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Ohaneze Ndigbo



Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 26 December, 2017.
Tue, 26 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said 2017 had been a very tough year for Nigeria, assuring citizens that 2018 will be prosperous.
“It has been a tough year for Nigeria and I hope next year will be a much more prosperous one,” the president said when he received a delegation of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) residents who paid him Christmas homage in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Buhari, however, said God had answered the prayers of Nigerians as the rainy season was good and farmers recorded bumper harvest across the country.
“But God listened to the majority of us, the rainy season was very good and some states have got very good information from home; I never knew that the people from Kano who are more resourceful used to go to my area and hire farms. This year nobody hired farm, and nobody regretted it.
“And again, the second one from the Governor of Sokoto State who said all the people that really registered early to perform last pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia were farmers. But he didn’t tell me if they took additional wives.
Reflecting on his recent ailment that made him stay in London for over 100 days, the president restated that he had never been so sick.
“...this sickness, I don’t know, but I came out better because all those who saw me before and when I came back said I look much better. But I have explained it to the public that as a General, I used to give orders, now, I take orders. The doctors told me to feed my stomach and sleep for longer hours. That is why I am looking much better,” he said.
President Buhari also stated that he was thinking he was 74 years old before he was told that he was 75.
“I thought I was 74, but I was told I was 75. I have never been so sick even the 30 months civil war I was stumbling under farm of yams or cassava,” he said.
He thanked the delegation, led by FCT Minister Mohammed Bello, for making the sacrifice to visit him, telling them that he had learnt to cherish good neighbourliness at individual and national levels.
“That was why when I was elected, my first trip was Chad, Niger, Cameron and Benin Republic. If you are in good terms with your neighbours, then you can make some savings for development. But if you start fighting your neighbours, then I’m afraid the resources you have, you will lose it in trying to be very clever. 
Tue, 26 Dec 2017
The ‘Fuel War Room’ activated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to end petrol scarcity within two days is not yielding much result as many filling stations were locked yesterday in many cities across the country. 
Our reporters witnessed long queues at petrol stations in few stations that opened for business in Abuja, Nasarawa and Kaduna, Kano, Jos and Lagos state, as motorists say they paid certain charges to beat the queues and fill their tanks.

A survey of the Abuja city showed that 26 fuel stations from the neighbouring Mararaba town of Nasarawa state through Nyanya to city centre and Jabi District in Abuja city were not selling petrol. Only eight stations were seen dispensing the product along the route with massive queues.
On the Zuba-Kubwa express road, more than half of the stations were locked. 
Long queues in Kaduna
In Kaduna metropolis, our correspondent observed long queues at the filling stations with some off-loading the product while others were not selling.
Few of the marketers who sold the product at the approved price of N145 per litre now dispense at N195, while the roadside ‘black marketers’ were selling for N400 per litre.
Commercial transporters in the metropolis have also increased fares by 200 per cent, it was learnt. Yakubu Ibrahim, who resides at Angwan Dosa, said he was forced to buy at N400 per litre from a black marketer after futile efforts at filling stations around Sabon Tasha area.
“I have to buy four litres at the cost of N1,600 without bargain to power my generating set since PHCN has decided to compliment fuel scarcity and put us in broad day darkness,” he said.
Another resident of Gwamna Road, Kaduna South Local Government Area, Bulus Auta said, “The only thing I did for Christmas was to go to church this morning and immediately after that, I moved to the mega filling station along the bye pass where my car has been parked for two days to get petrol.
Tue, 26 Dec 2017
A combined team of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and security agents yesterday uncovered illegal reservoirs of fuel in Abuja.
Speaking at the site of the mini depot, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, said it was saddening to make such discoveries in the city center when less than 500 meters away, motorists were on endless queues.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that hundreds of jerry cans, 200-liter drums, and 500 litre tanks were uncovered in a sting operation by the team in the city center.
According to him, the perpetrators have caused untold pain and hardship on Nigerians during a crucial season as Christmas.
“In the war room (where crucial issues are discussed during fuel crises), we asked ourselves why the situation (fuel queues) persists.
“We got an intelligence report of these mini depots and as you can see, these golf cars that are supposed to have 40 litres have tanks that can take 200 litres of petrol.
“This other one is a mini depot. Although some of the products are diesel, the DPR says it is unauthorised. We have over 50 days supply of diesel and so there is no reason to hoard the product.’’
The Abuja Zonal Controller of DPR, Mr Mohammed Abba, told newsmen “We have arrested 20 people in connection with those who sell in jerry cans in Zone One alone and their facilities.
Tue, 26 Dec 2017
The National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dr Victor Oye, has said that Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State is not contesting the 2019 presidential poll because the party is targeting to win the remaining South-east states.
Dr Oye told Daily Trust that the recent reports linking Obiano to 2019 presidential campaign were not only fallacious, but also a well-orchestrated design to pitch him against his admirers and scuttle his administration.

Oye also denied that Governor Obiano had said that other governors from the South-east states would fail in 2019 if they did not join APGA.
“That is ridiculous. The governor holds his colleagues and, indeed, any other person for that matter in high esteem. For the whole period I have known the governor he has never been associated with vainglory, undignified utterances or uncouth words,” Oye said.
He said there was no time the governor told anybody, dead or alive, that he would want to run for the presidency, stressing being the national chairman of the party, he should have known about such an ambition before it would be made public.
According to him, the party’s support for President Muhammadu Buhari was because of the urgent need to work collectively to heal the wounds of the nation and build an egalitarian and just society for the present and future generations.
Tue, 26 Dec 2017
An Adhoc Committee of the House of Representatives is presently investigating the circumstances surrounding the questionable diversion of government revenue totaling about N50 billion from the Treasury Single Account [TSA] regime. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Masaka Youth Vanguard, an organisation based in Masaka in Nasarawa State, has voiced support for the governorship candidature of Hon. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
The Centre for Democratic Governance (CDG) has upbraided the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the continued delay in the presentation of Certificate of return to Dr Obiora Okonkwo. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has urged all party members seeking political office on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to fall in line after the partys primaries have been conducted to ensure smooth preparation for the 2019 general elections. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
The Candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), in the January 13, 2018 Anambra Central Senatorial District re-run election, Chief Victor Umeh, has expressed optimism over the successful conduct of the exercise. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has asked his children to study hard, saying he will not steal Nigeria's money.

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Hoodlums have killed three persons and set ablaze Bwari market after suspected cultists stabbed one Wisdom Philip. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
The Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has asked the state residents to use the yuletide to extend love, care and support for the vulnerable and the less privileged in the society. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Mrs Bolanle Ambode, the wife of the Lagos State governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has distributed various gift items to more than 500 children at Massey Childrens Hospital, Lagos and Sought After Childrens Orphanage Home, Langbasa Ajah, in a project tagged: Love at Christmas in Lagos. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
The wife of Osun State governor, Mrs Sherifat Aregbesola has charged the children in the state to face their studies and excel in their education so as to take full control of the future and be successful in life. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
The Visionscape Group has taken delivery of a fresh batch of environment sanitation trucks to beef up its fleet ahead of the formal launch of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) in early 2018. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
The Kachikwu/Baru feud story has so many angles, so many dimensions, so many implications and so many consequences that a columnist is not sure where to begin or to stop. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Electricity Generation Companies (GenCos) under the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) have over 50 percent of their power generation stranded due to the poor distribution network to wheel it to consumers, Daily Trust can reveal. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Med-View Airline Plc, yesterday, commenced direct flight to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for Muslims performing the lesser Hajj in the holy land. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Air Peace has taken delivery of one of its newly acquired aircraft, a Boeing 737-300 with a pledge to expand its northern operations to Kano and Yola. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says it is a shame that Nigerians are in discomfort at Christmas. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Nigeria is exiting recession but its economy remains vulnerable, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), said on Friday after conducting a review of Africas largest economy. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
A lawmaker at the Federal House of Representative, Hon. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Brighton have held talks about signing Moussa Dembele from Celtic, according to Sky sources. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Daily Trusts sports publication Trust Sports continued its sensitization tour across major cities of the country with a meeting with sports fans in Katsina, Kano and Jigawa. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
The Head Coach of Super Eagles Team B, Salisu Yusuf, has assured that the team has made commendable progress both collectively as a team and in terms of individual-player development. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Nigeria international Victor Moses has likened the Super Eagles to Premier League champions Chelsea. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
The Deputy President of Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has said that he will build a mini Stadium for Aninri Local Government Area between now and December 2018.