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Post-Election Violence: Do Not Repeat Mistakes Of The Past – Abdusalami Begs Nigerians

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Abdulsalami AbubakarA former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.), on Monday in Abuja held a series of meetings with Service Chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police, warning that the 2011 post-election violence should not be allowed to repeat itself.

He spoke in his capacity as Chairman of National Peace Committee on 2015 Elections, which was convened by the Founder of the Kukah Centre for Faith and Leadership Research and Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah.

The committee is aimed at ensuring full compliance with the Abuja peace accord signed by President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party and his closest rival in the February 14 presidential election, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) of All Progressives Congress.

The meeting also had in attendance representatives of various political parties and religious leaders.

Apart from Abubakar, other members of the Committee include foremost entrepreneur, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe, John Cardinal Onaiyekan; Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Sa’ad Abubakar; Alhaji Muhammad Musdafa, Primate of Anglican Church, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh‎; President of Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor and Justice Rose Ukeje.

Others are Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chairman of the 2014 National Conference, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi; Prof. Ameze Guobadia, Prof. Zainab Alkali, Publisher of Vanguard Newspapers, Mr. Sam Pemu-Amuka; Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah; and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Dame Priscilla Kuye.

In his remarks, the former Head of State said, “Any Nigerian, who loves this country, must preach peace. There is apprehension and there is no need for that. Nigerians, please, I beg you. Learn from the former mistakes. We must ensure that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past. We must ensure that February elections are peaceful and secure.

“When I was approached to chair this committee, I did not hesitate. Since I left office, I have been involved in a lot of engagements in Nigeria and across Africa. If you go to many African countries, you will see the kind of carnage going on as a result of post-election violence. We must live in peace. Whenever there is election violence, people blame politicians.

“But the people are the ones inflicting violence on themselves. If we destroy property and other things, we will still have to come back and rebuild what we have destroyed.

“I am very happy that the contestants in the forthcoming Presidential elections have signed a peace accord and I expect that they follow up in keeping up with this agreement.

“We all have roles to play. The media have a role to play in ensuring that they preach peace. People tend to believe in what they read. Avoid sensational stories and help preach peace to our people”.

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  1. ota tade

    February 3, 2015 at 8:01 am

    This message is addressed to the organiser of the “dog and baboon show”. I just hope he is listening. He should be a good looser for once.

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

Boko Haram

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.

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“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.”

 

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

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.

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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.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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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.

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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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