Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Wednesday, 14 February, 2017.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
National leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has urged former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Military President Ibrahim Babangida to leave the political space and join the club of retirees.
He said the two former leaders should otherwise join politics. Tinubu said this in an interview yesterday after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

He was reacting to statements Obasanjo and Babangida issued recently on the state of the nation. Obasanjo in his statement had advised President Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019.
He said: “I don’t address those shadows. We should let our former presidents join retirees’ club and take pensions, but they can participate in our politics if they are interested. 
“It is a free world, but this freedom is not served a la carte. But they should allow us to move our country forward. It is a challenge to every Nigerian.” 
Tinubu described his appointment by Buhari as head of the APC reconciliation committee as a very strong political challenge.
President Buhari  last week appointed Tinubu to lead the APC committee that would reconcile aggrieved members of the party. Asked how he felt about the assignment, Tinubu responded thus: 
“Well, l feel greatly honoured with the mutual confidence that the president has reposed in me which is a very strong political challenge. 
“We have started in earnest. He has given me free hand to put coercion, confidence and trust in the party.
“Democracy is about conflict resolution process. You can’t do it without resolving conflicts. We can’t build it without understanding the conflicts and sources where we are coming from. 
“But we want to leave the country with a legacy. It’s not about Mr. President. That is what he’s telling the country. It’s about our country, and no other choice to democratic tenets than through political party platforms. 
“He (Buhari) is one of those rare beings around the country, around Africa who had experienced both worlds: he fought a battle to save Nigeria and came to politics to save Nigeria. 
“Very rare people have such an opportunity in their lives time and that’s what we talk about; legacy. And where we have all the challenges, do what we should do.I’m enjoying the challenges so far.”
The APC national leader said the party has a better chance to win the 2019 general elections which, he assured, would be conducted in a most transparent and democratic manner.
Asked what the chances of the APC are in 2019, Tinubu said: “You are asking me an obvious question! I belong to this party. My commitment is to this party. 
“We have a better chance and we are strongly determined to prosecute election in a most transparent and democratic manner. And we will win.”
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) leader, Chief Bisi Akande, said his visit to President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja was not political but to commiserate with him on his bereavement.
Akande, pioneer National Chairman of the party, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) shortly after leaving the Villa that his visit with Tinubu to the president had nothing to do with politics ahead of 2019 elections.
According to him, Buhari’s popularity in the country is unshakable.“I must point out clearly that my visit in the company of Asiwaju has nothing to do with politics. There is no crisis in our party that is not being adequately handled.
“Our visit is a friendly one; it is a visit by friends commiserating with another friend, who recently lost family members. Every other thing is in the imagination of mischief makers.
“The problem is with those who brought this nation to its knees. These people cannot be redeemed.
“They are the ones making all hues and cries, because free money they were used to have ceased,” he said.
Akande said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ruined the country almost beyond redemption.
“President Buhari is doing everything possible to redeem the situation of the country.
“No one said it is going to be easy, given the scale of destruction of the recent past, but with steadfastness and patriotism, a lot is being achieved,” he added.
On Tinubu’s recent assignment to reconcile members of APC, Akande said the former Lagos governor was the best man for the job.
“If you will recall, Asiwaju was the deciding factor that brought together the alliance that birthed the APC. He has the energy, the doggedness and the discipline to replicate this in bringing together all feuding sides.
“It is all about the nation. In the APC, we put the country first, and once we are convinced that what we are doing is in the interest of the country, every other thing is secondary.”
Some of Tinubu’s visits to Buhari
On September 9, 2015, Tinubu visited Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa at the time Nigerians were expecting the appointment of ministers.
On June 16, 2016, Tinubu visited Buhari in the United Kingdom where the President was on holidays and also attending to his health.
Tinubu, alongside Akande, also paid a similar visit to Buhari at the Nigerian House in London on February 9, 2017.
On October 30, 2017, Tinubu met Buhari at the State House where he denied report that his relationship with the president was no longer cordial.
On November 28, 2017, Tinubu accompanied Buhari to the 5th European Union-African Union Summit in Abidjan, Cote d’ Ivoire.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
No fewer than 22 students of the Government Secondary School Misau in Bauchi State died in an auto crash on the Bauchi-Kano road yesterday.
Confirming the incident, the Public Relations Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Kano State Command, Kabir Ibrahim Daura, said the accident occurred at Tsaida village in Gaya Local Government Area of Kano State at about 11am.

Daura said the victims were coming to Kano for an excursion when the bus in which they were travelling had a head on collision with an incoming DAF truck.
He said 22 students and their driver lost their lives in the incident while three others sustained serious injuries.
“Of the 22 students, 12 are males while the remaining 10 are females.
“Two of the injured were taken to Gaya General Hospital while the remaining one has been referred to a Specialist Hospital in Kano,” he said.
He said all the corpses of the students had been deposited at the General Hospital Gaya.
Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has given a 24-hour ultimatum to officials of unauthorised government agencies to vacate the seaports or risk being arrested.
The directive is in line with a new order issued to NPA by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC).

PEBEC directed NPA to ensure strict compliance to the October 26, 2011, presidential directive on agencies permitted to operate in the ports.
The NPA, therefore, reiterated that only eight federal government agencies were allowed to operate and have physical representation at all port locations in the country.
General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications of NPA, Abdullahi Goje, in a statement, said the agencies allowed representation at the ports were: Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA); Nigerian Customs Service (NCS); Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA); Nigeria Police; Department of State Security (DSS); Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Port Health and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) should remain at the ports.
The directive stated that other agencies not mentioned in the list should remain outside the ports premises as the Nigerian Customs Service, which is the lead agency for inspection of cargoes, had developed standard operating procedures to facilitate their seamless operation.
“The NPA remains committed to the determination of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to enhance the ease of doing business in the country and the improvement of conditions under which business is carried out in all ports across the country.
“The NPA solicits for the kind support of all agencies and stakeholders in the Nigerian maritime sector towards actualising the noble goal of making Nigeria a destination of choice for all legitimate businesses,” Goje said.
The affected agencies include National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), among others. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi, former Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Atahiru Jega, an Economist, Prof. Pat Utomi have been slated to grace the first Lagos-Kano economic summit  to be hosted in Epe, Lagos.
At a joint press briefing in Lagos on Tuesday, state organisers said while Sanusi will be presenting a paper at the summit slated for February 28 and March 1, 2018, Jega will be attending as moderator of a panel discussion and Utomi as a lead discussants, among other personalities.

The former Minister of Planning, Dr Shamsuddeen Usman who is also the Chairman of the Kano State Economic summit and leader of the delegation said the partnership between the two states is geared towards providing residents of the two states with good governance and investments.
“The relationship between Kano and Lagos is not going to be based on one product. Principally, we shall be focusing on economics and investments. And at the end of the summit, we shall be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to define the nature of the relationship,” Usman said.
Also, the Lagos State Commissioner for Economic and Budget, Akinyemi Ashade said more than 800 delegates are expected at the summit on daily basis. He also said the summit which is being midwifed by the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and his Kano State counterpart, Abdullahi Ganduje.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said ‎it is taking steps to ensure that both old and new entrants into the party are given a level playing field to contest the 2019 general elections. 
In a statement yesterday in Abuja, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the party’s structure at all levels had been directed not to engage in any activity that might directly or indirectly exclude any Nigerian that had shown interest in returning or freshly becoming a member of the opposition party. 

“The PDP therefore commends the unwavering dedication of all our leaders and members at all levels across the country as we offer our platform to millions of well-meaning Nigerians in this crucial national aspiration to end the misrule of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and return our nation once again to the path of national unity and prosperity under the PDP,” the statement said.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The number of deaths so far recorded in Nigeria this year from Lassa fever should be a source of concern to any serious country. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Elder statesmen under the aegis of APC Advisory Council of Plateau State have restated resolve to support President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Simon Lalong for a second term each. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The Sule Lamido Youth Mobilisation of Nigeria (SLMYN) has called on PDP stakeholders and members to rally behind a former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, in order to wrest power from President Muhammadu Buhari. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
A Federal High Court sitting in Wawa Cantonment, Kainji, New Bussa, Niger State has sentenced a self-confessed Boko Haram bomber to 60 years imprisonment. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
One of the recently relieved commissioners in Plateau State, Dayyabu Garga, yesterday, said despite the dissolution of the state executive council by Governor Simon Bako Lalong, he and his colleagues will continue to work for the governors re-election in 2019. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has alleged that his predecessor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, wants to be controlling him from outside. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The United States Ambassador to Nigeria Mr Stuart Symington has said that the survival of the citizens is key to the existence of the country.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Hell was let loose in Benin, the Edo State capital on Tuesday following the killing of a commercial vehicle driver identified as David Okoniba. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
This January, a seven-month old baby died in Kogi State, and a doctor who treated the infant tested positive to Lassa fever. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has automated the car park at the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
According to Mother earth living, an online agri-solutions platform, transplants need to be moved into moist and well prepared soil which allows them to recover faster from transplanting shock. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
In the spirit of the valentine season, Dana Air, has unveiled a special valentine promo for its esteemed guests. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) in Bayelsa on Tuesday said farmers under it association have not benefited from the Central Banks Anchor Borrower Programme (ABP) since it started. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Standard Insurance Consultants Limited (SICL), a leading insurance broker in Nigeria has added another feather to its cap, as it commissioned its Lagos ultra-modern office in Lekki. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The Anambra State Government has commenced assessment of all the skill acquisition centres in its 21 local government areas with a view to equipping them properly. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Former Rotterdam Open champion Tomas Berdych booked his place in the second round of this years tournament along with Alexander Zverev. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
As part of the efforts of the Airtel Nigeria to improve its services, the management of the company on Tuesday launched 4G network in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
John Obi Mikel and Croatias Lukas Modric and Ivan Rakitic are on the same level, according to former Super Eagles head coach, Samson Siasia. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Thirty two persons are undergoing two months training on garment production and computer literacy at El-Jahab Mubarak Nigeria Ltd with support from MAFITA, a DFID funded initiative in Kaduna state. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Former African champions, Enyimba FC are set to host reigning NPFL champions, Plateau United in Calabar today in a rescheduled NPFL week 8 fixture. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Consumer consciousness of energy efficiency can reduce the amount of money spent on electricity bills and make the saved energy available to other consumers.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Paris Saint-Germain have omitted veteran midfielder Thiago Motta from their squad for the trip to face Real Madrid in the Champions League last 16, first leg on Wednesday. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Beaten Australian Open finalist Simona Halep said yesterday she enjoyed everything that happened in Melbourne despite being left in tears at losing the chance of her first Grand Slam title. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Claudio Tapia , Argentinas National Football Association (AFA) president, says he has spoken to national captain Lionel Messi about playing fewer games for La Liga side FC Barcelona before June. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Serena Williams was understandably far from her best in her return to competition on Sunday but the greatest player of her generation said it was a positive step toward her goal of returning to the pinnacle of her sport.
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