NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [6TH APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Saturday,  7th April, 2017.

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
Chief Bisi Akande is a former governor of Osun state and a former National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. A close confidant of the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Akande in this interview conducted for Saturday Sun by KATELYN ANI-OGUNPITAN did not mince words but pointedly accused the military of conniving with terrorists to kill innocent Nigerians across the country in a bid to discredit President Muhammadu Buhari and ultimately chase him out of office.

“The military are fighting back, conniving with terrorists to kill innocent Nigerians. These military were supposed to be protecting us. They are doing so to discredit Buhari because he stopped corruption”, Akande stated.

But in a swift reaction to the allegation, Brigadier General John Agim, Director Defence Information, said “I do not believe that Bisi Akinde can say that because he should know that most of our Service Chiefs and commanders are from these areas ravaged by terrorism and insurgency, and they have put their lives on the line several times to end the madness. Politicians should stop playing politics with security. It is not true that military personnel will kill citizens that they are out to protect with their own lives for any reason.”

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He also has harsh words for the Odigie-Oyegun led leadership of the APC. He accused the party chairman of wrecking the party. The party’s chairman, however refused to join issues with Akande for now as one of his aides told this paper they will be responding after the publication of this interview.

How much of reconciliation has the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led Committee being able to achieve?

Honestly, I don’t have much information about that committee and I don’t discuss the committee’s progress with Bola Tinubu. But I am happy that President Muhammadu Buhari set the Tinubu committee up to reconcile some members who might be aggrieved in one way or the other in the All Progressives Congress, APC.  Buhari, as the President of Nigeria, is the leader of the APC, he doesn’t want APC to crash in his lifetime, he knew there were grievances and therefore, he looked for somebody with the extreme ability to bring the people together. He knows Tinubu to be a friend of all segments of people that created the APC. He knows Tinubu to be a very good bridge builder and he made him the leader of those who should create peace in the party. I am happy about that, it is a sensible thing that President Buhari did. Beyond that, I don’t poke my nose on issues that are not of interest to me. (Laughs…). I am here in my village for the Easter holiday (referring to his mansion in his home town at Ila Oragun, Osun State). I have been out of the country for some time now. In fact, immediately after Bola Tinubu was appointed to head that committee, I travelled out of the country for holiday. So, I wouldn’t know what happened, after he was appointed, and I have not had time to sit down with him and say ‘Tinubu, how far have you gone’,  because I am not the one that appointed him and I don’t even think I will even have time to do such. So, I can’t tell you much about how successful or not-so-successful, the reconciliation has been so far.

There have been reports that there is a power struggle between the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and Asiwaju  Bola Tinubu. This was proved when Tinubu accused Oyegun of, according to him ‘jeopardizing my presidential assignment’. 

There can’t be a power struggle between Bola Tinubu and Oyegun. Oyegun’s chairmanship of the APC was the creation of Bola Tinubu. As at that time, Bola Tinubu told me that he wanted Oyegun in preference to Tom Ikimi, Timipre Sylva, and Jaja. I had to assist Tinubu to sell Oyegun, as the preferred candidate to the other top executives in the party.  One morning, for hours, I sat down with Senator Bukola Saraki, Ali Modu-Sheriff, Rotimi Amaechi, Kashim Shetima and a few other leaders, as I tried to sell Oyegun, in preference to whatever candidate each of them may be supporting. And it was with a condition that unless Oyegun was adopted by all of us, the south west will not attend the convention, which elected Oyegun. I was then the chairman of the party. So what contention are you talking about?  Does Bola Tinubu want to be the chairman of APC? Look, the way people see it in the public is not the way it is in politics.  Tinubu is a friend to Oyegun, he started out how Oyegun became the chairman and all tendencies against Oyegun, Tinubu fought them until Oyegun was elected. Oyegun is the chairman of the party, Bola tinubu is the chairman of the reconciliation committee, if Oyegun jeopardized the system of the reconciliation efforts and Tinubu saw it and complained to the President, it is part of Bola Tinubu’s duty to report to the President.


 
It is the contention in informed quarters that the Tinubu Committee won’t be able to achieve much because Asiwaju is neck deep in the series of crises plaguing the APC…

Well, Bola Tinubu is an enigmatic character that is very difficult to describe; today, you can say he is an angry man and tomorrow, you can describe him as the happiest man. The day after, a fighter and the next day, you can say he is as peaceful as a dove. He is a kind of person you cannot say is neck deep in crisis. He was the one that introduced the coming together of the first four into the party; Senator Bukola Saraki, Rotimi Amaechi and Hon. Aminu Tambuwal. Those four people were the ones who started to create a merger even before the President Buhari’s CPC and ACN came to agree on a merger that brought everyone together. Tinubu was a friend to everybody before the merger, he is always in bed with Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, he is friendly with the former governor before Kwakwanso, he is a friend to so many people. Sometimes, Bola Tinubu would come to me with all kinds of people I don’t know. He can fight with that friend today, the day after; you will see them eating together. So, to say that Bola Tinubu is neck deep in crises with the members of the party, I will not agree or testify to that claim. Some would say that Bola Tinubu and Bukola Saraki are the worst of enemies but last week, the two of them were hobnobbing and meeting at several places. So, Bola Tinubu is very difficult to describe. Bola Tinubu is best suited for that job because he knows nearly everybody and befriends nearly everybody. For example, people are saying that Buhari and Tinubu are worst of enemies. If they were, why did President Buhari have confidence in Tinubu and appointed him to handle the reconciliation? Even husband and wife, father and his children and even friends quarrel all the time. The way people see it outside is not the way it works in politics.

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There is so much confusion surrounding the issue of tenure elongation for the Oyegun led party exco. What is your reading of this issue?

Tenure elongation is the worst corruption in the world. Anybody who is on a sit and doesn’t want to leave that sit in a political appointment must be a corrupt person. The worst act of corruption is tenure elongation. I don’t believe in tenure elongation. Anybody arguing in favour of tenure elongation, if you look at that person very well, that person is involved in corruption. If he or she has not been caught, such a person would be caught one day. I was once a national chairman, if I should say that I don’t want to go, why? What is in it? What is the pot of honey that is placed there that would not let me to go? I was once a governor, why shouldn’t I leave after my tenure? If you are so insulted and not confident enough to resign, you must be a corrupt person. Tenure elongation is a shameful thing. How can you say you want to sit tight? I even understood that they were bribing people from all over the states to agree to this tenure elongation scheme. I also understood that the tenure ‘elongator’ said that if there is no tenure elongation, he would scatter the party. They will all get scattered, before they scatter the party. APC is the party of Nigerians, not few people can scatter it. Tenure elongation is bad, it is killing our party, I am a member of the executive caucus of the APC, for almost a year and half, there has been no meeting of the national executive committee of the party. Politics means mobilization; mobilization at ward, local, state and at the federal level. Mobilization involves meetings, rallies, elections, congresses and things like that. But when you are sitting down in one place mobilizing nothing and you want to remain there to continue to elongate your stay, the party, which is the platform that put you there, would die while such a person is still there. Only mobilizers can lead parties like the APC, not tenure ‘elongators!’

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
Stories of men who kill for love most often sound far-fetched and are frequently staples of make-believe. But recently, such a horror happened in real life when Thompson Agena cold-bloodedly took a life for the sake of winning a woman’s love. His crime leaves family, friends, and neighbours reeling with shock and disbelief because the victim was his six-year-old daughter and his only child who lost her mother exactly two years ago.

Love and tragedies

The life of Thompson Agena, 47, a native of Awe Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, is characterized by tribulation and tragedies. Agena, who earns his livelihood as a carpenter since he completed his secondary education in Government Science Secondary School Lafia in 1988, married his wife, Cecilia, a native of Obi Local Government Area of the state in 2005 and the couple had their first child, a daughter named Mercy in 2011. Thereafter, they had a difficulty conceiving a second child until 2016 when Cecilia took in and eventually died shortly after giving birth.

A repentant Thompson Agena narrated to Saturday Sun how he lost his wife to maternal mortality on April 20, 2016. His wife’s second pregnancy was a few days overdue when he took her to the General Hospital in Lafia to be induced and he went back home to make plans for to welcome back the mother and the new child. “I got one of my younger sisters to help her at home when she returns back, and I painted the house in bright colours. I did all I could to make sure that it was comfortable for my wife and our new baby,” he recounted.

At the hospital, Cecilia had a prolonged labour, finally giving birth to a 4.6kg baby boy, but she continued bleeding, suffering a postpartum hemorrhage, and at 1:23 am, had died of blood loss.

According to him, the hospital was out of stock of the drugs needed to stop his wife’s bleeding. “So I went out to buy them. Nobody told me why she died,” he said.


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While he had contemplated taking legal action against the hospital for negligence, he was discouraged by the futility of such action taken by some individuals in the past.

“I decided to leave it to God because nothing I do will bring her back,” he said.

A week later, another tragedy struck. The baby boy died and was buried immediately in the village.

While the circumstance leading to the death of his wife and his newborn child was beyond his control, he, however, had no excuse for indulging in the self-inflicted calamity of murdering a child.

The impossible ‘marriage condition’

A year after his wife’s demise, Agena enrolled for a part-time diploma programme at the Nasarawa State Polytechnic where he met Joy Orkuma, a native of Guma Local Government Area, Benue State. The pair fell in love, and soon after, she became pregnant.

Agena was as passionate about his newfound love as to declare his willingness to do anything in order to get her committed to marriage. Like Herodias’ daughter who asked for “the head of John the Baptizer”, Orkuma asked for the elimination of his six-year-old daughter.

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
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Sat, 07 Apr 2018
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Romanus Ugwu, Abuja The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Technical Committee, GovernorThe post Tenure elongation: APC panel submits report, says recommendations 'll make or break party appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
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Benue State Police Command says it has recovered 10 corpses of villagers killed by suspected armed banditsThe post Bandits' attack: Police recover 10 corpses in Benue communities appeared first on The Sun News. 

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Sat, 07 Apr 2018
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Sat, 07 Apr 2018
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