Following the lingering controversies surrounding the alleged proposal by the Miyetti Allah to organize local vigilance groups in the South-east region to curtail the menace of crime, the South-east Governors Forum has denied ever being ready to allow such suggestions come to fruition.
The Chairman of the South-east Governors Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, described the allegation that the governors would allow MACBAN to form vigilance group as strange.
Umahi said: “I find it extremely strange for anybody to think that non-locals in any part of the country, including Southeast, could be allowed to form any vigilance outfit. The Miyetti Allah group may have made that suggestion which I believe will never mean to form a vigilance group in the region, no governor will allow that.
“South-east governors have their local vigilante group working with security agencies. Any such demand by Miyetti Allah group is a joke and not acceptable. Governors of Southeast are doing their best, and we have no problems receiving insults from our people. It’s the price for leadership. The important thing for us is the safety and well-being of our people. O’dua Peoples Congress (OPC) and other pressure groups may not have found it fashionable to insult their leaders even when their leaders may not be saints.
“My task is to develop Ebonyi State, contribute to rebuilding the South-east region and Nigeria. My calling is not to insult others for me to do these things. Have we been fairly treated? No. Can we solve the problem with hate speeches? For me, no. Nobody, no matter the level of pretense, can change my style of peaceful leadership. Ebonyi State, in particular, has suffered so much even in the context of Southeast. We believe that we do not need hate speeches as a strategy to solve our problems.”
The governors stressed that there won’t be any Miyetti Allah vigilante, cattle ranch or colony in the Southeast, but they must live peacefully with herdsmen that do not destroy their farmland especially those who were born in the region and have lived peacefully with them.
Senate to convene security summit
The gruesome murder of the daughter of Afenifere leader, Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, was hotly debated in the Senate Tuesday. Senators took turns to point a way out of increasing insecurity in parts of the country. At the end of the debate, the upper chamber resolved to hold a national security conference to address security challenges facing the country.
The resolution followed a Point of Order on the murder of Mrs. Olakunrin on Friday by gunmen in Ondo State along Ore-Benin Expressway.
Senator Ayo Akinyelure (Ondo central) who raised the Point of Order expressed regret over the death of Mrs. Olakunrin.
The Ondo Central senator feared that with the mounting security challenges, foreign investors would be scared of the country.
The proposed security summit is coming about 17 months after the Senate held a similar conference to address security challenges.
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, said that the security conference would be held in conjunction with the Executive arm of Government.
Deputy Senate leader, Senator Robert Ajayi Boroffice, in his contribution to the Point of Order, said:
“It is unfortunate that her life was taken abruptly at her prime. I use this opportunity to express my condolence to the family.
“What has happened is not a targeted killing; it is a chance occurrence that could happen to any of us. All this has done is to heighten the insecurity.
“We all have a role to play to ensure this abnormality is restored. What I will not like to subscribe to is that this has been perpetrated by a certain group.
“From the various reports we have received in this chamber, Ibos have been killed, Yorubas have been killed, Hausas have been killed and Fulanis have been killed.
“So we must not succumb to the insinuation that what is happening is being perpetrated by a particular ethnic group. About two weeks ago there was a kidnapping in the creeks of the riverine area of Ondo State.
“The perpetrators were arrested and were found to be an indigene of the state. So I want to plead that we approach this with maturity.
“We should urge the security agencies to find a lasting solution to this problem. The vice president when he visited Ondo State suggested the establishment of community policing which I think would help in minimizing the menace of kidnapping, and these killings.
“I am sure we would all agree that those who are involved if they have good jobs if they have meaningful means of employment they may not be involved in these nefarious activities.
“Government also has to address the problem of employment which is a major issue.”
On his own, Senator Tolu Odebiyi (Ogun West) said: “I am angry because we have come here several times to deliberate on how Nigerians are being killed left and right.
“I grief over these killings because the family that lost their daughter is close to me.
“More importantly, we cannot just sit and watch how Nigerians who go about their lawful businesses are being killed left and right be it by hoodlums, be it by bandits, whoever they are.
“We have to demand action by security forces, we have to demand action from the presidency, we need to stand up and find a solution to this problem.
“There is nothing that we do here that tells if we don’t get our security situation right in this country.
“Only last week we discussed here the issue of the Continental Free Trade Agreement and all to my surprise Ghana has now been made as headquarters of this continental free trade Agreement.
“This is a major loss for this country, economically it has a major impact and these are the implications that happen when you don’t get your security situation right.
Jonathan wants technology used in fighting insecurity
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has called for the deployment of new technology to confront the insecurity in the country.
He called for the establishment of a special unit similar to that of anti-graft agencies – Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) – to manage kidnapping and terrorism-related issues.
Dr. Jonathan spoke in Akure, the Ondo State capital, where he condoled with elder statesmen Chief Reuben Fasoranti on the death of his daughter, Mrs. Funke Olakunri.
The former president described Mrs. Olakunri’s death as “painful”.
Dr. Jonathan said: “We know we will all die and it does not respect age. But the circumstances of death matters so much. Particularly in this particular case, it is quite a painful incident.
“Every generation of human beings faces problems and that generation must find ways of solving that problem. Every government faces some unique problems.
“Insecurity has been with us immediately after the civil war. That was the first time we experienced armed robbery in Lagos. From armed robbery, it graduated to kidnapping.
“The first major kidnapping I describe as commercial kidnapping because some money exchanged hands which happened in 2006 when I was also a governor of Bayelsa State.
“From commercial kidnapping, it moved to terrorism in the North and now, some kind of terrorist attacks all over the country, when people just jump into the road and spray bullets on innocent people; that is a terror attack. You have no reason to attack somebody you don’t even know; that is terrorism.
“It is now a major problem to the country and my belief is that the Federal Government working with the state government must design a different approach.
“I was there as a president for some time; security challenges were there with me. I also inherited some. But it is getting worse every day. And we cannot continue to use the same old method.
“As security operatives, the police, the SSS, the armed forces, we must deploy technology and I believe if the Federal Government will need to set up a special unit, just like we set up EFCC and ICPC to handle specific issues of corruption, they will know that their total responsibility is to manage this issue of kidnapping and terrorist attacks on people going on the road or going to the farm.
Herdsmen kill daughter of Afenifere leader
The daughter of 93 year old Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the national leader of the Pan Yoruba Socio- Political group, Afenifere.
Mrs Funke Olakunrin was yesterday shot dead by suspected Fulani herdsmen along Benin/Ore expressway.
She was said to be traveling along Benin/Ore expressway when she, along with others, ran into the barricade mounted by the suspected Fulani herdsmen. The herdsmen have been terrorizing motorists along the Benin/ Ore highway in recent times.
Report has it that an eyewitness said that the 58-year-old died of gunshot wounds. According to the eyewitness, Olakunrin was suspectedly shot by Fulani herdsmen at Ore junction in Ondo State earlier on Friday.
The assailants wanted to kidnap her alongside other occupants of the vehicle. Reports had it that the suspected herdsmen abducted one of the occupants of the vehicle. The deceased however was unlucky as she was shot dead by the suspects.
Meanwhile, a former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has reacted to the killing. “This is the final straw. The Yoruba MUST act NOW. We must defend our people!”
Osinbajo charges armed forces
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has urged military officers to take pride in defending the country as they take pride in adorning their beautiful uniform. He said the military career, which is meant to defend the territorial integrity of the country, is the most civic service to the nation.
The Vice-President noted that it is beyond just earning a salary and getting a chance to wear the coveted uniform.
Osinbajo said it is about putting their lives on the line for the safety and welfare of millions of Nigerians.
The Vice-President stated this as the Reviewing Officer at the passing out parade of 187 new officers who were commissioned at this year’s Direct Short Service Course 28 at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base in Kaduna.
He told the new military officers that Nigeria was still grappling with several security challenges.
He said: “As you already know, this profession you have chosen requires absolute discipline, loyalty, and hard work. It is much more than just securing a job or earning a salary. It is more than just getting the chance to wear a coveted uniform or wield coveted weapons.
“This is the ultimate form of civic service to defend the territorial integrity of your country and to put your life on the line for the safety and welfare of millions of your countrymen and women. There is no nobler occupation than this one you have chosen.”
“You are passing out at a time our nation is grappling with an insurgency in the Northeast and the challenges of kidnapping and armed banditry in other parts of the country. You will, therefore, have come to terms with the fact that the days and weeks and months ahead of you will be extremely busy as you fulfil your responsibilities to the military and the nation.
Politics3 days ago
Obasanjo writes Buhari, says Nigeria reaching a tipping point
SECURITY6 days ago
Herdsmen kill daughter of Afenifere leader
Entertainment & Lifestyle1 day ago
Wizkid in another babymama drama
Politics6 days ago
I will no longer nominate unknown persons for ministerial positions – Buhari