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JUST IN: Service Chiefs, Kyari In Closed Doors Meeting |The Republican News

Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

 

Service Chiefs Thursday met with the chief of staff to the president, Abba Kyari, at the presidential villa, Abuja.

Those in attendance are; the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique.

The services were had earlier went to President Muhammadu Buhari’s office for the meeting, were said to have been directed to Kyari’s office for the meeting by Aide-De-Camp (ADC) to the president.

The meeting did not last long and the agenda was not made public as at the time of filing this report.

The service chiefs have since left the presidential villa.   (The Sun)

 

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Boko Haram: Tearful Shettima Breaks Down, Tells Buhari ‘I am Overwhelmed’ |RN

Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

The activities of the terrorist sect, Boko Haram, on Monday overwhelmed the Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, as he broke down in the presence of President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa.

Shettima was in the Villa with leaders and elders from Borno State. In his introductory remarks at the meeting, he told President Buhari that they came to present a set of observations and specific requests after an extraordinary security meeting they held a week ago in Borno State. He said the elders had concluded that the state required urgent intervention by the president.

Present on the occasion were the National Security Adviser, Major Gen Babagana Monguno (retd); Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin; acting Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar and the Director General, Department for State Services, Yussuf Bitchi.

Shettima amid tears following the current setback in the fight against insurgency, told Buhari that the leaders had not lost hope in his ability to win the war and restore peace to the state.

Following his surprise outburst of emotion, members of the press were excused from the meeting.

Then Shettima said: “Between 2013 and 2014, we witnessed the most daring and most vicious evil of the Boko Haram, losing 20 local government areas.

“However, we rushed here because of the recent upsurge in the activities of the demented monster called Boko Haram especially in northern Borno senatorial district. We are here because since 2015, Mr President, you were able to restore our hope.

“Sir, you have demonstrated empathy for Borno and an overriding commitment to ending the Boko Haram. This is why we rushed here on witnessing some set back.

“We are here because we thought that Allah will use you to fully reclaim Borno’s traditional glory of being the home of peace. We are here as a people who worked, prayed and waited for your presidency in the firm and under the belief that with you as the Commander In Chief, Boko Haram will become history in Borno.

“Mr. President, we have not, and Insha Allah, we will not lose hope in you because we have witnessed and survived worse moments before you came. We do not feel hopeless.

“Our hopes are very much alive and they are very high.

“We came with some observation and ten requests for urgent presidential (president’s) intervention. These observations and requests are products of discussion in the aftermath of our extra-ordinary security meeting held one week ago.

“We didn’t rush to come after the meeting. We felt the need to travel to northern Borno, interact with displaced persons and the military so as to strengthen public confidence.

“I will seek the understanding of the journalists by not making public any of our observation and ten requests. They are matters of security which we hope to discuss with Mr President in a closed door.”  (The Sun)

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National Security Can’t Be Sacrificed For Rule Of Law – Buhari |RN

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President Muhammadu Buhari

“The rule of law must be subjected to the supremacy of the nation’s security and national interest. The law can only be optimally practiced in a Nigeria that is safe, secure and prosperous.”

Godwin Tsa, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that the nation’s security cannot be sacrificed on the altar of individual rights and rule of law.

He told a gathering of lawyers yesterday, in Abuja, that when national security is threatened, the rule of law must take a back seat.

President Buhari, who spoke while declaring open, the 2018 Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), said: “The rule of law must be subjected to the supremacy of the nation’s security and national interest. The law can only be optimally practised in a Nigeria that is safe, secure and prosperous.

“Our apex court has had cause to adopt a position on this issue and it is now a matter of judicial recognition that; where national security and public interest are threatened or there is a likelihood of their being threatened, the individual rights of those allegedly responsible must take second place, in favour of the greater good of society.”

He tasked lawyers ahead of the forthcoming general elections to work for national cohesion and unity, “through your speeches and public positions and, most importantly, in your advocacy in court.”

The president said the theme of the Conference is important ”in view of the fact that it demonstrates the willingness of the NBA to address issues, not only related to the immediate practice of law but, more importantly, to solutions of wider society’s problems.

”Since the inauguration of this administration, I’ve had the privilege of observing, at first hand, how societies experience transition, attempt transformation and build or strengthen institutions to manage these processes.

As you will recall, this administration’s emergence marked the first successful civilian transition in Nigeria’s democratic history, following the outcome of the 2015 general elections.

Given the enormity of the challenges we inherited, and the yearnings of a citizenry, earnestly desirous of a new way of running national affairs, our first challenge was to transform our country speedily into a society where impunity in the management of national resources would be replaced with a culture of accountability and transparency.

“We needed to deploy our resources to address our common needs, rather than the greed of a callous few. In order to achieve this, we have had to disrupt age-old assumptions and unsettle ancient norms in the management of our national patrimony, as you have all witnessed in the last three years.

“While we have made appreciable progress in several sectors, including public awareness of the need to challenge the corrupt and the brazen in our midst, we have also learnt useful lessons on the dynamism of our society.

“However, elements within every society, including some lawyers, can equally become unduly resistant to change, even where it is proven that such change is to serve the interest of the larger society. At worst, corruption fights back.

“As we gradually move into another season of intense political activities, preparatory to the 2019 general elections, I enjoin you to remember that by reason of your profession, you all have a responsibility to work for national cohesion and unity through your speeches and public positions and, most importantly, in your advocacy in court.

“In the context of opinions and narratives about our past and present political and socio-economic experience, you cannot afford to jettison rational and proper analysis of issues in a manner which builds, rather than destroys the nation.

“I also urge you to work to uphold and improve the sanctity and integrity of our judicial and electoral institutions, which play a fundamental role in the sustenance and growth of our democracy.”  (The Sun)

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$1bn Security Fund: Reasons We Are Angry With Buhari – Saraki |RN

By Onwuka Nzeshi and Chukwu David

 

**Says parliament was not consulted on proposed spending

 

President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki yesterday, blamed lack of consultation with the legislature for the controversy trailing the $1billion the Federal Government recently approved for the purchase of equipment to combat insecurity in the country.

Saraki, who disclosed this at the 2018 retreat of the Senate Press Corps held in Jos, Plateau State, said many Senators were angry not because they do not support the counter-terrorism war but for the fact that the National Assembly was not consulted on the issue.

President Muhammadu Buhari last week, approved the expenditure after a crucial meeting he had with the Minister of Defence, Col. Mansur Dan Ali (rtd) and the service chiefs during which they reviewed the security situation in the North East as well as rising wave of insecurity in other parts of Nigeria.

In the wake of that announcement, a number of lawmakers from both chambers of the National Assembly expressed outrage at the attempt to expend such a huge amount of money without consultation and prior approval of the parliament.

The Senate President, whose remarks centred on “Strengthening Executive/Legislature Relations,” said that though the presidential system of government is built on the principle of separation of powers and occasional envisaged conflicts, it also reserved a room for consultation among the three arms of government.

He acknowledged the resurgence of violent attacks on communities and abduction of Nigerians by Boko Haram terrorists and other armed groups and admitted that there was the need to equip the security forces to enhance their capacity to do their jobs. He, however, added that such a remedial action involving expending public fund cannot be undertaken by the executive alone but in consultation with the parliament.

He warned that the security architecture of the country cannot perform optimally unless there were a strong synergy and cooperation between the executive and legislature, stressing that anything outside this cooperation would be counter-productive.

Saraki argued that the relationship between the two arms of government goes beyond party affiliations as the mere fact that the party in power is the same as the party with majority seats in the National Assembly was not a guarantee that the executive will not take the parliament into confidence in taking crucial decisions and ensure mutual respect.

“Even during the last administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, when PDP was in charge of both the executive and legislature, there were some frictions.

It means it is not about the party. It is not about any individual. It is about the system. “In a situation where a particular arm of government stands up and calls people from another arm of government thieves, looters and other names, how can we work together?
How? It is not possible. It is not realistic. If we collaborate, the country will be better for it,” he said.   (New Telegraph)

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Danjuma Speech: Yoruba Too Must Be Prepared To Defend Region From Fulani Herdsmen – YCE Leader

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                               Theophilus Danjuma

Olusola Fabiyi, Femi Makinde, Leke Baiyewu, Olaleye Aluko, Tony Okafor and Theophilus Onojeghen

The Assistant Secretary-General, Yoruba Council of Elders, Alhaji  Suleiman  Salami, said Nigerians should not leave their security completely in the hands of the military and other security agencies because they could fail to defend them in the time of danger.

The 81-year-old spoke in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents in Osogbo on Sunday.

Salami said he agreed with the submissions of Danjuma and also urged Yoruba people to be prepared to defend themselves and their land from the rampaging herdsmen.

The YCE assistant scribe said, “The General is very right. It will be disastrous for people to be attacked and they fold their arms, expecting the government to defend them.  If the government is not forthcoming, the people concerned must find a way to defend themselves.

“The President has kept quiet for a long time on the herdsmen atrocities. I recently told some South-West governors and Obas that if we did not prepare to defend ourselves, these herdsmen would just come one day and kill all of us.”

A former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen.Theophilus Danjuma(retd.), had on Saturday at the maiden convocation of the Taraba State University, told Nigerians to defend themselves against killers, saying the Nigerian Armed Forces were not ready to defend them.

He had said, “There is an attempt at ethnic cleansing in the state (Taraba) and of course, some rural states in Nigeria, we must resist it. We must stop it. Every one of us must rise up. Our armed forces are not neutral. They collude with the bandits to kill people, kill Nigerians… If you are depending on the armed forces to stop the killings, you will all die one by one.”

However, the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, said Danjuma’s comment was “highly uncalled for,” and an invitation to anarchy, asking Nigerians to report any member of the armed forces suspected to be colluding with herdsmen.   (Punch)

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I’m Determined To Implement Solutions For National Security Problems – Buhari

Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that his administration is determined to implement carefully-considered solutions to the current insecurity plaguing the country.

The President met on Monday with security chiefs for two and a half hours at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Buhari through his twitter handle @MBuhari said he was determined to implement solutions that will not only earn the confidence of Nigerians, but also stand the test of time.

According to the president, “Today I presided over a Meeting of the Security Council. We fully understand the seriousness & urgency of Nigeria’s security issues, and are determined to implement carefully considered solutions that will not only earn the confidence of Nigerians, but also stand the test of time.”

The President also said that “One of the resolutions from our Security Meeting today is that all our law enforcement agencies must take intelligence-gathering and sharing much more seriously.

The Police and DSS have been charged to step up their efforts and capacity in this regard.

“Our law enforcement agencies must at all times stay ahead of bandits and criminals, wherever they are across the country, by efficiently gathering, sharing and acting on credible Intelligence. I am assuring that we will give them all the support needed to succeed.

“Let me also assure that all persons arrested so far, including those arrested for illegally possessing arms, will be duly prosecuted. I urge judicial officers to be alive to responsibilities in this regard, to enable the speedy dispensation of justice.”

The meeting, which started around 11am and ended at 1:30pm, concluded with no official willing to take questions from State House Correspondents.

It had in attendance heads of Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Fire Service, Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigeria Prisons Service, and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

Also present were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Minister of Defence,  Mansur Dan-Ali, Minister of Interior, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd)

Others also in attendance were Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS); Lawal Daura, Director of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Abubakar, and Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

The service chiefs at the meeting include Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff; Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, and  Chief of Air Staff Sadique Abubakar.

They declined to speak to State House Correspondents when approached for comment on the outcome of the meeting.  (The Sun)

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Buhari Has Measures In Place To Deal With “Threats To Peace And Security” – Lai Mohammed

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President Buhari and Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammad

Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan

President Muhammadu Buhari has put measures in place to ensure that threats to peace and security, including the Boko Haram insurgency, militancy, conflicts between herdsmen and host communities, as well as kidnappings are promptly dealt with.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, gave the assurance at the opening of a two-day national conference on peace and national security, entitied: ‘Culture, Peace and National Security: The Role of Traditional Rulers,’ held at Theophilus Ogunlesi Hall, Ibadan on Tuesday, January 30.

The conference was organised by the National Institute for Cultural Orientation  (NICO),  a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

The conference has in attended scores of traditional rulers from different parts of the country. Speakers at the programme enjoined the National Assembly to make legislation that would give constitutional roles to monarchs, especially in alternative dispute resolution.

According to Mohammed:

“President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated that entrenching national security is a top priority of his administration. This is because the socio-economic initiatives of his government cannot be successfully implemented without adequate security.

“He has therefore put measures in place to ensure that threats to peace and security are promptly dealt with. Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East, restiveness in the Niger Delta, incidences of kidnapping and armed robbery,  and recently conflicts between herdsmen and host communities, are some of these threats to peace.”

Mohammed noted that the achievement of sustainable peace and security in Nigeria is the responsibility of all stakeholders, and not just that of security agencies, adding that civil society organisations, religious bodies, traditional rulers that are custodian of culture and traditions, the media and everyone else gave important roles to play in the quest for peace and security of the country.

He reiterated the resolve of the government to promote enduring peace and security in the country, soliciting “the cooperation of all in the quest to make Nigeria a peaceful and secured place for Nigerians and foreigners to invest.”

Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Dr. Gbade Ojo, noted that Nigeria, no doubt, is at the point of dire need of national security, adding that it was high time traditional rulers complemented the efforts of the government in achieve peace and security.

“In pre-colonial Africa, our communities enjoyed relative peace because traditional rulers then were not only the custodian of our culture, but security values. The process of cultural socialisation is weakened now. We need to wake up and play our role as leaders, so that our children and generations yet unborn will know both our societal norms and values and what they should do,” he stated.

Acting Executive Secretary of NICO, Mr. Louis Eriomala, said the conference was organised to urgently address key issues capable of escalating conflicts, “which include poverty, ethno-religious conflicts, electoral violence, nepotism, inequality and marginalisation. Failure to address these issues will lead to channeling of resources,which should have been used for human development, to military and security interventions.

“We are convinced that if Nigerians are adequately sensitised to appreciate the critical importance of peace and security to the fulfilment of their yearnings and aspirations, threats to peace and security will be drastically reduced.”

Former Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Emeritus Prof Ayo Banjo, who chaired the opening ceremony, also stressed: “Peace is of the essence in every situation. It is essential in a functional and stable family. It is necessary in a monolingual state, but it’s even more necessary in a multilingual state. Peace is an important recognition for stability and progress, for the happiness and self fulfilment of the individuals in a society, whether simple or complex.”

Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Oyo State, Mr. Toye Arulogun; Secretary-General, Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO, Kehinde Ayotunde; Oyo State Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mrs. Dolapo Dosumu were among the dignitaries in attendance.   (The Sun)

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