Taraba Ambazonia Attack: All Governors In Nigeria Are Helpless In Tackling Insecurity – Ishaku

 

Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, says the 36 governors in Nigeria are helpless when it comes to tackling insecurity.

Ishaku stated this on Thursday while appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

He was of the opinion that the country’s security structure does not leave enough room for governors to deal decisively with criminality in their states because the powers have been vested in the Federal Government.

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“It is not only me that is helpless. All the governors in Nigeria are helpless. And that is why we are saying give us state police,” Ishaku lamented.

His comments were in response to a recent attack in Taraba by some suspected Ambazonian soldiers from the Republic of Cameroon.

The soldiers are said to have stormed Manga village in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State on Wednesday, killing 11 people including a traditional ruler.

Takum Local Government Area is a border community between Taraba State and the Republic of Cameroon.

Speaker in reaction to the incident, Ishaku said he has complained severally to the Nigerian military, seeking help to secure the border.

The governor further stated that his pleas have gone unheard for quite a while, leaving the community prone to attacks such as was recently experienced.

According to Ishaku, there is little a governor can do in such a case, especially because he does not control the armed forces, neither does he have a state police force specifically put together for the service of the Taraba people.

“If I have state police, I would have ordered the police. All the governors are helpless, not only Darius Ishaku that is helpless; not only Taraba State that is helpless. Go and ask other governors and tell me any who has a solution to this. We have to depend on Federal might” he explained.

In forging a way forward, Governor Ishaku called for the military to help man Taraba’s ‘long-stretch’ border with Cameroon.

“Taraba has one of the longest borders with Cameroon. There is an absolute need that this our boundary must be manned by security agencies. The military, precisely, must man it,” the governor argued.

“Because they (the separatists) are well armed, they are a separatist group, and when they kill, they run away. So it is not an easy thing, it has to be the military to man the border.”

After Wednesday’s attack, the Governor said the military and police have now moved into the attacked community.

He expressed hopes that fleeing villagers can now return after Nigerian security officials were deployed to the area.

Ambazonia Attack: Ishaku Calls For Military To Man Border With Cameroon

A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV
A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV

 

Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, on Thursday, called for the military to help man the state’s ‘long-stretch’ border with Cameroon.

His call comes a day after Cameroonian separatists, also known as Ambazonian soldiers, stormed a village in Taraba state and killed 11 persons, including a traditional ruler.

“Taraba has one of the longest borders with Cameroon,” Mr. Ishaku said during his appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

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“There is an absolute need that this our boundary must be manned by security agencies. The military, precisely, must man it.

“Because they (the separatists) are well armed, they are a separatist group, and when they kill, they run away. So it is not an easy thing, it has to be the military to man the border.”

Mr. Ishaku said he had previously asked the military to help secure the borders but received no help.

After Wednesday’s attack, the Governor said the military and police have now moved into the attacked community.

He expressed hopes that fleeing villagers can now return after Nigerian security officials were deployed to the area.

When pressed on state efforts to secure the state’s borders, Mr. Ishaku said he was helpless because the military and police were under the control of the Federal Government.

Ishaku Pledges To Promote Growth Of Architecture In Taraba

A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV
A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV

 

Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, says his administration will do everything within its limit to promote the growth of architecture in the state.

Although he said architecture has contributed meaningfully to the development of the nation and its infrastructural rejuvenation, Governor Ishaku stressed the need for leaders in the profession to maintain high standards to sustain the gains recorded so far.

He made the remarks on Thursday in Abuja at an event organised by the Nigeria Institute of Architects to recognise the contributions of the governor to the development of his states.

“We in the architectural field, architecture has helped us greatly and contributed meaningfully to the development of Nigeria and its infrastructural rejuvenation,” he said.

“We need the gains to be sustained and as such, leaders and elders of the profession must maintain high standards and eschew all bitterness to ensure success in all dispensations of the profession.”

Governor Ishaku’s counterpart in Borno State, Governor Babagana Zulum, and the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, were also among those honoured by the professional body.

He decried the penetration of quacks into the system, saying such a situation has caused many problems for innocent people who engage the services of such persons.

According to the governor, there is a need to bridge the generational gaps by staying updated with the latest trends, especially with the development of software and changes in design hardware.

He also stressed the need for a public-private partnership to ensure sustainability and trust in certified persons and companies.

In his remark, President of the Nigerian Institute of Architects, Sonny Echono, urged architects to always collaborate with each other for the enhancement of the architectural profession.

He also called on higher institutions in the country to include architecture in their courses of study to prevent the course from going down the drain.

NYSC Should Be Extended To Two Years, Members Should Undergo Military Training, Says Ishaku

 

Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, says that as part of the country’s efforts to combat insecurity, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) should be extended to two years, and members be allowed to undergo military.

The governor who was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday, also said the scheme should be extended to two years with the first involving core military training.

NYSC which runs for a year was designed by the Nigerian government in 1973 to encourage nation-building among graduates.

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But the governor believes that an extension of the duration would better equip graduates with self-defence techniques especially at a time like this when national insecurity is now rife.

“The NYSC I will say should be two years. One year for compulsory military training and the other year for the social works that they are doing now so that anybody who graduates as an NYSC person can know how to handle the gun and defend himself,” he said.

“Just as it is done in Israel, Lebanon, etc, you must engage your citizens to be proactive. When you cannot provide security, you must allow the people to protect themselves.”

The governor also reacted to the insurgency and banditry that have ravaged the northeast and northwest regions of the country, noting he has repeatedly asked security agencies who the sponsors of the criminal elements are.

When asked if the issue has political undertones, the governor replied in the affirmative.

Nigeria has been experiencing a series of security threats ranging from terrorism, banditry, militancy, cultism among others in several parts of the country.

The country has been battling terrorism for more than a decade with thousands killed and hundreds of others displaced.

The Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) split from the jihadist group Boko Haram in 2016 and has since become a dominant threat in Nigeria, attacking troops and bases while killing and kidnapping passengers at bogus checkpoints.

Taraba Gov Asks FG To Speed Up Oil Exploration In North-East

 

The Taraba State Governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku, has called on the Federal Government to speed up oil exploration in the north east region of the country in order to help enhance and diversify the country’s economy.

The Governor made the appeal on Tuesday, at the 5th meeting of the North East Governors’ Forum Held at the Government House in the state capital, Jalingo.

“I am delighted that oil has been discovered in the North East, notably in the Bauchi-Gombe axis and in Taraba State, but ours has both oil and gas. In the same line, I urge the federal government to expand and expedite exploration in the Chad basin, as well as the Benue trough, which, according to geological reports, is rich in oil and gas,” Governor Ishaku said.

“As a result of the 13 per cent derivation principle enjoyed by oil-producing States, we anticipate that early exploitation of petroleum resources in the North-East region will increase our revenue profile.

“Similarly, the North-East states are rich in solid mineral reserves that are yet to be exploited. Solid mineral has a stable price on the international market, unlike crude oil and can help enhance and diversify the country’s economy”.

While calling on the Federal Government to work with State Governments to develop their mineral resources, Governor Ishaku also recommended that the Forum push for the removal of the exploration and exploitation of mineral resources from the exclusive list to the concurrent list.

The meeting also touched on other matters such as insurgence, agriculture, road projects, among others.

Read the full details of the meeting below.

Keynote Address Of His Excellency, The Executive Governor Of Taraba State, Architect Darius Dickson Ishaku At The 5th Meeting Of North East Governors’ Forum Held At The Government House, Jalingo On 6th And 7th July, 2021

I warmly welcome my dear Governors of Borno, Adamawa, Gombe, Yobe, and Bauchi States to Taraba State, (Nature’s Gift to the nation). Given the importance of this gathering to the overall well-being of our region, and indeed the federation, your arrival has been eagerly awaited.

  1. Important as this meeting is, I will still invite your Excellencies to take advantage of the hospitality of our people and the congenial atmosphere while spending a few days in Jalingo, the State capital.
  2. Your Excellencies, it is encouraging that the North East Governors Forum has established itself as a powerful voice in the Nigerian political arena; however, we must continue to make conscious and deliberate efforts to keep our unique concerns at the forefront of national debate to achieve the desired recognition.
  3. Indeed, our affinity as a geopolitical zone precedes Nigeria’s merger, and subsequent post-independence political and administrative fragmentations have not affected who we are. As a result, this Forum should be in the vanguard of further reinforcing mutually beneficial social and economic integrations of our government and people.
  4. If we wish to bring national attention to our plights, we must be able to harmonize our thoughts and communicate in unison. In other words, an injury to one is an injury to all.

Thus, the Forum must speak out loudly as the voice of each State and all the states, because as it is now, certain important issues are left to the affected states to handle alone.

  1. On this premise, this Forum must be more proactive in ensuring that the multibillion-dollar Mambilla Hydro-Electric Power Project (MHEPP), with a capacity of 3050 megawatts, is fully operational, as it can generate half of the present national power output from all existing generation stations combined.
  2. There is, however, a pressing need to also construct an access road to the dam site which is located in Barup village, on the Mambilla Plateau, in Sardauna Local Government Area of the State.
  3. The economic benefits of the power project, Your Excellencies, cannot be overemphasized, considering its potential to create hundreds of thousands of skilled and unskilled jobs for Taraba State, the Northeast region, and the entire country. This is why, as the voice of the North East, our Forum must vigorously advocate for the commencement of this massive project as soon as possible.
  4. To this end, the North-East Governors’ forum needs to meet with the leadership of the National Assembly to press for budgetary provisions to be made in the supplementary appropriation as there is zero allocation in the 2021 Federal Budget.
  5. As you are all aware, distinguished members of this forum, one of the long-standing difficulties affecting our region is the long-running insurgency that has disrupted our way of life and become a barrier to our developmental efforts.
  6. I do, however, appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari’s renewed energy in confronting the Boko Haram threat, banditry, kidnapping for ransom, and other criminal activities head-on, and add that more is needed to be done to overcome these security challenges once and for all in the whole country.

12, Due to the persistent Boko Haram issue, we have lost a large section of our population. Many people have lost loved ones, and their livelihoods have been devastated. The threat will remain intractable as long as the insurgents’ sources of funding, supplies, and recruitment are not cut off.

  1. Permit me to however salute the Nigerian Military’s sacrifices, heroism, and professionalism, not just in the fight against insurgents but also in defending the country’s sovereignty and unity. I must acknowledge that the military, police, and other security organizations have played and continue to play an important role in maintaining peace and security in troubled areas of the State. We will not fail to provide them with the required assistance and cooperation in this difficult undertaking.
  2. The displacement of people from their ancestral homes has resulted in a serious refugee crisis, which is one of the consequences of the insurgency. Taraba has had to shoulder the burden of their plight, with thousands of them fleeing their villages and towns in search of a safe home in the State. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and its Taraba State counterpart (SEMA), as well as local and international NGOs, have done a lot to alleviate their suffering, but the problem remains tremendous, and much more has to be done.
  3. Similarly, the herders-farmers conflict has resulted in a high number of internally displaced persons (IDPs), mainly in Taraba State. Given our favourable climate, the ongoing problem has had a severe influence on agricultural output, as evidenced by the country’s high food prices. Insurgency, crime, and the persistent herder-farmer conflicts, no doubt, have impacted negatively on the country’s youth unemployment and high crime rates.
  4. The North East region is one of the agriculture belts of the country. We need to figure out which crops grow in each of our states and where we have a comparative advantage over our competitors. In Taraba state, the government has promoted the cultivation of grains such as maize, guinea corn, and rice, as well as root crops like yam, cassava, and potato. We are also leading producers of beni seed, soya beans, avocado pear, citrus fruits among others. To increase the productivity of our farmers, this forum must key into Federal Government agriculture intervention programmes and also encourage farmers to form cooperatives to access low-interest loan facilities and other incentives.
  5. This brings to mind the Great Green Wall plan, which aims to slow the spread of the Sahara Desert. The initiative should stimulate the planting of economic trees that will provide food for people and also serve as fodder for animals. Desert encroachment, unfortunately, has forced many people to migrate from the Sahel region to other parts of the country, therefore, this African Union programme should be re-energized with the support of this meeting.
  6. On regional co-operation, the Chairman, board of directors of the North- East Regional Shuttle airlines, has been invited to make a presentation to the meeting on its progress, challenges facing the company, and the journey so far.
  7. Respected and admired colleagues, I am delighted that oil has been discovered in the North East, notably in the Bauchi-Gombe axis and in Taraba State, but ours has both oil and gas. In the same line, I urge the federal government to expand and expedite exploration in the Chad basin, as well as the Benue trough, which, according to geological reports, is rich in oil and gas.

As a result of the 13 per cent derivation principle enjoyed by oil-producing States, we anticipate that early exploitation of petroleum resources in the North-East region will increase our revenue profile.

  1. Similarly, the North-East states are rich in solid mineral reserves that are yet to be exploited. Solid mineral has a stable price on the international market, unlike crude oil and can help enhance and diversify the country’s economy.
  2. Our august visitors, in harnessing the oil and gas as well as solid minerals resources in our region for increased revenue, we must avoid the mistakes of environmental contamination in the Niger Delta and Lead poisoning in Zamfara State, by ensuring rigorous environmental impact assessment study, before mining activities commence.
  3. On this basis, I urge the Federal Government to work with State Governments to develop our mineral resources, which are on the exclusive list, even though the land use act vests land matters in the states, to increase income and revenue.
  4. In this regard, I wish to recommend to the forum to push for the removal of the exploration and exploitation of mineral resources from the exclusive list to the concurrent list.
  5. For instance, control over mining is delegated by the central government to regional authorities in South Africa, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Columbia, Chile, Canada, and Australia just to mention but a few. The South African Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 is a good example of how this could be resolved for the benefit of central and regional governments.
  6. Dear colleagues, the Federal Government’s Road for tax plan, which gives select corporations like Dangote and BUA groups relief on backlogs of unpaid taxes in exchange for road development, is praiseworthy. Though, some of us have no idea of the criteria used to choose which roads to construct. Therefore, we are calling the Dangote group to consider the construction of selected roads in Adamawa and Taraba States where it has huge investments.
  7. Similarly, the Taraba State Government had earlier made submission to the North-East Development Commission on the construction and rehabilitation of the following roads; Mararaba-Baissa-Abong, Lau-Karim Lamido, and Jalingo-Zing-Mayo Belwa to Ngurore. Therefore, I wish to request the Commission to commence work on the said roads.
  8. Finally, I respectfully request that this distinguished forum debate the topics on the agenda objectively and come up with constructive and helpful solutions to problems that impact not only our region but the entire country.
  9. Once again, I extend the most sincere greetings of the good people of Taraba State and wish you a memorable stay in our lovely State.

Thank you and God bless us all.

Mining: Governor Ishaku Calls For Constitution Review

A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV
A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV

 

Taraba state Governor Darius Ishaku has called for constitutional review as it concerns mining rights.

Mining is currently mostly under the Federal Government’s control under the law, but the Governor believes the exclusivity is worrisome and should be reviewed to promote development of the sector.

According to him, Governors across the country have proffered solutions to the Federal government in order to have a win-win situation, but the Federal Government has paid deaf ears to their suggestions.

The Governor made the comment while inaugurating the Governing Council of the Taraba State College of Agriculture at the Government House in Jalingo on Saturday.

“The mineral that is below the ground belongs to the Federal Government, but I have the right on the surface of the ground,” he said. “So how do you go under the ground without calling on the landowner to access it?

“That is the crux of the matter. And it hasn’t been resolved. The exclusivity of mining to the Federal Government is one of those things that people who are calling for the review of the constitution, among the several.

“So we find ourselves in this tight corner. Some of us have proffered so many solutions, as to how we can go about this to achieving a win-win solution for both the federal and state governments.”

Nigeria Sliding Into Anarchy – Governor Ishaku

A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV
A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV

 

Taraba State governor, Darius Ishaku, has said that Nigeria is dangerously sliding into anarchy and becoming a failed state due to increased insecurity.

The governor raised the alarm in Jalingo, the state capital, on Saturday, during an interview with journalists to mark his sixth year in office.

He said, “Nigeria is sliding to a failed state, yes of cause Nigeria is sliding into anarchy. Even the blind can see that we are sliding into anarchy and the deaf can hear about that too.”

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According to him, the increasing spate of insecurity across the country and the inability of the military and other security agencies to address the situation were indications of anarchy.

“The military should be in charge of flushing out insurgents. It is a disgrace if a country’s military cannot flush out insurgents within its territory,” he said, adding that, “we need a state police; we need the constitution to be amended.”

Ishaku also stressed the need for state police noting that state governors need to be empowered by the constitution in the proper handling of security in their states.

“I am called Executive Governor, Executive for what? If I cannot implement the decisions I take with the troops under my command? So, the state police is imperative and must come to stay. Without the state police, we are surcharging democracy, it won’t work.

“The sooner the state police is enacted, the better.”

The governor said all hands must be on deck for the country to overcome the current challenges by reviewing the country’s security architecture.

On regional security outfit, he maintained that he is not in support of the establishment of regional security outfit for the North East region as was done in the South West and South-Eastern regions.

”On regional security outfit, the northeast is not contemplating it, I particularly do not support it, but I have since assumption of office been supporting the creation of state police.

”I have been the first person who said the constitution has been surcharged that is to say that, where we copied the constitution from the United States of America, it is written there that there is local police, state, and federal police and they complement each other.

”The issue is, we need state police, the constitution to be amended and I am not in support of regional security outfit, though it can work in other regions, for us here we have grown past that in the northeast, we are battling the insurgency.”

He adds that Nigeria is a beautiful country that must be well managed to enjoy the beauty.

He described his six years in office as a tortuous journey, and success with tears which his administration has successfully surmounted the evil days.

Taraba Govt Lifts Embargo On Transfer Of Service

A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku.

 

The Taraba State Government has granted approval for the lifting of its embargo placed on the transfer of service into the state’s civil service.

Governor Darius Ishaku granted the approval on Monday during an Executive Council meeting in Jalingo, the state capital.

The move is to ensure that civil service in the state is sustained in view of the dire needs of certain categories of staff especially the senior staff.

Briefing journalists shortly after the approval, the Head of Service of the state, Suzy Nathan, disclosed that the transfer of service could be expected from tertiary institutions, the federal government and local government service.

“We observed that there is a huge shortage of senior civil servants in the state and so we want to fill in the vacant position,” she said. “This category of senior civil servants can be welcomed on the basis of transfer.”

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She explained that the criteria include those on grade levels 12, 13, 14 and 15.

The state government also approved the procurement of farming inputs for the

2021 farming season across the state to enhance food security.

Also in its quest to be the leading producer of rice across the country, the state government has given the approval to secure the services of consultants to enhance rice production in the state along river Donga basins.

Over One thousand farmers are expected to benefit from it.

According to the Commissioner for Agricultural Development and Natural Resources, David Ishaya, the state government will procure, listed improved varieties of maize, soya beans and rice faro 44 variety.

He said, “Usually when we get inputs, we distribute to local government areas and there are stakeholders in the sector to sieve true farmers from fake ones and that’s the criteria we will use.

“Despite the unprecedented shortage of rainfall last year we recorded bumper harvest last year. We are in fact feeding the entire northeast and so many parts of this country with our agricultural produce.”

He added that the gesture will be sustained to help nip in the bud issues of food scarcity.

Addressing High Rate Of Drug Use In North Will Curb Crimes In Nigeria – Ishaku

A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV
A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV

 

The Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku says addressing the high rate of drug abuse in Northern Nigeria and Nigeria, in general, will go a long way in addressing the disturbing trend in criminal activities in the region.

Ishaku also called on Governors of the 19 Northern States to throw their weight behind the campaign of their wives to check drug addiction and rehabilitate victims.

He made the statement when he received in the audience a delegation of Wives of Northern States Governors Forum led by Amina Bello, wife of the Niger State Governor, in Jalingo, the Taraba state capital.

Only four out of the nineteen governors’ wives were present for the occasion and they include that of Niger, Sokoto, Adamawa, and Taraba state who is the host.

Members of the Forum arrived in Jalingo on Tuesday for a strategic meeting on their campaign against drug abuse.

Governor Ishaku described drug abuse in the country and particularly in the North as endemic and alarming and said the role being played by the Northern Governors Wives Forum is noble and must be encouraged if insecurity must be crushed.

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While commending them for their unique approach towards tackling the endemic problem of drug abuse and for the achievements recorded in the Northern States so far, the Governor says posterity would be kind to them for making efforts to solve the teething problem of Nigeria as a nation.

” What is being commissioned today is life to some human beings and its not the building but actually transforming somebody who was derailed and I think that is very key to societal development ”

” Drug addiction has damaged and destroyed many people, but thank God we are trying in addressing the situation”

” Most people who go into drug addiction is either because they lack what to do or deceived into it ”

In her address, the chairperson of the Forum, Amina Bello, said the Forum’s approach of sensitising and rehabilitating drug addicts has given hope to thousands of youths in the North.

She said they were in Taraba State to support the efforts of Barr Anna Darius Ishaku, wife of the state governor, to do more in rehabilitating victims of drug abuse.

”At the Northern Governors wives forum, we ensure that every state has a functioning drug rehabilitation centre ”

” We advocate to our Governors and good spirited individuals to make it possible in each state and we have been doing that for the past four years ”

” For us we consider drug addiction to be a disease that has to be treated and anyone who is addicted has a problem that will remain with them for the rest of their lives except when checked ”

In her opening remark, the brain behind the rehabilitation centre Anna Ishaku says drug abuse was partly responsible for most of the crimes threatening the country today and calls for support against it.

She thanked members of the Forum for coming to Taraba State to give support to her efforts at taking addicted youths out of the drug debacle.

”Drug abuse has been identified as a leading factor of very violent crimes including domestic violence, armed robbery, banditry, rape, and spread of HIV/AIDS among several infectious diseases ”

”Despite all these evidences and reality of the menace of drug abuse, the number of youth involved remain very high”

” We are therefore calling on all and sundry to please assist to help them grow out of this drug dependency and into self-worthy dignified and self-respectful individuals ”

Anna Ishaku had raised funds and built the drug victims rehabilitation centre in Jalingo which was commissioned by Gov Ishaku and handed over to the state government during the visit of the Northern Governors Wives.

Insecurity: Taraba Govt Calls For Unity, Vigilance

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A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku.

 

The Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku has called on residents of the state and Nigerians to be united in tackling the myriads of security challenges facing the country.

He made this on Sunday via a statement issued by his spokesman, Bala Dan Abu, to commemorate the 2021 Easter celebration.

While expressing happiness that peace has gradually returned to the troubled spots and communities in Taraba State, Governor Ishaku assured that everything will be done to ensure that the achievement is sustained.

The governor pleaded with the people of the state regardless of all ethnic backgrounds, religious faiths and political affiliations to forget their differences and to work together in the interest of peace and development.

“He called for unity and vigilance against insecurity. He said the government was working hard with security agencies to end kidnappings and killings of innocent people by criminals and solicited for the support of all men and women of goodwill towards the success of these efforts,” the statement partly read.

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“Ishaku wished Christians happy Easter celebrations but also reminded them to take the COVID-19 vaccination which is now available in the state and to continue to observe all protocols against the spread of the pandemic.”

Ishaku noted that his administration is working tirelessly in collaboration with security agencies in a bid to end kidnappings and senseless killing of law-abiding citizens by hoodlums who he said were bent on causing disaffection and mayhem on residents.

He also solicited for more support from the residents to nip the nefarious acts in the bud, urging them not to lower their guards in adhering to the safety measures of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taraba Gov Urges Nigerians To Pray Over Insecurity

A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV
A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV

 

The Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku has asked Nigerians to return to God in prayer as the country battles a myriad of security challenges.

According to him, peace is what the country and Taraba State, in particular, needs to progress in all spheres.

The governor made the appeal on Wednesday when he received the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministry Apostle Johnson Suleiman, who visited Wukari, the worst-hit Local Government Area in the state, for prayers.

“We thank God for Apostle Johnson Suleiman, who came down to Taraba to put down the showers of blessing and to pray for the land,” the governor said.

“The bible teaches us that in times like this when we are been harassed by evil and devil, we should invite men of god to come and pray to heal the land.

“He has gone down to Wukari Local Government Area the worst-hit area for the Tiv vs Jukun crisis, he has prayed and we know that by the grace of God, peace will come back permanently to Taraba State and this is the peace that we so desire.

“Not only in Taraba; we desire this peace all over the country and quite frankly, we are overjoyed with his coming and we thank God for his life”.

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The preacher said he was worried about the spate of insecurity in Nigeria, stressing that nothing can be given in exchange for human lives wasted on a daily basis in the country.

According to him, clergymen across the country are praying for the restoration of peace, insisting that posterity will not forgive any leadership that allows lives to be wasted.

”We are not just concerned, we are worried about it because there is nothing you can give in exchange for life,” Apostle Suleman said.

”Human life is very precious and we are praying as ministers of God, not only are we praying, we are also doing our best to speak to authorities and that is one of my reasons for being here in Taraba”

”The governor has been one of the most forceful voices in speaking through to authority at the level of wanton destruction of lives and property.

”We are praying, we are also calling on the government at the centre that posterity will never forgive any leadership that allow lives to be wasted daily, that in Nigeria now it is all about, who is next, but we are praying and believing God that to will soon come to an end.

”We went to Wukari LGA, we saw relative peace and calmness and that speaks of the composure of the man at the centre.

”I have interacted with the governor, right from where he became the governor and I discovered that he means well for the people and his heart bleeds when he sees this wanton destruction.

” I urge residents of the state to live in peace and keep praying for the whole country that god will make Nigeria the dream of every Nigerian”.

Insecurity: Allow Nigerians Carry Licenced Guns, Ishaku Tells FG

 

Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku has asked the Federal government to allow Nigerians carry licenced guns to defend themselves amid the myriads of security challenges facing the country.

Ishaku stated this on Tuesday when 15 local government chairmen of the state paid him a condolence visit after the burial of one of them who was kidnapped and subsequently killed by gunmen.

He lamented the worsening state of insecurity, adding that the situation has gone to its lowest ebb and demands reawakening.

“The security in this country has gone to the lowest ebb and we have to all wake up. We as leaders have given our advises severally as to the change to the security architecture, you cannot keep doing one thing over and over and expect a different result,” he said.

“If we cannot be able to provide security for our citizens, then allow all the citizens to buy AK-47, because if everybody is licensed with AK-47, I swear nobody will come to your house, or peradventure he does then it depends on who is faster.

“In a situation where we are all gagged with one security system that has been unable to work, and we are told to sit down and be counting the day our turn will come, I do not agree with it.”

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Governor Ishaku sympathised with the families of those who lost their lives to insecurity, noting that the late Ardo-Kola LGA chairman, Salihu Dovo held a security meeting with stakeholders of the council before he was killed.

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A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku.

 

He explained that while the victim was being whisked away by his abductors, he now recognised one of them and even mentioned his name which led to his death.

The governor also disclosed that so far four people have been arrested, asking the security agencies to arrest everyone in connection to the crime.

“At least 20 men went to his house, that’s the information I have, and they were all armed with AK47 rifles, let them fish them out at least for once we should set an example and make correction.

“Try and sensitize your traditional rulers on the fact that any new settler in their communities should be reported for screening of conduct and if sustained we will minimize the casualties within the society.

“Neither you the chairmen nor the chiefs do not have the right to give land and anyone who seeks same should report to the higher authority for scrutiny,” he added.