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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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We are going to work with you to defeat our common enemy – Diffa Governor Assures Borno Governor

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We are going to work with you to defeat our common enemy – Diffa Governor assures Borno Governor

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Niger authorities have assured Nigerian government that their  country is going to work together with the Nigerian government to defeat Boko.Haram insurgents.

About 50 members of delegation of the government of Niger Republic were in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital to strengthen the diplomatic ties between the government and people of Borno state and their country and discuss security issues.

The delegation which was led by the Governor of Diffa province, Alhaji Isa Lamin has two deputy governors, prefes and traditional rulers discussed on security, security and humanitarian issues.

The Governor of Diffa, Alhaji Isa Lamin who led the delagation on a courtesy call to Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state at the Government House, Maiduguri on Friday aassured that ” we are going to work together to defeat our common enemy, Boko Haram. Insurgency through collaboration and intelligence sharing. We hope and pray very soon we will defeat.our enemies and enjoy peace.”

The Governor of Diffa said ” we have been following what you have been doing with keen interest and we are happy with what you are doing. We are here to support and encourage you to do more”.

” This visit it a brotherhy visit, as people of Borno and Diffa shares common culture and religion. We were just seperated by artificial border. Your Excellency was in Diffa the other time that was why we say we must reciprocate the visit and strengthen our diplomatic ties”, Gov. Lamin said .

Responding, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state, said ” I want to appreciate the people and Government of Niger Republic despite your meagre resources you have catering for our Refugees taking Refuge in Diffa we are most greatful . The government of Borno state will do everything possible to support you”

” I want to assure you that the Borno state delegation will attend the festival you are organizing this year in December. I also want to assure you that we will complete the building we are constructing in Diffa before the occasion, he added.

He said ” Borno state and Diffa province are the same because we share both culture and religion and we had inter marriages. I am happy for the visit and assure you we will continue to strengthen our relationships”.

The Governor said the Borno state government is going to interface and discuss with the Nigerian Government on how best to relocate the state refugees from Diffa to Mallam fatori.

 

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Respect Humanitarian Law, Humanitarian Community Urges Boko Haram insurgents

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Respect Humanitarian Laws , Humanitarian community urges Boko Haram insurgents

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

As the world commemorates World Humanitarian Day 2020, the chairperson of Borno state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Hajiya Yabawa Kolo has called on the members of Boko Haram insurgents and ISWAP to respect International war and humanitarian laws by we ensuring the protection of lives of all humanitarian workers.

The SEMA chairperson, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo who made the call while speaking at the World Humanitarian Day 2020 tagged ” Real life Heroes ” which held at the Bakassi Camp Maiduguri, on Wednesday said ” I call on the Non State Armed Group to always respect the lives and safety of all humanitarian aid workers as contained in the world war and humanitarian laws”

Mrs Kolo also called on the Federal and State governments to come to the aid of all humanitarian aid workers killed while providing humanitarian assistance to the internally Displaced persons (IDPs), adding that oer 7 million people in the Northeast are in need of humanitarian assistance.

It could be recalled recently, members of the Boko Haram insurgents abducted and executed five aid workers, captured along Maiduguri _ Monguno road while on their way to Monguno for humanitarian service and 2 are still in their captivity.

” I also called on the military to ensure security and safety of all aid and humanitarian workers across the Northeast region. A situation where aid workers were abducted and killed , while providing assistance to the needy poised a great danger to the humanitarian situation in the region”, she added.

Speaking at the Occasion, the Director Peace Ambassadors Centre, Ambassador Ahmed Shehu said ” I call on the military and Federal government by extension to provide adequate security to all aid and humanitarian workers, as the recent killing of humanitarian workers in Borno has made a lot of parents to withdraw their children’s and wards from the humataarian work.”

He said ” we call on the military to restrategize their fight against insurgents and protection of the lives and property of the people. The humanitarians in the Northeast are tirelessly working to ensure the the provision of Aids to over 5 million of Nigeria’s the most vulnerable in the Northeast.

” We are calling on the government and relevant stakeholders to provide support, protect civilians and aid workers and ensue unimpeded delivery of humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable women , children and men who desprately at this crucial time when we are all scaling up efforts amidst the COVID 19 pandemic”, he added.

Shehu said ” on behalf of the humanitarian community we extend our sincere condolences to the families of the humanitarian workers who lost their lives while serving humanity. On this day our thoughts are with the countless members of their families.. As we commemorate the World Humanitarian Day 2020 we want to categorically state it loud and clear that we are committed to providing service to humanity, hence the attacks will not deter us from providing life serving assistance to the most vulnerable in Northeast”.

In his address, the Borno state chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress ( NLC), Comrade Bulama Abiso said ” Humanitarian workers are the link between the needy and donors and they should be be protected. We are sadened by the challenges of security issues , recently what happened to Governor is unacceptable. We call on the military to change their strategy in the fight against unsurgebts. Federal and state government should do everything possible to ensure safety along Mauduguri- Damaturu road and other roads linking the state capital”.

In his Goodwill message, the commandant of the National Security and Civil Defence Corp ( NSCDC), Abdullahi Ibrahim who was represented by Mr. Ndubisi Obi assured that the NSCDC is strongly behind the humanitarian community, adding the NSCDC will continue to be with them.

The Peace Ambassador in collaboration with Stanbic Bank and other stakeholders also donated food items and charcoal to 250 household in the Bakassi IDPs campءMaiduguri.

 

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