NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [23 MARCH, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 23 March, 2018.


Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Military high command has rubbished speculations that there was no troops presence at Dapchi, Yobe State, when the Boko Haram terrorists returned 105 of the 110 kidnapped students of the Government Girls Science and Technical College (GGSTC), on Wednesday morning. Rather, the insurgents were allowed unhindered access and exit because of a ceasefire agreement.

The military authorities which made the clarification insisted that troops were battle-ready but could not confront or challenge the terrorists because of the deal reached between the government, the military, the negotiators the terrorists and diplomats.

Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major-General Rogers Nicholas, who made the revelation, said the girls were actually released to the military at various locations in the area.

He made the clarification on a live television programme monitored in Abuja.

“As part of the deals to get the girls out… there were alternative efforts. Military efforts were also going while diplomatic efforts were on. At a particular point in the discussion, a truce was reached and a ceasefire was organised so that these girls are not injured and so that these girls are not killed in the military efforts that we are embarking on. And the terrorists having seen the efforts we are making decided that it was time for them to release the girls because the girls were also inconveniencing them.

“And based on the truce that was reached, they requested that we allow them pass through to drop the girls where they picked them.

“It was based on that truce, which is part of all military operations the world over; even that is happening in Syria and other places, there were times that you have ceasefire either to allow relief materials or medicals or exchange of prisoners. That same (method) was adopted here. We had a truce and a ceasefire was organised and then we allowed them to drop the girls where they picked them. That was the situation.

“And we also picked the girls from where they dropped them. While some of the girls went home to meet with their parents before we got to where they are, we were able to pick some of them and were able to get most of them back to the hospital for treatment.”

Gen Nicholas, who noted that the counter-insurgency operations is ongoing, however, pointed out that there is a break for now because of the ceasefire agreement between the government, the negotiators and the diplomatic arrangement.

“There is a time frame for the ceasefire after which our operations will continue. The ceasefire is actually that we put restrictions in some operational area but other operations are ongoing in other areas. The only reason the military operations would not continue is if the terrorists agree to surrender.Otherwise, there is no going back on fight against terrorism.”

Still basking in the euphoria, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured parents of Liya Sharibu and Dapchi community that she will not be abandoned.

Buhari in a statement by one of his media aides, Garba Shehu, said his administration was committed to the freedom of the only Dapchi schoolgirl still in captivity as he was to the girls’ freedom when all 110 were in the captivity of Boko Haram terrorists. The statement read: “The Buhari administration will not relent in efforts to bring Leah Sharibu safely back home to her parents as it has done for the other girls after she was held back by the terrorists over her decision, as reported, not to convert from Christianity to Islam.

“President Buhari is fully conscious of his duty under the constitution to protect all Nigerians, irrespective of faith, ethnic background or geopolitical location and will not shirk in this responsibility.

“The president is equally mindful of the fact that true followers of Islam all over the world respect the injunction that there is no compulsion in religion.

“To this effect, no one or group can impose its religion on another.

“His heart goes out to the isolated parents who must watch others rejoice while their own daughter is still away. The lone Dapchi girl, Leah, will not be abandoned.”

On Wednesday, 105 of the girls were returned to Dapchi by some Boko Haram terrorists.

While five of the girls were said to have died in captivity, Liya Sharibu, the only Christian among them, was detained for allegedly refusing to convert to Islam or wear the hijab.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has dismissed allegation by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the abduction  and release of the schoolgirls was stage-managed as erroneous and extremely dishonourable.

In a statement issued in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said such postulation portrayed the PDP “as insensitive, unpatriotic and unworthy party.”

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Gates, who stated this at the expanded National Economic Council on Investment in Human Capital, presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, at the State House Conference Centre, Presidential Villa, Abuja, submitted that investment in infrastructure and competitiveness must go hand in hand with investments in people, to anchor the economy over the long term. He, however, regretted that Nigeria’s approach places more priorities on physical capital over human capital development.

“The Nigerian government’s ERGP identifies ‘investing in our people’ as one of three ‘strategic objectives’. But the ‘execution priorities’ don’t fully reflect people’s needs, prioritising physical capital over human capital.”

Gates who spoke on the theme, “Role of Human Capital Investment in Supporting Pro-poor and Economic Growth Agenda”, urged Nigeria “to face the facts so as to make progress.”

He said the country will thrive better with strong investment in health and education, rather than concentrating on physical infrastructure, to the detriment of human capital development.

Even though World Bank’s World Development Report shows direct link between the level of education and improvements in employment, productivity and wages, Nigeria’s case shows that half of the country’s children cannot read and write.

While admitting he does not enjoy “speaking bluntly” to Nigeria when the people had been “so gracious enough” to invite him, he hinted that statistical data show the country “still looks like a low- income country.”

He said he was encouraged to be blunt by Aliko Dangote’s frank approach to “stressing the importance of accurate data.”

Taking a comparative analysis of data to back his arguments, information technology entreprenuer described Nigeria as “one of the most dangerous places in the world to give birth”, with “one in three Nigerian children chronically malnourished.”

Nigeria, he said, has the fourth worst maternal mortality rate in the world, only ahead of Sierra Leone, Central African Republic and Chad.

“In upper middle-income countries, the average life expectancy is 75 years. In lower middle-income countries, it’s 68; in low-income countries, it’s 62. In Nigeria, it is lower still, just 53 years.”

The former world’s richest man, however, sees the country thriving if it is ready to invest in the health, education and opportunities – the human capital. “If you don’t, however, then it is very important to recognise that there will be a sharp limit on how much the country can grow.”

Gates, who sees Nigeria as having “unmatched economic potential” assured his audience that his Foundation was eager to support the government to make “Nigeria a powerhouse that provides opportunities for all its citizens.”

Citing the gains the country has recorded in the immunisation against polio, he urged the government to pursue human capital development with the same vigour to achieve the desired results.

Meanwhile, the Chairman, Dangote Foundation, Aliko Dangote, in his opening remarks, said Nigeria can truly compete globally, if it can prioritise investments in the health, education and create job opportunity for the people alongside other critical areas like infrastructure. Together, these are the inputs that will make Nigeria richer. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The Senate, yesterday, rejected the nomination of Dr. Asheikh A. Maidugu as a member of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), citing concerns over his ability to take independent decisions on crucial economic matters.

The Senate, however, confirmed 5 others including 2 deputy governors of the country’s apex bank and three members of MPC. Those confirmed are Mrs. Aishah Ahmad and Mr. Edward Lametek Adamu, as deputy governors while Professor Adeola Festus Adenikinju, Dr. Aliyu Rafindadi Sanusi and Dr. Robert Chikwendu Asogwa as members of MPC.  The confirmation of the nominees, followed the adoption of a report by the Senate committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions. The report was submitted and read by the chairman of the committee, Rafiu Adebayo.

“The Senate do receive and consider the report of the committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions on the confirmation of the nomination of Mrs. Aishah Ahmad and Mr. Edward Lametek Adamu as deputy governors of the Central Bank of Nigeria. 

“The Senate do also receive and consider the report of the committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions of the nomination of Professor Adeola Festus Adenikinju, Dr. Aliyu Rafindadi Sanusi, Dr. Robert Chikwendu Asogwa and Dr. Asheikh A. Maidugu  as members of MPC,” Adebayo read.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Fela's first child, Yeni Kuti and her lover, Theo Lawson were among the guests that thronged Bogobiri in Falomo, Lagos when the French Cultural Attache did the naming ceremony of his baby amid pomp and fanfare last weekend. On ground to thrill guests was the Bitter Kola Band featuring the likes of Showboy and Adetiya,...The post Yeni Kuti, lover, Theo Lawson, spotted at Bogobiri appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
It was with shock that music fans received the news of the parting of ways of Mo' Hits' top guns, D'banj and Don Jazzy in 2012. While Don Jazzy had gone ahead to float Mavin Records, D'banj had gone solo, releasing a couple of singles. However, both found it to create the Mo' Hits' magic....The post D'banj, Don Jazzy set to recreate good old Mo' Hits' days appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Gospel musician, Ola Peters, will on Sunday, March 25 release his new 4-tracker entitled, Saviour Divine. The event will hold at RCCG, Jesus Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos and will be hosted by Dr. Richard Ikiebe. Speaking, Peters said: 'I am glad to inform my fans that I'll be launching my fourth album, Saviour Divine. The launch...The post Saviour Divine: Evening of family worship with Ola Peters appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
A new entrant into the Nigerian entertainment space, 14 Partners Alliance, has wrapped up plans for the shooting of its debut movie. Speaking on the development, Marketing Director, 14 Partners Alliance, fast rising comedian, M.O.G aka Akpors, said: 'We are a new production house focused on redefining the errors in Nigerian entertainment industry. We are...The post We trained 100 actors in preparation for our new movie ' comedian MOG appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
For Bello Michael Olugbenga aka Omonla, becoming a music star is not a tea party. The Engineering student of Ekiti State University, who started music professionally in 2007, said he believes he would go far, because of how hot and trending his sound is. 'Getting to stardom is not very easy, it calls for discipline...The post Becoming music star not tea party -Omonla appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
With barely two weeks tothis year's Gidi Culture Festival, the organisers have added more names to the line-up of artistes. The diverse, heavy hitting line-up now includes DJ Spinall, Ric Hasani, Ghanaian songstress, Efya, Tay Iwar, and Odunsi while the duo of Spanky and Jess will host the show holding on March 30, Good Friday,...The post 2Face, Wizkid rally DJ Spinall, Efya forGidi Fest appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Vivian Onyebukwa Creativity was at its best as bakers all over the country converged at Times Square Events Centre, Ikeja, Lagos for The Master Baker competition. After a keen contest, Constance Nkiruka Otabor of Cossy Cakes emerged winner, beating 14 othercontestants to clinch the grand prize. Other winners include Chisom Nwankwo of Cake Rus Confectionaries,...The post How Nkiruka Otabor won Master Baker contest appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
-As Obey, Tope Alabi, Chioma Jesus ready to thrill As he has done most of the past 11 years, juju music legend and gospel music maestro, Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi, will bring Ikorodu, Lagos, to a standstill, on Good Friday, March 30, for this year's edition of the musical crusade called, EMBRACE 11. Other topflight artistes...The post God 'll visit Nigeria through Embrace 11 'Onakoya appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Christian Agadibe The Convention Centre of Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos was recently filled to the brim, as members of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) were entertained with different kinds of gospel music at a show tagged: 'Mountain Top Mega Concert'. Speaking at the concert,Dr Daniel Olukoya, General Overseer, Mountain of...The post Why we organised Mountain Top Mega Concert ' MFM's Pastor Olukoya appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State and Chief Press SecretaryThe post APC, Fayose's aide trade words over alleged dispute with monarch appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has described the abduction of the DapchiThe post Buhari has failed Nigerians, can't take credit for Dapchi Fayose appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Monica Iheakam Super Eagles continue their World Cup preparation today in Wroclaw, when they file outThe post International/friendly: Nigeria, Poland go to war in Wroclaw appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Police, private security, ministry staff trade blames Romanus Ugwu, Abuja Robbers on WednesdayThe post Robbers vandalise Abuja stadium appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa The Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Rear Admiral Gborigbhoa John Jonah (rtd)The post John Jonah, others to grace Dickson's Unity Cup finals appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
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Fri, 23 Mar 2018
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Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The Nigeria Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), Lagos branch, has hailed Governor AkinwunmiThe post NIESV sets technical committee to review Lagos LUC appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Fred Itua;Okwe Obi, Abuja The Federal Government and Real Estates Developers of Nigeria (REDAN) recentlyThe post FG, estate developers brainstorm on affordable houses appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Fear NEITI can't sanitise oil industry James Ojo, Abuja Human rights lawyer and Senior AdvocateThe post Human rights lawyers trace Nigeria's stolen crude to Philadelphia, USA appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki A non-governmental organisation, Tilda Goes Green, yesterday, said that it hasThe post Oil spillage: NGO strategises to clean up N'Delta appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Uche Usim, Abuja The President of African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), Dr. Benedict Oramah, hasThe post Afreximbank backs AfCFTA with $25bn appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Uche Usim, Abuja The Debt Management Office (DMO) on Thursday disclosed that its March auction was oversubscribed,The post FG rakes in N142.81 billion from oversubscribed bond auctions appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
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Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev. Calistus Onaga, has commended the developmental projectsThe post Ugwuanyi, a trusted leader 'Bishop Onaga appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, declared yesterday that some persons are 'intimidating'The post Hijab controversy: Judiciary can't gag NASS 'Dogara appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Timothy Olanrewaju, Maiduguri Commercial and social activities have returned to Dapchi, 24 hours afterThe post Life returns to Dapchi appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Justice Othman Musa of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory has ruled that the Economic andThe post EFCC lacks power to declare anyone wanted 'Judge appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Atiku hails release of schoolgirls Gyang Bere, Jos Chairman of the Christian Association of NigeriaThe post Dapchi: Northern christians schools threaten to withdraw from WAEC appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Neighbourhood corps has come to stay' Tony John, Port Harcourt Rivers State Governor, NyesomWike,The post Wike swears in 4 commissioners appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has halted, temporarily, the withdrawal of policemenThe post IGP: Withdrawal of policemen attached to VIPs, others now April 20 appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja The House of Representatives has resolved to set up an Ad-hoc committee to investigateThe post Asset recovery: Reps probe Buhari's panel appeared first on The Sun News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
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Fri, 23 Mar 2018
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Emmanuel Onwubiko As children in the early 1980s, growing up in a typical Nigerian community in Kafanchan,The post Of living and killing wages in Nigeria appeared first on The Sun News. 

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Charles Onunaiju The annual session of two China's key and top political institutions have just windedThe post The annual session and China's democratic process appeared first on The Sun News. 

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Fri, 23 Mar 2018
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