NATIONAL NEWS 19-07-2021

EID-EL-KABIR/NIGERIANS

Prominent Nigerians have continued to pen their congratulatory messages to Muslim Ummahs as they celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festival.

In his goodwill message, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar enjoined Muslims to embrace the teachings of love, sacrifice, and forbearance that the season portrays so as to heal Nigerians of all shades of mistrust.

Similarly, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, urged Muslims to beseech Almighty Allah to protect the weak, feed the poor and give Nigerians the courage and wisdom to subdue and defeat those who would do violence and destruction to the innocent.

Also, National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Uche Secondus, charged Muslims to use the occasion of Sallah to pray for god’s mercy and intervention in the face of mounting security challenges.

IGP/SECURITY

All Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, AIGs, and Commissioners of Police have been directed to leave no stone unturned to ensure a secure, peaceful and hitch-free Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Baba, gave the directive in a statement released to the press in Abuja by the force public relations officer, Frank Mba.

Baba charged the personnel to, among other things, deploy human and other operational assets to carry out confidence building and crime prevention patrols on major highways, residential and industrial areas, vulnerable points and places of worship and around all critical national infrastructure.

The IGP, however, warned that personnel deployed must be professional and mindful of the fundamental rights of the citizens, and discharge their responsibilities with all sense of decorum and alertness.

OSINBAJO/ECONOMY

Vice president Yemi Osinbajo has reiterated the need to drive more inclusive trade initiatives and expand intra-regional trade in the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS sub-region.

Osinbajo stated this in Abuja at the inaugural gala night of ECOWAS Trade Promotion Organizations, TPO network.

While speaking, he stressed the importance of driving more inclusive trade initiatives and expand intra-regional trade to boost the sub-regional economy.

The vice president therefore tasked leadership of the ECOWAS TPO network to do all within their powers to enable the African region benefit maximally from the AFCFTA and other intra and extra-regional export opportunities.

BAJOWA/INSECURITY

Devolution of power remains an urgent solution to the current territorial integrity and sovereignty challenge being unleashed on the nation by insurgents and bandits.

A one-time permanent secretary in the ministry of defense, Retired General Olu Bajowa, made this known at a security, economic and leadership summit held in Ondo state.

Highlighting the disadvantages of a unitary system of government for a multi-ethnic and multicultural country like Nigeria, he maintained that devolution of power with the establishment of state police and decentralization of the force remains inevitable in resolving the country’s security challenges.

Retired general Bajowa added that in a bid to curb insecurity in Nigeria, inclusiveness, fairness, equity, justice, rule of law and a detribalized leadership with integrity should be at all levels of governance.

OGUN/CULTISM

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state is threatening to demolish any house where cultists are discovered within the state.

Governor Abiodun who gave the threat at an event in Remo north local government area of the state, vowed to deal decisively with cultists and their parents when arrested.

He further promised that individuals caught involved in cultism and other acts of hooliganism across the state will be severely dealt with, insisting that government would not allow cultists to send away investors from the state.

He therefore charged parents to warn their children against such acts, maintaining that anyone who intends to disturb reigning peace in the state will be decisively dealt with.

SPORTS

Super Eagles Captain, Ahmed Musa, is on course to depart his boyhood club, Kano Pillars and complete a summer transfer to a club-side in the Turkish super Ligue in the new week.

Report says a Turkish Super Lig club offered Musa a mouth-watering one-year deal worth 2.2 million euros equivalent of 1.05 billion naira.

According to the report, Musa appears to have finally reached an agreement with the Turkish side and will travel to the European country this new week to sign the deal.

It would be recalled that the 28-year-old attacker returned to Kano pillars for the remainder of the 2020/21 Nigerian Professional Football League, NPFL season on April 13.

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