NAIJ.com brings to you the main headlines of Tuesday, July 4, from mainstream newspapers in Nigeria.
The Punch reports the speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, on Monday raised the alarm over the deployment of military personnel in over 28 states in the country.
Dogara said the development was an indication that Nigeria was already in a state of emergency in peacetime.
The speaker expressed shock over the growing trend of soldiers taking over civil and security duties constitutionally reserved for the Nigeria Police.
According to him, in peacetime, soldiers are merely to complement the police and other civil authorities.
Vanguard reports the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has said that IPOB did not give any deadline for the actualization of the sovereign state of Biafra and neither did he say there would be no election without a referendum on Biafra, but government is using media to spread false information about him and the agitation for Biafra.
The IPOB leader said it was the people of Biafra who said they did not want the November 18, 2017 election in Anambra State and not himself.
This is even as the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, yesterday, insisted that the South-East governors and the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo cannot decide for the over 50 million Igbo in the country on issues affecting the collective interest of the people.
The Guardian reports that former ministers who served in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration rose from an emergency meeting yesterday challenging ailing President Muhammadu Buhari to contest the 2019 elections.
The ex-ministers explained that they would not seek Buhari’s removal on ground of ill health because they wanted the president to get well and return to face the PDP in the 2019 presidential election.
The meeting which was presided over by former Special Duties Minister, Tanimu Kabiru Turaki and had 20 of the ex-ministers present, said it was unfair for Buhari to have sought the removal of the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua during the ailment that eventually took his life.
Turaki, who read the resolutions of the ex-ministers at the end of the meeting, declared: “People behave differently to different situations.
The Nation reports that the debate on Nigeria’s future continued yesterday with more calls for its restructuring to address development and marginalisation.
Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson called on the Federal Government to set up an All-parties Committee to formulate the template to streamline issues and views around restructuring.
A few days ago, leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) resolved to set up an internal committee of the party to work out modalities for restructuring.
Dickson urged the ruling party to carry other parties along in the process, in addition to allowing civil society organisations and the academia to deal decisively with the matter.
Besides, he advocated “resource control”. He said only an expanded committee would give a sense of belonging to everybody.
This Day reports that a new book titled “The First Regular Combatant: Brigadier General Zakariya Maimalari” is bound to reopen the wounds of the January 15, 1966 military coup that brought an end to the First Republic and eventually led to the Nigerian Civil War.
While the book will be presented in Abuja on Tuesday morning under the chairmanship of former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, THISDAY obtained an advance copy Monday from Maimalari’s eldest son and former Military Administrator of Jigawa State, Lt.-Colonel Abubakar Sadiq Zakariya Maimalari (rtd).
Authored by Mr. Haruna Yahaya Poloma, who started the project in 1999, some of the contributors to the 382-page book who are now deceased include Alhaji Maitama Sule who will be buried in Kano Tuesday, retired Brigadier-General Samuel Ogbemudia, as well as retired Major-Generals Joseph Garba, Adeyinka Adebayo and Emmanuel Abisoye.
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