The APC Progressives Governors’ Forum (PGF) under the Chairmanship of Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Sunday, commiserated with Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, over the recent attack on his motorcade at Baga town, Kukawa local government of the state.
Govenor Bagudu, was accompanied by his Jigawa State counterpart, Alhaji Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar, during the solidarity visit to Maiduguri.
The progressive Governors’ Forum Chairman told the governor that, they were in the state to sympathise with the government and people of the state over the unfortunate attack.
Bagudu assured Zulum of the sustained support and solidarity of all the APC Progressive Governors and prayed God, to continue to protect the governor and his people.
“ We are in Borno today, on behalf of all our colleagues, to wish our brother and colleague, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum happy Sallah.
“Secondly, to show sympathy and express our commiseration on the incident that happened in Baga few days ago.
” May God continue to protect you and indeed all the people of Borno State and may He help us defeat these enemies within and outside.
” They have for over a decade now challenged our collective resolve, but they would not break us,” Governor Bagudu said.
He added, “On behalf of all our colleagues, I want to assure you and the good people of Borno, that we are on this together.
“I remember in our first visit how full of admiration and appreciation he was of all the security services who were putting their lives and otherwise in discomfort of protection of our people.
“Definitely if it is not over, frustration will set in, but, I believe this will only energise us to do better collectively.
“On behalf of all our colleagues, I urge you to keep doing what you’re doing and may God, support you more and may God show us the day that will come, we celebrate the end of this tragedy we have been facing.”
Zulum while appreciating and thanking the entourage for the visit, told the visiting governors that he cannot afford to be silent in the midst of killings, because he has, by the oath he took on May 29, 2019, entered into a covenant with God, to defend the people of Borno.
Zulum also alleged sabotage in the prosecution of the war against insurgency in the northeast, stressing, ” the President needs to know the truth.”
“Let me also re-echo my previous position with respect to the insurgency in Borno State, I have said several times there is no doubt, the gravity of the insurgency cannot be compared with what had happened between 2011 – 2015.
“From 2015 to date, the President has done well, but the most important thing is, it’s good also to say the right thing.
“There is a sabotage in the system that will not allow the insurgency to end. The President has to know this important point.”
The Borno State Deputy Governor, Umar Usman Kadafur, former Governor Kashim Shettima, Senator Muhammad Ali Ndume and some members of the Borno State Executive Council witnessed the solidarity visit.
Honoree and celebrant,CGI Muhammad Babandede MFR (Rtd), His Excellency, Spanish Ambassador to Nigeria,Marcelino Cabanas Ansorena and Country Representative of Guild of Civil Societies and Media Executives for Equity,Justice and Transparency in Nigeria(GOCMEJ),Omoba Kenneth Aigbegbele,during the Grand Red Carpet Reception and Special Conferment of Lifetime Achievement Award on the former CGI recently at Abuja.
Defence Intelligence Agency Conducts Defence Advisers /Attaches Annual Conference
The Defence Intelligence Agency(DIA) is conducting Defence Advisers/Attachés Annual Conference and Maiden Retreat for the 2021 with the theme” Advancing Counter Terrorism Efforts Through Enhanced Inter-Agency Cooperation: A Whole of Government Approach”. The event is scheduled to hold from 8-13 November 2021 at Headquarters Defence Intelligence Agency and Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC), Asokoro Abuja respectively.
This is According to a press statement signed by Major Joseph Afolashade, Acting Assistant Director Defence Intelligence Agency and made available to the press.
Joseph said the event is one of the veritable platforms designed by the Agency to examine and re-appraise Nigeria’s Defence Advisers/Attachés and foreign defence relations. It will also assist in articulating new strategies in intelligence gathering.
“The event will no doubt be the first in the annals of the Agency since it’s establishment. This is owing to the fact that no platform was created for institutional reflections on its activities with a view to measuring the attainment of its core mandate.
It is against this background that Agency is holding this conference to effectively galvanize inputs in view of the myriads of security challenges facing the nation.
It will also provide an avenue for self-examination mechanism for optimal performance.
This is in line with the policy directive of the President, Commander- in -Chief of the Armed Forces Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR on the need to look inward for workable solutions to the myriads of challenges facing the nation”.
“It is in pursuant of this objective, that the Agency is organising it’s maiden Retreat to provide a forum to appraise the activities of the various Defence Sections as well as brainstorm to proffer new strategies in attaining the core mandate of the Agency.
The Conference and Retreat are therefore considered as milestone events in the activities of the Agency that would engender interactions with past Directors of the Agency, former Chiefs of Defence Intelligence and senior intelligence practitioners in the Country”. he said
CCD Executive Director Bags Patriotic Leadership Award
The Executive Director of Centre for Citizens with Disabilities; Mr David Obinna Anyaele on the 5th of November , 2021 bagged the patriotic leadership award presented to him by the African Voice magazine in recognition of his contribution to humanity and his course to promote inclusion for over 31 million persons with disabilities in Nigeria.
The entourage was led by Mr. Ebenezer Ogunleye, CEO of African Voice Magazine. Others on the entourage are; Diana Omueza, Olawale Oladipupo and Gami Tadanyigbe.
The Award was presented by Mr. Ebenezer Ogunleye who praised the Executive Director for his passion, zeal and commitment to issues and plights that concerns humanity, particularly in his push to make sure that the disability bill was passed into law in 2019. He went further to allude, to the fact that the Executive Director is a worthy recipient and was selected and nominated by worthy Nigerians for the Award.
The Executive Director, talked about the historical journey of the creation of CCD in 2002, he maintained that he remains committed to disability issues, and that he receives the award, on behalf of CCD Board of trustees, staff and volunteers nationwide. He thanked the African Voice Magazine for finding it worthy to give an award to a genuine course.
In attendance also were CCD Staff; Mrs Peace Ezekiel, Ubong Daniel and Humphrey Ukeaja.
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