The Chairman, Northeast Civil Society Network (NCSN), Amb. Ahmed Shehu, has urged the Federal Government, UN and other relevant stakeholders to provide lasting solution to the persistent security challenges affecting Borno and the country at large.
This was made known in a statement jointly issued by NCSN and the organised labour on Wednesday in Abuja.
Shehu, also a member representing civil society in the National Humanitarian Coordinator Committee, said that the challenge had crippled the economy as well as the social, emotional and mental wellbeing of the people of the state.
According to him, the persistent security challenges has made it necessary as citizens to express concerns, with a view to calling the attention of relevant stakeholders to the need for provide lasting solutions to the insecurity issue.
“We are calling on the federal and state governments, the UN, international non-governmental organisations and other relevant stakeholders to consider insurance packages for both national and local organisations.
“We believe this will encourage indigenous citizens to continue providing humanitarian supports to affected communities in hard-to-reach areas.
“There is no denying the fact that there are successes recorded in recent times, but the setbacks being witnessed now are as a result of an out-of-strategy on the part of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
“We urge the Nigerian Armed Forces to re-strategise in its counter-terrorism approach and security of the lives and property of the citizens, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“This concern has become pertinent due to the recent attack on the governor’s convoy as well as the abduction and killings of aid workers and explosion of improvised explosive devices in some communities.
“We believe that with deliberate and enhanced civil-military relation, the military will tremendously benefit from the support of local intelligence sources among the traditional institution, community leaders, vigilante groups and hunters.
“The army will be more proactive by taking the war to the flashpoints of the terrorists to permanently dislodge the insurgents.
“The challenge has become frustrating to all the people in the state and in the Diaspora, especially on why the military could not contain the menace of the terrorist group for more than a decade.
“What have been happening in the state, especially in recent times, are just a comedy and a theatrics.
“When one compares the expenditures of government with the results achieved by the military in the counter-insurgency operations, it is not commensurate with the reality on ground,’’ he said
Shehu noted that the Federal Government had done so much in funding the state security sector and developing several structures and architectures meant to fight the insurgents.
He said that the state government had also supported the military by investing heavily on security, adding that the effort was to halt the activities of the insurgents and restore peace.
He, therefore, called for total overhaul of the system, the process and the strategies.
“There is no harm in seeking for external support, if that is what is needed to bring lasting peace to the zone.
“It is widely believed that the inability of the security forces to halt the insurgents is because of lack of genuine will on the part of the military to bring an end to the insurgency.
“It may also be due to the culture of mutual mistrust within various security establishments and between the security and the affected communities to divulge information about Boko Haram insurgency,” he said.
Shehu, however, urged governments at all levels to embark on public awareness on the dangers posed by the menace of insecurity in the country.
The efforts, he said, would bring lasting solution to the challenges in the state and in the country in general.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeqhttps://nnn.ng/provide-lasting-solution-to-insecurity-csos-urges-fg-un-other-stakeholders/
MURIC mourns Emir of Zazzau
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) on Monday expressed grief over the death of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, who passed on at the age of 84, in Kaduna.
MURIC director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola in a statement, also commiserated with the head of the Nigerian Muslim community, the Sultan of Sokoto and the Governor of Kaduna State over the death.
“The news of the passing away of the Emir of Zazzau is saddening.
“We commiserate with our leader, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.
“Our sympathy also goes to the Zazzau Emirate Council, particularly the Yariman Zazzau, Alhaji Munir Ja‘afar and the good people of Zaria.
“Shehu Idris was the 18th Emir of Zazzau and the Chairman of Zazzau Emirate Council as well as the Kaduna State Emirate Council.
He added that the late Emir Shehu Idris was a diligent, pious and patriotic Nigerian.
He noted that his patience could melt Mount Everest.
“He once ordered his convoy to turn back and find another route instead of telling the police to attack a Shiite procession that refused to allow his convoy to drive past.
“May Almighty Allah overlook his shortcomings and grant him a lofty place in Al-Jannah Firdaus. May Allah give the family the fortitude to bear the loss,” he prayed.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the remains of the late Emir was laid to rest in the ’emir’s palace’ of the ancient city of Zaria, Kaduna State.
The funeral prayers were led by the Chief Imam of the Zazzau Emirate Council, Alhaji Dalhatu Kasimu, in the palace at 5. 35p.m. in accordance with Islamic rites.
In attendance were Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State, Secretary to the State Government Balarabe Lawal-Abbas, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Yusuf Zailani, and other top government dignitaries.
The Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, led the federal government delegation that included the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, head of military and paramilitary, among others.
NAN reports that the monarch spent 45 years on the throne having ascended to the throne in 1975 at the age of 36, following the demise of Alhaji Muhammadu Aminu, the 17th Emir of Zazzau.
He attended Katsina Training College and taught at Hunkuyi.
He served as private secretary to the Sarkin Zazzau, Muhammadu Aminu.
He became the secretary of the Zaria Native Authority Council in 1965, took the title of Dan Madamin Zaria and became the district head of Zaria and Kewaye in 1973.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Ganduje mourns Emir of Zazzau
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has commiserated with the people and government of Kaduna State over the death of Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, who died on Sunday at 84.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, the Kano State governor described the death as a national tragedy and monumental blow to the nation’s traditional institution system.
He said “we lost a national hero, Alhaji Shehu Idris was an embodiment of humility, discipline, respect, statesmanship and exemplary leadership.
“His death leaves an indelible mark in the history of the Nigerian nation state.
“It is with sad note and deep sense of agony that we received the demise of this rare gem and a traditional leader of high repute with respectful global touch.”
Ganduje prayed for the reposed soul of the emir on behalf of the government and people of Kano State, to the families of the late emir, the Kaduna State government and the Zazzau Emirate.
“We pray for Allah’s blessing and forgiveness for the reposed soul of the great emir. May Allah forgive his shortcomings and reward his good deeds abundantly.” (NAN )
Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
NCDC records 97 new COVID-19 infections, total cases now 57, 242
The NCDC disclosed this on its official twitter handle on Sunday .
It added that three persons died of COVID-19 complications while 138 patients, who recovered at various isolation centres across the country the same day, were discharged.
Based on the figures released, Lagos state recorded the highest number of infections with 46 new cases.
The data released also indicated that Kwara recorded 12 new infections, Rivers 11, and Adamawa 4.
Others were Niger – 4, Ogun – 4, Osun – 4, Ekiti – 3, Imo – 3, Kaduna – 3, Plateau – 2, and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) – 1.
“Till date, 57, 242 cases have been confirmed, 48, 569 cases have been discharged, and 1,098 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the FCT,” the centre said.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Emmanuel Yashim
Buhari holds closed-door meeting with Ghanaian president at Aso Villa
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday night met behind closed doors with President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Bashir Ahmad, the President’s Personal Assistant on New Media, confirmed this on his Twitter handle.
The presidential aide, who could not elaborate on the agenda of the meeting between the two leaders, however, posted pictures in which the Nigerian leader could be seen escorting his guest after the meeting.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the closure of shops owned by Nigerian traders in Ghana had heightened tensions between the two countries, a situation which led the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama to summon Ghana’s Charge d Affaires to Nigeria, Ms Iva Denoo for discussions.
Onyeama had also met with representatives of Nigerian traders in Ghana, led by Jasper Emenike, the National President of Progressive Ambassadors of Nigeria (PAN), and the organisation’s National Director, Ruth Ango over the matter.
The Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, had also visited Ghana on Sept. 2 with a view to seeing how the issues at stake could be resolved amicably.
According to the speaker, the closure of the Nigerian shops in Ghana contravenes the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) protocol on free movement of citizens of member states, and trade liberalisation scheme.
NAN reports that the ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme (ETLS) adopted in 1979 with an agreement on agricultural, artisanal handicrafts, and unprocessed products, and extended to industrial products in 1990, is the main framework for trade and market integration in ECOWAS as it addresses protocols on the free movement of goods, persons, and transportation.
The scheme’s main pursuit of consolidating the free trade area is guided by the National Approval Committee that informs the member states.
Similarly, Article (3) of the Revised Treaty of ECOWAS on trade and market integration stipulates the removal of trade barriers and harmonisation of trade policies for the establishment of a Free Trade Area, a Customs Union, a Common Market and an eventual culmination in to a Monetary and Economic Union in West Africa.
NAN further reports that the Ghanaian government had proposed a meeting between the two leaders prior to the one they held behind closed doors on Sunday.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim