President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday said security challenges are not peculiar to Nigeria alone as the nation battles insurgency, kidnapping and banditry.
“Every country has security challenges, while we have made significant progress in fighting against terrorism, we acknowledge that there are new and emerging challenges of Kidnapping and banditry,” Buhari said when he received executives of Buhari Campaign Organisation in Abuja.
Buhari’s statement came a day after former Nigeria president Olusegun Obasanjo warned him on the rising state of insecurity in the country.
“This issue (insecurity) can no longer be ignored, treated with nonchalance, swept under the carpet or treated with cuddling glove,” Obasanjo said in an open letter.
Obasanjo accused Buhari of “poor management or mismanagement of diversity” that led to the gathering of a “very onerous cloud”.
The former president said failure to address the security issues would result in “rain of destruction, violence, disaster, and disunity” in Nigeria.
Obasanjo has been a staunch critic of President Buhari, writing series of stinging open letters and statements. Both of them were allies before Buhari’s election in 2015.
In 2018, Obasanjo accused Buhari of poor economic management, nepotism, gross dereliction of duty, condonation of misdeed in the country. The former president was also absent at Buhari’s 2019 inauguration and the democracy day celebration.
Meanwhile, Buhari has said those criticizing his administration over ‘isolated’ cases of insecurity are not patriotic.
“Those who politicize the isolated incidents of insecurity are not patriotic Nigerians. I am confident that this administration uses all the resources at its disposal to protect the lives of all Nigerians and not just prominent Nigerians but all.
He promised Nigerians to renew efforts in securing the country, fighting corruption and strengthening the economy.
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US President’s Medical Adviser, Anthony Fauci To Speak At Nigeria COVID-19 Summit
As part of efforts to redefine the country’s national COVID-19 response and build the health security framework for the country, the Nigerian COVID-19 Summit is to host Dr Anthony Fauci.
Fauci, who is the Chief Medical Adviser to U.S. President Joe Biden as well as the Director, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, U.S. will be speaking at the summit.
The summit, which is in partnership with the Coalition of Development Partners, will be held from December 6 to December 8, 2021, in Abuja.
Dr Mukhtar Muhammed, Technical Head, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Sunday.
Mohammed said that the PSC had also mobilised all critical stakeholders including development partners for this important National Summit.
“We are heartened and encouraged by the support we have received so far from our development partners and the private sector.
“With just one day away from the commencement of this summit, which will help us to redefine our national COVID-19 response and build the health security framework for the country,” he added.
He, however, encouraged Nigerians and the international community to visit the website of this summit.
“There will be a virtual session that can be accessed by all. In order to register, you will log on to the website: https://2021.covid19summit.com.ng/.
“I want to thank all Nigerians, members of the diplomatic corps for their understanding of our procedures.
“Our international development partners, for providing technical and financial support, members of the press, for doing your work to ensure that we advance the cause of public health, and Nigeria remains a very safe environment,” he said.
NAN reports that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman PSC on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, had said that in preparation for the committee’s winding down, it would hold a COVID-19, summit in partnership with the Coalition of Development Partners in the country.
According to Mustapha, the theme of the summit will be: ‘Pushing through the Last Mile to End the Pandemic and Build Back Better’.
The sub-themes include: ‘Leadership And Governance In Pandemic Recovery And Reconstruction’ and ‘Nigeria’s Health-Security Framework For Effective Response To Global Health Security Threats’.
The SGF noted that the summit would be an august assemblage of key actors in the health, economic, security, and policy-making sectors of the country.
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Tragedy: Eight Children Found Dead In Abandoned Car In Lagos
Tragedy struck in Badagry area of Lagos on Sunday as the bodies of eight children were evacuated from an abandoned car.
The tragic incident occurred at Adelayo Street, Jah-Micheal along Badagry Expressway.
The children were said to be playing in the abandoned car when they mistakenly locked themselves inside.
Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Lagos Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu confirmed the incident.
He said the eight children were said to have mistakenly locked themselves in an abandoned car while playing.
“Their bodies have been recovered and deposited at the Badagry General Hospital’s morgue for autopsy so as to determine the actual cause of death.
Notwithstanding the report made to the Police, the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered a thorough and speedy investigation into the circumstances surrounding their death.
“The CP also commiserates with the families of the victims,” he said.
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We Have Willpower To Tackle Illicit Drugs – Marwa
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Buba Marwa says the agency is determined to tackle illicit drugs in the country despite the myriads of challenges its operatives encounter occasionally.
In an excerpt from a piece published in the agency’s magazine, the NDLEA boss said he is confident that NDLEA now holds all the aces and stands a good chance of curbing the drug menace in the country.
Marwa who reeled out some of the recent feats attained by the agency, was optimistic that the NDLEA is going to bring drug prevalence figures down, even though at the moment they still remain at a worrisome number.
According to the NDLEA chief, June was a month of strategic development and significant developments for the agency included the launch of the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) initiative, the unveiling of the National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP 2021-2025) and the release of the Standard Policy and Practice Guidelines (SPPG) for the Agency’s counselling centres.
These he noted were in addition to the agency’s continuing blistering performance in terms of record arrest and conviction of drug traffickers and unprecedented seizures of consignments of assorted illicit substances.
Notwithstanding, Mr Marwa stressed that it is not yet ‘Uhuru’. He insisted that “the drug prevalence in Nigeria is worrisome, especially when compared with the global average”.
He said, “from the last UNODC/Ministry of Health survey in 2018, we now know that 14.3 million Nigerians, between the ages of 15 and 64, abuse drugs. The World Drug Report ranked Nigeria as the leading country in the abuse of cannabis. These statistics should worry Nigerians.”
The NDLEA CEO, however, assured that the statistics will change for the better, explaining that his optimism is founded on solid premises.
“We are now an intelligence-based organization, and the purpose of our strategies is to exterminate illicit drug supply or, at least, control it; while at the same time, we are ramping up our drug demand reduction efforts. With UNODC, we have launched a standard policy guideline for counselling for NDLEA counsellors. So, our strategies encapsulate prevention, treatment, and aftercare,” he declared.
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