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Abdulsalami Decries Niger Delta Violence, Advocates Dialogue

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Abdulsalami AbubakarFormer Head of State, General Abubakar Abdulsalam (retd.) has condemned the recent bombing of oil pipelines and installations in the Niger Delta by militant groups, calling on the perpetrators to channel their grievances through dialogue.
The former military ruler opined that the attacks by the militants have done more harm than good because the people in the Niger Delta region are suffering more from the devastating effects of oil pipeline bombings.
Abdulsalam made the call Tuesday when the leadership of the Niger State House of Assembly, led by the Speaker, Hon. Ahmed Marafa, paid him a courtesy visit at his Uphill Residence in Minna, the State capital, to felicitate‎ with him on the occasion of his 74th birthday.
“All we need to do is to sit down on a round table and discuss these problems. Even if you fight a war and win, you must sit down with the people you conquered. The insecurity we are going through now is uncalled for”, he said.
“For the Boko Haram, nobody knows what they want. The Avengers are now out, what are they avenging?” the ex-Head of State asked, adding “they are destroying our country and if they do not realize it, it is their land that would be affected most”.
Listing the disadvantages of resorting to violence in a bid to draw attention to the plight of the people of the Niger Delta, Mr. Abdulsalami said the lands will not be fertile for farming due to oil spillage, fishing activities will be halted as the rivers and ponds will be polluted “and even the 13 percent derivation from the FG would be affected” due to sharp decline in oil revenue.
“I hope they will come back to their senses and let us try to give this country peace. We do not deserve what we are going through”, the former Nigerian leader stressed.
“We need peace and I am begging everybody in the spirit of Ramadan. Whatever religion anybody is following, please let us give peace a chance”, he pleaded.
Turning to the visitors, who came to felicitate with him, the retired general tasked them on passing laws and resolutions that would impact positively on the citizens.
Earlier, Marafa expressed gratitude to God for using Abdulsalami to restore democracy to Nigeria.
The State Assembly Speaker described the former Head of State as an illustrious son of Niger State, whose counsel had guided the assembly in legislating for good governance in the interest of the people.
He said they came to wish the elder statesman well as he attained 74 years of age on Monday.

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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

Governor Wike

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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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

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.

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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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