FG condemns killing Of Over 95 Persons In Benue State

benue stateThe Federal Government has condemned the killing of over 95 persons in Egba, Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Sunday night.

In a statement signed by the Director of Press to the Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, the Federal Government said the murder of innocent people, mostly women, children and the aged in cold blood is callous, inhuman and barbaric which would not be tolerated by the Federal Government.

Comrade Moro who described the incident as a national tragedy, called on law enforcement agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the crime with a view of making them face the full weight of the law.

The statement added that the Federal Government commiserates with the families of the dead, the affected communities and the people of the State over the destruction of their homes and farmlands.

Moro Assures Nigerians Of Security During Elections

Security_NigeriaThe Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, on Thursday assured Nigerians that efforts are on to ensure peace and stability throughout the period of the general elections .

Speaking during a press conference in Abuja, Mr Moro promised that the Federal Government will deploy security personnel before, during and after the elections adding that the anxiety over a peaceful process is unwarranted.

He asked Nigerians to avoid activities that might instigate violence saying that the country is more important that any individual or group of persons.

Mr Moro also noted that despite the insurgency in some parts of the country, adequate resources are being mobilized to ensure peace throughout the elections and beyond.

The risk of foreigners infiltrating the country during the elections, the threats of violence peddled by individuals over the presidential elections and safety of the citizens were also raised during the meeting.

Meanwhile, at a separate news conference, the Coordinator of the National Information Centre (NIC), Mr Mike Omeri, drew attention to a planned attack by members of the Boko Haram sect, warning Nigerians to be on high alert especially as the elections approach.

Channels Television’s correspondent, Omelogo Nnadi reports that with roughly two weeks before the elections, many Nigerians view the safety of their lives and property as important as voting their candidates into power.

Minister Accuses Northern Elders Of Destroying Region

The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro

Interior Minister, Comrade Abba Moro has accused northern elders of destroying north Nigeria and all it stood for.

Speaking during a courtesy call to Katsina state governor, Moro said northern elders have embraced politics of bitterness and deliberately shunned the north and its people.

He noted that the hitherto rich and vibrant region has lost its glory because the elders have taken sides instead of working together to maintain the virtues of the late Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello.

He commended the legacies of the late premier of Northern Nigeria and late Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and urged politicians to stop antagonizing the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

He called on northern politicians to work towards a meaningful northern nigeria and Nigeria in general.

In his remarks, the governor of Katsina state, Mr. Shehu Shema said the political temperature in Nigeria is a sign of political victory for PDP, stressing that all hands must be on deck for a proper development of the Nigerian state.

Meanwhile, the Governor told the minister that the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC)  has been integrated into the Katsina State Security Council.

FG Declares Public Holidays For Christmas And New Year Celebrations

The federal government has declared Tuesday, December 25th and Wednesday, the 26th as public holidays in commemoration of the Christmas and Boxing Day celebrations.

Also declared public holiday is the 1st of January, 2013 to mark the New Year.

The Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro who made the declaration on behalf of the federal government urged all Nigerians, irrespective of their religious beliefs, to imbibe and emulate the spirit of the season which spreads love, joy, peace and kindness.

Wishing Nigerians, blissful and peaceful celebrations, he urged all to use this season as a medium to promote unity and progress in the country.

Jonathan gives Ministers two weeks to vet Ribadu’s report

In a bid to fulfill his pledge that recommendations made by the controversial Ribadu Report would be looked into, President Goodluck Jonathan has set up white paper committees to prepare Draft White Papers on the reports of the Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force and two other reports on the nation’s oil sector.

The others are reports presented by the National Refineries Special Task Force and the Governance and Controls Special Task Force.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media, Dr Reuben Abati on Thursday announced the appointment of the latest committee to probe the nation’s oil sector.

According to Dr Abati, “the committees are to study the reports, review the issues raised and prepare Draft White Papers for the consideration of the Federal Executive Council within two weeks.”

The white paper committee on the Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force report-now known as Ribadu report-will be chaired by the Minister of Labour, Chief Emeka Wogu, with the Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, Minister of State for FCT, Chief Jumoke Akinjide, and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed as members.

It will be recalled that President Jonathan, after the rancour between members of the committee during their submission of the report, gave the assurance that despite the rancour , his administration will look into the report and prosecute any one alleged of misappropriation in the nation’s oil sector.

The Chairman of the Petroleum Revenue Task Force, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu and a member of his team, Steve Oronsaye traded words at the presentation of the committee’s report to the President with the latter alleging that the report was flawed with unconfirmed figures.

The white paper committee on the report of the Governance and Controls Special Task Force will be chaired by the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Ms. Ama  Pepple.

Other members of the committee are Minister of State for Defence, Erelu Olusola Obada, Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar, and Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mallam Bukar Tijani.

The white paper committee on the report of the National Refineries Special Task Force has Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Architect Mohammed Sada as chairman, and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, Minister of State for Health, Dr. Muhammad Pate and Minister of State for Education, Mr. Ezenwo Nyeson Wike as members.

According to the statement, the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation will provide a secretariat for the committees.

The statement further adds that the President has made the move “in furtherance of his declared commitment to doing all within his powers to ensure greater accountability, probity and transparency in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry.”