NEWSPAPERS REVIEW: TOP HEADLINES THAT MADE THE FRONT PAGES THIS TUESDAY MORNING


New Year restructuring comment: Afenifere, South Middle Belt forum, others tackle Buhari
Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Prominent Nigerians and groups, including the pan-Yoruba organisation, Afenifere; and the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum, have faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s stand on restructuring.

The groups stated this in separate interviews with The PUNCH while commenting on the President’s New Year’s broadcast, where he said the problems with Nigeria were more with process than structure.
Buhari had said, “In respect of political developments, I have kept a close watch on the ongoing debate about ‘restructuring.’


Mbaka to Buhari: God said you shouldn't run in 2019
Tue, 02 Jan 2018
The Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari not to run for a second term in office in 2019.
The fiery Catholic priest, who gave the warning during his new year message at the Adoration ground in Enugu yesterday, said the warning came from God.
He said: “As I was waiting on the Lord, I’m asked to advise you, don’t come out for second tenure; after this, retire peacefully.”
Mbaka blamed the president for the numerous problems facing him and the country and said, “Mr. President you are the cause of your own problem.”



Mbaka, PDP, others knock Buhari on economy, graft
Tue, 02 Jan 2018
He predicted the emergence, three years ago, of President Muhammadu Buhari. He fired stinging criticisms against his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan. He even visited Aso Rock to receive a seeming post-inauguration ‘thank you’.
Today, charismatic Catholic priest, Rev. Fr Ejike Camilus Mbaka, has a different tune for the incumbent.
“Mr. President wake up. Sit up. God said you are toying with the privilege given to you. There is no time. Nigerians are dying in your hand. People are not happy with your system. Change or you will be changed,” said Mbaka at his popular Adoration Ground, in Enugu yesterday.

Fuel scarcity: Hold NNPC, marketers responsible ' Senate
Tue, 02 Jan 2018
AS President Muhammadu Buhari prepares to meet stakeholders today in Aso Rock, to find lasting solution to the nation’s prolonged fuel crisis, the Senate Committee on Petroleum Downstream has blamed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and marketers for the development. Committee Chairman, Senator Kabiru Marafa, stated this, yesterday,  in Gusau, Zamfara State, during an oversight assignment in the state. Marafa, who was accompanied by a member of the committee, Abdullahi Danbaba, said the inspection was part of the assignment given to the committee by Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki. “I have directed all members of this committee to go back to their constituencies to investigate the problem at the grassroots so that we take appropriate measures to address the scarcity. “We visited NNPC zonal depot in Gusau to find out the quantity of fuel supplied to the depot and we noticed short supply of the commodity. We are going to present our findings to the Senate.


Ignorance fuels deadly liver disease
Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Ignorance of hepatitis, a disease of the liver, is fuelling its spread especially in northern Nigeria, Daily Trust investigations have shown.
A high number of potential candidates seeking to join the armed forces but are rejected because of the infection is raising serious concern about the disease.  
“People don’t present early, most people rush to traditional or normal conventional paracetamol before they come to us, by then the situation is already fulminant. Fulminant means the liver has been damaged so much within a short time,” a consultant gastroenterologist and pathologist at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Dr Yusuf Maisuna Abdulkadir, said. 

Bloodshed, violence usher in New Year in Rivers, Kaduna, Kwara
Tue, 02 Jan 2018
While 2018 was ushered in with pomp and circumstance all over the world, it was not so in Rivers, Kaduna and Kwara states as assailants attacked residents in the states, leaving behind sorrow, tears and blood.

In Rivers, no fewer than 14 persons were gunned down, while a traditional ruler and his pregnant wife were killed in Kaduna. In Kwara, worshippers were attacked by youths who wanted to organise a New Year carnival.
Some gunmen between 12.10am and 1am embarked on a shooting spree in Omoku, in the Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, killing 14 persons.
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