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CSJ: Current Insecurity Shows Government May Have Abandoned It’s Constitutional Duty

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CSJ: Current Insecurity Shows Government May Have Abandoned It’s Constitutional Duty

By: Michael Mike

Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has lamented that the country’s security situation has degenerated to the extent that it can be categorically stated that the government has abandoned, failed, refused or neglected to enforce its primary and constitutional duty of guaranteeing the security of Nigerians and residents in Nigeria

The Centre, in a statement signed on Tuesday by its Lead Director, Eze Onyekpere said it is regrettable that there is recent upsurge of insecurity exemplified by the late December 2023 killings in Plateau State, incessant killings in Katsina State, 45 passengers kidnapped as gunmen attacked transporters along Otukpo-Enugu Road and the ongoing kidnap and murder of innocent Nigerians in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

CSJ lamented that: “In all the foregoing, Nigerians are yet to hear concrete and reassuring words from the president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces or high-level officers of state on the way forward. In FCT, the minister in charge, instead of addressing the challenge seems more interested in continued fueling of a political crisis in his home state, Rivers State.  

It recalled that in the last ten years, security has enjoyed the highest allocation in federal budgets to cater for the armada of security agencies maintained at the tax payers expense, adding that: “Budgetary allocations have been proposed and spent on personnel, arms and ammunition, aircrafts and vessels, vehicles, equipment including intelligence gadgets. We are worried at the seeming cluelessness and inability of the security agencies to deploy intelligence to prevent and nip in the bud the insensitive acts of criminal elements who have no regard for human lives. We are further worried that when these crimes have been committed, the security agencies have been unable to investigate, arrest and bring the perpetrators to justice.”

The Centre noted that under Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, GSM SIM card numbers were linked to national identity numbers of Nigerians and the authorities indicated that it would provide a foolproof link and clue to any crimes committed using GSM phones as it will be easy to find the criminals since all identity information is already available with the state, insisting that: “This raises the critical question on why the perpetrators of these high level crimes where GSM phones have been used to make contact are not brought to justice.”

The Centre lamented that: “There have been several mop-up of light arms in the possession of law-abiding citizens and only very few Nigerians have been licensed to carry weapons. Nigerians are made vulnerable because they do not have access to arms to defend themselves and the state that should legally and legitimately defend them has failed in the discharge of this duty.,” stating that: “The critical question is; why take away the arms needed for self-defence if the state is not ready to defend citizens and residents of Nigeria?”

It decried that: “The insecurity is heightened at a time Nigeria has launched a global campaign for foreign investors to come and invest in the country. News of crowdfunding for the purpose of meeting the ransom demands of kidnappers is clearly not the way to attract foreign investors.”

The Centre however made some recommendations, including that the federal government should expeditiously take steps for the amendment of the 1999 Constitution and enactment of new laws for the establishment and activation of State Police; Intelligence should be mainstreamed and prioritized in policing and security work. The activation and routine deployment of the SIM GSM database and inventory for investigations and tracking of criminals is long overdue.
 
It also recommended for the liberalisation of the processing of gun licenses for responsible law-abiding tax paying citizens for the purpose of self defence; rewarding of hard working and result oriented security and police personnel who diligently discharge their duties and impose sanctions on personnel whose negligence, failure or refusal to act contributes to insecurity and general security lapses, insisting that the financial resources to implement this could come from more prudent management of existing security resources.

The Centre added that Nigerians need to be reassured through concrete security action on the ability of the state to protect lives and property.

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Japa: Youths Advised to Seek Opportunities in Nigeria

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Japa: Youths Advised to Seek Opportunities in Nigeria

By: Michael Mike

Nigerian youths have been asked to earnestly seek opportunities available in the country rather than insatiable search for Golden Fleece outside the shores of Nigeria.

The advice was given at the weekend in Abuja at Beyond Talent Conference organised by Africa Relief Trust Initiative (ARTI).

Speaking at the Conference, which had in attendance mainly fresh graduates, the founder of ARTI, Olatunde Popoola noted that there are massive opportunities in the country for anyone to excel and it was needed engaging in irregular migration in search of Golden Fleece outside the country.

He noted that: “Youths as well as women’s level of performance and contribution is a function of their renewed knowledge, skills, attitude and motivation. Attitude constitute the most important factor in the performance of the youths. The right attitude helps to learn, show commitment to work and relate well.

“Problem solving and decision making is also a critical function of an effective youth. They are the reasons why the youth are employed or unemployed. Problems do not go away by ignoring or by good wishes but by appropriate diagnosis, analysis and actions.”

He explained that the effect of training and education. Is especially important because it helps to over-ride natural inclinations, biases or reservations they encountered while in the performance of their duties.

He noted that: “To overcome these inclinations, this “Beyond Talent Conference” things optimizing youthfulness on the pillar of human capital development is designed to enhance youth’s competences and capabilities.”

Popoola explained that ARTI which has already commenced empowerment programmes in, Ogun, Lagos, Rivers States and Abuja has a plan to raise 50,000 young entrepreneurs in 10 years across Africa and raise 10,000 young leaders within the decade.

He noted that as parts of its goals, ARTI plans to build vocational and technical centres across Africa, support government of African countries with basic amenities like schools, hospitals, roads, transport, among others, with the aim of reducing poverty to the barest minimum on the continent.

Lectures were given by Group CEO, Lifestyle Asset Hub Ltd, Dr. Abioye Oke, MD, Pait Services Ltd, Mr. Lanre Farotimi, cofounder, NURIKA, Dr. Talle Amedu, MD, Handsome Leadership Consultancy, Pastor Handsome Okwu and MD/CEO, Dunastes kok Limited, Obiekwe Ndaguba.

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Farmers/Herders Conflicts: Take A Leaf from Buni, KACRAN Advises

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Farmers/Herders Conflicts: Take A Leaf from Buni, KACRAN Advises

By: Michael Mike

Kulen Allah Cattle Rearers Association of Nigeria (KACRAN) has urged the Federal Government and Northern Governors to take a leaf from Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni’s approach in resolving farmers/herders conflicts

A statement signed on Saturday by the National President of the Association,
Hon. Khalil Mohammed Bello read: “The recent handling of Farmers/Herders conflicts in Yobe State by His Excellency, Governor Mai Mala Buni CON, has been commendable.

“After unexpected conflicts arose in the Fika and Gujba Local Government Areas of Yobe, Governor Buni demonstrated remarkable leadership by swiftly forming conflict resolution committees. This proactive approach led to the establishment of committees comprising herders, farmers, representatives of royal highness, security operatives, and others, tasked with identifying root causes and preventing future incidents.”

Bello added that: “Governor Buni’s directives also extended to Local Government Chairmen to form similar committees in their areas, emphasizing the importance of peace and harmony in the state. In response, the Kulen Allah Cattle Rearers Association of Nigeria (KACRAN) has embarked on a sensitization campaign to reinforce peaceful coexistence among members and neighboring communities.

“Additionally, traditional rulers were tasked with organizing security meetings to uphold peace within their jurisdictions. Stakeholders, including security personnel, heads of Farmers and Herders associations, and community leaders, have actively engaged in discussions aiming to maintain unity and stability.

“The positive response from stakeholders and the collaborative efforts to address conflicts reflect a shared commitment to lasting solutions. KACRAN acknowledges Governor Buni’s dedication to resolving conflicts and calls upon other Governors to adopt similar proactive measures in addressing Farmers/Herders conflicts nationwide.”

Bello added that the leadership demonstrated by Governor Mai Mala Buni is praised, and it is hoped that replicating such initiatives across states will lead to the eradication of farmers/gerders conflicts in Nigeria.

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Tinubu’s Visit to Qatar Will Go Ahead As Scheduled- Ministry of Foreign AffairsLeak Letter, Work of Mischief Makers- Presidency

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Leak Letter, Work of Mischief Makers- Presidency

By: Michael Mike

Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the visit of President Bola Tinubu to Qatar would go ahead as scheduled, adding that it was not ready to comment on the leak letter stating that the Business and Investment Forum planned by the Nigerian government during the visit would not hold.

The Ministry in a statement by its spokesperson, Fransisca Omayuli said it was “aware of the circulation of a diplomatic correspondence on the social media and wishes to state that it will not comment on leaks.”

The statement further read that “the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform that His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu (GCFR) will embark on a State Visit to Qatar from 2nd – 3rd March, 2024 to further cement the excellent relations existing between the two countries.

“During the visit, discussions will be held at the highest level, on a wide range of bilateral and economic issues.
The President will be accompanied on the trip by the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar (OON), among some other Ministers and top government officials.

In a separate statement by the State House signed by Special Adviser to the President on Information & Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, stated that the leak diplomatic paper was the activities of mischief makers and was never a snub of Qatar government of President Bola Tinubu.

Onanuga, in the statement said: “We are aware of a leaked diplomatic correspondence between the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Abuja and our Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s state visit to Qatar between 2 and 3 March, 2024.

“The leaked diplomatic paper by mischief makers about an investment forum is not in any way a snub on President Tinubu by the Qatari government.”

He noted that: “The Note Verbale is about a private sector-led Business and Investment Forum to be held on the margins of President Bola Tinubu’s State Visit.

“The event is being put together by the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) and Qatar’s Chambers of Commerce and Industry where business people from Nigeria will engage their counterparts from Qatar on commercial and investment opportunities available in both countries.

“We note the strong bilateral relationship between our two countries and affirm that the State Visit by President Bola Tinubu to Qatar is on the invitation of the Emir of Qatar, His Highness, Sheik Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani.”

Onanuga added that: “The State Visit is particularly aimed at strengthening the bilateral economic cooperation between Nigeria and Qatar.

“NACCIMA and Qatar Chambers of Commerce and Industry are collaborating to take advantage of President Tinubu’s visit to Doha to mobilise the business community from our two countries to explore opportunities in key economic sectors such as oil & gas, manufacturing, agro-business, construction, real estate, ICT, Renewable Energy, Solid Minerals and service sector, among others.”

He revealed that: “President Tinubu is expected to proceed to Qatar on the State Visit as scheduled and during the visit, the Nigerian leader will engage in high-level bilateral discussions with Qatari leader on many important matters, covering the full range of diplomatic and economic issues.

It is not correct for anyone to insinuate that the Qatari authorities have snubbed the Nigerian leader over a business and investment forum which is tangential to the all-important State Visit and which President Tinubu is slated to attend as a guest.”

He insisted that: “President Tinubu and His Highness Al-Thani are both committed to maintaining and building on the existing cordial and special relationship between Nigeria and the State of Qatar.”

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