A former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd.), has reiterated the need for dialogue between the Federal Government and Boko Haram insurgents, saying it was the only panacea to the raging insurgency.
Abubakar said dialogue was imperative in the current situation to put an end to the wanton destruction of lives and property in the North-Eastern part of the country.
Abdusalami also advised politicians irrespective of political affiliations, to imbibe the culture of peace to prevent the country’s democracy from being aborted in the 2015 general elections.
The former military leader spoke in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital yesterday, while commissioning the administrative block of the School of Nursing, Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, built by Governor Kayode Fayemi.
He said: “As someone who was privileged to survive the Civil War and saw our country return to democracy, I am troubled by the challenges currently confronting our country”.
Abdusalami noted that the terror attacks have debased the country’s integrity among the comity of nations, adding “never in history has our country been subjected to this kind of blood-letting and disrespect for the sanctity of human lives.
“There has been cruel murder and slaughtering of children as well as women, who are innocent.
“As events of recent killings clearly show that no one is safe, no place is safe and no time is safe, the security problem in the country is very severe and need all of us to search for solution to.
“We must therefore cooperate and all hands must be on deck to find solution to the crisis.
“We should not be looking for victory, solution should be the goal. Government at all levels, the people at the crisis zone, security personnel and all aggrieved parties must dialogue and listen to one another for the sake of our future and our children.
“We must honestly look at the real issues involved and take immediate actions promptly.
“It must be accepted that dialogue is still a veritable tool under this circumstance”.
The former military ruler commended the Fayemi-led administration for embarking on the projects, saying it was a clear demonstration of the governor’s love for Ekiti people.
He stressed that Fayemi’s act of good governance, equity and justice can hold the promise of restoring the people’s faith in the country
Speaking at the occasion, Governor Fayemi, who will be handing over to a new governor next week Thursday, said he undertook the project based on his determination to stamp out poverty and to ensure the well-being of the people of the state.
Fayemi also hailed the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Dare Ogundipe, for the effective management of the hospital.
Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report
Nigeria has been ranked as the third most terrorized country in the world according to a 2020 report by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).
The report which was released on Wednesday, ranked Nigeria third only behind war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq.
According to the GTI report, Nigeria witnessed an increase in Boko Haram attacks in the period under review, witnessing her worst terrorist attack in 2019 in northeastern Borno State, where at least 70 people were killed and 10 others wounded when insurgents attacked at a funeral.
“Over the past year, Boko Haram increased attacks on military targets, with deaths rising from 26 in 2018 to 148 in 2019,” the report said.
However, the report recognized that terror-related incidents in the country fell by 27% in the same period due to a significant reduction in violence attributed to killer herdsmen.
“This reduction occurred despite a small increase in deaths attributed to Boko Haram, which has been the most active terrorist group in the country over the past decade. Deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are now 83 percent lower than at
their peak in 2014.”
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.
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