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Buhari Not Responsible For Security Lapses In Nigeria, Says Omo-Agege

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Amid public concerns over endless insecurity in the country, Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has absolved President Muhammadu Buhari of responsibility for the menace.

Omo-Agege presided Tuesday plenary in the absence of the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan where he said the President’s request for adequate funding of security agencies was wholeheartedly approved by the parliament.

While ruling out Buhari’s culpability, he opined that there might have been intelligence failure by the Office of the National Security Adviser to the President.

Omo-Agege’s assertion was on the backdrop of a motion sponsored by Senator Istifanus Gyang representing Plateau North Senatorial District on the attack on Jos Medium Security Custodial Centre last Sunday,

The motion was greeted with mixed feelings and lamentations from Senators over incessant attacks to the helplessness of security agents across the country.

Reacting to the incident, the Senate leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi called for an investigation of frequent attacks on Correctional Centres across the country.

He said: “The Minister of Interior and Controller General of Correctional Service including the Solicitor General of the Federation should carry out a thorough investigation of our Correctional Centres nationwide with a view to pointing out challenges of those centres in order to prevent further occurrence.

But Omo-Agege continued, saying he was of the view that the Office of the NSA should be properly funded to keep it at the forefront of gathering intelligence which should be passed to security agents for action.

He said: “Thank you very much. Before we proceed to observe a minute silence and having listened to all the comments and as Senator Rochas Okorocha rightly pointed out the security breach and the question becomes why are we having these challenges?

“Everything Mr President has requested from the National Assembly by way of funding have all been obliged. So the fault is not that of President Muhammadu Buhari, clearly.

“But whom much is given, much is expected and having given all these requisite funding to the security agents and we are still having these challenges, then we need to sleep over it.

“In the interim, it is clear that we are having intelligence security gaps and to say notwithstanding the request of Mr President which has been obliged by the National Assembly as regards funding of security agencies, I am thinking that the DSS and especially the Office of NSA which has the responsibility of gathering intelligence, I don’t think they have gotten funding required for this fight.

According to the DSP, the Office of NSA is underfunded, while he further advocated that a request be made before the 2022 budget is finally tabled for legislative debate.

“They are the ones in charge of intelligence gathering and I am only taking a position that the Office of the NSA is underfunded. He is supposed to be the one coordinating the intelligence and providing such intelligence to other agencies to be able to give us the requisite protection.

“But if the Office of the NSA is not properly funded, I think that we will all be in trouble. This is something we appeal to Mr President, even here in the National Assembly to look into the funding of the Office of NSA and possibly the DSS before the budget is finally tabled for consideration”, he noted.

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It’s Impossible For FG To Borrow N1.1trn To Meet ASUU’s Demand, Says Umahi

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Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State says the Nigerian government cannot borrow N1.1 trillion to meet the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) who have been on strike for over five months.

The Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum said this on Wednesday when he received a delegation from the Nigeria Police Trust Fund led by Dr. Ben Akabueze, in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi capital.

“There is no way Nigeria will go and borrow N1.1tn to meet ASUU’s demand, it’s quite unreasonable. Are their demands genuine? Yes. But we can start little by little,” the governor said.

“There must be a commitment on the side of both parties that look, ‘ASUU is not asking for this to take to their houses’ so to say. It’s asking for it for our children, to better the infrastructure, to better the lecturers and the students. Yes, but we can start with a fraction of that and then have a programme that will run on the platform of sincerity to address all the lots.”

He also called on varsities lecturers to show some level of understanding so the strike can end.

“So, it is important for ASUU to show some understanding and for those who are negotiating on the side of government to also show some understanding,” he added.

“Let’s meet ourselves halfway and then open the schools to save the fate of our children.”

The governor, who equally faulted the poor maintenance culture in the country, added that there is a need to work on it.

“But let me also say that most of the time, our people have a low appetite for maintenance of public works,” Umahi said.

“No matter how much you deploy to these universities unless the users and the industry regulators begin to treat public infrastructure as their own in the various universities, it will continue to go bad.

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2023: You Need Wike For Your Rescue Mission, Mimiko Tells PDP

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…Says Rivers Gov Has Been The Party’s Solid Rock

Olusegun Mimiko says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) needs Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike for its rescue mission in the next general elections.

The former Ondo State governor spoke on Wednesday at the flag-off ceremony for the construction of the Azikiwe -Iloabuchi Road in Mile 2 Diobu, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

“Your Excellency, our Party, the PDP, a Party for which you have laboured so much, seems saddled with the historical duty of forging this unity, a unity premised on truth, equity, and justice, a unity upon which rescuing Nigeria from the far from satisfactory performance of the past seven years will be built,” he said during the event.

“It is a mission that must be accomplished. A mission for which you are specially positioned and favoured to play a major role. A mission that must be subscribed to by all lovers of our country.”

He explained that when some forces tried to destroy the PDP, Wike was a bulwark that resisted such attempts.

“Beyond the self-evident physical transformation, you (Wike) have stood as a bulwark against those sworn to emasculate the main opposition party, all in their bid to force a one-party State down the throats of Nigerians,” Mimiko added.

“You were at one point virtually a one-man countervailing force, defending and protecting our dear PDP. You have also, through bold legal challenges, deepened the national consciousness on the defects in the running of our defective federal system.”

Mimiko’s comment came amid speculations that the Rivers Governor may dump the PDP following a fallout with the party after its presidential primary.

Wike lost to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the exercise, a development that has since caused a rift between him and Adama-born politician.

The PDP is making reconciliatory moves but Wike’s recent invitation of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos (a state governed by the leading All Progressives Congress, APC) to commission a project has generated further speculations that he may leave the PDP.

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Real Madrid Beat Frankfurt 2-0, Clinch UEFA Super Cup

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Real Madrid have claimed this season’s UEFA Super Cup after overcoming Frankfurt 2-0 on Wednesday.


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