Exposed: Oyegun’s Hidden Agenda’ On Tenure Extension And Other Newspaper Headlines Today

THE NATION reveals on its headline that the tenure elongation is still haunting the All Progressives Congress (APC). Some of its members yesterday cried out over the content of a memo presented to the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Monday by Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun. They claimed that a portion of the memo was aimed at achieving tenure extension through the backdoor. But the party leadership denied having any hidden plan to extend its tenure. The NEC rejected tenure elongation for Oyegun and other members of the National Working Committee (NWC). It, however, granted them waivers to recontest at the party’s congresses and convention for which no dates have been fixed.

Buhari’s One-Term Stance Now Invalid, Says Presidency heads THE GUARDIAN today. From the presidency came yesterday a declaration that Muhammadu Buhari’s statement in 2011 that he would only be president for one term was not applicable anymore.The renouncement came barely 24 hours after the president, at the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja, declared his intention to seek re-election on the platform of the party in 2019. Specifically, Buhari had, in the lead story of a newspaper of February 6, 2011 captioned “2011: Why I’II Serve for Only One Term” given reasons he would not spend more than four years in office if elected president of the country.Below are Buhari’s responses to whether or not he would seek re-election.

Still on the coming presidential elections NIGERIAN TIRBUNE discloses that David Mark, Jonathan’s Minister Target PDP’s Tickets. The announcement of re-election bid by President Muhammadu Buhari has triggered a flurry of activities within the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as indication emerged on Tuesday that former Senate President, David Mark, is set to join the presidential race.

Moving to the issue of security in the country, Gov Ortom urges communities to defend themselves against herdsmen attack in Benue. According to DAILY INDEPENDENT and THE PUNCH the death toll of the recent killings by Fulani herdsmen in some communities in Gwer West Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue state have risen to 24. This is even as the total number of those that have lost their lives to herdsmen attacks since the attacks began in the area in 2011 has been placed at 212. Paramount ruler, Gwer West LGA, the Ter Nagi, Daniel Abomtse, disclosed this when Governor Samuel Ortom paid the people of the area a condolence visit over the recent attacks.

Finally BUSINESS DAY reports that Early Rains Seen Raising Nigeria’s Midcrop Cocoa Output By 15%. Nigeria has seen its cocoa output increase by 15 percent despite huge numbers of old and worn-out cocoa trees across major producing states in the country, as farmers commence midcrop harvest soon. Farmers link the increase in production to early rainfall which has helped in boosting the country’s cocoa pod production in recent months.

 

 

 

Obasanjo Attacks Buhari Again , Says He’s A Failure And Other Newspaper Headlines Today

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop giving Nigerians excuses, adding that the attitude was why he had not achieved results. According to THE PUNCH, NEW TELEGRAM, and the VANGUARD, The former President advised Buhari to buckle down, saying he was presently a failure. He spoke at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State, while playing host to the New Nigeria 2019 Group, led by the convener, Chima Anyaso, in company with Moses Siasia. As he did in the open letter he wrote about three months ago to the President, Obasanjo accused Buhari and the All Progressives Congress of bringing hardship on Nigerians and running ineffective economic policies which had crippled businesses.

Still on Buhari’s Alleged failure by Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, DAILY INDEPENDENT reports; 2019: It’s Foolish To Re-Elect Buhari, APC, OBJ Warns Again. Nigerian Tribune also has a similar headline which reveals Obsanjo saying; what we have now is failure. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday again blasted President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying it would be foolhardy to reelect them in 2019.Obasanjo, who bemoaned the blame game by Buhari’s administration, said the ruling party wouldn’t have had a taste of power if not for those challenges which APC is complaining about today.

Moving away from Obasanjo’s battle with the present administration, THE NATION moves further to report the Big Row Over Looters List. A row broke out yesterday over the updated “list of looters” released at the weekend by the Federal Government. Some lawyers and some of those on the list took on the government, but Lagos lawyer Festus Keyamo (SAN) said the listing of “looters” was in order. Minister of Information Lai Mohammed issued the list of “28 looters” in two instalments, after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenged the government to name those who looted the treasury when the party was in power. On the list are ex-ministers, ex-governors, senators, former party leaders and campaign chiefs, among others.

Moving further to the steps to take down the Boko Haram Insurgent, THE GUARDIAN reports that 29 people have been killed in military, Boko Haram crossfire. It was a black Easter in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, as no fewer than 29 persons were feared killed in a crossfire between the Boko Haram insurgents and the military on Sunday.

The confrontation ensued when the Boko Haram insurgents launched a coordinated attack on a military camp and the adjoining Bale Shuwar and Alikaranti communities on the outskirts of Maiduguri in a move to infiltrate the state capital. According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report, echoes from sporadic gunshots and multiple explosions which lasted for hours on Sunday evening were heard from the outskirts of the city. The insurgents attacked the military base in the Cashew Plantation area at the entrance to the city with suicide bombers, mortars and guns, leading to a prolonged battle.

BUSINESS DAY reveals new development on the stock market saying: Nigerian Stock Exchange Taps EFCC For Milost Investigation. The market regulations unit of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) is putting finishing touches to an on-going investigation that would see anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), go after Milost Global, Inc and other market operators found guilty of any wrongdoing or aiding an alleged share pump and dump activity in Nigeria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Buhari Killed Plot To Extend Oyegun’s Tenure And Other Interesting Newspaper Headlines Today

This morning almost every newspaper headline revolves around Buhari’s declaration of Oyegun’s Tenure. According to THE NATION, THE GUARDIAN, VANGUARD advocates of tenure elongation for All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun and National Working Committee (NWC) members suffered a major setback yesterday. President Muhammadu Buhari said the party’s constitution and the Nigerian constitution must be respected. NIGERIAN TRIBUN, DAILY SUN and NEW TELEGRAPH also reports that the President overruled the earlier decision of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) on the one-year tenure extension earlier granted the NWC and by extension, the state executive chapters of the party.

Moving away from Oyegun’s drama THE PUNCH reports the Taraba incident saying; We informed FG, military of threats, soldiers’ misconduct, says Taraba. The Taraba State Government on Tuesday said the Federal Government and the military were aware of security threats, as well as soldiers’ misconduct in the state, but chose to do nothing about them. In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Taraba State on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Abu, the Taraba State Government cited few instances that the Federal Government and the military were informed about security breach and soldiers’ misconduct, which were allegedly ignored. The state government’s statement was in reaction to the claim made by the Federal Government on Monday that although it got reports of soldiers’ misconduct, there was none from Taraba State.

 

 

 

 

How 104 Abducted Dapchi Girls Regained Freedom, By FG And Other Interesting Newspaper Headlines Today

The Federal Government yesterday explained that the release of 104 out of the 110 Dapchi schoolgirls abducted last month by the Boko Haram sect was secured through back-channel efforts and with the help of some friends of the country. It was learnt that the girls were let go by their abductors around 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday.  According to THE GUARDIAN and DAILY INDEPENDENT they were brought and dumped in a village by suspected Boko Haram terrorists. But five died while one is still being held because she refused to renounce her Christian faith. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who confirmed the release of the girls in a statement in Abuja, said it was unconditional. THE PUNCH also reports this but reveals that 105 girls instead of guardian’s 104 girls were released and have been taken to Abuja.

THE NATION, NIGERIAN TRIBUNE, VANGUARD, DAILY SUN and NEW TELEGRAPH disclose how 5 of the Dapchi girls died during their release. While each journal had a different arrangement to their story, they all revealed that one of the students of Government Girls Technical Science College, Dapchi, Yobe State, identified as Fasima, said yesterday that some of their colleagues died of exhaustion on the day of the attack by Boko Haram, following the manner they were crammed into the vehicles that took them away. Unfortunately, one of the abducted school girls, names withheld, was not freed as the insurgents insisted they took her back to their hideouts because she refused to denounce her faith (Christianity) and be converted to Islam.

Finally on Business Day, Teleology meets deadline to acquire 9mobile. Teleology holdings Limited, preferred bidder for the 9mobile sale has met up with its payment deadline set for today, March 22, 2018 for the sum of $50 million dollars as a non-refundable deposit to acquire the fourth largest telecommunications network in Nigeria, BusinessDay has gathered.

 

 

 

 

 

Nigeria’s Public Debt Hits N21.7tr And Other Newspaper Headlines Today

The Director-General of the Debt Management Office (DMO), Dr. Abraham Nwankwo, has revealed to the Senate Committee on Foreign and Local Debts that the nation’s total debt had risen to N17.36 trillion. This is coming at a time he said the nation’s economic woes had not got to the point of seeking debt forgiveness. According to DAILY SUN Nwankwo told the lawmakers that Nigeria’s total debt profile, which was N2.03 trillion ($10.32billion) as at the end of June 2015, a month after the President Muhammadu Buhari administration assumed office, had risen to N17.36trillion or $57.39 billion as at December 31, 2016. According to the DMO DG, the total debt profile of the country, comprising local and foreign debts, has been on the increase since July 2015, due to prevailing economic challenges. He said while the Federal Government’s domestic debt stock, as at December 31, 2015, was N8.84 trillion, it rose to N11.06 trillion in December 2016.

The abduction of the Dapchi school girl heads the VANGUARD, THE NNATION and PUNCH. The newspapers reveal the ongoing war between former president Goodluck Jonathan and President Buhari  as President Buhari states that his response when the girls were taken was better than Jonathan’s response when the Chibok girls were kidnapped.  Buhari on Wednesday said that while the Federal Government under his watch swung into action immediately after the abduction, the last administration looked the other way when schoolgirls were abducted in Chibok in 2014.

THE GUARDIAN, DAILY INDEPENDENT and NIGERIAN TRIBUNE exposes that National Assembly’s vow to override Buhari’s veto and the court’s decision to stop the passing of the electoral bill. Buhari’s veto of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill might not have long to fly, as Senate steps up moves to override it. Buhari  on Tuesday withheld assent to the controversial bill passed by the lawmakers of February 14, 2018. The bill ordered the sequence of next year’s general election, making the National Assembly first and the presidential last.

NEW TELEGRAM takes a different turn as they inform readers that battle against Oyegun, NWC rages in Lagos and Abuja courts. The battle to nullify the tenure extension granted the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), chief John Odigie-Oyegun and other national officers by the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) raged in Lagos and Abuja courts yesterday. The APC’s NEC had at its February 27 meeting, extended the four-year tension of the National Working Committee (NWC) due to expire on June 30, 2018, by one year.

Finally on BUSINESS DAY, yield to fall as Nigeria cuts back on local debts issuance heads the news. Nigeria’s change of tack over domestic borrowing is leaving debt-hungry investors with too little to feed on, stocking pressure on bond and Treasury bill yields. Debt issuance guidance published this week show the government’s domestic debt appetite has warned significantly, which hardly is a surprise given that Abuja disclosed plans, last year to trim domestic borrowing to manage ballooning debt service costs and free up capital to the private sector.

 

 

Ike Ekweremadu Denies Calling For Military Coup And Other Newspaper Headlines Today

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has denied making any statement which suggests that he was calling for a military coup In the country. According to the GUARDIAN, Ekweremadu spoke at the weekend in Yenogoa, Bayelsa State, when Governor Serake Dickson hosted him and other parliamentarians from African countries to a dinner. Ekweremadu maintained that his comments on the floor of the Senate were misconstrued. The lawmaker said he would never make derogatory statements against the military which he described as one of the best fighting forces on the continent.

Nigerian Army draws battle line against Killer-herdsmen, warning killers to stop their evil act or “face decisive action by troops”. It also warned that commanders who fail to act decisively would “face court martial”. According to THE NATION killings have persisted in Taraba, Benue and Adamawa states, despite the ongoing operation “Cat Race”.

Still on the issue of security, Police nabs herdsman over multiple murders heads DAILY SUN. The Plateau state   police command has arrested a herdsman, Muhammadu Musa Bimini, in connection with a bloody attack that claimed 16 persons in Daffo district of Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State. He was caught in possession of a military AK-47 rifle.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is leading the move to bring Senate President Bukola Saraki, speaker house of representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and other aggrieved leaders of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to join the social Democratic Party (SDP), otherwise known as the Third Force movement says Daily Independent.

NIGERIAN TRIBUNE reveals that NBA, Civil Society Groups Insist On Protest Tomorrow on Lagos’ Land Use Charge. It further disclosed that Tension is already mounting in Lagos as the ultimatum issued by the state government to reverse the contentious Land Use charges expires today.  The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) told the Nigerian Tribune on Sunday that the civil action promised to follow the expiration of the ultimatum, starting from tomorrow, remained in place.

Consumers are to pay more for cigarettes, alcohol from June 4th, THE PUNCH has announced. The Federal Government has approved an amendment to excise duty rates for alcoholic beverages and tobacco products. The approval, according to the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, was given by President Muhammadu Buhari, and would take effects from Monday, June 4th 2018.

Moving to the economic sector, Banks record 26,182 fraud, forgery cases worth N12bn heads both the NEW TELEGRAPH and VANGUARD. Deposit Money banks in the country are hiding cases of fraud from industry regulators, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporations NDIC, revealed this in a statement, yesterday. Head communications and Public Affairs, NDIC, Mr Mohammed Ibrahim, disclosed this in a statement saying: “The NDIC is to investigate some banks for inadequate rendition of returns to the corporation on instances of fraud, forgeries and cases involving members of their staff who were either dismissed or had their appointments terminated on grounds of fraudulent activities.

Finally On BUSINESS DAY, The Math Doesn’t Add Up With Milost  is written boldly. Milost Global Inc, a private equity (PE) firm purportedly based in New York, United State, is in Nigeria making promises it may not keep. Take the firm’s latest announcement to invest some $250 million (90 billion at N360/$) in financial services company, Resort savings and loans- which has a market capitalization of N5.6 billion. According to data on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE)

 

Over 1,000 Houses Burnt As Kaduna Mayhem Worsens And Other Interesting News Headlines

At least 1,000 shops and several vehicles were burnt in the violence that came as a result of Christian and Muslim youth clash in Kaduna. According to The VANGUARD, the large scale destruction that trailed the clash which engulfed Kasuwan Magani town in Kajuru Local Government Area of the state was benumbing. Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Austin Iwar, who disclosed the new death toll yesterday, said 18 people had also been arrested.
About six newspapers focus on the kidnapped Dapchi students. NEW TELEGRAPH discloses the words of the Speaker of the House of Representative Yakubu Dogara, saying the Army and Police should be held responsible for the missing girls. He also asked that the security agencies should take responsibility for the missing girls.

The remaining five newspapers focus on the details of the abducted schoolgirls unveiled by the Federal Government. While DAILY SUN, THE GUARDIAN, THE PUNCH and Nigerian Tribune publish the names of the students and disclosing that FG had set a panel to probe the incident, THE NATION reveals that Air Force deploys 100 jets in search of 110 schoolgirls. The Air Force has deployed 100 fighter jets in the search for the 110 schoolgirls abducted on February 19, the Federal Government said yesterday. The students of the Government Girls Science and Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi, Yobe State were abducted from their hostels by terrorists. Twenty of the jets have flown 200 hours as at Monday evening, according to a fact sheet on the search released by Minister of Information, Culture and National Orientation Lai Mohammed.

DAILY INDEPENDENT reveals President Muhammadu Buhari saying Executive, NASS standoff slowing Governance. President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday blamed the standoff between his administration and the National Assembly for the slow pace of governance under the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He, however, assured that it will be resolved soon.

Finally in BUSINESS DAY, non-oil economy gathers momentum in Q4-NBS. Nigeria’s non-oil economy grew 1.5 percent year on year (YOY) in the fourth quarter of 2017, its strongest performance since 2015, according to GDP data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released yesterday. This is a reversal of the non oil sectors negative growth of -0.76 percent recorded in the third quarter of 2017, its stronger performance since 2015, according to GDP data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released yesterday.

 

 

Catholic Bishops To Buhari: Your Goodwill Fast Depleting And Other Newspaper Headlines Today

According to the NEW TELEGRAPH, The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), yesterday, told President Muhammadu Buhari that his goodwill among Nigerians was fast depleting because of the glaring failures of his administration. The Catholic clerics, who were at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa on a visit, told the President in very blunt language that Nigerians at the grassroots were angry with him and his government.

THE PUNCH also made the same story its headline saying President Buhari, Catholic Bishops In Frank Exchange. The bishops address at the visit, copies of which were made available to journalists, was jointly signed by the CBCN President and Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama; and the Secretary who is also the Bishop of Gboko,  Most Rev. William Avenya. The address read in part, “There is no doubt that when you came into office, you had an enormous amount of the goodwill of Nigerians, since many saw you as a person of integrity who would be able to bring sanity into a system that was nearly crippled by endemic corruption. “Nearly three years later, however, one has the feeling that this goodwill is being fast depleted by some glaring failures of government which we have the moral responsibility to bring to your notice, else we would be failing in our duty as spiritual fathers and leaders.”

THE NATION reveals; No Plan To Colonise Any Part Of Nigeria, Says Buhari. While discussing with the bishops, President Muhammadu Buhari promised yesterday to review the appointments made by his administration and take a second look where necessary. He also explained that the proposed cattle colony by the Federal Government in response to the killings and frequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers is not meant to colonise any part of the country.

THE VANGUARD goes with a more dramatic headline; Act Now, Nigeria Under Siege, Catholic Bishops Tell Buhari. According to the news Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, yesterday, in Abuja told President Muhammadu Buhari that the country appeared to be under siege which required proactive measure, as hunger, hopelessness and deprivation are now the order of the day.

Still on the Aso Rock visit, You’re losing Goodwill, Catholic Bishops Tell Buhari heads the INDEPENDENT. Catholic Bishops in another earnest message to President Muhammadu Buhari – have warned that he was fast losing the goodwill that brought him to power in 2015. Similar messages have come from two former leaders within two weeks: Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida. The clerics, under the auspices of Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, met behind closed doors with President Buhari on Thursday.

Moving away from the Catholic Bishops visit, Insecurity: State Police The Way To Go- Osinbajo, heads NIGERIAN TRIBUNE. The Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday, said in view of the nation’s landmass and dynamics of security, state police would be an option to ensure proper policing of the populace.

Govs where Absent As Osinbajo Endorses State Police. None of the 36 governors was in attendance at a security summit yesterday as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo explained why Nigeria is ripe for state police. According to THE GUARDIAN, the inability of governors, as state chief security officers, to commandeer police forces has always been on the front burner of complaints about defects in the nation’s structure.

Killings By Herdsmen: FG Backs State Police appears on the DAILY SUN. The Federal Government said it cannot realistically provide security for Nigeria from the center, explaining that Nigeria has been unable to meet the United Nations’ recommendation of one policeman to 400 persons.

BUSINESS DAY wraps it up for headlines today, disclosing that 9mobile Sale To Be Concluded February 26- Barclays Africa. Barring last minute changes, the sale of 9mobile is expected to be concluded on 26th February, 2018, BusinessDay has gathered. No fewer than 17 bidders expressed interests in the transaction which commenced on 7th September, 2017; following the exit of core investors into Etisalat. Hasnea Varawalla, Barclays Africa Managing Principal disclosed this during the investigative public hearing into the ‘collapse of Etisalat’ held at the instance of House Committee on Telecommunications, chaired by Saheed Fijabi-Akande.

 

 

 

 

Taraba’ll Be Attacked In 10 Days, Gov Cries Out And Other Newspaper Headlines Today 2nd February, 2018

Governor Darius Ishaka of Taraba State and lawmakers from the state in the House of Representatives yesterday raised alarm over planned attack on the state in the next 10 days. According to the VANGUARD, the lawmakers have petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari to take action to stem the attack. While speaking to members of the National Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party who paid him a sympathy visit on the death of a member of the State House of Assembly, Mr. Hosea Ibi, he revealed that the state had gotten a notice by unknown gunmen informing them that they will attack in the next 10 days.

Still on the cries of a coming attack, There Is A Plan To Attack Taraba In 10 Days-Gov heads THE PUNCH. The Governor of Taraba State, Mr Darius Ishaku, has said there is a plan to attack the state in the next 10 days. Ishaku while assuring the public that appropriate authorities had been notified spoke in Jalingo on Thursday when he received members of the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party who paid him a sympathy visit on the death of a member of the State House of Assembly, Mr. Hosea Ibi.

NIGERIAN TRIBUNE moves away from the impending attack in Taraba to the killings by herdsmen. Its headline reads; Some People Are Making Money From Killings By Herdsmen-Zamfara Gov. The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Zamfara State governor, Abdulaziz Yeri, has said that the perennial deadly clashes between herdsmen and farmers have not stopped because some people were benefitting from it financially.  This came as the National Economic Council (NEC) under vice president Yemi Osinbajo had set up a committee headed by Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State to interface with Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) towards finding an end to the crisis.

Still on herdsmen killings, IGP Declares War On Militias, Vigilantes heads DAILY SUN today. The inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, yesterday ordered state commissioners of police to as a matter of urgency disarm all militias, vigilantes and other security outfits set up by the governors to protect citizens. The IGP equally reiterated his earlier position that the renewed killings in Benue State were communal clashes. He was speaking in Abuja when he met with officers with the rank of commissioner of police and above.

THE GUARDIAN takes us away from herdsmen and attacks to the economic sector saying; Govt May Loose N500 Billion Yearly To New Cargo Policy. According to the news, the federal government’s new policy on cargo palletisation could rob the economy of over N500 billion yearly and send importers to the ports of neighboring countries. Palletisation is a method of storing and transporting goods stacked on a pallet and shipped as a unit load. It permits standardized ways of loading with equipment like forklift trucks.

Buhari To Youth: Watch Character Of Aspirants heads THE NATION today. President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday urged the youth to be concerned about the character of those who aspire to lead Nigeria. He said they should offer themselves for service.

“Being apolitical, ultimately, does you no good as political leaders make decisions that affect you in many ways. As such, you should be concerned about the character of those who aspire to lead you, just as I urge you to offer yourselves to serve where possible”

 

5 Days After ‘Letter Bomb’, Buhari, Obasanjo Meet In Ethiopia And Other Newspaper Headlines Today

According to the Vanguard, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, met former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the sidelines of the ongoing African Union Summit in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, with the controversy generated by last Tuesday’s statement by the former president on the incumbent not to seek re-election still gripping the polity at home.

Still on the encounter of Buhari and Obasanjo at the AU Summit, Nigerian Tribune’s headline reveals; Buhari, OBJ Exchange Banters At AU Summit. For the first time since he wrote a statement urging President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election over the perceived failure of the present administration, former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Sunday, came face to face with President Muhammadu Buhari.  Obasanjo came into the hall and immediately exchanged pleasantries with some African leaders already seated before seeking out President Buhari for a handshake and a brief chat.

The Guardian disclosed in its headlines that Maritime Workers Threaten Shutdown At Nation’s Seaports. The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has vowed to shut down the nation’s seaports over Federal Government’s failure to fix dilapidated access. The Union issued a seven day ultimatum for the removal of abandoned trucks on the Oshodi-Apapa Road, which leads to the Tin-Can Ports.

Federal Government Damns Opposition, Insists On Cattle Colonies heads INDEPENDENT this morning. The Federal Government on Sunday insisted that its plan to establish cattle colonies across the country was the best solution to herdsmen and farmers’ clashes. The government was maintaining its position despite its widespread rejection.

On the NATION today, 2019; Senate To Confront Buhari On Order Of Polls. Lawmakers are set to dare the Executive on the amendment to the Electoral Act, a senator said yesterday. The problem is likely to be the plan to reorder the schedule of elections. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has placed the presidential election before the Assembly elections, but Senate and House of Representatives are planning to change that.

According to the Punch, Killings By Herdsmen: Osinbajo Panel Wants Increased Military Presence In Trouble Spots. The Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo led committee set by the National Economic Council to find lasting solutions to killings by herdsmen across the country has recommended increased military presence in Benue and other states affected by the attacks. The committee, which has nine state governors as members, was formed at the council’s meeting of January 18, 2018.

Finally on news headines today, Govs, Senators Plot APC’S Split comes up on the Daily Sun. Ahead of the next year’s general elections, a political group being coordinated largely by members of the National Assembly (NASS) and former governors, have concluded plans to build a new platform that would be deployed to ease the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) out of power in 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Anyim Got N575m For Special Service, By EFCC And Other Interesting Newspaper Headline Today

The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation Anyim Pius Anyim is fighting to keep his integrity after being accused of collecting N575m for special service. THE NATION disclosed that the cash according to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), came from the office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

THE VANGUARD reveals on its headline that Southern, M-Belt Leaders Visit Benue, Insist On Restructuring. The leadership of ethnic nationalities in Nigeria, including Afenifere, Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, Middle Belt and South South Forum, yesterday, stormed Makurdi, Benue State, urging President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, to embrace the call for the restructuring of the country to save it from imminent collapse.

On NIGERIAN TRIBUNE today, Senate Uncovers Excess Petrol Importation Worth N784bn. A report of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downsteam), headed by Senator Kabiru Marafa, has uncovered a N784 billion worth excess petrol imported by the Federal Government in 2017.

Finally Heardsmen Destroy Ex-Naval Chief’s Farms, Taraba Rejects Cattle Colony head THE PUNCH this morning. A former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Samuel Afolayan, said on Wednesday that headsmen had destroyed about 45 hectares of his 500-hectare farm. Afolayan’s cry is coming on the heels of fresh attacks by herdsmen in Benue State during which five people reportedly died.