NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TIMES NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [19 JANUARY, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Times Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 19 January, 2017.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
A cross section of Fulani herdsmen located in several local government areas of Niger State including those at Zungeru, Beji, Bida Sabo Angwa in Boso LGA, Tunga Malam in Paiko, Angwa Umadi village in Shiroro Local government area, have denied herdsmen who were wielding AK-47 riffles, saying they bore other motives other than cattle rearing, calling on governments at all levels to immediately arrest and prosecute such people when sighted and caught. 

This is even as the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar II, on Thursday, faulted those calling the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association a terrorist group, saying the group is not cut out for such a dangerous appellation. Alhaji Ahmadu Dami, Sarkin Fulani at Beji town, who spoke on behalf of the herdsmen, told The Daily Times in an exclusive interview that genuine herdsmen carry only machetes for self-defence especially against dangerous animals and snakes, not for attacking anybody. He urged the Federal Government to further investigate the background of the herdsmen wielding sophisticated weapons and their sponsors. 

He further suggested that those carrying guns could be sponsored by Boko Haram terrorists and escapees who were on revenge mission. According to him, Nigerians should rather than casting aspersions and promoting ethnic bigotry, devote their energy on getting to the roots and finding solution to the present national predicament. On the proposal by the Federal Government to establish cattle colonies, the Fulani leader maintained their preference for cattle ranches instead, saying that the development will give them direct control over their investments rather than colonies that ensures wider arrangement that may distance their involvement. 

He said: “Government should build ranches for us, provide security, hospital and modern facilities to confine us in a decent location. They should also build schools and housing for us’’. Speaking on behalf of farmers, Mr. Gideon, a Gbagi and a popular farmer in Boso Local Government Area, commended the efforts of security agencies for the prevailing peace in the area since July last year, and advised government to assist farmers by providing farming equipment, fertilisers and improved security for farms. 

The Daily Times recalls that violence between Fulani herdsmen and farmers has remained one of Nigeria’s most persistent security problems and has left thousands of people dead in recent decades. The clashes are often said to have been driven by a range of factors from environmental to political even though at the core is the problem of land scarcity, Climate change and the desertification of Nigeria’s North which often forces the nomadic cattle herdsmen farther south to feed and sell their cattle, thereby encroaching on the territory of sedentary farmers. In a related development, Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar II, on Thursday, berated those calling the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association a terrorist group, saying the group is not an organisation for such dangerous outfit. 

The Sultan stated this while speaking at the General Assembly of Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace (IDFP) in Abuja. According to him, there is no war going on in Nigeria between Christians and Muslims. He ,however, decried the increasing spate of killings, saying that, these “Killings have gone too far. You cannot fight for God.” He explained that those calling Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association a terrorist organisation can as well “call the Afenifere, or any group a terrorist organization. 

He said, “MACBA was founded 32 years ago, which I am a patron. I represent Muslims in Nigeria. I am the leader of the Fulanis in this part of the world. I don’t fear saying that. There are many groups of cattle breeders in Nigeria apart from the MACBA. “We have refused to agree that all Fulanis are bad. Minority of the Fulanis are bad, that doesn’t mean all Fulanis are bad.” He pointed out that the crisis in Benue State like most places in the country “is economic problem. He said, “So when they fight, it leads to loss of lives. The government should wake up to its responsibility. We cannot live together when we don’t trust each other. We must extend love to one another”. He described the Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace as an opportunity for both religions to speak the truth about the killings in the land and proffer solution to the crisis. 

He said: “As par the injunctions of our two major religions, we are taught to always say the truth. Challenges should make us better and we must always stick to the truth. Every single life is sacred. We cannot be taken people’s lives in this country and think it is right. We are not talking of numbers, every single life counts. “The killings must be stopped by everybody. This is not the time to apportion blame, the only thing we can do for the young ones is to stop the killings completely; apportioning blames won’t bring back the lost lives.” “Those who kill people in the name of fighting for God are ignorant. Don’t fight for God. I feel so bad when people say they are fighting for God. 

“We can never achieve anything when we fight individually, but when we unite, we can overcome the challenges confronting us. We cannot solve these problems until we tell ourselves the truth. “Miyyetti Allah does not have control over any Fulani man. I am a patron of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, but the association does not support crime in any form. Any Fulani who carries weapon and kill people should be dealt with as criminal according to the law. Ethnic and religious inclination will not solve the problem, they will rather aggravate it. “Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association was created 32 years ago, it is not right calling for its proscription or ascribing it as terrorist group. “We refuse to agree that all the Fulanis are bad people. The bad ones must be dealt with. 

The incessant killings in some parts of the country is not a religious problem, it is not an ethnic problem, but an economic crisis, and it is a fight for survival. Next: Fulani Herdsmen Vs Farmers: New threat to economic stability “Unless the government rise to the occasion and deal with the issue headlong, the perpetrators will continue to kill innocent lives. We must watch our words and must be careful with what we say as religious leaders.” He said that on several occasions, he has been to Benue State all in an effort to bring lasting peace between people and the Fulani in the state. However, he lamented that all the recommendations made at the previous meeting held years back were not implemented by the past government in Benue State.  

Speaking on behalf of the President, Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN),, Bishop Stephen Mamza, said President Muhammadu Buhari has failed in securing the lives of Nigerians, wondering why everybody has kept quiet. “The problem is from religious and traditional rulers who keep quiet in times like this. We all know that the government has failed yet no one is speaking,” he added.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The Management of Folio Media Group (FMG), publishers of The Daily Times has raised the alarm over how Senator Ikechukwu Obiora engaged in illegal sale of DTN property on No. 16 Cooper Road, Ikoyi, Lagos to the Chairman of the DSTV, Mr. Adewumi Ogunsanya. In a statement made available on Thursday night, the FMG said: “We have it on good authority that Senator Obiora negotiated with Ogunsanya on a price of N1.5 billion while the senator collected N700 million from the DSTV boss”. It added that Senator Obiora forcefully evicted the legal tenants of the property including popular broadcaster, Mr. Patrick Oke and illegally demolished the building. The FMG further disclosed that the former senator was able to accomplish the act through the order of a Magistrate Court in connivance with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). Tracing the genesis of the present onslaught against the DTN, the FMG stated that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) later asked the parties to maintain the status quo pending the conclusion of investigation. According to the FMG, it is the resistance of dissipation of DTN property by the Chairman of Folio Group that prompted Obiora to resort to use of police and the subsequent arraignment of its chairman and the group managing director. The FMG said: “We therefore wish to state that Folio Group is capable of defending the DTN and will resist any attempt by anybody to thwart the noble objective of ensuring that the DTN is alive and regular on newsstands. That is our goal and we intend to defend the objective.” For the avoidance of doubt, this is what Wikipedia says about Daily Times acquisition in 2004: “The Daily Times Nigeria is a newspaper with headquarters in Lagos. At its peak, in the 1970s, it was one of the most successful locally owned businesses in Africa. The paper went into decline after it was purchased by the federal government in 1975. What was left, was sold to a private investor in 2004. Folio Communications Limited officially assumed the ownership of the Daily Times of Nigeria Plc on September 3, 2004 after a colorful handover ceremony that was televised. The company was not and still not a consortium. It is a Private Limited-Liability Company. “The printing of the flagship title “The Daily Times” resumed after the assumption of ownership in earnest from 2006 till the year 2009 partially to satisfy the embedded requirements contingent upon the Enterprise Sale Deed while company turnaround and restructuring continued. “Although the flagship “Daily Times” has returned to the streets since December 2014, further efforts have been injected towards the return of the rest viable titles, especially the Sunday Times, the Weekend Times and the Lagos Weekend to the streets.”
Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The House of Representatives on Thursday resolved to probe the loss of $21 billion (about N7.6trillion) crude oil revenue to oil multinationals operating in the country following the persistent fuel scarcity in parts of the country. The investigation will be carried out by an ad hoc committee to be constituted by Speaker, Hon Yakubu Dogara. The resolution followed the adoption of the motion moved under matter of urgent public importance by Hon Sunday Marshall Katung. When constituted, the committee shall investigate the operations of the Production Sharing Contract (PSC) between the oil multinationals and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). 

Also, the committee will require the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu to provide details of all financial transactions between the NNPC and the oil companies during the period when the losses were incured. The committee which was given six weeks to report its findings to the House, is also charged with the review of the production sharing contract and the joint operation agreement and other relevant agreements with a view to regularizing all the anomalies that have led to the loss of revenue. Leading debate on the motion, Hon Katung, who represents Zango-Kataf/Jaba Federal Constituency of Kaduna state, pointed out that the Minister of Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu had while briefing newsmen last year December, revealed that the nation lost about $21 billion (N7.6 trillion) to foreign oil firms operating in the country due to non-implementation of the production sharing contract. 

The lawmaker said that the minister had also said that the nation losses this colossal sum because the federal government failed to act, adding that “in 2013, although there was a notice to oil companies that government would take steps to correct this anomaly, government did not carry it through in terms of going to the federal executive council to get approval.” He lamented that these acts of negligence, omission, and incompetence, if not outright collusion and conspiracy with a view, possibly, to corruption have been perpetrated over such a long period of time when the nation has had well paid legal and technical expert in place. Katung lamented that this development is a sad reminder of how the wealth of the nation ends up in foreign land while her economy and the lot of her citizens continue to dwindle “as is evidenced by, amongst others, her economic recession and the pervasive and acute poverty in the country.”
He called on the National Assembly to rescue the nation in the interest of the common man and take adequate measures to bring the sorry situation to a halt, adding that “these reckless incidents have resulted in the massive depletion of the nation’s resources and its revenue.”
Fri, 19 Jan 2018

Ekiti Citizenship and Governance Centre (ECGC), an Ekiti based socio-political organisation, has commended Governor Ayodele Fayose and his government for the ban placed on former Governor Kayode Fayemi, following his indictment by a panel that probed the spending of the 25 billion naira bond secured on behalf of the state during Fayemi’s tenure. Ekiti State government had published a White Paper on the report of a Judicial Commission of Inquiry which indicted Fayemi who is the current Minister of Mines and Steel Development. Among other recommendations, the White Paper banned Fayemi from holding public office in the state for 10 years. It also banned the Commissioner of Finance under Fayemi , Mr. Dapo Kolawole. In a reaction, ECGC in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Abayomi Ogundele, commended the works of the panel as well as applaud the signing of the White Paper by incumbent Governor Fayose, noting that it was a step in the right direction in the ongoing quest to rescue the state from its present economic woes. The group restated its position that the inquiry by the Ayo Fayose-led government should extend to the phony N6 billion Samsung laptop meant to be distributed to Ekiti State teachers and students under the Fayemi administration. The group noted that throwing searchlight on the activities of predecessors was justified and therefore charged the Ekiti State government to further exploit legal means to ensure that Fayemi faces the full scale of the law. Ogundele stressed that the only way to restore sanity in the state is to support every move that would ensure that people charged with the responsibility to lead are always kept on their toes on accountability and due diligence. “We commend the action of the Ekiti State government for picking interest in shedding light on the issue of the 25 billion naira bond collected by former Governor Kayode Fayemi and the questionable way it was spent. The panel of inquiry set up by the government has done a good job with its recommendations. Never again shall we allow a thieving leader to rule us. Never again shall we submit ourselves to be ruled with deceit and aggrandisement, ” he said. In the white paper, the Ekiti State government had chided Messrs Fayemi and Kolawole for their refusal to appear before the commission even after the case filed at the High Court, challenging the setting up of the commission was decided in favour of the commission. The report had accused Mr. Fayemi of diverting funds meant for the construction of various projects, for which the state is now indebted.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018

A 2019 presidential aspirant and member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Dr. SKC Ogbonnia has faulted the recently held conference between the Igbo and Yoruba, tagged ‘Hand Shake Across the Niger’ arguing that though the concept is a bold step forward, but its strategy is myopic. According to him, the event which ought to be applauded as one trying to unite Southern Nigeria towards presenting a united front on national issues has “already given rise to the emerging nickname, “The Igbo/Yoruba Summit”, which is enough to create peppering mistrust among the minorities in the South. It can be misconstrued as sowing seeds of socio-cultural hegemony.” Ogbonnia in a write-up however noted that though the event was fraught with strategic shortfalls, the move ought to be encouraged by all, because disunity in Southern Nigeria has been a stumbling block to Nigeria’s democracy. 

According to him, “A definite problem that dogged Nigerian democracy for ages was a lack of dynamic opposition due to proliferation of political parties. This phenomenon contributed to systemic dictatorship and, by consequence, a history of power abuse. The god of democracy came to the rescue by provoking the creation of the All Progressives Congress (APC). 

Unfortunately, however, the desired outcome has been elusive because of another dimension of dictatorship in the form of primordial ethnic tyranny. “The gist is that disunity in Southern Nigeria has emboldened a minority group in the North to assume absolute authority in the affairs of the nation. Instead of the government of the people by the people, Nigeria has become a government of a Northern oligarchy by the oligarchy and for the oligarchy. The result has been an absence of the checks and balances central to effective democratic governance and, of course, the continued abuse of power. “Think of any debate or policy on Nigeria, be it constitutional amendment, restructuring of the country or what have you. When all is said and done, the final decision is hardly based on the salient points raised through the debates, but simply on what the North wants, whatever that north means. 

“Worse still, instead of the “North” considering the opinions or the needs of the Northern masses, the final say in the region—or rather Nigeria as a whole—is typically the sole province of the Northern oligarchy, a clique of wealthy Northern traditional leaders and retired army generals. The Northern oligarchy exploits the disunity in the South to a satanic proportion.

“Notice how the “North” embraces notoriously corrupt Southern politicians once they claim solidarity with any vision of the oligarchy. Also consider that any consequence for corrupt elements in Nigeria depends on the degree of their relationship with the same shameless plutocrats.” 

“The solution is where projects like the “Handshake Across the Niger” come in. Similar to the path to effective leadership in a multiparty democracy, there is the need for regional equipoise between the North and South. Such approach has the potential to checkmate the perceived Northern hegemony over the South, reduce the culture of impunity and, consequently, allow genuine development in the country. “In short, the Handshake Across the Niger is designed for the South to emulate its Northern counterpart to finally demonstrate common sense in terms of unity. For instance, though the North is made up of a multitude of ethnic groups, the region typically speaks with one voice through central organisations.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
An Ijaw group, Delta Ijaw Grassroots Political Movement (DIGPM), has backed the presidential ambition of former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar arguing that his emergence willThe post Ijaw group backs Atiku presidential bid, says it will guarantee peace, unity appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the Federal government and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have been synergizing to reduce poverty, create jobs andThe post FG, AfDB working to reduce poverty, overcome insurgency Osinbajo appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has dissolved the State Executive Council with effect from today. In a statement by the Secretary to the StateThe post Kwara State: Gov Ahmed Dissolves Cabinet appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Aggrieved indigenes of Benue State comprising women and youth on Thursday stormed the National Assembly to protest against the killing of 73 people in twoThe post Benue women, youths protest at NASS, ask President to resign as Miyetti Allah patron appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Contrary to rumours going round that the two-time governorship candidate in Ogun State, Prince Gboyega Isiaka may have dumped his governorship ambition for the SenatorialThe post 2019: Ive not abandoned my guber ambition for Senate Isiaka appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 


Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Wednesday in Abuja shunned a consultative meeting scheduled to hold with the National Working Committee (NWC) atThe post Tenure elongation: APC govs shun NWC consultative meeting appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio has denied reports of involvement in a rift with his successor, Governor of Akwa Ibom, Udom Emmanuel. The former governorThe post I have no rift with Gov. Emmanuel -Akpabio appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers on the evening of Jan.17 2018 attacked a Supermarket in Katsina. Witness report also revealed the gunmen killed aThe post Suspected armed robbers slaughter policeman, steal his gun appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The plan by the Federal government to establish cattle colonies in order to curb the activities of Fulani Herdsmen has continued to meet with resistanceThe post Ohanaeze rejects cattle colonies, condemns killings appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The Executive chairman of Alimosho, Hon. Jelili Sulaimon led his team members to clean the local government of refuses. Recently, major roads, streets, schools includingThe post Council Boss Leads Refuse evacuation appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Carnival Calabar may have come and gone, but the rich memory it left behind will continue to linger for long. In what was total shutdownThe post How Carnival Calabar ignited crowd appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The Special Task Force in Plateau (STF), code name Operation Safe Haven had dispelled rumor making the rounds in state as reported by some NationalThe post STF says rumors of herdsman attack on Plateau laughable, recovers 100 cattle appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 


Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The Federal Government has announced that the late Second Republic Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme, will be laid to rest on February 2. The announcementThe post FG begins burial rites of Ekwueme as ex-VP goes home Feb 2 appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The death toll of victims of Lassa fever in Ebonyi State has risen to 4, following one fresh death recorded on Thursday while the incidentThe post Lassa fever claims 4 lives in Ebonyi, 139 under surveillance appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
* Says Lassa fever is treatable if properly diagnosis, calls on Nigerians to come together and be on alert The Minister of Health, Prof. IsaacThe post FG committed to making laboratories work across zones- Health Minster appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 


Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The House of Representatives Committee on Interior on Thursday queried the duplication of computers and some other line items in the 2018 budget of theThe post Reps faults interior ministry over budget duplication appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The Federal Government has said that there are no suspicious items in the 2018 Budget as speculated by a few commentators. Some commentators have madeThe post FG insists, no suspicious items in 2018 budget appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
With a huge potential in agricultural resources, including food and export crops such as cassava, coco yam; cocoa, palm oil, cashew, among others, Africas futureThe post Agriculture set to revolutionise African economy- Report appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The President of the Chamber of Agribusiness, Anthony Morrison, has argued about the need for a regulatory body to supervise activities of the agriculture sectorThe post Agric sector needs regulatory body Chamber appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private sector (ICD) and the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) signed a Line of financing agreement for aThe post SMEs: Islamic Corporation, Afreximbank partner on $100m facility appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, U.A.E lose market share amid curbs The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries(OPECs) top producers including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates andThe post OPEC loses to Russia, others in India as output cuts bite appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
About 2, 000 Mega Watt (MW) power currently available cannot be distributed due to the limitation in the network of the distribution companies (DisCos), MinisterThe post DisCos network deficiency hurts 2,000mw power distribution- Fashola appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
By Salisu Nainna Dambatta As President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned the modern office of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Nigeria on Thursday, January 18, 2018,The post African Development Bank in Nigerias development appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party, Abia state chapter says, it has fought with the All Progressives Congress, APC in the state and is therefore not readyThe post We will not concede any position to APC in Abia Abia PDP appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 
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