No Plan To Strike, ASUU Assures Nigerians

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has no plans to commence an interim strike on October 2, an official has said.

The Chairman of the University of Abuja chapter of ASUU, Ben Ugheoke, said on Wednesday that he was wrongly quoted on a planned strike.

The News Agency of Nigeria had quoted Mr. Ugheoke on Tuesday as saying the lecturers’ strike would commence next month.

In an interview on Wednesday, Mr. Ugheoke told said he never gave such statement to the NAN reporter.

“A certain reporter in NAN is responsible for this damage,” he said. “As a result of this falsified report, I am facing a panel later tonight from ASUU National body.”

The university don said he had asked for a rebuttal of the story since it was published.

“I have reached out to the NAN reporter and he told me it was a mix-up. He also begged me to save his job,” he said.

In the report widely circulated by Nigerian media, the government news agency quoted the don as saying ASUU was to embark on a one-week warning strike from October 2.

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Army/Shitte Clash: Buhari Assures Of Appropriate Response

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured international and local human rights groups of appropriate response over the report of the judicial inquiry into the clashes between soldiers and members of the Shiite movement in Nigeria led by Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in a statement, quoted Buhari as saying this Tuesday.

He said the president was studying the details of the report before announcing appropriate response in due course.

According to Shehu, the president’s commitment to human rights remains unchanged because it is a cardinal component of the democratic order.

He said the present administration believed in due process and the rule of law. “Therefore any response to the report would follow this principle.”

The presidential aide said the Federal Government would continue to act in the larger interest of the public to prevent such violent incidents.

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Buhari Assures Children Of Better Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with all Nigerian children on the occasion of this year’s Children’s Day celebration, reassuring them his administration remained fully committed to fulfilling its promise of a better Nigeria.
The president, in his Children’s Day message to the nation yesterday, said it was a thing of joy that on the occasion, the country could also celebrate the safe return of one of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls, Amina Ali Nkeki and many other abducted women and children freed from the clutches of Boko Haram by the military.

He reassured Nigerians and friends of the country that his administration would not rest until the Boko Haram sect is totally eliminated.
He said as peace gradually returns to the North-east states, the federal government would continue to work diligently to ensure the rapid and full re-integration as well as rehabilitation of all internally displaced persons, including orphaned children in the region.
He said the government would also sustain and strengthen ongoing actions to protect children more effectively from violence, child-labour, child-trafficking, forced marriages and other related offences.
He urged all Nigerians, especially children, to imbibe and exhibit in greater measure, the virtues of hard work, diligence, discipline, honesty, prudence, selflessness and patriotism which he said were essential for the actualisation of the vision for a truly great nation. Buhari wished all children a happy Children’s Day.

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President Assad Assures Putin Of Readiness For Syria Ceasefire

Russian said on Wednesday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has confirmed his support for Syrian ceasefire.

A statement from Moscow said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has confirmed support for the planned ceasefire in his country during a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

It said further that Al-Assad described the ceasefire as an “important step toward a political resolution” for Syria’s civil war.

The statement said further that both leaders emphasized the necessity of continuing an “uncompromised fight” against UN-designated terrorist groups, such as Islamic State and al-Nusra Front.

The ceasefire would come into force on Saturday at midnight (2200 GMT Friday).

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NEMA Assures UN Of Addressing IDPs Plight

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has assured the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) that the agency would not relent in its efforts in addressing the plights of displaced persons.

Mr Sahad Bala, NEMA office Coordinator of Humanitarian Affairs at Malkohi IDPs camp, made this known while receiving the UNHCR delegation at the camp in Yola, Adamawa.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the delegation was led by Mr Volker Türk, UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner on Protection.

Bala said that since the beginning of the insurgency in Nigeria, NEMA had always ensured protection and assistance to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Northeast and those across the country.

He said that as at now, more than 2.2million Nigerians have been displaced from their homes in villages and towns seeking refuge and protection in various camps and communities.

According to him, not less than 200,000 fled across the border into neighbouring Cameroon, Niger and Chad where they live in camps and host communities as refugees under the UN agency protection.

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Buhari Assures EU Of Commitment To Human Rights Protection

The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday told the European Union that his administration was doing its utmost best to protect the fundamental human rights of persons in the ongoing counter-terrorism operations against Boko Haram insurgents.

The President gave the assurance on Wednesday while addressing a special session of the parliament in Strasbourg, France.

President Buhari said that his government shared the European Union’s commitment to peace and security, respect for human rights, democracy and good governance as well as equality and tolerance as ways of developing prosperous and strong societies.

On our part, we have updated our Rules Of Engagement in fighting terrorism and pay very close attention during operations to the treatment of captured terrorists, civilians caught up in the conflict and in general, safeguarding property.

“Our aim is to use minimum force necessary in our fight against terrorists,” the President told members of the parliament and the European Union commission.”

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Naval Chief Assures Of Security On Waterways

The Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Atiku Abdulkadir is assuring residents around all the Eastern Naval Command Base of utmost security of their lives and property.

According to the Naval boss, the command has doubled its presence on the waterways, to ensure no crime is recorded.

The Rear Admiral was speaking with journalists after the last quarter road march of officers and ratings of the command to improve their fitness in Calabar the Cross River State capital.

The FOC, who was represented by the Command Operation Officer, Commodore Ime Henry Ekpa, said the command is not ignorant of the fact that though there is no society devoid of crime, the command is determined to curb the criminal activities on the waterways.

He maintained that, there are lined up of many operations and exercise which the Chief of Naval Staff himself is expected to involved to ensure that all our seafarers enjoy safe passages and do their businesses unhindered.

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Boko Haram Will Be Defeated By December, Defence Minister Assures

Nigeria’s defence minister, Brigadier- General (rtd) Mansur Mohammed Dan-Ali yesterday assured that Boko Haram will be defeated by the December deadline given to the military by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Dan-Ali gave the assurance during a public hearing organised by the Senate Committee on Appropriation to consider the request of President Muhammadu Buhari for a N465 billion supplementary budget.

The minister of Defence assured the Senate Committee that budgetary allocation to the ministry will be utilised to achieve the December deadline.

“We are going to ensure that the budgetary allocation given to us as Ministry of Defence is utilised to get the maximum eradication of insurgency in our territory.

“Insurgency is not something that can be removed within a day. All we are saying is that we will ensure that maximum security will be achieved within the time frame given to us,” Dan-Ali told the Danjuma Goje-led Senate Committee.

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Police Assures Of Safer Highways During Sallah Celebrations

The Assistant Inspector General of Police in Charge Of Zone 11, Mrs Kalafite Helen Adebanjo, on Wednesday assured Nigerians that the ever busy highways within the states will be adequately protected for safe passage and to ensure the security of lives and property during the Sallah celebrations.

She gave this assurance during a working visit to the Oyo State Command, where she addressed the Safer Highway Task Force, who were specially selected and trained for the assignment.

AIG Adebanjo disclosed that while road blocks have been cleared for smoother passage, the highways will still be properly manned to disallow criminals from perpetrating any untoward act against travelers.

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Saraki Assures Of Transparency, Accountability As Senate Marks 100 Days

President of the Senate Bukola Saraki, has assured Nigerians that he would ensure accountability and transparency as 8th Senate marks 100 days.

Saraki gave the assurance on Thursday in Abuja when the management of DAAR Communications paid him a courtesy visit. He also assured that the 8th senate under his leadership would help in tackling the problem of insecurity in the North-East.

“As the senate resumes plenary soon, bills will be churned out to address the issues of power, revenue leakages, corruption, unemployment amongst others,’’ he said.

Saraki solicited the collaboration of the media to enable the senate deliver the dividends of democracy to Nigerians.

The Chairman of DAAR Communication, Mr Raymond Dokpesi (Jnr), who led the delegation, commended the president of the senate for his determination to ensure that the National Assembly delivered on its mandate.

“We thought it is appropriate to congratulate you officially on your election. We know that in spite of distractions, you have a clear leadership thrust which is transparency and accountability,’’ Dokpesi said.

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President Buhari Assures Victims Of Insurgency Govt Support

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday commended the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and other government agencies on measures taken to rehabilitate victims of terrorism and violent extremism in Nigeria.

Receiving officials of the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Department of ONSA, Buhari said the Federal Government would provide necessary assistance to victims of Boko Haram insurgency.

The president also reiterated the determination of his administration to rid the country of terrorism and insurgency. “One of the objectives of the CVE is to reform terrorists and prevent others from joining terrorist groups and violent sects.”

The Head of the CVE, Dr Fatima Akilu, had earlier told Buhari that its non-military approach was running concurrently with the armed onslaught against insurgents in the country.

She said the CVE had so far rehabilitated no fewer than 305 victims of terrorism rescued from Sambisa forest by the Nigerian military.

She said a National Security Corridor Programme had been created to provide safe route for those who wish to denounce Boko Haram sect.

She said 47 erstwhile members of the sect had embraced the programme, adding that no fewer than 22 women and girls, recruited as suicide bombers by Boko haram, were undergoing rehabilitation by the CVE after voluntarily embracing its de-radicalization programme.

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Tony Blair Assures Buhari Of Tremendous International Support

Visiting former British Prime Minister, Mr. Tony Blair, yesterday assured President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) of the support of the major democracies of the world, especially Britain to enable him succeed.

Blair gave the assurance during his congratulatory visit to Buhari in Abuja.

Speaking to journalists after a closed door meeting, the former PM hailed the credibility and the tranquillity that defined the last general elections, saying Nigeria and her people had earned the respect of the international community.

He expressed confidence in the incoming government of Buhari, saying it was determined to achieve its set objectives.

He said: “In the last few weeks, Nigeria has earned respect through out the whole world. There is enormous support for Nigeria now in the international community. The support takes into consideration the challenges that lie ahead and there is great confidence in the country.

“This is an election which took place in a way which the country showed the majority of democracies the spirit and character of its people and in the President-elect and Vice President-elect.

“It is a leadership that I know is determined to do its best for the country. Obviously, the future and destiny of Nigeria lies in the hand of its people.

“I just want to say to the President-elect that there is tremendous support for you and the country at this moment and all of us. In what ever way we can stand ready to support you and help you. It is a moment of great challenges which bother on the life of the people as well as their security and so on.

“If the same spirit and character that defined the election can be taken through these coming years to address the challenges, I think we can all have great confidence in the times ahead.

“Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to see you again here in Nigeria and wish you and your team the best in the times head”.

Also speaking, the president-elect, told journalists of what transpired behind the closed doors.

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