News Headlines Dec 18, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Dec 18, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch
Police detain activist for murder four years after acquittal
Tinubu wants three million votes for Buhari in Lagos
My youth minister won’t be up to 30 –Atiku
76th birthday: Give me more time, Buhari begs Nigerians
Nigeria to export unutilised power to W’African countries
LCCI decries low Nigeria/Dubai trade volume
Shell’s Bonga produces 800 million barrels of oil
FRC tackles NERC, FAAN, others over non-payment of operating surplus
Lagos residents lament hardship over bad roads
Agent defrauds US visa seekers of N3.5m
Kidnapped Anambra man found dead in forest
Command seeks measures to tackle car vandalism in Lagos
Customs seize 238,094 bags of rice in 11 months
Court remands pastor who defiled church member’s twin daughters
Alleged rapist impregnates 12-year-old girl, opts for out-of-court settlement
Shell, Eni aware of corrupt Malabu payments to Nigerians – Italian judge
NCAA probes Air Peace Lagos-Enugu flight incident
Diamond, Access Bank to conclude merger mid-2019
Why did you reduce my age? Buhari asks reporter
‘Pay N125,000, get C-of-O’
Diamond Bank confirms merger with Access Bank
Lagos residents lament hardship over bad roads
Millionaire’s girlfriend dies after ‘rough’ lovemaking session
Nine-year-old drowns in Kano
Senatorial candidate unveils plan for Anambra South
I’m not responsible for your failure, Jonathan tells Buhari
Ezekwesili knocks Buhari for bad economic policies
APGA vice-presidential candidate says APC, PDP have failed
APC chief faults Aregbesola, says Rivers easiest to win
It’s ‘ludicrous’ to blame GEJ for delay in forming your cabinet, PDP replies Buhari
Super 8 must go ahead, insists NFF
Okagbare targets African long jump record
PSG bar journalists from press conference in ‘Fair Play’ row
Atletico confirm Filipe’s injury
Neymar to sit out PSG’s League Cup tie with Orleans
Chelsea draw Malmo in Europa League last 32
Ado poly gets new registrar, bursar
UNIBEN VC advises corporate bodies on funding education
Expert laments poor infrastructure in tertiary institutions
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
Simi, Ahmed Musa, others win at 2018 The Future Awards (Full list)
Philippines’ Catriona Gray crowned 2018 Miss Universe
Latest Spider-Man spin-off earns $35.4m in ticket sales
I’m afraid of fetish people –Asa
Criminalise destruction of telecoms infrastructure, operators tell govt
NCC moves to reduce time for resolving subscribers’ complaints
IBM, Hello Tractor pilot digital wallet for agriculture
Editorial: Buhari’s rejection of Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill
Amosun and the politics of attrition
President Muhammadu Buhari at 76
Wike: Nigeria’s foremost political street-fighter
Electoral Bill: Fate of 2019 elections hangs in the balance

The Nation

Tinubu: APC targets over three million votes in Lagos
Diamond Bank’s managers to go
SEC awaits merger application
AI’s damning report angers Buhari, army
Operation dampening military’s morale, says President
OAU sex-for-mark don jailed six years
Fayose squandered N18b Paris Refund to Ekiti, says Fayemi
$3.9b Egina FPSO contract: NNPC, Samsung disagree on variation cost
Why elections will be free, fair, credible, by Buhari
Special military parade for Buhari at 76
Troops deployed in Southern Kaduna as gunmen kill 12 in fresh attack
When EFCC officials were attacked
Igbo leaders backing Atiku are saboteurs, say Buhari supporters
‘No alternative to Buhari’
Oil coys contributing to economic adversity of Nigeria – Presidential Panel
Group denies endorsing A’Ibom APC governorship candidate
Arsenal’ll recover quickly after Southampton loss – Iwobi
Okpekpe race organiser hails Dalung on NSF
Joshua gives Wilder flat fee to fight on April 13
Georgia Oboh in race for top 25
Edo 2020: We’ll deliver best Games ever, says Obaseki
Osimhen’s agent allays injury concern
Real One will get shocker, boasts Hamzat
How I will defeat Gaidam, by PDP candidate
‘Police, FRSC, others abet rice smuggling’
Tackling traffic gridlock with technology
Turkish Airlines records 81.4 % increase in passengers
Confirmation of confusion
Them December blues…
10,000 Police Job: PSC gets 158,773 submission within 18 days
Sweepers protest non-payment of salaries again
Court remands 28-year-old for alleged robbery
Man remanded for defiling 10-year-old step daughter
Birthday Special: Why we love Buhari – Femi Adesina
SSANU gives FGN 3 day warning strike over N8b unpaid claims
Minister: only 35% of infrastructure developed in Abuja
Ndigbo celebrate new yam in Abuja
Clamping down on drug abuse

Tribune
NASS Leadership Directs Police, SSS To Secure Complex For Tuesday Plenary
40 per cent of my administration will be youth-populated ― Atiku
Nigeria to adopt policy on IDP soon ― Buhari
Actor Yul Edochie quits Obiano’s APGA govt, joins PDP
Amnesty International damaging military morale ― Presidency
2019 Election : Ondo Secured For Buhari ― Ondo APC Chair
Ambode Officially Endorses Sanwo-Olu/Hamzat Ticket
BIC 18th Inter-House Sports: Yellow House Tops With 918…
Court Dismisses Suit Seeking To Sack Bagudu As Kebbi…
Ugwuanyi Presents N109bn As 2019 Budget To Enugu State…
Electoral Bill Veto: We Don’t Want Figures Hijacked ― Buhari
Fayemi, Fayose Trade Accusations Over Ekiti Financial…
Ibadan Muslims Network Holds Maiden Hangout
EFCC Arrests Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Enugu
Police nab 4 suspected fake drug manufacturers in Lagos
Court sentences truck driver to 2 years in prison for theft
FG Pays Oil Marketers, Freezes Interest On Loan
Diamond Bank confirms acquisition by Access Bank
NEPC proposes establishment of export trading company ‎
Africa will still move forward if Nigeria does not sign AfCFTA ― OBJ
Group To Partner NHIS On Blind Community’s Health In Ilorin
Osun inaugurates six-man committee to boost, revitalize health sector
Ogun: Proposed Health Insurance Scheme to cater for all ― Commissioner
Abuja National Hospital inaugurates executive wing
Pakistan Releases Indian Spy After 3 Years Of Detention
Fifth victim dies after Strasbourg Christmas market shooting
Police and anti-migration protesters clash in Brussels
Pakistan army chief sentences 15 militants to death
The ABC Of Restructuring
Restructuring not calling for division of Nigeria, but… —Adegboruwa
Without restructuring, 2019 general election’ll be a waste of time…
Ajimobi has raised the standard of living in Oyo State —Adekanmbi
Our Varsities Have Enough Space To Accommodate Admission Seekers ― JAMB Registrar
Maternal And Child Health Care: Is Lagos Winning The Battle?
Editorial: The Proposed 80 New Universities
Obasanjo, Atiku And 2019 Elections
The creeping reign of evil acts
What they don’t see: A reflection on PMB at 76
SERAP, others and the abuse of activism
Letters
Global Support, Panacea To Violence Against Women
Statesmanship: Like Jonathan, like Buhari
Buhari @ 76: Why we love this President
Police recruitment: Need to overhaul the system

Vanguard
N17bn Judgment Debt Facing Imo —Okorocha
9 Soldiers To Face Military Court Martial In Ibadan
Group Urges FG To Publish Revenue From A-Ibom Oil Fields
2,000 Bakassi Militants Surrender In Calabar
Amnesty Boss, Dokubo, Preaches In Niger Delta
Obaseki Sets Up 7 Hiv/Aids Centres
FIIRS – Collector Of Taxes By Force In An Era Of Poverty(1)
Real Change Representatives And Parliamentary Option
Lagos 2019: Ambode Officially Endorses Sanwo-Olu/Hamzat Ticket
Matrix Offers Free Medicare As Experts Caution Against Fire Outbreak
Troops Take Over Jema’a LGA In Kaduna After Gunmen Attack
Report On 3,600 Killed In Herdsmen/Farmers’ Clashes: Buhari, Army Join Forces Against Amnesty Int’l
Atiku, Buhari Bicker Over Corruption Allegations
VP Debate: Obi Insists On Statistical Data, Provides Sources
Dangote Cement Key Distributors Pledge More Sale In 2019
USAID, TCCF Water Sanitation Projects Target 44,800 In Abia, C/River States
Lunatic Takes Over Ekiti School, Sacks Pupils, Teachers
Report on 3,600 killed in herdsmen/farmers’ clashes: Buhari, Army join forces against Amnesty Int’l
Your incompetence responsible for your failures, Jonathan tells Buhari
FG spends N2.6trn on fuel import in nine months
Breaking: Lecturers walk out of meeting with FG delegation
Corruption : FG writes UK Crime Commission, wants five Senators probed
2019: I know what it is to be cheated at polls – Buhari
Paris Club Refund: AGF disobeys Buhari’s order to pay consultants’ $350m fee
Birthday: Nigerians should give me time, pray for me – Buhari
Breaking: OAU Sex-for-Mark Prof bags 6 years jail
Diamond Bank confirms merger with Access Bank
Borno residents flee as soldiers, Boko Haram fighters exchange fire
Lagos 2019: Anxiety over Ambode’s intentions as Tinubu speaks
Pastor buys $200,000 Lamborghini car for wife
2019: North has set conditions for Buhari, Atiku – Ango Abdullahi
Billboards: We have no political colouration, — LASAA
Aggrieved APGA aspirants demand sack of national chairman, refunds
Sports Festival: Okowa to reward victorious Team Delta with N229m
Man Utd draw PSG in Champions League, Liverpool to face Bayern Munich
NSF: I felt nervous competing after 2 years, says 2016 Paralympics shotput gold medallist
Rugby will continue to grow in Nigeria – NRFF President
Champions League Round of 16: Liverpool face Bayern, Madrid battle Ajax
Is it possible to be in touch with your naughty side this Christmas?!
19th NSF: Man proposes to girlfriend at Abuja National Stadium
Buhari directs banks to fund entertainers
Meghan Markle’s dad makes plea for reconciliation
Celebrities rock Northern Nigerian fashion at ‘Up North’ premiere
Simi, Zainab Balogun, Mark Angel, Ahmed Musa win at 2018 The Future Awards
Davido institutes talent hunt show for upcoming Rivers artistes
Dangote Cement key distributors pledge
Police IG, DSS, military, others set for Edo Security Architecture, Trust Fund launch

Leadership

FG Places Ekweremadu, Uzodimma, Bafarawa, 26 Others On Travel Ban
Strike Paralyses NASS
Army Calls For Closure Of Amnesty Int’l Office
‘Atiku Will Suffer Humiliation In North-East’
Nigeria, Egypt, Indonesia, Others To Establish Industrial Parks
Petroleum Depot Owners Shelve Planned Strike Threat
Give Priority To Education, Accountants Urge FG
INEC To Train 800,000 Ad Hoc Staff In 2 Months
Army Kills 4 Boko Haram Terrorists
PMB, Paragon Of Servant Leadership – Ooni
APC Risks Losing 2019 Polls In Katsina, Says Group
Kaduna Attack: Troops Deploy To Jema’a LG
Tambuwal Will Not Tolerate Acts Of Violence In Sokoto –PDP Chieftain
Zamfara Bans Sale Of Petrol In Jerry Cans
Nigeria Loses $60Bn Annually To Call Masking – NCC
Shell Wins For Local Content Development Award
We’re Out To Win 2019 Election For PMB – Amb. Coomassie
YPP Presidential Candidate, Moghalu, Faults Nigeria’s Federalism
Fayemi Accuses Fayose Of Misappropriating N18bn Paris Club Refund
Ndume And The 8th Senate
PMB Congratulates Okowa, As Team Delta Wins National Sports Festival
Rugby Will Continue To Grow In Nigeria – NRFF President
Liverpool V Bayern As One Of Three English-German CL Last 16 Ties
EDITORIAL: Army’s Budget Can’t Be Made Public
Tambuwal Will Not Tolerate Acts Of Violence In Sokoto –PDP Chieftain
Ogun Partners Private Agency On Off-street Parking
Help! More Nigerians Face Displacement At Workplace
Why Nigeria Needs Poison Control Centres –Dr Njan
Why We Procured Hi-tech Equipment For Spectrum Management–Shittu
Developing Indigenous Capacity In Housing, Construction Industry

ThisDay
Access, Diamond Banks Merger to Be Finalised First Half 2019
Diamond Bank Confirms Merger Talks with Access Bank
Guards Brigade Holds Special Parade as Buhari Marks 76th Birthday
Gunmen Kill 15, Injure 20 in Southern Kaduna
Travel Ban: Panel Submits Names of 39 Alleged Treasury Looters to Immigration
• Says five oil companies under investigation for $1bn tax evasion
Ayade Grants Amnesty to Bakassi Strike Force, as Deadly Militants Lay Down Arms
Tinubu Wants Three Million Votes for Buhari in Lagos
Chukwueke: APGA Will Hire Mercenaries to Defeat Boko Haram
ASUU, FG Talks Deadlocked, Union Stages Walk-out
Bayelsa Gets 9th Police Commissioner in 15 Weeks
Finalising NIPPs’ Privatisation
Promoting Intra-African Trade
OAU’s Sex-for-Mark Lecturer Bags Six- year Jail Term
BoI, States Disburse N20bn to SMES in one Year
NEITI: Recovering Stolen Funds Critical to Nigeria’s Anti-corruption Fight the recovery…
FG, World Bank PSRP Loan Negotiation Ongoing, Says Fashola
Dogara Urges Buhari to Constitute North-east Development Commission
2019 Polls: I will Give My Opponents Opportunities I Didn’t Have, Says Buhari
Otti Vows to Replicate Dubai Success in Abia State
…Dismisses Ikpeazu’s Promise on Ossisioma Flyover
Issues Beyond the NEDG Debates
Nine New Political Parties Join CUPP
Amosun’s Aides Inaugurate APM, Unveil Akinlade as Ogun Governorship Candidate
Atiku Abubakar Pledges 40 Percent Appointment to Youths in FEC
My Youth Minister Will Be Less than 30years, Atiku Promises
Promoting Intra-African Trade
NESREA to Sanction Industries Yet to Join EPR Programme
Okpekpe Race Organiser Hails Dalung on NSF
Bayern to Tackle Liverpool as Man Utd Awaits PSG
GOVERNMENT AND CHALLENGES OF POWER SUPPLY
EDITORIAL: A CASE FOR AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

The Sun
N’Assembly leadership directs police, SSS to secure complex for tomorrow’s plenary
Aftermath of NASS workers’ strike: Buhari may abort budget presentation
Paris Club refund: Top officials clash over Buhari’s directive on payment of $350m to consultants
Sex-for-marks: Professor bags 2-year jail term
Travel ban: FG submits 39 names to Immigration
The Sun Award: I’m humbled – Alakija, Africa’s richest woman
2019: My youths minister’ll be less than 30 years – Atiku
Anambra APGA crisis deepens; aggrieved aspirants demand Oye’s resignation
Ogun 2019: PDP, APC crises will pave way for my victory – Isiaka
Abuja Airport’s new terminal to process 15m passengers annually –FAAN
High taxes, poor airport infrastructure stifling growth of local airlines –IATA
We’ll generate highest revenue for Federal Government – Ali, Customs CG
Inflation notches up to 11.28% in November, says NBS
AfDB approves $7.24bn for 2019 borrowing programme
The debate
2019: Between character and reputation
Signal from booster stations
Martha: The unsung marketer-in-chief of the Udom-Moses brand
Cry, the beloved South-East
Nigerian politicians and the latest craze in town
Nigeria’s worrisome terrorism ranking
Court remands 3 traders in prison over N26.6m fraud
How World Bank underdeveloped Africa’s university education by Prof. Nnadozie
You must respect citizens’ rights, Buratai charges soldiers
Girl dies in Anambra mission hospital over unpaid bill
Startling revelations about December babies, studies reveal
Achieving steady power supply through
The fable of a clone
Aisha: The innermost heart of a First Lady
Police salary increment and service delivery
2019 presidential race: Between veterans and new faces
Nigeria’s worrisome terrorism ranking
Court remands 3 traders in prison over N26.6m fraud

Daily Trust
Fayose wasted N18bn Paris Club refund – Fayemi
Critics ignoring my challenges – Bauchi gov
No single economist in Buhari’s cabinet — Atiku
Troops kill 4 insurgents near Maiduguri
Gen. Alkali: Court grants 20 suspects bail
No single economist in Buhari’s cabinet — Atiku
Lagos to deliver 3m votes for APC – Tinubu
We’ll support Tambuwal despite intimidation – Group
Nigerians pray for Buhari on 76th Birthday
Attend to demands of parliamentary workers, APC tells Saraki, Dogara
Ogun: Amosun’s loyalists dominate APM gov’ship campaign c’ttee
Ibadan mogajis decry too many gov’ship candidates in Oyo
3,198 member council to campaign for Uba Sani
Europa League Round of 32: Arsenal, Chelsea get easy draws
Champions League round of 16: Real Madrid take on Ajax as Liverpool and Bayern trade tackles
NSF: Team Delta break own gold medals haul record
FG pays oil marketers, freezes interest on loan
SEC receives Diamond, Access Banks’ merger notice
BREAKING: Diamond, Access bank confirm merger
8 persons die in accident along Akwanga-Jos road
Another girl, 4, allegedly abducted in Gwagwa
Bringing back Prime Minister won’t help
Thanks for the debate, now share the rice!
Re: It is not FG’s problem if Nigerians lack electricity
Saluting President Buhari @ 76
Court remands man who allegedly defiled step daughter
Editorial: Scrapping HNDs is timely
5 things you need to know about the Access, Diamond Bank merger
Mixed reactions trail Diamond Bank merger with Access Bank
2019: Why Buhari govt won’t conduct free, fair elections – Shehu Sani
Focus on “Beyond X” Galaxy S10 anniversary smartphone
Smile offers Customers free YouTube access, voice call
FG commissions radio frequency monitoring equipment, centre
N-Power volunteers protest 5 months’ salary arrears in Kaduna
FG charges employers on decent work conditions
SSANU begins three- day warning strike
Katsina holds Agricultural exhibition to showcase state potentials
EU, Oxfam, DEC partner Taraba State on food security, rural development
In Sokoto, it’s income boom for onion farmers
FG, ASUP meeting ends in deadlock
DSTV thrills customers with Aquaman’s screening in Lagos
Daily Trust’s cartoonist, Bulama wins 2018 DAME award

New Telegraph

Evidence shows Eni, Shell knew of Nigerian bribes – Italian judge
ASUU Strike: Lecturers stage walkout from reconciliation meeting with FG
Leave me out of your incompetence, Jonathan tells Buhari
Ekiti guber: Fayemi knocks out Oni
I’ll be an effective commander-in-chief because lives of Nigerians matter – Ezekwesili
Making a case for biotech
Dissecting Nigeria’s Integrated Power Project
Unruly passengers: Getting worse?
NCAA probes Air Peace’s oxygen mask saga
15 killed, 20 injured as gunmen open fire on wedding guests
Kaduna Refinery MD flays privatization
FG pays oil marketers N236bn, freezes interest on loan
Benue killings: 201,864 IDPs returned home, says Army
Strike: ASUU stages walk-out from reconciliation meeting
NFF insists NNL Super 8 must go ahead
Benue killings: 201,864 IDPs returned home, says Army
Lagos street sweepers protest unpaid salary
Lecturer released, kidnappers demand N100m for three civil servants
Sex-for-marks: Sacked OAU professor jailed for six years
Alleged rapist begs for mercy after impregnating 12-year-old girl
5 docked over alleged membership of secret cult
Why Access Bank acquired Diamond Bank
AI: Herders/farmers’ clashes claimed 3,641 lives in 3 years
INEC: Burden of conflicting court orders Okowa savours Team Delta’s victory in Abuja
2019: Buhari promises level playing field for Atiku, others
Tinubu urges APC members to deliver 3m votes to Buhari, Sanwo-Olu
Enugu: Ugwuanyi, Eze in renewed battle
SGF Boss Mustapha hails President Buhari at 76
Dissecting Nigeria’s Integrated Power Project
Kaduna Refinery MD flays privatization
Sterling Bank powers W’Africa’s largest food festival
Iwobi charges Arsenal to start another unbeaten run
Leicester coach backs Iheanacho
Beach Eagles beg NFF over payment of bonuses
Lamentations of Aisha Buhari
Workers cut off electricity, water supply at N’Assembly
Expert to LASG: Update obsolete survey mapping
Buhari to Nigerians: Give me more time Alleged rapist begs for mercy after impregnating 12-year-old girl
Ikpeazu lauds FG for tackling influx of foreign products

The Guardian
Knocks, kudos as Access takes over Diamond Bank
Gunmen kill 14 at wedding in Southern Kaduna
Manufacturers spend N43 billion on alternative energy as supply improves in industrial clusters
Ambode endorses Sanwo-Olu, advocates conciliation in APC
Qatar Airways confirms talks with Nigerian government on national carrier
At birthday, Buhari appeals for more time to govern Nigerians
Aggrieved APGA members allege N1 billion scam, ask Oye to resign
Man crushed to death on walkway, another loses leg as car rams into shops in Lagos
Dangote staff plead guilty in alleged N15m fraud
‘Blame NFF for Flying Eagles, Supersand team’s defeat to Senegal’
FCT, Bayelsa State athletes protest against non-payment of allowances
Delta, Imo athletes, officials oppose choice of Edo as host
It’s Liverpool versus Bayern Munich, Man Utd against PSG
St Peter’s house wins St. Gregory’s College inter-house sports competition
How Gor Mahia defeated Lobi Stars in Kenya
South-South APC leaders of force and homeland resistance
Proportional representation as antidote to electoral violence
Explore The Island Country: Iceland
Nigerian law enforcement and trials by media
Editorial: When will Nigerian citizens feel secure?
Tackling Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit with green bonds
Lagos mulls health insurance cover for retirees
Yuletide rally wanes as stock market index plunges by 0.21%
Linkage Assurance gets A- rating
Why the economy can’t be fixed
Impeaching Trump
The Atiku dream to make Nigeria work – Part 2
Import substitution as breeder of industries
On Kano Governor Ganduje and EFCC’s insincerity
Oluwole Smith
Nigerian law enforcement and trials by media
Lagos pledges to protect child’s rights

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
Best ways for women to have sexual pleasure
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
Manifesting your staying power
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
Toni Tones: I am living the life of my dreams
Don’t rule on a matter before Appeal Court, activists beg Judge
Artists to celebrate World Migration Day
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
Trends for 2019 -BRIDGET AGBA
BLACKKY: Why music in Nigeria is not organised
Forbes names Uyi Ogbebor, Ayokunle Akinbode emerging African innovators
‘Infringement on patients’ rights may ruin your career’
Them December blues…
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

ThisDay
IBB Showers Encomium on Buhari on 76th Birthday
Again, Buhari, Sub-regional Leaders Meet over Boko Haram
At Vice-presidential Candidates’ Debate, Osinbajo, Obi Disagree on Economy
Let the Peace Pact Remain a Deal!
A Case for Better Funding for the Judiciary
Nigerian Teachers Heave Sighs of Relief, Get ‘Heavenly’ Rewards on Earth
A Toast to the President at 76
HERMAN HANK COHEN: Beyond Strong Emphasis on Corruption Fight, Buhari Hasn’t Achieved Much
SNAPSHOTS FROM A WORLD OF MINIATURES
LEGENDS THE MUSICAL RETURNS TO MUSON THIS DECEMBER
Shaky United Visit High-Flying Liverpool
Jesus Brace Sends City Top
3eActuaries Hails Oboh as LET Q-School Begins
A Vote for Parliamentary System
Write With Style Workshop raises Quality of Nigerian Writing
P&G Partners UN Women to Empower Women on Financial Literacy
QNB Group Appoints Neymar Jr as global Brand Ambassador
Adedoyin, Kwara Accord Party Guber Candidate to Unveil Plan
The Abdullahi Ganduje $5m Soap Opera
A Vote of Confidence for Dozie Nwankwo
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

Novo Isioro, Osinbajo’s photo aide: I became a photographer by divine inspiration
Hard times: We’re dying, Nigerians lament
Plateau IDPs cry out: We have no homes to return to
“Excellent role model”: Babangida salutes Buhari ahead of 76th birthday
2019: Tinubu bombs PDP
Ewi daughter’s wedding: Fayemi, Fayose fight dirty
Wike calls on oil majors to relocate headquarters to Niger Delta
Alaba to celebrate 40 years anniversary Feb 1
PAP: Dokubo calls for sustainable peace in Niger Delta
Osinbajo commends Ahmadiyyah Movement for preaching peace, unity
Christmas: 201 FRSC mobile courts to begin sitting Monday – Corps Marshal
Manchester City go top after Everton win
Rev. Echi Nwogu must read this
Laughter Line guide on how to vote in the 2019 elections
The importance of setting relationship standards
In praise of SLOT, a Nigerian success story
Duke vs Gana: SDP keeps mum
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

Leadership

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

Vanguard

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
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: THE GAME CHANGERS
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

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
‘Dangerous loaves’ (2) POISONOUS MOULDS IN AGEGE BREAD
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

ThisDay

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’
ICPC/DSO: INTERROGATING THE INVESTIGATOR
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
EDITORIAL: A MANIFESTO I NEVER WROTE

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
Politics
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
INEC tasks traditional, religious leaders on PVCs collection

Vanguard

Founder, Flying Doctors Pens Book On Healthcare Improvement In Nigeria
Coming Home
Oshoala Inches Close To Record Third Straight CAF Player Of The Year Award
Klitschko Targets Rematch With Anthony Joshua
O Trafford Squash Club Debuts With PSA Closed Satellite Tourney
Nigeria Football At Crossroads
U-20 AFCON: Flying Eagles Draw Niger, Burundi, S/Africa In Group A
DON JAZZY: Between The Music Producer And The ‘Business’ Man
2019: Don’t Take Side In Buhari Vs Atiku Contest, Northern Youths Caution Elders
2019: Atiku’s Not Alternative To Buhari’s Incompetence – Junaid Mohammed
DISCOs Vs Consumers
We’re Cultists, Not Armed Robbers — Suspects Beg Police
Why Buhari, World Leaders Should Care About Togo
Electoral Act: PDP Wanted To Use Russian Agents To Hack Into INEC Server — APC
Why Party Primaries Lack Credibility — INEC
Husbands Who Think Nothing Of Grazing Nearer Home
2019 Elections: PDP Putting Lives Of Our Staff At Risk – INEC
Igbo, most marginalised ethnic group in Nigeria —Nwodo

Buhari meets with governors, says Nigeria’s economy in bad shape

Peter Obi battles Osinbajo at first TV debate

Jerry Gana displaces Donald Duke as SDP presidential flag bearer
Buhari, governors meet in Aso Rock
Electoral Act: Buhari crying more than the bereaved

Klitschko targets rematch with Anthony Joshua

U-20 AFCON: Flying Eagles draw Niger, Burundi, S/Africa in Group A

It’s wrong to assume actresses are prostitutes – Joke Lawal

Daddy Showkey, Burna Boy, others for GOtv Boxing night 17

“Looking for Love Naija” hits TV screens

OAP Honeypot says goodbye to Max F
Scarcity of LAKE Rice hits Lagos markets
Policy consistency crucial for foreign investment – Devakumar Edwin

Leadership

Economy: Tough Times Ahead, PMB Tells Govs
TSA Transaction Value Hit N13.53trn In 2017 – CBN
Post-Primary Crisis: APC Aspirants Set Conditions For Peace
Donnie McClurkin Involved In Ghastly Accident; Says He Was Saved By Two Angels
`You Fail Staff College Courses Thrice, You End Your Career’, Says C-G Customs
2019 Poll: US Warns Against Violence In Nigeria
Oil Communities Must Benefit From 13% Derivation Fund, PMB Insist
We Are Consulting On Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement- Osinbajo
Nigeria Suffered Major Infrastructural Deficite In PDP`S 16 Years Of Rule– Osinbajo
Sowore’s Supporters Protest Exclusion At Debate Venue
Chile To Host 2019 UN Climate Conference
11 Die, 90 Fall Sick After Eating Temple Food, Report
Umahi Sacks Ebonyi Broadcasting Corporation Board Chairman
2019: Five Candidates Partake In VP Debate
PM: Australia Recognizes West Jerusalem As Capital Of Israel
Ebonyi Govt. Donates Laptops To 10 Journalists
Oil Communities Must Benefit From 13% Derivation Fund, PMB Insist
We Are Consulting On Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement- Osinbajo
Nigeria Suffered Major Infrastructural Deficite In PDP`S 16 Years Of Rule– Osinbajo
Sowore’s Supporters Protest Exclusion At Debate Venue
Disconnection: Kaduna Electric Seeks Zazzau Emir’s Support
FG Committed To Better Power Distribution – Fashola
PTDF Plans Establishing Research Laboratories In-country
Firm Unveils New Brand Identity
2019: North In Dilemma Over PMB, Atiku
oAnxiety Over APC, PDP Battle For C/River Gov Seat
2019 Debate: Osinbajo, Obi Exchange Jabs Over Corruption War, Economy Others
2019: Revisiting Taraba APC Primaries And The Fight Withi
Bobby Brown Leads New Edition To Nigeria
Joke Silva, Toyin Abraham, Others In ‘2 Weeks In Lagos ‘
When Small Doctor Shut Down Agege Stadium
FG And ASUU Must Find A Middle Ground
Rituals, Corruption And Politics
2019: Five Candidates Partake In VP Debate
Ebonyi Govt. Donates Laptops To 10 JournalistsUnfulfilled Dreams: Malnutrition Claims More Infants In Nasarawa
NDLEA Arraigns NAHCO Staff For Aiding Hard Drug Shipment
14 Arraigned For allegedly Trading In Money

New Telegraph

2019: Buhari tasks Nigerians on tolerance
JUST IN: EFCC slams money laundering charges against Tunde Ayeni
Senator Obiora has no criminal case – Police
Abuse of 15-yr-old girl: Friends, Ayade’s aides, politicians move to save ex-commissioner
Six-year-old chess prodigy: I want to train my brother to be as good as I am SEYI HUNTER: Most women would cheat if they’re not sexually satisfied
Fake Drugs: I supply my products to Onitsha market, says principal suspect CUPP: A coalition divided against itself
AY, Yemi Solade, others shine at 10th BON Awards 2018
Lack of love, backstabbing tear Nollywood apart
NIGERIAN LIBRARIES IN DECREPIT STATE DESPITE N17BN CONTRACT
Court sacks Donald Duke, declares Jerry Gana SDP presidential candidate
SUKHM PANNU: I Heard Things About Nigeria But I Need To Have My Own ExperienceS
APC, Kashamu in secret deal over Ogun guber
States to access World Bank’s $750m loan
Kalu denies buying Uche Ogah’s property, accuses PDP of low-life campaign
APC: PDP Dubai meeting to destabilise the country MORE NATIONAL NEWS
Cult member: I got a gun to avenge my friend’s murder, burning of my house
Over 11,000 women, youths empowered as Aisha Buhari visits Akwa Ibom
Kaduna FRSC loses 72 officers on duty
Wife of LG boss distributes school materials
Torture: Lagos police command investigates officer
Buhari not a dictator like Obasanjo –Shittu
States to access World Bank’s $750m loan
Fresh breath as Asidere’s Playspot gets new space
Supersand Eagles hold firm to World Cup ticket as Senegal rule Africa
Super 8 crisis: Pinnick, NNL Club Owners meeting ends in deadlock
U-20 AFCON: Nigeria draw South Africa, Niger and Burundi
SUKHM PANNU: I Heard Things About Nigeria But I Need To Have My Own ExperienceS
ILAJE/IJAW PEOPLE: We detest life jackets, yet we don’t die in boat mishaps
Toyin Lawani flays abusive mums Herdsman: I abducted my boss for accusing me of stealing cows

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

Buhari meets with 36 state governors at Presidential Villa

By NAN

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.

News Headlines Dec 14, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Dec 14, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

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Speaker Yakubu Dogara

By Dele Anofi, Abuja

HOLD the National Assembly’s Legal Department responsible for the flaws identified in the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2018, the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in the House of Representatives said yesterday.

The flaws made President Muhammadu Buhari not to sign the bill ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Buhari said it would be an error on the part of the National Assembly to attempt to override him on a bill in which errors had been discovered.

Majority Leader and leader of the Caucus Femi Gbajabiamila blamed the flaws on the legal unit in a chat with reporters at the National Assembly sequel to an emergency meeting of the Caucus.

He said lawmakers in the two chambers should not be blamed but rather the Legal Department which was in charge of drafting the bill for the law makers.

According to him, all necessary adjustments ought to have been made before passing it to both chambers for further legislative action.

He said: “A dot or punctuation can change the meaning of a provision in the law. Just a single coma can change the meaning and make it ambiguous.

“If the document is imperfect and you can read it anyhow or if a coma was removed when it should have been there, you cannot even override that imperfect document. You have to first of all amend that document and start the process all over again and send it back to Mr. President.

“As a party, we are not going to be part of those to override the President’s document.

“Mr. President has done well. If you study the constitution very well, it does not oblige the President to give any reason for veto.

“All he has to do is return it and say am not signing. He doesn’t have to give you any reason. But every time he has done that, he has brought forward cogent verifiable reasons why he is not signing.

“On this particular one, I believe why the President has refused to sign which we identify with is that every vote must count in Nigeria”, Gbajabiamila said.

The lawmaker said the effect of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill is that it could only accredit voters through the electronic system, adding that it would prevent manual registration.

The leader said: “What the president has done is to protect everybody in Nigeria. Yes, do your electronic registration but make room for manual else millions will be disenfranchised and we don’t want that.

“It is a constitutional guarantee that everybody that resides in Nigeria has the right to vote and be voted for. So, we can’t breach the constitution through an amendment.”

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Gbajabiamila said the caucus was behind President Buhari’s decision in declining assent to the bill.

The President said assenting to the bill could lead to chaos and disenfranchisement of millions of Nigerians from voting.

The House leader said the correct thing to do would be for both chambers to make necessary amendment in the bill in line with President Buhari’s observations and re-transmit it for his signature.

He said: “On this particular one, I believe why the President has refused to sign which we identify with is that every vote must count in Nigeria.

“What the president has done is to protect everybody in Nigeria. Yes, do your electronic registration but make room for manual else millions will be disenfranchised and we don’t want that.

“It is a constitution guarantee that everybody that resides in Nigeria has the right to vote and be voted for. So, we can’t breach the constitution through an amendment.”

Gbajabiamila said the caucus had more than enough members to stop the veto of the Bill as being touted by some schools of thought.

For this reason, the National Assembly could not muster the figure to veto the Bill.

Credit: The Nation

Dariye and the joys of VIP criminal

Dariye and the joys of VIP criminal

Joshua Dariye

By Paul Onomuakpokpo

It is an uncommon case that negates the Kafkaesque leitmotif that the law is beholden to the privileged, especially in a third world country like Nigeria – a former state governor, Joshua Dariye, was jailed for corruption.
Reflective of his preoccupation with the bizarre conundra of the human condition, Franz Kafka’s “Before the law” confronts us with the huge impediments in the path of the less privileged to get the law on their side. In the rare cases where the law grants access to the poor, it is because its defences have been broken down by bribery or the real fury of the oppressed.

But in the case of Dariye, the law is not really out to assert its equality before the rich and the poor. As a member of the privileged class, Dariye has found a way to make the law serve him even though he is in prison. Before Dariye went to jail, he was a serving senator. Dariye was Plateau State governor from 1999 to 2007. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) prosecuted him for embezzling N1.162 billion within this period. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison. But after his appeal was decided, this sentence was reduced to 10 years.

The unpredictability of the law and its amenability to the powerful comes into sharp relief in the case of Dariye as even though he is in jail, he is getting his salary as a senator. For the past six months, he has been receiving the N750,000 salary and N13.5 million monthly running cost from the National Assembly.

As though mocking the law and attempting to prove that the prison walls were no barriers to his social and political clout, Dariye even paid N8 million for a ticket for re-election as a senator on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). But apparently by a fortunate stroke of serendipity, the party staved off the imminent obloquy and threat to its political fortunes by disqualifying him. However, we should be reminded that Dariye was not on the path of recording a groundbreaking history as a senator who got elected into political office while in prison. No, he was on a beaten path. Before him, there were Iyiola Omisore and Theodore Orji who got elected as senator and governor while they were in prison.

Perhaps, Dariye became a governor ahead of his time. He should have waited for the APC and Buhari era. He might have been prosecuted and jailed for corruption because he was a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governor. If he were a governor in the Buhari era, he would not have gone to jail. Even if the evidence of his culpability were stacked high against him, he would have been enjoying his proceeds of corruption in the plenitude of the freedom of the innocent. He would have even been one of those railing against the unmitigated corruption of the PDP era.

This is not far-fetched. In this Buhari and APC era, the patently corrupt become garlanded citizens. The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof. Usman Yusuf, was accused of stealing billions. Buhari was not willing to sack him. But it was only after so much pressure from the outraged public that Buhari suspended him. Buhari did not send the EFCC after him. So, Yusuf is somewhere enjoying his stolen billions while an investigation whose outcome we may not see is said to be going on. There is Abdullahi Ganduje who is accused of taking bribes in dollars. He is still the governor of Kano State. He has never been prosecuted by the EFCC. He is using his freedom to prepare for how he would deliver five million votes to Buhari next year. There is also Babachir Lawal who allegedly embezzled the money meant for the welfare of displaced persons.

Buhari was also not willing to sack him. And when he did after so much pressure, he did not prosecute him. Lawal even replaced himself with his relation. Lawal remains till today as a key member of the APC and he has unfettered access to Aso Rock. Still, there is the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai whose questionable source of income was enough to make him to be an owner of foreign assets in Dubai. There is Musiliu Obanikoro whose N500 million houses were seized from him because they were considered as proceeds of corruption. But they were returned to him after he defected from the PDP to APC. It was the same thing with Timipre Sylva whose confiscated 48 houses were returned to him because he is in APC.

Now, to justify the rank perfidy being perpetrated by Dariye, there has been the blithe recourse to legal sophistry. Dariye has taken his appeal to the Supreme Court and therefore his seat has not been declared vacant, so goes the argument of Dariye’s aide. And from the office of the Senate comes the argument that the National Assembly has not been informed that Dariye has been imprisoned.

Is this why the EFCC has not frozen his accounts and stopped the payment of salaries to a convicted prisoner? It is the same EFCC that was busy freezing the accounts of a whole state like Ekiti because it accused the governor, Ayodele Fayose, of corruption. It was the same thing in Benue State where Governor Samuel Ortom was accused of corruption after refusing to be used by Fulani herdsmen to wipe his people from the face of the earth. It is the same EFCC that has been freezing the accounts of Patience Jonathan and confiscating her property even though she has not been convicted.

Let us forget the legal cant and humbug. What should be clear to us is that in a nation that is sincere about fighting corruption, the right thing would have been for the salaries of Dariye to be stopped. If his appeal succeeds at the Supreme Court, then his suspended salaries could be paid to him. If his salaries cannot be stopped because the Supreme Court has not ruled, why should he be allowed to go to jail in the first place before the apex court’s verdict of guilt?

Inevitably, we are alerted to the grim reality that in these climes, anyone who wants to be a criminal must choose to be a big one. When the criminal has so many billions he can hire many Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) who would defend him. After all, it was the same way that President Muhammadu Buhari hired a plethora of SANs to defend him when he was simply asked to present his educational certificates. It is in the consciousness that the bigger the crime the better that government officials in the Buhari era approximate their fantasies to reality. Or why does Buhari claim to have achieved so much whereas misery stalks the land? Or why did Lai Mohammed find it easy to lie that the government spends N3.5 million monthly to feed the Shiites leader Ibrahim El-Zakzaky while the latter is racked by neglect?

While the law protects the powerful even though they are corrupt, it is easily deployed to punish the weak under the guise of the flimsiest charge of its violation. This is why the prisons are brimming with the poor who stole chickens or goats because they were hungry. This was why Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State would pull down the building of Ayefele’s Music House even though no court had given an order that this was the most appropriate course of action for the state government.

Thus, like Dariye, erstwhile Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke might snigger when the EFCC hectors about the imperative of extraditing her in order for her to be prosecuted. This might be an opportunity she is waiting for to regain her freedom from the surveillance of the INTERPOL and the British Police. Secure in the knowledge of the pliability of the law and its bias for the privileged despite its avowed disposition to equality, she might be eager to return home to hire SANs. These would insist on her innocence and with dollar-inspired nous and vim, they would argue for the retrieval of her swanky property and bank accounts that have been confiscated before a court declared her guilty.

Credit: The Guardian

News Headlines Dec 13, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Dec 13, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch
APC, PDP Reps clash over unsigned electoral bill
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Police torture good Samaritan for trying to free extortion victim
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EFCC asks Supreme Court to affirm interim forfeiture of Patience Jonathan’s $8.4m
Driver absconds with boss’ car in Ibadan, arrested in Akwa Ibom
APC, PDP Reps clash over unsigned electoral bill
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Army arrests suspected gunrunners, seizes 44 rifles in Niger
Police torture good Samaritan for trying to free extortion victim
Yoruba group backs Agbaje, kicks against Tinubu’s dominance
Buhari’s minister resigns
Army holds private burial for 100 soldiers killed by Boko Haram
National Assembly delaying presentation of N8.7tn budget estimates —FG
Feed formulation: Key to successful Driver absconds with boss’ car in Ibadan, arrested in Akwa Ibom
Army arrests suspected gunrunners, seizes 44 rifles in Niger
Court remands 16-year-old pupil who stabbed schoolmate to death
Car wash attendant jailed for stealing customers’ property
FG disburses N5m loan to 500 traders in Jigawa
‘It’s time for Atiku to be President’
APC, EFCC planning to cripple PDP states –Secondus
Buhari’s minister vows to work against Oyo APC candidate
Osinbajo not buying votes with TraderMoni, say APC Reps
NCDMB unveils list of profitable vessels for Nigerian shipowners
SIFAX Group rewards 60 employees
NPA concessions Warri Old Port terminal B
FIRS generates N5tn, targets N5.3tn by year-end
Value addition business ideas for entrepreneurs (2)
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Femi Kuti celebrates as son graduates from varsity
Beyonce, Hillary Clinton attend wedding of India’s richest daughter
Kevin Hart-Oscars fallout: Award may hold without an MC
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ now most-streamed 20th century song
I like Nigerian food, says Blac Chyna
I was lucky to win Face of Images – Spunkies
JUST IN: Sweden freezes support to UNAIDS until leader removed
WHO rates Nigeria low in health coverage
Health insurance key to achieving UHC – Sonaiya
IHSAN boss seeks FG, investors collaboration
‘Training boosts care providers’ businesses’
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
Microsoft challenges Nigeria to use technology to address unemployment
Editorial: Chibok girls: Buhari’s call for foreign assistance
Father Mbaka’s book of lamentations
2018 Electoral Act: What Buhari should do
Enforcing ban on Okada in the FCT
Lamps of our past
Things that can pose a challenge to couples’ sex lives (III)

The Nation

INEC: we’ll conduct 2019 polls with existing laws
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Court okays nullified Rivers APC congresses
Southwest: Buhari and lessons from Tinubu, Ambode by Shettima
Abdul-Mutallab: I wish to see my son
FIRS generates N5trn revenue
Compulsory health insurance scheme coming, says Osinbajo
Poly lecturers begin indefinite strike
Rectors urge govts, union to embrace dialogue
Southeast to get commission as Senate passes bill
2019 Budget: Buhari awaits National Assembly’s nod for presentation
Electoral Amendment Bill: Legal Dept responsible for flaws, say APC Reps
455 amnesty beneficiaries undergoing vocational training
APC tackles Atiku over late signing of peace pact
‘Missing’ scripts row at open varsity
MAPOLY suspends SUG election as committee chair goes missing
2019 as turning point for paradigm shift in governance
Evans and the fight against kidnapping
Hijab: What the law says
Honing graduates’ skills for jobs
Dialogue of the deaf
$8.1b dispute: Court adjourns MTN, CBN case to next year
Ajax chases Osimhen
Nigeria qualifies for Beach Soccer World Cup
Anderson Bankole relishes Oshonaike’s, Toriola’s upsets
Sports Festival: Two-gold medallist, Musa hails mum, Akwa Ibom
Lagos dominates squash event at 19th National Sports Festival
GOtv Boxing Night 17 : Oyeleye gets new opponent as injury rules out Mwankemwa
President Sall presents new book to public
Yuletide: Obaseki celebrates Edo market women
Adamu to Obasanjo: You are pushing your luck too far
$8.1b dispute: Court adjourns MTN, CBN case to next year
FIRS generates N5trn revenue
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Arewa Festival and Award berths in Lagos
UNILAG student wins Vlisco Fashion Fund
Depression… bouncing to life from the abyss
NCDC assures on readiness to fight Lassa fever, other diseases
Celebrities, Zeneral Consulting harp on fight against cancer
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Lagos urged to eradicate illiteracy
Poly lecturers commence indefinite strike
LASPOTECH shuns ASUP strike

ThisDay

Buhari’s Minister Resigns, Becomes Emir of Nasarawa
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APC Asks Supreme Court to Sack Tambuwal
ECOWAS Court Bars NBC from Censoring Political Broadcast
Buhari, Okowa, Sultan Call for Unity at Olu of Warri’s Anniversary
FG Blames N’Assembly for Delay in 2019 Budget Presentation
Submit to APC’s Supremacy, Ambode, Shettima Urge Aggrieved Aspirants
ASUU: No Regret Stopping Gowon, Soyinka from Speaking at Uniabuja Event
Health Workers Threaten to Down Tools Nationwide over Unpaid Arrears
Lagos CP Counters Shogunle, Says Having Public Sex is Indecent, Illegal
NPA Concessions Old Warri Port’s Terminal B
Asset Forfeiture: Patience Jonathan, EFCC Know Fate March 8
Next Level: FG to Provide Premium-free Health Insurance to Poor, Says Osinbajo
Peoples Trust Faults Decision of Election Debate Group
Nigerians Should Forget the PDP’
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‘Do Politicians Know What They are Doing When They Arm Hungry People?’
‘Nigeria is the Most Skewed Federal Structure in the World’
Shittu: I Can’t Campaign for APC Candidate in Oyo
Presidency: We Don’t Take Obasanjo’s Utterances Seriously Anymore
FG, MDAs Expended $8.28bn on Medicals, School Fees in 2017
EFInA: Digital Payment Increases from 12% to 16% in Two Years
Nigeria Needs Digital Skills to Grow Economy, Says DBI Boss
Report Highlights 2019 Customers’ Business Expectations
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Nigeria First to Qualify for Beach Soccer World Cup
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Stakeholders Applaud Bet9ja/EFCC National Anti-corruption Marathon Initiative
Real Madrid Suffers Record Home Loss to CSKA Moscow
Gov Udom Honoured for Assisting Eagles Qualify for World Cup
Sterling Named EPL Player of the Month of November
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Giving Life to Indigent Sickle Cell Carriers
Foundation Canvasses for Adequate Nutrition to Tackle Pneumonia in Children
At Diaspora Summit, Adewale Solicits Functional Health Services in Nigeria
Foundation Takes Diabetes Awareness to Nigerians
Lagos Partners Stakeholders to Improve Infant, Young Child Feeding
NLC Blames Nigeria’s Political Class for Failed Health Sector
Boost for Social Protection Programmes in Osun

The Sun

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2019: Atiku finally signs Peace Accord
Buhari’s minister resigns, to resume as Emir of Nasarawa
Support for Atiku in 2019: Obasanjo irrelevant, confused – Presidency
US congratulates presidential candidates, political parties on peace accord
Rivers: Appeal Court strikes out APC appeal against squashed congresses
Nazareth preserves its Arab traditions as Christmas draws near
Cohen sentenced to 3 years after implicating Trump in hush-money scandal
2019: Atiku finally signs Peace Accord
Buhari’s minister resigns, to resume as Emir of Nasarawa
Support for Atiku in 2019: Obasanjo irrelevant, confused – Presidency
US congratulates presidential candidates, political parties on peace accord
Rivers: Appeal Court strikes out APC appeal against squashed congresses
Nazareth preserves its Arab traditions as Christmas draws near
2019: El-Rufai launches campaign, urges citizens to vote for Buhari
Buratai cautions media against fake news
2019: Atiku finally signs Peace Accord
2019: Only God can stop Buhari – Bature
Follow Ambode’s example, Shettima tells aggrieved members
2019: Crisis won’t affect APC’s chances – Adeyeye
Presidential contest: Atiku’ll defeat Buhari in north – Satumari
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Union Bank shines at Sustainability, Enterprise and Responsibility awards
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NDIC expresses concern over evolution of digital currencies
Raheem Sterling named November Premier League Player of the Month
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Ripples from the Metele Massacre
US court awards $125,000 to woman unwittingly used in HIV ad
French police hunt Christmas market attacker
Pope removes two cardinals hit by s*x scandals as advisers
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Minister resigns to assume office as Emir of Nasarawa
Delta Assembly passes 2018 Supplementary Budget of N27b
Impostors: How police unmask Abuja men who pose as women
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Man drowns during baptism in Ghana
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2019: Atiku finally signs Peace Accord
Canada releases Huawei CFO on bail as Trump plans intervention
US court awards $125,000 to woman unwittingly used in HIV ad

Daily Trust
Governors’ forum lauds Ribadu on anti-corruption award
NAF to introduce mandatory fitness test in 2019 — CAS
Plateau IDPs to return home before Dec. 31 — STF Commander
Troops arrest 3 gun runners, recover 44 rifles in Niger
NDA Regular Course 5 donates N25m e-library to alma mater
Hard work will be rewarded this time around, Buhari tells supporters
2019: Honour peace accord, U.S. urges presidential candidates
I will be a bastard to support APC guber candidate – Buhari’s minister
2019: Gang up against Buhari, APC will fail – El-Rufai
Police most violator of human rights, survey finds
Governors’ forum lauds Ribadu on anti-corruption award
NAF to introduce mandatory fitness test in 2019 — CAS
Plateau IDPs to return home before Dec. 31 — STF Commander
APC asks Supreme Court to sack Tambuwal
Yobe assembly speaker resigns
I won’t support APC gov’ship candidate in Oyo – Shittu
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Plateau Governor’s Golf Cup winner gets car, N864,000 prize
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Axxela, WAPCo sign pact to export 15m scuf/day gas to Togo
FG to grant waivers on imported equipment for A/Ibom refinery
Alleged murder: Court admits dismissed cop to N5m bail
Court sentences scavenger to 2 months in prison for car seat theft
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2019: Opposition versus state institutions
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The bright future of corruption in Nigeria
Why Southwest APC must reconcile
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NESREA forum explores waste to wealth, environmental governance
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Unilever gives N18m grant for waste management

The Guardian

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Senate passes bill for establishment of South East development commission
FIRS generates N5tr, targets N5.3tr by year-end
‘We’ve spent about N12b on rehabilitation in North East’
EFCC secures one year conviction for job scammer
Delta House of Assembly passes N27.5 billion extra budget
ECOWAS court bars NBC from censorship of political broadcasts
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NFF in disarray as teams ‘pull out’ of Super 8 playoff
‘Delta will host a befitting National Sports Festival in 2020’
How Ogun crisis challenged Southwest PDP rally
Rivers APC won’t field candidates in 2019, court affirms
Accept election defeat now, APC tells PDP
Shittu vows to work against Adelabu’s candidacy in Oyo
Editorial: The President’s frequent blunders abroad
Top ten tips to have a healthier Christmas
Maiden IATF begins with calls for pro-Africa integration talks
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jonathan’s book and litany of omissions
Dariye and the joys of VIP criminal
Osun: How the media underdevelop Nigeria
A new war for an old man
More herbal remedies for cancer
Top ten tips to have a healthier Christmas
How drinking orange juice, aerobic exercise boosts brain power by 50%
Christmas, 100% fruit juice and cardiovascular diseases
Corona students achieve feat in global contest
Foundation tasks Nigerian leaders, youth on development
Battle for the soul of FUOYE
I gained admission after four attempts, says FUTA’s best graduating student

The Daunting Hurdle Before Amosun

The Daunting Hurdle Before Amosun

Governors Ibikunle Amosun

Femi Ogbonnikan writes that Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State appears to be at a loss on how to deal with the disaffection that has torn the All Progressives Congress in the state to shreds

There appears to be no end or solution to the battle of wits that have attended the simmering crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State. Throwing all manners of tricks into the mix in order to curry empathy, Ogun State Governor, Sen Ibikunle Amosun, has resisted the urge to pander to pleas. He is aggrieved because the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party through the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari, turned down the demand to return his preferred successor, Hon. Adekunle Akinlade, as the APC governorship standard bearer, but rather decided to give the ticket to Prince Dapo Abiodun, his arch-rival. Also, the governor is miffed, because all the names of the 26 State House of Assembly candidates he unilaterally handpicked and submitted to the NWC to represent their respective constituencies were omitted on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) list, but replaced with the names of candidates of those he (governor) labelled “Lagos cabal”.

Against this background, it is believed that the governor has lost sight of the fact that, since the current dispensation was ushered in, in 1999, no sitting governor has ever successfully foisted his preferred successor on the people of Ogun state.
Aside for his (governor) bid to substitute Abiodun’s name with Akinlade’s, the APC’s hierarchy led by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has been uncompromising to the chagrin of its traducers.

Thus, in making good his threat, close associates and aides of Amosun have begun to leave the party in droves to register their displeasure over the decision of the NWC for denying them their respective tickets. Mr Mukaila Kazeem and the governor’s preferred candidate, Akinlade who are both currently representing Abeokuta North/Odeda/Obafemi-Owode and Yewa South/Ipokia Federal Constituencies respectively at the National Assembly, took the lead of the defectors from the party, a week ago, when they moved their membership to a fringe platform, Allied Peoples’ Movement (APM). The aggrieved defectors had attributed impunity and undemocratic norms as reason for leaving their former party. At the home front, the same script played itself out when four (majority leader, Adeyinka Mafe, Chief Whip, Idowu Olowofuja, Tunde Sanusi and Ganiyu Oyedeji) members of the State House of Assembly pulled out of the APC and pitched tent with the APM.

Prior to the defection train, it was reliably gathered that Amosun and his close aides, including the names of Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Barr Taiwo Adeoluwa, who is to vie for Ogun Central; Consultant to the governor on Energy and Power, Mr Segun Gbeleyi (for Ogun West); Commissioner for Special Duties, Leke Adewolu for Ewekoro/Ifo Federal Constituency; Chairman, Local Government Service Commission, Mr. Rotimi Rahman (for Ado-Odo/Ota Federal Constituency); Commissioner for Forestry, Mr Kola Lawal, (for Yewa South/Ipokia Federal Constituency); and Special Adviser on Education, Bayo Adeyemi, (for Yewa North/Imeko-Afon Federal Constituency), had already perfected and concluded the plan to cross-carpet to APM, a position clearly confirmed by a top official of the INEC, in Ogun State. The source hinted that the names of the governorship, National Assembly and State House of Assembly candidates had already been submitted to the commission’s office earlier than now even before it became a public knowledge and he ruled out the need to publish a separate list of the APM candidates.

Distraught by the growing status of Abiodun’s camp, almost on a daily basis, and coupled with palpable fear of infiltration of moles in his group, it was gathered that the resignation of the Chief of Staff, Chief Tolu Odebiyi, and six other aides (Commissioner for Sports, Afolabi Afuape, Lanre Edun, Tola Banjo, Muse Lamidi and Mrs Adewummi Onanuga) last Thursday was informed by what a source described as a “gale of targeted purge” orchestrated under the guise of voluntary disengagement because of the refusal of the affected persons to defect to the new platform, APM. Besides, it was learnt that the former aides were branded APC top loyalists, who have been hob-nobing with the Abiodun’s camp, but the governor’s die-hard loyalists have still retained their respective seats in government.

Reacting to the legal implications of still retaining defected aides in the government, a Lagos – based legal practitioner and a former APC governorship aspirant in Osun State, Mr Kunle Adegoke, said the 1999 Nigerian constitution permits a member of any political platform other than that of the ruling party the right to be part of the state executive.

According to him, “the governor has the power under the Constitution of Nigeria, 1999 (As altered) to appoint anybody into his cabinet, not necessarily a member of the ruling party. The fact that some members of Amosun’s kitchen cabinet have taken ticket of another political party does not deny them the right to be in the cabinet, because such appointments are at the pleasure of the governor.

“The party has no power to determine the right of such persons to continue holding political offices once the man who appointed them is satisfied with them. It is only an elective office holder elected on the platform of one party that cannot cross to another, except there is factionalisation at the leadership of the party. What APC is embroiled in right now is worse than factionalisation and they must be ready to bear the consequences.”

To some political pundits, the emerging trends signal a death knell tolling on the disintegration of the party’s structure, with reference to the repeat of the intractable intra-party crisis that rocked the then, PDP, preparatory to the 2011 general elections. The party became polarised into two factions which led into inchoate groups with a faction led by Otunba Gbenga Daniel, the then governor, and fielded Gboyega Isiaka as the Peoples’ Party of Nigeria (PPN) governorship candidate, while the then, President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo supported Adetunji Olurin as the governorship flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The secenario threw up the candidate of the Action Congress (AC), Amosun, an Egba man from Ogun Central, as the, then governor – elect.

If care is not taken, it is envisaged that the anticipated sympathy votes may be split between the two strong contenders from Yewa-Awori zone, Akinlade, the APM governorship candidate, and Isiaka, of the ADC, thereby blighting another chance for the Ogun West Agenda of staking a claim to the Number One plum seat of the state.
Despite failing in several gambits, nemesis is magisterial in the governor’s pursuit, while Abiodun has become a survivor of the subterfuge to have him replaced by Akinlade.

Besides, the emergence of Ijebu-Remo Agenda (made up of a mix of notable politicians, business moguls, powerful technocrats and seasoned bureaucrats), as a potent mouth-piece for Ogun East, it was further learnt, is a thorn-in-the-flesh and a big headache for Mr Governor.
However, informed sources told THISDAY that the emergence of Abiodun, an Iperu-Remo born Prince, hit Amosun below the belt as he never thought of the apocalypse of his impending failed permutation through his consensus mechanism. It was learnt, he is adamant and has rebuffed every entreaty to pacify him into accepting Abiodun as the party’s governorship flag bearer, because of his pride.

“Apart from that, it seems he (governor) has some things he is concealing but which he is yet to tell the members of the general public. He has done some things in the secrets and that is why he wants to use Akinlade as a protégé in order to cover the tracks. It is not as if he has genuine interests of the Yewa-Awori people at heart. It is like crying more than the bereaved”, said a source who pleaded anonymity.

Besides, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State, Dr Femi Majekodunmi, has cautioned the state governor, Sen Ibikunle Amosun, to desist from acts capable of undermining the general interest of the party in the upcoming 2019 general elections.

Majekodunmi, who is Baagbile of Egbaland, appealed to the governor to play the role of a statesman in resolving the controversy trailing the outcome of the gubernatorial candidate which has pitched him against the decision of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.

He said Amosun cannot afford to let the party down by playing a spoiler game, warning that doing such can only be counter-productive with grave implications for the good name of the governor which he has built over these years as well as the state as a whole.

Majekodunmi averred that the governor has nothing to lose by accepting, at the end of the day, whoever is the governorship choice of the party whether Abiodun or Akinlade, but that the governor would rather gain a lot more, with the continuation of his good legacy of so many years to come and noted that the governor’s good name will be a reference point for those who desire the best for the state.

“According to him, “the governor who through his achievements has been regarded as the architect of a modern-day Ogun State, should not make mistake of a political decision that will consign his name into political oblivion.

He has served the people of the state diligently for over seven years with landmark achievements, littering all over the state and history would be kind to him if he allows reason to prevail and work assiduously for the victory of the party both at the state and federal levels.

“Nobody would dispute the fact that Governor Ibikunle Amosun has become the architect of modern-day Ogun State with many landmark achievements scattered all over the state. Indeed, whenever the history of the state would be written, his name cannot, but be in gold. And as the sitting governor, he is a major stakeholder whose views and interest must be important and paramount.

“But as a politician who has always been committed to the APC, I want to sincerely appeal to the governor to see the present issue concerning the gubernatorial candidate of the party as a test of his statesmanship in which the interest of the party must be supreme, not only because of the entire members of the party in the state but of President Muhammadu Buhari, whom the governor always holds in high esteem.”

Also, Majekodunmi stressed that as the leader of APC in the state, he should be the father of all who is desirous of handing over the government to a member of the party to continue his good works and admonished him that if he fails to have his candidate (Akinlade) picked as the gubernatorial candidate, his plan ‘B’ in resolving the controversy should be a total reconciliation with the candidate already picked by the NWC who has publicly announced his resolve to work with the governor, concede some grey areas to him and most importantly pledge to continue his good works in the state.

“Governor Amosun as the leader of the party ought to bring every aggrieved member back into the fold to ensure a united front, so that the party does not go in disarray in the upcoming 2019 general elections, just few months away,” said the APC stalwart.

Reacting in stout support of the state executive, an impeccable inside source hinted that the Ogun State chapter of the APC remains an indivisible entity and will not join the aggrieved governorship candidate (Akinlade) and the 26 State House of Assembly candidates in moving to the APM.
According to the source who craved anonymity, “we are not going to APM. All the executive members of the APC in Ogun State still remain in the party.

“Those who decided to go to the new party (APM) because of injustice meted out to them, not only limited to the governorship candidate (Akinlade), but also all the aggrieved 26 State House of Assembly candidates, that are not happy with the decision of the National Working Committee (NWC), following the imposition of Prince Dapo Abiodun, as the governorship candidate, are free to do so.

“So, their defection to the APM can’t and will not shrink the strength of the APC, even preparatory to the upcoming 2019 general elections.
“Though the executive members of the party in the state are not happy with the decision of the NWC, by imposing Dapo Abiodun on us, but one thing I want you to know is that, the governorship candidate, Abiodun himself, hasn’t reached out to us for our support. Once he does that, we will give him our unalloyed support.

However, in his riposte to the defection, APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said the party is critically looking at the development and in due course, would take a position on it.
“However, in the interim, we will continue to encourage our members not to be driven by selfish ambition, but rather to be driven by higher ideals that the party represents.

“The unprecedented achievements the party recorded in the part few years are pointers that members should rise above personal interest. We will also continue to encourage them to think deeply to the larger implications of their actions and in-actions.

“We are, however, mindful of the fact that, at the end of the day, the generality of the people are happy with what we have done and what we are doing. We can never regret sticking by the rule of law and operating in accordance with what is good for the interest of other country.
“Let me emphasise that what we have done was for the best interest of the party, government and the generality of people of this country.

This has continued to encourage us to be focused. We will however take what happened into consideration and in due course, react appropriately.
“The reality is that, as a party, you can’t afford to lose any party member. But we also know that as some are leaving, many others are joining us. Regardless of what happened, I can tell you that the ruling party is very much secure.

“They won’t threaten our chances, especially as many more people are joining us have continued to see APC as a party standing on a solid and higher ground for the generality of the people. That exactly is the comfort.

“I will advise them to place party interest above personal interest, especially as it conforms to the overall and generality of members. Leaving a party because you didn’t achieve personal ambition is off the mark.
“Reconciliation process has started with the setting up of the panel whose members have started working round the clock to pacify the aggrieved members from every part of the country.

“Good enough, we have very credible and eminent personalities in the panel, like governors, elder statesmen. They are committed to bringing lasting peace within the party. Let me say that we don’t regret any action we took in the interest of the party that led to their exit. It was in the best interest of democracy”, said Issa-Onilu.

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Why I refused to sign Electoral Bill —Buhari writes Senate

BREAKING: Why I refused to sign Electoral Bill —Buhari writes Senate

President Muhammadu Buhari has written the Senate, explaining why he had refused to assent to the Electoral (Amendment) Bill, 2018 recently passed by the National Assembly.

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, read the President’s letter at the Tuesday Plenary.

President Buhari’s letter to the senators reads: “Pursuant to Section 58 (4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), I hereby convey to the Senate, my decision on 6th December 2018 to decline Presidential Assent to the Electoral (Amendment) Bill, 2018 recently passed by the National Assembly.

“I am declining assent to the Bill principally because I am concerned that passing a new electoral bill this far into the electoral process for the 2019 general elections, which commenced under the 2015 Electoral Act, could create some uncertainty about the applicable legislation to govern the process.

“Any real or apparent change to the rules this close to the election may provide an opportunity for disruption and confusion in respect of which law governs the electoral process.

“This leads me to believe that it is in the best interest of the country and our democracy for the National Assembly to specifically state in the Bill that the Electoral Act will come into effect and be applicable to elections commencing after the 2019 General Elections.”

Continuing, Buhari explains, “It is also important for the following drafting amendments to be made to the Bill:

”A. Section 5 of the Bill, amending section 18 of the Principal Act should indicate the subsection to which the substitution of the figure ’30” for the figure “60” is to be effected.”

“B. Section 11 of the Bill, amending Section 36 should indicate the subsection in which the provision is to be introduced.

“C. Section 24 of the Bill which amends Section 85(1) should be redrafted in full as the introduction of the “electing” to the sentence may be interpreted to mean that the political parties may give 21 days’ notice of the .. intention to merge, as opposed to the 90 days provided in Section 84(2) of the Electoral Act which provides the provision for merger of political parties.”

“D. The definition of the term “Ward Collection Officer” should be revised to reflect a more descriptive definition than the capitalized and undefined term “Registration Area Collation Officer.”

The President concluded his letter with greeting to the lawmakers: “Please accept, Distinguished Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.”

After Saraki finished reading the President’s letter, Senate Leader moved that all items on the Order Paper be stood down to another legislative day.

Minority Leader seconded the motion and the Plenary adjourned to Wednesday, 12th December, 2018.

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