NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: Today's Thisday Newspaper Headlines [4th April, 2018].

Below are the headlines found on Thisday Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 4th April, 2018.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
The attempt by President Muhammadu Buhari and governors elected on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) to resolve the lingering quagmire caused by the president’s rejection of the 12 months tenure extension for elected and appointed executives of the party at all levels, ended in a stalemate at the State House Tuesday.

The inability of both sides to agree on the issue has effectively cast an air of uncertainty over the fate of the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, even as the presidency is already leaning towards former Edo State governor Adams Oshiomhole to emerge as the chairman of the party at its National Convention, in the event Buhari gets his way.

But this was just as the APC, at the same time, set up a 10-member technical committee headed by the Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong to review the tenure extension granted to the executives of the party. The committee has until the weekend to submit its report.
The meeting between Buhari and the governors, rather than reach a consensus on the lingering crisis, ended up deepening the cracks over the issue, as the governors left the State House, Abuja, more polarised than before the start of the meeting.

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According to sources, the president’s rejection of the tenure extension earlier granted to Oyegun and others at last week’s APC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, has divided the governors, with some insisting that the executives continue beyond the expected expiration of their tenure in June while others are vehemently opposed to it.

Buhari, at the NEC meeting last week, had told the party to jettison the approval granted by the same NEC in February on the tenure extension on the grounds that it was in violation of the Nigerian Constitution and the APC constitution.

It was on this basis that the APC governors met with the president Tuesday to resolve the issue but still could not reach an agreement on the way to go.
It was learnt that owing to the stalemate, the president adjourned the meeting and asked the governors to decide on another date for the meeting to continue.

THISDAY further learnt that the Chairman of Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari rose to suggest April 9 for the next meeting, in accordance with the president’s advice, but was vehemently confronted by the governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, leading to an abrupt end of the meeting without agreeing on the next date for the meeting.

Ahead of the meeting, el-Rufai was at the State House for three hours.
Sources said the governor had opted to come earlier than expected because he was bent on convincing the president to change his stance on the tenure elongation. But it was not certain if he met with Buhari before the meeting.
Of the 24 APC governors, only the governors of Yobe and Katsina States, Ibrahim Geidam and Aminu Masari, were absent at the meeting. Geidam was however represented by his deputy.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Renowned constitutional lawyer and elder statesman, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, threw his weight behind the call by a former defence minister, General T.Y. Danjuma (rtd), for Nigerians to defend themselves against the marauding Fulani herdsmen who have killed hundreds of people nationwide, owing to what Danjuma blamed on as the collusion of the military with the killers.

According to Nwabueze, Nigerians should rise up to defend themselves, noting that Danjuma had only re-echoed Section 33 of the Constitution, which guarantees citizens the right to self-defence.

Section 33 of the Nigerian Constitution, which deals with the right to life states: (1) Every person has a right to life, and no one shall be deprived intentionally of his life, save in execution of the sentence of a court in respect of a criminal offence of which he has been found guilty in Nigeria.

(2) A person shall not be regarded as having been deprived of his life in contravention of this section, if he dies as a result of the use, to such extent and in such circumstances as are permitted by law, of such force as is reasonably necessary –
(a) for the defence of any person from unlawful violence or for the defence of property:
(b) in order to effect a lawful arrest or to prevent the escape of a person lawfully detained; or
(c) for the purpose of suppressing a riot, insurrection or mutiny.

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Nwabueze, in a statement issued Tuesday in Enugu, further cautioned that anarchy and consequent ethnic cleansing were imminent should Nigerians resort to self-defence in the face of the federal government’s failure to effectively checkmate the activities of the rampaging killer herdsmen in parts of Nigeria.

He warned that the attacks, killings, destruction of properties, and displacement of people by Fulani herdsmen would ultimately force communities at the receiving end to resort to self-defence as guaranteed under Section 33(1-2) of the Constitution.

He noted that in the event the situation degenerates to that level, the blame should be entirely heaped at the doorstep of President Muhammadu Buhari whom he accused of failing to disarm the killer herdsmen at the early stages of the conflict.
The constitutional lawyer said the resort to self-defence, which he prayed would not happen, would culminate in indiscriminate killings on both sides, ethnic cleansing and anarchy, adding that such a terrible situation must be viewed from the prism of an extraordinary situation created by the Fulani herdsmen.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Nigeria on April 9 for London, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled to take place between April 16 and 20 in the British capital.

A top presidency source told THISDAY Tuesday that the president was leaving Nigeria ahead of the meeting to attend to some private matters in the United Kingdom.

The source, however, did not explain the nature of the private matters the president wants to attend to.
At the CHOGM summit, leaders will focus on delivering a sustainable, fairer, a more secure and prosperous future for the citizens of its member states.

The summit’s theme is: “Towards a Common Future” and is focused on building on the strengths of the 53 nations that make up the Commonwealth to ensure this unique organisation is responsive to global challenges and delivers a more prosperous, secure, sustainable and fair future for all its citizens, particularly its young people.

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The summit will aim to build links between countries to offer young people access to knowledge and skills; and give them a voice on key issues such as democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

During the week of April 16, leaders will attend working sessions to discuss shared global challenges, attend a dinner hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace and gather at Windsor Castle for the Leaders’ Retreat – a day when leaders engage in frank dialogue and set the course for future Commonwealth cooperation.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof. Usman Yusuf, is embroiled in yet another controversy following his decision to invest at least N25 billion of the scheme’s funds in government securities through Cowry Asset Management Limited.

This is even as the Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun and her counterpart in the health ministry, Prof. Isaac Adewole, according to documents seen by THISDAY, have both warned against the investment, saying it is in violation of the government’s Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy.

The TSA policy requires all federal ministries, departments and agencies to domicile their funds in the TSA with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), except where the agency is granted exemption by the federal government.
But Yusuf, who was suspended by Adewole last year over corruption allegations and nepotism, but was reinstated by President Muhammadu Buhari without recourse to his minister, has said the health minister gave his approval for the investment to be made.

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According to a letter seen by THISDAY with reference number NHIS/ES/262 and titled: “Re: Urgent Need for the NHIS to Invest Its Residual Funds,” which was addressed to the managing director of Cowry Asset Management, the NHIS boss appointed the firm as its asset manager/financial adviser to advise the scheme on investments in FGN bonds.
The letter said: “By this letter, I am formally engaging Cowry Asset Management Limited to be the scheme’s Asset Manager/Financial Adviser, and authorising it to advise the scheme on investing in Federal Government securities.”
It also quoted an approval given by the health minister, vide letter Ref Nos: HMH/ABJ/032/X/465 dated August 18, 2017, for the NHIS to start investing its residual funds in bonds.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Yekini Jimoh in Lokoja The Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello's left foot is currently in a plaster cast after falling from a car and sustaining an injury, possibly a fracture, on the foot. THISDAY gathered Tuesday that the incident occurred during the Easter holidays along the Old Market road in Lokoja when he [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
GUEST COLUMNIST BY ISSA AREMU Arguments for and against have expectedly trailed the reported damning remarks of General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma on Nigeria Army's operations in some parts of the country. The former Chief of the Nigerian Army and one time Nigeria's Minister of Defence made the remarks on Saturday, March 24, 2018 during the [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
The government of Switzerland has blocked several bank accounts in the country linked to the planned bribery trial of Eni and Shell executives in Milan, Italy, as it relates to the infamous Malabu oil scam. On Monday, the office of the Swiss Attorney-General confirmed that at the request of public prosecutors from Milan, it has [] 

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Wed, 04 Apr 2018
In reaction to the latest no-confidence vote passed by former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidency has said Obasanjo's failure tag on the current administration was not new. It said the administration would therefore not join issues with the former president over his comments and assessment. According to the News Agency [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has denied the video and news report alleging that there was a raid in his residence and that loot was discovered by the raiders who are members of the Nigerian police. In a statement signed by the activist and former Adviser to Jonathan on Social Media, Reno Omokiri, the former [] 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018
ExxonMobil appoints Inoyo vice chairman Ejiofor Alike The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has charged local operators in Nigeria's oil and gas industry to continue to conduct their operations with transparency. This is coming as ExxonMobil affiliates in Nigeria ' Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN) and Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria [] 

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