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


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

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
OCHEREOME NNANNA had this chat with Governor Anayo Rochas Okorocha  of Imo State at the Protocol Lounge of the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri, just before he jetted out to Abuja for an urgent meeting called by President Muhammadu Buhari, last Sunday.

IT seems that in spite of your well-meaning efforts you draw a lot of controversies in most of the things you do. Can you explain why it is so?

I don’t understand what you mean by controversy. Maybe you will explain. I don’t think there is anything controversial in what I do. It is just that many people don’t understand. There is a complete misrepresentation of facts, and no one seems to understand the depth of my actions and pronouncements. So, they misplace facts. By any standards I will not make a careless statement or take any action that is not proper. I think I am smart enough to know what is good or what is wrong or improper. When some of the things I do are not understood by many, it becomes an issue. Is Rochas a failure in any aspect of life? My business life, my political life, my family life? You were one of the politicians who came into office with a lot of goodwill because of Rochas Foundation Schools. A lot of people felt that becoming the governor of Imo State was a fitting reward for your efforts. But somehow, some of the things you did turned the picture the other way up. Like when you went to the US, you took a picture with former President Obama and came back to put up a billboard here. Many people were flabbergasted and found it a little bit funny. 

When I came into government, I came with my promises. I have delivered on all my promises. All! It is just one area, which I am trying to tackle. My administration has impacted on Imo State much more than any other administration, be it military or civilian. This administration has built more infrastructure than all the other administrations put together. I want to be challenged by any living soul that what I am saying is not right. I have built more schools than all the other administrations put together. I have built more roads, more hospitals. When I came into government, all I saw was eleven rickety hospitals. Today I have built twenty seven hospitals. I have developed the city of Owerri, I have developed the city of Orlu and I have developed the city of Okigwe. I have introduced free education from primary to the university which no government in the history of Nigeria has done. So, why can’t people see these? People leave the substance and pursue shadows. 

I went to the White House in the US and took a picture with President Obama and the picture was all over the internet. That picture was taken after Mr President allowed me to address Obama and I did. When the picture went viral, of course we have supporters. People thought that it was something good and they wanted to welcome me with it, to let me know that the social media is working for them. Actually it wasn’t you that put it up? 

No. Why should I? I have never put up any billboard here in Owerri for myself. But people always build billboards of me, some good, some also bad. But why do people use these things to make it sound like government has become a joke? You leave the issues of governance and you are talking about the frivolities of billboards. And they have not seen some billboards that address me as “OKOROAWUSA, a Northerner, a non-Igbo man”.

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
THE National Chairman the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has charged Nigerians to use the occasion of this year’s Christmas to offer special prayers for an end to the government of President   Muhammadu Buhari, saying   it is obvious that they are not moving the country in the right direction.

In a Christmas message to Nigerians, signed by Ike Abonyi, Secondus said the hardship Nigerians have been going through in the last 30 months of the All Progressive Congress (APC)-led administration shows clearly that it was a mistake   voting the party in the first place. 

Prince Uche Secondus “The fact that Nigerians cannot see fuel to travel home to see their loved ones during this Christmas even after fuel prize jumped from   N87 per liter under PDP administration to N145 under APC shows clearly that they have nothing to offer. “ As Christmas is the marking of the coming of the messiah by (sic) Christendom, this is the best time to seek God’s intervention to send a leader who would save this country as APC administration has failed the people woefully. Secondus noted that never in the history of Nigeria has there been this level of disaffection among the people with the government clearly unable to offer a way out. He added: “This Yuletide time is therefore ripe for Nigerians to bury their political, ethnic and religious differences and go on their knees to ask God to save this country from the hands of APC misrule and clear lack of direction. “This is the third Christmas Nigerians are marking under APC government and the indignation in their faces across board shows it all that the people are sad and disappointed”


Sun, 24 Dec 2017
The Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) has won in all the 16 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Ekiti State in Saturday's election into Chairmanship and Councillorship seats keenly contested for by five political parties in the state. The post Breaking: PDP wins Ekiti LG poll appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
TWO American clerics, Bishop Shirley Stanfill and Pastor Timothy Stanfill, were among 15 persons conferred with chieftaincy titles by the Okobaro of Ughivwen Kingdom, Delta State, HRM Matthew Ediri Egbi, for contributing to the development of the kingdom.The post Two American clerics bag chieftaincy titles in Delta appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
An All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential contender, Ibrahim Abubakar Ladaja, wants the Federal Government to tighten Nigeria's borders and create an enabling environment to discourage migrations.The post Slavery: Tighten the borders, Ladaja, APC presidential contender, tells FG appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Fraud in public organisations have continued unabated, with 60 % revenue lost in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) at various levels..The post 60 % revenue lost to fraud in MDAs ' Auditors appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
ONDO State government is to spend N15b next year to construct roads across the three senatorial districts of the state.The post Akeredolu to spend N15bn on roads in 2018 appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
arah Huckabee Sanders, the White House Press Secretary has denied the story by New York Times claiming President Donald Trump said Nigerians live in huts and that Haitians have AIDS.The post Trump never said Nigerians live in huts White House appeared first on Vanguard News. 

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.The post Pay TV: How Increased Competition Brings Hidden Costs appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
This year's Christmas celebrations for many Nigerians may not enjoy the trappings of excitement and joy of old, as a cocktail of socio-economic challenges continues to afflict them into tomorrow's Yuletide.The post BLEAK XMAS: Chaos amid petrol scarcity appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
A former National Secretary of Labour Party (LP), Mr Kayode Ajulo, has dismissed the claim that the Non-Governmental Organisation Bill, currently in the works at the House of Representatives, is targeting churches, mosques and human rights groups.The post Ajulo writes Dogara, says NGO Bill not targeting churches, human rights groups appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
All Azigbo Youths recently converged at Azigbo Town Hall for their first National Convention. The convention attracted people from all walks of life, including Nollywood stars and political leaders. Top on the guests' list were veteran actress, Rita Edochie; ace writer and actor, Picolo Chidozie Obi, and daughter of the soil and actress, Lilian Uchendu.The post Azigbo Youths' Council Holds Maiden Convention appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Four persons were killed and eight others injured in fresh attack in Nimdem village in Godogodo chiefdom of Jema'ah Local Government Area of Southern Kaduna.The post 4 killed in fresh southern Kaduna attack, El-Rufai sues for calm appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, wants Nigerians to own the anti-corruption war. Mohammed spoke at the launching of the Anti-Corruption Situation Room in Abuja. Excerpts: The post The fight against corruption is Nigerias fight Lai Mohammed appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
With less than a day to Christmas celebration, Nigerians are still grappling with the challenge of fuel scarcity across the country as the scarcity has continued to bite harder. Despite claims by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC, that it has increased supply of premium motor spirit, PMS, also known as petrol, to Lagos and Abuja to 470 truckloads, scarcity of the product has persisted, fueling fears the situation might mar this festive season as usual ,The post Corruption, ineffec 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has seized over 4.144 tonnes of Indian hemp with street value of over N200million..The post NDLEA arrests driver with Indian hemp worth N200million appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Yoruba community in South-South and South-East has described the emergence of Otunba Gani Adams as the Aare Ona Kakanfo as the act of God, noting that he (Adams) was divinely ordained to save the Yoruba people.The post Gani Adams divinely chosen to save, strengthen Yoruba nation 'SS/SE communities appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Indigenes who returned to Enugu State through the free transportation service provided by Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi's administration have commended the governor for his kind gesture and commitment to the well-being of residents.The post Free Transport: Excitement as Enugu appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, said gallant troops and civilians injured by terrorists deserved Nigerians goodwill and sustained prayers just as he disclosed that government had turned the tide against 'the enemy and annihilate those who work against the unity of our nation.'The post FG raises terror alert level; another 146 suspects arrested in Abuja appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
The Electoral Committee Chairman on Igbudu election of executives of the Market Traders Association, Warri, Comrade Ufuoma Unuafe, has stated that the December 26th, 2017 date fixed by some individuals for the executives election of the association is feasable to most contestants and traders of the market.The post Igbudu market election: December 26th not convenient to traders ' Unuafe appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
There is no party in the history of Kogi State that has suffered so much trouble like the present All Progressive Congress, APC. Despite being the government in power, the party has constituted itself into an opposition to the executive arm even more than the opposition parties.The post Kogi APC in disarray appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Thursday, 21st December, 2017 was another red-letter day in Ogun State. In one iconic gesture, unprecedented in the annals of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, the governor of Ogun State, unveiled the MITROS Rice Processing Factory and MITROS Rice.The post The Ogun Rice Revolution appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has described as "a laughable fabrication" reports in the social media quoting him as saying that former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar is working in the interest of President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The post Atiku working for Buhari, APC, a laughable fabrication Secondus appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Despite threats posed by recession,the managing director Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited, Mr. Frank Li, has described Nigeria as the biggest economic entity in Africa and says every 10 percent investment in ICT would immensely increase the country's Gross Domestic Product. (GDP)The post Nigeria still biggest economic entity in Africa'Huawei MD appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Ogun State has joined rice producing states with the launch of its Mission To Rebuild Ogun State, MITROS, Ofada rice.The post The Amosun 'rice pyramid' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Following complaints, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is to extend the grace period of unused data roll over to 14 days.The post NCC to extend unused data roll over to 14 days appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Manchester City racked up a 17th consecutive Premier League victory after Sergio Aguero's 100th and 101st Etihad Stadium goals inspired a 4-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.The post Man City claim 17th straight win, Kane equals record appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Love and marriage therapists usually advise that there is need to rekindle the fire of every relationship with whatever strengthens it or makes it last longer, and Mary Tobechukwu Ukoli, a young fashion designer and current Face of Prestige Nigeria, 2017, couldn't agree more. The post Even Jesus Christ encouraged romantic getaway ' Miss Face of Prestige appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Dr. Queen Blessing Itua, a recipient of President Obama Lifetime Achievement Award, lifestyle empowerment motivator, inspirational author and speaker, based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA is set to take Nollywood by storm with the release of her first movie, which will address the ills of human trafficking.The post US-based Blessing Itua set to release movie on human trafficking appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
President Buhari's 2017 Christmas message to the nationThe post President Buhari's 2017 Christmas message to the nation appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
It's true you can't help who you fall in love with.That's why, once in a while you see a beauty-and-the-beast combination and wonder if a bit of madness - or ' African' magic! - is not involved. Betty was only eight years old when her aunty visited with Ugo, her latest 'catch'.The post He might be a grandpa, but he's better than most young men appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Muslims in Indonesia have offered to guard churches and prevent any attack during the Christmas service as countries around the World tighten security ahead of the celebration.The post Christmas: Muslims offer to guard churches in Indonesia appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Once to every man [and woman] and nation comes the moment to decide; in the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or the evil side.''James Russell Lowell, 1819-1891.The post More than ever, we need presidential candidates for 2019 (1) appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
The contemporary tendency in our society is to base our distribution on scarcity, which has vanished, and to compress our abundance into the overfed mouths of the middle and upper classes until they gag with superfluity. If democracy is to have breadth of meaning, it is necessary to adjust this inequity. It is not only moral, but it is also intelligent. We are wasting and degrading human life by clinging to archaic thinking.' -Martin Luther King Jr.The post Out with old year, in with the Ne 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
This article, first published in this column on Sunday, January 17, 2016, is still relevant in today's Nigeria.The post Corruption Fight And The Survival of 'Common' Nigerians appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
I had in mind this week, to reflect on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the arrest of the Chairman of Innoson Motors, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, by the Enugu station of that commission.The post Buhari, Boko Haram and the $1 Billion SNAFU appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Everybody knew this was an accident waiting to happen. The third intifada likely happening or what would you call the current uprising happening in Israel now in which four persons were reportedly killed and 150 wounded.The post Is this the third intifada' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Merry Christmas! Glory be to God who sent joy to the world with the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.The post Reflect, project and give Him thanks appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
It is the season for partying, having fun, making merry and sharing memorable times with family, friends and colleagues.The post 'Merry Christmas', Festive Party Hosting Etiquette appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Sunday Vanguard spoke to the President of the Nigeria Medical Association, Professor Mike Ogirima, on how the country's health sector has performed in the outgoing year. To him, the country's health indices are far from getting better. The post Healthcare:Nigeria is not moving forward ' Ogirima, NMA President appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Mention the word, 'cancer' and fear grips everyone around. To many people, it is gradually becoming the number one killer illness. Is it really' Yes, the claim that cancer is a killer illness is not only alarming but is also true.The post Cancer scandal in National Hospital appeared first on Vanguard News.