Army-Shiites Clash: Northern Governor Summon Emergency Meeting In Kaduna

shiite-ArmyGovernors of the 19 northern states have summoned an emergency meeting following the recent fracas between the Army and members of the Islamic Movement in Zaria, Kaduna State.

A statement issued by Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, said that the decision to summon the emergency meeting followed consultations between the governors over recent happenings.

He said the northern governors were worried by the situation and hence their resolve to wade into the matter with a view to frontally address the problem.

The Governors called on citizens and warring parties involved in the incident to remain calm and exercise restraint, assuring that far reaching steps would be taken to guarantee restoration of normalcy in a sustained manner.

They called on citizens to go about their activities peacefully and in obedience to lawful provisions.

The Forum reaffirmed that governments across the 19 states would at all times take measures that will promote peace and public safety, as well as justice and fairness to all citizens, in line with constitutional provisions.

The Nigerian Army had earlier claimed that the Shiite sect’s attack on the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Tukur Buratai, led to the clash between soldiers and members of the group.

However, the Acting Spokesman of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim Musa, while speaking to Channels Television, claimed that the Nigerian Army is to blame for the crisis.

He explained that trouble started when the sect members felt uncomfortable with the presence of soldiers on a day they were having their procession, recalling that soldiers had opened fire on them in a similar situation in 2014.

“Last year the soldiers opened fire on the Muslim brothers while they were doing a Quds Day rally. So with this in mind the brothers told them that it is not proper for them to be stationed just opposite the Hosenia and they asked them to move back,” he said.

“When the soldiers who were many in number, decided to move back, then the brothers started thinking that they had gone to bring more reinforcement; that was when the crisis started, Musa added.

IDPS: Northern Governors’ Wives Donate Relief Items Worth 40M

internally-displaced-persons-NEMARelief items worth 40 million naira have been donated to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri, north east Nigeria by wives of the northern governors.

The wife of the Benue State Governor, Mrs Yemisi Suswam who led wives of other northern governors to Borno State said the gesture is to provide succor for Nigerians who have suffered from the activities of the insurgents.

She appealed to the Governor of Borno State not to be deterred by the incessant attacks by members of the Boko haram sect but to focus on how to improve the lives of his people.

Governor Kashim Shetimma, who received the ladies, thanked them for the show of love to the people and assured them that the government will ensure that insecurity will soon be a part of history.

Hundreds of internally displaced persons (IDPs) are presently in various camps in the city of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital as well as other parts of the country.

Many Nigerians are eager to see that the war against the insurgents will soon be won so that displaced persons can reunite with their families and loved ones.

Northern Governors Felicitate With Christians, Preach Peace, Unity

Northern GovernorsThe Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) has called on Nigerians to remain dedicated to the peace, and unity of Nigeria.

While felicitating with Christians on the Yuletide, the Chairman of the forum and Niger State Governor, Muazu Aliyu, urged Nigerians to demonstrate genuine commitment toward achieving the nation’s collective developmental aspiration.

While expressing optimism that Nigeria would come out of its present social, political and economic challenges stronger and more united, Governor Aliyu said that Nigerians should analyse the origin of the present challenges facing the country and sincerely address them.

“I am optimistic that one day we will all sit together first as Nigerians regardless of ethnic or religious affiliation to deliberate without sentiments on how to move our dear country to its deserved social, political and economic height,” the leader of the northern governors said.

Aliyu Denies Planned Decamping Of Northern Governors From PDP

The Governor of Niger State, Muazu Aliyu, has declared that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is a political party that cannot be defeated by any merger of opposition parties.

The governor made the remark when he received some members of the PDP’s Board of Trustee (BoT), who paid him a visit in Minna.

The guests were led by the chairman of the party’s BoT, Chief Tony Anenih.

On the newly formed African Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Aliyu noted that the merger of four opposition parties to form the APC is an acceptance that the merger parties are ‘second fiddle’.

He claimed that the ruling PDP is not perturbed by the coalition which he also described as a “bed of strange bed fellows”.

Mr. Aliyu who is also the chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum promised Chief Anenih that no PDP governor in the North will dump the party for any other party as it is widely reported.

Chief Anenih noted that they were in Niger State to have a “private heart-to-heart discussion” with the governor, adding that every issue that concerns the country will be discussed.

Asked about the contentious issue of the party’s presidential candidate for the 2015 general election, Mr. Anenih said: “When the time is ripe the leaders of the party will make the decision and it will not be discussed in the market place.”

The meeting later went into a closed-door session.

Northern governors caution STF over vacation order in Plateau villages

Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) and the Governor of Niger State, Doctor Muazu  Aliyu has reacted to the quit notice issued to Fulani residents of Mahanga,Kakuruk,Maseh and Shong 2 in Barkin Ladi and Riyom local Governments of Plateau State, urging the Special Military Task Force (STF) to exercise caution.

The Special Military Task Force had on Saturday asked inhabitants of the affected areas to vacate their domain immediately with their property, citing military action in the troubled villages.

Governor Aliyu warned that the 48 hour ultimatum issued by the STF could lead to breakdown of law and order not only in Plateau State but in other parts of the country.

A statement by Governor Aliyu’s spokesman, Danladi Ndayebo said the forum is worried by complaints from a section of the region to the effect that the vacation order represents a declaration of war by the military against a segment of the nation’s citizens.

The statement added that although the forum is not opposed to any action that will put a stop to the senseless killing of innocent people in the Plateau, it warned that the region cannot afford the likely negative consequences of the order that the Fulani herdsmen should vacate the said villages without providing alternatives.

The forum further advised the STF to work more closely with Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State instead of issuing unilateral orders that could further worsen the already bad security situation in the state.

It said the current security challenge in Plateau State has provided the opportunity for all stakeholders to sit down and solve the Indigene-settler problem once and for all.