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  1. President Muhammadu Buhari and his family on Friday thanked all those who identified with them after the bike accident that involved their son, Yusuf, in Abuja on December 26. In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the first family said prayers rendered by those within and outside the country let to their son being discharged from hospital. “We thank Nigerians from all walks of life, both within and outside the country, leaders of many foreign countries, groups, organisations, individuals, and many others, who prayed, visited, sent messages, and generally stood by us at the trying time,” the family said, praying that almighty Allah would reward them all. Adesina confirmed that Yusuf was discharged from Cedarcrest Hospital, Abuja, on Friday, following what the Chief Medical Director described as his “extremely speedy response to treatment.” The presidential spokesman had earlier in the day issued a statement indicating that Yusuf’s health had improved remarkably and he was ready to be discharged. He had said the news of Yusuf’s improved health and imminent discharge was contained in a statement dated January 12, 2018, by the Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr. Felix Ogedegbe. He reproduced Ogedegbe’s statement which also denied media reports that the President’s wife, Aisha, also suffered shock and was treated at the hospital. He also quoted the report as saying that there was also no truth in the report that Yusuf was involved in the accident alongside his friend.
  2. Archbishop Emeritus of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie, has become the latest public figure in the country to slam President Muhammadu Buhari over his plans to seek a second term in office come 2019. Earlier in the week, reports that the President had appointed the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, as director general of his 2019 re-election campaign, went rival. The Minister of Communication, Barrister Adebayo Shittu had also told State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, on Wednesday in Abuja after a closed-door meeting with Buhari that ardent supporters of the President would prevail on him to seek re-election. Although Shittu acknowledged that Buhari was undecided about seeking a second term, political analysts believe the kite is being flown by the President's handlers to gauge the peoples' pulse on the matter. Reacting to the subtle plans by Buhari to purportedly run for a second term, Cardinal Okogie said it is an insult to Nigerians, judging the President's woeful performance since assuming office almost three years ago. Speaking in an interview with The New Telegraph, Cardinal Okogie advised the President, who recently clocked 75, to respect himself and retire quietly from politics at the end of his first tenure in 2019. He said:
  3. The General Overseer of the Christ Apostolic Deliverance Evangelic Ministry, CADEM, Mowe, Ogun State, Apostle S. S. Aderigigbe, has revealed what God told him concerning 2018. The prophet said one senator each from the South East, South West and North will die this year. He also said President Muhammadu Buhari will travel out again for medical vacation in London but may not return. The cleric also predicted that a governor from the South East part of the country will die in 2018. See full prophecy: 1. There will be surplus food and money in 2018. Nigeria will begin to change for the better in 2018. 2. There will be an outbreak of children diseases early in 2018. The Lord said that Nigerians should pray and fast for 3 days before 21st of January to avert the death of children in 2018. 3. We should pray against sudden death of four Northern Governors in 2018. 4. We should pray to avert serious strike action in 2018 as Government will punish lecturers in 2018. 5. We should pray for God’s protection as the rate of kidnappings will be alarming in 2018. 6. A great and popular man of God along Lagos-Ibadan Exp. Way will pass away in 2018. 7. We should pray against plane crash involving powerful people travelling from Abuja early in 2018. 8. We should pray seriously for President Buhari so that the plans of enemies will not re-visit him in 2018. 9. Nigerians should also pray very well for President Buhari for him to return if he travels back for medical treatment in 2018. 10. We should pray against sudden deaths among those contesting for political offices ahead of 2019 general elections. 11. There will be serious conflict/chaos between Egypt and Israel in 2018. This will impact heavily and adversely on Egypt. 12. There will be an outbreak of a new deadly disease in China that will take away life within 5 minutes. We should pray very well to prevent the disease from spreading beyond China. 13. Kogi State will witness another political crisis in 2018. We should also pray for the Governor of the state. 14. One Governor from the Eastern part of the country will die in a road accident in 2018. 15. There will be serious political crisis in South Africa that will claim many lives in 2018. 16. Petrol price will fall massively in 2018. Dollar will also crash in 2018. 17. One popular senator in Lagos will pass away in 2018. 18. There will be great disastrous flood in Lagos Island (from Ikoyi to Lekki) in 2018. 19. There will be serious conflict in the senate which may likely split the nation in 2018. 20. Many actors and actresses will die in 2018. 21. Donald Trump will attempt to attack Korea in 2018 which will shake the world. 22. Three senators will die in 2018 (1 from north, 1 from south east & 1 from south west); One minister in Buhari’s cabinet will die in 2018. 23. A great and famous businessman/entrepreneur will pass away in 2018. 24. There will be minimal road accident in 2018. 25. Ghanaians should pray very well to avert an imminent crisis that may claim many lives in 2018. 26. There will be serious trouble between Donald Trump and the United Nations (UN) in 2018. 27. There will be immense success for SSCE and JAMB students in 2018. 28. One former president in Nigerian will pass away in 2018. 29. Five great and popular professors will die in 2018. 30. One great traditional ruler in Yorubaland will die in 2018. 31. There will be serious fire disaster in a market in Lagos Island in 2018. 32. Nigeria will enjoy economic boom and business activities will thrive well in 2018. 33. We should pray very well for Abuja FCT against Boko Haram attacks in 2018. 34. Trouble looms in Ekiti State due to selection of governorship candidate in 2018. 35. There will be serious catastrophic occurrence in Lagos State that will claim many lives. 36. Four governorship candidates will die in 2018. 37. Many fake ministers of God will be exposed in 2018. 38. A strong political party in Nigeria will fall apart in 2018
  4. Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari for not controlling ‘his lust for blood.’ The Peoples Democratic Party’s chieftain said Buhari was not worthy of any respect. He was apparently referring to the ongoing killings of innocent persons by Fulani herdsmen across the country. In a Facebook post, the controversial writer also took a swipe at the Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai for inflicting pains on the people. He accompanied his post with the picture of Buhari and El-Rufai in a train. Fani-Fayode wrote, “A Governor that is incapable of controlling his obsessive desire to inflict pain is not worthy of honor. “A President that is incapable of controlling his insatiable lust for blood is not worthy of respect.
  5. The Presidency rose yesterday in its own defence over the inclusion of the names of some dead persons as chairmen or members of newly constituted boards and parastatals. It said it was all a mistake which would be rectified in due course. No fewer than three of the appointees -Chief Frank Okpozo, Mr. Donald Ugbaja and Christopher Utov – were already dead when the list of 209 chairmen and 1258 board members were released by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, on Friday night.Okpozo was named as Chairman of the Nigerian Press Council; Ugbaja, a retired deputy Inspector General of Police, was listed as a member of the Consumers Protection Council while Utov was included as a board member of the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER). The development sparked heavy criticism of government especially on social media. Speaking to reporters yesterday on the issue, the Senior Special Assistant to the on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said that the list was prepared before President Muhammadu Buhari took ill and was released by the SGF without any alteration. The President, he said, had requested 50 names from each of the state chapters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015. The nominations were harmonized by the national secretariat of the party which then submitted the list to the immediate past SGF, Babachir Lawal. Shehu said: “However, complaints arose from some governors who felt they were not carried along in the process. “To answer this, the president constituted a committee under the vice president to review and reflect the interest of the governors.” He said that the report submitted by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was delayed because of President Buhari’s illness and his subsequent medical vacation abroad. “The president’s trips for medical attention slowed down completion of the process,” he said. The president only decided to revisit the matter recently and therefore directed the new SGF to release the list, he said. “The current SGF was only directed to complete that process by releasing the list which he apparently did without altering it. “The new SGF did what he was asked to do. There is nothing scandalous or extraordinary about what has happened.” The SGF in a statement attached to the list of the appointees said the constitution of the boards was “very necessary, so as to provide a proper governance and oversight structure for government agencies and parastatals.” He added: “The constitution of the boards with the appointments is a demonstration of this government’s efforts aimed at building strong institutions of governance, and by extension, improving the quality of policy formulation and supervision. “While these appointments represent a substantial number of hitherto pending board appointments, some more appointments are still being processed and will be released in due course. “The appointments take immediate effect and Ministers are advised to inaugurate the boards after letters of appointment have been issued.” But some Nigerians were not amused by the inclusion of the names of some dead persons on the list. They took to Twitter and Facebook to register their disappointment and embarrassment. One @royaltyuso writing on his Twitter handle said government officials “will soon say the appointments were strategic and that’s because non-living people do not loot. Femi Adesina will term it posthumous appointment. And that it was rightly placed.” O’Seun Ogunseitan, writing on his Facebook wall said: “The error conclusively gives an idea of why very few good things are happening in the country, the way we want it. “The indications are that most of the Board appointees were never consulted, before the appointments and that the federal government did not even try to find out how the appointees plan to change the state of things in the country.
  6. The Senator representing Kano South, Kabiru Gaya, on Thursday gave an indication that President Muhammadu Buhari will be seeking re-election. Shortly after meeting the President inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the senator told State House correspondents that Buhari will, during his second term, complete whichever projects he cannot complete before the end of his first term. “On road projects, we have to thank President Buhari for putting extra efforts and may Allah continue to give him good health and strength to continue. “I know he is going to inaugurate some projects in 2018 and those not completed will be completed during his second term,” he said. Gaya said he was in the Presidential Villa to thank Buhari for visiting Kano State recently. He said he was happy that the present administration had awarded the road projects from Kano to Abuja which will cost N165bn. The senator said, “I am the Chairman of Works Committee. No government for the past 16 years has been able to put so much money on road project like this government. “The budget of 2011-2014, it was only N26bn that was allocated to works but in 2016 when President Buhari came in, we had a budget of over N200 bn for works and in 2017 we have over N400bn and for 2018, we have about N500bn for works. “So we are rehabilitating our roads and those that were abandoned for years the contractors have gone back to site. “I have gone round 26 states of the federation as Chairman Senate Committee on Works, is remaining the states in the south-west and three states in the north-west for me to visit. “We have seen that work are going on, in some places, there are issues of payment but the contractors are back to site because the president has orders for them to be paid and I’m sure payment to contractors commenced last week and will continue till next week.”
  7. Ministry of Petroleum Resources has reacted to report on social media of a purported memo by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu to President Muhammadu Buhari on the fuel crises. Idang Alibi, Director of Press, in the ministry in a statement said the message and its content is false. He noted that, “This is not a time for diversionary issues as the Petroleum Sector is dealing with a serious National issue. We are focused on collaboratively finding an urgent solution to this crises. “The Minister of State continues to monitor the current fuel situation and to work with NNPC and DPR to continue to execute already communicated ministerial directives to maximally flood the market with products and prevent and penalize any sabotage attempts at diversion by any culprit. “The Minister of State appreciates the pain Nigerians are going through but urges calm and understanding as NNPC is doing everything possible to immediately end this fuel crises situation.”
  8. President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday pleaded with Nigerians to be patient with him on his administration’s ongoing anti-corruption war. He promised that the war against corruption will be prosecuted with the highest regard to due process and respect for human rights. According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President spoke at a meeting he had with religious leaders in Kano, on Thursday, in the course of his two-day state visit. “When I came in uniform as military Head of State, we locked every suspect in Kirikiri prisons until they proved that they were not guilty. “Under the constitution, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. That is the constitution and we will abide by it,” the President was quoted as saying. Buhari was also reported to have reaffirmed his support for the proposed anti-corruption courts. He said to strengthen judicial integrity and the rule of law, such courts must be manned by “incorruptible judges.”
  9. President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday decorated two prominent Nigerians, Adesoji Adesina and Bruce Onobrakpeya with the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM). NAN reports that NNOM is an academic award conferred on distinguished academicians and intellectuals who have made outstanding contributions to the academic, growth and development of Nigeria. The event which took place in the executive chamber of the Presidential Villa was performed on the President’s behalf by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. Mr. Adesina was recognised for his research work in engineering technology while Mr. Onobrakpeya was honoured for his creativity in arts and humanities spanning more than 60 years. The President noted that the awardees distinguished themselves in their various disciplines adding that the award was the highest bestowed on any individual by the country for intellectual achievement of national and global importance. He noted that the awardees brought to 75 the number of such recipients since its introduction 38 years ago. According to him, the recipients epitomised the highest degree of innovation and creativity. He noted that Adesina developed many chemical materials as well as trained many graduates including 42 PhD alumni now professors in highly ranked institutions and petrochemical industries. He added that Onobrakpeya since pre-independence projected the African personality, propagated the concept of natural synthesis and advocated important social causes through arts. The President noted that Onobrakpeya had shown that the artist was not just an entertainer but also a social commentator. “Every winner of the NNOM is unique and on behalf of the President and the people of Nigeria, I congratulate you both on this great achievement. “You are not just national treasures; you are now important milestones in the chequered history of Nigeria’s upward trajectory. “Your stories and attainments now inspire the future; it is on the steady shoulders of your achievements that the coming generations of Nigerian artists and scientists will stand with confidence and hope. “This is the awesome responsibility that you bear,’’ the President noted. The President commended the board of the NNOM Awards and the assessors for a job well done and urged them not to rest on their oars. Accordingly, he promised that the administration would study the recommendations in the communiqué of the annual forum of the laureates and would continue to support the development of research innovation capacity. The President noted that Nigeria is a nation of great people and talent noting that the nation’s human capital “is the greatest resource that we have not our crude oil or solid minerals or land.”
  10. President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday in Nsukka reaffirmed his administration’s commitment towards massive investments in education, insisting that anything short of that would greatly undermine the nation’s drive towards accelerated development. This came as the President asked Nigerians to partner government to uproot the evils of corruption, economic sabotage, criminality, delinquency and other forms of indiscipline in the nation’s body polity. The President spoke at the 47th Convocation ceremony of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Also, three Nigerians including the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Mohammed Sa’ad Abubakar III, former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, and the chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Jim Ovia were honoured with honorary doctorate degrees in Law, Public Administration and Business Administration respectively. The President, who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, said his administration was mindful of the role education plays in the development of any society, vowing not to shy away from his responsibility towards the sector. He said it was for that reason that government has been making increased budgetary allocations to the sector especially the tertiary education. He said government appreciates the roles of the universities in the upliftment of the socio-economic life of the country, adding “that’s why we shall continue to give the necessary support to enable them achieve the objectives for which they were established.” While noting that the universities have the potential and responsibility of training the necessary human capital to drive the various development initiatives of government, the president however urged them to reciprocate the noble gestures of government by striving at all times to measure up to the required standard to justify the monumental investments in them. He urged the universities to define their roles and carve out a niche for themselves by designing programmes that will assist government in poverty reduction, creating employment opportunities, health promotion, application of new technologies in the advancement of knowledge and equality, protecting the environment, promoting sustainable human development as well as sustaining democracy and good governance. To the graduands, the president asked them to take advantage of various aspects of the economic programmes of the Federal Government relevant to them by turning themselves into employers of labour; rather than searching endlessly for the white collar jobs which are not readily available. He said the nation was in the process of revolutionary change, noting that universities must also key into the evolving ethical revolution because without discipline, law and order, no society can make meaningful progress. In their separate addresses, the University Chancellor and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; Pro-chancellor, Chief Mike Olorunfemi and Vice Chancellor, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba, expressed delight with the quantum of achievements recorded by the institute since inceptions, noting that some of the best brains in the country today took off from the University. They said a total of 9,298, made up of 7,830 First Degree, Diploma and Certificate as well as 132 First Class graduands took part in the convocation. Among the graduands were 1,468 Postgraduate Degrees and Diploma, including 331 Doctor of Philosophy Degrees; 982 Masters Degree and 155 Postgraduate Diplomas. On their part, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar, former Governor Kalu and Ovia advocated an increased budgetary allocation to the education sector. The Sultan specifically asked that it be increased to 40 per cent. While Kalu pledged to build and donate a Centre for Conflict Resolution where issues that border on Boko Haram insurgency, Biafra agitations and militancy will be discussed and resolved, Ovia on his part pledged automatic employment for best the graduating students .

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