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REVEALED: Igboho Injured, chained and crying like baby in Benin prison - Source

REVEALED: Igboho Injured, chained and crying like baby in Benin prison - Source

By Dansu Peter 

The Yorùbá nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho was reportedly crying like a baby and chained like a common criminal in the Benin Republic prison where he is being held, his lead counsel claimed in a report according to Punch Newspaper. 

The freedom fighter was arrested with his wife while escaping through the small west African nation to Germany. 

The lead counsel described as inhuman the treatment his client was being subjected to in the custody of the police in Benin Republic.

According to Punch Newspaper, the counsel, Chief Yomi Alliyu ( SAN) said this while speaking with one of its correspondents on Tuesday night.

He said his wife, Ropo, who was arrested together with Igboho was also kept in a separate cell by the police in the neighbouring country.

They chained him in the cell where they put him in Cotonou. There was a fracas at the airport yesterday when he was arrested. They hit him in the hand and that same hand was handcuffed, he is in pains and he was weeping like a child when I called, I heard him.

The wife too was put in a separate cell but they didn’t chain the wife. He was crying, the wife was crying too cease he was writhing in pains seriously. We only pray they don’t pay anybody to kill him.  You don’t out somebody in cell and still chain the person.

You know he sustained injury and they didn’t take him to hospital for treatment. We heard that he is appearing in court tomorrow but I don’t know whether that will carry it out.”
By Dansu Peter 

The Yorùbá nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho was reportedly crying like a baby and chained like a common criminal in the Benin Republic prison where he is being held, his lead counsel claimed in a report according to Punch Newspaper. 

The freedom fighter was arrested with his wife while escaping through the small west African nation to Germany. 

The lead counsel described as inhuman the treatment his client was being subjected to in the custody of the police in Benin Republic.

According to Punch Newspaper, the counsel, Chief Yomi Alliyu ( SAN) said this while speaking with one of its correspondents on Tuesday night.

He said his wife, Ropo, who was arrested together with Igboho was also kept in a separate cell by the police in the neighbouring country.

They chained him in the cell where they put him in Cotonou. There was a fracas at the airport yesterday when he was arrested. They hit him in the hand and that same hand was handcuffed, he is in pains and he was weeping like a child when I called, I heard him.

The wife too was put in a separate cell but they didn’t chain the wife. He was crying, the wife was crying too cease he was writhing in pains seriously. We only pray they don’t pay anybody to kill him.  You don’t out somebody in cell and still chain the person.

You know he sustained injury and they didn’t take him to hospital for treatment. We heard that he is appearing in court tomorrow but I don’t know whether that will carry it out.”

North-East Vanguard aims to distract NEDC, Alkali with alleged corruption scandal - CSOs

North-East Vanguard aims to distract NEDC, Alkali with alleged corruption scandal - CSOs

By Dansu Peter 

No fewer than 10 civil society groups have dismissed allegations of multi-billion Naira corruption scandal against the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) and its Managing Director, Alhaji Mohammed Goni Alkali. 

The CSOs, in a joint press statement co-signed by Comrade Lawrence Audu and Comrade Bassey Ukpong for the Good Governance and Advocacy Network (GGAN) on behalf of other groups, on Tuesday, said the North-East Vanguard and its cohorts aim to distract Alkali by peddling falsehood. 

According to the CSOs, the allegations of embezzlement of funds by the NEDC's MD was based on assumption, without a single strand of confirmable evidence. 

The statement noted that the North-East Vanguard has decided to ignore some of the achievements of the NEDC, including hundreds of projects under education, health, agriculture, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and other social infrastructures. 

The groups also recalled how the commission partnered the Borno State Government and others in the region under the Rapid Response Intervention (RRI) programme to address the challenge of damaged infrastructure and other facilities. 


The statement further rubbished alleged nepotism in employment levelled against the MD, noting the NEDC Governing Board has all the six geo-political zones represented. 


The CSOs, however, advised NEV and their cohorts to do more research on NEDC's activities under Alkali and if possible visit the North-East to see for themselves. 

Read the full statement below:

Patriotic Nigerians from across the country and beyond have unceasingly drawn the attention of the leadership of the Good Governance Advocacy Network (GGAN) over the sabotaging activities of some mercantile and self-acclaimed society watch groups. These sponsored veiled demonic forces are still politicking with the security of lives,  and the ensuing peace in the Northeast region, where Boko Haram formerly occupied swathes of territories, especially in Borno state.     

The same emergency mercantilist groups are back with venomous attacks on whoever is responsible for bringing immediate reprieve to the war-torn, displaced and impoverished people of the region like the Hon. Minister, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiq Umar Farouk. It is also manifest in the sustained malicious propaganda on unsubstantiated and spurious allegations of embezzlement of public funds by the Managing Director, North East Development Commission (NEDC), Alhaji Mohammed Goni Alkali.

We are astonished at the level some Nigerians can stretch in the promotion of blatant chicanery and destructive campaigns targeted at certain public officials. It is wittingly crafted to distract these public servants from ensuring President Muhammadu Buhari does not take the obvious glory of defeating the insurgency in the region and rebuilding destroyed infrastructures. GGAN has realized that the NEDC boss is the latest victim of these hatchet civil groups.

In the inner fold of these ganged-conspirators against the FGN and its hardworking appointees in sensitive places, is another ambiguous NGO or some sort of advocates, by an innocuously fading identity of “North-East Vanguard (NEV).” By their watery outbursts in a recent public statement, NEV truly comprises vanguards, proponents and crusaders of falsehood against the NEDC boss, in the most disgraceful and de-estimating manner of their self-worth. 

How could sane leaders of a pressure group accuse a boss of a federal commission, with unbridled allegations of his embezzlement or diversion of multi-billion-naira funds of the commission without a single strand of confirmable evidence, but dangling fluid statements or assumptions or seeking the assistance of others to unearth the truth? It is tantamount to putting the cart before the horse and betrayal of their malicious agenda.

NEV’s only evidence was that when President Buhari last visited Borno state shortly after June 12 Democracy Day, none of NEDC’s projects was commissioned. But let’s ask ourselves, how many capital projects was Mr. President able to commission on the last visit to Borno from the bulk of 576 projects presented by Gov. Babagana Zulum? Just about seven! Was President Buhari in Borno to commission NEDC projects or who has told these misinformed and misdirected NEV leaders that NEDC never contributed a dime or partnered with the state in the completed projects in Borno. Is NEDC meant for Borno state alone or the Northeast region? What sort of lowly priced nitwits is NEV?  We shall soon add a syllabus to the acronym of “NEV” to read, NEV-ER, as nowhere the conduct of government business is aligned or espoused by their simplistic reliance on assumptions.    

The allegations bandied by NEV started resonating in the media in 2020. It's the same allegations, rejigged over and over. NEV has voiced nothing new on the tenure of the NEDC boss, Alh. Mohammed Goni Alkali. And contrary to the false claims by NEV, the inaugurated board of the North East Development Commission Education Endowment Fund (NEDC-EF) since August 7, 2020, has launched numerous interventionist programmes in the education sector beginning with the initial seed amount of N6billion same year and replenishable yearly in scholarships. It has targeted and is progressively reaching out to over 20,000 beneficiaries annually across the region, with an overall target of 150 beneficiaries on the template of access to academic and professional capacity development opportunities in diverse fields. This intervention has engaged over 5 000 bachelor’s degree, 336 masters and 54 doctorate degree candidates as well as training of teachers/civil servants.

The NEDC under Alhaji Alkali trains people of the region in skills and acquisition, provides starter packs to over 5 000 Information Communication Technology (ICT) trainees every year. It has empowered a whooping 5000 women and youths on entrepreneurship, and another 2000 others for vocational skills in each of the 1,028 wards in the Northeast. NEV will decline acknowledgement of these programmes because it is at variance with the deliberate agenda to diminish the gains of the NEDC in public space, by creating a deceptive impression of embezzlement.

Certainly, NEV officials who raised the unfounded alarm of alleged embezzlement of billions of naira budgeted for the NEDC have never set their foot anywhere in the Northeast for years. Or else, it is noticeable that some of the 576 projects displayed by Gov. Zulum during the Presidential visit in Borno, includes partnership with NEDC’s intervention initiatives on infrastructures under the Rapid Response Intervention (RRI) programme in addressing the challenge of damaged infrastructure and other facilities in 112 LGAs of the region. The NEDC aggressively executed 224 projects under education, health, agriculture, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and other social infrastructures in two years.

The relaxed silence of international organizations and other indigenous NGOs over the threat of massive famine and starvation in the insurgency ravaged region is because of NEDC’s active intervention through the Integrated Agriculture Programme (IAP). Through it, agricultural machinery and equipment, varieties of seedlings, fertilizers, agrochemicals and extension service logistics vehicles to enhance the production capacity of smallholder farmers in the region are provided. Nigerians must know, solving the problem of mass hunger in the region is not achievable within two years as envisaged by NEV, but a gradual process and the impact is commendable so far.

Therefore, it defeats sound logic for a faceless group that values, even its veiled identity or image to make sweeping allegations that the NEDC boss collects millions of naira monthly or yearly as salary or office impress. Its same pettiness which compels NEV to assume support operational vehicles NEDC donated to the Military and other security agencies in the region to enhance their security duties and duly approved by the NEDC Governing Board were inflated.

And most laughably, NEV accused the NEDC management led by Alhaji Mohammed Goni Alkali of nepotism in employment or is it “sourcing” for staff of the commission from MDAs by handpicking. But the NEDC Governing Board has all the six geo-political zones represented, in addition to other federal MDAs. It is unrealistic to think that all of the members are blind to Alkali’s “glaring” nepotism without raising an eyebrow.

Lastly, NEV and their cohorts should do more research and investigations on NEDC activities under Alkali. If the pressure group feels the House of Reps abandoned its probe of NEDC, there must be a reason. It's either they have found nothing worthwhile in the allegations or they are still investigating. But as usual, vilifiers like NEV would not like to speak about the glowing commendation of the Senate Committee on Special Duties, led by its chairman, Sen. Yusuf Abubakar on the Alkali-led NEDC management for its “outstanding performance” in humanitarian interventions in the region with these profound words, “…it is just one year, but it has performed tremendously well in the past year; especially in the area of humanitarian intervention.” The detractors can continue, but they won’t distract the focus of the NEDC boss from performance.
By Dansu Peter 

No fewer than 10 civil society groups have dismissed allegations of multi-billion Naira corruption scandal against the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) and its Managing Director, Alhaji Mohammed Goni Alkali. 

The CSOs, in a joint press statement co-signed by Comrade Lawrence Audu and Comrade Bassey Ukpong for the Good Governance and Advocacy Network (GGAN) on behalf of other groups, on Tuesday, said the North-East Vanguard and its cohorts aim to distract Alkali by peddling falsehood. 

According to the CSOs, the allegations of embezzlement of funds by the NEDC's MD was based on assumption, without a single strand of confirmable evidence. 

The statement noted that the North-East Vanguard has decided to ignore some of the achievements of the NEDC, including hundreds of projects under education, health, agriculture, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and other social infrastructures. 

The groups also recalled how the commission partnered the Borno State Government and others in the region under the Rapid Response Intervention (RRI) programme to address the challenge of damaged infrastructure and other facilities. 


The statement further rubbished alleged nepotism in employment levelled against the MD, noting the NEDC Governing Board has all the six geo-political zones represented. 


The CSOs, however, advised NEV and their cohorts to do more research on NEDC's activities under Alkali and if possible visit the North-East to see for themselves. 

Read the full statement below:

Patriotic Nigerians from across the country and beyond have unceasingly drawn the attention of the leadership of the Good Governance Advocacy Network (GGAN) over the sabotaging activities of some mercantile and self-acclaimed society watch groups. These sponsored veiled demonic forces are still politicking with the security of lives,  and the ensuing peace in the Northeast region, where Boko Haram formerly occupied swathes of territories, especially in Borno state.     

The same emergency mercantilist groups are back with venomous attacks on whoever is responsible for bringing immediate reprieve to the war-torn, displaced and impoverished people of the region like the Hon. Minister, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiq Umar Farouk. It is also manifest in the sustained malicious propaganda on unsubstantiated and spurious allegations of embezzlement of public funds by the Managing Director, North East Development Commission (NEDC), Alhaji Mohammed Goni Alkali.

We are astonished at the level some Nigerians can stretch in the promotion of blatant chicanery and destructive campaigns targeted at certain public officials. It is wittingly crafted to distract these public servants from ensuring President Muhammadu Buhari does not take the obvious glory of defeating the insurgency in the region and rebuilding destroyed infrastructures. GGAN has realized that the NEDC boss is the latest victim of these hatchet civil groups.

In the inner fold of these ganged-conspirators against the FGN and its hardworking appointees in sensitive places, is another ambiguous NGO or some sort of advocates, by an innocuously fading identity of “North-East Vanguard (NEV).” By their watery outbursts in a recent public statement, NEV truly comprises vanguards, proponents and crusaders of falsehood against the NEDC boss, in the most disgraceful and de-estimating manner of their self-worth. 

How could sane leaders of a pressure group accuse a boss of a federal commission, with unbridled allegations of his embezzlement or diversion of multi-billion-naira funds of the commission without a single strand of confirmable evidence, but dangling fluid statements or assumptions or seeking the assistance of others to unearth the truth? It is tantamount to putting the cart before the horse and betrayal of their malicious agenda.

NEV’s only evidence was that when President Buhari last visited Borno state shortly after June 12 Democracy Day, none of NEDC’s projects was commissioned. But let’s ask ourselves, how many capital projects was Mr. President able to commission on the last visit to Borno from the bulk of 576 projects presented by Gov. Babagana Zulum? Just about seven! Was President Buhari in Borno to commission NEDC projects or who has told these misinformed and misdirected NEV leaders that NEDC never contributed a dime or partnered with the state in the completed projects in Borno. Is NEDC meant for Borno state alone or the Northeast region? What sort of lowly priced nitwits is NEV?  We shall soon add a syllabus to the acronym of “NEV” to read, NEV-ER, as nowhere the conduct of government business is aligned or espoused by their simplistic reliance on assumptions.    

The allegations bandied by NEV started resonating in the media in 2020. It's the same allegations, rejigged over and over. NEV has voiced nothing new on the tenure of the NEDC boss, Alh. Mohammed Goni Alkali. And contrary to the false claims by NEV, the inaugurated board of the North East Development Commission Education Endowment Fund (NEDC-EF) since August 7, 2020, has launched numerous interventionist programmes in the education sector beginning with the initial seed amount of N6billion same year and replenishable yearly in scholarships. It has targeted and is progressively reaching out to over 20,000 beneficiaries annually across the region, with an overall target of 150 beneficiaries on the template of access to academic and professional capacity development opportunities in diverse fields. This intervention has engaged over 5 000 bachelor’s degree, 336 masters and 54 doctorate degree candidates as well as training of teachers/civil servants.

The NEDC under Alhaji Alkali trains people of the region in skills and acquisition, provides starter packs to over 5 000 Information Communication Technology (ICT) trainees every year. It has empowered a whooping 5000 women and youths on entrepreneurship, and another 2000 others for vocational skills in each of the 1,028 wards in the Northeast. NEV will decline acknowledgement of these programmes because it is at variance with the deliberate agenda to diminish the gains of the NEDC in public space, by creating a deceptive impression of embezzlement.

Certainly, NEV officials who raised the unfounded alarm of alleged embezzlement of billions of naira budgeted for the NEDC have never set their foot anywhere in the Northeast for years. Or else, it is noticeable that some of the 576 projects displayed by Gov. Zulum during the Presidential visit in Borno, includes partnership with NEDC’s intervention initiatives on infrastructures under the Rapid Response Intervention (RRI) programme in addressing the challenge of damaged infrastructure and other facilities in 112 LGAs of the region. The NEDC aggressively executed 224 projects under education, health, agriculture, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and other social infrastructures in two years.

The relaxed silence of international organizations and other indigenous NGOs over the threat of massive famine and starvation in the insurgency ravaged region is because of NEDC’s active intervention through the Integrated Agriculture Programme (IAP). Through it, agricultural machinery and equipment, varieties of seedlings, fertilizers, agrochemicals and extension service logistics vehicles to enhance the production capacity of smallholder farmers in the region are provided. Nigerians must know, solving the problem of mass hunger in the region is not achievable within two years as envisaged by NEV, but a gradual process and the impact is commendable so far.

Therefore, it defeats sound logic for a faceless group that values, even its veiled identity or image to make sweeping allegations that the NEDC boss collects millions of naira monthly or yearly as salary or office impress. Its same pettiness which compels NEV to assume support operational vehicles NEDC donated to the Military and other security agencies in the region to enhance their security duties and duly approved by the NEDC Governing Board were inflated.

And most laughably, NEV accused the NEDC management led by Alhaji Mohammed Goni Alkali of nepotism in employment or is it “sourcing” for staff of the commission from MDAs by handpicking. But the NEDC Governing Board has all the six geo-political zones represented, in addition to other federal MDAs. It is unrealistic to think that all of the members are blind to Alkali’s “glaring” nepotism without raising an eyebrow.

Lastly, NEV and their cohorts should do more research and investigations on NEDC activities under Alkali. If the pressure group feels the House of Reps abandoned its probe of NEDC, there must be a reason. It's either they have found nothing worthwhile in the allegations or they are still investigating. But as usual, vilifiers like NEV would not like to speak about the glowing commendation of the Senate Committee on Special Duties, led by its chairman, Sen. Yusuf Abubakar on the Alkali-led NEDC management for its “outstanding performance” in humanitarian interventions in the region with these profound words, “…it is just one year, but it has performed tremendously well in the past year; especially in the area of humanitarian intervention.” The detractors can continue, but they won’t distract the focus of the NEDC boss from performance.

JUST IN: Fugitive IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu Arrested

JUST IN: Fugitive IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu Arrested

The fugitive leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been arrested by the y Federal Government  of Nigeria. 

The Justice Minister and theAttorney-General of the Federation Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, made the disclosure to journalists on Tuesday. 

Malami revealed that Kanu was arrested and brought back to Nigeria on Sunday.

He said the arrest followed a collaborative effort between security agencies in Nigeria and the Interpol.

Malami further disclosed that Kanu would be taken before the Federal High Court in Abuja for continuation of his trial on charges bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, unlawful possession of firearms and management of an unlawful society.
The fugitive leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been arrested by the y Federal Government  of Nigeria. 

The Justice Minister and theAttorney-General of the Federation Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, made the disclosure to journalists on Tuesday. 

Malami revealed that Kanu was arrested and brought back to Nigeria on Sunday.

He said the arrest followed a collaborative effort between security agencies in Nigeria and the Interpol.

Malami further disclosed that Kanu would be taken before the Federal High Court in Abuja for continuation of his trial on charges bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, unlawful possession of firearms and management of an unlawful society.

Andy Uba Threatens N5b Lawsuit Against Heritage Bank Over Staff's Protest At Residence

Andy Uba Threatens N5b Lawsuit Against Heritage Bank Over Staff's Protest At Residence

By Dansu Peter 

The governorship aspirant under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra state, Senator Andy Uba, has threatened lawsuit against Heritage Bank over trending video of protesting of the bank at the entrance of his residence.

About three days ago, some staff of the bank, while on a loan recovery drive protested at the gate ofbtge senator, asking him to come to the bank and repay his loan.

The protest by the bank staff trended and went viral on the social media.

In a letter dated June 23, 2021 and signed by his lawyer, Mr. Ahmed Raji, SAN, Senator Uba said the actions of the bank staff have exposed him to ridicule, shame and embarrassment.

He asked the bank to tender unreserved apology in five national dailies and N5billion damages.

Part of the letter reads, ''Our client's attention has been drawn to a video currently being shared on WhatsApp, showing not less than 25 [twenty-five] staff of the Abuja branch of Heritage Bank Plc., wearing customized Heritage Bank Plc., T-shirts; carrying placards and signages with defamatory inscriptions written on them, at the front gate of the residential premises of our client, in Asokoro Abuja. The said video which we have seen, had a voice over by one of your bank's staff with the following narration:

''"Good morning ladies and gentlemen, today is Monday the 21 st day of June 2001, and we have here the staff of Heritage Bank Plc., Abuja. We are in front of Senator Andy Uba's house in Abuja. Senator Andy Uba has been owing the bank for a couple of years now and we are here for a peaceful meeting with him, very peaceful meeting to ask him to kindly repay those loans because those are depositors fund and those monies, if they are not repaid will throw the number of people you see here with their families out of work and we know the situation of the economy now. 

 ''Despite your veiled denial, the deliberateness of your staffs' action is founded and the intent, to wit: - bring our client to publicobrobrium shame ridicule scorn etc. is glaring for all to see.

''This is more so, as you deliberately picked the rather inauspicious period immediately preceding the forthcoming gubernatorial primary election of the All Progressives Congress [APC] for Anambra State slated for the 26th of June 2021, wherein our client is the leading candidate to clinch his Party's ticket, to stage this smear campaign against him.

''Surely, the damage occasioned to our client by your calculated but ill-advised action is unquantifiable. However, our client will be assuaged if a public apology, unreserved, is tendered by you and published in at least 5 [five] national daily newspapers within a day of receipt of this letter and payment 
[Five Billion Naira] in damages. 

''If not, we have our client's further instructions to seek redress against you in a court of law for the same. Kindly be advised.

''We do hope that you will take benefit of the olive branch offered in this letter; the gamble, otherwise, is yours to suffer'', he said. 
By Dansu Peter 

The governorship aspirant under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra state, Senator Andy Uba, has threatened lawsuit against Heritage Bank over trending video of protesting of the bank at the entrance of his residence.

About three days ago, some staff of the bank, while on a loan recovery drive protested at the gate ofbtge senator, asking him to come to the bank and repay his loan.

The protest by the bank staff trended and went viral on the social media.

In a letter dated June 23, 2021 and signed by his lawyer, Mr. Ahmed Raji, SAN, Senator Uba said the actions of the bank staff have exposed him to ridicule, shame and embarrassment.

He asked the bank to tender unreserved apology in five national dailies and N5billion damages.

Part of the letter reads, ''Our client's attention has been drawn to a video currently being shared on WhatsApp, showing not less than 25 [twenty-five] staff of the Abuja branch of Heritage Bank Plc., wearing customized Heritage Bank Plc., T-shirts; carrying placards and signages with defamatory inscriptions written on them, at the front gate of the residential premises of our client, in Asokoro Abuja. The said video which we have seen, had a voice over by one of your bank's staff with the following narration:

''"Good morning ladies and gentlemen, today is Monday the 21 st day of June 2001, and we have here the staff of Heritage Bank Plc., Abuja. We are in front of Senator Andy Uba's house in Abuja. Senator Andy Uba has been owing the bank for a couple of years now and we are here for a peaceful meeting with him, very peaceful meeting to ask him to kindly repay those loans because those are depositors fund and those monies, if they are not repaid will throw the number of people you see here with their families out of work and we know the situation of the economy now. 

 ''Despite your veiled denial, the deliberateness of your staffs' action is founded and the intent, to wit: - bring our client to publicobrobrium shame ridicule scorn etc. is glaring for all to see.

''This is more so, as you deliberately picked the rather inauspicious period immediately preceding the forthcoming gubernatorial primary election of the All Progressives Congress [APC] for Anambra State slated for the 26th of June 2021, wherein our client is the leading candidate to clinch his Party's ticket, to stage this smear campaign against him.

''Surely, the damage occasioned to our client by your calculated but ill-advised action is unquantifiable. However, our client will be assuaged if a public apology, unreserved, is tendered by you and published in at least 5 [five] national daily newspapers within a day of receipt of this letter and payment 
[Five Billion Naira] in damages. 

''If not, we have our client's further instructions to seek redress against you in a court of law for the same. Kindly be advised.

''We do hope that you will take benefit of the olive branch offered in this letter; the gamble, otherwise, is yours to suffer'', he said. 

Monguno, cronies’ threats to EFCC chairman’s life totally unacceptable, should be investigated

Monguno, cronies’ threats to EFCC chairman’s life totally unacceptable, should be investigated

By News Proof 

The Coalition of Patriots for Emancipation and Change (CPEC) has called on relevant authorities to investigate the alleged threats on the life of Abdulrasheed Bawa, the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). 
 
The group made this known at a press conference on Monday in Lagos. 

Recall that Bawa had alleged that he has been receiving death threats since he became the chairman of the anti-corruption agency.

CPEC's president, Patriot Sunday Adelabu, speaking on behalf of the group, said National Security Adviser, Babagana Mungono and his allies are behind these threats over reports of corruption and money laundering  

According to Adelabu, threats to the EFCC boss is equivalent to a threat to the nation. 

CPEC said it is disturbed by the silence of the government to the “concerned development,” which it said smacks of an attempt to shield corrupt officials within its system.

Reacting to the missing $1billion fund on arms procurement, the group said Monguno is a set back to this government and also a bomb which can self-detonate at any time, killing lots of innocent personalities. 

The group said the EFCC boss and his subordinates must be given the best protection humanly possible to ensure that no harm is exacted on them. 

Adelabu said the threats to Bawa’s life issued by certain reprobates are an act to deter the EFCC boss from exposing their corrupt deeds. 
 
The group, therefore, called on "Monguno to come out and defend himself if he believes he is innocent, and if he is not, his immediate resignation should be tendered quickly and he must hand himself up to the appropriatee authorities". 

CPEC also urged the EFCC chairman to go public and expose the names of those threatening him as well as issues of corruption those individuals are involved in.

It, however, expressed support for Bawa's campaign against corruption, noting that he has added freshness and zeal in carrying out his duties without fear. 

Read full statement below:

The leadership of The Coalition of  Patriots for Emancipation and Change (CPEC) is urging the president not to overlook the disturbing outcry made by the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, who has been receiving death threats in the course of his duty.

The EFCC boss since taking over has diligently led the anti-graft agency in fishing out individuals who have used their offices as their playground for corruption and money laundering. One of such offices that was recently being looked into was the office of the NSA which is held by Babagana Mungono. After the probe into the office of the NSA, Mungono condescended to threatening the EFCC boss’s life. This is unacceptable at all standards as a threat to the EFCC boss is equivalent to a threat to our dear Nation. The issuance of threats to heads of certain agencies in the country has been an old old tool used by many others in the past to deter such heads of agencies from probing into certain allegations.

This is a man that has been upholding the vision of Mr President in fighting corruption, and saving this great Nation by foiling many incessant corrupt practices and money laundering moves that were mostly aimed at funding terrorism and banditry.

We appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari's dedication to tackling corruption in the country. In all his wisdom, PMB appointed a young resilient man to spearhead the fight against corruption. Under his administration, no one is spared from probes and investigations no matter your office and portfolio and this is what angers Monguno the most.

Owing to the fact that Bawa broke the nefarious grand corrupt activities done through real estate, in which 90 to 100% of the resources are being laundered through it. The evil perpetrators have now resolved to eliminating him, so that they can draining our dear country of Her resources.

CPEC is disturbed by the silence of the government to the “Concerned development,” which it said smacks of an attempt to shield corrupt officials within its system.

We all remember that Mr. Bawa’s appointment back in February of this year was greeted with a lot of criticisms, but the new boss has since proven his critics wrong and has carried out his duties with such vigor and voraciousness that corrupt high profile individuals such as Monguno amd his cronies have become very frightened.

One of the offices that has been highlighted for being ridden with corruption is the office of the NSA which is headed by Monguno. This is the very reason the EFCC boss decided to investigate into the office. 

It is very unfortunate that The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, believed to be one of the high-profile Nigerians who we expect to be the fore-leading patriots of this country has been the one threatening the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa.

Due to many proven allegations of corruptible practices on Monguno and his cronies, he has proven to be a decay in the body of this system of Government.

The missing $1billion fund on arms procurement.

Forfeiture order of many listed properties linked to a former Director of Finance in the Office of the NSA, Brigadier-General Jafaru Mohammed who has always carry out many errands on behalf of Monguno.

We are convinced that his actions along with his cronies are connected to the wider probe into the finances of the Office of the NSA by the EFCC.
Monguno is a set back to this government and also a bomb which can self-detonate at any time, killing lots of innocent personalities, let alone the vast number of citizens that would be affected from its aftereffects.

It is obvious that there are several bones in Monguno's closet as he hasn’t as much as said anything regarding this delicate matter.  We can only treat his silence as him being guilty of actually threatening the EFCC boss. His silence is totally unacceptable. We demand a statement from him regarding the matter.

We call on Monguno to come out and defend himself if he believes he is innocent, and if he is not, his immediate resignation should be tendered quickly and he must hand himself up to the appropriate authorities. If Monguno believes he isn't guilty, then he should let the EFCC do its job without any interference. 

The Coalition of Patriots for Emancipation and Change calls on the EFCC chairman to go public and expose the names of those threatening him as well as issues of corruption those individuals are involved in.

The EFCC is the most vital cornerstone of the country which ensures that corruption does not completely eat away at the heart of the heart of the Nation's economy. In lieu of this, the EFCC boss and his subordinates must be given the best protection humanly possible to ensure that no harm is exacted on them.

We are totally in support of Abdulrasheed Bawa's campaign against corruption in Nigeria. We highly appreciate his freshness and zeal in carrying out his duties without fear. We encourage him to carry on his patriotic duties without fear for the betterment of our great nation.

These threats to Abdulrasheed Bawa’s life issued by certain reprobates are an act to deter the EFCC boss from exposing their corrupt deeds. These threats must not be taken lightly and all those who issued such threats must be thoroughly investigated and brought to book.

In this case, "Delay would be a great denial, and further delay would lead to massive destruction." We are not ready to mourn another good man in this country. CPEC demands an immediate investigation into these revelations as such threats on the life of the EFCC chairman cannot be glossed over,”  
We the members of the CPEC hereby call on the National Assembly and other relevant agencies to investigate this matter. We also call on Mr. President to institute immediate investigation into the allegations and ensure that no harm is brought upon Mr. Bawa whose only crime is his fight against corruption. Mr. President should make a good example of Monguno to remind everyone that no one is above the law and no one can get away with corruption under the present administration.
By News Proof 

The Coalition of Patriots for Emancipation and Change (CPEC) has called on relevant authorities to investigate the alleged threats on the life of Abdulrasheed Bawa, the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). 
 
The group made this known at a press conference on Monday in Lagos. 

Recall that Bawa had alleged that he has been receiving death threats since he became the chairman of the anti-corruption agency.

CPEC's president, Patriot Sunday Adelabu, speaking on behalf of the group, said National Security Adviser, Babagana Mungono and his allies are behind these threats over reports of corruption and money laundering  

According to Adelabu, threats to the EFCC boss is equivalent to a threat to the nation. 

CPEC said it is disturbed by the silence of the government to the “concerned development,” which it said smacks of an attempt to shield corrupt officials within its system.

Reacting to the missing $1billion fund on arms procurement, the group said Monguno is a set back to this government and also a bomb which can self-detonate at any time, killing lots of innocent personalities. 

The group said the EFCC boss and his subordinates must be given the best protection humanly possible to ensure that no harm is exacted on them. 

Adelabu said the threats to Bawa’s life issued by certain reprobates are an act to deter the EFCC boss from exposing their corrupt deeds. 
 
The group, therefore, called on "Monguno to come out and defend himself if he believes he is innocent, and if he is not, his immediate resignation should be tendered quickly and he must hand himself up to the appropriatee authorities". 

CPEC also urged the EFCC chairman to go public and expose the names of those threatening him as well as issues of corruption those individuals are involved in.

It, however, expressed support for Bawa's campaign against corruption, noting that he has added freshness and zeal in carrying out his duties without fear. 

Read full statement below:

The leadership of The Coalition of  Patriots for Emancipation and Change (CPEC) is urging the president not to overlook the disturbing outcry made by the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, who has been receiving death threats in the course of his duty.

The EFCC boss since taking over has diligently led the anti-graft agency in fishing out individuals who have used their offices as their playground for corruption and money laundering. One of such offices that was recently being looked into was the office of the NSA which is held by Babagana Mungono. After the probe into the office of the NSA, Mungono condescended to threatening the EFCC boss’s life. This is unacceptable at all standards as a threat to the EFCC boss is equivalent to a threat to our dear Nation. The issuance of threats to heads of certain agencies in the country has been an old old tool used by many others in the past to deter such heads of agencies from probing into certain allegations.

This is a man that has been upholding the vision of Mr President in fighting corruption, and saving this great Nation by foiling many incessant corrupt practices and money laundering moves that were mostly aimed at funding terrorism and banditry.

We appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari's dedication to tackling corruption in the country. In all his wisdom, PMB appointed a young resilient man to spearhead the fight against corruption. Under his administration, no one is spared from probes and investigations no matter your office and portfolio and this is what angers Monguno the most.

Owing to the fact that Bawa broke the nefarious grand corrupt activities done through real estate, in which 90 to 100% of the resources are being laundered through it. The evil perpetrators have now resolved to eliminating him, so that they can draining our dear country of Her resources.

CPEC is disturbed by the silence of the government to the “Concerned development,” which it said smacks of an attempt to shield corrupt officials within its system.

We all remember that Mr. Bawa’s appointment back in February of this year was greeted with a lot of criticisms, but the new boss has since proven his critics wrong and has carried out his duties with such vigor and voraciousness that corrupt high profile individuals such as Monguno amd his cronies have become very frightened.

One of the offices that has been highlighted for being ridden with corruption is the office of the NSA which is headed by Monguno. This is the very reason the EFCC boss decided to investigate into the office. 

It is very unfortunate that The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, believed to be one of the high-profile Nigerians who we expect to be the fore-leading patriots of this country has been the one threatening the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa.

Due to many proven allegations of corruptible practices on Monguno and his cronies, he has proven to be a decay in the body of this system of Government.

The missing $1billion fund on arms procurement.

Forfeiture order of many listed properties linked to a former Director of Finance in the Office of the NSA, Brigadier-General Jafaru Mohammed who has always carry out many errands on behalf of Monguno.

We are convinced that his actions along with his cronies are connected to the wider probe into the finances of the Office of the NSA by the EFCC.
Monguno is a set back to this government and also a bomb which can self-detonate at any time, killing lots of innocent personalities, let alone the vast number of citizens that would be affected from its aftereffects.

It is obvious that there are several bones in Monguno's closet as he hasn’t as much as said anything regarding this delicate matter.  We can only treat his silence as him being guilty of actually threatening the EFCC boss. His silence is totally unacceptable. We demand a statement from him regarding the matter.

We call on Monguno to come out and defend himself if he believes he is innocent, and if he is not, his immediate resignation should be tendered quickly and he must hand himself up to the appropriate authorities. If Monguno believes he isn't guilty, then he should let the EFCC do its job without any interference. 

The Coalition of Patriots for Emancipation and Change calls on the EFCC chairman to go public and expose the names of those threatening him as well as issues of corruption those individuals are involved in.

The EFCC is the most vital cornerstone of the country which ensures that corruption does not completely eat away at the heart of the heart of the Nation's economy. In lieu of this, the EFCC boss and his subordinates must be given the best protection humanly possible to ensure that no harm is exacted on them.

We are totally in support of Abdulrasheed Bawa's campaign against corruption in Nigeria. We highly appreciate his freshness and zeal in carrying out his duties without fear. We encourage him to carry on his patriotic duties without fear for the betterment of our great nation.

These threats to Abdulrasheed Bawa’s life issued by certain reprobates are an act to deter the EFCC boss from exposing their corrupt deeds. These threats must not be taken lightly and all those who issued such threats must be thoroughly investigated and brought to book.

In this case, "Delay would be a great denial, and further delay would lead to massive destruction." We are not ready to mourn another good man in this country. CPEC demands an immediate investigation into these revelations as such threats on the life of the EFCC chairman cannot be glossed over,”  
We the members of the CPEC hereby call on the National Assembly and other relevant agencies to investigate this matter. We also call on Mr. President to institute immediate investigation into the allegations and ensure that no harm is brought upon Mr. Bawa whose only crime is his fight against corruption. Mr. President should make a good example of Monguno to remind everyone that no one is above the law and no one can get away with corruption under the present administration.

Group Accuses NLNG MD, Others Of Denying Indigenous Companies Oil Field Licences

Group Accuses NLNG MD, Others Of Denying Indigenous Companies Oil Field Licences

By Dansu Peter 

Kick Out Corruption Initiative (KOCI), a civil society organisation has accused the Managing Director of Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG, Mr Tony Attah and very senior staff of the organisation of denying indigenous companies of oil filed licences.

According to KOCI, Mr Attah and others contravenes the provisions of Section 3 of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act No. 2 of 2010.

According to Chief Isaac Ikpa, Director of Publicity of KOCI, the said Section 3 makes it compulsory for NLNG and its leadership to give Nigerian independent operators first consideration in the award of oil blocks, oil field licenses, oil and gas lifting licenses and in all projects for which contract is to be awarded in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.
 
Others accused of contravening the provision of the Act are Mr. Tony Attah acting in connivance with Mr. Ufuoma Otomewo (General Manager Commercial) and Mr. Patrick Olinma (Former General Manager Commercial and Current Director NLNG).

They were said to have considered foreign companies for Sales and Purchase Agreements (SPAs) contract with Gunvor Group Ltd, Trafigura Group Ltd, Royal Dutch Shell, Vitol SA, Totsa, Glencore Plc and Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited amongst other multinational companies for purposes of lifting Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in Nigeria ahead of indigenous company.

Chief Ikpa said already, a suit has been instituted at a Federal High Court in Abuja, by Global Private Investigators Ltd based in the United Kingdom and Global Integrity Crusade Network (GICN) an indigenous anti-corruption cum justice sector civil society organization on 30th March, 2021 seeking various reliefs against NLNG and three other defendants.

Defendants in the suit are Nigeria LNG Limited, Mr Tony Attah, (Managing Director, Nigeria LNG Limited, Mr. Ufuoma Otomewo (General Manager Commercial), Mr Patrick Olinma (Former General Manager Commercial And Current Director NLNG 

Chief Ikpa said in the suit, the plaintiffs are seeking the implementation of Section 3 of the Act and N5billion damages.

He said, ''From the Originating Summons marked FHC/ABJ/CS/412/2021 and obtained by KOCI, it is clear that the Plaintiffs want the Honourable Court to, amongst other things, declare that the failure of Mr. Tony Attah being the Managing Director of NLNG to adhere to the provisions of Section 3 of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act No. 2 of 2010 amount to abdication of his duty. The suit also seeks to restrain the Defendants from entering into new contracts with Gunvor Group Ltd, Trafigura Group Ltd, Royal Dutch Shell, Vitol SA, Totsa, Glencore Plc and Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited for the lifting of LNG in Nigeria considering their prosecution, conviction and acceptance of various criminal activities in the United States of America and other countries where they operated before moving into Nigeria. 

''The Plaintiffs are equally urging the Honourable Court to direct the Defendants to enforce Section 3 of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act No. 2 of 2010, so that all qualified Nigerian independent operators can participate and bid for contracts relating to the lifting of LNG. The sum of N5,000,000,000 (Five Billion Naira) is particularly claimed against NLNG and Mr. Tony Attah as exemplary damages for entering into contracts with the above mentioned multinational companies without first carrying out due diligence to ascertain their criminal records. We can confirm that parties have been served with the Originating Summons and other accompanying processes in the suit which is pending before Honourable Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court No. 6 Abuja and fixed for hearing on 20th July, 2021. KOCI will accordingly mobilize its members across Nigeria to attend the court sitting in solidarity with the Plaintiffs and we beg the Media Practitioners here present to join us.''
By Dansu Peter 

Kick Out Corruption Initiative (KOCI), a civil society organisation has accused the Managing Director of Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG, Mr Tony Attah and very senior staff of the organisation of denying indigenous companies of oil filed licences.

According to KOCI, Mr Attah and others contravenes the provisions of Section 3 of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act No. 2 of 2010.

According to Chief Isaac Ikpa, Director of Publicity of KOCI, the said Section 3 makes it compulsory for NLNG and its leadership to give Nigerian independent operators first consideration in the award of oil blocks, oil field licenses, oil and gas lifting licenses and in all projects for which contract is to be awarded in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.
 
Others accused of contravening the provision of the Act are Mr. Tony Attah acting in connivance with Mr. Ufuoma Otomewo (General Manager Commercial) and Mr. Patrick Olinma (Former General Manager Commercial and Current Director NLNG).

They were said to have considered foreign companies for Sales and Purchase Agreements (SPAs) contract with Gunvor Group Ltd, Trafigura Group Ltd, Royal Dutch Shell, Vitol SA, Totsa, Glencore Plc and Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited amongst other multinational companies for purposes of lifting Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in Nigeria ahead of indigenous company.

Chief Ikpa said already, a suit has been instituted at a Federal High Court in Abuja, by Global Private Investigators Ltd based in the United Kingdom and Global Integrity Crusade Network (GICN) an indigenous anti-corruption cum justice sector civil society organization on 30th March, 2021 seeking various reliefs against NLNG and three other defendants.

Defendants in the suit are Nigeria LNG Limited, Mr Tony Attah, (Managing Director, Nigeria LNG Limited, Mr. Ufuoma Otomewo (General Manager Commercial), Mr Patrick Olinma (Former General Manager Commercial And Current Director NLNG 

Chief Ikpa said in the suit, the plaintiffs are seeking the implementation of Section 3 of the Act and N5billion damages.

He said, ''From the Originating Summons marked FHC/ABJ/CS/412/2021 and obtained by KOCI, it is clear that the Plaintiffs want the Honourable Court to, amongst other things, declare that the failure of Mr. Tony Attah being the Managing Director of NLNG to adhere to the provisions of Section 3 of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act No. 2 of 2010 amount to abdication of his duty. The suit also seeks to restrain the Defendants from entering into new contracts with Gunvor Group Ltd, Trafigura Group Ltd, Royal Dutch Shell, Vitol SA, Totsa, Glencore Plc and Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited for the lifting of LNG in Nigeria considering their prosecution, conviction and acceptance of various criminal activities in the United States of America and other countries where they operated before moving into Nigeria. 

''The Plaintiffs are equally urging the Honourable Court to direct the Defendants to enforce Section 3 of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act No. 2 of 2010, so that all qualified Nigerian independent operators can participate and bid for contracts relating to the lifting of LNG. The sum of N5,000,000,000 (Five Billion Naira) is particularly claimed against NLNG and Mr. Tony Attah as exemplary damages for entering into contracts with the above mentioned multinational companies without first carrying out due diligence to ascertain their criminal records. We can confirm that parties have been served with the Originating Summons and other accompanying processes in the suit which is pending before Honourable Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court No. 6 Abuja and fixed for hearing on 20th July, 2021. KOCI will accordingly mobilize its members across Nigeria to attend the court sitting in solidarity with the Plaintiffs and we beg the Media Practitioners here present to join us.''

Re- 1,500 Christian Killed in 6 Months in Nigeria

Re- 1,500 Christian Killed in 6 Months in Nigeria

By Ernest Adadu  

While taking a vivid look at the article being published on the spiteful statements made by the immediate past United States Secretary of State and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency , Mike Pompeo, all I saw was nothing but a tool (Pompeo) that is craving for relevance, and being used by the news agency to propagate pernicious propaganda aimed at the heart of Nigeria's unity  by creating extreme religious bigotry among the peaceful citizens, and to also disrupt President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

The article written by Mike Pompeo on the 10th of June is nothing but a tool aimed at breeding discord and blindly criticizing the patriotic leaders of our dear country Nigeria. It is nothing but false political propaganda created to serve no good deed.

He stated that at least 1,500 Christians have been killed in Nigeria in the last six months. This is an awful fabrication of facts. Yes, there are several issues of insecurity rocking the nation, but it is not nearly as bad as Mike Pompeo paints it to be. It is shameful for him to have stated such false facts without providing proof or a source of reference.

I was perplexed to my very core when I read what was written in the fallacious article, as it was obvious that Mike Pompeo wished to blindly attack the Nigerian Government without cause or reason, and I asked myself, "WHY?".

It is remarkable to know that the level of insecurity in Nigeria has drastically reduced overtime. The alarming Boko  haram insurgency  has been dealt with in a pragmatic approach taken by President Muhammadu Buhari. Many successes have been recorded under his leadership as he has been steadfast in the discharge of his duty, and providing aid to civil authority. 

The issue of Muslims fighting Christians is a matter that has been present throughout history from the 7th century. The matter has encouraged a variety of views throughout history, but greeting the matter with the idiosyncrasy of condemning one party over the other is one that breeds hatred and hostility. Owing to the delicate nature of such a matter, it would have been wise for Pompeo to guard his statements regarding the killings of Christians in Nigeria.

Nigeria is on the edge presently, and statements that would further encourage discord and hostility between the two major religions in the country should be avoided. 

It was myopic of Mike Pompeo not to have pointed out the fact that Christians are not the only ones being slaughtered in the country. Several faithful Muslims have also been killed in various parts of the country. It is obvious that his intents are born out of mischief. 

He also failed to point out the fact that these acts were carried out by terrorists and bandits who do not discriminate when they kill. They do not care about what group or religion their victims belong to. They carry out their acts without mercy, no matter who you are.

I strongly admit  and concur that any government that cannot discharge this basic obligation of Protecting Lives and Property, losses any iota of legitimacy. President Muhammadu Buhari has been fervent in his handling of security issues in Nigeria that has led to massive killing and wanton destruction of property across the country, and making every region habitable to everyone irrespective of their religious view as opposed to what Pompeo insinuated.

In addressing the challenge to the survival of religion tolerance in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari made it pertinent to consider, and also worked on security issues and problems that have affected or capable of affecting the attitude, confidence and cooperation of all groups and segments that make up the Nigerian federation, without leaving out the necessity to explore the gaps and gray areas in the national constitution that are responsible for various religion problems and crises.


However, knowing that sensitive issues like that of religion intolerance is a weaponry that has fostered National and International Terrorist attacks on many Nations, Pompeo should have known better to verify every information gotten, or seen on the internet before relying on a creek in-house media as a source of verifiable information. This act makes a man like him reeks of low intelligence.

He also accused the Nigerian government of “downplaying the attacks and characterizing them as conflicts between herders and farmers rather than as religiously motivated acts of terror.” One can never call a spade a bucket. We have all seen that there is no religious motivation behind the killings in Nigeria. These killings are merely carried out by merciless bandits and terrorists who know nothing about Islam or Christianity.


Pompeo cited the case of Leah Sharibu who has remained in captivity in the hands of the Boko Haram sect due to the fact that she refused to convert to Islam. He claimed that the young lady has remained in captivity over three years without consequence. By this, he insinuates that the Nigerian government failed to act merely because she is a Christian who refused to convert to Islam. This is an odoriferous innuendo that Mike Pompeo has so witlessly expressed.  

He also made other claims about the matter, one of which he gave a self-declared statistic stating that Christians murdered in the country had risen to 60 percent in 2020 and was most likely going to get worse in recent times. This he stated without providing concrete evidence to his claim.

We should educate Pompeo and help his amnesia about his statement on the presence of radical Islamic jihadist groups in northern Nigeria.
Firstly, he should know that radical Islamic jihadist groups are all over the world. Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) is all over African countries and have registered their presence through different attacks.

Has he forgotten so soon?
The memorable 9/11 attack on the twin tower by Alqueada, that was masterminded and executed on American soil?

The numerous attacks by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Daesh, which is detailed as follows:

A car bomb in Iraq that killed 28 Shia pilgrims and injured 60 others as they were returning from Karbala, while in the capital Baghdad a roadside bomb exploded near a minibus, killing four pilgrims and wounding 15.

A suicide bomber exploded targeting civilians in a commercial shop on a busy tourist destination and business center in Turkey, March 2016.

ISIL took responsibility for a stabbing that killed a French police officer and his companion in France, June 2016.

29-year-old Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a mass shooting inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida in United State, June 2016.

Between November 2–3, five were killed in Stadttempel , Vienna , including the perpetrator. The Vienna Police Department confirmed that the attacker was an Islamic State sympathizer, and that the attack was motivated by Islamic extremism. This happened in Austria, November 2020.

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targeted Shia Muslims on 21 January 2021 in a clothing market in Tayaran Square, Baghdad. US, UN, EU and the Pope condemn the attack calling it a senseless act of violence. Iraq, January 2021


Attacks where everywhere, United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain, Canada, etc which were dated to 2021.
However, with the above references and many more, should we now conclude just like Mr Mike, that all these attacks are on Christians, and every President in the attacked country supports religion intolerance?

It is obvious that Mike Pompeo’s statements were borne out of hatred for the Islamic religion. It is important for him to realize that words are powerful. If he has any problem with the Islamic religion, he should keep it to himself and not sow seeds of discord in other countries. If he has nothing good to say about the country, it will be in his best interest to keep silent on the matter and focus on his own country.

At the end of his article, Mike Pompeo issued several lame threats to the federal government of the country. He stated that if the Nigerian government failed to carry out swift actions to put an end to the persecution of Christians, there would be consequences in the form of sanctions and increased diplomatic pressure. 

The Buhari led administration has been working tirelessly to safeguard the lives and properties of all Nigerian citizens no matter the religion you practice. It is an insult on Mike Pompeo’s part to disregard the efforts put in by the current administration and try to create unnecessary agitation in the country.

At this point, sanctions and diplomatic pressure isn’t what Nigeria needs. What the country needs is support from other countries. Mike Pompeo would do well to call for support in the country rather that criticize its leaders and proclaim unnecessary threats.

President Muhammadu Buhari is efficiently leading the fight against insecurity in Nigeria along with the service chiefs and the Nigerian Military. Let us all join hands to support them rather than throw incessant criticisms at them.

Adadu is a student of peace and conflict resolution and wrote from Gwarimpa.
By Ernest Adadu  

While taking a vivid look at the article being published on the spiteful statements made by the immediate past United States Secretary of State and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency , Mike Pompeo, all I saw was nothing but a tool (Pompeo) that is craving for relevance, and being used by the news agency to propagate pernicious propaganda aimed at the heart of Nigeria's unity  by creating extreme religious bigotry among the peaceful citizens, and to also disrupt President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

The article written by Mike Pompeo on the 10th of June is nothing but a tool aimed at breeding discord and blindly criticizing the patriotic leaders of our dear country Nigeria. It is nothing but false political propaganda created to serve no good deed.

He stated that at least 1,500 Christians have been killed in Nigeria in the last six months. This is an awful fabrication of facts. Yes, there are several issues of insecurity rocking the nation, but it is not nearly as bad as Mike Pompeo paints it to be. It is shameful for him to have stated such false facts without providing proof or a source of reference.

I was perplexed to my very core when I read what was written in the fallacious article, as it was obvious that Mike Pompeo wished to blindly attack the Nigerian Government without cause or reason, and I asked myself, "WHY?".

It is remarkable to know that the level of insecurity in Nigeria has drastically reduced overtime. The alarming Boko  haram insurgency  has been dealt with in a pragmatic approach taken by President Muhammadu Buhari. Many successes have been recorded under his leadership as he has been steadfast in the discharge of his duty, and providing aid to civil authority. 

The issue of Muslims fighting Christians is a matter that has been present throughout history from the 7th century. The matter has encouraged a variety of views throughout history, but greeting the matter with the idiosyncrasy of condemning one party over the other is one that breeds hatred and hostility. Owing to the delicate nature of such a matter, it would have been wise for Pompeo to guard his statements regarding the killings of Christians in Nigeria.

Nigeria is on the edge presently, and statements that would further encourage discord and hostility between the two major religions in the country should be avoided. 

It was myopic of Mike Pompeo not to have pointed out the fact that Christians are not the only ones being slaughtered in the country. Several faithful Muslims have also been killed in various parts of the country. It is obvious that his intents are born out of mischief. 

He also failed to point out the fact that these acts were carried out by terrorists and bandits who do not discriminate when they kill. They do not care about what group or religion their victims belong to. They carry out their acts without mercy, no matter who you are.

I strongly admit  and concur that any government that cannot discharge this basic obligation of Protecting Lives and Property, losses any iota of legitimacy. President Muhammadu Buhari has been fervent in his handling of security issues in Nigeria that has led to massive killing and wanton destruction of property across the country, and making every region habitable to everyone irrespective of their religious view as opposed to what Pompeo insinuated.

In addressing the challenge to the survival of religion tolerance in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari made it pertinent to consider, and also worked on security issues and problems that have affected or capable of affecting the attitude, confidence and cooperation of all groups and segments that make up the Nigerian federation, without leaving out the necessity to explore the gaps and gray areas in the national constitution that are responsible for various religion problems and crises.


However, knowing that sensitive issues like that of religion intolerance is a weaponry that has fostered National and International Terrorist attacks on many Nations, Pompeo should have known better to verify every information gotten, or seen on the internet before relying on a creek in-house media as a source of verifiable information. This act makes a man like him reeks of low intelligence.

He also accused the Nigerian government of “downplaying the attacks and characterizing them as conflicts between herders and farmers rather than as religiously motivated acts of terror.” One can never call a spade a bucket. We have all seen that there is no religious motivation behind the killings in Nigeria. These killings are merely carried out by merciless bandits and terrorists who know nothing about Islam or Christianity.


Pompeo cited the case of Leah Sharibu who has remained in captivity in the hands of the Boko Haram sect due to the fact that she refused to convert to Islam. He claimed that the young lady has remained in captivity over three years without consequence. By this, he insinuates that the Nigerian government failed to act merely because she is a Christian who refused to convert to Islam. This is an odoriferous innuendo that Mike Pompeo has so witlessly expressed.  

He also made other claims about the matter, one of which he gave a self-declared statistic stating that Christians murdered in the country had risen to 60 percent in 2020 and was most likely going to get worse in recent times. This he stated without providing concrete evidence to his claim.

We should educate Pompeo and help his amnesia about his statement on the presence of radical Islamic jihadist groups in northern Nigeria.
Firstly, he should know that radical Islamic jihadist groups are all over the world. Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) is all over African countries and have registered their presence through different attacks.

Has he forgotten so soon?
The memorable 9/11 attack on the twin tower by Alqueada, that was masterminded and executed on American soil?

The numerous attacks by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Daesh, which is detailed as follows:

A car bomb in Iraq that killed 28 Shia pilgrims and injured 60 others as they were returning from Karbala, while in the capital Baghdad a roadside bomb exploded near a minibus, killing four pilgrims and wounding 15.

A suicide bomber exploded targeting civilians in a commercial shop on a busy tourist destination and business center in Turkey, March 2016.

ISIL took responsibility for a stabbing that killed a French police officer and his companion in France, June 2016.

29-year-old Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a mass shooting inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida in United State, June 2016.

Between November 2–3, five were killed in Stadttempel , Vienna , including the perpetrator. The Vienna Police Department confirmed that the attacker was an Islamic State sympathizer, and that the attack was motivated by Islamic extremism. This happened in Austria, November 2020.

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targeted Shia Muslims on 21 January 2021 in a clothing market in Tayaran Square, Baghdad. US, UN, EU and the Pope condemn the attack calling it a senseless act of violence. Iraq, January 2021


Attacks where everywhere, United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain, Canada, etc which were dated to 2021.
However, with the above references and many more, should we now conclude just like Mr Mike, that all these attacks are on Christians, and every President in the attacked country supports religion intolerance?

It is obvious that Mike Pompeo’s statements were borne out of hatred for the Islamic religion. It is important for him to realize that words are powerful. If he has any problem with the Islamic religion, he should keep it to himself and not sow seeds of discord in other countries. If he has nothing good to say about the country, it will be in his best interest to keep silent on the matter and focus on his own country.

At the end of his article, Mike Pompeo issued several lame threats to the federal government of the country. He stated that if the Nigerian government failed to carry out swift actions to put an end to the persecution of Christians, there would be consequences in the form of sanctions and increased diplomatic pressure. 

The Buhari led administration has been working tirelessly to safeguard the lives and properties of all Nigerian citizens no matter the religion you practice. It is an insult on Mike Pompeo’s part to disregard the efforts put in by the current administration and try to create unnecessary agitation in the country.

At this point, sanctions and diplomatic pressure isn’t what Nigeria needs. What the country needs is support from other countries. Mike Pompeo would do well to call for support in the country rather that criticize its leaders and proclaim unnecessary threats.

President Muhammadu Buhari is efficiently leading the fight against insecurity in Nigeria along with the service chiefs and the Nigerian Military. Let us all join hands to support them rather than throw incessant criticisms at them.

Adadu is a student of peace and conflict resolution and wrote from Gwarimpa.

DISCLAIMER: AZUKA JEBOSE DISGRACED!

DISCLAIMER: AZUKA JEBOSE DISGRACED!

By Dansu Peter 

An Onicha ugbo indigene,Eze Asia has disowned a purported  voice conversation with Azuka Jebose on Idumuje ugboko crisis. 

Speaking from Turkey where he resides ,Asia dismissed the voice note in circulation by  Azuka as fake and labeled him serial blackmailer 

Below is a recorded voice message along with transcript of Asia ‘s rejoinder, disclaiming any audio chat with Azuka.


“ The recorded voice sent to social media and everywhere, I was not the one who recorded it. Azuka Jebose did it, because the first time I traveled down here ( Turkey) was after 3 days he called me on phone. 

“He was asking me some certain things. How they went to Ugboko,How they killed somebody from Kogi or something like that. Asking me how somebody died in swimming pool, Asking how they killed Onicha ugbo people and I was there. I replied him. I said Azuka you are a very useless man. How do you think they will kill an Onicha ugbo man when I am working with Hon.Prince Ned Nwoko and  I will keep quite .

“But he said that they said Ned always send us .I said you said they said .Is he a military man? And that if people are telling you things concerning Ned and you are writing it and you did not verify, that you are wasting your time.

“That everybody is aware .That you are asking me that during the time of Ugboko crisis that we mobilized our men to go there and destroy. I said Azuka ,bros it’s like you want enough insult..you are a useless man.During the time of the crisis at ugboko ,that I was in the hospital, lying down in the hospital. 

“This young man you are asking me that we should blackmail and let’s plan together and write against him, that if not for this man , I would have been a dead man by now. If Ned did not spend money on me during the time I was lying down at the hospital, he spent nothing less than 5m Naira ...concerning my leg issue .

“You are asking me now to give you information. Somebody in the hospital,can I fly in the hospital to come tell you what happened in ugboko .Am I witch? . If something happened in ugboko,I was not aware . The way they told you was the way I heard it . Before you write against somebody, you have to verify well. Like the way you are Azuka Jebose , somebody will come and meet me because I am from onitcha ugbo , because I know you , I should come and tell them bad things about you what will I tell them ? 

“Okay you want  me to start telling you things about Ned, like what you said that you want to nail Ned.you want to destroy his political career ,that you want to do many things . Has Ned ever one day call me to go and kill somebody? Ned cannot send me to go and kill somebody... I am not a thug.And he is not using me as a thug.

“This young man you are accusing, if not because of Ned I wouldn’t have been here ( Turkey ) today .He was the one who assisted me with money to leave the country . So what do you want me to tell you about him. You were asking me that somebody died in the swimming pool and how can I be from Onicha ugbo and such thing happened 

“ I said thank God you said I am from Onicha ugbo and you now feel that I am from Onicha ugbo and they will kill my own brother in my presence and I will keep quite . That you are a stupid man. You were asking me about prince Nonso . I told him, stop putting mouth in things that do not concern you .Nonso and Ned are brothers .The day two of them will settle , none of you will be there.Steer clear of matter you don’t know . I have no business in ugboko because I am not from ugboko.. 

“You were asking me, how did they kill somebody ,I was not aware because I was at the hospital. Those people telling you what to write, still go and meet them to tell you what to write . By the way how did you get my number? You were telling me to forget about that one that we should work.

“What work?. Working together to blackmail my boss , a man who saved my life . A man who has spent a lot of money on me. That if not for the man Ned Nwoko,I would have been a dead man by now. If not for Ned , I would not have travelled out.  How many youths from onitcha ugbo did you help ! You said you are a big man ,how does it affect me ? .

“I don’t know you to start with. I only hear about your name . I don’t know you and I don’t want to know you. So stop telling me that I should come and write against my boss.  Because I did not accept what you told me, the next thing, you moved to go and manipulate my name to write against me with my voice ,. But anything you are doing ,God is watching you. God will bear witness 

“I will be the last person in this life,this world that will fight against Ned. Ned has never one day treated me bad .If not for the young man I wouldn’t have been alive today. So you want to spoil my name .You want to destroy my life , you are destroying your life.not me 

“The voice note you sent to people ,I have received it . Thank you very much. But you will also remember, that everybody has evidence.  Everything you said about Ned was recorded. I reserved my comment for now, till then.May God keep us alive But any body planning evil for my life or against my family ,evil will go back to that person. I never one day planned evil against any body . If I have offended someone I will be the one to meet the person and said I am sorry .. I work on my own, I don’t look for  trouble .

“Telling me I should come and write against my Oga,what am I going to tell you . Has he sent me one day to go and destroy ? Has he told me to go and do something stupid? What am I going to tell you? A good man, a man of all people.Somebody who is trying to help the community. You are not from there. You are destroying  their own community. Go back to your own town .That was what I told you.  

You were asking me about prince Nonso. Does he know me. ? The prince knows it was police who arrested him . You were asking me how did we carry prince . Who is the prince? Have I ever one day called ugboko youths to come out. Have they ever seen me fighting in ugboko? What am I going to write . Something I know or something I don't know . I will never wish Ned Nwoko evil because he always wished me goodluck”
By Dansu Peter 

An Onicha ugbo indigene,Eze Asia has disowned a purported  voice conversation with Azuka Jebose on Idumuje ugboko crisis. 

Speaking from Turkey where he resides ,Asia dismissed the voice note in circulation by  Azuka as fake and labeled him serial blackmailer 

Below is a recorded voice message along with transcript of Asia ‘s rejoinder, disclaiming any audio chat with Azuka.


“ The recorded voice sent to social media and everywhere, I was not the one who recorded it. Azuka Jebose did it, because the first time I traveled down here ( Turkey) was after 3 days he called me on phone. 

“He was asking me some certain things. How they went to Ugboko,How they killed somebody from Kogi or something like that. Asking me how somebody died in swimming pool, Asking how they killed Onicha ugbo people and I was there. I replied him. I said Azuka you are a very useless man. How do you think they will kill an Onicha ugbo man when I am working with Hon.Prince Ned Nwoko and  I will keep quite .

“But he said that they said Ned always send us .I said you said they said .Is he a military man? And that if people are telling you things concerning Ned and you are writing it and you did not verify, that you are wasting your time.

“That everybody is aware .That you are asking me that during the time of Ugboko crisis that we mobilized our men to go there and destroy. I said Azuka ,bros it’s like you want enough insult..you are a useless man.During the time of the crisis at ugboko ,that I was in the hospital, lying down in the hospital. 

“This young man you are asking me that we should blackmail and let’s plan together and write against him, that if not for this man , I would have been a dead man by now. If Ned did not spend money on me during the time I was lying down at the hospital, he spent nothing less than 5m Naira ...concerning my leg issue .

“You are asking me now to give you information. Somebody in the hospital,can I fly in the hospital to come tell you what happened in ugboko .Am I witch? . If something happened in ugboko,I was not aware . The way they told you was the way I heard it . Before you write against somebody, you have to verify well. Like the way you are Azuka Jebose , somebody will come and meet me because I am from onitcha ugbo , because I know you , I should come and tell them bad things about you what will I tell them ? 

“Okay you want  me to start telling you things about Ned, like what you said that you want to nail Ned.you want to destroy his political career ,that you want to do many things . Has Ned ever one day call me to go and kill somebody? Ned cannot send me to go and kill somebody... I am not a thug.And he is not using me as a thug.

“This young man you are accusing, if not because of Ned I wouldn’t have been here ( Turkey ) today .He was the one who assisted me with money to leave the country . So what do you want me to tell you about him. You were asking me that somebody died in the swimming pool and how can I be from Onicha ugbo and such thing happened 

“ I said thank God you said I am from Onicha ugbo and you now feel that I am from Onicha ugbo and they will kill my own brother in my presence and I will keep quite . That you are a stupid man. You were asking me about prince Nonso . I told him, stop putting mouth in things that do not concern you .Nonso and Ned are brothers .The day two of them will settle , none of you will be there.Steer clear of matter you don’t know . I have no business in ugboko because I am not from ugboko.. 

“You were asking me, how did they kill somebody ,I was not aware because I was at the hospital. Those people telling you what to write, still go and meet them to tell you what to write . By the way how did you get my number? You were telling me to forget about that one that we should work.

“What work?. Working together to blackmail my boss , a man who saved my life . A man who has spent a lot of money on me. That if not for the man Ned Nwoko,I would have been a dead man by now. If not for Ned , I would not have travelled out.  How many youths from onitcha ugbo did you help ! You said you are a big man ,how does it affect me ? .

“I don’t know you to start with. I only hear about your name . I don’t know you and I don’t want to know you. So stop telling me that I should come and write against my boss.  Because I did not accept what you told me, the next thing, you moved to go and manipulate my name to write against me with my voice ,. But anything you are doing ,God is watching you. God will bear witness 

“I will be the last person in this life,this world that will fight against Ned. Ned has never one day treated me bad .If not for the young man I wouldn’t have been alive today. So you want to spoil my name .You want to destroy my life , you are destroying your life.not me 

“The voice note you sent to people ,I have received it . Thank you very much. But you will also remember, that everybody has evidence.  Everything you said about Ned was recorded. I reserved my comment for now, till then.May God keep us alive But any body planning evil for my life or against my family ,evil will go back to that person. I never one day planned evil against any body . If I have offended someone I will be the one to meet the person and said I am sorry .. I work on my own, I don’t look for  trouble .

“Telling me I should come and write against my Oga,what am I going to tell you . Has he sent me one day to go and destroy ? Has he told me to go and do something stupid? What am I going to tell you? A good man, a man of all people.Somebody who is trying to help the community. You are not from there. You are destroying  their own community. Go back to your own town .That was what I told you.  

You were asking me about prince Nonso. Does he know me. ? The prince knows it was police who arrested him . You were asking me how did we carry prince . Who is the prince? Have I ever one day called ugboko youths to come out. Have they ever seen me fighting in ugboko? What am I going to write . Something I know or something I don't know . I will never wish Ned Nwoko evil because he always wished me goodluck”

Anti corruption group uncovers fraud in Arabic Commission

Anti corruption group uncovers fraud in Arabic Commission

By Dansu Peter 

Investigations have revealed the stinking corruption in the National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies, Kaduna under the leadership of the registrar of the board, Prof. Muhammed Shafiu Abdullahi.

Convener, Anti curruption network Initiative, Solomon Semaka revealed in a press statement in Abuja.

He maintenaned that the Prof. Muhammed Shafiu Abdullahi mafia styled administration of the board, has drained the finances of the board without any significant project to match the budget of billions allocated to it annually, and set it on an imminent path  of failure.

The group alleged, Prof. Muhammed Shafiu Abdullahi defrauded the board with illegal award of contracts to family members and close allies.

It was also learnt that his fraudulent activities extend to all areas of the board, as staff are not spared when it comes to the torturing and denial of their entitlement worthy of note is ' the 33% of their annual salary due to staff for exams supervision has never been paid since 2018 " Staff have been frustrated as they , resort to use personal resources for logistics  during trainings and other official engagements.

'Prof Muhammed Abdullahi hurriedly conducted recruitment exercise in the past to cover up irregularities in in the boards records"  staff salaries and other claims as reflected in the boards financial records remain contradicted" the group maintained.

Thanks to the introduction of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), and the subsequent migration of the organizations staff Information and payroll to IPPIS. These discrepancies have further exposed the corrupt activities of Prof. Muhammed Shafiu Abdullahi

"Some staff of the organization have confirmed to us that, money meant for the payment of staff salaries  released before the migration to IPPIS never got to them, despite Muhammed Shafiu receiving same"

' Whenever some of the staff raised the issue, they were always threatened with termination of their employment as Prof. Shafiu has always handled the board as a personal family business.

A source also confirmed Muhammed Shafiu Abdullahi bragging that, with his godfather, the Honourable Minister of Education, Dr. Adamu Adamu and other highly placed Nigerians within the Buhari government, he is immune from any form of probe and prosecution. This brings President Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign into questioning.  If President Buhari acclaimed war on corruption is anything to go by, Muhammed Shafiu Abdullahi should be in the jail by now. One of the staff stated.

Also, in the same vein, sources very close to Muhammed Shafiu Abdullahi further said that, he boasted of not being perturbed because, he has successfully sorted his godfather and all those relevant agencies that may have the capacity to probe him on the numerous petitions written against him by numerous civil society organisations.

"Prof. Muhammed Shafiu Abdullahi shortchanged  the staff of the board and the Federal Government of Nigeria by allegedly looting funds meant for the development of the board  through contract racketeering and job sales. It is on record how he employed his children, in-laws and close relatives in  the board" 

The group further revealed that some of his children only resigned recently as a result of questions being raised in some quarters, while they have been linked to the companies handling unexecuted  contracts in the board.

Some staff of  NBAIS, during the investigation process who also spoke to us on  condition of anonymity expressed regret over the activities of Prof. Muhammed Shafiu Abdullahi and has also pledged to support with information through the entire process not minding if they lose their jobs in the process.

We maitain that it is preposterous for the education sector to be controlled by evil people in the society as they don’t care for the numerous lives their perverted nature affects negatively. The situation if left to fester will encourage crime in our society. A situation where a corrupt person is allowed at the helm of affairs of such a vital office without a proper judicial inquiry is utterly disheartening and does not project Nigeria and our education system in good light." Semaka maintained.

A man whom has claimed to be a religious and supposedly community leader has gone so low in curruption and it's  unbearable for us a civil society organization.

It is interesting to note that we have written to the board for clarifications on the glaring evidences we got from our investigation, however, they have kept mum which is a proof that all the points listed out cannot be disputed.

 Prof. Muhammadu shafiu has being in  acting capacity as registrar of the board for about 5 years now and nothing to show for the so much funds at the boards disposal.

Like earlier mentioned, Muhammadu Shafiu has time without number told the staff how he will remain as acting registrar for as long as his Godfather, the minister for Education, Dr. Adamu Adamu remains the minister of Education.

To this, we are calling on all our sister organizations and other well-meaning Nigerians around the country to come out in mass and join us as we march to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and the Presidential Villa as we call for the removal of the corrupt Registrar.

President Buhari anti curruption war can not be sabbotaged by one man and his godfather.

This are the people giving reasons to opposition elements to disrupt President Buhari administration. 

We will not fold our arms to watch this happen. The group maintained. All nigerians should turn out enmass to join the planned protest for the registrar's sack with immediate effect.
By Dansu Peter 

Investigations have revealed the stinking corruption in the National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies, Kaduna under the leadership of the registrar of the board, Prof. Muhammed Shafiu Abdullahi.

Convener, Anti curruption network Initiative, Solomon Semaka revealed in a press statement in Abuja.

He maintenaned that the Prof. Muhammed Shafiu Abdullahi mafia styled administration of the board, has drained the finances of the board without any significant project to match the budget of billions allocated to it annually, and set it on an imminent path  of failure.

The group alleged, Prof. Muhammed Shafiu Abdullahi defrauded the board with illegal award of contracts to family members and close allies.

It was also learnt that his fraudulent activities extend to all areas of the board, as staff are not spared when it comes to the torturing and denial of their entitlement worthy of note is ' the 33% of their annual salary due to staff for exams supervision has never been paid since 2018 " Staff have been frustrated as they , resort to use personal resources for logistics  during trainings and other official engagements.

'Prof Muhammed Abdullahi hurriedly conducted recruitment exercise in the past to cover up irregularities in in the boards records"  staff salaries and other claims as reflected in the boards financial records remain contradicted" the group maintained.

Thanks to the introduction of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), and the subsequent migration of the organizations staff Information and payroll to IPPIS. These discrepancies have further exposed the corrupt activities of Prof. Muhammed Shafiu Abdullahi

"Some staff of the organization have confirmed to us that, money meant for the payment of staff salaries  released before the migration to IPPIS never got to them, despite Muhammed Shafiu receiving same"

' Whenever some of the staff raised the issue, they were always threatened with termination of their employment as Prof. Shafiu has always handled the board as a personal family business.

A source also confirmed Muhammed Shafiu Abdullahi bragging that, with his godfather, the Honourable Minister of Education, Dr. Adamu Adamu and other highly placed Nigerians within the Buhari government, he is immune from any form of probe and prosecution. This brings President Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign into questioning.  If President Buhari acclaimed war on corruption is anything to go by, Muhammed Shafiu Abdullahi should be in the jail by now. One of the staff stated.

Also, in the same vein, sources very close to Muhammed Shafiu Abdullahi further said that, he boasted of not being perturbed because, he has successfully sorted his godfather and all those relevant agencies that may have the capacity to probe him on the numerous petitions written against him by numerous civil society organisations.

"Prof. Muhammed Shafiu Abdullahi shortchanged  the staff of the board and the Federal Government of Nigeria by allegedly looting funds meant for the development of the board  through contract racketeering and job sales. It is on record how he employed his children, in-laws and close relatives in  the board" 

The group further revealed that some of his children only resigned recently as a result of questions being raised in some quarters, while they have been linked to the companies handling unexecuted  contracts in the board.

Some staff of  NBAIS, during the investigation process who also spoke to us on  condition of anonymity expressed regret over the activities of Prof. Muhammed Shafiu Abdullahi and has also pledged to support with information through the entire process not minding if they lose their jobs in the process.

We maitain that it is preposterous for the education sector to be controlled by evil people in the society as they don’t care for the numerous lives their perverted nature affects negatively. The situation if left to fester will encourage crime in our society. A situation where a corrupt person is allowed at the helm of affairs of such a vital office without a proper judicial inquiry is utterly disheartening and does not project Nigeria and our education system in good light." Semaka maintained.

A man whom has claimed to be a religious and supposedly community leader has gone so low in curruption and it's  unbearable for us a civil society organization.

It is interesting to note that we have written to the board for clarifications on the glaring evidences we got from our investigation, however, they have kept mum which is a proof that all the points listed out cannot be disputed.

 Prof. Muhammadu shafiu has being in  acting capacity as registrar of the board for about 5 years now and nothing to show for the so much funds at the boards disposal.

Like earlier mentioned, Muhammadu Shafiu has time without number told the staff how he will remain as acting registrar for as long as his Godfather, the minister for Education, Dr. Adamu Adamu remains the minister of Education.

To this, we are calling on all our sister organizations and other well-meaning Nigerians around the country to come out in mass and join us as we march to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and the Presidential Villa as we call for the removal of the corrupt Registrar.

President Buhari anti curruption war can not be sabbotaged by one man and his godfather.

This are the people giving reasons to opposition elements to disrupt President Buhari administration. 

We will not fold our arms to watch this happen. The group maintained. All nigerians should turn out enmass to join the planned protest for the registrar's sack with immediate effect.

I'll Shock those destroying Nigeria - Buhari opens up

I'll Shock those destroying Nigeria - Buhari opens up

By Femi Adesina 

President Muhammadu Buhari  Tuesday issued a stern warning to those bent on destroying the country through promoting insurrection, and burning down critical national assets: a rude shock awaits them, and very soon too.

The President spoke after he received briefing from Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, on series of attacks on facilities of the electoral body round the country.

“I receive daily security reports on the attacks, and it is very clear that those behind them want this administration to fail,” President Buhari said. “Insecurity in Nigeria is now mentioned all over the world. All the people who want power, whoever they are, you wonder what they really want. Whoever wants the destruction of the system will soon have the shock of their lives. We’ve given them enough time.”

President Buhari recalled that he visited all the 36 states of the country before the 2019 election, “and majority of the people believed me, and the election proved it.” He promised to continue leading the country in accordance with Constitutional provisions.

He said those misbehaving in certain parts of the country were obviously too young to know the travails and loss of lives that attended the Nigerian Civil War. “Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand. We are going to be very hard sooner than later.”

 The President said the Service Chiefs and the Inspector General of Police have been changed, “and we will demand security from them.”

On the dangers posed to future elections by the burning of INEC facilities, President Buhari said he would give the electoral commission all it needed to operate, “so that no one would say we don’t want to go, or that we want a third term. There will be no excuse for failure. We’ll meet all INEC’s demands.”

In his briefing, Prof Yakubu said that so far, there have been 42 cases of attacks on INEC offices nationwide, since the last General Election.

“The 42 incidents so far occurred in 14 states of the Federation for a variety of reasons….Most of the attacks happened in the last seven months, and they are unrelated to protest against previous elections. From the pattern and frequency of the most recent attacks, they appear to be targeted at future elections. The intention is to incapacitate the Commission, undermine the nation’s democracy and precipitate a national crisis,” Prof Yakubu said.
By Femi Adesina 

President Muhammadu Buhari  Tuesday issued a stern warning to those bent on destroying the country through promoting insurrection, and burning down critical national assets: a rude shock awaits them, and very soon too.

The President spoke after he received briefing from Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, on series of attacks on facilities of the electoral body round the country.

“I receive daily security reports on the attacks, and it is very clear that those behind them want this administration to fail,” President Buhari said. “Insecurity in Nigeria is now mentioned all over the world. All the people who want power, whoever they are, you wonder what they really want. Whoever wants the destruction of the system will soon have the shock of their lives. We’ve given them enough time.”

President Buhari recalled that he visited all the 36 states of the country before the 2019 election, “and majority of the people believed me, and the election proved it.” He promised to continue leading the country in accordance with Constitutional provisions.

He said those misbehaving in certain parts of the country were obviously too young to know the travails and loss of lives that attended the Nigerian Civil War. “Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand. We are going to be very hard sooner than later.”

 The President said the Service Chiefs and the Inspector General of Police have been changed, “and we will demand security from them.”

On the dangers posed to future elections by the burning of INEC facilities, President Buhari said he would give the electoral commission all it needed to operate, “so that no one would say we don’t want to go, or that we want a third term. There will be no excuse for failure. We’ll meet all INEC’s demands.”

In his briefing, Prof Yakubu said that so far, there have been 42 cases of attacks on INEC offices nationwide, since the last General Election.

“The 42 incidents so far occurred in 14 states of the Federation for a variety of reasons….Most of the attacks happened in the last seven months, and they are unrelated to protest against previous elections. From the pattern and frequency of the most recent attacks, they appear to be targeted at future elections. The intention is to incapacitate the Commission, undermine the nation’s democracy and precipitate a national crisis,” Prof Yakubu said.

SECURITY: Where Are The Service Chiefs?, By Samson Ayuba

SECURITY: Where Are The Service Chiefs?, By Samson Ayuba

By Samson Ayuba 

I was scared to turn on my radio this morning for fear of listening to another terrible news. The state of insecurity in my beloved country Nigeria has drastically worsened. The one peaceful country is now being gradually torn apart from its insides by the demon called insecurity. Every Nigerian citizen has now been forced to live in constant fear. The country is now bedeviled by jihadist insurgency in the northeast, separatists attacking security forces in the southeast and multiple kidnappings in the northwest.

For long have we known that Security across Nigeria is challenged, with many insurgents' groups in the north far from defeated, a seeming resurgence of a low-level insurrection in the oil patch, ongoing conflict in the middle of the country over water and land use that sometimes acquires ethnic and religious dimensions, and a general wave of criminality around the country. 

Should we say that, "the obvious escalation of banditry and terrorism which has been greatly subdued during and since after the 2019 elections,  is now a facade in the hands of this present service chiefs?"

The question we ask now is , given the complexity of the present security challenges we thought was  missing in the efforts of the former service chiefs, What have their successors done to ensure success and restore confidence of Nigerians in the security architecture ?

We all know that their appointment came amid calls by Nigerians on the government to urgently address the security challenges we are facing. But with what we are experiencing in just few weeks after the appointment of the new chiefs, Isn't all these calling for an act of apology to the former Chiefs?


The question one would ask is, "what are the service chiefs doing at this critical time when the country is plagued with endless security crises?" 
Bandits and terrorists have now taken over the country and now use it as their playground for hunting and shooting practice. The painful thing is that they carry out their atrocious acts so confidently that you wonder if the country has no security present in it. Kidnapping and senseless killings have now become the order of the day in the country known to the whole world as the giant of Africa.

The number of incident reports from the press recently is alarming. Just recently, news broke of the abduction of several students at Greenfield University in Kaduna State. Two of the abducted students were killed shortly after their abduction while three more dead bodies of those kidnapped were found three days later in a village close to the University. Earlier that day, there had also been a report of attacks by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), in Borno and Yobe States in which several people were killed and over two thousand residents fled their homes. This was a follow up to the abduction of nine students in Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi, Benue State. Several incidents of killings kidnappings were also reported that same day Kaduuna, Oyo and Osun states.

The violence in the country reached an all time high on the 26th of Apri, the day in which there were many killings in several parts of the country such as Niger, Benue, Kebbi, Yobe, Lagos, Anambra, Imo and Lagos States. Many described that day as "Black Monday." The Nigerian military were not spared by the killings as the following day, several security personnel were killed by unknown gunmen in Rivers State.

There has been growing anger amongst the public over the recent increase in violence in the country. The citizens of Nigeria have begun to lose their faith in the Nigerian military. The economic state of the country has been greatly crippled thanks to the bold terrorists and bandits. Banditry and terrorism has made it very difficult for farmers to farm and also transport their produce. Foreign investors have begun to have second thoughts on investing in the country.

The efforts put in by the past service chiefs are commendable. They might not have completely defeated terrorism and banditry in Nigeria, but they did their very best to combat insecurity in the nation. In contrast to the action of the current service chiefs, I remember the former Chief of Amy Staff of Nigeria, General Tukur Buratai who relocated to the north-east which was the forefront of the battle against terrorism This gallant act of his helped boost the morale of the army which lead to the defeat of a significant number of terrorist elements and restored hope to the people of that region. 

The current service chiefs should take some lessons from the past service chiefs who gave their best at the warfront. They should wake up from their slumber and lead the armed forces to win the war against insecurity in the nation. I cal on the service chiefs to remember wars are never fought in their homes or offices. The war is fought on the battlefield therefore; they must rise to their feet and lead their soldiers to the battlefield. 

They should come up with plans and strategies to deal an effective counter attack against insurgents and Bandits. They must now hearken to the cries and the wails of the Nigerian people and carry out the mandate assigned to them by the president. They made several promises, but words are nothing without actions. They must act now and make the country a safer place to live in.

Some of the very overzealous officers who were eager to become chiefs had made several promises to their godfathers on how best to protect citizens  of the country but are now failing terribly. In their bid to become service chiefs, they turned the armed forces into a political arena and after being appointed service chiefs, they have suddenly gone AWOL in the theatre of war. Several men of the armed forces are now being brutally murdered. The numbers of security forces being brutally murdered daily has risen to an all time high. Soldiers now run from terrorists like rats into their holes. The battle against terrorism which the country was previously winning is now engulfing the country. Thousands of innocent Nigerian citizens have been displaced from their homes and are now moving into various IDP centres across the country.

The current service chiefs seem clueless as to what to do to lift the nation up from the pit of crisis that it is gradually falling into. They are nowhere to be found in the face of the war against banditry and terrorism. The service chiefs have suddenly turned to special assistants to the NSA and Chief Details to the Defence Minister, roles which they were not appointed for. They are expected to be forefront of the action leading the army and not reveling in their various mansions while our patriotic soldiers are being mercilessly slaughtered.

Instead of seeing Boko Haram and other terror groups as the enemies, Nigerians are being manipulated into seeing the military as their enemy while inconsequential differences like religion and ethnicity are highlighted to the zenith, not knowing that our gallant soldiers are being plummeted in battle like rats into sands, our territories are being taken on daily basis by Boko Haram and the battle which we were once winning under the previous chiefs has now overtaken the country.

However , at the bottom of it all is that Nigerians want to be secure from increasing attacks by kidnappers, bandits , Boko Haram insurgents and criminal herders , among others, which they felt the former service chiefs could not guarantee.

Our citizens are gnashing their teeth in pains, starvation is of high increase due to stolen farm lands by these bandits through their bloody oppressions, and people have been moving into IDPs Centre across the country because of the fear of loosing more loved ones.

We plead with our new service chiefs to take up the mantles that were placed in their hands. Our flag is green and white, History shouldn't put it to their face that they painted it "RED" during their time.

Our new service chiefs should know that they are leaders of war against insurgency, they must be ready to lead from the front. They must wake up to go beyond words by staying with our troops in the theatre of war. Our troops need the moral and support to fight, they need your presence to remain gallant in every confrontations.

President Buhari has always been giving his unrelenting effort in cash and kind, in support of seeing an end to Terrorism and banditry in the country.

He once said "We have a lot of work ahead of us and some of the things not said is to not compromise the security and the efforts being put by the law enforcement agencies. But, really, we are acutely aware of our responsibilities. Our responsibility is to secure the country, so we have a lot of work to do.

I plead with our service chiefs not to frustrate his invested efforts. We need action, we want solutions, and we want result.
God bless the President,
God bless Nigeria.

Ayuba contributed this piece from  Lokoja.
By Samson Ayuba 

I was scared to turn on my radio this morning for fear of listening to another terrible news. The state of insecurity in my beloved country Nigeria has drastically worsened. The one peaceful country is now being gradually torn apart from its insides by the demon called insecurity. Every Nigerian citizen has now been forced to live in constant fear. The country is now bedeviled by jihadist insurgency in the northeast, separatists attacking security forces in the southeast and multiple kidnappings in the northwest.

For long have we known that Security across Nigeria is challenged, with many insurgents' groups in the north far from defeated, a seeming resurgence of a low-level insurrection in the oil patch, ongoing conflict in the middle of the country over water and land use that sometimes acquires ethnic and religious dimensions, and a general wave of criminality around the country. 

Should we say that, "the obvious escalation of banditry and terrorism which has been greatly subdued during and since after the 2019 elections,  is now a facade in the hands of this present service chiefs?"

The question we ask now is , given the complexity of the present security challenges we thought was  missing in the efforts of the former service chiefs, What have their successors done to ensure success and restore confidence of Nigerians in the security architecture ?

We all know that their appointment came amid calls by Nigerians on the government to urgently address the security challenges we are facing. But with what we are experiencing in just few weeks after the appointment of the new chiefs, Isn't all these calling for an act of apology to the former Chiefs?


The question one would ask is, "what are the service chiefs doing at this critical time when the country is plagued with endless security crises?" 
Bandits and terrorists have now taken over the country and now use it as their playground for hunting and shooting practice. The painful thing is that they carry out their atrocious acts so confidently that you wonder if the country has no security present in it. Kidnapping and senseless killings have now become the order of the day in the country known to the whole world as the giant of Africa.

The number of incident reports from the press recently is alarming. Just recently, news broke of the abduction of several students at Greenfield University in Kaduna State. Two of the abducted students were killed shortly after their abduction while three more dead bodies of those kidnapped were found three days later in a village close to the University. Earlier that day, there had also been a report of attacks by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), in Borno and Yobe States in which several people were killed and over two thousand residents fled their homes. This was a follow up to the abduction of nine students in Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi, Benue State. Several incidents of killings kidnappings were also reported that same day Kaduuna, Oyo and Osun states.

The violence in the country reached an all time high on the 26th of Apri, the day in which there were many killings in several parts of the country such as Niger, Benue, Kebbi, Yobe, Lagos, Anambra, Imo and Lagos States. Many described that day as "Black Monday." The Nigerian military were not spared by the killings as the following day, several security personnel were killed by unknown gunmen in Rivers State.

There has been growing anger amongst the public over the recent increase in violence in the country. The citizens of Nigeria have begun to lose their faith in the Nigerian military. The economic state of the country has been greatly crippled thanks to the bold terrorists and bandits. Banditry and terrorism has made it very difficult for farmers to farm and also transport their produce. Foreign investors have begun to have second thoughts on investing in the country.

The efforts put in by the past service chiefs are commendable. They might not have completely defeated terrorism and banditry in Nigeria, but they did their very best to combat insecurity in the nation. In contrast to the action of the current service chiefs, I remember the former Chief of Amy Staff of Nigeria, General Tukur Buratai who relocated to the north-east which was the forefront of the battle against terrorism This gallant act of his helped boost the morale of the army which lead to the defeat of a significant number of terrorist elements and restored hope to the people of that region. 

The current service chiefs should take some lessons from the past service chiefs who gave their best at the warfront. They should wake up from their slumber and lead the armed forces to win the war against insecurity in the nation. I cal on the service chiefs to remember wars are never fought in their homes or offices. The war is fought on the battlefield therefore; they must rise to their feet and lead their soldiers to the battlefield. 

They should come up with plans and strategies to deal an effective counter attack against insurgents and Bandits. They must now hearken to the cries and the wails of the Nigerian people and carry out the mandate assigned to them by the president. They made several promises, but words are nothing without actions. They must act now and make the country a safer place to live in.

Some of the very overzealous officers who were eager to become chiefs had made several promises to their godfathers on how best to protect citizens  of the country but are now failing terribly. In their bid to become service chiefs, they turned the armed forces into a political arena and after being appointed service chiefs, they have suddenly gone AWOL in the theatre of war. Several men of the armed forces are now being brutally murdered. The numbers of security forces being brutally murdered daily has risen to an all time high. Soldiers now run from terrorists like rats into their holes. The battle against terrorism which the country was previously winning is now engulfing the country. Thousands of innocent Nigerian citizens have been displaced from their homes and are now moving into various IDP centres across the country.

The current service chiefs seem clueless as to what to do to lift the nation up from the pit of crisis that it is gradually falling into. They are nowhere to be found in the face of the war against banditry and terrorism. The service chiefs have suddenly turned to special assistants to the NSA and Chief Details to the Defence Minister, roles which they were not appointed for. They are expected to be forefront of the action leading the army and not reveling in their various mansions while our patriotic soldiers are being mercilessly slaughtered.

Instead of seeing Boko Haram and other terror groups as the enemies, Nigerians are being manipulated into seeing the military as their enemy while inconsequential differences like religion and ethnicity are highlighted to the zenith, not knowing that our gallant soldiers are being plummeted in battle like rats into sands, our territories are being taken on daily basis by Boko Haram and the battle which we were once winning under the previous chiefs has now overtaken the country.

However , at the bottom of it all is that Nigerians want to be secure from increasing attacks by kidnappers, bandits , Boko Haram insurgents and criminal herders , among others, which they felt the former service chiefs could not guarantee.

Our citizens are gnashing their teeth in pains, starvation is of high increase due to stolen farm lands by these bandits through their bloody oppressions, and people have been moving into IDPs Centre across the country because of the fear of loosing more loved ones.

We plead with our new service chiefs to take up the mantles that were placed in their hands. Our flag is green and white, History shouldn't put it to their face that they painted it "RED" during their time.

Our new service chiefs should know that they are leaders of war against insurgency, they must be ready to lead from the front. They must wake up to go beyond words by staying with our troops in the theatre of war. Our troops need the moral and support to fight, they need your presence to remain gallant in every confrontations.

President Buhari has always been giving his unrelenting effort in cash and kind, in support of seeing an end to Terrorism and banditry in the country.

He once said "We have a lot of work ahead of us and some of the things not said is to not compromise the security and the efforts being put by the law enforcement agencies. But, really, we are acutely aware of our responsibilities. Our responsibility is to secure the country, so we have a lot of work to do.

I plead with our service chiefs not to frustrate his invested efforts. We need action, we want solutions, and we want result.
God bless the President,
God bless Nigeria.

Ayuba contributed this piece from  Lokoja.

Why Sahara Reporters, Detractors Should Stop Hounding the Military, By Okanga Agila

Why Sahara Reporters, Detractors Should Stop Hounding the Military, By Okanga Agila

By Okanga Agila 

At a time when one should logically take for granted that they would have become wiser and sober, considering that the wind they sowed is now being reaped as a whirlwind, detractors of Nigeria’s peace and stability, notably Sahara Reporters, are yet to learn any lesson.  

The world may be perplexed today as to the nature and dynamics of the security threats that Nigeria is contending with, but note must be made of how Sahara Reporters led the charge in the assault on the military as an institution. The approach of this treasonable entity was subtle, with a paced frequency, it constantly dished out misinformation about the military. This undermined the institutions of the Military at several levels. It sought to foster dissention within the military, notably the army, while also casting the commanding officers as corrupt persons who do not have the interest and the welfare of their troops at heart. 

This obsession with undermining the military through malicious attacks on the integrity and credibility of the military chiefs is one that Sahara Reporters and the hands pulling its puppet have committed to with such vengeance that one wonders if they have elevated their disdain for anything military has been elevated to the level of a religious movement, one that requires a fanatical zeal for its purveyors to find a sense of fulfillment in life. 

Thus, the latest salvo from the trenches of Sahara Reporters, a hogwash titled “How Ex-Army Chief Denied Nigerian Soldiers Their Allowances Despite Buhari's Approval Since 2017” is no surprise given that it has made a career out of hounding the immediate past Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Tukur Buratai (retired). It is interesting how these same people, who did their best at attempting to discredit and distract the former COAS think they can now achieve what they could not actualize while Buratai was in office. There was a time they were surfacing at least one baseless fresh accusation weekly against Buratai without being able to prove a shred of their malicious claims against him.

These rabblerousers are back to what they do best, inciting mass hysteria with a view to procuring a lynch mob to take down the respectability of their quarry, this case, Buratai, in the court of public opinion, which has sadly become fickle at the hands of online and social media manipulators. In the said news story, they claimed that troops are not being paid certain moneys based on the Manual of Financial Administration (MAFA) for the Armed Forces of Nigeria 2017, the official document detailing the payable allowances of the military personnel. In their usual fashion, they conveniently forgot to mention that the document, which was approved by President Buhari on November 9, 2017, has tremendous input from the former COAS as the then incumbent. It was he, who introduced boots and uniform allowance and had them in the 2017 MAFA.

As former COAS, there are several welfare packages introduced by Lt Gen Buratai (retired), which are not covered by the Manual of Financial Administration (MAFA). Such welfare initiatives are in addition to the massive infrastructural development across the various Army formations in the country as well as many community development projects and services for which he is still receiving accolades.

It is further uncharitable of Sahara Reporters or anyone who persists in peddling its propaganda content to ignore the economic realities that are not peculiar to Nigeria. Even before the COVID-19 Pandemic made landfall there was already a slow-motion kind of global economic meltdown that was later exacerbated by the pandemic.    A sincere person or entity would have thus realized and properly acknowledge that the scarce skill allowance, and some other allowances reported in the news item were not implemented 100% due to funding constraints. 
Even at a tokenistic level, those bankrolling Sahara Reporters and other online rags to sabotage Nigeria, should invest a little of their resources in training their foot soldiers in Reporting Governance, which would take their operatives above the impish penchant for resorting to beer-parlour kind of analysis. Anyone steeped in how government operates would have understood that although MAFA was approved 2017 there was no appropriation to give it financial backing until the year 2020 when partial funding was granted. The budget cut resulting from the impact of COVID-19 on the economy further put pressure on finances. One should then ask if Sahara Reporters, its clients and the people it spoke with in the military had expected that the former COAS would violate the Appropriation Act in each successive year to pay what was not provided for in the budget. This same pack would have bayed like wolfs at full moon had that been the case. 

Had this terrorists’ sympathizing publication taken its time to genuinely investigate and balance its story, it would have at the very least give a passing mention that an implementation strategy was adopted by all the Military Services and the Defence Headquarters to ensure equity, fairness and transparency in the implementation of MAFA.

It should be noted however, that the 2017 MAFA which is the most robust welfare to the Armed Forces since inception was introduced under the able leadership of the immediate past crop of the Service Chiefs of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, a credit to the President and Commander In- Chief, Muhammadu Buhari, something that Sahara Reporters had never acknowledged until now what it is desperately searching for rocks to hurl at present the government and anyone that had served it diligently. The National Assembly most also be commended for their support in appropriation of funds despite the current tight economic environment.

Furthermore, a manual of financial administration is essentially a guide for the military’s non regular allowances subject to appropriation and does not consequently override extant legislation. There has been many MAFAs before the 2017 MAFA, however, no MAFA has succeeded in the level of implementation as the 2017 MAFA which has archived almost 80%.

One curious aspect to interrogate is the manner in which Buratai was singled out for vilification in the news report when the issues it raised cut across all the branches of the Armed Forces. Could it be because the Army under his command then was the most unforgiving in punishing the terrorists to which Sahara Reporters is exceptionally beholden?

The mischief makers behind this news story are hell bent on tarnishing the image of the former COAS with the taint of corruption. Considering that this is a mission they failed to accomplish while he was in military service, one can only assure them that General Tukur Yusuf Buratai (rtd)  is not and will never be corrupt in his lifetime. His  determination as a honest leader  remains his greatest asset and this no one can destroy no matter the amount of propaganda. Each time they bring General Buratai under scrutiny they will only succeed in exposing the kind of sterling qualities that earned him a diplomatic assignment upon his completing his military service to the country.  

Rather than waste further efforts on vilifying a man that has no skeleton in his cupboard, detractors would do well to start discussing options among themselves about how to undo the damage they have done to the once peaceful country that they have incited extremists to daily torment.

Okanga wrote this piece from Agila.
By Okanga Agila 

At a time when one should logically take for granted that they would have become wiser and sober, considering that the wind they sowed is now being reaped as a whirlwind, detractors of Nigeria’s peace and stability, notably Sahara Reporters, are yet to learn any lesson.  

The world may be perplexed today as to the nature and dynamics of the security threats that Nigeria is contending with, but note must be made of how Sahara Reporters led the charge in the assault on the military as an institution. The approach of this treasonable entity was subtle, with a paced frequency, it constantly dished out misinformation about the military. This undermined the institutions of the Military at several levels. It sought to foster dissention within the military, notably the army, while also casting the commanding officers as corrupt persons who do not have the interest and the welfare of their troops at heart. 

This obsession with undermining the military through malicious attacks on the integrity and credibility of the military chiefs is one that Sahara Reporters and the hands pulling its puppet have committed to with such vengeance that one wonders if they have elevated their disdain for anything military has been elevated to the level of a religious movement, one that requires a fanatical zeal for its purveyors to find a sense of fulfillment in life. 

Thus, the latest salvo from the trenches of Sahara Reporters, a hogwash titled “How Ex-Army Chief Denied Nigerian Soldiers Their Allowances Despite Buhari's Approval Since 2017” is no surprise given that it has made a career out of hounding the immediate past Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Tukur Buratai (retired). It is interesting how these same people, who did their best at attempting to discredit and distract the former COAS think they can now achieve what they could not actualize while Buratai was in office. There was a time they were surfacing at least one baseless fresh accusation weekly against Buratai without being able to prove a shred of their malicious claims against him.

These rabblerousers are back to what they do best, inciting mass hysteria with a view to procuring a lynch mob to take down the respectability of their quarry, this case, Buratai, in the court of public opinion, which has sadly become fickle at the hands of online and social media manipulators. In the said news story, they claimed that troops are not being paid certain moneys based on the Manual of Financial Administration (MAFA) for the Armed Forces of Nigeria 2017, the official document detailing the payable allowances of the military personnel. In their usual fashion, they conveniently forgot to mention that the document, which was approved by President Buhari on November 9, 2017, has tremendous input from the former COAS as the then incumbent. It was he, who introduced boots and uniform allowance and had them in the 2017 MAFA.

As former COAS, there are several welfare packages introduced by Lt Gen Buratai (retired), which are not covered by the Manual of Financial Administration (MAFA). Such welfare initiatives are in addition to the massive infrastructural development across the various Army formations in the country as well as many community development projects and services for which he is still receiving accolades.

It is further uncharitable of Sahara Reporters or anyone who persists in peddling its propaganda content to ignore the economic realities that are not peculiar to Nigeria. Even before the COVID-19 Pandemic made landfall there was already a slow-motion kind of global economic meltdown that was later exacerbated by the pandemic.    A sincere person or entity would have thus realized and properly acknowledge that the scarce skill allowance, and some other allowances reported in the news item were not implemented 100% due to funding constraints. 
Even at a tokenistic level, those bankrolling Sahara Reporters and other online rags to sabotage Nigeria, should invest a little of their resources in training their foot soldiers in Reporting Governance, which would take their operatives above the impish penchant for resorting to beer-parlour kind of analysis. Anyone steeped in how government operates would have understood that although MAFA was approved 2017 there was no appropriation to give it financial backing until the year 2020 when partial funding was granted. The budget cut resulting from the impact of COVID-19 on the economy further put pressure on finances. One should then ask if Sahara Reporters, its clients and the people it spoke with in the military had expected that the former COAS would violate the Appropriation Act in each successive year to pay what was not provided for in the budget. This same pack would have bayed like wolfs at full moon had that been the case. 

Had this terrorists’ sympathizing publication taken its time to genuinely investigate and balance its story, it would have at the very least give a passing mention that an implementation strategy was adopted by all the Military Services and the Defence Headquarters to ensure equity, fairness and transparency in the implementation of MAFA.

It should be noted however, that the 2017 MAFA which is the most robust welfare to the Armed Forces since inception was introduced under the able leadership of the immediate past crop of the Service Chiefs of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, a credit to the President and Commander In- Chief, Muhammadu Buhari, something that Sahara Reporters had never acknowledged until now what it is desperately searching for rocks to hurl at present the government and anyone that had served it diligently. The National Assembly most also be commended for their support in appropriation of funds despite the current tight economic environment.

Furthermore, a manual of financial administration is essentially a guide for the military’s non regular allowances subject to appropriation and does not consequently override extant legislation. There has been many MAFAs before the 2017 MAFA, however, no MAFA has succeeded in the level of implementation as the 2017 MAFA which has archived almost 80%.

One curious aspect to interrogate is the manner in which Buratai was singled out for vilification in the news report when the issues it raised cut across all the branches of the Armed Forces. Could it be because the Army under his command then was the most unforgiving in punishing the terrorists to which Sahara Reporters is exceptionally beholden?

The mischief makers behind this news story are hell bent on tarnishing the image of the former COAS with the taint of corruption. Considering that this is a mission they failed to accomplish while he was in military service, one can only assure them that General Tukur Yusuf Buratai (rtd)  is not and will never be corrupt in his lifetime. His  determination as a honest leader  remains his greatest asset and this no one can destroy no matter the amount of propaganda. Each time they bring General Buratai under scrutiny they will only succeed in exposing the kind of sterling qualities that earned him a diplomatic assignment upon his completing his military service to the country.  

Rather than waste further efforts on vilifying a man that has no skeleton in his cupboard, detractors would do well to start discussing options among themselves about how to undo the damage they have done to the once peaceful country that they have incited extremists to daily torment.

Okanga wrote this piece from Agila.

NIGERIAN ARMY AND WAR AGAINST INSURGENCY BEYOND Slogan, By Isaac Ikpa

NIGERIAN ARMY AND WAR AGAINST INSURGENCY BEYOND Slogan, By Isaac Ikpa

By Isaac Ikpa

I don’t know him; may be, only a few Nigerians might have encountered him in the sanctuaries of books and there is no possibility that any Nigerian would ever have a chance of knowing him personally, but Frederick C. Blesse is a living legend or a genius of wisdom by conquering the essence of existence with his timeless philosophy. Blesse told his generation and those who cared to listen that “No guts; no glory.”

So, Nigerians are fervently asking; where are the guts of the incumbent Service Chiefs barely three months after they sauntered on the turf of anti-insurgencies and insurrections as Nigeria’s chief sentinels worthy of a glory? Could it be physical and intellectual fatigue this early in office? Or, are some gods or invisible celestial forces chasing their shadows to the point of disarmament?

It is incredible to the discomforting reality that we are now tethered to the mercy of armed gangs, in ceaseless torments and wails. We are now operating on a frequency akin to a typical village market in the countryside, directionless and unfocused. We are forced to sleep, wine and dine with terrorists and bandits near Abuja. Is it the new glory the incumbent Service Chiefs wish to earn for us and the nation?

Peace and security have eluded us. Our enclaves are seized by gunmen, known and unknown. The unending fires in Southern Nigeria, specifically, Southeast region have felled both civilians and soldiers.  The infamous leader of the outlawed IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has changed the configuration of his rogue armed gangs several times and boldly dare the Nigerian Military. Yet, we appear helpless and rather enter a plea of bargain for mercy? Nigerian Military Chiefs, where is the glory?

We are only searching for the glory in the number of our kidnapped or abducted children by bandits in the Northwest; we only sight a tainted glory in the dingy dungeons of terrorists who have held our people captive. We are forced to sing lullabies to sword-brandishing hoodlums and miscreants; the plain rogues whose only strength is the uncontrolled thirst for bloodshed, in the excitement of feasting on our soldiers.
Asking further, I repeat; where is the glory of our Military or they’ve got no guts anymore? What else can we remember in this quagmire? The ceaseless bloodbath, arson and ashes staring us in the face? We are now standing on rooftops and selenic heights to inspect the ruins brought upon us, as our military fumbles and trembles before deadly enemies.  Like romantic poets, Nigerian Military chiefs now are inured to sloganeering and have turned deaf ears to the lamentations around them. 

I reminisced on what the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and leader of the counter-insurgency operations, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru voiced out when he took the mantle of leadership from his predecessor in Abuja. Gen. Attahiru was stern and appeared like a ferociously devouring lion.

He told his eager audience and pledged to Nigerians on January 28th 2021 to sustain the giant strides of Nigerian Army as he experienced and inherited from his predecessor. Sadly today, Nigerians can neither sight the giant nor the strides in Attahiru’s actions. The spirit has waned unceremoniously.  Sometimes, he appears more phobic than the civilian Nigerians he has the mandate to secure.   Where are the guts, to transform into glory? Blesse was right!

The guts starts and ends with slogans of the Army Chief. Gen. Attahiru told another audience two months later in March 2021, at the opening of the Combined Chief of Army Staff First Quarter Conference and Nigerian Army Operations Retreat 2021 in Abuja that;

“I want to state that the Nigerian Army under my watch will remain resolute in decisively dealing with any threat confronting the country…I have directed that serious attention must be given to sustaining and improving the tempo in all ongoing Nigerian Army operations across the country…Commanders must therefore glean from my command philosophy to ensure that operational and administrative proficiency of Nigerian Army formations and units are sustained and improved upon.”

Sometimes, it is not good enough to overstretch limits of reasonableness in assessment of anybody on a hot seat, like where Attahiru has found himself. He is not in the game alone. His colleagues, other Service Chiefs are also there with him. But we cannot divorce the reality that Attahiru is the Chief honcho of counter-insurgency operations and together with his colleagues are absolutely lost on positive impressions in the terrorism combats in the country.

So, it’s a tedious task to attempt to discern Gen. Attahiru’s philosophy of “operational and administrative proficiency” now. Is it the proficiency which has allowed terrorists and bandits surround Abuja? Is it the proficiency of the everyday kidnapping of our children and adults all over the North or the closure of schools in Abuja because of the unexpected influx and infiltration of the capital city by truckloads of bandits?

In case Gen. Attahiru and the other Service Chiefs forget, I chose to remind them now. That at the point they took over from their predecessors, the Nigerian Military was only battling with Boko Haram insurgents/ ISWAP terrorists most dominantly on the fringes of Borno’s Lake Chad Basin area. Now, they are very close; the terrorists have come too close to us in courageous braggadocio.

 We can no longer sight the guts to which any glory can be earned by the leaders of the counter-insurgency operations. Who will deliver us now? Nigerians now are only entertained with the barrage of slogans from the Military Chiefs than dexterity in warfare. Military Chiefs often assure us of protections from armed gangs; but the assurance consistently fails every time and everywhere.

Hesitantly, our Military Chiefs are compelling Nigerians to trust the haughty spews of Boko Haram’s factional leader, Abubakar Shekau more than their actions have so far espoused on the battlefield. Shekau boasted two days after these Military Chiefs came into office in a nine-minute video that the new Service Chiefs can’t outshine their predecessors in the fight against insurgency in the Northeast or elsewhere in Nigeria.

Shekau thundered; “(General) Leo Irabor, the head of the military, you should have sympathy for yourself, repent and convert to Islam. There is nothing you can do.” I am confused now! Whose words should I trust as stronger and bear any consequence on Nigerians? That’s why Generals Irabor and Attahiru must tighten their seat belts beyond sloganeering.

Nigeria is running out of patience with itself. Terrorists and bandits are making merriments; whilst Nigerians mourn and agonize in bloodshed, abductions and arsons. Shadows of bandits and terrorists loom large and freely roam our city centers, villages, communities, highways and every conceivable place. Courage has given way to numbing fear in our homes and offices.

One is infinitely perturbed watching the effeminate actions of the COAS and leader of the anti-insurgency operations, Gen. Attahiru and the new Service Chiefs in the theatre of war these three months. It is easier to conclude that Nigeria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are infinitely endangered.  It has been donated to the terrorists under these new sheriffs or Military chiefs who initially, held so much promise, but have faltered terribly.  

There is neither spark nor gusto in their deportments in the frontlines of the Northeast, Northwest or Southeast. Jubilant armed gangs have seized our peace and security, shattering dwelling places. We are pathetically tossed on bended kneels under these new masters of terror, as Gen. Attahiru gazes elsewhere.

Therefore, Nigerians make bold to demand that at this time in the history of insurgency in the country, there is the dire need for quick actions and not slogans; we want deafeningly positive results beyond the niceties of rehearsed speeches in the conference halls of Abuja and elsewhere. Will the slogans ginger the troops? Will it deliver the desired results? These and many more are the issues confronting us today as a nation. What ought to be done that has been left undone?

We abhor the demons of terror and the Nigerian Military should not foist them on us. We neither want to worship Abubakar Shekau nor bow to the praxis of the bloody swords of  the ISIS-backed Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists commanded by Musab Al Barnewi. The armed bandits in the forests and caves of Zamfara, Katsina to Niger states have tormented us enough.  Herdsmen should give us a break; and it is a break, which Gen. Attahiru must necessarily impose on them because he is not crowned for a feast of romance with insurgents in the theatre of war.

The rogues camouflaging as secession agitators in the Southeast must be reined in. We seek no protection from some gods; other than our Military. Gen. Attahiru and his colleagues, the Service Chiefs must wake up from slumber to redeem their names and salvage our fatherland in patriotic and true sacrificial service without further delay. We want to again, make bonfires of celebrations, as against the feasts of blood and whines. Like Blesse intoned, our Service Chiefs should immediately show us the guts and the glory now.

Chief Ikpa writes from Abuja.
By Isaac Ikpa

I don’t know him; may be, only a few Nigerians might have encountered him in the sanctuaries of books and there is no possibility that any Nigerian would ever have a chance of knowing him personally, but Frederick C. Blesse is a living legend or a genius of wisdom by conquering the essence of existence with his timeless philosophy. Blesse told his generation and those who cared to listen that “No guts; no glory.”

So, Nigerians are fervently asking; where are the guts of the incumbent Service Chiefs barely three months after they sauntered on the turf of anti-insurgencies and insurrections as Nigeria’s chief sentinels worthy of a glory? Could it be physical and intellectual fatigue this early in office? Or, are some gods or invisible celestial forces chasing their shadows to the point of disarmament?

It is incredible to the discomforting reality that we are now tethered to the mercy of armed gangs, in ceaseless torments and wails. We are now operating on a frequency akin to a typical village market in the countryside, directionless and unfocused. We are forced to sleep, wine and dine with terrorists and bandits near Abuja. Is it the new glory the incumbent Service Chiefs wish to earn for us and the nation?

Peace and security have eluded us. Our enclaves are seized by gunmen, known and unknown. The unending fires in Southern Nigeria, specifically, Southeast region have felled both civilians and soldiers.  The infamous leader of the outlawed IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has changed the configuration of his rogue armed gangs several times and boldly dare the Nigerian Military. Yet, we appear helpless and rather enter a plea of bargain for mercy? Nigerian Military Chiefs, where is the glory?

We are only searching for the glory in the number of our kidnapped or abducted children by bandits in the Northwest; we only sight a tainted glory in the dingy dungeons of terrorists who have held our people captive. We are forced to sing lullabies to sword-brandishing hoodlums and miscreants; the plain rogues whose only strength is the uncontrolled thirst for bloodshed, in the excitement of feasting on our soldiers.
Asking further, I repeat; where is the glory of our Military or they’ve got no guts anymore? What else can we remember in this quagmire? The ceaseless bloodbath, arson and ashes staring us in the face? We are now standing on rooftops and selenic heights to inspect the ruins brought upon us, as our military fumbles and trembles before deadly enemies.  Like romantic poets, Nigerian Military chiefs now are inured to sloganeering and have turned deaf ears to the lamentations around them. 

I reminisced on what the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and leader of the counter-insurgency operations, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru voiced out when he took the mantle of leadership from his predecessor in Abuja. Gen. Attahiru was stern and appeared like a ferociously devouring lion.

He told his eager audience and pledged to Nigerians on January 28th 2021 to sustain the giant strides of Nigerian Army as he experienced and inherited from his predecessor. Sadly today, Nigerians can neither sight the giant nor the strides in Attahiru’s actions. The spirit has waned unceremoniously.  Sometimes, he appears more phobic than the civilian Nigerians he has the mandate to secure.   Where are the guts, to transform into glory? Blesse was right!

The guts starts and ends with slogans of the Army Chief. Gen. Attahiru told another audience two months later in March 2021, at the opening of the Combined Chief of Army Staff First Quarter Conference and Nigerian Army Operations Retreat 2021 in Abuja that;

“I want to state that the Nigerian Army under my watch will remain resolute in decisively dealing with any threat confronting the country…I have directed that serious attention must be given to sustaining and improving the tempo in all ongoing Nigerian Army operations across the country…Commanders must therefore glean from my command philosophy to ensure that operational and administrative proficiency of Nigerian Army formations and units are sustained and improved upon.”

Sometimes, it is not good enough to overstretch limits of reasonableness in assessment of anybody on a hot seat, like where Attahiru has found himself. He is not in the game alone. His colleagues, other Service Chiefs are also there with him. But we cannot divorce the reality that Attahiru is the Chief honcho of counter-insurgency operations and together with his colleagues are absolutely lost on positive impressions in the terrorism combats in the country.

So, it’s a tedious task to attempt to discern Gen. Attahiru’s philosophy of “operational and administrative proficiency” now. Is it the proficiency which has allowed terrorists and bandits surround Abuja? Is it the proficiency of the everyday kidnapping of our children and adults all over the North or the closure of schools in Abuja because of the unexpected influx and infiltration of the capital city by truckloads of bandits?

In case Gen. Attahiru and the other Service Chiefs forget, I chose to remind them now. That at the point they took over from their predecessors, the Nigerian Military was only battling with Boko Haram insurgents/ ISWAP terrorists most dominantly on the fringes of Borno’s Lake Chad Basin area. Now, they are very close; the terrorists have come too close to us in courageous braggadocio.

 We can no longer sight the guts to which any glory can be earned by the leaders of the counter-insurgency operations. Who will deliver us now? Nigerians now are only entertained with the barrage of slogans from the Military Chiefs than dexterity in warfare. Military Chiefs often assure us of protections from armed gangs; but the assurance consistently fails every time and everywhere.

Hesitantly, our Military Chiefs are compelling Nigerians to trust the haughty spews of Boko Haram’s factional leader, Abubakar Shekau more than their actions have so far espoused on the battlefield. Shekau boasted two days after these Military Chiefs came into office in a nine-minute video that the new Service Chiefs can’t outshine their predecessors in the fight against insurgency in the Northeast or elsewhere in Nigeria.

Shekau thundered; “(General) Leo Irabor, the head of the military, you should have sympathy for yourself, repent and convert to Islam. There is nothing you can do.” I am confused now! Whose words should I trust as stronger and bear any consequence on Nigerians? That’s why Generals Irabor and Attahiru must tighten their seat belts beyond sloganeering.

Nigeria is running out of patience with itself. Terrorists and bandits are making merriments; whilst Nigerians mourn and agonize in bloodshed, abductions and arsons. Shadows of bandits and terrorists loom large and freely roam our city centers, villages, communities, highways and every conceivable place. Courage has given way to numbing fear in our homes and offices.

One is infinitely perturbed watching the effeminate actions of the COAS and leader of the anti-insurgency operations, Gen. Attahiru and the new Service Chiefs in the theatre of war these three months. It is easier to conclude that Nigeria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are infinitely endangered.  It has been donated to the terrorists under these new sheriffs or Military chiefs who initially, held so much promise, but have faltered terribly.  

There is neither spark nor gusto in their deportments in the frontlines of the Northeast, Northwest or Southeast. Jubilant armed gangs have seized our peace and security, shattering dwelling places. We are pathetically tossed on bended kneels under these new masters of terror, as Gen. Attahiru gazes elsewhere.

Therefore, Nigerians make bold to demand that at this time in the history of insurgency in the country, there is the dire need for quick actions and not slogans; we want deafeningly positive results beyond the niceties of rehearsed speeches in the conference halls of Abuja and elsewhere. Will the slogans ginger the troops? Will it deliver the desired results? These and many more are the issues confronting us today as a nation. What ought to be done that has been left undone?

We abhor the demons of terror and the Nigerian Military should not foist them on us. We neither want to worship Abubakar Shekau nor bow to the praxis of the bloody swords of  the ISIS-backed Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists commanded by Musab Al Barnewi. The armed bandits in the forests and caves of Zamfara, Katsina to Niger states have tormented us enough.  Herdsmen should give us a break; and it is a break, which Gen. Attahiru must necessarily impose on them because he is not crowned for a feast of romance with insurgents in the theatre of war.

The rogues camouflaging as secession agitators in the Southeast must be reined in. We seek no protection from some gods; other than our Military. Gen. Attahiru and his colleagues, the Service Chiefs must wake up from slumber to redeem their names and salvage our fatherland in patriotic and true sacrificial service without further delay. We want to again, make bonfires of celebrations, as against the feasts of blood and whines. Like Blesse intoned, our Service Chiefs should immediately show us the guts and the glory now.

Chief Ikpa writes from Abuja.

The Alarming Security Situation in Nigeria, By Independent Researchers at NACT-PVS

The Alarming Security Situation in Nigeria, By Independent Researchers at NACT-PVS

By NACT-PVS

Nigeria’s security situation is alarming. This is 2021. The security situation in Nigeria is alarming just reading these news headlines. And these are just a few to mention. The failure of past leaders in Nigeria is the reason why insecurity is so prevalent in present-day Nigeria. The future is in the hands of the young, talented and experienced. These ones need to be educated to be able to see insecurity, challenge and stop it. If the solution to Nigeria’s insecurity challenges is left to the leaders of Nigeria, then there will be no solution. Insecurity affects everyone, not just the wealthy few. So, these individuals should give the opportunity for new talent to thrive. Times change, the world is modernising and quite frankly speaking, so should Nigeria.

Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi on Thursday: the present insecurity in the country is a result of the failure of past leaders who failed to address the future of young people.

Elusoji, S. (2021, May 06). Insecurity Is A Result Of The Failure Of Past Leaders – Umahi. Retrieved May 06, 2021, from https://www.channelstv.com/2021/05/06/insecurity-is-a-result-of-the-failure-of-past-leaders-umahi/amp/


The House of Representatives on Tuesday called on the Federal Government to suspend the planned 2021 census until the insecurity situation in the country is addressed.

Channels Television. (2021, May 05). Insecurity: Reps Ask FG To Suspend 2021 Census. Retrieved May 06, 2021, from https://www.channelstv.com/2021/05/05/insecurity-reps-ask-fg-to-suspend-2021-census/ 


Former Information Minister, Professor Jerry Gana has lamented the worsening state of insecurity in the country, saying Nigerians do not deserve what they are going through. Gana stated this in Abuja on Wednesday. 

Channels Television. (2021, May 05). Insecurity: Nigerians Do Not Deserve What We Are Going Through – Jerry Gana. Retrieved May 06, 2021, from https://www.channelstv.com/2021/05/05/insecurity-nigerians-do-not-deserve-what-we-are-going-through-jerry-gana/ 

The remaining 29 students abducted from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka in Kaduna State have regained freedom.

Ajibola, A., & Enyiocha, C. (2021, May 05). VIDEO: 29 College Students Abducted In Kaduna Regain Freedom. Retrieved May 06, 2021, from https://www.channelstv.com/2021/05/05/breaking-29-college-students-abducted-in-kaduna-regain-freedom/

Insecurity: ‘Where Are The Arms We Bought For $1bn?’ – Wike Asks FG

Igwe, I. (2021, May 04). Insecurity: ‘Where Are The Arms We Bought For $1bn?’ – Wike Asks FG. Retrieved May 06, 2021, from https://www.channelstv.com/2021/05/04/insecurity-where-are-the-arms-we-bought-for-1bn-wike-asks-fg/amp/

As part of measures to tackle the security challenges in Benue, stakeholders in the state have sought the recruitment of Community Volunteer Guards.

Igwe, I. (2021, May 06). Insecurity: Benue Seeks To Recruit Community Volunteer Guards. Retrieved May 06, 2021, from https://www.channelstv.com/2021/05/06/insecurity-benue-seeks-to-recruit-community-volunteer-guards/amp/  

Nkasi Wodu, a New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute, is a lawyer, peacebuilding practitioner, and development expert based in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

"The Nigerian minister of defence recently enjoined Nigerians to take up arms to defend themselves against marauding bandits in their communities. The minister’s statement aligns with the grim reality that Nigeria has a serious internal security problem—and nobody knows exactly how to solve it."

Council on Foreign Relations. (2021, February 26). Nigeria’s Internal Security Problem. Retrieved May 06, 2021, from https://www.cfr.org/blog/nigerias-internal-security-problem 

Nigeria is confronted by multiple security challenges, notably the resilient Boko Haram Islamist insurgency in the north east, long-running discontent and militancy in the Niger Delta, increasing violence between herders and farming communities spreading from the central belt southward, and separatist Biafra agitation in the Igbo south east. Violence, significantly by the Boko Haram insurgency, has displaced over two million people, resulting to uncontrollable humanitarian problems, and with this is the increased of civilian vigilante self-defence groups with new look into security structures, all of these are challenging for the modern day Nigeria.

Crisis Group. (2021). Nigeria. Retrieved May 06, 2021, from https://www.crisisgroup.org/africa/west-africa/nigeria 

By NACT-PVS

Nigeria’s security situation is alarming. This is 2021. The security situation in Nigeria is alarming just reading these news headlines. And these are just a few to mention. The failure of past leaders in Nigeria is the reason why insecurity is so prevalent in present-day Nigeria. The future is in the hands of the young, talented and experienced. These ones need to be educated to be able to see insecurity, challenge and stop it. If the solution to Nigeria’s insecurity challenges is left to the leaders of Nigeria, then there will be no solution. Insecurity affects everyone, not just the wealthy few. So, these individuals should give the opportunity for new talent to thrive. Times change, the world is modernising and quite frankly speaking, so should Nigeria.

Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi on Thursday: the present insecurity in the country is a result of the failure of past leaders who failed to address the future of young people.

Elusoji, S. (2021, May 06). Insecurity Is A Result Of The Failure Of Past Leaders – Umahi. Retrieved May 06, 2021, from https://www.channelstv.com/2021/05/06/insecurity-is-a-result-of-the-failure-of-past-leaders-umahi/amp/


The House of Representatives on Tuesday called on the Federal Government to suspend the planned 2021 census until the insecurity situation in the country is addressed.

Channels Television. (2021, May 05). Insecurity: Reps Ask FG To Suspend 2021 Census. Retrieved May 06, 2021, from https://www.channelstv.com/2021/05/05/insecurity-reps-ask-fg-to-suspend-2021-census/ 


Former Information Minister, Professor Jerry Gana has lamented the worsening state of insecurity in the country, saying Nigerians do not deserve what they are going through. Gana stated this in Abuja on Wednesday. 

Channels Television. (2021, May 05). Insecurity: Nigerians Do Not Deserve What We Are Going Through – Jerry Gana. Retrieved May 06, 2021, from https://www.channelstv.com/2021/05/05/insecurity-nigerians-do-not-deserve-what-we-are-going-through-jerry-gana/ 

The remaining 29 students abducted from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka in Kaduna State have regained freedom.

Ajibola, A., & Enyiocha, C. (2021, May 05). VIDEO: 29 College Students Abducted In Kaduna Regain Freedom. Retrieved May 06, 2021, from https://www.channelstv.com/2021/05/05/breaking-29-college-students-abducted-in-kaduna-regain-freedom/

Insecurity: ‘Where Are The Arms We Bought For $1bn?’ – Wike Asks FG

Igwe, I. (2021, May 04). Insecurity: ‘Where Are The Arms We Bought For $1bn?’ – Wike Asks FG. Retrieved May 06, 2021, from https://www.channelstv.com/2021/05/04/insecurity-where-are-the-arms-we-bought-for-1bn-wike-asks-fg/amp/

As part of measures to tackle the security challenges in Benue, stakeholders in the state have sought the recruitment of Community Volunteer Guards.

Igwe, I. (2021, May 06). Insecurity: Benue Seeks To Recruit Community Volunteer Guards. Retrieved May 06, 2021, from https://www.channelstv.com/2021/05/06/insecurity-benue-seeks-to-recruit-community-volunteer-guards/amp/  

Nkasi Wodu, a New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute, is a lawyer, peacebuilding practitioner, and development expert based in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

"The Nigerian minister of defence recently enjoined Nigerians to take up arms to defend themselves against marauding bandits in their communities. The minister’s statement aligns with the grim reality that Nigeria has a serious internal security problem—and nobody knows exactly how to solve it."

Council on Foreign Relations. (2021, February 26). Nigeria’s Internal Security Problem. Retrieved May 06, 2021, from https://www.cfr.org/blog/nigerias-internal-security-problem 

Nigeria is confronted by multiple security challenges, notably the resilient Boko Haram Islamist insurgency in the north east, long-running discontent and militancy in the Niger Delta, increasing violence between herders and farming communities spreading from the central belt southward, and separatist Biafra agitation in the Igbo south east. Violence, significantly by the Boko Haram insurgency, has displaced over two million people, resulting to uncontrollable humanitarian problems, and with this is the increased of civilian vigilante self-defence groups with new look into security structures, all of these are challenging for the modern day Nigeria.

Crisis Group. (2021). Nigeria. Retrieved May 06, 2021, from https://www.crisisgroup.org/africa/west-africa/nigeria 

Insecurity: Between Ortom’s crocodile tears and the Presidency, By Simon Wayo

Insecurity: Between Ortom’s crocodile tears and the Presidency, By Simon Wayo

By Simon Wayo 

Governor of Benue state, Mr. Samuel Ortom is a disingenuous thespian. He seeks to recreate the absurdist theatre of ancient Greek, but replicates it very poorly.  But in his die-hard posture of dramatizing the bizarre, the Governor competes for fame, which sophistry has outclassed Sophocles, the great Greek playwright.

Governor Ortom is recognized nationally and even globally, as the master of wails and whines! He erects the stage and sources his raw materials or contents for the dramatic and propagandist showmanship from alleged herdsmen atrocities in Benue state. He is not popular among the clan of Governors in Nigeria for landmark development projects.   

Each time, he parrots and howls like a strangulated prisoner, it’s about insecurities in his state. What is suspect and triggers anger is his proclivity of his very translucently, dishonest approaches to the crises of different shades and dimensions plaquing his state.

No one can dispute the extremely porous state of security in Nigeria today. Armed aliens, foreign merchants and their local conspirators are really making a mince meat of Nigeria’s national security. This is indisputable.  But what is the Presidency not doing to curb the trend of viral insecurities in Nigeria?

President Muhammadu Buhari has not flinched from doing the needful. He is funding, equipping and deploying   all security agents to crisis flashpoints. The widespread tendency of the crisis has apparently over-tasked and overstretched the Nigerian security apparatus. It is very glaring. Yet, the Federal Government has not relented on its oars to enthrone peace and stability throughout the country.

It is accepted that where human lives are affected, it sprouts emotions, some genuine, while others partisan. But a cliche says, security is everybody’s business. Leaders at the lower rungs in the corridors of power particularly, have a lot to do in complementing the strength of the Federal Government in securing the lives and property of Nigerians. Regrettably through, it is a philosophy Benue’s Governor Ortom has refused to imbibe.   

The central Government’s concern for security is the reason each state of the federation has monthly security votes. It is supposed to be expanded in whatever way to tame crisis at its embryonic stage through proactive steps.  Unfortunately, some rogue-State Governors have abused it. They are eager to collect the huge sums, but very hesitant to use it for the purpose it was budgeted.

Ortom is a perfect example. He allegedly collects about N900 million monthly as security votes. But to cover-up his leadership loopholes, Mr. Governor has made it a hobby to tongue-lash, brickbat, grandstand, harshly scold and assail the personality and office of Mr. President with accusations’ of failing to tackle security challenges in the country.

 President Buhari has received consistent reproaches from Governor Ortom who accuses him of permitting his Fulani kinsmen to kill and bloodily evict the people of Benue out of their ancestral lands. The Governor knows, what he spews are half-truths; malicious lies and egoistic grandstanding against the Presidency to coverup his abdication of his basic responsibilities. This is public knowledge.

Killers operating in Nigeria whether clothe as terrorists or bandits have permeated the land, including the President’s home-state of Katsina. By Ortom’s extrapolations, is it likely that Mr. President would also prod the killers to kill his own direct kinsmen, who share same affinity with the same armed assailants? The answer is clearly in the negative. That’s why every leader must play his role faithfully to end this scourge in Nigeria.

Now, some few days back, Governor Ortom again addressed Nigerians alleging the invasion and killing of about seven persons housed in an IDP camp, Abagena at the outskirts of Makurdi, the Benue State capital. (May the souls of those who lost their lives rest in perfect peace). But there were a lot of lacunas in Ortom’s wailings and castigations of the Presidency, flowing from the latest incident.

The Governor accused President Buhari of failing on security of his state and the entire country. But strangely, Ortom exonerated himself from his actions and inactions which have aggravated the deadly conflict between farmers and herders or he generally porous security in his state.

Have Nigerians imagined that in the scenario of incessant attacks by killer gangs on communities in Benue, a place housing IDPs would have no security guard, even of local vigilantes? It is the responsibility of the state Governor. These are the minor things, but very crucial, which he ignores, but prefers to blame Buhari.   

Benue state is generally a hotbed of violent clashes or insecurities. There are internal communal clashes, and conflagrations in various parts of the state, which have added its force to the invading armed gangs to terrorize the state. These seems entrenched in the state. Perceptively, there is poor leadership discharge in Benue state, as exemplified by Governor Ortom.

The Benue Governor has mismanaged everything in the state. He has refused to pay salaries and pay pensioners. He has thwarted flow of funds into the Local Government system, despite NFIU enforcement; he has built no cottage industries to create jobs, and he has resuscitated none! Penury smiles ferociously in the state; whilst, hunger and starvation are perpetual tenants in Benue.

And even agriculture which is the main traditional occupation of the people is in shambles because of failure of the Governor to encourage and support farming ventures. What he supports is the Oracle Farms Limited, the Governor’s private farms. He spends more time on his private farms, than he commits to governing the state.  

It is this leadership deficit in the state that has created cracks on the wall and birthed the awful insecurities tormenting the people. Gov. Ortom has never thought of exploring alternatives in solving evolving security issues in the state. He ignores these issues until they explode dangerously to create a platform for him to shift the blame on Mr.  President. He saves his monthly security votes under his pillow and waits for the next allocation.     

Governor Ortom sounds all the time as if it is President Buhari who is opposed to the Anti-Opening Grazing Prohibition and Ranching Establishment Law, operative in the state. The ban on open grazing in the state is a law passed by the State House of Assembly. It means, it is what the people of Benue have collectively endorsed, which is subject to violation like any other law in the country. It is instructive that the Anti- Open Grazing law was conceived and enacted by the APC led government in Benue State at the time and was initiated by civil society groups in the state.

The anti-open grazing law also has restrictions, spells out penalties for violation and prescribes punishments for offenders, including prosecution and payment of fines to reclaim impounded livestock. But Governor Ortom has consciously abused or violated the stipulations of a law he signed himself.

 

Ortom is aware that confiscated cows from herders who violate the law ends up missing, or diverted, when the owners eventually appear to pay the prescribed fines to reclaim their livestock. Intelligence reports indicate that sometimes, impounded livestock are even shared among operators or enforcers of the anti-open grazing law, immediately they are seized.

And when the owners come to reclaim back their goods, the consignment is most times incomplete or dubiously pilfered. It’s evident in Ortom’s Livestock Guards, who are merely on monthly stipends, but are now living epicurean lifestyles from the business of illegally selling off confiscated cattle.

These are some of the actions sparking reprisal attacks from the same herders, who are angered that the Government has shortchanged and unfairly dispossessed them of their treasures. And Governor Ortom is aware of this defective application of the anti-open grazing law, but he is strangely reluctant to insist on the right thing.  By implication, Ortom is a beneficiary of the disrupted peace he has brought on people of the state and doesn’t want an end to it.

 It’s high time Nigerians are told the truth. Governor Ortom is the main architect and culprit of the insecurities bedeviling his state or the heist by herders in his state. He is even suspected of diversionary hiding under the cover of the killers to settle political scores with enemies.

This is the reason its difficult for federal security to assist Ortom restore absolute security sanity in the state. Nigerians should ignore his flippancy and propagandist tendencies, as well as the persistent scolding of President Buhari.   Ortom is the real cause of insecurities in the state and thereafter, shed crocodile tears to attract empathy. 

Each time he has to render accountability to his people, he ups the ante of insecurities. He has used this template to divert monthly entitlements of workers and pensioners’, citing insecurity in the state. The people should be wise to identify their real enemy; and it is Governor Ortom who has turned the herdsmen killings into a business. Those in doubt, should ask Gov. Ortom’s kinsman, Alhaji Aliyu Tashaku!

 Had Ortom approached herder’s mayhem in Benue honestly and genuinely, the killings would have ended or at least, the tempo would have reduced. Therefore, the Governor lacks the moral right or rectitude to criticize President Buhari who is doing his best to contain the situation. To this moment, Operation Whirl Stroke is still operating in Benue and parts of the North Central states. It is this  same team that tackled the notorious Gana militant group that once kidnapped and murdered the wife of Justice Tine Tuu. The jurist himself died from what is suspected to be the trauma of the tragic death of his wife .         Ortom should utilize them as assets to restore durable peace and security in Benue state. #

Wayo wrote from Federal Government College, Gboko Benue State.
By Simon Wayo 

Governor of Benue state, Mr. Samuel Ortom is a disingenuous thespian. He seeks to recreate the absurdist theatre of ancient Greek, but replicates it very poorly.  But in his die-hard posture of dramatizing the bizarre, the Governor competes for fame, which sophistry has outclassed Sophocles, the great Greek playwright.

Governor Ortom is recognized nationally and even globally, as the master of wails and whines! He erects the stage and sources his raw materials or contents for the dramatic and propagandist showmanship from alleged herdsmen atrocities in Benue state. He is not popular among the clan of Governors in Nigeria for landmark development projects.   

Each time, he parrots and howls like a strangulated prisoner, it’s about insecurities in his state. What is suspect and triggers anger is his proclivity of his very translucently, dishonest approaches to the crises of different shades and dimensions plaquing his state.

No one can dispute the extremely porous state of security in Nigeria today. Armed aliens, foreign merchants and their local conspirators are really making a mince meat of Nigeria’s national security. This is indisputable.  But what is the Presidency not doing to curb the trend of viral insecurities in Nigeria?

President Muhammadu Buhari has not flinched from doing the needful. He is funding, equipping and deploying   all security agents to crisis flashpoints. The widespread tendency of the crisis has apparently over-tasked and overstretched the Nigerian security apparatus. It is very glaring. Yet, the Federal Government has not relented on its oars to enthrone peace and stability throughout the country.

It is accepted that where human lives are affected, it sprouts emotions, some genuine, while others partisan. But a cliche says, security is everybody’s business. Leaders at the lower rungs in the corridors of power particularly, have a lot to do in complementing the strength of the Federal Government in securing the lives and property of Nigerians. Regrettably through, it is a philosophy Benue’s Governor Ortom has refused to imbibe.   

The central Government’s concern for security is the reason each state of the federation has monthly security votes. It is supposed to be expanded in whatever way to tame crisis at its embryonic stage through proactive steps.  Unfortunately, some rogue-State Governors have abused it. They are eager to collect the huge sums, but very hesitant to use it for the purpose it was budgeted.

Ortom is a perfect example. He allegedly collects about N900 million monthly as security votes. But to cover-up his leadership loopholes, Mr. Governor has made it a hobby to tongue-lash, brickbat, grandstand, harshly scold and assail the personality and office of Mr. President with accusations’ of failing to tackle security challenges in the country.

 President Buhari has received consistent reproaches from Governor Ortom who accuses him of permitting his Fulani kinsmen to kill and bloodily evict the people of Benue out of their ancestral lands. The Governor knows, what he spews are half-truths; malicious lies and egoistic grandstanding against the Presidency to coverup his abdication of his basic responsibilities. This is public knowledge.

Killers operating in Nigeria whether clothe as terrorists or bandits have permeated the land, including the President’s home-state of Katsina. By Ortom’s extrapolations, is it likely that Mr. President would also prod the killers to kill his own direct kinsmen, who share same affinity with the same armed assailants? The answer is clearly in the negative. That’s why every leader must play his role faithfully to end this scourge in Nigeria.

Now, some few days back, Governor Ortom again addressed Nigerians alleging the invasion and killing of about seven persons housed in an IDP camp, Abagena at the outskirts of Makurdi, the Benue State capital. (May the souls of those who lost their lives rest in perfect peace). But there were a lot of lacunas in Ortom’s wailings and castigations of the Presidency, flowing from the latest incident.

The Governor accused President Buhari of failing on security of his state and the entire country. But strangely, Ortom exonerated himself from his actions and inactions which have aggravated the deadly conflict between farmers and herders or he generally porous security in his state.

Have Nigerians imagined that in the scenario of incessant attacks by killer gangs on communities in Benue, a place housing IDPs would have no security guard, even of local vigilantes? It is the responsibility of the state Governor. These are the minor things, but very crucial, which he ignores, but prefers to blame Buhari.   

Benue state is generally a hotbed of violent clashes or insecurities. There are internal communal clashes, and conflagrations in various parts of the state, which have added its force to the invading armed gangs to terrorize the state. These seems entrenched in the state. Perceptively, there is poor leadership discharge in Benue state, as exemplified by Governor Ortom.

The Benue Governor has mismanaged everything in the state. He has refused to pay salaries and pay pensioners. He has thwarted flow of funds into the Local Government system, despite NFIU enforcement; he has built no cottage industries to create jobs, and he has resuscitated none! Penury smiles ferociously in the state; whilst, hunger and starvation are perpetual tenants in Benue.

And even agriculture which is the main traditional occupation of the people is in shambles because of failure of the Governor to encourage and support farming ventures. What he supports is the Oracle Farms Limited, the Governor’s private farms. He spends more time on his private farms, than he commits to governing the state.  

It is this leadership deficit in the state that has created cracks on the wall and birthed the awful insecurities tormenting the people. Gov. Ortom has never thought of exploring alternatives in solving evolving security issues in the state. He ignores these issues until they explode dangerously to create a platform for him to shift the blame on Mr.  President. He saves his monthly security votes under his pillow and waits for the next allocation.     

Governor Ortom sounds all the time as if it is President Buhari who is opposed to the Anti-Opening Grazing Prohibition and Ranching Establishment Law, operative in the state. The ban on open grazing in the state is a law passed by the State House of Assembly. It means, it is what the people of Benue have collectively endorsed, which is subject to violation like any other law in the country. It is instructive that the Anti- Open Grazing law was conceived and enacted by the APC led government in Benue State at the time and was initiated by civil society groups in the state.

The anti-open grazing law also has restrictions, spells out penalties for violation and prescribes punishments for offenders, including prosecution and payment of fines to reclaim impounded livestock. But Governor Ortom has consciously abused or violated the stipulations of a law he signed himself.

 

Ortom is aware that confiscated cows from herders who violate the law ends up missing, or diverted, when the owners eventually appear to pay the prescribed fines to reclaim their livestock. Intelligence reports indicate that sometimes, impounded livestock are even shared among operators or enforcers of the anti-open grazing law, immediately they are seized.

And when the owners come to reclaim back their goods, the consignment is most times incomplete or dubiously pilfered. It’s evident in Ortom’s Livestock Guards, who are merely on monthly stipends, but are now living epicurean lifestyles from the business of illegally selling off confiscated cattle.

These are some of the actions sparking reprisal attacks from the same herders, who are angered that the Government has shortchanged and unfairly dispossessed them of their treasures. And Governor Ortom is aware of this defective application of the anti-open grazing law, but he is strangely reluctant to insist on the right thing.  By implication, Ortom is a beneficiary of the disrupted peace he has brought on people of the state and doesn’t want an end to it.

 It’s high time Nigerians are told the truth. Governor Ortom is the main architect and culprit of the insecurities bedeviling his state or the heist by herders in his state. He is even suspected of diversionary hiding under the cover of the killers to settle political scores with enemies.

This is the reason its difficult for federal security to assist Ortom restore absolute security sanity in the state. Nigerians should ignore his flippancy and propagandist tendencies, as well as the persistent scolding of President Buhari.   Ortom is the real cause of insecurities in the state and thereafter, shed crocodile tears to attract empathy. 

Each time he has to render accountability to his people, he ups the ante of insecurities. He has used this template to divert monthly entitlements of workers and pensioners’, citing insecurity in the state. The people should be wise to identify their real enemy; and it is Governor Ortom who has turned the herdsmen killings into a business. Those in doubt, should ask Gov. Ortom’s kinsman, Alhaji Aliyu Tashaku!

 Had Ortom approached herder’s mayhem in Benue honestly and genuinely, the killings would have ended or at least, the tempo would have reduced. Therefore, the Governor lacks the moral right or rectitude to criticize President Buhari who is doing his best to contain the situation. To this moment, Operation Whirl Stroke is still operating in Benue and parts of the North Central states. It is this  same team that tackled the notorious Gana militant group that once kidnapped and murdered the wife of Justice Tine Tuu. The jurist himself died from what is suspected to be the trauma of the tragic death of his wife .         Ortom should utilize them as assets to restore durable peace and security in Benue state. #

Wayo wrote from Federal Government College, Gboko Benue State.

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