The immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, has blamed Nigeria’s porous borders for the insurgency in the North-East.
Ihejirika said this during his Valedictory Speech at a parade in his honour to mark his exit from the Nigerian Army.
“We must realise that the world is passing through an increasingly volatile and uncertain 21st century and our situation in Nigeria had been made complex by regional and transnational threat.
“This is further accelerated by information technology, desertification, international migration across the borders, and competition for scarce resources, weapon proliferation and several unresolved ethno-religious conflicts.
“In the last few years, we have had to deploy the army extensively at home and abroad along with other services.
“And I am proud to be part of our nation’s quest for a more peaceful world through many interactions using different platforms”.
According to him, the military has tried to strengthen critical partnership both local and international.
The former army chief said that menace of terrorism and insurgency could be resolved quickly if the nation appreciated the sacrifice made by the services irrespective of political and religious affiliation.
“I urge the Army and other service to remain cohesive and loyal to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and President Goodluck Jonathan no matter the distraction.
“This is key to the restoration of peace in volatile areas.
“Let me express my gratitude and deep appreciation to the president for giving me opportunity to serve”.
In his remarks, Gov. Theodore Oji of Abia, described Ihejirika as a humble man, a good soldier and a man determined to change things.
He said the former army chief had done very well, adding that the army played a very major role in restoring peace and security to Abia State.
“This is the reason all Abians came to felicitate with him because he showed determination, vigour and extra effort to ensure Abia State was stabilised security wise”, Oji said.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sideline of the event, Alhaji Aliyu Isma’ila, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, described Ihejirika as ”a visionary leader who was strategically conscious and patriotic”.
Isma’ila also described him as a professional soldier who did his best for the country and wished him all the best.
NAN reports that the “pulling out” parade coincided with the 58th birthday of the former Chief of Army Staff who was born on Feb. 13, 1956 in Ovim, Isuikwuato Local Government Area of Abia.
He was commissioned into the Army on Dec. 17, 1977 as a member of the Nigerian Defence Academy 18th Regular Combatant Course.
He was appointed the Chief of Army Staff on Sept. 8, 2010 a position he held until Jan 16, this year. (NAN)
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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