The Governors of Nigeria’s 19 northern states are seeking the abolition of the indigenes-settler dichotomy which they have identified as one of the major causes of communal conflicts in the region.
This is part of the resolution reached at the end of their two-day meeting with traditional rulers in Kaduna state.
Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, addressed journalists at the end of the meeting.
He decried the increasing level of insecurity and wanton destruction of lives and property in the region describing it as a cause for concern.
He said that abolishing the indigene/settler agitation will not only eliminate crisis in all parts of the country, but will also foster national integration and development.
According to him, every Nigerian should have a sense of belonging wherever they are residing in as much as such citizens abide by the traditional norms and values of their host communities.
The governors also linked the killings and other acts of violence against fellow Nigerians in Southern Kaduna and other communities as politically motivated from both within and outside the region.
They called on those they describe as ‘Conflict Entrepreneurs’ to desist from instigating crisis or face prosecution.
The forum, while commiserating with victims of the Southern Kaduna attacks and that of the recent accidental bombing in Borno state, also commended the federal government for providing the necessary leadership to security forces to defeat Boko Haram insurgency and for the drive to rid the country of all forms of vices that confront the society.
The meeting ended with a resolution that all the states must work closely in order to deal with peculiar security challenges confronting the region as well as ensuring that peace is restored in all troubled areas.
Nigerian musician Femi Kuti on Monday urged his fellow celebrities and their fans to take to social media and pressure the government to do more, to help millions of people struggling to survive in the northeast, Nigeria.
The Lagos-based Afrobeat star said he wanted to raise awareness among young Nigerians and encourage them to demand a greater humanitarian response, having visited Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, on Monday.
“People need to have a sense of the reality in the northeast – from people walking around hungry to mothers with malnourished children,” Kuti said during his visit to Borno.
“I hope more celebrities will visit and engage with their fans,” Kuti told the Thomson Reuters Foundation after accompanying the International Rescue Committee (IRC) on visits to local communities hosting the displaced and a health clinic.
“Then more people will see what is going on, share it on social media, and put pressure on the government to do more.”
Boko Haram’s insurgency has killed about 15,000 people and forced more than two million to flee their homes since 2009.
The Nigerian Army, backed up by neighbors, has retaken most areas held by the Boko Haram, yet the group has stepped up attacks and suicide bombings in the past few weeks as the end of the rainy season facilitates movements in the bush.
While calling on more support and aid for people in the northeast, Kuti said he was struck by the generosity of local communities towards those who uprooted by the insurgency.
“It is heartening to see so many displaced people welcomed into the homes of local families … and community elders offering to give up land to displaced for farming,” Kuti said.
In Maiduguri, which has seen its population almost triple to five million in recent years, there are signs a sense of normality is gradually returning to the city.
The African Development Bank has indicated its intention to support the Ogun State government, in three critical areas to include agriculture, infrastructural development and small and medium scale development.
The Outgoing Country Director of Africa Development Bank (AFDB), Dr. Ousmane Dore stated this when he paid a courtesy call to the State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun at the Governor’s office, in Oke-mosan, Abeokuta.
Dr. Dore said part of the intervention of the bank was the youth agricultural empowerment programme, aimed at equipping graduates through training with a view to starting up businesses.
He added that under the Agricultural Transformation Support Programme which was another initiative of the bank, about 200 million Dollars have been earmarked for agriculture to encourage youths to venture into agriculture, as a business rather than subsistence practice.
He added that the bank was willing to support the state government in rural road rehabilitation for easy transportation of agricultural produce to urban centres.
Speaking further on the Small and Medium Scale Development Programme, Dr. Dore said the bank intended to support the Nigerian Development Bank with the sum of 500 million Naira which would be lent to small business operators.
On his part, the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun said his administration remained committed to collaborating with the bank in the key areas that have been identified by both parties, saying “If the youths are encouraged to partake in agriculture, they will become masters of their own destinies”
The Abia Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has commissioned the Osisioma fly over bridge ,the first in the state, designed to reduce traffic and boost economic activities in Aba.
Speaking at the event at Osisioma roundabout, the governor said funds for the project have been set aside, assuring that work on the project will not stop until it is completed.
According to him, his government is focusing on road infrastructure in Aba to reduce the time spent on shuttling between parts of the state and Aba.
He added that the attention given to Aba is yielding results as the Internally Generated Revenue of state has increased from 600 million Naira to 1 billion Naira monthly.
Governor Ikpeazu further noted that Aba made products are gaining recognition nationally, as the Federal Government has directed Nigerians to patronize made in Aba shoes and products.
He also revealed that the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo will be in the state in two weeks time to see things for himself.
He warned the contractor handling the project against using substandard materials or be prepared to loose the contract, while restating his commitment to continuous projects across the three zones of the state.
“Apart from easing traffic on the ever busy Osisioma roundabout, this project will boost trade and commerce which is one of the major planks of this administration, and also drive the government’s economic agenda as well as enhance the aesthetics of Aba.
“I want to call on Aba residents and landlords to desist from digging soak away pits in the middle of the roads and channeling sewage on the road.
“This state belongs to you and me, I want all Abians to speak well of the state.”
Meanwhile the Speaker, Abia state House of Assembly, Hon Chikwendu Kanu, has assured the governor of the support of the House as the funds being appropriated will be used judiciously.
However, the Commissioner for Works, Hon Eziuche Ubani , Elder Emma Adaelu amongst others explained that the bridge is one of the campaign promises of the governor and enumerated the economic benefits of the project.
They also described the project as strategic as it will link Aba and other cities while commending the governor for having the initiative to embark on the project.
A coalition of Northern Youth Associations, have taken their protest to the venue of the northern governors meeting at the Government House in Kaduna State.
The aim of the meeting is a call for the governors to revive the region’s development and economy.
While chanting solidarity songs and marching towards the Government House, the protesters lamented that despite the north is blessed with abundant natural and human resources, the region has remained poor and backward in terms of development.
They however called on the governors to address the security challenges , poverty and underdevelopment in the region and ensure that its citizen’s are given the right education.
But the protest was disrupted midway by the Police on the grounds that the Kaduna State Security Council has banned all forms of processions until further notice.
Meanwhile, the meeting of the governors was held behind closed doors at the Chambers of Government House Kaduna.
On Monday, the governors met with Traditional Rulers of the region where they discussed issues on security and economy.
A communique is expected to be issued by the forum’s chairman and Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima on the resolutions reached during the meeting.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, has asked the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to investigate the circumstances surrounding the reported shooting of the ongoing Big Brother Nigeria Reality Show in South Africa.
In a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister said the NBC should determine whether Multi-Choice, by shooting the show in South Africa, has breached the Nigerian Broadcasting Code in any way, as well as the issue of possible deceit, since the viewing public was never told that the event would be staged outside Nigeria.
”As a country of laws, only the outcome of the investigation will determine our next line of action,” he said.
While expressing concerns that Nigerians have bombarded his office with calls to complain about what they regard as an anomaly (of shooting outside the country a show meant for Nigerians), he requested that they should remain calm while the NBC investigates the issue and submits its findings.
The Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has signed two bills into law, for the speedy administration of Criminal Justice and Prohibition of Violence against women.
The two bills which were signed into law at the Executive Chambers of the Governors office were tagged; Law for the Speedy and Efficient Administration of Criminal Justice to prohibit violence against women in public and private life.
The law also frowned at harmful traditional practices like female genital mutilation, and other forms of abuse against the girl child and prescribed punishment for the offenders.
The two laws were cited as the Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2016 and Violence Against Women Law 2016.
The state governor said the two bills would enhance administration of Justice in the state.
“Any step that would fortify the law and protect the citizens would be encouraged by the present administration.
Earlier, the State House of Assembly had passed the two bills during the last legislative year.
Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you.
We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships, but we will get the job done.
Every four years we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. Thank you.
Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people.
For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth.
Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs, and while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.
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What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. Jan. 20, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.
The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now. You came by the tens of millions to become part of an historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before. At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction that a nation exists to serve its citizens.
Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families and good jobs for themselves. These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public, but for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists.
Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation. An education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge. And the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.
This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.
We are one nation, and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams, and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny. The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.
For many decades we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military.
We’ve defended other nations’ borders while refusing to defend our own and spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon.
One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind. The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world. But that is the past and now we are looking only to the future.
We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first. America first.
Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.
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We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American. We will seek friendship and good will with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.
We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example. We will shine for everyone to follow. We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.
At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.
We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable. There should be no fear. We are protected, and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and most importantly, we will be protected by God.
Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.
We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action constantly complaining but never doing anything about it. The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action. Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.
We stand at the birth of a new millennium ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow. A new national pride will stir ourselves, lift our sights and heal our divisions. It’s time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.
We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American flag. And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the wind-swept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky. They fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator.
So to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words. You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.
Together we will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And, yes, together, we will make America great again. Thank you. God bless you and God bless America! Thank you. God bless America.