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Over 7 million people in northeast Nigeria are still in need of humanitarian assistance — UN

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Over 7 million people in Northeast Nigeria are stiil in need of humanitarian assistance – UN

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humsnitatmrain Activities ( UN OCHA) has said that over 7 million are still in need of humanitarian assistance in the Northeast. This crisis deserves our sustained attention and renewed commitment.”

Speaking at a Three Day Civil security Cooperation in Humanitarian Intervention in the Northeast Workshop held at the Multipurpose Hall of the Government House, Maiduguri on Wednesday, the UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria Mr. Edward Kallon said “the Boko Haram having reached its 10 year, the protracted crisis in the Northeast states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe remains the largest Humanitarian crisis, with over 7 million still in need of humanitarian crisis. This crisis deserves our sustained attention and renewed commitment.”

He said “over the past 10 years, over 35,000 people have lost their lives in this crisis. About 14, 000 were civilians, but many of others are members of the Nigerian Armed Forces..The crisis has also had a heavy tolll on aid workers and past years has marked a turning point in our response. Aid workers whruther they are working for the United Nations International or national NGOs or ministries, department’s and agencies has increasingly became targets of attack by the non state Armed group, criminals and pety thieves”.

” we are here today for this very important dialogue between the Government of Nigeria and the Humanitarian Community in the Northeast under the leadership of the the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.,”, Mr Kallon added.

The Resident Coordinator said ” most of us are familier with working in a slow onset emergencies, natural disasters and complex emergencies. However, working in a counter terrorism environment with a functioning Government like Nigeria requires constructive engagement, transparency and information sharing, adopting strategies and global.best practices to counter terrorism environment, needs based principled humanitarian action that hold each other accountable, recognisation of the sovereignty of the Government and Joint risks analysis and mitigation..”

While declaring opened the Workshop, President Muhammadu Buhari said “iIn the North East of Nigeria, the tension between the civil society organization and the security agencies deteriorated into a full-blown impasse this year, which eventually resulted in the suspension of activities of some international non-governmental organization by the theatre command of Operation LAFIYA DOLE.

Presudent Buharu, saud sccordingly, following series of mediation efforts and high-level interactions between the Federal Government, leaders of the Humanitarian community and the United Nations, it was agreed that there was an urgent need to develop a Civil-Security Cooperation framework for Humanitarian Interventions in the North East.”

The President who was represented by the Minister for Defense, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd) said ” I should remind us that with the proliferation of complex security issues in conflict zones, civil society and security agencies need to work together on an unprecedented scale as these challenges cannot be easily resolved by either side alone. These security issues are not just those related to war on terror, but also associated security issues like humanitarian emergencies, starvation, diseases, banditry and organized crime. More often than not, the aftermath of some of these non-traditional security issues will involve post-conflict reconstruction and economic rejuvenation.”

“This requires increasingly diverse ancillary tasks for both military and civilian organizations, which necessitates collaboration. The complicated objectives of these activities require an integrated and coordinated response from a multitude of civilian and security actors. Thus, the imperative to actively debate and shape their aim and policies into a single, coherent strategy that encompasses both strategic and tactical objectives. This workshop would therefore serve as an important avenue to find solutions to some of the insecurity problems in the region.”, the president added.

“I want to reminds that in.Humanitarian environ the Civil and Military actors need to work together. This workshop will serve as important avenue for us to find s lasting solution Humanitarian crisis in the Northeast.,”. Said

In her welcome address, the Minster for Humanitarian Afaurs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiys Sadiya Umar Farouk said ” the Workshop is organized to improved civil and Security cooperation in the Northeast Nigeria.. This workshop is an indication of President Muhsmmadu Buhati support to ensure peace return to the northeast.

” I is becoming increasingly difficult for humanitation actors to operate in the crisis ravaged region. The importance of the united nations Humanitarian workers cannot be over emphasize, therefore, military civil understanding is highly appreciated,” Mrs Farouk said.

Aldo.speaking , the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum said ” the 2019 Humanitarian report indicates that 7.1 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in.the Northeast sub region.there is no.gainsaying the fact that humanitarian assistances coming from Development partners, INGOs, NGOs have been quite crucial in cushioning the effects of the overwhelming humanitarian crisis caused by the insurgency in the Northeast.”

” At this point what became of concern was the proliferation and heterogenety of non state actors which tend to create a host of problems, indeed, the sheer mnumber of humanitarian NGOs often makes it difficult to have an overview of their activities, let alone coordinate them. At a point we were having closed to.100 INGOs and NGOs operating in the state”, the governor said.

He said ” a bill is before the Borno state House of Assembly to give lt legall backing for tje establishment of an agency that will provide a platform for the coordination of humanitarian interventions. This eirkshop will provide a platform to discuss a common.programme of action, share information and understanding operating procedures of one another.. This will in the end facilitate synergy of operation better resource utilization and optimal positive impact on peoples lived”.

In his goodwill message, the state minister for Budget, Planing and Economic Development. Prince Clement Akpsn said ” the Ministry of Finance and that of the Budget, Planing and Economic Development will work closely with the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs to actualize it mandate.

 

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Nigeria Army Mourns its Commander death as a result of Boko haram ambush

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Nigerian Army mourns its commander death as a result of Boko Haram ambush

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army and the Operation Lafiya Dole have lost a gallant commander in a Boko Haram ambushed after he led a successful clearance operation again at Boko Haram insurgents along Sabon Gari Wajirako axis in Damboa local government area of Borno state.

The Operation Lafiya Dole in a statement issued by ihe Deputy Director Army Public Relations ( DDAPR), spokesman, Col. Ado Isa said. “Operation LAFIYA DOLE wishes to intimate the general public of the demise of one of our gallant and finest war heroes Col DC Bako.”.

” It could be recalled that the professional, gallant senior officer who always led from the front and a patriotic Nigerian, led a patrol to clear Boko Haram Terrorists from Sabon Gari-Wajiroko axis near Damboa when his patrol team entered an ambush at about 10 a.m Sunday 20 September 2020. Under his able leadership, the troops cleared the ambush resulting to the killing of scores of terrorists and recovery of weapons and equipment,” the statement added.

The Army said “Sadly however, he was wounded in action and immediately evacuated by the Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE to the 7 Division Hospital at Maimalari Cantonment. The late senior officer was recuperating well after successful operation at the hospital, in good spirit and also said his prayers in the early hours of this morning before his sad passing on at the hospital. May Almighty Allah grant his soul eternal rest. Ameen. “

While comesurating with the bereaved family, the troops of the Operation Lafiya dole,, the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai on behalf of himself, gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE and indeed well meaning Nigerians expressed heartfelt condolences to his esteemed family..

“We are most grateful for his contributions and sacrifices to the mother land. May God grant eternal rest to the gentle soul of Col DC Bako and the souls of all Nigerian Army officers and soldiers who paid the supreme prize in the defence of our father land,” General Buratai quoted to have said.

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Fuel, Electric hike, don’t take Nigerians for Granted, NANS tells FG

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Fuel, Electricity hike, don’t take Nigerians for granted, NANS tells FG

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called in the federal government not to take Nigerians for granted as they protest the recent hike in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularity known as petrol and electricity tariff.

The NANs in a protests led by the zonal Coordinator of NANS Zone “C” Comrade Suleiman Muhammad Sarki in Maiduguri on Monday were at the NUJ Press Centre, holding placards with several inscriptions such as, ‘Government should not be sadistic and thinks less of its citizens”, The dead is dying again, ” Increase of fuel price is too daring,”among others and singing all kind of solidarity songs against what they described the hike as the highly erroneous action of government against citizens at the time the world is recovering from COVID 19.

Comrade Sarki said ” We call on government to stop pushing Nigerians to wall. This is too daring; stop killing the dead. The country and indeed the whole world are facing serious problem right now due to covid19 pandemic, such mistaken decision is just as adding salt to injury.”

“Instead of dealing with insecurity, we are taking actions that will further heighten insecurity. The hike in petrol pump price will lead to hikes in price of goods and services.”, The NANS added.

The Association therefore condemn the increase in petrol price and electricity tarrif by federal government and call for the immediate reversal.

” We are not out of COVID 19, a lot of citizens are loosing their jobs, people are getting poorer and more responsibility, school closure, young people are roaming the streets unemployed, therefore fuel hike at this time is shocking”, the NANs further stressed

Comrade Sarki said Nigerians have gave this administration under President Bihari so many excuses than any other government in the history of Nigeria and therefore, called on the Federal government not to take Nigerians for granted.

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Set up Independent Panel to investigate Alleged Commercialization Counter Insurgency War – Group Tells FG

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Panel to investigate alleged comeilaluzation counter insurgency war – group tells FG

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

A group called Borno Emirate Concerned Citizens Forum (BECCF) has appealed to the Federal Government to constitute an independent investigation panel to investigate the alleged commercialization of war against insurgency in the Northeast.

The group at a press briefing held at the NUJ Press Centre, Maiduguri yesterday and led by it’s Chairman, Zannah Hassan Boguma the group called on the Federal Government to constitute an independent investigative panel to investigate the commercialization of the war against insurgency in the Northeast.

The group said ” regarding the commercialization of the war against the terrirists, the Forum holds similar view with the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum. Because, once the fundermentals behind the formation of this Forum is a report by the district head of Baga that some miscreant among the security forces are engaged in all sort of bussiness, including farming and fishing business in the fringes of Lake Chad’.

“We strongly condemn and urge the Nigerian government to bring those responsible for the horrific crime to justice,” Boguma stressed.

“The recent developments in the state including abduction of innocent people, attacked on Governor’s Motorrcade, terrorising innocent people and shedding blood, constitutes a form of Injustice can never be tolerated by all well meaning individuals in the state , which viewed them as gross crime and sinful acts which undermining the peaceful circumstance of the people of Borno state”, Boguma added.

The group urged the people of Borno state to unite against those terrorising them and those who.permits the killing of non.contants without justification stressing that Islam has declared the spilling of blood and the destruction of.property as obsolute prohibition until the Day of Judgement.

” We urge all well meaning individuals and groups to desists from the culture of silence to denounce the terrorists act and their sponsors by revealing thieir secrets and exposing their lies. We believed that the conservative nature of our people has seriously made enemies within and outside to take chance to create havoc on our society, the group stressed.

The group further said ” the Armed Forces should take cue their counterparts in Tchad Republic. If the President of Tchad, Idriss Debby Itno and his soldiers cleared and annihilated Boko Haram Terrorists in 8 days in their territory Why is it taking Over 10 years (not ten days ) for the Nigerian Armed Forces?, Therefore, we suggest that the Chief of Army Staff Lt General Tukur Buratai should lead the war and fish out the terrorists”.

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