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Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Saturday,  26 May, 2018.
Sat, 26 May 2018
At 36, Aishatu Usman has seen hell. Widowed. Poor. Traumatised. She was once a woman who had everything. But seven years ago, she went through a most harrowing experience. She watched her husband died, a violent death. The horror was worsened by the circumstance of her husband’s death. Stabbed and slaughtered, he bled to death, watched by his wife and children.
“If someone wakes me up from a dream and tells me who his killer was and that he belonged to the Boko Haram sect, I’d not believe it,” says Aishatu Usman.
Her husband was killed by his blood brother. She is yet to recover from the trauma.
Her story is one of the horrors of the Boko Haram holocaust. It is an open aperture on the extent to which the insurgency has eaten into the fabric of the society and the virulent hate driving the insurgents.
The sad incident happened in Biu, Borno State when Sergeant Musa Usman of the Nigerian Army, took his family home at a time the Boko Haram insurgents had a grip on Maiduguri. Unknown to Musa, he had embarked on a journey to hisdeath.
Today, the wife he left behind is struggling to cater for their three children with her meagre earnings as a cleaner at the Army Headquarters in Abuja. Her monthly wage was barely enough to put food on the table for the children.

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A painful recall

In an exclusive interview, Aishatu Usman narrated a poignant story to Saturday Sun. The widow, still very much terrified by the tragic incident, claimed she has learnt never to trust any human being except God.
Here is her recollection.
“My name is Aishatu Usman. I am from Borno State. I am 36 years old. The story of my widowhood began when my soldier husband, Sergeant Musa Usman took us to the village in 2011. At the time, he was on a course in Makurdi but had a brief break. The children, too, were on holiday. He thought it would be a good idea to visit our kin in the village at Biu, Borno State.
 
The calamity happened after one week of our arrival in the village. It happened right inside our own house. We never expected it.
On that fateful day, my husband’s brother had visited us. He was not around when we arrived days before. So he came around. My husband was out of the house but soon returned. I prepared some food for them. While they were eating, my husband asked his brother about his journey. “Fine, everything went fine,” he said.
Suddenly, he added: “It’s just that what the soldiers are doing to the Boko Haram group is not right.”
The statement shocked my husband. He knew his brother was referring to him. “What do you mean?”
His brother responded thus: Left to him, all the soldiers in Nigeria should be killed for their atrocities on the roads in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno.
My husband left his food unfinished. He was shaken because his brother was obviously referring to him.
Inside the room where I was, I heard every word of their conversation. So did my mother-in-law too who was also in her own room.

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My husband called his mother: “Mama, come and hear what your son is saying.”
Sat, 26 May 2018
The row between the Federal Government and family of the late Dr. Alex Ekwueme over the non-refund of 200,000 British Pounds London medical bill of the late former Vice President is deepening, Saturday Sun has learnt.
Saturday Sun had reported last week that despite the Federal Government’s claim of footing the bills for the burial of former Vice President Ekwueme, his family is yet to get a refund of 200,000 Pounds incurred as medical bill six months after.
 
Although the Federal Government was said to have paid the money directly to the London hospital which treated Dr Ekwueme, it was learnt that the clinic returned the money to government coffers because the ex-VP’s family had already settled the bill before help came from Abuja. Six months after the transaction, the family has waited in vain to get the refund. This has raised concerns as no one can say precisely who has custody of the fund, which had already been signed off from government treasury.
Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Provence, Anglican Communion, Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, who is a known counselor to the Ekwueme family had accused government of covering up fraud over the London medical bill. The second republic Vice President died in a London hospital, on November 19, 2017 at the age 85 and was buried in his hometown, Oko, Anambra state on February 2, 2018.
However, Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige who was the deputy chairman of the Ekwueme burial committee set up by the federal government faulted the allegation. In a text message response to our enquiry, Ngige had said, “No truth in that at all.” Minutes after, the Minister sent another message saying, “The bill was not up to that but FG picked the entire bill and other ancillary bills like air ambulance, casket, etc. I’m deputy chair of FG burial committee hence in a position to know.”
After that report, Saturday Sun reliably gathered that federal government contacted the family and informed them that the fund has been located in Central Bank of Nigeria. The fresh controversy now is how the family would be paid.

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While the family is insisting on getting the money back in British Pounds they paid the London clinic, the federal government is insisting on refunding in naira.
Confirming the new twist, Archbishop Chukwuma told Saturday Sun that he confronted the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige on the payment of the medical bill and that the Minister had confessed that  government was indeed yet to refund the family.
“He (Ngige) said that he never knew that this is the situation when he was interviewed, that he got to know that it was true that the money was remitted back from London clinic to the CBN”.
Chukwuma said though, the Minister believes that the money should be refunded to the family but, “the federal government will refund the money in naira” and “the question is why should they refund the money in naira when the family paid in Pounds to the London clinic?
“So Ngige is now confessing and saying that he never knew that this was the situation and has agreed that what I said is true.
Sat, 26 May 2018
Nigeria and other African countries at the Africa Day 2018 in New York renewed their commitment to win the fight against corruption so as to advance sustainable development on the continent.
Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Bande, and other African envoys, made the pledge at the celebration of Africa Day, hosted by the AU Mission to the UN.
On Africa Day, Africans on the continent and in the Diaspora converge to recommit to the mission of the AU, and to celebrate the diversity and progress of Africa.
Bande represented President Muhammadu Buhari, who was recognised in his capacity as the Champion of AU’s anti-corruption crusade.
The theme for this year is: ‘Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation’.
He noted the laudable vision of the defunct Organisation of African Unity, now AU, but said it would not be achieved if the continent did not deal with corruption.
Bande said: “The Thabo Mbeki Report indicated that Africa loses at least 50 billion dollars to corruption yearly and it receives less as aid.
“Talking about corruption, which is not calculated but happens every day, the conclusion is clear: there’s no way we’ll achieve our ambition if we do not tackle corruption.
“The President of Nigeria has been showing clear resolve to fight corruption – Treasury Single Account, Whistle Blowers Policy and no one will be allowed to go scot-free with corrupt practices.
“And almost every day, millions of Naira are being uncovered that could not be used even by individuals who have stolen them.’’
Bande conveyed Buhari’s gratitude for the recognition that he should lead as “champion against corruption” but reminded the gathering that “corruption fights back”.
He said corruption had fought back and is fighting back, not only in Nigeria but all over the continent, stressing the need for resilience in the fight against the scourge.
According to him, every institution – judiciary, executive, legislature – is implicated, adding that fighting corruption involves all of us; the citizens must be on board or there would be no victory.

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The Nigerian envoy said political will, individual efforts, institutional reforms, among others, were needed, stressing that there is the need to forge stronger partnership to ensure stolen funds are returned.
Chairperson of African Union Commission, Moussa Mahamat, said the launch of AU was a testimony to the determination of African leaders to expedite the achievement of continental unity and to find home-grown solutions to the region’s challenges.
Represented by Ms Fatima Kyari-Mohammed, Permanent Representative of AU to the UN, Mahamat said central to the work ahead of AU is the fight against corruption in all its forms.
“Corruption destroys the lives of ordinary people and undermines their trust in their leaders and public institutions.
“Resources that are needed for development and the delivery of services – such as electricity, education, healthcare, sanitation and clean water – are diverted by a few, thus depriving the majority of the people from access to these critical services.”
The AU Commission chief said African leaders had declared the July 11 yearly as ‘African Anti-Corruption Day’, 2018 as ‘Year for Combating Corruption’ and adopted a ‘Call to Action’ to fight against corruption and eradicate it.
“I want to challenge all of us, leaders and Africans from all walks of life, to firmly deal with this scourge,” the AU chief said.
Mahamat said 2018 witnessed the launch of the Single African Air Transport Market, as well as the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area and the Protocol on Free Movement of Persons, and the African Passport.
Other speakers at the event, which also honoured the centenary birthday of late Dr Nelson Mandela, included Rwandan Ambassador to the UN Valentine Rugwabiza and President of the UN General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak.
Others were Vice President of Universal Peace Federation International, Tageldin Hamad, Wife of Cape Verde Ambassador to the UN Yamile Rocha and South Africa’s Ambassador to the UN Jerry Matjila.
Matjila formally presented South Africa’s candidacy for the Non-Permanent Seat of the UN Security Council, representing Africa for the 2019 to 2020 term, which election comes up on June 8. (NAN)
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