FG Assures To End Terrorism, Farmers And Herdsmen Clashes

Buhari Hosts ECOWAS To Discuss GambiaNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has assured that terrorism, farmers and herdsmen clashes in some parts of the country would soon be a thing of the past as the Federal Government is making frantic efforts to bring such security challenges to an end.

The President made the promise in Kaduna at a security and development summit organised by Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation.

President Buhari represented by the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahaman Dambazau, said that the security agencies have been given the mandate to restore peace and security to parts of the country.

The gathering of the submit was to discuss about the Security and Development of Northern Nigeria.

Stakeholders at the conference fashioned out ways of addressing some of the security and economic challenges facing the northern region.

Speaking on behalf of the Governors, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state says his administration would resolve and rebuild the state ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency for the past eight years, noting that Borno would be looking different in the next six months to one year.

He added that the recent suicide bombings by the insurgents is nothing but a sign of weakness and cowardice, having been largely degraded by the Military and their stronghold captured completely.

Extolling the virtues of Sir Ahmadu Bello, the President’s representative commends the effort of the Nigerian Security Agencies in conflict resolution and mitigation which he notes is the key to economic prosperity.

Observers are of the opinion that the summit would not be a mere talk-shop, but one that would be able to come up with specific ideas to solve the various socio economic problems that are hindering the development of the region.

Governors, Prominent Citizens Sue For Nigeria’s Restructuring

Aminu-Tambuwal-other-governorsSome state governors and prominent citizens have called for the restructuring of Nigeria to make it more productive and efficient.

The call was made as part of solutions to Nigeria’s economic crisis and myriad of problems that have turned the once prosperous giant of Africa to a nation almost on its knees.

The governors made the recommendation on Monday in Abuja at the launch of a book titled ‘Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria’, a case study of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, pointed out during an interview with Channels Television that Nigeria must return to true federalism and devolution of powers from the centre.

“I’m in support of fiscal restructuring of our economy and devolution of power to the states.

“Devolve powers to the states, more responsibilities and give them more funding; That way, I believe Nigerian project will blossom,” he stated.

Some prominent citizens at the event also stressed the need for more autonomy for states and less power at the centre.Book-on-Muhammadu-Buhari

However, the Governor of Plateau State, Mr Simon Lalong, does not think restructuring was the quick fix many Nigerians think it was.

Some Nigerians, on their part, believed the call for restructuring had been gaining traction in the light of the present recession and ongoing challenges confronting the country.

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, also told reporters that Nigerian states had their comparative advantage, urging the government to focus more on that.

“If you look into the strength of each state or region, it will take this nation out of the issue e are having now,” the Ooni said.

“Restore The Country”

Meanwhile, giving their opinions about the 320-page book on Buhari, some past leaders and other prominent Nigerians spoke about the leadership qualities of the President.

The event was attended by three presidents from Chad, Niger and Benin Republic and two former Nigerian leaders; General Yakubu Gowon and Mr Olusegun Obasanjo among other prominent Nigerians.

For former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, it was a time for the President Buhari to restore the country.

“Mr President has been doing his best to get things going, to ensure that the economy is restored to good health and the suffering of the masses of the people is alleviated,” he stressed.

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Mr Olusegun Obasanjo

Giving a speech about the presentation of events in the book, Mr Obasanjo said that the simple and chronological presentation made the book readable without stress and “makes you to not want to put it down when you start reading it”.

Also at the ceremony were the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr John Oyegun and the leader of the party that had called for Mr Oyegun’s resignation, Mr Bola Tinubu.

The supposedly disagreeing leaders sat side by side at the occasion.

Mr Oyegun and Senator Tinubu sitting side by side
Mr Oyegun and Senator Tinubu sitting side by side

Reviewing the book, Mr Tinubu said that as a sitting president, Mr Buhari was on an assignment to undo the wrongs of nearly two decades of bad governance.

The author of the book, John Paden, a Professor of International Studies, who had written a book on late Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello, described the President as a charismatic leader who would never do anything except it benefits the country.

Professor Paden said President Buhari had the courageous and upright personality that Nigeria needed at this time to forge a united country.

Book Presentation On Buhari’s Leadership Holds In Abuja

Book-on-Muhammadu-BuhariThe International Conference Centre in Abuja on Monday hosted the book presentation on the ‘Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria’, a case study of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The author, John Paden, a Professor of International Studies, who had written a book on late Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello, described President Buhari as a charismatic leader who would never do anything except it benefits the country.

Professor Paden said President Buhari had the courageous and upright personality that Nigeria needed at this time to forge a united country.

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John Paden dedicated the book to the unity of Nigeria

“President Buhari has the challenge of promoting unity and security, as mentioned in the book. I have dedicated this book and my previous three books to the unity of Nigeria.

“The challenges of the leadership in Nigeria are larger than any individual. But the commitment and passion of individual leaders to do the right thing without consideration of personal gain clearly makes a difference,” he told the gathering.

The 320-page book was reviewed by two politicians and two diplomats.

The event was attended by three presidents from Chad, Niger and
Benin Republic and two former Nigerian leaders; General Yakubu Gowon and Mr Olusegun Obasanjo among other prominent Nigerians.

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Muhammadu Buhari said the review of the book gave a clear view of what the book is about

For Gowon, this is a time for President Buhari to restore Nigeria.

“Mr President has been doing his best to get things going, to ensure that the economy is restored to good health and the suffering of the masses of the people is alleviated,” the former military leader stressed.

Giving a speech about the presentation of events in the book, Mr Obasanjo said that the simple and chronological presentation made the book readable without stress and “makes you to not want to put it down when you start reading it”.

Also at the ceremony were the chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr John Oyegun and the leader of the party that had called for Mr Oyegun’s resignation, Mr Bola Tinubu. They sat side by side at the occasion.

Reviewing the book, Mr Tinubu said that as a sitting president, Mr Buhari was on an assignment to undo the wrongs of nearly two decades of bad governance.

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Mr John Oyegun and Mr Bola Tinubu at the book launch

Another reviewer told the gathering that the book was on Buhari, with focus on leadership issues and some of the ways which leadership responds to challenges facing a nation of people.

The author wrote: “Leadership is clearly the key to the success of the Nigerian project which is a quest for prosperous and unified Nigeria”.

For President Buhari, the reviewers of the book had done a great job, making it possible for those at the gathering to have a clear view of what the book was about without having to read it.

There are expectations that the book would be widely read in Washington, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, as a lesson in true leadership.

Nigeria’s culture was not left out of the ceremony, as a several dance groups also entertained the gathering.

Governor Shettima Commends Military’s Effort Against Insurgency

ShettimaBorno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has commended the effort of the military in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents in northeast Nigeria.

The Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum made the disclosure on Thursday in an interview with Channels Television on the side-line of the 50th anniversary of the death of the late Premier of the Northern Region, Sir Ahmadu Bello, in Kaduna State.

Governor Shettima expressed satisfaction that the Boko haram terrorists have been largely degraded by the military, stating that the level of bombings in the northeast has drastically reduced due to the ongoing military onslaught against the group.

According to him, all the strongholds of the terrorist group have been liberated by the military while mop up operations are still ongoing in the affected areas.

The Governor also disclosed that the present crop of northern governors are working hard to address the problem of unemployment, poverty and insecurity that have ravaged the region over the years.

Minister Accuses Northern Elders Of Destroying Region

The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro

Interior Minister, Comrade Abba Moro has accused northern elders of destroying north Nigeria and all it stood for.

Speaking during a courtesy call to Katsina state governor, Moro said northern elders have embraced politics of bitterness and deliberately shunned the north and its people.

He noted that the hitherto rich and vibrant region has lost its glory because the elders have taken sides instead of working together to maintain the virtues of the late Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello.

He commended the legacies of the late premier of Northern Nigeria and late Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and urged politicians to stop antagonizing the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

He called on northern politicians to work towards a meaningful northern nigeria and Nigeria in general.

In his remarks, the governor of Katsina state, Mr. Shehu Shema said the political temperature in Nigeria is a sign of political victory for PDP, stressing that all hands must be on deck for a proper development of the Nigerian state.

Meanwhile, the Governor told the minister that the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC)  has been integrated into the Katsina State Security Council.