The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has finalised plans to declare ‘war’ on Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State over his alleged support of a 45-year-old non-student, Tijjani Usman, who is parading himself as NANS president.
The legitimate President of NANS, Comrade Ali Wali, who was duly elected by Nigerian students to represent them, in an interview with LEADERSHIP, alleged that the governor was using Usman to work against the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan by turning Nigerian students against him.
According to Wali, the ultimate plan by Governor Lamido was to ensure that President Jonathan no longer enjoyed the tremendous support of the students, by mobilising student protests against government policies and programmes, especially in the education sector, thereby, damaging the president’s popularity and credibility.
The NANS President said it was unfortunate that the Jigawa governor was using religion and tribe to pursue his 2019 presidential ambition, saying such act was unexpected of a leader who professed patriotism and commitment to the growth and development of the country.
“Tijjani Usman is a 45-year-old non-student who is not a registered student of any tertiary institution in Nigeria. NANS has discovered that Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido and his cohorts are sponsoring him to cause division among Nigerian students, especially students from the North. They are using religion and tribe to cause crisis in the students union. As enlightened youths of Nigeria, we will not fold our arms and allow that to happen. They will not succeed in their evil plan; not while we are still at helm of the students’ body.
“As NANS President, I call on all our students across the country to rise up against the likes of Governor Lamido, who have obviously declared themselves enemies of the state, and do not want the development and progress of our dear country. We will remain united against such forces of destruction”, Comrade Wali said.
He further disclosed that NANS would be organising a 10-million-man march to the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), as part of its solidarity and support to the anti-graft body’s fight against corruption.
Comrade Wali also urged the EFCC to re-launch investigation into the alleged money laundering allegations levelled against the two sons of the Jigawa State governor – Mustapha Sule Lamido and Aminu Sule Lamido.
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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