The Buhari-led Federal Government has been called upon to step up action and abide by its constitutional responsibility of protecting citizens’ safety and welfare.
The Director, Women Aid Collective (WACOL) and convener, South-East Human Right Situation Room, Professor Joy Ngozi Ezeilo made the call Monday in an address on the occasion of a National Day of Mourning, organised by the establishment in Enugu.
Prof. Ezeilo stated that the rights to life is held as sacrosanct in all cultures and religions, pointing out that the right to life has been reinforced in all international and regional legally binding treaties for which Nigeria is bound as a state party.
Nigeria, she said has ratified these normative legal framework on human rights and regretted that the Boko Haram terrorists invaded the Chibok Girls Secondary School in Bornu State and kidnapped more than 200 school girls sitting for an exam.
“According to her, it is about four years and only about half of the girls have been rescued by the Nigeria government. In February 2018, the group struck again, this time in Yobe State, North-East Nigeria. In the same manner as the Chibok kidnap, about 113 girls from the Government Girls Secondary School Dapchi were taken away.
Expressing deep concern over the alleged killings by Fulani herdsmen, Prof. Ezeilo said: “The herdsmen problem has continued unabated and there is low prosecution of these armed herdsmen marauding across Nigeria, terrorizsing Nigerians, destroying farmlands and killing farmers and members of communities that they invade”.
7m Nigerians Benefited From Cash Transfer, FG Boasts
President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government has boasted that more than 7 million Nigerians are beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT).
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar Farouq, said this in a statement, yesterday in Abuja.
The programme is under the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).
Farouq accused “unpatriotic persons” of trying to give it a bad name and image.
The official explained that the CCT releases a monthly stipend of N5,000 to the poorest and most vulnerable Nigerian households, mostly in the rural communities.
She said as at December, 2020, the programme operated in 33 states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
“A total of 1,414,983 beneficiaries with 7,068,629 individual household member beneficiaries have been enrolled, covering 487 local government areas, 4,716 wards and 37,628 communities.”
Farouq noted that the programme targets to cover all states of the federation by March, 2021.
“The programme has a clearly defined implementation structure with an electronic base beneficiary enrolment system that focuses on the Poor and Vulnerable Households (PVHHs) culled from the National Social Register.”
For those insisting that the programme was enmeshed in corruption, the minister advised them to visit the National Social Safety Net Project’s website for more information.
Hoodlums Set Igboho’s House Ablaze, Police Confirm …As FG Urges Restraint, Vows To Deal With Trouble Makers
In response to the suspected arsonists’ invasion of Chief Sunday Igboho’s house in Ibadan, the Oyo State Police Command said it received a report that hoodlums loaded in a bus and taxi came to set ablaze his house.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, CSP Olugbenga Fadeyi, said this in a statement made available to newsmen, yesterday.
Fadeyi also said the police were told that the arsonists shot in the air several times as they put fire to the house located at the Soka area of Ibadan.
He said the police had begun an investigation into the incident.
The house was said to have been burnt around 3am, yesterday, after the power supply to the area was cut off.
The police statement read, “At about 0620 hrs of today (26/01/2021), a report was received at the Santo Police Station that some unidentified hoodlums came to Sunday Igboho’s house at Soka area of Ibadan in a Hummer bus and Micra (taxi), firing sporadically, and set the house ablaze.
“The mini sitting room got burnt in the process while the value of other properties is yet to be estimated.
“Immediately the DPO Sanyo got a wind of the incident, he contacted fire service while he also went to the scene for on the spot assessment.
“The fire was eventually put out. An investigation has commenced into the incident while the Police are on the trail of the hoodlums”
Meanwhile, in the wake of simmering ethnic tensions in Ondo and parts of Oyo State, the Federal Government has urged restraint on the part of disputants, vowing to effectively deal with those who breach the peace.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, in a statement issued, yesterday, in Abuja, and signed by himself, said government was having a holistic look at the challenges and will stop at nothing to bring lasting peace, security and amity to all communities.
In the statement titled, “A time to put Unity and Peace above all”, Aregbesola observed that, “the regrettable incidences of heightening ethnic and religious tensions in our country are, in part, outcomes of political and economic strains that have persistently defined our land and continue to exacerbate security challenges, making the task of development more traumatic.”
According to him, “Government is keenly aware and genuinely concerned about these complications that, sadly, have been sharpened by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic through the growth of anxieties about issues, lives, and livelihoods in our communities.”
He emphasized that government will not tolerate any act or behaviour capable of jeopardising law and order as well as security of lives and property in any part of the country.
“There will be no tolerance for any act or behaviour capable of jeopardising law and order and security of lives and property in any part of Nigeria.
“Therefore, as the government is fashioning long term answers to address these problems, it urges citizens to appreciate that self-help and lawlessness cannot offer a path to a sustainable solution. It can only lead to greater pain as well as costly human and material losses and disruption of the already difficult task of devising responses that will produce tangible peace and development in the country”, he stated.
Aregbesola assured that the Federal Government was moving in quickly to bring state, community, security, traditional institutions, religious organizations, and youth groups into a purposeful dialogue that will bring effective resolutions to the problem within constitutional and legal frameworks.
“Let us all try to be our brother’s keeper and work towards building a peaceful community that works for all, irrespective of ethnicity, religion, and other forms of differences”, Aregbesola stated.
Covid-19: Continue Working From Home, FG Orders Civil Servants
The Federal Government has directed that all officers on Grade Level 12 and below are to continue working from home till end of February, 2021.
The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, said the directive was sequel to the advice of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 issued by the Chairman, Boss Mustapha.
According to a statement by signed by Director of Press, Abdulganiyu Aminu, Yemi-Esan emphasized the need for all civil servants to ensure strict compliance with existing guidelines on the prevention of the spread of the Covid-19.
In a circular titled “RE-SECOND WAVE OF COVID-19: STAY AT HOME DIRECTIVE TO GL.12 OFFICERS AND BELOW”, the head of service enjoined all permanent secretaries to bring the content of the circular to the attention of all concerned and ensure compliance.
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