NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [23 MAY, 2018].

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Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 23 May, 2018.
Wed, 23 May 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari came hard on former President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, accusing him of “bragging” he spent $16 billion on the power sector without anything to show for it.
Buhari bared his mind while receiving members of the Buhari Support Organistion (BSO), led by Comptroller-General of Customs, Col Hameed Ali, who visited him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He described those who have mismanaged the economy through fraudulent electricity projects and misuse of revenue earnings from oil as having no love for the country.
He urged Nigerians to remain vigilant and ensure only people of good conscience are put in charge of governance at all levels as the nation prepares for general elections in 2019.
Buhari said the debt incurred from the $16 billion Obasanjo claimed to have spent is now being paid by his administration, noting that he made the highest capital allocations ever in the 2017 and 2018 budgets.

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“You know, the rail was killed, and one of the former Heads of State between that time was bragging that he spent more than 16 billion American dollars, not naira, on power. Where is the power? Where is the power?” the president asked.
He alleged that though the nation recorded huge profits from the sale of crude oil when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was in power, nothing was left in the treasury when he came on board 16 years after.
He also took up members of the National Assembly, accusing them of doing nothing, even though some of them have spent over a decade in the federal legislature.
“We have to pay the debts. And this year’s and last year’s budgets I took to the National Assembly were the highest in capital projects, more than N1.3 trillion. Let anybody come and confront me publicly in the National Assembly. What have they been doing? Some of them have been there for 10 years,” he said.
The president furthermore disclosed why he agreed to work with former Head of State, General Sani Abacha, despite negative perceptions about the late dictator.
He said: “Between 1999 and 2014, Nigeria was getting 2.1 million barrels per day at an average cost of $100 per barrel. It went up to $143. So, Nigeria was earning 2.1 million times 100 times 16 years, seven days a week. When we came, it collapsed to $37-$38, and it was oscillating between $40 and $54 sometimes. I went to the Governor of Central Bank. Thank goodness I did not sack him. He is still there. I went with my cap in my hand and said, ‘Oya.’ He said there were no savings, only debts. And you know more than I do.
“The condition of the roads…and some of them were not repaired since PTF (Petroleum Fund Trust) days. No matter what opinion you have about Abacha, I agreed to work with him. And we did PTF roads from here to Port Harcourt, to Onitsha, to Benin and so on, and on top of other things, education, medical care and so on.”
Wed, 23 May 2018
Catholics staged a nationwide protest, yesterday, calling on the Federal Government to end indiscriminate killings of innocent citizens.
The protest is the first of its kind by the church in Nigeria and will be seen by observers as a sign of mounting discontent over government’s handling of alleged killings by herdsmen and armed bandits.
The action was planned to coincide with the burial of two Catholic priests and 17 parishioners murdered by gunmen on April 24, at the St. Ignatius Quasi Parish, Mbalom, Gwer East Local Government Area (LGA), Benue State.
Earlier, the Cardinal Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, in a statement, had rallied faithful, saying, “because of the barbaric killing of human beings in Nigeria, and erosion of the perception of life as sacred, and in union with the Diocese of Makurdi, Benue State, we want to express our deepest displeasure over the ugly happenings in our country and pray for the nation.”
The victims were laid to rest at the Sesugh Maria Pilgrimage Centre, Ayati, on the outskirts of Ikpayango, Gwer East LGA, at about 2:45 p.m.

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The choice of the site, according to the Bishop of Markurdi Diocese, Most Rev. Wilfred Anagbe, was to honour the deceased as martyrs. “If our places of worship are no longer safe, then where can we run to?” Anagbe asked, expressing hope that the deaths would bring about peace in all parts of the country.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who was accompanied by top politicians and state officials, expressed the Federal Government’s resolve to end similar attacks, vowing the perpetrators of the church killings would be punished.
At the burial, Onaiyekan restated the killings must stop and urged Nigerians to unite and fight the evil trend that has befallen the country.
He warned: “This must not be politicised. The nation is in a state of emergency. We demand synergy. Division, especially on tribal lines, will only throw our nation to anarchy.”
Wed, 23 May 2018
The decision by French Open organisers not to grant Serena Williams a seeding on her long-awaited Grand Slam return has prompted renewed focus on the sport’s policy towards female players and parenthood. 
Wed, 23 May 2018
A Zimbabwe parliamentary committee gathered Wednesday to hear evidence from former president Robert Mugabe, but there was no immediate sign that he would attend. 
Wed, 23 May 2018
Unai Emery has been appointed as the new manager of Arsenal, the club announced on Wednesday. 
Wed, 23 May 2018
Why did birds lose their teeth’ Was it so they would be lighter in the air’ Or are pointy beaks better for worm-eating than the jagged jaws of dinosaur ancestors’ Actually, birds gave up teeth to speed up egg hatching, a research paper published Wednesday suggests, challenging long-held scientific views on the evolution of the [] 

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Wed, 23 May 2018
The World Health Organisation estimates that over 39 million people are blind and another 246 million people are suffering from low vision. Glaucoma, a group of related eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, is one of the main causes of blindness around the world. In the eye, there is a clear fluid which passes [] 
Wed, 23 May 2018
The joy of parenthood is one of the most amazing feelings there is. From the moment a child is born, you already start thinking of their future and how you can help to make it great. On Children’s Day, parents and guardians show their kids just how much they care for them. While buying them [] 
Wed, 23 May 2018
Proponents of tenure elongation for the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) may have thought ahead of the likely danger the party might. 
Wed, 23 May 2018
Nigeria’s petroleum sector contributed Value Added Tax (VAT) of N12.132 billion during the first quarter of 2018, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has shown. 

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Wed, 23 May 2018
Aruna Quadri, Egypt’s Omar Assar and other top ranked players will tomorrow begin battles for honours and to improve their rankings at the International Table Tennis Federation… 
Wed, 23 May 2018
Immediately the Senate passed the National Transport Commission (NTC) Bill in March this year, all hopes were high, with expectations that the commission will herald new dawn in the much-troubled transport sector. 
Wed, 23 May 2018
With national peak demand forecast of 19,100 Mega Watts (MW) and with an installed capacity of 11,165.40MW, privately generated electricity has become the only source of reliable energy in Nigeria. 
Wed, 23 May 2018
Super Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi, Victor Moses, Carl Ikeme and others have been shortlisted for various awards at the Nigeria Pitch Awards, scheduled to hold at the Le Meridien Ogeyi Place in Port Harcourt on May 28. 
Wed, 23 May 2018
Charles Mezu is a true polymath. An artist, former banker and founder of the technology company Palette Computers. He named his company after an art tool. 
Wed, 23 May 2018
Social media platform, Facebook has opened its first African technology hub in Nigeria. 
Wed, 23 May 2018
The Consumers Protection Council (CPC) and Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) have urged electricity consumers nationwide to desist from energy theft through bypassing of meters. 

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Wed, 23 May 2018
Ikeja Hotel Plc, rising from the suspension on its shares, traded higher on the equities sector of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday. 
Wed, 23 May 2018
Multichoice, owner of DStv, a sub-Saharan African direct broadcast satellite service has confirmed its partnership with CyclingLagos (www.cyclinglagos.com) for the hosting… 
Wed, 23 May 2018
The Co-Chair of the United States Nigeria Council (USNC) and Chairman of Flour Mills Nigeria, John Coumantaros, has lauded the council’s support towards ensuring growth of entrepreneurs… 
Wed, 23 May 2018
No fewer than 20 members of Ralph Uwazuruike’s group of the Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) were yesterday arrested in Enugu during their rally to mark the Biafra Day celebration. 
Wed, 23 May 2018
The Nigeria Alumni Association of the Alliance Manchester Business School in UK, which was established in Nigeria in 2010 by Nigerians, who passed through the UK Business School… 
Wed, 23 May 2018
A four-year-old girl in Minna, Niger State, yesterday identified one of her teachers, 19-year-old Victor Opute as the one who molested her in school. 
Wed, 23 May 2018
Smartphone vendor HMD Global raised $100 million in its latest funding round, cash earmarked to grow the Nokia device brand with an ultimate aim of reclaiming its position as one of the world’s leading manufacturers. 
Wed, 23 May 2018
The Lagos State governor, Akinwumi Ambode and his deputy, Oluranti Adebunle have been slated to give keynotes at the Lagos Safety Summit come June 7 and 8, 2018. 

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Wed, 23 May 2018
Significant improvement in access to foreign exchange for purchase of raw materials, as well as allocation to sectors with priority demands may have aided the sector’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in Q1 2018. 

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