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Why We Can’t Proscribe Bandits As Terrorist Group —— Lai Mohammed

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said bandits cannot be proscribed in Nigeria because they don’t go by any name.

Mohammed who made this known in an interview on AIT’s Kaakaki programme on Wednesday said proscribing the bandits is not what really matters but how they are treated.

“You proscribe known groups with names. You can’t just proscribe an unknown group legally,” he said.

“Secondly, it’s not whether they are proscribed or not, it is the way they are treated. Does the government actually treat them with kid gloves? The answer is no.”

Mohammed also pointed out that there is a difference between the bandits and the Indigenous People of Biafra, a group that has been proscribed by the Federal Government.

He said, “When a group is championing a course for the disintegration of Nigeria… A group like IPOB (that) does not even recognize Nigeria as a state, sets up its own army, and thinks it is a sovereign state is different from bandits and criminals. Please, don’t compare apples and oranges.”

When asked if the bandits aren’t also threatening the sovereignty of Nigeria by taking up arms against the citizens, the Minister said the cases are completely different.

He said, “Security challenges are one thing. Challenging the sovereignty of Nigeria is a completely different thing. Don’t let us dwell on semantics.”

Speaking further, he said, “Don’t armed robbers threaten the security of lives and property? They do. Is there anywhere in the world that armed robbers have been proscribed?”

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JUST IN: Ex-NFF Technical Director Kashimawo Laloko Dies At 76

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A former Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation, Kashimawo Laloko, is dead.

The death of Laloko was confirmed by his son, Adewale, late Sunday night.

Laloko 76, died on Sunday in Lagos, after a brief illness, his son Adewale told The PUNCH.

“He had been feeling weak before he died on Sunday. It was as a result of weakness, not COVID-19,” Adewale told The PUNCH.

The late Laloko will be buried according to Muslim rites on Tuesday at his Gbonagun residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Laloko established the Pepsi Football Academy in Lagos in November 1992 and has produced some of the country’s brightest football talents ever since.

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Buhari Deceiving Tinubu, He Won’t Handover To Him In 2023, He Wants A Fulani —- New Afenifere Leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo

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The new leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, says the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), won’t hand over power to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.

He said this in an exclusive interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, noting that Buhari and Tinubu are deceiving themselves.

Adebanjo also tackled Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and APC governors in the South-West for being silent on the restructuring of the country.

He said, “The exception is the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi (Makinde). They are all under the canopy of Tinubu, who himself is under the canopy of (the President, Major General Muhammadu) Buhari. But they are deceiving themselves that Buhari would hand over to him (Tinubu) since they supported him (Buhari).

“I have said it openly before and I would say it again that Buhari is deceiving Tinubu and Tinubu is deceiving Buhari. I’m an old man and I’m a funeral candidate already, so quote me. If Tinubu contests the primary in APC today, he will fail.

“When I say Buhari is fake and he has a private agenda, I know what I’m saying. He wants Fulani to take over and that was why he allowed them to come in. When we ask them about the herders killing people, they would say they are foreigners.”

The Afenifere leader asked Tinubu and others to retrace their steps and support the restructuring agenda of the Yoruba group.

Adenajo added, “All of them were Afenifere before they broke away. It was on the Afenifere platform that Bola Tinubu, Bisi Akande, and the others were elected as governors.

“I have always told them, from Tinubu downwards, that it’s better they save themselves speedily. I’m talking to all of them, that in the interest of Yorubaland and the country, they should get out of the carcass they call APC. I made a public pronouncement that they were a conglomeration of incompatibles. It’s on record. I said it then and I’m still saying it now; if they don’t save themselves early enough, then they are ready for a disaster.”

Though Tinubu is yet to officially declare his intentions to contest; he has not also denied reports of his intention to contest.

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House of Reps Adopts Peller’s Motion On Reinvigoration Of NOA

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Federal House of Representatives on Tuesday 16th March 2021 adopted a motion moved by Hon. Shina Peller, a member representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa federal constituency, Oyo State, on the need to reinvigorate the National Orientation Agency (NOA) for the impactful discharge of its mandate.
In the motion, Hon. Peller noted that National Orientation Agency, which was established in 1993, is by virtue of its enabling Act required to re-orientate Nigerians on their general attitude and encourage them to take part actively and freely in discussions and decisions affecting their collective welfare.
However, Hon. Peller argued that that the NOA is incapacitated in discharging its constitutional responsibility of disseminating information and re-orientating Nigerians particularly during a critical period like this when COVID-19 has left many lifeless and caused many households griefs.
Furthermore, he observed that the strategic plan for the National Orientation Agency (2017-2021) reveals that the Statutory Allocations to the Agency in the past years are inadequate for optimal performance of the Agency’s mandate as it is presently bedeviled with poor statutory allocation, poorly motivated staff, inadequate vehicles, and other public enlightenment equipment.
Similarly, he also expressed concerns that NOA’s incapacitation has continuously prevented her from living up to its responsibility as a social re-engineering organization as stipulated in Section 4 of the Enabling Act which empowers her to function as an instrument for attitudinal transformation, public enlightenment, mass mobilization, and national integration.
In addressing the aforementioned problems, the House adopted Hon. Peller’s prayers and resolved as follows:
1. Urged the National Orientation Agency to wake up to its legal responsibilities and be more efficient in Value reorientation and public education of Nigerians and further synergize with the Federal Government on combating social vices such as Terrorism, Xenophobic Attacks, Anti-Corruption War, etc.
2. The Director-General of the National Orientation Agency should appear before the House Committee on Information and National Orientation, Ethics and value and table the activities, strengths, and weaknesses within the next two weeks.
3. Mandated the Committee on Information and National Orientation, Ethics, and values to ensure the increase in the budgetary allocation of the National Orientation Agency in the 2022 Appropriation Budget Estimates for optimal performance.
Responding to questions from journalists after the plenary, Hon. Peller explained that regular reorientation of Nigerians will serve as a preventive measure against imminent dangers, crises, or chaos as the case may be, and added that the NOA has a constitutional obligation to ensure this.
In addition, he said this is part of what Lead Generation Initiative (LGI), a non-governmental, non-partisan, and non-profit organization, aims to achieve with its various laudable programmes targeted at training, re-orientating, and charging the Nigerian youth to stop lamenting endlessly about the maladministration of the country, but to contribute their own quota to nation-building right from their immediate communities.
It would be recalled that Hon. Peller’s bill for an act to amend the National Orientation Agency Act had last year passed through first reading at the floor of the House.
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