Buhari returns to Abuja after ‘private visit’ to UK

JUST IN: Buhari returns to Abuja after ‘private visit’ to UK

Sani Tukur

President Muhammadu Buhari Sunday returned to Abuja, after a 10-day ‘private visit’ to the United Kingdom.

The president’s jet touched down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at about 6:24 p.m.

A statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said some “reckless online media, irresponsible political opposition, and other bilious groups and individuals, had gone on overdrive since the President left the country on April 25, insinuating that he was going for hospitalization, and would not return after 10 days as stated.”

Mr Adesisna also said in their “vain imaginations, they even stated that fictive doctors have advised President Buhari to stay longer for more intensive care”.

He said now that the president has returned, “can these apostles of evil imaginings swallow their words? Can they retract their tendentious stories as well as press statements, and apologize to millions of Nigerians both at home and in the Diaspora that they have fed with hogwash?

“Few days after the celebration of World Press Freedom Day, we daresay that this valuable freedom does not tantamount to liberty to mislead and hoodwink the populace through concocted and jejune publications.

“The Buhari administration will always respect and uphold press freedom, but the onus lies on those prone to passing off fiction as facts, to remember that freedom demands concomitant responsibility.

“Those who further share and disseminate falsehood are also encouraged to embrace responsible conduct,” he said.

The presidency did not provide details of Mr Buhari’s ‘private visit,’ leading to speculations he travelled to see his doctors as he has done in the past.

Mr Buhari did not also transfer power to his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, while he was away’ an action that drew more controversy.

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Woman accuses Alfa husband of destroying children’s health with Indian hemp

Woman accuses Alfa husband of destroying children’s health with Indian hemp

Afeez Hanafi

The wife of an Islamic cleric in Ibafo, Ogun State, Mrs Aina Larubawa, has raised the alarm over the health conditions of their kids who are inhaling the smoke of Indian hemp allegedly puffed by the cleric, Isau Larubawa.

The mother of five children lamented that she had been spending money to treat two of the children – Ajoke, 10 and seven-year-old Fatimoh – who are battling eye problem reportedly caused by the smoke.

She stated that all her efforts to prevail on her husband, who is in his 70s, to stop the habit of smoke far away from the house had proved abortive.

The family lives in a two bedroomed apartment.

Aina, who sells clothes, told City Round that Alfa asked her to bear with the situation or relocate elsewhere with the children.

The native of Oyo State said apart from the negative effects of the smoking, she had endured tough moments ranging from physical assault to lack of care for their children.

She recalled, “I have been in these problems seven months after we got married 24 years ago. I caught him smoking when my first pregnancy was five months. We were living at a boys’ quarter in Mowe then. I wouldn’t have married him if I knew he is a smoker. He said he intentionally hid it from me and that I could do my worse.

“I tried to abort the pregnancy to no avail. He beat me while I was pregnant. I didn’t want to divorce him because this is my second marriage. I remarried after my former husband, for whom I have a child, died. I don’t want people to be insulting me of moving from one matrimonial home to another. It was my sister who persuaded me to marry Alfa Larubawa because her husband and Alfa are childhood friends.

“There are a lot of issues but the most pressing one is Alfa’s smoking habit. I have been spending a lot of money to treat my two children because the smoke affects their eyes. About three years ago, some health workers came to our community to do free medical test for residents. They said my children and I had dirty substances logged in our chests. They advised us to move away from smoke, warning that it would affect our kidneys in the long run.

“I called Alfa and told him about the medical advice. I pleaded with him to stop smoking or do it outside for the sake of our children’s health. I showed him their eyes. We don’t use coal pots for cooking which could have caused the dirt in our chests. He said he had been smoking for a long time and he could not stop it. He said if I was not satisfied, I should leave home with my children.”

The 46-year-old woman stated further that she had been solely responsible for the upkeep of their children, adding that two of them had stopped going to school because she could no longer pay their school fees.

She disclosed that at the height of the serial assaults Alfa allegedly subjected her to, he threatened to kill her and the children under the pretext that he had run mad.

“That was when I started arming myself with a cutlass at night to defend myself and my children. I hardly sleep at night. I would have run away but I didn’t have the means to rent an apartment where I could take my children to,” Aina added, sounding betrayed and helpless.

She went on, “I was selling kerosene and bread while we were in a rented apartment. It was the money I realised from the business and some loans I took that we used to build our house in 2007. I am still repaying the loans. He only bought the land.

“I thought of using my money to build my own house but I felt it was not wise doing so when my husband had not built his own. I thought I would win his heart by assisting him. The building document is in his name.”

Our correspondent learnt that Alfa had initially reported his wife to a human rights group in Ibafo, One Love for Peace and Unity Foundation, claiming that she was threatening him with a cutlass.

The group was said to have invited the couple and their relations to a meeting recently during which Alfa’s excesses were unravelled.

Alfa’s childhood friend, who facilitated the couple’s marriage, Alhaji Arasi Lawal, testified to some of the allegations against the cleric in a video clip recorded at the meeting.

Lawal said, “Alfa Larubawa is my childhood friend. We have been friends since 1969 when we were bachelors. His first wife was my late sister. They have five children together. At a point, he complained to me that my sister was unkempt nd he would divorce her if she failed to change. I talked to my sister, but he eventually divorced her.

“I have warned him to stop smoking. He is only disgracing himself. He does not take care of his children. I am happy that this case is here (human rights group). I see him as somebody who is following the devil.”

The President of the foundation, Samuel Adegeye (aka Black Moses), said the group had written a petition to the Ibafo Police Station, urging them to wade into the matter.

He added, “I am also begging Nigerians to come to the aid of this woman and her children before something bad happens.”

Our correspondent contacted the cleric on the telephone on Friday to get his comments on the allegations. When asked to react to the allegation that he took Indian hemp, he went berserk, raining curses on the wife and ended the call.

He did not pick the subsequent calls our correspondent made to his line.

The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, promised to contact the Ibafo Police Division on the case and get back to our correspondent with comments, but he had yet to do so as of press time.

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Harness diversity for nation’s benefits, Nigerians admonished

Harness diversity for nation’s benefits, Nigerians admonished
An appeal has gone to Nigerians and Muslims in particular to harness the benefits of the nation’s diversity rather than using it for divisive tendencies.
This was the recommendation of participants at the 25th Pre-Ramadan lecture of the University of Lagos Muslim Alumni (UMA) held at the J.F. Ade Ajayi Auditorium of the University of Lagos at the weekend.
Delivering the keynote address, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, said diversity is a deliberate creation of Allah.
Quoting from the Quran chapter 30 verse 22, the Sultan said ‘And His sign is the creation of the heavens and the earth and the diversity of your tongues and colours. Indeed, there are signs in this for the wise’.
“Islam recognises reality of diversity. It accepts it and rises above it to show that what matter is not race which is geographical or colour which is skin deep, but the quality of human character. That the human bein”g is defined by where he comes from or what language he speaks or even what social class he comes from… rather what he believes in and what values drive his character and behaviour. The criterion with the Creator is simply taqwah, God-consciousness which translates to the quality of character and behaviour towards his fellow human beings in general and Muslim brothers in particular”, the Sultan declared.

‘Muslims more than any other group are most equipped to deal with diversity. If they should be found wanting, It would not be because of their religion, but because of their ignorance of their religion’, he added.
One of the guest speakers, Professor Abdul Razaq Abdul Majeed Alaro of the Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin, said diversity is a plan of Allah which we cannot live without. We just have to manage it.
He said the solution to Nigeria’s problems doesn’t lie in going our separate ways, but learning to use our diversity for our benefits.
He also deplored lack of alternative dispute resolution mechanism based on faith or culture, saying the litigation process is based on rights while alternative dispute resolution mechanism emphasises interest.
He also called for reform of the National Youth Service scheme to enable it perform the integration process it was designed for.
The second speaker, Dr Lukman Zakariyah of the International Islamic University, Malaysia, emphasises the need for compromise, saying there is more that unite us than what we different on.
He also called for return to our value system
The occasion also witness presentation of scholarship award to ten scholars.
The national President of the association, Alhaji Shuaib Afolabi Salisu, lamented that religion which is supposed to be used to unite has been manipulated for political and other sinister purposes.
He, however, expressed confidence in ability of Islam to offer hope for solutions to most of the problems.


News Headlines Apr 29, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Apr 29, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch

N30,000 minimum wage: NLC chapters set to write govs on implementation
EFCC slams fresh six counts against Bauchi gov-elect
Man steals N1.7m hospital’s microscope, sells it for N5,000
Man wrongly imprisoned for 27 years seeks N20bn compensation
Police kill dismissed sergeant in gun battle over kidnapping
PDP claims N14tn stolen under Buhari
Man kills father, sets corpse ablaze in Anambra
Alleged forgery: Two Osun citizens ask court to sack Adeleke from Senate
Immortalise my father, Saraki’s sister begs Kwara gov-elect
Gateman teaches Buhari, Ngige, Adewole leadership morals
Police recover 22 AK-47 rifles from 18 suspected kidnappers, bandits
Four suspects caught with freezer-load of hemp
Police abandon corpse, patrol vehicle at National Hospital
Traditional ruler’s son arrested for killing NANS member in Lagos
Govt warns residents on poisonous ponmo in Lagos market
Man kills father, sets corpse ablaze in Anambra
Kidnappers seize two expatriates in Rivers
Brutalised PUNCHman: LASTMA withdraws power-drunk officials from duty, invites victim
Group says Buhari loves Igbos more than his predecessors
APC dismisses Kogi gov’s alleged move to dump party
Reps want secret ballot for election of National Assembly leaders
Abia APC backs Kalu, Onyejiocha for National Assembly positions
Lagos, Rivers, Ogun, Delta made N2.71tn IGR in five years
Building collapse: Firm advocates preventive safety management
COREN elects new president
Multi-fund structure ’ll give workers’ better investment returns – Expert
FBN General Insurance records N615.6m profit
SEC to align master plan with economic realities
Mbappe sent off as PSG lose French Cup final
Sports lawyer Agbakoba-Onyejiana, others honoured in Lagos
De Gea’s howler jeopardises United’s top-4 hopes
Police investigate picture of Sala’s body online
Nigeria win African badminton tourney
Oshoala helps Barca reach women’s UCL final
Getting that smart home of your choice
Intellectual property assets: Catalyst for merger and acquisition in telecom sector
Harmonise spectrum for mobile money services, GSMA tells govt
NOTAP, NCC champions formulation of national IP policy
Editorial: Fighting graft with Auditor-General’s reports
Inflation: The invisible arch-terrorist!!
Help! Our toilets are killing us
Nigeria’s overtures to Russia on Boko Haram

The Nation

Buhari mobilises governors for Lawan, Gbajabiamila
CBN to withdraw N7.9tr dirty, mutilated notes
APC disputes Atiku’s claim on being Nigerian by birth
Fulani elders berate Miyetti Allah’s chief over comment on Tinubu
Minimum wage: Makinde kicks as Ajimobi negotiates with labour
EFCC charges governor-elect with ‘accepting gratification’
Nigeria loses $29.3b yearly to erratic power supply
Suspected robbers kill NANS spokesman
Dangote donates 2,160-bed hostel to ABU
Kogi APC elders: no second term for Bello
Buhari mobilises governors for Lawan, Gbajabiamila
CBN to withdraw N7.9tr dirty, mutilated notes
APC disputes Atiku’s claim on being Nigerian by birth
Fulani elders berate Miyetti Allah’s chief over comment on Tinubu
Dangote donates 2,160-bed hostel to ABU
Kogi APC elders: no second term for Bello
APC, Buhari desperate to remain in power, says PDP
Police tighten noose on bandits as NLC calls for action
Saraki nominated as global rights body’s ambassador
APC chief blasts lawmakers over life pension
Kokori lacks experience to head NSITF, says minister
Court verdict: Osun voters seek Adeleke’s sack
Sanwo-Olu is a good choice, says APC
Four nabbed for allegedly killing ex-lawmaker
Buhari to varsity administrators: be prudent in resources management
Will Makinde make a difference in Oyo?
How Buhari can succeed, by Abraham
APC sweeps Zamfara LG polls
Kajuru: Police arrest suspected killer of traditional ruler
Bayelsa holds council elections July 27
Adijat Gbadamosi shines
Osimhen scores 15th goal for Charleroi
Nigerian Breweries supports Okpekpe race again
May Day rally, Ramadan force postponement
De Gea’s howler gifts Chelsea point at Old Trafford
I’m focusing on African Cup, Games —Oshonaike
Porsche Cayenne hits Nigeria
NIA urges vehicle owners to verify policy on USSD code
Tyre management and safety
‘We’re building investor-friendly bank’
FBN General Insurance achieves N615.6m profit in 2018
Task force arrests 90 suspected cultists, miscreants
Council empowers entrepreneurs
Lawyers: crazy bills crime against consumers
‘How carpenter tried to rape me
Bank, Magodo residents promote cultural diversity
Four arrested with cannabis – filled deep freezer
‘We may be compelled to ban tricycles over nuisance’
Kidnapped Chinese citizens regain freedom
Five die in Ogun as vehicle rams into Truck
Truck crushes eight to death in Edo
FCT residents decry high rate of “One Chance” criminals
Flood: 4,636 Anambra farmers benefit from NEMA grants
JAMB conducts UTME for 200 foreign candidates
ASUU describes FG verification exercise as a dubious trap
Ahmed denies alleged diversion of KWASU subventions
Student protests: Council sacks Ibarapa Poly Rector
Why there is drop in 2019 Common entrance examination, by NECO Registrar
Student protests: Council suspends Ibarapa Poly Rector, dissolves mgt
Editorial: Not enough
Ngige’s hidden agenda

ThisDay

APC Wins Zamfara LG Polls
NLC Demands Inauguration of Kokori-led NSITF Board Before May Day
Saraki Named Ambassador Of International Human Rights Commission
Alleged Forgery: Two Osun Voters Ask Court to Sack Adeleke from Senate
Niger PDP Probes Members over Outcome of General Election
FG Seeks Private Sector Involvement in Funding Military Research
• NAF to build made-in-Nigeria aircraft •Navy recovers metal barge with 900,000 litres of crude oil…
Baba Aladura Erujeje is Dead
Glo is Game Changer of Nigeria’s ICT Industry, Says ALTON Chairman
Medical Laboratory Scientists Protest Employment Embargo on Members
NIPOST Set to Deliver 2000 Outlets for National MFB
Fidelity Bank Shareholders Approve N3.2bn Dividend Pay-out
CBN to Unveil Clean Note Policy, Banknote Fitness Guidelines
Oando Sustains Positive Results, Posts N4.6bn Profit in Q1
Dry Ports: Shippers’ Council Moves to Attract Investors
Heritage Promotes Cultural Diversity
FAAN Urges ICAO Member States to Collaborate against Terrorism
Adeniyi to Lead Discussion on Non-oil Sector
BPP Harps on Transparency, Reforms in Procurement Process
The Creeping Zoning Controversy in Anambra Governorship Contest
Ambode Fights to Stamp His Name on Legacy Projects
Uchechukwu Ogah: Champion Extraordinaire
Cameroon Defeats Guinea in Shoot out to Lift U-17 AFCON
Flying Eagles Land in Germany for Training
100 Cyclists from Nigeria, Ghana, Benin Storm Abuja for Selection
What African Players Need to Do to Be Amongst World’s Best, By Oshodi
Nigerian Breweries Plc Throws Weight behind Okpekpe Race Again
32 Lagos Schools for Channels International Kids Cup
EPL: Ndidi, Iwobi Subbed as Leicester Hammer Arsenal 3-0
De Gea Error Gifts Chelsea Advantage in Race for Top Four
Looming Danger in Kogi Communities
EDITORIAL: THE WARNINGS ON DEBT BURDEN

Daily Trust

Gunmen abduct army officer, family in Taraba
Dismissed policeman, 1 other killed over kidnapping
Police arrest 4 with freezer-loaded with Indian hemp
…woman held over 6-year-old boy found dead in freezer
Five die in Abeokuta- Sagamu expressway accident
CAN to FG: Release Zakzaky, Dasuki
ABU’s Garba emerges VC of the year 2018
Khadija Bukar Abba drops speakership ambition, opts for house leader
Kogi: Stakeholders caution APC, Buhari against fielding Bello for 2nd term
JUST IN: Police nab suspected killer of traditional ruler in Kaduna, 17 other kidnappers
Stubborn father finally speaks to wife after over 20 YEARS of silence
Rare two-headed calf born on US farm
TCN restores normal bulk power supply after Apo fire
Kvitova earns maiden Stuttgart title
Zamfara: APC wins all 14 LGAs, 147 councillorship seats
NASS: Why I settled for dep speakership — Maje
3SC, Kwara United win 2018/2019 AITEO State FA Cup
Flying Eagles U-20 World Cup squad
Man City edge past Burnley to go top
BusinessSee More
Fashola’s ‘steady and stable power’ plan yet to make the big difference
I’ve no patience for underdevelopment – AfDB President, Adesina
Why I donated hostel to ABU – Dangote
My victory will be validated at tribunal, Bwari chairman-elect says
FCTA rescues 40 children at orphanages in Jiwa, Tugan Maje
Ukraine is no laughing matter
Justce Mamman Nasir and boundary clashes
As ABU honours Hassan Sunmonu and Dangote
“Too many doctors!”
Sri Lanka bans face coverings in wake of Easter bombings
Group builds 4 maternities on Nigeria-Niger border
The Sri Lanka attacks: New front, old wounds
Gunmen abduct army officer, family in Taraba
Editorial: Ngige and doctors’ exodus
Manji emerges Plateau NLC new chair
Grants up for flood-hit farmers in Anambra
Bida Poly donates shea butter processing centre to host community
Maximising Benue’s mango value
Edo to deal with parents of pupils loitering during school hours
ASUU directs its members to ignore 2019 Personnel Data Verification
Bida Poly donates shea butter processing centre to host community
Hajj: Tour Operators get April 30 deadline to pay licence fees
Cleric advises Muslims to repent before Ramadan

The Sun

UTME: JAMB alerts of new scam to defraud candidates
APGA leadership tussle divides party
9th NASS: Buhari prefers Lawan, Gbajabiamila – North-Central APC leader
Bauchi governor-elect faces bribery charges
2019 polls: How South East APC leaders sabotaged party –Kalu
Anger over 2023 presidency
CAN to FG: Release El-Zakzaky, Dasuki now
Speakership: Open ballot won’t work –Lawmakers
Dangote donates N1.2bn students’ hostel to ABU
Nigeria running out of donkeys –FG
ASUU strikes stall varsities’ progress –Buhari
SERAP urges Dickson to reject life pension for Bayelsa lawmakers
Insecurity: Bayelsa election petition tribunal relocates to Abuja
PDP stakeholders kick over Ayade’s move to reduce cabinet
Ihedioha’s victory brought Imo together – Obi
Kogi guber: I’ve come to rescue my people from pangs of hunger – Ameh
New Ranger ‘ll do well in Nigeria – Ford SSA boss
Mercedes rewards transporters for buying Marcopolo luxury buses
NUPENG charges Buhari to build more refineries
NLC re-affirms commitment to picket NERC, Discos
Lagos Media Marathon: May Day rally, Ramadan force postponement
Emiliano Sala: Police investigate online photo said to be of plane crash victim
London Marathon 2019: Prince Harry cheers as Kipchoge wins
Barcelona Open: Thiem wins title against Medvedev with ease
Sheffield United promoted to Premier League
Oshoala in action as Barca Ladies reach Women’s UCL final
Africa Cup: Over 100 Nigeria, Ghana, Benin cyclists storm Abuja
Larry Ekundayo to defend IBF European title June 30
Onyekuru cheers Galatasary basketball team to victory
Reflections on my abduction
Okeke: The making of NCRIB fellow
Just how do Nigerian politicians manage to sleep peacefully?
Big issues in UK and Nigeria’s elections
Bye-bye to lugardian contraption?
Nigerian state and its many orphans: Reflecting on Helen Paul
Reflections on my abduction
Sudanese army: Africa Union’s dilemma
JAMB conducts UTME for 200 foreign candidates

Tribune

Police arrest ex-convict for murder of NANS-JCC spokesman
APC sweeps Zamfara LG polls
FG’s verification exercise is dubious ― ASUU
Gas leakage responsible for shutdown of four power plants ― TCN
Appointment: Methodist Bishop asks Kwara governor-elect to consider non-indigenes
Task Force nabs 26 Awawa cult gang in Agege, 64 miscreants in Oshodi
NUJ President, Isiguzo, warns against attacks on journalists
Ibarapa IPMAN sends SoS to DSS over ‘persistent’ kidnap of members
Why Buhari, APC are desperate to retain power ― PDP
Seven traffic offenders in Edo get community service
FG approves construction of first onshore oil terminal in 50 years
Did Buhari miss Tinubu in Lagos?
Korea is under UN Security Council sanctions —…
Police clash with yellow vests protesters in France
As Kogi PDP looks eastward for governorship candidate
How to keep love aglow in marriage (I)
200 foreign candidates write UTME in UK, Saudi, 5 others
Why Rivers, A’Ibom, Kano, Kano, Lagos, Kaduna top list of states with jobless Nigerians ― NBS

Leadership

Police Nab Killer Of Kaduna Traditional Ruler, 17 Others
We Have Paid Salaries For 38 Months – Kogi Govt
ASUU Rejects FG’s Personnel Payroll System
Minimum Wage Implementation: I will Not Retrench Any Worker — Ganduje
EFCC Files Criminal Charges Against Bauchi Gov-elect
FG Urges Farmers To Acquire 40% Of BoA Shares
“Mass Education, Solution Against Deprivation, Oppression Of Niger Delta”
NCC To Establish Internet Industry Code Of Practice To Secure Cyber Space
Ajimobi Plotting To Compound Labour Issues For Me – Makinde
Bayelsa Guber Race: Comments Over Sylva’s Eligibility, Distasteful -APC Campaign Group
6 In Police Net For Selling Indian Hemp In Open Market
South East Youths Fault INEC On Okorocha
Africa Cup: Cyclists, Coaches, Commissars Storm Abuja For Training/Selection
Joseph Akpieyi ‘s Testimonial
Rotimi Amaechi In History
Dangote: Promoting Gender Equality
Abe To Oshiomhole: Stop Promoting Illegality In Rivers APC
Atiku Vs PMB: Arise Offers To Stand As Defence Witness
Alaibe Condoles Dickson Over Killing Of Two Aides
Barcelona Seal Liga Title, Face Grander Task In Champions League
EDITORIAL: Concerns Over Nigeria’s Debt Profile
The Willingness To Serve And Excel Deputy Senate Presidency And Omo-Agege’s Quest
Executive Plattform: No Bank Should Toy With Cyber Security Measures – Okonkwo
Ondo 2020: Ilajes Move To Oust Akeredolu
Abia PDP, Others Hail Ruling In Kalu’s N7.6bn Trial
Nwoko Vs Nwaoboshi: Anxiety Mounts As Delta North Awaits Court Verdict
ACP Drags INEC, Wike To Election Tribunal
Navy Recovers 2 Vessels With Crude Oil
Stay Off Major Roads, Senate Warns Truck Owners In Lagos

The Guardian

Outrage as Dickson signs bill for Bayelsa lawmakers’ life pension
‘Stress, impaired sleep pose higher death risk in workers with hypertension’
City win, Man United draw with Chelsea as woeful Arsenal lose 0-3 to Leicester
Academy unveils solution for ‘hit and run’ crashes in Lagos
Oba Akran Road that Buhari didn’t see cuts into two
26 suspected cultists nabbed in Lagos
Burnt bus rots away 12 days after on Oshodi-Apapa expressway
Corruption hinders governors from enacting procurement act, says PCC
Ohanaeze Ndigbo youths warn against sinking APGA after 2021
Guardiola lauds Man City’s mental strength
Doubts over Benitez staying beyond this season at Newcastle
Barca’s current feat unlikely to be surpassed, Busquets claims
Oshoala’s Barcelona qualify for Uefa Women’s Champions League final
Flying Eagles arrive Germany in preparation for U20 World Cup
Morocco, Egypt emerge winners at African Beach Volleyball
Why Buhari, ruling party are desperate to retain power, by PDP
Sango accuses third force of sponsoring crisis in PDP
Politics of absenteeism at Buhari’s project commissioning in Lagos
Building for the next billion users
Reopening the unfortunate case of the Nigerian police
Editorial: Banditry, et al and homeland insecurity
Mike Adenuga: 66 cheers to a digital guru
Mother earth, Easter and humanity
The Chris Ngige’s theory on doctors
Preventing Nigeria from becoming a “failed nation”
Apex bank to unveil frameworks on clean, fit bank notes
Shareholders applaud Sterling Bank’s improved performance
PenCom and challenges of public institutions in development
Stock market defies Q1 earnings, slumps by 1.2%
Engineers attest to Third Mainland Bridge stability, safety
Stakeholders validate technology plans for renewable energy resources
‘Uniform underwriting standards will ease home financing’
Faculty seeks valuation of Lagos National Stadium, intellectual property
How novel antibody suppresses HIV for four months, by research
No safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy, suggest researchers
Device lets mute patients talk
How common food additive in bread, others fuel weight gain, diabetes

Vanguard

INFLATION: The Invisible Super Terrorist
We’re Back To NADECO Days- Bucknor-Akerele
1.4b Facebook Members Predicted To Die By 2100
EFCC Arraigns Governor-Elect, Bala Mohammed For Bribe-Taking
Economy Bleeds As Power Generation Drops To 2,039MW
We Will Grow To Tier-1 Organically, But… — Fidelity Bank Boss
Nigeria And May Day In The Centenary Of The ILO
The Minimum Wage Swindle
TCN Restores Power Supply To Apo Substation After Fire Incident
I Wasn’t Given Any SUV By NSITF – Ngige
Boko Haram: My Campaign Has Forced Buhari To Remember Leah Sharibu – Omokri
Bargain Hunting To Lift Equities This Week
Fidelity Bank Grows Profit By 34% In Q1’19
CBN Introduces Special Intervention Fund For MFBs
Buhari, APC, Out To Cover Corruption, Incompetence- PDP
Insurance Claims Rise Faster Than Premium Income
2Rabbi Wounded In US Synagogue Shooting Says Jews Won’t Be Cowed
We’re back to NADECO days- Bucknor-Akerele
Buhari, APC, out to cover corruption, incompetence- PDP
Again, PDP slams Buhari, APC
PDP is a useless party, Lauretta Onochie spits fire
I have no regret joining APC- Senator Akpabio
Liverpool’s Van Dijk wins PFA player of year award
Ranieri wants Conte to replace him at Roma as European battle heats up
Lazio eye Champions League with Samp win, Mertens strike equals Maradona
Kuffour, the toughest defender I ever faced, says Okocha
Is Regina Daniels married to Ned Nwoko?
Terry G finds new girlfriend, set to dump “baby mama”?
Davido makes thrilling surprise performance at Idris Elba’s wedding
UTME: We ‘ve uncovered new scam to defraud candidates, JAMB alerts
Balarabe attacks Yoruba, Igbo, N-Delta on restructuring: You are talking rubbish!

News Headlines Apr 28, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Apr 28, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch

UK visit: PDP, SANs fault Buhari’s refusal to write National Assembly, transmit power
After indictment, FG pays suspended NHIS boss N13.8m
APC aspirants, Dogara meet over Reps’ leadership
Why I’m still close to Tonto Dikeh’s ex-husband –Rosaline Meurer
Nigerian shoots colleague dead in S’Africa
I’m too young to have a boyfriend – Iyabo Ojo’s daughter, Priscilla
Immigration gave me special treatment after my hair-colour protest –OAP
I don’t need to leave Mavin to be a boss – Korede Bello
Sobowale, foreign actors join cast of Shadow Parties
Mixed metaphors: Back to the beginning
FG offers automatic employment to 168 ex-NYSC members
Nigeria loses $3bn to piracy yearly, says NCC
We must shun overdependence on foreign tech — Osinbajo
Army vehicle assembly plant to get N1bn lifeline
302,735 sacked workers withdraw N103.42bn from pension fund
Giving stronger teeth to anti-corruption fight
Adewale is not a PDP member – Dominic
Ninth Assembly leadership tussle and North, South’s struggle over 2023
NNPC wooing European refineries to bridge supply gap — Baru
It’s dangerous to ignore cyber risks – Fidelity Bank MD
Nigeria’s software industry in need of government boost
Power firms weak, technically bankrupt, says TCN boss
Low tariff hindering steady power supply – Engineers
How well is Africa playing the innovation game?
Oshodi Interchange will become Lagos most visited tourist site – Otunola
Governors’ attitude shows Nigeria isn’t ripe for state police – Ex-CP Tsav
Revert to six regional govt, economic deregulation is automatic – Momoh
I’m Lagos chairman, Dominic imposed by Bode George – Adewale
Dad sent me to school at 10 because there’s no land to inherit – Prof. Asiwaju
Police have no business calling on military to quell local unrest – Ex-IG Arase
I didn’t know worth of winning AFCON until I retired — Okocha
F’Eagles to prepare in Germany for W’Cup
U-17 AFCON: Eaglets lose third-place match to Angola
Dennerby invites 26 FALCONS players for WAFU Cup
Rivers gov bags African sports award
BREAKING: Mbappe sent off as PSG lose French Cup final on penalties to Rennes
My political experience has helped me to avoid scandals – Oba Saheed Elegushi
My faith discourages me from taking certain roles — Bella Okojie
Some of those who have asthma early in life outgrow it – Expert
Flagyl, alcohol and its abuse
I want IG to punish cops who humiliated me in my house –A’Ibom divorcee brutalised by policemen
Pains, triumphs of children with cancer delivered from jaws of death
Editorial: People power: Algeria, Sudan’s change of guards
Mixed metaphors: Back to the beginning
Does democracy need religion?
Nigerian polity and principles of public life
Buhari should secure Leah’s release before May 29
Should married couples operate timetable for sex?
Would you be angry if someone of the opposite sex called your spouse ‘dear’?
What to do when your partner does not support your dreams

The Nation

Zamfara crisis: Presidency begins screening of mining operators
Police rearrest suspected killer of Super Eagles star’s father
Nigerian shoots dead compatriot in South Africa
JULIUS IDOWU AKINDELE: There’s grand plot against Awori in Lagos
APC WINS AJEROMI-IFELODUN REPS SEAT
Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau and $500,000 gift
The Rise of the Judiciarate
Bishop backs creation of state police
Firearms and the police
How Fela’s father’s cane shaped my life, by Soyinka
Six games that won Barcelona 26th La Liga title
Senate Presidency: Lawan’s kinsmen beg Ndume, Goje to step down
We need N1bn to produce war vehicles, says Buratai
Why we’re number one in Service Charter – Isolo General Hospital
Lagos Assembly fails to pass 2019 budget
Southeast APC wants review of NASS positions zoning
APGA crisis: I’m not guilty – Oye insists
Fresh cracks in PDP over Lawan, Goje, Ndume
Security challenges: Our military doing good job, says Osinbajo
Governors’ Forum organises induction for incoming governors
Sanwo-Olu: Coalition expresses confidence in judiciary
Appoint Muhammad as substantive CJN – Bauchi lawyers urge Buhari, NJC, FJSC,
Fear grips Ondo community over ritual killings
Benue Killings: How CCT judge escaped abduction
Inside Bayelsa State’s crowded guber race
Ambode’s legacy and changing face of Lagos
Between defection and lawmakers’ mandate
NGF organizes induction for incoming governors
Oyo council chair suspended
Phillips: Nigeria Pitch awards have come to stay
TIJANI BABANGIDA: MY LIFE AT AJAX AMSTERDAM
EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR: Why I demanded for Kanu’s jerseys after signing for Arsenal
Ronaldo scores 600th career club goal
Norwich seal promotion to EPL
China sweeps medals in doubles, women’s singles
Who will rescue Bank of Agriculture?
Hayat Kimya unveils Chidinma as ambassador
Staring castor oil processing
‘Entrepreneurs require personal conviction to succeed’
First private pension tertiary institution berths in Abuja
Experts urge entrepreneurs on skills acquisition
‘Awka residents to enjoy 15-hr daily power supply’
Ganduje acquires 100 buses to roll out BRT system In Kano
Fierce Nation signs new artistes Runnjozzy and Laycon
God uses foolish things to confirm the wise –Adeniyi Johnson
Behind every smile is a story, says Doyin Kukoyi of ‘Gbajumo Osere’ fame
Duke of New York: Why it took us two years to get Apollo Theatre for Burna Boy
Editorial: Social degeneration
So, we have enough doctors, eh?

ThisDay

Gombe Imposes Curfew on State Capital
MTN’s Bold Step Towards Shares Listing
Now That the Gloves Are Off
Dozens of Soldiers Feared Killed in Boko Haram Attack in Borno
• Military denies terrorists assault on Biu, Konduga • Bandits kill two in Kaduna communities,…
Governors-elect Converge on Abuja to Chart a Way Forward
• Some US counterparts also attending • Spouses’ summit to follow
Why Tinubu May Have Stayed Away from Buhari’s Lagos Visit
• Rahman: His absence not delibrate • Ambode penciled in for South-west ministerial slot
Has CBN Finally Tamed Inflation?
S’East APC Leaders Want Zoning of N’Assembly Offices Reviewed
How to Sell Brand Nigeria to the World
Healthcare Delivery And ‘Surplus Doctors’
Dangote Laments Poor Funding of Public Universities
•Says govts can’t fund tertiary education alone
ExxonMobil Invests N170m in Peace Initiative
NUC Unveils New Blueprint for Nigerian Universities
African Voices Impactful, Says Glo
10,000 Benefit from Dogara’s Free Medical Treatment
Edo 2020: Obaseki Under Pressure to Drop Deputy as Running Mate
…And the Killings Continue!
Yaya Bello Fighting a Losing Battle?
Idris: Life in Kogi is Miserable No
Atiku Vs INEC: An Interesting Turn of Events
Our Democracy Threatened by Army of Lazy Nigerians
Usman, a Human amongst Man!
Ambode, the New Mr Infrastructure Takes Lagos Infrastructure to Next Level
Rafsanjani: Strong Economy Will Bail Nigeria out of Poverty
How Artificial Intelligence will Disrupt Financial Services Industry
As More Companies List on NSE
Messi Scores, Wins 10th La Liga with Barcelona
‘Stressed’ Tottenham Lose at Home to West Ham
Truth to Power: Omotola on My Mind
Finding A Home Ground for The Eagles
EDITORIAL: Healthcare Delivery And ‘Surplus Doctors’

Daily Trust

In Muri emirate, white is the royal colour
Common entrance exams: NECO restricts parents’ access to halls
JAMB to release 2019 UTME results Monday
Kogi traditional ruler, Obobanyi dies at 116
Troops rescue kidnap victims from Gana’s compound
Police arrest suspected killer of ex- footballer’s father
Why Governor Bello lost the support of Ebira people – Ohinoyi of Ebiraland
Katsina wind farm: N4.4bn down the drain, yet zero electricity
Why Ebonyi-Cross River border crisis persists
Edo 2020: Issues as fight over ticket gets messier
Oyo: Last minute contracts set PDP, APC on war path
Senate President: Step down for Lawan, Yobe emirate begs Ndume, Goje
I stepped on toes in IBB Golf Club to halt avoidable wastages – Ahmed
Ramadan fasting freezes Nigerian Polo Tours
West Ham inflict first defeat on Spurs at new home
Price of garri increases
‘Ndigbo yet to understand Nigerian politics’
Mouka launches insect repellent products
World Malaria Day: Total offers free medicare, mosquito nets
Police arrest suspected robbers, recover gun
Police nab 3 women one chance operatives
Mixed Metaphors: Back to the beginning
KCCI: KANO TOMORROW?
PMB and formation of robust cabinet
Chris Ngige and number of doctors in Nigeria
NSEZCO: Spearheading Nigeria’s export growth
The Sri Lanka attacks: New front, old wounds
We will deliver high-quality projects, China assures at ‘Belt and Road’ forum
Another Nigerian shot dead in South Africa
Anambra Police arrest ‘most wanted’ kidnapper
Editorial: New Minimum Wage Act
Maximising Benue’s mango value
Heat takes toll on Sokoto fruits markets
Don’t plant now, Bauchi govt tells farmers
entrance exam
JAMB to release 2019 UTME results from Monday

The Sun

9Th Assembly: Lawmakers should be allowed to choose their leaders – Senator Cornelius Adebayo
NASS leadership: Southeast APC urges party to revisit zoning
Boko Haram attacks military base in Borno
I’m not perturbed losing senatorial poll – Ajimobi
Ministerial, other appointments: Lobbyists intensify efforts
Gold of trouble: Zamfara miners attacks trigger fears in Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kogi, Osun
My most painful heartbreak experience –Success Asibor, actress
75,635 pupils write 2019 NCEE into 104 Unity Schools
NSIA: Anti-graft group urges Buhari to probe alleged employment scam
Terrorism: Nigerian Army needs N1bn to strengthen own vehicle manufacturing company – Buratai
ESUT sets up deaf resource centre, matriculates 4,595 students
Police name suspected killer of ex-Super Eagles player’s father
Except we restructure, true development will not come – Prof Remi Sonaiya
Ministerial appointment: Ignore hangers-on; go for technocrats, Senator Fatimah Raji Rasaki tells Buhari
Obasanjo destroyed Nigeria’s democracy – Senator Owie
Obaseki charges Edo lawmakers, NASS members on good governance
Ogun guber: Amosun walking the old path
NSE: Investors’ wealth slides down by N125bn
Nigeria losing $3b annually to piracy – Commission
Farmers to access free advisory services on cassava production – IITA
We’ll sign MoU with Nigeria on oil, gas infrastructure development – S’Arabian Minister
AfDB approves $70m loan for Ebonyi road project
CAF Champions League semi-final: Eagles star, Babatunde, shines in Wydad win over Sundowns
Akwa Ibom clubs to boycott Aiteo Cup
Flying Eagles off to Germany
FIBA throws out Cameroon’s protest against Nigeria
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019: Nigeria has what it takes to win title – Okosun
Nigeria to battle for U16 AfroBasket 2019 in Cote d’ Ivoire
FIBA Africa General Assembly to hold in Bamako
FIBA Secretary General meets with leaders of China 2019 LOC
CAF U17 AFCON: Eaglets surrender third place to Angola
LaLiga about passion – Lowe
Nigeria gets four slots in CAF Club competition
Oluehi, Okoronkwo top Dennerby’s invitees for WAFU Cup
Lessons my first marriage taught me -Adeniyi Johnson
How I sold out Apollo Theatre with Burna Boy – Duke
Secrets behind my luxurious lifestyle – Regina Daniels
K-pop star held on drug charges in latest scandal
Nigerian state and its many orphans: Reflecting on Helen Paul
Ambode: When you need a hero
Did you rise with Christ?
What is fitness?
No need to get mad, it’s better to get even!
Toks Olorunnimbe was a good man
I want to create mass of young micro-entreprenuers – Bassey James, Founder of South Atlantic Polytechnic
Ify Ighodalo, CEO, Do.II: Love for aesthetics drove me into furniture business
I always looked forward to my mum’s soup –Grace Egbagbe 28th April 2019
Octogenarian breaks down, weeps
75,635 pupils write 2019 NCEE into 104 Unity Schools

Tribune

The trouble Emir of Kano, myself and others caused at ABU —Bello
NGF holds induction for newly elected govs
Denuclearization: Why North Korea is under UN Security Council…
Nigerian Army sources for N1bn to support vehicle manufacturing…
JUST IN: JAMB to release 2019 UTME results from Monday
Bandits chase mourners from graveyard in Birnin Gwari, kill two others
Five dead as flooding begins in Mozambique after cyclone
Terrorism: Army to source N1bn to manufacture combat vehicles ― Buratai
IBEDC to restore electricity to consumers in Ilesa next week
Police nab man, who murdered ex-super eagle’s 85-year-old father in Anambra
Court dissolves 7-year-old marriage over religious deception
Sterling Bank’s share price appreciation excites shareholders
Q1’2019: Nigerian Breweries posts N83.3bn revenue
Access Bank shareholders approve, commend N14bn dividends payout
Chevron blames Ojumole Well fire on third party interference
Police clash with yellow vests protesters in France
Ivory Coast to send 650 more troops to UN’s Mali mission
US gives boost to Korea’s $1 billion electricity project in…
Ministerial slots: The battle of godfathers, godsons
NASS leadership: Oshiomhole isn’t working for Buhari —Birma
Only lazy Nigerians are hungry under Buhari govt —Salvador
PDP members working with APC to enthrone NWC’s, Buhari’s choice
Day Ambode got a pat on the back
‘Aquaculture business is good in Nigeria, but…’
Life will be miserable without my son, says father of slain banker
Driver kills ex-boss’ wife for sacking him

Leadership

Indigenous Pilots Groan Over Depleting Airlines, Fleet Size
Army Seeks N1bn Injection Into Vehicle Manufacturing Project
World’s Oldest Monarch Dies In Kogi At 116
Senate Presidency: Goje’s North West Support Group Emerges
Skyline University Matriculates 82 Students in 1st Matriculation Veterinarians, Animal scientists To Improve On Animal Care And Research – Minister
APC Media Stakeholders Endorse Bulama for National Secretary
Kashim: A War Time Master Builder
FCT NUT Chair Urged To Be Transparent, Accountable
Aiteo Announces Senior Leadership Appointments
Eugenia Abu Media Center To Hold Creative Entrepreneurship Programme
Coalition Urges Gov Bello To Establish Kogi Youth Commission
SON Seeks Help To Tackle Sub-standard Goods
House Speakership: Rethink Zoning Formula, Middle Belt Youths Charge APC
Police Arrest Suspected Killer Of Ex-Super Eagle’s Father NGF Secretariat Organises Induction Programme For New/Returning Govs
EDITORIAL: A Case For Religious Tolerance
Marketing Edge Inaugurates Award Jury Panel
Mouka Introduces Insect Repellent
Fuel Subsidy: MAN Urges FG To Dialogue With Stakeholders
World Bank Pegs Oil Prices At $65 A Barrel By 2020
2019 Polls Not Fair To Women – Stakeholders
Adamawa: Fintiri’s Cabinet Offer Sparks Concern In APC
Unending Feud Between Saraki And Tinubu
House Speakership: Rethink Zoning Formula, Middle Belt Youths Charge APC
Athletes Foot A Professional Disease The Willingness To Serve And Excel Deputy Senate Presidency And Omo-Agege’s Quest
Proper Understanding Of Fasting In The New Dispensation
Kashim: A War Time Master Builder
SON Seeks Help To Tackle Sub-standard Goods
NGF Secretariat Organises Induction Programme For New/Returning Govs
Fear Grips Ondo Residents Over Ritual Killings
Soldiers Parade Vice-chairman, Others Arrested For Aiding Bandits
Meristem Promotes Healthy Living With New Festival
Troops Rescue Kidnapped Victims, Destroy Hideout In Benue

The Guardian

Oil & gas cautious optimism as Nigeria turns to Saudi Arabia
Olurode: 2019 showed us era of impunity and imposition is over
Mbappe sent off as PSG lose French Cup final to Rennes
At festival, Lady Ibru urges parents to introduce children to early reading
2023 presidency: Sentiments will not decide for us – Osoba
Army needs N1b to boost combat vehicle manufacturing coy – Buratai
NDDC, NGO train physically challenged persons in Bayelsa
Ahmed refutes rumour of diverting KWASU subventions
You can’t negotiate with labour, Makinde tells Oyo government
Angola take bronze, beat Nigeria 2-1 At U-17 AFCON
Thiem dethrones Nadal, to face Medvedev in finals
Opeyori, Georges, others shine as championships end today
Messi fires Barca to eighth La Liga title in 11 years
Zidane wants attacking strength amid Hazard and Neymar rumours
Antonio inflicts Spurs first defeat at new stadium
Kogi guber poll: Rumble in APC as PDP faces biggest test
Akeredolu battles to explain APC’s failure in 2019
Group drums support for Lokpobiri as next governor
Neither Tinubu nor Aregbesola directed us to AD, says Ilori
Donald Trump Calls Jussie Smolett A Disgrace
See Photos From Uganda’s “Miss Curvy”
Ile-Ife, the city of culture
Editorial: The eighth assembly and inconclusive bills
Rivers of blood, mind-numbing violence
Vested interests behind insecurity in Rivers State – Chukwuma
Peterside: Blame politics, control over crime territories for Rivers’ bloodbath
Lack of cooperation from traditional rulers hindering fight against cultism -Police

Vanguard

Lagos Supplementary Poll: Aggrieved Voters Attack, Bar Journalists
A Call For The Development Of Ogun West
Why I Paid Hospital Bills Of Nursing Mothers In Ebonyi – Reps Member
Benue Natives Vow: Return Of Grazing Route Means More Deaths, Plan Will Not Stand
Kuffour, The Toughest Defender I Ever Faced, Says Okocha
Girls Who Lived In ‘Houses Of Horror’: Our Fathers Practically Turned Us Into Their Sex Slaves!
How The Tide In Edo State Changed After Presidential Poll
AFCON 2019: Super Eagles Plan To Storm Egypt Early
I Fear That Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa, Other Languages May Go Into Self-Induced Extinction — Oba Ajayi Michael
Is The Bad Economy Enough Reason To ‘Go On The Game’?
How N50b Is Tearing Rivers, NDDC Apart
Abuja/Kaduna Commuters: Rail Raises Safety Niche On Road Transport
FIFA U-20 WC: Flying Eagles Coach, Aigbogun Submits Provisional List
Between Soldiers And Footballers
Group Faults Education Minister, NBS Report On A’Ibom
Sojiii Tops ITunes Music Chart With Debut Single, Tombo
Devil in the details
Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna attacks: We won’t spare anyone found wanting irrespective of status — Buhari
Controversial 2019 Presidential Poll: The story of INEC’s IT server
Righteousness is for the good of all
Sex, marriage and relationship – A Practical Guide
No delaying minimum wage, go ahead and pay, FG tells MDAs, states, others
‘Why there is drop in number of NECO candidate in 2019’
2023, Tinubu and the NASS leadership tussle
I see electoral corruption amid loud noise of fight against corruption — Nwabueze
Edo govt lauds Mabel Madojiemu Schools athletics meet
Are men who deny paternity cowards?
Ways science is helping to give you back your youth!
How my mother led me into a trap
Sojiii tops iTunes music chart with debut single, Tombo
Kids Funderland 2019 ends in style in Lagos
Being body positivity advocate lands Monalisa Stephen endorsement deal
Zlatan Ibile splashes N1.5million on little girl who sang his song
INTERNET FRAUD CONTROVERSY: Ruggedman sounds warning to Yahoo Yahoo Boys
Dangote donates N1.2bn students’ hostel to ABU
Why they call me ‘Lion of the Niger’
KOGI: There are so many consultants working on things people don’t see – Dr Habeeb Yeqeen

News Headlines Apr 25, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Apr 25, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch

NMA, MDCAN bash Ngige for saying Nigeria has more than enough doctors
Shi’ites storm National Assembly, force Reps to adjourn plenary
Oyetola asks Appeal Court to overturn Osun gov poll tribunal’s verdict
Senate blocks move to recognise Kogi as an oil-producing state
FG wants Saudi Arabia to invest in refineries
Police arrest three for stealing female pants in Lagos, Ogun
Otedola donates N18m for Chukwu’s overseas treatment
Power-drunk LASTMA officials brutalise PUNCHman
Jilted lover: Three more victims die
We’ll ensure a friendly National Assembly, says FG
PDP vows to unseat Kalu, wants his certificate withdrawn
Ogun community rejects planned interchange by FG
Ighalo still Eagles best striker –Aiyegbeni
19 wedding guests, two commuters die in Jigawa, Rivers crashes
National Assembly to pass 2019 budget on Tuesday
U-17 AFCON: Wasteful Eaglets crash out after marathon shoot-out
Oyetola asks Appeal Court to overturn Osun gov poll tribunal’s verdict
Ondo robbery: Six persons arrested, remanded in police custody
Gombe killing: CG orders psychological test for NSCDC officers
Command arrests 93 for abducting expatriates, robbing APC chief
Businessman accuses police, land grabbers of destroying property
Imo APC elders back INEC on Okorocha’s withheld certificate
APC chief advises Buhari to appoint ministers early
Group demands open ballot in National Assembly, aspirant kicks
Okowa identifies cause of post-poll violence
Rising oil price pushes petrol landing cost above N180
Electricity generation drops to 3,231MW
MTN Nigeria Limited changes to Plc
FG pledges to complete satellite assembly plant
FG to boost non-oil revenue via aggressive tax collections
Agege Stadium to host The Match
Emery hits back at fans over Mustafi criticism
Insurance, Rangers match abandoned as refs fail to show up
AFL workers donate blood to Lagos State blood bank
Lassa fever: NMA, NANNM lament members’ deaths
Unlocking $6bn annual potential of a dying textile industry
Intellectual property assets: Catalyst for merger and acquisition in telecom sector
Editorial: We must review capital budget
Zamfara, go for gold
Rethinking Nigeria the Osoba/Usman way
The emigrant economistic ethic and the value of strangers
Africa and protection of children’s rights
Challenges facing families with special children

The Nation

Buhari: we’ll improve lives with high impact facilities
How to end insurgency, by Buratai
MTN ready for listing on Stock Exchange
Oyetola, APC, INEC urge Appeal Court to uphold Osun election
Fear of Shi’ites invasion sends Reps packing
Senate shifts passage of 2019 Budget to April 30
Man accused of planning to kidnap mum
Atiku is our grandson, says Jigawa monarch
Govts, Army, Senate tackle insecurity
Alleged N7b fraud: EFCC freezes Galaxy boss’ 16 accounts
Buhari: we’ll improve lives with high impact facilities
Four NEMA staff abducted in Rivers
Wake-up call for Ijaw youths on life-changing ideas
Homeowners’ charter: Amosun attributes success to quality leadership
Command probes killing of five
Nigeria tops list of global unvaccinated children
Kwara community sues for peace among members
Oluwo debunks Igbo’s claim on Oduduwa
NDLEA arrests man with 32 sacks of Indian hemp
Soldiers rescue retired nurse, 75-year-old man
Green House wins sports competition
‘Years of holocaust, uncertainty gone in Ekiti’
Plateau PDP suspends chairman, deputy over alleged missing funds
Niger APC legislators back Gbajabiamila
‘How Lawan can become Senate President’
Reps reject motion to change name of Apo Legislators’ Quarters Abuja
Elections: Winner-takes-all syndrome builds tension, complicates situations – Okowa
EPL: Arsenal’s top-four hopes dented by defeat at Wolves
Manchester City take big step towards title with derby win at United
Manchester United’s 10 most embarrassing defeat
Cameroon zoom into finals as Nigeria face Angola in 3rd place
Breaking: Man Utd vs Man City XI
Updated: U-17 AFCON: Golden Eaglets fall to Guinea
Fed Govt to raise non-oil revenue through aggressive tax collection
Telcos tackle NCC over 95.7m ‘invalid’ SIMs
Fashola outlines housing devt impact on job creation
Fed Govt, states yet to comply with 18% pension increase
WorldRemit, Paga to launch mobile money transfer
Content Board to OGTAN: implement standardised approach to capacity development
Carpenter sets neighbour’s car ablaze over denial of sex
Jobless man pleads guilty to stealing cable, others
Businessman faces visa fraud charge
Caterer gets N20,000 bail for alleged OPC shirt theft
Man arraigned for ‘rent fraud’
Ambode hailed for transforming Oshodi
Man gets six months imprisonment for vandalising equipment
‘We give more than the curriculum’
Essay contest in Delta produces winners
UNILAG condemns child molestation
Sundry Misusages VI: Coma/Comatose
Green House wins sports competition
Start businesses, UNIZIK students urged
Petty thieves on the prowl at UDUS
Varsity set for pioneer matriculation
UDUS graduands seek yearly convocation
MOCPED to celebrate Silver Jubilee, says provost
AAPOLY union elects executives
Varsity to reward whistle blowers with N100,000
Stigmata, Easter season bleeders and matters arising
Firm launches Molped sanitary pads in Lagos
15 states currently affected by Meningitis -NCDC
Five amazing features of Ayinke House
‘5000 require heart surgeries in Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara
Editorial: Out of the woods

ThisDay

AMCON, Bi-Courtney Bicker over Supreme Court Judgment
Buhari Commends Ambode, Inaugurates Legacy Projects
Agbakoba: N4tn Revenue Derivable from Cabotage Law Implementation
Unsure of APC Ticket, Bello Plans Move to Accord Party
Appeal Tribunal Reserves Judgment on Osun Gov Poll
W’Bank Expresses Concern over Rising Poverty in Nigeria, Calls for Action
Senate to Pass 2019 Budget Tuesday
House to Probe $27bn Oil Revenue Loss
Doctors are Free to Leave Nigeria, Says Ngige
Only 40,000 doctors care for 200m people, NMA, NARD insist
US Spends $495m to Combat Malaria in Nigeria
UNODC Builds Capacity of Trainers on Gender in Terrorism
Crisis Rocks Plateau PDP as Executive Suspends Chairman, Deputy
Buhari: FG to Develop Framework for Mobilising Revenue from Non-oil Sector
Ondo Varsity Shut down over Students’ Protest
Oxford University Press to Host Events in Lagos
‘Condition of Living in Kogi is Miserable’
‘The Greatest Politicians are Those who Listen’
PEBEC Strengthens Stakeholders’ Engagement on Ease of Doing Business
Seplat Eyes $700m for Gas Development
Report: Feeding Nigeria’s Population a Critical Challenge
NCC Moves to Protect 114m Internet Users in Nigeria
GSMA Urges Operators to Leverage Innovative Solutions for Rural Rollout
EFInA Partners British High Commission on Financial Inclusion
Otedola Redeems $50,000 Pledge for Chukwu’s Medical Overseas
NPFL: Drama in Benin as Referees Abandon Bendel Insurance, Rangers Match
Organisers Move The Match for Ambode to Agege Stadium
UNDER-17 AFCON: Guinea Edges Eaglets 10-9 on Penalties to Reach Final
Oshoala Nets Brace in Barcelona Ladies 6-2 Demolition of Sevilla
EPL: City Wins Manchester Derby to Return to the Top
30 Days To Go: Okpekpe Organisers Promise Better Race
English FA Ditches Champagne for Cup Winners
Adeyi: Govt Should Ensure Efficient Use of BHCPF, Improve Health Financing
Succour for Stroke Patients in Niger Delta
Researchers Cure Deadly Newborn Disease Using Incurable HIV
Weight Loss Improves Overall Health, Aids Pregnancy, Experts Posit
Society Takes Health Outreach to Nasarawa Community, Donates Sanitary Kits
Greenlife Commemorates World Malaria Day
Queen Zaynab, Ooni’s Former Wife Sheds Light on His Claim about Igbos Originating from Yorubaland
EDITORIAL: LEADERSHIP IN A TIME OF INSECURITY

Daily Trust

NMA fumes as Ngige says Nigeria has surplus doctors
Saudi Arabia to build refinery in Nigeria
Senate confirms Abiola’s daughter as NDIC director
WHO tasks Nigeria, others to scale up efforts against malaria
Nigeria seeks Russia’s help to eliminate Boko Haram
MTN converts to public company, finalises plans to list on NSE
Kidnappers on the prowl in Jalingo metropolis
Manchester City beat Red Devils, return to table top
Gunmen shoot NEMA staff, abduct 4 in Rivers
Ogun Assembly passes bill renaming 3 institutions
Plateau PDP suspends chair, deputy over alleged diversion of funds
Kwara assembly passes law to prevent dissolution of elected councils
Daily Trust President Buhari Golf Cup Tournament final gets June date
Hard lessons every pro golfer must learn
Day vows to bring different mindset to Presidents Cup
95m subscribers’ SIM registration data undergoing scrubbing, verification – NCC
‘AMCON not ordered by Supreme Court to pay Bi-Courtney N132bn’
500 applications pending as FCTA reviews operational guidelines for private schools – Secretary
Union meets FCT health secretary, laments poor welfare
Court dissolves 9-year-old marriage over deceit
Fallouts from Onnoghen’s trial and conviction
The Taiwan formula
The return of Tiger Woods
As PMB visits Borno: Lessons for northern governors
How Nigeria can develop the dairy value chain
Yobe: In praise of Gaidam’s leadership style
SRI LANKA: Bomber ‘studied in UK and Australia’
TANZANIA Cyclone: Authorities warns of destructive storm
EGYPT: Voters back constitutional change, Sisi could rule until 2030
Driver hangs self over differences with girlfriend
Teenager docked for allegedly stealing girl’s pants
Police parade 93 suspects over expatriates’ kidnap, robbery
Electricity: Abuja residents, others flout safety laws, live under high tension
Heatwave hits Borno, Kano, Adamawa, Katsina, others
Editorial: Police Reform Bill
Strange tomato disease hits Jigawa
Different schemes, service conditions affect polys – Registrars
Edo set to tackle anti-social behaviour in secondary schools
Open University revamps OBJ centre to research, showcase Africa
Muslim World League invites Senator Wamakko to Makkah meeting
NiMet predicts cloudy, sunny weather for Thursday
Nigeria has uphill task in pollution control — Nnimmo Bassey
Eko Hotels drives eco-friendly campaign with tree planting
Man arraigned in court for allegedly stealing N23,000
Tell my husband to stop divorce proceedings, Woman begs court
Court dissolves 2 year-old marriage over childlessness, adulterous lifestyle

The Sun

Measles outbreak hits Borno, Katsina, Yobe
NMA, NARD tackle minister on ‘excess doctors’
96m GSM subscribers in trouble over registration
Gombe State Gov’t Condole Sunday night accident victims, vowed to ensure justice
Reps adjourn as Shi’ites storm NASS
Senate to pass budget next Tuesday
I’ll end Saraki, Tinubu’s rift, says Kalu
Measles outbreak hits Borno, Katsina, Yobe
NMA, NARD tackle minister on ‘excess doctors’
Rape: Ayade’s aide, 2 others to face prosecution in Cross River
Inmate who gave birth to twins dies
Edo: Adult education centres’ll curb human trafficking –Obaseki’s aide
Ngige, Eze, others honoured as Alor women hold maiden summit
New minimum wage: I stand on my promise –Obiano
9th Assembly: Why I want to be Speaker – Okafor
Tussle for APC’s national secretary hots up as CPC bloc makes strong bid
Fresh crisis looms in APGA
Imo: Ihedioha didn’t win guber poll, APC elders insist
Ikpeazu lacks love for leadership –Otti
Market cap soars by N6.3bn as SAHCOL gets admitted on NSE
Irresponsible reporting affecting power sector investment –NBET MD
FG to boost economy through taxation –Buhari
SON confiscates N300bn worth of substandard products –DG
Challenges, gains of entrepreneurship, SMEs –Odim, African Sustainable Energies boss
Oyetola, APC, INEC urge Appeal Court to uphold Osun election
Africa Youth Cup: Bayelsa sports commissioner commends Restoration Starlets
Okpekpe: 30 days to go as organisers promise bigger, better race
Canada replaces Nigeria in 3×3 World Cup qualifier
Int’l Friendlies: Eagles may face Zimbabwe in Asaba
Shanghai Shenhua’s love is my secret –Ighalo
SWAN hails NFF on members’ appointments
Budapest 2019: Quadri falls to Chinese super star
Ikpea receives international sports award
Otedola presents $50,000 cheque to Chukwu
…NFF, Gov. Ugwuanyi gives him new appointment
U-17 AFCON: Golden Eaglets battle Angola for bronze
Organisers move ‘The Match for Ambode’ to Agege Stadium
Water as the soldier
Amazing benefits of hog-plum
Health benefits of walnuts
Honouring and motivating communication professionals
The crown without the cross
Professor Chinua Achebe and the closing of the Nigerian mind
Residents cry out, as Ibadan water channel turns death trap
NATOP condoles with families of slain tourists in Kajuru
Excitement in Ikorodu
Unemployment: Nigerian youths take over betting

Leadership

Fierce Battle For New Cabinet Jobs Rages In States
S’Court Never Ordered Us To Pay Bi-Courtney N132bn – AMCON
FG Needs N900bn To Fix Refineries – Kachikwu
NAFDAC Shuts-Down Unregistered Yoghurt Factory In Yobe
Non-Payment Of Salaries Of Judiciary Staff In Kogi State: The True State Of Affairs
Otedola Foundation Donates N18 Million For Overseas Medical Treatment
Buhari Commends Gov. Ambode’s ‘Satisfactory’ Performance
Wives Of Taraba Perm. Sec.: Abductors Make Demand, Says Victims Are Healthy Fatal Shooting at LADOL Free Zone Threatens Nigerian Economy
Beach Volleyball Nations Cup: Nigeria Trounces Bostwana To Reach Quarterfinals
PDP Vows To Upturn Orji Kalu’s Victory
Golden Eaglets Crash Out Of AFCON U-17
Chukwu To Fly Abroad For Further Treatment
Rivers Assembly Backs Wike Over Suspension Of Council Chairmen
Amnesty: Dokubo Tasks Youths On Devt Driven Initiatives
NDDC Denies Owing Rivers Govt N50bn Tax Revenue
Calabar Inmate Who Delivered Twins Dies
As Clamour For Enactment Of Metallurgical Industry Bill Intensifies
NSE’s All Share Index Dips Further By 0.59%
Oil Prices Slip Even With US Tighter Sanctions On Iran
NCC Advises Telcos To Change Business Model
NNPC’s Subsidiary Set For 90% Seismic Projects Market Share Dominance
Ihedioha’s Victory Monumental Fraud – Uzodinma
‘Youths Can’t Win Elections Because They Don’t Have Money’
APC Reps Members Should Abide By Party’s Position On Speakership – Tunji-Ojo
EDITORAL : APC And NASS Leadership
Re-evaluating NIBSS’ Capacity Amidst Increasing PoS Transaction Failures
Reflection On Nigeria’s Data Protection Regulation 2019
Obaseki: Thriving With Politics Of Good Nature
Oduduwa Was Never Last Born To Igbo Prince, Oluwo Insists
Abductors Of Taraba Perm Sec’s 2 Wives Contact Family
Experts Optimistic PayRent Will Solve Nigeria’s Housing Challenge
FG Launches Space Institute, 5 Other Projects
NUC, TETFund Partner To Enhance Research Innovation

The Guardian

Lagos records rare traffic control as Buhari commissions projects
MTN become public company ahead of share listing
FUPRE as bridge between education and innovation
‘Why Nigeria’s electoral politics is gender-exclusive
Oyetola, INEC urge Appeal Court to uphold Osun guber poll result
Telecoms operators berate NCAA over plan to demolish 7,000 masts
Federal Government raked in N34.67 billion from VAIDS in one year, says Buhari
Doctors can leave, Nigeria has enough, says Ngige
SON seizes N300b substandard products
It’s Nadal’s day at Barcelona Open
Drama as referees boycott Insurance versus Rangers NPFL game in Benin
Chukwu may be flown to England next week to continue his treatment
The Match for Ambode now to hold at Agege Stadium
How brave fighter Adeyemi won N1m best boxer prize
Our trip to Abidjan was big sacrifice for Nigerian athletics, says Porbeni
Varsity teachers fail INEC integrity test
We are not failures, academics fire back
‘South East must produce Reps Speaker’
The rampaging threat of evil
Reopening the unfortunate case of the Nigerian Police
Editorial: Sudan: The coupists and people’s will
U.S. salutes health champions in Nigeria leading efforts to end malaria
The restless children of Oranmiyan
Buhari and a university of his own
Ambode and Lagos’ infrastructure renewal
SAHCO targets five-year 15% growth through cost management
Shareholders endorse UBA’s N29.9 billion dividend
AfDB invests in partnerships for Africa’s transformation
CIIN, NIIA tasks operators on insurance awareness
NCC weighs regulation options on OTT, as stakeholders demand action
Furore over rise in fake drugs-induced deaths, treatment failures worldwide
Anti-tumour activity of curcumin on stomach cancer
‘Strengthening medical laboratory practice critical to improving care’
Corn husk validated to treat malaria

Vanguard

Untold Story Of Botched NSITF Board’s Inauguration
I’m Satisfied With Ambode’s Performance – Buhari
Reps Move To Probe $27bn Oil Revenue Loss To IOCs
Senate Throws Out Motion To Recognize Kogi As Oil Producing State
Imo And The Politics Of Transition
Nigerian Lawyers As An Endangered Species
Atiku Vs Buhari: Legal Fireworks As Tribunal Set To Begin
How Nigeria Lost $7.8m UNICEF/GPE Education Funding
Yoruba-Igbo Ties: Oduduwa Was Never Last Born To Igbo Prince – Oluwo
Free Web Operators Threaten National Security — EXPERTS
States Yet To Adopt CRA, Are Fuelling Human Trafficking — NAPTIP
NINTH NASS LEADERSHIP: APC’s Position Is Final – Ali, BoT Member
Kwara Speakership: APC Group Harps On Experience
NYSC Debunks Rumour Of N31,800 Stipend For Corps Members
4 NEMA Staff Abducted, One Shot In Rivers
Ibom Air To Begin Operation Ahead May 29- Udoh
Electricity Tariff In Nigeria Too Low To Sustain Steady Power Supply – Society Of Engineers
Reps okay bill to help plug revenue leakages in oil sector
Calabar prison inmate who delivered twins dies
WHO lists Nigeria among African countries with fresh measles outbreak
NYSC debunks rumour of N31,800 stipend for corps members
Doctors who want to travel out are free, we have enough here ― Ngige
Woman injured in accident in 1991, wakes from coma 27 years after
Revealed! See 7 ISIS members responsible for Sri Lanka bombing
Help us combat Boko Haram, Nigeria begs Russia
Breaking: Christian Chukwu receives $50,000 cheque from Otedola
Herdsmen attack: Buhari behaved exactly like Jonathan – Soyinka
NINTH NASS LEADERSHIP: APC’s position is final – Ali, BoT member
Elections: Winner-takes-all syndrome builds tension, complicates situations – Okowa
Osun Gov : A-Court reserves judgement on Oyetola, APC’s appeal
Breaking: Senate postpones passage of 2019 Appropriation Bill
Van Dijk pips Sterling to PFA Player of the Year
Bye Bye London! Turin new host of ATP Finals
Fan loses finger celebrating team’s promotion
FIFA bans eight for life over match-fixing
La Liga to be Real Madrid’s number one priority next season – Zidane
I didn’t sleep with Mr P, trainer, Daimond Plantnumz’s ex-wife, Zaria, says
France to host first International Dance Day celebration in Nigeria
BBNaija’s BamBam celebrates 30 yrs; gets car gift from fans

JAMB dismisses report on alleged reduction of UTME scores

JAMB dismisses report on alleged reduction of UTME scores

by Agency Reporter

Matriculation Board (JAMB) has described as fake, a trending report that scores of candidates who sat for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) are being reduced.

The board in a statement signed by its Head of Media and Publicity, Dr Fabian Benjamin, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja, said the report was false.

The report had claimed that scores of candidates who sat for the UTME and were found wanting by the board were being reduced by 100 marks.

JAMB said that an investigation carried out discovered that the fake news emanated from a gang who coordinated from a town called Igarra in Edo state with affiliates in Lagos and other states.

The board described the act as fraudulent and meant to extort parents and candidates.

“A gang being coordinated from a town called Igarra in Edo State with affiliates in Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Abia, Anambra and Plateau states are circulating fake notice of impending reduction of UTME scores.

“This is with intent to extort and defraud parents and candidates.

“Candidates results would be received on their registered cell phones as soon as the ongoing scrutiny of the examination centers are completed and publicly announced.

“Only the fraudulent candidates or parents stand being defrauded on this matter,” the board said.

NAN recalls that Benjamin had in an interview on Sunday nwarned candidates not be carried away by rumours and misleading information in some sections of the media, especially the social media.

He also said that the board distances itself from such rumours about releasing results of candidates of the just concluded UTME and steps to check these results as being speculated.

NAN reports that the 2019 UTME was conducted nationwide from April 11 to 18.

More than 1.8 million candidates registered for the examination.

Police arrest man over theft of his child

Police arrest man over theft of his child

by Agency Reporter

A man who claimed that his five-day-old baby was stolen at gunpoint in his home in Ijagbe, Mopa-Muro Local Government Area, Kogi, is being held by the police as a suspect in the matter.

The man, Mr Tosin Ojuola, claimed that the baby was stolen 10 days earlier.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that the incident occurred about 8 p.m. on April 11 when the gunmen invaded the home of the Ojuolas and forced the wife at gunpoint to surrender the child to them.

At Nigeria Police Force headquarters in Lokoja on Sunday, Ojuola told NAN that he left home barely 10 minutes when the gunmen invaded his apartment, beat up his wife and took away the child.

“I left home and was on my way to church for vigil on that fateful night when I suddenly heard my wife’s voice crying and shouting for help.

”I quickly ran back to my apartment and my wife told me that two armed men had forcibly taken our baby away and run into the nearby bush.

”I shouted for help and some youths immediately joined me to go after the gunmen to rescue my baby but all our efforts yielded no result as we were not able to get them.

”We searched all the nearby bushes to some kilometres away but because it was night, we could not go very deep into the bush,” he said.

Ojuola said he reported the matter immediately at the Divisional Police Station in Mopa, where the police promised to investigate and search for the baby.

Ojuola said that the following morning, more villagers were mobilised to search for the baby far into the bush, including farms and Fulani settlements, but that all efforts were abortive.

He explained that the police came to his house the following day to arrest his landlord and a Fulani man, who was a tenant in the house.

Ojuola said that the matter took a twist on April 14 when the police invited him for questioning and later detained him.

“The police told me that the community leaders demanded for my arrest, claiming that the village oracle (Ifa) revealed that I have a hand in the stealing of my own baby.

”Meanwhile, before my arrest, three of the community leaders came to my house on the third day and said that they were going to make sacrifice to their gods to expose the perpetrators and recover my baby.

”They asked me to provide axe, cutlass, hoe, palm kernel oil and fresh yam, which I did, and they asked me to take them to the spot where I buried the placenta of my baby.

”I took them there and they did some incantations and poured the oil on the spot and assured me that my baby would be found.

”To my greatest surprise and shock, it was the same people that asked the police to arrest and detain me for allegedly stealing my own baby,” he said.

Ojuola stated that the case was later transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Police Headquarters, Lokoja, on Wednesday.

”I have since been in police cell for seven days without food and without any hope of finding my stolen baby. My image has been tarnished.

”Why would I do such evil against my own baby? I am a farmer, and a staff of Mopamuro Local Government Council, I have five children.

“The stolen baby was my sixth child. I am still owing N4,000 at the clinic where I took the baby to after he was delivered at home.

”I have spent over 11 years in the community, my aged parents are in the same community; I have never been involved in any crime in my life.

”I am innocent; I am a devoted and committed Christian. How would I steal my own baby, to do what and for what?” he asked.

”I am appealing to the police to conduct a thorough investigation and fish out the perpetrators and help me to rescue my baby because I am helpless,” Ojuola pleaded.

Shade Ojuola, his wife, in tears, expressed sadness over the incident.

She told NAN by telephone that she had bathed the baby, laid him in bed and was receiving fresh air outside with the landlord’s wife when the gunmen emerged.

“They flashed their torch light and commanded us to hands up.

”I started shouting when they brought out guns and ordered me to shut my mouth; they forced the door open and carried my baby away.

”My husband had just left the house for church not up to 10 minutes when the kidnappers came,” she explained.

Shade, who corroborated her husband’s earlier statements, called for immediate release of her husband to enable the family to continue the search for their baby.

”I am begging the police to please free my husband from cell in Lokoja because he is innocent; he can never do such a thing; he is a hardworking man and he fears God.

”We have been married for 11 years with five children and he loves me and all our children; I don’t want to lose him,” she said.

The aged father of Tosin, Mr John Ojuola, 74, told NAN by telephone that some people in the community were conniving with the police to implicate his son.

”The police should concentrate their effort on finding the real perpetrators of the heinous act against my innocent grandson and bring them to justice,” he said.

The traditional ruler of Ijagbe, Chief Amushin Adeleye, who also spoke to NAN by telephone, confirmed the incident.

He, however, denied any involvement in the arrest and detention of Tosin.

He said that Tosin had never engaged in any form of criminality, violence or social vice in the community.

The monarch further confirmed that the two people the community suspected after findings and consultations were Ojuola’s landlord, Samson Johnson, and a Fulani man, Umoru Isah.

He said that the community later reported Johnson and Isah to the police.

The traditional ruler appealed to the police to release the baby’s father and ensure that justice was done.

When contacted, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Hakeem Busari, said that he was aware of the matter.

When told that the complainant in the case, Mr Tosin Ojuola, had been in detention at the CID Section, Busari expressed shock and asked for time to enable him to find out the real situation from the Officer in charge of the CID.

However, more than two hours after, the police Commissioner did not call back to tell NAN his findings.

Several attempts to re-establish link with him failed because he had switched off his mobile phone.

NAN

The search for the Nigerian Dream

The search for the Nigerian Dream

Simon Kolawole

In July 2005, aboard an Egypt Air flight from Cairo to Lagos, a number of Nigerians spent hours discussing the state of the nation. We were from different parts of the country and different religions. We discussed virtually every topic — from the horrible roads to the unending importation of petroleum products, from the inhospitable hospitals to the abysmal education sector. We spoke extensively on corruption in public institutions across the country, the bazaar of contract awards, the hyperinflation of contract costs, as well as the obscene lifestyles of civil servants, politicians and political appointees. I was fully charged as passengers narrated their experiences.

Then something happened: we could not land at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. The pilot said a cargo aircraft had broken down on the runway and flights were being diverted. He announced that we were going to land in Kano. That clearly meant we would spend the night there. The first question I asked was: is there only one runway at the Lagos airport? Someone, who seemed to know a lot about the airport, said there were two but the other one was undergoing maintenance and had been shut down for a while. We were all frustrated because spending the night in Kano was not part of the plan. It added one day to our journey.

And then a young man from the Niger Delta dropped a bombshell: “All this nonsense will not stop until there is resource control! Nigeria is paying for the injustice being meted out to the Niger Delta! The rest of Nigeria will continue to suffer too!” I was shocked. The cabin initially went quiet, and suddenly we started arguing over the outburst. It soon became a bitter exchange about how the rest of Nigeria was a parasite on “our oil”, how the federal government needed to urgently organise a sovereign national conference to take a final decision on how to divide the country, and so on and so forth. I was disappointed. I gently withdrew from the discussion.

My disappointment stemmed from just one fact: for nearly two hours, we had discussed as Nigerians and reached a consensus that we had a serious leadership problem. We agreed that the political and economic mismanagement of Nigeria at all levels was at the root of our backwardness. We complained about how our council chairpersons were not up to scratch and how the governors were having fun at our expense. We agreed that the federal government was failing in its responsibilities. We went as far as saying all Nigerians, irrespective of “tribe and tongue”, were victims of this gross mismanagement. I was delighted that we could discuss so frankly without bitterness.

We collectively reasoned that ordinary Nigerians did not have problems with one another; we were just victims of elite manipulation for political purposes. We concluded that Nigerians needed a united front to confront the leadership deficit pervading the land. We all appeared to be on the same page! Then the Niger Delta “activist” dropped his bombshell — despite having been part of the “consensus” we had reached at the impromptu “national conference” on the flight. My spirit dropped. How could someone ruin such a beautiful conversation by introducing a divisive item on the agenda? Why are some people never satisfied until they play up our faultlines and frailties?

A few minutes earlier, the “activist” had been complaining about how the governors of the oil-producing states were wasting the 13% derivation payment and leaving the people of the Niger Delta poorer and poorer. He was complaining about a state governor who had bought up houses in Lagos, Abuja, UK and the US. He said some Niger Delta governors were arming militias to take out their political opponents. Virtually all of us made damaging allegations against our governors. Abruptly, the Niger Delta “activist” arrived at another conclusion that it was lack of “resource control” that led to the breakdown of an aircraft on Lagos airport runway.

In my previous article, “Nigeria and the Hegemony Ideology” (April 14, 2019), I adapted the theory of “cultural hegemony” propounded by Antonio Gramsci, the 20th century Italian Marxist philosopher and communist politician, to explain how the Nigerian elite class has successfully diverted the public agenda from bad governance and, instead, got us talking about our ethnic and religious differences every minute and every second of the day. This they do through institutionalised processes, with their intellectual sidekicks and pressure groups using up prominent pages in the newspapers to discuss all issues — except the ones that impact directly on the welfare of ordinary Nigerians.

As a follow-up to my proposal that we need a new generation of “thought leaders” in the media, academia, civil society and polity that will focus public discourse on issues of development and stop blaming Lord Lugard for all that is wrong with Nigeria, I would love to argue that there are several things Nigerians already appear to agree upon which should form the basis of our engagement with the political system. If we are able to discuss these issues openly and sincerely, we may just be able to evolve the Nigerian Dream and arrive at a consensus on the best way forward. I have not met a single Nigerian who says this is the best Nigeria can be. We aspire to have a better country.

I will point out at least three plagues most of us seem to have agreed upon as impediments to the progress of Nigeria, and these cut across ethnic, religious and regional lines. The first is “leadership without conscience”. Contrary to what you might have been led to believe, we run a multi-layered leadership structure in Nigeria: federal, state and local council. Each layer has its responsibilities and failings in the underdevelopment of Nigeria. However, if we are ruled by men and women of conscience, I believe our story would have changed. A moral morass is severely plaguing Nigerian leadership — and that includes commissioners, ministers and perm secs, to name but a few.

It takes only a dead conscience to see the poor state of public utilities and look the other way. The roads are bad, so the leaders buy Prado SUVs to be able to navigate the potholes deftly rather than fix them. Kidnappers are on the prowl so the leaders get a detachment of security officers for protection rather than attack the problem frontally. The schools are bad so they send their children to the best institutions around the world rather than fix the education system. The hospitals are horrible so they treat themselves abroad rather than make them world-class. Any leader with human feeling will not look the other way: the welfare of the masses will always be priority.

The second plague is “leadership without competence”. I do not mean paper qualifications. You can be a professor and be incompetent in leadership. The skill set for political leadership is different. One basic definition of leadership is “getting people and using resources to achieve results”. How can you develop a country, a state or a council when you don’t have a “vision of society” — a mental picture of where you want to take it, the same way an architect designs a structure before you begin to build? Most of the people who end up in public office in Nigeria do not have this basic competence. And it cuts across all divides, although we often limit this to a section of Nigeria.

The third plague is “leadership without accountability”. In Nigeria, public officers have unfettered access to state resources with little or no accountability. This has led to untold corruption and waste of resources. This works mainly through collusion. The constitution allows state lawmakers to remove governors for corruption and abuse of office, but that is only on paper. A minister can be fired for corruption but how often does that happen? How many can sincerely say they scrutinise their state budgets the way they talk about federal budgets? The thought leaders would rather we discuss Sharia and true federalism. That is how the status quo wants it.

I have listed three plagues that we seem to agree are hurting the development of Nigeria. Imagine a Nigeria governed by leaders with conscience, leaders with competence and leaders with accountability at ALL levels? Imagine the direction we would be facing! Many of my critics have repeatedly accused me of campaigning against restructuring. This is a wrong reading but I have given up trying to explain myself. I believe in restructuring. My point of departure is that it is a different thing we need to restructure — our mindsets, first and foremost. We have been bewitched to think our problem is the “tribe and tongue” of a fellow victim of poor governance.

We can have a consensus on critical issues that affect the ordinary Nigerian and begin to push an all-encompassing agenda for national development. Divisive agenda will only poison public discourse, as we saw with the “activist” on the flight from Cairo. I do not seek to silence the agents of sectional agenda — everybody enjoys freedom of thought in a democracy. They probably have their own convictions that drive their arguments. But I am afraid that we cannot construct the Nigerian Dream and achieve our aspirations for as long as those who believe in playing up our differences continue to dominate the public space. Remember we all are victims of poor governance.

AND FOUR OTHER THINGS…
MINIMUM VALUE

President Buhari has now signed the new national minimum wage of N30,000 into law. In 1999, President Obasanjo inherited N3,500 as the minimum wage and increased it to N7,500 in 2000, while President Jonathan raised it to N18,000 in 2011. Many have argued that we are a federation and each state should determine what to pay, but most — if not all — countries have a national minimum; sub-national governments and businesses can decide to pay higher. The big issue, for me, is the value of the wage. In the 1980s, when minimum wage was N125, the value was roughly $200. Today’s N30,000 is worth $80 only. But N30,000 is still better than N18,000. Consolation.

ROUGH JUSTICE?

An African proverb says once the snake became pregnant, you knew it would give birth to a ‘long’ child. That Justice Walter Onnoghen was going to be convicted by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over alleged false declaration of assets was predictable from the beginning. The CCT chairman never hid it. Ordinarily, Nigerians should be happy that even the chief justice has not escaped justice, but the smell of the alleged political persecution has so much polluted the air that Nigerians cannot even have a consensus on what is right or wrong again. But let us cheer up and take this as a wake-up call — our culture of “too big to touch” is being broken. Precedent.

Justice Onnoghen

SUBSIDY SINK

By some estimates, we spent $5 billion on fuel subsidy in 2018 alone — the highest ever. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has been less than transparent in its dealings in recent years — and that is saying a lot for an organisation that historically stinks from lack of transparency. The Buhari administration has also been playing games on the subsidy issue, preferring to call it “under recovery”, as if calling a spade by another name changes anything. The time has come to have an honest national conversation on this subsidy issue, no matter how bitter it would be. Truth is: our finances are going under. Inflammable.

AND FINALLY…

Abayomi Shogunle, the oga for the Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), don talk am say make we no dey blow big big grammar for police dem when dem dey ask us question. Some pipu laff when him talk am but na the truth the man talk o. Me I sabi police pipu well well bicos I don dey research dem no be today. The pipu wey we dey call officers for road think say dem oga for office no dey treat dem well. To come add insult plus injury, dem think say Nigerians no dey respect dem at all at all. Everything come join dey vex dem, so when we come dey form say we sabi Queen’s English plenty plenty, we sef dey put petrol for fire. Kasala!

Source: TheCable

Invest in youth empowerment, NACOMYO charges government

Invest in youth empowerment, NACOMYO charges government

An appeal has gone to government at all levels to invest in youth empowerment in order to tackle unemployment and other social vices.
This admonition was given by the coordinator of Ifako-Ijaiye Zone of the National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations, Brother Abdul Akeem Adeyemo, during the inauguration of the new executive of the Council in Lagos.
Adeyemo described empowerment as creation of enabling environment for actualisation of inherent potentials of youth, saying while government may not be able to provide direct environment for all, it can create conditions that would enable the youth to create self employment.
He identified the priority of the new executive to include among others, fishing out Muslim organisations in Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government organisation of Ramadan lectures, seminars, special humanitarian visitations, partnering with government and companies to improve the standard of Muslim youths and the community in general as well as embarking on skill acquisition, vocational training and empowerment.
Apart from Adeyemo, other members of executive inaugurated at the occasion include Brother Hassan Salaudeen, Deputy Coordinator, Brother Oyeyemi Mustafa, General Secretary, Alhaji Fatai Akindele, Murshid, Ustaz Akeem Yusuf, Ustaz Ally Hara Azeem Deputy Murshid 1 and 2 respectively; Brother Taofeek Olaniyan, Auditor.
Others are Brothers Ganiyu Adams and Taofeek Akintayo, Financial Secretary and PRO respectively; Alhaja Jolasun Fatimoh and Alhaja Aliyu Mujidatu, Amirah and Naibat Amirah respectively, Hajia Khadijat Yusuf and Hajia Nafisat Liadi, Treasurer and Welfare Officer respectively.
The event was officiated by Imam Sheik Abdul Quadri Opeloyeru of Irorun Central Mosque and Chief Imam Muhammad Awwal Atata of Istijabat Central Mosque, Obawole, Ifako-Ijaiye local government.