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Newspaper Headlines: FG may summon British envoy, and AfCFTA will give Nigeria access to $666bn market

Newspaper Headlines: FG may summon British envoy, and AfCFTA will give Nigeria access to $666bn market
April 21
08:54 2021

The UK government’s decision to grant asylum to members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) dominated the headlines of Nigerian newspapers. The death of Idriss Déby, Chad’s president, also made the headlines.

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The Punch says the federal government may summon the British envoy over the plan by the UK to grant asylum to members of MASSOB and IPOB, while Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo and Afenifere backed the decision of the UK government.

 

Daily Independent says President Muhammadu Buhari will not be intimidated by those agitating for secession. Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), said the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will give Nigerian firms access to $666.17 billion market, the newspaper reports.

 

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The Nation says experts believe that the security situation in Chad will worsen Nigeria’s insecurity following the killing of Déby, the country’s president. The newspaper reports that the presidency ruled out the idea of a national conference.

 

The presidency has explained why there will be no national conference, the Nigerian Tribune says. The newspaper reports the comment of Nasir el-Rufai that the killing of bandits and their collaborators will help actualise safe schools.

 

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Daily Sun’s headline focuses on the reaction of the federal government to the decision of the UK government to grant asylum to IPOB and MASSOB members. Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, said no reasonable government will allow Isa Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, in its cabinet over alleged links with terrorist groups.

 

The Guardian’s headline highlights the implications of Déby’s death on the fight against insurgency in Nigeria. The newspaper reports how federal and state governments are denying themselves tax revenue worth N5.26 trillion.

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