News Headlines Dec 31, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Dec 31, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch
2019: CUPP demands mental health test for Buhari, Atiku, others
Shagari stopped talking long time ago, says eldest son
Release panel’s report on arms procurement, Atiku tells Buhari
Atiku, a tax evader, has sealed indictment in US —PMBCO
Gunmen kill Ekiti councillor, wife hospitalised
2019: CUPP demands mental health test for Buhari, Atiku, others
Lagos command accused of abandoning family of cop killed by motorist
Suspect who burgled OAU lecture hall remanded in prison
Loss prevention officer allegedly steals N4.2m company’s goods
First-year NDA cadets storm party, beat up host
Torture: AIG detains four cops over 20-year-old’s death in Ogun …CDHR condemns killing
Boko Haram: Military, Borno planning to relocate Baga residents
Lagos CP dismisses three policemen for corruption
Release panel’s report on arms procurement, Atiku tells Buhari
Buhari’s New Year message’ll be empty promises —PDP
Tension in Kwara communities over boundary dispute
Lagos Rep, Ayeola, dies, for burial today
Buhari’s video attacking Shagari resurfaces as President visits his family
Why US may give Atiku visa – Keyamo
English Premier League table, results
Loss prevention officer allegedly steals N4.2m company’s goods
Teenager, two others sell siblings for N.8m to raise WASSCE fee
Zamfara bandits build camp in defence minister’s hometown
Presidential candidate promises to tackle insecurity with national guard, state police
Be involved in electing next governor, group tells Oyo people
Southern, Middle Belt leaders ask INEC to resist rigging plans
Uyo crowd shows Buhari is undefeatable –Ambode
500 PDP members defect to APC in Kwara
APC, ADC disagree over violence, destruction of billboards in Ogun
Seven prospective airlines abandon NCAA’s certification process
Labour dispute: Aviation workers to begin strike Jan 2
FIRS paid N4.62tn to FG in 11 months
NCAA fines four airlines for infractions, suspends one licence
North-East power transmission capacity increases by 100% — TCN
Using online banking for transactions
Physically-challenged athletes turn keke drivers to earn a living
Pogba scores twice in Man United win
Kante’s goal secures Palace coup for Chelsea
Leading English Premier League scorers
Again, Pogba scores brace as Man United thrash Bournemouth
Injuries a worry for Sarri as Chelsea beat Palace
Serena Williams introduces daughter, Olympia, to Black dolls
Fans helped me overcome pains of my son’s death –D’banj
Marriage really scares me – Uti Nwachukwu
Review your 2018 activities with these apps
Snyder signs cyberbullying law, vetoes ‘baby box’ bill
Editorial: Protecting Nigeria’s rice revolution
Haunting echoes of a sage
2019 Budget: Matters arising (2)
Christmas Carol for Buhari, OBJ, Atiku and Tinubu
Illegality and hypocrisy of Kano’s alcoholic repugnance

The Nation
NCC criticises Falana’s claims on N600b yearly loss
APC, PDP clash over planned ‘trafficking’ of illicit funds
NCAA sanctions four airlines
Govt orders $877m arms to fight Boko Haram, others
Buhari, Jonathan, others pay tribute to Shagari in Sokoto
Taxpayers database hits 35m, says JTB
APC, PDP clash over planned ‘trafficking’ of illicit funds
PDP kicks as police continue siege to Melaye’s home
APC in grief as Lagos representative dies
Ige: 17 years after
2018: Political events of the year
$5m bribe claim: Hamzat lied against me, says Jonathan
2019: Ezekwesili pledges 50 % appointment for women, youths
My Governor has sidelined me – Zamfara Deputy Governor
Pogba gets another double as Solskjaer extends perfect start
EPL: City bounce back to beat Southampton, close in on Liverpool
Kante strike earns Chelsea slim win at Crystal Palace
Touching lives with sustainable banking
Massilia chief to stakeholders: expect more from us
NSE launches new chat to boost market participation
FirstBank takes financial inclusion to markets
Kia to unveil new in-car tech
NAICOM snores as insurance crawls
City Beats
Adepoju disowns those soliciting fund for his eye treatment abroad
Community chief advises INEC on PVCs
Guard faces trial for colleague’s death
Cook pleads guilty to defiling minor
How to break silence on rape cases, by expert
Two ‘steal’ N1.6m valuables from firm
Sales reps charged with N2.7m theft
Stop washing fruits with detergents, sellers told
House of Oduduwa partners Rejuvenee, others for Moremi
Flavour headlines Life Beer’s Owerri party
Winners emerge at Face of Okija pageant
Editorial: An important, little improvement
Oil revenues crisis
In defence of a shero
An Ode to a New Year’s Morn

ThisDay
Saraki: Invasion of Melaye’s Residence, Misuse of Police against Citizens
Saraki: It’s Criminal to Say Nigerians Consume Over 50m Litres of PMS Daily
Report: Corruption in Military Responsible for Faltering B’Haram War
Ikeja Oba-elect Alleges Threat to Life, Seeks Govt Protection
ASUU after their Personal Interest , NANS Alleges
Expectations, Aspirations and Goals for 2019
NFF Confirms Keshi Stadium for Seychelles, Egypt Matches
Wahab Wins WBF Title as Oladosu Emerges Best Boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 17
Enugu to Host Blind Football Trial
An Amazing Year for Lesser Sports
EPL: Man City Wins to Reduce Liverpool’s Lead at the Top
First Bank Expands Agency Banking Network
China Criminalises Doping
PTAD Pays Benefits to 759 Next of Kins of Defunct Agencies
Omu-Aran Monarch Task Stakeholders on Grassroots Sports
Sterling Bank Supports Youth Empowerment
SPAR Partners Group
Notore Records N26.8bn Revenue, Eyes More Growth after TAM
When Tomorrow Comes
A TIME FOR CHANGE
LIVING IN THE PAST, BUILDING A FANTASY
OSUN ECONOMY: AGRICULTURE TO THE RESCUE?
SYMBOLISM, PARLIAMENT AND AFRICA’S UNIVERSITIES
FG’s Anti-Corruption War in the Shadows of NHIS Probe Report
INEC in the Last Three Years
First Bank Expands Agency Banking Network
PTAD Pays Benefits to 759 Next of Kins of Defunct Agencies
Omu-Aran Monarch Task Stakeholders on Grassroots Sports
Sterling Bank Supports Youth Empowerment
SPAR Partners Group
Notore Records N26.8bn Revenue, Eyes More Growth after TAM
NFF Confirms Keshi Stadium for Seychelles, Egypt Matches
Wahab Wins WBF Title as Oladosu Emerges Best Boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 17
Enugu to Host Blind Football Trial
An Amazing Year for Lesser Sports
EPL: Man City Wins to Reduce Liverpool’s Lead at the Top
China Criminalises Doping
Expectations, Aspirations and Goals for 2019
EDITORIAL: THE ANARCHY IN ZAMFARA STATE


The Sun
Air Force bombards Zamfara bandits
Shagari: Buhari, Jonathan, Obi visit family
2023: Igbo presidency under threat
How Nigerians were raped, tortured in Libya – UN
Militants suspend ceasefire, threaten fresh attacks
Army, Borno govt. to relocate Baga residents
Oil price: Saraki, Rewane, LCCI, others raise fresh worries over 2019 budget
SDP presents flags to Gemade, 13 others
2019: God has ordained Ogboru as next Delta governor — Prophet Erue
Buhari: It’s ungodly to use a man’s sickness to wish him evil – Omobude, PFN’s president
Mass defection will soon hit APC – Okafor, coordinator of Atiku Southeast group associate
Abia is stinking – Alex Otti, APGA guber candidate
2018 scorecard: Aviation sector sustains zero accident record
Africa needs indigenous agenda to develop economy, trade – Mansur, MAN president
Agents made N1.1tr generated by Customs possible –Adefioye, ODFFA founder
NPA urges NCS to commence process of auctioning overtime cargoes
Maritime sector faces daunting challenges in 2018
GOtv Boxing: Wahab wins WBF title as Oladosu emerges best boxer
Before Mbaka’s 2019 prophetic stones
Sad tales from Canada
Dozie Ikedife, Igbo and their heroes
Abiola Ajimobi and the imperative of building institutions for lasting legacies
Osinbajo’s folly of ethnic bigotry
“Truth? Being jealous is emotionally draining”
Emery lauds Iwobi
Anambra homecoming festival
Sad tales from Canada
Another ASUU strike and Nigerians’ suicidal silence (1)
Commitment to pension reforms
2018: Year of failed expectations for Nigeria power consumers
Imo: Forum endorses Uba, PRP gov candidate
Mark of the beast: Coming of implantable microchips should make the church wake up from spiritual slumber – Dr. Akin-John, church growth campaigner
Book donation: Rainbow spreads joy of reading
NPA urges NCS to commence process of auctioning overtime cargoes
2023: Igbo presidency under threat
How Nigerians were raped, tortured in Libya –

Daily Trust

Boko Haram seizes 6 Borno towns
NLC mourns Shagari who ‘signed $200 minimum wage in 1981’
Commander removed as Army moves to retake Baga
Nigerians subjected to unimaginable horrors in Libya — Report
B/Haram killings will continue if Buhari is re-elected –Atiku
2019 budget: Debt service casts doubt on financing infrastructure
Paul Pogba scores brace as Manchester United ease past Bournemouth
Falana, Odinkalu, others ask FG to end Zamfara killings
NCAA sanctions four airlines over safety violations
Shagari, a great leader with a clean heart – Jonathan
Boko Haram seizes 6 Borno towns
NLC mourns Shagari who ‘signed $200 minimum wage in 1981’
Commander removed as Army moves to retake Baga
No one individual can make Igbo Nigerian President – Obasanjo
Oshiomhole canvasses 100% votes for Buhari in Katsina
Alli to Oyo electorate: Collect money, vote your conscience
Pavlyuchenkova off to near-perfect start
Kante strike gives Chelsea win at Crystal Palace
2019 budget: Debt service casts doubt on financing infrastructure
NCAA suspends airline’s certificate, sanctions 3 others
Our goal is to make APPO among largest, most powerful in Africa -Gaya
Passenger killed, 10 injured in auto crash at Yangoji
Hausa/Fulani lauds Abaji chair over cabinet appointment
FCT education secretariat advocates early budgeting cycle
Memories of Shehu Shagari
Fare thee well, Shagari
Like Uyo, unlike Sokoto
A tribute to Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari
3 cops dismissed for extorting 350,000 cefas from Togo-based Nigerian
Police hunt for abductors of priests in Anambra
3 injured as cultists attack security post in Lagos
Editorial: Relocate Madallah highway market
SON shuts 7 lubricant shops in Kogi, seizes substandard products
Shehu Sani advises Dino to submit self to police
Late Shehu Shagari never calls anyone a thief – Shehu Sani
2019: The Year of 5G?
How yahoo-yahoo boys scam their victims – Experts
Nigeria not losing N600bn through telecom industry, NCC says
NASU demands fairness in earned allowances disbursement
Strike: NANS wants ASUU to return to negotiations with FG
We’re committed to our personnel welfare – NAF Chief
SERAP drags FG to United Nations over ASUU strike

Tribune
Police Intensify Manhunt For Dino Melaye
Lagos Reps member, Kabiru Ayeola, dies
$5m bribe claim: Hamzat, Lagos APC guber running mate unknown to me ―…
FG to rehabilitate special economic zones with N42 billion
2019: Igbo APC leaders meet, re-strategise for Buhari’s…
Tragedy in Bauchi as bride-to-be dies 24 hours to wedding
Police intensify manhunt for Dino Melaye
Lagos Reps member, Kabiru Ayeola, dies
$5m bribe claim: Hamzat, Lagos APC guber running mate…
Bayelsa PDP says aspirants seeking primaries cancellation…
2019: PDP accused of shedding crocodile tears over proposed…
FG to rehabilitate special economic zones with N42 billion
Dino: Don’t turn Nigeria into police state, PDP tells Buhari
Shagari’s death, a fatal blow to Nigeria ― Fayose
FG allocates over N610m to 36 states to train teachers
Court Remands Security Guard For Allegedly Beating Colleague To Death
Prices Of Food Stuff Decreased In November ― NBS
The Year Of The Letters, Haemorrhaging Democracy
2018: Year Of Scandals And Disasters
Without job, life is hellish, unbearable, horrible in Nigeria
As We Enter 2019
Name FUTA After Shagari
EDITORIAL: The Killing Of Alex Badeh

The Guardian

Budget woes, debt increase herald 2019
Banks frustrating growth of e-payments, say customers
FG will immortalise Shagari, says Buhari
PDP warns Buhari against turning nation into police state
CUPP wants Buhari’s mental health examined over wife’s cabal claim
MASSOB denies rumoured plan to attack Abia government house
Southern, Middle Belt leaders urge INEC to resist rigging
Only court can declare Atiku guilty of corruption, says PDP chieftain
Nwizugbo, Unachukwu emerge winners at Face of Okija Cultural Pageant
Jurgen Klopp plays down Liverpool’s December lead
Oyo sports journalists honour police commissioner, others
The Machine’ Wahab wins WBF title as Oladosu takes Best Boxer’s gong
Solskjaer relishes Man United job on permanent basis
Arsenal returns for Samuel Chukwueze
Foundation holds blind football trials in Enugu on January 15
2018, a year of reluctant optimism in Nigeria
Group restates travel ban on Igbo in North ahead of 2019 polls
Lagos Assembly as mirror of state’s obtuse politics
Akeredolu donates 18 buses for Buhari’s re-election campaign
Porn Star Hits Trey Songz With Pregnancy Claims
Editorial: FG as bond subscribers’ money tree
President Buhari, trust and the National Assembly
Osun economy: Agriculture to the rescue?
Hajia Aisha Buhari: My Person of the Year
Osun’s debt profile and Justice Oloyede

Vanguard

Alleged Corruption In Military: Report Vindicates Our Position – PDP
40-Yr-Old Man Rapes Neighbour’s Daughter
What To Expect From The 2019 Budget
Shagari Would Have Industrialised Nigeria If Not 1983 Coup – Labour
Let Us Prey
Haunting Echoes Of A Sage
4 Policemen Dismissed Over Corruption In Lagos
We’re Planning To Relocate Baga Residents To Safer Locations — Army
ACCESS/DIAMOND BANK MERGER: We Expect Final Regulatory Approval In HI’19 – Wigwe
Nigeria’s 2019 Budget Still Under Threat As Oil Price Hovers At $52.72
N-Delta Militant Groups End Ceasefire Agreement With FG, Pandef
Maritime Workers Appoint Nted Chairman Of Advisory Council
Beyond The Rhetoric Of Opposition
Consumers See Naira Appreciation, Higher Inflation, Interest Rates In 2019
Apologise To Pensioners, Uzodinma Tells Nwosu
2018: Year Of Political Intrigues, Bitterness, Turmoil, Uncertainties
Yari Has Sidelined Me, Zamfara Deputy Gov Cries Out
Corruption : Buhari, Atiku campaign teams in war of word
My father pardoned Buhari, others before he died – Shagari’s son
2019 : Buhari has history of bringing looted funds to Nigeria – Atiku
Dino : Don’t turn Nigeria into a Police state, PDP warns Buhari
FG to immortalise Shagari – President Buhari
Shehu Shagari: President who rejected presidential residence
Common man laments on 2018: This is one of the worst years in recent history
Abe spectator as Oshiomhole hands Cole Rivers APC flag
2019 polls: PDP has confirmed that their govs have deserted them — Keyamo
2018: Year of political intrigues, bitterness, turmoil, uncertainties
FG to immortalise Shagari, as Buhari visits family
‘Action Alliance ‘ll lift Nigerians out of poverty‘
EPL Round Up: Super Eagles stars end 2018 with defeats
Itoya insists Rangers won’t underrate Bantu FC of Lesotho
Omeruo to welcome permanent move to CD Leganes
Curling receives boost from national lottery trust
Nunes becomes greatest female fighter in the world
‘Aquaman’ stays afloat atop N.American box office
Why it is easy to steal billions voted to fight Boko Haram – Ret. General Abbe

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News Headlines Dec 30, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Dec 30, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch
Pressure on INEC to drop display, transmission of results
APC has no plan for Igbo presidency – Obasanjo
Eulogies as Shagari is buried in Sokoto
Buhari, lawmakers may clash again over National Assembly 2018 funds
2018: Year of mace theft, defections, victory for MKO Abiola
Buhari plotting to use military to rig elections — PDP
How Cyprian Ekwensi assisted me to study pharmacy –Akinkugbe
Bandits kill soldiers in Zamfara, casualty figure unknown
It took a checkup to remove dad’s wedding ring after mum’s death — Taiwo Odukoya’s daughter
His Excellency, Audu Ogbeh
I can only sign autographs on single women’s breasts –Ash
How to boost libido naturally
Security aides may have clues to Badeh’s killers
PDP, CUPP condemn Miyetti Allah’s endorsement of Buhari
Eulogies as Shagari is buried in Sokoto
NAF deploys six jets, combs Baga for missing soldiers
I wanted to kill him, Ranieri rages at Kamara in penalty row
Lagos pipeline fire: Residents allege police ignored tip-off on vandals’ presence
Kidnapping: Osun monarch seeks more police patrols
PDP, APC mourn Benue crash victims
Eight feared dead as vehicles plunge into river
‘Explosion rocked Rivers building before collapse’
Robbery: ‘My eight-year-old daughter still in shock’
Scrutinise leaders before voting –Seadogs
Fulani herdsmen moving into Benue returning home — Miyetti Allah
Electric vehicle project: FG banks on Volkswagen, others
Stakeholders working to reduce housing deficit through mortgage – Akinlusi
Glo overtakes Airtel, emerges Nigeria’s second largest telco
Have that super power of never giving up — Jide Rotilu
Dashed hopes: Another year without PIB passage
FG targets 40% switch to LPG from petrol, others
Fulani’s agenda to take over Benue still alive –Ortom’s CPS
There’s a higher percentage of Internet scammers outside varsities – ICPC Academy boss, Akinrinade
Girls take care of their parents but boys don’t care — Ezigbo
Solskjaer keen to convince De Gea, Martial to stay at Man United
Rampant Liverpool hammer Arsenal, open up nine-point lead
Whyte targets Joshua rematch
Ronaldo bags brace as VAR denies Sampdoria
Dramatic 2018: Pinnick breaks jinx, NSF returns, Falcons win again, NBBF still stranded
Animal lover fills home with stuffed beasts after partner’s death
Nigeria is ready for a female president – Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde
I went solo because I needed to die empty – Patricia King (Midnight Crew)
Runtown not barred from America; he has a US tour early 2019 – Manager
Homeless 64-year-old actress gets help from AGN
Why Omawumi and I have remained friends –Waje
A woman in labour five times may have postpartum haemorrhage –Expert
Mental health matters 2019
Pacesetter now backbencher: Farmers battle frustration to restore Nigeria’s status in global cocoa market
Review your 2018 activities with these apps
Snyder signs cyberbullying law, vetoes ‘baby box’ bill
Editorial: Amnesty report compels action, not anger
His Excellency, Audu Ogbeh
Nigeria’s hopeful 2019
Leave a paper trail
Vice presidential debate: Beyond the political rhetoric
What are the complex things you do not understand about the opposite sex?

The Nation
I rejected Jonathan’s $5m offer in 2015 -Hamzat
Police maintain siege on Melaye’s residence
Flood of tributes as Shagari is laid to rest
2019: APC, PDP face cash crunch for campaigns
$2.8m: EFCC secures order to seize cash
Presidency: Igbo should be given chance – Obasanjo
2019:Big players in make-or-mar battles
Firm promises to take tourism to next level
Why we dumped Atiku, PDP – Bello
2019: Worries over violence ahead Kwara polls
Elections: There’ll be surprises in 2019 – Prophet
2019: As Ambode throws weight behind Buhari, Sanwo-Olu
Governance and institutional reforms: Nsima Ekere setting the agenda
Our Opponents only exist on billboards in Katsina State – APC Campaign Chairman
Simeon ‘Simy’ Nwankwo: Nothing compares to joy of fatherhood
Eric Asomugha: ‘No dull moment with Supersoccer’
Rampant Wolves raid Wembley to hurt Spurs’ title hopes
Cardiff beat Leicester to earn first away win
Continental Re restructures, sets up holding company in Mauritius
German expat urges investment in solar energy
Ecobank, appoints MFS Africa Ltd as digital payment partner
NIMN inducts new fellows, honours two others
Zedcrest Capital appoints new directors, charts new growth strategy
Harmattan: Health expert recommends 100% fruit juice
NGO provides welfare package to 100 women in Lokoja
How to enjoy New Year’s Eve at home with your family
Sylvia Edem: I haven’t change my mind on marrying a whiteman
5,500 people treated for cataract, other eye problems in Niger
One for all… All for one!!!
An Ode to a New Year’s Morn

ThisDay
Saraki: It’s Criminal to Say Nigerians Consume Over 50m Litres of PMS Daily, Says organised private sector has no confidence in Buhari
Report: Corruption in Military Responsible for Faltering B’Haram War
2019: Agbaje, Sanwo-Olu Scramble for Igbo Support
2018: A Year Like No Other for Nigeria’s Big Stars, Shows
Obasanjo Mourns Shagari, Says He’s an Achiever
Buhari orders flags to fly at half mast Amosun, Ambode, Dickson, ACF, others mourn
Don’t Be Deceived, APC Won’t Hand over to You, Obasanjo Tells Igbo Leaders
Armed Robbers Attack Ekiti APC Assembly Candidate
Navy Unveils Measures to End Oil Theft, Pipeline Vandalism
Woman Arraigned for Defrauding Pastor
PDP Rejects Nationwide Operation Python Dance
Says it’s plot to harass voters
2019: Agbaje, Sanwo-Olu Scramble for Igbo Support
APC candidate offers commissionership slot, N300m Igbokwe denies claims, admits coordinating Igbo for APC
Isale Eko Marks Cultural Day Sunday
Group Mobilises Youth for National Development
RCCG Renovates Kirikiri Prison Reference Hospital
The Many Shades of 2018
Adeyanju: Rule of Law or Persecution?
Dakuku Peterside: Celebrating a Wonderful Leader
2019: Will Buhari Uphold His Commitment to Free, Fair Election?
In the Spirit of Fair Play
Before Banditry Takes a Permanent Spot
Bukola Saraki: I Insist 2019 Budget Is Hopeless, Deceptive
$8.1bn Refund: The CBN-MTN Drama and Impacts on Investor Confidence
Threat to Budget Implementation
As FG Revamps Airport Facilities
With New Funding, Second Niger Bridge Offers Hope of Economic Revolution
GRI Appointment: A Well-Deserved Global Recognition for Bekeme Olowola
2019 Agenda Setting of the Media and Nigeria’s Mono-Economy
Liverpool Thrash Arsenal 5-1
Wolves Shock Spurs at Wembley
Ronaldo Nets Brace to Keep Juventus Unbeaten
Eke: Talented Gymnast Chooses Nigeria over US
OBA ESUGBAYI AS A PLAYFUL TAKE ON HISTORY
Peace and War: Despite Violent History of Coexistence, Nigeria’s Herdsmen and Farmers Form Unlikely Alliance
EDITORIAL: Shehu Aliyu Shagari (1925-2018)

The Sun
Rough roads of 2018, worries of 2019
PDP tackles Buhari over ‘Operation Python Dance 3’
Double tragedy as fire guts 50 corpses in Anambra mortuary
Breaking: Shagari laid to rest after Islamic rites
The Shagari exclusive: I didn’t want to be president
Shehu Shagari was a man of honour, an achiever – Obasanjo
Tributes as ex-President Shehu Shagari is buried
Rough roads of 2018, worries of 2019
PDP tackles Buhari over ‘Operation Python Dance 3’
Double tragedy as fire guts 50 corpses in Anambra mortuary
Shagari: Sokoto govt. declares Monday public holiday
2019: Don’t sell your votes, Alake tells Nigerians
Our fears over free, credible 2019 polls – Festus Okoye, INEC chief
Monarch, citizens commend BEDC over power restoration
Injured Gasquet pulls out of Aussie Open
Why I dumped boxing for the Ministry – Apostle Peter
Serena: I always have crazy big goals
CAF says ‘Cameroon officially accepts to host 2021′
Only your best is acceptable, Solskjaer, Man U boss, tells Lukaku, Sanchez
I can stay for three months without sex – Uzee Usman, actor
2018: It wasn’t all sad and bad
2019, be a better spouse!
There’s no carbide in Aso Rock – Presido
Baba’s Nnwe Nweshu wins Christmas Grammy!
2018: Reps dashed our hopes
Pastor Dachi Maduako: The Holy Ghost did his surgery
Breaking: Tsunami in Adamawa Assembly as 13 impeach Deputy Speaker, others
Obasanjo writes another letter, condoles Tambuwal others over Shagari’s death
2019: Elect only credible leaders, Martins urges Nigerians
Benue govt releases impounded livestock to owner
Osun women accountants up game against corruption
Imo: Forum endorses Uba, PRP gov candidate
Book donation: Rainbow spreads joy of reading
Events that shaped entertainment industry in 2018
INAC: Building bridges of peace through culture
Benin man runs amok after prolonged prayer and fasting
Shagari an example of moral leadership – Ekwueme’s family
Nigeria passing through trying times – Saraki
Rivers collapsed building: No files, documents seen, Ministry tells Commission
2019: Plateau PDP ‘ll shock Buhari, Lalong, Useni declares

Daily Trust
Shagari Buried in Country Home
Urgently Needed: State Of Emergency In Zamfara
Introduction To Special Edition, Nigeria in 2019
Predicting the Outcome
Prospects for a better economy
Adamawa assembly in crisis over sack of 4 lawmakers
£36m Nigerian jewel: Arsenal, Leicester City at thug of war over Chukwueze
Remains of late President Shagari arrive Sokoto
10 things you should know about Late Alhaji Shehu Shagari
Predicting the Outcome
Why 101 reps won’t return to NASS
How we will win 2019 – YPP presidential running mate, Umma Gesto
Authentic Yoruba leaders have endorsed Atiku as next President – Babatope
A peep into Nigeria’s 2019 sports line-up
Liverpool sign off 2018 with emphatic victory over Arsenal
2018 Polo Review: EL-Amin, National Tour end season on high note
Experts hinge 2019 stock market performance on external, internal factors
AMCON seizes Egbema, Omoku power projects from Rockson over delay
We have 25m litres of petrol reserved to avoid scarcity- DPR
Accident claims 3 lives, injures 15 others in Enugu
APC impoverishes masses – PDP youth leader
Abuja town planning institute gets new chairman
His Excellency, Audu Ogbeh
Michelle voted most admired woman, ousting Clinton
DR CONGO: Election: Tear gas fired at protesters
MADAGASCAR: Ex-leader Rajoelina wins presidential run-off vote
Displaced Urugban community allege fake security, accuses govt of massacre plot
Police hunt for kidnappers of Catholic priests in Anambra
‘Python now to dance nationwide’
Editorial: Urgently Needed: State Of Emergency In Zamfara
‘Why we have issues with FG’s policy on bird flu compensation’
Economic benefits of raising sheep
How antibiotics in livestock farming places all at risk
Blockbuster movies “Chief Daddy’’, “Aquaman’’ top most watched films at Cinema
How India’s streaming frenzy is empowering writers
Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ tops $600 million as it aims for $1 billion worldwide

Tribune
Buhari Directs Flags To Fly At Half Mast In 3 Days To Mourn Shagari
2019: Only solution to Nigeria’s challenges is total…
2019: You have work to do for Nigeria, Obasanjo tells Peter Obi
2019 elections: Uproar as Army launches Operation Python Dance in all…
Buhari, IBB, Jonathan, Saraki, Atiku, govs mourn Shehu Shagari
Soldier, traffic warden, one other die in Delta auto crash
Tambuwal declares Monday public holiday, three days mourning…
Our govt shall utilise local contractors, Lanlehin declares…
2019: Electorates demand for WASH issues from candidates
Don’t play politics with Offa killings, Lai Mohammed…
PDP mourns Shehu Shagari, says Buhari’s coup a disservice to…
I’ll revamp Ogun economy with adequate support for…
Court Remands Security Guard For Allegedly Beating Colleague To Death
Court dissolves 10-year-old forced marriage in Ibadan
26-yr-old in court over alleged N133,500 property theft
3 women die in auto crash in Enugu
Prices Of Food Stuff Decreased In November ― NBS
The Year Of The Letters, Haemorrhaging Democracy
2023 presidency not automatic for South-East —Ndoma-Egba
Nigeria May Implode The Way It Is Going If Its Problems Are Not Addressed…
My New Album, Masun Different From The Trending Slang —Queen Funmi
Double honours for Swagger Papa
BSS 2007 students get together after 11 years
The seven principles of making marriage work
2018: Year Of Scandals And Disasters
Without job, life is hellish, unbearable, horrible in Nigeria
Boko Haram: Time To Prove Pen Is Mightier Than Sword

The Guardian
Why Dangote was dropped as Buhari’s campaign adviser
Shagari buried amid tributes
Prolonged US shutdown threatens to unsettle economy
Ambode fails 10-year budget presentation record
Invasion of Melaye’s house, another power misuse case, says Saraki
Again, CDS, service chiefs visit Maiduguri on security
Shagari most democratic President Nigeria had, say Osoba, Momoh, Agbaje
Lagos ex-CP, Owoseni, nine others pull out from police
Sanwo-Olu to improve on infrastructure in Lagos
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Shehu Shagari: A Good Man But Bad Leader

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Former President Shehu Shagari, left, with President Muhammadu Buhari

By Jiti Ogunye

As we mourn the passing of President Shehu Shagari, in a country like ours where our cultures prescribe that we do not speak ill of the dead, and where our past and recent histories are often distorted or forgotten, we must truthfully state his poor leadership records, even as we recognise his warm, and genial personality.

Former President Shehu Aliyu Usman Shagari passed on yesterday at the age of 93. Our condolences go to his family, his people in Shagari Village in Sokoto State, Sokoto State and fellow Nigerians. Being a former president of this much raped and abused country, his loss should be mourned by all. May Allah, the merciful, the beneficent, grant him Aljannah Fridaus.

Before becoming president in October 1979, Alhaji Shagari served in many capacities at the Northern Region and federal government levels. He started his career as a school teacher before his foray into politics.

He was a federal parliamentarian and minister in the First Republic, under Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the prime minister between 1958 and 1966, before the first military coup aborted that Republic. After the end of the civil war, he returned to government in 1970 as a minister, a position he held until 1971, when he succeeded Chief Obafemi Awolowo as minister of finance, on the resignation of the latter from the Gowon government. Alhaji Shehu Shagari served in that capacity between 1971 and 1975, when the Gowon government was sacked in a military coup, paving way for the emergence of the Murtala/Obasanjo military regime.

Thus, when he became the first president of Nigeria in 1979, upon a switch of the country to the American presidential system of government (from the parliamentary or Westminster system), he was not new to politics, government and power. Although his emergence as president was controversial, it was expected that he would bring his experience and knowledge to bear on the running of the business and affairs of government.

Two controversies dogged his emergence as president. First, Alhaji Shehu Shagari was said not to be an overtly ambitious, power craving politician. He reportedly had initially expressed no interest to run for the office of president, indicating his preference of becoming a senator. He was, however, persuaded by the kingmakers in that era, principally and allegedly the “Kaduna Mafia”, a Northern Nigeria political power epicentre, to vie for the office of president. He was, therefore, an unwilling and (presumably) unprepared candidate. When his performance in office became lacklustre, his leadership failures were attributed to his being an unwilling president.

The second controversy was about the very contentious election that brought him to power. The Electoral Decree No 34 of 1977 that governed the presidential election of 1979 had provided, just as it is the case currently, that in order to be elected to office, a presidential candidate must have scored at least one quarter of the total votes cast in at least two-thirds of the states in Nigeria; and the highest number of the votes cast. The requirement addressed the need for spread, since the entire country was the electoral constituency of the president. Nigeria had nineteen states then. In the election, held on August 11, 1979, Alhaji Shehu Shagari scored the highest number of votes cast (5,688,657, as against that of the top contender, Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s 4,916,651); and at least a quarter of the votes cast in twelve states. But that was not two-thirds of the nineteenth states, mathematically. In the thirteenth state (Kano), Alhaji Shehu Shagari failed to score the required one-quarter of the total votes cast. He secured 19.94 per cent of the votes cast in Kano State. Yet, he was declared winner of the election by the Federal Electoral Commission (FEDECO) and proclaimed as president-elect. The outcome of the election was challenged by Chief Obafemi Awolowo and his Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) in the subsequent election tribunal, which dismissed the petition.

When an appeal of the tribunal’s verdict eventually got to the Supreme Court (in Awolowo v Shagari), before a full panel of seven justices, Chief Richard Akinjide (SAN), who eventually became the attorney-general of the federation (AGF) and minister of justice, rehashed his arguments before the Election Tribunal, which had been accepted by the Tribunal. His contention was that in order to get one-quarter of the total votes cast in the thirteenth state, the reckoning must not be the total votes but two-thirds of the total votes; meaning that once a candidate satisfied the requirement of obtaining one-quarter of the total votes cast in twelve states and in two-thirds of the thirteenth state, then he should be accepted as having satisfied the requirement of scoring at least one-quarter of the total votes cast in each of at least two-thirds of the nineteen states of the federation.

The argument was rejected by Chief Obafemi Awolowo, who counter-argued that one-quarter of the votes in the thirteenth state could not be determined on the basis of a split of the total votes cast in the thirteenth state into fractions. He pressed the Court to accept that one-quarter of the votes cast in each of at least two-thirds of nineteen states must be one-quarter of the votes cast in each of at least thirteen states of the federation.

The Supreme Court in a majority decision of 6-1 (Kayode Eso, JSC, dissenting) accepted the 12 2/3 argument and upheld the earlier dismissal of Awolowo’s petition. That decision did not rest the argument about the legitimacy of the Shagari government. Especially, given the fact that the election was held under the “anti-Awolowo disposition” of General Olusegun Obasanjo, the outgoing military ruler, who had declared before the election that the best candidate might not necessarily win the election.

Upon being sworn into office, President Shehu Shagari exhibited humility, geniality and generosity of spirit. He conferred the highest honorific title in Nigeria, the title of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR), usually reserved for heads of state, on Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

When patriots began warning that poverty had become accentuated under his government, a garrulous and cynical member of his cabinet reportedly taunted Nigerians that no Nigerian had started eating from the refuse dump! The government boasted that the economy was strong, and when the bubble burst, President Shagari, faced with the grim situation of an unraveling economy introduced “austerity measures”.

Unfortunately, President Shehu Shagari was a genial leader who presided over a profligate and financially reckless government that squandered the opportunities for a post-thirteen years of military era development of Nigeria. With the hawks in his government like Senator Uba Ahmed (secretary general of the ruling National Party of Nigeria, NPN) Umaru Dikko (the transport minister), Meredith Adisa Akinloye (chairman of the NPN) and inspector general of Police, Sunday Adewusi, who he couldn’t rein in, a budding fascism was being implanted in Nigeria. Every patriotic admonition by the opposition, principally the Obafemi Awolowo-led UPN, that Nigeria was headed in the wrong political and economic direction was derided as a prophesy of doom from an ever-lamenting Jeremiah (a reference to Obafemi Awolowo, whose baptismal name was Jeremiah).

Most of the policies and programmes of the administration were incoherent and not well thought through. In the agricultural sector, for example, a meaningless Green Revolution programme, patterned after the previous Olusegun Obasanjo administration’s Operation Feed the Nation (OFN), was put in place, with millions of naira being voted for the importation of fertilisers to help farmers. Yet, evidently, the fertiliser importation frenzy was largely a scam to siphon money. So also was the rice and cement importation policies. The ports became congested, with task forces set up to clear them. It was an era of the unbridled importation of goods, including luxury goods, leading to the depletion or evaporation of Nigerian foreign reserves.

To the credit of the administration, however, there was an expansion of the country’s education system at the federal level; establishment of River Basin Authorities, irrigation schemes and dams across Nigeria; and the laying of the foundation of the steel development sector in the country.

In a departure from the pretentious “low profile” culture of the Obasanjo era, when the official car of members of the military executive (military governors and the head of state) was a Peugeot 504, for example, President Shehu Shagari brought a thoughtless flamboyance into government; a lifestyle that the economy could not support. Mercedes Benz saloon cars became the official vehicles of government officials (just like the Toyota SUVs of today). And Nigerians were quick in naming the car “Shagari Style”. His government bought a presidential jet, thereby starting the tradition of acquiring and maintaining a wasteful presidential fleet, a tradition that continues to rule our lives as a country till date.

When patriots began warning that poverty had become accentuated under his government, a garrulous and cynical member of his cabinet reportedly taunted Nigerians that no Nigerian had started eating from the refuse dump! The government boasted that the economy was strong, and when the bubble burst, President Shagari, faced with the grim situation of an unraveling economy introduced “austerity measures”. It was the hardship brought about by that gross mismanagement of the economy that the military used as a pretext to stage a come back coup, which unfurled a chain of unbroken military rule for another 16 years, until the death of General Sani Abacha led to a short transition to civil rule programme, which brought Olusegun Obasanjo, the retired military general, back to power.

Unfortunately also, President Shehu Shagari ran a political party (the National Party of Nigeria) and a government, which obviously did not exhibit the character of having learnt any lesson from the tragedy of the First Republic. That Republic collapsed, in part, because the politicians of the era, who were in control of the federal government, took democratic opposition as treason, and political dissent as insurrection. It’s war on the opposition and persecution of opposition politicians presaged the collapse of the First Republic. Alhaji Shehu Shagari was a participant in that era. He was a Northern People’s Congress (NPC) minister. He was in attendance at the meeting that the remnants of the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa government had with Major General Aguiyi Ironsi on January 15, 1966, following the abduction and killing of the prime minister, and also the assasination of the Northern Nigeria premier, Sir Ahmadu Bello; the Western Nigeria premier, Samuel Ladoke Akintola; finance minister, Okotie Eboh; and other military commanders. The meeting purportedly transferred powers to the military.

The historical significance and lessons of that meeting ought to have been etched in the memory of Alhaji Shehu Shagari for ever, such that when he had the privilege of taking over power back from the military, thirteen years after those unfortunate occurrences, he ought to have striven to run a government and played a politics that would avoid the mistakes of the First Republic’s civilian administration, in order to inoculate the Second Republic against self-inflicted destruction, and prevent it from coming to grief in the hands of ambitious soldiers, who had seen themselves as the military wing of the Nigerian ruling class and the alternative to a “fumbling” civilian administration.

That was not to be. In spite of President Shagari’s personal geniality, he lacked the requisite discipline in leadership. Just as the NPC had behaved earlier, intolerant of the opposition, the NPN government, under Shagari, began persecuting the opposition. In Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, the governor from the Aminu Kano-led Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) was impeached by an NPN-led House of Assembly. Bala Muhammed, the radical Marxist lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) was mobbed and burnt to death by political thugs. And, Shugaba Abdurrahman Darman, the house leader of the Great Nigeria People’s Party (GNPP)-controlled Borno State House of Assembly was deported from Nigeria to Chad, for purportedly not being Nigerian. The minister of internal affairs signed a deportation order in 1980 to ground the forced eviction. Darman’s ostensible offence was that of being a fierce critic of President Shehu Shagari. It took the UPN-inspired legal intervention of Chief GOK Ajayi (SAN) to restore Darman’s citizenship and bring him back into Nigeria. He won the legal battle in the High Court in Maiduguri, and the appeals that followed up to the Supreme Court. Not without drama though. At the High Court hearing, a woman who had been procured from Chad to claim that she was the real mother of Shugaba surfaced. She wailed all through, pleading that her son “who had run away from home in Chad should be returned to her.” But it was noted that in 1980, Shugaba, born in 1920, was a sixty year old man!

President Shehu Shagari certainly was not like many politicians of the Fourth Republic, who engaged in massive asset stripping of the Nigerian state in the name of privatisation. Nor did he recklessly loot the treasury of the country, as many of them have done. But, by his laissez faire approach to governance, his negligence of duty, his permissiveness and his lack of exhibition of a disciplined leadership, he created a basis for the collapse of the Second Republic.

Of course, the apogee of the political infamy of the Shagari administration was the massive rigging of the 1983 general elections. Political violence to terrorise the opposition ahead of the election was combined with actual police clampdown to spread terror before and during the elections. Ondo State resisted the political robbery of that perios with tragic consequences. And predictably, three months after being sworn into office for a second term of four years, the military struck and overthrew his administration.

Instructively, while he and the vice president, Alex Ekwueme, were detained following the coup, notable truculent members of his administration, whose actions contributed to the collapse of the Second Republic escaped into exile, including: Adisa Akinloye, Richard Akinjide, Umaru Diko, and Uba Ahmed.

President Shehu Shagari was not known to be a personally corrupt ruler, as some of the military rulers before and after him were known to be. He was flamboyant in his resplendent, well embroidered “Shagari Style” dress, with the tall cap to match. He enjoyed the pomp and pageantry of presidential power; and he enjoyed traveling the world. He liked paying state visits. In 1983, he left Nigeria on a scheduled trip to India on the sad day that the NITEL Building in Marina, the tallest structure in Nigeria, was consumed by an inferno. On that day, he visited the burning NITEL building on his way to the airport, left it burning, and embarked on his trip.

President Shehu Shagari certainly was not like many politicians of the Fourth Republic, who engaged in massive asset stripping of the Nigerian state in the name of privatisation. Nor did he recklessly loot the treasury of the country, as many of them have done. But, by his laissez faire approach to governance, his negligence of duty, his permissiveness and his lack of exhibition of a disciplined leadership, he created a basis for the collapse of the Second Republic.

It was sad that when the possibility of a military coup stared him in the face, he attempted to dissuade senior military officers from embarking on the coup by allegedly providing luxuries for them, including gifting Mercedes Benz cars to the upper echelon of the military. That did not stop the planned usurpation of power.

As we mourn the passing of President Shehu Shagari, in a country like ours where our cultures prescribe that we do not speak ill of the dead, and where our past and recent histories are often distorted or forgotten, we must truthfully state his poor leadership records, even as we recognise his warm, and genial personality.

This is the right thing to do. By so doing, history is not robbed. Facts are not distorted. And the current power welders, who are “good people” surrounded by some “bad people” may take heed in the realisation that personal character and integrity means nothing if they are not matched with transparent competence, and if it cannot be used to prevent bad people who find their ways into power from being the determiners of the direction of government, while the elected good people wring their fingers and do nothing.

Adieu President Usman Aliyu Shehu Shagari.

Jiti Ogunye, lawyer, public interest attorney, legal commentator, author, and essayist, is the legal adviser to PREMIUM TIMES.

Tributes as ex-president Shagari dies at 93

Tributes as ex-president Shagari dies at 93

Former President Shehu Shagari

By Olalekan Osiade and Temitope Ogunbanke

His life and times
How grandsons broke news of his death
To be buried in Sokoto today

The first Executive President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, is dead. He died yesterday at the National Hospital, Abuja, after a brief illness. He was aged 93. The sad news of Shagari’s demise was broken by the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, and one of Shagari’s grandsons, Bello, on their Twitter handles. “I regret to announce the death of former President Shehu Shagari who just passed away at the National Hospital Abuja. May his soul rest in peace”, Tambuwal wrote. On his part, the younger Shagari, at 7.00pm, wrote: “I regret announcing the death of my grandfather, H.E Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who died right now after a brief illness at the National Hospital, Abuja”. Another of his grandsons, Nuradeen Mahe, who confirmed the death, said the late elder statesman died at about 6.40 pm, noting that his remains would be flown to Sokoto for burial today (Saturday) according to Islamic rites. Mahe also informed that said Shagari was taken to Abuja on December 25 after his health deteriorated.

Triubutes pour in

Sequel to the passing, there have been torrents of tributes from well-meaning Nigerians for the Second Republic President. On his Twitter handle, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, wrote: “Inalilahi wa inailehi Rajiun (from God we come, to Him we shall return). My family and I join the entire nation to mourn the passing of former President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who led our nation during the Second Republic”.

Shagari man of unparalleled patriotism – Buhari

In his tribute, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed sadness at the news of the passing away of the First Executive President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria saying: “On behalf of my family, the government and the people of Nigeria, it is with immense sadness that I received the news of the passing away of the First Executive President of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari which event happened Friday in Abuja” The President described the death as the departure of a patriot whose life of service and humility was widely acknowledged. President Buhari recalled part of the birthday message he (Buhari) sent to him last February when he said, “ we are enthralled and regaled with the many years of unequalled patriotism, sacrifices and contributions to national development. More specifically, we celebrate the role modelling qualities of integrity, diligence and humility that have been the hallmark of your visionary leadership.” President Buhari is however, grateful to God that Shagari lived to a ripe age and led an exemplary life, which he urges Nigerians of all walks of life to emulate. “Nigerians held him in the highest esteem even when he was out of office until his demise and will forever miss his wise counsels.” He prayed that Almighty God would comfort the family of the ex-president and all those who mourn him and would grant the soul of the late nonagerian eternal rest.

Kalu mourns ‘true leader’

A former governor of Abia State Governor and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Orji Kalu, has lamented the passing of Shagari, describing the late Turaki Fula of Sokoto Caliphate as a true leader. He urged Nigerian leaders to emulate the impeccable attributes of the late politician. Kalu while acknowledging the noble contributions of the deceased to nation building, commiserated with the Sultanate Council, the government and people of Sokoto State and the Shagari family on the painful loss. In a condolence message personally signed by the former governor on Friday, he extolled the virtues of the late President, adding that the nation had lost a strong advocate of peace and unity. “I was devastated when I heard the news of the demise of former President Shehu Shagari. He played laudable roles in the social, economic and political development of Nigeria. “The late Shagari offered objective and unbiased advice on national issues. He was a true believer in a united and indivisible Nigeria. “The late elder statesman was not only a role model but a pillar of support to his peers and the younger generation. He would be greatly missed because of his extraordinary humility and patriotism. Our prayers go to the Shagari family at this difficult time”. While urging the Shagari family to uphold the exem-plary qualities of their late patriarch, Kalu, prayed to Allah for the repose of the soul of the late former president.

It was a great loss – Arewa youths

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) described his death as a great loss not only to the North but the entire country. Speaking with Saturday Telegraph in a telephone interview yesterday, President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Alhaji Yerima Shetima said late Shagari would be remembered for positive side of history. He said: “Indeed, it was a great loss. He died at the very moment that we would have loved to have his own side of the story, experience and wisdom to share so that we can set a very good track records for this country. He has done very well, he played a very prominent role in the country and he would be remembered for positive side of the history. It is a very sad news but certainly, he will be remembered for positive side of history. To us, and everybody; it was a great loss.

He was an active political player, says Amosun

The Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, described the death of the former president as the passing of an age in the history of Nigeria. Describing the former President as an active political player, Amosun, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, Mr. Rotimi Durojaiye, said Shagari had left a most significant stamp in the courageous defence of the country. While praying for the repose of his soul, Amosun said Shagari would be missed by the country and Africa in general. “He was a peacemaker, nation-builder, opinion leader, defender of history and stood with his people till his last breath,’’ Amosun said. According to him, the former President lived an active and eventful life and history will obviously put him in his rightful place. The Ogun State governor described him as an institution that needed to be under-studied to tap his vast knowledge and experience. “He was a man of many parts whose death means the close of an era”, Amosun said, lamenting that he died when his service was needed.

Obaseki mourns

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has also mourned the passing of the former president, saying, Shagari played an active role in the growth and development of Nigeria, and until his death, rendered invaluable support to successive administrations for the uplift of the country. “It is with great sadness that I received the news of the passing of former President, Shagari. As an elder statesman, Shagari maintained a rather quite and simple lifestyle and was always available to advise the nation’s leaders. “I commiserate with his family, the government and people of Sokoto State on his passing and pray that God grants them the fortitude to bear the loss.” The governor noted that it was quite regrettable that Nigeria was losing someone like the former president at a time the country needed his wisdom and experience to forge ahead and build a more united nation. According to him, “the former President remains a major shaper of what Nigeria has become today.”

LIFE AND TIMES

Born in 1925 in the northern Shagari village founded by his great-grandfather, Ahmadu Rufa’i, who was also the Village Head, he took the name Shagari as his family name. His father’s name is Aliyu and his mother’s name is Mariamu. He was raised in a polygamous family, and was the sixth child born into the family. Shagari started his education in a Quranic school and then went to live with relatives at a nearby town, where from 1931-1935 he attended Yabo elementary school. In 1936-1940, he went to Sokoto for middle school, and then from 1941-1944 he attended Kaduna College. Shagari joined politics in 1951, when he became the secretary of the Northern People’s Congress in Sokoto, a position he held until 1956. In 1954, Shehu Shagari was elected into his first public office as a member of the federal House of Representatives for Sokoto west. In 1958, Shagari was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, a position he left in 1959, to serve as the Federal Minister for commerce and Industries. From 1959 to 1960, Shagari was redeployed to the Ministry of Economic Development, as the Federal Commissioner for Economic Development. In 1960, he was moved to the Pensions Ministry as the Federal Minister for Pensions. From 1962 to 1965, Shagari was made the Federal Commissioner for internal affairs. From 1965 up until the first military coup in January 1966, Shagari was the Federal Minister for works. In 1967, he was appointed as the secretary for Sokoto province education development fund. From 1968-1969, Shagari was given a state position in the North Western State as commissioner for establishments. After the Nigerian civil war, from 1970-1971, Shagari was appointed by the then Military Head of State General Yakubu Gowon as the federal commissioner for economic development, rehabilitation and reconstruction. From 1971 to 19 75 he served as the Federal commissioner for finance. During his tenure as the commissioner of finance for Nigeria, Shagari was also a governor for the World Bank and a member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) committee of twenty. In 1978, Shehu Shagari was a founding member of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN). In 1979 Shagari was chosen by the party as its presidential candidate for general election, which he won becoming the president. Shagari ran for a second four-year term in 1983 and won the general election, however, on December 31, 1983, Shagari was overthrown by President Muhammadu Buhari, who was then a major general in the army. He served as the first and only Presidentof Nigeria’s Second Republic (1979–1983), after the handover of power by General Olusegun Obasanjo’s military government. Shagari was made the Turaki of the Fula Sokoto Caliphate in 1962 by the Sultan of Sokoto Siddiq Abubakar III. Turaki means an officer at court, in this case referring to the sultan’s court at the palace of Sokoto. In addition, he also holds the chieftaincytitles of the Ochiebuzo of Ogbaland, the Ezediale of Aboucha and the Baba Korede of Ado Ekiti. He worked as a teacher for a brief period before entering politics in 1951 and in 1954 was elected to the federal House of Representatives.

Policies Oil boom

During the oil boom, Shagari made Housing, Industries, Transportation and Agriculture as the major goals of his administration. In transportation, he launched some road networks across the country. He also initiated a program to foster the use of mechanical machinery in farming. It favored large scale farmers in order to produce mass products. Shagari created a low cost housing scheme. In 1980, with the oil revenue, Shagari finished building the Kaduna refinery, which started operation that year. Also with the oil revenue, Shagari concluded the construction of an additional steel plant and three rolling mills at Ajaokuta, Nigeria. Shagari completed the Delta Steel complex in 1982. In 1983, Shagari created the Aluminum Smelter Company of Nigeria at Ikot Abasi, Nigeria. However, Shagari reduced the share of oil royalties and rents to state of origin from 30 to 2 percent.

Green Revolution

Shagari’s government embarked on a “Green Revolution”, distributing seed and fertilliser to farmers to increase nationwide productivity in farming. The Shagari administration was plagued by allegations of corruption, including allegations of electoral fraud in the 1983 election. This, coupled with a decline in world oil prices, and a deterioration in the national finances, hardship, lead to the regime becoming deeply unpopular with citizens. Shagari was overthrown by General Muhammadu Buhari in a military coup on December 31, 1983.

Personal life

Shehu Shagari married three wives: Amina, Aishatu, Hadiza Shagari. He has many children. However, His most visible children are Captain Muhammad Bala Shagari Rtd. and Aminu Shehu Shagari. On August 24, 2001, his wife, Aisha Shagari, died in a London hospital from a brief illness. The Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR) title holder, in his autobiography, ‘Beckoned To Serve’, Shagari shared his experience from early childhood through his period as president in 1979-1983, and beyond. As the son of a village chief, who became a school teacher, political activist and committed democrat and nationalist, his story is told within the context of the transition from colonial rule to independence and the struggle to build a stable country with democratic institutions and values.

Credit: New Telegraph

News Headlines Dec 29, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Dec 29, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

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Dino Melaye wanted for homicide – Police
Buhari is incompetent –Oby Ezekwesili
Court remands guard for allegedly beating colleague to death
I lost two children in a day, they deserve justice – Mother of brothers killed in Ikorodu
Oil theft: NSCDC apprehends 132 suspects, seizes 36 trucks in 2018
There is no hope for me and my seven children again – Wife of Benue man killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Christmas Eve
23% of Nigerian women are abused, says FIDA
Panic as Lagos transport union members clash over park control
Olawepo-Hashim promises South-East additional state
Scepticism hangs over peace accord for violence-free 2019 polls
Peaceful poll in 2019’ll depend on politicians’ conduct – Igini, INEC REC
Eight PDP supporters die in Benue auto crash
CBN to sanction banks for infractions on consumer complaints
2019: LCCI calls for accelerated economic diversification
Notore Chemicals records N2bn loss in 2018
Nigeria’s economy heading for precipice – Omotola
First Bank extends agency banking network
CBN introduces consumer complaint management system to banks
My best song was composed when I was depressed –Adeyeye
The good, the bad and the ugly in Nigerian entertainment industry
Tuface, Ay Comedian, Tiwa Savage, others celebrate Christmas in style
People think I am married with kids but I’m not – Big Sheff
Torture, beatings, destruction: How a general’s death brought terror to Plateau residents
How I wish the Jos bomb explosion that killed my husband was a dream –Okoroafor, woman who lost husband in 2010 Jos bombings
Orimedu: Small Lagos Island where fishing unites two countries
Ports: Agencies make a mockery of presidential directive as chaos continues one year after
Please kill that urge…
Reasons why you should become a Secondary Virgin before 2019!
The useless rat race
Defence sector spending: Have we come full circle?
Declutter your marriage, create space for a new beginning

The Nation
‘How herdsmen killed my husband on Christmas eve’
Ex-President Shagari dies at 93
2019: Buhari, Tinubu chair APC Presidential Campaign Council
BUHARI: We’ll go tougher on corruption from 2019
Buhari won’t abandon Nigerians, says Osinbaj
Armed policemen invade Melaye’s Abuja residence
Eight PDP supporters die in auto crash on way to campaign rally
2019: We won’t be tools in politicians’ hands, says Navy
PDP accuses APC of diverting N478m NDDC fund to rent crowd
PDP faults Buhari on claims to food security
Ebonyi sacks 48 state security outfit members, suspends 27
Ikpeazu presents N139.542 billion Appropriation Bill for 2019 fiscal year
‘APC’ll win Akwa-Ibom in 2019’
PHOTO NEWS: APC Uyo Presidential Rally
Rohr gives conditions for Eagles’ gatecrashers
Moses pours encomium on Hazard
Brighton v Everton: Balogun returns to the bench
The Emirates FA Cup back on DStv, GOtv
Adesokan dreams Tokyo Olympics
Former Arsenal Chairman dies at 82
9mobile commends Nigerians, promises better services in 2019
Akwa Ibom group lauds Dana Air’s on-time performance
Online Marketplaces gain momentum globally
Why Nigeria may sign free trade deal
SON flays circulation of substandard lubricants
Nestlé commits to responsible sourcing
Firm donates building, road, boreholes to Ogun community
Police keep vigil at Ojota park after bloody clash
Court dissolves 10-year-old forced marriage in Ibadan
Driver arraigned for death of special marshal, dangerous driving
Suspected cultist arraigned for allegedly robbing, raping passers-by
Man, 21, in court for stealing beer, juice
Alleged rape: Father arraigned for failing to produce son
43-year-old ‘injures’ housewife for son’s ‘refusal’to greet him
FECA students hail Akeredolu over power supply
How to enjoy New Year’s Eve at home with your family
Tosyn Bucknor, a loved sickler bows out
Genevieve takes Nollywood to Netflix
Davido’s big moves
MO Abudu brings alive ‘Chief Daddy’
AISHA ABIMBOLA SUCCUMBS TO CANCER
RAS KIMONO goes out after 60
2018’s mix of anguish and joy

ThisDay
(Updated) Former President Shehu Shagari is Dead
Massive Crowd as APC flags off National Campaign in Uyo
Buhari, Tinubu Chair APC Campaign Council
Solskjaer Charges Sanchez, Lukaku to Step up their Game
Three Premier League Teams Battle for Nigerian Prodigy
Chilly B: I Might Not Be an Exclusive Dancer, But When I Dance, People Stare, Get Lost
Bodurin Sasore’s ‘God Calling’ Makes History
2face, Ay, Tiwa Savage, Others Bond with Neighbours at Haven Homes Christmas Party
Lil Baby, Lotto Boyz, Kodjo Funds Headline Beat 99.9fm Xmas Concert
TAKEAWAY FROM THE VICE-PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
Today’s Nigeria in Facts and Figures
AFCON 2019: ANOTHER OWN GOAL BY CAF
Amosun and Ogun Central Election
Omnicom Solutions Celebrates Decade
Toyin Abraham, Joke Silva, Beverly Naya Set to Feature in “2 Weeks In Lagos”
Adediwura Blarkgold Endorsed by FM Best Bargain
Olamide Jasanya: I Dream of Being the First to Sell Ice to Eskimos
Rolls-Royce Cullinan Named ‘Prestigious Luxury SUV of The Year’ at Arabwheels Awards Ceremony
Today’s Nigeria in Facts and Figures
In Praise of Charles Dokubo
Visitors to Have Virtual Drive in BMW Vision iNEXT at CES 2019 in Las Vegas
How to Drive With Badly Maintained Trucks
Hyundai Motor Reveals World’s First Smart Fingerprint Technology to Vehicles
New Mercedes-Benz G 350 d, Point of Entry to G-Class
Zidora Extends Operations to e-commerce, Launches Platform
Olamide Jasanya: I Dream of Being the First to Sell Ice to Eskimos

Daily Trust
Zamfara: Why Tsafe residents ‘went wild’
Zamfara killings far beyond farmers/herders clash rhetoric – Sarkin Yakin Tsafe
Ex-president Shagari dies at 93
Shagari was a man of patriotism, humility – Buhari
Alhaji Shehu Shagari: A long life of service
Shagari: Nigeria, Africa lost a statesman – IBB
6 times Shehu Shagari’s words defined Nigeria
I will not stop arresting corrupt politicians – Buhari
Nigeria: Top 7 major sporting events in 2018
How I will rebuild Kwara – Ayorinde Adedoyin
Endorsements that will shape 2019 polls
Concerns raised over 45 bills stalled in House of Reps committees
Russia World Cup flop, AFCON qualification top Nigeria’s 2018 sporting events
Nigeria: Top 7 major sporting events in 2018
2018 annual Jos Polo tourney gallops off today
Experts hinge 2019 stock market performance on external, internal factors
AMCON seizes Egbema, Omoku power projects from Rockson over delay
We have 25m litres of petrol reserved to avoid scarcity- DPR
Accident claims 3 lives, injures 15 others in Enugu
APC impoverishes masses – PDP youth leader
Abuja town planning institute gets new chairman
2019: “INSECURITY HAS NO RELIGION” – SULTAN
Digital television, corruption and anti-graft agencies
Michelle voted most admired woman, ousting Clinton
DR CONGO: Election: Tear gas fired at protesters
MADAGASCAR: Ex-leader Rajoelina wins presidential run-off vote
‘Python now to dance nationwide’
Boko Haram not in control of Baga town – Army
Editorial: No forex for fertilizer imports
Shehu Sani reacts to Dangote’s APC appointment
Shehu Sani: Etisalat & Keystone should publish the full names of their shareholders
I will end Zamfara killings within 30 days- Atiku (VIDEO)

Vanguard
FG To Mobilise Additional Security In Zamfara— Dambazau
Cancer Screenings Every Adult Should Get
Ooni, Others At Imeko CCC Christmas Convocation
Uzodimma Commended For Role In Creating LGA’s For Imo In 1996
Land Dispute: Youths Desert Anambra Community, Houses Destroyed
EKWEREMADU: What We Need To Explain To Our Northern Brothers
Insecurity: FG Should Stop Insurgents From Passing Through Borders — SSANU
APC Factions Must Not Burn Down Enugu—Enugu Youth Group
Yuletide: Epe Comes Alive For “One Lagos Fiesta’
Kwara 2019: Supporters Of Saraki, Abdulrasaq Clash
Navy Warns Politicians Against Dragging Personnel Into Politics
KOGI CENTRAL 2019: Barr Natasha Akpoti, The Dark Horse In The Race
2023 PRESIDENCY: Osinbajo Playing To The Gallery – Adebanjo, Okupe
Yobe Govt Provides Vans With Public Address System To 17 LGAs, Trains Officers
Empathy Over Politics
Once A Chris Aligbe, Always A Chris Aligbe! Tribute To A Loving Father And Aviation Expert @ 70
Can You Handle Being Famous?
Breaking: Ex-president Shehu Shagari is dead
President Buhari is incompetent, rewards failure — Oby Ezekwesili
Breaking: Police invade, Dino Melaye’s residence
Obi, EPF knock Osinbajo, Fashola over comments on 2023 presidency
BADAGRY-EXPRESSWAY: A gateway of pain, anguish
Minimum wage: Economy too fragile to withstand Labour strike in January, NECA warns
INEC develops Special app to address electoral malpractice
Pre-Merger Conditionalities: Diamond Bank effects Board reconstitution
Oath of office: NBA Chairman drags Oyetola, deputy to court
Boko Haram sacks military bases carts away guntrucks, ammunition, rocket launchers
Badeh : Family denies report on cause of death
300 level ABU student commits suicide over ‘lack of parental love’
Buhari, Osinbajo, Oshiomhole meet in Aso Rock
2019 Elections: I will rid Kwara of all criminals, says PMB
16% completion of 2nd Niger Bridge: The facts on ground
Man, wife, baby die in Christmas day inferno
Is APC no campaign show a good omen?
Jonathan mourns Shagari, says he was a nation builder with a good heart
Shagari played an active role in Nigeria’s growth, development – Obaseki
XXIII LaLiga promises Santander International Tournament kicks off
West Ham sign teenager Rice on long-term deal
Inter coach says ‘enough’ as Serie A plays on despite turmoil
Salah now in Emery’s top five after PSG snub
Arsenal ‘won’t raise the white flag’ insists Klopp
Can you handle being famous?
Who says money can’t buy love?
Incest: A great family secret
My wife is such a troublesome wife no man should ever pray to have, man tells court
LINDA IKEJI: The Story of 2018
Top society weddings that rocked 2018
Emerging music acts who thrilled Nigerian music scene in 2018
Sammie Okposo blasts Akpororo
Aity Dennis lights up Akwa Ibom State carols festival

News Headlines Dec 28, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Dec 28, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch
Politicians pressurising us to sell unclaimed 914, 529 PVCs – INEC
Senator counters Osinbajo, says Buhari’ll hand over to South-East in 2023
Suspect narrates how ex-Defence chief Badeh was killed
PUNCH wins Editor of the Year award, four others at NMMA
Liverpool can be Invincibles, says Emery
Insecurity worsening, not getting desired attention – Saraki
Banditry in Nigeria: A brief history of a long war
INEC introduces app to check vote-buying, others
How police tortured 20-year-old to death in Ogun – Co-suspect, father
We’re closing in on Long Bridge’s robbers – Police
Senator counters Osinbajo, says Buhari’ll hand over to South-East in 2023
Minimum wage delay not acceptable, NECA tells Buhari
I sell cannabis to political thugs in Niger – Suspect
Show evidence of Buhari’s corrupt deals, Keyamo tells PDP
PUNCH wins Editor of the Year award, four others at NMMA
Man cuts off brother’s hand in Bayelsa
Policeman shoots dead air force officer in Calabar
Amosun begins campaign, describes APM as child of necessity
We’re closing in on Long Bridge’s robbers – Police
Boko Haram sacks two military bases in Baga
Wife seeks divorce as prophet confesses to illicit affairs…
Baale’s wife death: Lagos probes LASUTH following PUNCH report
Police destroy kidnappers’ den in Ondo, arrest two
Lawyer kicks as suspected rapist’s family seeks out-of-court settlement
Buhari is the best presidential candidate – Masari
Pro-Buhari group begins sensitisation of voters in Daura
Ezekwesili takes campaign to Anambra streets, promises economic revamp
Banking sector, others suffer as investment inflows drop by N1tn
BEDC restores power supply to Ondo, Ekiti communities
2019: FG targets Q1 for Afam Power, Yola Disco sale
NNPC’s $1.05bn withdrawal from NLNG backed by law – CFO
Illegal artisanal refining, major source of pollution –Stakeholders
Serena hails rule protecting tennis mothers
FC Robo’s Ajibade joins Norwegian club
Serie A chief threatens to suspend league after Inter fan’s death
Edo refs elect new executive
Inter Milan to play two home games behind closed doors after Koulibaly abuse
Ibidapo-Obe insists on increased education funding
World fails to protect children in conflict – UNICEF
Teachers need more resources, training – Proprietor
MSSN warns governorship candidates on hijab
Ondo set to close down illegal primary, secondary schools
Expert proffers solution to poor learning among pupils
Books can promote unity, national integration —Yusuf Ali
Ogidi community to dedicate cultural centre to Chinua Achebe
Improved security, upgraded infrastructure will boost Nigeria’s tourism —Minister
Pasuma, Oritsefemi, others celebrate with Trophy Lager
Obesere thrills Ikorodu residents at One Lagos Fiesta
Elroi Global Services parties with Lekki street children@Xmas
Know your glycated haemoglobin
‘FGM should be a thing of the past’
Stakeholders’ collaboration vital to curbing drug abuse —Ogun
Strong link found between back pain and mortality
Dirty, mutilated naira notes raise health concerns, others
How fruits ripened with carbide kill Nigerians
Editorial: Creating jobs needs a strategy
Banditry in Nigeria: A brief history of a long war
The useless rat race
Defence sector spending: Have we come full circle?
Now that lawyers disparage our institutions

The Nation
VON DG: only Igbo can deny themselves presidency in 2023
Education, infrastructure top Osun’s N152.7b Budget
Diamond Bank appoints chair
2019: Buhari, Atiku camps clash in battle of integrity
The Nation is Newspaper of The Year
EFCC secures 312 convictions in 2018
All set for APC presidential campaign kick-off in Uyo
Police arrest four over Lagos pipeline explosion
Suspected cultist arraigned for allegedly robbing, raping passers-by
2019: Buhari, Atiku camps clash in battle of integrity
EFCC secures 312 convictions in 2018
Buhari deserves second term, says Asafa
Much ado about Osinbajo’s pitch
50,000 Sokoto PDP members desert Tambuwal for APC
2019: ADP denies endorsing Edo APC candidates
ADP presidential candidate, recognized internationally
2019: INEC unveils special app to address electoral malpractice
Sport
Lasisi defeats Yohana to claim WBC International Silver title
Modric beats Djokovic to win Balkan athlete of year
Cabal: PDP can’t make family issue for 2019 campaign, says Presidency
We are accountable to people — NFF
Federer ‘not enjoying tennis a lot’
Online Marketplaces gain momentum globally
Man, 21, in court for stealing beer, juice
Alleged rape: Father arraigned for failing to produce son
43-year-old ‘injures’ housewife for son’s ‘refusal’to greet him
Two charged with school bus theft
Police arraign guard for allegedly stealing in church
Editorial: The hecklers of the parliament

Daily Trust
Why we killed ex-defence chief, Alex Badeh – Suspect
Staff desert N/Assembly despite work resumption
NAHCON urges S/Arabia to employ Nigerians for pilgrims’ services
Presidency slams Atiku over budget criticisms
Yari returns to Zamfara, seeks state of emergency
2019: Cracks in presidential candidates’ alliance over Buhari’s adoption
Abule Egba pipeline fire: Police arrest four suspects, declare prime suspect wanted
VON DG to Ohaneze: Organise, don’t agonise over 2023 Igbo presidency
2019 budget: Fashola’s ministry to spend N408bn on capital projects
Buhari appoints Akpabio coordinator presidential support committee
Borno APC warns against unapproved Buhari campaign
Nigeria needs Buhari more than ever in 2019 – Masari
2018 annual Jos Polo tourney gallops off today
Rafinha hints at Bayern Munich exit
Man Utd, City, Crystal Palace battle Arsenal for Nigeria’s Omidiji
Experts hinge 2019 stock market performance on external, internal factors
AMCON seizes Egbema, Omoku power projects from Rockson over delay
We have 25m litres of petrol reserved to avoid scarcity- DPR
APC impoverishes masses – PDP youth leader
Abuja town planning institute gets new chairman
NGO donates sewing machines, foodstuff to IDPs in FCT
Digital television, corruption and anti-graft agencies
Buhari: Heckling is part of the democratic process
Game of the three wise men
Kano flyovers between needs and wants
The futility of greed
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70
DR CONGO: Election: Tear gas fired at protesters
MADAGASCAR: Ex-leader Rajoelina wins presidential run-off vote
CHINA: Ex-intelligence chief jailed for life
Benue: Gunmen kill 1 as police arrest 4 suspects
Ekiti school roofing sheets suspected thief arraigned
Man, 27, docked over alleged theft of N40,000 cell phone
Editorial: No forex for fertilizer imports
How antibiotics in livestock farming places all at risk
Global supplier dispels fear over AI vaccine
Katsina farmers flood markets with produce
UNILAG trains 50 girls on coding, android dev’t skills
Teachers divided over extension of retirement age
On the ‘birth’ of 2019
Osinbajo, Amosun, others preach peace
Muslims tasked on national development

ThisDay
Zamfara Killings: Yari Backs Call for Emergency Rule
Miyetti Allah Endorses Buhari for President
Prove Alleged Shares Acquisition by Buhari’s Relatives, Presidency Challenges PDP
Zhang Weiwei: The Hausa Broadcaster from China
RCCG Lagos Province 44 Reiterates Commitment to Youth Development
AEN Launches Official Website
Excitement as Adron Homes Holds Lemon Party
Aiteo Champions Golibe Mega Yuletide Festival in Onitsha
Three Crowns Mom of the Year Winners Jet off to Dubai
At Xmas, Foundation Gives Succor to the Poor
Everything He Touches Turns to Gold
Queen Moremi Revives the Spirit of Patriotism
African China, Marvelous Benji, to Perform at Sheikh Live in Concert
Burna Boy, Wande Coal, to Headline Boxing Jams Music
Pasuma, OritseFemi, Teni Thrill at Trophy Lager 40th Anniversary
A Whole New World of Art
Snapshots from the Hippodrome
NDDC Rolls out Emergency Security Centres in Niger Delta
APC Flags off Presidential Campaign Rally in Uyo Friday
• Buhari appoints Akpabio coordinator support committee Omololu
Obi: We Need a New Nigeria
PDP’s Rugged Game Changer
The Men Destined to Start Nigeria’s Rebirth
PDP and the Other Side of the Gombe Stadium
Absurd Jibes of Akwa Ibom’s ‘Private Jet’ Governor
Union Bank Partners Connect Nigeria to Reward 100 Nigerian SMEs
CBN Injects Fresh $210m in Forex Market
Forte Oil Share Price Hits New High on Sustained High Demand
Operators Fear more Flights May Be Disrupted by Harmattan Haze
Experts Advocate Joint Ventures as Alternative for Ship Financing
Ooni Hails Air Peace
Ndidi Targets 70th EPL Appearance for Leicester City
Hope for Grassroots Soccer as Joe Udofia Unity Cup Ends
2018 is Russia’s Year to Remember
Boxing Meets Music as GOtv Boxing Night 17 Holds Friday
Excitement as Adron Homes Holds Lemon Party
Aiteo Champions Golibe Mega Yuletide Festival in Onitsha
Three Crowns Mom of the Year Winners Jet off to Dubai
At Xmas, Foundation Gives Succor to the Poor
EDITORIAL: THE GROWING MENACE OF CULTISM

The Guardian
Ominous silence of herdsmen
Adamawa APC dumps Bindow
Akpabio accused of sabotage
PDP asks Buhari to clarify role in alleged family fraud
Nigeria grows teledensity by 19.1% in one year
‘Nigeria is the only producer of high-voltage cables in West Africa’
Infrastructure, education top Oyetola’s N152.7b budget in Osun State
Group advocates diverse learning patterns for children
Amosun kick-starts senatorial campaign, says frustration forced loyalists to APM
Police threatening our members’ lives in Kano, Shiites allege
Fayemi declares emergency in Ekiti State water sector
NECA urges Buhari to act fast on new wage, avert strike
NFF must account for N1.6b world cup fund, Dalung insists
Liverpool boss focus on EPL title chase till February
EPL title race, women’s world cup, among events to shape 2019
‘Cristiano is Cristiano when it matters’
Jos polo tournament gallops-off today
Ajoke Ojomu eyes Africa, Commonwealth crowns
‘Disregard for rule of law aggravating Nigeria’s security challenges, others’
Ogboru slams Okowa over oil-producing communities
‘Allowing APC to use stadium in Akwa Ibom sign of mature leadership’
AA cautions Uche Nwosu against supporting Buhari’s reelection
‘Rare’ Live Concert: Odunsi The Engine brings Alte into the light
Why Teni Makanaki is Nigeria’s Most Significant Musician of 2018
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Editorial: Curious murder of Alex Badeh
Why air passengers need not panic during cabin pressure loss
2018, year of plenty promises, fewer accomplishments in aviation sector
Smile extends free voice call to all networks in season’s campaign
Data Centre Dynamics picks Rack Centre’s manager as data centre manager of the year
Boko Haram: Need to deploy drone
Remembering S.B. Awoniyi, Sardauna Karami
The t’s not crossed, the i’s not dotted
Does Africa need a religious reformation?
Scientists record major breakthrough in pig-to-human heart transplants
Editing baby’s gene could affect range of traits
How Tanzania beat Nigeria, other African countries to reach milestone in regulation of medicines, by WHO
Children who spend seven hours on smartphones may have lower IQs, declining memory, cognitive function

Leadership

Gov Yari Backs Call For State Of Emergency In Zamfara
Presidency Chides Atiku Over Budget Criticism
New Gas Fields From Ghana Threatens Nigeria’ Exports
2019: Miyetti Allah Endorses PMB As Sole Candidate
2019 Elections: INEC Begins Training Of States Electoral Officers
APC Presidential Campaign Kicks Off In Akwa Ibom
2019: A Profile Of The X-Factors
Naeto C Celebrates 10 Years Of Musical Career
Mo Abudu Made Emmy Awards Director Of Academy Of TV, Arts And Science
Group Gives Humanitarian Assistance To Less Privileged In Abuja
Nigerians And Their Banks
CAN Condemns el-Rufai’s Threat To Arrest Pastor Enenche
Osinbajo To Unveil Igbo Museum
State Of Osun: NBA Chairman Drags Oyetola, Deputy To Court
Robot Technology: Invention And Advances
TETFund Scribe Donates To Kano Market Fire Victims
CAN Condemns el-Rufai’s Threat To Arrest Pastor Enenche
Equities Market Sheds 0.86% After Christmas
191 Firms Get N147.8bn CBN Agric Funding Scheme
2019: Air Peace To Fly Dubai, London, Other Routes
Nigeria Needs N103trn To Implement SDGs From 2019 To 2022 – UN
PDP Lawmakers Planned To Disrupt 2019 Budget Presentation – Ahmad
How Political Parties Kept INEC On Its Toes In 2018
APC Presidential Campaign Kicks Off In Akwa Ibom Today
APM, Child Of Necessity Formed Out Of Frustration – Amosun
Naeto C Celebrates 10 Years Of Musical Career
Mo Abudu Made Emmy Awards Director Of Academy Of TV, Arts And Science
Group Gives Humanitarian Assistance To Less Privileged In Abuja
EDITORIAL: CBN And Funding Policy For Start-ups
President George Walker Bush And The Epitome Of Public Service
More On THE Makkan Conference (2)
Nigerians And Their Banks
Panic As Gunmen Shoot Man Dead In Ekiti
Police Postpone Parade Of Suspected Killers Of Ex-CDS, Badeh
Collapsed Building: Judicial Panel Quizzes 3 Rivers Commissioners
2019: Miyetti Allah Endorses PMB’s Re-election Bid
PMB Mourns Death Of His Teacher, Sanda Kaita
EFCC Secures 312 Convictions In 2018
PDP Not An Option In 2019 – Oshiomhole
Rid Kwara Of Criminals, Minister Tasks Police
Jakande Backs PMB On War Against Corruption

Tribune
Tribune Confirms Class, Wins Platinum Achievement Award, Two Others At NMMA
Oshiomhole meets Osinbajo in Aso Rock; says ‘PDP not an…
Sponsors of Zamfara killings will be exposed — Bishop Fomson predicts
Alao-Akala betrayed agreement with Ajimobi on 2019 ambition — Oyo APC…
Budget criticism: Presidency hits back at Atiku
Alao Akala reached no agreement with Ajimobi on Senatorial…
South-South APC rally significant ― Oshiomhole
50,000 PDP members defect to APC in Sokoto
Oshiomhole meets Osinbajo in Aso Rock; says ‘PDP not…
Gov Yari supports call for emergency declaration in Zamfara,…
Christian group launches empowerment scheme for 800 youths…
Pro-democracy group berates PDP, others for politicising…
Police Nab Three Suspects For Murder Of Corps Member In Nasarawa
NDLEA impounds 506kg of cannabis in Edo
Christmas : Bayelsa Police nab 2-man gang ambushing bank customers
NEMA confirms death of man found by roadside in Ogun
Afreximbank Signs $30m Facility With African Guarantee Fund To Support African…
CBN shores up naira with $310m
DMO refunds N900bn local debts in 2018 ― Oniha
SEC moves to tackle identity theft in capital market
Adewole, Alonge, Others Celebrate UI’s First College Of Medicine Provost At 80
Cerebrospinal meningitis now in 10 states —NCDC
Ekiti Teaching hospital advocates social health insurance for poor…
Sudan Journalists Go On Strike In Support Of Protests
24 patients flee Ebola centre in DRC
Ghanian soldier sues Britain Army for ‘failing to protect him…
Protest in DRC over exclusion of cities in Sunday’s presidential…
Who Wins Enugu 2019 Governorship Election?
Why Buhari, Atiku, S/West govs must speak out on herdsmen’s crisis…
ADC will shock all in 2019 elections —Isiaka, guber candidate
PDP: Sourcing confidence for 2019 through zonal rallies
#IvoryRunway2018 Fashion Show Holds In Ibadan
Top 25 films of 2018
Lamentations Of The Internally Displaced: ‘So Sad We Will Be Celebrating Christmas…
Establishment Of Government Monitoring Commission
Curbing The Excess Use Of Earphone Among Youths
Abuja: Three Years Without Bombs And Still Counting

New Telegraph

Gunmen kill five in Plateau village
Miyetti Allah: We’ll mobilise 20m votes for Buhari in 2019
PDP, President’s campaign team battle over Etisalat, bank’s share acquisition
Night of honour: New Telegraph Sweeps 12 NMMA awards
Five arrested for ex-CDS Badeh’s murder –Police
Sweet, sunny, sour side of 2018
Kaduna guber: Muslim/Muslim ticket as el-Rufai’s joker
Amosun parleys monarchs, flags off senatorial campaign
Atiku ignorant on economy, energy – Presidency
2019: Presidential candidates accuse party chairmen of trade-off
2018 hallmarked by minimum wage crisis
2019: Presidential candidates accuse party chairmen of trade-off
2018: Abductions untamed, insurgents unchained
2018: EFCC secures conviction of two ex-govs, 310 others
Abule-Egba inferno: Police arrest four, declare prime suspect wanted
Plateau: Gunmen kill five birthday party guests
Vigilantes arrest vandal of power installations
Oyetola presents N152.7bn 2019 budget
Corrupt people shouldn’t return to power – Adefuye
APC’s only strategy is to rig the 2019 elections – Odanye
2018 hallmarked by minimum wage crisis
Controversies, floods taint Nigeria’s agriculture
Housing: Ogun targets N10bn from sales
Pension remittance: Defaulting employers fined N129m
Onigbinde to Eagles: Go for AFCON trophy
Agent: EPL clubs scrambling for Chukwueze
Ndidi savours big win against Man City
Government can’t maintain Abuja Stadium –Dalung
EDITORIAL: Offa robbery: Beyond death of kingpin in custody
A tough year for women, girl-child
A cold blooded confession
Mark tasks political office seekers on peaceful election
Jonathan, Atiku, Saraki to attend Kaduna PDP guber campaign flag off
UNICEF: Children suffered extreme violence in 2018
Killings: Saraki demands overhaul of security architecture
Yari supports state of emergency in Zamfara

News Headlines Dec 27, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Dec 27, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch
Alams, Adeleke, Yakowa, Akunyili still on INEC’s register years after death
Zamfara killings will affect food security, says FG
APC, PDP clash on Buhari, Atiku’s chances in S’West
Atiku seeks probe of allegation linking Buhari’s family to Keystone, 9mobile ownership
Christmas tragedies: Family loses only child, three die in road crashes • Family of three burnt to death in Edo
Lagos CP orders four policemen’s arrest for corruption
Robberies: OAU students appeal to FG, management for more hostels
Open grazing: Benue impounds 105 cows
Obasanjo visits his 91-year-old ex-teacher
Pro-Buhari group says PDP’s past will work against Atiku
APC, PDP clash on Buhari, Atiku’s chances in S’West
Atiku seeks probe of allegation linking Buhari’s family to Keystone, 9mobile ownership
Sanwo-Olu visits Gbagada General Hospital, preaches compassion
Buhari wouldn’t have won if I didn’t support him, says Obasanjo
2019 budget: FG to spend N42bn on special economic zones
Customs remit N653bn into federation account in 11 months
FG to reduce issuance of short-term domestic debt instruments
Police arrest Badeh’s alleged killers
Buhari will address me as ‘Sir’ till I die…
Let God decide next Ogun gov, Obasanjo tells Amosun
4.8 quake hits near Sicily’s Mount Etna
Ogun police torture 20-year-old to death over theft allegation
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Zamfara Acting gov expresses concern over resurgence of banditry
Buhari cares less about Nigerians, PDP alleges
2019: Media key to Nigeria’s survival –Nwosu
You deserve to be celebrated, Okowa tells Dogara at 51
Vice presidential candidate says he is destined for greatness
2019 budget: FG to spend N42bn on special economic zones
Customs remit N653bn into federation account in 11 months
FG to reduce issuance of short-term domestic debt instruments
NNPC posts N9.85bn trading surplus in one month
DPR to curb fuel diversion to Benin, Chad, Niger
PenCom to monitor delayed pension payment by operators
CAF draw: Lobi fear no foe, insists Ogbeide
Leicester beat City to pull off second shock
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Indigenous oil firms battle for survival as debts hit banks
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Nigeria’s integrity problems
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IMF: Lagos will grow by 4% to $136b in 2019
Army confirms 14 killed in Boko Haram ambush
No meeting point between Amosun and I on successor, says Obasanjo
APC strikes Atiku for attack on Buhari’s anti-graft war
Atiku a product of faulty system, says Buhari campaign office
Badeh: Two suspects held
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‘I’m not privy to ex-commissioner’s defection’
2019: Olawepo-Hashim and third force
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Atiku to Buhari: Don’t blame the system for your failure
Boxing Day: Obaseki urges love, support among Nigerians
Bagudu commends Christians in Kebbi for living in peace
We are accountable to Nigerians — NFF
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Turkish League: Onazi named in mid-season Best XI
Joshua delivers surprise to fans on Boxing Day
Egypt favourites to host 2019 AFCON – Top officials
NNPC spends N623.16b on fuel subsidy
‘Lagos-Ibadan expressway important to govt’
My mission in NAHCO, by MD
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DPO queried as four policemen are arrested for ‘robbery’
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Teenager jailed for cell break
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Council denies group’s claim of harassment at park
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ASUU, ASUP strike and 2019 elections
Say what you mean and mean what you say (III)
Grange School PTA backs foundation with N1.96m
UNILAG empowers pupils with coding skills
Ex-Lagos Poly Rector canvasses skills acquisition for youths
Anwar-ul Islam alumni elect officers
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