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

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
He predicted the emergence, three years ago, of President Muhammadu Buhari. He fired stinging criticisms against his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan. He even visited Aso Rock to receive a seeming post-inauguration ‘thank you’.
Today, charismatic Catholic priest, Rev. Fr Ejike Camilus Mbaka, has a different tune for the incumbent.

“Mr. President wake up. Sit up. God said you are toying with the privilege given to you. There is no time. Nigerians are dying in your hand. People are not happy with your system. Change or you will be changed,” said Mbaka at his popular Adoration Ground, in Enugu yesterday.

Delivering the warning, as part of his New Year message to Nigerians, the cleric disclosed: “God said that Buhari is in trouble. Buhari is hypnotised. Buhari is in a horrible bondage. Buhari’s mantra has been canibalised. Unless President Buhari quickly and strategically positions the right people and changes the former ones he inaugurated, the wind of change will blow him away shamefully.
Tue, 02 Jan 2018
An attack by Boko Haram on a military base in Yobe State Saturday night reportedly killed five soldiers and left about 30 others missing.
The army, however, denied it suffered any casualties.

“Yes, there was an attack on our troops two days ago by Boko Haram terrorists in Kannama town. It was, however, repelled. Our soldiers are in hot pursuit of the fleeing insurgents,” said Col. Kayode Ogunsanya, spokesman of 3 Division, Nigerian Army, in Damaturu, the state capital, yesterday.

But a credible top security source told The Guardian that about five soldiers were found dead and evacuated to Maiduguri, adding that about 30 others were still missing.

An eyewitness, Bukar, said the attackers arrived in seven Toyota Hilux vans. “We thought they were soldiers because everything about them was like soldiers, their dressing, their vehicles, everything. They passed through the town but did not touch anybody. They went straight to the military base. Then we started hearing heavy gunshots,” he said.

Meanwhile, Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, at the weekend, ordered council chairmen and workers to return to liberated communities and restore civil authority.

He gave the directive while swearing in 27 local government caretaker chairmen at Government House, Maiduguri, noting he had instructed the Local Government Service Commission to put in place mechanisms to punish any worker who flouted the order.

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
A member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Technical Study Group, former Green Eagles’ winger, Adegoke Adelabu says the Super Eagles have the potentials of winning the FIFA World Cup slated for Russia in June.
Adelabu, who was part of the Green Eagles’ squad to Libya ’82 African Nations Cup, was recently named by the NFF as member of the Technical Study Group alongside the likes of Abba Yola, Taribo West, Bernard Ogbe Augustine ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, Tijjani Babangida, Victor Agali, Godwin Enakhena, Mike Idoko and Bitrus Bewarang.

Speaking with The Guardian yesterday, the former IICC Shooting Stars of Ibadan winger said that Nigeria, like any other nation stands the chance of winning the World Cup in Russia if the national team is given the right preparation.

“I don’t want to be part of those saying that the Super Eagles cannot progress beyond the group stage or second round. No, we have what it takes to be in the final and even win the World Cup trophy. Limiting our chances to the second round or the quarterfinal is like saying the Super Eagles should not go to Russia.

“We have already known our group opponents and the most important thing to do now is to work on intelligence of our players. We have to know the area of strength and weakness of our opponents. I am happy the NFF has already lined up series of friendly matches for the Super Eagles as build up to the World Cup. But it is also important for us to have in-house programmes to let our coaches understand what they should expect from the players. As I always say, the development of a sport is reflected in nation’s ability to modify the training, participation and competitive strategy of the athletes. We should focus on winning the World Cup and not targeting the second round or quarterfinal. I am optimistic we can win the World Cup in Russia because we have the players,” Adelabu, a sports scientist stated.
Tue, 02 Jan 2018
The Special Fraud Unit (SFU), of the Nigeria Police Force, has arraigned the Managing Director of Picket Suites and Services Limited, Abiodun Adisa before a Federal High Court, Lagos, for allegedly issuing N130 million worth of dud cheques. Adisa was arraigned on a 15 count-charge bordering on the alleged offence. SFU in the charge marked [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have won every Ballon d'Or since 2008. The world's best two players have both won the accolade five times, but 2018 could be the year when their duopoly is finally broken with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Harry Kane and Paul Pogba among the contenders. For the past decade, the Ballon d'Or [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
The police in Delta State yesterday arrested a 35-year-old man, identified as Johnson (surname withheld) for allegedly raping a six-year-old girl in his house at Umono street in Abraka community. Reports said the alleged rapist, a single father of three, was said to have committed the crime in the early hours of the new year [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
A traditional ruler in the southern part of Kaduna State, the Etum Numana, Mr. Gambo Makama and his pregnant wife have been killed in Arak, his home town, in Sanga local government area of the Kaduna in the early hours of January 1. Makama, a second class traditional ruler had traveled to his village to [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
An attack by Boko Haram on a military base in Yobe State Saturday night reportedly killed five soldiers and left about 30 others missing. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Barely 24 hours to the new year, another tragedy occurred living one person dead and two injured asa high tension cable fell on a building at Umo Orok Street in Calabar bringing to three the number of electrocution in the state in 2017. The deceased, known as Man of God, was inside his house when [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
We know that words cannot move mountains, but they can move the multitude. Words shape thoughts, stir feelings, and beget actions; they kill and revive, and cure. The 'men of words' ' priests, prophets, intellectuals -have played a more decisive role in history than military leaders, statesmen and businessmen - Eric Hoffer - The Ordeal [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Wife of Lagos State governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, yesterday underscored the importance of routine immunization and post-natal care for the survival and growth of newborns, saying it was important for nursing mothers to pay greater attention to the health of their children. She also advised expectant mothers in the state to justify government's huge investment [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
To accelerate the ongoing construction of Pen Cinema flyover, the Lagos State government yesterday said it would enforce partial restriction of movement within Agege axis starting from Thursday, January 4, 2018. The partial and complete restriction, which it said might come in late would be for between three to six months. In a statement by [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Chairman, Abule-Oki Central CDA and chairman of the Joint CDA Project Committee, Mr. Rasak Jinadu, said the project was borne out of the determination to open up the area. 'We have been seeking financial supports to open up this important link road for many years now. We have suffered a lot. We have raised money []