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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE VANGUARD NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [28 JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Vanguard Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 28 January, 2018.

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
To us here in Nigeria, a colony is nothing new. The colony of Lagos established by the British in 1861 has familiarised us to it. But our acquaintance with it goes much further back to the ancient colonies established in 7th century B. C by the Greeks on the Mediterranean coastline of Italy, France and Spain, of which Nice, Marseilles and Naples are notable examples; by the Phoenicians, notably Utica (Utique) in 1100 B.C. and Carthage in 813 B.C. (both in present-day Tunisia) and Tripoli in 900 B.C. in present-day Libya; down to the modern colonies founded by the English in the early 17th century AD in North America, – thirteen of them, the first of which, Virginia, was founded in 1607. 
The idea underlying a colony, both in antiquity and in modern times, is that of settlement: see British Settlements Act 1887. A colony is a place for the settlement of people “with common or similar language, interests or occupations, living together in close association”, like the farm settlements established in some parts of the Eastern Region of South-East Nigeria by the Government of M.I. Okpara. A colony as a settlement for people is one integrated idea, it cannot be separated from a settlement; it cannot meaningfully exist divorced from such a settlement, except as a mere idea without existential content. So divorced, it means nothing but an empty word tendentiously employed to beguile or hoodwink the public. The cattle colonies which the Federal Government proposes to establish in every State of the Federation can, therefore, mean nothing other than a place for the settlement of Fulani herdsmen, however much the Federal Government may try to hide this fact, by, for example, calling it “cattle colony”; that is what it is intended to be, and will eventually become, if it is not such from inception. Its character as a place for the settlement of Fulani herdsmen is implicit in the Agric Minister’s long presentation giving details of the proposed project, as published in the Nigerian Tribune newspaper of 12 January, 2018, which leaves him no room to gainsay it. It is not the  idea that cattle is to be left in a colony without a herder or keeper, without someone to feed it, give it water, and keep a watchful and protective eye on it. Rearing cattle or livestock necessarily requires a herder. From what we know, two or more herders will be needed to follow and tend 100 cows; accordingly, 300 herders will be needed to tend 30,000 cows. A colony of 30,000 cows requires 300 herders living in the colony. It may be expected that a herder may have a family, a wife (wives) and children living with him in the colony. We are therefore talking of 300 Fulani herdsmen and their families lodged in the body of a State under the scheme. Lets listen to what the Agric Minister said: “We are talking of colonies because 20, 30, or 40 ranchers can share the same colony. A ranch is usually owned by an individual or a company with sometimes very few cattle. Some have more than 200 or 300 cows. In a cattle colony, you could find 30,000 cows owned by different owners.” “The reason we are designing the colony is that we want to prepare on a large scale, on economy of scale, a place where many owners of cattle can coexist, be fed well, because we can make their feeds. They can get good water to drink. Cows drink a lot of water. We can give them green fodder.” The Hon. Minister talks only of cattle owners or ranchers, but not at all of herders, who are essentially the cause of the problem. The cattle owners or ranchers are no doubt a part of the problem but the part they play seems somewhat peripheral. The herdsmen are at the centre of the problem. From the Minister’s presentation, the cattle colony scheme may magnify the problems beyond what they presently are. The scheme is not intended to, and will not, stop the open grazing practice, which is the main cause of the problem. It may well reduce, but will not completely stop it. The Hon. Minister of Agriculture affirms this when he said: “We will tell the herdsmen, if you are passing through a state, you can only go to the colony and stay there, feed your cattle and, when you are moving off, agro-rangers will follow you and make sure you don’t destroy anybody’s farm.” This statement is confusing to say the least. It seems to suggest that a cattle colony as a settlement for herdsmen and their cattle will be combined with the existing practice of herdsmen roaming over the whole country with their cattle, but stopping at a colony to feed them. THE LEGAL AND POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE SCHEME The Minister’s emphasis on the process of acquiring land for the colony is misdirected. The issue is not so much about the process for acquiring land, but about the ownership of the land after it is acquired and, more important, about the right to the exclusive use, management and control of the land so acquired. Does the ownership of the land belong to the Federal Government, or to traditional communities, villages and families supposed to have been divested of it? Does the right to the exclusive use, management and control of the land belong to the Federal Government, the cattle owners or the herdsmen? Perhaps, more worrisome, is the issue of the relationship of the Fulani herdsmen settled on the land and the political authorities in the State – the state government, the local government authorities and the traditional authorities, the town unions, the community development associations, the civil defence and vigilante groups, etc. Will the Fulani herdsmen settled on the land, the cattle owners and their association, the Miyetti Allah, not constitute themselves a “state” within a state? The deadliest of the implications of the establishment of cattle colonies in every State of the Federation is the religious and cultural implications. RELGIOUS IMPLICATIONS OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CATTLE COLONIES IN EVERY STATE OF THE FEDERATION In considering the religious implications of establishing cattle colonies in every State of the Federation, it is necessary to recall to mind what Sheikh Gumi wrote about Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto. According to Gumi, the Sardauna’s well-known agenda of consolidating and perpetuating the idea of Northern Nigeria as one united entity “was not borne out of political consideration only”, but was also conceived as “a personal mission” handed down to him by his forbear, Sheikh dan Fodio. The agenda had an accompanying ideology whose object, as articulated by the Sardauna, is to maintain Northern Nigeria as a theocracy ruled by a Moslem claiming to be divinely directed, with utter disdain for democracy, and with the Sharia as the supreme governing law; the non-Moslem minority ethnic groups in the North are to be used as “willing tools”, and the South is to be subjugated and reduced to “a conquered territory”, which is not to be allowed to “have control over their future.” The Sarduana had conceived a kind of jihad, for the pursuit and possible accomplishment of his agenda, an agenda which President Buhari has now vowed to carry on to a “finish”. President Buhari’s resolve and commitment to pursue the Sardauna’s agenda to a finish was unmistakeably announced in his first major policy statement as President-elect. In a speech delivered before an audience of exclusively prominent Northern Moslem leaders on 2 May, 2015 at Queen Amina Hall, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, he said: “I charge you to join me as we build a new Northern Nigeria in a generation…..the best investment we can make in the North is not finding oil in the Chad Basin….we will start with one local government in each state until we get to every school in all of Northern Nigeria…..To achieve this, I have secured a Northern rehabilitation fund…..to rebuild the North after the devastation of Boko Haram insurgency…..Join me my brothers and sisters and let us finish the work our forefather, Ahmadu Bello, started.”

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
COCOA farmers in the country have accused the Federal Ministry of Agriculture of abandoning them, threatening to protest to the seat of power in Abuja.The post Cocoa farmers allege abandonment by the FG, threaten protest appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
NIGERIA Union of Journalists, NUJ, Warri Correspondents Chapel, Delta State, has condemned the assault on its Chairman and Vanguard senior photo journalist, Comrade Akpokona Omafuaire, by some police officers attached to Oleh Police Division and officials of Isoko South Local Government Environment Department.The post NUJ flays assault on Vanguard photo journalist appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Leaders of the South-South have enjoined the Federal Government to take the issue of restructuring seriously, stressing that 'change' should begin with it.The post 'Change' begins with restructuring, S-South leaders tell FG appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Our President is trying, PDP destroyed Nigeria below the ground level; change cannot be overnight. I have faith in my country. I have faithin Mr PresidentThe post Oshiomhole: Nigeria would have collapsed if Buhari had not become President appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
What the Commission has done by fixing all future general elections at federal levels on the 3rdSaturday of February and 2 weeks thereafter for the State elections is in consonance with the provision of the constitution and in line with international best practice The post INEC has earned the confidence ofNigerians Mike Igini, REC appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Super Eagles team B striker, Anthony Okpotu is aiming to get more goals as they battle Angola in today's CAF African Nations Championship quarter-final in Tangier, Morocco.The post CHAN Q-final : Okpotu eyes goals against Angola appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Some days ago a picture of a lady on her knees proposing marriage to her boyfriend went viral on the social media with accompanying comments condemning or commending the act of the lady. While some ladies hailed the hapless girl of making a bold move, one of the people who kicked against the act is none other than Nollywood actress and the founder of Queen Blessing Foundation QBF Widows Support Programs, Queen Blessing Ebiegieson.The post Most men want only sex when they profess love ' Bles 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Nigerians are disappointed in the Buhari administration. No government in Nigerian history lost so much goodwill in a short period of time as the present oneThe post Is Obasanjo qualified to be a prophet' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
One of the ways we can control our anger is by overlooking offences. Solomon counsels: 'A wise man restrains his anger and overlooks insults.The post Controlling anger (2) appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Ayodeji Gideon Bamisaye, also known as Ay, is a Crayon Evangelist and CEO of Sculpt Creative Concepts, a brand identity and digital design firm. He is a professional graphic designer with several years of experience in brand strategy, corporate branding, art direction, advertising design, typography, motion graphics, 2d animation and social media marketing strategy. []The post Meet Ayodeji The Crayon Evangelist appeared first on The Spark. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
We are not ignorant that the SGF, the CoS, the DG NIA, the CNS, the CAS, the IGP and the bosses of the INEC, the EFCC, the Customs, the NDLEA, and so on are the movers and shakers of power in this dispensation. The only South-West slot of DG National Intelligence Agency was recently replaced by another PMB's ethnic manThe post Buhari listens only to his 80-year-old uncle 'Tony Nyiam appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
All government action has been on how to appease the aggressors rather than find succour or consolation for the victims. The most heinous of such appeasement is the Federal Government plan for cattle colonyThe post Benue Killings: All our cries to the Sultan of Sokoto, Emir of Kano, others fell on deaf ears ' Ujege, Tiv tribal leader appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Ukanafun, according to the locals, used to be a place where people go to enjoy themselves, but that has since changed as it has become a no-go areaThe post Communities where cultists 'trace residents to church, kill them' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, Catholic Bishops of Lagos Ecclesiastical Province and Lagos Elders Council have criticised the decision of the Federal Government to establish cattle colonies across the country.The post Okowa, Catholic bishops, Lagos Elders reject cattle colonies appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Beyond reforms, however, our communities will also receive a lot of support from the government this year. This is an assurance from the governorThe post Gov Dicksons reforms will reposition Bayelsa 'Markson, Information Commissioner appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Uneasycalm pervades the ancient city of Kano, following the tension generated by the planned constituency visit by the former state governor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, against the advice of the police.The post Tension in Kano as Kwankwaso, supporters set to dare the law appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
An Ilorin High Court has ordered a retired navy chief, Vice- Admiral Samuel Olajide Afolayan, to pay N9 million being the cost of damages and for detaining 42 cows belonging to a Fulani herdsman, Alhaji Abubakar Abdullahi, illegally and unconstitutionally.The post Court orders Afolayan, ex-navy chief, to pay N9m to herdsman for seizing 42 cows appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
February 14 is another Valentine's Day and many couples are looking forward to celebrating this special day for lovers. But to ace film maker, Obi Emelonye, and his wife, Amaka, Val Day means little or nothing as they celebrate theirs on February 12.The post My wife and I have caused trouble in many celebrities' marriages ' Obi Emelonye appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, yesterday, commissioned a new diplomatic building of the country's foreign mission in Abuja.The post Equitorial Guinea new building will promote relations with Nigeria ' President Mbasogo appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Nollywood ace director and producer, Yemi Amodu, has called on his teeming fans to watch out for his new movie titled, ''Shadow Parties'', a Nollyfund scheme, an initiative of the Bank of Industry.The post Omotola, Yemi Blaq, others in 'Shadow Parties' to solve communal clashes' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Nollywood actress and screen diva, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, popularly known as 'Omosexy' is set to celebrate her 40th birthday in class and style with a five-day event tagged 'Omotola4point0.'The post Omotola plans big for 40th birthday appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Cross River State during the tenure of Liyel Imoke as governor, initiated a grassroots development programe,which became the envy of other States of the federation as the products of the that programme dominated schools sports and formed part of the national team.The post Cross River breaking my heart, grassroots athlete laments appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The decision of INEC to begin with the presidential elections is itself suspect, notwithstanding that this is not the first time it is being done. We have always opposed the arrangementThe post Who controls Nigeria's elections' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has emphasised the need to curb the flow of terrorism financing.The post Block payment of ransom to terrorist groups, President Buhari tells African leaders appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Cross River State during the tenure of Liyel Imoke as governor, initiated a grassroots development programe,which became the envy of other States of the federation as the products of the that programme dominated schools sports and formed part of the national team.The post Cross River breaking my heart, grassroots athlete laments appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The question of why actresses remain single for so long, lingers in the minds of some of their fans without answers. However, budding actress and producer, Aisha Ibrahim, seems to finally have an answer to this question, as in her opinion, it is hard for an actress to find a husband because no one is ready to trust them.The post Its hard for an actress to find a husband ' Aisha Ibrahim appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Evangelist Franca Emekobum, the National Coordinator of the Voice of Humanitarian Aid Foundation (VOHAF), a support group for persons affected by leprosy and their family members, speaks on the mandate of the body.The post Leprosy victims have been forgotten, dying in silence ' Emekobum appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
After the ill-advised military coup of January 15, 1966, the military officers that emerged as leaders inherited the onerous task of nation buildingThe post Nigeria and the curse of Sisyphus (2) appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has warned that democracy will be highly imperiled and transmute to civilian dictatorship without respect for key institutions of democracy by African leaders.The post Ekweremadu: Dictatorial tendencies, nepotism endangering African democracies appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Ayoub el Kaabi created African Nations Championship (CHAN) history Saturday with the goal that set up hosts Morocco for a 2-0 victory over Namibia in a one-sided Casablanca quarter-final.The post El Kaabi makes CHAN history as Morocco win appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Everyone has their sore points when it comes to their body. And for some, what you may consider as an endowment may be the very thing that gives them secret nightmares. For up and coming busty Nollywood actress, Jennifer Adams, her boobs have attracted too many comments over time, that, they have become a source of embarrassment to her.The post I get embarassed talking about my boobs ' Jennifer Adams Emike appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) to cancel the local government election in Ethiope West and conduct fresh elections in the area.The post APC rejects LG elections in Ethiope West appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Obasanjo's letter to Buhari tells us one thing. We are not yet done with theatrics. We are once again rehearsing a scene from a familiar movie. We have heard it all and seen it allThe post That Bomb Called A Letter appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
In reaction to the special statement issued by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo urging President Muhammadu Buhari to honourably dismount the horse of power in 2019, a pro-buhari group, Buhari Volunteers Movement, BVM, has admonished the President to declare his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the All Progressives' Congress (APC), promising to take the campaign of his achiwevements to the grassroots.The post 2019: Ignore Obasanjo, declare your second term 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Jos - Defending champions Plateau United Football Club of Jos on Saturday at the Zaria Road Stadium in Jos defeated visiting MFM FC of Lagos 1-0 in a Match Day 5 fixture.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the victory ensured they remained at the top of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) table.The post Plateau United beat MFM FC 1- to remain top of NPFL appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Speaking with Sunday vanguard, a friend of the deceased, Madam Bolanle Raheem, 65, said the victim was gruesomely murdered and vital parts of her body taken away by the herdsmenThe post Ondo community residents relive how herdsmen attacked farms, slaughtered woman, carted away heart, private part appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The highly anticipated third edition of Africa's biggest reality television show, Big Brother Naija, premieres on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 7pm Nigerian time. Viewers on DStv can catch the show on channel 198, while GOtv viewers can tune in to channel 29 to catch all of the excitement as contestants battle for the grand prize of an SUV and N45million worth of prizes.The post Big Brother Naija returns this Sunday appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Federal Roads Mantenance Agency in Ogun State said it has commenced repair of failed sections of Federal Roads in the state.The post FERMA begins repair of failed roads in Ogun, begs for patience appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
But, something interesting occurred two months after the Enugu and Agatu mass murders. Five herdsmen were reported missing in one of the Southeast states. Suddenly, security forces swamped the area in search of the missing herdsmen; villagers were interrogated and some detained briefly. The difference is clearThe post Buhari: When bigotry and incompetence threaten Nigerian unity(2) appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
However, the point of divergence is the near-myopic, Mephistophelean insistence that the structure of the Nigerian state, as it is presently put up, does not really need restructuringThe post Between OBJ and PMB: The dangers, the fear appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari is expected to flag off Africa's anti-corruption war tomorrow (Monday) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.The post Buhari to launch Africas anti-graft war tomorrow appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Harry Kane came to Tottenham Hotspur's rescue after they were just minutes away from a stunning English FA Cup defeat away to lowly Newport County on Saturday.The post FA Cup fourth round: Spurs survive, Hammers exit as Iheanacho, Ndidi score in Foxes' big win appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Following extensive consultations held with stakeholders in the Eti-Osa/Lekki-Epe Expressway of Lagos State, the Lekki Concession Company Limited (LCC), has announced a review in toll tariffs at the Admiralty Circle Toll Plaza and the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge Toll Plaza with effect from Thursday, February 1, 2018.The post Lekki, Ikoyi toll tariffs go up appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Kwale, the suspected leader of the gang, said he participated in the kidnapping and killings, 'but I was led by the devil and I beg for mercy'The post How we killed 19 in Niger ' Kidnap kingpin appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
22 year-old mass communications graduate of Benson Idahosa University, Tracy Fejiro Obahor who emerged winner of Actors Unleashed, a reality TV show, has declared her readiness to take on Nollywood with all its bright and dark sides.The post Nothing about Nollywood scares me ' Tracy Obahor appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
There is also the simmering tension of a class war beneath the masque of religion. It does not need an Obasanjo to remind Nigerians, and Buhari, that things are not right. However, this generation of young Nigerians are waiting to be spoon-fed with purposeThe post This 'shithole' generation'. appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The Federal Government's plan to establish cattle colonies as a way of checking the incessant herdsmen/farmers clashes has continued to attract reactions and vast interest since it was announced by the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, three weeks ago.The post Is Nigeria ready for cattle colonies' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The Pro-tem National Chairman of the Peoples Coalition Party, PCP, Mr. Don Harmattan, has appealed to Nigerians to support the emergence of new breed politicians to take over governance in the country.The post PCP appeals to Nigerians, make case for new breed politicians appeared first on Vanguard News.

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