Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 3rd February, 2018.

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Anything that has a beginning, they say, must end some day. So it was yesterday for former Vice-President, Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, as he was interred in a blaze of glory at his country home, Oko, in Orumba North Local Government, Anambra State.

Ekwueme, who was Vice-President between 1979 and 1983 was lowered to mother earth at about 2.30pm in his compound, thus marking an end to an era and funeral rites that began about two weeks ago. Ekwueme died at the age of 85 years on November 19, 2017, in a London hospital.

But to keep his legacies going and in appreciation to the services he rendered to the country while he lived, the federal government has renamed the Federal University, Ikwo, Ebonyi state as Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ikwo.

The crowd at the colourful funeral ceremony, which held at St John’s the Divine Anglican Church, Oko, erupted into wild jubilation the moment the pronouncement was made over the University. It was greeted with a 21-gun salute by Oko community who had shunned businesses and other personal engagements in solidarity for the burial of Ekwueme.

President Muhammadu Buhari stated that renaming the university was the country’s “little way of showing appreciation to Ekwueme”, whom he said distinguished himself in service both in and out of government.

According to the President, whose speech was delivered by the Vice President, Yemi Osibajo, the late Alex Ekwueme should be “celebrated because he practiced a kind of principle that set him apart from his peers whether they are rich, poor, unknown or known-the principles of personal sacrifice to others, service to those who cannot offer one, the courage of one’s conviction and bravery in the face of terror.”

He stated that Ekwueme exemplified loyalty and dedication with the love of the nation in service, adding that former President Alhaji Shehu Shagari (GCFR), whom Ekwueme served, spoke of him as “a man competent of his role as he offered great service to him and the nation.”

Buhari stated that despite being imprisoned “unjustly” after the coup that ousted the government he served, and leaving him poorer, Ekwueme’s love and service for the country never dimmed.

“While many hid their ideas and thoughts even in the darkest days following the dictatorship in our country, he came out and offered himself as the face and voice of the people and by so doing showed that the beauty of democracy was more than the platitude of wealth, he showed that nations are built on ideals and trusts. It is in death that we are confronted with the futility of affluence, wealth and power, no matter how it is confronted. It is also in death that we are left with the immortal legacies of those who by their selfless deeds, courage and service to the people etched themselves in the hearts of men and God. Ekwueme lived in the hearts of those who are not prepared and those who cannot speak for themselves in tangible ways,” he stated.

Stressing that no amount of commendation could be enough for Ekwueme, he prayed that members of the family “will be greater than he was in the service of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and God.”

Earlier in a homily, Primate of the Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, lamented that integrity and honesty, which were the most cherished virtues of Ekwueme, had taken flight in Nigeria, insisting that for the nation to make progress, it must enthrone integrity in its system.

Okoh who spoke on the theme “Get into the Ark” and drawing his lesson from Genesis chapters 6 and 7 said: “If you are in politics and you engage people that lack integrity, you will not make any progress. Integrity is the key and it has taken flight in Nigeria”.

He urged the new generation of Nigerian politicians to imbibe Ekwueme’s virtues especially his humility and constant contact with his community in their dealings. The Primate also decried the alarming rate at which Nigerians patronise foreign hospitals each time they are sick, and therefore appealed to the nation’s leaders to help the country by addressing the failing healthcare delivery system.

“We spend so much in America, Dubai, Britain, India and other parts of Europe and we can reduce this by 70 per cent if our leaders do the needful. Our leaders must deliver us from health tourism. Our independence is only on paper, it is not deep, we must deliver ourselves from over-dependence on other nations for our healthcare,” he said.

The former Secretary General, Commonwealth of Nations, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, praised Ekwueme as a “true Nigerian patriot”, saying he was committed to restoring democracy by leading the G34 that confronted the military and formation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“He at the 1995 constitutional conference conceived and introduced the idea of six geo- political zones for the country among many others and played politics of bitterness as exemplified in the 1998 Jos Convention of the PDP where he was denied the Presidential ticket of the party and he went on to campaign for the party”, Anyaoku recalled.

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja said Nigeria has no regrets fighting the scourge of apartheid in South Africa until a full democratic system was established in the country.

Receiving the outgoing South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Lulu Louis Mnguni at the State House, President Buhari said Nigeria made lots of sacrifices during the years of apartheid to ensure that full rights were restored to all citizens, irrespective of the colour of their skin.

The President, in a statement signed by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, yesterday, said Nigeria would continue to strengthen its historic and fraternal relationship with South Africa.

The President, who congratulated Mnguni on the successful completion of his duty tour, said bilateral relations between Nigeria and South Africa would be improved, especially in trade where both countries have areas of competitive advantage.

In his remarks, the outgoing envoy expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for all the support he received in Nigeria.

He said the relationship between both countries has a long history of brotherliness and partnership in promoting the African cause, adding that he would return to South Africa with fond memories of Nigeria.

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Donald Trump and his Republican allies unleashed a controversial memo accusing the FBI of bias and abuse of power Friday, intensifying a high-stakes fight between the White House and prosecutors investigating the president’s campaign team.

Trump defied his own FBI director and the Justice Department to declassify the four-page Republican document, which implies malfeasance and partisanship at the very top of American law enforcement.

“I think it’s a disgrace. What’s going on in this country, I think it’s a disgrace,” a visibly tense Trump said as he announced his decision to release the memo. “A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves and much worse than that.”

Democrats and some Republicans have cried foul over the document, dismissing its release as little more than a stunt, and another thinly veiled effort to undermine the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia.

They claim the document — drafted by Devin Nunes, a Trump transition official, Congressman and House Intelligence Committee chairman — has glaring holes. The FBI itself said it had “grave concerns” over its accuracy.

The memo claims that Democrat-funded research prompted the FBI to spy on a former Trump campaign aide, Carter Page.

In a subsequent statement, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the document “raises serious concerns about the integrity of decisions made at the highest levels of the Department of Justice and the FBI.”

Trump’s son Don Jr tweeted that it should be “game over” for the Russia investigation.

Trump’s one-year-old presidency has been dominated by allegations that multiple aides, including Don Jr and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, may have coordinated with the Kremlin to defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has already indicted two officials including Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and two more campaign officials have admitted lying to investigators — including onetime national security advisor Michael Flynn.

The 71-year-old president has decried the allegations as fake news and a Democratic plot. Mueller is soon expected to ask him to testify under oath about what he knows.

‘Talk is cheap’

The memo’s release sent shockwaves across Washington, calling into question the future of Trump’s hand-picked FBI Director Christopher Wray.

But he shrugged off attacks on the FBI’s independence and pledged to defend his agents in an internal letter sent to staff on Friday and obtained by AFP.

“Talk is cheap; the work you do is what will endure,” Wray wrote.

“Let me be clear: I stand fully committed to our mission… I stand with you.”

The FBI had previously issued an extraordinary public warning against the memo’s release, saying it contained “material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”

But perhaps the biggest question hung over deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.

Rosenstein oversees the Russia investigation and has the power to fire special counsel Mueller, because his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused himself.

He was the only law enforcement official named in the memo who has not already been fired by Trump or moved from their post.

Trump, when asked if he has confidence in Rosenstein, told journalists in the Oval Office: “You figure that one out.”

But the president faced intense pushback from Democrats in Congress, who warned that any attempt to fire Rosenstein or Mueller would be seen as obstruction.

“We write to inform you that we would consider such an unwarranted action as an attempt to obstruct justice in the Russia investigation,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Nancy Pelosi and eight other key Democrats said in a statement.

“Firing Rod Rosenstein, DOJ Leadership, or Bob Mueller could result in a constitutional crisis of the kind not seen since the Saturday Night Massacre,” they said, referring to disgraced president Richard Nixon’s orders to fire justice officials during the Watergate scandal.

Several senior Republican senators also weighed in to show their displeasure.

“Our nation’s elected officials, including the president, must stop looking at this investigation through the warped lens of politics and manufacturing partisan sideshows,” said Senator John McCain.

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Former Super Eagles player, Mutiu Adepoju, has advised the CHAN Super Eagles to make good use of any chance that comes their way to score early goals in tomorrow’s African Nation’s Championship final against the Atlas Lions of Morocco.

Adepoju told The Guardian yesterday that scoring early goal would go a long way in disorganising the Moroccan players who would be banking on home advantage to secure victory in the encounter.

The NFF Technical Committee member advised the players not to approach the final game with anxiety, saying that their commitment and determination to win every game in the tournament should be reenacted tomorrow.

He enjoined the CHAN Eagles not to make unnecessary inclusions that would earn them cards saying that the North Africa side might deploy antics that would pave the way for the referee to take drastic decisions, which might not go down well for the Eagles.

Adepoju said that the home-based Eagles victory in the championship would go a long way in raising the standard of Nigerian league. He also added that the coaches should work on the striking force of the team ahead of the final game.

“CHAN Eagles should strive hard to take their chances and score early goals against Morocco. Any team that scores first in a game has some level of advantage. As you can see in the semi-final tie against Sudan,  the Eagles where able to steal the show by scoring early goal. The North African teams are very fast and tactical with the ball. For Eagles to disorganise their game plans, they have to score early. Eagles would have more advantage if Morocco is the one struggling to equalise.”

The CHAN team is good enough to win the championship, owing to the winning at all cost mentality displayed by the players so far in the tourney,” Adepoju said.

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
In Kannywood, as the Kano-based movie industry is simply called, Maryam Jibrin Gidado is a crowned princess. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
However, completely letting go of some basic cores can lead to confusion and fatal disaster. Delegation is central to successful leadership. But there are a few things leaders should never delegate. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
The late former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, will forever be remembered for his simplicity, humility and intelligence-qualities that endeared him to people of all walks of life. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
A ten-man delegation from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is set to explore the tourism benefits of Lagos through a cultural exchange process and other initiatives that will benefit Lagos and Trinidad and Tobago. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
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... 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
The Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has inaugurated a committee for hosting of the 61st meeting of the United Nations World Tourism organizations (UNWTO). 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
A Masters Degree holder in Counseling Psychology from the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Bamisaye Folasade has over seven years experience improving psychosocial wellbeing of girls and women at the grassroots level. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
AfricanVoicespowered by Globacom on Cable News Network (CNN) this week sheds more light on unconventional fashion trends as propagated by three of Africa's fashion iconoclasts. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
The Nigerian Bobsleigh team and Skeleton Racer have just arrived Lagos, ahead of their Olympics appearance in February. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
An Upper Area Court III sitting in Kasuwan Nama in Jos North Council of Plateau State yesterday sentenced a 31-year-old businessman, Joseph Vongjem, to fours years in prison for rapping a 13-year-old girl. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has restated his administration's commitment to the provision of quality health in the country. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Worried by the plight of ailing entertainers, broadcaster and actress Mabel Oboh and her London-based sister, Josephine Oboh-Macleod have taken upon them... 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
It's an experience I will never forget. As a die-hard Arsenal fan, I had always wanted to meet the players and interact but I never imagined it would happen this way. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Infinix Mobility brings customers and fans yet another exciting campaign for this years Valentine's Day celebration. This time around, the brand has a match making theme campaign... 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
It's the beginning of the year and a marketing plan is an essential business tool to develop. It is a map, to guide you towards your business goals. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Ahead of the International Women's Day 2018, The Guardian is partnering Profiles & Biographies, one of Nigeria's leading biographical documentation firms... 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Committed to providing quality and affordable healthcare to Lagosians, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in collaboration with Indian hospital group, Apollo Hospital, New Delhi has concluded its free medical boot camp. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Succour recently came the way of widows, the aged and poor in Anambra State when an indigenous oil and gas firm, Brittania-U Nigeria Limited (BUNL), anda non-governmental... 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Region 1 Family, comprising 12 Provinces, holds its Outpouring 2018 programme tomorrow, Sunday, February 4, at Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) from 7.00 a.m. 
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