Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa state has Sunday’s evening, denied that he ordered for total closure of mosques and churches in the wake of the novel Coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking on the backdrop of total closure of mosques in Yola, Governor Fintiri said for now no such order for the closure of worshipping places but rather emphasizes on social distancing.
Mr Solomon Kumangar Director General Media to the State Governor said ” though the measures been taken by individual could help in containing the spread of the disease, however let me categorically sound it here that the state government didn’t order closure or shutting of worshipping places.
” It rather prevailed on the need to avoid crowd or congestion.
” People should remain calm very soon His Excellency will make broadcast on the next steps in respect of the much talk lockdown and other matters of state interest,” said Kumangar.
The Paramount ruler of Adamawa, and Lamido Adamawa, Dr. Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa was reported to have ordered for the immediate closure of all Jumma’at and five daily congragational prayer in mosques in a renewed effort to contain the spread of novel Coronavirus.
The Magajin Gari, Ahmadu Magaji was said to have dropped the order to Imams and ward heads in a meeting on Sunday,warning that Lamido was furious and warned that whoever allowed congragational prayer will face the music and will be stripped of his titles.
Although the state is yet to record any index of the COVID-19, measures were put in place by relevant authorities just as the two weeks lockdown order imposed in the state, is due to lapse on Tuesday.
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Namdas Becomes Chairman TWG On Civilian Harm Mitigation
The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Thursday in Abuja appointed the Chairman House of Representatives Committee on the Army, Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas as the Chairman Technical Working Group on Protection of Civilian and Civilian Harm Mitigation in Nigeria.
This was dropped at the official launch of the Technical Working Group by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) with support from Open Society Initiative For West Africa (OSIWA).
Nigeria has been fighting a decade-long insurgency that has placed civilians in the middle with millions rendered homeless and hundreds of thousands losing their lives. This has raised concern on civilian protection in this midst of the crisis and other security challenges in the country.
With this inauguration of stakeholders will be brought to underpin the protection of civilians and civilian harm mitigation in arms conflict as a critical element of the committee’s work.
The Technical Working Group is therefore expected to coordinate, collaborate and communicate more and design strategies that influence the frameworks, orientation, and operational guidelines of security agencies.
Delivering his address at the inauguration, Namdas urged the members of the TWG to demonstrate partnership and geniuses in their efforts.
” To address the evolution of the conflict in Nigeria and ongoing civilian protection challenges, the TWG is geared to advance strategies and practices that minimize civilian harm. Considering your strategic importance in the sector, your institution is carefully selected as a member of the TWG.
” There had been efforts to engage Nigerian government to develop protection of civilian policy/legislation that would put civilians at the heart of counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations as well as other military operations across the country. This platform is indeed novel and largely innovative to actualize this mandate using all administrative channels.” Namdas said.
He noted that the most effective way to restore security and deliberately combat violent extremism is to put the protection of civilians at the heart of Nigeria’s military operations.
” The primary objective of this working group is to bring together stakeholders from government, CSOs, and security forces (to include Police, Civil Defence, FRSC, Customs, and Immigration) to discuss protection concerns and improve civilian protection. Elevating protection of civilians as an objective in Nigeria’s approach to addressing these challenges will require changes in Nigeria’s use of its security forces, particularly training, doctrine, exercises, and operations of the security forces and its strategic influence with the citizens.” He added.
The Technical Working Group is expected to provide an opportunity for the state and non-state actors to dialogue and deliberate on strategies and best practices as well as take into account precautions in the conduct of hostilities.
According to Namdas, “No effective protection strategy can be conceived without a sound understanding of the violations/abuses that were committed: this includes, inter alia, their rationale, their direct and indirect effects, and the social and legal framework in which they took place.”
While appreciating CISLAC and OSIWA for providing the resources needed to host the inauguration, the chairman waste no time in asking for funds to be dedicated to activities of the TWG.
” Our earnest request should be that some funds should be dedicated to activities not earlier scheduled as there might be specific resolutions to work on aspects that will help galvanize the objective of this working group,” he said.