NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: Today's Thisday Newspaper Headlines [16 April, 2018].

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

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari will meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on April 30 to discuss issues on the fight against terrorism and economic ties between Nigeria and the United States, the White House announced yesterday.
“President Trump looks forward to discussing ways to enhance our strategic partnership and advance our shared priorities: promoting economic growth and reforms, fighting terrorism and other threats to peace and security, and building on Nigeria’s role as a democratic leader in the region,” the White House said in a statement.
Buhari, who travelled to the United Kingdom last week ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London, is also billed to hold a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May today.
The Nigerian president will then address Commonwealth leaders towards the end of the week.
According to the White House, “The relationship of the United States with Nigeria is deep and strong, and Nigeria’s economic growth, security, and leadership in Africa will advance our mutual prosperity.”
Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, is among the countries combatting Islamist extremism with help from the U.S.

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The nation is battling an array of security threats across its territory, from Boko Haram jihadists in the northeast to oil militants in the south.
The announcement of the visit comes one day after the fourth anniversary of the Chibok schoolgirls’ abduction, which saw Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls.
The Nigerian president’s White House visit also follows a scandal that erupted in January when Trump allegedly branded African nations “shithole countries”.
The reported remark triggered global outrage and forced the U.S. president to pen a letter reaffirming his commitment to the continent.
Nigeria was among the countries included on Trump’s ex-secretary of state Rex Tillerson’s Africa tour last month — though the former Texas oilman truncated the trip just before the US president brutally sacked him.
Before returning to Washington, Tillerson had notably promised Nigeria support, ranging from equipment to intelligence to helping secure the swift release of the kidnapped schoolgirls.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
The Minister of Finance Mrs. Kemi Adeosun and aggrieved shareholder groups yesterday were at daggers drawn over the events in the last one week pertaining to the lifting, reinstatement and lifting again of the technical suspension placed on Oando’s shares traded on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and the minister’s subsequent removal of the acting director-general of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Dr. Abdul Zubair over the fiasco and his replacement with Ms. Mary Uduk at the weekend.
While the shareholder groups have accused Adeosun of “unwholesome interference” in the nation’s capital market and meddling in the operations of SEC, and demanded her immediate sack, the minister has denied the allegations, saying the shareholder groups were speaking out of ignorance.
According to Adeosun, she had to suspend Zubair at the weekend because she had pointedly asked him not to lift the technical suspension on the energy company’s shares the week before last until a committee comprising representatives from her ministry, SEC, the NSE and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), where Oando has a dual listing, had reviewed the report of the forensic audit submitted by the team of professionals appointed by SEC to investigate the company.

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She said in spite of her directive, SEC still went ahead to issue a memo to the NSE lifting the technical suspension the market regulator had placed on the shares of Oando since October last year.
But in a joint statement in Lagos yesterday, the shareholder groups – Proactive Shareholders’ Association of Nigeria (PROSAN), Trusted Shareholders’ Association of Nigeria (TSAN) and the Oando Shareholders’ Solidarity Group (OSSG) – alleged that in the minister’s desperation to shield Oando from probe, “Adeosun has inevitably caused untold harm both to the independence of SEC and the Nigerian capital market”.
The statement was issued after SEC penultimate week said it had concluded its forensic audit of Oando without making public the outcome of the audit on the energy firm, following which the capital market regulator lifted, reinstated and again lifted the technical suspension placed on the company’s shares in a space of 24 hours last week, culminating in the removal of Zubair by the finance minister, and his replacement with Ms. Uduk.
Oando has been under investigation by the SEC after two major shareholders of the company, in separate petitions submitted last year to the capital market regulator, accused Oando’s management of financial mismanagement, violation of corporate governance tenets and running the company aground.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd) has said he will support any project, organisation or body whose objective is to achieve one Nigeria.
Babangida made the declaration in Minna yesterday when he received the new leadership of the Northern Leaders and Stakeholders’ Assembly  (NLSA), a northern socio-political advocacy, at his residence in Minna, the Niger State capital.
The former military president said as a military officer who had fought for the unity of the country and one that had had the opportunity to govern the country, he would never be a party to any organisation or discussion aimed at the disintegration of the nation.
“I will support any group that comes out with a template that will ensure the unity and stability of Nigeria,” Babangida said emphatically, adding: “Politics is all about togetherness and the betterment of the country.”
Babangida told the group led by Alhaji Tanko Yakasai to interact with politicians across the country, irrespective of party affiliations because  “they (politicians) know what Nigerians need”.
According to him, anything within the context of one Nigeria was noble. “I will support and bless what you are doing but you should be fair in your dealings with Nigerians.
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move has answered my questions and put away my worries about the essence of one Nigeria. The Assembly will go a long way in cementing the unity of the north and indeed Nigeria.”

Speaking earlier, the chairman of the NLSA said the group’s mission was aimed at promoting the cultural and political unity and amity among all northerners.
According to him “This Assembly is political but non-partisan. It is political in the sense that the door is opened to all northerners, irrespective of their ethnicity, differences in religious and political beliefs or sectional background.”
Yakasai noted that although the idea to form the group came about just as the country was approaching general election, its formation had nothing to do with the elections. “We are aiming at something far beyond this year’s electioneering,” he said.
He disclosed further that the group would not be an affiliate of any political party, ethnic-based group or religious body.
Some members of the NLSA on the entourage included the former Minister of the FCT Alhaji Bala Mohammed and former Niger State governor Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Business mogul and politician, Mr. Orji Uzor Kalu, will on April 27 deliver Diaspora's day lecture on the 'Role of the Diaspora in National development and Bilateral Relationship' at the Nigerian Embassy, Beijing, China The speaker is expected to exchange his ideas with Nigerians on the role of Diaspora Nigerians in the development of Nigeria []The post Kalu to Deliver Diaspora Day Lecture in China appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Decries security agents' helplessness By Seriki Adinoyi in Jos Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) has expressed worries over the continuous spate of killings and kidnappings across the country, declaring three-day fasting and prayers for the peace of Nigeria. The President of ECWA, Rev Jeremiah Gado, made this known in a communiqu issued at the end []The post ECWA Expresses Worry over Spate of Killings, Kidnappings across Nigeria appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
By Daji Sani in Yola Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called on Christians to pray for Christians leaders occupying higher position in authorities, adding that no leader recorded in the Bible was able to succeed on his own without the unity and prayers of the church. The vice president disclosed this at the 50th birthday []The post Osinbajo Sues for Unity of Churches in Nigeria appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Former President of Ghana, John Mahama, former Governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, African Richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote and several other experts will address global leaders at the 2018 Commonwealth Business Forum holding from April 16 to 18 in London. The forum will take place in conjunction with the Commonwealth Heads of Government []The post Mahama, Obi, Dangote, Other Experts to Address Global Leaders at 2018 Commonwealth Business Forum appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
By David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka Former Minister of Aviation and erstwhile Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Chief Osita Chidoka, has said there is an urgent need to heal Nigeria of the many troubles plaguing her. Chidoka said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stands a better chance to heal her than the []The post Chidoka: There's Urgent Need to Heal Nigeria Now appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

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