President Muhammadu Buhari-led government says kidnapping and banditry are not federal offences in Nigeria.
Addressing the media on Tuesday, Information Minister, Lai Mohammed made the comment in response to the statement on insecurity by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
“It is shocking that a party that ruled this nation for all of 16 years does not know that kidnapping and banditry are not federal offences”, he said.
The minister told the party to call out the states, including those being controlled by it, to ensure a rigorous prosecution of arrested kidnappers and bandits.
Mohammed said the PDP did not respect its own words, as it played cheap politics while playing the ostrich.
He noted that the opposition made wild accusations against the President and his government.
“For example, the PDP said the government has refused to engage, and that we were running a ‘government of exclusion’, and not engaging stakeholders.”
Mohammed insisted that the current administration has consistently engaged Nigerians on topical national issues, including security, the fight against corruption, terrorism, infrastructure and farmer-herder conflict.
He said the latest of such Town Hall Meetings was the one in Kaduna and further listed the recommendations.
The minister recalled that the participants agreed: “That the governance of human society should be based on Law rather than the whims and caprices of human beings and must be obeyed by all as all persons are equal before the law including the lawgivers;
“That there is an urgent need for political restructuring and not separation; That the Judiciary be decentralized and reformed through Constitutional Amendment to remove the unitary control of the Superior Courts;
“That governments at all levels should ensure free, qualitative and compulsory Primary Education for all children of school age;
“That the Military, Police and other Security Agencies be expanded in number, retrained, provided with modern equipment and technology to cope with emerging security challenges;
“That both religious and traditional leaders encourage and promote inter-marriages for unity as contained in the 1999 Constitution as amended, Article 15, 3(c) which prescribes inter-marriage among persons from different places of origin, or of different religious, ethnic or linguistic association or ties;
“That the establishment of State Police be supported by the National and State Houses of Assembly to enable State Governments to have firm control in addressing security issues;
“That Traditional Rulers be given their age-long role of maintaining peace and security within their domain;
“That Local Government Autonomy be actualized to enable them have control of their areas including the ungoverned spaces in tackling security challenges;
“That the Farmers/Herders clashes be addressed by the establishment of ranches, grazing reserves with modern amenities to check the trans-humans of the herders.”
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NEWSNigeria will still be great despite challenges – Designer of National flag, Pa AkinkunmiPublished on May 4, 2021 By Musliudeen Adebayo
Pa Taiwo Akinkunmi, the designer of the Nigerian National flag has said the country will still be great despite the current challenges militating against its existence.
The octogenarian spoke on Tuesday during an exclusive interview with a DAILY POST correspondent in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Pa Akinwumi said one of his memorable achievement in life is knowing that his design was picked as Nigeria’s National flag.
He said that Nigeria will still be great despite the current challenges.
Akinwumi who wished Nigeria well in all her endeavours advised youths to be law-abiding.
He urged them to continue to contribute their quota to the development of the country with the hope that things will get better soonest.
He said, “My name is Taiwo Akinkunmi. I am the designer of the Nigerian flag.
“I participated in the competition when the government advertised it. I got my papers and tried to do something that will represent the flag of the country.
“My own design was taken and I won the competition.
“I felt satisfied when my design was taken. I got a price for winning the competition.
“I wish the youths well and good I say all the best to them.
“I hope it will be well and good for all and sundry.
“My advice is that government should try in a possible way to make interaction in their undertaking of the country.”
Akinkunmi noted that the price he got for the competition and the recognition he received during the independence celebration are enough for serving the country.
“I got a price for winning the competition. The price for designing the flag during the independence celebration of the country.
“So, I have been on and off in the profession in which I am today.
“I wish all and sundry all and good.”
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