NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [1ST APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 1st April, 2018.

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
About 28.5 million Nigerians who registered for the national identity card are yet to get the cards from the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). Most of them have expressed worry that, while the development is hindering them from carrying out their civic responsibilities, it may even frustrate their financial transactions, following recent SMS sent by banks in Nigeria to their customers urging them to get their national ID cards. The banks recently indicated that they will soon commence the enforcement of the National Identity Number (NIN) issued by NIMC as the only acceptable means of identification and verification for all financial transactions in the country. This development has raised mixed reactions, with some bank customers faulting the imposition of the National Identification Number (NIN) as single identifier for banking transactions. According to them, this could undermine achievement of the nation’s financial inclusion goal. LEADERSHIP Sunday’s findings revealed that some banks have started using the NIN as criteria for banking transactions. A recent text message from one of the banks to its customers stated: “Dear customer, please be informed that the use of the NIN has been made mandatory by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and you will be required to present your NIMC card or slip to enjoy certain financial services”. The House of Representatives, had on Tuesday, March 6, urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and other commercial banks to accept the national identification number as a statutory document for carrying out legitimate transactions in the country. It also mandated its committee on banking and currency to interact with the CBN and other stakeholders on the need to recognize and accept the NIN Slip as a means of Identification and report within four weeks for further legislative action. The Green Chamber argued that the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, was established to manage the identity of Nigerian citizens by birth and naturalization. Although NIMC has been in operation for six years, it has only succeeded in printing 1.5 million cards despite having captured the data of over 30 million Nigerians. This is equivalent to less than one per cent of the country’s population, given the recent population data released by the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS), which placed the nation’s population at 180 million. LEADERSHIP Sunday recalls that former President Goodluck Jonathan, on 28th August, 2014, received his National Electronic (e-ID) card, heralding  the official launch of the e-ID pilot program in the country, in which NIMC was expected to issue cards to 13 million Nigerian. Receiving the card then, the former president described it as a window to a social security benefit system, saying it is therefore a card every Nigerian should get. NIMC, however, told our correspondents that the emphasis is actually shifting to digital identity and not the card. The commission’s head of media, Mr Loveday Ogbonna, said, “No doubt, the card is one of our mandates according to our Act but we want to get everyone into the national identity database for now and issue the card later. Like in the US and England where you have social security or insurance number, it is not the card but the number that identifies you.

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
As groups launch search for a new national chairman There is growing apprehension in the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the forthcoming elective national convention in June this year where a new national chairman and other members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) will emerge. The planned convention is coming on the heels of President Muhammadu Buhari’s rejection of the decision by the NEC, at its last meeting in Abuja, to extend its tenure till June 2019. Buhari had argued that the decision was contrary to the provisions of the APC’s constitution and that of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The president’s position has thrown those who would have benefited from the illegality, especially the embattled national chair, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and those seeking elective public offices, into a quandary. According to the president, members of the NEC who are interested in contesting elective and public offices are expected to resign first before participating in the process in order to create a level playing ground. The president has been praised by many as a tough but necessary step for the party going forward. National coordinator, APC Grassroots Youths for Change, Mr. Orlu Henry Manuchimso, commended President Buhari for his critical intervention. Mr. Manuchimso said, “While I am concerned at the timing of the forthcoming national convention whose outcome can polarise the party rather than unite it ahead of 2019 general elections, I am, however, on the same page with the president on the illegality of the tenure extension by the NEC. “I want to appeal to APC leaders and members to apply themselves to the process as one big family and not approach it with a do-or-die attitude. The president is interested in a party that is built on the foundation of law and due process as that will strengthen internal democracy.” But some groups in the APC have launched a search for a new national chairman that will replace Chief Oyegun, whom they say is a party to the leadership crisis in the party. Critical stakeholders in the party are said to be searching for someone whose candidature will serve as a rallying point for the vast majority of the party leaders and members. However, while former governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, is being pressured to throw his hat in the ring, his candidature, as feared, could be imperiled on two flanks. The first, as learnt, is the fact that he is from the same state with the incumbent, Oyegun, and an attempt to seek the office may be interpreted as a manifestation of treachery that had underlined relationship between them even while Oshiomhole was in the saddle.


Sun, 01 Apr 2018
The governing All Progressives Congress (APC) has enjoined Christians in Nigeria and the world over to emulate the virtues of love and sacrifice which characterised   the life of Jesus Christ. In a message signed by the party’s national publicity secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, the party stressed that these qualities are essential to the unity that Nigeria earnestly needs at this time. The party also gave assurance that the APC-led administration was determined to ensure the safe release of all persons still in captivity and the return of peace especially to the North East. “In line with the true essence of Easter, the party urges Christians to take cognizance of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross of Cavalry for our sins.   PDP Urges Prayers, Hope The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged Nigerians to use the occasion of this year’s Easter to pray for the nation and rededicate themselves to the ideals of national unity, cohesion and peaceful coexistence. PDP national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement msde available to journalists yesterday in Abuja, said the nation had witnessed  a lot of anguish  including the economic recession and gruesome bloodletting of the last three years, but noted that with the right leadership, coupled with unity and dedication by the citizens, the nation will surely come out of the present problems. It said, “Indeed, Easter which marks the resurrection Jesus Christ from the dead offers us a unique lesson in the ultimate triumph of life over death, good over evil, love over hatred, truth over falsehood, hope over despair and unity over strife. “The PDP therefore urges Nigerians to, in the spirit of the season, eschew all divisiveness, forgive and show love to one another as exemplified in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. “In the same vein, we urge all elected and appointed leaders at all levels across the country  to also reflect on the season and rededicate themselves to service for the good of all.” The PDP urged Nerians not to despair as the party was gearing up to rescue the nation from the current misrule. The party, therefore, wished all Nigerians happy Easter celebration.   Ohanaeze Asks Nigerians To Intensify Prayers The president-general of the umbrella Igbo organisation, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo has urged Nigerians, particularly Ndigbo, to use this period of Easter to intensify their prayers for peace in the country Nwodo, in an Easter message, urged Nigerians not to allow the prevailing hardship in the country to affect their spirit of love, brotherliness and peaceful co-existence. The Ohanaeze remarked that the country was under siege from all sides and  said that the period of Easter provides a good opportunity for Nigerians to pray more to God to send succour to alleviate their sufferings. Nwodo urged Nigerians to use this year’s Easter festivities to engender the spirit of oneness and also re-dedicate themselves to the virtues of love, patriotism and unity for the desired national development. “Nigerian Christians must allow the solemnness of the last 40 days of fasting and prayers to influence their thoughts and actions in relating with one another,” he said.

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Labour Party (LP) and Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), have threatened to boycott the coming council poll in Nasarawa state. It will be recalled that the Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission (NASEIC), has scheduled the council poll for May 26, 2018. At a stakeholders meeting in []The post Opposition Parties Threaten To Boycott Nasarawa Council Poll appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Local government employees in Benue state whose names were expunged from the local government payment vouchers have protested to the State House of Assembly, demanding for reinstatement and payment of their salaries. The protesters who were in their numbers carried placards some of which read, 'we are not ghost workers, 'we were genuinely employed, 'pay []The post LG Employees Protest Non Payment Of Salaries appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
The federal government has expressed the optimism that its current investment in dam projects across the country will help to diversify the nation's economy through agriculture. Chairman of the newly constituted Board of Directors for the Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority, Alhaji Zakari Idde, said this during an inspection tour on some of []The post FG Upscaling Economic Diversification Through Dam Projects appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Twenty- five eminent personalities and corporate organisations within and outside Kwara state that excelled and touched lives at various capacity were honoured for their contributions to the society at the fourth year's anniversary and award night of National Moonlight Newspaper. The Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara state []The post Saraki, Ahmed,Olofa, Others Honoured At National Moonlight's Fourth Anniversary appeared first on Leader 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, has described the listing of his name by the information minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, among those who looted government funds as an unprecedented executive rascality and lawlessness. The former spokesman of the opposition party, who is being tried for allegedly receiving N400 []The post Metuh Replies FG, Says It's Executive Rascality appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
The distinctive symbolic festival and the heart of traditionalism in Doma, Nasarawa State, the Odu cultural play is a symbol of unity for the Alago people. The Odu cultural festival is the major festival celebrated by the Alago people of Doma to celebrate victory over enemies and also usher in the rainy season. Although, []The post Odu Festival: Symbol Of Unity In Nasarawa Community appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
It was a night of style and grandeur when movie lovers and social influencers as well as practitioners in the film industry came for the premiere of the talk-of-the-town movie titled The Eve. The event which was held last Saturday at Ember Creek, Lagos had star-studded guest appearances including top Nollywood actors, movie makers, entertainers, []The post Hauwa Alhabura, Mr. Ibu Grace Private Screening of The Eve appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Nigeria captain Mikel Obi has joined the football community in wishing Ray Wilkins well following disturbing news on the health condition of the former Chelsea assistant manager, Wilkins, 61, has been placed in an induced coma after suffering a heart attack and a fall on Friday night. The former Chelsea legend and former England international []The post Mikel Join Football Legends To Rally Round Wilkins appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Jose Mourinho's strained relations with Manchester United's record signing Paul Pogba will again come under close scrutiny when the Premier League returns from its international break this weekend. Mourinho's side, out of action for two weeks since winning an FA Cup quarterfinal against Brighton, face struggling Swansea at Old Trafford on Saturday, with the United []The post Pogba Pushes For Man Utd Start Role appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, who is convalescing in Brazil after surgery on his injured right foot, will be back 'in two to three weeks,' the club's coach Unai Emery said, yesterday. 'I spoke with him this week, he's good, relaxed,' Emery said. Emery was speaking in Bordeaux where PSG, shorn of their biggest star, face []The post Brazil, PSG Boosted By Neymar Return appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Former Tottenham Hotspur manager, the legendary Osvaldo Ardiles, has placed Argentina and Croatia to top the Group D and to play the round of sixteen in Russia 2018 World Cup, he also revealed that the Super Eagles and Iceland are not on the same level as both teams. The 1978 World Cup-winning midfielder said that []The post 'Super Eagles Not In Same Level with Argentina, Croatia' appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Tottenham Hotspur are looking to bring to an end their 29-year wait for a victory at Stamford Bridge as they take on Chelsea in a fixture set to have massive implications on the race for the top-four. With the Blues currently outside the Champions League qualification spots and five points behind their bitter London rivals, []The post LONDON DERBY: Chelsea, Tottenham In Shootout For Top 4 appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Like the proverbial gold fish that has no hiding place, the professional, political and public service career of national and global leaders are always in the public domain. Their performance or the lack of it stands them out as the populace, public affairs analysts and social affairs commentators are wont to publicly and vocally assess []The post 2019: Dankwambo And The Fitting Cap appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Although the tradition of highlighting important national issues that touch on common existence and development was retained in the 10th Bola Ahmed Tinubu colloquium, the fact remains that this year's edition had political underpinnings and projections that border largely on the 2019 general election, GEORGE OKOJIE writes. Both in their utterances and conduct the crme []The post Tinubu's 66th Birthday Colloquium, An Intellectual Affair appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
CHIBUZO UKAIBE and ANAYO ONUKWUGHA, write on the intrigues arising from the recent declaration of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar last week to vie for the presidential ticket of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State while meeting with the State governor, Nyesom Wike. On March 27, 2018, former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku []The post 2019: Atiku Declaration And The Wike Influence appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
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