Obasanjo: Age of innocence

Age of innocence

Posted By: Sam Omatseye

Over his Atiku romance, the Owu chief has declared that he is not neutral. He wanted to show that he is still in political bed with the Adamawa titan. But he shocked no one. Obj has never been neutral in his life. He has acted as the hyena who did not kill but would take over the spoil after the cheetah has killed the heifer. He is the historic cheat who purloins credit for other people’s toil. Here I take a look at his public life and break it into five acts, like a Greek play. In the last act, I pose a question.

Act one: the beginning of cynicism, or the loss of innocence

He would call it his civil war exploits, but it was a war he exploited for his personal gains. He appropriates the cauldron years and calls his account My Command with an air of proprietary vanity. In his book, it comes out more as ego trip than a trip to the past, a sojourn of alternative history. Adekunle won the war. Obasanjo wore the crown. He demonised the man who commanded the Third Marine Commando, all the way from Warri, through the Niger Delta to what became known as the battle to deliver the OAU of Biafra: Owerri, Aba and Umuahia. Adekunle had laid down the strategy, deployed resources and even preened before OBJ replaced him. Obj, as graphically presented in Alabi Isama’s book, the Tragedy of Victory, wandered away on an Israelite journey while the mainstays of the division with the help of stalwarts like Alani Akinrinade were battering Biafra to surrender. He came back and took the glory.

Act Two: Stooping to conquer.

After his boss, Murtala Muhammed was assassinated, his first speech made him look supine. His look like a mouse made one wonder if he ever held a revolver. But he was stooping to conquer. He knew his allegiance to the cabal, and one of the highlights was to sell out his countryman general who had come to him to point out an inequity in the country and the armed forces. Obj acted as though he was obliging. He called one of the architects of the inequity and put his kinsman in an awkward position by asking him to repeat what he had confided in him. That was the virtue of his loyalty. He also was happy he did not have to hand over to his kinsman, the Ikenne sage, and he stooped to a perversion of mathematics in the court of law. We can remember 12 two-third of 19 states. He became the first to hand over power through mathematical failure. A democrat of flawed arithmetic.

Act Three: Anxiety of Influence

Having retired to the arboreal calm of his farm, he suffered from a fear of irrelevance. His successor would eclipse him. No one would remember Obj anymore. So, he evinced the opposite of what the literary critic Harold Bloom designated as the anxiety of influence. Bloom defined it as the relentless wrestling with the greatest of the dead. It meant writers – and political historians have also borrowed it – would try to imitate the great personages of the past and make it seem those personages were copying them. It is a time-honoured tradition of continuity, what some Brazilian critics did in the first half of the 20th century and designated it cannibalism. It was a great way to eat up the flesh of the avatars of history. In Obasanjo’s case, he wanted to fight the future titans, his “children.” In this case, those who succeeded him. Some critics called it PHD syndrome. Meaning Pull him down. Maybe that is why he wanted to have a proper PHD. He always wanted anyone who became head of state to look bad so he would look good. Never mind that those who succeeded him always found a way to make OBJ look heroic. Remember SAP with human face? Aikhomu mocked him by calling for SAP with human leg, and human arm, etc. That was also the time he went into epistolary battles and wrote his books, including My Command.

Act Four: the dancer

When he became civilian president, he was called Baba. He saw himself as the father of the nation. But it was a father of vengeance. He wanted to be like God, who said, “vengeance Is mine.” First, he set up EFCC to hound his foes. It was also the first time the phrase “heating the polity” became routine in the land. He became a sort of modern butcher. Remember Odi and Zaki Biam. It was his own definition of low-intensity murder or genocide. He became a portentous choreographer, a dancer of misfortune. People learned to fear his happy hour. Especially when at a party. He danced with a certain fellow, and the next day he pushed him off his chair in the legislative chamber. He danced with a senator’s wife and the next day, Chuba Okadigbo was history as senate president. He did not pay for the pounded yam. He tossed cake in the mouth of another legislator, Adolphous Wabara, in the mockery of homosexual romance. The next day, Adolphous was gone.

He also taught us some ‘area boys’ language. Remember “do or die?” In deference, again to our bard, this is not a beatification, or even beautification, of the area boy.

Then to top it all, he wanted to be president for life, at least for a third act. Money changed hands. But unfortunately for him, power also changed from his hands, apologies to MFM church.

Act five: reinventing innocence

Since baba failed as Baba, he went back to his default PHD. Pull Him Down. God so kind he has a proper PHD. In religious knowledge. But in the Bible, we are told that God has made man upright but he has come forth with many inventions. This man is trying hard to reinvent himself. He gave us ‘Umoru’ Yar Adua – when he knew that Umar was not in good enough health. So, he could not outperform him in office. And just for insurance, he gave us our dear Goodluck Jonathan of the shoeless provenance in the hope that he would be his pooch and poodle. Alas, the pooch pushed him aside. So, he went back to his vomit and made an open and extravagant flourish of tearing his PDP card. He joined a winning team and felt flattered to be called a navigator. But he navigated a craft already near the shore. He had jumped off a sinking boat where he once oared like a prince.

Again, the ramrod general has given him the same treatment, so he is going back to his vomit – to Atiku, to PDP. And the same PDP folks he jettisoned, he now wants to jet to power again. Obj would really want to succeed because this is the first time in his career he would fight a battle. He is not playing the hyena over the cheetah’s spoil. If he loses in 2019, it would be the first time his illusion would be shattered. He would have grabbed the spoil of poison.

It would mean at the end of the battle, he will have no crown to wear. He would look at the other side laugh and caper. An unfamiliar position even for our Owu chief. His illusion of being a winner over the past acts will be without evidence of a trophy. German philosopher Nietzsche loathed that scenario. “Please don’t destroy people’s lies, illusions because if you destroy their illusions, they will not be able to live at all,” he wrote. In her classic The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton quoted an old man who fell into misfortune in his twilight hour: “For pity’s sake,” the man cried, “don’t destroy my last illusions.” Obj must be aware of this scenario. If he loses, he would be losing his innocence at 80.

This will be the unravelling of the failing patriarch. He will fight hard to keep the innocence of his age.

Agbaje and the ethnic card

Jimi Agbaje is bringing back his past foible. He noted in the past week that he is still a harbinger of ethnic fight in Lagos, by characterising his APC opponent, Jide Sanwo- Olu as a candidate against the Igbo. This is not only opportunism, but a rascally way to turn a true contest into the mud fight of Yoruba versus Igbo. In the last fight, the pharmacist rallied his supporters into the lagoon. We want responsible campaigns, not appeals to bigotry. Sanwo-Olu replied him with finesse, and would not go down the mud blast with him.

Sanwo-Olu and Agbaje
If all Agbaje would do is return to his 2015 formula of a Yoruba man fighting his kinsmen by rallying another ethnic group, he has shown he has run out of imagination. Mr. Agbaje, is senility at 60 not too early? You saw the scorecard in 2015 and the bad blood.

Credit: The Nation

News Headlines Dec 17, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Dec 17, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch
Resign since you can’t fix economy, Atiku tells Buhari
Lagos policemen respond to distress call two hours after robbery
Buhari clocks 76 today, Jonathan, Akeredolu hail him
PUNCH dominates DAME, wins Newspaper, Editor of the year
Commercial driver beaten to death with charm in Ondo
Boycott Buhari’s budget presentation, CUPP, PDP tell lawmakers
N800bn subsidy debt: Senate committee meets Buhari, blames payment delay on bureaucracy
N13.4m ransom lands kidnap gang member in police net in Niger
Katsina villagers confront cattle rustlers, lynch three
Truck loaded with cows kills three, injures 24 persons in Kebbi
Niger motorcyclist held for abducting three-year-old
Maku condemns attack on journalists in Nasarawa
SSANU declares three-day nationwide protest
Killing the poor and desperate with Shylock rates
Africans have underestimated their potential, talents — Osinbajo
Varsity threatens to drag erring contractors to EFCC
We’ve dealt mortal damage to Boko Haram — Military
Ogun designs policy to tackle illiteracy
Oyetola meets envoys, seeks trade partnership
Woman found dead in Ebonyi hotel room
‘I married you because my mumu never do,’ Charly
Top 10 most lucrative businesses in Nigeria
We’ve dealt mortal damage to Boko Haram — Military
Suspected ritualists steal three-year-old boy in Delta
Four hospitalised as petrol-laden truck crushes tricycle
SFU ignores court order to return seized vehicle to owner
Twins, one other arraigned for holding ‘Indian hemp carnival’
Police discover two murdered by kidnappers in Bayelsa
Another poly lecturer, two others kidnapped in Ondo
APC, PDP, SDP disagree over Ajimobi’s successor
Delayed campaigns: Buhari plotting to rig polls, says PDP
Ex-Niger governor, Aliyu, says Atiku will defeat Buhari
Ogun APC undecided over allegation against governorship candidate
Fashola accuses opposition members of dividing Nigeria
Five LASSAA officials detained for destroying my billboards –Agbaje
Access close to acquiring Diamond Bank
Non-oil exporters still neglecting opportunities offered by AGOA —NACC
Top 10 most lucrative businesses in Nigeria
Ways to prevent your bank account from hackers
Govt records N3tn revenue shortfall in nine months
Policies: NAICOM threatened with legal actions
Charlyboy weds wife in church after 40 years
Ajimobi begs for forgiveness at 69th birthday

Super sub Shaqiri sinks Man United
Austin ends Arsenal’s 22-game unbeaten run
IBF champion Ekundayo happy to represent Nigeria
Impressive Hazard keeps Chelsea in title hunt
Umar set for Perugia switch
Obaseki hails 16-year-old winner of 11 medals
Latest Spider-Man spin-off earns $35.4m in ticket sales
Apple to build $1bn campus in Texas
Glo’s iWAN connects NNPC’s 139 operations
Nigeria’s 5G ambition raises job, infrastructure concerns
ICT makes life easier for people living with disabilities – US Consul General
Editorial: FG, tread cautiously on alcohol, tobacco taxes
Do something about darkness
Electoral Act Amendment Bill: Towards free, fair and credible elections
FCTA and district development

The Nation

2019: APC fumes as PDP alleges plot to rig election
How Nigeria can access Africa’s $12tr, by Obasanjo
The Nation sets record at DAME
Pressure on CJ to probe ‘corrupt’ governors
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Boko Haram: African leaders renew commitment to battle
U.S. advises Fed Govt on economic diversification
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‘Nigerian airports record 10.9m passengers, 163,646 aircraft movements in 9 months’
Anambra vigilante rescues missing children from Rivers, Enugu
Substitute Shaqiri strikes twice as Liverpool see off Manchester United
TMG faults Buhari’s refusal to sign Electoral Amendment bill
Yuletide: I-G orders CPs, AIGs to beef up security nationwide
Southampton score late goal to end Arsenal’s 22-match unbeaten run
19th National Sports Festival: With homegrown athletes Lagos finishes fourth
Excitement at maiden Lagos All-Sail Championship
DStv unveils sport packages for festive period
Naija Gunners to launch Red-Tie event
Barewa beat Cowrie 13-5 to retain Rugby Presidents’ Cup
Controversy over 2018 Electoral Act
Buhari’s administration, the best since 1999, says APC chieftain
2019: Akande predicts victory for Osun APC
Intra-Africa Trade Fair seals $27b deals
Why JAC truck is unique, by Ade Ojo
Cellulants boosts Fintech with blockchain technology
Carnival Calabar to host presidential candidates
Celebrities grace YEEP event
Experience 13: What went down
Confirmation of confusion
Contributory Pension Scheme is fraud-free, says Pencom

Game Changers of 2018 (I)
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The Road to 2019: Flashpoints to Watch (XIV)
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FCAM’S Legacy Fund Wins Award
Vetiva Research Projects 2.9% GDP Growth for Nigeria in 2019
Nigerians Assured of Improved Broadband Connectivity
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New Igbo Group Endorse Atiku ‘Signing Peace Accords are Political Showbiz’
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Ikpeazu: Abia Economic City Will Boost Manufacturing in Nigeria
Edo to Host 2020 National Sports Festival as Delta Wins 19th Edition
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O’Trafford Set to Host PSA Satellite Squash Tourney
Saints Grab Late Winner to End Arsenal’s Unbeaten Run
Chelsea Holds on to Beat Brighton
Qatar Unveils Spectacular Designs for World Cup 2022
Winners Emerge in Maiden Lagos All Sail Boat Race

The Sun

DEVELOPING: Military, Boko Haram in gun battle near Maiduguri
Gunmen kill 2 in Bayelsa
Lalong declares Buhari architect of modern Nigeria
Buhari has chased away herdsmen from Benue land — Tiv group declares
2019 elections ‘ll determine Nigeria’s fate – Clark
2019: Ben Bruce’s kinsmen dump PDP for APC
2019: Northern group dumps Atiku for Buhari
2019: Voting pattern to differ in north – Yakasai, ACF member
Why Ohanaeze hasn’t endorsed Atiku – Iwuanyanwu
Atiku’s new romance with Obasanjo ’ll do him more harm than good – Senator Hanga
nsurance coys settle N145bn claims in Q3 – NAICOM
Equities close trading week on BearishPR our biggest headache in Alaba –Adikwu, PRO
Yuletide sales: Alaba traders groan over traffic gridlock
Afreximbank inaugurates $1bn programme to promote Nigeria’s Intra-African Trade
2019: Atiku ‘ll defeat Buhari in free, fair election –Babangida Aliyu
Muhammadu Buhari: Treading on rough old path
Buhari, Senate and Electoral Bill debacle
Urgent assignments for South East governors
Women, keep your husbands at home
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10 Basics of Business Etiquette
Okorocha donates new building to NLC
Zabazaba Deepwater project: Again Niger Delta writes Buhari
A search for the Nigerian hero as patriot
Stop discrimination against Igbo, Nwodo warns Nigerians
My ordeal in kidnappers den – Pastor Bassey James
Lagos-Abeokuta expressway of hell: Road users lament endless gridlock, suffering
Obi, Igbos and the wisdom of the West
PMB at 76: Time for stock taking
Posting of treasury officers to MDAs
DEVELOPING: Military, Boko Haram in gun battle near Maiduguri
Gunmen kill 2 in Bayelsa
2 bizmen bag 8 years imprisonment for trademark theft
Lalong declares Buhari architect of modern Nigeria
Nigerians ‘too religious,’ Chinese cleric observes
2019: Time for opposition in Enugu to stop looking across the fence
Celebrating an uncommon leader at 69


Lawmakers Shun CUPP’s Call For Boycott Of Budget Presentation
FG, Oil Marketers Set To Resolve Subsidy Impasse
Army Repels Boko Haram Attack On Borno Community
Pastor Buys $200,000 Lamborghini Car For Wife
NASS Workers Begin 4-day Warning Strike Monday
FRSC Mourns Anambra Sector Commander
Crime: Lady Stabbed To Death In Abakiliki Hotel Room
Ondo: APC Group Accuses Akeredolu’s Aides Of Destroying PMB’s Bill Boards
EDITORIAL: 40 Million Nigerians Suffering From Mental Disorders
BCO Urges INEC To Caution PDP Against Attacks On Buhari
Ex-Army Chief, Salihu Ibrahim, Buried In Kaduna
APC Tackles Atiku Over Call For PMB’s Resignation
2019: Don’t Engage In Partisan Politics, IGP Warns Police Officers
oHerbal, Traditional Medicine Potential Foreign Exchange Earners – NAFDAC
Atiku’s Wife Showers Gifts On Orphans In Abuja
Okowa Urges Nigerians To Live Impactful Life
‘We Will Continue With PMB To ‘The Next Level’……Chief Idiga
North Korea condemns latest US sanctions
Qatar Petroleum Looks To Invest $20bn In US
Brussels Protest Over UN Migration Pact Turns Violent
100 Christians Detained In China Crackdown
Strasbourg Attack Victims Honoured
Cambodia Makes Record Breaking Ivory Haul At Port

NASS workers strike threatens 2109 budget presentation

NASS workers strike threatens 2109 budget presentation

Posted By Dele Anofi

The House of Representatives has appealed to National Assembly workers to shelve their planned four-day warning industrial action over unpaid allowances among other demands. The House said the four-day warning strike to commence tomorrow is capable of jeopardising the presentation of the 2019 Appropriation Bill by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, 19th December, 2018.

President Buhari had written to the leadership of National Assembly that he would be presenting the 2019 budget proposal to the joint session of the National Assembly at 11am on Wednesday, 19th December, 2018. The workers had to be placated last Tuesday by the leadership of the Senate and the House of Representatives to shelve their initial strike action after denying lawmakers access to the chambers while paralyzing all official duties that day.

On the same day, the Clerk to the National Assembly, Muhammed Sani-Omolori in response to the workers demand, in a statement, heaped the blames on the Ministry of Finance that despite being on first line charge, inadequate release of budgetary allocation makes it impossible for the implementation of the new salary regime for the workers, among other demands.

The workers’ union, Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) however made a U-turn yesterday following the discovery of over N10b in the National Assembly’s Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) accounts. The union, according to a source, who pleaded not to be named said it has become obvious that the management had no intention of fulfilling the agreement after a CBN letter dated 21 November, 2018 to the Clerk requesting confirmation to two external auditors, N10,455,891,967,43 in National Assembly’s T24 account number 0020168142065 (Statutory transfer).

However, in a letter to its members on Friday, the union said after its emergency meeting of 14th December, 2018, it has been decided that a warning strike would commence on Monday, 17th December, 2018. “By this notice, be kindly informed that the entire members of PASAN shall stay off their respective duties on the mentioned dates,” the memo stated.

However chairman House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazak Namdas appealed that the strike would have a negative impact on the presentation of 2019 buffet proposal by the President. He said: “What we are appealing for now is for the workers to continue to be very understanding. The budget is to be presented by Wednesday, we all know the possible implication on the entirety of Nigerians, if the document is not presented on that day.”

Source: The Nation

Five die in Lagos accidents

Five die in Lagos accidents

Posted By Precious Igbonwelundu

•Danger averted as fuel laden tanker loses control in Ogun

At least five persons were yesterday killed in two separate accidents on Third Mainland Bridge and Ikeja, Lagos.

Two motorcyclists were said to have died on the spot at the wee hours of Saturday following a head on collision on the bridge.

It was gathered that one of the motorcycles had two passengers aboard while the other was a dispatch rider.

One of the motorcyclists was said to be riding against traffic on top speed when he rammed into the other killing all four persons on the spot.

The victims were said to have been thrown off the bikes in different directions when they collided such that some of them were crushed by oncoming vehicles.

According to witnesses, one of the victims had his leg chopped off. It was gathered that relatives of the victims evacuated their bodies, while the affected motorcycles were removed by the police.

The other accident occurred yesterday evening at Ikeja after an unlatched container fell on two vehicles killing one person.

It was gathered that the containerised truck which was moving inward Sheraton Hotel road, had flat tyres and suddenly fell on two vehicles – a space bus and a Toyota Avalon car.

As soon as it fell, it was learnt that the container crushed the bus driver and also ignited fire on the vehicle.

According to sources, the bus driver was partially burnt and also crushed.

The driver who was trapped in his burning bus was said to have been evacuated by officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) when they arrived the scene.

It was gathered that the driver of the Toyota Avalon sustained injuries and was rushed to the hospital.

Contacted, police spokesman Chike Oti said no official report was made on the Third Mainland Bridge accident.

He confirmed that the police saw two motorcycles on the bridge when the report filtered in, adding that detectives have been deployed to mortuaries around to find out if victims of Third Mainland Bridge accident were brought to their facilities.

He said: “No official report was made to that effect. But the report filtered in and so we have commenced investigation. Policemen have been deployed to mortuaries around to find out if accident victims on Third Mainland Bridge were brought there. This is because the relatives of the victims ought to have made official entries at the police station. It is a case of fatal road accident and the families cannot deal with it alone.”

LASEMA confirmed the Ikeja accident to The Nation, adding that investigation into the cause would be conducted by relevant agencies.

However, disaster was averted in Ota, Ogun State, yesterday when a tanker laden with 33,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit lost control on Ilo-Awela, Toll-Gate.

Mr Adekunle Ajibade, the Sango-Ota Zonal Commander of TRACE, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the accident happened at 4.06p.m.

According to him, the Mack tanker, with registration number FKJ 913XD was heading for Lagos when it lost control due to brake failure and crossed the divider to hit a LT vehicle marked EKY 748 TN.

He said that only the two vehicles were involved in the accident, adding that the driver of the LT was injured.

“A serious disaster that could have claimed so many lives was averted through the intervention of the Almighty God,” he said.

He also said that the injured person had been taken to General Hospital, Sango-Ota, for an intensive treatment.

Ajibade said that TRACE personnel, Federal Road Safety Corps and the police were on ground to control the situation.

He told NAN that the fuel was transloaded into other vehicles.

The Nation

News Headlines Dec 16, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Dec 16, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch
Metele: Presidency, Atiku clash over Buhari’s absence at soldiers’ burial
Fayemi, Fayose trade words over attack on ex-gov
Political prostitutes, robbers deny Nigeria vibrant Senate presidency –Tinubu
Commuters groan as gridlock worsens on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
Taking up Eagles job to rescue team was a mistake – Siasia
Again, FG, ASUU meet Monday to end strike
Why many govs are scared of LG poll – Ekpo, SDP Cross River gov candidate
NASS workers begin strike Monday, threaten budget presentation
Would Buhari concede a close race?
Collecting gifts from church members doesn’t make me a hypocrite –Daddy Freeze
We must drop quota system; it doesn’t allow people to grow – Ibidapo-Obe
Political prostitutes, robbers deny Nigeria vibrant Senate presidency –Tinubu
We are tired of our colleagues dying of poor medical services at FMC – Student
Commuters groan as gridlock worsens on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
Buhari didn’t sign PIGB to protect states, LGs – Ita-Enang
EFCC yet to apply to AGF for Diezani’s extradition
Buhari, his re-election and fight against terrorism
Panic as leopard shows up in court
Charlyboy weds wife in church after 40 years
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Fear grips farmers as herdsmen’s cows graze around Benue communities
Kano Hisbah board to destroy one million beer bottles
Undergraduate’s murder: NBA demands prosecution of killer cop
Police arrest 84-year-old retired headmaster, others for land dispute
Osun community raises the alarm on deadly factory emissions
Anambra FRSC sector commander dies in crash
Fresh Ebonyi/Cross River border crisis claims eight lives
Kidnapped Calabar pastor regains freedom
16 members cannot impeach me as speaker — Oloyeloogun
APC to settle aggrieved Lagos members with appointments
PENGASSAN wants PIB passed
Making loans more accessible to small borrowers
Businesses with integrity, operational readiness will attract capital – Adegbite
AfDB funds $410m power transmission expansion projects
Nigeria gained 1.89 million new Internet users in Nov
Indigenous players decry poor presence in shipping industry
We constructed the floodlight at Liberty Stadium – David Affe
Mourinho is a winner, says Rashford
Liverpool have no defensive crisis – Klopp
Drama aplenty as NSF ends in Abuja
75 players for OTrafford squash tourney
NSF: Lagos dominate badminton event
Parisians are not so receptive — Ijeoma Grace Agu
I’ve not made money from music — Kelly Hansome
Follower who alleged I stole Davido’s song seeking attention – Jaywon
We shared BON award but I rate myself higher than Femi Adebayo –Yemi Solade
Toyin Abraham plays church girl in new movie
I don’t live fake life, I can afford whatever I want –Angela Okorie
Hypertension can lead to blindness – Expert
I should have died instead of my children –Woman whose four kids were killed by husband
Editorialh Using National Sports Festival for positive change
Buhari, his re-election and fight against terrorism
Business entities in Nigeria
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Should couples discuss marital problems with their parents?
Six reasons some women slide into early menopause

The Nation

Five die in Lagos accidents
Why we wanted Lawan as Senate President
NASS workers strike threatens 2109 budget presentation
Presidency Atiku clash over Buhari’s alleged insensitivity
Electoral bill: APC reaches out to Senate, Reps caucuses to resist PDP’s plot
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LASCOPA evacuates expired products from supermarkets
‘Prevent child, maternal mortality with family planning’
Flaring: Green energy builds $12m LPG
Babangida salutes Buhari at 76
Firm begins construction of gold refinery
Boko Haram: Monarch cautions Amnesty International, others
Boko Haram: It’s fight to finish, Buhari declares
Anthony Baffoe: Dad’s death fast-tracked my football career
Tony ‘Sugary’ Salam Eight-year redundancy nearly ended my boxing career
Ahmad Gero: Counts blessings after debut season in Sweden
Manchester City back on top as Jesus double sinks Everton
CAF AWARDS: Iwobi, Oshoala, Ndidi lead Nigeria’s charge
Flying Eagles draw Niger, South Africa, Burundi
Nominees in Full
Fresh worries in Amosun’s camp
Roads dear to Ugwuanyi’s heart
Hope as Ndoma-Egba seeks return to the Senate
Nigeria earned $35m from hibiscus flower exports last year
CRC Credit Bureau emerges credit bureau of the year
Africa’s first Intra-African Trade Fair records $27b deals
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BLACKKY: Why music in Nigeria is not organised
Forbes names Uyi Ogbebor, Ayokunle Akinbode emerging African innovators
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Of Obasanjo and a wind-operated mind
Yuletide: Cleric tasks Christians to reflect on “the reason for the season”
Police uncover ‘illegal’ drug factory in Lagos
Police arrest suspected armed robber, cultists in Bayelsa

IBB Showers Encomium on Buhari on 76th Birthday
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At Vice-presidential Candidates’ Debate, Osinbajo, Obi Disagree on Economy
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N9.8bn Tax Debt: FIRS Shuts NDPHC HQ
Hyundai Creta is Car of The Year in Nigeria
QNB Group Appoints Neymar Jr as global Brand Ambassador
EDITORIAL: Beyond The Vice-Presidential Debate

The Sun

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2019: Wike difficult for APC to beat in Rivers – Aregbesola
Boko Haram: Buhari, Deby, others in crucial meeting in Abuja
Wells Carlton: A toast to Captain Hosa’s excellent spirit
Happy Birthday to Nigeria’s icon of democracy and good governance
Book launch: Onose Callima-Inino out with The Third Day
An evening with Chimamanda Adichie ikeogu Oke: From little beginnings to celebrated griot
Toasty beer carnival ignites Yuletide buzz at Eko Hotels
Brexit: UK citizens to pay for visa-free travel to EU countries
Khashoggi killer’s chilling words recorded as journalist was butchered
Fayose to Buhari: For admitting failure resign, return home
Duke vs Gana: SDP keeps mum
Wells Carlton: A toast to Captain Hosa’s excellent spirit

Daily Trust
Produce theft irks farmers in Katsina
Maize harvest excites Benue farmers
Osara Cassava City boosts Kogi production potential
How artificial insemination can improve your dairy herd
Inside Gboko’s war against cultists
Chad Basin leaders adopt 8-point agenda to end Boko Haram
2019 polls: PDP, APC draw battle line over Electoral Act
Katsina residents live under kidnappers’ siege
Baobab: A tree of majesty with many magic
One dead as container falls on two cars in Lagos
President Buhari’s remarks at Extra-Ordinary Summit of LCBC’s Leaders
SDP calls for calm over Duke’s disqualification
Assembly staff begin warning strike tomorrow
We are only waiting to swear in President Buhari -Lalong
2019: Politicians cloning PVCs in Imo, alleges Imo REC
‘Katsina has no better option than Masari in 2019’
Buhari to grace sports festival’s closing ceremony
Maize harvest excites Benue farmers
Osara Cassava City boosts Kogi production potential
Orphans in Kuje cry out for scholarships
FCT IPAC inaugurates new executives
NGOs call for commitment to end sexual, gender-based violence
Foreign Lies on Herder-Farmer Crisis
#HAPPYBDPMB: A dozen reasons for President Buhari’s re-election
A look into Nigerians’ assessments of Buhari administration
Killings : Group calls for special prayer in Zamfara
Metele: Army buries 19 soldiers
Army release more postings, appointments of senior officers
Editorial: Abuja Accord 2018
Why Nigeria needs Peter Obi – Tambuwal
I can’t wait for presidential debate – Atiku


Labour Demands Inclusion Of Minimum Wage In 2019 Budget
Improve Ease Of Doing Business, Nigerians Diaspora Urge FG
IDPs Turn To Farming For Survival
FG Commences ‘N-Power-Enhance’ for Batch A Beneficiaries
2019: Senator Ben-Bruce Kinsmen Dumps PDP, Endorses APC NASS Candidate
FG Declares Yala, Bekwarra, 3 Other LGAs In Cross River Open Defecation Free
2019: Group Endorse Rivers APC Guber Candidate
2023: Where Are The Ethnic Minorities?
Jesus Shines As City Regain Top Spot, Eriksen Fires Spurs
HAPPYBDPMB: A Dozen Reasons For President Buhari’s Re-Election
Kizz Daniel Kicks Off UK Tour For New Album
Lagosians Take To Social Media In Praise of JJW Asa, Kuti Concert
When Travis Greene, Kirk Franklin, Ada Ehi Brought Down Heaven At EXPERIENCE 13
EU Donates €500m To Nigeria To Address Violence Against Women
At Last, US Reacts To Jonathan’s Claim On Election Meddling
Nigerians in Diaspora: Kemi Badenoch, Member Of UK Parliament
The Challenge Of Taking Adamawa Out Of Poverty Through Innovation
The Congo Election: Difficult Times Ahead
APC And 2O19 Campaigns: Chances And Issues
Evaluating PDP’s Zonal Rallies Ethiopian Airlines Set For Direct Flights To LAX
Ecobank Seeks Collaboration To Enhance Digitisation In Africa
Marketers’ Intrigues And NNPC’s Clairvoyance For Calm At Christmas, New Year
We Will Mobilise Nigerians To Check Vote-buying, Others – CUPP Spokesman
PMB Right To Reject Assent To Electoral Act – Ogbuoji
The Brawls Ravaging Major Parties In Imo
Concerns Over Dearth Of Women In Elective Positions
Egypt or South Africa Will Host 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations, CAF Reveals
Kizz Daniel Kicks Off UK Tour For New Album
Charlyboy Weds Wife In Church After 40 Years
EDITORIAL: Pending Bills Before NASS And Cost Of Governance
Research And Development: NAF Seeks Greater Collaboration With Tertiary Institutions
A Well Deserved Award For Gen Buratai
Drama As Libya Returnee Claims Ignorance of Nigerian Address
Health Workers Vow To Resist Privatisation Of Public Hospitals
Military Lifts Suspension Imposed On UNICEF Activities In N’East
2019: North And The Dilemma Of Choice
Nzem Berom Cultural festival On The Plateau
Niger: Leveraging On Agriculture To Generate Employment
Omu-Aran Community Hails Rehabilitation Of Roads
Monarch Commends Governor Bello Peace Initiatives

The Guardian
Budget 2019: NASS workers strike, executive/legislative feud threaten presentation
Electricity woes: No end in sight as consumers lament
Akeem Lasisi: Novel ride through musical poetry, video
Police chief reads riot act to politicians on electioneering campaigns
Group demands passage of disability laws
Sani inaugurates inter-religious, peace committee against electoral violence
UN chief seeks partnerships to tackle rising conflicts, displacements
Electoral Act Amendment: Reps spoiling for showdown
Now is time to end Boko Haram, Buhari tells leaders
Man City return to top of Premier League as Spurs, others win
Liverpool are the ‘lucky ones’ moans Mourinho
Sports festival ends today as Edo swimmers suffer disqualification for dual registration
Ronaldo penalty sees off Torino, Icardi gets Inter back winning
Egypt roasts Niger flickers in Africa cup for club championship
Egypt or South Africa will host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations: CAF
Enugu: Parties flag off campaigns, making promises
Atiku/Obi search for truce in Southeast, as PDP holds rally
Oyo APC Crisis worsens as Shittu rages, trades tantrums
The imperative of power rotation in Enugu governor election
Six Essential Serums to Keep You Glowing
How To Fix Your Sleep Pattern
Evolution Of Shaku Shaku As Nigeria’s Leading Dance Step
Banky W, Adesua, Kanayo. O. Kanayo, Hilda Dokubo, others in Up North
Editorial: Prosecute pensions fraudsters now!
12 home entertaining tips for the season
Why Burna Boy is the artist of 2018
Ogaji: Blame government for power sector failure
‘We’ve recovered over N16 billion from insurance underwriters handling pensions before PTAD’
The fable of a clone, a clown and a crown
Leaderlessness where ideas lead
‘Abuja at 27 and inconclusive democracy’
Nigeria links China-Africa art, culture in collaborative effort
Gown and town chat way forward for dance practice, education
Eliminating violence against women at launch of George’s saints and scoundrels
The 2018 diary: February
Knowing rules to protect your spinal cord
Healthy diet, physical exercise help in weight control


Ondo Monarch Commends Akeredolu For Redefining Leadership
God’s Covenant Of Peace, Blessing 2
2019 FIFA WWC: Super Falcons Won’t Make Up The Numbers In France, Pinnick Assures
Dilapidation Of 55-Yr-Old Edo School Outrages Old Students
The Miracle Of God’s Supernatural Touch (2)
Who Looks Out For People Living With Disabilities?
Strike Threatens Presentation Of 2019 Budget To NASS
Celebrating An Uncommon Leader At 69
Nigeria’s Dire Medical Care Challenges: The Need For Corporate Intervention
Igbo The Most Marginalised Group In Nigeria – Nwodo
BREXIT Brings Out The Worst In The British
Kano, Jigawa Have More Local Govts Than All Igbo States — Senator Umeh
I Vanished As Attackers Closed In On Palace
Anaocha: The Triumph Of Popularity
‘PDP Cannot Ask INEC Chairmen, IGP To Resign’
I succumbed to the devil!

Girl, 6, Kidnapped in Church: ‘I didn’t steal her, I only kept her from straying — Woman
PDP TO PRESIDENT: Nigerians don’t deserve more Suffering
2019: The battle for Ethiope
Ikpeazu: Our strategy to create over 600,000 jobs in Abia State
Nigeria’s 2019 poll ‘critical test’ for Africa — U.S
Edo State slams technical officials over bad officiating
Buhari to grace NSF closing ceremony
Modric criticises Ballon d’Or gala snub by Messi, Ronaldo
Jesus sinks Everton, takes City back to top
Don’t get your lovers’ presents mixed up this Christmas
Is it possible to be in touch with your naughty side this Christmas?!
I’m single, no boyfriend – Ghanaian J. Jorm
Sultry birthday pictures of actress, Christabel Egbenya lights up social media
Blockbuster movies to show on StarTimes during festive season
Tattoos make dark girls look dirty – Amanda Ebeye
Nigerian rapper, Mercy Isoyip flaunts beach body
Nigeria’s Balance of Payments deteriorates to $4.5b – CBN

WAEC adopts measure to combat abandoned certificates

WAEC worries over abandoned certificates

Posted By Agency Reporter

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says it will deploy an Electronic Certificate Management System to facilitate issuance of certificates to candidates, to reduce the problem of abandoned certificates.

The council’s Head, Public Affairs,Mr Damianus Ojijeogu disclosed this in an interview with our reporters on Thursday in Lagos.

According to him, the online system will enable the council to print certificates of candidates only on request.

“With this in place, it will assist the council in decongesting backlog of certificates lying fallow for several years with very few owners coming up to collect them.

“With this in place, any candidate that wants his or her result will go online to make request and leave an address of where it would be delivered.

“It does not matter where they wrote the examination.

“The process has reached an advanced stage and hopefully, by 2019, the mechanism would be deployed,’’ Ojijeogu said.

He said the deployment of the electronic device became necessary following the slow response by candidates in collecting their certificates several years after sitting for the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination.

Ojijeogu said that WAEC have been appealing to candidates yet to collect their certificates, but that the response had been very low.

“In 2014 alone, we placed several advertorials in some newspapers appealing with those concerned to come forward for their certificates as they are taking up too much space in our offices.

“We did need not get any meaningful response.

“Certificates as far back as 1980s are still lying fallow in our office with their owners not making attempt to come collect them, moreover, the number will be staggering if we should put them together.

“Currently, the practice has been that if certificates should stay in our custody for more than four years, the owners will be charged with a custody fees of N5,000 on collection excluding the N3,500 for the collection of such certificate.’’

According to him, certificates of candidates who wrote the 2017 Nov/Dec WASSCE, Private, have since been printed and ready for collection in all the council’s offices across the country.

“Some persons who have written the examination repeatedly and failed are not willing to collect their certificates unless they are compelled to do so.

“They only come around to request for it probably as part of visa requirement, job interview or screening at work places in offices.

“This is not supposed to be so. They wrote the examination and it is only proper that they come for their certificates,” Ojijeogu said.

How doctoral programs train the mind to think

How doctoral programs train the mind to think

By MD Aminu, PhD |

If there is any cue that I can take from my experience during my doctoral candidacy, it is the recognition of it as nothing more than the training of the mind to think. Before my registration as a research student in Cranfield University, a friend who completed his own doctorate in another UK university advised me that to be successful in the program, I must have my critical thinking mode activated throughout the duration of my candidacy.

For the entire periods of our education, from the elementary school and up to the bachelor’s and master’s degree levels, we were typically taught to notice already established patterns, and to solve analytical problems. We take standard tests and examinations that only puts to trial our analytical problem-solving skills, and we miss out on an essential aspect of human intelligence: creativity. Because of our ability to notice these known patterns, or for our pragmatism in applying analytical skills to solve known problems, we may even end up being the best and brightest within our peers, yet we can be utterly uncreative.

To be awarded a doctorate, a person must demonstrate that they have pushed the boundaries of knowledge within that discipline they have researched on. This means they must have achieved novelty. To achieve novelty, they must have started their investigations from an unknown location and arrive at a known new and significant location. To conceive and deal with novel situations, they need creative intelligence. In the process of creating new knowledge, they are constantly drawn in on critical analysis for introductory and concluding justifications; validation of conclusions; distinguishing of facts and opinions; evaluation of the credibility of information sources; clarification of concepts and recognition of conditions, etc.

It is for this reason that some doctoral programs put in place a mechanism to help stimulate the mind on a critical thinking trajectory so that the student’s research begins by transcending the ‘pure discipline’, making the doctoral program to commence from a solid philosophical base that exposes the mind to tough arguments. Because of these emphasis on theoretical and methodological issues, the student can appreciate and can soon begin to question the underlying traditions and mechanisms across different spectrums of knowledge.

Then you go on to conduct research that gives you a lot of valuable experience such as the ability to write effectively and professionally; to learn to read from primary source formats, retain, and synthesize a lot of literature within a short time; to work in a team; to teach; to present at conferences and refine your public speaking skills; to learn to talk to different people in different ways (e.g. professors, colleagues, laboratory technicians, journal editors, peer reviewers, etc.); and to even do some administration. Due to the diversity of skills and experience that you get from the doctoral program, it cannot be denied that upon the completion of a genuine doctorate, a person should be able to construct and sustain complex arguments, ask interesting questions, and decide on appropriate methods to answer them.

It must be noted however that all these skills can equally be gained elsewhere (such as through a professional role in an office over some years), however, when a person has completed a doctorate, it is expected that such a person can develop and sustain some reasonable and appreciable level of critical thinking and evaluation; which are attributes for success in a postgraduate program. Although it must also be stated that the quality of doctorates can differ depending on several factors, which could include the structure of the program which varies from place to place; the excellence of the institution of study in terms of their research output and impact; the reputation of the supervisor amongst their peers; the strength of the results (and its scaled-up implications) in the sense of how acceptable they are for high impact journals; etc. Thus, the fluidity of any of these factors or a combination of it can influence the overall strength of the doctorate, and by consequence, the value of the experience gained from the process of earning the degree.

During my doctoral candidacy, I realized that the completion of the degree required creativity to elicit novel concepts and report the findings, as well as persistent practicality. My primary supervisor was a world leading researcher in his field and he published his work in the topmost journals in the energy discipline, believing that publishing in low impact factor journals can only do damage to a researcher’s reputation. I equally worked with a postdoctoral fellow as a collaborator, who published several papers in leading journals prior to receiving his own doctorate. These two people that I worked with not only imbued in me the qualities of ethical research, but they equally challenged me all the time by taking me onto paths of critical discussions. When my supervisor was convinced that any of his students were not critical enough, he could liken the student’s abilities to that of a technician, whose daily activity, he says, is mere routine work, that is artless and ingenuous.

During one of my progress review meetings, the committee chair advised that I read a lot of books on critical and systems thinking, and he equally confessed to me that as academics themselves, they do read a lot of those books every so often, to remain relevant in their jobs where they synthesize new knowledge.

When my friend, Mustapha Abubakar, presently of the United States National Cancer Institute, defended his doctoral thesis at the University of London, the last question he was asked by the external examiner was if the study program he had undergone had influenced his critical thinking abilities; required to become an effective academic researcher. His response to the examiner was that the program did not only influence his ability to be a critical thinker for effective researching, but that it has also made him a very critical person in his general approach to life. Many people agree that the ‘life lessons’ and thoughtful rigors learned from the doctoral study transcends knowledge in one area but shapes all aspects of our lives. Therefore, I expect it as the norm (rather than the exception) for all people who earned a doctorate to be critical thinkers, until they prove to me that they are not; which could then indicate that they might have gone through an irregular doctoral program.

News Headlines Dec 15, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Dec 15, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch
2019 elections: US says violence looms in Nigeria
Economy still in bad shape, Buhari tells 36 governors
Court sacks Donald Duke as SDP’s presidential candidate, declares Jerry Gana
Akpabio’s wife causes stir at airport as Aisha Buhari visits A’Ibom
Atiku’s promise to restructure Nigeria in six months, sign of autocracy –Oluwajana, APC chieftain
CJN seeks affordable arbitration fees for Nigerians
N’East: VSF disburses N510m, donates aids to schools
Court adjourns ruling in PEFMB members case against PENGASSAN
2019: Lagosians don’t want one-man state – Agbaje
PDP’ll run responsible government in 2019, aspirant says
Military suspends UNICEF activities in North-East
CAN ends probe into N40m Buhari transport fare, dissolves elders’ forum
APC, PDP disagree over readiness for 2019 elections
Osinbajo, Obi, others differ over economy, subsidy regime
Over 100 cult members in police custody, says Ortom
NSCDC assaults two journalists in Nasarawa
Taraba govt to build smaller electricity dams
UN decries poor access to finance for women
Army buries 19 soldiers killed in Metele attack
Man kidnaps ex-boss for accusing him of stealing, demands N1m ransom
I stayed with policeman’s corpse for 10 hours after killing him – Traditional ruler
Man slashes wife’s head over infidelity allegation
Police arrest ex-LG boss for allegedly raping 15-year-old girl
Troops kill eight bandits in Zamfara, Sokoto
72 FRSC officers killed on duty in four states
Court dismisses fresh suit against installation of Ondo market leader
Police arrest notorious robber, recover arms in Bayelsa
2019: NWC members may work for Amosun, Okorocha, others’ preferred candidates
Tinubu can’t succeed in campaigning for Buhari again in 2019 – Prof Oyebode
Override Buhari on Electoral Act, IYC urges NASS
Impunity in APC made me join AA, not Okorocha – Nwosu, governor’s son-in-law
Rivers’ll resist attempt to rig 2019 polls – Wike
Apapa gridlock: Residents issue 21-day ultimatum to FG
FIRS shuts NDPHC, others over tax debt
Nigeria recorded $4.54bn balance of payments deficit in Q3
Higher food prices push inflation to 11.28% – NBS
Cabin pressure loss disrupts Air Peace flight
Customs seizes N591m worth of contraband
Obasanjo’s intervention saved Abuja from getting worse than Lagos –Makinde, former NITP President
Some of my best ideas come to me when I’m at the spa –Busari
I can never forget the day I lost my right eye –Prof Mangvwat, former UNIJOS VC
Klitschko eyes return, targets rematch against Joshua
CAF awards: Musa shunned, Iwobi makes final shortlist
Senegal beat Nigeria 6-1,claim fifth Beach Soccer AFCON title
Salah retains BBC African Footballer of the Year award
Leave NSF for local athletes, Oyiki tells overseas-based stars
Senegal hold on to CAF beach soccer title as Supersand Eagles lose 1-6
Buhari okays 65-year retirement age for teachers, says Minister
Govt agencies must supply books to national library – Education minister
Ekiti vocational schools get $3m World Bank grant
Kano’s out-of-school children population hits 3 million
Nigerian doctors almost cut off my leg –KC Ejelonu
People say gospel artistes’ gifts are from God, underpay us –Temitayo Irawo
Being crippled for two years affected my career – Femi Branch
My special effects scare me at night –HakeemEffect
I lost a lot of friends after God blessed me –Kelly Anthony
Kanye reignites feud with Drake, gets Kim’s backing
I should have died instead of my children
FG’s TraderMoni scheme enmeshed in Fraud allegations, illegal deductions
Beating us every night was a form of entertainment for our abductors – 60-year-old kidnap victim
Herdsmen crisis: Pain, anger of orphans in IDP camps
That murderous rage…
Reasons why you should become a secondary virgin this Christmas!
Some ways to shower others with love this Christmas
Six reasons some women slide into early menopause
What would you do if you found out your partner set you up to test your fidelity?

The Nation

Tinubu never imposed Adelabu on me, Ajimobi insists
Ex-bank MD bags 19 years for N29m fraud
Police uncover illegal drug factory in Lagos
Electoral Bill: APC, PDP in verbal war
Osinbajo, Obi trade tackles at VP debate
States to access World Bank’s $750m loan, grant soon — FG
Stop blame game, focus on development, Osinbajo tells governors
The kidnap that nailed us
N5m alleged bribe: Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia slumps in court
Electoral Bill: PLOT to override Buhari’s veto thickens
PDP won’t lose sleep over Atiku’s US visa row, say party chieftains
Buhari to govs: economy in bad shape, tighten your belts
Your threat is empty, Oyo APC replies Shittu
How to take care of workers’ welfare, by expert
CAF AWARDS: Iwobi, Oshoala, Ndidi lead Nigeria’s charge
Flying Eagles draw Niger, South Africa, Burundi
Nominees in Full
Cross River government urged to invest more in sports
2018 Rugby President Cup final: Cowrie eye revenge over Barewa
Barcelona coaches for Oshoala School Girls Football Clinic
Abu Azeez celebrates 100th beach soccer goal
APC plots to rig election, PDP alleges
2019: Buhari must be defeated, says Jerry Gana
Edo pays workers’ December salary
Three Crowns Mom of the Year winners jet off to Dubai on all-expense paid trip
Air Peace apologies to passengers over flight disruptions
BEDC dispels licence withdrawal rumour
‘How I deal with teases, sexual advancements from men’
ZUMA ’18: Filmmaker Femi Odugbemi bags Lifetime Achievement Award
Stephanie Linus signs skin products contract
‘Infringement on patients’ rights may ruin your career’
How to check rot in state teaching hospitals, by NMA chief, others
Man, 69, blind, homeless cries for help
Of Obasanjo and a wind-operated mind
Presidency, Obasanjo: the unending 2019 wars
Police uncover ‘illegal’ drug factory in Lagos
Police arrest suspected armed robber, cultists in Bayelsa
Scarcity of LAKE Rice hits Lagos markets
120 suspected cultists, hoodlums arrested in Epe
Erosion: Calabar community at the edge of the precipice
How photography lifted 10 young Niger Delta women
Navy organises championship to boost officers’ morale
Oil giant Agip celebrates Niger Delta farmers
Rights group advises Fed Govt on renewable energy


Afenifere, Ango Abdullahi Back Lawmakers’ Move to Return Nigeria to Parliamentary System
Military Suspends UNICEF Operations in Northeast, Accuses UN Agency of Espionage
Alleged N2.5bn Fraud: Court Orders ICPC to Unfreeze Pinnacle’s Account
Army Recalls UNICEF Shortly after Suspension for Alleged Espionage
Court Orders ICPC to Unfreeze Pinnacle’s Account over Alleged N2.5bn Frau
Clear Trucks from Apapa or We Block All Port Entrances, Residents Threaten FG
Ex-FHC Judge, Ofili-Ajumogobia Collapses in Court, Rushed to Hospital
Boko Haram: Cowardice Caused Death of Soldiers in Metele, Says New Theatre Commander
PDP Hails Peter Obi’s Performance at Presidential Debate
Again, Wike Tasks INEC, Police on Credible Polls
APC, PDP Trade Accusations on Plots to Rig 2019 Polls
World Bank’s $495m Irrigation Funds Will Improve Nigeria’s Economy, Says FG
Editi Effiong Takes Banky W, Adesuwa, KOK, Akin Lewis ‘Up North’
APC Peace Moves Fail in Ogun as Amosun’s Allies Insist They were Cheated
DataDot, Stallion Motors Deploy Device to Halt Vehicle, Asset Theft
No Evidence of Reported FG’s Projects in N’Delta, Insists Ijaw Group
Abia ‘Arm-twisted’ to Pay Ghost Workers’ in LGs, Says Commissioner
Re: Sokoto PDP Flag Off: Gainers, Losers
Honour For Yakubu Gobir
Omosode Igbinedion’s Ambition On Tenterhooks
Pastor Adeboye’s Charitable HeartKogi SDP Senatorial Candidate Seeks Arrest of APC Candidate, LG Bosses
DataDot, Stallion Motors Deploy Device to Halt Vehicle, Asset Theft
NGO Honours Humanitarian Actors
Broll Nigeria Distributes Safe Delivery Kits to Expecting Mothers
Coca-Cola Bags Award at SERAs 2018
Travel Firm Announces Expansion Move
Union Bank Organises Capacity Building Programme for SMEs
Editi Effiong Takes Banky W, Adesuwa, KOK, Akin Lewis ‘Up North’
Toyin Abraham, Rita Dominic, Others Praise ‘Heaven On My Mind’
Thirty Nine Years After, Charly Boy Marries in Church
Chidinma Aaron’s Victory
Psalms David : I See Music Like Fashion

The Sun
2019: Obasanjo, IBB right to lead battle against Buhari – Gen. Temlong
Vice Presidential debate: Osinbajo, Obi, others trade blame over state of the nation
Metele: Tears flow as army buries 19 soldiers
Why my baby Daddy and I are not compatible – Linda Ikeji
ACF members are touts, job seekers – Prof. Ango Abdullahi
2019: What Buhari, Atiku must do – Gen Jemibewon
Time to ban retired military officers from politics – Admiral Ayinla, Ex-Naval Chief
Let Igbo produce next IGP, group tells Buhari
Fail Staff College courses fall out – Customs CG tells officers
Buhari told us economy’s in bad shape – Gov Yari
Outrage as suspected assassins murder retired DCP, wife in Imo
APC governors ‘ll deliver Buhari, party in 2019 — Lalong
What govt should do to make housing affordable
$12m LPG plant ready 2019, says operator
Why most SMEs cannot access funds – Ubiji, NASME boss
Nadal to join Federer in 2019 Laver Cup
Squash federation gets new constitution
I’m overwhelmed by my victory-Chidinma Aaron, Miss Nigeria
Nycco now Black Colt Ambassador
Behold Uche Ogbodo, Vadang brand ambassador
The menace called Aso Ebi
Air Peace reports loss of pressure on Lagos-Enugu flight
Court sacking: We’ll appeal judgement – Duke
BREAKING: Military suspends UNICEF from Borno
Alleged N2.5bn fraud: Court orders ICPC to unfreeze Pinnacle’s account
Afreximbank inaugurates $1bn programme to promote Nigeria’s Intra-African Trade
Inside the world of single mothers
Okowa’s wife harps on mindset change for teachers
Wilfred Ukpong returns with Blazing Century
Toasty beer carnival ignites Yuletide buzz at Eko Hotels
How we promote Africa’s tourism – Adeyemo, IWA publisher
Being a Mum: Ways to tame your toddler’s tantrums
How to prevent your kids from becoming gadget addicts
My wedding’ll surprise many – Belinda Effah
How journalists can improve on their use of English – Prof. Adeleke Adelekan Fakoya
Metele: Tears flow as army buries 19 soldiers
Art masters unveil Bloom 1 at Alexis
Buhari told us economy’s in bad shape – Gov Yari

Daily Trust
Armed Forces Special Force: The inside story
How Lagos guber candidates are shaping up for battle
‘Convergence’ of 400 youths to ‘kick out’ older politicians
Military suspends UNICEF activities in North-East
Malnutrition tales unsettle Nasarawa
Why elephants are ‘invading’ Ogun, Lagos communities
‘Aishatu Jibril Dukku, more of a disciplinarian than pampering mum’
Buhari’s refusal to sign Electoral Act: What Nigerians think
What it’s like being non-Hausa in Kannywood – Esther Smart
Armed Forces Special Force: The inside story
How Lagos guber candidates are shaping up for battle
‘Convergence’ of 400 youths to ‘kick out’ older politicians
Buhari to Govs: Economy in bad shape, tighten your belts
Ogun 2019: I won’t run irresponsible, one-sided govt – Isiaka
Electoral Act: PDP contracted Russian agents to hack into INEC server — APC
Lobi, Rangers chase elusive continental glory for Nigeria
Funke Oshonaike: Old tables, slippery floor behind my loss at Sports Festival
Japan leave Kagawa, Okazaki out of 2019 Asian Cup squad
Aviation workers threaten to disrupt elections, shutdown airport over owed allowances
TSA transaction value hits N13.53trn — CBN
Power generation rises, TCN transmits 116,659.8 mw in November
Orphans in Kuje cry out for scholarships
FCT IPAC inaugurates new executives
NGOs call for commitment to end sexual, gender-based violence
Martin Luther Agwai: The peace loving General @ 70
A look into Nigerians’ assessments of Buhari administration
`Miracle’ baby survives Ebola outbreak in Congo
Metele: Army buries 19 soldiers
Army release more postings, appointments of senior officers
Customs impound 5 bullet-proof cars, others
Editorial: War against substance abuseEU, Oxfam, DEC partner Taraba State on food security, rural development
In Sokoto, it’s income boom for onion farmers
Mathematical Sciences: Over 60 students get Olympiad Award
Grammy Award-winning singer Nancy Wilson dies at 81
How I juggle rap music, bag making to create a brand
Comedian, MC Walter seeks funding for industry
NESREA forum explores waste to wealth, environmental governance
Melting of Greenland’s ice sheet has ‘gone into overdrive’
Unilever gives N18m grant for waste management

The Guardian

Nigerian Army accuses UNICEF of sabotaging war against insurgents
PENGASSAN urges government to ensure resolution of minimum wage imbroglio
12 home entertaining tips for the season
Stop attacking Afenifere over its choice of presidential candidate’
Day of honour for Arthur Eze as Ndigbo, South East governors converge in Lagos
Urhobo College honours White House Boss, others
Retirees applaud Buhari on contributory pension scheme
Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia slumps in court
13 years after, Supreme Court affirms Nwaukoni as Iyasei of Ogwashi-Uku
Man United not built on my image, says Mourinho
75 players for OTrafford PSA Satellite Squash Tournament In Lagos
Open letter to sports constituency
Canelo’s Madison Square Garden debuts on DStv
Kanu’s visit excites patients at LASUTH
At Oduduwa School novelty match, old students task government on care for athletes
No limit to opposition’s absurdity, says Lai Mohammed
Court sacks Donald Duke as SDP presidential candidate
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Tenant bathes landlord’s pregnant wife with hot water

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By Hameed Oyegbade, Osogbo |

A magistrate’s court in Osogbo, Osun State has ordered the remand of a woman who allegedly poured hot water on her landlord’s wife during a scuffle.

It was gathered that the accused person, Semiat Azeez of Okinni area of Osogbo brutalised Rukayat Lukman despite knowing she (Rukayat) was pregnant.

The police prosecutor, Fagboyinbo Abiodun, said the cause of the fight between the duo had not been established but that the accused person was being charged with assault.

He said while Semiat was remanded in prison, Rukayat had been taken to hospital for treatment.

However, at the resumed hearing of the case, yesterday, the family of the victim prayed the court to discharge the accused person to allow out of court settlement.

The landlord and his wife said they wouldn’t want the tenant to be in prison expressing regret over her action and sought forgiveness.

But the magistrate, Modupe Awodele, refused to discharge the tenant on the premise that she (accused) was callous to have assaulted a pregnant woman with hot water.

The magistrate further ordered her remand and summoned her parents to appear before the court on December 21 when decision would be taken on the matter.

Credit: Daily Trust

Minimum wage: Buhari meets with 36 state governors at Presidential Villa

Buhari meets with 36 state governors at Presidential Villa


President Buhari on Friday met behind closed doors with 36 state governors of the federation on the lingering disagreement between the organised labour and state governments on the proposed N30,000 national minimum wage.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) observed that some of the governors were represented by their deputy governors at the meeting which lasted for about 30 minutes.

President Buhari, had on Nov.19, held similar meeting with representatives of Nigerian Governors Forum at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where the same issue of national minimum wage was deliberated upon.

Representatives of the Governors forum, who met with the president over the issue then, included governors of Zamfara, Lagos, Kaduna and Enugu, while the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige was also in attendance.

The Amal Pepple Tripartite Committee on the Review of National Minimum Wage, had on Nov. 6, submitted its report to President Buhari where it recommended N30,000 as the new national minimum wage.

While receiving the report, the president expressed his commitment to ensuring the implementation of a new national minimum wage and pledged to transmit an Executive Bill (on National Minimum Wage) to the National Assembly for its passage within the shortest possible time.

However, the 36 state governors had since expressed reservation over the proposed N30,000 new minimum wage by the Amal Pepple committee, saying the state governments were not in a stable financial position to pay the new minimum wage.

The Chairman of the Governors’ forum and Governor of Zamfara, Alhaji Abdul’aziz Yari, had on Nov. 15, told newsmen at the end of an emergency meeting of the governors in Abuja that payment of N30, 000 wage was not practicable.