Insecurity: ‘Your Best Not Good Enough’ -President Buhari

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The Nigerian President and Commander in Chief of the nation’s Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari has expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of all security agencies in handling security issues in the country.

The President expressed his uttermost dismay at a meeting with Service Chiefs and heads of other security agencies at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday.

Addressing State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting, National Security Adviser, NSA Major General Babagana Monguno (Rtd) said the Commander in Chief told them that their best was not good enough.

He said: “We just concluded a meeting between the President and the Minister of Defence, the Service Chiefs and the Heads of other security agencies including those of intelligence.

“Today’s meeting basically focused on recent developments. The President expressed great concern over the declining security situation in the country. He is extremely unhappy about what is happening and feels that even though the security agencies are doing their best, their best is not good enough for him and he wants an immediate reversal of the current trend and an immediate reversal of our misfortunes in all dimensions.

“The President also told us clearly, in no uncertain terms that he and indeed the administration came to power with three main areas of focus, fighting insecurity, fighting corruption and revamping the economy. He also noted that it takes common sense for anyone to understand that without security, the pursuit of the other two cannot be achieved; it will just be an exercise in futility.”

The NSA disclosed that the Nigerian leader warned that he will not accept any further decline in the performance of security agencies.

“Therefore, he wants the security agencies to take into consideration the wider implication of the gradual descent of the security of this country, that he is not going to accept any further escalation of the security situation.

“He also stated that no one was forced on him, he selected everyone based on their records. Therefore, it is up to each individual organisation to live up to expectation. He has also said that it is extremely important that we in the security agencies must ensure that we justify the leadership by not disappointing the populace”.

According to him, the President said ”the proliferation of drugs, small arms and light weapons must be stopped with immediate effect.”

He also said President Buhari directed all security agencies to work in harmony to maintain a strong synergy among them for better performance, leading to more successes in the fight against all forms of insecurity.

 

Nneka Ukachukwu

 

NEMA Donates Food Items to Benue IDPs

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About 50 trucks worth of food items donated by the National Emergency Management Agency,  NEMA have been distributed to Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs in Benue State,  North Central Nigeria.

Flagging off the distribution, the Executive Secretary, Benue State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Emmanuel Shior said the food items comprised Maize, Millet and Garri.

Mr. Shior insists that the food items were to be distributed equally to the remaining six official and 22 unofficial IDPs camps in Guma, Logo and Makurdi Local Government Areas of the State.

“We have six official camps and about 22 unofficial Camps. The unofficial camps comprise IDPs within our host communities.

“The food items comprise over 50 trucks of Maize, Millet and Garri that NEMA supplied to Benue SEMA since first week of December, 2018”.


Mr. Shior explained that SEMA took the steps to distribute the items after several attempts to draw the attention of NEMA headquarters and it’s zonal office in Jos failed.

The Executive Secretary says “given the major challenge the IDPs are facing, the State Governor, Samuel Ortom has directed the commencement of distribution to the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs”.

He added that it also became expedient for government to flag off the distribution as the food items were at the mercy of rodents and damage due to bad weather.

The distribution of the food items was witnessed by the officials of the sustainable development goals, NEPAD as well as Civil Society Organizations and the media.


Out-of-school children: Nigeria solicits World Bank support

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World Bank Country Director, Shubham Chaudhuri and the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu in Abuja.

Nigeria has called on the World Bank to assist the country in reducing the number of out-of-school children from 10 to 5 million by the year 2023.

The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, solicited for the assistance on behalf of the Nigerian government while receiving a delegation of the World Bank, led by its Country Director, Mr Shubham Chaudhuri in his office.

The Minister said this is in line with the current administration’s goal of ensuring that Nigerian children have access to qualitative education irrespective of their backgrounds.

Adamu said the government was currently working with the World Bank on projects aimed at encouraging children back to school, specifically in the area of increased enrollment of the Girl-child.

According to him, “the federal government is keen on reducing the number of out of school children in our country and this is in addition to improving the standard of education in the country”.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, World Bank Country Director, Shubham Chaudhuri, Perm Sec, Sonny Echono during the Courtesy visit by the World Bank to the education minister.

While commending the Bank for its commitment to the development of the nation’s educational sector, Adamu expressed government’s readiness for more partnership and interventions that will tackle obstacles to the eradication of the out-of-school children phenomenon.

Responding, the World Bank Director, Shubham Chaudhuri, said the World Bank will no longer dictate developmental projects but will provide more opportunities for governments to decide best projects that will address the main challenges as they are in the best position to ascertain the needs of their citizens.

Chaudhuri reiterated his organisation’s commitment to the improvement of the nation’s education sector.

Chaudhuri who also emphasized that education is a sure way of eliminating poverty pledged the readiness of his organisation to assist in financing more developmental projects in Nigeria.

 

Zainab Sa’id

Adisa Logun: Kwara officials, medical personnel proceed on isolation

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The Late Chief of Staff to Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Adisa Logun. He died of COVID-19 complications on Tuesday 7th July, 2020

Officials of the Kwara State government who have had contact with the late Chief of Staff to the state governor,  Aminu Adisa Logun in the past two weeks have all proceeded on self-isolation while their samples are taken for COVID-19 test.

This is contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by the state Commissioner for Communication, Henrietta Adenike Afolabi- Oshatimehin.

According to her, cabinet members, personal staff of the late Chief of Staff, and some medical personnel who have recently had varying degrees of contacts with the late technocrat have now proceeded on self-isolation.

The statement said the government has also suspended physical meetings of any kind on official matters until further notice, directing increased use of virtual platforms for such engagements in order to limit physical contacts and emulate Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.

“It is important to note that His Excellency the Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq last had any physical contact with the late Chief of Staff on April 6 during the launch of the conditional cash transfer for the elderly.

“The Governor’s subsequent meetings with the late CoS had all been virtual. Similarly, the State Executive Council meetings and most official engagements have consistently been held through virtual platforms in line with the COVID-19 protocols.

“Flowing from this, government officials are again urged to avoid physical meetings at all cost as well as keep to safety measures.” the Commissioner said.

Meanwhile, the former Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has consoled the State Governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazak on the death of his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Aminu Adisa Logun, who died on Tuesday.

In a Twitter message, Alhaji Ahmed also offered his sympathies to the late Alhaji Logun’s immediate family, and the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari.

“I convey my deepest condolences to the Executive Governor of Kwara State, His Excellency, Mallam AbdulRahman Abdulrazak on the tragic death of his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Aminu Adisa Logun, who passed on Tuesday.  Alhaji Logun was a seasoned businessman and administrator whose death is a significant loss to the state.

“My heartfelt sympathies are also offered to Alhaji Logun’s immediate family, the Emir of Ilorin, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari and the people of Ilorin Emirate. May Allah grant the late Alhaji Logun aljanah firdaus and uphold the family at this most difficult period”. Alhaji Gambari said.

 

Zainab Sa’id

Nigeria Police inaugurates Zone 13 Command Headquarters in Anambra

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The Nigeria Police has inaugurated its Zone 13 Command Headquarters for Enugu, Ebonyi and Anambra States at Ukpo, Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Inaugurating the newly created zone, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, said he was delighted to commission the facility to bring tits services nearer to the people.

The Inspector General, represented by Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Celestine Okoye, added that it would soon commission a Mobile Base at Nsugbe, Anambra-East Council Area of the state.

The Traditional Ruler of Ukpo Community, Igwe Robert Eze, praised the effort of the facilitator, Prince Arthur Eze, and pledged to support the police in carrying out its duties.

The new zone is headed by AIG Danmallam Mohammed.

 

Zainab Sa’id

Mexican President holds first meeting with U.S President

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Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador meets with his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, for the first time on Wednesday.

Lopez Obrador is being joined by a delegation of business officials, including Mexico’s richest man, telecoms magnate Carlos Slim.

Ongoing Mexican support for Trump’s immigration policies is likely to feature prominently on the agenda, as well as how to mitigate coronavirus disruptions and keep goods flowing between the neighbors, whose economies are deeply entwined.

It is unclear if Trump will address disputes between U.S. companies and Lopez Obrador’s government, which is rolling back a 2013-14 opening of the energy industry in favor of a state-led model, and has called a number of major contracts into question.

A senior Trump administration official said Mexico’s government had pledged to uphold those contracts.

The trip, Lopez Obrador’s first foreign visit since taking office in late 2018, saw him travel commercially to Washington. One video posted on Twitter on Tuesday showed him wearing a face mask and flying coach on a packed plane.

The summit was pitched to mark the July start of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement that Trump has called a “nightmare” that cost American jobs.

But the two-day gathering was scaled back to a single day after Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau declined to join, amid new U.S. threats of tariffs on Canadian goods.

Lopez Obrador’s critics and some U.S. Democrats say Trump wants to use the meeting to drum up support among Hispanic voters ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election. Opinion polls show Hispanic voters favor Trump’s Democratic challenger, Joe Biden.

Lopez Obrador will not meet Biden during the trip.

Nigerian traders in Ghana seek better treatment from authorities

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A delegation of the National Association of Nigerian Traders in Ghana led by its President Barr Ken Ukaoha during a working visit to the Office of the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, in Abuja.
The National Association of Nigerian Traders in Ghana has called for a fair treatment by the Ghanaian authorities.
The National President of the Association, Ken Ukaoha made the call in Abuja, Nigeria, when he led a delegation on a working visit to the Office of the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
While appreciating NIDCOM for being instrumental in the reopening of over 600 shops for businesses belonging to Nigerians in Ghana after 6 months,  Dr Ukaoha noted that ECOWAS protocol of Free Movement of Persons, Goods and Services should be observed in the spirit of brotherhood and diplomatic reciprocity.
“Diplomacy and political relationship are all centered on trade and economic survival”.
“It’s high time Nigeria begins to roll away from the big brother and father Christmas character and plug her diplomacy within the concept of profit making while putting the people first, in everything,” he said.
Dr Ukaoha added that Nigerian traders have contributed to the economic stability of Ghana and other countries hence the need to be treated with love and respect as brothers.
Responding, the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, noted that, intervention was multi-level especially at the highest level of diplomacy and bilateral relations between Ghana and Nigeria.
“We must continue in the spirit of brotherliness. We are all part of ECOWAS”. 
” If we fight against ourselves in the West African region, what do we tell others outside the continent?” the NIDCOM Chairman said.
She also urged Nigerian Traders in the Diaspora to always obey the laws of their host countries and conduct themselves with respect and dignity.
Recall that Shops belonging to Nigerian Traders in Ghana were shut down since December 2019 and were only recently reopened.
The businesses targeted were said to be violating a Ghanaian law barring non-nationals from operating in the domestic retail space.

Ghana: Nigerian traders call for better treatment

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A delegation of the National Association of Nigerian Traders in Ghana led by its President Barr Ken Ukaoha during a working visit to the Office of the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, in Abuja.

The National Association of Nigerian Traders in Ghana has called for fair treatment by the Ghanaian authorities.

The National President of the Association, Barr Ken Ukaoha made the call in Abuja Nigeria when he led a delegation on a working visit to the Office of the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

While appreciating NIDCON for being instrumental in the reopening of over 600 shops for businesses belonging to Nigerians in Ghana after 6months, Dr Ukaoha noted that ECOWAS Protocol of Free Movement of Persons, Goods and Services shouldn’t be observed in breach,  but should be observed in the spirit of brotherhood and diplomatic reciprocity.

“Diplomacy and political relationship are all centred on trade and economic survival.

“It’s high time Nigeria begins to roll away from the big brother and father Christmas character and plug her diplomacy within the concept of profit-making while putting the people first, in everything”. He said

Dr Ukaoha added that Nigerian traders have contributed to the economic stability of Ghana bad other countries hence the need to be treated with love and respect as brothers.

Responding, the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa however, noted that the intervention was multi-level especially at the highest level of diplomacy and bilateral relations between Ghana and Nigeria.

“We must continue in the spirit of brotherliness. We are all part of ECOWAS. If we fight against ourselves in the West African region, what do we tell others outside the continent?” The NIDCON Chairman said.

She also urged Nigerian Traders in the Diaspora to always obey the laws of their host countries and conduct themselves with respect and dignity.

It would be recalled that shops belonging to Nigerian traders in Ghana have been locked since December 2019 until a few days ago, when they were reopened.

 

Zainab Sa’id

CAN President tasks States on re-opening of churches

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Rev Samson Ayokunle, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)

Rev Samson Ayokunle, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has called on State governments in the country that are yet to allow the reopening of churches to address the situation.

In a statement, Rev Ayokunle decried the continued closure of churches when other sectors have resumed operations.

In his words “With the reopening of the economy, especially the markets (both organised and the unorganised) along with the plan to reopen airports and schools, the closure of churches anywhere in the country is no longer tenable and acceptable.

“In what way are the opened and roadside markets more organised than the church which warranted their opening?  “Is it not our members in the places of worship that do go to markets and other sectors opened? “Why are they allowed to go to markets and disallowed from going to places of worship?

“Is it because the marketers cannot contract the virus in the markets and airports?”

He stressed that the church has a spiritual role to play in the fight against the pandemic which has infected nearly 11 million people globally.

It would be recalled that the Federal Government ordered the shutdown of social and economic activities, including churches, in March in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease.

It has however started easing many of the restrictions starting in May, including a directive by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 that religious places can reopen starting June 1. Despite the directive, some States are yet to allow the reopening of religious centres, most notably Lagos state, which is the epicentre of the coronavirus in Nigeria.

 

Zainab Sa’id

Troops neutralize terrorists in counter-ambush operation

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Troops of Operation KANTANA JIMLAN, a subsidiary operation under Operation LAFIYA DOLE, have neutralized 17 Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals in a counter-ambush while on clearance operations along Damboa – Maiduguri Road, Borno State.

The Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche said: “This is in continuation of their sustained onslaught against remnants of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West African Province criminals and their collaborators”.

According to him, the troops of 25 Task Force Brigade deployed at Damboa in conjunction with elements of Sector 2 Special Forces made contact with a Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals’ ambush team along their axis of advance while on clearance operations along Damboa -Maiduguri Road.

“Instinctively, the valiant troops outflanked and engaged the criminals with an overwhelming volume of firepower forcing them to withdraw in disarray. In the aftermath of the encounter, 17 Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals were neutralized as several others were believed to have narrowly escaped with varying degrees of gun-shot wounds while a cache of arms and ammunition were equally captured by the gallant troops,” he said.

Major General Enenche said that two valiant soldiers regrettably paid the supreme price while 4 others were wounded in action. He said the wounded soldiers have been evacuated to a military medical facility and are currently responding positively to treatment.

Major General Enenche also said that the Theatre Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE has been directed to immediately deploy a Special Forces Battalion to reinforce and dominate Damboa – Bulabulin – Maiduguri axis to completely deny the terrorists any chance of escape during the final assault against the criminals.

The Coordinator urged members of the general public, particularly residents of the area to remain calm, law-abiding and continue with their routine activities as all necessary measures have been put in place by the Theatre Command to ensure all routes are safe for commuting without fear of attack by the criminals.

He said the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai has commended the troops for their resilience and patriotism in crushing the remnants of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals and urged them to maintain the tempo against the criminals.

 

Zainab Sa’id

COVID-19: Researchers identify increasing cases of brain damage

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A new study has shown that COVID-19 disease can lead to brain damages, including delirium and nerve damage.

The study was dictected by researchers at University College London (UCL) on Wednesday.

According to the researchers, since COVID-19 broke out, there appeared to be a “concerning increase” of a rare brain inflammation known to be triggered by viral infections.

In the UCL study, nine COVID-19 patients with brain inflammation were diagnosed with a rare condition called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, which is typically seen in children and can affect both the brain and spinal cord.

They said that some of the 43 patients studied did not have respiratory symptoms.

Dr Ross Paterson, of UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, and joint first author on the study, was quoted by local media as saying that “we might not yet know what long-term damage COVID-19 can cause.”

As a result, the researchers called for systematic surveillance of brain complications as a result of COVID-19 infection.

Suzan O

AC Milan floors Juventus in comeback win

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AC Milan scored three times  in a five minutes interval of second-half minutes as they hit back from two goals down to beat visiting Serie A leaders Juventus 4-2 on Tuesday, the first points dropped by the Turin side since the season restarted last month.

Juve appeared to be cruising to another win when Adrien Rabiot put them ahead with a solo goal two minutes after the break and Cristiano Ronaldo added a second with a typical effort, his 26th league goal of the season.

Yet Zlatan Ibrahimovic pulled one back from a penalty in the 62nd minute, Franck Kessie equalised four minutes later and Rafael Leao put them ahead one minute after that as Juve astonishingly collapsed. Ante Rebic completed the scoring.

Despite the defeat, Juve, on 75 points, stayed seven clear with seven matches to play after second-placed Lazio earlier lost 2-1 at lowly Lecce. Milan climbed to fifth with 49 points although they are still 14 points adrift of the top four.

It completed a remarkable four days for Milan who beat second-placed Lazio 3-0 away on Saturday and were widely reported on Monday to have agreed terms for German coach Ralf Rangnick to replace Stefano Pioli next season.

“I just expect to concentrate on doing the job I was called to do,” Pioli said after the match.

“I can’t waste energy thinking about situations that are not up to me. We have to get our energy back and think about the next game against Napoli.

“We have become a team because we know each other now and we know our strengths and weaknesses. I am so happy here, proud and eager to end this season on a high. I like being with my team and whatever will be, will be.”

Pioli has overseen an impressive transformation since his team’s infamous 5-0 defeat to Atalanta in the last game before the winter break.

“The team has come together in difficult situations and thought only about work,” he said.

“They believe in themselves. All the praise goes to my players, as they are showing an incredible mentality and spirit.”

After a relatively uneventful first half, Juve broke through in style as Rabiot collected the ball just inside his own half, powered through the Milan midfield and fired past Gianluigi Donnarumma.

In the next attack, Juan Cuadrado launched a long ball upfield and it flew over two Milan defenders who collided to leave Ronaldo with a free run on goal, and the Portuguese duly placed his shot past Donnarumma.

Yet it all changed after Milan were awarded a penalty with the help of a VAR review after the ball hit Leonardo Bonucci’s elbow and 38-year-old Ibrahimovic converted.

A quick exchange of passes on the edge of the Juve area finished with Kessie sidestepping Bonucci to slot the ball past Wojciech Szczesny, then Leao collected a loose ball and found a gap between the Polish goalkeeper and the near post for Milan’s third.

Juve were denied an equaliser when Donnarumma made a one-handed save from Daniele Rugani’s header before Rebic fired Milan’s fourth to complete a remarkable win.