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Newspaper review: Buhari under pressure, PDP plots takeover

– The world observed the second anniversary of the Chibok girls abduction on Thursday

– A day before the anniversary, a video surfaced showing that the girls abducted by Boko Haram on April 14, 2014, were still alive

– President Muhammadu Buhari is under pressure to rescue the missing girls

– He sympathised with parents and relations of the girls, saying he shared their pain

– Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the immediate past Minister of Finance said lack of political will to save oil revenue under former president Goodluck Jonathan was responsible for the challenges facing the country presently

Major Nigerian dailies are today, April 15, focused on a number of issues such as the missing Chibok girls, Okonjo-Iweala saying the nation could not save under the administration of former president, Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party getting ready for 2019 general elections.

Vanguard reports that the parents of the abducted Chibok girls and members of the #BringBackOurGirls advocacy group were prevented from gaining access into the presidential villa in Abuja on Thursday, April 14.

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Vanguard front page for Friday, April 15, 2016.

Thursday, made it exactly two years that over 200 girls were kidnapped from their school in Chibok, Borno by members of the Boko Haram sect and the parents and BBOG group embarked on a peaceful protest to the villa to secure the assurance of the government on the release of the girls.

They were stopped by the police, who built a human shield, just metres away from the gate of the villa to deny the peaceful protesters entry.

A Divisional Police Office, DPO, Grace Lunge, who led the operation, said the group was prevented from heading to the Villa due to security concerns.

Reacting to the barricade, Oby Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Education said it was inappropriate as the group was a civil organisation which wanted to get close to the seat of power.

The Nation reports that President Muhammadu Buhari is under pressure to rescue the abducted girls, following the release of a new video showing that the girls are alive.

The Nation front page

The Nation front page for Friday, April 15, 2016

There were peaceful protests in different locations to commemorate the second anniversary of the missing Chibok girls.

There was a protest in Lagos by women wearing red, the symbol of the campaign. They were at Alausa, the seat of the state government, demanding that the federal government should put in more efforts in rescuing the girls.

In the United States, the Congress said it was ready to help.

A group of South Africans in Johannesburg also yesterday carried placards calling for the rescue of the girls.

The guardian reports that President Buhari, who is away in China, sympathised with parents and relations of the girls as the world observed the second anniversary of their abduction.

The Guardian front page

The Guardian front page for Friday, April 15, 2016.

The president said he shared in the ordeal of the parents and he understood their torment, frustration and anxiety as they remembered their children.

The president continues to believe that with the total commitment of the federal government, the Nigerian Armed Forces and security agencies, and the support of the international community, the girls will be eventually rescued,” he said.

In other news, The Punch reports that Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the immediate past Minister of Finance said there was lack of political will to save oil revenue under former president Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

The Punch front page for Friday, April 15, 2016

The Punch front page for Friday, April 15, 2016

According to her, this was responsible for the challenges facing the country presently.

She recalled that Nigeria was able to save $22bn under former president Olusegun Obasanjo, which she noted saved the country in 2008 during the global economic meltdown.

Meanwhile, Daily Sun reports that the PDP is getting ready for 2019 elections.

Daily Sun front page

Daily Sun front page for Friday, April 15, 2016

Report has it that the the party has zoned the positions of president and vice president to the north and south east, respectively.

By the zoning arrangement, while the north will retain the seat of the Senate president, the south South will produce the speaker of the House of Representatives and the national chairman of the party.

Also, the party has zoned the position of deputy Senate president, deputy national secretary and national organising secretary to the south west.

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Complete Sports front page for Friday, April 15, 2016.

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