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FG To Launch Communication Strategy Against Insurgency

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Minister of Information and Culture-Lai MohammedThe Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Friday began the process of launching a national security campaign to counter insurgency in the country, especially in the North East region.

Towards this end, the minister met with representatives of relevant agencies in Abuja in an effort to design a national communication strategy aimed at sensitizing Nigerians on their role in the fight against insurgency.

In his address, Mr. Mohammed said while the military had proved its mettle in the war, same could not be said of the civilian populace.

”The military may be doing its best, but it cannot win the war alone. No insurgency has ever been won only by military prowess.

”Apart from that, it is important to sensitize Nigerians on Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs. How to recognize one and what to do if they find such”, he said.

The minister added that Nigerians must be made to realize that insurgents have resorted to targeting soft targets, such as motor parks, entertainment centres, and religious houses, among others.

“Having been routed from their strongholds in the North East, the terrorists have resorted to carrying out cowardly attacks.

“But these people operate among us. The challenge, therefore, is to fish them out before they strike us. How do we recognize them? How do we keep Nigerians safe at the motor parks, in schools, hospitals, hotels or even on the road?” he said.

He also said the campaign would not be limited to the North East alone but extended to any part of the country where there are agitations for one reason or another.

The minister said as many relevant bodies as possible must be involved in the security campaign, listing religious leaders, traditional rulers, market women, road transport workers, opinion leaders, among others.

Mr. Mohammed specifically charged religious leaders to water down the contents of their sermons in churches and mosques, in order not to fan the embers of hatred and violence in their preaching.

“In order to keep Nigerians fully informed and involved, it is important that we design a communication strategy that will be very effective in helping us to achieve that objective”, he said.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the National Security Adviser, the military, the State Security Service, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the media, Customs Service, police, National Security and Civil Defence Corps, Immigration Service, National Emergency Management Agency, National Union of Road Transport Workers as well as National Union of Local Government Employees.

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has named the newly built Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.

Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.

He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.

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The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

Dave Umahi

Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has commended Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, for joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”

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Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.

He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

Aregbesola and Oyetola

Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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