NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: Today's Thisday Newspaper Headlines [12 May, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Thisday Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 12 May, 2018.


Sat, 12 May 2018
Following persistent killings by suspected Fulani herdsmen, Nigerian Catholic bishops have invited Pope Benedict XVI to visit Nigeria, saying that such visit will strengthen troubled Nigerians and encourage them to cope with different challenges.

The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins, who was part of arecent “Ad limina” visit by the Nigerian bishops to Pope Francis at the Vatican, announced the invitation in a recent interview with the Vatican News (the mouthpiece of the Holy See), an extract of which was obtained by THISDAY yesterday.


 

The Lagos prelate remarked: “Oh yes! We’re looking forward to seeing him. Yes, we did invite him and of course, as expected, he couldn’t give us a response then but we hopeful  he would react to that. If he does come, it will not only strengthen the people, it will also encourage the people to be able to cope with these different challenges.”
Even though, the Catholic spiritual head had not responded to  the invitation to visit Nigeria, Most Rev. Martins noted that the Pope was concerned about the killings going on in the country.
Martins said: “Well, of course, we also asked him what message he wanted us to take back home as a message to our people. He said we should be courageous, particularly with regards to the recent troubles with the terrorists that masquerade as herdsmen. He told us to tell our people that he is with us in spirit and he is with us praying for us; that whatever it is that is possible in order to ameliorate the situation, he is willing to journey with us. We thought that was very good.”

According to the Vatican News website, the Nigerian Catholic bishops, “believe that terrorists and mercenaries have infiltrated the Fulani herdsmen to cause insecurity and mayhem in the Middle Belt of the country.”


Martins also praised the Pope for operating an open-door policy.
“We came in; we wanted to talk about the situation of our people; the situation of their lives and the response had been very cordial in the sense that he is willing to listen to what we have to say. There is that willingness to listen and the willingness to share the kind of challenge that we have. We are there with the Holy Father and he said to us that we could tell him whatever it is that we needed to say even if it meant criticizing him. I thought that was very, very interesting; that we have a man that is open and ready to listen to what other people have to say,” Archbishop Martins said.
The pope was said to be particularly saddened by the recent attack on St Ignatius Catholic Parish, Mbalom, in Gwer West, Local Government Area of Benue state.
During the attack, some men suspected to be herdsmen stormed the church and killed 18 persons, including two reverend fathers, leaving several other parishioners injured. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
Twenty-four hours ahead of his scheduled return from London, United Kingdom, where he had gone for a four-day medical trip, President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the country yesterday evening in a manner that took many by surprise.

The President who arrived Abuja at about 7pm, was received by the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Bello, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Matters, Abike Dabiri-Erewa and the Permanent Secretary, State House, Jalal Arabi.
 
Speaking after disembarking from the Presidential jet at the Nnanmdi Azikiwe International Airport, the president said he was healthy but only went for a necessary medical check-up. “I went for further medical check-up. I am alright,” he said.

Also speaking on the President’s return, Shehu told THISDAY last night that the President was in high spirit and having been certified to be okay medically, he is now fully ready for 2019 Presidential contest. “The President has returned to the country. He is in high spirit and is set for 2019 polls,” Shehu said.

Shehu who had on Tuesday announced the President’s return to the United Kingdom on a four-day medical trip, said the trip was in compliance with his doctor’s request following a meeting he had with him last weekend on his way back to the country from Washington DC. 

He had said the President would return to the country today and get prepared for a two-day presidential trip to Jigawa on Monday. But the President opted to arrive 24 hours earlier than scheduled.

“In the course of the technical stop-over for aircraft maintenance in London on his way back from Washington last week, the President had a meeting with his doctor,” he said


Sat, 12 May 2018
HEDA: It's a clear signal that it is no longer business as usual for oil companies in Nigeria By Bayo Akinloye The Royal Dutch Shell and Eni, along with a number of their senior executives, will on Monday face criminal charges in Milan, Italy, for alleged aggravated international corruption for their role in a $1.1bn []The post Malabu Oil: Trial of Shell, Eni CEO, Other Top Executives, Begin Monday appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 


Sat, 12 May 2018
No fewer than one hundred youths on the platform of Anambra State Youth Organisation on Friday stage a solidarity march in support of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the youths carrying placards with various inscriptions marched through Amawbia by-pass and adjourning streets before ending at []The post Anambra Youth Back IGP, Slam Senate appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
(NAN) The Lake Chad Basin communities have showed reluctance to the idea of welcoming Boko Haram fighter back without proper screening and complete disarmament. The communities stated this in a United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) report presented at the just concluded Lake Chad Basin Governors Forum held in Maiduguri. The communities' reaction was based on []The post Chad Basin Communities Sceptical of Boko Haram Returnees appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
Thirty-one political parties said they would boycott Saturday's Local Councils' election in Kaduna State. The parties, under the aegis of Coalition of Political Parties in Kaduna State, made their stand known at a press conference on Friday in Kaduna. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the coalition hinged their decision on the alleged []The post Opposition Parties Boycott Kaduna Council Polls appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
The Lake Chad Basin communities have showed reluctance to the idea of welcoming Boko Haram fighter back without proper screening and complete disarmament. The communities stated this in a United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) report presented at the just concluded Lake Chad Basin Governors Forum held in Maiduguri. The communities' reaction was based on a []The post Chad Basin Communities Sceptical of Boko Haram Returnees appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
A woman's vagina is a very delicate and important part of her anatomy. It is therefore very important that she should be concerned about her vaginal health. A healthy vagina is naturally acidic and contains rich quantities of beneficial bacteria that help fend off infections and maintain a normal pH level. A healthy vagina is []The post Female Sexual Cleanliness appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 


Sat, 12 May 2018
.As Forte Oil signs deals with Chevron By Ejiofor Alike With agency reports Oil prices steadied near three and a half-year high yesterday at $77.47 a barrel as the prospect of new United States sanctions on Iran tightened the outlook for Middle East supply at a time when global crude production is only just keeping []The post Crude Oil Price Hits Record High as Iran Sanctions Tighten Supply Outlook appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
*UK, US,S'Africa and Ghana top list of countries of origin By Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja has become the leading recipient of foreign capital inflows, commencing from the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2017. In the first quarter (Q1) 2018, the nations capital also overtook with an inflow of $3.54 billion, the []The post Abuja Overtakes Lagos in Foreign Capital Inflows appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
PENDULUM By DELE MOMODU;dele.momodu@thisdaylive.com Fellow Nigerians, I started what would easily pass for my mini-biography last week in this column. The response from readers has been truly humbling. It is not easy starting a career with a bang and maintaining the ovation consistently for 30 years, and still counting. My story reassures us that our []The post 30 YEARS OF LIVING AND WORKING IN LAGOS (PART 2) appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
We'll go ahead with congresses, insists party By Ernest Chinwoin Port Harcourt After a lock down by hundreds of youths suspected to be factional members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has issued an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the APC in the state []The post After Temporary Closure, CourtStops Rivers APC LG Congresses appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
By Ndubuisi Francisin Abuja No fewer than 14 whistleblowers were paid N439.276 million this week after they provided the tips which culminated in tax evaders paying the sum of N13.8 billion to the federal government. The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who revealed this in AbujaFridaywhile briefing journalists, said the tax evaders were []The post Tax Evasion: FG Pays N439m to 14 Whistleblowers appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
By Laleye Dipoin Minna The federal government has removed five top officials of the National Examination Council, NECO, investigations by THISDAY in Minna Niger state has revealed. Those removed were served their letters on Thursday this week. As atFridayall the officials were absent from their desks with new people taking over their positions in []The post FG Removes 5 Top NECO Officials appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
By Seriki Adinoyiin Jos andVictor Ogunjein Ado Ekiti There was mild drama at an Ekiti State High Courton Fridayafter one Ajewole Dada Fulani was sentenced to life imprisonment for rape. The 24 year old, was standing trial for robbing, kidnapping and raping two female students of the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti on 7th November, []The post Man Bags Life Sentence for Rape as Police Parade Serial Rapists, Others appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
By Benjamin Nworiein Abakaliki Chief Whip of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Hon. Chike Imo Ogiji was yesterday arraigned before Abakaliki Magistrate court for alleged an certificate forgery. Ogiji was arrested and detained by the police before he was arraigned yesterday. He faced a four count charge of allegedly forging his First School Leaving []The post Police Arraign Ebonyi Lawmakerfor Alleged Certificate Forgery appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) has completed the training of a fresh batch of 314 Detective Superintendent of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) months after a first batch of 189 Inspectors passed out. The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of NDA, Major MA Yahaya in a statement yesterday, said that cadets had completed a 13- []The post NDA Graduates 314 EFCC Detective Cadets appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
By Ibrahim Shuaibuin Kano The remains of Khalifa of Tijjaniyya sect in West Africa and Khadimul Islam, Sheik Isiaka Rabiu wason Fridayin Kano laid to rest in his house, amid tears from thousands of sympathisers, who thronged his palace at Goron Dutse in Dala local government area of the state, close to the Muhammad []The post Sheik Rabiu Buried in Kano Amidst Tears appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
Eleven years after the December, 2007 local government election in Oyo State, history will be made today as the State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), said all arrangements had been concluded to return the third tier of government to full-fledged democratic administration after series of caretaker arrangements. Though 12 political parties are participating in todays election, []The post 11Years After, Oyo LG Polls Hold Today appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
By Victor Ogunjein Ado Ekiti As a measure to ensure hitch-free primary in today's governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Ekiti State, Nasarawa State Governor and Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, has set a strict guideline for the delegates and aspirants but promised a free, fair and credible exercise. Addressing []The post APC Primary: Al-Makura Reads Riot Act to Ekiti Guber Aspirants appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
The Oyo State All Progressives Congress local government congress earlier slated forSaturday(today) has been shifted totomorrow. The Congress Chairman, Alhaji Musa Halilu-Ahmed, who disclosed this at a press conferenceon Friday, said that the shift became inevitable following the clash of the congress with the local government election being conducted by the Oyo State Independent Electoral []The post Oyo APC LG Congress Shifted toTomorrow appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sat, 12 May 2018
By Alex Enumahin Abuja The Federal government has assured that it would do everything possible to bring to justice, those behind the killing of a Nigerian diplomat, Habibu Almu in Khartoum, Sudan. Almu, whose death has been confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja, was reportedly killed in his official quarters on Thursday 10th []The post FG Vows to Investigate, Prosecute Killers of Nigerian Diplomat in Sudan appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
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