Senate President David Mark has advocated the use of full military action against insurgents in the country, saying their actions in recent times was a declaration of war and the Federal Government could not sit back and fold its arms while Nigerians are being killed by Boko Haram members.
The senate president was reacting to the abduction of over 200 female students of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.
“They have touched the hearts and souls of Nigerians by abducting and kidnapping our children. Children are our future. They have in effect declared war on Nigeria and Nigerians. We are not going to sit down and fold our hands. The federal government must intensify military action against the perpetrators and bring the issue of Boko Haram to a logical conclusion”, Mark said.
A statement issued by his spokesman, Paul Mumeh, yesterday, said Senator Mark made this known in Asaba, Delta State at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church during the funeral service for Lady Obi-Bridget Ngbelenwa Okpuno, the mother of High Chief Uche Okpuno.
“I have been an advocate of dialogue with the Boko Haram elements in this country. But things have gone absolutely beyond bounds and no government will negotiate with Boko Haram as long as they keep our girls and our boys. They must free those they have abducted unconditionally. Nobody is going to negotiate with them on that basis”, the Senate President said.
“They must never test the will of the government. They must never test the will of the Nigerian armed forces. Above all, they must never test the will of the Nigerian people because we must stand united against evil. They must have taken government’s decision to negotiate with them for weakness. They must not. The Nigerian armed forces have performed creditably well across the globe. They will do even better at home to preserve our unity and sovereignty”, he asserted.
The senate president, however, prayed that God touches the hearts of all those involved either as sponsors, individuals or in the name of Boko Haram so that they would change their minds.
“But while we pray we will take the battle to their own ground. They should return their victims unconditionally before we can call for dialogue”, he said.
Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State in his remarks urged citizens to shun acts capable of undermining the peace, unity and security of the nation.
#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.
Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.
￼Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.
He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.
Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother’s Death
Recall that InformationNigeria earlier reported that Governor Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday lost his mother, Chief Abigail Makinde.
The governor’s mother passed on at age 81.
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Reacting to the news, Sanwo-Olu prayed for the dead and consoled the bereaved via his official Twitter handle on Thursday. He wrote:
“I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.
While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama’s soul rest eternally.”
I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.
While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama's soul rest eternally. pic.twitter.com/EaFIlq3Uv3
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) October 15, 2020
INEC Announces Date for 2023 Presidential Election
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that the 2023 presidential election will hold on February 18, 2023.
The Chairman of the Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, made this known on Thursday while delivering his goodwill message at the inauguration of the special adhoc committee on the review of the 1999 constitution.
Yakubu told members of the House of Representatives there were about 855 days left before the next general election.
Also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, urged the committee to pick things they can get over with and avoid the ones that will stall the process and destabilize the system.
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