NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [19 FEBRUARY, 2018].

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Below are the headlines found on The Blueprint Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 19 February, 2018.

Mon, 19 Feb 2018
The Senator representing Kaduna central on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Shehu Sani, has said that the party will be doomed if Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s led reconciliation committee of aggrieved party members fail.
Sani, also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately tell Nigerians whether he will seek re-election in 2019 presidential election or not.
The outspoken Senator was at the national secretarial of APC at the weekend to explain to the National Working Committee (NWC) on the parallel excos and new secretariat in Kaduna chapter of the party.
Speaking with newsmen after a closed door meeting, Sani warned the party leaders not to take side or recognise the other faction of the party led by Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

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He said: “Right now, the party is already divided in Kaduna and it is for the national secretariat to note this and we have said it in clear terms. The problem has defiled solution for two years, but we believe that Asiwaju can do a lot of reconciliation and we hope that he will be able to achieve a lot because if Asiwaju fails, it is going to be doom for the party.

“When you see people fighting within the party, it is because they want to remain in the party. If they don’t want to remain within the party, they will simply walk away from the party. So, we are saying in the 21st century Nigeria, there are those of us in the APC that will not accept any governor going into a room to write the list of his concubines, friends, his errand boys and guides and send them as executive of the party.
“We are going to remain in the APC and pursue this agenda and my presence here at the APC is to send a clear message, appreciating Tinubu’s appointment and so to tell them that it is in the best interest of the party that they don’t take sides or the most they can do is to give us equal treatment as far as Kaduna is concerned.”

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While decrying the level of crisis rocking APC across the country, Senator Sani said: “It is of concern that a party that came to power with so much good will, and hope has found itself in a civil war with itself. Right now, the APC is both the government and the opposition because most of the criticism and opposition that is going on in the country is within the APC itself.”

Speaking on why President Buhari should make his intention on whether he will seek re-election known, Sani said: “I think it is in the interest of the country and the interest of the party that President Buhari makes his position known because right now, it has been his Aides that are speaking on his behalf and whether they are doing it with his consent or not, no Nigerian for now knows whether President Buhari will contest or not.”
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Amidst contentious reordering of 2019 general elections time table by the National Assembly, a Senator representing Imo North Senatorial district, Benjamin Uwajomogu, has described the action of his colleagues as unconstitutional, adding that the move was targeted against President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking with newsmen Sunday in Abuja, Uwajomogu said he joined his colleagues who protested the passage of the reordered sequence of 2019 general elections because the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria only empowered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to do so.
“It is my candid opinion that the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria expressly empowered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to  organise, undertake and supervise all elections to the offices of the President and Vice President, the Governor and Deputy Governor, and to the membership of the Senate, the House of Representatives and the House of Assembly of each State of the Federation.”

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When confronted with the question that INEC derives powers from both the Constitution and the Electoral Act, he said: “I have flipped through the Hansards of the 1960 parliament, the 2nd Republic and the 3rd Republic National Assembly Hansards and couldn’t locate where they ever inserted the sequence of elections in their Electoral Act. I stand to be corrected.

“There maybe different reasons, but be rest assured that when Mr President vetos the Bill, majority of us will support the veto. It is becoming clear by the day, that wittingly or unwittingly their target is Mr President and many of our colleagues will realise their mistakes and change their mind. Be rest assured that they can’t garner the proverbial two thirds majority in both chambers.
“Let me ask you, what do I tell my constituency? That am voting against President Muhammadu Buhari who is re-constructing Enugu-Okigwe-Umuahia-Aba-Port Harcourt, Enugu-Onitsha, 2nd Niger Bridge, Aba-Calabar,dualisation of Owerri – Aba highway among other federal roads. Roads abandoned for over two decades.” I believe that the South-east Geo-political zone will benefit more politically if we support President Buhari for another term of office.”
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, has urged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to learn from the current political development in the country with a view to providing a better choice for Nigerians when it assumes power in 2019.
A statement on Sunday by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan quoted Babangida, to have spoken in Minna, on Saturday while receiving members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP led by its National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus,

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The statement stated that Babangida also expressed satisfaction with the rebranding so far achieved by the PDP ahead of the 2019 general elections.

“I am happy at your assurances that there will be no imposition in all your primary elections. It is all about choice and you have promised to provide the best choice,” he said.
Commending the elective National Convention of the PDP, the former president noted that not a few Nigerians believed that the national convention will hold adding however that the outcome was successful.
“Your ‘Reposition, Rebrand and Regain’ agenda is working and I mean particularly the rebranding. Some people believed that having been in government since 1999, the PDP will find opposition difficult but you are carrying on well and providing a better alternative.
“You have also not abandoned the people in times of crisis. I monitored your activities in Benue, Taraba and you just said your party has sent members to Zamfara to commiserate with the people.  Surely you have made the people the centre of your return and they will not forget you because you were with them in time of sorrow.
Earlier, in the meeting, PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, had told Babangida that former leaders of our nation must rally together to save our nation from the current administration.
He lamented the killings and economic hardships, which Nigerians contend with on daily basis, stressing that our country has never witnessed the type of division “our people are currently facing.
“As a leader, you made the welfare of Nigerians the thrust of governance. You were also concerned about the peace and unity of this nation. You created and built people as well as institutions.
“Today, our nation is drifting and as leaders you cannot afford to keep quiet and watch on the sides. Leaders like you must come together and take a firm position on how to save our nation from the precipice.

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“PDP remains the only alternative platform based on our experience more so because we have learnt our lessons. We have resolved to play by the rules and operate within the confines of our party’s and the Nigerian constitution.
“We are rebranding and repositioning to make our party open to all and regain the land for the people. We are determined to give opportunities to the youths and our women. We also want to mentor a new generation of young Nigerians that will take our nation to the next millennium”, Prince Secondus said.
The former military leader therefore urged all Nigerians to rally with the repositioned PDP to restore the nation once more to the path of peace, national unity and economic development.
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
In his bid to further boost troops morale and see things for himself, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Nigerian Army, Lieutenant General TY Buratai along with some Principal Staff Officers of the Army Headquarters and Commanders, undertook operational visits to troops locations in the north east with specific emphasis on Sambisa forest on Saturday 17th February 2018. Brigadier General Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Nigeria, global bodies move to stop illicit financial flows in Afric igeria and global organisations, including the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank Group, have agreed on high-level collaborations with Nigeria and other African countries to stop Illicit Financial Flows (IFF) in Africa. This was a major resolution reached at the ongoing Platform for Collaboration Read More 

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Mon, 19 Feb 2018
The Joint Union of Tertiary Institutions, Nasarawa State Chapter, yesterday, embarked on an indefinite strike following the state government’s failure to meet their demands on welfare issues. The Chairman of the union, Samuel Bashayi, who disclosed this in a statement in Lafia, said that the decision to embark on the strike was taken at the union’s state executive council meeting Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Media practitioners in the country have been tasked on factual reportage as well as demonstration of patriotism and love for country. National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Abdulwaheed Odusile, handed the charge at the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), FCT Chapter’s 2018 Valentine’s Day Celebration of Couples with the theme: Marriage and Family Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Management of the Benue State University has closed down the school following protest by some students in solidarity with those driven away from the examination hall over non- payment of school fees. This is even as 7000 students in the state university could not register for the 2016/2017 academic session because of paucity of funds to pay their school Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Eighteen years after she was sacked by the University of Ilorin Governing Council, the Supreme Court has set aside the 1999 sack of Mrs. Aize Imonokhome Obayan (now a professor) as a lecturer and reader in the Department of Guidance and Counselling, University of Ilorin. The apex court, in a unanimous judgment by a five-man panel, led by Justice Read More 

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Mon, 19 Feb 2018
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) yesterday condemned the killing of 41 innocent people by armed bandits in Birane, Zurmi LGA of Zamfara state and reported killing of 12 herdsmen by suspected local farmers at Okere in Iseyin, Oyo state. ACF, while describing the killings as unfortunate and barbaric, noted that bloodletting in the country in form of bandits attack Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has reaffirmed its commitment to support the Nigerian media industry by empowering its practitioners with the requisite knowledge that promotes the values of professionalism and ethics in the discharge of their duties. This, according to the Bank, is as a result of the critical role the media plays in national development. The bank gave Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
The World Bank has approved a facility loan of $486 million for rehabilitation and upgrading of electricity transmission substations and lines. The investments under the Nigeria Electricity Transmission Project will increase the power transfer capacity of the transmission network and enable distribution companies supply consumers with additional power. Together with other investments and policy measures, the project will Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Osun state police command has paraded two brothers who allegedly operate the ritualists den discovered in Ilobu, Irepodun Local Government Area of the state. According to the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye, items recovered in the den revealed that criminal activities have been going in the place for a long time. Adeoye stated that the den was discovered Read More 

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Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has backed the National Assembly on its recent re-ordering of the 2019 general elections as contained in an amendment to the Electoral Act. The National Assembly Conference Committee on Electoral Act (amendment) Bill had on Tuesday adopted a re-ordered sequence of the 2019 elections, which now puts the presidential election last in the timetable. Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Aisha Abubakar Usman is only one year old in Kannywood; however, the 24-year-old actress has featured in more than 30 hit movies like Blackberry; Achuci Maza; and Ibro Maciji. Aisha, who obtained a Diploma in Civil law from college of Islamic and legal studies, Kano, before venturing into acting, speaks to ALIYU ASKIRA on marriage, acting and challenges in the Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
When the Borno state Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, expressed the wish not to bequeath the Boko Haram to his successor like his predecessor, Sen. Ali-Modu Sherriff, did in 2011, I said to myself: ‘Hmmm’ this sounds like a wishful thinking.’ You can’t blame me for being pessimistic. Considering the resilience of the insurgents, even after they had been degraded, it Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Unlike previous years, all the 19 northern governors were absent from the 52th anniversary of the death of Sir Ahmadu Bello, premier of former Northern Region and the absence elicited a lot of rumour. In this interview with IBRAHEEM MUSA, the Managing Director of Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, Dr Shettima Aji Ali, gave reasons for not inviting their Excellencies Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Anwar el-Sadat, a former Egyptian leader, was a staunch ally of the United States in the search for peace in the Middle East. This alliance with America made him very unpopular at home, especially with radical elements. He was assassinated in a spectacular fashion by fundamentalist army officers on October 6, 1981. The assassination of Sadat jolted the establishment Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
El-Rufai on the threshold of history Greatness is not about achieving everything. It is about achieving something extraordinary, even if it is a single thing. During his campaigns, Governor Nasir El-Rufai promised the people of Kaduna State that he would conduct free and fair elections into the 23 Local Government Councils of the State within three months of being sworn Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Located in Cross River state, Danare shares border, language, culture and religion with Camerounian communities but it lacks almost every basic amenity of modern life. Coupled with this neglect, the farming community is being constantly raided by Camerounian soldiers in search of rebels, adding to the residents’ trauma as KINGSTON OBUNG who was there, narrates in this report. A community Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has been dogged by several crises since the appointment of Prof. Usman Yusuf, as the Executive Secretary (ES) by President Muhammadu Buhari, majorly as a result of long-drawn battle him and the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs) as well as staff of the agency. AJUMA EDWINA OGIRI writes on Read More 

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Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Two female writers, Amina Aboje and Elsie Oghenekaro, will take centre stage at the February 24, 2018, Guest Writers’ Session of the Abuja Writers Forum (AWF). A statement signed by Edith Yassin, on behalf of the AWF, said the event which will hold at Aso Hall of Nanet Suites by 4pm, would also features readings, question and answer session, Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) has secured the 2018 ANA/Yusuf Ali nationwide literary awareness campaign grant of N3,000,000, which was donated by Yusuf Ali (SAN), an Ilorin-based legal practitioner, author and philanthropist. ANA in statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, South, Wole Adedoyin, said this year’s grant would be deployed to facilitate a comprehensive media supplement on the Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Nigerian poet, Abegunde Sunday Olaoluwa, fondly called Speaking Pen is the winner of World Union of Poets Prize 2016. He is the principal director of Speaking Pen International Concept (SPIC). The author of bestselling self-help book, Unleash Your Potential: Beyond Just Motivation, in this interview with ABDULHAFEEZ T. OYEWOLE speaks about his unflinching commitment to the writing, publishing and spoken Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu is the wife of the Ondo state Governor, Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu. She is the founder of the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN); a non-profit organisation that champions awareness campaigns on breast cancer. She is also an aquacultrist and philanthropist. In this chat with ENE OSANG, she speaks on BERCAN activities and the status of women and Read More 

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Mon, 19 Feb 2018
During his gubernatorial campaign in 2015, Malam Nasir el-Rufai promised to organize local government election in Kaduna state within three months of assuming office. However, the governor of Kaduna state has run the local governments for almost three years without elected council chairmen, in spite of several court order compelling him to hold elections. Last week, Kaduna State Independent Electoral Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Yakubu Mahmood, yesterday, said that the 2019 General Elections budget would be ready in seven days. Mahmood disclosed this at a two-day 2019 Election Project Plan (EPP) Implementation programmme for the senior management staff of the commission in Lagos. He said: ‘It is exactly a year today to the 2019 General Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, met behind closed doors with 18 state governors of the APC controlled in Daura, Katsina state. The governors that attended the meeting include the Chairman of the Governors’ Forum and Zamfara state Governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari; Rochas Okorocha (Imo); Abubakar Muhammed (Bauchi); Kashim Shettima (Borno); Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) and Malam Nasir El-Rufa’I of Kaduna state. Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Since Vice President Yemi Osinbajo okayed the idea, the possibility of a State Police has been gaining traction as the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) has embraced it. However, several law makers and other stakeholders, including security experts, have kicked against it as ELEOJO IDACHABA, EZREL TABIOWO, TAIYE ODEWALE, TOPE SUNDAY and KEHINDE OSASONA highlight in this report. More so, the Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
The Redeemers University, Ede, Osun state, has hintedthat the institution was making serious efforts towards providing a lasting solution to the lassa fever scourge. The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Debo Adeyewa, gave the hint duringthe 13th matriculation ceremony of the university, on Friday. The university VC, during the matriculation of 550 students including the Post Graduate students and Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
The crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congres (APC) Friday took another dimension as the North Central zonal committee and the National Working Committee (NWC) disagree over the announced sack of Kogi state chapter of the executives. The North-Central zonal leaders had announced on a national Television that the Kogi State excos have been dissolved but in a swift response, Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Gives Buhari 30 days ultimatum A group of young Nigerians under the aegis of Not Too You To Run Movement, said the Bill has received affirmative votes from twenty-five (25) state assemblies across the country, which is the constitutional threshold prescribed by Section 9 (2) of the 1999 constitution. Addressing a press conference Friday in Abuja, one of the conveners Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Bayelsa state yesterday said it will embark on measles vaccination campaign starting from 1st to 13th of March, 2018. The commissioner for health, Proffessor Ebitimitula Etebu in the company of his Education and information counterparts made this known in Yenagoa during a press conference. The exercise the commissioner said will be in two phases staring from 1st to 6th of Read More 

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Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Making good of it’s promise of clearing the Boko Haram terrorists and making Sambisa fit for lawful activities, the Nigerian Army was further consolidating on the successes of Operation DEEP PUNCH II by troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, through infrastructure developmental. The Director Army Public Relations, DAPR, Nigerian Army Headquarters Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka in a statement Friday said apart Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
A former minister for information,Professor Jerry Gana yesterday said that the best way to manage public image was to run an open government. Speaking in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, during the commissioning of Bayelsa state information house as part of the activities marking the 6year anniversary of the restoration Government, Gana said that the ministry must be equipped with trained staff Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
The delegation of U17 women national football team, Flamingos, will on Friday arrive in Yaounde, capital of Cameroon for their final round, final leg of the 2018 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup qualifying fixture against their Cameroonian counterparts. Officials confirmed that the team will fly aboard an Asky Air plane from Abuja for the game billed for Sunday. Both teams Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Former Director of Sports in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr Geoffrey Ogu yesterday emerged as the President, Para-Athletics Federation of Nigeria (PAFN) in a keenly contested election for seven para-sports in the country. Ogu who was emphatic on his vision and mission for one of the physically challenged sporting federations defeated his closest rival, Ameobi Chikwendu with just Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, says sports is a vital tool in addressing some of the security challenges bedevilling the county. The minister made the remark on Thursday, when he led a delegation of the National Council of Sports on a courtesy visit to Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai in Kaduna. He said it was important for governments at all Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Nigeria’s Super Eagles dropped one place in the latest FIFA ranking released by the football governing body on Thursday The Super Eagles were 51st in the world with 651 points in January but are now 52nd with 606 points, according to the ranking on FIFA’s official website on Thursday. Nigeria, who were losing finalists at the African Nations Championship Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
No doubt, Nigeria is a big country with huge landmass and population. These facts, and many more, therefore, make it untenable for the country’s security arrangement to be controlled from the centre. This is the view of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. Specifically, Osinbajo said that the federal government cannot, realistically, provide security in view of the country’s estimated 180 million Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Abuja An electrical upsurge from the technical room at the basement of the Senate wing of the National Assembly (NASS) yesterday prevented the upper legislative chamber from holding plenary. The upsurge which enveloped the ground and first floors of the wing with thick smoke for about an hour, delayed commencement of the later adjourned plenary to 11:15am. Within five minutes Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Makurdi Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom, has vowed to keep speaking out on the invasion and ongoing killings in the state until the people of the state got justice. He spoke when a delegation of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), South-south zone, led by Archbishop God-Dowell Oyibo Avwomakpa, visited him at the Peoples House, Makurdi. He said if those Read More 

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Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Abuja Ahead of next year’s general elections, a civil society organisation, Good Governance Team (GGT), has said it had concluded plans to launch a tracking project to monitor early money and third party spending, misuse of state and administrative resources. The group, in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by its convener, Tunde Salman, said the project wouold run through Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Kaduna The Forum of Directors of Sports in Nigeria has urged the federal government to deploy the moneys recovered from looters in reviving the moribund textile industry to create hundreds of thousands jobs for youths. Chairman of the Forum and Kwara state Director of Sports, Mr. Tunde Kasim, said ‘creating jobs for the teeming youth will reduce insecurity by curbing Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Gusau No fewer than 41 people were yesterday reportedly killed by yet to be identified gunmen at Birane village in Zurmi local government area of Zamfara state. A resident of the area, identified as Bello Muhammad Zurmi in a telephone conversation, told Blueprint that, around 5:00 pm yesterday, the gunmen ambushed a Cantar truck conveying over 20 people and slaughtered Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri About 300 Borno students have been offered scholarship by the deputy governor of the state, Alhaji Usman Durkwa and a senior special adviser, media, Kwapchi Bata Dibal. Two hundred of them were indigent students from Hawul local government area while 100 others were non-indigents from Maiduguri Metropolitan Council. The 200 indigent students of Hawul council were Read More 
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Kano The Peace Initiative Network in partnership with the Peace Direct has launched an empowerment programme to provide skills for 250 youths and women in conflict areas of northern Nigeria. Participants in the programme supported by the United kingdom-based organisation, who were drawn from Kano and Jos, would receive training and inputs required to start sustainable micro- business in tailoring, Read More 

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