Below are the headlines found on The Tribune Online Newspaper for today, Monday,  19 March, 2017.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
PROMINENT Nigerians including Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka; Legal Icon, Professor Ben Nwabueze; elder statesman, Mallam Adamu Ciroma; and former military Governor of Kaduna state, Col. Dangiwa Umar are among top personalities listed to address political summit tagged “the Grand National Summit” fixed for Abuja this week.

A statement by organisers of the Grand National Summit 2018 signed by the spokesperson, Mallam Naseer Kura, listed other Nigerians including Economist, Prof Pat Utomi; former Governor Donald Duke; and Air Commodore Dan Suleiman among the speakers at the summit holding in Abuja on Wednesday.

The statement read: “Nigeria Intervention Movement, NiM, a Rainbow Coalition of new breed political forces and movements; mobilising towards paradigm shift within Nigeria’s political configuration, wishes to announce that its grand national summit scheduled to hold on Wednesday in Abuja received a major boost at the weekend from Eminent national leaders and front-line political activists invited to intervene in the political future of Nigeria at the summit.

It said that the historic event has already received the blessing of Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka; eminent Jurist, Prof Ben Nwabueze SAN; Air Commodore Dan Suleiman (rtd); Colonel Abubarkar Umar Dangiwa; Mr Donald Duke; Dr Oby Ezekwesili; Senator Shehu Sanni; Dr Olu Agunloye.

It also listed other speakers at the event to include Mallam Adamu Ciroma, Gen TY Danjuma, Dr Paul Unongo, Chief Edwin Clark, among other leaders.

The organisers said that the summit is designed to bring together both old and new generation of political leaders in Nigeria, for the first time, “towards finding an appropriate political roadmap for Nigeria’s troubled democracy, while facilitating a grand political coalition of fresh breed political leaders ahead of the 2019 elections.”

The statement further read: “For the avoidance of doubt, these elders and leaders, given their experience in the political affairs of the country as well as their past roles in the life of the country, at one point or the other, have been invited to address Nigeria’s past, in order to provide a veritable political compass for emerging fresh breed leaders in navigating the future for the country.

“The grand summit, which promises to be a very fertile ground to breed national understanding and reconciliation is also conceived as a serious intervention to reset the future of Nigeria’s constitutional democracy which presently skewed against the majority of Nigerians, as many young emerging political leaders will be provided with the rare opportunity to interact and share their aspirations with the invited political veterans at the national confab.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday charged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately recover over N28 billion meant for the rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the northeast but allegedly stolen by members of the presidency cabal and certain Interests in his All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, the party
said the presidency and the APC are not being sincere with the IDPs by providing cover for those who have been frittering away billions of naira donated for the well-being of victims of the insurgency.

The PDP said the President cannot in all honesty claim not to be aware of reported sharp practices, involving billions of naira in the management of funds in the Presidential Initiative on the North East since the issues came into the public domain.

It added: “Indeed, the Presidency cannot, in any way imaginable, claim not to be aware of reports that sometime in August 2017, a cabinet minister and a high ranking presidency official were alleged to have diverted N18 billion from the N48 billion approved by the National Assembly for the rehabilitation of millions of IDPs and rebuilding of six northeast states ravaged by insurgency in the 2017 budget.

“The APC and the Buhari Presidency cannot claim to be unaware of the damning report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), a public document which detailed how officials were using bulk of the resources meant for the IDPs on contracts that were found to have immensely benefitted officials of the APC Government including the sacked Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.

“The Buhari Presidency and the APC cannot also claim to be unaware of the motion by Senator Baba Kaka Garba from Borno Central, who exposed how persons known to have connections with the APC, fraudulently cornered N1.2 billion from the Federal Government under the guise of supplying items to IDPs. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
THE Presidency has given reasons why President Muhammadu Buhari cannot declare his ambition in next year’s presidential election, saying that it is an attempt to prevent opponents from sabotaging the country.
President Buhari had recently provided some ambiguous hints about the possibility of his running for a second tenure amidst calls from some quarters for him to forget it.
The Presidency has now said that if he speaks too early about his ambition, it may give ammunition to unnamed opponents to throw everything at him and sabotage the country.
Special Adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, who disclosed this in an interview in Abuja at the weekend, said the president cannot speak with the election still about one year away because he knows the consequences.
Asked when the president will declare his intention, the presidential spokesman said: “You know the peculiarity of Nigeria particularly now. If the president speaks too early, it’s a problem. There is a lot of sabotage in the country.
“You have also heard so many have said ‘don’t run.’ Because they know that if the president runs, others people should just run away because they don’t have the foggiest chance in hell to beat him.
“So, they want to discourage him from running.
“Now, if he tells you ‘I’m going to run,’ and elections are still one year away, it gives them one year to sabotage the entire country from all fronts – politically, socially, economically – they would throw everything at him just to dissuade him from running.
“So, when you know that, why then do you speak early?
“I think it makes a lot of sense for you then to keep things close to your chest till it is time for you to then say, ‘ok, I’m running’ by which time they can do less damage.”
The president had in November last year while speaking with some members of the Nigerian community in Cote d’Ivoire that he came to the meeting with two governors so that their people may vote for him in future.
While apologizing for turning up late at the occasion, he said: “First, I want to apologize for keeping you for too long seating. This is because I insisted on the governors attending this meeting.

“This is why I came along with them so that when we are going to meet you when you are going to meet the rest of Nigerians if you tell them that their governors were in the company of the president, I think that will be another vote for me the future. I’m very pleased that they were able to turn up.”

On his recent visit to Benue state over herdsmen killings, he had also said at a stakeholders meeting that he could only make promises to them when he returns there for the campaign if indeed he will be coming for the campaign.
The Presidency also explained the president’s proposed visit to Rivers state which Governor Nyesom Wike has faulted because according to the governor, it is based on the wrong premise.
The Presidency had listed Rivers among the states the president will visit over killings in parts of the country most of which is blamed on herdsmen.
When told that the governor does not understand why the president is basing the Rivers visit on the crisis, the presidential spokesman said Buhari wants to condole with the families of those affected by various killings in the state.
He recalled the Omoku killings and the beheading of other victims whose heads were taken away by their assailants.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
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Mon, 19 Mar 2018
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Mon, 19 Mar 2018
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Mon, 19 Mar 2018
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Mon, 19 Mar 2018
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Mon, 19 Mar 2018
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Mon, 19 Mar 2018
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Mon, 19 Mar 2018
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Mon, 19 Mar 2018
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Mon, 19 Mar 2018
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