Kwara Govt. Extends Tenure Of LG Caretaker Committees

Abdulfatah-AhmedThe Kwara State government has extended the tenure of the Caretaker Committees with 16 Local Government Councils in the state by three months.

The extension was conveyed by the state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed in a letter sent to the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Ali Ahmad.

Governor Ahmed explained that the extension is to ensure continuity of administration, pending the conduct of elections into the local councils.

The governor noted that extension of the tenure is in accordance with section 18(5) & (8) of the Kwara State Local Government Law 2006, which vested powers on him to extend the period of dissolution of the Local Government Council and the Caretaker Committees for three months at any given time.

It will be recalled that the Caretaker Committees were inaugurated on November 15, 2016 for a period of three months, which expired on Tuesday February 14, 2017.

Trump Proposes Disarming Clinton Guards

Donald Trump, US immigration, extreme vettingDonald Trump on Friday called for disarming the bodyguards who protect his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, and mused about the consequences of such a move by saying “Let’s see what happens to her.”

The Republican presidential nominee was speaking at a rally in Miami, where he contrasted his supporters, who he said back police and want crime reduced, to Clinton, who he derided as someone who “lives behind walls and raises money from hedge funds.”

“I think that her bodyguards should drop all weapons. They should disarm. I think they should disarm immediately, what do you think, yes?,” he said.

“Take their guns away, she doesn’t want guns. Take them, let’s see what happens to her. Take their guns away, okay. It will be very dangerous.”

Both candidates have been protected by the Secret Service for months, but Trump’s latest take on Clinton’s security detail brought swift denunciations, particularly from Clinton allies.

“Tonight, Donald Trump once again alluded to violence against Hillary Clinton,” said Elizabeth Shappell, spokeswoman for Correct The Record, a pro-Clinton media watchdog group.

“This is a truly deplorable comment that betrays our nation’s most fundamental democratic values,” Shappell said in a statement.

Stuart Stevens, a Washington-based political consultant who worked on Republican Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, tweeted: “The Secret Service should investigate this threat”

Trump made a similar comment about Clinton and her armed protection in May while accepting the endorsement of the National Rifle Association, when he said Clinton would end the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment, which guarantees the right to bear arms.

“Let’s see how they feel walking around without their guns or their bodyguards,” he told the gun lobby group, speaking about Clinton and her Secret Service detail.

Trump was criticized by opponents last month when he suggested that gun rights activists could act to stop Clinton from nominating liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices, a comment some interpreted as encouraging a political assassination.

Troops Intercept Gunmen, Recover Ammunition In Katsina

Troops, NSCDC, KatsinaTroops of 35 Battalion, One Brigade of the Nigerian Army in a joint patrol with officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Katsina State, have killed a suspected cattle rustler and recovered weapons.

A statement by the Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, revealed that the troops and the NSCDC, under the auspices of “Operation SHARAN DAJI”, carried out the operations along Tsambe-Fafare road in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State, northwest Nigeria.

“The operation was predicated on information received by well-meaning citizens that three gunmen were sighted on motorcycles.

“The team swung into action and pursued the suspected armed bandits towards Dumburu forest in Zamfara State.

“During an encounter, the team killed one of the suspected cattle rustlers and armed bandits while the other two escaped with gunshot wounds,” the statement read.

Colonel Usman said that the troops recovered an AK-47 rifle with registration number 1985PS6288, additional AK-47 rifle magazine and three rounds of 7.62mm (special) ammunition.

He hinted that another combined team arrested a notorious cattle rustler and armed bandit, Abubakar Mohammed, otherwise known as Gora with his accomplices, Anas Gora and Bello Sani, during special raids operations along Faskari-Sheme-Mairuwa road also in Katsina State.

The team recovered 49 cattle and 25 sheep from the group and handed them over to the police.

The recovered animals have been handed over to Faskari Local Government Area Council Secretary for handing over to the rightful owners.

Finance Minister Appears Before Senate, Says Nation Is Going Through Recession

Finance MinistryThe Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, on Thursday admitted that the nation is going through a recession.

Mrs Adeosun, who was speaking during the plenary session of the Senate said the Federal Government is aware of the sufferings the recession may have caused Nigerians but added that steps have been taken to ensure that the nation gets out of its economic challenge.

She also appealed to Nigerians not to panic over recent reports of international agencies, which puts the nation’s economy in a bad light but to believe in the policies of government geared towards achieving a stable economy.

She told the lawmakers what the government is doing to ensure fiscal discipline in the face of the recession, key amongst which is the reduction in recurrent expenditure.

She urged Nigerians not to panic over recent comments by international organisations on the economy.

The lawmakers dwelt on how the Federal Government plans to mitigate the impact of the fall of oil prices on the masses.

The Minister also told the lawmakers that N14 billion has been released for the Social Intervention Programme, while a total of N247 billion capital releases has been made and expressed confidence that these will stimulate economic activities.

 

President Buhari Urges Nigerians To Love One Another

Muhammadu-Buhari-on-north-east-StarvationPresident Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to love one another and be disciples and flowers of Jesus Christ, just as He (Jesus) did during his ministry on earth.

President Buhari made this known in his Easter message to Nigerians. The statement says, “As we celebrate Easter this year, I sincerely believe that it will serve our dear nation very well if we all imbibe this essential message of Jesus Christ and truly learn to love our countrymen and women as we love ourselves.

Indeed, we will surely make faster progress towards the achievement of the peaceful, united, strong, progressive and prosperous country we all desire if, as a nation, we eschew all divisive, parochial, ethnic and religious sentiments and rivalries, and begin to live more harmoniously with our compatriots, as Jesus Christ and the founders of the world’s other great religions enjoined mankind.

Our unfortunate notoriety in recent years as a country where the blood of men, women and children are wantonly and callously shed in frequent orgies of criminal, political, ethnic and religious violence has become very embarrassing and utterly unacceptable.

My administration is determined to achieve greater peace and security across our nation by ending the avoidable conflicts and crises that hinder our national progress.

I ask for greater support from all Nigerians in this regard. We must put a stop to politically motivated killings. Our communities must be made safe again for all inhabitants to live together in peace and harmony”.

He further noted that “Our armed forces, police and other security agencies are being progressively reformed, re-positioned and empowered to win the war against terrorism and make mass killings, abductions and other criminal atrocities things of the past in our beloved country.

Let us all also play our parts as patriotic citizens and do all that we can to ensure that we make Nigeria a safer, more peaceful and happier place for its people and others.

Faith, belief and the fulfillment of expectations are also key themes of the Easter celebration. I urge you all therefore, to continue to have faith in the future greatness of our country and to believe that the CHANGE my administration promised will surely come to fruition.

That CHANGE, which we all yearn for, will certainly occur more rapidly if we all place the love of our country above selfish personal and group interests”.

President Buhari stated that the National Assembly has just passed the 2016 budget.

“I assure all Nigerians that we will do our utmost best to ensure that the budget, the first since my election as President, is efficiently and successfully implemented towards achieving our objective of faster economic growth and development.

“I thank the vast majority of Nigerians for their patience and understanding in the first ten months of this administration.

As we go forward, I assure you all that we are working very hard to overcome the challenges we encountered on assumption of office.

We are moving on with an unshaken resolve and determination to deliver on the mandate you gave us on March 28, last year”.

I wish you all very happy Easter celebrations.