Following the nationwide #EndSARS protests that almost breed unrest, Bauchi State Government on Monday held a town hall meeting on security issues with the participation of key stakeholders in attendance.
A statement issue by Muktar Gidado, Senior Special Assistant on Media to Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed said the meeting was organised to bring all stakeholders together to discuss issues on security challenges and to look for ways of discouraging youths and members of the public from indulging into violence.
He said the conduct of the town hall meeting was in compliance with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to Governors to arrange for a stakeholders meeting to discuss way forward on the negative engagement of people into violence in the name of ENDSARS protest.
The Governor noted with satisfaction, the foresight of the entire youths in the state for their refusal to join the EndSars protest and expressed gratitude to them in that regard.
He said as a youth friendly government and in addition to the appointment of a number of youths into sensitive positions, his administration will continue to introduce critical reforms to enable them contribute meaningful to national development.
” I would like to commend the Federal Government for sending two serving Ministers to attend this stakeholders meeting purposely to tap from their experiences. This Town Hall meeting could not have been organised at a better time than now, so that ways are found to avoid future occurrence of such ugly protests in the country.”
” I believe the meeting will serve as a forum to rub minds and exchange views to come up with strategies to identify and check the excesses and selfish tendencies of some people who may want to cause confusion and disorder in the country for the attainment of their selfish interest.”
He said the relationship between the state government and the security operatives and other stakeholders in the state has been very cordial and acknowledged the immense contribution of security agencies to the maintenance and promotion of peace in the state.
” The security agencies have been contributing to the maintenance and promotion of peace in the state through timely reporting of all potentially volatile events and incidents with suggestions on how to tackle them. They have also been giving objective assessment of security situations with constructive advice.”
Governor Bala Mohammed said currently, security agencies are conducting a joint patrol for the maintenance of peace in the state especially in troubled areas or places where disturbances occur.
” On our part as a Government, we have been making our determined effort to maintain peace, law and order in the State. We have already jump-started the implementation of the Nigerian Police Community Policing with aim of strengthening the internal security management in the State.”
” I find this medium very relevant to stand tall and tell the word that I am indeed proud of our youths going by the quality that is evident in them, the strength they display and course, the sincerely of purpose associated with them in many respects.”
The Governor who pledged continued support to security agencies for conducive working environment for effective and efficient operations, reiterated the commitment of his administration to the protection of lives and property of the citizens.
” Therefore I would like to call on the participants to deliberate extensively on various security challenges with a view to proffering solutions to them. I have no doubt that this meeting of experienced and knowledgeable stakeholders will live up to the task.”
In a key note address, the Honorable Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu said President Muhammadu Buhari appreciated the maturity displayed by the youths of Bauchi state for not being part of the misdirected agitation.
“Please accept the firm assurances of Mr. President for not taking your support for granted. He will continue to reciprocate the good gesture of the Government and good people of Bauchi State.”
Malam Adamu Adamu said the present administration in the country has made security of lives and property a cornerstone of its operation and it will continue to strive in addressing the security challenges facing the nation.
“I Thank the Governor of Bauchi State, His Excellency, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed for organising this important stakeholders engagement and the respected traditional rulers and community heads for ensuring relative peace in the state. The President is indeed happy with the Government and people of Bauchi State for their exceptional maturity in responding to national challenges such as the recent unfortunate and unnecessary Endsars protests.”
On the number of empowerment initiatives of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, the Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Ambassador Maryam Yalwaji Katagum said under the 60 billion naira MSME survival fund, the fund will save more than 1,800,00 jobs among others.
FG Petitions CNN Over investigative Report On Lekki Shooting, Threatens Action
The Federal Government has written a petition to the US-based Cable News Network (CNN), demanding an immediate and exhaustive investigation into its report on the Lekki Tollgate shooting, to determine its authenticity and conformity to basic standards of journalism.
The government berated CNN for its investigative report on the #EndSARS protest in Lekki area of Lagos, pointing out that the media outfit breached the most basic of the core principles of journalism – balance and fairness.
In the petition written by the Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, to Jonathan Hawkins, VP (Communications) in CNN Centre Atlanta, Georgia; the government said that if the international media organization does not carry out its demand, it will take any action within its laws to prevent CNN from making the #EndSARS crisis worse.
According to a report from Mouthpiece NGR, the government’s letter dated November 23, 2020, is titled “Re: How a bloody night of bullets quashed a young protest movement”.
The letter reads
FG Will Replace Properties Destroyed By Hoodlums, SGF Assures FRSC
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha has assured the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) that all the properties of the corps that were destroyed by hoodlums at the aftermath of the ENDSARS protest would be replaced by the federal government.
Speaking on Thursday in Abuja when he visited the Corps to inspect some of the vehicles and bikes recently purchased, he noted that about Eight Commands across the country were affected as well as 28 vehicles.
Lagos: Ijanikin office of FRSC, VIO set ablaze by hoodlums
He said the federal government would look into the plight of the corps and ensure that the vehicles were replaced to enable the officers carry out their activities effectively.
Mustapha noted that during the yuletide, officers of the corps would be needed to help protect the highways and ensure it was safe for motorist to travel on.
On his part, Corps Marshal of the corps, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi said the vehicles that were procured would be given to states and commands that got affected by the hoodlums attack before others commands can get theirs.
He said about 16 patrol vehicles were procured alongside some ambulances and towing trucks hence, the towing trucks would be deployed to Lagos State due to the traffic nature of the state.
#EndSARS: Ooni Of Ife Lauds Muslim Community For Its Role For Restoration And Sustenance Of Peace In The Country.
By Yahaya Idris, Osun.
….. Hosts Leagues Of IMAMS President, says ‘Peace has no substitute’
The Arole Oduduwa & Oon of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, on Wednesday hosted the President General, League of Imams and Alfas from South-West region of Edo and Delta States respectively, Imam Jamiu Kewulere, at his Ile-Oodua Palace, Ile Ife.
In a statement Signed and made available to Journalists in Ile Ife Osun State by Comrade Moses Olafare, Director, Media & Public Affairs, Ooni’s Palace, said Critical national issues affecting the country including the #EndSARS protests which was hijacked by hoodlums were fully discussed in the interest of the country.
According to the statement, Ooni Ogunwusi, the Spiritual Leader of the entire Oduduwa Race worldwide who is also the Co-Chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria(NCTRN), lauded the Muslim community for its role in the restoration and sustenance of peace in the country, adding that peace has no substitute.
“The kind of peace we enjoy in the South-West is unique to us in that it amazes people of other parts of the country how we live harmoniously regardless of our religious differences.
“I am impressed by your good works and those great moves you planned to move for the development of Nigeria and I am ready to join you because I am for peace and tranquility. We are also working with Christian Associations and practitioners of traditional religions too and the response is the same, they are for peace too.” Ooni Ogunwusi said.
on his part, Imam Kewulere who was flanked by top clerics across the region described the Ooni as an unequaled peace ambassador, who makes the supposed hard responsibility of peace keeping easy in the country.
“I wish to request your Majesty to convoke a meeting of the forum of all prominent Yoruba political leaders, religious leaders from both the Christian and Muslim circle and leading traditional leaders in Yoruba land as urgent as possible.
“The convocation should be made to deliberate and discuss the present state of events in Nigeria especially as it affects the Yoruba. It should also be part of the forum’s task to proffer solutions and way out to the seeming looming crisis.
“Kabiyesi, as much as I know that you are making frantic efforts towards the projection of Yoruba race, the time has come for all the Yoruba opinion leaders to sincerely and genuinely come together to address issues affecting the country and that of the Yoruba race in particular. The convocation of the forum of opinion leaders being proposed herein will go a long way to proffer solutions to some of the societal ills such as the ones that precipitated the recent #EndSARS protests.” The cleric requested.
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