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#EndSARS Protest: Governor Zulum Warns Against Any Protest Or Move to throw the state back to it’s dark

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END SARS Protest; Governor Zulum warns against any protest or move to throw the state back to its dark

Urges Borno people to resist any move to through the state back to it’s dark days.

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum has warmed individual or group of individuals we ho want to take advantage of End SARS protest of any form of protest to desist or face the full wrath of the law and urged the people of the state to stand up and resist any move by individual or group of individuals to bridge the emerging peace the state is enjoying.

Governor Zulum who handed down the warning while speaking at a presidential stakeholders meeting held at the Government House, Maiduguri on yesterday said ” information at my disposal indicates that there were some people sponsored by unknown persons to stage protest against the military. I hereby directed the commissioner of police to apprehend them and crush them.”.

He said ” Boko Haram insurgency started with protest, when they protested against the enforcement of the use of helmet and later the protest became violent, so we should resist any move to throw us back to dark the days”,

” I urge the people of Borno state to resists any any move by individual or group of individuals to take us back. I urge all citizens of the state to be law abiding and report to the security agencies any move to disturb the emerging peace we are enjoying”, the governor added.

Governor Zulum said ” I want to commend our Armed Forces for doing a good job,in repelling recent attacks on Damboa, Magumeri, Ngamdu and Monguno . I also want to commend our SARS they have being doing a good job. At the times some youths are protesting against SARS because of the actions of some few operative among them .We the people of Borno condemned the action of some End SARs protest Who went violence.”

He also said that his administration has came up with a welfare package to assist the widow’s of volunteer youth that paid their supreme price while fighting Boko Haram, and scholarship for the children they left behind, stressing that there will be also welfare package for their colleagues that still alive,

Earlier in his speech, the State Minister for Agriculture, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri said ” President Muhammadu Buhari had directed us to come to our respective states and have a town Hall meeting with a stakeholders to preach the message of peace, following the recent End SARs protest that was hijacked by hoodlums and degenerated to unruly behavior, widespread attacks, organized looting,, plunder and malicious degenerated to damage of private and public property across the country.”

” The presidential directive is another timely initiative of the Federal Government in demonstrating it’s commitment in ensuring that peace, security and tranquility remained
Guaranteed in the nation..indeed it is a right direction taking into cognisance the recent streets demonstration and unrest that started as social media mobilization with a hash tag ENDSAR that saw the Nigerian youths matching the streets in a well intended protest and later hijacked by violence hoodlums”, he added.

While commending the Borno youths for peaceful disposition throughout the ENDSARS protest, the minister called on the youths groups to continue to promote peace and the religious, political and traditional leaders to always preach peace.

In his message, the Shehu of Borno Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Garbai Elkanemi said called on Borno people to enrolled their children in school which is a major Pillar to peaceful coexistence.

He said ” because of the importance attached to these gathering I mobilized over 50 district heads under my domain and directed them to preach peace to their subjects.

” We also called on the Federal government to intensify efforts in oil exploration,after establishing peace so that the revenue drive for both Federal and state government will increased, as the merger resource the state is getting is not enough in the face of the rebuilding process in the state. ,” the monarch stressed.

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Governor zulum partake in the burial of 44 out of 70 slaughtered farmers in Borno

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Governor Zulum partake in the burial of the 44 out of 70 slaughtered famers in Borno

By Madu Mohammed,, Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor prof. Babagana Zulum was among the relatives, friends, and sympathizers that witnessed the funeral prayers and the burial of 44 out of about 70 famers that were slaughtered by Boko Haram insurgents in their farms in Zabarmari ward of Jere local government areas of Borno state .

Zabarmari village a famous rice cultivation and local processing community, is 20 kilometers away from Maiduguri and Koshebe village, where the incident occurred is 4 kilometers away from Zabarmari. 13 of the slaughtered famers were from Zabarmari, 5 came from Baga while the remaining were from Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states. famous for rice cultivation and local processing, .

The governor who emotionally torched by the incident bursted into tears while personally participating in the burial.

Speaking in an interview with newsmen shortly after burial in Zabarmari, Governor Babagana Zulum said “It is disheartening that more than 40 citizens were slaughtered while they were working in their farmlands. Our people are in very difficult situations, they are in two different extreme conditions, in one side they stay at home they may be killed by hunger and starvation, on the other, they go out to their farmlands and risk getting killed by the insurgents.”

“This is very sad. We are still appealing to the Federal Government to ensure recruitment of more our youths in the CJTF and hunters into the Nigerian military and the Civil Defence so that they can form part of the agro rangers that will protect farmers. We need many boots to protect farmlands and our youths understand the terrain. We will not lose hope because we have to remain optimistic about ending the insurgency”

The governor said ” We sympathized with people of Zabarmari over the unfortunate incident,. We just witnessed the funeral prayers of 44 people and I was told that about 70 farmers were killed. We are going to have a security chiefs with a view to re-strategize. We are going to recruit more Civil JTF, strengthen and equipped them to protect their communities,”.

While appreciating the military for their efforts, the governor said ” we urge President Buhari to solicit for more support from our neigbouring countries of Niger Republic, Chad and Cameron, as well as international community, so that we will join forces to clear Boko Haram from fringes of Lake Chad, Sambisa and Mandara mountains.”.

Addressing the breaved residents of Zabarmari during his visit Zulum said “first of all, accept my deepest sympathy over this carnage, once again, that affects all of us and every human with conscience. I am told some persons are still missing. We have been discussing with the military since yesterday, Insha Allah the remaining people will be traced soon.”

Speaking to newsmen in Zabarmari, the chairman Rice Seller Association in the area, Alh. Hassan Zabarmari said ” yesterday Saturday when our people were working in the farms, as early as 5:30 am some insurgents came and asked them to gather in one place that they want to talk to them. After some time they said that the leader of the sect (Ameer ) want to talk to them, they took them to one house in Koshefe some few kilometers away from here and started slaughtering them one after the others not knowing to others that they were been slaughtered, as they asked to see the Ameer one after the other.

“”They killed all our young Farmers and left two of our elderly farmers to come and relay the message at home”, Alhaji Hassan who bursted in tears stated.

A vigilantes from the area who does not want his name in print told our correspondent in Zabarmari that the killing was a revenged of killing their members that were arrested by the joint CJTF, vigilante and the military, adding that they had an intelligence report that the Boko Haram were planning revenge and that they told the military but nothing was done.

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CDD engages 100 stakeholders on civil- security relationship in Yobe state

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CDD engages 100 stakeholders on civil-security relationship in Yobe State.

By Baba Saleh, Damaturu

The Center for Democracy and Development (CDD) has on Thursday engaged 100 participants in a one day interactive town hall meeting on civil_security relations in Damaturu.

The participants where drawn from religious bodies, civil society organizations, women and youth groups and security operatives in across the state.

Speaking to journalist during the meeting, Dr Kelechi Ndukwe a peace and conflict lecturer at the University who facilitate the discussions said the meeting was aimed at bridging the gap in respect of relationship that has been in existence between the civilian and security operatives.

He said apart from the destruction of lives and property, the insurgency has created another vacuum which is misunderstanding between the civilian and the security operatives involved in maintaining peace and order.

He noted that the organization discovered that such relationship has not been cordial coupled with some mistrust from ordinary citizens with regards to counter insurgency operations in the north east region.

He stressed that without cordial relationship there is no way to achieve success with regards to peace building.

” In a nutshell we intend to achieve human rights of individuals as contained in the United nation’s provisions of Geneva convention “

In his remarks one of the participants Dr Zaji Bunu commended the organizers for their timely initiative adding that the participants should use the avenue to share their thoughts and experiences to chart the way forward toward achieving sustainable peace in the society.

He expressed concerned that the security operatives particularly the military need to deeply understand the sociology or people they are relating with to avoid tampering on their norms and values while undertaking their exercise.

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An NGO Care International takes campaign against Gender Based Violence to Yobe

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An NGO CARE International takes campaign against Gender Based Violence to Yobe

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

An International Non Governmental Organisation (INGO), CARE INTERNATIONAL in Nigeria on Wednesday said, Gender Based Violence (GBV) remains a critical rights violation committed against people based on their gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.

While speaking during the Launch of a16 days of activism in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, the Manager, Department of state, CARE Nigeria, Nubwa Chama said, GBV is often used as a tool to dominate and intimidate, to reinforce gendered inequalities among and across groups through family and peer pressures; policies and programs that criminalize certain sexualities, or powerful social norms that perpetuate child marriage.

“I am pleased to share with you the heartbeat of CARE in Nigeria, on this great occasion of the launch of 16 days of activism and leading the campaign on Gender Based Violence (GBV) here in Yobe state.. CARE in Nigeria has long stood for its code of conduct, describing our value of Transformation, Integrity, Diversity, Excellence and Equality, and the undertakings that unite CARE staff around the world and keep our programs firmly directed towards fighting poverty especially amongst women and girls”, Mrs Chama said

She further explained that “at CARE, we work to address multiple forms of GBV through Intimate partner relationships and violence, Child and early forced marriage and other harmful traditional practices, Social norms related to toxic masculinities, homophobia and transphobia, and Gendered economic exploitation and exclusion.”

Mrs Chama stated, that in CARE’s experiences, GBV has been used to control and stop people from entering the work force or making choices about their lives-including decisions related to sexual and reproductive health, their food and nutrition.

“Gender Based Violence is a driver and a consequence of social and political exclusion, conflict, gender inequality and poverty..Affirming the right of women and girls to live a life free from violence is a vital and necessary step toward advancing CARE’s vision of a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live in dignity and security, she added.

“In CARE’s experience, GBV can undermine the effectiveness of health, education, agriculture and other programs; for instance, when the threat of violence keeps certain people from participating or accessing services based on their gender status or sexuality. ” She added.

While Sighting some cases, she said “development interventions can also trigger violence. When women income, public participation or mobility are perceived as threatening and cause backlash in households. Given how interventions across sectors interact with people of different genders, monitoring, mitigating and responding to GBV is important for ethical and effective programming in all development and humanitarian work.”

“We must constantly be alert to close the gaps between policies and practice and work to close them.” She further stressed.

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