Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 17 January, 2018.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018

The President Buhari-led Federal Government has by its defective response to killings by herdsmen wasted the huge public approval on which it rode into power, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) noted yesterday.
The body called for the immediate replacement of the inspector general of police and the redeployment of all police commissioners. It also urged Buhari to overhaul the National Security Council, with a view to sharing its membership equally between Christians and Muslims.

It sought the designation of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) as a terrorist organisation and called for the arrest of its leaders.

Briefing journalists in Abuja, CAN National General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Musa Asake, accused Buhari of creating the impression that he was in power to serve only the interests of his Fulani ethnic group.

He claimed the president was undemocratic, had no respect for human rights and the rule of law, and was adopting a Sharia ideology.

Asake regretted that the president had also failed to protect Nigerians by willfully permitting herdsmen to kill, destroy communities and turn the entire Middle Belt into a killing field, while enjoying government’s protection from counter attack, arrest or prosecution.

The murderous Fulani herdsmen have enjoyed unprecedented protection and favour to the extent they have begun to treat Nigeria as a conquered territory. And rather than prosecute them, the security forces, usually manned by Muslims from the North, offer them protection, he said.

According to him, instead of bringing the leadership of Miyetti Allah to book for being the masterminds of the genocide, top functionaries of the government are advocating grazing colonies, with a view to granting them free land and support.
“By failing to curb the attacks of the Fulani herdsmen, President Buhari has failed to uphold Section 14, Para. 2 (b) of the Constitution that the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.

“The Christian Association of Nigeria has reviewed the catalogue of horrendous and inhuman attacks on several states and mostly Benue State from 2013 to 2018. The impression has now been firmly established that the Islamists of the North have ‘legalised jihad’ in Nigeria,” Asake said

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) also warned, yesterday, that if government is incapable or unwilling to protect its citizens from the marauding herdsmen, the people might be tempted to defend themselves. The group also warned of the possibility of a complete breakdown of law and order in the country.

“Herdsmen may be under pressure to save their livestock and economy but this is never to be done at the expense of other peoples’ lives or livelihoods. It is, therefore, madness to slaughter fellow human beings, and shameful that we had to show the world this ugly picture of our country,” said CBCN in a statement by its President, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, and Secretary, Most Rev. William Avenya, in Abuja.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018

The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in Monrovia, on Monday, chaired a high-level panel that discussed migration in Africa alongside the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, the Chairman of Coronation Capital, Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, and other eminent persons.
The High-level Panel on Migration (HLPM) was established at the Ninth Joint Annual Meetings of the African Union Specialised Technical Committee on Finance, Monetary Affairs, Economic Planning and Integration and the Economic Commission for Africa Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, which took place in Addis Ababa in April 2016.

The overall objective of the Panel is to affirm Africa’s commitment to global objectives and values on migration and harness migration for Africa’s development in the context of international cooperation.

The Panel was composed of 15 eminent persons, all appointed in their own capacity. They included representatives of government, the private sector, academia and civil society.

Members were drawn from Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Participants at the meeting included the UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the ECA, Dr. Vera Songwe; the Deputy Executive Secretary, Dr. Abdalla Hamdok; the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway H.E. Knut Vollebaek; the founder of the African Diaspora Network in the USA, Ms. Almaz Negash; Ms. Danisa E. Baloyi, Black Business Counsel, South Africa; and Assistant Director General and Regional Director for Africa, International Labour Organisation, Ms. Cynthia Samuel-Olonjowon.

President Sirleaf will continue to chair the HLPM until July 2018, when the Panel shall submit its report to the Assembly of African Union Heads of State.


Wed, 17 Jan 2018

“I need to call the attention of the NFF to the fact that Super Eagles players across the world need proper monitoring. They need to carryout their activities in the knowledge of the big assignment before them.
For those playing in the country, we have to take cognizance of their attitude to training, fitness level, lifestyle and emotional health. For those abroad, we need to reach out to them and make sure all is well with them. This approach is called success beyond training.”

Those were the words of former Green Eagles winger, Adegoke Adelabu, in his response to The Guardian yesterday on how the Super Eagles can avoid early exit at the World Cup holding in Russia.

Adelabu, a member of the NFF Technical Study Group said: “Also, we need to monitor the scoring ability of our strikers and the creative potential of our midfielders in various clubs. We should be able to compare them favourably with their counterparts across the world. I am not saying they should play like them, but in terms of work rate and tactical endurance, those players and goalkeepers going to the world cup should by now be upgrading their performances.

“Every player going to the world cup must have something unique that is going to keep him in the team, and it is the combination of these unique qualities that will enable the coach to bring about the marriage of players in team selection

“The monitoring aspect is to give the coaches the opportunity to see the players in their natural environment (their clubs) and under match condition, so that by the time they resume camping, we will use the friendly matches as diagnostic tools to know areas to be strengthened or fortified tactically and technically. There may be one or two players having domestic problems with respect to their marriages or personal lives; we need to provide a forum for such players so that we can give them the right counsel. I have the professional competence to assist such players if the need arises. We have to let the players feel special so that we can position them psychologically to get the best out of them at the World Cup,” he stated.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018

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Wed, 17 Jan 2018

The absence of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) witness, Mr. Mike Udoh yesterday stalled the trial of former Abia State Governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu at the Federal High Court, Lagos. Kalu, Udeh Jones Udeogu and his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited were arraigned October 31, 2016 by the EFCC before Justice Mohammed Idris [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018

Pensioners in Cross River State yesterday gave the government one-month ultimatum to pay them their outstanding pensions. The Association of Cross River State Local Government Pensioners issued the threat at a press briefing. The association's Chairman, Bassey Okosin, warned that the 5, 600 pensioners in the state would shut down Calabar, if the arrears were [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018

Tecno mobile phone brand under the Transsion Holdings, has released its first frameless full-screen display smartphone, known as TECNO CAMON CM. The device is the latest in the CAMON Series family and reemphasises the brand's knack for designing high-end smartphones with sophisticated cameras. Speaking at its launch in Lagos, the Brand Manager, Tecno [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018

Following the announcement in November 2017 of the appointment of Kenneth Olisa (OBE) as Interswitch's new chairman, the businessman and philanthropist has been recognized, amongst other notable individuals, in Queen Elizabeth (II)'s New Year Honours. Olisa is a British businessman with a career in technology that commenced at IBM and spans over 40 years. He [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018

Truecaller has launched Backup for Android, a new feature which allows users to backup and restore their contacts, call history, block list and settings to Google Drive. Every day hundreds of thousands of Truecaller users are switching to a new phone, getting new SIM card, resetting their device or in general having to start their [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has dragged a Deputy Director in the Federal Ministry of Works, Mr. Mohammed Musa Abimiku, to court for allegedly embezzling its N4.5 million. Abimiku was charged by ICPC alongside an Assistant Director, Mr. Micah Paman who was the chairman of the Ministry's Anti-Corruption and Transparency [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, on Tuesday inaugurated 'Operation Know Your Neighbour' to check cultism and drug peddling in the state. He inaugurated the operation during a town hall meeting hosted by Area G Command in Ogba, Lagos. According to Imohimi, people have taken the act of knowing one's neighbour for granted, [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018

The blame game arising from the Benue debacle continues - though unhelpful, but necessary in the circumstances, if only to let off steam. But what the situation calls for is a quick restoration of normalcy and the return of a lasting peace, not only in Benue State - the current theatre of madness - but [] 

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