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Politics & Policy Wednesday 11 April 2018 Offa massacre: Saraki canvases improved security infrastructure SIKIRAT SHEHU, Ilorin The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki has called for the general improvement on the securityinfrastructure of the country to forestall incessant attacks on Nigerians. Saraki, who made the call in Offa , Offa local government area of Kwara State, when he paid a condolence visit to the Olofa of Offa, Oba Muftau Gbadamosi Esuwoye on the recent bank robbery incident in the town, said that Nigeria’s security challenges are as a result of the country’s inadequate response to security. Armed robbers numbering about 15 had last week Thursday attacked five banks and police station in Offa, killing 17 people including nine policemen in the process. Saraki said: “All the issue had to do on how we will improve on our security infrastructure. It is clear that we are not responding adequately to this. That is why we organized a security summit sometime ago to address the issue and to work closely with the executive and see how we can find solution to the security problems in the country. “We on the legislative arm are ready to come up with the real design to improve on the security challenges, whether it is the human resources, equipment, whether it has to do with funding and legislation. There is also the issue of the actual structure of the police. “This issue requires a very radical and serious minded approach. Unless we address this we will continue to have this kind of scenario where a bunch of criminals will hold a town for two hours and carry out this mayhem. There is no society that will really allow this APC, Buhari sinking, now desperate - PDP INNOCENT ODOH, Abuja Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the main opposition party in Nigeria, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has warned Nigerians that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and its President Muhammadu Buhari are already sinking following their inability to provide the deluge of promises they made to Nigerians. The PDP warned Nigerians that President Buhari and the APC have embarked on alleged Buhari should resign as petroleum minister - Sen. Alasoadura C002D5556 Head of APC technical committee, Simon Lalong, Plateau state governor presenting report to APC national chairman, John Oyegun at APC national secretariat Abuja, Friday evening. kind of thing to happen. “We condole with the families of both the civilians and the policemen that died during the incident. In a place like Offa that is very vibrant in commerce, we must address security challenge so that people can continue to carry out their normal activities. “The police must see this as an institutional issue. It is not personal. On our part as legislators we are ready to do anything that will empower them.” Responding on inviting the military for assistance, Saraki posited that, “there is no society that delegates the responsibilities of the police to the military. Because it also has its own fallbacks; the number of the military is very thin. They are in most of the states of the federation. This makes it difficult for them to protect the territorial integrity of the country.” In his submission, the Olofa of measures aimed at hoodwinking Nigerians in their desperate bid to remain in power after they have been thoroughly discredited. In a streak of coordinated press releases by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP noted that it has become incumbent on the opposition to alert Nigerians on the fiendish machinations of the APC to allegedly deceive the people and foist on them a failed government in 2019. The PDP statement on Sunday April 8, lambasted theAPC,and Presidency over Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi harped on the need for the establishment of state police. The monarch said: “It will be better for the Federal Government to establish state police. With that they will be closer to the people and to the state government. This is the fourth time that we will experience this kind of robbery attacks in the last ten years. “One of the major problems of the police force is inadequate manpower. We discover that in Offa local government area here the number of policemen is not up to 50. “Anytime we have something like this there will be no reinforcement anywhere. So what we need is manpower. The state government can afford to buy us armoured personnel carrier (APC), it can afford to build more police station but if the manpower is not there it is not enough. 19 “What the Federal Government needs to do is to employ as many graduates looking for jobs into the police force, Army, Air Force and the Navy. There is a lot of unemployed graduates that are ready to join these military and para-military forces. There is no security at all in the country. If you were here on that fateful day you will know what I am saying. “I don’t want to believe that it is a question of sophisticated weapons; it is the question of ‘we cannot go there because we are not enough.’ “We have always been involving local security, but you know these criminals when they come they always catch people unawares. There is risk attached to the use of local hunters, because by the time we get them involved because of a day like this, the police will arrest them and say they are carrying Dane guns,” he said. what it described as “Procured Endorsements”following the visit of a group of religious leaders on the aegis of Arewa Pastors, who paid a courtesy visit to President Buhari last week and threw their support to the President The PDP said the visit was a stage-managed political endorsement by the APC adding that the Buhari Presidency, by procuring individuals who masqueraded as religious leaders, was hypocritical and disgusting signs of desperation. It said the Buhari Presidency’s hiring of supposed Arewa Pastors was a second attempt to orchestrate fake endorsements ahead of the 2019 election, recalling the recent Martin Luther King Jr. saga. PDP said both procured endorsements, which had turned out to be fake, are, to say the least, despicable and betray the nervousness of a sinking leadership, desperately trying to save its face, having been rejected by the people. “It is heartrending that because of the desperation of one man, the integrity of Nigeria’s seat of power has again been Continues on page 20 BUSINESS DAY CYNTHIA EGBOBOH, Abuja 17 YVAN unveils 2019 presidential candidates The Young Visioneers Association of Nigeria (YVAN) at the weekend unveiled a number of potential Nigeria presidential candidates. Ezekiel Temitope Oladimeji, president of YVAN at the first annual national conference held in Abuja, explained that YVAN is not a political party but an association of determined youths with the aim of supporting the young aspirants for the various positions both in the states and national levels. He said “The young Visioneers association of Nigeria is not a political party but we are an association set to promote and support the Young Nigerians who are set to take up various positions in government both in states and federal government”. The potential candidates include Daniel Akinlami, Clement Jimbo, Donald Igwegbu, Nicholas Felix, Matthias Tsado, Jaya Gaskia, Ahmed Buhari, EragbeAnslem, Abubakar Alkali. However, these applicants’ political parties are yet to be disclosed. Ezekiel stressed further the need for the youths to participate rather than be spectators in Nigeria politics, stating that every youth should be bold and seek to improve, build and deliver a better Nigeria. “We must make a solemn decision to play on the field of politics in Nigeria, to be involved and not be spectators anymore. We must gladly seek and render services to improve and build a better Nigeria”, he said. “The time has come for us to settle for and embrace the change that has come upon us, let us change our perception, our respect for law and order as the law must change to favour its citizens also”. Donald Ike Igwegbu, a presidential aspirant, said that he is committed to transforming Nigeria’s potentials and future developmental goals into a present day reality through strong leadership with zero tolerance for corruption and lawlessness. “I am in the race for the office of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria because I am genuinely committed to fast forwarding our country’s potentials and future developmental goals into a present day reality through strong leadership with zero tolerance for corruption and lawlessness” Ahmed Buhari, a presidential aspirant explained that his declaration was borne out of the desire to see a true change in Nigeria,adding that his core values are to create a united nation despite diversity, create a more effective security and promote an economically viable country. “I have had this desire to run as a presidential candidate since 2016, because I want to see a true change in Nigeria with a core value of ensuring a united nation, effective security and economic viability”.