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EXCLUSIVE: 2023: Crack in Lagos APC as Speaker, Obasa sacks aide for eyeing Sanwo-Olu's job

EXCLUSIVE: 2023: Crack in Lagos APC as Speaker, Obasa sacks aide for eyeing Sanwo-Olu's job

By Dansu Peter 

Therẹ appear to be a 
major crack in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC in Lagos State as the speaker of  State Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa has sacked his Special Adviser on Islamic religion, Hon Abdul-Hakeem Abdul-Lateef. 

He was sacked for declaring to vie for the coveted Lagos State governorship position currently occupied by Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, News Proof exclusively learned.

As contained in his sack letter seen by News Proof, Abdul-Hakeem Abdul-Lateef, a former Commissioner for Home Affairs was sacked for declaring an ambition to run for the governorship election in 2023.



Mr Abdul-Lateef is known as a member of the governing All Progressives Congress and incumbent Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who is in his first term, is expected to seek reelection in 2023.

Mr Abdul-Lateef made his governorship declaration during the inauguration of “Iyepe 2023 We Fit Do Am” project, a movement meant to create political awareness among Lagosians.

“There is apathy in the county; not so many people are involved in voting these days. It has been going down in Lagos State.

“Out of about 24 million people in Lagos State, during the last voting exercise we witness less than 1.5 million voters.

“You can see that there is gradual level of disinterestedness by the populace. So we have started this movement to raise political awareness to encourage people to have hope that we can have transformation.

“By the time we encourage more people to participate in politics, we believe that things will change for the better by the grace of God,” he said.

According to him, “Iyepe” is a symbol of unity which reminds us that we are all from Adam who was created from sand.

“A leader who bears Iyepe will bring about unity among the people,” Mr Abdul-Lateef said.

Mr Abdul-Lateef, who was yet to name his party of choice to contest the governorship election, said that he was optimistic that Lagos residents would support him when the time comes.
By Dansu Peter 

Therẹ appear to be a 
major crack in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC in Lagos State as the speaker of  State Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa has sacked his Special Adviser on Islamic religion, Hon Abdul-Hakeem Abdul-Lateef. 

He was sacked for declaring to vie for the coveted Lagos State governorship position currently occupied by Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, News Proof exclusively learned.

As contained in his sack letter seen by News Proof, Abdul-Hakeem Abdul-Lateef, a former Commissioner for Home Affairs was sacked for declaring an ambition to run for the governorship election in 2023.



Mr Abdul-Lateef is known as a member of the governing All Progressives Congress and incumbent Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who is in his first term, is expected to seek reelection in 2023.

Mr Abdul-Lateef made his governorship declaration during the inauguration of “Iyepe 2023 We Fit Do Am” project, a movement meant to create political awareness among Lagosians.

“There is apathy in the county; not so many people are involved in voting these days. It has been going down in Lagos State.

“Out of about 24 million people in Lagos State, during the last voting exercise we witness less than 1.5 million voters.

“You can see that there is gradual level of disinterestedness by the populace. So we have started this movement to raise political awareness to encourage people to have hope that we can have transformation.

“By the time we encourage more people to participate in politics, we believe that things will change for the better by the grace of God,” he said.

According to him, “Iyepe” is a symbol of unity which reminds us that we are all from Adam who was created from sand.

“A leader who bears Iyepe will bring about unity among the people,” Mr Abdul-Lateef said.

Mr Abdul-Lateef, who was yet to name his party of choice to contest the governorship election, said that he was optimistic that Lagos residents would support him when the time comes.

BACCIMA MEETS WITH LASWA TO COLLABORATE FOR IMPROVED WATER TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM IN BADAGRY

BACCIMA MEETS WITH LASWA TO COLLABORATE FOR IMPROVED WATER TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM IN BADAGRY



By Sehude Akande 

A delegation of Badagry Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (BACCIMA), led by its President, Alhaji Fatai Shokunbi, has met with the General Manager of Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mr. Oluwadamilare Emmanuel,  today 29th September, 2020 in  a bid to collaborate for improved water transportation system in Badagry Division. 

This was revealed in a press statement signed by the Director of Communications of the City Chamber, Mr. Sewhude Akande.

The statement revealed that the chamber sought to collaborate with LASWA in the areas of regulating the operations of boat operators and building their capacities. 

The Director General of BACCIMA, Mr. Opeyemi Oke urged Mr. Oluwadamilare Emmanuel, to use his office as the General Manager of LASWA to advocate for improved Infrastructure across the Badagry coastline in order to rejuvenate and harness the socio-economic potentials of the Division, adding that the deplorable state of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway has hindered access to market for major businesses in Badagry Division.

"The Director General also appealed for employment opportunities for the youth of Badagry in LASWA and other sister government agencies as this is the only way we can curb the involvement of our youth in  illegal business activities across the border; giving them sustainable and dignifying jobs. " The statement reads.

Responding, the General Manager, LASWA, appreciated the Chamber for it's visit and objectives, and promised  to work hand in hand with it towards bringing sanity to the waterways in the Division.

He further stated that the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has given approval to LASWA to organize a stakeholders meeting in the area and he will be happy to collaborate with the Chamber in implementing this.

The mission of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) is to regulate and promote the use of Lagos inland waterways, encourage sustainable investments and develop lasting water transport solutions for the people of Lagos State.

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By Sehude Akande 

A delegation of Badagry Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (BACCIMA), led by its President, Alhaji Fatai Shokunbi, has met with the General Manager of Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mr. Oluwadamilare Emmanuel,  today 29th September, 2020 in  a bid to collaborate for improved water transportation system in Badagry Division. 

This was revealed in a press statement signed by the Director of Communications of the City Chamber, Mr. Sewhude Akande.

The statement revealed that the chamber sought to collaborate with LASWA in the areas of regulating the operations of boat operators and building their capacities. 

The Director General of BACCIMA, Mr. Opeyemi Oke urged Mr. Oluwadamilare Emmanuel, to use his office as the General Manager of LASWA to advocate for improved Infrastructure across the Badagry coastline in order to rejuvenate and harness the socio-economic potentials of the Division, adding that the deplorable state of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway has hindered access to market for major businesses in Badagry Division.

"The Director General also appealed for employment opportunities for the youth of Badagry in LASWA and other sister government agencies as this is the only way we can curb the involvement of our youth in  illegal business activities across the border; giving them sustainable and dignifying jobs. " The statement reads.

Responding, the General Manager, LASWA, appreciated the Chamber for it's visit and objectives, and promised  to work hand in hand with it towards bringing sanity to the waterways in the Division.

He further stated that the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has given approval to LASWA to organize a stakeholders meeting in the area and he will be happy to collaborate with the Chamber in implementing this.

The mission of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) is to regulate and promote the use of Lagos inland waterways, encourage sustainable investments and develop lasting water transport solutions for the people of Lagos State.

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"Thanks for believing in me" - Afonja, the new SSA tells Gov. Sanwo-Olu

"Thanks for believing in me" - Afonja, the new SSA tells Gov. Sanwo-Olu

By Saheed Ade Akanbi (Afonja) 

A NOTE OF APPRECIATION.........

 "Ambition is the path to success, Loyalty, Persistence and Perseverance is the vehicle you should board". _ Afonja 

In Dalai Laima words, "The root of all goodness lies in the soil of appreciation for goodness". Am indeed elated and honoured to receive the love, wishes messages via social media platforms, SMS, calls, gifts amidst others on the occasion of my birthday and appointment.

I thank you ALL. 

Undoubtedly, it is a double blessings which i thank Allah for giving me the grace to witness it. Alhamdullilah! Alhamdullilah! Alhamdullilah Robbil Alamin

My topmost and sincere appreciation goes to my Father, my forever mentor, my leader, one man like hundreds men,  an innovator, a builder of young folks, a quintessential and stupendous being, a simple reflection of progress at all spheres, the National leader of our great party APC, a visionary man with intellectuals, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Thank you so much Sir for all and the ones you're yet to do. 

Victory is certain in all your endeavors. Your ideologies pave ways for us. To the mother of all, whose love and encouragement knows no bounds, a woman of valour and integrity whom i share birth month with, Distinguished Senator Oluremi Tinubu (OON), thanks so much our one in a million Yeye. 

Lagos indeed in all spheres reflects the giant strides and activeness of a man of integrity, highly focus and intelligent, the Governor of a State with Innovative Youths, the Numero Uno of Lagos State, Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu. 

Thanks for believing in me, thanks for the honour Sir as your Senior Special Assistant on Youth Development. Am delighted to join the progressive team of *#Greaterlagos*, this is a challenge and task in which i pledge to exhibit the maximum use of this great opportunity to change, unite, develop and entrench Youths developments in the State. 

Respectively, the Second Citizen of Lagos, a man whose encouragement and advice is part of my achievements so far, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat, am indeed grateful Sir. With this, i extend my appreciation to the Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri Okunola and the Chief of Staff,  Mr. Tayo Ayinde, your support is indeed worthwhile, am greatful and the entire Greaterlagos Executive Team and Management cabinet, thank you all. 

Going back the memory lane, Zigziglar opines that "there is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs. I have indeed climbed on several stairs and each of them i ensured the best comes from it. To mention few of my innovation and struggles includes; Asiwaju Grassroot Foundation, I Stand With Bola Tinubu Loyalty Walk, Bola Tinubu Ambassadors, Change Volunteer, Bola Tinubu Youth Summit and Eko e-report, a magazine and online media where we disseminate Lagos News from the grassroot to the top. 

My father's, mother's and leaders in our great party are obviously many and they are all dear to my heart as they nurture and correct my wrong doings at all times. Thank you all, may you all live longer for us and the state. Agba yin a dalé,  Ire loju yîn ma ma ri, ko ní rî íbi. 

Like i do say, when you ask me of my journey into this great field, i don't hesitate to appreciate and mention some of those kind minds whose intention is always "Afonja you can make it", Senator Ganiyu  Solomon (GOS),  Chief Mrs. Kemi Nelson, Chief Akinsanya Sunny Ajose, Chief Rabiu Oluwa, Dr. Mrs. Idiat Adebule, Chief Mutiu Are, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Mr. Segun Dawodu HKT, Hon.Babajimi Benson, Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi, Oluomo Segun Olulade, Hon. TemiTope Adewale, Hon. Lukman Olumoh,  Hon Mufutau Adewale Egberongbe, Hon. Miranda, Hon. Hon Ayodeji Joseph, HRA, IBMA, Mayor Dele Oshinowo, Steady, Hon. Rotimi Makinde Soludero, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, Hon. HUNPE, Hon. Fatai Ayoola Ebie, Mr. Tunde Rahman, Mr. Demola Oshodi, Taiwo Olawale Okanlawon, Hon. Muniru Hakeem, Hon. Bola Ilori, Otunba Dengel Anifowoshe,  O.K. Falodun, Sen. Omoworare, Hon. Omowunmi Olatunji Ohwovoriole, Mama Omolola Essien,  Valentine Buraimoh, Hon. Hakeem Bamgbola,  Adeniyi Saliu, Onilude Segun Adeniran, Samola, Hon. Bankole, Hon. Olufunmi,  Alhaja Abiodun Bankole, Engr Mojeed Alabi Balogun, Hon Airat Mojirade Alamu, Hon. Fuad, Princes Rasheedat Abiodun Adu, Fatai Shuaib Ajidagba,  Princess Aderemi, Pham. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf Moremi, Mr. Adewunmi Adebanjo, Hon. Rasulu Idowu, Mama Funmi Mohammed, Bisoye Coker, Mama Adegeye, Uncle Femi Odutade,  PLS, Barr Emmanuel-Sunday Kappo, Uncle Tunji Olawuyi Ajuloopin, Hon. Lado Suleja, Hon. AbdoulBaq Ladi Balogun, Abdoul Diallo,  Hon. Johnson Babatunde, Toba Oke, MTT, Ayodele Adewale,  Ganiyu Kola Egunjobi, Tayo Sanyaolu, Idiris Aregbe, Uncle Herdebanjo Awesu, Olanrewaju-Smart Wasiu, Ayekooto Akindele, Sal Dos NG, Hon AbdulHamed Salawu Dullar, Olatunbosun Nurudeen Koleosho, BTA, Iyen Na Nice, Kunle Oduah, Casey Adejuwon Moyosola Michael,  just  like yesterday, i will forever be grateful Sir/Ma.

To my bosses who have trained me and still training me, Mr. Seyi Tinubu (ST), CEO Loatsad PromoMedia, Mr. Segun Banjoko, Mummy J, Mr. Gboyega, may the Lord continue to favour you in all your endeavors.

My ALGON pride, the transformer, Hon. Kolade Alabi and all the Council Chairmen in the state and Nigeria at large, thank you very much.  Victory is ahead of us with God's grace. 

My dearest family, I owe you alot for the unending love, care, support and guidance at all times.

Thank you so much. 

To my ever amiable, loyal, supportive and focus team, Team Afonja, you're the best, may this grace continue to flow to all, thank you so much. My friends, followers, well wishers i say a very big thank you to you all,  you shall all be celebrated, it's never too late, be optimistic. 

To the entire youth of Lagos, *"Isé tí ya ooooooo"*. This appointment is for all us, not Afonja alone.

 _"I do the very best i know how to do and i mean to keep on doing so until the best is more than enough". _ Afonja

Signed:
Akanbi Ade Saheed (Afonja),
Senior Special Assistant on Youth  Development,
Lagos State Government
By Saheed Ade Akanbi (Afonja) 

A NOTE OF APPRECIATION.........

 "Ambition is the path to success, Loyalty, Persistence and Perseverance is the vehicle you should board". _ Afonja 

In Dalai Laima words, "The root of all goodness lies in the soil of appreciation for goodness". Am indeed elated and honoured to receive the love, wishes messages via social media platforms, SMS, calls, gifts amidst others on the occasion of my birthday and appointment.

I thank you ALL. 

Undoubtedly, it is a double blessings which i thank Allah for giving me the grace to witness it. Alhamdullilah! Alhamdullilah! Alhamdullilah Robbil Alamin

My topmost and sincere appreciation goes to my Father, my forever mentor, my leader, one man like hundreds men,  an innovator, a builder of young folks, a quintessential and stupendous being, a simple reflection of progress at all spheres, the National leader of our great party APC, a visionary man with intellectuals, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Thank you so much Sir for all and the ones you're yet to do. 

Victory is certain in all your endeavors. Your ideologies pave ways for us. To the mother of all, whose love and encouragement knows no bounds, a woman of valour and integrity whom i share birth month with, Distinguished Senator Oluremi Tinubu (OON), thanks so much our one in a million Yeye. 

Lagos indeed in all spheres reflects the giant strides and activeness of a man of integrity, highly focus and intelligent, the Governor of a State with Innovative Youths, the Numero Uno of Lagos State, Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu. 

Thanks for believing in me, thanks for the honour Sir as your Senior Special Assistant on Youth Development. Am delighted to join the progressive team of *#Greaterlagos*, this is a challenge and task in which i pledge to exhibit the maximum use of this great opportunity to change, unite, develop and entrench Youths developments in the State. 

Respectively, the Second Citizen of Lagos, a man whose encouragement and advice is part of my achievements so far, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat, am indeed grateful Sir. With this, i extend my appreciation to the Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri Okunola and the Chief of Staff,  Mr. Tayo Ayinde, your support is indeed worthwhile, am greatful and the entire Greaterlagos Executive Team and Management cabinet, thank you all. 

Going back the memory lane, Zigziglar opines that "there is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs. I have indeed climbed on several stairs and each of them i ensured the best comes from it. To mention few of my innovation and struggles includes; Asiwaju Grassroot Foundation, I Stand With Bola Tinubu Loyalty Walk, Bola Tinubu Ambassadors, Change Volunteer, Bola Tinubu Youth Summit and Eko e-report, a magazine and online media where we disseminate Lagos News from the grassroot to the top. 

My father's, mother's and leaders in our great party are obviously many and they are all dear to my heart as they nurture and correct my wrong doings at all times. Thank you all, may you all live longer for us and the state. Agba yin a dalé,  Ire loju yîn ma ma ri, ko ní rî íbi. 

Like i do say, when you ask me of my journey into this great field, i don't hesitate to appreciate and mention some of those kind minds whose intention is always "Afonja you can make it", Senator Ganiyu  Solomon (GOS),  Chief Mrs. Kemi Nelson, Chief Akinsanya Sunny Ajose, Chief Rabiu Oluwa, Dr. Mrs. Idiat Adebule, Chief Mutiu Are, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Mr. Segun Dawodu HKT, Hon.Babajimi Benson, Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi, Oluomo Segun Olulade, Hon. TemiTope Adewale, Hon. Lukman Olumoh,  Hon Mufutau Adewale Egberongbe, Hon. Miranda, Hon. Hon Ayodeji Joseph, HRA, IBMA, Mayor Dele Oshinowo, Steady, Hon. Rotimi Makinde Soludero, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, Hon. HUNPE, Hon. Fatai Ayoola Ebie, Mr. Tunde Rahman, Mr. Demola Oshodi, Taiwo Olawale Okanlawon, Hon. Muniru Hakeem, Hon. Bola Ilori, Otunba Dengel Anifowoshe,  O.K. Falodun, Sen. Omoworare, Hon. Omowunmi Olatunji Ohwovoriole, Mama Omolola Essien,  Valentine Buraimoh, Hon. Hakeem Bamgbola,  Adeniyi Saliu, Onilude Segun Adeniran, Samola, Hon. Bankole, Hon. Olufunmi,  Alhaja Abiodun Bankole, Engr Mojeed Alabi Balogun, Hon Airat Mojirade Alamu, Hon. Fuad, Princes Rasheedat Abiodun Adu, Fatai Shuaib Ajidagba,  Princess Aderemi, Pham. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf Moremi, Mr. Adewunmi Adebanjo, Hon. Rasulu Idowu, Mama Funmi Mohammed, Bisoye Coker, Mama Adegeye, Uncle Femi Odutade,  PLS, Barr Emmanuel-Sunday Kappo, Uncle Tunji Olawuyi Ajuloopin, Hon. Lado Suleja, Hon. AbdoulBaq Ladi Balogun, Abdoul Diallo,  Hon. Johnson Babatunde, Toba Oke, MTT, Ayodele Adewale,  Ganiyu Kola Egunjobi, Tayo Sanyaolu, Idiris Aregbe, Uncle Herdebanjo Awesu, Olanrewaju-Smart Wasiu, Ayekooto Akindele, Sal Dos NG, Hon AbdulHamed Salawu Dullar, Olatunbosun Nurudeen Koleosho, BTA, Iyen Na Nice, Kunle Oduah, Casey Adejuwon Moyosola Michael,  just  like yesterday, i will forever be grateful Sir/Ma.

To my bosses who have trained me and still training me, Mr. Seyi Tinubu (ST), CEO Loatsad PromoMedia, Mr. Segun Banjoko, Mummy J, Mr. Gboyega, may the Lord continue to favour you in all your endeavors.

My ALGON pride, the transformer, Hon. Kolade Alabi and all the Council Chairmen in the state and Nigeria at large, thank you very much.  Victory is ahead of us with God's grace. 

My dearest family, I owe you alot for the unending love, care, support and guidance at all times.

Thank you so much. 

To my ever amiable, loyal, supportive and focus team, Team Afonja, you're the best, may this grace continue to flow to all, thank you so much. My friends, followers, well wishers i say a very big thank you to you all,  you shall all be celebrated, it's never too late, be optimistic. 

To the entire youth of Lagos, *"Isé tí ya ooooooo"*. This appointment is for all us, not Afonja alone.

 _"I do the very best i know how to do and i mean to keep on doing so until the best is more than enough". _ Afonja

Signed:
Akanbi Ade Saheed (Afonja),
Senior Special Assistant on Youth  Development,
Lagos State Government

NAWOJ: Women Journalists Drum Support For Colleague, Ruth Abubakar as President

NAWOJ: Women Journalists Drum Support For Colleague, Ruth Abubakar as President

By Adedoyin Ogunlowo 

Leadership is a process of social influence, which maximizes the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a goal. This is what it seems, as members of the Nigeria association of Women journalists sent a clarion call through a communiqué released to media men in Abuja in support of the presidential bid of Ruth Abubakar.

The communique made available to the CURRENT NEWS NOW news desk stated emphatically that majority of the women journalists are in support Ruth Abubakar for the exotic seat as president of the noble association.

The communique reads in part

… As members and stakeholders of Nigeria Association of Women journalists, let us use this medium to state emphatically without mincing words that we are in support of the presidential bid of Ruth Abubakar

she is a friend and mother with years of leadership experience and quality leadership acumen.
Ruth Abubakar has the the needed characters and Carriage to move our noble national association forward..

Ruth Abubakar Is a two-term Vice President of NAWOJ Zone E (North East)

She has gathered much experience in unionism, having been actively involved in the activities of NAWOJ and the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), as Secretary, Information Chapel in Gombe Council; pioneer Chairperson of NAWOJ Gombe council.

Ruth Abubakar is aspiring for the presidential seat of the association . we at Current News Now which her best of luck.
By Adedoyin Ogunlowo 

Leadership is a process of social influence, which maximizes the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a goal. This is what it seems, as members of the Nigeria association of Women journalists sent a clarion call through a communiqué released to media men in Abuja in support of the presidential bid of Ruth Abubakar.

The communique made available to the CURRENT NEWS NOW news desk stated emphatically that majority of the women journalists are in support Ruth Abubakar for the exotic seat as president of the noble association.

The communique reads in part

… As members and stakeholders of Nigeria Association of Women journalists, let us use this medium to state emphatically without mincing words that we are in support of the presidential bid of Ruth Abubakar

she is a friend and mother with years of leadership experience and quality leadership acumen.
Ruth Abubakar has the the needed characters and Carriage to move our noble national association forward..

Ruth Abubakar Is a two-term Vice President of NAWOJ Zone E (North East)

She has gathered much experience in unionism, having been actively involved in the activities of NAWOJ and the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), as Secretary, Information Chapel in Gombe Council; pioneer Chairperson of NAWOJ Gombe council.

Ruth Abubakar is aspiring for the presidential seat of the association . we at Current News Now which her best of luck.

Lagos Council Boss, Samola elevates aide, Agbaje to Supervisory Councillor for Budget

Lagos Council Boss, Samola elevates aide, Agbaje to Supervisory Councillor for Budget

By Dansu Peter 

The Council Chairman of Olorunda Local Council Development Area, Hon. Samson Olatunde has elevated his former Special Assistant, Hon. Kole Agbaje to the position of the Supervisory Councillor for Budget in a major cabinet reshuffle of his cabinet. 

The appointment was announced in a press statement released by the media aides to the chairman on the 28th September 2020.

Hon. Agbaje was, until his new appointment a Special Assistant on Environment to the executive chairman of the council. 
 
The statement reads:
The general public is hereby notified of the appointment of a new Supervisor, three(3) Special Assistants as well as portfolio reshuffles in the Executive arm of the Government of Olorunda LCDA. 

The changes are as follows;

Henceforth, Hon. Kole Agbaje the former Special Assistant on Environment has been appointed as the Budget Supervisor. 

In the same vein, there were reshuffles in some other departments;

Hon. Hassan Rasaq, the former Budget Supervisor has henceforth been appointed as the Supervisory Councillor for Agriculture, Community Development, Youth and Sport.

Former Supervisory Councillor for Environment, Hon. Isikan Mathew takes on the Supervisory Councillor for Health portfolio.

Hon Dauda Aina, Former Supervisory Councillor for Health is hereby appointed Supervisory Councillor for Environment. 


In an extension of these reshuffles, the following were appointed as Special Assistants:

Okunade Waliu Abiodun S.A on Works
Ahmed Bankole S.A on Environment
Mr. Sulu Kareem S.A on Revenue.

However, the following members of the Executive arm continue to retain their portfolios:

The Vice Chairman of the Council, Hon. Bamgbose Olufemi remains the Council's Supervisory Councillor for Education

Hon. Nurat Zubair Olayinka remains the Supervisory Councillor for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, 

Hon. Olatunji Ogabi retains his portfolio as the Supervisory Councillor for Works. 

Signed:

Farayola, Olusegun Joseph
Media Aide to the Executive Chairman, 
Adeosun, Abdulwahab Adebowale
SA Information to the Executive Chairman. 
Monday 28th September, 2020.
By Dansu Peter 

The Council Chairman of Olorunda Local Council Development Area, Hon. Samson Olatunde has elevated his former Special Assistant, Hon. Kole Agbaje to the position of the Supervisory Councillor for Budget in a major cabinet reshuffle of his cabinet. 

The appointment was announced in a press statement released by the media aides to the chairman on the 28th September 2020.

Hon. Agbaje was, until his new appointment a Special Assistant on Environment to the executive chairman of the council. 
 
The statement reads:
The general public is hereby notified of the appointment of a new Supervisor, three(3) Special Assistants as well as portfolio reshuffles in the Executive arm of the Government of Olorunda LCDA. 

The changes are as follows;

Henceforth, Hon. Kole Agbaje the former Special Assistant on Environment has been appointed as the Budget Supervisor. 

In the same vein, there were reshuffles in some other departments;

Hon. Hassan Rasaq, the former Budget Supervisor has henceforth been appointed as the Supervisory Councillor for Agriculture, Community Development, Youth and Sport.

Former Supervisory Councillor for Environment, Hon. Isikan Mathew takes on the Supervisory Councillor for Health portfolio.

Hon Dauda Aina, Former Supervisory Councillor for Health is hereby appointed Supervisory Councillor for Environment. 


In an extension of these reshuffles, the following were appointed as Special Assistants:

Okunade Waliu Abiodun S.A on Works
Ahmed Bankole S.A on Environment
Mr. Sulu Kareem S.A on Revenue.

However, the following members of the Executive arm continue to retain their portfolios:

The Vice Chairman of the Council, Hon. Bamgbose Olufemi remains the Council's Supervisory Councillor for Education

Hon. Nurat Zubair Olayinka remains the Supervisory Councillor for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, 

Hon. Olatunji Ogabi retains his portfolio as the Supervisory Councillor for Works. 

Signed:

Farayola, Olusegun Joseph
Media Aide to the Executive Chairman, 
Adeosun, Abdulwahab Adebowale
SA Information to the Executive Chairman. 
Monday 28th September, 2020.

Zulum: Northern CSOs urge military to sustain onslaught against terrorists in northern Borno

Zulum: Northern CSOs urge military to sustain onslaught against terrorists in northern Borno

....say attacks cowardly instigated for propaganda

By Dansu Peter 

The Coalition of Northern Civil Society Organisations have urged the Nigerian military to sustain its current onslaught against terrorists in northern Borno. 

According to the CSOs, the recent attacks by the sect is a propaganda attempt, born out of desperation to remain relevant amidst massive success by the troops. 

Speaking at a press conference on Monday in Abuja through its spokesperson, Chief Aper Adam, the group said Boko Haram's new penchant for targeting Governor Babagana Zulum is a frantic attempt to satisfy its financiers by making a high-profile score. 

It added that the terrorists' use of Improvised Explosive Devices, especially on bad roads, to attack troops and innocent citizens is another new tactics. 

While calling on the state government to fix major roads in parts of northern Borno, the CSOs urged the troops to maintain the momentum. 

The group, however, warned those supporting the sect to withdraw as it has no hope and future. 

Read full statemt below:

Gentlemen of the press, just as we were preparing the text of this press conference to decry the lingering of Boko Haram activities in northern Borno, attacks on the Governor of Borno State and the determination of the Nigerian military to end the insurgency as quickly as possible. 

Let’s start by saying that the targeting of the governor is a worrisome trend of Boko Haram/Islamic state West Africa Province (ISWAP). It can only be described as a resort on the part of Boko Haram/ISWAP to desperate measures to remain relevant in Northern Borno. It is unfortunate that the terrorists, who have lost practically all their camps to the anti-terrorism operation of the Nigerian military, are attempting to make their last stand using Governor Zulum’s convoy as prop. 

There are other possibilities we are looking at as well because there have been two of such attacks in the last one month, with the one of last Friday though the Governor was not in the convoy  being the deadliest and another one on Sunday which was successfully repelled. Knowing that the Governor has adequate security cover from the military and other security agencies, we can only conclude that Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists have gone full kamikaze because their game is up.

Nigerians would have noticed that Boko Haram/ISWAP was rarely in the news in recent months. When the terrorists do make the news, it is often report of them taking punishment from the Nigerian military. Boko Haram commanders are being blown sky high with bombs dropped from fighter jets on their camps. The destruction being visited on the terrorists’ camps is so severe that it has reportedly worsened the infighting among them while their wounded have overwhelmed their makeshift treatment centres and are spreading disease and infections among others.

This is a development that has made the financiers and supporters of Boko Haram’s acts of terrorism to have begun re-evaluating their continued expenditure on the group. These financiers are reportedly told the terrorist leaders that they will cut off further funding unless their fighters can demonstrate that they are still able to inflict disturbing damage.

The newfound penchant of the terrorists for targeting Governor Zulum is apparently a desperate attempt to satisfy these financiers by making a high-profile score. This is likely why they targeted the late Colonel Dahiru Bako and troops under his command in the hope of creating the impression that they are still able to strike high value persons.  

In addition to this obsession with the state governor, Boko Haram’s resort to increased use of (Improvised Explosive Devices) IEDs, especially on bad roads, to attack troops and innocent citizens  is another of the new tactics they adopted to tell the world that they are still relevant.

We call on Governor Zulum to review the protocols for his movements in northern Borno since the desperation of the terrorists is such that they could attempt a lone wolf attack with person borne IED. It would be a great disservice to Borno state and Nigeria as a whole if he should come in harm’s way from these sociopaths.

We further want the governor to beam the searchlight on political office holders and highly placed persons in the state, including those in his government, as these attacks could also be the radical elements of Boko Haram trying to harm him before the terrorists’ surrender he is championing takes root. The way the terrorists are able to pinpoint his convoy with precession should be of concern to all and could only be possible if someone from inside his circle is feeding information to the terrorists.  

The Coalition of Northern CSOS calls on the Borno State Government to commence repairs of major roads in parts of northern Borno, which will make it impossible for the terrorists to plant IEDs without road users noticing and avoiding them. When the roads are in order cars will also be able to move faster and avoid falling into the hands of the terrorists.

We advise those that are propping up Boko Haram/ISWAP that now is the time to pull back from supporting the terrorist group. There is no hope and future for the Boko Haram members if they do not surrender for rehabilitation and reintegration into the society just as their sponsors are guaranteed to meet a disgraceful end.

Our appeal to the Nigerian military is to prevail on the governor, when necessary, not to visit areas that still have remnants of the insurgents, since it is now apparent that he is being targeted.  He can defer his working visits to these areas when the indigenes and residents  that are returning have fully rebuilt and bring about societal order to their communities.

 
....say attacks cowardly instigated for propaganda

By Dansu Peter 

The Coalition of Northern Civil Society Organisations have urged the Nigerian military to sustain its current onslaught against terrorists in northern Borno. 

According to the CSOs, the recent attacks by the sect is a propaganda attempt, born out of desperation to remain relevant amidst massive success by the troops. 

Speaking at a press conference on Monday in Abuja through its spokesperson, Chief Aper Adam, the group said Boko Haram's new penchant for targeting Governor Babagana Zulum is a frantic attempt to satisfy its financiers by making a high-profile score. 

It added that the terrorists' use of Improvised Explosive Devices, especially on bad roads, to attack troops and innocent citizens is another new tactics. 

While calling on the state government to fix major roads in parts of northern Borno, the CSOs urged the troops to maintain the momentum. 

The group, however, warned those supporting the sect to withdraw as it has no hope and future. 

Read full statemt below:

Gentlemen of the press, just as we were preparing the text of this press conference to decry the lingering of Boko Haram activities in northern Borno, attacks on the Governor of Borno State and the determination of the Nigerian military to end the insurgency as quickly as possible. 

Let’s start by saying that the targeting of the governor is a worrisome trend of Boko Haram/Islamic state West Africa Province (ISWAP). It can only be described as a resort on the part of Boko Haram/ISWAP to desperate measures to remain relevant in Northern Borno. It is unfortunate that the terrorists, who have lost practically all their camps to the anti-terrorism operation of the Nigerian military, are attempting to make their last stand using Governor Zulum’s convoy as prop. 

There are other possibilities we are looking at as well because there have been two of such attacks in the last one month, with the one of last Friday though the Governor was not in the convoy  being the deadliest and another one on Sunday which was successfully repelled. Knowing that the Governor has adequate security cover from the military and other security agencies, we can only conclude that Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists have gone full kamikaze because their game is up.

Nigerians would have noticed that Boko Haram/ISWAP was rarely in the news in recent months. When the terrorists do make the news, it is often report of them taking punishment from the Nigerian military. Boko Haram commanders are being blown sky high with bombs dropped from fighter jets on their camps. The destruction being visited on the terrorists’ camps is so severe that it has reportedly worsened the infighting among them while their wounded have overwhelmed their makeshift treatment centres and are spreading disease and infections among others.

This is a development that has made the financiers and supporters of Boko Haram’s acts of terrorism to have begun re-evaluating their continued expenditure on the group. These financiers are reportedly told the terrorist leaders that they will cut off further funding unless their fighters can demonstrate that they are still able to inflict disturbing damage.

The newfound penchant of the terrorists for targeting Governor Zulum is apparently a desperate attempt to satisfy these financiers by making a high-profile score. This is likely why they targeted the late Colonel Dahiru Bako and troops under his command in the hope of creating the impression that they are still able to strike high value persons.  

In addition to this obsession with the state governor, Boko Haram’s resort to increased use of (Improvised Explosive Devices) IEDs, especially on bad roads, to attack troops and innocent citizens  is another of the new tactics they adopted to tell the world that they are still relevant.

We call on Governor Zulum to review the protocols for his movements in northern Borno since the desperation of the terrorists is such that they could attempt a lone wolf attack with person borne IED. It would be a great disservice to Borno state and Nigeria as a whole if he should come in harm’s way from these sociopaths.

We further want the governor to beam the searchlight on political office holders and highly placed persons in the state, including those in his government, as these attacks could also be the radical elements of Boko Haram trying to harm him before the terrorists’ surrender he is championing takes root. The way the terrorists are able to pinpoint his convoy with precession should be of concern to all and could only be possible if someone from inside his circle is feeding information to the terrorists.  

The Coalition of Northern CSOS calls on the Borno State Government to commence repairs of major roads in parts of northern Borno, which will make it impossible for the terrorists to plant IEDs without road users noticing and avoiding them. When the roads are in order cars will also be able to move faster and avoid falling into the hands of the terrorists.

We advise those that are propping up Boko Haram/ISWAP that now is the time to pull back from supporting the terrorist group. There is no hope and future for the Boko Haram members if they do not surrender for rehabilitation and reintegration into the society just as their sponsors are guaranteed to meet a disgraceful end.

Our appeal to the Nigerian military is to prevail on the governor, when necessary, not to visit areas that still have remnants of the insurgents, since it is now apparent that he is being targeted.  He can defer his working visits to these areas when the indigenes and residents  that are returning have fully rebuilt and bring about societal order to their communities.

 

Amnesty International, IPOB leading disruptive campaign against Nigeria’s image abroad, CALSER tells Commonwealth Sec-Gen, UK Parliament

Amnesty International, IPOB leading disruptive campaign against Nigeria’s image abroad, CALSER tells Commonwealth Sec-Gen, UK Parliament

By Dansu Peter 
 
Some 'discredited' groups, including Amnesty International and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), are steering a campaign to dent Nigeria's image abroad.
 
This is according to the Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER) in its address to Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Commonwealth Secretary-General and the United Kingdom Parliament.    
 
Speaking at a press conference on Monday in Abuja, Executive Director, Abubakar Gana brought the attention of the Commonwealth and UK to the deliberate attempt by these groups to paint Nigeria negatively in the international community. 
 
CALSER said it will be dangerous to depend on AI, IPOB and other organisations with ill-intents to judge the situation in Nigeria. 
 
According to the group,  the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) have also been covertly aiding and abetting non-state actors in the festering conflict towards an overarching aim of destabilizing Nigeria.
 
CALSER said AI lacks the moral right to condemn the Nigerian government especially as it has ignored the numerous crimes perpetrated by proscribed IPOB and the Islamic Movement in Nigeria. 
 
The centre, therefore, warned Amnesty International and the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group to desist from their despicable campaign against Nigeria.
 
It added that Nigerians will not tolerate any further attempts at undermining the efforts of the government towards the preservation of peace and stability. 
 
CALSER, however, warned that should there be an escalation of conflict in any part of Nigeria, Amnesty International and the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group should be held responsible.
 
Read the full statement below:
 
The exigencies of time demand that urgent and proactive steps are taken towards enlightening members of the unsuspecting general public as well as organizations the ignoble role some foreign organizations playing in the perpetuation of violence and instability in Nigeria.
 
CASLER as a key stakeholder in the entrenchment of sustainable development in Nigeria is alarmed that some organizations such as Amnesty International and recently the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) have been covertly aiding and abetting non-state actors in Nigeria in the festering conflict towards an overarching aim of destabilizing Nigeria.
 
We are aware that these groups have been in the vanguard of providing intellectual assistance to militant and terrorist groups in Nigeria by engaging in acts that undermine National Security in Nigeria.
 
These discredited groups recently took their trade too far by releasing a report alleging government-aided genocidal acts against Christians in Nigeria. While we wish to state that this remains a figment of their imagination, there is a danger in allowing this narrative to go unaddressed at the risk of igniting sectarian conflict in Nigeria.
 
The case of Amnesty International presents that of an organization whose mission in Nigeria have on numerous occasions attempted to distract the Nigerian security agencies while bolstering the activities of terrorist and militant groups such as the Boko Haram, Independent People of Biafra, and the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.
 
Amnesty International has, on numerous occasions, led the recruitment of young Nigerians into the ranks of these militant organizations under the guise of training programmes targeted at youth development. This much has been exposed and necessitated the call for the expulsion of Amnesty International from Nigeria by Nigerians who took to the streets in protest. Amnesty International has also been using its network across the globe to receive funds from terrorist networks around the world on behalf of terrorist and militant organizations in Nigeria.
 
It is also on record that Amnesty International has been receiving funding from some questionable sources in Europe as a result of a strategic partnership it entered to undermine the efforts of the Nigerian Military in the war against terrorism and other forms of criminalities in Nigeria.
 
The Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights consequently wishes to use this medium to draw the attention of the Secretary-General of the Common Wealth that groups such as Amnesty International, IMN and IPOB are pursuing narrowing interests that are against the collective existence of the country.
 
We also wish to state despite the avalanche of crimes instigated by IPOB that has led to countless deaths in the country; Amnesty International has continued to come to their defence while criticizing the efforts of the Nigerian security agencies towards the restoration of peace in the country.
 
IPOB, as an organization has been in the vanguard of instigating violence in Nigeria. On numerous occasions, their members have burnt down police stations and attacked police officers going about their lawful duties. The activities of IPOB has also deprived innocent people their sources of livelihood by disrupting commercial activities by attempting to impose a forceful sit at home order in parts of South-East Nigeria.
 
CASLER wishes to put it on record that IPOB has continued to harass and intimidate innocent people through their nefarious activities and the likes of Amnesty International still supports their activities at the detriment of peace and stability in Nigeria.
 
It consequently defeats common sense that any organization would rely on reports and statements issued by Amnesty International and their affiliates in APPG in interfering in the affairs of Nigeria. 
It is thus our considered position that the relying on these organizations to make categorical statements on Nigeria is most uncharitable and a case of giving a dog a bad name to hang it.
 
CASLER in pursuance of peace and stability in Nigeria wishes to send a note of warning to Amnesty International and the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group to desist from their despicable campaign against Nigeria.
 
We shall not tolerate any further attempts at undermining the efforts of the government of Nigeria towards the preservation of peace and stability in Nigeria. We also wish to advise them to do well to take their trade elsewhere as Nigerians are aware of their plot to see to the disintegration of the country in fulfilment of the mandate given to them by their paymasters.
 
CASLER also wishes to warn these organizations to take their trade outside the shores of Africa as every attempt at destabilization and disintegration would be resisted in the overall interest of political and Socio-Economic Development of Nigeria and the African continent.
 
It is our considered opinion that interfering in the affairs of sovereign nations, mainly when such is hinged on outright falsehood and an insatiable quest for the escalation of conflict is tantamount to a crime against humanity.e Common Wealth must also be circumspect in their conduct at the expense of ignorantly giving a voice to the activities of terrorist organizations.
 
CASLER is as a result of this putting it on record that should there be an escalation of conflict in any part of Nigeria, Amnesty International and the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group should be held responsible.
 
I thank you all for your time and attention, and it is our prayers that as worthy partners in the Nigerian project, we shall join hands to defeat the enemies of Nigeria.
 
God Bless Nigeria
 
 
By Dansu Peter 
 
Some 'discredited' groups, including Amnesty International and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), are steering a campaign to dent Nigeria's image abroad.
 
This is according to the Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER) in its address to Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Commonwealth Secretary-General and the United Kingdom Parliament.    
 
Speaking at a press conference on Monday in Abuja, Executive Director, Abubakar Gana brought the attention of the Commonwealth and UK to the deliberate attempt by these groups to paint Nigeria negatively in the international community. 
 
CALSER said it will be dangerous to depend on AI, IPOB and other organisations with ill-intents to judge the situation in Nigeria. 
 
According to the group,  the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) have also been covertly aiding and abetting non-state actors in the festering conflict towards an overarching aim of destabilizing Nigeria.
 
CALSER said AI lacks the moral right to condemn the Nigerian government especially as it has ignored the numerous crimes perpetrated by proscribed IPOB and the Islamic Movement in Nigeria. 
 
The centre, therefore, warned Amnesty International and the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group to desist from their despicable campaign against Nigeria.
 
It added that Nigerians will not tolerate any further attempts at undermining the efforts of the government towards the preservation of peace and stability. 
 
CALSER, however, warned that should there be an escalation of conflict in any part of Nigeria, Amnesty International and the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group should be held responsible.
 
Read the full statement below:
 
The exigencies of time demand that urgent and proactive steps are taken towards enlightening members of the unsuspecting general public as well as organizations the ignoble role some foreign organizations playing in the perpetuation of violence and instability in Nigeria.
 
CASLER as a key stakeholder in the entrenchment of sustainable development in Nigeria is alarmed that some organizations such as Amnesty International and recently the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) have been covertly aiding and abetting non-state actors in Nigeria in the festering conflict towards an overarching aim of destabilizing Nigeria.
 
We are aware that these groups have been in the vanguard of providing intellectual assistance to militant and terrorist groups in Nigeria by engaging in acts that undermine National Security in Nigeria.
 
These discredited groups recently took their trade too far by releasing a report alleging government-aided genocidal acts against Christians in Nigeria. While we wish to state that this remains a figment of their imagination, there is a danger in allowing this narrative to go unaddressed at the risk of igniting sectarian conflict in Nigeria.
 
The case of Amnesty International presents that of an organization whose mission in Nigeria have on numerous occasions attempted to distract the Nigerian security agencies while bolstering the activities of terrorist and militant groups such as the Boko Haram, Independent People of Biafra, and the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.
 
Amnesty International has, on numerous occasions, led the recruitment of young Nigerians into the ranks of these militant organizations under the guise of training programmes targeted at youth development. This much has been exposed and necessitated the call for the expulsion of Amnesty International from Nigeria by Nigerians who took to the streets in protest. Amnesty International has also been using its network across the globe to receive funds from terrorist networks around the world on behalf of terrorist and militant organizations in Nigeria.
 
It is also on record that Amnesty International has been receiving funding from some questionable sources in Europe as a result of a strategic partnership it entered to undermine the efforts of the Nigerian Military in the war against terrorism and other forms of criminalities in Nigeria.
 
The Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights consequently wishes to use this medium to draw the attention of the Secretary-General of the Common Wealth that groups such as Amnesty International, IMN and IPOB are pursuing narrowing interests that are against the collective existence of the country.
 
We also wish to state despite the avalanche of crimes instigated by IPOB that has led to countless deaths in the country; Amnesty International has continued to come to their defence while criticizing the efforts of the Nigerian security agencies towards the restoration of peace in the country.
 
IPOB, as an organization has been in the vanguard of instigating violence in Nigeria. On numerous occasions, their members have burnt down police stations and attacked police officers going about their lawful duties. The activities of IPOB has also deprived innocent people their sources of livelihood by disrupting commercial activities by attempting to impose a forceful sit at home order in parts of South-East Nigeria.
 
CASLER wishes to put it on record that IPOB has continued to harass and intimidate innocent people through their nefarious activities and the likes of Amnesty International still supports their activities at the detriment of peace and stability in Nigeria.
 
It consequently defeats common sense that any organization would rely on reports and statements issued by Amnesty International and their affiliates in APPG in interfering in the affairs of Nigeria. 
It is thus our considered position that the relying on these organizations to make categorical statements on Nigeria is most uncharitable and a case of giving a dog a bad name to hang it.
 
CASLER in pursuance of peace and stability in Nigeria wishes to send a note of warning to Amnesty International and the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group to desist from their despicable campaign against Nigeria.
 
We shall not tolerate any further attempts at undermining the efforts of the government of Nigeria towards the preservation of peace and stability in Nigeria. We also wish to advise them to do well to take their trade elsewhere as Nigerians are aware of their plot to see to the disintegration of the country in fulfilment of the mandate given to them by their paymasters.
 
CASLER also wishes to warn these organizations to take their trade outside the shores of Africa as every attempt at destabilization and disintegration would be resisted in the overall interest of political and Socio-Economic Development of Nigeria and the African continent.
 
It is our considered opinion that interfering in the affairs of sovereign nations, mainly when such is hinged on outright falsehood and an insatiable quest for the escalation of conflict is tantamount to a crime against humanity.e Common Wealth must also be circumspect in their conduct at the expense of ignorantly giving a voice to the activities of terrorist organizations.
 
CASLER is as a result of this putting it on record that should there be an escalation of conflict in any part of Nigeria, Amnesty International and the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group should be held responsible.
 
I thank you all for your time and attention, and it is our prayers that as worthy partners in the Nigerian project, we shall join hands to defeat the enemies of Nigeria.
 
God Bless Nigeria
 
 

OPINION | MFM - Is Maureen Badejo Really Fighting for the TRUTH, the British People and the Public?, By Betty Alade

OPINION | MFM - Is Maureen Badejo Really Fighting for the TRUTH, the British People and the Public?, By Betty Alade

By Betty Alade

I want to emphasize here that I am doing this as a duty to myself, the public and to God Almighty Jehovah only. I am not in support of any man but in defence of my conscience. First as a Christian who is aware of the imminent second coming of Jesus for judgement; A child & mother and  member of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries/participant at the “Corridor Prayer” and what I have witnessed.

1. AS A CHRISTIAN
After watching 5 YouTube videos of Ms. Maureen Badejo with various titles but all on ALLEGATIONS AGAINST DR DANIEL OLUKOYA’ OF MFM. I asked myself a question out of sincere confusion at the end of the video, which is: Is she a Christian?

Ms. Maureen Badejo said at the end of that particular episode ” ko si bi e se le mu mi bi nu to, I will still pray,.” (Simply put: no matter the extent of my anger… ).

If Ms. Maureen Badejo is a Christian as she indicated from her use of the name of Jesus, she should have controlled her outburst of anger, her hate speech and boastful utterances/gesticulation as admonished by Christ.

It is true that “one with God is a majority” but the question is which god? The Living God or the god of this world? If it is the living God, then is God with that individual? Can such a person be fighting with God Almighty on their side as they demonstrates so much uncouthness amidst hailing from the crowd of supporters?

What I saw in the videos shows a very biased reporting which can be suspected to have stem out of some personal motivation for or on behalf of a subject of interest. She repeatedly mentioned Sowore’s name and what he told her to do once she gets to court and which she was going to do.

The supposedly investigative platform was clearly one-sided, closed-up and already conclusive regardless of any expository information that might be put forward. It was like someone being the accuser, the jury and the judge plus the executioner in a case. It was full of negative innuendos and assumptions totally contradicting the book of 1Thesalonian chapter 5 verse 21 and James Chapter 3.

2. AS A CHILD AND MOTHER
I noticed that in the ” war” being fought by Ms. Maureen Badejo, an innocent minor has been dragged into the mud by the adults who are supposed to protect him. I was once a child and a mother hence I know the implication of this thoughtlessness and insensitivity on the part of a mother herself. A mother is supposed to know the pains of other mothers and should be a mother not just to the child that came through the openings in-between her legs.
A child is not supposed to be exposed to ridicule because of the circumstances of their birth – purported or proven or because of who their parents are as this may affect their emotional state of mind especially in their teenage age when they are trying to understand the world and the hormonal riot within them.

I consider it as wickedly insensitive to have brought up the subject of the son of Dr. Olukoya in such a destructive campaign against him on allegations that have not been proven to be TRUE. Bringing up purported financial worth of the child in a world that is full of evil-minded humans in terrorist organizations looking to extinguished the gospel of Christ through the annihilation of believers and their families, kidnappers for ransom and the like is like advertising the innocent child as being for sale.

This is definitely not the action of a true mother. I personally feel very sad with her action more so when she mentioned she needed to end the show because she had other appointment/ she needed to go pick up her son. It looks to me like the proverbial dog who knows to nurse her own baby while biting that of others.

Ms. Maureen Badejo wonders why Dr. Olukoya is afraid and hiding his son; himself going about with licensed plate security?

By placing MYSELF in his shoes, I don’t think Dr. Olukoya is afraid of anything or anyone otherwise he would not be in the position he is today RATHER I see someone trying to be protective of a child as any sane parent would, in order to let him have as normal a life as he can have growing up.

I can see that, he wants the child to grow up in an environment where he would not be accord any preferential treatment; where he can play, fall, laugh and grow without special body guards, teachers and attention as a child of a “celebrity” (if I can borrow that word) or the royals. Or is it that those royalties are special than the child in question?

Those politicians “doing a great job spending money when they visit the UK”, do they keep their minor children by their sides on rallies and political campaigns. Do they keep them at home in their local government, states or country here in Nigeria? 

Similarly, should a child of a gospel minister who is a minor, be left alone or does he deserve to have at least one of the two parents to look after him when the other is busy? Dr. Olukoya is a father to millions of children all over the places he goes to share the gospel of Christ. Should not his son have a stable life in order to get education and proper development?

They even said that this child rides on public bus to school. Which would have been impossible here in Nigeria as I who is still believing God for grace do not even leave my children to go to school by themselves nor travel in a commercial bus unaccompanied. All because of the insecurity and the wickedness thriving in our environment.

Ruminating on this, I want to believe that could be a PROBABLE reason Pastor (Mrs.) Shade Olukoya who is always by her husband’s side might have had to sacrifice going away to the UK to bring up their son whom they had in their advance age in the ministry unlike most other GOs in similar position. This is what I would do if I were to be in her shoes.

Even God Almighty instructed the earthly parents of our saviour Jesus Christ to take Him away to hide in Egypt for a period.

Moreover, everyone is aware of the fact that the Pastor (Mrs.) was usually present at most power must change hands programme at the Prayer City in Nigeria. A programme which takes place every month while Dr. Olukoya is said to regularly visit the UK and most times they are known to travel together till recently when we heard from the grape vine that she might be pursuing further studies. Are we then saying that she does not have the right to further develop herself?

The longest time I have not seen the Pastor Mrs. in Nigeria is in the last 6/7months of the WORLDWIDE COVID-19 lock down where everyone had to stay where they were/are not knowing what would happen next. Asking what she is doing in London while her husband is in Nigeria I believe is totally misleading and using this against Dr. Olukoya as been sex starve is tantamount to giving a dog a bad name in order to kill it.

3. AS A MEMBER OF THE MFM AND A PARTICIPANT IN THE “CORRIDOR PRAYER”
Corridor prayer is just a name for one of the prayer programmes the GO organizes for people in the church. Just as you can have mountain prayer, personal prayer, congregation prayer, etc.

The MFM/Dr. Daniel Olukoya’s Corridor Prayer arrangement is where the GO with the assistance of other ministers and pastors directly conduct deliverance for people and consistently minister to them until their cases are solved through prayers. People whose cases require a “second touch” as in Mark chapter 8 while also attending to all other visitors, staff, pastors both within and outside the church. It is the same place everyone and anyone who has prior appointment or who is ABLE TO GET TO THE PLACE BEFORE A PARTICULAR TIME on his counselling days, meet with him.

The GO’s office is opened to the large space hall/corridor where crowd seats according to numbers waiting for him. His office door is ALWAYS AJAR with just a curtain. People seating and praying at the corridor can see the inside of the office as people go in and out. 

It is by this curtain that the GO stands for hours attending to everyone – men, women, young or old; physically sick and healthy only occasionally seating for short meetings with all and everyone who comes to him, including Kings.
The only office I have seen without a table. Even the permanent chair in his office are just 2 sets. Chairs are brought in time to time whenever he is meeting people who needed to seat down for the meetings and then removed again to give room for people being prayed for.

The GO's office is nickname” THE CLINIC”. You get to see a lot of cases that could put fear into your heart if you are witnessing the scene for the first time.
Being the General Overseer of such a blessed and peculiar ministry, people usually targets when he would be around hence thousands besiege his office from all over the world.

I want to believe this avenue was created out of wisdom, for him to attend to as many of them as possible within his schedule. There, he encourage people to develop themselves and pray on their cases by keeping them by his office corridor where he and other pastors can monitor them pray with already prepared prayer points targeting individual problems and challenges while simultaneously attending to other matters and at interval come pray sealing prayers for people at the corridor one after the other in order. 

In the process of praying, some gets more attention because of what they exhibited or the severity of their cases and not because he liked them and are comfortable with them as Ms. Debby claimed. These are the people he placed on admission for more intensive prayers just as in hospital and they are in multiples at a time.

Cases you would never believed if told outside unless you were there or you were the person involve. People tearing up their clothes, aged voices speaking out from the mouth of young persons, people behaving like wild animals and vomiting right there on his carpet and pastors who are always standing ready at the opened door running in to attend to them and helping to remove this mess like professional nurses. People falling over and knocking down chairs and some times almost injuring others in that state of completely unconscious/uncontrollable manifestation of demonic possession.

It is at this point that the few second short video recordings are made while praying for them. If you are conscious, there is no way you will not adjust your dress if perhaps it was opened when you fell.
People would be lying every where on the floor and at every corner; people coming in and going out and he is attending to all at the same time. Even the Ms. Debby said that she was never alone with Dr. Olukoya.

Therefore, if others were there and he was the one who sent her the video, shouldn’t that point to her state of mind and consciousness at the moment of the recordings? If she was conscious, why didn’t she cover up her body or was her hands tied up?

I believe he attends to new letters and cases when he get home because that is when he picks up calls and makes direct calls to some people to discuss their cases with them if it requires urgent attention. I believe this is when he sends and discuss any video recording too with the person involve. The first question is: “what happened to you today?” If you don’t know then he send a clips and tell you what you unconsciously did or said or both. That is what will determine the next course of action and prayers he would recommend.

The question he might ask you at times I must say were usually very direct and precise just as your doctor would. Dr. Olukoya is not tactical or careful with words in my opinion. He would call a spade a spade both on the pulpit and else where. He would scold you directly letting you know how you contributed to the problem. He doesn’t care whose horse is gored. This is a first hand account hence not peculiar to Ms. Debby and nothing occult from my personal experience.

Anyone can go to the church, obtain an appointment to confirm the above and reach a personal conclusion.
Every ministry has a mandate I suppose and this is the centre of their doctrines. The fact that you don’t agree with someone else’s ideology does not mean it is wrong.

Ms. DEBBY/CHINYERE
Who ever goes to the hospital cannot avoid being touched by the consultant Doctor but where you do not want to be touched then you don’t go. If peradventure the Doctor acts unprofessional to take advantage, then report immediately to the authority and stop patronizing the clinic.

Why would you continue to receive help and Lagasse from A VERY DANGEROUS MAN? Why would a VERY DANGEROUS MAN be paying your children school fees in a prestige private School till 2 out of 4 finished secondary school? Why would the same man be paying your living expenses plus feeding allowance for your children? Why would a man who was and still responsible for your accommodation for years ALL OF A SUDDEN become VERY DANGEROUS AND WICKED? What went wrong? Isn’t there a missing link to be found?

Instead I saw Ms. Maureen Badejo consistently trying to put words into the lady’s mouth several times, trying to make her admit to some insinuations and laying emphases on those insinuations which she didn’t even say as if that was what she meant.

If Ms. Maureen Badejo was interested in the truth, she could have obtained Dr. Olukoya’s phone number or email address and ask him his side of the story or send undercover agent to go and investigate the allegations but rushing out without caution in such a manner I believe is not what true journalism stands for.

If she had done this, she would have had a better grip of the true situation positive or negative which spiritually discerning people can work with. You say people should beware and stop following the ministry but you haven’t shown us why.

ON MONEY LAUNDERING
I believe the authourity can investigate if Dr. Olukoya is guilty or not. It will be rather unfair, if we have to crucify someone for the crime committed by another person just because we want to prove a point regardless of the direction our compass is facing. One mustn’t just say they are doing good, they must be seen to be doing it.

If Dr. Olukoya is guilty, please prove it for us to see without any bias but with some level of decorum as a journalist with professional ethics and some respect for the name of the Lord Jesus Christ whose emblem he carries if truly you are a Christian and doing the world a favour without any motive for personal gain.

Let us not discourage people who are considering coming to Christ especially after this trying times where people are learning about God and His salvation plan for mankind through the death of His only begotten son Jesus Christ. Let us not nail Jesus to the cross again with our actions.
Jesus Christ is Lord!

Betty From Lagos Nigeria.
By Betty Alade

I want to emphasize here that I am doing this as a duty to myself, the public and to God Almighty Jehovah only. I am not in support of any man but in defence of my conscience. First as a Christian who is aware of the imminent second coming of Jesus for judgement; A child & mother and  member of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries/participant at the “Corridor Prayer” and what I have witnessed.

1. AS A CHRISTIAN
After watching 5 YouTube videos of Ms. Maureen Badejo with various titles but all on ALLEGATIONS AGAINST DR DANIEL OLUKOYA’ OF MFM. I asked myself a question out of sincere confusion at the end of the video, which is: Is she a Christian?

Ms. Maureen Badejo said at the end of that particular episode ” ko si bi e se le mu mi bi nu to, I will still pray,.” (Simply put: no matter the extent of my anger… ).

If Ms. Maureen Badejo is a Christian as she indicated from her use of the name of Jesus, she should have controlled her outburst of anger, her hate speech and boastful utterances/gesticulation as admonished by Christ.

It is true that “one with God is a majority” but the question is which god? The Living God or the god of this world? If it is the living God, then is God with that individual? Can such a person be fighting with God Almighty on their side as they demonstrates so much uncouthness amidst hailing from the crowd of supporters?

What I saw in the videos shows a very biased reporting which can be suspected to have stem out of some personal motivation for or on behalf of a subject of interest. She repeatedly mentioned Sowore’s name and what he told her to do once she gets to court and which she was going to do.

The supposedly investigative platform was clearly one-sided, closed-up and already conclusive regardless of any expository information that might be put forward. It was like someone being the accuser, the jury and the judge plus the executioner in a case. It was full of negative innuendos and assumptions totally contradicting the book of 1Thesalonian chapter 5 verse 21 and James Chapter 3.

2. AS A CHILD AND MOTHER
I noticed that in the ” war” being fought by Ms. Maureen Badejo, an innocent minor has been dragged into the mud by the adults who are supposed to protect him. I was once a child and a mother hence I know the implication of this thoughtlessness and insensitivity on the part of a mother herself. A mother is supposed to know the pains of other mothers and should be a mother not just to the child that came through the openings in-between her legs.
A child is not supposed to be exposed to ridicule because of the circumstances of their birth – purported or proven or because of who their parents are as this may affect their emotional state of mind especially in their teenage age when they are trying to understand the world and the hormonal riot within them.

I consider it as wickedly insensitive to have brought up the subject of the son of Dr. Olukoya in such a destructive campaign against him on allegations that have not been proven to be TRUE. Bringing up purported financial worth of the child in a world that is full of evil-minded humans in terrorist organizations looking to extinguished the gospel of Christ through the annihilation of believers and their families, kidnappers for ransom and the like is like advertising the innocent child as being for sale.

This is definitely not the action of a true mother. I personally feel very sad with her action more so when she mentioned she needed to end the show because she had other appointment/ she needed to go pick up her son. It looks to me like the proverbial dog who knows to nurse her own baby while biting that of others.

Ms. Maureen Badejo wonders why Dr. Olukoya is afraid and hiding his son; himself going about with licensed plate security?

By placing MYSELF in his shoes, I don’t think Dr. Olukoya is afraid of anything or anyone otherwise he would not be in the position he is today RATHER I see someone trying to be protective of a child as any sane parent would, in order to let him have as normal a life as he can have growing up.

I can see that, he wants the child to grow up in an environment where he would not be accord any preferential treatment; where he can play, fall, laugh and grow without special body guards, teachers and attention as a child of a “celebrity” (if I can borrow that word) or the royals. Or is it that those royalties are special than the child in question?

Those politicians “doing a great job spending money when they visit the UK”, do they keep their minor children by their sides on rallies and political campaigns. Do they keep them at home in their local government, states or country here in Nigeria? 

Similarly, should a child of a gospel minister who is a minor, be left alone or does he deserve to have at least one of the two parents to look after him when the other is busy? Dr. Olukoya is a father to millions of children all over the places he goes to share the gospel of Christ. Should not his son have a stable life in order to get education and proper development?

They even said that this child rides on public bus to school. Which would have been impossible here in Nigeria as I who is still believing God for grace do not even leave my children to go to school by themselves nor travel in a commercial bus unaccompanied. All because of the insecurity and the wickedness thriving in our environment.

Ruminating on this, I want to believe that could be a PROBABLE reason Pastor (Mrs.) Shade Olukoya who is always by her husband’s side might have had to sacrifice going away to the UK to bring up their son whom they had in their advance age in the ministry unlike most other GOs in similar position. This is what I would do if I were to be in her shoes.

Even God Almighty instructed the earthly parents of our saviour Jesus Christ to take Him away to hide in Egypt for a period.

Moreover, everyone is aware of the fact that the Pastor (Mrs.) was usually present at most power must change hands programme at the Prayer City in Nigeria. A programme which takes place every month while Dr. Olukoya is said to regularly visit the UK and most times they are known to travel together till recently when we heard from the grape vine that she might be pursuing further studies. Are we then saying that she does not have the right to further develop herself?

The longest time I have not seen the Pastor Mrs. in Nigeria is in the last 6/7months of the WORLDWIDE COVID-19 lock down where everyone had to stay where they were/are not knowing what would happen next. Asking what she is doing in London while her husband is in Nigeria I believe is totally misleading and using this against Dr. Olukoya as been sex starve is tantamount to giving a dog a bad name in order to kill it.

3. AS A MEMBER OF THE MFM AND A PARTICIPANT IN THE “CORRIDOR PRAYER”
Corridor prayer is just a name for one of the prayer programmes the GO organizes for people in the church. Just as you can have mountain prayer, personal prayer, congregation prayer, etc.

The MFM/Dr. Daniel Olukoya’s Corridor Prayer arrangement is where the GO with the assistance of other ministers and pastors directly conduct deliverance for people and consistently minister to them until their cases are solved through prayers. People whose cases require a “second touch” as in Mark chapter 8 while also attending to all other visitors, staff, pastors both within and outside the church. It is the same place everyone and anyone who has prior appointment or who is ABLE TO GET TO THE PLACE BEFORE A PARTICULAR TIME on his counselling days, meet with him.

The GO’s office is opened to the large space hall/corridor where crowd seats according to numbers waiting for him. His office door is ALWAYS AJAR with just a curtain. People seating and praying at the corridor can see the inside of the office as people go in and out. 

It is by this curtain that the GO stands for hours attending to everyone – men, women, young or old; physically sick and healthy only occasionally seating for short meetings with all and everyone who comes to him, including Kings.
The only office I have seen without a table. Even the permanent chair in his office are just 2 sets. Chairs are brought in time to time whenever he is meeting people who needed to seat down for the meetings and then removed again to give room for people being prayed for.

The GO's office is nickname” THE CLINIC”. You get to see a lot of cases that could put fear into your heart if you are witnessing the scene for the first time.
Being the General Overseer of such a blessed and peculiar ministry, people usually targets when he would be around hence thousands besiege his office from all over the world.

I want to believe this avenue was created out of wisdom, for him to attend to as many of them as possible within his schedule. There, he encourage people to develop themselves and pray on their cases by keeping them by his office corridor where he and other pastors can monitor them pray with already prepared prayer points targeting individual problems and challenges while simultaneously attending to other matters and at interval come pray sealing prayers for people at the corridor one after the other in order. 

In the process of praying, some gets more attention because of what they exhibited or the severity of their cases and not because he liked them and are comfortable with them as Ms. Debby claimed. These are the people he placed on admission for more intensive prayers just as in hospital and they are in multiples at a time.

Cases you would never believed if told outside unless you were there or you were the person involve. People tearing up their clothes, aged voices speaking out from the mouth of young persons, people behaving like wild animals and vomiting right there on his carpet and pastors who are always standing ready at the opened door running in to attend to them and helping to remove this mess like professional nurses. People falling over and knocking down chairs and some times almost injuring others in that state of completely unconscious/uncontrollable manifestation of demonic possession.

It is at this point that the few second short video recordings are made while praying for them. If you are conscious, there is no way you will not adjust your dress if perhaps it was opened when you fell.
People would be lying every where on the floor and at every corner; people coming in and going out and he is attending to all at the same time. Even the Ms. Debby said that she was never alone with Dr. Olukoya.

Therefore, if others were there and he was the one who sent her the video, shouldn’t that point to her state of mind and consciousness at the moment of the recordings? If she was conscious, why didn’t she cover up her body or was her hands tied up?

I believe he attends to new letters and cases when he get home because that is when he picks up calls and makes direct calls to some people to discuss their cases with them if it requires urgent attention. I believe this is when he sends and discuss any video recording too with the person involve. The first question is: “what happened to you today?” If you don’t know then he send a clips and tell you what you unconsciously did or said or both. That is what will determine the next course of action and prayers he would recommend.

The question he might ask you at times I must say were usually very direct and precise just as your doctor would. Dr. Olukoya is not tactical or careful with words in my opinion. He would call a spade a spade both on the pulpit and else where. He would scold you directly letting you know how you contributed to the problem. He doesn’t care whose horse is gored. This is a first hand account hence not peculiar to Ms. Debby and nothing occult from my personal experience.

Anyone can go to the church, obtain an appointment to confirm the above and reach a personal conclusion.
Every ministry has a mandate I suppose and this is the centre of their doctrines. The fact that you don’t agree with someone else’s ideology does not mean it is wrong.

Ms. DEBBY/CHINYERE
Who ever goes to the hospital cannot avoid being touched by the consultant Doctor but where you do not want to be touched then you don’t go. If peradventure the Doctor acts unprofessional to take advantage, then report immediately to the authority and stop patronizing the clinic.

Why would you continue to receive help and Lagasse from A VERY DANGEROUS MAN? Why would a VERY DANGEROUS MAN be paying your children school fees in a prestige private School till 2 out of 4 finished secondary school? Why would the same man be paying your living expenses plus feeding allowance for your children? Why would a man who was and still responsible for your accommodation for years ALL OF A SUDDEN become VERY DANGEROUS AND WICKED? What went wrong? Isn’t there a missing link to be found?

Instead I saw Ms. Maureen Badejo consistently trying to put words into the lady’s mouth several times, trying to make her admit to some insinuations and laying emphases on those insinuations which she didn’t even say as if that was what she meant.

If Ms. Maureen Badejo was interested in the truth, she could have obtained Dr. Olukoya’s phone number or email address and ask him his side of the story or send undercover agent to go and investigate the allegations but rushing out without caution in such a manner I believe is not what true journalism stands for.

If she had done this, she would have had a better grip of the true situation positive or negative which spiritually discerning people can work with. You say people should beware and stop following the ministry but you haven’t shown us why.

ON MONEY LAUNDERING
I believe the authourity can investigate if Dr. Olukoya is guilty or not. It will be rather unfair, if we have to crucify someone for the crime committed by another person just because we want to prove a point regardless of the direction our compass is facing. One mustn’t just say they are doing good, they must be seen to be doing it.

If Dr. Olukoya is guilty, please prove it for us to see without any bias but with some level of decorum as a journalist with professional ethics and some respect for the name of the Lord Jesus Christ whose emblem he carries if truly you are a Christian and doing the world a favour without any motive for personal gain.

Let us not discourage people who are considering coming to Christ especially after this trying times where people are learning about God and His salvation plan for mankind through the death of His only begotten son Jesus Christ. Let us not nail Jesus to the cross again with our actions.
Jesus Christ is Lord!

Betty From Lagos Nigeria.

Zulum Convoy Attack: Borno Elders Charged to Lead Calls on Boko Haram Terrorists to Surrender

Zulum Convoy Attack: Borno Elders Charged to Lead Calls on Boko Haram Terrorists to Surrender

By Dansu Peter 
 
The Patriotic Elders Council (PEC) has charged fellow elders from the north-east to lead the call for Boko Haram terrorists to surrender. 
 
In a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Chief Simon Shango and made available to newsmen on Monday, the PEC challenged leaders and stakeholders from the region to rise up against the terrorists. 
 
The PEC's call follows the recent attack on the convoy of Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum. 
 
According to the group, some leaders in the Northeast and members of the communities where resurgent insurgency rages have overtime failed to complement the efforts of the Nigerian Military in fighting Boko Haram.
 
It noted that synergy between the Military in warfare and traditional or political leadership is crucial in ending the war against insurgents. 
 
"We must unequivocally state that we are extremely unhappy that some leaders in the Northeast axis and even some members of the communities where resurgent insurgency rages have overtime failed to complement the efforts of the Nigerian Military in fighting Boko Haram," the statement reads. 
 
"International and local security experts have conceded in various analysis available in and outside the country and from the experiences of other countries similarly afflicted with terrorism like Nigeria that synergy between the Military in warfare and traditional or political leadership is crucial and a strong weapon of defeating terrorists anywhere.
 
"Unfortunately, it is lacking in Nigeria. There is an unbridged gulf on this in Nigeria. While the Nigerian forces have quenched the fires of Boko Haram on the battlefield, leaders and some members of local communities have failed to support or sustain these efforts.
 
"Let us remind ourselves again that our colleagues, the Northeast leaders, elders and stakeholders must rise up now to complement the Military’s efforts by calling on the insurgents, their own children to surrender and embrace peace in Northern Borno now. There is no better time to do that than NOW!
 
"We make this public statement knowing well that everyone is sad at the seeming pleasure of some leaders and stakeholders from the northeast to see their people afflicted for years and Nigerians suffer massively under the scourge of Boko Haram without intervention. All they do is silence or at best, scolding the military each time, insurgents hide in the villages, and communities, shielded by locals to bloodily strike at them. It's extremely unfair for any reason whatsoever.
 
"Today, our patriotic political leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has committedly battled the Boko Haram insurgency to a standstill. He has assembled the best Military experts in warfare as Service Chiefs and funding the counter-insurgency operations devotedly, despite meagre national resources.
 
While saluting troops on the frontlines for their "courage, sacrifices and patriotism", the group, however, urged the leaders, elders and stakeholders in the Northeast to stop the leisure in the comfort of their houses in Abuja or elsewhere outside their troubled region, waiting only to come out to condemn the Military when there is any casualty from an attack by insurgents is condemnable.
 
Read full statement below:
 
The Patriotic Elders Council (PEC) commiserates with the Federal
Government of Nigeria , led by President Muhammadu Buhari; the executive Governor of Borno state, Prof. Babagana Zulum and the leaderships of Nigeria’s security agencies, pointedly, the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Police Force and everyone over the sad event in Baga a few days ago.
 
We also condole with families of all the security personnel and the Civilian Joint Task Force, (C-JTF) members and indeed, all Nigerians over the sad incident of Boko Haram ambush and killing of security agents and civilians on a convoy to Baga town to receive returnee IDPs on Saturday, September 26, 2020.
 
The sad incident has again thrown our nation, Nigeria and particularly Borno State into another state of mourning. We mourn all our beloved ones lost in the course of fighting the Boko Haram insurgency and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists and associated cross border armed gangs and criminals who have illegally infiltrated our lands with bloodshed.
 
The agenda of these satanic agents , actively backed by foreign interests is clear to all Nigerians. However, what they have failed to understand is the unalterable reality and knowledge by these criminals that forceful campaigns to re-conquer any territory within Nigeria under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari is no longer possible.
 
We deeply appreciate the priceless sacrifices of all Nigerians, especially, security personnel who have paid the supreme price (past and present) for peace and security for Nigerians. PEC is also appreciative of our gallant troops in the frontlines, despite the deliberate frustrations of their efforts, energies and sacrifices for a peaceful and united Nigeria.
 
Our slain heroes, heroines and volunteers are martyrs of this struggle, and we believe, their resolve never to relent in the warfront until Boko Haram and its allied forces are conquered is a true reflection of our resilience, courage to overcome the impossible and enviable spirit of patriotism. They will forever be remembered for their unquantifiable sacrifices to safe guard and preserve the nation , with their names inscribed in gold in Nigeria’s Hall of Fame. Rest in perfect peace heroic compatriots!
 
Let us remind all compatriots again, that our nation faces the most difficult and turbulent times today in our 60 years of existence as a nation by deliberate acts of sabotage and mischief. However we urge everyone never to shudder, but have an abiding faith in the power of God behind us to overcome these tribulations.
 
What we are experiencing today and the touchy sacrifices are not peculiar to Nigeria alone. Other nations also paid the costly prices to have true freedom and liberation. Our determination and support to security agencies should never waver until we conquer the foes against the country.
 
Nigerian troops at the battle front have been given their hearts and minds to the counter-insurgency operations. We must unequivocally state that we are extremely unhappy that some leaders in the Northeast axis and even some members of the communities where resurgent insurgency rages have overtime failed to complement the efforts of the Nigerian Military in fighting Boko Haram.
 
International and local security experts have conceded in various analysis available in and outside the country and from the experiences of other countries similarly afflicted with terrorism like Nigeria that synergy between the Military in warfare and traditional or political leadership is crucial and a strong weapon of defeating terrorists anywhere.
 
Unfortunately, it is lacking in Nigeria. There is an unbridged gulf on this in Nigeria. While the Nigerian forces have quenched the fires of Boko Haram on the battle field, leaders and some members of local communities have failed to support or sustain these efforts.
 
Let us remind ourselves again that our colleagues, the Northeast leaders, elders and stakeholders must rise up now to complement the Military’s efforts by calling on the insurgents, their own children to surrender and embrace peace in Northern Borno now. There is no better time to do that than NOW!
 
We make this public statement knowing well that everyone is sad at the seeming pleasure of some leaders and stakeholders from the north east to see their people afflicted for years and Nigerians suffer massively under the scourge of Boko Haram without intervention. All they do is silence or at best, scolding the military each time, insurgents hide in the villages, and communities, shielded by locals to bloodily strike at them. Its extremely unfair for any reason whatsoever.
 
Today, our patriotic political leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has committedly battled the Boko Haram insurgency to a standstill. He has assembled the best Military experts in warfare as Service Chiefs and funding the counter-insurgency operations devotedly, despite meagre national resources.
 
The Military have also justified the spirit of nationhood by putting in their best in the battles to liberate Nigeria. Can we imagine that it is the same Nigerian Military which recovered the over 17 LGAs in the Northeast under Boko Haram control; dislodged the insurgents Caliphate in Gwoza/Baga; freed most of the 276 abducted Chibok and Dapchi schoolgirls; neutralized numerous Boko Haram top commanders; demystified the dreaded Sambisa forest; freed over 20,000 hostages of Boko Haram in secret camps and elicited the voluntary surrender of Boko Haram foot soldiers and top commanders?
 
It is therefore unimaginable today, that only in Northern Borno that this has refused to give way for peace to reign. Every Nigerian must be worried at this and silence is no longer Golden.
 
Regardless of anything or the conspiracy of anybody involved in the persisting heist of insurgency, we are strongly prodded to glowingly commend Mr. President and his Service Chiefs, some of whom have narrowly escaped death in the warzone for doing all to restore peace to the Northeast. This is despite the actions/inactions, distractions and frustrations of veiled actors and fifth columnist in festering terrorism. But the imperative of leaders and stakeholders of this region to pair up with Gov, Zulum in calling on insurgents to surrender is very pertinent now.
 
Again, from the bottom of our hearts, we salute the courage, sacrifices and patriotism of the Military and Nigerian troops in all ramifications. They have fared well in the counter-insurgency operations. The recent Boko Haram ambush on the convoy of Government officials on their way to a restored Baga to resettle IDPs returnees after more than three years of deserting their communities and scores of security personnel on escort duty lost their irreplaceable lives should prick the leaders, as we mourn.
 
But a situation where the leaders, elders and stakeholders in the Northeast leisure in the comfort of their houses in Abuja or elsewhere outside their troubled region, waiting only to come out to condemn the Military when there is any casualty from an attack by insurgents is condemnable! It smacks of the worse insensitivity and advertised severance from the counter-insurgency.

It is therefore our considered opinion that all stakeholders in Borno State and beyond come together to prevail on their children to stop this high scale atrocious against innocent Nigerians in the north east without further delay.
 
Enough is enough! Nigeria and Nigerians deserve their peace. 
By Dansu Peter 
 
The Patriotic Elders Council (PEC) has charged fellow elders from the north-east to lead the call for Boko Haram terrorists to surrender. 
 
In a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Chief Simon Shango and made available to newsmen on Monday, the PEC challenged leaders and stakeholders from the region to rise up against the terrorists. 
 
The PEC's call follows the recent attack on the convoy of Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum. 
 
According to the group, some leaders in the Northeast and members of the communities where resurgent insurgency rages have overtime failed to complement the efforts of the Nigerian Military in fighting Boko Haram.
 
It noted that synergy between the Military in warfare and traditional or political leadership is crucial in ending the war against insurgents. 
 
"We must unequivocally state that we are extremely unhappy that some leaders in the Northeast axis and even some members of the communities where resurgent insurgency rages have overtime failed to complement the efforts of the Nigerian Military in fighting Boko Haram," the statement reads. 
 
"International and local security experts have conceded in various analysis available in and outside the country and from the experiences of other countries similarly afflicted with terrorism like Nigeria that synergy between the Military in warfare and traditional or political leadership is crucial and a strong weapon of defeating terrorists anywhere.
 
"Unfortunately, it is lacking in Nigeria. There is an unbridged gulf on this in Nigeria. While the Nigerian forces have quenched the fires of Boko Haram on the battlefield, leaders and some members of local communities have failed to support or sustain these efforts.
 
"Let us remind ourselves again that our colleagues, the Northeast leaders, elders and stakeholders must rise up now to complement the Military’s efforts by calling on the insurgents, their own children to surrender and embrace peace in Northern Borno now. There is no better time to do that than NOW!
 
"We make this public statement knowing well that everyone is sad at the seeming pleasure of some leaders and stakeholders from the northeast to see their people afflicted for years and Nigerians suffer massively under the scourge of Boko Haram without intervention. All they do is silence or at best, scolding the military each time, insurgents hide in the villages, and communities, shielded by locals to bloodily strike at them. It's extremely unfair for any reason whatsoever.
 
"Today, our patriotic political leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has committedly battled the Boko Haram insurgency to a standstill. He has assembled the best Military experts in warfare as Service Chiefs and funding the counter-insurgency operations devotedly, despite meagre national resources.
 
While saluting troops on the frontlines for their "courage, sacrifices and patriotism", the group, however, urged the leaders, elders and stakeholders in the Northeast to stop the leisure in the comfort of their houses in Abuja or elsewhere outside their troubled region, waiting only to come out to condemn the Military when there is any casualty from an attack by insurgents is condemnable.
 
Read full statement below:
 
The Patriotic Elders Council (PEC) commiserates with the Federal
Government of Nigeria , led by President Muhammadu Buhari; the executive Governor of Borno state, Prof. Babagana Zulum and the leaderships of Nigeria’s security agencies, pointedly, the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Police Force and everyone over the sad event in Baga a few days ago.
 
We also condole with families of all the security personnel and the Civilian Joint Task Force, (C-JTF) members and indeed, all Nigerians over the sad incident of Boko Haram ambush and killing of security agents and civilians on a convoy to Baga town to receive returnee IDPs on Saturday, September 26, 2020.
 
The sad incident has again thrown our nation, Nigeria and particularly Borno State into another state of mourning. We mourn all our beloved ones lost in the course of fighting the Boko Haram insurgency and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists and associated cross border armed gangs and criminals who have illegally infiltrated our lands with bloodshed.
 
The agenda of these satanic agents , actively backed by foreign interests is clear to all Nigerians. However, what they have failed to understand is the unalterable reality and knowledge by these criminals that forceful campaigns to re-conquer any territory within Nigeria under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari is no longer possible.
 
We deeply appreciate the priceless sacrifices of all Nigerians, especially, security personnel who have paid the supreme price (past and present) for peace and security for Nigerians. PEC is also appreciative of our gallant troops in the frontlines, despite the deliberate frustrations of their efforts, energies and sacrifices for a peaceful and united Nigeria.
 
Our slain heroes, heroines and volunteers are martyrs of this struggle, and we believe, their resolve never to relent in the warfront until Boko Haram and its allied forces are conquered is a true reflection of our resilience, courage to overcome the impossible and enviable spirit of patriotism. They will forever be remembered for their unquantifiable sacrifices to safe guard and preserve the nation , with their names inscribed in gold in Nigeria’s Hall of Fame. Rest in perfect peace heroic compatriots!
 
Let us remind all compatriots again, that our nation faces the most difficult and turbulent times today in our 60 years of existence as a nation by deliberate acts of sabotage and mischief. However we urge everyone never to shudder, but have an abiding faith in the power of God behind us to overcome these tribulations.
 
What we are experiencing today and the touchy sacrifices are not peculiar to Nigeria alone. Other nations also paid the costly prices to have true freedom and liberation. Our determination and support to security agencies should never waver until we conquer the foes against the country.
 
Nigerian troops at the battle front have been given their hearts and minds to the counter-insurgency operations. We must unequivocally state that we are extremely unhappy that some leaders in the Northeast axis and even some members of the communities where resurgent insurgency rages have overtime failed to complement the efforts of the Nigerian Military in fighting Boko Haram.
 
International and local security experts have conceded in various analysis available in and outside the country and from the experiences of other countries similarly afflicted with terrorism like Nigeria that synergy between the Military in warfare and traditional or political leadership is crucial and a strong weapon of defeating terrorists anywhere.
 
Unfortunately, it is lacking in Nigeria. There is an unbridged gulf on this in Nigeria. While the Nigerian forces have quenched the fires of Boko Haram on the battle field, leaders and some members of local communities have failed to support or sustain these efforts.
 
Let us remind ourselves again that our colleagues, the Northeast leaders, elders and stakeholders must rise up now to complement the Military’s efforts by calling on the insurgents, their own children to surrender and embrace peace in Northern Borno now. There is no better time to do that than NOW!
 
We make this public statement knowing well that everyone is sad at the seeming pleasure of some leaders and stakeholders from the north east to see their people afflicted for years and Nigerians suffer massively under the scourge of Boko Haram without intervention. All they do is silence or at best, scolding the military each time, insurgents hide in the villages, and communities, shielded by locals to bloodily strike at them. Its extremely unfair for any reason whatsoever.
 
Today, our patriotic political leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has committedly battled the Boko Haram insurgency to a standstill. He has assembled the best Military experts in warfare as Service Chiefs and funding the counter-insurgency operations devotedly, despite meagre national resources.
 
The Military have also justified the spirit of nationhood by putting in their best in the battles to liberate Nigeria. Can we imagine that it is the same Nigerian Military which recovered the over 17 LGAs in the Northeast under Boko Haram control; dislodged the insurgents Caliphate in Gwoza/Baga; freed most of the 276 abducted Chibok and Dapchi schoolgirls; neutralized numerous Boko Haram top commanders; demystified the dreaded Sambisa forest; freed over 20,000 hostages of Boko Haram in secret camps and elicited the voluntary surrender of Boko Haram foot soldiers and top commanders?
 
It is therefore unimaginable today, that only in Northern Borno that this has refused to give way for peace to reign. Every Nigerian must be worried at this and silence is no longer Golden.
 
Regardless of anything or the conspiracy of anybody involved in the persisting heist of insurgency, we are strongly prodded to glowingly commend Mr. President and his Service Chiefs, some of whom have narrowly escaped death in the warzone for doing all to restore peace to the Northeast. This is despite the actions/inactions, distractions and frustrations of veiled actors and fifth columnist in festering terrorism. But the imperative of leaders and stakeholders of this region to pair up with Gov, Zulum in calling on insurgents to surrender is very pertinent now.
 
Again, from the bottom of our hearts, we salute the courage, sacrifices and patriotism of the Military and Nigerian troops in all ramifications. They have fared well in the counter-insurgency operations. The recent Boko Haram ambush on the convoy of Government officials on their way to a restored Baga to resettle IDPs returnees after more than three years of deserting their communities and scores of security personnel on escort duty lost their irreplaceable lives should prick the leaders, as we mourn.
 
But a situation where the leaders, elders and stakeholders in the Northeast leisure in the comfort of their houses in Abuja or elsewhere outside their troubled region, waiting only to come out to condemn the Military when there is any casualty from an attack by insurgents is condemnable! It smacks of the worse insensitivity and advertised severance from the counter-insurgency.

It is therefore our considered opinion that all stakeholders in Borno State and beyond come together to prevail on their children to stop this high scale atrocious against innocent Nigerians in the north east without further delay.
 
Enough is enough! Nigeria and Nigerians deserve their peace. 

Boko Haram: Time to Heed Zulum’s Call for Peace in Northern Borno, By Adam Bulama

Boko Haram: Time to Heed Zulum’s Call for Peace in Northern Borno, By Adam Bulama

By Adam Bulama 

The Boko Haram insurgency in North-East Nigeria had indeed festered since 2009 when the group began its violent campaign against Nigeria. Successive governments introduced various initiatives aimed at addressing the scourge but to no avail. Instead of the Boko Haram group losing steam, it gathered momentum and continued to wreak havoc of unimaginable proportion. 

I believe there is one hard truth we are not telling ourselves why the activities of Boko Haram have continued to fester in Northern Borno despite the efforts of the Nigerian Military. We might wish to recall that there was a time the six states in North-East Nigeria were once under the constant threat of the Boko Haram insurgents. So much so that over 16 local government areas was under their control. But the efforts of the Military as well as the political authorities at the federal and state levels saw to the dislodging of the Boko Haram group from these local government areas including their operational base in Sambisa forest. 

The Nigerian Military toiled day and night, in ensuring that the Boko Haram insurgents were decimated and indeed gains were recorded that five out of the six states in North-East Nigeria were utterly rid of Boko Haram insurgents. However, the case of Borno still presents a mystery as to why the Boko Haram insurgents always find Northern Borno a haven for their nefarious activities.

Today, Northern Borno is the only region experiencing pockets of Boko Haram attacks. The several instances where the convoy of the Governor of Borno State was attacked is in Northern Borno. It is on this premise that the governor has made several attempts at galvanizing the support of the political leaders and stakeholders in Northern Borno in bringing to an end the activities of Boko Haram in Northern Borno. 

The governor in doing this has never failed to acknowledge the efforts of the Nigerian Military in restoring normalcy in other parts of the state and wishes for same to be replicated in Northern Borno which would ultimately signal the end of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. 

There is a famous saying that politics is local as well as happiness is local. And for peace to return to Northern Borno, the actors must come to a consensus because these insurgents are not spirits. They are domiciled with the people, and they are somewhat known, I believe. I say this because strangers cannot come to a foreign land and dominate the people. There must be some level of cooperation with the people in the case of this or it is the people themselves that are perpetuating the dastardly act.

I stand to be corrected, the case of Northern Borno is that of arms struggle, smuggling, criminality and with lots of political undertones. This much has been highlighted in numerous forums, and the question is what has the stakeholders in  Borno done in this regard. It is not on record that they have disputed this position and it is on record that they have not been forthcoming in addressing the threats in their region. 

This indeed calls for concern and the time for all the stakeholders in Northern Borno to heed to the call of the governor of Borno state for peace in Northern Borno. Like I stated earlier, these insurgents are not spirits. Abubakar Shekau, Abu Musab al-Barnawi and all other Boko Haram commanders are Nigerians, this much we all know and as such it should not be rocket science for these individuals to lay their arms and embrace peace. The Nigerian Military has been playing its role and as such other stakeholders must step into the fray to play their parts in bringing the Boko Haram insurgency to an end. 

Aside from the deployment of Military might, there is also a place for other mediums with which these insurgents can be prevailed upon to give up their arms struggle and embrace peace. And this has been the missing link towards ending the Boko Haram insurgency, especially in Northern Borno. I must not fail to commend the Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum. He has indeed demonstrated an unalloyed commitment towards ending the Boko Haram insurgency in the state even at significant risk to his life.

Let us make no mistakes, what is indeed needed now is a call for the remnants of the Boko Haram insurgents to embrace peace, and the governor has been leading this charge calling on all stakeholders to join hands with him in the arduous but surmountable task of bringing long-lasting peace to Borno State.  All hands are required to be on deck in support of the efforts of the Nigerian Military that have been exceptional, especially in the past five years.  

We must admit that this wasn’t the situation five years ago. And who would have thought that in five states North-East Nigeria would be free from the Boko Haram scourge. And even in Borno state, the Military has been able to confine their activities to Northern Borno alone. This is indeed a remarkable feat that must be commended and as well supported in the overarching aim of bringing to an end the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria.

I very much support the call for peace in Northern Borno. And this would only happen if the relevant stakeholders agree to complement  the efforts of the Nigerian Military in this regard. The principle of structural functionalism suffices, which is a framework for building theory that sees society as a complex system whose parts work together to promote solidarity and stability. 

I can go on nonstop in this regard, but I must, however, warn that all the gains recorded in the past five years would go down the drain if the call for peace in northern Borno  is not heeded. Those that can speak should speak. Those that can reach out should reach out. Those that can negotiate should negotiate, and those that can calm frayed nerves should do so in the overarching objective of retuning Borno State to the Home of Peace. This is my two cents.

Bulama wrote from Maiduguri, Borno State.
By Adam Bulama 

The Boko Haram insurgency in North-East Nigeria had indeed festered since 2009 when the group began its violent campaign against Nigeria. Successive governments introduced various initiatives aimed at addressing the scourge but to no avail. Instead of the Boko Haram group losing steam, it gathered momentum and continued to wreak havoc of unimaginable proportion. 

I believe there is one hard truth we are not telling ourselves why the activities of Boko Haram have continued to fester in Northern Borno despite the efforts of the Nigerian Military. We might wish to recall that there was a time the six states in North-East Nigeria were once under the constant threat of the Boko Haram insurgents. So much so that over 16 local government areas was under their control. But the efforts of the Military as well as the political authorities at the federal and state levels saw to the dislodging of the Boko Haram group from these local government areas including their operational base in Sambisa forest. 

The Nigerian Military toiled day and night, in ensuring that the Boko Haram insurgents were decimated and indeed gains were recorded that five out of the six states in North-East Nigeria were utterly rid of Boko Haram insurgents. However, the case of Borno still presents a mystery as to why the Boko Haram insurgents always find Northern Borno a haven for their nefarious activities.

Today, Northern Borno is the only region experiencing pockets of Boko Haram attacks. The several instances where the convoy of the Governor of Borno State was attacked is in Northern Borno. It is on this premise that the governor has made several attempts at galvanizing the support of the political leaders and stakeholders in Northern Borno in bringing to an end the activities of Boko Haram in Northern Borno. 

The governor in doing this has never failed to acknowledge the efforts of the Nigerian Military in restoring normalcy in other parts of the state and wishes for same to be replicated in Northern Borno which would ultimately signal the end of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. 

There is a famous saying that politics is local as well as happiness is local. And for peace to return to Northern Borno, the actors must come to a consensus because these insurgents are not spirits. They are domiciled with the people, and they are somewhat known, I believe. I say this because strangers cannot come to a foreign land and dominate the people. There must be some level of cooperation with the people in the case of this or it is the people themselves that are perpetuating the dastardly act.

I stand to be corrected, the case of Northern Borno is that of arms struggle, smuggling, criminality and with lots of political undertones. This much has been highlighted in numerous forums, and the question is what has the stakeholders in  Borno done in this regard. It is not on record that they have disputed this position and it is on record that they have not been forthcoming in addressing the threats in their region. 

This indeed calls for concern and the time for all the stakeholders in Northern Borno to heed to the call of the governor of Borno state for peace in Northern Borno. Like I stated earlier, these insurgents are not spirits. Abubakar Shekau, Abu Musab al-Barnawi and all other Boko Haram commanders are Nigerians, this much we all know and as such it should not be rocket science for these individuals to lay their arms and embrace peace. The Nigerian Military has been playing its role and as such other stakeholders must step into the fray to play their parts in bringing the Boko Haram insurgency to an end. 

Aside from the deployment of Military might, there is also a place for other mediums with which these insurgents can be prevailed upon to give up their arms struggle and embrace peace. And this has been the missing link towards ending the Boko Haram insurgency, especially in Northern Borno. I must not fail to commend the Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum. He has indeed demonstrated an unalloyed commitment towards ending the Boko Haram insurgency in the state even at significant risk to his life.

Let us make no mistakes, what is indeed needed now is a call for the remnants of the Boko Haram insurgents to embrace peace, and the governor has been leading this charge calling on all stakeholders to join hands with him in the arduous but surmountable task of bringing long-lasting peace to Borno State.  All hands are required to be on deck in support of the efforts of the Nigerian Military that have been exceptional, especially in the past five years.  

We must admit that this wasn’t the situation five years ago. And who would have thought that in five states North-East Nigeria would be free from the Boko Haram scourge. And even in Borno state, the Military has been able to confine their activities to Northern Borno alone. This is indeed a remarkable feat that must be commended and as well supported in the overarching aim of bringing to an end the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria.

I very much support the call for peace in Northern Borno. And this would only happen if the relevant stakeholders agree to complement  the efforts of the Nigerian Military in this regard. The principle of structural functionalism suffices, which is a framework for building theory that sees society as a complex system whose parts work together to promote solidarity and stability. 

I can go on nonstop in this regard, but I must, however, warn that all the gains recorded in the past five years would go down the drain if the call for peace in northern Borno  is not heeded. Those that can speak should speak. Those that can reach out should reach out. Those that can negotiate should negotiate, and those that can calm frayed nerves should do so in the overarching objective of retuning Borno State to the Home of Peace. This is my two cents.

Bulama wrote from Maiduguri, Borno State.

Breaking: Laycon wins BBNaija 2020

Breaking: Laycon wins BBNaija 2020

Laycon, a top contender of Big brother Naija housemate has been declared the winner of the Lockdown edition 2020.

Laycon was declared the winner of the 2020 lockdown edition of the show on Sunday after he beat other housemates with the high
Laycon, a top contender of Big brother Naija housemate has been declared the winner of the Lockdown edition 2020.

Laycon was declared the winner of the 2020 lockdown edition of the show on Sunday after he beat other housemates with the high

BEYOND THE MARKET SQUARE OF AFONJA'S APPOINTMENT AS SSA TO GOV. SANWO-OLU, By Fakunle Sheriff Ekundayo

BEYOND THE MARKET SQUARE OF AFONJA'S APPOINTMENT AS SSA TO GOV. SANWO-OLU, By Fakunle Sheriff Ekundayo

By Fakunle Sheriff Ekundayo

The noblest gift to mankind is happiness. And it can manifest in the lives of humanity in different forms.

For followers and admirers of diplomatic Oluomo Ade Akanbi, popularly referred as Afonja, they've  been enthralled by the birthday gift to one of their special breeds as he was appointed Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Lagos State Governor on youth development.

Observers from different quarters would argue that Afonja's appointment was long overdue. This is justified by his numerous engagement and influence on Lagos State politics across the social and economic spheres, as observed among aspiring youths in the state.

His strategic globetrotting across the 57 local government areas and local council development areas with a mission to engage in diplomatic sessions with council chairmen has served as one of the political investments that earmarked his personality for national relevance.

Afonja understands the power of the media from a high octane point of views. His ability to dissect political issues and raise alarm for the ship of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) not to sink has gradually positioned him as a young and vibrant advocate in Lagos politics.

Like the Eagle, Afonja's foresightedness extols the virtue of strategic positioning. His widely acclaimed love for APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, could be described as the golden principle that unlocked many paths of opportunities for him.

The diplomacy and strategic positioning of his annual program: Bola Tinubu Youth Summit (BTYS) has attracted millions of youths across Nigeria to embrace the Bola Ahmed Tinubu's philosophy, thereby stretching Afonja's personality cult beyond the realms of a social entrepreneur. He has over time conjure himself to serve as the change agent, the symbol of hope for the younger generation, and the 'Goal-getter' for many youths within the political culture of Lagos State APC.

And now, taking a cursory look beyond the market square that enliven the euphoria of Afonja's appointment as SSA; this is a signal that should be embraced wholeheartedly by productive youths in the State. His appointment, like some few others in recent times, must commence the evolution of youth ascendancy in governance.

Afonja's rise as SSA on youth development to Mr. Governor must put in motion, the spotlight on youth productivity in the grassroots.

Like Afonja, who is a round peg in a round hole, understands the terrain in the grassroots. His appointment should begin the new order for youth participation at the highest level of governance.

The new era of the ruling party in Lagos State must embrace the dynamism of survival by taking positive advantage of youth resourcefulness to sustain the legacy of the party.

Oluomo Ade Akanbi Afonja is our own. This appointment is a true reflection of the future and the direction with which the party is willing to adopt for posterity.

This opportunity to serve must open the door for loyal and passionate youths in the grassroots with ingenious skills to thrive. And there is no better way to uphold this discovery than with Afonja, as the new SSA on youth development.

 Sheriff Fakunle Ekundayo
*is the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Hon. Fatai Adekunle Ayoola, Executive chairman, Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area.*
*Sunday, September 27, 2020.*
By Fakunle Sheriff Ekundayo

The noblest gift to mankind is happiness. And it can manifest in the lives of humanity in different forms.

For followers and admirers of diplomatic Oluomo Ade Akanbi, popularly referred as Afonja, they've  been enthralled by the birthday gift to one of their special breeds as he was appointed Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Lagos State Governor on youth development.

Observers from different quarters would argue that Afonja's appointment was long overdue. This is justified by his numerous engagement and influence on Lagos State politics across the social and economic spheres, as observed among aspiring youths in the state.

His strategic globetrotting across the 57 local government areas and local council development areas with a mission to engage in diplomatic sessions with council chairmen has served as one of the political investments that earmarked his personality for national relevance.

Afonja understands the power of the media from a high octane point of views. His ability to dissect political issues and raise alarm for the ship of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) not to sink has gradually positioned him as a young and vibrant advocate in Lagos politics.

Like the Eagle, Afonja's foresightedness extols the virtue of strategic positioning. His widely acclaimed love for APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, could be described as the golden principle that unlocked many paths of opportunities for him.

The diplomacy and strategic positioning of his annual program: Bola Tinubu Youth Summit (BTYS) has attracted millions of youths across Nigeria to embrace the Bola Ahmed Tinubu's philosophy, thereby stretching Afonja's personality cult beyond the realms of a social entrepreneur. He has over time conjure himself to serve as the change agent, the symbol of hope for the younger generation, and the 'Goal-getter' for many youths within the political culture of Lagos State APC.

And now, taking a cursory look beyond the market square that enliven the euphoria of Afonja's appointment as SSA; this is a signal that should be embraced wholeheartedly by productive youths in the State. His appointment, like some few others in recent times, must commence the evolution of youth ascendancy in governance.

Afonja's rise as SSA on youth development to Mr. Governor must put in motion, the spotlight on youth productivity in the grassroots.

Like Afonja, who is a round peg in a round hole, understands the terrain in the grassroots. His appointment should begin the new order for youth participation at the highest level of governance.

The new era of the ruling party in Lagos State must embrace the dynamism of survival by taking positive advantage of youth resourcefulness to sustain the legacy of the party.

Oluomo Ade Akanbi Afonja is our own. This appointment is a true reflection of the future and the direction with which the party is willing to adopt for posterity.

This opportunity to serve must open the door for loyal and passionate youths in the grassroots with ingenious skills to thrive. And there is no better way to uphold this discovery than with Afonja, as the new SSA on youth development.

 Sheriff Fakunle Ekundayo
*is the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Hon. Fatai Adekunle Ayoola, Executive chairman, Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area.*
*Sunday, September 27, 2020.*

377 ROADS, POWER AND WATER PROJECT - YOUTHS APPLAUDS GOVERNOR'S PROMPT INTERVENTION

377 ROADS, POWER AND WATER PROJECT - YOUTHS APPLAUDS GOVERNOR'S PROMPT INTERVENTION

By Akanbi Ade Saheed

The real mechanism of corporate governance is the active involvement of it owners (electorates). - Louis V. Gerstner

Leveraging on the above quote, it is important Youths which occupies the larger percentage of the population key-in, appreciate and support the policies and programs of any popular and acceptable government.

On behalf of the Lagos State Youth, we wish to express our profound gratitude, to His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, Gov. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, as he begins the construction of roads, power and water project across the 377 wards in Lagos State.

Appreciating the Governor, the Commissioner for Youths and Social  Development, Hon. Segun Dawodu said that, "We really appreciate the ever vibrant Governor, with these giant unprecedented strides of making the impact of governance more felt at the grassroots level, you have continue to show that truly, the most legitimate government is that which operates within the principles of popular sovereignty".

"The involvement of the ward councillors  in the formulation and implementation processes further cement the status of this administration as a broadband base government because based on research, 75% of the councillors are Youth. Thus it embrace youth in governance". Commissioner added. 

In the same vein,  the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth Development, Hon. Akanbi Ade Saheed (Afonja), also extols the exemplary stride of the Governor through this grassroot project, "Am not surprised of this laudable projects as the Governor reiterates his committment in youth engagement, involvement and provision of basic amenities to the people at all times.

 Thanks so much Sir, this indeed will help improve the living standard of the youth and aid easy access of Lagosians to basic amenities".

Giving the nature of this policy, it has come to light that the administrative principle of management by objective can be attainable at all governmental levels.

As you proceed in the quest to improve the people's well-being and putting Lagos State ahead of other states through the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda, we assure you of our continuous support.

We say a big thank you and wish you all the best.

Signed:
Akanbi Ade Saheed (Afonja)
Senior Special Assistant on Youth Development 
To The Governor of Lagos State.
By Akanbi Ade Saheed

The real mechanism of corporate governance is the active involvement of it owners (electorates). - Louis V. Gerstner

Leveraging on the above quote, it is important Youths which occupies the larger percentage of the population key-in, appreciate and support the policies and programs of any popular and acceptable government.

On behalf of the Lagos State Youth, we wish to express our profound gratitude, to His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, Gov. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, as he begins the construction of roads, power and water project across the 377 wards in Lagos State.

Appreciating the Governor, the Commissioner for Youths and Social  Development, Hon. Segun Dawodu said that, "We really appreciate the ever vibrant Governor, with these giant unprecedented strides of making the impact of governance more felt at the grassroots level, you have continue to show that truly, the most legitimate government is that which operates within the principles of popular sovereignty".

"The involvement of the ward councillors  in the formulation and implementation processes further cement the status of this administration as a broadband base government because based on research, 75% of the councillors are Youth. Thus it embrace youth in governance". Commissioner added. 

In the same vein,  the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth Development, Hon. Akanbi Ade Saheed (Afonja), also extols the exemplary stride of the Governor through this grassroot project, "Am not surprised of this laudable projects as the Governor reiterates his committment in youth engagement, involvement and provision of basic amenities to the people at all times.

 Thanks so much Sir, this indeed will help improve the living standard of the youth and aid easy access of Lagosians to basic amenities".

Giving the nature of this policy, it has come to light that the administrative principle of management by objective can be attainable at all governmental levels.

As you proceed in the quest to improve the people's well-being and putting Lagos State ahead of other states through the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda, we assure you of our continuous support.

We say a big thank you and wish you all the best.

Signed:
Akanbi Ade Saheed (Afonja)
Senior Special Assistant on Youth Development 
To The Governor of Lagos State.

Convoy Attack: Group urges Borno Gov, Military to remain focused on the fight against insurgency

Convoy Attack: Group urges Borno Gov, Military to remain focused on the fight against insurgency

By Dansu Peter

The North-East Peace Assembly (N-EPA) has urged Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum and the Nigerian Military to remain focused in its fight against terrorism in the state.

The group's plea is in response to Friday’s attack by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), which resulted in the death of some  persons including soldiers, policemen and members of the Civilian JTF. 

According to the North-East Peace Assembly, the latest attack is a growing desperation of the terrorists and their supporters to reclaim relevance when they no longer have any. 

"We commiserate with the Borno state government, the Military, Police, Civilian JTF and families of the deceased and pray that those that continue to fuel terrorism in parts of the north-east will one day account for their crimes," National President, Musa Babangida, said in a statement on Saturday. 

"We condemn the attack in the strongest terms, it is despicable, repulsive and is a confirmation that none of the terrorists is deserving of any sympathy by any segment of the Nigerian state or within the international community. This attack should attract the harshest response possible from the forces fighting the terrorists.

"Security experts had postulated that newly defected terrorists from Abubakar Shekau’s Jamā'at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da'wah wa'l-Jihād faction would try to impress the ISWAP faction they recently joined by carrying out extreme attacks. But it is pertinent not to ascribe any undue capabilities to the bloodthirsty terrorists behind Friday’s attack since that is what they crave.   

"Considering that the governor was on an inspection tour of Baga area when his convoy was attacked, it is apparent that the terrorists want to create the impression that people cannot return to their homes even when the military has successfully ejected them from these areas". 

"Analysis of the attack has confirmed the growing desperation of the terrorists and their supporters to reclaim relevance where they no longer have any. The use of landmines and lone wolf attacks in parts of northern Borno just targeted at creating unnecessary noise by the terrorists in efforts to show that they are still active whereas in real sense they have been fully defeated". 

The group, however, urged the military and the Borno state government to handle the aftermath of the attack in a manner that does not give Boko Haram/ISWAP propagandists and cyber agents the opportunity to exploit it for terrorists’ media manipulation.

It said, "There are already ongoing efforts by terrorists’ propagandists to give dubious slants to the attack on the Governor’s convoy in order to strain relations between the Borno State chief executive and the military. This must not be allowed to happen. 

"The military should repeat the clearance operation it carried out the day before the attack on the convoy during which it successfully neutralized several top Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists’ commanders like Abu Usman, Alhaji Shettima, Modu Mainok, Bukar Gana, Abu Summayya, Amir Taam and Amir Kuraish, among others. It should invade and totally lay waste to the islets on Lake Chad from where the terrorists are staging their last stand.  

"The Borno State government should on its part sustain its pressure on willing terrorists to surrender to be rehabilitated and reintegrated into the society. Governor Zulum should lead the state’s stakeholders to get the terrorists and their commanders to surrender before it is too late for them.

"We urge the people of the state to support the military and the state government to succeed. Displaced persons should not be discouraged by this attack since part of the intention of the terrorists is to create the impression that people cannot return to their homestead to resume a life of normalcy. The true defeat of terrorism in the north-east will be achieved when the people are able to send a strong message to these killers that they can never win against the Nigerian state". 
By Dansu Peter

The North-East Peace Assembly (N-EPA) has urged Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum and the Nigerian Military to remain focused in its fight against terrorism in the state.

The group's plea is in response to Friday’s attack by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), which resulted in the death of some  persons including soldiers, policemen and members of the Civilian JTF. 

According to the North-East Peace Assembly, the latest attack is a growing desperation of the terrorists and their supporters to reclaim relevance when they no longer have any. 

"We commiserate with the Borno state government, the Military, Police, Civilian JTF and families of the deceased and pray that those that continue to fuel terrorism in parts of the north-east will one day account for their crimes," National President, Musa Babangida, said in a statement on Saturday. 

"We condemn the attack in the strongest terms, it is despicable, repulsive and is a confirmation that none of the terrorists is deserving of any sympathy by any segment of the Nigerian state or within the international community. This attack should attract the harshest response possible from the forces fighting the terrorists.

"Security experts had postulated that newly defected terrorists from Abubakar Shekau’s Jamā'at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da'wah wa'l-Jihād faction would try to impress the ISWAP faction they recently joined by carrying out extreme attacks. But it is pertinent not to ascribe any undue capabilities to the bloodthirsty terrorists behind Friday’s attack since that is what they crave.   

"Considering that the governor was on an inspection tour of Baga area when his convoy was attacked, it is apparent that the terrorists want to create the impression that people cannot return to their homes even when the military has successfully ejected them from these areas". 

"Analysis of the attack has confirmed the growing desperation of the terrorists and their supporters to reclaim relevance where they no longer have any. The use of landmines and lone wolf attacks in parts of northern Borno just targeted at creating unnecessary noise by the terrorists in efforts to show that they are still active whereas in real sense they have been fully defeated". 

The group, however, urged the military and the Borno state government to handle the aftermath of the attack in a manner that does not give Boko Haram/ISWAP propagandists and cyber agents the opportunity to exploit it for terrorists’ media manipulation.

It said, "There are already ongoing efforts by terrorists’ propagandists to give dubious slants to the attack on the Governor’s convoy in order to strain relations between the Borno State chief executive and the military. This must not be allowed to happen. 

"The military should repeat the clearance operation it carried out the day before the attack on the convoy during which it successfully neutralized several top Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists’ commanders like Abu Usman, Alhaji Shettima, Modu Mainok, Bukar Gana, Abu Summayya, Amir Taam and Amir Kuraish, among others. It should invade and totally lay waste to the islets on Lake Chad from where the terrorists are staging their last stand.  

"The Borno State government should on its part sustain its pressure on willing terrorists to surrender to be rehabilitated and reintegrated into the society. Governor Zulum should lead the state’s stakeholders to get the terrorists and their commanders to surrender before it is too late for them.

"We urge the people of the state to support the military and the state government to succeed. Displaced persons should not be discouraged by this attack since part of the intention of the terrorists is to create the impression that people cannot return to their homestead to resume a life of normalcy. The true defeat of terrorism in the north-east will be achieved when the people are able to send a strong message to these killers that they can never win against the Nigerian state". 

2023: I'll support Tinubu if ... - Buhari

2023: I'll support Tinubu if ... - Buhari

By News Proof

Senator Abdulfatai Buhari has declared his support for the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu if he declared his intention to vie, a report according to Punch Newspaper suggests.

Buhari is representing Oyo North at the Senate. He made the declaration on Thursday, 25th September 2020 in an interview

According to Punch, when asked if Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State was working against Tinubu’s interest, Buhari said that was not true.

“No. I am Tinubu. I am not Fayemi and I will not be in a meeting where somebody would be working against Tinubu. I am supporting Tinubu,” he responded.

Responding to a question on whether Tinubu was running for president, Buhari said, “If he wants to be President, I will support him. I will campaign for him.”
By News Proof

Senator Abdulfatai Buhari has declared his support for the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu if he declared his intention to vie, a report according to Punch Newspaper suggests.

Buhari is representing Oyo North at the Senate. He made the declaration on Thursday, 25th September 2020 in an interview

According to Punch, when asked if Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State was working against Tinubu’s interest, Buhari said that was not true.

“No. I am Tinubu. I am not Fayemi and I will not be in a meeting where somebody would be working against Tinubu. I am supporting Tinubu,” he responded.

Responding to a question on whether Tinubu was running for president, Buhari said, “If he wants to be President, I will support him. I will campaign for him.”

BREAKING: Gov. Sanwo-olu appoints Afonja as SSA on Youths Development

BREAKING: Gov. Sanwo-olu appoints Afonja as SSA on Youths Development

By Dansu Peter

Comrade Saheed Akanbi Afonja
The Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Sanwo-olu has approved the appointment of Mr. Saheed Ade Akanbi, popularly called Afonja as the Senior Special Assistance on Youths Development.

The appointee, Afonja personally made the disclosure on Facebook when he posted; "I have just been appointed by His Excellency, Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu as his Senior Special Assistant on Youth Development.

I have nothing to say than to thank GOD for  this great and wonderful birthday gift.

This is an assignment that must be collectively accomplished by us #ForAGreaterLagos.

AL AMDULILAH........"


Until his appointment, Afonja who is from Olorunda lcda of Badagry Local Government is the founder, Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation, among others. He is a youths mobilizer and a staunch supporter of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

He is married with beautiful children.
By Dansu Peter

Comrade Saheed Akanbi Afonja
The Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Sanwo-olu has approved the appointment of Mr. Saheed Ade Akanbi, popularly called Afonja as the Senior Special Assistance on Youths Development.

The appointee, Afonja personally made the disclosure on Facebook when he posted; "I have just been appointed by His Excellency, Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu as his Senior Special Assistant on Youth Development.

I have nothing to say than to thank GOD for  this great and wonderful birthday gift.

This is an assignment that must be collectively accomplished by us #ForAGreaterLagos.

AL AMDULILAH........"


Until his appointment, Afonja who is from Olorunda lcda of Badagry Local Government is the founder, Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation, among others. He is a youths mobilizer and a staunch supporter of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

He is married with beautiful children.

Boko Haram/ herdsmen: British lawmakers’ letter to Commonwealth Secretary-General targeted at destabilizing Nigeria - Centre

Boko Haram/ herdsmen: British lawmakers’ letter to Commonwealth Secretary-General targeted at destabilizing Nigeria - Centre

By Dansu Peter 

The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC) has described as a clear target to destabilize Nigeria, a letter recently addressed to the Commonwealth Secretary-General over the unrest in the country. 

Recall that some United Kingdom lawmakers have written the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland QC, over widespread violence in Nigeria.

The lawmakers including Caroline Cox, David Alton, Jin Shannon and Helena Kennedy, said thousands of civilians in the country had been killed and elements of the Nigerian Government may be complicit in the violence.

 However, APPG opines that the letter by the UK lawmakers was a clear attempt to unsettle the country.

Addressing newsmen on Friday, Ibrahim Abubakar, Executive Secretary of SHAC, called on Commonwealth to disregard the letter sent to its Secretary-General by the APG, noting that it isn't interest of natural justice.

He said, “We have observed with concern that All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for International Freedom of Religion or Belief of the United Kingdom’s Parliament is back to its game of hounding Nigeria. Earlier in the year, the APPG mounted a campaign of disinformation against Nigeria through the publication and marketing of a report titled “Nigeria: Unfolding Genocide?”

“This effort to market the report of doom fell flat as few Nigerians fell for the intended incitement to sectarian violence. The authors of the report packaged it such that people would be misled into reading targeted sectarian killing into the attacks being carried out by Boko Haram, bandits and militant herdsmen. Had Nigerians fallen for the manufacture of dissent the entire country would have been on fire by now.

“We at that time drew attention to the mischievous nature of this report and the potential it has for doing damage. We also noted the deviousness of the APPG trying to separate itself from the UK Parliament by claiming that its decisions do not reflect the view of the Parliament and are also not binding on the house. For us this is a trick by the APPG to evade responsibility for the destabilization agenda it is implementing in Nigeria. This same organization used reports it fraudulently authored against the interest of Nigeria to make a case for the discontinuation of funding to the country.
“Thankfully, the efforts of the APPG to trigger a sectarian division in Nigeria failed. The APG has now resorted to finding other means of dividing the country by highlighting new areas in this report this is what it tried to do when it wrote to the Secretary General of Commonwealth. It has not deviated from alleging persecution of Christians and targeted extermination to now focus on other areas that are totally unrelated to the issues at hand. It is surprising that the same a PPG that could not offer solution in its own home country is asking the Commonwealth though to intervene in their face of Nigeria. Had the APPG being sincere and tackled the issue of Boko Haram head on as well as the issue of and herdsmen we will not be where we are now. 

“Boko Haram was able to spread as much as it did because international countries that should have come to the aid of Nigeria did not do so is sincere APPG would have coordinated these other countries to respond in the appropriate way to the problems that Nigeria was facing from terrorism as represented by Boko Haram. But instead of apologizing to Nigeria and Nigerians the APPG is rather stocking the fire of division by creating the impression that the government of Nigeria has abandoned its citizens whereas this is not the true position.

“We, therefore, want to alert the world and other stakeholders to the devious nature of the campaign being waged by APPG against Nigeria. The APG and the United kingdom's Parliament should be held responsible for any further breach, degeneration or worsening of the security situation in Nigeria. Ordinarily would like to wonder why APPG is interested informant in trouble for Nigeria but we say that the parliamentarians who are members of this group do not believe that colonization is over. It is most unfortunate that something like this can be happening at a time when the entire world has become aware to issues of racial equality.  
“We are therefore restating our earlier call and demand that the APPG, the United Kingdom's Parliament and any other country with such intent should desist from treating Nigeria as a conquered colony. We think the United Kingdom has enough issues of its own that eight parliamentarians should focus on they should stop obsessing about Nigeria. 
The centre, therefore, called on the Nigerian military not to be dissuaded by the letter but continue to protect the Nigerian territorial integrity. 
He added, “We would like to urge the Nigerian military not to in any way be dissuaded by these distracting strategies, because that is what we see The APPG report to be. We want the Commonwealth to disregard the letter sent to his secretary general by the APG this isn't interest of natural justice. The United Kingdom cannot cause problems for Nigeria on one hand and then turn around pretending to proffer solutions when in reality it is looking for ways to make the situation worse.    

“Our demand to the federal government is that should write to the Commonwealth not to interfere in the affairs of Nigeria in the manner suggested by the APPG. Our position is that where the Commonwealth refuses to back down or decides to interfere in Nigeria’s affairs in the manner suggested by the APPG the Federal Government should strongly consider withdrawing Nigeria’s membership of that body and immediately begin the process of achieving same.”
By Dansu Peter 

The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC) has described as a clear target to destabilize Nigeria, a letter recently addressed to the Commonwealth Secretary-General over the unrest in the country. 

Recall that some United Kingdom lawmakers have written the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland QC, over widespread violence in Nigeria.

The lawmakers including Caroline Cox, David Alton, Jin Shannon and Helena Kennedy, said thousands of civilians in the country had been killed and elements of the Nigerian Government may be complicit in the violence.

 However, APPG opines that the letter by the UK lawmakers was a clear attempt to unsettle the country.

Addressing newsmen on Friday, Ibrahim Abubakar, Executive Secretary of SHAC, called on Commonwealth to disregard the letter sent to its Secretary-General by the APG, noting that it isn't interest of natural justice.

He said, “We have observed with concern that All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for International Freedom of Religion or Belief of the United Kingdom’s Parliament is back to its game of hounding Nigeria. Earlier in the year, the APPG mounted a campaign of disinformation against Nigeria through the publication and marketing of a report titled “Nigeria: Unfolding Genocide?”

“This effort to market the report of doom fell flat as few Nigerians fell for the intended incitement to sectarian violence. The authors of the report packaged it such that people would be misled into reading targeted sectarian killing into the attacks being carried out by Boko Haram, bandits and militant herdsmen. Had Nigerians fallen for the manufacture of dissent the entire country would have been on fire by now.

“We at that time drew attention to the mischievous nature of this report and the potential it has for doing damage. We also noted the deviousness of the APPG trying to separate itself from the UK Parliament by claiming that its decisions do not reflect the view of the Parliament and are also not binding on the house. For us this is a trick by the APPG to evade responsibility for the destabilization agenda it is implementing in Nigeria. This same organization used reports it fraudulently authored against the interest of Nigeria to make a case for the discontinuation of funding to the country.
“Thankfully, the efforts of the APPG to trigger a sectarian division in Nigeria failed. The APG has now resorted to finding other means of dividing the country by highlighting new areas in this report this is what it tried to do when it wrote to the Secretary General of Commonwealth. It has not deviated from alleging persecution of Christians and targeted extermination to now focus on other areas that are totally unrelated to the issues at hand. It is surprising that the same a PPG that could not offer solution in its own home country is asking the Commonwealth though to intervene in their face of Nigeria. Had the APPG being sincere and tackled the issue of Boko Haram head on as well as the issue of and herdsmen we will not be where we are now. 

“Boko Haram was able to spread as much as it did because international countries that should have come to the aid of Nigeria did not do so is sincere APPG would have coordinated these other countries to respond in the appropriate way to the problems that Nigeria was facing from terrorism as represented by Boko Haram. But instead of apologizing to Nigeria and Nigerians the APPG is rather stocking the fire of division by creating the impression that the government of Nigeria has abandoned its citizens whereas this is not the true position.

“We, therefore, want to alert the world and other stakeholders to the devious nature of the campaign being waged by APPG against Nigeria. The APG and the United kingdom's Parliament should be held responsible for any further breach, degeneration or worsening of the security situation in Nigeria. Ordinarily would like to wonder why APPG is interested informant in trouble for Nigeria but we say that the parliamentarians who are members of this group do not believe that colonization is over. It is most unfortunate that something like this can be happening at a time when the entire world has become aware to issues of racial equality.  
“We are therefore restating our earlier call and demand that the APPG, the United Kingdom's Parliament and any other country with such intent should desist from treating Nigeria as a conquered colony. We think the United Kingdom has enough issues of its own that eight parliamentarians should focus on they should stop obsessing about Nigeria. 
The centre, therefore, called on the Nigerian military not to be dissuaded by the letter but continue to protect the Nigerian territorial integrity. 
He added, “We would like to urge the Nigerian military not to in any way be dissuaded by these distracting strategies, because that is what we see The APPG report to be. We want the Commonwealth to disregard the letter sent to his secretary general by the APG this isn't interest of natural justice. The United Kingdom cannot cause problems for Nigeria on one hand and then turn around pretending to proffer solutions when in reality it is looking for ways to make the situation worse.    

“Our demand to the federal government is that should write to the Commonwealth not to interfere in the affairs of Nigeria in the manner suggested by the APPG. Our position is that where the Commonwealth refuses to back down or decides to interfere in Nigeria’s affairs in the manner suggested by the APPG the Federal Government should strongly consider withdrawing Nigeria’s membership of that body and immediately begin the process of achieving same.”

Boko Haram/ Herdsmen: British lawmakers’ letter to Commonwealth Secretary-General targeted at destabilising Nigeria

Boko Haram/ Herdsmen: British lawmakers’ letter to Commonwealth Secretary-General targeted at destabilising Nigeria

By Dansu Peter

Foremost human rights group, Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC) says British parliamentarians' letter to the Commonwealth Secretary-General is aimed at destabilising Nigeria.  

The SHAC, at a press conference on Friday in Abuja, said the lawmakers are back at its agenda to incite sectarian violence in the country having failed in previous attempts. 

Recall that some members of the UK's House of Lords in a letter dated September 14, addressed to Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, said failure of the Federal Government to protect Nigerians was a breach of its obligations under the Commonwealth Charter. 

This comes after the lawmakers had alleged genocide against Christians in Nigeria. 

Executive Secretary, Ibrahim Abubakar, speaking on behalf of SHAC, said the parliamentarians are not sincere and have a motive to cause division in the country.  

While the Boko Haram and other crisis was at its peak, the SHAC said the group didn't rally for international intervention and instead of apologising, it is stocking the fire of division. 

The human rights group, therefore, called on the rest of the world to pay attention to the nature of the campaign being waged by the UK lawmakers against Nigeria. 

It warned that the parliamentarians should be held responsible for any further breach, degeneration or worsening of the security situation in Nigeria. 

The group, however, urged the Nigerian military to remain focused and not in any way be dissuaded by this distracting strategies.

Read full speech below:

Gentlemen of the press, we have observed with concern that  s Parliament is back to its game of hounding Nigeria. Earlier in the year, the APPG mounted a campaign of disinformation against Nigeria through the publication and marketing of a report titled “Nigeria: Unfolding Genocide?”

This effort to market the report of doom fell flat as few Nigerians fell for the intended incitement to sectarian violence. The authors of the report packaged it such that people would be misled into reading targeted sectarian killing into the attacks being carried out by Boko Haram, bandits and militant herdsmen. Had Nigerians fallen for the manufacture of dissent the entire country would have been on fire by now.

We at that time drew attention to the mischievous nature of this report and the potential it has for doing damage. We also noted the deviousness of the APPG trying to separate itself from the UK Parliament by claiming that its decisions do not reflect the view of the Parliament and are also not binding on the house. For us this is a trick by the APPG to evade responsibility for the destabilization agenda it is implementing in Nigeria. This same organization used reports its fraudulently authored against the interest of Nigeria to make a case for the discontinuation of funding to the country.

Thankfully the efforts of the APPG to trigger a sectarian division in Nigeria failed. The APG has now resorted to finding other means of dividing the country by highlighting new areas in this report this is what it tried to do when it wrote to the Secretary General of Commonwealth. It has not deviated from alleging persecution of Christians and targeted extermination to now focus on other areas that are totally unrelated to the issues at hand. It is surprising that the same APPG that could not offer solution in its own home country is asking the Commonwealth though to intervene in their face of Nigeria. Had the APPG being sincere and tackled the issue of Boko Haram head on as well as the issue of and herdsmen we will not be where we are now. 

Boko Haram was able to spread as much as it did because international countries that should have come to the aid of Nigeria did not do so is sincere APPG would have coordinated these other countries to respond in the appropriate way to the problems that Nigeria was facing from terrorism as represented by Boko Haram. But instead of apologizing to Nigeria and Nigerians the APPG is rather stocking the fire of division by creating the impression that the government of Nigeria has abandoned its citizens whereas this is not the true position.

It is our earnest opinion that the APPG has run short of ideas it's a strong shot of ideas because it cannot even think about something original anymore but has rather resorted to quoting discredited Amnesty International as its latest source to demonize and put down the government of Nigeria.

The APPG report says the government of Nigeria’s abandoned its citizens and we are wondering how this can be so. It is on record are the Nigerian army and the other services of the military have successfully routed terrorists in places where they once considered as a stronghold.    Government troops have liberated villages towns and other communities that the terrorist once camped out. The military us also significantly decimated Boko Haram's ability to operate on the scary scale it once did.

This Amnesty International that the APG is now celebrating is the same organization that has been known to be sympathetic to Boko Haram terrorists. There had been instances where Amnesty International openly supported terrorists against the government and there have also been instances when this Angel shared classified military information and intelligence with terrorists leading to troop deaths. There is therefore something suspicious but an organization that proudly serve as a caucus of the parliament and the unique in the United Kingdom come out to be promoting the falsehood packaged by Amnesty International. 

We therefore want to alert the world and other stakeholders to the devious nature of the campaign being waged by APPG against Nigeria. The APG and the United kingdom's Parliament should be held responsible for any further breach, degeneration or worsening of the security situation in Nigeria. Ordinarily would like to wonder why APPG is interested informant in trouble for Nigeria but we say that the parliamentarians who are members of this group do not believe that colonization is over. It is most unfortunate that something like this can be happening at a time when the entire world has become aware to issues of racial equality.  

We are therefore restating our earlier call and demand that the APPG, the United Kingdom's Parliament and any other country with such intent should desist from treating Nigeria as a conquered colony. We think the United Kingdom has enough issues of its own that eight parliamentarians should focus on they should stop obsessing about Nigeria. 

We would like to urge the Nigerian military not to in any way be dissuaded by this distracting strategies, because that is what we see The APPG report to be. we want the Commonwealth to disregard the letter sent to his secretary general by the APG this isn't interest of natural justice. The United Kingdom cannot cause problems for Nigeria on one hand and then turn around pretending to proffer solutions when in reality it is looking for ways to make the situation worse.    

Our demands to the federal government is that should write to the Commonwealth not to interfere in the affairs of Nigeria in the manner suggested by the APPG. Our position is that where the Commonwealth refuses to back down or decides to interfere in Nigeria’s affairs in the manner suggested by the APPG the Federal Government should strongly consider withdrawing Nigeria’s membership of that body and immediately begin the process of achieving same.  

Thank you for listening. 
By Dansu Peter

Foremost human rights group, Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC) says British parliamentarians' letter to the Commonwealth Secretary-General is aimed at destabilising Nigeria.  

The SHAC, at a press conference on Friday in Abuja, said the lawmakers are back at its agenda to incite sectarian violence in the country having failed in previous attempts. 

Recall that some members of the UK's House of Lords in a letter dated September 14, addressed to Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, said failure of the Federal Government to protect Nigerians was a breach of its obligations under the Commonwealth Charter. 

This comes after the lawmakers had alleged genocide against Christians in Nigeria. 

Executive Secretary, Ibrahim Abubakar, speaking on behalf of SHAC, said the parliamentarians are not sincere and have a motive to cause division in the country.  

While the Boko Haram and other crisis was at its peak, the SHAC said the group didn't rally for international intervention and instead of apologising, it is stocking the fire of division. 

The human rights group, therefore, called on the rest of the world to pay attention to the nature of the campaign being waged by the UK lawmakers against Nigeria. 

It warned that the parliamentarians should be held responsible for any further breach, degeneration or worsening of the security situation in Nigeria. 

The group, however, urged the Nigerian military to remain focused and not in any way be dissuaded by this distracting strategies.

Read full speech below:

Gentlemen of the press, we have observed with concern that  s Parliament is back to its game of hounding Nigeria. Earlier in the year, the APPG mounted a campaign of disinformation against Nigeria through the publication and marketing of a report titled “Nigeria: Unfolding Genocide?”

This effort to market the report of doom fell flat as few Nigerians fell for the intended incitement to sectarian violence. The authors of the report packaged it such that people would be misled into reading targeted sectarian killing into the attacks being carried out by Boko Haram, bandits and militant herdsmen. Had Nigerians fallen for the manufacture of dissent the entire country would have been on fire by now.

We at that time drew attention to the mischievous nature of this report and the potential it has for doing damage. We also noted the deviousness of the APPG trying to separate itself from the UK Parliament by claiming that its decisions do not reflect the view of the Parliament and are also not binding on the house. For us this is a trick by the APPG to evade responsibility for the destabilization agenda it is implementing in Nigeria. This same organization used reports its fraudulently authored against the interest of Nigeria to make a case for the discontinuation of funding to the country.

Thankfully the efforts of the APPG to trigger a sectarian division in Nigeria failed. The APG has now resorted to finding other means of dividing the country by highlighting new areas in this report this is what it tried to do when it wrote to the Secretary General of Commonwealth. It has not deviated from alleging persecution of Christians and targeted extermination to now focus on other areas that are totally unrelated to the issues at hand. It is surprising that the same APPG that could not offer solution in its own home country is asking the Commonwealth though to intervene in their face of Nigeria. Had the APPG being sincere and tackled the issue of Boko Haram head on as well as the issue of and herdsmen we will not be where we are now. 

Boko Haram was able to spread as much as it did because international countries that should have come to the aid of Nigeria did not do so is sincere APPG would have coordinated these other countries to respond in the appropriate way to the problems that Nigeria was facing from terrorism as represented by Boko Haram. But instead of apologizing to Nigeria and Nigerians the APPG is rather stocking the fire of division by creating the impression that the government of Nigeria has abandoned its citizens whereas this is not the true position.

It is our earnest opinion that the APPG has run short of ideas it's a strong shot of ideas because it cannot even think about something original anymore but has rather resorted to quoting discredited Amnesty International as its latest source to demonize and put down the government of Nigeria.

The APPG report says the government of Nigeria’s abandoned its citizens and we are wondering how this can be so. It is on record are the Nigerian army and the other services of the military have successfully routed terrorists in places where they once considered as a stronghold.    Government troops have liberated villages towns and other communities that the terrorist once camped out. The military us also significantly decimated Boko Haram's ability to operate on the scary scale it once did.

This Amnesty International that the APG is now celebrating is the same organization that has been known to be sympathetic to Boko Haram terrorists. There had been instances where Amnesty International openly supported terrorists against the government and there have also been instances when this Angel shared classified military information and intelligence with terrorists leading to troop deaths. There is therefore something suspicious but an organization that proudly serve as a caucus of the parliament and the unique in the United Kingdom come out to be promoting the falsehood packaged by Amnesty International. 

We therefore want to alert the world and other stakeholders to the devious nature of the campaign being waged by APPG against Nigeria. The APG and the United kingdom's Parliament should be held responsible for any further breach, degeneration or worsening of the security situation in Nigeria. Ordinarily would like to wonder why APPG is interested informant in trouble for Nigeria but we say that the parliamentarians who are members of this group do not believe that colonization is over. It is most unfortunate that something like this can be happening at a time when the entire world has become aware to issues of racial equality.  

We are therefore restating our earlier call and demand that the APPG, the United Kingdom's Parliament and any other country with such intent should desist from treating Nigeria as a conquered colony. We think the United Kingdom has enough issues of its own that eight parliamentarians should focus on they should stop obsessing about Nigeria. 

We would like to urge the Nigerian military not to in any way be dissuaded by this distracting strategies, because that is what we see The APPG report to be. we want the Commonwealth to disregard the letter sent to his secretary general by the APG this isn't interest of natural justice. The United Kingdom cannot cause problems for Nigeria on one hand and then turn around pretending to proffer solutions when in reality it is looking for ways to make the situation worse.    

Our demands to the federal government is that should write to the Commonwealth not to interfere in the affairs of Nigeria in the manner suggested by the APPG. Our position is that where the Commonwealth refuses to back down or decides to interfere in Nigeria’s affairs in the manner suggested by the APPG the Federal Government should strongly consider withdrawing Nigeria’s membership of that body and immediately begin the process of achieving same.  

Thank you for listening. 

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