NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [23 JANUARY, 2018].

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Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 23 January, 2018.

Tue, 23 Jan 2018
Prominent politicians in the North, most of whom are serving ministers and chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC), have accused those campaigning for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election in the North and the South-West especially, of “jumping the gun.”
They were of the view that the president and other party leaders must first reconcile all aggrieved party “state actors” before talking about campaign and opening of offices, whether state or zonal, if the party was indeed desirous of winning next year’s presidential contest.
This is even as Second Republic federal lawmaker, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, noted that, at present, no northern or southern political heavyweight was backing Buhari.
He said the tragedy of the president’s second term bid was that “there is no politician of consequence from the either the North or South-West who is around him and who could reach out on his own to the leaders in the South-West and even in the North to canvass for support.”
Specifically, the chieftains of the party, all of whom are northerners and who are either serving ministers or national party executives told Daily Sun at the weekend that majority of Buhari’s aides, especially some of the ministers who have no “political base” are misinforming the president about happenings around him, insisting that the same pattern that led to former president Goodluck Jonathan’s fall, appeared to be rearing its head around Buhari.
“Jonathan was looking at election, he did nothing to reconcile with key leaders of the party who later became his albatross and who eventually plotted his fall. I can see the same pattern emerging. But I pray Buhari does not end up like Jonathan.
“We have been saying it; some of us have met him in private to discuss some of these issues. But there are some of his close aides and ministers who are still misinforming him about the state of affairs in the country. And these people lack political capital, they have no political base.
“So, if you ask me, and that is the consensus of majority of us, let’s stop the campaign for now, put our house in order, reach out to aggrieved persons, then we can now talk about campaign,” one of the sources told Daily Sun.  

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Although, most of them admitted that some of them have had cause to raise some of the issues with the president in private, they could not come out in the open to say certain things they believed should be put in place before going out to seek support of the electorate for Buhari’s re-election.
Some of them were, however, quick to endorse the position of former Abia State governor and chieftain of the party from the South-East, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, on the need to resolve crisis within the party before the presidential contest next year.
Kalu, had in Ibadan, Oyo State, at the weekend as the guest speaker at the inauguration of the South-West zone office of the Muhammadu Buhari Osinbajo (MBO) Dynamic Support Group, called on Buhari and the APC leadership to intervene in the feud between Governor Abiola Ajimobi and the Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu.
The former governor said the governor and the minister were supposed to be best of friends, saying that if the rift between them was not addressed, it could affect the chances of the party in the 2019 general elections.
 
Another APC chieftain from the North, who is a serving minister said, “what Kalu said, is the truth. But you expect me to say so in the public? No! It will be misconstrued.
“Look at this way, you are unveiling an office that is so strategic to the president’s re-election, and the governor of the state is not involved. No governor from the South-West is involved, no known leader from the zone is involved and you think such a project will go far?
“If the Ameachis of this world and the Shittus of this world believe that it was their efforts in the campaign directorate that won APC the election in 2015, good luck to them.
“Activities of state actors like the Tinubus, Sarakis and the Kwankwasos actually gave us the edge we needed over the PDP. And the high time we realised this notorious fact, the better for us and the party.
“The only man who can do this job of bringing other party leaders together is Asiwaju. I hope the president and those around him realise this fact and do the needful. We no longer have the luxury of time,” the minister said.
On his part, Mohammed, a strong critic of Buhari’s re-election bid, while insisting that his contribution to the issue at stake should be mistaken for his endorsement of Buhari’s second term said: “We all supported the emergence of APC in 2014. But we had thought they would build the party into a strong force after winning the election, unfortunately they have failed in that regard and Nigerians now know better.
“Having said that, I agree with what Kalu said, you cannot be working for Buhari’s re-election in the South West when the leaders of the zone are not on the same page with you.
“People who imagine themselves as being smart, often take themselves out of power. Buhari is aware that the relationship between Ajimobi and Shittu has been bad. What did he do to rein them in?
“He (Buhari) can’t afford to lose the North West and the South West, because already South South is hostile to him for whatever reason. North West may not be too keen to give him the number of votes he got in 2015. The votes of the North East are not too certain. So he can’t afford to joke with the South West.
“One of the tragedies of being alone in the presidency is that nobody of consequence in his circles from the North can reach out on his own to anyone in the North to canvass support for him.
“But Chief Bisi Akande can reach out on his own outside Tinubu to the people in the South West. That is the difference. But are Akande and Buhari too on the same page? I leave you and the readers with the response,” Mohammed said.
Kalu had in Ibadan at the weekend said: “For us, we are students of preaching peace and unity. We are students who say the truth. We are students who are not afraid of telling people what we feel that is not right.
“Everybody in this hall will agree with us that there is a break in communication between our governor (Ajimobi) and the minister (Shittu). We don’t want that to continue.

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“If anybody inside this house today says it is good for these two elephants to continue quarrelling, I and my senior brother, (Ken) Nnamani, would disagree on that.

“We have decided to take the case upon ourselves and see that it is resolved. We call on the president, vice-president and national leaders of our party to intervene.”
Tue, 23 Jan 2018
A delegation of South-East All Progressive Congress (APC) leaders has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to support the zoning of the office of the President to the region in 2023.
This is even as they again endorsed him to run for the 2019 presidential election, saying he did enough to merit a second term.
The delegation led by Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, also wanted a national asset named after former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, who died on November 19, 2017, in London.
In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, yesterday, the team was quoted as saying: “We implore Mr. President, as a just and fair-minded leader, to make history by supporting the zoning of the Office of the President in our great party to the South East at the end of your second tenure in office as President in 2023.”
President gave the assurance when he received leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South East at the Presidential Villa.
Buhari commended the leaders who were in the Presidential Villa for acknowledging the consistent efforts of his administration to restore Nigeria to the position of eminence:
“I am very pleased for your patriotism and consistency in supporting our administration. You are always going around explaining things even at the risk of abuse.  
“I want you to know that I have not forgotten the efforts and sacrifices you have made in the successes I have achieved in my position and I appreciate what you are doing for the stability of our country and the future of our children and our grandchildren,”he said.

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Emma Eneukwu, National Vice Chairman, South East APC, thanked the President for projects receiving attention of the Federal Government in the South East including, 2nd Niger Bridge, Enugu-Port Harcourt Road and the Enugu-Onitsha-Owerri Road.
“It is our conviction that four years are not enough for you to complete this worthy journey hence the need for another four years to enable you make Nigeria truly great,” he said.
Onu said they als “thanked the president for the role the Federal Government is playing on the burial of one of our very great sons, former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme.
 
“We told him (Buhari) that the people of the South East will be happy if a national asset is named after him as a way to show that the nation is also appreciative of his important contributions to nation building.”
The delegation also included the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, represented by his deputy, Eze Madumere, members of the National Assembly, former governors, all the ministers from the South East, members of the National Working Committee and National Executive Committee of the APC. 
 
The minister disclosed that Buhari was happy with the caliber of people in the delegation: “We have former leaders of the National Assembly at the highest level, Senate President, Speaker, House of Representatives, former heads of government at the state level, one government or represented by the deputy governor because the governor is out of the country, all the ministers from the south east, serving members in the National Assembly both in the Senate and House of Representatives, former members of the National Assembly and very important members in the party.” 
Asked if the meeting, which was less than 10 minutes was all about politics, Onu said, “we first commended the president on the efforts he is making to make sure that there is development in the South East. 

Tue, 23 Jan 2018
Senate president, Bukola Saraki and legion of African leaders yesterday, witness the inuguration of former international soccer star, George Weah, as Liberia’s new president, completing the country’s first transition between democratically elected leaders in three generations.
The 51-year-old, who was FIFA’s 1995 player of the year, took the oath dressed in all white at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex to cheers from tens of thousands Liberians. After Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor, Sr., swore in Weah, Liberia’s flag was lowered and folded to signify the end of the presidency for outgoing first African female president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who stood with Weah on a raised platform. A new flag was unfolded and hoisted to signify the start of Weah’s new administration.

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“I fully believe that the overwhelming mandate that I received from the Liberian people is a mandate to end corruption in public service; I promise to deliver on this mandate,” he said. “As officials of government it is time to put the interest of our people above our own selfish interests. It is time to be honest with our people.”
Weah, who has been a senator and run for the presidency before but is relatively new to national politics, inherits a weak economy along with poor health and educational sectors. “I do not promise you quick fixes or miracles. Instead my pledge to you today is that my administration, with your help, will make steady and deliver progress toward achieving the hopes and aspirations that you cherish in your heart for Mama Liberia,” he said.
“I have spent many years of my life in stadiums, but today is a feeling like no other,” Weah said as he thanked his predecessor, Sirleaf for “laying the foundation on which we can now stand in peace.”
 
Weah then switched seats with Sirleaf, who was president for 12 years, lifting Liberia from the destruction of back-to-back civil wars and facing the challenge of the Ebola crisis that killed thousands here.
His first priorities, he said, would be to launch a national debate on the fair sharing of resources and root out graft in public institutions. “Together we owe our citizens clarity on fundamental issues such as the land beneath their feet, freedom of speech and how national resources and responsibilities are going to be saved,” he said.
“It is time to be honest with our people. Though corruption is habit among our people, we must end it,” Weah said, declaring he had an “overwhelming mandate” to do so. But he urged the public to pull together for the tasks that lay ahead, with the wounds of the past only beginning to heal
Dignitaries who attended the ceremony include Nigeria’s Senate President Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Ghanaian former President Jerry Rawlings, Senegal’s President Macky Sall, Ghanaian former President John Dramani Mahama, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe, Congo’s President Denis Sassou Nguesso, Guinea’s President Alpha Conde, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Gambia’s Vice President Fatoumata Tambajang, Outgoing Liberian Vice President Joseph Boakai who lost the presidential election to Weah, Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmad Ahmad and Cameroon’s former international football player Samuel Eto.

Tue, 23 Jan 2018
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has rained curses on perpetrators and sponsors of the killings in Benue State praying that all those who failed to act on the letters he sent out, alerting of impending attacks on the state that could have stopped the killings will one day account for the blood of those who lost their lives in the attacks.
Governor Ortom who stated this while addressing a large crowd of Benue stakeholders at the Government House in Makurdi yesterday explained that the state had a fore-knowledge of the attacks and wrote several letters to the appropriate authorities that could have investigated and stopped the attacks but that those authorities did nothing about it.
“What happened to us on Jaunary 1, 2018 didn’t come to us as a surprise. We foresaw it and cried out to the appropriate authorities but those who are saddled with security did nothing about it. Now they are accusing me of over dramatizing and perpetrating it instead of owning up to their mistakes. But I can assure you that the day of reckoning will come.”
 The governor who accused the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore (MAKH) of carrying out the attack on the Benue people said the group had soon after the law was enacted in the state, threatened to mobilize all Fulani all over West Africa to resist the law.
“Our offence is why did we make the Anti-Open Grazing Law? Immediately the law was made, the umbrella body of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore (MAKH) went and challenged the law and threatened to mobilize to attack Benue.
“When I learnt about this, I took it up and sent letters to the Presidency and law enforcement agencies to intimate them of the threat by Kautal Hore. I followed it up in October 31, a day before the implementation of the new law with a visit to the appropriate quarters and nothing was done.
“Like I said during the memorial service, I will repeat it again, all those who failed to act on those letters that could have stopped the killings will one day account for the blood of our loved ones who lost their lives in the attacks.”

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Speaker after speaker who contributed during the meeting including Prof. Iorwuese Hagher, Senator Fred Orti, Prof. Jerry Agada as well as the leadership of the Benue Socio-cultural groups represented by Chief Edward Ujege and Chief Ode Enyi described the current situation in the state as genocide and a war even as they expressed their full support for the governor even as they all urged him on to continue in the struggle.
“The Benue valley seems to be at war. We don’t know who these people are and those who are supposed to protect us have not told us what they want to do. What we are faced with is a warfare. The genocide began and incrementally shrinking Benue. That is why we should not allow everyone to die before we all cry out.”

 

Tue, 23 Jan 2018
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