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APC vs PDP: Your endorsement of Buhari partisan – Arewa group blasts ACF

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Following the latest endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari for second term, a group under the auspices of Arewa Patriotic Forum (APF) has accused the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) of violating its non-partisan stand.

A statement issued by the forum’s national coordinator, Shehu Gambo, and made available to DAILY POST, said, ” ACF is now a political organization against its principle of non partisan stand before.

“If you check ACF mission and vision they said the forum is not partisan but now ACF has violated its own rule by endorsing President Buhari.

“To us,ACF is not speaking for us but themselves because just recently the forum while reacting to Atiku Abubakar’s endorsements said only Nigerians will decide the faith of politicians.”

It would be recalled that the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) had endorsed the candidature of Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 16, 2019 poll.

However, Professor Ango Abdullahi-led faction of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) had recently endorsed the candidacy of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

ACF, which prides itself as the political compass of the North, said it has carefully studied the antecedents of major presidential candidates, the manifestos and policy documents of their parties, alongside the need for social, political and economic stability in the country, it has come to conclusion that, President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term to consolidate on his achievements.

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Buhari issues fresh order to military over banditry

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President Muhammadu Buhari Saturday in Katsina, Katsina State, charged the military to be more spontaneous in restoring peace to the country, particularly states troubled by bandits, ordering them “not to spare bandits’’ that have been killing, maiming and extorting innocent citizens.

Addressing 15 officers and 160 soldiers of the 17th Army Brigade and Nigerian Air Force 213 Operational Base in Katsina, under the “Operation Hadarin Daji’’, at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Airport, President Buhari, said:

“This group was formed by the military to secure the geo-political zone from the activities of bandits. Fundamentally, it is your responsibility to secure the country.

“As the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, I believe you are capable of doing it. I don’t think you should spare any bandit. Identify and eliminate them. Pursue them anywhere you can find them and eliminate them,’’ he said.

“Nigeria deserves peace. The rainy season is good and we are already achieving food security, but we need peace. The money saved from food importation will be used to purchase arms for operations,’’ he said.

The President, flanked by Governor Aminu Bello Masari, assured the troops that the Federal Government will provide all the necessary support for restoration of peace in the country.

“We will give you all the right equipment so that you can deal with them with despatch. I appreciate all your efforts but you can do more. I don’t want any bandit spared,’’ he added.

President Buhari said the government and all officials were being sustained in office by the ordinary people, and they owe the people a duty to protect their lives and property.

“Please give my regards to your families. The earlier you finish with the bandits, the earlier you will return and stay with your families,’’ he said.

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Mutane 5 aka halaka a rikicin Benue – ‘yan sanda

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Yan sanda a jihar Benue sun tabbatar da kashe mutane 9 a wasu garuruwa dake karamar hukumar Katsina Ala ta jihar.

Mai magana da yawun rundunar yan sandan jihar, Catherine Anene ta ce rikicin da ya faru a Katsina Ala rikici ne wanda yake yawan faruwa a tsakanin kabilun Ikurav da Shitile .

“Rikicin ya faru a kauyuka uku. Babu dalilin kai harin saboda.An gudanar da ganawa a lokuta da dama tsakanin kabilun amma aka kasa cimma matsaya,”

Rahotanni sun bayyana cewa mayaka daga bangarorin kabilun biyu; Shitile da Ikurav sun kai ma juna hari da safiyar ranar Asabar har ta kai ga an samu asarar rayuka.

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World Humanitarian Day: 37 aid workers so far killed in Northeast Nigeria, says UN Office

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The Head of Office, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UN OCHA, Mr. Peter Ekayu has stated that a total of 37 aid workers have lost their lives in service of humanity since the beginning of the conflict in northeast Nigeria.

Peter Ekayu stated this in a statement made available to newsmen as aid workers mark humanitarian day.

Mr. Perter also said that, over the years, too many innocent children, women and men had died in the violence, adding that, data showed that about 35,000 people had lost their lives in the conflict since 2009.

“These are 35,000 deaths too many. As we mark World Humanitarian Day to honour aid workers around the world and in Nigeria, who often risk their own lives to help save and improve that of others, I salute the courage and relentless commitment of not only colleagues and partners, but also affected people and families have shown over the years,” Peter said.

“in the past year, tragic events befell women humanitarians working in Nigeria. We are here to salute their commitment and recognize the sacrifices they and their families are making every day.

“Our efforts are not vain. Together, we are making a difference in the life of millions.These everyday heroes are working tirelessly to provide much-needed vital assistance to the most vulnerable people affected by the crisis in the states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.

“UN staff, INGO and local NGO personnel, State emergency professionals, doctors, nurses, host community members, or simply fathers, mothers, neighbours… thousands of people are guided by their dedication to humanity. They are driven by the most noble cause of helping others.

“Today, we are paying special tribute to the women among them. Women are active in every aspect of humanitarian action: from negotiating access to people in need, to addressing deadly diseases such as measles and cholera. From reuniting separated children to ensuring people uprooted by natural disasters and conflict have shelter, access to clean water, healthcare, food and education.

“Women humanitarians bring a unique perspective to this work through their understanding of the specific needs and priority of girls and women.

“And women humanitarians extend our global humanitarian access in parts of the world by their ability to reach women and girls who might otherwise be out-of-reach and bring them the information, support and services they need.

“Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa and Hauwa Mohammed Liman. They were midwives with ICRC and were executed after being held in captivity by non-state armed groups for more than six months. Both aid workers were abducted from Rann town, Borno State in March 2018 along with a nurse from UNICEF who is still held in captivity.

“Faye Mooney. She was a British communications and learning specialist with the non-governmental organization Mercy Corps. She lost her life in an attack by gunmen in Kaduna State earlier this year.

“We are here together to honour them and their grieving families, relatives and children surviving them. As I stand before you today, my thoughts also go to the families of our colleagues who are still being held captive by armed groups.

“The UN and its humanitarian partners call for their immediate release and return to safety.

“My heart also goes out to the families of the thousands of civilians who have been similarly abducted and whose whereabouts are still unknown.

“Today, we are here together to remind the world that the humanitarian crisis hitting Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states is far from over.

“The less attention we pay to the crisis in the north-east, the more risks face our colleagues who are working in extremely volatile areas struck by violence and devastation.

“As respect for the laws of war weakens, aid workers are increasingly vulnerable, though they are more needed than ever before.” He added.

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