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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 25 March, 2021 Edition)

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Here’s our picks on today’s top buzzy stories on Daily Trust Newspaper. We prepare it as a quick-read for our visitors who also enjoys Daily Trust News.

Gumi: Why Bandits May Not Drop Their Arms

Respected Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi, has said bandits may not drop their arms if they are not sure of their safety. The cleric, who has been deeply involved in the quest to end insecurity, said this during a virtual event hosted by the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies.

Insisting that dialogue is the solution to banditry, Gumi said it is too dangerous to allow uneducated young men to be exposed to drugs.

“Nobody can justify criminality, what we are saying is what we saw in the forest is an ethnic war going on between people in the forest and the neighboring villages and hamlets. When the herder felt he has grievances and nobody was listening to him, he took on weapons. So when we went there and they saw a listening ear, they were ready to negotiate, tell us their grievances, and ready to incorporate into the society. So in such a case, I see no reason why we should not have a dialogue with them.

Southern Senators Back United Nigeria As Fireworks Over Oduduwa Republic Rage

The Southern Senators Forum (SSF) has thrown its weight behind a united Nigeria, this is just as fireworks over an Oduduwa Republic is raging in the southern part of the country.

Daily Trust reports that there has been disquiet in Yorubaland over a recent declaration of Oduduwa Republic by Sunday Igboho.

The Southern senators also elected new leaders to run the affairs of the forum in the ninth Senate. The Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, unveiled the new leadership of the forum, while briefing newsmen after a closed-door meeting that lasted about one hour on Wednesday. Omo-Agege said the forum agreed to be united behind the leadership of the 9th Senate under Senate President Ahmad Lawan and work with their Northern counterparts for the country’s development. He added that they also resolved to support one united Nigeria.

Senate Moves To Whittle Down IGP’s Powers, Decentralises Police Structure

The Senate has introduced a bill seeking to amend the Police Act, 2020. The new bill titled ‘The Nigeria Police Act 2020 (Amendment) Bill, 2021’, was sponsored by Senator Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru (APC, Osun).

According to the sponsor, the bill seeks to enhance the operational capacity of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) through the removal of constraints of funds and whittling down the over-centralisation of the command structure of the police force.

This is coming six months after President Muhammadu Buhari assented to the Nigeria Police Bill 2020, on September 16, which repealed the Police Act Cap. P19 Laws of the Federation, 2004. The amendment seeks to decentralize the police command structure with operational and budgetary powers vested in the zonal offices. The bill also seeks to establish a zonal security advisory council and state security advisory council to advise on the security challenges facing each zone or state respectively.

Nigeria Falling Apart Under Buhari – Northern Elders

Director, Publicity and Advocacy, Northern Elders’ Forum, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari is too slow in tackling insecurity.

Baba-Ahmed, who spoke on Arise Television on Wednesday, wondered why it was taking Buhari’s administration so long to tackle insecurity.

He said: “If I’ve an opportunity to speak with the president, I’d say: ‘Sir, please, wake up and smell the coffee, this country is falling apart. It’s in very serious danger; it’s going down under your watch. You swore in 2015 and again in 2019 that you’d protect citizens, the territorial integrity of Nigeria. Sorry, sir, you’re not doing that, doing it well or you’re not doing it at all,” he said.

No Rift Between Buhari, Tinubu – Presidency

The Presidency, on Wednesday, said there is no rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and a former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

There have been reports that the crack between the camps of the two leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has widened ahead of the 2023 politicking.

Daily Trust had exclusively reported on Wednesday, how the crack in the two camps is widening. Before publishing the report, Daily Trust made several efforts to get the reaction of the presidency through a presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, but he did not respond to calls and a text message sent to him. But yesterday Shehu, in a statement, said the president and Tinubu have a very strong commitment to the party.

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