Former Chief of Army Staff, Lt-.Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, on Friday called on elites to avoid statements that could lead to violence if peace was to reign in the country.
Ihejirika made the call in Abuja at public presentation of The Pursuit of Providence, a Biography of Air Marshal Mohammed Umar, former Chief of Air Staff. It was written by Mr Madu Onuorah, Abuja Bureau Chief of the Guardian Newspaper.
Ihejirika said the country needed peace development and progress.
“Peace can only be possible if we the elites begin to mellow down on tribe or statement that can lead to violence.
“No matter how sweet or expedient it is to make such statement. The truth is that ordinarily, you do not choose who to buy pepper from when you want to eat in the restaurant.
“You do not ask if the owner is Yoruba or Ibo, you just buy. If a man is good, he is good irrespective of where he is coming from’’, he said.
He said one good way of fighting terrorism was for people to make information available to the military. He said this should be done by speaking with one voice rather than speaking in a manner that tend to create the impression that the country was divided.
“When I visited the U.S recently, people from my area that gave me reception asked: is Nigeria going to split?
“I said no, it is not going to split. Nobody is going anywhere, we are Nigerians and we are united”.
Former Minister of Defence, Alhaji Bello Mohammed, said the inter-service cooperation among the armed forces would bring the present challenge to an end.
Former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin, called for continuity in government policies and programmes in order to move the country forward. (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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