After Nigerians went to the polls in what has been described as the most important election in the country since the return of democratic governance in 1999 to vote Muhammadu Buhari into power, expectations have been rife and increasing of the president to immediately fix the plethora of problems crippling the nation; a situation that has prompted the president to quickly respond that he was no magician and needed time to do so.
Buhari’s victory reflects the widespread frustration Nigerians had with Jonathan’s rule in the face of his government’s failure to contain Boko Haram, youth restiveness, high unemployment and corruption.
Notably, the country remains fractured along various dimensions of identity. These factors have tended to exacerbate traditional ethnic, regional, and religious fractures that have defined Nigerian politics since independence. Consequently, this informed widespread fears that the previous elections would be marred by violence which never was. These fractures must be earnestly addressed. Good enough, Buhari is not new to leadership having previously served as military head of state between 1983 and 1985. The foundation of trust for peaceful coexistence and meaningful development can never be overemphasized.
Securenigeria365 therefore believes the government should prioritize tackling the sources of these fractures. The real and perceived marginalization of the north must be addressed through a more fair allocation of resources and targeted investments to promote economic activities in the region.
Implementation of far-reaching economic reforms are absolutely necessary to sustain high rates of economic growth necessary to create jobs for the millions of unemployed youth and also to fight the country’s deplorable high levels of poverty.
A purposeful leadership by Buhari has the implication to advance democracy not just in Nigeria but in Africa as a whole. As the most populous country and largest economy in Africa, Nigeria has the potential to influence developments not only in West Africa but, indeed, the entire continent.
Finally, the conduct of what was a generally peaceful and transparent election strengthens the case for support from the international community. They should increase support for the new Nigerian government in its efforts to eradicate Boko Haram and to fix the economy. With improved governance and security, Nigeria should be an ideal recipient of increased foreign direct investment flows.
Thus, securenigeria365 believes opportunities for increase in Foreign Direct Investment must be fostered by selfless and purposeful leadership in the country and call on all Nigerians at home and in the diaspora to support the new government of president Muhammadu Buhari in bringing that change we all desire and deserve.
‘Do Not Use Police Uniform, Accessories Without Permission’ – NPF
The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has expressed concern over unauthorised possession and use of police uniforms and equipment by movie makers, skit makers and others in Nigeria.
Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the force’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) issued the statement about police uniform and accessories on Sunday.
He stated that the police were also worried about the illegal sale of police materials and accessories by traders in shops and open stores not approved nor recognised by authorities.
According to the statement the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alkali Baba Usman has equally frowned at the ‘demeaning manner’ in which movie and skit makers portray the police institution in their productions.
The use the police uniform has been without recourse to the provision of Section 251 of the Criminal Code law, and Section 133 of the Penal Code Law which criminalise unauthorised use with accompanying necessary sanctions.
“The IGP, therefore, charged all commands and formations, the IGP Monitoring Unit, Provost marshals and X-Squad to arrest and immediately prosecute, in accordance with the law, all persons or groups of persons engaging in the illegal sales of police uniforms and accoutrements within their jurisdictions, while film or skit makers who portray the Nigeria Police Force officers in a bad light, without applying for and being duly issued a permit letter for such portrayals to desist with immediate effect or face the full wrath of the law,” the police spokesman said.
“The IGP further reiterates the commitment of the force to guaranteeing compliance with the law, as the Force Public Relations Officer has been charged with the task of ensuring prompt authorisation for all applications for approvals of usage of police items in movies, in tandem with the extant laws and which will portray good values, impress positively on the Nigerian public, add value to our system, provide police officers with modern innovations to actively carry out policing duties and on-screen role models who would influence their lives and career, and consequently improve security mechanisms in Nigeria.
“The Inspector-General of Police strongly believes that such sanity in movie production, regulation of sales, possession, and usage of police uniforms and accoutrements will definitely impact positively on resuscitating moral values and correcting wrong perceptions and ideologies towards commissioning of crimes in our society.”
Adejobi also said that the force will curb the proliferation of police uniform, kits, and accessories, as well as eventually reduce police impostors-induced crimes in the society.
Police Commence Recruitment of 10,000 Personnel Based on Merit- IGP
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc(+), NPM, fdc, has again restated unequivocally that the recruitment process of the Nigeria Police Force is merit-based and not subject to the whims and caprices of any individual or groups of persons irrespective of their position or status in the society.
The IGP emphasizes that the recruitment process comprises a physical screening of all applicants who have expressed interest in serving with the NPF by filling the application form online, which is totally free; a Computer-Based Test (CBT), set and organized by the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) for all who met the legal requirements for the physical screening exercise as provided by the Police Act 2020; and a Medical Screening of all applicants who passed the CBT Examination to confirm their fitness to take up the policing duty. Those who have successfully passed these processes are collated, and an equal number of them, prioritizing the best amongst them, per Local Government Area (LGA), are selected to form part of the Police Constable Intake for a particular year, including the just concluded 2021 intake.
The process ensures that only those suited for the job are amongst the final individuals from whom the required 10,000 would be selected. It is therefore surprising and misinforming to read in the news from some quarters that the recruitment of Police Recruits, was influenced and facilitated by some individuals to suit their interest for whatever reasons best known to them.
The IGP further reiterates that the Police recruitment process is not for sale neither can it be influenced. He therefore urges the general public to disregard comments ascribing glory for the efforts of young men and women who burnt the midnight candle and exerted all effort to emerge successful in the police screening exercise to some individuals for their pecuniary reasons or gains. The IGP vows to continually intensify efforts in upholding the sanctity and standards of modern policing in the NPF.