeria’s opening game against South Africa at the 2022 WAFCON and Super Falcons ended the competition in fourth place.
4. 2023 not Obi’s time, he doesn’t have all it takes to unify Nigeria – Dino Melaye
Senator Dino Melaye, the spokesperson for the presidential campaign of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Abubakar Atiku, has fired back at those faulting the presidential abilities of his master, Atiku Abubakar.
Speaking during an interview session on Channels Television, the senator who represented Kogi West Senatorial district in the eight Assembly, noted that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi does not have all it takes to unify Nigeria.
He stated that 2023 was not Obi’s time, noting that Nigerians ‘can’t have a national president in Obi’.
Dino who fiercely listed how Atiku had prepared himself for Presidency, said that Atiku was the only candidate that has updated his CV. He noted that Atiku recently obtained a masters degree in Dubai.
5. ‘Call off strike’, Buhari begs ASUU, other unions
President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, appealed on Friday while speaking at a Special Convocation ceremony organised to confer Honorary Doctorate Degree on a business mogul Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi by the University of Maiduguri.
” I want to use this opportunity to appeal to the ASUU to reconsider its stance to call off their 7 months old strike, as students and their parents are desirous to see that schools are reopened. The nation cannot afford long interruption of higher education of the youths and wouldn’t undermine the development of the nation’s human capital in a strictly competitive world,” the President stressed.
He further pointed out that the appeal was made in view of students desire to return to the classrooms with their parents seeking for reopening of the shut down Universities.
6. Atiku pledges to work with stakeholders to end ASUU strike
The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has pledged to work with government and lecturers to end incessant strike in Nigeria universities.
Abubakar stated this at a youths programme with the theme “Intergenerational Synergy on Government”, organised by PDP to commemorate the 2022 International Youth Day celebration in Abuja on Friday.
Abubakar, who narrated how his father was arrested for never wanting him to go to school, described education as fundamental right of any citizen, especially the children and youths.
He decried the inability of the government to resolve lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), saying such would not happen under a PDP or his led administration when elected as president.
The Nation Newspaper
7. APC loses Rivers spokesman to PDP
The spokesman of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Rivers State, Chris Finebone has joined the ruling Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).
Finebone a strong critic of Governor Nyesom Wike administration, joined the PDP on Thursday.
A picture of him, Wike, the party Governorship candidate, Similanayi Fubara and the former Rivers APC chairman, Chief Davies Ikanyi, went viral in Port Harcourt, the state capital on Friday morning.
Efforts to reach Finebone and Rivers Deputy Publicity Secretary, Darlington Nwuju, were unsuccessful. Their phone lines were switched off.
8. Wike decries dehumanising NYSC facilities, provides modern equipment
Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers on Thursday said his administration was delighted at improving the poor condition of facilities used by members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Rivers.
Wike disclosed this during the inauguration ceremony of the 5,000 capacity Ultra Modern Auditorium built by his administration at Nonwa-Gbam in Tai Local Government Area of the state.
The governor said that members of NYSC, who were humans did not need to be subjected to facilities that dehumanised them while serving in the state.
9. ‘Oshiomhole was favoured’ – Edo APC members join Sen Alimikhena in PDP
Senator Francis Alimikhena has led several All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The lawmaker represents the Edo North senatorial district in the National Assembly.
In May, Alimikhena dumped the APC for the PDP where he won the 2023 ticket.
He will face ex-APC national chairman Adams Oshiomhole who emerged as the party’s Edo North flagbearer.
On Friday, the defectors explained that they left the APC to join the senator because of “injustice”.
They said the party denied Alimikhena the return ticket in favour of the former governor.
10. 480 suspected criminals arrested in Abuja from Uncompleted buildings
The FCT Administration on Friday arrested 480 suspected criminals from uncompleted buildings and undeveloped plots of land in Maitama and Wuse II areas.
Commander in charge of the task force, Mr Bennett Igweh, said the suspects, majority men, had turned green areas, undeveloped plots of land, and unoccupied houses into their haven for crime.
Igweh noted that the team would stop at nothing at ridding the city of criminal elements threatening the peace of the FCT.
He added that the task force recovered police uniforms, mobile phones, a loaded pistol, machetes and charms from the suspects.
“We arrested about 480 suspected criminals. We are going to take many of them to court.
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