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


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

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
CATHOLIC  Bishops of Nigeria, yesterday, in Abuja told President Muhammadu Buhari that the country appeared to be under siege which required proactive measure, as hunger, hopelessness and deprivation are now the order of the day. 

The Bishops, under the umbrella of Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, also told the President that he came to power under the goodwill of Nigerians but the goodwill had been eroded as a result of the failure of government to tackle the myriads of problems facing the nation. The Catholic Bishops stated this when they paid a courtesy visit on President Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja. The CBCN in an address delivered by its President, the Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev. Dr. Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, also told the President that the heightening clamour for restructuring of the country, agitation for secession, among other things, were as a result of disregard for the principle of federal character by the government. They further advised that elected political office holders should concentrate more on how to solve the problems before the country and not to saddle themselves with re-election programmes, even as they told the President to use his affinity with the herdsmen to tackle the menace of rampaging herdsmen that have massacred many innocent Nigerians. The Bishops in the address, which was co-signed by Most Rev. Dr. William Avenya, Bishop of Gboko Diocese of Benue State and Secretary of CBCN, said the silence of the Federal Government on the attacks by herdsmen was shocking. The CBCN address The address read: “We, the representatives of the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, bring you our cordial greetings and blessings. We desired this meeting, in order to continue the dialogue we initiated with you, even before your election as President. “We, therefore, thank you for granting us this audience, which affords us the opportunity to share with you, once again, our thoughts and concerns on some issues affecting our dear country, Nigeria. “First, we thank God for bringing you back to us after a period of ill-health. We hope and pray that you continue to make progress on the way to full recovery, in order to be able to face the enormous challenges emanating from your exalted office. “Your Excellency, needless to say that, as President, you are the Father of our dear country, Nigeria. It is, therefore, pertinent that as loyal citizens as well as informed members of the society, we come to you from time to time to express not only our willing cooperation with the government in working for the progress of our country, but also to share with you the feelings of the multitude of Nigerians at this moment. “We work with the people at the grassroots and, therefore, have first-hand information about what they are going through. There is no doubt that when you came into office, you had an enormous amount of the goodwill of Nigerians, since many saw you are a person of integrity who would be able to bring sanity into a system that was nearly crippled by endemic corruption. Nearly three years later, however, one has the feeling that this good will is being fast depleted by some glaring failures of government which we have the moral responsibility to bring to your notice, else we would be failing in our duty as spiritual fathers and leaders. “Your Excellency, there is too much suffering in the country: Poverty, hunger, insecurity, violence, fear… the list is endless. Our beloved country appears to be under siege. Many negative forces seem to be keeping a stranglehold on the population, especially the weaker and defenceless ones. The Nation is  nervous “There is a feeling of hopelessness across the country. Our youths are restive and many of them have taken to hard drugs, cultism and other forms of violent crime, while many have become victims of human trafficking. The Nation is nervous. “Just as we seem to be gradually emerging from the dark tunnel of an economic recession that caused untold hardship to families and individuals, violent attacks by unscrupulous persons, among whom are terrorists masquerading as herdsmen, have led to a near civil war situation in many parts of the country. “We are saddened that, repeatedly, innocent citizens in different communities across the nation are brutally attacked and their sources of livelihood mindlessly destroyed. Lives are wasted and property, worth billions of Naira, including places of worship, schools, hospitals and business enterprises, are torched and turned to ashes. “We are still more saddened by the recent massacre of unarmed citizens by these terrorists in some communities n Benue, Adamawa, Kaduna and Taraba states which has caused national shock, grief and outcry. “The silence of the federal government in the wake of these horrifying attacks is, to say the least, shocking. There is a feeling of helplessness among the people and the danger that some people may begin to take laws into their hands. “We, therefore, earnestly urge the government to take very seriously its primary responsibility of protecting the lives and property of its citizens and ensure that such mindless killings do not recur. Herdsmen may be under pressure to save their livestock and economy but this is never to be done at the expense of other people’s lives and means of livelihood. “We would like to add our voice to those of other well-meaning Nigerians who insist that a better alternative to open grazing should be sought rather than introducing “cattle colonies” in the country. While thinking of how best to help cattle owners establish ranches, government should equally have plans to help the other farmers whose produce is essential for our survival as a nation “In a similar vein, daredevil kidnappers, who at present are having a field day, with a feeling of invincibility, must be made to understand that there is a government in this country. Government should invest more in equipping our Police Force with modern high-tech devices that will help them track down and arrest these criminals and make them face the wrath of the law. The Federal Character Principle “The Federal Character Principle is enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria:  It says: ‘The government of the Federation or any of its and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity and also to command national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few states or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that government or in any of its agencies” (Section 14, Sub-section 3-4). “Disregard for this Principle in some federal government appointments as well as perceptible imbalance in the distribution of federal amenities has created the loss of a sense of belonging in many parts of the country, hence the constant cries of marginalization, agitation for secession and calls for restructuring. “These and many more such problems are, in our opinion, grave matters that should be worrying all political leaders in our country today, rather than any bid for re-election.” The Catholic Bishops said the Catholic Church had always complemented the efforts of government in such areas as providing quality education and primary health care services to Nigerian people. They said further:  “We continue to make our contributions to nation-building through our prayers, admonitions and assistance to needy Nigerians whenever we can.  As the voice of the voiceless, we shall continue to highlight the plight of our people and play our prophetic role of sensitizing the government, thus promoting good governance, national unity and cohesion. “We strongly feel that everybody in government at this moment has to take more decisive steps to restore the confidence of the Nigerian people in our governments. Our collective efforts must be seen in the desire to return to the fine principles of democracy, such as true federalism negotiation and consensus building, as means of achieving a more equitable distribution of the resources of our country and good governance.”


Fri, 09 Feb 2018
THE Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has asked a United States federal court to commence the trial of 16 Nigerian officials it sued over their alleged direct or indirect complicity in the extrajudicial killings of its members, who launched peaceful protests following the arrest and detention of its Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.The post Biafran suit in America: US rejects Nigeria's defence of immunity appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
THE Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Aare Gani Adams has charged the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, to champion the call for restructuring and true federalism in the country.The post Champion call for restructuring, true federalism, Gani Adams tells NUJ appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
AFTER a protracted communal crisis that lasted over 20-years, peace has finally returned to Isuofia, the home town of the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Professor Chukwuma Soludo.The post After 20 years, peace returns to Soludo's community appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo inspired Coalition for Nigeria Movement, CNM has created two forums to help it realise its broad goal of mobilising youths and women into leadership positions in the country, the group said in a statement yesterday.The post Obasanjo's CNM establishes committees on women and youth mobilisaiton appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Akwa Ibom State Government has threatened to pull down all structures standing on the rights-of-way in a bid to checkmate the perennial flooding of Uyo metropolis and other cities in the state.The post Floods: A-Ibom govt to pull down structures on rights-of-way appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
AN Abia State High Court sitting in Isiukwuato has ordered the restoration of the bachelors degree obtained by Chief Orji Uzor Kalu from the Abia State University.The post Court restores Orji Kalu's degree certificate appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
National Chairman of the newly-registered party, National Rescue Movement, NRM, Senator Saidu Muhammed Dansadau, has said years of bad leadership and lack of commitment to the principles of patriotism have denied the country of direction and focus.The post Years of bad leadership, Nigerias bane ' Dansadau appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
GOVERNOR Willie Obiano's community, Aguleri and 18 others from the three senatorial zones of Anambra State have failed to utilize the opportunity provided by the state government for the implementation of the N20 million choose 'your 'project initiative.The post Obiano's community, 18 others default on project implementation appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
MINISTER of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has advised wealthy Nigerians to take advantage of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme, VAIDS, to regularise their tax status and escape unsavoury consequences.The post VAIDS: Adeosun vows to expose tax defaulters appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
DELTA State Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, yesterday, reiterated the determination of the state government to put an end to the flood issue bedevilling Asaba, the state capital.The post Delta govt vows to end flooding in Asaba appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
THE Presidency, yesterday, threw its weight behind state and community policing to address the prevailing wave of insecurity across the country.The post 13 states agree to allocate 5,000 hectares of land for cattle ranching appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
ADirector of an indigenous firm, Glitz Occasions Nigerian Limited, Ademiniyi-Juyitan Adetola, has instituted N1billion libel suit before a Lagos State High Court sitting in Igbosere, against CRC Credit Bureau Limited and a first generation bank, for allegedly authoring and publishing a libellous and false consumer classic report on her.The post Firm Director files N1bn libel suit against bank, CRC credit bureau appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
An opinion leader from Ofuoma oil producing community, Afiesere Oilfield, OML30, Delta State, Mr. Chris Eriyamremu has charged Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited, President Generals of host communities and OML30 Community Development Board, CDB, led by Morris Idiovwa to prioritize the negotiation and singing of a new Global Memorandum of Understanding, GMoU.The post OML30: Heritage, host communities, urged to hasten signing of new GMoU appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
NO fewer than 55 vehicle owners in Lagos are to forfeit their vehicles to the state government for driving against traffic around Adekunle Fajuyi Road, Sogunle, Ikeja.The post 55 forfeit vehicles to Lagos govt for driving against traffic appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has advised the Federal Government to stop ruling the country with double standards.The post Stop ruling Nigeria with double standard, Fayose tells FG appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Osogbo'As the International Day for Zero-Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation was marked on Tuesday, the Osun State Ministry of Health and a non-governmental organisation have resolved to take severe measures in stemming the rising spate of cutting girls' genitalia in most communities in the state.The post NGO, govt wage war against female genital mutilation in Osun appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Aminu Bunza, representing Bunza State Constituency in the Kebbi State House of Assembly, is also the Chairman, Committee on Public Account, Vice Chairman, Rules and Business and member Information, Agriculture and Judiciary Committees. He spoke to Kabir Dankatsina on many issues.The post Why we are at peace in Kebbi ' Bunzu, lawmaker appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
OHANAEZE Youth Council, OYC and Umuahia North Traditional Rulers' Council, have condemned the arrest and parade of seven Biafra activists, suspected to be members of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, who were picked up by the Abia Police Command in a Jewish Synagogue in Aba.The post OYC, traditional rulers condemn arrest of Biafra agitators in synagogue appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has reiterated its zero tolerance stance against all forms of malpractices, vowing to enforce good corporate governance and transparency to minimise risk of bank failures.The post Bank failures: NDIC vows to enforce corporate governance appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The naira Thursday depreciated to N360.4 per dollar in the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window of the foreign exchange market.The post Naira depreciates to N360.40/$ in I&E appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday signed seven important bills into law among which is the law to guarantee 24-hour power supply in line with the vision to attain a 24-hour economy and make the State globally competitive. The post Ambode signs 7 bills into law, vows to provide 24-hour power supply appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Leading indigenous retail giant, Hubmart Stores Limited, has continued in its tradition of bringing satisfaction close to the homes of its teeming customers by opening in Lekki, Lagos, a new outlet called Lennox Mall located beside ''The Place'', Lekki Phase1.The post Lennox Mall opens in Lekki appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that it is a false statement for some Nigerians to say that he is sitting in an air-conditioned office and home, enjoying himself while herdsmen go about killing and maiming lives in some parts of the country.The post Herdsmen attacks: I'm not sitting in air-conditioned office, enjoying myself Buhari appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Inspired to creatively improve on Africa's business landscape; as well as to accelerate entrepreneurship, the Duke of York has announced Pitch@Palace Commonwealth 1.0. Application for this unique business opportunity which is open to the 52 Commonwealth Countries closes on February 14, 2018.The post Boosting africa's business landscape through PITCH@PALACE appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The state government conceptualised the issue of setting up an International Vocational Centre that would run as an NGO The post IVTEC: An enduring legacy of Governor Ahmed appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
It is a truism that anyone who elects to preach or stand by the truth, usually also stands to be condemned, regrettably, even by some of the very informed.The post Letter to Buhari: Obasanjo is a living saint, detractors, let him be! appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Jimoh Moshood, the current Police Public Relations officer in Abuja is probably the most unprofessional occupier of that office since 1999. His lack of professionalism and ready capacity to perpetually say the wrong thing at the right time is the reason why he should be relieved forthwith of that important position. He obviously loves the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris more than Ibrahim Idris loves himself. When subordinates are sworn to that kind of oath of sycophancy, they do more 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Nobody can deny that Nigeria has serious problem on her hands, as constituted by crises between herdsmen and farmers in different parts of the country. Lives are being taken wantonly, sorrow, tears and blood visited on many homes, and dread descending on towns and communities. It is a national emergency, which is being responded to by the concerned authorities.The post Dan-Alis counter-narrative Adesina appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Anyone that still doubts that Boko Haram has been defeated would have to watch the latest video released by Abubakar Shekau, the sociopath leader of the terror group - or read up the English transcription of the rant. For Shekau to have declared in the ten-minute video that 'I am tired of this calamity; it is better I die and go to rest in paradise' says a lot about the morale of whatever is left of the nest of killers that once straddled the north-east of Nigeria.The post Making the p 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Nigerians have held President Muhammadu Buhari on public accountability strictly on his professed sobriquet of 'Change mantra,' in the administration of Nigeria. Before May 2015, there was a unanimous consensus among Nigerians that the country had slipped into very dangerous abyss of ennui, where virtually all public institutions and agencies collapsed pathetically, amid mounting problems.The post Assessing Haruna's Change Mantra In NASENI appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Super Eagles 2018 World Cup jersey has been trending and players like John Obi Mikel, Alex Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho have had their say.The post Eagles players ok new jersey appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Zinedine Zidane is reportedly keen for Real Madrid to sell Isco in the summer, and is a firm admirer of Chelsea and Belgium star Eden Hazard.The post Hazard to cost Madrid 200m euros appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Two months into year 2018, DMW baddest boss, Davido and YBNL boss, Olamide are already counting their blessings. The duo are excited about their latest endorsement deals as they could not hide their joy on social media.The post Davido, Olamide land major endorsement deals appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger weighed into the debate about simulation in the English Premier League on Thursday by suggesting that English players may have become 'the masters of diving'.The post English players are masters of diving, Wenger says appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Multiple award-winning comedian and actor, Julius D'Genius Agwu has concluded plans to stage the 2018 edition of his annual Festival of Love gig on Sunday, February 11, at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.The post Julius Agwu returns with festival of love appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar Thursday wished the nation's contingent an outstanding and memorable outing at the 2018 Winter Olympics which started in PyeongChang, South Korea Thursday.The post Winter Olympics qualification, proof Nigeria can do the impossible Atiku appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Twitter on Thursday reported its first-ever quarterly profit, a key milestone that sent shares soaring at the social network which has lagged for years behind fast-growing rivals.The post Twitter hits milestone with first-ever profit appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
As the Valentine season approaches, lovers of another kind of poetry are getting prepared to be treated to one of their favourite events, the famed 'Night of the Spoken Word' which hits the stage again after a 15-month hiatus.The post 'Night of the Spoken Word' returns appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Italian football federation sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta said Thursday there were "six or seven names" in the hat for the Italy coaching job.The post Six in running for Italy coaching job Costacurta appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Vera was an ideal person with whom to share and discuss personal difficulties and problemsThe post Tribute to a woman of substance appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
It is not uncommon with spouses after slightest provocation, to deny sex advances overtures made by either of them. Some Muslim women, with the aim of 'punishing' their husbands, for a wrong done on them go this far, - denying them love-making.The post Denying your spouse love-making' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
What was meant to be an assessment of the three-year-old government of President Muhammadu Buhari turned on its head before the ink dried up on the press statement.The post IBBs letter to his countryman appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Our government is also a 'ready-to-serve' government, ensuring that we implement the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) to keep the economy on the path of sustainable economic growth and global competitiveness. One important component of the Plan is the provision of critical infrastructure, such as roads, rail and power, which this administration is fullyRead MoreThe post You can bet on Nigerias future, set up factories here now, Vp Osinbajo begs multinationals: appeared first on 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Looking to fund that great idea' Look no further. This list has been compiled to serve as a resource so you have 15 different places to look for funding, and how to go about it. By Ayandola Ayanleke Agriculture and agro-business is fast becoming a major focus in Nigeria, especially since the economic []The post 15 Organisations Investing in Nigerian Agro-Business appeared first on The Spark. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Tunde Abisoye describes himself as an evolving Artist on a journey of self discovery.'I have journeyed through Graphite pencils, charcoal, pastel, chalk, water-colour etc. I also featured on 53 Extra( DSTV) where I did a live portrait sketch of the Host. Last year, I tested my skills on Mural designing on walls using Acrylic & []The post Multi-media Art by Tunde appeared first on The Spark. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Land Rover has announced the introduction of the world's first full-size luxury SUV coup. The new Range Rover SV Coup will be a dramatic and desirable addition to the Range Rover portfolio, featuring a seductive body design and a supremely refined interior.The post Limited Edition Range Rover SV Coupe set for world debut appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Scores of residents of Eti-Osa East, Lagos Island, last week, took to the streets to protest an encroachment into a land meant for construction of the local government secretariat, by a yet-to-be identified individual.The post PROPOSED LG SECRETARIAT: Eti-Osa residents protest land encroachment appeared first on Vanguard News. 
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