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Buhari restates commitment to address security challenges

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President Muhammadu Buhari has reassured that his administration will not rest until the current security challenges in the country are addressed.

Buhari, represented by the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonayan Onu, said this at the public presentation of a book: “Standing Strong,” written by former Senate President, Ken Nnamani in Abuja.

“We are consequently reviewing our strategies to continuously degrade the capabilities of all criminal elements in the country,” he said.

He said that the government was creating strategic cooperation between the military and para military formations to work together to fight crimes and criminal activities in the country.

Buhari said that adequate resources had been deployed to strengthen the capabilities of the military for enhanced operations.

He commended the Nigerian armed forces and other security agencies for their efforts in fighting crime and criminality in the country.

He stressed that the fight against insecurity, was one that must be won, saying that Nigeria must be peaceful and that Nigerians must live in safety and feel secured.

The President commended the author of the book for his efforts.

“It is a delight that he put down the experience he acquired as President of the Senate and Chairman of the National Assembly for others to benefit from.

“The book will be very useful to those who will like to study the problems the country had at that period of its history,” he said.

Buhari said that there was no nation on earth without a problem.

“Nigeria’s challenges are not insurmountable,” he said.

He said that his administration had completed projects abandoned by past administrations and has embarked on infrastructure development across the country, including rail and road construction.

Also, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said that Nnamani’s lack of desperation stood him out among politicians in the country.

He said that Nnamani had the desire to serve, but was not desperate for power, adding that the launch of the book has marked the beginning of yet another life for him.

Earlier, Nnamani said, “today is about truth and a book borne from it.

“I am presenting to Nigerians and leaders of Africa, the simple truth that for democracy, political stability, and economic development to flourish on the continent, we must strive to maintain due process.”

He said that due process was the heart of the rule of law and democracy.

“In 2007, this principle prevented a possible truncation of democracy. Because we stood strong on due process, the bid to extend former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s presidency beyond the constitutional limit failed.

“It has been said that every generation must discover its mission either fulfilled or betrayed it.

“Let me suggest to us that at this point in our history, our mission in Nigeria is to strengthen the institutions of democracy and ensure that the democratic gains aren’t lost in an ugly power struggle,” he said.

Nnamani said the book was also to challenge politicians never to abandon the responsibility of protecting due process for democracy to survive.

“Our democracy was tested in 2006, it passed. It was tested again in 2015 and passed. This has culminated in the President Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency.

“The crucial 2015 test will not have being, if we failed the 2006 test. The 2006 test was a test of whether leaders will rise above fear and the politics of strongman to strengthen democracy by upholding due process,” he said. (NAN)

 

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Army Has No Desire To Truncate Nigeria’s Democracy — COAS

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, on Tuesday, restated the commitment of the Nigerian Army to defend the nation’s choice of government, democracy.

Addressing participants at a seminar on career planning and management organised by the Army headquarters, the COAS said the Army has no plans to truncate democracy in the country.

He charged officers of the Nigerian Army to remain above board in the discharge of their professional duties.

“Permit me to seize this opportunity to reiterate that the Armed Forces of Nigeria, particularly the Nigerian Army has come to terms with the country’s choice of democracy as the preferred system of governance,” he said during his address to officers.

“We are therefore agents of democracy and have no desire to truncate it. The Nigerian Army will continue to defend our constitution and not suspend it for whatever reason.

“It is the duty of our elected leaders to lead while the military does its job as enshrined in our constitution. Nigerian Army personnel must therefore remain professional and be above board as they discharge their constitutional duties.”

The commitment by the COAS followed the series of putsches in West and Central Africa which have experienced at least seven military takeovers in the last four years.

Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, and most recently, Niger Republic — all members of the Economic Community of Western African States ( ECOWAS) — have pulled out from the regional bloc in last four years. Outside of West Africa, Chad and Sudan also experienced military coups in 2021.

 

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Economic: Defence Chief Warns Coup Advocates

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The Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, has warned against advocating for a coup due to economic hardship, emphasizing patience and the superiority of democracy.

He made this known on Thursday while speaking with journalists at the Nigerian Army 6 Division Headquarters in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, after commissioning some building projects.

General Musa urged individuals promoting military takeover to cease such statements.

The Chief of Defence Staff had earlier commissioned the newly constructed Entrance Gate and Officers Transit Accommodation at the 6 Division Headquarters.

Protests have occurred in Ogun, Oyo, Kano, Niger and some parts of the country in the last few weeks over the hardship experienced in the country as Nigerians lament food inflation, high cost of living, amongst other harsh living conditions occasioned by the removal of petrol subsidy, forex crisis, amongst others.

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Security: Bill To Introduce State Police Scales Second Reading

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A Constitution Amendment Bill to introduce state police has scaled second reading in the House of Representatives.

The bill, which was sponsored by 13 members of the House, enjoyed support from majority of the lawmakers in the green chamber who believed that concerns of political victimisation by state governors, should take the backseat to the current state of insecurity across the country.

Last week, President Bola Tinubu and 36 state governors considered the creation of state police as solution to the menacing security challenges like kidnapping and banditry ubiquitous in the country.

State police has been a subject of controversy since the Seventh National Assembly and has failed to make it through the amendment phase.

Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had recently restated their position on state policing, as the solution to the country’s worsening security situation, lamenting that Nigeria is “almost on the road to Venezuela”.

Also, regional socio-political groups such as Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Middle Belt Forum, and the Northern Elders’ Forum, have repeatedly called for state police as solution the myriad of increasing security challenges confronting the nation.

Already, states in the South-West geopolitical zone have formed the Amotekun while their counterparts in the South-East also created state-owned security outfit Ebube Agu. The Benue Guards has also been operational in Benue State in the North Central while states like Katsina, Zamfara and other bandit-prone sub-nationals have also come up with similar state-established outfits.

However, these outfits have not been effective as anticipated as they don’t have the backing of the Federal Government or the Presidency while states continue to demand that Amotekun, Ebube Agu and others are granted license to bear assault rifles like AK-47 to confront lethal gun-toting marauders.

 

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