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


Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 15  April, 2018.

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
The message was clear. Rather than scale down agitations, the Federal Government must face unrelenting pressure until the Chibok girls and Dapchi girl Leah Sharibu, are released.

The event was the Second Annual Chibok Girls Lecture held, yesterday, in Abuja, themed, ‘Towards A Just And Good Society: Renewing Our Commitment To The Girl Child In Nigeria’, and designed to coincide with the day, four years ago, when Boko Haram stormed a school in Chibok town, Borno State, abducting hundreds of schoolgirls.

Speaker, Tunde Bakare, activist and former presidential running mate of General Muhammadu Buhari in 2011, indicted the Federal Government for not doing enough to free the girls.


“If any of the Dapchi or Chibok girls were their daughter’s, would they not have done more than they have to ensure their freedom? You can then conclude that we have a government that does not represent our interests as it ought to,” he said, stressing: “If they feel what we feel, they will empathise much more with us and go the extra mile in ensuring that everyone connected to their captivity today is brought to book.”

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Referring to both abductions, Bakare wondered how the Federal Government could watch the country ‘beaten twice’ by terrorists and not be ‘shy’. “Whether it is Jonathan’s administration or Buhari’s administration, any government that does not prioritise the security and welfare of the people is already a failed government to start with,” he said.

He added: “There is something undeniably wrong when the girl child repeatedly becomes a bargaining instrument in negotiations between the government and terrorist groups. There is something absolutely wrong when the girl child becomes a pawn in political chess games where the major political parties seek to score political points.”

Former Minister of Education and co-convener of the BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group, Oby Ezekwesili, blamed the abductions on government’s inability to protect the weak and vulnerable of society, promising to sue the Federal Government if it fails to bring back Leah.

“We heard the assurance that the President gave that Leah Sharibu will be brought back. We are giving a couple of weeks to seeing what that means. If that does not happen, then we will have to take our matter forward, because our lawyers have written that there was criminal negligence and there are questions that needed to be answered. If Leah Sharibu does not come back home, as the government said, then we will have to go to court.”

Also, human rights organisation, ActionAid Nigeria (AAN), yesterday, called on the Federal Government to intensify efforts at rescuing all the kidnapped girls.

In a statement signed by Sponsorship Communications Advisor, Oluwakemi Akinremi-Segun, ActionAid said it continues to stand in solidarity with the families, friends and community of the Chibok girls.

Country Director, Ene Obi, commended moves by the Federal Government and the military on the release of the girls, regretting that the Dapchi abduction has further revealed the vulnerability of the Nigerian girl-child in conflict and non-conflict zones. Government must make schools safe and boost girls’ enrolment, retention and protection from all forms of violence, she said.

An investigative journalist, Ahmad Salkida, however, has alleged that only 15 out of the 113 Chibok girls remain alive.

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Agreements between the Federal Government and foreign partners must be entered into with utmost caution, as doing otherwise could plunge Nigeria into decades of servitude.

Stakeholders gave this warning in exclusive interviews with The Guardian.

Speaking against the backdrop of the country’s last minute decision not to sign the Continental Free Trade Agreement in Kigali, Rwanda in March, they also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for not taking a step that could have further impoverished the economy.

Questioning the benefits of even the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to Nigeria, the President of the Coalition of South-South Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (FOSSCCIMA), Billy Gillis-Harry, regretted that the country has become “the butt of humour and comedy” in the sub-regional group.



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“In the ECOWAS secretariat, you hardly see a Nigerian of value that is in the decision-making process, except by name. We built the ECOWAS secretariat and donated it. You have to be able to speak French to do good business there. That is a good example telling you how Nigeria will lose again in AfCFTA, when we are not producing or manufacturing,” he said.

Nigeria is not under any obligation to make other countries happy when its strategic interests are at risk, stressed senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science, University of Lagos, Dr Emmanuel Onah.

According to him, “Every government has a responsibility to its citizens more than it has to the mythical African continent that is more on the level of idealism.” He contended, therefore, that Nigeria has made no diplomatic infraction by pulling out of the deal, especially when it received fresh information indicating its key economic sectors could be jeopardised.

He said: “There is nothing on the diplomatic front that says you cannot back off when you discover that something you are part of will ultimately make you lose out. Diplomacy is not such a code that you are bound by the words given, because the words given were based on knowledge available at that time.

“If the country has got new knowledge, new information, then the country will act based on the newest information, and this is completely logical. Other countries that are going to benefit, to the detriment of Nigeria, would surely not be happy that we are pulling out. But the government will be failing its citizens if it goes ahead to sign the treaty, to the detriment of its own people.”

The mistakes of previous international accords should not be repeated, said Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and lecturer at the University of Calabar’s Department of Banking and Finance, Mr. Bassey Ibor.

According to him, “One of the challenges we had before was that we opened our doors to so many things coming in from all over the world. And before we knew it, Nigeria had become a dumping ground and our own high quality products were dropped.”

Urging the country’s leaders never to “go into another agreement that will bring us back to the state we are trying to get out from,” Ibor said: “We need to see what you are bringing into the market. But if it is generally free for everybody, it won’t be fine. As long as the policy effort by the government is well intentioned, the industries are revived, commerce resumes, industrial development takes off and this will not hinder it, it will be fine.”

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be concluded today in the Gold Coast, Australia, with Team Nigeria still pushing hard to surpass the medals haul it attained four years ago in Glasgow, Scotland.

At the end of the 2014 edition of the Games, Nigeria finished eighth on the final medals table with 11 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze as against the 11 gold, 10 silver and 14 bronze medals it won in 2010 at New Delhi, India.

Team Nigeria was on the verge of making history at Glasgow 2014, but for teenage weightlifter, Chika Amalaha, who was stripped of her gold medal after failing drug test.



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At the end of hostilities yesterday in Gold Coast, Team Nigeria increased its medals haul to nine gold, eight silver and six bronze medals with female wrestler, Aminat Adeniyi, beating Michelle Fazzari of Canada in the women’s freestyle (62kg) final.

Adeniyi was awarded the fight following injury sustained by Fazzari in the course of the final bout. She now joins Odunayo Adekuoroye and Blessing Oborududu as gold medalists for Nigeria in wrestling event in the Gold Coast.

But it was a different result in the final of the men’s freestyle (86kg) yesterday, as Muhammad Inam of Pakistan defeated Nigeria’s Melvin Bibo. He became the second Nigerian wrestler to win silver at the Games.

In the women’s 4x400m relay final, Nigeria settled for a silver medal, as the team comprising of Patience Okon-George, Glory Nathaniel, Praise Idamadudu and Yinka Ajayi finished with a time of 3:25:29 seconds behind Jamaica, who grabbed the gold with a time of 3:24:00 seconds.

Also yesterday, Nigeria’s women’s 4x100m relay team, made up of Joy Udo-Gabriel, Blessing Okagbare, Tobi Amusan and Rosemary Chukwuma could only pick a bronze medal with a time of 42.75 seconds, behind England and Jamaica, who won the gold and silver with a time of 42.36 and 42.52 seconds respectively.

Okagbare, who won two gold medals in 100m and 200m at Glasgow 2014, refused to enter for the sprint events this time despite breaking Mary Onyali’s 22-years-old African record in the 200m recently in Texas, USA.

Nigeria’s 4x100m relay team of Seye Ogunlewe, Ogho-Oghene Egwero, Usheoritse Itsekiri, and Enoch Adegoke was disqualified yesterday.

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
In this interview with COLLINS OLAYINKA, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, explains why Nigeria and some African countries are yet to sign the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement. 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Billy Gillis-Harry is President of the Coalition of South-South Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (FOSSCCIMA). 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Media personality and artiste, Omotunde Adebowale-David, was the star attraction at the Ogun State edition of Promasidor Harness Your Dream career guidance workshop in Abeokuta. 

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Sun, 15 Apr 2018
The women association of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, (MOUAUWA) is set to publish a peer review journal calledMultidisciplinary Journal of Women Studies... 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
After teaching part-time for over a decade and receiving N10,000 stipends, the Kaduna State Government has promised to offer full employment to 42 part-time teachers of Capital School, Kaduna. 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Pastor-in-charge of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Province 5, FCT, Abuja, Tugbogbo Adesina Amos has attributed the essence of man's existence to continuous worship of the Most High God. 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Promoters of Veritas Kapital Assurance have advised stakeholders in the insurance sector to take advantage of the nation's population to strengthen insurance market and deepen its penetration. 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Goethe Institut Lagos is discontinuing its hugely popular Literary Crossroads, a series of talks in which Nigerian writers met with colleagues from all over the continent... 

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Sun, 15 Apr 2018
The Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st (GCP21) century will on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 hold a world press conference to announce the fourth International Cassava Conference... 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Professor of Physics at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture (MOUAU), Umudike in Abia State, Dr. Obini Ekpe Ekpe has urged young scientists... 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Not less than 80 Kebbi youths were empowered to boost their small-scales entrepreneurship under the Federal Government scheme of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN). 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
The declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari to be rewarded with another four years from 2019 has provided fresh opportunities for stakeholders to engage the next elections... 

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