Today's News: El-Rufai Reacts To Video Of Him Attacking Jonathan In 2014, Gunmen Raid Ebonyi Village


Tinubu rubbishes reported rift with Buhari after Villa closed-door meeting

A national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Monday, reacted to the various challenges bedevelling Nigeria, saying all nations would go through difficult times.

He said the difference would be in how to communicate the challenges to citizens and how to make it easier for them to bear.

Tinubu stated this in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after a closed-door meeting he had with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The former Lagos State Governor, who was accompanied by a former national chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande, said one of the steps in addressing the challenges was exchanging ideas with the leadership, which he was in the Presidential Villa to do.

He said, “The best way forward is what we are doing; coming together to reduce banditry, to move for unity and be able to bring a better Nigeria to the people. The welfare of our people is extremely important.

“Yes, every nation will go through these curves and difficult times. How we communicate it to the people; what are the areas to help make things easier for people? Those are the ideas we have to exchange with the leadership of the country.”

Gunmen raid Ebonyi community, kill policeman, three shot, robbed

One policeman is feared killed by armed robbers who raided Onueke community in the Ezza South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

Also, no fewer than three civilians were reportedly shot and dispossessed of their valuables on Tuesday by the rampaging gunmen who stormed the busy Onueke townaround 3.15pm.

The policeman, who was killed was trying to repel the hoodlums who held the town hostage for more than an hour.

The armed robbers were said to have first attacked a residence of a native doctor, identified as Azuoba.

Thereafter, they trailed another person to a new generation bank at Onueke and shot him.

The robbers, who were said to be about six in number, proceeded to the Onueke main town, where they robbed a fuel station, beer dealers, PoS operator and others of their money and other valuables.

Some Islamic leaders fishing in troubled water, provoking Christians – CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria on Tuesday warned some Muslim leaders in the country against continued promotion of violence and trouble to avoid throwing the nation into religious uprising.

While calling on the security agencies to caution and prevent any group of people whose actions could lead to religious and social crises and violence in the country, the organisation regretted that all over the Nigeria, there had been some actions that were being taken by some Islamic leaders to provoke their Christian counterparts to anger.

The General Secretary of CAN, Joseph Daramola, issued the warning in a statement titled ‘Muslims should stop stirring up religious crisis in Nigeria’.

Insecurity: Senator Adeyemi weeps, says Nigeria on 'fire' 

The Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Smart Adeyemi, in emotion-laden contribution to a motion on insecurity in Nigeria on Tuesday, wept openly over sustained devastation and wreck by terrorists across the nation.

While contributing to the motion sponsored by Senator Sani Musa, stating that Boko Haram terrorists have taken over three Local Governments in Niger State, Adeyemi admitted that security system has collapsed and innocent citizens are the receiving end.

He said it is foolhardy at this time for government to pretend about its helplessness, more so, that Senators should continue to be partisan on security issues.

Kogi lawmaker said: “Mr President, insecurity is a serious problem today in Nigeria and there come a time where we can do nothing, but to speak the truth irrespective of sentiment.

“Today Mr. President, all of us are being threatened. A lot have been said this morning Mr. President and I want to thank you for giving us time to speak expressly on this issue.

No govt in Nigeria, Buhari helping Fulanis take over - Ortom 

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom says the incessant killings in the state means that Nigeria does not have a government.

He lamented that over 70 people have been murdered in two weeks in Makurdi Local Government Area.

Ortom spoke to protesters on Tuesday at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Abagena village.

Suspected herdsmen, Monday night, killed citizens and wounded many others.

“What is happening now, to me, is very clear; Mr President is just working for these Fulanis to take over the whole country.”

He said Buhari’s body language is what is being played out and that the action and inaction of Mr President “shows that he is only the President of Fulani people”.

Ortom decried that attackers regularly send indigenes away from their homes, yet go to kill them where they take refuge.

Ortom called them “Fulani herdsmen”, stressing that “They are not bandits. They are Fulanis. We saw and heard them speak the language.”

We Won't Negotiate - El-Rufai Insists After Bandits Release Fresh Video Of Kidnapped Students

The Nasir El-Rufai government in Kaduna State has insisted that it would not surrender or negotiate with bandits terrorizing the state.

This is as it re-affirmed its resolve to work with the federal government and all security agencies to ensure all criminals are brought to book.

El-Rufai made the submission on Tuesday in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye.

The statement is a direct reaction to criticisms that followed the unearthing of a video clip in which Gov. El-Rufai had berated ex-President Goodluck Jonathan for not negotiating with the abductors of the Chibok schoolgirls in 2014.

It also comes on the same day that bandits responsible for the abduction of students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in Kaduna released a fresh video of the victims in their custody.

The 2 minutes, 20 seconds video which was recorded in the night in an undisclosed location, shows the students lined up and looking unkempt.

However the Kaduna State government has insisted that there is no going back on its policy of not negotiating with bandits.

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