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Plateau Massacre: Despite Tinubu’s campaign promises, killings continue

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Approximately seven months into President Bola Tinubu’s administration, the brutal killing of over a hundred people in Plateau State has raised concerns about the president’s security assurances. The attackers targeted around 20 communities in Plateau, leaving a trail of bodies and blood. This incident occurred shortly after the Tundun Biri episode, where the Nigerian Army’s actions resulted in over 126 civilian fatalities.

DAILY POST has assessed President Tinubu’s promises during his campaign and as outlined in his manifesto, the Renewed Hope Agenda. Despite early actions such as the demilitarization of military sector oversight, including the appointment of civilians Abubakar Badaru and Bello Matawalle as Ministers of Defence, and Nuhu Ribadu as National Security Adviser, killings have persisted. According to data from the Council on Foreign Relations’ Nigeria Security Tracker (NST), non-state actors claimed the lives of 587 people within the first 45 days of Tinubu’s presidency.

Following the Plateau massacre, a tweet from 2014 resurfaced, in which Tinubu criticized the Goodluck Jonathan administration’s handling of security issues. Despite these challenges, President Tinubu’s promises on security, including the establishment of state police, utilization of intelligence in warfare, creation of anti-terror battalions, and the removal of police from VIP duties, remain largely unfulfilled.

For instance, there has been no executive bill forwarded to the National Assembly on State or Community Police as promised. The deployment of intelligence in security operations, a key pledge, has been questioned in the aftermath of incidents like the Tudun Biri bombing. The establishment of “Anti-terror battalions” with special forces units, another promise, has not materialized. Additionally, the commitment to remove police from VIP duties and transfer such responsibilities to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has not been realized, as police are still observed around VIPs.

In summary, a comprehensive review of President Tinubu’s administration reveals that many of the security promises outlined in his campaign and manifesto remain unfulfilled seven months into his presidency.

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BREAKING: Oronsaye Report: Tinubu to scrap many agencies, merge others

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President Bola Tinubu will implement some of the recommendations contained in the Oronsaye Report.

This is majorly, in order to cut the cost of governance.

This is coming 12 years after the Steve Oronsaye Panel submitted its report on restructuring and rationalising Federal government parastatals and agencies and a white paper issued two years after.

According to Bayo Onanuga, the President and the Federal Executive Council on Monday reached a decision to implement the report.

He said: “Many agencies will be scrapped and many others will be merged, to pave the way to a leaner government.”

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‘You’re responsible for Nigeria’s economic woes’— Atiku tackles Tinubu

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Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2023 general election, attributed Nigeria’s economic challenges to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In a statement shared on his official social media account on Sunday, the former Vice President of Nigeria urged Tinubu to take cues from Argentina’s President Javier Milei on swiftly restoring investor confidence despite inheriting a troubled economy.

Atiku criticized Tinubu for deflecting blame onto the opposition and his predecessors, calling such actions unnecessary and shortsighted. He emphasized that market dynamics respond to concrete actions, not political rhetoric.

Drawing parallels with President Milei’s leadership in Argentina, Atiku highlighted the need for well-sequenced economic reforms. He commended Milei’s proactive approach in preparing for the post-reform challenges and ensuring the availability of mitigating measures.

Atiku contrasted Tinubu’s administration’s ad hoc and hurried reforms with Milei’s strategic sequencing. He pointed out Argentina’s lean government structure achieved through reducing ministries and privatizing state-owned enterprises, contrasting it with Nigeria’s expanding bureaucracy and excessive spending on official residences.

Atiku likened Tinubu’s administration’s approach to Nero fiddling while Rome burns, accusing him of evading substantive action and blaming the opposition for policy failures, reminiscent of characters in George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Expressing admiration for Argentina’s reforms, Atiku suggested aligning his “Recover Nigeria Plan” with Milei’s stabilization strategy to alleviate Nigeria’s economic distress. He emphasized the need for transparent policies focused on economic revival and warned against dismissing discontent, particularly among the youth, which could manifest in protests.

The statement referred to the worsening economic conditions in Nigeria, highlighted by soaring inflation rates and high living costs, as reported by the National Bureau of Statistics, with headline inflation reaching 29.90% and food inflation at 35.42% in January 2024.

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BREAKING: Fire guts FCT Minister’s residence

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A fire broke out at the private residence of Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, the Minister of State in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Sunday afternoon.

Situated at No. 9, Justice Roseline Ukeji Close in the affluent Asokoro district of Abuja, the property was reportedly completely destroyed by the blaze.

Despite prompt emergency response efforts, including the arrival of fire service personnel, nothing could be salvaged from the premises.

Mr. Austin Elemue, the Minister’s Special Adviser on Media, confirmed the incident, indicating that the cause of the fire remained unknown at the time.

Authorities have initiated an investigation to ascertain the cause of the fire.

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