Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has noted that some elements who he described as agents of anarchy are responsible for various attacks and criminal activities in Nigeria. The spokesperson of the Vice President, Laolu Akande in a statement on Wednesday, quoted Osinbajo to have made the submission during his visit to Imo State on Tuesday.
Osinbajo warned that these elements of anarchy interested in causing problems in Nigeria must be resisted by citizens and residents alike. He also condemned the attack on the Police Headquarters in Imo State and the Owerri Correctional Centre in its totality.
“We must, therefore, reject the agents of anarchy that are seeking to weaponize the frustration and discontent of our young people for their own profit,” Osinbajo said. He added that Adding: “The path of violence can only lead to a disaster that consumes everyone and leads to the desolation of our communities. It is easy to take peace for granted, but we need not learn the value of peace through the horrible crucible of war.”
“When you attack police stations and free dangerous criminals, you put men, women, children and their possessions and livelihoods at risk.” “Whatever the motives of the perpetrators, this action is egregious and atrocious in the extreme, and all men and women of goodwill must openly condemn this assault on the way of life of the good people of the state.”
Though he admitted that no country, including Nigeria, has a perfect system, Osinbajo called for a peaceful approach in addressing all grievances. “Our system is not perfect – no earthly system is.” “Democracy provides channels for seeking redress for injury, for peacefully addressing the problems that ail us.”
“And I call on all of us to come together to resist any attempt to turn the progress and peace that this zone is set to experience to conflict and disruption,” he added.
He assured the Imo State government under the leadership of Governor Hope Uzodinma of the federal government’s support in tackling its security challenges. “The Federal Government stands with you and the great people of Imo State at this crucial time,” he assured the governor.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Adamu, on Wednesday handed over to Usman Alkali Baba as the Acting Inspector General of Police. Reliable sources indicate that Adamu handed over to Baba at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
Earlier, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had decorated Usman Alkali Baba with his new rank as the Inspector-General of Police. The decoration was done at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja, Newspot understands.
Why It Is Difficult To Become Somebody In Nigeria Without Knowing Anybody – Jonathan Former President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has lamented the difficulty in making headway in Nigeria without knowing some well-connected or powerful persons. He noted that the system works in such a way that every position including leadership posts are based on who you know and not your ability to deliver.
The former President however noted that it ought not to be as merit should not be sacrificed on the altar of nepotism, ethnicity and favouritism. Jonathan made the submission on Tuesday during a one-day working visit to Bauchi State where he commissioned a road project named after him by the state governor, Senator Bala Mohammed.
Buttressing his point that appointments should be based on merit, Jonathan explained that he didn’t know Mohammed personally when he made him the FCT Minister while he was president. He said: “Yes, I did not know him when I met him and made him the FCT Minister. In Nigeria, we have this tradition where some people feel that some Ministries are big and juicy and must be given to a special person or that you have to know someone before you give him a responsibility role or put him somewhere. It is not like that with me, it is not my way of doing things.
“Today is a happy day for me because since I left office, this is the first time I am coming to Bauchi, first let me use this rare opportunity that I am before the Emir of Bauchi to thank the people of Bauchi for supporting my dear son, you have done very well to support him. It would have been difficult for him to win the election without your support.” Bala Mohammed is a good younger brother, he is a good son, even when he was the FCT Minister, he worked with commitment and I gave him a free hand to run the affairs of the FCT. I’ve come to visit him and to commission a project and a road that was even named after me.”
Speaking earlier before the reaction by Jonathan, Governor Mohammed had while introducing the former President to the Emir of Bauchi, said: “Your Highness, I am the happiest man today standing here, today history is been made. Somebody who is instrumental in my coming to the limelight in Nigeria is here with you.
“He came from Yenogoa in Bayelsa State, somebody I don’t have anything in common with other than the stake of nationalism and Nigerianess. He made me the Minister of the FCT without knowing me or belonging to the same political party, he has really impacted so much, he gave me responsibility and by so doing he has proven that he is a detribalized Nigerian.”
“The way and manner he left government and created impression globally in terms of democracy made me proud that I have a father and a mentor who is the face of democracy in Africa. Today, he is coming to our house, this house that we all respect in Bauchi and in the whole country. This is the house of the Are ona kakanfo of the North.”
In his remarks, the Emir of Bauchi, Dr Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu declared that he and the entire traditional council are proud of Jonathan. The Monarch said: “This is the fourth time you are visiting this Palace officially, we in Bauchi State are proud of you.” The Emir added that Jonathan’s actions as described by the Governor show that he is a detribalized Nigerian.
Meanwhile, Lauretta Onochie, Senior Special Assistant on Social Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, has reacted to the attacks on the Imo Police Headquarters and the Correctional Centers in Owerri, the state capital. In a tweet via her Twitter handle on Monday, the presidential aide said there will never be the Republic of Biafra again.