*Condemns Fulani herdsmen’s siege on Chikun in Kaduna and Numan in Adamawa
“President Muhammadu Buhari got a chunk of votes from most voters in the 2015 presidential poll because of his famed military antecedent and based on his campaign theme which focused majorly on tackling and combating manifestations of insecurity, threats to territorial integrity of Nigeria caused by boko haram terrorists and other categories of violent criminalities.
“But two and half years down the line, with only few months to the end of his presidential term of office, the President has been unable, unwilling and refused to implement nationalistic military and law-based defence mechanisms to eradicate the increasing threats to national security by armed Fulani herdsmen; Boko Haram terrorists and armed kidnappers.”
With the above summation, a civil rights group – HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has warned President Muhammadu Buhari of the extensive damage to his credibility and expected political legacy which the expanding frontiers of organized criminal violence of armed Fulani herdsmen, boko haram terrorists and other classes of armed freelance attackers, have done to his records of service as Nigeria’s Civilian President from 2015 –2019.
HURIWA has also condemned the reported siege of Chikun LGA of Kaduna and Numan Local Council of Adamawa state by armed Fulani herdsmen and demanded immediate military deployment of patriotic Nigerian soldiers to disarm these terrorists.
The Rights group faulted any government’s political declarations of victory over Boko Haram terrorists and asserted that such cosmetic propaganda is far from the reality on ground but the group applauded the Nigeria Army for some tangible efforts even as it tasked the Federal government to dp more to equip the combatants and motivate them with adequate remuneration.
“Mr. President seems distracted already with the cacophony of sycophantic political machinations by career politicians who are already drumming up farcical support for him to run for a second term even when this government has so far failed to deliver the cardinal principle of his campaign which is the effective demolition, degrading and destruction of the capacities of criminal elements to stop the heightened state of insecurity and check the increasing threats to national security posed by boko haram terrorists.”
In a statement signed by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA charged President Buhari to immediately reorganize the national security architecture to enable the security forces to live up to their constitutional role and frontally combat all violent criminal elements irrespective of their tribes, religion and trade.”
HURIWA called on President Buhari to fortify border security so as to block all avenues for the inflow of illicit weapons just as the Rights group asked President Buhari to drop heads of security forces because they have failed in their constitutional duties with the possible exception of the Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai whose men and officers are battling the scourge of boko haram terrorism with some verifiable manifestations of achievements.
The Rights group however wants the Federal government to set up a joint milital task force to combat the increasing threats to national security posed by armed Fulani herdsmen so as to avoid the situation whereby all affected communities could team up to attack the Fulani herdsmen as revenge mission.
Edo Hosts 500 Delegates for National Science and Technology Conference
Edo State will play host to the 36 commissioners for science and technology in Nigeria betweenDecember 11 and 15, for the 15th Annual Council Meeting of the National Council on Science and Technology (NCST).
The NCST, which is the apex policymaking body on science and technology in the country, will at the weeklong confab review current trends influencing advancement of science and technology in the country.
In a statement, the Edo State Government said the event would host delegates across sectors with stakes in science and technology development, including “commissioners responsible for Science and Technology in the thirty-six states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.”
“The state government is finalising plans to ensure the successful hosting of the conference, which will feature about 500 delegates from across the country,” it added.
The state government said the national conference will also help states better fashion policies that reflect the realities of a technological-driven globalised world, adding “We expect that the state government’s hosting of the event will give us an opportunity to advertise our plans and also get insights from others to better prepare to generate jobs, engage youths and advance the state’s economy.”
“We anticipate that the conference, among other things, will further our efforts to leverage technical education as a tool to drive industrialisation. The state appreciates the place of science and technology in achieving sustainable growth and development in the twenty-first century. There is no doubt that our desire to grow as a state will benefit from the proceeding at the conference,” the state said.