NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [22 MARCH, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 22 March, 2018.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The hope of some parents of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls to reunite with the children and wards was dashed yesterday with the sad news of the passing of five of them.

According to one of the released girls, Khadija Grema, 12, a JSS3, they died in the hands of Boko Haram as a result of exhaustion, stress and trauma.

Amidst the euphoria that greeted the release of over 100 of the 110 abducted Dapchi schoolgirls and the grief that trailed the deaths, the military has announced that the freed girls, aged between and 19, would have to wait a while before reuniting with their parents.

     This is to enable the girls to be debriefed by the military authorities and also undergo medical examination and care.

Confirming it, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said: “Just as we did when we had the first set and second set of release of the Chibok girls, they will be quarantined and be psychologically counseled before they go back to their schools.”

House of Representatives member representing Bursai/Geidam/Yunusari constituency, Goni Bukhar, also confirmed that the girls would remain in the custody of the government for “few more days.”

“They cannot be released to their parents yet because of security.  They will be in government’s custody for two or three days before they are finally released. They will be taken to the hospital and treated before they are released to their parents.”

Boko Haram driving in 11 vehicles early, yesterday morning, reportedly dropped the schoolgirls at the heart of Dapchi, Yobe State, over a month after they were abducted.
 
Residents said they were alarmed when the convoy of four-wheel drive vehicles painted in military colour drove into the town at about 8am chanting ‘Allah Akbar’ (God is great) without firing a shot, Aliyu Alhaji Maina, one of the parents told journalists at Jumbam, about 2km to Dapchi.

Grema said the insurgents did not maltreat them, adding that they were moved into a house, crossing a river with canoes and ending up in an unknown location where they were kept till Tuesday night before their release.

“They didn’t beat us, they didn’t harass or maltreat us. They said we are children of Islam. They bought water, malt drink and kulikuli (groundnut cake) for us when they abducted us from our school in Dapchi,” she said.

In a statement issued earlier, Mohammed said the release of the schoolgirls was the outcome of the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to all security agencies to do everything possible to secure the release of the 110 Dapchi schoolgirls.

“For the release to work, the government had a clear understanding that violence and confrontation would not be the way out as it could endanger the lives of the girls, hence a non-violent approach was the preferred option. Within the period when the girls were being brought back, operational pause was observed in certain areas to ensure free passage and also that lives were not lost,’’ he said.

He said no ransom was paid. “The only condition they gave us is not to release (the girls) to the military but release them in the town of Dapchi without military presence.”

Meanwhile, a Federal Government delegation comprising ministers of Information and Culture; Interior and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs are on their way to Maiduguri to meet with the freed girls.

On what government expects to achieve with the delegation to Dapchi, Mohammed said: “I think the issue of the delegation, until we clear with relevant security authorities, is not something I can talk about right now. We are constantly talking to those on ground. Don’t forget as of now that area has become an operational area and so we have to take advice from the security operatives on what to do. What is important is that we must be able to brief you regularly as regards development…”

Reacting to the news, both the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose accused the Federal Government of hoodwinking the populace.

   According to Fayose: “This appears like an arranged abduction and an arranged release, but we thank God that the innocent girls have returned home and we condole with parents of those that died.”

      In a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor said it was strange that the girls could be brought back to Dapchi by their abductors without the security agents knowing when they were returned and who returned them.

“Curiously, the same spirit who made sure that all military checkpoints in Dapchi and other surrounding towns were removed to pave way for abduction of the girls also made sure that the girls were returned without any security agent seeing them.”

The governor reiterated his allegation that Boko Haram insurgency had become a source of treasury looting.

    “Those benefitting from Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) scams, payment of ransom (in dollars) to free those abducted by the Boko Haram insurgents, among others will never wish to see the end of the insurgency,” he claimed.

But the Amnesty International, which on Tuesday said it had uncovered evidence that some military and security agents were alerted hours before the abduction, described the release of  the girls as a huge relief.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation and former governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has urged the  Igbo  to have a ‘handshake’ across the Niger by voting President Muhammadu Buhari  into office for a second term in 2019, to enable the South East have a shot at the seat of Presidency.

Amaechi, who made this disclosure yesterday, while delivering the 12th Convocation Lecture of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, at the university’s auditorium, said if Igbo continues to play regional politics by embracing sectional political parties without a national broad base, they will continue to produce regional politicians like senators and governors, while the presidency will continue to elude them.

Speaking on the topic: “The Igbo in the politics of Nigeria,” Amaechi described the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as regional parties, which cannot give the Igbo the presidency, but will only make them continue to cry for marginalisation.

He said the vote for President Buhari for a second term and the APC are the surest way to fast track the president of Igbo extraction. He noted that any other Northerner that takes over from Buhari in 2019, will definitely be in charge for eight years, but if Buhari goes for a second term, he must vacate office after four years, giving better a chance for the Igbo man to take over as president.

Going down memory lane, he traced the history of the Igbo people from the middle years to the era of Trans Atlantic Slave trade, the colonial and post colonial era and the issues of Igbo identity and Igbo emotionalism, which he described as the two main issues that have impeded Igbo political advancement in Nigeria.

He advised separatist groups like the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to move forward and embrace Nigeria’s unity, reminding them that the civil war had ended long time ago. He said it is necessary to teach children the effects of the civil war, so they can learn from history.

Amaechi said the Buhari administration is reconstructing several roads in the South East while almost all the important Igbo cities like Enugu, Owerri, Umuahia, Aba, Awka and Onitsha are captured in the existing Calabar-Lagos railway project and the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri standard guage new railway projects approved by the president.

“Igbo people should focus on solutions, not recriminations. In what political direction should the Igbo go? Let the quarrel with the North, real or imagined stop. Let us join hands as one people to chart the way forward for a brighter future for Nigeria.

“We need to examine very carefully the Igbo trajectory and learn crucial lessons of history.  We have an incredibly proud past, a rich political heritage forged in the most difficult circumstances. We must, therefore, focus on constructing the path to a proud future.

“The theatre of politics for the coastal and inland states of Eastern Nigeria before colonialism was in Bonny, and for the colonial and post colonial politics of Nigeria, it was in Lagos. Jaja of Opobo excelled in Bonny, while Zik excelled in Lagos.

“Why is Abuja politics so difficult for the Igbo to play?  Perhaps, we are on the wrong track and employing the wrong paradigms.

“The Igbo nation should engage with others and immerse itself fully in national politics, just like Jaja and Zik did.

“The handshake across the Niger celebrated recently in Enugu by Nzuko Ummunna and Ohanaeze Ndigbo is welcomed, but a handshake across the Benue is most desirable now,” he said.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
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Thu, 22 Mar 2018
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