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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [24 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 24 December, 2017.


Sun, 24 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari wants Nigerians to be patient with his administration as they join the rest of the world to celebrate Christmas.

He says better days are ahead.

The President in his Christmas message felicitates with all Nigerians, particularly Christians on the occasion saying: “The commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ is an important opportunity for us to show love to one another and encourage unity by spending quality time with our friends, families and the less-privileged.
 
“It is also an occasion to draw inspiration from the exemplary lifestyle and teachings of Jesus Christ, who constantly stood for what is right, true and honest.

“The Holy Book describes Christmas as a festival of peace, joy, healing, hope and fulfilment. It kindles great expectations in the heart, irrespective of the challenges of the moment.” he said

He urged Nigerians to devote some time to pray and appreciate the sacrifices of members of our armed services who are keeping the nation safe and secure.

“By the same token, and keeping with the spirit of the season, our gallant troops serving in the frontlines in the fight against insurgency; those wounded, lying in the hospital, as well as civilians who have suffered the brunt of evil and wicked elements these past years, deserve our fervent goodwill and sustained prayers.

“The personal fortitude of these individuals will continue to inspire us to victory as we turn the tide against the enemy and annihilate those who work against the unity of our nation.” he added.

Similarly, the President asked Nigerians to remember to provide refuge to those who cannot enjoy Christmas at home with their families, or have been driven from their homes by insurgency or violence, particularly the Internally Displaced Persons.


 
He added: “lately, we have witnessed an upsurge in the activities of trans-border syndicates who lure our youths to modern slavery through irregular migration.

“While we have stepped up our efforts to halt this wickedness against the upwardly mobile generation, and have evacuated some of our compatriots stranded abroad, we appeal to them to shun the allure of embarking on such perilous journeys.

“I am deeply convinced that better days lie ahead for us as a nation as we make progress on all the major fronts where we have set our energies to surmount the challenges. 
Sun, 24 Dec 2017
In dear Nigeria, dear friends, six top-rated Nigerian artists explore issues of concern and love to help the downtrodden in Makoko, Lagos and other slums that adorn Nigeria's numerous landscapes. Edozie Udeze writes on this and the role Alliance Francaise and Life Foundation played in this topical charity exhibition for the yuletide season A groupRead MoreThe post Show of love in dear Nigeria, dear friends appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
IN his argument to support the one billion dollars Excess Crude Fund (ECA) approval given to the federal government by the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), the Governor of Zamfara State and chairman of the NGF, Abdulaziz Yari, said the agreement was reached in November at one of their meetings. He did not say whether theRead MoreThe post Fayose indisputably right on $1bn ECA fund appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
THE DEMANDS Price increase Total deregulation of petroleum products Payment of outstanding subsidy FGS OFFERS Creation of special window for Forex from CBN Presentation of request for payment of outstanding subsidy to National Assembly Creating opportunity for the establishment of modular refineries No return to era of fuel subsidy A subtleRead MoreThe post Fuel: Buhari rejects marketers demand for price increase appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Police beef up security nationwide 'NSCDC deploys 45,000 personnel The Christmas festivity has taken off on a tragic note at Nindem village in Godogodo district of Jema'a Local Government Area, Southern Kaduna, with the murder of four persons at a Christmas carol in the village. A lone gunman stormed the village square on Friday nightRead MoreThe post Gunman kills four at Christmas carol service in Kaduna appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Tragedy struck at the weekend in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, following the death of a stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nasko Egei, at Aridolf Resort Wellness and Spa, a hotel owned by a former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan. Nasko, as he was fondly called by his friends, an APC youth leader, was reportedlyRead MoreThe post Former Bayelsa govs aide found dead in hotel room appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
He did not say so White House Press Secretary How much regard does President Donald Trump of the United States of America (USA) have for Nigerians' Not much, going by a special report yesterday by the authoritative New York Times on the style of the American leader. The newspaper, in the report on Trump'sRead MoreThe post Trump: Nigerians live in huts, Haitians 'all have AIDS' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Sun, 24 Dec 2017
More Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) is being pushed to the market by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to ameliorate the current scarcity in the country, the organization said yesterday. Its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu said in a statement in Abuja that six major marketers -Total, Forte Oil, Oando Plc,Read MoreThe post NNPC intensifies effort to flood market with products appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) built across the country are meant to take care of patients and refer complicated ailments to secondary and tertiary medical centres. In this report Olugbenga Adanikin in Abuja travelled across the north and found that the facilities have become homes for lizards, wall-geckos, other dangerous reptiles and humans. KURAYE isRead MoreThe post SPECIAL REPORT: HOW GOVT BLEW BILLIONS ON ABANDONED PHCs appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
In the spirit of the yuletide season, the Lagos State Government on Saturday donated trailer-loads of Lake Rice each to the Armed Forces, the police and other security agencies in the state. A statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, said the latest donation to security agencies was part of theRead MoreThe post Yuletide: Lagos donates Lake rice to security agencies appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State has enjoined all Christians in the state and their extended families and friends to have a pleasant celebration, dominated by love and happiness and moderated through discipline in an atmosphere of peace. In a message of goodwill to citizens of the state the partys chairman, Prince GboyegaRead MoreThe post Let Love, peace dominate Christmas appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
To complement Lagos State government in its efforts at infrastructure provision, the Publisher of Oriwu Sun community newspaper, Alhaji Monzor Olowosago, has built and equipped a 3-classroom block as donation to Estate Primary School, Ikorodu. While commissioning the ultra modern building last week, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode commended Olowosago for supporting the efforts of the LagosRead MoreThe post Publisher donates building to Lagos primary school appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
The fight against rape and other forms of sexual abuse has recorded a boost and become intensified, with a strong lay apostolate elite women group of the Roman Catholic Church in Nigeria, Ladies Auxiliary Supreme Subordinate Commandery, Nigeria, Knights of St. John International (KSJI), joining in the fight and enlisting the partnership of the EnuguRead MoreThe post Female Catholic knights join fight against rape appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Founder of Christ Apostolic Church(CAC), The Power of God Saves, Lagos, Pastor Moses Olagunju, has called on churches to continue warning their youths against the crave for travelling abroad. He pointed out they are abundant opportunities for serious-minded youths to thrive. Olagunju spoke with our correspondent last Sunday after the 14-day annual festival of theRead MoreThe post Cleric warns against desperation for foreign travels appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
The General Overseer of The Saints Gospel Church of Christ, aka Hand of Fire, Pastor Jacob Shodeinde, has said people who loot government treasury are mad people. Shodeinde said this at the church's on-going 14-day programme of December Feast of Jesus Passover celebration. He warned anybody who claims to be worshipping God to repent fromRead MoreThe post Government treasury looters are mad Pastor Shodeninde appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Now in his eighties, Mr. Fulani Kwajafa, who worked for twenty six years at the Police CID, gently reminisces over countless tough encounters with armed robbers across the federation. Revisiting his experience as head of the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), he asserts that Nigeria is in big trouble already, saying that some formRead MoreThe post 'SARS is to fight armed robbery not to look for lost goats' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has about N5trillion unresolved loans and debts,no thanks to some of its high profile debtors, most of who are busy at the law courts setting legal landmines and hurdles for AMCON to cross. Ibrahim Apekhade Yusuf in this report examines the issues Apparently wary of the frosty relationshipRead MoreThe post What next for AMCON' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Barring any last minute hitch, over 10, 000 former bankers who filed a class action suit through the Registered Trustees of the Association of Ex-Staff of Non-Consolidated Banks of Nigeria at the National Industrial Court, Lagos Judicial Division have resolved to file individual suits. Confirming this development at the weekend in a telephone interview withRead MoreThe post Ex-bankers to file fresh suit against CBN, others over N9.8b entitlements appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, has announced the launch of Schweppes Novida, a new sophisticated fruit flavoured light malt non-alcoholic beverage in Nigeria. This announcement was made at the official launch of the new product on Friday. Schweppes Novida is available in a pineapple flavour 35cl PET bottle. Gbolahan Sanni, Marketing Manager in charge of Flavours andRead MoreThe post Coca-Cola unveils Schweppes Novida appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Irked by the rising incidence of abandoned projects dotting major cities across the country, the National Assembly has set machinery in motion to arrest and prosecute erring contractors. Giving this hint was Hon. Mohammed Umaru Bago, Chairman, House Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration. He spoke in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital, when heRead MoreThe post Abandoned projects: NASS orders prosecution of defaulting contractors appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Mallam Abdullahi Muktar Muhammad, a lawyer, is Executive Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON). In this interview with Ibrahim Apekhade Yusuf, he takes an introspective look into the just concluded hajj exercise vis--vis lessons learnt and preparations for 2018 hajj operations as well as a peep into his management and organisational style. Excerpts: WhatRead MoreThe post 'I pray before taking certain decisions' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Jude Nwauzor, Head, Corporate Communications, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON)in this interview with Ibrahim Apekhade Yusuf sheds more light as why the corporation has been unable to recover lingering N5trillion unpaid loans and debts by some selected individuals. Excerpts: Abroad most of the Asset Management Corporations recorded a measure of success but the reverseRead MoreThe post 'AMCON at the mercy of the courts' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Prof. Chris Onalo, Registrar/Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Credit Administration (ICA) in this interview with Ibrahim Apekhade Yusuf gives useful suggestions as to how debts recovery efforts by AMCON can be further strengthened. Excerpts: Over 350 high net worth Nigerians are said to owe AMCON about N5trillion unpaid loans and debts. AMCON which is saddledRead MoreThe post 'Credit managers, courts to blame' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
As it is usual every Christmas period, transporters capitalise on the high turnout of people travelling to increase transport fares. However, this year transport fares have gone even higher especially with the attendant issue of the fuel scarcity. Even with the unusual increment especially last week, investigations revealed that travellers travelling this week should braceRead MoreThe post Transport fares continue to soar at yuletide appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Lagos reinstates commitment to solar energy state Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Olawale Oluwo has reiterated the commitment of the state government to promoting developmental programmes that will stimulates business development, industrial growth with relevance in education, economic, social and medical activities. Oluwo made this known at the 2017 Solarex Nigeria Conference organizedRead MoreThe post Lagos reinstates commitment to solar energy appeared first on The Nation 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Over the last 13 years, the Nigerian pay-television market has seen new service providers arrive at intervals, provoking, somewhat correctly, greater viewing choices for audiences. This year, two new providers-Kwese TV and TSTV-joined the fray, sparking delight among subscribers. While the latter has kicked off, the former appears to be held down by an incubus,Read MoreThe post Pay TV: How increased competition brings hidden costs appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
The role of the youth in any society is crucial to its development, peace and progress. Historically, young people everywhere have been the driving force behind industrial boom, economic stability and progress. However, in recent times, the number of employed youth globally has been steadily decreasing, with an exception being sub-Saharan Africa, which has recordedRead MoreThe post Africa's youths must solve the continent's challenges appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
No matter' what nukes are pointed at every throat on earth, still have yourself a merry time. As we said before, life is short. Who knows how long the person holding the nuke has' We just may get lucky. Once again, it's Christmas, and I have brought my long list for Santa. You don't believeRead MoreThe post Dear Santa, here's a list of what I don't want for Christmas' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Kayode Ojo is a member of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti state. The Ikoro-Ekiti-born politician is seeking to succeed Governor Ayodele Fayose in 2018. In this interview with Daniel Adeleye, he predicts the defeat of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming governorship election in the state. Excerpts; WHY areRead MoreThe post Ekiti 2018: PDP will be defeated Ojo appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
The people of Kwara South senatorial district are daily being bombarded by aspirants seeking to represent them at the senate come 2019. Already, discussions are rife about ongoing subtle struggle for the senatorial tickets of the two leading parties, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In this report,Read MoreThe post Kwara 2019: APC, PDP in battle for the south appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Markus Gundiri, has contested the governorship election in Adamawa State on two occasions precisely in 2011 and 2015, on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and Social Democratic Party (SDP) respectively. He is now a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), seeking to fly the 2019 governorship ticket of theRead MoreThe post No Nigerian can defeat Buhari in 2019 Gundiri appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Convener of the One people: One mission; One nation Movement (3-OM) and Chief Executive Officer of IPI Solutions, an ICT company on the continent, Adamu Garba, has said for the country to move forward, it must de-institutionalise religion in its politics and governance. According to the 35-year old Adamawa state born Microsoft Certified Solution Expert,Read MoreThe post 'Its time to de-insitutionalise religion in Nigeria' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
BARELY few weeks from now, 2018 would be ushered in, a most defining year preceding the 2019 general elections, which no political party worth its salt , can afford to treat with levity in the series of electoral offices, the least the Presidential seat. Spiritually as the General Overseer of the Mountain of Fire MiraclesRead MoreThe post 2019: Can Atiku be the new face of Nigeria' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria.