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Good morning Nigeria and welcome to the concise roundup of top Nigerian newspapers headlines today, Monday June 18th.

Makarfi To Challenge Buhari, Atiku For Presidency In 2019

Former Governor of Kaduna state Senator Ahmed Makarfi on Sunday joined the race to contest Nigeria’s presidency in 2019. The immediate past chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) declared his intention for the nation’s highest office at a press briefing in Kaduna.

Looters Against Buhari’s Second Term Bid – Orji Kalu

Former Governor of Abia State Orji Uzor Kalu has alleged that looters are opposing President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term bid. Speaking on Saturday in Kano state, the former governor said those who don’t want the government to save money for Nigerians were against Buhari’s return.

Bishop Reveals Winner Of 2019 Presidential Election

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar will emerge as Nigeria’s President during the 2019 elections, says Bishop of Divine Seed of God Chapel Ministries Prophet Wale Olagunju. Bishop Olagunju also claimed that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the Ekiti state governorship election, Olusola Eleka, will emerge the winner.

Lai Moh’d Says Buhari Transforming Nigeria

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has Stated that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is transforming Nigeria through innovative measures yielding results. The Minister made this known while speaking at the 2018 ‘Africa Together Conference’ at the University of Cambridge in the UK on Saturday.

APC NWC Meets Tuesday To Ratify Delegates’ List For Convention

The John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will on Tuesday meet to take a final decision on the list of delegates and candidates for the June 23 national convention. Reports say this is based on speculations that the Governor Rochas Okorocha-led Screening Appeals Committee had disqualified the three aspirants vying for positions zoned to the South-East.

I Like Buhari Because He Fears No One —Archbishop

The Methodist Archbishop of Abuja, Most Rev. Oche Job, says he admires President Muhammadu Buhari because he is a man that fears no one. He noted that though there are cabals in Aso Rock, they are not as pronounced as in the period of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Suicide Bomber Kills 31 In Borno

Thirty-one persons have been killed by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in suicide blasts in a town in northeast Nigeria. Concise News gathered that the two blasts ripped through the town of Damboa in Borno state on Saturday evening.

SERAP Sues Power Minister Fashola

The Socio-Economic and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sued Power, Works and Housing Minister Babatunde Fashola over power privatization. According to SERAP, the suit is seeking answers to “the spending on the privatisation of the electricity sector and the exact amount of post-privatisation spending on generation companies (GENCOS), distribution companies (DISCOS) and Transmission Company of Nigeria.”

Buhari Remains APC Consensus Candidate For 2019 Election, Says VON DG

The Director-General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, has said President Muhammadu Buhari remained the presumptive consensus candidate of the ruling party for 2019 presidential election. He expressed confidence that the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Convention holding on June 23 in Abuja would be hitch-free.

We Have Another `Group of Death’ On Our Hands, Says Leon Balogun

Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun on Sunday said the most important concern with the Nigerian team now should be how not to brood about Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Croatia. Balogun told News Agency of Nigeria at the team’s base in Essentuki that the team must stick together and plan on how to overcome the setback.

German Media Sound Alarm After Shock World Cup Defeat

Germany’s media reacted with concern and worry to the World Cup holder’s shock 1-0 defeat against Mexico on Sunday. Hirving Lozano hit the winning goal after 35 minutes in Moscow when the German defence was caught napping. This was the first time Germany have lost an opening game at a World Cup finals since going down 2-1 to Algeria when Spain hosted the 1982 tournament.

Melania Calls For End To Trump’s Separation Policy

US First Lady Melania Trump has called for an end to the policy of separating parents and children illegally entering the country from Mexico. Mrs Trump “believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart,” her spokeswoman said. Her comments follow growing controversy over President Donald Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy.

That’s the roundup of top Nigerian newspapers headlines this morning. More Nigerian newspapers headlines are available on Concise News website. See you again tomorrow.