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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.

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.

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.

Global Peace Index and Nigeria’s resilience against all odds

Global Peace Index and Nigeria’s resilience against all odds

By Lawrence Audu 

There have been insinuations in some quarters discrediting the efforts of the Nigerian government towards addressing the various security challenges in the country. This trend in recent times has assumed a pronounced dimension with an avalanche of reports by various organizations indicating government’s failure towards addressing the various security challenges in the country.  

Some concerned stakeholders have indeed voiced concern and consequently carried out an independent assessment of the security situation in the country, as well as the efforts of the government and her institutions towards addressing the various security threats in the country.

In a recently released Global Peace Index report by the Centre for International and Strategic Studies, it indeed dissected the various security issues in the country as well as the role of various actors in Nigeria towards making Nigeria peaceful and prosperous. The report was an exposition of the history of armed conflict in Nigeria. It highlighted in no small measures the role of successive governments towards addressing insecurity in Nigeria. 

It stated that “For Nigeria, security concerns of the last two decades have challenged the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country. None of this myriad of challenges has posed a more significant threat in these past years as the illegal and dehumanizing activities of Boko Haram. Just as the Al-Qaida, Taliban, ISIS, Boko Haram gradually increased in ideological and military influence in the North East region of Nigeria.” 

The report further highlighted that “The Boko Haram group exerted their authority and control over some areas of Borno State, and their activities have since harmed human security and development.  The group made the Sambisa forest a reliable defence, training and command centre for their operations as such; it became apparent that the Nigerian Armed forces had to take Sambisa at all cost. Taking Sambisa was not a question of “if” but a question of “how” for the Nigerian Armed forces who faced a daunting task of wrestling the forest from terrorist control. Several factors stood against this task. First was the terrain, (Just like Afghanistan's grave of Western Forces) a "new" theatre of warfare for a military set-up that had known no war or at least engaged in any full-blown military campaign since the 1967 Civil War.” 

“However, President Muhammadu Buhari on taking over power, understood that successes could only be recorded if the above factors were effectively and efficiently checked. First on his agenda was to bring corrupt security officers and officials to book and also recover looted security funds. He also directed the National Security Adviser to institute a community to investigate weapon procurement since 2007 to check irregularities that lead to the purchasing of sub-standard and unserviceable equipment.”  

The report described President Muhammadu Buhari thus “As a trained military thinker, he is actively involved in the policy and strategy thinking in the fight against the terror group. The policy and administrative arms of the military had been accused of being detached from the reality of soldiers on the frontline. Complaints from troops about inadequate supplies of equipment and poor welfare were nullified by the relocation of the military command centre to Maiduguri. This centralized move operations, cut-of bureaucracy, and speed up decision-making.”   

“These initiatives paid off quickly evidenced in the continual retreatment of the Insurgent groups into neighbouring countries and the eventual dislodgement of the group from their strongest position. The superior firepower of troops especially those provided by the Nigeria Airforce caused a large number of the terrorists to flee their hideout in Sambisa Forest towards Lake Chad in the northern part of Borno State on the Nigerian/Niger Republic border. President Buhari in a national broadcast announced the success of Operation Lafia Dole occasioned by the capture of the epicentre of Boko Haram operations in the heart of Sambisa forest known as “Camp zero” and other surrounding camps.” 

On the role of the Army in support of efforts to enhance national security, it was stated that the scaling up of the counter-insurgency operation by the Nigerian military in north-east Nigeria since May 2015- especially in Borno and parts of Yobe – appears to have dislodged Boko Haram fighters from areas they had ‘captured. 

“The counter-terrorism operations of the Nigerian military have yielded positive results so far as is evidenced by the drop in the number of terrorism-related deaths in the country. Total deaths from terrorism in Nigeria fell to 1,532 in 2017, a decrease of 16 per cent from the prior year. The decline follows the 63 per cent drop in deaths in Nigeria in the preceding year and a 34 per cent drop in 2019. This highlights the effectiveness of the counter-insurgency operations undertaken in Nigeria and its neighbours, Cameroon, Niger and Chad.” 

“The Nigerian Army has been applauded for its counter-insurgency efforts towards the restoration of peace and security of lives and property in Borno State as well as the entire North East of Nigeria. This feat was achieved through the introduction of innovations in the operational strategies in the prosecution of the war against insurgency and other militant and criminal activities.” 

“The Nigerian Army has also been credited to have liberated communities in North-East Nigeria that were hitherto under the control of the Boko Haram insurgents. Five of the six northeastern states have been fully liberated, but for Borno State still experiencing pockets of Boko Haram activities, which have mainly been attributed to the lack of cooperation by the political authorities in the state with the Nigerian Military.” 

On the issue of military involvement in internal security management, it was sufficiently highlighted that the government began to put in measures towards addressing the various internal security threats in the country from 2016. Between 2016 and 2019, substantial progress was made in the management of the internal security crisis in Nigeria with the involvement of the Nigerian Army in internal security operations. 

“The Nigerian Army has launched over 40 different operations and exercises in the last five years to contain various security challenges across the country. Some of them include 'Shirin Harbi', to combat restiveness in Bauchi and Gombe States; 'Harbin Kunama', to tackle cattle rustling and armed banditry in the Dansadau Forest of Zamfara State and environs as well as 'Crocodile Smile I', to take on Niger Delta militants crippling Nigeria's oil installations. In July 2017, Operation 'Harbin Kunama II' was put in place in the North West and North Central to deal with cattle rustling, armed banditry and clashes between pastoralists and farmers.” 

“Another one code-named 'Operation Dokaji' was launched in the North West and North Central to deal with cattle rustling, armed banditry, and clashes between pastoralists and farmers. Similarly, 'Operation Egwu Eke' to fight crimes like cultism, militancy, and kidnapping in Niger Delta states was launched in October 2017.” 

“Operation Karamin Goro' covering Minna-Birnin Gwari-Pandogari and Minna-Sarkin Pawa general area was launched in January 2018; while another one code-named 'Operation Ayem Akpatuma' aimed at tackling banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling and armed militia in Benue, Taraba, Kogi, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger states were put in place in February 2018.”  

“In January 2019, 'Operation Python Dance III' was launched in Lagos to tackle violence before, during and after the 2019 general elections and in April of the same year, 'Operation Harbin Kunama III' was launched to cover forest areas of Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara states, in a bid to end activities of bandits. Later in September 2019, Operation Python Dance I came into being to check the spate of robberies, kidnappings, and cultism in and around Anambra.”

“In October 2019, an operation tagged, 'Cat Race' was launched in Niger State to contain perennial insecurity caused by bandits, cattle rustlers and other criminal elements across the country. 'Operation Positive Identification' was also put in place at the same time to fight the fleeing Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in November 2010 the North East, while 'Operation Atilogwu', (Operation Dance for Peace) came up in the South East about the same time to address security challenges.”
“The year 2019 ended with the launching of 'Operation Rattle Snake' targeted at selected locations within the North East to "further degrade remnants of the terrorists as well as deny the insurgents safe havens and freedom of action." Other operations launched during the period in the review included: Operation Long Reach in the North East; Operation Sharan Daji in the North West; Operation Whirl Stroke in the North Central Zones; Exercise Sahel Sanity North West and Operation Ruwan Wuta I, II, and III in the North East.” 

It is thus sufficient to state that Nigeria indeed rose to the occasion despite the avalanche of conspiracies by foreign interest, especially in the funding of the activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group.  This is on the heels that there exist tangible pieces of evidence with regards to the role of some foreign interest in the festering of the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria. This indeed aided the Boko Haram group in their nefarious activities. 

Despite all of these, the report indicated that the average level of global peacefulness in Nigeria had improved slightly. “This was the first time that the index improved in the last 15 years. The average country score improved by -0.09 per cent. According to information from the Global Peace Index Nigeria was not classified amongst the top five least peaceful countries in the world. Nigeria was also not classified amongst the top five ongoing conflict domains in the world.” 

“This revelation indeed negates the supposition that Nigeria was amongst the most terrorized countries in the world. This fact was highlighted with the numerous interventions of the Nigerian authorities in the sustenance of peace and tranquillity in Nigeria.” 

“The involvement and commitment of the Nigerian Army in addressing the various security challenges cannot be overemphasized. This much was evident in the various operations launched by the Nigerian Army aimed towards addressing the various security threats across the country, and the consequent results speak volume.”

“Consequently, there has been relative peace and tranquillity in Nigeria, and this is against the insinuation in some quarters that Nigeria is amongst the most terrorized countries in the world.   It is indeed a statement of the fact there that cannot be the case in Nigeria with the commitment of the Muhammadu Buhari Administration towards the security of lives and properties.” 

The report concluded that a careful look at the Global indexes for countries experiencing forms of conflict; Nigeria was not listed amongst the top five least peaceful countries and countries undergoing conflict. It thus suffices to state that Nigeria has made substantial gains in the fight against terrorism and other forms of criminal activities, and these campaigns can be adjudged successful and responsible for peace and tranquillity in Nigeria.” 

It is indeed a statement of the fact that the involvement of the Nigerian Army in addressing the security threats in the country cannot be overemphasized and resilience against all the odds.
By Lawrence Audu 

There have been insinuations in some quarters discrediting the efforts of the Nigerian government towards addressing the various security challenges in the country. This trend in recent times has assumed a pronounced dimension with an avalanche of reports by various organizations indicating government’s failure towards addressing the various security challenges in the country.  

Some concerned stakeholders have indeed voiced concern and consequently carried out an independent assessment of the security situation in the country, as well as the efforts of the government and her institutions towards addressing the various security threats in the country.

In a recently released Global Peace Index report by the Centre for International and Strategic Studies, it indeed dissected the various security issues in the country as well as the role of various actors in Nigeria towards making Nigeria peaceful and prosperous. The report was an exposition of the history of armed conflict in Nigeria. It highlighted in no small measures the role of successive governments towards addressing insecurity in Nigeria. 

It stated that “For Nigeria, security concerns of the last two decades have challenged the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country. None of this myriad of challenges has posed a more significant threat in these past years as the illegal and dehumanizing activities of Boko Haram. Just as the Al-Qaida, Taliban, ISIS, Boko Haram gradually increased in ideological and military influence in the North East region of Nigeria.” 

The report further highlighted that “The Boko Haram group exerted their authority and control over some areas of Borno State, and their activities have since harmed human security and development.  The group made the Sambisa forest a reliable defence, training and command centre for their operations as such; it became apparent that the Nigerian Armed forces had to take Sambisa at all cost. Taking Sambisa was not a question of “if” but a question of “how” for the Nigerian Armed forces who faced a daunting task of wrestling the forest from terrorist control. Several factors stood against this task. First was the terrain, (Just like Afghanistan's grave of Western Forces) a "new" theatre of warfare for a military set-up that had known no war or at least engaged in any full-blown military campaign since the 1967 Civil War.” 

“However, President Muhammadu Buhari on taking over power, understood that successes could only be recorded if the above factors were effectively and efficiently checked. First on his agenda was to bring corrupt security officers and officials to book and also recover looted security funds. He also directed the National Security Adviser to institute a community to investigate weapon procurement since 2007 to check irregularities that lead to the purchasing of sub-standard and unserviceable equipment.”  

The report described President Muhammadu Buhari thus “As a trained military thinker, he is actively involved in the policy and strategy thinking in the fight against the terror group. The policy and administrative arms of the military had been accused of being detached from the reality of soldiers on the frontline. Complaints from troops about inadequate supplies of equipment and poor welfare were nullified by the relocation of the military command centre to Maiduguri. This centralized move operations, cut-of bureaucracy, and speed up decision-making.”   

“These initiatives paid off quickly evidenced in the continual retreatment of the Insurgent groups into neighbouring countries and the eventual dislodgement of the group from their strongest position. The superior firepower of troops especially those provided by the Nigeria Airforce caused a large number of the terrorists to flee their hideout in Sambisa Forest towards Lake Chad in the northern part of Borno State on the Nigerian/Niger Republic border. President Buhari in a national broadcast announced the success of Operation Lafia Dole occasioned by the capture of the epicentre of Boko Haram operations in the heart of Sambisa forest known as “Camp zero” and other surrounding camps.” 

On the role of the Army in support of efforts to enhance national security, it was stated that the scaling up of the counter-insurgency operation by the Nigerian military in north-east Nigeria since May 2015- especially in Borno and parts of Yobe – appears to have dislodged Boko Haram fighters from areas they had ‘captured. 

“The counter-terrorism operations of the Nigerian military have yielded positive results so far as is evidenced by the drop in the number of terrorism-related deaths in the country. Total deaths from terrorism in Nigeria fell to 1,532 in 2017, a decrease of 16 per cent from the prior year. The decline follows the 63 per cent drop in deaths in Nigeria in the preceding year and a 34 per cent drop in 2019. This highlights the effectiveness of the counter-insurgency operations undertaken in Nigeria and its neighbours, Cameroon, Niger and Chad.” 

“The Nigerian Army has been applauded for its counter-insurgency efforts towards the restoration of peace and security of lives and property in Borno State as well as the entire North East of Nigeria. This feat was achieved through the introduction of innovations in the operational strategies in the prosecution of the war against insurgency and other militant and criminal activities.” 

“The Nigerian Army has also been credited to have liberated communities in North-East Nigeria that were hitherto under the control of the Boko Haram insurgents. Five of the six northeastern states have been fully liberated, but for Borno State still experiencing pockets of Boko Haram activities, which have mainly been attributed to the lack of cooperation by the political authorities in the state with the Nigerian Military.” 

On the issue of military involvement in internal security management, it was sufficiently highlighted that the government began to put in measures towards addressing the various internal security threats in the country from 2016. Between 2016 and 2019, substantial progress was made in the management of the internal security crisis in Nigeria with the involvement of the Nigerian Army in internal security operations. 

“The Nigerian Army has launched over 40 different operations and exercises in the last five years to contain various security challenges across the country. Some of them include 'Shirin Harbi', to combat restiveness in Bauchi and Gombe States; 'Harbin Kunama', to tackle cattle rustling and armed banditry in the Dansadau Forest of Zamfara State and environs as well as 'Crocodile Smile I', to take on Niger Delta militants crippling Nigeria's oil installations. In July 2017, Operation 'Harbin Kunama II' was put in place in the North West and North Central to deal with cattle rustling, armed banditry and clashes between pastoralists and farmers.” 

“Another one code-named 'Operation Dokaji' was launched in the North West and North Central to deal with cattle rustling, armed banditry, and clashes between pastoralists and farmers. Similarly, 'Operation Egwu Eke' to fight crimes like cultism, militancy, and kidnapping in Niger Delta states was launched in October 2017.” 

“Operation Karamin Goro' covering Minna-Birnin Gwari-Pandogari and Minna-Sarkin Pawa general area was launched in January 2018; while another one code-named 'Operation Ayem Akpatuma' aimed at tackling banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling and armed militia in Benue, Taraba, Kogi, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger states were put in place in February 2018.”  

“In January 2019, 'Operation Python Dance III' was launched in Lagos to tackle violence before, during and after the 2019 general elections and in April of the same year, 'Operation Harbin Kunama III' was launched to cover forest areas of Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara states, in a bid to end activities of bandits. Later in September 2019, Operation Python Dance I came into being to check the spate of robberies, kidnappings, and cultism in and around Anambra.”

“In October 2019, an operation tagged, 'Cat Race' was launched in Niger State to contain perennial insecurity caused by bandits, cattle rustlers and other criminal elements across the country. 'Operation Positive Identification' was also put in place at the same time to fight the fleeing Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in November 2010 the North East, while 'Operation Atilogwu', (Operation Dance for Peace) came up in the South East about the same time to address security challenges.”
“The year 2019 ended with the launching of 'Operation Rattle Snake' targeted at selected locations within the North East to "further degrade remnants of the terrorists as well as deny the insurgents safe havens and freedom of action." Other operations launched during the period in the review included: Operation Long Reach in the North East; Operation Sharan Daji in the North West; Operation Whirl Stroke in the North Central Zones; Exercise Sahel Sanity North West and Operation Ruwan Wuta I, II, and III in the North East.” 

It is thus sufficient to state that Nigeria indeed rose to the occasion despite the avalanche of conspiracies by foreign interest, especially in the funding of the activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group.  This is on the heels that there exist tangible pieces of evidence with regards to the role of some foreign interest in the festering of the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria. This indeed aided the Boko Haram group in their nefarious activities. 

Despite all of these, the report indicated that the average level of global peacefulness in Nigeria had improved slightly. “This was the first time that the index improved in the last 15 years. The average country score improved by -0.09 per cent. According to information from the Global Peace Index Nigeria was not classified amongst the top five least peaceful countries in the world. Nigeria was also not classified amongst the top five ongoing conflict domains in the world.” 

“This revelation indeed negates the supposition that Nigeria was amongst the most terrorized countries in the world. This fact was highlighted with the numerous interventions of the Nigerian authorities in the sustenance of peace and tranquillity in Nigeria.” 

“The involvement and commitment of the Nigerian Army in addressing the various security challenges cannot be overemphasized. This much was evident in the various operations launched by the Nigerian Army aimed towards addressing the various security threats across the country, and the consequent results speak volume.”

“Consequently, there has been relative peace and tranquillity in Nigeria, and this is against the insinuation in some quarters that Nigeria is amongst the most terrorized countries in the world.   It is indeed a statement of the fact there that cannot be the case in Nigeria with the commitment of the Muhammadu Buhari Administration towards the security of lives and properties.” 

The report concluded that a careful look at the Global indexes for countries experiencing forms of conflict; Nigeria was not listed amongst the top five least peaceful countries and countries undergoing conflict. It thus suffices to state that Nigeria has made substantial gains in the fight against terrorism and other forms of criminal activities, and these campaigns can be adjudged successful and responsible for peace and tranquillity in Nigeria.” 

It is indeed a statement of the fact that the involvement of the Nigerian Army in addressing the security threats in the country cannot be overemphasized and resilience against all the odds.

Is El- Zakzaky Truly A TERRORIST?, By John Alli

Is El- Zakzaky Truly A TERRORIST?, By John Alli

By John Alli 

Some Nigerians occupy their time needlessly; or expend energies on worthless issues. I am tempted to ask the above question again because  there seems to be some trouble  brewing between one so called Sheik Ibraheem Yaqoob El Zakzaky and his motorized but now proscribed   Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN);  and some highly respected producers /actors of the film “Fatal Arrogance,” which is still  in its preparation stages.

But some publicized select scenes from the film has piqued the IMN members and it is driving them illogically crazy and restless .  I learnt, aside allegedly issuing death threats to the Nollywood movie producer/ actors of the film, the incensed outlaws and adherents of El Zakzaky have gone a step further by hurling petitions to heads of major security agencies like the Director-General, Department of State Security Service (DSS) and the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

According to the contents of the petition by the IMN sect members, the film, “Fatal Arrogance,” has demeaned, denigrated and portrayed their leader, El Zakzaky who is currently in detention for crimes against the state of Nigeria as a terrorist. The sect members are already threatening fire and brimstone and, may likely declare a “fatwa” on the film producer and actors/actresses.

Some people say, Nigeria is a failed state; but I don’t believe in this verdict. But if the IGP, the Director-General, DSS or any other head of Nigeria’s security agency who acts on a petition with signatories under the banner of IMN, I will be surprised. IMN as far as Nigerian laws are concerned has been officially proscribed. And any government institution which honours an assemblage of people under the logo of IMN amounts to the condonation of and, giving official seal to the breach of laws of the Federation of Nigeria. That’s a different ballgame anyway.

But the real and urgent question is whether Sheik Ibraheem El Zakzaky is a terrorist? There is no hedging on it, but the straightforward answer is a simple “YES.” He has lived and acted like a terrorist all his life. The realization of Government now to the status of El Zakzaky as a terrorist is even slightly belated by my judgment.  I say this with much gusto because I personally know the incarcerated IMN leader, way back in our undergraduate days at the Ahmadu Bello University, (ABU) Zaria. That’s where he cut the teeth of terrorism.

He was studying economics; while I was reading political science, all under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ( the great FASS). El Zakzaky was quite a brilliant student and the toast of lecturers as well as students. But he soon lost this prestige and aura of a friendly dude when he begun to assemble Muslim brothers to preach radical Islamism. He was very active in Student Islamic unionism on campus and worked his way to become the Secretary-General of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN). And that is where the problem started.

Armed with this official power by virtue of his position in MSSN he started to import and infuse into the Muslim brotherhood on campus, the ideologies of the 1979 Iranian Revolution which dethroned Iran’s monarchy and Ayatollah Khomeini took over.

He assembled a small group of students under the auspices of Muslim Brothers, which later became broadened as IMN and frequently sermonized Iranian model of an Islamic state for Nigeria. It caused a split in the MSSN on campus and placed El Zakzaky on permanent collision course with the university management, which accused him of incitement of students against the government and breach of extant campus regulations.   

After graduation, El Zakzaky proceeded to Iran and trained as a Shia cleric. On his return,  he consolidated his position as the spiritual leader of Nigeria’s Shia sect (IMN). But all along, Sheik El Zakzaky never desisted from propagating IMN's objective predicated on ensuring strict enforcement of Shia sect Islamic legal and administrative systems, with the target of creating an Islamic state in Nigeria.

His preachments attracted an appreciable number of adherents and from a small membership, IMN’s population in Nigeria grew wonderfully over the years because of his radical preachments. The sect is financed by Iranian actors interested in forcefully converting Nigeria into a Shia Islamic republic.  

Therefore, followers of El Zakzaky have been indoctrinated and brainwashed by him into the mistaken belief that Islamic revolutions are accomplished by brute force. So, in their worship places, public processions or any religious festival, like Quds day, organized by IMN, the members possess and brandish dangerous weapons. Sometimes, they bloodily attack those they presume to be against the sect. With the general problem of the proliferation of arms and ammunitions in Nigeria, IMN members have a field day, as they also allegedly possess guns of varying descriptions and capacities to launch unprovoked attacks on targets.  

So, in the secular Nigerian state, much like in his undergraduate days, El Zakzaky has had problems with the government and constituted authorities because of this disposition emulated by his followers. Incidents of IMN’s violent confrontation with government at different times are too numerous.

But I was stunned in 2015, after the IMN’s clash with soldiers in Zaria, leading to the arrest of El Zakzaky, the sect’s publicist, Sheik Abubakar Koki openly stated in a public statement that  IMN and her members are not answerable to the Nigerian Government, but holds their allegiance to the Republic of Iran. The statement was striking when I assessed it in the light of what is happening to Nigeria on Boko Haram.

The statement by Abubakar Koki alludes to an insidious nexus between IMN and Boko Haram terrorism. We all know that apart from Mohammed Yusuf, the founder and first leader of Boko Haram, successive leaders of the sect have also pledged allegiance to the Islamic state in Iran. Boko Haram’s factional leader, Abubakar Shekau voiced publicly its sponsorship by Iran; while the splinter faction, ISWAP led by Musab Al Barnewi  is funded by Iran.

And when Sheik Ibraheem  El Zakzaky feigned illness under imprisonment and government granted him permission to seek medical attention in India; he  indulged in pranks to outsmart security agents and escape. But his plan was to escape and take refuge in Iran.  

Now, the republic of Iran has the unenviable reputation as the global exporter of terrorism to other parts of the world.  And when I consider the actions of El Zakzaky and his adherents, it strikes a semblance of a budding terrorists sect. IMN might become more disastrous than Osama Bin Laden’s Al Qaeda terrorists sect, if government dilly-dallies or handles the sect with kid gloves.

Precisely, El Zakzaky is the emerging Osama Bin Laden of Africa. He has planned to visit Nigeria with terrorism for years and government should not blink an eye, until he is cut to size.  I believe El Zakzaky is more than a terrorist and with his education and exposure, Nigeria shall be in real trouble if he is not tamed now. This is expressed more pungently to the world by the recent violent actions and bloodshed by his followers which have stamped IMN’s spiritual leader as a deadly terrorist, as his foot soldiers faithfully discharges his mandate. 

Alli is a retired civil servant and contributed this piece from Zaria.
By John Alli 

Some Nigerians occupy their time needlessly; or expend energies on worthless issues. I am tempted to ask the above question again because  there seems to be some trouble  brewing between one so called Sheik Ibraheem Yaqoob El Zakzaky and his motorized but now proscribed   Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN);  and some highly respected producers /actors of the film “Fatal Arrogance,” which is still  in its preparation stages.

But some publicized select scenes from the film has piqued the IMN members and it is driving them illogically crazy and restless .  I learnt, aside allegedly issuing death threats to the Nollywood movie producer/ actors of the film, the incensed outlaws and adherents of El Zakzaky have gone a step further by hurling petitions to heads of major security agencies like the Director-General, Department of State Security Service (DSS) and the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

According to the contents of the petition by the IMN sect members, the film, “Fatal Arrogance,” has demeaned, denigrated and portrayed their leader, El Zakzaky who is currently in detention for crimes against the state of Nigeria as a terrorist. The sect members are already threatening fire and brimstone and, may likely declare a “fatwa” on the film producer and actors/actresses.

Some people say, Nigeria is a failed state; but I don’t believe in this verdict. But if the IGP, the Director-General, DSS or any other head of Nigeria’s security agency who acts on a petition with signatories under the banner of IMN, I will be surprised. IMN as far as Nigerian laws are concerned has been officially proscribed. And any government institution which honours an assemblage of people under the logo of IMN amounts to the condonation of and, giving official seal to the breach of laws of the Federation of Nigeria. That’s a different ballgame anyway.

But the real and urgent question is whether Sheik Ibraheem El Zakzaky is a terrorist? There is no hedging on it, but the straightforward answer is a simple “YES.” He has lived and acted like a terrorist all his life. The realization of Government now to the status of El Zakzaky as a terrorist is even slightly belated by my judgment.  I say this with much gusto because I personally know the incarcerated IMN leader, way back in our undergraduate days at the Ahmadu Bello University, (ABU) Zaria. That’s where he cut the teeth of terrorism.

He was studying economics; while I was reading political science, all under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ( the great FASS). El Zakzaky was quite a brilliant student and the toast of lecturers as well as students. But he soon lost this prestige and aura of a friendly dude when he begun to assemble Muslim brothers to preach radical Islamism. He was very active in Student Islamic unionism on campus and worked his way to become the Secretary-General of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN). And that is where the problem started.

Armed with this official power by virtue of his position in MSSN he started to import and infuse into the Muslim brotherhood on campus, the ideologies of the 1979 Iranian Revolution which dethroned Iran’s monarchy and Ayatollah Khomeini took over.

He assembled a small group of students under the auspices of Muslim Brothers, which later became broadened as IMN and frequently sermonized Iranian model of an Islamic state for Nigeria. It caused a split in the MSSN on campus and placed El Zakzaky on permanent collision course with the university management, which accused him of incitement of students against the government and breach of extant campus regulations.   

After graduation, El Zakzaky proceeded to Iran and trained as a Shia cleric. On his return,  he consolidated his position as the spiritual leader of Nigeria’s Shia sect (IMN). But all along, Sheik El Zakzaky never desisted from propagating IMN's objective predicated on ensuring strict enforcement of Shia sect Islamic legal and administrative systems, with the target of creating an Islamic state in Nigeria.

His preachments attracted an appreciable number of adherents and from a small membership, IMN’s population in Nigeria grew wonderfully over the years because of his radical preachments. The sect is financed by Iranian actors interested in forcefully converting Nigeria into a Shia Islamic republic.  

Therefore, followers of El Zakzaky have been indoctrinated and brainwashed by him into the mistaken belief that Islamic revolutions are accomplished by brute force. So, in their worship places, public processions or any religious festival, like Quds day, organized by IMN, the members possess and brandish dangerous weapons. Sometimes, they bloodily attack those they presume to be against the sect. With the general problem of the proliferation of arms and ammunitions in Nigeria, IMN members have a field day, as they also allegedly possess guns of varying descriptions and capacities to launch unprovoked attacks on targets.  

So, in the secular Nigerian state, much like in his undergraduate days, El Zakzaky has had problems with the government and constituted authorities because of this disposition emulated by his followers. Incidents of IMN’s violent confrontation with government at different times are too numerous.

But I was stunned in 2015, after the IMN’s clash with soldiers in Zaria, leading to the arrest of El Zakzaky, the sect’s publicist, Sheik Abubakar Koki openly stated in a public statement that  IMN and her members are not answerable to the Nigerian Government, but holds their allegiance to the Republic of Iran. The statement was striking when I assessed it in the light of what is happening to Nigeria on Boko Haram.

The statement by Abubakar Koki alludes to an insidious nexus between IMN and Boko Haram terrorism. We all know that apart from Mohammed Yusuf, the founder and first leader of Boko Haram, successive leaders of the sect have also pledged allegiance to the Islamic state in Iran. Boko Haram’s factional leader, Abubakar Shekau voiced publicly its sponsorship by Iran; while the splinter faction, ISWAP led by Musab Al Barnewi  is funded by Iran.

And when Sheik Ibraheem  El Zakzaky feigned illness under imprisonment and government granted him permission to seek medical attention in India; he  indulged in pranks to outsmart security agents and escape. But his plan was to escape and take refuge in Iran.  

Now, the republic of Iran has the unenviable reputation as the global exporter of terrorism to other parts of the world.  And when I consider the actions of El Zakzaky and his adherents, it strikes a semblance of a budding terrorists sect. IMN might become more disastrous than Osama Bin Laden’s Al Qaeda terrorists sect, if government dilly-dallies or handles the sect with kid gloves.

Precisely, El Zakzaky is the emerging Osama Bin Laden of Africa. He has planned to visit Nigeria with terrorism for years and government should not blink an eye, until he is cut to size.  I believe El Zakzaky is more than a terrorist and with his education and exposure, Nigeria shall be in real trouble if he is not tamed now. This is expressed more pungently to the world by the recent violent actions and bloodshed by his followers which have stamped IMN’s spiritual leader as a deadly terrorist, as his foot soldiers faithfully discharges his mandate. 

Alli is a retired civil servant and contributed this piece from Zaria.

Independence Day: Inter-Faith Group Commences Prayers for Nigeria, PMB

Independence Day: Inter-Faith Group Commences Prayers for Nigeria, PMB

By Dansu Peter

Ahead of Nigeria's 60th independence anniversary, the National Inter-Faith and Religious Organization for Peace (NIFROP) has commenced prayer and fasting for President Muhammadu Buhari and the entire country. 

At its meeting on Tuesday at the Unity Fountain, Abuja, the group described October 1st as a "day of convenant" which marked the end of colonial rule.

Speaking on behalf of the group, National President, Bishop Sunday Garuba said now is the best time to intercede for Nigeria as the country has remained united despite the plans of the devil and cohorts. 

"We are gathered here for a very important and serious business as usual, where we shall in one accord intercede for our dear country on the occasion of her 60th-anniversary celebrations.  The occasion of Nigeria's 60th anniversary is a great day not just in Nigeria's history but the rest of the world as the day of the covenant for the freedom of our nation from colonial rule. For 60 years, Nigeria has been through the good, bad and the ugly experiences in our collective quest for growth and sustainable development," he said. 

"My beloved in Christ, the occasion of the 60th Anniversary celebration of Nigeria is indeed a big one for us in the Unity Church and the Unity Masjid because, over the years, we have taken the success of the Nigerian project to God in our various prayers and fasting programmes.  

"We have been steadfast in our request to God for divine intervention in the affairs of Nigeria, and God has indeed been faithful to us. The book of 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 reminds us of the need to pray without ceasing. And that is why we are all gathered here again to continue our divine routine of praying and interceding on behalf of our dear country. 

"My brothers and sisters, you all would agree with me that there is no better time than now to pray for Nigeria on this auspicious occasion of her 60th anniversary. This is because, despite the plans of the devil and cohorts, Nigeria has remained united and indivisible even under significant threats to our peace and progress as a people as a country. That Nigeria has continued to wax stronger is not by our might or power, but by the grace of God that he has availed to be sufficient for us". 

Garuba recalled how " children of God" went to sleep during the country's 50th anniversary in 2010 and the "devil struck" with a bomb blast in the nation's capital. 

To avoid a repeat, the clergyman urged Nigerians to come together and pray. 

"Our memories are still fresh to Independence Day bombing in Abuja on the occasion of the 50th-anniversary celebration of Nigeria.  The children of God went to sleep, and the devil struck. My brothers and sisters, as I mentioned earlier, For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers in high places," he added. 

" Let me use this medium to announce to you all that never in the history of Nigeria would God allow such to happen. Listen to me; this is not because God loves Nigeria. It is not also because our security agencies have been up and doing. It is simply the children of God have been fervent in their prayers and supplications to God for his mercies and grace in Nigeria.

"We are buoyed with the fact that as members of the Unity Church and the Unity Masjid, we have played positive roles in ensuring that the forces of evil that ganged up against Nigeria were put to shame because the Bible tells us that the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous avail much. Jesus Christ also stressed its necessity in the book of Luke 18:1, when He says ‘Men ought always to pray, and not to faint'". 

Garuba, however, assured that Nigeria's diamond jubilee will usher an era of greatness like never before. 

"My brothers and sisters, I see economic boom ahead in the country after the era of COVID 19. Mark my words, the world would indeed marvel at the good news that would come out from Nigeria in no distant time," he prophesied. 

"My brothers and sisters, I have good news for you. President Muhammadu Buhari is on the seat when Nigeria is attaining this feat is an indication that God indeed loves Nigeria. As a result of this, we have the divine mandate to pray for him and his family.

"We shall pray for our beloved President for God to continue to protect him and grant him good health and a sound mind as he pilots the affairs of the country. We shall also pray for God to expose all those that have been fueling acts of terrorism across the country all in the efforts to undermine the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari. Through our prayers, we shall cause a torrent of curses on those that have been conspiring against the peace and progress of Nigeria". 

The preacher added that with prayers, Nigeria would be free from every gang-up of hell aimed at destroying this nation. 
By Dansu Peter

Ahead of Nigeria's 60th independence anniversary, the National Inter-Faith and Religious Organization for Peace (NIFROP) has commenced prayer and fasting for President Muhammadu Buhari and the entire country. 

At its meeting on Tuesday at the Unity Fountain, Abuja, the group described October 1st as a "day of convenant" which marked the end of colonial rule.

Speaking on behalf of the group, National President, Bishop Sunday Garuba said now is the best time to intercede for Nigeria as the country has remained united despite the plans of the devil and cohorts. 

"We are gathered here for a very important and serious business as usual, where we shall in one accord intercede for our dear country on the occasion of her 60th-anniversary celebrations.  The occasion of Nigeria's 60th anniversary is a great day not just in Nigeria's history but the rest of the world as the day of the covenant for the freedom of our nation from colonial rule. For 60 years, Nigeria has been through the good, bad and the ugly experiences in our collective quest for growth and sustainable development," he said. 

"My beloved in Christ, the occasion of the 60th Anniversary celebration of Nigeria is indeed a big one for us in the Unity Church and the Unity Masjid because, over the years, we have taken the success of the Nigerian project to God in our various prayers and fasting programmes.  

"We have been steadfast in our request to God for divine intervention in the affairs of Nigeria, and God has indeed been faithful to us. The book of 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 reminds us of the need to pray without ceasing. And that is why we are all gathered here again to continue our divine routine of praying and interceding on behalf of our dear country. 

"My brothers and sisters, you all would agree with me that there is no better time than now to pray for Nigeria on this auspicious occasion of her 60th anniversary. This is because, despite the plans of the devil and cohorts, Nigeria has remained united and indivisible even under significant threats to our peace and progress as a people as a country. That Nigeria has continued to wax stronger is not by our might or power, but by the grace of God that he has availed to be sufficient for us". 

Garuba recalled how " children of God" went to sleep during the country's 50th anniversary in 2010 and the "devil struck" with a bomb blast in the nation's capital. 

To avoid a repeat, the clergyman urged Nigerians to come together and pray. 

"Our memories are still fresh to Independence Day bombing in Abuja on the occasion of the 50th-anniversary celebration of Nigeria.  The children of God went to sleep, and the devil struck. My brothers and sisters, as I mentioned earlier, For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers in high places," he added. 

" Let me use this medium to announce to you all that never in the history of Nigeria would God allow such to happen. Listen to me; this is not because God loves Nigeria. It is not also because our security agencies have been up and doing. It is simply the children of God have been fervent in their prayers and supplications to God for his mercies and grace in Nigeria.

"We are buoyed with the fact that as members of the Unity Church and the Unity Masjid, we have played positive roles in ensuring that the forces of evil that ganged up against Nigeria were put to shame because the Bible tells us that the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous avail much. Jesus Christ also stressed its necessity in the book of Luke 18:1, when He says ‘Men ought always to pray, and not to faint'". 

Garuba, however, assured that Nigeria's diamond jubilee will usher an era of greatness like never before. 

"My brothers and sisters, I see economic boom ahead in the country after the era of COVID 19. Mark my words, the world would indeed marvel at the good news that would come out from Nigeria in no distant time," he prophesied. 

"My brothers and sisters, I have good news for you. President Muhammadu Buhari is on the seat when Nigeria is attaining this feat is an indication that God indeed loves Nigeria. As a result of this, we have the divine mandate to pray for him and his family.

"We shall pray for our beloved President for God to continue to protect him and grant him good health and a sound mind as he pilots the affairs of the country. We shall also pray for God to expose all those that have been fueling acts of terrorism across the country all in the efforts to undermine the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari. Through our prayers, we shall cause a torrent of curses on those that have been conspiring against the peace and progress of Nigeria". 

The preacher added that with prayers, Nigeria would be free from every gang-up of hell aimed at destroying this nation. 

Elder Statesmen counter Obasanjo, say President Buhari has recorded more landmark achievements on security than predecessors

Elder Statesmen counter Obasanjo, say President Buhari has recorded more landmark achievements on security than predecessors

By Dansu Peter

Some elder statesmen under the aegis of the Patriotic Elders Council (PEC) say President Muhammadu Buhari has surpassed his predecessors in terms of security, contrary to claims by former President, Olusegun Obasanjo.  

The group made this known in a communique issued on Tuesday and signed by Alhaji Muhammadu Ari Gwaska and Chief Simon Shango, its President and Secretary respectively after an emergency meeting in Abuja.

As part of its resolution, the elder statesmen described Obasanjo's comments describing Nigeria as a failed state as a "hoax", noting that President Buhari has stood for the country's unity and indivisibility at all times.  

While admitting that Obasanjo deserves respect based on his status, the group said his utterances unfortunately in most times is condescendingly wrong.

According to the PEC, the nation was in shambles and on the brink of collapse in terms of security prior to Buhari's emergence in 2015. 

" The state of affairs in Nigeria as inherited by President Buhari to describe it mildly were terrible, horrible and disheartening. No any other failure of leadership in the country can descend below it," the communique said in part. 

However, PEC stated that with the courage and will displayed by President Buhari, Nigeria is dramatically back from the woods.

It said the era of bombings in the North-East and the Federal Capital Territory, kidnappings in the South-South as well as an insurrection in the South-East is now forgotten. 

The PEC, therefore, commended the efforts of Mr. President on the journey so far, pleading with him never to be distracted; but keep his vision on course to deliver the nation from the ruins the likes of  Obasanjo's and his co-travellers deposited on the land. 

It, however, advised Obasanjo and others, that as elders, "they have a sacred obligation to the younger generation by striving to leave a legacy of truth and honesty". 

Read full communique below:

Chief Obasanjo is twice a former leader of Nigeria and rightly an elder statesman in Nigeria nay Africa as a whole and deserves his respect based on this status. He is always welcome to make interventions on the state of affairs in the country to serve as a guide to incumbent leaders of Nigeria. Though, sometimes Obasanjo’s utterances are right; but unfortunately, most times, he is condescendingly wrong. His latest public statement at the consultative dialogue is a perfect example of the many instances he is damn wrong and sounds unconvincing even to himself. 

Ex-President Obasanjo, more than any other Nigerian leader knows the institutionalized, intricate and complex problems of Nigeria, as the country’s democratic leader from 1999-2007. And he midwifed all the two successive administrations which came after him. The preceding administration to President Muhammadu Buhari which had a golden opportunity to arrest the socio-economic drift of the country, but disgustingly and ludicrously reneged was singularly attributable to his influence by Nigerians.

The state of affairs in Nigeria as inherited by President Buhari to describe it mildly were terrible, horrible and disheartening. No any other failure of leadership in the country can descend below it. Nigeria was suddenly plunged in mindless wastes, massive poverty, depravities, misery, overwhelming lethal insecurities, which upgraded Nigeria to the status of the   Syria of Africa. Nigeria was assailed by this mirage of afflictions in the midst of years of oil and economic boom which was rather consumed through official profligacy and politicking by elites at the expense of the masses and the prosperity of the country.

An unbiased, sensible and dispassionate former leader of the country should know President Buhari came on board the lead ship of Nigeria with virtually nothing left for him to manage the affairs of the country; while mountains of national problems were domiciled in every part of Nigeria. But undeterred, President Buhari summoned the courage to start rebuilding from the ruins and emptiness transferred to him. We have no doubt, President Buhari is adroitly rescuing the nation and no one expects that all the volley of problems should dissipate in a jiffy. But there are visible and positive signs of improvements.

Insecurity was undoubtedly the greatest problem of Nigerians. Boko Haram insurgency; armed banditry, bile, chaotic and anarchic separatists’ movements; militancy, ethnic militias, communal and sectarian clashes and farmers/herders skirmishes conspiratorially converged on Nigeria, devouring our youthful population and economic resources unrestrained.

President Buhari has insisted on the security of lives and property of all Nigerians and the respite Nigerians experience today from these insecurities is because of Mr President’s uncompromising stand on security. In fairness, the administration of Buhari has saved Nigeria from the ditch of a glaring and consuming holocaust it was plunged before his Presidency.    

Chief Obasanjo cannot contradict or deny the sacrifices the Nigerian Army has endured in order to restore peace and security to the troubled Northeast region, with the hitherto vitriolic Boko Haram insurgency ditto, armed banditry and cattle rustling in the Northwest, virulent Niger Delta militancy and all other lethal crises which overwhelmed civil security and imposed gloom and servitude on Nigerians. That there are peace and security now in the South-South and Southwest is large because of the relentless efforts of an obviously overstretched Nigerian Army.

But quite regrettably, Obasanjo has forgotten suddenly that as serving President of Nigeria, he wittingly failed to equip the military in his eight years as President. It saw the whole country and its entire military might ridicule and kowtowing to a ragtag militia group which grew into a terrible terror gang, which tormented Nigerians for years. Yet, his usual pride cannot allow Obasanjo appreciates President Buhari who is equipping the Nigerian Military; a responsibility he could not discharge.

President Buhari has never minced words in standing for unity and indivisibility of Nigeria at all times.  He has devoted his life and public service to this cause. His sermons in this regard have always centred on the oneness and unity of purpose, equal opportunities for all Nigerians regardless of political party affinities, ethnicity, religion or social affiliations. Issues of favouritism, nepotism and ethnicity are fast disappearing from the national psyche. He permits the federating units to operate their states according to their dictates and tastes in strict adherence to democratic norms and the rule of law.

No leader in Nigeria in recent times has demonstrated this inclination more than President Buhari. It is, therefore, thoughtless and completely insensitive for Obasanjo to utter or even insinuate that Nigeria is “slowly becoming a failed state or poverty capital of the world.”  In spite of meagre resources and repeated global economic recessions, the latest precipitated by the Coronavirus pandemic, the administration of President Buhari has initiated and implemented numerous poverty alleviation schemes for unemployed Nigerian youths.

The N-Power jobs, generous free-interest loans to farmers to boost agricultural activities, same to Small and Medium Scale Enterprises and the latest National Youth Fund designed to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty belies Obasanjo’s loathsome claims.

Therefore, President Buhari as the Commander -in- Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces has achieved more on security than any other leader in Africa in any country similarly troubled by insecurities even in lesser proportions than Nigeria. On the economic plane, Nigeria is on a steady path of recovery, in spite of the global meltdown in the prices of crude oil in the international market. Mr President has over the years been able to manage the country’s commonwealth prudently and judiciously in timely payments of recurrent expenditure bills as well as executing dozens of capital projects across all the geo-political zones of Nigeria simultaneously.    

The milestones have been possible because the Buhari administration’s fight against corruption is progressing steadily and spares no foe or friend or relation. Financial sanity has been restored in public governance and those who regale in looting or embezzling public resources are now conscious that there is punishment after the act when caught. These are praiseworthy strides of the government, which deserve eulogies because on it, rests the dream of Nigeria’s final redemption under the Buhari Presidency.

Nigeria is therefore on a sound footing and on the track to total recovery. Nigerians have sighted reassuring rays of hope of regaining their lost virile and strong country under President Buhari’s leadership. The detractors can expectedly spew every rubbish that defiles wisdom. But it is least expected of someone of Obasanjo’s standing; while mindful of his pretentious public posturing of being against “call for war or secession. It is deceptive and overtly runs contrary to his inner mindset, as betrayed by his inciting statements to Nigerians and Nigeria’s political leadership in the same forum.

Obasanjo kicked against the proposed Constitutional review on the flimsy excuse that it is a money-gulping activity and endless waste of resources without results. This is extremely unconscionable. Nigeria operates a Constitutional democracy, which is governed by the rule of law. And Nigerians are agitating for a review of obsolete laws or inclusion of certain aspects of prime national issues not covered in the 1999 Constitution.

It is thoughtless for a leader of Obasanjo’s status to kick against the legitimate aspirations of the masses of Nigeria and fault the government for being responsive to popular agitations or yearnings. If previous proposed Constitutional amendments failed, including the one organized by the Obasanjo Presidency, it is not a yardstick or permanent standard that no other leader of Nigeria can succeed in amending the Nigerian Constitution.

While it is acceptable to encourage dialogue among leaders and groups in the country; it is absurd to push this mutual conversation on the plank of imaginary national malaises as Obasanjo erroneously pontificated at the forum by instigating discussion on “death, destruction, debt, disease, deceit, disbelief, disenchantment, doubt and suspicion around.” This is the height of dishonesty and veiled incitement of the people. These leaders are not bothered because they are aware of the concoctions by Obasanjo as his mischievous ways of ventilating personal grievances against the government for being sidelined.   

PEC wholeheartedly commends the efforts of Mr. President on the journey so far and plead with him never to be distracted, but keep his efforts on course to deliver the nation from the ruins likes of  Obasanjo's and co-travellers deposited on the land.

Lastly, let us advise Obasanjo that as elders, they have a sacred obligation to the younger generation by striving to leave a legacy of truth and honesty. This is exactly what President Buhari is rightly doing and even though, many persons including members of this group had disagreed with him  in the past; but  it is not worth the hoax,  lies and falsehood that Obasanjo is peddling or wants the world to believe.
By Dansu Peter

Some elder statesmen under the aegis of the Patriotic Elders Council (PEC) say President Muhammadu Buhari has surpassed his predecessors in terms of security, contrary to claims by former President, Olusegun Obasanjo.  

The group made this known in a communique issued on Tuesday and signed by Alhaji Muhammadu Ari Gwaska and Chief Simon Shango, its President and Secretary respectively after an emergency meeting in Abuja.

As part of its resolution, the elder statesmen described Obasanjo's comments describing Nigeria as a failed state as a "hoax", noting that President Buhari has stood for the country's unity and indivisibility at all times.  

While admitting that Obasanjo deserves respect based on his status, the group said his utterances unfortunately in most times is condescendingly wrong.

According to the PEC, the nation was in shambles and on the brink of collapse in terms of security prior to Buhari's emergence in 2015. 

" The state of affairs in Nigeria as inherited by President Buhari to describe it mildly were terrible, horrible and disheartening. No any other failure of leadership in the country can descend below it," the communique said in part. 

However, PEC stated that with the courage and will displayed by President Buhari, Nigeria is dramatically back from the woods.

It said the era of bombings in the North-East and the Federal Capital Territory, kidnappings in the South-South as well as an insurrection in the South-East is now forgotten. 

The PEC, therefore, commended the efforts of Mr. President on the journey so far, pleading with him never to be distracted; but keep his vision on course to deliver the nation from the ruins the likes of  Obasanjo's and his co-travellers deposited on the land. 

It, however, advised Obasanjo and others, that as elders, "they have a sacred obligation to the younger generation by striving to leave a legacy of truth and honesty". 

Read full communique below:

Chief Obasanjo is twice a former leader of Nigeria and rightly an elder statesman in Nigeria nay Africa as a whole and deserves his respect based on this status. He is always welcome to make interventions on the state of affairs in the country to serve as a guide to incumbent leaders of Nigeria. Though, sometimes Obasanjo’s utterances are right; but unfortunately, most times, he is condescendingly wrong. His latest public statement at the consultative dialogue is a perfect example of the many instances he is damn wrong and sounds unconvincing even to himself. 

Ex-President Obasanjo, more than any other Nigerian leader knows the institutionalized, intricate and complex problems of Nigeria, as the country’s democratic leader from 1999-2007. And he midwifed all the two successive administrations which came after him. The preceding administration to President Muhammadu Buhari which had a golden opportunity to arrest the socio-economic drift of the country, but disgustingly and ludicrously reneged was singularly attributable to his influence by Nigerians.

The state of affairs in Nigeria as inherited by President Buhari to describe it mildly were terrible, horrible and disheartening. No any other failure of leadership in the country can descend below it. Nigeria was suddenly plunged in mindless wastes, massive poverty, depravities, misery, overwhelming lethal insecurities, which upgraded Nigeria to the status of the   Syria of Africa. Nigeria was assailed by this mirage of afflictions in the midst of years of oil and economic boom which was rather consumed through official profligacy and politicking by elites at the expense of the masses and the prosperity of the country.

An unbiased, sensible and dispassionate former leader of the country should know President Buhari came on board the lead ship of Nigeria with virtually nothing left for him to manage the affairs of the country; while mountains of national problems were domiciled in every part of Nigeria. But undeterred, President Buhari summoned the courage to start rebuilding from the ruins and emptiness transferred to him. We have no doubt, President Buhari is adroitly rescuing the nation and no one expects that all the volley of problems should dissipate in a jiffy. But there are visible and positive signs of improvements.

Insecurity was undoubtedly the greatest problem of Nigerians. Boko Haram insurgency; armed banditry, bile, chaotic and anarchic separatists’ movements; militancy, ethnic militias, communal and sectarian clashes and farmers/herders skirmishes conspiratorially converged on Nigeria, devouring our youthful population and economic resources unrestrained.

President Buhari has insisted on the security of lives and property of all Nigerians and the respite Nigerians experience today from these insecurities is because of Mr President’s uncompromising stand on security. In fairness, the administration of Buhari has saved Nigeria from the ditch of a glaring and consuming holocaust it was plunged before his Presidency.    

Chief Obasanjo cannot contradict or deny the sacrifices the Nigerian Army has endured in order to restore peace and security to the troubled Northeast region, with the hitherto vitriolic Boko Haram insurgency ditto, armed banditry and cattle rustling in the Northwest, virulent Niger Delta militancy and all other lethal crises which overwhelmed civil security and imposed gloom and servitude on Nigerians. That there are peace and security now in the South-South and Southwest is large because of the relentless efforts of an obviously overstretched Nigerian Army.

But quite regrettably, Obasanjo has forgotten suddenly that as serving President of Nigeria, he wittingly failed to equip the military in his eight years as President. It saw the whole country and its entire military might ridicule and kowtowing to a ragtag militia group which grew into a terrible terror gang, which tormented Nigerians for years. Yet, his usual pride cannot allow Obasanjo appreciates President Buhari who is equipping the Nigerian Military; a responsibility he could not discharge.

President Buhari has never minced words in standing for unity and indivisibility of Nigeria at all times.  He has devoted his life and public service to this cause. His sermons in this regard have always centred on the oneness and unity of purpose, equal opportunities for all Nigerians regardless of political party affinities, ethnicity, religion or social affiliations. Issues of favouritism, nepotism and ethnicity are fast disappearing from the national psyche. He permits the federating units to operate their states according to their dictates and tastes in strict adherence to democratic norms and the rule of law.

No leader in Nigeria in recent times has demonstrated this inclination more than President Buhari. It is, therefore, thoughtless and completely insensitive for Obasanjo to utter or even insinuate that Nigeria is “slowly becoming a failed state or poverty capital of the world.”  In spite of meagre resources and repeated global economic recessions, the latest precipitated by the Coronavirus pandemic, the administration of President Buhari has initiated and implemented numerous poverty alleviation schemes for unemployed Nigerian youths.

The N-Power jobs, generous free-interest loans to farmers to boost agricultural activities, same to Small and Medium Scale Enterprises and the latest National Youth Fund designed to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty belies Obasanjo’s loathsome claims.

Therefore, President Buhari as the Commander -in- Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces has achieved more on security than any other leader in Africa in any country similarly troubled by insecurities even in lesser proportions than Nigeria. On the economic plane, Nigeria is on a steady path of recovery, in spite of the global meltdown in the prices of crude oil in the international market. Mr President has over the years been able to manage the country’s commonwealth prudently and judiciously in timely payments of recurrent expenditure bills as well as executing dozens of capital projects across all the geo-political zones of Nigeria simultaneously.    

The milestones have been possible because the Buhari administration’s fight against corruption is progressing steadily and spares no foe or friend or relation. Financial sanity has been restored in public governance and those who regale in looting or embezzling public resources are now conscious that there is punishment after the act when caught. These are praiseworthy strides of the government, which deserve eulogies because on it, rests the dream of Nigeria’s final redemption under the Buhari Presidency.

Nigeria is therefore on a sound footing and on the track to total recovery. Nigerians have sighted reassuring rays of hope of regaining their lost virile and strong country under President Buhari’s leadership. The detractors can expectedly spew every rubbish that defiles wisdom. But it is least expected of someone of Obasanjo’s standing; while mindful of his pretentious public posturing of being against “call for war or secession. It is deceptive and overtly runs contrary to his inner mindset, as betrayed by his inciting statements to Nigerians and Nigeria’s political leadership in the same forum.

Obasanjo kicked against the proposed Constitutional review on the flimsy excuse that it is a money-gulping activity and endless waste of resources without results. This is extremely unconscionable. Nigeria operates a Constitutional democracy, which is governed by the rule of law. And Nigerians are agitating for a review of obsolete laws or inclusion of certain aspects of prime national issues not covered in the 1999 Constitution.

It is thoughtless for a leader of Obasanjo’s status to kick against the legitimate aspirations of the masses of Nigeria and fault the government for being responsive to popular agitations or yearnings. If previous proposed Constitutional amendments failed, including the one organized by the Obasanjo Presidency, it is not a yardstick or permanent standard that no other leader of Nigeria can succeed in amending the Nigerian Constitution.

While it is acceptable to encourage dialogue among leaders and groups in the country; it is absurd to push this mutual conversation on the plank of imaginary national malaises as Obasanjo erroneously pontificated at the forum by instigating discussion on “death, destruction, debt, disease, deceit, disbelief, disenchantment, doubt and suspicion around.” This is the height of dishonesty and veiled incitement of the people. These leaders are not bothered because they are aware of the concoctions by Obasanjo as his mischievous ways of ventilating personal grievances against the government for being sidelined.   

PEC wholeheartedly commends the efforts of Mr. President on the journey so far and plead with him never to be distracted, but keep his efforts on course to deliver the nation from the ruins likes of  Obasanjo's and co-travellers deposited on the land.

Lastly, let us advise Obasanjo that as elders, they have a sacred obligation to the younger generation by striving to leave a legacy of truth and honesty. This is exactly what President Buhari is rightly doing and even though, many persons including members of this group had disagreed with him  in the past; but  it is not worth the hoax,  lies and falsehood that Obasanjo is peddling or wants the world to believe.

Stay safe - Sesi Whingan urges students at schools' resumption as his Foundation distributes facemasks

Stay safe - Sesi Whingan urges students at schools' resumption as his Foundation distributes facemasks

By Dansu Peter,

Mr. Sesi OluwaseunWhingan, the founder, Sesi Whingan Foundation


The founder of Sesi Whingan Foundation, Mr. Sesi Oluwaseun Whingan has urged students across Badagry to ensure they stay safe and take responsibility to prevent further spread of  the global pandemic, the covid-19 as schools have reopened for a new academic calendar in Lagos State

The  young philanthropist made the call in a Press Statement made available to News Proof on the 22nd September 2020. This is as his foundation, the Sesi Whingan Foundation also distributed over 1000 facemasks to students and teachers of some secondary school in Badagry. 

The generous young business mugul urged students, teachers and other staff in various schools across Badagry to ensure they maintain social distancing, regular hands watching and using of facemasks within and outside the school premises as a measure to limit the spread of Covid-19. 

He said; "we're are glad the pandemic is gradually fading off, but that is not to say we should not continue to observe and maintain social distancing, regular hands watching and usage of facemasks, as the fight against coronavirus still lingers on. As you do these, I also urge you to study harder to attain academic excellence", the statement read in part.

Meanwhile, his foundation, the Sesi Whingan Foundation has distributed over 1000 facemasks to students, teachers and other members of the none academic staff in Ikoga Junior and Senior secondary Schools in Badagry. The distribution is part of the foundation's contribution to the fight to eliminate the spread of Covid-19 in the area. 

The distribution led by one of the foundation's pioneer leader, Prince Awhanbe Jesuyon Sunday, was also done with public enlightenment. Students, teachers and others within the schools were urged to take responsibility by maintaining social distancing, regular hands watching or usage of hand sanitizer, and facemasks wearing.

Some photos during the distribution of the facemasks


By Dansu Peter,

Mr. Sesi OluwaseunWhingan, the founder, Sesi Whingan Foundation


The founder of Sesi Whingan Foundation, Mr. Sesi Oluwaseun Whingan has urged students across Badagry to ensure they stay safe and take responsibility to prevent further spread of  the global pandemic, the covid-19 as schools have reopened for a new academic calendar in Lagos State

The  young philanthropist made the call in a Press Statement made available to News Proof on the 22nd September 2020. This is as his foundation, the Sesi Whingan Foundation also distributed over 1000 facemasks to students and teachers of some secondary school in Badagry. 

The generous young business mugul urged students, teachers and other staff in various schools across Badagry to ensure they maintain social distancing, regular hands watching and using of facemasks within and outside the school premises as a measure to limit the spread of Covid-19. 

He said; "we're are glad the pandemic is gradually fading off, but that is not to say we should not continue to observe and maintain social distancing, regular hands watching and usage of facemasks, as the fight against coronavirus still lingers on. As you do these, I also urge you to study harder to attain academic excellence", the statement read in part.

Meanwhile, his foundation, the Sesi Whingan Foundation has distributed over 1000 facemasks to students, teachers and other members of the none academic staff in Ikoga Junior and Senior secondary Schools in Badagry. The distribution is part of the foundation's contribution to the fight to eliminate the spread of Covid-19 in the area. 

The distribution led by one of the foundation's pioneer leader, Prince Awhanbe Jesuyon Sunday, was also done with public enlightenment. Students, teachers and others within the schools were urged to take responsibility by maintaining social distancing, regular hands watching or usage of hand sanitizer, and facemasks wearing.

Some photos during the distribution of the facemasks


Re: Lt. Gen. Akinrinade (rtd): A stakeholder who missed the path, Simon Shango

Re: Lt. Gen. Akinrinade (rtd): A stakeholder who missed the path, Simon Shango

By Simon Shango 

The Nigerian media buzzed with news of the visit of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. TY Buratai on Monday 14th September 2020 to the home State of his senior and retired colleague, Gen. Gen. Alani Akinrinade, Osun. 

The former COAS had a privilege, courtesy of the invitation extended to him by the Osun State Governor, to speak at a banquet dinner in honour of his visiting predecessor to Osun State, which took place at the Osun State Govt House Banquet Hall.

My heart gladdened at this development in the sense that while overtly, the visit to the State was to commission projects executed by the Nigerian Army under its plank of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); underneath that chanced meeting, lied the window of the COAS interacting with his senior colleague to tap from his rich treasure of experience as the former COAS and later Chief of Defence Staff under the Shagari Presidency in the 1980s.  

However, media accounts of the speech of Gen. Akinirinade (rtd) reported verbatim left me with a sour taste in the mouth. It contained somewhat “abominable” utterances which undermined his status as an elder statesman, the office of the President of Nigeria, and even his guest, Gen. Buratai. I found his remarks and message to Mr. President extremely distasteful by the sheer misrepresentations and misplacements of existing facts.

Let me admit ab initio that as peers and people within the same age, who are now regarded as elders, I will be unfair to discuss such sensitive issues publicly. But when it becomes a public document like his speech, it is only wise that I respond to Gen. Akinrinade in the same manner and fashion he ventilated his opinions because he politicized the issues by my judgment.

It was my utmost conviction that Gen. Akinrinade (rtd) having climbed steadily through the ranks in the military to become a Lieutenant General, one expected him to have acted better while commenting on a sensitive matter as the security challenges facing the country. He, however, disappointed me and I believe many other Nigerians. First, the retired General should have sought to discuss these issues in private, rather than making it public.

As an elder, a former colleague of Mr. President in the Nigerian Army and stakeholder in the Nigerian project, there is no way President Buhari wouldn’t have granted Gen. Akinrinade a private audience. President Buhari is a listening President, who respects every elder in the country and even the ordinary Nigerian knows this. The outcome of a private visit would have gone a long way in complementing the enormous successes Buhari has recorded in the fight against insecurities in the country. His assertions on the security situation in the country are misleading and they do not portray him as someone very knowledgeable on the subject matter.

It is unfortunate that Gen. Akinrinade easily bought into the cheap propaganda that the President is a sectional leader who promotes the agenda for a takeover of Nigeria by his Fulani tribe as disseminated by the opposition and his detractors. As an elder statesman, Akinrinade should be at the forefront of championing for a Nigeria that is devoid of division. His age and experience should play a part to convince the younger generation that no President can put his immediate tribe above the collective good of the nation. It is rather unfortunate that he has enlisted into the league of those spreading hate against the President’s tribe.

The former Defence Chief has forgotten that the issue of herdsmen and farmers predates the Buhari administration. As the President and Commander-in-Chief, Buhari has accorded appropriate priority in this regard by putting measures in place to curtail the excesses of the herdsmen on farmers.

For instance, in 2018, the Defence Headquarters kicked off “Exercise Ayem A Akpatema” (cat race) phases I, II and now III; which is operating alongside “Operation Whirl Stroke” (OPWS) in the Middle Belt. It features a Joint Military Intervention Force (JMIF), comprising Regular and Special Forces personnel from the Army, Air Force and Navy, and working in collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Security (DSS), and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC).

The main aim of these Military operations is to counter armed herdsmen and militia groups operating especially around Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba and Plateau States and environs.  These operations have been very successful in restoring calm to its areas of coverage. The Governors of these states have testified to its workability at different times. And with the successes recorded by these operations, it will be unfair for anyone to say the President does not interfere in curbing the brigandage of the Fulani herdsmen.

Again, Gen. Akinrinade said that the President has performed woefully in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency. But we all were aware when Boko Haram was infiltrating all the nook and crannies of this country prior to Buhari’s emergence as the President and even making ingress into Southern Nigeria.  Markets were not safe, neither were schools and churches. As the Centre of attraction, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, was not safe also for anyone. It is a statement of fact that bombs were exploding everywhere in this country prior to President Buhari’s emergence as Nigeria’s democratic leader.

The fight against Boko Haram and other forms of criminalities have received priority attention under the Buhari administration and the men and women of the Armed Forces of Nigeria have considerably downgraded similar threats across all geo-political zones. In fact, all the Local Governments and territories that were hitherto taken over by the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states have long been recovered and are now occupied by displaced indigenes of these areas who were hitherto forced to seek a living in areas far from their ancestral homes.

More than a million displaced persons have returned to their homes and communities across the Northeast, since 2016. Thousands of hostages have been freed from Boko Haram captivity, including the majority of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted in April 2014, and 105 of the Dapchi Girls abducted in February 2018.

I think, with these efforts, history will always smile on President Buhari. And people like Gen. Akinrinade, who have chosen to be economical with the truth need to rather support the President to do more, since securing the nation is a collective effort and does not rest with one man.

Gen. Akinrinade also raised the issue of the President’s appointments not reflecting the heterogeneous composition of our country, Nigeria. What the General fails to comprehend is that President Buhari has never refused to honour the constitutional requirement to appoint people across the country in his government. But be that as it may, every President would prefer to appoint people that he/she would work closely with based on their competence, loyalty and trustworthiness, and not their ethnicity or religion. And the president has not hidden this fact. Moreover, all the actions and inactions of the administration will be solely placed on him after his tenure.

Gen. Akinrinade sounded sarcastic as if much is not done on the welfare of the security personnel. But credit must also be given to President Buhari for taking the interest of the military and other security agencies seriously. We are all aware of how the previous government diverted monies meant for the purchase of arms and the welfare of our security for personal use.
The Buhari administration has not only made sure that our security agencies have enough arms to fight terrorism and other forms of criminality, the government has approved and implemented new salary packages for the Military and Police. It has similarly, established a Nigerian Police Trust Fund as a public-private sector vehicle for alternative sources of funding security activities. This has gone a long way to motivate our security personnel to put in their best.

Above all, though, the request by Gen. Akinrinade to the COAS for more projects in Osun states is most baffling. May I kindly remind him that the Nigerian Army is not a projects development and execution agency. It is only Gen. Buratai’s leadership foresight and feeling for humanity that has introduced CSR projects from the Army’s meagre resources.

Again, agitations for succession as alleged by the retired General, have been with us in this country for a long time and this cannot be placed on the doorsteps of President Buhari. I am sure that Gen. Akninrinade knows this. As far as I am concerned, the President has done his best to keep the country as one.

Looking at the motley of problems he inherited, there are obvious signs that the country is heading towards the right direction. Statesmen like Gen. Akinrinade needs to seek the private attention of the President and offer genuine suggestions and advise; not by playing to the gallery or swimming in currents of politics like others.   

Again, with all the noise and allegations that the President does not support the restructuring of the country, people like Gen. Akinrinade have suddenly forgotten that President Buhari and his party, the APC included devolution of power, true federalism in their manifesto. The party constituted a restructuring committee in 2019, headed by the Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai. That committee has submitted its report to the party caucus which the President is a member. The President too endorsed the outcome. 

But one thing people have failed to understand is that restructuring lies with the National Assembly. The President is not a military dictator; he cannot change anything by decree. Sovereignty in Nigeria now is vested in the National Assembly. Before restructuring can take place, there must be an act of the National Assembly to create that referendum. It is not the President that would do it by fiat or by Executive Order. It must go through the National Assembly. But already some Southerners like former President Olusegun Obasanjo are already kicking against the idea of the proposed constitutional amendment.

Let me again touch on the issue of herders/farmers clashes. The allegations that farmers have been forced to abandon their farms as a result of insecurity and as such famine is imminent is totally false because most of our displaced people have returned to their farms as a result of the stability in the security of the country.
More Nigerians have taken advantage of the opportunity in the agri-business sector initiative put in place by the government through the food security initiative, where the government is promoting “Grow What We Eat" and “Eat What We Grow." The CBN Anchor Borrowers Programme and other similar schemes have rather attracted more farmers. With these initiatives and bumper harvests that we have experienced from the previous years, Nigeria cannot be borrowing grains from neighbouring ECOWAS countries as the retired General alleged. Akinrinade should know better.

Chief Shango is a veteran journalist and wrote from Abuja.
By Simon Shango 

The Nigerian media buzzed with news of the visit of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. TY Buratai on Monday 14th September 2020 to the home State of his senior and retired colleague, Gen. Gen. Alani Akinrinade, Osun. 

The former COAS had a privilege, courtesy of the invitation extended to him by the Osun State Governor, to speak at a banquet dinner in honour of his visiting predecessor to Osun State, which took place at the Osun State Govt House Banquet Hall.

My heart gladdened at this development in the sense that while overtly, the visit to the State was to commission projects executed by the Nigerian Army under its plank of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); underneath that chanced meeting, lied the window of the COAS interacting with his senior colleague to tap from his rich treasure of experience as the former COAS and later Chief of Defence Staff under the Shagari Presidency in the 1980s.  

However, media accounts of the speech of Gen. Akinirinade (rtd) reported verbatim left me with a sour taste in the mouth. It contained somewhat “abominable” utterances which undermined his status as an elder statesman, the office of the President of Nigeria, and even his guest, Gen. Buratai. I found his remarks and message to Mr. President extremely distasteful by the sheer misrepresentations and misplacements of existing facts.

Let me admit ab initio that as peers and people within the same age, who are now regarded as elders, I will be unfair to discuss such sensitive issues publicly. But when it becomes a public document like his speech, it is only wise that I respond to Gen. Akinrinade in the same manner and fashion he ventilated his opinions because he politicized the issues by my judgment.

It was my utmost conviction that Gen. Akinrinade (rtd) having climbed steadily through the ranks in the military to become a Lieutenant General, one expected him to have acted better while commenting on a sensitive matter as the security challenges facing the country. He, however, disappointed me and I believe many other Nigerians. First, the retired General should have sought to discuss these issues in private, rather than making it public.

As an elder, a former colleague of Mr. President in the Nigerian Army and stakeholder in the Nigerian project, there is no way President Buhari wouldn’t have granted Gen. Akinrinade a private audience. President Buhari is a listening President, who respects every elder in the country and even the ordinary Nigerian knows this. The outcome of a private visit would have gone a long way in complementing the enormous successes Buhari has recorded in the fight against insecurities in the country. His assertions on the security situation in the country are misleading and they do not portray him as someone very knowledgeable on the subject matter.

It is unfortunate that Gen. Akinrinade easily bought into the cheap propaganda that the President is a sectional leader who promotes the agenda for a takeover of Nigeria by his Fulani tribe as disseminated by the opposition and his detractors. As an elder statesman, Akinrinade should be at the forefront of championing for a Nigeria that is devoid of division. His age and experience should play a part to convince the younger generation that no President can put his immediate tribe above the collective good of the nation. It is rather unfortunate that he has enlisted into the league of those spreading hate against the President’s tribe.

The former Defence Chief has forgotten that the issue of herdsmen and farmers predates the Buhari administration. As the President and Commander-in-Chief, Buhari has accorded appropriate priority in this regard by putting measures in place to curtail the excesses of the herdsmen on farmers.

For instance, in 2018, the Defence Headquarters kicked off “Exercise Ayem A Akpatema” (cat race) phases I, II and now III; which is operating alongside “Operation Whirl Stroke” (OPWS) in the Middle Belt. It features a Joint Military Intervention Force (JMIF), comprising Regular and Special Forces personnel from the Army, Air Force and Navy, and working in collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Security (DSS), and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC).

The main aim of these Military operations is to counter armed herdsmen and militia groups operating especially around Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba and Plateau States and environs.  These operations have been very successful in restoring calm to its areas of coverage. The Governors of these states have testified to its workability at different times. And with the successes recorded by these operations, it will be unfair for anyone to say the President does not interfere in curbing the brigandage of the Fulani herdsmen.

Again, Gen. Akinrinade said that the President has performed woefully in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency. But we all were aware when Boko Haram was infiltrating all the nook and crannies of this country prior to Buhari’s emergence as the President and even making ingress into Southern Nigeria.  Markets were not safe, neither were schools and churches. As the Centre of attraction, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, was not safe also for anyone. It is a statement of fact that bombs were exploding everywhere in this country prior to President Buhari’s emergence as Nigeria’s democratic leader.

The fight against Boko Haram and other forms of criminalities have received priority attention under the Buhari administration and the men and women of the Armed Forces of Nigeria have considerably downgraded similar threats across all geo-political zones. In fact, all the Local Governments and territories that were hitherto taken over by the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states have long been recovered and are now occupied by displaced indigenes of these areas who were hitherto forced to seek a living in areas far from their ancestral homes.

More than a million displaced persons have returned to their homes and communities across the Northeast, since 2016. Thousands of hostages have been freed from Boko Haram captivity, including the majority of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted in April 2014, and 105 of the Dapchi Girls abducted in February 2018.

I think, with these efforts, history will always smile on President Buhari. And people like Gen. Akinrinade, who have chosen to be economical with the truth need to rather support the President to do more, since securing the nation is a collective effort and does not rest with one man.

Gen. Akinrinade also raised the issue of the President’s appointments not reflecting the heterogeneous composition of our country, Nigeria. What the General fails to comprehend is that President Buhari has never refused to honour the constitutional requirement to appoint people across the country in his government. But be that as it may, every President would prefer to appoint people that he/she would work closely with based on their competence, loyalty and trustworthiness, and not their ethnicity or religion. And the president has not hidden this fact. Moreover, all the actions and inactions of the administration will be solely placed on him after his tenure.

Gen. Akinrinade sounded sarcastic as if much is not done on the welfare of the security personnel. But credit must also be given to President Buhari for taking the interest of the military and other security agencies seriously. We are all aware of how the previous government diverted monies meant for the purchase of arms and the welfare of our security for personal use.
The Buhari administration has not only made sure that our security agencies have enough arms to fight terrorism and other forms of criminality, the government has approved and implemented new salary packages for the Military and Police. It has similarly, established a Nigerian Police Trust Fund as a public-private sector vehicle for alternative sources of funding security activities. This has gone a long way to motivate our security personnel to put in their best.

Above all, though, the request by Gen. Akinrinade to the COAS for more projects in Osun states is most baffling. May I kindly remind him that the Nigerian Army is not a projects development and execution agency. It is only Gen. Buratai’s leadership foresight and feeling for humanity that has introduced CSR projects from the Army’s meagre resources.

Again, agitations for succession as alleged by the retired General, have been with us in this country for a long time and this cannot be placed on the doorsteps of President Buhari. I am sure that Gen. Akninrinade knows this. As far as I am concerned, the President has done his best to keep the country as one.

Looking at the motley of problems he inherited, there are obvious signs that the country is heading towards the right direction. Statesmen like Gen. Akinrinade needs to seek the private attention of the President and offer genuine suggestions and advise; not by playing to the gallery or swimming in currents of politics like others.   

Again, with all the noise and allegations that the President does not support the restructuring of the country, people like Gen. Akinrinade have suddenly forgotten that President Buhari and his party, the APC included devolution of power, true federalism in their manifesto. The party constituted a restructuring committee in 2019, headed by the Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai. That committee has submitted its report to the party caucus which the President is a member. The President too endorsed the outcome. 

But one thing people have failed to understand is that restructuring lies with the National Assembly. The President is not a military dictator; he cannot change anything by decree. Sovereignty in Nigeria now is vested in the National Assembly. Before restructuring can take place, there must be an act of the National Assembly to create that referendum. It is not the President that would do it by fiat or by Executive Order. It must go through the National Assembly. But already some Southerners like former President Olusegun Obasanjo are already kicking against the idea of the proposed constitutional amendment.

Let me again touch on the issue of herders/farmers clashes. The allegations that farmers have been forced to abandon their farms as a result of insecurity and as such famine is imminent is totally false because most of our displaced people have returned to their farms as a result of the stability in the security of the country.
More Nigerians have taken advantage of the opportunity in the agri-business sector initiative put in place by the government through the food security initiative, where the government is promoting “Grow What We Eat" and “Eat What We Grow." The CBN Anchor Borrowers Programme and other similar schemes have rather attracted more farmers. With these initiatives and bumper harvests that we have experienced from the previous years, Nigeria cannot be borrowing grains from neighbouring ECOWAS countries as the retired General alleged. Akinrinade should know better.

Chief Shango is a veteran journalist and wrote from Abuja.

Just In: They think we're gods - Tinubu breaks silence on Edo election defeat

Just In: They think we're gods - Tinubu breaks silence on Edo election defeat

By News Proof

The following statement was credited to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of All Progressives Congress, APC on the Saturday's governorship election in Edo State.

It was shared on Facebook by Adeboye Adebayo, a die-hard supporter of Tinubu.

The APC was defeated by the PDP.

"We should enjoy and take pleasure from our defeats as much as we take from our victories.

The extent and length they go to see us down shows how great we are.

Our defeats should be a lesson that we are not gods, that we are but men.

That we are mortals who suffer from set backs, betrayals... But if our fellow men see us as gods and celebrate our defeats like they've defeated gods, then surely we must be close to being gods.

They seek schadenfreude at our shrine but we only have to give, exactly what they hate us for.



By News Proof

The following statement was credited to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of All Progressives Congress, APC on the Saturday's governorship election in Edo State.

It was shared on Facebook by Adeboye Adebayo, a die-hard supporter of Tinubu.

The APC was defeated by the PDP.

"We should enjoy and take pleasure from our defeats as much as we take from our victories.

The extent and length they go to see us down shows how great we are.

Our defeats should be a lesson that we are not gods, that we are but men.

That we are mortals who suffer from set backs, betrayals... But if our fellow men see us as gods and celebrate our defeats like they've defeated gods, then surely we must be close to being gods.

They seek schadenfreude at our shrine but we only have to give, exactly what they hate us for.



Edo: Independent observers laud Nigerian Army, others over peaceful conduct of poll

Edo: Independent observers laud Nigerian Army, others over peaceful conduct of poll

By Dansu Peter 

A group of independent observers at the just concluded Edo State Governorship election has described the Nigerian Army and other security operatives as "worthy partners of democracy" over the peaceful conduct of the exercise. 

The Independent Election Monitoring Observers, consisting of civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations and the media said the presence of "professional" troops played a vital role in the entire success.
 
In what is adjudged as the most peaceful and transparent election, Governor Godwin Obaseki emerged victoriously despite contesting on the platform of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
 
Mr Obaseki clinched victory with 307,955 votes ahead of the All Progressives Congress' Osagie Ize-Iyamu who garnered 223,619.

In its interim report signed by Head of Mission, Dr Abubakar Gana and released on Sunday after the poll, the team hailed the Army for thwarting ballot box snatching, political intimidation and vote-buying.

It said an election that was tipped to be marred by electoral violence was indeed peaceful as the various security agencies rose to the occasion. 

"The team of observers indeed monitored the security arrangement in the various local government areas of the state and wishes to state that the various security agencies deployed to ensure law and order were indeed professional in their conduct," the report reads in part. 

"The conduct of the Nigerian Army was indeed exceptional as the troop’s deployed in Edo state maintained close contact with the civil police and other paramilitary agencies that had a direct interface with the electoral process.

"It was observed that there was a strong presence of Army personnel at strategic places in the state, especially areas considered as hotspots. This indeed ensured that incidences of ballot box snatching, political intimidation and vote-buying were not experienced. 

"The situation throughout the elections was indeed very peaceful, but for a few areas where incidences of vote-buying and violence were experienced. However, the Nigerian Army personnel were able to respond to the issues in a timely fashion which indeed saved the day and prevented a further escalation of violence in these areas. 

"The conduct of the gubernatorial elections in Edo State can be termed successful due to the efforts of the security agencies that ensured that activities of political thugs were adequately addressed. 

"The Nigerian Army indeed proved to be worthy partners in our democratic experience by standing on the side of democracy by ensuring that it didn’t take sides with any political party or group throughout the period of the conduct of the elections.
 
"It is thus our considered opinion that whoever emerges winner or loser in the elections should extend their commendation to the Nigerian Army and other security agencies for its display of professionalism in the protection of the people and democracy in Nigeria and creating the enabling environment for the people to express their constitutional rights freely". 

The observers, however, urged the Federal Government to initiate policies that would empower the Nigerian Army to coordinate and supervise electoral processes in Nigeria. 

It added that the "leadership of the Nigerian Army, as well as other security agencies, must continue to inculcate discipline and professionalism on its personnel deployed for special operations such as the preservation of law and order during elections across the country".

The group also urged various political actors must see the security agencies as partners in progress and desist from attempting to offer any form of inducements that would undermine the electoral processes in Nigeria.
By Dansu Peter 

A group of independent observers at the just concluded Edo State Governorship election has described the Nigerian Army and other security operatives as "worthy partners of democracy" over the peaceful conduct of the exercise. 

The Independent Election Monitoring Observers, consisting of civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations and the media said the presence of "professional" troops played a vital role in the entire success.
 
In what is adjudged as the most peaceful and transparent election, Governor Godwin Obaseki emerged victoriously despite contesting on the platform of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
 
Mr Obaseki clinched victory with 307,955 votes ahead of the All Progressives Congress' Osagie Ize-Iyamu who garnered 223,619.

In its interim report signed by Head of Mission, Dr Abubakar Gana and released on Sunday after the poll, the team hailed the Army for thwarting ballot box snatching, political intimidation and vote-buying.

It said an election that was tipped to be marred by electoral violence was indeed peaceful as the various security agencies rose to the occasion. 

"The team of observers indeed monitored the security arrangement in the various local government areas of the state and wishes to state that the various security agencies deployed to ensure law and order were indeed professional in their conduct," the report reads in part. 

"The conduct of the Nigerian Army was indeed exceptional as the troop’s deployed in Edo state maintained close contact with the civil police and other paramilitary agencies that had a direct interface with the electoral process.

"It was observed that there was a strong presence of Army personnel at strategic places in the state, especially areas considered as hotspots. This indeed ensured that incidences of ballot box snatching, political intimidation and vote-buying were not experienced. 

"The situation throughout the elections was indeed very peaceful, but for a few areas where incidences of vote-buying and violence were experienced. However, the Nigerian Army personnel were able to respond to the issues in a timely fashion which indeed saved the day and prevented a further escalation of violence in these areas. 

"The conduct of the gubernatorial elections in Edo State can be termed successful due to the efforts of the security agencies that ensured that activities of political thugs were adequately addressed. 

"The Nigerian Army indeed proved to be worthy partners in our democratic experience by standing on the side of democracy by ensuring that it didn’t take sides with any political party or group throughout the period of the conduct of the elections.
 
"It is thus our considered opinion that whoever emerges winner or loser in the elections should extend their commendation to the Nigerian Army and other security agencies for its display of professionalism in the protection of the people and democracy in Nigeria and creating the enabling environment for the people to express their constitutional rights freely". 

The observers, however, urged the Federal Government to initiate policies that would empower the Nigerian Army to coordinate and supervise electoral processes in Nigeria. 

It added that the "leadership of the Nigerian Army, as well as other security agencies, must continue to inculcate discipline and professionalism on its personnel deployed for special operations such as the preservation of law and order during elections across the country".

The group also urged various political actors must see the security agencies as partners in progress and desist from attempting to offer any form of inducements that would undermine the electoral processes in Nigeria.

Zamfara: Between a Lover of Peace and Its Enemies, By Sani Mafara

Zamfara: Between a Lover of Peace and Its Enemies, By Sani Mafara

By Sani Mafara

Prior to May 2019 when Bello Matawalle assumed office as governor of Zamfara State, the northwestern state was under a seemingly endless siege. The state was a typical killing field, a boiling cauldron of bloodthirsty bandits and notorious kidnappers. Cattle rustlers and dare-devil miscreants were ruling over swathes of land with security forces battling tooth and nail to stop them. But since Matawalle took the seat of power in the state capital Gusau, the state has steadily experienced a new lease of life. A territory that was once awash with insecurity, where life was almost perpetually “nasty, brutish and short,” is now delightfully turning into a haven of peace and tranquility with everybody going about their normal duties. A lot of dislodged villagers are back in their homes and farmers chased out of their farms are about harvesting this year's yield in peace. 


The amiable governor, fortified by his bravery, also leveraged on his four-year experience as chairman of the House Committee on Security and Intelligence to ensure that the security challenge in his state is considerably addressed to the point of total success. His many strategies, which does not preclude the carrot and stick approach, are yielding expected results. Gradually, voluntarily, bandits  repent, giving themselves up, releasing hundreds of captives and turning in sophisticated weapons in exchange for pardon and most likely rehabilitation. 


In addition to this rare occurrence, hundreds of locally made weapons are being retrieved from the Yan-sa-kai, a local militia group whose destructive activities were fully endorsed, promoted and encouraged in the previous administration. On the count of securing the state and protecting lives, Zamfara state, under Governor Matawalle, is winning. This is something that Zamfara failed to witness in the years when suffered what seemed an unstoppable carnage. 


Yet, some pockets of disgruntled elements who are bent on ensuring that mayhem continues to reign across the state just for their own private selfish aims. 


For instance, just last week Usman Nagogo, the state commissioner of police, addressed a press conference at the Command Headquarters in Gusau, stating that the police acting on intelligence reports and credible information learnt that certain individuals were holding a meeting with leaders of repentant bandits with a view to enticing them with money and other gifts so that they can go back to the forest and return the state to the dark days of mayhem, carnage and bloodshed that had enveloped the state for a long time. Alhaji  Habu Dantabawa and 17 others were arrested at the venue of the meeting.


Explaining that the arrest of Alhaji Dantabawa and others were an intelligent-driven proactive action taken to curtail any act of banditry and related crimes in the state, the police commissioner said no responsible government would turn a blind eye by refusing to act appropriately when there is imminent to the lives and property of the citizens of the state.


But these suspected instigators of bloody chaos and instability also have their loyalists and foot-soldiers. The police boss noted that on September 13, 2020, a day after the police arrested and his collaborators, “miscreants and those who don’t mean well for the good people of the state” displayed rascality by acting in a way that breached the peace and calmness of Zamfara state with their invasion of the police headquarters. Describing their behavior as “barbaric,” Nagogo said their intention, apart from being to test the patience and resolve of the state, was also presumably to destroy any evidence that is likely to influence the outcome of the investigation.


The police commissioner acknowledged the productive partnership between the state government and the security agents, saying, “It is a well-known fact that the steps taken by state government have yielded positive impact in curtailing acts of kidnapping, cattle rustling and banditry in the state for the past one year.” To demonstrate its firm resolve to tackle insecurity, the state government purchased 200 operational vehicles for security agents to enhance security in the state.

Nagogo said as part of the effort of raising the bar of security, there is currently in place a combined force of 877 well-armed personnel stationed at strategic locations across the state, as well as 100 special forces ready to counter any threat to peace. Hundreds other personnel, he stated, have been kept in line to be deployed to other vulnerable areas in the state. Acknowledging the state government’s responsiveness to the welfare of the security agents, the police commissioner said: “It is worthy of note that all these personnel posted to these places are being paid their allowances, feeding and any other entitlements that may crop up from time to time by the Zamfara State Government.” 


There is no doubt that some politicians, out of sheer envy, are desperate to put a spanner in the smooth running of the Matawalle-led PDP government in Zamfara state. Earlier before the arrest of Alhaji Dantabawa and others, the police had arrested Abdulmalik Bungudu, also known as Zannan Bungudu, in Kaduna and brought him to face charges in Zamfara state. Bungudu, an associate of Abdulaziz Yari, the immediate past governor of the state, was brought back to the state to face charges of mobilizing thugs and armed bandits to harass and unleash mayhem on residents of his local governments.  But before not before any trial commenced, the suspect was freed and bailed by no less a person than Sani Gwamna, a man very well known for his foul connections.


It is by now obvious that despite Governor Matawalle’s determination to restore lasting peace in Zamfara, bitter politicians are at work to cause destabilization of his government, and the accusing finger is pointing in the direction of no less a person than former Governor Abdulaziz Yari. He is said to be the fly in the ointment, the disruptor of the much-desired peace and harmony in the state. It will be recalled that, based on intelligence report, Governor Matawalle once had cause to warn Yari against inciting the people whenever he visited the state. Yet, through the despicable activities of his known allies in the state, it’s obvious that the former governor is not ready to give his successor a breathing space.


Now is the time for the presidency to step in and call Yari, his allies and his backers to order. He should be told in strong terms to refrain from all acts of subversion whether directly or indirectly in the state. He should be told to let Matawalle be, if not ready to collaborate with the governor to return lasting peace to the state. That is the only way Zamfara state can develop and prosper. It is time to call it quit and allow Zamfara to enjoy its new leaf. 

Mafara is a lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
By Sani Mafara

Prior to May 2019 when Bello Matawalle assumed office as governor of Zamfara State, the northwestern state was under a seemingly endless siege. The state was a typical killing field, a boiling cauldron of bloodthirsty bandits and notorious kidnappers. Cattle rustlers and dare-devil miscreants were ruling over swathes of land with security forces battling tooth and nail to stop them. But since Matawalle took the seat of power in the state capital Gusau, the state has steadily experienced a new lease of life. A territory that was once awash with insecurity, where life was almost perpetually “nasty, brutish and short,” is now delightfully turning into a haven of peace and tranquility with everybody going about their normal duties. A lot of dislodged villagers are back in their homes and farmers chased out of their farms are about harvesting this year's yield in peace. 


The amiable governor, fortified by his bravery, also leveraged on his four-year experience as chairman of the House Committee on Security and Intelligence to ensure that the security challenge in his state is considerably addressed to the point of total success. His many strategies, which does not preclude the carrot and stick approach, are yielding expected results. Gradually, voluntarily, bandits  repent, giving themselves up, releasing hundreds of captives and turning in sophisticated weapons in exchange for pardon and most likely rehabilitation. 


In addition to this rare occurrence, hundreds of locally made weapons are being retrieved from the Yan-sa-kai, a local militia group whose destructive activities were fully endorsed, promoted and encouraged in the previous administration. On the count of securing the state and protecting lives, Zamfara state, under Governor Matawalle, is winning. This is something that Zamfara failed to witness in the years when suffered what seemed an unstoppable carnage. 


Yet, some pockets of disgruntled elements who are bent on ensuring that mayhem continues to reign across the state just for their own private selfish aims. 


For instance, just last week Usman Nagogo, the state commissioner of police, addressed a press conference at the Command Headquarters in Gusau, stating that the police acting on intelligence reports and credible information learnt that certain individuals were holding a meeting with leaders of repentant bandits with a view to enticing them with money and other gifts so that they can go back to the forest and return the state to the dark days of mayhem, carnage and bloodshed that had enveloped the state for a long time. Alhaji  Habu Dantabawa and 17 others were arrested at the venue of the meeting.


Explaining that the arrest of Alhaji Dantabawa and others were an intelligent-driven proactive action taken to curtail any act of banditry and related crimes in the state, the police commissioner said no responsible government would turn a blind eye by refusing to act appropriately when there is imminent to the lives and property of the citizens of the state.


But these suspected instigators of bloody chaos and instability also have their loyalists and foot-soldiers. The police boss noted that on September 13, 2020, a day after the police arrested and his collaborators, “miscreants and those who don’t mean well for the good people of the state” displayed rascality by acting in a way that breached the peace and calmness of Zamfara state with their invasion of the police headquarters. Describing their behavior as “barbaric,” Nagogo said their intention, apart from being to test the patience and resolve of the state, was also presumably to destroy any evidence that is likely to influence the outcome of the investigation.


The police commissioner acknowledged the productive partnership between the state government and the security agents, saying, “It is a well-known fact that the steps taken by state government have yielded positive impact in curtailing acts of kidnapping, cattle rustling and banditry in the state for the past one year.” To demonstrate its firm resolve to tackle insecurity, the state government purchased 200 operational vehicles for security agents to enhance security in the state.

Nagogo said as part of the effort of raising the bar of security, there is currently in place a combined force of 877 well-armed personnel stationed at strategic locations across the state, as well as 100 special forces ready to counter any threat to peace. Hundreds other personnel, he stated, have been kept in line to be deployed to other vulnerable areas in the state. Acknowledging the state government’s responsiveness to the welfare of the security agents, the police commissioner said: “It is worthy of note that all these personnel posted to these places are being paid their allowances, feeding and any other entitlements that may crop up from time to time by the Zamfara State Government.” 


There is no doubt that some politicians, out of sheer envy, are desperate to put a spanner in the smooth running of the Matawalle-led PDP government in Zamfara state. Earlier before the arrest of Alhaji Dantabawa and others, the police had arrested Abdulmalik Bungudu, also known as Zannan Bungudu, in Kaduna and brought him to face charges in Zamfara state. Bungudu, an associate of Abdulaziz Yari, the immediate past governor of the state, was brought back to the state to face charges of mobilizing thugs and armed bandits to harass and unleash mayhem on residents of his local governments.  But before not before any trial commenced, the suspect was freed and bailed by no less a person than Sani Gwamna, a man very well known for his foul connections.


It is by now obvious that despite Governor Matawalle’s determination to restore lasting peace in Zamfara, bitter politicians are at work to cause destabilization of his government, and the accusing finger is pointing in the direction of no less a person than former Governor Abdulaziz Yari. He is said to be the fly in the ointment, the disruptor of the much-desired peace and harmony in the state. It will be recalled that, based on intelligence report, Governor Matawalle once had cause to warn Yari against inciting the people whenever he visited the state. Yet, through the despicable activities of his known allies in the state, it’s obvious that the former governor is not ready to give his successor a breathing space.


Now is the time for the presidency to step in and call Yari, his allies and his backers to order. He should be told in strong terms to refrain from all acts of subversion whether directly or indirectly in the state. He should be told to let Matawalle be, if not ready to collaborate with the governor to return lasting peace to the state. That is the only way Zamfara state can develop and prosper. It is time to call it quit and allow Zamfara to enjoy its new leaf. 

Mafara is a lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

Nigerians in Diaspora applaud President Buhari, Service Chiefs over improvement in security

Nigerians in Diaspora applaud President Buhari, Service Chiefs over improvement in security

By Dansu Peter 

The UK Chapter of the Nigerians in Diaspora Monitoring Group (NDMG) has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari and the Service Chiefs for improving the security situation in the country. 

Describing the progress made as "giant strides", the group said its feedback mechanism back home rates the current administration high in the war against terrorism, bandits and other criminal gangs. 

In a statement signed by its Director of Communications, Dr. Kalisha Amos, on Friday, the Nigerians in Diaspora revealed that the exploits of the troops is already gaining the attention of the international community. 

It noted that those naysayers who criticize and castigate the processes and arrangements that were ingeniously put in place by the government have been forced to swallow humble pie. 

"The NDMG, UK Chapter having followed events in Nigeria with regards to the efforts of the government in addressing the various security challenges in the country, wishes to use this medium to applaud the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari for the giant strides recorded in the improvement of security in Nigeria," the statement reads in part.  

"We are aware of all the gains recorded by the Nigerian Military in the war against terrorism in parts of Nigeria, as well as the efforts of the Nigerian Military in tackling bandits and other criminal gangs across the country. 

"The feedback mechanism we have in place to continually monitor events in the country has been positive so far. It is on the heels of this that we are applauding the efforts of the president as well as the Service Chiefs in ensuring that the threats posed by non-state actors are effectively neutralized.

" The Nigerians in Diaspora Group wishes to extend its profound appreciation to Mr President. His leadership strides indeed enabled the Nigerian Military to do exploit in the area of addressing the various security concerns in the country.  

"It is instructive to state that these  individuals and groups whose stock in trade is to criticise the government have suddenly lost their voices now that the results are positive. They have been silent in the wake of how Operation Sahel Sanity has been able to restore normalcy in North West, they have also been silent on how the Boko Haram group have been incapacitated in almost all the states in North-East Nigeria.

"The Nigerians in Diaspora views these achievements as worthy and exemplary and an indication that within a short period, Nigeria would indeed experience the sustainable peace and development that it deserves."

While commending the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai for leading the troops in an impressive manner, the Nigerians in Diaspora, however, charged the COAS not to rest on his oars.

It further urged the Army Chief to sustain the various innovations introduced so as not to allow those against the interest of the country to polarize the country in fulfilment of their nefarious agenda.
By Dansu Peter 

The UK Chapter of the Nigerians in Diaspora Monitoring Group (NDMG) has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari and the Service Chiefs for improving the security situation in the country. 

Describing the progress made as "giant strides", the group said its feedback mechanism back home rates the current administration high in the war against terrorism, bandits and other criminal gangs. 

In a statement signed by its Director of Communications, Dr. Kalisha Amos, on Friday, the Nigerians in Diaspora revealed that the exploits of the troops is already gaining the attention of the international community. 

It noted that those naysayers who criticize and castigate the processes and arrangements that were ingeniously put in place by the government have been forced to swallow humble pie. 

"The NDMG, UK Chapter having followed events in Nigeria with regards to the efforts of the government in addressing the various security challenges in the country, wishes to use this medium to applaud the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari for the giant strides recorded in the improvement of security in Nigeria," the statement reads in part.  

"We are aware of all the gains recorded by the Nigerian Military in the war against terrorism in parts of Nigeria, as well as the efforts of the Nigerian Military in tackling bandits and other criminal gangs across the country. 

"The feedback mechanism we have in place to continually monitor events in the country has been positive so far. It is on the heels of this that we are applauding the efforts of the president as well as the Service Chiefs in ensuring that the threats posed by non-state actors are effectively neutralized.

" The Nigerians in Diaspora Group wishes to extend its profound appreciation to Mr President. His leadership strides indeed enabled the Nigerian Military to do exploit in the area of addressing the various security concerns in the country.  

"It is instructive to state that these  individuals and groups whose stock in trade is to criticise the government have suddenly lost their voices now that the results are positive. They have been silent in the wake of how Operation Sahel Sanity has been able to restore normalcy in North West, they have also been silent on how the Boko Haram group have been incapacitated in almost all the states in North-East Nigeria.

"The Nigerians in Diaspora views these achievements as worthy and exemplary and an indication that within a short period, Nigeria would indeed experience the sustainable peace and development that it deserves."

While commending the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai for leading the troops in an impressive manner, the Nigerians in Diaspora, however, charged the COAS not to rest on his oars.

It further urged the Army Chief to sustain the various innovations introduced so as not to allow those against the interest of the country to polarize the country in fulfilment of their nefarious agenda.

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