I sat down, after church last Sunday, to think about 2015 and beyond for Nigeria and the South East. Unfolding events have made it clear that all the parties still play regional politics, be it the PDP, CPC, ACN, Labour, and APGA. I could not help but to admit to myself the shame of what is happening in APGA today. Shame because while the ACF is lamenting and accusing GEJ of dividing the North, NEF does not see any good in the state of emergency declared by GEJ in three Northern violent states, which means that the killings should have continued until the insurgence reached Abuja. The South-South is celebrating that the Presidency was thrusted on them by divine arrangement, and they therefore must not fight each other, according to the President’s wife.
Members of the Senate on Thursday differed on the plan of Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State to arm a local militia in order to assist the police in fighting crime in the state. A motion brought by Senator Basheer Mohammed and 49 others called attention to the governor’s plan, warning that the move was capable of worsening the country’s fragile security situation. The motion prayed the Senate to urge President Goodluck Jonathan “to prevail on Yari to rescind his decision to arm vigilance groups in the state with rifles.”
FOLLOWING renewed ethnic clashes between neighbouring Ijaws and Itsekiris in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State, the Federal Government has deployed more soldiers to the warring communities being an aftermath of Tuesday’s killing of innocent persons by some militant groups, alleged to be Ijaws. Nigerian Tribune gathered that the latest development was orchestrated by a gun duel between soldiers and Ijaw youths on Wednesday night.It was gathered on Wednesday that communities, such as Gbokoda, Udo, Ajameta, Obaghoro and Ayerode-Zion, which were under attack during the mayhem, have been deserted following threats of reprisal attacks by both sides. Many Itsekiris had fled their war torn abode to seek refuge in towns like Warri and environs.
The Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North has said the Federal Government will soon decide on the compensation for Boko Haram victims. In a statement yesterday in Abuja by its Secretary, Esther Gonda, the committee said contrary to some reports, it never ruled out compensation for victims of Boko Haram insurgency. The statement explained that what the committee’s Chairman, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki said was that the committee would look into the issue of victims’ support and not to cancel compensation for them.
The Federal Government has assured of the timely completion of the $874 million Abuja-Idu-Kaduna standard gauge railway track.
Nigeria’s security situation has worsened in recent times with the deployment of military personnel in 28 out of the 36 states of the federation to assist in restoring peace. National Security Adviser NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), who gave the indication yesterday at the ongoing National Civil- Military Dialogue in Abuja, was however emphatic that the government was winning the war on terrorism and other organised violent crimes. According to him, the past decade has witnessed multiple forms of unrestfrom armed robbery, kidnapping, electoral, communal to ethno-religious violence. He said the development has affected the level of professionalism of the military. He said: “Our recent history has seen the military in joint activities with other para-military outfits currently in about 28 states. “Currently, we are battling with insurgency and terrorism. This has raised the flag of security demands to levels higher than we have witnessed since the civil war.
The Federal Government said on Thursday that it received the news of the removal of Egypt’s President, Mr. Mohammed Morsi, and the suspension of the country’s constitution with grave concern, Morsi was overthrown by the country’s military after days of protest near the Presidential Palace. In a statement in Abuja, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs described the development as “a truncation of the aspirations of the Egyptian people to freely express themselves through the ballot box.” It added, “This unfortunate development is a gross violation of the Constitutive Act of the African Union, which prohibits unconstitutional change of government. It constitutes a serious setback to the remarkable progress which Africa has made in fostering the culture of democratic governance in the continent.
It is evident that the wave of insecurity and terrorism in Nigeria has gone down considerably in recent times but the citizens, particularly those in the northern part, still worry if it is “peace at last”.
Following the security challenges perpetrated by members of the Boko Haram sect, over 15,000 residents of Ashigashiya, Ngoshe, Jubrili and other hilly communities in Borno State have relocated to Cameroun. Our correspondent, who accompanied the state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Zanna Umar Mustapha, with other senior public functionaries to Ashigashiya, Jubrili, Agapalwa, Chikide, Barawa and Khurum, observed that over 15,000 Nigerians have crossed over the river boundary between Ashigashiya and Cameroun and vowed not to return to the country.
Director-General of the National Teachers Institute, Kaduna, Aminu Sharehu, on Wednesday declared that over 80 per cent of primary school teachers in the North were not qualified to teach. Sharehu stated this during a seminar entitled ‘Quality Assurance and Control in Teacher Education as a Tool for Achieving Millennium Development Goals’, held at the Federal College of Education, Zaria, Kaduna State. The NTI boss, who noted that the reverse was the case in the South, however, linked the inadequacy in the North to several factors.