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ALBNI Condemns Shooting Of #EndSARS Protesters Demands Criminal Persecution Of Perpetrators

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ALBNI Condemns Shooting of #EndSARS Protesters Demands criminal prosecution of perpetrators

By Remi Adebayo/Ibrahim Dan-Halilu Abuja

The Accountable Leadership for Better Nigeria Initiative (ALBNI) has described the Tuesday, October 20 killings of unarmed, peaceful protesters in Lekki and some other locations across the nation as barbaric, dastardly, genocidal and illegal.
In a statement jointly signed by ALBNI’s Executive Director, Remi Adebayo and Secretary of the organization, Ibrahim Dan-Halilu, said unprovoked attacks and murder of defenseless and protesters demanding for an overhaul of the Nigeria Police is both uncivilized and violates the fundamental rights of Nigerians to peaceful assembly as guaranteed by the Constitution.

It is saddening to note that the government has lost the opportunity provided by the protesters to look into the issues on the list of demands presented to it and take immediate remedial measures that will restore dignity and honour of our security agencies.

Sad enough, instead of providing cover to the young protestors who want the best for their country and people, they were visited with violence and deaths.

“We condemn in unequivocal terms the termination of lives of those youngsters in their prime by the so-called hoodlums, and call for thorough investigation of the circumstances to unravel the perpetrators, and bring them to justice no matter their status, ranks or influence in the society.

“ABNI will not hesitate to build a coalition with civil groups to present formal petition to relevant global human rights protection organisation for trial of the principal actors of the callous act and their sponsors.

“Our organization holds it to be self-evident that every Nigerian citizen has the right to hold opinion, in support of, or against any government and its policies, actions or inactions through peaceful protests, and that right is inalienable, sacrosanct, and inviolable. The essence of every government is to protect lives and cater for the welfare of its citizens”, said ALBNI.

The organization totally rejects and denounces the assertion by Nigerian security of inability to curtail violent attacks on harmless citizens by either hoodlums or security operatives.

“We wish to remind those making these spurious claims that security agents are paid from tax payers’ money to provide protection to all law abiding citizens,” ALBNI stressed.

The group called on President Muhammadu Buhari to lead from the front as he promised during his inaugural speech, by addressing the nation on the #EndSARS protests and the measures taken by security agents in order to douse tension and reassure the citizens of his commitment to addressing the demands made by the protesters.

“We want to reiterate that the president’s silence is not golden at this moment of uncertainty, fear and anger,” ALBNI said

On the #EndInsecurity protests in other parts of the country, the group restates the need for President Buhari to ensure improved security on the lives and properties of citizens across Nigeria.

“The #EndInsecurity protests are equally legitimate as it exposes the vulnerability of the people in the face of multiple threats to life and people’s property in their own nation. The President must bear full responsibility as Commander-in-Chief and must deploy tact towards addressing these ominous signs indicating that all is not well with our dear nation,” Albni said.

The statement charged security agents on the need to exercise professionalism and decorum while handling peaceful protests reminding that rights and life protection, as well as welfare of the people remain enshrined in the Nigerian law.

“Loyalty to the Nigerian Constitution is the bedrock of our hard-earned democracy, as such; loyalty of security agents can only be exercised in tandem with the dictates of such laws which guarantee protection of human lives and dignity. It is unfortunate seeing parents burying their children in this very manner,” Albni stated.

The organization prayed for the repose of souls of the departed asking that God grant the families of the deceased the fortitude to bear the unfortunate loss.

e-Signed
Remi Adebayo Ibrahim Dan-Halilu
Executive Director Secretary

Abuja
October 21, 2020.

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We need your support to successfully implement this document, Borno 25 years development plan, advocacy team urges Journalist’s

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We need your support to successfully implement this document, Borno 25 years Development Plan Advocacy team urges journalist’s

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

In it’s efforts to ensure successful implementation of the plan in it’s post insurgency rebuking drive, the Borno state 25 years Development Plan and 10 year Strategic Transformation Initiative Advocacy committee has solicited for the support of the working journalists in the state.

While addressing newsmen at the NUJ Press Centre,recently the leader of Advocacy team, Dr Mairo Mandara said ‘the document which took us over one and half year to produced seek to transform so that Borno will be as if it never had Boko Haram insurgency”.

Soliciting the support of the media, Dr Mairo Mandara who is also the Special Adviser to Governor Zulum on Humanitarian Affairs said ” we see journalists as partners in this project. We want you to own the document and champion the reorientation and social change needed for the successful implementation of the plan”.

Dr Mandara further said ” we want to take back the economic hub of not only the Northeast but the trans African trade hub. Banki and Baga used to be economic centres . We need to not only restore their past business position of Borno. We want Borno to be the leading economic hub in the entire Sahel region”.

” As we move to implement the plan, you should be our eyes as those closer to the people. We also call on Borno people in.dispora to come back home and invest. We also call on investors to take the advantage of these opportunities to come and invest in the state”, she added.

She said ” our people want to go back to their communities .the government is doing it best to relocate them in dignified manner. You know the governor cannot do it alone. Our Borno is our success, together we can all build Borno.”.

Responding on behalf of the working journalists in the state, the chairman, Borno state council of the NUJ , Comrade Bulama Talba said “the NUJ has been following with keen interest the activities of the governor and was the first body to award Governor Zulum with the best performing Governor in Nigerian 2020. “.

While congratulating the government for the successful launching of the 25 years Development Plan, Comrade Talba assured the committee that the working journalists in the state will be the vanguard for successful implementation of the plan, , stressing that as journalists, the NUJ will guard the implementation of the plan, so that successive government should key into the implementation of the document.

He said ” we want this committee to take our message to the governor for need to consider sponsorship journalists both home and abroad on the strategic communication and awareness campaign for the success of the plan.

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Potiskum Trailer Park: Gov. Buni Signs N2.8 Billion Contract

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Potiskum trailer park: Gov. Buni signs N2.8 Billion Contract

By Daily Hint Damaturu

The contract consists the provision of Multi-purpose warehouses, Service bay, Wash bay, Police post, Fire Service, Clinic, Dormitory, Plaza Market, Food Court, Public Toilet, Mosque, Football Field, Internal Roads and Drainages, Parking Space for trailers and cars and Administrative Block is awarded to A.G Vision Nigerian LTD at a cost of N2,880,091,770.34.

It could be recalled that H.E Gov. Mai Mala Buni during the ground breaking ceremony of Potiskum Truck Transit Park on 4th/September/2019 clearly indicated his administration plan to develop a modern truck transit park first of it’s kind in the Northern Nigeria where about 5000 employment opportunities will be generated.

The State Government has acquired 50 hectares of land and compensation was fully paid for the project site and perimeter fencing work is being handled by Guza Integrated Nigerian LTD at a cost of N242,219,778.25 and presently is about 85% completion.

While witnessing the signing ceremony, the Honorable Member representing Potiskum constituency, Hon. Adamu Bazuwa and the Commissioner of Higher Education, Prof. M. Munkaila on behalf of Potiskum community expressed their gratitude to the State Government under the leadership of H.E Gov. Mai Mala Buni for citing the TTP, Modern Market, Schools and other developmental projects in Potiskum.

The Commissioner of Commerce, Industry and tourism, Hon. Barma Shettima in his remarks urged the contractor to work inline with specifications contained in the contract agreement and the contract duration is for a period of 12 months.

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Repositioning Almajiri System, Governor Zulum inaugurates 14 Man Committee

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Repositioning of Almajiri system, Governor Zulum inaugurates 14 Man committee

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Government has inaugurated a 14 Man Reform Committee to reform the Tsangayya system of education with a view to provide more conducive and better learning condition and alleviate the social problems developing from Tsangayya system of education.

Inaugurating the committee at the Government House, Maiduguri on Wednesday, the Borno state Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum said “Tsangayya education otherwise known as the Almajiri system of education is one area that is currently recurving great attention in generating/making policies in the current dispensation. It is aimed at enhancing the curriculum with the support of the government by providing socio-economic condition and alleviating begging’.

‘ Tsangayya education can be traced to the saying of the prophet (SAW) that it is a compulsory upon every Muslim to seek knowledge and learning in all ramifications, hence the establishment and spread of schools and Islamic scholars in Muslim communities”, the governor added.

He said ” some of the identified problems includes but not limited to – lack of an adquate support by government and community, old curriculum, where same old method and grades are being used, socio-economic conditions of the Tsangayya where pupils and teachers are in dilapidated condition without even a health clinic hence by affected diseases and malnutrition, begging and vulnerability to environment laggards’.

Governor Zulum said ‘ the committee has the following terms of reference
-to generate and provide information on the existing Tsangayya in Borno state, to collect a comprehensive data in the state, Tsangayya enrolment in order to get the statistical figures of both teachers and the children physically on ground in their different locations, trace and identify the real status of Tsangayya situation for example learning, feeding, clothing and the economic and health conditions’

‘ Others includes to recommend to the Government on how to intervene and uplift Tsangayya system in the state, find out and deliver clear recommendations to the Government and Non Governmental interventions and reforms that would effectively enforce against begging and abuse of Almajiris, to develop an action plan with short, medium and long term strategies to assist the government put in place policy formulation in order to uplift the standard of the Tsangayya program in the state, involve in sensitizing and mobilizing other critical stakeholders Among others”, he added.

The committee which has one month within which to submit it report, has renown Islamic, scholars which Includes professors Sheikhs and Ulanas

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Speaking on behalf of the committee members, , the committee chairman, Khalifa Aliyu Abdulfatahi thanked the governor for finding them worthy to serve in the committee and promised to justify the confidence repose in them.

”Borno has a long history of Quranic education dated back to the Saifawa dynasty but along the line Tsangayya suffered neglects from the past governments but with the attention it is getting now, very soon it will be a thing of the past” he said.

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