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Top Nigerian Newspapers Headlines For Today, Wednesday, 22nd December, 2021

Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Freshreporters News roundup of top newspapers headlines in Nigeria for today, Wednesday, 22nd December 2021.

1. Lawan and Gbajabiamila Confirm Buhari’s Electoral Bill Rejection

President Muhammadu Buhari’s rejection of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill has been confirmed by Senate President Ahmad Lawan and House Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila.

President Buhari failed to sign the bill into law, according to Freshreporters News, due to some contentious issues in the document.

During Tuesday’s plenary, both the Speaker and the Senate President read the President’s letter on the floor of both chambers.

According to Lawan, Buhari stated in the letter that his decision not to sign the bill was based on advice from relevant Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDA).

Assenting to the bill, the President added, could expose the electoral system to a slew of legal challenges from party members and stakeholders.

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The adoption of direct primaries, according to Buhari, goes against the spirit of democracy and encourages corruption.
The adoption of direct primaries, according to Buhari, goes against the spirit of democracy, fueling corruption and encouraging over-monitoring. 

As a result, in accordance with section 58 (1) of the 1999 constitution, Buhari stated that he would not assent to the bill.


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2. Nigerian’s House of Representatives passes the 2022 budget, raising the estimate to N17.13 trillion. 

The Nigerian House of Representatives passed the 2022 budget into law on Tuesday, bringing the total to N17.13 trillion. 
On October 9, 2021, President Mohammadu Buhari presented the N16.39 trillion 2022 budget to a joint session of the National Assembly. 
The budget was passed in plenary after the Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, Hon. Muktar Betara, presented a report. 
Betara said the oil price benchmark for the 2022 budget has been increased from $57 per barrel proposed by the executive to $62 per barrel to “reflect current market values of the oil barrel in the international market,” according to his report. 
He stated that the budget is significant because it will be the current administration’s final full-year budget. 
Other MTEFs, besides the oil benchmark, Betara pointed out.Other MTEF parameters, aside from the oil benchmark, were approved as proposed by the executive, according to Betara. 
Following the presentation of the report, the Green chamber increased the budget from N16.39 trillion to N17.13 trillion, an increase of N735.8 billion. 

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3. Aisha Buhari Orders Her co-workers To Go On Leave 

Aisha Buhari, Nigeria’s First Lady, has ordered all of her staff to go on leave until further notice. The announcement was made in a statement signed by Mohammed Kamal, Senior Special Assistant to the Office of the First Lady on Health and Development Partners, and posted on the first lady’s official Instagram account. 
He also stated that official engagements and work would be carried out virtually. 
However, the Office of the First Lady has issued an update debunking reports that staff members were asked to take an indefinite vacation. 

The resumption date was inadvertently omitted, according to Aliyu Abdullahi, Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity in the Office of the First Lady. 

The office will reopen in the first week of January, according to him. 

4. Detailed Information About Buhari’s Meeting With El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna State briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday about the killing of innocent citizens in the state. 

At the Presidential Villa in Abuja, President Buhari received the governor and Samuel Aruwan, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs. 

According to Freshreporters News, 38 people were killed by bandit terrorists in Kaduna State’s Giwa Local Government Area over the weekend. 

The gunmen also burned down houses, vehicles, and farm produce stored by the villagers, according to Aruwan. 

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Governor El-rufai, speaking to State House Correspondents after meeting with President Buhari, called for the annihilation of bandits and terrorists. 

The governor also rejected calls for terrorists to be rehabilitated, instead ordering security forces to carry out aggressive operations against them. 

5.Gunmen attack 12 Nasarawa communities, killing 20 people and displacing 5,000 people. 

During an attack on 12 communities in Nasarawa State’s Lafia, Obi, and Awe Local Government Areas, gunmen suspected of being herdsmen killed 20 farmers and displaced 5,000 others. 

According to Freshreporters News, Peter Ahemba, the President of the Tiv Development Association in the state, confirmed this on Monday. 

With the help of security agencies, Ahemba claimed that 20 bodies had been recovered, but that many residents were still missing. 

Both the state and federal governments should follow his advice.

Peter Ahemba, the state’s president of the Tiv Development Association, confirmed this on Monday. 

With the help of security agencies, Ahemba claimed that 20 bodies had been recovered, but that many residents were still missing. 

He advised both the state and federal governments to protect citizens’ lives and property, as well as to restore peace to the affected areas. 

Chabo, Daar, Tse-Udugh, Ayaakeke, Kyor-Chiha, Usual, Hagher, Joor, Angwan, Ayaba, Tyungu, and Ugba are among the villages affected, according to Ahemba. 

According to Ramhan Nansel, the state’s police spokesman, the trouble began on Friday when a resident of Gidan Washi Village in Obi LGA was attacked and killed by unknown armed men. 

6. Buhari Gets Injected With COVID-19 Booster Vaccine

President of the Federal republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has received his booster dose of the Pfizer Biotech vaccine.

According to Freshreporters News, the President received the shot on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. 

Dr. Faisal Shuaib, Director-General of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), stated this to State House Correspondents. 

Dr Suaib Rafindadi, the President’s Chief Personal Physician, administered the booster dose in the presence of some ministers and aides, according to Shuaib. 

According to the NPHCDA director, President Buhari was leading by example, assuring Nigerians of the vaccine’s safety and efficacy. 

According to Shuaib, eight million Nigerians have been vaccinated, with enough vaccines to cover all eligible Nigerians. 

7. Buhari is fearless and deserves praise for rejecting the Electoral Amendment Bill – Fayemi 

Kayode Fayemi, the Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), has praised President Muhammadu Buhari for rejecting the Electoral Act Amendment Bill sent to him for assent by the National Assembly. 

Buhari, according to Fayemi, stood by the people in rejecting the bill and should be commended for his brave stand in the face of pressure from all sides.

According to the Governor, President Buhari, like him, has experienced both direct and indirect primaries and does not require a lecture on the advantages and disadvantages of each method. 

He claimed, however, that the President’s action in withdrawing assent to the bill was to give political parties the freedom to choose their candidate in their own way, rather than to favour one method over another. 

After meeting President Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja on Tuesday, Fayemi made the statement during a chat with State House correspondents. 

8. The NYSC explains its stance on the Corporal who proposed to a female soldier in camp. 

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) said on Tuesday that corps members must follow all applicable rules, even if they are romantically involved. 

Brig.-Gen. Ibrahim Shuaibu, the Director-General of the NYSC, stated this during a press conference in response to a viral video of a male NYSC member proposing to a female soldier at the Kwara State orientation camp. 

According to the NYSC boss, the corps encourages corpers to marry, but they’ve never had to deal with a case involving a soldier and a corps member. 

He went on to say that in this case, the army has its own set of rules that must be followed and respected. 

He went on to say that in this case, the army has its own set of rules that must be followed and respected.

9. Electoral Bill: Ortom Thanked Buhari For Delaying Assent, But Reveals What Should Be The Next Step

President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to withhold assent to the electoral act amendment bill sent to him by the National Assembly has been praised by Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom.

Buhari did the right thing by refusing to sign the bill, stating that direct primary is not cost-effective and does not represent the will of the people, according to the Governor.

While praising the President for rejecting the bill, Governor Ortom told journalists on Tuesday in Makurdi, the state capital, that he also urged him to listen to Nigerians and take action on the country’s security and economic challenges.

“It will engender transparency in the electoral system and also add value to the system,” Ortom said of the recommendation for electronic transmission of results. 

10. AFCON 2021: “I’ll Be Available” – Osimhen Reaffirms His Availability.

Victor Osimhen, a striker for the Super Eagles and Napoli, has stated that the only condition that will prevent him from playing for the Super Eagles in the 2021 African Cup of Nations is if the coaching staff does not invite him. 

After suffering a facial injury while playing for his club against Inter Milan in a Serie A match in November, the 22-year-old striker was ruled out of the tournament. 

The injury was expected to keep him out of action for three months following surgery, but he recovered faster than expected. 

Surprisingly, two weeks after surgery, the striker returned to training. 

He told the coaching staff on Tuesday that he expects to be fit and available for selection by the end of the week. 

“I will be available for the AFCON unless I am not chosen to represent Nigeria,” Osimhen tweeted.

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