Insecurity: Reps to give special budgetary attention to Zamfara

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The House of Representatives is determined to give special budgetary attention to the three Senatorial Districts of Zamfara in order to curb the issue of insecurity in the North-Western State.

Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives gave this indication during his visit to Zamfara as part of efforts to reconcile warring factions of herdsmen in the State.

Gbajabiamila said the 9th National Assemby would do everything within its constitutional powers to bring development to the state through allocation of resources in the budget.

The Speaker while addressing leaders of the warring factions in Zamfara Government House, Gusau said he was happy to be part of the historic reconciliation between the factions, whose activities held the state to ransom for about 16 years.

“From what I understand, what the Federal Government needs to do is to develop these areas; some of these issues are born out of poverty and frustration.

“I can assure you that the Federal Government, at least as far as the National Assembly is concerned, when it comes to budgeting of your 14 local governments, every senatorial district will be empowered as far as schools are concerned, as far as skills acquisition centers are concerned, for our people to learn and acquire skills and be empowered to go out and win the daily bread to take care of their families.

“It is for us to develop your three senatorial districts together with your State Government. You have capable hands from the National Assembly already. You have members that are from Zamfara who are representing you; they have already brought up the issues on the floor and when it comes to time for budgeting which is very soon, I’m sure you will see that Zamfara will be well represented.

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We will apprehend killers of Afenifere leader’s daughter – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that killers of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti’s daughter, Funke Olakunri, will be apprehended and brought to justice.

Buhari gave the assurance on Saturday when he spoke with Pa Fasoranti whose daughter was killed by an armed gang on Kajola-Ore road, Ondo State Friday, on telephone.
According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the “President condoled with the grieving nonagenarian, wishing him the comfort of God, and fortitude to bear the great loss.”

He also assured that security agencies would spare no effort to apprehend the culprits, and bring them to justice.

In his response, Pa Fasoranti thanked the President for identifying with him and his family at their time of travail, praying that God will restore peace and amity to the country.

President had on Saturday in Jaji, Kaduna State, said Nigerian Armed Forces and their allies are winning the war against terror.

Addressing Graduation Ceremony of Senior Course 41 at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) in Jaji, President Buhari, commended the collaboration with neighbouring countries in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists, noting that the effort was crucial in decimating the enemy.

‘‘Many of the security threats faced by Nigeria are trans-border in nature. That is why the West African sub-region and indeed the African continent must step up the level of military cooperation that currently exists amongst us.

‘‘I am sure you are aware of the collaboration of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, Republic of Cameroun, Niger, Benin and Chad in a multinational operation to decimate Boko Haram terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin and other regions.

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Talk to Buhari to free our leader, protesting Shiites in Lagos tell Tinubu

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Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), otherwise called Shiites, on Thursday called on Bola Ahmed Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to talk to President Muhammadu Buhari to release their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

The Shiites besieged the popular traffic intersection in Maryland-Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way along the Ikorodu Road in Lagos protesting against the continued detention of El-Zakzaky, who has been in detention since 2015.

“Buhari got to the office because the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, assisted him. It was Tinubu that started the movement and spent his money to ensure that the party assumed power,” said the IMN’s South-west coordinator, Muftau Zakariya.

“So, we are calling on Tinubu to talk to the president, who is a member of his party, to free our leader. If he allows the president to continue to kill our members, there will not be Nigeria in 2023,” Zakariya said.

Protests by the group had been on in Abuja since Tuesday, leading to a clash with security operatives at the National Assembly. There were also protests by the Shiites in Abuja and Kaduna on Thursday.

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