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President Buhari under attack over killing of Catholic priests, others

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The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, His Eminence John Cardinal Onaiyekan and the Director of Legal and Public Affairs of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kwamkur Vondip, have brought President Muhammadu Buhari under fire over recent killing of some Catholic priests and other Nigerians.

They expressed concerns over increasing insecurity in the country, saying that Nigerians were no longer safe anywhere.

Vondip and Onaiyekan were reacting to the recent killing of Catholic priests in Enugu and Taraba states when they spoke to the Nation.

They expressed sadness about the development and faulted government’s method of security operations.

Onaiyekan said, “The insecurity is getting out of hand and it is affecting everybody. In a way, we can say that we are not surprised that even the priests are not exempted from the general insecurity in the land. It is not as if those hoodlums or the bandits will take their time to make sure that they do not kill a priest. They don’t seem to have any sense of horror about anything.

“The only thing I can say about this is that my priests are also being killed. It only shows how terrible the situation is. And I must say that I am also sad when we saw President Buhari himself speaking on the issue and insisting that the people responsible for killing the reverend father should be fished out.

“On one hand, I commended his efforts, and on the other hand, we should ask too that not only the reverend fathers but all those who are killed; those who killed them should be fished out. Everybody’s life is precious and it is given by God. We are praying on this issue and doing our part.

“Everybody knows what President Buhari should do to stop this menace and I am sure Buhari also knows what to do. There is no excuse because the rate of insecurity we have in our land, no matter under what name, weather it is insurgency of Boko Haram or banditry in the Northwest or herdsmen killings in the Middle Belt or kidnapping, we have never had it so bad.

“The government should have known that their efforts so far have not yielded adequate results. It is the duty of government to make sure that people are safe in the country. You do not have to be in the opposition to know that. When they themselves are travelling on the road, don’t you see how they protect themselves?

“They always have armed policemen with them. That is a clear sign that the road is not safe. If the road is safe, would they need so many soldiers and policemen to protect them? If they are using so many soldiers and policemen to protect themselves, what about the rest of us?

“The matter is serious and we are not at war. Other nations are tackling their security challenges.”

Vondip on his part, added, “For a nation as big as Nigeria, something is wrong with our security setup. With the kind of leadership we have and what they say on daily basis about their willingness to fight insecurity and crime, you can see that all is not well.

“My belief is that there is something underneath. There are a lot of compromises, and many of our national leaders know this. Some people are compromising in the same circle. The same people that are meant to protect the people are the ones arranging these killings, just like you saw in Taraba State between the police and the military. That incident should not be taken lightly.

“My suggestion is that the investigation should go beyond that, beyond what is happening, because a lot of our military men are being killed in the North. Each time the military is embarking on any operation, they will be ambushed. It is not a normal situation.

“There people that are leaking vital information to cause confusion and their purpose is either they have a project they are fighting for or they are having some financial gains.

“We have a nation with highly educated people, but you have not found anybody taking time to investigate that there should be an independent opinion on what is happening from security experts. But we seem to be quiet.

“So, anybody who speaks against it will seem to be speaking against the government, as if we are not living in this country.”

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ASUU breaks silence on UI staff arrested by DSS for alleged examination fraud – Daily Post Nigeria

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan chapter, on Tuesday declared that no single academic staff in the university was involved in examination malpractices at the Distance Learning Center (DLC) of the institution.

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.”

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Senate President Ahmad Lawan wants corruption taught in all school levels

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Ahmad Lawan, President of the Senate, has called for the inclusion of anti-corruption course in schools’ curricula to reduce the menace of corruption in the country.

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.

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Sterling speaks on comparisons with Messi, Ronaldo

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Manchester City winger, Raheem Sterling, has said he needs to score 50 or 60 goals a season, to be compared to the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Sterling has been included on the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or this season alongside Ronaldo and Messi, who have each won the trophy five times.

There are suggestions the England could clinch the individual award, after 32 goals this calendar year for club and country.

But Sterling told FourFourTwo: :Messi’s one of a kind.

“Bro, if I’m scoring 50 or 60 goals a year for the next 15 years, then you can talk to me about that – right now, don’t talk to me about Ronaldo or Messi!

“I don’t want to hear that connection.

“I’m not saying I don’t value myself, but those are two guys who have been doing it for 15 years. That’s not heard of: 40, 50, 60 goals for 15 years.

“There’s a long process to go for that.

“But I’m developing and I want to get my numbers better every single year.

“If I’m doing that in 10 or 15 years’ time, then OK, maybe. But it’s early days.”

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