Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media says Nigeria could have vanished like smoke.
The spokesman made the remark in his Independence Anniversary message titled, ‘For Nigeria At 61, It’s Lafiya Dole, Peace By Force’.
Adesina observed that some are wondering what is the buzz about the country celebrating more than six decades of self-rule.
The aide stated that there’s a big deal about every landmark or milestone attained in life, because Nigeria may as well not have made it to this point.
“We could have fallen by the wayside, or vanished like smoke. The world owes nobody a living. Not individuals, not countries.
“That is why the Good Book enjoins us to number our days, “that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom (Psalm 90:12)”, he noted.
Adesina said critics liken Nigeria to an adult condemned to a perpetual life of crawling, mentioning insecurity, agitations, millions of jobless youths, struggling economy, humongous corrupt acts and others which have characterized national life.
He insisted that Nigeria is the land of a resurgent economy, with the indices looking up, promising to get better and where corruption is being robustly fought.
Adesina said the government is wiping out enemies of its soul, cleaning up the forests, cities, towns taken over by terrorists and bandits, with the prospect of restoring peace at the shortest possible time.
He further described Nigeria as the land of renaissance in infrastructure: rail, roads, bridges, airports, and others.
The image maker lamented how some people do not want peace for the country and promote, celebrate rupture of tranquility.
Adesina said they are glad when troops suffer reversals on the battlefield but pretend not to see when security forces make advances and give enemies bloody noses.
“When bombs go off, killing and maiming innocent people, when bandits sack villages, or invade schools and abduct students, they quickly shout ‘security architecture,’ and alleged incompetence.
“They trumpet negatives, and close their eyes to positives. And in the blind search for power and relevance, they even subterraneanly bankroll terrorists.”
Adesina added that there’s no room for endless wailings on what has not been done, ignoring the lot accomplished and prayed for peace for Nigeria.
Drama As Ortom Busts Illegal Revenue Checkpoint In Benue, Arrests Operators [PHOTOS]
Luck ran out on a gang of illegal checkpoint operators at Abinsi, Guma Local Government Area of Benue State on Sunday, October 24, 2021, when Governor Samuel Ortom busted their operations.
Governor Ortom’s attention was drawn to the activities of the illegal revenue operators when he noticed the harassment of heavy-duty vehicles that were detained at the checkpoint on his way from Kwande Local Government.
He then ordered his convoy to stop to find out why many vehicles were parked at the checkpoint.
As soon as he alighted from his car, some of the youths at the checkpoint took to their heels.
He discovered, during an interaction with drivers of the vehicles, that the checkpoint operators were collecting money from motorists without issuing them receipts, a development that prompted the Governor to order the arrest of four of the operators who could not run.
The Governor directed that those who fled should also be apprehended and thoroughly investigated alongside the four suspects to unravel benefactors of the proceeds from their illegal collections.
He explained that within a very short time, the checkpoint operators collected more than N20,000 from the commuters without issuing them receipts.
Governor Ortom lamented that despite the collections, nothing goes to the government as such monies are diverted into private pockets for individual use.
DAILY POST reports that he vowed to sanction the management of the Board of Internal Revenue Service, BIRS, for failure to supervise and ensure the right thing was done.
Governor Ortom said he will henceforth, personally carry out surprise checks on the activities of checkpoint operators in the state.
The four suspects were then handed over to the Police for further investigation.
EFCC Grills Ex-Senate President
A former Senate President, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, is currently being grilled by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in a case of corruption and diversion of public funds.
Anyim who arrived the headquarters of the anti-graft agency in Jabi, Abuja at about 3pm, is currently being grilled by a team of operatives.
Though details of the specific allegations against the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, were sketchy as of press time, a source familiar with the case informed that, it is tied to the corruption and money laundering case involving former Aviation Minister and serving senator, Senator Stella Oduah.
Part of the rehabilitation funds to the tune of N780 million were allegedly traced to a company in which Senator Anyim has interest.
When contacted, Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman said he has not been briefed.
Mr. Macaroni Confronts Policemen Over Alleged 30k Extortion Of A Young Man
A video making the rounds shows actor, comedian and content creator, Mr. Macaroni (Debo Adedayo), confronting policemen over their dealings with a young man.
In the video, a young man carrying dreadlocks and backpack can be seen explaining to Mr. Macaroni that he was made to transfer N30,000 to an account by the officers.
Some of the officers then started pleading with the comedian-turned activist.
However, one of the policemen could be seen recording the person making the video in spite of his colleagues’ attempt to stop him.
Some youths that recognised Debo, stopped to ask what was happening.
One of the officers was heard telling them “kosi kan kan” (‘nothing is wrong/happening’).
On the body of a police Hilux truck packed at the scene was written “The Nigeria Police Ogudu Division”.
A source said the event was streamed live on Instagram by Mr. Macaroni.
The star was a key figure of the #EndSARS movement that climaxed with the Lekki Tollgate shootings.
Also, last Wednesday, which was the first anniversary of the infamous October 20, 2020 incident, saw Mr. Macaroni and other stars at Lekki Tollgate for a memorial.
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