Senate President Ahmad Lawan, has given a two-month timeline for the country to achieve a more secure and peaceful environment.
The Senate President gave the reassurance on Monday while speaking to State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in his office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Speaking on the target to restore peace and security in the shortest possible time, the Senate President said government is doing everything possible to secure all parts of the country and ensure peace returns before the rainy season sets in so that farmers and others can go about their normal lives in a secure environment.
He said the National Assembly would complement efforts to upgrade the Armed Forces by helping with the appropriation for the required equipment.
“I’ve come to meet with Mr. President, to discuss the issue of security of our nation, and in fact, there is nothing more important today or more topical, than the security of Nigeria.
“We had a very extensive discussion on the security of all parts of Nigeria and how we should go about improving the situation, we all have roles to play. Nobody would like to see the kind of things that we experience in various parts of the country in the form of insecurity.
“As political leaders, we have responsibilities to our people and we cannot shy away from that, we have to get our people secured, we have to secure the environment for them to earn their means of livelihood, we’ll like to see our farmers go back to farms before the rainy season starts.
“This means we have to secure the rural parts of Nigeria as well as the urban centres because we need businesses to flourish.
“So I believe that between now and probably the next two months, there will be a lot of activities to ensure that we recover and secure the environments for our people to lead a very normal life.
“We also believe that the government is headed in the right direction. You’ll recall that the National Economic Council approved of taking some funds from the Excess Crude Accounts with a view to giving more resources to our Armed Forces.
“This is a commendable effort and we are ready to help with appropriation to ensure that we acquire those security weapons for the armed forces of this country to end this insecurity in the northeast, in the northwest, in the southeast/South-south and southwest as well.
“We believe that this is also going to help empower and build the capacity of other security agencies like the police because the police need to be there.”
Governor Abubakar And Shehu Sani Clash Over Kagara Abduction
Senator Shehu Sani and Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello had a spat over the weekend concerning the recent abduction of 42 persons from Government Science College.
The abductees were freed on Saturday after 10 days in captivity.
However, on Sunday, Sani, who is an alumnus of the school, in a tweet, urged the state government to rebuild the school and rename it after Benjamin Habilah a student who was killed when gunmen attacked the school on February 17 and abducted scores.
“Dear @abusbello and @GovNiger, rebuild Government Science College Kagara and rename the school after the young student who was killed by the bandits when they stormed the school,” he said.
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) February 28, 2021
In his response now deleted, Bello said the ex-lawmaker should have done the same for his constituents while in office.
“Thank you Distinguished @ShehuSani, one of our goals has always been to provide protection & conducive learning Enviroment for our School Children, although one would’ve thought your wise counsel was put to better use when you represented the people of Kaduna Central, either ways,” the governor said.
The governor’s statement forced the former Kaduna legislator to reel out his record in office.
“Within four years of my stewardship I was able to build 7 primary health care centers in Kaduna Central and 9 buildings we purchased used as schools & orphanages. Your attention and action is very much needed in Kagara; that school shouldn’t be your image.
“Your Excellency, we have a school now that carries the images of the ruins of Rome and Athens, let’s feel your impact and intervention in Kagara,” he said.
Within four years of my stewardship I was able to build 7 primary health care centers in Kaduna Central and 9 Buildings we purchased used as schools & orphanages.Your attention and action is very much needed in Kagara;that school shouldn’t be your image.
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) February 28, 2021
#EndSARS: Kingsley Moghalu advises Nigerian youth to get involved in politics
Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, a former presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections, has advised youth in the country to join politics.
Moghalu said he stands in solidarity with the youth in their calls for the end of police brutality and bad governance in the country.
The former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, also decried the apparent impotence of Nigerian security agencies in the face of killer herdsmen and bandits and their quick response to quash peaceful protests.
The economist, however, pointed out that the #EndSARS protests, which Ordinarily represent a welcome awakening of Nigerian youth against bad governance, will not be enough to solve the problem of bad governance in the country.
He said that the best protest against underperforming governments in a democratic setting is the one at the ballot box, using the Permanent Voters Card (PVC).
In a statement he personally signed and made available to reporters in Abuja at the weekend, Moghalu noted that what Nigerians want at this point in time is a better governed country that creates real opportunities for our youth, who make up 65 percent of it’s population of 200 million.
The former Deputy CBN Governor said that the future of Nigeria is bleak if the current trends of rising poverty, low-skilled youth, a dysfunctional education system, and high youth unemployment are not reversed.
“These also are aspects of our fundamental dignity that the #EndSARS protests seek to assert. Only an active and structural engagement with democratic politics by Nigerian youth can achieve the goals of #EndSARS. Protest simply isn’t enough,” he said.
“I therefore call on Nigerian youth to focus their energy on: (1) strong advocacy and pressure to ensure that the National Assembly passes an electoral reform bill by mid-2021 that includes provisions for electronic transmissions of votes from polling units to the database of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and for Nigerians in diaspora to have the opportunity to vote from abroad; (2) voter registration en masse for the elections in 2023 and subsequent elections, and (3) structural participation in politics, i.e. joining political parties of their individual choice as members, voting, and standing as candidates in elections. All three approaches are essential. It is not enough to simply stand as candidates in the context of Not Too Young, which was nevertheless a commendable initiative,” he added.
The former presidential candidate warned that Nigerian youth are likely to get the same outcomes as the Arab Spring countries if they continue to shy away from politics on the basis of weak excuses such as: ‘our votes will not count’, ‘the elections will be rigged’, among others.
He noted that with these excuses, the youth are surrendering their future to corrupt, incompetent and repressive political leaders, insisting that this should not be an option for the youth in the country.
Ekwunife Sets New Standard In Nigerian Political Landscape
10TH EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME: Ekwunife Sets New Standard In Nigerian Political Landscape
By Chris Umeokafor (Nnanyelugo)
When I read in the social media that *Senator Uche Ekwunife* has done yet again another empowerment making it the 10th, I was in the seventh heaven not because I was one of the beneficiaries but because for the first time in Nigerian political clime, a public office holder could empower the people up to that number in such a short time in office.
The standpoint in this 10th empowerment is that it spread to the 326 political wards in Anambra state, touching as many as 780 women whose lives and that of their families have been extricated from the shackles of penury. This is a milestone! The idea behind this empowerment of Anambra women is a product of a critical thinking which deserves a huge appreciation because women are the bedrock of the society. The modern women are immensely resourceful, dependable and irreplaceable, they care about their immediate family and the society at large. Empowering women simply means empowering the entire society and this is why I commend *Senator Uche Ekwunife* for this wonderful show of love.
The joy expressed by the beneficiaries are boundless hence they sang with loud echo *”Uche Ekwunife Ga-Achi Anambra”* in agreement with the majority’s mantra that *”Uche Anambra Ga-Emezu come November 6, 2021″*. This is indeed the voice of the people as being expressed across the state. It is obvious that Anambra needs a touch of motherly love and care to be able to go back to it’s original state of being the light of the Nation. This is not a hard task as we have seen in *Senator Uche Ekwunife* those qualities needed to move our dear state forward.
Therefore, no need to gamble as our dear state is in need of a woman who has set standard in representation. Such standard can as well be replicated when she becomes the executive Governor of Anambra State.
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