NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [12 APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Blueprint Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 12 April, 2018.


Thu, 12 Apr 2018
A former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Bitrus Kaze, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s Monday declaration to contest the 2019 presidential Election has given Nigerians another golden opportunity to vote out an incumbent president.
The former lawmaker, who was happy the president finally made up his mind to run, said it would allow the electorate to express their anger against Buhari’s rudderless government.
“Under our constitution, there may be a minimum age requirement for aspiring into all public elective offices but the law does not provide limits on the maximum age above which a citizen may seek political office.
“Accordingly, PMB is acting within the laws in declaring his intent to seek re-election for a second term.

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“However, his first term symbolises a rudderless government which has inflicted more pains and penury while exposing Nigerians to more insecurity contrary to his bogus promises”, he noted.
Kaze, who represented Jos South/Jos East Constituency between 2007 and 2015, said removing President Buhari through the ballot in 2019, would ensure at least stop the country from further degenerating.
“Go to the streets and find out, in fact if only Buhari can return Nigeria to what it was, as at the time he took over on May 29th, 2015, we will be so glad.
“Because ever since he took over, we are not sure we have seen any value addition, or seen any clear policy direction of the government”, he lamented.
“His declaration provides Nigerians to overwhelmingly route out an incumbent president for a second consecutive time,” he warned.

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
A former Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly, and governorship aspirant, Adejare Bello, has claimed that Governor Rauf Aregbesola inability to relate with the people, listen and take advice were the major reasons he has failed as governor.
According to the aspirant the governor would have been the best governor the state had ever produced had listening ears and had taken advice from concern citizens that had wished his administration success.
He made the submission when he submitted his letter of intention to contest the governorship election to the Peoples Democratic Party’s Secretariat in Osogbo yesterday.
Presenting his letter of intention to the PDP state chairman, Hon. Soji Adagunodo, the former Speaker said does not only possess the credentials but has the requisite experience needed to govern the state having served two term as speaker.
“Considering my past record under the past two Governors of Chief Bisi Akande and Olagunsoye Oyinlola, and the present governor Rauf Aregbesola, I can say boldly that I have the wherewithal to govern the state.

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“I was the minority leader of the assembly for four years and I was the speaker for eight years, I have gathered experience from the three governors that led the state since 1999.
“I know how Bisi Akande failed in his government when he downsized workers. I cannot make such mistakes”, he said and promised to bring his experience to bear if given to ticket to contest under the platform of the APC.
Also, Bello said he would allow the party leadership to choose his deputy and vowed to obey party structure.
“I promise that I won’t be governor that selects for party. The party would be superior under my watch. I have learned how to respect the party from Oyinlola and I would not interfere in selecting for the party.
“I want to assure you that my swearing-in should be expected once I am given the governorship ticket. I would ensure that all the 30 local governments and the area council in Modakeke have their party Secretariat within my two years.
“I promise that the PDP would get 60,000 votes in my town, Ede, if you give me ticket. I promised 25,000 votes during the last Senatorial election and I delivered 27,000 votes”, he said.


Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) chairmanship, vice chairmanship and councillorship aspirants from Ibarapa geopolitical zone, comprising all the Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas in the zone, have kicked against imposition of candidates in the forthcoming Oyo State Local Government election.
The aspirants made this known in a petition written to the state chapter of the party in which they alleged imposition of candidates by Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the state ahead of the May 12 election.
The aspirants, who expressed shock over the development, declared lamented that the governor and some stalwarts of the party supervised the party’s primary in a hotel, a decision they likened to what happened in George Orwell’s political satire, ‘Animal Farm’.

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The aspirants, who described the staging of the primary in the hotel as “a form of dictatorship”, appealed to the leadership of the party to prevail on Gov Amosun to do the constitutional thing.
In the letter addressed to the APC chairman in the state, Chief Akin Oke, they specifically observed that unless the governor does the “constitutional thing” it might be difficult for peace to reign in the party.
In the letter signed by former Caretaker, Committee Chairman in Ibarapa Central Local Government, Hon. Akinyemi Akinlabi; former Chairman in Ibarapa East, Hon. Adeloore Atanda and former Caretaker Committee Chairman in Ibarapa North Hon. Tunji Omolewu on behalf of others, a copy of which was obtained on Tuesday, the aspirants described the action as alien to “the constitution of the party and that of Nigeria.”

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) are investigating allegations of match-fixing during a Confederation Cup playoff between Plateau United and USM Alger of Algeria. Saturday's match in Lagos ended 2-1 in favour of Plateau United. South African referee Victor Gomes was reportedly approached to fix the result of the match, but rebuffed those advances and has reported the matter to Read MoreThe post Match-fixing: CAF probe Plateau United appeared first on Blueprint. 

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Gold $5,000, Silver $3,000, Bronze $ 2,000 The Ministry of Youth and Sports yesterday made good its promise to reward athletes who excel at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. In a brief presentation ceremony held yesterday (Wednesday) in Gold Coast, athletes who won Gold medals including Para Powerlifters Ibrahim Abdulazeez, Rowland Ezurike, Ndidi Nwosu and Esther Oyema received Read MoreThe post FG rains dollars on medallists appeared first on Blueprint. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr is confident that his team's attack which misfired in recent games will come good at the World Cup in Russia and score many goals. 'The Super Eagles will overcome whatever problems they're having presently and do well at the world Cup. I know we are lacking in some areas presently as shown in recent matches Read MoreThe post Eagles attack will be potent in Russia 'Rohr appeared first on Blueprint. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Team Nigeria representatives in the women's 200m athletics event, Isoken Igbinosu and Praise Idamadudu, failed to qualify for the final of the event at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia on Wednesday. Igbinosu placed seventh with a time of 24.03 seconds in the women's 200m semi-final 3. She had made it to the semi-finals recording one of the Read MoreThe post Igbinosu, Idamadudu crash out in Women's 200m semis appeared first on Blueprint. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Nigeria's Aruna Quadri on Wednesday defeated Brian Chan Yook from Mauritius in four sets in the men's singles round of 32 at the ongoing 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia. Quadri, making his first appearance after illness, eased through to the round of 16 with a 4-0 win (11-4,11-8,11-4,12-10). He will face Xue Jie Pang from Singapore in the Read MoreThe post Commonwealth Games: Quadri, Abiodun, Toriola advance in T/Tennis singles appeared first on Blueprint. 

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Football matches involving Rivers United and Akwa United always produce exciting spectacles. This evening both sides will serve off yet another instalment of this fast-developing rivalry and the stakes couldn't have been any higher. The 'Pride of Rivers' will climb to the top half of the table (and go level, on points with their high-flying opponents) with a win on Read MoreThe post United at war as Rivers confront Akwa in P/H appeared first on Blueprint. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
On the heel of the 8-0 trouncing by France last week , the |Confederation of African Football ,CAF ,have drawn Nigeria against Gambia in the second round of Ghana 2018 African Women's Cup of Nations qualifiers. Champions Super Falcons were given a first round bye alongside Equatorial Guinea, South Africa and Cameroon. Falcons opponent Gambia lost 2-1 to Burkina Read MoreThe post AFCON Qualifiers: Super Falcons to tackle Gambia in June appeared first on Blueprint. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The Niger state Chapter of the People's Democratic Movement (PDM) said it has commenced mass mobilization of Nigerians across the zones in the state, and that the party is set to chart a new course for Nigeria. Speaking in Minna, when the party held its caucus and elders meeting yesterday, the party state chairman, Engineer Abubakar Abdullahi Gwada, said Read MoreThe post Niger PDM commences mobilisation of members appeared first on Blueprint. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Victor Olumuyiwa Kolade, has slammed Governor Ayo Fayose's stomach infrastructure describing it as a scam. Also, the aspirant has lamented the social order in Ekiti state, saying if nothing is done to address the problem, Ekiti would dire consequences. While taking a swipe at successive administrations in Read MoreThe post Fayose's 'stomach infrastructure' a scam, says aspirant appeared first on 

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) Ebonyi state, Chief Godwin Akaji, yesterday urged the former Secretary to the state government, Professor Benard Odoh, to apologize to Governor Dave Umahi for his malicious allegation. The chieftain, who described the allegation of maltreatment of civil servants in the state as unimaginable, unfounded, and baseless, said Prof.Odoh's statement was disgraceful. Prof Read MoreThe post Apologise to Umahi, PDP Chief tells Odoh appeared first on B 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The Akwa Ibom state chapter of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed speculations that the 2019 governorship and tickets will be given to the current elective office holders. Accordingly, the party said it would sell nomination forms to aspirants to all offices and would equally observe the nomination processes for all aspirants that may wish to contest the Read MoreThe post 'Akwa Ibom PDP will hold governorship primaries' appeared first on Blueprint. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Former Speaker Ekiti State House of Assembly, Honourable Femi Bamisile, yesterday picked the All Progressives Congress (APC) Declaration of Interest and Nomination Form to contest for the state's governorship election. The former Speaker, who said that he was on a restoration mission, promised that he would give Ekiti people the desired dividend of democracy that has eluded them since Read MoreThe post Ekiti guber: Ex-Speaker joins governorship race appeared first on Blueprint. 


Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Oyinbo Kano! When will you be picking up your PVC' It's in my possession already! But why ask' Well, you do know that elections are barely a year away and your vote could change the country! Come on! Not again! You have been guilty of living in the clouds for so long! When will you realize that the real clog Read MoreThe post PVCs and 2019 appeared first on Blueprint. 

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018
What makes a great man is his reputation, which means he has successfully proven to be trustworthy. One does not become a great man overnight; a man's reputation is his honor. It is however saddening that this is not being regarded in the world of today. The proverb 'a good name is better than many riches has lost its meaning, Read MoreThe post Decaying moral standard among youths appeared first on Blueprint. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The Federal Ministry of Health always warns that tobacco smoking is dangerous to health, still the Federal Government allows tobacco producers to continue to flood the Nigerian market with all sorts of tobacco due to the so-called tax it collects from these companies at the expense of the citizens' health! This can be likened to human ritualism in another dimension! Read MoreThe post Enforcing ban on tobacco appeared first on Blueprint. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
We laud the honesty behind the disclosure of the fraud involving the Social Investment Programme of the federal government in some states as announced by the Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment Programme, Mrs. Mariam Uwais. We align with her suggestion for proper monitoring of the scheme nationwide. This kind of honesty is needed in our collective effort Read MoreThe post Fraud in Social Investment Programme appeared first on Blueprint. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Why is Childhood Obesity Considered a Health Problem' ' Children with obesity can be bullied and teased more than their normal weight peers. They are also more likely to suffer from social isolation, depression, and lower self-esteem. The effects of this can last into adulthood. ' Children with obesity are at higher risk for having other chronic health conditions and Read MoreThe post How to help children maintain a healthy weight appeared first on Blueprint. 

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