The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) yesterday supported the open letter written by former president Olusegun Obasanjo to President Muhammadu Buhari, describing it as timely.
The CAN said the president should examine the contents of the letter and stop the growing insecurity he said, the letter said.
Responding to questions at a press conference in Abuja, the president of the CAN, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, warned Buhari that he would have to treat the letter with a sense of responsibility and responsibility.
He said: “I think that this letter has just come up. But CAN is interested that the letter be treated with all sense of responsibility and accountability as a country because of the issues raised in it. I think the aim of the writer is to call the attention of the nation to things that are capable of putting fire on the nation.
“We think that every Nigerian has the right as a part of the society to call the attention of leaders to order.”
Citing the security situation in Taraba State, the Christian leader said the CAN Vice President, Rev. Caleb Ahima, could not travel out of his parish without military protection, noting that the state was under seige.
The African secret service community was invited to close the doors to illicit financial flows (IFF).
President Muhammadu Buhari, who yesterday gave the council in Abuja, attributed increasing security challenges to the sponsorship of those who benefit from illegal financial activities.
Buhari spoke at the opening of the XVI Conference of the African Intelligence and Security Services Committee (CISSA) in Abuja.
According to a statement by the Special Adviser for Media and Advertising, Femi Adesina, the President said that development and stability on the African continent have been weakened by illicit outflows, which are estimated at around 60 billion dollars a year.
He said: “Frankly, we may never know the true extent of the damage. Estimates, however, suggest that African countries lose over $60 billion annually due to illicit financial outflows, a staggering amount for a continent in dire need of development finance.
“Corroborating this figure, a United Nations Report on ‘Illicit Financial Flows and the Problem of Net Resource Transfers from Africa: 1980-2009,’ observed that during the period 1980 to 2009 between $1.2 trillion and $1.4 trillion was taken out of Africa. This figure is half of the current Gross Domestic Products (GDP) of all the countries of Africa.’’
President Buhari described the theme for the conference: “Illicit Financial Outflows from Africa and its impact on National Security and Development,’’ as timely, urging stakeholders from the intelligence community of the 52 African countries to create a template of risk factors and actionable strategies and give priority to examining the links between crime and instability on our continent.
Despite competing demands for crude oil from other countries, Nigeria’s National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) reiterated its commitment yesterday to keep the supply of 10% of India’s crude oil demand. .
The CEO of the Corporation Group (GMD), Mele Kyari, renewed the commitment when he received the High Commissioner of India in Nigeria, Abhay Thakur, said a statement by the NNPC spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu.
GMD said that Nigeria, through the company, will continue to support India’s energy security, adding that the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the energy area between Nigeria and India will be completed to further strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. two countries
According to the statement, Kyari stated that the NNPC wanted to increase energy cooperation with India and that it was time to move from talking to walking.
He described India as a very important market and that the NNPC would ensure that the current volume of supply of crude to the Asian country “is secured for the collective interest of both countries.
“We are ready to have a robust engagement with the Indian trade team to provide a win-win energy scenario between us. Every trade opportunity that is available will be fully explored,” Kyari posited.