I support Jonathan because he believes in Nigeria’s unity — IBB

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In this interview, former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, clarifies his position on his statement suggesting that he is in support of the re-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan.   Babangida also speaks on the murder of Dele Giwa in 1986, the Interim National Government, ING, Sani Abacha’s coup and the loss of his long time companion and wife, Maryam.

Aired last Wednesday on Channels TV, the interview was an episode in the current affairs programme, STWK (Straight Talk With Kadaria), anchored by Kadaria Ahmed.

Excerpts:

Do you support President Jonathan’s attempt at re-election?

Firstly, I appreciate the fact that he came to visit me and, during our discussion, I found him to be a man who believes in the unity of this country and I did allude to that and I said I found him to be someone who has a very strong belief about the unity of this country.

Those of us who fought the civil war – I still carry a bullet so I have a permanent reminder in me – anything that relates to Nigeria’s unity, we get impassioned about it.

So what I said is that the President believes in the unity of this country and any other person who believes in the unity of this country should support the President to keep this country one.

So, as far as the 2015 elections are concerned, President Jonathan has your blessing

Well, as far as 2015 is concerned, all the presidential candidates – 14 of them – have my blessings.

The only difference is (and I did mention it) that I have not been able to read what they have offered to this country and I am going to do that and whoever offers what I’m looking for, I am going to vote for.

What exactly did you mean when you said that if what you read in the papers these days is anything to go by, then your administration was saintly?

I am an avid reader of Nigerian newspapers, so when I read a statement like $16billion spent trying to provide power for this country or somebody kept under his bed N300m, if what I’m reading is true, then we were angels.

Not because you did any spending or because your level of spending was less or because you didn’t touch public money?

We did have a regulation.

You can’t, for example, keep more than ‘X’ amount of money in your vault or in your safe.  We followed strictly the financial regulations and now it boggles my mind how somebody could put N300m under his bed.

I once removed a governor for N300,000, because he overspent what we had given him as limit on security.

But that didn’t mean that your government was squeaky clean because there was the Okigbo report about the over $12b oil windfall that was allegedly squandered by your administration.

First of all, may his soul rest in peace (Sani Abacha).  The report was from 1986 to 1994, a period of eight years.  By the time the late Pius Okigbo submitted his report, he said between 1986 to 1994, $12.4b accrued to the Federal Government.  Nobody could deny that.  Out of that amount, he said $1.4 or thereabouts came in during the Gulf War.

Ibrahim Babangida,

But, if you had done your home work well, you would know that the war lasted three months and there was no way you could make $1.4b in three months at the rate of $12 or $10 per barrel, producing about 800,00 per day.

The government did not indict anybody, neither did the report indict anybody.  He was an acknowledged economist and what he said is that ‘X’ amount of money would have accrued into the reserves.

The government had an option to either go and put the money in the bank and say it was saving it or you meet some of the demands of the situation at that time.

Considering that you ruled Nigeria for some eight years, do you take any responsibility for the state of Nigeria today?

Well, you take responsibility for anything either good or bad – that is what leadership is all about and I think so far, as far as I am concerned, I take full responsibility for what we did.

Would the June 12 issue be something that when you look back you regret?

History will one day come and apportion blames to various actors in the whole saga.

There are a lot of people today in this country who supported what we did at that time.

What was the rationale behind the annulment?

We discussed the security situation and we were worried about putting up a government that would not last.

What were the conditions that raised those concerns?

There was this security problem that was dicey and the only people who could tell you what could happen were those of us in government, we the practitioners of violence by our profession.  We knew there was a high level of frustration in the society which could provide a very fertile ground for a coup d’etat.

But in the end that was what happened because …

(Cuts in) In the end we were right because we speculated rightly.

Was it a plan?

No, it couldn’t have been a plan.

Don’t forget that there was a speculation by prominent people in the country who were saying at that time that the worst civilian government was better than this contraption (Interim National Government, ING).

The reason for that question was based on what you said about the coup issue because when you left, you did not retire General Abacha, a man who had been a central player in many successful coups and you left him in charge of the army more or less. That is why I asked if it was a plan for him to take over?

When we established the ING, we wanted to give it teeth; so whoever was in power would believe that it had backing.

So it never occurred to you that he (Abacha) wanted the number one job for himself?

It never crossed my mind quite honestly.

So when he executed this coup, what did you think?

It didn’t come to me as a surprise because all of you in this country at that time gave him the wherewithal to do it.  I’ve always said a coup will always succeed if there is frustration in the society and that frustration was seen and orchestrated at that time, if you remember, coming from very prominent people, that this contraption was not better than the worst civilian government,  and some of us knew at that time that if a coup happened, Nigerians would jump into the streets to welcome it.

So, why didn’t you retire Abacha knowing that there was a fertile ground and you had a coup maker…

(Cuts in)  If there had been pressure on the ING for an election in six months’ time, Abacha would not have found it easy to stage a coup.

Given the fact that Nigerians wanted a government they elected and not the contraption you put together, why did you find it difficult to understand why Nigerians would not line up behind it?

I tell you what happened before that contraption came about

Now you are calling it contraption by the way?

(Laughter). No I like the word.  I’m very fond of that word.

At that time in the whole of this country, you can go and check it, there wasn’t a single voice that said ‘let’s take a chance with the ING, let’s give it a chance if it would work’.

But it didn’t have legitimacy because they were not soldiers and they were not elected civilians

I governed for eight years, using decree.  That contraption was given a constitution and that constitution was supported by a law.  It was legitimately done as is done all over the world.

You were away when the Abacha coup happened.  But when you came back, did he get in touch?

We did discuss and he took his time to explain to me what happened.

Did you give him any advice on how to run government or how soon he should hand over to civilians?

Those were things which he knew very well because he had been part and parcel of the administration for eight years; he knew the political actors in the country and he went ahead to call them, explaining to them what had happened, trying to legitimize what he had done and, believe it, there were a lot of politicians who supported him because he talked to them.

Are you surprised at how his government became one that was very repressive and he became known, perhaps, as one of the worst dictators Nigeria had ever known?

Yes and no.  Yes because people would see him as a military person and secondly he was a man of limited words, you could not predict him.

No, because he had worked with us, worked with other people, had a good knowledge of how the system worked, how to keep security in the country.  These were things that he knew and you could not deny him those things.

In 1986, you decided that Nigeria’s status as an observer at the Organisation of Islamic Conference, OIC, should change to become a full member knowing that Nigeria has an almost equal population of Christians and Muslims.

Nigeria went into the OIC as an observer in 1973 under General Yakubu Gowon and I went in as a full member in 1986.  That was a simple foreign policy decision that we took.  It was a tool to enhance our foreign policy.

But the view of the ordinary Nigerian is that to be in OIC meant you were an Islamic country.  And Nigeria is not an Islamic country. So why take us in there?

That has been proved wrong.  Again, this is the beautiful thing about this country because people speculate a lot.  As at the time we went in there, there were countries that were there which were not Islamic countries.  I was quite surprised by the outrage that followed that decision because people translated it to mean that our government wanted to make Nigeria an Islamic country which is stupid.  We had a Constitution which stated clearly at that time that no religion must be made superior to another.

In the years since then, as far as you know, what has been the specific benefit that we’ve got?

I think it helped us to push our foreign policy on issues that were of common concern because immediately after that I recognized Israel, knowing the feelings of the Islamic countries about Israel. I went ahead single-handedly to recognize Israel when everybody in the OAU went against it; we stuck to our gun; so if you accuse me of joining OIC, you must also accuse me of normalizing relations with Israel

We are in a situation in the country today where we have insurgents with a warped version of Islam which they claim they want to foist on the nation in some states.  Do you think these sorts of decisions are the sort of things that plant seeds on the minds of some people claiming to want to promote one religion above another?

I’m glad you used the word ‘warped’.  What is happening now is something that Nigerians should rise and fight against; Muslims should rise and fight against it because some people are spoiling the name of Islam, and this is not what Islam stands for.

Given the fact that we are a nation of different ethnicities, wouldn’t it have been better to pursue policies that would not divide us along religious lines – and this is even outside the Boko Haram insurgency?

I grew up here in Minna and there is where we call a mixed court where you find a Christian, a Muslim and an unbeliever, yet three of them will sit together to preside over cases which touch on traditions of the different groups and this we have been doing damn well.  Everyone has a religion and you keep to it; even Islam frowns at imposition of the religion on others.

The question I’m driving at is that if, perhaps, we don’t pursue public policies that further strengthen the division that already exists, could we perhaps have had a better chance of making it as a nation and not one divided along ethnic and religious lines

My answer to that is yes.

So any regrets about taking Nigeria into the OIC?

No!

You don’t see that as a policy capable of further dividing us as a nation even though, by your own admission, Christians complained?

By your reaction, as a generation, it would be better not to toe those lines because they are very sensitive.   It has been done before and the consequences were not so good for the country.

We had a civil war.  Nobody would like to have a war again. The good thing is that from 1970 till today, I have never come across people who believe in the division of this country.

So, in your view, no regrets because we are learning from your mistakes?

The answer is yes!

What should we do about Boko Haram?

The first thing is that people must believe that this affects Nigeria generally and not just a part or just a religion.   Like the civil war, the whole country was mobilized against secession and there was unity against he secession and I think we must accept that this problem is a Nigerian problem and everybody should come together to fight this phenomenon.

In practical terms, how do we begin to build unity so that Nigerians can see the problem as a Nigerian problem?

FILE PHOTO: PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN WITH FORMER PRESIDENT IBRAHIM BABANGIDA, DURING JONATHAN’S VISIT TO MINNA  (27/12/14

First of all, the leadership at all levels must be mobilized against Boko Haram. At the political level, people should watch what they say and the religious leaders also have a role to play just as the businessmen must be involved.  Once Nigerians see that everyone is mobilized against the insurgency, no one would want to step out of line.  Nigerians have to be mobilized and that would make it easier to win the war.

From a military point of view, are you surprised at the performance of our military against Boko Haram?

What you should be asking is that is this the same military of Nigeria that has been exceptional all over the world – in the Congo, Tanzania, UN operations, ECOWAS operations?

The question really is that by all accounts, the army you served in was a formidable army; so what did you people do that time that appears different from what is going on now?

When I was 22 as a 2nd Lieutenant, I had been told that I had no other country to die for except Nigeria, but now you’ve got 18 year olds or 19year olds or graduates asking ‘what is this Nigerianness they are talking about?’.  They wouldn’t give a damn and, therefore, you have to do a re-orientation to bring this patriotism back.

Could it not be that some of us can say Nigeria had been good to us, so we had no option than to be committed. But you have the young ones today, say, of 30, who would be asking, ‘what the hell’ because they have had to fend for themselves one way or the other?  They don’t see what the country has done for them.  Shouldn’t government start by providing for the people and making them responsive to the needs of patriotism?

Government would have to take responsibility, I agree.

You’ve repeatedly denied having any knowledge of the murder of journalist Dele Giwa, but because you were the military head of state at that time and because your former press secretary, Debo Bashorun, alleged that you knew about it, many Nigerians are a bit skeptical about what you have said. Do you understand why they have been skeptical?

It is because they think I was the head of government at that time and I knew that anything that goes wrong they will like to blame it on somebody and the fact that everybody in the media said I knew about it never came to me as a surprise at all.

What about the role played by Major Bashorun, did that come as a surprise to you?

I stumble on the information in one of the papers that he wrote a book.  But I have always maintained one thing:  I know the young man very well but I don’t join issues with people to whom I am senior.

Was he upset with you and, therefore, would want to make you look bad?

That is his business, not mine.

At the time of Giwa’s death, did you order any investigations at all into the circumstances of the killing?

It could have been prejudicial because you guys in the media went to court and I couldn’t have ordered anything because the matter was already in the court. There were very good lawyers and activists pursuing that case; so we allowed the courts to try the case.

Aren’t you curious as to who killed Dele Giwa?

He was fortunate because he belonged to the journalism profession and the media kept the issue alive up till today. The issue of Dele Giwa, Alfred Rewane and Bola Ige would remain and people will like to pin it on somebody.

Is there any chance that some rogue elements in your government, without your knowledge, could have decided to teach Dele Giwa a lesson because he was critical of your administration?

I have maintained that I dominate my environment and my environment relates to the people I work with, people who work with me, people I relate to. I am fairly well-informed about things before they happen or immediately after they happen.

Do you have any regrets at all about your time in office?

I had a good time in office and would continue to be grateful to Nigerians for supporting me during that period and, if there is one thing I would have loved to do differently (not regretting), it would have been to make it constitutional that Nigeria should have a two-party state.

Why?

Because I believed then and I still believe now that it is the surest way of promoting the peace and stability of Nigeria and it worked. So, let’s institutionalise it.  It’s just like the Land Use Act, it is in the Constitution.  Some people may not like some aspects of it but it is there; so you have to work round it.

As a young soldier, did you ever envisage that your life would take the path it has taken?

As a young officer, my intention was maybe not the commander of a unit, so I was looking at the rank of a major or a Lt-Colonel, comparing the size of the Nigerian Army at that time.

But fate dealt you a different hand, how do you feel about that?

I feel gratified and I feel nice that while I planned, God had His own wish on His subjects.

You lost your long time companion and wife, Maryam, in December 2009. What has life been like without her?

She was a real companion who got to understand and accept me for what I am and tried to make the best of me and that is what I am missing.  She was the one who would look at me and say ‘you’re wrong’ and I had to accept and bury my pride and I will say ‘sorry, you’re right’.  That is the sort of counseling I am missing now.

How much time do you spend with the children and grand children to try and fill the vacuum that she’s left?

The children are doing very well and they have become a sort of friends to me. We sit down and talk and sometimes we disagree.  My greatest source of pleasure now is seeing my grand children coming to me to say good night or when they return from school and they come to greet me.  It reminded me of my time when I was growing up.

Many had thought that by now you would have re-married?

I will tell you an interesting story.  There was a woman I was joking with and I said, ‘Okay, why   don’t you marry me?’ and she said, ‘No I won’t’.  And I asked her why? She said, ‘I am not sure I can spoil you the way your wife used to spoil you; so don’t put any idea into my head’.

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Jonathan, Buhari cancel campaigns in Damaturu, Maiduguri

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ABUJA — The presidential rally of the Peoples Democratic Party scheduled to hold in Damaturu, Yobe State has been cancelled.

Gen. Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, also cancelled his scheduled campaign trip to Maiduguri for undisclosed reasons without making his new date for the trip public.

The rally which was supposed to hold after a similar meeting in Gombe was however called off at the last minute.

Though no reason was given for the cancellation, Vanguard gathered that the rally was shelved due to unfavourable security report about the proposed rally.

An advanced team of the president’s campaign delegation was already in Damaturu for the rally before they were informed that it had been shelved.

Yobe, which shares border with Borno State, is the birth place of the late leader of the Boko Haram sect, Ibrahim Yusuf, who was killed in 2009.

Jonathan’s campaign train had come under increasing attacks from hoodlums in the northern parts of the country, with his convoy being pelted with sachet water and stones in Bauchi.

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Wike warns Amaechi and co against ridiculing office of President

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Rivers State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate, Mr Nyesom Wike, has said that nobody will be allowed to ridicule the office of the President in the name of playing opposition politics.

Speaking, yesterday, at a special thanksgiving service at the Omega Power Ministries, OPM, in Port Harcourt to mark the successful hosting of President Jonathan’s campaign rally at Adokiye Amesiemaka Stadium, Wike said that President Goodluck Jonathan belongs to all political parties and therefore, cannot be stopped by outgoing Governor Rotimi Amaechi from using public facilities in the state.

He said that it was un-christianly for Governor Amaechi to have declared that over his dead body would President Jonathan use the Amesiemaka Stadium.

Wike noted that it was imperative that the outgoing governor was taught a lesson on decent politicking.

He said: “President Jonathan is a president of all Nigerians. He is not the president of a political party and so he cannot be stopped from using a stadium built with public funds. There is need to de-emphasise negative politicking. We are here to thank God for the successful hosting of President Jonathan. We express gratitude for the crowd and the fact that we recorded no casualty.”

He urged Rivers people to vote President Jonathan and himself in the polls. Wike appealed to them to also vote for PDP candidates during the elections.

He promised to grant the church its building permit and certificate of occupancy allegedly denied it by Amaechi, if voted into power.

He said that his incoming administration will also sign the certificate of occupancy of all non-indigenes and grant traders business grants.

Reiterating that he was a full time Christian with no occult relationship, he urged Rivers people to investigate and know the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate, who, he said was accused of alleged cult activities at Rivers State University of Science of Technology on March 10, 1993.

In his address, the General Overseer of OPM, Apostle Chibuzor, called on all members of his church and their families to pray for Wike to emerge as the next governor of Rivers State.

He also asked the church to pray for Jonathan’s re-election.

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Governors Are Responsible For Boko Haram Insurgency, Not Goodluck – Maku

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Former minister of information and supervising minister of defence, Mr Labaran Maku, has exonerated President Goodluck Jonathan from the Boko Haram insurgency, rather placing the blame on the governors in the Northern regions.

Maku, who is the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Nasarawa State, stated this in Awka, the Anambra State capital.

He said that as chief security officers of their respective states who are “unaccountable to the Presidency, the governors are autonomous and closer to the people and as such, should know better than the Presidency what goes wrong in their domains”.

According to Maku, Jonathan should not be held responsible for the insecurity in the country; rather the governors should be in charge as chief executives of their various states and take responsibility of any problem there while urging those behind the political violence in the country to desist from it.

Maku also condemned the recent attacks on Jonathan in Bauchi and Katsina states when the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate and his team went to the areas to campaign for votes, describing the attacks as “unruly and unfortunate’’.

“The president was not supposed to be attacked in any part of the country because he has demonstrated quality leadership which every geo-political zone would attest to, therefore, no right thinking person would have carried out any form of attack on him.”

“His humility and liberal mindedness has come to bear by his condoning the attack with calmness,” he said.

He called on the community leaders, traditional rulers, civil societies groups and youths in the country to rally round Jonathan in his bid for re-election as his administration has touched transformable every sector of the economy.

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Oracle predicts victory for President Jonathan in 28 states in Nigeria

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In a bid to be sure of what becomes the fate of his party and President Goodluck Jonathan as the nation looks forward to the general elections, Dr. Leonard Olalekan Shogunle, decided to embark on spiritual journey to Pakistan, Indian and China to consult the oracle.

Having had words with the oracle in the foreign land, Shogunle, a retired Captain in the Nigerian Army and a chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos shared his experience with Saturday Independent in an exclusive interview, saying that the oracle pronounced victory for President Goodluck Jonathan in 28 of the 36 states in the country.

Asked what informed his decision to embark on the journey, when there are countless oracles in the country, he said: “Don’t assume I was kidding with my submission. I am a real Lagosian born in the Mainland during the Lagos Colony. I am 69 years old. My great grandfathers, though, migrated from Abeokuta in Ogun State to settle in Lagos, we own Abule Onigbagbo in Maryland.

“I am from Lagos Mainland so I am a real Lagosian. If I asked a spiritualist to do that for me in the country, some people would have doubts and rubbish the fellow.

“This year’s general election is no joke. Nigerians must be guided in the right direction.

“Last month, I went to Pakistan, Indian and up to the extreme end of China in Yung where I consulted celestial board of oracles from the orbit. I wanted revelation concerning the political situation in Nigeria. I was told nothing would stop the victory of Jonathan in 28 states including Lagos State.

“I was told that although there would be some uproar in some states after Jonathan is announced as winner, that would eventually die down with time. The oracle said General Mohammadu Buhari of All Progressives Congress (APC) was no match for him.

“As a person, I believe in the prophecy because even in the Bible, oracle was consulted when Jonah was swallowed by a shark. I was told that apart from winning the 28 states, the President would record over 70 per cent of the total votes cast in 11 other states.

He said : “Yes, the chief priests in those countries spoke to me. They were not black people like us. Their languages were interpreted to me. There were signs they gave me that the victory of Jonathan was certain. I did the same thing before the 1999 election and the oracle predicted that somebody from the prison would win the presidential election and I gave my support to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

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9 Presidential Candidates to Step Down For Jonathan -NUG

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The National Unity Group (NUG), an NGO said on Saturday that nine presidential candidates in the February 14 presidential election may step down for President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).The National Secretary of the group, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, told newsmen in Abuja that it had been meeting with the parties on the need for them to support Jonathan.According to Ojougboh who did not mention the candidates and their parties, though consultations would continue on February 1, the discussions so far had been fruitful.

He said that the PDP presidential campaign was satisfactorily progressing in the northern part of the country. He urged the citizenry not to feel intimidated but to perform their civic responsibility of voting on election days.

”We are counting on all Nigerians, northerners especially, that they should not be intimidated, they should go out and vote massively for Mr President. For this country to remain united and for the progress we are experiencing now to continue, there is the need for all to cooperate with Mr President and vote massively for the PDP,’’ he said.
Sen. Chris Ukpabi, who also spoke said the group, having critically examined President Jonathan`s score cards in all sectors of the economy, was convinced that he was the right president for the country.
He called on all Nigerians to support his re-election bid to enable him continue with his good works.
Also present at the briefing were Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, a former governor of old Anambra, Sen. Oserheimen Osunbor, former governor of Edo, among others.

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EFCC records 126 convictions

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has disclosed that it recorded a total of 126 convictions in 2014 on corruption cases pending in courts.

The agency said the figure was higher that the 117 convictions it secured the previous year.

Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, Head, Media and Publicity of the EFCC, who addressed the media at the commission’s zonal office in Enugu, described it as “a feat in the light of the shenanigans that goes on in the Nigerian judicial system.

“This, to all intent and purposes is a healthy progression that should be applauded. Obviously, there is something that the EFCC under Lamorde has gotten right with investigation and prosecution of cases, and the commission is poised to sustain this momentum with a view to recording more convictions this year”, he said.

On its current efforts, he said the commission remained committed to see that cases pending in court were disposed of as quickly as possible.

“God willing, and if the strike by the judicial workers permits, the commission is expecting judgement in the N25 billion money laundering case instituted against Michael Igbinedion, younger brother to former Edo State Governor Lucky Igbinedion and one Eboigbodin, on Friday January 30”, the EFCC spokesman said.

“In the same vein, a Federal High Court in Abuja is expected to rule in the extradition proceeding initiated against Emmanuel Okoyomon, a former Managing Director of the Nigerian Security Minting and Printing Company”.

While noting that the challenges of finance, frivolous applications by defence counsel were hampering the activities of the anti-graft agency, Uwujaren disclosed that the Commission was benefiting from global partnership against corruption.

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Under Jonathan’s govt there are different rules for different Nigerians, says APC

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has slammed the DSS and the Police for their loud silence on the threats of war by ex-militants if President Goodluck Jonathan should lose this month’s elections, saying the failure of the security agencies to act is an indication of their double standard and lack of fairness

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said it is insightful to note that the same security agencies that reacted with hysteria to the harmless comments by Gov. Rotimi Amaechi have suddenly lost their voices when the ex-militants threatened to wage war on the nation.

”When Gov. Amaechi said soldiers had the right to protest if their welfare was not taken care of, the DSS was at its most efficient level, with its voluble spokesperson threatening fire and brimstone and only stopping short of arresting the Governor,despite his immunity.

”When the same Gov. Amaechi said the APC will form a parallel government if the Feb. 14th and 28th elections are rigged, the same DSS and the police sought to outdo one another with threats and condemnation of what they called ‘inciting comments’, even when Gov. Amaechi’s warning was conditional.

”Now, the ex-militants have said President Jonathan must be re-elected or they will unleash violence on the country. In other words, it is immaterial whether or not he loses in a free and fair elections. There is no clearer indication of impunity than the action of the ex-militants, who issued their threats in the Bayelsa government house, with the Governor of the state in attendance.

”More than a week later, the DSS has been missing in action while the police, in what can pass as a most shocking reaction, said they are still studying the ex-militants’ comments. Even after former Defence Minister Gen.Theophilus Danjuma called for the arrest of the ex-militants for their treasonable threats, and the ex-militants had the audacity to repeat the threats, the police still continued to ‘study’ the threats. This is simply unbelievable,” it said.

APC said the implication of the conspiracy of inaction by the DSS and the police is that, under the Administration of President Jonathan, there are different rules for different Nigerians, wondering how the security agencies can be trusted to provide a level playing ground for all political parties before, during and after the forthcoming general elections.

”For supporters of President Jonathan, there is no law, there is no police, there is no DSS. Their support for the President is a licence for lawlessness and irresponsibility, and if at all there is any law, they remain far above such law. That is why they could dare the entire nation by issuing such treasonable comments and get away with their action,” the party said.

It called on Nigerians to take note of the glaring double standard of the security agencies, while urging local and international observers to closely monitor the activities of the security agents before, during and after the polls.

”On our part, the fact that the DSS and the police, both of which have issued their last warnings against those making inciting comments, have failed to move against the war-mongering ex-militants is a confirmation of what we have always believed: that national institutions have been deployed in the pursuit of partisan, rather than national interests under the Administration of President Jonathan,” APC said

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PDP will crumble Nigeria’s economy if… – Oshiomhole

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Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will run the Nigerian economy aground if not voted out on February 14, saying already the party has killed the nation’s currency, the naira.

Speaking at two separate rallies of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Agbede, Etsako West Local Government Area and at Udaba, Etsako Central Local Government Area of the state on Saturday, Oshiomhole said the PDP is clueless on how to handle the economy and have left the economy worse than they met it in 1999.

He said: “when the PDP took over power in 1999, the naira was better than it is today. Now they have killed the naira. Today, a dollar is equivalent to 210 naira, that means cost of products, especially imported products have all gone up and all the basic things needed by the poor have all gone up as a result of the devaluation of the naira.”

The Governor says the PDP only tells Nigerians empty promises of what they intend to do, saying “the PDP is full of promises. They keep telling you we will do this, we will do that, whereas APC believes in eye-mark. We show you what we have done and what we intend to do more.”

He said, “We are victims of 16 years of darkness imposed on our country by a party that is led by rogues. According to their National Chairman, theirs is a party that doesn’t have justice, that doesn’t have fairness even to its own members. Theirs is party that is based on the principles of slaves working for the benefit of a few privileged masters. That is what their Chairman said.

“When their Chairman says his party is based on these principles, who are the slaves working and who are the privileged masters? PDP leaders are the privileged masters benefitting from the system and the Nigerian people are the slaves working for them. That is a reason why you must kick out these masters”, he said.

Oshiomhole continued, “Why do we want to get rid of PDP leadership in Abuja? We have seen in Edo State a replica of the Nigerian story. The typical PDP legacy was to destroy our system. The changes we have brought to the state replacing PDP legacy of poverty, abandonment, degradation and rottenness is an emphatic statement about the infinite possibility that exist if we have a leader with the fear of God.

“For 16 years, they spent over $30 billion in the energy sector. The more dollar they spend, the more darkness they bring yet they keep bringing exorbitant bills that even the average villagers can’t pay. This is how PDP extort money from even the poorest of the poor.”

Announcing plans of the state Government to build a dam in the Agbede area, Governor Oshiomhole said, “We tried to dig boreholes here and discovered it doesn’t bring the kind of water we want. We have now decided to work on a dam. That is the best way to get water for Agbede Area.

“We want to dam the Aviele River so that we can pipe the water to the city. We believe that dam will be the best answer. With that one, you will have water 24 hours of the day . Even during the dry season, the water gathered during the rainy season will last up to the following year because it is a river that it flows from. We will make sure that is done”, he assured.

Oshiomhole further said, “At the time I assumed office, there was not one road done in Afemai land but now, we have worked on many roads and we still have two years under my own tenure and we will do the remaining ones. Those we can’t finish, once we start it, the next person will be able to complete it. That is why we need a government that must continue.

Governor Oshiomhole while presenting the Party’s flag bearers urged the people to vote wisely for all APC candidates in the forthcoming elections as PDP government at all level have shown gross incompetence in the last 16 years.

The APC candidates presented by the Governor include Barrister Francis Alimikhena for Senate, Edo North Federal Constituency, Hon. Philip Shaibu, for Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Gani Audu for Edo State House of Assembly, Etsako West 1 Constitiency; Dr. Gowon Yakubu for Edo State House of Assembly, Etsako West 11 Constituency and Barr. Damian Lawani , Edo State House of Assembly, Etsako Central Constituency.

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Boko Haram: Baga Military Commanders May Face Court-Martial

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 The Nigerian military has given a strong hint that the Commanders, officers and soldiers responsible for Baga debacle, where newly acquired sophisticated weapons were abandoned to advancing Boko Haram terrorists who took over and ransacked the town early this month.

This hint was given on Friday in a statement signed by the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade, saying that the affected personnel who are part of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) must account for the seeming lack of commitment and professionalism.

Following the loss of Baga, THISDAY reported that the DHQ was disappointed at what they saw as a calculated attempt by some elements within the military to sabotage the operation in the North East.

Accordingly, they set up a probe panel to ascertain the fall of the strategic town, barely two days after delivery of new weapons to the units.
Consequently, Olukolade has confirmed that the "Nigerian officers in key command positions of the MJTF are in the process of accounting for their actions leading to the loss of weapons, men  and location in their area of responsibility in the mission area.

"This is a normal military procedure in major operations or after encounters. The essence is to extract and collate relevant information for subsequent missions."

According to him, the probe “could also lead to or determine appropriate disciplinary action where necessary".

In a related development, the Defence spokesman said that  an extensive mopping up operation to search for arms or stranded terrorists and other casualties was ongoing in Michika, Adamawa State, after troops sacked the terrorists that had been operating in the town and its environ.

He said that the assault on terrorists’ main positions reported by THISDAY, was concluded on Thursday as many of them died in the combat.
Olukolade also revealed that troops who sustained injuries in the operation were receiving necessary medical attention.

He said that other troops are continuing the pursuit of those who are on the run from the town, adding that normalcy had been restored in the town.

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