John Mikel Obi has just been appointed by the federal government as a Youth Ambassador to inspire young Nigerians to strive for excellence.
The appointment which took place at the NOC secretariat, National Stadium, Surulere Lagos on Friday June 18, is another of the Minister’s initiatives geared towards driving a vibrant youth for national development.
Speaking at the event, Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare, described the former Chelsea star as a role model whose lasting legacies in football development have continued to have a positive impact on youths in the country.
The minister promised to support Mikel’s vision and the vision for sports development in the country and also assured the Stoke City midfielder of the Federal Government’s unalloyed support whenever he chooses to invest in the country.
“Time will not permit me to say much about Mikel’s success as a footballer. He is our legend and a role model who has continued to impact the lives of youth positively.”
“It is it my pleasure to appoint you as Nigeria Youth Ambassador. It’s a new portfolio and your role as youth ambassador will be made known to Nigerians,” the Minister asserted.”
In his response, Mikel expressed delight with his new portfolio and promised to work with the sports Ministry to foster youth development in the country.
“I feel highly honored to be appointed as Youth Ambassador of this country, it is a great feeling. I am happy with this partnership and I promise to do my best to encourage and inspire the youths towards national development not just in football but in other sports like Basketball, Boxing among others”, said Mikel.
Photos of a man who is purported to be the richest beggar in Enugu State have surfaced on the internet.
A Facebook user, Anastasia ‘blew the whistle’ of how incredibly rich the man is in a Facebook post she shared recently.
According to him, the diminutive beggar who ‘plies his trade’ in front of Shoprite owns a total of five minibusses and some undisclosed number of tricycles, he gave out to people for commercial purposes, which bring him money.
The bemused lady proceeded to ask why the yet-to-be-identified man continues to beg for alms despite his status which is somewhat unbeknownst to the public.
Anastasia shared the beggar’s photos and wrote;
Richest beggar in Enugu!
This man is a popular beggar in Shoprite Enugu, many knows him as just a beggar but he is certainly richer than most of you giving him money
The reason why he can’t quit begging even after acquiring all these is yet unknown to many.
Daily Post reports that the University of Benin (UNIBEN), authorities in Edo State have confirmed the murder of one of its academic staff, Mr. Maxwell Aimuen.
Aimuen was a Lecturer II until his death, and had worked in the institution’s Public Administration Department since engagement in 2015.
According to the university Spokesperson, Dr. Benedicta Ehanire; the 33-year-old lecturer was allegedly shot dead by his attackers last Saturday when he was driving into his residence in Isihor axis of the city.
DAILY POST gathered that the gunmen shot the deceased severally before fleeing the scene, without removing anything from his vehicle, while the matter was immediately reported at the Ugbowo Police Division.
UNIBEN Spokesperson, Dr Benedicta Ehanire, who described the deceased as a hardworking and dedicated staff, called on security agents to unravel those behind the killing.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bello Kontongs did not respond to calls put across to his phone by our reporter in the state.
Cristiano Ronaldo has continued to shatter records on and off the field.
This time, the Portuguese and Juventus striker has become the first person in the world to reach 300 million followers on the social media platform, Instagram.
Notably, he was also the first person to breach the 200 million mark on Instagram.
This comes days after he became the all-time EURO scorer after scoring his tenth and 11th finals goals, to go clear of Michel Platini. The 36-year-old is now just three goals away from matching Iranian Ali Daei’s all-time international scoring record of 109
Biola Okoya, daughter of billionaire businessman, Rasaq Okoya, on Thursday, June 17, paid a visit to the graveside of her son, Ayodeji Akinwande Modupe-Johnson, to mark his first death anniversary.
Ayodeji died on Friday, June 12, 2020, after a brief illness. He was 24 years old.
The distraught mum recounted how he was always praying to God to make everyone wake up alive the next day, She prayed for his soul to continue to rest in peace. She also launched a foundation in his honor, Akinwande Sickle Cell Foundation, that will help to cater for sickle cell patients.
Ronke Oshodi-Oke, a Nollywood actress, paid a condolence visit to the family of Prophet T.B Joshua.
Remember that the late founder of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations was reported dead on his way to the hospital on Sunday, June 7th. Nigerian celebrities, politicians, and residents have mourned the 57-year-old clergyman since then.
Ronke Oshodi-Oke posted images of her visit to her Instagram page, including one of her signing the condolence register.
In her farewell address to the popular clergy, the actress wrote: “Good night Daddy, till we meet and part no more. odaro sir.”
Former Nigerian senator and actor, Dino Melaye has threatened legal actions after a car dealer called him out over unpaid debt.
Recall that a few hours back, a car dealer identified as Unique Motors had taken to social media to call out Dino Melaye.
Unique Motors in a post claimed that Dino still had an outstanding balance to pay them as it further revealed that all efforts to reach him had proved abortive.
Dino Melaye who is known for his love for cars while reacting via his IG account wrote,”No be only unique motor ! If l am really owing you, you know what to do. Abi na social media you sell the imaginary car? All of una wey dey use my name promote your obscure Buisness…God know una address ooo. But for this unique nonsense my lawyers go reach you. You dial trouble.”
President Buhari has expressed his gratitude to Nigerians and Nigeria as a country for the love shown towards him thus far. According to him, he is forever indebted to the country for the immense love he has received.
The President who was in Borno state on Thursday, June 17, on a one-day working visit, said this while speaking at the palace of the Shehu of Borno. The President noted that he started his administrative career as a military officer in Borno State as a governor for seven months, under Gen. Murtala Ramat Mohammed, before he was appointed Minister of Petroleum by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who was then a military Head of State.
“My commitment to serve Nigerians is a payback for the love shown to me. I started my political adventure in Maiduguri and I always look forward to coming here”he said
President Buhari commended the Governor of Borno State for his forthrightness, resilience and drive in bringing development to the state, despite security challenges.
Francis Atuche, a former Managing Director (MD) of Bank PHB and Ugo Anyanwu, a former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the bank, have been sentenced for N25.7 billion fraud.
Ikeja High Court on Wednesday was tensed, as Anyanwu begged Justice Lateefa Okunnu not to send him to prison following his conviction.
Atuche and Ugo Anyanwu, were both found guilty of 22 of the 27 counts of conspiracy and stealing charge proffered against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2011.
The wife of Atuche, Elizabeth, who faced trial alongside the duo, was found not guilty of two counts of conspiracy and stealing brought against her.
After Atuche and Anyanwu’s conviction, the judge asked if they had any plea to make. They answered in the affirmative.
Addressing the court, Atuche begged not to be sent to jail. He prayed Okunnu to temper justice with mercy.
“All the time I was the MD of Bank PHB, I gave my all to the bank.
“Never at any material time did it occur to me that I would set up a scheme to defraud the bank.
“I plead for mercy, leniency, your kindness, and I plead that out of your kindness and generosity, you will not allow me to go to jail.
“I am sorry and remorseful,” he said. Atuche told the court that as a professional banker and chartered accountant, he certainly did not want to become a convict.
“I pray that God will place in your heart to be kind.
“I plead from the bottom of my heart. I’m extremely sorry; today will be a turning point in my life, I’m very sorry,” he begged.
Also Atuche’s counsel, Mr Paul Nneoma, in his plea for mercy, described Atuche as a responsible family man who had never been convicted of any crime.
He appealed to the court to give Atuche a fine instead of prison sentence. Anyanwu also told the court that he was barely a year old when he lost his mother .
“What I achieved in the banking industry is by stint of hard work. I have suffered in the last 10 years of this trial.
“I am sorry if I was appearing cocky in the witness box during my examination-in-chief.
“I have two kids who are barely teenagers. They look up to their father, and I wonder what kind of impact this will have on them.
“Please temper justice with mercy,” Anyanwu prayed. Anyanwu’s counsel, Mr Silva Ogwemoh (SAN), also begged for mercy on his client.
He said that one of Anyanwu’s children had a medical condition requiring special attention. He added that Anyanwu was hypertensive, urging that the court should take judicial notice of the COVID-19 pandemic and impose a fine on him instead of custodial sentence.
Reacting to the pleas of the defendants, EFCC team led by Mr Kemi Pinheiro (SAN), requested for a stiff sentence as well as an order of restitution against the convicts. He said that Lagos State Government spent much funds and resources prosecuting the case in the past 10 years.
“We were taken to the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court several times by the defendants.
“During the trial, they were rude and cocky. That is not remorse, the third defendant (Anyanwu) decided to hold unto his loyalty to his boss (Atuche) against his loyalty to the state.
“We pray the court imposes the maximum sentence and orders restitution,” he said.
Mrs Okunnu eventually sentenced Mr Atuche to six years’ jail term and gave Mr Anyanwu four years’ imprisonment.
On the charge of conspiracy against Mrs Atuche, the judge held that there was no evidence that linked her to the shares bought for the two companies affiliated with her.
Mrs Atuche, who was reciting prayers with a rosary during proceedings, heaved a sigh of relief upon hearing the verdict.
Nicolas Mbah, who has been remanded in Kirikiri Prison since October 2020 for participating in the #ENDSARS protests in Lagos, has finally regained his freedom.
His lawyer, Orji Ama Onu, confirmed this to Newsmen on Wednesday, June 16.
Onu said Mbah was only released on Tuesday afternoon, June 15, due to the “lack of passion by officials at the Yaba Magistrate Court.”
On March 16, the Magistrate Court sitting at Yaba, Lagos, had granted bail to Mbah and Ugwumba Chimiezie who were both standing trial for alleged armed robbery, arson and public disturbance.
While Chimiezie was released after meeting his bail condition, Mbah, however, got stuck in prison when the strike by members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) started in early April.
Ama Onu said the prison officials asked for the court proceedings for the Magistrate’s order.
“The prison warder said the new rule was to get the court proceedings alongside the release warrant and before I could obtain the proceedings from the Magistrate Court, I had to surmount a lot of unnecessary obstacles,” Ama Onu said.
Federal government has asked the House of Representatives to amend the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) act to empower the agency to regulate social and online media.
This came weeks after Twitter operation in Nigeria was suspended by the Nigerian government.
The request was made by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed on June 16 during a public hearing organized by the house committee on information, national orientation, ethics and values on a bill to amend the NBC act.
Section two (b) of the NBC act states:
“(1) The Commission shall have [the] responsibility of: Receiving, processing and considering applications for the establishment, ownership or operation of radio and television stations including (i) cable television services, direct satellite broadcast and any other medium of broadcasting.”
Lai Mohammad requested for the commission to be allowed to regulate and monitor other social media platforms including Twitter.
“I want to add here specifically that internet broadcasting and all online media should be included in this because we have a responsibility to monitor contents, including Twitter.”
This appeal comes days after NBC asked all social media platforms and online broadcasting service providers operating in Nigeria to apply for a broadcast license.
A master degree graduate of the Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, Ella Williams, has been allegedly shot dead by suspected herdsmen along the Benin-Ekpoma expressway.
Ella was travelling from Benin City to Ekpoma to pickup her call-up letter when her vehicle was attacked by gunmen who opened fire, killing her on the spot while other passengers were kidnapped.
The incident happened on Monday, as shared by a Facebook user identified as Asomba Andrew Egbuonu.
“I received the devastating news of the demise of a young lady and a promising future of the Nigerian nation, Miss Ella Williams, in the hands of bloodthirsty and heartless Herdsmen on the Benin – Ekpoma Road in Edo State”
Miss Williams who has just graduated with a Masters in Architecture from Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, was said to have traveled from her Benin base to pick up her Call-up. She never made it back as her vehicle was attacked by murderous marauders who ambushed vehicles by opening fire on them with their small arms (aka AK47 Assault guns) killing her on the spot.
What a country where human lives have no value, especially to these emotion-less invaders. All over Nigeria, criminals and kidnappers plan and find ways of stopping vehicle before kidnappings their victims. This appears to be too much work for these roaming marauders who prefer to use their bullets indiscriminately to stop vehicles on highways, killing the drivers and any other unfortunate passengers, before kidnapping the leftover survivors and herding them into our vast ungoverned bushes and forests.
That this modus operandi has been used repeatedly with almost no consequence for these criminals is unacceptable. The Nigerian Government under the watch of our President cannot continue to claim helplessness and reign as Nigeria’s best are wasted all over Nigeria.
Where is the great and valiant Nigerian Army (and our Armed Forces) that used to be respected all over the African Region. How has our great Armed Forces suddenly turned into such impotence and inability to go into the brushes to flush out neutralize these bloodthirsty elements.
I honestly cannot fathom all these happening in my great country except there is some unexplained collusion, and the deliberate looking of the other way (and I sincerely pray this is not the case).
Miss Williams is gone, lost to a nation in need of her brightest and best. Her parents are heartbroken; her friends and colleagues in deep shock; her killers are out their still demanding and waiting to collect ransom from the surviving passengers from last week’s murderous and senseless kidnapping; and the Nigerian State moves on as it is business as usual to our Rulers.
Rest in peace sister! May this Government not leave this as their most remembered legacy.
Nollywood actor Yomi Fabiyi has reacted after the magistrate court sitting in Lagos state rejected the bail application of embattled Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James Omiyinka, popularly known as Baba Ijesha, bail over the ongoing trial over alleged sexual assault.
Celebrity Trace News recalled that Baba Ijesha was arrested and detained by the Lagos state police after being alleged to have sexually molested a minor at 7 and 14.
He was later granted bail on May 17 after spending about 25 days in police detention but has remained in police custody despite the bail.
During the trial on Wednesday, June 16, Kayode Olabiran, his counsel, prayed the court to release his client, citing his deteriorating health. He said the controversial nature of the case has made it difficult to secure his release despite his bail as intending sureties were scared of the likely consequences.
But in his ruling, P. E Nwaka, the judge, held that the court could not grant the actor bail because the matter is beyond its jurisdiction. The judge also explained that the case has already been filed before the high court.
Reacting to this, Yomi Fabiyi, who has continued to give unwavering support to his colleagues amidst several criticisms, took to his Instagram page to share a cryptic post.
Yomi averred that anyone who needs to know the definition of persecution from the unknown should ask him, adding that every lie has an expiry date.
Laughing over the situation, Yomi Fabiyi said the game is still on however, everything will be resolved.
He wrote: When you need the definition of persecution from the unknown, ask me. But trust me, every lies expiry date. I can’t stop laughing here. Game On! This can never be any artist power jare. But it will be resolved, trust me.
The Commander of the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Ondo State Command, Haruna Gagara is dead.
The 59-year-old was said to have died after a brief illness.
Public Relations Officer of the Command, Superintendent of Narcotics, Ekechuku Wilson who confirmed the death, noted that the NDLEA Commander was highly disciplined and never compromised standard during his services at various commands across the country.
Mr. Gagara, a native of Plateau State, who was born in 1962 hailed from Lantan Local Government Area of Plateau State.
According to the PPRO, the late NDLEA Commander will be buried in Jos, Plateau State on June 18, 2021.
Adamu Garba, the owner of the controversial social media app, Crowee, has been suspended on Instagram for policy violation.
This is coming after Google deleted his social media application, Crowee, from Playstore.
“They’ve taken down my Instagram account too. This could happen to anyone for voicing out contrary opinions. More reasons why we should work excellently on Crowwe.”
He announced on his social media page, as he claimed people are after him due to his continued support for President Buhari.
The Crowwe app, which has been described as an instant messaging and financial transaction app that comes with a digital wallet that helps to transfer and receive money while chatting, has received worst reviews
A quick check on the Playstore revealed that the app was unavailable as of press time.
Following the announcement of Twitter ban by the Federal Government of Nigeria, the former presidential candidate presented the Crowwe app as an alternative to the microblogging website that can help “to grow Nigeria.”
Governor Nyesom Wike has accused President Buhari of attempting to shift his constitutional role of securing lives and property to governors.
Recall that during an interview with Arise TV on Thursday, Buhari said he told two south-west governors who came to meet him in Abuja, to return to their states and tackle the security challenges their people are facing because they also campaigned for their position just like him.
Reacting to this while commissioning the 21-kilometre Odufor-Akpoku-Umuoye Road in Etche Local Government Area of the State on Tuesday June 15, Wike enjoined the federal government to admit that it can no longer fulfil the promises it made to Nigerians, adding that admitting weakness publicly when there is failure makes a leader respectable.
He also mocked the President by saying that he is not only in-charge when it comes to borrowing money for the country.
“Mr President, you are the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. You appoint Inspector-General of Police, you appoint the Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, the Commissioner of Police, Director of Department of State Service, and other heads of security.
“Which one do we appoint? How can people appointed by Mr President be under me?
“It is not only to borrow money for Nigeria that you’re in charge. You must also be in charge of other things including security. Who signed order 10? Is it the governors?
“Mr. President was short of calling names of those governors who run to Aso Rock when they are supposed to stay in their states to see the needs of their states and people. Mr. President should have come out openly and said, my APC governors, stop worrying me. Go back to your states and do your work. On that, I support him.
“Thank God, Mr. President knows that I am not one of those that go to visit him over one problem or the other. I, as the governor of Rivers under PDP, you’ll never find me there.”
Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu met young chess prodigy, Ferdinand Maumo, and the pair slugged it out in a game of chess.
The governor met the young lad in fulfillment of his promise to the autistic child.
The Lagos state governor invited the chess champion from Makoko, Yaba to a game at the Lagos House Marina.
Sharing photos on Facebook, Sanwo-Olu wrote;
“On Children’s Day, I accepted a challenge from 10 years old Chess prodigy, Ferdinand Maumo. Today, we decided to sit down and duel it out. Even if I do say so myself, I’m a pretty decent Chess player but after an intense encounter, Ferdinand proved a hard nut to crack and we reached a stalemate.
Ferdinand’s story is not just about his dexterity as a chess master but that of the resilience of the human spirit to thrive against all odds.
Ferdinand is a young autistic boy who has found the strength to rise above his challenges.
As a government, we are working very hard to support every child with special needs and we are committed to ensuring that no segment of our society is left behind.
I am inspired by Ferdinand. I strongly believe his mastery of the game of chess will continue to be a catalyst for greater success ahead of him.”
Nigerian playwright and Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka has asked President Buhari to stop exuding false confidence and work on the issues facing the nation.
In an interview on Arise TV on Monday June 14, Soyinka stated that there should be an acceleration of actions to retrieve the country from the edge.
“First of all, he should start talking to people like a leader — and a leader who is awake to the realities of the situation. Then, let us see actions being taken.
“I’m tired of hearing things like ‘you will see differences in a few weeks’ time’. We are tired of that. He’s got to put his cards on the table and take people into confidence.
“He’s got to stop exuding a false confidence, because that kind of confidence is totally false. It is not based on realities, and we’ve got to see an acceleration of actions to retrieve this nation from the very edge.
“It is no longer a problem of the people,; it is a problem of leadership, because the people have shown themselves ready to act, to save their own community.”
Soyinka accused Governors of being timid and also alleged that lawmakers are not doing enough, while pointing that there are some parts of the constitution that haven’t been explored.
“Members of NASS are not doing enough. If you study the constitution very carefully, you will realise that they have certain powers which they haven’t touched.
“There are certain areas they can compel this government to act the way it should, and that applies especially to governors — the governors themselves are too timid.”
The nobel laureate also warned Nigerians against spreading fake news as it is going to make them lose the kind of support they have from people like him.
“I appeal to people to stop putting words in my mouth. If you think you can pressure me to speak by stealing my identity and putting words in my mouth on social media, you are wasting your time. Not only that, you are acting in a distorting way.
“At this sensitive time, I must warn Nigerians to stop playing around with such serious issues, otherwise they are going to lose the kind of support they have from people like me.”
A VIO official is battling for his life after he was hit by a truck.
Mr Udunobun Otaigbe, an official of the Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), otherwise known as VIO, is the Truck Timing Unit Head of the DRTS on the Kugbo stretch of the Abuja-Keffi road.
He was hit at Karu bridge by a truck with a Guinness label driven by one Wilson Aniete.
The driver of the Mitsubishi truck with registration number AAA 477 XB had allegedly flouted the truck timing regulation on the road and was trying to evade arrest when the incident happened on Friday, June 11.
There has been a standing FCT ministerial directive that heavy-duty trucks should not ply the road in the mornings and evenings when workers were either going to work or returning home after work hours.
The truck driver was stopped for flouting the directive and he parked by the roadside. However, he is alleged to have suddenly started the vehicle and rammed into the officer who had turned his attention to other things.
Eyewitnesses chased the truck driver who couldn’t go far because of traffic congestion.
Officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and other security personnel arrested the driver and took him to the Karu Police Division.
Meanwhile, the VIO official, who sustained a broken bone on the left leg and bruises on his face and hands, was taken to the hospital and admitted to the intensive care unit of Asokoro District Hospital, Abuja.
Nigerian footballer and former Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi, has said that there is a need for youth leadership in Nigeria.
He stated this while on a courtesy visit to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi on Sunday in Abuja.
Obi said that it was time for the Youths to come out and take leadership positions across all boards for the betterment of Nigeria.
He pledged support for Bello’s political aspirations, adding that youths should be given a chance to get the change Nigerians clamour for.
He also lauded Bello for his achievement in Kogi in the areas of security, healthcare, infrastructure, education and agriculture.
The soccer star noted that such efforts when impacted at a higher level would bring further development for Nigeria.
“It is an honour for me to finally meet his Excellency personally after all the good things I have heard and read about him from not just the people of Kogi State but from Nigerians.
“My main aim is to come here to show my appreciation and to thank him for all the things he has been doing for the people and also to support him in whatever future political positions he wants to go into.
“I will like to be there to support him, to be there by his side through this journey for him to achieve whatever he wants which is for the betterment of Nigeria.
“What better person to lead the youths than him, because he has been doing all these good works and that is why I am here to see whatever way I can come in.
“To get the youths together to know and see how we can make things better for our country and how we can align to achieve all that”, Obi said.
Responding, Bello thanked Obi for the visit and his pledge to support the course for youth leadership.
Today June 14 makes it exactly one year that ex-beauty queen and event planner, Ibidun Ajayi- Ighodalo died.
Her family and friends gathered at the Trinity House in Lagos today for a memorial service in her honor.
Her mum, husband Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, her two children Keke and Zenan and other family members were in attendance. Also present were the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his deputy Hamzat Bello and many others.
One person has been killed and another seriously injured by suspected herdsmen in Ikot Atasung community in Ikot Ikpene Local government area of Akwa Ibom State
It was gathered that that victim of the attack identified as Silvanus Usen was butchered on the spot, while his brother, Andrew was severely injured in the attack which occurred in the early hours of Sunday, June 13.
Andrew was said to have been taken to an undisclosed hospital where he is battling to survive.
The Chairman of Ikot Ekpene Local Government, Mr. Unyime Etim confirmed the incident on Monday.
“The victims were hunters who usually set their traps in the bush and on getting to check their trap around 3 am, they met with the herdsmen who invaded their farms with cows. I learned while they persuaded the herders to leave, the herders cut one of them by the armpit and the back, and he died on the spot,” he said.
“I am told the other brother is in critical condition but I saw the corpse of the one killed by the herders. I went to the place with the police, leader of Hausa/Fulani community and they have promised to fish out the culprits who they said have left the area. For now I cannot tell what happened till the victim is resuscitated. The youth wanted to revenge but I needed to calm them”, the chairman added.
Confirming the incident, spokesperson of the State Police Command, Odiko Macdon described it as “unfortunate” adding that the Commissioner of Police, Andrew Amiengheme has already ordered a discreet investigation into the incident.
“We have received that report, it is an unfortunate one. The CP has ordered a discreet investigation into the incident with the aim of apprehending the perpetrators of the act. And I want to believe that in no distance time we will have an update on the incident because those who have committed the act must be brought to book” Macdon stated.
First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari on Monday June 14, received a courtesy visit from the wives of service chiefs in the country.
During the visit which took place at the statehouse, Mrs. Buhari highlighted the role that women play in nation-building as spouses of public officers and charged them to optimize their contribution in that regard.
She enjoined them to uphold the spirit of camaraderie, which is common among the families of security forces that manifests during times of joy and sorrow. She also called for regular and timely payment of benefits of retired and deceased soldiers so that the affected families get their benefits as at when due and to further serve as motivation for the security forces. She used the opportunity to urge appropriate authorities to conclude the employment of more security officers to address the intractable security problems facing the nation.
Speaking earlier, the wife of the Chief of Defence Staff, Mrs. Victoria Irabor, who led the delegation, commended Mrs. Buhari for her motherly role and constant support to the families of security officers and personnel. She recalled that many families of injured or deceased security officers have been supported by the First Lady through regular empowerment programs. She confirmed that officers and their families are encouraged by the kind gesture and urged her colleagues to emulate the good heart of the First Lady by staying in touch with the soldiers’ families at all times.
The event was attended by the wives of service chiefs, Inspector-General of Police, Director-General, Department of State Services, and the National Security Adviser, respectively.
President Muhammadu Buhari has said the federal government cannot afford the amount of funding needed to revive the country’s educational system.
Buhari spoke on Saturday at the 49th convocation ceremony of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN.
He also said the competition for funds had become keener because of the recent increase in the number of tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
The President said the financial situation had been worsened by the global economic downturn, which also affected the national revenue.
Buhari, who was represented at the ceremony by the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, however, said his administration was committed to addressing the needs of tertiary institutions through budgetary allocations to the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).
“I am optimistic that the on-going drive to diversify the national economy will provide the government with additional resources to improve funding for the education system,” he said.
The president said the universities should also leverage other funding sources, such as from alumni, friends, the private sector, institutional linkages, and research grants, to attract additional revenue for infrastructure, research, and development.
“We must also address the problems of poor work ethics and the albatross of prolonged and recurrent industrial actions by staff of universities,” the president stated.
Buhari advised academic institutions across the country to embark on the kind of innovative research that could help boost production and diversify the economy.
“Our universities must continue to emphasise training in entrepreneurship so school leavers and graduates are able to become job creators instead of perennial job seekers,”he said.
On his part, Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, said the government should make effort to address the perennial challenge of poverty and inequality in the country or risk losing the youth to crime.
Amaechi, who delivered the 49th convocation lecture of the university, stated that the series of protests held across the country of late, such as #ENDSARS, were as a result of increasing poverty and disaffection on the part of the citizens.
“Although, the current administration has introduced a number of programmes to help eradicate poverty, such as Transport Track for individuals who were into the transportation business, several Nigerians are yet to be lifted out of poverty,” the minister said.
He stated that policies should be focused on the rural majority, and targeted at giving the citizens a good life and lifting them out of poverty.