Major headlines of mainstream Nigerian newspapers for Monday, February 24, focus on the reactions and worry of governors over the sudden depletion of the country's Excess Crude Oil Account (ECA).
The Nation reports that state governors in Nigeria have expressed worry over the depletion of the ECA from $325 million to $70 million just in a space of one month.
The governors were surprised that the withdrawal was made without their consent since they are regarded as stakeholders of the same account.
They are also shocked by the rising level of insecurity in the country caused by the activities of Boko Haram terrorists.
Newspapers review February 24: The Nation
This Day reports that threats by the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, to attack President Muhammadu Buhari, have been dismissed by the military.
The threats were dismissed by the Director of Defence Information (DDI) Brigadier General Onyema who also said that the president is free to visit any part of Nigeria at any time he choses.
Newspapers review February 24: This Day
Punch reports President Muhammadu Buhari's support of the jumbo pay of members of the National Assembly (NASS) has brought him under serious attack by organised labour and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
Both the union and the NBA said that President Buhari's position on the issue shows that he is not in tune with the economic reality in the country.
Newspapers review February 24: Punch
Vanguard reports that Governor el-Rufai of Kaduna state has said that in the spirit of political fairness, the 2023 presidency should be zoned to the southern part of the country.
Governor el-Rufai said that it is a common and acceptable understanding in Nigeria that power is rotated between the north and the south in Nigeria.
Therefore, the governor said that at the end of President Muhammadu Buhari's tenure in 2023, the south should be given the chance to produce the next Nigrian leader.
Newspapers review February 24: Vanguard
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The Guardian reports that as the Senate is making moves towards approving the creation of state police, governors are thinking of appointing commissioners for the force in their individual states.
According to the bill, the officers of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) will be operating at a national level, while state police will be in chage of the security of Nigerians in states.
The bill, which is still being debated upon in the Senate, was first sponsored by the former deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu.
Newspapers review February 24: The Guardian
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