NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [16 APRIL, 2018.]


Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 16  April, 2018.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Elder statesman and prominent politician, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, has disclosed that massive rigging took place in the North in the 2015 general elections.
Yakassai revealed the electoral fraud to journalists when he led the newly formed Northern Leaders Stakeholders Assembly to former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, at his Uphill Mansion in Minna, the Niger State capital yesterday.

He cited instances of manipulation in the elections. According to him, while the electronic voting was religiously observed in the southern part of the country, it was not so observed in the north.


He remarked: “When the electronic voting was introduced, I was in support of it, but I observed what happened in the 2015 general election and I changed my mind.

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“This is because it was religiously observed in the southern part of the country, but it was not so religiously observed in the northern parts of the country. It was from that moment that I began to have some reservations about the electronic voting pattern.

“There are many ways of rigging election. What happened in 2015 where the majority of southerners resident in the north were scared away from their places of residence, where they had registered, to their place of origin and therefore could not have the opportunity to vote, was rigging.

“Again some of the southerners who did not run away were afraid to come out and vote on the day of election. So scaring people from coming out to vote for the candidates of their choice is also a form of rigging.”

The 2015 election led to the emergence of Major- General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), a northerner, as president while the then incumbent, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, a southerner, lost.

Earlier at the meeting with Babangida, he lamented that most leaders of northern extraction had for long taken the support of northerners for granted, stressing that henceforth, it would not be business as usual.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met behind closed doors with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, in London, the United Kingdom (UK).
The president’s Personal Assistant on Social Media, Alhaji Bashir Ahmad, made this known on his tweeter handle, @BashirAhmad, in Abuja. He did not give details of the meeting.

“President Muhammadu Buhari receives national leader of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu (Jagaba) today in London,’’ he twitted.


According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports, Buhari, who is on an official visit to London, had on Wednesday met with the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby in London where he gave reasons for declaring his intention to run for another term in office.

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“I declared before leaving home 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 and anti-corruption crusade. 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,’’ Buhari told the archbishop.

While in Britain, the president is billed to hold discussions on Nigeria-British relations with the UK Prime Minister, Mrs. Theresa May, prior to the Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings scheduled for April 18 to 20.

A presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, had earlier disclosed that “The President will also meet the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Plc, Mr. Ben van Beurden, in connection with Shell and other partners’ plan to invest $15 billion in Nigeria’s oil industry.”

Also at the weekend, Buhari declared that his administration would do its best to justify the confidence and trust that Nigerians reposed in it.‎

He said wicked people plundered the country and kept Nigerians poor.

The president spoke in London yesterday while receiving the Buhari Diaspora Support Organisation, led by Mr. Charles Efe Sylvester.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Three shareholders’ groups have call for the immediate sack of the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, for her unwholesome interference on the affairs of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
 
They described the minister’s decision to reassigns portfolios in SEC as “unnecessarily meddling” with the functions of the commission, which has caused severe damage to the capital market.
 
Specifically, the National President of Trusted Shareholders Association of Nigeria (TSAN), Alhaji Mukhtar Ismail Mukhtar; the National Coordinator, Proactive Shareholders Association (PROSAN), Taiwo Oderinde; and the Coordinator, Oando Shareholders Solidarity Group (OSSG), in a joint statement on Sunday, said Adeosun has inevitably caused untold harm both to the independence of SEC and the nation’s capital market in her desperate attempt to shield Oando from probe.

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The statement reads: “We wish to bring the attention of His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and all Nigerians to the unwholesome, unpatriotic and strange actions of the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun with regards to the probe of Oando Plc.”
   
Speaking on behalf of the groups, Oderinde said: “You may recall that since early last year, Oando has been enmeshed in series of crises bordering on abuse of corporate governance and alleged gross financial mismanagement.
 
“The internal auditors of Oando Plc, Messrs Ernst & Young, in the company’s financial report last year expressed doubts over its ability to continue as a going concern because its liabilities exceeded its assets.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
In line with its mission to attract development to communities nationwide, Beltij Limited, a gold-mining company, has donated three boreholes and learning materials to Igun Ijesa community in Osun State. During the inauguration recently, the firm's Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Tijani Usman, said the organisation was committed to the provision of innovative solutions that support [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
In a bid to revitalize the deplorable situation of the Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector, the Federal Government has declared state of emergency in the sector. 

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018
The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has been commended for giving succour to some Nigerian returnees from Libya who will receive three months allowance from the Oba Ewuare II Foundation. An Iraq war veteran of the US Army, Col. Wisdom Osagiede Ogbeowemwenkon Osemwende (rtd), who was full of praises for the Oba of Benin, [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
The Ijaw and Itsekiri youths have hailed the Federal Government for the approval of contract to dredge the Escravos bar to Warri Port, Delta State. In a joint statement yesterday signed by President of the Ijaw Youth Council, Eric Omare and President of the Itsekiri National Youth Council, Weyinmi Agbateyiniro, described the approval of the [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Ernst & Young Nigeria (EY) has concluded arrangements to bring together banks' audit committee members across board, as part of efforts to brainstorm on governance related issues, bringing into perspective the evolving demands of business, regulators and investors alike. The forum, with the theme: 'The future of Governance'Digital, Technology and Innovation', will hold on Wednesday, [] 

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Notwithstanding that real estate recovery has taken time to gain traction, foreigners are fueling capital injection in Nigeria and other Sub-Saharan Africa countries, with South Africa and United Kingdom investors leading the way. Although, an oversupply of high-end property and limited access to finance have underpinned the market's slow bounce back, prospects are looking up [] 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
The positive development in international price of crude oil and the producers' cut agreement have continued to strengthen Nigeria's external reserves buffer and supporting the currency defense of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The commodity has now recorded improved global demand on the back of optimistic growth outlook and sustained by the production cut [] 

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