by Manny Ita
As the euphoria of winning the 2015 presidential polls waned, it became obvious that President Muhammadu Buhari had a herculean task ahead of him considering the thin thread which held the various interests that interplayed to give him victory at the polls.
While the president may have persistently kept faith with someday emerging the number one citizen from noble intentions, it cannot be said with strict certainty that all those in his train who aided his victory could also have been so nobly informed.
Now that the chips are down however, the buck stops at the president’s table with how the country turns out after Nigerians defied all inconveniences to go out and vote him into power; with the magic word “CHANGE” playing the wand that even core pessimists had to tarry and consider.
The evils of Boko Haram, unemployment, wobbling economy and corruption still stare at us defiantly in the face even as we believe it must be a bit unsettling for Mr. President who intended or intends to hit the ground running. Moreso in the context of the embarrassing manner in which the 8th republic took off with parliamentarians squabbling over which party should produce what leaders and also with what their remunerations and other financial packages ought to be.
So much for Change indeed.
The enormity of issues on the president’s plate would no doubt require the Wisdom of Solomon and perhaps the decisiveness of former US president Harry Truman, with whom the president shares a few likes. But then, Great leaders are decisive and set priorities.
The visit to the United States of America by President Muhammadu Buhari has deservedly generated a lot of interest and raised high expectations for quick and sharp results, especially in taming the monster of Boko Haram and opening economic opportunities for Nigeria’s teeming youths.
Securenigeria365 findings show that President Buhari’s visit to the US will also include the discussion of a wide variety of subjects, mainly anchored on three clear platforms: the Africa Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA), the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) and the Nigeria-US Bi-National Commission (BNC).
One of the major platforms is the Nigeria-US Bi-National Commission set up upon the signing of an agreement between both nations in April 2010 with four main areas of focus. The focus areas and working groups, which have met several times in Nigeria and in the United States, are Good Governance, Transparency and Integrity; Energy and Investment; Agriculture and Food Security and Niger Delta and Regional Security.
Ahead of the visit, President Muhammadu Buhari himself disclosed that core issues of security and economy would feature prominently in his talks with President Barack Obama.
However, Securenigeria365 is of the belief that corruption is the single biggest threat to Nigeria as a nation since without an almost corrupt-free society, nothing meaningful can be achieved.
Before he became President, Buhari was known to have very strong passion for anti-corruption; an angle which counted tremendously on his march to Aso Rock. Nigerians therefore believe that he is determined to fight and would go a long way in doing so as corruption is a very endemic issue in our society. This single factor has always thrown spanners into the works of every good economic policy successive governments have often come up with and until corruption is no more handled with kid gloves, securenigeria365 strongly believe almost every effort at navigating the country out of its murky waters will not only be counter-productive but would also set the path for novel ways of thievery and diversion; unless like Truman, the president is most decisive about this national opprobrium upon which all other evils bedeviling the nation is tethered. This goes beyond engaging the US to recover stolen funds.
Big question is; can the president muster the spunk to step on toes perpetually considered too big to be stepped upon? People who have their grubby fingers on every national pie; the oil sector, the power sector, administration of the Nigerian polity and so on, even in the light of the fact that a good number of this stock aided his victory at the polls?
Truth is; President Buhari must be decisive in tackling this menace no matter how closely related, how loving and good natured these monsters have been to him especially in the light of his ascension to the presidency. The president must also be insightful enough to distance himself from sycophants who love to weave every issue around party politics to score cheap goals.
And with a clergyman as his right hand man, the hopes of Nigerians for the real meaning of the word CHANGE to be manifested in their lives is indeed fearfully palpable.
Overall, it is in the best interest of both Nigeria and the US that a mutually beneficial relation is deepened and sustained regardless of the fear being expressed in some quarters in the country that the US may try to influence Nigeria to change its strong stance against same-sex marriage.
‘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.
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