Major Headlines in Newspapers Today

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Some of the major headlines in select Nigerian newspapers for today,November 30,2015

IBB: I’ll vote for Igbo president in 2019-THE SUN

IBRAHIM Babangida, for­mer military president, has said he is ready to vote for an Igbo president in 2019. Speaking with The Interview, a magazine focused on lead­ing professionals and politi­cians, IBB, as he is fondly called, described agitation for Biafra republic as a distrac­tion.

“We do not need this dis­traction now,” he was quoted as saying, adding that “I will vote for an Igbo president in 2019, if I find one.” He also revisited one of the most controversial issues involv­ing him – the death of MKO Abiola, acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 election. He said he received the news of his death with shock but without regret.

Responding to the question on whether he believed that Abiola died of natural causes, he replied: “I should know? I didn’t serve the tea…!”Read more here……

Anxiety as APC replaces Abubakar Audu today-THE GUARDIAN

AS the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) meets today to formally announce a substitute for its flag-bearer in the inconclusive Kogi governorship elections, the late Abubakar Audu, there are emerging questions begging for answers if a satisfactory solution is to be found to the constitutional crisis triggered by Audu’s death.

For example, at what point did Audu die? Did the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) receive information of his demise before declaring the election inconclusive?

Commentators have blamed the INEC for relying on the total number of registered voters in the 91 polling units where balloting was nullified instead of factoring in the number of those that collected their permanent voters cards or were actually accredited for the cancelled votes before declaring the election inconclusive.Read more here………

BIAFRA: Ohanaeze seeks unconditional release of Radio Biafra boss-VANGUARD

The apex Igbo organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday, rose from its Imeobi (highest decision organ) meeting in Enugu and called on the Federal Government to release Nnamdi Kanu, the detained Director of Radio Biafra and leader of IPOB, unconditionally.

Nnamdi-Kanu in court

However, the meeting, which was billed to hold with representatives of MASSOB and IPOB was boycotted by the pro-Biafra groups.

Ohanaeze‘s directive was contained in a communique jointly signed by the National President of Ohanaeze, Chief Gary Enwo-Igariwey and the Secretary General, Dr. Joe Nworgu.

They said that agitations and public protests over Biafra had been exacerbated by the detention of Mr. Kanu, the director of Radio Biafra. At the meeting attended by representatives of both the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, and the Independent People of Biafra, IPOB, in Enugu yesterday, Ohanaeze further expressed displeasure over the continued incarceration of Kanu, saying that it was gravely concerned over current wide-spread public Biafra agitations in states of the South-East and some other states of Nigeria for the actualization of Biafra.Read mor here……

Unemployment level, a time bomb – Obasanjo.PUNCH

Former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed concern over the unemployment rate in the country, stressing that if urgent steps are not taking to address it, “the country may be sitting on a keg of gun powder.”

He expressed this concern on Saturday at the 16th and 17th convocation of the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.

The institution was also marking its 10th anniversary.

Obasanjo, who advised the graduating students to think outside the box to discover what they could do positively on their own to survive, noted that the state and federal governments must take the issue of job creation seriously.

He said, “If there is no job for the unemployed to feed themselves and also to contribute to the development of the country then, we will all be sitting on a keg of gun powder.

“We should be able to break the cycle of poverty, through job and wealth creations. We can achieve this at both the federal, state, local, family and individual levels.Read more here…

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