The major issues of focus today Tuesday, November 3, in the Nigerian daily newspapers are on the immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan’s visit to President Muhammadu Buhari, the naming of committee heads in the Senate, imminent fuel scarcity and the blockade of bank accounts over the non-registration of Bank Verification Number (BVN).

Although the major headline on the front page of Vanguard newspaper is on the tension in the Senate as president of the hallowed chambers, Bukola Saraki, is set to name the heads of the various committees, but the bigger picture is the visit Goodluck Jonathan made to President Buhari.

Many are asking questions to know why the erstwhile president had visit the president and held a less than 10 minutes closed-door meeting.

It was the second time Jonathan visited the presidential villa since he left office in May.

President Buhari and Jonathan

Vanguard front page, Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Vanguard reports that although the reason for Jonathan’s visit was not disclosed but many believe that he visited to brief the president on the outcome of the Tanzania election in which he played a role as the leader of Commonwealth Election Observer Group to observe the conduct of the election.

But contrary to that backdrop, there are, however, feelers that the former president went to seek an understanding with the present government to halt the criticism against his government.

Another major issue on the national dailies today is the blockade on bank accounts over the default on the part of account owners in registering for their Bank Verification Number (BVN).

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The Guardian reports with its headline: Politicians, Others Evade BVN, that for fear of being identified as owners of huge deposits in banks, amid acclaimed success in the BVN, some politically exposed persons and top officers in the public service seem to have evaded the scheme.

The reports says that a competent source in the banking sector disclosed that the deposits belonging to such groups, which are still in the system, are so enormous that none of the banks associated with the lodgements would want to miss them.

The source added that the proceeds were earlier trapped in the banking sector with the sudden policy to refuse dollar deposits and non-transfer outside the country without verifiable details of the transactions.

President Buhari

The Guardian front page, Tuesday, November 3, 2015