Buhari needs our prayers, Uniport VC suspended and other major headlines you missed today

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One year in office not enough to evaluate Buhari —Kumuyi 

Pastor William Kumuyi, General Superintendent of Deeper Life Bible Church, has advocated for dialogue to resolve the crisis in the Niger Delta region. He made the call on Monday while speaking with newsmen in Warri. 
The clergyman, who visited Warri for a one-day programme tagged, “Following a Life Transforming Example,” said the situation in the volatile oil rich region should not be a “win-win affairs.’’ 
The programme was organised by the Deeper Life Bible Church at the Warri township stadium. Kumuyi said: “the solution to the crisis in the Niger Delta is dialogue. “Stakeholders should reason together and see a way forward instead of accusing each other. “What we are interested in is how to solve the problem; what are the expectations of both sides so that we can move forward,’’ he said. Kumuyi said that the administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari, had not done badly, adding that one year in office was not enough to evaluate the success of any government. “President Buhari has another three years in office; sometimes it depends on somebody’s approach, so let us not build the evaluation on his one year in office,’’ he said. He said that the general comment that the nation’s economy was sliding was borne out of the high expectations of the people to see their country move from its present position. “Nigerians believe we could have achieved something better than where we are presently as a country,” he said.

Jonathan opens up: I’m being investigated for corruption by Buhari 
Ex-president Goodluck Jonathan has disclosed today, June 6, that he is being investigated for corruption by the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government. 
Jonathan said this in an exclusive interview with Bloomberg Tv, in London. “I cannot say the country from the beginning of our independence, that there was no corruption, yes there has been corruption. “I did very well also, to curtail corruption.
“My approach to corruption, was ‘don’t make money available for anyone to touch. “We made sure that area of fertiliser subsidies was cleaned up,and the whole corruption there was removed. “I tried to do the same in the oil industry, but the very people that were accusing us of corruption, were the same people frustrating it, its unfortunate. Asked if he was concerned that he would be investigated for corruption while in office, Jonathan said he is being investigated. “Obviously, I’m being investigated”. Asked if he would be found guilty of corrupt practices, Jonathan said “I wouldn’t want to make certain comments because, when a government is working, its not proper for immediate past presidents to make certain statements. “I will allow the government to do the work its supposed to do. “I wouldn’t want to make serious comments on that, its not proper. “After all these investigations, the whole stories will be properly chronicled. “I’ve just left office, and I should allow the President and his team to do what they believe is good for the country.

Ojukwu’s estate: Bianca asks court to reject step-son’s application 
The embattled widow of the late Biafran warlord, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Bianca Ojukwu has asked a Lagos State High Court, sitting at Igbosere to reject an application filed by her husband’s second child, seeking to be joined as defendant in the suit she filed against the family over property. 
Bianca Bianca, an ex-beauty queen and former Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, had on behalf of her two under-aged children, Afamefuna and Nwachukwu (claimants) dragged Ojukwu Transport Limited, OTL and seven others before the court over an alleged move by the Ojukwu family to eject her sons from the company’s properties situated in Lagos. 
The company, OTL, and its property belong to the grandfather of the claimants, late Sir Louis Odumegwu Ojukwu. Ojukwu’s second child, Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Jr was not among the eight defendants dragged before the court by Bianca but in his application seeking to be joined as defendant in the suit, he prayed the court to join him on the grounds that he is a director of the first defendant company, OTL and by virtue of his position has responsibility to look after the interest of the other children of his late father. He averred that the claimants in the suit are the last two of the eight children of his late father and they are represented by their mother who was the last of the six wives of his late father. Emeka, urged the court to join him as defendant in the best interest of justice, stating that any decision in respect of the claims of Bianca’s two children in the suit so far as it relates to his father’s interest in OTL will affect him as the current head of the late Dim Chukwuemeka OJukwu’s family.

Saraki loses 12m to burglars 
 The President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, said yesterday that he lost N12 million to burglars in his Ilorin, Kwara State home. News of the robbery was first revealed by an online news portal, which alleged that N300 million mysteriously disappeared from the Senate President’s bedroom. 
The online news medium claimed the alleged N300 million was provided by the Kwara State government and was in different foreign currencies. 
The money was reportedly meant to serve as Ramadan handout to be distributed by the Senate President to supporters. 
Saraki Saraki, however, denied the details of the robbery, which, he said, was being currently investigated by the police in Ilorin. The Senate President, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, also rejected the online narrative that his domestic aides were culpable. He said: “There is, therefore, no truth in the claim that the money ran into hundreds of millions, that it was in foreign currency or that the incident happened in Dr. Saraki’s room. ‘’The amount was simply in Naira. Also, the money has nothing to do with Kwara State government. “For the umpteenth time, we need to reiterate the fact that the fixation that any money spent by Saraki or that is in his possession is from Kwara State government is unfounded, unwarranted, lacks any basis and irresponsible. ‘

Buhari should return home for treatment – CMA

The Commonwealth Medical Association on Monday faulted the decision of President Muhammadu Bubari to proceed on foreign medical trip for a persistent ear infection, saying he has lost a golden opportunity to assert his change mantra.

The CMA in a statement issued by its Vice President and former President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, the President’s foreign medical trip runs contrary to the earlier declaration by the Federal Government to halt the embarrassing phenomenon of outward medical tourism, which as at the end of the year 2013 had led to a humongous capital flight of about US $1billion dollars, particularly from expenses incurred by political and public office holders (and their accompanying aides).

“If the former Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency, Capt. Idris Wada, could patronize Nigerian trained medical experts and medical facilities here in Nigeria when he unfortunately suffered a fractured femur following a fatal road traffic accident in 2013, I see no reason why in 2016 Mr. President could not have stayed back in Nigeria to attend to his ear infection”, he stated.

Uniport VC suspended 

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Prof. Ndokwa Lale, has been suspended by the governing council of the university after Its meeting today, Monday 6th June 2016.

The Vice Chancellor had earlier sued the governing council, questioning the powers of the council to suspend him over allegations of incompetence in piloting the affairs of the university.

Prof. Lale further went ahead to obtain a court injunction restraining the governing council from placing him on suspension or sacking him as vice chancellor.

The suit which had its first hearing on May 31st 2016 was later adjourned, to come up for hearing tomorrow, Tuesday, June 7th 2016 at the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt.

The school management under the administration of Prof. Laale had enforced a policy of compulsory school fees payment before being allowed to sit for semester examinations.

This policy was adjudged as unfriendly and unpopular by the university students who took to protest.

The massive protest which took place on the day the semester examinations were to commence, claimed the lives of some students who were allegedly killed by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).They were said to had resorted to the use of maximum force to dispel the protesting students.

The protest and death of a final year student, Peter Ofurum led to the closure of the university for some months now.

Buhari not ill, but pray for him – Adeshina
Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina on Monday maintained that the President was not sick but urged Nigerians to pray for the President.

He said though the President has ear infection, it had not stopped him from carrying out his duties as the leader of the country.

Adesina said, “The buzz going round town is that the President is ill, but ‘ill’ will be a misnomer, it should not be the right word to use. The President is going for a 10-day rest and during that period he will see specialists who will look at his ear because he has been treating that ear locally for sometime.
Nigerian physicians have looked at it and now they have said you are going to UK, now that you will be there. let specialists look at the ear. They have treated it locally so it is not a question of whether the President is ill. If he is ill, it presupposes that there are certain things that he cannot do. But till the very last minute that he is traveling, the President performed the duties and functions of his office as the President. So illness is not the issue.”
Maintaining that the President is on vacation, Adesina appealed to Nigerians to pray for Buhari so that God will take care of him and the country.

“As a human being, yes he can rest. He has been President for one full year, you know that in February he took five days leave, he is taking another 10 days now. That means 15 days leave in one year.

“You and I take more than that. So it is natural that the President, as a human being, is taking 10 days rest but he is not ill.

“We need to underscore that. Rather than going into a frenzy I will urge Nigerians to just show goodwill and patriotism, they should pray for him and wish him well.

“Things about health life and death are in the hands of God, but I believe that all is well with our President and God will take care of him and take care of the country,” he said.

Publishing names of looters’ll jeopardise investigation -Osinbajo

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday said the Federal Government refrained from publishing names of those it recovered looted funds from in order not to jeopardise investigation.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, the Vice-President spoke during a meeting he had at the Presidential Villa, Abuja with a delegation of the European Union led by the EU Ambassador in Nigeria, Mr. Michel Arrion.

On the list published by the Federal Government on Saturday, the administration said it had recovered a total of N115.7bn cash, while assets worth over N1.9tn had been frozen in one year.

In a statement by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the government said the recoveries were made between May 29, 2015 and May 25, 2016.

The government gave the breakdown of the loot as N78,325,354,631.82; $185,119,584.61; £3,508,355.46 and €11, 250.

A conversion of the funds using the official exchange rate of the Central Bank of Nigeria, showed that the amount adds up to N115,792,760,499.

Osinbajo said, “We have released the list of recovered loot, we know people are asking for the names, but releasing the names may jeopardise ongoing investigations.”


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