Newspapers review: FG accuses Amnesty, ICC of fuelling insecurity in Nigeria
The newspapers review for Tuesday, January 5, reports on the federal government's accusations against some foreign bodies among other stories.
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The federal government of Nigeria has claimed that some foreign bodies such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) and Amnesty International (AI) are frustrating Nigeria's moves to end the activities of terrorists in the country.
The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, made this claim on Monday, January 4 while addressing a press conference in Lagos, the nation's business capital.
According to The Nation, Mohammed alleged that ICC and AI were demoralising Nigeria's military by making themselves into a fighting force.
He noted that it is frustrating to the federal government to be fighting on several fronts besides the terrorists and bandits.
He said the government will no longer take being used as pawns in the games being allegedly played by the international bodies.
The Sun reported that the minister also assured Nigerians that the government will improve security in the country in 2021.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari has continued to provide the armed forces and other security agencies with what is required to function better.
He went on to note that a number of platforms there were expected to boost the fight against terrorists and bandits were due to arrive.
The information minister also blasted the opposition for their constant criticism of the government's activities as well as that of President Buhari without justifiable reasons.
In another report, Nigeria's former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has confirmed selling his shares in Integrated Logistic Services (INTELS) and redirecting his businesses through reinvestments.
This Day reported that Atiku confirmed this in a statement released by his media aide, Paul Ibe, on Monday, January 4.
INTELS is reputed to be Nigeria’s largest logistics company that provides comprehensive integrated services for the nation’s oil and gas industry.
He explained that he had sold his shares and redirected his investment to other sectors of the economy for returns and creation of jobs, contrary to the speculations that he made the move in preparation for the 2023 elections.
Making reference to INTELS, the former presidential candidate accused the Muhammadu Buhari administration of destroying a business that was employing thousands of Nigerians because of politics.
Meanwhile, The Guardian has reported that Nigerians across regions have advised the federal government to prioritose the security of life and property in 2021.
The newspaper stated that a recent nationwide survey it conducted across regions showed that most respondents stated that security was essential for development.
The survey also indicated that those who voted for electricity second pointed out that it would enhance the standard of living and lead to the creation of jobs.
In another news, the private sector has warned that another COVID-19 lockdown would unleash hunger and malnutrition on Nigerians.
The Punch reported that the warning was issued by the the Manufacturers’ Association of Nigeria, the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry and prominent economists on Monday, January 4.
The groups said the federal government should not consider locking down the economy regardless of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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