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

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Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday 23 May, 2018.

Wed, 23 May 2018


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President Muhammadu Buhari raised a poser yesterday for former President Olusegun Obasanjo: where is the fruit of your administration’s $16 billion expenditure on power?

The President spoke at the Presidential Villa in Abuja while receiving the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), led by Comptroller-General of Nigerian Customs Service Col. Hameed Ali (retd.)
Although the President did not specifically mention Obasanjo’s name, what he said was a direct reference to Obasanjo’s tenure and the controversial expenditure.
The House of Representatives had in 2008 described the $16 billion spent on power by Obasanjo’s administration as “ a colossal waste”. The lawmakers blamed it all on “poor budget planning and a lack of proper oversight by relevant bodies”.
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project in 2016 urged Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen to appoint an independent counsel to investigate allegations of corruption in the spending of $16 billion on electricity by the Obasanjo administration.
Buhari said: “I have to repeat what I want the public to know here. Some of you may not have heard it. Either there is no power in your place or even on the television.
“I said and I challenge anybody to check from Europe, Asia and America. Between 1999 and 2014, Nigeria was getting 2.1 million barrels per day and average cost of 100 American dollars 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 was no savings, only debt.
Wed, 23 May 2018
THOUSANDS of Catholic faithful nationwide yesterday stage peaceful protests to register their disapproval and grievances against the killings of innocent people, the bombing of churches by Boko Haram insurgents, militia and killer herdsmen.
The protesters said the action was to draw the Federal Government’s attention to wanton killings in the country.
According to the, those who are involved in the killings should be unraveled and punished.
They specifically condemned the murder of two Catholic priests,  Rev. Fr. Joseph Gor and Fr.  Felix Tyolaha and 17  other Catholic faithful  by on Tuesday,  April 24 at St.  Ignatius Catholic Church,  Ukor-Mbalom,  Gwer-East Local Government Area of Benue State during morning Mass.

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Heavy gridlock in Ibadan, Umuahia
For several hours in Ibadan, Oyo State, vehicular and human movement around Awolowo axis along the state secretariat witnessed heavy gridlock as the church members with placards processed from the SS Peter and Paul Major Seminary, Bodija to the Oyo State Secretariat.
A letter was delivered to Governor Abiola Ajimobi for onward transmission to the President.
The letter was received by the governor’s Chief of Staff, Dr. Gbade Ojo.
The logjam was witnessed on Bodija-Secretariat-Total Garden Road and other adjoining roads like Oshuntokun-Sango, Awolowo-Sango, Aare Avenue, Secretariat-Government House, Secretariat-Mokola, and Customs-Ikolaba.
Catholic Archbishop of Ibadan Diocese, Most Rev’d Gabriel Abegunrin, led the protesters. The Ashipa Olubadan of Ibadanland Oba Eddy Oyewole, Catholic priests, members of the church and civil society organisations were among the protesters .
Wed, 23 May 2018
vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday assured Benue people that the killers of two Catholic priests – Rev Fr. Felix Tyolaha and Rev. Fr Joseph Gor – and 17 parishioners will be brought to book.
The priests and parishioners were gunned down on April 24 during a dawn mass at Saint Ignatius Parish, Mbalom community of Gwer East Local Government Council of Benue State.
Osinbajo spoke at Ayati, a small hilltop village on the outskirts of Ikpayongo, in Gwer East Local Government Council, during the funeral service for the victims of the church attack.

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The Vice President, who was accompanied on the trip by Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi and other top ranking politicians of different political shades, including Senator George Akume, expressed the Federal Government’s commitment to end the attacks.

He said the perpetrators of such dastardly and heinous crimes did not deserve to live among decent people. He prayed for the conversion of their souls.
Thousands of people mostly Catholics were at the Ayati prayer ground as early as 7a.m to secure seats for the event.
There was tight security around the burial site. Only identified dignitaries apart from priests were allowed to gain entry.
John Cardinal Onayikan, the Cardinal of the Abuja Catholic Diocese, urged Nigerians to rise above religious, political and ethnic divides to save the country from drifting into anarchy.
In his sermon at the service, the Cardinal said the killings across the country must stop and called on well-meaning Nigerians to unite in fighting the great evil that had befallen the country.
“This must not be politicized. The nation is in a state of emergency. We demand for synergy; division, especially on tribal lines so as not to throw our nation to anarchy,” he said 

Wed, 23 May 2018
As is customary, today, we shall be making a detour from the usual to dissect just two of the slew of words that has lately crept treacherously into national conversation since our last enumeration. The mission is to provide context and content, so that the uninitiated may better understand.Transmission: Goodluck Jonathan gave us transformation even though it turned out the real agenda was to democratize the looting of the nations exchequer. Perhaps owing to his own ritual taciturnity, President 
Wed, 23 May 2018
It is now four years + since our Chibok Girls were viciously kidnapped on April 15, 2014. We await the release of the remaining Chibok girls and the Dapchi girl-child, 15 year old, Leah Sharibu.Why is obvious preventive action not taken until after preventable misery and deaths’ Are we to applaud the Armed forces for its widely announced counter terrorism adventures in states bloodied and battered and lacking assistance against a terrorist -style onslaught of herders’ Better late than 
Wed, 23 May 2018
The federal and state governments have a duty to spend the money wisely Nigerias tenacious effort to recover its stolen assets from foreign shores has produced another reward, with the expected repatriation to the coffers of the Federal Government by the Swiss authorities the sum of $320 million stolen by General Sani Abacha and salted away in Switzerlands secretive banking system.The amount represents only a fraction of looted funds from Nigeria still nestling in the vaults of Swiss banks. Reco 
Wed, 23 May 2018
With election spending looming and the late passage of the 2018 budget, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has vowed to monitor and control spending in the coming months to save the economy from the adverse consequences of expansionary fiscal measures.CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele told reporters at the end of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting in Abuja: We will be in control and monitor these activities and ensure that as these activities begin to unfold we, as monetary policy authority, 

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Wed, 23 May 2018
Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service Hameed Ali said yesterday that only lazy Nigerians can be hungry.According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari had done so much for agriculture that farmers are now rich.The government, he said, has provided the enabling environment for all.Col. Ali (trd) made the remark when he led the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) on a visit to President Buhari at the Presidential Villa.He said: Mr. President, our economy has grown all because of the disci 
Wed, 23 May 2018
The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) has exonerated the Chief Medical Director of Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH-TH), Prof. Akeem Lasisi, of professional misconduct and medical malpractices.The allegations were levelled against him by the family of the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke.MDCN said: The panel set up to investigate the circumstances surrounding Senator Isiaka Adelekes death has come to a conclusion on the matter. The panel did not establish prima facie c 
Wed, 23 May 2018
Why was a whopping $15 billion invested in the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP)’ This is a question that has lingered for more than a decade. Managing Editor Yusuf Alli writes on while the multi-billion power sector investment did not yield the desired result.LIKE a recurring decimal, the debate on what happened to the $16 billion power project vote yesterday returned to the front burner of public discourse.President Muhammadu Buhari said Nigerians deserve to know why there was no c 
Wed, 23 May 2018
Blames media for spreading falsehoodThe Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar III, has cautioned religious groups and leaders against comments that would mislead their followers into war.Abubakar gave the warning while addressing some Sokoto residents, heads of security agencies, religious leaders and journalists during a Ramadan breakfast dinner held at his palace on Monday night.The monarch cited a publication credited to some Christian leaders titled, if Leah Sharibu dies in the hand of Boko 
Wed, 23 May 2018
Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola has installed an electronic beam indicating a daily countdown to the November 17 expiration of his tenure.News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the beam, installed at the reception hall in the Governors Office in Osogbo, indicates on a daily basis, the number of days left for the governor to spend in office.NAN reports that when the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, visited the governor on Monday, the countdown indicated 191 days.Th 

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Wed, 23 May 2018
Wife of the governor of Lagos State Mrs. Bolanle Ambode on Tuesday disowned a certain individual posing as her representative to extort money from the public.Mrs. Ambode, in a statement by her media aide, Folashade Kadiri, said the individual has been using social media to disguise as her representative to defraud people.The statement reads: The attention of Mrs Ambode has been drawn to the criminal activities of a certain individual, masquerading as her representative, for the purpose of exhort 
Wed, 23 May 2018
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Abia State has elected Dr. Emmanuel Ndukwe as its chairman.Ndukwe, who was the Acting State Chairman of the party, was elected at the state congress conducted by two of the five-man Congress Committee, led by the Secretary of the committee, Hajia Rabbi Gambari.The Publicity Secretary, Mike Ozoemena, said in a statement in Abuja that the exercise was witnessed by party faithful, including newly elected Chairmen from the 17 local government areas of the state wh 
Wed, 23 May 2018
Oyo State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant Francis Adeniji, in this interview with Musa Odoshimokhe and Evelyn Osagie, speaks on his ambition and how the party can retain power in the state.Why do you want to be governor of Oyo State’I am contesting for the position of Oyo State governor basically for two reasons. One, it is a call for to impact on my society beyond my practice of law and business. These are the two major reasons.What is the level of consultation so far 
Wed, 23 May 2018
Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain Olayiwola Isiaq Oba yesterday said he was not part of the parallel congress held at the Airport Hotel, Ikeja.He said the factional congress organised by Fuad Oki was held in error, adding that it did not follow laid down guidelines.Oba said he was surprised that Oki announced his name as the State Assistant Legal Adviser at the parallel congress without his consent.Dissociating himself from the rebellious exercise, he threatened in a statemen 
Wed, 23 May 2018
The senator representing Zamfara Central District, Kabiru Marafa, is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC). In this interview with reporters in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), he says the partys ward, local government and state congresses have further polarised the chapter. Onyedi Ojiabor was there.The All Progressives Congress (APC) has conducted three parallel congresses in Zamfara State. You are an arrowhead of one of the groups. There were parallel congresses in the 
Wed, 23 May 2018
Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige has appealed to striking members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) to obey the order of the National Industrial Court directing the five Health unions to call off the ongoing strikewithin 24 hoursand return to negotiation.The unions, Medical& Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwifes (NANNM), Non Academic Staff Union (NASU), Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professional, Senior Staff 

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Wed, 23 May 2018
Founder, Africa Christian Broadcasting Network (ACBN), Moses Samuel, has urged Nigerians especially the youths to actively participate in next years presidential election.Samuel, spoke in Lagos while declaring his intention to run for the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in next years election.Samuel, on the platform of the Labour Party, with the slogan, Believe 2019, said the journey to the promise land in Nigeria would not be possible without the sincere commitment and active parti 
Wed, 23 May 2018
as Country Director arrives Benin for 2-day visitFollowing the visit to Edo State of eleven World Bank Executive Directors to inspect major World Bank projects in the state, Country Director of the Bretton Woods institution, Rachid Benmassoud, will arrive the state on a 2-day follow-up visit, this week.He will be accompanied by senior specialists in various sector areas, such as institutional reforms, public works, gender, agriculture, water and sanitation.Benmassouds visit is predicated on Edo 


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