NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE TRIBUNE NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [8TH APRIL, 2018]


Below are the headlines found on The Tribune Online Newspaper for today, Sunday 8th April, 2017.

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
A brewing crisis of confidence between the National Assembly and the executive might result in the blockage of the plan by President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw $1 billion for the purchase of security equipment, Sunday Tribune has learnt.

Giving this hint on Saturday, the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki said that lack of engagement with the parliament might force the senators to oppose the president’s approval to withdraw $1 billion to fund the purchase of the security equipment, blaming the incessant executive-legislative friction on lack of consultation and collaboration between the two arms.

Saraki, who stated that some senators who spoke to him on the approved $1billion security fund were angry that the president could approve the expenditure of such huge sum of money without recourse to the National Assembly, said the National Assembly could block the use of the fund for what President Buhari intended.


 
Saraki stated these in Jos, the Plateau State capital, at a retreat on “Strengthening Executive-Legislature Relations.”

It is expected that President Buhari’s approval of $1 billion for the purchase of security equipment would be one of the topical issues for debate when the Senate resumes plenary on Tuesday.


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Saraki, who insisted that Nigerians must be prepared to defend and protect the institution of the parliament, noted that government was all about institutions and not individuals, saying said that the number of blackmails members of the National Assembly have suffered for doing the right thing was simply alarming.

According to him, it is obvious that the National Assembly is constantly under attack by individuals who abhor the principles of separation of powers as enshrined by the democratic doctrine.

He, however, insisted that the protection of the institution of the parliament was the only way sustainable democracy could be guaranteed in the country, “because without the legislature there will be no democracy.”


 
On the approval of the $1 billion security equipment fund, Saraki said: “There is no way the security architecture of this country can work without a strong synergy between the executive and the legislature. When you see certain agencies who by their actions and utterances frustrate the relationship between the two arms, you begin to wonder what is going on.

“What do we need to do? Do the police need more funding or more powers? Do they need new legislations to strengthen them? These are the issues where the executive and the legislature must work together. What do we need to do?

“Just few days ago, the issue of providing funding for the purchase of security equipment was in the news. In a good environment, such an issue needed to have been discussed with lawmakers. Already, some senators are angry. They said they were not consulted by the executive before such a decision was taken. These are the issues we are talking about. Some people have already taken position because they were not consulted. That is why I stressed the issue of collaboration between the two arms. The issue of engagement is important.”


Sun, 08 Apr 2018
Ahead of tomorrow’s meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the camps within the party have stormed Abuja for what sources told Sunday Tribune would be a stormy session, as forces loyal to the embattled national chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and the camps of the national leader of the party, Senator Bola Tinubu, have been said to be gearing up for a last minute battle of wit.

Sunday Tribune checks revealed that Odigie-Oyegun’s sympathisers, whose rank has since been depleted following the volte face by the governors, are in final push for a block support from the state chairmen of the ruling party.

But indications emerged at the weekend that the peace between the camps of President Muhammadu Buhari and Tinubu appeared to have been consolidated following the resolution of the Governor Simon Lalong-led technical committee to toe the line of constitutionality, a development that is said to be sending jitters down the spine of those in Odigie-Oyegun’s camp.

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Findings revealed that the forum of 36 state chairmen would have been beneficiary of the tenure elongation granted the Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee (NWC) by the National Executive Committee at its meeting last February before the March gathering where President Buhari expressed reservations and called for the jettisoning of the NEC’s earlier resolution.

A party source, however, confided in Sunday Tribune that it would be difficult for the state chairmen to continue to back Odigie-Oyegun, as it would amount to open confrontation with governors in their respective states.

“It will be difficult for state chairmen in states controlled by the APC to maintain support for Chief Odigie-Oyegun. It is only in states where APC is in opposition that the state chairmen can indulge in such folly. I am sure the national chairman can play on sentiments in South-South and South-East states to sway support for him,” the source said.

Further checks by Sunday Tribune revealed that the camp of the former Lagos State governor and the APC Governors’ Forum led by the Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, were already looking beyond the Monday meeting, following the recommendation of the technical committee led by Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong, which recommended the conduct of ward, state congresses and national convention to replace existing structures of the party at all levels.

The committee, which submitted its report on Friday, was said to have recommended the immediate commencement of plans for congresses and convention, which will usher in another leadership of the party.


 
That position will be unveiled at the NEC meeting, sources close to the party said at the weekend.

It was gathered that the Lalong Committee had recommended something similar to the position of the president at the last NEC meeting of the party and that arrangements would be put in place from Monday to conduct congresses and the convention.

It was gathered that the National Convention Committee of the party would be put in place on Monday after the NEC would have ratified the report of the technical committee.


Sun, 08 Apr 2018
The Ekiti State government has rejected a planned visit to the state by a former governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, saying he should, rather, take his peace advocacy to other parts of the country where there is insecurity problems.

A statement by the government, on Saturday, said Kalu, who is the chairman, Advisory Board for the National Movement for Re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari, should not bring his peace advocacy to Ekiti, a state  the Police adjudged as “the most peaceful state in the country.”


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In the statement by the special assistant to Governor Ayodele Fayose on Public Communications and New Media, Mr Lere Olayinka, Ekiti government noted that the former Abia State governor  had embarked on a tour of the South West purportedly to advocate for peace, fairness and unity of the country with a view to rallying support for the President’s second term bid in 2019.

Fayose said Kalu should “take his advocacy for peace to other parts of the country where security of lives and properties of Nigerians is under threat, not Ekiti State that even the Police says is the most peaceful state in the country.”

“There is no threat to peace and unity of Nigeria from Ekiti State for anyone, including Orji Kalu to address. Therefore, he should not expect to be welcomed to any palace in Ekiti State,” he said.

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
MINISTER of Communications and governorship aspirant in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Oyo State chapter, Adebayo Shittu, has told Governor Abiola Ajimobi that the list of his loyalists recently unveiled as the party’s candidates for the May 12 council election will not stand and will be resisted by him.

Shittu, who stated this on Saturday, while featuring on Political Circuit, an interview programme on Fresh FM, Ibadan, said APC’s constitution only provided for direct or indirect primaries as means for electing candidates for elections and not through any consensus list which he said was undemocratic.

Loyalists of Governor Ajimobi were announced as APC chairmanship candidates in the polls at a ceremony held in Lafia Hotel, Ibadan, two weeks ago.


 
But Shittu, who described the event at Lafia as unconstitutional, said it would be a wild dream for the governor and his loyalists to think they could erect something on nothing, wondering why the governor was afraid of primaries.

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He queried: “Why will a few people sit in a hotel and decide for the entire state? This is Oyo State. It is not a banana republic. It is not a kangaroo state. It is unacceptable. It is unfair to people who have used their hard-earned money to purchase forms from the party for almost a year.

“What happened at that hotel is nothing over which nobody can put something. I want to say on behalf of millions of our party members across the state that they will stand for primary election and vote for people of their choice.

“It is better we don’t have local government election than to have a hogwash arrangement which will produce only loyalists of the governor. They mentioned consensus list. Consensus by who?”

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
The Governing Council of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has suspended five directors and chief maintenance officer of the agency indefinitely. This is contained in a statement by the Head Media and Public Relations [...]The post NEMA suspends directors over EFCC probe appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
The Celestial had settled that late billionaire businessman, Moshood Kashimawo Abiola would not be Nigerian president even if he won an election to the office, before he 'won' the June 12, 1993 presidential election. General [...]The post What God told me about MKO, Tofa, Aminu Kano before June 12 election 'Adeboye appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
KWARA State Police command says the robbers, who attacked banks and police station in Offa town last Thursday, carted away some rifles, disclosing that it has arrested seven suspects in connection with the robbery. The [...]The post Offa robbery attack: Robbers stole some riffles at police station 'CP appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
The Federal Government appears to be in a dilemma over the amnesty programme it plans to put in place for repentant Boko Haram members, sources close to the administration have said. Insiders in the administration [...]The post FG in dilemma over Boko Haram amnesty appeared first on Tribune. 


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Sun, 08 Apr 2018
As the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continued to trade accusations over the looter's list recently released by the Federal Government, a group under the aegis [...]The post FG's looters' list laughable 'NIM appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
Amidst heightened interest in the outcome of the report of the panel set up by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) to investigate alleged underage voting in the Kano State Local Government election, the state [...]The post No evidence of underage voters in Kano LG poll 'Ganduje appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
In the past two weeks at least, the Nigerian government and the US billionaire businessman and philanthropist, Mr. Bill Gates, have been at variance over the rather unflattering comments that the latter made about the [...]The post How Awo foresaw FGN/Bill Gates' debate appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
Dr Adetokunbo Pearse is a chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Lagos State Coordinator for Professor Tunde Adeniran, one of the party's national chairmanship aspirants. Pearse, who is a Senior Lecturer at the [...]The post Buhari qualified to contest in 2019, but''Pearse appeared first on Tribune. 


Sun, 08 Apr 2018
A former governor, of Abia State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari would win the presidential election in Nigeria next year. Kalu who [...]The post Buhari will win again in 2019'Kalu appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
The travelling exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of Osogbo Art opened to a warm reception in Lagos last Friday. After showing in Osogbo, Abuja and the US, 'Vision of the Last Quarter', the art exhibition [...]The post Osogbo Art shines in Lagos as 50th-anniversary drumbeats continue appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
In this report, KUNLE ODEREMI, SAM NWAOKO, HAKEEM GBADAMOSI, DARE ADEKANMBI and MOSES ALAO write on the crisis in the state chapters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead the 2019 general election, raising questions [...]The post S/West PDP: Will this house stand the storm' appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
We descended into Istanbul a few minutes after daylight just as the early morning sunset the eastern horizon ablaze with a golden haze. From the air, high rise buildings, spikes and minarets of mosques and [...]The post A stop over in Istanbul appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
LOCATED at the Western part of Kaduna State Birnin Gwari is the bridge linking the Northern states and the South-West. But in spite of its strategic importance, there is nothing to show that this is [...]The post Birnin Gwari: A town under the mercy of criminals appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
I wouldn't know where the bogus concept of hate speech came from or who brought up the idea to the floor of the National Assembly but I know for certain what purpose it was meant [...]The post Hate speech redefined appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
Prelate, United Baptist Mission in Nigeria, Right Reverend Osama Usuanlele, has admonished the Federal Government against playing politics with the lives of Nigerians. He stated this in his reaction to the continuous holding back of [...]The post Stop playing politics with people's lives, Bishop Usuanlele charges FG appeared first on Tribune. 

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Sun, 08 Apr 2018
I know God is able to do great things for people. He can shatter the chains that bind us to sin. He can hold us steady through every wave of heartache or adversity that comes [...]The post God can free us from sin, but does he want to' appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 08 Apr 2018
As Police continue their investigation into the alleged murder of Nigerian artiste, Nielsen Zainab Joy otherwise known as Alizee and her four-year-old daughter, Petra by her husband, Peter Nielsen, Petra Entertainment Limited, the management of [...]The post Zainab Ali-Nelsen alleged killer is Danish not Italian citizen 'Management appeared first on Tribune. 

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