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Prince Charles to address herdsmen attacks during Nigeria visit – Official

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, announced in Abuja on Sunday that Prince Charles would engage in peace-building activities, including addressing the persistent attacks of herdsmen on farming communities in Nigeria.

The Prince of Wales and his wife, Princess Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are expected in Nigeria from November 6 to November 8 in a high profile visit during which the royals would also have audience with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) ahead of the visit, Mr Arkwright said that one of the events on the agenda was for the prince to discuss practical solutions to alleviating the tensions, arising from the activities of herdsmen.

Herdsmen have launched a deadly onslaught on farming communities in Nigeria in recent years, raising concerns over the future of agriculture in a nation, having majority of its populace engaged in subsistence agriculture.

People do want to come together and if we can provide that kind of environment then hopefully, we can come up with some ideas and solutions to resolving some of these conflicts.

“Some of the issues like the farmers/herders crisis are deep-rooted and are about the economy, land resource, climate change and cultural issues.

“The Prince of Wales will be looking at the causes, talking to people who are working in this area and together, seeing if we can find solutions and move on.”

Mr Arkwright said that addressing the root causes of conflicts would lead to a peaceful and more prosperous Nigeria and also become beneficial to the relations between Nigeria and Britain.

He noted that the visit was also aimed at strengthening the existing ties between Nigeria and Britain as members of the Commonwealth.

The prince, who took over as the Head of the 53-member Commonwealth of Nations last April, succeeding his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, has already visited 44 African nations.

“Prince Charles has not been here since the past 12 years. 2006 was the last time he was here and the Duchess of Cornwall, has never been to Nigeria. So it is about strengthening ties, particularly people-to-people ties.

“We want to ensure that through the Commonwealth, which is another theme of the prince’s visit, we develop links to develop relationships whether in trade, environment or in education, all of which are important to the future of the Commonwealth and to the future of Nigeria.”

The top diplomat said that other events lined up on the agenda of the visit would focus on culture, music, fashion, among others.

“Prince Charles will be talking about rural livelihoods, agriculture, the environment, some of the passions that he has which is so relevant to Nigeria today and to young people and the importance of getting young people into jobs.

“One of his passions as well is how do we build the skills of young people so that they will be equipped for the world.

“There is a whole range of interests that he has and I think Nigeria is a wonderful place to come to because it brings together all of these interests.”

The duchess is also to engage in literary activities with children and some Nigerian authors, while the prince would meet with traditional rulers and hold peace-building meeting with Nigerian youth ambassadors.

(NAN)

Benue Govt calls for investigation of death of five family members

Benue State Acting Governor, Engineer Benson Abounu has ordered full investigations into the  killing of five members of a family in Makurdi on Friday night.

Abounu who described as horrific the killing of Mr Nicholas Adetsav, a staff of Makurdi local government council and his entire family, said the suggestion that the late wife carried out the killings before taking her own life is mind-boggling and needs to be properly investigated.

He has consequently instructed the Commissioner of Police to carry out full investigation with the aim of unraveling what actually happened.

Engr Abounu said  he is very saddened by the event of Friday night and the loss of five precious lives. He condemned the killings, describing it as a sin against God and humanity.

In a statement signed by his Media aide Ogaba Ede Ogaba, the Acting Governor commiserated with the relations and family of the deceased and prayed that such a horrendous thing never happens again.

On Friday  night a house wife Mrs . Adetsav allegedly killed her husband  and slaughtered her three children before committing suicide .

Those who spoke to The Nation at the scene of the incident said it was not possible for a mother to have slaughtered her children .

They called for proper investigation into the matter .

Man killed after suspending wedding over suspicious pregnancy

A 34-year old businessman based in Malaysia, Olisemeka Egom, has been murdered  unknown gunmen.
His killing has been linked to the suspension  of his wedding after he allegedly discovered that his would-be wife is carrying a questionable three months old pregnancy.
Olisemeka was shot dead at his family residence at Akugbe Street, Off Okunseri Street, Off Dumez road, Sapele road in the state capital.
He was killed in the presence of his father,  would-be wife and their three years old son
His father said Olisemeka returned home to marry the girl who had a baby boy for him and has been living with her parents since he traveled out last year.
He accused the girl of complexity in the brutal murder of his son.
“My son and the girlfriend Judith have not been quarreling before, but when my son arrived last August he accused the girl of carrying another man’s pregnancy.
“The girl agreed but said my son was responsible. My son said it is impossible because he has not been around, the last time he visited Nigeria was July 2017.
“He said he would not go ahead with the wedding. So this was the issue on ground. My son opened well-stocked baby things shop for her. He said it was because of his son.
“She is unhappy that my son has discovered, again, that he built a house, bought a car without paying her dowry,” Mr Emmanuel Egom bereaved father stated.
The would-be wife identified as Judith said “I don’t know what to say, we can’t talk on phone, I will call you so that we meet, but you know you cannot publish the story without my consent”.
Police said a case of murder was reported and advised the bereaved family to come forth with information.
Spokesman for the Edo Police Command, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, said he was yet to be briefed.

Remains of General Alkali buried in Abuja

Remains of Major-General Idris Alkali, found by a team of Nigerian Army on Search and Rescue Operation, have been buried at Gudu Cemetery in Abuja.

The burial, which was concluded at around 3 p.m. On Saturday, was attended by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, former Military Administrator of Lagos, Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd), and former Minister of Works and Housing, Alhaji Sunusi Daggash.

The funeral prayer, which was led by the Chief Imam of Abuja National Mosque,

Dr Kabir Mohammad, amid tears, was attended by Muslims from within and outside the Federal Capital territory.
Mohammed commended the Nigerian Army for ensuring thorough search which led to recovery of the body of the deceased, described as a “national hero.”
The chief Imam described the situation surrounding the demise of Alkali as “very unfortunate: it is very unfortunate that Alkali died this way.

“However, we thank Allah that his body had been recovered.

“Even though it took weeks to trace the whereabouts of late Alkali’s corpse, we thank Allah, we thank the Federal Government and we thank the army for the dedication to find his body, so that he can be buried according to Islamic rites.”

He called on the Federal Government to look into the security situation in the country, stressing that “every Nigerian has the right to live or pass through any part of the country without being harassed or intimidated by anybody or group of people.

“This is a fundamental human and constitutional right of everybody, irrespective of tribe or religious affiliation.”

He noted that Allah did not create one particular tribe or religion to live or claim ownership of any part of the country, adding that tribe or religious differences should never be a reason for crisis in the country.

The late Senior Army officer was declared missing since September 3, 2018
The Military directed the Garrison Commander, 3 Division, Rukuba Barrack in Plateau to find the missing general and bring him dead or alive and if anything had happened to him, the garrison should find those responsible for it.

On September 29, 2018, the Nigerian Army recovered Akali’s vehicle and his personal effects were seen and after further investigation, a shallow grave was discovered in which the general was initially buried.

Eventually, the remains of the officer was found in an abandoned well in a bush at Guchwet village in Shen Du District of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau on Wednesday, October 31.

We do not charge tuition in Unilorin – Management 

 

The University of Ilorin on Sunday said it does not charge tuition fees in line with the policy of the Federal Government.

According to a statement signed by Mr Kunle Akogun, Unilorin Director of Corporate Affairs, misinformation is currently trending on the social media over slight adjustments in the university’s charges starting from the 2018/2019 academic session.

“We wish to put record straight and assure our ever responsible students of the management’s good intentions.

“The University of Ilorin, in line with federal government policy, does not charge tuition fees. “What we have here is university and faculty charges,” he said. Akogun stated that the items that make up the charges are simply fundamental and basic.

“For instance, examinations remain sacrosanct, same for provision of state-of-the-art health and library facilities, in addition to stable electricity and uninterrupted water supply.

“The implication is that what is obtainable about 12 years ago can no longer sustain the university in this century. “It should be pointed out that even with the slight adjustment in charges, Unilorin is still among the lowest charging federal universities in the country,’’ he said.

He said this can be confirmed by comparing statistics of what is payable in other universities.

The director noted that this does not foreclose negotiation between the management and student leaders for reasonable concession. “Even if only one naira is added, there will be reaction.

“The question is how justifiable is the reaction in the face of current realities in providing qualitative university education with needed facilities that guarantee such.

“The management, ever so responsive, has set in motion a high level negotiation with stakeholders for possible reduction,” he said.

Akogun also stated that as part of the strategy, a meeting had been scheduled for Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, between the leadership of the Students’ Union, Faculty Presidents and officials of the Students’ Affairs to find a middle course solution to the issues.

Nnamdi Kanu says he who fights, runs away, lives to fight another day

 

The Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has condemned the alleged killing of over 1,000 Shiites by in both Abuja and Kaduna State by security agents, saying that the action was unconscionable.

Kanu spoke during a radio broadcast on Radio Biafra, from Jerusalem, weekend. Nnamdi Kanu He also, gave reasons why he ran away from Nigeria, saying that he who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day.

According to him, “Prophet Muhammed ran away and came back to conquer everywhere. Jesus did same and came out victorious. Nnamdi Azikiwe ran to Ghana; Nelson Mandela ran to Nigeria. Those of them saying I ran away when they came to kill me, are people who want me dead because, they know I’m their headache.”

He further said that Africans, nay Nigerians were too backward to realize the implications of denying people their right to protest against injustices, hence the people allowed the killing of innocent protesters, reportedly, by soldiers in Abuja without rendering help or solution to those being allegedly massacred.

“The most backward continent in the world is Africa because, we are very wicked. There is no collective consciousness… That is why a scavenging illiterate like … killed over 1,000 Shiites, for protesting.

“The heart of the black man is evil. We complain of racism, but kill ourselves. Yesterday, protesters in America blocked the most powerful man in the whole world, Donald Trump and he took another road. “But the only thing Nigerians did in Abuja (while the Shiites were being killed), is to ask people to avoid the very road, where people are massacred, instead of rendering a solution.

“Black people have problems because, we are not educated enough, discerning enough and don’t reason well. The suffering of other people, doesn’t affect Africans, that is why we suffer. “People don’t speak against evil in Nigeria. Nobody remembers the genocide committed in Africa, that is why we are backwards. There is something wrong with Africans, it’s because we don’t have empathy.”

Kanu, however, said that, “IPOB has collective consciousness. An instance is Aba. If something happens at Aba, everyone will analyse and decide if it’s good or bad,” and decide what should be done. Everybody Welcome to biafra He welcomed everyone including Nigerians, Biafrans, IPOB members, friends of Biafra as well as lovers of freedom and enemies of Biafra to his live broadcast. Kanu said, “it Is my job to spread this very Biafra message and I must do it…,” as he prayed, pointing out that he said same prayers while languishing in the Department of State Services, DSS, facilities as well as the prisons in Nigeria.

The IPOB leader described himself as a prayer warrior, stressing that he prayed seven a day apart from praying with his family, when he was opportune to speak to his family on phone. Apparently referring to President Muhammadu Buhari, he further said that he would be “unveiling” the person (Jubril) now occupying the presidential villa, Aso Rock, even as he acknowledged that the task of doing so was a collective effort.

“By the time I start exposing him, most of you might find it difficult to understand the complexity of that very Jubril in Aso Rock. Tonight we are going to start with a preamble.

IPOB BOYCOTT OF 2019 ELECTIONS

“I wish to appeal to every suffering person, you must ignore the established propaganda and join IPOB to boycott Nigeria elections. If you are tired of the massacre and pains in Nigeria, you must boycott elections. Those of you who want restructuring, employment, then you must boycott elections. But Biafra will be different. I am not stopping you from joining us, in the Biafra quest. I want my people to be free. Nigeria is unsalvageable.

“Nigeria is unsalvageable. The only thing holding us together, is oil and gas. Sometimes I pray, that the oil should go dry, so we can be free. In Nigeria you have journalists, that sit by the side, without possessing the conscience to write against evils carried out there. That is why, I call Nigeria a zoo.

“The level of wickedness in Nigeria, is too much. There is something wrong, with the brain of a black person and until we change it, then we shall continue to suffer. Are you aware that, only Africa is remains undeveloped? By this time in 2014, there were chanting and demanding that Jonathan should go out.

“You know if I hit the All Progressives Congress, APC, hard, they say the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is sponsoring us and vice versa. “There is a cabal running the zoo. El-rufia etc are the ones that brought that thing called Jubril, in Aso Rock. That (Jubril) in Aso Rock cannot speak Fulfude because, he is not Fulani.

“Look at his fingers and ears, then you know he is an impostor. He is not more than 50years, but an impostor. Buhari is bald, but this current Jubril in Aso Rock has hairs… That uncertificated man in Aso Rock, must be exposed I’m here, to save you from your ignorance… I must preach this very gospel.

“Biafra activists arrested during Donald Trump rally (in Port Harcourt), are still in detention because, the magistrates are afraid. I am here to preach this very gospel. Only South Africa is good because, White people… are not demanding for their own country. Biafra is going to be a confederation. The greatest asset you have, is your brain.

“When Biafra comes, we will pipe free oil to West Africa because, they are so poor. May the good Lord, have mercy on black Africans. Peter Obi is now trying to be Vice President; vote for him, when late Dr. Alex Ekwueme was there, what did he do? What is Yemi Osibanjo doing for Yoruba people now?

“Don’t vote and demand for what you need. It is called doctrine of necessity. Throw that useless thing put together by Abdusalami Abubakar and called it, constitution…If Biafra is going to be as wicked as Nigeria, where the government keeps mute over evil, let there be no Biafra. “How can you give us a certificate in 2014 that has Mathematics and in 2018, there is none. Everyone in WAEC Office including INEC, should be jailed. Journalists keep mute in the face of Injustices.

“Though not all of them are bad, there are good ones. Just like late Dele Giwa. Nigeria is dead and as they brought out that fraudulent certificate. We will chase them until the zoo falls. The Zoo is in trouble. I will give them enough trouble. I will unmask that thing called Jubril, on live television with experts. By the time I finish with them, no Fulani Man will ever be the President of Nigeria.

“They know it, that is why they want to kill me, but they can’t because God is with me. Experts from America are coming, to join me in this very exposure of Jubril. Buhari is Fulani’s hit Man, who came out to complete Utsman Dan Fodio’s quest. No matter your ethnicity, you must come out and partake on this revolution. Some of you, are very hungry. During Election they give you #1000 and you vote. “Only one police check point, will take it from you. They demand for break light, bulb light until you spend the #1000. Biafra is Light.

“IPOB knows their Leader Nnamdi Kanu, is resolute, that is why they can’t fall out. I want every man of good conscience, to keep money aside and face the truth. We are special people. IPOB is special. Freedom of religion will be sacrosanct in Biafra. Rogues Soldiers are not designed, to be deployed in the street. I live in Europe. How many tines have you seen a British soldier in the streets of Britain? But in Nigeria where you have professors, you keep mute over the massacres of humans and claim to be educated. Whoever did this to us…? They try to deceive us with the adage that,

“What an old Man sees sitting down, a child cannot see it while standing.” “I don’t need to stand up, to see poverty. Do you know that after Abacha killed Ken Saro Wiwa, Bayelsa named a street by Abacha’s name? Its just like naming a street in Israel after Hitler and you know its not possible. It is only in Nigeria, where people name streets with the names of people, who killed them.

WHY I RAN AWAY FROM NIGERIA

“Prophet Muhammed ran away and came back to conquer everywhere. Jesus did same and came out victorious. Nnamdi Azikiwe ran to Ghana; Nelson Mandela ran to Nigeria. Those of them saying I ran away when they came to kill me, are people who want me dead because, they know I’m their headache. If Britain doesn’t let Biafra go, Britain will be decimated by the Almighty.

“What is happening to Britain, is because they don’t allow Biafra to go. Britain must let Biafra go or they will be broken into pieces. Any Nation that rises against Biafra, must die. In Biafra everybody will be welcomed, to worship anything he wishes to, even if cockroach.

“There will be freedom of worship, in Biafra. Have you asked why, only Jewish men are ready to die for Biafrans. Apart from Yaweshua, Bruce Mayrock a Jewish Man, died for Biafra, by setting himself ablaze. Eleven Jewish children burnt themselves in Paris for Biafra. Biafra will be sacrificed to Elohim. Our temple in Arochukwu will be rebuilt, for your information. I have nothing against anybody, but if you hate me, I will do so.

We must go back to Nsude, to see the pyramid our ancestors built when they came out of Egypt and Aguleri and off course Arochukwu. I shall reconvene next week on the 10th Of October 2018, to preach this very gospel.”

Shi’ites name 34 members allegedly shot dead by soldiers

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has listed the names of 34 of its members who were allegedly shot dead by soldiers between between October 27 and October 30.

Members of the sect clashed with soldiers in Abuja last week.

In a statement on Sunday, the group accused soldiers of murder, demanding an investigation into the matter.

The IMN said the list would be updated to accommodate the names of others yet to be identified.

The group said most of the dead were buried in Zaria, Kaduna state, while family members claimed the bodies of others.

The defence headquarters had said only three Shi’ites were killed during violent protests, saying the army only acted in self defence.

Here is the list of the 34 Shi’ite protesters allegedly killed by soldiers:

  •  Abdulaziz Ibrahim (Maigana, Kaduna State)
  • Rabi’u Abdulwahab (Malumfashi, Katsina State)
  • Minka’ilu Shu’aibu (Kudan, Kaduna State)
  • Muhammad Hussain (Sokoto, Sokoto State)
  • Abdu Dijana (Suleja, Niger State)
  • Ukasha Dayyabu (Madalla, Niger State)
  • Faru’q Ahmad Garba
  • Sulaima SK
  • Muhammad Soje
  • Fatima Yahaya Musa
  • Malam Abu Qasim (Gaji, Bauchi State)
  • Surajo Adam (Garu, Borno State)
  • Ja’afar Yusuf (Keffi, Nasarawa State)
  • Saeed Adamu (Awe, Nasarawa State)
  • Lawal Ibrahim (Tudun Baushe Maraban Kafanchan, Kaduna State)
  • Kamal Muhammad Haruna (Kaduna, Kaduna State)
  • Al-Kasim Minka’il
  • Huzaifa Musa
  • Abdulaziz Haruna (Bauchi, Bauchi State)
  • Muhammad Sani Awwal (Bauchi, Bauchi State)
  • Zangina Muhammad Garba (Bauchi, Bauchi State)
  • Isma’il Shu’aibu Alramma (Bauchi, Bauchi State)
  • Aliuu Munnir (Mutum Biyu, Taraba State)
  • Hamisu Muhammad (Zaria, Kaduna State)
  • Abbas Muhammad
  • Munnir Muhammad (Samaru Zaria, Kaduna State)
  • Sa’id Zubairu (Maraba Abuja, FCT)
  • Abdullahi Sabo Muhammad (Yauri, Kebbi State)
  • Umar Abdullahi
  • Mansur Lawal (Bauchi, Bauchi State)
  • Umar Abdullahi Dogon Haris (Adamawa State)
  • Abubakar Dadda’u (Gombe, Gombe State)
  • Imrana Abdullahi

‘We don’t have rubber bullets’ — military issues fresh warning to Shi’ites

Brigadier-General John Agim, spokesman of the defence headquarters (DHQ), has told members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) to be ready to face the consequences if they take on the military.

Members of the movement better known as Shi’ites clashed with soldiers in some parts of Abuja last week.

The army confirmed that three Shi’ites were killed while four soldiers sustained injuries but the group declared 1,000 of its members missing.

Speaking in an interview with Osasu Igbinedion on The Osasu Show, Agim denied allegations that the military was sent to disrupt the procession of the movement, saying those accusing the military wanted to paint it bad.

“There are different narratives out there that are not correct. It is not true that the military is being used to stop the Shi’ites from their normal procession,” Agim said.

“Right from 2015, we have been hearing about the issue of Shi’ites and the military. It has never been that the military was sent to stop whatever thing they are doing.

“The problem emanates from the philosophy that guide the movement. The clash that you see, in fact three times now, is that the Shi’ites obstruct the military from doing their job. They are a law unto themselves. They do anything.

“They are supposed to be a religious organisation. Where did they get those arms and ammunition? This was how Boko Haram started, in fact, it was not even as serious as this. The narrative is being given by an international community and it is very simple. They want to make the military look unprofessional.

“They have the right to protest. But when you protest, protest lawfully. Anybody that does not obey the laws of the land should be sanctioned.”

Asked why the Shi’ites are asked to obey the law while the federal government has refused to obey the court order to release Zakzaky, Agim said: “So they are attacking the military to show their dissatisfaction with the government, then they should be ready for the consequence.

“We don’t have rubber bullets when we are sent on assignments. So, if any organisation that is not happy with the government want to take on the military, then they should be ready for the consequence.

“Whatever the problem of the Shi’ites with the federal government, let them take it constitutionally. You take on any military in the world and you will be taken down.”

He said if the Shi’ites are left to protest freely, people ask where the military is, but if the military intervenes, “you people you are still blaming the military. Why don’t you let these people be?

“The solution is that Shi’ites must be a religious organisation. Obey the laws of the land. Nobody can take on the military and they will not have casualties,” he said

Speaking on his assessment of the role of the judiciary in the fight against corruption, Agim said the third arm of government is not doing enough.

“I think the area where we are having serious problem in the fight against insecurity is that the judiciary has not been part of it. Anywhere that there must be law and order, people should fear sanctions,” he said.

“Several times, those people were arrested and they were released without any sanction. We have a country where nobody is sanctioned for doing something wrong. Evans, the kingpin kidnapper, he came out confessing. Over one year now, what has happened?”

Stop donating money like Father Christmas, Atiku tells Buhari

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to attend to the needs of Nigerians instead of donating money to other countries.

The former vice president said that Nigeria’s resources should be used for the country and its people and not as donations to others.

He said that the President and his team should be more prudent with national resources.

Atiku, in a statement by its media office in Abuja on Sunday wondered why a country whose leaders had vowed to sell its national assets would still be donating money without considering its implications.

He said that the President recently promised to donate $500,000 to Guinea Bissau, along with other material donations.

He said, “Recently, we had cause to counsel the Buhari administration to be more prudent with national resources after the government declared its intention to sell national assets built by previous administrations to fund their business as usual 2019 budget.

“Apparently, rather than give heed to our pro bono patriotic advise, the Buhari administration is persisting in the financial profligacy that has seen them destroy a once thriving economy.

In the latest instance, the Buhari government has announced that it is making a $500,000 donation to Guinea Bissau, along with other material donations.

Our response is to ask why a nation that has been officially named as the world headquarters for extreme poverty, will donate her resources to others instead of using them to solve pressing domestic problems?

“This is the same government that is so cash strapped that it has so far borrowed ₦13 trillion in three years putting our economy in even greater peril.

“How prudent is it to go about taking loans from whomsoever cares to lend you money and then turn around to give out those same monies even when your own people are suffering the worst forms of poverty they have ever endured?

“We call on the Buhari administration to cut their coat according to their cloth. He should stop donating like Father Christmas. He should attend to then need of Nigerians.

Fuel scarcity looms as NUPENG backs NLC planned strike

There may be shortage of fuel next week as the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers has pledged its loyalty to the Nigeria Labour Congress and any step that the NLC decides to take.

The Federal Government on Friday obtained an order from the National Industrial Court restraining the organised labour from embarking on strike.

The NLC, the Trade Union Congress and the United Labour Congress had, however, insisted on embarking on the strike, claiming that they had not been served with court processes.

Attempts to speak with the presidents of the NLC and the TUC, Mr Ayuba Wabba and Mr Bobboi Kaigama, on Saturday proved abortive as they did not respond to calls made to their telephones.

However, the National President of NUPENG, Prince Akporeha, told our correspondent that since his union is an affiliate of the NLC, it would comply fully with any directive the NLC gave.

When asked if NUPENG would join the strike, he said, “Are we not an affiliate of the NLC? Is NUPENG on its own? Of course we are with the NLC.”

When reminded of the fact that a court had ordered unions not to go on strike, the NUPENG president said, “We are waiting for directives.”

Attempts to get the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria on Saturday also proved abortive as its President, Mr Francis Johnson, neither picked repeated calls to his telephone nor responded to a text message on Saturday.

The organised labour had fixed November 6, 2018 for the commencement of an indefinite strike over the failure of the Federal Government to approve the N30, 000 it is demanding as minimum wage.

Last week, the Nigeria Governors Forum said it could only pay N22, 500 as minimum wage, a position which was rejected by the unions.

WAEC disagrees with Presidency, says Buhari applied for results

The Presidency and the West African Examinations Council, on Saturday, disagreed on the reason for the issuance of an Attestation of Results to President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday.

While the Presidency insisted that Buhari didn’t apply for the results of the West African School Certificate Examination, which he claimed to have sat for in 1961, the examination body said the document was issued because the President applied for it.

WAEC’s spokesman, Damianus Ojijeogu, stated this in an interview with our correspondent on Saturday.

Ojijeogu, in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, said, “We would not have given him the document if he didn’t apply. It is only Buhari or a court that can ask for the results. There is no other person. So he asked for it.”

Also, WAEC said in issuing an Attestation of Results to replace a lost or missing WAEC certificate, the subjects, where the candidate had F9, would no longer be captured.

WAEC Nigeria said these on its Twitter handle, @waecnigeria, on Saturday, while answering questions from several Nigerians on the omission of F9 from Buhari’s attestation.

“That is WAEC Twitter handle. It is correct,” Ojijeogu added, confirming the authenticity of the post on the handle.

The documents were presented to the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, during a courtesy visit by a delegation of WAEC led by its Registrar, Dr. Iyi Uwadiae.

Uwadiae was accompanied by the Head, National Office, WAEC, Olutise Adenipekun; Head, Public Affairs, WAEC, Abiodun Aduloju; and the Zonal Coordinator, WAEC Abuja, Olufemi Oke.

Buhari received the documents amidst the controversy generated over his claim in his details presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission that his credentials were with the Military Board.

The board had subsequently declared the President’s certificate missing, hence the need for him to get an attestation and a confirmation.

Earlier on its Twitter handle on Saturday, the examination body had stated, “You cannot apply for Attestation of Results or any other document if you have not registered and sat for the examination.

“The documents for application are a letter of application, police report on lost or damaged certificate, photocopy of lost or damaged certificate, two recent passport-sized photographs of the candidate, sworn affidavit for collection of attestation of results and administrative fee of N20,000.”

But the Presidency, which spoke through Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the initiative to make the documents available to the President was that of the examination body.

Shehu, in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday, said WAEC authorities made it clear that they read about the controversy generated by the President’s missing certificate and saw the need to save the council’s integrity.

The presidential spokesman added, “No, the President did not apply for the documents. I made this clear in an opinion I wrote on Friday.

“The presentation of the documents to the President was strictly an initiative of WAEC.

“They said they read about the controversy on the pages of newspapers and saw the need to save the integrity of the council.”

Shehu had, in an opinion, titled ‘President Buhari, WAEC and PDP’s toxic air’, on Friday, quoted the examination body as saying that the controversy concerning Buhari’s school certificate was embarrassing and felt a sense of duty to produce and deliver the documents to him.

He had said, “This is a god-send, with WAEC being a non-political entity. This should put to rest the absurd allegations by the Peoples Democratic Party, brought up again and again, that he (Buhari) did not attend a secondary school.”

WAEC said the controversy surrounding the President’s picture was due to a guideline that the council used the photograph of the applicant for the attestation and not the pupil’s picture as of the time of sitting for the examination.

WAEC also said it did not issue the attestation of results to Buhari in 2015 because there was no application for it.

It said, “WAEC does not record fail in certificates. He (Buhari) did not apply for it in 2015. In August 2015, the council introduced Attestation of Results that can be obtained on request and that can serve as a replacement for lost or missing certificates.

“It should be the passport photo he (Buhari) submitted during the application for Attestation of Results. Attestation of Results carries passport of the candidate’s application when he or she applied. Candidates were first issued Attestation of Results by WAEC Nigeria in 2015.

“What we presented to President Buhari on Friday was a Statement/Attestation of Results and not a certificate. Subjects that a candidate had F9s in are no longer captured in certificates or Attestation of Results.”

Okorocha withdraws staff from Deputy Gov’s office 

 

Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, has ordered the withdrawal of all official drivers and administrative staff, from the Deputy Governor’s Office, as Prince Eze Madumere alleges sinister motive behind the act.

A memo, HSI/S.29/S.1/T.3/807, dated October 23, 2018 and signed by one Umelo K.O on behalf of the Head of Service, HOS, Mr. Calistus Ekenze, eight out of the 12 members of staff posted out of the Deputy Governor’s Office, were operational staff and drivers, while the rest are administrative staff, including a senior staff on Data Processing.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, has described the act as “not only shocking but also a clear threat” to his life. Madumere, who spoke through his media aide, Mr. Uche Onwuchekwa, recalled that since his acquittal from the impeachment plot by Justice Benjamin C. Iheka, of Imo State High Court, “there has been gross disregard to the Office of the Deputy Governor”.

He expressed fear over his personal security, with the current resolve of the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Dasuki Galadanchi, not to restore his security, despite the court verdict since last September.

Onwuchekwa recalled that during the series of impeachment plots to remove the Deputy Governor of Imo State from Office, they raised alarm over the grand plans to harm Prince Madumere, following his stance against the imposition of Governor’s son in-law, Mr. Uche Nwosu, and other irreconcilable issues that bordered on policies.

“We also recall how some members of the domestic staff of the Deputy Governor were approached to be used as agents of death to poison the Deputy Governor. Therefore, Office of the Deputy Governor regrets the tyrannical model of governance approach of the government even in a democracy, where people’s opinion or freedom of Speech, Association and other fundamental rights are not respected”, Onwuchekwa said.

Madumere’s media aide equally regretted that Imo State government should throw caution to the wind by flagrantly refusing to observe ethics, values and respect for the hierarchy of office, in an established organization as a Government, to the extent where the opinion of the Deputy Governor is not sought before an issue as sensitive as posting out staff from the Office of the Deputy Governor by the Head of Service.

“We wish to state categorically that the sudden posting of the operational staff of the Office of the Deputy Governor is a careful plot to compromise the security of Prince Eze Madumere. We therefore view the whole actions and inactions of the government of Imo State, as wholly suspicious and a well-known old preparatory gimmicks before high profile heinous crimes like assassinations are committed”, Onwuchekwa said.

He also used the opportunity to notify the Inspector General of Police, Commissioner of Police, Imo State and other security agencies, to “take note of the suspicious actions and inactions of Imo State Government, led by His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha”.

APC crisis: Buhari has succumbed to governors, says Shehu Sani

Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central, says governors under the All Progressives Congress (APC) have no respect for President Muhammadu Buhari and do not share his philosophy.

In an interview with The Nation, Sani said the president is unable to curtail the powers of the governors and have succumbed to them.

Commenting on the crisis rocking the ruling party, the senator said Buhari and Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the APC, have become weak and helpless in the face of firepower by the state governors.

Sani said Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the ruling party, had done his best to resolve the crisis that forced him out of the party but that Tinubu did not achieve much because he is not from the north.

“I must be very frank with you, Tinubu has done his best but there is a limit to what he can do. He isn’t from the North and has a lot of issues to attend to but what was very clear, I won’t rain insults on the President or Chairman of the party, but what I would say is that their weaknesses, their vulnerability, their failures have been evident in the very sense that they were helpless in the face of firepower by the state governors.

He added that the Buhari administration is now run by invisible forces and has disconnected from the vision it started with.

“Well, if you look at his attitude to governance and his philosophy of being for everybody and nobody has led the party nowhere and it is also leading the party nowhere,” Sani said.

“If you are a leader, you cannot preside over a nation by body language or side language. You have to take decisions, you have to be decisive. You don’t also have to depend on the decisions of others but you can consult others for the decisions which you are going to take. The governors under the APC today don’t respect President Buhari; they have no respect for him and they don’t share what his philosophy is all about.

“While the chairman of the party sees the need to preserve the loyal band within the party, the governors don’t see the need for it. They want to plant their stooges. As far as I am concerned, the seat that I occupy, the Kaduna Central senatorial seat, Nasir el Rufai is putting a stooge there to keep the place for him so that after he is out of government, he can also be a senator.

“The governors see senatorial seats as places they should preserve for their future and that’s why you find some people going to the national assembly without standing up to do their work as parliamentarians, because they were there standing in for somebody.”

Last month, Sani resigned his membership of the ruling APC in protest and joined the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) due to his inability to secure the ticket of the APC for the 2019 elections despite assurances from the national working committee of the party.

SERAP gives Buhari two-week ultimatum to probe Ganduje

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to order the probe of Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state.

In videos widely circulated on social media, the governor was seen allegedly receiving kickbacks from contractors.

The Kano house of assembly is already probing him but SERAP asked the government to “take the recommended steps within 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter, failing which SERAP will institute legal proceedings to compel your government to act in the public interest”.

It asked the president to also direct Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, and appropriate anti-corruption agencies to investigate the allegations.

“If there is relevant and sufficient admissible evidence, Mr Ganduje should face prosecution at the expiration of his tenure as governor,” the organisation said in an open letter dated November 2.

The organisation also urged the government “to instruct the Attorney General and/or appropriate anti-corruption agencies to ensure the protection and guarantee the safety and security of journalist Jafar Jafar, who reportedly published the video clips.”

In the letter signed by  Bamisope Adeyanju, SERAP’s senior legal adviser, the organisation said: “Given the history of corruption in Nigeria, especially unresolved allegations of grand corruption against many state governors, your government cannot and should not look the other way regarding the allegations against Mr Ganduje.

“Any allegations of bribery and abuse of power in any state of Nigeria is of concern to every Nigerian, and should therefore, be of concern to your government.

“The obligations of your government to combat corruption in Nigeria extend to all the three tiers of government, namely, the federal government, state government and local government.

“Although primarily a matter of concern for Kano State, the allegations of bribery against Mr Ganduje have assumed such a proportion as to become a matter of concern to the federation as a whole, and therefore, to your government.”

“Taking the recommended steps would help to enhance your government’s fight against corruption and contribute hugely to promoting the public interest, the interest of justice as well as prevent any abuse of the legal process. Any failure and/or refusal to act would undermine the goal of your government’s anti-corruption fight and tacitly serve to encourage persistent allegations of corruption among many state governors to continue with almost absolute impunity.”

It’s less likely for Buhari to be defeated in 2019, says US institute

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) says it is less likely for President Muhammadu Buhari to be defeated in the 2019 election.

The organaisation said this in a report it released on the forthcoming general election.

USIP said the report is based on its interactions with Nigerians from different sectors.

The report, which analysed the chances of violence marring the elections, is contrary to two recent predictions by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the research unit of The Economist Magazine, that the incumbent government will be unseated next year.

USIP said though many Nigerians feel that the current administration has not met their expectations, this is not likely to cost the All Progressives Congress (APC) government its hold on power.

“Many Nigerians feel their hopes have not been met. Some respondents suggest the electorate is sufficiently disappointed that voter apathy will be greater in 2019 than in 2015, with the unifying narrative of change that helped elect the APC in 2015 much less compelling as a factor in mobilizing the electorate, and perceptions that another defeat of the presidential incumbent is less likely to happen in 2019,” the report read.

Comparing the 2015 elections to the forthcoming one, the report said there is a greater chance of the occurrence of election violence, listing Adamawa, Anambra, Ekiti, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Plateau, Rivers as the eight of 36 states with greater risks of election violence.

While it stated that it is up to the combined efforts of political parties, security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to curb violence in the election, it said the greater work lies with the electoral body.

“Important shifts in Nigeria’s political and security context have occurred since the 2015 elections, presenting both evolving, and new, risks to the 2019 elections,” it read.

“Of all the state’s institutions, most respondents felt that peaceful elections in 2019 are contingent on the performance of Nigeria’s INEC.

“Given the relative success of the 2015 elections, they felt that INEC ought to be able to deliver credible elections again in 2019. They feared, however, that any regression from the level of performance achieved in 2015 could lead to violence because some would view the failings not as a result of incompetence but as deliberate attempts to frustrate the will of the voters.

“INEC should at least match the standards it set in 2015, and any regression could set the stage for violence.”

The report further said despite the projections of violence, “there are signs of hope”.

“Yet, while the potential for election violence exists, there are signs of hope. Some states have developed successful election conflict-mitigation practices. In the short amount of time remaining, INEC and the police should undertake a number of key reforms,” it said.

“ The United States, along with other international supporters of the electoral process, should also intensify their efforts to reinforce the work of these key Nigerian institutions.

“Beyond institutional support, rather than apply a conventional approach to electoral violence mitigation, donor programming should adapt to Nigeria’s current context, political shifts, and opportunities, and be sufficiently flexible to respond to the risks distinct in each of Nigeria’s states.

“In advance of the election, international diplomatic efforts to preempt electoral violence need to be intensified. Regional and international actors should convey their expectations that political parties effectively address their internal disputes, and be ready to put on notice politicians responsible for escalating these disputes.”