NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [23 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 23 December, 2017.


Sat, 23 Dec 2017

LAST week, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the extension of the tenure of the Chief of Defence Staff and the other service chiefs. The extensions, according to the presidency, were predicated on both constitutional provisions, as contained in Section 218 (1) & (2) of the 1999 constitution, and a “careful review of the ongoing military operations across the country”. The military chiefs were originally due to relinquish their offices in July, but were told to stay on till December. As the deadline of the extension loomed, it was widely believed that there would be no further elongation. Not only were new extensions approved, there was in fact also no exit dates attached to the second extension. The presidency did not indicate what parameters were used in the ‘careful review’ to justify not only an extension but an apparently open-ended one.

The double extensions, taken together with other policies and actions of the Buhari presidency in the past two years and more, indicate something very dialectical and nuanced about the president’s style of governance. Is he purely idiosyncratically loyal to his appointees or just plain conservative in a manner that sometimes border on inertia? It will take a deeper analysis of the Buhari presidency to come to anything close to the truth; for it is not even clear that the president is conscious of the elements and essentials of his government, let alone determine whether his actions and policies can be properly and scientifically compartmentalised. What is, however, clear is that a pattern seems to have developed in the past two years or so that sees the president seemingly reluctant to initiate or encourage radical changes, especially in, but not limited to, appointments. And it does not matter whether the appointments are deeply controversial or disappointing.

President Buhari obviously did not overreach himself when he decided to keep the military chiefs he appointed in July 2015 beyond their 2017 tenure. But whether the review of ongoing military operations in many parts of the country, particularly the recrudescence of Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast, justifies his reluctance to infuse new blood into the north-eastern campaign is a different thing altogether. He has the right to do what he did; but it remains to be seen whether it makes sense. Perhaps in the near future the president will clear all doubts as to what informed his decision to stick to his appointees in the face of mounting criticisms and sometimes even controversy.


Sat, 23 Dec 2017
TRAGEDY struck in Agoloma community in Patani Local Government Area of Delta State penultimate Thursday when a midnight fire burnt a young lady identified simply as Bridget Sampou Oyindoubra to death. The incident, according to sources happened shortly after Bridget returned from an end of the year prayer meeting in her church. It was gatheredRead MoreThe post Lady burnt to death in Delta fire appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
The supply and price of Petrol in Anambra have worsened as customers now pay between N250 and N300 per litre in the state. Most filling stations in Awka and its environs had the product but refused to dispense. However, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) monitoring and enforcing the situation, compelled marketers to sell theRead MoreThe post Petrol pump price hits N250 per litre appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has banned the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force from conducting stop and search operations on roads except when necessary. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some group of Nigerians recently in the social media, called for the scrapping of SARS overRead MoreThe post I-G bans SARS from conducting stop and search operations appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
To ensure a hassle-free Yuletide celebration and discourage hoarding of petroleum products this season, the Edo State Government in collaboration with the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has commenced monitoring of petrol stations in the state and has vowed to prosecute marketers found to be hoarding the products. In a statement signed by Secretary toRead MoreThe post Fuel Scarcity: Edo Govt., DPR begin monitoring of petrol stations appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) is getting tough with marketers found to be hoarding fuel as the current scarcity bites harder nationwide. At the last count, no fewer than 48 filling stations have been shut down in Delta, Kwara and Ekiti states alone. The price of petrol rose to N400 per litre yesterday inRead MoreThe post DPR shuts 48 filling stations as fuel price hits N400 in Abuja appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday described as unbelievable some things he saw upon assuming office as President. The President, who made the declaration while receiving a delegation of the Governance Support Group at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, also said he was still wondering how Nigeria managed to survive the abuses it was subjected to by someRead MoreThe post Some things I saw on assuming office were unbelievable 'Buhari appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
The Lagos State Police Command has declared a popular independent oil marketer and prime suspect in the Badoo cult killings in Ikorodu and Epe axis of the state, Alhaji Alaka Abayomi Kamal, wanted. The 51-year-old suspect, who is the owner of Alaka Petroleum, is wanted in connection with series of well-orchestrated killings and nefarious activitiesRead MoreThe post Police declare oil magnate Alaka wanted over Badoo killings appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday described as unbelievable some things he saw upon assuming office as President. The President, who made the declaration while receiving a delegation of the Governance Support Group at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, also said he was still wondering how Nigeria managed to survive the abuses it was subjected to by someRead MoreThe post Some things I saw on assuming office were unbelievable 'Buhari appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
As part of measures to reform SARS, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, yesterday disclosed that personnel of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) would undergo mental test. He explained that the test is to ascertain their level of preparedness on the field which would reduce cases of extrajudicial killings. The police chief, whoRead MoreThe post SARS personnel to undergo mental test appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
THE Yuletide season in Nigeria is a period synonymous with festivities. It begins with Christmas, which dovetails into the New Year. Christmas, in particular, is an occasion that is wildly celebrated by both Christians and non-Christians as people dine, wine and make merry. But as the years roll by the form and complexion of theRead MoreThe post CHRISTMAS of our childhood, by octogenarians, other senior citizens appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
THE Afriqiyah airbus showed patches of grey light as it made for descent at the Cargo wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Tuesday, December 7. Seated in the plane are 245 young Nigerians returning home after a tortuous migrant journey that led them into prison cells where they were auctioned asRead MoreThe post From LIBYA PRISONS with BABIES appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
The Coalition of Civil Societies for Transparent and Good Governance yesterday accused the Tanker Divers Union (TDU) of being responsible for the unending fuel scarcity that is troubling the country. Leading 24 other CSOs to address newsmen in Abuja yesterday, the National Coordinator of the group, Alhaji Ali Abacha, described the development as an actRead MoreThe post Fuel scarcity: Civil societies group accuses tanker drivers of holding Nigeria to ransom appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
The Chairman of Senate Committee on Customs, Excise & Tariff, Senator Hope Uzodimma, yesterday warned fuel dealers and tank farm owners against sabotaging the Christmas celebration. He asked them to shun the temptation of playing politics with the distribution of petroleum products, which he said is at the roots of the current scarcity of fuelRead MoreThe post Dont sabotage Christmas, Uzodimma warns fuel dealers appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
For Alhaja Silifat Adeboyin Peller, the head honcho of Popular Lagos hangout Club, Quilox, Shina Peller is a beloved son in whom she is most pleased. Ever since her husband, the renowned magician, Professor Peller, passed on, Shina has taken up the mantle of man of the house, catering to her every need and makingRead MoreThe post Shina Peller celebrates mum at 70 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
The Head Public Affairs Unit of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Mr. Mohammed Saidu, yesterday accused petroleum marketers of diverting 129,000 litres of petrol from Abuja. Saidu, who revealed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after monitoring the stations, added that some of the erring filling stations had been given a totalRead MoreThe post Agency accuses marketers of diverting 129,000 litres of fuel appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
The busy roads of Abuja parted like the Red Sea last Sunday as the blue blood of high society converged on the capital city for the beginning of the golden jubilee celebration of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Dogara. The spectacle of a hundred thunderclaps would hardly compare to the majestyRead MoreThe post Dangote, Otedola, others converge on Abuja for Dogara @ 50 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Following the ongoing probe of the purchase of a N748million property, a former President of the Senate, Chief David Mark, has presented the health excuse certificate to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). He also said his health was not stable enough to enable him write a statement on issues connected with the purchaseRead MoreThe post Alleged N748m property: Mark presents health excuse certificate to EFCC appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Chief Andrew Uchendu is the senator representing Rivers East Senatorial District in the National Assembly. A seasoned technocrat, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a well known grassroots politician in Rivers State, Chief Uchendu has been a recurring decimal in the political equation of Rivers State since 1999. He had served for three terms of 12 years as a member of the House of Representatives, representing Ikwerre/Emohua Federal Constituency before being called upon by hi 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Dr. Kemi Emina is the National President, University of Ibadan (UI) Alumni Association, The Delta State University, Abraka lecturer and former Special Adviser on Research and Documentation to the former Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly. In this encounter with DELE ADE-OLUWA, he speaks on the need for old students to get involved in the affairs of their alma mater, not only as a way of giving back to the institutions which made them, but also to ensure their sustainable development fo 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
The IMF on Friday said that in spite of Nigeria exiting the recession, the economy of the country was still vulnerable. The IMF in a statement by Raphael Ranspach, its Media and Press Officer, welcomed the Federal Government's actions to improve the power sector and business environment under the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (EGRP).Read MoreThe post Nigeria's economy still vulnerable despite exiting recession ' IMF appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Atiku Abubarkar, Nigeria's former vice president stirred the hornet's nest in a recent Facebook live chat where he described his return to the People's Democratic Party (PDP) as a calculated move to save the future of Nigeria by creating jobs for the teeming youth population, should he become president come 2019. No sooner had heRead MoreThe post 2019: Power to the youths appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
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