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Quit notice to Fulani herders: Arewa hosts Oduduwa in Abuja to give peace a chance

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Quit notice to Fulani herders: Arewa hosts Oduduwa in Abuja to give peace a chance

As tension continue to mount in the Southwest states after the deadline some of the Governors issued to criminal herdsmen to vacate their forests, the National President Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide paid a working visit to Chief Samuel Bukat, Talba 1, Sardauna Matasan Arewa in Abuja 
It was like the coming together of the southwest and the North in a bid to let every Nigerian know that it is not the time to beat ethnic drums of war which will do no one any good.

This they said is to bring about a lasting peace to the nation after the near war situation,as fraternity is more durable than fratricide
The visit according to Barr. Hassan Aare Oladotun, President of the Yoruba Youth movement is to acquaint Sardaura Matasan Arewa, known for his peace advocacy and National cohesion of the effort by the South West Youths in addressing the national malaise bedeviling the Nigeria nation today. He said the visit became very necessary because of the commitment of Chief Bukat to peace building and the need to sustain and consolidate the nation’s unity.Chief Bukat in the words of the Yoruba Youth President is a bridge builder who understands the dynamics of nation building. “We trust you, we hold you in high esteem and we are of the belief that if you are in the forefront of the struggle for Nigerian growth and development we will overcome the present security challenge facing the nation”.Aare Oladotun emphasized that Nigeria is at the verge of collapse if nothing meaningful is done to assuage the situation, stressing that the conspiracy of silence by prominent Nigerians is not helping matters.
The youth group urged the federal government to expand frontiers of intervention especially in agriculture. The interventions according to Barrister Hassan Aare Oladotun should be holistic such that it can mitigate the negative influences that are running the country aground.Yoruba youth president strongly advocated for paradigm shift that can broaden and fast track socio-economic development in south west region and by extension the entire nation. “All forests in Nigeria should be turned to agricultural zones producing enough food for Nigerians while exporting same to other countries of the world”.He urged the government at the centre to establish south west Development commission to drive development even as he tasked the federal government to carry the Nigerian youths along as according to him, “They are the engine of growth and development because of their energy. “If the youths are motivated and supported, there will be end to the numerous social vices confronting the nation”. He expressed disappointment that foreign direct investment is reduced by more than half due to insecurity as no business minded individual can invest in such a society.In his response, Chief Samuel Bukat expressed appreciation for the august visit of youth to him though in march.He commended them for their insight and forthrightness. The visit according to him is ordained by God Almighty, stressing that the impact and significance of the visit will be remembered for many years to come. “I live my life for humanity. I strongly believe in the need to give to the society and that’s what I do daily” He emphasized that what the Yoruba youths have done on their visit is an answer to a life time prayer as it is a call to national duty. Now is the time to confront the monsters destroying our nation who claims to be on vengeance mission by killing innocent souls indiscriminately. He condemn in strong terms the wanton killings by masquerading monsters on so-called vengeance mission. Citing instances from the Egyptian revolution championed by youths of like minds for a better society, what happen in Nigeria is the direct opposite. “We are on a mission of restoration so that the dreams of our founding fathers can be achieved and very soon, we shall sing freedom song of victory”. According to Matasan Sardauna Arewa, President Muhammed Buhari is a listening leader who believes strongly in the Nigerian youth. “His body language has left no one in doubt that with the signing into law of the “Not too young to rule bill, coupled with the recent appointment of the youthful Abdulrasheed Bawa as the head of Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) is an indication of his willingness and trust in the ability of youths of this country. “Bawa is an ambassador of the Nigerian youths and his success or otherwise will count on the youth.Chief Samuel Bukat while receiving the document /proposals from the National President of Yoruba Youths Worldwide commended them for strongly articulating and charting a way forward for national cohesion and development. He assured them that together the legacies of the late Sardauna and other founding fathers shall be revived. He disclosed that somewhere along the line, Nigeria missed it, but assured that noble ideas from Nigerian youths must be supported.Chief Bukat advocated that empty land across the country hitherto abandoned and used by bandits to perpetuate crime and criminality should be recovered and turned into agriculture for the benefit of all and sundry. He urged the federal ministry of agriculture to convert all forests and game reserves to agricultural use so that the unemployed youths can be gainfully employed.According to him, plans are underway to bring together for national discourse, all the youth leaders of different nationalities, stressing that today, the bandits are no longer faceless. 
He equally advocated for one year Rehabilitation for restive youths across board even as Artisans leaders from different professions will be engaged in the training of youths from all the geo-political zones of the country. We have master plan that addresses all the challenges facing the nation and very soon, we shall overcome and come out stronger as a nation, he concluded.

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Buhari mourns chadian leader Deby, says his demise is Setback in eliminating terrorism

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President Muhammadu Buhari, has reacted to the sudden death of Chadian leader Déby saying it create a vacuum in the efforts to eliminate terrorism.
He expressed deep sorrow over his sudden and tragic death on the frontline fighting against rebel soldiers.
Buhari said: “The late Deby had played a very active role in our regional joint collaboration in the military campaign against the Boko Haram terrorists.”
He noted that the death of the Chadian leader would “create a big vacuum in the efforts to jointly confront the Boko Haram terrorists and the Islamic State West Africa Province.”
He said: “I’m deeply shocked and devastated by the sudden death of Idriss Déby on the battlefront to defend the sovereignty of his country.”
Buhari described the late leader “as a friend of Nigeria who had enthusiastically lent his hand in our efforts to defeat the murderous Boko Haram terrorists that have posed grave security challenges not only for Nigeria, but also our African neighbours, particularly Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic.”
Buhari, in a condolence message to the people of Chad and their new leader
through a statement issued yesterday, by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, called for greater collaboration to defeat the terrorists.
The president had only on Monday expressed shock and sadness at the latest unrest in Chad, where at least 55 people were killed and more than 40 got injured when ethnic groups in the South Eastern Region of Salamat clashed last week.
Also, the slain Chadian leader had visited Nigeria on March 27, days before his country’s presidential election.
During the one-day visit, he was received by Buhari at the State House House in Abuja, where both leaders discussed bilateral issues, including the security challenges of the insurgency around their nations’ borders and the threat posed to about 30 million people by the shrunken Lake Chad.

President Buhari mourns chadian leader Deby, says his demise is setback in eliminating terrorism

President Muhammadu Buhari, has reacted to the sudden death of Chadian leader Déby saying it create a vacuum in the efforts to eliminate terrorism.
He expressed deep sorrow over his sudden and tragic death on the frontline fighting against rebel soldiers.
Buhari said: “The late Deby had played a very active role in our regional joint collaboration in the military campaign against the Boko Haram terrorists.”
He noted that the death of the Chadian leader would “create a big vacuum in the efforts to jointly confront the Boko Haram terrorists and the Islamic State West Africa Province.”
He said: “I’m deeply shocked and devastated by the sudden death of Idriss Déby on the battlefront to defend the sovereignty of his country.”
Buhari described the late leader “as a friend of Nigeria who had enthusiastically lent his hand in our efforts to defeat the murderous Boko Haram terrorists that have posed grave security challenges not only for Nigeria, but also our African neighbours, particularly Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic.”
Buhari, in a condolence message to the people of Chad and their new leader
through a statement issued yesterday, by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, called for greater collaboration to defeat the terrorists.
The president had only on Monday expressed shock and sadness at the latest unrest in Chad, where at least 55 people were killed and more than 40 got injured when ethnic groups in the South Eastern Region of Salamat clashed last week.
Also, the slain Chadian leader had visited Nigeria on March 27, days before his country’s presidential election.
During the one-day visit, he was received by Buhari at the State House House in Abuja, where both leaders discussed bilateral issues, including the security challenges of the insurgency around their nations’ borders and the threat posed to about 30 million people by the shrunken Lake Chad.

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FG assures Nigerians of availability of PMS as it blames tanker drivers, employers feud for fuel scarcity

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FG assures Nigerians of availability of PMS as it blames tanker drivers, employers feud for fuel scarcity

The Federal Government has shifted its responsibility to ending fuel scarcity blaming the sudden return of queues at filling stations in parts of the country on unresolved feud between petroleum tanker drivers and their employers, among other issues.

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is worse hit as fuel stations have suddenly started witnessing long queues of motorists struggling to buy petrol since Saturday.
Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, had assured the nation that the queues would soon disappear, but the harrowing experiences of motorist continue.
He gave the assurance Tuesday, while fielding questions from newsmen at the Presidential Villa, Abuja after he debriefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the happenings in the nation’s petroleum sector.
Kyari attributed the observed scarcity to suspension of operations by the tanker drivers, who are protesting with their employers over some labour issues, assuring Nigerians that the worst was over as the strike had been suspended for one week.
The GMD said the tanker drivers, as at yesterday, had resumed lifting fuel from depots across the country.
“These queues will go away. It is because there was an industrial action by petroleum tanker drivers against their employers, the National Association of Road Transport Owners, around their compensation package. Those issues were not resolved up till yesterday (Monday) until we intervened to ensure that there’s an amicable settlement between the parties so that they will have peace and then normal loading operations will commence from the depots.
“As I speak to you, loading has commenced in all depots in the country, dispatching of trucks is ongoing in all the depots. They have called off the strike for a period of one week to enable us intervene and find a solution. So there’s really nothing fundamental that is happening now.”

The NNPC boss added that the agreement arrived at with the aggrieved drivers would enable the authorities to concretise a more lasting solution to the issues.
On the plan to end the petrol subsidy regime, Kyari said government was still in the process of coming up with the best way out of the debacle for the best interest of Nigeria.
“Subsidy is a policy matter. I’m sure you’re aware of this, there are engagements going on within government to get the best framework for having a fully deregulated PMS market.
“As this is going on, we are engaging all parties and all stakeholders as government and to make sure that at the end of the day, there’s an exit that is beneficial to the ordinary man.”

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Intelligence report indicates Chad President’s death will expose Nigerian Army to More B’Haram attacks

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Intelligence report indicates Chad President’s Death will expose Nigerian Army to more B’Haram attacks

The death of Chad President Idriss Deby on Tuesday is bad omen for the Nigerian Army in the Lake Chad area, as the Boko Haram insurgents now have a larger stronghold to launch more violent attacks on military troops and bases, according to a report by the SB Morgen Intelligence.

The SB Intel report released on Tuesday added that the security situation already in Damasak and Dikwa, two Borno towns close to the Chadian border, is dangerous at the moment and has forced humanitarian agencies and workers to flee the towns, making them more vulnerable.

The African-focused research firm, in its April 2021 report, stated that the Nigerian military now has a lot more work to do in the Multi-National Joint Task Force monitoring the Lake Chad region, which despite consisting of four countries, has Nigeria and Chad as the only active combatants.
The SB Intel report obtained by SaharaReporters said, “Geographically, Chad is at the heart of a number of conflicts in West and Central Africa. To its west, Déby had been a key ally for Nigeria in its fight against Boko Haram. The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) operation which was supposed to include cooperation with Niger, Cameroon and Chad, ended up being a largely Nigerian operation with input from only the Chadian army.

“Chadian forces were largely restricted within the country’s borders, with the bulk of the fighting in Lake Chad done by the Nigerian military. For Nigeria, Déby’s death is not good news as the battle-hardened Chadian Army has been the only effective check on Boko Haram. While his son, Mahamat Déby Itno is at the moment the de-facto head of the military council, there is no clear successor to Mr Déby as he was effectively the state.
“The 37-year old Mahamat Déby has been a military brat all his life and has limited administrative or political experience. A succession battle, which is almost certain, would mean that the insurgents will have no worries about their flanks and can attack the Nigerian Army at will.

“This will likely mean the consolidation of the Lake Chad Basin as a staging area for the insurgents from where to launch attacks on towns and military bases. Already, the security situation in Damasak and Dikwa, Nigerian towns close to the Chadian border, has become untenable, forcing UN staff to suspend humanitarian operations.”
The report said the passing away of Deby leaves a “big gap” in Nigeria, a neighbouring country that is likely to have a profound impact on its security.

“This opens a brand new challenge – Nigeria either steps up in the region and ensures peace both within its borders and in this huge arc of instability, or the strip of relative stability in Southern Nigeria will be engulfed by the collapse of our near abroad.
“The growing external instability around Nigeria will soon become existential, and based on precedents, Deby’s passing would be blamed (by the Nigerian government) on any reversal of progress in the fight against Boko Haram in the North East It must be treated with the urgency it deserves,” it added.
Source: Sahara Reporters

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