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Buhari Vows To Eliminate All Forms Of Violent Crimes




President Muhammadu Buhari has again promised to eliminate all forms of violent crimes across Nigeria.

He said in Kaduna on Saturday that the administration will continue to do everything within the ambit of law to stamp out heinous crimes creating fears among the citizenry.

The President gave the assurance during the Passing Out Parade of 68 Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA).

Buhari said: “As you are aware, our beloved nation Nigeria, is facing many security challenges at this period.
“We continue to face security threats and violent crimes such as insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and politically motivated killings which threaten our national integration.

“It is pertinent to state in this regard that, we have received new equipment in our fight against any form of insecurity from our friendly countries.”

Buhari stated that these assets will be deployed to accelerate the fight against insecurity in all parts of the country.

He also explained that, in the international scheme of affairs, security has also assumed a priority in governance and public policy.

“It is against this backdrop that we introduced a new Landing Ship Tank early this year to replace the first set of naval ship tanks which were decommissioned by the Nigerian Navy.

“The introduction of the Landing Ship Tank is expected to bolster the Navy’s Sealift capability and promote our global maritime commerce.

“The action will also bolster peace and safety within the Gulf of Guinea and our maritime neighbourhood,” he added.
Buhari also said,” our government will not be distracted from achieving the main thrust upon which we were elected, which is addressing the issues of insecurity, corruption and the economy.

“As part of a long-term strategy for a more effective and sustained war on corruption, this administration is poised to eliminate the incentives for corruption by addressing some of the remote causes of corruption.

“Through, smart law enforcement, provision of improved access to education that prepares our youths for global competitiveness.

“Also through the provision of quality health services for improved life expectancy, decent and affordable housing, among others.”
Buhari said that all these were being done in partnership with the relevant organized private sector.

“It is the conviction of this administration that ineffective policies for social provisioning must be redressed in our efforts to tackle the fundamental causes of corruption in our society.

“This is how best to give vent to the much-cherished values of fairness, equity and justice to the people of this nation,” he said.

The president emphasized that for Nigeria to be peaceful, prosperous and democratic, to attract foreign investors, the citizens must be law abiding, committed and promoters of peaceful co-existence.

“This is a collective responsibility which will definitely yield the Nigeria of our dreams.”

To the graduating cadets, Buhari said: “The world which you are entering is very different from that which confronted many of your predecessors.

“The contemporary security environment has been described as violent, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.

“Therefore, expect that the missions that you will be tasked to undertake will be similarly complex.

“Beyond these significant rationales, I am convinced that we have a real stake, and an abiding self-interest.

“This is in making sure our children and our grandchildren grow up in a world where school children are not kidnapped and where individuals are not slaughtered, because of their tribe, faith or political beliefs.”

Buhari appreciated the parents for their support to the cadets.
“Your support for them has not only allowed them to succeed today, but will help them to flourish and grow in the coming years.

“Officer Cadets, my hope is that, each of you has a rewarding career, full of opportunities and challenges, which will sometimes stretch you to your limits.

“Though we continue to live in an ever changing, chaotic, unpredictable world, your training here will stand you in good stead to meet whatever lies ahead.

“It will also help you navigate through good times and hard times, happy times and sad times.

“So, remember to draw on the valuable lessons you have learned here.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the high point of the event was the presentation of awards to cadets who distinguished themselves in academics and training.

NAN also reports that a total of 260 cadets were commissioned into the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

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Omicron: FG Expresses Disappointment Over UK Govt’s Red Listing Of Nigeria



The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has expressed disappointment over the United Kingdom government’s placement of Nigeria on its red list following the detection of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.

“We were not very happy when six countries in Sub-Saharan Africa were placed on a red list and the WHO also advised against putting each on the red list,” the minister said on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, less than one day after the UK announced the move.

“From what we know about the COVID-19, there are many ways to manage it, and besides, not much is still known about the Omicron variant. We know, for example, that there have been no fatalities.

“There have also been no reports of very severe illness. Actually, the rationale for being so hasty in putting countries on the red list is not something that is very helpful.”

According to the minister, the move was ill-advised as he noted that it would have multiple impacts on commerce, and disrupt activities during the Christmas and New Year festivities.

“It is going to disrupt commerce,” he added. It is going to disrupt family reunions.”
Ban List Not ‘Helpful’

He explained that while Nigeria has detected the COVID-19 virus on travellers from the UK, the cases have not been confirmed to be the Omicron variant.

While reiterating that the placement of countries on the red list will not help in the global fight against the pandemic, Ehanire said Nigeria is anticipating the fourth wave of the disease.

“If every country were going to put other countries on the ban list, very soon you would have a large number of countries on your red list,” the minister said.

“So, I do believe there are other ways of going about it. We in Nigeria do not regard banning flights and movements of people as particularly helpful and supportive.”

The UK’s move, which came a few days after Nigeria detected the new strain, followed a similar decision by the Canadian authorities.

“Foreign nationals who have transited or stayed in these 10 countries cannot enter Canada if they have been in those countries in the last two weeks,” Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos told a press conference.

Aside from Nigeria, Egypt and Malawi were the other countries recently added to Canada’s travel ban list.

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Orji Kalu Not Leaving Our Party, Says APC



The Abia chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said Senator Orji Uzor Kalu is not quitting the party.

The party, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Okey Ezeala, said Kalu realised his ambition of becoming a Senator after several futile attempts on the party’s platform.

The statement said: “To the best of our knowledge, the Senator representing Abia North on our party platform is going nowhere. This is authoritative.

“What is playing out is that Kalu and his supporters are finding it very difficult to swallow the humble pie and accept the fact that they have lost out in the 2021 congress of our great party.

“Their expectation that the state party structure will fall into their hands has become a bridge too far. They have refused to display the spirit of sportsmanship and queue behind the winners. The Abia North Senator is simply suffering from excess hubris.

“What we want the general public to know is that Senator Kalu is merely flying a kite, perhaps to attract the attention of the national leadership of our party to beg him not to leave. And if that eventually works to his plan, his primary objective would be to extract some concessions. Unfortunately for him, no winner in the congress is ready to concede his position.”
The statement urged the APC national leadership to call the bluff of Senator Kalu.

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Just In: DSS Arrests Ex-Minister, Dambazau



A former minister of interior, General Adulrahman Dambazau has been arrested by the Department of State Security, DSS over ‘Economic Sabotage’.

Dambazzau, who is currently the Kano State Chairman of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) was picked up by the operatives over the unilateral closure of seven petroleum filling stations without following due process.

All efforts to make Gen. Dambazau open the filling stations fell in deaf ears as the move was an ‘illegal assignment’ which was beyond the powers of his office.

Citing section 48 of the Nigerian Constitution which clearly states that, any government ministry, department or agency exercising any power or function or taking any action which may have direct impact on midstream or downstream petroleum operations shall consult with the authority.

This according to the section is prior to issuing any regulations, guidelines, enforcement order or directives, which a security source emphasized that Dambazzau disregarded.

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