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[ Masterweb Reports: Isiaka Wakili reports ] - President Muhammadu Buhari will on December 2 and 3 join other Heads of State in Aqaba, Jordan, to review strategies in fighting terrorism, and reinforce joint security structures that will be more proactive in preventing attacks.
 
Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.
 
He said the meeting, tagged "Aqaba Retreat, would be hosted by His Majesty, King Abdullah II of Jordan, and is expected to be attended by West African Heads of State, representatives of governments of 48 countries and a number of key Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
 
The statement read in part: "At the meeting, the President is expected to share Nigeria’s experience on terrorism and its spread across West Africa, with a view to soliciting more support for pre-emptive measures that will neutralise the activities of insurgents in the sub-region.
 
"The Nigerian leader will also hold bilateral meetings with some Heads of State to strengthen relations.
 
President Buhari and his delegation will attend the "official dinner to be hosted by King Abdullah II in honour of visiting Heads of State and their delegations.
 
The President will be accompanied to Jordan by the governors of Kogi, Osun and Niger States; the Ministers of Defence, Education, Foreign Affairs; the National Security Adviser, and the Acting Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency."
 
*Photo Caption - President Muhammadu Buhari
 

[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. SKC Ogbonnia reports ] - The clarion call by the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF) demanding President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election did not come as a surprise. In fact, some of the most difficult questions that greeted my recent expression of interest to vie for the presidency under the All Progressive Alliance (APC) centered on the plight of the Nigerian youths today. These youths are aggrieved, and understandably so, that our brand of democracy is skewed against them. Before delving into the matter, let me quickly offer two innocent acknowledgements.
 
The first goes to the leaders of the APC, particularly Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, and President Buhari. Before gaining power, despite various breathtaking overtures from successive regimes in the Fourth Republic, these leaders were steadfast in personifying the cause of the opposition. In short, the defeat of a sitting president in 2015 represents one of the greatest milestones in Nigeria’s democratic journey. It proved, for a change, that there can be consequences for bad behaviours in our beloved country.
 
The next applause must go to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and former President Goodluck Jonathan who, by default or design, provided the enabling environment for the emergence of a strong opposition party by the time for the 2015 election. Even more, Dr. Jonathan graciously accepted defeat. That gesture alone was historic and helped to elevate the Nigerian democracy to a hopeful trajectory.
 
This memo, therefore, is an appeal to our great party, APC, to take a cue from the preceding legacies and move the Nigerian democracy up another notch. There are many ways to accomplish such objective, but none will be more endearing than to truly create a level playing ground that can enable the youths to lend their abundant talents to the growth of our democracy.
 
The Anambra governorship election has become the foreplay to Nigeria’s general elections. Overall, President Buhari deserves commendation for ensuring that there was no interference from the federal might. However, notwithstanding that the election was generally adjudged peaceful, it was far from free or fair. It did not give the youths any fair chance for meaningful participation. For instance, only billionaires or their political godsons were free to fly the flags of the major parties in the said election.
 
This predicament presents the APC a grand opportunity to step in and effect the desired change.
 
The ruling party can begin by leading by example. As a progressive party, the APC must no longer be a party to arbitrary nomination fees. Its nomination fees--for all offices--ought to be reduced to the barest minimum, drastically lower than the current limits prescribed in the Electoral Act of 2017, as amended, so that the ordinary man and woman can also aspire to serve. The advantages of this approach are two-fold. It profoundly broadens the party, as it enables mass participation in the process. It will also help redeem the image of the party from the negative public opinion it caused itself when the then candidate Buhari had to grudgingly borrow N27 million from a bank to purchase his nomination form towards the 2015 presidential election.
 
The most inevitable is to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to obey the laws of the land. The Electoral Act is explicit on campaign finance, outlining specific spending limits for every elective office, from councilor to the presidency and relative consequences for violations. Yet, even though there is always ample evidence that the candidates spend without limitation, including buying of votes, the INEC never seems care to enforce the extant campaign finance laws. The Anambra election was no different.
 
This pattern does not bode well for our nascent democracy. Huge campaign money, of course, does nothing but accelerate the engine of corruption in the country. It also goes to grossly disfranchise the masses, especially the youths. Needless to mention that the pattern accounts for the unfortunate history of youth marginalization in successive national governments.
 
Some critics may attempt to dismiss this mail as self-serving since I am a candidate for president. But they should not. A simple scan of the internet will show that I have been a tireless crusader against tainted money in Nigerian politics for over a decade. Moreover, as hinted in my declaration statement, my team is blessed with the resources to fund our campaign to victory—from the ward level to the presidency.
 
It can also be convenient to view the memo as mundane since all the political parties, as well as the general masses, including the youths, are guilty of tainted money in our politics. For there will be no giver without a taker. But this is where the posterity beckons on the APC to leave a legacy. The PDP and Goodluck Jonathan will forever be remembered for creating the ideal condition for the opposition to thrive in Nigeria’s democracy. Let APC and Muhammadu Buhari thenceforth go further to foster mass participation and fair competition by curbing illegal money in our politics.
 
The ultimate beneficiary is Nigeria. Fair competition in our body politics will unleash the unique potential of the Nigerian masses, particularly the youths. Our future is a mirror of the present condition of these innocent youths, and that is troubling. But that future can, and should, be better. Let us, therefore, go forth to lay the right foundation today.
 
Dr. SKC Ogbonnia ( Email: skcogbonnia@firsttexasenergy.com ) reports.
 
*Photo Caption - Dr. SKC Ogbonnia

[ Masterweb Reports: Willy Ezugwu reports ] - After its consultative meeting with representatives of civil society groups drawn from the six geo-political zones of the country in Abuja on Tuesday, the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to order all its officials named in the scandalous reinstatement of fugitive former Chairman of Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina to the federal civil service to immediately step aside for proper probe of their involvement in the saga.
 
The Conference also called for a public enquiry into the scandal to unravel the truth behind the controversial return and reinstatement of the former pension taskforce boss.
 
According to a statement by the Secretary General of the CNPP, Chief Willy Ezugwu, "there are too many stories, questions, twists and names in the controversial recall game that it is impossible for any Nigerian to understand the focus of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war.
 
"For us, the reinstatement of fugitive Abdulrasheed Maina to the Nigerian civil service, the naming of the alleged masterminded of the reinstatement as Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, and the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, the involvement of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation and the Federal Civil Service Commission, the Maina’s clandestine return to Nigeria despite being on an international wanted list and the alleged revelations made by the AGF at the on-going secret probe by the Senate ad-hoc committee, have left every sane Nigerian thinking.
 
"The AGF was said to had confessed to the Senators that indeed Maina approached him for a meeting when he was in Abu Dhabi as part of the entourage of President Muhammadu Buhari’s official visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in January last 2016 but before granting him audience, he sought security clearance from the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) Lawal Musa Daura who allegedly gave him the nod on the condition that the Minister must attend the meeting along with a witness.
 
"The President, we learnt, was also accompanied on that trip by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno; Ministers of Finance, Kemi Adeosun; Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah; Environment, Aisha Mohammed, who is now deputy Secretary General at the UN; State Minister Petroleum, Ibe Kachukwu and that of Power, Works, and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola.
 
"With all these names, there is now the urgent need for clarity on the part of the executive in view of the confusion associated with its much touted anti-corruption war.
 
"Every day of the President Buhari administration, Nigerians and the international community get more and more confused about the anti-corruption direction of the government.
 
"Therefore, for clarity and a proof that the war is not a vendetta and a mere political slogan to win the simple, all the persons involved the MainaGate must immediately step aside and an independent public probe instituted by the federal government to clear the doubts currently gathering in the air.
 
"This must be done within 14 days if Mr. President is truly on anti-corruption war to sanitise the Nigerian political system for generations unborn to enjoy a Nigeria of our dream or the CNPP and its allies in the civil society will be forced to take a legitimate but drastic measures to save Nigeria", the CNPP demanded.
 
The statement added that "President Buhari needs to decisively act as the of head the executive arm of government as the Maina’s return and reinstatement became an international matter the day the INTERPOL got involved in the manhunt for the fugitive Maina.
 
"Today, Nigeria and her anti-corruption disposition have turned into a caricature among the comity of nations. Therefore, there is need to rise up and save the country.
 
"At the end of 14 days and the above mention officials and those yet to be identified were not ordered to step aside by President Muhammadu Buhari, we may be forced to rise to the demands of the occasion, include picketing of the Ministry of Justice and the Office of the Civil Service of the Federation, Ministry of Interior and other ministries and agencies of government named in the Maina controversy.
 
It shall be recalled that Maina was first placed on the international wanted list after he was accused of over N2billion pension fraud.
 
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had enlisted the International Police (INTERPOL) to arrest him but he dramatically showed up in the country and was last month reinstated as acting director in the Ministry of Interior.
 
On April 27, Mr. Malami wrote the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) requesting it to "give consequential effect to the judgement that voided the warrant of arrest issued against A.A. Maina which formed the basis for the query and his eventual dismissal," Mustapha Sulaiman, the chairman of the FCSC said.
 
According to Mr. Sulaiman, the attorney general in his letter with reference HAGF/FCSC/2017/VOL.1/3 requested Maina’s reinstatement based on a supposed court order voiding his arrest warrant.
 
Willy Ezugwu ( Email: willy.ezugwu@gmail.com ) reports.
 
*Photo Caption - As seen.
 

[ Masterweb Reports: Isiaka Wakili reports ] - Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano has described as unfounded, insinuations that he was planning to dump the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
 
Obiano, who was re-elected on November 11, spoke to State House correspondents yesterday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
 
"No, never! That is totally unfounded. I will never leaver APGA, I’m the leader and the BoT chairman of APGA and again by God’s grace, the governor and governor-elect," he said.
 
The governor said APGA was very strong in the Southeast.
 
He said Emeka, the son of the late Biafra warlord Chukwuemeka Odimegwu-Ojukwu, who quit the APGA for the APC is of no consequence.
 
Obiano denied having a rift with his predecessor, Peter Obi, saying "I don’t have a problem with anybody. I’m doing well, I don’t have a problem with anybody."
 
He said he was at the Villa to thank Buhari for fulfilling his promise of ensuring that the governorship election in the state was free and fair.
 
*Photo Caption - Governor Willie Obiano
 

[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Perry Brimah reports ] - It is baffling why Buhari will go all out to improve Atiku's credibility. Persecution is always an invaluable tool to improve electability. Atiku was doing fine by himself, with his record too crooked to be electable and then suddenly he perhaps purposely pushed Buhari's buttons and Buhari raised him up.
 
The recent glaring hounding of Atiku and his business interests have fulfilled only one thing: helping Atiku look better. Now Atiku can play the victim card and garner sympathy from desperate Nigerians.
 
Does Buhari not know and do his advisers not tell him that Atiku amassed too much and that these flimsy mechanisms can barely scratch his surface?
 
While it has been interesting to realize that Buhari actually knows how to go after the interests and ill-gotten assets of the cabal; that he could only do so when the cabal challenged his reelection is shameful to say the least. Buhari wined and dined with Atiku for all of the last two-plus years; he even sent Atiku as his ambassador to lobby Zuma in 2015 and recently to the south east. Did Buhari not know that Atiku was an implicated and indicted looter at the time (as exposed by former president Obasanjo)? Clearly it was only when Atiku openly declared for the presidency that Buhari realized that he should be pursued. Oh how I wish the Dangotes and other cabal will also run for president so Buhari can persecute them too.
 
So far we see all the corrupt cabal embracing and being embraced by Buhari and the APC and the names of those who returned a fraction of their loot, being jealously protected by Buhari.
 
We @CabalMustGo have however taken a page from Buhari's book. In 2019 when we take over, we will use the same system Buhari deployed on Atiku to shut down corruptly acquired assets of all cabal in the oPDP and nPDP(APC) parties and those of their private sector friends. A little while Nigeria and corruption will finally be stealing.
 
Dr. Dr. Perry Brimah ( Email: drbrimah@gmail.com ) reports.
 
*Photo Caption - Atiku Abubakar

 
[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. David Leffler reports ] - Here is a foolproof, simple, and most expedient method for achieving peace and stability in Nigeria. During these dangerous times, terrorism could quickly end if Nigeria's military were trained to form what is known in Latin American military circles as a Prevention Wing of the Military. This military unit would be comprised of *Invincible Defense Technology (IDT) experts. The purpose of this IDT group would be to practice the non-religious Transcendental Meditation® (TM) and the advanced TM-Sidhi® program in a group twice a day.
 
TM comes from the ancient Vedic tradition of India. The late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi brought out the TM technique in 1956. Maharishi predicted that if 1% of a population practiced the TM program, peace and harmony would increase throughout society. Additionally, he anticipated the same result if the square root of 1% of a population practiced the advanced TM-Sidhi program in groups twice daily. Scientists call the increased societal coherence that results from practice of the TM and TM-Sidhi program "the Maharishi Effect." These predicted results, summarized below, have been seen repeatedly in published, reputable refereed journals such as The Journal of Conflict Resolution, Social Indicators Research, Journal of Crime and Justice, Journal of Mind and Behavior and International Journal of Neuroscience. Much of this research is reviewed in a paper written by the author, published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Management & Social Science (JMSS) (Fall 2009, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 153-162), called "A New Role for the Military: Preventing Enemies from Arising -- Reviving an Ancient Approach to Peace." (Available online at: http://davidleffler.com/preventing-enemies.html)
 
The extensive peer-reviewed research and military field-tests worldwide show that proper application of these specific programs bring about measurable decreases in crime, terrorism and war, and improvements in quality of life, which are thought to be tangible signs of the reduction of societal stress. These changes are measurable from such statistics as reduced terrorism and conflict, crime rates, accidents, hospital admissions and infant mortality.
 
In highly stressed areas of the globe, establishment of large groups of IDT experts have also increased economic incentives and growth of prosperity. Entrepreneurship and creativity increase as well. Also, on a global scale when large groups of civilian experts gathered from 1983 to 1985, terrorism-related casualties decreased 72 per cent and international conflict decreased 32 per cent. Moreover, such positive changes in social trends take place within a few days or weeks after IDT is introduced.
 
The IDT approach has been used during wartime, resulting in reduction of fighting, reduced war deaths and casualties, and improved progress toward resolving the conflict through peaceful means. IDT is totally unlike any other defense technology in that it does not use violence in an attempt to quell violence.
 
It is the high collective stress levels in Nigeria that ultimately fuel terrorism and war. If dangerous levels of collective stress and frustration are reduced by applying IDT, then Nigera’s governmental leaders and citizens will be more capable of finding constructive and orderly solutions to the unresolved issues plaguing the nation.
 
With greater civic calm, citizens’ aspirations will rise and a more productive and balanced society will emerge. Then violence as a means for change and/or as an expression of discontent will naturally subside.
 
The powerful brain-based, human-resource Invincible Defense Technology is aptly named. The word invincible means incapable of being defeated, unconquerable. Defense means to defend and to protect. Technology is applied scientific knowledge. The goal of IDT is to prevent enemies from arising. The military that properly applies it can ultimately obtain victory before war. Once this goal is achieved, the military becomes invincible because there are no enemies to fight. No enemies means no war or terrorism and full security, as well as a happy, productive and normal life for everyone.
 
For these reasons, the IDT approach is advocated by the Global Union of Scientists for Peace (GUSP). This non-profit organization hosted an international conference in Kiev, Ukraine (see: https://www.gusp.org/global-peace-summit/). Renowned Ukrainian leaders Lt. General (Ret.) Vasyl Krutov, former chief of the Ukraine Anti-Terrorism Center, as well as Academician Dr. Sergiy Maksymenko, a distinguished Ukrainian research scientist, are among the impressive list of participants who spoke at or voiced their support for the conference. Others included President Joachim Chissano of Mozambique, who applied innovative IDT programs to end that nation’s civil war; retired Ecuadorian Lt. General José Villamil, who also applied IDT to end war between Ecuador and Peru; and Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, former chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
 
IDT is a way for the military of Nigeria to prevent conflict and terrorism by deploying a proven, simple, human resource-based approach, with minimal training and costs needed to implement it. The primary costs would be for training personnel in the IDT techniques. The entire training and implementation would cost about as much as one modern fighter jet.

Recent events show that IDT is desperately needed. There is truly no other solution. Nigerian leaders would be wise to read the proceedings of the GUSP conference and learn how best to rapidly establish perpetual peace.

_________________

 
*Invincible Defense Technology is a brain-based technology which utilizes the Unified Field. For a detailed explanation, see the online video and transcript titled: "An Important Message for All Military Leaders from the Executive Director of the International Center for Invincible Defense," by Harvard-trained quantum physicist Dr. John Hagelin (both available at: http://www.istpp.org/military_science/Hagelin_military_lecture.html).
About the author:
Dr. David Leffler has a Ph.D. in Consciousness-Based Military Defense and served as an Associate of the Proteus Management Group at the Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College. Currently, he serves as the Executive Director at the Center for Advanced Military Science (http://www.strongmilitary.org) and lectures and writes worldwide about IDT.
 

*Photo Caption - Dr. David Leffler
 



 
 

[ Masterweb Reports: Isiaka Wakili reports ] - Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano has described as unfounded, insinuations that he was planning to dump the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
 
Obiano, who was re-elected on November 11, spoke to State House correspondents yesterday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
 
"No, never! That is totally unfounded. I will never leaver APGA, I’m the leader and the BoT chairman of APGA and again by God’s grace, the governor and governor-elect," he said.
 
The governor said APGA was very strong in the Southeast.
 
He said Emeka, the son of the late Biafra warlord Chukwuemeka Odimegwu-Ojukwu, who quit the APGA for the APC is of no consequence.
 
Obiano denied having a rift with his predecessor, Peter Obi, saying "I don’t have a problem with anybody. I’m doing well, I don’t have a problem with anybody."
 

He said he was at the Villa to thank Buhari for fulfilling his promise of ensuring that the governorship election in the state was free and fair.
 

*Photo Caption - Governor Willie Obiano
 

 
[ Masterweb Reports: Fidelis Nwaka reports ] - The raging media war mounted against the Chairman of ULO Consultants, Chief Uche Okpunor by the Delta State government has taken a new twist, this reporter can authoritatively report.
 
Multiple government house sources has revealed Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa's intention to bring out all the sins of Okpuno to the public using the media, for ease to get him invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) when they start writing petitions against him.
 
We gathered that the governor was angry over ULO pullout from the Asaba Airport project, which caused him serious media embarrassment and has decided to launch same media against Okpunor, even though he had secretly concluded plans to shop for another contractor and push out ULO, before he got the surprise withdrawal.
 
Information available confirms that the Chief Press Secretary, Mr Charles Ehiedu has been directed to reach out to journalists and make available to them documents pertaining to how ULO defrauded the state under immediate past Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan and another N2.5 billion when he was sworn in two years ago.
 
According to our reliable informant, Okowa has directed the State House of Assembly to begin probe of all projects handled by ULO in the state, especially the Airport and Asaba Ughelli Dualization. They will be inviting him anytime in the full glare of the media where he will be embarrassed before the world and label a 'criminal contractor', a powerful government house revealed.                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Fidelis Nwaka ( Email: felixenurdi@gmail.com ) reports.
 
*Photo Caption - Governor Ifeanyi Okowa
 
 
 

[ Masterweb Reports ] - Atiku Abubakar, former Nigeria Vice President today in a press statement said he was dumping All Progressives Party (APC) for People's Democratic Party (PDP).
 
Below is Atiku's statement in full
 
On the 19th of December, 2013, I received members of the All Progressives Congress at my house in Abuja. They had come to appeal to me to join their party after my party, the Peoples Democratic Party, had become factionalized as a result of the special convention of August 31, 2013.
 
The fractionalization of the Peoples Democratic Party on August 31, 2013 had left me in a situation where I was, with several other loyal party members, in limbo, not knowing which of the parallel executives of the party was the legitimate leadership.
 
It was under this cloud that members of the APC made the appeal to me to join their party, with the promise that the injustices and failure to abide by its own constitution which had dogged the then PDP, would not be replicated in the APC and with the assurance that the vision other founding fathers and I had for the PDP could be actualized through the All Progressives Congress.
 
It was on the basis of this invitation and the assurances made to me that I, being party-less at that time, due to the fractionalization of my party, accepted on February 2, 2014, the hand of fellowship given to me by the All Progressives Congress.
 
On that day, I said "it is the struggle for democracy and constitutionalism and service to my country and my people that are driving my choice and my decision" to accept the invitation to join the All Progressives Congress.
 
Like you, I said that because I believed that we had finally seen the beginnings of the rebirth of the new Nigeria of our dreams which would work for all of us, old and young.
 
However, events of the intervening years have shown that like any other human and like many other Nigerians, I was fallible.
 
While other parties have purged themselves of the arbitrariness and unconstitutionality that led to fractionalization, the All Progressives Congress has adopted those same practices and even gone beyond them to institute a regime of a draconian clampdown on all forms of democracy within the party and the government it produced.
 
Only last year, a governor produced by the party wrote a secret memorandum to the president which ended up being leaked. In that memo, he admitted that the All Progressives Congress had "not only failed to manage expectations of a populace that expected overnight ‘change’ but has failed to deliver even mundane matters of governance".
 
Of the party itself, that same governor said "Mr. President, Sir Your relationship with the national leadership of the party, both the formal (NWC) and informal (Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso), and former Governors of ANPP, PDP (that joined us) and ACN, is perceived by most observers to be at best frosty. Many of them are aggrieved due to what they consider total absence of consultations with them on your part and those you have assigned such duties."
 
Since that memorandum was written up until today, nothing has been done to reverse the treatment meted out to those of us invited to join the All Progressives Congress on the strength of a promise that has proven to be false. If anything, those behaviours have actually worsened.
 
But more importantly, the party we put in place has failed and continues to fail our people, especially our young people. How can we have a federal cabinet without even one single youth.
 
A party that does not take the youth into account is a dying party. The future belongs to young people.
 
I admit that I and others who accepted the invitation to join the APC were eager to make positive changes for our country that we fell for a mirage. Can you blame us for wanting to put a speedy end to the sufferings of the masses of our people?
 
Be that as it may be, after due consultation with my God, my family, my supporters and the Nigerian people whom I meet in all walks of life, I, Atiku Abubakar, Waziri Adamawa, hereby tender my resignation from the All Progressives Congress while I take time to ponder my future.
 
May God bless you and may God bless Nigeria.
 

*Photo Caption - Atiku Abubakar
 

[ Masterweb Reports: Isiaka Wakili reports ] - President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday decried that the state of education in the country "calls for a serious concern." He listed the effects of decades of neglect suffered by the sector as including an estimated 13.2 million children out of school, high illiteracy level, infrastructural deficit and decay as well as unqualified teachers and inadequate instructional materials.
 
President Buhari was speaking at the Old Banquet Hall of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja at a special retreat of the Federal Executive Council themed: "Education in Nigeria: Challenges and Prospects."
 
According to him, it is no longer a secret that the quality of education in Nigeria requires greater attention and improvement, and that the fact that the nation is facing numerous challenges in education and all other sectors as a result of historical abuses, mindless impunity and corruption is not news to anyone.
 
The president declared that Nigeria must get her education sector right, noting that the nation cannot progress beyond the level and standard of its education.
 
He maintained that no nation can achieve economic, social, political and cultural prosperity without a sound and functional education system, emphasising that: "We must get it right in this country. To get it right means setting our education sector on the right path."
 
The president said Nigerians should also "bear in mind that the security and stability of the country hinges, to a large extent, on its ability to provide functional education to its citizens."
 
He said his administration was determined to turn around the sector for the better, stating that "We are already making appreciable progress in this respect."
 
He said while there were numerous other competing demands and responsibilities from different sectors of the economy, his government was committed to confronting and tackling the challenges in the education sector. "This will be part of our deliberate policy of revitalizing education provisioning and capacity building."
 
The president said: "Today, it is those who acquire the most qualitative education, equipped with requisite skills and training, and empowered with practical knowhow that are leading the rest. We cannot afford to continue lagging behind. Education is our launch-pad to a more successful, more productive and more prosperous future.
 
"One of the primary roles of education is to build and sustain individual and society’s development. It renews and improves the economic, social, political and cultural aspects of any nation. Education upgrades the living standard of citizens and enables people to become better and more productive citizens. It is a human right that creates a safe, healthy and prosperous society. It changes the visions and perspectives of individuals, enhances critical decisions and improves democracy. Indeed education is paramount and necessary requirement for all-round development.
 
"Nigeria’s participation in all relevant international education fora together with our investment in education and collaboration with development partners is an indication of high level of commitment towards ensuring that every capable Nigerian receives good quality education. These efforts are justifiable only to the extent that schooling is effective in promoting the realization of national objectives, attaining the Sustainable Development Goals and Education For All by 2030.These targets are, happily, in harmony with the manifesto and the CHANGE agenda of our Party, the All Progressive Congress. It is also in agreement with my campaign promises during the 2015 elections exercise and in pursuit of the yearnings and aspirations of the generality of Nigerian citizens."
 
The president said the summit must sharpen government's strategies for addressing the challenges of basic and secondary education, teacher training and professional development as well as technical and vocational education.
 
He said the summit must also work to enhance quality in, and access to, higher education and other challenges in the sector that could debar Nigeria from attaining the SDGs and be among the top 20 economies in the world.
 
He said he expected that after the summit, the government would come up with feasible, implementable and far-reaching action plans for the ministerial strategic plan that would make education play the pivotal role as the engine that drives national prosperity and development.
 
In a reference to the ongoing primary school reforms in Kaduna State, President Buhari described a situation where those engaged for teaching could not pass their own examinations as very serious and tragic.
 
Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-rufai had in October announced plans to sack about 22,000 primary school teachers who failed a competency test.
 
Buhari stated: "To digress a little bit so that you know that I meant what I read, having been an orphan, I still feel that whatever I did in life so far was built by boarding schools. For nine years, I was in boarding school, three in primary and six in secondary school.
 
"In those days, teachers treat their students or children like their own children. If you did well, they would tell you (that) you did well; if you didn't do well, they never spared the rod. When I finished my secondary school, I didn’t work for a day, I refused to work for a day, I left home, I refused to work in the local government, and then I joined the army. And the army of that time, we went through all we went through upto the civil war.
 
"And then, I listened to one of the Nigerians I respect, he said after his training here in Nigeria and the United States, he went to his alma mater, his primary school, to see what he could contribute. I won’t mention his name, but when he went, he couldn’t differentiate between the students, the children and the teachers.
 
"And what el-rufai is trying to do now is exactly what that man told me about 10 years ago. It is a very very serious situation when teachers cannot pass their exams that they are supposed to teach the children to pass. It is a very tragic situation we are in and this our gathering together, to me, is one of the most important in this administration."
 
Earlier, Education Minister Adamu Adamu suggested ways of eliminating mediocrity in the sector, saying "If we give regulatory agencies the teeth to bite and do their work, mediocre teachers will soon disappear from our classrooms. If we insist on professionalism with appropriate deadlines set for those who teach, the situation will improve phenomenally."
 
He said Nigeria's education system would improve if automatic scholarship is offered to students who take education as well as automatic employment and preferential compensation package to those who take to teaching as a profession.
 
The minister stressed the need to harmonize the learning and teaching in tertiary institutions as well as redefine national goals periodically.
 
Adamu, who urged improved funding for the sector, Said it would take Buhari's administration N1trillion annually for the next four years to fulfill its 13 campaign promises on education.
 
*Photo Caption - President Muhammadu Buhari