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President Buhari’s birthday, budget presentation dominate Nigerian press

The 76th birthday of President Muhammadu Buhari and the presentation of 2019 budget to the National Assembly are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Monday.The Nation reported that as President Buhari clocks 76 on Monday, former leaders have taken turns to congratulate him.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha, Afenifere leader Senator Ayo Fasanmi and Voice of Nigeria (VON) Director-General Osita Okechukwu have congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his 76th birthday anniversary, it said.

The Leadership newspaper said members of the National Assembly have placed national interest above personal and party affiliations in their resolve to gather for the presentation of the 2019 Budget presentation by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.

The Sun newspaper said the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Kabiru Marafa, has warned that if marketers are not paid the outstanding of N800 billion, the enemies of the present administration may cause disquiet that will result in the return of fuel queues.

The Punch said the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Atiku Abubakar, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign for admitting on Friday that the nation’s economy was in bad shape.

The Vanguard said the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), a coalition of civil society organisations in Nigeria working on electoral issues, expressed concerns over the refusal of assent by President Buhari to the Electoral Amendment Bill.

The Guardian reported that sundry allegations of forgery may make the All Progressives Congress (APC) not to have a gubernatorial candidate in the 2019 election.

ThisDay newspaper said Access Bank Plc and Diamond Bank Plc ended months of speculations over their future when they finally agreed to merge.

The Nation said former President Olusegun Obasanjo has listed what Nigeria should do to have access to $12 trillion “dormant funds”.

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