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Edo 2020: If I were Obaseki, By Gideon Obhakhan

Edo 2020: If I were Obaseki, By Gideon Obhakhan

Edo poll: can Obaseki win APC primary?
Former Edo State Education Commissioner Gideon Obhakhan examines the factors that will shape the All Progressive Congress (APC) primary in the Southsouth state

By Gideon Obhakhan 

Godwin Obaseki
If I were Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State today, I will simply walk away and not participate in the race to return as governor of Edo State for a second tenure. The reason is simple. All odds are against him, he has lost the four Aces and there is no Joker in the pack.

He has neither the capacity nor the temperament to remedy the situation. As a gallant fighter, I’d rather not be disgraced out of office. I’d take solace in the popular saying that he who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day.

The open battle to oust the current governor of Edo State began over a year ago with few individuals coming together to demand that the governor retraces his steps and pulls the party together, rather than pick and choose who he talks to or works with within the political class.

The governor simply waived the idea off and continued to call politicians unprintable names, and their expressed frustrations were seen like the rantings of an ant. Little did Obaseki know that what started like a little tea party will eventually become one of his greatest nightmares as governor of Edo State.

Somehow, I am tempted to excuse Mr. Governor’s posture because as an unknown political quantity in 2016, he couldn’t have known how difficult it was for the political class to make him governor of Edo State.
To him, it was a simple command from the then governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. It is almost obvious now that he didn’t know that the seemingly easy project was as a result of long years of selfless service to the people, respect for the political class and conscious, tireless effort towards working with every Tom, Dick, and Harry.

In trying to resolve the issues that became glaring when the battle took shape, Obaseki has ended up with too mistakes and has offended too many people who cannot genuinely forgive him between now and June 22, a day fixed by the All Progressives Congress, APC, for their party primaries.
He has obviously gotten and unfair share of bad advice from his co-travelers. The list is endless but I guess a few deserve some mention here. The first shocker and I must say the most embarrassing to me as an Edo indigene was the nocturnal inauguration of nine out of 24 members-elect, which till date has continued unchanged.

Next was the State sponsored violence against the members-elect that dared to condemn their exclusion from the process that they were legally entitled having won their elections in their respective constituencies.

The battle continued and at a certain stage became violent with bombs being thrown into houses of certain leaders, as well as wanton destruction of property across the stage.

At some point there was an open and direct order (with video evidence) from the governor to deal with any person seen gathering under the platform of the now defunct Edo People’s Movement, EPM.
The order was further extended to the revered national chairman of the party who was asked to take permission from Mr. Governor each time he need to visit Edo State. The deputy governor even admonished the Inspector General of Police to arrest Comrade Oshiomhole within this same period.

When all these efforts didn’t yield the kind of results that Obaseki wanted, he decided to change the strategy a little bit. I believe he was advised that when he is able to remove the national chairman who was being accused of sponsoring the so-called greedy politicians, his problems will be over.

He threw in all he got to achieve the removal of the national chairman of the party. The support at some point transcended the borders of Edo State towards the North and other parts of the country culminating in a court judgement ordering the APC national chairman to stop parading himself as the governor of Edo State.

This became the celebrated highpoint of Obaseki’s battles. However, that order was set aside by the Appeal Court and today Comrade Adams Oshiomhole remains the chairman of the party. 

Very recently, the National Working Committee (NWC) of APC, in the discharge of their lawful duties, released the timetable for its primaries as well as the mode of primaries.

They decided that the mode of primaries shall be the direct, which means all card carrying members of APC are expected to come out to vote their preferred candidate on the 22nd of June 2020.

This decision has surprisingly sparked off some debate across the State with Obaseki and his followers vehemently opposed to it.
Even the suspended APC State chairman, Anselm Ojezua came out to say he has decided that the mode of primaries shall be indirect and the reason he gave was that it is not safe to conduct direct primaries in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The reason he gave has become a source of comic relief for Edo State citizens who are wondering whether or not, INEC will also be advised to conduct indirect elections on September 19, 2020.

The same government who is talking of the risk of COVID-19 is allowing markets to open and transact their businesses in large numbers when compared to the potential number of party members that will come out for a few hours to exercise their franchise on a chosen date.

The final straw that broke the camel’s back was the recent show of statesmanship, courage, and wisdom by the aspirants under the APC platform such as Dr. Pius Odubu, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, Gen. Charles Airhiavbere, Chief Solomon Edebiri, Prof. Ebegue Amadasun, Hon. Saturday Uwuilekhue, and Hon. Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma – they all decided on a consensus candidate in the person of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and agreed to work with him.

You hardly find this kind of commitment anywhere in the world, where supposed opponents completely drop their personal ambition to support a single person and work together in unity for the achievement of a common purpose.

This to me, deserves some commendation. It also calls to mind, how governor Godwin Obaseki will get these people to his side if with some magic wand he gets the ticket of the party. Will it not be political suicide for the party to hand over its flag to such an unpopular candidate?

These scheming, comments, and more leave one with no option but to ask, “ain’t the game over for Obaseki?” Is the handwriting on the wall not clear enough? Does he need any more dose of the sort of advice he has enjoyed all these while? Will they urge him on to contest in the face of imminent defeat? The answers to these questions are obvious. The game is up. This may be his last chance to quit honourably. I sincerely advise him to do just that.
Edo poll: can Obaseki win APC primary?
Former Edo State Education Commissioner Gideon Obhakhan examines the factors that will shape the All Progressive Congress (APC) primary in the Southsouth state

By Gideon Obhakhan 

Godwin Obaseki
If I were Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State today, I will simply walk away and not participate in the race to return as governor of Edo State for a second tenure. The reason is simple. All odds are against him, he has lost the four Aces and there is no Joker in the pack.

He has neither the capacity nor the temperament to remedy the situation. As a gallant fighter, I’d rather not be disgraced out of office. I’d take solace in the popular saying that he who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day.

The open battle to oust the current governor of Edo State began over a year ago with few individuals coming together to demand that the governor retraces his steps and pulls the party together, rather than pick and choose who he talks to or works with within the political class.

The governor simply waived the idea off and continued to call politicians unprintable names, and their expressed frustrations were seen like the rantings of an ant. Little did Obaseki know that what started like a little tea party will eventually become one of his greatest nightmares as governor of Edo State.

Somehow, I am tempted to excuse Mr. Governor’s posture because as an unknown political quantity in 2016, he couldn’t have known how difficult it was for the political class to make him governor of Edo State.
To him, it was a simple command from the then governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. It is almost obvious now that he didn’t know that the seemingly easy project was as a result of long years of selfless service to the people, respect for the political class and conscious, tireless effort towards working with every Tom, Dick, and Harry.

In trying to resolve the issues that became glaring when the battle took shape, Obaseki has ended up with too mistakes and has offended too many people who cannot genuinely forgive him between now and June 22, a day fixed by the All Progressives Congress, APC, for their party primaries.
He has obviously gotten and unfair share of bad advice from his co-travelers. The list is endless but I guess a few deserve some mention here. The first shocker and I must say the most embarrassing to me as an Edo indigene was the nocturnal inauguration of nine out of 24 members-elect, which till date has continued unchanged.

Next was the State sponsored violence against the members-elect that dared to condemn their exclusion from the process that they were legally entitled having won their elections in their respective constituencies.

The battle continued and at a certain stage became violent with bombs being thrown into houses of certain leaders, as well as wanton destruction of property across the stage.

At some point there was an open and direct order (with video evidence) from the governor to deal with any person seen gathering under the platform of the now defunct Edo People’s Movement, EPM.
The order was further extended to the revered national chairman of the party who was asked to take permission from Mr. Governor each time he need to visit Edo State. The deputy governor even admonished the Inspector General of Police to arrest Comrade Oshiomhole within this same period.

When all these efforts didn’t yield the kind of results that Obaseki wanted, he decided to change the strategy a little bit. I believe he was advised that when he is able to remove the national chairman who was being accused of sponsoring the so-called greedy politicians, his problems will be over.

He threw in all he got to achieve the removal of the national chairman of the party. The support at some point transcended the borders of Edo State towards the North and other parts of the country culminating in a court judgement ordering the APC national chairman to stop parading himself as the governor of Edo State.

This became the celebrated highpoint of Obaseki’s battles. However, that order was set aside by the Appeal Court and today Comrade Adams Oshiomhole remains the chairman of the party. 

Very recently, the National Working Committee (NWC) of APC, in the discharge of their lawful duties, released the timetable for its primaries as well as the mode of primaries.

They decided that the mode of primaries shall be the direct, which means all card carrying members of APC are expected to come out to vote their preferred candidate on the 22nd of June 2020.

This decision has surprisingly sparked off some debate across the State with Obaseki and his followers vehemently opposed to it.
Even the suspended APC State chairman, Anselm Ojezua came out to say he has decided that the mode of primaries shall be indirect and the reason he gave was that it is not safe to conduct direct primaries in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The reason he gave has become a source of comic relief for Edo State citizens who are wondering whether or not, INEC will also be advised to conduct indirect elections on September 19, 2020.

The same government who is talking of the risk of COVID-19 is allowing markets to open and transact their businesses in large numbers when compared to the potential number of party members that will come out for a few hours to exercise their franchise on a chosen date.

The final straw that broke the camel’s back was the recent show of statesmanship, courage, and wisdom by the aspirants under the APC platform such as Dr. Pius Odubu, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, Gen. Charles Airhiavbere, Chief Solomon Edebiri, Prof. Ebegue Amadasun, Hon. Saturday Uwuilekhue, and Hon. Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma – they all decided on a consensus candidate in the person of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and agreed to work with him.

You hardly find this kind of commitment anywhere in the world, where supposed opponents completely drop their personal ambition to support a single person and work together in unity for the achievement of a common purpose.

This to me, deserves some commendation. It also calls to mind, how governor Godwin Obaseki will get these people to his side if with some magic wand he gets the ticket of the party. Will it not be political suicide for the party to hand over its flag to such an unpopular candidate?

These scheming, comments, and more leave one with no option but to ask, “ain’t the game over for Obaseki?” Is the handwriting on the wall not clear enough? Does he need any more dose of the sort of advice he has enjoyed all these while? Will they urge him on to contest in the face of imminent defeat? The answers to these questions are obvious. The game is up. This may be his last chance to quit honourably. I sincerely advise him to do just that.

Breaking: Oshiomhole's men pick Ize-Iyamu as Edo APC candidate

Breaking: Oshiomhole's men pick Ize-Iyamu as Edo APC candidate

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has emerged the consensus candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) faction believed to be loyal to National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

Ize-Iyamu, a former Secretary to Edo State Government (SSG), emerged on Tuesday night in Abuja through consensus candidate.

He is expected to slug it out with Governor Godwin Obaseki for the direct primary of the party slated for June 22.

He was presented by chairman of the screening committee, Senator Francis Alimikhena, the representative of Edo North Senatorial District.

Other members of the screening committee were a former Edo Deputy Governor Lucky Imasuen; Gen. Cecil Esekhaigbe; ex-Edo Speaker Thomas Okosun; former Minority Whip of the House of Representatives Samson Osagie; ex-member of the House of Representatives Patrick Obahiagbon and Deputy Leader of the House of Representatives, Peter Akpatason.


Source : The Nation 

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has emerged the consensus candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) faction believed to be loyal to National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

Ize-Iyamu, a former Secretary to Edo State Government (SSG), emerged on Tuesday night in Abuja through consensus candidate.

He is expected to slug it out with Governor Godwin Obaseki for the direct primary of the party slated for June 22.

He was presented by chairman of the screening committee, Senator Francis Alimikhena, the representative of Edo North Senatorial District.

Other members of the screening committee were a former Edo Deputy Governor Lucky Imasuen; Gen. Cecil Esekhaigbe; ex-Edo Speaker Thomas Okosun; former Minority Whip of the House of Representatives Samson Osagie; ex-member of the House of Representatives Patrick Obahiagbon and Deputy Leader of the House of Representatives, Peter Akpatason.


Source : The Nation 

How Buhari’s 5 years inspired the military to top form, By Richard Murphy

How Buhari’s 5 years inspired the military to top form, By Richard Murphy

By Richard Murphy



The President Muhammadu Buhari led administration has saved Nigeria from imminent collapse, by revamping the military’s institution which image, structure and organization was at its lowest point.

Within five years of direct support, strategic planning and implementation, the Nigerian Armed Forces have been inspired back to shape and can now hold its head high, performing creditably well, stoutly defending the territorial integrity of the nation, securing the lives and property of citizens, ridding the country of subversive elements and stamping out terrorism.

This is a sharp contrast from its dismal record in the not so distant past when it lost its place as a regional leader owing to the many missteps of the past and the devastation of its ranks by the insurgents.

No doubt, one of its biggest challenges the military has faced since the Nigerian civil war is the Boko Haram crisis when some elements took up arms against the state in the Northeastern part of the country in the attempt to take over the country by force.

The more the armed forces tried to engage, the more it betrayed signs of fatigue, weakness and lack of capacity which emboldened the terrorist to push further into the country bombing towns and communities at will, attacking military bases and villages and wrecking heavy toll on both the military and civilian population.

Worse still, troops that were supposed to defend the citizens seem more in need of help. Pathetic stories of troops deserting at the slightest indication of danger rend the air with reports of whole units fleeing from battle fields for safety, known as tactical withdrawal in other countries.  

Aggrieved soldiers who had no confidence in themselves, their weapons and on the high command, protested openly by opening fire on their commanders.

Regaled with tales of how their husbands were being butchered at the battle fields, wife of soldiers could no longer keep calm and marched in the barracks with placards protesting the deployment of their spouses' to the battle front.

The situation was so bad that a Nigerian state governor lamented that the Boko Haram is "better armed and better motivated" than government forces trying to stop their attacks.

Then Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, was quoted as saying that not only were the insurgents better equipped but that "given the present state of affairs, it is absolutely impossible for us to defeat Boko Haram."

Security experts confirmed that the terrorists were using sophisticated weapons and were receiving better allowances from their sponsors than the Nigerian troops.

No doubt, President Buhari met the worst armed forces at the time he took over the helms of affair. But quite astutely, he has been able to transform it into one of the best in the world today in just five years. 

Facts indicating that the Nigerian military has recorded significant gains since the current administration speak for itself as Nigeria has never had it better than what is going on at the theatres of operation with the insurgents.

Since March when Lt. Gen. TY Buratai moved to the theatre of war in Borno State, the gallantry of the fighting forces have become  more pronounced at every turn making many to wonder if is the same institution that was being ridiculed some back.

Within two months, no less than 500 of the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists have been liquidated by Nigerian troops while many have been seriously wounded or arrested.

In the same March, Nigerian troops eliminated a notorious Boko Haram strategist and trainer, Abu Usamah, and killed over 100 of their fighters who were hiding in hidden communities like  Kwalaram, Ngilewa, Sabon Tumbu, Bukarmairam, Wulgo in the Marte and Gamboru Ngala and in Gorgi, Damboa local government of Borno State.

In April, Nigerian troops in another operations also killed 105 insurgents in Buni Gari and captured many of their weapons.

The terrorist group suffered much more devastation in May when troops killed 134 and arrested 28 of their informants while overrunning their camps in Durfada, Allafha, Timbuktu, Bulajibi and Gonikurmi near the Sambisa forest. 

The heat on the insurgence was so intense that the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau in an audio message admitted to being weakened and cried for mercy seeking Allah’s protection against the firepower of the Nigerian military.

Not long after that 11 of the ISWAP members ran to the military and surrendered their weapons.

These gains have been made possible by a number of factors which the Buhari administration adopted which include reorganizing the military by dealing with those who had frittered away the resources meant for fighting insurgency.

President Buhari also appointed highly professional, well trained and disciplined officers to man each arm of the armed forces.

His appointment of Lt. Gen T.Y Buratai has been a source of huge blessing to the military as it was Chief of Army Staff that was responsible for the success of the Multinational Task Force on insurgency in the Lake Chad region.

To prove that the President hadn’t made a mistake by appointing him, Buratai began to lead insurgency operations from the front by going to the battlefield himself.

There, he is said to engage troops directly, hearing their grievances and complaint and then take immediate actions to address them, thereby motivating the fighting forces.

His presence at the theatre of operations has also been a massive boost in the application of experience and strategy as it is already paying off.
 
The Army Chief's latest innovation is said to involve moving reinforcement while troops are pressing hard against the insurgents thereby overwhelming the terrorists.

The president Buhari administration has also taken positive steps to  train and equip the military.

It has sent so many officers for coaching and has acquired some of the weapons of warfare to outwit insurgents.

This year alone, the army acquired 17 military vehicles consisting of VT-4 main battle tanks and two types of self-propelled howitzer from China.

The vehicles consist of VT-4 main battle tanks and two types of self-propelled howitzers.

The army made the purchase from the Chinese government as part of its strategies to intensify effort in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists in the Lake Chad region and the contract was signed between Nigeria and the NORINCO back in 2019.

Nigerian troops expected to operate the vehicles have already been trained in China with the Chinese government confirming that Nigeria has become the first nation in the region to own advanced tanks with the buffalo 4-Wheel vehicles numbering 55 which have been procured and commissioned.

The Defense Industrial Corporation of Nigeria, DICON, in 2015 was also revived and made to commence the production of the  7.62 x 39mm special ammunition cartridge in its facility in Kaduna in addition to the ones it is producing. 

In 2019, the Nigerian Army also  deployed four newly acquired Mine Resistant Anti-Ambush Personnel (MRAP) vehicles and inducted them in Maigumeri super camp in Maiduguri.

The MRAP vehicles are meant to offer increased firepower, enhanced force protection against small arms as well as improved capability.

The government also increased budget on defense and this time around made sure that money meant for security were not diverted but gets to its intended destination.

In 2018 for instance, the Nigerian military budgeted about N38bn for the purchase of ammunition, fighter jets and helicopters as part of its efforts to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.

This comprised N5,281,288,780 for the “procurement of ammunition of various types and calibres,” while another N1,024,800,000 was for part payment for three light utility helicopters.

In the 2017 budget, the army had also budgeted N5bn for the procurement of weapons to prosecute the anti-terrorism war.

Meanwhile, in the breakdown of the 2018 budget, the army set aside N1bn for the purchase of armoured vehicles, and N300m for the acquisition of 25 infantry patrol vehicles and N235,697,000 for the purchase of vehicles for the  Operation Lafiya Dole.

These are indeed big strides that have made it possible for Nigeria to begin to hope that the insurgency which has ravaged the country for so many years would soon be a thing of the past and the entire villages in the Northeast would no longer live in fear.


Murphy is a security expert and wrote in from Calabar.
By Richard Murphy



The President Muhammadu Buhari led administration has saved Nigeria from imminent collapse, by revamping the military’s institution which image, structure and organization was at its lowest point.

Within five years of direct support, strategic planning and implementation, the Nigerian Armed Forces have been inspired back to shape and can now hold its head high, performing creditably well, stoutly defending the territorial integrity of the nation, securing the lives and property of citizens, ridding the country of subversive elements and stamping out terrorism.

This is a sharp contrast from its dismal record in the not so distant past when it lost its place as a regional leader owing to the many missteps of the past and the devastation of its ranks by the insurgents.

No doubt, one of its biggest challenges the military has faced since the Nigerian civil war is the Boko Haram crisis when some elements took up arms against the state in the Northeastern part of the country in the attempt to take over the country by force.

The more the armed forces tried to engage, the more it betrayed signs of fatigue, weakness and lack of capacity which emboldened the terrorist to push further into the country bombing towns and communities at will, attacking military bases and villages and wrecking heavy toll on both the military and civilian population.

Worse still, troops that were supposed to defend the citizens seem more in need of help. Pathetic stories of troops deserting at the slightest indication of danger rend the air with reports of whole units fleeing from battle fields for safety, known as tactical withdrawal in other countries.  

Aggrieved soldiers who had no confidence in themselves, their weapons and on the high command, protested openly by opening fire on their commanders.

Regaled with tales of how their husbands were being butchered at the battle fields, wife of soldiers could no longer keep calm and marched in the barracks with placards protesting the deployment of their spouses' to the battle front.

The situation was so bad that a Nigerian state governor lamented that the Boko Haram is "better armed and better motivated" than government forces trying to stop their attacks.

Then Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, was quoted as saying that not only were the insurgents better equipped but that "given the present state of affairs, it is absolutely impossible for us to defeat Boko Haram."

Security experts confirmed that the terrorists were using sophisticated weapons and were receiving better allowances from their sponsors than the Nigerian troops.

No doubt, President Buhari met the worst armed forces at the time he took over the helms of affair. But quite astutely, he has been able to transform it into one of the best in the world today in just five years. 

Facts indicating that the Nigerian military has recorded significant gains since the current administration speak for itself as Nigeria has never had it better than what is going on at the theatres of operation with the insurgents.

Since March when Lt. Gen. TY Buratai moved to the theatre of war in Borno State, the gallantry of the fighting forces have become  more pronounced at every turn making many to wonder if is the same institution that was being ridiculed some back.

Within two months, no less than 500 of the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists have been liquidated by Nigerian troops while many have been seriously wounded or arrested.

In the same March, Nigerian troops eliminated a notorious Boko Haram strategist and trainer, Abu Usamah, and killed over 100 of their fighters who were hiding in hidden communities like  Kwalaram, Ngilewa, Sabon Tumbu, Bukarmairam, Wulgo in the Marte and Gamboru Ngala and in Gorgi, Damboa local government of Borno State.

In April, Nigerian troops in another operations also killed 105 insurgents in Buni Gari and captured many of their weapons.

The terrorist group suffered much more devastation in May when troops killed 134 and arrested 28 of their informants while overrunning their camps in Durfada, Allafha, Timbuktu, Bulajibi and Gonikurmi near the Sambisa forest. 

The heat on the insurgence was so intense that the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau in an audio message admitted to being weakened and cried for mercy seeking Allah’s protection against the firepower of the Nigerian military.

Not long after that 11 of the ISWAP members ran to the military and surrendered their weapons.

These gains have been made possible by a number of factors which the Buhari administration adopted which include reorganizing the military by dealing with those who had frittered away the resources meant for fighting insurgency.

President Buhari also appointed highly professional, well trained and disciplined officers to man each arm of the armed forces.

His appointment of Lt. Gen T.Y Buratai has been a source of huge blessing to the military as it was Chief of Army Staff that was responsible for the success of the Multinational Task Force on insurgency in the Lake Chad region.

To prove that the President hadn’t made a mistake by appointing him, Buratai began to lead insurgency operations from the front by going to the battlefield himself.

There, he is said to engage troops directly, hearing their grievances and complaint and then take immediate actions to address them, thereby motivating the fighting forces.

His presence at the theatre of operations has also been a massive boost in the application of experience and strategy as it is already paying off.
 
The Army Chief's latest innovation is said to involve moving reinforcement while troops are pressing hard against the insurgents thereby overwhelming the terrorists.

The president Buhari administration has also taken positive steps to  train and equip the military.

It has sent so many officers for coaching and has acquired some of the weapons of warfare to outwit insurgents.

This year alone, the army acquired 17 military vehicles consisting of VT-4 main battle tanks and two types of self-propelled howitzer from China.

The vehicles consist of VT-4 main battle tanks and two types of self-propelled howitzers.

The army made the purchase from the Chinese government as part of its strategies to intensify effort in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists in the Lake Chad region and the contract was signed between Nigeria and the NORINCO back in 2019.

Nigerian troops expected to operate the vehicles have already been trained in China with the Chinese government confirming that Nigeria has become the first nation in the region to own advanced tanks with the buffalo 4-Wheel vehicles numbering 55 which have been procured and commissioned.

The Defense Industrial Corporation of Nigeria, DICON, in 2015 was also revived and made to commence the production of the  7.62 x 39mm special ammunition cartridge in its facility in Kaduna in addition to the ones it is producing. 

In 2019, the Nigerian Army also  deployed four newly acquired Mine Resistant Anti-Ambush Personnel (MRAP) vehicles and inducted them in Maigumeri super camp in Maiduguri.

The MRAP vehicles are meant to offer increased firepower, enhanced force protection against small arms as well as improved capability.

The government also increased budget on defense and this time around made sure that money meant for security were not diverted but gets to its intended destination.

In 2018 for instance, the Nigerian military budgeted about N38bn for the purchase of ammunition, fighter jets and helicopters as part of its efforts to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.

This comprised N5,281,288,780 for the “procurement of ammunition of various types and calibres,” while another N1,024,800,000 was for part payment for three light utility helicopters.

In the 2017 budget, the army had also budgeted N5bn for the procurement of weapons to prosecute the anti-terrorism war.

Meanwhile, in the breakdown of the 2018 budget, the army set aside N1bn for the purchase of armoured vehicles, and N300m for the acquisition of 25 infantry patrol vehicles and N235,697,000 for the purchase of vehicles for the  Operation Lafiya Dole.

These are indeed big strides that have made it possible for Nigeria to begin to hope that the insurgency which has ravaged the country for so many years would soon be a thing of the past and the entire villages in the Northeast would no longer live in fear.


Murphy is a security expert and wrote in from Calabar.

BREAKING: Olamide Badoo signs new multi-million naira Itel Ambassadorial Contract

BREAKING: Olamide Badoo signs new multi-million naira Itel Ambassadorial Contract

By Dansu Peter

The music ace, Olamide Adedeji popularly called Badoo has just signed a new contract to become an ambassador for telecommunications giant, Itel.

Mr. Oke Umurhohwo, the brand manager of Itel in Nigeria made the disclosure via his Facebook time-line this morning.

Umurhohwo expressed satisfaction after getting the contract signed by the popular hip-hop musician, Olamide. 

His post:





By Dansu Peter

The music ace, Olamide Adedeji popularly called Badoo has just signed a new contract to become an ambassador for telecommunications giant, Itel.

Mr. Oke Umurhohwo, the brand manager of Itel in Nigeria made the disclosure via his Facebook time-line this morning.

Umurhohwo expressed satisfaction after getting the contract signed by the popular hip-hop musician, Olamide. 

His post:





Photos: Commuters stranded as drivers protest police illegal roadblocks, extortion in Lagos

Photos: Commuters stranded as drivers protest police illegal roadblocks, extortion in Lagos

By Dansu Peter 

Commuters plying Lagos Badagry expressway are currently stranded in various bus stops as commercial drivers in the areas shunned their jobs in protest of massive extortion by the men of Nigerian Police in countless roadblocks.

The policemen in that area are often shamelessly and openly collect bribes from motorist without fear.

The menace, which preceded this present administration of anti-corruption government of President Muhammadu become messy and unchecked since the beginning of this government. 

The commercial drivers  who could no longer bear the police extortion took to the roads, preventing their members not to work in protest.

More photos:





By Dansu Peter 

Commuters plying Lagos Badagry expressway are currently stranded in various bus stops as commercial drivers in the areas shunned their jobs in protest of massive extortion by the men of Nigerian Police in countless roadblocks.

The policemen in that area are often shamelessly and openly collect bribes from motorist without fear.

The menace, which preceded this present administration of anti-corruption government of President Muhammadu become messy and unchecked since the beginning of this government. 

The commercial drivers  who could no longer bear the police extortion took to the roads, preventing their members not to work in protest.

More photos:





Watch video, the moment man caught wife red-handed in hotel with lover

Watch video, the moment man caught wife red-handed in hotel with lover

By News Proof 

A video which is going round on social media has captured the moment a man unleashed his anger after catching his wife red handed in a hotel room with another man. The country of the incidence is unknown as at the time of the report.

According to reports, the lady had gone to a hotel with her lover, and after some minutes, her husband arrived at the scene.

The lady who was shocked after seeing her husband in the same hotel tried to calm his anger down, but he kept on yelling at the both of them, especially his wife’s lover.

According to the husband, he has the right to kill the man for catching him in a hotel with his wife.

Watch the video below;

 

Culled from Amiloaded
By News Proof 

A video which is going round on social media has captured the moment a man unleashed his anger after catching his wife red handed in a hotel room with another man. The country of the incidence is unknown as at the time of the report.

According to reports, the lady had gone to a hotel with her lover, and after some minutes, her husband arrived at the scene.

The lady who was shocked after seeing her husband in the same hotel tried to calm his anger down, but he kept on yelling at the both of them, especially his wife’s lover.

According to the husband, he has the right to kill the man for catching him in a hotel with his wife.

Watch the video below;

 

Culled from Amiloaded

Impeachment threat: Jittery Gbajabiamila bows, accepts NGF's conditions on IDC Bill

Impeachment threat: Jittery Gbajabiamila bows, accepts NGF's conditions on IDC Bill

By Dansu Peter 

Following a popurted impeachment threat, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila may have cowed into accepting earlier rebuffed conditions of the Nigeria Governors Forum, the NGF on the controversial Infectious Disease Control Bill.

News Proof had yesterday reported a report culled from Nigerian Pilot newspaper alleging that there was a disagreement between the Nigerian Governors Forum and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila. 

The disagreement which, according to the report suggested that some governors, led by Sokoto's, Aminu Tambuwal have begun a secret move to impeach the Speaker.

After feeling the heat of the alleged impeachment threat, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, yesterday revealed the readiness of the House to partner Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) in the bid to produce a satisfactory Control of Infectious Diseases Bill for the citizens.

A suggestion, the House of Representatives had earlier rebuffed, stating it does not legislate for the state government to have warranted the governors interference in its oversight function. 

Hon. Gbajabiamila gave the assurance via his verified Twitter handle expressed delight over the outcome of the discussion held with the Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Governor Kayode Fayemi on the NGF’s resolution on the controversial bill.

“I spoke with the Chairman NGF @kfayemi. From our discussion, it appears there was some miscommunication between NGF and @HouseNGR.

“I believe Gov. Fayemi’s narrative as I have known Gbajabiamila for many years and will convey the same to my colleagues.

“The House and the Govs irrespective of party affiliation have always and will continue to work in the best interest of our country.

“We remain committed to the Joint Task of nation-building and we will also work on the Control of Infectious diseases Bill together to produce a Bill satisfactory to all,” Gbajabiamila said via his verified Twitter handle.
By Dansu Peter 

Following a popurted impeachment threat, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila may have cowed into accepting earlier rebuffed conditions of the Nigeria Governors Forum, the NGF on the controversial Infectious Disease Control Bill.

News Proof had yesterday reported a report culled from Nigerian Pilot newspaper alleging that there was a disagreement between the Nigerian Governors Forum and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila. 

The disagreement which, according to the report suggested that some governors, led by Sokoto's, Aminu Tambuwal have begun a secret move to impeach the Speaker.

After feeling the heat of the alleged impeachment threat, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, yesterday revealed the readiness of the House to partner Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) in the bid to produce a satisfactory Control of Infectious Diseases Bill for the citizens.

A suggestion, the House of Representatives had earlier rebuffed, stating it does not legislate for the state government to have warranted the governors interference in its oversight function. 

Hon. Gbajabiamila gave the assurance via his verified Twitter handle expressed delight over the outcome of the discussion held with the Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Governor Kayode Fayemi on the NGF’s resolution on the controversial bill.

“I spoke with the Chairman NGF @kfayemi. From our discussion, it appears there was some miscommunication between NGF and @HouseNGR.

“I believe Gov. Fayemi’s narrative as I have known Gbajabiamila for many years and will convey the same to my colleagues.

“The House and the Govs irrespective of party affiliation have always and will continue to work in the best interest of our country.

“We remain committed to the Joint Task of nation-building and we will also work on the Control of Infectious diseases Bill together to produce a Bill satisfactory to all,” Gbajabiamila said via his verified Twitter handle.

Terrorism: Youth Council accuses Amnesty International of recruiting Nigerians for hidden motives

Terrorism: Youth Council accuses Amnesty International of recruiting Nigerians for hidden motives

By News Proof 

The Amalgamated Youth Council of Nigeria (AYCN) has accused Amnesty International of recruiting young Nigerians into terrorist organizations. 

The youth council raised this alarm in  an open letter signed by its President Comrade Danelsi J. Osagie and addressed to Nigerian parents/ guardians on Monday. 

According to the group, AI, a supposed human rights organization has become a recruitment agent for terrorist sects such as Boko Haram/ISWAP and Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) to strengthen their already depleted ranks. 

AYCN lamented that Nigerian youths have been deceived into signing for these organizations without knowledge of the potential implication. 

While calling on all parents to scrutinize their children, the group, however, urged the youths to be cautious of fanciful logos and manifestos of organizations claiming to be pursuing youth development and intellectual advancement.

Read full letter below:

A Letter to Nigerian Parents/Youths

Dear Parents/Youths, 

"Our Youths are being Recruited into Terrorist Organizations"

These are indeed trying times for the country with the activities of some organizations that do not mean well for the country. It is thus pertinent that we write this letter to you in the face of the myriad of challenges facing the country. As a first, Nigeria as a country belongs to all of us, and it behoves on us to see to its sustainable growth and development through our actions and inactions, and in the best of interests.

The Amalgamated Youth Council of Nigeria has been at the forefront of advocating for youth enlightenment programmes. This much has seen us liaise with various governmental agencies which have resulted in seminars, conferences and symposiums on the dangers of our youth undergoing indoctrination into terrorist groups by associating with organizations that do not mean well for our country.

We have held various sensitization programmes across the country that dwelled on the demerits of our youths belonging to some organizations whose ideology is rooted in deep hatred for the progress of the country. 

The Amalgamated Youth Council of Nigeria over the years has identified some of these organizations and made adequate representation to the appropriate authorities in Nigeria to ensure that our youths are not indoctrinated to harmful ideologies.

Our concern mainly stems from the fact that most parents have neglected their role in providing that guidance to their wards and this has resulted in some organizations gaining control of our youthful population in furtherance of their evil plot against Nigeria.

One of such organizations is Amnesty International that is parading itself as an organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of human rights across the world. 

It is no longer a secret that Amnesty International has done more harm than good to Nigeria through its various activities that have given terrorist and militant organizations in Nigeria such as Boko Haram/ISWAP, Indigenous People of Biafra, and the Islamic Movement in Nigeria the impetus to continue to wreak havoc in Nigeria.  

It is such a sad tale that Amnesty International has been at the vanguard of covertly serving as a recruitment agency for these terrorist organizations, where hundreds of thousands of our youths have been deceived into signing for these organizations without knowing the implication of their actions. 

The Amalgamated Youth Council is alarmed by this action; hence this passionate letter to our parents and youths. This letter is meant to serve the purpose of a wakeup call for our parents to wake up to their responsibilities before it gets too late.

This letter is urgent in every sense of it as Amnesty International is currently in overdrive in recruiting youths to swell the ranks of these terrorist organizations whose ranks have been depleted in recent times.

We are calling on all parents to scrutinize their children, and the associations that they keep as most of these organizations with a perceived global outlook are only masquerading to be in service to humanity. But in truth, they are the intellectual backbone of terrorist organizations. 

If we are desirous of halting this trend, the time to act is now in the overall interest of our dear country and towards the sustenance of peace and tranquillity in Nigeria.

Our appeal in this letter is two-fold and directed to parents and youths. Our parents must begin the process of interacting with their children to instill a system where they must sanction their associations into any organization or group. Our parents must research thoroughly into organizations to understand their mission and vision beyond their face value.   

Our youths must not be moved by fanciful logos and manifestos of organizations claiming to be pursuing youth development and intellectual advancement. They must ask critical questions as these are indeed trying times. 

On a final note, the future of Nigeria would be jeopardized if our parents fail to act in this critical time. Our youths must live be circumspect and take up their responsibilities as future leaders. They should not be carried away by the lucre of now at the detriment of their future. 

The Amalgamated Youth Council of Nigeria hopes this letter would be received in good faith and the interest of Nigeria.
By News Proof 

The Amalgamated Youth Council of Nigeria (AYCN) has accused Amnesty International of recruiting young Nigerians into terrorist organizations. 

The youth council raised this alarm in  an open letter signed by its President Comrade Danelsi J. Osagie and addressed to Nigerian parents/ guardians on Monday. 

According to the group, AI, a supposed human rights organization has become a recruitment agent for terrorist sects such as Boko Haram/ISWAP and Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) to strengthen their already depleted ranks. 

AYCN lamented that Nigerian youths have been deceived into signing for these organizations without knowledge of the potential implication. 

While calling on all parents to scrutinize their children, the group, however, urged the youths to be cautious of fanciful logos and manifestos of organizations claiming to be pursuing youth development and intellectual advancement.

Read full letter below:

A Letter to Nigerian Parents/Youths

Dear Parents/Youths, 

"Our Youths are being Recruited into Terrorist Organizations"

These are indeed trying times for the country with the activities of some organizations that do not mean well for the country. It is thus pertinent that we write this letter to you in the face of the myriad of challenges facing the country. As a first, Nigeria as a country belongs to all of us, and it behoves on us to see to its sustainable growth and development through our actions and inactions, and in the best of interests.

The Amalgamated Youth Council of Nigeria has been at the forefront of advocating for youth enlightenment programmes. This much has seen us liaise with various governmental agencies which have resulted in seminars, conferences and symposiums on the dangers of our youth undergoing indoctrination into terrorist groups by associating with organizations that do not mean well for our country.

We have held various sensitization programmes across the country that dwelled on the demerits of our youths belonging to some organizations whose ideology is rooted in deep hatred for the progress of the country. 

The Amalgamated Youth Council of Nigeria over the years has identified some of these organizations and made adequate representation to the appropriate authorities in Nigeria to ensure that our youths are not indoctrinated to harmful ideologies.

Our concern mainly stems from the fact that most parents have neglected their role in providing that guidance to their wards and this has resulted in some organizations gaining control of our youthful population in furtherance of their evil plot against Nigeria.

One of such organizations is Amnesty International that is parading itself as an organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of human rights across the world. 

It is no longer a secret that Amnesty International has done more harm than good to Nigeria through its various activities that have given terrorist and militant organizations in Nigeria such as Boko Haram/ISWAP, Indigenous People of Biafra, and the Islamic Movement in Nigeria the impetus to continue to wreak havoc in Nigeria.  

It is such a sad tale that Amnesty International has been at the vanguard of covertly serving as a recruitment agency for these terrorist organizations, where hundreds of thousands of our youths have been deceived into signing for these organizations without knowing the implication of their actions. 

The Amalgamated Youth Council is alarmed by this action; hence this passionate letter to our parents and youths. This letter is meant to serve the purpose of a wakeup call for our parents to wake up to their responsibilities before it gets too late.

This letter is urgent in every sense of it as Amnesty International is currently in overdrive in recruiting youths to swell the ranks of these terrorist organizations whose ranks have been depleted in recent times.

We are calling on all parents to scrutinize their children, and the associations that they keep as most of these organizations with a perceived global outlook are only masquerading to be in service to humanity. But in truth, they are the intellectual backbone of terrorist organizations. 

If we are desirous of halting this trend, the time to act is now in the overall interest of our dear country and towards the sustenance of peace and tranquillity in Nigeria.

Our appeal in this letter is two-fold and directed to parents and youths. Our parents must begin the process of interacting with their children to instill a system where they must sanction their associations into any organization or group. Our parents must research thoroughly into organizations to understand their mission and vision beyond their face value.   

Our youths must not be moved by fanciful logos and manifestos of organizations claiming to be pursuing youth development and intellectual advancement. They must ask critical questions as these are indeed trying times. 

On a final note, the future of Nigeria would be jeopardized if our parents fail to act in this critical time. Our youths must live be circumspect and take up their responsibilities as future leaders. They should not be carried away by the lucre of now at the detriment of their future. 

The Amalgamated Youth Council of Nigeria hopes this letter would be received in good faith and the interest of Nigeria.

EXCLUSIVE: Covid-19 IDC Bill: Plot to IMPEACH Gbajabiamila unearthed, Jittery Speaker runs to godfathers

EXCLUSIVE: Covid-19 IDC Bill: Plot to IMPEACH Gbajabiamila unearthed, Jittery Speaker runs to godfathers

Fresh report according to Nigerian Pilot suggests that as controversy continues to trail the Infectious Disease Control Bill before the House of Representatives, the Speaker, Hon.

Femi Gbajabiamila’s seat seems to be hanging in the balance as forces not comfortable with his recent style of leadership are said to be moving against him.

According to Nigerian Pilot, it was gathered that the recent face-off between the leadership of the House led by Gbajabiamila, the state governors and former Speaker of the House and now governor of Sokoto state, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal may cause Gbajabiamila his seat if not properly handled.

According to the source, the governors who are allegedly not happy with the way the House of Representatives responded to their advice that the Infectious Disease Control Bill be “stepped down” until proper consultations are made, are mobilising against the Speaker who is the lead sponsor of the Bill.

The source further disclosed that the governors at a recent meeting in Abuja had “secretly” agreed to push for the Speaker’s impeachment through their various representatives at the green chamber.

 He said some of the governors openly accused the Speaker of being “arrogant” in his approach to “national issues” a development they said should be checked to maintain the cordial relationship between the Legislature and the Executive.

Speaking further, the source stated the governor of Sokoto state, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal’s loyalists who felt slighted that the governor was accused of misleading and misguiding other members of the Governors Forum are also “spoiling for war”.

He said some members of the House already have grudges against the Speaker over allegation of overbearing especially in handling the donation to the fight against the coronavirus also known as COVID-19.

It was also alleged that the Speaker has been making frantic efforts to get his political godfather to rally the governors to shelve their plans and create an avenue for dialogue.

 It would be recalled that the governors operating under the aegis of Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF had recently urged the National Assembly to step down the proposed Infectious Disease Control Bill, 2020 introduced by the House of Representatives until an appropriate consultative process is held.

Chairman of the Forum, Dr. Kayode Fayemi who is also the Governor of Ekiti state had in Communiqué at the end of the Forum’s eight teleconference meeting added that the consultation must include a public hearing to gather public opinion and concerns on the proposed Bill. 

However, responding to the advice by the Governor’s Forum, the House of Representatives said it does not legislate for the states and therefore should not be “cowed” from doing its Constitutional responsibility.

 The spokesman of the House, Hon. Benjamin Kalu in a statement regretted that Hon. Aminu Tambuwal who is a former Speaker of the House stood a better position to rightly inform the Governors Forum but failed to do so. Hon. Kalu went ahead to call for the disqualification of Tambuwal who is also the Governor of Sokoto state from a proposed consultative meeting with the Nigeria Governors Forum accusing him of being biased towards the Infectious Disease Control Bill insisting that Tambuwal misled and misguided the Forum into asking the House to step down the Bill.

“We assume that his position was informed by his well-known personal and partisan opposition to the emergence of the current leadership of House led by Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila considering his obvious stance in 2015 and 2019,” he stated.

He said that the House of Representatives would proceed with the legislative work on the controversial Infectious Disease Control Bill because according to him, the House of Representatives and National Assembly in general are not under the control of any state governor.

Also the House of Representatives has insisted on the consideration of the contentious Control of Infectious Diseases Bill explaining that it has not been stopped by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

In a statement yesterday, he House regretted that a section of the media had erroneously reported that the Federal High Court in its ruling on suit no FHC/ABJ/CS/463/2020 last week had stopped the further consideration of the bill.

 The House spokesman explained that though the applicant, through a motion ex parts, had sought an order of the court suspending the consideration of the bill, the court declined to grant the reliefs sought by the applicant so as to allow the respondent to appear before it and enter a defence. When contacted, the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Mr. Lanre Lasisi asked for time to comment on the matter but never did at the time of going to press. 

Also the spokesperson of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Abdulrazaq Barkindo could not be reached.

Culled from Nigerian Pilot 

Fresh report according to Nigerian Pilot suggests that as controversy continues to trail the Infectious Disease Control Bill before the House of Representatives, the Speaker, Hon.

Femi Gbajabiamila’s seat seems to be hanging in the balance as forces not comfortable with his recent style of leadership are said to be moving against him.

According to Nigerian Pilot, it was gathered that the recent face-off between the leadership of the House led by Gbajabiamila, the state governors and former Speaker of the House and now governor of Sokoto state, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal may cause Gbajabiamila his seat if not properly handled.

According to the source, the governors who are allegedly not happy with the way the House of Representatives responded to their advice that the Infectious Disease Control Bill be “stepped down” until proper consultations are made, are mobilising against the Speaker who is the lead sponsor of the Bill.

The source further disclosed that the governors at a recent meeting in Abuja had “secretly” agreed to push for the Speaker’s impeachment through their various representatives at the green chamber.

 He said some of the governors openly accused the Speaker of being “arrogant” in his approach to “national issues” a development they said should be checked to maintain the cordial relationship between the Legislature and the Executive.

Speaking further, the source stated the governor of Sokoto state, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal’s loyalists who felt slighted that the governor was accused of misleading and misguiding other members of the Governors Forum are also “spoiling for war”.

He said some members of the House already have grudges against the Speaker over allegation of overbearing especially in handling the donation to the fight against the coronavirus also known as COVID-19.

It was also alleged that the Speaker has been making frantic efforts to get his political godfather to rally the governors to shelve their plans and create an avenue for dialogue.

 It would be recalled that the governors operating under the aegis of Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF had recently urged the National Assembly to step down the proposed Infectious Disease Control Bill, 2020 introduced by the House of Representatives until an appropriate consultative process is held.

Chairman of the Forum, Dr. Kayode Fayemi who is also the Governor of Ekiti state had in Communiqué at the end of the Forum’s eight teleconference meeting added that the consultation must include a public hearing to gather public opinion and concerns on the proposed Bill. 

However, responding to the advice by the Governor’s Forum, the House of Representatives said it does not legislate for the states and therefore should not be “cowed” from doing its Constitutional responsibility.

 The spokesman of the House, Hon. Benjamin Kalu in a statement regretted that Hon. Aminu Tambuwal who is a former Speaker of the House stood a better position to rightly inform the Governors Forum but failed to do so. Hon. Kalu went ahead to call for the disqualification of Tambuwal who is also the Governor of Sokoto state from a proposed consultative meeting with the Nigeria Governors Forum accusing him of being biased towards the Infectious Disease Control Bill insisting that Tambuwal misled and misguided the Forum into asking the House to step down the Bill.

“We assume that his position was informed by his well-known personal and partisan opposition to the emergence of the current leadership of House led by Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila considering his obvious stance in 2015 and 2019,” he stated.

He said that the House of Representatives would proceed with the legislative work on the controversial Infectious Disease Control Bill because according to him, the House of Representatives and National Assembly in general are not under the control of any state governor.

Also the House of Representatives has insisted on the consideration of the contentious Control of Infectious Diseases Bill explaining that it has not been stopped by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

In a statement yesterday, he House regretted that a section of the media had erroneously reported that the Federal High Court in its ruling on suit no FHC/ABJ/CS/463/2020 last week had stopped the further consideration of the bill.

 The House spokesman explained that though the applicant, through a motion ex parts, had sought an order of the court suspending the consideration of the bill, the court declined to grant the reliefs sought by the applicant so as to allow the respondent to appear before it and enter a defence. When contacted, the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Mr. Lanre Lasisi asked for time to comment on the matter but never did at the time of going to press. 

Also the spokesperson of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Abdulrazaq Barkindo could not be reached.

Culled from Nigerian Pilot 

At last, Madagascar announces FIRST DEATH of Covid-19 despite cure claim

At last, Madagascar announces FIRST DEATH of Covid-19 despite cure claim

By News Proof 

Amidst controversial cure claims of Covid-19, Madagascar on Sunday announced the first death of a patient suffering from the novel coronavirus, nearly two months after it was first detected in the country, an AFP report published on France24 English suggests. 

According to the report, the victim is a 57-year-old hospital worker. He died on Saturday and had underlying diabetes and high blood pressure before he was infected, an official from the anti-coronavirus task team said.

"It is with great sadness that we have to share with all our compatriots, that there is an individual, aged 57, who died from Covid-19," professor Hanta Vololontiana said on public television.

He was a car park attendant at a hospital in the eastern city of Toamasina.

The Indian Ocean island which has reported 304 cases has hit the headlines over a home-grown herbal concoction that President Andry Rajoelina claims can cure people infected with the virus.

Nigerian and several African countries have ordered or expressed interest in the purported remedy, which is known as Covid-Organics.

The tonic drink is derived from artemisia, a plant with proven efficacy in malaria treatment and other indigenous herbs.

But the World Health Organization has warned against "adopting a product that has not been taken through tests to see its efficacy".
By News Proof 

Amidst controversial cure claims of Covid-19, Madagascar on Sunday announced the first death of a patient suffering from the novel coronavirus, nearly two months after it was first detected in the country, an AFP report published on France24 English suggests. 

According to the report, the victim is a 57-year-old hospital worker. He died on Saturday and had underlying diabetes and high blood pressure before he was infected, an official from the anti-coronavirus task team said.

"It is with great sadness that we have to share with all our compatriots, that there is an individual, aged 57, who died from Covid-19," professor Hanta Vololontiana said on public television.

He was a car park attendant at a hospital in the eastern city of Toamasina.

The Indian Ocean island which has reported 304 cases has hit the headlines over a home-grown herbal concoction that President Andry Rajoelina claims can cure people infected with the virus.

Nigerian and several African countries have ordered or expressed interest in the purported remedy, which is known as Covid-Organics.

The tonic drink is derived from artemisia, a plant with proven efficacy in malaria treatment and other indigenous herbs.

But the World Health Organization has warned against "adopting a product that has not been taken through tests to see its efficacy".

'I didn't join politics to solve Nigeria’s problems' - Amaechi

'I didn't join politics to solve Nigeria’s problems' - Amaechi

By Dansu Peter 

A former governor of Rivers State, now the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi has disclosed he did not join politics to solve Nigeria’s problems but rather, unemployment forced him to do so. 

Amaechi made the disclosure in an interview with Punch Newspapers published on Sunday. 

He said, rather than intention to solve Nigeria’s problems, it unemployment that led him to opt for Politics. 

"... I didn’t join politics because I wanted to be a leader or because I wanted to solve Nigeria’s problems. I joined because of unemployment. I also believe there is a part that grace played in it," he was quoted to have said according to Punch Newspaper.
 
Read further at Punch 
By Dansu Peter 

A former governor of Rivers State, now the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi has disclosed he did not join politics to solve Nigeria’s problems but rather, unemployment forced him to do so. 

Amaechi made the disclosure in an interview with Punch Newspapers published on Sunday. 

He said, rather than intention to solve Nigeria’s problems, it unemployment that led him to opt for Politics. 

"... I didn’t join politics because I wanted to be a leader or because I wanted to solve Nigeria’s problems. I joined because of unemployment. I also believe there is a part that grace played in it," he was quoted to have said according to Punch Newspaper.
 
Read further at Punch 

S'Leone appoints Nigerian Doctor as Head of Covid-19 Taskforce with $20,000 monthly wage

S'Leone appoints Nigerian Doctor as Head of Covid-19 Taskforce with $20,000 monthly wage

The government of Sierra Leone has appointed Nigeria’s Dr. Laoluwa Adejayan as head of its Covid-19 task force after adjudging him the best foreign medical practitioner in the country.

Consequently, his salary has been raised to $20,000 per month, a 100 per cent increase.

Adejayan is a graduate of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State.

He worked briefly in Bayelsa State after his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme before transferring his service to the West African country under the Technical Aids Corps scheme, in 2012.

President Julius Maada Bio confirmed Adejayan’s appointment in a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Bio described the Nigerian as a good ambassador of his country who has proved to be a well-trained, brilliant and hardworking doctor.

Buhari congratulated Adejayan for being a good ambassador of Nigeria.

Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Femi Adesina, Buhari said the Federal Government was proud of his hard work in a foreign land.
The government of Sierra Leone has appointed Nigeria’s Dr. Laoluwa Adejayan as head of its Covid-19 task force after adjudging him the best foreign medical practitioner in the country.

Consequently, his salary has been raised to $20,000 per month, a 100 per cent increase.

Adejayan is a graduate of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State.

He worked briefly in Bayelsa State after his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme before transferring his service to the West African country under the Technical Aids Corps scheme, in 2012.

President Julius Maada Bio confirmed Adejayan’s appointment in a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Bio described the Nigerian as a good ambassador of his country who has proved to be a well-trained, brilliant and hardworking doctor.

Buhari congratulated Adejayan for being a good ambassador of Nigeria.

Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Femi Adesina, Buhari said the Federal Government was proud of his hard work in a foreign land.

Gambari:The Slap Next Time - Nigerians reminds Femi Adesina of an article against Buhari’s new CoS in 2008

Gambari:The Slap Next Time - Nigerians reminds Femi Adesina of an article against Buhari’s new CoS in 2008

By News Proof 


Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari was one of the lead journalists working with the Sun Newspapers before his appointment as media aide to the President. 

He has written so many articles as a critique of various governments prior to his appointment. One of his numerous articles, especially against the newly appointed Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu was this morning shared on Social media. 

The article was published on The Sun Newspapers in 2008,titled : Gambari: The Slap Next Time. 


By News Proof 


Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari was one of the lead journalists working with the Sun Newspapers before his appointment as media aide to the President. 

He has written so many articles as a critique of various governments prior to his appointment. One of his numerous articles, especially against the newly appointed Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu was this morning shared on Social media. 

The article was published on The Sun Newspapers in 2008,titled : Gambari: The Slap Next Time. 


Watch video of 2 men fighting dirty over a woman in public

Watch video of 2 men fighting dirty over a woman in public

Two grown men took to the streets to fight each other over a woman.

In a video shared online, both men are seen throwing punches at each other in public. A crowd gathered to watch the fight but the men made no move to stop, not even after they were threatened that their video will be shared on Facebook.

Voices in the background are heard speaking in Yoruba, taunting the men for fighting over a woman.
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Two men filmed fighting over a woman.

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Two grown men took to the streets to fight each other over a woman.

In a video shared online, both men are seen throwing punches at each other in public. A crowd gathered to watch the fight but the men made no move to stop, not even after they were threatened that their video will be shared on Facebook.

Voices in the background are heard speaking in Yoruba, taunting the men for fighting over a woman.
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Two men filmed fighting over a woman.

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Covid-19: No nonsense Burundi Expels WHO, declares agency, allies Persona non grata

Covid-19: No nonsense Burundi Expels WHO, declares agency, allies Persona non grata

Emerging several reports suggest that Burundi has ordered the expulsion of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) expert team backing the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, just days before the country’s elections.

According to the Guardian, the foreign ministry, in a letter to WHO Africa headquarters and seen by AFP on Wednesday, said the UN agency’s representative in Burundi and his three colleagues “are declared persona non grata and as such, must leave the territory of Burundi” by Friday.

The directive, dated 12 May, expels the WHO’s top official in Burundi, Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo; the country’s coronavirus coordinator, Dr Jean Pierre Mulunda Nkata; communicable diseases head, Dr Ruhana Mirindi Bisimwa, and a laboratory expert in the testing for Covid-19, Prof Daniel Tarzy.

“Late yesterday afternoon I was made aware through a note verbale about this decision of the government of Burundi which has asked our WHO representative and three other persons, one of whom is a consultant … to leave the country immediately,” the WHO Africa director, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said on Thursday.

“We are in communication with the government of Burundi to clarify and understand the reasoning behind this decision they have taken. We are in the meantime then working to organise the departure of our staff.”

The letter does not provide a reason for the decision. Diplomatic and administrative sources said the foreign ministry aborted a similar attempt to expel the same four officials a month ago.

“They are expelled and the health minister has totally excluded WHO, accusing it of unacceptable interference in its management of the coronavirus,” a Burundian official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Emerging several reports suggest that Burundi has ordered the expulsion of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) expert team backing the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, just days before the country’s elections.

According to the Guardian, the foreign ministry, in a letter to WHO Africa headquarters and seen by AFP on Wednesday, said the UN agency’s representative in Burundi and his three colleagues “are declared persona non grata and as such, must leave the territory of Burundi” by Friday.

The directive, dated 12 May, expels the WHO’s top official in Burundi, Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo; the country’s coronavirus coordinator, Dr Jean Pierre Mulunda Nkata; communicable diseases head, Dr Ruhana Mirindi Bisimwa, and a laboratory expert in the testing for Covid-19, Prof Daniel Tarzy.

“Late yesterday afternoon I was made aware through a note verbale about this decision of the government of Burundi which has asked our WHO representative and three other persons, one of whom is a consultant … to leave the country immediately,” the WHO Africa director, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said on Thursday.

“We are in communication with the government of Burundi to clarify and understand the reasoning behind this decision they have taken. We are in the meantime then working to organise the departure of our staff.”

The letter does not provide a reason for the decision. Diplomatic and administrative sources said the foreign ministry aborted a similar attempt to expel the same four officials a month ago.

“They are expelled and the health minister has totally excluded WHO, accusing it of unacceptable interference in its management of the coronavirus,” a Burundian official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

BREAKING: Court Awards N10m Against DSS For Illegally Detaining Man Who Purchased SIM Card Previously Used By Buhari’s Daughter

BREAKING: Court Awards N10m Against DSS For Illegally Detaining Man Who Purchased SIM Card Previously Used By Buhari’s Daughter

A federal high Court in Asaba, Delta State, on Thursday has awarded N10m against Nigeria's secret police, the DSS for illegally detaining Anthony Okolie for 10 weeks who purchased SIM card previously used by President Buhari’s daughter, Hanan Buhari. 

Okolie has approached the court, demanding for N500 from the DSS for detaining him illegally. 

Details shortly.... 
A federal high Court in Asaba, Delta State, on Thursday has awarded N10m against Nigeria's secret police, the DSS for illegally detaining Anthony Okolie for 10 weeks who purchased SIM card previously used by President Buhari’s daughter, Hanan Buhari. 

Okolie has approached the court, demanding for N500 from the DSS for detaining him illegally. 

Details shortly.... 

Covid-19: Popular Nigerian Pastor sells coronavirus prevention oil at $100

Covid-19: Popular Nigerian Pastor sells coronavirus prevention oil at $100

By Dansu Peter 

Popular Nigerian Pastor, Godheart Val Aloysius has claimed he has made anointing oil that  immunize against ravaging pandemic of Covid-19. 

He made the claim on a Facebook post yesterday.

Below is his post:

"THE SOLUTION IS HERE!!!

Get This COVID-19 PREVENTION OIL and gain spiritual immunity to the deadly Pandemic 
with a seed of faith of 100 USD (100$)"


By Dansu Peter 

Popular Nigerian Pastor, Godheart Val Aloysius has claimed he has made anointing oil that  immunize against ravaging pandemic of Covid-19. 

He made the claim on a Facebook post yesterday.

Below is his post:

"THE SOLUTION IS HERE!!!

Get This COVID-19 PREVENTION OIL and gain spiritual immunity to the deadly Pandemic 
with a seed of faith of 100 USD (100$)"


Ululations of Shekau: Why Buratai cannot lose this war!, By Idris Abubakar

Ululations of Shekau: Why Buratai cannot lose this war!, By Idris Abubakar

By Idris Abubakar 

The narrative that the rambunctious and puffy leader of the Boko Haram terrorists group, Abubakar Shekau, has been devastated to the point that he has not only become sober but is pleading for mercy would have been unimaginable in the recent past. 

Indeed when the audio tape of the Boko Haram leader was released by a major news medium, many did not believe it initially until it was confirmed by multiple sources.

Shekau, through media preps and hype has over the years  succeeded in not only terrorising the minds of people, but has succeeded in creating a myth of invincibility about himself. 

But it is true that the Boko Haram leader in a new audio, not only admitted being weakened but cried for mercy seeking protection against the firepower of the Nigerian military.

Shekau in the 1:22 seconds audio, cried that he and his men are facing difficulties  due to what he called the  devilish act and wickedness of the Nigerian military. 

He said, “We deserted Izala people to practice Your true religion; we abandoned Tijjaniyya people to practice Your true religion; we deserted the Shiites to practice Your true religion; we forsook our parents, uncles and aunties to practice Your true religion. 

“It is because of your religion that we placed knife on Your servants’ necks; but today, they are trying to change us from one thing to another. Oh Lord, have mercy upon under [the blessings] Ramadhan; Oh Lord, have mercy on under [the blessings] of Ramadhan," he said while crying profusely.

The ululations of Shekau is  not without basis.

Since March when Lt. Gen. TY Buratai moved to the theatre of war in Borno State, the fight against insurgency and terrorism took a new dimension with the Nigerian military giving the insurgents hell in each encounter.

The sustained offensive has recorded a series of successes against the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists fighting on the fringes of Lake Chad region. 

In March, Nigerian troops eliminated not less than 20 top Boko Haram commanders including one Abu Usamah, and over 100 of their fighters who were hiding in Kwalaram, Ngilewa, Sabon Tumbu, Bukarmairam, Wulgo in the Marte and Gamboru Ngala axis as well as in Gorgi, Damboa local government of  Borno State.

The troops followed up on that with the  killing of 105 insurgents in Buni Gari and captured many weapons in April and on the heels of that in May, killed 134 of ISWAP and  Boko Haram members  and  arrested 28 of their informants and overran their camps in Durfada, Allafha, Timbuktu, Bulajibi and Gonikurmi near the Sambisa forest. 

These appear too good to be true but all facts relating to the success have been fact checked and confirmed by security experts, the media and other independent bodies .

The question now is what has made it possible for these successes to be recorded within a short time and in the magnitude attained.

Hitherto, the killing of even tens of insurgents given the asymmetric nature of the fight and the lack of clear demarcation between the terrorists and civilian communities have been celebrated,  but in less than two months, over 500 of the terrorists and not less than 40 of their top commanders and informants have been  taken down bringing them to their knees and begging for mercy. 

The secret has to do with the current leadership of the military and the experience of the person leading the assault on the insurgents at the Lake Chad region.

Buratai undoubtedly is one of the best war commanders and intelligent military tactician Nigeria and indeed Africa has ever had.

Since he began leading the Multinational Joint Task Force against insurgency the pressure tilted on the terrorists.

Pathetic stories of troops fleeing from battle fields in what was known as tactical withdrawal stopped completely. 

Stories about soldiers opening fire on their commanders due to lack of trust or wives of soldiers protesting the deployment of their husbands to the battle front all stopped

Troops and their commanders who have worked directly under Buratai have described him as motivation personified.

Troops tell the story of one of his first appearances in the theatre of war after he was appointed chief of army staff. While addressing soldiers in their camps,  shots, apparently from the insurgents were heard from the nearby bushes and the COAS was said to have given an order for the troops to follow him to take down the 'irritants.'

Since confirming that the Army Chief is serious about winning the battle due to the zeal and courage he exhibits, troops no longer have cause to doubt the sincerity of their commanders and have been motivated to push harder. 

Seeing that the new helmsman is  not one that would hole himself up in a guest house partying while troops are in the battle field but one that is prepared to be in the battlefield with them, troops regained their confidence and moved with gusto. 

The Boko Haram and ISWAP fighters must noticed the change in the fighting spirit of troops and must have been asking themselves if these were the same set of troops that were scared of confronting them that many of them were said to have even deserted the army out of fear.

The fact is, Buratai, thinks, eats and drinks battles. He sees military engagement and combat as every drill that should be expected by any serious soldier no matter the rank.

Those close to him say he devotes his time to study and  planning war strategies and is meticulous and thorough in execution. 

He is said to have studied all the strategies of war heroes like Chaka Zulu, Khalid ibn Walid, Hannibal, Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte and others.

War experts and security analysts maintain that given the depth of knowledge and experience Buratai has acquired over the years, that it would be an insult to expect anything less from the current war against insurgency given the nature of the enemy who are mere street urchins trained by a sprinkle of rebels from Chad who serve as their commanders. 

The  Army Chief's latest innovation is said to be the strategy which involves moving reinforcement while troops are pressing hard against the insurgents which has completely overwhelmed the terrorists. 

President Muhammadu Buhari has indeed made the right choice as far as the military high command is concerned. 

But it is not over until it is over. 

Buratai and the troops  deserve the prayer and support of all Nigerians as we can see that he and his troops are on the last lap of putting a final stop to Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorism.

Abubakar is a security expert and wrote this piece from Shomolu, Lagos.
By Idris Abubakar 

The narrative that the rambunctious and puffy leader of the Boko Haram terrorists group, Abubakar Shekau, has been devastated to the point that he has not only become sober but is pleading for mercy would have been unimaginable in the recent past. 

Indeed when the audio tape of the Boko Haram leader was released by a major news medium, many did not believe it initially until it was confirmed by multiple sources.

Shekau, through media preps and hype has over the years  succeeded in not only terrorising the minds of people, but has succeeded in creating a myth of invincibility about himself. 

But it is true that the Boko Haram leader in a new audio, not only admitted being weakened but cried for mercy seeking protection against the firepower of the Nigerian military.

Shekau in the 1:22 seconds audio, cried that he and his men are facing difficulties  due to what he called the  devilish act and wickedness of the Nigerian military. 

He said, “We deserted Izala people to practice Your true religion; we abandoned Tijjaniyya people to practice Your true religion; we deserted the Shiites to practice Your true religion; we forsook our parents, uncles and aunties to practice Your true religion. 

“It is because of your religion that we placed knife on Your servants’ necks; but today, they are trying to change us from one thing to another. Oh Lord, have mercy upon under [the blessings] Ramadhan; Oh Lord, have mercy on under [the blessings] of Ramadhan," he said while crying profusely.

The ululations of Shekau is  not without basis.

Since March when Lt. Gen. TY Buratai moved to the theatre of war in Borno State, the fight against insurgency and terrorism took a new dimension with the Nigerian military giving the insurgents hell in each encounter.

The sustained offensive has recorded a series of successes against the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists fighting on the fringes of Lake Chad region. 

In March, Nigerian troops eliminated not less than 20 top Boko Haram commanders including one Abu Usamah, and over 100 of their fighters who were hiding in Kwalaram, Ngilewa, Sabon Tumbu, Bukarmairam, Wulgo in the Marte and Gamboru Ngala axis as well as in Gorgi, Damboa local government of  Borno State.

The troops followed up on that with the  killing of 105 insurgents in Buni Gari and captured many weapons in April and on the heels of that in May, killed 134 of ISWAP and  Boko Haram members  and  arrested 28 of their informants and overran their camps in Durfada, Allafha, Timbuktu, Bulajibi and Gonikurmi near the Sambisa forest. 

These appear too good to be true but all facts relating to the success have been fact checked and confirmed by security experts, the media and other independent bodies .

The question now is what has made it possible for these successes to be recorded within a short time and in the magnitude attained.

Hitherto, the killing of even tens of insurgents given the asymmetric nature of the fight and the lack of clear demarcation between the terrorists and civilian communities have been celebrated,  but in less than two months, over 500 of the terrorists and not less than 40 of their top commanders and informants have been  taken down bringing them to their knees and begging for mercy. 

The secret has to do with the current leadership of the military and the experience of the person leading the assault on the insurgents at the Lake Chad region.

Buratai undoubtedly is one of the best war commanders and intelligent military tactician Nigeria and indeed Africa has ever had.

Since he began leading the Multinational Joint Task Force against insurgency the pressure tilted on the terrorists.

Pathetic stories of troops fleeing from battle fields in what was known as tactical withdrawal stopped completely. 

Stories about soldiers opening fire on their commanders due to lack of trust or wives of soldiers protesting the deployment of their husbands to the battle front all stopped

Troops and their commanders who have worked directly under Buratai have described him as motivation personified.

Troops tell the story of one of his first appearances in the theatre of war after he was appointed chief of army staff. While addressing soldiers in their camps,  shots, apparently from the insurgents were heard from the nearby bushes and the COAS was said to have given an order for the troops to follow him to take down the 'irritants.'

Since confirming that the Army Chief is serious about winning the battle due to the zeal and courage he exhibits, troops no longer have cause to doubt the sincerity of their commanders and have been motivated to push harder. 

Seeing that the new helmsman is  not one that would hole himself up in a guest house partying while troops are in the battle field but one that is prepared to be in the battlefield with them, troops regained their confidence and moved with gusto. 

The Boko Haram and ISWAP fighters must noticed the change in the fighting spirit of troops and must have been asking themselves if these were the same set of troops that were scared of confronting them that many of them were said to have even deserted the army out of fear.

The fact is, Buratai, thinks, eats and drinks battles. He sees military engagement and combat as every drill that should be expected by any serious soldier no matter the rank.

Those close to him say he devotes his time to study and  planning war strategies and is meticulous and thorough in execution. 

He is said to have studied all the strategies of war heroes like Chaka Zulu, Khalid ibn Walid, Hannibal, Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte and others.

War experts and security analysts maintain that given the depth of knowledge and experience Buratai has acquired over the years, that it would be an insult to expect anything less from the current war against insurgency given the nature of the enemy who are mere street urchins trained by a sprinkle of rebels from Chad who serve as their commanders. 

The  Army Chief's latest innovation is said to be the strategy which involves moving reinforcement while troops are pressing hard against the insurgents which has completely overwhelmed the terrorists. 

President Muhammadu Buhari has indeed made the right choice as far as the military high command is concerned. 

But it is not over until it is over. 

Buratai and the troops  deserve the prayer and support of all Nigerians as we can see that he and his troops are on the last lap of putting a final stop to Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorism.

Abubakar is a security expert and wrote this piece from Shomolu, Lagos.

'I'm Not answerable to Nigeria but Buhari' - Gambari's acceptance speech

'I'm Not answerable to Nigeria but Buhari' - Gambari's acceptance speech

By News Proof 

In a reaction that could be regarded as an acceptance speech, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the newly appointed Chief of Staff to the President who assumed office today, May 13, has pointed that he will only be reporting to the President and not to the nation.

Gambari gave this clarification when he spoke to state house correspondents after attending the Federal Executive Council meeting in the statehouse Abuja.

The 75-year-old diplomat thanked President Buhari for his appointment.

“I thank the President of the Federal Republic for giving me the opportunity to serve him and of course, the country”, he said.

When asked what Nigerians should expect from him as Chief of Staff, he said

“We have not started, I’ll have to find out. I don’t report directly to the nation, I report to the President”.

He pledged to serve the President to the best of his ability.

Culled from LIB
By News Proof 

In a reaction that could be regarded as an acceptance speech, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the newly appointed Chief of Staff to the President who assumed office today, May 13, has pointed that he will only be reporting to the President and not to the nation.

Gambari gave this clarification when he spoke to state house correspondents after attending the Federal Executive Council meeting in the statehouse Abuja.

The 75-year-old diplomat thanked President Buhari for his appointment.

“I thank the President of the Federal Republic for giving me the opportunity to serve him and of course, the country”, he said.

When asked what Nigerians should expect from him as Chief of Staff, he said

“We have not started, I’ll have to find out. I don’t report directly to the nation, I report to the President”.

He pledged to serve the President to the best of his ability.

Culled from LIB

Gambari's Appointment: Aso Rock Cabal in disarray as Aisha takes covert charge of power seat

Gambari's Appointment: Aso Rock Cabal in disarray as Aisha takes covert charge of power seat

There are emerging indications that fresh panic may have engulfed the Nigerian presidency since the appointment of Prof Ibrahim Gambari as Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari. 

Sources within Aso rock disclosed that palpable fear purportedly grip some principal officers over the probability of total overhaul of the State House, and by extension, the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
 
A stakeholder of goodwill in the Nigerian project insinuated that the appointment of Prof. Gambari as Chief of Staff to the President shows that “the CABAL has just been dislodged by the CARTEL.” The wife of the President, Hajia Aisha Buhari, was depicted to have sought the alliance of a Cartel in the lobby for a new Chief of Staff to the President, against the forces of the Cabal in the State House. 

She went for an accomplished technocrat and close ally of the President, Gambari, then, solicited the support of renowned elder statesmen, and overwhelmed the perceived Cabal she has been confronting over time in the era of late Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, purportedly led by Mamman Daura.

A stakeholder in the polity, Chief JC Ikunna, had taken to the social media platform to analyze the appointment of Gambari as Chief of Staff. He highlighted: “What we saw today was a coup de’tat, in which the de facto president is now 100% loyal to the *CARTEL*. In case you are not aware, the cartel is made of OBJ, TY Danjuma, Abdul Salami, Guazo, and even their latest recruit, Jonathan Goodluck.”

He alleged: “Aisha wanted control of the Villa. She knew she could not do it alone, so, she reached out to the CARTEL for their assistance, and they willingly gave it to her, knowing that the enemy of your enemy is a friend.

“Mamman Duara, the head of the CABAL, has been fully schemed out.

“Look out for a complete overhaul of Buhari’s cabinet, and all other appointments. Nigeria may just have been saved from the brink of catastrophe. We have Aisha to thank.

“Never underestimate the power of a beautiful woman who has all the facts.”

There are high expectations that with the appointment of Gambari, “things are about to change” in Nigeria.

Culled from Mouthpiece NG
There are emerging indications that fresh panic may have engulfed the Nigerian presidency since the appointment of Prof Ibrahim Gambari as Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari. 

Sources within Aso rock disclosed that palpable fear purportedly grip some principal officers over the probability of total overhaul of the State House, and by extension, the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
 
A stakeholder of goodwill in the Nigerian project insinuated that the appointment of Prof. Gambari as Chief of Staff to the President shows that “the CABAL has just been dislodged by the CARTEL.” The wife of the President, Hajia Aisha Buhari, was depicted to have sought the alliance of a Cartel in the lobby for a new Chief of Staff to the President, against the forces of the Cabal in the State House. 

She went for an accomplished technocrat and close ally of the President, Gambari, then, solicited the support of renowned elder statesmen, and overwhelmed the perceived Cabal she has been confronting over time in the era of late Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, purportedly led by Mamman Daura.

A stakeholder in the polity, Chief JC Ikunna, had taken to the social media platform to analyze the appointment of Gambari as Chief of Staff. He highlighted: “What we saw today was a coup de’tat, in which the de facto president is now 100% loyal to the *CARTEL*. In case you are not aware, the cartel is made of OBJ, TY Danjuma, Abdul Salami, Guazo, and even their latest recruit, Jonathan Goodluck.”

He alleged: “Aisha wanted control of the Villa. She knew she could not do it alone, so, she reached out to the CARTEL for their assistance, and they willingly gave it to her, knowing that the enemy of your enemy is a friend.

“Mamman Duara, the head of the CABAL, has been fully schemed out.

“Look out for a complete overhaul of Buhari’s cabinet, and all other appointments. Nigeria may just have been saved from the brink of catastrophe. We have Aisha to thank.

“Never underestimate the power of a beautiful woman who has all the facts.”

There are high expectations that with the appointment of Gambari, “things are about to change” in Nigeria.

Culled from Mouthpiece NG

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