NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [9TH FEBRUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 9th February, 2018.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
In September 2012, a freelance commentator, Marcus Hobley, in an article in The Guardian of London, while trying to sift through the sometimes troubled relationship between public opinion and its various effects on how policy is made or viewed, noted that views on the use and role of public opinion in forming policy can often be as diverse as the opinions themselves.

According to him, Winston Churchill took the view that there was “no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.” While Abraham Lincoln’s take was simple: “Public opinion in this country is everything.” In Nigeria’s very complex scenario today, public opinion is indeed everything, especially with the latter-day buzz of the social media.

Apart from being a highly heterogeneous and somewhat Byzantine society with manifestly skewed ethnic and regional biases on almost every issue, the Nigerian entity can politicise the most serious of issues and policies, sometimes without recourse to the facts backing their arguments for or against such new ideas or policies.

This was the case last week when Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, at the burial of the former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, at Oko, Aguata, Anambra State, conveyed the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to rename the Federal University, Ndufu-like, Ikwo (FUNAI), in Ebonyi State, the new federal university in the South East, among the 12 others created by the past administration.

Archetypal of our complex polity as a nation and pretty peculiar to the Igbo race, analysts and critics went viral with debates on whether such was merited and deserving or, in the words of others, “Is this another attempt by the FG to score a cheap political point?” For some, the decision was viewed as an extension of the desperation by President Buhari’s APC-led government to ‘woo’ the Igbo to support it beyond its current tenure in office.

Drawing an analogy from the renaming of UNILAG by the Goodluck Jonthan administration in commemoration of MKO Abiola, which never saw the light of day, some pundits insist that procedures for the exercise may have been breached, maintaining that the institution’s governing council was not duly and formally informed by the Presidency.

Nevertheless, the facts must be put straight that the character persona of the late Dr. Ekwueme, apart from being a distinguished architect with various degrees in other fields whose professional career started as an assistant architect with a Seattle-based firm, Leo A. Daly & Assocciates, and also with the London-based firm, Nickson & Partners, was reputed for overseeing the construction and maintenance of many construction works under ESSO West Africa, Lagos.

Apart from his architectural designs and giant strides in town planning in many states, owning the first indigenous architectural firm in Nigeria, Dr. Ekwueme played key roles in advancing the cause of not only the Igbo race but showed himself vehemently as a pan-Nigerian-cum-African nationalist who, though being a national hero as a second republic Vice President, was also actively involved in the socio-economic development of his Aguata community. Little wonder he was found worthy to be honoured with the title of Ide Aguata by his people.

At the continent level, he was the leader of the ECOWAS Elders Council for the pre-election monitoring of the parliamentary election in Zimbabwe in 2000 under the National Democratic Institute. He also played other key roles in dispute resolution in the ECOWAS region

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Bauchi State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed as false and misleading reports that there were moves to sack its chairman , Alhaji Uba Na Nana.

The state chapter accused some unnamed disgruntled members of the party of sponsoring the report, even as it insisted that the fold is intact.

In a statement signed by the state Secretary, Mr. Buhari A. Disina, said there is no reason to remove the chairman and urged the public to discountenance the report.

The party stated that members, after a meeting, reaffirmed their faith in the leadership of the state and that of the APC state chapter.

The party lamented that some members were dissenting against the party leadership at a time when President Muhammadu Buhari is making genuine moves to reconcile those aggrieved within APC, through the National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“This meeting, which was attended by 14, out of the 20 local government chairmen of the party and 34, of the 36 members of the state exco, further proves that the APC structure in the state is solidly behind the chairman and the state Governor, Barrister Muhammed Abdullahi Abubakar.

“It is clear with the attendance at this meeting that only five local government chairmen and two members of the exco are involved with the dissention.

“We, therefore, urge all APC stakeholders and the public to disregard the antics of the rebels as it is inconsequential.

“ It is ridiculous and ignoble that only five people would sit, not even in any office of the party levels, but in the personal residence of an individual and purport to take a decision for more than 50 other party officers,” Disina said.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakub, has said politicians’ proclivity for vote buying could mar the 2019 general elections.

To stem vote buying, the INEC chairman has solicited the cooperation of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to help protect the country’s democracy.

“As we are approaching the 2019 general elections, INEC needs the support and collaboration of EFCC, to check open vote buying at polling stations. This development, which we observed in elections that we have conducted after the 2015 general elections, is giving the commission serious worry,” Yakubu told acting EFCC Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, who paid a courtesy call on him, yesterday.

Professor Yakub said it is the intention of the country’s electoral umpire not to tolerate open vote buying, and called on EFCC to  come to the commission’s aid.

“Our democracy is on sale in an open market, INEC is worried. We have observed this, in the series of elections we have conducted recently and thus, must stop. Open vote buying will not be tolerated during the 2019 elections.

“We don’t want the outcome of the 2019 elections to be determined by the amount of money some people can deploy on election day for the polling booths. Our democracy will be in jeopardy and the choice of the people will be mortgaged,” he told Magu.

ON his part, the INEC chairman also wanted the EFCC to collaborate with the commission on the need to curb spending for elections above what the electoral laws stipulate, and noted that the commission lacks the capacity to monitor flow of money into the system.

“We need to work closely with EFCC to achieve this. If we get our electoral system right, we will get our democracy right and we will be on the path to addressing the myriads of problems facing the country.

“It will also help EFCC; chase most of the big corruption cases related to our electoral system,” he urged Magu.

Professor Yakub said the commission will not work for any candidate or political parties to win, but will work for Nigerians to ensure that their  votes count, in the choice of political leaders.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has said the appointment of former Lagos State governor, Senator Bola Tinubu, to reconcile warring members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will not save the party from defeat in 2019.

In statement by its National Publicity Secretary, KOla Ologbondiyan, the PDP berated the Presidency for deploying resources mearnt for the people to pursue President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 re-election bid.

“It is ludicrous that after almost three years of failure to deliver on the littlest of its campaign promises, the Buhari presidency is now moving around, cap in hands, looking for those to use once again; to beguile Nigerians, ahead of the 2019 elections.”

The opposition party accused the presidency of hijacking the functions of the ruling party, by appointing people into partisan offices.

“There is widespread disenchantment and indignation across the nation, resulting from hunger and the inability of the Buhari presidency to provide the people with basic necessities of life, which they had always enjoyed in the past.

“Nigerians are, therefore, waiting to see how Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who has also openly expressed his concerns and disapprovals on the mismanagement of the economy and whose large constituents are direct victims of the ineptitude, impunity, nepotism, dictatorial tendencies, corruption and insecurity that has characterised the Buhari presidency, will now turn around to preach that all is well and attempt to sell a practically bad product to the nation.

“It is instructive to further state that the desperate move by the presidency, to politically prey on individuals, is mere foolhardiness and a totally decadent approach to pitch key leaders against the people on an issue that has already been thrown overboard.

“This is more so as the political institutions and front runners that threw up the Buhari presidency in 2015 have now, not only regretted their actions, but have also, strongly advised that president Buhari should not contemplate contesting a second term in office,” said Ologbondiyan.

The PDP added that Nigerians are presently suffering from pains inflicted on them by the APC.

Consequently, it said no amount of manipulation of individuals and public institution can make the people change their resolve to vote out the APC in 2019.

“The PDP, therefore, finds APC’s attempt to reconcile its dwindling ranks as laughable, cosmetic and politically inconsequential. It will interest the APC to know that Nigerians are already rallying with the repositioned and rebranded PDP as we are poised to present a credible, competent and reliable candidate through a free, fair and transparent presidential primary,” the opposition party said.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Monica Iheakam Super Eagles Russia 2018 World Cup kits unveiled wednesday in London has been adjudged 

FG pledges commitment to enhancing Ease of Doing Business
Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Omodele Adigun;Chinyere Anyanwu The Federal Government Thursday restated its commitment to sustaining 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
As NNPC injects 100m litres of fuel Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja;Adewale Sanyolu House of Representatives, 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Ikenna Obioha Mavin Record label's artiste and Don Jazzy's protg, John Drille lands on the music scene with a peculiar folk sound. Unperturbed by the recent clich offerings of his peers in music, he creates a comfortable niche for himself through his style of music. Recently, Drille headlined the Make Music Lagos Festival in celebration... 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
O'Jez Music sign-on, Krazee Legs, is hot and trending. He recently had a photo shoot preparatory to the release of his hit single, Walangolo, and ever since the pictures went online, the act has been trending. Speaking, the physically challenged singer, said: 'I want to thank my fans for the love they have showered on... 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Othello's, a hospitality outfit in Lagos, recently played host to fans of the South African saxophonist, Hugh Masekela, who passed away on January 23, 2018. The event featured a top crop of Nigerian jazz musicians including Bright Gain, Biodun Batik, Taiwo Clegg, Seun Olota, FemiSlide and fast rising saxophonist, Darex among others. Themed: 'White and... 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
A family-centered musical animation, SADE, is poised to take the Nigerian movie audience through a delightful experience. While animation genre is a 'road less-travelled' in Nigeria, the powerful ensemble of some of Africa's best actors and singers like King Sunny Ade, Bimbo Manuel, Omowunmi Dada, Norbert Young, Yinka Davies, Gabriel Afolayan, Omolara Ayodele, and others... 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
He is one of the most sought after contemporary actors coming out of Nollywood. Ever since he made his debut in the industry a couple of years back, he has continued to grow from strength to strength. And guess what, Ike Ogbonna is married to a beautiful Columbian woman blessed with killer curves, and whenever... 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Last Sunday's maiden live show of the Big Brother Naija season 3 brought with it the usual blend of intrigue, suspense and entertainment. It was the day the housemates got their first taste of reckoning, even as Kcee, the Limpopo singer, entertained studio guests and viewers at home. Soothed by the absence of evictions for... 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The masked deejay, DJ Bellcheque, who came into the music scene in 2014, has carved a place for herself as an upscale, exclusive DJ. Bellcheque performs mostly at private parties and upscale events, but the newest thing about her is her innovative movement called 'Love Lagos' through which she has been able to cater to... 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Tony Ogaga Singer, entrepreneur and mother of one, Veronique Adaa, is readily making waves on the music scene. Thanks to her latest singles, Itoro and Fimisile. Adaa, an indigene of Port Harcourt, Rivers State,who is married to a French, here opens up on her musical odyssey. What inspired your latest single, Fimisile' Fimisile is a... 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Twenty two-year-old dancer, Darlington Okeke, who hails from Anambra State, has a deep love for the late pop legend, Michael Jackson. And as far as entrainment is concerned, his world revolves around the Wacko Jacko. Every Friday evening at a popular celebrity hangout in Lagos, he is always on hand to entertain guests. And his... 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
These are definitely happy times for US-based Cameroonian Afrobeat gospel artiste, Vumoms. Following the recent release of his latest single, 'If No Be God' featuring Afro-pop singer, Kiflex, Vumoms has netted a distribution deal with UK-based company, Okay Music. Confirming the development, the artiste said: 'I am so excited. I am currently working with Okay... 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Ismail Omipidan Last Monday's town hall meeting, which saw stakeholders from the military, government 
Fri, 09 Feb 2018
As part of its effort to evolve distributed cloud offering to optimise applications across multiple sites 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
2 local airlines owe aviation agencies N513bn 'Minister Louis Ibah Minister of State for Aviation, 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Uche Usim, Abuja An all-night meeting of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Promises subscribers fortune in 3rd edition of Lemon de Val Maduka Nweke The Group Managing Director 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Maduka Nweke, manweke@gmail.com 08034207864, 08118879331 Rarely do many people appreciate the scope 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Samuel Bello, Abuja Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has said the recent signing 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Agaju Madugba, Katsina Katsina State APC Chairman, Alhaji Shittu S. Shittu, escaped mob attack yesterday 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Kano, Jigawa govs, Amaechi in Ibadan shuttle Weeks after the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Condemns murder of SARS commander Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, has urged President 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Gyang Bere, Jos Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has sacked all his 17 commissioners and directed 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The records-breaking January transfer window has come and gone in Europe with various implications for 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Re-opens job portal March 1 Edo State Government has banned night grazing, the carrying of guns by 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Molly Kilete, Abuja Men of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have arrested 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
In a dramatic twist of events in the trial of the former attorney-general of the federation (AGF) and 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Some weeks back, I highlighted the importance of love and I said it is the first consideration in marriage. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Says no land will be forcefully taken for ranching Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye; Fred Itua, Abuja The 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Star actor/producer, Richard Ayo- deji Makun (AY), has described his emergence as The Sun Nollywood Personality 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Suswam slams Buhari for not visiting state Rose Ejembi, Makurdi Suspected herdsmen engaged men of 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The debate rages on whether President Muhammadu Buhari should run for a second term or not. He himself 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Anambra State government spared nothing to give erstwhile Vice President Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Akin Rotimi Ten eventful years have passed since I met my mentor and benefactor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
There is no doubt that Nigeria, with its multi ethnic groups, cultures and languages, is a dynamic society. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Bernard Adinuba Nigeria is today engulfed in a boiling conundrum over the menace of Fulani cattle herdsmen, 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Kenneth Okonkwo All herdsmen are farmers (animal farmers) but not all farmers are herdsmen. The crop 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Raymond Oise-Oghaede In presentday Nigeria, the herdsmen's menace is generating serious heat 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
In a most significant development at the recently concluded 30th Session of the AU Summit of Heads of 
Naija Newspapers
Naija Newspapers

Naija Newspaper is a digital media distribution and review company focused on delivering Nigerian news across Nigerian audience. We are the biggest newspaper review company online; our value proposition is to be the all-in-one station for daily newspapers distributed in the country to various online audience. Our partnership includes and is not limited by the following Punch newspaper, Thisday online, Daily Sun Newspaper, Nigeria Tribune, BusinessDay, Leadershjip, Blue Print, Nigeria Guardian and Vanguard newspapers.