Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 7th April, 2018.

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday, said he agreed with some Nigerians clamouring for the restructuring of the country.
Osinbajo, who spoke to newsmen after the Great Nigeria Pastors conference which held at the Theophilus Ogunlesi Hall, University Teaching Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, also disclosed that states deserved greater freedom to control their resources, increase their income and internal security.

He said: “Restructuring is very important to us, as a people, and as a nation, but we also have to be careful with what we mean by restructuring.

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“One of the issues raised which I agree with is that states should be able to control their resources, control their own security, they should be able to generate more income and exercise greater freedom.

“We discussed about security and we believe we should do more. We agreed that people feel more secured when they can control their security, which brings to fore the issue of state police. It will give them confidence.”

Osinbajo, who expressed optimism about the future of the country, said the forces of darkness were being fought for light to shine.

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Earlier, the Vice President was put on the spot by some Christian leaders in the state to explain what they described as “some unsatisfactory events” in the country.

Speaking on the theme of the conference, Nigeria of our Dream, Chairman, Oyo State Chapter of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Bishop Taiwo Adelakun, who spoke on behalf of the leaders, specifically told Osinbajo that Nigerians deserve to know the truth about how government was handling some issues that have been of concern to them.

Adelakun asked the Vice President to explain why most of the security heads in Nigeria were appointed from one ethnic group, if the government observed the first stanza of the National Anthem that recognises fairness and justice.

He said Nigerians would want to know what the government that put the fight against corruption as its cardinal programme is doing to fight corruption within its fold and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

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“We pastors want to know what the government that put fighting against corruption in the front burner is doing about “Mainagate” and other government officials alleged of corruption.

“Many Nigerians believe that the anti- corruption war is selective and that is why it is not effective.”

He said the recent upsurge in killings and kidnappings by Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast and government’s seemingly lukewarm attitude to checkmating the activities of killer herdsmen, was of grave concern to Christians, adding: “We have been told that Boko Haram had been technically defeated, but they have killed many and kidnapped over 120 people this year alone.”

He also asked the Vice President to speak on the incessant clash among security agencies, citing the instance of the public scuffle between operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and men of Department of State Service (DSS).

Adelakun said while Christians would continue to pray for the release of the Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, who is still being held by Boko Haram for refusing to deny her faith, he urged Osinbajo to assure them that the girl was still safe. 

Before the Vice President responded to the questions, newsmen were asked to exit the hall by the officials, saying they would address them after the meeting.

When asked to respond to some of the questions raised by the religious leaders, Osinbajo said: “This is a meeting of pastors; it is a family meeting, you know I am a pastor and I belong to the Greater Pastor Of Nigeria.”

Setting tone for the conference, Rev Abayomi Kasali said the gathering was to speak truth to the power-that-be, because the Vice President was among them when they were all praying for a Nigeria of their dream.

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
The Primate of All Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev Nicholas Okoh, has insisted that Boko Haram has not been decimated, as being claimed by government, and called on government to take certain steps to document the insurgency problems, so that Nigerians can learn some lessons from it.

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“We have not decimated Boko Haram; Boko Haram, if they have been decimated, will not be disturbing people,” he stated.
Speaking at the dedication of the Anglican Diocese of Abuja Bishop’s Court, yesterday,

Okoh warned against plans by government to grant amnesty to repented Boko Haram members, saying it is not the right thing at this moment.
He said: “I don’t know what class, because you know there are many classes of Boko Haram. If they have been screened, one would have expected that there would be a document to say this is why they are fighting, this is their anger, this is what Nigerians have done against them, this is why they have taken up arms against us.

“Without doing all these, we are just rubbing pomade on their faces and tomorrow, another group will rise up and do something nasty and ask for amnesty.”
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On the $1billion approved by President Muhammadu Buhari to be released for the purchase of military hardware, the cleric said: “Everybody believes that that amount of money is huge. We are waiting for the weapons to arrive.
“I am not in a position to know whether the money would be used for politics or strictly for weapon importation, but we hope they will do so, because Nigerians are suffering.”

Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, at the same event, faulted the alleged looters’ list recently released by the federal government, urging it to ensure that names of everyone who has looted while in office are included in the list.
Answering questions from journalists at the event, Okowa charged the federal government to be sincere and honest in whatever it is doing, adding that the list should not be limited to only one political party.
He said: “Whatever government is doing, they should ensure that names of every person who has looted in governance is released.

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It shouldn’t be limited to any party or done in a manner that Nigerians will begin to have doubts because, looking at the list, you can say it is one-sided and I believe we must be sincere and honest in everything we do and ensure the right thing is done.”
Okowa said there was a high level of insecurity in the country, occasioned by the Boko Haram attacks and Fulani herdsmen/farmers clashes, which have impacted negatively on the economy of farmers, as well as occasional insecurity in the Niger Delta, which was being resolved at the moment.
“It depends on all Nigerians working very closely with the Police and the military authorities and providing information, so that we can bring all these to an end.

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
The technical committee set up by the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, headed by Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, has enjoined the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party to reverse the controversial tenure elongation for the Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee (NWC) and executive officers of the party across the country.
The NEC of the party, to be chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, is billed to deliberate on the report on Monday.

Lalong, who submitted the report of the 10- member committee, yesterday, recommended that the national convention be held at the expiration of the tenure of the party officials.

The report further recommended that ward and states congresses be held in line with the party constitution.

Lalong, while submitting the report to Odigie-Oyegun, stated that the committee worked meticulously before arriving at the recommendations, adding: “The task appeared not easy when it was given to us, but with God on our side and the very wide consultations we made, this report has solved most of the problems that we were thinking was within the APC. That is to tell you that there is democracy in the APC.

“We looked at the meeting of February 27, this year; we looked at also the passion and the commitment of Mr. President towards keeping the party one and also cohesive and so at the end of the day, we made far-reaching recommendations.

“We noticed that there were different interests, which is quite usual. In a party like this, that is progressive, those interests were genuine, but at the end of the day, we were able to marry those interests, so that the party can move forward. So, in this report, you will see a lot of it.

“The report will also contain recommendations of certain issues that we think the party should do immediately. One of them you have already started. That if these recommendations are going to be useful within the shortest time, the party must summon a NEC meeting.

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
The Nigerian Peace Index Report has indicated that Osun, Kogi, Ekiti Kwara and Imo states are the five most peaceful states in Nigeria while Yobe, Kebbi, Bauchi, Zamfara and Sokoto are the least peaceful states.
The research, conducted by Foundation for Peace Professionals, also revealed that the South East has the highest number of higher education institutions in the country with Imo State rated to be the most educated state.

Osun is the most peaceful state, followed by Kogi, Ekiti, Kwara and Imo state. Akwa Ibom was rated most peaceful state in the South South, Kaduna in the North West, Kogi in the North Central, Osun in the South West, Imo in the South East and Taraba in the North East.

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Lagos state has the least poverty rate, Zamfara, the least crime, Ekiti, the least incarceration rates and Taraba, the least human right abuses.

Executive Director of the Foundation, Abdulrazaq Hamzat, during the Media Launch of the Research Project yesterday, disclosed that data was collected between 2010-2016, an average of which was used for the report.

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
It is not unusual these days to see youths, especially in the cities, on campuses, clutching a 'bottle of water' as they move around town. For some, it could be a PET bottle of any of the popular soft drinks, while others carry theirs in the regular water bottles. Most times, the more you look, [] 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
Most of us spend a lot of time trying to lengthen, plump and curl our eyelashes, investing a lot of money in 'revolutionary' mascara and all kinds of other products that promise to give you the lashes of your dream. It's easy to forget that they aren't just an accessory, as they actually protect the [] 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
Exercise is one of the key ways to lower your blood pressure. Exercise can lower your blood pressure by as much as five to 15 points. Working out also boosts the effectiveness of blood pressure medication if you are already being treated for hypertension. You do not have to be an athlete, either. Find activities [] 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
Family Life Consultant and an Intentional Parenting Educator, Dinma Nwobi, has said that it is important to hug your child(ren) 12 times a day. With the alarmingly increasing rate of teen suicide and the worrisome dependence of preteens and teens on substances like Tramadol and codeine leading to overdoses and sudden deaths, there is no [] 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
The Xperience online media a non-profit organization whose aim is to ensure female entrepreneurs and leaders in Africa are purpose-driven, hit a major milestone last week, as they held the third edition of their annual conference in Port Harcourt city. Third edition of the Xperience Womanity Awards and Leading Women Conference The event assembled women [] 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
Shanghai Shenhua are heavily linked with a move for former Chelsea striker Demba Ba as replacement for Obafemi Martins who is expected to spend a minimum of six months on the sidelines after undergoing knee surgery in London. 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
Mrs Fadeke Ogundokun, a quintessential teacher and renowned educationist was born on October 27, 1942 into the Christian family of Pa Samuel and Mama Sarah Adedokun of Alase compound Isia, Okeho, Oyo State. She started her education at the Baptist Primary School Isia, Okeho and later continued her studies at Baptist Girls College, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta [] 

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Sat, 07 Apr 2018
Adeyinka Tekenah is the founder of one of Nigeria's premier indigenous coffee franchises: Happy Coffee, and a recipient of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurs Foundation award. Adeyinka is a Bachelor of Arts graduate with high honors from the prestigious Harold Washington University, Chicago. She also went ahead to acquire a Business Management degree from the University [] 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
APC Governors Back Buhari On Decision To End Oyegun, Others' Tenure Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have finally resolved their differences on the position of President Muhammadu Buhari, regarding the extension of the tenure of party officials. The decision followed a second meeting between Buhari and the governors in his office on Wednesday. [] 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
Top Nollywood movie director, who is popular as Mr. Prolific, Chico Ejiro, is back on location, shooting a thriller, titled, Night Bus to Lagos. The movie director, whose spate of work has not been equaled in the Nollywood industry, is calling the shots as director in what is clearly a star-studded movie, starring notable screen [] 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
For Sijibomi Ogundele, managing director/chief executive officer of Sujimoto Group, there is a way that life tries to snatch your dream away from you and suddenly everything you are doing looks incompetent. The year 2016 and 2017 were probably the most difficult time of his life. He had a dreamt, to develop the biggest project [] 

Sat, 07 Apr 2018
Tope Oshin is a film producer, director and casting director. The former Nigerian Television Authority programmes producer and director was at a time at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, where she had a stint in Economics but left the course for Public Administration and then Theatre Arts, before settling for Television and Film Production [] 

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