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700 Killed, 100,000 Displaced, Group Claims in southern kaduna

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The youth wing of Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) has called on the authorities to secure and rebuild their communities affected by the series of attacks on their people, saying over 700 natives were killed and 100,000 displaced.
Comrade John Isaac, SOKAPU National Youth Leader, said the southern region of Kaduna, comprising of Jema’a, Jaba, Kagarko, Kachia, Sanga, Kaura, Kauru, Zangon Kataf, Lere, Kajuru and Chickun LGAs, had been ravaged by the criminal activities of armed herdsmen for years.
According to him, estimates of the negative impacts of the barbaric attacks included approximately 900,000
people adversely affected, about 100,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), including over 10 internally displaced person camps (IDP) mostly in religious homes, over 700 deaths and even more people severely injured or missing, with hundreds of millions worth of farm produce distroyed.
“Many of the affected residents now live in IDP camps, with host families away from their original homes and in host communities. Many host communities are severely stressed, having to cater for the large influx of displaced people from places directly hit by the attacks.These attacks have also resulted in extensive damage to social, economic, health
and market infrastructure. Numerous homes have been destroyed. Many schools, hospitals, markets and places of worship have been destroyed or closed. Many communities have been completely abandoned, especially in parts of Chickun, Kajuru and Zangon-Kataf LGAs,” he told journalists.
The youth leader explained that while there was still a semblance of economic and agricultural activities in some parts of the affected communities, the economy of most of such communities are at the verge of collapse as farmers for the fear of attacks can no longer go to their farms.
While the SOKAPU youth wing commended the Peace Initiative of the Kaduna State Government under the leadership of Governor Nasir El-Rufai following the ‘House Of Kaduna Family’’ peace initiative, it believes achieving peace and tranquillity in the region will require bringing an end to the killings, culprits identified and brought to book and effectively handling
the humanitarian crisis and implementation of an effective reintegration and
rebuilding programme as well as the effective reconstruction
of social and physical infrastructures across the affected communities.
It solicited the provision of adequate security and conducive atmosphere for agricultural activities to thrive.
“SOKAPU youth wing is against this backdrop urging both the Federal and State Governments and their agencies ,the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Kaduna State Ministry in charge of riots,damages, rehabilitations, and resettlements to, as a matter of urgency act fast in rebuilding ravaged communities and reintegrating families and persons displaced by this senseless acts of terror”, the group said
“We are also calling on all humanitarian bodies to assist in the processes of rebuilding the region.
We wish to extend our sincere gratitude to members of the press for their consistency in telling the world the undiluted story of Southern Kaduna and the resistance of our people against these acts of genocide and terror.
We urge you to adhere to your professional ethics of unbiased reportage and continue to play your roles as the conscience of every society”.

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Buhari, ministers in FEC meeting

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The President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd .) , ministers and some other top government officials are currently meeting.
They are meeting under the auspices of the Federal Executive Council .
Buhari is presiding over the virtual meeting from the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja .
While some members of the council are with him at the venue , some others are participating in their offices .
Details later …

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Without effective response to COVID-19, UN would have failed —Buhari

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The President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd . ) , says if the United Nations system cannot mobilise the world to marshal out an effective response to the COVID- 19 pandemic , then the organisation would have failed in its core mission .
Buhari said this late Tuesday while delivering Nigeria ’s National Statement via video -message , on the first day of the 75 th session of the UN General Assembly Debate .
The theme of this year ’ s General Assembly is ” The Future We Want , The United Nations We Need : Reaffirming Our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism – Confronting Coronavirus Through Effective Multilateral Action . ”
Buhari promised that Nigeria will continue to partner with the World Health Organisation and some countries to ensure accelerated development and manufacturing, as well as the uninhibited supply of safe and effective Coronavirus vaccines to all .
He also pledged Nigeria ’ s commitment to working with member states in the spirit of global cooperation and solidarity to promote human health and general well – being.
He said , ” As we reflect on the future we want and the United Nations we need , we must realise that the people of the world not only look up to us : they count on us .
” If the United Nations system cannot mobilise the world to marshal out a truly effective and inclusive response to the coronavirus pandemic , then the United Nations would have failed in the core mission of giving expression, direction and solution to the yearnings of the international community.
” The future we want must guarantee human rights , human dignity , human prospects and prosperity. The principles of ‘Leaving No One Behind and Doing No Harm ’ must be expressed through accountability , strategic growth initiatives and elimination of threats of all kinds. ”
Buhari boasted that his regime had come up with different measures to provide a future of hope for Nigerians. He mentioned the implementation of the Economic Sustainability Plan and the Medium Term National Development for the period 2020- 2025 and 2026 – 2030 as parts of the measures put in place by his regime .
” We expect that these ambitious initiatives will deliver sustainable economic growth and development to Nigeria , ” he said .
Buhari expressed concern that the COVID- 19 pandemic has devastated the world economy , straining the capabilities of the health systems of many countries , including Nigeria .
He said , “ In the aftermath of the Coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria , we prioritised vulnerable groups , including women , children , older persons and the unemployed , in our efforts to provide medical and social assistance to cushion the socio- economic effects of the disease .
” Accordingly , we have expanded our National Social Register , to include an additional one million Nigerians. Our National Social Investment Programme has been the vehicle for reaching out to the poor and vulnerable members of the Nigerian population, as well as providing cover for over 12 million households . ”
The President lauded the efforts of the UN and the WHO in combating the pandemic . He applauded the $2 bn Global Response Plan launched by the UN Secretary- General to fund the coronavirus response in the poorest countries .
The President also commended the Secretary -General ’ s call for a cease – fire in conflict areas to enable humanitarian assistance reach groups vulnerable to Coronavirus.
He said his regime had commenced the disbursement of N 10. 9bn to households on Micro , Small and Medium Enterprises as palliatives as part of measures to reduce poverty.
He added that N 500bn fiscal stimulus package and sustained delivery of humanitarian and social interventions to poor and vulnerable households have been established , while the Central Bank of Nigeria launched a N 3. 5trn stimulus package to boost manufacturing and facilitate import substitution .
He urged the international community to cooperate in addressing the scourge of poverty, particularly in developing countries . The President said Nigeria remained concerned over the illicit trade, transfer and circulation of small arms and light weapons , particularly in Africa. He called on the international community to renew efforts to stem this traffic and promote the Arms Trade Treaty in order to codify accountability in the battle against trans – border crimes, including terrorism and acts of piracy.
He also urged world leaders to redouble efforts to ensure collective security. Buhari described terrorist attacks across the globe as a harsh reality of the challenges the world is facing today.
” In Nigeria , we are still facing violent extremism from the insurgency of Boko Haram and bandits .
” We continue to count on our strong cooperation with UN Counter – Terrorism bodies and neighbouring countries to overcome the terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin and the wider Sahel region.
” We will vigorously sustain the rehabilitation , reconstruction and resettlement of victims of terrorism and insurgency in the North East . The North – East Development Commission has been established for that purpose, ” he said .
On illicit financial flows , the President Buhari declared that the global aspiration to recover from the impact of COVID – 19 will not be fully met without addressing structures that make it more difficult for countries to generate and retain their financial resources .
In this regard , the President again thanked Prof . Muhammad – Bande as well as the immediate past President of the Economic and Social Council , Ambassador Mona Jul , for jointly launching the High – Level Panel on International Financial Accountability , Transparency and Integrity ( FACTI ) for Achieving the 2030 Agenda .
On climate change , the President reiterated Nigeria ’s commitment to the revitalisation of Lake Chad. He said , “ We are convinced that recharging the Lake will improve the living conditions of our people in the area , promote inter – state cooperation, strengthen community resilience and assist in addressing environmental and security challenges threatening the region and its resources .”
Buhari renewed his call for international support for the regional efforts to raise $50 bn required to actualise the initiative.
On education , Buhari announced that Nigeria will be hosting the 4 th International Conference on Safe Schools in 2021. ‘
‘ Quality education for all is the cornerstone of sustainable development .
” I invite you all to Nigeria to participate in the Conference which aims to advocate for the protection of education from attack as we work together towards the future we want , ” he said .

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Security Agents Stop Protest Against Hardship In Kano

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Seek immediate and unconditional reversal of the hike in petrol price from the current N160 to N86 price of 2012, and reversal of the increase in electricity tariffs and VAT.
Security agents comprising police, Department of State Security and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps have stopped some Nigerians from staging a protest against the increase in the prices of petrol, electricity and Value Added Tax in the country.
The protest led by a civil society organisation, Joint Action Forum, started as a rally in front of the premises of the Nigerian Union of Journalists along Farm Center Road on Tuesday morning amidst heavy security presence.
In a statement by Chairman of the group, Dr Musa Bashir, and the Secretary, Abba Bello Ahmed, the Joint Action Forum called on the Nigerian Government to reverse the price of fuel from N160 to N86 and also the increase of electricity tariff and Value Added Tax.
“Immediate and unconditional reversal of the hike in petrol price from the current N160 to N86 price of 2012, and reversal of the increase in electricity tariffs and VAT.
“The government has the responsibility to make our refineries work and build new ones in order to ensure availability of petroleum products at cheaper and affordable prices.
“Re-engineering of the security apparatus to ensure organised crimes such as terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery are reduced to the barest minimum is curtailed.”
The protesters called on organised labour to ensure that the agreed minimum wage of N30,000 was implemented in the country.

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