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43rd convocation: UNIBEN to award 100 First Class

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Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin, Edo state, Prof. Faraday Orumwense said yesterday that he was eager to leave behind a university that would be rated among the first class with global standard to meet the yearnings and aspirations of millions of people.
Orumwense stated this during a pre-convocation press briefing of the institution’s 45th convocation and 47th Founders Day lecture held in Benin, the state capital.
He disclosed that a total of 100 graduands out of the 9,993 students graduating from the university in the 2015/2016 academic session have bagged First Class degrees.
The Vice Chancellor said 1, 843 students would be awarded Second Class upper, 4, 607 students got Second Class lower while 1, 351 students got Third Class respectively.
He expressed said that the Founder’s Day lecture would be delivered by Dr. Solomon Arase, the immediate past Inspector General of Police.
He also explained that honorary degrees would be conferred on first female Vice Chancellor in the country, Prof. Alele-Williams and Dr. George Osemwengie Agbonlahor.

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Ogboni fraternity renews commitment to protect African culture

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The All African Students’ Union (AASU) has decorated the Olori Oluwo (Supreme Leader) of the Reformed Ogboni Fraternity (ROF), Otunba Francis Meshioye, with the prestigious African Leadership Award. Performing the investiture into the students’ body Hall of Fame yesterday in Lagos, AASU Country Representative, Comrade Lawal La’pounds said the continental student body arrived at the choice of Meshioye for the prestigious award after a meticulous observation of his impactful and dutiful commitment to the betterment of the society.

The AASU team, which comprised representatives and executives from Ivory Coast, Cameroun, Guinea, Central Africa Republic, among others, said the union was convinced that the ROF leader deserved the recognition for his meticulous impacts in the development of African culture and beliefs. Responding, Meshioye, who is a seasoned administrator and chartered accountant, expressed delight at the recognition, saying he is poised to do more with the investiture. He said: “We are Africans and we should be proud of our culture. Our organization is committed to fostering good leadership in Africa.

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If Buhari re-contests, Nigeria will sink –Primate Ayodele

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Founder and spiritual leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has warned that the much anticipated second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari in next year’s general election will not be favourable to the country, especially should he win.

Primate Elijah Ayodele subsequently appealed to him to do away with such an ambition and rather urged Buhari to step down for the Senate President, Bukola Saraki to contest the presidential election under All Progressives Congress (APC).

According to the Primate: “President Muhammadu Buhari’s time is over in 2019. If Buhari re-contests, Nigeria will sink and there will be problems which may even result in bloodshed. In order to avoid such, we have three options: we either operate a regional system of government; we separate, or Buhari steps down for Senate President, Bukola Saraki, for peace and security in the country.

 

“A lot of things have gone wrong under Buhari in the present administration. If the All Progressives Congress (APC) presents Buhari as its presidential candidate, he will fail. He is no longer Nigeria’s ‘Messiah.’ There is trouble ahead of 2019 if clerics and Nigerians do not seek divine intervention. We need prayers to sustain Nigeria beyond 2019.”

 

Primate Ayodele made these prophecies during the church’s Annual Yearly Appreciation Week which ended with a big celebration on Valentine’s Day where gift items of various kinds, ranging from food items to cash gifts to start businesses, were shared out to the less privileged in the society – both Christians and Muslims.

 

He also spoke on the expectations of the recently launched Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM), as well as issues affecting the polity, economy, forthcoming elections in Ekiti and Osun States and state police among others.

“Yes, it is true that Nigeria needs state police but the country is not matured yet for such else there will be serious cracks in the system of our government.

“I also believe Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s coalition force is just going to be an ordinary discussion of the day. This is because Obasanjo is playing his last politics and he has to be very careful with the kind of politics he is trying to play or else people will no longer take him serious. For the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM), it will be tough. I see a kind of amalgamation of some parties coming together.

 

“There will be trouble in Buhari’s cabinet. Unemployment will be a tough issue for the present administration, despite attempts to improve the situation. The government should also guard against the outbreak of cholera in some states, I see that coming soon. Only if the APC picks the right person, can they win in Ekiti State. APC in Osun State must embrace unity,” he prophesised.

 

While stating that he had nothing personal against President Buhari, he noted that: “Buhari will take various steps to balance all the accusations against him, but the point is that his government is weak and a ‘cabal’ has held his government to ransom.”

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Twenty-four govs endorse Buhari’s re-election

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Chief John Odigie- Oyegun, has said that the coming of President Muhammadu Buhari liberated the country from an impending economic doom. This came just as Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, yesterday endorsed Buhari for President in 2019, stating that all the 24 APC governors will give him full and unalloyed support to ensure his re-election. Speaking while receiving some defectors into the APC in Lokoja yesterday, Chief Oyegun said: “Today, Nigeria under Buhari no longer depends on oil to survive.

 

Today, Nigeria under Buhari has taken the lead in agricultural production.

 

Today, Nigeria under Buhari is operating on a stable economic progression. So let those who are saying the Buhari-led government has failed go back to their holes and keep quiet while we continue in delivering dividends of democracy to Nigerians.”

 

Chief Oyegun, who led some of the national officers of the party, including the National Secretary, Mala Buni, itemized Buhari’s success in fighting Boko Haram, also commended Governor Bello for his efforts in attracting more members into the party. According to him, the large turnout of people at the rally is an indication that the APC is sure of victory come 2019 elections.

 

“With what I have seen here today, Kogi State APC will continue to be victorious in 2019 and future elections. I will go back to Abuja and tell them that Kogi APC is very much in charge and ready to maintain its position as the most acceptable party.

 

“Kogi State will be among the first states that will endorse President Muhammadu Buhari after he has declared for reelection next year. Kogi people, I want to congratulate you for having an energetic governor in Yahaya Bello. This is a governor that is a good organiser at any time the party needs him. He is always restless, energetic and full of ideas. I can feel a new energy in Kogi State,” he said.

 

The ancient city of Lokoja, the state capital came back to life at the gathering described as “Mother of all Rallies” to usher in thousands of defectors from the opposition of Peoples Democratic party (PDP), to its fold.

 

The ceremony which attracted several party supporters across the 21 local government areas of the state was held at the main bowl of the Confluence Stadium Lokoja.

 

Governor Bello said APC is the only viable and strongest party in Kogi State, as PDP is no more on the state’s political map. The governor stressed that all the PDP members that matter have all decamped to the APC, because they have seen the light and realized that APC has a better programme for the people of the state and Nigeria in general.

 

Meanwhile, the crisis rocking the APC in Kogi has assumed a new dimension as Governor Bello on yesterday announced the constitution of a new state executive to pilot the affairs of the party in the state.

 

This follows the dissolution of the state executive last Thursday by the North Central Zonal Exco which allegedly found the Hady Ametuo-led executive culpable of the anti-party activities accusations leveled by the governor.

 

However, in a statement issued on Saturday announcing the constitution of a new state executive council, the Director General Media and Publicity, Kingsley Fanwo, stated that Ahovi Salam Ibrahim is the State Acting Chairman while Abdulrahman Ibrahim, the Acting Deputy Chairman and Mr. Bola Oshe is the State Acting Treasurer.

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