Wife of Lagos State Governor, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu on Friday led women in the state to pray against insecurity in Nigeria, saying the situation in the country requires all hands on deck to seek God’s face to return peace and tranquility into the nooks and crannies of the nation.
Speaking at a special prayer service held at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the wife of the Deputy Governor, Mrs Oluremi Hamzat said the prayer session became imperative in view of the challenges confronting the country.
“As mothers in the land, we have come together under the auspices of the Nigerian Governors’ Wives Forum (NGWF) to seek the face of God and pray for the peace and security in Nigeria.
This prayer session is part of the seven-day National Prayer Programme declared by Governors’ Wives across the country.
“Any situation in God’s control can never get out of control. We have the assurance and firmly trust that our God will restore peace and tranquility into the nooks and crannies of this country, and it is for this reason that we have gathered here today to pray,” she said.
Describing prayer as the master key and potent solution to all mysteries and challenges of life, Sanwo-Olu said the fact remains that the country at the moment was going through difficult times judging by the increase in cases of kidnappings, banditry, domestic and sexual violence, among other social ills.
“In the absence of peace, there can be no development. We are truly and genuinely interested in the progress of this country.
When women pray, speedy answers are granted from above, and this is why I am confident that as we lift our voices to God today, He will hear us and deal decisively with those troubling the peace of this country,” Sanwo-Olu said.
Besides, the wife of the Governor reiterated the need for residents, especially women to be security conscious, adding: “We have to take the bull by the horns and be mindful of movements around us.
When you notice something strange or suspicious, please alert your neighbors and promptly report to security agencies.”
Prayers were offered by religious leaders in the state, while the event was attended by members of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), among other women groups
Economic: Defence Chief Warns Coup Advocates
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.
Security: Bill To Introduce State Police Scales Second Reading
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.
Insecurity: Nigeria To Intensify Patrol Of Its Borders -Security Chiefs
Nigeria security chiefs on Tuesday gave an indication of intensive patrol of the nation’s borders in a bid to tackle security challenges in the country.
Specifically, the security chiefs said more men will be deploy to the nation’s borders.
There was also an assurance from the ministry of finance that more funds will be released expeditiously to purchase sophisticated equipment to fight insecurity.
Worried by the insecurity in the country, the Nigerian Senate summoned the Service Chiefs, Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, Minister of Finance, Wale Edun, Minister of State for Defence, Bello Matawale, Minister of Police Affairs, Ibrahim Gaidam and Minister of Interior Tunji Ojo.
Rising from 9 hours meeting, the senate expressed concern about insecurity, saying it was affecting food supply and other aspect of the economy.
Briefing newsmen shortly after the close session, Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Sen. Yemi Adaramodu said
the security chiefs answered questions posed them satisfactory.
“We got assurance from the security chiefs that the border patrol will be intensified and that the borders must be manned by more men”.
He said one of the major resolutions was to urge the Federal Government to make citizenship registration in Nigeria, compulsory.
“We also spoke about standardization, authentication and unification of the nation’s identity system via NIN and BVN” Adaramodu added.
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