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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [12 FEBRUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 12 February, 2018.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Governors are yet to identify with the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) – former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s antidote to Nigeria’s leadership quandary.

CNM had claimed that 13 of the 36 governors would embrace it.

But with the exception of a southern governor whose commitment is “fluid”, no governor has joined the movement, The Nation learnt.

The development is said to be troubling some of the coordinators of the organization, which Obasanjo hopes could transmit into a party.


 
According to sources, the seeming stability in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the prospect of a sustainable reconciliation in the All Progressives Congress (APC) have made some of the governors to have a rethink on CNM.

It was also learnt that time constraint accounted for the avoidance of the coalition by the governors and most members of the National Assembly.

The governors are said to prefer fighting for survival in their parties than taking a gamble.

Although the CNM is banking on a likely implosion in APC, the permutations are said to be “not working” right following the consolidation of the party’s strength in the Southwest especially in Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Ekiti, and Osun states.

A PDP governor, who spoke in confidence with our correspondent, said: “We believe there is no basis for going to a new movement when we have a virile party. Most of our governors,who are eligible for second term, may get automatic ticket. So, what is the basis for teaming up with CNM.

“Nobody wants to leave a known party for the unknown and risk his political career. CNM cannot fly in spite the fact that its ultimate target is to turn into a political party.


 
“Their target is to produce a party, which will be a hybrid of PDP, APC and lesser parties.

“In fact, technically, if you look at their plan, there is no time for any effective movement against APC other than adopting PDP which the CNM does not want.

“Obasanjo’s coalition is already tackling APC on socio-economic problems facing the nation. PDP is ready to benefit from the consequences of their Cold War.”

The source added: “I think there is a PDP governor whose position is fluid on CNM but we are watching him. We may end up expelling him from the party.”

A source in APC said: “We are preoccupied with reconciliation and consolidation of our strength in many states. We have heard rumours of some governors defecting to CNM and PDP, but none of them has signed up for Obasanjo’s coalition.

“There is no doubt that some of our leaders, governors and lawmakers are unhappy; we will try to reconcile our differences because allowing irreconcilable division will affect all of us.

It was learnt that ex-President Goodluck Jonathan might not join forces with Obasanjo in CNM.

He reportedly told his associates that he preferred to remain in PDP.

A source close to the ex-President said: “His Excellency, Dr. Jonathan, told us that he believes in the leadership of Obasanjo and he respects  him a lot but he won’t join any movement outside PDP.

“So far, this is where we are at present. We are focusing on how to strengthen the PDP, which has a good chance of returning to power in 2019.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
A source said at the weekend that a delegation of the coalition members had opened talks with the Labour Party (LP), with the intention of adopting the small opposition party as platform for next year’s election.

The source added: “We can say that preliminary talks have opened between the coalition movement and a section of the Labour Party (LP) leadership. The LP is being considered because it is popular and firmly established, and it is considered as a masses-oriented party, its meagre electoral successes notwithstanding. There will be more elaborate meetings in the weeks ahead.”

The source said the LP was being considered in view of the “urgency of the situation” and the need to prepare well for 2019 polls without necessarily going through the hurdles of party registration.

He added that while former President Ousegun Obasanjo is perceived as an asset to the movement, which he inspired in his statement to President Muhammadu Buhari, many Nigerians also perceive him as a liability to the movement because of his antecedents.


 
He added: “Therefore, if the coalition becomes a party, there are some people who will not join it because of Obasanjo, although they want change in 2019. This is because even within the movement, there is a suspicion that the former president has a hidden agenda.

“Besides, there are fears that the coalition as a party may not fly in 2019 because of lack of formidable structures across the states and geo-political zones. By 2019, there is no evidence to show that the coalition would have been able to mobilise enough governors and other elected representatives at state and federal levels to coordinate the battles against the ruling APC. The coalition has two foes now; the APC and the PDP. Therefore, it is better to launch the attack on the platform of an already existing party.”

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Former Minister of Internal Affairs, Senator John Shagaya, died yesterday in a road accident along Langtang-Pankshin road in Plateau State.

A former Chairman of Langtang North Local Government Dan Dandur confirmed his death.

“Shagaya died in a road crash today; we are right now with the body at the Air Force Military Hospital, Jos,” Dandur told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in a telephone interview.

Dandur said the 75-year-old retired army general was on his way to Jos from his village in Langtang, when the accident occurred at Amper in Kanke Local Government of the State.


 
“Shagaya was traveling along with his driver and orderly when the accident occurred, but the two survived with serious injuries and are receiving treatment at the hospital,” he said.

Dandur described Shagaya’s death as “shocking and unbelievable”.

“His death is too sudden. I just can’t believe that he has left us,” Dandur, who holds the traditional title of “Baraya Langtang”, told NAN.

Born in Langtang North, on Sept. 2, 1942, Shagaya served as minister of internal affairs under military President Ibrahim Babangida, and represented Plateau South in the senate from 2007-2011.

Until his demise, he was a chieftain of the APC in Plateau State.

Shagaya, who attended Junior Primary School at Nyer and Sudan United Mission (S.U.M) Primary School, Langtang between 1952-1959, later went to the Nigeria Military School (N.M.S) Zaria in 1960-1964.


 
After graduation from the Nigeria Military school, Zaria, Shagaya was posted to the Nigerian Army Corps before  attending the first short service Combatant Commission Course at Nigeria Defence Academy (N.D.A) Kaduna, in 1967.

He was posted to 3 Marine Command upon commission, where he participated in the Nigeria Civil War from 1967-1970.

Shagaya became the first Field Commander to chair the Conference of the Joint Chief of Staff of the enlarged ECOMOG having Commanded the 1st Mechanized Division in the Nigerian Army including a Platoon, Company, Battalion and Brigade.

In addition to be 


Mon, 12 Feb 2018
The Benue State Police command at the weekend declared four of their men missing after a patrol vehicle in which they operated was set ablaze.

It was ambushed by suspected herdsmen in Logo Local Government.

The incident occurred in Tse Akpam village, Azege, Mbaya, Tombo ward on Saturday.

It was gathered that the police patrol team came under attack when they responded to a distress call that herdsmen and their cattle were destroying crops and setting houses ablaze in Tse Akpam village.


 
A community leader in Azege, Unande Timothy, said on telephone that the police patrol team went after the herdsmen.

He said at a point there was no road for the patrol vehicle and they parked the van and continued to chase the suspects on foot.

According to Unande, some herdsmen retreated to set the patrol vehicle ablaze.

Benue State police spokesman Moses Yamiu, said the police had launched a search for their missing men who he said were on confidence-building patrol when they were ambushed by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

Yamu confirmed that the herdsmen set their vehicle ablaze.

However, two of the missing policemen returned unhurt. Benue State police commissioner Fatai Owoseni confirmed their return.


 
He said “Two officers rejoined their colleagues. Unhurt. Hoping to see the remaining two.”

Suspected herdsmen still continued with their killings at the weekend with attacks on palm wine tappers in Kaduna and policemen in Benue.

They were linked with the killing of four persons and injuring of one in an attack on Bakin Kogi village in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State yesterday.

It was learnt that the victims were palm wine tappers who came from other communities to conduct their business.

A source told our correspondent on telephone that four of the palm wine tappers were attacked and killed in the bush. One escaped with serious injury.

He said: “Those killed were palm wine tappers, but they are not members of the community. They do come from another community.

“They were tapping palm wine when they were attacked by unidentified gunmen. I cannot tell you where they came from for now. But they are not from our community here.

“Policemen have visited the place and evacuated their bodies. The area is calm as I speak with you.”

Another source claimed that “the attackers in their numbers around 9am, stormed the village from the outskirt, and shot sporadically at innocent persons, killing four and injuring one.

“Other people at the scene escaped unhurt while the victims died of bullet wounds,” the source added.

Commissioner of Police Austin Iwar requested for more time to confirm the story.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
A five-year-old girl and her mother were among 71 people who died when a Russian passenger plane crashed near Moscow shortly after taking off. Nadezhda Krasova, five, the youngest victim in the crash, died along with her mother Oksana Krasova, 32, after the Antonov An-148 airliner broke up in mid-air, according to eyewitness reports. TwoRead MoreThe post 71 die in Russian plane crash appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
A five-year-old girl and her mother were among 71 people who died when a Russian passenger plane crashed near Moscow shortly after taking off. Nadezhda Krasova, five, the youngest victim in the crash, died along with her mother Oksana Krasova, 32, after the Antonov An-148 airliner broke up in mid-air, according to eyewitness reports. TwoRead MoreThe post 71 die in Russian plane crash appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Suspected herdsmen struck again in Ekiti State yesterday, killing a farmer, Tunde Olayemi, in Ipao-Ekiti, Ikole Local Government. Olayemi, who was a commercial motorcyclist, was killed by those referred to by the locals as 'Bororo herdsmen' while returning from his farm. The father of two who had gone to his farm to harvest cassava wasRead MoreThe post Suspected herdsmen kill farmer in Ekiti appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Suspected herdsmen struck again in Ekiti State yesterday, killing a farmer, Tunde Olayemi, in Ipao-Ekiti, Ikole Local Government. Olayemi, who was a commercial motorcyclist, was killed by those referred to by the locals as 'Bororo herdsmen' while returning from his farm. The father of two who had gone to his farm to harvest cassava wasRead MoreThe post Suspected herdsmen kill farmer in Ekiti appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Apo has dismissed a suit by a lawyer, Joe-Kyari Gadzama (SAN) and his law firm against The Nation and two others over some stories this newspapers published about the controversial contracts awarded in the twilight of the Goodluck Jonathan administration for the winding up ofRead MoreThe post PHCN contract: Court dismisses Gadzama's libel suit against The Nation appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Apo has dismissed a suit by a lawyer, Joe-Kyari Gadzama (SAN) and his law firm against The Nation and two others over some stories this newspapers published about the controversial contracts awarded in the twilight of the Goodluck Jonathan administration for the winding up ofRead MoreThe post PHCN contract: Court dismisses Gadzama's libel suit against The Nation appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari, former Military President Ibrahim Babangida, Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, former Senate President David Mark and the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) last night mourned the passage of Gen Shagaya. Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said in a statement: 'The President pays tribute to the greatRead MoreThe post Buhari, Obaseki, IBB, ACF mourn Shagaya appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari, former Military President Ibrahim Babangida, Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, former Senate President David Mark and the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) last night mourned the passage of Gen Shagaya. Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said in a statement: 'The President pays tribute to the greatRead MoreThe post Buhari, Obaseki, IBB, ACF mourn Shagaya appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Stakeholders are worried that the National Assembly is not in a hurry to pass this year's Appropriation Bill three months after it was presented to it by President Muhammadu Buhari. OKWY IROEGBU-CHIKEZIE and CHARLES OKONJI capture the concerns of manufacturers on the budget passage delay. WHEN President Muhammadu Buhari presented a budget proposal ofRead MoreThe post Our fears over Budget 2108 delay, by LCCI, MAN, others appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Stakeholders are worried that the National Assembly is not in a hurry to pass this year's Appropriation Bill three months after it was presented to it by President Muhammadu Buhari. OKWY IROEGBU-CHIKEZIE and CHARLES OKONJI capture the concerns of manufacturers on the budget passage delay. WHEN President Muhammadu Buhari presented a budget proposal ofRead MoreThe post Our fears over Budget 2108 delay, by LCCI, MAN, others appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Avon Healthcare Limited, Nigeria's leading Health Management Organisation (HMO) has announced the commencement of its #Avonwiththelove Valentine promo. The promo, which targets empowerment of couples to love more and live healthier, fuller lives will run throughout this month. Head, Marketing at Avon HMO, Chimaobi Eluigwe, said the promo was conceived to create a memorable experienceRead MoreThe post Avon HMO launches Valentine promo appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
I Can remember vividly that in the 70s, some government workers were responsible for the clearing of drainage system and the road shoulders, but today, its like the governments at the Federal, state and local levels are no more seeing the need to regularly keep the drainage system clean and keep the road shoulders clearRead MoreThe post Road shoulder, safety and job creation appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
The new Volkswagen Touareg is to be unveiled in March with a revealing sketch showing the look of the car. Although the sketch reveals much of the car's look, its full styling, front and rear was shown in the most recent spy shots, which show the car in two different specs, with two different colourRead MoreThe post New Touareg to be unveiled in March appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Kia has unveiled the new SP Concept. The SP Concept provides a glimpse of what is in store for motoring enthusiasts once Kia kicks off retail sales in the second half of 2019. Inspired by Indian heritage and driven by advanced technology, the SP Concept is proof of the company's plans to introduce cars thatRead MoreThe post Kia showcases SP concept appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Daimler AG last Tuesday reported January sales of over 190,000 units in the Mercedes-Benz Passenger cars segment, making it the most successful start to a year in the company's history. With this new sales record which also represents a growth of 8.4 per cent, Mercedes-Benz started the year as successfully as it concluded the yearRead MoreThe post Mercedes-Benz makes record 193,000 sales appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) will today begin the implementation of new rules that give market authorities greater surveillance and control over block divestment and voluminous deals. This is being done to block loopholes that could be exploited by brokers to manipulate the stock market. Market sources said the amended rules on block divestment andRead MoreThe post NSE tightens control on block divestment, large trades appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
About 60 per cent of Federal, state and local governments' asset are uninsured, The Nation has learnt. The assets, which include government workers and properties, are unprotected and open to risks and losses. The disclosure is coming following the National Insurance Commission's (NAICOM's) efforts at enforcing compulsory insurances. The Insurance Act 2003 made five classesRead MoreThe post 60 per cent of govt assets yet to be insured appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Seven-Up Bottling Company (7-Up) Plc has filed an application with the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), seeking to delist its shares from the Exchange and end its 32 years as a publicly quoted company. A regulatory report at the Exchange indicated that 7-Up has already started the delisting reminiscent of the exit of its rival, NigerianRead MoreThe post 7-Up seeks regulatory approval to delist shares from Exchange appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc Board of Directors has distributed ordinary shares of the oil and gas company worth N17.13 billion to its employees as bonus shares. A regulatory filing indicated that the company awarded 25 million ordinary shares of 50 kobo each as bonus shares to its staff members under the company's Long-Term IncentiveRead MoreThe post Seplat doles out N17.13b bonus shares to employees appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Nigerian equities lost N542 billion in a five-day consecutive negative tradings last week, the longest downtrend so far this year. With equities reaching a high of N16 trillion two weeks ago, investors turned round to monetise and lock in capital gains, overwhelming the underlying bargain-hunting that had sustained a strong bullish rally earlier this year.Read MoreThe post Nigerian equities lose N542b in steepest decline appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has zero tolerance for malpractice, its Managing Director/Chief Executive, Umaru Ibrahim, has said. He spoke during the inauguration of the re-constituted coporation's Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) by the Acting Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC), Abdullahi Bako. Ibrahim, represented by the HeadRead MoreThe post 'NDIC has zero tolerance for corruption' appeared f 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
AT a time most advanced economies are locked in wild embrace of economic nationalism, the executive order signed by President Muhammadu Buhari last week is certainly a step in the right direction. Titled, 'Presidential Executive Order 5 for planning and execution of projects, promotion of Nigerian content in contracts and science, engineering and technology', itRead MoreThe post Executive Order 5 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
WHAT can be responsible for the inexplicable delay by the Federal Government in appointing 14 new high court judges reportedly sent to the Presidency by the National Judicial Council (NJC) since November last year for elevation to the Federal Court of Appeal' This was the kernel of a three-page letter to the Attorney-General of theRead MoreThe post Appeal court vacancies appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
SIR: The statement allegedly issued by former military president Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) through his spokesman Kassim Afegbua has generated humongous reactions not on account of its content but the drama surrounding it's immediate rebuttal by the former leader. The denial trailing the statement and the mercurial nature of the man of machismo in theRead MoreThe post Hand of Afegbua, voice of IBB' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
If members of the National Assembly have their way, as they seem intent on doing, presidential poll would tailguard the sequence of the Nigerian general election due next year. And if that gets to happen, the election management body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), would be arm-twisted over the timetable it has already announced,Read MoreThe post Fuss over poll order appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
At a time like this, the counsel is appropriate: Concentrate on the message, and leave the messenger safely alone. So, I will resist the temptation to lay into an irretrievably flawed character and concentrate on the value of the message. For Obasanjo, whether with his spouses, children, peers or those who occupy or aspire toRead MoreThe post Obasanjo, His Obasanjo appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Whats wrong with cattle colonies' Nothing except the politics of meaning. That starts with passing colony to mean colonization. That is nothing but lexical fraud. Much of the old Greek states started as colonies on the Crete islands. These Greeks of old just fled, from their mainland, as a result of land hunger; and settledRead MoreThe post Whats wrong with cattle colonies' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Fixing the All Progressives Congress (APC) is a task that must be done to keep the party in power. It is reassuring that President Muhammadu Buhari has come to appreciate the need for party unity as the party prepares for the 2019 general election. Hopefully, it is not too late to heal the partys self-inflictedRead MoreThe post Fighting the fire appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
On the surface, the recommendations of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Committee on restructuring, particularly those on the merger of states and the creation of an additional state in the Southeast, sound fine. But many critics across the country say they are not intended to achieve any tangible result. Deputy Political Editor RAYMOND MORDI reports.Read MoreThe post State creation/merger: How feasible' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, has urged intellectuals to be pro-active in finding solutions to the' socio-economic and political problems in the country . Oba Adeyemi said that scholars should not concede leadership to indolent politicians and self-appointed opinion leaders who have nothing to offer. His words: 'Scholars should lead otherRead MoreThe post Alaafin challenges intellectuals on restructuring appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

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