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Pls who's in charge of Tinubu Presidency campaign? eheen make them no tlk say I no support them oO, one way or the other I must collect my own share oO
|TV/Movies / Re: Between Tom And Jerry, Who Did You Support As A Child? by NofiuFade(m): 10:03pm On Mar 24|
Only Nigeria politicians will support Tom as a child
|Politics / Re: Lifestyle Audit: Nigerians Flaunting Lifestyles They Can’t Afford To Be Probed by NofiuFade(m): 7:10pm On Mar 22|
One Nigeria forever ✌️
|Politics / Re: Ibori's Loot Will Fund 2nd Niger Bridge, Lagos–Ibadan, Abuja–Kano Expressways by NofiuFade(m): 8:02am On Mar 11|
Swallowed once again #CaseClose ✌️
|Celebrities / Re: I Am Not Leaving Music - DJ Cuppy Replies Troll Over Oxford Admission by NofiuFade(m): 7:53pm On Mar 06|
Let's hope she come back better, she's currently stooping herself way too low, what a kind of life
|Celebrities / Re: CDQ Stabbed By Burna Boy's Crew Over Obafemi Martins Issue by NofiuFade(m): 10:22am On Mar 04|
We are very good in bringing ourselves down in this country and is too bad for us as a Nigerians since the day the news of Burna Grammy nomination comes, since that day the guy as been opting from one scandal to the other, Naija why?
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|Politics / PGF DG Seeks Audit Of APC National Secretariat, Strengthening Bureaucracy by NofiuFade(m): 12:12pm On Jan 13|
Director-General of the Progressive Governors’ Forum PGF, Salihu Moh. Lukman has recommended the immediate audit of the national secretariat of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC as a way of strengthening its bureaucracy to contribute to national development.
Lukman in a statement on Wednesday hailed how American political institutions rose above the foibles of partisanship and ensured that the United States President, Donald Trump was not allowed to subvert the democratic process.
Noting that Nigeria needs to learn from the US and build her institutions, the PGF DG said there is “the need to undertake an audit of what currently exists as the party’s Secretariat, its functions and personnel”.
“For instance, how is it structured to provide services to the APC as provided by the constitution of the party? Are there supportive rules provided for the operations of the party bureaucracy? How effective has the application of those rules be? What is required to strengthen the rules guiding the discharge of functions of the Secretariat?
“How are the personnel of the Secretariat recruited? Are there standard recruitment guidelines, highlighting qualification requirements? How can the process be strengthened?
“The third issue is the question of funding. How is the work of the Secretariat funded? Once funding is not guaranteed, it will affect the quality of personnel and also the proposals and recommendations which they make”, Lukman submitted.
According to him, while it is very easy to raise these questions, it is however extremely difficult to get them to the level of actionable consideration by APC leaders.
“The fact that as members of APC we can raise these issues present some advantages for the party. As far as PDP is concerned these are issues that are foreclosed. As a party, PDP has over the years lived in complete denial of all its internal organisational challenges. Therefore, the issue of building the PDP as a strong institution is limited to winning elections, as far as PDP leaders and members are concerned. If anything, the lived experiences of PDP confirms that winning elections is not the same as strengthening the party. Even with weaker parties, elections can be won”, he added.
He said the starting point should therefore be to strengthen the commitment of political leaders produced by the APC to consider rational political proposals and recommendations as well as their implementation, once decided.
“As Nigerians, we must wake up to the reality that there cannot be a strong democracy without strong political parties. Once our political leaders are unable to orient themselves to respect and recognise proposals from the party’s bureaucracy, they will be weak in respecting, recognising or working with proposals from government bureaucracies when elected to office. There is no shortcut to these issues!”, Lukman added.
He noted that given the role of political parties in producing political leaders, “once our parties are unable to recognise and respect the value of bureaucracies to guide processes of decision making and implementation within the party, elected leaders that they produce would most likely go into government with a mindset that at best disregard proposals and recommendations from civil service and other government bureaucracies”.
“This can only breed administrative authoritarianism, which as argued by Camilla Stivers in the book Bureaucracy, and the Study of Administration, ‘Administrative authoritarianism, officiousness, and arbitrariness are much more serious threats to the rights and liberties of the individual… The real protection of the citizens lies in the development of a high degree of democratic consciousness among the administrative hierarchy.’
“For us to be able to develop the needed democratic consciousness among the hierarchy of our political leaders, we need to focus ourselves on issues that will support the development of strong bureaucracies in our parties. As things are, what exists as bureaucracies in our political parties are highly fragile and hardly guide processes of decision making and implementation”, the PGF DG declared.
|Politics / Debt Servicing Gulped N3.27trn In 2020 Budget – FG by NofiuFade(m): 9:16am On Jan 13|
The federal government has disclosed that out of N6.46 trillion spent on recurrent expenditure in 2020, the sum of N3.27 trillion was spent on debt servicing, while the balance of N3.19 trillion was spent on personnel cost, including pensions.
The government also revealed that a total of N1.80trillion, about 89 per cent of the provision for capital expenditure, was released for the financing of capital projects under its N10.8trillion 2020 budget.
Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, released the figures yesterday during the public presentation and breakdown of the 2021 approved budget in Abuja.
A breakdown of the 2021 approved budget showed a total sum of N1,275.81 trillion was budgeted for security affairs.
A further review of the figures showed that ministry of defence got the largest chunk of the budget – N 838.56 billion, while ministry of Police affairs got the second largest sum of N 437.25 billion from the appropriation bill that was signed into law by President Buhari in late December.
The minister said the security “allocations underscore our commitment to increased investment in national security and human capital development.”
Ministry of Works and Housing Has N399.69 billion, while ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning has N376.36 billion.
Ministry of education got the second largest budgetary allocation, with N545.24 billion allocation, while ministry of health got N380.21billion allocation under the 2021 fiscal year.
Out of the N1.80 trillion capital expenses, N118.37 billion was released for COVID 19 capital expenditure, the minister said.
The federal government will spend N3.32 trillion, which is a 24.5 per cent of the total expenditure, and 12.6 per cent higher than 2020 revised budget on debt servicing under the 2021 budget.
2021 aggregate FGN expenditure (inclusive of government owned enterprises and project-tied loans) is projected to be N13.59 trillion, which is 25.7 per cent higher than revised 2020 Budget.
Recurrent (non-debt) spending is estimated to amount to N5.99 trillion. It is 44.1 per cent of total expenditure, and 13.3 per cent higher than 2020 revised estimates (mainly reflecting increases in salaries & pensions).
Aggregate capital expenditure of N4.37 trillion is 32.2 per cent of total expenditure; and 62.9 per cent higher than the 2020 revised budget (inclusive of capital component of statutory transfers, GOEs capital & project-tied loans expenditures).
The 2021 budget has overall budget deficit of N5.60 trillion, representing 3.93 per cent of GDP. Meanwhile, the minister stated that the budget deficit is to be financed mainly by borrowings: Domestic sources: N2.34 trillion; foreign sources: N2.34 trillion; multi-lateral/bi-lateral loan drawdowns: N709.69 billion; and privatisation proceeds: N205.15 billion.
The aggregate revenue available to fund the 2021 budget is projected at N7.99 trillion (36.9 per cent higher than the 2020 projection of N5.84 trillion).
To promote fiscal transparency, accountability & comprehensiveness, the budgets of 60 government owned enterprises (GOEs) are integrated in the FGN’s 2021 budget proposal.
In aggregate, 30 per cent of projected revenue is to come from oil-related sources while 70 per cent is to be earned from non-oil sources.
Crude oil price benchmark was retained at $40 per barrel. World Bank forecasts $44pb average crude oil price in 2021.
Zainab also noted that the Finance Act 2020 is to ensure that there is a balance between broader macroeconomic strategies to attract investment, grow the economy, create jobs as well as provide immediate fiscal strategies for accelerated domestic revenue mobilisation, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the domestic/global economic downturn.
A further look at the 2021 budget shows that N22.08 billion will be paid as balance payment for procurement of 3 X JF -17 Thunder Aircraft, support equipment and spares including targeting Pod for JF–17, complete with aircraft arms & ammunition N9.69 billion.
There is also allocation for procurement of 30/32/35 metre hydro survey ship & Landing ship tankN10.44 billion Procurement of 3 X AW109 Helicopters and part payment for procurement of 1 X AW139 Helicopter.
Also, N4.4 billion has been earmarked for the completion of Naval War College Nigeria complex and N3.89 billion for upgrade of Nigerian Navy reference hospital in Ojo, Lagos.
According to the finance minister, “Revenue generation remains the most critical fiscal issue over the medium term. Several measures are being instituted to improve government revenue and entrench a regime of prudence with emphasis on achieving value for money. “Improving the tax administration framework to optimize government revenue is a major thrust of the Administration’s Strategic Revenue Growth Initiatives (SRGI).
|Politics / Re: Lagos Impounds 100 Commercial Motorcycles by NofiuFade(m): 12:32pm On Jan 12|
dragunov:what do you know about me, for your information I am not from the north okay
|Romance / Re: Stingy Men Association Of Nigeria Funniest Pictures So Far by NofiuFade(m): 10:26pm On Jan 11|
Someone say which kind generation be this
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|Politics / Armed Forces Remembrance Service Not Enough For Abandoned Families— Methodist Bi by NofiuFade(m): 8:27pm On Jan 11|
The Bishop of Umuahia Methodist Diocese, Archbishop Chibuzo Opoko, has told the government that it was not enough to organise an annual remembrance day service for Armed Forces when family members of fallen heroes were abandoned to their fate.
The cleric, who threw the challenge on Sunday during a sermon at the Inter-denominational church service for 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day held at the Methodist Church, Umuahia, decried the deplorable condition of the families of fallen heroes.
His words: “It’s not enough to gather annually and to remember them (fallen heroes) when their entitlements take years to come.
“Even those involved in the civil war, whether they fought on the part of Nigeria or Biafra; we know they all sacrificed for the peace of this country.”
He urged the government to show empathy to the suffering families of fallen heroes and members of the Nigerian legion who had paid the ultimate sacrifice in service of their fatherland instead of paying lip services to their plights.
Opoko lamented the woes of members of the Armed Forces involved in the fight against insurgency in the Northern region, regretting that they are often faced with terrorists who are most often better equipped.
” The Armed Forces face terrorists and criminals sometimes armed with more sophisticated weapons,” he noted.
The fiery cleric further challenged communities and public-spirited individuals to contribute and build houses for soldiers in appreciation of their sacrifices.
In his speech, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu lamented that the negligence of parents in instilling the right values into their children contribute to the stress of the Armed Forces.
He stated that the increase in moral decadence, drug trafficking, kidnapping, banditry and other forms of criminality as a result of the failure of parents in their roles, contributed in overstretching the Armed Forces.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, who was represented by his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, pledged the continued support of Abia State Government to the Nigerian Legion.
|Politics / Tension In Ekiti Over Alleged Plan To Sack Assembly Workers by NofiuFade(m): 7:36pm On Jan 11|
There is palpable fear in Ekiti State over alleged secret plot by the State House of Assembly to sack some of its workforce under the guise of staff audit.https://thenationonlineng.net/tension-in-ekiti-over-alleged-plan-to-sack-assembly-workers/
|Politics / Re: Confusion As Fg’s #endsars Panel Suspends Further Sitting Over Poor Funding by NofiuFade(m): 7:31pm On Jan 11|
yinkus6750:what if the powerful cabals behind the whole #EndSARS conspiracy Don Cash out no be naija we dey?
|Politics / Confusion As Fg’s #endsars Panel Suspends Further Sitting Over Poor Funding by NofiuFade(m): 7:23pm On Jan 11|
The Independent Investigative Panel (IPP) constituted by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on the directive of the Federal Government (FG) to probe rights abuse and other unethical conduct by officials of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has put off its planned resumption.
The Nation learnt that members of the IIP, which was constituted in the wake of the #EndSARS protests, had observed the Christmas and New Year breaks and were expected to resume sitting on Monday.
But, when The Nation got to the panel’s sitting venue on Monday, the door to the hall was locked, without any indication that it would sit.
Upon enquiry, it was gathered that members of the panel elected to put on hold its planned resumption, because they have not been paid their allowances.
A source close to the panel said members were expected to arrive Abuja at the weekend preparatory to the resumption of the panel’s sitting today, but they were told not to come yet because resources were inadequate.
“The panel has nine members, who are from across the country. They come from Lagos, Gombe, Enugu, Port-Harcourt and so on. The panel is expected to seat for six months. It has sat for three months, having commenced sitting since October last year.
“The panel has received over 300 petitions and it is still receiving more across the country. It seems Nigerians prefer the panel to those sitting in states.
“It (the panel) has a lot to attend to, but it is suffering from inadequate funding. That is why it may not resume sitting anytime soon, until the issue is addressed, “the source said.
But, the NHRC gave a different reason why the panel suspended its sitting to “a date to be announced later.”
NHRC’s spokeswoman, Mrs. Fatimah Agwai Mohammed said the postponement of the panel’s resumption was to enable it put in place measures in compliance with the Federal Government’s COVID-19 protocols.
“It is not true that funding is responsible. We decided to re-adjust the panel’s activities in view of the increasing threat of COVID 19. We don’t want to put our staff, panel members, complainants and their lawyers at risk.
“We have decided to suspend proceedings pending when we are able to put in place all the necessary measures to ensure we operate at no health risk to anybody.
“We are currently also re-adjusting our cause list to reduce the number of petitions to be taken daily, while also working on the duration of sitting daily,” she said.
She however said the commission requires additional funding to enable it put in place all it needs to ensure that everyone is safe before the panel resumes sitting.
“Honestly. I do not know exactly when the panel would resume sitting. We want to ensure that all necessary measures are in place. That of course requires more funding, “the NHRC’s spokeswoman said.
|Politics / Dangote loses $900m, drops eight places on billionaires list by NofiuFade(m): 12:56pm On Jan 11|
Dangote Industries Limited ended trading on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Friday, as the biggest loser leaving its owner, Aliko Dangote, with a drop in net worth by $900m.
Bloomberg Billionaires Index which ranks the first 500 richest people in the world showed that his wealth fell from $18.4bn on Thursday to $17.5bn on Friday, taking him from 106th to 114th on the list of wealthiest people in the world.
According to Bloomberg, “The majority of Dangote’s fortune is derived from his 86 per cent stake in publicly-traded Dangote Cement. He holds the shares in the company directly and through his conglomerate, Dangote Industries.
“A $12bn oil refinery that is currently being developed in Nigeria isn’t included in the valuation because it’s not yet operational and construction costs are calculated to outweigh its current value,”
Dangote is the only Nigerian on the list.
|Politics / Unknown Persons Build N20m Bridge In Ogun Forest, Govt Orders Demolition by NofiuFade(m): 2:17pm On Jan 10|
Some unknown persons have constructed a bridge worth N20 million in a remote area in Ijebu East Local Government area of Ogun State.
The bridge, it was gathered, was built across Oluwo river to link Omo Forest in Area J4 to a village in Ondo State.
But, the Ogun state government has ordered the demolition of the N20 million bridge, which it termed as “illegal”.
DAILY POST learnt that some illegal loggers, who have been engaging in illegal felling of tree, had tasked themselves to begin the construction of a bridge in the state government forest reserve.
On Saturday, the state Commissioner for Forestry, Hon. Tunji Akinosi was said to have led a monitoring team to Laagan village where he saw the 50-metre long bridge.
A statement by the Information Officer of the Ministry, Soji Solarin, stated that the Commissioner ordered that the bridge, which is almost completed, be destroyed within two weeks.
According to Akinosi, those constructing the bridge were doing so to have easy transportation of stolen state’s forest resources by illegal loggers and taken away to neighbouring states.
He disclosed that some unscrupulous elements are behind the illegal bridge, saying it must have gulped about N15 to N20 million.
He threatened to arrest and prosecute settlers keeping illegal arms to perpetrate crimes in the area.
“Armed soldiers would remain part of the frequent monitoring exercises in order to prevent banditry which is becoming prevalent nationwide,” he said.
|Politics / Lagos Impounds 100 Commercial Motorcycles by NofiuFade(m): 10:25am On Jan 10|
The operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce) at the weekend, impounded another 100 commercial motorcycles, popularly called “Okada” over illegal operation.
In continuation of government efforts to ensure sanity on Lagos roads as well as to rid restricted routes of defiant motorcyclists, the operatives of Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit over the weekend impounded 100 commercial motorcycles.
|Politics / Kwara 2023: Saraki’s Camp In Comeback Bid by NofiuFade(m): 7:44am On Jan 10|
On Saturday November 14, former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, returned to Ilorin, the capital city of Kwara State, for the first time since the 2019 political losses he and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), suffered in the hands of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The former governor was actually in town to be part of the memorial prayer for his father, Senator Olusola Saraki. Bukola Saraki was not alone on that visit as he arrived just a day after his sister, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, Minister of State for Transport, arrived in Ilorin, for the same purpose.https://thenationonlineng.net/kwara-2023-sarakis-camp-in-comeback-bid/
|Politics / FG Awaits $5.3 Billion Chinese Loan For Ibadan-kano Rail Line by NofiuFade(m): 8:36pm On Jan 09|
The federal government will begin work on the construction of the Ibadan-Kano rail project as soon as the Chinese government approves the sum of $5.3bn loan application, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said.https://www.vanguardngr.com/2021/01/fg-awaits-5-3bn-chinese-loan-for-ibadan-kano-rail-line/
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|Celebrities / Re: American Celebrities React To Trump’s Twitter Ban (Pictures) by NofiuFade(m): 7:39pm On Jan 09|
Nigeria next election is already in a mess, those who know will understand for Trump to have ridicule America electoral system to this extend, I don't think those big balloon politicians we have in Nigeria will not any longer be afraid of America, Nigerians better brace up!
|Politics / We Spent Over £50m On Nigeria Elections In 5 Years – UK by NofiuFade(m): 8:13am On Jan 09|
The United Kingdom (UK) has disclosed that it spent more than £50million to support electoral processes in Nigeria in the last five years.
Sam Waldock, Head of Governance and Stability, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office, spoke at a retreat of the Joint Technical Committee on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2020 in Abuja.
Waldock said his country was a proud supporter of Nigeria’s democratic process.
“In the last five years, the UK had invested over £50million into Nigeria’s democratic process. We recognise Nigeria as the largest democracy in Africa, and a leading member of the Commonwealth of nations.
“It will therefore be good to have a robust comprehensive system in place far ahead of the general election so that adequate preparations could be made,” The Nation quoted him as saying.
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, hailed the National Assembly for working out a new legal framework for conduct of elections.
Represented by the National Commissioner for Voter Education, Festus Okoye, Yakubu said the reform must be impactful and should be concluded by the first quarter of 2021.
He assured that INEC was committed to the process of the amendment and would make recommendations that would improve elections.
“However, it must be borne in mind that amending the electoral legal framework will not automatically guarantee or lead to improvement in the management and conduct of elections”, Yakubu noted.
|Foreign Affairs / Re: US Capitol: Police Arrest Man Who Sat On House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi's Desk by NofiuFade(m): 10:40pm On Jan 08|
This one pain all of them , if not for the capital rioters many will not realised Trump is hell bent in destroying America legacy finish
|Travel / Re: Cheeky Monkeys Having Sex On Car Bonnet In England by NofiuFade(m): 7:41pm On Jan 06|
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|Celebrities / Re: Kim Kardashian & Kanye West To Divorce As Kim Drops $1.3M Ring by NofiuFade(m): 8:16am On Jan 06|
Truthfully if Kanye is genuinely born again, forget Kim will soon be smelling like sh!t to him unless she join him or else they go there separate way, being born of the holy spirit no be child play jare , my heart goes out to Kanye at this trying times, may the spirit of the almighty God that take over is body and soul sees him throught it painful sha
|Politics / Why I Don’t Want To Talk About Buhari Govt, By Soyinka by NofiuFade(m): 9:59pm On Jan 05|
Literary icon Prof. Wole Soyinka may no longer want to comment on the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He told an on-line TV in a chat that went viral yesterday that “for the sake of sanity, one must imagine that the regime of the President Muhammadu Buhari does not exist”.
The Nobel laureate, who was seen being interviewed onboard a train, described the new Lagos-Abeokuta-Ibadan standard gauge train, as marvellous and long overdue.
He told the Kaftan TV reporter that he would not like to talk about the Buhari administration because he imagined the regime doesn’t exist.
When asked whether the new train was a plus to Buhari’s regime, he said: “I don’t want to talk about Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. I think it is best for my sanity just to avoid that overall question. I can take bits and pieces of Nigeria’s present predicament but I think for one’s sense of balance, one must forget the existence of the Buhari administration.
|Politics / Re: FG Increases Electricity Tariff By 50% by NofiuFade(m): 11:50am On Jan 05|
#EndSARS-2 Protest loading, I can assure you all this is going to be grand finale! Jesus had better come on time because some Nigerians are currently not hesitate to go nd meet Jesus, we no go gree oO
|Politics / Breaking ~ FG Increases Electricity Tariff By 50% by NofiuFade(m): 11:47am On Jan 05|
Although Nigerians are yet to come to terms with the last increase in electricity tariff, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has enforced a new Multi Year Tariff Order (MYTO), increasing electricity bill by over 50 per cent across the country.
A revised MYTO and minimum remittance threshold payable by the Distribution Companies and signed by NERC Chairman, Sanusi Garba empowers the 11 DisCos to increase tariff by 50 per cent citing prevailing economic realities, especially inflation and exchange rate.
The document dated December 30, 2020 overruled the previous order Order NERC/2028/2020.
Labour unions and the Federal Government had been at loggerhead following increase in the pump price of premium motor spirit as well as the increase in electricity tariff.
After series of outrage and outright rejection by consumers who cited poor power supply and the impacts of Covid-19, DisCos had in October last year started the implementation of a service-based reflective tariff (SRT) structure after backing by an approval from President Muhammadu Buhari.
In the new order, tagged NERC/225/2020, NERC based its decision by current inflation of 14.9 per cent iN379.4/$1 exchange rate.
All classes of consumers, except those who enjoy a few hours of power supply would pay more for electricity until June this year.
|Politics / COVID-19: No Lockdown For Now ― FG by NofiuFade(m): 1:18pm On Jan 04|
The Minister of the Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Monday, said the economic and social implications may make it difficult for the Federal Government to impose another lockdown in the country.
The Minister, who addressed newsmen in Lagos, however, urged Nigerians to adhere strictly to all COVID-19 protocols laid down by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
He said: “I don’t think there is anywhere the Federal Government said it will impose another lockdown. However, the Federal Government is not happy that Nigerians are not observing all COVID-19 protocols like washing of hands and wearing of facemasks. The Federal Government is aware of the economic and social implications of having another lockdown. The Federal Government will, however, urge Nigeria s to follow all COVID-19 protocols.”
|Politics / Don’t Use Us As Bait - ASUU Warns Other Staff Unions by NofiuFade(m): 9:11pm On Jan 03|
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has said the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, or any other union should not use it as bait to get anything from the government.https://www.vanguardngr.com/2021/01/dont-use-us-as-bait-ASUU-warns/
|Politics / Buhari Sympathises With Niger Republic Over Terror Attack by NofiuFade(m): 8:46pm On Jan 03|
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Sunday condemned the killing of 70 people in Zaroumdareye, a border town between Niger Republic and Mali by militants.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement titled “President Buhari sympathises with Niger Republic over terrorist attack that killed 70 people, calls for united action against terrorism.”
Shehu quoted the President as describing the incident as another clarion call for united action by African leaders against terrorism.
The President said, “I am profoundly shocked by the large scale death of innocent people at the hands of these callous militants who have no regard for the sanctity of human life.
“We are facing grave security challenges on account of the evil campaign of indiscriminate violence by terrorists in the Sahel and only united action can help us defeat these vicious enemies of humanity.
“Terrorism has now become like a contagion of evil that can spread anytime if united action is not taken.”
The President added, “Instability in one part of Africa had implications for the security of others.
“The destabilisation of Libya in 2011 is producing domino effects on the security of other African countries including Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and others.
“The looting of Libyan armouries in the aftermath of Gaddafi’s fall has put dangerous weapons into the hands of terrorists and other criminals who now pose security challenges to other countries.
“We are united by common fate and therefore we must act in concert to defeat these evil men who target innocent people.
“Let me use this opportunity to express my deepest sympathy for the government, the people of Niger and the families of the victims.”
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