NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [1ST APRIL, 2018.]


Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 1st April, 2018.

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari to review his leadership style, lest the nation plunges into deeper crisis.
Kukah sounded the alarm in his Easter message, yesterday. “Mr. President, you are too distant from your people.

There is a sad feeling that you do not share in the pain and suffering of your people. You must very quickly find a way of connecting with your people before the devil takes over the space,” the cleric said in the letter.

Titled, ‘Easter Message To Mr. President And All Nigerians’, Kukah hinted on the spate of wanton killings across the country, reinforcing his concerns with the words of Irish poet, Y.B Yeats: “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world. The blood-dimmed tide is loosed and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned.”

The Bishop reminded Buhari: “This is no ordinary Easter, because these are no ordinary times for our country, Nigeria, over which you preside.”

He noted that the country “is so split both vertically and horizontally today that all of us must honestly identify our many sins of omission and commission, so that we can honestly seek a solution.”

According to him, “This is a time for us to genuinely face what looks to me like an impending calamity. The gathering clouds are clear for us to see. And even those who cannot see can hear the rumbling and rolling sound of thunder. We ignore them at our own risk.”

The cleric regretted that although Buhari “rode into town like a knight in shining armour…the bogeyman of religion, region and ethnicity, which we thought we had overcome by the sheer nature of your support base, have come back with a vengeance to haunt and threaten the very foundation of our existence.”

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Kukah told the President: “You have a date with history and divine judgment.”

He criticised religious leaders for being “as divided as the people” they lead, saying: “We have been seduced by powerful politicians and have allowed politics to corrupt the sacred spaces of religion.

Thus we have lost our voices and no longer seem to have the capacity to interrogate power, as we are called to do.”

He admonished religious leaders to “avoid the temptation of being seduced by filthy lucre and power for personal or any other gain.”

He also urged them to “seek the collective welfare of the people and develop a culture of neutrality that can inspire the confidence of our people in the power of religion to change society so that the common good is always sought and promoted.”

He told governors, legislators, senators, and others: “You do not seem to be ready to depart from the culture of cronyism, prebendalism and primitive accumulation.

The result has been ruination and decay.” He appealed: “Please, abandon the spirit of selfish accumulation and embrace the principles of integrity and genuine service of our country. Do not let this country collapse in your hands.”

To political parties, he noted: “There are no parties in Nigeria. We have only rickety and disposable contraptions put together for state capture.

No sooner does this happen than the actors go their ways and the circles of frustration return. This explains the debilitating culture of political incoherence and dissonance in our country.

“The parties have become notorious conveyor belts and incubators of hatred, intolerance and corruption of the worst kind, even against their own members.

For now, the political parties seem determined to rely on both federal and state governments and Institutions to serve as their ATM machines. Tragically, this is why politics is toxic and totally unattractive to people of honour.

“I want to call on parties and their leaders to become true to their political claims, as expressed in their manifestoes, reduce the culture of godfatherism, and focus on building the foundation of a strong political culture.

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Political parties must reduce their adversarial proclivities and focus on patriotic bipartisan areas of co-operation, so as to hold our country together. Our people are dying daily across party lines.”

Kukah also has words for ordinary Nigerians, urging them to rise up and defend their right to food and shelter. He said: “Do not allow the rich and powerful, who are rich because you are poor, to divide you.

They have light and water in their high fenced houses not because they are Muslims or Christians or that they are from this or that or the other tribe, but simply because they are rich.

You are poor, homeless, have no road, no water, and your children are sick and illiterate, not because you are Christian or Muslim or from this tribe or the other, but simply because you are poor.

“You and your children vote, but their children do not vote because they are abroad. Your children beg and die on the streets while their children are abroad fraternising with those they call infidels.

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
The National Vice Chairman (South South) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Hilliard Eta, yesterday, hinted that the party has no choice but to adopt President Muhammadu Buhari’s rejection of tenure extension for the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).
At the recently held National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party, Buhari had described the decision to extend by one year the tenure of Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun and executive officers across the 36 states of the federation as illegal and unconstitutional. 

Hilliard in a chat with The Guardian said the President’s decision was akin to an order. He said: “I can assure you that the President’s directive will stand.


My position is predicated on the need to adhere to the provisions of the law.

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Until that day, I never knew there was a provision in the national constitution, not even the party’s constitution, that it was illegal to extend our tenure.

“For me, I am always on the side of the law. The President’s position would surely strengthen democracy and internal democracy in the party.

I know that some people will come back, some will not, and that we will have new faces. We need to have our congresses.”

A member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Sani Zorro, also applauded the President’s position, saying it would strengthen APC’s internal democracy.

He said: “The Implications is that if the extension had stood, it would have translated into extension of the tenure of all elected officials comprising the president, governors, and National and State Assembly members, thereby defeating the essence of internal democracy.  

“Some of the governors had already gone far, using the party’s mechanism at both state and local council levels to get endorsement for a second term.

There are those who had gone to the ridiculous extent of getting signatures of party officers at ward and state levels to fill forms endorsing them to run for a second term.”

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Anthony Joshua was taken the distance for the first time in his professional career before winning a unanimous points decision in his world heavyweight title unification fight with Joseph Parker in Cardiff on Saturday.

After 12 rounds, Britain’s Joshua triumphed 118-110, 118-110, 119-109 on the three judges’ scorecards.

Victory extended the London 2012 Olympic champion’ perfect pro record to 21 wins from as many bouts but was the first in which he’d failed to do so by a knockout.


It also saw International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association champion Joshua add Parker’s World Boxing Organisation belt to his collection.

This result was New Zealand boxer Parker’s first defeat in his 25-fight pro career.

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Saturday’s contest in front of a 78,000 capacity crowd at the Principality Stadium was the first time two previously undefeated heavyweight champions had met for a world title in Britain.

Joshua’s win should move him closer to a bout against Deontay Wilder, the American who holds the World Boxing Council’s version of the heavyweight title.

Wilder had been due at ringside but didn’t show and a confident Joshua, speaking to Sky Sports, after his win was confirmed: “Wilder, let’s go baby.

“Bring him here and I’ll knock him spark out.”

Parker added: “Remember that I am the unified heavyweight champion of the world.

“That is 21 professional fights with six world title fights in it.

“My strategy was to stick behind the jab and that secured me another world title belt.”

With Joshua earning a reported £15 million and Parker £7 million, this was easily the biggest fight of the beaten boxer’s career.

“I lost to the better champion tonight,” said Parker.

“We will back again stronger and I’m happy I went the twelve rounds.”

Shortly before the bout started, Parker’s promoter, David Higgins, came to the press seats at ringside while an undercard bout was taking place to allege Joshua’s camp had tried to get his boxer’s hand wraps changed in a bid to unsettle his man.

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has ordered the Shehu of Bama, Kyari Ibn Umar Ibrahim El-Kanemi, to monitor the return of displaced persons captured with bio-data in camps to prevent insurgents’ infiltration during the re-location exercise scheduled for tomorrow.
Shettima gave the order at the weekend, while addressing the Brigade Commander of 21 Armoured Brigade, Col. AG Nuhu, during his two-day inspection visit to Bama.

Bama was severally attacked by Boko Haram insurgents between 2013 and 2015, displacing hundreds of residents, who took refuge in camps and host communities of Maiduguri metropolis.

The governor said the displaced persons would return in 10 batches, commencing from tomorrow, with the ward and village heads.

He explained that 11,646 houses, schools, boreholes and a General Hospital have been completed by the Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RRR) and Victims Support Fund (VSF), noting that the step was to ensure a hitch-free return of 120,000 IDPs to their rebuilt community destroyed by insurgents in 2014. 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced his arrival in Major League Soccer with two goals on his debut including an injury-time winner as the Los Angeles Galaxy fought back from three goals down to beat Los Angeles FC 4-3 on Saturday. Ibrahimovic -- who only arrived in California on Thursday -- lashed home an imperious volley from 40 [] 

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Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Anthony Joshua called for a heavyweight unification fight with Deontay Wilder, saying it was "not time to sit back and enjoy the ride", after beating Joseph Parker in Cardiff on Saturday. Joshua added Parker's World Boxing Organisation heavyweight title to his International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association belts with a unanimous points decision over [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is backing Chelsea dazzler Victor Moses to be Nigeria's star man at the 2018 World Cup, saying he can make a difference during the tournament in Russia. 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
If Chelsea fails to beat London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League today it would significantly reduce their chances of clinching a top-four spot this season, defender Marcos Alonso has said. Last season's champions Chelsea are fifth in the league table with 56 points, five points behind Spurs as both teams [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
The fortunes of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have plummeted seriously since the party won the 2015 presidential election. The party had drifted aimlessly for three years, and some of us waited for the time someone will halt the drift. That nearly happened last week, when President Buhari, as the foremost leader of the party [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
As we celebrate the resurrection and life of the truth, (Jesus) some principalities and powers put in a fortified grave but rose only after three days about two thousand five hundred years ago, enjoy this reflection below on the significance of a life lesson: that you cannot hide truth in a grave: It will come [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
Former Super Eagles' Assistant Coach, Joseph Erico, has expressed optimism that goalkeepers in Coach Gernot Rohr-led Super Eagles would get better with more friendlies before the World Cup in June. Of the keepers used by Rohr during the World Cup qualifiers and in the friendly games against Argentina, Poland and Serbia, none appear convincing in [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
There is something incongruous about the Editor of the Guardian Newspapers, a paper once known for its strident advocacy against abuse of power and corruption, to excoriate a Vice President who repeatedly calls out perpetrators of grand corruption. Perhaps it might help to reiterate what the VP said at the Quarterly Business Forum held on [] 

Sun, 01 Apr 2018
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to take a cue from Senator Ibrahim Mantu to confess the atrocities committed by its membersagainst the country, instead of indulging in name-calling. In a statement by its national publicity secretary, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, APC expressed surprise that PDP chose to [] 
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