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Why coup is common in Africa – UNDP

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has identified the over-ambition of young military officers who do not want to wait for their turn as one of the major causes of coups d’état in Africa.

The UNDP Team Lead, Governance, Peace and Security, Matthew Alao, made this known shortly after the Graduation Ceremony of the Leadership and National Cohesion Course at Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre, Jaji, Kaduna State.

While stating that the military cannot be divorced from the society where it is situated, the UNDP team lead listed over-ambition by young military officers, eroding core societal values, religious beliefs, and lack of education as the key reasons for more coups in West African countries and Africa at large.

While warning that this leadership deficit is taking a toll on the country and should be addressed right from the family unit to the community level, Alao also described Nigeria today as very individualistic, saying, “We have lost it. Now it’s all about me and my family. And this is leading us nowhere. This is why this course is very critical at this moment.”

Alao said the leadership course, which happened to be the brainchild of the past Commandant of the Peacekeeping Centre, Major General Obinna, was born due to the spate of coups happening in West Africa. 

Tinubu Hosts FBI Director At Aso Rock

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President Bola Tinubu has called for stronger collaboration between Nigeria’s law enforcement agencies and the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the fight against cybercrime, terrorism, and other related crimes.

The President stated this during a meeting with FBI Director, Christopher Asher Wray, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, on Friday.

The meeting also had in attendance, the National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu; Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun; Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Magaji Bichi; the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brigadier-General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd) and Chief of Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), Major-General Emmanuel Undiandeye, among others.

Sallah: Lawan Gifts Cash, Food Items To Constituents

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Former Senate President Ahmad Lawan has disbursed cash worth N222.5 million and food items to his constituents in the six Local Government Areas of Yobe North Senatorial District.

The initiative, according to the Chairman of the Selection and Distribution Committee, Alhaji Suleiman Jamo, was to cushion the effects of the economic hardship being experienced by many of the constituents amid preparations for Eid-el-Kabir.

The President of the 9th Senate, Lawan, however, prayed for a successful Eid celebration, saying: “I wish all my constituents a blessed and peaceful Eid-el-Kabir celebration. May the spirit of the season unite us and bring us closer together.”

A statement by the Media Adviser to Ahmad Lawan, Dr Ezrel Tabiowo, added that the items to be distributed include 1,500 carton boxes of spaghetti, 1,140 bags of maize and guinea corn, 1,500 clothing for children, 800 wrappers for women, 2,000 blankets, 2,000 mats, among others.

Soldiers kill six bandits, recover weapons in Kaduna

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Troops of Operation Whirl Punch have killed six bandits terrorising the Birnin-Gwari general areas in the Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The state Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, disclosed this on Friday in Kaduna.

He said the troops successfully cleared Maidaro, Ngade Alha, Dogon Dawa, Damari, Saulawa, Farin Ruwa, Maganda, Sabon Layi, and Kampanin Doka villages, all in the troubled Birnin-Gwari general areas.

He, however, said four of the bandits were killed in Saulawa, and two others were neutralized at Farin Ruwa.

The Commissioner said the items recovered from the clearance operation embarked by the troops are One GPMG, Two AK47 rifles, Six AK47 magazines, One FN rifle magazine, Twenty-two rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition, Fifty-one rounds of 7.62 special ammunition, and one motorcycle.

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