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Let Pastors Pray For COVID-19 Patients In Isolation Centre – Apostle Suleman Beg FG. [Nigeria]


Apostle Suleman of Omega Fire Miracles has begged the Nigerian Government to allow pastors to pray for coronavirus patients in isolation centers.

Apostle Suleman stated this while delivering a sermon to his congregation as seen in the video below..

According to the clergyman, coronavirus patients will be healed of the virus if pastors are allowed access to the isolation centers.


Apostle Suleman also stated that now is the time for Nigeria to see that their country has true and genuine prophets of God.

Meanwhile, Nigeria now has over 1000 coronavirus cases with 32 deaths. This is according to the Nigerian Center for Disease Control, NCDC.


Update: FG should let us bury our parents in peace – Kanu’s family

The burial of the parents of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu comes up next week, precisely February 14. Already, tension is mounting in Afaraukwu, Umuahia, the country home of the Kanu’s. In this interview with OKEY SAMPSON in Umuahia, the spokesman of the family, Prince Emmanuel Kanu said they are not preparing for war as security agencies would want the world to know. He called on the Federal Government to allow them bury their parents in peace.

In Igbo land, many burials particularly of the elderly take place at month ends, why did you choose February 14 (Lovers Day) for your parents’ burial?

We call their death the glorious union exit, that’s why we chose February 14, it will be a day of remembrance for us; they both loved themselves so much while they were alive that no other date could have been better. So, that day is very significant to us in so many ways, you know it is Lovers Day and they were epitome of love while they lived here on planet earth.

What’s the family’s role that day going to be like?

It’s not our family’s burial but that of Afaraukwu community because my father was the monarch of the place, so, the burial is going to be handled by Afaraukwu people.

IPOB insists they must be part of the burial ceremonies while police is vehemently against that. What is the family doing to douse this tension?

I don’t know whether it is out of ignorance or what, why are they mixing up these two things together? We are trying to bury our parents who lost their lives as a direct result of Operation Python Dance, now, the best thing we can do for them is to lower them in peace, give them the last honour and that’s what we are trying to do.

We have nothing to do with IPOB or so to speak, this is our tradition and we have to observe it. Even bringing IPOB in the wider picture, what has IPOB got to do with this, they are not troublesome people, they are not violent people. How would they even identify an IPOB member in the first place? Is the Commissioner of Police not an IPOB member? He is an indigenous person as well.

They should know that this is not an IPOB thing, we are talking about burial here, and all we are trying to do is to lower our parents. I can’t understand this, whoever that is coming should be seen as someone who is mourning. When the police talk about people wearing Biafra uniform and putting on IPOB insignia, the question is, are we doing agitation? The answer is no. So, when you are coming for burial you wear Biafra uniform? Is that their thought? It’s not making any sense to us, they are creating tension for themselves. They should allow us do what we want to do and see if there will be problem in Abia State. I can’t be burying my parents and at the same time looking for trouble, it does not make any sense. If the Commissioner of Police likes, he can come for the burial after all I am his landlord. Yes, apart from him being an indigenous person, I’m the landlord of CP Ene Okon here in Umuahia, he lives about two minutes away from me, I’m his landlord. I’m even considering sending official invitation to him to come and witness the burial after all as a Biafran he is, he was supposed to have been in the palace long before now.

What type of burial are we expecting?

It’s going to be wonderful; a lot of people are going to come from far and near to see things for themselves. We are going to have our cultural dances; in fact, we will use the burial to showcase the culture of Afaraukwu people.

What word do you have for people coming for the burial?

I would like to assure all coming that the burial would be done in the most peaceful manner. We won’t allow any noise maker in this place, we will not allow miscreants around the venue of the burial and we will not allow anybody to use the burial to cause problem for us, we are going to checkmate all these things.

I have a word for the Federal Government, they should allow us bury our parents in peace. Why are soldiers parading our community intermittently, who are they looking for? A community that is mourning, what are you coming there to look for? The soldiers parading Afaraukwu should be drafted to the North East where their services are needed.


Osinbajo: Helicopter crash made my faith strong

Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has said that the helicopter crash which he was involved in last year has greatly strengthened his faith.

Professor Osinbajo stated this during the thanksgiving service at the villa chapel in Abuja, celebrating his survival and 11 others from tragedy a year ago.

The Agusta Westland W 139 helicopter conveying 12 of them crashed in the Kabba area of Kogi State during 2019 the presidential election campaign.

Professor Osinbajo was accompanied by his wife, Dolapo, family members and his aides, including some of those who were with him when the accident occurred.

He explained that the incident was so miraculous and despite the crash, none of the occupants had a scratch.

“What happened on that occasion was so amazing, so miraculous; 12 of us in the helicopter, the helicopter crashed and not one scratch on one of us, that’s just incredible.

“So we can only continue to thank God and to praise the Lord Jesus Christ for the awesome deliverance of so many of us.”

He asked “can you imagine a situation where you survive a helicopter crash? Adding that he thinks it “just demonstrates that God is merciful, God is awesome, he is able to do all things and he is able to do everything.

“I think it just greatly strengthened my faith and the faith of all of us who were there,” he stated.

The chopper managed by Caverton helicopter had managed to land at the township stadium before its propeller suddenly pulled off to the surprise of supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who had gathered to welcome the Vice President.

According to the Caverton Helicopters, the crash was caused by unusual weather conditions.

Also, the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) in its preliminary report after carrying out an investigation into the crash, said the crew lost visual contact with the ground at about 50 feet owing to a brownout – (dust generated when landing on a sandy area) – that enveloped the helicopter.

It added that the helicopter experienced a hard landing and consequently rolled over.


FG scare, pays January salary to ASUU members not in IPPIS payroll ..

To avoid the looming strike action which members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have threatened, the federal government has paid their January salaries.

This was confirmed by Guardian newspaper in a report on Saturday, February 1.

According to the report, the union members, who refused to enrol in the FG’s new payment system called IPPIS, were paid late on Friday, January 31.

The Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Lagos Zone, Prof. Olusiji Sowande, confirmed the payment, so did Bayero University, Kano chairman of the union, Prof. Ibrahim Barde.

FG stopped what could have been a huge crisis by paying ASUU members their January salaries in spite of not enrolling in IPPIS.
According to the two academics, the action of the government has averted disaster for now.

It was gathered that before the payment was made on Friday night, ASUU had begun the mobilisation of its members ahead of planned strike action across the country.


Lassa Fever: Declare state of emergency – Doctors urge FG ..

With the rise in number of casualties of Lassa Fever in the past few weeks, medical doctors under the umbrella of Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have called on the Federal Government to quickly declare a national emergency on the deadly disease.

It also asked the government to evaluate hazard allowances paid to health care workers considering the increased risks they faced in tackling diseases.

National President of NARD, Dr Aliyu Sokomba, told journalists at the end of their National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja, yesterday, that such action would attract the needed financial and logistics attention required to contain Lassa Fever and other communicable diseases in the country.

He said: “In the past three weeks, Lassa Fever has spread to 18 states with several deaths. Some health care workers were among the casualties. We are deeply concerned about it, hence the call for the emergency because of poor preparedness of our health institutions in handling cases of Lassa Fever.

“The emergency, when declared, would help our preparedness and response in addressing cases of Lassa Fever and other relevant ailments in our various health care institutions.”

Meanwhile, he said that NEC-in-session discussed several issues that border on welfare of its members, patients and entire medical practice in the country.

He said that the NEC was unhappy with the continued physical and verbal attacks and assault on its members at different health institutions, and threatened to take unfriendly actions if the attacks continue.

He disclosed that the NEC has appealed to the Federal Government to ensure speedy payments of arrears of minimum wage, consequential salary adjustment to its members on the GIFMIS platform.

“They were particularly concerned about non-implementation of corrected salary scale of NARD members in many state tertiary health institutions and other irregularities in payment of salaries particularly the unpaid 12 months salary arrears of members at Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomosho (LAUTECH) in Oyo State and 14 months salary arrears being owed its members at Abia State University Teaching Hospital in Abia State,” he said.


Sack security chiefs; Arrest and investigate them – More Nigerians demand ..

Following renewed calls for the sacking of the security chiefs by Nigerians, including some senators and regional groups amid unabated state of insecurity in the country, Saturday PUNCH conducted online polls to gauge the feelings of ordinary Nigerians.

The polls conducted on Twitter and Facebook on Friday indicate that more Nigerians want the President, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to sack the service chiefs, describing them as “failures”.

In the Twitter poll involving 3,137 persons, 82.6 per cent of the voters (2,591 respondents) called on Buhari to sack the service chiefs while 5.3 per cent of the respondents (166) did not support the call. The third option – I don’t care – was the view of 12.1 per cent of the voters (380).

The Twitter poll opened at 11.49am and closed at 5.59pm.

On Facebook, as of the time of filing this report at 8.30pm, the poll which opened at 1.30pm had 2,916 respondents. According to the poll, 91.7 per cent of the voters (that is, 2,674 respondents) called for the sacking of the service chiefs while the remaining 8.3 per cent (242 respondents) voted that they should not be sacked.

Some senators on Wednesday called on Buhari to sack the service chiefs and appoint new ones as they deliberated on a motion on the security challenges and the need to restructure the security architecture.

The service chiefs are Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

Similarly, regional groups including Igbo apex socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere and Pan Niger Delta Forum, recently backed the call by the lawmakers to sack the service chiefs.

Many comments on the pages of Punch newspaper on Facebook and Twitter are also largely in support of the sacking of the service chiefs.

For instance, Nwafor Obiorah in a Facebook post, said, “They have overstayed, a lack of new ideas, they are not supposed to stay for more than three years.”

“They should be sacked because they have failed in their responsibility,” Kenoye Tolukorimi also said on Facebook.

Ezinne Okoro, who expressed surprise at the question posed by Saturday PUNCH in the poll on Facebook, said, “Which kind question be this naa? You don’t need to ask biko (please). They should have all resigned since (Buhari inclusive) if they had shame. But unfortunately, they don’t have.”

Most of the comments on the platform toed the line of Okoro, saying sacking the service chiefs would not be enough. They said Buhari should resign after sacking them.

Om’Oghene Dennis Orido, in his post on the platform, said, “In addition to their sacking, Buhari should as well resign as a matter of urgency.”

Also according to David Omochi, who described killings under the Buhari regime as too much, “after sacking them, Mr President should sack himself for disappointing in five years”.

“PMB should sack them with himself included, they are all failure (sic),” Casmier Anthony Chinonso said on the social media platform.

On Twitter, @Zismark1 noted that sacking the service chiefs was important to discourage complacency and mediocrity.

“Whoever comes next will know that they can be sacked if change isn’t implemented, and that lack of security in unacceptable in such a nation as Nigeria. We have come forward too much to be dragged back by little things as insecurity (sic),” @Zismark1 said.

@FashanuFemi, who also commented on Twitter said, “Sack them and appoint new service chiefs that have modern security experience.”

According to @OnwubikoUche1, new ideas are needed as “you can’t still be doing something in the same way and expect different result”.

However, @fabulouskelechi, who noted that the options provided by Saturday PUNCH in its poll were not enough, said, “Sack them and resign, this list is incomplete. Add resign to it…”

According to @sf_adebayo, beyond sacking the service chiefs, the government should order their probe.

“Sack them all. Arrest and investigate them,” the Twitter user said.

Recently, the Federal Government raised the alarm that Boko Haram’s alliance with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria increased the possibility of it (Boko Haram) deploying chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive attacks in the future.

On January 8, the convoy of the theatre commander in charge of the military taskforce in the North-East, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, was attacked by the insurgents. A driver attached to the commander was said to have been killed while two other soldiers were injured.

Also, between January 17 and 18, no fewer than 17 soldiers were said to have been killed while many others were abducted by the insurgents in two confrontations with troops on the Bama-Gwoza Highway.

Even though the Nigerian Army dismissed the report as false, the insurgents were also said to have carted away some arms, ammunition and vehicles belonging to the Nigerian Army.

More soldiers were said to have been killed in recent times by the insurgents.

Also, on Christmas Day, the terrorists killed 11 Christian hostages, saying their action was to avenge the killing of their leaders, Abu bakr al-Baghdadi and Abul-Hasan Al-Muhajir, in Iraq and Syria.

On Monday, January 20, as well, the insurgents beheaded the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in the Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Rev Lawan Andimi, whom they had earlier abducted.

The CAN Chairman in Adamawa State, Rev Fr Dami Mamza, told journalists that the insurgents had demanded €2m before they could release Andimi, but that they were offered N50m, which they rejected before they killed the cleric. He noted that negotiations were ongoing when they got information that he had been killed.

On January 26, the insurgents also bombed a mosque in Gwoza, Borno State, killing a 12-year-old and leaving many injured.

No fewer than 13 persons were killed on Monday in a fresh attack by gunmen in the Bokos Local Government Area of Plateau State. This came barely two weeks after suspected Fulani herdsmen killed 12 people in the Mangu Local Government Area of the state.

Last week, a renowned alternative therapist, Alhaji Fatai Yusuf, aka Okooloyun, was shot dead on the Eruwa-Igboora Road in the Ibarapa area of Oyo State.

Yusuf was said to be on his way from an outing around 4.30pm when gunmen shot at his vehicle.

Also, bandits on January 16 killed 31 people in two separate attacks.

While 29 people were killed at the Babban Rafi village in the Gummi Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Tuesday, two health workers were also killed at Makosa village in the Zurmi Local Government Area of the state.

The attacks occurred the day before Governor Bello Matawalle, at the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Gusua, the state capital, on Wednesday, warned unrepentant bandits to surrender their arms.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Usman Nagoggo, on January 8, said no fewer than 6,319 people were killed by bandits in the state in 2019.

Also, the village head of Rumache in Kukoki Ward, Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, Ahmad Yakubu, was killed by gunmen last week while 17 others were abducted in four other communities of the state.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has repeatedly claimed that Boko Haram has been “technically” defeated as the President corroborated this at the Armed Forces emblem launching in Abuja on October 16 when he said “the Boko Haram terrorists have been substantially defeated and degraded to the extent that they are only daring soft targets.”

Apparently shocked by a spate of killings by the insurgents in recent times, Buhari said on Tuesday when he received a delegation of Eminent and Respected Citizens of Niger State led by Governor Abubakar Bello, in the State House, Abuja, that the recent activities of the terrorist group were surprising.

He had said, “During our campaigns, we knew about the Boko Haram. What is coming now is surprising. It is not ethnicity or religion, rather it is one evil plan against the country. We have to be harder on them. One of the responsibilities of government is to provide security.”

Also, the European Parliament in its resolution of January 16 said there had not been progress made in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents.

And following renewed attacks that have led to the killing of more soldiers and civilians, including women and children, the National Assembly had asked the President to sack the service chiefs or they should resign from office.

At the upper chamber, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, led the discourse by seeking the restructuring of the security architecture while some other senators asked the President to sack the service chiefs. And in a rather different twist, the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, called on the President to resign, a call that angered some senators loyal to Buhari.

Insecurity: PDP reports Buhari, S’ Court to US, UK

Meanwhile, leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party and members in the National Assembly on Friday stormed the United States Embassy and United Kingdom High Commission in Abuja to protest against the security challenges facing the country as well as the January 14 judgment of the Supreme Court sacking Emeka Ihedioha as Imo State governor.

The Supreme Court declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress for last year’s governorship poll, Hope Uzodinma, as the rightful winner of the election.

The PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, submitted their petitions to the two embassies.

Secondus told reporters after submitting the petitions that Buhari must resign because of his government’s inability to protect the citizens, alleging that his regime had lost control of the country’s security.

He claimed Nigeria had the highest number of internally displaced persons in Africa.

Secondus said, “There is a need for the international community to come to the assistance of our dear country because Nigeria is a member of the comity of nations. Nigeria is not an island. It is a member of the United Nations. When things go wrong, the international community can come to advise; that is why we are here.

“The contents of our petition are for the international community to come to the aid of Nigeria and to advise our government to obey the rule of law, especially as it relates to the National Assembly and the judiciary.

“Over the past few weeks, we have passed through very difficult and challenging times. The case in question is Imo State. We have submitted our petition. We have addressed a press conference

“As we speak, Mr President has lost control of security. Our nation is in danger. We are in pain and we are in trouble. As a party, we cannot keep our hands crossed and be waiting for the propaganda of the Presidency. This country belongs to all Nigerians. Today, we backed our Senate Minority Leader (Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe) asking and demanding that Buhari should resign because he has lost control absolutely. It is not the time for propaganda and it is not time for the Presidency to respond to issues that are very sensitive and germane to the foundation of our country.

“The issue is that our people are dying and are in hunger. You cannot travel from Abuja to Kaduna, you cannot go to Minna, you cannot go on the road.

The PDP in their letters of protest titled, ‘Perversion of justice: Deliberate efforts at truncating democracy in Nigeria’, to the US Ambassador, Mary Leonard, and the UK High Commissioner, alleged that there was a miscarriage of justice in the Supreme Court judgment.

The party also alleged that the executive arm and the ruling APC had been influencing the outcomes of election petitions in various courts.

The party said, “On January 14, 2020, the Supreme Court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Muhammad Tanko, in a most bizarre judgment and against the dictates of all laws and judicial practice, overturned the Imo State governorship election clearly won by Emeka Ihedioha/PDP, who had been sworn in, and handed the state over to the APC and its candidate, Hope Uzodinma.

“It is instructive to inform you that this perversion of justice has already sparked protests in various parts of our country and has become a clear threat to peace, unity and stability of our nation and the survival of our democracy.”

The PDP called on the US and UK to take more than a passing glance to this serious issue in order to avoid an imminent breakdown of law and order.

Ex-security chiefs back call for service chiefs’ sacking

Retired military and police officers, as well as other security experts advised the Federal Government to overhaul the counter-insurgency operation and acquire high-grade weapons for the military.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, an ex-general noted that the retention of the service chiefs by Buhari had affected the morale of service personnel.

He said the counter-insurgency war was not recording progress because “there are no new ideas.”

The general added, “The call for the sacking of the service chiefs is very justified. If a service chief stays in office for three years, and if an officer is presented for promotion, he cannot be promoted for those three years.

“The situation has affected a lot of us and it led to our retirement from service; many others were also stagnated on their ranks.”

He added, “I advise the President to review the war and replace the service chiefs with new hands. We are having problems in the North-East because there are no new ideas. How can a man from the North-East as the Chief of Staff be there and there is no progress?”

A retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Austin Iwar, said the service chiefs could be replaced if they had exhausted their capacity, adding that replacing them with new hands was in order if the new hands could bring new inspiration into the war.

He stated, “I think it is good to try new hands. If these people have stayed for too long and there is a lot of noise about their capacity. I believe they are very committed, but whether they have exhausted their capacity is the issue. And if they have exhausted it, we should look for new hands that can bring new inspiration into the war.”

A retired Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Ojukwu, advised the government to consider the demands of the lawmakers and act accordingly.

He said, “The service chiefs were appointed in line with the rules of engagement, the Armed Forces Act and the constitution. If Nigerians are asking for a change of service chiefs, the government should look into it and find out whether the call is legitimate and backed by facts and act as necessary.”

He said it would be unnerving if the terrorists could produce rockets, adding that the security forces must increase their intelligence capability and stop such ‘strange development.’

Also, a security expert and senior researcher at the Transnational Threats and International Crime Programme, Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria, South Africa, Dr Akinola Ejodame Olojo, said to counter the threat posed by Boko Haram and ISWAP’s capacity and capability to build rockets, the FG must urgently supply the military with high-grade weapons.


IPPIS uncovers 60,000 ghost workers ..

The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami has announced that the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) has uncovered 60,000 ghost workers in Federal government payroll.

Pantami disclosed this at the 29th convocation lecture of the Federal University of Technology, Minna in Niger state titled ‘Datification of social economic and security issues in producing and using public and private data in Nigeria.’

The Minister who expressed determination of the federal government to set the record straight on corruption in Nigeria, further revealed that N24 billion has been saved since the government began the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA).

He also stated that the IPPIS and TSA were introduced by the Federal Government to curb corruption in the country.


How corps members reacted to N33k monthly allowance ..

There was jubilation among serving members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) over the payment of N33,000 increased allowance by the federal government, nearly a year after the new minimum wage law was signed.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in April 2019, signed the national minimum wage bill into law — a move that gives workers a conditional right to take legal action if they’re paid less than N30,000.

On Wednesday, Shuaibu Ibrahim, NYSC’s director-general, had announced an increase in corps members’ monthly stipends — from N19,800 to N33,000.

The long re-iterated promise, however, materialized after corps members in some parts of the country confirmed the payment of their January allowance, with bank alerts reflecting the increase.

Calls placed to serving corps members by TheCable Lifestyle showed that January stipends had, indeed, reflected the new sum, as many took to Twitter to share screenshots of their bank alerts.

“Ladies and gentlemen, this promise is also kept, the NYSC allowance is officially N33,000.00. Members have started seeing their 33k alert for the month of January 2020,” Bashir Ahmad, an aide to Buhari on social media, wrote.

As of when this report was filed, the hashtag ‘NYSC’ had topped trends on Twitter, with many Nigerians singing the praises of the federal government and the president alike.

“Dear federal govt, youths are happy, most especially corps members. You can see them jubilating about the increment of their allowance. This is how we will be if you provide employment and basic amenities,” a corps member said.

“Dear NYSC members, now that the FG has increased allowance to 33k, don’t increase your expenses. Continue to work with the N19,800 budget. You’ve been coping with it,” another registered.

Federal civil servants and some states have also started implementing the new minimum wage, adjusting salaries accordingly to reflect the new scale.


ASUU: UAM threatens no pay, no work ..

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) University of Agriculture Makurdi (UAM) chapter, has resolved to down tools should the Federal Government fail to pay it’s members their monthly entitlements on account of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

ASUU UAM Chairman, Dr. Ameh Ejembi, disclosed this to newsmen shortly after their emergency meeting with which held at the Science Lecture Theatre of the university on Thursday evening.

He said if the Federal Government stops their salaries because of IPPIS, they will “down tools the following minute because the principle is if there is no pay there won’t be work.

‘We will not continue with work if nothing is paid to us for what we have already done,” Ejembi said while reacting to last week’s directive by the Federal Government to withhold funds to federal universities, polytechnics and colleges of education that have not enrolled on IPPIS.

He noted that such a directive violates the principle of collective bargaining because “every worker has right to his welfare.”

According to Dr. Ejembi, lectures enrolling on IPPIS is a violation of the autonomy of universities and a contradiction of the superiority of the Governing Councils in the control and management of university funds, employment, discipline and promotion of staff.

Meanwhile, Comrade Alex Odiyi, a resource person at the national secretariat of ASUU, who met with the union at UAM “to get them prepared in response to any action of government with respect to its decision not to pay on account of refusal to enrol in IPPIS” says the national secretariat of the union has “decided to invoke no- pay-no-action,” rule.

He said in rejecting the Federal Government’s IPPIS, ASUU had presented a “workable alternative,” adding that the university system has a way of running its things.

“Our alternative is full proof and will protect the autonomy of the university. It is called Universities Transparency and Accountability Solution. While it ensures accountability in the university, it will also do same for government so that government will know how much it is spending and check the excesses,” Comrade Oniyi says.

Last year, ASUU-Nsukka Zone comprising ASUU branches from Benue State University (BSU) Makurdi, Enugu State University of Technology (ESUT), University of Agriculture Makurdi (UAM), Federal University Lokoja (FULokoja), Federal University Wukari (FUWukari), Kogi State University Anyiagba (KSU) and University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), warned that the extant legal provisions and negotiated agreements arising from the peculiarities of Nigerian universities had made the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) of the Nigerian Government inappropriate for the country’s universities.

The union therefore, requested the Federal Government to allow it “develop an alternative to IPPIS which can take care of the peculiarities of the university system with different levels of control and can be accessed periodically to monitor compliance with regulations on transparency and accountability by each university as is practised in other African universities especially in Legon, Ghana.”

According to ASUU-Nsukka, achievement of optimal functioning of Nigerian universities can be done “by addressing the perennial shortfall in the funding of universities. This can be done by releasing funds for the capital projects on quarterly basis to enable proper planning in the university system.

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FG seeks help from LGs to fight insecurity ..

The Federal Government, yesterday, resolved to seek the cooperation of states and local government areas in a bid to find a solution to insecurity in the country.

National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno, made the disclosure when he briefed State House correspondents at the end of the National Security Council in Abuja.

The meeting of the highest security body in the country chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari came a day after the Senate and the House of Representatives, at separate plenaries, decried the parlous situation amid calls for the removal of the service chiefs due to the ongoing security challenges across Nigeria.

Asked to give a general assessment of security situation and judge whether it was stable or critical, the NSA replied: “The security situation is like a graph, sometimes it goes up, sometimes it comes down, and that is why we have to assess it periodically. It will never remain on the same level till we bring the whole situation to an end.

“Sometimes, it could escalate, sometimes, it would go down. So, there is no perfect answer to that. If I tell you that it has improved, as we walk out of this place, something might happen, there might be an explosion somewhere. These are things that are not predictable; these are things that you cannot actually determine. That is the nature of this type of conflict we are facing.”

On whether the call for service chiefs’ resignation featured on the agenda of the meeting, the NSA said: “The meeting basically made an appraisal of the current security situation in the country and took a look at the possibilities, the opportunities available to government in addressing most of the recent challenges.

“There were discussions and, at the end of the day, the most important thing that we came up with was the need to for collaboration both between governmental agencies and the larger Nigerian society, because of the type of the insurgencies we are faced with, the complexities, the multiplicity of all kinds of issues.

“There is a need for both parties, governmental agencies on one hand and the larger society, to collaborate more vigorously.

“There is a need for us to deal with these problems in a comprehensive manner.

“Therefore, council has decided to take a closer look at issues that will help us, not just at the federal level or at the state level, but right down to the local government level. But this is going to be done after due consultations with the relevant stakeholders.”

Asked to give the specifics of the collaboration, he said: “The issue of collaboration, it’s not something that I can disclose right now.

“We just concluded the meeting and we have to look at the issues before coming out with whatever decision.

“For collaboration, I want to think that everybody understands the need for a whole government approach in collaborating with the whole of society approach to achieve a lot.

“This situation requires everybody in the country to work together to deal with these challenges. So, where there are gaps we need to close these gaps. That is what I mean by collaboration.”

He said the resolution passed by the House of Representatives asking Mr. President to relieve the service chiefs of their appointments was not discussed at the meeting.

‘Buhari aware of security challenge’

Meanhile, the Presidency condemned when it described as “mischievous twisting of President Buhari’s comments on insecurity’’ by some traditional and social media outfits in the country.

The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, made the condemnation in a statement in Abuja, yesterday.

He said it was wrong for anyone to postulate that the Nigerian leader was unaware of the security challenges facing the country.

The statement read in part: “It has become compelling to react to a mischievous slant being given by both the traditional and social media to the comments of President Muhammadu Buhari on the security challenges in some parts of the country.

“On Monday, while hosting Eminent and Respected Citizens of Niger State at State House, Abuja, the President had said: ‘I was taken aback by what is happening in the North-West and other parts of the country. During our campaigns, we knew about the Boko Haram. What is coming now is surprising. It is not ethnicity or religion, rather it is one evil plan against the country. We have to be harder on them. One of the responsibilities of government is to provide security. If we don’t secure the country, we will not be able to manage the economy properly.’”

Adesina observed that the reportage of the statement above was slanted to mean that President Buhari said he was unaware of the security challenges in some parts of the country.

“Far from it, except to the mischievous mind. The President is fully aware and fully in charge of all that is going on.”


Trump set to announce visa ban which could affect Nigeria ..

As the US presidential election is fast approaching, Trump is making immigration restrictions a central focus of his 2020 campaign.

President Donald Trump of the United States (US), will today (Friday, January 31, 2020), disclose the expansion of his controversial travel ban list.

According to Politico, two people familiar with the matter have confirmed the development.

It was gathered that the travel ban expansion list was supposed to have been disclosed on Monday, January 27, to coincide with the three-year anniversary of the original order, which restricted travel from several majority-Muslim nations. But the expansion list disclosure could no longer hold, as the Trump administration was busy responding to the fast-spreading coronavirus.

Two US officials have confirmed that one of the changes in the updated list, which will soon be announced, calls for people coming from Sudan to be barred from the US diversity visa program, which awards green cards to immigrants.

An official however said it might be possible for some Sudanese to get waivers.

A draft of the updated ban that was being considered also would place immigration restrictions on an additional six countries, but not necessarily completely bar all citizens of those nations from entering the US.

As earlier reported, Nigeria, Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Sudan and Tanzania, will be on a list of countries to be placed on visa restrictions.

Although, at press time, it is unclear which other countries will make the final ban list, or exactly what the new restrictions will entail, but government officials in the US, said as of Thursday, January 30, the proposal was still in flux


FG shun protest to fire security Chief over insecurity ..

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and other members of the National Security Council on Thursday met 24 hours after Senators and members of the House of Representatives called for the sack of service chiefs.

The National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd.), who briefed journalists on behalf of the council after the meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the NSC did not discuss the call by the lawmakers.

Both chambers of the National Assembly had on Wednesday lamented the rising insecurity in the country and called on the President to sack the service chiefs on the grounds that the security heads, who were appointed in 2015, had outlived their usefulness.

Besides calls for the sack of the service chiefs, the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, on Wednesday had demanded the President’s resignation.

Abaribe had condemned Buhari who, on Tuesday, said he was surprised by heightened banditry in the North-West and other forms of insecurity in other parts of the country.

The service chiefs – the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar – attended the quarterly security meeting, but hurriedly left the venue after the meeting ended, leaving Monguno to speak with reporters on the outcome.

When asked whether the call by the lawmakers was tabled at the meeting,Monguno replied, “The issue of the National Assembly resolution did not come up at the meeting.”

Supreme Court verdicts and defectors’ hunger for comfort zones
He, however, said the council was aware of the enormous security challenges facing the country. He said security agencies needed the collaboration of Nigerians to address complex insurgency the country was facing.

Monguno said the meeting called for “wider collaborations” among security agencies on the one hand and the larger Nigerian society to tackle insurgency, banditry and rising cases of kidnapping in the country, on the other hand.

But the NSA failed to speak on the specifics of the collaboration and how it would be carried out. He merely said the collaboration would involve states, local governments and communities.

We need Nigerians’ collaboration – Security council

The NSA stated, “There were discussions and at the end of the day, the most important thing that we came up with is the need for collaboration both between governmental agencies and the larger Nigerian society, because of the type of insurgency we are faced with, the complexities, the multiplicity of all kinds of issues.

“There is a need for both parties, governmental agencies on one hand and the larger society, to collaborate more vigorously. There is a need for us to deal with these problems in a comprehensive manner.”

The meeting was held amid strident calls across Nigeria on the Buhari regime to restructure the security architecture of the country.

Only on Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed a resolution asking Buhari to sack the service chiefs in order to inject fresh hands into the security management system. They also called for emergency to be declared in insecurity.

Monguno further said the Buhari regime was aware that Nigeria faced enormous security challenges, a reason it was seeking collaboration across Nigeria.

He said, “The challenges, all of us are aware of them; that is why in a nutshell, I said, there is a need for this government and the larger society to work together to find a solution to this problem.

“No one is oblivious of the enormity of the problem at hand. Government is aware and that is why we held this meeting at the highest level.”

The security council’s call for collaboration with Nigerians came on the heels of the South-West states’ move to set up a security outfit, Operation Amotekun, to address killings and other crimes in the zone.

The Federal Government, initially opposed the security outfit, but decided to approve it after a meeting on Thursday attended by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, South-West governors and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN,

Apart from the service chiefs, others at the security council meeting were the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu; Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Rafa’i-Abubakar; and the Director-General, Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi.

Presidency keeps mum over Reps’ call for sacking of service chiefs

Apart from the security council’s failure to discuss the call for the service chiefs’ removal, the Presidency ignored enquiries by The PUNCH on Thursday, seeking the position of the President on the resolution by the House of Representatives calling on him to fire the service chiefs.

The PUNCH had made several failed attempts to get the two most senior media aides to the President, Mr Femi Adesina and Mr Garba Shehu, to speak on the National Assembly’s decisions. None of them responded to enquiries by the newspaper.

The PUNCH still called Shehu and Adesina at 6.16pm and 6.18pm respectively on Thursday, but none of them picked their calls. Text messages sent to the two earlier were also not replied to as of 6.54pm.

Buhari surprised by banditry in homogeneous Hausa-Fulani N’West – Presidency

But the Presidency rose in defence of Buhari (on Thursday, denying that Buhari said he was not aware of the security challenges faced in parts of the country.

Clarifying Buhari’s statement, it said Buhari expressed surprise over banditry in the homogeneous Hausa-Fulani North-West.

It said Buhari’s comments while meeting with ‘eminent citizens” from Niger State at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday, were “twisted” by some publications (not NobleReporters) to suggest that he was not aware of the security challenges of the country.

His media aide, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement, repeated what he said were the President’s comments.

The statement quoted Buhari, “I was taken aback by what is happening in the North-West and other parts of the country. During our campaigns, we knew about the Boko Haram. What is coming now is surprising. It is not ethnicity or religion, rather it is one evil plan against the country.

“We have to be harder on them. One of the responsibilities of government is to provide security. If we don’t secure the country, we will not be able to manage the economy properly.”

However, the Presidency said Buhari’s comments were slanted the next day by both traditional and online media.

“The reportage of the statement above was slanted to mean that President Buhari said he was unaware of the security challenges in some parts of the country. Far from it, except to the mischievous mind. The President is fully aware and fully in charge of all that is going on”, it said.

The Presidency stated further, “The statement by the President was clear enough, and these are the salient points, in 2015, we knew there was Boko Haram insurgency, particularly in the North-East, and we mentioned it in our campaigns. There are clear economic and cultural factors behind the clashes that sadly rocked many of our communities, be they the Fulani-Tiv or Fulani-Berom conflict, the Tiv versus Jukun and so on. By now, these conflicts are fairly under control.

“By 2019, banditry had surfaced in the North-West. It was surprising, as the area is almost homogeneous, made up of Hausa-Fulani. The combatants are largely Muslim. This is what the President said he was surprised about.

“The point he made was that what is happening in the country is not about ethnicity or religion, it is plainly an evil plan against the nation.

“It is disingenuous that the earlier and latter parts of the statement were downplayed, and the middle part misinterpreted to mean that President Buhari was unaware or surprised by the security situation in the country.

“The traditional media, and commentators on social media, are encouraged to keep fidelity to the truth, and not concoct narratives to suit some sinister motives.

Match words with action, Reps tell Buhari

In the House of Representatives, lawmakers again on Thursday called on the President to show sincerity of purpose on the rising spate of insecurity in country.

The lawmakers decried the insurgency, killings, banditry and kidnapping in various parts of the country. The issues were raised when the lawmakers debated a motion moved by the lawmaker representing Mangu/Bokkos Federal Constituency of Plateau State, Mr Solomon Maren.

The motion, which was unanimously adopted, was titled, ‘The Need to Stop Further Killings in Mangu/Bokkos Communities – Death Toll Has Risen to 32 and Increasing Daily Unabated.’

Adopting the motion, the lawmakers resolved to condemn “these killings and observe a minute silence in honour of those killed.”

The lawmakers urged “the President to show sincerity and commitment in dealing with the matter, match words with actions and save the country from deepening into anarchy.”

Moving the motion, Maren said, “The House notes the deteriorating security situation in my constituency in Plateau State, which has claimed several lives and property worth millions of naira.

“The House further notes that Kulben, Kwatas, Ruboi, Marish, Murish, Lokudung, Sabon Barki, Pil, Mania and Mbiri-Ishala villages were attacked; 32 killed, three churches burnt down, 10 shops looted and over 200 houses burnt down, with foodstuffs and seedlings destroyed worth over hundreds of millions.

“The House is aware that these attacks which occurred within two weeks were unprovoked and went on unabated without any intervention to stop them. The House is concerned that if such continues, it will push citizens to start seeking for self-help, which will compound the security situation in the country.”

Bad governance, cause of insecurity in Nigeria – Secondus

On its part, the Peoples Democratic Party said bad governance was the cause of the rising insecurity in the country.

The PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, during an interactive session with journalists in Abuja, also said it was imperative for the President to declare a state of emergency in insecurity.

He said, “In the last four years of the current regime, we can see that good governance has been a terrible challenge for this country. What we have experienced now is direct dictatorship by the APC government.The lack of good governance in our country is the cause of the insecurity. It is the cause of the underdevelopment and the suffering of the masses.

Insecurity: I am worried, says Jonathan

Secondus spoke just as former President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday said he was worried by rising insecurity in the country.

According to a statement by his media aide, Ikechukwu Eze, Jonathan, however, expressed hope that Nigeria would overcome the security challenges.

Jonathan, while receiving officials of the National Association of Nigerian Students in Abuja, said he was traumatized by killing of a soldier during an attack on a military outpost near his house on December 24, 2019.

He stated, “I am worried that so many people are becoming victims of sporadic shootings, kidnappings and so on. I believe that the country will get over the kind of insecurity it currently faces.”

Senate leadership to meet Buhari on security after panel report

Also, on Thursday, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said the leadership of the upper chamber would meet with the President on the security challenges confronting the country after its ad hoc committee had submitted its report.

The 17-member ad hoc panel, led by the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, was constituted by Lawan on Wednesday to interface with military and security agencies in the country on their challenges.

The panel, which is also expected to come up with realistic and practicable solutions to the issue of insecurity, was given two weeks to submit its report.

Speaking further on the issue, Lawan said upon the receipt of the panel report, the Senate leadership would have a robust engagement with the executive.

He said, “We have passed resolutions now. The second step is for the ad hoc committee members to work assiduously to ensure that they finish their work within two weeks. That will be the second step.

“The third step will be the implementation; in that case we have to work even much more closely with the executive arm of government on those things that we resolved to do.

“It is not everything we resolved on that is going to be operated. We pray that whatever we resolve on is a resolution that will bring solution.

“The executive may have their own opinion on the way forward. So, there will be a need for us to marry the two positions between us and them, to ensure that the lives of Nigerians are well protected.

“As we represent people here, we must not shy away from what affects their lives. The reality is that today, the security of our people is the issue that concerns almost every single Nigerian.

“There is nothing we can do better than to discuss it and find solutions to the issues at stake.

“This is not something we can do alone; we have to work with the executive arm of government. Mr President himself has been working very hard to ensure that the security is there to protect the lives of our people.”


Abaribe speaks for terrorised Nigerians – Segun Sowunmi ..

Mr Segun Sowunmi, a spokesman for the Presidential Campaign Council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, on Thursday supported the Senate Minority Leader, Eyinanya Abaribe, over his call for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign.

Speaking, Sowunmi explained that Senator Abaribe was speaking on behalf of slain Nigerians, their families, and others who were victims of the security challenges in the country.

He said, “I think Senator Abaribe’s comments must be situated properly.

“He is speaking on behalf of the people of the North-west; he is speaking on behalf of the North-central, he is speaking on behalf of the families of slain Nigerians, the dead and their loved ones.”

The PDP member added, “He (Abaribe) is speaking on behalf of apolitical Nigerians, he is speaking on behalf of friends of Nigerians, he is speaking on behalf of the Minority Leader in the House (of Representatives) and he is making a very frank call that there is no reason for human lives to be lost under the All Progressives Congress (APC) led administration.”

Reiterating the call, Sowunmi also asked President Buhari to resign, stressing that his government has failed to address the security challenges plaguing the nation since he assumed office in 2015.

According to him, it has gotten out of the President’s capacity to manage the problem of security.

“There is nothing wrong in honourably resigning and allowing competent hands to take over,” the PDP member stated.

He said, “That is the reaction from all of those that are friends of this government. They are reacting as it were, spitting on the graves of the dead. We are not talking about the loss of income which is also a problem for them, we are not talking about the loss of jobs, we are not talking about lack of harmony in the country, we are talking about the loss of human lives,” he said.

Senator Ababribe had while addressing lawmakers during a motion on national security challenges on Wednesday, asked the President to quit over the security situation in the country.


FG surprises Corps members with N33,000

Federal government elates corps members with huge sum increasing the monthly allowance as promised from N19,800 to N33,000.

Of course, many has been of doubt since the allowance has not been paid since 28th of this month.

Many said, maybe federal government has been planning to pay N33,000 to shock everyone.

Days back, the new elected Director-general of NYSC promised the increment which many doubted. NobleReporters reported.

Details later…


NYSC: Kebbi state gets new state coordinator ..

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Kebbi State, has gotten a new state coordinator, Mr Mustapha Muhammed, who resumed as the 18th coordinator of the scheme in the state.

Muhammed replaced the immediate past state coordinator, Mr Barde Usman, who retired honourably from civil service having put in his best during his years of active service.

Mohammed, who assumed duty on Thursday at the NYSC Kebbi State secretariat as the 18th state coordinator, was handed over to by his predecessor.

While speaking during the handing over formalities, Mr Barde thanked management and staff of NYSC Kebbi for giving him the maximum cooperation he received while discharging his duties.

He, however, requested the same cooperation he received when in office be extended to his successor.

In his remarks, the new state coordinator, Mustapha, expressed appreciation to God for the immediate past coordinator’s successes recorded in the scheme.

He sought the cooperation of his staff as he assumed office and duties in the state.


Operation Amotekun: FG’s intervention, impactful ..

As controversy over the establishment of the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), codenamed “Operation Amotekun,” subsided following the intervention of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, MURITALA AYINLA takes a look at the developments in relation to the clamour for state police

There is relative calm in the air across the country, especially in the South-West geopolitical zone, following the agreement reached by the Federal Government and the six governors of the region on the establishment of the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) codenamed “Operation Amotekun.”

The security intervention project called “Western Nigeria Security Network” (WNSN), initiated by the Seye Oyeleye-led Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN Commission), an offshoot of Odu’a Investment Company Limited, was specifically aimed at checkmating and tackling the myriad of insecurity challenges bedeviling the people of the region, particularly from the activities of banditry, terrorism, kidnapping, ritual killing, armed robbery, herdsmen and farmers’ conflicts, cybercrime and other crimes, threatening the lives and property in the region.

The legality questions, controversies

The inauguration of the joint security outfit popularly known as “Amotekun” on January 9, had sparked off reactions across the country as some sections of the country expressed concerns over its establishment. While the Federal Government through the Attorney–General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) described the formation of the security outfit as unconstitutional given that there was no legal backing for the regional security outfit, others saw it as a political decision capable of undermining the unity of the nation. Yet a host of Nigerians, who also ethnicised and politicised the project, said the idea was aimed at restructuring the nation through a back door approach.

The Attorney-General of the Federation, insisted in a statement that the Western Nigeria Security Network is unlawful, quoting Article 45 of the Second Schedule of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), which gives the Federal Government exclusive powers over the police.

Malami, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), who is also Chief Law Officer of the Federation and Legal Adviser, called for the suspension of the project, but the six South-West governors and other legal luminaries like him argued otherwise.

Reacting to the AGF’s stance on Amotekun, Nigeria’s foremost human rights activist and lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), said the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) has no power to proscribe any organisation in the country.

Falana said the Minister of Justice should approach the Supreme Court if he believes Operation Amotekun is illegal as he claimed, advising the South-West governors to ignore the minister’s statement and proceed with the security outfit by enacting necessary laws to back it up.

“In this case, the statement credited to the Attorney-General of the Federal Government is clearly diversionary and hypocritical. Hypocritical in the sense that the governments of Kano and Zamfara states have set up Hisbah Commission and just recently, the Hisbah operatives in Zamfara State arrested a police officer alleged to have been caught in the midst of three women,” the human rights lawyer said.

Other silk, such as Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) and Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) and a senior legal scholar, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN) also explained to the Attorney-General of the Federation, the legality of the security outfit quoting the same 1999 Constitution.

Hence, the formation of the security outfit continued to generate reactions and counter-reactions from the different personality across the country, especially from the South-West region in addition to massive protests in support of Amotekun in the six South-West states, namely: Ondo, Ekiti, Osun, Oyo, Ogun and Lagos but it was not until Vice President Yemi Osinbajo brokered peace between the governors and Malami that a common ground was agreed on.

Buhari/Osinbajo’s intervention

With the growing crisis and controversies generated by the creation of the security outfit, there was no doubt that urgent intervention was required to douse the tension, which analysts said was capable of threatening the nation’s unity.

At the meeting held behind a closed door for several hours, which was also attended by the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, Vice President Osinbajo was able to resolve the highly sensitive issue amicably while the worrying parties came to a logical conclusion on the matter.

It was learnt that the meeting which was at the instance of the governors who had asked to meet President Muhammadu Buhari over the controversy surrounding the Western Nigeria Security Network initiative. But due to the President’s foreign engagement in the United Kingdom, he asked his vice to host the meeting.

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media, Mr. Laolu Akande, the meeting was described as very fruitful as it lay to rest all the issues generating controversy between the parties.

According to him, “the meeting was very fruitful and unanimous resolutions were made on the way forward. Having regard to the need for all hands to be on deck in addressing security concerns across the country, it was agreed that the structure of Amotekun should also align with the Community Policing strategy of the Federal Government.

“It was also agreed that necessary legal instruments will be put in place by each of the states to give legal backing to the initiative and address all issues concerning the regulation of the security structure.”

Also speaking on the outcome of the meeting, Ondo State governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), who is also the Chairman of South-West Governors’ Forum, said the meeting gave all parties ample opportunity to explain their positions and to agree on the way forward for security in the country.

Akeredolu said: “We have rubbed minds and all of us have agreed on the way forward. The most important one is that we are going to have legal framework to back this Amotekun. This legal framework is going to be one which we all are going to look at and will be sure to go without any hindrances.”

On whether Amotekun had been placed on hold pending the formulation and passage of the legal framework, the governor said: “No! What I believe is our resolution is that Amotekun is there. You know the Federal Government is about to start community policing. In essence really, it is about the community. So, we are going to work together to see the community policing and Amotekun work in a way.”

Commendation for Buhari/Osinabajo

Meanwhile, Nigerians have continued to react to peaceful resolution of the Amotekun, commending President Muhammadu Buhari for yet entrusting Prof. Osinbajo with the power to resolve the highly sensitive issue, saying that the Amotekun issue, if not handled intelligently, could lead to needless conflict and disunity.

They also commended the vice president for being a symbol of unity, maturity and stability in the country, saying that the Prof Osinbajo has always proven to be a dependable ally to the President.

Among prominent Nigerians who have commended President Buhari for entrusting Vice President Osinbajo with the task of resolving the issue amicably is prominent United States-based Nigerian and former Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) leader, Dr. Baba Adams, who said that President Buhari deserves commendation for allowing his vice to intervene and resolve the volatile issue.

The respected politician said Prof. Osinbajo has done an outstanding job again by saving the nation from falling into unnecessary conflict and calamity of disunity, urging the president to entrust him with more sensitive responsibilities.

His words: “Thank you for bestowing trust in the Vice President, Prof. Osinbajo (SAN) to provide the leadership on resolving the highly sensitive Amotekun issue. As in all other assignments, Mr. VP has done an outstanding job again and save the nation from falling into unnecessary conflict and calamity of dis-unity.

“This is the first salvo and we highly recommend you further empower or delegate the VP to resolve this issue, as not only in the South-West but the rest of the nation – as APC states such as Nasarawa have already expressed interest in implementing Community Policing, Local Government Area (LGA) and State Policing”

The call for state police

It was also on record that prior to the establishment of Operation Amotekun, Vice President Osinbajo had been an advocate of a community policing to strengthen the existing security apparatus in the state.

According to Prof. Osinbajo, the security challenges of the country were complex and nuanced that securing Nigeria’s over 900,000 square kilometers and 180 million people required far more men and materials than the nation has at the moment. Hence, he said that adoption of state police was the way to go in meeting security needs of the country.

Vice President Osinbajo, who said this at the 2018 National Summit, said that every Nigerian was entitled to adequate security by the government and that the security failures of the government were not deliberate.

“We cannot realistically police a country the size of Nigeria centrally from Abuja. As a people any killing undermines the security of the state,” he stated as he mentioned several killings that had taken place in different parts of the country in recent times.

He said the government had worked on some policy objectives, some of which needed legislative approval and cooperation of the judiciary.

“It requires a continual reengineering of our security architecture and strategies; this has to be a dynamic process,” he noted.


Corps members to now receive N33,000 – DG, Ibrahim Shaibu ..

The director-general of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Shuaibu Ibrahim, has revealed the monthly allowance of corp members has been increased to N33,000.

The NYSC boss made the aforementioned known during a working visit to the NYSC secretariat in Bauchi.

According to a statement released on the scheme’s official Facebook page, Ibrahim said the increase is in line with the new minimum wage approved by the federal government. He said provisions for the new allowance have been made in the 2020 budget and payment would commence as soon as funds are released by the appropriate authorities.


Stop fencing Nigeria – FG tells politicians ..

The Federal Government has admonished desperate politicians and the political elites with vested interest to desist from spreading the falsehood about religious persecution in Nigeria.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who gave the admonition in London on Wednesday said that those who engaged in the act were doing so to demarket the country globally.

NobleReporters learnt that the minister is in London to engage with international media organisations and other think tanks.

“We are aware that some people are demarketing the country and there is no length they have not gone to do this.

“But the honest truth is that there is nothing like religious persecution in Nigeria.

“There is no state in Nigeria that has Muslims without Christians.

“We must be very careful not to demarket our country simply because we have not been able to get what we want,” he said.

The minister fingered desperate politicians as the peddlers of the falsehood, noting that the effect could be dire for the entire country.

“We know what some people did at the run-up to the last general election to ensure that this administration did not succeed.

“Since we won the election, we have called on everybody to come together to support this administration.

“Any attempt to demarket this country will have dire consequences on everybody; whether you are. Christian or Muslim.

“It is important for everyone to know that this country will continue to exist, even after 2023.

“Spreading falsehood will not be in our interest and we all know that religion is a very sensitive issue in Nigeria,” he added.

The minister also called on world leaders not to withdraw their support to the country in the fight against terrorism based on the falsehood and any other reasons.

“We cannot be left to ourselves. It took the whole world to flush out terrorists from Syria and we need that kind of thing in fighting Boko Haram in Nigeria.

“If you noticed, the entire Sahel is unstable today. Burkina Fasso, Chad, Mali, Cameroon, and Niger.

“This is not the time for the international community to withdraw its support.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

“Terrorism is a global issue, and we all have a common destiny,” he said.

According to the minister, if terrorism is allowed to thrive in any region or part of the world, it will affect the entire world.


Coronavirus: Panda supermarket in Abuja shut down ..

As part of measures to ensure Nigeria remains a safe place as coronavirus, a deadly disease from China, is spreading across the world, the Federal Government has shut down Panda Supermarket, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The supermarket was closed for illegally importing seafood and animals from China.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) said it discovered that the store had expired products on its shelves.

The tweets read, “FCCPC inspected Panda Supermarket; Jabi on credible reports that it discriminated and had a concealed area for Asian nationals. Allegation confirmed, seafood and animals imported illegally from China discovered.

“Store closed in abundance of caution considering coronavirus. Products with expired and irregular shelf life were also discovered at Panda Supermarket, Jabi, Abuja yesterday.

“Regulatory activities to remove all offensive products from the Supermarket continues.”

Coronavirus, which is believed to have originated with bats, can be spread directly from person-to-person.

The first case was recorded in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. Since then, the deadly virus has spread to 14 countries including Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Thailand and the United States (US).

So far, over 2700 coronavirus cases have been confirmed with at least 81 deaths. Symptoms of the outbreak include pneumonia-like symptoms: fever, and difficulty breathing.


Adamawa: 30 N-Power beneficiaries sacked ..

Mary Yuwadi, Focal Person of the federal government’s Social Investment Programs ( SIP), made this known in an interview on Wednesday in Yola. N.Rs learnt

Yuwadi noted that the 30 teachers, were dismissed for absconding duties at their places of primary assignment.

”Under the Federal Government National Social Investment Programme, a total of 14,100 Youths in the state were registered in various segments of the programmes.

” The federal government has also stopped their monthly payment. This will serve as deterrent for other members who are not serious in their places of work.

”We discovered that some of those who registered under the programme in Adamawa, reside in Abuja and Lagos and collect the stipend being paid.

”We also found out that some of those who registered, were civil servants working in various local government areas across the state,” she said.

On the impact of the programme especially N-Power Teach, she said:” the programme has significantly improved the standard of primary and junior secondary schools education in the state.

”’There is inadequate supervision, mobility and accommodation problems”.

NAN reports that the N-Power was introduced in 2016 by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration “to imbibe the entrepreneurship culture in the Nigerian youth aged between 18 and 35 — both graduates and non-graduates”.

An estimated 500,000 youths across the country are currently engaged in the scheme, providing services in the country’s education, health, agriculture sectors and local government offices with a monthly N30,000 stipend.

These programmes include N-Power Teach and Tech, Conditional Cash Transfer, Schools Feeding among others.


Lassa Fever: 258 cases confirmed this year – FG ..

Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, briefs reporters in Abuja on January 28, 2020.

At least 41 people have died of Lassa fever in parts of the country since the beginning of 2020, the Federal Government has confirmed.

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this on Tuesday during a press briefing at the ministry’s secretariat in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Giving an update on the raging outbreak of the disease, he revealed that at least two health professionals were among the 41 deaths recorded.

Ehanire added that there were at least 258 confirmed cases recorded across 19 states in the country.

He urged Nigerians in various parts of the country to practice good hygiene and protect their foods from rat contamination.

The minister also spoke about the outbreak of coronavirus reported in China, Germany, the United States, as well as two African countries.

He noted that the Federal Ministry of Health had issued a health advisory in the outbreak of the disease, saying that the risk of importation was high even though no single suspected case has been reported in Nigeria.

Ehanire was, however, worried about the presence of suspected cases in the Ivory Coast and Kenya, considering that coronavirus was being transmitted by humans who infected with the disease.

As part of efforts against the spread of the disease, he said the Federal Government has raised surveillance at all entry points into the country.

The minister was specific about the preventive measures being taken at the five international airports in Nigeria – in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as well as Lagos, Enugu, Rivers, and Kano States.


How Buhari Govt will spend borrowed loans – Fashola reveal ..

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said Federal government’s borrowing would be invested in the development of the nation’s infrastructure.

Fashola disclosed this during his inspection tour of Highway projects in Niger State and was contained in a statement signed and forwarded to media by his Deputy Director Press, Stephen Kilebi. N.Rs culled

He explained that borrowing invested on infrastructure would create jobs and help the country achieve self- sustaining economy.

The projects the Minister inspected were: the dualization of Suleja-Minna Phase I and phase II, the reconstruction of Bida-Lapai-Lambata road, the construction of Agaie-Katcha-Barro road, dualization of Jebba-Mokwa-Bokani road and rehabilitation of New Bussa-Kaiama road.

Speaking during the inspection, Fashola said, “A nation’s wealth is measured by its infrastructure.

“The concern of Nigerians on government borrowing is legitimate, but borrowing should be weighed with the problem they are used to solve.

“People need infrastructure if they can see that the money borrowed is used to deliver critical infrastructure, then their queries can be assuaged.

“Each of the road projects inspected has the capacity to employ over a thousand workforce. This would help the Federal Government’s drive in creating jobs for its teaming unemployment youths.”


Nigeria, 2nd corruption imbedded country: We are not distracted – FG tells T.I

The Federal Government says it will not be distracted by the “baseless” rating of the Transparency International which ranked Nigeria low in its latest international Corruption Perception index.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed gave the government position on Wednesday in London when he featured on respective interview session by some international media organisations.

NobleReporters reports the minister had so far engaged with international media outfits including. Reuters News Agency, BBC, Financial Times and The Guardian since he arrived in London on Monday.

Reacting to the TI rating, the minister said that the position by the organisation that Nigeria is doing worse in fighting corruption is incorrect and the government is unhappy about the development.

“In any event, we are not fighting corruption because we want to impress any organisation.

“We are fighting corruption because we believed that without fighting the menace, the much-sought development will not happen and we have results to show for fighting corruption.

“We have put in place policies and legislations that have tamed the monster called corruption.

“For instance, apart from the TSA which has saved us billions of Naira, we put in place transparency portal which enables every Nigerians to see how much is being spent by the government every day.

“Under the transparency portal regulation, any expenditure above N5 billion must be reported and that gives every Nigerian the opportunity to know exactly what is going on.

“We will continue to fight corruption and we know that we are winning the war,” he said.

The minister stressed that for the first time in the history of the country, high profile people have been convicted of corruption charges.

“For those who say that the anti-corruption fight is selective, how do you say that when serving Senator’s past governors who were members of the ruling party are now serving jail terms’” he said

Mohammed recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, won election based on his promise to fight corruption and he was re-elected overwhelmingly in 2019 because of his achievements in that regard among others.

He, therefore, called on Nigerians to continue to support and encourage the government in the fight against corruption and disregard the baseless rating of the TI.

N.Rs reports that in the latest TI rating, Nigeria was ranked 146 out of the 180 countries that were surveyed worldwide

By the rating, Nigeria slipped from 144th to 146th position in the corruption perception index, falling by 26 points, a minus of one when compared to its score in 2018.