NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: Today's Thisday Newspaper Headlines [13 May, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Thisday Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 13 May, 2018.


Sun, 13 May 2018
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, Saturday explained the rationale behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s preference for medical treatment abroad, saying it was to protect the president’s privacy as the country has remained unable to manage information.

Using the travail of Yusuf, the only son of Buhari, who was involved in a motorbike crash last year in Abuja, as an example, he said it was obvious that the privacy of a patient could easily be compromised in the country.


 
Adewole, who spoke in a telephone interview with THISDAY, said the president’s preference for foreign medical care was, however, not an indictment of the nation’s health system, adding that Buhari was committed to uplifting the sector to a standard that every Nigerian would be proud of.

“You have forgotten that as our president, he is also an individual. Unfortunately, we still, as a country, we cannot handle information. The president’s son was operated; they said he was dead. You see, it is a strange country; and so, we do not respect people’s right to privacy and confidentiality. We also have no respect for doctor-patient relationship,” the minister said.

Adewole’s intervention is, perhaps, the clearest and most tangible explanation for Buhari’s frequent medical trips abroad in spite of huge budgetary allocations to the State House Medical Centre, dedicated to the exclusive use of the president, his family and personal aides, including ministers, advisers, assistants and State House support staff. The best heard before now, from his media aides, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, was that it was the right of the president to seek medical treatment wherever he wished, while neglecting to disclose his ailment on the ground that it was only the president that could reveal it.

Adewole had toed this line of argument in an interview on Friday on a Lagos-based television network, saying Buhari was entitled to keeping the cause and nature of his ailment to himself.

But he moved the discussion forward yesterday when he offered more insights into the president’s inclination to foreign medical care, explaining that it was because the president wanted to guard his privacy, suggesting it was necessitated by the need to protect his medical records from leaking to unauthorised quarters. He insisted that the president, as an individual, deserved some privacy, which should be respected and that the constant probing into his medical tourism in Britain was not helping matters.

Adewole, however, assured Nigerians that in spite of Buhari’s preference for foreign treatment, the president’s belief in the country’s health system was very strong. He said this was why, in spite of pressures from family and relatives, the president insisted Yusuf must be, and was indeed, treated in Nigeria.

“The same person who went abroad was the same person who said, let my son be managed in Nigeria. I was at the centre; people said let the boy be flown abroad. The president said no. All he asked was, ‘Can they manage him in Nigeria?’ I said, yes, and he said, ‘Go ahead,’” Adewole said.


Sun, 13 May 2018
The ruling All Progressives Congress held local government congresses across the county saturday amid rancour in many of the party’s state chapters that resulted in violent incidents and at least one death. The congresses, which were held to elect officials that would run the affairs of APC at the local government level, also witnessed parallel exercises in some states.

That was as Oyo and Kaduna states went to the polls yesterday to elect officers at the third tier of government. While the council poll in Kaduna was keenly contested under a largely peaceful atmosphere, the one in Oyo recorded incidents of violent attacks that left one teenager dead. The victim was killed by stray bullet as security agents were trying to quell a developing violence.


 
Multiple eye witnesses identified the man killed during the local government congresses in Lagos State as Nurudeen Olanose. He was, allegedly, shot and killed at Central School, Dopemu, in Agege Local Government Area, during a fracas that broke out between rival factions of APC. Trouble started after the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, arrived at the centre to participate in the congress, and things degenerated into the firing of gunshots, according to witnesses.

Some accounts said a second person, Kadiri Garba, died during the fracas, while nine suspects were arrested by the police and the congress was cancelled.

A middle-age man dressed in red and white traditional outfit, with his face turned upwards, who was believed to be killed during the congress, was seen on the ground in a viral video. While some claimed he was killed by a stray bullet, others said the police had a hand in the shooting.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Chike Oti, a Superintendent of Police, debunked claims of any police involvement in the death. Oti said the election took place at Central Primary School, Oniwaya, while the murder scene was far away.

He said, “The police have nothing to do with the murder. We provided security at the venue of the election and from all indications, it was successful, as we maintained law and order. The man killed was murdered far away from the conference arena and the police had nothing to do with it.

“Notwithstanding, we swung into action when the news filtered in and arrested the murder suspects; all three of them. Already, the corpse has been deposited at the morgue for autopsy to fulfil the coroner’s request.

“From what was gathered, his death might not be unconnected with street rivalry. The suspects have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, for further investigations. The investigators will reveal why he was killed and the law will run its course. But note that the police had nothing to do with the death.”

Sun, 13 May 2018
It was sweet victory for Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, saturday as he emerged the winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary in Ekiti State. Picking up 941 out of the 2, 313 valid votes cast, Fayemi defeated 31 other contestants, including former Governor Segun Oni, who is also the deputy national chairman (South) of the party.

The victor, according to a reliable source, got a telephone call from the National Leader of the party, Senator Bola Tinubu, who congratulated him, shortly before he (Fayemi) mounted the podium to deliver his acceptance speech.


 
But in a swift reaction, Governor Ayo Fayose, who is from the ruling party in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), attempted to pour cold water on Fayemi’s triumphant steam, dismissing it as a pyrrhic victory that would not last.

“I thank the APC for giving Ekiti people a candidate they love to vote against all times,” he said cynically, adding, “Fayemi should not celebrate this pyrrhic victory yet because it is nothing but a flame that will be quenched on July 14. He should expect to suffer worse defeat compared to that of 2014.”

The rescheduled primary election that was held under a very tight security saw Oni coming a distant second with 481 votes.

An aggregate of 2, 327 delegates were accredited for the election, out of which 2,313 valid votes were cast while 11 were invalidated.

Declaring the results, the chairman of the APC Primary Election Committee and Nasarawa State Governor, Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura, said other contestants, including Kayode Ojo, got 281; Femi Bamisile, 179; Oluwole Oluyede, 110; Gbenga Aluko, 86; and Bimbo Daramola, 28. Bamidele Faparusi polled 23 votes; Babafemi Ojudu, who had stepped down got, 10 votes; Opeyemi Bamidele, 8; Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, 4; Ayo Arise, 2; Muyiwa Olumilua 2; Oladipo Ogunkoyode, 8; Kola Alabi, 14; Bisi Aloba , 7; Sesan Fatoba, 45; and Victor Kolade, 16.

Ojudu was said to have failed to notify the committee officially about his withdrawal from the race.

With this victory, Fayemi will slug it out with Deputy Governor Kolapo Olusola, who had picked the ticket of PDP last week.

Almakura said, “Fayemi, having polled the highest number of valid votes, is hereby declared the candidate of the APC for the July 14 Governorship election.”

He said, “I commend and appreciate you for your patience, commitment, and believe in the great party. I thank you for making this exercise a great success. I am proud to be a member of APC in Nigeria.”

Sun, 13 May 2018
By Nseobong Okon-Ekong For a musical event organised on a Monday evening in the bustling Lagos metropolis, the turnout was very impressive. A few factors accounted for this. There had been massive hype for the event from several radio stations a few days before the event. The entry fee was very affordable. The occasion []The post Musicians Honour Hugh Masekela at Lagos International Jazz Festival appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sun, 13 May 2018
By Nseobong Okon-Ekong Kondo Game, an intriguing comedy movie featuring top Nollywood actors like Mercy Johnson, Uche Jombo, Mercy Aigbe, Francis Odega, Jide Kosoko, Cossy Ojiakor and Funny Bone, is ready for the cinemas nationwide from May 25. Producers of the movie explained the plot of the movie calls for a deliberate feature of popular []The post Kondo Game Ready for Cinemas appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sun, 13 May 2018
By Vanessa Obioha Lagos music fans were recently treated to beautiful performances of Fuji and Juju music by frontline musicians including Sir Shina Peters, Adekunle Gold and Ibadan based Fuji Sensation Taye Currency during the Lagos leg of the Ariya Repete concert. To the delight of the excited fans at the National Stadium in Surulere, []The post Day Ariya Repete Came to Lagos appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sun, 13 May 2018
By Vanessa Obioha Onitsha recently got a taste of the HiLife Fest, themed 'The Complete Experience.' The festival, which is a highlife music competition celebrating the cultural values of Igbos, witnessed a host of talented upcoming artistes who slugged it out for a position in the quarterfinals. The music fest, an initiative of Life Continental []The post Igbo Highlife Music Take Centre Stage appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sun, 13 May 2018
By Vanessa Obioha Lagos recently witnessed the third edition of Trace Live featuring the Urban Highlife maestro at the Terra Kulture Arena.The event was made possible by Trace, Cabal Entertainment and Bolane Austen-Peters Production. The event tagged 'Trace Live Presents Adekunle Gold: About 30' started with Gold's band 79thElement serenading the crowd before he performed []The post Adekunle Gold Thrills at Trace Live appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sun, 13 May 2018
By Nseobong Okon-Ekong Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Annie Idibia, and Lilian Esoro have been captured rocking the first of its kind collection of designer underwear 'Still Broke' which is set to launch on May 13. The company released a statement via social media; describing the clothing line as unique, affirming customers will enjoy the fabric which []The post Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Annie Idibia, Lilian Esoro Rock 'Still Broke' appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 


Sun, 13 May 2018
Kunle Aderinokun Ahead of the Thursday release of the data for Consumer Price Index by the National Bureau of Statistics, economic and financial analysts have projected that the downward streak the CPI had maintained since the last 15 months, would continue in April, with the index, falling below the 13 percentage mark. In their research, []The post Analysts Upbeat Inflation Will Fall Below 13% in April appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Femi Ogbonnikan in Abeokuta At least four persons were feared dead, while six others sustained gunshot wounds at the weekend, following a bloody clash between men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and smugglers at a border town in Ogun State. The incident occurred at Ilara, in Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State at []The post Four Feared Dead, Six Injured in Smugglers, Customs Clash in Ogun appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt Immediate past Publicity Secretary of the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Hon. Samuel Nwanosike, has said some youths of the state were forced to intervene and reopen the judiciary complex because of their resolve to ensure that the third arm of government was not trampled upon by anybody []The post Ex-PDP Spokesman: Why We Re-opened Rivers Judiciary appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Tobi Soniyi Vice President Yemi Osinbajo saturday left Abuja to attend the inauguration of Sierra Leone President Julius Bio in Freetown, the capital. Bio won the country's presidential run-off election on March 31. According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Mr. Laolu Akande, Osinbajo is []The post Osinbajo Attends Inauguration of Bio appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Abimbola Akosile and Senator Iroegbu in Abuja The Nigeria Police Force has insisted that the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, was right in his refusal to honour the invitation by the Nigerian Senate over the worsening security situation in the country and allegations of human rights violations. This view was corroborated by human []The post IG Right to Refuse Senate's Invitation over Melaye, Say Police, Falana appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Abimbola Akosile African nations have been urged to take bold actions to realise the promise of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The call was made by the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Dr. Vera Songwe, who said this was necessary to achieve Africa's development []The post Take Bold Actions on AfCFTA, African Nations Urged appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Victor Ogunje inAdo Ekiti The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, has advised government at all levels to make youth empowerment a strong policy to banish unemployment in the system, describing it as a veritable weapon to fight all forms of crimes in the society, particularly insurgency. He made the call as the []The post Youth Empowerment Strong Weapon to Fight Insurgency, Says DHQ appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Amby Uneze in Owerri A Lagos socialite and renowned entrepreneur, Chief Charles Ahize has bowed to pressures from his senatorial district and political associates to run for the Imo West senatorial district (Orlu zone), election next year to replace Senator Hope Uzodinma. A body known as the 'Orlu Zone Integrity Group' had earlier made a []The post 2019: Ahize Joins Imo West Senatorial Race to Replace Uzodinma appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Sun, 13 May 2018
Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru has challenged Nigerian universities on scientific research, technology incubation to promote the country's local content policy, industrialisation and economic growth. Baru also spoke of some significant achievements of the Buhari administration within the past three years to []The post NNPC GMD Challenges Nigerian Universities on Technology appeared first on THI 

Sun, 13 May 2018
West Africa's frontline sub-sea and marine support services outfit, XPO Marine Services Limited, has expressed its readiness to play a leading role in Federal Government's projection of growing the Nigerian maritime industry by at least five per cent, between 2018 and 2019. The spokesperson of the outfit, Mr. Princewill Ubani, said the company was not []The post XPO Marine to Boost FG's Maritime Growth Projection appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
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