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Jonathan: Terrorism Not Getting Worse In The Country… Emergency Rule May Have To Be Extended

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PRESIDENTIAL-MEDIA-CHAT-1-650x400President Goodluck Jonathan gave the hint on Sunday night that he may apply to the National Assembly to seek its approval for an extension of the state of emergency in three North-East states affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

The president, who made this known during a media chat yesterday at the Presidential Villa, explained that the ongoing military operation in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states was succeeding and there was need to sustain it.

“Terrorism is not a phenomenon that you think within a state of emergency of six months or one year you wipe it out. It has not happened anywhere in the world”, the president said.

A state of emergency was proclaimed in the three states last May for an initial duration of six months, which was extended for another six months in November.

It expires later this month, but there are calls from the affected areas not to extend it on grounds that the existing emergency rule had not achieved the desired results.

Asked by the panel of journalists if he would extend the emergency rule proclamation, President Jonathan said: “We are consulting with the security and relevant agencies. When we need to extend we will extend it because I believe that we are succeeding and it’s very helpful for the operation to go on.

“Without that the security operatives in those places would be so frustrated. We would prefer to pull them out than to allow them to stay there and be frustrated”.

The president claimed that those against the extension took the position out of frustration that terrorism had not stopped in the affected states.

But he added: “If somebody said that the state of emergency is not successful they are not being realistic”.

He noted that terrorism “is not getting worse in the country”, because the security agencies had helped to curtail its frequency compared to when it first started.

The president added that security agencies were capable of curtailing insurgency and that government was working hard to equip and improve their capacity.

“I have just approved the request for recruitment of more personnel and building capacity”, he said.

On the abducted schoolgirls in Borno, Jonathan pledged that wherever they were taken to by their abductors, his administration would do everything to get them back.

“Wherever these girls are, we will surely get them back”, Jonathan said.

“What we request is the maximum cooperation of the parents of these girls; we are pleading that they should cooperate with us by releasing the identity of these girls”.

He weighed in on the controversy surrounding the publishing of the abducted girls’ details, saying since majority of the girls are Christians, there should be no cultural restrictions in giving out their photographs.

He said government forces had combed all the communities that the girls could possibly be without any trace of them.

As a result, security operatives have widened their scope beyond those places.

Asked if it was true that there were ongoing negotiations to get the girls freed, the president said: “You cannot negotiate with somebody you don’t know. Nobody has claimed ownership of this abduction, nobody. Even through the Twitter or the other social media that the Boko Haram normally use to show what they have done”.

Jonathan also said he had sought for help from the United States with “superior” intelligence to fight the Boko Haram insurgency.

On his much vaunted presidential ambition in 2015, Jonathan said: “I have always said that this should not be a concern to Nigerians.

“Rather what they should be concerned about is how do we manage the economy, improve the security and guarantee free and fair election?

“Whether Jonathan declares or not should not be an issue. The PDP and the APC are the major parties now. The APC has not even announced its own presidential candidate and you are asking the ruling party to do so”.

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has declared his intention to lead the #EndSARS protest against police brutality ongoing nationwide.

He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.

Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.

Also Read: Fayemi Names Members Of Judicial Panel On Human Rights Violations By Police

He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.

The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.

He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me – Buhari’s Aide, Adesina

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.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Nigerians Recount Their Horrible Ordeals In The Hands Of Thugs In Police Uniform

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.

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Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother’s Death

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Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother's Death

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Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has sent a condolence message to Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde over the passing away of his mother.

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.

Also Read: Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother

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.”

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