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Ndume: I Feel Safer In Maiduguri Than Abuja
Senator Ali Ndume says he is more at ease in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, than in Abuja.
Boko Haram has struck repeatedly in Maiduguri and its environs but when he appeared on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Thursday, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, said security has improved in Borno state capital.
“I live in Abuja and also live in Maiduguri. Once I come to Maiduguri, I feel safer than in Abuja, because somebody can knock down your door with a gun. In Maiduguri, we don’t hear of that. It is outside Maiduguri where the insurgents are marauding around and attack intermittently. And that’s normal with insurgents, that’s why they are called insurgents, they do hit and run on soft targets.
Press Council Bill: Presidency, Reps Set To ‘Ground’ Newspapers
There are fears that a bill seeking to amend the Nigeria Press Council (NPC) Act will lead to the death of serious newspapers in Nigeria if it scaled through the two chambers of the National Assembly and finally assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Strong voices against the bill said on Thursday at a public hearing in the House of Representatives that some provisions in the proposed amendment to the APC Act would make it difficult for the media houses to operate in an atmosphere of freedom and hold those in the position of authority to account.
The Nigerian Press Organisation (NPO), an umbrella body comprising the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has therefore called on the House of Representatives to step down the bill immediately.
B/Haram Gets New Commanders After Shekau’s Death
Nigeria’s Boko Haram jihadist group has confirmed the death of its chief Abubakar Shekau, who sources say died during infighting with a rival Islamic State-allied faction, according to a video message from its presumed new commander.
In the short video in Arabic, top Boko Haram commander Bakura Modu, also known as Sahaba, urged his faction’s commanders to remain loyal despite the loss of their historic commander.
Shekau’s death was seen a major shift in Nigeria’s conflict, though Islamic State in West Africa Province or ISWAP has recently emerged as the dominant force in the more than decade-long Islamist insurgency in the country’s northeast. The video, provided to AFP by a source close to Boko Haram and confirmed to be Bakura Modu by another local source, illustrates that jihadist infighting is far from over in Africa’s most populous nation.
22 States, FCT Register For Grazing Reserve Initiatives -FG
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mohammad Sabo Nanono, Thursday said 22 states and the Federal Capital Territory had registered for the National Livestock Transformation Programme.
The programme seeks permanent a solution to the frequent farmers-herders crisis through the establishment of grazing reserves, among others, for the herders. The minister, who spoke at the 44th National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development in Abuja, said out of this number, ten states had created their teams which had been trained by the federal office.
‘’Seven of these 10 states have also earmarked about 19 grazing reserves for the implementation of the NLTP with a total land size of approximately 400,000 hectares” he said.
There’s A Lot Of Work To Be Done, Buhari Charges Troops
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday charged troops to put in more efforts in the fight against insecurity “because there’s a lot of work to be done.”
He stated this while addressing the troops of the Joint Task Force at Maimalari Cantonment parade ground in Maiduguri, Borno State capital. He assured the armed forces of more procurement of armaments.
“We should not allow our adversaries or criminal elements undermine our sovereignty. While I commend you, let me tell you that there is still a lot of work to be done in the North East, West and entire country.”
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