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ECOWAS Summit: President Buhari Seeks Completion Of Mali’s Transition

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President Muhammadu Buhari has called on West African leaders to exert pressure on the military leadership in Mali to ensure that the transition process in the country is not aborted.

The President’s position is contained in his statement delivered at the 59th Ordinary session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS in Accra, Ghana.

The Nigerian leader spoke on the situation in Mali, which was recently suspended from the regional bloc due to a military coup.

”At this Summit today, we are expected to review a number of important reports dealing with various issues of concerns to our organisation and people.

”In doing so, we must take realistic and practical decisions which will positively impact our citizens.

”Some of those decisions, necessarily will have to do with evolving political and security situations in our sub-region as well as evaluate the health of our organisation with the hope of repositioning to serve our people and sub-region better.

”While democracy continues to develop in our sub-region, recent events in Mali are sad reminders that vigilance remains a crucial imperative to protect people’s aspirations to freely choose the form of Government they want.

”Pressures are needed to ensure that the transition process in Mali, which is half-way to its conclusion, is not aborted.”

The President said a further slide in Mali could according to him prove “catastrophic” considering that about half of the country is unfortunately under the grip of terrorists.

Special Appeal

The Nigerian leader, therefore, appealed to the military leadership in Mali to understand the critical state of their country, which he described as being ‘‘clearly under siege.”

He noted that the principal responsibility of the military must be to protect and guarantee the sovereignty of the West African country. The President cautioned them not to perpetuate acts that would facilitate the destabilization and destruction of Mali.

”I urge our organization to remain engaged with all stakeholders in Mali through our astute Mediator, former President Goodluck Jonathan, who, I congratulate warmly, for his untiring efforts thus far. I encourage him to sustain these efforts to ensure that the transition is completed as scheduled,” he added.

Libya’s Situation

On Libya, President Buhari faulted the recent United Nations Resolution to expel all foreign fighters in Libya, without first ensuring that they are disarmed.

He said ”While this action was aimed at bringing about sustenance of peace in Libya, non-collaboration with regional stakeholders on this critical decision, has now created newer threats to peace, security and stability in the region, which could lead to lack of coordinated management of huge humanitarian crisis across the Sahel, North, Central and West Africa, including the Lake Chad region,”.

Reiterating that these regions face the clear possibility of instability with the invasion of the foreign fighters that are fully armed, the President said it was imperative that ECOWAS leaders, at this Summit, decide how the UN-Sub-regional organisations partnerships should be reviewed to address the dangers that this UN Resolution poses to the region.

The statement by the Nigerian leader at the Summit also addressed other pertinent issues of concern in the  organisation, including the ongoing institutional reforms in ECOWAS.

Declaring Nigeria’s unequivocal support to the reforms process, the President said he was looking forward to an ECOWAS that is ”fit for purpose”, delivering services to the satisfaction of the community citizens.

He commended the President of the Commission and his team, the Ad-hoc Ministerial Committee on Institutional Reforms as well as the Council of Ministers for the excellent report presented to the Authority of Heads of State.

 

Fight against COVID-19

In his capacity as the ECOWAS champion on the fight against Covid-19, President Buhari also drew attention to the need for more citizens in the region to be vaccinated, stressing the need for adherence to other non-pharmaceutical interventions.

He said the West African region was in the grip of a third wave, warning against complacency in national and regional initiatives to address the pandemic.

‘The region has experienced two waves of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the second wave being more prevalent with higher death rates.

”Although we appear to have come out of the second wave, there is a very strong possibility that we may experience a third wave similar to what is going on in other parts of the world, particularly as vaccination levels are still very low.

”It is therefore critical to maintain vigilance and deploy smart non-pharmaceutical public health measures as necessary.

”We must not relent; our Ministers of Health in collaboration with WAHO should intensify their regular Coordinating Committee meetings to maintain the unified regional approach in the fight against Covid-19.”

President Buhari reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to the noble objectives of the Organisation. He encouraged the members to take bolder steps towards ensuring that the Organisation fulfils the aspirations of its founding fathers, which include a truly integrated sub-region, economically, politically, socio-culturally united and secured to permit its sustainable development and growth.

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Insecurity: Elrufa’i advocates volunteering of information to security agencies

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The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasiru El-Rufai says volunteering of information to security agencies is critical in tackling banditry.

The Governor spoke through the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs Samuel Aruwan in Kachia town, headquarters of Kachia local government, during a confidence-building visit after Wednesday night’s attack by armed bandits.

Governor Elrufai said lack of cogent synergy between citizenry, government at local levels and security agencies was a major setback to the efforts being put in place, hence the need to close gaps.

 

He explained that,  the Commandant Nigerian Navy School of Armament Technology as well as other security chiefs, they came to commiserate with them over the night’s attack in which one life was lost, five persons injured and several kidnapped.

“We have heard you clearly, and we are going back to the drawing board. I will not say much since the security agencies are on the case.

In his remarks, the Commandant Nigerian Navy School of Armament Technology, Commoredore KO Oguntuga assured the District Head of Kachia, Alhaji Sabiu Suleiman  and his subjects, of the military’s commitment in securing the Kachia general area.

The District Head in his comment appealed for aggressive patrols in the district and promised to ensure collaboration between the district and all the security agencies in the area.

The delegation condoled the family that lost their loved one, and toured the scene before departing for Kaduna.

 

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Conflict Resolution, a major factor of Curtailing Security Challenges – Expert 

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Resolving Conflicts in the Community and between different ethnic groups has been identified as a major pillar of curtailing security challenges bedevilling the development of the Nation.

A Research officer Working with the Aminu Kano center for Democratic Research, Mumbayya House Kano Malam Mustapha Isyaku stated this while presenting a paper during a one day sensitization program organized by Women Peace council of Nigeria,Kano municipal branch, held in Kano.

He said resolving  Conflicts  either Communual , interpersonal or religious remain the major tool of addressing security Challenges in parts of the country.

The Expert explained  that women being the backbone of development in any society needed to be sensitive on the importance of resolving conflicts ,geared towards ensuring that they inculcate the attitude in the upcoming generations aimed at addressing the menace.

Malam Mustapha Isyaku noted that at most times conflicts results to the diversion of public resources meant for infrastructure and other developmental projects to resolve those conflicts,which According to the expert waa a great set back to the society.

” When compared Conflicts Occurs ,in most courses Government set of committees to investigate and present a reports,but unfortunately Government dumped those reports without considering the recommendations made so far’

He appealed to all Stakeholders involved, to embrace the culture of resolving Conflicts aimed at Achieving the set objectives.

In a remark the Coordinator of women peace Council of Nigeria Kano municipal branch, hajiya Hajara Ibrahim said the sensitization campaign organized do women and parents,was geared towards Addressing the Manage of Conflicts among the General populace.

Hajara Ibrahim maitained that over 60 women and traditional leaders were trained on how to manage Conflicts right from their homes,with the aim of Curtailing the Spreading the Conflicts in society.

Earlier the Commander hisbah ,Women Wing Hajiya Aisha Tijjani said parents needed to be more vigilant and Watchful of their chikseen geared towards ensuring that both the Manac of Conflicts.

 

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FG urged to further equipe Police, other Securiry Agencies

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The federal government has been urged to equip the Nigeria Police and other security agencies with additional modern information technology gadgets to enable them combat crime and criminality in the country.

The Sarkin Fulani of Kwara state,Alhaji Usman Adamu made the call while speaking with journalists on the state of the nation in Ilorin .

According to him equipping security operatives with modern communication gadgets will enable them track calls from criminals and reduce insecurity to the minimum.

Alhaji Usman called for adequate manning of the nation’s porous borders to prevent the influx of criminal elements into the country.

He advised Farmers and herders to adopt dialogue in resolving disputes and maintained peace in their various communities.

Alhaji Usman also urged the federal government to initiate a programme to train indigenous Farmers and herders youth on the need to shun criminal activities.

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PRESIDENT BUHARI TO ATTEND ECOWAS MID-YEAR SUMMIT IN ACCRA

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President Muhammadu Buhari will participate in the 59th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Accra, Ghana on Saturday, June 19, 2021.

The President, who will depart Abuja on Saturday, will join other Heads of State of Government of ECOWAS for the mid-year statutory meeting of the regional bloc, with the exception of Mali, which was recently suspended from the group.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, ECOWAS Special Envoy and Mediator to Mali, is expected to present a report on his latest working visit to the West African country to the Summit of the Heads of State.

The Heads of State and Government will also receive a report on ECOWAS institutional reforms, single currency programmes and a memorandum on the proposed mechanism of rotation of ECOWAS Member States’ candidature to the Chairmanship of the African Union.

A communiqué will be issued at the end of the Summit.

The 59th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government was preceded by the 46th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council (MSC) at the Ministerial Level and the 86th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers, in Accra, Ghana.

The MSC, comprising of Ministers responsible for defence and foreign affairs from ECOWAS Member States, considered the security situation in the ECOWAS Region, among other topical issues on the agenda while the 86th Ordinary Session considered a memorandum on the post Covid-19 industry recovery plan, the 2021 mid-term report of the President of the ECOWAS Commission and the ongoing institutional reforms at ECOWAS, among others.

President Buhari will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada, Minister of Defence, Maj. General Bashir Magashi (Rtd), Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, the National Security Adviser, Maj. General Babagana Monguno (Rtd), Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar.

The President is expected back in Abuja at the end of the Summit.

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Interaction and dialogue remains key to the development of any organization, says Njodi

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The Secretary to the Gombe State Government SSG Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi says interaction and dialogue remains key to the development and progress of any organization.

Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi who made the assertion today in an interactive session with all Government Political appointees on the platform of the All Progressive Congress APC in Gombe South Senatorial Zone maintained that periodic interface among members especially party elites provide room for identifying problems and profering solutions to them.

He said the meeting which has the blessings of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya is to among other things look into the persistent communal clashes bedevelling Communities in Gombe South with a view to advising Government on the possible solutions.

Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi also expressed worry about the widening gap between the appointees of Government and the electorates charging the meeting to finding a ways of bridging the gap as the Party cannot wait till electioneering period calling on them to rally support to the Inuwa Yahaya led administration.

The Caretaker Commitee Chairman of APC Mr. Nitte Amangal who hail from the Gombe South Commended Participant of the meeting for finding time to attend dispite the short notice.

He applauded the convener of the interactive session Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi for the initiative which he described as a good omen for the Unity, Progress and cohesion of the Party in the Zone.

It could be recalled that the Secretary to the State Government, SSG Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi embarked on the consultative meeting with all the structure of APC across Gombe South Senatorial District with a view of strengthening the bond of Comradeship among members especially leaders at all levels.

Similarly meeting was held with ward Executive, Local Government Executives, Party elders, elected Party members, Youth and Women groups.

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