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Gov. Sanwo-Olu, Hamzat, Tinubu, Gbajabiamila, other dignitaries at a day of tribute for late Brig. Gen. Mobolaji Johnson

L-R: Wife of the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Oluremi HAmzat; her husband, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, during a Day of Tribute for late Brigadier General Mobolaji Johnson, first Governor of Lagos State, organised by the State Government, at Onikan Stadium renamed after him by Governor Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

What Gbajabiamila, Sanwo-Olu, Abiodun, Aisha says at Women’s Conference

Nigeria’s House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila; wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, Governors of Lagos, Kwara and Ogun States, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Abdulrahman Adbulrasak and Prince Dapo Abiodun respectively, on Tuesday said the quest of the nation for a viable society will be a mirage if women were not carried along.

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. Flee Anambra now, Obiano warns criminals
. Gov. Zulum goes spiritual, engages 30 clerics for prayers
. Borno reintegrates 132 ex-Boko Haram members

OBIORA IFOH, Abuja, PHIL OKOSE , Onitsha and AHMED MARI, Maiduguri, with agency report

The leadership of Arewa Consultative Assembly Forum (ACF) has asked the federal government to deal decisively with insurgents, bandits, kidnappers and other perpetrators of crime so as to check insecurity situation.

The Chairman of ACF, Musa Liman Kwande who spoke at one day national discourse on Nigeria’s security, peace and economic development in Abuja organised by Global Initiative for African Development lamented that the country has witnessed unprecedented insecurity security challenges that have dislocated many communities.

He said that most of the security challenges arose from the criminal activities of the Boko Haram insurgents in the Northeast, tribal militia, herders/farmers conflict, kidnapping and banditry.

“The time for blame game is over, perpetrators of such heinous crimes no matter their status should be apprehended by the security agencies and brought to book. Giving ethnic and religious coloration to such wicked acts, only give criminals a hiding place to continue with their nefarious activities which is not helpful to our corporate existence as a people,” he said.

Kwande said ACF tried to offer solution to the security and development problem confronting the north when in December, 2011 it prepared a roadmap on how to address insecurity, poverty, Almajiri menace and illiteracy.
The ACF chieftain said that the group went on to forward the recommendations to all the northern governors and other northern leaders for their study and implementation.

He however regretted that the outcome of the study have not been implemented. “ACF was confident that if the recommendations in the road map booklet were religiously implemented by the northern states in the last 8 years, the issues of children-out-of-school poverty, illiteracy, unemployment which led to the present insecurity situation in the country would have been brought to a minimum level,” he said.

The Deputy Senate President, Movie Omo-Agege represented Rtd Col. Melvin Usman said Nigerians must see the issue of security as a collective responsibility among the various tiers of government and Nigerians.

Speaking on the security concern, the deputy senate president said the crisis is being blown out of proportion by detractors.

“The terror attacks we witness in the North-East for example are known for what they are and our armed forces are adequately containing them. What we must avoid is the situation we, unfortunately, presently find ourselves where people seeking political capital dwell inappropriately on these issues. creating further fear and tension among the civil populace,” he said.

Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamilia represented by his Special Adviser, Sule Hassan urged Nigerians to always see each other as equal partners in the Nigerian project, adding that everyone should be accorded equal rights and privileges.

Also speaking on the occasion, the immediate past chairman of the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) represented by chairman of Accord party, Mohammad Nalado said that council has put together a code of conduct that will help create harmony amongst political parties so as to ensure stability in the polity.

He said the IPAC is working in conjunction with INEC to resolve conflict where it occurs between political parties.

In Anambra State, in his bid to ensure zero tolerance for crime and criminality in the state, Governor Willie Obiano, weekend at the 8th Obiora/Iwaji festival of Obosi community, Idemili North Local Government Area, hinted that he would Launch the second (2nd) ‘Operation Kpochapu,’ on Friday this week.

Spitting fire, he warned the criminal elements in the state to flee the state in their own interest before the D-day failure which they would meet their waterloo.

“Let all the criminals in Obosi and other places in the state disappear. From this night Obosi and other places will go to bed with their two eyes closed”

The Governor who did not disclose venue of the launch in the state stated that, “those we don’t know where they come from should be dealt with. Under my watch Obosi will not fall”.

In his response the traditional ruler of Obosi, Igwe Chukwudubem Iweka, commended the Governor for his infrastructural development of the state and war against criminals.

He expressed optimism that with the launch of the second operation kpochapu, that the remnants of the criminal elements would be flushed out especially in Obosi.

Speaking, the President General of Obosi Urban, Chief Emeka Asimonye, commended the governor for his fight against criminals adding that, “we have been doing our best in collaboration with the police Commissioner, Mr John Abang, Igwe Obosi and his cabinet to curb crimes especially cultism to the barest minimum ”

“We have been enlightening these youths through workshops, creating skill acquisition centres for them to enable them become self reliant”.

“Our vigilante group is doing a marvelous work for the area to be crime-free”. Asimonye further stated.
Also contributing, a son of the soil, founder and President of Power House Interdenominational Assembly Worldwide, Right Rev Ephraim Ononye, said that, “it is cowards that join cultism to fight people who may fight them.”

“Our youths are dying always as a result of cultism. I thank the new President General of Obosi, cabinet members and Igwe Iweka for silencing cultism in Obosi”.

He hinted that cultism is meant for fools and cowards who join for protection.
In Zamfara State, Gov. Babagana Zulum has gone spiritual by engaging 30 clerics over the unending Boko Haram insurgency in his state.

Zulum’s spokesman, Isa Gusau, in a statement said the government engaged the 30 residents of Makkah, Saudia Arabia to intercede for the state affected by a decade of Boko Haram violence.

Gusau disclosed that the governor sealed the agreement with the selected persons who are residents of Makkah, to permanently offer daily ‘Tawaf’ (circumambulation of the holy Ka’aba ), to offer prayers for the return of sustained peace in Borno and the country.

He said the 30 clerics, who hailed from Borno, Katsina, Zamfara, Kano and parts of the northwest, have for decades devoted themselves in spending hours at the Ka’aba daily for the purpose of worship.

Gusau explained that an old man among them was said to have been a Ka’aba devotee in the last 40 years.Ka’aba is the Islamic holiest place located inside the grand Al-Haram ‎mosque in Makkah.

“The critical move is aimed to combine different approaches that include sustained support for the Nigerian Armed Force; aggressive mass recruitment and equipping of more counter-insurgency volunteers into the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), hunters and vigilantes as well as socio-economic approach to enhance access to education, job opportunities and providing other means of livelihood through social protection initiatives,” Gusau said in the statement.

According to him, Zulum interacted with the devotees on Friday at the Ka’aba, expressed gratitude and seek for continued prayers.

“Rather than sending anyone, I am here, on behalf of the good people of Borno. I thank you so much for your empathy and the compassion in devoting yourselves to prayer for us every day at the Ka’aba which for us as Muslims is the most sacred place.

“We need prayers more than ever before; we are handling our problem from different approaches. Prayer is key to everything that we seek.

“We will continue to seek prayers from many fronts. We will keep supporting our clerics of different faiths in Nigeria for prayers and we will seek the same from all of you that are always here around the Holy Ka’aba.
“I beg you continue to pray for us towards achieving three things: first, for us to regain peace in Borno State, the north and Nigeria in general. We will have to continue to pray on permanent basis because we need peace to be sustained.

“Secondly; we need prayers for us to achieve our ambitious plan for Borno State and lastly for Allah to make us remain focused and not to get carried away by power” Zulum was quoted as saying in the statement.

Gusau added that governor had returned to Nigeria on Saturday.

In Borno State, no fewer than 132 repentant Boko Haram sect members were on Sunday reintegrated into their communities by the Borno State Government.

Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, disclosed this at a handing over ceremony of some rehabilitated Boko Haram members in Maiduguri.

Gambo said that the youths were released to their families and local government officials after completing 12 months skills acquisition and rehabilitation training at the Bulumkutu Rehabilitation Transit Center.
She said the training exercise was designed to equip the beneficiaries with relevant skills that would enable them generate income, be self reliant and add value in their society.

She explained that sewing machines, barbing kits, shoe making kits, and money was given to the beneficiaries as resettlement package.

Bashir Ahmed, one of the beneficiaries, thanked the state government for the empowerment programme, describing it as a life changer.

“We are grateful to the Borno State government and other organisations like International Organisation for Migration and other humanitarian agencies.

”We remain grateful for the reintegration and rehabilitation programme aimed at supporting ex-insurgents to become meaningful citizens,” he said.

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