Headlines from mainstream Nigerian newspapers today, Friday, September 8 2017, are mostly focused on reactions to the recent declaration of support for the 2019 presidential ambitions of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, by the minister for women affairs, Aisha Jummai Alhassan.
Punch reports that Aisha Alhassan, Minister of Women Affairs, doubled down on her declaration of support for the former Vice President’s aspirations, as she stated that there was no going back on her decision.
In a chat with journalists at the State House who pressed her on the issue, she stated: “Let the will of God be done.”
According to the publication, an anonymous source at the Villa stated that the minister may be asked to leave her position when the president eventually reshuffles his cabinet, but there is no word yet from Buhari on the matter.
The Nation reports that the recent comments made by Aisha Alhassan has rattled the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to the publication, party leaders expressed shock over the minister’s comments, with some describing it as being totally unexpected.
Senator Shehu Sani (APC-Kaduna Central) reacted to the development saying: “The difference between that woman who made the statement as a minister and others is that she was open and others are still having it in their minds.“
“If she is prepared to work for the former vice-president, she can easily excuse herself from this government and concentrate on what she believes in for 2019.”
ThisDay newspaper is also focused on the comments made by Aisha Alhassan.
The paper reports that the minister re-stated her comments that Buhari had said that he would not seek a second term.
She was quoted as saying: “In 2014/2015 he (Buhari) said he was going to run for only one time to clean up the mess that the (previous) PDP government did in Nigeria. And I took him for his word that he is not contesting in 2019.”
The Guardian reports that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress of sidelining him after he helped them seize power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015.
He stated: “Honestly speaking, I’m still a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC); I was part of all the processes, including campaigns until success was achieved.
“But sadly, soon after the formation of government, I was sidelined, I have no relationship with the government. I have not been contacted even once to comment on anything and in turn, I maintained my distance.
“They used our money and influence to get to where they are but three years down the lane, this is where we are.”
Vanguard reports that Yoruba leaders called for a return to regionalism at the recently held Yoruba Summit, which took place in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
The leaders also re-sounded the call for a restructuring of the country.
Those present at the summit included governors, former governors, traditional rulers, parliamentarians, and Yoruba socio-cultural groups.
The paper reports that their call was also backed by leaders from the south-south and south-east.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video of Nigerians reacting to the news that Buhari was chased out of his office by rats