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Ohanaeze Gives FG Deadline To Fix Enugu International Airport

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The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chuks Ibegbu has called on the federal government to complete the Enugu International Airport before the end of December.

This came following a recent statement by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, last week, that the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu would be completed by April 2020.

He said this while speaking with newsmen in Abuja after the defence of the ministry’s budget before the Senate Committee on Aviation.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had on October 17, approved the release of N10 billion Special Intervention Fund for immediate repairs and upgrade of the airport.

Buhari said that he was aware of the central nature of the airport, which was closed for repairs since August 24, to the socio-economic development of the Southeast.

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But, Ibegbu in a statement issued on Thursday, in Umuahia, the Abia state capital, asserted that, “If the federal government take the life and welfare of the people of the zone with seriousness, they have to complete the project by December ending. Right now, the roads leading to Owerri and Asaba Airports from Enugu, Ebonyi and other surrounding states are in a terrible shape, coupled with insecurity everywhere.

“Why did they not repair these roads before closing the airports. Is it because it’s in the South East? We laud the President for the release of ten billion Naira for the project but advise a thorough work on the project. Let this only international airport in the zone meet ICAO standard and all major world airlines would land there with all aviation agencies when completed”.

He, therefore, called on the federal government to raise the height of the second Niger Bridge at Onitsha to ensure that vessels can pass through to the inland port of Onitsha while the Enugu to Makurdi and Enugu to Lokoja -Abuja roads should be fixed.

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608 Repentant Boko Haram Insurgents Currently Undergoing Rehabilitation — Military

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The military authority says no fewer than 608 repentant Boko Haram insurgents are currently undergoing De-radicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DRR) Programme by Operation Safe Corridor (OSC) at Malam-Sidi, Gombe State.

Brig:- Gen. Musa Ibrahim, Commandant DRR Camp OSC made this known when the Managing Director, North East Development Commission (NEDC), Mr. Mohammed Alkali visited the camp on Saturday.

He said 14 of the repentant insurgents were foreigners from Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic.

Ibrahim said: “From inception, we received 893 out of which 286 graduated and were returned to their respective states and countries for reintegration’’.

He said the personnel in the camp were working diligently with the mandate of OSC in conformity with international best practices.

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According to him, the success of the programme will go a long way in restoring peace and security to the North East in particular and the country as a whole.

Ibrahim said the programme was in need of five Hilux vans, additional vocational center, accommodation for camp staff and clients, and prompt release of funds to run the power generator among others.

In his remarks, Alkali said the purpose of his visit was to have an on the spot appreciation of how the programme has been run.

He said NEDC would do everything possible to ensure that the programme succeeded by providing them with facilities needed.

‘`Mr. President established this organisation and the NEDC with the mandate to make sure peace came back to the region as it was before in terms of development’’, he said.

He, therefore, urged unrepentant insurgents who were still in the bushes causing mayhem to come and embrace peace and live a normal life.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Alkali also interacted with the repentant insurgents and inspected the camp facilities.

NAN reports that a cross-section of the clients expressed delight in the Federal Government intervention to rehabilitate them even after collateral damages they had caused the country.

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Nigeria Is Not Working — Ex-APC Chairman, John Oyegun Laments

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Former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Oyegun has lamented over the non-working state of the country and unhappiness across the nation.

Though Oyegun admitted that Nigeria has been growing in the last 20 years in his speech at the 17th edition of the Daily Trust Dialogue, he however stated that there is hardly a single administration that has not left office unpopular and unheralded in all those years.

The APC Chieftain also pointed out that a question that is yet to be asked is “why our people are increasingly unhappy with their governors within those 20 years.”

Oyegun said: “I borrow from what the former governor of Borno State (Kashim Shettima) said. He passionately appealed that we must try to make Nigeria work. Why is Nigeria not working? At the risk of being misinterpreted, let me make the point that we have been growing in those 20 years, every year and with every administration.

“I dare to even say that there is hardly a single administration in those 20 years that has not left office unpopular and unheralded.

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“We have never asked ourselves the question why are our people getting increasingly unhappy with their governors within those 20 years.

“Why are they getting poorer, why are they losing hope, those are the questions I think pose a threat to our democracy because today we are beginning to hear rumblings that we didn’t hear before.”

He also commented on Amotekun, the South-West security outfit which has ignited controversy in the last few days.

The former APC Chairman said, “Amotekun is just one of them which show a general feeling of enough is not being done in certain areas and this has been a growing syndrome in the last 20 years.

“What have we missed between government and the people? What should we be doing as government, as leaders that we are not doing? Why is it that our people are losing hope, losing faith in us, and hope in the nation?

“So, there is something fundamentally wrong I cannot give you the answer but it is something that another dialogue probably needs to address.”

“Democracy has to develop roots in our nation.”

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Banning Not Enough, Arrest Yoruba Leaders Supporting ‘Amotekun’ — Miyetti Allah Tells FG

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Following the controversy trailing the establishment of a regional security outfit, AMOTEKUN which was recently launched by South West Governors to counter insecurity, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, the umbrella body for Fulani herders in the country has called for the arrest of Yoruba leaders who spoke in defence of the establishment of the security outfit.

This call was made by the National President General of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Bello Abdullahi Bodejo while granting interview with The Sun.

Bello Abdullahi Bodejo alleged that the security outfit was established to ban Fulani herdsmen from Yorubaland.

He said: “They should not only ban it, but should arrest the leaders of this group. Like I said earlier, nobody or group has more security intelligence than the Police. The Army is doing enough; the DSS is also doing enough, likewise the Civil Defence.

“They are just doing all these things in order to stop the Fulani from coming into their area; it is just a hidden agenda to prevent the Fulani herdsmen from grazing in their God-given areas.

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“If you say you set up Amotekun to protect your region, what about the Northern Nigeria, what about the Southeast and the South-South and other places that don’t have that kind of thing. Nigeria is one; everything is one, unless they want to divide the country.

“I know some of their leaders have good hearts, but others have evil hearts, and those are the ones coming up with this agenda that the Fulani can’t do this and the Fulani can’t do that; all these things are happening because of Fulani; they are just against the Fulani.

“I support 100 percent the federal government banning it; and the leaders should be arrested. It is a deliberate plot against the Fulani. How many Fulani have been involved in crime and criminal activities in the area?

“Go and check, those people they have been parading as criminals are not Fulani; if they see a Fulani with his cattle inside the bush, they will be calling the Commissioner of Police, DPO, Area Commander and other personalities that they have caught a Fulani committing one crime or the other.

“The moment this is done, the herdsman is scared and he would be made to sell all his cows to free himself from that wicked accusation, that is why you see some of these people are jumping from here to here supporting illegalities and they have their aim.

Speaking during the interview, Bodejo pondered on why South West Governors can not use security agencies that are well organised and well accepted to tackle any security issue in their state.

He said; “We are following the anti-grazing law in Oyo very carefully, and we are sending our lawyers, but not much progress is being made in the court.

“I had a meeting recently with some Fulani from Oyo who came to visit me, they told me how pressure was being mounted on them; and that the environment was being made so harsh and uncomfortable for them. I told them to be law abiding while carrying out their businesses. There, they don’t have fathers or mothers, so the only solution is to approach the court where we can have justice as we are in Nigeria.

I tell you, whether the headquarters of Amotekun is in Oyo or any of the states in the Southwest, as a governor, you are the chief security officer of that state, and in that state, you have the police, the army, the DSS, civil defence, why can’t you use these security agencies that are very well organized, well accepted to tackle any security issue in your state, instead of bringing a different thing to create confusion. I don’t think that the Nigeria Police will support this kind of illegalities.

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