Pan-Igbo think-tank group, Nzuko Umunna has issued a strong warning to President Muhammadu Buhari over the spate of killing and insecurity in the country.
The group warned that if the situation is not tackled, the country risks being plunged into a cycle of violence that may make Rwanda and Burundi genocides seem like a child’s play.
A statement signed by Paschal Mbanefo and Ngozi Odumuko, its General Secretary and Coordinator respectively, was in reaction to the murder of Funke Olakunrin, daughter to Afenifere leader, Reuben Fasoranti by suspected herdsmen.
The statement added, “We received with shock the killing of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, daughter of nonagenarian and Afenifere Leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti by suspected herdsmen.
“We commiserate with Pa Fasoranti over this tragic incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and the entire Yoruba nation. It is instructive that even at a ripe old age, Pa Fasoranti is still at the barricades battling for the soul of Nigeria.
“It is therefore very ironic and troubling that the 94-year-old elder statesman is made to suffer this heartbreak in his old age. No Nigerian deserves to go through this.
“We urge President Muhammadu Buhari to take immediate steps to arrest Nigeria’s descent to lawlessness and speedily bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice.
“We warn that if the current spate of insecurity is not tackled with the decisiveness it deserves, the country risks being plunged into a cycle of violence that may make Rwanda and Burundi seem like a child’s play.
“The rising spate of insecurity in Nigeria is highly unacceptable. Nigerians are no longer safe in their homes and in the streets. This is bound to scare away investors. Investment thrives in an environment that places premium on security and law and order.
“We urge the Federal Government to overhaul the entire security architecture and design an effective framework to arrest the rampaging criminality that is threatening the unity and continued existence of the country.
“It must be said that Nigeria is clearly at the crossroads now. Aside from the security situation which has seemingly spiralled out of control, the ill-advised Ruga scheme which has been overheating the polity must be scrapped without delay.
“It will require political will at the highest level of governance to stem this unremitting descent into lawlessness. The government must show in clear terms that it has the capacity and sagacity to navigate these slippery slopes. The time to act is now!
“We urge Nigerians to be more vigilant and to give the government every support in order to commence the process of rebuilding the country into a united and prosperous nation devoid of banditry, cattle rustling and all forms of criminality.”
Cabals Are Not Controlling My Govt — Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has struck out claims of a cabal influencing decisions in his government.
First Lady, Aisha Buhari has been claiming for a while now that a cabal is controlling her husband’s government.
President Buhari in an interview with The Interview Newspaper stated that he’s the only one that took an oath for the office of the President and can exercise the power that comes with it.
He said: “I was the one who went round the country on campaigns, and I was the one voted into office as President, twice. No one else did, and no one else took the oath of office, and can exercise the powers of a President.”
Reps Ask Service Chiefs To Resign Immediately
Members of the House of Representatives today passed a vote of no confidence on all the service chiefs, asking them to either resign their positions immediately or be sacked by President Buhari.
The lawmakers made the call during its plenary in Abuja Wednesday, January 29th.
While debating on the nation’s rising insecurity, a member of the House, Abubakar Fulata, informed his colleagues that the service chiefs had outlived their usefulness and that it will be to the detriment of the country if these men keep doing the same thing repeatedly and expect a different result in tackling the security challenges Nigeria is grappling with.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, thereafter put the question to the lawmakers whether the service chiefs should resign and leave their offices or be sacked. Although there was a divide among the members in their response, majority of the lawmakers answered in the affirmative and the resolution was passed.
The service chiefs include the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff, and the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar. They were appointed in July 2015.
NYSC Approves N33,000 Monthly Allowance For Corps Members
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has increased the monthly allowance of corps members to N33, 000.
Corps members were getting N19, 800 until the latest review.
Director General of NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, announced the increase during a working visit to the NYSC secretariat in Bauchi.
He said the increase is in line with the new minimum wage approved by the federal government.
In a statement on the official Facebook page of NYSC, Ibrahim informed provisions for the new allowance have been made in the 2020 budget and “payment would commence as soon as funds are released by the appropriate authorities”.
The DG had pledged the monthly allowance of corps members would be increased “immediately the federal government starts the payment of the new minimum wage”.
“Your monthly allowance would be increased immediately the Federal Government starts the payment of the new minimum wage to all public servants nationwide,” he said in an address delivered at the NYSC orientation camp in Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos.
“Efforts are in top gear at all levels to ensure adequate welfare for all corps members.”
President Muhammadu Buhari signed the new minimum wage bill into law in April 2019.