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Nigeria Can’t Survive Another Civil War, Sultan of Sokoto Warns

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The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Wednesday, cautioned Nigerians against making the mistakes that plunged Nigeria into 30 months civil war.

Abubakar, who said that the country would not be able to survive another civil war, added that it was necessary for every Nigerian to work towards peaceful coexistence.

The monarch spoke while delivering his keynote address at the Traditional Rulers’ Day during the ongoing Rivers State Golden Jubilee celebration with the theme, “Traditional Institution in Nigeria and the Challenge of Re-engineering Viable Local Economies.”

He said, “Nigeria is just above 50 years and had fought a civil war. We must understand that Nigeria cannot survive another Civil War. Therefore, Nigerians should work against repeating such mistakes that led us to that Civil War.”

Explaining that traditional institution had been in existence before Nigeria was created, Abubakar maintained that Nigerians had what it takes to bring the best out of the country.

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He urged politicians not to see the traditional institution as a threat, but they should work with it (traditional institution) to develop the country.

“The traditional institution was already here before Nigeria came into existence. When the colonial masters came, they saw a well organised traditional institution and that was why most parts of the country were ruled by them through the traditional rulers.

“The traditional institution in Nigeria has what it takes to bring the best out of our communities and our country. The politicians should not see the traditional institution as a threat, rather they should work with us,” he stressed.

The Sultan of Sokoto charged monarchs in Rivers State to be supportive of the state government’s policies for the growth of the state.

He hailed the state government’s commitment towards the completion of the modern traditional rulers’ complex within six months

Earlier, the state Governor, Nyesom Wike, had pointed out that the state would use the opportunity provided by the Golden Jubilee celebration to deepen the unity of the people of the state.

Wike added that his administration had put measures in place to enhance the status of the state’s traditional rulers.

Also speaking, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, called on traditional rulers to always lead exemplary lifestyle worthy of emulation by their subjects.

Maintaining that monarchs have more roles to play in the development of the country than the government, Ooni noted that the traditional rulers knew most of the bad eggs in the society.

The Ooni, who was the chairman of the occasion, urged the political class to make use of the traditional institution and create jobs for the rural populace.

He commended Wike for recognising the traditional rulers in the state by bringing them together through the state’s golden jubilee.

Laying the foundation for the construction of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers complex, Abubakar prayed God to grant the governor the strength to continue to deliver development projects to the people of the state.

Wike, however, directed the contractor and the Special Adviser on Special Projects to ensure the completion of the project within six months.

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JUST IN: Boko Haram Strikes In Chibok, Sets ‘Many Houses’ On Fire

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Suspected Boko Haram terrorists are currently attacking Korongilum, a community in Chibok local government area of Borno State.

A resident told the TheCable that the insurgents came into the community around 6pm, shooting sporadically and setting many houses on fire.

“People were just returning to their houses from the farm when the insurgents came in,” the resident said.

“They came in through Forfor, and our people are running for safety as we speak.”

A military source said troops from the Nigerian Army’s 28 task force brigade and 117 battalion, both headquartered in Chibok, are already on their way to Korongilum.

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“In fact, the brigade and the battalion commanders are the ones leading soldiers to the attack,” the source said.

TheCable’s effort to reach Sagir Musa, army’s spokesman, for comment on the attack proved abortive as his telephone line was out of reach.

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We’ll Lift Visa Ban On Nigeria If… — US

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The United States has declared that the visa ban placed on Nigeria and other countries was a temporary measure.

The US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard, said the visa ban could be resolved between the two countries if the Nigerian government meets certain conditions.

The US ambassador said that Nigeria needed to meet information sharing goals before the decision would be reversed by the US government.

She said this during a visit to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige in Abuja on Tuesday.

The ambassador said the ban was based on US concerns over needs for information sharing and not about character definition.

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Leonard said that students visa were not included in the ban.

The ambassador said the immigrant visa ban does not affect people who are currently resident in the United States.

She also said the ban does not cancel the status of anyone who is currently in the United States.

The US ambassador said: “I need to clarify something for you here, the immigrant visa ban does not affect people who are currently resident in the United States.

“It does not cancel the status of anyone who currently is in the United States.

“What Secretary Pompey said was something that was meant to be temporary.

“And it is about problems with information sharing which are investigable, achievable and resolveable and we look forward to Nigeria in a very short time being able to meet those information sharing goal so that the decision can be reviewed.”

The US ambassador noted that Nigeria was blessed with the ingenuity to diversify its economy, noting that the industrious endowment of many Nigerians home and abroad.

According to her, these were ingredient that should be employed to tackle unemployment.

“I think for Nigeria, you have an interesting story about diversification of your economy and prosperity of your economy and it is people.

“You know Nigerians are so well known at home and abroad for their industriousness.

“You know you hear about how much of the activity in the informal sector. So I wonder how you think about capturing that entrepreneurial spirit and to bringing it into the formal sector in service and to enhance employment,” she added.

Ngige said the inclusion of Nigeria in the list of countries under the US travel ban was a shock to the country.

The minister described the ban as unwarranted because of the contribution of Nigerian professionals to the US economy.

The Minister said: “Some of these Nigerians are medical doctors, engineers and people with high level of proficiency in oil and gas fields.

“They were all part of the Nigerian residents in the US and it came to us as a rude shock when the US government banned Nigerians and put us in the list of those countries whose residency status have been cancelled.”

Ngige urged the US ambassador to discuss the visa ban issue with her home government in order to reach an understanding and have it reversed.

The Minister told the US ambassador that more than 70 per cent of Nigerians living in the US were highly skilled professionals who contributed billions of dollars yearly to US economy while sending equally impressive amount to Nigeria.

He used the opportunity of the visit to seek for collaboration and assistance of the US in the area of poverty eradication and child labour. He said Nigeria would not demand for money from the US but other forms of assistance.

“We have called on the US Department of Labour to assist and we have given them a list of what we need.

“We are not asking for monetary assistance and we are not asking for American cash but we need technical assistance and logistics like vehicles for those in the inspectorate division to be able to carry out their functions.

“We call on US to help us build schools in those areas where child labour is endemic. You also help in setting up clinics and executing its own empowerment programmes in those localities,” the minister added.

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JUST IN: IGP Seeks Algeria’s Support To Combat Terrorism, Insurgency

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Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has appealed for Algeria’s support to combat insurgency and terrorism in the country.

Adamu made the appeal when he received a delegation of the African Police Organization (AFRIPOL) General Assembly led by its President and Inspector General of Police of Algeria, H. E. Khelifa Ounissi, at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.

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