Group faults US security advisory, lauds NASS’ proposed domestic dollar ban

A northern group, Arewa Think Tank has faulted United States’ (US) security advisory to its citizens not to visit certain Nigerian states, just as it commended National Assembly’s plan to ban the use of dollars in Nigerian domestic transactions.

The United States and few other foreign missions had recently advised their citizens not to stay in hotels and not to visit certain states in Nigeria, noting that their security in those states cannot be guaranteed, but Arewa Think Tank said such alarming advice has far-reaching negative implications on the general polity, as well as, the country’s socio-economic development.

The Convener of Arewa Think Tank, Muhammad Alhaji Yakubu, in a statement on Wednesday expressed displeasure with the US and other foreign missions that issued security advisory in the country against needless security advisories.

“We are aware that the Federal Government was not resting on its oars to ensure that every inch of land and every citizen, both local and foreign, resident and visitor in the country is secured.

“On November 3, the US Mission alerted its citizens in the country of “an elevated threat to major hotels in Nigeria’s larger cities” and urged its nationals to “consider this information when arranging lodging or visiting major hotels in Nigeria”. Such alerts were needless as President Bola Tinubu was eager to get the country back on track,” he said.

Speaking on the National Assembly proposed law banking the use of dollars for domestic transactions in Nigeria, the group said: “We support the Law being proposed by the National Assembly banning the use of US dollars to pay for transactions in Nigeria, this Law will help in strengthening the Naira. We want to encourage the CBN Governor for the Naira gains against the dollar and the tempo should be maintained or strengthened for further gains”

The group also spoke on the off- season elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states, saying, “we want to also appreciate all preparations so far made by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the off-season elections in Kogi, Bayelsa and Imo states. The security agencies should be on top of their game, because we are worried about the violence in Imo and Kogi states in particular. We also want to call on the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to give this country peace and tranquility.

“Because politicisation of strikes will not be in the overall development of the nation. We should give President Tinubu benefit of the doubt for at least one year as this challenges predated his coming to power. NLC officials should also take note that they cannot threaten a constituted authority in whatever way. And moreover, any threat can endanger our democracy. Therefore, we are advising them to tread the path of peace and obey the constituted authority and return to the round table for further discussion and negotiation.”

In another development, the Arewa Think Tank has felicitated with Senator Orji Uzor Kalu over his victory at the court. The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, had penultimate Monday reaffirmed the victory of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), representing Abia-North Senatorial zone in the February 25 polls.

The Appeal Court upheld the judgment of the National Assembly Petitions Tribunal, Umuahia which dismissed the petition of People’s Democratic Party’s Mao Ohuabunwa and Labour Party’s Nnamdi Iro Orji for lack of merit.