Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Friday, 30 March, 2017.

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, have warmed up to each other lately as Nigeria approaches election year.
Their relationship cooled off not long after the 2015 general election which Buhari won with critical support from Tinubu.

The mark-up in their ties was noticed when Tinubu hopped on the presidential plane to join Buhari for a trip to ECOWAS meeting in Cote d Ivoire last year.
On Monday when Buhari declared the year long tenure extension granted to the APC national leaders as illegal and that election must hold to elect new leaders, Tinubu was full of praise for the president whom he said had restored democracy in the ruling party.
But yesterday at a colloquium held in honour of Tinubu to mark his 66th birthday there was out-pouring of effusion between Buhari and the national leader even as both hurled political barbs against the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
In his remarks the President said: “I am happy to be here with you to celebrate the birthday of my friend and political partner, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.  I call on all Nigerians to join me in celebrating this man.  Asiwaju Tinubu is widely known as a political strategist.  But strategy is barren unless wedded to a higher purpose than just itself.
“Here, Asiwaju also sets himself apart.  I have come to see him as a man who cares about people and who is a fountain of ideas for economic development and improving the situation of the common man and woman.  He is a true humanitarian and we appreciate his contributions to Nigeria’s and Africa’s progress.”
On his part Tinubu said there was a difference between PDP’s administration and that of the ruling APC.
“I am happy that President Buhari has saved the ship from wreckage.’’ Tinubu said.
He added; “We are re-directing Nigeria. We have a nation to rescue and thank God we have a good leader to emulate.’’
The former Lagos State governor told the former ruling party, the PDP, to forget its ambition of returning to power.
Tinubu called on Nigerians not to accept the recent apology tendered by the PDP, saying the party has done enough damage to the country.
He recalled that despite having nothing beyond the brooms, the APC was able to mobilise Nigerians to engender political revolution that catapulted it to Nigerian leadership position. He thanked Nigeria for remaining steadfast and assured them of better future with APC.
“I can see what the government is doing. We didn’t say we won’t have challenges but we understand the need to invest in people.
“Looking at where we are coming from, people say don’t talk about it and I asked: what should we talk about? ... Mr President, forget that party, they won’t come back. 
“No matter how they say it, no matter how they want to twist it, PDP, you looted our treasury, you wasted our resources, and you didn’t do what you promised to do for us in 16 years. There is a difference between them and us,” Tinubu said.
He also hit out at former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Although, he didn’t mention the former leader by name, he nonetheless berated Obasanjo for writing what he described as “bad belle letters.” 
“Somebody is writing letters these days, political letters. As if they have not been there before. They are writing bad belle letters. I don’t want to abuse it because I have had the best birthday I can imagine,” he said.
On PDP recent apology, Tinubu said:” Dear Nigerians, don’t accept their apology. When they were there, they lied, falsified and changed figures. For 16 years, they said don’t talk about it. It is like when you catch a thief and he says to you ‘don’t talk about it, just go there and steal your own.” 
In other remarks the President said just as Tinubu had done so much for the people, his administration had been using the Social Investment Programmes and home grown school feeding initiatives to invest in the Nigerian people.
“We believe in investing in people so that tomorrow will be better and good will triumph over evil. Our goal is to bring every section of the country together. And to accomplish our mission, we must invest in people. 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
The eleven soldiers killed by bandits in the Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State last week were buried yesterday amid wailing by relations.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, who was the chief mourner, said officers and men of the Army could not be rightly said to be aiding those who kill them.

The 11 soldiers were killed while at a camp in a community in Birnin Gwari where they were on an operation.
Buratai said the soldiers who came into the army barely one year ago had paid the supreme price in service of their country.  
Represented by the General Commanding Officer, 1 Division, Nigerian Army Kaduna, Major General Muhammad Muhammad, Buratai said, “Most of them had not come back to their relations and say this is my uniform before they met their death. They shed their blood for the community of Birnin Gawri and Kaduna State. How then can we say they are aiding those who killed them? If we are making statements, we should not generalize.”
While condoling with the families of the deceased soldiers, the COAS advised Nigerians not to dissuade their children from joining the armed forces, saying, “It is a way of giving back to the country.”
Governor Nasiru El-Rufai who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Lawal Balarabe, donated N500, 000 each to the families of the 11 slain soldiers and presented the cheque of N5.5m to the GOC 1 Division Nigerian Army for onward presentation to the families.
 The slain officers were Private Olabode Hammed enlisted into the army in 2015, Bamidele Adekunke Emmanuel (Osun), Owhochukwu Christian Chigoziri (Rivers), Adamu Muhammed (Bauchi), Lamara Ahmed (Jigawa), Mubarack Suleiman (Plateau), Private Bashir Sani (Katsina), Usman Abubakar Jalo (Gombe), Nafiyi Iliyasu (Jigawa), Sefiyanu Ahmed (Jigawa) and Alhassan Ibrahim (Jigawa state), all of them private and enlisted into the 76th Regular Recruit Intake last year.
They were laid to rest at the Commonwealth Cemetery in Kaduna with a 21-gun salute. 
The relations of the 11 soldiers could not hold back their tears. One of the relations to one of the slain soldiers Private Christian Chigoziri Owhochukwu, said it was not his decision to allow his younger brother to join the army.
“I was forced to allow his getting into the army due to financial constraint, said Mr. Owhochukwu Franklin, Christian Chigoziri’s elder brother.
Another relation who gave his name as Sani Liman Kila, related to Kamara  Ahmed, said the late Kamara died barely two months after he passed out from the Nigerian Army depot.
“He was a hard working young man. It is very sad that he was killed in this manner. He spent only one day at the place he was posted. It is very shocking. We are devastated,” he said.

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
The Senate yesterday rejected the $350m loan request by the Kaduna State government, three months after the House of Representatives approved it.
The House had in December last year gave its nod to the loan request made on behalf of 10 states by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in May 2017, while he was acting president.

The rejection followed adoption of report of the Senate committee on local and foreign debts chaired by Senator Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna).
Sani said the approval of the loan would double the debt profile of the state from $232m to $532m. 
“Approving the current loan request of USD350 million for Kaduna State will bring its total debt stock to USD582.1 million. With the new borrowing, the Debt Service to Revenue Ratio of Kaduna State will further be increased and thus impact negatively on the ability of the State to meet other basic needs of its people,” he said.
Supporting the rejection, Senator Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi (APC, Kaduna) described the loan request as a misplaced priority.
“I strongly stand behind the prayers of the chairman of the committee that this very important chamber, do reject that request for the loan,” he said.
Also, Senator Danjuma La’ah (PDP, Kaduna) said “If you are collecting a loan without giving a reason, I am not in support of such loan; my people are also not in support of it. Please, this loan should not be granted.” 
The Deputy Senate leader, Bala Ibn Na’Allah said, “Three senators who have so far spoken on this matter coincidentally, they are from Kaduna State. It appears that the three senators are in agreement that the recommendations of the committee should be upheld by this Senate.”
When Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, who presided the plenary put the question on the recommendation of the committee; majority of senators voted in affirmative.

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