FG let us down - Mother of Christian Dapchi girl still in captivity (Newspaper Review)
The headlines from major mainstream newspapers today, Friday, March 23, are focused on the outpour of grief and anger against the Buhari government from the mother of the only Dapchi girl still in Boko Haram captivity; Bill Gates’ critique of the federal government’s economic plan and the revelation about how a US tech firm was hired by the GEJ administration to stop Buhari in 2015.
Vanguard reports that the parents of Liya Sharibu, the Christian girl still being held by Boko Haram because of her refusal to renounce her faith, stated that they were let down by the federal government.
The publication reports that Rebecca Sharibu, Lira’s mother, stated that her daughter cannot be forced to embrace a religion unknown to her, and called on the Boko Haram insurgents to release her. She also appealed to the federal government to help secure Lira's release.
She said: “My heart was broken on Wednesday morning when I searched through the released girls and could not set my eyes on my dear daughter.”
Mrs Sharibu’s appeal comes following calls by the Muslim Rights Concern, for President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that Lira Sharibu is released, alongside the remaining Chibok girls still in Boko Haram captivity.
Front page of Vanguard, Friday, March 23 (Photo credit: eagleee.com)
Punch is reporting that Mr Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, said the federal government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan was not reflective of the people’s needs.
He made the comment on Thursday, March 22, at a special session of the National Economic Council which held at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Gates reportedly stated that rather than concentrating on physical infrastructure to the detriment of human capital development, the country would do better with strong investments in health and education.
He spoke alongside Alhaji Aliko Dangote, chairman of the Dangote Foundation.
Front page of Punch, Friday, March 23 (Photo credit: eagleee.com)
The Guardian is also focused on the critique of the federal government’s economic recovery plan, by Bill Gates.
Gates reportedly urged the Buhari administration to take a second look at the National Economic Plan in terms of its priorities for human capacity development.
He stated: “To anchor the economy over the long term, investment in infrastructure and competitiveness must go hand in hand with investments in the people.
“People without roads, ports and factories can’t flourish. And roads, ports and factories without skilled workers to build and manage them can’t sustain an economy.”
Front page of The Guardian, Friday, March 23 (Photo credit: eagleee.com)
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On its part, The Nation is reporting that President Muhammadu Buhari’s private e-mail was hacked by Israelis who gave the materials to Cambridge Analytica, a firm hired by former President Goodluck Jonathan to provide “advertisement and marketing services” in support of his 2015 re-election campaign.
Qutoing reports from UK media organizations, the publication reported that senior directors of the tech firm gave instructions to staff to handle material provided by computer hackers in election campaigns in Nigeria and St Kitts and Nevis.
Sources with knowledge of the matter disclosed that staff members were alarmed by two episodes in 2015, and they subsequently refused to handle the data, assuming that they had been obtained illegally.
However, Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, SCL Elections, have denied taking possession of or using hacked or stolen personal information from such individuals for any purpose in either campaign.
Front page of The Nation, Friday, March 23 (Photo credit: eagleee.com)
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