Rivers State Governor Chibuike Amaechi has charged security agencies in the country to shun any move to drag them into partisan politics.
Amaechi said this at the launch of the emblem of 2014 Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
According to him, it would not be healthy for the armed forces to be enmeshed in the politics of the country, stressing that they should see themselves as the symbol of national unity.
“The greatest source of unity in a country is the military and you have suffered enough to fight for the unity of this country.
“I will say to you, the Nigerian military; don’t be involved in Nigerian politics. Nigeria is too complicated for the military to be involved in politics.
“In Nigeria, we have many tribes. I tell people, I’m not Ijaw, I’m Ikwerre. There are people who are Ijaw, there are Hausas, there are Yorubas, there are Isokos, there are Fulanis.
“We are too many. If the military gets involved in Nigerian politics, the consequences will be too much. Currently, we thank all of you for remaining neutral and God will bless you for that.
“In the same manner, we will enjoin the Nigerian Police Force to remain neutral because the consequences of taking sides will be too grievous. 2015 is a watershed for the country. All of us seated here must contribute to peace in Nigeria,” Amaechi said.
He acknowledged the military’s contributions to unity and nation building and urged them not to allow such contributions collapse in the current political debate.
“I will say to you, today, that all of you, both serving and retired, in one way or another, contributed to the unity of Nigeria and that you cannot afford to allow that unity to be lost.
“I have a very faint idea of what the civil war looked like because I was born in 1965. My children do not have any idea whatsoever of what the civil war looked like and I don’t want them to have any idea at all and God will not allow us to get involved in such situation where they will have ideas.
“For me, I will join you to preach peace. You will see us fighting politically. The reason why we are fighting politically is because Nigeria is too big and too rich to remain the way we are,” Amaechi said.
Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.
The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.
Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.
The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”
Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun!
My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer in sha Allah. May Allah forgive & be Merciful to her.
— Isa Ali Pantami, PhD (@DrIsaPantami) November 23, 2020
Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.
The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.
The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.
Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.
He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.
Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims
Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.
According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.
Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.
The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.
He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.
Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.
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