NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE VANGUARD NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [23 MARCH , 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Vanguard Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 23 March, 2018.


Fri, 23 Mar 2018
LAGOS —The parents of the Christian girl, Leah Sharibu, who is still being held by Boko Haram because of her refusal to renounce her faith, said yesterday that they had been let down by the Federal Government who failed to negotiate her release alongside her school mates.

Mother of the girl, Rebecca Sharibu, pleaded with the government and Boko Haram to release her daughter, saying that her daughter cannot be forced to embrace a religion unknown to her. This came as the Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and the Senate yesterday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the immediate release of the only Dapchi school girl as well as Chibok girls still being held by Boko Haram. The only Christian student among the abducted Dapchi girls, Miss Leah Sharibu is still being held by the insurgents because of her faith and refusal to convert to Islam. Of the 110 students abducted from Government Girls Techncal Science College, Dapchi, 104 had been released, five were said to have died in the process, while the insurgents are holding on to just one, Leah Sharibu. This call came on a day the Federal Government asked the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to bury its head in shame for saying the Dapchi girls’ abduction and release were stage-managed. Parents of Christian girl held by Boko Haram speak Mrs Sharibu said her daughter’s colleagues have shared with her how the 15-year-old Leah was stopped at the last minute from regaining her freedom. “But my heart was broken on Wednesday morning when I searched through the released girls and could not set my eyes on my dear daughter, Leah,” Mrs. Sharibu said as tears streamed down her face. Mrs. Sharibu just returned from hospital, having fainted after receiving the news that Leah, her first child and only daughter, was not among those released. She sat within her compound — a small home fenced with clay and thatch sheets in a corner of Dapchi — with two cooking pots steaming next to her on charcoal stoves. She said: “If Leah is home, she and her little brother would attend to everything in this compound, she would not let me do anything. “What her school mates that returned told me was that my daughter (was told she) must recite the Kalima Shahada (the Islamic profession of faith in one God), and she does not know how to recite it. “So they told her that if she didn’t know how to recite it, then she should come down from the vehicle. She had already boarded the vehicle alongside others that were ready to come home. So she was asked to go down and join some three other females that they said they met where they were kept. “They said my daughter would only be brought back home the day she knows how to recite Kalima shahada. “She insisted that she does not know how to recite and that she was not brought up as a Muslim. That was why she was held back. She was asked to go and stay with those three women who were also captives there. “She then pleaded with her friends that if they eventually made it home successfully, they should inform us, her parents, to continue to help her pray for God to protect her and bring her home safely as well, that whether she survived or not, she still need prayers. “My concern and question to the government is that since we were told that the negotiation was done for all the schoolgirls, why did government accept that only my daughter be left behind when others’ were freed and even brought home? “So I am begging the federal government of Nigeria, if the negotiation was because they loved all the girls as their own, they should do everything to help release my own girl. “To the Boko Haram members, I have nothing to say other than that they should have pity on my only daughter and release her. It was not her fault that she is a Christian, I know that in this world, everyone choose the path of faith he or she has chosen in worshipping God. There is no way one could be forced to do what he or she does not know. It is not possible.” Also speaking, Leah’s father, Mr. Sharibu, said he was away in his home state, Adamawa, when he received  good news on Wednesday morning that his little girl and her colleagues were on their way back home. He said:  “Half way on my return journey home, I received a call that the girls had arrived and only my daughter was left behind because she refused to convert to Islam. I became sad. To make matters worse, I was called again to be informed that the mother was unconscious and was in the hospital.” He said he would not be happy until his daughter was rescued and brought home like her mates. “Nigeria must do all within its powers to bring back my daughter, the same way they did to others. I really thank and appreciate the people of Dapchi community, especially how they rallied round us at this time of great sorrow. “I am from Hong in Adamawa State, I got married here in Dapchi and all my children were born here,” he said. He said he does not believe in the existence of Boko Haram, adding that the group, especially the ones that abducted his daughters, appeared to him like agents of politicians.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria has expressed delight over the release of schoolgirls earlier abducted at a school in Dapchi, Yobe State, describing it as the biggest relief of the moment. The students’ body in a press statement by the president of MSSN in Lagos State, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, congratulated the parents of the released girls and sympathised with those whose daughters still in captivity.

The Federal Government has announced the release of the girls abducted by the insurgents at Government Science and Technical School, Dapchi on February 19. The insurgents transported the girls back to Dapchi in the early hours of Wednesday. While expressing optimism that the remaining girls would be released, Ashafa urged that adequate security measures should be put in place to prevent a similar occurrence. He appealed that security should be tightened in all schools across the country, adding that attention should be paid to the medical and mental state of the released girls. He said, “We hail the return of the Dapchi Schoolgirls and rejoice with their parents for the biggest relief of the moment. We appeal that Nigerian girls should never again be abducted from their schools. This is because when incidences like this happen, government and organisations’ efforts to get more children in school is defeated. “It sends a negative signal about education and parents/guardians will be scared that schools are insecure places for girls. The provision of a safe environment for education is very crucial and germane to the nation’s progress.” Ashafa, who condemned perpetrators of the abduction, demanded that more resources should be deployed to the security of schools. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo yesterday lamented the poor federal industrial presence in Igbo land in general and the South East in particular. The group noted that there is virtually no federal establshment to provide jobs for the teeming youths of the zone.The post Ohanaeze laments poor FGs presence in Igboland appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, disclosed the possibility of him writing another open letter on burning national issues.The post STATE OF THE NATION: I may write another letter ' Obasanjo appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
he Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev. (Dr.) Calistus Onaga, has commended the developmental projects launched across Enugu State by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi since his inauguration, describing him as 'a good man and a man to be reckoned with'.The post Ugwuanyi, trusted leader 'Bishop Onaga appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls has been described as a scam by former Delta State governorship aspirant, Chief Sunny Onuesoke, saying: 'It is an attempt to hoodwink Nigerians.'The post Dapchi: FG economical with the truth' Onuesoke, Ukweni appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has called on leaders of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to support Prince Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee, NWC, saying without the needed support, the leadership cannot deliver on its goals.The post Support Secondus to oust APC, Dickson tells PDP leaders appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
THE Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, NDIC, has stepped up its efforts on protection of the poor and uninformed bank depositors.The post NDIC moves to protect poor, uninformed depositors appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
INDICATIONS have emerged that other governorship aspirants in Imo State gubernatorial poll under the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, are ready to endorse Okorocha's son-in-law, Mr Uche Nwosu.The post 2019: Other guber aspirants move to endorse Nwosu appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Chairman, Governing Board of the Nigerian Shippers' Council (NSC), Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has pledged that the board would improve shipping business in the country with the cooperation of the management of the Council.The post Shippers' Council board holds inaugural meeting appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
It was a night of nostalgia as the Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria, FTAN, honoured its pioneer members and past leaders when it celebrated its 20 years of existence.The post FTAN re-ignites old memories at 20th anniversary appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The centre may no longer hold in the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo State.The post Ondo APC Crisis : When Akeredolu, Boroffice flex muscles appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Rep. Afe Olowookere, Akure North/Akure South Federal Constituency in this interview speaks on a number of national issues including the delay in the passage of the 2018 appropriation bill, local government autonomy and reordering of the election by the National Assembly. Excerpts:The post Reorder of election sequence is tyranny of majority Rep Olowookere appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
South-South leaders and elders under the aegis of Pan Niger-Delta Elders Forum, PANDEF, will converge on Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, 'the Jerusalem of Ijaw nation' for a mega rally to chorus their campaign for the restructuring of the polity.The twisting theme of tomorrow's rally aptly reflects the desperation and expectation of of South-South political leaders.The post New cry for restructuring from the Niger-Delta appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The naira Thursday recorded the highest daily gain of 17 kobo appreciating to N360.12 per dollar in the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window of the foreign exchange market, even as the external reserves increased by $1.03 billion in one week.The post Naira appreciates to N360.12/$; reserves up by 1bn appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has been commended for compensating land owners in the areas earmarked for the proposed Ogun Cargo Airport.The post Ogun Cargo Airport: Amosun commended for compensating landowners appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The three days losing streak on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, was halted today following the buy pressure on 29 entities led by GlaxoSmithKline, GSK Plc and Japaul Oil and Maritime Services Plc.The post Nigerian Stock Exchange halts losing streak on GSK, Japaul Oil gains appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Speakers Thursday, at the 7th Innovention series organised by Verdant Zeal Group, said the media and technology holds the key to changing the African narrative.The post Media, technology hold key to change Nigerias narrative appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Nigeria's 4th telecom services provider, 9mobile, is set to have additional 50 percent workforce after new owners,Teleology beat the deadline to beat yesterday's deadline, to pay the non-refundable $50million completion deposit, Wednesday afternoon, to the Trustee of the bank syndicate presently holding ownership of 9Mobile. The post Teleology Holdings pays $50m deposit for 9Mobile appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Her Knowledgeable Professor Alexia Thomas Decanates, 'I Am Divinely Born, I Am The Master Of Masters The Turbine That Make Great Men Cry Like Babies. I Am The Myth Of The World'. In her Knowledgeable Professor Alexia Thomas own words she proclaimed 'I will be British Prime Minister or I will produce a Prime Minister for Britain through The Commonwealth Liberation Party.The post I will be British Prime Minister, says Prof. Alexia Thomas appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Espionage, Espionagist And Espionagry Are All Acts In Simple Definition - The Practice Of Spying Or Of Using Spies, Typically By Governments To Obtain Political And Military Information. ' Other Attributive Synonyms Are: Undercover Work, Cloak-And- Dagger Activities, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Intelligence, Eavesdropping, Infiltration, Cyberespionage, Counter-Espionage, Counter-Intelligence.The post No refuge for Russians espionagist in the UK' Prof. Alexia Thomas appeared first on 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
MARK Zuckerberg yesterday granted interview to Cable News Network, CNN to explain his company's involvement in the data scandal involving a data firm Cambridge Analytica accessed information from 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge for the purpose of helping the Trump Campaign Team influence the 2016 presidential election.The post Zuckerberg on CNN says Facebook can be regulated appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo is optimistic of a good outing for the national team, when they clash in a pre-World Cup friendly against Poland today.The post Ighalo: Eagles can upset Poland appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Nigerian-born former Poland striker Emmanuel Olisadebe said today's friendly game between Poland and Nigeria will be a test for both countries.The post Poland vs Nigeria: Olisadebe predicts tough duel for Eagles appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Top African athletics stars have always shied away from the senior African Championships, but the 2018 edition billed for Asaba, Delta State in August is set to be a difference.The post Asaba 2018: Top African athletics stars ready to run appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The Ministry of Youth and Sports has dismissed allegations of exclusion, marginalisation and gender inequality leveled against it by parliamentarian Ayo Omidiran.The post Commonwealth Games: Why we dropped Oshonaike, Edem ' Sports Ministry appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will be played with made-in-Pakistan football, Azim Khan, Head of Chancery at the Pakistani High Commission, said on Thursday in Abuja.The post Envoy says Pakistan to produce footballs for Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has confirmed Sergio Aguero will not be fit enough to face Italy at the Etihad today.The post Aguero out of Argentina, Italy clash appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Jose Mourinho has launched a defiant defence of his Manchester United reign, insisting "people with a brain" should understand his team are going through a rebuilding period.The post People with a brain should back United overhaul Mourinho appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
In the spirit of the resurrection season, Gospel musician and psalmist Ola Peters is set to make an indelible print in the 2018 Easter holiday season with the official launch and release of his new 4-track album 'Saviour Divine' on 25 March 2018 at The Redeem Christain Church Of God Jesus Centre Ikoyi, Lagos.The post Ola Peters launches 'Saviour Divine album appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
THE inaugural Nollywood in Hollywood event will kick off today at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.The post Nollywood film showcase kicks off today appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Mr Adedayo Thomas, the Executive Director, National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) on Thursday said Nigerian movie industry needs at least 774 cinemas across the country for it to tackle the menace of piracy.The post Nigerian movie industry needs at least 774 cinemas ' NFVCB appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
With such high fares which demand that pilgrims dip deeper into their pockets to pay for the Hajj, more than ever before is the need for NAHCON to put more effective mechanism to ensure that pilgrims are not shortchanged by their agenciesThe post Challenges before 2018 Hajj appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
While mentioning the status of the Companions (ra), the Promised Messiah (as) stated at one occasion that, "The revered Companions, may Allah be pleased with all of them, are a clear proof of the character of the Holy Prophet (sa'Thus, only that person can truly respect the Holy Prophet (sa), who respects his revered companions. One who does not esteem the revered Companions, he can never ever truly esteem the Holy Prophet (sa).' Now, I will narrate some accounts of some of the Co 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Over eight hundred Muslims have benefited from a special training organised by Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at Nigeria (AMJN) to horn their skills in the propagation of Islam.The post Ahmadiyya set to preach Islam on social media appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The Social Advocacy Project (SAP) of Al-Mu'minaat, (The Believing Women) urged President Muhammadu Buhari-led government not to relent on the war on terror especially activities of the Boko Haram and the herdsmen.The post Dapchi Girls' Release: Don't Relent, Al-mu'minaat urges Buhari appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
In a brazen display of disregard for constituted authority, truck and tanker drivers , took over the entire Oshodi/Apapa express way, denying other motorists access.The post Apapa/Oshodi expressway on lock down as trucks return appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Let me acknowledge without any reservation whatsoever, that I am honored by the invitation to deliver this year's convocation lecture from an outstanding institution named after the great Zik of Africa. In the course of this lecture, with the topic in mind, we shall hear a lot more about The Right Honorable Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe but not about this university and I hope you will all forgive me.The post The Igbo In The Politics Of Nigeria, by Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi appeared first on Vanguard Ne 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Government is not paying its bills; NBET has been paying as little as 20 per cent of the Gencos' invoicesThe post The problem with power' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
It's like a tale from fish-wifery told by moonlight: how Boko Haram entered a Nigerian town as villains, kidnapped dozens of schoolgirls, and 32 days later returned them to the same town as heroes with flagsThe post Dapchi : Dangerous example of how to help Boko Haram appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Since the return of General Buhari in good health last year the political atmosphere has been revving up ahead of the mother of all battles in 2019.The post 2019 re-election bait and related issues appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
THE 69-year-old Venezuelan internationalist, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, rechristened 'Carlos the Jackal' by the media, was in the French courts last week to challenge his conviction for life. The case he appealed against was a 1974 one in which a grenade tossed in Paris's Saint-Germain-des-Pres, (Champs Elysee Avenue) killed two persons at the Drugstore Publicis while 36 were injured. His conviction on this charge, is lacking in hard evidence including fingerprints and DNA. Rather, it 
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