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Advocacy group accuses France of funding Boko Haram

By Gom Mirian ,Abuja

The Save Humanity Advocacy Center (SHAC) has accused France of repeatedly providing funds for Boko Haram and arming them with sophisticated weapons to keep up the insurgency momentum in the country.

The Centre disclosed this in Abuja at a press conference by Executive Secretary, Comrade Ibrahim Abubakar, on Wednesday, in reaction to reports that the radical Islamic fighters had obtained ultra-modern drones.

The group fingered France and its allies in this latest scheme, owing to previous history and by doing so the European nation is undermining Nigeria’s sovereignty.

Having continually remained mute, the SHAC, therefore challenged France to “ tell the world who was responsible for arming Boko Haram in the past”.

The Centre, however, urged the Nigerian military to maintain its onslaught on the terrorist while calling on member states committed to the new funds to break free of colonial loyalties.

Read full press statement below:
Gentlemen of the press, you must have noticed the report that said Boko Haram insurgents have acquired sophisticated drones. The reported hardware are presently capable of reconnaissance, intelligence gathering and spying missions.

It is a matter of time before they escalate to using drones that are capable of carrying out attacks.

We find expedient to believe the report because it was widely syndicated by western owned media, which are known to run propaganda for Boko Haram in the past.

Their report of the drones acquisition came about the same time that there were reports from locals that the terrorists have started sporting new weapons in recent weeks.
In the past, the source of the weapons air-dropped to Boko Haram terrorists in Northeast of Nigeria has been established as patently French. It is something that has attracted outcry from the Save Humanity Advocacy Group in the past with the concern echoed by other individuals and organizations that became aware of the French treachery.

Let it be noted that in spite of the overwhelming evidence that indicted France it has not done anything meaningful to address its complicity in the distribution of instrument of death to terrorists for use against Nigerians. Even the arrest of French trainers among the terrorists has not moved French to own up to its negative role in the axis neither has it taught it to halt it subversive activities against Nigeria.

When this French involvement in arming Boko Haram was raised in the past France will sidestep the issues by sponsoring international NGOs and some media circuits to demonized the Nigerian authorities, especially the military and particularly the Nigerian Army. It is this practice that has again surfaced as the running commentary about the military being incapable of fighting the terrorists or that Boko Haram members have the upper hand over the Nigerian state.

The timing of the report about Boko Haram now possessing drones and even newer firearms curiously coincides with the announcement of a $1 billion regional effort aimed at combating terrorism in the West African Sub-region. These kind of reports coinciding with announcement of regional efforts have been pivotal to the demise of such efforts at fighting Boko Haram in the past.

The stories we are now reading means we will be seeing a repeat of previous patterns – Boko Haram will attempt hitting soft targets and occasional military targets that will not dare try now that there are Super Camps. These will then be followed by lopsided media campaigns that will first cast Boko Haram as the superior force and later present insurgents as victims of human rights abuses.

We are challenging France to tell the world who is responsible for arming Boko Haram in the past.

The answer to this question of who supplied past weapons will signpost who to hold responsible now that the terrorists are getting drones that could strike any city of the world.

For this reason, we are imploring the world to ask France the pertinent questions before it becomes too late. Whether by default or by accident, it is a matter of time before Boko Haram tests the weapons France is arming them with on other nations, possibly in the west. Hopefully, by that time the world would not be in a quandary over who to hold accountable for such disaster should it unfold.

We use this opportunity to warn France and any country it may be using as proxy to prop up Boko Haram by using them as conduit to deliver arms and military gear to the terrorists. There are international instruments at the disposal of Nigeria to address the rascality being put up by those undermining Nigeria’s war against terrorism.

On its part, the Nigerian military must repeat the device blows it had dealt terrorists in the Northeast in the past. Eliminating the new threat posed by Boko Haram is crucial to the safety of citizens in Borno and other places. It must punish the terrorists with the same intensity that had made it impossible for them to overrun the country as planned by the countries secretly supporting them.

It must continue with its strategy of Super Camps since this appears to be what has rattled the sponsors of Boko Haram to both increase weapons supply to the terrorists and to re-open the media front in the war.
The member states that have committed to the new funds to combat Boko Haram must break free of colonial loyalties, after all, no nation should continue tying itself to the apron strings of a nation that once postured as their conqueror.

They should stand firm to the terms of the fund and make sure that all countries in the region make the place uncomfortable for terrorists and terrorist activities.

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8year old from Plateau State wins gold at the National Youth Games in Ilorin

Happiness Monday, a Primary three pupil of the Baptist Model School, Jos was joined by Joy Ola and Hauwa Abdullahi to clinch the gold medal in the girls’ team event.
Earlier, Joy Ola also won gold in the girls’ singles and paired Hauwa Abdullahi to secure her third gold in girls’ doubles.
Reacting on the outstanding performances of the girls, Chairman Technical Subcommittee of the Games, Dr Emmanuel Igbinosa said the emergence of Happiness Monday and others has shown that the competition is not a waste of time after all.
He assured that the Sports Ministry is noting outstanding youngsters for monitoring and consideration for future international competitions.
He disclosed that National coaches and technical directors in various sports have been advised to pencil down exceptionally talented performers.
As expected, such athletes like Happiness Monday, Joy Ola who were discovered at the Games will form the basis of the federation’s future plans.
Meanwhile, Coach of the Plateau State Scrabble team, Negro Igbinadolor has thanked the parents of his medal winning team for supporting the quest of their children to come out victorious.
Mr. Igbinadolor said he teaches and takes his players through the rudiments of Scrabble after classes.
He appealed to other parents to introduce their kids to sports so as to develop the talents inherent in them.
Meanwhile, Plateau has topped the medals table in Scrabble with three gold medals; while Akwa Ibom took home two gold medal and Lagos State got one.

WHO calls for urgent action to enhance patient safety in Healthcare

By Gom Mirian, Abuja

As the world Health organization(WHO) join the world in Commemorating the first world patient safety Day, the WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr. Matshidiso Moeti has called for building strong health systems to enhance patient and workers safety in the Healthcare.

The Regional Director made this known to journalists on Tuesday at the maiden edition of the World Patient Safety Day while interacting on issues bordering the patient safety in Abuja.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Patient Safety:a global health priority”.

Patient safety is the absence of preventable harms to a patient and reduction of risk of unnecessary harm associated with health care to an acceptable minimum.

According to Dr. Moeti “the WHO Regional office for Africa recognises and places high importance on patient safety to ensure that it has the rightful prominence within health care in the region”.

Represented by the officer in charge for the WHO country office in Nigeria, Dr. Clement Lugala Peter, Dr. Moeti enumerated some predisposing factors that hampered on the patient safety to include, inadequate funding, weak health care delivery with suboptimal infrastructure and lack of health facilities as well as lack of national policies, among others.

Adding that WHO’s resolve to supporting countries in determining the status of patient safety, development and implementation of national policies, guidelines and protocols for enhancing safety, as well as facilitating patient safety networks and partnerships.

She also express delight that up to 80 percent of the global disease burden from patient harm that originated at primary and ambulatory levels are preventable if found in the settings of an improved diagnosis, prescription and the use of medicines among others

She also stressed the need for making a patient safety a priority hence the need to bringing all the key stakeholders together and allows providers, seekers and managers of health care services to express solidarity and commitment to making health care safer.

Dr. Moeti therefore called on all stakeholders to promote an open communication that will enhance understanding and emphasise patient safety importance as well as making their voice heard.

“I call upon all stakeholders to make strong commitments, prioritise and take early action, and support the implementation of strategies for ensuring patient safety, managing risks and fostering supportive, learning culture”.

IGP assures personnel of accountability and ease of accessing the cooperative services

By Gom Mirian, Abuja

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammad Adamu on Monday assured the public and police personnel of accountability and the ease of doing business especially in accessing the service of the Nigerian Police cooperative.

The Inspector General of Police gave the assurance while formally launching the automated cooperative management portal of the Nigerian Police cooperative multi-purpose society limited (POLCOOP) at the Force headquarters, Abuja.

The police cooperative which was established over forty–two year ago under the force order No. 130, aimed at catering for the welfare needs of the personnel of the Nigerian Police Force and their families has about three hundred thousand (300,000) membership which is ranked the largest cooperative society in Africa.

According to Adamu, ” the huge membership size, wide business coverage and expansive investment profile of the society have combined to make it expedient that its operations be automated and aligned to technological dynamics.
” The launching of this platform would not only strengthen the accountability process within the society but would take us much closer to a level of end – to – end automation”.
He noted that the application which was developed by an indigenous digital technology firm and capital market operator is assured of appropriate security measures in place to protect the application from intrusive activities that could threaten the integrity of the data base and comprise the personal and classified information of the cooperators.

The police Boss said the police cooperative society would immediately migrate its operations to the new portal as it would in the long – run strengthen its status and offer innovative welfare services to its members through the utilization of ICT solutions.

The IGP while commending the executive secretary of the POLCOOP, CP Dasuki Galadanchi and his team for their foresight, urged all members to embrace the change within the society as it would put an end to the risk involved in by personnel on transit.

“Henceforth, no longer will police personnel be exposed to the risk of travelling from their various commands and Formations to process their loan applications, savings withdrawals, or get their contributions balances from the Cooperative Headquarters in Lagos. All these services will be done just by the press of the buttons on their computers or Mobile devices”.

Nigeria sets to host 6th African conference on Cuba next week

By Gom Mirian, Abuja

The Nigerian movement of Solidarity with Cuba, on Monday called on Nigerians and other Africans countries to take advantage of the forthcoming 6th African conference holding on Monday 23 to 25 September, 2019.

The interim Coordinator of the Nigerian solidarity movement, comrade Abiodun Aremu disclosed this while addressing newsmen on the scheduled activities following the conference at the Nigerian labour congress house, Abuja.

The Nigerian movement of Solidarity with Cuba comprises labour centers like the Nigerian labour congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and coalition of other popular groups and women organizations

According to Comrade Aremu,the three day conference would be expecting delegates in Abuja from Saturday September 21.
“I therefore enjoin other prominent personalities, top governments officials, diplomats, leaders of industry, professionals, informal economy leaders and civil society organizations at the conference.
” It would be a unique experience for Nigerians as they interact with follow Africans across our continent, our brothers and sisters in the Latin America including Cuba and the diaspora including USA and UK”.

On his part, the Cuban ambassador to Nigeria, his excellency Carlos Trejo said the Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba,which is a continuity of its five previous editions, will confirm the international support for the validity of the model of social justice that Cuba symbolises and its viability as an alternative for that “other better and possible world” for which the peoples of the world struggle.

“In the midst of constant aggression, media disinformation and global crisis, this will be a date that will facilitate a space for the construction of initiatives, proposals and exchanges of strategies in favour of solidarity with Cuba, the people of Cuba continue to receive the impact of 60 years of economic and inhuman blockade, which we will continue to resist and overcome. Our people will remain united, building and improving our socialism, and contributing with their modest experiences to the processes of integration.”

He further said accompanied by the anti-imperialist, visionary and humanistic thinking of national hero Jose Martí and Fidel Castro, Cuba ratified its internationalist and solidarity vocation with Venezuela, Palestine, the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, in support of the freedom of former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and “all the noble causes that benefit the peoples and guarantee the enjoyment of their most elemental rights: freedom, peace and social justice”. He said.

UNICEF Raises alarm over Nigerian youths lack of interest in Education

By Gom Mirian, Abuja

UNICEF and other partners joined the rest of the world in celebrating the world literacy day while commemorating it’s 30th years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, raised an alarm on the increasing number of Nigerian youths still lacking behind in education.

Dr Peter Hawkins, UNICEF County representative in Nigeria disclosed this on Monday at the first edition of the #NaijaYouthTalk organized by UNICEF with support from DFID in Abuja.

The Naija youth talk event is tagged: ‘The Nigeria We Want’ will allow young people to reflect on and celebrate the progress made by youth to create the Nigeria they all want, as well as to build momentum and support for further action.

The UNICEF country representative in Nigeria who was represented by UNICEF chief of Basic Education, Dr. Euphrates Efosie explained that Nigeria’s youth population is one of the largest in the world, adding that out of the population of 200 million, not fewer than 64 million persons are between the age bracket of 15 to 35 normally considered young persons.

According to Hawkins, “it is easy to see this as a challenge to national development which might not see the light of the day if not properly managed and harnessed.

“Young people today live in a world of unlimited potentials. However, despite gains in the situation facing Nigerian children and young people in recent years, much needed to be done.”

Too many Nigerian children and Young people are being left behind, especially when it comes to education.
Nigeria has the world’s largest number of out – of – school children. More than 10.5 million Nigerian children are out in school”.

Adding that the 10.5 million Nigeria children who are not in school indicated in the report is only a representation of the number of Nigerian children who are not in school at the age of primary school level.

UNICEF and other partners would build on the momentum of young people as they celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child this year and keep youth voices at the center of the debate.

“Environment that favors empowerment, entrepreneurship, employment and employability for young persons is what we need today. The Nigeria we want is a clarion call by young Nigerians who want to see a different Nigeria going forward.

In the educational sector, which is the focus of today’s brainstorming, our young people want an education system with good learning outcomes, where a child with nine years of basic education could read and write. And have excellent numeracy skills.

Young people want an education that is functional, equipping them with skills to compete in the highly
technical global market place,” she added.

Also speaking at the event, special adviser to president Mohammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina charged the Nigerian youth to be more patriotic and love their country Nigeria against all odds.

Adesina said in a bid to achieve that country we all want, Nigerian youths most shun all acts that would further divide the country and love the country despite all it’s faults.

I would like to stress that for us to get that form of country we all desired , we must love our country but the question is do we love this country? A large number of Nigerians celebrates when things does not work well in the country.

Youths must begin to love this country even when the country is un-lovable.
We must get to a point where we can proudly say; Nigeria with all thy Faults, I Love you “.

Speaking further, on the issue of xenophobia he warned Nigerian youths to desist from circulating fake visuals of xenophobic attacks saying most of the videos in circulation happened years back.

Security alert – Abuja residence advice to be security conscious

By Gom Mirian, Abuja

Residents in the northern part of the country and FCT has be advised to be security conscious as the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as shi’ites plans to holds it annually Ashura procession on Tuesday September 10th, 2019.

This is contained in the security alerts published on the official Facebook page of the federal capital Territory Emergency Management Agency.

The statement said Despite the proscription of the group, it has dared the Police and insisted that it would observe the Ashura procession on Tuesday.

The statement noted that the Nigerian Police Force has however warned the group shun their plans or face the full force of its mandate.

Ashura procession, also called the Day of Ashura, is the tenth day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar. It is observed annually by Shi’ite Muslims worldwide to commemorate the death of Hussain ibn Ali in the Battle of Karbala in Iraq. Known as the third Shia Imam, Husayn was the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and son of Ali ibn Abi Talib, the first Shia Imam.

The statement further reveals that additional intelligence shows that its members would troop out from villages abd cities in the 19 northern states and Abuja to mark it annually procession.

The statement warned that people should vacate if any noticed unlawful gathering of people or a crowded area as soon as possible.

It further warned that in an event of teargas people should avoid clearing their faces with water or wet objects but rather apply lotion or vancilline on their faces and avoid taking bath immediately.
Incase of firing the public are advised to take cover if there is available hard objects to avoid be hits by a stranger bollet or any targeted objects.

Following the statement, the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adam has directed the Commissioners of police in all the states of the Federation and the federal capital torritery FCT Abuja as well as their supervisory assistance inspector generals of police to put in place complete measures to avert any planned procession by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria across the country.

In a statement signed by the force public relations officer, DCP Frank MBA said “It has come to the knowledge of the Nigeria Police Force that some members of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) intend to embark on a nationwide procession, ostensibly to cause disruption of public peace, order and security in the Country.

“The Force notes that in line with the Terrorism (Prevention) Proscription Order Notice 2019 of 26th July, 2019, the activities of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria have been proscribed. Consequently, all gathering or procession by the group remains ultimately illegal and will be treated as a gathering in the advancement of terrorism”.

The IGP also enjoins the public to avail the force with usefu information as regards the activities of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

Members of the sect has vowed last week to carryout it annually procession and we’ll as continued the struggle for the freedom of the IMN leaders Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.