Defence Chief Visits Southern Kaduna, Preaches Tolerance

generalThe Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, has identified lack of tolerance among the various ethnic groups in Southern Kaduna, as largely responsible for the recent attacks that claimed hundreds of lives and property in the area.

General Olonisakin made the observation when he visited some communities that were attacked by suspected herdsmen in Jemaa and Kaura Local Government Areas of Kaduna State.

He also met with some traditional rulers where he appealed to the people to use dialogue in resolving their differences rather than using violent means.

The Chief of Defence Staff was in the area to assess the ongoing peace keeping operation by troops, following the attacks by suspected herdsmen in some communities in the southern part of Kaduna State.

He also took out time to visit the palaces of some traditional rulers at the palace of Chief of Kagoro and Emir of Jemaa. The Defence Chief appealed to them to talk to their subjects to embrace peace and tolerate one another.

The traditional rulers on their part told the Defence Chief that they have been living together with each other until the recent attacks by suspected Fulani. They therefore demanded for military formation to be located in the area.

The Chief of Kagoro , Ufuwai Bonet said: “If you hear anything happening, our people just go on revenge, they never attacked. Am telling you this between me and my God.

“Trouble started around this area in 2011, but for a short time and disappeared.

“Nothing happened since 2011 until recently. In 2011, the Fulanis here said they wanted to leave Kagoro. We tried our best for them to stay, but they refused.

“We said any day you want to go please tell us, since you people came, there was no problem at all, we were surprised that they came back again to attack last Saturday for reasons we do not know.

While assuring the people that a military formation would soon be established in Southern Kaduna in order to prevent future attacks in the communities, the Defence Chief said that troops deployed to the area will ensure that peace and security returns fully to Southern Kaduna.

“I am here to have an on-the-spot assessment of the situation, so as to have the full grasp of the happenings, and to know what has been put in place by the security agencies.

“Secondly to reassure the people of our commitment to pursue and ensure peace in the region.

“There can be no progress in any area if there is no peace, so it is important that peace reigns in this region so that there can be progress.

“We will do our utmost best to make sure that we put all the necessary measures in place to ensure that the place is peaceful, secured for people to go about their duties.

“I want to crave your indulgence your Royal Highness to talk to the people to tolerate one another. Intolerance has been the major problem and issue in fueling this crisis.

“The people have been living together for years, why now? Why cant we continue to tolerate one another? Why must we kill one another?

“Your Royal Highness please I want to plead with you, it is important that you continue to talk to the people to be more tolerant with one another.”

Meanwhile, many residents who fled from their homes in the aftermath of the attacks in Ninte village Jemaa Local Government Area, have started returning home following the presence of security operatives in the communities.

Those whose houses were destroyed have started rebuilding them.

An indigene of the area, Reverend Audu Hassan, commended the government for deploying troops to the area which he noted has brought some kind of confidence in the people.

Sadly, the situation is different in Tonje village also in the same local government where five people were reported killed by suspected herdsmen last weekend. They have called on the government to deploy more security to the area.

 

Buhari Commiserates With Osinbajos, Sends Delegation To Ikenne 

foreign loans-buhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has placed a personal call to the family of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to commiserate with them over the death of Matriarch of the Awolowo family.

The late Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo, the grand mother of Dolapo, the Vice President’s wife.

Buhari described the deceased as “an institution in her own right” and “a model of motherhood”.

In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, President Buhari told the Osinbajos that late Hannah Idowu was one of the greatest female political icons in Africa who was deservingly revered for her remarkable virtues.

Buhari noted that Idowu’s shining virtues as a great mother, wife and motivator, would live after her.

According to the statement, the President has dispatched a powerful Federal Government delegation to condole with the Awolowo family at Ikenne, Ogun State.

The delegation, which met the Vice President and other members of the Awolowo family, was led by Malal Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff.

He was accompanied by the Secretary to the Federal Government, Babachir David Lawal, the Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olanishakin and the Chief of Defence Intelligence, Ambassador Oke.

The delegation extended his condolences to the family, the government and people of Ogun State over the death of Mrs. Awolowo.

Jonathan Meets With Security Chiefs, Governors

FEC_nigeriaThe President’s meeting with security chiefs and PDP governors has ended at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The meeting examined recent security events and developments in the country.

Although, the outcome of the meeting was not made public, those present include the governors of Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Benue, Delta, Abia, Enugu, Anambra and Jigawa states.

Others were the Plateau, Kogi, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Gombe, Katsina and Niger State governors as well as Taraba State’s Acting Governor, and the deputy governors of Bayelsa and Kebbi states.

They were joined by Vice President Namadi Sambo, the Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen Aliyu Gusau, the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd.), the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, the Service Chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General of the State Security Services and the Director-General Of National Intelligence Agency.

Also present was the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Minister of Police Affairs, and the Minister for the Interior.

No APC governor was present at the expanded meeting.

However, another Security Council meeting would hold next Wednesday with all governors, irrespective of political party expected to attend.

Northern Govs Call Emergency Meeting To Discuss Security Situation

northern_governorsAn emergency meeting of Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) has been scheduled for Tuesday, 22nd April, 2014 at the Niger State Governor’s Lodge, Jose Marti Crescent, Asokoro, Abuja at 4:00 p.m.

A statement made available to Channels  Television said that the meeting was called out of concern to address the incessant attacks and systematic killings of innocent people going on in the region, which has become a source of embarrassment and great concern to the Forum.

The statement explained that the meeting would discuss the increasing incidences of clashes between Fulani herdsmen and local communities, as well as reckless massacre and kidnapping of people across the Northern States.

Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan has been in a meeting with members of the  National Security Council in the Presidential Villa to review recent  security events and developments in the country.

Those present  at the meeting include Vice President Namadi Sambo, the Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen Aliyu Gusau, the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd.), the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, the Service Chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General of the State Security Services and the Director-General of National Intelligence Agency.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Minister of Police Affairs, and the Minister for the Interior are also present at the meeting.

The meeting of the National Security Council would be followed by an enlarged meeting on security developments in the country to which President Jonathan has invited State Governors.

Jonathan Summons Governors, Others To Security Meeting

jonathan_gesticulationFollowing an attack on Nyanya Motor Park on Monday morning and the abduction of 200 school girls in Borno on Tuesday, the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, on Wednesday summoned all 36 governors and others to a security meeting.

In a statement, the President’s aide on media and publicity, Reuben Abaati, disclosed that the meeting would hold on Thursday at the Presidential Villa.

According to the statement, “the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, the Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen Aliyu Gusau, the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, the Service Chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General of the State Security Services and the Director-General of National Intelligence Agency” would be at the National Security Council meeting.

The security meeting “will be followed at 13:00 Hours by an enlarged meeting on security developments in the country to which President Jonathan has invited State Governors” to review the security situation in the country as well as ongoing national security measures and operations with a view to determining the best way forward.

Although there have been criticisms against President Jonathan, Abati said the President wanted all Nigerians and persons living in the country to know that “the Federal Government remains very mindful of its responsibility for the safety of their lives and property in all parts of Nigeria and will continue to do everything possible to protect them from the scourge of terrorism and insecurity”.

Abati further stated that “the President is particularly concerned about the plight of the young Senior Secondary School girls who were reportedly abducted from their school in Borno State on Monday night and has ordered the military and national security agencies to deploy maximum efforts towards rescuing all of the girls and returning them safely to their parents. He welcomes reports that the military and security agencies have already rescued some of the girls.”

The President further expressed regrets over the “pain, sorrow and anguish brought upon many Nigerian families in recent days” but insisted on his conviction “that with the patriotic commitment and support of all Nigerians, the country would ultimately overcome its present challenges and move forward in unity and strength”.

“In this regard, President Jonathan will be pleased to see all politicians in the country exhibiting greater responsibility and patriotism by doing more to support his administration’s sincere efforts to enhance national security rather than trying to build political capital out of the pain and misery of their compatriots,” the statement read.