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Insecurity: You’ve allowed your bandits, terrorists kinsmen to operate freely, kill citizens – HURIWA to Buhari

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Nnamdi Kanu: Respect IPOB leader’s rights – HURIWA tells Buhari govt

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, lHURIWA, has said it is shocked that up till now, the Armed Forces have deliberately refused to crush terrorists, who are being tagged ‘bandits’ in the North West region of Nigeria.

“We regret to observe that these terrorists who are mostly ethnic Fulani same ethnicity with all the heads of the internal security institutions are still operating freely in Kaduna, Niger, Zamfara and Katsina and have killed scores of citizens only in the last few days,” HURIWA said in a statement signed by its coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko and made available to DAILY POST on Monday.

The group wondered why the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, has failed to carry out his primary responsibility of protection of lives and properties of citizens.

Furthermore, HURIWA cited the Global Terrorism Index (2019) which ranked Nigeria as the third-worst nation prone to terrorism with no improvement since 2017.

The group noted that asides insurgency (such as Boko Haram and Islamic State in Western African Province, ISWAP), banditry, kidnapping and secessionist violence are pushing Nigeria towards the brink of collapse.

The group underlined the fact that many citizens are calling for the resignation of Buhari for “failing” to secure the country.

“For the past six years, the insecurity across Nigeria has worsened beyond the Boko Haram insurgency. Virtually all parts of Nigeria are currently battling one form or another of violent crimes, evidence that the president has failed to keep his promise on security.”

According to HURIWA, many of the populace no longer believe the President, while many others rather feel the opposite about his positive self-assessment.

The analysis showed that insecurity affects economic growth by drying-out investments, increases unemployment and dwindles government revenue, amongst others. Despite these effects, government capital expenditure on internal security did not grow astronomically to match the hydra-headed problem.

A prominent Islamic scholar, Sheik Murtala Sokoto, described those still praising Buhari as liars and hypocrites.

Even within President Buhari’s own party, many people who worked for his victory now complain openly that the mission that brought them to power might have been willfully abandoned.

DAILY POST can report that terrorists, who are referred to as bandits, have continued to operate freely in the North West Nigeria despite the shutting down of telecommunications In some areas in the region by the Federal Government.

Just yesterday, there were cases of abduction of commuters travelling the Abuja-Kaduna highway by gunmen suspected to be bandits.

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Reps reject bill to allow Nigerians sue govt over lack of food, others

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The House of Representatives has rejected a bill to allow citizens to drag the government to court for failing to provide social welfare.

The bill sought to make justiciable the fundamental objectives as contained in sections 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 of the Constitution.

The lawmakers rejected the bill after the debate on the bill, which was sponsored by Sergius Ogun from Edo State.

For instance, section 16 of the constitution provides that “The State shall direct its policy towards ensuring – that suitable and adequate shelter, suitable and adequate food, reasonable national living minimum wage, old age care and pensions, unemployment and sick benefits and welfare of the disabled are provided for all citizens.”

The passage of the bill would have altered the Constitution in such a manner that citizens can approach the court for failure of government to provide basic needs.

Speaking against the bill, Herman Hembe from Benue State said the bill is seeking to make Nigeria a socialist state, noting socialism has never worked anywhere.

“Socialism never worked, it has only collapsed countries. The only thing that works is a system where people are allowed to work,” he said.

Nicholas Ossai argued that the bill should be allowed to pass, while experts can advise the committee on the bill.

Following a debate on the bill, it was put to question and rejected by voice votes.

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Baba Suwe was not abandoned – Son apologises to TAMPAN, Nigerians

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Adesola Omidina, a son of the late veteran Nigerian comic actor, Baba Suwe, has apologised to members of Theatre Arts And Motion Pictures Practitioners Association Of Nigeria (TAMPAN), actors, and Nigerians over his comments after his father died yesterday.

Shortly after his father’s death, Adesola shared a video showing the corpse of his father and accused TAMPAN and colleagues of abandoning him while he was sick.

Baba Suwe died on Monday after a long battle with an illness.

He, however, has retracted his comment as he apologised to TAMPAN in a post on his Instagram page.

He wrote, “As the son of the veteran actor late Babatunde Omidina ‘Baba Suwe’ I am genuinely issuing this statement to denounce and condemn the videos made about Baba Suwe’s death that has been wrongly posted.”

He stated that Nollywood, the government, and TAMPAN have been supportive in many ways.

“The Nollywood, TAMPAN, the government, Prophets, family and fans have been supportive in their own ways. I tender an apology to all the groups, people and families affected! Again, please disregard any inappropriate ‘video’ circulating social media,” the statement read.

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Sokoto: Tambuwal confirms 43 deaths in Illela bandits’ attack

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Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Thursday confirmed the killing of 43 persons in Monday’s bandits attack on Illela Local Government Area of the state.

A statement issued by Tambuwal’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Malam Muhammad Bello, on Thursday said the Governor led members of the state’s executives and the Security Council on a condolence visit to the people of Illela on Wednesday.

Recall that bandits attacked the town and some villages near it in the wee hours on Nov. 15, killing 13 persons in the first instance.

“At the time of the governor’s visit on Wednesday, the death toll had risen to 43,’’ he stated.

Bello explained that the village head of Kalmalo, one of the five villages affected in the midnight attack was wounded.

Other villages affected were Munwadata, Sarma, Runji, and Masasa.

He added that Tambuwal told the people of Illela that the government and people of Sokoto State felt their grief and extended their condolences.

“This is not a small occurrence. It is upsetting. This incident really touched us,’’ he quoted Tambuwal as saying.

Bello further said Tambuwal commended the local government authority, traditional rulers and community leaders for their lawful composition of a volunteer group to work with security operatives in the area.

He added that the governor assured that the state government would constitute joint operations of volunteers who would work under the supervision of security agencies to enhance security in the area.

He appealed to the people not to be daunted by the attacks.

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