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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [11 NOVEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 11 November, 2017.

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) ‎yesterday demanded the exit of Nigeria from international religious organisations such as the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) to maintain the country’s secularity status.
It said: “Nigeria presently is a member… and signed treaties. The government should pull out of them in order to keep the sanctity of the constitution.”

But it said it was not opposed to the floating ‎of Sukuk Islamic bond by the Federal Government.

The Federal Government had faulted CAN’s allegations that there were underground plans to Islamise the country with the recent issuance of its N100 billion Sukuk bond.

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But reacting to the development yesterday, CAN President, Rev. Olasupo Samson Ayokunle, said the body was not against the initiative but that it was wrong for the government to be the one promoting it.

“As I said before, there wasn’t any demon in Sukuk bond. But what was wrong is the constitutionality.

“No CAN member is opposed to any Muslim running their own financial system, but it is wrong for the government to be the one who will be promoting it and initiating it.

“It was a violation of the constitution. We have talked to the government today (yesterday) to keep the sanctity of the constitution, which will guide the behaviour and actions of everyone. They must be able to keep everybody together,” Ayokunle said.

Other demands he said the group took to the Presidential Villa included the need for President Muhammadu Buhari to take a decisive action against herdsmen’s attacks on farming communities in the country.

Ayokunle, who led the delegation said President Buhari must also come up with lasting solutions to the menace of armed robbery, militancy and kidnapping among others on the increase across the country.

‎Briefing State House Correspondents after their closed-door meeting, Ayokunle said the demands had become imperative in the interest of peace and togetherness of all citizens.

He said President Buhari must also pay attention to the payment of salaries and allowances of workers, as ‎the lack of it is what leads to the incidence of suicide and increase of crime. 


Sat, 11 Nov 2017
As tension mounts in the Niger Delta over the move by militants to resume attacks on oil facilities, there is the fear that the country may soon relapse into recession. To avert this fresh economic crisis, the Federal Government has been advised to dialogue with the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) and restructure the country.

The government has also been cautioned against a mass deployment of soldiers on the waterways of the Niger Delta amid the growing tension just as the militants have been urged to embrace peace and negotiation.

A former president of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), Prof. Kimse Okoko, told The Guardian that it was frustrating to see successive governments pretend as if they did not know what was wrong with the Niger Delta and the demands of the region over the years.



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Okoko explained that it was government’s insincerity over the legitimate demands of the people of the area that was responsible for the fresh threat by the NDA.

“At this stage, they must restructure this country along the line of a true federal system before the next election. This country has to be restructured, otherwise they (militants) will start their activities and this government will not be able to satisfy their demand and effectively run the economy.

“Let the federating units manage their resources. Since the discovery of oil, the Niger Delta has been left out. If you go to the creeks, we are just as bare as before, no drinking water, no nothing.

“Until we restructure this country, militants will continue to do what they want to do. In as much as I am not in support of blowing up pipelines, we are going to suffer at the end. But all the same, let the Federal Government be sincere enough. The problems of the Niger Delta are not about the establishment of a maritime university or giving oil blocks to persons; the economic wellbeing of the people must improve,” he said.

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Sat, 11 Nov 2017
‘I Want To See More Women Included In Workspaces’ Bidemi Zakariyau is the Founder & CEO of one of the fastest growing PR agencies in Nigeria, LSF|PR, a full-service public relations agency with core competencies in corporate communications, consumer and lifestyle brands. Zakariyau handles the day-to-day management of LSF|PR and currently leads her team in creating communications strategy for the consultancy’s clients. She is actively involved in advising clients on critical communications strategies and issues. Her work reflects the international scope and breadth of the agency’s offering and has included advising clients on entry strategies into the Nigerian Market and ongoing corporate reputation building efforts. She recently founded and is the head of business development of The Luxe Digest, a pan-African luxury content platform. In 2015, she was recognised as one of the leading female entrepreneurs under 25 in Nigeria by SME100 and in 2016 she was awarded The Future Awards Africa Prize for media enterprise. Earlier this year, she was recognised as one of the 100 most influential women in Nigeria by Leading Ladies Africa. A member of the Nigerian Bar Association and the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, she also sits on the board of Réle Art Gallery. In this interview with TOBI AWODIPE, she talks of her transition from law to public relations, her reason behind employing only women and her plans for the future among other issues.

You made a complete U-turn from law to public relations. Can you tell us what informed this decision?

I studied business at Brooke House College, Leicestershire, England. Law was one of the courses under the business foundation programme. At the end of the school year there were two best law students and I was one of them. At that point I thought the right thing to study at university was law even though I was intrigued by how the media space worked, but I was quite sure what I wanted then. So I went ahead and studied law at the University of Sheffield.

I moved back to Nigeria at the end of October 2011. It was too late to join the NYSC batch and it was also too late to join the law school at that time, so I decided to intern. My legal internship started at Consolex Legal Practitioners, where I was for a couple of months before moving to Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie for six months. Interning at UUBO exposed me to a lot in terms of learning about the Nigerian business environment. It was also during this internship period that it became very clear to me that I did not want to practise law. I went ahead to join the law school in June/July 2012 because it was very important for me to qualify as a lawyer. I started to pursue my media interests while I was in the law school, because I was 100 per cent sure I wasn’t going to be working in the legal field once the law school was over. I set up LSF|PR and started working with small brands and taking on small-scale projects and once I was done with the law school, I decided it was time to focus on the business full-time.

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Nigerian athletes, particularly the younger ones, have witnessed repeated heartbreaks, elicited by lack of vision and state of unpreparedness by the nation in the last six months. And from all indications, there may be no end in sight, unless urgent steps are taken to nip in the bud what appears a major showdown in the Congress of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) in Abuja.

Barring any last minute change, the AFN Congress will hold on November 16. There have been burning issues in the federation since the June 13 sports federations’ polls, which saw Ibrahim Shehu Gusau emerging as president.

Among the issues expected to top the agenda is the list of sub-committee members released by the AFN secretariat without the input of most members of the board. The dust raised by Gusau’s decision to appoint Sunday Adeleye as Technical Director of AFN is yet to be settled.

The Guardian learnt that majority of the board members, who felt sidelined, have oiled their guns in readiness to ‘shoot’ from all angles in the November 16 Congress with the aim to unseat Gusau. But sources close to Gusau’s camp hinted that they were already aware of the plan.

Meanwhile, some stakeholders, who are not confortable with the cloudy weather leading to the Congress, are said to have began underground work to bring sanity to the system.

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Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Adolf Hitler once said: “How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.”

The reason Nigerian youths are still playing second fiddle is simply that we have allowed political cabals to hijack our ‘thinking.’ People are relegated in life when their thinking is delegated! The youth bracket is gradually turning to an endangered species and sinking into oblivion, in terms of political inclusion, because we have always been settling for less.

The truth about life is that when you have conditioned yourself to always settle for less, something more tragic happens- you get less than what you settled for.


Praise George said: “It is victim mentality to hold others responsible for the situation in your own life.” Our victim and entitlement mentality is seriously encroaching on our ability to pioneer positive changes in the nation. Many youths go on endlessly fault-finding as if there is a reward for it.

Henry Ford once said: “Don’t find fault; find a remedy.” It is appalling to always see Nigerian youths attaching their fate to the Nigerian system, instead of taking ownership of their future. I have at different fora reiterated that this is actually the recipe for recurring frustration among the Nigerian youths.

It is sympathetic to know that most Nigerian youths have been systematically turned to political fugitives and liabilities because of our penchant for stipends at the detriment of the future.

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Sat, 11 Nov 2017
It would be most unfair to wrap up discussion on the creative cash madams of Nollywood without a mention of Remmy Mary Njoku, Ego Boyo and Michelle Bello... 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
I'm really excited about my new project, Green Light, it launched about three weeks ago, it's my first official single and it's exciting for me. I've decided to move back to Nigeria and I've decided that this is really a place that I want to make home. 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
With Nigeria's civil war over, Onicha Ugbo, a serene town in Aniocha North Local Government Area, that lies along the Benin-Agbor-Asaba highway and about 37 kilometres from Asaba... 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
In commemoration of the United Nations' International Day of the Girl-child, Mademoiselle Foundation, in partnership with University of Lagos, hosted over 1000 girls at the Colour Your Future event 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Growing plants in the bathroom has surprisingly many advantages. Not only do they help purify the air, they have the ability to eliminate bacteria and absorb excess moisture. 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
The Roses Ministry, a Lagos-based Non-Governmental Organisation, recently held its Annual Senior Secondary School Youth Seminar under the theme, The Challenges of Growing Up!, with about 11 secondary schools in attendance. 

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Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Cut 24 Productions is back and this time around, with a bang, as it sets to hit cinemas with a new movie, titled The Eve. 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Modupe Adesina-Oyeneyin also known as Dupsy is a Christian, wife, mother, minstrel, recording artiste and seasoned professional with first degree in Microbiology from the University of Lagos... 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Emmanuel Akong well known with the stage name Eda Boi is an upcoming artiste signed to Edimas Music. The North American University, Houdegbe, Benin Republic computer science student... 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has certified Landmark University's B.Sc Accounting programme an ACCA accredited Programme. 

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Sat, 11 Nov 2017
At 70, geologist and explorationist, Prof Chukwuemeka Ekweozor, still feels very energetic to work. He and his wife, Dr. Chinyelu Ekweozor, recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary... 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
The 2017 Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW) may have come to an end but it was four days of many beautiful moments filled with highs, lows, clear misses... 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Guy Code, a television series powered by Gulder, is hosting viewers to a dream-come-true party tagged Ultimate Party. 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Female tenants in Alihiame in Agbor, Delta State, whose identities were yet to be known, have allegedly stolen their co-tenant's six-month-baby. 

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Sat, 11 Nov 2017
If the information on the Twitter handle of Pastor Anita Ebhodaghe, the ex-wife ofPastor Chris Oyakhilome, is to be believed, then one of the two gorgeous daughters... 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
The Four Point by Sheraton Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, was the place to be recently, as celebrities and fun loving Lagosians converged for this year's edition of the Best Model Nigeria contest. 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
The clamour for young people's inclusion in governance in Africa, especially Nigeria, received a boost from former President Olusegun Obasanjo when a group of young political aspirants, Tunde Eso... 

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Sat, 11 Nov 2017
The General Manger, Supersport, Felix Awogu says MultiChoice's Let's Play initiative is channeled towards fighting obesity, which he said has become a serious concern to the world due to the volume of death resulting from it. 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
As part of activities to mark it's 20th anniversary as a leading retail outlets in Lagos, the management of Adam & Eve in GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, will tomorrow host it's customers and well-wishers to a special Festival of Carol. 

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