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Open Grazing: our people are no longer safe- Bassey Ntino blows hot

The state coordinator of Coalition of Nigeria youths on security and safety affairs. CONYSSA condemns in totality the brutalization of the people of NDE community in ikom LGA

The sad event occurred on Saturday 2/10/2021 where the cows destroyed crops of the farmers given that cross river state is yet to pass anti Grazing bill ..

Reacting to sad event, The coordinator of the above mentioned group frowns at the ill treatment metted on the youths of NDE community by the officers of Nigeria army during a confrontation between the farmers and the herdsmen …

Bassey, in a media chat with Blu Eeagle Meedia expressed dissatisfaction in the role played by the officers of the law

The actions of Nigeria army is totally unacceptable and I call on the governor, stakeholders and relevant authorities at all levels to step in and ensure safety in the area given that the peace they have been enjoying is being threatened by the Fulani herdsmen in the area said Bassey Ntino

Continuing, Comrade Bassey Ntino calls for calm with utmost optimism that the issues will be treated accordingly and as soon as possible to enable farmers go back to their farms without fear of being attacked by the Fulani herdsmen

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Insecurity: Declare state of emergency, Benue gov tells Buhari

Governor Samuel Ortom has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency over Nigeria’s deteriorating security situation.

He spoke, yesterday, against the backdrop of killing of seven persons by suspected herdsmen during an attack on an internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp in Abagena community in Benue state.

“My colleagues, the governors, must rise and impress on the president to call a security summit, if possible, to declare a state of emergency on security so that all hands will be on deck to address the situation in the country,” the governor said.

The fresh attack caused the IDPs to block the Makurdi-Lafia road in protest.

“Seven dead bodies have so far been counted with many others injured after armed Fulani herdsmen attacked Abagena community housing Internally Displaced Persons camp in Makurdi Local Area of Benue State.”

He described the attack as barbaric and unacceptable when he visited the camp.

While calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to act fast to stem the tide of continued killings by suspected herdsmen across the country, Ortom said the patience of the people had been overstretched.

“You have all seen what is happening within the last two weeks. We have lost over 70 people in Guma, Makurdi and Gwer West LGAs alone, in addition to what you have seen here.

“Many are in the hospital apart from the seven that were killed. But I want to say that our patience is being overstretched in spite of our preaching of rule of law and due process. You can see that the people are fed up.

“Mr. President must rise up; he is the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He has taken oath of office to secure and protect lives and property. This is not acceptable, this cannot continue. Mr President must rise up and address the nation.

“We are being overstretched and the people are fed up. We all voted President Buhari. He must not continue to be aloof. He must tell us where we are going in this country. This is too much. The body language of the president shows that he is the President of the Fulani people.

“I have written to him on this, yet he has not done anything about it. We are now in a banana republic. This falsehood must stop. The president must address us and not him sending Garba Shehu to address us.

“It is better for me not to be alive than to see this kind of shame. Governors must arise to ensure that state of emergency is declared on security.

“Just like the First Lady, (Aisha Buhari) asked sometimes ago that where are the men in this country? The governors must work hard to salvage this country otherwise, tomorrow we will wake up and there will be no country. Goat does not bite but when it is pushed to the wall it would bite. This government is not being proactive,” Ortom said.

•President must be told the truth –Zulum

Governor of Borno, Prof. Babagana Zulum, has described the deteriorating insecurit in Borno in particular and the North East in general as pathetic, adding that it was his duty to President Muhammadu Buhari the truth.

Speaking to State House Correspondents after the meeting with the president on Monday, he expressed sadness over the latest terrorist attacks, which led to the death of many soldiers in the state.

The governor regretted that hundreds of people have fled their homes rendering many towns deserted in the region.

“In Borno, particularly, Brigade headquarters was attacked, many soldiers, men and officers of the Nigerian Army were killed. Let me use this opportunity to extend my condolences to the families of the deceased. God, in His infinite wisdom, forgive them.

“I think it is my own responsibility to come and say the truth to Mr. President, let him know what is going on in the entire Northeast subregion.

“I think there is the need for us to get support for us to succeed in this war against insurgents. It’s very pathetic. Few days ago, Damasak was attacked, hundreds of people started fleeing Damasak and now Geidam is almost deserted, many people have left Geidam.”

He blamed the continuing deteriorating security situation in the North East on lack of military equipment stating: “I think the military are yet to receive some of the equipment that they have ordered for.”

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SECURITY: HELPLESS PMB SEEKS FOR HELP

…SEEKS RELOCATION OF HEADQUARTERS OF AFRICOM TO AFRICA, WARNS OF LIKELY SPILLOVERS

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday urged the United States to reconsider relocating US Africa Command (AFRICOM) from Stuttgart, Germany, to Africa, nearer the Theatre of Operation, admonishing the international community to support Nigeria and the sub-region in tackling growing security challenges to avoid spillovers.

President Buhari, in a virtual meeting with the US Secretary of State, Mr. Anthony Blinken, said AFRICOM, which partners with countries to counter transnational threats, should be relocated to Africa to strengthen ongoing efforts to check the security situation, with likely effect on other nations.

“The security challenges in Nigeria remain of great concern to us and impacted more negatively, by existing complex negative pressures in the Sahel, Central and West Africa, as well as the Lake Chad Region.

“Compounded as the situation remains, Nigeria and her security forces remain resolutely committed to containing them and addressing their root causes. The support of important and strategic partners like United States cannot be overstated as the consequences of insecurity will affect all nations hence the imperative for concerted cooperation and collaboration of all nations to overcome these challenges.

“In this connection, and considering the growing security challenges in West and Central Africa, Gulf of Guinea, Lake Chad region and the Sahel, weighing heavily on Africa, it underscores the need for the United States to consider re-locating AFRICOM Headquarters from Stuttgart, Germany to Africa and near the Theatre of Operation,’’ he said.

The President said Nigeria will enhance collaborations in all forms, with friends and strategic partners, to work together for greater security for all, which remain the most significant condition for overcoming the existential challenges.

President Buhari congratulated Blinken on his appointment by President Joe Biden, and commended the United States for the decision to repeal the immigration restriction known as the “Muslim ban’’, re-joining the World Health Organization (WHO) and Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

“Nigeria attaches great importance to its relations with the United States. Let me in this connection express appreciation to President Joe Biden for his welcome and reaching decision to repeal the Immigration restriction known as the ‘Muslim ban’ on travel and visas for citizens predominantly from Muslim Nations and African Countries, including Nigeria.

“I also wish to congratulate the United States for re-joining the World Health Organization (WHO) and Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The leadership of the United States in these two organizations is crucial for international community.

“This action is a demonstration of the United States commitment in championing and supporting international organizations with the aim to build a better world for all,’’ he added.

President Buhari noted that Nigeria remains resolute in her commitment to supporting global efforts as enshrined in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which seeks to limit global warming and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the President, the convening of the Climate Change Summit last week by President Biden was a strong indication of the renewed interest of the United States to the Paris Agreement.

“I would like to extend our goodwill message to President Joe Biden and his Administration. May I also thank you for initiating this meeting, which I am confident, given your background and current position, you will use to promote the existing bilateral relations between our two countries,’’ the President said.

The Secretary of State said he was pleased to make Nigeria part of his “first virtual visit to Africa,” noting that Nigeria and the United States of America, share a lot in bilateral issues.

He added that he would be delighted to build on the foundation that was laid between the two countries over 60 years ago, disclosing that areas of discussion with Nigeria would include “how to build our economies back after the COVID-19 pandemic, security for vulnerable communities, and climate issues.”

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
April 27, 2021

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8 die as herdsmen, villagers clash in Enugu community

There was tension in Adani, Uzo-uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State on Sunday when herders clashed with villagers leaving at least 8 persons dead.

Eyewitness say the clash also left some individuals with varying degrees of injuries and properties including houses burnt.

A team of security operatives led by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Aliyu, which visited the scene of the incident on Monday confirmed the death of 6 persons in the clash.

Aliyu who called for calm, ordered the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to conduct tacit investigation to identify and bring perpetrators of the unfortunate incident to book.

He also pleaded with members of the community to be their brothers’ keeper and eschew acts of violence, even as the police meticulously investigate the case.

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Insecurity: Don’t spare any Fulani herder guilty of killing, kidnapping, Northern elders tell FG



Worried by the profiling of Fulani herders as kidnappers and killers, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), has urged the Federal Government to fish out those giving the region a bad, maintaining that not all of indulge in such acts.

Its Director, Publicity and Advocacy, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, in a statement, yesterday, cautioned religious and political leaders against taking advantage of the situation to inflame passion capable of plunging the country into civil unrest.

Baba-Ahmed, however, expressed reservations over an attempt by some leaders in the South-East and South-West to eject Fulani herders in their regions, adding that the act was a breach of their fundamental human rights as enshrined in the country’s constitution.

He said: “Northern Elders Forum is constrained to invite the nation’s attention to the dangers of sustained attempts to raise tensions and create fears among Nigerians until, presumably, they lead to major crisis involving groups and regions in the country.

“In the last few weeks, the Forum has led many responsible groups and individuals to appeal for restraint and respect for the law in the way we engineer developments that cause tensions, or react to them.

“Now the nation is facing imminent threats from persons who are bent on pushing all of us nearer to disaster, to help them achieve their nefarious goals.

“The Forum particularly notes that continuing narratives and threats, including comments from seemingly responsible Nigerians and even elected officials who swore to protect the rights of all citizens and the survival of the country, are raising fears and passions that could make it easy to break more laws of the land and pitch citizens against each other.

“There are efforts to create multiple sources of falsehood in videos and other inflammatory materials in the media clearly targeted at inciting people to act violently against each other.

“Allegations of planned or actual genocide are being made with reckless abandon, and even the international community is being lobbied in futile efforts to sell the fiction that some groups are intent on mass extermination of other groups.

“The latest communication by the Yoruba Council of Elders to the United Nations is an example of lamentable desperation of some groups to erode our security and integrity as a country, and it is more regrettable that it is the handiwork of so-called elders who should forfeit all rights to that honour.

“Northern Elders Forum commits to continue to work to retrieve the country from the dangerous cliff where it has been placed by irresponsible people, many of them in positions of responsibility.

“We have plans to meet with governors in the North and South to improve responsible collaboration and synergy, and we intend to visit communities where we have influence to lower tensions and provide assurances and comfort.

“We repeat our demands that Fulani who have broken no laws must be protected from abuse wherever they are.

“We ask all governments to identify criminals among the Fulani and subject them to the laws of the land.

“Similarly, we demand the cessation of threats and attacks by local ethnic defenders on Fulani communities. People who have broken the law by attacking and harassing Fulani for just being Fulani must be brought to book.

“We encourage all law-abiding herders to stay put and seek protection, and if they cannot be protected, to relocate to safer areas in the country.

“We urge northern governors to prepare to receive law-abiding Fulani herders who may be compelled to re-locate. We urge all northerners to assure Nigerians from other parts of the country that they are safe and welcome to continue to stay in the north.

“The Forum repeats: it is not a crime to be member of any ethnic group, and no one has the right to attempt to expel any Nigerian from places where they live lawfully.

“The Forum advises President Muhammadu Buhari and Governors to consult and explore measures that will lower tensions and assure all Nigerians that we live in a country where laws have meanings, and all citizens have equal rights to live under secure environments.

“The fight against armed criminals must be pursued on all fronts and with a lot more seriousness.”

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We didn’t seek your help— Ogun State Govt. tells Sunday Igboho

The Governor Dapo Abiodun-led government in Ogun State has said it did not seek the help of Sunday Adeyemo Igboho to chase away Fulani herdsmen in the state.

On Monday, Sunday Igboho stormed Yewa axis of the state, with a threat to chase away Fulani herdsmen in Oja Odan and Igua.

He said the Governor of the state had spoken up against the gruesome killing of his people, allowing him to visit the state for the mission.

But, the Ogun State government has refuted the claim that it requested the help of Sunday Igboho to help combat crimes in the state. According to the statement signed by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Abdulwaheed Odusile, on Monday, the government said it “will neither welcome nor endorse any initiative that amounts to self-help or is outside the contemplation of the constitution.”

Odusile expressed sadness that a statement credited to Hon. Remmy Hazzan, the Special Adviser on Public Communication to Gov Abiodun, that the state would continue to work with all the stakeholders to ensure security of lives and properties was twisted to mean that the State had invited Sunday Igboho to help curb insecurity.

“This is regrettable and totally misleading,” Odusile stated.

“At all times, the Government will ensure that all security agencies and indeed all stakeholders operate within the ambit of the law,” it was said.