ENDING UPSURGE OF ATTACKS ON COMMUNITIES BY HERDSMEN NOW A NATIONAL PRIORITY

Following continuing reports of attacks by
“herdsmen” on communities across the country,
particularly Monday’s attack on Ukpabi Nimbo in
Enugu State, President Muhammadu Buhari assures all Nigerians, once again, of his administration’s
continued commitment to ensuring the safety of
lives and property in all parts of the country.
President Buhari unreservedly condemns the attack
on Ukpabi Nimbo on other such acts of extreme
violence against communities in other states of the Federation.
Acting on the President’s directive, the Inspector-
General of Police and heads of the nation’s other
security agencies are already taking urgent steps to
fully investigate the attacks, apprehend the
perpetrators and bring them to justice. Ending the recent upsurge of attacks on
communities by herdsmen reportedly armed with
sophisticated weapons is now a priority on the
Buhari Administration’s agenda for enhanced
national security and the Armed Forces and Police
have clear instructions to take all necessary action to stop the carnage.
In keeping with the President’s directive, the
Inspector-General of Police, the General Officer
Commanding the 82nd Division of the Nigerian
Army and the Director of the Department of State
Security in Enugu State have visited Ukapbi Nimbo to personally oversee investigations into the attack
on the community and ongoing efforts to
apprehend the culprits.
Meanwhile, President Buhari is scheduled to meet
with Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi later today to
receive further briefing on the attack on Ukpabi Nimbo and discuss additional measures to forestall
similar attacks and restore public confidence.
The President urges all Nigerians to remain calm
and assured of his administration’s readiness to
deploy all required personnel and resources to
remove this new threat to the collective security of the nation.

NAPS PRESIDENCY: OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT MOHAMMEDU BUHARI- Polytechnic Students Demand The Promised Change Now.

Sir, we applaud your
frantic efforts directed at revamping our economy
through several economic policies and measures
capable of salvaging the nation’s treasury from the strongholds of political robbers. With keen interest,
we are following the Anti Graft Campaign, the
sudden reawakening of CCT, the general increase
in prices of basic foods and services-students
having to pay through the nose back to their
respective homes. Anyway, as objective citizens, we are still exercising patience. However, it is better to
clearly point out that our vault of patience on the
dehumanizing HND/ Bsc Dichotomy is exhausted.
The polytechnic graduates or HND holders have
been under this unjust treatment for years. As a
most awaited Messiah, who rode on board of the propagated change, the immediate abolition of the
discrimination against HND Certificate should be
part of the flagship program. Your Excellency sir, I
supposed government is a continuum ; in May
2014, the committee set up by the federal
government to work on the Dichotomy between holders of HND/Bsc was inaugurated. Amongst
others the committee was saddled with the task of
reviewing the content and curriculum of the HND
program to be equivalent to the Bachelor of
Technology, such that this will grant HND holders
the right to reach the highest grade level in the public service. It is no crime for your administration
to consolidate on that. Also, “A Bill for an Act to
abolish and prohibit Dichotomy and Discrimination
between First Degree and Higher National Diploma
in the same profession or Field ” was sponsored by
Senator Ayo Akinyelure (Ondo. Central Senatorial District ), this is an auspicious leverage to effect the
desirable change. Sir, the traumatizing experience
of HND Holders in their places of work, the
continuing injustice, disparity and discrimination
meted on products of polytechnics in Nigeria is
threatening to derail the nation’s core policy thrust of evolving a technological and scientifically based,
self -reliant society in the future. Thousands of
prospective polytechnic and technology students
are contemplating or have decided to opt for
university education because perceived and real
discrimination against HND graduates. Alas! must we occupy the streets of our cities in protests
before we are taking serious? In case of
communication gap, or you have not be properly
briefed, Anti HND/Bsc Dichotomy Rallies have
commenced. I hope, your administration is not
waiting for NAPS NATIONAL DAY OF MASS ACTIONS on same before adequate attention is accorded our
cry. Aluta continua Victoria ascerta. SIGNED:
Adeyeye Olugbenga. president of NAPS

PRESIDENT BUHARI URGES DIALOGUE IN RESOLVING POLITICAL CRISIS IN BURUNDI

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday urged the
people and government of Burundi to explore
dialogue in resolving the current political
differences in the country. Receiving the former Burundian President, Mr.
Pierre Buyoya, at the State House, President Buhari
said Nigeria would continue to support peace
processes in the continent through the African
Union (AU), which had already intervened in
Burundi. The President said since President Pierre
Nkurunziza rejected the proposal of a ‘‘stabilizing
force from the AU, we can’t impose it on him, but
we will continue to opt for dialogue.’’
‘‘Nigeria has been playing a key role in the
continent through the AU. We participated fully in ensuring a truce in Mali, and we want citizens to
enjoy the impact of the truce, although the
terrorists are not helping matters.
‘‘Nigeria is always committed to regional and
continental peace, and we will continue to do our
best’’ he said. The President told the former President of Burundi,
who is the High Representative of the AU Mission to
Mali and the Sahel, that he remained hopeful that
there would be an amicable solution to the
situation in Burundi.
In his remarks, the former President commended Nigeria for the role it played in restoring peace to
Mali, adding that the AU was working to promote
security in the Sahel, particularly through fighting
trans-border terrorism.
He also urged Nigeria to use its clout to work for
peace in Burundi, warning that the “country is gradually inching towards a civil war.”

WE NEED TO RE-ESTABLISH THE INTEGRITY OF NIGERIA–PRESIDENT BUHARI

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abuja
stressed the urgent need to ensure that the
potentials of Nigeria are harnessed and used for
the good of the country. Receiving the President of the International Civil
Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Dr Bernard O. Aliyu at
the State House, Abuja, President Buhari declared:
“Nigeria needs to work on her potentials, so that
we don’t remain permanently at the level of
potentials. “If Ethiopia is sustained largely by her airline
industry, we have greater potentials here. But we
must move out, engage with the rest of the world,
as we need to re-establish the integrity of this
country. We need to rebuild this country again.”
The President recounted that for the greater part of the last 16 years, oil sold above $100 per barrel but
expressed regret that the nation did n0t have much
to show for it.
“In the First Republic, more enduring infrastructure
was built with meagre resources. But in the past 16
years, we made a lot of money without planning for the rainy day.
“We showed a lot of indiscipline in managing our
economy, and that is why we are where we are
today. But this time round, we’ll do our best.”
Dr Aliyu, the Nigerian-born ICAO president
commended President Buhari for strides on anti- corruption, and urged Nigeria to pay more
attention to development of civil aviation.
“Civil aviation is a catalyst for economic
development. The level of aviation development in
any country mirrors the economic development of
that country,” Dr Aliyu said. The ICAO president pledged to support the
development of the aviation industry in Nigeria,
urging the country to improve on training and
capacity development, aviation security,
aerodromes and air navigation, runways, control
towers, terminal buildings, among others.

Burial rites for ex-IG, Adewusi, begins Tuesday

A four-day programme of events has been mapped
out for the final funeral rites of former Inspector
General of Police and the Asiwaju of
Ogbomosoland, Chief Sunday Adewusi. The events will kick off on Tuesday at 11.00 a.m.
with tributes and cultural day at the 1,500 -seater
Lecture Theatre, College of Health Sciences, Ladoke
Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH),
Ogbomoso, by the Ogbomoso Community
Foundation (OCF), a non-political social organisation of which the deceased was the
founding father. On Wednesday, there will be a lying-in-state at his
Ilorin, Kwara State residence between 2.00 p.m.
and 4.00 p.m. followed by service of songs and
night of tributes at Ilorin Township Stadium
beginning from 4.00 pm. According to a press statement signed by the
publicity secretary of OCF, Alhaji Amusa Ladiran,
commendation service will hold at Emmanuel
Baptist Church, Sabo-Oke, Ilorin, Kwara State on
Thursday between 10.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m.
followed by another lying-in-state and Christian wake-keep at the deceased’s ancestral residence,
Adewusi House, LAUTECH area, Ilorin road,
Ogbomoso between 2.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. The final funeral service will hold on Friday, April 8
at Beulah Baptist Conference ground, Ogbomoso at
10 a.m. followed by interment at his residence
while guests will be entertained at Ogbomoso
Recreation Club.