Buhari Meets Northern Govs over Insecurity
President Muhammadu Buhari and some Northern governors met at the State House, Abuja over the deteriorating security situation in the country. The meeting was said to have primarily centred on the security situation in the 19 Northern states. Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Bello Matawalle, told journalists after the meeting that peace and confidence seemed to be gradually returning to the region with the new security roadmap adopted by the federal and state governments to secure the region.
He assured farmers that they would soon be able to safely cultivate their farms during raining season as security would continue to be stepped up in the area.
He said: “With action and the roadmap that we have drawn, between the government and the security, we are doing our best to make sure that farmers will go back to their farms and they will be able to farm, Insha Allah. We will do our best to make sure that all farmers will go back to their farms.”
The governor said the situation in his state was now calm, at least in the last four months, adding that security agents are working to ensure the situation does not escalate any further.
He added: “For now, for the past four days, no incident had been recorded by the security, but yet we are doing our best and the security agencies are also doing their best to make sure that they tackle all the challenges.
“I assure you that we are on top of the matter and the president has assured all of us that he’s going to take more measures on the issue of insecurity in the northern part of the country.”
Asked if it could be said the North was safe now, he said: “I can say yes because in the past four months we didn’t have much of this crisis, but it’s gradually coming back, but the security are doing their best now, particularly from the new security architecture that we have adopted now. We are having some improvements on the challenges.”
On the meeting with Buhari, the governor said: “We discussed the security, not just myself, but the Northern region because of the current escalation of insecurity.
“I briefed him and the governor of Niger also briefed him. The president has assured us that action will be taken about what we have discussed about the issue of insecurity.”
Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino dies age 61
The former President of the Philippines Benigno Aquino III died Thursday at the age of 61 after being hospitalized in Quezon City, state media reported. Popularly known as “Noynoy,” Aquino was the country’s 15th president, serving from 2010 to 2016 following the death of his mother, former President and democracy icon Corazon Aquino.
He died at the Capitol Medical Center near the capital Manila, Philippine News Agency reported, adding that his family will release a statement soon. Supreme Court Justice Marvic Leonen, who was appointed by Aquino in 2012, confirmed the death in a statement, according to PNA.
“It is with profound sadness that I learned this morning of the passing of former President Benigno S. Aquino,” he said. “It was an honor to have served with him. he will be missed.” An economist by training, Aquino worked in the family sugar business before launching his political career in 1998. He served three terms as a congressman in the House of Representatives before becoming a senator in 2007. He was the only son of popular democracy icons Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino and former President Corazon. His father, a senator who opposed the rule of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, was assassinated in 1983 on returning home from exile in the United States.
The killing shocked the nation and helped propel Marcos out of office in the 1986 “People Power” revolution, according to Reuters. In 1987, while his mother was President, rebels attacked her residence at Malacanang Palace in Manila, and Aquino narrowly escaped death. Three of his escorts were killed, and he was hit by five bullets — one of which is still embedded in his neck.
His mother, who died in August 2009, ruled as President from 1986 until 1992. A month after her death, Aquino announced his run for the presidency, saying his mother’s supporters had urged him to make a bid and continue the fight started by his parents to promote democracy in the Philippines. He won his election in 2010 by a landslide, persuading voters he was morally fit for the job and would represent ordinary Filipinos. His six-year term was marred with crises, however, including in 2015 when 44 police commandos were killed in a botched operation to capture a wanted Malaysian militant suspected of being behind the 2002 Bali bombings.
In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, devastated the central Philippines, killing more than 6,000 people and destroying towns and villages. And a few months into his presidency in 2010, Aquino was criticized for his handling of a hostage crisis in Manila that left eight Hong Kong tourists dead.
Despite some gains in tackling corruption, his “Mr Clean” image was tainted by scandals over the lawmakers’ misuse of public funds that same year, according to Reuters.