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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [16 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 16 December, 2017.


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
After the national elective convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), more indications have emerged on the possible hurdles that may pose serious challenges to President Muhammadu Buhar’s chances in the 2019 general elections if he eventually decides to run.

Despite complaints of irregularities expressed by some aspirants with regards to the convention, there are feelers that the bouncing back of the opposition party has created a fresh challenge for President Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

A top leader of the APC told Saturday Sun on condition of anonymity that the resurgence of the PDP has for instance made Buhari’s possible inroad into the South East and South-South twice difficult. He said part of the reasons is that the Federal Government has not addressed the grievances of the youths of the two regions hence, making the South East and South-South look like a hard nut to crack in 2019.

The source told Saturday Sun that even the South West which is Buhari’s last hope of alliance with the Southern part of the country may not also come easy because of a not-too-smooth relationship with some notable leaders from the zone. He said that since the 2015 general elections, the APC in the South West has been polarised between the Tinubu camp and the Abuja group led by Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun and former Ekiti State governor and Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Kayode Fayemi.

The source however said that there appears to be a fresh effort by the APC leaders in the region to reconcile the two power blocs through a committee headed by the former Ogun State governor, Segun Osoba. The idea of the move for reconciliation, he said is to unite power brokers in the South West and put the zone in a vantage position to make demands for a fresh deal with Buhari ahead of 2019.

He said the North would also not be ‘an easy catch’ for Buhari like it was in 2015 as he needs to work extra hard to placate the elite from the region who do not feel comfortable with his administration. “Remember that the Middle Belt people are not particularly happy with Buhari’s government because of the activities of the Fulani herdsmen in the region. There is no doubt that Buhari requires to do much more to convince them that he has their interests at heart considering what has happened there since he was elected in 2015”, he said.

The source further told Saturday Sun that another group that would give Buhari problem in the North is that of Christians who feel aggrieved especially with regards to the activities of the herdsmen.

Speaking on the the possible hurdles before Buhari ahead of 2019, former police chief and Commissioner, Public Complaints Commission, Abubakar Tsav said the President is popular with the people because he is perceived as not being corrupt but cautioned that he should not be silent when any of his aides or associates are involved in graft.

He said: “People love Buhari because he is not corrupt but at the same time, he should not shield anybody,  and anybody who commits any fraud, no matter who he is should be dealt with. Some people are not happy with him because they feel that even though he is not corrupt, he keeps silent when some people commit crime. He should intensify his war against corruption. Buhari should also try and create jobs for the youth and ensure there is security of lives and properties of the people.” 

Sat, 16 Dec 2017
All Progressives Congress(APC), has been advised to forget the idea of returning to power in 2019.

Giving the advice in an interview with TUNDE THOMAS, former Minister for Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe described the last two years of APC’s administration as a nightmare for Nigerians.

The former minister also spoke on other national issues including the recent national convention of his party(PDP). What is your reaction to the emergence of Prince Uche Secondus as the new PDP National Chairman in view of the fact that the expectation in some quarters was that the South West geo-political zone was expected to produce a candidate for the post? The election has been won and lost and Prince Uche Secondus has emerged the new party chairman. It is a welcome development. In any election, a winner and loser must emerge.

The most important thing is that we politicians must imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship. We should not see or view elections as a do-or-die affair.

Secondus has emerged the winner, my appeal is that everybody should rally round him in the interest of the party, PDP. People should stop crying over spilt milk – let’s forget about the acrimony during the build-up to the election. Now that Secondus has won, we should forget the past and be forward looking. We should all cooperate with Secondus and other members of the new PDP national exco.

Sat, 16 Dec 2017
President of Evangelical Church Wining All, ECWA, Rev. Jeremiah Gado, has warned that Christians who are being attacked and killed daily by Fulani herdsmen have a right to defend themselves if government will not stand up for them. In this interview with FRED EZEH in Abuja, the church leader tasked government on what should be done to maintain peace across the country.

What do you advise the Federal Government as it grapples with diverse problems?

What are they grappling with other than corruption, evil, lawlessness? We have been confronting evil long before Buhari came to power and we will continue to confront it long after Buhari is gone. However, we are with the government, the police and other security agents. No God fearing and genuine Jesus believer will commit murder or steal, rather he will try to be at peace with his fellow humans. The responsibility of the church is to help the government produce God fearing citizens, law-abiding citizens whose characters were moulded in line with Biblical principles. We encourage the government to also enforce the rule of law. It is disappointing that the government has risen against innocent Nigerians instead of those public officers who have corruptly enriched themselves with public funds. It is also disheartening that law-abiding Nigerians are being tormented and persecuted by the state actors. Regrettably, our worship centers are being attacked and destroyed in crisis areas in the north. Our young girls are being forced into false marriage. It is an indication that the government has failed to protect its citizens. Relevant laws are there, we have 1999 constitution, which is superior to all laws, but the enforcement is weak because of sentiments by those responsible for the enforcement.

What is your suggestion for sustainable peace among Nigerians of different faiths?

I must emphasize that only God can give Nigeria peace. But we must know that peace without justice is not possible. However, government has a responsibility to ensure peace by enforcing law and order, and ensuring that justice is given to all irrespective of political, religious and ethnic affiliation. The responsibility of the church is to commit the nation in the hand of God and properly educate the citizens on their responsibility. The government has to show seriousness by punishing those who do evil. Unfortunately, government, instead of punishing those who do evil, reward them with contracts, appointments and promotions, and those who are law-abiding are being subjugated and suppressed. As a church, we are doing our part by encouraging our members not to be violent, or retaliate because that was not in our character. I am calling on all Christians to desist from retaliation. That is not to say we have no right to defend ourselves. We have a God-given right to do so. If somebody comes to your house and attacks you, you have a right to defend yourself. If you are being attacked, you have the right to defend yourself, do not wait on government, because government cannot do everything for you. I urge community leaders to prepare in the event of being attacked, so they could defend their communities. Government need, to enforce the rule of law, because absence of that will result in chaos and crisis. There are many examples to support the claim that law enforcement agents turn their eyes away from evil. One of our 16-year-old girls was recently forced into Islamic marriage. That was against the constitution of Nigeria. I suggest that the law be enforced evenly.

Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Secretary General, Eastern Consultative Assembly,  Elliot Uko, has attributed the problem of the Igbo to leadership imposition on the ethnic nation over time. In this interview with VINCENT KALU, Uko, who is the  founder/president, Igbo Youth Movement, expressed surprise that groups and individuals, who were clamouring for restructuring of the country, have become dumb after the military invasion of the country home of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

How is the state of the nation?

The country is in dire strait, and everybody is pretending that all is well. All is not well. The South East where I come from and where I reside is tensed up. There’s a lot of tension. The leadership pretends that they are in control, but they are not in control. The masses are standing on one bank of the river, while the leadership is standing on the other bank, and the Red Sea is in between.

That’s the situation in the South East today. The just-concluded election in Anambra State was a farce. That election was boycotted, as reflected in the number of registered voters against the number of votes cast. If you add that to the brazen buying of votes at polling units openly,  you’ll see that Nigeria is heading the wrong way. When you add, on top of that, the false pretence, the jubilation and celebration of the election by the authorities, you begin to wonder, where are we going? The authorities are so excited that a governor was elected, in spite of the IPOB boycott, so they are willing to accept anything, including a situation where people came with bags and cartons of money and paid voters openly. 

Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the approval for the release of $1billion to the Federal Government for the fight against insurgency in the North East as alarming.

The PDP in a statement issued yesterday by its National Publicity, Kola Ologbondinyan by accepting the $1billion , the All Progressives Congress( APC)- led Federal Government has admitted that it lied to Nigerians, when it announced that it had defeated Boko Haram insurgents in the North East.

Consequently, the opposition party demanded that the government should apologise to “Nigerians for giving them a false sense of security, resulting in their vulnerability to attacks by terrorists”.

The development came as Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State alleged that the money was to surreptitiously fund President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election in 2019.

The governor dissociated himself from the governors who gave the government the nod for the huge withdrawal stressing: “For posterity sake, I wish to place it on record that I was not among the governors, who approved the withdrawal of almost half of our savings in the Excess Crude Account, which belongs to the three tiers of government to fight an already defeated insurgency.”

But the President, at the graduation of 767 police cadets commissioned Assistant Superintendents of Police after 12 months of rigorous professional training at the Famous Police College Jos yesterday, said that his administration inherited security challenges that threatened the stability of Nigeria that apparently warranted greater funding of the war against them.

The PDP in its statement, wondered why the government had to channel its quest for the approval from the National Economic Council (NEC) while “avoiding the direct constitutional appropriation channel of the National Assembly for funding of items already provided for in the federal budget, if it actually had nothing to hide.

Sat, 16 Dec 2017
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Sat, 16 Dec 2017
A member of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Ebenezer Babatope, 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Former legislators of the Rivers State House of Assembly haveendorsed the State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo 




Sat, 16 Dec 2017
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Sat, 16 Dec 2017
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Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Flamingoes Head Coach, Bala Nikyu says his girls are prepared to take the match to their Ethiopian opponents 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
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Sat, 16 Dec 2017
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Sat, 16 Dec 2017
From Noah Ebije, Kaduna Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) has expressed bitterness over agelong 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
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Sat, 16 Dec 2017
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Sat, 16 Dec 2017
By Vincent Kalu and Paul Osuyi, Asaba President of South East Elders Forum, and former President, Ohanaeze, 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has advocated six-year single tenure for president, 


Sat, 16 Dec 2017
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Sat, 16 Dec 2017
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Sat, 16 Dec 2017
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Sat, 16 Dec 2017
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Sat, 16 Dec 2017
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Sat, 16 Dec 2017
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Sat, 16 Dec 2017
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Sat, 16 Dec 2017
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Sat, 16 Dec 2017
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Sat, 16 Dec 2017
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Sat, 16 Dec 2017
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Sat, 16 Dec 2017
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Sat, 16 Dec 2017
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Sat, 16 Dec 2017
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