The minister was mobbed on Monday, 23rd September, 2019 at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.
He was said to have gone to Kano for a condolence visit over the death of Ibrahim Liman Sharada, father of a member of the House of Representatives representing Kano Municipal, Shaaban Sharada when hoodlums began to boo him.
One of the thugs even attempted to remove the minister’s cap.
MURIC accused members of the Kwankwasiyah movement and the opposition political party of carrying out the attack.
MURIC, in a statement to DAILY POST on Tuesday signed by Prof. Ishaq Akintola, described the attack as unruly, uncultured, puerile and barbaric.
“The harassment of Dr. Isa Ali Pantami at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport is repugnant, detestable and provocative,” it added.
“It is most unruly, highly uncultured, totally puerile and categorically barbaric. Nigeria should be above this. At 59, Nigerians still engage in bolekaja politics. It is a big shame. Our post-independence political culture is still characterised with violence, bitterness, intimidation and coercion. Our politics is laced with heavy doses of intolerance. Ours is politics of retrogression. It is unacceptable.
“We commend Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso for visiting the minister and for offering an apology for the excesses of his followers. Nonetheless, the fact that his political party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) is yet to show remorse leaves much to be desired.
“In saner climes, the political party would have issued a statement dissociating itself from any unethical behavior and apologizing for same. We therefore call on PDP Kano chapter to do the needful. Anything short of a public apology over this infantile and highly embarrassing incident is an assault on civilized political decorum. Nigeria must move from Stone Age political gangsterism.
“MURIC appeals to the ruling party in the state, the All Progressives Congress (APC), to take the incident with equanimity. APC Kano must manifest political maturity by resisting the temptation to revenge. The fact that Senator Kwankwaso has established rapour with the minister should serve as a soothing balm for members of the APC in Kano State.
“Dr. Ali Isa Pantami deserves tons of respect from every Nigerian. He is one of the few citizens who have engraved Nigeria’s name in letters of gold on the sands of time. His rich and intimidating curriculum vitae stands him out from the crowd of political shenanigans and opportunistic parasites. Nigeria desperately needs people like him. It is therefore a great disservice to maltreat such a cerebral gem.
“As we draw the curtain, we charge Nigerian politicians to shun thuggery and hooliganism. We must draw lessons from the incidents which led to military coups in the past. Politicians must remember that what goes round comes around. Respect begets respect but this golden rule will no longer apply if we allow the era of political violence to return,” he said.
ASUU breaks silence on UI staff arrested by DSS for alleged examination fraud – Daily Post Nigeria
ASUU Chairman, Professor Deji Omole made this declaration in a statement made available to DAILY POST.
Omole was reacting to the arrest of six staff of the distance learning centre by the men of the department of state service (DSS) at the instance of the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Idowu Olayinka, for alleged examination malpractices.
DAILY POST recalls that six staff of the distance learning centre, among whom were Edward Eborgu (Head of UI DLC software Unit), Kehinde Ajao (Head Student Support), Shola Akintunde (Executive Officer and Media representative), Ademola Okunola (IT personnel), one Lanre (IT personnel) and a certain David in the Director’s office were picked last Thursday for the fraud.
But, Omole while speaking, lashed out at the Director of Public Communications of the University, Olatunji Oladejo, who some papers attributed the story to as misinforming the public.
Omole said that contrary to Oladejo’s claim, no academic staff of the distance learning centre has been fingered or linked to the fraud.
He added that no one should drag ASUU into the fraud since none of its members is involved.
Apart from the fact that the University committee, Omole said that “ASUU has a standing committee on ethics and standard dealing with ethical and unethical issues.”
He, however, said it will not take it lightly when her members are wrongly accused.
“Our members not involved in UI Exam fraud. Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan Chapter on Tuesday says no single academic staff was involved in examination malpractices in her Distance Learning Center (DLC).
“Seven non-academic staff of the Distance learning center of the Institution were picked up by the DSS last week Thursday over their alleged involvement in aiding and abetting examination malpractices and compromising the integrity of examinations.
“Academic staff have not been fingered or linked to the fraud and no one should drag them into it. The Union is not against punishing anyone linked to the fraud.
“Apart from the fact that the University committee, ASUU has a standing committee on ethics and standard dealing with ethical and unethical issues.”
Senate President Ahmad Lawan wants corruption taught in all school levels
Special Adviser (Media) to President of the Senate, Mr Ola Awoniyi, quoted Lawan in a statement as making the call while declaring open the third Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), National Capacity Building Workshop for Justices and Judges.
According to the statement, the workshop was organised in collaboration with the National Judicial Institute (NJI) held in Abuja on Tuesday.
The Senate President advocated for a review of the basic school curricula to include the teaching of anti-corruption tenets.
“I believe that we should look at our civic education. We shouldn’t wait until people commit corruption before we start chasing them.
“We should start educating our children in schools, basic education secondary level and even tertiary level, on the ills of corruption in any society.”
Lawan also said that the National Assembly would provide the necessary support to the anti-corruption agencies in the fight against corruption.
The EFCC and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) are the leading government agencies in anti-corruption war.
According to him, the 9th Senate and indeed the National Assembly will support the anti-corruption agencies to the best of its ability, to enable us eradicate the malaise.
“What we face today in the area of corruption requires that all hands must be on deck to fight it. And we are determined to work with other arms of government to fight it.
“It is a fight that should be fought by all and we are ready to initiate moves that will help in ensuring we succeed in the fight.
“We are also continuously prepared to support agencies like the EFCC and professionals like the Justices and Judges always,” he said.
The president of the senate noted that corruption had eaten deep into the very fabric of the society and had literarily became endemic.
He acknowledged that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari had done a lot in the last couple of years in fighting corruption but added that the fight had surely not been an easy one.
“Dealing with corruption is surely a task we must undertake very well. The consistency of the EFCC on its mandate is quite commendable.
“The best we can continue to do in our circumstance is to encourage anti-corruption agencies like the EFCC and the ICPC to discharge their mandate very well.
“The police are also inclusive because of their statutory responsibility of enforcing law and order, by preventing and detecting crime,” Lawan said.
He said the Justices and Judges need all the ethical, moral and institutional support to be exemplary in the discharge of their duties.
Device peaceful resolution to solve LAUTECH ownership crisis – Adegoke tells Makinde, Oyetola
DAILY POST gathered that the institution, which was established in 1990, is jointly owned by both Oyo and Osun States. The institution has been battling with ownership and financial crises in the last couple of years.
The joint ownership and financial contributions of both States have been generating controversies since the time of former governors Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo and Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun.
But, the Executive Director Finance and Chief Financial Officer of OES Energy Services, Chief Adegboyega Adegoke, while reacting, said that there was need for both Oyo and Osun States to find lasting solution to the perennial crises rocking the institution.
Adegoke, who is the Mogaji of Abose compound in Olubadan traditional lineage while speaking with journalists on Monday, said that this gesture would go a long way in finding lasting solution to the re-occurence crises that have been rocking the institution since the creation of Osun State from the old Oyo State in 1991.
He maintained that peaceful accord would also be a demonstration that the two leaders are capable and living up to the demands of their offices.
Adegoke insisted that peaceful resolution would make the institution stronger and meet up with the aspiration of its founding fathers.
He implored the government of the two states to design ways of making the institution self-sustaining like other universities which, necessitated that both states need to work together on matters of mutual interest rather than be seen as working at cross purposes.
“There is need for both the governors of Oyo and Osun states to sit down as brothers and look into the problems rather than allow intruders to come in between them.
“If both governors, the governing council and management team meet, they will be able to dissect the problem properly and jointly proffer solutions on the way forward.
“The management should also, look at the possibility of convening a tripartite meeting which will comprise of permanent secretaries of Education, Finance and Justice ministries with their respective commissioners in attendance to look at all the nitty-gritty of what has been causing disagreement between the two states.
“I want the two governors to realise that the indigenes of the two states are brothers and sisters, and in Yorubaland it is always a wise decision when amicable resolution takes place between the aforementioned relations without involving third parties.
“In the wise, both governors should demonstrate maturity for which they have been known for in resolving this present logjam without much ado in the interest of the students who are our children and future leaders.”
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