NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [24 MARCH, 2018.


Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 24 March, 2018.


Sat, 24 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that security agencies would deal severely with those he described as “unscrupulous characters” who make political fortune out of schoolgirls’ abductions in the country.

Receiving 107 schoolgirls and two primary school pupils from Dapchi, Yobe State, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday, the President also threatened that any security chief who approaches his assigned task with levity, giving room for lapses, would be dealt with.

The President insisted that Boko Haram insurgents released the Dapchi schoolgirls on Wednesday, unconditionally, after painstaking back channel negotiations, saying government opted for negotiations because it did not want any of the captives to be hurt, adding that the strategy had paid off with their release.


While also appealing to the Chibok community never to lose hope or despair, Buhari said his administration was determined to bring back the remaining Chibok schoolgirls still being held by their abductors.

He also urged insurgents operating in the northeast to cease hostilities and surrender, stating that his government was ready to accept the unconditional laying down of arms by members of the Boko Haram group who show strong commitment to do so.

“We are ready to rehabilitate and integrate such repentant members into the larger society. This country has suffered enough of hostility.

“Government is, therefore, appealing to all to embrace peace for the overall development of our people and the country.

“I have tasked all the security agencies to work to ensure that we do not witness any recurrence of these incidents. Security chiefs have been warned, in clear terms, that any lapse on their part will be viewed seriously.

“May I also warn those elements who have chosen to make political fortune of our citizens’ misfortune that government would not tolerate any attempt by any person or group to trivialise or politicise security issues for politically-motivated ends.

“Accordingly, security agencies would not hesitate to decisively deal with such unscrupulous characters,” he said.

Handing over the distraught schoolgirls, Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, told the President that the negative impact of social media and what ordinarily should be a classified operation, as well as the utterances of some government officials, who were not competent to comment on the issues, posed challenges that almost marred the effort to secure the release of the schoolgirls.

Daura, however, said despite these challenges, the DSS managed to successfully conclude the operation, leading to the release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls, in line with the clear directive to use peaceful options to ensure their timely and safe release.

He said: “The exercise was arduous and quite challenging. The sensitivity of the operation and some uncertainties surrounding it, particularly routes to be used, nature of transportation, realisation and concern that the girls were not kept at one place, issues of encountering military checkpoints within the theatre and indeed keeping the operation on strictly the “Principles of Need-to-Know,” made the whole exercise more complicating.”

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), yesterday, said it was worried, surprised and disappointed that not all the girls were rescued and, indeed, that one of them was left behind simply because of her Christian faith. 
The association demanded that Leah Sharibu, who allegedly was unable to recite the Quran, hence withheld by the insurgents, be set free to reunite with her parents, if the lives and property of Christians still matter and secure in the country. 

In a statement yesterday in Abuja, President of the association, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, observed that the refusal of the insurgents to release Liya, has again confirmed CAN’s position that the primary target of the terrorists are the Nigerian Christians, as severally professed by its leader, the evasive Abubakar Shekau. 


Ayokunle, while rejoicing with the families of the 104 Dapchi schoolgirls who regained their freedom from Boko Haram following the intervention of the federal government, said: “We are deeply troubled and disturbed that negotiators brought in by the federal government made feeble attempts to secure the release of Leah, who insisted on not renouncing her faith and converting to Islam, a development that affirmed that Christians are endangered in their own country.

“To us, the development has brought to the fore past incidents in which some Christian girls were kidnapped, forcefully converted to Islam and forced into marriages without the consent of their parents in some states in the north.

“All our cries for government’s intervention and that of relevant security agencies over the callous, ungodly and wicked acts have been falling on deaf ears.” 

According to Ayokunle: “Leah Sharibu is still being kept in the captivity, facing untold psychological trauma and yet, the federal government was keeping mum until people cried out on the social media, as if her life does not amount to anything.

“If she means nothing to the government and the security agency that held the talk with the terrorists, the life of that innocent girl means a lot to her parents and to so many Nigerians, irrespective of their religious affiliations.”

Ayokunle said it was regrettable that the Amnesty International (AI) and the military authorities have still not come to terms on the alleged negligence by the security agencies that led to abduction of the girls, “a development we view as a national disgrace, especially when we recall the roles some security operatives reportedly played in the abduction of the Chibok girls in 2014.” 

He condemned the politicisation of the abduction and release of the innocent Dapchi schoolgirls and appealed to politicians to live up to expectation in the discharge of their official assignments.

Ayokunle called for immediate release of the remaining Chibok girls from Boko Haram captivity and reunion with their families, as well as total re-organisation of the security agencies to align with professionalism that would make them respond promptly to security challenges in any part of the country.

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Facebook and psychologists who have worked with it are grappling with their “Oppenheimer moment”, experts say, over revelations that its data may have been used to help elect US President Donald Trump.

The scandal over the way Cambridge Analytica obtained personal information to try to manipulate US voters “is the most important moment that Facebook has faced since it went public (in 2012),” according to Professor Andrew Przybylski of Oxford University, one of the world’s leading authorities on social media psychology.

He compared their reluctance to admit the destructive potential of social media to the epiphany of the father of the atomic bomb, Robert Oppenheimer, who declared, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”


“With Facebook we have to acknowledge we are giving Frodo the Ring,” Przybylski told AFP, referring to the object in the Lord of the Rings which confers absolute power.

“If you gave me the Ring I would be corrupted.

“It is not that what is happening at Facebook is by its nature bad,” he added. “It is that they are using our data for products and services, but that we have no idea what they are up to.”

He called for regulation and a new “ethical framework (to ensure) that users’ rights are protected and that research is being done transparently and in the public interest.”

Przybylski said similar crises had led to the establishment of ethical standards in other areas.

– ‘Facebook sense threat’ –
“Chemistry had this moment after they invented dynamite and chemical weapons, physics had this with nuclear weapons,” he argued.

Facebook and “others have been built on the shoulders of academic research… The key issue is trust. Facebook works one-on-one with psychologists and researchers and there is a fundamental asymmetry there.”

Przybylski, who has spent the last two days at Facebook’s San Francisco headquarters, said he told founder Mark Zuckerberg’s chief of staff “Chris Cox all this to his face”, and set out proposals on how Facebook might change the way it works.

“I am optimistic. They are receptive, they have a sense of the threat and they have a proactive mindset,” said Przybylski, who no longer uses Facebook himself.

But Google researcher Francois Chollet has his doubts.

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Finnish police said Saturday they had requested more information from Spanish authorities before acting on an arrest warrant issued against Catalonia's former president Carles Puigdemont, though it was unclear whether he was actually in Finland. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe says South Africa should have sent troops instead of a team of negotiators to prevent his ouster by the military last year. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Almost 100 England fans arrested after Amsterdam trouble
Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Amsterdam police said on Friday they had arrested almost 100 England football supporters ahead of a friendly international against the Netherlands, with videos posted online showing crowds packing the narrow streets and bridges in the canal city, singing and cheering. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo hit two goals in stoppage time as European champions Portugal defeated Egypt 2-1 in a friendly international on Friday, winning his personal duel with Mohamed Salah who had put the seven-time African champions ahead. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Ever Banega ensured Argentina weren't derailed by Lionel Messi's absence as the World Cup contenders clinched a 2-0 win over Italy in Friday's friendly at the Etihad Stadium. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has returned to Sierra Leone to observe the country's presidential run-off polls scheduled for Tuesday March 27. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
The Committee set up by the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) to investigate the allegations of underage voting that trailed the Local Government Area elections conducted by the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission has submitted its report. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, a battle-seasoned Marine with the diplomatic skills needed to join forces with a mercurial president, won an important victory Friday with his sought-for military budget. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Financial experts have lamented the country's tax to GDP ratio, describing it as one of the poorest in Africa. The figure, which stands at just 6 per cent is significantly lower than Ghana and Egypt... 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari's Special Assistant on Prosecution, Okoi Obono-Obla, of stealing and manipulating his will. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
The 'Chief Justice' of Nigerian football, distinguished legal luminary and Member of the Order of the Niger (MON), Chief Adokie Amiesimaka was the one who called me up and reminded... 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Gospel singer, Rita Alakija popularly known by the stage Aimee is advancing her love for the worship of God with the release of her new album titled, Increasing Grace. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Wonders, they say, will never end. About two weeks ago, a story about a group of Quebec doctors in Canada rejecting a proposed pay raise garnered international attention and wowed the international community. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Since the maiden edition of Big Brother Africa (BBA) in 2001, in which a Nigerian was featured in a reality show for the first time, reality TV programmes have become the 'new big thing. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
CLIQIT has announced its forthcoming Pan African road trip series dubbed 'Kilometre 51' scheduled to hold on March 29 ' April 19 2018. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
It was Bimbo Manuel's adorable wife, Mojisola Manuel, who first hinted that the actor was 60 on March 14 and she had planned a surprise shindig that held last Saturday at a location in Yaba area of Lagos. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Southern Sun Ikoyi is inviting patrons to an enjoyable Easter celebration at its luxury hotel located in the prime Ikoyi environs. Promising delightful treats... 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Last weekend, the city of Lagos witnessed one of the biggest yearly beauty events, the Beauty Souk, which brought together players and stakeholders of the beauty industry. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Easter will soon be here but before its arrival comes Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday tomorrow. This year Easter weekend takes place from Good Friday on March 30 until Easter Monday on April 2. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
The cast and production crew of Globacom-sponsored television sitcom, Professor Johnbull, have arrived Enugu, as the shoot for Season 6 of the popular drama series commenced. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Vietjet is set to make Brisbane its first Australian long-haul destination following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the airline and Brisbane Airport Corporation in Queensland, Australia. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
All is set for the second bi-annual inter house sports competition of David Hall Schools on Saturday. The event will commence at 10am at SSS mini-sport complex, behind Ikoyi passport office. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
With 35 speakers delivering persuasive speeches that addressed local and global challenges, proffering innovative solutions, this year's World Speech Day Lagos... 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
House has won the sixth Mater Dei Model School Sports Festival held at the school's sports ground, Okota, Lagos State. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
In anticipation of the inaugural Qatar Airways flight to Cardiff in May, a marketing partnership agreement has been signed between Welsh government and the airline. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Mavin Records boss, Don Jazzy has hinted of a reunion tour by the defunct label, Mo'Hits Records. Don Baba J as he called posted a video of the Mo'Hits crew doing shows with caption, 'Mo'Hits reunion tour, coming soon'. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Another batch of Nigerians stranded in Libya have returned to Lagos, courtesy of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
The National Assembly has been urged to thread with caution on its bid to override President Muhammadu Buhari's veto of the amendments of the electoral law. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Victor Moses struck a penalty to hand the Super Eagles the victory against the Red and White of Poland at the Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw. Moses won the penalty in the 61st minute after a jinking run into the box where he was adjudged to have been brought down by Marcin Kaminski. The victory continues [] 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
A gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group killed three people in a shooting spree and supermarket hostage siege in southwest France on Friday before anti-terror police shot him dead. 
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