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Ohaneze Ndigbo





Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 1st January, 2018.

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
There is hardly any human being who embodies the completeness of creation as much as the Nigerian does. A bundle of contradiction who questions himself or herself at every turn, a positivity who interrogates his own very essence, the Nigerian is at once a rot on the outside and a creature of untold beauty on the inside. He or she has it all but is a study in emptiness on the use to which those endowments are put.

In 2017, the pressures of life were distributed in an unfair measure to the Nigerian but all was borne with remarkable equanimity.

He condoned what should be condemned and endured what should be rejected as dehumanizing. He worked hard and gained little, shouted himself hoarse at petty misdemeanors but kept a submissive peace in the face of egregious crimes as committed by those he recruited to serve him.

Bombarded on all sides by all sorts of vicissitudes, the Nigerian, male or female, embodied all that was right and all that was wrong. He looked forward to a life of progress even as he systematically shuffled backwards in total negation of his own abilities to forge ahead.

The Nigerian successfully finds failure in the reverie over incredible success and willfully wrenches a disaster from the jaws of joy.

He dreams big but acts little, looks forward to a future while actively creating one that would continuously make a better day of even a regrettable yesterday. No person strives harder than the Nigerian to put a full life in a small dream box. Hence the nation of the best and the brightest is governed by the worst and most despicable.
Mon, 01 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to deal with those responsible for the fuel scarcity that inflicted severe hardship on Nigerians, especially during the yuletide.

Buhari promised to probe the development, which he said was a “blackmail of all Nigerians,” and forestall future manipulation that could inflict hardship on citizens.

“I am saddened to acknowledge that, for many, this Christmas and New Year holidays have been anything but merry and happy. Instead of showing love, companionship and charity, some of our compatriots chose this period to inflict severe hardship on us all by creating unnecessary fuel scarcity across the country,” he said.

‎”The consequence was that not many could travel and the few who did had to pay exorbitant transport fares. This is unacceptable given that NNPC had taken measures to ensure availability at all depots.”

President Buhari, in his 2018 new year address to Nigerians, said he was determined to get to the root of the matter and “ensure that whichever groups are behind this manipulated hardship will be prevented from doing so again.”

The President assured that unpatriotic actions would not divert government’s change agenda for Nigerians and from the course it had set for itself.

“Our government’s watchword and policy thrust is “Change.” We must change our way of doing things or we will stagnate and be left behind in the race to lift our people out of poverty and into prosperity.

“My address to fellow Nigerians this morning is devoted mainly to informing you about the intense efforts this Administration is putting to address our country’s huge infrastructural deficit.

We are going to make significant in-roads in advancing road, rail and power projects across the country.

“The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing is one of the drivers of this Government’s commitment to renew and increase Nigeria’s stock of infrastructure in order to achieve global economic competitiveness as targeted under the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.”

On Railways, the President said the government has already set ambitious targets with the Lagos-Kano Standard Gauge Railway already in construction stage.
Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The trees dotting the corporate headquarters of Ikeja Electric (IE) on Obafemi Awolowo Way, Alausa in Ikeja, Lagos State have other uses besides providing shelter from the scorching sun. The sprawling trees, otherwise known as Abe-igi have become synonymous with Ojota’s Freedom Park, which in 2012, hosted two weeks of fierce protest against petrol subsidy removal.

Every other week, a group of exasperated electricity consumers, disenfranchised communities or disgruntled former employees gather carrying placards and chanting protest songs to express their dissatisfaction with the services rendered by the distribution company (DisCos). Their major grouse bothers on non-supply of prepaid meters, issuance of outrageous estimated bills and epileptic power supply.

When residents of Onilekere, Onipetesi, Valley Estate, Santos Estate Phase I & II, recently thronged the IE office to protest against the poor state of a substation mega transformer that feeds about 20 smaller transformers in the four communities, they were dramatic, dressing in an all-black attire to reflect the blackout the communities were experiencing, and they went bold with their demands, insisting: ‘No prepaid meter, No payment’.
Mon, 01 Jan 2018
2017 was bleak; blighted by inflation, recession, government prevarication on important decisions, an insincere war on corruption, uptick in Boko Haram attacks (mostly on soft targets) and needless pastoral conflicts. The gloom that the year represented was accentuated by the promise that heralded it. At the beginning of the year, the Muhammadu Buhari administration had [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
From January to December, there's been loads of football and outstanding Nigerian footballers all year long. In this list, we select ten of the best male Nigerian footballers from around the World. Victor Moses A big omission from the CAF African Player of the year final shortlists and missed out on the BBC African footballer [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
As much as anyone may lose the motivation to work out once in a while, the new year is a way to start afresh and motivate one to achieve that body goal. So, in a bid to get you to accomplish your fitness goals for 2018, we have put together a few tips to help [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
While he was president of the United States, Obama was very open about his love for pop culture in the eight years he spent in the office, he built relationships with a lot of icons in music, fashion, literature and other fields. Yesterday the former POTUS went on Facebook to continue his tradition of sharing [] 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
I join my fellow citizens this morning to welcome and celebrate the New Year 2018. This year promises to be pivotal in our quest for CHANGE. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Two critical federal agencies are in a bitter quarrel over the ownership and occupation of the office premises in Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, thereby working at cross purposes... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The World in 2018,the annual publication fromThe Economist, predicts that this year will be a nerve-jangling year as people across the world attempt to escape the tensions of politics... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Committee of E-Business Industry Heads (CeBIH) have been called on to collaborate with other stakeholders in the electronic payment industry. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
As Nigerians join billions of humanity globally to mark the beginning of the year 2018, Nigerians have been asked to blame the docility of both the National Assembly... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari is to address Nigerians today in obeisance with his New Year message. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has resolved to close down its own refinancing platform- General Arrangements to Borrow (GAB), worth $24 billion.