NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [15 APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Sunday,  15 April, 2017.


Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Former Kaduna State governor and National Chairman, Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa, has said that poverty and insecurity ravaging the country and soldiers being slaughtered like chickens by insurgents are factors that can tempt the military to take over power.

In this interview with Sunday Sun Alhaji Musa warned that the enormous supreme prize paid by the military to safeguard the country can push the soldiers to do anything. The PRP chairman who is also the chairman of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) also pointed out that the situation that led to the 1966 coup was not different from the situation being experienced now in the country. Excerpt:

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Looking at the current state of the nation, how do you feel?

I think if President Muhammadu Buhari does not take proactive measures against the negative state of the nation, the result will be total anarchy. Already we have bureaucratic anarchy, but it may transform into social anarchy, leading to a revolutionary takeover of the system. In other words, the present system is based on self-interest first, and public interest second, or incidental and the system will be taken over by self-interest through a constitutional revolution. The second alternative, which is public interest, can come through a peaceful constitutional revolution, and it is not impossible. You can see the relationship between the executive and the legislative arms of government. Both the presidency and the legislature do not have the respect they ought to have because they have performed below expectation of Nigerians. The judiciary is just there. Nigerians have leadership qualities, but to find the match is always the problem because of the leading role of moneybag politics that has made it impossible for quality leaders to emerge. But the decay in the system will make them to emerge, and we hope if they emerge, they will bring a constitutional revolutionary change. But it is possible because of the free money available in the system and the growth and power of treasury looters. So proletarian revolution is not impossible in Nigeria.

We take into account of the reality on the ground, particularly the sufferings of the people. If we take this into account, you cannot rule out the possibility of proletarian revolution. It may not be such that happened in China, Korea, Vietnam and so on, but it may take place like the Russian revolution of 1917, which was the mixture of bourgeois, progressive and military revolution. We cannot afford this. But proletarian revolution is possible because anybody who says it is not possible in the next 10-30 years is unrealistic because the level of suffering and confusion of the people is too much. I will give you practical example: we are not satisfied with the performance of All Progressives Congress (APC) under the leadership of President Buhari. Definitely we are not satisfied because we expected Buhari and APC to do better than Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) they took over power from, which is now in the opposition. The APC and Buhari are aware of what helped them to defeat the PDP at the polls in 2015. But they seem to be justifying warnings of some APC leaders who said that if the party does not do the needful it would go the way of PDP. Now that prediction of APC leaders is happening clearly and the president and APC should be aware of this and do the right thing. This negative state of the nation should not continue. If it continues, the result will be constitutional proletarian revolution.

With this negative state of the nation, many Nigerians believe that the President has failed. Do you hold the same belief?

Yes, this is a reasonable allegation. We expect much more from him because of his experience and relative credibility. Remember the case of PRP that supported Buhari in 2003, when he contested for the presidency. We gave our reason for supporting him because he was the least risk in choosing a leader in Nigeria because of his level of credibility.

Recently, General T.Y. Danjuma (retd) said Nigerians should defend themselves against Fulani herdsmen. What is your reaction to this call?

It is a reckless statement. As a leader he shouldn’t make negative statements. I know he was pained about insecurity in the country, but as a leader we should not make things worse by our comments. We contribute to make things better in spite of the bitter position of our hearts. So what he has said, I think, it was inconsistent with a responsible leader.


 
But it is constitutional for one to defend himself?

Even though there is freedom of speech, you have to be socially responsible. The Emir of Birnin Gwari said the same thing, calling on his people to defend themselves. Even though, it is right, but as a leader, it is socially irresponsible. As an Emir he has a greater role to play, he may be suffering in silence, but that does not justify the call for anarchy because what he and T.Y. Danjuma called for, could lead to anarchy. You as a leader, you have to suffer in silence. The Emir must have encountered some frustration in bringing peace to his domain, but that does not justify the call for anarchy. He should continue to call for the right security agencies to be stationed in Birnin Gwari to bring peace in the area.

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari last Monday ended the many months of waiting by Nigerians by unveiling his second term bid at the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Executive Council (NEC) meeting as he declared his intention to seek re-election in the 2019 presidential election.

In this interview, the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON) and a chieftain of the APC, Mr Osita Okechukwu described the president’s move as a welcome development, saying Buhari will use his second term to consolidate his developmental programmes for the country.

He also faulted the argument that age is not on the president’s side, noting that he is best among all the aspirants jostling to lead the country now. Excerpts:

 President Muhammadu Buhari has ended speculations surrounding his second term bid by declaring his intention to seek re-election in 2019. How would you react to the development?

It is a welcome development and a milestone. With his declaration, we are more than ever before assured of continuity of the transformation of the sub-structure. The transformation of the sub-structure, in other words, critical infrastructure is the solution to gross unemployment, hunger, insecurity and uncertainty in Nigeria. It took him a tour around the globe to assemble the huge boutique of soft loans to lay the foundation for critical infrastructure in the country. When he was going round, typical of Nigerians, it was blame game and abuses that instead of sitting down to do his job, he was gallivanting. As God will have it, his integrity quotient has earned large swaths of soft loans like SUKUK, Eurobond, China Eximbank, ADB, IDB, et al. It is good that he will use his second term to consolidate. In simplicita, let me join my people to re-echo that, “we of the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), Enugu State Chapter, celebrate the open declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari for second term. It is a launching pad for the progress and prosperity of our dear fatherland; a country whose growth has been stunted by infrastructure deficit. Our celebration is not only because he has paged and reaffirmed the ardent appeal, which Nigerian compatriots had canvassed long time ago, but for the truism that his second term will consolidate the critical and massive infrastructural foundation he is laying.”

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 The president’s declaration of his intention at the APC NEC meeting reportedly got the immediate endorsement of the NEC members. Hasn’t that sealed the fate of other gladiators within the party?

 The truth of the matter is that in the advanced democracies, it is very rare for members of political parties to contest against incumbents. It rarely happens and happens only when the incumbent who has one term left is a non-performer, which means that to front him will be suicidal and an embarrassment. Otherwise, everyone will join hands to support the incumbent. Did you see or hear when George Bush

Jnr or Barak Obama was ever subjected to primaries? It’s important to note as well the truism that electoral contest is like the Olympic Games, therefore, the issue of sealing the fate of any serious candidate doesn’t arise. In the Olympic Games, all that an athlete needs is the flag of a country. In Nigeria, we have 67 registered political parties and any serious candidate can fly the flag of any one of them. Don’t forget that some run as independent candidates in certain climes. Let nobody cry over spilt milk, as there is none. Our democratic space is wide. Presidential or governorship contests are like beauty pageants. The judges’ choice of the most beautiful girl in Nigeria is limited to only girls who filled papers for the contest, not more beautiful girls at home who didn’t enter the contest. Therefore, in our assessment, Buhari is the most qualified out of all in the contest. So, our choice is limited to those who at the end of the day will fly party flags, because we have no provision for independent candidates.

 There is this notion that with the president’s declaration barely a year to the election, governance will be relegated to the background as he focuses his energy on the politics of 2019. Don’t you think the timing was wrong?

 It then means you don’t know him. If you know him, as far he is concerned he has done his real politiking. We the foot soldiers will do the rest and voluntarily. After Zik and Aminu Kano, he is the only politician that runs pro bono. Pro bono in the sense that he didn’t use the public offices he held in the past to enrich himself and hence relies on supporters, friends, relatives and party members. Even this time, he will not exert unnecessary energy, which will distract from the implementation of the RRAP projects.

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Senator Femi Okurounmu was the chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee for the 2015 National Conference. In this interview, he predicts a woeful and disgraceful outing for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general elections.

How would you react to President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration for a second term?

My reaction is that the man is deaf to public opinion. He is embarking on a suicide mission, a mission to political death and disgrace. If he contests in 2019, he will suffer the greatest political humiliation and disgrace of his life by the magnitude of his defeat because Nigerians are disenchanted with him. The propaganda of 2015 can no longer work. The Emperor is now naked; he has been exposed and people don’t like what they have seen of him. So, it is better he goes home to retire and look after his health. Nigerians are tired of the way he has been killing them. He is the leader of a gang killing Nigerians. He knows a lot about genocide being committed on Nigerians today. We are tired of his attempt to polarize Nigeria and allow the Fulani to take over the country.  Nigerians will not sit by and allow that to happen. We have allowed him to ruin the country enough. He is ruining our economy, ruining everything. So, the earlier he gets out of office, the better for us.

But those in government circle have a number of achievements to parade such as increase in the level of external reserves, stability of electricity supply and development of road and railway infrastructure among others…    

  I give it to Fashola that electricity has been a bit stable under this government.  But does that compensate for the fact that he is killing us? Will those killed enjoy electricity? Is it until we have all been captured and enslaved by the Fulani that we will enjoy electricity? I give it back to them.

You do know, of course, that the issue of Fulani/herdsmen has been on for quite some time. It didn’t start under this government. Did it?

That is not correct. We used to have Fulani herdsmen with sticks not with AK 47 killing people with impunity. Every day you hear of people being killed by the Fulani herdsmen in several states of the country. That has not been with us before this government. In fact, the Fulani herdsmen are just the latest front of the Boko Haram fight.  As they granted amnesty to Boko Haram, they armed them to come and masquerade as herdsmen to be killing us. That is their latest strategy.

Are you insinuating that he is the one fueling the killings?

  Of course, he is the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces. Isn’t he? Danjuma has said it and nobody can say it better. The military is colluding with the herdsmen to kill people. Do you know how many people the herdsmen have killed with the military on their side? Even when villagers are trying to protect themselves, the military is always on the side of the herdsmen.

Following Danjuma’s outburst, the military has set up a commission to investigate the allegation of military collusion with the bandits. What is your expectation of the committee?

  Can a man investigate himself? When charges are leveled against the military, is it the military that should investigate those charges? Doesn’t that show you that they are making fools of the rest of us? They think we are fools? Danjuma made allegations against the military, now the military is investigating itself. What do you expect?

Are you aware that the committee comprises people from civil society as well as members of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA)?

  It is the military that is doing the investigation, full stop. No matter who they put there, it is the military that is doing the investigation.

Which other body other than the military do you think is in a better position to do the investigation to really get to the root of this matter?

 They can set up a judicial commission of enquiry to look into it. That would have been more credible.

Even when such committee members can also be handpicked by the Federal Government?

  If they want it to be credible, the Chief Justice of the Federation can handpick members.

What do you also have to say about the $1 billion authorised for release from the Excess Crude Account for the purchase of military equipment which the Senate is uncomfortable with?

  This is the money Buhari has approved for his election. This is the money the APC wants to spend for Buhari’s re-election. Even the market women know that. Nigerians cannot be deceived. Fayose, Ekiti State governor has told them. Even without Fayose telling them, the market woman knows, everybody knows that this is just the money for Buhari’s election.

You mean there is no need to buy equipment that is needed to fight the insurgents that is threatening the existence of the nation?


 
 That is just a pretext. Even now, the so-called Boko Haram is all being stage-managed by the government. Look at the capture of the Dapchi girls; it was all stage-managed by the government itself. Both the capture and the release were stage-managed by the government. The government has told us enough lies. Nigerians don’t believe in those lies any more

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You are one of the leaders of thought in Yoruba land and every word you speak carries a lot of weight. I hope you are being mindful of some of these allegations you have raised?

  I am; they are not strange allegations.


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Can they be proved or substantiated?

  What is it you want me to substantiate again? All the circumstantial evidences point to everything I have told you. It is only the gullible that will believe anything to the contrary.


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