President Muhammadu Buhari has called on security agencies and communities under threats of banditry and kidnappings to be more vigilant, in the light of the latest incidents in Enugu, Zamfara, Adamawa, Katsina and Kaduna states.
A statement by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Thursday, stated that Buhari was reacting to the recent reports of heightened acts of violence and kidnappings after a period of relative calm.
The president observed that “in view of the unpredictability of the security situation, our security forces and the communities affected should be ever more alert, because these murderous and remorseless criminals will take advantage of your complacency and strike again.”
According to him, the bandits should, under no circumstance, be allowed to hold the country into ransom on account of security loopholes, which they seek to exploit to attack their victims.
”The criminals always look for loopholes in our security system in order to remain in business and active, but we shouldn’t give them the space to achieve this diabolical objective by pre-empting them,” he said.
Buhari added that “complacency is a hidden or unnoticed enemy that we shouldn’t take for granted, because doing so could weaken our strategies.”
He, however, noted that the affected communities also have the responsibility to help the security agencies with the critically important human intelligence, in order to stop the bandits.
He said: ”The bandits maintain networks of informants among the communities they attack.
” reporting these informants to the authorities, it will be by far easier to foil the bandits before they reach their intended targets.”
While commending the security agencies for their dedication and sacrifices, the president directed them to redouble their efforts and make life uncomfortable for the bandits.
“You should spare no effort in breaking the backbone of these savage mass killers, and don’t hesitate to attack them with merciless intensity until they are crushed and ultimately defeated”, he said.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq
Buhari mourns Sen. Osinowo
President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family of Osinowo and the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the death of Sen. Sikiru Adebayo Osinowo, the Senator representing Lagos East senatorial district.
The president’s condolence message was released by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday.
President Buhari observed that, as a member of the ninth senate and Chairman of Senate Committee on Industry and member of other committees, Osinowo worked diligently to advance this administration’s objective of building a better and prosperous Nigeria.
He affirmed that the Senator’s commitment to meet the needs of his community as a four-time member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, devotion to national development as well as insightful contributions at the floor of the Senate would be fondly remembered and missed.
The President prayed almighty God to grant the family of Osinowo, friends and well-wishers the fortitude to bear the loss.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)
Buhari mourns retired Maj.-Gen. Ortho Obada
President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the government and people of Delta State over the passing of former Federal Commissioner for Works, retired Maj.-Gen. Orho Esio Obada.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday Buhari extended sympathies to family and friends of the deceased.
The president commiserated with Agbarho Kingdom in Ughelli North Local Council, and Urhobo Progress Union.
He urged all his associates to draw strength from the legacies that he left behind, most commendably his willingness to serve the country, and humanity.
President Buhari acknowledged that the former acting Chief of Air Staff served in many strategic positions in the military, and his wealth of experience had been helpful to the country for many years after his retirement.
He prayed that the almighty God would accept the soul of the departed, and comfort his family.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)
UN Security Council condemns attack on peacekeepers in Mali
The Security Council on Monday condemned Saturday’s attack on a convoy of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, which resulted in the killing of two peacekeepers from Egypt.
The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims, as well as to Egypt and to the peacekeeping mission known as MINUSMA (United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali), said the council in a press statement.
The council members called on the government of Mali to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice. They underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law. They stressed that involvement in planning, directing, sponsoring or conducting attacks against MINUSMA peacekeepers constitutes a basis for sanctions designations pursuant to Security Council resolutions.
The council members expressed their concern about the security situation in Mali and the transnational dimension of the terrorist threat in the Sahel region. They urged the Malian parties to fully implement the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali without further delay.
They stressed the importance of MINUSMA having the necessary capacities to fulfil its mandate and promote the safety and security of the UN peacekeepers.
They further stressed that these heinous acts will not undermine their determination to continue to support the peace and reconciliation process in Mali.
Former Anambra lawmaker commends Buhari for setting up committee against rape
A former member of Anambra State House of Assembly, Mrs Vivian Okadigbo, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for setting up a committee to deal with the spate of rape in the country.
Okadigbo, who gave the commendation in an interview with newsmen in Enugu on Monday, said the measure would go a long way in halting the constant abuse of girls and women.
The two-time former lawmaker, who represented Oyi Constituency, noted that women in the country were not happy with the rising rape cases, which were unfortunately becoming a daily occurrence.
She also expressed displeasure that the female folks had not benefitted much from the current democratic system of governance across the country.
On the politics in Anambra, Okadigbo said that Gov. Willie Obiano had rebranded the state by making it an industrial hub in the South East.
According to her, this has made the state a destination for local and foreign investors.
She noted that the state had recorded unprecedented investment since its present administration came on board in 2014.
Okadigbo also urged the people of the state to observe all precautionary measures stipulated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and Anambra government to avoid contracting COVID-19, as the virus was real.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Donald Ugwu (NAN)