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Corps members part of defence, can be mobilised for war – NYSC
The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, says corps members are part of the national defence policy of Nigeria and can be mobilised for war if need be.
Ibrahim said this on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme on Wednesday while reacting to moves to scrap the NYSC scheme which is compulsory for all Nigerians who graduate before the age of 30.
The NYSC boss said, “You can imagine within the short three weeks in the orientation camps, the corps members are moulded. They are like soldiers. You see female corps members blowing the army horn, playing with the military band. “So, if not for the knowledge, where are you going to mobilise such young Nigerians to train them quickly to put in their best for the country? “So, corps members are on reserve. They are also part of the national defence policy. Parents should teach their children the spirit of patriotism.”
Ohanaeze fumes as ex-Buhari aide expresses anti-Igbo sentiment
The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has dismissed as childish a statement credited to a former Special Assistant to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), on Assembly Matters, Abdurrahman Sumaila.
The former Presidential aide had in a statement in Kano, on Thursday claimed that, “no right-thinking Nigerian will support an Igbo presidential candidate in 2023.”
Spokesman for Ohanaeze, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, said, “Ohanaeze will not take issues with the ex-presidential aide, describing his outburst as ‘childish.’ Sumaila, had in the statement said, “With the atrocities committed by South-East people on the record, how can Nigerians entrust them to govern them? “I am sure not a single right-thinking Nigerian will endanger his life to support the candidature of any South-East politician contesting for presidency come 2023 general elections.”
Ganduje raises the alarm over gathering of bandits in Kano forest
The Kano State Governor, Abdulahi Ganduje, on Thursday called for military intervention in the state, saying bandits had taken over its forests and converted them to hideouts.
The governor added that the bandits were gathering in Falgore Forest and might be planning to carry out attacks.
Ganduje said this at a meeting with the service chiefs at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja. He said, “I am also here to seek the help of the Nigerian Army to sustain the peace in Kano State. Bandits have converted some forests in the state into hideouts. The bandits are grouping in Falgore Forest and may be planning to attack our people. “We are building houses, schools and hospitals for the herdsmen in some of the forests but we want the Army to commence activities at the Falgore Forest. “I plead with the Nigerian Army to quickly conclude work on the training depot at the Falgore Forest so that they can take over the forest.”
Getting new constitution almost impossible, says National Assembly
The National Assembly has said it will be difficult to repeal the 1999 Constitution and enact a new law for Nigeria, noting that there are stringent conditions for achieving it.
The Deputy President of the Senate and Chairman of the Senate’s Ad Hoc Committee on Constitution Review, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, said, “It is not impossible but it is difficult.”
He also said while several socio-political and cultural groups, as well as prominent Nigerians, were clamouring for a new constitution, the parliament had yet to receive a memorandum seeking to amend Section 9 of the Constitution. Omo-Agege made this known while featuring on Politics Today, a current affairs programme on Channels Television monitored by one of our correspondents in Abuja on Thursday.
To stop abductions, sponsor factional bandits, Gumi tells FG
A revered Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi, has advised the Federal Government to support splinter groups among bandits as a way to end mass abductions of school pupils.
Gumi, who spoke to The PUNCH on the telephone on Wednesday on the abduction of 200 Islamiyya schoolchildren in the Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, said many bandits were ready for a dialogue, adding that government could use them to fight the “ugly ones.”
He said, “We are always trying to do our best, but you see, you need two hands to shake. You know these people (bandits) need engagements from the government itself. If you dialogue with them without the involvement of the government, it is a problem. “Government needs to be proactive with them. We have a lot of them that are ready to fight the bad ones. Use the bad to fight the ugly, and use the good to fight the bad ones when you’re done with the ugly. Look at Boko Haram, who finished Shekau? Was it not the splinter group? So, it is easy.
Presidency berates ex-US envoy, magazine over ‘Nigeria is failing’ report
Presidency on Thursday knocked an American magazine of international relations and US foreign policy, Foreign Affairs, for publishing what it called a facts-shifting article on Nigeria. It said this in its reaction to an article titled ‘The giant of Africa is failing’ which appeared in the current edition of the magazine.
The Presidency’s position was contained in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled, ‘Re: Giant of Africa is failing: Stating the facts.’
The statement reads, “The latest article on Nigeria in Foreign Affairs titled ‘The Giant of Africa is failing’ is unfair both to a magazine with such an esteemed pedigree and to its readers. “Ambassador Campbell has been predicting the collapse of Nigeria for several years. He is of course entitled to his opinions, even where events consistently prove him wrong. But facts should not be bent to support distorted opinions.”
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