Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 5th February, 2018.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Did former military President Ibrahim Babangida urge President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election and give way to a new generation of leaders in 2019?

The controversy raged on last night after two statements reflecting different opinions were credited to the former military leader. Both were issued within hours.

Gen. Babangida, who ruled Nigeria between 1985 and 1993, was the Chief of Army Staff in the Gen. Muhammadu Buhari military regime between December 31, 1983 and August 27, 1985.

He led the coup that ousted Gen. Buhari and succeeded him. During his tenure, he organised a long transition programme which led to the election of civilian governors. He truncated the process when he annulled the 1993 presidential election won by business mogul Moshood Abiola. That election is believed to be Nigeria’s freest and fairest ever.

Yesterday, a statement issued by Gen. Babangida’s spokesman, Kassim Afegbua, a former Commissioner for Information in Edo State, quoted Babangida as criticising the Buhari administration just as former President Olusegun Obasanjo did.

He urged Buhari to complete his first term and allow a new generation of leaders to take control of the affairs of the nation.

Babangida, according to Afegbua’s statement, said:

“In the fullness of our present realities, we need to cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari to complete his term of office on May 29th, 2019 and collectively prepare the way for new generation leaders to assume the mantle of leadership of the country.

“While offering this advice, I speak as a stakeholder, former president, concerned Nigerian and a patriot who desires to see new paradigms in our shared commitment to get this country running.

“While saying this also, I do not intend to deny President Buhari his inalienable right to vote and be voted for, but there comes a time in the life of a nation, when personal ambition should not override national interest.”

But, in another statement he personally signed and released from Minna by one of his aides, Mahmud Abdullahi, the former military leader warned against a gang-up outside law and order.

He said any realignment of forces for 2019 elections must be within democratic tenets.

Although he did not mention any group, Babangida’s statement appeared a subtle response to the recourse to the formation of groups against President Buhari’s re-election.

One of such groups is ex -President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM).

Gen. Babangida  insisted that only a two-party system is the best for the country,

and recommended the fusion of parties to serve as a strong opposition to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

He also called for proactive measures to stop farmers/herders clashes in the Middle Belt, cattle rustling, armed robbery, kidnapping, gangsterism and cultism in other parts of the country.

He disowned the Afegbua-signed statement, saying since he had unfettered access to the highest authorities in the country, there was no way he would have written a sensational statement.

He, however, said it was worrisome that political events and civil unrest in many parts of the country had raised many questions on the governance and unity of the nation.

The statement said: “Recent happenings and utterances by political gladiators are alarming and not in the interest of common man that is already overstretched and apparently living from hand to mouth due to precarious economic conditions.

”Despite all these challenges, I am optimistic that the political actors will play within the ambits of political norms and decorum to ameliorate the problems facing our society now.

”I am a realist that believes in all issues in a democratic atmosphere are sincerely discussed and resolved in the spirit of give-and-take.

“Since after my military years that metamorphosed to being the only Military President in the history of Nigeria and my civilian life, I always have one clear objective that freedom can only be achieved through democracy.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris has ordered the arrest of the controversial spokesman of former Military President Ibrahim Babangida should he fail to turn himself up within 24 hours.

Afegua is wanted for ” issuing a fake statement.”

Afegbua in the purported statement quoted the former military ruler as saying President Muhammadu Buhari should not seek reelection.

But the former president denied it and issued another one which he personally signed.
But Afegbua insisted on the one he issued as the authentic.

A government source, who does not want his name in print, confirmed that the IGP had ordered Afegbua’s arrest within24 hours.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
The Economic and Financial CrimesCommission (EFCC) has filed charges at the  Federal Capital Territory High Court against Stallion Motors Limited and its Managing Director, Hapreet Singh, for allegedly offering a gratification of N1.275 billion to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2015 polls.

A former National Security Adviser, Mr. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and ex-Minister of Finance Mr. Bashir Yuguda allegedly collected the money for the party.

The two suspects will face a four-count charge bordering on alleged bribery and gratification.

The bribe cash was, however, suspected to be “assistance” to PDP for 2015 general election.

The EFCC also suspected that the payment was an inducement to facilitate payment by the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) for a contract for the supply of some 700 trucks and 50 buses.

But the PDP, in a letter to EFCC, denied receiving such a gratification from Stallion Motors.

The development has made the anti-graft agency to probe the whereabouts of the cash.

According to investigation by the anti-graft agency, the bribe sum was routed through a Bureau De Change, Jabbama Ada Global Ventures Limited.

The owner of the said BDC, SalisuGarus, admitted on oath that he received the cash on behalf of Yuguda.

He said based on Yuguda’s instruction, he handed over the dollar equivalent of the cash to the ex-Minister’s son, Safinu.

A top source said: “We have filed charges against Stallion and its MDHapreet Singh in the High Court of Federal Capital Territory.

“Stallion between December 2014 and February 2015 paid the sum of N1.275billion to Dasuki ostensibly to assist in the 2015 general election campaign of the People’s Democratic Party.

“The MD of Stallion(Singh) allegedly claimed that the PDP, through Yuguda and Dasuki, demanded for donation to assist the party prosecute its campaign in the 2015 general election.

“The fund was paid to Jabbama Ada Global Ventures Limited, a Bureau de Change (BDC). SalisuGarus, who is the owner of the BDC, claimed he received the funds on behalf of Bashir Yuguda, a former Minister of State for Finance, at whose instruction the money was changed into dollars and handed over to his son, Safinu Bashir Yuguda.

“When the former minister was invited for questioning, he admitted receiving the money from his son but, added that he “handed the entire sum to Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).”

“The former NSA, the source disclosed, claimed that a former minister directed him to contact the owners of Stallion Motors because they had promised to make contributions to the election campaign of the PDP.

He consequently mandated Yuguda to collect the money.”

But the EFCC said it was suspecting that the payment was an inducement to facilitate payment for the supply of some 700 trucks and buses.

The contract was awarded by the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA).

The source added: “Detectives suspected that the bribe was allegedly paid by the auto marketing firm to induce payment of a contract by the Office of National Security Adviser under Mr. Sambo Dasuki for the supply of 700 Stallion carrier trucks and 50 buses.”

Though the value of the contract is not stated, military sources disclosed that the vehicles were not on the priority list of the Federal Government’s need at the time.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Covenant University is to represent Nigeria at the global CFA Institute Research competition this year.

The university came first in Nigeria’s stage of the global CFA Institute Research competition in Lagos on Saturday to emerge as Nigeria’s representative at the competition  coming up in Dublin, Ireland, on April 4 and April 5.

It beat University of Lagos and Obafemi Awolowo University, which emerged second and third place winners.

Eight universities in Nigeria took part in the competition.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the CFA competition in Nigeria was sponsored by Zenith International Bank in partnership with CFA Society in Nigeria.

The CFA Institute Research Challenge is the world most prestigious investment research competition among university students globally.

It is aimed at promoting best practices in equity research among the next generation of analysts.

The competition promotes ethics and best practices in investment research through hands-on mento-ring and presentation.

Speaking at the final stage of the competition, Chairman of Zenith Bank, Mr. Jim Ovia, said the bank had always anchored its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) towards empowerment, development, building skills, talent and capabilities among the youths.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
A police Sergeant was allegedly killed and several others injured when hoodlums stormed a filling station in Igando on the outskirts of Lagos. The incident happened at Dapsey Petrol Station near Igando Police Station in the night of January 28.

The hoodlums also  attacked two other gas stations on the LASU-Iba that fateful day.

According to sources, the robbers, who were confronted by the late Sergeant Akor, fled the scene and abandoned their  Honda Accord saloon car when their  bullets did not penetrate the cop.

But  the late Sergeant reportedly pursued the robbers in order to recover a service rifle they seized from his colleague, a Corporal, after shooting him.

Among those injured, The Nation gathered, were a soldier, a young woman and two others.

It was gathered that when the robbers entered the station, they went after a soldier and a policeman who stood beside a petrol pump.

They were said to have attempted to crush the soldier and the policeman with their vehicle.

A witness, Francis Adeleke said: “But the soldier and the policeman immediately ran. They were hit on their legs and they fell. The soldier also sustained face injury. The policeman’s rifle was taken away and the robbers started shooting indiscriminately.

“Stray bullet hit a young woman and some others. There was confusion and apprehension. As this was going on, Akor, who had earlier left the filling station, returned and confronted the robbers.

“He was not armed but he ran towards the armed robbers and they opened fire on him but the bullets did not penetrate and the Sergeant was shouting ‘you no fit! You no fit!’.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole in Borno State, Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, has said Boko Haram insurgency has been completely defeated. He spoke at the inauguration of the Nigeria-Cameroun Military Joint Mission, at the weekend, in Maiduguri. According to him, troops of Operation Deep Punch II, on Friday, dislodged and occupied the insurgents' tacticalRead MoreThe post 'Insurgency completely defeated' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
There was confusion yesterday over two contradictory statements credited to former military President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida on the state of the nation. One of the statements, which was signed by Kassim Afegbua on behalf of Gen. Babangida quoted the former president as saying that President Muhammadu Buhari should not seek reelection. In a counter move,Read MoreThe post One issue, two stands and a controversy appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Activist lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) has accused National S ecurity Adviser (NSA) Babagana Monguno of 'acting illegally' in the deportation of 52 naturalized Nigerians to Cameroon two weeks ago. He said yesterday in a statement that under the National Security Agencies Act (Cap N74) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and the Immigration ActRead MoreThe post Falana asks Govt to bring back deported naturalised Nigerians from Cameroon appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has urged Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members to get their voter cards to enable them to vote for candidates of their choice in next year's elections. Ikpeazu, who spoke in Asaba, the Delta state capital during a PDP stakeholders meeting, said the was working to ensure that Abians exercised theirRead MoreThe post Get your voter cards, says Ikpeazu appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
IT was another orgy of violence in Benue State at the weekend as a policeman was killed and another missing when security men and armed militia clashed. A villager was also killed in a village. In another, a trader was murdered. The police confirmed the killing of one of their men during armed militia attackRead MoreThe post Policeman, trader, villager killed in Benue appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Text of a statement signed by former military President Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida in Minna, Niger State, refuting the authorship of the statement by Prince Kassim Afegbua. Distinguished members of the Fourth Estate of the Realm, it has been drawn to my attention a press statement on the State of the Nation, particularly 2019 generalRead MoreThe post My counsel to the nation, by Babangida appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Youths can make it big in Nigeria if they work hard at their potential and remain focused, Senior Pastor of Sure Word Assembly Okota, Lagos, Pastor Dennis Inyang, has stated. He advised them to stay back in the country and work towards actualisation of their dreams instead of embarking on fruitless journey abroad. Inyang toldRead MoreThe post How youths can make it big in Nigeria, by Inyang appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
The past few weeks have been quite stormy for leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN) following emerging developments over the disputed election of the youth wing of the body, reports Sunday Oguntola Top officials of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) are at loggerheads over the leadership crisis rocking the youth wing of theRead MoreThe post YOWICAN disputed presidential election tears CAN apart appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
The Centre for Management Development (CMD) has achieved genuine change and major impact in spite of intense diversionary intrigues, including the writing of more than one hundred distracting petitions, its officials have said. At CMD's valedictory news conference in Abuja where its outgoing Director-General, Dr Kabir Kabo urged federal and state governments to accelerate nationalRead MoreThe post CMD boss seeks special budget for manpower training appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Welcome to this great month of February! I pray that things that eyes have not seen, nor ears heard shall become the order of the day in our lives in Jesus name! Today, we shall focus on 'Understanding our New Dawn Heritage in Redemption!' We must recognise that understanding is important to accessing our heritageRead MoreThe post Understanding our New Dawn Heritage in Redemption! appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
In this encounter at her studio, Juliet Ezenwa Maja-Pearce, painter, sculpture, trainer, gender activist and current Vice President of Guild of Professional Fine Artists of Nigeria (GFA), takes Udemma Chukwuma into her creative world I'm as happy as a sand girl when I am creating art. Whenever I encounter challenges relating to both life andRead MoreThe post Maja-Pearce: It helps to demystify art appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Empowering women with leadership skills to become positive change agents within their community was the focus of a leadership training programme by Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) last week. Tagged empowering young women to lead change programme, the training attracted 15 women from different professions in Lagos. It featured interactive sessions, role play and lecturesRead MoreThe post YWCA empowers women on leadership skills appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
The 2018 edition of Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz show and the search for the next inventor commenced on a high note on Tuesday in Lagos as Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cowbell Milk, announced an expansion of the initiative to mark 20 years relationship of Cowbell and Mathematics. Speaking at a press briefingRead MoreThe post Cowbell boost prize for Cowbellpedia winners appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
When you think about the desert, the image that readily comes to mind is a state of emptiness. In a love desert you would be thinking of a lost love and trying to fill in the gaps in your own way. It is at this stage that the one at the centre of an emotionalRead MoreThe post Wandering in the desert appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Recall that even with all the lies of former Finance Minister and World Bank official Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Nigeria still slumped into recession ' just like all the economists that the then-government refused to listen to, had warned. So where were the Prophets' True to type, OBJ handed his 'parcel bomb' to the mass media,Read MoreThe post Professional Prophets: can't they prophesy even the presidential primary winners' With just one known candidate, we are needing s 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
The Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association of Nigeria (MWFAAN), has called for applications for the second edition of it's flagship programme, the Beyond School Community (BSC) Challenge for secondary school students in Nigeria. The BSC Challenge is a national community development and entrepreneurship program designed specifically to engage young Nigerians in secondary schools (both privateRead MoreThe post Entries invited for Beyond School Community (BSC) Challenge appeared firs 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited has unveiled the latest Peugeot 3008 Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). The event held at Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. According to PAN Chairman, Alhaji Munir J'aafar, the introduction of Peugeot 3008 SUV was in response to the yearnings of car lovers. The launch came as stakeholders in the auto assemblyRead MoreThe post PAN unveils Peugeot 3008 SUV appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Nigeria may have lost her position as the biggest economy on the continent, according to a report by the African Development Bank (AFDB). The report, made available to The Nation, showed that South Africa is the highest in Industrial Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with 44.8 percent. It is followed by Egypt, with 30.1 per cent;Read MoreThe post Nigeria ranks lowest in industrial GDP, says AfDB appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Some years back, there were plane crashes in Nigeria with highly devastating effects on families and the nation. These incidents led the Federal Government to enforce the standardisation of airline operation, particularly calling for the phasing out of very old or substandard aircrafts in the country. Between then and now, Nigeria has not witnessed seriousRead MoreThe post Aircraft standards and road safety appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
The Insurance Industry Consultative Council (IICC), an umbrella body of the various arms of the insurance industry, has called on the media to help create public education on insurance and financial issues. Its Chairman, Mrs. Funmi Babington-Ashaye, who spoke during the 2018 IICC Media Retreat for Insurance Correspondents at Grand Inn & Suites, Ijebu-Ode, OgunRead MoreThe post IICC urges public education appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
The mortgage finance market recorded 82 per cent growth between 2010 and 2016, the Mortgage Banking Association of Nigeria (MBAN) President, Mr. Akinniyi Akinlusi, has said. He made this known during a chat with The Nation. Akinlusi said while the size of the mortgage market in 2010 was N284.1billion, it grew to N348.1 billion inRead MoreThe post 'Mortgage market records 82 per cent growth' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Kia Motors India (KMI) will make its Indian market debut at the Auto Expo 2018 in New Delhi with a new concept car. Kia will unveil the SP Concept at the New Delhi Motor Show on Wednesday alongside a showcase of 16 of the brand's global models. Inspired by Indian heritage and driven by advancedRead MoreThe post Kia makes Indian debut at auto expo appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
The Association of Nigerian Exporters (ANE) has called for the establishment of modular refineries in the oil and gas free zones. Its President Chief Sunny Jackson Udoh made the call during a courtesy call on the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA) Managing Director Mr Umana Okon Umana in Abuja. Chief Udoh explained thatRead MoreThe post Exporters seek modular refineries in free zones appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Nigeria is among the three best-performing stock markets globally. The market's bullish run, which started last year with a full-year return of N4.36trillion gained N2.287trillion last month. Average return at the Nigerian equities market stood at 15.95 per cent last month, equivalent to net capital gain of about N2.29 trillion. Average month-on-month at the NigerianRead MoreThe post Nigeria leads global equities rally with N2.3t gain appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged African governments to accelerate the implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market ( SAATM) launched last week in Addis Ababa by heads of states and governments of African Union. According to IATA, Regional Vice President for Africa, Mr Robert Kuuchi, apart from the 23 countries that haveRead MoreThe post IATA to Africa: fast-track SAATM implementation appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Linkage Assurance Plc has appointed Chief Joshua Benard Fumudoh as its chairman. The appointment is, however, subject to the approval of the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) and shareholders' ratification. A statement by the company secretary, Moses Omorogbe, in Lagos, stated that the appointment takes effect from January 31, 2018. Fumudoh takes over from Chief Dr.Read MoreThe post Linkage names Joshua Fumudoh chairman appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
This is what the gas flare penalty is and should be amended immediately THE Federal Government may have finally found the answer to the riddle behind the flaring of associated gas despite the so-called penalty imposed on international oil companies. In an interview published by Bloomberg, Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun was reported to haveRead MoreThe post Bad law appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Appeal Court judge on how to plug them SOME of the challenges facing the implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015, were highlighted by Justice M.A. Owoade of the Court of Appeal, at the Professor Adedokun Adebayo Adeyemi Foundation (PAAAF) Annual Lecture Series, held at the University of Lagos. In his lectureRead MoreThe post The holes in ACJA appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
On the federalist plane, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Act has always stood on tenuous grounds.A central omnibus, galloping into town like some triumphant sheriff and sending state institutions diving for cover, can't be in harmony with a federal constitution, pushing presidential democracy. While the federal constitution rigidly separates functions between the centralRead MoreThe post A conundrum appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Big Brother Naija (BBN) 2018 started with a characteristic bang on January 28. When the last edition of the reality show ended on April 9, 2017, it was uncertain when the next one would happen. Big Brother Naija, which was broadcast on pay-Tv from January 22 to April 9, 2017, had replaced Big Brother Nigeria,Read MoreThe post Double Wahala, double drama appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
It's good to be with you again this week, dear reader; thank you for asking if I'm ok. I am. Right now, I'm feeling very let down by the fact that President Buhari's government seems to be tired already. Do you remember how we all rooted for the man as The One' Obviously, the manRead MoreThe post Why we need to be serious about educating the herdsmen appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Hon. Kennedy Raymond Eyube is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State. In this interview with Polycarp Orosevwotu, he speaks on the achievements of the Buhari administration in the last two and half years. Many of people see the recent endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari for second term as pure sycophancyRead MoreThe post Eyube: Buhari deserves second term appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Committee on Restructuring has recommended restructuring in its report. Will the Federal Government implement it or throw it into the dustbin like the reports of the 2004 and 2014 National Conferences' Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU highlights the report and its implications for the resolution of the national question. ForRead MoreThe post Will Buhari implement APC panel report on restructuring' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Ayo Afolabi, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is 70 today. He spoke with ADEBISI OLADELE on his foray into politics and vision for a better society. How do you feel at 70' I tend to dispute it even with myself that I have attained the age of 70. I feel very young,Read MoreThe post 'Nigeria should return to ideological politics' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
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