Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Tuesday, 13 March, 2017.

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari said his administration has opted for negotiation, rather than military action to secure the release of hundreds of schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents.
The girls were taken away from their schools in  Chibok,  Borno State in April 2014 and Dapchi in  Yobe State last month. 

President Buhari said this yesterday at a meeting with visiting American Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. 
Buhari said Nigeria was working in concert with international organisations and negotiators, to ensure that the girls were released unharmed by their captors.
“We are trying to be careful. It is better to get our daughters back alive,” his spokesman Mr Femi Adesina quoted him as saying at the meeting with Tillerson.
He thanked the United States for the assistance rendered in the fight against insurgency. He noted that Nigerian forces are good, “but need assistance in the areas of training and equipment.”
Buhari promised that his administration would continue to do its best to secure the country, adding that he would be in Yobe State, from where Dapchi schoolgirls were abducted, later this week “as part of my condolence and sympathy visits to areas where we have had unfortunate events.”
Promises fair polls in 2019 
The president pledged to ensure free and fair polls in 2019. He recalled that the then American Secretary of State, John Kerry, visited before the 2015 polls, “and he told the party in government then, and those of us in opposition, to behave ourselves, and we did.”
Tillerson commended Buhari for his strides in the anti-corruption war, to which the Nigerian leader responded that funds recovered were being invested in development of infrastructure.
Tillerson said Nigeria was a very important country to the U.S, saying: “You have our support in your challenges. We will also support opportunities to expand the economy, commercial investments, and peaceful polls in 2019.”
Nigeria faces other threats - US 
Mr. Tillerson said apart from the Boko Haram insurgency, there are other threats Nigeria’s leadership has to deal with.  
Mr. Tillerson said this at a joint press briefing at the Presidential Villa with Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, after his meeting with President Buhari. 
He did not mention the other threats, but assured that the United States was ready to coordinate efforts towards tackling all the threats. 
Asked how the US would help in  rescuing the Dapchi schoolgirls and how soon the assistance would come, he said America respects the responsibilities of Nigerian government and the territorial integrity of the country.  
He said the way the US supported Nigeria was in providing equipment, training personnel of special operations and sharing intelligence to carry out the recovery effort.  
Tillerson stated: “But I think it is also important to put this in a broad regional context as well. Boko Haram is a threat to other regions and this has been the subject of my meetings elsewhere and in Africa as well.   
“In my discussion with President Derby in Chad earlier today (Monday), we spoke about the threat of Boko Haram and I think it is important and it has really been powerful the collaboration between the joint task force, which Nigeria is a part and Chad is a part, to respond to this threat of terrorism which Boko Haram is one of the organizations. There are other threats that the leadership of this country has to deal with. 
“So, the United States is ready to engage and coordinate efforts as well. But we have been supporting, equipping, training and when we can provide information. 
“I think that is the best way we have been helping the government of Nigeria secure the release of the girls, which we hope, will be done in a peaceful manner. We hope that something can be worked out and they can secure the release of these girls quickly.” 
Onyeama said he disagreed that things were getting worse despite the collaboration with the task force and the US.
He sayed though there were threats and the great damage being inflicted by the insurgents, the situation was asymmetric warfare requiring a lot of intelligence.  
“There are a lot of efforts and there has been a lot of success, really concrete successes that have been achieved. But clearly, there is still a lot that needs to be done which are why there are these investments. 
“Why it appears that these terrorists appear to be emboldened and stronger, when you see the attack in Burkina Faso, well these are soft targets and so difficult sometimes to prevent completely. 
“But with greater sharing of intelligence and I think there is greater cooperation now, with G5, Sahel, multinational joint task force have a presence here, we hope to turn the tide very soon,” he said.   
Asked why Dapchi schoolgirls were abducted despite the government’s claim of having degraded the insurgents, Onyeama said fighting terrorism is a global challenge.   
The minister dismissed the allegations that it took the government a week to acknowledge the abduction.   
“Fighting terrorism is a new challenge globally. When we talked of having degraded Boko Haram, we were referring specifically to the situation that we were confronted when the government took over. That was a situation where you have a classical military confrontation and Boko Haram were capturing territories, holding unto territories y and hoisting flags. So, as a conventional military threat, Boko Haram has been completely degraded.  
“Now, there is a challenge with regards to sporadic suicides and bombings and of course, largely, there is kidnapping of the girls. We don’t by any strength of imagination minimize those, but it’s really a different kind of warfare as it is and the government is sparing no effort in addressing that. 
“But it is a different challenge that requires intelligence and also understanding the environment that this kind of unlimited support for Boko Haram indoctrination of young children,” Onyeama said. 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari said he quietly reprimanded the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over the killings in Benue State. 
Buhari said this at the Government House Makurdi yesterday during a town-hall meeting with leaders of various groups in the state. 

Presidential spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina quoted Buhari as saying that he was not in the habit of publicly rebuking his appointees as many would desire. 
The president said he preferred to quietly “read the riot act” as he did to the Inspector General of Police when the Benue attacks began.
He disclosed that he even shared the IGP’s security report on the Benue crisis with Senators George Akume and Barnabas Gemade from the state.
He appealed to leaders of various groups in the state to convince their constituents that the Federal Government was doing its best to end the recurring attacks by armed herdsmen in various parts of the country.
Responding to remarks by various stakeholders during the meeting, Buhari urged them to show restraint and allow the security agencies to handle the untenable situation.
 “The governor and I, and others here know that we will leave one day, but the relationship between farmers and herders will continue. I urge you to keep in touch with them and advise them to live peacefully. Nigeria has over 250 ethnic groups with different cultures and nobody can question God for putting us together,” he said. 
Reacting to what he called a “shopping list” by some stakeholders, the President enjoined them to pray for the economy to improve, noting that he would not make any promises during this trip. He, however, stressed that, “When coming back on campaign, if coming back on campaign, I may promise.”
Governor Samuel Ortom said the recent attacks had displaced 170,000 people with children of school age constituting 60 per cent. 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Senator Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa) yesterday said no amount of intimidation would stop him from supporting President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said it was unfortunate that lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress were sabotaging the President.

Adamu was on Thursday accused by Senator Obinna Ogba (PDP, Ebonyi) of plotting to destabilize the Senate and remove Senate President Bukola Saraki from office.
Adamu in a statement he issued last night faulted Ogba’s claim. He said his crimes were the call against show of disrespect to the person and office of the President and his position on the change of election sequence.
“I believe we need to retrace our steps and reconsider our stand as legislators on matters of public interest.
“Our party, APC, has the majority in both chambers of the National Assembly, yet we hold the Executive prisoner of politics that are unhealthy for the polity. It is such a terrible irony that we sabotage our own government by refusing to do our part in support of the Executive.
“Appointments requiring Senate approval are held up. The consequence is that the public has nicknamed the President and his administration go-slow. The people gave us the mandate as a party to deliver,” he said. 
“On the allegation that he was plotting Saraki’s removal, Adamu said, “ If I was interested in contesting the Senate presidency in 2015, nothing would have stopped me from doing so. I was qualified for the office. This is another naked lie to tarnish my name. Let me caution that this smear campaign against me is neither in the interest of the Senate nor of the senators.” 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
The National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Prince Uche Secondus, said yesterday that the purported nomination of Gombe State Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo, as the presidential candidate of the party was not true.
Secondus made this known while briefing newsmen in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital after a rally of the party.

He said even though he was not in attendance at the Gombe meeting, no such decision was taken by PDP governors and other party leaders in attendance.
On why himself and Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike did not attend the Gombe meeting where the alleged endorsement was sealed,  Secondus said he was indisposed and that it was not only the Rivers governor that was absent.
There were suggestions that some PDP governors were rooting for Dankwambo as their preferred presidential candidate.
“Though I was not in Gombe meeting, it was false, don’t listen to APC false propaganda. There was no such nomination. I was not in attendance because I went for medicals, I am a human being; most governors were absent not only my governor,” he said.

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
The new Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ondo State, Dr Rufus Akeju, has said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is considering burning unclaimed Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) before the 2019 general elections. 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
A coalition of 55 youth organisations across the country under the auspices of the Not Too Young to Run Movement will tomorrow (Wednesday) storm the Presidential Villa Abuja to press President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the age reduction bill and fulfil his promises to millions of Nigerian youths. 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
Ben Murray-Bruce, senator representing Bayelsa east constituency, on Tuesday said he was resisted by his colleagues when he advocated for lower wages and allowances for public officials and a higher minimum wage for the Nigerian worker. 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
A former minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili has spoken on the disclosure of lawmakers and their take home pay by Senator Shehu Sani.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});12345678910 News by states Click on a state to view related news var $m=jQuery.noConflict(); $m(document).ready(function() { $m('#myimage').mapster({ showToolTip: true, singleSelect : true, clickNavigate : true, scaleMap: true, fillOpacity: 0.3, fillColor: 'd40e01', strokeWidth: 2, mapKey: &#03 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) members in Southern Kaduna on Thursday received farm inputs for the cultivation of rice during the dry season. 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has injected another sum of $210 million into the inter-bank Foreign Exchange Market. 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
After eight years, the national electricity grid will be receiving at least 10 megawatts (mw) from the Katsina Wind Farm in Lambar Rimi community as it is expected to be commissioned this month. 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
The Federal Government has told investors from Tunisia that Nigeria has the right business policies and incentives for them to do business in the country. 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
Proposes N2. 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
The naira further remained stable at the close of trade on Monday, selling at N363 against the dollar at the Bureau De change (BDCs) and parallel market on Monday in Lagos. 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has launched investigation of 16 foreigners arrested for alleged oil theft in Rivers. 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in its quest to guarantee the availability of foreign exchange for customers needs has injected another 210 million dollars into the foreign exchange market.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});1234567891011 News by states Click on a state to view related news var $m=jQuery.noConflict(); $m(document).ready(function() { $m('#myimage').mapster({ showToolTip: true, singleSelect : true, clickNavigate : true, scaleMap: true, fillOpacity: 0.3, f 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has admitted to a fans'' forum that the club "isn''t in the place we want to be". 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
The Greek top-flight match between PAOK Salonika and AEK Athens on Sunday was abandoned after PAOK''s president, Ivan Savvidis invaded the pitch with a gun. 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
Ivan Rakitic says the door is always open if Neymar decides he wants to return to Barcelona. 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
Atletico Madrid''s Antoine Griezmann and his wife have started searching for real estate properties in the Catalan region, according to reports. 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
Novak Djokovic suffered a shock defeat by world number 109 Taro Daniel of Japan as he was knocked out of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
England''s Paul Casey beat Tiger Woods by one shot to win his second PGA Tour title at the Valspar Championship. 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018
Alex Iwobi has defended Arsenals dressing room and claimed under-fire Gunners stars care passionately about the club''s plight.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});12345678910111213 News by states Click on a state to view related news var $m=jQuery.noConflict(); $m(document).ready(function() { $m('#myimage').mapster({ showToolTip: true, singleSelect : true, clickNavigate : true, scaleMap: true, fillOpacity: 0.3, fillColor: 'd40e01', strokeWidth: 2, mapK 
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