‘There Is Anger In The Country’, Abdulsalami Rallies Nigerian Elders

 

Former Head of State, General Abdusalami Abubakar has rallied Nigerian elders to look into the brewing tension across the country. 

The Ex-General on Monday met with some leaders of thoughts and elder-statesmen at a round table session in Minna, Niger state to discuss some of the issues which they believe are affecting Nigeria’s unity and political stability.

In the two-day session which was organised by the Abdulsalami Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development Studies with the former military head of state being the chief host, the elders deliberated on various matters ranging from security to economic issues.

After the meeting, General Abdulsalami told newsmen that the meeting became very important because the anger in the land was becoming too much.

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He said it was for this reason that the elders were called together so air their views and vent the angers of their people if any, adding that after all grievances had been aired, the elders put their heads together to proffer solutions to the problems tabled.

“In the last three-four weeks there is tension, there is anger in the country, where everybody is just talking, there are a lot of hate speeches going on, and the tension is getting high and people are losing their sense of reasoning.

“So those of us who think about this country decided look where are our elders who need to come and stir this country. They say in African language the words of elders are the words of wisdom; so let the elders come, share their experiences, vent their angers if there is any in this forum and after venting their angers let us see what solutions we can give and what advice we can give,” the elder-statesman said.

2019 Elections: Abubakar Asks Politicians To Pursue Peace

General Abdulsalami Abubakar after the meeting with the Northern Leaders on Sunday, May 6, 2018.

 

A former military head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar has called on politicians seeking elective positions to pursue peace.

General Abubakar said this on Sunday after a closed-door meeting with some politicians from the northern part of the country. He urged politicians to put national interests ahead of their personal interest.

“Peace is paramount to everything. If there is no peace, there is no nation, if there is no peace there will be no politicking. So it is absolutely necessary for each and everyone of us to put our hands on deck to ensure there is peace in the country,” he said.

General Abdulsalami Abubakar during the meeting with the Northern Leaders on Sunday, May 6, 2018.

 

The group, led by Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, a founding member of northern socio-political group, the Arewa Consultative Forum, insists it is seeking a common regional front.

The advice by Abdulsalami is coming few hours after the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) Governorship primary election held on Saturday in Ekiti State ended inconclusively.

This was after suspected hoodlums invaded the venue of the election in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital breaking ballot boxes in the process.

Nasarawa State Governor Tanko Almakura in reaction condemned the violence.

Al-Makura who chaired the committee which organised the primary said he decided to cancel the exercise when he observed that it had turned violent.

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose also expressed displeasure over the conduct of the election. He challenged security agents to do everything necessary to forestall a recurrence of such at PDP’s congress.

Osinbajo Praises Ex-Head Of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar At 75

Yemi Osinbajo, Beyond The Grid, Solar Energy UnitsActing President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday congratulated former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd) on his 75th birthday.

The Acting President, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, showered praise on General Abubakar, saying his life has been marked by a distinguished career in the military and a remarkable role in the political history of the country.

Professor Osinbajo commended the elder statesman for his determination which enabled him to bring 16 years of military dictatorship to an end by overseeing a successful transition to democracy.

Abdulsalami, Herdsmen, Farmers

The acting President also commended the former head of state for his role in ensuring that the 2015 elections were successful and peaceful.

Stressing that General Abubakar’s role in the elections reflected his “deep sense of patriotism, service to nation and commitment to Nigeria’s progress and development”, Osinbajo commended him for accepting to serve as a United Nations and African Union’s envoy promoting peace and good governance in Africa.

The acting President prayed to God to grant General Abubakar long life and good health, noting that the statesman has “etched his name in the annals of history of Nigeria, with his penchant for peace and the development of Nigeria and Africa”.

Governor Bello, Mourners Offer Prayers For Late Kure

Abdulkadir Kure, Governor Bello, Mourners Offer Prayers For Late KureNiger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, on Monday led a group of mourners in prayers at the residence of late Mr Abdulkadir Kure.

Mr Kure, who died on Sunday at a hospital in Germany, was a former governor of Niger State in north-central Nigeria.

Multitude of sympathisers stormed the deceased’s residence for series of prayers at the Government Reserved Area (GRA) in Minna, the state’s capital.

The prayers were kick started by a league of Islamic leaders led by the Chief Imam of Minna, Sheikh Ibrahim Abu Fari.

Governor Sani Bello led the entire State Executive Council while officers of the 31 Artillery Brigade and Training Doctrine Command (TRADOC) of the Nigerian Army in Minna were also there to pay tribute to the departed former governor.

The event was witnessed by former military president, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and Niger State Deputy Governor, Mr Ahmed Ketso, as well as some lawmakers including Senator Philip Aduda, Senator Bala Ibn Na Allah and Honourable Abdullahi Mahmud.

Members of the State Executive Council during the eight-year administration of late Kure were also in attendance.

Benue Govt. Beefs Up Security Ahead Of Herdsmen Crisis

Benue, security, herdsmen crisisThe Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has beefed up security in the state, in order to fore-stall any incidents that may occur between herdsmen and farmers.

He constituted the state and local government joint security committees, comprising security agencies, farmers and herdsmen to prevent the ugly crisis which he says has occurred every year since 2011.

Mr Ortom took this step while declaring open the Benue state security awareness seminar for security agencies, civilian joint task-force, sole administrators and traditional rulers across the state.

The step, according to him, is aimed at avoiding a repeat of the February 2016 deadly Agatu attacks involving herdsmen.

The Special Adviser to the Governor and Chairman of the Committee, Colonel Edwin Jando, had tasked the state to prevent a recurrence by all means possible.

In October, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 4, Oshodi Glover, deployed over 60 personnel of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to Plateau, Nasarawa and Benue states.
benue, fayose, herdsmen crisisHowever, in the ongoing fight against insurgents and herdsmen attacks across the country, past Military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, is one of those who opines that the government cannot solely bring an end to the insecurity issue.

The former military leader-turned-farmer, in an interview with Channels Television, had said the crisis requires all hands to be on deck, especially those of well-meaning individuals in the country.

In an attempt to also avoid further attacks instigated by the herdsmen, Ekiti state Governor, Ayodele Fayose came up with the decision to sign a law prohibiting open grazing of cattle in the state.

Speeding up the passage of the bill, he has inaugurated a task force to enforce the law, insisting that he has a duty to do whatever he can to protect the lives of his people.

Abubakar Says Quality Governance Critical To Nation Building

Abdulsalami Abubakar, Nation Building, Quality GovernanceFormer Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), says the quality of governance is a critical element in a sustainable peace building process.

General Abubakar noted that it would require full security and resumption of normalcy, to sustain the current efforts in ending the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria’s northern region.

He made the recommendation on Monday at the multi-purpose hall of the Modibbo Adama University of Technology in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

The former military President delivered a speech on “Post-conflict Peace Building and Reconstruction in the Lake Chad Basin” at a conference in collaboration with the Nigerian Army.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, was the special guest at the event.

He informed the gathering about the mandate of the military in the fight against terror, its achievement so far and the role it plays in a post-war effort to rebuild and reconstruct liberated territories from Boko Haram terrorists.

General Buratai also briefed reporters about the Army’s position on the recent video of the purported Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.

On his part, Adamawa State Governor, Mohammed Jibrilla, applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment to ending insurgency, especially in northeast Nigeria.

Subsequently, General Abubakar in company of the Army Chief, Governor Jibrilla and other dignitaries proceeded to commission two hostels at the university.

Abdulsalami Abubakar Rallies Support For Anambra Industrialists

Abdulsalami Abubakar, InsecurityThe former Military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar has commended the entrepreneurs and industrialists in Nnewi, Anambra state, for their ingenuity and resourcefulness saying the quest for Nigeria’s improved economy is within the place.

General Abubakar speaking during a tour of several industries in the area to find in what ways the Federal Government can rally support for them, as over dependence on goods importation is not favorable to the country.

He assures of advancing their cause to the appropriate quarters as over dependence on importation will ruin the nation’s economy.

General Abubakar went to different locations for inspections, thereby commending the initiative and called for dialogue in all the agitations from various quarters rocking the nation.

He urged the industrialists not to relent as their entrepreneurial spirit is capable of growing the country’s economy.

Niger Governor Felicitates With Abdulsalami Abubakar At 74

Niger State, Abubakar Bello, Abdulsalami AbubakarNiger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, has congratulated Nigeria’s immediate past military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, who clocked 74 years on Monday.

Describing him as the father of the new Nigeria, Governor Bello credited the uninterrupted democracy presently enjoyed to the solid foundation laid by the short but memorable administration of General Abubakar.

Compatriot Of Immeasurable Value

In a statement by his spokesman, he said the former Head of State’s contribution to democratic development gave birth to the current political dispensation in Nigeria.

“You are a compatriot of immeasurable value, a man whose words are his honour. Though your reign was brief, Nigeria and Nigerians are the beneficiaries of the democratic foundation you laid.

“Your singular bravery act saw to the enthronement of democracy and the re-positioning of Nigeria in the comity of nations. A committed and loyal officer, your towering credentials in the military saw you to the height of your career when in 1998, destiny placed the leadership of this country on you.

“A responsibility you delivered creditably well to the admiration of the international community. Even out of office, your track records as a lover and agent of peace saw to your appointment as Ambassador of Peace by the international community.Abdulsalami Abubakar on Interim government

“Your strong conviction in peaceful resolution of conflicts has brought peace to Liberia, Niger Republic and Guinea where you have been called upon to mediate.

“Government and the good people of Niger State are proud of you. We celebrate our icon today and always, as he marks his 74th birthday and pray that Allah (SWT) will continue to preserve his life in good health as he continue to serve Allah his creator and mankind,” statement read.

Governor Bello then urged General Abubakar to continue to provide the much needed leadership and statesmanship counselling to those in authority, to enable Nigeria move out of its present precarious condition.

The former military leader was born in Minna, the Niger State’s capital on June 13, 1942 and he handed over power to a democratically elected government in 1999.

Niger APC Sweeps Local Government Election

Niger electionThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has cleared all the positions in the 25 local government areas in an election held in Niger State.

Low turnout and late arrival of electoral materials characterised the local government elections, as electorates and party agents blamed neglect and ill-treatment on some alleged quarters on Saturday.

Although, the election was relatively peaceful in most of the centres visited by Channels Television’s correspondent, there was low turnout of voters as some of them were accredited and didn’t come out to vote.

“Very Unfortunate”

The two former Nigerian leaders in the State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar did not come out to vote, but investigation revealed that General Ibrahim Babangida was out of the country for medical checkup.

Investigation further revealed that the two leaders don’t come out to exercise their franchise in most of the local government elections conducted in the past.

The immediate past Governor, Muazu Aliyu, was also absent in his country home of Minna for the election.

The Niger East Senatorial District Senator, Mr David Umaru, also did not come out to vote.

The Niger State Deputy Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Tanko Beji, while leaving the office of the Niger State Independent Electoral Commission (NSIEC) described the local government election as “very unfortunate”.

Mr Beji, after hearing some results on Sunday, expressed displeasure in the results announced, adding that he would consult the party before would take a stand later on the matter.

The local governments results collected from the various council returning officers were: Agaie, Chanchaga, Bosso, Lavun, Mokwa, Edati, Magama, Munya, Pailkoro and Rafi.

Others were: Rijau, Shiroro, Tafa, Bida, Wushishi, Gbako, Mariga, Lapai, Gurara, Borgu, Agwara, and Katcha Local Government Areas.

The only local government result being awaited was Kontagora, the country home of the State Governor.

Meanwhile election could not hold in Suleja Local Government Area due to perceived crisis in the area. It was rescheduled to hold on Saturday, January 23.

Support Buhari’s Efforts To End Insurgency, Abubakar Urges Nigerians

Abdulsalami AbubakaA former Nigerian military leader, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, on Saturday urged Nigerians to support efforts that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is making to ensure peace in the nation’s north-east.

The former Head of State was on a private visit to Yola, the Adamawa State capital, where he took out time to visit Governor Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla.

“Nigeria Will Survive”

He told reporters that President Buhari inherited a lot of problems that he could not solve alone.

General Abubakar said: “In Nigeria, like you said, we are facing a lot of problems. From economy to security. But despite all these, ‘in sha Allah’, Nigeria will survive.

“Now, I want to call on all of us… Nigerians to play their citizen’s rights, role and responsibility”.

‘Report To Authorities’

Adamawa State is one of the northern Nigerian states worst hit by the terrorists in different attacks, a situation General Abubakar expressed hopes that it would end soon.

“All these criminals are amongst us. They have brothers, sisters and friends. It is left for us to report to the authorities so that these people can be fished out.

“Again, Nigeria cannot survive if Nigerians fail to play their roles. Be you a reporter, driver or messenger, we must all play our role.

He urged the media to guard against inciting the public with their reports, stressing the need for stories to be verified before they are published.

The former Nigerian leader urged the citizens of Adamawa State to support the Governor, whom said could not rule without your support.

He also stressed the need for Nigerians to provide security agencies with needed information that would aid their counter-terrorism operations.

The military is making efforts to end the activities of the Boko Haram sect before the end of the year in line with a three-month deadline given to it by the current administration in August.

Buhari Confident Centenary City Will Boost Nigeria’s Economy

Centenary-City-AbujaPresident Muhammadu Buhari has expressed confidence that the Centenary City in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, will create more jobs and add immense value to the overall development of the oil-rich nation. 

The President made the statement on Friday after being briefed by the Chairman of the Centenary City PLC on the progress of the project and the faith of the original inhabitants of the site.

President Buhari praised the Centenary City’s main development partners from the United Arab Emirates for having enough confidence in Nigeria to agree to invest about $18.5 billion in the project.

He was optimistic that the skills, expertise and vast experience that would be brought into Nigeria to build the Centenary City on the Dubai model, would also be of immense benefit to Nigeria.

“I looked forward to regular updates on the Centenary City’s development,” he said.

Private Sector Driven

At the briefing, the Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and members of its management team told President Buhari that the Centenary City would create about 250,000 more direct jobs in the Federal Capital Territory and about half a million indirect jobs, an assertion that President Buhari welcomed.

The team also told the President that all the original inhabitants of the site had been fully compensated, emphasising that the project would be totally private sector driven.

The Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo, who was also present at the briefing, said that the issue of the rights of the original inhabitants of the site acquired for the Centenary City had been of concern to the present administration.

At the meeting, the Managing Director of the Centenary City PLC., Mr Micheal Odenigwe and the Director of Eagle Hills Limited, Jnel Shakel, debunked allegations of fraud about the project.

The National Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party for South-South, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, had written to the President, demanding a probe of the role of the immediate former Secretary of the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Anyim, in the Multi-Billion Dollar project. The petition may have triggered the briefing, which is believed to part of a process aimed at assessing the project and the controversy surrounding it.

The Centenary City Project was initiated in the twilight of the past administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

 

National Peace Committee, Buhari Discuss Nigeria’s Peace

Muhammadu-BuhariThe National Peace Committee for the 2015 General Elections, headed by former Head of State General Abdusalami Abubakar (rtd), has held a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

At the meeting held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday, talks were focused on how to sustain the peace that Nigeria had got after the general election.

The committee had brokered the signing of the peace accords between President Buhari and his predecessor, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, ahead of the March 28 presidential poll.

Addressing reporters after the meeting, which lasted for about an hour, the catholic Bishop of Sokoto State, Bishop Matthew Kukah, said the peace committee had a role to still nurture the peace which Nigeria had got following the general elections.

The meeting is coming barely three days after former President Jonathan, had paid a secret visit to President Buhari at the residence.

Present at the meeting were General Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III and President of the Christian Association of Nigeria Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.

Also in attendance were Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Cardinal John Onaiyekan, former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mrs Priscilla Kuye and Senator Ben Obi.