The Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Mohammed Dingyadi has lauded the commitment of Nigerians to sacrifices, as Muslims in Nigeria join their counterparts across the world to mark the 2020 Eid-el-Kabir.
The Press Secretary to the Minister, Mr Osaigbovo Ehisienmen disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
The minister felicitated Nigerians on the occasion of the Muslim festival.
He said the commitment of Nigerians to sacrifices would continue to advance individual and collective aspirations for progress and development of the country.
Dingyadi called for greater understanding, love and tolerance to promote harmonious relationship among various tribe and ethnic groups in Nigeria.
Dingyadi condemned the senseless and highly regrettable killings in Southern Kaduna and Koton-Karfe in kogi, perpetuated by enemies of the collective peace and development in the country.
He pledged the commitment of the Federal Government to strengthen the internal security architecture of the country.
The minister said that the idea was to neutralise all forms of security threats and deal decisively with persons responsible.
He assured that the police was working with other security agencies to ensure justice for the victims of attack in Kogi and Kaduna states.
He saluted the resilience of Nigeria health workers, security agencies and the media for their role in tackling Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.
Dingyadi further called for the continuous adherence to lay down preventive protocols, and urged Nigerians to pray for quick recovery of those affected by the pandemic.
Edited By: Emmanuella Anokam/Felix Ajide (NAN)
More troops, police deployed to Kaduna Airport Road, other strategic locations
At the instance of Governor Nasir El-Rufai, troops of the Nigerian Army and police operatives have been deployed to Kaduna Airport Road on Sunday in Kaduna.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the deployment also covers some strategic locations, where aggressive operations by troops and police are in progress.
The deployment was aimed at beefing up security around the Kaduna Airport Road, Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road Roundabout and the Nigerian Defence Academy Road.
The Nigerian Air Force will retain the duty of securing the immediate premises of the Kaduna Airport, its staff quarters and other critical aviation assets in the airport.
A meeting was held between the state government, the Army, Police, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and community leaders at Kutungare village, Igabi Local Government Area of the state.
At the meeting, Gov. El-Rufai, represented by Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, challenged the community leaders to cooperate with the newly deployed troops and operatives.
“We are here to see for ourselves the ongoing aggressive fighting patrols by the newly deployed troops and police operatives in these locations.
“This will complement the Nigerian Air Force, who are working in the immediate airport environment, while the troops and operatives cover the general area,” the governor said.
In his remarks, the Garrison Commander, 1 Division Nigerian Army, Brig-Gen Olusegun Abai, said communities have roles to play in enhancing security through information sharing and working harmoniously with security agencies.
He added that the army will be open to the communities in line with the principles of civil-military relations.
El-Rufia commended the Army for deploying troops to Juji village in Chikun LGA, following security challenges in the village and adjoining communities on the Kaduna Eastern Bypass.
The governor also praised the community leaders for their support to security agencies and the government.
He charged them to sustain the security information sharing mechanism in place, and also urged recourse to the law by aggrieved individuals and groups.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/ Maharazu Ahmed
Emir of Zazzau: We’ve lost a father – Tijjani Ramalan
Dr Tijjani Ramalan, Executive Chairman of Liberty TV and Radio has described the death of Dr Shehu Idris, Emir of Zazzau, as a great loss not only to the people of Zazzau Emirate and Kaduna State, but Nigeria as a whole.
In a condolences massage he issued on Sunday in Kaduna, Ramalan also described the late Emir as a father, leader and a nationalist.
He said , “I and the Liberty Family received with a heavy heart but total submission to the Will of Almighty Allah the passing on to the glory of our dear King and father, the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris
“The history of Kaduna State, Northern Nigeria and indeed our great nation Nigeria cannot be written without a mention of the valuable contributions of His Royal Highness to peace and security,”. he said
Ramalan prayed Almighty Allah to forgive the shortcomings of the late Emir and grant him Aljanah Firdaus, and give the people of Kaduna state the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
Kwara Governor commiserates with El-Rufai over death of Zazzau monarch
Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara on Sunday, commiserated with his Kaduna State counterpart, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai over the death of the Emir of Zazzau, Dr Shehu Idris.
The governor sent the condolence message in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, in Ilorin.
“I join our compatriots nationwide to commiserate with His Excellency the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai and the Zazzau emirate on the painful death of the revered monarch who served his people meritoriously and built bridges of friendship and goodwill across the country.
“The death of the monarch is not just a national loss, but is also a personal loss to my own family which has a strong bond with the great Zazzau emirate under which my late father, Alhaji AGF Abdul-Razaq (SAN) held the title of Tafidan Zazzau.
“On behalf of my family, the people and government of Kwara State, I condole with the people and government of Kaduna State and the immediate family of the Emir of Zazzau Dr Shehu Idris.
“May the Almighty Allah grant the monarch Al-Jannah Firdaus, and comfort his family and the entire people of the Emirate,” the statement added.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
Edo poll: New dawn, end of ‘godfatherism’ in Nigeria politics – Atiku
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki on his reelection, describing his victory in at the Edo governorship election as end of ‘godfatherism’ in Nigeria politics.
Abubakar in a statement he issued in Abuja on Sunday said that the election marked a new dawn in Edo.
“There is a new wind of democratic change now blowing all over Nigeria. The forces of despotism, nepotism, and interlopers cannot successfully withstand this force.
“Nigeria shall soon be totally free from these forces.
“The only power that will stand in Nigeria is people power, not the power of godfathers or despots,” he said.
He added that the hard won victory of Obaseki was not just a victory, but a declaration of independence from the anti democratic forces.
“No victory can be sweeter than this, and I heartily congratulate the governor and the good people of Edo for their resilience in the face of the forces arrayed against them.
“Edo has a rich history as the centre of black civilisation, and to this, she is adding a new history as the bastion of Nigerian democracy.
“This double whammy of ancient and modern glories is a testament to a people who have, for centuries, set the pace as a beacon of light on the African continent,” he said.
Abubakar congratulated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for standing “shoulder to shoulder” with the people of Edo and their government, in good and bad times.
He said that the PDP had shown that it was not fair weather friends to the good people of Edo.
Abubakar said: “In good times, we will walk beside you. In bad times, we will be your true ‘comrade’. We will never be a turncoat.
“We will never abandon the principles we once espoused, so we can dine with our nemesis. Democracy has no nemesis. And this, the PDP has again proved,” he said.
Abubakar commended the Oba of Benin, Omo N’oba N’Edo Uku Akpolopkolo, Ewuare II, for the fatherly role he played as a neutral catalyst for peace in the election.
He said that the Saturday election was largely free from violence, a testament of the long and effective shadow he casts over his domain.
The former vice president said he looked forward to the continuation of four more years of tangible development, and people-centred leadership from Obaseki.
“From personal experience, I know Obaseki to be a magnanimous man, and I urge Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu to accept the right hand of fellowship that is likely to be extended to him,” he said.
Abubakar also advised Ize-Iyamu to return to PDP saying, “I remind him that no matter how far one has gone on a wrong road, it is never too late to turn back and head in the right direction. The PDP is the right direction.”
Abubakar advised the people of Ondo State to demonstrate what the people of Edo had done in the forthcoming election.
“To the good people of Ondo state, my message to you is that freedom from the oppressive grasp of godfathers and external forces that seek to dominate your will, and eviscerate your treasury, is possible.
“Edo has done it. You can do it too!,” he added.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/DonaldUgwu