​Insecurity: Adopt other strategies to end killings , Gov Sule tells Buhari

The Governor of Nasarawa Stata, Abdullahi Sule, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to consider adoption of other options that would bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgency in the North, general insecurity in other parts of the country.

Governor Sule spoke when he led a delegation from the state, on a condolence visit to the Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, over the recent killing of farmers in Zabarmani, on Saturday.

According to Governor Sule, “hence several options at winning the war against the insurgency in the North East is defying solutions, it’s time to start thinking differently, especially having tried several options before, which are yet to resolve the lingering insurgency”.

He stressed that there is no problem looking at other options so that the country can solve the insurgency once and for all.

Abdullahi Sule regretted that in this era, some people can engage in such barbaric act such as what has happened in Zabarmani, where innocent lives were lost.

“Today we are here to commiserate with the government and the entire people of Borno State, for what you are going through. In Nasarawa State, our concerns are constantly with the people of Borno State,” the governor stated..

While nothing that peace and progress will not come to a place where there is no peace, the governor prayed God to restore peace to the people of Borno State and used the occasion to commend his Borno State counterpart, for the progress so far recorded in the state, in spite of the challenges posed by the Boko Haram insurgency.

“It’s saddening each time a life was lost, but we have seen some progress. For that reason, we have not lost hope,” Sule said.

Responding, Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, expressed deep appreciation over the visit to comiserate and sympathize with the government and people of Borno State, over the killing of farmers on their farmlands.

According to Prof. Zulum, the visit by the Governor of Nasarawa State, will further strengthen the already existing relationship between the two states, maintaining that the visit has also shown a degree of fraternity between Borno and Nasarawa States.

“We shall remain committed to this noble cause of fostering relationship between the two states, ” Zulum declared

Accompanying governor Sule were, the immediate past governor, Senator Umaru Tanko Al-makura, Senator John Damboyi, Director General, A. A Sule campaign organization, the Emir of Lafia, HRH Justice Sidi Bage and the Emir of Keffi, HRH Alhaji (Dr.) Shehu Usman Yamusa III.

​What I say’ll happen in Rivers – Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, has stated that what ever he says in the state would happen, adding that he would soon return.

The Minister also stated that the former President Goodluck Jonathan had given him (Amaechi) a lot of offers to remain in the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, but added that he turned them (offers) down because he was not tribalistic.

Amaechi, the immediately past governor of Rivers State maintained that he chose to work for the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari because he does not base his fight on tribe.

Amaechi, who spoke in Port Harcourt yesterday while receiving some big weights who defected from the PDP, including Chief Alabo Michael West, Dr. John Bazia, Chima Obinna, Chief Salvation Ezengwogwo, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, stated that the from 2021 that he would resume prayers session on his concerns.

He claimed that the former president fought him because he (Amaechi) left the PDP, adding that his victory came from God.

The Minister said: ” Next year, we are starting prayer session. You know, when Goodluck fought us, he was not fighting me, he was fighting God and I knew he would fail. Tell them from next year prayer will start, I will come to Port Harcourt like I used to come and I will say this will happen and it will happen.

“Let me tell you who I am; I do not drink, I have never tasted alcohol in my life, I don’t smoke; I am not tribalistic. Whether in Rivers State or in Nigeria, I am not tribalistic.

‘If I were tribalistic, President Goodluck Jonathan offered me opportunity to remain in PDP, he offered me all sort of opportunities and I said that I have given my allegiance to Buhari because I am not tribalistic.”

The Transportation Minister said said over 90% of politicians in the state grew through him, commending the defectors for their action.

“Let me welcome my friends like they told you, they shared power with me in Assembly. And I tell people that there are not up to 10% of politicians in Rivers state who didn’t pass through me, mention names, I know their characters.

“So, I say I am not supporting you for Governorship because I know your character. You know, when we went to Abuja, this young man started making noise, an elderly Nigerian called me and said keep quiet, very soon Nigerians will know who he is, now everybody knows who he is.”

​Police arrest kidnappers of slain Bauchi lawmaker

The Nigeria Police, Bauchi State Command said it has arrested suspected kidnappers who murdered the lawmaker, Musa Mante Baraza representing Dass constituency in the Bauchi State House of Assembly, few months ago.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Command, Ahmed Wakil, a joint operation by two police units unravelled the hideout of the kidnappers and recovered several belongings.

The PPRO disclosed this arrest during the weekend in a press statement made available to Newsmen in Bauchi.

“On 14/11/2020 at about 01:04hrs one Abdulrazak Mohammed ‘m’ aged 29yrs, Abdulmumini Umar ‘m’ 29yrs, Yusuf Mohammed ‘m’ aged 18yrs and Mas’ud Hassan ‘m’ aged 22yrs all of Bauchi town, were arrested in connection to the case of gruesome killing of Hon. Musa Mantai Baraza ‘m’ member representing Dass Constituency, Dass L.G.A Bauchi State.

“The lawmaker was kidnapped along with two of his two wives and one daughter named; Rashida mal. Musa ‘f’ aged 35yrs, Rahina Mal. Musa ‘f’ aged 30yrs and Khausar Mal. Musa ‘f’ aged 18months respectively and were taken to unknown destination where they robbed him of eight different phones all valued at Three hundred thousand naira (N300,000:00k) and shot him dead.

“On receipt of the report, a joint operation between IRT and Command detectives swung into action rescued the victims and arrested the above-mentioned suspects. During investigation Hon. Musa’s phone, Tecno handset with MTN sim card was recovered from their possession. 

“Exhibits recovered include; one tecno Y2, one itel keypad, one tecno keypad, one tambo P2470 keypad, one Tecno keypad with MTN sim card. Investigation is still in progress after which suspects will be charged to court for prosecution and possible conviction,” he said.

The police spokesman further stated that the Commissioner of Police Bauchi Command, CP Lawan Tanko Jimeta has urged residents of the state to remain vigilant, law-abiding and promptly report suspected act of criminality to the nearest Police station.

​Health minister tests positive after getting COVID-19 vaccine trial dose

Health Minister of the northern Indian state of Haryana Anil Vij, who was given a trial dose of a Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine in November, tested positive for the virus on Saturday.

Vij, who is the holding charge of several ministries including health, said on Twitter that he had contracted the virus.

He urged people, who came in contact with him in recent days to undergo a test.

“I have been tested COVID-19 positive.

“I am admitted in civil hospital Ambala cantonment.

“All those who have come in close contact to me are advised to get themselves tested for COVID-19,” Vij wrote.

In November, 67-year-old Vij was administered a trial dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as part of the third phase trial of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin.

He had earlier announced that he would be the first volunteer in his state for the vaccine.

Haryana state has so far reported 240,841 cases of COVID-19 and 2,539 related deaths.

On Saturday morning, the federal health ministry said the number of COVID-19 cases in the country has reached 9,608,211 and the death toll has risen to 139,700.

India is in the grip of the ongoing COVID-19 and globally it is the second worst-hit country by the pandemic. 


​Insecurity: Impeach Buhari now – YPP tells NASS

Pained by recent gruesome murder of 43 rice farmers by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State, the Young Progressives Party, YPP, has called on the National Assembly to commence impeachment process on President Muhammadu Buhari should he continue to insist on retaining the service chiefs.

National chairman of YPP, Comrade Bishop Amakiri, who made the remarks at news briefing on the state of the nation, held at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, warned the country was drifting towards total state of anarchy.

Comrade Amakiri, who observed minute silence in honour of the 43 farmers killed in Zabarmari, Borno State and others, also called on the National Assembly to stop playing to the gallery and start taking concrete steps in ending the daily senseless killings by defending the very citizens who have given them the mandate of representation.

According to him, “The Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari based on his promise made in 2014 at Chatham house that he will lead from the front in the fight against insurgency to declare a national security emergency and immediately sack all service chiefs in adherence to the nationwide outcry due to the worsening state of insecurity in the country in spite progressive increase in budgetary allocations to defence in the last five years. “

“We also call on the National Assembly to stop playing to the gallery and start taking concrete steps in ending the daily senseless killings by defending the very citizens who have given them the mandate of representation.

“To this end, we urge the commencement of impeachment process against President Mohammed Buhari should he refuse to adhere to the collective voice of Nigerians that the service chiefs should be sacked.

“It’s time for the country to be restructured with emphasis on the devolution of powers to the component units so that States with requisite capacity can begin to have State Police in order to be able to solve peculiar challenges as the continued centralized policing system is no longer sustainable considering the worsening state of insecurity.

“There should be an independent audit of Military spending at least in the last decade to ascertain the immediate and remote reasons why after a decade of fighting insurgency and terrorism, military men are constantly being killed in their numbers in the line of duty amidst complaints of inadequate equipment to confront insurgents whom in most cases have been confirmed to have more sophisticated weapons than our military.

“The government should improve on her human rights records, which has been at an abysmal low in the last 5 years by releasing all illegally detained citizens, stop trying to intimidate or gag the media, stop every dictatorial attempt to suppress peaceful protests or freedom of speech and start obeying the rule of law so as to attract cooperation and willingness from friendly nations to sell us ammunition or forge an international alliance in the fight against terrorism and insurgency.

“With the high rate of youth unemployment, investment in the real sector of the economy has become sacrosanct. Even though we acknowledge the efforts of the government through several CBN interventions,

“it’s only a drop in the ocean when compared to the massive army of unemployed youths. The government should take deliberate steps to drastically reduce the cost of governance and channel savings to invest in the real sector of the economy, education, and health.

“Conclusively, President Mohammadu Buhari and his party, the APC, can either continue to pretend that the nationwide insecurity is exaggerated or patriotic enough to embrace the truth and implement the above-recommended solutions in order to have an immediate reprieve”

The YPP boss advised further that, “It’s time for President Muhammadu Buhari to jettison the idea of mixing politics with governance and seek help outside his political party since the task of nation-building is a multi-stakeholder obligation.

“The fact that fellow citizens from some parts of the country now need to get military clearance according to the presidency to go to their farms is a clear indication that it won’t be long before the rest of us as Nigerians will be subjected to such conditions before we can go to our places of work, move from one place to another, send our children to school or even sleep at night.

“Even more worrisome is the insensitivity of President Mohammadu Buhari led APC in addressing the obviously degenerating security situation, which has led to the untimely death and displacement of thousands of innocent Nigerians. It’s indeed sad that due to this high-level insensitivity in responding to our security challenges, Nigeria is currently ranked as the third most terrorized nation in the world.

“The security and welfare of citizens shall be the primary purpose and responsibility of any responsible government as any other thing is secondary, however, this government has failed in this fundamental responsibility.

“The current security situation is getting worse by the day and doesn’t look like abating anytime soon owing to the lack of political will by President Mohammed Buhari and members of his party, the APC, to do the needful.

“How else can you explain the rationale for retaining the same set of service chiefs in the last five years under whose watch hundreds are daily being slaughtered, maimed, raped or kidnapped for ransom in a country that is not at war?

“A bigger problem is looming if we don’t act on time as the effect of our farmers’ inability to go to their farms due to being targeted by the dreaded Boko Haram terrorists and bandits in most parts of the north will most likely lead to unprecedented nationwide food shortage with all its attendant consequences such as hunger, malnutrition and death.”