NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [17 MARCH, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 17 March, 2018.


Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Professor Ango Abdullahi, is a former spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and recently elected the Leader of the forum. In this interview with PAUL ORUDE in Bauchi, the former Vice Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, speaks on the focus of NEF under his leadership.

He has harsh words for Northern Governors, who he calls irresponsible leaders over their statement calling for the establishment of ranches as solution to the clashes between farmers and herdsmen in parts of the country. He also lists impossible conditions under which the North will support the restructuring of the country, while in another breath, he says the region will resist any attempt to restructure the country based on the current agitation. “We have all personalized restructuring with a view to targeting a section of the country and this is the area that we feel very sensitive about and we will resist it. Even if we don’t resist it objectively, we can resist it politically”, he warned.

Why did you decide to take the leadership of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) at this critical time? What is your focus, and what do you hope to achieve for the body?

Well, let me start by saying that I did not seek the leadership of the Northern Elders Forum. The leadership of NEF was foisted on me by members, so let me make this very clear. Ango Abdullahi has never been ambitious in terms of positioning wherever he finds himself. All my political life you will never see me frantically jostling for position. I have always believed in teamwork and the team players in the Northern Elders Forum decided that I should take on the leadership of the forum so that is why I think I should make very clear from the beginning. Number two relates to the issue of what is the focus; the focus remains what brought out the NEF in the first place. The focus of the forum has always been that as a civil society organisation it has responsibility in ensuring that there is a role in the socio economic and political development of the country and wherever it seems that things are not going according to the expectations of Nigerians, especially according to the constitution of the country which stipulates how Nigerians should live in the country and so on, of course the northern elders forum will come out and make its views known.

The Forum has been searching for a presidential candidate that will be acceptable to the northern region and Nigeria. Are you looking at the younger generation or the age you belong or even where the incumbent president belongs?

Well let’s go back to 2015. The north insisted then that the north should produce the next Nigerian president and this is what we worked on. Thank goodness some of the parties or some of the players responded and this was what brought about the dislodgement of the PDP as a government and the loss of the presidency by Jonathan and takeover of government by APC and the presidency by General Buhari. This is what we did and I like to correct that we have not started searching for a presidential candidate but our eyes and ears are wide opened. We are looking at all options on the table -old, middle age, young- all are options on the table and irrespective of which politics they profess, what we will be looking for is a good presidential material that is going to serve the needs of the county effectively and so on so all our options are on the table. It has no age limit and perhaps our age limit is the voting age. If there is a very competent 18 years old may be but this is not very likely but all options are on the table, we have not started searching yet but we will keep our eyes and ears opened to ensure that the principles upon which we argued and argued in the previous elections will still be the principles that will guide us in supporting a presidential material from amongst many that perhaps would like to offer themselves for the position.

Some are suggesting that NEF is almost pushing itself as an opposition to the Buhari administration. How true is this?


 
But how could this be true? If there is any group that stood firm for the principles of equity and justice for all sections of this country, that was our platform and then on the basis of this principle one party decided that a presidential candidate of northern extraction should contest on its platform while the other party decided against our wishes that presidential candidate of non-northern extraction would contest on its platform. This was the basis on which we supported that party and that candidate. That party that said yes, candidate of northern extraction should emerge and one emerged and we didn’t determine who emerged. This is one emphasis that I want to make in this interview: we didn’t determine in the course of the primaries run by the APC which of the contestants will win the primary. But we waited until one emerged and once one emerged, we came out in support and this is perhaps what gave birth to Buhari presidency. But we also made it clear that irrespective of the geographical origin of the candidate, we want to make sure that the candidate performs and wherever his performance is below what we consider a good standard, we will be able at all times to say no, where no is needed and yes, when yes is needed and perhaps this is what must have given the impression whenever we say no to certain policies, people construe that this is an opposition but it will be irresponsible of any civil society organisation like the one we lead to see things going wrong and will not say that things are going wrong. So if this our honest assessment of situations as they developed is what is construed as opposition, then it has to be but there is no way we will back out of telling the truth whenever one is required. There are a number of interviews I gave, I remember personally and sometimes officially, saying that we want to see internal democracy in all the political parties. I want to say and this is a personal opinion, that I am opposed to automatic ticket- from councillor to presidency, so if a party has a constitution that spells out a way for candidates to emerge, they should follow it even if it is mere endorsement, let them follow the procedure. We have advocated and these are some of the positions that people are misconstruing that this is opposition to the presidency or his government. This is not true.

The man heading the Benue Livestock Guards, as recently revealed by Saturday Sun, was a wanted Boko Haram suspect. How do you react to this?

My first reaction is to congratulate The Sun newspaper for carrying out this investigation. This is what the media are supposed to do. They are supposed to be watchdog of things that are going right or wrong in the society. When it was brought out, appropriate reports were made to authorities that they should take action and this is part of the crisis we are going through in this country. People are not being honest. Now that you have mentioned this issue of Live Stock Guards in Benue, and so on, this now brings me, even though you haven’t asked the question, this brings me up to the media reports of Friday, March 2. The Northern Governors Forum to me, irresponsibly, came out with a statement that the northern governors should adopt a policy of ranching as solution to whatever their own understanding of livestock development or peaceful co-existence between herders and farmers is. It is an irresponsible statement. Emphatically, because these governors have been sitting there for years, virtually with no policy on how to develop agriculture generally let alone how to develop livestock industry in this country and they have waited until some of these crises started manifesting and now we know we are in election year and a lot of the statements that seem to come out from the politicians including the governors are self-serving statements. I don’t know whom they are trying to please or where they are trying to escape to in terms of responsibility that they have to bear. You see, either they are speaking out of sheer ignorance, tactical ignorance of what agriculture is or what livestock development or industry is or they are speaking to the gallery, or speaking to both during elections. I am a professional agricultural scientist. I was at one time Director Agriculture Research Institute of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) before I became its Vice Chancellor and we know what agricultural development is in its comprehensive forms in terms of crop development, in terms of livestock development, in terms of other branches that are relevant to agricultural development and we have been working on this for years and we have the relevant information available on our shelves, sometimes information that has been passed on to the Agriculture Extension Services of the states and this research information is supposed to be used in each state for the benefits of farmers, whether they are crop or livestock farmers. And these are things this government has consistently ignored and these are things that have taken us to the crisis stage that we are in now. And the fact that we have arrived at this crisis point will not allow anybody, governors inclusive to hoodwink Nigerians into projects that are unrealistic and cannot be achieved. I challenged any governor to go and show me his ranch so that livestock owners can go and learn from the ranch. I challenge any governor to go and show me how he has successfully or his state government has successfully created a pilot scheme to demonstrate how a ranch is established and operated. I challenge them. And they have failed to read history. If they had read history of agricultural development correctly in terms of livestock development, they would have seen responsible governments in the past, particularly our regional government, here I want to make a distinction between a responsible regional government which we had, and I served under one of the them, the Northern Nigerian Government-they tried their hands, and honestly and genuinely tried their hands on grazing reserves which were established and gazetted. They also tried model ranching scheme. The most famous is Mokwa Cattle Ranch. If they had forgotten their history, they should go and read their history books particularly on ranching development that was. But all these failed, some for careless reasons, some for purely unavoidable ethical reasons, they failed. So for them to be talking to us about ranch now, I consider it irresponsible and deceptive but I challenge them, we want to see model ranching in each state that talked about ranch now within the next 12 months. I try to restrain my comments over this for some time now. I have seen this now more or less in the light of 2018 where we are, one year to the election and politicians including governors, politicians from all levels here, I don’t make any exception, are trying to play to the gallery, in playing to the gallery, they are looking for votes. Well, we are not going to allow them to deceive the people by way of these cheap, irresponsible statements, in trying to hoodwink us into believing that what they are saying is correct and the solution to the problem. Certainly, they should know that this is not a solution to a problem that had been with us for hundreds ofyears. Even when the British came, they saw livestock as an important component of agricultural development policy and they did everything to make sure that it thrived and the way they did it was not necessarily to go for ranching even though they came from an environment where ranches were working or worked. They decided that they had to create something that fit the Nigerian environment. The circumstances of the Nigerian environment include lack of education on the part of the crop farmers, lack of education on the part of the livestock farmers and all manners of policies that had to be introduced that will enhance crop production and that would also enhance livestock production. First and foremost in the case of livestock, they decided that grazing reserves should be created as models for people with means, they could create their own pastures where their animals could feed throughout the year, and that is why they created  a number of grazing reserves across the country.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Kano, attended the grand wedding Fatiha of Alhaji Aliko Dangote’s daughter, Hajiya Fatima and her groom, Jamilu Abubakar

The wedding Fatiha between Fatima and Jamilu, son of a former Inspector-General of police, Muhammad Abubakar, took place at 12 noon at the Kano Emir’s palace.

The wedding was conducted by the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II and supported by the Chief Imam of Kano, Prof. Sani Zaharaddeen. Buhari in his capacity as the bride’s father received N500, 000 dowry from the representative of the groom at the occasion.

Other important personalities that graced the occasion include former Head of State, retired Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar, Speaker, the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara and a retinue of serving Senators.

Some governors and ministers as well as traditional rulers from across the country also attended the occasion. Others were former National Security Adviser, retired Gen. Aliyu Gusau, members of the business community, politicians and members of the diplomat corps among others.

The event, which was also attended by prominent Islamic scholars and other well wishers from across the country, witnessed a large turnout of workers from various companies owned by the renowned business mogul.

Security at the occasion was water tight as all the entrances leading to the palace were cordoned-off by heavenly armed security operatives.

The development made it impossible for most journalists who turned up to cover the event to do so.


Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Non-Governmental Organizations have been urged to set up centres in local government areas. Wife of Rivers State governor, Justice Eberechi Suzette Nyesom-Wike who made this call while delivering her keynote address during the Medical Women Association of Nigeria Parallel event, at the on going United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 62nd Session in New York City, stressed the need for women’s rights and protective services to be taken closer to the rural areas to aid accessibility. 

Justice Wike urged women to access the laws as passed by the Rivers government, noting that the state is one of the leading states in the passage of the laws protecting maternal rights, laws against widowhood practices and other discriminatory practices and laws against female genital mutilation. 

She further called on women to support themselves in achieving the empowerment of women and girls in the rural areas, while lauding the synergy among Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Nigeria Association Women of Journalists (NAWOJ) and International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) in addressing gender based issues. 

Earlier in her presentation on Women’s Health and Empowerment, the Country Vice President, FIDA and wife of the Attorney General of Rivers State, Mrs. Inime Aguma, noted with dismay that only 31% of currently married women participate in three specified decisions pertaining to their own health care, major household purchases and visits to their family or relatives.

She called for sustained awareness on women’s health and empowerment through public campaigns, media sensitization and advocacy visits as well as support of the citizenry on women’s health.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye has visited Benue State where he prayed that God should bring an end to the continuous bloodshed occasioned by incessant attacks by herdsmen. He said the killings of innocent souls across the state must stop now.

Speaking during a prayer session organized for the state at the Government House on Friday, Adeboye who identified with the pains of the Benue people over the killings said he would have been in the state earlier but for the fact that he was instructed by God not to visit before President Buhari did.

“Even if we are in pain, hallelujah is a victorious sound. I am not here to make any political statement because I’m not a politician. I’m here just to pray. The governor is my son; his wife is my daughter, I can’t hear that my children are in trouble and sit at home. I would have been here earlier but I was praying at home and was instructed by God not to come before the President did.

“The Bible says the horse is prepared for the day of battle but safety is of the Lord. Men can hide from men but no one can hide from God. Men can be corrupted, they can decide to do what is not hundred percent correct with the assistance of others but there is no way you can compromise the holiness of God. He is a holy God. He created us all. And I know when we call on Him to intervene, what is impossible for man is possible for God.

“We have felt every pain you have felt. We have wept when we saw you weeping. The fact is: there is no way a man of God will not feel the pain when he sees mass burial. When somebody is dead, you can’t convert that person. That is why we want these killings to stop. God can stop it. He doesn’t play. We will call on Him to fight this battle that we cannot fight. I’m here to pray for the state that the Helper of the helpless will fight our battle,” Adeboye said.

Earlier in a remark, Governor Samuel Ortom while welcoming the man of God and his entourage to the state disclosed that enemies have turned the state to internally displaced persons home as a result of the mindless attacks.


 
“Your coming is like that of a child who waits for his father to come back and beat whoever is punishing him. I believe the enemies of this state who have turned Benue to IDP camps after displacing people from 16 out of 23 local government areas, a word from you will bring healing and salvation to the state.”


Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Former Minister of Information, Prince Tony Momoh has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will win the 2019 presidential election despite criticisms in some quarters against his administration. Among other issues in this interview with WILLY EYA, he also examines why insecurity persists in the country.

Ahead of next year’s general elections, what are your feelings especially with regards to all manner of political activities including alliances, realignments, defections and even the creation of a third force in the country?

The election would come and go; government is a continuum. Our democracy is maturing. Many people are registering and there is a tendency to regionalise our politics with the parties telling their members to go and register. But all of them are doing the correct thing in trying to grow our democracy. However, when the time of decision comes, that is the time you would know that emotion guides our actions more than religion. What I am saying is that those Christians who are preaching against certain candidates because they belong to another religion and those Muslims who are preaching against certain candidates because they belong to another religion, would be shocked what would happen. But when like Mbadiwe said, “come comes to become”, people would move to the areas of their beliefs. In the East for instance especially Onitsha, many of them are Catholics and so on and so forth but when Zik was there, they put up a candidate against him and appealed to the sentiment of Christians but Zik still defeated them. At certain critical time, emotions take over. Our religion is that of peace but our elections are just like war on their own. So, when it is time to vote, people go to war and then go to their areas of upbringing. Many of them who are Christians and Muslims are not really mature to imbibe the values of Christianity and Islam. So, it shows that politics is maturing and people would move in the direction of what is there on the ground. And as I have told you, Nigerians would be shocked because there is more on the ground than lots of people think. Hunger for instance is on the ground but the fact is that people would discover, and they are already discovering that the only language that hunger understands is food. We either buy food or we grow it. We do not have money to buy food but we are growing it. Everywhere, food is being grown all over the country and Nigerians would more appreciate made in Nigeria goods than foreign goods. So, the change that was promised is taking place and it would be reflected in the voting pattern and not the sentiment of dividing Nigeria along ethnic and religious lines. That would not work.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
The Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano has given reasons the Igbo have failed to excel in national politics, saying that they would need to join hands as brothers and sisters to make an impact.

He also looked at his party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and its efforts to win governorship elections in 2019, particularly in the South-East. Obiano who spoke to Saturday Sun in an exclusive interview also unfolded his blue-print on how he would run Anambra State for another four years beginning from today as he takes his oath of office. He spoke to CHIDI NNADI.

What did your parents tell you about your birth and where were you born?

I was born in Aguleri, then my parents were living in Nkwele Ezunaka; my father was a teacher. The only recognizable hospital in the environment then was in my hometown, Aguleri. When I was about to be born, my father who was a headmaster took my mother on a bicycle to Aguleri where she gave birth to me at Holy Rosary Catholic Maternity Home, after which they moved back to Nkwelle Ezunaka. But today, I have converted that maternity to a specialist hospital.

If your father was a headmaster, then you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth?

You can say that again, I don’t know how silver that spoon was, but certainly I was born with a spoon in the mouth.

What was growing up like and what are the things that shaped your adult life?

My father was a very strict disciplinarian and he made sure that I was brought up in that strict manner. My father was a very regimented fellow, he set aside for us time to study, time to go for catechism, there was time for everything and you must conform or my father will flog the hell out of you. So, that regimentation really helped me when I was growing up; I have never smoked in my life, it was because of my father. Conversely, my mother was a very generous hardworking fellow, she had all the money and my father didn’t have money like her; my mother would buy you a dress for N10 and ask you to tell your father that it was N1 because my father would not accept to bring out the money and would at the same time knock your head for accepting to wear an expensive cloth. So, it was a very regimented upbringing that we had and that was what shaped my adult life. My father had a famous evening lesson and most of the who-is-who today in Onitsha passed through him. I was compelled to join the lesson classes, which helped me immensely. Every Friday when I was in Primary Six, we had this famous outing, he would do Mathematics test for the students he was teaching during the evening classes and you exchange scripts and mark yourselves and return the paper to him. He would call out those who made 100 per cent to stand up and other high marks in that order and everybody will be watching to see when I will stand up. Initially, I used to stand up around 60 marks after a few guys may have stood up; that indeed put pressure on me because my father will say no, I shouldn’t insult him, that I should make sure that I’m on the 90, 100 marks range. So, that was a very good competitive spirit. So, in the evening, I will not eat because I didn’t stand up early because I will be cramming all the mental arithmetic, the timetable and other stuffs. And these helped me out eventually. Remember that I was in primary four when I joined the primary six guys in the lesson and yet I measured up well.

What about your other educational pursuit

I was a great student all through, I distinguished myself in the primary school at CKC Onitsha, I had a Grade One; at Advanced Level, HSC, I had two A’s and one B and I was John F. Kennedy Essay winner, an essay competition that was written by high school students across the country, that was in 1975. And in my university, I made a two-one division, missing first class narrowly in Accountancy, University of Lagos, where I also had my MBA in marketing. Of course, I am fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

I started with Chevron-Texaco, I was then head of their internal audit from where I became a roving auditor for Chevron-Texaco, auditing its departments all over the world before I joined First Bank. I had a short stay at First Bank; I was in Texaco for nine and half years. I was in First bank for about a year, I was a supervisor of the bank in Agbor after my training in Lagos. Shortly after that I joined the Fidelity Bank Plc as deputy manager. I was in Fidelity for 23 years; I rose through the ranks, I rose to become manager, I was AGM on exceptional performance and from there to DGM to GM and later executive director. Myself and the then managing director, Reginald Ihejiahi saw the bank through the recapitalization process and I am proud for our service in that bank because today that bank still exists while other banks that were bigger then have disappeared. So, it is a thing of pride to look back to say I worked in that bank, most of my colleagues cannot say the same of their banks.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
He has been in the news of late for a single reason: his aspiration to succeed his father-in-law as Imo 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
By Bolaji Okunola Former Super Eagles captain and ex-Deportivo La Coruna F.C of Spain goal stopper, Peter 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte faced the cameras yesterday afternoon ahead of his side's meeting with Leicester 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
South Africa's former President, Jacob Zuma, is to face prosecution for 16 charges of corruption, Chief Prosecutor Shaun Abrahams has confirmed. The charges which Mr. Zuma denies include counts of fraud, racketeering and money laundering. Zuma, 75, was forced to resign as president last month by his party, the ruling African National Congress... 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
The Champions League quarter-final draw was made in Nyon yesterday afternoon, and as expected there are 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Venus Williams registered a straight-set win over Carla Suarez Navarro to reach the semi-finals of the 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
The IndustriALL Global Union, at its celebration on March 7, a day before the March 8 day marked out 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
PAUL OSUYI, Asaba DELTA State governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa on Friday in Asaba called on security agencies 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
VINCENT KALU The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) has accused Ohanaeze Ndigbo of giving a 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Raphael Ede, Enugu The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has described as false the allegation 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
EMMANUEL ADEYEMI, Lokoja The killings by Fulani herdsmen in some communities in Kogi State continued 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
WILLY EYA Anambra State, the Home for All, has been literally shut down for the inauguration of second 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Promiscuity is promoted as some sort of rite of passage for men in this clime. And in their defence, 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
STEPHEN HAWKING, the wheelchair-confined celebrated scientist who died this week at age 76 is one of 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Have you told yourself that cheating on your spouse is not in your agenda' Have you promised yourself 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
IGNATIUS ARINZE A few weeks ago, in the town of Dapchi in Yobe State, no fewer than 110 Nigerian girls, 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
She was the first Nigerian woman to be appointed Minister of Industry in Nigeria. She recently served 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
This year's World Kidney Day, which coincided with the International Women's Day, was marked on March 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Ifechi Okoh Famous for his clean-shaven head, veteran actor, Alex Omiagbo Usifo has been missing in action 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Pretty Nollywood actress, Sylvia Anyanwu-Olisa, is a woman of substance who would stop at nothing to 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
For Paschaline Alex Okoli known as Cordelia in the popular sitcom, Jenifa's Diary, produced and directed 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
The first contemporary Nollywood movie to tackle homophobia as part of its sub-plot is set to hit the 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
After weeks of intense planning, the organisers of Ojaja Talent Hunt have announced dates for the auditions 
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