NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: Today's Thisday Newspaper Headlines [17 April, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on Thisday Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 17 April, 2018.

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari Monday told the British Prime Minister Theresa May at her No. 10 Downing Street office in London that he was more worried about the state of Nigeria’s security and the economy than the 2019 election, which he declared last week that he intends to re-contest.

The president, who made the remark while holding bilateral talks with the prime minister, recalled that his administration was propelled by a three-point campaign agenda: security, anti-corruption fight and economic revival.


 
According to him, as the 2019 elections draw near, politicians are pre-occupied with the forthcoming polls while he was more bothered by the state of the nation’s security and economy.

“We campaigned on three major issues, to secure the country, revive the economy and fight corruption. We have elections next year, politicians are already pre-occupied with the polls, but I am bothered more about security and the economy,” the president said.
Buhari, who was received by May at the entrance of Number 10 at about 1.40 p.m. Monday, walked along with her into her office where both leaders held a closed-door meeting for about 30 minutes.

Before the two leaders went into the closed-door meeting, the prime minister praised Buhari for his efforts in the global fight against terrorism, anti-corruption in Nigeria, sustenance of democracy and economic progress, stressing that Britain has a long history of trade relations with Nigeria.

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Buhari, according to a statement issued by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, at the end of the meeting, told May that Nigeria made a temporary mistake when it stopped the teaching of History in schools because it deprived Nigerian pupils of the opportunity of knowing their past.

He commended British companies such as Unilever, Cadbury, and many others, which he said have “stood with Nigeria through thick and thin; even when we fought a civil war, they never left”.

The president did not mince words when like Oliver Twist, he called for more investments from Britain and thanked May for the support the country had given to Nigeria in the training and equipping of its military as well as in the fight against terrorism.

“Like Oliver Twist, we ask for more investments. We are encouraging more British companies to come to Nigeria. We appreciate the support you have given in training and equipping our military, particularly in the war against the insurgency, but we want to also continue to work with you on trade and investments,” he was quoted as saying.

The statement also said Buhari briefed May on the giant strides Nigeria has recorded through massive investments in agriculture, disclosing that rice imports had been reduced by 90 per cent, a situation he said had helped to put Nigeria on the path to food self-sufficiency.

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Following the latest change in leadership at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), market analysts have pushed for the independence of the commission, with some cautioning that the continuing changes may dampen investors’ confidence in the nation’s capital market.


 
Their note of caution came a few days after the Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun removed the acting director general of the capital market regulator, Dr. Abdul Zubair, and replaced him with Mary Uduk. The minister also appointed three acting commissioners for the commission.

Zubair’s ouster followed the suspension five months ago of the substantive head of SEC, Mr. Mounir Gwarzo, whose fate continues to hang in the balance despite the recommendation for his outright dismissal by an investigative panel set up by the minister to probe him.

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Gwarzo was investigated for allegedly awarding contracts linked to him and his wife and for paying himself a severance package of N104 million.
The changes, which market operators observed was the third in a spate of five months by Adeosun, has the capacity to slow down activities and affect the smooth running of the capital market which they said made considerable gains in the first quarter of 2018.

Commenting on developments at SEC, a stockbroker, who preferred to remain unnamed, noted that the current acting director general Mary Uduk is eminently qualified to hold the post given her vast experience as a market regulator, but called for the amendment of the Investment and Securities Act by the National Assembly to give the SEC independence like the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to prevent meddling and interference by any ministry.

“The capital market is part of the financial system, and since the CBN was given independence, no person can come and remove its governor without the approval of two-thirds of the Senate.

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Barely one week after President Muhammadu Buhari blamed the rise in attacks by suspected herdsmen on foreign militia once trained by Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, the United States military Monday expressed great concern over incessant attacks by foreign extremists in Nigeria and other West African countries.


 
Speaking at the African Land Forces Summit in Abuja, the Commanding General of the U.S. Army, Africa, Brig.-Gen. Eugene LeBoeuf, said insecurity and terrorism in Nigeria and other West African nations have been fuelled by the invasion of foreign extremists in the region.

LeBoeuf’s remarks came just as gunmen, masquerading as herders of cattle continued their rampage in the Middle Belt, killing four policemen in Benue State and many residents of Tiv extraction in neighbouring Nasarawa State in the last three days.

Suspected herdsmen disguised in military fatigues also met their waterloo Monday in Yogbo community in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State when Nigerian troops prevented them from carrying out a reprisal against residents in the area.


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On the increasing attacks, LeBoeuf said the U.S. military had set in motion a strategic plan to assist Nigeria and other nations within the region with reliable border security plans.
He said: “To respect our security cooperation activities, we again will support border security activities through invitation to help support our African allies.

“We are all concerned over attacks from foreign extremists’ orgainisation and so the U.S. is interested in supporting our partner nations to secure their borders and enabling security whether in their country or outside.”
LeBoeuf explained that the U.S. would continue to support Nigeria in strengthening its defence policy, which will be geared towards combating terrorism and extremism in the West African sub-region.

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
A new book written by a former Finance Minister and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has revealed insider details that will impact Nigeria’s political economy for a very long time.

According to the book titled, ‘Fighting Corruption is Dangerous: The Story Behind the Headlines,’ which is meant to contribute to the global understanding of the challenges that reformers face when fighting corruption in developing countries, former President Goodluck Jonathan’s concession in the 2015 elections to President Muhammadu Buhari was a decision he reached on his own with little or no prodding from outside forces.


 
In the book, which went public last week to readers who had pre-ordered it, Okonjo-Iweala detailed what happened on that fateful day when unknown to all present at the presidential residence in Aso Villa on March 31, 2015, the then president had already spoken to his rival in the presidential election, Buhari, and conceded while various high level government officials and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) bigwigs were discussing whether or not he should concede.

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Okonjo-Iweala revealed that with the room full of people giving conflicting advice, she leaned towards the president, who was seated by her, to impress it upon him the importance of conceding before the results were completely collated and announced, and that he listened to her whispered words and then spoke loudly in response to the hearing of everyone in the room, “It is done. A few minutes ago, I called to congratulate President-elect Buhari.”
The former finance minister’s accounts are consistent with the recollections of her then colleague, Osita Chidoka, who was Minister of Aviation. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja The Deputy National Chairman (South) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Segun Oni, has rejected the claim by a statesman, Tanko Yakassai, that the North in 2015 took advantage of the malfunctioning card readers to rig the elections in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari. Yakassai, who is the chairman []The post APC Disagrees with Yakassai over North's Rigging Claim in 2015 appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Omololu Ogunmade Officials of the federal government last night revealed details of how over a billion naira was misappropriated by seven staff of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). A government source, who did not want to be named, gave details of how the embattled staff stole $284,000 and 95,000 respectively in an email he forwarded []The post Presidency Report Reveals How Suspended NEMA Staff May Have Siphoned Billions of Naira appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Chiemelie Ezeobi Save for the help of forensic experts, Peter Nielson, a Danish, would have successfully covered up the alleged murder of his wife, Zainab, and their three-year-old daughter, Petra, at their Banana Island home in Lagos. THISDAY gathered yesterday that Nielson had gone at great lengths to cleverly wipe off traces of blood stains []The post How Forensic Experts Helped Police Indict Danish Murder Suspect in Lagos appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Some Nigerians on Twitter have applauded the American music star, Beyonce, for paying tribute to Afro beat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, and honouring Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Adichie. Beyonce, who became the first black woman to headline Coachella last Saturday, did so with a two-hour performance and had her band perform a rendition of Fela's 1976 []The post Beyonce Gets Praise for Honouring Fela, Chimamanda, Using Nigerian Dancers at Coachella appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
We won't allow group to disturb Abuja's peace, say police 'PDP demands probe of clash Onyebuchi Ezigbo, Olawale Ajimotokan and Paul Obi in Abuja Soldiers from the Brigade of Guards in Abuja were drafted as members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also known as the Shiites, clashed with security operatives in Abuja []The post Troops Mobilised as Shiites, Police Clash in Abuja appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
AdemolaAdeleke, senator representing Osun west senatorial district, has declared his interest to contest the September 22governorship election. Adeleke, according to The Cable, made this known in a letter he addressed to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Aleleke, who has spent barely a year in the Senate, replaced Isiaka, his elder brother, who died in April []The post Senator Adeleke Writes PDP, Declares Governorship Ambition appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

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