Below are the headlines found on The Blueprint Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 6th April, 2018.

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari said on Thursday in Abuja that the present administration has no hidden religious agenda as is being speculated in some quarters.

Receiving a delegation of the Arewa Pastors Non-Denominational Initiative for Peace in Nigeria led by Bishop John Abu Richard, the President 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.
He said religious leaders have the responsibility of creating an enabling environment for peace and development to thrive.
“Some voices, for political or ethnic reasons are making unguarded statements accusing the government and myself in particular of religious bias. 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,’’ he said.
The President said he was delighted at the proposition to hold a one-day prayer and fasting meeting for the nation, April 26, 2018, assuring 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 the country had registered with the initiative to use their pulpits for the propagation of the gospel of peace, and shun political distractions.
He urged other pastors to support the administration as it works towards ending the violence in various parts of the country and avoid politically coloured sermons.

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The leadership of the United Christian Leaders Eagle Eyes Forum, a Christian body that endorsed that mobilised voters in Northern Nigeria for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 has warned him not to seek re-election in 2019.

The body led by Pastor Habu Aminchi, who presented Buhari with a copy of the Holy Bible for him to be accepted by Christians also declared that the President had not been able to meet all the promises made to them that led to their endorsing him in 2015 for the Presidency.
Addressing a news conference in Abuja Thursday, Pastor Aminchi who is the National Chairman of the group, accused the President of exhibiting acts of “despotism, tribalism and nepotism,” adding that the President has refused to adhere to the principles of federal character that allow equal opportunities for all irrespective of religion and tribe.
He also said that minority Christians in the north has suffered so many loses with President Buhari abetting and pampering perpetrators of genocide that is going on in the north central part of the country.
While asking Nigerians to reject the Buhari led APC government as well as the main opposition People’s Democratic Party, Pastor Habu said Nigerians must come together to put in place a government that will be acceptable to the Nigerian people.
He said: “APC as a party have also failed Nigeria as they have failed to fulfill the promises they make to Nigerians. Instead of a positive change, all we see is a negative change. All we see within the party is disunity, confusion, contention and everyone is after his or her selfish interest.
“The only thing they are good at is blaming the past administration which everyone already know failed and we were voted out. They should stop hiding behind the mask of blaming PDP for their incompetence to bring solution to Nigerian problem.
“It is also a shame that there is no state in Nigeria that the party is not fighting among themselves. If they cannot coordinate themselves, how can they coordinate Nigeria. I am saying that PDP and APC have failed Nigeria and we can’t allow them to rule us again.
“In 2015, Nigerians were looking for a savior to bring them out of hardship and APC promised us a bright future under the change mantra if elected. But after Nigerians trusted them enough to give them the mantle of leadership, they have turned things for the worse.
“It is clear that they have nothing good and tangible to offer this country. They have turned the glory of our dear nation to shame. Instead of us to shine as the heart of this great continent, we have been relegated to the lowest rank.
“Buhari has failed this country. APC has failed this country. The evidence of their failure can be seen on our economy, security system, roads, Labour market etc. all around us, there is evidence of their selfishness, greediness and oppression as they have become tyrants instead of leaders.
“They have changed the true meaning of democracy and have injured our dear nation badly and if we don’t collect this country from their hands come 2019, they will kill it completely.
“We admonish each and everyone to actively participate in the political process so as to wrest power from  the old brigade politicians who have ran out of ideas. They should not mortgage their future for peanuts they get from the old politicians who have taken this country several steps backwards.
“So we advise every Nigerian to empower him or herself with the right weapon which is their pvc so that we can send these selfish, greedy failed and unproductive government packing.
“We equally implore President Buhari to abandon his second term bid to continue as Nigerian President because he has failed Nigerians. He should not listen to those sycophants around him who will not tell him the truth that Nigerians, especially the masses are grossly disenchanted with his government that has exhibited high sense of incompetence.”

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
From left: Secretary to the Yobe state Government, Alhaji Baba Mallam Wali, Chancellor, Al-Madain University, Sudan, Dr Abdallah Hassan el-Bashir, Yobe state Governor, Malam Ibrahim Gaidam, Cultural Attaché, Sudanese Embassy in Nigeria, Mr. Yagoub Babiker, Yobe state Head of Service, Alhaji Saleh Abubakar, and a member, Nigeria-Sudanese Association, Mr. Abdallah Zakaria Adamu, during the Chancellor of Al-Madain Medical University and other members of the Sudanese delegation’s visit to the governor, at the Government House, Damaturu yesterday Photo: Govt House, Damaturu

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The senator representing Kogi West Senatorial, Dino Melaye, has fi led an appeal at the Supreme Court, seeking an order restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from proceeding with his recall from the Senate.
Melaye’s appeal is sequel to a judgement delivered by the Court of Appeal on March 16, which gave INEC the go ahead to continue with the recall.
In a notice of appeal fi led by his counsel, Mike Ozekome, Melaye wanted an order of perpetual injunction restraining INEC from commencing or further continuing with his recall or acting on the purported petition.
He also asked the court to set aside the March 16 judgement of the Court of Appeal.
He further sought an order declaring the petition purportedly presented to INEC by some purported constituents for his recall as illegal, unlawful, wrongful, unconstitutional, invalid, null and void and of no effect.
Melaye, in addition prayed for a declaration that the recall purportedly initiated against him by INEC and on the basis of the petition was illegal since it commenced on the basis of an invalid petition.
He also asked the court to declare that the 90 days period as provided for under Section 69(b) of the 1999 Constitution as amended had elapsed.
According to him, having elapsed, INEC can no longer proceed on the basis of the purported petition.
He said the Court of Appeal erred in law when it held that it was not for the court to verify the signature on the petition.
He said the court held that it was the duty of INEC, by reason of which the court failed to invalidate the petition presented to INEC.
The Court of Appeal in its judgment delivered by Justice Tunde Awotoye, leading two other justices, dismissed all the grounds of appeal filed by Melaye.
It held that the 90 days stipulated by the constitution within which a recall process would take place had no time limitation as it could be extended. (NAN)

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
President, Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, has called on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to harmonise the rate at which it sells FOREX to commercial banks and its members. Gwadabe, who said this yesterday in Lagos, noted that many BDCs have been forced to boycott the CBN window due to disparity between Read MoreThe post BDCs task CBN on FX rate harmonization appeared first on Blueprint. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Trading activities on the floor of Nigerian Stock Exchange yesterday returned to bullish trend, increasing by N45 billion Specifically, market capitalisation of listed equities grew by 0.31 per cent to N14.765 trillion from N14 720 trillion recorded the previous day. All Share Index also appreciated by 125.83 basis point to 40875.69 point from 40749.86 traded on Wednesday. investors traded 495.643 Read MoreThe post Bulls return as equity market gains N45bn appeared first on Blueprint. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
New Nigeria Development Company (NNDC) has signed strategic alliance agreement with Haske and Williams Limited to identify, develop and implement agriculture opportunities in Northern Nigeria. Speaking while signing the agreement at the companys headquarters in Kaduna, NNDC Chairman, Alhaji Waziri Dalhatu said they are practicalising the expression of interest of the companies that answered the call for reinvestment in agric Read MoreThe post NNDC, Haske coy sign MOU on agric devt appeared first 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has admitted that proper regulation of insurance activities in the country will contribute to rapid development of the economy. This assertion was made at a forum in Lagos by the Commissioner for Insurance, Mohammed Kari, who said the recent growth witnessed in the industry was a result of strict regulations to ensure that the Read MoreThe post 'Adequate regulation key to unlocking sector's potential' appeared first on Blueprint. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Linkage Assurance Plc, said it has secured the approval of the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) to commence distribution of motor insurance policies online. The firm will facilitate this through a robust technology platform that makes it more accessible to its customers anywhere in Nigeria. The firm said the policy can also be bought by anyone outside Nigeria whose vehicle is Read MoreThe post Linkage Assurance to begin online motor insurance sales appeared first on Blueprint. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu say plans are ongoing to upgrade the nation's oil and gas infrastructure. Kachikwu said this during a stakeholders' workshop to review the challenges of the Nigeria's Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) sector. According to him, it is time for Nigeria to harness alternative fuel sources like LPG as underrecovery from the Read MoreThe post FG to upgrade nation's oil and gas infrastructure appeared first on Blueprint. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The National Pension Commission (PenCom) has issued compliance certificates to 353 companies to bid federal government contracts this year. PenCom noted that as at March 23, 2018, the firms had complied with the Pension Reform Act (PRA) 2014 and were cleared to secure government contracts. Some of the firms are, Reynolds Construction Company Limited, which has 3643 employees and contributed Read MoreThe post Leadway, AIICO, others cleared to bid for FG contracts appeared first on Blueprint. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The Senate has declared that the implementation of the N1.5 trillion National Social Investment programme of President Muhammadu Buhari is very low. According to the lawmakers, from all indications, it is obvious that Nigerians are not feeling the impact of the programme. It noted that the National Social Investment Programme was gradually going the way of the disbanded Subsidy Reinvestment Read MoreThe post N1.5trn social project not impacting on Nigerians ' Senate appeared first on Bluepr 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Ohaneze Ndigbo, the PanIgbo socio-cultural group, said it would resist any attempt to discredit Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu. Mr. Ekweremadu faces the prospects of losing some of his assets following legal moves by the federal government. The government accuses him of owning local and foreign assets he did not declare as expected by law to the Code Read MoreThe post Hidden assets: Ohaneze vows to defend Ekweremadu appeared first on Blueprint. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged Nigerians to reject the recent approval of $1 billion (approx. N370 billion) for the purchase of arms by President Muhammadu Buhari. The opposition party also urged the National Assembly to commence appropriate constitutional legislative actions against President Buhari for gross misconduct in unilaterally approving the release of the funds without recourse to the Read MoreThe post PDP wants Buhari sanctioned for approving $1 billion to fight insecuri 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy; yea they have oppressed the strangers wrongfully. And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none' ' Read MoreThe post Leah Sharibu, herders and Boko Haram, by GBEMIGA OLAKUNLE appeared first on Blueprint. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai has approved the release of special promotion for 3,729 troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE who participated in Operation DEEP PUNCH II in Sambisa Forest. Army spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu, said the promotion was in recognition of their 'valour and uncommon commitment to duty' during the operation. He said: 'A Read MoreThe post Army releases special promotions for 3,213 soldiers appeared first on Blueprint. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The Board of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has suspended six directors of the agency indefinitely. The suspension of the affected officials by the newly-inaugurated board was in connection with the ongoing probe of the finances of the agency by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). This was contained in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by the Read MoreThe post NEMA board suspends 6 top directors appeared first on Blueprint. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The Senate yesterday queried the sum of N800 million requested for purchase of security equipment by the Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA). It issued the query to NIWA Acting Managing Director, Danladi Ibrahim, when he appeared before its Committee on Marine Transport to defend the Authority's 2018 budget. The Committee wondered why the Authority requested for N800 million in the Read MoreThe post Senate queries N800m NIWA security vote appeared first on Blueprint. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
A younger brother to the former deputy governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, Dotun Omisore, has debunked the rumour that his brother has left Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. He described news spreading on social media as fake, saying Omisore is not a coward that will be afraid of taking a decision. Speaking with Blueprint on telephone, Dotun Omisore said Read MoreThe post Omisore is not a coward, he cant leave PDP in secret brother appeared first on Blueprint. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Seven children were said to have died following an outbreak of measles at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp located at Abagena in Makurdi, the Benue state capital. One of the IDPs, Mr. Tyowua Orshio, whose two children were lying critical with measles, told Blueprint at the camp yesterday that the deaths were recorded in the past nine days Read MoreThe post 7 kids die of measles in Benue IDPs camp appeared first on Blueprint. 
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