Insecurity: ‘Nigeria is on auto-pilot’ – Engr. Yabagi Yusuf Sani

…Says nobody in control, economy collapsing From Mariam Zakari The National Chairman of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), and former presidential aspirant, Engr. Yabagi Yusuf Sani, has painted a gloomy picture of Nigeria, stating that the country has gone into auto-pilot, with nobody in control. Yabagi stated this during a LibertyTV programme:  “State of the Nation”, yesterday. The Party Chairman also said that the worsening insecurity has pervaded the nation and that the economy has collapsed, with inflation and unemployment spiking to the highest point ever in the country’s history.…

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‘We may not guarantee regular services over rising insecurity in Nigeria’, says MTN

The services of mobile network provider MTN in Nigeria could be disrupted as a result of rising insecurity in different parts of the country, the local unit of South Africa’s telecoms group said yesterday. According to a Reuters report, MTN wrote in a message to its customers: “Sadly, we must inform you that with the rising insecurity in different parts of Nigeria, service delivery to your organisation may be impacted in the coming days. “This means that in some cases, our technical support team may not be able to get…

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“Poverty, inequality responsible for threats to Nigeria’s existence” – Amaechi

…Says Hadiza Bala not suspended, but asked to step aside  The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has blamed poverty and inequality for the challenges currently threatening Nigeria’s corporate existence. Speaking during a graduation ceremony at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, (UNN), Amaechi, who was governor of Rivers State for eight years and speaker of the state House of Assembly for eight years prior, said there cannot be genuine democracy in a society divided by unequal access to the good things of life. The minister said that inequality has produced an…

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Insecurity: First Lady calls for recruitment of more security operatives

Nigeria’s First Lady, A’isha Buhari, has urged appropriate authorities to conclude the employment of more security officers to address the intractable security problems facing the nation. According to an issued statement by her Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Aliyu Abdullahi, she made the call while receiving wives of service chiefs during a courtesy visit at the State House, Abuja, yesterday. The statement was titled: ‘A’isha Buhari charges wives of Service Chiefs‘. Highlighting the role of women in nation-building, A’isha Buhari said as wives of senior public servants, they should…

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Insecurity: “It’s time to end Boko Haram” – Al-Mustapha tells new Army Chief

…Says Nigeria will be great The former Chief Security Officer, (CSO) to Nigeria’s former Head of State, the Late Gen. Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha(rtd), advised the new Army Chief of Staff, (COAS), Major-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, to end the Boko Haram insurgency as soon as possible. According to Al-Mustapha, the new Army Chief must hasten the end of the insurgency, which had led to the massive destruction of lives and property. According to him, delaying the fight against Boko Haram will do Nigeria a disservice, saying, “the sooner we crush…

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Eastern govs, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, other Igbo leaders reject secession

…Pledge allegiance to one Nigeria…FG admits S’East ‘well marginalised’ A delegation from the Federal Government, led by the Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen. Bashir Magashi, (rtd), as well as the governors of the five States of the South-East and other leaders of political, religious and traditional institutions in the zone have reiterated their commitment to peace, unity and stability of the country. Addressing newsmen after a closed-door meeting on the security challenges confronting the region at the Government House, Enugu meeting, Magashi disclosed that the delegation will relay the commitment reached…

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Insecurity: Obasanjo promises action after closed-door meeting with Nigeria’s ex-leaders

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday said that Nigerians would start witnessing positive actions and changes amid tensions in various parts of the country. The former president said this after his closed-door meeting with former Nigerian leaders and elder statesmen in Abuja. Obasanjo, who addressed journalists at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, noted that a communiqué was not issued at the end of the meeting because the statesmen would be long on action and short on statement. He said that the outcome of the meeting would soon be communicated to President Muhammadu…

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Gunmen kill hunters, herders, others in Kwara, Plateau, Zamfara

Hunters and herders have come under attack in Kwara and Plateau states. On Tuesday, four local hunters, who were also vigilantes, were gunned down in Kwara by suspected herdsmen. On the same day, three herders were also declared missing, believed killed, in Plateau. In Zamfara, four persons were confirmed dead, while as many as 60 women were reportedly abducted as bandits swooped on two communities. A source said five hunters on two motorcycles were returning from Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, to the Fage community when they fell into the…

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‘Nigerians must not allow a repeat of civil war’ – Orji Kalu

The Chief Whip of the senate, Orji Uzor Kalu, has said that Nigerians must not allow a repetition of the civil war. In a statement on Tuesday, Kalu said the people of the south-east are not known for attacking public infrastructure, adding that it is not the best way to express grievances. The Nigerian civil war was between 1967 and 1970. The former Abia State governor said the region needs infrastructure and not hostilities. According to him, “The policemen and military officers killed are fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, children and…

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Insecurity: “Those who want to destroy my govt. will be shocked” — Buhari

…Vows to crack down very hard on arsonists, secessionists’ campaigners…May declare state of emergency President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a stern warning to those bent on destroying the country through promoting insurrection and burning down critical national assets across the country. The President read the Riots Act after he received a briefing from Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, on series of attacks on its facilities of the electoral body around the country. President Buhari promised to give those destroying the INEC facilities and attacking police…

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