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Obasanjo backs reforms, salutes Aganga’s contribution



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Lateef Taiwo, Abeokuta

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday, disclosed that total dismantling of the country’s reforms would be retrogressive and destructive.

Obasanjo, however tasked new leaders of the country to unlock and remove the impediment to Nigeria’s attainment of “its divine stature and status and being kept a Lilliputian.”

He expressed regret that most of the leaders in positions lacked the knowledge and understanding of the position craving for, declaring, “you will weep for your nation over their level of emptiness as far as development issues are concerned.”

The ex-President in his keynote address presented via video recording at the launch of the book “RECLAIMING THE JEWEL OF AFRICA” written by former minister, Olusegun Aganga in Abuja, remarked that the author tried to identify, itemize and recommend a way forward in the book.

On the call for reforms, Obasanjo in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi noted that, “Reforms yes, total dismantling is destructive and retrogressive.

He observed that in the book, “adequate emphasis is not placed on leadership as the crucial and critical defining and decisive factor in determining the shape, form, direction, speed, content and trajectory of development for any human organisation and especially for a nation like Nigeria.

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Obasanjo said “Leadership is the key to unlock and remove the impediment to Nigeria’s attainment of its divine stature and status and being kept a Lilliputian.

“With leadership issue resolved in terms of character, attributes, value, virtue, orientation, performance and love of humanity with love and fear of God, all other things will be given in terms of achievement and Nigeria will become a Giant in the Sun. We then move from potentiality to actuality.”

He stated that most of the country’s leaders, “If you ask why they want to be in the position they are craving for, you will weep for your nation over their level of emptiness as far as development issues are concerned.

“What do they understand for peace, security, stability, predictability, development, growth and progress to be actualised? I believe that peace, security, democracy and prosperity must be taken together,” he stated.

On his relationship with the book author, Obasanjo noted that Segun was among some Nigerians in the country and in Diaspora that stood out best in their character, professions, attributes, performance and reputation in all walks of life. With such men and women, why are we underperforming at home,” he wondered

“For now, I say without equivocation that Olusegun Aganga stands out as one of the best in these categories of best performers – home and away.

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“None of them is perfect nor a saint but all those that I have so recruited particularly from the diaspora have performed creditably well in government.

“Segun Aganga is one of them. So is Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Lesley Obiora, Akin Adesina, Rilwanu Lukman and Bayo Ogunlesi. There are others who secured international appointments after their services at the national level under my watch. Among such distinguished ones are: Amina Mohammed, Babatunde Osotimehin, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Oby Ezekwesili and Akin Adesina after he had initially been encouraged by me to serve at home.”

The former President recommend the book to Nigeria’s current leaders at the national and subnational levels in all walks of life, stressing “the huge task of nation-building demands a whole-of-the-society approach.

“Those in the academia and researchers would also find the book quite useful as it contains a lot of evidence-based facts and data.

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Safeguarding Critical Infrastructure: The Imperative of Cybersecurity in a Digital World



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By Ojo Emmanuel Ademola

The increasing reliance on digital technology and interconnected systems has transformed the way we operate, bringing efficiency and convenience to our daily lives. However, this heightened connectivity also brings with it a range of cybersecurity risks. The recent Global IT outage on July 19th, 2024, serves as a stark reminder of the vulnerabilities present in both public and private sector IT infrastructure. In this context, ensuring robust cybersecurity measures becomes imperative to safeguard critical infrastructure and prevent similar disruptions in the future. Essentially, sustainable solutions today and going forward in light of Cyber secure the critical infrastructure where they could be in running our computers remains an ever-dynamic investment.

The Global IT outage of July 19th, 2024, brought to light the significant vulnerabilities and risks faced by both public and private sectors in terms of cyber security of IT infrastructure. This event highlighted the need for more robust security measures and a collective effort to address these challenges.

One of the key issues in cyber security is the increasing sophistication of cyber threats and attacks. These attacks are becoming more frequent, more complex, and more damaging, posing a serious threat to the integrity and security of IT infrastructure. Furthermore, the reliance on interconnected systems and networks makes it easier for cyber criminals to exploit vulnerabilities and launch large-scale attacks.

In response to this growing threat, organizations need to adopt a proactive approach to cyber security, rather than a reactive one. This involves implementing comprehensive security measures, such as encryption, authentication, access controls, and threat detection mechanisms, to prevent and mitigate cyber-attacks. In addition, regular security audits and vulnerability assessments are essential to identify and address potential weaknesses in IT systems.

Collaboration and information sharing are also key components of a sustainable cybersecurity strategy. Public and private sector organizations need to work together to share threat intelligence, best practices, and resources to strengthen their collective defences against cyber threats. Government agencies can play a crucial role in facilitating this collaboration and providing support and guidance to organizations in enhancing their cyber security posture.

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Sustainable solutions-focused synergies involve a multi-faceted approach to cyber security that combines technology, processes, and people. Organizations need to invest in advanced security technologies and tools, such as intrusion detection systems, firewalls, and endpoint protection solutions, to protect their IT infrastructure from cyber attacks. However, technology alone is not enough – organizations also need to develop robust security policies and procedures and train their employees to recognize and respond to security threats effectively.

Reflectively as such, the Global IT outage of July 19th, 2024, serves as a wake-up call for organizations to prioritize cyber security and take proactive steps to protect their IT infrastructure. By adopting a comprehensive approach to cyber security, leveraging collaboration and information sharing, and investing in technology and training, organizations can enhance their resilience against cyber threats and ensure the safety and security of their digital assets.

The global IT outage on July 19th, 2024, was caused by a security update that was corrupted, leading to widespread disruptions in both public and private sector IT infrastructure. This incident highlighted the critical need for robust cyber security measures to be implemented across all sectors to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

The issue of security updates being corrupted is a significant concern as these updates are meant to patch vulnerabilities and strengthen the overall security of IT systems. However, if these updates are compromised, they can instead introduce new vulnerabilities and create opportunities for malicious actors to exploit.

To address this issue and prevent future incidents, there needs to be a greater focus on ensuring the integrity and reliability of security updates. This can be achieved through the implementation of strict quality control measures, including thorough testing and validation processes before updates are deployed.

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Additionally, organizations should prioritize the implementation of security best practices, such as regular security audits, penetration testing, and employee training on cyber security awareness. This can help to identify and address vulnerabilities before they can be exploited by malicious actors.

Collaboration and information sharing between public and private sectors is also crucial in addressing cyber security threats. By working together, organizations can share threat intelligence and best practices, as well as coordinate responses to cyber incidents more effectively and efficiently.

Intriguingly, the global IT outage of July 19th, 2024, serves as a stark reminder of the importance of robust cyber security measures in protecting IT infrastructure from potential threats. By implementing strict quality control measures, prioritizing security best practices, and fostering collaboration between sectors, organizations can work towards sustainable solutions to prevent future incidents and ensure the security of their IT systems.

Consequently, to ensure the cyber security of critical infrastructure and protect IT systems from potential threats, several sustainable solutions can be implemented both today and in the future. Here we go:

1. Continuous monitoring and threat detection: Implementing robust monitoring systems that can detect any unusual activity or potential threats in real time is crucial in preventing cyber attacks. This can help organizations identify and respond to threats quickly, minimizing the impact on critical infrastructure.

2. Encryption and data protection: Utilizing encryption technologies to protect sensitive data both at rest and in transit can help prevent unauthorized access and ensure the confidentiality and integrity of information.

3. Implementing multi-factor authentication: Multi-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security by requiring users to provide multiple forms of identification before gaining access to IT systems. This can help prevent unauthorized access, even in the event of compromised credentials.

4. Regular security audits and vulnerability assessments: Conducting regular security audits and vulnerability assessments can help identify and address any weaknesses in IT systems before they can be exploited by malicious actors. This proactive approach can help strengthen the overall security posture of critical infrastructure.

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5. Employee training and awareness: Educating employees about cyber security best practices and raising awareness about potential threats can help prevent human error and mitigate risks. Employees should be trained on how to identify phishing emails, secure their devices, and follow security protocols.

6. Collaboration and information sharing: Collaboration between organizations, sectors, and government agencies is essential in combating cyber threats. Sharing threat intelligence, and best practices, and coordinating responses to cyber incidents can help strengthen cyber security defenses across critical infrastructure.

7. Secure supply chain management: Ensuring the security of the entire supply chain is essential in preventing cyber attacks. Organizations should vet suppliers and partners for security measures and implement strict security requirements in contracts.

Summarily, by implementing these sustainable solutions and investing in cyber security measures, organizations can better protect critical infrastructure and ensure the security of their IT systems both today and in the future. It is crucial to continuously adapt and evolve security measures to address the ever-changing cyber threat landscape and safeguard against potential risks.

In conclusion, the Global IT outage of July 19th, 2024, underscores the importance of prioritizing cybersecurity in our increasingly digital world. With critical infrastructure under constant threat from malicious actors, both public and private sector organizations need to implement robust cybersecurity measures to safeguard their systems and data. By adopting sustainable solutions, fostering collaboration, and staying proactive in addressing cyber threats, we can ensure the resilience of our IT infrastructure and protect against future disruptions. Only through a collective effort and a commitment to cybersecurity best practices can we build a secure and reliable digital ecosystem for generations to come.

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Kogi LG Election and Oganenigu Marginalisation: A Demand for Chairmanship Ticket



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By Comr Husseini A Aloko

As the 2024 Kogi State Local Government election approaches, the debate over zoning of the chairmanship ticket among the various wards in Dekina Local Government has taken center stage. The ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and other major political parties must consider the historical context and ensure fairness in their decision.

Oganenigu Ward, in particular, has suffered severe political and economic marginalization since the creation of Dekina Local Government. Despite producing leaders in the past, the ward has been excluded from chairmanship positions and other political offices since 1999. This imbalance must be addressed.

A review of past leadership positions shows that various wards have had their fair share of representation. Abocho produced URA AJIBILI as Chairman in the 80s, while Olowa in Dekina Ward produced Hon. Rapheal Omojo Ihiabe, and Ogbabede produced Hon Simon Okai Maha. Even Oganenigu Ward produced Bar Joshua Igonor as Chairman. However, since 1999, the ward has been marginalized.

Other wards have produced chairmen, House of Assembly members, and even a Senator. Dekina Ward has produced two-term chairmen and a House of Representative member. Anyigba has produced two-term chairmen, four-term House of Assembly members, and two-term federal House of Representatives members. In contrast, Oganenigu Ward has only produced a chairman in the 90s and a House of Assembly member in 1999.

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The demand for zoning of the chairmanship ticket to Oganenigu Ward is a child of necessity. Political inclusion is essential for democracy to thrive. Rotational chairmanship may not be constitutionally written, but it is desirable for justice and fairness.

I urge the chairmen of leading political parties to zone the Dekina chairmanship ticket to Oganenigu Ward for equity, fairness, and justice. This will ensure all wards have a sense of belonging and promote inclusive democracy.

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Nigeria Is Ndumed!



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By Jarlath Opara

He walks up to me, please I need food stuff. My stomach pains. For days I have not eaten anything and no hope of eating anytime soon.

I don’t have food stuff I replied but I can give you some money to buy things. No! I need food! What can money buy now. Money doesn’t have value anymore. I need food no matter how small.

Sadly, I am not the only one that have experienced this recently. Many had, an indication that “water don pass garri”. People hadly ask for money.

They want food. Hunger is everywhere. We pray we don’t get to the point of people finding human flesh something they can find delicious and crave for it.

This country is serially NDUMED. It seems there is no escape route. Each day that dawns and dusks, the profound reality of the Ndumed nature of this country becomes obvious.

There is cry of pains and deprivations everywhere. Cry that touches the heart with nothing around to bring succour, smiles and good life to the wailing, broken and shattered souls.

In the dungeon of life we are, covered with the duvet of corruption, impunity and nepotism by those who pledged to protect and provide for us.

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Our country is highly NDUMED ( Neglected, Disgraced Under Mismanaged Economic Disaster)

How can this be explained to a sane soul that a country rich in minerals, rich in human resources, rich in vegetation etc is NDUMED? (Neglected, Disgraced Under Mismanaged Economic Disaster) Sadly this is our funny reality, stuck in this mud, sinking daily to its very bottom. However we cry, their ears appear blocked.

Beyond God’s help what else can we do? Fold our hands and watch this country NDUMED in this manner with impunity by our leaders? Living in luxury and affluence and calling our bluff in this valley of hunger?

What else can we do apart from looking unto God?

Jarlath Opara

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