UITH performs three open heart surgeries

University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) yesterday successfully carried out Open Heart Surgeries (OHS) on three male patients aged between four and nine years.

The feat was recorded barely seven months ago when the hospital performed its first OHS on two female children.

According to the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the UITH, Prof. Abdulwaheed Olatinwo yesterday at a press briefing in Ilorin, the feat was jointly done by the UITH and a team of paediatric cardiologists and anaesthetists from the famous Apollos Hospital in India.

Prof. Timothy Adedoyin headed the UITH committee on the surgeries while Dr. Neville Solomon led the four-man Indian surgeons.

Already, the three patients, David Adeyemi (five), Thani Sambo (four) and Ibrahim Mohammed (three) are off ventilator and according to Olatinwo would be discharged from the hospital in a few days’ time.


NEITI will run transparently under my watch — Adio

The Chief Executive of the Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative, NEITI, Mr. Waziri Adio, has said that the agency will do all within its power to promote transparency and accountability in the extractive industry which is the staying power of the Nigerian economy.

Adio, accompanied by two of his directors, made the declaration when he visited the Abuja Office of Vanguard Media Limited on a courtesy call as part of his familiarization tour of media houses in the country.

And to achieve the aim, the NEITI boss promised to work closely with the media and other stakeholders in the sector in promoting probity in the industry.

Adio, who was received by the Northern Region Editor of Vanguard, Mr. Soni Daniel, made it clear that the agency would make all the players in the industry to adopt best practices in the discharge of their duties

Enugu herdsmen attacks: Reps hit at grazing bills 

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwanyi  could not stand the sight  of what suspected herdsmen did to  his people in Ukpabi-Nimbo, in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State and he wept.

He must have wondered  whether those who carried out the massacre in the community  were fellow Nigerians.

Many lawmakers described the attack on the Enugu community as another civil war.

President Muhammadu Buhari suddenly woke up from his slumber and ordered the arrest of the herdsmen.

The House of Representatives, last Tuesday, mandated the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase, to immediately carry out a thorough investigation and bring to justice  the perpetrators

Some of the lawmakers, who spoke to Sunday Vanguard, condemned the attack and dismissed the grazing bills before the House.

*This is a manifestation of another civil war – Chairman, House Committee on Aviation, Hon Nkeiruka Onyejeocha

Onyejeocha, who represents Isuikwuato/Umunnochi Federal Constituency of Abia, said  the attacks by  herdsmen on soft targets were gradually assuming a frightening national security challenge.

She said the Enugu attack, allegedly carried out by over 500 armed herdsmen, calls to question the effectiveness of intelligence gathering, proactive policing and the combat readiness of  security agencies.

According to her, the  incident  was worrisome because security reports had warned of  impeding attack, yet nothing was done to nip the development in the bud.

While charging religious and political leaders to condemn incendiary activities of  herdsmen, she added that their murderous activities are a danger in the belly of our nation.

She said, “We should not over-stretch the patience of Nigerians. All the factors that led to the previous civil war are staring on the face.

“The consequences  would be dire for  national stability and cohesion. President Muhammadu Buharu should rise up to the occasion and rejig the security architecture of the nation.

“He should give marching orders to heads of  security agencies to deal decisively with the terrorists who masquerade as herdsmen”.

On the proposed grazing bills before the House, Onyejeocha declared: “Who will give them land for what and what will happen to our cassava and yams?  After all, they even said that cow meat is not good”.


Following Enugu massacre, we’ll resist grazing bills – Hon Uzoma Nkem-Abonta

Abonta, who represents Ukwa East/West Constituency of Abia, described the herdsmen’s attack as a development that will make Nigerians resist the three grazing bills before the House.

He said: “We shall use every available legislative instrument to kill the bills because they will further impoverish Southern Nigeria”.

“I have more than 200 sms from my constituents asking me to ensure that those bills are not passed and I don’t have any choice than to adequately represent their interests.

“The Fulani are nomads in nature and we are talking about increasing animal husbandry as well as increasing the production. Therefore we must find a balance how that should be done. In the House, there are three bills that have been consolidated and the bills talk about having a grazing route and as well as having increasing reserves where herdsmen can do their business.

“But I want to point out clearly here now that government has got no business doing business. We must also begin to look at issues the way it is being done worldwide and have the best practices”.

Boko Haram militants kill 30 Nigerian herdsmen in north massacre

At least 30 ethnic Fulani herdsman were killed by Boko Haram militants in northern Nigerian last weekend when they raided the village of Alau in Borno state.

“One of the herdsmen escaped and confirmed to us that he is the only survivor,” Amadu Kusuri, the northeast coordinator of the Fulani Miyetti Allah Association, said Thursday. The Islamist insurgents also kidnapped women and children and stole livestock in the attack on April 24 , Babangida Ali, the brother of one of those killed in Alau, said by phone.

While Nigeria says it’s making progress in the battle against Boko Haram, which has waged a violent seven-year campaign to impose its version of Islamic law on Africa’s most populous nation, the group continues to carry out massacres in remote areas and suicide bombings in towns and cities.

Minister says army ready to dislodge Boko Haram from Sambisa

The Minister of Defence, Alhaji Mansur Dan’ali, on Saturday, said the Nigerian Army was set to destroy all camps and hideouts of members of the Boko Haram sect in Sambisa forest.

Dan’ali made the statement during an inspection tour of the construction site of a new army barrack in Gusau.

According to him, the Nigerian Army is now at the verge of entering the forest and will soon flush out the insurgents terrorising some states in the northeast of Nigeria.

He said since the beginning of the present administration, tremendous success had been recorded in the fight against Boko Haram as well as cattle rustling in the country.

”We have been working seriously, going round the world, collaborating with other countries in fighting terrorism at the national, regional and international levels,’’ the minister said.

Commenting on the barrack under construction, Dan’ ali said the project was expected to be completed within the next three months.

He said that the project was part of the present administration’s efforts to ensure the comfort of the military and other security agencies.

”You know, President Muhammadu Buhari is seriously concerned about the welfare of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies as we have noticed from the attention given to them lately,’’ the minister said.

Dan’ali urged the contractor handling the project to ensure its speedy completion and also to do quality work.

2016 budget to be signed into law soon, Osinbajo assures

An indication that the 2016 budget would soon be signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari was given in Abuja following an emphatic declaration by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo that the budget would be signed into law “very soon”.

He assured that once the budget is assented to by the President, the federal government would immediately go to work, completing power projects that were left uncompleted by the immediate past administration.

However, he did not give a definite timeline for the president’s assent, but he assured that the budget would be become operational in the next few days.

The Vice President who spoke at the ‘Platform’ a non-denominational conference, sponsored by the Covenant Christian Centre (ICC) in Abuja, however,criticized Nigerians most of whom now have mixed feelings about the ‘Change Agenda’ of the federal government,saying they were unnecessarily impatient with an administration that was working behind the scene to correct the ills that has been inflicted on them over

His words, “People now wonder, “Where is the ‘change,’ where is the change” that formed the crux of our electioneering campaign s,but they fail to understand that patience is also a virtue that they must have as a people”.

He said now that it has been established that oil resources could no longer guarantee the sustenance of the economy, owing to fall in its price at the international market,federal government would spearhead the diversification process where most states are found wanting.

According to the Vice President, such diversification will begin from three key sectors: agriculture,technology and innovation as well as entertainment.

He explained that the benefits inherent in the agricultural sector, noting that Nigeria requires an average of 7 million metric tonnes of rice to feed its population,annually but that foreign exchange that goes into rice importation was between N4 to N5billion each year.

He said such statistics spurred government to invest about N7billion in Kebbi state rice plantations, which currently produces one million metric tonnes of rice at an estimated value of N63billion.

On power infrastructure,Osinbajo noted that it was somehow inconsistent for power tariff to increase when power services were poor but that customers must imbibe the altitude of regular payment of bills in order for the system not to collapse entirely.

Saraki, had during the chat with reporters said both the legislature and the executive had identified areas of disagreement and had found solution to them, but he would not go into the details of the solutions, assuring however, that both executive and the legislature were committed towards ensuring that the budget was passed with a very short period of time.

In fact, predicated that the budget would be signed into law on Monday or Tuesday, this week.

On what he meant by the way forward, Saraki explained: “We have committed that have been set up on our side and also on the executive side, we will engage over the next few days, to just tidy up a few loose ends here and there, and the outcome will be satisfactory to everybody.”

Asked if the budget was going to be signed into law in the course of last week, the Senate President had declared: “You heard what I have said. I said it is a matter of days and not weeks. So, you can start counting the days; which means that between now and Monday or Tuesday, I’m hopeful that the budget will be signed.”

It’s an insult to label criminals as Fulanis – Northern Govs

The Northern States Governors Forum, NSGF, yesterday, frowned against labelling perpetrators of crimes around the country as Fulani herdsmen, rather they should be referred to as criminals.

This came on the heels of their closed door meeting in Kaduna after long hours of deliberations on the state of the nation, particularly the recent attacks in Enugu and other parts of the country.

Briefing newsmen shortly after the meeting at the Kaduna Government House, Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima said, it is an insult to label criminals as Fulani.

His words , “We want to unequivocally condemn the recent killings in Enugu and other parts of the country. But we equally condemn the politicisation or permit me, the ‘ethinicisation’ of the whole crisis. It goes beyond Fulani. If anything happens, they say Fulani herdsmen; to me it is an insult.

“Kidnapping in this country originated in the South-east, were they called Igbo kidnappers? We have a great national challenge and we want to call on all and sundry to come and let us solve our common challenges as a people. Because the blood of paternity that binds us together supersedes whatever differences that might divide us,” he declared.

On the killings that took place in Agatu local government area of Benue state, governor Shettima charged the media to avoid sensationalism and harp on issues that bind the country Nigerians together.

Similarly, the forum extolled the virtues of the Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello, stressing that they were doing everything possible to revive the New Nigerian Newspapers and Arewa Textile Limited.

Earlier, in his opening remarks, the NSGF Chairman confirmed that Boko Haram insurgents that have been terrorising the North-east in the last five years have been degraded.

He was however quick to note that, there are still pockets of bombings in the North-east which has been ravaged by the insurgency for more than five years.

The Governor also disclosed that, following their recent visit to the Islamic Development Bank, the bank has resolved to rebuild Northern Nigeria.

With this development, the Governor is calling for the rebuild of destroyed communities as well as total rehabilitation of affected persons who are currently seeking refuge at different camps across the country.