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Nigerian News: 10 things you need to know this Monday morning

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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

 

1. The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to act swiftly, warning that the country is going up in flames. Spokesman for the group, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, gave the warning against the backdrop of tension in recent weeks owing to farmer/herder’s conflicts, ethnic clashes, banditry and insurgency.

2. Three farmers have been reportedly killed in Ondo State by suspected herdsmen. The farmers were said to have been killed by the herders in a forest within the Ijugbere axis of Owo Local Government Area on Saturday evening.

3. Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has thrown its weight behind the ban placed by the South East governors on open grazing of cattle. It said open grazing was responsible for the series of farmers/herders’ clashes recorded in the country which had claimed many lives and property.

Nigerian News: 10 things you need to know this Monday morning

4. The House of Representatives has said it would probe the account of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to ascertain the state of finances of the apex bank as well as ascertain if it has rendered its audited accounts from 2014 to 2019 to the Auditor General of the Federation office.

5. Youth group, Northern Youths Council of Nigeria on Sunday called on Northern governors to evacuate northerners from the southwest over the attacks on them by suspected hoodlums at Sasha market, Ibadan in Oyo State. The group in a statement by Isah Abubakar and Mock Kure, President and Spokesman respectively, also called on the federal government to declare Sunday Igboho’s group a terrorist organization.

6. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Sunday evening said that President Muhammadu Buhari, has promised that his regime will not allow any ethnic or religious group to stoke up hatred and violence against other groups.

7. At least, 11 people were buried yesterday in the aftermath of Friday’s clash between Hausa and Yoruba traders at Shasha Market in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State. Also, about 5,000 Hausa traders, women and children displaced by the violence are still taking refuge.

8. The Emir of Bauchi, Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu, has appealed to Nigerians to seek Allah’s intervention to save the country from an impending crisis, particularly due to the current farmers-herders conflicts.

The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has said that every Nigerian has the constitutional right tolive and do their daily businesses under the protection of the law. Osinbajo said this while reacting to the recent clash between Yoruba and Hausa traders at the Shasha Market in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

10. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has confirmed 520 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) bringing the total number of recorded cases to 146,184.

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Nigeria received their first covid-19 vaccine

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A historical moment, Nigeria has just received It’s first wave of Covid-19 vaccine.

The 4 million procured through COVAX is a historical step towards the Nigeria goal To ensure equitable distribution of COVID 19 vaccines globally.

This is an unprecedented global effort to make sure everyone has access to the vaccine.

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Willie Obiano disclosed that Herdsmen’s are criminals

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The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano has said any herdsman found carrying a gun in the state should be treated as a criminal.

The governor said it was unwise to treat criminals with levity, adding that a fresh census for all herdsmen in the state has commenced and that once the exercise was concluded, the state will no longer tolerate itinerant cattle herders settling in the state or even passing through the state with their herds.

Obiano stated this yesterday in a stakeholders’ meeting on security with heads of various communities, security chiefs, traditional rulers and other groups, on the need to maintain security in the state.

He said, “We have done a census of herders in Anambra State last year and they were 77 in number. We are doing a new one now, and after the census, we will never allow itinerant herdsmen to come in again.

“The ones causing trouble are not here (Anambra), they come in from outside. Also, we have heard reports of herdsmen who carry arms. Any herdsmen carrying arms is a criminal and we will not tolerate that. If you find them, report them because they are criminals.

The governor also said that his government takes security seriously, which is the reason the state has been proclaimed the safest in the country. He also added that his administration has been very supportive of security agencies in the state, as security remained everyone’s business.

“Anything about security is number one for me. We thank our security agencies for keeping Anambra on the high as the safest state in Nigeria.

“I have distributed over 520 vehicles to security agencies in the state and I made a designated petrol station where you go to take fuel to avoid saying you don’t have fuel when you get distress calls. Today, every police vehicle you see running around is fueled by me,” he said.


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Governor Obiano Mourns the Death of Chimamanda Adichie mother’s death

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Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has expressed deep sadness over the sudden death of Mrs. Grace Ifeoma Adichie, mother of the famous novelist and writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Reacting to the sad news, Governor Obiano said he was grieved by Mrs Adichie’s death, upon hearing of it.

“I was saddened by the sad news of Mrs Adichie’s death and I sympathize with her children and the entire Adichie family who are again thrown into mourning just a few months after burying their father, Prof James Adichie. This is indeed a grievous loss.

“Mrs Adichie lived a life of selfless service. Her contribution and great service to Anambra State will not be forgotten. I pray for the peaceful repose of her soul”, he said.

Mrs Adichie was a member of the Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board, ASUBEB and a former registrar of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She died on Monday, March 1st, 2021. She was 78 years old


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