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Buhari pleads for more time, support to end insurgency



President Muhammadu Buhari has called for support for security agencies to end insurgency in the country.

He also pleads for more time even as he notes that ending insurgency is “beyond the simplistic options being bandied around.”

The President stated who this in his Christmas message, also spoke on the rescue of the abducted schoolboys of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina State, youth development and COVID-19.

He urged Nigerians to trust his administration’s commitment to restore peace in the country.

He said as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, he would “not shirk this cardinal responsibility to secure lives and property” of all Nigerians.

Apart from being hurt each time there was a  breach of the peace and security in any part of the country, he said he went through distress when schoolchildren are victims of criminals.

He called on Nigerians to use the season of goodwill and joy to renew their faith in the ability of his administration to make a lasting difference in their lives.

Buhari said, “To be sure, the problems are beyond the simplistic options being bandied around. We shall remain focused on following the complex, multi-dimensional route to reducing the incidents of insecurity to the barest minimum.

“Our people must be free to live and move without let or hindrance. This is crucial not only to enthroning an atmosphere of calm and social cohesion but for the economy to grow.”

Part of the message read, “In Christendom, Christmas season represents joy, peace, hope, love, goodwill and imminent salvation. These worthy values which Jesus’ Advent symbolize, are very much needed in our country at this time when we are confronted with diverse challenges like rising spate of armed banditry, kidnappings, insurgency, economic recession and upsurge of COVID-19 infections.

“I wish to, therefore, enjoin fellow compatriots to appropriate the hope that comes with Christmas and reinvest trust in this administration’s determination and unwavering commitment to restore peace, security and prosperity to our dear country.

“Under my watch, the Federal Government will continue to provide the needed support within available resources to the gallant members of our armed forces and security agencies as they confront threats to our citizens. While I commend them for their efforts so far, I urge them to do more to checkmate increasing incidents of security threats, especially in the northern parts of the country as well as the entire nation in varying degrees.

“Their display of tact, camaraderie and expertise that led to the recent return of abducted schoolboys of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, will remain a milestone in the annals of the country.

“For me, providing security for all residents in the country remains an article of faith. It formed a vital segment of this administration’s three-point agenda right from inception, and we must follow through with it.

“I cannot in good conscience shirk this cardinal responsibility to secure lives and property. I feel pained each time a breach of peace and security occurs in any part of the nation. I am even more distressed when our youths, especially school children, are the targets and victims of mindless and malevolent elements in society.

“As a parent, I share the emotional torture and agony parents and guardians go through whenever their children and wards fall into the cruel hands of these enemies of decency and good society.

“I plead with fellow compatriots to give our military and other security agencies more time, cooperation, and support by volunteering credible intelligence/information on activities of armed bandits, insurgents, and other criminal elements within their communities in order to put an end to this blight on our security landscape.”


FG ready for dialogue over South-East security – Ngige



Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, says the Federal Government has accepted the option of dialogue to resolve the escalating insecurity in the South-East.

He stated this in an interview with reporters after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and his Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Ngige said, “We also looked at the security situation, especially in my zone, the Southeast, and we made some proposal to him (the President), based on the yearnings of the people, and what the government also wants.

“We are following up with dialogue, which at the end of the day is what will happen. We have to talk, we have to discuss.

“The Minister of Defence, Minister of Interior and the Service Chiefs were in Enugu earlier last Saturday and we are going to do follow-up meetings on that again.

“We briefed him and he accepted that dialogue is the way to go in all these. Like I keep on saying, there is a very thin line between perception and reality, so certain things should be done, at least to assuage the feelings of the people in the area and make them not feel unwanted. So, that area was discussed.”

He also said the face-off between the Kaduna State Government and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) was also discussed at the meeting with the President.

Ngige said it was resolved that there was no need for another round of industrial disharmony between labour and the Kaduna State government especially as the country was faced with serious security challenges.

“The NLC wrote to Mr President complaining that the Kaduna State government wasn’t keeping to its side of the agreement, especially in the area of victimisation of workers.

“The NLC said the government of Kaduna sacked some staff from their workforce for participating in the strike.

“Mr President sought for advice on it and we’ve transmitted the advice. So, I and the Chief of Staff have jointly briefed him on that and we are taking action to make sure we don’t have a repeat of what happened in that state.

“The President said we have already been bedevilled with security issues; we don’t want any more compounding of those issues,” he said.


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PAN Nigeria, Air Force War College discuss technology partnership



L-R Mr Husseini Abubakar (DDG PAN Learning Centre), Mr Bawo Omagbitse (G.M Planning and Strategy, PAN) Air Vice Marshal I.T Ali (Commandant, Air Force College), Ms. Taiwo Oluleye, FCIS (Acting MD PAN Nigeria Limited), Mr Abdulkadir Yinusa (Group Head, Corporate Services PAN), Mr Oladapo Ojo (Head of Industrial Operations), during the Air Force War College team's visit to PAN Nigeria.

PAN Nigeria Limited has hosted participants of the Air Force War College at its plant in Kaduna, where issues of technology and knowledge sharing partnership were discussed.
PAN is Nigeria’s foremost automobile manufacturing plant, assemblers of Higer buses and ambulances, Chery vehicles and Peugeot cars.
The visit to the auto company was part of the institution’s training programmes on national security, defence architecture and inter-agency cooperation.
The programme involving tours to institutions of strategic relevance to the nation was led by the Commandant of the college, Air Vice Marshall I.T. Ali.
A statement by the Group Head, Corporate Services, PAN Nigeria Limited, Abdulkadir Yinusa, said PAN Nigeria was selected as one of the key institutions to be studied due to the importance of its industry to national development and employment.
Acting Managing Director of PAN, Ms Taiwo Oluleye, stated that despite various challenges confronting manufacturers in the country, such as rising foreign exchange rates and shortages, Insecurity and contracting purchasing power, that PAN had continued to invest in critical areas that meant much to users of the company’s product range as a way of sustaining its operations.
The areas she listed included deepening customers service and after-sale support.
The Commandant, Air Vice Ali, acknowledged the role PAN had played over the years in rolling out products that met local and international quality standards.
He said College would be readily available to collaborate with PAN in areas of technology, especially in knowledge sharing.
The commandant urged PAN Nigeria to ensure product quality sustainability while assuring the Company of support and patronage.


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15 Tegina Islamic school abductees escape from captivity



About 15 people abducted by bandits from an Islamic school in Tegina, Niger State, last month have reportedly escaped from the bush while their abductors slept off after being drunk.
The escapees are said to be adults abducted alongside 156 pupils of Salihu Tanko Islamic School in May.
The news of the escapees has raised hope that the 156 children also picked by the bandits will soon regain their freedom.
Sources in the area said the abducted adults were separated from the children and taken to a forest in Zamfara State.
It was however gathered that the victims tactically opened the door of a house in which they were kept in the forest when their guards fell asleep after drinking.
The escapees went in different directions in order not to fall into the hands of other bandits in the forest.
An escapee who got to Tegina first informed the people, prompting Niger State government to begin working toward assisting other victims.
The escapee is said to be hospitalised for treatment.
Further information revealed that three other victims among the escapees arrived at Tegina in the early hours of Sunday, while one of them who was rescued was brought to Minna where he is receiving treatment.
Other escapees are said to be in Zaria.
Security operatives have been reportedly sent to the Tegina-Birnin Gwari road to await the remaining 10 escapees.
The source said they would be brought to Minna for proper attention.

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