Nigeria Newspapers: Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines [12 October, 2018].

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Obasanjo’s Endorsement of Atiku Reshapes 2019 Battle for Presidency as Forces Realign
Fri, 12 Oct 2018

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, received a heavyweight endorsement thursday as his former boss and adversary, former president Olusegun Obasanjo, bowed to pressure from the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, and blessed Atiku’s presidential aspiration.

Obasanjo, during a reconciliatory meeting in Abeokuta, brokered by the Afenifere, said he had forgiven Atiku and stated that given his personal knowledge of him, he had better capacity to perform better than the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari.

The meeting was witnessed by the Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto Dioceses, Bishop Matthew Kukah; Founder of Living Faith Church, Pastor David Oyedepo; a leading Moslem cleric, Sheik Ibrahim Gumi; and Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, among others.

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The endorsement, which immediately drew the reactions of the presidency and the Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation that dismissed it as a distraction and non-event, appears to be reshaping the battle for the presidency in 2019 as it indicates the realignment of political and religious forces in the country.

The involvement of the religious leaders, THISDAY learnt yesterday might indicate the direction the two leading religions and their dominant denominations are looking. With Bishop Kukah of the Catholic, Oyedepo from the Pentecostal flank and Gumi, a Moslem cleric who had been politically vocal, in the mix, the paper’s analysts suggest there might be a coalition against the re-election of Buhari, whose reign had been mired in massive killings both faiths’ faithful by gunmen largely suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.

The political forces, THISDAY also learnt are gathering behind Atiku against Buhari, largely because they see his three and a half years in the saddle as the most divisive of the nation in its 58 years of independence, fearing that another four years for him might push the country over the precipice.

Atiku’s endorsement by Obasanjo, according to sources close to the emerging coalition of forces, is said to be the outcome several months of pressure on the former president to drop his opposition to his former deputy, who many of the political leaders estimate is the most viable politician that could unseat Buhari.

THISDAY learnt further the club of retired military generals, including Ibrahim Babangida, Muhammed Gusau and Abdulsalami Abubakar had been working on Obasanjo to shift position on Atiku, telling him that unless he did, Buhari’s chances of returning to office would remain bright given the deep division in the opposition parties.

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AWAITING A NEW HISTORY BOOK ON BENIN KINGDOM
Fri, 12 Oct 2018

The palace of His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Ewuare II was a beehive of activities last Monday as preparations for the launch of the book, The Benin Monarchy: An Anthology of Benin History were already in top gear.

The entrance was covered in scaffold as the members of the Global Book Presentation Committee (GBPC) arrived at the palace, which radiated red themes from the chairs to the backdrop.

“With the authority vested in me by Almighty God and our ancestors, I granted approval to the publishers to convene historians, anthropologists and essayists to put the history of our kingdom in perspective as we, the most intimately concerned in this epic, can tell it, in its truest details,’’ were the golden words of the Oba that made the dream of this book a reality.

Published by Wells-Crimson Limited under the auspices of the Oba Ewuare Foundation in collaboration with the Benin Traditional Council, the 599-page book is described by Ambassador Martin Uhomoibhi as “the most iconic in recent times on the revered monarchy and the people of Benin Kingdom’’.

The Benin Kingdom had been a subject of curiosity for researchers, historians and even recently, western film makers. For instance, the stolen art and artefacts of the Benin heritage was subject in a museum scene in the Hollywood box office hit movie, “Black Panther’’.

A creation of 18 scholars, The Benin Monarchy, furnished with 441 iconic images, will be launched on October 20 as part of the Oba’s unwavering effort to uphold Benin heritage and regenerate the essence of the Benin Kingdom in the world’s consciousness.

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Remembering Village Headmaster at 50
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Yinka Olatunbosun It has been widespread news that the Minister of Information, Alh. Lai Mohammed has supported the planned commemoration of the Village Headmaster (VHM) at 50. In a statement signed by the secretary of the planning committee, Dr. Dele Osawe, the vintage television drama which was a landmark family programme will be remembered for []The post Remembering Village Headmaster at 50 appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Honour for Wizkid in Minnesota
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Sunday Ehigiator Ayodeji Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, is definitely one of Nigerias musical export that is doing the nation proud musically. Recently, the pop superstar fondly called Starboy, was recently honoured in Minnesota, United States. A special day was marked out by Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota to honour Wizkid and his contribution to []The post Honour for Wizkid in Minnesota appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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A Star Line-up for 2Baba’s Buckwyld ‘n’ Breathless
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Vanessa Obioha Nollywood actor Richard Mofe-Damijo alongside rappers Falz and Phyno will be joining 2Baba to headline the musical concert ‘Buckwyld ‘n’ Breathless’. Scheduled for Saturday, October 20 at the Eko Convention Centre, Eko Hotels and Suites, the fully-scripted show by 2Baba will revolve round the theme ‘Power of 1’ which reinforces the belief that []The post A Star Line-up for 2Babas Buckwyld n Breathless appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Kasala’ Mirrors the Lives of Teenage Boys in the Ghetto
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Vanesssa Obioha There is nothing to dislike in Ema Edosio Deelen’s feature film ‘Kasala’, unless you hate films about the ghetto. At a time when most Nollywoods offerings come in different hues of glamour and affluence, Kasala is a refreshing tale that sparkles in a grimy setting. From the opening scene where we are introduced []The post Kasala’ Mirrors the Lives of Teenage Boys in the Ghetto appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Celebrating Fela Posthumously at 80
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Vanessa Obioha As the Afrobeat denizens gear up for another week of Felabration the weeklong festivity to mark the posthumous birthday of the Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti Legend Extra Stout is taking things a notch higher. The brand will be bringing the New Afrika Shrine and every other location in Lagos where people []The post Celebrating Fela Posthumously at 80 appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Omotola Honored as One of 100 Most Influential People Of Black Descent
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Sunday Ehigiator Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has been honoured by the United Nations as one of the 100 Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD). The award-winning actress, who announced the good news via her Instagram page, wrote: ‘Honoured to be one of the Most Influential 100 People of African Descent at the United Nations by @mipad100. []The post Omotola Honored as One of 100 Most Influential People Of Black Descent appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Niniola to Headline ‘The Human Radio’ Concert
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Vanessa Obioha Drumroll Records artist, Niniola will be performing alongside other artistes at a one-of-a-kind concert. Themed ‘The Human Radio Concert’, the concert will feature infectious sounds from the music artiste who has been described as the the Queen of Afro-House. Niniola came into mainstream consciousness with her hit track ‘Ibadi’ which fetched her the []The post Niniola to Headline The Human Radio Concert appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Abeokuta Experiences Happiness at Laffmattazz
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Vanessa Obioha The city of Abeokuta witnessed the mother of all comedy events as Gbenga Adeyinka the First and premium malt drink, Maltina thrilled fun seekers with Laffmattazz. The event which was tagged ‘Loud In Abeokuta II, Independence Invasion’ held at the Marque, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta and was graced by important personalities like []The post Abeokuta Experiences Happiness at Laffmattazz appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Rohr: Eagles Need All Six Points against Libya
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Duro Ikhazuagbe Having missed out of the last two editions of the Africa Cup of Nations back-to-back in 2015 and 2017, Super Eagles Franco-German Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, insisted yesterday that Nigeria must pick all six points at stake in the AFCON 2019 qualifying clash with Libya to stand any chance of topping the group. []The post Rohr: Eagles Need All Six Points against Libya appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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