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PVC REGISTRATION: Group call on URHOBO indegenes on massive Voters Card register

PVC REGISTRATION: Group call on URHOBO indegenes on massive Voters Card register

By Ode Williams

The leadership of New Delta National League NDNL, an advocacy group has called on URHOBO indegenes sons and daughters and Deltans in particular who are 18 years and above that have not registered for their Permanent Voters Card PVC to do so as that is their power to vote leaders of their choice and also to be voted for.

 In a statement issued by the National President Comrade, Yisah Omarayerue Peter and the Secretary Comrade Chanumuya Andrew Azubuike inrespectively, to the newsmen at Warri, Delta State recently said," the advocacy group are spure to carrying out massive sensitization and mobilization of eligible voters to go out and register for their  PVC"
According to the NDNL chairman, said, the issue of  PVC was very key for the electorates as that was the only legal right to cast vote for the candidates of their choices.
 The group decried the lack of interest shown by some Nigerians who have lost hope in government as a result of bad governance said the processes of electing credible leaders begins with the registration and collection of PVC's.
NDNL noted that, the Independent Electoral Commission INEC has commence online Continuous Voters Registration CVR, and as matter of fact all sundry is expected to register and has right vote for credibility leaders,

Adding that, intending voters who are 18 years and above can register online and thereafter proceed to INEC designated centers to complete with the processes.
The group had so far visited several Units, Wards and Local Government Areas across the state sensitizing the people on the need for eligible voters to register for their PVC as 84 millions Nigerians are on the voters register which is not commensurate with the eligible populace. 

The statement added that Nigerians should not toy with the issue of voters registration as that is the yardstick to participate in every elections.
He stated.
By Ode Williams

The leadership of New Delta National League NDNL, an advocacy group has called on URHOBO indegenes sons and daughters and Deltans in particular who are 18 years and above that have not registered for their Permanent Voters Card PVC to do so as that is their power to vote leaders of their choice and also to be voted for.

 In a statement issued by the National President Comrade, Yisah Omarayerue Peter and the Secretary Comrade Chanumuya Andrew Azubuike inrespectively, to the newsmen at Warri, Delta State recently said," the advocacy group are spure to carrying out massive sensitization and mobilization of eligible voters to go out and register for their  PVC"
According to the NDNL chairman, said, the issue of  PVC was very key for the electorates as that was the only legal right to cast vote for the candidates of their choices.
 The group decried the lack of interest shown by some Nigerians who have lost hope in government as a result of bad governance said the processes of electing credible leaders begins with the registration and collection of PVC's.
NDNL noted that, the Independent Electoral Commission INEC has commence online Continuous Voters Registration CVR, and as matter of fact all sundry is expected to register and has right vote for credibility leaders,

Adding that, intending voters who are 18 years and above can register online and thereafter proceed to INEC designated centers to complete with the processes.
The group had so far visited several Units, Wards and Local Government Areas across the state sensitizing the people on the need for eligible voters to register for their PVC as 84 millions Nigerians are on the voters register which is not commensurate with the eligible populace. 

The statement added that Nigerians should not toy with the issue of voters registration as that is the yardstick to participate in every elections.
He stated.

Contractors Stun As Buhari Rejects Kickback Cheques of unimaginable amounts

Contractors Stun As Buhari Rejects Kickback Cheques of unimaginable amounts

By News Proof 

President Muhammadu  Buhari Friday in Daura, Katsina State, urged businessmen, contractors and other privileged Nigerians who are beneficiaries of government patronage to always engage in Corporate Social Responsibility, instead of seeking to favor individuals with gifts.
 
President Buhari, who visited the Emir of Daura, Dr Umar Faruk Umar, at his Palace, said pointedly, "I don't want tour cheque.  Go and assist our communities" instead of trying to return kickbacks to public officers, including his office.
 
"We don't want cheques from anyone or organisation as returns or influence of any kind. Let them remember their Corporate Social Responsibilities," he said. 
 
The President noted that he would love to visit Daura more frequently, but for the high cost of presidential movements and exposing security personnel to the weather, assuring that his heart remains with the people.
 
"We are known for farming and I have my farm here. I could come every two weeks and no one can stop me. But the cost to the movement is high. I would rather that it be used to better our schools, clinics and hospitals," said the President.

The President said the grace of God had kept Nigeria together as a country in spite of differences that led to a 30 months civil war 
"We want to thank God always for keeping us together as a country. From January 15, 1966, the country was thrown into political crisis. We had a 30 months civil war that resulted in the loss of about a million lives.

"We still thank God for keeping us together. We remain grateful to all those who showed interest in our unity and progress. May God continue to bless them," he added.

The President, who recalled fond memories of visiting the Palace as a military Head of State, expressed happiness that the warmth and hospitality of the traditional institution had been sustained over the years.

In his remarks, the Emir of Daura, thanked the President for always creating time to visit his hometown and the palace despite the tight schedule.

 "Your visit to Daura reflects your good character which we are very proud of. I can assure you that men, women, children, marketers and artisans are always pleased to receive you and they will be praying for you.

"Today is not for speeches but for appreciation. We have been blessed so much as a community because you are the leader of the country. You have brought honour to our domain.

''As a community, we have benefited a lot with increased traffic of people and organisations coming to help us here. We know it’s because of you.

"May the good Lord always go before you and behind you, and remove all obstacles from your path," he added.

The Emir said the President must remain focused in getting results particularly in securing the country. 
"Nigeria is lucky to have you at this time. I am not saying it to please you, but if you had not been in power it would have been very difficult. I doubt if we will be here today," he added.

At the meeting, the Emir publicly announced conferment of the title of Talban Daura on Yusuf Buhari, son of President Buhari.

He said a date would be announced for the turbaning ceremony of the President's son, which might likely be before his marriage.

The Emir also announced creation of a District in the community of the President, with headquarters in Dimurkol. 

He said the turbaning of young Buhari and creation of the District was to further extend and deepen the long relationship between the Palace and the family. 

He said the decision was in agreement with the kingmakers in Daura Emirate Council.

During the visit, the Palace used the opportunity to clarify the difference between two titles, Talban Hausa,  given to  Alpha Conde, the President of Guinea and Talban Daura designated for Yusuf,  the President’s son.

The Palace explained that Daura, as the linchpin of the Hausa society had conferred titles that have bearing on the Hausa Kingdom and those that are specific to the Emirate.
By News Proof 

President Muhammadu  Buhari Friday in Daura, Katsina State, urged businessmen, contractors and other privileged Nigerians who are beneficiaries of government patronage to always engage in Corporate Social Responsibility, instead of seeking to favor individuals with gifts.
 
President Buhari, who visited the Emir of Daura, Dr Umar Faruk Umar, at his Palace, said pointedly, "I don't want tour cheque.  Go and assist our communities" instead of trying to return kickbacks to public officers, including his office.
 
"We don't want cheques from anyone or organisation as returns or influence of any kind. Let them remember their Corporate Social Responsibilities," he said. 
 
The President noted that he would love to visit Daura more frequently, but for the high cost of presidential movements and exposing security personnel to the weather, assuring that his heart remains with the people.
 
"We are known for farming and I have my farm here. I could come every two weeks and no one can stop me. But the cost to the movement is high. I would rather that it be used to better our schools, clinics and hospitals," said the President.

The President said the grace of God had kept Nigeria together as a country in spite of differences that led to a 30 months civil war 
"We want to thank God always for keeping us together as a country. From January 15, 1966, the country was thrown into political crisis. We had a 30 months civil war that resulted in the loss of about a million lives.

"We still thank God for keeping us together. We remain grateful to all those who showed interest in our unity and progress. May God continue to bless them," he added.

The President, who recalled fond memories of visiting the Palace as a military Head of State, expressed happiness that the warmth and hospitality of the traditional institution had been sustained over the years.

In his remarks, the Emir of Daura, thanked the President for always creating time to visit his hometown and the palace despite the tight schedule.

 "Your visit to Daura reflects your good character which we are very proud of. I can assure you that men, women, children, marketers and artisans are always pleased to receive you and they will be praying for you.

"Today is not for speeches but for appreciation. We have been blessed so much as a community because you are the leader of the country. You have brought honour to our domain.

''As a community, we have benefited a lot with increased traffic of people and organisations coming to help us here. We know it’s because of you.

"May the good Lord always go before you and behind you, and remove all obstacles from your path," he added.

The Emir said the President must remain focused in getting results particularly in securing the country. 
"Nigeria is lucky to have you at this time. I am not saying it to please you, but if you had not been in power it would have been very difficult. I doubt if we will be here today," he added.

At the meeting, the Emir publicly announced conferment of the title of Talban Daura on Yusuf Buhari, son of President Buhari.

He said a date would be announced for the turbaning ceremony of the President's son, which might likely be before his marriage.

The Emir also announced creation of a District in the community of the President, with headquarters in Dimurkol. 

He said the turbaning of young Buhari and creation of the District was to further extend and deepen the long relationship between the Palace and the family. 

He said the decision was in agreement with the kingmakers in Daura Emirate Council.

During the visit, the Palace used the opportunity to clarify the difference between two titles, Talban Hausa,  given to  Alpha Conde, the President of Guinea and Talban Daura designated for Yusuf,  the President’s son.

The Palace explained that Daura, as the linchpin of the Hausa society had conferred titles that have bearing on the Hausa Kingdom and those that are specific to the Emirate.

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.”

BREAKING: Presidency 'strips' Bishop Kukah 'Man of God' title

BREAKING: Presidency 'strips' Bishop Kukah 'Man of God' title

By Dansu Peter 

The Presidency of Nigeria may have shunned the common practice to refer to Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto Catholic diocese as a "Man of God", a universally revered name reserved and used to address any clergyman. 

This was contained in a press statement released by the Presidency through the Special Assistant to the President on media and and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in response to the testimony given by Bishop Kukah recently against the Nigerian Government at the United States Congress over insecurity and other solutions-defying problems ravaging the nation, where he referred to the clergyman as a "Man of the church" 

"Man of God" and or "Men of God" is a common revered name reserved and used to address any clergyman; Pastors, Bishop, Pope, Evangelists, Imams and Muslim Clerics of different ranks worldwide. 

But the Presidency, through Garba Shehu, in a terse response to Bishop Kukah's testimony against the Nigerian Government led President Muhammadu Buhari, before the US Congress did not refer to the the vocal clergymen as a "Man of God", instead, he was referred to as "the Churchman". 

A proper check of the full text of the Presidency response by News Proof, indicated that, at no instance in the statement was Bishop Kukah referred to as a "Man of God" but rather "a man of the church" 

Could this have been deliberate to indirectly cast an aspersion on the Man of God? or a mere use of diction? As churchman or Churchmen or a man of the church could also mean a priest or anyone who works in a house of God. 

BELOW IS THE FULL TEXT OF THE PRESS STATEMENT:

RESPONSE BY THE PRESIDENCY TO THE STATEMENT MADE BY BISHOP KUKAH BEFORE THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS

It is unfortunate, and disappointing, for citizens of Nigeria to bear witness to one of their Churchmen castigating their country in front of representatives of a foreign parliament.

We are all too familiar with these overseas political tours that opposition politicians take - visiting foreign leaders and legislators in the United States, United Kingdom and Europe. So, the argument goes, if they are heard seriously abroad, then Nigerian citizens back home should surely listen to them too.

But in order to be heard at all, and to maximise media coverage back home for their activities, inevitably these visits involve painting the worst possible picture of our country before their chosen foreign audience.

Soon enough we inescapably hear an identical list of racist tropes against northerners, how one religion dominates governance above all others, how the government is doing nothing to address herder-farmer disturbances, and how the government spends money on infrastructure to benefit everyone but the group and religion of the speaker. Of course, in order not to disappoint their western audience, regardless of fact, the list is always the same-and always slanted for whoever wishes to cross-check.

Nigerians expect this from their unimaginative opposition - but it is troubling when a so-called man of the Church copies the worst excesses of those seeking personal advancement in public office.

Only this government has put forward the first and singular plan in nearly a century to address herder-farmer challenges - a fact recognised by international NGOs, including the International Crisis Group. To declare to a foreign audience that this government does nothing is an incredible falsehood.

To suggest that investment in infrastructure between Nigeria and Niger is wasteful and biased – when a similar infrastructure project between Lagos and Benin has revolutionised the two neighbouring economies to the advantage of both our countries - is quite disturbing.

There is no bias in this government when the president is northern and Muslim, the vice president southern and Christian, and the cabinet equally balanced between the two religions. But neither is there anything in our Constitution to state that political posts must be apportioned according to ethnicity or faith. It takes a warped frame of mind for a critic to believe ethnicity is of primary importance in public appointments. It is yet more troubling to hear a Churchman isolating one group for criticism purely on ethnic lines.

With due respect to the esteemed position he holds, the Bishop’s assertion that only Christian schools are being targeted by bandits or terrorists is not supported by the facts on the ground. It is sad to say but also true that victims of crime, kidnapping, banditry and terrorism cut across all strata of the society. Sad but true that Kankara students in Katsina State were stolen by bandits of the same Islamic faith as those they took away. The same may be true of those who are still holding the 134 students of the Islamic School at Tegina in Niger State. The nation witnessed the sad incident of the female students abducted by bandits at Jangebe in Zamfara State and the over 100 predominantly Muslim students of the Federal Government Girls College Birnin Yauri in Kebbi State who are  currently in captivity- and the nation’s security agencies are hard at work to release them unharmed.

The attack on Christian students is sad and unacceptable; so also is the abduction of students of other faiths. The claim that only Christian schools are being targeted is totally untrue.

As a nation and a people, we must together define evil as evil. We must not allow our religious differences to divide us. No one gains but the evil doers when we divide our ranks according to ethnicity and religion in confronting them. The bandit, kidnapper and terrorist are the enemies of the people who should be confronted in unison.

To be clear, The Bible is definitive on matters of ethnicity and racialism: In Romans 2:9-10, it says: “There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honour and peace for everyone who does good”; And in Galatians 3:28: “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Whether Christian or Muslim, we stand by these beliefs and are steadfastly committed to them in governance.

There is no place in mainstream civil discourse for those who actively, negatively, and publicly label an individual ethnic group, especially before a foreign audience. These are not the views expressed or opinions held by the vast majority of the citizens of Nigeria. For all our challenges as a nation, nearly all of us seek to live together in harmony, celebrating differences, and finding common ground as Nigerians above all. But people like Kukah are doing their best to sow discord and strife among Nigerians.

More than any other set of people, leaders - in politics or religion who preach respect for truth have a duty to practice it. It is a moral and practical responsibility.

Going by the history of the Church as is well known, it will stand up publicly for the truth.

It is time others did the same.

Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
July 18, 2021
By Dansu Peter 

The Presidency of Nigeria may have shunned the common practice to refer to Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto Catholic diocese as a "Man of God", a universally revered name reserved and used to address any clergyman. 

This was contained in a press statement released by the Presidency through the Special Assistant to the President on media and and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in response to the testimony given by Bishop Kukah recently against the Nigerian Government at the United States Congress over insecurity and other solutions-defying problems ravaging the nation, where he referred to the clergyman as a "Man of the church" 

"Man of God" and or "Men of God" is a common revered name reserved and used to address any clergyman; Pastors, Bishop, Pope, Evangelists, Imams and Muslim Clerics of different ranks worldwide. 

But the Presidency, through Garba Shehu, in a terse response to Bishop Kukah's testimony against the Nigerian Government led President Muhammadu Buhari, before the US Congress did not refer to the the vocal clergymen as a "Man of God", instead, he was referred to as "the Churchman". 

A proper check of the full text of the Presidency response by News Proof, indicated that, at no instance in the statement was Bishop Kukah referred to as a "Man of God" but rather "a man of the church" 

Could this have been deliberate to indirectly cast an aspersion on the Man of God? or a mere use of diction? As churchman or Churchmen or a man of the church could also mean a priest or anyone who works in a house of God. 

BELOW IS THE FULL TEXT OF THE PRESS STATEMENT:

RESPONSE BY THE PRESIDENCY TO THE STATEMENT MADE BY BISHOP KUKAH BEFORE THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS

It is unfortunate, and disappointing, for citizens of Nigeria to bear witness to one of their Churchmen castigating their country in front of representatives of a foreign parliament.

We are all too familiar with these overseas political tours that opposition politicians take - visiting foreign leaders and legislators in the United States, United Kingdom and Europe. So, the argument goes, if they are heard seriously abroad, then Nigerian citizens back home should surely listen to them too.

But in order to be heard at all, and to maximise media coverage back home for their activities, inevitably these visits involve painting the worst possible picture of our country before their chosen foreign audience.

Soon enough we inescapably hear an identical list of racist tropes against northerners, how one religion dominates governance above all others, how the government is doing nothing to address herder-farmer disturbances, and how the government spends money on infrastructure to benefit everyone but the group and religion of the speaker. Of course, in order not to disappoint their western audience, regardless of fact, the list is always the same-and always slanted for whoever wishes to cross-check.

Nigerians expect this from their unimaginative opposition - but it is troubling when a so-called man of the Church copies the worst excesses of those seeking personal advancement in public office.

Only this government has put forward the first and singular plan in nearly a century to address herder-farmer challenges - a fact recognised by international NGOs, including the International Crisis Group. To declare to a foreign audience that this government does nothing is an incredible falsehood.

To suggest that investment in infrastructure between Nigeria and Niger is wasteful and biased – when a similar infrastructure project between Lagos and Benin has revolutionised the two neighbouring economies to the advantage of both our countries - is quite disturbing.

There is no bias in this government when the president is northern and Muslim, the vice president southern and Christian, and the cabinet equally balanced between the two religions. But neither is there anything in our Constitution to state that political posts must be apportioned according to ethnicity or faith. It takes a warped frame of mind for a critic to believe ethnicity is of primary importance in public appointments. It is yet more troubling to hear a Churchman isolating one group for criticism purely on ethnic lines.

With due respect to the esteemed position he holds, the Bishop’s assertion that only Christian schools are being targeted by bandits or terrorists is not supported by the facts on the ground. It is sad to say but also true that victims of crime, kidnapping, banditry and terrorism cut across all strata of the society. Sad but true that Kankara students in Katsina State were stolen by bandits of the same Islamic faith as those they took away. The same may be true of those who are still holding the 134 students of the Islamic School at Tegina in Niger State. The nation witnessed the sad incident of the female students abducted by bandits at Jangebe in Zamfara State and the over 100 predominantly Muslim students of the Federal Government Girls College Birnin Yauri in Kebbi State who are  currently in captivity- and the nation’s security agencies are hard at work to release them unharmed.

The attack on Christian students is sad and unacceptable; so also is the abduction of students of other faiths. The claim that only Christian schools are being targeted is totally untrue.

As a nation and a people, we must together define evil as evil. We must not allow our religious differences to divide us. No one gains but the evil doers when we divide our ranks according to ethnicity and religion in confronting them. The bandit, kidnapper and terrorist are the enemies of the people who should be confronted in unison.

To be clear, The Bible is definitive on matters of ethnicity and racialism: In Romans 2:9-10, it says: “There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honour and peace for everyone who does good”; And in Galatians 3:28: “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Whether Christian or Muslim, we stand by these beliefs and are steadfastly committed to them in governance.

There is no place in mainstream civil discourse for those who actively, negatively, and publicly label an individual ethnic group, especially before a foreign audience. These are not the views expressed or opinions held by the vast majority of the citizens of Nigeria. For all our challenges as a nation, nearly all of us seek to live together in harmony, celebrating differences, and finding common ground as Nigerians above all. But people like Kukah are doing their best to sow discord and strife among Nigerians.

More than any other set of people, leaders - in politics or religion who preach respect for truth have a duty to practice it. It is a moral and practical responsibility.

Going by the history of the Church as is well known, it will stand up publicly for the truth.

It is time others did the same.

Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
July 18, 2021

Documents approves 30,000 slots Ex-Militants leaders charges Amnesty boss.....

Documents approves 30,000 slots Ex-Militants leaders charges Amnesty boss.....

We 'll  make U- turn if the 300 slots verification process is not done -Diyo

By  Ode Williams

The leaders of the third phase  Presidential  Amnesty Program in  Nigeria Delta, (PAPND), led by General Onoriode Diyo and others has charged the Chief administrator of the presidential Amnesty Program PAP, Col.Diko Dixion Milland to commence the approved thirty thousand  30,000 slots benefiticiary of the ex- agitators for peace to reigns in the region.

DIYO and other leaders, who made this declaration during their leaders meeting held yesterday at warri south LGA Delta State oil producing , frowned at the interim coordinator Col. Dikio Milland for not looking at welfare of ex- militants  of Niger Delta region ,
Noting " his administration has poven that he know the pains of his people and the teaming youths of the Niger Delta region but he has failed us for not doing necessary documentation of the beneficiary of the phase three of the amnesty

 DIYO and leaders in their quest reiterated that,they are not feeling comfortable with the system opreation by the amnesty boss and they may return to the creek and attacks the oil pipe line of the state of the Niger Delta region before he will listen to us because we can not died in silent when our demands is not be attending to for the beneficiary

He said,  the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme Col. Milland Dixon Diko (rtd) in  his vision  as  design to bring the Amnesty Programme black to limelight but is different ball games and we are not fool.

The ex-agitators said they will  reliable and pledged their unalloyed support for him if thier demands are looking into and even as they look forward to reforms in the Amnesty Programme that will bring the needed development of the Niger Delta.
Maintaining that, the interim coordinator dikio milland as a matter of urgency to look int non documents Ex-Militants and approved verification of the  30,000 beneficiary slots of the amnesty program has already approved by Mr President Muhammedu Buhari since his first tenure and up till no avail.

However the leaders of the phase three Presidential Amnesty program PAP,  Mr.Joseph Jericho Akpos, Monday Bayoko, Gen. Daniel Egodor, Aaron Oha, Miekpotimi Daniel, Blessing Eshihorhe, Gen believe, Gen. believe Ovuodoroye, gen umukoro Jacob, Gen Richy, Gen clement, Gen. Egba,  Gen.okogbe Edwin and others who spoke separately in the meeting with the team leaders  urges amnesty boss to do needful to sustained the achievement of the Amnesty Boss because this is the second time these former warlords are meeting anywhere within the Niger Delta Region to expressed thier agony and pains of non verification of the phase three ex- militants on the Amnesty program slots approved  and it's benefits that has been withheld and abandoned since two ago unjust is not unacceptable
They said.

..
We 'll  make U- turn if the 300 slots verification process is not done -Diyo

By  Ode Williams

The leaders of the third phase  Presidential  Amnesty Program in  Nigeria Delta, (PAPND), led by General Onoriode Diyo and others has charged the Chief administrator of the presidential Amnesty Program PAP, Col.Diko Dixion Milland to commence the approved thirty thousand  30,000 slots benefiticiary of the ex- agitators for peace to reigns in the region.

DIYO and other leaders, who made this declaration during their leaders meeting held yesterday at warri south LGA Delta State oil producing , frowned at the interim coordinator Col. Dikio Milland for not looking at welfare of ex- militants  of Niger Delta region ,
Noting " his administration has poven that he know the pains of his people and the teaming youths of the Niger Delta region but he has failed us for not doing necessary documentation of the beneficiary of the phase three of the amnesty

 DIYO and leaders in their quest reiterated that,they are not feeling comfortable with the system opreation by the amnesty boss and they may return to the creek and attacks the oil pipe line of the state of the Niger Delta region before he will listen to us because we can not died in silent when our demands is not be attending to for the beneficiary

He said,  the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme Col. Milland Dixon Diko (rtd) in  his vision  as  design to bring the Amnesty Programme black to limelight but is different ball games and we are not fool.

The ex-agitators said they will  reliable and pledged their unalloyed support for him if thier demands are looking into and even as they look forward to reforms in the Amnesty Programme that will bring the needed development of the Niger Delta.
Maintaining that, the interim coordinator dikio milland as a matter of urgency to look int non documents Ex-Militants and approved verification of the  30,000 beneficiary slots of the amnesty program has already approved by Mr President Muhammedu Buhari since his first tenure and up till no avail.

However the leaders of the phase three Presidential Amnesty program PAP,  Mr.Joseph Jericho Akpos, Monday Bayoko, Gen. Daniel Egodor, Aaron Oha, Miekpotimi Daniel, Blessing Eshihorhe, Gen believe, Gen. believe Ovuodoroye, gen umukoro Jacob, Gen Richy, Gen clement, Gen. Egba,  Gen.okogbe Edwin and others who spoke separately in the meeting with the team leaders  urges amnesty boss to do needful to sustained the achievement of the Amnesty Boss because this is the second time these former warlords are meeting anywhere within the Niger Delta Region to expressed thier agony and pains of non verification of the phase three ex- militants on the Amnesty program slots approved  and it's benefits that has been withheld and abandoned since two ago unjust is not unacceptable
They said.

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Waive lauds Omo - Agege over Establishment College of Nursing

Waive lauds Omo - Agege over Establishment College of Nursing

By Ode Williams

The Honourable member House of Representatives representing Ughelli North, South and Udu Federal Constitueny, RT Rev.francis Ejiroghene  has commends the Deputy Senate President of the Nigeria Senate, Chief (Barr) senator Ovie Omo-Agege representing Delta Central Senatorial distinct at the National Assembly for his Cordia support on the establishement of the school of Nursing and mid- wifery. 
The Honourable lawmaker who gave this commendation during the public hearing on the Bill for the establishement of the federal college of Nursing and mid-wifery yesterday said,
" I'm grateful to my Boss His Excellency the Deputy President of the Senate Most Distinguished Senator Ovie Ovie Omo-Agege who hosted His Royal Majesty the Okobaroh of Ughievwen after the Public Hearing on the Bill for the establishment of Federal College of Nursing and Midwifery Otughievwen"


Waive  reiterated that,  "I  received with gladness  an audience with His Royal Majesty, Dr. Matthew Edirin E. Egbi (JP), FoD, Owahwa ll, Okobaro of Ughievwen (Jeremi) Kingdom and prominent personalities for the establishement of the school and development of area.
Speaking at the events, HRM, Dr. Mathew Ediri Egbe,Owahwa 11, express Joy for the establishement of the federal college of Nursing and mid-wifery in the heart of Ughelli south LGA in Delta State that is over due for high institution of this kind , lamenting  there's was no higher institution in Ughelli south since creation of Delta State but thanks God for  RT Rev. Francis Ejiroghene Waive and DSP, distinguished, senator Ovie Omo-Agege whom God used to wept our tears
He however  therefore also use this opportunity to congratulate my dear brother and Member, House of Representatives, Honourable (Revd) Francis E. Waive on the successful House of Representatives Committee on Health Institutions Public Hearing on the College of Nursing & Midwifery, Otu-Jeremi, Delta State, Establishment Bill and be rest assured of my unflinching support and commitment to the establishment of  the College of Nursing & Midwifery, Otu-Jeremi, Delta State come to stay.
He said .
By Ode Williams

The Honourable member House of Representatives representing Ughelli North, South and Udu Federal Constitueny, RT Rev.francis Ejiroghene  has commends the Deputy Senate President of the Nigeria Senate, Chief (Barr) senator Ovie Omo-Agege representing Delta Central Senatorial distinct at the National Assembly for his Cordia support on the establishement of the school of Nursing and mid- wifery. 
The Honourable lawmaker who gave this commendation during the public hearing on the Bill for the establishement of the federal college of Nursing and mid-wifery yesterday said,
" I'm grateful to my Boss His Excellency the Deputy President of the Senate Most Distinguished Senator Ovie Ovie Omo-Agege who hosted His Royal Majesty the Okobaroh of Ughievwen after the Public Hearing on the Bill for the establishment of Federal College of Nursing and Midwifery Otughievwen"


Waive  reiterated that,  "I  received with gladness  an audience with His Royal Majesty, Dr. Matthew Edirin E. Egbi (JP), FoD, Owahwa ll, Okobaro of Ughievwen (Jeremi) Kingdom and prominent personalities for the establishement of the school and development of area.
Speaking at the events, HRM, Dr. Mathew Ediri Egbe,Owahwa 11, express Joy for the establishement of the federal college of Nursing and mid-wifery in the heart of Ughelli south LGA in Delta State that is over due for high institution of this kind , lamenting  there's was no higher institution in Ughelli south since creation of Delta State but thanks God for  RT Rev. Francis Ejiroghene Waive and DSP, distinguished, senator Ovie Omo-Agege whom God used to wept our tears
He however  therefore also use this opportunity to congratulate my dear brother and Member, House of Representatives, Honourable (Revd) Francis E. Waive on the successful House of Representatives Committee on Health Institutions Public Hearing on the College of Nursing & Midwifery, Otu-Jeremi, Delta State, Establishment Bill and be rest assured of my unflinching support and commitment to the establishment of  the College of Nursing & Midwifery, Otu-Jeremi, Delta State come to stay.
He said .

Forgery: Pro-Nigeria group faults judgement exonerating Adeosun

Forgery: Pro-Nigeria group faults judgement exonerating Adeosun

... charges  EFCC, ICPC to produce   erstwhile Minister in Court

A pan-Nigerian organisation, Nigeria First, has frowned at a High Court judgement exonerating ex-finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, of forgery. 

Before her resignation three years ago, Adeosun admitted that her National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) exemption certificate was fabricated. 

However, despite her self-confession, Adeosun is yet to be prosecuted and recently obtained a court judgement which trivialised her failure to participate in the NYSC scheme prior to 
her appointment.

The judgment delivered last week, declared that Mrs Adeosun needed not to partake in the NYSC scheme to be appointed a minister or contest national or state assembly elections. 

But the Nigeria First said the ex-Minister must face the full wrath of the law for giving herself undue advantage using false presentations. 

Speaking at a press conference on Monday in Abuja, the group's Secretary-General, Comrade Richard Augustine Adie, called on the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to effect Adeosun's arrest and subsequent prosecution. 

Augustine noted that these agencies must prove to Nigerians that nobody is above the law. 

According to Nigeria First, Adeosun swore an oath of office to bear true allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, thus bringing out the fact that she also committed perjury by lying under oath, which is also a punishable offence. 

The group, however, expressed confidence that justice will be served as a deterrent to others. 

Read full statement below: 

The leadership of Nigeria First welcomes you all to this important press conference which became necessary given the recent court ruling exonerating the former minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, of allegations of non-participation in the mandatory National Youth Service Scheme ( NYSC) and the subsequent use of fake NYSC certificate to confer undue advantage on herself. 

We must all agree that for any country to make progress, such a country must be governed by laws represented in the Constitution. The case of Nigeria should not be any different because those that run afoul of the law must be made to face justice in the interest of peace and tranquillity. 

It is thus no longer news that the former minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, forged her NYSC exemption certificates, which she admitted in her resignation letter to President Muhammadu Buhari because she was no longer worthy of remaining in office as a result. 

It was bad enough that her actions indeed caused an embarrassment to the country, and as such, any move to exonerate her would be akin to stating that some people are above the law in Nigeria and as such, they can get away with crimes against the state, as in the case of Kemi Adeosun with the recent pronouncement by a federal high court in Abuja. 

Nigeria First as an organization at the vanguard of promoting the ideals of democracy and democratic governance, abhors a situation where the sensibilities of Nigerians would be insulted by the judicial arm of government, as evident in the court ruling. 

It must be stated that the case of Kemi Adeosun is crystal clear a case of forgery and the conferment of undue advantage to herself when she presented forged NYSC certificates for clearance as a commissioner in Ogun state and subsequently as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.  

It is also succinct to add that in law, ignorance is not an excuse, even we have credible information at our disposal that indeed Kemi Adeosun was aware that the NYSC certificate in her possession was forged, yet, she still went ahead to present them. 

Nigeria First is also alarmed that there is an attempt in some quarters to give Kemi Adeosun a clean bill of health because of her perceived connection to some influential figures in the country, who in the first place nominated her for the positions she held in the political scene in the country since 2011. 

It is thus the resolution of the leadership of Nigeria First that such actions are unpatriotic and a clear case of insulting the sensibilities of Nigerians from all walks of life in this critical point of our existence. 

Nigeria First in citing sections 26 (1) (c) and 25 (1) (a) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, wishes to call on the ICPC to effect the arrest and subsequent prosecution of Kemi Adeosun under sections (17) (c) and (25) (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, for certificate forgery and conferment of undue advantage to herself using false presentations. 

We believe that the ICPC, as mandated by the law, would act swiftly in ensuring that no Nigerian is conferred an undue advantage in evading justice, especially for forging such a sensitive government document. 

We are also using this medium to call on the rejuvenated Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to rise to the occasion in arresting and prosecuting Kemi Adeosun under 3 (6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17 of the Revised Edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) 2007 for forgery of NYSC certificate. 

Nigeria First is reminding the ICPC and the EFCC that this is a unique opportunity to prove to Nigerians that nobody is above the law. As such, the law must run its course no matter how highly or lowly placed in the society. 

We must also be guided by the Jacob Zuma example in South Africa, where a former president was recently convicted and sentenced to prison for crimes committed while in office. This example should resonate with us that the law is no respecter of status or positions in society. 

Nigeria First wishes to remind the ICPC and the EFCC that Kemi Adeosun as a minister, swore an oath of office to bear true allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, thus bringing out the fact that she also committed perjury by lying under oath, which is also a punishable offence. 

Ladies and gentlemen, the leadership of Nigeria First is convinced that justice will be served in this case as Kemi Adeosun cannot be above the law in Nigeria. We are resolute in demanding that she is put on trial as soon as practicable to serve as a deterrent to others intending to hold political or elective positions of authority in Nigeria. 

We thank you all for your time and attention, and we urge you all to keep a close tab of events as they unfold. 

God bless Nigeria.
... charges  EFCC, ICPC to produce   erstwhile Minister in Court

A pan-Nigerian organisation, Nigeria First, has frowned at a High Court judgement exonerating ex-finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, of forgery. 

Before her resignation three years ago, Adeosun admitted that her National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) exemption certificate was fabricated. 

However, despite her self-confession, Adeosun is yet to be prosecuted and recently obtained a court judgement which trivialised her failure to participate in the NYSC scheme prior to 
her appointment.

The judgment delivered last week, declared that Mrs Adeosun needed not to partake in the NYSC scheme to be appointed a minister or contest national or state assembly elections. 

But the Nigeria First said the ex-Minister must face the full wrath of the law for giving herself undue advantage using false presentations. 

Speaking at a press conference on Monday in Abuja, the group's Secretary-General, Comrade Richard Augustine Adie, called on the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to effect Adeosun's arrest and subsequent prosecution. 

Augustine noted that these agencies must prove to Nigerians that nobody is above the law. 

According to Nigeria First, Adeosun swore an oath of office to bear true allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, thus bringing out the fact that she also committed perjury by lying under oath, which is also a punishable offence. 

The group, however, expressed confidence that justice will be served as a deterrent to others. 

Read full statement below: 

The leadership of Nigeria First welcomes you all to this important press conference which became necessary given the recent court ruling exonerating the former minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, of allegations of non-participation in the mandatory National Youth Service Scheme ( NYSC) and the subsequent use of fake NYSC certificate to confer undue advantage on herself. 

We must all agree that for any country to make progress, such a country must be governed by laws represented in the Constitution. The case of Nigeria should not be any different because those that run afoul of the law must be made to face justice in the interest of peace and tranquillity. 

It is thus no longer news that the former minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, forged her NYSC exemption certificates, which she admitted in her resignation letter to President Muhammadu Buhari because she was no longer worthy of remaining in office as a result. 

It was bad enough that her actions indeed caused an embarrassment to the country, and as such, any move to exonerate her would be akin to stating that some people are above the law in Nigeria and as such, they can get away with crimes against the state, as in the case of Kemi Adeosun with the recent pronouncement by a federal high court in Abuja. 

Nigeria First as an organization at the vanguard of promoting the ideals of democracy and democratic governance, abhors a situation where the sensibilities of Nigerians would be insulted by the judicial arm of government, as evident in the court ruling. 

It must be stated that the case of Kemi Adeosun is crystal clear a case of forgery and the conferment of undue advantage to herself when she presented forged NYSC certificates for clearance as a commissioner in Ogun state and subsequently as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.  

It is also succinct to add that in law, ignorance is not an excuse, even we have credible information at our disposal that indeed Kemi Adeosun was aware that the NYSC certificate in her possession was forged, yet, she still went ahead to present them. 

Nigeria First is also alarmed that there is an attempt in some quarters to give Kemi Adeosun a clean bill of health because of her perceived connection to some influential figures in the country, who in the first place nominated her for the positions she held in the political scene in the country since 2011. 

It is thus the resolution of the leadership of Nigeria First that such actions are unpatriotic and a clear case of insulting the sensibilities of Nigerians from all walks of life in this critical point of our existence. 

Nigeria First in citing sections 26 (1) (c) and 25 (1) (a) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, wishes to call on the ICPC to effect the arrest and subsequent prosecution of Kemi Adeosun under sections (17) (c) and (25) (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, for certificate forgery and conferment of undue advantage to herself using false presentations. 

We believe that the ICPC, as mandated by the law, would act swiftly in ensuring that no Nigerian is conferred an undue advantage in evading justice, especially for forging such a sensitive government document. 

We are also using this medium to call on the rejuvenated Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to rise to the occasion in arresting and prosecuting Kemi Adeosun under 3 (6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17 of the Revised Edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) 2007 for forgery of NYSC certificate. 

Nigeria First is reminding the ICPC and the EFCC that this is a unique opportunity to prove to Nigerians that nobody is above the law. As such, the law must run its course no matter how highly or lowly placed in the society. 

We must also be guided by the Jacob Zuma example in South Africa, where a former president was recently convicted and sentenced to prison for crimes committed while in office. This example should resonate with us that the law is no respecter of status or positions in society. 

Nigeria First wishes to remind the ICPC and the EFCC that Kemi Adeosun as a minister, swore an oath of office to bear true allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, thus bringing out the fact that she also committed perjury by lying under oath, which is also a punishable offence. 

Ladies and gentlemen, the leadership of Nigeria First is convinced that justice will be served in this case as Kemi Adeosun cannot be above the law in Nigeria. We are resolute in demanding that she is put on trial as soon as practicable to serve as a deterrent to others intending to hold political or elective positions of authority in Nigeria. 

We thank you all for your time and attention, and we urge you all to keep a close tab of events as they unfold. 

God bless Nigeria.

EXCLUSIVE: Igboho begs Buhari from hideout, pledged to drop agitation for Yoruba Nation, ... Oluwo to mediates peace talk in Aso Rock

EXCLUSIVE: Igboho begs Buhari from hideout, pledged to drop agitation for Yoruba Nation, ... Oluwo to mediates peace talk in Aso Rock

By Dansu Peter 

The Yoruba nation's self-styled agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to forgive him, saying he will forthwith, discontinue the agitation for the Yoruba nation, News Proofs has learned exclusively. 

Igboho's appeal is contained in an open letter penned to the President Muhammadu Buhari at the instance of the Yoruba nation secessionist by the Oluwo of Iwoland, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, dated 9th of July 2021. 

The Osun monarch in the letter pleaded that Igboho has learned his lessons and is ready to make peace with the Federal Government led administration by President Muhammadu Buhari. The further claimed Chief Sunday Igboho is ready to drop the agitation of Yoruba nation and would be brought to Aso Rock for Peace meeting. 

Recall Igboho has been on the run since security operatives stormed his Soka resident in Ibadan to arrest him. He has since been declared as wanted by the Nigeria's secret police, the DSS. 

THE FULL TEXT OF OLUWO OF IWO LETTER TO PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI 

Igboho Saga: Oluwo Intervenes, Writes Buhari

I extend my cool, warmest royal greetings to the number one citizen, President Muhammed Buhari. I've the hope your day is as the same as mine. As a Muslim, you are not unaware of the peculiarity of Friday, being one of the days for forgiveness.

Nigerians most especially ardent readers and witnesses of history will not forget in haste many suspicious circumstances that consumed many nationalists. One of the leading and still fresh was the Egba born aristocrat, Moshood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola who died in July 7th, 1998. Kensaro Wiwa equally had his taste. Almost all regions of Nigerian State have had their taste of such occurrence. The prologue and epilogue were historically preserved to be a lesson. But when a child is a slow learner, the parents will have to guide, guard and educate severally before a stable momentum. Silence of the parents at times may be translated to support but not necessarily. Not all children appreciate their parents at the point of moral discipline. Disciplinarians tells the truth to positively shape the children's future. But when the child tells you your mouth is smelling, you stay back and observe. However, responsible father will not throw his child away with bath water. I say this to let your Excellency understand the position of most Royal Fathers and stakeholders on agitation for Yoruba nation. We warned him.

However, Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho earned his popularity as an activist whose joy is to liberate the cheated. He started as such and grew with it. His strategy is not known to me because I'm not in his camp. Whenever I've information about his move, I do call him to order. He visited my palace sometimes in 2018. I give pieces of advice when sought. Instead of Igboho to distinctively differentiate between agitation towards government and inter groups activism, he failed. At a point, he abused stakeholders with spurious allegations. I was the first in the list for drumming support for one Nigeria. As a father, I've personally forgives him. And I'm personally beseeching your Excellency as the number one citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to demonstrate your magnanimity  by forgiven  our promising son, Chief Adeyemo Sunday Igboho.

He is a novice in handling issues against the government. He is a gift to us in Yoruba. He has pledged his readiness to listen to us. I appeal to your Excellency to slow down security trail on Sunday Igboho. I've the assurance adhering to this piece will go a long way in strenthening the unity of Nigeria. I promise your Excellency that Igboho will mind his steps henceforth. He has suffered a lot. He would step down agitations. I will bring him for peace talk at appropriate time. 

Liberal struggles are won on intelligentsia merit. Arsenals without strategy is a defeated battle. These and many more, I supposed he has learnt and ready to mend his way. Nigeria is an indivisible entity that cannot be tore overnight for whatever reason. let's forgive to move on and up. The strength is not only in diversity but also forgiveness. 

In conclusion, we have seen the handwriting. When government speaks different languages, the wise ruminates and take caution. I commend your efforts geared towards combating crimes, checkmating banditry and curtailing criminalities and your vigorous fight against corruption. Most importantly, your commitment to infrastructural growth is unequalled. One Nigeria, great future.

Alli Ibraheem, Chief Press Secretary to Oluwo

THE PARAMOUNT RULER OF IWOLAND, HIM OBA (DR.) ABDULROSHEED ADEWALE AKANBI,  TELU I

By Dansu Peter 

The Yoruba nation's self-styled agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to forgive him, saying he will forthwith, discontinue the agitation for the Yoruba nation, News Proofs has learned exclusively. 

Igboho's appeal is contained in an open letter penned to the President Muhammadu Buhari at the instance of the Yoruba nation secessionist by the Oluwo of Iwoland, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, dated 9th of July 2021. 

The Osun monarch in the letter pleaded that Igboho has learned his lessons and is ready to make peace with the Federal Government led administration by President Muhammadu Buhari. The further claimed Chief Sunday Igboho is ready to drop the agitation of Yoruba nation and would be brought to Aso Rock for Peace meeting. 

Recall Igboho has been on the run since security operatives stormed his Soka resident in Ibadan to arrest him. He has since been declared as wanted by the Nigeria's secret police, the DSS. 

THE FULL TEXT OF OLUWO OF IWO LETTER TO PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI 

Igboho Saga: Oluwo Intervenes, Writes Buhari

I extend my cool, warmest royal greetings to the number one citizen, President Muhammed Buhari. I've the hope your day is as the same as mine. As a Muslim, you are not unaware of the peculiarity of Friday, being one of the days for forgiveness.

Nigerians most especially ardent readers and witnesses of history will not forget in haste many suspicious circumstances that consumed many nationalists. One of the leading and still fresh was the Egba born aristocrat, Moshood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola who died in July 7th, 1998. Kensaro Wiwa equally had his taste. Almost all regions of Nigerian State have had their taste of such occurrence. The prologue and epilogue were historically preserved to be a lesson. But when a child is a slow learner, the parents will have to guide, guard and educate severally before a stable momentum. Silence of the parents at times may be translated to support but not necessarily. Not all children appreciate their parents at the point of moral discipline. Disciplinarians tells the truth to positively shape the children's future. But when the child tells you your mouth is smelling, you stay back and observe. However, responsible father will not throw his child away with bath water. I say this to let your Excellency understand the position of most Royal Fathers and stakeholders on agitation for Yoruba nation. We warned him.

However, Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho earned his popularity as an activist whose joy is to liberate the cheated. He started as such and grew with it. His strategy is not known to me because I'm not in his camp. Whenever I've information about his move, I do call him to order. He visited my palace sometimes in 2018. I give pieces of advice when sought. Instead of Igboho to distinctively differentiate between agitation towards government and inter groups activism, he failed. At a point, he abused stakeholders with spurious allegations. I was the first in the list for drumming support for one Nigeria. As a father, I've personally forgives him. And I'm personally beseeching your Excellency as the number one citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to demonstrate your magnanimity  by forgiven  our promising son, Chief Adeyemo Sunday Igboho.

He is a novice in handling issues against the government. He is a gift to us in Yoruba. He has pledged his readiness to listen to us. I appeal to your Excellency to slow down security trail on Sunday Igboho. I've the assurance adhering to this piece will go a long way in strenthening the unity of Nigeria. I promise your Excellency that Igboho will mind his steps henceforth. He has suffered a lot. He would step down agitations. I will bring him for peace talk at appropriate time. 

Liberal struggles are won on intelligentsia merit. Arsenals without strategy is a defeated battle. These and many more, I supposed he has learnt and ready to mend his way. Nigeria is an indivisible entity that cannot be tore overnight for whatever reason. let's forgive to move on and up. The strength is not only in diversity but also forgiveness. 

In conclusion, we have seen the handwriting. When government speaks different languages, the wise ruminates and take caution. I commend your efforts geared towards combating crimes, checkmating banditry and curtailing criminalities and your vigorous fight against corruption. Most importantly, your commitment to infrastructural growth is unequalled. One Nigeria, great future.

Alli Ibraheem, Chief Press Secretary to Oluwo

THE PARAMOUNT RULER OF IWOLAND, HIM OBA (DR.) ABDULROSHEED ADEWALE AKANBI,  TELU I

BREAKING: Gov. Obaseki confirms substandard Edo road construction in viral video, calls for contractor's arrest

BREAKING: Gov. Obaseki confirms substandard Edo road construction in viral video, calls for contractor's arrest

What was being said by the Governor:

The Edo State Government has taken over the construction of the Lawani Crescent Federal Constituency Road project in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of the state.

Following a viral video online, which exposed the poorly executed road project, I, represented by my deputy, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, inspected the project and affirmed that it is substandard; falling short of the standard that we have maintained in execution of road projects across Edo state.

We thank the whistleblower for raising the alarm over this bad job and call citizens to take charge of all government properties in their area. The contractor handling the Lawani Crescent project must be arrested for the bad job done and handed over to ICPC and the EFCC, to enable us ascertain exactly what happened.

The project stands revoked and the state government is taking over the reconstruction of the road immediately. N360m is what is allocated to Akoko-Edo constituency projects by the National Assembly this year. We would investigate all that to ensure we have value for money.
What was being said by the Governor:

The Edo State Government has taken over the construction of the Lawani Crescent Federal Constituency Road project in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of the state.

Following a viral video online, which exposed the poorly executed road project, I, represented by my deputy, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, inspected the project and affirmed that it is substandard; falling short of the standard that we have maintained in execution of road projects across Edo state.

We thank the whistleblower for raising the alarm over this bad job and call citizens to take charge of all government properties in their area. The contractor handling the Lawani Crescent project must be arrested for the bad job done and handed over to ICPC and the EFCC, to enable us ascertain exactly what happened.

The project stands revoked and the state government is taking over the reconstruction of the road immediately. N360m is what is allocated to Akoko-Edo constituency projects by the National Assembly this year. We would investigate all that to ensure we have value for money.

BIAFRA: Nnamdi Kanu's tracksuit in handcuff valued at ₦828,020 while innocents killed at no cost

BIAFRA: Nnamdi Kanu's tracksuit in handcuff valued at ₦828,020 while innocents killed at no cost



Fugitive but now 'caged' Nnamdi Kanu rocking 'Big Boiz' Fendi tracksuits of $2,179. That's approximately ₦828,020. Meanwhile, his ESN and IPOB members are tying smelly dangling odiously odoriferous juju ropes around their waistlines. 

https://www.facebook.com/1397373060506316/posts/2901837833393157/


Fugitive but now 'caged' Nnamdi Kanu rocking 'Big Boiz' Fendi tracksuits of $2,179. That's approximately ₦828,020. Meanwhile, his ESN and IPOB members are tying smelly dangling odiously odoriferous juju ropes around their waistlines. 

https://www.facebook.com/1397373060506316/posts/2901837833393157/

N/Delta: Ex-agitators lauds Milland over peaceful administrator

N/Delta: Ex-agitators lauds Milland over peaceful administrator



By  Ode Williams

The National chairman of the third phase  Presidential  Amnesty Program in  Nigeria Delta, (PAPND),  General Onoriode Diyo and leaders has applauded the Chief administrator of the presidential Amnesty Program PAP, Col.Diko Dixion Milland over conducive environment in Niger Delta region


DIYO and other leaders, who made this commendation during their leaders meeting held at Delta State recently, greet the interim coordinator Col. Dikio Milland for his performing works in the Niger Delta region ,
Noting " his administration has poven that he know the pains of his people and the teaming youths of the Niger Delta region,
And  saying that with Dikio Milland the Niger Delta is in safe hand and they will enjoy more Peaceful and enable environment
 DIYO and leaders reiterated that,they are ready to welcome him to any of the state of the Niger Delta region because his visit always bring more good ideas on how Niger Delta region can move forward to the next level and thanks Mr President Muhammadu Buhari for the credible choice of appointment for the presidential Amnesty Program PAP, in the Niger Delta region,
He said,  the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme Col. Milland Dixon Diko (rtd) in  his vision is design to bring the Amnesty Programme black to limelight


He called on all the ex-agitators to be ambassadors of peace and to eschew violence and protest that has impeded businesses in the region to thrive.

“My constant refrain is that where were we before, where are we now, if we keep that in focus then we will begin to address the issues that cause for instance  businesses to leave the region and are still leaving the region and adopt measures to bring those businesses back because if the environment is so toxic and businesses cannot come and thrive then there will be no employment.”

The ex-agitators thanked him for bringing peace for the region and pledged their unalloyed support for him even as they look forward to reforms in the Amnesty Programme that will bring the needed development to the region.

The meeting with the team leaders has been hailed as a rare achievement by the Amnesty Boss because this is the first time these former warlords are meeting anywhere within the Niger Delta Region.he said.


By  Ode Williams

The National chairman of the third phase  Presidential  Amnesty Program in  Nigeria Delta, (PAPND),  General Onoriode Diyo and leaders has applauded the Chief administrator of the presidential Amnesty Program PAP, Col.Diko Dixion Milland over conducive environment in Niger Delta region


DIYO and other leaders, who made this commendation during their leaders meeting held at Delta State recently, greet the interim coordinator Col. Dikio Milland for his performing works in the Niger Delta region ,
Noting " his administration has poven that he know the pains of his people and the teaming youths of the Niger Delta region,
And  saying that with Dikio Milland the Niger Delta is in safe hand and they will enjoy more Peaceful and enable environment
 DIYO and leaders reiterated that,they are ready to welcome him to any of the state of the Niger Delta region because his visit always bring more good ideas on how Niger Delta region can move forward to the next level and thanks Mr President Muhammadu Buhari for the credible choice of appointment for the presidential Amnesty Program PAP, in the Niger Delta region,
He said,  the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme Col. Milland Dixon Diko (rtd) in  his vision is design to bring the Amnesty Programme black to limelight


He called on all the ex-agitators to be ambassadors of peace and to eschew violence and protest that has impeded businesses in the region to thrive.

“My constant refrain is that where were we before, where are we now, if we keep that in focus then we will begin to address the issues that cause for instance  businesses to leave the region and are still leaving the region and adopt measures to bring those businesses back because if the environment is so toxic and businesses cannot come and thrive then there will be no employment.”

The ex-agitators thanked him for bringing peace for the region and pledged their unalloyed support for him even as they look forward to reforms in the Amnesty Programme that will bring the needed development to the region.

The meeting with the team leaders has been hailed as a rare achievement by the Amnesty Boss because this is the first time these former warlords are meeting anywhere within the Niger Delta Region.he said.

Ex-councillors' forum appoints Buratai patron

Ex-councillors' forum appoints Buratai patron

By Dansu Peter 

Nigeria's Ambassador to Benin Republic, Lt. Gen. T.Y Buratai (rtd), has been appointed as the Patron of the National Forum of Ex-Councillors of Nigeria.

The group made this known on Tuesday after paying a visit to the former Army Chief in Damaturu, Yobe State.

According to a statement by the chairman of the State chapter, Abdulganiyu Mohammed, the ex-councillors choose Buratai due to his effort in restoring peace, security and development to communities in the state as well as the nation in general.

The group commended the former COAS for establishing many strategic military units and institutions in the northeast that further deter terrorist activities.

"Today, Tuesday, June 29, 2021, the Yobe State chapter of the National Forum of Ex-Councillors of Nigeria call on former Chief of Army Staff and Nigeria’s Ambassador-Designate to the Republic of Benin, His Excellency, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai (rtd), at the Government Lodge Damaturu. The team was led by the Chapter’s Chairman, Honourable Abdulganiyu Mohammed," the statement reads.

"In his remarks, the Chairman briefed H.E. about the aims and objectives of the association, adding that they are closer to the people. He also said they were there to show appreciation and gratitude to Lieutenant General Buratai (rtd) for his efforts as Chief of Army Staff from July 2015 to January 2021, which brought peace, security and development to their communities in Yobe State and Nigeria at large.

"They commended him for establishing many strategic military units and institutions in the northeast that further deter terrorist activities. The team further stated that they were to congratulate him for his well-deserved appointment as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Republic of Benin and presented him with a letter of appointment and honour as Patron of the Forum".

Responding, Ambassador Buratai thanked them for a visit and accepted to serve as Patron of the Forum.

He also commended the delegation and members of the Forum for their continued commitment to peace and development in their wards, Yobe State and the nation.

He said that as grassroots people, Ward Councillors have a strategic role in supporting the Federal and State Governments in fostering peace and security in their respective wards.
By Dansu Peter 

Nigeria's Ambassador to Benin Republic, Lt. Gen. T.Y Buratai (rtd), has been appointed as the Patron of the National Forum of Ex-Councillors of Nigeria.

The group made this known on Tuesday after paying a visit to the former Army Chief in Damaturu, Yobe State.

According to a statement by the chairman of the State chapter, Abdulganiyu Mohammed, the ex-councillors choose Buratai due to his effort in restoring peace, security and development to communities in the state as well as the nation in general.

The group commended the former COAS for establishing many strategic military units and institutions in the northeast that further deter terrorist activities.

"Today, Tuesday, June 29, 2021, the Yobe State chapter of the National Forum of Ex-Councillors of Nigeria call on former Chief of Army Staff and Nigeria’s Ambassador-Designate to the Republic of Benin, His Excellency, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai (rtd), at the Government Lodge Damaturu. The team was led by the Chapter’s Chairman, Honourable Abdulganiyu Mohammed," the statement reads.

"In his remarks, the Chairman briefed H.E. about the aims and objectives of the association, adding that they are closer to the people. He also said they were there to show appreciation and gratitude to Lieutenant General Buratai (rtd) for his efforts as Chief of Army Staff from July 2015 to January 2021, which brought peace, security and development to their communities in Yobe State and Nigeria at large.

"They commended him for establishing many strategic military units and institutions in the northeast that further deter terrorist activities. The team further stated that they were to congratulate him for his well-deserved appointment as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Republic of Benin and presented him with a letter of appointment and honour as Patron of the Forum".

Responding, Ambassador Buratai thanked them for a visit and accepted to serve as Patron of the Forum.

He also commended the delegation and members of the Forum for their continued commitment to peace and development in their wards, Yobe State and the nation.

He said that as grassroots people, Ward Councillors have a strategic role in supporting the Federal and State Governments in fostering peace and security in their respective wards.

IPOB AND ITS CAMPAIGN OF DISTORTION AGAINST Nigeria, By Kolawole Anthony

IPOB AND ITS CAMPAIGN OF DISTORTION AGAINST Nigeria, By Kolawole Anthony



By Kolawole Anthony 

The latest confirmation of Lt. General Tukur Buratai (rtd) as a non-career ambassador to the Benin Republic has sent great shivers down the spines of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and their splinter groups in the South-Eastern part of the country.

Against IPOB's belief, Buratai has proven himself qualified with unique skills. His vast wealth of experience as a war veteran, peacekeeper, administrator with efficiency in maintaining order and stability in conflict-ridden areas around the country, along with his untainted outstanding records set him apart in the eye of The National Parliament Screening and confirmation, Security Agency's check on personalities, and the Final Senate screening.

As part of the process before his confirmation, the members of the public were invited to submit petitions which would be either considered on the provision of worthy evidence or discarded when considered substantial. If culpable of the evidence, the particular nominee would eventually be disqualified.

All these formalities were satisfied, yet the IPOB and it's over 22 nebulous CSOs kept quiet. They neither wrote any petition against Buratai, nor showed their grievances in writing before his appointment, but now want to tarnish the image of the former Army Chief as one who supervised genocide in Nigeria is unfortunate and smacks of mischief.

The efforts made by malcontent members of the proscribed sect to degrade Buratai's image is a shameless act and goes against every principle of decency. It shows that the group is clueless and they are only out there to cause havoc and disorder under the disguise of having the interests of the Igbo people at heart.

In the third paragraph of their senseless letter, reference was made to the summary and links of what they termed "grave human rights violations and other conduct-atrocities" of T.Y Buratai when he served as Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff all of which are unverified accounts of allegations tabled against the ambassador. It is witless of them to have used such baseless links and unverified summaries of what they claim are Buratai’s sins as support to their false claims. 

The efforts and struggles of the Nigerian Army should not be demeaned and denigrated by disgruntled members of this group. Most of their efforts have been tailored towards scandalizing several members of the Buhari-led administration including the president himself all in the name of fighting for a just cause.

All movement of calumny by this group against the ambassador will not be accepted. Their futile cries for justice against Buratai is foolish as it is condemnable. 

It has been proven that Buratai’s tenure as the Chief of Army Staff is one earmarked by several victories against insurgency and the protection of human rights. The group is quick to forget that this same man who they have so shamelessly slandered for the violation of several human rights instituted an office in the Nigerian Army dedicated to the protection of human rights by the soldiers.

Most of their claims in the letter were unsubstantial and controversial in all regards. All those who signed such an appalling letter must be brought to book to serve as a deterrent to individuals who would like to try such in the future. Everyone has his or her right to express opinions, but accusing an individual without substantial proof is a hatchet job.

The IPOB have yet again proven itself to be an organization full of dishonesty, unclear practices and violence. It is this very group that accused the ambassador of violating human rights that were also responsible for several attacks on innocent citizens and government properties earlier this year. It is thus ridiculous to see such an organization accuse someone of crimes they are clearly guilty of.

The Report of April 27 concerning the spate of attacks on security forces in the southeastern part of Nigeria by the so-called harmless peaceful protesters as claimed by IPOB,  had it that, there was a gun exchange by IPOB with the police before they were subdued by the intervention of troops, which later resulted in the killing of five security officers including two soldiers.

 _"Unidentified men attacked the police station in the southern part of Okigwe town," Imo State police spokesman Orlando Ikokwu confirmed to AFP that, "Five policemen were killed while another is missing," he said. Residents of Okigwe, however, claimed to have seen the bodies of six slain policemen._ 

From evidence and eyewitnesses, authorities attributed this spiteful attack to the members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a separatist group campaigning for Biafran independence.

The ambassador was also blamed for the EndSars protest which saw the shooting of some of the protesters at Lekki toll gate sometime in October last year. Such an accusation is baseless. It is an effort by IPOB to corner the purpose of the protest into their selfish gain and therefore uses it as a weapon to attack the Nigerian military and haul them in a negative light.

The actions of the IPOB are a clear example of rewarding good and selfless service with chagrin and ignominy. Buratai’s excellent career record is enough evidence to prove to the world that this was a man who served his country to the best of his abilities. During his tenure, he was at the forefront of protecting human rights that he instituted a human rights desk to ensure that his men comply with set rules of engagement to protect the human rights of individuals.

This same man carried out a campaign to improve civil-military relations between the Nigerian Army and host communities which saw to the provision of basic and social amenities in such communities some of which include a massive water project in Abakpa and the provision of farming implements to farmers in such communities. This campaign also saw the provision of free medical outreaches in several communities around the country. All these helped to improve the overall living standards of people in such communities and helped alleviate poverty to a great extent in such communities.

It is therefore obvious that their vile agitation for freedom and their spurious attack on the personality of our dear Ambassador Buratai is borne out of the fear of blocking their core source of weaponry and ammunition supplies, which have been through borders that stood as a channel of support from their members in other countries.

Being befuddled and knowing how he had curbed their nefarious activities on many occasions in the past, the Indigenous People of Biafra had foreseen greater destruction lying ahead for them. Therefore, they resolved to use evil strategies, and different means to pull the Nigerian Ambassador to the Benin Republic, Buratai, out of that sensitive position.

What is best befitting for Ambassador TY Buratai is a Nobel peace prize, a great honour of service to his country and mankind, a peacemaker, and a great icon.

This is a man that deserves every accolade for a job well done in saving lives and properties. A selfless patriot that took an uncountable risk by endangering his life just to secure peace and unity in Nigeria.

He has earned great recognition and should be inducted into the country's HALL OF FAME. All these, we believe he would get someday.

Kolawole PhD wrote this piece from Keffi.


By Kolawole Anthony 

The latest confirmation of Lt. General Tukur Buratai (rtd) as a non-career ambassador to the Benin Republic has sent great shivers down the spines of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and their splinter groups in the South-Eastern part of the country.

Against IPOB's belief, Buratai has proven himself qualified with unique skills. His vast wealth of experience as a war veteran, peacekeeper, administrator with efficiency in maintaining order and stability in conflict-ridden areas around the country, along with his untainted outstanding records set him apart in the eye of The National Parliament Screening and confirmation, Security Agency's check on personalities, and the Final Senate screening.

As part of the process before his confirmation, the members of the public were invited to submit petitions which would be either considered on the provision of worthy evidence or discarded when considered substantial. If culpable of the evidence, the particular nominee would eventually be disqualified.

All these formalities were satisfied, yet the IPOB and it's over 22 nebulous CSOs kept quiet. They neither wrote any petition against Buratai, nor showed their grievances in writing before his appointment, but now want to tarnish the image of the former Army Chief as one who supervised genocide in Nigeria is unfortunate and smacks of mischief.

The efforts made by malcontent members of the proscribed sect to degrade Buratai's image is a shameless act and goes against every principle of decency. It shows that the group is clueless and they are only out there to cause havoc and disorder under the disguise of having the interests of the Igbo people at heart.

In the third paragraph of their senseless letter, reference was made to the summary and links of what they termed "grave human rights violations and other conduct-atrocities" of T.Y Buratai when he served as Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff all of which are unverified accounts of allegations tabled against the ambassador. It is witless of them to have used such baseless links and unverified summaries of what they claim are Buratai’s sins as support to their false claims. 

The efforts and struggles of the Nigerian Army should not be demeaned and denigrated by disgruntled members of this group. Most of their efforts have been tailored towards scandalizing several members of the Buhari-led administration including the president himself all in the name of fighting for a just cause.

All movement of calumny by this group against the ambassador will not be accepted. Their futile cries for justice against Buratai is foolish as it is condemnable. 

It has been proven that Buratai’s tenure as the Chief of Army Staff is one earmarked by several victories against insurgency and the protection of human rights. The group is quick to forget that this same man who they have so shamelessly slandered for the violation of several human rights instituted an office in the Nigerian Army dedicated to the protection of human rights by the soldiers.

Most of their claims in the letter were unsubstantial and controversial in all regards. All those who signed such an appalling letter must be brought to book to serve as a deterrent to individuals who would like to try such in the future. Everyone has his or her right to express opinions, but accusing an individual without substantial proof is a hatchet job.

The IPOB have yet again proven itself to be an organization full of dishonesty, unclear practices and violence. It is this very group that accused the ambassador of violating human rights that were also responsible for several attacks on innocent citizens and government properties earlier this year. It is thus ridiculous to see such an organization accuse someone of crimes they are clearly guilty of.

The Report of April 27 concerning the spate of attacks on security forces in the southeastern part of Nigeria by the so-called harmless peaceful protesters as claimed by IPOB,  had it that, there was a gun exchange by IPOB with the police before they were subdued by the intervention of troops, which later resulted in the killing of five security officers including two soldiers.

 _"Unidentified men attacked the police station in the southern part of Okigwe town," Imo State police spokesman Orlando Ikokwu confirmed to AFP that, "Five policemen were killed while another is missing," he said. Residents of Okigwe, however, claimed to have seen the bodies of six slain policemen._ 

From evidence and eyewitnesses, authorities attributed this spiteful attack to the members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a separatist group campaigning for Biafran independence.

The ambassador was also blamed for the EndSars protest which saw the shooting of some of the protesters at Lekki toll gate sometime in October last year. Such an accusation is baseless. It is an effort by IPOB to corner the purpose of the protest into their selfish gain and therefore uses it as a weapon to attack the Nigerian military and haul them in a negative light.

The actions of the IPOB are a clear example of rewarding good and selfless service with chagrin and ignominy. Buratai’s excellent career record is enough evidence to prove to the world that this was a man who served his country to the best of his abilities. During his tenure, he was at the forefront of protecting human rights that he instituted a human rights desk to ensure that his men comply with set rules of engagement to protect the human rights of individuals.

This same man carried out a campaign to improve civil-military relations between the Nigerian Army and host communities which saw to the provision of basic and social amenities in such communities some of which include a massive water project in Abakpa and the provision of farming implements to farmers in such communities. This campaign also saw the provision of free medical outreaches in several communities around the country. All these helped to improve the overall living standards of people in such communities and helped alleviate poverty to a great extent in such communities.

It is therefore obvious that their vile agitation for freedom and their spurious attack on the personality of our dear Ambassador Buratai is borne out of the fear of blocking their core source of weaponry and ammunition supplies, which have been through borders that stood as a channel of support from their members in other countries.

Being befuddled and knowing how he had curbed their nefarious activities on many occasions in the past, the Indigenous People of Biafra had foreseen greater destruction lying ahead for them. Therefore, they resolved to use evil strategies, and different means to pull the Nigerian Ambassador to the Benin Republic, Buratai, out of that sensitive position.

What is best befitting for Ambassador TY Buratai is a Nobel peace prize, a great honour of service to his country and mankind, a peacemaker, and a great icon.

This is a man that deserves every accolade for a job well done in saving lives and properties. A selfless patriot that took an uncountable risk by endangering his life just to secure peace and unity in Nigeria.

He has earned great recognition and should be inducted into the country's HALL OF FAME. All these, we believe he would get someday.

Kolawole PhD wrote this piece from Keffi.

Constitution Amendment Will Tackle Separatist Agitations, says Senator Aliero

Constitution Amendment Will Tackle Separatist Agitations, says Senator Aliero

By Dansu Peter 

Chairman, Senate Committee on Works, Senator Adamu Aliero representing Kebbi Central Senatorial District has expressed confidence that the ongoing constitution amendment process will adequately address the root causes of separatist agitations in the country. 

He believes that insecurity in the country is partially traceable to complaints of perceived marginalization and lopsidedness in resource allocation, appointments of political and public office holders and widespread mutual mistrust amongst some Nigerians.


 Describing the nation’s insecurity as worrisome, the thrice-elected senator who was governor of Kebbi State between 1999 and 2007, told reporters in Abuja yesterday that the situation was compounded by the inability of stakeholders to address topical issues in public discourse such as marginalization, injustice, inequity, restructuring, devolution of powers, state police, etc.


He canvassed for increased public support for the constitution amendment process, saying that the insecurity and the general mood in the country had made a review of certain constitutional provisions urgent to restore confidence and forge national unity, harmony and integration. According to him, there is no better time than now to address the current disturbing happenings in the country.


‘’Let’s utilize the ongoing constitution amendment to address all the contending issues to curb separatist and secession calls and let peace reign. It serves us better than allow the country go on fire. War is evil and nobody wants war in this country.


‘’A situation where some people burn public buildings like courts, INEC offices, Police formations, correctional centers, etc, is bad because it sends fear that affects the overall security situation that can lead to total breakdown of law and order in the country. If the attacks on  federal institutions, civil authority, the police, the military, DSS, the courts, prisons, INEC, etc continue, it questions the legitimacy of Federal government that has the responsibility that should maintain law and order. 


‘’The earlier it is handled the better. Preferably let’s use dialogue and I don’t think the situation will get to the level that military force will be used to curb what is happening in the South East. Instead, let’s use the ongoing constitution amendment to address all the issues raised in the agitations by the South East, South West or even the North Central and virtually all over the country.


‘’These separatist agitations are causing very serious security challenges. In the South East are the IPOB and the Eastern Security Network producing Ebubeagu, in the South West are Amotekun and in the North, are some vigilante groups even though they are not equivalent to the Amotekun and the IPOB. 


The senator, who was sub-committee chairman, presided over the recent public hearing on constitution amendment in Sokoto, venue of the exercise in the North West region, emphasized that there was no better time to address the raging issues than now.


‘’ We must use the opportunity of the ongoing constitution amendment to address alleged marginalization and lopsidedness in the appointment of public officers either in the civil service or political appointment. Truly speaking, most of the issues being raised at the constitutional review are issues that, if adequately handled, can really address the agitations whether from the South East, South West or even other parts of Nigeria because it has to do with the issue of true federalism. How do you address this issue of true federalism? This can be done through devolution of powers, revenue allocation, reviewing the formula from the current status where Federal Government is getting close to 60 per cent.  Maybe, we should review it so that a small part of it can go to the states and local governments to boost development at the grassroots and the state levels.


Noting that devolution of powers was the current thinking in the North, the senator said that state governors who attended the public hearing endorsed the idea of devolution of powers. A lot of the presentations supported it there is so much power in the center and that’s why there is so much attraction to the center but if we devolve power to the states, there will be less attraction and there will be more resources to the states to deliver. I only hope that the resources will be judiciously utilized.


‘’For example, Federal Government has no business in providing education particularly primary education. Also, it has very little role in agriculture except conducting research for development as it’s done in India, Brazil and even in China. Agricultural development is left to the states but issues of regulation, research and development are done by the central government. In the US, it is the same thing. 

‘’The issue of health care, apart from very few tertiary health care institutions, maybe some major teaching hospitals that the Federal Government should maintain, all the rest should be left to the states. Let some premier universities go back to the regions where they may even do it better than the Federal Government. If they give resources to the teaching hospitals, they should ensure that the resources are properly utilized.


On agitations for state police, Aliero disagreed, saying that the nation’s recent political history indicated that sufficient lessons had not been learnt.  According to him, while Amotekun in the South West could complement the Nigerian police in curbing crimes and criminality, they should not carry arms and ammunitions since they lack legitimacy and powers. 

‘’My worry is about state police considering our history in the First Republic when state police were used against political opponents is that it is a recipe for danger and anarchy. I will not subscribe to the idea of state police because of the inherent dangers. There is the likelihood that if you allow state police, they can be used as instruments of destabilization of the country. 

‘’A group of states may form a security network and decide to declare their independence because they will be stronger than the Federal Government. If they do that, it could lead to the disintegration of the country. Again, our history of state police is nothing to write home about particularly during the First Republic. The Northern Peoples Congress, for example, used the state police to harass political opponents and muzzle political opposition. 

‘’I’m afraid that the way our politics is, we have not learnt our lesson. If given chance, the state police can be used to suppress opposition, destabilize our democracy and take us back to dictatorship. Instead, I want more recruitment into the police force but instead of centralizing it at Abuja, let us decentralize it to the zonal level so that operational commands can be given to the commissioners of police who will be able to enforce security at the various state and local governments. I think this arrangement is better than state police’’, he said.

He advocated for immediate increase in manpower for the police and the military, arguing a situation where more than half of 300,000 personnel are presently guarding houses of political office holders such as ministers, governors, senators, etc including bank executives, etc portended grave dangers for the nation.

 ‘’It means we have about 180,000 police for 200 million Nigerians. This is grossly inadequate, and they are ill-equipped in terms of weaponry and logistics. Even where they have vehicles, maintenance and fuelling them is a big challenge. In the military that, by convention protects the country against external aggression, has about 160,000 personnel, if it’s up to that. Egypt with 80 million people has over 3 million whereas Nigeria with 200 million people has just about 160,000 personnel. So where do you go from here? Even the small number is over-stretched with fighting bandits in the Middle-Belt, insurgency in the North East, kidnappings in the North West and dealing with militants that are vandalizing strategic national assets like pipelines in the Niger Delta’’, he said.
By Dansu Peter 

Chairman, Senate Committee on Works, Senator Adamu Aliero representing Kebbi Central Senatorial District has expressed confidence that the ongoing constitution amendment process will adequately address the root causes of separatist agitations in the country. 

He believes that insecurity in the country is partially traceable to complaints of perceived marginalization and lopsidedness in resource allocation, appointments of political and public office holders and widespread mutual mistrust amongst some Nigerians.


 Describing the nation’s insecurity as worrisome, the thrice-elected senator who was governor of Kebbi State between 1999 and 2007, told reporters in Abuja yesterday that the situation was compounded by the inability of stakeholders to address topical issues in public discourse such as marginalization, injustice, inequity, restructuring, devolution of powers, state police, etc.


He canvassed for increased public support for the constitution amendment process, saying that the insecurity and the general mood in the country had made a review of certain constitutional provisions urgent to restore confidence and forge national unity, harmony and integration. According to him, there is no better time than now to address the current disturbing happenings in the country.


‘’Let’s utilize the ongoing constitution amendment to address all the contending issues to curb separatist and secession calls and let peace reign. It serves us better than allow the country go on fire. War is evil and nobody wants war in this country.


‘’A situation where some people burn public buildings like courts, INEC offices, Police formations, correctional centers, etc, is bad because it sends fear that affects the overall security situation that can lead to total breakdown of law and order in the country. If the attacks on  federal institutions, civil authority, the police, the military, DSS, the courts, prisons, INEC, etc continue, it questions the legitimacy of Federal government that has the responsibility that should maintain law and order. 


‘’The earlier it is handled the better. Preferably let’s use dialogue and I don’t think the situation will get to the level that military force will be used to curb what is happening in the South East. Instead, let’s use the ongoing constitution amendment to address all the issues raised in the agitations by the South East, South West or even the North Central and virtually all over the country.


‘’These separatist agitations are causing very serious security challenges. In the South East are the IPOB and the Eastern Security Network producing Ebubeagu, in the South West are Amotekun and in the North, are some vigilante groups even though they are not equivalent to the Amotekun and the IPOB. 


The senator, who was sub-committee chairman, presided over the recent public hearing on constitution amendment in Sokoto, venue of the exercise in the North West region, emphasized that there was no better time to address the raging issues than now.


‘’ We must use the opportunity of the ongoing constitution amendment to address alleged marginalization and lopsidedness in the appointment of public officers either in the civil service or political appointment. Truly speaking, most of the issues being raised at the constitutional review are issues that, if adequately handled, can really address the agitations whether from the South East, South West or even other parts of Nigeria because it has to do with the issue of true federalism. How do you address this issue of true federalism? This can be done through devolution of powers, revenue allocation, reviewing the formula from the current status where Federal Government is getting close to 60 per cent.  Maybe, we should review it so that a small part of it can go to the states and local governments to boost development at the grassroots and the state levels.


Noting that devolution of powers was the current thinking in the North, the senator said that state governors who attended the public hearing endorsed the idea of devolution of powers. A lot of the presentations supported it there is so much power in the center and that’s why there is so much attraction to the center but if we devolve power to the states, there will be less attraction and there will be more resources to the states to deliver. I only hope that the resources will be judiciously utilized.


‘’For example, Federal Government has no business in providing education particularly primary education. Also, it has very little role in agriculture except conducting research for development as it’s done in India, Brazil and even in China. Agricultural development is left to the states but issues of regulation, research and development are done by the central government. In the US, it is the same thing. 

‘’The issue of health care, apart from very few tertiary health care institutions, maybe some major teaching hospitals that the Federal Government should maintain, all the rest should be left to the states. Let some premier universities go back to the regions where they may even do it better than the Federal Government. If they give resources to the teaching hospitals, they should ensure that the resources are properly utilized.


On agitations for state police, Aliero disagreed, saying that the nation’s recent political history indicated that sufficient lessons had not been learnt.  According to him, while Amotekun in the South West could complement the Nigerian police in curbing crimes and criminality, they should not carry arms and ammunitions since they lack legitimacy and powers. 

‘’My worry is about state police considering our history in the First Republic when state police were used against political opponents is that it is a recipe for danger and anarchy. I will not subscribe to the idea of state police because of the inherent dangers. There is the likelihood that if you allow state police, they can be used as instruments of destabilization of the country. 

‘’A group of states may form a security network and decide to declare their independence because they will be stronger than the Federal Government. If they do that, it could lead to the disintegration of the country. Again, our history of state police is nothing to write home about particularly during the First Republic. The Northern Peoples Congress, for example, used the state police to harass political opponents and muzzle political opposition. 

‘’I’m afraid that the way our politics is, we have not learnt our lesson. If given chance, the state police can be used to suppress opposition, destabilize our democracy and take us back to dictatorship. Instead, I want more recruitment into the police force but instead of centralizing it at Abuja, let us decentralize it to the zonal level so that operational commands can be given to the commissioners of police who will be able to enforce security at the various state and local governments. I think this arrangement is better than state police’’, he said.

He advocated for immediate increase in manpower for the police and the military, arguing a situation where more than half of 300,000 personnel are presently guarding houses of political office holders such as ministers, governors, senators, etc including bank executives, etc portended grave dangers for the nation.

 ‘’It means we have about 180,000 police for 200 million Nigerians. This is grossly inadequate, and they are ill-equipped in terms of weaponry and logistics. Even where they have vehicles, maintenance and fuelling them is a big challenge. In the military that, by convention protects the country against external aggression, has about 160,000 personnel, if it’s up to that. Egypt with 80 million people has over 3 million whereas Nigeria with 200 million people has just about 160,000 personnel. So where do you go from here? Even the small number is over-stretched with fighting bandits in the Middle-Belt, insurgency in the North East, kidnappings in the North West and dealing with militants that are vandalizing strategic national assets like pipelines in the Niger Delta’’, he said.

BIAFRA & RESTRUCTURING: The Exact Words President Buhari Told Ijaw Leaders Today at Aso Rock

BIAFRA & RESTRUCTURING: The Exact Words President Buhari Told Ijaw Leaders Today at Aso Rock

By Dansu Peter 

Full text of the speech by President Buhari during his meeting with Elders from the Niger Delta and the leadership of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), at the Presidential Villa, on Friday, June 25, 2021:

“I warmly welcome all the Elders of the Niger Delta and particularly the National Executive of the Ijaw National Congress, under the leadership of Professor Benjamin Okaba. I thank you for paying this courtesy visit not too long after your election in April, and swearing-in last May. 

“I also want to congratulate you all for your election and to add that a lot of responsibility is placed on your shoulders, especially coming from the fact that the Ijaw National Congress was almost without leadership for some time.

“As the symbol of the collective voice of the Ijaw people, which is one of Nigeria’s main ethnic groups, the existence of a focused and people oriented leadership would go a long way in articulating the demands of the Ijaw people and making sure these demands are made part of the national discourse.

“I particularly note your ten point demand to the Federal Government in your inaugural speech and assure you that this administration is frontally addressing them.

“I am equally concerned about the rate of environmental degradation in the Niger Delta and as you are aware the HydroCarbon Pollution Remediation Project has started work with remediation efforts in Ogoni land and I have directed the Minister of Environment to ensure that the projects are implemented with a high percentage of local content and inclusion of the surrounding communities.

“Similarly, the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, under the same ministry of Environment is working to make sure that oil spills are reduced and new ones prevented. As you are also aware, all the responsible agencies of government have been directed to ensure that they enforce compliance by the International Oil Companies to international best practices.

“In addressing your call for immediate restructuring, the National Assembly whose responsibility it is to ensure that our constitution responds to the call for a restructured Nigeria, has already concluded regional consultations and as soon as they finalise the process, necessary action would not be delayed on my part.

“In the same vein, your call for creation of two additional states and more local government areas for the Ijaw people is a legislative matter, which should naturally be handled by the National Assembly and seeking concurrence at the state levels.

“I completely agree with your call to allocate operational licenses for marginal fields to Ijaw people. However, like you know, the process of granting licenses is guided by laid down rules and regulations, most of which even favour local content and local contractors. I see no reason why they should not be granted such licenses if they qualify.

“On the issue of fair and balanced appointments to reflect federal character principles, I re-affirm that this has always been my focus and would continue to be because I have always seen Nigeria as a country where everyone should be given equal opportunities.

“A contentious issue that has been a subject of discourse amongst the Ijaw people of recent has been the need for the Niger Delta Development Commission to live up to its billing by delivering the required succour to the people of the region. Based on the mismanagement that had previously be-devilled the NDDC, a forensic audit was set up and the result is expected by the end of July, 2021.

“I want to assure you that as soon as the forensic audit report is submitted and accepted, the NDDC Board would be inaugurated. However, I would like to implore you that the Ijaw National Congress should play a more active role in making sure that the mismanagement that occurred in the past is not repeated.

“I am particularly happy to note your call for promoting ownership of modular refineries by the Ijaw people and I will urge you to interphase with your sons who are involved in the processes of establishing these refineries, especially the Honourable Minister of State Petroleum Resources to actualize this quest.

“Like you well know, completion of the East-West Road is top on my infrastructure agenda and I will look to its speedy conclusion. Again, the occasional disturbance by youths in some communities along the route to construction work would require your close attention and guidance.

“Furthermore, we have made considerable progress with the construction of the Bonny to Port Harcourt Bridge. 

“I am very happy with the recent affirmation of your belief in a United Nigeria and while I thank you for standing with me, I will also implore you to use your leverage in making sure that we keep working together to keep this country a united, indivisible entity, so that we can tackle our problems together and overcome our challenges together.

“I would like now to commend Professor Okaba for your emphasis on supporting the fight against insecurity by developing internal control mechanisms as well as working with other institutions in the country to address our current security challenges.

“While I thank you once more for this visit and I will continue to count on your support as we work towards resolving our current challenges.

“God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
By Dansu Peter 

Full text of the speech by President Buhari during his meeting with Elders from the Niger Delta and the leadership of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), at the Presidential Villa, on Friday, June 25, 2021:

“I warmly welcome all the Elders of the Niger Delta and particularly the National Executive of the Ijaw National Congress, under the leadership of Professor Benjamin Okaba. I thank you for paying this courtesy visit not too long after your election in April, and swearing-in last May. 

“I also want to congratulate you all for your election and to add that a lot of responsibility is placed on your shoulders, especially coming from the fact that the Ijaw National Congress was almost without leadership for some time.

“As the symbol of the collective voice of the Ijaw people, which is one of Nigeria’s main ethnic groups, the existence of a focused and people oriented leadership would go a long way in articulating the demands of the Ijaw people and making sure these demands are made part of the national discourse.

“I particularly note your ten point demand to the Federal Government in your inaugural speech and assure you that this administration is frontally addressing them.

“I am equally concerned about the rate of environmental degradation in the Niger Delta and as you are aware the HydroCarbon Pollution Remediation Project has started work with remediation efforts in Ogoni land and I have directed the Minister of Environment to ensure that the projects are implemented with a high percentage of local content and inclusion of the surrounding communities.

“Similarly, the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, under the same ministry of Environment is working to make sure that oil spills are reduced and new ones prevented. As you are also aware, all the responsible agencies of government have been directed to ensure that they enforce compliance by the International Oil Companies to international best practices.

“In addressing your call for immediate restructuring, the National Assembly whose responsibility it is to ensure that our constitution responds to the call for a restructured Nigeria, has already concluded regional consultations and as soon as they finalise the process, necessary action would not be delayed on my part.

“In the same vein, your call for creation of two additional states and more local government areas for the Ijaw people is a legislative matter, which should naturally be handled by the National Assembly and seeking concurrence at the state levels.

“I completely agree with your call to allocate operational licenses for marginal fields to Ijaw people. However, like you know, the process of granting licenses is guided by laid down rules and regulations, most of which even favour local content and local contractors. I see no reason why they should not be granted such licenses if they qualify.

“On the issue of fair and balanced appointments to reflect federal character principles, I re-affirm that this has always been my focus and would continue to be because I have always seen Nigeria as a country where everyone should be given equal opportunities.

“A contentious issue that has been a subject of discourse amongst the Ijaw people of recent has been the need for the Niger Delta Development Commission to live up to its billing by delivering the required succour to the people of the region. Based on the mismanagement that had previously be-devilled the NDDC, a forensic audit was set up and the result is expected by the end of July, 2021.

“I want to assure you that as soon as the forensic audit report is submitted and accepted, the NDDC Board would be inaugurated. However, I would like to implore you that the Ijaw National Congress should play a more active role in making sure that the mismanagement that occurred in the past is not repeated.

“I am particularly happy to note your call for promoting ownership of modular refineries by the Ijaw people and I will urge you to interphase with your sons who are involved in the processes of establishing these refineries, especially the Honourable Minister of State Petroleum Resources to actualize this quest.

“Like you well know, completion of the East-West Road is top on my infrastructure agenda and I will look to its speedy conclusion. Again, the occasional disturbance by youths in some communities along the route to construction work would require your close attention and guidance.

“Furthermore, we have made considerable progress with the construction of the Bonny to Port Harcourt Bridge. 

“I am very happy with the recent affirmation of your belief in a United Nigeria and while I thank you for standing with me, I will also implore you to use your leverage in making sure that we keep working together to keep this country a united, indivisible entity, so that we can tackle our problems together and overcome our challenges together.

“I would like now to commend Professor Okaba for your emphasis on supporting the fight against insecurity by developing internal control mechanisms as well as working with other institutions in the country to address our current security challenges.

“While I thank you once more for this visit and I will continue to count on your support as we work towards resolving our current challenges.

“God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Nigeria/Benin : Group charges Amb Buratai on bilateral trade relations, national security

Nigeria/Benin : Group charges Amb Buratai on bilateral trade relations, national security

... passes vote of confidence on Nigeria’s envoy to the Benin Republic

Nigeria's Ambassador to the Benin Republic, Amb Tukur Buratai, has been tasked to swiftly hit the ground running, enhancing trade relations and trans-border security between both nations, especially around the Seme Border.  

Passing a vote of confidence on the former Chief of Army Staff, the Nigeria First movement said Amb Buratai is tailor-made for the job owing to his vast experience in military and diplomacy. 

Lt. Gen Buratai (rtd) and immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olanisakin (rtd) were on Tuesday presented with letters of credence as envoys to Benin and Cameroon respectively. 

And according to Nigeria First, Buratai's confirmation shows that President Muhammadu Buhari was satisfied with his performance as COAS, having effectively flushed out insurgents and other criminal elements from the North-East and other parts of the country. 

Speaking on behalf of the group at a press conference on Friday in Abuja, Secretary-General, Comrade Augustine Richard Adie, noted that Buratai's appointment is a welcome development at a time the nation's border is under several threats. 

Adie added that with Buratai, trade relations between the two countries will be strengthened more than ever, leading to more foreign exchange for Nigeria.  

Recalling his stint as Army chief, Adie hailed Buratai for a successful campaign against insurgency in the country which has translated to peace and security to several parts especially in the once-troubled North-East

He, however, advised members of the opposition party and other disgruntled individuals to stop the campaign aimed to malign Buratai’s image. 

Expressing total confidence in his ability, the group called on all Nigerians to extend support for the country's new Ambassador to the Benin Republic. 

Read the full statement below: 

Nigeria First, heartily congratulates Ambassador, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (rtd) on his recent appointment. We are happy to finally acknowledged that "the Best man for the job has finally arrived".

Knowing about the way Nigerians have continuously expressed their enraged feelings about the matters of insecurity in the country, ever since when Boko Haram insurgency has taken the country unaware since 2009 when they began a violent campaign in North-East Nigeria, everyone now believes in every reason to tighten up our security portals.

Having fought a good fight to subdue and weaken internal terrorism and banditry in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari took a great strategic move on this appointment because he was satisfied with your performance and your great knowledge of international diplomacy.

Therefore, Mr President saw the need to expand frontiers in the war against insurgency in the country, which in our opinion culminated in the appointment of the former service chiefs as non-career ambassadors to galvanize the much needed regional support at addressing the threat posed by the Boko Haram insurgents.

For the record, Nigeria has never experienced a much peaceful time as compare to when Buratai was Chief of Army Staff since the rampage of Book Haram had begun.

Nigeria is still battling insurgency even with the change of Service Chiefs that most Nigerians had clamoured for. And was that the solution? Has that changed anything?

Instead, the situation has remained stagnant and getting worse as some stipulated by many.

The appointment of Ty Buratai is a welcome development in terms of the development of diplomacy and national security.

His appointment at a time when Nigeria’s border is under several threats is a wise decision made by the administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari.  This move is vital and strengthens trade relations between the two countries.

Buratai is the ideal candidate for this position owing to his vast intellect and diplomatic skills. The current position to which he has been recently appointed must be handled delicately. It requires someone with profound intellect and experience. We are happy that Buratai has been chosen as the man for the job.

This is a man that served the country as a military leader without a blemish on his entire career. This is the right reward for a man who has served his country diligently and to the best of his abilities. This is a man who has given his all to the nation and we have no doubt that he will do the same in his current position.

However, despite the flawless record of this man, his appointment has been bathed with opprobrium by several individuals who believe that he is not fit for the job for several reasons best known to them. There have also been several claims that his appointment is all in a bid to protect him from prosecution for crimes wrongfully alleged against him. These, we believe are the evil efforts of several members of the opposition party and other disgruntled individuals to sully Buratai’s image. These individuals have failed to see the bigger picture but have instead chosen to allow politics and senseless sentiments to blindfold them. These individuals are only after their interest instead of national interest. Nigeria is currently in a delicate situation presently. The country has been plagued by insecurity and corruption amongst others and senseless political propaganda should not be added to the list.

Buratai’s appointment is a promising development as it has a lot of potential advantages, one of which is the fact that the former chief of Army Staff has a vast network of friends and acquaintances globally. This is a great boost in terms of diplomacy and will be very beneficial in his current position. 

Buratai has a lot of unique skills in his arsenals such as his vast wealth of experience as a war veteran, a peacekeeper, an administrator and his efficiency in maintaining order and stability in conflict-ridden areas around the country. These skills will be very vital when it comes to his orchestration of diplomatic relationships and strategy.

Let us all not be quick to forget his successful campaign against insurgency in the country and how he managed to bring peace and security to several parts of the country especially in the northeast. During his reign as the chief of army staff, he moved his base to the forefront of the war where he managed to defeat and wipe out many terrorists especially the one hidden in the enclaves of the Sambisa forest. 

Instead of the fight against insecurity, those of us familiar with the dynamics and state of play in the international arena will see the wisdom behind his appointment. It is a wise move to involve the international community in the fight against terrorism and banditry by appointing an individual who is conversant with the necessities of Nigeria and the various areas in which support is needed.

It is well known that the trans-border security between Nigeria and the Benin Republic is quite low and has been plagued by smugglers and bandits. Buratai’s experience when it comes to tackling insecurity is thus priceless in dealing with border security between Nigeria and the Benin Republic. His diplomatic skills are also sure to improve trade relations between the two countries.

Several businessmen and women have been clamouring over the closure of the Nigeria-Benin Republic border and have explained how the border closure has affected their business. We can boldly say to you all that have faith in Buratai as all issues regarding the Border closure and trade relations will soon be resolved. 

Nigeria’s lost revenue to the Benin Republic has been a troubling issue to the country. It goes without saying that no nation can survive without its foreign exchange earnings and Nigeria is in no way an exception. We are certain that the ambassador will employ his sagacity and diplomatic skills to see to the re-opening of the Nigerian-Benin Republic border as soon as possible.

Buratai has been a loyal and patriotic servant to the people of Nigeria. His records and portfolio are excellent. He boasts a lot of skills, expertise and experience. He made incredible contributions towards the establishment of the Nigerian Amry University which greatly improved pedagogic approaches towards tackling insurgency in the country. His leadership boosted the morale of the Nigerian army and greatly influenced the war against insurgency. The time he served as a service chief has been widely regarded as one of the most productive in the annals of the Nigerian army. Under his leadership, the Nigerian army was rated high as regards human rights compliance by various international bodies. This was achieved as a result of his establishment of human rights offices to address issues regarding human rights violations by officers. This is another example of the insight the man portrays.

Nigeria plays a strategic leadership role in Africa and the appointment of a man as sagacious and experienced as TY Buratai ensures that Nigeria cements its place as the giants and leaders in the African continent. It is well known to all that Nigeria is a country looked up to owing to its portfolio, thus, the appointment of Buratai as a representative in the Republic of Benin is a step in the right direction. 

It makes much strategic sense because we would be sure that Buratai would put his wealth of knowledge to bear, especially in addressing some of the issues of concern for the country regarding Boko Haram getting logistics support outside the country.

Ambassador Tukur Buratai remains a great asset to our country because of his deep foresight on national security. He is also a military historian, and thus good that he has offered himself once again in service to the country. 

Nigeria First expresses total confidence in Buratai as a model of patriotism and chauvinism. His many accomplishments are a testament to the fact that his appointment was the right decision by the current administration. We call on all Nigerians to extend their support to the newly appointed ambassador rather than greet his appointment with baseless criticisms. Let us also continue to provide our endless support to the current President of this great nation and his administration as they work tirelessly for the growth and development of Nigeria.

God Bless President Buhari, God Bless Nigeria.
... passes vote of confidence on Nigeria’s envoy to the Benin Republic

Nigeria's Ambassador to the Benin Republic, Amb Tukur Buratai, has been tasked to swiftly hit the ground running, enhancing trade relations and trans-border security between both nations, especially around the Seme Border.  

Passing a vote of confidence on the former Chief of Army Staff, the Nigeria First movement said Amb Buratai is tailor-made for the job owing to his vast experience in military and diplomacy. 

Lt. Gen Buratai (rtd) and immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olanisakin (rtd) were on Tuesday presented with letters of credence as envoys to Benin and Cameroon respectively. 

And according to Nigeria First, Buratai's confirmation shows that President Muhammadu Buhari was satisfied with his performance as COAS, having effectively flushed out insurgents and other criminal elements from the North-East and other parts of the country. 

Speaking on behalf of the group at a press conference on Friday in Abuja, Secretary-General, Comrade Augustine Richard Adie, noted that Buratai's appointment is a welcome development at a time the nation's border is under several threats. 

Adie added that with Buratai, trade relations between the two countries will be strengthened more than ever, leading to more foreign exchange for Nigeria.  

Recalling his stint as Army chief, Adie hailed Buratai for a successful campaign against insurgency in the country which has translated to peace and security to several parts especially in the once-troubled North-East

He, however, advised members of the opposition party and other disgruntled individuals to stop the campaign aimed to malign Buratai’s image. 

Expressing total confidence in his ability, the group called on all Nigerians to extend support for the country's new Ambassador to the Benin Republic. 

Read the full statement below: 

Nigeria First, heartily congratulates Ambassador, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (rtd) on his recent appointment. We are happy to finally acknowledged that "the Best man for the job has finally arrived".

Knowing about the way Nigerians have continuously expressed their enraged feelings about the matters of insecurity in the country, ever since when Boko Haram insurgency has taken the country unaware since 2009 when they began a violent campaign in North-East Nigeria, everyone now believes in every reason to tighten up our security portals.

Having fought a good fight to subdue and weaken internal terrorism and banditry in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari took a great strategic move on this appointment because he was satisfied with your performance and your great knowledge of international diplomacy.

Therefore, Mr President saw the need to expand frontiers in the war against insurgency in the country, which in our opinion culminated in the appointment of the former service chiefs as non-career ambassadors to galvanize the much needed regional support at addressing the threat posed by the Boko Haram insurgents.

For the record, Nigeria has never experienced a much peaceful time as compare to when Buratai was Chief of Army Staff since the rampage of Book Haram had begun.

Nigeria is still battling insurgency even with the change of Service Chiefs that most Nigerians had clamoured for. And was that the solution? Has that changed anything?

Instead, the situation has remained stagnant and getting worse as some stipulated by many.

The appointment of Ty Buratai is a welcome development in terms of the development of diplomacy and national security.

His appointment at a time when Nigeria’s border is under several threats is a wise decision made by the administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari.  This move is vital and strengthens trade relations between the two countries.

Buratai is the ideal candidate for this position owing to his vast intellect and diplomatic skills. The current position to which he has been recently appointed must be handled delicately. It requires someone with profound intellect and experience. We are happy that Buratai has been chosen as the man for the job.

This is a man that served the country as a military leader without a blemish on his entire career. This is the right reward for a man who has served his country diligently and to the best of his abilities. This is a man who has given his all to the nation and we have no doubt that he will do the same in his current position.

However, despite the flawless record of this man, his appointment has been bathed with opprobrium by several individuals who believe that he is not fit for the job for several reasons best known to them. There have also been several claims that his appointment is all in a bid to protect him from prosecution for crimes wrongfully alleged against him. These, we believe are the evil efforts of several members of the opposition party and other disgruntled individuals to sully Buratai’s image. These individuals have failed to see the bigger picture but have instead chosen to allow politics and senseless sentiments to blindfold them. These individuals are only after their interest instead of national interest. Nigeria is currently in a delicate situation presently. The country has been plagued by insecurity and corruption amongst others and senseless political propaganda should not be added to the list.

Buratai’s appointment is a promising development as it has a lot of potential advantages, one of which is the fact that the former chief of Army Staff has a vast network of friends and acquaintances globally. This is a great boost in terms of diplomacy and will be very beneficial in his current position. 

Buratai has a lot of unique skills in his arsenals such as his vast wealth of experience as a war veteran, a peacekeeper, an administrator and his efficiency in maintaining order and stability in conflict-ridden areas around the country. These skills will be very vital when it comes to his orchestration of diplomatic relationships and strategy.

Let us all not be quick to forget his successful campaign against insurgency in the country and how he managed to bring peace and security to several parts of the country especially in the northeast. During his reign as the chief of army staff, he moved his base to the forefront of the war where he managed to defeat and wipe out many terrorists especially the one hidden in the enclaves of the Sambisa forest. 

Instead of the fight against insecurity, those of us familiar with the dynamics and state of play in the international arena will see the wisdom behind his appointment. It is a wise move to involve the international community in the fight against terrorism and banditry by appointing an individual who is conversant with the necessities of Nigeria and the various areas in which support is needed.

It is well known that the trans-border security between Nigeria and the Benin Republic is quite low and has been plagued by smugglers and bandits. Buratai’s experience when it comes to tackling insecurity is thus priceless in dealing with border security between Nigeria and the Benin Republic. His diplomatic skills are also sure to improve trade relations between the two countries.

Several businessmen and women have been clamouring over the closure of the Nigeria-Benin Republic border and have explained how the border closure has affected their business. We can boldly say to you all that have faith in Buratai as all issues regarding the Border closure and trade relations will soon be resolved. 

Nigeria’s lost revenue to the Benin Republic has been a troubling issue to the country. It goes without saying that no nation can survive without its foreign exchange earnings and Nigeria is in no way an exception. We are certain that the ambassador will employ his sagacity and diplomatic skills to see to the re-opening of the Nigerian-Benin Republic border as soon as possible.

Buratai has been a loyal and patriotic servant to the people of Nigeria. His records and portfolio are excellent. He boasts a lot of skills, expertise and experience. He made incredible contributions towards the establishment of the Nigerian Amry University which greatly improved pedagogic approaches towards tackling insurgency in the country. His leadership boosted the morale of the Nigerian army and greatly influenced the war against insurgency. The time he served as a service chief has been widely regarded as one of the most productive in the annals of the Nigerian army. Under his leadership, the Nigerian army was rated high as regards human rights compliance by various international bodies. This was achieved as a result of his establishment of human rights offices to address issues regarding human rights violations by officers. This is another example of the insight the man portrays.

Nigeria plays a strategic leadership role in Africa and the appointment of a man as sagacious and experienced as TY Buratai ensures that Nigeria cements its place as the giants and leaders in the African continent. It is well known to all that Nigeria is a country looked up to owing to its portfolio, thus, the appointment of Buratai as a representative in the Republic of Benin is a step in the right direction. 

It makes much strategic sense because we would be sure that Buratai would put his wealth of knowledge to bear, especially in addressing some of the issues of concern for the country regarding Boko Haram getting logistics support outside the country.

Ambassador Tukur Buratai remains a great asset to our country because of his deep foresight on national security. He is also a military historian, and thus good that he has offered himself once again in service to the country. 

Nigeria First expresses total confidence in Buratai as a model of patriotism and chauvinism. His many accomplishments are a testament to the fact that his appointment was the right decision by the current administration. We call on all Nigerians to extend their support to the newly appointed ambassador rather than greet his appointment with baseless criticisms. Let us also continue to provide our endless support to the current President of this great nation and his administration as they work tirelessly for the growth and development of Nigeria.

God Bless President Buhari, God Bless Nigeria.

Sen. Andy Uba: Group Chides Heritage Bank, says bank's action is mischievous, threatens legal action

Sen. Andy Uba: Group Chides Heritage Bank, says bank's action is mischievous, threatens legal action

By Dansu Peter 

A renowned coalition of civil society organisation,  under the umbrella of Citizens Media Organization has condemned the invasion of Senator Andy Uba's resident by some staff of the Heritage Bank in a bid to recover an alleged loan, describing it as mischievous and politically orchestrated to blackmail the Senator.

The group, however, threatened to sue Heritage Bank if by 48 hours it did not apologize to Senator Andy Uba in an official letter. 

Few days ago, a viral video shared on socia has contained some staff of the Heritage Bank, while on a loan recovery drive protested at the gate of Abuja resident of Senator Uba, asking him to come to the bank and repay an alleged loan obtained from the bank. 

But the group in a Press Statement signed by its Chairman, Comrade Larry suraj, the Secretary, Comrade ikechukwu albert and the PRO, Comrade Ajibade samuel described the bank's action as mischievous, barbaric and calculated move to blackmail the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC aspirant in the forthcoming Anambra State Governorship election, Senator Uba. 

The statement went further to say the move was not legitimate and conventional way to recover loan even if the Senator had defaulted in the alleged loan agreement

What was being said in Press Statement:

"... Our group, the Citizens Media Organization, a coalition of civil society organisation condemned in strong term the invasion of Senator Andy Uba's Abuja by some staff of the Heritage Bank. The move of the bank's staff is not just barbaric, but also mischievous, illegitimate, unconventional and calculated plot by the political enemies to blackmail and embarras Senator Andy Uba, who is strong Governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State."

" The Heritage Bank, as we know is one of the reputable bank in Nigeria. Even if the distinguished Senator actually erred in the alleged loan agreement, there are legitimate means approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria in loan recovery. Why did the bank and its staff shunned the legitimate procedure, but instead, let itself to be used by some political enemies of the Senator? We hereby give Heritage Bank to officially tender an apology to the Senator within 48 hours, failure to do this, we shall have no option to approach the court for redress "

"Despite the blackmail, Senator Andy Uba is no doubt, the best option who will definitely extricate Anambra State from its current poor governance if elected as governor of the state." 

"We therefore urged the good people of Anambra to remain steadfast and continue giving their maximum supports to Senator Uba, as he is poised and resolute to fix the state and bridge the infrastructure gaps neglected in the state". 
By Dansu Peter 

A renowned coalition of civil society organisation,  under the umbrella of Citizens Media Organization has condemned the invasion of Senator Andy Uba's resident by some staff of the Heritage Bank in a bid to recover an alleged loan, describing it as mischievous and politically orchestrated to blackmail the Senator.

The group, however, threatened to sue Heritage Bank if by 48 hours it did not apologize to Senator Andy Uba in an official letter. 

Few days ago, a viral video shared on socia has contained some staff of the Heritage Bank, while on a loan recovery drive protested at the gate of Abuja resident of Senator Uba, asking him to come to the bank and repay an alleged loan obtained from the bank. 

But the group in a Press Statement signed by its Chairman, Comrade Larry suraj, the Secretary, Comrade ikechukwu albert and the PRO, Comrade Ajibade samuel described the bank's action as mischievous, barbaric and calculated move to blackmail the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC aspirant in the forthcoming Anambra State Governorship election, Senator Uba. 

The statement went further to say the move was not legitimate and conventional way to recover loan even if the Senator had defaulted in the alleged loan agreement

What was being said in Press Statement:

"... Our group, the Citizens Media Organization, a coalition of civil society organisation condemned in strong term the invasion of Senator Andy Uba's Abuja by some staff of the Heritage Bank. The move of the bank's staff is not just barbaric, but also mischievous, illegitimate, unconventional and calculated plot by the political enemies to blackmail and embarras Senator Andy Uba, who is strong Governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State."

" The Heritage Bank, as we know is one of the reputable bank in Nigeria. Even if the distinguished Senator actually erred in the alleged loan agreement, there are legitimate means approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria in loan recovery. Why did the bank and its staff shunned the legitimate procedure, but instead, let itself to be used by some political enemies of the Senator? We hereby give Heritage Bank to officially tender an apology to the Senator within 48 hours, failure to do this, we shall have no option to approach the court for redress "

"Despite the blackmail, Senator Andy Uba is no doubt, the best option who will definitely extricate Anambra State from its current poor governance if elected as governor of the state." 

"We therefore urged the good people of Anambra to remain steadfast and continue giving their maximum supports to Senator Uba, as he is poised and resolute to fix the state and bridge the infrastructure gaps neglected in the state". 

Relief as Sesi Whingan Foundation repairs road in Badagry

Relief as Sesi Whingan Foundation repairs road in Badagry

By Dansu Peter 

Thousands of residents, motorists and commuters plying Mowo-Ikoga-Ado-odo road have heaved a sigh of relief as Sesi Whingan Foundation came to their rescue by making a palliative repairs of some terribly bad portions of the road.

One of the bad portions of the interstate road, linking Lagos and Ogun States at Angel Gabriel bus stop, Atinplomeh, Olorunda Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, along Ikoga-Zebbe, Ado-odo road was earlier today, 23rd June 2021 filled with granites and spread during the palliative exercise. 

Two other bad portions which were also repaired by the foundation are on the same road but at Igborosun area of Badagry Local Government of Lagos State. 

The bad portions of the road, especially the Angel Gabriel's bus stop's was so nightmarish for residents and commuters who at times got robbed by some hoodlums, a resident alleged. Another resident said during the raining season like this, the spots are so terrible that it was dreaded and frightful by them, especially motorists plying the road. 

The repairs of the portions of the road are already a huge relief to the residents of over 100 communities, villages and towns, who use the road on daily basis. 

Some of the the road users who spoke with the foundation media crew were full of praise and prayers for the foundation's initiator, Prince Sesi Oluwaseun Whingan. They pray for successes in all his endeavors. 
By Dansu Peter 

Thousands of residents, motorists and commuters plying Mowo-Ikoga-Ado-odo road have heaved a sigh of relief as Sesi Whingan Foundation came to their rescue by making a palliative repairs of some terribly bad portions of the road.

One of the bad portions of the interstate road, linking Lagos and Ogun States at Angel Gabriel bus stop, Atinplomeh, Olorunda Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, along Ikoga-Zebbe, Ado-odo road was earlier today, 23rd June 2021 filled with granites and spread during the palliative exercise. 

Two other bad portions which were also repaired by the foundation are on the same road but at Igborosun area of Badagry Local Government of Lagos State. 

The bad portions of the road, especially the Angel Gabriel's bus stop's was so nightmarish for residents and commuters who at times got robbed by some hoodlums, a resident alleged. Another resident said during the raining season like this, the spots are so terrible that it was dreaded and frightful by them, especially motorists plying the road. 

The repairs of the portions of the road are already a huge relief to the residents of over 100 communities, villages and towns, who use the road on daily basis. 

Some of the the road users who spoke with the foundation media crew were full of praise and prayers for the foundation's initiator, Prince Sesi Oluwaseun Whingan. They pray for successes in all his endeavors. 

Nigeria’s Doyen of Architecture, FOLA ALADE, Bows out at 87

Nigeria’s Doyen of Architecture, FOLA ALADE, Bows out at 87

By News Proof 

Chief Isaac Fola Alade, FNIA, D.Sc, OFR, a foremost Nigerian Architect, who designed the National Stadium Lagos, Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), Federal Secretariat Lagos, Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies building, Kuru, Plateau State and several other iconic buildings died on Friday at the age of 87.

*He was the first  Architect in Nigeria to receive the national honors award of the officer of the federal republic (O.F.R.)
*At a little above 40 in 1976, he was already a Super Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Works
*He was appointed Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of the Federal University of Port Harcourt in 1990
*He was the brain child of what is today known as ‘Rag Day’ among students of institutions of higher learning. 
*He was former chairman, Board of Directors of WAPCO Cement
*He was former President, Christ’s School Ado Ekiti
*He was former President of Ekiti Association, Lagos
* He was former Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of the then Ondo State University, Ado Ekiti

Selected Works of Architect Isaac Fola Alade

Chief Isaac Fola Alade, OFR designed, planned and supervised the construction of the following projects most of which were recorded during his employment in public service. Some of these are listed:
Land Titles Appeal Courts, Western State, Ibadan – 1965-66

Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo – 1965-66 

Emergency War Projects (Hospitals, Schools, barracks, dockyards, landing strips) during the Nigerian civil war – 1968-70

Armed Forces Rehabilitation and Training Centre, Oshodi, Lagos, including a Millitary Hospital and Crafts Centre – 1968-70

Supervised the construction of the National Stadium, Surulere ready for the 2nd All African Games in January – 1971-73

Office of the Head of State and Council of Chambers,Dodan Barracks – 1971-72

National Sports Institute, National Stadium, Surulere – 1974-75

The Twin Federal Secretariat, Ikoyi, then the largest building in West Africa – 1972-75

Forty one military projects spread across the country – 1970-1979

Nigerian Embassy buildings in fourteen countries( within and outside the African continent) 1970-1976

The Prototype Federal Secretariats in all nineteen State capitals in Nigeria – 1973-76
Satellite Town, Lagos – 1975-78

Heads of States, Federal Government Guest Houses, Bishop Oluwole, VI – 1974-75

New Ministry of External Affairs, Marina, Lagos – 1975-76

Re-design and conversion of Tafawa Balewa Square Complex, Phase II into a Shopping Complex and Office Suites – 1975-78

Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos – 1978-79

Creek (Millitary) Hospital in Ikoyi – 1977-79

Federal Goverment College, Ijanikin, Lagos among other Federal Government Colleges – 1978-80

Prototype 12 storey block of five flats, the Bar Beach Towers, replicated at Creek Hospital, Mulliner Rd, Ikoyi, 2nd Ave, Ikoyi, and near NTA on Awolowo Road, and Eric Moore Towers – 1977-79

Ife University Teaching Hospital Complex – 1980-83

Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Ibadan – 1982-84

University of Maiduguri – 1982-85

NITEL Exchanges in Ondo State, in Ido Ani, Akure, Ikole, Ikere, Ifon, Aramoko – 1980-84

First Bank of Nigeria, Akure – 1984-85

West African Portland Cement Head Office, Alausa – 1987-90

Prototype Federal Secretariat (Plot 4) – Fola Alade Prototype – 1987 till date
Professional and Technical Adviser for the Master Planning the new Nigerian Universities and Higher institutions – 1975-77
By News Proof 

Chief Isaac Fola Alade, FNIA, D.Sc, OFR, a foremost Nigerian Architect, who designed the National Stadium Lagos, Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), Federal Secretariat Lagos, Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies building, Kuru, Plateau State and several other iconic buildings died on Friday at the age of 87.

*He was the first  Architect in Nigeria to receive the national honors award of the officer of the federal republic (O.F.R.)
*At a little above 40 in 1976, he was already a Super Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Works
*He was appointed Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of the Federal University of Port Harcourt in 1990
*He was the brain child of what is today known as ‘Rag Day’ among students of institutions of higher learning. 
*He was former chairman, Board of Directors of WAPCO Cement
*He was former President, Christ’s School Ado Ekiti
*He was former President of Ekiti Association, Lagos
* He was former Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of the then Ondo State University, Ado Ekiti

Selected Works of Architect Isaac Fola Alade

Chief Isaac Fola Alade, OFR designed, planned and supervised the construction of the following projects most of which were recorded during his employment in public service. Some of these are listed:
Land Titles Appeal Courts, Western State, Ibadan – 1965-66

Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo – 1965-66 

Emergency War Projects (Hospitals, Schools, barracks, dockyards, landing strips) during the Nigerian civil war – 1968-70

Armed Forces Rehabilitation and Training Centre, Oshodi, Lagos, including a Millitary Hospital and Crafts Centre – 1968-70

Supervised the construction of the National Stadium, Surulere ready for the 2nd All African Games in January – 1971-73

Office of the Head of State and Council of Chambers,Dodan Barracks – 1971-72

National Sports Institute, National Stadium, Surulere – 1974-75

The Twin Federal Secretariat, Ikoyi, then the largest building in West Africa – 1972-75

Forty one military projects spread across the country – 1970-1979

Nigerian Embassy buildings in fourteen countries( within and outside the African continent) 1970-1976

The Prototype Federal Secretariats in all nineteen State capitals in Nigeria – 1973-76
Satellite Town, Lagos – 1975-78

Heads of States, Federal Government Guest Houses, Bishop Oluwole, VI – 1974-75

New Ministry of External Affairs, Marina, Lagos – 1975-76

Re-design and conversion of Tafawa Balewa Square Complex, Phase II into a Shopping Complex and Office Suites – 1975-78

Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos – 1978-79

Creek (Millitary) Hospital in Ikoyi – 1977-79

Federal Goverment College, Ijanikin, Lagos among other Federal Government Colleges – 1978-80

Prototype 12 storey block of five flats, the Bar Beach Towers, replicated at Creek Hospital, Mulliner Rd, Ikoyi, 2nd Ave, Ikoyi, and near NTA on Awolowo Road, and Eric Moore Towers – 1977-79

Ife University Teaching Hospital Complex – 1980-83

Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Ibadan – 1982-84

University of Maiduguri – 1982-85

NITEL Exchanges in Ondo State, in Ido Ani, Akure, Ikole, Ikere, Ifon, Aramoko – 1980-84

First Bank of Nigeria, Akure – 1984-85

West African Portland Cement Head Office, Alausa – 1987-90

Prototype Federal Secretariat (Plot 4) – Fola Alade Prototype – 1987 till date
Professional and Technical Adviser for the Master Planning the new Nigerian Universities and Higher institutions – 1975-77

Ambassador TY Buratai and his foresight on national security, By Mark Bonaventure

Ambassador TY Buratai and his foresight on national security, By Mark Bonaventure

By Mark Bonaventure  

Nigeria is somewhat experiencing security challenges that are not surprising because there are various factors responsible for it. In this case, I would say the Boko Haram insurgency took the country unaware since 2009 when the Boko Haram group began a violent campaign in North-East Nigeria. 

The Nigerian Military has been actively involved, recording gains and setbacks simultaneously because it's asymmetric warfare and not the conventional. The implication of this is that there has to be a constant review of operational strategies because insurgencies worldwide are dynamic and evolve every passing day. 

I recall that insurgent activities were aimed at security agencies from the onset of the Boko Haram insurgency. From there, it metamorphosed into hostage-taking. It further transformed into targeting women and children and establishing a caliphate. And today, one cannot point to the actual aim of the insurgents because they have continually engaged the Military in fierce battles. 

This fact was corroborated by the former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, when he stated that the Boko Haram insurgency might not end in 20 years. I recall when he made that statement; most Nigerians didn't comprehend the import of his message because they were not knowledgeable of the dynamics in asymmetric warfare.  

He said the terrorists had indoctrinated the people for a long time, making it difficult to defeat them within a short period. He also stated that political and socio-economic factors need to be addressed, adding that many communities in northern Nigeria lacked basic amenities. 

With the benefit of hindsight, he was right because Nigeria is still battling insurgency even with the change of Service Chiefs that most Nigerians had clamoured. And was that the solution? Has that changed anything? I still believe that the change of service chiefs was meant to rejig the operational strategies and not because of non-performance as some section of the country would want us to believe. 

It could thus be argued that it was a strategic move by the President because there was a need to expand frontiers in the war against insurgency in the country, which in my opinion culminated in the appointment of the former service chiefs as non-career ambassadors to galvanize the much needed regional support at addressing the threat posed by the Boko Haram insurgents. 

It was thus speculated that Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has been posted to the Benin Republic to galvanize support from the West African country. If that news is eventually accurate, it makes much strategic sense because we would be sure that Buratai would put his wealth of knowledge to bear, especially in addressing some of the issues of concern for the country regarding Boko Haram getting logistics support outside the country. 

I also wish to emphasize that Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai remain an asset to the county because of his deep foresight on national security. I am sure many do not know. He is also a military historian. It is thus good that he has offered himself once again in service to the country. I dare say that not many would be readily available because he just left one of the most daunting offices in the country in retirement. 

It was expected that he would devout his retirement time with his family, but that is not the case, as he has continued in service to the country. I think it high time the country celebrates such individuals. His records in the Nigerian Army are exceptional. Under his tenure, substantial gains were recorded in the war against insurgency and other forms of criminalities. 

This act is what I would call patriotism, and I believe with time, all those that saw him in a different light would come around to appreciate him for his display of love for the country. The example of Buratai is one in many cases of Nigerians that have been committed to the growth and development of the country, but he stands out hence this article. 

I also need to remind us that such practices are prevalent in developed nations, where individuals with outstanding public records remain helpful to the country even in retirement. And Nigeria should not be left out because the security challenges in the country require that we explore all available avenues towards the restoration of peace and stability. 

This, in my opinion, would significantly provide answers to the national security question in the country when we realize that times have changed and there is the need for regional and international collaboration in addressing security challenges. 

To put it simply, the involvement of the likes of Buratai with years of experience would assist in no small measure in ensuring that the question of galvanizing regional support for Nigeria in the war against insurgency at the diplomatic level is achieved. 

At this point, Nigerians must come to terms with the reality that guns and tanks are not the only potent weapon of war. Diplomacy also plays a critical role. Diplomacy translates military triumph into new arrangements. It implies war planning and the conduct of war in accordance with a strategy that unites political, economic, informational, and intelligence measures with military actions and a well-crafted plan for war termination.

Diplomacy is also the art of pursuing internationally possible. It involves the unpleasant task of interacting persuasively with usually disagreeable adversaries and sometimes tedious friends. I am reminded of the story of a former US ambassador to the Soviet Union, Mac Toon, who went aboard an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean for a meeting with the admiral who commanded its battle group. At the end of their discussion, the admiral leaned over to ask, "What’s it like being an ambassador? I've always thought that after I retire, I might want to try it." Ambassador Toon replied, "that's funny. I've always thought that, when I retire, I might try my hand at running a carrier battle group." The admiral said, "That's ridiculous. A naval command requires years of training and experience." But so do the management of foreign policy and diplomacy if the ship of state is not to be sailed onto the rocks or beached in the desert.

In the case of Nigeria, if we build a diplomatic capability with our neighbours to match our military prowess, we will gain a fundamental building block of national strategy towards addressing the Boko Haram insurgency in the country. And this, in my considered opinion, represents what the ambassadorial appointments of the likes of Buratai would avail the country. 

Therefore the time to act is now in our quest towards bringing the Boko Haram insurgency to an end. I can vouch that we are on the right course with a man like Buratai and his wealth of experience. Needless I say more.

Bonaventure is a public affairs analyst and wrote from Badagry.
By Mark Bonaventure  

Nigeria is somewhat experiencing security challenges that are not surprising because there are various factors responsible for it. In this case, I would say the Boko Haram insurgency took the country unaware since 2009 when the Boko Haram group began a violent campaign in North-East Nigeria. 

The Nigerian Military has been actively involved, recording gains and setbacks simultaneously because it's asymmetric warfare and not the conventional. The implication of this is that there has to be a constant review of operational strategies because insurgencies worldwide are dynamic and evolve every passing day. 

I recall that insurgent activities were aimed at security agencies from the onset of the Boko Haram insurgency. From there, it metamorphosed into hostage-taking. It further transformed into targeting women and children and establishing a caliphate. And today, one cannot point to the actual aim of the insurgents because they have continually engaged the Military in fierce battles. 

This fact was corroborated by the former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, when he stated that the Boko Haram insurgency might not end in 20 years. I recall when he made that statement; most Nigerians didn't comprehend the import of his message because they were not knowledgeable of the dynamics in asymmetric warfare.  

He said the terrorists had indoctrinated the people for a long time, making it difficult to defeat them within a short period. He also stated that political and socio-economic factors need to be addressed, adding that many communities in northern Nigeria lacked basic amenities. 

With the benefit of hindsight, he was right because Nigeria is still battling insurgency even with the change of Service Chiefs that most Nigerians had clamoured. And was that the solution? Has that changed anything? I still believe that the change of service chiefs was meant to rejig the operational strategies and not because of non-performance as some section of the country would want us to believe. 

It could thus be argued that it was a strategic move by the President because there was a need to expand frontiers in the war against insurgency in the country, which in my opinion culminated in the appointment of the former service chiefs as non-career ambassadors to galvanize the much needed regional support at addressing the threat posed by the Boko Haram insurgents. 

It was thus speculated that Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has been posted to the Benin Republic to galvanize support from the West African country. If that news is eventually accurate, it makes much strategic sense because we would be sure that Buratai would put his wealth of knowledge to bear, especially in addressing some of the issues of concern for the country regarding Boko Haram getting logistics support outside the country. 

I also wish to emphasize that Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai remain an asset to the county because of his deep foresight on national security. I am sure many do not know. He is also a military historian. It is thus good that he has offered himself once again in service to the country. I dare say that not many would be readily available because he just left one of the most daunting offices in the country in retirement. 

It was expected that he would devout his retirement time with his family, but that is not the case, as he has continued in service to the country. I think it high time the country celebrates such individuals. His records in the Nigerian Army are exceptional. Under his tenure, substantial gains were recorded in the war against insurgency and other forms of criminalities. 

This act is what I would call patriotism, and I believe with time, all those that saw him in a different light would come around to appreciate him for his display of love for the country. The example of Buratai is one in many cases of Nigerians that have been committed to the growth and development of the country, but he stands out hence this article. 

I also need to remind us that such practices are prevalent in developed nations, where individuals with outstanding public records remain helpful to the country even in retirement. And Nigeria should not be left out because the security challenges in the country require that we explore all available avenues towards the restoration of peace and stability. 

This, in my opinion, would significantly provide answers to the national security question in the country when we realize that times have changed and there is the need for regional and international collaboration in addressing security challenges. 

To put it simply, the involvement of the likes of Buratai with years of experience would assist in no small measure in ensuring that the question of galvanizing regional support for Nigeria in the war against insurgency at the diplomatic level is achieved. 

At this point, Nigerians must come to terms with the reality that guns and tanks are not the only potent weapon of war. Diplomacy also plays a critical role. Diplomacy translates military triumph into new arrangements. It implies war planning and the conduct of war in accordance with a strategy that unites political, economic, informational, and intelligence measures with military actions and a well-crafted plan for war termination.

Diplomacy is also the art of pursuing internationally possible. It involves the unpleasant task of interacting persuasively with usually disagreeable adversaries and sometimes tedious friends. I am reminded of the story of a former US ambassador to the Soviet Union, Mac Toon, who went aboard an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean for a meeting with the admiral who commanded its battle group. At the end of their discussion, the admiral leaned over to ask, "What’s it like being an ambassador? I've always thought that after I retire, I might want to try it." Ambassador Toon replied, "that's funny. I've always thought that, when I retire, I might try my hand at running a carrier battle group." The admiral said, "That's ridiculous. A naval command requires years of training and experience." But so do the management of foreign policy and diplomacy if the ship of state is not to be sailed onto the rocks or beached in the desert.

In the case of Nigeria, if we build a diplomatic capability with our neighbours to match our military prowess, we will gain a fundamental building block of national strategy towards addressing the Boko Haram insurgency in the country. And this, in my considered opinion, represents what the ambassadorial appointments of the likes of Buratai would avail the country. 

Therefore the time to act is now in our quest towards bringing the Boko Haram insurgency to an end. I can vouch that we are on the right course with a man like Buratai and his wealth of experience. Needless I say more.

Bonaventure is a public affairs analyst and wrote from Badagry.

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