NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [21 NOVEMBER, 2017]


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 21 November, 2017.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
He died in London, on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at 85.

His brother and traditional ruler of Oko, in Anambra State, Igwe Laz Ekwueme, said the former Second Republic vice president  to former President Shehu Shagari died at 10:00pm, in a London clinic. 

“Ekwueme family regrets to announce the peaceful passing away of their patriarch, the former vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme…”

last month, the former architect fell down in his Enugu residence and collapsed. He was initially rushed to Memfys Neurosurgery Hospital in Enugu, where he relapsed and went into coma.

Subsequently, the Federal Government intervened and arranged for an air ambulance which ferried him to London on November 13.

Leading a deluge of tributes to him, yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari said his regular counsels on national issues and mediations, for peaceful co-existence would be sorely missed.

The president said this in his condolence message to the Government and people of Anambra State, through his  Special Adviser Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

He affirmed that Ekwueme’s unwavering commitment to the unity of Nigeria has been a major encouragement to many governments, and recalled the personal sacrifices he made in helping lay the foundation for sustainable democracy in Nigeria.

Ekwueme’s former boss, Shagari, commiserated with Nigerians on his death.

In a condolence message he personally signed, Shagari said: “It is with a deep sense of loss that I heard about the demise of my brother and former vice president, Alex Ekwueme. On behalf of myself, I sincerely commiserate with Nigerians on his death. May his soul rest in peace.”

Also, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has described Ekwueme’s death as a monumental loss not just to Nigeria but the entire African continent.

Dogara, in a personally signed statement, said the former vice president lived a life worthy of emulation. 

The speaker noted that “Ekwueme was a distinguished elder statesman, patriot, nationalist and a true son of Africa.”

He however, noted that the Ekwueme’s demise came at a time Africa was in dire need of patriots and leaders like Dr. Ekwueme “as it struggle with various internal conflicts and  passes through challenging pace in its history.”

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Former deputy speaker, Emeka Ihedioha said he received the news of Ekwueme’s death with great pains and described him as “an accomplished and celebrated Nigerian, a humanist cum philanthropist, who lived a life of selfless and patriotic service to his fatherland. He was an embodiment of humility, simplicity and precision, Ide distinguished himself in many fields of human endeavours. 

Also, Chairman of the National Contact Committee of Action Democratic Party (ADP), Senator Roland Owie has described Ekwueme’s death as the passage of a sage.

In a statement issued in Abuja, Owie said Ekwueme’s death has closed a chapter in Nigeria’s political history. 

“Throughout the period he was in politics,  Dr. Ekwueme remained a moderating factor in our volatile polity. He was a gentleman, scholar, businessman and humanist. By his death,  Nigeria stands diminished and saddened.”

Dogara expressed condolences to the Ekwueme family, the government and people of Anambra State. 

“In times as these, elderly wisdom, experience and guidance of Dr. Ekwueme is needed by leaders at all levels so as to enable us surmount the daunting challenges confronting us as a country and as Africans.

“Dr. Ekwueme was  a philanthropist, a famous professional architect, lawyer, brilliant politician and a man of peace whose efforts in building bridges of friendship amongst the various peoples of Nigeria is legendary. 

“He played politics of ideas, principle and purpose and helped bring stability as vice president in the Second Republic.

“The late elderstatesman was credited with the introduction of the famous proposals  for just and equitable power-sharing in Nigeria, based on the six geopolitical zones which  ensures a fair, just equitable and stable polity…” 

His contributions in the struggle for the  restoration  of democracy in 1999 when he mobilised the famous group of 34 eminent Nigerians who risked their lives and stood up against military dictatorship are still fresh in our minds.

“Indeed, he lived a life worthy of emulation and left an indelible mark in the annals of the history of Nigeria. He was truly a political collosus and giant whose shoes will be difficult to fill”.

“As it was said of all the saints and sages, we take solace in the fact that he has gone to rest having emptied himself while he walked the earth and served humanity even in his final hours”.


Tue, 21 Nov 2017
On behalf of my family and the entire Umu-Ngige clan of Alor, in Idemili South Local Government Area, I wish to send our heart-felt condolences to Beatrice, His Excellency, Dr. Alex Ekwueme’s beloved wife, his children – Dr. Helen who was with him in the London Clinic, Ochiliozua, the immediate junior brothers, Profs. Larz and Obumneme Ekwueme and other family members as well as Ndi-Anambra,  Ndi-Igbo home and in the diaspora and Nigerians in general

Our leader is gone but his indelible footprint is in the political and professional firmament of Nigeria and shall suffer no erasure.

 I received with great jolt, sadness and deep sense of loss, the news of the exit of my political boss, friend and teacher. I was jolted by this sad news because even as I learnt that Ide had slipped into coma some days ago, I kept praying for him and hoping against hope that he would return to us from the land of coma.

For Ide, the curtain has been drawn. He ran his race here on earth starting as a provincial boy who came to Kings College Lagos, dazzled everybody with his brilliance, soaring in his School Certificate and proceeded to acquire strings of academic degrees across disciplines, the record of which is yet to be beaten by any Nigerian.  Ekwueme epitomized brain and handsomeness. He was highly industrious, a big silent philanthropist especially in education.     


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With the passing on of Ide Aguata, the curtain has fallen on a glorious chapter in the history of Nigeria.  With the death of Dr. Ekwueme, Nigeria has been assailed by a huge gap that will be difficult to fill. With the passing away of Ide, the sky-high iroko, where then shall the birds of great flight take to? In the contemporary, Nigeria has lost her best in all ramifications- politics, professionalism in disciplines such as Architecture, Law and Business. In the contemporary world of politics, business, Nigeria has lost one of her greatest.

In an age of narrowness, how will Nigeria find a perfect replacement for Ekwueme, the epitome of learning? Whose deeper thought, whose insight will spring solutions to extant national problems like Ekwueme did when he proposed the six-geo political zones and other constitutional issues taken in the 1994 constitutional conference? In an age where uprightness has taken flight, who can replace Ekwueme’s conduct in public office? Which African can leave office as Vice President, poorer than when he entered office?  In an age of bread and butter politics, who can replace Ekwueme’s urbane consistency? Democracy is surely in danger without statesmen and democrats with incorruptible conscience, such that Ekwueme represented.”

Am personally in deep grief. We have lost a father, a mentor, a leader whose briefcase some of us the contemporary leaders of the South East, viz Prof. A.B.C Nwosu, Dr. Okey Udeh, Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju, Dr. Okwy Nwodo,  struggled to carry in 1998 during the formative years of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  at Professor Jerry Gana’s house. Ide was a man whose wisdom, I, like many others depended at the outset of this 4th republic. I mourn a man whose shining examples have largely shaped my thought and belief in politics as service to the people.  We shall pick the gauntlet and march on to preserve the legacy Ekwueme bequeathed to Nigeria. We can’t afford to renege.

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Boko Haram unsurgents have  beheaded six farmers at Dimge plantation, in Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the killing was the latest in a string of attacks in the violence proned North-East, where more than 20,000 people have been killed in the past nine years of insurgency.

The killing occurred on Sunday while the victims were working on their farms,  an eye-witness, Jiddah Ahmad, told a NAN Correspondent in Jere town, near Maiduguri, yesterday.

Ahmad said the insurgents, who abducted seven farmers  later slaughtered six of them in a nearby bush.

Ahmad, who is a younger brother to one of the slain farmers, said two of the slain farmers were from Lawanti Gongulon Village, in Jere.

According to him, the remaining four were from Masu Community in Mafa Local Government Area of the state.

“My brother was working in the farm together with other farmers. They were accosted by the insurgents when they went to fetch water at a river.

“The insurgents shot my brother before beheading him and beheaded another farmer on the same spot while an old farmer was set free,” Ahmad said.

A member of the Civilian Joint Task Force, Usman Muhammad, also told NAN that the insurgents had earlier slaughtered four other farmers at the same plantation.

Muhammad disclosed that the insurgents came to the farm on motorbikes and attacked the farmers.

He said the insurgents forced an aged farmer among the abductees to witness the brutal murder of other farmers, nd told him to convey the message to families of the victims.

“We are currently seeking clearance from the military authorities, to enable us evacuate the corpses for proper burial,” he said.

The military and police authorities have declined to make any statement on the latest killings.
 
Although  military authorities said that they have completely degraded Boko Haram,  the group  continues to unleash terror and pack bloody punches on a regular basis.

The North East remains a hotbed of the insurgency, just as  other cities, including Abuja and Lokoja, have not been spared.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
At least six suspected militants have been reportedly shot dead by security operatives in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State during a joint operation in the area.  The incident occurred in the early hours of yesterday.

There were conflicting reports, about the survival of the dreaded ex-militant leader in the area, General Don Waney, in the gun duel that lasted for hours. Waney was said to have been shot dead and his corpse carried away during the operation around Ali-Ugo junction.

But, it was gathered evening from one of the former militant leader’s lieutenants, who confirmed the attack by security agents, that “our boss is alive and not dead.”

Earlier, there was jubilation in Omoku, headquarters of ONELGA, when the news filtered in that Waney, was among the persons that were killed. But it was later told that the gang leader had fallen into a river after he was shot. 

The security raid followed the killing of three members of ONELGA local vigilance known as Security Planning and Advisory Committee (OSPAC) recently.

The outfit was set up by the authority of the local government council to assist in tackling insecurity in the area.

Gunmen had on Saturday night invaded Okposi and Omoku communities and killed the three OSPAC members and another individual, causing panic in the area.

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Waney and his gang, who had surrendered their arms to the state government, last year, during the state amnesty programme, were accused of masterminding the killings and were allegedly mobilizing to lunch attacks in different communities of the LGA before the clamp down by the joint force.

It was learned that the group had allegedly resolved to destabilize the security formation put in place by the Caretaker committee Chairman of ONELGA, Osi Olisa, in order to resume their activities.

It was further gathered that while the hoodlums were on with their plans, security operatives including, the police, army, Department of State Security, DSS, Joint Military Task Force (JTF) and OSPAC, stormed their camp and allegedly killed a number of persons. 

When contacted on the alleged killing of Waney, the Public Relations Officer of Rivers State Police Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, said the information on the incident was sketchy, adding that a formal statement would be released when details were gathered.
 
Meanwhile, the Caretaker Committee Chairman ONELGA, Olisa, has assured that the security of the LGA could not be compromised, adding that efforts would continue to build a formidable security structure in the area. 
Tue, 21 Nov 2017

Zimbabwe’s top general said yesterday talks were planned between President Robert Mugabe and former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose sacking by the 93-year-old leader two weeks ago triggered a coup.

General Constantino Chiwenga, head of the armed forces and leader of the takeover codenamed “Operation Restore Legacy”, told a media conference he was encouraged by contact between the two men and Mnangagwa would be back in the country soon, Reuters reported.

“Thereafter, the nation will be advised on the outcome of talks between the two,” he said, reading from a statement.

Meanwhile, the ruling ZANU-PF party is set to begin impeachment proceedings against Mugabe, on charges he “allowed his wife to usurp constitutional power.” The motion is due to be presented to parliament today. Senior party member Paul Mangawana said the process could take as little as two days to complete, and President Mugabe could be removed by tomorrow. A deadline set by ZANU-PF for his resignation passed yesterday.

Grace Mugabe was seen as a potential successor to the ageing president before the military intervention last week. Zimbabwe’s constitution allows for impeachment on grounds of “serious misconduct”, “violation” of the constitution or “failure to obey, uphold or defend” it, or “incapacity”.

Mr Mangawana said President Mugabe had also failed to implement the constitution, and his advanced age meant he was no longer fit for office. “He is a stubborn man, he can hear the voices of the people, but is refusing to listen,” he said.

Impeachment proceedings are expected to be launched today, with votes in both the National Assembly and the Senate. Both chambers must then appoint a joint committee to investigate removing the president. If the committee recommends impeachment, the president can then be removed if both houses back it with two-thirds majorities.

“We are expecting the motion to be moved tomorrow… and hopefully by Wednesday (today) because the charges are so clear, we expect that by Wednesday (today), we should be able to vote in parliament,” Mr Mangawana said.

“The main charge is that he has allowed his wife to usurp constitutional power when she has no right to run government. But she is insulting civil servants, the vice president, at public rallies. They are denigrating the army, those are the charges,” he said.

“He has refused to implement the constitution of Zimbabwe, particularly we had elections for the provincial councils, but up to now they have not been put into office.” “He is of advanced age, that he no longer has the physical capacity to run government,” he added.

On Sunday, Mr Mugabe gave a televised address which surprised my Zimbabweans because it made no mention of the pressure from his party and the public to quit. Surrounded by generals, he declared that the military had done nothing wrong by seizing power and placing him under house arrest. The public has also poured on to the streets in protest, calling for the end of Mr Mugabe’s 37-year presidency.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu has congratulated Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
APGA'll take over 8 states 'National chairman From Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka and Aloysius Attah, 


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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
From Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja Ahead of the December 9 national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
From Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has said that the visit 


Tue, 21 Nov 2017
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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
By Henry Umahi Until he passed on yesterday in a London clinic, Dr. Alexander Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme demonstrated 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
From Godwin Tsa, Abuja The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal has ordered the Independent National 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Nigeria Professional Football League side, Katsina United new signing, Eric Dufegha, has set a personal 

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Prescribes death penalty for offenders By Adetutu Folasade-Koyi Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, 

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Denies stealing N2.1bn From Noah Ebije, Kaduna Embattled former chairman of the Presidential Pension 

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Lauds creation of special courts After a sober reflection on last year's raid on the official residences 

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
It is now obvious that, in a matter of days, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, 93, would cease to be president of 

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