NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’ THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [15 JUNE, 2018].

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Buhari to Nigerians: stop glorifying thieves
Fri, 15 Jun 2018

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President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to practise the virtues of Islam beyond the fasting season.

Besides, they should not separate religion and morality because, in the President’s view, doing so will encourage corrupt leaders.

In his message to mark the end of the Ramadan fasting, Buhari congratulated Muslims on the completion of “this spiritually significant month of sacrifice”. He urged them to reflect on the importance of Ramadan by becoming good ambassadors of Islam at all times.

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The President, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said: ”Religion should be the moral compass for all believers in their public and personal lives.

“If people allow the teachings of their religions to influence their conducts, problems, such as corruption, which diverts public funds to private pockets, would have been eliminated in the society.”

Buhari regretted, however, that “selfishness and greed have overcome people’s conscience so much that they don’t have moral inhibitions in the pursuit of their greed”.

The President said: “It is impossible to separate morality from religion, and removing this connection encourages corrupt leaders and other exploiters to commit atrocities against the society.”

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“I always wonder why any true believer, be they politicians, civil servants or businessmen, would seek to make profits from the misfortunes of others,” Buhari added.

He urged ordinary Nigerians to stop glorifying thieves by treating them with disdain for bringing hardships to others.

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Shekaus mum: Ive not seen him for 15 years
Fri, 15 Jun 2018

Driving west from the city of Maiduguri, Nigeria, the roads get narrower as the towns get smaller. Along the road lie bullet-ridden buildings and security check points as vigilante members patrol gates, all signs of a region where people are trying their best to protect themselves.

After three hours VOA ends up in Yobe State, at a village called Shekau. Here, elders and community leaders take VOA to meet Falmata Abubakar, who they say is the mother of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.

His father was a local district imam before passing away a few years ago.

Falmata said she had never spoken to journalists before VOA approached her, and she does not know where her son is hiding.

“I don’t now if he’s alive or dead. I don’t know. It’s only God who knows. For 15 years I haven’t seen him,” she said.

Concealing their hometown

People here say they often hide the fact that they are from Abubakar Shekau’s hometown because others may fear they have Boko Haram connections.

Falmata says her son left Shekau as a boy to continue his Islamic education in Maiduguri, a centre of religious studies for hundreds of years.

Shekau was an almajiri. In the generations-old tradition, almajirai are sent off by their parents to study the Quran in schools locally known as a tsangaya, where a teacher coaches the dozens, sometimes hundreds of male students, to memorise the entire Quran.

Almajirai beg on the streets for food, and it is believed that Shekau did the same. At some point in his studies, Shekau, according to his mother, met Mohammed Yusuf, the founder of Boko Haram, who condemned Western education as sinful. Falmata says her son was brainwashed.

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6,800 delegates for APC convention
Fri, 15 Jun 2018

About 6800 delegates are expected at the National Convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Secretary of the Convention Committee Senator Victor Ndoma Egba, said yesterday.

Ndoma Egba dispelled speculations that the convention would be shifted because of lack of funds, saying the convention would go ahead as planned.

The former Senate leader said efforts were being made to resolve all pending issues from the states, especially those with court cases.

Dismissing reports of the likely postponement of the convention, he said “It is not correct. The convention is going on as planned. Nothing has happened to suggest the contrary. So, I can say categorically that the convention is going ahead.

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“We are expecting about 6800 plus delegates. Of course you know that we will have observers, vendors, the media, entertainers. In all you should expect about 8000 people.”

On disputes from the states as a result of ward, local and state congresses, he said: “We are hoping to resolve those issues before the convention, especially in states where we have court processes. We are working to resolve them in one way or the other. This is politics and at the end of the day, you must leave a window open for harmonization and reconciliation.”

On the outcome of the screening of the 179 aspirants for the various offices, he said “the screening committee finished its assignment yesterday. As we speak, the screening appeals committee is sitting. After the screening, there is an appeals panel to review the cases of those who feel aggrieved with the outcome of the screening committee’s assignment.

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Importers with Chinese Yuan invoices to pay less
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
Bankers Committee backs currency swapImporters will pay less if they get Renminbi invoices from Chinese exporters, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)-led Bankers Committee said yesterday.Rising from its meeting in Lagos, the committee, comprising commercial and merchant banks Chief Executive Officers, said the discount was meant to encourage importers to go for Renminbi instead of dollars. This, it said, will help protect Nigerias foreign exchange reserves, which are in dollars.The need to keep t
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June 12: Nigerias own Sphinx
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
And beware of a calamity that may not spare many innocent people among you, if it descends; and know that Allahs retribution can be very severe. Q. 8: 24PreambleFor obvious reason, todays article in this column is delibrately given the title seen above. The word sphinx simply means a winged monster in Greek mythology, which had the head of a woman and the body of a lion. This monster was noted for terrorizing people who refused to subject themselves to the scourcge of its spell.Genesis of Sphinx
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25 years later, apology and honour
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
No one saw it coming. But everyone with a sense of history received it with utmost joy. Why’First, it was a gesture that many Nigerians least expected now after the injustice of June 23, 1993, when the Babangida regime annulled the June 12, 1993 presidential election which was globally recognised as the freest and fairest in the history of elections in Nigeria.Second, several administrations, both military and civilian had come and gone since 1993, including the transition government of Abd
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51 families of slain policemen get N29m
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
POLICE authorities yesterday presented cheques totalling N29,836,378 to 51 families of police officers, who lost their lives while serving the country.Beneficiaries are from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Niger and Kaduna states.Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) of police in charge of Zone 7 Taiwo Lakanu, who presented cheques to the beneficiaries in Abuja, said it was the duty of the force to take care of officers and their families.Lakanu said state commissioners of police under the zone
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Eagles mentally, physically ready, says Rohr
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
The Super Eagles are in a good mental and physical shape for tomorrows match against Croatia, Coach Gernot Rohr said yesterday as World Cup Russia 2018 got underway.After a short opening ceremony, hosts Russia hammered Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match.Nigerias match against Croatia tomorrow in one of the two Group D clashes, as Argentina and Iceland play the other game.We are looking forward to the match with a lot of optimism. It will be a tough one, but we are physically and mentally read
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Russian 2018: Floundering Eagles takes on the World
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
Millions of football-loving Nigerians will tomorrow switch on their television sets to cheer the Super Eagles to victory against the Croats national team at the 30,000-capacity Kaliningrad Stadium at the 18th edition of the FIFA World Cup. ADEYINKA ADEDIPE writes on the preparation of the team for the tournament.The SquadGoalkeepersFrancis UzohoIkechukwu EzenwaDaniel AkpeyiDefendersWilliam Troost-EkongAbdullahi ShehuTyronne EbuehiElderson EchiejileBryan IdowuChidozie AwaziemLeon BalogunKenneth O
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Ahmed preaches love at Sallah
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
Kwara will miss BolantaKwara State Governor AbdulFatah Ahmed has congratulated Muslim faithful for a successful Ramadan. He urged them to remain connected to love, compassion and generosity.A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba, said: As we mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, lets remember and pray for our brothers and sisters who were victims of the Offa robbery. Lets remember their families, friends and associates in our prayers and generosy.The governor enjoins Musli
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Fayemi promises to rescue electorate from Fayoses hardship
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
Fayoses Chief of Staff loses supporters to apcAll Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has promised a return of all social intervention programmes of his first tenure if he wins the July 14 governorship election.He said the life-changing schemes that will return include payment of monthly stipends to the aged, Youth in Commercial Agriculture Development (YCAD), Youth Volunteer Corps, Entrepreneurship Scheme, Free Health Programme, rural development, as well as Fayemi regular
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I killed my married lover to take her Acura SUV
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
Command gets 40 new patrol vehicles to fight crimeThe Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command yesterday paraded 25 suspects for alleged involvement in murder, car snatching, armed robbery and other crimes.The command also said it recovered eight guns, three cars, four motorcycles, seven parks of ammunition, three knives, one generator and 12 street lights.Two of the suspects Paul Chukwujekwu Ezengo and Emmanuel Adogah were arrested for allegedly killing Ezengos married lover, 44-year-ol
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PDP cant bounce back in Oyo
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
Former Oyo State Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala is a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He spoke with Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU on his ambition, the recent controversial congress of the party, the agitation for power shift by the people of Oke-Ogun, and the chances of the party in next years general elections. What are issues or factors that will shape next years governorship election in Oyo State’It has to do with the people of Oyo Stat
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Faze, 2baba my role model -Tomessi
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
Fast rising pop singer, Tomessi, has revealed how Faze and 2face are his role model in the Nigerian music industry.Tomessi whose real name is Tochukwu Godwin, said the duo has so far made Nigerian music great.According to Tomessi, it all started with Faze and thereafter 2Face.Speaking of 2face, Tomessi said he pours the whole of his heart into making conscious music.You can hear him telling his story and speaking reality through his lyrics, Tomessi added.When asked what he tends to change in the
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Group backs Bafarawa for president in 2019
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
A SOCIO-CULTURAL group, the Arewa Initiatives for Peaceful Co-existence in Southern Nigeria, has urged the former governor of Sokoto State, Dalhatu Bafarawa, to run for president in 2019.Its coordinator in Lagos State, Alhaji Kabir Dinar, said the former governor would put an end to the mindless killings in the country, if given a chance. Dinar said the former is the best among those aspiring for the position on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).The coordinator who spoke to repo
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Omo-Oba Music set for album launch
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
Popular gospel singer, Evangelist (Prince) Abiodun Omosebi, is set to launch a new album, titled Fopin si ibabuje mi.According to the Evangelist, the album which is to complement the gospel of the second coming of Christ to the world will hit the market on August 4 when the album would be officially launched and released for sales. The album is a production of Omo-Oba Music Organisation.The Erijiyan-born musician hails from Ekiti West Local Government Area of Ekiti State also said the new album
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Buhari has performed well in three years
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
Senator Nkechi Nwaogu was a governorship aspirant in Abia State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) prior to the 2015 general elections. She was part of the exodus from the PDP to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) after the general elections. In this interview with SUNNY NWANKWO, Nwaogu, who represented Abia Central in the Senate between 2007 and 2015, speaks about her drive to go back to the Senate and how President Muhammadu Buhari has fared in the last three years,
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Celebs turn up for #Tajugoestoschool
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
Following a repost by comedian Ali Baba, concerning a little boy named Taju, whose video went viral few days ago on a call to help find the boy, who needs to go to school, succour is on the way as Nollywood actress and producer, Funmi Awelewa, who began the search, found him.Confirming that Taju has been found and is on his way to Lagos, another celebrity comedian, actor and producer, AY, said Taju is already on his way to Lagos.A very big thank you to @funmiawelewa who visited Taju and his fami
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Osun 2018: Stop clamouring for zoning, sell your manifesto Ex-Envoy
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
A former Ambassador of Nigeria to the Republic of Sierra lone, Ambassador. Abdulyekin Abilagbo has chided gubernatorial aspirants in the forthcoming September 22nd of Osun State especially those of the APC extraction over their divisive statements polarizing the brotherhood strings and unity that held together the 27-year old state.The Iwo born envoy made this known in a chat he had with our correspondent on phone on the state of the nation, he said it is so worrisome that most of those aspiring
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Denrele reveals new skills at 37
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
Media personality, Adenrele Olufemi Adeyemi, better known as Denrele, who clocked 37 on June 13, celebrated the day reviving his hidden talent as an artist.Posting series of pictures on his Instagram, the co-host of The Boot had his body displaying series of yellow painted buses showcasing his own story of what Lagos State is.The four things that come to mind when people think of LAGOS are: Population, Problems, Poverty and Promises Unfulfilled. But thats not the whole story! My Lagos (as artful
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We will empower millions of Nigerians, Prof. Osibanjo
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
4,200 get loan in EdoVice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, on Thursday said the President Muhammadu Buhari administration efforts to deal with unemployment was already paying off.Prof. Osibanjo said employments have been created through the N-Power programme and granting of soft loans to people operating very small businesses across the country.Osibanjo who spoke in Benin City at the States edition of Micro, Small and Medium-Scale Enterprise (MSME) Clinic.He disclosed that the federal
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Fans mob Small Doctor at Gbenga Adeyinka show
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
Gbenga Adeyinkas comedy show, Laffmattazz on Tuesday in Akure, Ondo State will not go down in a rush from the memories of residents in the state.The hit show was a combination of good music, great comedy and exciting games, courtesy Maltina, the official sponsor.Talented comedians and artistes like Koffi, Woli Arole, Woli Agba, Kenny Blaq, Reminisce, Sound Sultan, Faze, CDQ, Small Doctor, and many more graced the stage.Guests were excited when Small Doctor got on stage.They stood up from their s
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2019: Okowa Has Done Nothing to Get Our Votes Ijaw youths
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
Governor of Delta state, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has been said to have done nothing to get the support of Ijaw people in the state come 2019 polls.The Ijaw Youth Council, while disclosing this in a statement circulated Warri on Thursday, assured that unless the miraculous happens within the next eight months, it will do everything to frustrate the election campaigns in its areas.According to the IYC president, Barr. Oweilaemi Pereotubo, Burutu council area alone gave the third largest votes that
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FarePay wins Utility Payment Cards award
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
FarePay has won the utility payment card award at the Digital Pay Expo Awards which held at Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos.The smart payment solution introduced by, Sterling Bank Plc eliminates challenges associated with Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) such as facing long queues to purchase a ticket or handling exact cash fares for a trip.Out of seven award categories at the event, two cards were nominated for the most utility relevant card category with Sterling Banks FarePay card emerging as winner in
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Transcorp appoints new ED
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
The board of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria (Transcorp) Plc has appointed Mr. Christopher Ezeafulukwe as an Executive Director. The appointment takes effect from July 1, 2018.Currently the Group General Counsel and Head, Business Development, Ezeafulukwe will in his new role focus and drive the development of new commercial interests as well as the optimisation of Transcorps existing investments in the power and oil and gas sectors.Chairman, Transnational Corporation of Nigeria (Transcorp)
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Nigerias agric export earnings N5b, says Ogbeh
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
The Minister of Agriculture Audu Ogbeh yesterday said Nigerias agricultural export earnings have increased by 180 per cent, hitting over N5 billion in the last one year.He spoke in Abuja when the ministry signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with John Deere Tractor Manufacturing Company on the procurement of tractors and the provision of farm mechanisation services.Ogbeh expressed optimism that the countrys export earnings would continue to increase because of the tractor mechanisation ser
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NCAA: airlines ticket sale hits N505b
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
Ticket sale by both domestic and foreign carriers hit an all time high of N505 billion last year, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), said yesterday.Its Director-General, Capt Mukthar Usman said the figure is N83 billion higher than that of 2016, which he put at N422 billion.Of this figure, he said cargo sales charge stood at N401 billion; N116 billion higher than cargo sales charge of 2016 put at N285 billion.He attributed the feat to stability in the foreign exchange (forex) regime,
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Gains of Corporate Governance Code, by FRC
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) of Nigeria yesterday said the proposed Nigerian Code of Corporate Governance 2018, when finalised and adhered to by commercial entities, will enhance national competitiveness and attract local and foreign investments.Its Executive Secretary/CEO, Mr. Daniel Asapokhai, said the 60-page Code, which contained 230 recommended practices and 28 principles of corporate governance, had the capacity to boost the nations competitiveness.Asapokhai, who spoke at a media
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AfDB Board approves $15m equity deal in Africa
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
The African Development Bank (AfDB) Board has approved a $15 million equity investment in Africa Food Security Fund (AFSF), to support enterprises in agri-business SMEs and enhance food security in Africa. It is also in line with its effort to boost agri-business and enhance food security in Africa.AFSF is a second-generation fund targeting a total capitalisation of $100 million. The Fund will invest in potential high-growth Small and Medium Enterprises operating in the food and agriculture valu
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Dealing with financially excluded difficult
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
Diamond Bank said it is not easy dealing with finanially exluded members of the country.Its Executive Director, Business Development, Chizoma Okolie, said the bank has, however, being doing a lot to capture more people into the formal banking sectors net.Sharing Perspectives on Consumer-centric Inclusion Banking at Digital Pay Expo in Lagos, she quoted the World Bank as saying 64million adults are financially exluded in the country while about 31million banked customers use the automated teller
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Equities lose N37b as investors slow down on blue chips
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
The profit-taking trend at the Nigerian equities market continued for the second consecutive trading session yesterday as investors made last-minute trades for ahead of the Muslims Eid-ul-Fitri. The Federal Government had declared Friday June 15 and Monday June 18, 2018 as public holiday to celebrate the Muslims festival that marks the end of a month-long compulsory fasting period.The two main indices at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) showed average loss of 0.27 per cent, equivalent to net ca
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Budget minister harps on infrastructure building
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
The Federal Government will continue to execute projects across the country which demonstrates justice, equity and fair play to all, the Budget and National Planning Minister, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, said yesterday in Kaduna.The minister underscored the current administrations resolve while commissioning the soil erosion and flood control project in Kwoi Town in the Ham District of Jaba Local Government Area, in the southern part of Kaduna State.He noted that at this critical moment of our nati
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Forex: CBN boosts retail SMIS with $343.06m
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday intervened in the Retail Secondary Market Intervention Sales (SMIS) $343.06 million injection.Figures obtained from the apex bank showed that the amount released was for requests in the agricultural, airlines, petroleum products and raw materials and machinery sectors.CBN Acting Director, Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor confirmed the figures and noted thatthe continued intervention were in line with the assurances made by the Governor, Godwin
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Babies for sale
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
Even animals dont sell their children, because they love them and want to die for them, not to mention human beings. For too many days I stood next to roads and asked people for work, but always ended up disappointed. I couldnt go home empty-handed and disappoint my starving children, so I used to scavenge in garbage and collect leftover food.This is the lamentation of an Afghan who was held for selling his 11-year-old daughter, Rabia, for US$2,000 to a man in Sheberghan city, Jawzjan Province i
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Wale Aboderin (1958 2018)
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
Circumstances compelled him to reimagine his life and trajectory. He did, and it worked, perhaps beyond his imagination. When asked whether he regretted taking up the family business, he said: The only regret is that it has kept me from being what I wanted to be and doing those things I really love to do. I would have been a pilot, musician, an actor, or anything in the arts which I really love doing and have a flair for. But my number one ambition was to be a pilot because I really love to fly.
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Eradicating child labour
Fri, 15 Jun 2018
SIR: The Greek philosopher, Plato, once said: If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life.According to statistics by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), one out of five children in sub Saharan Africa between the ages of six and 11 are out of school, while one out of three between the ages of 12 and 14 are also not enrolled in school.Their finding shows that almost60% of youths between the ages of 15 and 17 in that part of Africa are not in school.Localising these fac
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