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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [4TH FEBRUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 4th February, 2018.

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Chief Ayo Adebanjo, an elder statesman and Yoruba leader of thought, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari can postpone the next general elections for six months to implement the restructuring agenda of the All Progressives Congress (APC), if he is genuinely sincere about it. In this interview, he insists that doing so will settle all the national questions causing separatist agitations in the country.

“If it requires postponing the election for six months, it is worth doing. That is my stand. If it is necessary to postpone the election for six months to get us agreed on a constitution that will give us peace, I support it. Once we do that, there will be no more issue of Avengers, IPOB and others. There will be progress. If it requires postponing the election to do the proper thing, to settle the national questions, to have peace in this country, I don’t mind postponing the election.  Everybody now knows that this constitution is not working; everybody knows that it is not giving us progress. I don’t believe shortness of time for the election is an excuse when we know that postponing the election is the medicine for our illness,” he declared.

You are one of the vocal advocates of restructuring. What do you have to say about the latest position of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on restructuring coming at a time when the nation is getting closer to another election year?

They are welcome. I leave it to the public to judge. But we will not agree with any attempt to water it down. I believe they are not sincere. If they want it, we accept it. Let them take positive action now. If they are really serious about it, let them do it before the election. We know that they want to make it an election issue, that is why they are coming up with it now to deceive the people. When they get there, they will begin to say they can no longer implement it like they did before. For me to believe them, let them do it before the election. Federalism is federalism. How can you say you want devolution of power without restructuring? How can you say you want State Police without restructuring? All these are parts of the federal system. Even Resource Control and derivation are under the federal system. I don’t want to go into that debate because that will confuse the people. If they will restructure the country back to all the components of federalism, I am ok with it.

Are you saying that their recommendation is not far reaching enough to do a genuine restructuring?

If you begin to talk about that, they will be hanging on it as an excuse not to implement. Let them do the form of federalism they want before the election and see how far it goes. I don’t believe them because they have said something like that before. Buhari in particular reneges on whatever he says. He reneged in 2011 with Pastor Tunde Bakare. It is because of pressure that they are now talking about it. But they are not talking to babies. Here is a party that put restructuring in its manifesto and after they got to office, they are setting up committee to look into restructuring. Agitation for restructuring has been on since Abacha’s days. I don’t want to encourage them by splitting the forces of federalism. Let them do what they understand by restructuring before the election to show that they mean business.

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Adviser to President Muhammad Buhari on National Assembly Matters, Alhaji Suleiman Abdurahaman Kawu  Sumaila has said that the combined forces of former president Olusegun Obasanjo and Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso cannot stop his principal from securing his second term in 2019. Speaking to the media during the visit of the Vice President Professor Yemi Osibanjo to Kano State for a private wedding on Saturday, Alhaji Kawu said former President Obasanjo had no right to decide for Nigerians whether President Buhari should continue or not continue in office beyond 2019. “If Nigerians decide that President Buhari should run again, Obassanjo certainly has no choice but to concede.” he stated

He assured that the President would not be deterred by the contents of the letter or by its underlying motive, but would remain focused on the goals of the administration and how to make the country better for everybody.

He also remarked that they were approaching Obasanjo’s letter with open mind, saying “Whenever there is a piece of advice for a leader, I think the correct thing to do is to pick out what makes sense in the advice and throw away the rubbish thereafter”.

“We, APC, are ready for any eventualities. We are ready for Obasanjo, we are ready for Kwankwaso too,” Sumaila declared.

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
WHEN, in 1979, he and Alhaji Shehu Shagari, running on the platform of the National Party of Nigeria, NPN, took the nation by storm, and swept that year’s polls, to the chagrin of closest rival, the Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN, what endeared Dr. Alexander Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme to majority of his compatriots was not the aristocratic clan he leads as the surviving heir. Neither was it his charismatic personality alone. It was his intimidating CV and his professional trajectory before mounting the soapbox.

In a country where most politicians have no second address (known profession or business), as former President Olusegun Obasanjo often counseled while in power, in a country where most people who seek power rely on brawn rather than brain, in a country where most politicians gain political power through the brutal influence of godfathers and their ill-gotten wealth, as against their content of character and quality of ideas they want to bring to the table, Alex Ekwueme, came with a freshness that was alien in this clime, at the time. 

Then 47, and armed with a chain of degrees in sociology, history, philosophy and law, capping it with a PhD in Architecture from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, he had, through his architectural firm, Ekwueme Associates, Architects and Town Planners, the first indigenous architectural firm in Nigeria, had established a business empire that no one can ignore.

  Before he threw his cap into the ring, to run for political office, his flourishing practice had built a network of 16 big offices nationwide. With his phenomenal success in private practice, it was not difficult for genuine votes to connect with Ekwueme; neither was it hard for the architect-turned-politician to warm his way into their hearts. The result: they voted massively for them and their party, NPN.

As an intellectual in power, Dr. Ekwueme, proud recipient of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, GCON, brought his vast knowledge into government and did his level best in whatever assignment his boss, President Shehu Shagari, gave him. He was neither attracted to any filthy lucre nor affected by paraphernalia of power, nor the prodigal indulgences that power, in this clime, offers. To him, power is just a means to uplift humanity through selfless service. He was true to that principle till the military struck on December 31, 1983, just three months into their second term in office.  Try as the military dictatorship of General Muhamadu Buhari did to roast him for alleged corruption, which was never substantiated, Ekwueme came out white as snow. He sparkled like diamond. Though, he was in house arrest, and later, prison custody, for six years, the Buhari Regime could not find one shred of evidence of corruption to nail him.


 
Dr. Ekwueme, who clocks 80, today, and who has been the worthy object of national celebration in the past week, was close to tears when I sat down with him for two days in his country home in Oko, Anambra State, recently. During the encounter, he had declared: “After the Buhari regime put me in prison for serving my country so selflessly, I felt Nigeria was not worth dying for or sacrificing for. I felt that bad. But, eventually, I got over that. But going into government and serving as selfless as possible, putting all your energy into it, having sleepless nights trying to work out solutions for the problems facing the country as honestly as possible, and then you end up in prison as a reward for that selfless service, is not something that one should be happy about it. But, eventually, I took it as part of the military hangover because once the military gets power, they would do just about anything to hold on to it forever.”

  As for General Muhammadu Buhari’s insistence in the early days of the junta that Ekwueme was corrupt, the former vice president says the Daura-born General was just dishing out lies to cover the illegality that he and fellow coupists committed, toppling a legitimate government.

In this two-part biographical interview to commemorate Dr. Ekwueme’s 80th birthday, the former vice president opens his entire life like a book, discussing, partly with nostalgia, and partly with regret, those events that shaped his life and made him the phenomenon that he is.

Even if it sounds like a cliché, can we start, sir, by asking how you feel at 80?

Quite frankly, I feel very happy and blessed. At 80, I’m almost as fit as I was at 60. Just this morning, I wanted to play two sets of tennis, singles. But the rain started falling, so we had to abort it. I hope the weather is good this evening so that we can go and play, and enjoy ourselves. I’m happy I’m privileged to be strong enough to be able to do what many people my age are not able to do. I thank God.

How long have you been playing tennis?

Since my first year in secondary school in 1945. I was in the Tennis 16 (a school club) of the secondary school but I don’t play championship tennis. I just play to enjoy myself.

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Behaviourists have offered professional views on the Stephanie Otobo sex scandal, revealing that the Canada-based stripper and musician may be suffering a form of psychological disorder. 

Other Nigerians also bared their minds on Otobo’s recantation of her controversial amorous affair with the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman. 

Otobo had penultimate week made a sensational volte-face on her alleged romantic affair with the cleric during her appearance at a service in Suleman’s church, saying she was paid by some unnamed politicians to blackmail him. 

Dr David Igbokwe, a Psychology lecturer at the Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State said most people who vacillate from one story to the other as it can be observed in the case Otobo are likely to be suffering some psychological conditions, which, according to him, can only be diagnosed if the person subjects him or herself to a comprehensive psychological evaluation.

Dr Igbokwe speaks further, “generally many people have delusional disorder. There is always that element of vacillating from one story to another because they don’t have their whole senses, so to speak, together.

“There could also be that same behaviour when somebody has multiple personality disorder. You can’t really tell what personality is at work when somebody is speaking. I have seen some people with two or three personalities, all of a sudden you will see one that is very religious; carrying the Bible and acting all holy, but at another time, this same person now begin to wear all sorts (of clothes) and you begin to wonder what exactly is wrong with this individual.” 


 
Also reacting, a consultant neuropsychiatrist, Dr Maymunat noted there had been a lot of backwards and forwards and contradictory stories in the Stephanie Otobo saga, which has made it difficult to ascertain the truth.

She, however, posited that there could be many theories as to why Otobo initiated this sequence of events, and even more as to the continuation of the charade by the characters involved.

According to Dr Maymunat, “ultimately, pathological lying isn’t a clinical diagnosis, but it can sometimes be a symptom of other issues, such as a personality disorder.

“One reason ‘lies’ like these are told, is because of the importance lying has to the ‘liar’. There is a ‘pressure’ or need for the lie to be told; a sort of personality trait, compulsion to lie that has become part of the person. At times it can be because of the sense of control it seems to give. The truth being an ‘inconvenience’ that doesn’t fit the narrative they desire or need. Unfortunately, with lies, usually come more lies; to cover up a gap in the narrative, being caught off-guard, the compulsion to tell more elaborate lies and the fact that it isn’t a lie to them. Telling so many lies that the truth and fiction become muddled up, and with our memory of things not being quite reliable, and the pressure in that moment, they genuinely believe the lie is the truth.

“Another reason people tell lies is for some sort of personal gain. This includes attempting to attain financial gain, making others feel sorry for them, to get some sort of advantage. At the core of the reason is greed—something that has been and will continue to be the fuel to many lies,” she said.

Other reason why people may result to lying according to the neuropsychiatrist consultant, include attention seeking, individual’s nature and the possibility of having delusional disorder which could be as a result of genetics, dysfunctional cognitive processing or a defensive delusion.

“In conclusion, whatever the truth maybe, one way to possible uncover it would be to uncover the reason for the lies. Whether a personality trait or a delusion disorder, there are many psychological reasons people lie, and unfortunately in some instances, these lies do affect others,” Dr Maymunat submitted.

To some other Nigerians, there are other motivations fueling the controversy. A security expert, Mr. Benjamin Olanrewaju said while it was not out of place to link Otobo’s case with a psychological condition, he insisted that pecuniary gains could be a major stimulus for her actions.

Olanrewaju who claimed to have been following the story since it broke last year said discerning Nigerians are not in doubt about what the interest of the lady could be in the unending saga.

“What we may not be so sure of is the truth of the whole matter, which I believe can only be made known if serious and discrete investigation is carried out. What would make a lady to go public about the secret affair she had with a man? The most plausible answer to this is that the man in question is no longer meeting the lady’s expectations. And should it be true that the lady was propped up by some people to implicate the pastor as she claimed in her latest confession, it is still the same lure of the money she was going to make from the wicked errand that would make her to accede to doing it. So, I see the lady as somebody who is desperate to MAKE MONEY without considering the effect of her action on other people, Olanrewaju submitted.

A clergyman, Pastor Roland Omoghebele, in his own contribution, said hundreds of thousands of Otobos are on the prowl in search of men of God to be pulled down.  The cleric who described the saga as a warning to men of God called on Christians to be watchful and prayerful to avoid falling victim of such satanic schemes.

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
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Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Nigerians weigh the vision and chances of the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) to make an impact 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
As Aminu Dabo says ruling party is playing with fire Iheanacho Nwosu, Abuja The camp of former governor 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
When Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was spotted at an Airport in Germany on Tuesday afternoon, he was driving 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Kelechi Iheanacho was handed his third league start of the season and he delivered an impressive performance, 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Super Eagles striker, Ahmed Musa has return to his old Russian club, CSKA Moscow. He even scored on his 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Nigeria and Cameroon played out an exciting 2-2 draw in the first leg of their 2018 FIFA U17 Women's 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Home-based Super Eagles captain and goalkeeper, Ikechuckwu Ezenwa, will miss the final of this year's 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
George Aluo Home Super Eagles head coach, Salisu Yusuf says nothing but the trophy would be good enough 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
The final of the African Nations Championship (CHAN), holding in Morocco, will be broadcast live on DStv 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Morocco head coach Herve Renard believes the North African country is more than capable of staging a 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Uche Usim, Abuja Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, has advised prominent Nigerians who are yet to 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has said the Asaba International Airport would be functional 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and founder of Women Youth Children 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Joe Effiong, Uyo, Ten Akwa Ibom indigenes who were repatriated from Libya on January 9 and 16 have finally 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Tony John, Port Harcourt Rivers State Governor, NyesomWike, has appealed to lawyers and media professionals 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Rose Ejembi, Makurdi Benue State Government has berated the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Okey Sampson, Aba Men of the underworld have been having a field day at the Abia State Schools of Nursing 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
A fresh fracas between herdsmen/farmers erupted yesterday, as no fewer than five villages were completely 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Aloysius Attah, Onitsha Leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), yesterday, accused the 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Aloysius Attah, Onitsha The Chief Ralph Uwazurike led Movement for the Actualisation of Biafra, MASSOB 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja Out of N900 billion allocated for National Social Investment Programme 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
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Sun, 04 Feb 2018
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Sun, 04 Feb 2018
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Sun, 04 Feb 2018
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Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Dammy had a son when she was in secondary school and the father of her child deserted her immediately 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Dear njigirl,my wife of 20 years has suddenly become a sex maniac. She wants it all the time and I 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Perhaps typical of the Nigerian factor, we keep crying we don't have good leadership, which we foist 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
African leaders gathered in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia recently. It was the 30th African Union 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
The Nigerian Civil Service has again been decimated. The death of Alhaji Sule Katagum, Wazirin Katagum, 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Is Dr. Alex Ekwueme dead,' that was the question a prominent friend of mine asked me midweek last 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Titi Adeleye is the CEO of EDEN Group, an architectural firm, which is into properties and projects management. 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
The Federal Capital Territory Police Command has arrested a 32-year old woman, Rukayat Abdulkareem who 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Sola Ojo, Kaduna A 13-year-old primary school girl, Aisha Ahmed (not her real name) has been confirmed 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
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Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Mum cries out, petitions police Bolatito Adebayo Sometime last year the wife of the former President 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
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Sun, 04 Feb 2018
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Sun, 04 Feb 2018
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