NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [28 JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 28 January, 2018.

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
There is disquiet in the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the camp of President Muhammadu Buhari over the disposition of some stalwarts of the party to the fortune of  the  party ahead of next year’s  polls.

Senate President BukolaSaraki; House of Representatives Speaker YakubuDogara;Sokoto State   Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal; ex-Governor Musa RabiuKwankwaso; ex-Governor AliyuWammako; ex-Governor DanjumaGoje;  ex-Governor Ahmed Sani Yerima and some APC governors are among such  party chieftains.

Some of them dumped the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to be part of the coalition which led to the birth of the APC.


 
Authoritative party sources said last night that none of the leaders has made any commitment to a possible second term ticket for President Buhari because they are weighing their own options on the way forward.

A few of them have a strong political relationship with ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, who wrote a toxic letter to the President during the week.

Obasanjo,in the letter,asked Buhari to jettison any plan to seek reelection next year and pay attention to his health.

He called for the formation of what he called a Third Force to wrestle power from the APC and stop the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from returning to power.

Prominent politicians across party divide are said to be already lining up to join the “Third Force.”

Investigation by our correspondent indicated that the Presidency is worried by what sources termed the “silence and cold attitude” of these leaders to Buhari’s second term bid.


 
Although some of the leaders believe it is too early now to start politicking, some APC leaders and Buhari’s strategists are suspicious of such position.

The closeness of some of them to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has compounded the fears of those in Buhari’s camp.

It was learnt that a few of them, including some APC Senators and members of the House of Representatives, have practically abandoned the party.

It was gathered that a minister recently met one of the leaders on the second term bid of the President but the highly-placed match-maker allegedly said: “It is the President who should tell me, not you.”

According to findings, the development accounted for the series of dinners being organised by the President to interact with these leaders to gauge their mood and indirectly seek their support.

The President has already dined with Senators and members of the House of Representatives.

The last dinner he had was with a group comprising ex-Senate President Ken Nnamani, ex-Governor Orji UzorKalu, ex-National Chairman of PDP, AbubakarKawuBaraje and others.

A top source in Buhari’s camp said: “Most of these top leaders have not been forthcoming on the second term aspiration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Some of these leaders are too silent to trust. Look, the loyalists of Buhari are also not taking things for granted at all.

“Virtually every day, consultations and negotiation are going on with leaders, political groups across the six geopolitical zones.

“While some are weighing options, we are also suspecting that some of them are behind the Coalition for Nigeria (CN) campaign by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo because they don’t want to come out ; they don’t want a direct confrontation with Buhari.

“We are however giving some of them benefit of the doubt because the political climate might be unpredictable in their states and they may have no option than to remain in APC with Buhari.”

But a source, who had attended some dinners with Buhari, said: “I think the President is also watching his steps because he has not come out categorically that he is interested in a second term.

“For instance, at the last dinner with ex-Governor Kalu and others, he only ate with us. In spite of the fact that ex-Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso was at the session, Buhari did not tell us he would seek a second term ticket.

“He gave us so much to eat and did the talking alone. The President’s handlers did not allow him to have any feedback from us.

“Such a dinner would have been a golden opportunity to speak our minds and forge a new rapprochement.

It is not sufficient to say at a dinner that you have not forgotten some party leaders without telling us what you are driving at.

“In fairness, I do not see these leaders as mind readers. The President will now need to do more to consult individually and in group on his re-election ambition.”

A source in Tambuwal camp, who spoke in confidence, said: “You should know better that the governor does not pretend.

“When he was the Speaker of the House of Representatives, it was obvious to all Nigerians that his heart was with the APC. I can tell you that by now, if he has alternative plan, you would have known.

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
AHEAD of the 2019 General Election, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has once again set the Nigerian polity agog with his unexpectedly critical open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari. While pointedly telling the President to forget all thought of seeking another term in 2019, he accused the current federal government of failing to live up to the expectations of Nigerians.

The former President said Buhari has failed to deliver on his campaign promises and should therefore “dismount from the horse” to join the league of the country’s former leaders whose “experience, influence, wisdom and outreach can be deployed on the side line for the good of the country.” He also alleged that the current administration promotes nepotism and sectionalism with his activities in government.

Obasanjo, who served for two terms as president on the platform of opposition People Democratic Party (PDP), expressed his disappointment in Buhari, whom he supported during the 2015 presidential election against former President Goodluck Jonathan, who ran as the candidate of PDP, Obasanjo’s party at the time. He however insisted that his decision to oppose Jonathan back then was the right thing to do in the interest of the country.


 
“The lice of poor performance in government – poverty, insecurity, poor economic management, nepotism, gross dereliction of duty, condonation of misdeed – if not outright encouragement of it, lack of progress and hope for the future, lack of national cohesion and poor management of internal political dynamics and widening inequality, are very much with us today,” Obasanjo wrote.

Recovering from Obasanjo’s punchy letter after almost 24 hours of silence, the federal government responded through Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information, saying it appears Obasanjo had been so busy that he could not keep track of the progress recorded by the Buhari administration. Describing the former President as a patriot who has proven his love for the country many times, the government urged Obasanjo to take a second look at the score-card of the current administration.

“Chief Obasanjo is a patriot, and he has proven this time and time again. We appreciate what he said concerning the administration’s performance in two out of the three key issues that formed the plank of its campaign: fighting corruption and tackling insurgency. Specifically, the former president said President Buhari must be given credit for his achievement so far in these two areas. We thank him for this,” the statement read.

Mohammed continued that “On whether or not President Muhammadu Buhari should run for another term, it is true that many Nigerians have been calling on the President to run again, while others are opposed to his return. However, we believe this issue is a distraction for the president at this time. This is because Mr. President spends every waking hours tackling the enormous challenges facing the nation, most of which were bequeathed to his Administration by successive past administrations.”

Following the exchange between the two camps and the divided opinions trailing the development, many Nigerians recalled a similar open letter from Obasanjo to the then President Jonathan, during the run up to the 2015 presidential election. An apparently angry Obasanjo, in what many described as one of the most acerbic letters in modern history, had accused Jonathan of ineptitude and of taking actions calculated at destroying Nigeria.

Saying it would be “fatally morally flawed” for Jonathan to contest in 2015, Obasanjo added, “as a leader, two things you must cherish and hold dear among others are trust and honour, both of which are important ingredients of character. I will want to see anyone in the Office of the Presidency of Nigeria as a man or woman who can be trusted, a person of honour in his words and character.”


 
A couple of hours after the letter, Jonathan and his men went all out for Obasanjo, telling him he lacks the moral right to caution the then President, among other things. Not a few people blamed the handling of Obasanjo’s letter by Jonathan and his handlers form his eventual loss of the presidential election the following year. Thus, as the debate over the former President’s letter continues, one question on many lips across the country is “what should Buhari do with Obasanjo’s advices and allegations?


Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The National Emergency Manage-ment Agency (NEMA) is currently enmeshed in a massive scandal after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) uncovered an alleged N2.5billion fraud in the operations of the organisation.

The scandal was perpetrated through incorporation of fake companies, creation of fake IDPs’ camps and award of frivolous contracts.

The EFCC may invite a former Director-General of NEMA and some serving directors for interrogation on the fraud.


 
Some of the companies engaged by NEMA are alleged to have failed to remit N354,905,000 as accumulated taxes to the Federal Inland Revenue Service(FIRS).

Besides, the anti-graft agency is probing alleged diversion of foods and relief materials meant for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-East to Chad and Niger Republic.

The Nation gathered that the EFCC launched the probe following intelligence that the ex-DG of NEMA and some directors “siphoned, misappropriated and diverted public funds to the tune of over N2.5billion.”

A source familiar with the investigation said: “Preliminary investigation indicated that fake companies were incorporated and fake way bills were used in securing contracts in NEMA.

“Funds were diverted under the guise of some purported training of some staff which was never conducted. Some of the directors involved had incorporated personal companies and secured contracts with the agency.

“Some of the companies engaged by NEMA have also failed to remit N354,905,000 as accumulated taxes  to the Federal Inland Revenue Service(FIRS). The unpaid taxes were from 2014 to date.


 
“There are cases of some directors, who are civil servants, owning about five to 10 companies in order to corner contracts in NEMA. There is an instance of a director with about 20 accounts in which fake contract sums were paid into.”

A well-placed source said: “As part of our investigation, we are looking into alleged diversion of foods and relief materials meant for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-East to neighbouring countries, especially Chad and Niger Republic.

“We have discovered instances where trucks loaded with relief materials were diverted to these neighbouring countries for sale.

“There is also a case of inflated household for phantom purchase and delivery of relief materials. At a point, they even created three to four fake IDP communities where relief materials were diverted.

“Another dimension to the scandal in NEMA is alleged frivolous and overtime claims by some directors and workers of the agency.

“Some of the vouchers showed some staff, who are civil servants, demanding refund of N20million as claims they spent on behalf of NEMA. How did a civil servant incur N20million debt on behalf of his or her agency?”

Responding to a question, the source added: “The EFCC will soon invite a former Director-General of NEMA, some directors, staff, companies and contractors for questioning.

“Already, the detectives handling the case have retrieved relevant vouchers and documents relevant to the ongoing investigation.”

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) South West region, Archbishop Magnus Atilade, has warned the killings by Fulani herdsmen could degenerate to another civil war if allowed to fester. He called on President Muhammadu Buhari and security agencies to stop at nothing to halt the killings in the interest of national peace. Atilade,Read MoreThe post Atilade: We risk another civil war if appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Top directors, officers own companies to secure relief materials contracts ' Four fake IDPs' camps created to make money The National Emergency Manage-ment Agency (NEMA) is currently enmeshed in a massive scandal after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) uncovered an alleged N2.5billion fraud in the operations of the organisation. The scandal wasRead MoreThe post EFCC UNCOVERS N2.5B FRAUD IN NEMA appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The West Africa Theological Seminary (WATS) has installed Prof. John Okwii as its new provost. The Ugandan became the new head of the leading theological institution last week. In his acceptance speech, Okwii promised to be a servant leader who will always be approachable to all lecturers, students, non-teaching staff and stakeholders of the institution.Read MoreThe post Okwii is new WATS provost appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Begs cleric for forgiveness In a massive, dramatic U-turn, Miss Stephanie Otobo, has apologised to founder of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide (OFM), Apostle Johnson Suleman, who she accused of impregnating and breaching a promise to marry her. Otobo, in a confession video on the church Facebook page yesterday, declared she was sponsored by very strongRead MoreThe post Politicians, pastors paid me to destroy Apostle Suleman, Otobo confesses appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
With the nation officially exiting recession, President of the Christ Apostolic Church Mission (CAMC), Pastor Olusoji Ajayi, believes things can only get better. He spoke with Sunday Oguntola on other burning national issues. Excerpts: How Nigeria missed it The Lord said the economic problem started in 1977 during the FESTAC '77 celebration. The economic situationRead MoreThe post 'The worst is over for Nigeria' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Begs cleric for forgiveness In a massive, dramatic U-turn, Miss Stephanie Otobo, has apologised to founder of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide (OFM), Apostle Johnson Suleman, who she accused of impregnating and breaching a promise to marry her. Otobo, in a confession video on the church Facebook page yesterday, declared she was sponsored by very strongRead MoreThe post Politicians, pastors paid me to destroy Apostle Suleman, Otobo confesses appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
A 100-year-old man Ahmadu Hwie and two others were killed by gunmen that attacked Huke, a rural settlement in Bassa Local Government of Plateau yesterday. The gunmen that burnt 10 houses also killed Hwie Odo, 90, and Gado Kondo, 70. Spokesmen of Plateau Police Command TernaTyopev confirmed the deceased were killed in their houses byRead MoreThe post Herdsmen kill 3 elderly men, raze 10 houses in Plateau appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
A 100-year-old man Ahmadu Hwie and two others were killed by gunmen that attacked Huke, a rural settlement in Bassa Local Government of Plateau yesterday. The gunmen that burnt 10 houses also killed Hwie Odo, 90, and Gado Kondo, 70. Spokesmen of Plateau Police Command TernaTyopev confirmed the deceased were killed in their houses byRead MoreThe post Herdsmen kill 3 elderly men, raze 10 houses in Plateau appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
President of the Foundation for World Peace and Dispute Resolution Archbishop Samson Benjamin has openly declared support for newly-registered All Blending Party(ABP). He also called on President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek a second term in office. He stated that it would be more honorable for the president to leave a legacy by giving wayRead MoreThe post 2019: Archbishop backs ABP appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Sunday Olisehs success story with Fortuna Sittard in the Dutch league is a potential Hollywood classic. 'I chose Fortuna Sittard out of respect for my family, not because it was the best offer that I had after leaving the Nigeria manager job,' the former Super Eagles captain said with a cheer, months after his unceremoniousRead MoreThe post SUNDAY OLISEH: My sunny side with Fortuna Sittard appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
A woman, allegedly found in possession of human parts, was yesterday afternoon set ablaze by a mob around Ekete-Inland area in Udu council area of Delta state. Our correspondent gathered the woman, who was reportedly known to be moving around the area disguised as a lunatic, was caught with human parts as well as aRead MoreThe post Alleged human parts seller set ablaze appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
To say Nigerian consumers suffer a lot of abuse on daily basis in the hands of service providers, manufacturers, retailer's etcetera, is certainly stating the obvious. The irony however is that most consumers suffer a lot of privations more than they are willing t o admit for reasons which border on the superficial to theRead MoreThe post How service providers take consumers for a ride appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Ahead of the much awaited farming season, young and old farmers in Damaturu, Yobe State capital and environs are upbeat that good fortunes will smile on them this time around. One person who as this blessed assurance is Bukar Sani, a youth farmer at Garin Gada in Geidam Local Government. Sani, along with his friendsRead MoreThe post 500 hectares irrigation project excites Yobe farmers appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
May you live in interesting times. It may well be that the deep and inscrutable Chinese had Nigeria in mind when they issued the above period advisory. We surely live in interesting times in Nigeria. As soon as the latest cameo of General Olusegun Obasanjo vigorously cantering and capering to Highlife music with his belovedRead MoreThe post His letter bomb arrives, once again appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Army has announced that remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists in the Sambisa general area have been neutralised following a decisive operations by ground troops against the terrorists. The Nigerian Army spokesperson, Brigadier-General Sani Usman, said seven of the terrorists were killed in the operation, while a number of them escaped with gunshotRead MoreThe post Troops kill seven terrorists in Sambisa appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Indications are that the uncertainty over the search for fresh investors by the interim management of 9Mobile, the fourth largest telecommunications network in the country is about to end soon if feelers from informed sources is anything to go by, reports Ibrahim Apekhade Yusuf To say that the management of 9Mobile has been in hornsRead MoreThe post 9Mobile: Long wait for new investors appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Idowu Mohammed, Executive Secretary Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps, LAGESC, speaks with Gboyega Alaka on the efforts of her agency towards attaining a clean Lagos, VisionScape Limited and the nuisances of cart pushers. Lagosians are still grappling with the essence of this new agency in orange and green otherwise known as LAGESC. As the ExecutiveRead MoreThe post 'Our job is to abate nuisance on Lagos streets' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
BY the end of 2017, President Muhammadu Buharis re-election was not thought to be irredeemable, despite the horrific killings perpetrated by herdsmen in many parts of the country and the federal governments chaotic and seeming impotence in dealing with the problem. After the New Years Day killings, however, and the desultory and provocative response ofRead MoreThe post Obasanjo throws a spanner in the works appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Air Force said at the weekend that scores of Boko Haram terrorists have been neutralised in the Sambisa general area with fighter aircrafts as the terrorists tried to interfere with ongoing operations with the ground troops. A statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information of the NAF, Air Vice Marshal OlatokunboRead MoreThe post '. NAF bombs Boko Haram appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
African Farmers and Cultural Organisation (AFCO), a nongovernmental, nonprofit organisation has concluded plans to host its National Membership Congress as well as inaugurate the African Crops and Cultural Festival, scheduled to hold later in October 2018 in Lagos. Giving this hint at the weekend was AFCO President, Chief Chukwunwike Esiole. He spoke in Lagos atRead MoreThe post AFCO to host food congress appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
How far can Governor Darius Ishaku go in rescuing Taraba State from Fulani herdsmen with the instrumentality of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law' In this report, Fanen Ihyongo examines how the northeastern state is tackling its major headache. CAN Governor Darius Ishaku end the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers across theRead MoreThe post Taraba: Ishaku and the herdsmen challenge appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
How far can Governor Darius Ishaku go in rescuing Taraba State from Fulani herdsmen with the instrumentality of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law' In this report, Fanen Ihyongo examines how the northeastern state is tackling its major headache. CAN Governor Darius Ishaku end the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers across theRead MoreThe post Taraba: Ishaku and the herdsmen challenge appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has called on officers and men of the Air Force to remain focused and avoid the temptation of distractions from some on-going campaigns in the country. Air Marshal Abubakar maintained that the Air Force would not allow any individual or groups of individuals undermine theRead MoreThe post Air Force chief warns against distractions and chaos appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Says Secretary of State Tillerson to visit soon President Donald Trump of the United States has sent a letter to African leaders, saying he deeply respects the people of Africa He also says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will make an extended visit to the continent in March, his first in that role. The letterRead MoreThe post I respect Africa, Trump writes continental leaders appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
British Airways has announced a multimillion pound investment in its World Traveller (long-haul economy cabin) catering, introducing an exciting and expanded new menu, which provides more quantity and quality to both meals and great snacking options throughout the flight. Previously, customers travelling in the cabin were served a complimentary snack, a three-course-meal or a lightRead MoreThe post British Airways invests multimillion pounds on new cabin facilities appeared first on The Nation N 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Title: A guide to correct English pronunciation Author: Sandra Chime-Age Publishers: Mireya Educational Services Limited Year of Publication: 2017 No. of Pages: 32 Reviewer: Yetunde Oladeinde As you go through this book titled A guide to correct English pronunciation, you are fascinated with the simple style of writing, vivid presentation as well as the aestheticsRead MoreThe post Chime-Age navigates complexities of language appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The fierce political battle between Oyo state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and the Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu is not abating. If anything, the crisis is assuming more worrisome dimensions as observers fear it may damage the chances of the ruling party during the 2019 governorship election in the state, writes Dare Odufowokan, AssistantRead MoreThe post 2019: Ajimobi, Shittu tear Oyo APC apart appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
With two months left for the amnesty period of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme to end, Executive Chairman of the Joint Tax Board (JTB) Mr. Oseni Elama spoke with some journalists on the prospects and benefits of the scheme to the states among other issues. Assistant Editor, Nduka Chiejina was there. What isRead MoreThe post 'VAIDS will revolutionise tax collection in Nigeria' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
THE fact that Bayelsa State is in dire need of development is not in doubt. It does not need the prophecy of a spiritual surgeon to understand the writing on the faces of the people earnestly yearning for development. The dividends of good governance have become a matter of competition among the federating units andRead MoreThe post Keniebi Okoko: Creating a new future for Bayelsa appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The House of Representatives is set to investigate the circumstances surrounding the underutilisation of the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal (IKLT). The investigation which will cover all other light terminals across the country was intended to ascertain their status with a view to reposition them for economic development purposes. According to the lawmakers, the implication of theRead MoreThe post Lawmakers probe Ikorodu lighter terminal port, others appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Imam Jibril is the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chairman in Niger State. In this interview with Justina Asishana, the ruling party boss said contrary to rumors of mass defection of members to other parties, no genuine member of the APC in the state left the party for any other party. He added that the rulingRead MoreThe post 'APC still strong in Niger State' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC) has empowered 45 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) with technical skills in different aspects of housing construction work. The skills are in masonry/tiling 'plumbing as well as electrical installations. The 45 beneficiaries, who currently reside at the IDP Camp in New Kuchingoro Abuja, yesterday graduated from a two-month NMRC sponsoredRead MoreThe post NMRC empowers 45 IDPS with housing construction skills appeared first on The Nation Nigeri 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
THE recent endorsement of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for a second term in office by the Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, His Eminence, Dr. Samuel 'Emeka Kanu Uche, was quite weighty and inspiring. The supreme head of the Methodist Church in the country, while delivering a sermon at the thanksgiving serviceRead MoreThe post Enugu: Ugwuanyi's leadership strength and 2019 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
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