NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [12 MAY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Saturday,  12 May, 2017.


Sat, 12 May 2018
Anthony NZ Sani is the Secretary General of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), a mouthpiece for the North. In this interview with NOAH EBIJE in Kaduna, Sani said the region has no consensus candidate for the 2019 presidential race, explaining that it is not the tradition of the north to whirl around a particular candidate in the midst of many from the region.

He added that President Muhammadu Buhari does not need the political support of former President Olusegun Obasanjo to be re-elected for a second term in office. He dismissed the letter Obasanjo wrote, asking Buhari to take a bow from the presidential race and assured that the former leader would soon be demystified by Buhari.

The ACF scribe noted that unlike in 2015 when Obasanjo wrote similar letter to the then President Goodluck Jonathan and influenced his defeat at the polls, the letter to Buhari was already a misfire as it was received with mixed reactions across the country.

What is your take on the letter by former President Obasanjo to President Buhari to return home and forget second term bid?
Because past letters by Obasanjo yielded the desired results by helping to change government, it has gotten into the head of the former president that he is the conscience of the nation and the country’s rain maker. Hence, his penchant for letter writing to sitting presidents.

While I know that the former president is relevant politically, I do believe President Buhari can win election without the support of Obasanjo. And I guess that is why President Buhari wants to prove Obasanjo wrong by vying for president in 2019.That is to say, President Buhari wants to break the jinx by being the Achilles heels of letter writing by the former president to sitting president to seek their downfall. And there are signs to that effect. For example, past letters to former Heads of state and presidents by Obasanjo reflected national consensus and were devoid of controversies. But today, the story is different. Instead of reflecting national consensus, the current letter by OBJ has generated more controversies that he, OBJ, expected. Anyway, it is still democracy in action and the former president has expressed his views. But whether such views are vatic as was in the past is what many Nigerians doubt.

What is your take on the sit-at-home order by IPOB on May 30 when it has been declared not just illegal but a terrorist group by the Federal Government?

My position is that IPOB is for mischief. Otherwise, it should know that it is illegal. And since the court has not reversed its decision that IPOB is a terrorist group, one expects the platform to be law abiding. By declaring a public holiday amid its illegal status suggests IPOB is lawless. I therefore advise IPOB to be law abiding and allow due process of law to take its course lest its test of government’s will becomes some thing else.

What about the allegations leveled by Genera T Y Danjuma, that the military is out for ethnic cleansing?


 
I do not share the sentiments expressed by the respected General Danjuma precisely because the military as an institution has officers from across ethnic groups in Nigeria. As a result, it is not possible for the institution of the military to embark on ethnic cleansing. It just cannot add up.

It may well be that some few officers have been observed by the General to engage in untoward activities by not respecting rules of engagements, but the sins of a few cannot be allowed to destroy the military as an institution.

The good news is that President Buhari has told the world that any allegation of abuse of human rights would be investigated and perpetrators would be brought to book. That is very hearty.

What is your assessment of Buhari’s visit to the American President where Trump warned him to stop herdsmen from killing Christians in Nigeria?

I think the visit was very helpful because it enabled the two leaders to have realistic appreciation of the situations and the need for them to live up their synergy against the security concerns. Some of you in the media are very mischievous when you help to promote cleavages of the nation along religious and ethnic lines. Make no mistake to imagine that President Trump favored

Christians and never bothered about Muslims killed. Trump never talked on behalf of Christians alone. He showed concerns about lives of both Christians and Muslims being lost in Nigeria, which must stop. And that is why America sold the Tucano fighter planes to Nigeria in order to help fight the insecurity posed by not only the insurgents but also by the clashes and kidnapping.


Sat, 12 May 2018
Alhaji Abdulkarim Daiyabu was a former national chairman of the Alliance for Democracy, AD, and was also at a time the president of the Kano Chamber of Commerce, Industry , Mines and Agriculture. A septuagenarian, he reminisces over the sizzling second and third republic politics, the military interregnum and the dawn of the current democratic dispensation. He insists that crude oil is owned by the Federal Government and demands the immediate relocation of the people of Niger Delta. He is also the president of the Movement for Justice in Nigeria, MOJIN. He spoke to CHIDI OBINECHE in Kano.

Let’s talk about 2019.Quite a number of people including the incumbent president, former vice president Atiku Abubakar, former Kano State governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, former Jigawa State governor Sule Lamido, Ahmed Makarfi and a host of others are jostling for the presidential seat already. Who amongst them fits the bill?

Let me be frank with you. I want to express my disgust with the media before we delve into 2019 politics. I wonder why most of you ran away from me despite my immense contributions to the restoration of democracy during the Babangida, late Abacha and Abdulsalami’s military interregnum. You, including the foreign media relied on me solely then to get the authentic news. I was severally detained by Abacha , twice here in Kano and the third one at the headquarters of the SSS(DSS) in Abuja.

What were your offences?

Nothing. Because I called a spade a spade. I squealed about them to the media. People were afraid of talking, but not me. They used their power thinking they would silence me. They felt they were too strong to be challenged and I told them they were liars. They were only clever by half. Today, I am still alive. Most of them who are in power today were in hiding. They could not talk.

When it came to 1998, I was released from detention in Abuja. I was only released after the death of Abacha. I had the opportunity of meeting with two great guys- Olasupo Shonibare,I guess you know him, and the late Dr Chudi Nwike, a former deputy governor of Anambra state. We had a long meeting in Lagos up to 4 o’clock in the morning. We discussed what will become of Nigeria, how do we bring ourselves together, how do we continue the struggle? If you will recall, I was with the late Obafemi Awolowo in UPN. That is why I am very different here in the north. And this belies the fact that Alhaji Maitama Sule, who is my first cousin, was prominent in NPN. His mother was my mother’s senior sister. Shonibare knows him very well, because when he came to Kano I had to take him to him. We were in league with the late Mallam Inua Dutse, the former Federal Commissioner for Agriculture. He was among those elite in the north who brought us together to consider what will become of us after the death of Mallam Aminu Kano in 1983. He re- emphasized that Shehu Shagari only became president not by the votes he won but by ultra legal measures. Awolowo had more votes than Shagari, but Shagari’s votes had more national spread. That was the syndrome of 2/3 majority which Richard Akinjide took to court and won.

Are you saying Shagari’s regime was illegal?

No, they won the election by spread. But Awolowo won in terms of bulk votes.

Just before you continue, the Talakawa politics made popular by Aminu Kano here in the north appears dead. Why?

Before Aminu Kano died, his disciples who were governors of Kano and Kaduna states, late Abubakar Rimi, and Balarabe Musa started going to Lagos to attend meetings of the 9 Progressive governors which was a brainchild of Awolowo. The northern elite were opposed to their attendance of the meeting. Even the GNPP (Great Nigeria Peoples Party) governors in Borno and old Gongola states then were also attending the meeting. The northern elite were scared that with the development, if Awolowo became president, were these the people that would be representing the north? That was the death knell in the talakawa politics of the north. It was not the wish of Aminu Kano for them to attend that meeting. They brought a division in the vision of the late mall am. They defied him and went ahead. That is why nobody is talking about them now. I will give you a paper which I delivered sometime ago where I talked about Aminu Kano and his disciples. It is written in Hausa. You can get someone to interpret it for you. They invited me because I am very independent, politically, economically and otherwise. I have been a president of the Kano Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture and Mines. The Chamber was very influential in producing political leaders in the north then. It was only in my second term as president that Aminu Kano died. We worked together in synergy and common understanding. He involved me in the problem he had with people who deserted him for a long time. I was the one interfacing and dealing with them in the Chamber with his cooperation. Most of them were his age mates, quite older than me. But all the same, I tried. By the time we succeeded, after only a few months, he died. We then came up with this idea of collaborating with everybody. It was the late Gen Shehu Yar’Adua who galvanized all the northern political elite and brought them here in Kano. We had Dr Sule Kumo, Dr Datti Ahmed. We had some district heads, though most of them are dead now. There were also remnants of the old NEPU/ PRP (Northern Elements Progressive Union/ Peoples Redemption Party) faithful of Aminu Kano. They also brought me in.

Sat, 12 May 2018
Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti A young banker, Mr Akinloye Ayegbusi, 44, has defeated a former ambassador to Canada, Dare Bejide, and others, to win the Social Democratic Party (SDP) ticket for the July 14 gubernatorial election in Ekiti State. The party held its governorship primary election on Friday across the 177 wards in the state...The post Ekiti guber: Young banker emerges SDP candidate in open primary appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti The accreditation exercise for the All Progressive Congress (APC) primary in Ekiti State is ongoing at the Damlek events centre on Afao Road, Ado Ekiti, the state capital, amid high security. The exercise began at 8 a.m. with a possibility that voting by delegates would commence by 12 noon. Checkpoints for...The post High security as accreditation for Ekiti APC primary ongoing appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
Fred Ezeh, Abuja The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has arrested two Abuja based travel and tour operators for human trafficking and other related offences. The suspects are the Managing Director and Chief Executive of Family Travel & Tour Limited, Mr Ibrahim Wali, and the Chairman and Chief Executive of...The post Abuja-based travel/tour operators held for human trafficking appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
Theory-X Entertainment CEO, Theophy Esuike Announces New Deal Nigerian based managementThe post Theory-X Entertainment CEO, Theophy Esuike Announces New Deal appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
Nobody can stop us 'Party Tony John, Port Harcourt A Rivers State High Court sitting in PortThe post Court halts Rivers APC LG congress amidst shootings appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
I made you gov in 2015, Senator replies Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri Imo State Governor Rochas OkorochaThe post I won't allow you destroy APC, Okorocha tells Araraume appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
NWC shifts LG congress George Onyejiuwa, Owerri The Imo State APC Secretariat along Okigwe road wasThe post Imo APC secretariat set on fire appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
Paul Erewuba As a boxer, Peter Oboh has carved a niche for himself. He is a Nigerian/British professionalThe post Pastor Oboh's world of alcohol, women appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
President of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has commended video entertainmentThe post GOtv MAX Cup: Pinnick lauds MultiChoice on Atletico Madrid's planned visit to Nigeria appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
The final matches of the 2018 edition of the Chamberlain Squash Open will be played on today at the TeslimThe post Egyptians battle for $35, 000 CSO 2018 prize money appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
Iceland have become the first country participating in the 2018 World Cup to announce their 23-man roster,The post Russia 2018: Iceland unveils 23-Man World Cup squad appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
Lawrence Enyoghasu Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mrs Farida WaziriThe post Take advantage of CBN SMEs fund, Waziri tasks women entrepreneurs appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
Lukman Olabiyi The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday closed its case at the on-goingThe post EFCC closes case against Kalu, others appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
Police furious over false information Ismail Omipidan Barely one year after his official guesthouseThe post Obono-Obla: How native doctor led panel to Ekweremadu's 'home' appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
Okwe Obi, Abuja The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, yesterday, slammedThe post Nigerians don't believe what you say, Onaiyekan tells FG appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
Says, I only went on check up Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari is back inThe post Medical trip: Buhari returns a day early appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari is back in Abuja, a day before he was scheduledThe post I just went for a check up, Buhari says as he returns from medical trip appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
I had a hearty laugh, recently, when the National Assembly announced plans to embark on an image launderingThe post Dear lawmaker, change begins with you appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
The main reason we cry and lament in this country is fear. Fela 'talked it that time', that NigeriansThe post My medical trips end at Itam market appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
There's no need to ask you. I know that you did not read the story, the story of how a woman in Kokomlemle,The post Time to behave like a madman appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
Teenage pregnancy for any parent is one of life's most dreaded experiences. It is something every parentThe post What if your teenager gets pregnant' appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
Staying in an abusive relationship is like dying gradually. Forget all the talk about praying for yourThe post Why you shouldn't stay in abusive relationships appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
Like the sun, he always rises to illuminate. Whether you are interviewing him for our first managementThe post Leaders on leadership: 8 rules for leading the board appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
Musa Jibril When you hear such expression as 'when sorrows come, they come not single spies, but inThe post Inside the ruins of Itoga community appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
Woeful stories of Nigerian pastor, others' endless detention in foreign jails Musa Jibril FrankThe post Help! Nigerians wasting away in Tanzanian prisons appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
Adedamola Aminu is one of the Nigerians doing lofty work in the United Kingdom academically and politically.The post Life in UK as politician 'Adedamola Aminu, British Ex-Mayor appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
It is distressing that three years after the President Muhammadu Buhari administration commenced theThe post Government should rejig the corruption war appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
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