No More Registeration Of Non Indigenes In States,Jonathan Orders

President Goodluck Jonathan has advised states to stop the registration of non-indigenes and “deportation” of others.
Dr. Jonathan has also summoned an emergency meeting of the Council of State – the country’s highest advisory body – for next week on the matters.
A meeting of the National Security Council ratified yesterday the decision to halt the registration of Nigerians within the country.
Some states initiated the non-indigenes registration to enable them check Boko Haram, the Islamist insurgent sect.
But, briefing reporters at the State House yesterday after the NSC meeting, State Security Service (SSS) Director-General Ita Ekpeyong  said such deportation or registration is more dangerous than the activities of the Boko Haram.
He also said government knew where the abducted Chibok girls were.
Ekpeyong, who was accompanied by Inspector General of Police Mohammed Abubakar, said Nigerians were free to settle anywhere they like.
He said: “The issue of deportation, registration of Nigerians in states of the federation we regard as even more potent than Boko Haram.
“Council discussed in detail the issue of registration of Nigerians in any part of the country, being subjected to registration, being subjected to deportation, being taken away from one part of the country to the other.
“Council discussed the reaction by some groups in Kano State and other parts of the country. Council observed that this threat was more potent than Boko Haram and could disintegrate the country.
“And we take this very seriously, for people to deport people, for people to take people from one place to the other, for registration of indigenes no matter where they are. No matter where they are, they are free to settle anywhere they like.
“Council resolved that the issue of registration of Nigerians anywhere in the country and deportation should stop forthwith. To re-emphasise the importance the President has attached to this, that is why he asked the IG and I to address the press; this must stop forthwith.”
According to him, security operatives have been directed not to be involved in such process to register people or trying to deport people.
He also warned youth groups to desist from causing trouble over the matter as the government is taking serious notice of the issue.
“Government is doing everything possible to stem this from getting out of control. As a matter of fact to show the urgency, the Council of State meeting will be held anytime next week to discuss this issues,” he said.
On fight against terrorism, he said: “The fight against Boko Haram is ongoing. We kept saying that the fight against Boko Haram is like the footballer. You know when the Germans played Argentina, it was only that one goal they scored that everyone is remembering, the other goals that were stopped, nobody will remember.”
“There are several things government is doing; there are several attacks government has stopped but nobody will remember those ones because we don’t tell you but several things are going on.”
“On the Chibok girls, government is making efforts. We know where they are, but we don’t want to endanger their lives; that is the truth. We want to take it gradually and release them at the appropriate time. We know where they are; you can go to bed with that.”


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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