Gov. Sule urges Nigerians to desist from playing politics with insecurity
From Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia
Nasarawa State governor, Abdullahi Sule, has warned Nigerians against the danger in playing politics with the security challenges presently confronting the nation, emphasizing that as a retired major General, President Muhammadu Buhari is in better position to tackle insecurity across the country.
Governor Sule spoke when he appeared as a guest on Channels
Television which was monitored in Lafia.
Reacting to suggestions for the federal government to hire mercenaries to help fight banditry and insurgency in the Northwest and Northeast, he said, he is willing to accept any idea that will restore peace in his state.
The governor, however, affirmed that when he earlier said the country needed foreign support, he was specifically referring to the developed countries of the US and Britain supporting Nigeria with technology to prosecute the war against banditry and insurgency.
He pointed out the the type of security challenges confronting the
country, particularly banditry and insurgency, are not conventional
wars, with other countries like Agfanistan, which took over 40 years to battle the Taliban.
He recalled that during the immediate past administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan, mercenaries were recruited to fight the insurgency in the Northeast, without much impact as Boko Haram continued with their onslaught.
His words: “I think if there is anybody who knows about all these,
it’s Muhammadu Buhari, who rose to the rank of a Major General, who
was been in the military. I don’t play politics with that.”
While expressing reservations about employing the services of
mercenaries to help in addressing the security challenges in the
country, Sule was emphatic in soliciting for foreign backing in the
area of technology, equipment and training of the country’s military
“This is the time for the US and Britain to support us, with
technology, equipment and training of our military personnel,” Sule
He debunked claims by Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) suggesting that state governors are not doing enough to support President Buhari in fighting insecurity, affirming that
governors are doing everything possible to partner and support
security agencies in tackling insecurity.
He maintained that state governors are up to the task, supporting
security agencies with logistics, equipment and ensuring that they
discharge their responsibilities.
On the call for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), to zone
its national chairmanship to the North Central, the governor
reaffirmed his agitation for the party to zone the position to the
North Central and to Nasarawa State in particular.
“The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), remains the only legacy party yet to produce the national chairman of the party. If the CPC is to be considered, then it’s only natural that North Central Zone and
Nasarawa State in particular, is also considered,” he stated.
2021 Eid-el-Fitr: Gov Sule preaches peace, love, reiterates observance of COVID-19 protocols
From Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia
Nasarawa state governor Abdullahi Sule has called on security agencies across the state to
continue to be vigilant by intensifing their efforts in safeguarding lives and property of the citizens in the state at the Eid-El-Fitr celebrations.
In a statement signed by the acting governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe which was made available to our to the NationalUpdate on Thursday, he called on the Federal Road Safety Commission and other security agencies to ensure traffic is properly maintained to safe guard the lives and property of the citizens of the state.
The governor used the medium to call on motorists and other road users to obey traffic regulations.
He said: “As we come to the end of this year’s Ramadan Fast, on behalf of the Government and People of Nasarawa State, I felicitate with all Muslim faithful in the State as we join millions of Nigerians and other brethren across the globe to mark the 2021 Eid-el-Fitr (Sallah) celebration.”
The statement reads in part, “I implore all Muslims to remain steadfast in applying the virtues of Ramadan through sustained supplication, hospitality and good neighbourliness, as well as imbibing the spirit of sharing in our daily lives.”
He admonished the citizens of the State to continue to pray for the peace, security and economic prosperity of the State.
“My dear brethren, perhaps, I should take the liberty of this festive period to warn on the danger of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. I need to state that we have received the first dose of Astra Zeneca Vaccine and distributed same across the Primary Healthcare Centres in the State,” the statement added.
The governor, however, called on religious and opinion leaders to continue to sensitize the public on the need to accept the vaccine and get vaccinated for the well-being of the society.
He added that the protection of lives of the people during this trying times remain sacrosanct, hence the need to continue to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols.
The statement further urged the people of the state to continue to preach peace, show love, understanding, tolerance and good neighbourliness among theirselves and humanity at large.
Eid-el-Fitr: Gov Matawalle calls for prayers to end banditry
Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, has called on Muslim Ummah to unite in prayer towards ending insecurity bedevilling the state during the Eid el- fitr celebration.
In a statement marking the Eid el-fitr celebration, the governor said consistent prayers would greatly assist in easing the tension in the state.
In a statement signed by Yusuf Idris Gusau, the Director General Media, Public Enlightenment and Communication, the governor assured the state’s civil servants that in spite of dwindling resources characterized by impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on global economy and banditry activities in the state, his administration will not take decisions that will be detrimental to their welfare.
The governor gave the assurance in his Eid-el-fitr Sallah goodwill message to the people of the state.
While observing that many states having suffered from the current trying times causing such state government to consider reducing their workforce, Matawalle maintained that such will not happen under his leadership.
He said, intead, his administration has continued to evolve ways of meeting the demands of the people through the purchase of a range of food products, which were distributed across all the State’s 2,516 polling units, provision of assistance to a number of Islamic centres throughout the State in order to sustain the government’s food distribution efforts during the Holy Month.
Similar gesture was also extended to the state’s Council of Chiefs, Remand Home, Orphanages, and Civil Servants, 40,000 pieces of shadda and atamfa clothing materials were purchased and distributed to orphans and other less privileged individuals to enable them celebrate the Eid el- fitri in a happy state of mind.
In order to give a sense of belonging to those in prison custody, the state government also donated 400 bags of assorted grains to the inmates of Gusau Correctional Facility in the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan.
He said despite the threats posed by banditry and its repercussions, in addition to the cash crunch, his administration is leaving its mark on the sands of time by mobilising resources to execute a number of public projects across the State.
The governor wished the people of the state a happy and memorable Sallah celebration and urged the good people of the state to continue to pray for peace and tranquility as well as continue to uphold the good morals and lessons learnt in the Holy and blessed month of Ramadan to better the society calling for more prayers to end banditry in the state and the country at large
Eid-El-Fitr: Police in Kogi to ensure adequate protection of lives, properties
The Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command, CP Ede Ayuba Ekpeji has reiterated the Commands’ readiness to synergise with other security agencies in the State to ensure adequate protection of lives and properties during and after the Eid-El-Fitr celebrations.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the command DSP William Aya in a statement issued on Wednesday assured members of the public that the Command has made adequate deployment of its personnel across the State to secure public places and guarantee a safe and secure environment for all.
Explaining further, Aya noted that the Area Commanders, Tactical and operational Commanders as well as the Divisional Police Officers have been charged to ensure a hitch free celebrations in their Area of Responsibilities.
He urged law abiding citizens to go about their lawful activities as he warned those planning to firment trouble to desist from any act capable of disrupting the existing peace the State is enjoying.
According to him, the Command will not hesitate to deal with any one caught committing any act of lawlessness in the State.
The Commissioner of Police called on the members of the public to sharpen their power of observation and report any suspicious objects, movements and activities around their neighborhood to the Police or any other security agencies in the State to enable prompt response to mitigate the act.
The CP commended the heads of Security agencies in the State on the effective synergy in the fight against criminality. Also to members of the Police Command’s management team for their continue support to making the Command achieved a relative peace we are enjoying.
To this end, the Commissioner of Police assures that the command’s tempo in the fight against crime and criminality and to reclaim public spaces remain unequivocal and unwavering.
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