The Big 5: President Buhari blames the system for slow pace; NANS warns ASUU, FG to end strike or face confrontation | Other top stories

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Nigerian Army, in a statement signed by spokesman, 7 Div. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, have confirmed the killing of thirteen soldiers and a police officer in a Boko Haram attack in Yobe.
According to the statement, the insurgents lunched two successive attacks on a military formation and an ambush on the Maiduguri/Damaturu high way at about 6.30 pm.
Nwachukwu said several insurgents were killed during the attack, just as the others were repelled.

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday, said he will soon embark on aggressive campaign for the 2019 Presidential election.
According to him, the three areas of focus which he campaigned in 2015 are still very relevant.
To this end, he said that he will focus on the fight against corruption, tackling insecurity and improving the economy.

President Buhari blames the system for the slow pace of fighting corruption.

The president said this when he received the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) community, who paid him Christmas homage at his official residence on Tuesday in Abuja.

President Buhari said, “It’s not Baba (Buhari) that is slow but it is the system.

“So, I am going by this system and I hope we will make it.”

Presidency Tuesday, issued a stern warning to political appointees, government officials and party men against using ‘influence’ to peddle corrupt pecuniary gains and engage in other forms of extortion.

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, told State House Correspondents in Abuja that complaints of extortions of innocent people by what he called “self-serving name droppers and influence peddlers” was causing increasing embarrassment to the Presidency.

He said, “President Buhari had made it very clear since his inauguration that he won’t tolerate any form of impropriety by his appointees, aides, and government officials who abuse and misuse their offices for illegal financial advantages.’’

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has issued a two-week ultimatum to the federal government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end the lecturers’ strike or be ready for confrontation.

This was contained in a statement signed by the association’s president, Danielson Akpan, on Sunday.

The ASUU strike commenced on November 4 after the lecturers accused the federal government of not implementing previous agreements.

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