NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [6TH APRIL, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 6th April, 2017.

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday rejected the accusations of bias against his administration, saying all the appointments he has made as president are based on merit and not religion or tribe. President Buhari made this clarification when a delegation of the Arewa Pastors Non-Denominational Initiative for Peace in Nigeria, led by Bishop John Abu Richard, visited him at the presidential villa in Abuja, yesterday. In a statement by his special adviser on media, Femi Adesina, the president told the clergymen that religious leaders had the responsibility of creating an enabling environment for peace and development to thrive. He called on religious leaders to work towards the broader goal of building a strong and unified nation and avoid insinuations that could divide the populace, especially along religious lines. LEADERSHIP Friday reports that accusations of ethnic and religious bias have trailed this administration since it released its first key appointments in 2015, and subsequent appointments have attracted the same criticisms. Critics have continued to point at the top hierarchy of the security architecture as one area the president appointed mostly people from the Muslim far north  as an example. But President Buhari has always denied such allegations. He said: “Some voices, for political or ethnic reasons, are making unguarded statements accusing the government, and myself in particular, of religious bias[1] . “Let me assure you, honourable clergymen, that this is far from the truth.  In my career as a soldier, administrator, and politician, I have never veered from my oath of office. “When I had the honour to lead a military government, there were more Christians than Muslims in the Federal Executive Council and the Supreme Military Council. “This was not by design but I appointed people on their merit without the slightest bias.  The present Federal Executive Council is also evenly balanced; again not by design but by respecting and rewarding individual qualities.’’ Buhari expressed delight at the proposition to hold a one-day prayer and fasting meeting for the nation on April 26, 2018, and gave the assurance  that he would direct the Inspector General of Police to provide adequate security for the gathering. In his remarks, the leader of the delegation said more than 45,000 pastors in the Northern part of Nigeria had registered with the group and that they would  use their pulpits for the propagation of the gospel of peace, and shun political distractions.

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The Senate, yesterday, criticised the implementation of the N1.5triilion National Social Investment programme, describing it as shoddy. The senators insisted that the clear indication of such low performance is that Nigerians do not feel the impact of the programme. They lamented that the programme was gradually going the way of the disbanded Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) of the Goodluck Jonathan administration, and threatened to drastically reduce the yearly allocation of N500 billion to the programme if its performance failed to improve. Funds for the National Social Investment Programme are provided under the Service Wide Vote under the Presidency. Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Mohammed Danjuma Goje, made the threat when the special adviser to the president on Social Investment, Mrs Maryam Uwais, appeared before the committee to provide clarification on proposed budget implementation. The presidential aide, however, informed the Senate committee that the National Social Investment Office (NSIO) received N175 billion in 2016 and 2017 fiscal year, not N500 billion. Mrs Uwais said: “You may kindly recall that the sum of N500 billion was appropriated for the NSIO budget in 2017, out of which N100 billion was allocated for the Social Housing Scheme under the Federal Ministry of Finance. “Furthermore, out of the balance of N400 billion, only N90 billion was released to the NSIO for the year 2017,” adding that the agency received N85 billion in 2016 Goje stressed the importance of the programme, noting that by the end of  three years, the NSIO would have handled an unprecedented sum of N1.5 trillion. He said, “Many people are complaining that they have not seen the impact of the programme considering the magnitude of the fund involved. “I am from Gombe State, I represent Gombe Central; I am yet to see one single boy who came to tell me that he has benefited from your N500 billion. “Many other Nigerians are saying the same thing. N500 billion for 36 states is about N13 billion. If you spend N13 billion in one year in Gombe State, there is no way I would not have known, other people will also know. “If you spend N500 billion in one year in Nigeria, Nigerians will know. Not a single All Progressives Congress (APC) person (member) in Gombe State has benefitted from your School Feeding programme. Not a single person from Gombe State has benefitted from your N-Power. We don’t know about your N-Power. As far as many of us are concerned, we are completely dissatisfied with what you are doing.” 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Last week, Nigerians were treated to another round of comic relief by the two leading political parties in Nigeria. Two weeks ago, within a space of five days, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, accused the PDP- led government of withdrawing N150 billion in cash two weeks to the 2015 election. In a false sense of bravado, []The post On FG's Looters' List And Counter List appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The Nigeria Police Force has reinstated Kogi State Police Commissioner, Ali Janga, who was removed after six suspects escaped from police custody in his state. Confirming the news to journalists, the spokesperson of the Kogi state police command, William Aya, said CP Janga returned to office on Tuesday, April 3 on the order of []The post Suspects Re-arrest: IGP Reinstates Kogi CP, Janga appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The Ogun State government said the state may not experience severe flooding this year as revealed in the 2018 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) of the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet). Speaking on behalf of the state government, the Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Bolaji Oyeleye, said though most areas in the state may not witness serious []The post Ogun Govt Allays Residents' Fears Over Flooding appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
There was wild jubilation in Enugu yesterday as 536 trainees of the second batch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Skill Acquisition Programme of the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi administration instantly received alert of N100,000 seed capital each from the state government to assist them start off their various businesses after attending a one-year free vocational []The post Ugwuanyi Empowers 750 SDGs Trainees With Seed Capital appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
A gang of armed robbers yesterday invaded commercial banks in Offa, Kwara State, killing some people, including policemen, complainants, bank customers and market people. The men of the underworld also reportedly carted away unspecified amount of money in different currencies. It was learnt that the bandits, who operated for about an hour, entered the []The post Armed Robbers Attack Banks In Offa, Kill 6 Policemen, Others appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
A Kaduna community, Sarari was yesterday attacked by bandits, leaving the village head and five others dead. Sarari village is near Kuriga town in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna State The incident which happened around 2pm left about eight people injured. One of the injured victims, who identified himself as Henry and was []The post Gunmen Kill Village Head, 5 Others In Kaduna Community appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
As the 2019 general elections draw near, the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) Taraba State chapter has thrown its weight behind the second term bid of the state governor, Darius Ishaku. Briefing newsmen yesterday in Jalingo, the state ALGON chairman, Hon. Ibrahim Stephen Agya said Governor Ishaku need a second term in []The post 2019: Taraba ALGON Endorses Ishaku For Second Term appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Patrick Ochoga, Edo State governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has strengthened ties with the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), reiterating the state government's commitment to curbing the menace of human trafficking and illegal migration. The governor disclosed this when he received the new Comptroller of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Edo State Command, Mr. Kayode Eniolohunda []The post Edo, NIS Partner To Curb Human Trafficking appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The federal government said its target of attracting private investment worth 25 billion-dollars through its Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 'Focused Laboratories' was still on course. The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udo Udoma said this on Thursday in Abuja, at the progress meeting of the ERGP Focused Labs with Vice President []The post ERGP: FG On Course To Meet $25bn Investment Target ' Udoma appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Olawale 'Brymo' Ashimi is one of the best vocalists in the music business scene. His attitude towards the job has made him a delight among his peers. Brymo, who just dropped his sixth studio album, did not feature any artiste which led to speculations and conjectures by fans and music pundits. In a recent interview []The post It is Hard To Collaborate With Someone Who Doesn't Know my Thought ' Brymo appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
In Nigeria's classical music domain, Fatima Uriame Anyekema is regarded as one of the leading contralto voices in high demand. From following her mother to choir practices to becoming an MTNF-MUSON scholarship beneficiary which was the beginning of her getting a formal education in music in 2007, Fatima has performed celebrated operas and oratories like []The post My Dad Was Worried About My Musical Career ' Fatima Anyekema appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Exhibiting at the small white showroom of the IICD, the dominantly impressionistic paintings and sweepy line drawings of Yusuf Olayinka Umar, line up wall-to-wall, the four corners of the white showroom. Typical of the impressionistic subjects, the exhibition explores the everyday people, and the bright, yet muted colours, reminiscent of yesteryears, herald his alma-mater, Ahmadu []The post The Power Of The Mundane: Umar Portrays Potential Strength, Sustainable Art Practice appeared first on Lea 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
When Spanish playwright, poet and novelist, Felix Lope de Vega y Carpio, penned the play Fuentovejuna, he had no idea that the drama, based on true life political unrest in the little town of same title would be relevant in today's world, more so, his portrayal of women's role in the revolutionising of a society. []The post Vega Y Carpio's Politically Relevant Play, Fuentovejuna, Shows Women Can Catalyse Societal Revolution appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha has called for increased trade volume between Nigeria and Ukraine . He made the call yesterday during the Nigeria Ukraine Trade and Investment round table meeting in Abuja . According to him, the trade volume between Nigeria and Ukraine was $93.3 million as at []The post SGF Decries Low Trade Volume Between Nigeria, Ukraine appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The Nigerian stocks market yesterday, rebounded with a gain of N46 billion on renewed bargain hunting. In summary, the All Share Index (ASI) gained 125.83 absolute points, representing a growth of 0.31 per cent to close at 40,875.69 points on Thursday. Similarly, the market capitalization gained N45 billion to close at N14.766 trillion. The []The post Stocks Market Rebounds As Investors Gain N46bn appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Unabated pirate attacks on Nigeria-bound vessels has underscore continued maritime security failings in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG), LEADERSHIP has learnt. The attacks continued unabated despite several initiatives by the Nigerian Navy to tackle piracy in recent years. Recently, the region has seen a significant uptick in attacks in recent weeks, with vessels being []The post Pirate Attacks To Spark Fresh War Surcharge In Nigeria appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Despite some negative trends noticed by experts, Bitcoin has continued to gain a momentum with over $6 trillion transferring hands already across its network. Bitcoin is attracting more and more people and all of them will name very different reasons if asked why this cryptocurrency is interesting for them. Of course, for many of them []The post $6trn Exchanges Hands Across Bitcoin Network appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The managing director, Guaranty Trust Bank, Mr. Segun Agbaje has said the financial powerhouse will grow its loan book by 10 per cent this year up from the nine per cent reduction recorded by the bank in 2017. Speaking at a parley with media executives yesterday, Agbaje said the bank hopes to improve its loan []The post GTB To Grow Loan Book By 10% In 2018 appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
BUKOLA IDOWU writes that in the face of several challenges in the Nigerian economy, United Bank for Africa Plc performed well in the 2017 financial year. United Bank for Africa (UBA), which released its 2017 financial result last week showed its resilience in the face of challenges. Despite the conservative approach of banks to lending []The post UBA Shows Resilience In A Recovering Economy appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariffs yesterday urged the federal government to blacklist companies and banks that were found culpable of engaging in foreign exchange abuses. Chairman of the Committee, Senator Hope Uzodinma made this known while fielding questions from journalists in Abuja. He said that as part of the committee's preliminary []The post Senate Wants FG To Blacklist Banks Over Forex Abuses appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The Association of Bureaux Des Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), has urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to harmonise the rate at which it sells FOREX to commercial banks and its members. President, Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, Gwadabe, who disclosed this yesterday in Lagos, said the disparity between the rates had forced about 50 per []The post FOREX: BDCs Urge CBN To Harmonise Rate To Save Jobs appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The minister of state for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, yesterday disclosed that the country is currently recording an under-recovery of N1.4 trillion per annum on Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, also known as petrol. Speaking at a workshop on harmonisation of Liquefied Petroleum Gas, LPG, regulatory requirements, Kachikwu said the unnecessary cost incurred from []The post Under-recovery On Petrol Rises To N1.4trn ' Kachikwu appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Watermelon is a reddish, succulent, most popular, readily available and affordable fruit in Nigeria. It is a natural source of very powerful antioxidants provided by nature. It is a good source of the antioxidant, vitamins C and A to protect us from diseases. It reduces the risk of dehydration. It's a plant that can grow []The post Make Millions Farming Water Melon Anywhere In Nigeria appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Nigerian athletes have begun their campaign in various sporting events at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia with Team Nigeria's Monica Uweh finished in the fifth position with a total lift of 154kg in the 48kg weight category. Uweh snatched 66kg at the second attempt and failed at 67kg. For the Clean and []The post Shaky Start For Team Nigeria At Gold Coast Games appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Today, without mincing words, Kebbi is traversing the face of history, creating a template of wealth creation and leaving a legacy that posterity will smile on kindly and be proud of in every epoch. In fact, prior to the emergence of Governor Bagudu in the keenly contested gubernatorial election of 2015, Kebbi State was at []The post 2019: Governor Bagudu In A Race Of His Own Making appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
A man and a young woman were sprawling about on a bench in one of the parks of Salisbury, Southwestern England. Everything seemed fine about this picture, but both of them, Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were at that very moment unconscious after being exposed to a devastating nerve agent. The emergency team arrives, []The post Poisoning In The UK: What Lies Behind The Lies' appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Under the watch of its new managing director, Arc Ahmed Musa Dangiwa, the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) is on a steady match towards bridging the huge housing deficit in the country. The World Bank estimated that Nigeria has a housing deficit of about 17 million units. But at a time optimism is in []The post FMBN: Marching Towards Affordable Housing Through Collaboration And Accountability appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The Federal Government has said the administration of President Muhammad Buhari would not join issues with former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his comments on the administration. The special adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, who stated this while responding to former president Obasanjo's comment in a telephone interview on Channels Television []The post As Presidency Replies Obasanjo On Buhari's Alleged Failure appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newsp 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
A silent technological and innovative revolution is quietly going on in Ogun State today. This path-charting development, which has the potential of repositioning the economy of the State as a pacesetter in the country, is coming courtesy of a partnership between Foreign Trade And Investments Services Africa (FTAISA), an international consulting group, and Ogun State []The post Empowering Youths With Hands-on Skills appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The impasse created by the tenure extension hitherto granted by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) had necessitated the convention of a technical committee to advice the party on the appropriateness or otherwise of the extension. Andrew Essien & Jonathan Nda-Isaiah, writes that the committee's work may have been []The post Tenure Extension: Of Technical Committee And A Foreclosed Conclusion appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspap 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death and obstetric fistula popularly known as VVF for women of childbearing age in Nigeria. VICTOR OKEKE in this report, writes against the practice of seeking medical care in spiritual homes. According to Lord Macmillan in his celebrated description of a reasonable man in Glasgow []The post How Spiritual Homes Plunge Women Into Fistula appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Following the killing of a policeman by youths of their communities, the people of Umunze and Ihite in Orumba-south local government area of Anambra State now live in fear of endless police invasion, one of which have claimed a life already and destruction of properties in the communities .OKECHUKWU OBETA writes. The Umunze and Ihite []The post Tension Mounts In Anambra Communities appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
At a one-day public enlightenment event on developments in the road sector held in Abuja, recently, stakeholders were urged to adopt a change of attitude to use of roads and comply with road use regulations and signs. ABAH ADAH reports. Over the years, Nigeria has had no good record in terms of good motorable road []The post Ensuring Compliance With Road Use Standards In Nigeria appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
In recent times, Taraba State has witnessed several degrees of security challenges ranging from clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers to the terrorists attacks particularly in southern and central parts of the state where people get attacked and properties destroyed by unknown gunmen. VICTOR OKEKE in this report examines the alleged complicity of the security []The post As Taraba Maintains Stance On State's Killings appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
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