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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Saturday morning

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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed confidence that all the “issues which inflict pain and trauma on us will soon be history”. The President stated this on Friday in his Christmas message to rejoice with Christians in Nigeria as they join fellow believers all over the world to celebrate this season.

2. Mrs Comfort Jiya, former Principal of Government Girls’ Secondary School, Sabon Wuse and Maryam Babangida Girls’ Science College, Minna, has been set ablaze by her biological son, Steven Jiya. It was gathered that the tragic incident happened in Minna, Niger State capital.

3. Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has said most forests across the country now accommodate terrorists, armed robbers, bandits and criminals. The governor said this while speaking with State House reporters after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday.

4. President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn in Muazu Sambo as Minister of State for Works and Housing. Sambo, whose appointment was confirmed by the Senate after screening earlier this week, took the oath of office before the commencement of an ongoing security meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

5. Barely 24 hours after a Mobil Petrol station in Awka went up in flames, another petrol station, Jezco on Friday evening caught fire. Chief fire fighter in Anambra State, Martin Agbili confirmed the incident.

6. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamilla has debunked the report that members of the National Assembly especially the Green Chamber have started collecting signature to veto President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

7. A bloody clash between rival cult groups in lgbokoda, llaje council area of Ondo State has claimed the lives of five persons. Sources revealed that several clashes by the cult groups over land dispute in the oil rich communities have claimed over 20 lives since May this year.

8. The Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Friday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to consider the insecurity situation in the country as warlike that requires recalling retired intelligent officers to compliment the efforts of existing security organs to halt the war. The Yoruba body also said it is time to stop treating bandits and terrorists with kid gloves.

9. Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has signed the 2022 budget of N155.6 billion into law. Ortom signed the budget on Friday in Makurdi. The governor promised to adhere strictly to the provisions of the budget.

10. The Federal Government has increased the hazard allowance for medical doctors and health workers in the country. It was gathered that while the government increased the allowance for doctors from N5,000 to between N32,000 and N40,000; other health workers like nurses, laboratory workers among others had theirs reviewed to between N15,000 and N34,000.