Buhari To Attend 3rd Dakar International Forum On Peace And Security In Africa

Buhari To Attend 3rd Dakar International Forum On Peace And Security In AfricaPresident Muhammadu Buhari will attend the Third Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa in Dakar, Senegal, from December 5-6, 2016.

The President’s Spokesperson, Mr Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

President Buhari however had a closed-door meeting with the President of Liberia, Mrs Hellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Both leaders began the private discussion shortly after President Sirleaf arrived in the nation’s capital earlier on Monday.

After the meeting, President Buhari is expected to leave Abuja to attend the peace forum which is being convened by President Macky Sall of Senegal, with support from the African Union to discuss security-related challenges on the continent.

It will be attended by African leaders and representatives of regional and international organisations.

President Buhari is scheduled to participate in the Panel of Heads of State on Tuesday, December 6.

The President, who has identified improved security in Nigeria as a priority for development, shares the vision of the forum in finding lasting solutions to security challenges on the continent, notably terrorism and violent extremism, piracy, drugs, child and human trafficking.

In Dakar, the Nigerian leader will use the occasion of his participation in the forum to continue his active engagement with political authorities on the need for enhanced security cooperation in the region.

The theme of the two-day Forum is, “Africa and its Security Challenges: Perspectives for Effective Solutions’’.

Yobe Government Restricts Vehicular Movement Across The State

Ibrahim_GaidamThe Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has approved the placement of restriction of movement for the New Year and Eid-Maulud holidays across the state.

The decision, according to a statement by the governor’s spokesman, Abdullahi Bego, “was taken late following a meeting that the Governor had with Heads of Law Enforcements in the State”.

The statement reads: “All vehicular movement into and out of the State is banned from Thursday 7AM to Saturday 7AM. There will also be no vehicular movement between towns across the State.

“However, normal vehicular movement as well as business and social activities will continue within towns and communities in the State”.

The statement also said the decision to restrict movement was taken out of abundance of caution, following sensitive security information that some terrorists were planning to use the holiday period possibly to harm innocent people.

The statement appealed to people to bear with the measure as it was taken purely in the interest of peace and security in the State.

Ramadan: Jonathan Urges Nigerian Muslims To Pray For Peace And Security

JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan salutes all Muslims in Nigeria as they begin the 2014 Ramadan fast, urging them to rededicate themselves to the virtues of piety, tolerance and fairness to all.

As they joined fellow adherents of the faith in other parts of the world in undergoing the strictures and spiritual purification of the annual Ramadan fast against the background of security challenges in the country, President Jonathan has urged Nigerian Muslims to offer special prayers during the period for greater peace and security in the nation.

In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, the President reassured the entire nation that the Federal Government continues to work tirelessly to curb insurgency, terrorism and other criminal acts which have caused insecurity in parts of the country.

He urged Nigerians “not to succumb to despair, but to remain steadfast in the firm conviction that with courage, determination, focus, decisiveness and collective support for the Armed Forces and security agencies, the country would ultimately overcome the evil agents of sectionalism, sectarianism and international terrorism who seek to disunite the nation.”

As they observe the Ramadan, President Jonathan also called on Nigerian Muslims to rededicate themselves in fuller measure to the virtues of piety, self-discipline, tolerance, equity, honesty, fairness and sympathy for the less privileged which the Holy month promotes.

The President joined all people of faith in praying that God Almighty would grant Nigeria greater peace, security, unity and national harmony.

He wished the Muslim community a rewarding and spiritually gratifying Ramadan fast.