Borno state governor, Babagana Umara Zulum on Sunday led the funeral prayer of the 43 farmers that were slaughtered by Boko Haram Insurgents in Zabarmari on Saturday.
The slain farmers who live in Zabarmari, a farming community in Jere Local Government Area, famous for rice cultivation and local processing, were attacked on Saturday, at Koshebe village, a place in Mafa Local Government Area.
The governor during his visit was told that the death toll was yet to be fully ascertained.
“Your Excellency, as you have seen here, 43 corpses were buried, but others have not been retrieved from the scene of the incident. Nobody can tell you the exact number of people killed. Some of the victims are still missing” a resident (name concealed, told the Governor).
Zulum empathized with the bereaved community and hoped for the release of the remaining victims who have been held captive.
“First of all, accept my deepest sympathy over this carnage, once again, that affects all of us and every human with a conscience. I am told some persons are still missing. We have been discussing with the military since yesterday, Insha Allah the remaining people will be traced soon.”
“It is disheartening that more than 40 citizens were slaughtered while they were working in their farmlands.
“Our people are in very difficult situations, they are in two different extreme conditions, on one side they stay at home they may be killed by hunger and starvation, on the other, they go out to their farmlands and risk getting killed by the insurgents.
Governor Zulum says Borno is still appealing to the Federal Government to ensure that safety returns to Borno.
“We are still appealing to the Federal Government to ensure recruitment of more our youths in the CJTF and hunters into the Nigerian military and the Civil Defence so that they can form part of the agro rangers that will protect farmers.
“We need many boots to protect farmlands and our youths understand the terrain. We will not lose hope because we have to remain optimistic about ending the insurgency” Zulum said.
Yuletide: CBA Foundation Donates Food Items, Cash Gifts To Widows In Anambra
As part of the New Year celebration, the Chinwe Bode-Akinwande (CBA) Foundation, a non-governmental organization in Nigeria, has put smiles on the faces of some widows in Nnewi, Anambra State.
The event, which was held on Friday, January 1, 2021, had excited widows numbering over 55 going home with food-items and financial empowerment.
Speaking at the event, the founder of the NGO, Mrs. Chinwe Bode-Akinwande, said the basis for diligently driving the foundation is derived from the passion and need to impact the lives of underprivileged widows who have gone through so much pain and discrimination and might have lost hope.
“We give hope to the hopeless. We are driven to support underprivileged widows to have a positive outlook on life despite the problems they experience by losing their loved ones, mostly the breadwinner of the family.
“At the moment, we have over 1,200 authentic widows on our profile. The successes have been enormous, many women are now business owners and are able to not just fend for their families but are employers of labour. Over 40 children who had lost hope in education are back to school, through the payment of school fees as well as the provision of stationery. Twenty-six underprivileged widows through our medical intervention recovered from the stroke.
“We have reached out to over 5,600 underprivileged widows and over 850 children through our International Widow’s Day outreaches since we started with food items, clothing, skill acquisition training, and financial empowerment to some selected and medical outreaches. We can go on and on but time wouldn’t permit me,” she said.
Mrs. Bode-Akinwande added: “We have a long-term expansion plan but what matters to us at CBA Foundation is our immediate environment.
“This indeed forms the basis for expanding our environment beyond Lagos, Ogun, and Anambra which we currently cover. We are hopeful that more individuals and organizations will support us to spread across the country and beyond.”
At the Nnewi outreach, the widows expressed gratitude to the foundation as some were seen with smiles and relief on their faces.
According to Mrs. Nwosu, one of the widows, a bitter kola and palm kernel trader, every market day, she goes to the town’s market society to borrow money to be able to buy and resell; she thereafter returns the money along with a part of the profit.
Mrs Nwosu was given a seed capital for bitter kola and palm kernel business by the CBA Foundation.
Mrs Nnodu is a mother of three. She and her kids hawk fruits on the streets. They share the routes they have to cover daily. To boost her income, she used to borrow money from the women group to sell plastics but was unable to meet up interest and timelines. She became a lucky beneficiary of CBA Foundation seed capital for the plastic business and packaging of the fruits.
Just like Nwosu, periodic checks and reports are to be done by leaders of their respective groups to track their progress, Mrs. Chinwe Bode-Akinwande, the CBA founder said.
For Mrs. Okonkwo, the kids’ welfare had remained a huge challenge. The widow who cleans the streets and takes care of her very aged mother, wants to start a poultry business that can fetch her money, take care of the sick aged mother with her is enough for her to cater for her kids. CBA has come to her rescue also by providing seed capital for the poultry business which will be tracked by her group leader just like others who were empowered the same day of outreach.
One of them, Mrs. Akoma, goes into thick bushes to fetch firewood, arranges them and takes to different market days to sell and earn a living. Akaoma was also among the beneficiaries of the seed capital to start a business to immediately stop the risk to her life in the thick forest.
The CBA Foundation is primarily dedicated to promoting the protection of Nigerian underprivileged widows and their vulnerable children, restoring immediate and lasting hope, confidence, and courage in their lives.
Established in 2015, the foundation, under its five-point agenda, has reached out to thousands of underprivileged widows and children through skills acquisition training, health intervention, business start-ups, and provision of clothing, nutrition, and tuition fees for the children.
A breakdown shows 5,600 widows have been empowered through its women empowerment and capacity building initiative; over 3,500underprivileged widows have received health intervention while over 3,600 have received food items. The foundation has also reinstated 45 children in schools, empowered 120 widows financially to start a business of their own, and provided palliatives to 250 widows during the COVID-19 pandemic lock-down.
Hoodlums Disrupt Coalition’s Meeting On Insecurity In Kaduna [PHOTOS]
Suspected hoodlums have disrupted a meeting of the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) in Kaduna.
The coalition had converged on Arewa House, Kaduna, on Monday, to discuss the insecurity in the northern region when armed men broke into the hall.
CNG had organized a meeting under the theme, ‘Module for Broad-based Community Action for Self Defence, Deeper Engagement and Enhanced Synergy between States’, which was scheduled to take place on Monday and Tuesday.
Participants expected at the meeting included traditional rulers, religious leaders, civil society groups, youths, the business community, and other stakeholders from all 19 northern states of the country.
However, while the meeting was on, the attackers were said to have stormed the venue of the event and disrupted the meeting.
Tables were turned upside down, while a glass door was shattered in the process.
The incident took place hours after the CNG directed its members to organize a protest in Katsina, to demand the safe return of the students kidnapped from the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina.
According to Aminu Masari, governor of Katsina, as of Sunday afternoon, 333 students were still unaccounted for.
According to a statement issued by the group on Sunday, the protest will take place at Daura, the hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari — the president is currently in Katsina state.
“Three state chapters of the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) are into massive mobilization for an indefinite sit-out outside President Buhari’s home in Daura to demand the urgent rescue of the kidnapped students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara,” the statement reads.
“CNG’S spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said the national headquarters of the coalition had been briefed by the three state chapters involved.
“The sit-out protest is expected to involve parents of all the abducted children and other concerned groups and individuals and to stay on until all the abducted children are returned alive and safe.
“The states to embark on the protests include Kano, Katsina, and Jigawa.”
COVID-19: Buratai Cancels COAS Confab, Bars Participants From Son’s Wedding
The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has cancelled the ongoing 2020 Chief of Army Staff’s Annual Conference after a participant tested positive for coronavirus.
He also barred participants at the conference from attending the wedding of his son, Hamisu Buratai, scheduled for Friday.
This was contained in two statements from the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Sagir Musa, on Thursday.
In the first statement titled, ‘Cancellation of the remaining activities of Chief of Army Staff’s annual conference 2020’, Musa said the participant tested positive on Tuesday.
He also said that all the participants had been mandated to immediately proceed on self-isolation.
“The Nigerian Army wishes to inform members of the public that due to resurgence of COVID 19 Pandemic in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja in what appears to be a second wave of infection cycle and the unfortunate incident on Tuesday 8 December 2020, where an officer participating in the ongoing Chief of Army Staff’s Annual Conference 2020 here in Abuja tested positive to COVID 19, the remaining activities of the conference have therefore been immediately cancelled.
“All the participants have been mandated to immediately proceed on self-isolation in line with the Federal Government’s protocol for COVID 19 and to prevent any further spread of the disease.
“All inconveniences hereby regretted, please. Thanks for your usual understanding and cooperation, please,” the statement read.
In the second statement titled, ‘Scaling down of activities for the wedding Fatiha of Buratai’s son Mr Hamisu Tukur Buratai’, the Army spokesperson said participants at the COAS conference would not participate in the wedding.
The statement added, “The Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai wishes to inform all dignitaries and other invited guests that activities earlier scheduled for the wedding of his son Mr Hamisu Tukur Buratai will proceed as arranged albeit pruned down without the participation of all those who were at the conference.
“The Chief of Army Staff, on behalf of his family, feels honoured to sincerely appreciate, thank and welcome all dignitaries and invited guests to his son’s Wedding Fatiha slated for Friday, December 11, 2020. However, due to the resurgence of the Pandemic in the FCT, General Buratai will be unable to personally attend to, receive or meet you at the event. All inconveniences hereby regretted, please.”