Okonjo-Iweala Requests Fg To Call Reckless Governor Oshiomhole To Order

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– FORMER MINISTER HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH $2.1BILLION ARMS ISSUE

Former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has requested the Federal Government to call Edo State Governor, Mr Adams Oshiomhole to order over the Governor’s recent efforts to link her name to the alleged $2.1 billion arms issue.

The Minister stressed that she has absolutely nothing to do with the issue.

She stated that it is an abuse of public office, the judicial process and her human rights for Governor Oshiomhole whom she stopped from taking a highly suspicious N15 billion loan to make false allegations against her while hiding behind the constitutional immunity granted state governors.

As recently confirmed by the Debt Management Office, professional analysis showed that Oshiomhole’s loan request which was based on using low interest World Bank loan to offset high interest commercial loans would have left Edo state with a heavy debt burden and the the state would have found it very difficult to pay back.

She said that it is unconscionable for the Governor to embark on a campaign of lies against her because she thwarted his dubious loan request.

She described the Governor’s unsubstantiated allegations as a cynical personalization of the anti-corruption campaign to achieve ignoble objectives.

Dr Okonjo-Iweala therefore put Oshiomhole and his ilk on notice that she has briefed her lawyers and that she is ready to explore all legal means, local and international, to defend her name against corrupt and compromised persons.

It has become a pattern of behavior that each time Dr. Ngozi OKonjo-Iweala is internationally recognized, Governor Oshiomole and his cohorts embark on a cynical and devious ploy of trying to pull her down locally. Just last night, December 1st, Dr Okonjo-Iweala was honored at a high profile event attended by Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton. Dr Okonjo Iweala was honored alongside Michael Bloomberg, Bill and Melinda Gates and Mo Ibrahim for their contributions to global development and humanity.

Gov Oshiomole and his cohorts should realize that their ill-motivated attempts to taint Dr Okonjo Iweala’s reputation will never succeed!

Paul Nwabuikwu
Media Adviser to Dr. Okonjo-Iweala

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Blaming the Biafra Agitators Instead of the Oppressors

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It is cowardly to blame the victims of murder by the Army and Police. Why do we live in a world where the victims are always blamed instead of the oppressors? Why do we live in the world where victims are always at the receiving end of the “blame-masters”?

When a woman is raped, the hypocritical and cowardly society of ours would not blame the disgusting rapist, but would blame the victim of rape. “What was she doing by that time of the night.?” “Why was she wearing a skimpy shorts or skimpy shirt.”? “Why did she go there in the first place.”?

When a little child is sexually abused or molested, instead of holding the stinking pedophile accountable, they would blame the poor little child. “Why did she go there alone.” “Why didn’t she shout for help.” bla bla bla. When a person gets robbed, instead of blaming the robbers, people would blame the victim. “You shouldn’t have carried that sum of money in your car.”

Why does our society make excuses for murderers in Army and Police uniforms and the shameless leaders that sent them to massacre peaceful protesters? Where in the Rules of Engagement does it say that you use a deadly weapon against a protesters that is neither armed nor threatened a law enforcement of military personnel? Only today, they shot dead about 8 people and injured scores of others. One of the victims was a young lady. What was their crimes? Because they called for freedom of Nnamdi Kanu from oppressive country called Nigeria.

The most annoying part of the whole thing is to see the so-called educated people and people that are supposedly enlightened, blaming the protesters instead of laying the blame on the over-zealous police and military men? Why do we have this notion that the high and mighty cannot be held to account for their misdeeds? The same people that would put Nelson Mandela’s picture in their profile would blame Nnamdi Kanu for agitating for self-government from Nigeria. The same people that would quote Martin Luther King Jr. would call Nnamdi Kanu and the Biafran agitators “charlatans”, “noise-makers”, “rouble-rosers”, “agitators” etc. They forgot that all these great leaders that we came to admire we once denigrated with labels like that. Moses was also called a murderer by his own people, that he was trying to liberate just because he asked a guilty party why he was fighting his own “brother”. “Do you want to kill me like you killed the Egyptian.”

Boko Haram declared a caliphate in the North East, and actually levied and are still levying war against Nigeria. They have killed over 15,000 civilians, killed hundreds of soldiers, burnt churches, raped women and young girls destroyed properties worth over billions of naira. But the army never over-powered them. In fact, the government is begging them to come to the table!

In developed world, you don’t negotiate with terrorists, period! But Nigeria is negotiating with them, releasing them from detention and asking them what they want. But agitators for self-government and the release of Nnamdi Kanu, who by the way is being detained for trump-up charges, even after a court of competent jurisdiction had ordered for his release 3 times; are being shot at for demonstrating against illegality, injustice and subjugation of a people by Hausa-Fulani oligarchy and their retinue of their lackeys and cronies.

These agitators had been pushed to the wall many times by the police and the army. No one has monopoly of violence. These law enforcement officers’ acts are provocative. They have taken too much for the owner not to notice. When these harmless agitators get armed and violent too, the so-called peace-makers and the so-called “food is ready” Igbo leaders would take their shameful heads out of the sand and do something.

The brute force of these empty skulls in uniform must be condemned by any decent society. I thought that the best way to press for your demands from your oppressor is through non-violent protest as the Biafran agitators had done. Everyone has a right to assembly and has a right to free speech.

The Biafran agitators must be commended for their discipline, organizational skills, persistence and fearlessness in the face of extreme danger. They denied themselves of the comfort of the arm-chair, enjoyed by even most of us subjugated people of Nigeria. They task themselves, organize, spend their own money for transport, food, telephone credits etc; camp out at the Niger Bridge all night, marched, sang, drummed and danced for Biafrans all over the world to be free. The least that we Igbos and other ethnic minorities that are equally victims of Nigeria; owe them is our support and our understandings. Even when we cannot do anything to support them, or do not buy into their methods, we should all desist from disparaging them by tacitly supporting the same evil men that should be thrown in jail.

Blood of the victims are in the heads of these blood suckers! Their own families must suffer for this senseless killings of innocent unarmed agitators. Any man that sheds the blood of the innocent, must live to face the Karma of his acts.

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Don’t Force Them to Stay in Nigeria – Senator Yerima Supports Biafria

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Former governor of Zamfara State, Senator Ahmad Sani Yerima on Tuesday said that the struggle for the actualization of Biafra was a legitimate cause.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja, Yerima said it was wrong for people to classify the agitators who have been campaigning for the revival of the defunct Republic of Biafra as secessionist because they have legitimate rights under the Nigerian Constitution to express their views on any issue; DAILY TIMES reports.

”These are people that want self determination. They believe that they are homogeneous in terms of tribe, language and culture and they want to live together and have their own community. In the end, you see, this is politics. I don’t believe in using force to make them succumb, submit or follow Nigeria and to stay in Nigeria”.

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Does Igbo people hate themselves?

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The Igbos hates themselves, really? I would make this as concise as possible, to enable many of you to read and digest it, full dose.

Do you know that the South-East region has one of the least amounts of federal presence? Howbeit, the Igbo people are the richest per capita of any ethnic group in Nigeria.

Dr. Magnus Kpakol, the former Director General of the National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP), said that Anambra state has the highest number of entrepreneurs in the country. Anambra also has the highest number of affluent citizens per capita than any other indigenous people of any state in the country.

According to the Central Bank of Nigeria, after Lagos state, Anambra state has the highest number of Micro Finance Banks in Nigeria. See folks, the banks are not there to dance ‘Galala’ they are there because there is cash flow even in small towns.

Where are my going with all these, you may ask? Please read on, am about to make my point.

An article published in 2014 by Nigerian Insight titled “The rising rate of poverty in Nigeria” gave a detailed breakdown of poverty rate in Nigeria. The article reported that the North-West and the North-East had the highest poverty rates in the country in 2010 at 77.7% and 76.3% respectively. Yet, Northern Nigeria has produced 9 out of the 14 Presidents of Nigeria and has ruled the country for over 36 years of its 55 years of independence. Let us also add the fact that the North has the top richest men in Nigeria. Tell me, how much love is going around there?

Furthermore, in the same report by Nigerian Insight, Sokoto State had the highest poverty rate at 86.4 per cent. A previous report conducted by another daily about a decade ago in 2004 stated that Jigawa State had the highest poverty rate in Nigeria at 95%.

Why is there more prosperity per capita in the East than anywhere else in the country? The answer is simple. Igbo people know how to help themselves. The Igbos has perfected the system of apprenticeship, whereby the patriarch or the most successful person in the village or in the kindred would take some young men and sometimes women along with them to the city. They would live with them for some years. During the time they would spend with their ‘master’, they would be taught how to be successful in trade. After the agreed number of years, they would be settled with money and connections to start their own business.

Back in the days, when I visit the village I would ask, where is Okeke? Oh! He has gone to Lagos with his in-law.

Where is Okafor? He has gone to Port-Harcourt with his Uncle.

This is a typical trend in the South-East, one that is marked with love and the sincere desire to help one another to succeed. I wonder where the notion of hatred among Igbo people originated from.

As a young boy I used to be told the awful stories of how Biafra lost the Nigerian civil war because they were sabotaging themselves. They said the Igbos would lead the Nigerian military to the hideouts of the Biafran soldiers for a ‘piece of meal’. Until I grew up, I believed that narrative to be true. Of course, there might have been saboteurs in the Biafran camp (just like in any camp during warfare), but that was certainly not why Biafrans lost the war. I won’t go into it today.

Technically, considering the fact that the majority of the people killed by Boko Haram are from the North, can we say that the Hausa/Fulani hate themselves? How much love could possibly be in the city of the Caliphate, Sokoto with poverty rate at 86.4 percent?

The illegal oil bunkering and refineries in the South-South are perpetrated by mostly Ijaw people. So can we say that the Ijaws hate themselves? Many Ijaw people reading this would disagree! Same goes for other parts of the country.

According to the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) , it is most likely for most whites to be killed by whites, and most blacks to be killed by blacks. The obvious reason for this is that most people are killed by someone they know and most people are related to and live near people who are of the same race as themselves.

Hate is hate everywhere and love is love everywhere. Hate and love knows no racial or religious orientation. It knows no boundaries.

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Bukola Saraki and the ‘Politics’ of Politics

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However removed anyone chooses to be from the eccentricity of Nigeria’s political system, we eventually all get involved at the end of the day. From the cab man who drives around the city narrating his ordeal about how he managed to fuel his car, to the blacksmith who has to send money to his son in the North, we all eventually find ourselves discussing politics and governance –all within the horizon and privy of the information we can gather and digest.

So far, with what I have been able to digest regarding the case of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, I believe that all Nigerians need to put some deep thought into it. At this time when everyone sees what the papers are reporting at face value, I feel the need to comment on this because looking beyond what the ordinary, and leaving all issues of bitterness and slandering and jargon about past acts, there is a certain disturbing undertone to the Senate President’s case.

The public opinion court, which draws its judges and jury from social and traditional media, has tried to analyze and over-analyze the ongoing trial of Saraki based on news and stories we read day in day out. Some have said that Saraki has questions to answer before the court, and as such, he should clear his name. However, every Nigerian out there who has attained puberty would agree with me that there is something called ‘the politics of politics’ and Saraki, as a politician, is currently caught in the middle of a high-stakes game of this politics of politics.

Politics of politicking is usually beyond what the eyes can neither meet, nor words can explain. Therefore it is usually an art of the mind only understood by those who can discern beyond the common, and grasp at the hidden insinuations that lie hidden between the lines. Among the questions begging to be unraveled are: why would the Senators and House of Representative members who are the rightful representatives of the Nigerian masses keep standing firm in support for the Senate President?

These representatives are in no doubt the ambassadors of all the men and women across Nigeria, and as seemingly indicting as the CCT case against Saraki is, they have all maintained one solid ground that the CCT is persecuting the Senate President rather than prosecuting him.

A handful of Senators have even gone as far as issuing statements stating clearly that they believe that the case against Saraki is nothing but a political witchunt. If those closer to the corridors of power are saying this based on ‘in-house’ information, what should this signify to the rest of us who think that the ‘face-value representation’ of Saraki’s case at the CCT is as straightforward as it seem?

Another question to ask is: who stands to benefit from Saraki’s downfall, and who stands to lose? Is this not another clear case of the masses being used by a powerful cabal that is hell-bent on using the media to tilt national issues in their favour?

Correct me if I am wrong, but I think that some guy called Martin Luther King once said that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” In this regard, no matter how good the intentions of our President might be, we need to remind him that two wrongs can never make a right. Most importantly he is not a god to use the machineries of the state to decide who is tried and who is left alone. Or who deserves to preside over the legislature, and who should not. This is a democracy.

Some say that the President’s body language does not support corruption. I cry folly. Weren’t members of the President’s own cabinet like Fashola, Amaechi, and Fayemi accused of wrong doings? Why is the President shielding some people from being investigation and being selective in his role as the Chief Security Officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria?

We all understand that politics is a game for the lionhearted, however, this game should not be played at the detriment to Nigeria’s democratic principles. The law should not be used to favour some and shield others. The law should also not be used as a weapon against those one considers enemies, and a safeguard for those one holds close as friends. The law must be equal, all the time. Regardless of who is being tried, no matter what his alleged sins are.

For this reason, I say: the case against Saraki is politically motivated.

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Kudos to the Nigerian Police Force!

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This might prove to be the foundation for a new, effective and efficient policing system in Nigeria. We will get there one day. It is certainly an improvement, forward-looking action and assures the public that it is doing its best to move with the fast-changing world of both environmental and technological changes. Whoever are the new breed of police officers in today’s Nigeria Police Force who are driving this change and movement into 21st Century policing need to be commended, but should also be reminded that the Nigerian police still remains in the Dark Ages (due to many factors, of course) and they have a lot of work and improvement to undertake to truly catapult this primordial police force into engaging with the international police community and regain the trust, loyalty, cooperation and assurances of the people they are employed and entrusted to police, in terms of service, security and safety of lives and property.

This is the current Nigeria Police official WhatsApp number: 0805 700 0003 for reporting and addressing infractions, complaints, concerns and queries regarding activities of officers and men/women of the NPF

They say it is fast and effective to deal with distress calls or when your rights are legitimately wronged by law enforcement officers. It is discrete and safe.

I have tried the Nigeria Police Force WhatsApp No for reporting and addressing infractions, complaints, concerns and queries regarding activities of officers and men/women of the NPF, and BRAVO, it is TRUE and it WORKS. I got instant response within a minute, chatted with an unseen officer, who seems to know his/her onions and is very respectful and polite, and I congratulated them on this initiative and idea.

To cap this good initiative, the officer I chatted with gave me TWO other numbers for the purpose of reporting Crime:

They are: 0805 700 0001 and 0805 700 0002 (these numbers are not for WhatsApp, but voice calls) which he/she explained are dedicated for expressly reporting criminal behaviours, crimes, felonies, etc. It is also discreet and safe.

Yet another good foundation, even if only three numbers for 160 million people, for now, so bear with them.

Just like a friend wrote to me, since they came up with the 999 in the UK or 911 in the US, those services had evolved through feedback, experiences, monitoring and re-appraisal into a formidable service. So peace-loving Nigerians should welcome the service even if it is not working up to scratch at the moment. We can all help the Nigeria Police to work for the improvement of that service if they are serious about it.

First we want a memorable and more user friendly phone number like 222 or 777. The service needs to be manned 24/7. There is technology in place to route calls to hundreds or thousands of call operators who are monitored. The members of the public must be able to register their displeasure or satisfaction with the service through customer satisfaction surveys and complaints. In addition to the service phone number, there is a need for a dedicated internet website where members of the public could register their encounter with corrupt, brutal and unruly police officers.

Even video evidence could be posted on such a website. I urge all contributors to use this opportunity to offer their advice on how the police live up to modern expectation. The Nigeria Police, Customs, Immigration and the civil services are currently a disgrace. We need the input of everyone to make those services be those the public could rely upon.

I am a Happy and Proud Nigerian.

BUT we should plead with the Nigerian public not to abuse this service, and to the Nigeria Police Force (why don’t we change the “Force” to “Service”) to sustain and improve on the service and strive to make it more effective , efficient, user-friendly and not to relent on their efforts to make our society better.

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Buhari sets to leave to Iran amidst Soldiers fatality in Borno

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Babatunde Fashola, minister of works, power and housing; and Ibe Kachikwu, state minister of petroleum, will join President Muhammadu Buhari on his trip to the third Gas Exporting Countries’ Forum (GECF) in Iran.

Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, disclosed this in a statement issued on Friday. According to Adesina, the president’s delegation will leave on Sunday and return to the country on Tuesday.

“President Buhari and the leaders of Iran, Russia, Qatar, the Netherlands, Venezuela, Oman, Algeria, the United Arab Emirates, Bolivia and other member-countries of the GECF are expected to review the current market outlook on gas and discuss strategies for boosting gas production during their meeting in Tehran,” the statement read. “Nigeria and other GECF members currently account for 42 percent of global gas production‎, 70 percent of global gas reserves, 40 percent of pipeline transmission of gas and 65 percent of the global trade in Liquefied Natural Gas.

“President Buhari who is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with other participating heads of state and government on the sidelines of the GECF summit, will also meet with Nigerians resident in Iran.

“The president will be accompanied on the trip by the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, the minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, the minister of state for petroleum resources, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu and the national security adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.). “The delegation is due back in Abuja on Tuesday, November 24, 2015.”

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Buhari: “My people are useless, my people are senseless, my people are indiscipline”

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A wise man once told me: “Nigerians are mules, everyone who can, kicks at them.” The thing is, the more things change, the more they feel the same. In 1984, Major-General Muhamadu Buhari as military tyrant diagnosed “indiscipline” as Nigeria’s national malaise.
Buhari

The sexy power word in those days was “summarily.” Buhari promised that the military government of which he was head would “summarily” deal with any Nigerian who was found wanting in “discipline.” He quickly launched a “War Against Indiscipline.” It caught on fire.

Nigerians were pressed to “behave.” They began to queue for buses and other services in places like Lagos, notorious for jumping queues. That was the greatest achievement of WAI: Nigerians learnt to queue. Military governors sometimes arrived the gates of government secretariats very early, and waited for government workers who arrived late.

Late-coming civil servants were humiliated, made to kneel down irrespective of their office or positions, or age, and frog-jumped as punishment for coming late to work. In some cases, they were “summarily dismissed.” Buhari’s government authorized armed soldiers to raid warehouses, and seize the goods of traders accused of “hoarding essential commodities.” That was in a period, of course, when “ESSENCO”was very scarce. Buhari’s War Against Indiscipline, stemmed from his genuine convictions that Nigerians were an undisciplined lot, and had to be forced to obey the simple laws of the land, and of courtesy.

Recent evidence suggests that Buhari continues to believe this as a fundamental problem with the Nigerian character. Last week, our friends, Dr. Barry and Claire Mauer had us all over for a party for Claire’s birthday at their College Park, Orlando, home. We were all going at it, with a little wine and sherry, and that good stuff, when Shanti, another friend of ours said, “I hear your president say all you Nigerians are unruly, and you need to stop being unruly!” I too had heard that the previous day on the BBC.

It was big news for the BBC that president Buhari’s Independence Day message to Nigerians was that Nigerians were “unruly.” It triggered their fancy so much that they made such an event of it. They brought a Nigerian, whose name I do not now recall, and Ghana’s Elizabeth Ohene, to talk about the “unruliness” of Nigerians as claimed by a president who increasingly seems really disconnected from the Nigerian reality. In the symbolic moment of Nigeria’s 55th anniversary as an Independent nation, more sober considerations should have been made regarding the trajectory of Nigeria’s journey, the transitions that have been made, and the true reasons for the failures of Nigeria.

We should rather celebrate the hardiness and resilience of Nigerians in the face of a terribly confused administration as Buhari’s is turning out to be.Ordinary Nigerians must not be made to carry the can for failed political leadership this past fifty-five years, of which Buhari has been a distinct part. The President had not much to say to Nigerians except that Nigerians are unruly and discourteous, and must change, in order to achieve development. Actually, this is the worst Independence Day speech I have heard of any Nigerian president. It had no concrete facts. It simply was high on the weed of self-indulgence. On such a symbolic day, President Buhari should have celebrated Nigeria, and offered it hope.

There are ordinary Nigerians laboring heroically to turn the disadvantages of being Nigerian into something hopeful, and meaningful. Nigerians are not unruly. The Nigerian child I know is taught, right from the home, to be courteous, and respectful of people, especially, older people. Nigerians know to “throway salute” when they meet you. They say, “Afternoon, sir!” “Enlee ma!” “I boola chi e!” and so on. Nigerians are not, by their very nature, or even by acculturation, unruly or discourteous.

Our political leaders have been unruly and discourteous. Those are the real culprits and makers of our national malaise. They have very little regard or respect for the civil and economic rights of Nigerians. Anyone who suddenly arrives at political office, begins immediately to see the rest Nigerians as adversaries and enemies; people who must be contained and repressed, and garrisoned.

Nigerians are constantly infantilized in the minds of the men and women who arrive at power. That is the true meaning of unruliness: to ride rough-shod on your county men because you have the privilege of the protections of public office.

It is unruly of public office holders to capture the road on a hot, uncomfortable, tropical day, with sirens and a long convoy, and horse-whip people to the sideways, and travel freely while the rest must deal with congested traffic. It is unruly to shield political power holders behind the barricade of high walls inside government buildings, while the rest of Nigerians are left to the vagaries of crime. I think President Buhari must first, look inward.

As president, propriety demands that he be accompanied by no more than his police orderly in public, while the secret service organize his security with unseen and invisible agents, who mingle with the crowd, without harassing Nigerians with an overwhelming image of armed power. It is the image of overwhelming force, especially modeled by the military that has created the psychological crisis that has reduced Nigerians to its current social miasma. Nigerians, subjected to force rather than governance, since 1966, are suffering from the trauma of social violence, and are reproducing that violence. They know nothing else but the unruliness modeled by the makers of the public system: the government, and political leadership. It will not do merely to preach order, curtsey in society, when the conditions in which Nigerians live make it possible.

If there was a well-organized public transport system, Nigerians would have no need to “rush.” But in a city like Lagos, with a population over fifteen million, to have only one means of moving that population is madness in itself. It is nightmarish, and the social pressure of moving about in Lagos which ought to, like cities even half its size, have an underground system, a surface metro system, a water transport system, as well as well-kept roads that do not clog up movement, makes courtesy difficult, and unruliness only a means of survival.

A man who has no access to clean public toilets, must defecate, and if he cannot find any will be forced to the indignity of relieving himself in public. To prevent that, it is incumbent on governments to provide clean public toilets in strategic places, to prevent such unruliness. The government itself must model the meaning of courtesy, by treating the public with the highest respect in public.

A government officer, like a policeman or soldier or tax collector, who harasses any member of the public is modeling unruliness; a government who keeps armed soldiers and police on the highways and streets where they harass Nigerians, is an unruly administration, and will reproduce an unruly nation.

A government that offers, not work, but whips to Nigerians, will create the kind of social pressure that will make civilized conduct impossible. So, President Buhari should for a moment, get off the back of Nigerians. Nigerians did not elect him merely to preach, they elected him to act. So, to make Nigerians more courteous, the government should begin a work program, strengthen internal regulations and enforcement codes in the public service, provide public infrastructure, enough to make an aggressive search for it redundant. That will reduce the kind of social pressures that make Nigerians unruly.

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Nigerian Army Officials In Contradictory Claims To Cover Up Battle With Boko Haram That Left Several Soldiers Missing

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In their attempt to cover up the setback suffered by its troops in a recent battle with the extremist Boko Haram sect and discredit PREMIUM TIMES exclusive report on the matter, senior officials of the Nigerian Army have made at least four contradictory statements in the last 24 hours.

Nigerian Army spokesman, Colonel SK Usman

PREMIUM TIMES had exclusively and authoritatively reported that at least 105 soldiers attached to the 157 battalion went missing after they came under intense attack from Boko Haram insurgents in Gudunbali, Borno State, on Wednesday morning,

Reliable military insiders also told this newspaper that the terrorists captured a T-72 tank as well as several artillery weapons from the unit.

When PREMIUM TIMES contacted the spokesperson of the army, Sani Usman, before the story was published, he directed us to forward our enquiries to officials of 7 Division in Maiduguri.

However, the spokesperson of the 7 Division, Tukur Gusau, a colonel, also declined to comment on the matter saying the commander of the division would address a press conference on the issue later on Thursday and that it was improper for him to pre-empt his commanding officer.

However, after our story ran, Mr. Usman called our reporter to officially confirm that the attack indeed took place as reported.

“I want to confirm the incidence at Gudunbali but the details you provided were not correct. “The unit attacked is within the area of responsibility of the MNJTF and troops are now organising to counteract the attack,” he said.

However, he did not give contrary details of the attack to counter PREMIUM TIMES account of the incident. He merely added that the theatre of command would provide details during a press conference in Maiduguri later on Thursday.

During that press briefing, attended by our reporter in Maiduguri, the commander of 7 Division, Yushau Abubakar, also admitted that the troops were involved in a major clash with the insurgents. He further stated that several causalities were recorded on both sides.

“Our troops were attacked in Gudumbali where we dislodged the Boko Haram there. We had an attack and we are sorting it out. But I have not heard anything relating to what is being reported in the media, he said.

He however became evasive when pressed further for details of the attack by journalists.

“I have spoken with the CO (commanding officer) there even this morning and I have not heard anything of such from him. Yes, we went to Gudumbali and we were attacked and we repelled them and we are currently sorting out the situation. In war anything can happen and the operation is ongoing.”

However, later on Thursday evening, the military issued a statement describing the report of the attack as a product of “the imagination of those sympathetic to Boko Haram ways of life.”

“The attention of the Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole was drawn to an online media publication saying troops of 157 Task Force Battalion were overran by the Boko Haram terrorists in Guzamala axis of Borno state and that several personnel were killed and several others cannot be accounted for including the Commanding Officer of the Unit, the statement signed by Mr. Gusau read.

At no point in our two reports on the matter did PREMIUM TIMES say the soldiers were killed. We merely reported that they were missing.

“The Theatre Command wants to state clearly that the story is a fabrication from the imagination of those sympathetic to Boko Haram ways of life.

“Although the location of 157 Battalion was attacked last Wednesday and was subsequently repelled by the gallant troops of the Unit, the Commanding Officer of the Unit is in contact with his Brigade Commander.

“However, the unit suffered some casualties which is normal in military operations. The affected personnel sustained minor injuries but no gunshot wound was sustained by the troops.

“The number of casualty and equipment lost as being circulated is not correct. The situation was unnecessarily blown beyond proportion to give terrorists the type of propaganda they desired,” he stated.

Also later on Thursday night, Mr. Usman, circulated another statement, describing the incident in Gudunbali as a “slight setback”.

“The situation is being stabilised,” he said. “The troops have rejoined their unit for further action. The earlier media reports were exaggerated. The CO is right now with his soldiers. It is just a minor setback and such are common in military operations,” he said.

However, in all its comments on the incident, the military failed to say whether soldiers went missing at any point during the operation or not.

PREMIUM TIMES Managing Editor, Musikilu Mojeed, said Friday morning that his paper was standing by its story.

“We are not surprised by the army’s desperate attempt to confuse Nigerians,” Mr. Mojeed said.

“We understand they were shocked that we got to know about the incident. We stand by our story, and we will provide further details as necessary.”

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Bonny PDP member goes berserk, destroys non-indigenes’ APC secretariat, property

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The Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has received the sad report of the destruction of the secretariat of APC non-indigenes in Bonny located on Hospital Road, Bonny by one Mr. Asinyetogha Jumbo a.k.a Oboaja, who is also the landlord of the said property legally rented by the occupants.

According to the report lodged with the State Secretariat of the APC in Port Harcourt Monday, trouble started after Mr. Asinyetogha Jumbo, a staunch member of the PDP in Bonny after the inauguration of the Bonny CTC over the weekend. Straight from the event, he went and attacked and destroyed the billboards, flags and other signage of the APC around the secretariat that serves as APC non-indigenes’ Secretariat in Bonny.

The landlord then descended on the secretariat, defacing and destroying parts of the secretariat beyond use. All attempts by eyewitnesses to restrain the assailant reportedly proved abortive.

The tenants were eventually forced to report the matter to the Bonny Divisional Police who reportedly arrested Mr. Jumbo. However, the APC later learnt that the culprit was released by the Police under hazy circumstances that have left the complainants asking many questions than they are getting answers.

If the landlord wanted to eject the tenants from the building, we believe that there are laid down course of actions clearly outlined by law for the landlord to follow and not take the law into his miserable hands. We are surprised that Mr. Jumbo, a PDP member is still in the past and does not know that the pernicious days of impunity and resort to brutish might are over. It seems to be lost on him that change is here.

Therefore, the APC urges the Rivers State Commissioner of Police to urgently and vigorously intervene in the matter and ensure that Mr. Asinyetogha Jumbo is immediately arrested and prosecuted. The APC would like to count on the resolve of CP Musa Kimo to nip violence and criminality in the bud and, in this case, personally get the Bonny Divisional Police office to do the needful by making Mr. Jumbo face the law without delay to forestall our members from the temptation and lure of self-help.

Chris Finebone

State Publicity Secretary

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