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Below are the headlines found on The Tribune Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 29 January, 2017.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
GOVERNOR Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State on Sunday said President Muhammadu Buhari was excited about the recommendations of the All Progressives Congress (APC) committee on restructuring, pointing out that Buhari was not against the restructuring of the country as clamoured by sections of Nigerians.

el-Rufai who stated this while featuring on a Channels television programme, said Buhari’s broadcast on January 1, 2018, was misconstrued.

Speaking further, el-Rufai ruled out propositions of a merger of states except there was a constitutional provision for such.

On the recent letter by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to Buhari, el-Rufai said he was yet to read the “long” statement because he was too busy.

He allayed fears about the APC maintaining its stronghold, asserting that the party will win the 2019 presidential election as well as retain governorship position in 24 states.

“The President has been briefed about the APC committee recommendations and he is quite excited. That statement in the president’s speech on January 1st was misunderstood. He’s not against restructuring.”

“I don’t think a merger of state will happen. If people say they want something, let’s make constitutional provision for it.

“I don’t have any doubt that we are going to win the 2019 election not only at the centre, we are going to retain our 24 states.

“I have not read Obasanjo’s statement, it’s too long and I am too busy,” el-Rufai said.

While featuring on the same programme, founder of a Lagos-based church, Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare again launched an attack on the Buhari led government stating that the government was yet to live up to the expectations of Nigerians.

He decried the non-viability of many states in the country describing them as “vegetable states on life support.”

While noting that he might be compelled to release a video on “the Buhari I didn’t know”, Bakare, however, maintained that he was not desirous of joining any political party and would not run against Buhari.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
A self-styled pro-national interest movement, “Faith In Nigeria” has declared its support to mobilise Nigerians across the country for President Muhammadu Buhari across party and ethnic lines.

Addressing journalists in Abuja on Sunday, Mr Peter Bawa, Director of Communications and Strategy for the Group explained that Faith in Nigeria sees the need for a citizens’ re-awakening platform to galvanise massive support for the President based on his superlative performance particularly in the security sector where Boko Haram has been defeated.

He disclosed that the rallies will be holding in four different cities of the country, which includes Lagos, Calabar, Kaduna and a grand finale in Abuja on Thursday.

According to him, some citizens misunderstand the necessary adjustments to living within their real income as a hardship, stressing that the group hopes to use the rally to enlighten Nigerians on the poor understanding of the consequences of dismantling the corruption infrastructure which has been entrenched over the years.

He said the rally became necessary to celebrate President Buhari and his administration in view of the giant strides the country has recorded under his purposeful leadership, adding that the foundation laid by Mr President must be built upon without breaking strides.

According to him, under the Buhari administration, Nigerians have seen the economy regain solid ground with the anti-corruption crusade of Mr President.

He said, “this is opposed to the past where looters are only named without diligent prosecution, those who had dared to pilfer from the national till have been made to forfeit their loots while standing trial with the most diligent prosecution we have ever seen so far.

“President Buhari’s commitment to diversifying the economy is the most commitment we have seen till date and we dare say the results are already manifesting for those that took the initiative to invest in the local production of things that were once imported. There has been an increase in the export of Nigeria’s agricultural produce and we believe it is a matter of time before semi-finished and later finished produce from Nigeria will take the world by storm.

“Our stature in the international community has seen an upward spurt and we believe that things can only improve even further going forward. This is tied to the combined improvement in other sectors. Savings in the foreign reserve has climbed to new highs as investors now see the country as a safe haven to grow their businesses.”

Bawa, however, challenged the President to be decisive and firm with those that are terrorist supporters and those that hide behind free speech to incite hatred along ethnic and religious lines. He did the government must take a firm stance against those that are sabotaging the economy under any guise. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Yoruba sons and daughters both at home and in the diaspora, under the aegis of Oodua Progressive Union (OPU) have expressed worries about the state of insecurity and lawlessness in the country, especially concerning the menace of the Fulani herdsmen whose several attacks have left many dead, with several others maimed while properties worth several billion naira were damaged, appealing to the “federal government to find a lasting solution to the recurring issue.”

OPU expressed this worry in a communique it issued at the end of a 2-day World Congress it held between Thursday 25th and Friday 26th of January, 2018 at the Centenary Hall, Ake, Abeokuta, Ogun State, copy of which was made available on Sunday to the Nigerian Tribune.

OPU has so far established its presence in 79 countries of the world where delegates came to attend the event.

In the 14-point communique issued at the end of the Congress, the delegates consequently moved in strong support for the restructuring of the country, demanding that every federating unit be allowed to develop at its own pace in order to enhance democracy and good governance in the polity.

This was just as the delegates advocated for unity and peace in Yorubaland, particularly among the various Yoruba groups and traditional institutions.

“The Congress is worried about the state of insecurity and lawlessness, especially on the menace of the Fulani herdsmen. We appeal to the federal government to find a lasting solution to the recurring issue.

“The Congress moves in strong terms in support and clamouring for the restructuring of the country and to allow every federating unit to develop at its own pace, so as to enhance democracy and good governance.

“The Congress also advocates for the unity and peace in Yorubaland, particularly among the various Yoruba groups and traditional institutions,” the communique said.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
THE Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has said President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to giving a former Vice President, late Dr Alex Ekwueme, a befitting burial.

Ngige spoke on Sunday at Ekwueme’s hometown in Oko, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State after inspecting facilities for the burial of the late VP.

He said Buhari had committed about N1bn on Ekwueme from the day the Federal Government took over his medical bills to date.

While saying that road rehabilitation alone in Anambra State and neighbouring communities of Imo and Abia states in preparation for Ekwueme’s burial had gulped about N480m, Ngige said Federal Government was not leaving anything to chances in ensuring that the Ekwueme family enjoys the role their late patriarch played in building a better Nigeria

He said, “You know that I belong to the Ekwueme family; I’m part of that family.

“I’m in various committees and subcommittees for the burial of this great statesman. I can tell you authoritatively that Mr President (Buhari) is committed and passionate in ensuring a befitting burial for Ekwueme.

“If he doesn’t come for the burial himself, I’m sure the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, will be here for the burial as a matter of right.

“So, I’m here to inspect the facilities in preparation for his burial; and I can tell you that I’m satisfied with the progress of work.

“The Federal Government is doing rehabilitation works on Amawbia/Ekwulobia road, up to Uga and Akokwa in Imo State.

“We’re also doing road rehabilitation on Oko/Umunze road up to Ibinta in Abia State.

“I know the cost of all this, not less than N480m.

“The Federal Government is building the mausoleum, which will contain a modern library and other facilities and I also know the cost of that too.

“And remember that the Federal Government took up all the medical bills of flying him abroad and bringing him back to Nigeria from London upon his death.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
THE Apex Yoruba Youth group, Yoruba Youth Council (YYC), worldwideon Sunday, distanced itself from a proposed Yoruba Youth rally being put together by a group to support the second term of President Muhammadu Buhari. The [...]The post Yoruba Youth Council disowns Buhari support rally organisers appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
For the first time since he penned a statement urging President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election over the perceived failure of the present administration, former President Olusegun Obasanjoon Sundaycame face to face with President [...]The post Buhari, Obasanjo meet in Addis Ababa appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Ex-Governor of Ekiti State,Dr Kayode Fayemis Commissioner for Finance, Mr Dapo Kolawole, has filed a suit against Governor Ayodele Fayose and two of his aides for alleged libel and demanded N20 billion in damages. Kolawole, [...]The post Fayemis commissioner sues Fayose, aides for alleged libel, demands N20bn damages appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
A former Senator, Iyabo Obasanjo has chided 'agents of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration' for the re-circulation of a letter dating back to 2013, where she levelled several damning allegations against her father, former President [...]The post Iyabo Obasanjo chides Buhari's agents over re-circulation of 2013 letter appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
The Ekiti State government has filed criminal charges of corruption and stealing against a former governor of the state, Dr KayodeFayemi and the Finance Commissioner during his administration, Mr Dapo Kolawole, over alleged misappropriation of [...]The post Ekiti govt sues Fayemi, commissioner for alleged misappropriation of N4.9bn appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
In this interview with Brands & Marketing, Media Evaluation and Reputation Measurement expert and Chief Executive Officer of P+ Measurement services, Mr. Philip Odiakose, justifies the call for measurements of PR activities, while insisting that [...]The post 'It is unprofessional for PR agencies to establish communication measurement agencies' appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
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Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Most leadership failures are traceable to poor choices. Poor choices made by leaders result in bad decisions which lead to undesirable results. How strong, stable and successful a company gets is determined by how sound [...]The post Choices leaders have to make appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo shouldn't see himself as a mouthpiece for all Nigerians. He contested, won and ruled for eight years and wanted to go for third term using our money to bribe the upper [...]The post Obasanjo, Nigeria's mouthpiece' appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Chief Olusola Oke, the Alliance for Democracy governorship candidate in the last governorship election in Ondo State, recently rejoined the All Progressives Congress (APC).He speaks with HAKEEM GBADAMOSI on reasons for rejoining the ruling party [...]The post My return to APC will further stabilise the party 'Oke appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
We all want to be more productive. And we definitely want our teams to be more productive. That's why so many productivity tools exist. But which tools are right for you' One way to answer [...]The post 6 project management tools the world's top startups actually use appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
In spite of expressed optimism by the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) that the bank will begin a gradual cut in monetary policy rates by the end of the second half of [...]The post CBN may keep rates steady to woo Foreign Investors 'Ebo appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
A finance and public sector analyst has called on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to consider reducing interest rate in order to re- focus the operations of commercial banks that has been gunning for [...]The post Reduce interest rate to re-redirect commercial banking operations 'Analyst appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
The degree of our success is directly related to the degree in which we excel in and balance certain segments, or principles, of our life. Every person, organization and business can, and should, operate out [...]The post The 6 arenas of success appeared first on Tribune. 

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Mon, 29 Jan 2018
He had just been appointed Editor of the Business and Personal Finance pages of The Tribune titles. Shortly after assuming office, he was invited to fellowship in one of our Sunday services by one of [...]The post Anniversary Musings appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
PRESIDENT Donald Trump said the United States deeply respects Africans and will dispatch its top diplomat to the continent, in a letter to African leaders seen by AFP on Sunday. The letter sent last week [...]The post Trump says US deeply respects Africa in letter to AU appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
RUSSIAN authorities detained Alexei Navalny, a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, in central Moscow on Sunday as his supporters staged protests throughout the country, calling for a boycott of the upcoming presidential election. [...]The post Russias opposition leader arrested amid election protests appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
THE leaders of the United Nations and the African Union urged stronger international cooperation at the opening Sunday of the African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. I strongly believe Africa is one [...]The post UN, African Union leaders praise international cooperation appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Former guerrilla leader Rodrigo Londono was once one of Colombia's most-wanted men. Now he is a presidential contender. The graying, spectacled man best known by his alias Timochenko launched his bid Saturday to lead the [...]The post Former Colombian most-wanted man launches presidential bid appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Five Britons are among a group of 10 foreigners arrested in Cambodia for 'singing and dancing pornographically', after a raid on a party in Siem Reap near the tourist destination of Angkor Wat. They face [...]The post Five Britons arrested for pornographic dancing in Cambodia appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
The death toll from this weekends deadly Taliban bombing attack in Kabul has reached 103, with 235 reported wounded, an official said Sunday. Afghan Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak said at least five policemen were [...]The post Kabul bombing death toll rises to 103, 235 injured 'Interior Minister appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, a farmers son turned multibillionaire who revolutionised kit furniture, has died aged 91, leaving behind a global empire under investigation over its tax practices, the firm said Sunday. Kamprad passed [...]The post Ikeas frugal founder Ingvar Kamprad dies aged 91 appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
FEDERAL Government says it has begun the investigation into over 200 whistleblowing tips on tax officials and taxpayers which involve under declaration of taxes as well as demand by taxpayers and receipt of gratifications by [...]The post Heads to roll as FG investigates over 200 tax fraud tips appeared first on Tribune. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
BUSINESS operators in Kwara state, under the aegis of Kwara Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KWACCIMA), in partnership with a marketing and events outfit, have concluded arrangements to hold an international trade fair [...]The post Kwara holds made in Nigeria products trade fair appeared first on Tribune. 

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