NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE VANGUARD NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [3RD APRIL, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Vanguard Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 3rd April, 2018.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The Presidency kept mum, yesterday, as former President Olusegun Obasanjo again lampooned President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, describing it as an incompetent, ineffective and non-performing government.

Reacting to President Obasanjo’s assertions, the All Progressives Congress, APC urged him to always put things in perspective, noting that someone could also negatively assess his first term between 1999 and 2003 because of the challenges he faced at that time.

Obasanjo, who reiterated his earlier declaration that the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, cannot take the nation to the promised land, urged Nigerians not to be deceived by the reforms promised by the APC or accept the recent apology tendered by the PDP.

His declaration was amplified by Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, and elder statesman, Tanko Yakassai, who said the former President had merely stated the obvious.


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The former president spoke at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, OOPL, Abeokuta, while receiving a joint delegation of Nigeria Young Professionals Forum, NYPF, and New Nigeria 2019.

Obasanjo said: “What those I call power addicts would want to do is to divide you based on gender, age, tribe, religion and region. You have one commonality, the interest of Nigeria and it doesn’t matter where you come from. We had that interest.

“The truth is this: When you have an ineffective and incompetent government, we are all victims. And don’t let anybody deceive you. Those of you who are in business, your business could have been better today if we have a competent and effective and performing government.

“As I said, stop giving excuses; we met challenges. If there are no challenges, then we wouldn’t need you to come. You came in because you know there are challenges and then giving us excuse that you have many challenges, that is why you haven’t achieved results. And then you still want to go for second term.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
THE Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, reacted yesterday on the report that the Federal Government was planning to grant amnesty to Boko Haram insurgents, arguing that such a move was a confirmation that the entire information management machinery of the All Progressives Congress, APC, -led government was run on lies. IPOB  media and publicity secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, in a statement, asked whether it was not the same Boko Haram which the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed claimed to have defeated. 

The statement read: 
“How come they are negotiating permanent ceasefire with Boko Haram? Are we now to believe that Boko Haram was not defeated in the first place? “It is not a surprise to us that the President Buhari- led APC government is now seeking to acknowledge publicly what they have been doing in secret all along, which is, granting early release and amnesty to confirmed killers and terrorists. “There is something about the mindset of this administration that predisposes it to killers and terrorists. What this move confirms, even to the most ardent supporters of the government, is that Boko Haram is
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part and parcel of the present government. “President Buhari appears to have a deep affinity with the   tendencies of Boko Haram, the same way he has become beholden to killer herdsmen that are decimating innocent non Muslim populations across the Middle Belt and Southern Nigeria. “Boko Haram’s well documented atrocities propelled Buhari into office and so, he is   reciprocating that very gesture now through this amnesty, in the hope that a comprehensive agreement with the terror group will guarantee him a second term.” According to Powerful, “as long as politicians from Southern Nigeria and Middle Belt were still divided in their respective  approaches to the issue of Nigeria’s existence, the core north would continue to take advantage of the one Nigeria mindset to perpetuate impunity whilst in government. He urged well –meaning people to seek the reaction of Chi

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
FORMER Chairman, Senate Committee on Privatisation, Senator Ayo Arise, yesterday, said members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who indicated interest in the governorship election didn’t violate any provision of the 2010 Electoral Act.

Arise, who said declaration of intent was not an open campaign but a mobilising step by any party members to shore up the party’s popularity, added that he was not a stranger to the provision of Electoral Act 2010 which stipulated that aspirants can only campaign 90 days to the election.

Arise said: “The statement credited to former governor Kayode Fayemi that he decided to tarry a while before declaring for the governorship position to prevent him from flouting  the Electoral Act only portrayed those who had earlier declared as lawbreakers, I think those of us who have declared intentions should be commended for mobilising for the party.”

Speaking with journalists in Ado Ekiti, Arise said: “The statement that all other aspirants are not law abiding is not good enough. Those of us who have declared are not lawbreakers.


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“Fayemi is the leader of the party. We are not unaware of the provision of the law. It could have been more dignified if he had said he was coming late because of his status as a Minister. It is not good for him to have portrayed all of us as not  law abiding.

“However, we welcome him into the race. He is a leader of our great party and the primary I think  will be interesting.”

“But this is an election we must win and nobody should try to ascribe wisdom to himself. And I will advise him not to use or do anything that would make him looks smarter than all of us”, he advised.

Making further clarifications on the issue provisions of the law, Arise said: “INEC only give guidelines to checkmate violence and a party is not duty bound to wait for INEC before mobilizing. So, I expected him (Fayemi) to have eulogized us for mobilizing for the party.”

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
EKITI State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose has described the Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu as a man of destiny, and urged Abia electorate to vote him for second term in 2019.The post Ikpeazu, man of destiny 'Fayose appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
IMMEDIATE past governor of Delta state, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, has said he will not be a senator who shares 'Keke NAPEP' once in a year to his constituents if elected into the Senate in 2019.The post My senatorial ambition not to share keke annually 'Uduaghan appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
AFTER several months of intrigues, former Military Administrator of Akwa Ibom State, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (retd), has taken over as National Chairman of Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, an umbrella body of the people of the South-South geo-political zone.The post Nkanga, ex-A'Ibom gov takes over PANDEF leadership appeared first on Vanguard News. 

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Tue, 03 Apr 2018
VICE President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday in Lagos raised hope of that Leah Sharibu, the Christian girl still in the custody of Boko Haram terrorists, after the release of 105 other students of Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, earlier abducted by the terrorists group, would soon be set free.The post Dapchi: Osinbajo re-assures of Leah Sharibu's safe return appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
House of Representatives member, representing Ughelli North, Ughelli South and Udu constituency of Delta State, Mr. Solomon Ahwinahwi, has disclosed that members of the House received a total of N323 million for constituency projects in three years.The post Reps received N323m for constituency projects in three years 'Ahwinahwi appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
ASenior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Ferdinand Orbih, has described the release of names of alleged looters, who still have cases in court by the Federal Government as totally irresponsible.The post Orbih flays FGs list of alleged looters appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
DELTA State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has assured all those seeking election on the platform of the party in the 2019 general election of a level playing ground, insisting that there will be no imposition of candidates.The post 2019: No imposition of candidates, Delta PDP assures aspirants appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Federal legislators are in a fresh push to ensure the completion of the multi-billion dollar Ajaokuta Steel Complex, ASC, as a public company.The post Legislators in fresh push for Ajaokuta Steel completion appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Delta State Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Mr Mofe Pirah, has said that he acted very responsibly and transparently with the funds of Itsekiri Regional Development Council, IRDC, as the first chairman, dismissing the current leadership as lacking the capacity to deliver on what is required of them.The post I was clean with Irdc funds 'Mofe Pirah appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
To worsen matters, commercial motorcycles have invaded the entire Apapa zone and converted it into an area where law and order has taken flight. The security agencies posted there to control the chaos appear soundly defeated.The post Has Apapa traffic chaos defied solutions' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
As the much-delayed meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) gets underway today, stockbrokers have assessed the negative impacts of the delay on the activities in the Nigerian capital market.The post Capital market: Stockbrokers lament impact of delay in MPC meeting appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The senator representing Rivers South-East at the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Abe and other leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, supporting his ambition have initiated moves to resolve the lingering crisis rocking the party in Rivers State.The post Abe, others move to resolve crisis in Rivers APC appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
FIRST son of Chief Newton Agbofodoh, the embattled traditional Prime Minister (Unuewvodo) of Ekpan in Uvwie Local Government Area, Delta State, Mr. Darlington Newton, has alleged high political undercurrent in the death sentence by hanging, slammed on his father by a Delta State High Court sitting in Asaba.The post Death sentence: Agbofodoh's son fights back, alleges political undercurrent appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The Federal Government is to revive 12 moribund fertiliser blending plants to bring to 23 the total number of plants that will partake in 2018 Presidential Fertilizer Initiative, PFI.The post FG to revive 12 more fertiliser plants appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has described the passing away of South-Africa's anti-apartheid icon, Mrs Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, as a huge loss to Africa of a courageous woman.The post Buhari mourns Winnie Mandela, says Africa has lost courageous woman appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
THE Secretary to Ebonyi State Government and Professor of Geophysics, Benard Ifeanyi Odoh yesterday resigned his appointment in the cabinet of Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State.The post Breaking: Ebonyi SSG resigns ahead of 2019 election appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), the Federal Government agency with the mandate of developing indigenous human capacity and petroleum technology to meet the needs of the oil and gas industry, invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for Overseas MSc and PhD Scholarships to specific programmes at selected Institutions in the United Kingdom.The post PTDF opens 2018/2019 overseas scholarship for universities in the UK appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
DEARTH of investments in the oil industry may soon be a thing of the past if the report of GlobalData, London-based data and analytics company is anything to go by.The post Nigeria to get 25% of $194bn upcoming oil, gas projects in Africa ' GlobalData appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Shareholders of Med-View Airline Plc, have approved proposed plan by its Board of Directors to recapitalise the company. Consequently, the shareholders unanimously ratified all resolutions presented by the Board at the Annual General Meeting, AGM, in Lagos last week.The post Shareholders approve Med-View Airline recapitalisation plan appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Benin Electricity Distribution Plc. (BEDC) has given a fillip to its fight against vandalism of power equipment across it network by partnering with a security agency; Operation Thunderstorm in Benin; a Nigerian army outfit set up in support of civil authorities to maintain law and order in Edo State .The post BEDC partners Operation Thunderstorm to tackle vandalism appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria's most innovative banking service provider; has partnered with Yibo Koko in association with Bolanle Austen-Peters Productions to showcase some of Nigerian cultures to the world through presentation of a dance drama known as Seki in Lagos.The post Heritage Bank partners Seki to showcase Nigeria cultural heritage appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
THE Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, said that Russia has not yet indicated interest to invest in Ajaokuta Steel Company. Speaking in Abuja, Fayemi assured that the technical audit on Ajaokuta Steel Company will be ready in six weeks.The post Russia yet to indicate interest in Ajaokuta Steel Fayemi appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Hyundai Heavy Industries is set to construct 15 bullet tanks for the storage of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) at Dangote Oil Refining Company, Africa's largest refinery.The post Hyundai to build 15 LPG tanks for Dangote refinery appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The Federal Government has raised alarm over the unhealthy status of smuggled imported rice being dumped in the country calling on Nigerians not to consume them.The post Lai Mohammed raises alarm over unhealthy condition of imported rice appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
William Troost-Ekong has backed young and upcoming Tyronne Ebuehi to be in the Super Eagles squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.The post 2018 FIFA WC: Troost-Ekong tips Ebuehi to make Eagles squad appeared first on Vanguard News. 

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Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Former African queen of the tracks, Mary Onyali-Omagbemi has urged her successor, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteghonor to improve on her current performances in the sprints, if she hopes to last long on the record books.The post Okagbare's 200m record won't last, says Onyali appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary, who at 45 could become the oldest man to play at a World Cup, says he hopes his story inspires others to follow their dreams.The post Egypt's El-Hadary set to become World Cup's oldest player appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Manchester United midfielder Tosin Kehinde has decided to represent Nigeria at international level.The post Man United's Kehinde prefers Nigeria to England appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Deontay Wilder has accepted Anthony Joshua's challenge and is ready for a summer showdown in the UK to decide who is the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.The post Pro Boxing: Wilder accepts to fight Joshua in UK appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Rising gospel singer, Awei Frank Alfred has lamented the discouraging attitude of some of Nigeria's top gospel singers, saying 'they are not encouraging the up and coming singers compared to their counterparts in the secular music world.'The post Top gospel singers are not encouraging up and coming singers,says rising act appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Police say a 16-day-old baby boy believed to have been snatched by a monkey has been found drowned in a well.The post SHOCKER! Police find baby reportedly snatched by monkey appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The most critical issue in restructuring is productivity without which we are going nowhere. Shagari budgeted $25b in 1983 when we were 80m and Buhari is budgeting $23b in 2018 when we are 200m people. Yet the state is preventing citizens from working to commission a park without buses and some owanbeThe post Lagos lockdown: From Sai Baba to Kai Baba appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The Chairman, newly inaugurated Governing Council of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Hon. Inuwa Abdulkadir, has announced plans to expand and upgrade the laboratory facilities of the Agency to meet international requirements as well as serve Nigerians better.The post NAFDAC Governing Council moves to upgrade facilities, expand laboratories appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The optic nerve in the human eye, barely an inch long, is a bundle of more than 1 million nerve fibres. This optic nerve connects the retina which is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye, to the brain. Therefore, good vision requires a healthy optic nerve (nerve of vision).The post Glaucoma in sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and opportunities appeared first on Vanguard News. 

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Tue, 03 Apr 2018
Pro- Life League, St. Denis Catholic Church, Akoka , Bariga Lagos has raised alarm over the high rate of abortion and the antecedent suicide rate among Nigerians especially females. The post Pro-Life League underscores dangers of abortion, advocates chastity appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
THE Chairman of Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Ekanem Brown has explained the reason for the delayed smooth take-off of the coconut plantation in the council area.The post A-Ibom LG boss clarifies crisis over coconut plantation appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
PUPILS in public schools in Cross River recently celebrated three months of being fed a meal a day during school hours through the Federal Government Schools Feeding Programme.The post Excitement as pupils celebrate free school meals in Cross River appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018
SEVEN suspected cultists were in the late hours of Sunday arrested at Ughelli, Delta State by a combined team of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, VGN and policemen during stop and search operation. The post 7 cultists nabbed in Ughelli appeared first on Vanguard News. 
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