Efforts At Improving Nigeria’s Security Are Paying Off, Says Gov Bagudu

Buhari flanked by Governors Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and his Plateau counterpart, Solomon Lalong. Photo: State House

 

Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State says the government’s efforts at securing the country and improving agriculture are yielding dividends. 

The governor spoke on Thursday when some Progressives Governors visited President Muhammadu Buhari in his Daura country home in Katsina State.

“I drove from Kebbi State to Daura, and stopped to pick the Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, and realized that for the eight hours of coming here, we didn’t see more than 10km of land that was not cultivated,” the Kebbi leader explained.

“It goes to show that the efforts to improve security are also paying off. Farmers are taking advantage and planting.”

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President Buhari believes his government has done much with little. Photo: State House.

 

Governor Bagudu equally lauded President Buhari for providing vision and strong leadership to the APC.

“In six weeks, Your Excellency, you have commissioned projects in Lagos, Kano, Katsina and Borno States, and also launched some projects virtually,” he said.

“We appreciate the projects the federal government is doing in every state of the country and supporting governors, even those that are not so progressive.”

President Muhammadu while addressing the governors, called on historians and intellectuals to be fair in documenting his government, asking them to reflect on the level of insecurity in Nigeria before he assumed office.

The 78-year-old noted that it would be unfortunate to mislead the electorate with lies, and personal bias, emphasising the need to put the larger interest of the country beyond other considerations.

“For the time remaining, and for those who have one more term in office based on the provision of the constitution, the elections are important to the parties,” Garba Shehu, one of his media aides, Garba Shehu, quoted him as saying.

Be Fair In Documenting Us, Buhari Tells Historians And Intellectuals

President Buhari believes his government has done much with little. Photo: State House.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is calling on the country’s historians and intellectuals to be fair in documenting his government, asking them to reflect on the level of insecurity in Nigeria before he assumed office. 

He said this on Thursday when some governors under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) paid Sallah homage to him in his hometown in Daura, Katsina State.

The 78-year-old noted that it would be unfortunate to mislead the electorate with lies, and personal bias, emphasising the need to put the larger interest of the country beyond other considerations.

“For the time remaining, and for those who have one more term in office based on the provision of the constitution, the elections are important to the parties,” Garba Shehu, one of his media aides, Garba Shehu, quoted him as saying.

“Intellectuals and historians should be fair to us so that those who are looking for leadership positions will not exploit the political ignorance or lack of knowledge of the people.”

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Doing Much With Less?

Buhari (left) exchanging greetings with Governor Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and Plateau Governor Solomon Lalong. Photo: State House.

 

President Buhari recalled that oil prices fell from more than $100 dollars to less than $38 under his government, with the output that was 2.1 million barrels a day dropping to about 500,000 barrels. In spite of these, he said  his government was able to achieve much.

When compared to what his admiration met on the ground in 2015, Buhari argued that his government has done credibly well to secure the nation.

“The subsequent development in the North West is the most amazing, where people who lived together, spoke same language and shared common faith started killing each other and rustling cows,” the Nigerian leader added as he called on the governors to be steadfast in delivering quality governance to their people.

“I had to change the security chiefs and we had to get down to the fundamentals of providing security. If you look at the situation in relation to time and resources, you will find out what we have been able to achieve.”

Photo: State House

 

Governors who visited Buhari’s country home included Prof Ben Ayade of Cross River, David Umahi of Ebonyi, Bello Matawalle of Zamfara, John Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, who is Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina, Solomon Lalong of Plateau and Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano.

Others are Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger, Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun and Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa States.

We Must Do Everything To End Insecurity, Buhari Tells NASS

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his administration’s resolve to tackling all forms of insecurity in the country, vowing to deploy all resources to making the West African nation safe from threats. 

The Nigerian leader spoke on Tuesday when he hosted members of the National Assembly to a dinner at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja.

‘‘In the circumstances, we must do everything within our power, without consideration of distractions, to put an end to their activities and bring them to book,” Buhari told the lawmakers while admitting that many people take to crime due to diverse reasons including promotion of some “discredited” ideologies.

‘‘We cannot allow ourselves to be distracted from this objective, or waver in our commitment, and I am confident that together we will triumph in our present efforts.’’

‘Full Partners’

Members of the NASS during the dinner with the Nigerian leader in Abuja. Photo: Facebook/Femi Adesina

 

Buhari, who described the National Assembly as ‘‘full partners in national development,” hailed them for building and maintaining a seamless relationship with his administration.

‘‘The obligation to check and balance each other is not an invitation to conflict, and it should not be characterised by quarrelsome disagreement when consultation, engagements and compromise have proven time and again to be a more effective approach,” the 78-year-old was quoted as saying in a statement issued by his media aide, Femi Adesina.

‘‘In the 9th Assembly, you have distinguished yourselves by your conduct in office, by the scale and quality of your legislative interventions, and by your capacity for engaging with the difficult questions facing the country with maturity and competence.”

Buhari says NASS members are “full partners in national development.” Photo: Facebook/Femi Adesina

 

He lauded them for the passage of some bills including the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), saying they have “succeeded in overcoming the political and other obstacles that have, for two decades, inhibited the much-needed reforms of our Oil and Gas industry, resulting now in the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).”

 

Photo: Facebook/Femi Adesina

 

President Buhari admitted that the present administration came into power when the country was facing several issues across board, explaining that resolving these challenges requires hard work from the government.

This, Buhari believes, is the only way to reposition the country.

‘‘This moment in history requires us to make hard choices, take difficult decisions and act with diligence and patriotism to ensure that our country can survive and thrive long after we have all left,” said the Nigerian leader who took over power in 2015.

‘‘What this means in effect is that our jobs will not get any easier. However, the objectives we seek and will work together to achieve, deserve our best efforts regardless of the sacrifice.”

 

 

 

27 Years After, FG Allocates Houses To Keshi, Siasia, Other 1994 AFCON Winners

Super Eagles
Nigeria have won AFCON thrice. Photo: [email protected]

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has allocated a three-bedroom flat each to members of the 1994 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) winning squad, 27 years after the federal government made the promise.

Presidential aide Garba Shehu announced this in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja.

“Following a memo by Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, the President approved the allocations in their states of preference, noting that six players and three technical crews received their houses already,” the statement explained.

Former Nigerian captain and coach Stephen Keshi, Uche Okafor, Wilfred Agbonavbare, and Thompson Oriha – all members of the squad that won the competition in Tunisia – have died. Six players and three crew members had previously gotten their houses.

The players include Peter Rufai, Alloy Agu, Ike Shorounmu, Uche Okechukwu, Samson Siasia, Efan Ekoku, Sunday Oliseh, Benedict Iroha, Isaac Semitoje, Mutiu Adepoju, Emmanuel Amunike, Victor Ikpeba, and Austin Eguavoen.

Others are Christian Chukwu, Dr Akin Amao, Stephen Edema, Col. A Asielue and B. Aromasodun.

Honouring National Heroes

President Buhari in a post on his Instagram handle described the development as historic.

“Another historical promise fulfilled by our administration. These heroes did our nation proud, and the least we can do is honour the Federal Government’s promise to them,” the Nigerian leader wrote. “They will be allocated the houses in their States of preference.”

Nigeria – led by Clemens Westerhoff – beat Zambia 2-1 in the final of the 1994 AFCON.

The federal government had promised to give the players houses following their exploits in the North African country over two decades ago.

Buhari Is A Willing Horse Nigerians Want To Ride To Death – Ngige

 

Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige says President Muhammadu Buhari has tolerated a lot from critics, reiterating that many Nigerians want to stretch him (Buhari) beyond reasonable limits. 

Ngige spoke when he featured as a guest on Channels Television’s News Night which aired on Monday, stating that many leaders will not condone the kind of criticisms Buhari faces.

“Can President Obasanjo give you people the latitude?… He will not grant you people that! So, this president (Buhari) is a willing horse and you people (Nigerians) want to ride him to death,” Ngige said during the show.

The former Anambra State governor while stressing that the present government has delivered its promises in many areas, called on critics and members of the public to give kudos to the Buhari government.

“There must be a limit to politicking. If a government has done well, if a person has done well, give him accolades. In the areas he has not done well, point them out and discuss,” he added.

Calls for the presidential seat to be zoned to the southeast region have gathered momentum and sharply divided opinion in Africa’s most populous nation.

But Ngige has concurred with those who see the 2023 election as a time for the Igbos to get the seat.

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A Marginalized Region?

Ngige says an Igbo presidency will reduce feelings of marginalization.

 

Ngige believes that tensions in the southeast and the feeling of marginalization by people in the region will be addressed if the nation’s number one position is occupied by an Igbo man.

“The people in the area have perceived that they are marginalized, that they are unappreciated, whether it was done by propaganda and brainwashing or not, that is now immaterial.

“So I agree with that proposal, unfortunately, the Nigerian constitution does not have that. This is where I quarrel with those who authored the 1999 Constitution.

“I still believe today, tomorrow, that the Abacha Constitution of 1995 that espouses rotational presidency into the six zones in Nigeria, a single five-year tenure in order to heal all the wounds; the wounds of civil war, and the wound of June 12.

“Now, that constitution would have been the best constitution for Nigerians to use for the next 30 years by which the six zones would have tested the presidency,” the minister stated.

Nigeria’s Twitter Ban Provokes Outcry

In this file photo illustration, a Twitter logo is displayed on a mobile phone on May 27, 2020, in Arlington, Virginia. Olivier DOULIERY / AFP

 

Nigeria’s media and activists fear their country is slipping into repression after the government suspended Twitter in Africa’s most populous nation, where hyper-connected youth embraced the platform as a means of protest.

The decision on Friday, days after Twitter deleted a remark from President Muhammadu Buhari, has already provoked international outcry over freedom of expression and calls for protests online and on the street.

“It is very important we push back and fast, because they could go further,” said a social media executive at a major TV station who asked to remain anonymous.

More than 120 million Nigerians have access to the internet, and nearly 40 million of them have a Twitter account — 20 percent of the population, according to Lagos-based researcher NOI Polls.

France, by comparison, has only eight million Twitter users.

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Nigeria’s numbers are explained in part by its large and youthful population, but also the influence of its diaspora and the online fame of its film and Afropop stars, said Manon Fouriscot, co-founder of the Afrique Connectees consultancy.

Studies also show that more than other social media platforms, Nigerians “use Twitter to give voice to the voiceless and engage government on issues that they feel are going wrong in the country in real time”, according to NOI Polls.

Last October, the #EndSARS protest movement against brutality by the country’s SARS — or Special Anti-Robbery Squad — police unit, which expanded into a call for broader reform, first exploded on Twitter before taking to the streets.

Backed by Afropop icons with millions of subscribers, and then relayed by major international influencers, #EndSARS was the most shared hashtag in the world for two days.

The protests that followed were the largest in modern Nigerian history, raising fears of wider instability before security forces cracked down on demonstrators.

Some Nigerian broadcasters are concerned the move against Twitter is part of a more general crackdown on the media.

The industry needs to work together to “adopt a strong and common answer,” said the social media TV executive, who has several thousand followers on Twitter.

Independent broadcaster DAAR Communications announced it had filed a complaint for damage to its economic interests. Others, such as Arise TV, were still using Twitter to share news from their offices in England or the United States.

“Twitter is, in Nigeria, and more and more on the continent, a means for civil societies to express themselves, to mobilise, to alert international public opinion,” said Fouriscot, an expert in the use of social networks in Africa.

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 ‘#KeepitOn’

 

The Nigerian government argues that Twitter harbours content that undermines the country’s sovereignty.

 

Nigeria’s government said the Twitter suspension was needed because the platform had been used for activities that could destabilise the country.

With its suspension, Nigeria joins countries like China, Turkey and Myanmar that have all moved to restrict access at some time to Twitter and other Western social media.

Nigeria’s Information Minister Lai Mohammed on Wednesday defended the ban and said Twitter must register and licence locally for the suspension to end.

“Nobody in actual honesty can accuse Nigeria of stifling freedom of expression if anyone wants to be honest. But there’s one line you must not cross,” he told AFP.

Abuja’s decision got a nod of support on Tuesday from former US president Donald Trump, who himself is banned from Twitter and Facebook.

“More COUNTRIES should ban Twitter and Facebook for not allowing free and open speech,” his statement said.

The US-based social media giant last week said it was deeply concerned about Nigeria’s decision and is engaged with the government over the suspension.

Kian Vesteinsson, a research analyst on Technology and Democracy for the Freedom House think tank, said Nigeria had already been tightening online media controls in recent years.

On Monday, the national audiovisual regulatory body NBC asked all radio and television stations in the country to delete their Twitter accounts, and warned any use of the network would be considered “unpatriotic”.

The use of VPNs to sidestep government controls on Twitter will also be considered an offence, the ministry of information warned.

‘Return to dictatorship’?

NGO Bill: Protect Your Freedom, Amnesty International Tells Nigerians

 

But no such law has been passed by parliament and any such move would violate basic freedoms established in the 1999 constitution, the official date marking the end of Nigeria’s military dictatorships.

The UN and rights groups like Amnesty International have condemned the ban as a restriction on freedom of expression.

“Nigeria has slipped back to dictatorship,” Kola Tubosun, a Nigerian linguist and writer, said in Foreign Policy magazine.

“It appears we are back in 1984 under a military regime.”

That was a reference to the first time Buhari, a former general, ruled Nigeria after a coup before the return to democracy.

But Nigeria’s 2.0 generation has already begun reorganising itself on social networks under the hashtag #KeepItOn and trying to organise a popular protest on June 12.

On Monday evening, on ClubHouse, a social discussion platform that is becoming increasingly popular in Nigeria, all the topics up for debate were clear: “Resisting the Dictatorship?” or “23 years ago, Abacha Died Today,” referring to 1990s military ruler Sani Abacha, and “Has Nigeria learnt anything?”

All debated without VPN.

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Buhari Returns To Abuja After One-Day Visit To Lagos 

President Buhari says his government will prioritize the rail system.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after a one-day working visit to the country’s commercial hub, Lagos. 

“President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after a one-day working visit to Lagos State,” his personal assistant on new media, Bashir Ahmad wrote on his Facebook page.

The 78-year-old Nigerian leader visited Lagos to commission some projects including the 157-kilometre Lagos-Ibadan standard rail project at the Mobolaji Johnson railway station in Ebutte Metta.

A Priority

President Buhari inaugurated the commercial operations of the Lagos-Ibadan railway project on Thursday, June 10, 2021.

 

During the event held at the Mobolaji Johnson Railway Station, Buhari reiterated that his administration will continue to prioritise the railway system.

He described the project as another milestone in the drive of his administration to revitalise the railway system and establish it as a choice mode of transportation for both passengers and freight.

“The President pledged that his administration would continue to prioritise the railway system as a transportation backbone that can transform industrial and economic activity in the country,” read a statement by Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

‘‘This vital line establishes an end-to-end logistic supply chain in railway transport within its short corridor, Lagos – Ibadan, as goods to the hinterland would now be transported by rail directly from the Apapa port Quayside straight to the Inland Container Depot located in Ibadan from where it can be distributed to other parts of the country.”

The 156km Lagos—Ibadan standard gauge railway line in Lagos is the first double-track standard gauge rail in West Africa.

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The Buhari government says reviving the rail system will transform the economy.

 

It is also the first Nigerian railway line to be started and finished by the same government, since 1960.

During the visit, Buhari also commissioned the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, otherwise known as the Deep Blue Project.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, had earlier explained that the projects primarily aim at ensuring the seamless movement of cargoes from the Apapa Seaport via train to further decongest the ports.

Nigeria Football Needs Better Organisation To Rival Europe, Says Buhari

President Buhari (m) receives the Super Eagles jersey from the Sports Minister, Sunday Dare. Photo: State House.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is optimistic that with better organization Nigeria football has the potential to rival those in Europe and other parts of the world.

The Nigerian leader said this on Friday when the Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, and the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick visited him at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

‘‘I want to see Nigeria’s football develop and move in a more dynamic trajectory from football administration to youth and grassroots football, talent hunt, and use of Nigeria’s home-based talents,” Buhari said, according to a statement by his media aide, Femi Adesina.

‘‘Nigeria also needs a more privatized and better organised football regime that can rival others in Europe and America.’’

While calling on corporate bodies to invest in sports development, Buhari assured of his government’s resolve to turn sports into business, noting that
the expected reviewed Sport Industry Policy ‘‘will be the catalyst that turns football activities associated with it into key contributors to the national economy.’’

Buhari believes sports can be a catalyst for growth in Nigeria. Photo: State House.

 

Buhari who once again congratulated the NFF president on his election into the FIFA Executive Council assured him of Nigeria’s support in his new position.

The 78-year-old expressed optimism that Pinnick’s new post ‘‘will provide benefits that will lead to the advancement of football in Africa and Nigeria.’’

Buhari also urged the football body to work with the Sports Ministry and other football stakeholders to give the country a 10-year Football Master Plan that will ensure youth football development.

‘‘The position on the Council of the world’s football governing body, FIFA, comes at a time when Nigeria is determined to turn the fortunes of her sports development around through better infrastructure, more investment both public and private government incentives,” he explained.

‘Without prejudice to the continental nature of your assignment at the Council, I urge you to use your position to ensure Nigeria’s sporting image receives a boost.”

Photo: State House.

 

The Minister who lauded Buhari for backing sports development in the country and for approving the reclassification of sports as a business, instead of mere recreation, assured that a new draft policy on the sports industry and a 10-year master plan for football at all levels will soon be ready.

On his part, Pinnick thanked Buhari for his support for football in Nigeria.

‘‘Without you, I couldn’t have won election into FIFA Council. Your name is highly respected across the continent,” the NFF chief said, promising that ‘‘I will use the office to build Nigerian football, in conjunction with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.’’

Airtel Africa Appoints Ogunsanya As Chief Executive

A file photo of Segun Ogunsanya. Twitter @Atiku Abubakar.

 

Airtel Africa has appointed Segun Ogunsanya as its Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The development follows the retirement of  Raghunath Mandava as the company’s MD and CEO.

“Segun has more than 25 years business management experience in banking, consumer goods, and telecoms,” the telecom firm noted in a statement on Thursday.

An electronics engineer, and a chartered account, Ogunsanya will join the board of Airtel Africa PLC with effect from 1 October 2021.

“Arrangements have been made to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities,” Airtel Africa added.

‘More Work’

While reacting to the development, President Muhammadu Buhari hailed Ogunsanya’s appointment, saying the flag of Nigeria has been hoisted proudly across the African skyline once again.

The Nigerian leader is confident that with his vast experience, the new Airtel Africa MD/CEO will do creditably well in his new capacity, describing the development as a testament to the fact that Nigeria has an array of professionals who can hold their own in any part of the world.

He called on younger Nigerians to be inspired by Ogunsanya’s strides, as he reiterated that focus, hard work, and resourcefulness, are key ingredients needed to get to the peak of their careers.

“The reward for hard work is more work,” says President Buhari, as he wishes Ogunsanya greater successes ahead in a statement by his media aide, Femi Adesina on Thursday.

We Have Capacity To Crush You, Buhari Warns Criminals

President Muhammadu Buhari says bandits should not push their luck too far.

 

President Muhammadu on Thursday warned criminals harassing Nigerians to desist from pushing their luck too far, telling them not to think that the Federal Government lacks the capacity to crush them.

The Nigerian leader issued the warning in the wake of attacks in Zamfara State which led to the death of about 80 persons and the destruction of properties.

Buhari described the attacks as “insane,” and warned that “these criminals should stop pushing their luck too far by believing that the government lacks the capacity to crush them.”

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In a statement by his media aide, Garba Shehu, Buhari condemned the incidents, and restated that “such wanton disregard for life will be brought to an end sooner than later.”

“The violence against poor villagers who are struggling with poverty and other severe economic challenges is not going to be tolerated by this administration,” he added.

 

File photo of Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle

 

He directed Nigeria’s security agencies to immediately close all gaps in their operations that are being exploited by criminals to wreak havoc, asking them to “redouble their efforts in bringing an end to this mindless violence against innocent people.

“Let’s not give these criminals any opportunity to succeed by taking the war to their own camps and stop them in their tracks before they even have the time to respond under our massive firepower.

Despite the attacks, the 78-year-old reassured Zamfara people that “there will be no compromise in our determination to defeat these enemies of humanity.”

Renewed Assaults 

Bandits had in the last five days attacked about ten communities in the northwestern state, killing 80 people.

About 50 people died when over six communities in the Magami Ward of Gusau Local Government Area and Maru Local Government Area were invaded.

Most of the victims of the attack are members of the local vigilante group known as Yansakai keeping watch on their communities.

Nigeria’s northwest has continued to battle banditry in recent years.

 

A similar incident happened on Tuesday as no fewer than 30 people were killed in four villages.

Villages attacked by bandits were Gobirawa, Rini, Gora, and Madoti Dankule in Bakura and Maradun LGAs in the state located in the north-western region of the country.

“More security personnel are needed in this area if farming is to be successful this season,” said Aminu Suleiman who is the Sole Administrator of Bakura LGA.

 

Expect Continuity, Buhari Tells Nigerians On Return From London

President Muhammadu Buhari on his return from the UK on April 15th, 2021. Photo: [email protected] Ahmad.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has told Nigerians to expect continuity from his government after he returned from a medical trip to London, the United Kingdom. 

The Nigerian leader, 78, spoke with the press when he arrived in the country via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Thursday afternoon.

“Continuity,” Buhari said when asked what Nigerians should expect from his administration. He did not, however, specify any area.

Buhari’s two-week medical vacation in London had generated controversy in the country. Critics and members of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) voiced their concerns over the president’s frequent trips to the United Kingdom.

Critics say a visit to the UK for medical reasons is an indictment on the Nigerian government. [email protected] Ahmad.

 

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“It is indeed worrisome that under President Buhari, even the hitherto highly rated State House Clinic, has become so moribund that it cannot provide a simple medical checkup service for Mr. President,” the PDP said in a statement in which it also accused the Buhari government of wasting taxpayers’ money.

‘Routine Checkup’

His health status became a subject of intense debates in the lead up to the 2019 general election with claims that he was unfit to govern the West African nation.

But his media aides were quick to quash insinuations that their principal was gravely ill, insisting that the recent London visit was not an emergency but a routine medical checkup.

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“It is a routine medical check-up; the President has undertaken this with a set of doctors that he has retained over many years,” said Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity.

Apart from banditry and clashes between herders and farmers especially in the northern part of Nigeria, the South-East region had in recent times experienced a wave of assault on security formations.

 

Nigeria’s new IGP, Usman Alkali Baba.

 

As the country continues to grapple with its security challenges, the President appointed a new Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, a man Buhari says is a round peg in a round hole.

“He knows his job, he has been in it for a long time, he went through all the training, he has the necessary experience,” Buhari explained upon his return from the United Kingdom. “So, we have a high expectation from him.”

Restructuring Not An Attack On Nigeria’s Unity – Bakare

Bakare was a running mate to President Buhari in the 2011 Presidential election.

 

Pastor Tunde Bakare on Sunday backed calls for the restructuring of the country, insisting that such a move should not be seen as a threat to the unity of the nation.

“We have failed to realise that a strong federal government working with strong federating units can guarantee the security and prosperity of the Nigerian people,” the clergyman said in his State of the Nation address.

“We have failed to appreciate the fact that coordinated governance by the different states in each of the geopolitical zones will enhance the security of Nigerians and bring our people out of poverty.

“This is the heart and soul of restructuring. Restructuring does not mean
the dismemberment of the Nigerian state. It is not an attack on Nigerian
unity. It does not mean disadvantaging any section of the country.”

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While the senior pastor of Citadel Global Community Church in Lagos linked the rising level of insecurity in several parts of Nigeria to failure to restructure the country, he noted that non-state actors have taken advantage of the situation and hijacked the political governance of the regions.

“The greatest demand on the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is to facilitate the emergence of legitimate regional governance frameworks that can fill the vacuum and flush out the illegitimate structures,” the former running mate to President Muhammadu Buhari added.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari tries to wear a facemask at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on March 25, 2021.

 

Bakare who said he is forced to speak out owing to what he described as Buhari’s legacy being confined to the unsavoury side of history, lamented that the state of Nigeria’s does not reflect the President Buhari that he knows.

“I am compelled to speak out because the state of the nation does not represent the Buhari I knew when we took that solemn journey towards rebuilding Nigeria,” he added.

“I am compelled to speak out at this point because, given the state of the nation, the legacy of President Muhammadu Buhari is in grave danger of being confined to an unsavoury side of history. I am indeed compelled to speak out because Nigeria is in a state of emergency.”