Nigerian Newspapers Summary: 10 top stories that made the front pages this Wednesday morning

1. Buhari okayed Malamis meeting with me Maina
The embattled former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, says he helped President Muhammadu Buhari recover N1.3tn in January.

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Maina, who is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, said this in a video sent to Channels Television.
He further claimed that while he was out of the country, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), paid him a visit during which he (Maina) told Malami about the N1.3tn.

“When this government came in, the President (Buhari Muhammadu) gave the nod that ‘go and sit down with Maina, I’ve given you the approval.’

2. Senators, Reps pick holes in 2018 budget proposal
Both chambers of the National Assembly have berated the Federal Government’s 2018 budget proposal, saying its assumptions are unrealistic.

The Senate and the House of Representatives, which began debates on the 2018 Appropriations Bill on Tuesday, flayed the Federal Government for not implementing the 2017 budget.

For instance, the Senate said the capital component of the 2017 budget had not been implemented up to 20 per cent.

The upper chamber also urged the Federal Government to sell or scrap agencies such as the National Orientation Agency, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Voice of Nigeria and the Nigerian Television Authority.

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3. Maina exposes Buhari's aides
Embattled former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina has spoken on the allegations of corruption levelled against him.
Maina in an exclusive interview with a private television station aired yesterday, claimed that certain persons in the corridor of the Presidency who are close to President Muhammadu Buhari were part of the pension fraud syndicate.

Former president Goodluck Jonathan had fired Maina over alleged involvement in pension scam running into over N2 billion and was declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2015.

4. Amnesty: Abductors of Epe school children, others surrender arms in Ondo
About 20 members of various militant groups terrorising Lagos, Ogun and Ondo states have surrendered their arms, in line with the amnesty programme introduced by the Ondo State Government.

Some of the militants were said to be behind the kidnap of six students of Lagos Model College, Igbonla, Epe, and the Arepo pipeline vandalisation, all in Lagos State.

The militants, led by their leader, Ogailo Iborry Young, willingly surrendered their arms to Ondo State Deputy Governor, Mr. Agboola Ajayi, at Ajapa, in Ese-Odo Local Government Area of the state.

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5. 2019: I can't be deceived with VP position 'Wike
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared he would not be deceived by the antics of political jobbers who continue to propose a 2019 vice president position to him. 

The governor stated this yesterday, while commissioning ultra-modern faculty buildings for the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Faculty of Management Sciences, at the Rivers State University (RSU). 

“Nobody will use the position of the vice president to deceive me into wasting the funds of Rivers state. Our funds will be used to develop Rivers state.”

Wike urged Nigerians to be part of the process to achieve the right leadership for the country in 2019.

6. Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has challenged the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr Abdulrasheed Maina, to reveal the thieves he alleged were in President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and answer the corruption allegations against him, as well as his fraudulent reinstatement.

Governor Fayose said he was sure that President Buhari will look the other way as he did on the allegation of award of $25 billion contracts without following due process made against the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru by Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu and many others.

7. Senate President Bukola Saraki, has accused anti-corruption agencies of looting recovered proceeds of corruption.

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Saraki claimed that the mismanagement of recovered loots, was the reason other countries are reluctant to repatriate stashed funds back to Nigeria.

8. Adamawa State Governor Jubrilla Bindow says he has no plan to quit the All Progressives Congress (APC), following former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s resignation from the ruling party.

Bindwo told State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja that he would remain in APC.

9. A member of House Of Representatives in Niger State, Hon Abubakar Chika Adamu, has withdrawn from the 2019 reelection race.

The reason he included in his resignation letter was due to the corrupt nature of politicians.

10. A former President, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie, has described Nigerian political leaders as parasites and power mongers.

The former Catholic Archbishop of Lagos said this while maintaining that the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has made life harder for Nigerians after it promised them change.

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