NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: Today's Thisday Newspaper Headlines [11 April, 2018].

Below are the headlines found on Thisday Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 11 April, 2018.

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Despite the resolutions agreed to at the meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday, not all stakeholders appear to be satisfied with the outcome of the meeting, with some chieftains of the party warning that the congresses and convention of the ruling party may be deliberately set up or frustrated in order to extend the tenures of executives of the party by subterfuge.

At the NEC meeting of the party on Monday, where President Muhammadu Buhari had declared his intention to seek re-election in next year’s polls, the party reversed its February decision to extend the tenure of its executives by one year, and directed that the processes for the conduct of congresses and a convention should commence.

But it wasn’t a winner takes it all for those opposed to the tenure elongation, as the NEC also granted a waiver that would enable the current party leadership to seek re-election while retaining their various positions.

Briefing the press after the meeting, Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, who chaired the technical committee set up by the party last week to review the tenure elongation issue, had cited Article 31(111) of the APC constitution, which states: “Subject to the approval of the National Executive Committee, the National Working Committee may in special circumstances grant a waiver to a person not otherwise qualified under if, in its opinion, such a waiver is in the best interest of the party.”

The NEC also approved the recommendation of the Lalong-led committee, which advised that in the event that there is a problem and the congress and convention becomes inconclusive, the party will ask the current leadership of the APC to remain in office, but in an acting capacity.

However, the approvals given by the NEC of the party may not have gone down well with some of its stakeholders, who informed THISDAY Tuesday that the proposed congresses and national convention of the APC may be deliberately set up or frustrated to achieve tenure elongation through the backdoor.

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The sources, who preferred to remain unnamed, said the approvals had a hidden motive – to sustain the one-year tenure elongation initially granted APC national and state executives.

Citing a memo by the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, which encapsulated the report of the Lalong committee and was approved by the NEC at its Monday meeting, the sources revealed that the national leadership of the party had anticipated certain circumstances that might make the decision to hold congresses and the national convention impossible to implement.

Oyegun, it was gathered, referencing the findings of the Lalong committee set up by him, had maintained in the memo that the February 27 decision of NEC neither violated the constitution of the party nor the Nigerian Constitution.
The fifth point raised in the memo by Oyegun, as approved by NEC, stated that the February 27 decision would be upheld in case of unforeseen contingencies arising from the congresses/convention.

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Barely 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari declared his intention to seek re-election in the 2019 polls, the Nigerian Army Tuesday set up a special standing court martial that will prosecute officers caught dabbling in politics, compromising military ethics or playing any role in the 2019 general election.

Officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army have been accused several times of meddling in the elections in the country, especially the Ekiti State governorship election in 2014 where Ayodele Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) beat then-incumbent Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Military personnel have also been accused of aiding and abating vote rigging in some of the states won by both major political parties.

Speaking at the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) First Quarter Conference in Abuja, the Chief of Army Staff (CAS), Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, warned his officers and men to steer clear of the 2019 elections.

He also decried the recent criticism that trailed some of the interventions and operations of the Army, stressing that officers are mandated to abstain from meddling in the forthcoming polls.

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According to him, “The Nigerian Army must remain apolitical and professionally responsive in the discharge of its constitutional duties. GOCs (General Officers Commanding) and Field Commanders at all levels are therefore warned that anyone that runs foul of his professional ethics will be appropriately dealt with.

“You are all enjoined to continue to remind officers and soldiers under your command to remain non-partisan and be guided by the stipulated code of conduct and rules of engagement in the discharge of their duties particularly in the coming 2019 general election.

“I have directed for a special standing court martial to be set up in preparation for the coming 2019 elections. I must warn that any Nigerian Army personnel found hobnobbing with politicians or being partisan will be investigated and sent to the special standing court martial.

“I must state that any officer or soldier who wishes to be sympathetic to a political, religious or ethnic group should voluntarily retire from the Nigerian Army.
“Furthermore, all are reminded on the ban on any form of worship outside the barracks except those permitted for wedding and other social events.”

Buratai cautioned officers and soldiers to refrain from any acts of political, religious or ethnic patronage, warning that this would attract severe consequences.
“The fate of the 38 officers who were retired is still fresh in our memories,” he reminded them, making reference to the Ekiti election.

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Last week, Naomi Campbell visited Lagos in honour of Arise Fashion Week and BBK Africa’s Homecoming – the music festival that played host to the African diaspora including Skepta, Wiz Kid and J Hus. “The energy was amazing,” she recounted emotionally on her return home.

“From the moment I landed, I had the most incredible time: the people were wonderful, gracious, kind, accommodating… I received so much love that it felt almost overwhelming.”

The first Arise Fashion Week in six years saw some of the continent’s most esteemed fashion designers – like Tiffany Amber and Ozwald Boateng – present on the catwalk, alongside newer names like Laurence Airline and I Am Isigo.

“I went to an amazing shop, Alara, which is like Colette – and I was so excited by all of the fashion, the music, the culture,” she continued. “I’m gonna wear (all those designers) now that I’m home; I felt so comfortable, so easy, so relaxed.

“I feel like Africa, as a continent, is on the tip of explosion. It’s the next destination, and it needs a broader platform. I am going to help them get it. It’s more than overdue. There needs to be an African Vogue. It’s time.”

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Besides walking the runways, Campbell opened the BBK event with Dream Catchers, a dance collective of underprivileged children from Ikorodu, Lagos, who recently broke the internet with viral videos of their performances and who she had travelled to meet.

“I left with my heart full of so much happiness; I didn’t want to leave. I haven’t felt that love in a long time, and it made me realise that, all the 32 years I’ve been in this business, they’ve been worth it.”

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
MTN Group Ltd. expects the listing of its Nigerian unit on the Lagos stock exchange to be done by the end of this year, its CEO Rob Shutter has said, after suggesting last November that the process would be concluded by mid-year.

“We are progressing very well with the Nigerian listing and if market conditions are appropriate, we will conclude that by the end of the year,” he said Tuesday in an interview in Lagos. He declined to provide more details on the process.

MTN agreed to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) initial public offering as part of the settlement of a $1 billion (N330 billion) revised fine imposed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in 2015.

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Africa’s biggest wireless operator by sales incurred the penalty after missing a deadline to disconnect unregistered subscribers amid a security crackdown in Nigeria.

Nigeria is the largest of the company’s 22 markets across Africa and the Middle East.
According to Bloomberg, MTN is planning to raise at least $500 million from the sale of shares, people familiar with the preparations for the listing said.

The company could dispose of as much as 30 per cent of its Lagos-based unit, the people, who asked not to be identified as the details aren’t public, said in February.

MTN is also preparing to list a 35 per cent stake of its local unit in regional neighbour Ghana, part of a deal with the government to use fourth-generation spectrum, a high-speed mobile data service.

“The Ghana IPO is well advanced,” Shuter said, declining to provide details. “We will make the specific announcement of that in accordance with the IPO schedule.”

MTN is targeting close to $800 million with the Ghanaian listing, which would be more than 10 times bigger than the country’s largest IPO to date, people familiar with the matter said in March.

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Bassey Inyang in Calabar Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, on Tuesday wept openly when he signed the state's 2018 N1.3 trillion budget into law. Ayade, who was overtaken with emotion after signing the budget, shed tears and asked for God's intervention towards the successful implementation of the budget. Tearfully, Ayade handed over a []The post Ayade Weeps as He Signs N1.3tn Budget into Law appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja The federal government has approved the appointment of seven Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in addition to 16 new Chief Executive Officers of some agencies. A statement issued yesterday by the Director Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Lawrence Ojabo, []The post Buhari Ratifies Appointment of Seven RECs, 16 Agency Heads appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

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Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Court adjourns to April 26 to hear application Alex Enumah in Abuja The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremmadu, on Tuesday challenged the proposed seizure of some of his properties by the federal government. The government had on March 21, 2018, approached the Federal High Court in Abuja for an interim order for the temporary []The post Ekweremadu Challenges FG's Planned Seizure of His Assets appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Ejiofor Alike with agency reports Crude oil price on tuesday hit over $70 as the trade war between the United States and China appeared to ease. The price had on January 25, 2018 hit $71, its highest since December 2014. After dropping, crude oil prices are bounding higher, extending yesterday's steep gains, as geopolitical tensions []The post Again, Crude Oil Price Hits over $70 as US, China Tensions Ease appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Chinedu Eze The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued a weather hazard alert to all pilots and airline operators, indicating the hazards associated with rainy season in flight operations at this period of the year. The regulatory authority said the alert was quite imperative at the outset of the rainy season which is usually []The post NCAA Warns Airlines, Pilots over Thunderstorm as Rainy Season Sets in appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Barely 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari declared his intention to contest for another term in office as president of Nigeria, the camps of alleged looters and corrupt elements within and outside the country have been jolted, forcing them to push panic buttons including renting a motley crowd of professional demonstrators to protest against the []The post Presidency Accuses Looters of Staging Veiled Protest Against Buhari in London appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

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