NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: Today's Thisday Newspaper Headlines [25 March, 2018].

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

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Olawale Olaleye, Shola Oyeyipo, Gboyega Akinsanmi, Anayo Okolie in Lagos, Paul Obi in Abuja and Wole Ayodele in Jalingo

In a rare outburst, former Chief of Army Staff and Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. Yakubu Danjuma, on Saturday raised alarm that there was an attempt at ethnic cleansing in the country and asked Nigerians to rise up to resist it.

He spoke in Jalingo at the maiden convocation ceremony of Taraba State University and said Nigerians must be alert to defend themselves and their country, pointedly accusing the military of complicity in the killing of farmers by herdsmen.

But in a swift response, the Nigerian Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said Danjuma’s allegation would be investigated and any of its personnel found culpable would be brought before the law.

The Director of Defence Information, Brig. Gen. John Agim, in an interview with THISDAY, on Saturday, said the DHQ was taking the former defence minister’s comment seriously in view of his personality.

Agim said: “We take that statement seriously because of the personality of the person of Gen TY Danjuma.

“The military will investigate, and any military personnel that is found to be colluding with the herdsmen would be punished accordingly.”

Danjuma’s admonition came just as some elder statesmen warned on Saturday that unrestrained killings by herdsmen could undermine the unity of the country.

Those that spoke exclusively to THISDAY were a leader of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; legal luminary and former Minister of Education, Professor Ben Nwabueze; and a leader of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Alhaji Tanko Yakassai.

Danjuma, who was visibly enraged by the incidences of killings across the country accused the Nigerian Armed Forces of being partisan and colluding with armed bandits to perpetrated carnages across the length and breadth of the country.

He said: “When I arrived this arena, I saw rich cultural display, and I was amazed at the rich cultural heritage of our people. Taraba is a mini Nigeria with diverse ethnic groups living together relatively peacefully. But the peace in this state is under assault.

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
The Presidency and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday exchanged harsh words over a recent report, which revealed that a loyalist of former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 paid Cambridge Analytical, a London based-firm, €2 million to hack into the email of President Muhammadu Buhari, who was then the All Progressive Congress presidential candidate.

While the Presidency asked the PDP to explain its role in the unfolding scandal, the leading opposition party retorted that the report was a fabrication of the Buhari administration to divert the people’s attention from its failure to secure the country and revive its economy.

Responding to the allegation by the PDP that the APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were plotting to rig the 2019 general elections, the Presidency in a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, accused the opposition party of raising false alarm to divert attention from the international scandal to cover up its shortcomings.

Shehu, who said nothing undermines democracy like unfair practices, recalled how such a trend compelled former United States President Richard Nixon to resign when he faced impeachment process.

According to him, it is the same reason the alleged interference in the US 2016 presidential poll by Russia is currently being investigated.

Describing PDP’s decision to drag the APC and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to the United Nations over allegation of plot to rig 2019 polls as laughable, Shehu said Buhari would never be part of any plot, which undermines democracy, citing various elections conducted since he assumed office as evidence.

He also said the outbreak of Cambridge Analytical scandal showed that PDP lacked any moral right to make allegation of rigging, advising the party to rather work hard to win the people’s trust instead of engaging in false accusation.

Shehu said: “Nothing undermines the country’s democracy such as unfair practices. That is why President Nixon resigned to avoid impeachment when they hacked into the opposition, Democratic Party’s records; and this is why a Special Counsel is investigating the alleged Russian interference in the US presidential election, and if President Donald Trump’s campaign is complicit in the attempted subversion of democracy in that country.

“The PDP’s decision to drag the All Progressives Congress (APC) and INEC to the United Nations over alleged plan or plot to rig the 2019 general elections are not only laughable and puerile, but they also demonstrate the level of desperation that is haunting the opposition leaders.

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
In what could easily pass for one of the single largest gatherings of ethnic nationalities in recent times, leaders drawn from the Niger Delta, South West, South East and the Middle Belt, converged on Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, to drive home their demand for immediate restructuring of the Nigerian Federation.

Most of those who spoke highlighted the need for the current President Muhammadu Buhari-led government, to expedite action and begin the process of renegotiating the current federal structure, or on the alternative, allow the country to drift by allowing the status quo.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, who is currently on a mission to Sierra Leone as an election observer in that country, in a prepared speech read on his behalf by Senator Nimi Barigha Amange, maintained that the 2014 confab report spearheaded by him remains the most inclusive roadmap to pulling Nigeria from the brink.

Some other leaders from all parts of the country, except the ‘core north’ who were present during the event organised by the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) were: elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark; President-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo Jnr, and a chieftain of the pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Chief Ayo Adebanjo.
Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae; former governor of Plateau state, Senator Jonah Jang; Leader of the middle belt group, Dr. Bala Takaya; Senator Stella Omu, Walter Ofonagoro, Asari Dokubo and representatives of governors from the region also spoke during the event.

Recalling the efforts he made as President to change the current trajectory of the country, Jonathan said: “I am delighted that Nigerians of various ages, classes and trade and of diverse faith and different zones are showing deep commitment to this spirit-lifting debate towards arriving at a practical and acceptable solution that will guarantee a better future for our country and our hardworking citizens.

“I am even more delighted that this geopolitical zone, the Niger Delta is quite upbeat about the public consultation and debate going on across the country. This is heart-warming because it’s a pointer to the fact that the Niger Delta has come a long way from the time of unease and militancy to the present situation where the people of the zone can gather to hold a peaceful dialogue and conversation on how best to move our federation forward”.

He added: “Last month Hon Seriake Dickson, my state governor, who is playing a role in this consultation led a delegate of key Niger Delta leaders to my office in Yenagoa to brief me on the work being done by the committee set up by this group. I consider today’s event as the culmination of those efforts.

“I believe that this is the way to go in order to avoid the opposite action which could bring about destruction to lives, property and the very thing that holds us together as members of the Nigerian federation.

“For a long time, citizens of this nation had felt the need to reappraise, reform, restructure our federation to make it work for all Nigerians. I convened the 2014 national conference as my own answer to that national yearning. I always explained to people that in convening the confab I had my mind trained on establishing a polity that could work for our people and further unite our country, one that could close the gap among tribal, ethnic, or religious lines.
“It seems that until we come up with a more generally acceptable way of running our country, there is every likelihood that our nation will continue to witness agitations and protests from groups and nationalities that believe rightly or wrongly they have been handed the short end of the stick”.

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris said the federal government has brokered an agreement for the release of Leah Sharibu, the lone Dapchi schoolgirl still held by Boko Haram.

It was reported that the insurgents held on to Leah Sharibu for the reason of her faith, Christianity and her insistence not to convert to Islam.

The IGP said yesterday evening that Leah was on her way to Dapchi following her release by her captors.

The IGP who paid a courtesy visit Saturday to the Theatre Commander of operation Lafiya Dole, Maj Gen Rogers Nicholas at the Command and control Centre of the Theatre Command in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, said he had earlier planned to visit Dapchi as part of his on the spot assessment of deployment of Personnel to schools in the Northeast, but cut off the visit to soften the ground on hearing that the schoolgirl was on her way back to Dapchi.

He appreciated the Theatre Commander and his officers for their loyalty to the nation as well as their effort at fighting the war against insurgency to a logical end.

“I was to be in Dapchi as part of my on the spot assessment tour of deployment of personnel to schools around the Northeast for enhanced security,” Idris said.

He informed the Theatre Commander of the Explosive ordinance training Schools under construction for the training of personnel on demining of landmines and other explosives that might have been planted by the Boko Haram terrorists previously before liberation of various Communities.

He added that the police mobile training school in Gwoza which was destroyed by the Boko Haram terrorists is undergoing rehabilitation to become one of the best training schools in Africa and the world.

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, saturday in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, played host to some parents of the Chibok girls, who are still kept in an undisclosed location by suspected members of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist sect since their abduction from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, in July 2014.

The Chibok parents made up of 17 women and 13 men stormed the Abeokuta country home of the former Nigerian President to intercede on their behalf and plead with both the Federal government and the international community to expedite action for the release of the 112 children that are still being held captive by the terrorist sect.

The ex-President who received the distraught parents at the Green Legacy Resort within his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, expressed confidence in President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s ability to rescue the remaining girls.

Citing Biblical passages from John:16:33 and James1:2, he admonished the parents not to despair any longer, preaching that God who does no evil understands their plight and is capable of bringing succour to them in no time.
Obasanjo also reminded them that as Christians, it should not be forgotten that they would experience tribulations and fiery trials in the world such as the one burdening them in the last four years now, and added that God who allowed it, also has a good purpose for it.

“I want to share with you some of my own thought about the sovereignty of God and what He can do. He is all-knowing, powerful and can do anything.

“I want to share some passages in the Bible. Some of the passages in the Bible have similar passages in the Holy Qur’an (John 16 vs 33). I have told you this that you may have peace and confidence in me, but in the world, you will have tribulations, trials and distress, and be undaunted for I have overcome the world.

“That is our Lord Jesus talking to his disciples and all of us who are Christians are Jesus disciples. Jesus did not say we will not have tribulations in the world, He said we will have tribulations, trials and distress. Our faith will be tested.

“Whatever God allows to happen, He allows it for a good purpose, to test our faith and it is in testing of our faith that our character is shaped and strengthened. I understand how you feel now, I understand your pain and your anguish, God never does evil; whatever happens is to strengthen and make us perfect,” he said.

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Africa's richest billionaire gives out daughter, Fatima, in style Kano won't forget in a hurry, the day Jamil Abubakar and Fatima Dangote got married. On that day, the ancient city convulsed to the true power of wealth and celebrity. Kano submitted to the grace of Nigeria's most powerful figures, like a vessel tilting to the [] 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
MD and chairman share a mutual love What Oyin Adeyemi, Fola Adeola, others, have in common with them Were the Diode Jing written in contemporary times, the medieval Taoist would understand that the five colours do not necessarily make a man's eyes blind, sometimes, it awakens the soul and opens the eyes to life's little [] 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Why UBA Chairman excites awe of global leaders Why he's called the lion of africa The nightingales are singing near the convent of Tony Elumelu's sacred heart as you read. This is because he lived to celebrate his 55th birthday last Thursday in good health and great riches. The billionaire magnate and Chairman of Heirs [] 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Delta listed like a cruise ship penultimate Saturday, when the elder brother of the former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, William Ibori, married his younger lover in Ogharefe, Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta state. Yes, no longer for William are the lonely cold nights and lonelier days. In fact, now, you [] 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
When it rains, it pours. Recently, I wrote an article on the marathon of development-focused governance, which I described as a 'relay race'. I used the performance of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the governor of Lagos state, as the reference point. I said though there were issues 'here and there', he had done well in several [] 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
John Shiklam in Kaduna The chairman of the Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi led faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna state, Alhaji Danladi Wada has been reported missing, THISDAY has learnt. Wada was said to have left his Angwan Rimi GRA resident, Kaduna saturday at about 5:30am for prayers in a nearby mosque and [] 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja Lagos State led the pack with N333.96 billion as the 36 states of the federation posted a total of N931.23billion internally generated revenue (IGR) in the 2017 fiscal year, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed in its just-released IGR 2017 report. The latest figure represents a N100 billion rise [] 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City The Court of Appeal in Benin City, Edo State has dismissed the objection of Justice Gladys Olotu, challenging the extension of time sought by Leaders and Company, Ltd to file its reply to the cross appeal by the respondent. The appellate court panel headed by Justice P. M. Ekpe, however [] 

Sun, 25 Mar 2018
FG begins enforcement of compliance with road usage regulations, Monday Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri The Nigerian military on Saturday reopened Maiduguri-Bama-Banki road closed at the peak of Boko Haram insurgency in the North East. The road, which passed through fringes of Sambisa forest was closed on 1st September, 2013 by the military to reduce carnage [] 
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