The Chief of Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor, has dismissed claims that suspected terrorists are setting up camps around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
General Irabor spoke on Thursday during the Ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, placing the source of the said information as one of the online media mischiefs.
Leading Yoruba sociocultural group, Afenifere, on Wednesday, raised the alarm that it had gained intelligence from some sources that the terrorists had started setting up camps around the FCT and Niger State, calling for immediate action.
However, reacting to the alarm, General Irabor said the claim is false and should be discountenanced.
He pointed out that many people pushing out information do so to ‘fly agenda kites’, adding that it there was anything like being claimed by those raising the alarm, the military would know.
Reacting to alleged military brutality in the Southeast, Irabor said that the perception of discriminatory military engagement against the people of the region was not correct.
Responding to a question on why the military chose to scale operations up in the Southeast while bandits in the Northwest and Northcentral were considered for negotiations and repentant terrorists in the Northeast are being rehabilitated, the Defense Chief noted that insecurity varies from region to region.
According to him, “what you find in the southeast is different from what is obtainable in the north.
On Sheikh Ahmad Gumi engagement with bandits in the north, he said the Muslim cleric does not work for the military.
He explained the the military would not prevent anyone from playing his or her part in the fight against insecurity.
However what is not acceptable to the military, he said, is when such persons work at cross purposes with security agencies’ objectives.
Gen. Irabor informed that despite the military engagement in the southeast, he had led discussions with people of the area.
He said while Nigerians have the right to pass their views to government, they must not do so through the use of violence.
The CDS warned: “If anyone thinks they can try the armed forces, let him try the shape of the armed forces.”
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Senator Afikuyomi Greets Mustapha On Turbaning As Turaki Of Ilorin
The Royal Turbaning of Alhaji Saliu Mustapha as the Turaki of Ilorin by His Royal Highness, Alhaji (Dr) Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, CFR, is a worthy recognition of Alhaji Mustapha’s contribution to nation-building, according to Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, a long-term associate of the new Turaki.
Afikuyomi stressed in a statement that Alhaji Saliu Mustapha has been conscientious in politics, and painstaking in humanitarian services, not just around the people of Ilorin Emirate alone, but in the entire Kwara State and in Nigeria as a whole.
According to the Senator, who once represented both, Lagos Central Senatorial District, and Lagos West Senatorial District. Mustapha’s decent politics, maturity and candor have combined to portray him as a rare breed amongst the pack, which is why he is often welcomed in any circle he has pitched tent with.
“He has a great sense of fairness, comportment and is also result oriented. A loyal friend, with a god-fearing disposition, he passes as one of the most respectable public figures from Kwara State,” Afikuyomi added.
The senator summed that with his turbaning as the Turaki of Ilorin, he was confident that he will impact on the people of the peace-loving emirate, in line with the vision of His Royal Highness, and the expectations of citizens.
“May God almighty give him the wisdom, good health and longevity to deliver the much-needed goods for his people, his fans and for humanity at large. Congratulations to a good friend,” the Senator concluded.
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Borno Will Close Maiduguri IDP Camps On December 31, Says Zulum
Borno Governor Babagana Zulum said his administration would close the internally displaced persons (IDP) camps within Maiduguri metropolis on or before December 31, 2021.
Zulum disclosed this to State House Correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to him, he had visited the President to brief him as well as request for the Federal Government’s input in the refugees’ resettlement efforts of his administration, adding that plans were also on to repatriate Nigerian refugees, currently living in IDP camps in parts of Niger Republic.
He said those taking refuge in Diffa Province of Niger Republic would be relocated to their homes in Malam Fatori, Borno State, on November 27.
“I came to brief Mr. President on efforts made by Borno State Government in ensuring the return of internally displaced persons to their ancestral homes.
“So far, so good, the Borno state government has started well and arrangements have been concluded to ensure closure of all internally displaced persons camps that are inside Maiduguri Metropolitan on or before 31st of December, 2021.
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“In addition to this, Borno state government is also making efforts, in collaboration with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs to continue with the repatriation of Nigerians that are living in Minao camp.
“Furthermore, on 27th of November, Borno state government will ensure the resettlement of IDPs that are living in Diffa Province of Niger to Malam Fatori.
“Malam Fatori is a local government headquarters in Borno State, but somehow, we don’t have human population in this local government areas because of the insurgency.
“Now that we have achieved a reasonable degree of peace, Borno state government has intended to resettle Malam Fatori communities on 27th of this month.
“To this effect, the Nigerian military are providing all the needed support to the government of Borno State. I’m pleased to inform you also that the Chief of Naval Staff has ensured the return of naval base to Baga last month.
“These are some of the reasons why I came to brief Mr. President and I also requested Mr. President to continue to provide more support in ensuring that the growing number of ISWAP that are operating especially in the southern part and northern part of Borno State, are being handled appropriately.
“So, these are some of the reasons why I came here, but most importantly, Mr. President has given me the assurance that he will do everything possible to support the effort by Borno State government of returning internally displaced persons to their ancestral home.
“He has done before and I hope this time around, he will also support the noble cause.
“The people of Borno State and indeed the government are mostly grateful to Mr. President for all the efforts that he has been making, with a view to bringing succor to the internally displaced persons in the State,” he said.
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NLC Planning To Open Online TV For Nigerian Workers, Says Wabba
The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, says it will soon inaugurate its online television to enable Nigerian workers to tell their own stories.
The NLC President, Ayubba Waba, said this at the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Labour Writers’ Association of Nigeria, LAWAN, held in Lagos.
The theme of the event was “Growing Insecurity and Unemployment: The Way Forward”.
“We have decided we are going to launch the first online TV very soon; we have already bought the gadgets.
“Also, I am sure, some of you will be the reporters, presenters and above all, you will be everything in what we are going to do.
“This is just the beginning, because we also have to assert our authority: we must be able to have space to say our own story and let the workers also say their own story.
“Above all, let Nigerians say their own story outside what is being said by the conventional media,’’ he said.
He said that the theme for the event was apt and very close to the hearts of organised labour, noting that one of the challenges facing the country presently was the issue of youth unemployment.
“If we do not address it, then there is no way we can have peace and insecurity will continue.
“Recently, we had a programme that is addressing the issue of precarious work and job, also making decent jobs available for our teeming youths.
“Decent jobs are very important, because without it, there will be no humanity, social progress and justice; and shared prosperity for everybody,’’ the NLC boss said.
Mr Waba, while congratulating the labour writers on their 40th anniversary, described the writers as having lots of courage, dexterity and passion in the way they carry out their jobs.
According to him, such features are the hallmark of modern journalism, saying it as it is and continue to speak to power.
“When you do the right thing, you will find fulfillment and passion.
“Most of you do this job, because of the fact that you draw a lot of passion from reporting what also affects you and at your work place and I think that is the beauty of it.
“In doing your work, which is service to humanity, you have also assisted the congress greatly in making our voices to be heard and that cannot be taken for granted,” he said.
In her remarks, the Chairman, LAWAN, Mrs Bimbola Oyesola, said that the choice of the theme was informed by the need to reflect on what could be done to put an end to the challenges highlighted.
“As media practitioners in the labour sector, we are burden and disturbed by the growing number of our youths who roam the streets daily without any means of livelihood.
“More worrisome is the spate of insecurity in our land and the fact that most susceptible number of perpetrators are likewise the youths.
“We hope through the contributions from all our leaders gathered here tonight, we can use the recommendations which will be well publicised by our members as our little contribution to chart the path for the transformation of our country, ” Oyesola said.
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