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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [4 NOVEMBER, 2017]


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 4 November, 2017.

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has thrown an open challenge to his All Progressives Congress, APC, to free the space for other leaders of the ruling party who are eyeing his seat in the 2019 contest. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar leads the pack of APC chieftains who have shown interest in the next presidential election.

Exclusive details of discussions at the Tuesday’s National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting of APC obtained by Saturday Sun from three prominent members of the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, who attended the meeting, show that the President threw the challenge soon after the well attended NEC meeting kicked off and motions were being moved for consideration by party leaders.


 
According to the details, the motion seeking an automatic second term ticket for Buhari was the first at the meeting and it was moved by a party chieftain from the North, simply identified as Alhaji Nosiru. Former Zamfara state governor, Senator Ahmad Sani Yerima, seconded the motion. At that point, it was gathered, some state party chairmen at the back of the hall were shouting ‘No vacancy in Aso Rock.’ President Buhari then raised his two hands and pleaded that the motion be stepped down to avoid closing the space for other aspirants who may be nursing presidential ambition on the platform of the party. “President Buhari intervened after the motion was moved and seconded. He said there will be no need for that because he didn’t want the democratic space closed. He said ‘let’s allow others to contest, that’s the beauty of democracy.’

“It was after the President’s intervention that Imo state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha in his capacity as the Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum moved the second motion seeking to pass a vote of confidence on Buhari and the party’s leadership. Okorocha assured the President that while moving his motion that all the APC governors were ready to go to any length with Buhari and that he can rest assured they will give his aspiration full support and en-bloc”, a party leader from the Northwest who is also a member of national caucus of the APC stated.

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday, led a delegation of top government functionaries to the Financial Times of London for business negotiation. During the visit,  Governor Wike opened talks and secured the partnership of the world’s leading business publication in both promoting the State’s brand and its investment opportunities on the global stage. He was received on arrival at Financial Times’ headquarters in London by Mr. Mark Carwardine, Commercial Director, Africa and the Middle East and Larry Kenny, Sales Manager for Africa and the Middle East. Governor Wike  sought and received the partnership of the Financial Times of London in driving business opportunities in Rivers.  He also used the opportunity of the visit to ask for greater spotlight on Nigeria, due to the failing nature of her democracy, which, according to him, was undermining development and investment opportunities in the country. The governor stated that: “Another area of our interest has to do with the survival of democracy in Nigeria. We can’t talk about investment when we don’t have democracy. “Investments can only thrive when institutions are strengthened and not weakened.  We believe that with what is happening in Nigeria today, if people don’t speak out, democracy may not survive”

In his response, Mr. Carwardine acknowledged the political challenges in Nigeria and thanked the governor for his visit and assured him of Financial Times’ collaboration with the State Government in promoting its investment opportunities and brand.


 
Governor Wike and the visiting delegation, after their meeting, were led on a tour of the corporate headquarters of the organization in Southwark Bridge, London. Members of the governor’s delegation were an elder statesman, Chief Emma Anyanwu,  members of the House of Representatives, Ken Chikere and  Betty Apiafi, former Minister of Sports, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, State Commissioner of Information and Communications,  Barr. Emma Okah, Dr. A. J. Beredugo, Executive Assistant to the Governor and Mrs. Dornu Kobara. 


Sat, 04 Nov 2017
Chief Chuka Odom is a lawyer and former Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja. The Imo State-born politician in this interview with FRED EZEH opens up on a wide range of national issues.

You are a critical stakeholder in South East politics, what is your take on the recent military operation in the region, with regard to IPOB?
 
Let me preface my response by stating that I am an Igbo man, thus my response could be misinterpreted by some people as ethnic sentiment. But that, I could not help. I am opposed to the idea of a separate state of Biafra or any other sovereign seeking entity within the Nigerian state. A lot has been said on how Nigeria is not a state but mere “geographical expression”. However, no state was created and named by God. What it means is that all sovereign states emerged through some form of amalgamation, fusion or consensual union. Some developed countries like the United States no longer have sizeable indigenous population. So there is nothing unusual or extraordinary about the way we came into being as a nation. We have managed to live together for 57 years; we have survived civil war, military dictatorship, failed and corrupt civil governance. I believe we could overcome current challenges with time. That will pave the way for the emergence of new crop of leaders and efficient institutions. However, we must be patient with ourselves. Now to your question; Nnamdi Kanu and his co-agitators are by-products of failed, inept and corrupt leadership of the last 17 years. It is unfortunate that these youths revolt over the meaningless lives and future the Nigerian state has condemned them to. The Kanu phenomenon is more like the Nigerian youths giving the political class the “middle finger”. The response, mirrors the dysfunction of a system rooted in ethnic politics, and thus, we lost an opportunity to open a conversation with the youths, with a view to pulling them in, comforting and carrying them along in spite of their harsh rhetoric. They were the victims here. If not, how do you explain a situation where soldiers will shoot kids whose average age is 25, and whose crimes were protesting with Biafran flag?  We have driven these youths further off from a buy-in to Nigeria state, and left deep psychological wound in their psyche. The military has achieved no feat by killing unarmed youths just to silence their voice. The ease with which this was done gives a lie to all the allegation that they had stockpiled arms ready to fight the Nigerian state. The security agencies knew these youths had no arm other than sticks and Biafran flags. But we could still get it right if we so desire. All we need is to open up a conversation with them. They deserve good and quality life as Nigerians. It is obviously not too late to invite the IPOB leader and other youth activists from other parts of Nigeria to a room and hear their complaints. The effort at dividing these youths who are united in their suffering, along ethnic and tribal lines is shameful.

What about South East governors and other political leaders, do you think they did enough?

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
Apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has charged the Federal government to investigate the sudden disappearance of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr Nnamdi Kanu.

The organization said the Federal Government must be ready to produce Kanu as he suddenly disappeared from his residence after the military staged the operation python dance in his compound at Afaraukwu in Abia State.


 
Addressing a press conference in Akure, the Ondo State capital, the Secretary of the organization in the state, Prince Erondu Uche also urged Nigerians who know the whereabouts of Kanu to assist the government in finding him.  He said “although the Ohanaeze Ndigbo does not support Kanu’s agitation, the fact remains that he is an Igbo man, and as Igbo apex socio-cultural organization, we hold it a duty to know his whereabouts, hence the call on the Federal Government to produce him.”

Uche who said that the current challenges facing Nigeria which includes insecurity, agitations, corruption, poverty and marginalization call for urgent attention by the Federal Government, also stressed the need for patriotism among all Nigerians.


 
He stressed that the country can only move forward if all Nigerians unite and work together for the progress of the country. Also, he stressed the need for those in government to be transparent and dedicated in order to earn the trust of the governed.

“There should be no ‘sacred cows’ in the fight against corruption; there should be respect for the rule of law by all. Henceforth, the violation of our people’s human right under any guise should stop immediately,” he stressed.


 
He added that “the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari should ensure that only the services of competent people are employed without nepotism.” Also, he advised the Presidency to take the clamour for restructuring more serious, noting that the issue is being handled with levity.

While making case for the restructuring of the country, Uche said the call for restructuring should be exclusively championed by President Muhammadu Buhari in the overall interest of all Nigerians, adding that “the first restructuring we need is restructuring of our minds.”


Sat, 04 Nov 2017
Gov, police, herdsmen talk tough over new law From MURPHY GANAGANA, Jos For residents of Benue State, 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leadership has been advised to ensure that the new national chairman of 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
For over 40 years, Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke and Evangelist Daniel Kolenda of Christ For All Nations 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
Mr. Muyiwa Olumilua is the son of the former Governor of Old Ondo State, Bamidele Olumilua. He hails 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
Benue State prides itself as the food basket of the nation. With abundant farm produce in every nook 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
Arsenal Beach Soccer team will for the first time participate at the annual beach soccer tournament, 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
A recent economic impact study, conducted by the Canadian Sports Tourism Alliance, revealed that the 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
Patron of Rangers FC, Benson Ejindu has declared that the December 23 charity match between ex Rangers 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
THE organizers of the international match between Argentina and Nigeria have announced the ticket prices 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
WORLD football governing body, FIFA, has given approval for the prestige international friendly between 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
Stories by George Aluo AKWA United Players have resumed training for the new sea- son even as Coach Abdu 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
From Desmond Mgboh/Kano Kano State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has signed the 2017 supplementary 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
IG briefs Buhari, promises to appear before Senate From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja President Muhammadu 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
From NOAH EBIJE, Kaduna. The people of southern Kaduna have thrown their weight behind the clamour for 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
From Kemi Yesufu The House of Representatives has backed the call for the Federal Government to establish 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
From Linus Oota, Lafia Chairman of the fact-finding and investigative committee on the activities of 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
Police confirm escape of suspected kidnapper From Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki No fewer than five indigenes 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
People display some behaviours that make them look cheap. Most of these behaviours were picked up from 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
Many people believe that sex is sex, but not all sex is good sex. Sex is a big deal in relationships. 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
There is a saying bequeathed to mankind by the Greek physician/philosopher, Sextus Empiricus, who lived 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
Mr. Peter Obi indeed left a big shoe for any would -be -governor of Anambra State. Compared to his predecessors, 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
From contradictions to confusion; that is the direction of movement of this government and through their 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
It's simply the truth, when Nigerians are urged to see the legislative arm as what differentiates civil 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
In March 2013, as I entered the intimidating but inviting Cathedral of the United Evangelical Church, 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
Today, the fashion brand known as Mudi has evolved into a global brand attracting presidents, prime ministers 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
Gone are the days when coral beads are just true signs of royalty where it adorns kings and members of 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
Even with your thoughtful guidance and superhuman parental-reflex skills, there is sadly no way to know 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
Many children go through phases when they exhibit aggressive behaviours. Hitting, pushing and even biting 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
By Tony Iwuoma History is being made today in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, where the University of Uyo is conferring 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
For Chief Michael Ofomata and his wife, Lolo Mercy, love struck through friendship between their mothers. 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
THE Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, used the auspicious occasion of the 100th anniversary celebration 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
By Rita Okoye ActresS Anita Joseph has another passion. Aside acting that most people know her for, she 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
Top actors Kanayo O. Kanayo, Chinwe Owoh, and Angela Philips among others a few days ago stormed Warri, 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
Weeks ago, Nollywood producer cum actor, Samuel Ajibola kicked off his widely anticipated series, 'Dele 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
While some actresses are keen on settling down with the right partners, budding actress, Omalicha Elom 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
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