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[ Masterweb Reports: Emma Elekwa reports ] - A total of 64 students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra state have benefitted from the Confucius Institute of the University to study in China. Unveilng the names of the students yesterday, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku said the university is the first in the sub Saharan Africa to host the Confucius Institute where exchange of language and culture takes place.
He said the partnership which spans close to 10 years have seen over 180 students of the university awarded scholarship to study in various universities in China.
Ahaneku said the gesture goes a long way to show the growing partnership between the University and the People's Republic of China.
According to the vice chancellor, the institution, through the Confucius Institute, has ordered her steps to mainstream in Chinese commerce, business, entrepreneurship, technology among others.
"We are using this platform to drive all areas of human endeavour to train our students to become self reliant and job creators on graduation.
"We are available and ready, give us the test and we will be able to take Nigeria to a higher level. I dream of a time, when products sold in various countries in Africa and beyond will have the inscription, 'Made in Nigeria, Awka, Nnewi, etc' and this is the surest way of empowerment and getting rid of unemployment." he added.
In his remarks, the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Zhou Ping Jian, disclosed that the two countries share a lot of similarities ranging from being the populous Nations in their respective continents to becoming the largest economies respectively.
"Nigeria is so endowed with human capital and natural resources, hence has all it takes to become a leading manufacturing giant in Africa. China has shown great political willingness to support Nigeria's industrialization.
"The Confucius Institute can act as training base not only for languages but for some skills and cultural understanding and as a bridge between the Chinese business community and Nigerian business community" he said. 
*Photo Caption - As seen.

[ Masterweb Reports: Isiaka Wakili reports ] - A group known as Credible Nigerians has expressed support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s war against corruption.
The group’s president, Krobuten Iyalla, said they also supported the president’s fight against the insurgency in the northeast and the economic sabotage in the Niger Delta.
He said: "We, the Credible Nigeria, do hereby state categorically that were solidly in support of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in the fight against all ills in the Nigerian society. We say no to the division of our great country Nigeria.
"We also believe in the unity and progress of our country and we also wish to use this medium to call on all those propagating hate speech to stop the act and embrace restructuring of our beloved country Nigeria. In one Nigeria we stand."

*Photo Caption - President Muhammadu Buhari


Masterweb Reports: Evelyn Okakwu reports ] - The Nigerian government on Friday demanded the revocation of the bail granted the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, in April.
In a statement on Thursday signed by Salihu Isah, an aide to the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, the Nigerian government hinged its request on 11 grounds of arguments.
According to the statement, the Nigerian government accused Mr. Kanu of ‘totally violating’ the 12 main conditions he was demanded to comply with by Justice Binta Nyako at an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on April 25.
Citing some of Mr. Kanu’s bail conditions, the prosecution said the defendant negated the conditions and acted in ways that allegedly have adverse effect on the nation’s security.
"Among other conditions for the bail of the 1st defendant are as follows: "That he should not be seen in a crowd exceeding 10 people.
"That he should not grant any press interviews, hold or attend any rallies;
"And that he should file in court medical updates of his health status every month."
The government said that the bail conditions were perfected by the defendant/applicant which he is currently enjoying.
"Rather than observing all the conditions, the 1st defendant/respondent in flagrant disobedience to the court order flouted all conditions given by the court.
"The first defendant has in furtherance to the offence he was charged, inaugurated Biafra Security Service, " the statement said.
"That the defendant held a rally at his residence in his hometown, Afara-UkwuIbeku in Umuahia, Abia State; the said rally with a CROWD exceeding 10 persons was captured in video published on the 1st June 2017 and circulated on YouTube."
According to the statement, the defendant’s separatist comments have increased rather than reducing.
Some of the statements allegedly made after he was granted bail include the following:
"I was not born to be rich, politician or scientist but to restore Biafra. I did not say we are restructuring Nigeria or implementing Aburi but restoring Biafra. That is the total exit of Biafra from Nigeria thereby restoring the kingdom of God on earth… There will be no elections," among others.
Mr. Kanu was first arrested in October 2015 and charged before a magistrate court by Nigeria’s government.
The case against him was later amended resulting in the current charge at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
*Photo Caption - Nnamdi Kanu


[ Masterweb Reports: Isiaka Wakili reports ] - After returning on Saturday from his 103-day medical vacation in the United Kingdom, President Muhammadu Buhari resumed official duties Monday morning. He took off with a nationwide broadcast which was devoted mainly to harping on national unity which, according to Buhari, is settled and not negotiable.
"We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood. Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance. I believe the very vast majority of Nigerians share this view. This is not to deny that there are legitimate concerns. Every group has a grievance. But the beauty and attraction of a federation is that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence.
"Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety. Therefore we are going to reinforce and reinvigorate the fight not only against; elements of Boko Haram which are attempting a new series of attacks on soft targets; kidnappings, farmers versus herdsmen clashes; in addition to ethnic violence fuelled by political mischief makers. We shall tackle them all."
Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, described the broadcast as "just one step of many steps that are going to be taken in the days and weeks and months ahead. So, you can’t expect that everything will be said in one day."
Later in the day, Buhari, in compliance with Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) signed a letter addressed to the president of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki and the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, with a view to intimating the National Assembly that he had resumed his functions as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with effect from Monday. The brief ceremony was exclusively witnessed by some close aides as well as official cameramen and photographers of the president.
The president’s itinerary, which was sighted by our correspondent, showed that Buhari really planned big for the week. A twist was, nonetheless, introduced into his resumption as he was meant to operate from his official residence at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja pending the renovation of his office.
President Buhari rounded off his activities on Monday with a briefing he received from his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo. The president had earlier received the governor of Nasarawa State, Umar Tanko Almakura.
The president’s sole programme for Tuesday was a meeting he held at his residence with members of the National Security Council (NSC) which lasted three hours in response to rising security issues in the country. While he was away in the UK, there were ethnic clashes, kidnappings, heightened campaign for a sovereign state of Biafra by IPOB and the October 1 deadline by a group of Arewa youths asking all Igbos to vacate the North.
Buhari handed down orders to the security chiefs, asking them to preserve Nigeria’s unity and end all threats to national security. In attendance were the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai; the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadique; the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris; the Director-General of the Department of State Security (DSS), Malam Lawal Daura, and a representative of the Chief of Naval Staff.
There was a surprise on Wednesday. President Buhari was scheduled to chair the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting, but the meeting did not hold. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had consistently presided over the meetings for over three months during Buhari’s medical sojourn in London. There was no explanation from the Presidency on why the council meeting was put off. State House caterers had brought the cabinet members’ meals to the Council Chambers of the Villa before realising that the FEC meeting would not take place. Presidential spokesman, Adesina, merely said in a terse statement that "The meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) will not hold today (Wednesday)."
The president later on Wednesday received the report of the presidential panel that investigated the allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke. He received the report at his official residence from Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who headed the panel comprising the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno (rtd) and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, as members.
President Buhari had on April 19 suspended Babachir and Oke and set up the three-man committee to investigate alleged infractions against both officials within a period of two weeks. Babachir was investigated for allegedly awarding millions of naira contracts to a company in which he had interest, Global Vision Limited, under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE).
A Senate Committee on Humanitarian Crisis in the North-East, which had earlier found the suspended SGF culpable of alleged complicity in a N200 million grass-cutting contract to clear "invasive plant species" in Yobe State, had demanded his resignation and prosecution.
Oke was probed for alleged $43.4 million operations cash found by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission at apartment 7B in Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos. He had reportedly claimed that the money belonged to the NIA and was approved by former President Goodluck Jonathan for some covert operations. The panel was mandated to uncover the circumstances by which the NIA came into possession of the funds and find out how and by whose or which authority the funds were made available to the NIA as well as to establish whether or not there was a breach of the law or security procedure in obtaining custody and use of the funds.
The most senior permanent secretary in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Dr Habibat Lawal and Oke’s senior deputy, Ambassador Arab Yadam, are currently acting as SGF and Director-General of the NIA respectively.
On Thursday, President Muhammadu Buhari signed nine international agreements aimed at strengthening his administration’s anti-corruption war as well as stabilising the economy and improving the security situation in the country. The signing ceremony for the execution of the Instruments of Ratification for International Agreements between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and other Entities was held at a conference room in the First Lady’s wing of the Presidential Villa.
The agreements signed with the United Arab Emirates were: Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Civil and Commercial Matters, Agreement on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons and an Extradition Treaty.
Other agreements included Charter for the Lake Chad Basin between Nigeria, Cameroun, Central African Republic, Libya, Niger and the Republic of Chad; African Tax Administration Forum Agreement on Mutual Assistance in Tax Matters, the World Intellectual Property Organization Treaty on Audio-Visual Performances and the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works for persons, who are blind, visually-impaired or otherwise.
The president directed all agencies of government with roles to play under the ratified treaties to play their anticipated roles in an effective and responsible manner in order to ensure that the country reaps the full benefits of the agreements. "It is my hope that these Instruments will reinvigorate the anti-corruption war and check the illicit flow of funds out of our country to other jurisdictions, improve national security, food security, boost our economic and tax regimes and improve the overall well-being of our creative community,’’ he said.
Buhari described the signing of the agreements as an important milestone in demonstrating the sovereign capacity of Nigeria to fulfill international obligations and take important steps for the benefit of the economy, security and the anti-corruption war.
Then on Friday, Buhari met with leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for about one hour at the new Banquet Hall of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa. He said the visit signified the unity of Nigeria as "It is not a party occasion. It is not a political gathering. It is a symbol of our national unity. It is also an expression of the maturity of our democracy. Multi-party democracy is a very tried and tested form of government. Opposition does not mean hostility, enmity or antagonism. Democracy needs opposition, one which is vibrant but responsible."
President Muhammadu Buhari later joined other Muslim faithful in observing Juma’at at the State House mosque. Cameramen and photographers were, however, barred from covering the prayer session which the Presidency described as private. The president also on Friday met with state governors inside the Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja and told them that the show of love by Nigerians had boosted his morale.
As shown by his first five working days, President Buhari is settling back into work.

*Photo Caption - President Muhammadu Buhari

[ Masterweb Reports: Uthman Abubakar reports ] - Governor Kashim Shettima and all political office holders in Borno State will now take up volunteer teaching jobs in the primary and secondary schools aimed at the rapid restoration of the state’s primary and secondary education from its Boko Haram ravaged state.
Governor Shettima announced the programme yesterday in Maiduguri while swearing in 17 newly appointed special advisers and chairmen and deputies of 24 local government transition teams.
Under the Volunteer Teaching Programme, all political office holders and other civil or public servants ate to adopt primary and secondary schools of their choices for the purpose of teaching the pupils on a number of days per week, to sufficiently complement the efforts of the lean teaching force following the killing of many teachers by Boko Haram over the last seven years.

"These teachers of circumstances are first to enroll as volunteers before they would be trained for the job by the National Teachers Institute. They would then be given work-free days from their primary places of work to enable them go to their respective choice schools to teach," he said.
*Photo Caption - Governor Kashim Shettima


[ Masterweb Reports: Omololu Ogunmade reports ] - What would have been the first meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) Wednesday to be presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari after 103 days of medical vacation in London has been cancelled.
The cancellation of the weekly FEC meeting, which held every Wednesday when Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo held sway as acting president, was announced by the president’s Special Adviser, Media, Mr. Femi Adesina.
Adesina gave no reason for the cancellation but added that Buhari would only receive the report of the Osinbajo-led committee on the suspension of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke, Wednesday at 12 noon.
The cancellation has further heightened tension about the president’s state of health as it creates the impression that the meeting might have been cancelled because the president lacked the stamina to preside over it.
Adesina said: "The meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) will not hold today. President Muhammadu Buhari, will however, receive the report of the investigation committee into the allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke, headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, at 12 noon, in his office."
*Photo Caption - Governor Yahaya Bello

[ Masterweb Reports: Emma Elekwa reports ] - My dear citizens; I am very grateful to God and to all Nigerians for their prayers. I am pleased to be back on home soil among my brothers and sisters.
2. In the course of my stay in the United Kingdom, I have been kept in daily touch with events at home. Nigerians are robust and lively in discussing their affairs, but I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far.
3. In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura. Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analyzed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united.
4. Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood.
5. Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance.
6. I believe the very vast majority of Nigerians share this view.
7. This is not to deny that there are legitimate concerns. Every group has a grievance. But the beauty and attraction of a federation is that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence.
8. The National Assembly and the National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate bodies for national discourse.
9. The national consensus is that, it is better to live together than to live apart.
10. Furthermore, I am charging the Security Agencies not to let the successes achieved in the last 18 months be a sign to relax.
11. Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety.
12. Therefore we are going to reinforce and reinvigorate the fight not only against;
· elements of Boko Haram which are attempting a new series of attacks on soft targets
· kidnappings, farmers versus herdsmen clashes,
· in addition to ethnic violence fuelled by political mischief makers. We shall tackle them all.
13. Finally, dear Nigerians, our collective interest now is to eschew petty differences and come together to face common challenges of;
· economic security,
· political evolution and integration
· as well as lasting peace among all Nigerians.
14. I remain resolutely committed to ensuring that these goals are achieved and maintained. I am so glad to be home.
15. Thank you and may God bless our dear nation.
*Photo Caption - President Muhammadu Buhari

[ Masterweb Reports: Emma Elekwa reports ] - A former Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and ex Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka yesterday emerged the flag-bearer of the United Progressives Party (UPP) for the November 18, gubernatorial election in Anambra State.
This is even as a delegate of the party reportedly died following a protest that erupted by aggrieved delegates over alleged exclusion of their names in the accredited primary list at the venue of the accreditation.
The deceased, Maduabuchi Uwakwe, who was said to be the chairman of one of the wards from Owerre Ezukala in Orumba South Local Government Area of the state, died of suffocation during the protect.
Daily Trust on Sunday gathered that police, in attempt to restore order in the already charged atmosphere, threw teargas at the accreditation arena, leading to the death of the delegate.
Announcing the results in Awka, the Chairman of the Congress Committee, Chief Ejike Uche, said Chidoka pulled 1,222 votes out of the 1,473 accredited delegates, while Chudi Ofodile scored 87 votes, and 19 votes declared invalid.

*Photo Caption - UPP logo


[ Masterweb Reports ] - Buhari was received by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, the Chief of Staff Abba Kyari, state governors including those of Zamfara, Rivers, Imo, Kano and Bauchi States.
Also on hand to welcome the president were the National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno, Defence Minister Mansur Dan Ali, Information Minister Lai Mohammed, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Mohammed Bello and service chiefs.
However, the president’s wife, Aisha, who has been in Lodon since August 6 to visit the president was not sighted with him on his return yesterday.
The director of media in the Office of the Wife of the President, Mr Suleiman Haruna told our correspondent on phone that it was yesterday that he was informed that Mrs Buhari would not arrive with her husband.
Haruna, however, said he did not have any information on why Mrs Buhari did not arrive with her husband and said he did not know when she would return from London.
Shortly after his arrival, President Buhari shook hands with government officials and later inspected a guard of honour mounted by officers and personnel of the Brigade of Guards.
Buhari was also briefly hosted to a traditional performance by some Fulani and Gbagyi girls before he was driven to the Aso Rock Presidential Villa.
President Buhari did not speak to journalists but waved at the crowd that had gathered at the airport to witness his return.
Hundreds of youths also stormed the airport to give the president a rousing welcome reception, chanting "Sai Baba".
Hundreds others lined the streets chanting and waving as the presidential motorcade made its way from the airport to Aso Rock.
Many supporters of the president pulled dangerous car and motorcycle stunts on the streets, weaving from side to side with supporters hanging out of the car windows chanting "Baba Oyoyo" in celebrations that were reminiscent of Buhari’s victory at the 2015 polls.
The president however returns at a crucial time in the country, with the economy is less than impressive form and national unity at one of its lowest ebbs in the country’s history despite Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s efforts to steady the ship in Buhari’s absence. There have been protests both in Nigeria and London over the president’s long absence and the secrecy with which his health crisis has been handled.
The chairman of the All Progressive Governors Forum, Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, acknowledge the weight of expectation accompanying the president’s return in view of the state of the nation.
"It is good news for Nigerians and for everyone here (at the airport) for the president to arrive and resume his duties. This has put paid to the various views being expressed. He has had enough time to ponder on several issues and review them.
"There are so much expectations from Nigerians. They want to know what next and they want to see what next from him," Okorocha said,
While commending Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for being so committed and faithful to his boss, Okorocha said, "The impact of the president’s return is that it will rejuvenate the economy, polity. He will do a lot of restructuring and rejigging because Nigerians are expecting a lot from him."
Already the Bauchi State Governor Mohammed Abubakar has suggested that the president’s return has had an immediate impact saying, "The impact of his return is huge. If you look at the stock exchange you will see the impact. Not that Prof. Osinbajo did not do a good job while the President was away but now that he is returning you will see the impact on the economy."
In the weeks before the president’s return, various interest groups have organized protests calling for the president to "resume or resign". There were even protests in London on Friday, a day before Buhari returned.
Addressing State House correspondents, presidential spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, debunked insinuations that Buhari’s return was prompted by Friday’s protest in London.
Adesina said before that protest, he and other government officials had been made aware of the president’s imminent return.
News of the President’s return was broken Saturday morning in a statement by Adesina.
"President Muhammadu Buhari returns to the country later today after receiving medical attention in London," he said in the statement.
The Presidential spokesperson also said that Buhari would address the country by 7am on Monday.
"He thanks all Nigerians who have prayed ceaselessly for his recovery and well-being since the beginning of the health challenge," the statement added.
But Information Minister, Lai Mohammed said everyone was surprised and glad that the president has returned.
Last week in London, President Buhari did not give any hints of his imminent return saying only that he was longing to return home after spending over a hundred days receiving medical treatment for an undisclosed ailment.
He added that he was staying back on the directives of his doctors. He however did not provide any clue about his homecoming a week after.
Buhari left the Nigeria on May 7 for medical treatment in London after handing over power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who has functioned as Acting President since then.
*Photo Caption - President Buhari

[ Masterweb Reports: Linus Effiong reports ] - The Vice-Chancellor of the Abia State University (ABSU), Professor Uche Ikonne Wednesday announced that 15 out of 4,472 graduands bagged first class honours.
Ikonne disclosed this at the main campus of the university, Uturu, during the pre-25th convocation ceremony press briefing, saying, "Out of 4,472 graduating students, I announce to you that 15 bagged first class honours, 1,098 made second class upper division, 2,145 got second lower class, while 653 made third class.
"One other important feature of the ceremony will be the collection of degree certificates by the graduands at the ceremony."
Professor Ikonne said the ceremony would also feature the conferment of honorary doctorate degrees on Senator Bello Hayatu Gwarzo, among others, and that the pre-convocation lecture would be delivered by the Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwukah on the topic, Nigeria and the Dynamics of Global Education.
*Photo Caption - As seen.