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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 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.”
  4. 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.”
  5. 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.”
  6. Following reports that U.S. President, Donald Trump planned to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Pope Francis expressed his concern that such a move would further destabilize the Middle East. Pope Francis said he could not "keep silent about my deep concern" for Jerusalem and urged respect for "the status quo of the city in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations." The pope spoke at the end of his weekly general audience Dec. 6, the same day President Trump was expected to announce his decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, fulfilling a promise he made during his presidential campaign. Former presidents, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush had made the same promises during their campaigns, but once in office, they did not carry through with the move, citing its potential negative impact on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Trump, on the other hand, seemed prepared to announce the move, drawing warnings from Middle Eastern and European leaders that overturning the United States' long-standing policy would further complicate peace negotiations. Join me live from the @WhiteHouse via #Periscop https://t.co/wLXKoISSTG - Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2017 The Vatican supports a "two-state solution" for the Holy Land with independence, recognition and secure borders for both Israel and Palestine. At the same time, the Vatican consistently has called for a special status for Jerusalem, particularly its Old City, in order to protect and guarantee access to the holy sites of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In his appeal, Pope Francis said, "Jerusalem is a unique city, sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims who venerate the holy places of their respective religions, and has a special vocation to peace." Since the early 1990s, the Vatican has seen as separate issues the need for a special status for the city and questions over the political sovereignty or control of Jerusalem. The political question, it has insisted, must be the result of negotiation. The internationally unsettled status of Jerusalem and its central importance to Jews, Muslims and Christians explains why, while recognizing the state of Israel, no nation has its embassy in the holy city. "I pray to the Lord that this identity would be preserved and strengthened for the benefit of the Holy Land, the Middle East and the whole world and that wisdom and prudence would prevail, to avoid adding new elements of tension in a world already shaken and scarred by many cruel conflicts," the pope said. Before the audience, Pope Francis met with religious leaders from Palestine attending a meeting sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Dialogue, the pope said, takes place at every level, especially "in our families, in our religious communities, between different religious communities, and also in civil society." However, a key condition for dialogue is mutual respect and a commitment to strengthen that respect "for the sake of recognizing the rights of all people, wherever they happen to be," he said. "Dialogue is the source of greater mutual knowledge, greater mutual esteem and cooperation in the pursuit of the common good, and generous cooperation in ensuring that those in need receive all necessary assistance," Pope Francis said.
  7. 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 .
  8. Ex-Niger Delta leaders and beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme in the region have commended President Muhammadu Buhari for allocating N65bn to the Amnesty budget. The ex-militant leaders, comprising three phases of the PAP, in a statement on Thursday by the Bayelsa State Chairman, Mr. Bull Ifiemi, said their recent meeting with Coordinator of PAP, Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh (retd.), was fruitful. They said through the meeting, they were able to strategise on the way forward for the beneficiaries of the programe. The ex-agitators said the meeting was also an avenue for them to pass a vote of confidence on President Buhari and Boroh on their landmark efforts to bring development to the Niger Delta. They further applauded the far-reaching peace advocacy efforts of the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, adding that Osinbajo’s efforts in ensuring the empowerment of the youth were yielding positive results in the region. y also gave the President a pass mark for approving the commencement of the Maritime University in Okerenkoko, Delta State.

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