Residents of Ilorin on Thursday expressed mixed feelings on the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
While some of the respondents, who spoke with the Nigeria News Agency described the judgment as a victory for Nigerian democracy, others claimed that the issue of qualifications was not well resolved.
One of the residents, Mr Tunji Gambari, said he was overwhelmed by the verdict as he was of the belief that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) could not have won the case.
According to him, the election of Buhari ” is clean and clear as Nigerians came out enmasse to vote for him in the Feb. 23 poll.”
“Besides, Atiku’s emergence as the candidate of the PDP in the first place was wrong because he had been a vice president for eight years.
“I wonder what had been his contribution to the nation that would make him come out to contest again.
“So for me, it is a victory for all Nigerians, not Buhari alone, because of the fight against corruption.
“Most Nigerian politicians are corrupt and when Buhari stepped into office, he fought the menace head-on,” he added.
Speaking in a similar vein, Alhaji Hasheem Abdulrahman, said that Buhari’s victory would ensure continuity of projects and programmes of the APC administration.
Abdulrahman said that if the judgement had gone the other way, it would have been a disaster for democracy and Nigerians as a whole, considering the millions of voters that voted for the president.
“At least Nigeria is progressing gradually. So if it had been other way, it will affect our progress.
“I will appeal to the PDP to please accept the judgement for the sake of democracy and the growth of the country.
“He can still contest in 2023. Nigerians should shelve their differences and work in unity with the president,“Abdulrahman said.
He described the judgement as a positive development for democracy, adding that “somebody must win and somebody must lose in a game of numbers.“
But another resident, Mallam Ishaq Abdulazeez, told that he was surprised with the way the issue of qualifications was resolved in favor of the president.
Abdulazeez said the tribunal’s decision that Buhari did not need to attach his credentials to Form CF001 ” is unfortunate and a mockery of the elite in the country.”
He said that the verdict could well have resonated with the antecedents of the past where incumbent presidents always won at the tribunal.
Mr Yakubu Balogun, on his part, said that the judgement was good for continuity and stability of the system, adding that the issue of Buhari’s certificate would need to be resolved at the Supreme Court.
(Edited by Shuaib Sadiq/Mufutau Ojo) https://nnn.ng/ilorin-residents-express-divergent-views-on-buharis-tribunal-victory/
Lawyer advocates leadership training for youths
An Ilorin based legal practitioner, Mr Suleiman Ahmed, has advocated the need for the training of youths on leadership skills to help reposition Nigeria’s future.
Ahmed, who spoke in Ilorin on Saturday during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , agreed that youth’s development remain critic in nation building.
He said it has become necessary for Nigeria youths to be equipped with leadership skills in order to do things differently from the past.
“Bad leadership in the past has put Nigeria in a serious mess. Our youths should be shown the way to manage the God’s given abundant resources at hand.
“Nigeria is blessed, but we have people in the past, who lacked those leadership skills in the corridors of power.
“With proper orientation and leadership training for the youths, we can get it right and place the country on the right path.
“We cannot afford to make the same mistakes of our past leaders. We cannot claim to be giant of Africa and see our people dying of hunger and poverty,”he said.
The legal practitioner however called on NGOs and the three tiers of governments to ensure leadership training were organised for the youths.
He advised that the future of the country is at stake if the youths are left out and not well prepared and equipped for leadership position.
“We cannot allow the youths to emulate the past trend. We want them to do things differently and safe the future of the country,”he said.
He also advised Nigerian leaders to stop being selfish, show love and care for the people for them to be proud of their country.
Kwara records 5 new COVID-19 infections
Kwara Government says it has recorded five new COVID-19 infections, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the state to 1,009.
Chief Press Secretary to the state governor and Spokesman for the state Technical Committee on COVID-19, Mr Rafiu Ajakaye said this in a statement on Friday in Ilorin.
He said that 799 COVID-19 patients were treated and discharged, while 26 deaths were recorded in the state.
“As at Thursday 8:30 p.m., the number of active cases was 184, while the number of pending tests was 21,”Ajakaye said.
He added that the pandemic has spread to 12 out of the 16 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.
Ajakaye urged the people to follow all the COVID–19 protocols so as to contain the spread of the deadly virus.
Edited By: Joseph Edeh/Ali Baba-Inuwa
UI VC Race: Candidates make pledges to UI community
Candidates vying for the position of Vice-Chancellor of University of Ibadan (UI) have made presentations and stepped up consultations, preparatory to the final appointment of a new occupant of the post.
The candidates made various pledges to the premier university community on Thursday, as they met stakeholders and other members of the community at a forum tagged: “One Cap; 18 heads.”
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the UI Community Forum 2020 was organised by the five unions in the institution.
In his remarks, Chairman of the event, Amb. Yemi Farounbi, a former Nigeria Ambassador to the Philippines, commended those who participated in the struggle for university autonomy in Nigeria.
“Their struggle culminated immensely in the management of universities in Nigeria; one of them is the amendment to Section 3a and b of Acts No. 11 of 1993.
“By this amendment the university council now selects and appoints the vice chancellor and only informs the Visitor of the university.
“With this amendment, the university acquired full rights to hire and fire its vice chancellor, who doubles as the Chief Executive Officer as well as the Chief Accounting Officer,” Farounbi said.
He also commended those who gave birth to the idea of the University Community Forum in 2000 as a way of democratising the process of appointing a vice chancellor.
Farounbi enjoined the next vice chancellor of the institution to rise above the contemporary contradictions and ineptitude to offer fresh opportunities for building a greater Nigeria.
“That is the challenge a vice chancellor of this great university must embrace.
“The 13th vice chancellor should not abandon yesterday and today, but must consolidate and build on the strength of yesterday and today,” he stated.
NAN reports that 16 of the 18 aspirants, were physically present, while one participated online and the other, absent.
Prof. Adeyinka Aderinto, one of the leady candidates for the position, pledged to make the premier university a solution centre to the country’s challenges.
According to him, Nigeria will be running to the institution for solutions to challenges, while promising to ensure that the premier university contributes to policy development, debates and engagements.
Aderinto further promised to pursue aggressive fund mobilisation, stating that UI would be repositioned to proffer solutions to Nigeria’s problems.
Also, Prof. Kayode Adebowale, pledged to make the institution a global first rate institution, distinguished in creativity and innovation, as well as service.
“Our administration will focus on funding and finances, UI like other universities, is presently underfunded largely due to the policies of the Federal Government.
“It also has a lean IGR base. To address our funding challenge, we will be, transferring the management of all our revenue generating centres to one of our newly registered company, the UI Platinum Enterprises, to remove bottlenecks and enhance profitability and effectiveness.
“We will also encourage town and gown collaboration, so that research outcomes will be processed by the industry, to patent right product commercialisation to generate revenue,” Adebowale said.
Another candidate, Prof. Babatunde Adeleke, said he had been in the university system since 1986 and had made modest contributions in various segments of the university life, in the University of Ilorin.
“And this I hope to bring to bear if I have the opportunity to lead this institution.
“I would ensure credibility is sustained in the academic programmes in terms of the admission process. We will also make sure that the good name of the University of Ibadan is sustained.
“We would sustain the accredited programmes and new programmes will be brought, to add value to the university in terms of generating revenue,” Adeleke said.
Also speaking, Prof. Olusegun Ademowo, highlighted various challenges bedeviling the university which had affected its ranking and effectiveness.
He pledged to confront the myriads of such challenges through consolidation and innovation, to transform the university into a world class institution that would be self reliant.
Prof. Aderemi Raji-Oyelade vowed to pursue a proactive welfare system that would discourage industrial strike and engender collaborative re-focusing research for a post-oil economy.
Also speaking, Prof. Kolapo Hamzat promised a technology driven and research intensive university that would empower graduates to be self-sufficient.
Other candidates also promised to reinvigorate the university as a world class and truly international institution for global competitiveness.
NAN reports that all the candidates jostling for the position identified under-funding and infrastructure limitation, as impediments to the actualisation of the full potentials of the institution.
They also identified challenges of welfare, instability in the academic calendar, poor research funding and others and promised to aggressively reverse the trend.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Wale Ojetimi
Arik Air begins full flight operations- Management
The management of Arik Air says full flight operations are back, following resolution of the picketing embarked upon by a section of the workers’ union on Monday.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that operations of Arik Air was shut down on Sept.14 by Aviation unions.
The unions were protesting against alleged non-payment of staff salaries since April, placing 90 per cent of the workforce on compulsory leave and other anti-labour practices.
The Manager, Communications of Arik Air, Mr Ola Adebanji, said in a statement in Lagos on Thursday that normal flights had since resumed.
Adebanji said: “We regretted the untold inconvenience caused by the disruption.
“We seize the opportunity to assure you of our continued commitment to your safety and wellbeing as our valued customers.
“Our major domestic hubs at Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja, are fully operational and flights are available for you to connect to your destinations seamlessly.
“We currently operate flights to Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Owerri, Benin, Asaba, Kano, Yola, Ilorin and Jos.
“It’s our intention to give you more flexibility in your travel plans by expanding our network in the near future.
“Our safety and on time records remain unsurpassed, and we remain fully committed to sustaining these standards,” he said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Olagoke Olatoye