NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [31 MARCH, 2018.]


Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 31 March, 2018.

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
In a swift reaction to the names released as looters by the federal government, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) dismissed the list as hollow and laughable, saying it was an extension of federal government’s media trial and challenged it to come up with names of its members against whom the federal government had secured convictions.

“The list put forward by the federal government as purported looters amounts to a cheap blackmail, as none of those listed have been indicted or convicted by any court of competent jurisdiction or any panel of enquiry in our country,” the party insisted.

Its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement, yesterday, said the list issued by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, only goes to show that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Presidency have no proof of corruption against the PDP.


He added: “In its frenzy and desperation, the federal government even included names of individuals who are not standing trial or under investigation for any act of corruption, as well as those who are not even PDP members.

“The Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government has manifested its frenzy by going after matters that are in court and in which none of the persons have been convicted, thus betraying their wickedness and desperation to mislead the public and the court and divert attention from the heavy looting involving their members.

“We are not in doubt that the individuals he has mentioned will take their legitimate stride and pursue appropriate action in the court.

However, attacks on individuals, who are members of our party, do not in any way detract from the fact that the PDP, as a political platform, is not a party of corruption.

“It is unfortunate that the APC and its government, under whose watch, horrendous sleazes are happening on a daily basis, and a government that has failed to fulfill the littlest of its campaign promises, can spend a wholesome three years searching for flimsy allegations to discredit our party and its members.”

The statement continued: “This is a government that is yet to account for $26 billion (N9 trillion) stolen through corrupt oil contracts in the NNPC; N1.1 trillion worth of crude diverted to service APC interests; N18 billion Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), intervention fund stolen by APC officials, including their former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal; the N10 billion National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), for which members of the Buhari cabal were indicted; as well as the Mainagate, where the APC government recalled and reinstated an individual indicted for scam running into billions of naira.

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
The Presidency has cautioned Nigerians to be wary of what it describes as the “less-than-honest apology offered by the frontline opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Mr. Uche Secondus.
According to the Presidency, the point made by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, is apt and on cue, that there are heavy moral duties that go with apologies if the culprits want to be taken seriously.

In a statement signed by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu ,yesterday, the Presidency said the PDP is desperate to recapture power because it no longer has unhindered access to national resources for private uses and its apology should be seen in this context.


“The PDP has not even acknowledged the fact that it plundered the national economy, and for a party that dismissed the anti-corruption war as a political witch-hunt, it is impossible to believe that its public apology comes from the bottom of the heart.

“Even desperate thieves apologise because they are caught and not because they are incapable of repeating the crime if they had another opportunity,” the Presidency said.

Continuing, it said: “We believe that the PDP should not only apologise for the imposition of candidates, and the culture of impunity, but must also come clean and acknowledge that they participated in large scale corruption and massive diversion of public funds to private pockets while poverty was ravaging the ordinary Nigerians.

“We challenge individual PDP leaders to publicly and voluntarily tell Nigerians how much they stole and then agree to cough up their illegal acquisitions of wealth if they want their apology to be taken seriously.”

The Presidency said: “Apology borne by desperation to recapture power without a desire to admit how much they stole and the reluctance to return the loot is morally hollow.

“This goes beyond rebranding. Nigerians are not interested in brands. They want their money back.

“For such apology to gain acceptance, the offenders must first of all show remorse; then return that which was unlawfully taken or restore the damage caused the nation, and commit to never doing the wrong they did again. The PDP has done none of these for them to be taken seriously by anyone.”

It noted that,”instead of addressing this cogent issue raised by the Minister, the PDP veered off to accuse this administration of borrowing money, but failed in that regard to admit that they borrowed to steal, while Buhari administration is borrowing to set up long-delayed infrastructure.

“They accused the President of unevenness, of inflaming ethnic and religious tensions, when it is on record that they gave this country its divisive president who chose the hallowed premises of places of worship to read important national statements.

“President Buhari never fails in his duty as the Chief Security Officer of the nation. He acts fast whenever and wherever there are incidents by ordering law-enforcement agencies to do their job and fact-finding mission to give him actionable reports.

“PDP’s uncaring attitude to these matters, including the kidnapping of 270 girls from Chibok is the hallmark of the long years of misrule.

“Another issue of moral and political significance is about the recent disclosure by US investigators that the PDP government engaged in massive data theft that included the hacking of candidate Muhammadu Buhari’s personal data before the last general elections.

“PDP’s continued silence on this reprehensible heist only goes to confirm their remorselessness even as more and more facts are emerging that the same unfair method was the modus operandi that they used to capture political power in the 2017 elections,” the Presidency said.

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Former Nigeria sprint hurdler, Moses Orode Oyiki wants President Muhammadu Buhari to act fast to save the nation’s athletics from the hand of sports minister, Solomon Dalung, whom he accused of ruining the federation.
In fact, Oyiki, a lawyer, who represented Nigeria at Atlanta ‘96 Olympics Games in USA, is calling for immediate resignation of the sports minister for his ‘continuous intervention’ in the affairs of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN).

The former athlete feels that Dalung’s decision to set up a five-man panel to investigate allegations of doping against the vice president of AFN, Hon. Olamide George was an indication that Dalung, a lawyer, has no grasp of Sports law.

“Dalung appears to be ignorant of the fact that sports issues are dealt with mainly by duly constituted bodies as contained in IAAF guidelines to national federations,” Oyiki stated. “And such bodies must adhere to strict time limits set by the IAAF in its guidelines on Anti-Doping measures among other requirements.

“The sports minister cannot constitute an Anti-doping Committee for a doping violation the main offender, Ms. Folashade Abugan had been banned for and served her two-year term,” Oyiki added.

He also lambasted Dalung for daring to suspend George, who was elected by the congress of the AFN. “Leading to the federations election, he (Dalung) produced a “Code of Governance 2017” for the National Sports Federations. 

“Those to impeach an alleged offender are stated in the ‘code’. The minister or his cohorts cannot suspend the Vice President arbitrarily. He has a report of an Investigative Panel he set up, which sat on November 1 2017. If he is not happy with the report he should proceed to CAS.’’

‘’We are sick and tired of his incompetence. He is causing more confusion and disaffection than any Minister in living memory. He cannot continue to set up panels attending to the same issue ad infinitum until his desired report or outcome is achieved. This is despicable and unbecoming of a Minister under the Buhari regime of Change. I call on the Minister to resign forthwith and an audit of the Ministry’s accounts under his regime should be undertaken immediately. If he does not do the needful by resigning, the President should intervene immediately.”



Sat, 31 Mar 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the list of alleged “looters” published by the Federal Government as “hollow and laughable”.

The party dismissed the list in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan on Friday in Abuja.

PDP described the list as an extension of Federal Government’s media trial and challenged it to come up with names of its members against whom the government had secured convictions.


Ologbondiyan stated that the list put forward by the Federal Government as purported looters amount to a cheap blackmail, saying that none of those listed has been indicted or convicted by any court of competent jurisdiction or any panel of enquiry in the country.

PDP said the list made available by the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, only revealed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Presidency have no proof of corruption against the PDP.

The party added that in its “frenzy and desperation”, the Federal Government even included names of individuals who were not standing trial or under investigation for any act of corruption, as well as people not even PDP members.

“The APC Federal Government has manifested its frenzy by going after matters that are in court and in which none of the persons has been convicted.”

The party said that the APC thus betraying its desperation to mislead the public, the court and divert attention from the heavy looting involving its members.

“We are not in doubt that the individuals he has mentioned will take their legitimate stride and pursue appropriate action in the court.

“However, attacks on individuals, who are members of our party, does not in anyway detract from the fact that the PDP, as a political platform, is not a party of corruption.”

Ologbondiyan added that it was unfortunate that the APC and its government under whose watch horrendous sleazes were happening on daily basis.

He noted that the APC led government which had failed to fulfil the littlest of its campaign promises could spend a wholesome three years searching for flimsy allegations to discredit PDP and its members.

“This is a government that is yet to account for $26 billion (N9 trillion) stolen through corrupt oil contracts in the NNPC, N1.1 trillion worth of crude diverted to service APC interests, N18 billion Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) intervention fund stolen by APC officials.

“This includes the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, the N10 billion National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) for which members of the Buhari cabal were indicted.

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
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Sat, 31 Mar 2018
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Sat, 31 Mar 2018
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Sat, 31 Mar 2018
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