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Nigeria is in a critical situation – Magashi

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Major General Salihi Magashi

The Minister of Defence, Major General Salihi Magashi (rtd), has said, that Nigeria is in a critical situation following resurging terrorists’ attacks, banditry and abductions across the nation.

The Defence Minister on Monday, opined that the security challenges need the support of the entire nation cum critical stakeholders in the national task of securing the country.

Magashi while speaking at the National Defence and Security Summit organized by the Defence Headquarters with the theme ‘Promoting Kinetic Operations as a Major Plank for Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency in Nigeria’, said, “we are in a critical situation that requires the understanding, buy-in, support and collaboration of important stakeholders and key players in this strategic option and national task.

This is important to minimize distractions and maximize civil support in order to facilitate operational success and mission outcomes.”

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He added, “this Summit is coming at a sobering time in the life of our dear nation. A time, when merchants of violence are threatening to tear the very foundations of our nation; a time when diverse manifestations of security threats dot the landscape and impact individuals, communities and almost all sub-national entities in disconcerting ways; a time when fear and uncertainty pervades the land; and a time when global indicators of national insecurity give room for serious concern.”

“Physical insecurity in Nigeria unexpectedly, has both forward and backward linkages to different shades and forms of national security. Indeed, it is linked to political instability, economic under-development and social inequalities. Others are food insecurity and cumulative environmental degradation. These indicate the multi-dimensional nature of national insecurity.

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“In view of these realities, the Federal Government of Nigeria has over the years applied a multi-lateral approach with our contiguous neighbours and multi-dimensional efforts domestically. In Southern Nigeria, the security approach include, but not limited to: the convening of various stakeholder dialogues in the Niger Delta; mounting of Single-Service, Joint and Special Task Forces; establishment of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC); establishment of the Ministry of Niger Delta; declaration of the Presidential Amnesty Programme for repentant Niger Delta militants; proscription of the Independent Peoples of Biafra (IPOB); and the establishment of the Multinational Maritime Coordination Centre Zone E in the Gulf of Guinea.”

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Eze Mbamara inaugurates new Amato-Amaraku town union excos

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Obi-Aku, Uzi of Amato-Amaraku in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, His Royal Highness Eze J. C. Mbamara (VI) has inaugurated the new Executive Officers of the town union.

Inaugurating them at his palace on Tuesday 5th of April,2021, the monarch sought God’s blessing upon the new leadership.

The former Chairman Isiala Mbano Council of Traditional Rulers also charged them to be a uniting factor in the community.

Recall that the new President General Mr. Andy Pace Osunwa was earlier inaugurated alongside other 39 President General of different autonomous communities in Isiala Mbano LGA by the Interim Management Committee Chairman Evangelist Chika Okoroike recently.

Those Inaugurated by the monarch included, Mr. Andy Pace Osunwa, President General; Chief Anthony Onwubuariri, Vice President; Mr. Jephter Mbamara, Secretary General; Mr. Alphonsus Duru, Treasurer;

Others were Mr. Chijioke Abiazie, Financial Secretary; Chief Byron Louis Ugwonali, Organizing Secretary/PRO; Mr. Gordon Obi, Assistant Secretary; Mr. Rev lord Osuji, Provost(I) and Mr. Ignatius Njokeji(II).

In his acceptance speech, the President General, Mr. Osunwa expressed delight over his emergence just as he called for unity in the community.

He further promised to lead the community with fear of God, even been hopeful of great change.

During the inaugural meeting on Wednesday 7th April, 2021, the new PG inaugurated a 9-man Peace and Reconciliatory Committee headed by Chief Lawrence Amadi.

While calling their attention on divergent interest in the community, he charged them to maintain integrity as a veritable tool to restore tranquility and togetherness in the land.

This is even as he tasked them to discharge their task without fear or favour. In his remark, one of the leaders Chief Lawrence Ibeh encouraged the new leadership to reach out to other leaders and stakeholders with a view to addressing some nagging issues hindering the progress and development of the community.

The Ikeoha 1 of Amato-Amaraku however assured them of support whenever they are needed.

Read Also; MBIERI NWOT: Traditional Rulers Lack Powers To Control Mbieri Nwaotuoke Union, Says President General.

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[BREAKING] Arms fund probe: Finally, Army chief appears before Reps

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, is currently appearing before the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Need to Review the Purchase, Use and Control of Arms, Ammunition and Related Hardware by Military, Paramilitary and Other Law Enforcement Agencies.

The committee had no less than two times invited Attahiru and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, to answer questions on the procurement of arms and ammunition.
On Friday, the committee, after a long wait, postponed the investigative hearing till Monday.

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Earlier on March 22, 2021, the committee had, after the failure by the CBN governor and the COAS to appear before it, summoned them to appear before on April 7, 2021.

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“I speak with millionaires” – Mercy Eke replies bad belle people

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Mercy Eke replies bad belle people

The winner of the Big Brother Naija show (season 4), Mercy Eke has responded to some bad belle people on social media, who mocked her for her Igbo accent.

Recall that Mercy Lambo has repeatedly been a subject of online troll largely because of her local accent which clearly depicts her origin (Igbo).

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However, the media battle started, after a fan admired Mercy due to her beautiful looks.

A lady reacted saying that the reality star is beautiful till she opens her mouth to speak.

Responding to the statement, Mercy told the lady that she opens her mouth to speak with millionaires on how to make billions.

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