Lagos at standstill as over 12,000 trucks block roads – Newspaper review
The main headlines of the mainstream Nigerian newspapers for Thursday, July 19, are focused on the United Nations observation on herders/farmers crisis and the protest in Lagos as 12,000 trucks block major roads in the city.
The Punch reports that former President Olusegun Obasanjo has again attacked the Federal Government, stating that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is incompetent and incapable of addressing the killings and poverty in the country.
He argued that the administration was confused and had reached the end of its tether while the nation was being left perilously to drift.
Vanguard reports that over 12,337 tankers and container-laden trucks are at present illegally parked in different parts of Lagos, just as the entire stretch of the dual carriage Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, inward Tin Can/Apapa, has been invaded and seized by over 5,000 articulated trucks.
Consequently, traffic on the ever-busy road has been totally paralysed with attendant untold suffering for motorists, commuters and other road users.
The Guardian reports that conflicts between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria are becoming more sophisticated and deadlier, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has warned.“Violence between farmers and herders is increasingly a major security threat in the region and risks morphing into the terrorist attacks that have defined the security landscape,” he stressed.
This Day reports that the realignment of political forces to oust President Muhammadu Buhari from office in 2019 progressed Wednesday as leading elements of the reformed All Progressives Congress (rAPC) met with the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara state.
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Although the participants congregated ostensibly to commiserate with a chieftain of the rAPC, Alhaji Abubakar Baraje, who lost his mother recently, a meeting that centred on the absorption of the break-away faction of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) into the PDP was held.
The Nation reports that the secret session was between PDP National Chairman Uche Secondus and some aggrieved APC bigwigs, led by Senate President Bukola Saraki.
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