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Southern, Middle Belt Leaders Express Shock Over Gumi’s Amnesty Request For Bandits

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The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF), has expressed shock over Sheikh Gumi’s continuous request for amnesty for bandits.

Gumi had at various times claimed that violent bandits terrorising Nigerians across the board were fighting against the injustices meted on the North.

The Middle Belt Leaders Forum said it was not surprised at the unveiling of Sheik Gumi’s real self at every publicity opportunity he gets but maintained that it is the Fulani and the core North, who are doing pure injustice to the rest of Nigeria.

In a joint statement, Yinka Odumakin (South West), Chief Guy Ikokwu (South East), Senator Bassey Henshaw (South-South) and Dr Isuwa Dogo (Middle Belt), noted that “Part of those injustices must have been electing Buhari twice as President in spite of his scant regard for the sensitivity required of a multi tribe country like Nigeria.”

The forum explained that Nigeria for almost six years has soaked up all manners of lopsidedness, nepotism and running of the country like a Fulani republic.

“As part of the injustices to the north, Fulani herdsmen have been killing people with reckless abandon in all parts of Nigeria with the administration defending them and giving them soft landing with the open bias of Mr President,” the statement alleged.

It further alleged, “Fulanis are daily pouring into Nigeria to change our demography and Nigeria is doing more in Niger Republic than Nigeria at the moment with resources from non-Fulani areas.”

It said that “The injustice Nigeria has done to the North is so much for the bandits to do what they are doing to the rest of us and for Buhari to be looking the other way. We want to know from Gumi if the Hausas are protesting the injustice Fulanis are doing to them and the rest of Nigeria or if it is Nigeria that is doing any injustice to the North.”

The forum noted that they know that the Fulani bandits are doing crimes in all non-Fulani communities but told Gumi not to confuse them with North except he is on deception all along.

“It is a known fact that the main injustice in Nigeria is the skewed federalism that allows the North to be in almost total control of oil and mineral resources in the Niger Delta and the VAT from other parts of the country to the disadvantage of host communities.

“The Nigeria Ports Authority in Lagos is under the control of a Fulani lady just like most of the agencies in charge of oil and gas in an unhidden agenda of Fulanisation of Nigeria,” the forum observed.

It explained that it is one of the major reasons SMBLF is in court to challenge the lopsided arrangement.

“It is the Fulani and the core North that are doing pure injustice to the rest of Nigeria,” the forum said.

 

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Northern Senators’ Forum Seeks Lasting Solutions To Insecurity

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Chairman of the Northern Senators’ Forum, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko, (APC-Sokoto) has called for lasting solutions to tackle the menace of insecurity in the country.
Wamakko made the call while briefing newsmen after the caucus’ closed-door session, held in Abuja, last Wednesday.
He said: “We must continue to find more solutions that can be applied to the security challenges.
“Of course, there are many ways of finding a solution. I know we are using the security outfit very well, but there are other ways of finding lasting solutions to the challenges, facing our country today.
“We are concerned as Nigerians and as northerners.
“This country has to be as free as possible, so that every Nigerian can move freely to do their normal businesses without any fear or security challenge, “he said.
He noted that at resumption on June 22, the forum would hold another meeting which would be aimed at strengthening the decisions taken so far.

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Reps Seek End To Abuses In Orphanages

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The House of Representatives has appealed to the Federal Government to end incessant abuses in orphanages across the country by the operators.
This followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. James Owolabi (APC-Lagos) at yesterday’s plenary in Abuja
Speaking on the motion, Owolabi said that many orphanages were not registered, making it impossible for the authorities to ascertain the actual number of children in their custody.
He said that the unregistered orphanages were also involved in illegal operations such as child trafficking and nocturnal abuse of children.
He said it was the responsibility of government to protect the lives and property of citizens including orphans.
The House therefore, urged the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to collaborate with relevant agencies of government towards ending the abuse.
It mandated the committee on Women Affairs to ensure compliance.

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Ganduje Restates Commitment To Community Policing In Kano

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Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reiterated his commitment to continue partnering with stakeholders in the security sector to ensure the state is safe and peaceful.
Ganduje made this known when the Nigeria Police Force Community Policing Agenda, appointed him as its National Patron.
In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Abba Anwar in Kano, Ganduje said:”we have community policing at the village, ward , local government, emirates levels.
“We chose 16 young people from each of the 44 local governments areas of the state for constabulary training,” he said.
Responding, the National Secretary of the association, Amb. Ibrahim Aboki said that the governor was nominated for his efforts in strengthening community policing.
“This is a man of honesty, integrity and philanthropy, the able and amiable dynamic leader and a ”Goal Getter:
“The security champion, we are presenting to you, an award and a letter as a National Patron.
“We duly acknowledge your role in pioneering, promoting and consolidating all security formations, security agencies and special constabularies,” he said.

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