Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 8th December, 2017.

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday night declared that the massive crowd that turned out to welcome him on his arrival in Kano for a two-day working visit was a message to the opposition that his support in the region remains unshaken and his popularity undiminished.

President Buhari, who made this comment at a state dinner held in his honour, said he was grateful to the government and people of Kano for the very warm and peaceful reception.

‘‘I am overwhelmed with the massive reception I have received, and definitely, since this is partisan politics, I think it has sent a clear message to the opposition.

‘‘Even going by the details of the election results in 2003, 2007 and 2011, it was very clear that nobody could even dare to rig my scores from the elections in Kano.

‘‘It has been so consistent and I don’t think I have the vocabulary to express my thanks to the people of Kano. I am very grateful to God and the people of Kano for the complete trust you have in me,’’ he said.

The president, in a statement by his senior special assistant on media, Garba Shehu, noted that during his drive around the city on Wednesday to commission several projects, he observed that many of those who thronged the road to welcome him were very young people.

He pledged that, as a person in a position of authority, his priority was to provide a meaningful future for the teeming youth in the country through education and the prudent management of the economic resources of the country.

The president congratulated Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on his development strides in the state and urged other political office holders to emulate and support the state governor.

‘‘He is a great politician and I am afraid I am still learning,’’ the president remarked. 
Fri, 08 Dec 2017
The Nigeria Police has con rmed the threat to attack the Federal Capital Territory by some unnamed terrorist group but has called on residents to remain calm as the authorities are taking measures to avert it.

Speaking at a community stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja, the FCT commissioner for Police, CP Sadiq Bello, said, “The threat to attack the city is real; however, we want to assure members of the public that we are working in collaboration with other sister security agencies to ensure that we all enjoy a peaceful yuletide.

”‎ A lot needs to be done in order to ensure a safer FCT. As such, I hereby call on members of the public to come and work with the Nigeria Police in order to usher in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity as we go into the New Year 2018. This you can do by providing vital information that could lead to the arrest of criminals or the prevention of crimes.

“We also call on members of the public to feel free to tell us how best to police their communities in the spirit of Community Policing.”‎

On the reason for the stakeholders meeting, the CP said,‎ “This stakeholders’ meeting is coming up in a sensitive period of the year. I call it sensitive period because of the security challenges associated with it and also due to the current threat on the peace and security of the Federal Capital Territory.

“The essence of this stakeholders’ meeting is for all of us – the police and members of the public – to come together and address these security challenges so that we can make input that will ensure a hitch- free yuletide.

“On our part, the Nigeria Police, FCT Command, we have been working assiduously to bring down the

level of crime and criminality in the city. We know that a lot more need to be done, as such, we promise residents of the FCT that we will continue to do our best to improve the security in the territory so that everybody will go about his/her lawful businesses without fear.”‎
Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Barely 24 hours to the national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has visited former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, apparently to seek his support for his presidential ambition.

LEADERSHIP Friday learnt that Atiku and IBB met behind closed doors yesterday for about three hours.

Atiku had arrived at Minna airport at about 12.15pm and was received at the airport by the Niger State deputy governor, Ahmed Muhammad Ketso, as the usual protocol extended to former Nigerian leaders and their deputies.

The former vice president reached IBB’s residence at about 12:35pm in a dark jeep with registration number MNA 740 LD, accompanied in the same car by former Niger State governor, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu, and followed by a retinue of PDP stalwarts in the state.

The deputy governor, after leading Atiku to the upper chamber of IBB’s residence, left 10 minutes later. IBB, Atiku and former Governor Aliyu then had a private meeting for about 45 minutes before the former Niger State governor excused himself and left the duo to continue their parley.

Those shut out of the secret meeting were the former deputy governor of Niger State, Dr. Shem Nuhu Zagbayi; state chairman of the PDP, Barrister Tanko Beji; his deputy, Alhaji Aminu Yusuf; former minister of state for foreign affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Achituwo, and some other party chieftains in the state.

The details of the meeting were not revealed as both IBB and Atiku refused to speak to the press, but Atiku, who wore a cheerful look going into the meeting, came out looking cheerless about 3:05pm as his security aides pushed away journalists who had been waiting eagerly to get a word out of him.

However, the timing of the visit pointed to the fact that what was discussed was connected to the forthcoming national convention of the PDP

It is unknown whether IBB gave Atiku the political solidarity he might have come to seek on his return to the PDP, but even the usually characteristic former Governor Aliyu unusually shunned journalists at the Minna International Airport.

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Barley 48 hours after the federal government promised to end the fuel scarcity being experienced in parts of the country, the situation is likely to get worse as the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has said it will on go on strike on Monday and shut down all oil and gas installations.

LEADERSHIP Friday reports that this move, if allowed to happen, will no doubt disrupt fuel supply and distribution across the country.

The oil workers’ union said if the government did not respond to its earlier seven-day ultimatum which would elapse on Monday, it would cripple the oil sector.

The union, in a statement signed by its general secretary, Lumumba Okugbawa, said it was carrying out its action as a result of the unfair labour practices and seemingly untameable posture of some indigenous oil and gas companies, marginal field operators, and relevant agencies of government.

He recalled that PENGASSAN had, in a communiqué issued at the end of the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of October 13, 2017, held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, condemned some indigenous oil and gas companies and marginal field operators concerning their anti-labour posture and practices including the termination of the employment of any workers who has indicated willingness to belong to the union.

The statement read in part: “The case of Neconde Energy Ltd (of Nestoil Group of companies) is particularly worrisome as the issue of dignity in labour and infringement on workers’ rights to freedom of association is foreign to them, leading to mass sack of workers that joined the union and dehumanisation of same in total disregard to rules of engagement and the laws of the land. The actions of companies such as Neconde in the mass sack of Nigerian workers contribute in no small measures to the unending militancy in the Niger Delta.

“This company has not only conducted itself as being above the provisions of extant laws and regulations guiding the operations of oil and gas companies in Nigeria, but has also boasted that no government agency can call it to order.

“It was therefore no surprise that Neconde has defied multiple interventions from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the top management of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) for the company to toe the path of law and order and comply with Nigerian labour laws.

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Azu IshiekweneThe party would have been over by now. Peoples Democratic Party stalwart, Raymond Dokpesi, had, in fact, organised a mock funeral.When it seemed all but certain that the Ali Modu-Sheriff faction of the PDP was going to have the last laugh at the Supreme Court, Dokpesi registered the Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), as a fallback.That move was viewed with spite and suspicion, but at the time, I think mercy killing for PDP ought to have been seen as an act of generosity. 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
The fuel queues, at filling stations, which started in the nations capital at the beginning of the week, continue, especially in major filling stations in the city. DAVID ADUGE-ANI writes.Although the NNPC has repeatedly explained that the fuel supply and distribution challenges witnessed in some parts of the country was due to panic buying from motorists, the hardship has become intense. The group managing director.Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru had called on N 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
By FESTUS OKOROMADU, AbujaThe federal government, yesterday, assured Nigerians that it is addressing the current fuel scarcity being witnessed across the country, adding that the queues recorded in petrol stations would thin out before the end of the week.Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, who gave the assurance while addressing newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, said the federal government will flood the market with more products to cushion the effect of over-subscription a 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
By Kayode Tokede, LagosTotal direct remittances under the watch of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in nine months of 2017 rises to estimated N1.8 trillion or $5.8 billion, a data obtained by LEADERSHIP has revealed.At $1/N305, the data from CBNs website revealed N169.5 billion or $555 million was remitted in January this year but dropped to N63.89 billion or $209.48 million in February. In March, it moved to N227.9 billion or $747.35 million and N132.8 billion or $435 million in April and N226.7 b 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
By Michael Oche, AbujaIn a bid to end the importation of maize, the National Coordinator of Nigerian Farmers Group and Cooperative Society (NFGCS) Comrade Retson Tedheke has said that the group is putting measures in place to slash the price of maize by 50 per cent if the government continues to provide the necessary farm inputs to support the production of the commodity across the country.Comrade Tedekhe who disclosed this to LEADERSHIP Friday, revealed that apart from the over 2,000 hectares o 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
BY AGBO-PAUL AUGUSTINE, AbujaFormer President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, has for the umpteenth time told faithful of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the Saturdays elective convention to allow the will of the people prevail and restore the dignity of the party.Senator Mark in a message to the delegates in a statement signed by his media assistant, Mr Paul Mumeh yesterday, urged them to shun those ills such as imposition of candidates and impunity that ruined the chances of the party 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, AbujaCharge dAffaires of Nigeria in Libya, Mr Illiya Fachano, says some Nigerians in Libya have refused to be repatriated inspite of the unfavourable situations .Fachano told the News Agency of Nigeria yesterday that not all of them want to come back home.He continued Before you can assist them, they will have to sign a consent form, after which emergency travel certificates are issued.I want the public to know that we have some Nigerians who are not willing to return 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, AbujaSpeaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has called for the enactment of laws that will combat the proliferation of small arms across the West African sub region.This is as he attributed mercenary trading, insurgency and illegal mining as factors responsible for the high rate of youth unemployment and its attendant consequences.Dogara stated this yesterday while delivering his opening remarks at the Parliamentary Conference on Containment of Small A 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
BY MARK ITSIBOR, AbujaThe Federal Government has begun the implementation of plans that would save the nation between N60bn and N120bn from the cleaning of the Human Resource data on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF) Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, who stated this on Thursday in Abuja said the savings, would be in the next three years of 2020.She spoke at the inauguration of the Project Management Teams for implantation 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
BY KUNLE OLASANMI, AbujaThe National Judicial Council has recommended to President Muhammadu Buhari the compulsory retirement of Justice Adetokunbo Ademola and Justice O. O. Tokode both of the Federal High Court for misconduct from the Bench.According to NJCs Director of Information, Soji Oye yesterday, Justice Ademola, who had forwarded his notice of retirement on 10th October, 2017 to the Council against 9th April, 2018, when he will attain the mandatory retirement age of 65 years was recommen 
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