Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 27 February, 2018.

Tue, 27 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has explained why it took seven months for the three lecturers of the University of Maiduguri and eight months for the 10 women abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in the North East to regain their freedom.

The president who described the road to securing their release as painstaking  and protracted, disclosed that the delay was because the abductors were not only different but based in different locations.

Buhari made the disclosure at the Presidential Villa, Abuja when he received three lecturers, one policewoman and nine other women rescued from the insurgents.

Corroborating the president, the Director General of the Department of State Service (DSS),  Lawal Daura explained that the path of negotiation was considered the safest so as not to endanger the lives of the abductees.

According to Daura, “Mr. President, the search of negotiations for the rescue of the victims commenced in earnest following your directives to the effect that all abducted persons must be found and rescued alive. However, we choose the path of negotiation because it was considered as the safest because any forceful attempt to rescue the victims could endanger their lives. These negotiations took several months and the Department of State Services with support of the external elements of the group in diaspora and support from friendly countries and liaising with International Community of the Red Cross, made the rescue possible.

“The process was slow due to the problem of dealing with two different groups based in different locations at the same time. In addition, the negotiations took place mostly outside the country, though subsequently finalised in the theater of operations.

“The negotiations were mainly centred on an attempt at conflict mitigation which include the fate of arrested members of the insurgent groups…”

Meanwhile, President Buhari has promised that his administration would ensure the safe return of all those abducted by the Boko Haram sect, including the 110 students of the Government Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State.

“Let me clearly reiterate the resolve of this administration to ensure all persons abducted by the insurgents are rescued or released safely. This is especially against the backdrop against the recent incident where another group of girls were abducted on the 19th from of Government Science and Technical Girls College, Dapchi, Yobe State.

“I have since directed all security agencies to immediately ensure that every effort is directed to ensure that safety of our schools and students as well as bringing back the abducted girls to their families.

“Government remains unrelenting towards rescuing all those abducted. Government will also work closely with all stakeholders, especially the United Nations and other donor agencies, voluntary organisations towards rehabilitating and resettling all those displaced as a result of all these conflicts, to quicken resumption of meaningful social economic activities.

“I remain very mindful of the pains and injury collectively meted out by the insurgents and we will ensure that government does not leave any stone unturned to degrade and contain these insurgents and ensure that complete peace returns to our land.

Tue, 27 Feb 2018
He died at 89, yesterday at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba, Delta State, during a brief illness, according to one of his sons, Benedict Onyeka.

Already, a 21-gun salute has been shot to traditionally announce the demise of the Ikemba of Asaba to indigenes of the town.

At his residence at Idumujei quarters of Asaba, it was an atmosphere of grief as Asaba natives trooped in to sympathise with the bereaved family. A condolence register has already be opened for him.

Onyeka said his father passed on at about 8:00a.m.

“He died around 8:00 this morning. It was something we never expected but it happened. He was 89 years old. It’s just a sad incident. 

“My father was the best dad ever. I was so sad when he gave up, and I cannot help it. Even when he was being taken to the mortuary, I could not believe it,” Onyeka said.

Revealing his last moment with his dad, Onyeka said: “He was smiling but we never knew he was going.”

The late Achuzia was born in 1929. He was a major in the Biafran army during the Nigeria civil war of 1967 to 1970.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi has described the death of Achuzia as great loss to Ndigbo and Nigeria in general. 

Umahi in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, described the late Biafran hero as one of the last Igbo figures who lived and conquered their fears and stood for the liberation of his people. 

Umahi said by the death of Achuzia, Ndigbo has lost another great unifying factor, a great man of high intellect and warlord who put in everything to ensure safety of his people. 

“Achuzia during the unfortunate civil war was to Ndigbo a stronghold and dependable hero who sacrificed personal interests for the people of Biafra. He has since the ugly civil war put everything behind him and continued to play his advisory role in the politics of Nigeria. By his death, we have lost another great man whose impact and love transcends Igbo extraction and Nigeria.

“His death saddens us as a people because Ndigbo at this moment need such persons who have seen it all to continue to give direction on how to avoid incipient and divisive politics that tend to divide us more along ethnic and religious lines. I therefore, commiserate with the government and people of Delta State and, indeed, the family of Achuzia on the death of this great icon and centre of Igbo unity.”

Achuzia was a Biafran soldier from Delta state who fought on the side of Biafra during the Nigerian civil war. His exploits earned him the popular name, Hannabal.

Also, Chief of General Staff Supreme Headquarters, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe, said: “He has done his beat and done it well. I remember Achuzie as a warrior during the civil war. He was a thorough and focused man and you can’t doubt what he stands for, he knows what he wants and he goes for it.”

On his part, former president general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dozie Ikedife, described Achuzie as a great man who fought for justice and would be greatly missed because he could have played advisory role to Nigeria if he had lived on.  

“People like him could have been consulted from time to time on contemporary issues,” he said.

Tue, 27 Feb 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it will not be in any hurry to alter its timetable and schedule of activities for the 2019 general elections, despite the re-ordering done by the National Assembly.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, who said this during a stakeholders meeting with the media in Abuja, yesterday, maintained that the commission is operating under existing provisions of the Electoral Act, as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution.

Prof. Yakubu maintained that the commission is however, ready, to adjust if the bill is assented to.

On reactions that have trailed the reordering of the general elections timetable by the National Assembly, the INEC boss said: “The second issue I would want to comment on, in relation to preparations for the 2019 general elections, is the electoral legal framework by INEC.

“We are aware of the bill passed by the two chambers of the National Assembly, awaiting assent, concerning provisions of section 35, on the sequence of elections and the interest it has generated.

“As it is at the moment, the only law that exists is the Electoral Act of 2015, as amended, and the 1999 constitution, as amended. We have released the time-table and schedule of elections, in accordance with the law. And, that is the position of the commission, going forward.

“Let me add, again, that INEC is dealing with certainty and as far as the commission is concerned, there is no legal lacuna. What we have done was based on the existing law and nothing has changed. If the bill is eventually assented to, we will look at the provisions and come out to tell Nigerians the next step. But, as far as the situation is concerned at the moment, we are operating under the existing provisions of the Electoral Act, as enshrined in the constitution. We are governed by the provisions of that extant laws and issue of changing the timetable does not arise for now,” he noted.

On the budget for next year’s elections, he said: “I promised, last week, in Lagos, that the budget for the 2019 general elections will be finalised this week. As I speak with you, the file is on my table and we are looking at it, in line with the existing schedule of activities. Thereafter, we will submit to the approving authority and I want to assure you that it will happen, before the end of this week.”

He also spoke about the disturbing issue of vote-buying.

“Another issue that is of great concern to the commission, ahead of the 2019 general elections ,is the issue of vote-buying. The media have reported the incidence in previous elections and the commission is really worried about it. Ours must be a democracy of the people, for the people and by the people; not based on plutocracy or the rich. We are taking steps to ensure that elements within our powers in the election provision that will curb the incidence of vote buying will be implemented.
“We are working with the security agencies since the responsibility falls on them. We have discussed with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on this matter, on how parties can curtail finances. There is a limit set under the law and the EFCC has the legal backing to address these issues,” he said.

Tue, 27 Feb 2018
For a long time to come, the death of 20 students and two teachers of the Government Day Secondary School, Misau, Bauchi State, will linger in the memories of students, teachers, school authority, families and friends.

They were travelling to Kano on excursion when their commercial bus collided with a trailer, near Gaya, Kano State. The bus was badly crushed, with 22 of the occupants dead immediately, leaving just a student and a teacher as only survivors.
Most of the deceased were senior students of the Hausa Fusaha Club billed to appear on Arewa 24 TV station and Freedom Radio as part of the excursion.

Only two people survived – Inuwa Mohammed, the Hausa Language teacher and Alkassim Ibrahim, an SS2 student of Arts. The two are still hospitalized in Kano.

When The Education Report visited the school last Thursday, two days after the unfortunate incident, sadness evidently enveloped the entire school and indeed Misau town.

“It was the saddest incident I have ever experienced in my life,” the principal, Rabiu Mohammed, told our Correspondent in his office.

“Around 9.00am, one of my staffers called to tell me that there was an accident involving my students and teachers who travelled to Kano close to Gaya,” he said.

“I asked him if there was any casualty and he said till I come. I took three of my staffers and we went to the scene and saw that they had been taken to the General Hospital, Gaya, before we reached there. We did the necessary thing we could to bring their bodies to Misau for burial. Two of them survived, a teacher and a student.”

The deceased were given mass burial after the funeral prayer organised at the palace of the Emir of Misau, Tuesday night.

The Education Report learnt the emir has been receiving condolence visitors who come to commiserate with him over the incident, including the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II.
Abba Sabitu, SSII arts student could not stop crying, as he recounted to our Correspondent the pain of losing his friends and classmates.

“I was preparing to come to school that day to say goodbye to them but I left my house behind the stadium late.

“I was just approaching my school when I saw the bus at the school gate as I was walking to school. They went to pick Aisha Jarwa, our Hausa Language teacher,” he recalled.

Aisha Jarwa, a divorced mother of two also died in the ill-fated trip. “I was going to pick chalk from the staff room when I heard the phone call of one of my teachers who shouted. Then I didn’t know the extent of the accident. It was later when the principal called an assembly and informed us that we knew the extent of loss the school encountered,” Abba lost two bosom friends – Usman Abba and Alkassim Ibrahim in the incident. While narrating the incident, at a point, he broke down and wept.

Two days after the accident, Abubakar Ahmed, a physics teacher was still grieving over the loss of his friend, Mohammed Mohammed.

Moahmmed was an agricultural science teacher who was popular among teachers and students because of his hard work and dedication.

“Mohammed was like a brother to me. I first met Mohammed in Gombe when I was a student of Federal College of Education, Technical. Then I was in NCE 3. He had just applied for admission so I encouraged him
all through. He later got admission to the College of Education Azare,” said Ahmed.

Ahmed said their paths crossed again in 2008 when they were both employed at the GCDSS, Misau.
“We got our appointment on the same day in May 2008. We reported to school same day and we have been friends until his death,” he said.

Ahmed who is current studying Electrical/Electronic engineering at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University  (ATBU), Bauchi, said the late Mohammed was an exceptional teacher and the pillar of the family.

“Before the trip, I asked him if he had eaten, and he said no he couldn’t  take breakfast before leaving his house. I gave him a slice of bread and carrot, which he ate before the journey,” Ahmed said.

He explained that some students who couldn’t make the journey were sad and Mohammed, who was a jovial person, said, “we are leaving now and you will be crying.”
He said the import of Mohammed’s last words made meaning after his death.

Tue, 27 Feb 2018
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Tue, 27 Feb 2018
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