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Minister weeps over continuous captivity of Leah Sharibu, Chibok girls

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Minister weeps over continuous captivity of Leah Sharibu, Chibok girls

Minister weeps over continuous captivity of Leah Sharibu, Chibok girls

The Minister of Women Affairs, Paulen Tallen on Monday betrays emotions and wept on live television over continuous captivity of Leah Sharibu and  over 100 other Chibok girls.

The minister’s action took place after presenting the achievements of her ministry at 13th edition of the President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB)’ Administration Scorecard Series (2015-2023) organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture.

The event was transmitted live by the Nigeria Television Authority, Radio Nigeria and Voice of Nigeria.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Leah Sharibu was abducted by the Islamic terror group, Boko Haram, along with 109 other girls on Feb. 19, 2018.

While the other girls were released, Leah was held back for allegedly refusing to abandon her faith.

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NAN also reports that about 100 girls are yet to be released of the 276 female students kidnapped  in April 2014 by Boko Haram terrorists from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state.

Responding to a question on what the government was doing to ensure the release of the girls from captivity Tallen said President Muhammadu Buhari, the military and her ministry had never rested on their oars to ensure their freedom.

“If you come to my office, you will see photographs of where I have visited Leah Sharibu’s parents and I have reached out to support them.

“Anything I put forward to Mr President’s desk,concerning them, he approves.

“You can also see in one of the photographs the helicopter and the security personnel Mr President approved for me to go to Chibok and I have gone there three times.

“Leah Sharibu’s parents are not in Chibok but the military made arrangements for me to see them at the Airforce Base in Yola due to security concern” she said.

The minister reiterated that the President was not unmindful of what the girls were going through at the moment  and the government was doing all it could do to secure their release.

She, however, advised that all hands must be on deck because security issue is not just the government affairs but for everyone.

“Security issue is everybody’s issue therefore when you see something you say something.

“I pray that Nigerians will be sincere enough to support our security with the right information for us to get these girls,” she said.

NAN reports that at this point the minister who could not hold her tears wept as she continued, “I am touched as a mother and I know that this is a season that we should show love at everyone including those in captivity.

“Our prayers are with them and I know that very soon God will release these children,”  Tallen said. 

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N70,000 Wage Not Solution to Economic Issues

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N70,000 Wage Not Solution to Economic Issues

By Halima Abdulkadiri

Chairman of the Labour Party (LP) in Oyo State, Sadiq Atayese, has stated that the newly-approved N70,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers is not the solution to the country’s economic challenges.

Atayese made this assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Ibadan.

He emphasized that sustainable solutions to the cost of living require positive economic policies from the government. Atayese highlighted the exchange rate as a key factor influencing fuel costs and subsidies.

He stressed that the government must prioritize fighting corruption and implementing policies beyond just increasing the minimum wage. According to Atayese, corruption in high places accounts for over 90 percent of corruption cases in Nigeria.

“Will this new minimum wage actually assuage the daily rising costs of foods and services? Can it bring a stable solution to the nation’s economic challenges? The answer is No,” he said.

Atayese also urged the government to focus on agricultural development and address issues such as security and funding for effective farming. He believes that addressing these critical issues would have more significant benefits than even a minimum wage of N150,000.

“Labour Party will continue to stand for the wellbeing of the people and development of the society,” he said.

The Federal Government and labor unions recently agreed on N70,000 as the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers. Initially, the government proposed N60,000, which was raised to N62,000, while labor demanded N494,000 before revising it to N250,000. Labor leaders agreed to the N70,000 offer due to additional incentives attached.

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Nigerian Army Reinforces Ban on Camouflage Misuse

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By Halima Abdulkadiri

The Nigerian Army (NA) has reiterated that the ban on the unauthorized use of military camouflage remains in full effect.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Maj.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, emphasized this in a statement on Sunday while addressing a video showing a soldier harassing a civilian for wearing an Army Desert Camouflage uniform.

Nwachukwu clarified that the footage is an old video being circulated by individuals with malicious intent to create tension between the military and civilians.

He stated that only personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the Nigeria Police Force are legally permitted to wear military camouflage.

Nwachukwu explained that the regulation is necessary because terrorists, insurgents, and impostors have exploited the misuse of military camouflage to commit crimes, posing a significant security threat.

“The Nigerian Army remains committed to upholding the law and ensuring the safety and security of all citizens.

“We urge the public to disregard the re-circulated video and remain vigilant against attempts to sow discord and tension within the country.

“The incident in question occurred in 2021, and the army took immediate and decisive action at that time.

“The soldier involved was arrested, tried, and appropriately punished for his unacceptable behavior, which violated the core values of the Nigerian Army, particularly the respect for others and their fundamental rights,” he said.

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Hisbah Destroys N60m Alcohol, Drugs in Katsina

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Hisbah Destroys N60m Alcohol, Drugs in Katsina

By Halima Abdulkadiri

The Katsina State Hisbah Board has destroyed alcohol and other illicit drugs worth N60 million in Funtua Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

Dr. Aminu Usman, the Hisbah Commander in the state, disclosed this to newsmen on Sunday.

According to Usman, no fewer than 1,750 crates of alcohol and about 33 jerry cans of locally-brewed beer were recently seized and destroyed in Funtua.

Usman explained that this effort is part of their mandate to ensure good morals among the people in the state.

He commended the board’s officials for their dedication and urged them to redouble their commitment.

He also sought the support of religious leaders, emphasizing that Hisbah does not belong to any particular group or sect. Usman praised Gov. Dikko Radda for his full support in helping the board discharge its responsibilities.

Usman appealed to the public for genuine information on places where immoral behaviors are committed. He called on parents, teachers, and community leaders to intensify efforts in instilling discipline and good morals among youths in their communities.

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