Makinde vows to expose those politicising security

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, says he will soon expose the people politicising security issues in the state.

Makinde stated this on Sunday while addressing the congregation at the St. Peters Anglican Cathedral Church, Aremo, Ibadan.

The governor who admitted that the state was experiencing security challenges, however, said it was not peculiar to the state but nationwide.

He said security ought not to be politicised, “but if they are politicising issues of security because they want to be in power in 2023, it means they are making mistake.

“If there’s no Oyo State or Nigeria by 2023 because of the politicisation of security; who and what are they going to govern?” he queried.

The governor said he and those working with him had taken time to investigate reports of security challenges across the state.

The governor implored those behind the politicisation of security challenges in the state because of their 2023 political ambitions to seek the face of God instead of engaging in actions that could trigger insecurity in the state.

Makinde used the occasion to x-ray efforts made so far by his administration, in addressing the menace of insecurity.

Among the efforts were purchase of 100 units of KIA cars equipped with communication gadgets for security agencies and re-establishment of Swift Response Squad and Operation Burst.

Others are purchase of all communication equipment by security operatives and establishment of Amotekun security outfit with 1,500 corps.

He reassured all residents of the state that his government would not rest until every nook and cranny of Oyo state was secured.

The governor further felicitated Christians and the entire people of Oyo state for the Easter celebration and admonished them to forgive one another.

Earlier, the Diocesan Archbishop of Ibadan North Diocese, Most Revd. Segun Okubadejo, charged every Christian to emulate the teachings and ways of life of Jesus Christ.

He urged Nigerians not to relent in praying to God Almighty for restoration of peace and a secured nation.

​Buhari ‘ll continue to enhance lives of youths, students through policies, prioritization of education — Fayemi

The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ forum and the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has said the President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government would continue to prioritise education and initiate policies that would enhance the lives of youth and students.

He appealed to Nigerian students not to lose faith in the Nigerian project, saying challenges currently beleaguering the nation are passing phases.

Fayemi said these in Ado Ekiti, over the weekend, during a reception organised by the Vice-Chancellor, Ekiti State University(EKSU), Prof. Eddy Olanipekun, for the President, National Association of Nigerian Students(NANS), Com Sunday Asefon.

Asefon, who is an alumnus of the university, is a Postgraduate student of the citadel of learning.

Fayemi, represented by his Senior Special Assistant, Students’ Affairs, Com Olalekan Soyombo, commended the NANS’ leader For promptly fulfilling many revolutionary promises targeted at alleviating the sufferings of the students.

“You should keep faith with the entity called Nigeria. You must be patriotic and work as progressive tendencies to move Nigeria forward.

“This project called Nigeria must not fail and students have a lot of roles to play. Students are potential future leaders. As you are being trained here, you are gradually being prepared for leadership.

“It is important that you have to be morally upright with your academic competence, these are what make a complete leadership. Stay away from all vices like cultism, ICT fraud, drug abuse and those things that can mar your future”, Fayemi appealed.

Fayemi added: “You(Asefon) got massive support from all quarters while vying for NANS presidency. With this, you must ensure that you don’t betray the confidence reposed in you by EKSU, where you are an alumnus, the Ekiti State, where you are a citizen and among students, your main constituency”.

The Vice-Chancellor, Ekiti State University (EKSU), Prof. Eddy Olanipekun assured that the university will continually initiate student-friendly programmes to boost the standard of education and ensure stability on campus.

“I will partner NANS to bring stability to this campus. This is a citadel of learning and whatever it will take to make students comfortable shall be done in the interest of our future and Ekiti as a state”.

In his response, Asefon regretted the gross deficiency in the country’s education, which he said must be discussed by stakeholders at a proposed education summit to be convened by NANS.

“There was a need for us to rejig our deficient curriculum, so we are planning an education summit where we will cross-fertilise ideas and form a policy that will be submitted to the Presidency for consideration on how to rejuvenate education.

“If you check the budget this year, we have the lowest budget in the last one decade. That was bad. We must have a database where will we know the true numbers of students in the country, this estimated 41 million population being bandied around is not acceptable to us”.

Asefon bemoaned that he came at a time when a crime has become a lucrative business in Nigeria, saying NANS would convene a security summit soon to fashion out ways of the conundrum, describing insecurity as a threat to education.

On his plans for students, Asefon said: “We will support managements of schools that support Nigerian students so that there would be stability and high standard of education.

“I am also going to Work with TETfund and other beneficial federal agencies to facilitate projects to my school, EKSU, this is my primary constituency.

“Again, this is an era of technology and diplomacy in the union circle. We don’t need to go to the streets before we get things done. I am happy that the university is celebrating me. The peace of this institution is imperative to us and we will guard it jealously”.

​Easter: CAN urges Nigerians to imbibe sacrificial life of Christ

Bishop John Ibenu, Chairman, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kogi chapter, has urged Nigerians to imbibe the sacrificial life of Christ to guarantee peace and security in the nation.

Ibenu disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lokoja.

He said that Nigerians should live a life of sacrifice, love and forgiveness to guarantee peaceful coexistence in the nation.

The cleric said that Easter was all about sacrifice, love, forgiveness, peace and eternal life, which were the mission of Jesus Christ on the earth according to God’s divine plans.

He urged Christians to learn to wait on God, read and speak about their faith, pray together, pray for one another, the nation, Kogi and for humanity at large.

”I congratulate Christians and the entire humanity for the crucifixion and the eventual resurrection of Jesus Christ today being Easter Sunday.

”As we mark this occasion which actually marks the life of sacrifice, I call on all Christians, the people of Kogi, Nigerians and all of humanity to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice.

”Jesus Christ, even though, God, left everything in heaven for the sake of humanity to come down to our level.

”I call on everyone especially those who are in high positions to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice. Let our leaders be humble and become servant leaders.

”Jesus came to teach us servant leadership and in so doing he sacrificed and laid down his life for humanity.

”Jesus came to transform humanity and give eternal life, therefore, let us work for the transformation of our state, nation and humanity,” Ibenu said.

Quoting from the Bible in the book of John 3:16, he said: ”For God so loved the world and He gave His only begotten son; that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

He called on all Nigerians, irrespective of their differences to love their neighbour as themselves and to also strive to improve the lives of others.

”Christians, Muslims, pagans, let us embrace the life of sacrifice in our offices, homes and markets to make the life of everyone around us better.

The clergyman used the opportunity to urge Nigerians to pray that leaders would find solutions to the security challenges in the country.

According to him, the government is doing its best, we have talked and criticised enough, let us unite, come together and find solutions.

“We must not attach sentiments to security issues. Anybody who sheds blood, destroys property, cause mayhem in our nation is an enemy of Nigeria and an enemy of God.

“Let us pray for the success of our military and other security agencies, and partner them to give useful information that will help them to curb insecurity in the country.

”Peace be upon our nation Nigeria,” he declared.

Easter: Zulum greets Christians

Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has felicitated with all Christians in the State at the Easter season.

Zulum, in a statement by his spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau, also said he was very proud of Christians and Muslims in Borno State for maintaining peaceful coexistence in all the 27 Local Government Areas of the State, despite facing tough situations from Boko Haram since 2009, whose fighters have undertook numerous attacks on places of worship.

Find below, Zulum’s remarks quoted from the statement:

“As Christians all over the world mark this year’s Easter celebration, which began Friday, I felicitate with my Christian brothers and sisters in Borno State.

A season like this which calls for deep and shared reflection on our lives in general, should remind us of not just the challenges we continually face, but also, to be grateful for some accomplishments we have made together as citizens with equal stakes in the Borno project.

For me, one great accomplishment recorded in Borno State is the peaceful co-existence between Muslims and Christians across the 27 Local Government Areas despite being faced with all manner of inciting tactics deployed by those who wish to knock our heads.

I am immensely proud of the people of Borno for the religious harmony between Christians and Muslims in families, communities, schools, all our social and political gatherings, at Government institutions, private work places, markets and other business places, in our sporting activities and other aspects of our shared existence.

I thank and commend our traditional rulers, elders and religious leaders in both faith, for being role models for younger ones and for our children. Indeed, I am proud of the religious peace we have, and I urge us all to continue to do whatever we can to nurture and preserve that precious harmony between us.

Government is continually committed to sustaining that bond of peace, and critically, we are determined, more than ever, working behind the scene to find lasting end to the Boko Haram insurgency.

I salute all our armed forces, the multinational joint task force, and our volunteers in the civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes, for all the sacrifices towards finding peace in Borno.

I urge all of us never to relent, and to always take steps ahead of the insurgents in both our preventive and responsive approaches.

May God grant us enduring peace in Borno, other parts of the northeast and rest of Nigeria”