Today’s Headlines: 3 Important Things You Need To Know
1. Use Of Force Only Can’t End Insecurity – Tinubu
A former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has discouraged the use of force alone in solving security problems in Nigeria, saying problems that are essentially of economic origin must also have an economic solution.
While speaking Saturday as the chairman of the 11th annual lecture in honor of Sir Ahmadu Bello at the Arewa House in Kaduna, he said: “Enhanced security may be the necessary first step, but it cannot be the only step. We cannot resolve this problem by holding on to one-dimensional answers.”
“We must all be dispassionate in our search for a solution. These challenges are multi-faceted and so shall the solutions. The issues of insecurity, poverty, unemployment and extremism have many things to do with governance, over time. At bottom, we must tackle our deep and widespread poverty.”
According to him, “Fiscal wisdom but not necessarily austerity is required for the Nigerian economy at such a time to ensure equitable wealth redistribution and meaning.”
2. Boko Haram bombs Maiduguri electricity towers
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has confirmed that Boko Haram terrorists bombed two electricity towers on the Damaturu – Maiduguri 330kiloVolt (KV)Transmission Line.
According to TCN General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs Ndidi Mbah, the two towers were bombed early on Saturday .
Mbah said that the Saturday vandalism took place after TCN had made concerted effort and restored power to Maiduguri on 24 March, two months after the first incident.
3. High cost of governance responsible for poverty in Nigeria – Gov Lalong
Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong, has said that high cost of governance was responsible for the poor standard of living among Nigerians and particularly, Northerners.
He observed that the high cost of governance has increased the inability of governments at all levels to meet the basic needs of the people.
Making his position known in Kaduna on Saturday while delivering the 11th annual memorial lecture in honour of Sir Ahmadu Bello, Lalong noted that all tiers of government in Nigeria must as a matter of urgency cut down on the high cost of governance and redirect their funds to critical areas of development that will address the challenges of Nigerians.
Governor Lalong in a paper entitled “Reducing the Cost of Governance for Inclusive Growth and Youth Development in Post COVID-19 Northern Nigeria,’ believes that the high cost of governance has further increased the inability of governments at all levels to meet the basic needs of the people.