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FG slams U.S.-based group over alleged terrorism sponsorship

By Nkechi Onyedika-Ugoeze (Abuja) Ameh Ochojila (Abuja) and Njadvara Musa (Maiduguri)
15 November 2021   |   4:03 am
The Federal Government has described the allegation by a United States-based non-profit organisation, that it is sponsoring terrorism, as a disgusting distraction orchestrated by those seeking to weaken the massive onslaught against terrorism and banditry in the country.

The Federal Government has described the allegation by a United States-based non-profit organisation, that it is sponsoring terrorism, as a disgusting distraction orchestrated by those seeking to weaken the massive onslaught against terrorism and banditry in the country.

In a statement, yesterday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the so-called Global Advocates for Terrorism Eradication (GATE) was a pesky irritant that should be ignored, especially because it is as confused as it is irresponsible.

BUT the Federal Government, in collaboration with the European Union (EU) and other partners, are working on modalities to use traditional justice mechanisms to heal the wounds from the activities of the insurgents and for the acceptance of de-radicalised repentant insurgents to communities.

The Executive Secretary of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Tony Ojukwu, disclosed this when fielding questions from journalists in Abuja on the commission’s preparation for the National Human Rights Day coming up on December 10.

IN another development, Borno State Government is to establish Rural Urban Grazing Areas (RUGAs) for herders displaced by Boko Haram insurgency in the state.

The RUGA centres are sited in three senatorial districts at Mafa, Gubio and Rumirgo in Askira/Uba.

The establishment of the grazing areas is supported by the Federal Government’s intervention of N4 billion in the state’s 25-year development plan.

The Projects Coordinator to the Governor, Tijjani Mohammed, disclosed this yesterday, while briefing the Sudanese Economic Team leader to Borno, Dr. Osman El-Fal, at the Mafa RUGA centre on Dikwa road.