Senate says it is ready to support President Goodluck Jonathan on any action that would be taken to check the activities of Boko Haram Islamic sect in Nigeria.
The Senator representing Rivers South East Senatorial Zone, Senator Magnus Abe, who made the position of the Senate known on the activities of Boko Haram during an interactive session with youths and student groups from the zone yesterday at Bera condemned the Christmas bomb blasts which killed scores of people.
Senator Abe who described the present security situation in the country as critical, said that the upper legislative chamber was ready to back the action of President Jonathan that would help the Federal Government to curb the menace of the religious sect.
Meanwhile, Senator Magnus Abe has blamed Nigeria’s underdevelopment on poor leadership.
He said that successive governments in Nigeria had failed to take into account the need to plan for the future of the country, saying that the situation led to the present level of underdevelopment in the country.
Senator Abe thanked the youths for the interactive session and stressed the need for them to remain peaceful in their approach to issues of common interest.
Also speaking, the state Deputy Governor, Engr Tele Ikuru described Senator Abe as one of the best brains in the Senate. He said the town hall meeting was the first of its kind in the area and called for support of all and sundry in the efforts of government to improve the lots of the people.
Meanwhile, Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State has called on Christians not to panic, but be calm in prayers in the face of security challenges.
Rt. Hon. Amaechi made the call on Monday while speaking at the centenary celebration of St. Stephen’s (Ang) Church, Omerelu in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.
The governor who spoke through the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Hon. Nabbs Imegwe, charged Christians to learn not to avenge for themselves, because vengeance belongs to God.
He told the people that God knows how best to defend His people even in the midst of trouble.
He however admonished Christians to see the festive season as a period of sober reflection and make frantic efforts to turn a new leaf.
The state chief executive also charged Christians to be good patriots and embrace those that are suffering any kind of affliction among them.
He expressed belief that Christians would certainly overcome the spate of unwholesome acts of the Boko Haram sect just as Jesus Christ overcame the works of the devil about 2000 years ago.
Also speaking, the Commissioner of Lands and Survey, Chief Ezemonye Ezekiel-Amadi regretted the killing of Christians in the North.
Ezeiel-Amadi said there was urgent need to tackle security challenges especially against the Christians in the North in order to avert a major crisis in the country.
However, National Security Adviser (NSA), Retired Gen. Andrew Azazi on Tuesday in Abuja said that changes in the leadership of the nation’s security agencies are no solution to the spate of violence in the country.
The general stated this in an interview with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa.
Azazi who was at a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, on the nation’s security, said what was needed was improved security.
“Why changes in leadership? Everybody thinks that if you change leaders in security, everything will work fine.
“If you ask a very simple question; what kind of security system have we been managing? Are the structures all been so good that we can overall produce results?
“It is a gradual process, anywhere there has been this level of terrorism, it takes a long time for the security system to be overhauled.
“Even whatever you do, at some points, you expect limited successes and to ensure that over a period of time, you can actually put things in place that will work for the betterment for the society,” he said.
Azazi said that agencies were working ahead of the security situation but that it was difficult for them to man every point simultaneously.
He emphasised the need for security awareness among members of the public and the need for public participation and cooperation with security agencies.
The NSA also ruled out any possibility of reprisal by Christians against Moslems over the Christmas bomb blasts at churches in Niger and Plateau States.
“We can’t have a situation where we think that one bad turn deserves another.
“We are Nigerians and like we always say, I don’t see any major conflict between the Christian community and the Moslem community.
“You will find a situation where certain individuals for whatever reasons are causing these problems.
“Retaliation is not the answer because if you retaliate, at what point will it end? Nigeria must survive as a nation, that is the key thing,” he said.
On why government has not entered into dialogue with the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, which has claimed responsibility for many terror attacks, Azazi said it was impossible to discuss with a faceless group.
LG Boss Uncovers Bloodstained Army Uniform At ‘Cocaine Village’
The newly inaugurated Chairman of Eleme Local Government Area, Obarilormate Ollor, has gone to ‘Cocaine village’ at Eleme Trailer Park to execute Governor Nyesom Wike’s quit order on residents of the illegal settlement when he made a shock discovery in one of the rooms.
Ollor had visited the area notorious for drugs and crimes, last Sunday, along with some security personnel to serve the quit notice on residents but met the area deserted—an indication that someone had alerted them about the visit.
Out of curiosity, the chairman opened one of the rooms in the ghetto-like settlement, and found the bloodstained uniform of a soldier, his knife and ATM card.
The chairman and his entourage had expressed suspicion that criminals in the area had killed the owner of the uniform and robbed him.
Ollor said, “Remember that a week ago, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, gave a directive that all illegal structures be removed. As the chief security officer of the local government, I am under that obligation.
“What we are doing here today is to inform them in advance and to remind them that the ultimatum still holds. So, on or before June 26, they should move out.
“What we have here is a mixed population of criminals, armed robbers, drug dealers, and even those who allegedly trade in human parts. Right now, we just found the uniform of an Army man who probably may have been killed. His blood all over the room and uniform, his knife and ATM card, which we have given to the police.”
The Rivers State Police Command has reportedly swung into action to unravel the perpetrators of the alleged crime.
Spokesman of the police, SP Nnamdi Omoni, said that the command had received reports about criminal activities in the area, including the alleged killing of a soldier.
Omoni said, “We have gotten complaints and reports of drug traffickers, criminal elements, human organ dealers, kidnappers and more from there.
“Though we have been carrying out investigation into all of the reports but thank God, we now have a good lead and evidence.
“We have been mandated by the state government to carry out massive arrest within the environs to ensure we arrest and prosecute all those persons involved.”
Residents said that the ‘Cocaine village’ is a haven for drug dealers and users, adding that security operatives also patronize the area.
An aide of the Eleme LG chairman, who spoke off-the-record said, “The governor received an intelligence report that the slum harbours criminals and drug addicts who carry out series of crimes, human organ trafficking, abductions and many other criminal acts in the LGA and state at large.
“We learnt also that some security men troop in there off and on to buy drugs and indulge in one crime or the other.
“The military uniform stained with blood, knife and motorcycle discovered were found in one of the rooms we opened.
“The badge of the military uniform was removed and there were heavy blood stains on the uniform.
“We went there with some police men as assigned to us by the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Command, Eboka Friday”, he added.
Insecurity Hasn’t Hindered Projects’ Execution In Rivers, Wike Affirms
The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike says that his administration has fearlessly tackled insecurity headlong and created an enabling climate for smooth delivery of quality development projects.
Wike made the assertion at the inauguration of 16.2-kilometre long Omueze-Umuogba-Umuokpurukpu-Umueke-Umunju-Eberi Road project in Omuma Local Government Area of the state, yesterday.
The governor noted that while other states of the country were still struggling with issues of insecurity, Rivers State was witnessing harvest of development projects with the non-stop inauguration and flag-off ceremonies to their amazement.
“Don’t fight anybody that God has blessed. Don’t fight the state that God has blessed. People are talking about insecurity. We are talking about commissioning and flagging-off of projects. Is it easy? If it is easy, let them try it.”
Wike asserted that it is only states controlled by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) like Rivers that has created a peaceful climate for the citizens while the government delivers democratic dividends.
“Those who say they don’t like what PDP is doing, they have no choice but to like it. You can see what the party (PDP) is doing. We are flagging-off and commissioning projects. Whether they like it or not, we are in charge.”
The governor said it is obvious that Rivers State is no longer on the same level with states that cannot provide dividend of democracy to their people.
Wike said the performance of his administration has restored confidence in Rivers people and they can walk with their heads raised high.
“Rivers people, are you not proud of your state? If you’re a Rivers man, anywhere you go, raise your shoulder high and say that you’re a Rivers man and woman. “They (other parties) can only jealous us, but they cannot do anything. We are of different class. We are not on the same level with them.”
Speaking further, Wike commended the member representing Omuma State Constituency, Hon. KelechiNwogufor his loyalty to PDP.
He also extolled him for his commitment to the welfare of Omuma people and being a trusted ally to him.
At the behest of Nwogu, Wike promised Omuma people that his administration would reconstruct the Umuakali-Eberi Road in appreciation of their support to the PDP.
Inaugurating the project, former President of the Senate, Senator Adolphus Wabara, noted how Wike has redefined governance and broken the jinx of non-performance associated with second tenure governors.
According to him, the approach to development that the governor has adopted stands him out as a much sought-after leader who should be consulted in solving critical national issues related to governance.
“With my experience in elective politics, second terms of most governors are dull; some governors will just go to sleep because they don’t have anything to offer. But you are still commissioning projects, as if you’re not even going to leave.
“Your developmental approach, your developmental plans, and formula should make you an international consultant to the failing government. Because, quite frankly, the magic, I mean, nobody knows except you. You do it with ease, you do it with happiness.”
Providing the description of the project, Rivers State Commissioner for Works, EllokaTasie-Amadi said the Omueze-Umuogba-Umuokpurukpu-Umueke-Umunju-Eberi link road in Omuma Local Government Area was another genuine efforts of the Wike administration to ease the transportation difficulties experienced by rural dwellers in the Omuma.
“Many of these rural projects go unsung probably because the residents are not social media savvy, as in the case of Omuma, who are predominantly farmers, or probably because SM activities are not a part of their past times as it is with city dwellers.
“It may shock you to know that for every kilometre of road we have built in the city we have built 12kms or more in the rural areas. This is a conservative estimate I would like you to ponder upon when you get home.”
He further stated, “This project is a 16.2km long, 10.3m wide road project which has 4.3km of drains. The roads are marked and have a total of 27 road signs to aid driving and enhance public safety.”
Wike Flags Off Abonnema/ Obonoma Sandfilling Project, Today
All is now set for the flag-off of the Abonnema/Obonoma Sandfilling project in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, yesterday, said that, “the project will sandfill 42 hectares of land that will help expand Abonnema and Obonoma Towns.
“It is in fulfilment of the promise made by Governor Nyesom Wike during the commissioning of the Abonnema Ring Road”.
The statement further added that, “The rich culture and tradition of the Kalabaris will be fully on display at the event.
“Please, note that all Covid-19 protocols will be observed at the event”, it stressed.
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