Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Friday 11th January 2019

Atiku not our candidate, says Ohanaeze Ndigbo
Fri, 11 Jan 2019

A major disagreement has broken out among Igbo leaders on former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s presidential ambition.

Some Igbo leaders met on November 14, last year to “adopt” Atiku, who is running on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform.

But the apex Igbo socio-political organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has distanced itself from the alleged endorsement of Atiku for the February 16 election.

The one-day summit on November 14, last year, in Enugu, endorsed Atiku because of what it called his disposition to restructuring the country if voted into office.

At the one-day summit, elder statesman Prof. Ben Nwabueze, 86, called on them to “do me the honour of achieving the success of the (Atiku/Peter Obi) ticket before I am gone”.

“We must ensure the survival of the Igbo race in Nigeria and it is only through the success of that ticket that we can get it”, the law professor said.

Nwabueze, who chaired the meeting, explained that the ticket would “ensure our survival”.

At the meeting were: Ambassador George Obiozor, Senator Ike Nwachukwu, Ohanaeze President Chief Nnia Nwodo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Prof ABC Nwosu, Senator Chris Anyanwu, Senator Theodore Orji, Senator Ben Obi and Chief Achike Udenwa.

Also there were Prof. Uche Azikiwe, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, Chief Emeka Ugwu-Oju, Chief Garry Igariwey, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Ambassador Frank Ogbuewu, Prof Osita Ogbu, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, Chief Lawrence Nwuruku, Prof Walter Ofonagoro and Archbishop Maxwell Anikwenwa.

There were also Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), Commodore James Aneke (retd), Prof Elochukwu Amucheazi, Prof Uzodinma Nwala, Senator Adolphus Wabara, Air Comdr Allison Madueke (retd), Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, Prof. Anya O. Anya and Prof Chudi Uwazurike, among others.

In a five-point resolution issued at the end of the summit, with the theme “Ndigbo 2019 and Beyond”, read by Agbakoba, the leaders said the position was based on the restructuring agenda put on the table by Atiku/Obi, which four zones of the country had agreed on.

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Train derails in Lagos
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
A mass transit shuttle train yesterday derailed at Ashade railway crossing in Agege, Lagos, with hundreds of passengers trapped for hours.Some of the passengers were injured in the accident, which happend around 7.15am.Security operatives, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported, cordoned off the area, and facilitated the evacuation of the injured to hospitals.Acting Lagos District Manager of Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) Mr. Augustine Arisa said nobody died.He said: The derailment occurre
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Buhari to Tinubu, others: Ive confidence you can deliver
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met with the Co-chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and other members at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.He spoke of his confidence that his party will win the February 16 presidential election and advised the team not to slow down its pace.The meeting was convened to consider and approve the structure and operation modalities of the Campaign Council.Buhari said: It is my pleasure to we
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Dickson, Ijaw leaders console with Sultan, Tambuwal, others over late Shagari
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
BAYELSA State Governor Henry Seriake Dickson yesterday led a delegation of Ijaw leaders and traditional rulers to condole with the Sultan of Sokoto, the state government and people on the death of former President Shehu Shagari.Dickson described Shagari as a great statesman and leader, who belonged to the generation of leaders who designed a progressive alliance between the North and the Southsouth, especially the Ijaw nation. According to the governor, the relationship was mutually beneficial i
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pectacle of the herdsmen and the herd (1)
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
If there is a cautionary tale in Nigerian politics, it is in the tension between the politician and voter. Both schemers, their hostility echoes the proverbial race between the fox and tortoise. The fox, for all its brawn and trickery meets his match in the tortoise, whose cunning eventually wins the race. Thus goes the ethically-correct narrative.The fable, however, dissembles in the Nigerian wild. Ultimately, it manifests in reverse: picture the politician as the fox, the electorate as the tor
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Hoodlums on the loose
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
There is pervasive fear all over the country that hoodlums, street urchins and cultists are set to take over control over the space nationwide. A taste of what to expect was the random shooting at the governorship electioncampaign launch of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held at Ikeja, Lagos, on Tuesday, where three journalists were wounded and many others, too, rushed to the hospital. Preliminary investigation showed that it was a fallout of power contest between two factions of the Nation
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CAN mourns as Atilade dies at 76
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
CHRISTIAN Association of Nigeria (CAN) Chairman (Southwest Region) Archbishop Magnus Atilade is dead.The late Atilade, a chiropractor at St. Luke Chiropathy Centre, Ekololu, Lagos, died in the early hours of yesterday at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja.The 76-year-old cleric was until yesterday, being treated for an undisclosed ailment for more than a month.The former Gospel Baptist Conference of Nigeria and Overseas (GBCNO) President was the first registered alterna
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N100bSukukfund released for 28 road projects
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
The Federal Government has released N100 billion Sovereign Sukukbonds proceeds will be used to construct 642.69km roads across the nation, Minister of Power, Works & Housing Babatunde Fashola, said at the presentation of the cheque by Finance Minister Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, in Abuja yesterday.According to Fashola, the money has been shared equally among the six geo-political zones, with each region having N16.67 billion for the number of roads to be completed in its jurisdiction.Six roads will b
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Middle Belt leaders adopt Olawepo-Hashim as presidential candidate
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
PT campaign condemns killing in LagosPEOPLES Trust (PT) presidential candidate Mr. Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim yesterday move closer to achieving his aspiration with the Middle Belt Forum adopting him as its candidate for the February 16 election.Leaders of the forum, at a meeting in Abuja yesterday, ratified the choice of Olawepo-Hashim, capping a process that started some six months earlier.The forums leader, former Plateau State Military Governor Air Commodore Dan Suleiman (retd), who announced the
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Upcoming elections in Nigeria, others litmus test
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Coming elections in Nigeria and some other West African countries were talking points yesterday at a meeting attended by members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council representatives. The head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) told the Security Council, Mohamed ibn Chambas, and United States Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Jonathan Cohen yesterday said ensuring full respect for human rights would be key for the success of the general elections and
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NURTW chief MC Oluomo is alive, says aide
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
The Chairman of Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area, Idris Muse-Ariyoh, yesterday debunked news on social media that there was crisis in Oshodi.Also, an aide of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) leader in Oshodi and state Treasurer Musiliu Akinsanya (aka MC Oluomo), Buhari Jimoh, described as fake news, the rumour that MC Oluomo is dead.Rising from a security meeting, Muse-Ariyoh called on people to remain calm and go about their activities.Those at the meeting included the thr
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Ilorin stands still as APCs Abdulrahman leads pro-Buhari rally
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Thousands of Kwara State All Progressives Congress (APC) members and supporters yesterday locked down Ilorin, the state capital, as the partys governorship candidate, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, led other candidates to mobilise voters ahead of the general elections.During the rally, thousands of residents lined the streets and rode in a long motorcade and heavy trucks to convey the APC campaigners amid shouts of O To Ge (Enough Is Enough), the partys campaign slogan in the state.The rally was also d
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PDP plots to cause friction in Southwest
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Slyvester Ayodele writes on the plot by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to cause friction and disunity among Southwest All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders during the general elections.When some politicians who are renowned for looting Nigeria and causing her to bleed flew to Dubai in October, last year, we all thought they went there to strategise on how the infrastructural projects and social programmes of the Nigerian government can be improved.We were expecting them to come back to Nig
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Atiku doesnt have what it takes to defeat Buhari
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Osita Okechukwu is the Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON) and a staunch supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari. In this interview with reporters in Enugu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain assesses the Presidents chances of securing his second term mandate. CHRIS ORJI was there. You have been insistent that President Buhari will defeat Atiku Abubakar in next months presidential election. What makes you sound so confident’ My position is based on many parameters that
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My plan for Benue, by APC candidate
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress ( APC) in Benue State Emmanuel Jime, has assured the people of Sankera of infrastructure development to boast agriculture.Sankera geo-political bloc comprise Katsina Ala, Ukum and Logo local Government areas in Benue North East Senatorial District.The APC in Sankera hosted Jime to a reception and rally after a thanksgiving service at NKST Zakibiam, in Ukum Local Government Area.Speaking at the rally held at NKST Primary School in Zakibia
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Kwara marginalised under APC government, says PDP
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that Kwara State has not been fairly treated by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the federal level.The party added that the APC government has denied the state of its legitimate entitlements in the scheme of things.Kwara State Coordinator of the Atiku/Obi Presidential Campaign Organisation, Dr Ali Ahmad told reporters in Ilorin, the capital, at the official opening of the state office, that the APC candidates do not deserve the votes of Kw
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Im fully with APC, Omisore declares
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Former Osun Deputy Governor Senator Iyiola Omisore on Thursday declared he is backing the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming general elections.He debunked reports he was undecided following the alliance between the APC and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) under which he contested the September 22, 2018Osun governorship poll.He said: There is no rumour about where we are and where we are going. What the APC chairman in Osun State, Gboyega Famodun said was instructive and correct.
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Atiku accuses Buhari, APC of using state resources, apparatuses for campaign
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has accused President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) of using state resources as apparatuses for electioneering campaign.Describing the action as a violation of the nations electoral laws, Atiku said Buhari and the APC have been acting contrary to claims by the President that he would not use state resources for election.In a statement Thursday by his media Adviser, Mr. Paul Ibe, the PDP pr
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2019: INEC cannot afford to disappoint Yakubu
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has said that the commission cannot afford to disappoint Nigeria and the rest of the World in the conduct of the 2019 general elections.Yakubu therefore gave an assurance of an improved conduct of the forthcoming general elections, saying that it will be an improvement of the 2015 polls.He spoke on Thursday when he receive in audience the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Bernhard Schlagheck and German Secret
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Atiku restates commitment to total defeat of Boko Haram
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has restated his commitment to the total defeat of the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno, Yobe and other parts of the Northeast geopolitical zone.Atiku, in a statement Thursday by his media Adviser, Mr. Paul Ibe said if elected, every terrorist caught will be tried in accordance with the provisions of the law.The statement declared Atikus zero tolerance for terrorists, stressing that he has detailed his plan to
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Troops nab cult leader in Ondo
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Troops of 32 Artillery Brigade, Owena barracks in Ondo state in collaboration with other security agencies on Thursday arrested one Abiola Oseni aka Oje one, a gang leader of a notorious cult popularly known as Black Axe Confraternity in Owo.Oseni, who had been on the wanted list was arrested based on a tip off, was arrested by the soldiers operating under the recently launched Exercise Egwu Eke 111.Read Also:FRSC records 29 auto crashes in OndoHis gang and other cult groups have been terrorizin
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Buhari appoints El-Yakub NAssembly liaison officer
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub as his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on National Assembly matters (House of Representatives).The appointment of El-Yakub followed the resignation of Hon. Kawu Sumaila who occupied that position but recently resigned to contest the February 16, 2019 election.Read Also:I wont use government fund for campaign, Buhari vowsSumaila was appointed SSA to the President in August 2015, but he resigned to contest for membership of the House of
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Kennedy Okonkwo takes Unity Carnival to Anambra
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
In the spirit of the yuletide, real estate entrepreneur, Dr. Kennedy Okonkwo, recently took his hometown, Ojoto in Anambra State by storm with a Unity Carnival and a football competition.Powered by Victoria Crest Homes, his real estate company which provides affordable luxury living to Nigerians, the carnival, tagged Ojoto Unity Carnival was organized to thrill the indigenes who returned home to celebrate the season from far and near.The all-star concert featured top superstar musical artistes a
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Sluggish growth for retail business
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
The 2019 economic outlook for the bourgoueing retail business is nothing to cheer about as operators have predicted a lull in this business segment, reports TONIA DIYANThe retail business segment is projected to grow at a low pace this year no thanks to factors which are predicated on the governments actions and inactions over the years.Expectedly, retailers want the government to become more sensitive to the sectors growth to deal with the teeming population.A retail and brand consulting, train
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2019 polls: Farmers set agenda for politicians
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Ahead of the forthcoming polls, farmers, at an event organised by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) Resource Centre and Voices for Food Security (VFS), presented their expectations to some politicians in Lagos, DANIEL ESSIET reports.Farmers organisations, especially those producing the raw ingredients and their suppliers from across the country, have united to set agenda for politicians aimed at addressing key principles that can help ensure Nigerias success in the supply of
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CBN to support 120,000 rice farmers in Kano
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
No fewer than 120, 000 rice farmers in Kano State will benefit from the Federal Governments Anchor Borrower Programme (ABP) for this years dry season farming, the state Chairman of the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu, has said.He stated this in an interview in Kano, during the week.He said already the list of the registered farmers had been forwarded to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for verification and processing of the loan facility.He said each farmer wo
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Prioritise entrepreneurship, govt, Nigerians urged
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Nigerians and the three tiers of government have been urged to pay more attention to creation of innovative skills through encouragement of entrepreneurship.A former Secretary-General of Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA), Mr. Samson Akinyosoye, gave this advice in Lagos.He said entrepreneurship was borne out of passion, stressing that both the government and citizens have no passion for entrepreneurship.According to him, more than 70 per cent of business ventures in the country collapsed wi
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NSITF to extend coverage of compensation scheme to informal sector
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
The Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) has said plans are underway to expand the scope of the Funds EmployeesCompensation Scheme (ECS) to the informal sector of the economy.Its Managing Director, Mr. Adebayo Somefun, stated this at the just-concluded Art and Culture Expo organised by the National Council of Arts and Culture (NCAC) in Abuja.The NSITF boss explained that the move was intended to ensure that more workers benefit from the ECS coverage to execute their tasks without fear of
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US-China rivalry in Africa to sharpen in 2019
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
There are signs that the United States-China rivalry will find its way to Africa this year.While the US is warning about the perils of Chinese debt-fuelled spending for economic stability, China will continue to broaden its engagement across the continent, with particular focus on East Africa.This is one of the key findings of RiskMap 2019,a publication forecasting political and security risk for business leaders and policy makers across the world, by specialist global risk consultancy Control R
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Ease of doing business: More hurdles to cross
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Nigeria moved from 169 to 145 in the World Banks 2018 Ease of Doing Business ranking. This is a shot in the arm for the Federal Governments reform of the business environment to attract investments and diversify the economy. But, the countrys drop from third to 14 the in Forbes 2019 Ease of Doing Business ranking is seen by real sector operators as a setback. They, however, argue that this could be mitigated by sound, result-oriented business regulations, innovative implementation of reforms and
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ICT key to economic growth
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
The information communication technology (ICT) and telecom industry are the key drivers of modern economic transformation and development, Communications Minister, Dr Adebayo Shittu said yesterday in Lagos.The minister who spoke at a forum tagged: Business Roundtable/Stakeholders Engagement for the Financing and Sustainability of the National ICT Park at the Abuja Technology Village, said with a youthful population and an import-dependent economy, the only viable alternative to oil is the develo
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NEXIM, SMEDAN to promote SMEs exporters
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
The Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) and the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) are collaborating to promote exports by the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the country.To guarantee this collaboration, both agencies have has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to this effect.A statement from NEXIM said: The MoU was aimed at promoting synergy between the two institutions towards capacity building of Nigerian SMEs to boost their contributions to exp
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Oil drops on supply surge, others
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
European customers embrace Nigerian crudeOil prices dropped yesterday because of unclear resolution on U.S -China trade talks and supply surge in the U.S.International crude benchmark Brent went down by 0.85 per cent (52 cents) at $60.92 per barrel as against $61.26 per barrel the previous day.Also U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures were down by 47 cents or 0.9 per cent at $51.89 per barrel as against $52.11 the previous day.Both crude grades rose by around five per cent the
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