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[ Masterweb Reports: Maureen Onochie reports ] - Former Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Yusuf Bomoi, has died at the age of 60 years. He died Monday at a private hospital in Abuja after a protracted illness and was buried same day.
 
Bomoi was the 13th DG of NYSC and was the second ex-corps member to head the scheme.
 
He was appointed DG in October 2004 and served till January 2009. He is survived by a wife and children.
 
Bomoi was born in Potiskum, Yobe State. He attended Fika Government Secondary School, Potiskum and passed out in 1975.
 
He was admitted at Bayero University, Kano and graduated in 1979. After his NYSC he enrolled at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and graduated in 1983. He rose through the ranks to become Brigadier General in 2004.
 
Many dignitaries, including governors, ministers and ambassadors have paid condolence visits to the family at their Aso Drive residence, Abuja.
 
Director General, NYSC, Brigadier General Sulaiman Kazaure, as well as staff of the scheme, also visited to condole with the family.
 
Speaking yesterday during his visit to the family, Brigadier General Kazaure described the former DG as an achiever throughout his career.
 
He said one of his major achievements was the building and relocation of the scheme’s national headquarters from a rented building to its permanent headquarters.
 

He said the management of the scheme would meet and decide on how to immortalise the late DG and assured the family of late Bomoi that the NYSC management was open to assist them in any form they desire.
 
*Photo Caption - Brigadier General Yusuf Bomoi
 

 

[ Masterweb Reports: Isiaka Wakili reports ] - President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will keep doing its best to provide sustainable solutions to the nation's challenges.
 
His Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement, quoted him as saying this on Monday while receiving associations of farmers, businessmen, youths, elders and politicians from his country home of Daura, Katsina State.
 
President Buhari, who assured Nigerians of his commitment to serving the nation, attributed his recent recovery to a divine act of the Almighty God.
 
Buhari noted that he returned to the country with renewed hope and strength to pursue policies that would improve the livelihood of the people and reposition Nigeria for good.
 
He said: "Considering the challenges we are facing as a nation, we have been doing our best to provide sustainable solutions, and we will keep doing our best.
 
"I am happy you came here today, and I am thankful for all the prayers. You are leaders of various groups at the grass root, and you are closer to the people so you understand these problems as well. We need your support."
 
In his remarks, the leader of the group of associations, Zannan-Daura, Alhaji Sani Ahmed Daura, said the president’s return signalled God’s interest in turning around the fortunes of the country.
 
"On behalf of all the elders here, we are grateful to God you returned alive, and in good health,’’ he said.
 
Daura, a former Assistant Inspector General of Police, said the President’s life of patience, endurance and contentment was exemplary, praying that God would give him more strength and wisdom to lead the country.
 
Earlier, President Buhari had received the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman and his entourage.
 
*Photo Caption - President Muhammadu Buhari

 

 

[ Masterweb Reports: Hope Abah reports ] - [ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - Days of torrential rains have destroyed property and displaced many in Benue State. It was early Wednesday morning, the family of George Okoh had been deep in their sleep when they were suddenly awoken by screams from their neighbourhood at the Media village in Achussa, a suburb of Makurdi metropolis in Benue State.
 
As the head of the family, Okoh, the state correspondent of This Day newspaper decided to brave the odds by being the one to first step out from his bed, at least, to peep through the window for a clue as to what might have gone wrong.
 
"As I pulled my legs out of the bed, I discovered that I was standing in water. It was precisely at 1:15am and the rain was dropping heavily accompanied by thunderstorm. I sleepily brushed over my eyes so I could see well and that was when it dawned on me that my house had been flooded," he said.
 
Okoh added that his car was submerged, while his household appliances were damaged, among other things.
 
According to him, his family of five are currently taking refuge at his paternal home in another area of the town, though the water as at yesterday [Saturday] had considerably receded.
 
Besides, Okoh, there are over 110,000 households affected by the flood according to the Executive Secretary of the Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr. Boniface Ortese, across 24 communities in Makurdi and environs.
 
Of the figure, Makurdi alone had a total of 82, 136 affected population as compiled in a document made available to Daily Trust on Sunday by SEMA while ongoing assessment of other local government areas was yet to be obtained.
 
The breakdown of surroundings submerged by the flood between last Sunday and Wednesday in Makurdi metropolis include 200 affected houses in Achusa with 5,125 persons displaced while at Idye 217 houses with 5,200 persons displaced.
 
At Genabe layout, 200 houses were affected with 5,021 persons displaced, 218 houses around the Wurukum market were affected with 1,000 persons displaced, and at Wadata market 150 houses were affected and 4,300 persons were displaced.
 
Similarly, behind the Civil Service Commission, 200 houses were submerged in the flood and 5,777 persons displaced while at the Industrial Layout, 69 houses and 4,310 persons and Demekpe 111 houses with 7,820 persons displaced.
 
The flood also affected 137 houses in Katungu with 6,031 persons displaced while at Agboughul-Wadata 201 houses were affected and 5,728 persons displaced.
 
A displaced resident at Tse-Chijir along Achusa road in Makurdi, Iorya Dooshima, said her entire family had vacated the house because the flood had submerged it up to the window level and that they were now taking refuge with relatives in other safer areas of the town.
 
Dooshima said they had not moved to the camp opened by the state government because of its distance.
 
For elderly man, Gbarka Gwaza, whose house at Idye by Zone 4 Police headquarters collapsed completely, said he could only hope in God, the government and good spirited individuals to come to his rescue.
 
A woman, Celina Tyovander, tries to survive as she risked the snake-infested water, swam with her children to cross over the submerged bridge connecting her Tor-Udogbo village behind the University of Agriculture in Makurdi to her farm at the other side of Guma Local Government.
 
Tyovander told Daily Trust on Sunday that she had no choice but to do so for the sake of feeding her children from her farm produce.
 
The flood started last Sunday at about 12:00 midnight, continued until about 5:00am and wreaked havoc in Makurdi metropolis, leaving many families stranded.
 
It also washed away electricity poles, markets, farms and homes in nearly all residential vicinities of the state capital.
 
Our correspondent reports that, Wurukum market, High level, Wadata, North Bank, Gyado villa, Kanshio and Naka road suburbs were among the worst affected areas while rice farms and bridges connecting rural communities of Guma, a neighbouring local government were also washed away.
 
Ortese who has been warning residents in floodprone areas in the state for a few months now to heed the recent Nigerian Metrological Agency’s prediction and relocate to safer ground, said the water surged into many locations while it displaced people and destroyed property.
 
He advised the traders at the Wurukum market to relocate immediately to the International market along Chief Abu King Shuluwa Way which they have refused to occupy.
 
On his part, Governor Samuel Ortom urged the Federal Government to urgently release ecological fund to enable the state avert a repeat of the 2012 flood experience across the country, just as he described the flooding challenge as overwhelming and happening at the time his administration was facing problems of salary payment.
 
Ortom after his assessment of the flooding which also cut off Ishaya Bakut by-pass and the welfare quarters linking Achusa road, directed the immediate use of the gigantic building put up by the Presidential Committee on flood situated at Agan in Makurdi and the International Market for the rehabilitation of victims.
 
However at the time of filing this report, displaced victims were yet to move into the designated camps.
 
The state commissioner of Environment, Engineer Terlumun Terver, said it was unfortunate that the flood occurred in the magnitude it did because his ministry had taken a proactive measure to act on NIMET earlier warnings by distilling drainages.
 
He, however, appealed to the federal government to come to the assistance of the state by dredging the River Benue to curb the yearly disaster.
 
Meanwhile, the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Engineer Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja, and his team yesterday visited the affected areas in both Makurdi and Guma local government areas to assess the level of damage.
 
Maihaja on completion of the five-hour tour remarked that the incident was really devastating, adding that the federal government would do everything within its powers to ameliorate the suffering of the victims.
 
He said that his team was in the state on the directives of President Muhammdu Buhari to inspect the level of damage and assist with the relief items already arriving in batches.
 
At the moment, there are still palpable fears by residents that more flooding could occur if the rains persist.
 
*Photo Caption - As seen.

 

 

[ Masterweb Reports: Isiaka Wakili reports ] - [ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says contrary to the claim by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, he did not take over negotiations with the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
 
He made the clarification yesterday through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande.
 
Ngige had, while addressing State House reporters after the Federal Executive Council meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, said Osinbajo had taken over some aspects of the negotiations and discussions with ASUU.
 
The minister had said: "At council today (Wednesday), the vice president has taken over some of the aspects of the negotiations and discussions.
 
"So, we are continuing the meeting in his office and when we finish meeting, we will get back to ASUU for another round of meeting and we are hopeful that we will be able to go to an appreciable extent to solve some of the outstanding issues that is preventing them from going back to work."
 
But the vice president’s spokesman, via Twitter, described the minister’s disclosure as untrue and inaccurate.
 
Akande emphasised that Ngige and the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, continued to lead the negotiations.
 
"News report that Vice President Osinbajo has taken over ASUU negotiations is untrue and inaccurate. Labour and Education ministers continue to lead the talks."
 
The ASUU has since August 13 been on a nationwide strike over the failure of the federal government to implement an agreement reached with the union in 2009.
 

The union had also alleged that the government did not implement the Memorandum of Understanding the two sides signed in 2013. The leadership of the union had on Tuesday boycotted a meeting with the government.
 
*Photo Caption - Nigeria Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
 

 

 

[ Masterweb Reports: Isiaka Wakili reports ] - President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to all Nigerians to rise against the odds, keep their prejudices aside and strengthen the bonds of friendship and unity in order to keep the country together.
 
President Buhari made the appeal Thursday in his Eid-l-Kabir message to the country.
 
The president likened the country to a tree that can bend but cannot break.
 
He said all Nigerians "must learn to see ourselves as brothers and sisters from the same heritage who must come to terms with the African proverb that ‘a family tie is like a tree, it can bend but it cannot break.’
 
He assured that his administration which, he noted, had made the security, economic well-being and prosperity of all Nigerians its priority, "will not rest on its oars until we see the Nigeria of our dream."
 
The president, who felicitated with all Nigerians particularly the Muslim faithful on the celebration of this year’s Eid-El-Kabir, also congratulated all those who are currently in Saudi Arabia to participate in the rites of the Hajj.
 
He thanked all Nigerians who prayed for his recovery and those who had continued to extend their goodwill after his return from his medical vacation in London.
 
He said Nigerians' fervent and sincere prayers, which cut across religion, political and ethnic divides, had energised him to re-dedicate himself and his administration to the task of building a great Nigeria.
 
"For Muslims all over the world, this celebration is to commemorate the trials and triumph of Prophet (Abraham) Ibrahim," the president said.
 
Buhari said he believed "that our nation can make rapid progress on all fronts if we re-enact the exemplary virtues, typified by Prophet (Abraham) Ibrahim, through his sacrifice, patience, steadfastness, generosity and obedience to Allah's command and constituted authority."
 
President Buhari wished everyone happy Sallah celebrations.
 
 
 
*Photo Caption - President Muhammadu Buhari
 
 
 



 
 

[ Masterweb Reports: Nurudeen Oyewole reports ] - Suspected billionaire kidnapper Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, has told a Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja that he accepted guilt as preferred against him by the Lagos State Government.
 
Evans was arraigned alongside his accomplices after 82 days in police detention on a two-count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping.
 
Two other defendants: Uche Amadi and Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu similarly pleaded guilty, but three other defendants: Ogechi Uchechukwu, the only female arrested, as well as Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Chukwunonso Aduba pleaded not guilty.
 
The presiding judge, Justice Hakeem Oshodi ordered that all the male defendants be remanded in Kirikiri Maximum Prison and the female defendant in the Kirikiri Female Prison.
 
The prosecution team led by Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem prayed the court for adjournment till October 19, 2017.
 
The suspected kidnapper was alleged to have raked in millions of dollars as ransom paid to him by his victims’ families before his arrest on June 10, 2017.
 
Evans had through his counsel Olukoya Ogungbeje filed for abuse of his fundamental human rights before a Lagos Division of the Federal High Court. He had argued that his continued detention since June 10 without charge amounted to an infringement on his fundamental human rights.
 
 
He had argued that the respondents ought to have charged him to court in line with Sections 35 and 36 of the Constitution.
 
 
*Photo Caption - Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, aka Evans
 
 
 

[ Masterweb Reports: Brown Justice reports ] - August 30th, the world would be celebrating the 69th birthday anniversary of one of the most experienced and sagacious politician on the face of the Niger.
 
Alhaji (Dr.) Sule Lamido is a man I would say has seen both the good and the bad sides of politics in Nigeria.
 
Born in Bamaina, Birnin Kudu in present day Jigawa State on August 30th, 1948, Dr. Sule Lamido began his political career in the Second Republic as an elected lawmaker on the platform of the defunct Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) led by the late Aminu Kano, the trendiest and popular politician the continent of Africa has ever seen.
 
When the promising Second Republic political experiment was aborted by some military obstructionists in 1983, Dr. Lamido went back to private business where he successfully ran some business concerns which created lots of jobs for the country's unemployed population.
 
At the dawn of the Third Republic which heralded another political opportunities in the country, Dr. Sule Lamido returned back to national politics where he served as the National Secretary of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) which was one of the most popular political parties in the country then. In fact, it has been established that the party in which Dr. Lamido served as its national scribe was the one that won the annulled June 12, 1993 Presidential election whose standard bearer was late Chief MKO Abiola.
 
When the military obstructionist led by the late military junta, General Sani Abacha struck again and disrupted the fledgling democracy, Dr. Sule Lamido resorted to political activism challenging the powers that be; a development that never went down well with the military establishment and subsequently stirred the honest nest.
 
As the founding member and national secretary of another newly formed political movement which later metamorphosed in to political party known as Social Progressives Party (SPP), Dr. Lamido delivered the harshest political criticism to the then military and maximum ruler of the country, General Sani Abacha.
 
It was the unyielding political struggles of Dr. Lamido for the restoration of Nigeria's democracy that led to his imprisonment by General Sani Abacha in 1998. As an astute politician, his incarceration did not dampen his political activism and doggedness as he continued with his pro-democracy struggles even in the gulag until God finally called Abacha. So, for the supporters of Dr. Lamido who were outraged over his imprisonment for political reasons some months ago by the current administration, this is not the first time Dr. Lamido is facing political persecution for his unquenchable believe in democratic Nigeria.
 
After his release from prison by General Abdulsalami Abubakar, Dr. Lamido joined the political activities that led to the founding of the People's Democratic Party in which he is not only a founding father, but a strong pillar.
 
Because of the role Dr. Lamido played in the emergence of Chief Olusengun Obasanjo as Nigeria's new President in 1999, he was subsequently appointed as the country's Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1999. As Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Lamido formulated and implemented many far-reaching policies that shaped Nigeria's diplomatic relations with other countries.
 
When the people of Jigawa State finally called on him to become their governor, Dr. Sule Lamido yielded and was subsequently elected as the governor of Jigawa State in 2007.
 
As Executive governor who ruled Jigawa State from 2007 - 2015, Dr. Sule Lamido executed unprecedented infrastructural projects and many human capacity development programmes in the state.
 
For Example, he built several schools and provided basic infrastures in all the school environments as well as training and retraining of teachers in the state for effective service delivery.
 
He executed many housing projects for low and middle income earners in the state using both the Dutse Capital Development Authority and the Jigawa State Housing Authority.
 
In 2009, former governor Lamido provided free plots of land and basic infrastructures as incentives to investors wishing to invest in the state's tourism and hospitality industry.
 
Even with little Federal Allocation to the state, Dr. Lamido was still able to build a state university, a world class airport as well as massive infrastructural projects in all parts of the state.
 
Other milestones reached by Dr. Lamido in Jigawa State include; payment of monthly salary as social security allowance to the aged and disabled persons in the state. The social security programme of the Lamido administration went round the entire state without leaving any part or person behind.
 
The Lamido administration in Jigawa State provided free maternal and child healthcare programme in the state.
 
During his reign as governor, Jigawa State was adjudged as one of the best states in the country that implement the Millennium Development Goals (MDS's) to the admiration of the former United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban-Ki Moon.
 
Still on the health sector, the Lamido Administration also established the Jigawa State Medical Supply Organization (JIMSO). Under this organization, there were free medical cares for all prison inmates in the state as well as the distribution of free treated mosquito nets to residents in all parts of the state.
 
Following the rehabilitation, renovation, construction, completion and equipping of the Administrative Block of the Rasheed Shekoni Specialist Hospital, the Lamido administration embarked on the supply of medical equipments as well as the recruitments of qualified health personnel to render specialized health related services to the people of the state.
 
With the introduction of ''Ask Jigawa People Health Initiative'' in the state by the Lamido administration, the health orientation and awareness in the state became so high that everyone became very conscious of his or her health profile or status. This is not to talk of the payment of monthly allowances paid to the students in the school of nursing and health technology.
 
Other achievements recorded by the Lamido administration in the state were; introduction of free and compulsory education for girls and physically challenged persons in the state, provision of learning materials, school furnitures, beds, electronic payments of students allowances to avoid diversion of funds, construction of 31 new hostels block for 6, 200 boarding schools, provision of 32 sitter buses for all girls boarding schools, construction of 38 new block classrooms, construction of 70 blocks of science laboratories as well as complete renovation of 48 schools and the sponsoring of 103 students to Singapore to study Information Communication Technology.
 
These were great achievements recorded by Dr. Lamido as former governor of Jigawa State which are all pointers to what he will do for Nigeria if elected as President.
 
While we await the February 16, 2019 Presidential election to enthrone a new president in the country, I want to use this chance to say Happy Birthday to Nigeria's President Awaiting.
 
Mr. Brown Justice ( Email: brownjustice649@gmail.com ) reports from Markudi Benue State.
 

*Photo Caption - Sule Lamido
 

 

[ Masterweb Reports: Emma Elekwa reports ] - Member, house of representatives, Hon. Dr. Tony Nwoye has emerged as the flagbear of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 18, governorship election in Anambra state.
 
Nwoye pulled 2,146 votes to beat his closet rival, Senator Andy Uba with 931 votes in a keenly contested exercise that lasted for nearly two days.
 
Announcing the results of the exercise, on Sunday in Awka, the Borno state governor, and the APC primary election committee chairman, Kashim Shettima, said a total number of 4,458 delegates from the 21 local governments in the state were accredited for the Congress/primary election.
 
He said out of the 4,333 votes cast, 4,302 were declared valid, while 31 votes were was returned invalid.
 
Other results as announced by Shettima included George Moghalu who scored 525 votes, Barth Nwibe,414 votes, Paul Chukwuma 110 votes, Johnbosco Onunkwo, 85 votes, Nonso Madu, 21 votes, Obinna Uzo, 17 votes, Donatus Okonkwo 10 votes and Kate Uchegbu, 1 vote.
 
Describing the exercise as peaceful and easiest, Shettima said such testimony was made possible because the party provided enabling playing field for all the aspirants.
 
He commended all who contributed in the success recorded at the exercise, including his team, APC leadership, party men, security agencies, INEC team and the Minister of Labour and employment and the party leader, Senator Chris Ngige, who he described as a true democrat.
 
Responding, the party governorship candidate, Tony Nwoye, said he felt elated winning the election, urging other aspirants to rally around him to ensure victory at the governorship election in November.
 
Two of the aspirants, Chike Obidigbo and Patrick Nwike, had earlier withdrawn from the race, even though they still pulled total votes of 22 and 20 respectively.
 
Anambra state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, had earlier in the month, secured the ticket of APGA to fly the party's flag, while Osita Chidoka and Godwin Ezeemo          secured the UPP and PPA tickets respectively.
 
*Photo Caption - APC logo

[ Masterweb Reports: Emma Elekwa reports ] - The African Democratic Congress (ADC), Anambra State chapter, has elected Barrister Paul Obianaso as its candidate for the November 18 gubernatorial election.
 
The chairman, governorship primary committee of the party, Chief Anayo Arinze, who announced the results in Awka, yesterday, said the party’s flag bearer was elected in a voice vote cast by delegates of the party from all the 326 political wards in the state.
 
Arinze, however, disclosed that four other aspirants who had earlier indicated interest stepped down for Obianaso. He described the exercise as peaceful.
 
In his acceptance speech, Obianaso pledged his readiness to take over the Government House, saying the current administration has failed the people.
 
He assured that his administration would work to secure lives and property of the citizenry, as well as fight hunger in the state.
 

*Photo Caption - As seen.
 

 

[ Masterweb Reports: Isiaka Wakili reports ] - After returning on Saturday from his 103-day medical vacation in the United Kingdom, President Muhammadu Buhari resumed official duties Monday morning. He took off with a nationwide broadcast which was devoted mainly to harping on national unity which, according to Buhari, is settled and not negotiable.
 
"We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood. Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance. I believe the very vast majority of Nigerians share this view. This is not to deny that there are legitimate concerns. Every group has a grievance. But the beauty and attraction of a federation is that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence.
 
"Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety. Therefore we are going to reinforce and reinvigorate the fight not only against; elements of Boko Haram which are attempting a new series of attacks on soft targets; kidnappings, farmers versus herdsmen clashes; in addition to ethnic violence fuelled by political mischief makers. We shall tackle them all."
 
Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, described the broadcast as "just one step of many steps that are going to be taken in the days and weeks and months ahead. So, you can’t expect that everything will be said in one day."
 
Later in the day, Buhari, in compliance with Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) signed a letter addressed to the president of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki and the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, with a view to intimating the National Assembly that he had resumed his functions as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with effect from Monday. The brief ceremony was exclusively witnessed by some close aides as well as official cameramen and photographers of the president.
 
The president’s itinerary, which was sighted by our correspondent, showed that Buhari really planned big for the week. A twist was, nonetheless, introduced into his resumption as he was meant to operate from his official residence at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja pending the renovation of his office.
 
President Buhari rounded off his activities on Monday with a briefing he received from his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo. The president had earlier received the governor of Nasarawa State, Umar Tanko Almakura.
 
The president’s sole programme for Tuesday was a meeting he held at his residence with members of the National Security Council (NSC) which lasted three hours in response to rising security issues in the country. While he was away in the UK, there were ethnic clashes, kidnappings, heightened campaign for a sovereign state of Biafra by IPOB and the October 1 deadline by a group of Arewa youths asking all Igbos to vacate the North.
 
Buhari handed down orders to the security chiefs, asking them to preserve Nigeria’s unity and end all threats to national security. In attendance were the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai; the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadique; the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris; the Director-General of the Department of State Security (DSS), Malam Lawal Daura, and a representative of the Chief of Naval Staff.
 
There was a surprise on Wednesday. President Buhari was scheduled to chair the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting, but the meeting did not hold. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had consistently presided over the meetings for over three months during Buhari’s medical sojourn in London. There was no explanation from the Presidency on why the council meeting was put off. State House caterers had brought the cabinet members’ meals to the Council Chambers of the Villa before realising that the FEC meeting would not take place. Presidential spokesman, Adesina, merely said in a terse statement that "The meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) will not hold today (Wednesday)."
 
The president later on Wednesday received the report of the presidential panel that investigated the allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke. He received the report at his official residence from Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who headed the panel comprising the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno (rtd) and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, as members.
 
President Buhari had on April 19 suspended Babachir and Oke and set up the three-man committee to investigate alleged infractions against both officials within a period of two weeks. Babachir was investigated for allegedly awarding millions of naira contracts to a company in which he had interest, Global Vision Limited, under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE).
 
A Senate Committee on Humanitarian Crisis in the North-East, which had earlier found the suspended SGF culpable of alleged complicity in a N200 million grass-cutting contract to clear "invasive plant species" in Yobe State, had demanded his resignation and prosecution.
 
Oke was probed for alleged $43.4 million operations cash found by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission at apartment 7B in Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos. He had reportedly claimed that the money belonged to the NIA and was approved by former President Goodluck Jonathan for some covert operations. The panel was mandated to uncover the circumstances by which the NIA came into possession of the funds and find out how and by whose or which authority the funds were made available to the NIA as well as to establish whether or not there was a breach of the law or security procedure in obtaining custody and use of the funds.
 
The most senior permanent secretary in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Dr Habibat Lawal and Oke’s senior deputy, Ambassador Arab Yadam, are currently acting as SGF and Director-General of the NIA respectively.
 
On Thursday, President Muhammadu Buhari signed nine international agreements aimed at strengthening his administration’s anti-corruption war as well as stabilising the economy and improving the security situation in the country. The signing ceremony for the execution of the Instruments of Ratification for International Agreements between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and other Entities was held at a conference room in the First Lady’s wing of the Presidential Villa.
 
The agreements signed with the United Arab Emirates were: Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Civil and Commercial Matters, Agreement on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons and an Extradition Treaty.
 
Other agreements included Charter for the Lake Chad Basin between Nigeria, Cameroun, Central African Republic, Libya, Niger and the Republic of Chad; African Tax Administration Forum Agreement on Mutual Assistance in Tax Matters, the World Intellectual Property Organization Treaty on Audio-Visual Performances and the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works for persons, who are blind, visually-impaired or otherwise.
 
The president directed all agencies of government with roles to play under the ratified treaties to play their anticipated roles in an effective and responsible manner in order to ensure that the country reaps the full benefits of the agreements. "It is my hope that these Instruments will reinvigorate the anti-corruption war and check the illicit flow of funds out of our country to other jurisdictions, improve national security, food security, boost our economic and tax regimes and improve the overall well-being of our creative community,’’ he said.
 
Buhari described the signing of the agreements as an important milestone in demonstrating the sovereign capacity of Nigeria to fulfill international obligations and take important steps for the benefit of the economy, security and the anti-corruption war.
 
Then on Friday, Buhari met with leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for about one hour at the new Banquet Hall of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa. He said the visit signified the unity of Nigeria as "It is not a party occasion. It is not a political gathering. It is a symbol of our national unity. It is also an expression of the maturity of our democracy. Multi-party democracy is a very tried and tested form of government. Opposition does not mean hostility, enmity or antagonism. Democracy needs opposition, one which is vibrant but responsible."
 
President Muhammadu Buhari later joined other Muslim faithful in observing Juma’at at the State House mosque. Cameramen and photographers were, however, barred from covering the prayer session which the Presidency described as private. The president also on Friday met with state governors inside the Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja and told them that the show of love by Nigerians had boosted his morale.
 
As shown by his first five working days, President Buhari is settling back into work.
 

*Photo Caption - President Muhammadu Buhari