NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [10TH APRIL, 2018.]

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Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 10th April, 2018.

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Breast ironing, otherwise known as breast flattening, is a cultural practice that is particularly practised across all ethnic groups in Cameroon, Africa. This is especially profound in places like Douala, one of the most populous and largest cities in the country. Men in this area of the country strongly believe that teenage girls as low [] President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday declared his intention to seek re-election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.
He made the announcement during the APC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held behind closed doors at the party’s secretariat in Abuja.

The meeting was attended by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; and 24 state governors.


Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State who spoke to reporters on the outcome of the meeting explained that the president opened up on his re-election bid following the realisation that there was a consensus among leaders of the party on the controversy surrounding the extension of the tenure of the executive members.

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Lalong, who led the 10-member technical committee on the tenure elongation saga, said his panel’s recommendation that the APC should conduct congresses and national convention to elect both the state and national executive members of the party was approved by the NEC.

He stated that the vacant positions in the party, at ward, state and national levels, would be thrown open to eligible members to vie for.

The Plateau governor disclosed that the NEC granted waiver to the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and the state executive members in line with articles 31 (2) of the party’s constitution.

This, he said, implied that the Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee (NWC) and state executive members could remain on their seats, seek re-election without resigning their positions 30 days to the expiration of their tenure on the 30th of June this year.

Lalong said the waiver would not grant the party executive members undue advantage over their rivals since those that would organise the congresses and national convention of the party would be picked by the NEC.

“Everybody´s interest was considered in the report and it was a unanimous vote and adoption of the recommendations that were made. The president felt so happy and excited because of this unity in the party.

He will now consider and also accept the appeal by several members of the society, party and everybody that he will re-contest the 2019 election. He has accepted that he is going to contest again the position of president in 2019.”

Earlier, the president who thanked members of the technical committee for a job well done stressed the need to focus on how to move the party forward by avoiding actions detrimental to its interest.

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Although 78 Facebook users in Nigeria installed the Cambridge Analytica (CA) app, the potential impact has affected about 271, 469 people in the country, according to the social media platform.
Facebook, yesterday began the process of notifying 87 million users, which it claimed might have had their data shared with the app.

The communications team of the social media platform disclosed that the 271,469 users were potentially impacted in Nigeria (these being friends of those who would have installed the app elsewhere in the world). There are currently 23 million daily users of Facebook in Nigeria.


From a technical perspective, those said to have downloaded the app and those potentially impacted, were profiled by Facebook and were able to have their behaviours change based on the information provided online.

This means that the about100 million Internet users in the country must be wary of the kinds of applications they download and at the same time be wary of the online platforms they provide their information.

This is because there are platforms backhauls that house information provided online, especially with a porous cyberspace such as Nigeria.

It was alleged that Cambridge Analytica sought to influence the Nigerian presidential election in 2015 by using graphically violent imagery to portray a candidate as a supporter of sharia law who would brutally suppress dissenters and negotiate with militant Islamists, a video passed to British MPs reveals.

Facebook admitted it may have “improperly shared” the personal data of up to 2.7 million people in the European Union (EU).

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The firm said that starting from yesterday, all 2.2 billion Facebook users would receive a notice on their feeds, titled ‘Protecting your information,’ with a link to see what apps they use and what information they have shared with those apps.

It also said if users want, they can shut off apps individually or turn off third-party access to their apps completely.

“In addition, the 87 million users who might have had their data shared with Cambridge Analytica will get a more detailed message informing them of this,” it stated.

Facebook said most of the affected users (more than 70 million) are in the U.S., though there are over a million each in the Philippines, Indonesia and the UK.

Reeling from its worst privacy crisis in history – allegations that this Trump-affiliated data mining firm may have used ill-gotten user data to try to influence elections – Facebook is in full damage-control mode, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledging he’s made a “huge mistake” in failing to take a broad enough view of what Facebook’s responsibility is in the world. He’s set to testify before Congress this week.

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Former Super Eagles’ winger, Emmanuel Amuneke has revealed that he was denied the opportunity of winning the prestigious World Footballer of the year award because he plied his soccer trade as a Nigerian.
“I usually tell some of my friends that if I had started my football career as a European player, maybe, I would have won the World Footballer of the year award.

Unfortunately, I started from Nigeria and only God knows why,” Amuneke said at the weekend during the unveiling of LaLiga Nigerian office in Lagos.

The event, which took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in GRA, Ikeja, also highlighted the various projects LaLiga had undertaken since its inception in Nigeria.

The LaLiga office in Nigeria was launched in Abuja in 2016, in a signed partnership with Legacy Sports.


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It is designed to bring LaLiga closer to its Nigerian fans, and to generate more awareness around the other clubs in LaLiga.

Three former Super Eagles stars, who played in the LaLiga, Amuneke, Finidi George and Mutiu Adepoju, were present at the ceremony.

Amuneke, who was crowned as African Footballer of the year in 1994 after helping Nigeria to win the African Nations Cup trophy at Tunisia ‘94, was bought by La Liga giants, FC Barcelona, for $3.6 million in1996.

Though Amuneke did not speak much on his ‘missed’ Balon d’Or opportunity, he started that he enjoyed every bit of his playing career in the LaLiga despite the fact that his spell in Catalonia was cut short in the 1997 off-season after he suffered a serious knee injury.

Amuneke played 27 matches for Nigeria, scoring nine goals. He was part of Super Eagles team to USA ’94 World Cup, and scored against Bulgaria in the 3–0 group stage win and against Italy 1–2 round-of-16 defeat.

He applauded the decision by LaLiga to have offices in Nigeria, saying: “We have to make good use of this opportunity to develop our football. One thing is for people to have dream and another is to have plans. Dream without plan is just an illusion.”

LaLiga delegate in Nigeria, Javier Del Rio, said: “We (LaLiga) are very proud to be in Nigeria, and to be much closer to the fans.

We believe Nigeria is a significant market for the growth of our brand, and we are highly committed to the development of football in this country, paying close attention to its grassroots football as demonstrated through the five-day LaLiga-NPFL Coaching Clinic for Nigerian youth coaches earlier this year at the National Stadium in Abuja.

“We plan to host more of these type of activations, and this is just the beginning of greater things to come between LaLiga and Nigeria.”

Also speaking, LaLiga ambassador, and former LaLiga star, Adepoju, said: “As the LaLiga ambassador, growing the LaLiga brand in Nigeria has always been my primary objective.

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
With the score poised at 1-1 in Sunday's Madrid derby in La Liga between Real and Atletico, Cristiano Ronaldo's number appeared on the fourth official's electronic board in red and the crowd in the Santiago Bernabeu fell silent. Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane took off the Portuguese forward for Karim Benzema in the 64th minute. [] 

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Tue, 10 Apr 2018
BidVest Wits coach, Gavin Hunt was disappointed to have only recorded a draw in the first leg of his side's 2018 CAF Confederation Cup play-off round match with Enyimba International FC. Wits opened the scoring at the BidVest Stadium through Daine Klate but the Nigerian side responded with a goal from Ibrahim Mustapha. Last season's [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, yesterday declared that ranches remained the only panacea if the government was desirous to end the farmers-herders clashes across the country. Ogbeh, who briefed State House correspondents along with Governor Simon Lalong after a meeting of the Committee on National Food Security at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday 'said that [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The Ogun State Government in collaboration with Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), is set to distribute 3.4 million free bed nets to the people of the state. The distribution exercise, according to Mrs. Adeyinka Olamide, an official of the state Ministry of Health, who spoke with journalists [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) yesterday confirmed eight new cases of Lassa fever and three deaths in six states, within one week. According to the latest update by the NCDC, for Week 14 (April 02-08, 2018), 'eight new confirmed cases were recorded from five States - Edo (three), Ondo (two), Ebonyi (one), Plateau [] 

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Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The Atiku Care Foundation (ACF) has urged the Police to arrest the suspected political thugs who attacked the campaign office of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, in Katsina State. The attack on the Atiku presidential campaign office in Batagarawa council area, which occurred about 8pm on Saturday, saw items worth millions of naira destroyed. About [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has disclosed the boosting of Umuahia sub-station with 7, 000 megawatts. He said the expansion of the sub station with 40MVA transformer, has increased its transmission capacity from 80MVA to 120MVA. In a statement yesterday in Abuja, Fashola said the Federal Government was currently investing to [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
One of the factors that determine growth and development in a democratic government is based on the quality and the commitment representatives elected to coordinate the political affairs of the electorate. In most advanced countries, where democratic government is driving force to growth and development, quality representation either in the parliament or congress, [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Bayelsa State government yesterday pledged to reform the public sector in the state. The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Kamela Okara, disclosed this yesterday at a press conference in Lagos. He said the state was also committed to flushing out culprits of payroll fraud, truancy, and multiple employments in the civil service. The government [] 

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Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has commenced the installation of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras at airports' airsides. The airports are the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) in Abuja. The General Manager, Corporate Communications of FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, disclosed this yesterday in Lagos. She said the project, [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
In spite of all that we know, the Buhari government and its fire-eating alter-ego, the All Progressives Congress (APC) have not tired of reminding us of the profligacy and grand corruption of the previous years which have inhibited growth and prevented investments in healthcare, education and infrastructure' Either as an excuse for its generally observable [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Former Super Eagles' winger, Emmanuel Amuneke has revealed that he was denied the opportunity of winning the prestigious World Footballer of the year award because he plied his soccer trade as a Nigerian. 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Although 78 Facebook users in Nigeria installed the Cambridge Analytica (CA) app, the potential impact has affected about 271, 469 people in the country, according to the social media platform. 

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Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The Lagos State government has pledged to allow the media to review bills and policies before they are passed or implemented. The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan, disclosed this yesterday at the commencement of the 2018 Ministerial Press Briefing. He said the move was necessitated by the need to avoid the protests [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
Friends who have globe-trotted invited me for a three course meal in a popular hotel in Port Harcourt. All three friends chose their courses with ease including wines. When the beautiful waitress approached me, I noticed that all names for food and drinks in the a la carte menu were in a language I didn't [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, showed that he shares nothing in common with the former post-apartheid President of South Africa, the late Nelson Mandela. At the rescheduled National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the President threw his hat in the ring by declaring his intention to seek a second term in office. [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), has concluded plans to honour excellence in business at this year's commerce and industry awards scheduled for Tuesday, 1st May, 2018 in Lagos. This year's edition, which is the fifth in the series, according to the LCCI, will be an improved edition and hopes to attract major [] 

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
The Nigerian Army yesterday inaugurated an investigative panel of inquiry to probe allegations by some Nigerians that its personnel were colluding with Fulani herdsmen in the killing of residents in Taraba and Benue states. 

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