Nigerian Govt Warns ‘Traditional Rulers’, Others Against Conniving With Bandits

Nigerian Govt Warns 'Traditional Rulers', Others Against Conniving With Bandits
A file photo of the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali.

 

The Nigerian Government has warned all persons and groups conniving with bandits to carry out attacks in the north-west region to retract their steps.

The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, issued the warning on behalf of the government in a statement on Tuesday by his Public Relations Officer, Colonel Tukur Gusau.

He said the Ministry of Defence was concerned about the security challenges in the region, particularly in Zamfara, Sokoto, and Katsina States, as well as the Birnin Gwari axis of Kaduna State.

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“In spite of the concerted efforts of the Armed Forces and other security, some unpatriotic persons including highly placed traditional rulers in the areas were identified as helping the bandits with intelligence to perpetuate their nefarious actions or to compromise military operations,” the statement said.

It added, “The Ministry of Defence, therefore, wish to warn any person or group of persons who choose to connive or sympathies with the bandits to perpetuate crime against the law-abiding citizens to hence force retract their steps or face the full wrath of the law.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria have been directed to deal decisively with anybody identified helping the bandits under whatever guise no matter how highly placed the person or persons may be.”

The government explained that due to the recent prevailing security situation in the states, the Nigerian Army was conducting Exercise Harbin Kunama IV simultaneously in Zamfara, Katsina and Sokoto States.

It noted that the purpose of the exercise was to effectively tackle the activities of criminal elements in the north-west while the Nigerian Air Force has also intensified air strikes against the bandits in Zamfara.

The government disclosed that so far, the combined efforts have yielded successes which led to the killing of many bandits and the rescue of many innocent persons, including the renowned Islamic scholar Sheik Ahmad Suleiman.

It said it was addressing the remote and immediate causes that gave room to the high spate of armed banditry in the states.

It highlighted one of the steps taken as the suspension of all mining activities in Zamfara and environs, following intelligence report which suggested close collaboration between the activities of the bandits and illegal miners.

The statement said, “It is instructive to mention here that insurgency and terrorism are global phenomena that cannot be addressed through military actions only. The whole society has to rise in unison to support the government’s efforts to address the problem.”

In the last three years, the government said several reforms have been carried out towards the reorganisation and expansion of the Armed Forces, in order to meet up with contemporary security challenges across the nation and the sub-region.

It stressed that it was in line with this that the army established 8 Division with the headquarters in Sokoto to cover Kebbi, Sokoto, Katsina and Zamfara states while the Headquarters of 1 Brigade was relocated from Sokoto to Gusau.

It added that the tactical headquarters of 8 Division has since located to Gusau, the Zamfara State capital.

The government said the air force also established Quick Response Force in Gusau and landing areas in Gusau and Birnin Magaji respectively.

It gave assurance that the military, in conjunction with other security agencies, would continue to protect the lives and properties of law-abiding citizens.

The government urged Nigerians to cooperate with the military to discharge its constitutional responsibilities effectively.

‘I Will Return To Daura After My Second Term’ – Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has said he would return to his home town in Katsina State – Daura – at the end of his second term.

He said this on Tuesday while addressing traditional rulers who visited him at the State House in Abuja.

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Until then, however, the President says he will continue to do his best and work harder for the country, in the areas of security, infrastructure, jobs and fighting corruption.

“At the end of this second and final term, I will, God willing, return to Daura and settle down”, he said.

He also called for greater support from the traditional rulers as well as all Nigerians to consolidate his promises.

Buhari Calls For More Support From Traditional Rulers

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for greater support from traditional rulers to consolidate his promises bordering on security, economy and fighting corruption.

He made the call on Tuesday during a meeting with members of the Traditional Rulers Council at the Presidential Villa.

He said he swore by the Quran to uphold the tenets of his office, after which he says he would return to Daura and settle down.

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Responding to the President, the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar (III), asked him to reciprocate by continuing to lead with Justice and openness.

He also enjoined Nigerians to accept the results and support the present administration, adding that the will of God has prevailed.

Osinbajo Calls For Increased Respect Of Traditional Institutions

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says increased respect and regards should be given to traditional institutions and traditional rulers as they play vital roles in ensuring peace and security in the country.

According to a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo said this on Sunday during a visit to the Emir of Keffi, Shehu Chindo Yamusu III at his palace in Nasarawa State.

The Vice President noted that traditional rulers have earned their place as mediators in many aspects of national life and proved that they are important in the scheme of things.

“I feel very strongly that there should be a role, legal and constitutional role, for traditional rulers. I think it’s a very good idea and l believe that for the peace and security of our country, the respect and regards for traditional institutions must continue, and that has accounted for the stability of our polity for so many years.

“l believe that traditional rulership in our country has earned their place as arbiters in so many different ways, in security and justice at the local level and even politically.

“Regarding the matter of the constitutional role of traditional rulers l happened to take the view also that there should be a much more defined role, whether that law is constitutional or merely by legislation,” he said.

The Vice President also appreciated the Emir for the warm reception and assured of Federal Government’s support in ensuring stability in the state.

Osinbajo was also a special guest of honour at the Keffi Polo tournament at the Keffi Polo Ranch in the state.

Later at the polo game at the Keffi Polo Ranch, the Vice President presented the President Cup to the winners of the Keffi Polo Ranch Open Tournament, Imani club.

The Vice President was accompanied to the Emir of Keffi’s palace by Governor of Nasarawa State, Umar Tanko Al- Makura; Deputy Governor of Kano State, Nasiru Yusuf Guwuna; Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; and spokesperson of Buhari Campaign Organisation, Festus Keyamo.

VIDEO: Nigerian Traditional Rulers Meet With Prince Charles

VIDEO: Nigerian Traditional Rulers Meets With Prince Charles

 

The Prince of Wales, Charles, Tuesday held a meeting with traditional rulers in Nigeria.

The meeting held at the residence of the British High Commissioner, Paul Arkwright, in Abuja.

Traditional rulers present include the Ooni of Ife, Sultan of Sokoto, Emir of Kano, Obi of Onitsha, Etsu Nupe, Oba of Benin and Shehu of Borno.

Prince Charles who is on a three-day visit to Nigeria was accompanied by his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

He has made three previous official visits to Nigeria in 1990, 1999 and 2006, although it is the first visit of the Duchess of Cornwall to the country.

Highpoints of Prince Charles’ meeting with the monarchs are captured in the video below;

Isoko Traditional Rulers Visit Buhari, Seek Federal Appointment For Indigenes

 

Traditional rulers of Isoko, Delta State on Friday paid a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

The leaders during the meeting appealed to President Buhari to extend the amnesty programme to the peaceful youths in Isoko and consider them for Federal appointments.

They also asked the President to reward the Isoko community for being peaceful and protecting the nations oil and gas assets for over 15 years.

The President-General of the Isoko Development Union and spokesman for the traditional rulers, Iduh Amadhe called on President Buhari to look into the spread of development projects in Niger Delta.

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“With eight oil fields of flow stations in Isoko land, we appeal to His Excellency to direct NNPC to establish a gas plant and a modular refinery in Isoko land.

“It will be beneficial to the nation; it will create employment and generate revenue,’’ he said.

Amadhe claimed that Isoko community had been sidelined in Federal Government appointments, adding that the area had also ignored in the establishment of federal educational institutions, skill development centers, and infrastructure.

Police Arrest Traditional Rulers, Seize Disputed Land In Benue

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The Benue State Police on Monday said it has arrested two traditional rulers in connection with the ongoing communal crisis between Ugambe and Mbamar communities in Konshisha local council of the state.

Governor Samuel Ortom disclosed this in Makurdi at the end of the Security Council meeting convened to address the crisis.

Ortom noted that the state government has taken possession of the disputed land measuring 1,380 metres long by 276 meters wide.

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The State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, also confirmed the arrest of other persons, adding that they will be charged to court as soon as possible.

Abia Police Summons Traditional Rulers Over Herdsmen/Farmers Clash

The Abia State Command on Thursday held a meeting with herdsmen and farmers at the police officer’s mess in Umuahia, the state capital.

In attendance were security agencies, traditional rulers, Hausa Saraki, the leadership of Miyetti Allah amongst others.

Though the agenda of the meeting is yet to be clear, it may be connected to issues of cattle colony and finding a lasting solution to incessant herdsmen/farmers clashes and also ensuring a peaceful coexistence between both parties.

 

Confer Titles On ‘Very Credible’ Persons, Wike Tells Traditional Rulers

Confer Titles On ‘Very Credible’ Persons, Wike Tells Traditional Rulers

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has appealed to traditional rulers in the state to ensure they confer titles only on credible persons in the society.

He made the appeal while declaring open the 107th Quarterly Meeting of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

The governor urged traditional rulers not to promote the conferment of titles on criminally minded persons, saying that it would demean the structure of traditional stools in the state.

“Give titles to very credible persons in our communities, titles should be reserved for persons who have contributed meaningfully to societal growth.

“Always look at the credentials of people before you confer titles on them; that is the only way people can respect these titles,” he said on Wednesday.

Governor Wike further commended the royal fathers for their support to the peace initiatives of the state government which he said has enhanced peaceful coexistence across the state.

He said the improvement of peace has transformed the state into a destination of choice in the country and urged the leaders to sustain their efforts at promoting peace in their various communities.

He said: “Don’t relent in working for peace in our communities, there is no part of the state that will not benefit from our development drive. We have effectively reached 22 local government areas; the last local government area will be reached by the first quarter of next year.

“Your contributions have led to the reduction of crime in our communities. Now, we can sleep well and everyone wants to come to Rivers State. We are now hosting workshops, seminars and conferences.”

The governor also assured the traditional rulers that government would complete their secretariat in record time, adding that the process for the release of official vehicles to first class traditional rulers has commenced.

In his address, Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers and Amayanabo of Opobo, King Dandeson Jaja, commended the governor for restoring peace to the state.

He also promised him that the Council would continue to support the state government and urged Wike to continue with the classification of traditional stools in the state.

While thanking the governor for the construction of the Council’s state secretariat, King Jaja appealed to him to purchase and release official vehicles to traditional rulers.

He added that the numerous awards conferred on the governor are testimonies of his outstanding performance.

Northern Governors Seek Traditional Rulers’ Support On Development

Northern Governors Seek Traditional Rulers' Support On Development

Governors of the 19 Northern States have met with traditional rulers in the region to discuss the issues of insecurity and other socio-economic challenges.

The meeting, which held on Thursday in Kaduna State, was convened to deliberate and find lasting solutions to the myriad of socio-economic and political problems besetting the region and welfare of the people.

It was declared open by Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State on behalf of the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima.

Governor Masari noted that the meeting had become crucial because of the fundamental debate bordering on Nigeria’s restructuring, farmers and herdsmen clashes, educational backwardness, pervasive poverty and underdevelopment as well as persistent insecurity of Northern Nigeria.

The governors and traditional rulers reiterated their disapproval of the ultimatum given to Igbos by a coalition of norther youth groups to vacate the region by October 1.

They, however, criticised the agitation for secession made by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), and call on relevant authorities and Igbo leaders to call the agitators to order.

On his part, the host governor, Mr Nasir El-Rufai briefed the leaders on the security challenges in the region and sought for a joint effort to address the problems.

The Sultan of Sokoto and Chairman of the Traditional Rulers Council, Abubakar Saad, said the Council has been very proactive in resolving the dust raised by the ultimatum issued to Igbos in the region.

He, however, expressed worry over the rate of frequent clashes between farmers and herdsmen in some parts of the region and Nigeria in general.

The meeting had in attendance, governors of Kaduna, Nasarawa, Bauchi, Jigawa, Adamawa, Sokoto, Kebbi and Katsina states, as well as deputy governors of Kogi and Niger states.

Also present are Sultan of Sokoto, Emir of Kano, Etsu Nupe, Shehu of Borno, Attah Igala, Lamido Adamawa and Tor Tiv among other traditional rulers.

 

Osinbajo Urges Northern Traditional Rulers To Counsel Misguided Youths

The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has called on traditional rulers to advise misguided youths in their domains against divisive actions.

Professor Osinbajo made the call on Tuesday when he met with traditional rulers from the Northern states in continuation of his consultations with leaders of the North and South East.

The consultations follow the recent “quit notice” given to Igbos in the North by Arewa youths, in reaction to the continued agitation for secession by groups in the South East.

Professor Osinbajo, who noted that traditional rulers have a role to play in “countering the voices of divisiveness”, urged them not to relent in playing their unique roles.

“Let us continue to counsel the misguided elements among our youth, who think that ethnic confrontation is a game and that words can be thrown around carelessly without repercussion,” he said.

“Having said this, let me say that we are not deaf to the legitimate concerns and frustrations arising from around the country. Every part of Nigeria has its own grievances. But these have to be expressed graciously and managed with mutuality rather than with scorn and disdain.”

Stressing that Nigeria is stronger and better as one unified nation, the Acting President warned that the hate hate-filled and divisive rhetoric and agitations in parts of the country are “unjustifiable, unacceptable and often times illegal”.

He also stressed that such agitations were capable of rubbishing the sacrifices made by many Nigerians over the years to keep the country united.

“Nigeria has seen enough violence and bloodshed in its history, the price of our unity has already been paid in the blood and lives of hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians,” he said.

Professor Osinbajo assured the traditional rulers that the Federal Government is committed to keeping the country united, adding that rather than viewing the country’s diversity as a challenge, it should be a source of unity.

“We must never take our diversity for granted; the fullness of our strength actually lies in that diversity. And we must wield that diversity, not as a divisive tool, but instead as a binding agent,” he said.

Traditional rulers present at the meeting include the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara; and the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, were also among those in attendance.

The ongoing consultations by the Acting President are expected to be concluded on Wednesday with a meeting with the 36 governors.