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Why we’re not using force against bandits – Buhari

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By Temi Joshua

President Buhari has reacted to the recent abduction of hundreds of students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State.

Buhari, in a statement, described the abduction as inhumane and totally unacceptable.

This was contained in a statement released by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity), Garba Shehu on Friday.

He also gave out strong warnings to bandits that “this administration will not succumb to blackmail by bandits who target innocent school students in the expectations of huge ransom payments.”

According to the President, “no criminal group can be too strong to be defeated by the government,” adding that, “the only thing standing between our security forces and the bandits are the rules of engagement.”

“We have the capacity to deploy massive force against the bandits in the villages where they operate, but our limitation is the fear of heavy casualties of innocent villagers and hostages who might be used as human shields by the bandits,” he said, stressing that “our primary objective is to get the hostages safe, alive and unharmed.”

President Buhari noted that “a hostage crisis is a complex situation that requires maximum patience in order to protect the victims from physical harm or even brutal death at the hands of their captors.”

He warned the bandits: “Let them not entertain any illusions that they are more powerful than the government. They shouldn’t mistake our restraint for the humanitarian goals of protecting innocent lives as a weakness or a sign of fear or irresolution.”

The President appealed to state governments “to review their policy of rewarding bandits with money and vehicles, warning that the policy might boomerang disastrously.”

He also advised states and local governments to be more proactive by improving security around schools and their surroundings.

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FG suspends Air Nigeria project indefinitely

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The Air Nigeria project has been placed on indefinite hold by the federal government until further notice.

The minister of aviation and aerospace, Festus Keyamo stated that the airline was never a Nigerian airline, despite what the general public believed, and that they merely attempted to introduce the concept of a foreign airline posing as a Nigerian airline.

At the Ministerial briefing to commemorate President Bola Tinubu’s inaugural year in office, he made this statement.

He said, “It remains suspended and it was never Air Nigeria. It was only.

“If it is so, why not allow our local people to fly our flag? Why bring foreign airlines to fly our flag?

“So nobody should deceive you that it was Air Nigeria.”

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No To Student Education Loan In Tertiary Institutions – ASUU

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Nigeria has expressed opposition to the idea of providing student education loan for those attending tertiary institutions across the country.

This was made known to the public on Monday during a press conference held in the capital of Akwa Ibom State, Uyo, where it was stated that the student education loan program would force pupils to enslavement, permanent debt, depression, and ultimately suicide.

Happiness Uduk, the ASUU Zonal Cordinator, expressed how depressing it was that those who benefited from food subsidies, bursary awards, and school scholarships were also the ones enforcing some of these offensive policies and vowed that the union would not back down in the face of them whenever necessary.

She said, “It is disheartening that people who attended schools on scholarship, enjoyed meal subsidies, free laundry services and bursary awards are the same running our economy today.

“Their Children are on scholarship in the best foreign universities in the world but after siphoning our economy, they turn around to impose a strangulating Education Loan in tax payers’ children so that they will be enslaved and remain indebted to the country forever. They do not mind the devastating effect of this scheme on the country, such as depression, suicide, and collosal loss of intellectuals.

“To this end, we vehemently condemn the idea of Education Loan and state clearly that using the money for intervention in higher Institutions will be about a positive turn-around of events that will make our institutions self reliant on highly subsidized tertiary education in Nigeria.”

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May 29: President Tinubu Begins Nationwide Project Inauguration

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Nigerian president, Tinubu is set to commence the Inauguration of project across the country to mark his one year in service.

This was made known to the public through a statement signed by Special Advisor on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, with the headline “President Tinubu Set To Inaugurate Projects To Mark One Year In Office”.

According to Bayo, the completion of Lagos’ Third Main Land Bridge will be the first project carried out on May 31, 2024, President Tinubu’s first anniversary in office. Additionally, he will be traveling throughout the week, starting on Sunday (tomorrow) and ending on Friday, to oversee other projects including the commissioning of 330 roads and bridges across the nation.

The statement reads below:

“STATE HOUSE PRESS STATEMENT

“PRESIDENT TINUBU SET TO INAUGURATE PROJECTS TO MARK ONE YEAR IN OFFICE

“Ahead of the first anniversary of his administration on 29 May, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu today departed Abuja for Lagos to begin a commissioning spree of projects completed under his administration.

“In Lagos on Sunday, the President will inaugurate the concrete-paved road to the nation’s major ports in Apapa and Tin Can Island. The reconstructed road which began under the Muhammadu Buhari Administration was financed by the Dangote Group, using its tax credits.

“On the same day, President Tinubu will formally inaugurate, by virtual means, the refurbished Third Mainland Bridge, which has drawn public acclaim for its excellent finishing and aesthetic furnishing. He will also commission, virtually, the rehabilitation of 330 roads and bridges across the country.

“The highpoint of the President’s engagements on Sunday will be the inauguration of the iconic Lagos-Calabar Superhighway, estimated to cost about N15 trillion. Work has begun on the legacy project that will connect nine coastal states, with Section Two already awarded to Hitech Construction Limited.

“President Tinubu will return to Abuja on Tuesday to begin another round of commissioning. He will first inaugurate the Southern Parkway, which the Nyesom Wike-led FCT Administration named after him.

“On Wednesday, the President will attend the National Assembly Dialogue Series, after which he will unveil the National Assembly Library Complex, named after him.

“President Tinubu will leave the National Assembly to relaunch the commercialisation of Abuja Light Rail, also known as Abuja Metro. He will symbolically join a train ride to the city centre.

“The Abuja Metro was completed in 2018 by the Buhari Administration. It was put into commercial use up till 2020. But with the onset of COVID-19, the train service was abandoned. Vandals descended on the facility, putting it out of use.

“FCT Minister Wike, after spending $15 million and building access roads to the various stations, has refurbished it for commercial service.

“After the train ride, President Tinubu will also inaugurate the Wuye Flyover-Link Bridge and the Defence Intelligence Agency Headquarters.

“On Friday 31 May, President Tinubu will commission the NASENI-Portland Compressed Natural Gas(CNG) Reverse Engineering Centre at Utako.

Bayo Onanuga

Special Adviser Information and Strategy.

25 May, 2024.”

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