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EDITORIAL: Governor Atiku Bagudu And The Rising Insecurity Challenges, In Kebbi State. The Way Forward.

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Following the incessant attacks by armed bandits in some villages within zuru Emirate and most recently the attacks that claimed more than 30 lives of people and burning down of so many houses in Munhaye and Unashi, the Kebbi state Government under the leadership of His Excellency Sen.

Atiku Bagudu the governor of kebbi state have continued to strategize on how to bring an end to Banditry.

In his wisdom and in an attempt to bring an end to this surge of Insecurity within the state, the kebbi state government in collaboration of security agents and security experts conducted a thorough air surveillance within the southern fringes of Kebbi state and the neighboring border villages of Niger and Zamfara states. These borderlines are majorly forested with few dispersed houses formerly occupied by local formers before they were displaced recently by the Bandits.

So much intelligence have been gathered on the whereabouts of the bandits, their activities and their plans to strike some villages and to occupy them. Notable among the villages planned to attacked and occupied include the surrounding villages Unashi, Bena, Wasagu, maga all in Danko Wasagu local government of kebbi state

Banditry activities which involve cattle rustling, kidnapings, killings, carting away of farm produce and in some cases burning down of houses as seen during the Munhaye massacre is now a national disaster that requires a holistic, robust, strategic and effective national security approach to bring it to end.

It is a known fact that inspite of the fact that Governors are the chief security officers of their respective states, we all know that the deployment of the Policemen, military and detective officers along their operational vehicles and other logistics is an exclusive responsibility of the federal government. But it is also the responsibility of the state government to call the attention of the federal government and provide it with the preliminary results of their security investigations and on this note , we want to believe that his Excellency Sen. Atiku Bagudu the executive governor of Kebbi must have made available to the federal government through the appropriate security institutions, the recent reports of security air surveillance that was carried out under his watch along side other security reports and recommendations by the stakeholders. And if that is done, it is then the negligence of duty by the federal government to be still sitting on such reports without taking and implementing measures that will prevent the encroachment of these killer Bandits to further kill and displace farmers as seen already.

Furthermore, the recommendations and suggestions as provided by the security agents, experts, vigilantee groups and traditional Leaders need to be implemented without further delay, if not things may soon get out of hand.

As already suggested a joint operation involving air strikes, ground troops combined with vigilantee groups ( Yan sakai) need to move into action to push these bandits backward and recover the presently lost farm lands. The rainy season is already here and the president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has already directed the security chiefs to deploy new officers that will lead to the recovery of occupied lands by the Bandits and also secure vulnerable areas from such attacks, so that farmers can go about their farming activities without fear.

In order to carry out this joint operation successfully and effectively there is need for the security agents to stop the open harassment and arrests of vigilantee group leaders as seen recently. There is no doubt, some of this vigilantee members have overstepped their boundaries and in such instances the government is right to call them to order. But this should be done in such a manner that they should not be demoralized and humiliated thereby emboldening the Bandits to carry out more severe attacks. The issue of vigilantee groups and their operations is a ” very complicated surgery” which requires so much diligence and carefulness. His Excellency Sen. Atiku Bagudu should be careful not to pay attention to haters of vigilantee groups and their ulterior motives to worsen the fragile security situation for monetary gains, political or selfish interests. His Excellency should pay attention to the voices of reason most especially those voices that he has been warned by some people not to listen to. That is what is required of a of a Leader of his calibre.

This words of Sergeant Cox should guide his Excellency”The first necessity for obtaining self-knowledge is to become profoundly conscious of ignorance; to feel with every fibre of the heart that one is ceaselessly self-deceived. The second requisite is the still deeper conviction that such knowledge – such intuitive and certain knowledge – can be obtained by effort.”

To be obtain knowledge by effort here requires humility from the governor by holding a meeting or interactive session with the selected vigilantee members in such a venue of his convenience. By doing so in the presence of those he chooses, he will be able to understand the foolishness of their wisdom and the wisdom of their foolishness hence create an opportunity to educate them. The most annoying part of the activities of the vigilantee groups is their meddling into Civic cases and not only that but also going to the extent to reverse some valid court judgements, most especially on land ownership issues, no responsible government will sit and watch it’s legal institutions being undermined. But it is known fact that there are records of so many sharp and corrupt practices in our law courts. And in some rulings by the judges, this injustices are so loud and clear even to a deaf and dump, to this end the law of Karma is inevitable as seen today by the challenges faced by the judiciary. The ability to question realities happening in our peaceful state with independence and to see true and false ideas by oneself, must be an essential goal of his Excellency and the Chief of judge of kebbi state.

The ultimate aim of governance and adminstration of justice is to create or recreate a society in which both the rich and the poor will feel protected and secured. The continues attacks by the armed Bandits and the inability of Government to track and crack them down will continue to make people raise observations if those who stood out for self defence are arrested, detained and prosecuted, the circumstances leading to such decision by the government not withstanding.

In the words of H.P Blavatsky “Those who live in the pleasure-ground of fancy see truth in the unreal and untruth in the real. They never arrive at truth. Those who abide in the world of right thought see truth in the real and untruth in the unreal. They arrive at truth”

Therefore, to arrive at the truth, Kebbi state government need to address some of it’s corrupt Judges to improve on their poor performances by bringing an end to ” selling justice to the highest bidder or the most influential” The court still remains the last hope of common man. For if courts, judges and law enforcement agents are doing their job according to the ethics of their profession, the likes of yan sakai or Bandits could have not emerged in the first place. It is an act of injustice for the Government to be engaged in negotiation with bandits and paying their Leaders huge sums of money but on the other hand arresting vigilantee group leaders whose primary purpose of emergence is to defend themselves, their families, farmlands and communities. And if this bias continued, some of these vigilantee members, may see wisdom in taking arms to engage in acts of terrorism, God for bid.

” One must study to know, know to understand, understand to judge” The effort to jointly use the vigilantee members together with the military is loudable but this can not be sustained if the same military is used in arresting and harassing them. Challenges are inevitable but the ability of leaders to overcome those challenges using conventional or unconventional methods is what make them great!

 

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Eid el Fitr; Former Federal Lawmaker,Mohammed Sani Kutigi Greets Nigerlites.

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A former Federal Lawmaker from Niger state and PDP starlwart,Alhaji Mohammed Sani Kutigi has sent a message of congratulations to Moslem faithfuls and the people of Niger state on the occassion of Eid el Fitr.

In a message to mark the occassion,the Federal Lawmaker commemded the people of Niger state for remaining peaceful and law abiding amidst naked provocations.

Kutigi urged the people of the state to pray more fervently for God’s intervention inview of frequent securtiy threats to lives and properties.

He appealed to the people of the state to remain securtiy conscious,their neighbors keepers and report suspicious movement to the law enforcement agencies.

He challenged the security agencies to do more in the protection of lives and properties of hapless citizens from bandits attacks, kidnapping and herders threats to lives and properties.

The PDP starlwart and national officer congratulated the people of the state for witnessing this year’s occassion.

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APC: Nigeria will be Secured from Fifth Columnists, Secessionist Agitators

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has restated the commitment of the federal government to secure the nation from all fifth columnists and secessionist elements who have continued to seek ways of dragging the nation backward.

Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the party, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, stated this in statement issued yesterday in Abuja.

The ruling party said it celebrateed with Muslim faithful and entire Nigerians on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Fitr, after the 30 days of abstinence from worldly pleasures and utmost devotion to the Almighty Allah.

The party enjoined Nigerians to use this period to demonstrate the essence of Ramadan, which is about personal sacrifice and sharing with the less-privileged.

Akpanudoedehe said, “On this day, we assure Nigerians of our commitment to securing the nation from all fifth columnists and secessionist elements who have continued to seek ways of dragging the nation backward.”

The party also urged Nigerians to use the occasion to pray for the leaders and the country’s peace and development.

The secretary noted that the collective efforts of all were required to ensure that citizens enjoyed the many pro-people developmental strides of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in an atmosphere of peace.
The APC, therefore, called on all people of goodwill and patriotic citizens to use the occasion to extend their spiritual support for the efforts of the administration in its continued quest to place the country on the path of economic prosperity.

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Eid-el-Fitr: I’m delightful seeing Christians breaking fast, extending gifts to Muslims – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed delight that Eid festival will continue to bring with it peace, safety, security, brotherhood and love amongst Muslims and Christians as witnessed during the fasting period.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the president made his feelings known in a Sallah message issued by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Wednesday.

According to the president, it is noteworthy and delightful to see Christians breaking fast and in some instances, extending goodwill and gifts to Muslim faithful during the Ramadan.

“This model also shone through with Muslim groups joining Christian festivities.

”These are practices that promote brotherhood and forgiveness,” he added.

The president, therefore, extended his best wishes to all Nigerians and Muslims across the globe as they mark the Eid-el-Fitr following the completion of a month of fasting.

In the message signed by him, Buhari said: “On this blessed occasion, I wish that the Eid festival brings with it peace, safety, security, brotherhood and love amongst all.

“Unity and solidarity among all citizens, Muslims and Christians are imperative especially at a time when our country is faced with multiple challenges which are surmountable only when we come together as one.

It is important that we remember how we share, through our faiths, common bonds that should serve to unite us and not allow ourselves to succumb to those who seek to divide us, using our two great religions, for their own selfish advantages.

“We should jointly pray against the tragic incidents of kidnapping and banditry and the desperate quest for political power expressed through blackmail against the existence of our country as a united entity.

“We must resist the temptation to retreat into our communities. I urge our political and religious leaders as well as traditional rulers to encourage our citizens to turn towards one another in love and compassion.”

The president also urged Nigerians to continue to observe all COVID-19 prevention measures and celebrate responsibly during the holidays.

NAN reports that the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, had on Tuesday declared Thursday (May 13), as the first day of Shawwal 1442AH.

Abubakar III made the declaration in a statement signed by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, the Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs Sultanate Council, Sokoto.

He said: “The Sultanate Council Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs in conjunction with the National Moon Sighting Committee did not receive any report from various Moon sighting committees across the country.

“This, confirming the sighting of the new moon of Shawwal 1442AH, on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, which was 29th day of Ramadan 1442AH.

“Therefore, Wednesday, May 12, 2021, is the 30th day of the month of Ramadan 1442AH.”

 

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