Some well-meaning residents of the Federal Capital Territory has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari and the nation’s security chiefs for a Christmas celebration free from bombings.
The group, under the auspices of Concerned Abuja Residents Association (CARA) made this known in a press conference to mark the new year on Friday.
In a statement co-signed by Innocent Onuchukwu and Abayomi Johnson, its President and Secretary-General respectively, the FCT residents said President Buhari has provided the political will to win the war against terrorism and other acts of criminalities in the country.
The group noted that the service chiefs, on their part, have displayed incredible commitment towards addressing the security challenges in the FCT and across the country.
According to the Abuja residents, the last celebration was one of the most peaceful since the annals of our democratic experience in 1999.
The group, however, expressed confidence that the peace experienced during the Christmas celebrations in the Federal Capital Territory and environs shall be replicated across the country in no distant time.
They also warned those sponsoring acts of violence in the country to desist from their evil ways and give peace a chance in the country’s overall interest and progress.
Read the full statement below:
The Concerned Abuja Residents Association’s leadership welcomes you all to this important press conference convoked to appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari and the security agencies for giving Nigerians a peace Christmas Celebrations in the Federal Capital Territory and its environs.
We wish to state that the Federal Capital Territory and environs witnessed a peaceful Christmas Celebrations is a testament to the country’s security agencies’ unalloyed commitment to ensure that Nigerians are not subjected to acts of violence that would hinder the Christmas celebrations.
The Concerned Abuja Residents Association uses this medium to appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari for providing the political will needed to win the war against terrorism and other acts of criminalities in the country.
We are also glad that this effort paid off as evident in how Nigerians in the Federal Capital Territory observed a peaceful Christmas celebration without bombs detonating in religious places of worships and public places.
It is indeed a Christmas without bombs in the Federal Capital Territory and environs. For this, we commend the Service Chiefs for the incredible display of commitment towards addressing the security challenges in the country.
It must also be noted that with the right attitude and collective actions from all stakeholders in the country, the issue of insecurity in the country would indeed be a thing of the past. Nigerians must see the peaceful Christmas Celebrations as a step in the right direction. It behoves on all well-meaning Nigerians to continue to extend their support to the efforts of the security agencies in the country.
The Concerned Abuja Residents Association classifies the 2020 Christmas celebrations in the Federal Capital Territory as one of the most peaceful since the annals of our democratic experience in 1999.
To this end, President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts, the Service Chiefs and other security agencies deserve all commendation for a job well-done, as well as words of encouragements in a bid to charge the security agencies not to rest on their oars.
The Concerned Abuja Residents Association is confident that the peace experienced during the Christmas celebrations in the Federal Capital Territory and environs shall be replicated across the country in no distant time.
We call on all those that have been sponsoring acts of violence in the country to desist from their evil ways and give peace a chance in the country’s overall interest and progress.
We are also calling on the Area Councils in the Federal Capital Territory to ensure that it extends cooperation to the country’s security agencies towards making the FCT a model in peace and security in the country.
It is also instructive to add that the religious bodies have a valuable role in sensitizing their members to shun acts that are inimical to the country’s peace and stability. This is as crucial as the efforts of the security agencies in the country.
The various traditional institutions also have a role to play in our quest to have the Nigeria of our dreams where peace and progress shall reign supreme. This much has been witnessed in other climes, and as such, there should be no excuse from our traditional rulers in this regard.
The Concerned Abuja Residents Association is cognizant that there was a time in the annals of the country where residents in the Federal Capital Territory could not go to bed with their eyes closed.
It is also a statement of the fact that in times past, the Federal Capital Territory witnessed a mass exodus of people due to the level of insecurity. But all of these are things of the past since the coming on board of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
The Concerned Abuja Residents Association acknowledges the efforts so far and believes that if this momentum is sustained, Nigeria shall defeat terrorism in the fullness of time.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we are full of praises for our security agencies that have toiled day and night. We as a result of this pledge to render our assistance in ways possible towards ensuring the success of their operations in the Federal Capital Territory, its environs, and other parts of the country.
We consequently encourage other well-meaning Nigerians across the country to assist the country’s security agencies by providing relevant and credible information that would contribute to the success of their operations in the quest to make Nigeria free from the clutches of terrorist and militant organizations.
Once again, our appreciation for President Muhammadu Buhari knows no bounds and the country’s Service Chiefs. They have been tireless in ensuring that the country is rid of criminal elements that have constituted themselves as clogs in the country’s wheels of progress.
The Concerned Abuja Residents Association’s leadership appreciates all that took time out time from their busy schedules to attend this press conference. We desire that Nigeria shall be great again.
We use this medium wish all residents in the Federal Capital Territory and all Nigerians a Happy New Year filled with peace and sustainable development.
Thanks and God bless Nigeria.
Agric Minister Shield’s Factional AFAN Leader From Police Invitation
The minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, on Friday, 17th June, 2021 at the ICC (International Conference Centre), in Abuja prevented policemen on duty from taking factional leader of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) Mr Farouk Rabiu for questioning on fraud related matters.
According to reliable sources and eye witnesses at the scene which was the venue of the 2021, Council on Agriculture, the police were there to invite Farouk to Force headquarters following a petition against him for acts that bordered on criminality.
Recently a federal high court sitting in Abuja had cautioned the renegade group led by Farouk through their lawyer, on Wednesday,15/2/2021, against parading themselves as leaders of AFAN until the matter is determined in court.
Farouk had been accused of defrauding investors using the name of AFAN Kano branch which he illegally registered, a matter which had been brought before the Corporate Affairs Commission, who revoked the registration.
However, Farouk has been continuously recognised as the leader of AFAN, by the Minister who hails from the same state with him despite several petitions from the Arc Kabir Ibrahim led executive.
The minister’s actions in siding with Farouk despite a case in court to resolve the leadership tussle of AFAN, has been allegedly linked to the minister’s shameful removal as chairman of AFAN Kano, long before he became appointed minister.
Witnesses at the scene stated that the minister after frantic efforts to get the Inspector General on phone to call off his men failed, resorted to giving an unhindered exit to Farouk in his official car, tantamount to obstruction of justice, much to the chagrin of the police officers.
A reliable source further disclosed that the policemen declined to follow the minister to his office.
Three Soldiers Injured as Troops Kill ISWAP Terrorists in Borno
Troops of the Nigerian Army under the Operation Hadin Kai have killed several ISWAP Terrorists in Dikwa town, Borno State.
According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, the gallant troops decisively dealt with the terrorists who were attempting to infiltrate the town on Tuesday.
The terrorist elements were said to have mounted five gun trucks, others mounted motorcycles, while others moved by foot.
They were, however, met with superior fire power by troops in conjunction with air bombardment by Air Task Force.
“The marauding terrorists were thoroughly vanquished forcing them to withdraw in high state of confusion abandoning their truck, guns and ammunition,” the statement read.
“During the encounter, six members of the terrorists groups were neutralized, several others were severely injured while the survivors withdrew in total disarray leaving behind their deceased colleagues”.
Three soldiers, however, sustained various degrees of injuries but have now been stabilised.
Items recovered during the encounter included one gun truck, eight AK 47 rifles, 40 rounds of 7.62mm Special, 39 special ammo, three motorcycles and six magazines.
To mop up the area, troops conducted exploitation in the early hours of Wednesday in conjunction with the Civilian Joint Task Force and hunters along the terrorists’ withdrawal routes and recovered 90 rounds of 7.62 mm x 54 on links belonging to the fleeing terrorists.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya, has commended the gallant troops over the feat and charged them to remain resolute and steadfast.
He urged them to maintain the tempo in order to ensure total obliteration of terrorist groups within the North East region.
Onion Marketers Threaten to Stop Supply to Southern Nigeria
The Onion Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria has threatened to stop the supply of onions down to the South from June 7, 2021.
The group said it would carry out the threat if the government fails to compensate its members who have suffered losses in recent times following attacks in some parts of the country.
President of the association, Aliyu Umar, made this known to journalists at a press briefing on Sunday in Sokoto State.
He explained that the government under a committee led by the Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello had promised to compensate their members, many of whom suffered huge losses in Abia, Imo and Oyo States during the #EndSARS and Shasha market crisis.
However, according to him, the promise has not been kept and the members have reportedly lost over 4 billion naira.
“We are calling on the state and Federal Government to restore law and order in the state, and we are calling on the good people of the southern part of Nigeria to live with the Hausa community in peace as we are only there for our lawful businesses,” Umar said.
“We also call on state governments to collaborate with fed govt to set up a committee to investigate the incident that led to the loss of lives and property of the Onion Association members.
“Furthermore, if the government fails to adhere to what we are saying, we are shutting the supply of onion to the entire south by Monday the 7th of June 2021”.
In recent times, the price of Onions skyrocketed from just about ₦20,000 to nearly a hundred thousand, in less than a year – a situation which quickly gave it the reputation of ‘new gold’.
While the price hike could not be understood by many, some traders have attributed the increment to seasonal fluctuations, a general increase in prices of fertilizers among other items, strike actions as well as insecurity arising from the #EndSARS protests.
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