NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [25 MARCH, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 25 March, 2018.

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
From an unlikely source yesterday came a massive indictment of the military for allegedly aiding killer herdsmen in the country.

Former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Yakubu Danjuma (rtd) said the armed forces “are not neutral” in the intermittent attacks on innocent Nigerians by “armed bandits.”

“The armed forces are not neutral. They collude; they collude; they collude with the armed bandits that kill people and kill Nigerians. They facilitate their movement. They cover them,” Danjuma, an ex-defence minister said yesterday in a rare outburst. 
He spoke at the maiden convocation and 10-year anniversary celebration of the Taraba State University (TSU), Jalingo.

He is from Taraba, which along with Benue and Adamawa, have borne the brunt of the herdsmen attacks.

Danjuma, a one-time minister of defence, described what is happening in Taraba and other states as ethnic cleansing and warned that it must stop, “otherwise Somalia would be a child’s play.”

Responding to remarks by the university’s vice chancellor, Prof Suleiman Bagoro, moments after an honorary degree was conferred on him, the former chief of army staff said: “I wish I was asked to donate something more relevant to the university than a sports complex I was asked to. I would have loved to donate artificial intelligence to the university.

“But being as it is, I will make my own pledge. I pledge to donate the sum of N100 million.

“The orator referred to me as a politician. This is one profession I do not belong to, and I have no desire being a politician.  Because, if I were a politician, I would not be saying what I am going to say to you all now.



“When I arrived here, I watched the cultural display by the theatre and cultural department. It was fascinating to see the rich diversity of cultural heritage.

“Taraba State is a mini Nigeria where we have many ethnic groups living together peacefully.

“But the peace in this State is under assault. There is an attempt at ethnic cleansing in this State, and of course all the riverine states of Nigeria.

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
There are indications at the weekend that the search for a consensus northern presidential candidate for 2019 election had been deadlocked. The Nation investigation shows that barely four days before the next summit of the group, scheduled to hold on March 29, 2019, Election Committee of the Northern Political Leaders Forum (NPLF) is yet to agree on any consensus candidate.

A reliable source from Kano, who is close to one of the possible aspirants for the presidential seat in 2019 and another source from Gombe State told The Nation at the weekend that after the February outing, the election sub-committee, saddled with the task of searching for the envisaged consensus candidate, has not made any tangible headway.

“There is a form of deadlock, confusion. I can confirm to you off record that since the last public outing, the elders have not been able to hold any successful meeting with any of the major actors on this consensus agenda. In fact, confusion has trailed every effort made so far as none of the aspirants seems ready to submit to the group’s screening. This is because some of them, especially the ones from the Northwest here, believe that the elders were secretly sponsored by an interested party from the Northeast, who simply wishes to use the elders to secure the consensus ticket without any serious opposition. They therefore vowed not to be manoeuvred by the elders. So, what we have now is a no man’s land. Everyone is on his own,” our source from Kano said.

Explaining further, he said: “As you must know, this whole issue about consensus candidate is a PDP or opposition’s affair; count APC out of it. It is well known today that no one from the North will contest against Buhari for APC’s ticket. So, what the press calls the search for a northern consensus candidate is the effort of some Buhari opponents in the North and in PDP to raise a consensus candidate amongst themselves. But so far, it is not working. They have not been able to hold any successful meeting with any of the known presidential aspirants; this I can confirm to you.”

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Residents of Dapchi, Yobe State yesterday waited in vain for the return of Leah Sheribu, the only girl still held captive by Boko Haram following the February 19, 2018 abduction of school girls in the town.

Residents picked up information about Leah’s possible return at about noon.

Boko Haram members were said to be on their way to the town with her.

Moments after the information spread, some residents quickly went into hiding, some locked themselves up at home, while shop owners shut down.



The streets were soon deserted for fear that the Boko Haram members might have a different agenda.

Residents of Dapchi, Yobe State are expecting the release of Leah Sheribu, the only girl still being held by Boko Haram insurgents who recently kidnapped some girls in the town and returned them on Wednesday.

Some residents even went as far as posting on their Facebook pages detailing the location and the time the insurgents will arrive the expectant town.

It all turned out to become a situation of waiting for Godot as Leah was nowhere in sight.

Our correspondent who was in Dapchi observed that soldiers deployed to the town also withdrew  from security check points on the road leading into and out of the town apparently to give the ‘visitors’ a smooth entry and exit.

Police Inspector General Ibrahim Idris who was also scheduled to visit the town yesterday called it off.

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari appears to be holding all the aces in his battle of wits with the National Assembly on the sequence of elections in the country.

Fifty-four Senators have signed to abort plan by the legislature to override the President’s veto of the amendment to the Electoral Act on the order of elections.

This is 17 more than the 37 he requires to stop the threat by the Senate leadership to override the veto.



Also showing support for the President in the battle of wits are State governors elected on the platform of the party.

Twenty-one of them met secretly again in Abuja on Thursday night to review the situation.

The APC governors’ meeting took place at a residence in the Asokoro part of Abuja, according to sources.

The agenda included how to end the crisis of confidence between the Presidency and the National Assembly; mobilizing support for the President’s Veto of some bills especially the 2018 Budget and the new order of elections; ensuring reconciliation and stability in APC and preparation for 2019 poll.

A governor, who spoke in confidence, said: “We met to put our acts together on how to increase support for the President in the National Assembly. There has been a lot of misrepresentation of the administration of Buhari.

“We have had enough of being a stranger in our own government. We want to reach out to the members of the National Assembly from APC to the Peoples Democratic Party, All Progressives Grand Alliance, Accord Party and others.



“We are lobbying members of the National Assembly on how to put the nation above personal interest.”

The source said they were “doing a lot of stock taking towards 2019 poll,” and expressed confidence about “defeating PDP irrespective of misgivings by the opposition.”

He alleged plans by some “forces outside our party to create APC factions in nine key states we are controlling.”

He accused a coalition group of engineering the plot.

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Says allegation of planned rigging of 2019 elections laughableThe Presidency is demanding response from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the allegation that one of the partys supporters bankrolled the hacking of President Muhammadu Buharis personal data in the run-up to the 2015 elections.The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Buhari, Mallam Garba Shehu, said yesterday that this is one issue the PDP should address instead of raising false alarms in order to gain 



Sun, 25 Mar 2018
At 80, Chief Festus Adegboyega Onigbinde has not lost a tiny bit of his whippy tongue. A reporters delight any day, the two-time Super Eagles coach shares his upbringing, life lessons, works with NFF, CAF and FIFA and down- to-earth views on the state of the nation. It is vintage Chief as he compressed his life journey from a village boy to international recognised football instructor and coach into an hour interview with TAIWO ALIMI. Excerpts: How do you feel at 80'I feel good. I dont feel 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
According to an Arab proverb, to flee your fate is to rush to find it. Whenever weighty historical problems are swept under and hermetically sealed, they have a way of popping up in the least expected places. Let us congratulate the federal authorities for the release of the Dapchi girls. At least the Buhari administration has shown more focus and seriousness than its predecessor when it comes to dealing with hostage crisis.But beyond the jubilation and ululations many things do not add up and t 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
NO one is sure what to make of the threat by President Muhammadu Buhari to punish politicians he said were inclined to politicise the Dapchi affair and every other security situation in the country. Nor is it clear, beyond the sensible and legitimate questioning of the governments style of fighting terrorism, whether indeed anyone has tried to politicise what the president in his remarks last Friday at Aso Villa described as security situation. But no matter how threateningly vicious the governm 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Amosun mournsTHE President, Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), Chief Idowu Sofola (SAN), is dead.He died in Lagos on Friday, aged 84, according to the Secretary General of the YCE, Dr Kunle Olajide.The prominent jurist, bencher and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association took over from Maj.-Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo, who died last year.Sofola, who was born on Sept. 29, 1934, was the first black to be appointed the Secretary of the International Bar Association (IBA) and was a prominent member 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Several Senators elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are angry with the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun for allegedly working to scuttle their return to the Red Chambers next year.The Senators, mainly from Bauchi, Kaduna, Kogi, Zamfara, believe Oyegun is working hand in hand with their governors to stop them from getting the partys ticket for another term.The lawmakers used the opportunity of last Wednesdays meeting of the National Working Comm 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
A Sierra Leone court in Freetown has granted a request by a member of the ruling party for an injunction to delay the presidential election run-off scheduled for Tuesday.The party member, Ibrahim Sorie Koroma, filed for the injunction on Thursday, saying there was evidence of electoral fraud that needed to be investigated before the poll could go ahead.No new date has been set, even as former President Goodluck Jonathan arrived the country for an observer mission.Jonathan, who is leading the Ele 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
PASSENGERS on flight TP523, which was cancelled on Friday after a co-pilot was found to be drunk, will likely have to wait until tomorrow to be flown from Stuttgart to Lisbon.Monday was at the moment, the first day with seats available, TAP Air Portugal said via Twitter, answering a tweet from a passenger who had complained about the long wait for a substitute flight.Passengers stayed in a hotel Friday night as they waited to be rescheduled because there wasnt a replacement crew available to fly 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
This legal relationship, forged by the letters of our constitution has been a rocky romance from its coming together again in 1999. Break-ups, cheating, distrust, late nights, bribery, and even padding have been the wordings that we have oft heard of the affair.But this is not uncommon, or unexpected. Different political leanings, different personal backgrounds, strong ego, unclear relationship terms, with seeming overlapping responsibilities, interests, and many more, are the obvious reasons.Ye 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Like everyone else, I have been following the events of the last few days fairly closely, particularly the one concerning the abduction and release of another big number of secondary school girls from Dapchi in Yobe State. Im sure your reaction to that news was as good as mine Not again! Here we are, still grieving and finding it difficult to get over the disappearance of the Chibok girls, many of whom have not yet come home, only to wake up to a repeat of the same thing again, in the same way! 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Hon. Bolanle Agunbiade is Majority Leader of the Lagos State House of Assembly. The lawmaker represents Ikorodu Constituency 1 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, (APC). Tobun, who is a ranking member of the legislative House, in this interview with Dare Odufowokan, Assistant Editor, speaks on among other issues, the endorsement of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for another term by various individuals and groups within and outside the state. Excerpts:As a principal officer of the State 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Few days ago, workers in the 17 local government councils in Enugu State, under the aegis of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) and LG pensioners, during a solidarity rally, unanimously endorsed Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as their candidate for the 2019 governorship election in the state.At the colorful rally, which was attended by the National President of NULGE, Comrade Ibrahim Khaleel, the workers and retirees in an address delivered by the unions state President, Comrade 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
WHILE people have been wondering about the sudden disappearance of Rudeboy Records signees, Muna and Lucy, the label owner and singer, Paul Okoye has come out to reveal reasons the artistes left his outfit.Paul told The Nation that education caused Lucys decision to leave while Muno left willingly early this year.I am going to be honest with you, let me be the first person that owns a record label that will make such decision. I have two artistes Lucy and Muno. Lucy was in school for a long time 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
NIGERIAN song producer, director, vocal coach and a songwriter, Tim Godfrey, has announced the launch of his record label Rox Nation.According to the songwriter who boasts of over a decades experience, Rox is an acronym for Republic of Xtreme, and the label already has on its roster four talented artists; Okey Sokay, IBK, Blessyn, and SMJ who is also a producer.ROX Nation is not your typical music record label as we go beyond producing music and promoting artists; there is also an arm involved i 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
MALT drink brand, Maltina, from the stable of Nigerian Breweries, on Tuesday celebrated the International Day of Happiness by sharing happiness with commuters in Lagos.In line with the essence of Sharing Happiness, Maltinas happiness ambassador; Happy the Mascot, made appearances across Lagos on the Happiness Bus ride to delight commuters and share the true meaning of happiness. The commuters also got a chance to be refreshed and revitalized with ice cold Maltina.The Happiness Bus rides happened 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Recently out with a new movie, Grey shadows, which tackles how ill people are treated, Shan George is still making her strides in Nollywood. In this interview with JOE AGBRO JR., she opens up on child marriage, women and why she can date a younger man, among other issues. ExcerptsWHATS Shan George up to these days'I just premiered my movie titled Grey Shadows which I am trying to actually finish and see how I can go to cinema or find other avenues or platforms to release the movie on. But f 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
For the first time in nearly half a century, the top five seeds at last years Wimbledon (Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka) were all 30 or older.In the top 100 in the mens game, 40 of them are 30 or older. The average age of the top 100 is approaching 29. Back in 1990 it was 24.Federer is world number one and just won his 20th slam at the age of 36. Nadal is the third oldest player ever to hold that ranking at the age of 31. Wawrinka won his last slam in his 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Hard work has paid off for Nigerian youngster, Nnaoma Bede Opara in the Portuguese Primeria Liga following his transfer from Portuguese Primeria Liga side, Grupo Desportivo de Chaves (commonly known as Chaves) to Leixoes Sport Club.The 18-year-old was originally recruited into the Chaves juvenile team but was soon dragged into the Team B within a relatively short period after posting some impressive performance.Im happy to join Leixoes from Chaves, stated Opara who was rejected at FC Porto which 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
NEWLY established record label, Cloud Nine Records has unveiled its first artiste, Yommy.CEO of the label, Collins Animashaun expressed confidence that the newborn record label would compete favorably with its counterpart in the industry assuring Nigerians and the world at large of great and meaningful music that would be churned out by talents of the label.He further stressed that Cloud Nine Records will collaborate with great talents in the future.Yes, there will be more signings in the future 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Nigerias poor economic indices are nothing to cheer about considering the worsening poverty situation in the country, experts have said.Worried about the parlous state of the economy, former Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr. Kingsley Moghalu at a public forum in Lagos lamented the fact that the country was in dire straits.Speaking on the theme titled, The Secret of the Wealth of Nations and the Imperative of Economic Transformation during the Centre for Financial Journalism (CF 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities, LG Electronics, a leading brand in consumer electronics and home appliances, visited Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital Kano, where it donated some units of All New Gencool Inverter Air Conditioners, Jet Cool Air Conditioners as well as Treated Mosquito Nets to the hospital.The brand has received accolades from Nigerian consumers over the years, for having their interest at heart in the development of cutting edge technological p 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cowbell Milk, Top Tea, Onga and other quality products, at the weekend, honoured 254 of its employees who have put in several years in its service. The award ceremony, which was held in Lagos, brought together the companys employees, relatives and distributors from different parts of the country.Managing Director of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Anders Einarsson, told the audience that the awardees were honoured for their commitment, hard work and loyalty 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
due process was followed in the procurement of relief materials for emergency purposes across the country, the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Maihaja told a House of Representatives panel at the weekend.House Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness had at its public hearing on violation of public trust in NEMA confronted the agency with due process infractions in the award of N3.1b procurement of 10,000 metric tons of rice for emergency pur 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Standing up to fierce challenge of having the Chartered Institute of Forensic Auditors recognised by law, the promoters of the proposed institute have given the Senate reasons why it should be recognised.Led by its pro-term President Dr. Victoria Enape, the group appeared at the Senate public hearing last week to market itself.Accorsing to Enape, accounting profession has so many branches with different responsibilities. Each of these branches has professional bodies regulating their activities. 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
The Consumer Protection Council [CPC] of Nigeria has called on car dealers and consumers in possession of Ford Fusion, the Lincoln MKZ models from model years 2014-2018, and Ford Focus models of 2013-2016, to get in touch with the agency in view of the admittance of manufacturers defect by the Ford Motor company. Already, on March 14, 2018, the Ford Motor Company in the United States initiated a recall. Approximately 1.4 million vehicles are affected by the recall. The purpose of the recall is t 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Tony Okpanachi is the pioneer Managing Director/CEO, Development Bank of Nigeria. In this interview with Assistant Editor, Nduka Chiejina, the consummate banker of over three decades plus experience unfolds his plans for the bank vis--vis prospects and challenges of managing a development finance institution. Excerpts:You are bringing on board different experiences from the African continent. So how do you think this will impact on Nigeria through the Development Bank of Nigeria under your purvi 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
The received wisdom out there is that the different economic indices available point to the fact that Nigeria is fast gaining notoriety as one country where poverty has literally become a metaphor of existence of sorts, no thanks to the poor standard of living, infrastructural deficit to mention but a few. Ibrahim Apekhade Yusuf in this report examines the issuesThe truth is finally out: Nigeria has been declared world capital of poverty! But pray, is this the whole truth and nothing but the tru 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
In its quest to stabilise health sector in the country, Quickspace Health Place has opened a hospice to cater for the elderly and others with special needs.At the unveiling of the centre in Lagos, stakeholders and other health sector practitioners said the initiative was commendable.Speaking at the launch, Dr. Ropo Ojo, who lived in the United Kingdom for the past 30 years, where he practiced, informed that he had been nursing idea of establishing a centre offering such services in the past 10 y 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Love, sacrifice and compassion are core to the Christian tenet. The hungry multitude, who came to hear the sermon of Jesus, were fed because Christ had compassion.The Golden Rule: love your neighbour as yourself, strikes at the very fundaments of Christianity. And supreme sacrifice Christ died so the rest of humanity could live is the very essence that drives Christianity; and makes it unique among its adherents.Yet, the general complaint is that the Church, in Nigeria today, is fast derailing 
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