The newspaper review for Tuesday, March 20, leads with Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, has expressed fears of Nigerians entrusting their security in the government of President Muhammadu Buhari among other stories.
The Punch reports that the debt status of most states of the federation exceeds 50 per cent of their annual revenues. For 18 states, the debt profiles exceed their gross and net revenues by more than 200 per cent. Lagos, Osun and Cross River states record over 480 per cent debt to gross revenue.
The Fiscal Responsibility Commission, which stated this in its 2016 Annual Report obtained by our correspondent in Abuja on Monday, said the development was contrary to the guidelines of the Debt Management Office on debt sustainability.
According to the guidelines, the debt status of each state should not exceed 50 per cent of the statutory revenue in the previous 12 months.
The report stated, “In the light of the DMO’s guidelines on the Debt Management Framework, specifically, sections 222 to 273 of the Investment and Securities Act, 2007 pertaining to debt sustainability, according to the guidelines, the debt to income ratio of states should not exceed 50 per cent of the statutory revenue for the preceding 12 months.”
Vanguard reports that Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, has expressed fears of Nigerians entrusting their security in the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Okogie in a nine-paragraph letter he personally signed, yesterday, said his fears were founded in the President’s admittance that he didn’t know that the Inspector of Police, Ibrahim, Idris, flouted his order to remain in Benue in the wake of the new year day killing by herdsmen that claimed 73 lives.
He said: “In Nigeria’s security architecture, the President, as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, appoints and oversees all service chiefs, including the Inspector-General of Police. They take orders from him. He assures us that he receives regular security briefings. But he has just made a candid admission that he is not in control of his service chiefs.
“He ordered the Inspector-General to relocate to Benue State in January. He admitted in March that he did not know the order was flouted. Does the Inspector General of Police brief the President? Will the President fire him? Is it wise for Nigerians to count on this government for their security?
The Nation reports that some senators are planning to resist the National Assembly’s plot to override President Muhammadu Buhari’s veto on amendments to the Electoral Act.
Their major concern is to ensure that the President’s veto survives, especially the rejection of the new Order of Elections for 2019.
No fewer than 46 of the 108 senators have signed a register to stop moves by the Senate to pass the amendments to the Electoral Act without Buhari’s assent.
Besides, some supporters of the President are lobbying members of the House of Representatives to oppose the plot to override his veto.
This Day reports that Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has denied any link with a newly registered political party, Action Peoples Party (APP).
Saraki in statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said he also has nothing to do with party’s Chairman, Ikenga Ugochinyere.
He said when Ugochinyere resigned as his Special Assistant on Youth Affairs on October 3, 2017, he had stated in his resignation letter that he had formed a political party and he would want to nurture it.
The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to reports by some news platforms that described Mr. Ikenga Ugochinyere, the Chairman of a political party known as “APP” as an aide to the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
The Guardian reports that Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose has urged politicians that brought President Muhammadu Buhari as the president of the country to beg God for forgiveness.He alleged that Nigeria’s economy under the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government had brought untold hardship to Nigerians.
Fayose stated this at a meeting of the Osoko Mass Movement attended by representatives of labour unions, civil servants and public institutions in the state.He said: “People that brought Buhari must seek repentance. Unemployment is second to none. The Transparency International said corruption had become worse among Nigerians.”
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In a related vein, Niger Delta youths, under the aegis of Pan Niger Delta Youth Leadership Forum (PANDLEAF), have again lamented that perennial leadership failure has unleashed sorrow, hunger and under-development on the people.
It said the situation was unacceptable, curious, unthinkable, unfortunate and worrisome considering the trillions of naira that had been appropriated to the region by the Federal Government through the state governments and intervention agencies.
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