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Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 14 February, 2018.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu yesterday enjoined former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former military president Gen. Ibrahim Babangida to retire and “allow us to move our country forward”.

Obasanjo, in a “special press statement” last month, slammed the Muhammadu Buhari administration and “advised the President not to seek reelection”.

Babangida followed it up with a controversial statement which was also not complimentary to the Buhari administration.

Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande, the former interim chairman of the APC, met with President Buhari at the Aso Villa one and a half hours after the President’s meeting with another former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar.

Responding to a question on the statements made by Obasanjo and Babangida, Tinubu said: ”I don’t address those shadows. We should let our former presidents join retirees’ club and take pensions but they can participate in our politics if they are interested.

“It is a free world but this freedom is not served a la carte. They should allow us to move our country forward. It is a challenge to every Nigerian.”

On the chances of the APC in the 2019 elections, the former Lagos State governor said: “You are asking me an obvious question. I belong to this party. My commitment is to this party. We have a better chance and we are strongly determined to prosecute election in a most transparent and democratic manner and we will win.”

Tinubu, who is the head of a presidential panel to reconcile APC leaders and unite the party,  told reporters that he felt “greatly honoured” being offered the job.

.He said: “I feel greatly honoured with the mutual confidence that the President has reposed in me, which is a very strong political challenge. We have started in earnest.

“He has given me a free hand to put cohesion, confidence and trust in the party. Democracy is about conflict resolution process. You can’t do it without resolving conflicts.

“We can’t build it without understanding the conflicts and sources where we are coming from. But we want to leave the country with a legacy. It’s not about Mr. President. That is what he’s telling the country.

“It’s about our country and no other choice to democratic tenets than through political party platforms.”

Tinubu described President Buhai as “one of those rare beings around the country, around Africa who have experienced both worlds: he fought a battle to save Nigeria and came to politics to save Nigeria.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari is operating under a trance, Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka said yesterday.

The sooner he gets out of that trance, Soyinka said, the better for the country.

Prof. Soyinka, who spoke at a press conference on the damaging consequences of marauding herdsmen on the nation, noted the unforced errors going on in the nation.

With the theme:  “Herdsmen and Nation:  Valentine Card or Valedictory Rites?” the dramatist gave an analogical tale of a state whose master’s insensitivity allows for the overbearing actions of his subjects.

He lamented that mass destruction of farmlands in the most horrifying manner had become a norm, festering with the encouragement of the government’s body language.

Soyinka described as appalling the position of the Inspector General of Police that the loss of lives in Benue State, and consequent increase in the number of internal refugees, was simply a communual clash.

In his view, little will be achieved in security without  state police.

“If the IG can sit in Abuja and say of an event that is happening under the jurisdiction of a governor in another state is just a communal clash when people are being slaughtered and their villages are being occupied, it shows complete alienation. Then there is  the authority of Governors who have the ultimate authority for security. It is the governor who is supposed to be the chief security officer. We are now back to authoritative voices saying indeed, state police need to be decentralised. We have been saying it and others  have been saying for a long time. We are now getting back to the commonsensical issue that the nation cannot function under a single police command,” he said.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
ALL is not well at the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). The reinstatement of the Scheme’s Executive Secretary, Prof Usman Yusuf, has split members of staff into two.

Not a few were shocked by Yusuf’s recall by the Presidency. They argue that the professor should have been excused from office for an unfettered probe into the allegations against him.

They laced their argument with the cases involving former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and the former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayodele Oke, who were on suspension for as long as investigations into the allegations against them lasted.

According to the critics, the Presidency should have been more circumspect of the likely backlash of such directive following the heat generated by the controversial resumption of the former chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pensions Reform, Abdulrasheed Maina.

Maina’s controversial resumption was said to have been advised by a memo believed to have originated from the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (OAGF).

On Monday, when Yusuf resumed at his duty post, some workers opposed to his reinstatement staged a protest. There was a ‘balance of terror’ on Tuesday, when another group staged a solidarity rally for the embattled NHIS chief. The pro and anti-Yusuf protests have forced the Nigeria Police to station officers to keep vigil at the NHIS to forestall lawlessness.

As at yesterday, both groups maintain their stands. The anti-Yusuf group vowed to sustain their protest until President Muhammadu Buhari reversed himself. Yusuf’s supporters called for the termination of the ongoing investigations against the embattled executive secretary by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and Independent Crime and other offence Commission (ICPC).

How it all began

Since his resumption in office on August 1, 2016, there has been disharmony between him and stakeholders in the sector – the Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs) and Health Care Providers (HCPs) and also the workers.

Before things went awry for him, Yusuf was always explaining his mission at the NHIS. He told everyone that the President deployed him to curb the corruption that had eaten deep into the scheme.

He was alleged to have administered the NHIS as an autonomous institution, independent of the supervising Ministry of Health, thereby seeing the Health Minister as an interloper.

A source within the NHIS recalled how Health Minister Prof Isaac Adewole tried to rein Yusuf in but that all attempts failed to yield the desired result.

“Hardly would he attend to any meeting convened by the minister as he was always gave excuses on why he could not be available. He also never failed at every opportunity to talk down on the workers. These high-handedness eroded his self-confidence among the workforce”, a worker who pleaded for anonymity told The Nation yesterday.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
As part of efforts to enhance the well-being of his constituents, the Senator representing Ondo North Senatorial District in the Senate, Prof. Ajayi Boroffice has donated a 24-bed obstetric hospital to his home town, Oka Akoko in Akoko South/West Local Government Area. Boroffice, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Science and Technology, said theRead MoreThe post Hospital for Ondo community appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Members of staff and students of Federal Science and Technical College, Usi-Ekiti are up in arms against their Principal, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Kolawole for alleged use of juju against them. The mysterious death of one of the members of staff, Pastor Steve Adeegbe fuelled the crisis. ODUNAYO OGUNMOLA reports that the principal, however, denied the allegations.Read MoreThe post Fury in Ekiti school over juju scare appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Between 2015 and September 2017, states got N1.19 trillion support from the Federal Government, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said yesterday. The assistance came in form of the Excess Crude Account, the Paris Club refund and budget support loans, among others. Prof. Osinbajo said the funds were made available to the states for their programmes andRead MoreThe post States got N1.19tr from Fed Govt, says Osinbajo appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Twenty-Two pupils of Government Secondary School, Misau, Bauchi State, who were on excursion in Kano, died yesterday in an accident on the Bauchi'Kano Road. The driver of the bus conveyingthem also died in the crash whichoccurred at about11.00 am. The 18-seater bus had a head on collision with an articulated vehicle carrying tomatoes. It wasRead MoreThe post 23 pupils die in Kano road crash appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Top security chiefs have warned that insecurity around the country should be brought down because it is capable of threatening the 2019 general elections, it was learnt yesterday. The security chiefs according to sources, told participants at the just-concluded national security summit organised by the Senate in Abuja. They were said to have cautioned thatRead MoreThe post Insecurity may threaten 2019 polls, security chiefs warn appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The dust raised by Imo State Governor Rochas Okoroch's amnesty to some suspects is yet to settle. A motion on the 'alleged amnesty by Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha to persons who had been declared wanted by the Rivers State Security Council' caused tempers to run riot on the floor of the House of RepresentativesRead MoreThe post Row in House over Okorocha's amnesty to Waney's men appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) confirmed yesterday it had decided to sack President Jacob Zuma, but said leading members had agreed on when he should go. The ANC's Secretary-General, Ace Magashule, said the decision to recall Zuma ' party-speak for 'remove from office' ' was taken after 'exhaustive discussions'. The rand turned weakerRead MoreThe post ANC asks Zuma to resign appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The Federal Government plans to train 11,300 persons displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast, says Minister of Labour and EmploymentChris Ngige. Ngige spoke at the inauguration of the programme yesterday in Maiduguri. The minister was represented by Mr Ibrahim Jibiya, the Director, Skills. He said the beneficiaries would be trained under theRead MoreThe post Fed Govt to train 11,300 displaced persons in Northeast appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje yesterday said his problem with his predecessor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, was his resistance against external manipulation. According to him, he will not succumb to such manipulation. The governor spoke with State House correspondents at the end of the high table dialogue on ethical values and national security at the OldRead MoreThe post Ganduje: I resisted Kwankwaso's bid to dictate to me appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The Ministry of Education on Tuesday launched the 2017/2018 Annual School Census, aimed at solving the problem of out-of-school children. The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, said at the ceremony in Abuja that the census was designed to obtain the accurate number of schools and validate the figures. The theme of the launch isRead MoreThe post FG launches 2017/2018 annual school census appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The Lagos State Polytechnic ( LASPOTECH ), Ikorodu on Tuesday said it had completed its radio station and would commission it soon. Mr Sameul Sogunro, Rector of the Institution, said this at the matriculation of its new students for the 2017/2018 academic session. Sogunro said all the equipment for transmission of the Laspotech Frequency ModularRead MoreThe post Laspotech set to inaugurate radio station appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Three Chief Executive Officers of financial institutions, including the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, are to appear before the House of Representatives ad hoc Committee investigating the status of the N17billion non-performing loans of the defunct National Economic Reconstruction Fund (NERFUND). The invitation, involving Umaru Ibrahim of the Nigeria DepositRead MoreThe post NERFUND's collapse: Reps summon CBN, NDIC, BoI chiefs appeared first on The Nation N 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
January inflation rate (year-on-year) will dip lower to 15.05per cent, compared to the 15.37 per cent recorded in December last year, the Economic Intelligence Group of Access Bank has said This would mark the 12th consecutive month of moderation from a peak of 18.72 per cent attained in January 2017, the bank stated in aRead MoreThe post Access Bank: inflation to dip to 15.06% appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Nigerian equities lost N369 billion yesterday in their highest decline in five months, increasing the total net capital depreciation over the seven days of consecutive decline to N1.05 trillion. All major indices at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) closed in the red yesterday as investors stepped up open market orders to attract bids, forcing mostRead MoreThe post Nigerian equities lose N1.05tr in 7 days appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Nigerias economy is still vulnerable with fragile growth driven by increased oil production and rising crude oil Price. Chief Executive Officer, RTC Advisory Services Limited, Mr. Opeyemi Agbaje made this observation at a media parley in Abuja. He noted that, while there was miraculous reversal in oil price and production out put, other sectors suchRead MoreThe post 'Non-oil economy still in recession' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed a loan agreement with the African Development Fund (ADF) designed to provide an Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan to the tune of 73.601 billion Japanese Yen (about $700.9 million). The loan is part of Japan's contribution to the African Development Fund's Fourteenth Replenishment (ADF-14). This is theRead MoreThe post Japan extends $700m loan to ADF appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The umbrella body of information communication technology (ICT) practitioners in the country, the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) yesterday faulted attempt by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to register and licence all IT contractors in the country. The group said it is not within the mandate of its Director-General, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami,Read MoreThe post NCS faults NITDA on registration, licensing of IT contractors appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Former Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Kingsley Moghalu highlighted the importance of youth involvement and participation as an important measure in driving economic growth and development in Nigeria. Moghalu who is also Founder, Institute of Governance and Economic Transformation, spoke at the Kingsley Moghalu Youth Initiative, under the Isaac Moghalu Foundation, during itsRead MoreThe post Ex-CBN deputy governor holds summit in Kano appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) recovered about N511.9 billion in 2017. This disclosure was made by the commission's chairman, Ibrahim Magu, at the defence of his agency's budget before the House of Representatives' Financial Crimes Committee. The recovery included N473bn, $98.2m, 294,851 thousand pounds sterling. Apart from the loot retrieved in 2017, theRead MoreThe post Remarkable progress appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) has introduced an Electronic Revenue Assurance (ERA) system for hotels, restaurants, night clubs and event centres in the state. This is in compliance with the extant Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption Tax Law of Lagos State as amended. The law imposes a five per cent consumption tax on allRead MoreThe post Lagos automates consumption tax collection appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN) Ltd. was elated about its latest Peugeot 3008 Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) unveiled in Lagos last week. The company's chairman, Alhaji Munir J'aafar, said the SUV was introduced in response to the yearnings of car lovers just as its stakeholders in the auto assembly sector hailed what they saw as theRead MoreThe post Again, the auto sector appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Shareholders of Paints and Coatings Manufacturers Nigeria (PCMN) Plc are scheduled to meet tomorrow to vote on sub-joined resolutions that will see the relapse of the company to a private limited liability company and the delisting of its shares from the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). A Federal High Court had directed the company to conveneRead MoreThe post PCMN's shareholders vote on relapse to private status, delisting appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Sir: President Muhammadu Buhari has assigned a very difficult and challenging job to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu- to resolve disagreements among party members, party leadership and political office holders in some states and the centre. The job is a challenging one because internal squabble and scrabble for who gets what are normal in political partiesRead MoreThe post On APC's reconciliation committee appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The recent legislative engagement in Abia State, resulting in the suspension of the chief judge, and the subsequent legal brouhaha once more reignites the eternal debate amongst 'learned' friends, philosophers and the critical mass of the polity on the relationship between morals, ethics, due process, and justice. Poser is: beyond the rigmarole of 'due process',Read MoreThe post Abia and insolence of judicial rascality appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Thinking of corporate political prostitution' Look no farther than the Labour Party (LP) a party inspired by the mass appeal of organized Labour; but which has pressed its claim to being Nigerias No. 1 partisan political prostitute! Talk about how Labour under-develops Labour, on the partisan political front! So, when the news came thatRead MoreThe post Labour-ing in vain appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
At a time like this when the global energy situation is in a flux, fluctuating prices of crude oil, and the growing demand for and use of alternative energy sources have necessitated a careful reassessment by countries like ours who depend on crude oil for a huge percentage of foreign exchange earnings. Faith in fossilRead MoreThe post Nigeria and maritime security appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The Nigerian hospitality industry is expected to contribute massively to Nigeria's economic growth within the year, a report has said. According to research conducted by Lagos-based W Hospitality Group, operators within the sector are also confronted by multiple taxes and other levies charged by state governments. The report said the upbeat in the sector comesRead MoreThe post Economy to benefit from hospitality industry appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Committee on Restructuring has recommended independent candidacy. Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU examines the argument for and against the proposal. It was his first baptism of fire in politics. In 1955, Abraham Adesanya, a fresh law graduate and a household name in Ijebu-Igbo, unfolded his ambition. As a member ofRead MoreThe post Should independent candidacy be restored' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Former Imo State Commissioner for Information, Tourism and Public Utility Dr. Vitalis Ajumbe is the Chairman, Contact and Mobilisation Committee of the 'Ararume Destiny Organisation. In this interview with reporters in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), he explains why Senator Ifeanyi Ararume should be the governor. Can you give us your political background inRead MoreThe post 'Why Ararume should be Imo governor' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

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