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Fulani- Farmers Crisis And The End Of Hypocrisy, By Okanga Agila

“Information gathered from impeccable sources indicates that it could not have been a coincidence that upon issuing such threats, before the elections, and after the elections, activities of herdsmen and armed bandits have increased tremendously….There are several pointers to the fact that making the country ungovernable is a game plan of Atiku Abubakar who enjoys some level of support from some rebel groups in Cameroon by infiltration of some Nigerian communities and inflicting maximum damage to these communities.”
A  2019 post-election report by Centre for Diplomacy and Democracy, Washington DC, USA, signed by  MsCatherine Kerigun.
At the turn of 2019, there were penetrative anxiety and tension everywhere in Nigeria. For a nation facing another round of general elections in a few weeks, the crisis, violence and killings which engulfed the country in strangulating grips and its ferocious character was bad enough omen.
Prophets of doom who earlier predicted Nigeria’s violent break-up, sensed a glaring possibility of affirming their prophesy with the prevailing terse atmosphere, wailings and bloodshed in the country. Unknown to many, the partisanship of this period, laced in the lethal campaigns by the leading opposition PDP; its candidate, former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and political actors sympathetic to his cause of ousting incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari accentuated the tensions in the land.  
Outside other conflicts, which were exhumed and deliberate actions initiated to intensify subsisting crisis, such as engaging foreign mercenaries to wreak havoc, the herders’/farmers skirmishes became potent tools exploited by the opposition to poison the minds of the electorates against the President. The devilish calculations and its results portrayed President Buhari as an incompetent leader and incapable of resolving Nigeria’s insecurity challenges.
The opposition found the herdsmen/farmers conflict a kicker for campaigns because they erroneously thought it was easy to impinge on the Nigerian psyche preachments that President Buhari sided, connived, and protected his Fulani kinsmen to murder other Nigerians.  But they were caught by their own traps for supporting Atiku,   another Fulani as Buhari’s replacement. Nigerians sensed deceit in the entire scheme or narrative.  
However, the conspiracy against President Buhari was thick and certified by big political players and stakeholders. And each was assigned a role. They included serving PDP State Governors and other lily-livered Governors on the APC platform who were lured into the fold by the sweet jingles of the PDP apologists.        
Former leaders of Nigeria and military chiefs were also active planners of the plot to upstage President Buhari. They included, the chief trumpeter, former military head of state and democratic President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; former COAS and defence Minister, the multi-billionaire businessman, Gen. Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma,(rtd) former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, former Head of State, Gen.  Abdulsalam Abubakar, Gen. Zamani Lekwot and Gen. Joshua Dongoyaro among an array of other enthusiasts’ in the project.
A coalition of civil societies domiciled in Nigeria were also drafted into the evil plot. They were sponsored for the mandate to mobilize and create awareness in Nigerians home and abroad about Buhari’s alleged failures, in tandem with the tempo of the instigated /rising   violence and killings across the country.   
Gen.  Danjuma who chanted alleged Fulani killings of his Jukun kinsmen in Taraba state  reportedly led a delegation to the United States to present practical evidence of the killings. The mission was also reportedly to curry the support of American President to dethrone President Buhari in 2019. He had earlier falsely accused the Nigerian Army of siding the alleged Fulani killers and publicly persuaded his kinsmen to arms in the guise of self-defence.
Even leaders of some Northern ethnic and religious groups were goaded into approval of the plots to oust President Buhari . They included, theNorthern Elders Forum, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Borno Elders Forum, and Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria among other mushroom groups.
 At a meeting held in Kaduna, March 24, 2018, when partisan campaigns kicked-off,  these coalition of groups citing the President’s “failed” leadership in the region,  denounced the 2019 presidential candidature of Buhari. By the action, they clearly endorsed, an unknown potential rival to Buhari, who would later be Atiku Abubakar on the platform of the PDP.
At least two State Governors on the platform of the PDP, namely, Benue state Gov. Samuel Ortom and his Taraba state counterpart, Gov. Dairus Ishaku  had the onerous task of amplifying the herders/farmers killings to national and global limelight. And they performed this task creditably.
At some point, Gov. Ishaku  asked the Fulanis;  “Why have  they become kidnappers, arsonists and killers? …So, why such a blind ambition to conquer and occupy other people’s territory?” His Benue comrade, Gov. Ortom chorused worse and louder, whatever, Ishaku chanted on Fulani herdsmen killings.
So, from Churches to schools, the enemies of Nigeria gathered to sponsor foreign mercenaries to bring down the institution of state. OBJ chorused plots by of “Islamisation and Fulanisation” of Nigeria by President Buhari. Therefore, the PDP electoral undertakers gleefully thought they have diminished the electoral value of President Buhari.  
But Buhari’s strongest rival in the 2019 presidential race, Atiku Abubakar lost the ballot to the incumbent President Buhari of the APC. But it never deterred him and the gang from pursuing the cause of wresting power from President Buhari at all cost. Atiku proceeded to the Tribunal to challenge Buhari’s victory, which he has also lost again by the verdict of the court a few days ago.
But again, few weeks the deceleration of results of the presidential election, it  was hellish, as the violence and killings exacerbated in different parts of Nigeria, as revealed by the report of the Centre for Diplomacy and Democracy, Washington DC. And the body fingered Atiku as allegedly the covert mastermind of the bloody restiveness in Nigeria to actualize his threats of destabilizing Nigeria as he promised during electioneering campaigns.
The report reads in part; “The statement by Atiku Abubakar stating that killings would continue if he loses the elections was a strategy designed by Atiku Abubakar to instill fear in the hearts of the electorates to secure their votes during the elections. However, this did not work out in his favour, and he has resorted to activating the plan B, which is to subtly engage the services of mercenaries from neighboring francophone countries to cause mayhem in Nigeria.”
It further insisted; “There are several pointers to the fact that making the country ungovernable is game plan of Atiku Abubakar who enjoys some level of support from some rebel groups in Cameroon by infiltration of some Nigerian communities and inflicting maximum damage to these communities.”
Nonetheless, it must be noted that the set of crisis and killings which was the first to relax after the general elections was the alleged Fulani herdsmen killings. The twine megaphones of amplifying the killings, Ortom and Ishaku are no longer wailing every day  in the media over the killings.  In fact, the belligerent Gov. Ortom admitted immediately after his reelection victory at the governorship elections that herders/farmers clashes have abated impressively, as he thanked President Buhari and commended the “Operation Whirl Stroke” for  the marvelous job.
And in Taraba state, Gov. Ishaku who also secured his reelection victory in 2019 is silent about herdsmen killings anymore. Now the real face of territorial expansion in his state has manifested in the sustained vicious and bloody campaigns by his Jukun kinsmen to exterminate the indigenous Tiv people of Taraba in the last five months. No Fulani herdsman is mentioned as precipitating or orchestrating the carnage in Taraba state.
It’s a pleasant surprise that  peace has now returned to Nigeria after the end of the 2019 general elections. It implies that the root cause was therefore to destabilize the Buhari government and project him as incompetent to preside over the affairs of Nigeria, especially tackling the security challenges.   It is relieving that President Buhari refused to bow to the plots or antics  of enemies of Nigeria to hijack power from the backdoor and so, the agenda  has failed woefully at break of day.
Therefore, the so-called fulani jihadist agenda, much publicized has failed. Nigerians can attest that it was crafted purely to blacklist President Buhari and his government. The assemblage of the anti-Buharists, who sponsored the various conflicts were mere looters whose only intention was  to truncate the lifespan of the administration as envisaged by Nigerians  for the personal phobia of what would confront them in President Buhari’s second coming.

Okanga wrote this piece from Agila, Benue State.

Customers to pay more for PoS transactions

BANK customers are to pay more for Point of Sale (PoS) transactions. This follows a Central Bank of Nigeria’s directive to banks to charge N50 Stamp Duty on individual transactions.

The directive on the Unbundling of Merchant Settlement Amounts was contained in the CBN circular to banks, processors and switches, titled: “Review of Process for Merchants Collections on Electronic Transactions”.

The new policy stipulates Stamp Duties Payment on individual transactions that occur on PoS, rather than previous plans where charges occurred on aggregate transactions.

The circular signed by CBN Director, Payments System Management Department, Sam Okojere, authorised banks to unbundle merchant settlement amounts and charge applicable taxes and duties on individual transactions as stipulated by regulators.

Merchant Service Charge was also reviewed downward from 0.75 per cent (capped at N1, 200) to 0.50 per cent (capped at N1, 000).

The CBN and Nigeria Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS) are working closely, including setting emittance processes that ensure the stamp duty charges for PoS is collected.

In a NIBSS report titled: “Returns on Stamp Duty Collection for Merchant Transactions”, the payment agency said the new stamp duty payment plan is in line with the provision of the Stamp Duties Act and Federal Government Financial Regulation 2009.

The policy, it added, was aimed at ensuring strict adherence to the CBN guideline communication on the subject, collection and Remittance of Statutory Charges on receipts to Nigeria postal Service under the Stamp Duties Act dated 15th January 2016.

The procedural processing guide for stamp duty Charges for PoS, web merchant and all deposit money banks (DMBs) should download daily PoS/Web settlement report from their respective processors settlement file transfer portal.

Also, the PoS and web settlement processing officer shall ensure that stamp duties are correctly processed daily by downloading daily PoS/web transactions valued at N1,000 and above, noting the count of these transactions; multiply the count of these transactions by N50 and pass the corresponding debit/charge to the respective merchant accounts.

“The debit should be passed to the merchant accounts account at the point of PoS/ Web merchant Credit/Settlement to mitigate against the inability of the Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) to successfully secure these daily stamp duties charges and remit as expected. These charges are expected to be deposited into the already opened stamp duty collections account at the various DMBs and should form part of the weekly Stamp Duty rendition by the DMBs to NIBSS,” it added.

The NIBSS data showed the total volumes of PoS transactions for 2017 stood at 146.3 million which was worth N1.4 trillion; 285.9 million transactions in 2018 worth N2.3 trillion and 187.7 million for six months- January to June 2019 worth N1.4 trillion.

Electricity: Nigerians Must Get What They Pay For – Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has assured that the lawmakers would ensure that Nigerians get adequate supply of electricity that is commensurate with what they pay for.

He disclosed this when he received the management team of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) who paid him a courtesy call in his office in Abuja on Wednesday. He said it was the responsibility of the House to make life easier for Nigerians. Gbajabiamila emphasised that the House would pay utmost attention to the practice of estimated billing by electricity distribution companies (Discos).

The Speaker warns that the House would not tolerate estimated billings as Discos are taking advantage of the system to present outrageous bills to Nigerians. He said the federal lawmakers have resolved to revisit the matter and come up with a law that would put a stop to estimated billing of electricity across the country.

It could be recalled that the Speaker had during his term as House Leader in the 8th Assembly, presented a bill to criminalise estimated billing but it did not get presidential assent. However, the bill was reintroduced for another consideration after the inauguration of the 9th Assembly. “The issue of estimated billing has been in the front burner. It has been in this House, and we will revisit it soon.

We can’t allow Discos to continue to do what they have been doing over the years. He commended the present TCN management led by its Managing Director, Malam U. G. Mohammed, and tasked them to work closely with the leadership of the House and relevant committees to achieve its goals.

The Speaker also called for a periodic review of the performance of Discos and vowed that the House would do everything within its powers to ensure that TCN delivers on its mandate to Nigerians. In his remarks earlier, the TCN MD said the company has been repositioned since the new management took over. He disclosed that the main challenge facing the Discos was lack of investment adding that the Discos need $4.3 billion investment to function well.

The MD lamented that the past management of TCN under Manitoba did not perform well in the four years when it managed the company, with non-audited accounts for the period alongside other challenges.

Prison Inspector, 5 Others Arrested For Massive ATM And SIM Swap Fraud

Operatives of the Kaduna Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC have arrested six fraudsters who specialize in defrauding innocent Nigerians by using bank details obtained through sim swaps and Automated Teller Machines (ATM).

The suspects include Urulo Ikenna Henry, an inspector with the Enugu Command of Nigerian Correctional Service.

Others are Ugonna Nelson Owete, Ugonna Samuel Okafor Obinna, Chigbo Paschal Chidiebere, Oha Chukwujekwu Kingsley, Ahamefula Francis Izuchukwu.

The suspects were arrested in separate operations, sequel to a petition by a customer of Access Bank, alleging that monies were illegally transferred from his account without his authorisation.

According to the petitioner, sometime in February, 2019, he opened an account with Diamond Bank (now Access Bank) which he funded to the tune of N5m and instructed the bank to open a fixed deposit account, with the sum of N1m from the earlier account, as opening balance.

Finally, Buhari sack Oyo-Ita, name acting HOSF

• Extends tenure of 7 perm secs

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, to proceed on an indefinite leave to allow conclusion of the investigation being carried out by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

He has also approved the appointment of Dr. Mrs. Folashade Yemi-Esan as the Acting Head of the Civil Service of the Federation with immediate effect.

The directive was announced in a statement by Director Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey.

The EFCC is investigating allegations bothering on contract scam to the tune of N3 billion and duty tour allowance falsification and fraud case linked to Oyo-Ita.

She had offered to retire last month when the heat was on but was turned down by President Buhari.

Yemi-Esan, who is the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources takes over from Oyo-Ita,.

The President has also approved the extension of the tenure of seven retiring Permanent Secretaries for a period of one calendar year with effect from 1st October, 2019 to ensure stability in the Federal Civil Service and effective delivery on the nine priority areas of the administration as well as the mandates given to the new Ministers.

The affected Permanent Secretaries are: Mrs. Georgina Ehuriah (Ministry of Interior), Mrs. Ifeoma I. Anagbogu (Federal Ministry of Women Affairs), Mrs. Grace Gekpe (Federal Ministry of Information & Culture), Dr. Umar M. Bello (Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural

Development), Suleiman Mustapha Lawal (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Mrs. Comfort C. Ekaro (Federal Ministry of Water Resources and Mr. Olusegun A. Adekunle), – General Services Office (Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation).

According to the statement, the decision of Government to extend the tenure of these Permanent Secretaries is premised on the need to ensure that the new Ministers are properly guided, briefed about their sectors and to ensure that a solid foundation is laid for the delivery on the Presidential Mandate which they jointly signed.

The Permanent Secretaries will also help the Ministers to manage the process for the preparation of the 2020 Budget in line with the commitment of Government to return to the January-December budget circle and help develop various policies and programmes aimed at lifting 100million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years.

Similarly, Mr. President has directed the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to commence the process for the selection of new Permanent Secretaries to replace all retiring Permanent Secretaries.

“The action of Mr. President is in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 171 (2) d of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended),” the statement read.

My husband is prayerless, divorce us, wife tells court

A housewife, Shamsiya Muhammad, on Wednesday begged a a Sharia Court II sitting in Magajin Gari, Kaduna State, to dissolve her marriage with Sani Adamu over his refusal to pray.

The complainant, who resides at Tudun Wada, Kaduna, said she could not continue with Adamu because he also did not care for her and always insulted her parents whenever they had a misunderstanding.

“We got married six years ago and we have two children. He paid N40,000 as my bride price. I am willing to return his money and free myself from the union as Islam guides us,’’ Shamsiya said.

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The defendant, Adamu, who also resides at Tudun Wada, Kaduna, denied insulting his wife’s parents and said that he prays five times daily.

Adamu also said that he loves his wife and prayed the court to give him more time to settle their differences.

Earlier, a witness, Sulaiman Sabo, leader of Kaduna butchers, said he had made several attempts to settle the misunderstanding between the couple so that their marriage could continue, to no avail.

“I have sat down with them many times to settle their rifts; anytime I did, they obliged and forgave each other and promised to live in peace.

“After every meeting with them, bad news followed on the same issues I tried to settle between them. They are my neighbours and Adamu’s father is a butcher under my leadership.

“I tried my best, but it’s not working out,’’ Sabo said.

The Judge, Murtala Nasir, after listening to both parties and Sabo, adjourned the case to September 30 for the complainant to bring the N40,000 paid as her bride price.

Ekiti Varsity Student Kills Boyfriend Just Because Of N2,500

A 20-year-old 300-level student of Ekiti State University [EKSU], Ado Ekiti, Bukola Odeyemi, has reportedly stabbed her boyfriend, John Iju, to death.

The tragic incident occurred at about 10pm on Monday, ElombahNews gathered.

Bukola, a student of Department of Biology Education, allegedly stabbed late John at Treasure Base Hostel, Iworoko-Ekiti, after an argument.

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The argument centered on the deceased’s failure to give her N2,500 to plait hair.

The deceased outcry for help was said to have attracted residents who rushed to the scene and called the police.

An eyewitness, said: “Odeyemi had demanded N2,500 from her lover, also a student of EKSU, to get her hair done at the salon, but an argument ensued after the deceased refused to give her the money.

“During the altercation, Odeyemi stabbed Iju in the chest and his cry for help attracted us but he did not survive the injury”.

Ekiti Police spokesman, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu confirmed the incident, saying the suspect has been arrested and will be charged to court after investigation is concluded.

Centre links Boko Haram funding, weapons to France, says European nation, allies undermining Nigeria’s sovereignty

The Save Humanity Advocacy Center (SHAC) has accused France of repeatedly providing funds for Boko Haram and arming them with sophisticated weapons to keep up the insurgency momentum in the country.

The Centre made this known at a press conference by Executive Secretary, Comrade Ibrahim Abubakar, in Abuja, on Wednesday, in reaction to reports that the radical Islamic fighters had obtained ultra-modern drones.

The group fingered France and its allies in this latest scheme, owing to previous history and by doing so the European nation is undermining Nigeria’s sovereignty.

Having continually remained mute, the SHAC, therefore challenged France to “ tell the world who was responsible for arming Boko Haram in the past”.

The Centre, however, urged the Nigerian military to maintain its onslaught on the terrorist while calling on member states committed to the new funds to break free of colonial loyalties.

Read full press statement below:

Gentlemen of the press, you must have noticed the report that said Boko Haram insurgents have acquired sophisticated drones. The reported hardware are presently capable of reconnaissance, intelligence gathering and spying missions. It is a matter of time before they escalate to using drones that are capable of carrying out attacks.

We find expedient to believe the report because it was widely syndicated by western owned media, which are known to run propaganda for Boko Haram in the past. Their report of the drones acquisition came about the same time that there were reports from locals that the terrorists have started sporting new weapons in recent weeks.

In the past, the source of the weapons air-dropped to Boko Haram terrorists in Northeast of Nigeria has been established as patently French. It is something that has attracted outcry from the Save Humanity Advocacy Group in the past with the concern echoed by other individuals and organizations that became aware of the French treachery.

Let it be noted that in spite of the overwhelming evidence that indicted France it has not done anything meaningful to address its complicity in the distribution of instrument of death to terrorists for use against Nigerians. Even the arrest of French trainers among the terrorists has not moved French to own up to its negative role in the axis neither has it taught it to halt it subversive activities against Nigeria.

When this French involvement in arming Boko Haram was raised in the past France will sidestep the issues by sponsoring international NGOs and some media circuits to demonized the Nigerian authorities, especially the military and particularly the Nigerian Army. It is this practice that has again surfaced as the running commentary about the military being incapable of fighting the terrorists or that Boko Haram members have the upper hand over the Nigerian state.

The timing of the report about Boko Haram now possessing drones and even newer firearms curiously coincides with the announcement of a $1 billion regional effort aimed at combating terrorism in the West African Sub-region. These kind of reports coinciding with announcement of regional efforts have been pivotal to the demise of such efforts at fighting Boko Haram in the past. The stories we are now reading means we will be seeing a repeat of previous patterns – Boko Haram will attempt hitting soft targets and occasional military targets that will not dare try now that there are Super Camps. These will then be followed by lopsided media campaigns that will first cast Boko Haram as the superior force and later present insurgents as victims of human rights abuses.

We are challenging France to tell the world who is responsible for arming Boko Haram in the past. The answer to this question of who supplied past weapons will signpost who to hold responsible now that the terrorists are getting drones that could strike any city of the world.

For this reason, we are imploring the world to ask France the pertinent questions before it becomes too late. Whether by default or by accident, it is a matter of time before Boko Haram tests the weapons France is arming them with on other nations, possibly in the west. Hopefully, by that time the world would not be in a quandary over who to hold accountable for such disaster should it unfold.

We use this opportunity to warn France and any country it may be using as proxy to prop up Boko Haram by using them as conduit to deliver arms and military gear to the terrorists. There are international instruments at the disposal of Nigeria to address the rascality being put up by those undermining Nigeria’s war against terrorism.

On its part, the Nigerian military must repeat the device blows it had dealt terrorists in the Northeast in the past. Eliminating the new threat posed by Boko Haram is crucial to the safety of citizens in Borno and other places. It must punish the terrorists with the same intensity that had made it impossible for them to overrun the country as planned by the countries secretly supporting them. It must continue with its strategy of Super Camps since this appears to be what has rattled the sponsors of Boko Haram to both increase weapons supply to the terrorists and to re-open the media front in the war.

The member states that have committed to the new funds to combat Boko Haram must break free of colonial loyalties, after all, no nation should continue tying itself to the apron strings of a nation that once postured as their conqueror. They should stand firm to the terms of the fund and make sure that all countries in the region make the place unconducive for terrorists and terrorist activities.

CSOs end conference in Abuja, urge citizens to stop blacklisting ethnic groups with criminal robes

The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for Change and Good Governance has ended its one-day conference in Abuja, with a strong message to Nigerians to deist from blacklisting ethnic groups with criminal robes.

The conference tagged: “Appraising 100 Days of President Buhari on the saddle and building a nation where justice shall reign” was held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

A communiqué issued at the end of the conference examined the progress that has been made in the country since May 29, 2019 when Mr President was sworn in for a second term of four years.

The CSOs in the communique jointly signed by Bashir Alhaji Shehu, Chairman and Barr. Joyce Alobo, Secretary, said it was observed during the conference that Igbos are not drug peddlers are being erroneously held in some quarters.

Resolutions and observations made during the conference read below.

The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for Change and Good Governance on Tuesday September 17, 2019 held a conference in Abuja on “Appraising 100 Days of President Buhari on the saddle and building a nation where justice shall reign”.

The event was to examine the progress that has been made in the country since May 29, 2019 when Mr President was sworn in for a second term of four years.
Conference was well attended by representatives of the member organizations of the coalition, resource persons, leaders of thought, influencers, statesmen and other stakeholders.

Participants, following speeches, a keynote address, lead paper presentation, and interventions by some stakeholders, discussed the issues raised at the gathering.

A former President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Ameh Ebute presented a paper on “THE CSO AS A BULWARK IN EXPOSING THE POLITICAL ELITES RESPONSIBLE FOR THE STATE OF INSECURITY IN
NIGERIA: A CURSORY LOOK AT THE BUHARI 100 DAYS IN OFFICE.” Three other notable Nigerian scholars also made presentations on various topics jointly agreed by the organizers of the conference.

The discourse interrogated the security challenges in the country, how these have affected President Muhammadu Buhari’s ability to focus on governance in the period under review, and how he has been able to make remarkable progress in spite of the difficulties caused by the security breaches contrived by the opposition. Participants dissected the nature of these threats and how the country can overcome them.

Participants welcomed the ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal that upheld the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari, which was described as confirmation that Nigeria will continue along the path of reforms that Mr President is implementing.

In the course of the conference, participants observed as follow:

There is a difference between the ideal Nigerian and the stereotypes being painted about citizens at home and abroad. No region of the country should be criminalized and demonized on account of the failings of a minuscule fraction of its population. No ethnic group should be similarly treated. At such, using ethic colouration to describe any ethnic group is out of place; all herdsmen are not killers and not all herdsmen are Fulani.

Blanket criminalization of a religion or sect is also unacceptable even when criminal elements hide under their faith to commit evil. Boko Haram members are not Muslims and not every Nigerian from Borno State is a member of Boko Haram. The acts of terrorism they commit speak more to their dysfunctional existence than it speaks of their faith and ethnic background.

Igbo youth are not drug peddlers, scammers or dubious. Nigerians of Igbo ancestry excel in different fields of human endeavour. Those engaged in separatist-terrorism are not representative of the prevailing sentiments among patriotic Igbo, who are in the majority. The deviant behaviour of a few bad eggs should not be a basis to criminalize any ethnic group.

The xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa are unacceptable as they conflict with the concept of Africa for Africans.

Corruption is not only a root cause of underdevelopment in Nigeria but also a source of poverty leading to crime in the country. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has continued to expose cases of corruption by those that have failed to key into the anti-corruption drive of President Buhari. The successes of the EFCC are useful for convincing the international community that Nigeria is committed to stamping out graft.

Several international NGOs are exploiting the security challenges in the country to further foment trouble to the extent that some citizens have taken it upon themselves to demand their expulsion. International relations considerations are obstacles to the government’s ability to frontally tackles these organisations that have remained on Nigerian soil at great risk to citizens.

On the strength of the validation of his reelection by the Tribunal, President Buhari is now in a position to be decisive in dealing with those responsible for undermining security in the country since the can no longer claim witch-hunt because they are in the opposition.

Participants at the conference noted as follow:
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) remain designated as terrorist organisations and consequently proscribed; although some disgruntled politicians continue to support and finance these groups to cause problems for the country.

The military has continued to diligently discharge its responsibility by containing the excesses of violent and terrorist groups to keep the country safe and secure. . It achieved this even in the face daunting challenges that would have overwhelmed its contemporaries in other countries.

There is a growing risk from the weaponization of information for fake news, which poses a great risk to stability, inter-ethnic and inter-religious relations in the country. Fake news is being deployed by opposition figures that ordinarily lay claim to respectability and should have known better than to engage in the destructive practice. Fake news has helped to spread insecurity and hate across the country.

President Buhari has performed excellently in his first 100 days in office since he was sworn in for his second term in office. Of note is the improvement that has been made in the security situation.This has positively affected the economy as more Nigerians are now being empowered to contribute to the development of the country.

The Conference resolved to:
Call for an end to the stereotyping of Nigerians based on the action of a negligible portion of the population.

Call on Nigerians to display more patriotism on xenophobic attack on their compatriots in South Africa with a charge that the response from the country must be devoid of violence as opposed to the unnecessary reprisals carried out by persons who failed to realize that it is the interests of fellow Nigerians they hurt by such acts.

Warn the government of South Africa against complacency in the face of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.

Urge Nigerians to unite against fake news and to rally round the military, the Police and other security agencies to fight insecurity without ethnic, political or religious connotations.

Salute the Service Chiefs, the Inspector General of Police and heads of other security agencies for bringing the various cases of politically masterminded killings, banditry and kidnappings to a halt within a record time. The Army should be particularly singled out for it remarkable efforts against terrorism and its relentless sacrifices while observing high level of human rights compliance in its operations and thereby making itself available for collaboration with citizens. The Chief of Defence Staff preformed laudably in this regards.

Commend the EFCC under the leadership of Mr. Ibrahim Magu with a demand that the agency double its efforts in ensuring sanity in every sphere of our national life. Other agencies in this crusade should also live above board and embrace inter-agency collaboration just as being witnessed in the security sector.

Support the demand for the expulsion of any and all entities that threaten the unity of Nigeria or undermine the country’s corporate integrity through support for terrorist groups.

Demand that proscription of IMN and IPOB should remain in place while the government should get other countries to globally recognise and accept the groups as terrorists.

Caution the opposition that there is a limit to sabotaging the country in the pursuit of power; the opposition shall be held accountable for any degradation in the improved security situation in the land and this shall come with consequence.

Commend President Buhari for his achievements in his first 100 days of his second tenure while appealing to him to sustain the tempo he has started with.

Support President Buhari to take any action necessary to permanently address the security challenges facing Nigeria.

This Communiqué from the conference is to be circulated to participants and stakeholders. It is also to be given the widest publication possible in addition to hand-delivering a copy to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The conference organisers expressed appreciation to all participants, resource persons and stakeholders for their robust contributions and dispassionate approach to examining the issues raised at in the course of the one day event.

BREAKING: ‘How President Buhari, APC blackmailed me to join Party’ – Ex-CBN deputy Governor

A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, Obadiah Mailafia, has accused the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN has the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC of blackmailing him to join the party over an infraction that occurred in the bank 10 years ago.

Speaking to journalists during a meeting of stakeholders at the national secretariat of African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Abuja, said the said infraction happened in a department he was not a part of.

Mailafia said: “Just before the elections, there were pressures on me and I was even interrogated by security agencies over something that happened in the CBN about 10 years ago which was not even in my department.

“They blackmailed me that if I joined APC, I would be forgiven. I told them, why can’t they join me? I even asked them why can’t President Muhammadu Buhari come and join my party, ACD? What does he have that I don’t have more than him? Is it their analogue generation that will save Nigeria? Somebody that has never even used a computer. What have they to offer Nigeria again?”

Speaking on the P&ID court verdict, the presidential candidate of ADC in the 2019 election warned that if care was not taken, it would put Nigeria in a big mess.

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