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National Newspaper Review 19 Feb 2018 on

We bring you a review of Nigerian dailies, spanning the top ten national newspapers in Nigeria.
In the dailies today, various agitations recurrently run through all the papers:

From the political scene, the major headline highlight reflecting consecutively in three papers (Thisday, Vanguard and Punch) is the "Reconciliation of Ex-presidents Jonathan and Obasanjo" and although it appeared under different  titles, emphasis was laid on the fact that the reconciliation was public and both elders harped on the virtues of forgiveness and national unity.

Ibrahim Babangida also made a call to the PDP to present Nigerians with better candidates, a story which was carried by the Guardian and Thisday respectively.

Featuring on the political scene also was the Ex-INEC commissioner's  revelation of his near death experience after rejecting under age voters in a commentary on the recent Kano Local government elections  which were allegedly fraught with underage voters; Lai Mohammed's assertion that "Nigeria is safe under Buhari", citing the improvement in in power generation, transparency, ebb in terrorism and the evident growth in foreign reserve and the rundown of the kano local government polls and  a denial by the Ganduje led administration that videos showing underage voters was a propaganda video by opponents, pronouncing the election free and fair.

House of representative member Bamidele expressed confidence in the ability of Tinubu to deliver on task of restoring the APC into unified front needed to win the 2019 election.

Featured in the Vanguard was Makarfi's audacious statement as pertaining the 2019 election that "the  APC had made it easier for us (PDP) to win by its failures"; the suspension of El-rufai by the APC faction in Kaduna for his refusal to respond to a query  issued to him by the faction last week and finally, the Catholic bishops confrontation of  Buhari over performance was featured in the Nation newspaper.

Of late, with the spate of killing in the country it is not unusual that all the dailies contain at least one story on the killings in the country. The police arrest of three suspected in the Zamfara killings and the IG assurance that normalcy has returned to the state and the link between imminent famine and the herdsmen killing made the headlines in two dailies. 

Economy wise in spite of the crisis and and imbalance in the country economic activities are still ongoing, Speculation of Foreign reserves to rise on $2.5b Eurobond issuance; Kachikwu Explaining the  Delays in FID for $13.5bn Zabazaba Oilfield Development, citing the need for the Nigerian Agip Exploration Limited (NAE) and Shell Petroleum Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) to be sure of the renewal of their oil licences, among other challenges; the confirmation of the fact that women farmers contribute 80% of our food and why they should be given better opportunities by Mrs. Mairo Ahmed Amshi a former commissioner of Women Affairs in Yobe State; The reason for Bumper Potatoe harvest in Katsina ascribed to the use of organic manure ; strong speculation that fuel scarcity will persist by IPMAN; Ikpea's claim that local investors need incentives to grow Nigeria's economy make up economy related titles.

On the sports arena "Arsenal joins race for 50million RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner" and  "Barcelona to trade Dembele for Griezmann" make international sports headlines and locally we have Moses battling Ndidi for Nigerian player of the year award.

In the Educational sector, "JAMB decries ongoing non-academic staff strike" as it consequently affects the progress of the board's activities;

On the International scene we have all dailies featuring the progress in the Oxfam sex scandal claim and the Florida shooting of 17 and what this killing means for the "Gun control law".

Miscellenous stories include  EFCC rejection of  Patience Jonathan's settlement offer of $11.489m; Oyo-born twins, 473 Boko Haram suspects freed, a story which appeared in two dailies; Bayelsa fast becoming Nigeria's medical tourism hub, a commentary by ex-president Obasanjo; NEMA's assurance to account for N17bn allocation   and the boom of rice smuggling despite FG's total ban.


National Newspaper Review 19 Feb 2018 on Reviewed by FOW 24 News on February 19, 2018 Rating: 5 We bring you a review of Nigerian dailies, spanning the top ten national newspapers in Nigeria.

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