President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has so far outdone his predecessor in the fight against insurgency and criminal elements in the country, according to some respected elder statesmen led by Third Republic Senate President, Ameh Ebute.
This was contained in a communique released at the end of a joint meeting of the Council of Elder Statesmen and Patriotic Elders Council of Nigeria on the state of affairs of the nation under President Buhari on Monday and Tuesday in Abuja.
The group said its emergency meeting became imperative to put issues in proper perspectives in the light of the various conflicting narratives in the public domain capable of setting the country on a path of destruction and disintegration.
Recall that Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State had similarly rated President Buhari above his predecessors in handling state’s security challenges.
Mr Zulum said he based his verdict on the statewide security records on the 27 local government areas since 2011.
And in a communique signed by Senator Ebute and 20 other notable Nigerians, the elder statesmen, after almost 48-hour long deliberation, concluded that President Buhari has demonstrated an unalloyed commitment towards winning the war against terrorism and other acts of criminalities in the country.
The group also hailed the president’s dedication towards setting Nigeria on the path to sustainable growth and development through laudable interventions in critical sectors of the economy as enumerated above.
The council of elders equally saluted the Service Chiefs for their patriotism in the face of conspiracy and campaign of calumny.
The group, however, called on all well-meaning Nigerians regardless of religious and ethnic affiliations to extend support to the present administration by proffering solutions to the challenges in different sectors of the country.
It added that all hands must be on deck in the journey of sustainable growth and development in the country.
Read full communique below:
The Council of Elder Statesmen and Patriotic Elders Council of Nigeria convoked a joint emergency general meeting in the appraisal of the State of the Nation under President Muhammadu Buhari in critical sectors of the country such as the economy and security in the face of the global economic meltdown occasioned by the Coronavirus pandemic.
This became imperative in an attempt to put issues in proper perspectives in the light of the various conflicting narratives in the public domain that are in most instances highly misleading and capable of setting the country on a path on destruction and disintegration.
The Council of Patriotic Elder statesmen and Patriotic Elders Council of Nigeria during its joint meeting deliberated extensively on the State of the Nation with regards to the efforts of the Muhammadu Buhari led administration in addressing the various challenges in the country.
Considerable time and efforts were also channelled towards x-raying the intervention of government during the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown, which has in ways too numerous to mention impacted positively on the lives of ordinary Nigerians. There were also extensive deliberations on the security situations in the country with regards to the efforts of the various security agencies in addressing the threat posed by terrorist and militant groups.
The State of the Economy and Impact of COVID 19:
In a bid to curtail the further spread of the Coronavirus, deliberate actions were instituted to ensure that citizens of Nigeria stayed safe. Consequently, the government imposed a nationwide lockdown in line with the recommendations of the World Health Organization. This was also cognizant of the fact that a lockdown came with its attendant socio-economic implications which were felt across the globe.
After extensive deliberations, it was unanimously agreed that the handling of the Coronavirus pandemic by the government has been quite impressive. The various initiatives introduced and implemented by the federal government through the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development through the distribution of palliatives to the vulnerable groups across the country were timely and made a positive impact in the lives of ordinary citizens across the country.
The consensus was that the efforts of the government have been outstanding but for the actions of some state governors who in their wisdom elected to store the palliatives in warehouses instead of distributing same to the people to mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The joint council condemns such disposition by some state governors which by all intent and purposes is a great disservice to the efforts of the Muhammadu Buhari administration in mitigating the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic on the lives of the ordinary citizens in the country.
The current state of the economy:
The Joint Council admits that Nigeria is in recession alongside other countries which is as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. It was also identified that the actions of successive governments in Nigeria in failing to save for the rainy days especially when crude oil sold for a higher price in the global market is somewhat responsible for some of the economic challenges in the country, which was inherited by the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
The Joint Council, after extensive deliberations, commended the Economic Team of the present administration for its steadfastness in proffering solutions to the myriads of economic challenges in the country.
It also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for retaining the services of the governor of Central Bank, Godwin Emefiele, as well as the Minister of Finance from the previous administration, which is a testament of the disposition of Mr President towards rewarding merit above every other thing. It after that solicited for understanding from the generality of Nigerians and calls for action from well-meaning Nigerians.
The spate of insecurity in the country:
The Joint Council reviewed the spate of insecurity in the country and deliberated extensively on where we were in times past, where we are now in terms of the security situation in the country. It after that acknowledges the fact that the present administration has done a lot towards addressing the myriads of security challenges in the country. It also recognises that the Nigerian Military has done tremendously well in the war against Boko Haram terrorist in North East Nigeria by liberating five states ( Adamawa, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba) in North-East Nigeria from the claws of the Boko Haram scourge. Bit for Borno state still experiencing pockets of Boko Haram attacks in parts of the state.
The Joint Council also acknowledged the impact of the EndSARS protests on our national psyche and blamed the political actors who hijacked the protest to propagate their selfish interests against the country as responsible for the escalation of violence at the time.
The Joint Council salutes the Service Chiefs for their patriotism and call for more efforts by all citizens to support the Service Chiefs as their performances in office have been marvellous. It also backed the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to retain the services of the Service Chiefs, which remains the prerogative of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
The President has demonstrated an unalloyed commitment towards winning the war against terrorism and other acts of criminalities in the country. Consequently, the Joint Council condemns in its totality calls from certain quarters for the sack of Service Chiefs in the country as there is no basis for such demand given the exceptional performance of the security team under the present dispensation.
The fight against Corruption:
The Joint Council deliberated extensively on the fight against corruption in the country. It acknowledged the fact that there have been no sacred cows as evident in the prosecution of high profile cases, including some highly placed government officials who got their hands soiled in the discharge of their duties.
The Joint Council hailed the President’s decision to probe the suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu as well as other high profile government appointees. The consensus is that the President has displayed an increased sense of patriotism towards setting the right precedence in the prosecution of the fight against Corruption and other acts of economic sabotage.
The Joint Council after extensive deliberations on the State of the Nation in Nigeria under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari concludes that the President has displayed an unalloyed commitment towards setting Nigeria on the path to sustainable growth and development through laudable interventions in critical sectors of the economy as enumerated above. The Joint Council also states in unequivocal terms that under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, there have been considerable improvements in critical sectors of the economy, including the security of lives and properties across the country.
The following recommendations were reached at the end of the Joint Extra-Ordinary General Meeting of the Council of Elder Statesmen and the Patriotic Elders Council of Nigeria.
That the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has displayed an unalloyed commitment towards sustainable growth and development.
That it behoves on all well-meaning Nigerians regardless of religious and ethnic affiliations to extend support to the present administration by proffering solutions to the challenges in different sectors of the country.
That Nigerians must make it a duty to desist from acts that would undermine the relative peace and tranquillity in the country.
That Nigerians must see to the fact that the plot by external forces against the socio-economic development of the country is nipped in the bud in the overall interest of the country.
That all hands must be on deck in the journey of sustainable growth and development in the country.
Scrap Or Restructure NIDCOM Now, Oduduwa Group Urges FG Over Threats By Diaspora To National Security
The Coalition of Oduduwa Descendants (COD) has urged the Federal Government to totally scrap or restructure the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) over threats to national security by some Nigerians in the Diaspora.
According to the Oduduwa group, this has become paramount following hate campaigns by some disgruntled elements abroad , endorsing negative publicity about Nigeria.
The COD made these known at a press conference on Tuesday in Lagos.
Speaking on behalf of the group, National Coordinator, Lekan Ekundayo, said NIDCOM has failed in its mandates thereby discouraging many investors, exaggerating the security situation and underreporting the success made in the fight against insecurity.
The group noted that many campaign of calumny against the country abroad are spearheaded by these Nigerians abroad.
According to COD, these criminal elements hiding abroad have also encouraged enemies of the Nigerian state like Boko Haram, insurgents and other economic saboteurs to continue to wreak havoc on the country.
Instead of promoting the image of the nation abroad, the Yoruba group said NIDCOM has become the refinery for the processing of crude, scathing critics and all forms of negativism against Nigeria.
The Oduduwa descents, however, urged the FG to scrap NIDCOM or restructure it inorder to focus on its “fundamental objectives of harnessing our human resources for good and not for the destruction of Nigeria”.
It also advised the commission to focus on researches that would facilitate development in Nigeria in the fields of science, engineering, agriculture and medicine.
Read full statement below:
Gentlemen of the press,
We are addressing you today on an issue of urgent national importance.
This has to do with the way our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora have constantly been portraying Nigeria in negative light thereby influencing our citizens and other citizens of the world to hate our dear country, Nigeria.
We are also alarmed by the official consent given to these hate campaigns by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, which is like given an official endorsement to negative publicity about Nigeria.
Going by the kinds of texts and literature coming from our kindred in the Diaspora, one would assume that there is absolutely nothing good about Nigeria and that this country is only fit to be discarded and dumped in the refuse bin.
Saying anything positive about Nigeria is now considered demeaning and for one to belong to the class of individuals seen as deep intellectuals, one must attack the Nigerian government and speak of happenings in the country as the worst in human history.
It is this kind of mindset that gave birth and nurtured the self hating and seditious sentiments of the likes of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu of IPOB who kept referring to Nigeria as a zoo and had wanted to start an insurrection until he was checkmated by the Nigerian Government.
These set of people have become in the words of Prof. Toyin Falola, “like the Europeans in 19th century Africa, the colonizers, who saw nothing good about the continent.”
According to a United Nations 2017 report, there are at least 1.24 million migrants from Nigeria in the Diaspora but that this figure is likely to be higher in 2018 and 2019 with the recent trend in migration from Nigeria.
These include people who have done their basic and tertiary education in Nigeria but are unwilling to contribute their quota for the development of the country and have set their minds only on looking for greener pastures elsewhere.
These are people who have benefited from the free primary and basic education programmes of previous Nigerian governments, enjoyed various forms of scholarships at the tertiary levels and were treated with high respect and dignity and given choice appointments upon graduation from the universities.
These are the same set of people that have now turned their backs on the very country that gave them these opportunities.
So, as these Nigerians who benefited from the Nigerian system continue in their hate campaigns, the damages they’re doing to the well being of the country is better imagined.
By their actions and comments, they have discouraged many investors from coming into Nigeria as they exaggerate the security situation in the country and underreport the success made in the fight against insecurity.
Unfortunately, their comments influence other unsuspecting citizens not to believe in themselves but begin to think that nothing good can come out of Nigeria and that the only way they can make it is to escape to other countries.
They have encouraged corruption in the public sevice because people who are reading them have come to believe that the only way they can make it is tosteal from the public till and send their children to schools abroad no matter the cost even as Nigeria offers better opportunities in that regard.
The utterances and actions of these Nigerians in the Diaspora has stalled the growth of public institutions in Nigeria as their self hate sermons has encouraged a lackadaisical attitude towards everything the country represents.
Worse still, it has encouraged enemies of the Nigerian State like the Boko Haram terrorists, insurgents and other economic saboteurs to continue to wreak havoc on the country in the misguided belief that they share common passion with Nigerians in the Diaspora.
Their attitude has also served to dampen the morale of security agencies who are in the field putting their lives on the line to secure the country as troops go home with the belief that they’re not appreciated.
THE ROLE OF NIDCOM
The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, which was created to provide for the engagement of Nigerians in Diaspora in the policies, projects and participation in the development of Nigeria and for the purpose of utilising the human capital and material resources of Nigerians in Diaspora towards the overall socio-economic, cultural and political development has unfortunately allowed itself to be used by these see -nothing -good -about-Nigeria set of Nigerians.
Rather than adhere strictly to its role of fostering development, NIDCOM has now become the refinery for the processing of crude but scathing criticisms and all forms of negativism against Nigeria.
The Commission, rather than insist on the positive aspect of its role is lending itself to the projection of negative images about Nigeria and this is most unfortunate.
THE WAY OUT
NIDCOM must be called to order and reminded of its fundamental objectives of harnessing our human resources for good and not for the destruction of Nigeria.
It should not allow itself to be used by self-seekng opportunists to paint the country in bad light.
If the Commission refuses to fall in line, it should be restructured and reconstituted to allow only those with passion to develop the country come on board as the Commission has failed by becoming an avenue for disgruntled elements to congregate against the interest of the entire country.
Nigerians in the Diaspora on the other hand, should focus on researches that would facilitate development in Nigeria in the fields of science, engineering, agriculture and medicine and not jusy to be regurgitating worn out political theories that have become stale and are no longer applicable in the new world order.
They should be making remittances home not just to build hotels and mansions in their villages for camping young girls but to build industries for the employment of youths.
Nothing stops Nigerians in the Diaspora from building basic infrastructure like schools and hospitals to complement what the government is doing.
They should also use their various positions abroad to project Nigeria as an emerging world economy to woo foreign investors and they should stop magnifying the country’s challenges as there is no nation without challenges.
Finally, we call on Nigerians in the Diaspora to in the words of Prof. Falola remember that, “You are supposed to empower your people, not destroy them. Statements to uplift and upgrade are different from statements to ridicule. We all criticise, even we criticise family members, but not that we want to push them to the mouth of the lion.”
Facts And Figures: 21 Reasons GYB Stands Out
The unusual emergence of a 40years old unusual Guy as the Chief Executive Officer superintending the unique State of Kogi from LUGARD HOUSE, Lokoja was a stunner. Yahaya Adoza Bello was in every mold different from the pack, having been in Politics for less than two years before he became the Governor of the Confluence State of Kogi, and that reality set the stage for an unusual protocol in governance.
Born on the 18th day of June, 1975 and sworn into office as the Executive Governor of Kogi State on the 27th day of January, 2016, the Youngman popularly referred to as GYB an acronym for Governor Yahaya Bello, is a true leader of men/women, a patriot and a credible manager of resources.
Vilified, lampooned, hated and castigated by the political establishment on account of his unusual emergence on our political kaleidoscope, GYB refused to join issues with his traducers but to silence his critics through unequaled service delivery. Harassed and harangued by Godfathers, he chose silence deciding to endear himself to all through responsible and responsive leadership. And troubled by career politicians at home and across the nation, he chose hard work over propaganda, and that is the enigma called GYB.
Understanding the enormous challenge on him being one of the foremost Youths in leadership, he refused to deploy propaganda in the discharge of his watch over Kogi State, but to speak through profound service delivery, and here we present the 21 things that qualify GYB for higher office, indeed the 21 REASONS GYB STANDS OUT.
1. GYB inherited a State that was largely divided on ethnic, religious and cultural grounds, but undeterred he chose to unite his people indiscriminate of the multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-religious, and multi-cultural tendencies of the State. The Igalas, Igbiras, Okuns, Owore, Owe et al found in this enigma a worthy son. This he did by locating infrastructures across the State, appointing the best hands indiscriminate of ethnic or religious differences, and being a Muslim he is the first Governor to build a CHAPEL for Christian worship in the Government House. GYB believes that though tongues, faith and tribes may differ that Kogi State is ONE. And he will replicate same in higher office.
2. GYB has made Kogi the safest State in the North Central and indeed the entire North through the proactive cooperation of his government with all the layers of National Security and indeed the setting up of a very effective Kogi State Vigilante Service. The records are visible, that being the Confluence State and the doorway to the South from the North and vice versa, Kogi State today has the least tale of violent crimes, kidnappings and banditry, thanks to the Astute watch of GYB Governor Yahaya Bello (GIVE YOUR BEST), the one who GIVES HIS BEST.
3. GYB is a bridge builder, he has seamlessly integrated both the OLD and the YOUNG in the governance of the State, little wonder Kogi has become a spectacle in peaceful coexistence. Nigeria has got something coming from this Youngman.
4. GYB is an unblemished Patriot, he has in an uncommon way shown how doggedly he loves his people, Kogi State and indeed Nigeria by insisting that we interrogate the COVID19Post pandemic, and stop the now prevalent copy and post approach to the scourge. He has spoken boldly against another possible lockdown of the economy because ‘we must first live to fight a disease’. And Kogi State has apparently remained COVID19 free because of the unusual approach of the State to the pandemic. GYB is a leader that thinks outside the Box, and a patriot per excellence, he is indeed one largely deserving of higher office.
5. GYB inherited months of backlog of unpaid salaries in his first term for which he was largely lampooned, vilified, hated and castigated, but rather than fight or disparage his critics, he went to work, today Kogi State does not owe a worker, and today KOGI STATE effectively pays her pensioners.
6. GYB’s State of Kogi leads the chart of States that has serviced and reduced her Local debts; indeed the Debt Management Office has it on record that Kogi State has recently reduced its local debts by a whooping 51Billion, and the State next on the Chart by about 20billion. The silent Achiever Governor Yahaya Bello has GOT YOUR BACK and he wants to do the same for Nigeria.
7. GYB’s Kogi State led the pack in the total resources that accrued to the Nation during the last COVID19 lockdown because Kogi State maintained very minimal lockdown, and remains the State with the least COVID19 mention.
8. GYB is a study in leadership, and a course in proactive and progressive service delivery.
THINK GYB FOR NIGERIA.
This expose’ on the Youngman whose acronym GYB stands for GOT YOUR BACK, GIVE YOUR BEST and GROW YOUR BASE is the story of a leader with passion, competency and capacity, and one deserving of the trust of higher office.
TO BE CONTINUED…
Chabor Musa Nyamgul Jnr.
Convener GOT YOUR BACK NIGERIA (GYB NIGERIA).
Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Pigeons Released By Buhari Refuse To Fly
The doves, otherwise known as white pigeons, released by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day ceremony, refused to fly despite multiple attempts by the President thereby sparking a debate on social media on Friday.
The President had opened the birdcage at the National Arcade, picked up one of the doves, and thrown it into the air but the bird landed atop the cage and refused to fly.
Buhari, who was eager to let the white pigeons fly, opened the roof of the cage in a bid to send them all out but the birds remained adamant and decided to sit on top of the cage’s roof.
The President, who appeared tired of trying, soon left the birds and returned to his seat. Moments after the President had left, however, some of the birds flew.
The ritual of releasing doves is to commemorate the life of a departed loved one and is common at significant events like funerals or memorials. It also signifies peace.
Studies show that domesticated doves which are used to living in cages are not always keen on flying.
In 2014, the doves refused to fly when former President Goodluck Jonathan freed them. The Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry Enugu, Rev Fr. Ejike Mbaka, described the incident at the time as a sign that God had abandoned Jonathan.
The refusal of the birds to fly on Friday, however, sparked thousands of comments on social media.
A former presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, Adamu Garba, said the birds should be eaten if they cannot do what they were trained to do.
“The pigeons are tired and overtime became lazy, they don’t want to fly the spirit of The Nigerian Flag. We should roast them at Suya joint and deploy Crowwe for action,” he said.
Social media personality, Morris Monye, said the Department of State Services would have arrested the pigeons for embarrassing the President if they could.
“I guarantee you… If it was possible, the DSS would arrest the pigeons for such an affront on the President. But really, is there peace, harmony, and security in the land?” he asked.
A former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, who is a known critique of the President, also tweeted, “Hmmm. Even the pigeons in Nigeria.”
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