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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [25 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 25 December, 2017.

Mon, 25 Dec 2017

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated that he will never betray the trust reposed in him by Nigerian masses to please his children or relations.

He made the disclosure in a 55-minue documentary titled: “Buhari: Beyond the Iron and Steel”, aired by the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), on Sunday.

According to President Buhari, he remains in politics today because of the goodwill he enjoys from the masses.

The documentary features Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, some ministers and ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) governors and chieftains speaking about the positive attributes of the president.


In a remark to close the documentary, Buhari said: “I pray five times a day thanking God that allowed people to understand and believe me.

“This goodwill that I enjoy from the masses is what is keeping me in politics and of course, my central objective is to provide transparency and accountable government.”

A post by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on his Facebook account earlier on Sunday, had given an insight on the contributions of the speakers, including Osinbajo.

The Vice President said: “He gives you things to do, and leaves you strictly to do those things. No interference at all, once he has confidence in you….And he cracks those jokes, and manages to still keep a straight face.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Matters, Abike Dabiri-Erewa said: “How I wish Nigerians know his softer and accommodating side. Very jocular. But it is our duty to tell them.”

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, in his remarks, admitted that he and some other people he did not name could no longer roll on the floor of President Buhari’s living room like they used to when they were in opposition.
 
“When we were in the opposition, you needed to see how we rolled on the floor in his (Buhari’s) living room, as we laughed. Of course, we can’t do that again now,” he stated.

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunke Amosun, described him as a “reformed democrat.” 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017

Authorities of Lagos State University (LASU) have urged the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) not to plunge the institution into a fresh crisis by feeding the public with false information on 16 of their colleagues who the university sacked last September.

LASU said the current peace on its campus was the result of the reform and an all-inclusive governance style it administered for the acceptance of all parties.

A statement by its Public Relations Officer (PRO), Ademola Adekoya, said: “The call for crisis by the few discredited ones among them is mischievous and self-serving and should be completely disregarded and ignored.”

The university management was reacting to a report by ASUU’s Lagos Zone which urged the Lagos State government to set up an independent panel of enquiry to review the case of the sacked lecturers, who included the chairman and vice chairman of ASUU at LASU, Isaac Akinloye Oyewunmi and Adeyemi Suenu.


 
ASUU’s Lagos Zonal Coordinator, Prof Olusiji Sowande, accused the university of conniving with certain elements in government to victimise their colleagues.

ASUU also accused LASU management of high-handedness, disregard for due process as well as undue victimisation of their members, now led by ASUU-LASU Treasurer, Dr Oluwakemi Aboderin-Sonibare.

Adekoya regretted that ASUU was more concerned about the two union leaders than the others.

The university said ASUU was playing the ostrich, adding that the management’s decision was in line with LASU’s Condition of Service.

The statement said: “What they (ASUU) failed to tell the public was that the sack of the two, alongside others, was in line with the Conditions of Service of the university. They refused to state that the allegations against the sacked workers were, ab initio, brought forward by the victims of their indiscretion in some cases, and or staff members from their own local union (ASUU-LASU).

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has traced 38 choice houses to a former Chairman of the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Dr. Ngozi Olojeme. Mrs Olojeme, Deputy Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Goodluck Campaign Organisation in 2015, is being investigated by the EFCC for alleged diversion of $48,485,127 from theRead MoreThe post Jonathan's ex-campaign chief forfeits 38 houses appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buharihas directed government officials to end the arbitrary increase in price of petrol and hoarding of products across the country. Expressing sympathy with Nigerians for their suffering due to the lingering petrol scarcity, the President, in a statement posted on his twitter handle, described the petrol scarcity as 'regrettable'. He said going byRead MoreThe post Buhari directs end to petrol price hike, hoarding appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Fuel crisis to end in two days, says Baru Petrol is being subsidised to the tune of N26 per litre, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Managing Director Maikanti Baru said yesterday. According to him, the landing cost of petrol (PMS) is N171 per litre; it is being sold at the pump at N145 per litreRead MoreThe post NNPC: petrol subsidy now N26 per litre appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has raised the hope of an end to petrol scarcity, saying its members now get a supply of 80 trucks of petrol from Ejigbo satellite in Lagos and Mosimi depot in Ogun State. IPMAN Lagos Chairman Alhaji Alanamu Balogun in a statement said before the petrol crisis,Read MoreThe post IPMAN: we now get 80 trucks daily appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Innoson Motors chief Innocent Chukwuma and two others are to face forgery charges, it was learnt yesterday. The others are Innoson Nigeria Limited and Charles Chukwuma. The suspects will face trial in the High Court of Lagos State, Ikeja Division. The charge sheet, drawn up by the Head of Legal and Prosecution at the EconomicRead MoreThe post Alleged forgery: EFCC files charges against Innoson appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has urged Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari 'so that the country can overcome its current challenges'. He urged Nigerians to learn from Jesus Christ 'who faced and overcame the greatest evil' by uniting to overcome our challenges. In a Christmas message issued yesterday and signedRead MoreThe post Tinubu seeks support for Buhari in Xmas message appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has appealed to Nigerians to be patient while the problem of petrol scarcity is being addressed. In a statement by National Publicity Secretary Bolaji Abdullahi, the APC 'acknowledge the difficulties Nigerians are currently experiencing as a result of the unfortunate fuel scarcity across the country; especially at this YuletideRead MoreThe post Govt making efforts to end petrol scarcity, says APC appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
The All Progressives Congress (APC) women wing, under the auspices the Concerned Women of All Progressives Congress (aka Caucus of Likeminds), have written to President Muhammadu Buhari, complaining of marginalisation of women by the current government, especially those who worked for the partys success. In an open letter to the President by conveners of theRead MoreThe post Women to Buhari: weve been abandoned appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
The Nigeria Air Force (NAF) yesterday said it killed many Boko Haram insurgents and destroyed their structures following air strikes in the fringes of Borno, near Lake Chad. The bombardments were conducted with fighter jets and helicopter gunships, with the aim of weakening insurgents and neutralising them from carrying out deadly attacks. Director of PublicRead MoreThe post Air Force fighter jets kill insurgents appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
The President of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Eric Omare, has urged parents to invest in the moral foundation of their children. He said this would in future make it easy for them to build and sustain peaceful coexistence and development in the Niger delta region and other parts of Nigeria. The IYC president spoke atRead MoreThe post 'Let parents invest in their children's morals' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
The increase in fertiliser importation between January and early this month led to a boost in local rice production, The Nation has learnt. The Federal Government was said to have imported one million tons of fertiliser (about 20 million 50 kilogramme (kg) bags of fertiliser) through the Lagos and Tincan Island ports between January andRead MoreThe post Fertiliser import boosts food production appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Nigeria's largest and oldest business conglomerate, UAC of Nigeria (UACN) Plc, at the weekend closed application list for its N15.4 billion rights issue. UACN had floated a rights issue to raise N15.36 billion by offering 960.43 million ordinary shares of 50 kobo each at N16 per share to pre-qualified shareholders. The new shares were pre-allottedRead MoreThe post UACN closes application for N15.4b rights issue appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
$3b Eurobond, $300m Diaspora bonds listed on NSE, FMDQ The Federal Government has allayed fears that its increasing recourse to foreign-currency denominated bonds may pose considerable currency risk and debt crisis as government has taken measures to ensure that it maintains a prudent and sustainable debt strategy. Debt Management Office (DMO) Director-General, Ms Patience Oniha,Read MoreThe post Fed Govt allays fears over currency risk on dollar loans appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
To achieve the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) objectives, the Federal Government has been advised to deploy more resources that will enable it capture more tax revenues from high net-worth individuals. Speaking at a workshop organised by the Federal Ministry of Finance for tax professionals in Lagos, a Professor of Tax and FiscalRead MoreThe post VAIDS: Expert urges govt to target rich tax payers appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Credit Direct Managing Director, Akin Ademosu and other stakeholders in the finance industry have trained entrepreneurs on key steps to achieve business growth and success. Speaking at the fourth Triple A annual retreat in Lagos, Ademosu explained that success in today's economy requires that business leaders and corporate entities create positive memories for their customersRead MoreThe post Credit Direct CEO, others train entrepreneurs appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has obtained three certifications from the British Standards Institution (BSI) for Information Security Management System ISO/IEC 27001:2013, IT Service Management System ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 and Business Continuity Management System, ISO 22301:2012 after a rigorous process of satisfying the conditions precedent to accreditation. The British Standards Institute, United Kingdom, thoroughly engagedRead MoreThe post NDIC achieves ISO certification ap 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Investor sentiment across West Africa may experience uplift in the new year, following Nigeria's exit from recession this year. Still, political uncertainty ahead of Nigeria's 2019 presidential elections and on-going security concerns are among the key risks for businesses in the region, Control Risks, a specialist global risk consultancy, has said in its yearly politicalRead MoreThe post Report: militancy, political uncertainty pose risks for businesses in 2018 appeared first on The N 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
The recent Federal Government's Executive Order directing MDAs to grant preference to local manufacturers in their procurement of goods and services, observers say, could have far-reaching positive outcome for manufacturers and the economy, Assistant Editor OKWY IROEGBU-CHIKEZIE writes. It is encouraging to note that the Federal Government is currently working on plans to promote theRead MoreThe post How 'Executive Order' can boost local manufacturing, trade volume appeared first 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
There must be a difference in commission rates and other benefits that accrue to brokers from other intermediaries in insurance transactions, Nigerian Council Of Registered Insurance Brokers President, Shola Tinubu, has said. He said this would justify the remarkable differentiation in their competencies and experience compared to other intermediaries. Insurance intermediaries facilitate the placement andRead MoreThe post Brokers seek different commission rates appeared first on The Nation Niger 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Linkage Assurance Plc has recorded a Gross Premium Income of N4.03 billion in its 2016 financial year from N3.78 billion in 2015, representing a six per cent growth. The firm also recorded a boost in its underwriting profit by 55 per cent to N701 million from N1.2 million. The 2015 dividend income from Stanbic IBTCRead MoreThe post Linkage posts N4b premium income appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Sir, The recent #ENDSARSNOW campaign which has been trending on social media was triggered by an online video showing the aftermath of the killing of an alleged 'yahoo boy'(Internet fraudster) by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in the Yaba area of Lagos State. This led to a petition submitted to the National Assembly forRead MoreThe post On the anti-SARS campaign appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
The celebration calls for sober reflection Christians worldwide are today celebrating God's gift of Jesus Christ to the world. Since his departure from the earth more than 2,000 years ago, he has greatly influenced world affairs. He is regarded as the Saviour of mankind who was sent to the world to reconcile man toRead MoreThe post It's Christmas appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Forbes award to Baru is as objectionable as the one to Diezani three years ago If the first time was a mistake, how shall we explain the second' In October 2014, this newspaper took umbrage at the so-called international award Forbes handed Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, the then Minister of Petroleum Resources. The US-based magazine hadRead MoreThe post Unjustifiable award appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Here we are again, that season of bright colours is upon us again. But this year, it seems to have come like a thief-roused-you-in-your sleep! You get up groggy-headed wondering what the heck is going on; then you realize an intruder is in the house. And your medulla races rapidly from bemusement to anger, thenRead MoreThe post Of Christmas, grace and angst appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Paradoxically, political parties are causing problems for the country when they should bring solutions. With a confounding multiplicity of parties, the country's political landscape reflects a poverty of plenty. There are so many parties but so little political progress. The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, highlighted this problem ofRead MoreThe post Plenty parties, plenty problems appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
The Prince Adedayo Adeyeye Movement (PAAM) has urged the new Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, to end impunity and foster internal democracy. The group, in a congratulatory message to Secondus, also urged him to end imposition of candidates and godfatherism in the party. PAAM is the campaign organisation of a PDPRead MoreThe post Adeyeye: imposition should stop in PDP appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
As the country warms up for the 2019 general elections, Correspondent HANNAH OJO highlights the factors underlying the agitation by youths for roles in governance. Former Vice Prresident Atiku Abubarkar has the hornet's nest in a recent Facebook live chat where he described his return to the People's Democratic Party (PDP) as a calculated moveRead MoreThe post 2019: A vote for generational shift appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
In this piece, LANRE AMINU highlights the qualities the next governor of Osun State should posses so that he can continue the people-oriented programmes of the Aregbesola administration. It is better for a city to be governed by a good man than by good laws'- Aristotle Edmund Burke also says: 'A state without the meansRead MoreThe post Osun 2018: Quest for Aregbesola's successor appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
A group, the Southwest for Good Governance(SWGG), has decried the suspension of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Senator Buruji Kashamu, over his agitation that Yoruba should become the national chairman of the opposition party. The group also supported his commitment against imposition in the PDP. A statement in Akure, the Ondo State capital byRead MoreThe post Southwest group faults Kashamu's suspension appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 25 Dec 2017
Former Minister of Interior Comrade Abba Moro has said the invitation of former Senate President David Mark by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for interrogation, last week, has proved that the commission's anti-corruption war is targeted at perceived opponents of the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC). Mark was invited by the anti-graft agencyRead MoreThe post David Mark can't be intimidated, says Moro appeared first on The Nation Nigeria.