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‘Nigeria Is Not The First To Pass Through Challenges’ – Osinbajo

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'Nigeria Is Not The First To Pass Through Challenges' - Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says  Nigeria remains unbreakable and its people indivisible in spite of the challenges facing the country.

Osinbajo said this at “The Nigeria Social Cohesion Dialogue and Unveiling of the 2021 Nigeria Social Cohesion Survey Report” by the African Polling Institution (API) in Abuja on Thursday.

According to Osinbajo, a major feature of Nigerians is their optimism, as they are forever hopeful about their prospects and take their destinies in their hands working hard for a better life.

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He said that it was this capacity for hope that made Nigerians resilient in the face of incredible odds.

“This is who we are as a people and it is why I believe that we will prevail over today’s tribulations.

“We must remind ourselves of certain truths, the first is that our present challenges are neither unique nor exceptional.

“Various nations at various points in their histories underwent similar tribulations.

“Many nations throughout history and across the world have had to tackle this same task, many are still doing so. It is within our powers to address these challenges and emerge from them even stronger as a people,” he said

Osinbajo said that in spite of the divisive rhetorics of demagog and utterances of those who make profit from disharmony, Nigerians do not hate each other.

“Every day, millions of Nigerians with different ethnicity and creeds interact, make a common goal, and forge friendships across our fable fault lines.

“They partner to do business, to engage in philanthropy and advance their political goals, they are trading, they are intermarrying and migrating across this land in search of better livelihoods.

According to him, in any diverse society with such a variety of persuasions and pedigrees, degrees of fiction and conflicts are inevitable.

“While we have our share of such acrimony, the situation does not support the narrative that we are a nation of fragments condemned perpetually to be at each other’s throat.

“What matters is how committed we are to constructive management of diversity and the peaceful resolutions of such conflicts, this is where we should certainly work harder.

Osinbajo said that the fair swift and equitable dispensation of justice to address both everyday grievances and long suffered wrongs was essential in fostering social cohesion.

He said that Nigeria had what it took to perform favorably so they should fight for the unity of the nation.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Hussaini Abdu said that the topic “Fostering Peace and Unity in Nigeria: The Imperatives of National Social Cohesion” was apt.

Abdu said that although Nigeria was faced with a lot of challenges, changing the narrative by taking some steps would address the challenges.

He said that identity politics and cultural segmentization, poor policies choices, lack of accountability, and punishment for crimes among others were some of the issues of the nation.

According to him, these challenges can be curbed through proper social cohesion which involved building shared values, reducing disparities, and generally enabling people to have a sense of belonging.

He, therefore, advised that the Federal Government should convey a national security summit to get the opinions of Nigerians on the situation as security agents could not tackle it alone.

Abdu advised that there should be massive recruitment in the security architecture to increase manpower, use of technology, especially satellites to detect people carrying weapons in the forests.

He also expressed the need to decolonize Nigeria’s history by rewriting it in truth in the light of what cultures stood for with the right message.

”The situation of our problem is internal, so we must find it. We need to find the political will to solve it and leadership is key .”

Prof. Bello Ihua, the Executive Director API, said that the institute was an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan research think-tank that conducts opinion polls, surveys, social research, and evaluation studies for good governance.

”The concept of social cohesion refers to the willingness of citizens to cooperate and work together toward ensuring the survival and prosperity element.

“The 2021 Nigeria social cohesion survey is a national citizens perception survey that sought to develop a national social cohesion index for Nigeria and gauge citizens perception regarding the state of social cohesion in Nigeria .’

Ihua said that the 2021 survey focused on 10 key indicators of sub-indices in examining the concept of social cohesion, identity trust, social justice, participation, and patriotism among others.

He said that the institute considered the report timely and germane to the current conversation bordering on Nigeria’s unity, stability, progress, and peaceful coexistence which had been threatened in recent times.

He said the institute recommended that the three tiers of government identify new tactical measures that would promote social cohesion, peace, and interrelations among citizens.

That the event was attended by Royal fathers, members of the National Assembly, and Civil society groups among others.

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e-Naira: CBN Alerts Public Of Fraudsters On Social Media

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e-Naira: CBN Alerts Public Of Fraudsters On Social Media

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has advised Nigerians to be wary of fraudsters who have been posting fraudulent messages relating to the e-Naira launched recently.

Mr. Osita Nwanisobi, Director, Corporate Communications, said in a statement posted on the bank’s website on Wednesday, that the bank was not disbursing e-Naira currency to citizens as claimed by the fraudsters.

“Following the formal launch of the eNaira on Monday, Oct. 25, the attention of the Central Bank of Nigeria has been drawn to criminal and illegal activities of some individuals and a fraudulent Twitter handle, @enaira_cbdc purported to belong to the Bank.

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The impostor handle and fraudulent persons have been posting messages related to the e-Naira with the intent of wooing unsuspecting Nigerians with claims that the Central Bank of Nigeria, among other falsities, is disbursing the sum of 50 Billion e-Naira currency.

“These impostors are bent on defrauding innocent and unsuspecting members of the public through the links attached to their messages for application to obtain eNaira wallets and become beneficiaries of the said 50 billion e-Naira currency.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Central of Nigeria is not the owner of that Twitter handle (@enaira_cbdc) and indeed suspended its presence on Twitter following the Federal Government’s ban. In effect, the Bank is not disbursing e-Naira currency to citizens,’’ Nwanisobi said.

He urged Nigerians to always endeavor to seek clarifications on information about the eNaira either by visiting the e-Naira website: www.enaira.gov.ng or calling the e-Naira contact center on 080069362472 or visiting any CBN Branch nearest to them.

He also advised anyone seeking clarity to visit the digital currency’s current official social media handles: www.facebook.com/myenaira; www.instagram.com/myenaira and www.youtube.com/myenaira.

Nwanisobi urged that suspicious activity by members of the public should be reported to the CBN using helpdesk@enaira.gov.ng or to relevant law enforcement agencies. 

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Corrupt Immigration Officers Removed After Comptroller’s Investigation

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Corrupt Immigration Officers Removed After Comptroller’s Investigation

Following an undercover investigation by Isa Jere Idris, the acting Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), which uncovered corrupt practises, some officials of the service have been removed from their respective offices.

As reported on Newsrand, Idris ordered the arrest of some NIS corrupt officials after he disguised as a passport applicant on Monday, October 18, 2021.

In a follow-up to the undercover investigation, some officers were removed from their offices, leading to a shakeup in the service.

Amongst those affected was the passport control officer at the Ikoyi passport office under the Lagos State Command of the NIS, Ibrahim Liman, a deputy comptroller of immigration.

Liman’s counterparts at the Ikeja and FESTAC Town passport offices of the NIS, N.J Dashe and Adeola Adesokan respectively, have also been removed from their offices.

While Liman and Adesokan have been transferred to the service headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, Dashe has been transferred to the zone ‘A’ command of the service which covers both Ogun and Lagos states.

A deputy comptroller of immigration service, Abolupe Oladoyin Bewaji, has been appointed as Liman’s replacement while Dashe and Adesokan were replaced by R.L Bukar and S. Umar, both of whom are also deputy comptrollers of immigration.

The new posting is contained in an internal memo.

The memo, signed by the deputy comptroller general of NIS in charge of human resources, A.B Yarima, noted that the new posting is with immediate effect.

“I am directed to convey approval for the following posting with immediate effect,” the memo reads in part, listing eight officers concerned.

Also affected in the new reshuffle include A.I Bambale, who has been moved from zone ‘A’ command to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

Bambale, a comptroller of immigration service, was replaced by Sunday James, who was moved from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja to zone ‘A’ in Lagos.

James is the immediate past spokesperson for the service who was replaced in June by an assistant comptroller of immigration, Amos Okpu.

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