NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [12 APRIL, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Thursday, 12 April, 2017.

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has said he declared his intention to run for another term in office earlier than he planned the issue had dominated discourse in the country.

His spokesman Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement quoted him as saying because political this yesterday while receiving the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby in London.

The president said: “I before leaving home declared because Nigerians were talking too much about whether I would run or not. So, I felt I should break the ice.

“We have many things to focus on, like security, agriculture, economy, anticorruption, and many others. We needed to concentrate on them, and politics should not be a distraction. The majority of Nigerians appreciate what we are doing, and that is why I am re-contesting.”

He recounted some successes of the administration to his guest with whom he had built a deep friendship in recent times and was quite particular about strides in agriculture.

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“We have cut the importation of rice by about 90%, saving billions of dollars in the process. People who rushed into petrol money have now gone back to agriculture. Even professionals have gone back to the land. Nigeria should be able to feed itself comfortably soon. I am so pleased,” the President said.

On the war against insurgency, the president stressed the need for continuous education of the people, “so that they can be free from religious manipulation.”

President Buhari noted that no true religion advocates the hurting or killing of the innocent.

On the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in different parts of Nigeria, Buhari said: “The problem is even older than us. It has always been there, but now made worse by the influx of armed gunmen from the Sahel region into different parts of the West African sub-region.

“These gunmen were trained and armed by Muammar Gadaffi of Libya. When he was killed, the gunmen escaped with their arms. We encountered some of them fighting with Boko Haram.

“Herdsmen that we used to know carried only sticks and maybe a cutlass to clear the way, but these ones now carry sophisticated weapons. The problem is not religious, but sociological and economic. But we are working on solutions.”

Buhari also stated that “irresponsible politics” had been brought into the farmers/ herders’ crisis, but assured that enduring solutions would be found, and justice done to all concerned.

On Leah Sharibu, the schoolgirl from Dapchi still being held by insurgents, reportedly because she refused to renounce her Christian faith, the president said: “We are managing the matter quietly. Making noise would not help. We are collecting as much intelligence as possible, working with the Red Cross and other international organizations.

“There are too many fraudulent people around, who claim they can do this and that. We won’t deal with them. That was how we got the Dapchi girls back, and the Chibok girls.”

Archbishop Welby said it was always a delight to see Buhari “whom I have tremendous respect for. You have my best wishes on your recent decision. I read your declaration speech. We are neutral as a church, but we will pray for you. Great statesmen are those who run for the good of their country. We will be praying for you.”

The Archbishop presented the president with a copy of his recent book, ‘Reimagining Britain. Foundations for Hope.’


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Beyond the pressure from Nigerians that prompted President Buhari to “abruptly” declare his resolve to go for a second term as he said in London, credible sources said some people that the president have “high regards for” discussed elaborately with him over time and succeeded in convincing him to declare.

The sources “confidants of the said the president” made separate entreaties besides the ones made by APC governors.

“There is something fundamental beyond the declaration,” one of the sources said.

“That singular act that Buhari did at the APC NEC on Monday was symbolic because it would bring peace in the APC…Most of our troubles revolve around the ambition of some few individuals that want to be president.

“They remain in the party causing troubles here and there but their spirit is elsewhere. Their mission is that in the event he said he would not go for a second term, they would begin their campaign ...He has shut their mouths now” he said.

Another source said despite the pressure on Buhari to declare, he refused to open up to anyone as to when he would declare “even after he consented to calls from the prominent people that mounted pressure on him.”

“The president is a man of surprises; he strikes when you least expected just like what he did during the last NEC meeting of the APC. The declaration was not captured in his speech, meaning even those who handle his speeches were taken by surprise. The good news is that with this declaration, those fomenting trouble in APC because of ambition would fizzle out,” he said. On February 22, President had asked for more time to consult when he met with the APC governors in the Presidential Villa, Abuja where they demanded that he should declare for a second term.

Speaking with journalists after the meeting, Chairman of APC Governors’ Forum and Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha said the meeting discussed various issues affecting the nation, including the state of the APC and the president’s second term bid.

According to him, the entire APC governors wanted the president to run for a second term in office because in their own assessment, he had performed well and it would be in the interest of Nigeria if he returns to power in 2019.

APC: Door still open for other presidential aspirants
Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, yesterday, said that President Muhammadu Buhari is the only member of the party who has so far indicated interest to fly its presidential ticket. Abdullahi said they were delighted that President Buhari had finally declared his intention to re-contest for the presidency.

Abdullahi who stated the party’s position in an interview with newsmen in Ilorin, Kwara State, said the declaration had given the party a kind of direction because the 2019 general elections were around the corner.

He said the party was initially not too clear about the direction the president wanted its members to go, but that with his declaration, they had seen a clear signal for the way forward.

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He further said Buhari’s declaration had received spontaneous reaction from the NEC members.

The APC spokesman disclosed that it was normal for other people to want to contest for the position of president, but that for now, Buhari was the only aspirant that had signified intention for the number one position.

He, however, said the party’s constitution allowed other members to also express similar interest while the party would finally take a decision.

Abdullahi said it would be prejudicial to other party members to describe President Buhari as the only presidential candidate for now, but that the work that the president started was fundamental to the development of the country that he should be given the opportunity to consolidate on it.

He said four years could not be enough to actualise what a government planned to achieve, saying it was in the interest of Nigerians to allow the work that Buhari started to continue.

The APC’s position was a sharp contrast to what the PDP did ahead of 2015 elections when it foreclosed the chances of other presidential hopefuls by printing only one nomination form for ex- President Goodluck Jonathan.

In a related development, a member of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Issa Aremu, said President Buhari had the right under the Nigerian Constitution to seek for re-election for a second term. Aremu disclosed that the same constitution allowed other eligible contestants to exercise their right to vote and be voted for.

The NLC official stated that the controversy over why the president was contesting or not was necessary, adding that what was clear was that members of the Labour Party (LP) would also exercise their constitutional right to vote based on critical assessment of all the political office holders with respect to decent work, decent pay, employment, cost of living, security, a prosperous nation, fair, just and united Nigeria.


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Thu, 12 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) to June 30.
The approval for the extension of the deadline is contained in a statement issued by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Wednesday.

 
According to the statement, the short extension after the original March 31 date is based on the appeals of professional bodies and individual taxpayers.
The statement, however, maintained that no further extension of time will be approved after June 30.
It stated that a new date was also given, based on the conviction of the Ministry of Finance that the overall objective to increase compliance will be attained, and additional revenue will accrue.
It said that a Fresh Executive Order would be made to give legal backing to the new timeline.
“For a nation of people who are competitive and driven, it is not a pride that we are the lowest performer in tax to GDP, not just in Africa, but in the world.
“Nigeria’s growth needs are such that every Nigerian must do his duty to his nation, to his neighbour, and to himself.
“Hiding monies overseas, evading taxes by manipulation, and other unwholesome practices, have never developed a country, and for Nigeria to attain her true potential, these must stop,’’ President Buhari was quoted as saying in the statement.
The President urged Nigerian companies and individuals to join government in the rebuilding mission, “and do the right thing by taking this window of extension to regularize.”
He added that the right thing may not be convenient or comfortable, “but in the long run, we will all have a nation we can be proud of.”
President Buhari further urged tax authorities to use the extension window to perfect plans to prosecute those who fail to regularize their tax status.
VAIDS is one of the key policies being used by the Federal Government to reposition the Nigerian economy and correct inherited underdevelopment. (NAN)

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The governorship aspirant of the APC in Imo State, Mazi Uche Nwosu, has said Ndigbo will not play second fiddle by accepting the offer to produce the vice president by the opposition PDP or any political party in the 2019 elections. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has hinted that his successor will be a woman and a whiz-kid. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, says electronic voting will not be used in 2019. 

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The Buhari Media Support Group has asked for the arrest and interrogation of politician cum activist Deji Adeyanju for crimes of sedition allegedly committed during his appearance on a Channels TV Programme, Sunrise Daily on Tuesday. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Not less than eight governorship aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have obtained the nomination and expression of interest forms. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that a Presidential Committee set up by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has commenced onslaught on its leaders including some of its serving governors and presidential aspirants ahead of the 2019 general elections. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday explained why he declared his intentions to run for another term in office during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja on Monday.

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The FCT administration has said it will construct 18 new primary health care centres this year as well as recruit 200 midwives in order to boost the health system in the territory. 

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Natives of Abuja have urged the FCT Administration (FCTA) to formulate a land policy that will protect their interests. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The FCT sector command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said it is prosecuting eight motorists in court for allegedly offering bribes to marshals on AYA-Nyanya route. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, as sentenced one Mailafiya Zamani, to three months imprisonment for stealing iron rod. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has presented relief materials to the 2017 flood victims in Dei Dei, Abuja. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
A Honda Civic car with plate number KTU-234EH has crashed into a tree while trying to avoid hitting a pedestrian at Kpana traffic intersection by Chida Hotel, Utako. 

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The FCT Secondary Education Board (SEB) and Parents Teachers Association (PTA) have agreed to ban students from using mobile phones during school hours.

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The prices of kerosene and cooking gas plunged in March, two reports released yesterday by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) have shown. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed for four months a petrol station affiliated to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) located at Wuse 2, Abuja for under-dispensing petrol to the general public. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) yesterday said it impounded over N1. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Relief may have come the way of domestic airlines as the African Import Export Bank (Afreximbank) and the Russian Export Centre (REC) have partnered to bring Russian aircrafts into Nigeria. 

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved a contract for the dredging of the Warri Escravos seaport. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has said the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE) is restructuring the Bank of Agriculture (BOA) which will allow farmers to own 30 per cent shares of the bank. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Kebbi Sate Governor, Atiku Bagudu on Tuesday said some foreign countries are waging economic warfare against Nigeria through rice importation at a cost cheaper than what is produced in the country. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Herdsmen and farmers'' clashes will be worse next year unless ranches are created, the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, has said. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Five state governors are currently meeting at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja. 

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018
The Council of Ulama has said the only solution to the persistent herdsmen-farmer crisis in Nigeria is the introduction of ranch system for the herdsmen instead of the present system of moving their livestock around. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Globally, Nigeria is the only country where date palms have two harvesting seasons in a year. 

Thu, 12 Apr 2018
Nigeria won a flurry of gold medals yesterday to shoot into the top 10 on the medals table of the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. 

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