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Welcome to the Concise News roundup of top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines for today, Thursday, May 23rd, 2019.

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1. Emefiele Reveals What Nigeria Must Tackle Ahead Global Economic Crisis

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele, says Nigeria must prepare for the next global economic crisis by tackling unemployment. According to Emefiele, although the President Muhammadu Buhari administration had made progress in 2018, more efforts must be made to reduce the unemployment rate in Africa’s most populous nation.

2. Why Justice Bulkachuwa Withdrew From Presidential Election Tribunal

Chairman of the 2019 Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, on Wednesday withdrew from the panel for “personal reasons,”Concise News has learned. The withdrawal of the President of the Court of Appeal from the tribunal followed allegations of possible bias leveled against her by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

3. Buhari Reveals Why He Refused To Sack Ministers

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he retained cabinet ministers in the last three and half years despite pressure from some quarters due to their unique skill, strength and leadership qualities. Concise News learned that the Nigerian leader made this known on Wednesday during a valedictory session of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He described the cabinet members as “a reflection of the Nigeria we aspire to achieve.’’

4. PDP To Lai Mohammed: Apologise To Nigerians For Lying About Coup Plot

Nigeria’s main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has asked the country’s minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, to tender an apology for heating up the polity with baseless security breach allegations against it. Concise News understands that Mohammed had earlier alleged that the PDP and its presidential candidate in the 2019 elections, Atiku Abubakar, were plotting to scuttle the May 29 inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

5. Nigerian Governors’ Forum Gets New Chairman Ahead May 29

The Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) has elected Ekiti state Governor Kayode Fayemi as chairman of the forum, Concise News understands. The Ekiti governor takes over from the Zamfara state governor, Abdulaziz Yari, whose eight-year tenure ends on 29 May, 2019. Fayemi, who returned as governor of the southwest state in 2018, was elected during a meeting of the forum in Abuja on Wednesday night.

6. UTME 2019: JAMB Candidates Decry Frustration In Accessing Results

Some candidates who are yet to have their Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) 2019 results released are unhappy with the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). Concise News reports that some of these candidates feel they are not culpable of examination malpractice, hence, the seizure of their results unnecessary.

7. FG Finally Reacts To Cancellation Of ‘Dropbox’ By US

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has revealed that the Nigerian government is parleying with its US counterpart on the issuance of visa for Nigerians. Onyeama, Concise News understands, said this while answering questions on the negative impact the visa overstay had on Nigerians travelling to the U.S. He lamented that one of the effects of the visa overstay was the recent suspension of ‘Dropbox’ for visa renewal for Nigerians.

8. Pro-Biafra Celebration Turns Bloody As Police Open Fire On MASSOB Members

The 19th-anniversary celebration of the Chief Ralph Uwazuruike-led Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) otherwise called Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) turned bloody on Wednesday when police opened fire on members of the movement. Concise News reports that two members of the movement were reported killed while no fewer than 10 members of the movement were arrested and 15 sustained serious bullet wounds.

9. Biafra: Police Reveal How It Will Treat IPOB Members On May 30th

The Abia State Police Command has said it will treat anyone associated with the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist, Concise News reports. This online news medium learned that IPOB, led by Nnamdi Kanu, has said it would organise a sit-at-home on May 30th to honour those who have died in the struggle for Biafra. However, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ene Okon, has issued a stern warning against any activity capable of truncating the peace and safety of the residents.

10. No More 48-Team Qatar World Cup – FIFA

World football governing body, FIFA has announced that the 2022 World Cup will feature 32 teams, ending a long-raging debate whether Qatar would be instructed to host 48 teams. Concise News reports that Qatar, which opened its second multi-purpose World Cup venue Al Janoub Stadium by hosting the Amir Cup final on May 16, is rapidly completing its preparation to host 32 teams for the 2022 edition.

That’s the roundup of top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines this morning. More Nigerian newspapers headlines are available on Concise News website.