President Muhammadu Buhari says he has no plan whatsoever to groom a successor for the 2023 presidential election.
The president stated this while reacting to one of the requests made by the members of progressives in academics, who visited him at the State House, Abuja on Tuesday.
The spokesperson of the group, Dr Bolariwa Bolajim had earlier enjoined the president to commence the proceed of grooming his successor, who would take over the mantle of leadership from him in 2023
Bolaji said: We are delighted having you and in another four-year time you would want to go and rest then who takes over from you?
We are suggesting that you bring a vibrant youths among people who have shown interest, bring them in so that you start saddling them with responsibilities and you will be watching them over these next four years so that when you want to leave the circle, you would have vibrant youths to hand over to.
This is one of the ways the gains of this government can be made to be continues so that there will be continuity in what you are doing.
However, President Buhari said he would rather stay away from identifying anybody as his successor so as not to create problem for such a person.
The president said: To me this is very funny. I think if I identify anybody Id create more problem for him or for her.
So, Id rather keep my mouth shut. Let those who would want to be president try as much as I did. And I believe that those who are interested know that I tried three times.
And the first time, I thank God and technology, PVC. Before, they just go to the television and they read the results. They say anybody who disagreed should go to court.
And most of my supporters are looking for next days meal. They dont have money to give to lawyers. So I said God dey. So, the first time God and technology came along , PVC they couldnt rig the election so I won.
The president, therefore, challenged the youths to continue to work harder, saying that they should not take things for granted.
I tried to work hard but I think you have a lot more to do you as intellectuals so that you correctly document Nigerias political development. Its very important for the next generation.
A lot of our young chaps are taking things for granted. Imagine to contest election three times ending up in Supreme Court three times. It needs a lot of conviction you know, and hard work.
But people take success for granted. They say, ah, hes the president. They think its just closed my eyes and I got it? The president asked rhetorically,;; he added.
The Members of the progressives in Academics, who were drawn from different tertiary institutions across the country, presented three proposals on revitalization of education, power and agriculture to the president possible approval.
By Kingsley Okoye
The Senate on Tuesday confirmed 43 nominees as ministers of the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on July 23 released the list of 43 nominees to senate for screening and confirmation as ministers.
Following the submission, the senate had on July 24 began the screening of the nominees to determine their suitability for the position.
The screening which lasted for five days came to an end on July 30.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that many of the nominees were asked to take bow, while few of them were subjected to questions.
NAN also reports that the take a bow syndrome that dominated the screening exercise was the tradition of the senate to excuse nominees who have had legislative background.
The senate also hinged the reason for asking female nominees to take a bow on the gender sensitive nature of the senate among other reasons.
Following a voice vote for the confirmation of the individual nominees, the senate at plenary confirmed the 43 nominees.
Those confirmed are: Dr Uchechukwu Ogah (Abia), Muhammad Bello (Adamawa), Sen. Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Dr Chris Ngige (Anambra), Sharon Ikeazu (Anambra), Adamu Adamu (Bauchi), Amb. Mariam Katagum (Bauchi), Timipre Silva (Bayelsa), Sen. George Akume (Benue), Mustapha Baba-Shehuri (Borno), Goddy Jedi-Agba (Cross River).
Others are Festus Keyamo (Delta), Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi), Dr Osagie Ehanire (Edo), Clement Agba (Edo), Richard Adebayo (Ekiti), Geofery Oyeanma (Enugu), Dr Ali Isa-Pantami (Gombe), Emeka Nwajuba (Imo), Sulaiman Adamu (Jigawa), Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna), Dr Mohammed Mahmoud (Kaduna), Sabo Nanono (Kano), Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (Kano).
Also confirmed are Hadi Sirika (Katsina), Abubakar Malami (Kebbi), Ramatu Tijani (Kogi), Lai Mohammed (Kwara), Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara), Babatunde Fashola (Lagos), Sen. Adeleke Mamora (Lagos), Mohammed Abdullahi (Nasarawa), Amb. Zubairu Dada (Niger), Olamilekan Adegbiti (Ogun), Sen. Tayo Alasoadura (Ondo), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Sunday Dare (Oyo).
Others are Pauline Tallen (Plateau), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Mohammed Dingwadi (Sokoto), Saleh Mamman (Taraba), Abubakar Aliyu (Yobe) and Sadiya Faruk (Zamfara).
Speaking on the confirmation, President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, said the senators demonstrated patriotism throughout the screening exercise.
He said the attitude of the senators was a demonstration that they are ready to work for the good of Nigerians.
He urged the confirmed ministers to be ready to work with the Senate for the good of Nigerians, adding that the senate would be firm on its oversight responsibilities.
Lawan thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for selecting experienced Nigerians as ministers.
He also thanked his colleagues for their commitment and loyalty all through the screening, saying that the Senate hopes to face the 2020 budget when it resumed from recess in September.
We hope that the budget will be ready in September or October and we are ready to pass the budget by December.
He said the Senate was committed towards returning the nation budget cycle to the January to December cycle.
By Martins Odeh
Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buahri on Tuesday told the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal that the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar in the Feb.23 general election was a Cameroonian flesh and blood.
Kyari, who was led through his deposition by Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, Counsel for the president, insisted that Jada, hometown of the former vice president was in Adamawa Province, an enclave that belonged to Northern Cameroon in 1946 when he (Atiku) was born.
He explained that Atiku was already born in 1946 before the plebiscite was conducted in 1961 to balkernize Nigeria and Cameroon where Jada which was part of Northern Cameroon voted to become Nigerian territory.
Kyari further said that the plebiscite also resulted in the Southern part of Cameroon officially aligning to becoming Cameroonian territory.
The witness therefore, said the French system of assimilation had compelled people of Jada, including Abubakars father and grandfather to be full Cameroonians in flesh and blood.
On the status of Buhari Certificate, Kyari said he had personally gone to collect the Cambridge University West Africa Examination Certificate of the president on July 18 for further proof.
I can confirm that I was the one that collected and signed the Cambridge University West Africa Examination Certificate on behalf of the president on July 18, 2019, he said.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buhari and his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) had urged the tribunal to dismiss PDPs petition for fielding a non-Nigerian to contest the presidential election.
They submitted that the Constitution had foreclosed the participation of non-Nigerians in the Countys election.
They further argued that it did not matter if the provision was not tested when Atiku was selected to be the countrys vice president.
The president and APC had therefore invited the tribunal to do the needful by dismissing all the allegations made by the petitioners against Buharis victory.
The respondents further submitted that it was inappropriate for a non-Nigerian to contest or challenge outcome of the Feb.23 presidential election.
Also testifying was Retired Gen. Paul Tarfa, who said Buhari was he enlisted with Buhari into the Officer Cadre of the Nigerian Army on April 16, 1962.
Tarfa explained that English Language was the medium of instruction, adding that Buhari had achieved an enviable record during the military training.
He listed some of their colleagues to include Brigadier Ola Oni, Maj:-Gen. Durojaye, Col. J.C Ojukwu, Late Brigadier Shelleng as well as Late Maj:-Gen Musa Yar-Adua.
He said the conduct of the promotional examination in the military was always done in the merit, adding that Buhari had always come out in flying colour.
On his part, Malam Suleman Mai-adua, Buharis classmate in Katsina Provincial Secondary School in his evidence in chief, said, they graduated from the school with Cambridge University West African Examination Certificate in 1961.
The witness, who came to court with a group photograph of the class six of 1961 set and their principal, was able to spot himself and Buhari in the picture.
Earlier, the tribunal admitted a total of 26 documentary evidence from the president through his counsel, Olanipekun.
NAN listed the some of the exhibits to be 19 Certified True Copies of Newspaper publications.
The respondent also tendered the APC Roadmap to a new Nigeria as evidence.
The others are: Cambridge Assessment International Education Certificate for Muhammadu Buhari obtained in 1961 and Receipt of the above document.
The tribunal also admitted as evidence, a Certified-True-Copy of Confidential Result sheet of the University of Cambridge West Africa School Certificate 1961 for Katsina Provincial Secondary School showing names of candidate who attended sat for the examination.
Another set of evidence included the class six group photograph of Katsina Provincial Secondary School taken in 1961 and news publication of June 22, 2015 of the above photograph.
Also tendered and admitted was the Curriculum Vitae of the second respondent (Buhari) which was duly signed by him.
Furthermore, the tribunal admitted a commendation letter on Buhari signed by the Commandant of the U.S. Army War College delivered to Lt:- Gen. Alani Akinrinade (Rtd) in June 1980.
However, Dr Livy Uzoukwu, SAN, Counsel for the Petitioners objected to the admissibility of the all the materials but had reserved reasons to the address stage.
Justice Mohammed Garba, Chairman of the tribunal, thereafter adjourned proceedings until July 31 for continuation. (NAN)
Authorities in the Chinese capital have ordered halal restaurants and food stalls to remove Arabic script and symbols associated with Islam from their signs, part of an expanding national effort to Sinicize its Muslim population.
Employees at 11 restaurants and shops in Beijing selling halal products and visited by Reuters in recent days said officials had told them to remove images associated with Islam, such as the crescent moon and the word halal written in Arabic, from signs.
Government workers from various offices told one manager of a Beijing noodle shop to cover up the halal in Arabic on his shops sign, and then watched him do it.
They said this is foreign culture and you should use more Chinese culture, said the manager, who, like all restaurant owners and employees who spoke to Reuters, declined to give his name due to the sensitivity of the issue.
The campaign against Arabic script and Islamic images marks a new phase of a drive that has gained momentum since 2016, aimed at ensuring religions conform with mainstream Chinese culture.
The campaign has included the removal of Middle Eastern-style domes on many mosques around the country in favor of Chinese-style pagodas.
China, home to 20 million Muslims, officially guarantees freedom of religion, but the government has campaigned to bring the faithful into line with Communist Party ideology.
Its not just Muslims who have come under scrutiny. Authorities have shut down many underground Christian churches, and torn down crosses of some churches deemed illegal by the government.
But Muslims have come in for particular attention since a riot in 2009 between mostly Muslim Uighur people and majority Han Chinese in the far western region of Xinjiang, home to the Uighur minority.
Spasms of ethnic violence followed, and some Uighurs, chafing at government controls, carried out knife and crude bomb attacks in public areas and against the police and other authorities.
In response, China launched what it described as a crackdown on terrorism in Xinjiang.
Now, it is facing intense criticism from Western nations and rights groups over its policies, in particular mass detentions and surveillance of Uighurs and other Muslims there.
The government says its actions in Xinjiang are necessary to stamp out religious extremism. Officials have warned about creeping Islamisation, and have extended tighter controls over other Muslim minorities.
The University of the Arts London is seeking outstanding aspirants and wants to give them an opportunity to pursue higher studies by applying to the postgraduate placements program in theUK.
With complete pleasure, this educational award is available for all the high achieving UK andEUparticipants and aims to support their masters studies at UAL.
University or Organization:University of the Arts London
Number of Awards:150 (5,000 each)
Nationality:The UK and EU
The program can be taken inthe United Kingdom
- Eligible Countries:The UK and EU participants.
- Acceptable Course or Subjects: Available for pursuing a masters degree program at the university.
- Admissible Criteria: Must be a full-time participant.
How to Apply:If you are interested in this program, then you must have to take admission in a masters degree program at the university. The university will let you know the details about how to apply for the award in your offer letter.
- Supporting Documents:You need to submit your application form and all supporting evidence listed in your course letter before the deadline.
- Admission Requirements:A successful participants must hold a bachelors degree for studying a masters degree program.
- Language Requirement:The applicants must be very proficient in the English language.
Benefits:Total 150 awards (7,50,000) will be granted and each will have the value of 5,000.
Application Deadline:August 30, 2019, for September 2019 entry and December 6, 2019, for January 2020 entry.
Source: Scholarships And Aid
The objective of the Merit Scholarship Program for Foreign Students (PBEEE) is to support the internationalization of research activities in Qubecs institutions of higher education, to attract the best foreign researchers and students, and to promote abroad Qubec universities and College Centres for the Transfer of Technologies (CCTT).
- Must meet all eligibility conditions at the closing date of the competition (a different closing date has to be confirmed for the students preselected by CSC).
- Must have been preselected by a university or Synchronex (a CCTT).
- For the Qubec-China scholarship, must be preselected by the CSC.
- Cannot have already received a Merit Scholarship for Foreign Students from MEES, FRQNT or theFonds de recherche du Qubec Socit et culture (FRQSC).
- Cannot be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
- Cannot have applied for permanent resident status under Canadian immigration law.
- Double doctoral degree programs are not eligible.
- Qubec-Wallonia scholarship applicants must have previously studied in a French-language university-level institution in Belgium by the time they are granted their scholarship.
- Doctoral research (V1, 1B, 1C, 1I, 1IS, 1M, 1W) scholarship recipients must:Have a Certificat dacceptation du Qubec (CAQ) issued by the ministre de lImmigration, de la Diversit et de lInclusion du Qubec and a study permit issued by the Canadian Consulate valid for the entire duration of their scholarship.
- Postdoctoral scholarship (V2, 2B, 2C, 2I, 2M) recipients must:Have a work permit issued by the Canadian Consulate for the entire duration of their scholarship.
- Short-term research or professional developmentscholarship (V3, 3B, 3C, 3I, 3IS, 3M, 3W) recipients must:Have a temporary resident visa or electronic travel authorization to come to Canada.
Qubec Scholarship Program Coverage.
The Merit Scholarship Programs for Foreign Students has three components:
- Doctoral research scholarships (V1, 1B, 1C, 1I, 1IS, 1M, 1W):,000 a year. The duration of the scholarship is three years, with a possible extension of up to 12 months (monthly allowance of ,000).
- Postdoctoral scholarships (V2, 2B, 2C, 2I, 2M): ,000 for one year (cannot be renewed).
- Short-term research or professional development scholarships (V3, 3B, 3C, 3I, 3IS, 3M, 3W): ,000 a month for a period of up to four months.
In addition to the scholarship, MEES offers all scholarship recipients an exemption from paying the higher tuition fees required for foreign students and the medical insurance coverage offered by the Rgie de lassurance maladie du Qubec (RAMQ).
Method of Application
- Submission of applications to FRQNT of the preselected candidates by responsible bodies (universities, Synchronex, SRE):October 1st 2019, 4 pm
- Submission to FRQNT of the candidates preselected by CSC:March 31st 2020
- Submission of application to FRQNT by preselected candidates:November 1st 2019, 4 pm
Once preselected, the candidate must create his account in the FRQnet system. The FRQNT will then contact all preselected candidates to complete an electronic form to which the required documents will be attached. Applicants can consult the Instructions for completing an application document in the Toolbox.
- Only the 2020-2021 competition electronic forms and other required documents will be accepted. No documents other than those requested will be transmitted to the evaluation committee.
- E-forms are available only in the secure zone of the FRQnet system of the FRQNT. They must be completed and sent electronically.
- Files cannot be updated after the closing date for applications. It is suggested to keep a printed copy of your form for your records
- The form may be completed in French or English. Candidates who apply in English must provide a French title for their project.
Source: Scholarships And Aid
The fellowship is made possible through the very generous sponsorship of University College Cork. The fellowship acknowledges the special place of poetry in the cultural history and contemporary practice of Cork City. The Munster Literature Centre hosts the largest annual poetry festival in Ireland.
- Open to a poet from outside Ireland of international standing
- Fellowship applications are invited from poets working in English from outside Ireland
- The Poetry Fellow must have at least two full-length collections of poetry published
- The successful candidate will be a poet respected by peers and preferably has experience in the coaching or teaching of other writers either through workshops and/or mentoring, inside or outside a formal academic setting.
John Montague International Poetry Fellowship Benefits.
- The successful fellow would benefit from the prestige of receiving a highly competitive international literary award which will not only allow the candidate to spend time concentrating on their own work, but also enable them to acquire experience in literary mentoring and the teaching of writing in an academic context.
- The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be inspired by living in one of Europes oldest cities, with a well-developed cultural infrastructure and a thriving literary community.
- The successful fellow would receive a monthly stipend of 2000, totalling 6,000 and self-catering accommodation. The costs of economy air travel to and from Cork would also be covered.
Method of Application
Candidates must supply through Submittable a single Word document consisting of a literary CV, a letter explaining why they want to work in Cork, and a course outline for a four morning poetry masterclass aimed at poets who have already been successfully published in periodicals. The masterclass is to take place on four consecutive mornings of the Cork International Poetry Festival involving the same group each day. The dates for the 2020 festival are March 25 to 28, 2020. Shortisted poets may subsequently need to supply copies of their books and submit to interview by Skype.
Scholarship Application Deadline: August 18, 2019.
Source: Scholarships And Aid
By Kingsley Okoye
Abubakar Malami, the former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation on Friday explained why some bills passed by the senate were not signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Malami while fielding questions during the ministerial screening in Abuja said that the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) was refused assent because public interest was not factored in the bill.
He said that the PIGB passed provided more priority to the individual more than the public interest.
He said that there was the need to establish deep rooted collaborations from conception of a bill to convocation of public hearing to seek input of varied opinions for the good of the public.
He also said the federal government had also taken up polices that would ensure the independence on funding of the Judiciary.
Malami, who got commendations for his laudable contributions as AGF was later asked to take a bow
He said that the ministry under his watch had facilitated the prosecution of 63 terrorism cases and secured 59 convictions.
He said the Federal Government through the ministry had also increased the recovering of looted public funds in 2015 from N19 billion to N279 billion in 2018.
Malami, the immediate past Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) was screened along side Hadi Sirika the immediate past Minister of State on Aviation.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Senate adjourned the exercise by 6:30p.m. on July 25, after screening 14 nominees.
The third nominee, Dr Osagie Ehanire (Edo), who was the immediate Minister of State for Health was not available to be screened.
However, Sen. Lawrence Ewhrdjakpo (PDP-Bayelsa), raising a point of Order 121, observed that a number of the ministerial nominees did not present their certificate of declaration of asset to senate.
He said that it was a breach of the constitution for the nominees not to have presented their certificates of asset declaration as intending public officers.
He said that failure of the nominees to present the certificate could result in their non-confirmation.
Commenting on the point of order, Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan, sitting as Chairman of the Committee of the Whole, said that the order was noted.(NAN)
By Emmanuel Afonne
Niger Delta Youth Council (NDYC) has suspended its planned protest against the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for failure to consider its youth in its recent recruitment.
The group announced the suspension in a statement jointly signed by its National Coordinators, Mr Jator Abido and Mr Kede Michael.
It said the suspension was necessary following the persistent clashes between the members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) and security agencies.
The clash had caused tension in Abuja and other states of the federation due to the continued detention of their leader in Nigeria, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zazaky.
The IMN has consistently organised protests in the nations capital and other states in the North resulting in many deaths including a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) and a NationalYouth Service Corps member with Channels Television.
We had planned a grand protest to shut down activities of NNPC and all its subsidiaries in reaction to marginalisation of people of the region in the last recruitment exercise carried out by the nations oil company.
The Niger Delta Youth Council has held series of meetings with representatives of NNPC over the issue; we made demands and they agreed that our demands were genuine and promised that the management would look into them.
However, we have not seen signs that moves are being made to address our concerns.
As law abiding citizens, who are genuinely concerned about the peace and development of the nation, we resolved at our congress to shelve the protest in the interest of peace.
We will continue to engage the management of the corporation, the group stated.
The group further added that it would not relent in its struggle until the youth of the region were considered in recruitment into the NNPC and its subsidiaries.
President Muhammadu Buhari has been conferred with The Grand Cordon of the Knighthood of Venerable Order of the Pioneers, Republic of Liberias highest national honour.
The president is the Special Guest of Honour at the countrys 172nd Independence Anniversary.
The award is presented by the government for outstanding and distinguished service in international affairs, government, religion, art, science and commerce.
It is also for singular acts of philanthropy and deeds of heroism and valour, the presidents media aide Garba Shehu stated.
Buhari was accompanied by Governors Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara and Mai Mala Buni of Yobe.
Others on the presidents entourage were the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Mustapha Sulaiman and other top government officials.