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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE VANGUARD NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [11 FEBRUARY , 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Vanguard Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 11 February, 2018.

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
In what appears to be getting more interesting by the day, the new sequence introduced by members of the National Assembly, for the 2019 general elections, is set to pitch Aso Rock Presidential Villa, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on the one hand, against members of the National Assembly who insist that it is within their powers to set the order of elections.

Whereas observers are divided on the appropriateness of the move by the legislators, this report will show why, without prejudice to the real but veiled intentions of the legislators, a bottom-up approach to voting for public office holders comes with very tantalising possibilities for a rainbow legislative house, something that is desirable in a polity of clashing political and economic interests.  For, in the final analysis, you can only climb a tree from the bottom and not from the top. Climbing the tree from the top Perhaps, Professor Attahiru Jega, the immediate past national chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, meant well when he decided to put the national legislative/presidential elections before the state legislative/governorship elections.  What he did, nevertheless, amounted to climbing the tree from the top. In a polity where brute force, coercion and the state monopolises the instrument of security, it is only now becoming self-evident the existential danger such an arrangement represents.  Because of the structure and nature of politics in Nigeria, as well as the the way and manner political mobilisation and electioneering activities are engaged, election to the office of the President has the unintended effect of a bandwagon when it is the first in a series of elections.  The pattern of voting in the 2015 general election was a reflection, in part, of the role the person of Muhammadu Buhari.  In fact, having ben delivered as the winner of the presidential contest, it became only a matter of formality for a bandwagon effect to sink in and, in the process, creating a more fertile ground for the acceptability of the change agenda. It is the fear of a drill-down, more than any other thing being professed, that members of the National Assembly are anxious about, hence their decision to reset the sequence of the 2019 election, even after INEC had announced dates for same.  This postulation accepts the premise that the ill-wind of crisis in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, may blow in directions that may cause discomfort for many, particularly those seeking elective offices after the presidential election has been concluded – already, Bola Tinubu, national leader of the party, has been drafted to reconcile warring leaders.

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, after he had literally caused an earthquake in Nigeria with his 18-page letter tagging President Muhammadu Buhari as an incompetent leader, went to Addis Ababa to shake hands with him. How do you react to the attitude that some watchers of events have described as double faced and likening it to the Chuba Okadigbo saga who Obasanjo dined with in the morning only to be sacked as Senate President in the evening or the Audu Ogbeh incident who the former President showed friendship to in the daytime only to be sacked in the mid-night as National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)? Honestly, I want to reserve my comment on Obasanjo. I won’t say new thing about him anymore.  No comment and let us leave it like that. Even if you are not commenting on that letter, it would seem like the President is being celebrated daily in Europe, the Asia and even on the African continent. What does that mean to you in comparison to the issues raised in the Obasanjo letter? More than any African leader, President Buhari has earned respect not only for himself but also for Nigeria. I got excited when I saw the picture of some African Presidents lining up to have handshakes with him. That is the kind of thing Nigeria deserves; a President that is respected because of his discipline, a President that is respected because of his incorruptibility, a President that is respected because of his passion for orderliness and enthusiasm not only for achieving goals and development for Nigeria but also for the entire Africa and peace of the world. And he is reflecting very dispassionately in Nigerian affairs and insisting that Nigeria shouldn’t be knocked down by religious, tribal killings that are seen in parts of the country.  You see what the Igbo did some weeks ago when their leaders came to Abuja to pledge their support for him.  Now a lot of infrastructures have been put in place in the South-East.  And if you look at the distribution of ministers, the five Igbo states, it is only one state that has a minister of state; others are senior ministers.  He didn’t look at the fact that he didn’t get votes from that part of the country. If you also look at the South-West, you will find that the zone has only one minister of state, others are senior ministers occupying critical positions: communication, housing and power, health, solid minerals and finance. These are very critical portfolios that the Yoruba have never occupied under any administration. Even the North-West and the North generally where the President got most of the votes from, there are more ministers of state than senior ministers.  So, we have decided that we will be supportive of him because in him, for once, we have a compassionate father to all as the President of Nigeria. Compassionate father! Is that the reason the Hausa/Fulani and the over 90 million Nigerian Muslims claim he has to be unfair to them by allowing undue sentiments and deprivations against them? For instance, they allege the killing of over 700 Fulani in Mambila Plateau, Taraba State, without him ordering action against the killers only for him to take action against them even when the killings in Benue were not confirmed to have been masterminded by them.  So also is the way Muslims are being put on the defensive by the Christian Association of Nigeria as in the case of a University of Ilorin law graduate who was denied being called to bar by the Nigerian Law School over hijab?  Muslims don’t believe the President has to deprive them of their rights just because he wants to be seen as the father of all. How do you react to that? I see the emphasis in his being objective and being a very dispassionate person.  In that objectivity, we have fairness and he has given it to Nigerians.  He is trying to give every section of this country a sense of belonging.  He appreciates also that what is improper is not the way everything talks.  He has ensured that every religious person practices his or her religion without fear and that all religious and ethnic people in the country live in peace.  That is what he has been doing and he has not deviated from that path. Furthermore, if you look at the works ministry, you will find that he has truly been fair to all parts of the country.  Just look at road infrastructures and all of that. If you look also at what he is doing on railway, you will find that he is working hard to link all the parts of Nigeria; Calabar to Lagos, Lagos to Kano, Kano to Maiduguri, and Maiduguri to Calabar.  So, the view of anybody saying he is depriving any section does not arise. Somebody asked: How does the leadership of the country feel with the dangerous politics that people practise with fake news and hate speeches in the name of freedom of expression coming from the same Nigerians whose President is respected globally, a situation he said had not happened since the return of democracy in 1999?  Any feeling of discouragement? We will not be discouraged.  We have come of age and so we will never get discouraged by all those things that we hear from some people in parts of the country.  We will push on with what we believe is good for Nigeria. We only pity people who do not see what we have done.  If you look at the last election for example, he (President Buhari) did not have access to all the monies that the sitting President had at that time and, yet, he emerged victorious. That should convince anybody that his emergence is an act of God to take Nigeria to where it should be. 


Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Stakeholders, including the federal and state governments, and the private sector, gathered at Uyo, Akwa Ibom capital to tackle the problems facing roads across the country with a resolve to split the roads between the two tiers of government for effective maintenance and, in the process, ease the burden of the huge budget required on one tier.
The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, at the 2nd Annual Stakeholders Workshop, organized by his ministry, told participants that the objective of the workshop was “to explore more opportunities to effectively engage the public, the private sector, and other stakeholders in the development of the much-needed sophisticated transportation infrastructure, and the enabling environment that will make road transportation contribute immensely to the nation’s economy” Amaechi said the objectives of the workshop were projected in the theme, ‘Role of Road Transportation in the Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and Nigeria’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan’. He recalled that the 2016 edition of the workshop assisted the Federal Government to achieve some policy milestones like the National Road Transport Operators’ Manual which is a guide to the safety, security, and regulation of commercial motor vehicle operations in the country. Other achievements derived from the previous workshop, according to him, include the creation of a platform for the private sector to showcase their innovations in transportation; the encouragement of effort towards the Inter-State-Road Transit Scheme approved by the ECOWAS; and the partnership with World Bank on the latter’s Rural Access Mobility Project. Udo Udoma, the Minister of Budget and National Planning, in his address, admitted that the country’s transport infrastructure remained inadequate for the size of its economy. Udoma said the nation lags behind its peers in terms of scale and quality of road and rail transportation. He identified poor sector governance and weak project execution as the major obstacles to expansion and improvement on the quality of infrastructure. “It is in recognition of these that the Buhari administration has placed the development of transport infrastructure at the heart of its policy agenda,” the minister said. “Beginning from 2016, we have continued to devote significant capital budgetary allocations in our annual budgets as government counterpart funding for the railways. “In the 2018 budget proposals, a total of N162.28 billion is proposed as counterpart funding for railway projects including Lagos-Kano, Calabar-Lagos, Ajaokuta-Itakpe-Aladja (Warri), Port Harcourt-Maiduguri, and Kano-Katsina-Jibiya-Maradi in Niger Republic, among others”

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Why must it be the same people deciding the fate of this country every time' As long as we allow this to continue, Nigeria will not move forward because these people have nothing more to offerThe post You have no right to judge Buhari, retired general slams OBJ, IBB appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Nigerian representatives in the CAF Champions League, Plateau United and Mountain of Fire Miracle FC are ready to face the test of their intentions to go far in the preliminary rounds of the continental club contest.The post CAF Champions League: Plateau, MFM ready for baptism of fire appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Nigeria Football Federation and Nigeria Breweries have unveiled a N2.5 billion partnership deal that would see the two organisations work hand-in-hand for the development of football in the country. The signing ceremony took place at the NBL headquarters at Iganmu Lagos on Friday.The post NFF, Nigerian Breweries, sign N2.5bn deal appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Lively and ever-bubbly Nollywood actress, Queeneth Agbor, has a thrilling Valentine's Day story to tell. While many have had to take the bitter with the sweet, for the Akwa Ibom beauty, her own story is one that is almost life-changing, all thanks to her boyfriend.The post My best Val was day I stopped jumping into cabs and BRT buses ' Queeneth Agbor appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
My encouragement was from my own mother. She did not encourage me to marry another womanThe post I never gave up on dream to have a child '63-year-old woman who gave birth after 38 years of marriage appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Her mother stood up in church and told everyone her daughter was lying about being raped. She blamed Johnson for bringing shame on the family and sent her away to Miami with the bishop who had raped herThe post Raped at 8, pregnant at 10, forced to marry her rapist at 11 appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Frederick Oyinvbi, also known as Rhymz is a visual artist and fashionpreneur, who is into art and fashion. Frederick started drawing when he was a little child and then he decided to follow up professionally considering he had a lot of passion for the art. Then he went ahead to study Art at Federal Polytechnic, []The post Meet Frederick The Visual Artist and Fashionpreneur appeared first on The Spark. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
By taking them to exhibitions, we are also beginning to introduce the concept of proper packagingThe post About 300 companies are coming to Delta State ' Kingsley Emu appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
A professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Professor Oludele Awodele said the future of African continent lies in continuous research and investment in Artificial Intelligence (AI).The post University lecturer seeks African govts' support for research in AI appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
AShell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) retiree, Mr Rean Omosu, has dragged First Stock Brokers Limited to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) over the alleged failure of the firm to refund his N20million severance package he claimed to have invested there.The post Shell retiree asks Admiral Onah's company to refund N20 million treasury bill appeared first on Vanguard New 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
when some people rise up to kill other people, you know they have abandoned their culturThe post Our culture does not permit people killing one another ' Egoh appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
AFTER braving up to the difficult opposition on his way to winning the gold in the Cadet men freestyle wrestling in the 60kg weight class at the ongoing African wrestling championships, Stephen Akintewe is now dreaming of becoming an Olympic champion.The post Akintewe dreams Olympic gold appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
AHEAD of 2019 general elections, a group of elders and stakeholders in the North have begun moves aimed at getting a consensus presidential candidate from the zone.The post 2019: Northern leaders set up Cttee on restructuring, shop for presidential candidate appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
After months of strategic negotiations with foreign investors Naspers and AB Kinnevik, the Zinox Group, Nigeria's foremost integrated ICT solutions conglomerate and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), is now the majority shareholder in e-commerce giant, Konga - an unprecedented move that is widely expected to raise the profile of e-commerce in the country.The post Zinox acquires konga in bold return to e-commerce appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
A group, Coalition of Professionals for Good Governance in Delta (Youth for Governor 2019), has enjoined voters to go for vibrant youths at next year's gubernatorial election in the state.The post Delta: Group screens aspirants ahead of 2019 appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
MR Godie Akpama, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Cross River State, has lauded the call by leaders of Ikom community on Barrister Chris Agara to contest the 2019 election to represent Cross River Central in the SenateThe post 'Why Cross River Central wants lawyer in Senate' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
There is no doubt that the unfortunate statement by some persons that Ugborodo Community is not part of Warri Kingdom created some tension. The ambition of the current Olajori, Omadeli over the headship of Ugborodo Community is behind the said publications. Unfortunately, the authors of the said publications are not persons with the authority to speak on behalf of Ugborodo Community. The post How to achieve lasting peace in Ugborodo ' Oborogbeyi appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Governor 'Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Saturday sacked 104 Executive Assistants to the governor over non-performance.The post Ugwuanyi sacks 104 executives assistance appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
The Personal Assistant on Social Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, Lauretta Onochie, has the choice of whether @MBuhari will runs for a 2nd term or not is not for the political elite to decide for Nigerians.The post Elite cant decide for Nigerians whether @MBuhari will runs for 2nd term or not Lauretta Onochie appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
The newly inaugurated President of the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) has pledged to provide training and certification of Artisans and Craftsmen in the building sector to encourage professionalism.The post NIOB President pledges training, certification of artisans, craftsmen appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
There was a big rally in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, on Wednesday, February 7.The post Time to unveil Madumere appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Nigeria's journey to full digital broadcasting will continue later this month when the Federal Government rolls out the Digital Switch Over (DSO) in Enugu and Oshogbo as part of its efforts to ensure transition from analogue to Digital Terrestrial transmission nationwide.The post GOtv and digital switch over appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
There is no way anyone can manage a megacity State such as Lagos, unless you have this atmosphere of peace and harmony.The post Ambode and Participatory Governance appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Sometime in February 1995, l told Chief Gani Fawehinmi l wanted to have a private meeting with him. I had noticed certain things around him which l didn't like and because of our close relationship, l felt l needed to discuss with him one-on-one.The post The Enemies of Buhari appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
PREPARATIONS for the long awaited Captain Hosa Okunbo at sixty Pro-Am invitational golf tournament scheduled for Benin Club course, GRA, Benin City have reached an advanced stageThe post Golf: Okunbo at sixty pro-am tourney tees-off Monday appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
TODAY, the curtains will be drawn on the week-long African Wrestling Championships tagged Port Harcourt 2018 holding at the Alfred Diete-Spiff Civic Centre's indoor Sports Hall.The post African Wrestling Championships: Nigeria tops as action comes to an end appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
By now, just about everyone knows that singer and actress, Adokiye Kyrian is a virgin, and according to her, she still is. However, one may be tempted to ask how a virgin celebrates St. Valentine's Day, a day, lovers are expected to light the candle of their love and share it in the most intimate ways.The post Valentines romantic stories of Nollywood damsels appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Busty and sexy Nollywood actress, Ejine Okoroafor, who recently premiered her first self-produced film 'True Vision' has confessed to Potpourri that she's not fortunate with getting romantic treats on Valentine's Day. The post I have not been fortunate with Val's treat ' Ejine Okoroafor appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Nollywood Ghanaian actress, Ella Mensah, certainly knows how to live her life to the fullest as there are no dull moments for the chic actress.The post How I had a romantic dinner on a yacht ' Ella Mensah appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
For fair-complexioned, budding Yoruba actress, Omotoyosi Jaiyesimi, she cannot recall any man giving her a special Valentine's experience worth remembering. But there is one she still remembers with some fondness and that was the day she decided to make her only son her special Val's date by taking the little guy to the cinema. According to her, the three-year old gave her a memory she would forever hold dear.The post My son gave me the best memory ever ' Omotoyosi Jaiyesimi appea 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
In a sense, Obasanjo's greatest achievement was the actualisation of Gen. Murtala Mohammed's pledge that Nigeria would be returned to democratic rule by October 1, 1979The post Nigeria and the curse of Sisyphus (4) appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Under Obasanjo, they [PDP] served a leader who was light years ahead of them in deceit and duplicity.' His new movement will eventually show OBJ in his true coloursThe post The President we have versus the President we need (4) appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Societies that are unable to produce their own means of self-defence often become slaves to those who canThe post The right to bear arms appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Sirleaf transformed the image of Liberia and protected free speech and freedom of association but her failure to tackle corruption in the ranks was the nail in the coffin of her Unity PartyThe post It is impossible until it is possible appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
My paternal grandfather was a traditionalist to the core. He took the highest traditional title in Igboland and fought in two successful communal wars after which my town annexed the two communities, having sacked their inhabitants. The warriors from my town took away their women and married their daughters.The post Diary of an Igbo herdsman appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
It is true that there are times when you will enjoy a good gossip to keep the ball rolling during social networking gatherings. However, as a professional you run the risk of silently tarnishing your image if you are known to be that person who pays less attention to the work and more attention to being noticed. The post You talk too much- Handling that Chatterbox appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta may not be a Nigerian but he shouldn't find it hard to learn from Africa's largest political entityThe post Is President Uhuru Kenyatta a Nigerian' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
For God to be with you, you too have to be with GodThe post His word can heal you appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
One of them, Mr Abdul, 32, told Sunday Vanguard that to pass urine costs N50 while to pass faeces costs N100The post The rail of faeces appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Do you have a condom' No I don't. Ah! please, I don't want to have sex if you're not protected. It does not matter. Yes,it does, you never know what could happen.' A couple of teenagers were overheard having this conversation. They were aged roughly 16-18 years and obviously sexually active.The post CONDOMS: The real val message ' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Itoro Eze-Anaba, an anti-rape activist, made history when she became the first Nigerian to receive the Commonwealth Point of Light Award from Queen Elizabeth 11 of England.The post How the Queen recognised our impact on rape, sexual assault survivors ' Itoro Eze ' Anaba appeared first on Vanguard News. 

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