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Amnesty International to Buhari: Declare rape a national emergency

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A global human rights organisation, Amnesty International, has called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to declare rape a national crisis in the country.

Amnesty International Nigeria said on Wednesday that it joined its voice to other civil societies demanding justice for Uwaila and Barakat.

The AI Nigeria, in a series of tweets, noted that a “toxic culture that encourages men to see women as passive sex objects” must be discouraged.

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The organisation tweeted,

“The government’s response to rape continues to be woefully inadequate. Frequent reports of rape across Nigeria are a gruesome reminder of the violence women and girls face. Violence against women and girls is often not properly registered or investigated.

“The rape and murder of 18-year-old student, Barakat Bello, in Ibadan is shocking. Amnesty International is calling on the Nigerian authorities to declare a national crisis on rape. Women and girls’ safety must be paramount across Nigeria.

“Dear President Buhari, declare rape a national crisis. Rape is a crime. If there is no consent, it is rape, even if the victim stays quiet and does not resist. The ‘boys will be boys’ mentality warps sex into something for men, done by men to women, without regard for the woman’s well-being. This toxic culture that encourages men to view women as passive sex objects needs to be addressed.

“We are joining people in Nigeria to demand justice for Omozuwa (Uwaila), who was raped and murdered in a Nigerian church. Violence against women must stop. Authorities have to ensure justice for her and other women.”

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FG inaugurates governing boards for 13 varsities

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The Federal Government on Monday inaugurated governing boards for the 13 newly created federal universities in the country.

Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who inaugurated the governing councils, charged them to go on revenue drive.

He charged the governing councils to initiate policies that would lead to the generation of revenue outside government funds.

This, according to him, will enable the improvement of facilities and infrastructure of their respective universities.

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He said revenue generation was a critical aspect in need of urgent attention in universities, in view of the challenge of inadequate funding which has continued to limit development in tertiary institutions.

“Inadequate funding, as well as prudent and judicious management of limited funds, remains a major challenge in the sector.

“You should come up with ideas that will improve revenue generation through creative, innovative and productive ventures as well as endowments,” he said

Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, appealed to the Governing Councils to support government’s collective efforts in repositioning the university system in its quest to lead the country in an equitable transition to a knowledge-based economy.

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Among the newly appointed Council Chairmen is Prof. Nimmi Briggs to Chair the governing council of Ndufo Alike University in Ebonyi.

The universities with new Governing Council Members are Federal University, Lokoja; Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State; Federal University Kashere, Gombe; and Federal University, Wukari, Taraba.

Others are Federal University, Dutsinma, Katsina State; Federal University, Jigawa; Ndufo Alike University, Ebonyi; Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State; and Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa.

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The rest are Federal University, Birnin Kebbi; Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara; Federal University, Gashua, Yobe; and Federal University of Health Sciences.

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My cabinet was void of nepotism- Obasanjo

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Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has said everything he did while in office was in the best interest of the country rather than for his personal gains.

He also claimed that during his time as president, his cabinet was void of nepotism.

The former head of state said he is worried that despite Nigeria’s potential for greatness, steps were not being taken to translate that potential into reality.

Obasanjo said these in an interview with The Point Newspaper, published in the tabloid’s Monday edition.

Obasanjo said,

“People who worked with me, it doesn’t matter where they come from, they remember what we did together. There is no question of favouritism, there is no question of, yes, this is my kith and kin. There is no question of this is my personal interest. I never say that we didn’t make a mistake or we are perfect, but whatever mistake we made was a genuine mistake. It wasn’t a mistake we made as a result of selfishness.”

Reacting to the claim that he neglected the Yoruba while in office, Obasanjo said,

“Some Yoruba have come to me and said you didn’t do enough for the Yoruba. I said, ‘Yes, did I do for Nigeria?’ They said, ‘You did?’ I asked, is Yoruba not part of Nigeria? If I did as I could for Nigeria and Yoruba are part of Nigeria, then I have done for the Yoruba as well as I have done for Igbo, Hausa and so on. I think that must guide us.

“The point you must bear in mind is that this country can be a great country. We have everything to make this country great. And that is what always worries me. When you see what we can do, how to do it, and we are not doing it. That is really unfortunate.

“Can we get there? I believe we can.  All we need is one generation of consistency in leadership, we will be there.  That is what we need. We need one generation of right leadership consistently.”

Obasanjo advised the current leadership of the country to be inquisitive about what is going on around them, instead of shutting their doors.

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CBN bans Forex for maize importation

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The Central Bank of Nigeria has directed all banks to stop processing Forms M for the importation of maize with immediate effect.

The directive was issued by the Central Bank on Monday, July 13.

According to the apex bank, the decision to ban forex for maize importation was made to increase local production, stimulate a rapid economic recovery and safeguard rural livelihoods.

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The apex bank further stated that the decision will increase jobs which have been lost as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The statement partly read;

“Authorised dealers are hereby directed to discontinue the processing of Forms M for the importation of maize/corn with immediate effect. 

“Accordingly, all authorised dealers are hereby requested to submit the list of Forms M already registered for the importation of maize/corn on or before the close of business on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.”

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