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President Buhari, Gov. Ishaku Awarded at the Unveiling of the National Institute of Credit Administration

President Buhari, Gov. Ishaku Awarded at the Unveiling of the National Institute of Credit Administration

A fellowship award was presented to the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, who was ably represented by the Minister of Finance, Hajiya Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed and the Executive Governor of Taraba State, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku who was ably represented by his deputy, Engr. Haruna Manu, at the unveiling of the National Institute of Credit Administration at Four Point by Sheraton Hotel, Victoria Island – Lagos.

Other highlights of the event witness awards presented to the Executive Governors of Lagos, Osun and Kogi states respectively.

Gov. Ishaku, Other North East  Governors Hold Closed Door Meeting with President Buhari

Gov. Ishaku, Other North East Governors Hold Closed Door Meeting with President Buhari

By Bala Dan Abu.

Governor Ishaku together with other Northeast Governors stepping in to have a meeting with President Buhari.

Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku was among the six governors of the North East geo-political zone that held a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari today (AUGUST 10, 2020) in Abuja.

The meeting held inside the Presidential Villa was convened to discuss security problems confronting states in the region.

The North East geo-political region has been the target of the deadly Boko Haram insurgency for more than a decade.

The insurgency has claimed thousands of lives, destroyed the social and economic lives of the people and left in its trail monumental problems of internally displaced persons, IDPs.

Recently, Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno State escaped death by the whiskers following an attack on his convoy by dare-devil Boko Haram killer squad.

The attack is the latest evidence that Boko Haram fighters are unrelenting despite claims of numerous successful attacks and decimation of their formations by the military.

Today’s meeting is expected to enable the governors of the region to make an input on how the region can be salvaged from the jaws of insurgency.

President Buhari, Gov. Ishaku Eulogises Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama

President Buhari, Gov. Ishaku Eulogises Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama

President Mohammadu Buhari has described Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama as a man of peace and remarkable humility.

The President stated this during the Installation of Most Reverend Ignatius Kaigama at the Cathedral of the twelve Apostle Kubwa Abuja.

He said the Archbishop is a fellow who remained committed to peace and unity thanking God for his elevation and congratulated his Eminence John Cardinal Onayekan on his retirement.

Speaking, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku eulogies the good virtue of Archbishop Kaigama who gave his life at a very tender age in Kona, Jalingo Local Government Area of Taraba State.

He said they have drawn from his wisdom describing him as a man of peace and humility.

The Governor assured him of the prayers of Tarabans to enable him succeed.

In his reflection, Archbishop Ovaleria Okeke of the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha disclosed that the appointment of Bishops is the sole responsibility of the Pope without considering ethnicity, political,family or Diocesan pressure.

He called on the Church to rise up and speak against corruption, nepotism and poverty that has continued to ravage Nigerians.

On his part Representative of Pope Francis to Nigeria Nuncio Antonio Filipazzi commended the Archbishop of Abuja for his apostolic work within and outside the state.

He opined that John Cardinal Onayekan will be having a busy retirement because he is still a member of the Roman courier that will be serving in various initiatives in the world.

In his inaugural Speech, the Archbishop of Abuja Most Reverend Ignatius Kaigama thanked Pope Francis for giving him the opportunity to serve as the Apostolic leader of the Catholic faithful in Abuja metropolitan and pledged his renewed loyalty and devotedness to him.

He saluted his predecessor John cardinal Onayekan for his zeal and courage in the service of the Lord and wished him a tranquil and restful retirement.

Kaigama challenged political leaders in the Country to provide succour to the poor,widows and provide jobs for youths than flying on plane avoiding the bad roads in the Country which those that voted for them ply.

The Installation ceremony featured Goodwill messages from the Chairman of Governors forum Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Plateau Simon Lalong and others.

Secretary General of the Federation Boss Mustapha, Ministers, Former Speaker of the House of Representative Yakubu Dogara, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, Aku Uka of Wukari Shekaru Angyu, Chief of Kona Augustine Njemang and other dignitaries attended the ceremony.

Mambilla Crises: President Buhari Meets with Gov. Ishaku, Stakeholders

Mambilla Crises: President Buhari Meets with Gov. Ishaku, Stakeholders

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday visited Jalingo, the Taraba state capital to condole with the government and people of the state over the loss of lives in crises across the state.

The President arrived at the Jalingo airport around 4pm in company of the ministers of Women Affairs, Defense, Information and Culture, Members of the National Assembly from the state and other Service Chiefs  and was received by the state Governor, Darius Ishaku in company of the Speaker of the state Assembly and other top government functionaries, and headed straight for the Exco Chambers of the Government House where he discussed with stakeholders from the crises areas and top government officials.

Buhari said that his visit was only to condole with the families who lost loved ones and property to the crises and to urge the people to embrace peace so that there could be meaningful development.

President Buhari visits Jalingo

President Buhari visits Jalingo

“I came here to meet with the leadership of the state to express my condolences to those who lost loved ones and property in the crisis”.

“I can only appeal to the conscience of the people for them to embrace peace and live with one another in harmony so that there could be development and not destruction“, Buhari said.

The President said he has a way of getting intelligence on happening across the country and so he should not be expected to always to go out to the field to make noise and insult the sensibility of Nigerians before it would be known that he was taking actions against the killings.

He said he chose to visit Taraba first but would be visiting Benue and Zamfara states after his trip to Ghana to also condole with the people of the states over their loses, stressing that there were more killings in Mambilla, Benue, and Zamfara than other places.

“People sometimes expect me to rush out to the field to go and make noise but I have my ways of gathering intelligence. I get to know what is happening across the country without necessarily going to these places. I will be going to Benue and Zamfara after I return from Ghana to also condole with the people. There are more killings in Mambilla and Benue and Zamfara”, he said.

He called on traditional rulers in the state to step up activities in their various Chiefdoms to foster peaceful coexistence among their subjects and to remain vigilante at all times. Earlier, the state Governor Darius Ishaku said that the state was delighted to welcome the President in its trying time.

Ishaku said that Taraba state was “a mini Nigeria as we have over 80 tribes and three religions to handle and so it is not easy to always balance things up”.

The governor said that the state was contending with a different specie and breed of herdsmen who are militias moving around with AK 47s to remove anything in their way, unlike the known herdsmen who had cohabited with the people for decades without any serious crisis.

“The problem is never between the locals as both the local Fulani and other tribes blend without issues. We have a new breed and species of herdsmen militias who move around with sophisticated weapons to move anything from their way. These must be arrested now before it degenerates into something we can not contend with”, Gov Ishaku said.

Stakeholders from all the warring tribes insisted that justice and fairness must be seen taking its course and the rule of law allowed to prevail for any meaningful peace to return to the warring areas.