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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [20 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 21 December, 2017.
Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar was challenged yesterday to prove that he funded President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2015 campaign.

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai threw the challenge and stated why the forme vice president quit the All Progressives Congress (APC) — there was no room for him to run for president after governors endorsed  Buhari for a second term.

El-Rufai spoke on a Voice of America (VOA) Hausa Service Programme, “Democracy Today”, which was monitored in Kaduna.

The former VP and former Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who has also plans to run for president, were also featured on the programme.


 
When asked about his intention to run in 2019, Atiku simply said he had not made up his mind. “When I decide, I will let the world know,” he said.

Lamido said PDP was happy to have Atiku back, but his return would not threaten his ambition.

“We are happy that former Vice-President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is back to PDP. PDP made him and that he is back to the party is our joy. Not only him, in fact, we want others who left the party like Senate President Bukola Saraki and former governors to come back

“If our interest is to see the progress and development of Nigeria, then, we should also pray that everyone who left should return home.”

El-Rufai said: “We in the APC were aware from the outset that Atiku was going to leave the APC back to the PDP in December and we thank God that he left in November.

“Atiku had seen that we in the APC, especially the APC governors, had resolved to support President Muhammadu Buhari to run again in 2019. That is why he left APC since he was only looking for where to contest for president.


 
“Even in the 2015 APC primary election, Atiku didn’t come second; he was floored by Kwankwaso. So, even if President Buhari decides not to contest, Atiku knows that the APC ticket is not sure for him. Majority of the APC governors have endorsed President Buhari as our candidate for 2019.

“And God has continued to improve the health condition of the President. Each time I see him, I thank God and I still pray that God continues to give him sound health.

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Championship side Bristol City sent English Premier League side Manchester United out of the League Cup on Wednesday, scoring with seconds remaining to beat the holders 2-1. The other quarter-final matches, Chelsea beat Bournemouth 2-1 with goals from Willian and a late strike from Alvaro Morata. United, second in the Premier League, made 10 changesRead MoreThe post Bristol kick Manchester United out of League Cup appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
It is strange that just as ISIS has largely been defeated in Racca, headquarters of their caliphate in Syria and routed from Mosul, the second largest city after Baghdad in Iraq the struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran has gathered pace and is becoming dangerous to the point where Israeli Defence minister is openly callingRead MoreThe post Gathering storm in the Middle East appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Budding Nigerian singer, Willi XO, has put the nation on the world map as American singer and songwriter, Ashanti, has been seen grooving to his new track, 'Kraze'. The 37 year old American artiste has become the latest top-rated figure to fall in love with the single. The Grammy award winner just could not resistRead MoreThe post Ashanti grooves to Willi XO's 'Kraze' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Ogene, where are you'' The voice at the other end inquired, betraying an admixture of anxiety, disappointment and uncertainty. The day was Saturday, June 6, 2015, only three fleeting days before the inauguration of the 8th Assembly of Nigeria's House of Representatives. Aware of the testy times, I had in quick reply stated that IRead MoreThe post Dogara: Speaker's golden steps! appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
To celebrate her 40thbirthday today, popular Yoruba actress Iyabo Ojo, has released new pictures. The CEO of Fespris World, a beauty parlour which she has spread to some locations in Lagos said she is grateful. 'God's goodness is all. I see Feeling sexy as ever, God's special baby. I am grateful'. The mother of twoRead MoreThe post Iyabo Ojo clocks 40 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
IT IS ALWAYS fun whenever we gather. And so it was when we converged on R & A City Hotel in Ikeja last Saturday to round off the celebration of our 40th anniversary of leaving Anwar-ul Islam College, Agege (ACA). Our journey which started 44 years ago when we entered school has seen us throughRead MoreThe post ACAOSA 77/78 Set: Celebrating a milestone appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Thu, 21 Dec 2017
THE Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) will now focus on violent crimes, Inspector-General Ibrahim Idris has said. The police chief spoke yesterday in Abuja at the last meeting of the year with Commissioners of Police and other senior officers. He warned police officers to avoid temptation from politicians as the 2019 election draws near. Describing theRead MoreThe post Reformed SARS to fight violent crimes appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Eni SpA senior executives will face trial for alleged $1.1 billion bribery in Nigeria, an Italian judge ruled yesterday. The trial will start on March 5 in Milan, Justice Giusy Barbara ruled. The long-awaited decision, initially expected several months ago, will not only affect the two companies but 11 individuals,Read MoreThe post $1.1b Malabu bribe: Shell, Eni for trial appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Barely 24 hours after his arrest, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has released the owner of Innoson Motors, Chief Innocent Chukwuma, on bail. The anti-graft agency, however, said Chukwuma and his brother, Charles Chukwuma, are being probed for N1,478,366,859.66 fraud and forgery. The industrialist was also accused of using forged documents to secureRead MoreThe post Alleged N1.4b forgery: EFCC releases Innoson on bail appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
THE Senate, the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Eastern consultative Assembly (ECA) yesterday faulted the arrest and detention of the Managing Director of Innoson Motors, Dr. Innocent Chukwuma. The upper chamber, at plenary, mandated its Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes to investigate the circumstance surrounding the arrest and detention of ChukwumaRead MoreThe post Senators, Southeast groups fault arrest of Innoson Motors' boss appeared first on The N 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
A handful of aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)yesterday staged a protest in Abuja to express disaffection with the outcome of the just concluded national convention of the party. Led by one Emmanuel Nwosu, members of the group, numbering about six, threatened to form a splinter PDP group, saying they were outRead MoreThe post 'Fresh PDP' emerges in Abuja appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
THE Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting yesterday approved over N377. 53 billion for projects covering roads, power, education, water, health among other projects, after over six hours meeting. Ministers of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi, Power Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola, Water Resources Suleiman Adamu and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Mohammed Bello briefed State House correspondents atRead MoreThe post FEC approves N377b for roads, power, education, others appeared first on The N 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
TEN persons died yesterday at Olokuta Village corridor of the Abeokuta-Ibadan Expressway when a truck crashed into a bus. The accident, which occurred, about 7:30 am, involved a truck, marked BDG 7I4 XE and a Toyota Liteace, registered as EKY I85 XH. The truck was conveying empty bottles of beer and heading for Abeokuta fromRead MoreThe post 10 killed in Abeokuta-Ibadan road crash appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Nigerians may soon enjoy better electricity, courtesy of the three plants being planned for three cities by the the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the proposed expansion by a private company in Lagos, reports AKINOLA AJIBADE WITH a plan by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to establish power plants in Kaduna, Kano andRead MoreThe post Power: NNPC plans 4,600mw plants in FCT, Kaduna, Kano appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
BUA International Limited, owners of BUA Cement, yesterday welcomed Dangote Cement Plc's resolve to await the outcome of the courts' decision on the disputed mining site in Obu, Okpella Edo State. The two industrial giants are feuding over the ownership of the site. They have been exchanging brickbats. Yesterday's BUA statement said Dangote Group's decisionRead MoreThe post Mining dispute: BUA welcomes Dangote's decision to await court decision appeared first on The Nati 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
iSON Group bagged two Prestigious awards at the 2017 Nigerian Technology Awards, (NITA) in Lagos. At the annual awards, iSON Technologies -subsidiary of iSON Group-carted away the coveted Managed Services & Support Company of the Year award while iSON BPO International Limited, took home the Innovative Call Centre Service Provider of the Year award. HenryRead MoreThe post iSON Technologies Win Two Covetious Awards @ NITA appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
During a Christmas season, I strive to rise in spirit beyond the din and glare of revelry, lest the serious import of the High Mission of the Lord Jesus to the earth fog before my gaze and the blessings pass me by. In many Christian souls, the Christmas Festival has lost the seriousness it deservesRead MoreThe post Christmas seasonseason for rebirth, not revelry (1) appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Many couples are grappling with infertility without knowing what to do. A naturopath, Dr Solomon Abutoh, says there is no cause for alarm because the condition can be treated. According to him, regular consumption of juicy fruits, such as oranges, pineapples and water melon can help to correct the condition. He suggested that apples, pawpaw,Read MoreThe post Infertility: These fruits can boost fertility appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Abdulsalami: no nation can survive without quality education Nigeria needs more universities to accommodate the growing number of students seeking admission annually, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission Prof. Abubakar Rasheed has said. He said this at the award of provisional licences to Atiba University, Oyo and five other private universities that were recently approved byRead MoreThe post Nigeria needs more varsities to accommodate growing population, says NUC appeared first 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The Lagos Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU),on Wednesdaydemanded the setting up of an independent panel of inquiry to investigate the crisis at the Lagos State University, Ojo and the attendant sacking of seven lecturers among others. The Lagos Zone of ASUU comprising of Federal and State universities in Lagos and Ogun,Read MoreThe post ASUU demands Panel of Inquiry into LASU crisis appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Seek baillout for collapsed, ailing firms The House of Representatives is to investigate the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for alleged under remittance of over $5billion to the Federation Account. The lawmakers also urged the Federal Government to design a bailout fund for callapsed and ailing industries across the country. This followed the adoptionRead MoreThe post Reps to probe CBN over non-remittance of $5b appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
An Italian court has approved the prosecution of Royal Dutch Shell and Eni in the controversial sale of oil prospecting lease (OPL) 245 oil block. OPL 245 is located in an extremely rich oilfield in the Niger Delta, estimated to worth half a trillion dollars. The sale of the block has been replete with allegationsRead MoreThe post Malabu: Italian court orders trial of Shell, Eni appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has gazetted and published five regulations, following an approval received from the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and the Minister of Justice in November, 2017. Its Head, Corporate Communication, Loveday Ogbonna, said the gazetted regulations are Mandatory Use of the National Identification Number (NIN) Regulations, 2017; Nigeria Biometrics StandardRead MoreThe post NIMC gazettes mandatory use of the NIN, others appeared first on The 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Shareholders' groups, yesterday, passed a vote of confidence on the management of Oando Plc for improving the fortunes of the company. The groups include Shareholders United Front Association (SUFA), the National Committee of Shareholders Association (SCSA), and others. The groups in a statement, pledged supports for Oando's management, amid the investigation even as the SecurityRead MoreThe post Shareholders support Oando management appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Cement manufacturing giant, Lafarge Africa Plc., is positioning itself ahead of competition in the next decade. Last week, the firm, with over 50 years of operating in the country, launched its 2030 Plan, aimed at tackling the planet's biggest issues for the next decade, set new standards and be the leading example of sustainability. TheRead MoreThe post Sustainability: Lafarge Africa positions for next decade appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Pertinence Nigeria Limited, an indigenous firm with interest in real estate business,has inaugurated its head office complex in Egbeda area of Lagos State. The two-storey edifice, worthover N100 million sits on about 600 square meters, while the office occupies about 300 square metres. The attached hall and auditorium sit on the remaining space. The architect,Read MoreThe post Firm inaugurates N100m office complex appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has knocked the National Assembly over the draft NGO Bill presently under consideration. The bill has in its provision an act to provide for the establishment of a Non-Governmental Organisations Regulatory Commission for the supervision, coordination, and monitoring of non-governmental organisations, civil society organisations and for relatedRead MoreThe post LCCI kicks against NGO Bill appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
For stakeholders in the oil and gas industry, the outgoing year is a mixed bag of blessing. AKINOLA AJIBADE examines events that shaped the sector during the year. Increase in crude oil prices The year started on a very good note, as prices of Brent crude, rose to $58 per barrel from $44. 73cent perRead MoreThe post Oil and gas: The good, the bad and the unpredictable appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The language of environmentalists are boring and uninspiring; people cannot be bored into action, only excitement and inspiration can create action and change people's behaviour, Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), says Erik Solheim, has said. People are hungry for news about the risks of climate change but experts are alienating them withRead MoreThe post UNEP chief seeks action on climate change appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Former Lagos State deputy governor, the late Alhaji Rafiu Jafojo, has been immortalised by the government. Last week, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode's administration named the renovated Shasha recreational park after the late Jafojo, who served with the first civilan governor, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande. Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. BabatundeRead MoreThe post Lagos immortalises ex-deputy governor with Park appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Benue seeks a permanent solution to the open-grazing crisis The call by Dr. Samuel Ortom, the governor of Benue State, for the nationwide adoption of the ranching of cattle could not have come at a better time. The governor was speaking in the wake of the first month of his state's Open Grazing Prohibition andRead MoreThe post Ranching as solution appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Discovery of new gas flare sites indicates we are not free from this waste of money and environment The report thatthe Federal Government, in partnership with the World Bank and the United States Agency for International Development, has discovered 38 additional gas flare sites in Nigeriayet again underscores the legacy of indifference and the weak-kneedRead MoreThe post Like hell fire appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Sir: Jibrin Isah Echocho was the most favoured Kogi political actor in 2011. His relevance, unlike others who after defeat lost it all grew larger when the PDP government betrayed him. Myriad electorates in the state embraced him as their political hero. Many of those people still remain with him today and see him asRead MoreThe post Echocho lost it in Yahaya Bello appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
An oriental wisdom suggests that while the dead lie in state, the living, if need be, would be made to lie in a state. This, Hardball would translate to mean that the same delicate art of managing a cadaver could be applied in managing walking body. Or put differently again, just because a body isRead MoreThe post Credit, discredit and accreditation appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
An unprecedented defection rally was held at the historic Mapo Hall, Ibadan last week to welcome former Oyo State Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, former Senate Leader Teslim Folarin and other notable politicians from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). BISI OLADELE examines the implications of the defections for the 2019 electionsRead MoreThe post 2019: Politics of defection in Oyo appeared first on The Nation Nigeria.