NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [2ND DECEMBER, 2017]


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 2nd December, 2017.

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
Secretary General, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Anthony Sani has said that the Forum will promote quality candidates for the 2019 presidential election.

In this interview with NOAH EBIJE, in Kaduna, Sani said promotion of candidates has become necessary in order for the electorate to vote wisely on election day for better leadership.

ACF recently set up political committee and other committees. What is expected of the political committee towards 2019 election?

It is not only political committee but also committees on agriculture, education and research and planning out of 12 standing committees in the constitution of ACF, which are expected to be functional. We hope to inaugurate the remaining ones as time goes on.


 
The standing committees in ACF are for purposes of doing research work needed for informed decisions by ACF while performing its role as a pressure group in the hope of making good things to happen and to prevent bad ones from happening. The other role of ACF is to promote unity of the North through peaceful coexistence. This involves breaking barriers and building bridges across constituencies in the North. The committees are to help ACF on how best to make desires possible and then actual.

Northern politicians like Atiku Abubakar, Sule Lamido, among others are warming up to unseat President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential race. Is ACF comfortable with fellow northerners running against Buhari?

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ACF exists to promote democracy premised on triple foundation of liberty, justice and common decision. The forum does not promote cleavages of the nation along ethnic and religious lines. And that is why during the first republic, there were NPC, NEPU and UMBC in the North. Also in the second republic there were NPN, PRP and GNPP with their presidential candidates in the North. What ACF does is to promote desired personal qualities that can bring about purposeful leadership. It is left for the electorate to use these qualities in the candidates for the purpose of informed voting on election day.

Some Nigerians believe that ACF is not actually representing northern interest, but the interest of few influential northerners. What is your reaction to this?


 
Such allegations are vociferous bunkum precisely because ACF does not prevent any northerner of 18 years and above from registering as member of ACF. Anybody who makes such allegations does not know about ACF and how it works.

ACF must have felt embarrassed when the alleged cabals in the presidency are believed to be mostly northerners. What is your reaction?

Why should ACF feel embarrassed by allegations that are neither here nor there. The constitution is clear on what constitutes government, to wit, a cabinet of ministers in which each state must be represented by at least one minister. The constitution knows personal staff are those who help the president with his daily work.And that is why the constitution does not provide that such staff be subject to confirmation by the Senate. The motive for regarding such staff as cabal may be understood but not acceptable.

President Buhari is reported to be warming up to reshuffle his cabinet after two years in office. Is this not too early?

President Buhari is the one who works with the ministers and knows them. Only he can tell whether it is necessary to reshuffle them or not. It is not for me to tell him whether it is time to reshuffle them or not.

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Sat, 02 Dec 2017
There is no comparison between President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. The above verdict came from the chairman, Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Dr Paul Unongo. In this interview with WILLY EYA, the elder statesman was emphatic that in 2019, the North would still go for Buhari instead of Atiku. He spoke on various issues.

Ahead of 2019 general elections, political activities are gradually building up. One of the most recent is the resignation of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar from the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). The speculation is that he would soon join the PDP. So, the question on the lips of many is between President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku, who will the North support considering that both of them are Fulani and from the same geopolitical zone?

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What has Atiku got to offer Nigeria? Atiku would be in one party for two hours and he would abandon it and join another one for three hours and when he does not get what he wants, he jumps into another party. And now he is like saying Atiku must be president, Atiku must be president of Nigeria. There is no single person in Nigeria that must be president. I think money tries to make some people mad; they think they can buy anything they want and everybody. The North has no problem whatsoever and it is not only the North that elected President Buhari in the last presidential election. Buhari got average of the votes in virtually all parts of the country. Remember that Buhari contested for the primaries with Atiku and he beat him in that election thoroughly. Atiku did not even come second. Kwankwaso, the former governor of Kano State got more votes than him. People who are thinking that Atiku can do something when he joins the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) are making a mistake. Nigeria has passed that way and left it behind for a long time ago. We are not impressed by Atiku who jumps from one party to the other and say oh! I have a lot of money and I must be president. Nigerians are not going to put such people in power. We love Buhari, a man of integrity and principle; you can predict him and when he says a thing, you can be sure that what he is saying is true. Buhari would win Atiku any day, anywhere and any time.

But what is your view on the position of a school of thought that while Buhari would get the support of the conservative North, Atiku is likely to get the votes of the progressives in the North. The class of people who hold this argument believes that many progressives would support Atiku for his position on the need to restructure the country.

I do not know who are the progressive North and the conservative North. My name is Paul Unongo and I am a Northerner. I have gone to the prison 24 times. I think I am a progressive. I just finished a lecture praising late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe on his memorial lecture in Lagos. I am also the convener, leader and chairman of the Northern Elders Forum. So, where do I belong? Between me and Atiku, who is a progressive and who is not? I can tell you that Nigeria’s democracy is waxing stronger. If the PDP likes, let them field Atiku. If he contests with Buhari, he would win Atiku by 9 o’clock in the morning. Buhari is a tested and trusted principled leader. We are not for sale and the presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not for sale. The presidency is not for the highest bidder. We in the North have no problem on who to choose between Buhari and Atiku. We are not divided. I used to say to everybody in Nigeria that we in the North are more radical than the South. We can accommodate both Buhari and Atiku but the North is mature politically and they know where to go and we are going to go where we should go. But we are not going to vote to bring the PDP back to power.

You know that ahead of the elections, there are all manner of permutations. Some insist that why Atiku’s candidacy may fly is because it appears that the pulse of the majority of Nigerians suggests that Buhari has largely failed to meet the expectations of the people. Do you agree?

The economy was knocked down by the previous administration and Buhari promised that he would bring it up and he did. The security situation in the country was terrible so much that the Boko Haram sect was taking over some parts of the North and Buhari promised that he would address the situation and he did. Nobody would contest that he has addressed substantially the issue of security in the country. He said he would fight corruption and today, they are recovering piles and piles of money including dollars even buried underground. Nobody had done that before. He promised these three and has delivered on all of them. Everybody is seeing what he is doing. There is no doubt that he is better than Atiku and I can assure you that we would stay with President Buhari.

But the argument is that if a strong candidate comes out from the South, the North which would be divided between Buhari and Atiku may lose out in the 2019 power struggle. Don’t you think so? 

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I can predict exactly what the South would do. In the last presidential election, if you count the votes in the three geo-political zones of Southwest, Southeast and South south, Buhari still had the majority of the votes. We are going to repeat that in the 2019 general elections because the candidate that the PDP is trying to bring is not the type that you can compare with Buhari.

Despite your obvious support for Buhari, in 2019, what are those extra qualities that the North would be looking for to make their choice for a presidential candidate?

The ideal candidate should be like the late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe. If the people of Nigeria can produce an Azikiwe that is able to unite the rest of the country; if they can produce an Azikiwe that is truthful and transparent, people would go for him, because they believe that he would not change. If Nigeria can produce that candidate that would ensure what Azikiwe called pragmatic federalism, that person would be able to challenge any person or presidential candidate from the North. But until then, I have not seen that politician that can challenge Buhari in 2019.

You are a leader in the Middle Belt, a region which though is part of the North is perceived not to be getting enough attention from President Buhari. Are you comfortable with the perceived insensitivity of Buhari to the plight of people from that zone especially with the activities of the Fulani herdsmen?


 
The situation is not only in the Middle Belt. I do not know whether Zamfara is part of the Middle Belt. The killing of farmers is also going on in Zamfara. Zamfara is part of the old Sokoto State. You cannot be more Northern than Zamfara. The killings are also going on in Kebbi State. I do not know if those are not Northerners. And also in the Middle Belt or the North Central as you people call it today, the killings are going on. The killings have been there in Plateau, they have gone on terribly in Benue and also in Taraba. They did not stop there; the killings have gone on in Anambra, Enugu, Edo State and some other places. Why are you not talking about the killings in Zamfara which is not part of the Middle Belt. The truth is that we have a problem and I think other states should start what the Benue people did through the anti-grazing law. The only way is to build the ranches and we can all latch unto it. The Houses of Assembly can work on such laws to separate the herdsmen and the farmers and the only way is through ranches. We have few strange herdsmen; we have lived with herdsmen for over 300 to 400 years. We lived like that but suddenly we have strange herdsmen who come with guns, AK47 riffles and so on; and they start attacking our women, young men in the farms and killing them. When the people of Benue could not tolerate that, they made the anti-grazing law and they gave enough time for anybody who wanted to make an input into that law. They said that these strange Fulani people that are killing our people and who are so blood thirsty, if they want to stay with us, allow them to stay, but they should rein in their cows. The idea is that they stay one place and would not have to meet with people who are in their farms or returning from their farms. And the law was not passed for only Fulani people. I have cows too and I also have goats and rams, so the law also applies to me. I have to keep them in one place. I support the law and the issue is not a territorial thing to only Benue. Nigeria cannot be different from the rest of the world. Every country where you have these migrant cattle herders have developed into settlements and the animals are kept in ranches. We in Benue have adopted that system and we believe the rest of Nigeria would follow suit. And since it started, there had not been any fighting and slaughtering of people. The strange Fulani herdsmen have killed over 100,000 people and that is not acceptable.

So, on the road to 2019, what are your expectations?

What I expect is that there would be a free and fair election and the better candidate would win the presidency. And it must be a president that would be for all Nigerians; it must not be an arrogant, rich and overconfident lazy candidate who feels he can jump from one party to the other to buy the conscience of the people. That did not happen in Anambra and it would also not happen in Nigeria in 2019.
 
Sat, 02 Dec 2017
FROM: JOE EFFIONG, Uyo The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has claimed victory in today's local government 


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Sat, 02 Dec 2017
Dr. Eddy Olafeso led- faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South West has gone to the 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
From WOLE BALOGUN, Ado Ekiti Deputy governor of Ekiti State and 2018 governorship aspirant on the platform 


Sat, 02 Dec 2017
From Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja Ahead of the December 9 National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
By Joe Apu A total of eight matches are up in the English Premier League today but while fans of Chelsea, 


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Sat, 02 Dec 2017
By Chidera Akalonu For the fifth time in six FIFA World Cup appearances, Nigeria will be playing against 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will grant a financial subsidy of US$2,5 million to assist 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
FROM GEORGE ONYEJIUWA, OWERRI Disturbed by the high rate of youth unemployment, the Iwuanyanwu Foundation 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
From PAUL OSUYI, Asaba The Delta State House of Assembly has passed the 2018 Appropriation Bill of N308.9 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
From GEORGE ONYEJIUWA, OWERRI President Muhammadu Buhari, and his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, have 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
By Billy Graham Abel, Yola There is palpable tension in Numan, Adamwa State, as suspected Fulani herdsmen 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
Set for referendum next year By Vincent Kalu The Indigenous People of Biafra has relocated its 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
By Lawrence Enyoghasu The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Mathew Hassan-Kukah has, has called 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
Commitment phobia is a form of anxiety or fear of committing in a relationship. People who have commitment 


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Sat, 02 Dec 2017
Executive Chairman of Stercoll Group and former gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Grand 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
Talk of greatness and boldness in fighting off enemies that leave their lands to another man's place 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
Accuses Borno gov of hiding facts on Chibok Girls From Iheanacho Nwosu,Abuja Former President 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
Anambra 2017 election didn't go exactly well for some people hence the question 'What went wrong 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
As govs commemorate World AIDS Day From: TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt; PAUL OSUYI, Asaba; Rose Ejembi, 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
Two months ago, we were at the worship service for the dedication of my first daughter's babies. It 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
Says, APC will be humiliated again From: WOLE BALOGUN, Ado Ekiti Deputy Governor 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
No one knew Maryam Sanda until she stabbed her husband Bilyamin Muhammed Bello to death recently. The 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
Let me start with your unpronounceable name which I continue to miss like a sad, angry, frustrated footballer 


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Sat, 02 Dec 2017
The Vice Chancellor of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Prof Francis 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
Ingo Herbert has been the German Consul General in Lagos Since September 2015. Born in Wolfsburg in Germany 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
How adopted couple died 2 weeks to wedding From LINUS OOTA, Lafia Cruel fate sums up their story. 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
Lagos church where a miracle seeker pays N100,000 to see G.O BY OUR REPORTER 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
Another face of scam in Lagos traffic By VIVIAN ONYEBUKWA and CHIOMA IGBOKWE She narrated her story 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
From JOE EFFIONG, UYO The sleepy Eyobisung community in Udung Uko Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
The Okigwe, Imo State base of traffickers exposed ' We want our girls back dead or alive 'Parents 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
We decry the reported failure of many state governments to access N16.2 billion Universal Basic Education 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
How best could one describe the growing gist swirling around of an alleged amorous relationship between 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
Business mogul Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija, has been one of a handful of successful female entrepreneurs 


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Sat, 02 Dec 2017
Birds of same feather, they say, flock together. That best summed the collection of glamorous crowd of 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
The invitation comes with a creative buzzword: 'Bring family, friends and loved ones'and also your 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
Delay is not denial. In fact, age plays insignificant role when it comes to finding true love. So, for 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
When in 2014, the mercurial businessman and socialite, Chief Francis Inegbeniki, got married to his longtime 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
Actress turned moviemaker, Salma Aminu is poised to heat up Nollywood soon when her latest movie production 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
After he lost out to the incumbent governor in the recently conducted Anambra State gubernatorial elections, 


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Sat, 02 Dec 2017
The reigning Miss Electronic Media Nigeria 2016/2017, Queen Gift Isioma Okolie, has disclosed plans to 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
Weeks after the shocking death of her boyfriend, Tagbo Umeike, Nollywood actress, Caroline Ekanem gets 

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