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THERESA MAY Shed Tears As She Resigns As British PM

THERESA MAY Shed Tears As She Resigns As British PM

THERESA MAY
THERESA MAY
Photo Credit: Tolga AKMEN / AFP Via PM News
British Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation in an emotional address on Friday, ending a three-year tenure of near-constant crisis over Brexit.

May announces her resignation outside 10 Downing Street in central London on May 24, 2019

“It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit,” May, her voice breaking, said outside her Downing Street office.

Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday took note of the decision by British Prime Minister Theresa May to resign “with respect”, saying that they shared a “good and trusting” working relationship.

Pledging to keep working with May in the same spirit as long as she is in office, Merkel noted that Berlin “wishes to maintain close cooperation and a close relationship with the British government,” the German leader’s spokeswoman Martina Fietz said.

Fietz declined to comment on how May’s decision could affect Brexit, as “the development depends essentially on domestic political developments in Britain.
THERESA MAY
THERESA MAY
Photo Credit: Tolga AKMEN / AFP Via PM News
British Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation in an emotional address on Friday, ending a three-year tenure of near-constant crisis over Brexit.

May announces her resignation outside 10 Downing Street in central London on May 24, 2019

“It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit,” May, her voice breaking, said outside her Downing Street office.

Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday took note of the decision by British Prime Minister Theresa May to resign “with respect”, saying that they shared a “good and trusting” working relationship.

Pledging to keep working with May in the same spirit as long as she is in office, Merkel noted that Berlin “wishes to maintain close cooperation and a close relationship with the British government,” the German leader’s spokeswoman Martina Fietz said.

Fietz declined to comment on how May’s decision could affect Brexit, as “the development depends essentially on domestic political developments in Britain.

Report reveals how fear of tribunal judgement is tormenting Wike to blackmail Army GOC

Report reveals how fear of tribunal judgement is tormenting Wike to blackmail Army GOC

By Dansu Peter

The Centre for Conflict Investigation and Dialogue has revealed the recent verbal attack on the Nigerian Army by the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.

Wike had recently accused the Nigerian Army of engaging in partisan politics.

In a swift reacting, the Nigeria Army had accused the Rivers state government of arming political thugs with dangerous weapons to unleash mayhem in the state.

However, the centre in a report released on Tuesday, claimed Wike was being tormented by the fear of judgment of the election petition tribunal in the state.

The centre in the report identified some factors that pitched the Nigerian Army against and Governor Wike to include; refusal by the GOC 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Jamil Sharham to compromise on the security arrangement in place as directed by the Chief of Army Staff.

Governor Wike in the report was also accused of making several mouth-watering overtures to the GOC, that included offers of millions of dollars but were turned down.

Solomon Adodo , Executive Director of the centre, who signed the report, called on the Nigerian  Human Rights Commission to investigate the root cause of the post election violence in Rivers State and Wike’s alleged involvement in the melee.

The report below.

The recently conducted Gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections in Rivers State, South-South Nigeria came with its attendant security challenges that gave rise to the postponement of the polls having declared the first round of voting inconclusive. This indeed generated a beehive of issues that made it practically impossible for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct supplementary elections in the state.   

The Rivers state governor Nyesome Wike in the wake of the impasse had accused the Nigerian Army of engaging in partisan politics, while on the other hand the Nigeria Army had accused the Rivers state government of arming political thugs with dangerous weapons to unleash mayhem in the state, especially in areas that are perceived as political strongholds of the opposition party in the state.

The atmosphere was tensed, and there were a lot of skirmishes that resulted in deaths of innocent people, including an army officer in the state. It was speculated that the governor of the state, Nyesome Wike in an attempt to have his way at all cost offered some mouth-watering incentives to the General Officer Commanding Nigerian Army 6 Division in Rivers state, Major General Jamil Sarham.

Consequently, in a bid to put paid the speculations surrounding the various allegations on the role of the Nigerian Army during the elections in Rivers state, an independent report that was devoid of government interference was commissioned.

In a bid to ensure that the general elections were free, fair, and credible, one of the measures put in place by the federal government was to ensure that there was adequate security in states that were termed volatile going by previous elections. This much required that all hands must be on deck to ensure that election violence does not escalate and disrupt the polls.

The Nigerian Army joined the fray of security architecture for the elections by launching a nationwide operation tagged Operations Python Dance III to checkmate violent groups and ethnic militia to ensure a successful 2019 elections.

The Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike had stated that the negative role played by the Nigerian Army during the elections was the worst in the history of the country. He subsequently requested that the General Officer Commanding 6 Division of the Nigerian Army in Rivers State. Major General Jamila Sharham is redeployed.

After intense scrutiny of the issues and the role played by the various political actors and parties, it was discovered that what transpired in Rivers State during the elections was a power struggle between an incumbent governor fighting a battle for survival and an opposition hell-bent on wrestling power by all means available. And this amounted to a tensed atmosphere in the state that required both parties to put forward their best strategies, including the active use of violence and propaganda to achieve their objective.

Our team of researchers identified some factors that pitched the Nigerian Army against the governor of Rivers state, and they include; refusal by the GOC 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Jamil Sharham to compromise on the security arrangement in place as directed by the Chief of Army Staff.

Governor Nyesom Wike made several mouth-watering overtures to the GOC, that included offers of millions of dollars all to no avail. It was gathered that Nyesome Wike could not stomach the rejection of his overtures by the Army commander and consequently launched a character assassination campaign against Major General Jamil Sharlam.

It was also discovered that part of the issues that affected the relationship between the state government and the Nigerian Army was also the refusal of the Army commander to be a part of the ploy by Nyesome Wike to concoct 3.5 million votes for the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) during the presidential elections.

This was said to have infuriated the governor so much that he vowed to discredit the operations of the Nigerian Army in Rivers state before the local and international media, and to also ensure that their operations in the state were frustrated by the people.

The Role of Security Agencies:

Our team of researchers was able to gather from reliable sources that the bulk of the security operatives in Rivers state during the elections were compromised by the governor of Rivers state who doled out huge incentives. It was realized that the directive dished out by the governor was to ensure that the security operatives work hand in hand with INEC officials to be able to deliver 3.5 million votes for the PDP presidential candidates during the elections.

This plan was not successfully carried out because of the refusal of the Nigerian Army to be a part of the ploy. It was gathered that the refusal of the Nigerian Army to be a part of the ploy indeed frustrated the governor and his cronies who thought all was already in the pipeline for a smooth ride.

The Infiltration of Arms and ammunition in Rivers State during the elections:

It was gathered that the Rivers state government procured arms and distributed same to political thugs loyal to the People’s Democratic Party in the state. This much was highlighted during the elections when political thugs exchanged gun shots with the Nigeria Army that resulted in the deaths of some persons including an army officer.

Why Nyesom Wike is after Major General Jamil Sharham:

It was reliably gathered by our team of researchers from sources in Rives state government house that after the elections, the Governor vowed to pay the Army Commander in his coin for having the audacity not to work for his plan as the governor of the state.

The governor consequently launched several campaigns of calumny against the army commander. Sources added that several millions of naira had been earmarked for the execution of the project. Part of the ploy is that the governor would grant media briefings both in print and radio to continue to discredit the Army commander before the eyes of unsuspecting members of the public. 


After a careful analysis of the events the characterized the elections in Rivers state, this report was able to identify that the crux of the disagreement between the Nigerian Army and the Rivers state government was centred principally on the insistence of the Nigerian Army to be neutral and fair to all during the elections in line with the mandate given to it by the Army hierarchy.

The Rivers state government attempted to pitch the population against the Nigerian Army by propounding that the Nigerian Army was carrying out the scrip of a former governor in the state and said to be against the interest of the state. All of these indeed made the operations of the Nigerian Army in Rivers state during the elections an extremely difficult one.

It is therefore highly recommended that the Nigerian Human Rights Commission should investigate the state-sponsored violence during the elections in River state and those found guilty are brought to book and compensation paid to families of those that lost their lives.

The infiltration of arms in Rivers state is also alarming, and it is consequently advised that the police be mandated to begin the process of mopping up these arms from the possession of the political thugs in the state.
By Dansu Peter

The Centre for Conflict Investigation and Dialogue has revealed the recent verbal attack on the Nigerian Army by the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.

Wike had recently accused the Nigerian Army of engaging in partisan politics.

In a swift reacting, the Nigeria Army had accused the Rivers state government of arming political thugs with dangerous weapons to unleash mayhem in the state.

However, the centre in a report released on Tuesday, claimed Wike was being tormented by the fear of judgment of the election petition tribunal in the state.

The centre in the report identified some factors that pitched the Nigerian Army against and Governor Wike to include; refusal by the GOC 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Jamil Sharham to compromise on the security arrangement in place as directed by the Chief of Army Staff.

Governor Wike in the report was also accused of making several mouth-watering overtures to the GOC, that included offers of millions of dollars but were turned down.

Solomon Adodo , Executive Director of the centre, who signed the report, called on the Nigerian  Human Rights Commission to investigate the root cause of the post election violence in Rivers State and Wike’s alleged involvement in the melee.

The report below.

The recently conducted Gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections in Rivers State, South-South Nigeria came with its attendant security challenges that gave rise to the postponement of the polls having declared the first round of voting inconclusive. This indeed generated a beehive of issues that made it practically impossible for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct supplementary elections in the state.   

The Rivers state governor Nyesome Wike in the wake of the impasse had accused the Nigerian Army of engaging in partisan politics, while on the other hand the Nigeria Army had accused the Rivers state government of arming political thugs with dangerous weapons to unleash mayhem in the state, especially in areas that are perceived as political strongholds of the opposition party in the state.

The atmosphere was tensed, and there were a lot of skirmishes that resulted in deaths of innocent people, including an army officer in the state. It was speculated that the governor of the state, Nyesome Wike in an attempt to have his way at all cost offered some mouth-watering incentives to the General Officer Commanding Nigerian Army 6 Division in Rivers state, Major General Jamil Sarham.

Consequently, in a bid to put paid the speculations surrounding the various allegations on the role of the Nigerian Army during the elections in Rivers state, an independent report that was devoid of government interference was commissioned.

In a bid to ensure that the general elections were free, fair, and credible, one of the measures put in place by the federal government was to ensure that there was adequate security in states that were termed volatile going by previous elections. This much required that all hands must be on deck to ensure that election violence does not escalate and disrupt the polls.

The Nigerian Army joined the fray of security architecture for the elections by launching a nationwide operation tagged Operations Python Dance III to checkmate violent groups and ethnic militia to ensure a successful 2019 elections.

The Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike had stated that the negative role played by the Nigerian Army during the elections was the worst in the history of the country. He subsequently requested that the General Officer Commanding 6 Division of the Nigerian Army in Rivers State. Major General Jamila Sharham is redeployed.

After intense scrutiny of the issues and the role played by the various political actors and parties, it was discovered that what transpired in Rivers State during the elections was a power struggle between an incumbent governor fighting a battle for survival and an opposition hell-bent on wrestling power by all means available. And this amounted to a tensed atmosphere in the state that required both parties to put forward their best strategies, including the active use of violence and propaganda to achieve their objective.

Our team of researchers identified some factors that pitched the Nigerian Army against the governor of Rivers state, and they include; refusal by the GOC 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Jamil Sharham to compromise on the security arrangement in place as directed by the Chief of Army Staff.

Governor Nyesom Wike made several mouth-watering overtures to the GOC, that included offers of millions of dollars all to no avail. It was gathered that Nyesome Wike could not stomach the rejection of his overtures by the Army commander and consequently launched a character assassination campaign against Major General Jamil Sharlam.

It was also discovered that part of the issues that affected the relationship between the state government and the Nigerian Army was also the refusal of the Army commander to be a part of the ploy by Nyesome Wike to concoct 3.5 million votes for the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) during the presidential elections.

This was said to have infuriated the governor so much that he vowed to discredit the operations of the Nigerian Army in Rivers state before the local and international media, and to also ensure that their operations in the state were frustrated by the people.

The Role of Security Agencies:

Our team of researchers was able to gather from reliable sources that the bulk of the security operatives in Rivers state during the elections were compromised by the governor of Rivers state who doled out huge incentives. It was realized that the directive dished out by the governor was to ensure that the security operatives work hand in hand with INEC officials to be able to deliver 3.5 million votes for the PDP presidential candidates during the elections.

This plan was not successfully carried out because of the refusal of the Nigerian Army to be a part of the ploy. It was gathered that the refusal of the Nigerian Army to be a part of the ploy indeed frustrated the governor and his cronies who thought all was already in the pipeline for a smooth ride.

The Infiltration of Arms and ammunition in Rivers State during the elections:

It was gathered that the Rivers state government procured arms and distributed same to political thugs loyal to the People’s Democratic Party in the state. This much was highlighted during the elections when political thugs exchanged gun shots with the Nigeria Army that resulted in the deaths of some persons including an army officer.

Why Nyesom Wike is after Major General Jamil Sharham:

It was reliably gathered by our team of researchers from sources in Rives state government house that after the elections, the Governor vowed to pay the Army Commander in his coin for having the audacity not to work for his plan as the governor of the state.

The governor consequently launched several campaigns of calumny against the army commander. Sources added that several millions of naira had been earmarked for the execution of the project. Part of the ploy is that the governor would grant media briefings both in print and radio to continue to discredit the Army commander before the eyes of unsuspecting members of the public. 


After a careful analysis of the events the characterized the elections in Rivers state, this report was able to identify that the crux of the disagreement between the Nigerian Army and the Rivers state government was centred principally on the insistence of the Nigerian Army to be neutral and fair to all during the elections in line with the mandate given to it by the Army hierarchy.

The Rivers state government attempted to pitch the population against the Nigerian Army by propounding that the Nigerian Army was carrying out the scrip of a former governor in the state and said to be against the interest of the state. All of these indeed made the operations of the Nigerian Army in Rivers state during the elections an extremely difficult one.

It is therefore highly recommended that the Nigerian Human Rights Commission should investigate the state-sponsored violence during the elections in River state and those found guilty are brought to book and compensation paid to families of those that lost their lives.

The infiltration of arms in Rivers state is also alarming, and it is consequently advised that the police be mandated to begin the process of mopping up these arms from the possession of the political thugs in the state.

OSUN OKADA PROTEST: UNDERSTANDING THE NARRATIVE, By Charles Adeyemi

OSUN OKADA PROTEST: UNDERSTANDING THE NARRATIVE, By Charles Adeyemi

By Charles Adeyemi

OSUN OKADA PROTEST
The question of tax is a civic responsibility for societal progress, this is not a new practice anywhere in the world, it's the reason great nations of the world attained feat of greatness and as a state within the Nigerian federation we are getting there.

Yesterday 21st may, some okada riders protest an alleged due increment, I first thought it must have been a communication gap between the union leaders and their members BECAUSE to the best of my knowledge the leaders approach government on the need to unify their mode of due collection with government due hence the #200 levy which when paid no one will stop bikemen again for the day as against the usually practice of paying at every other junction, this is the narrative I know and understand until the leaders of the union, ACCOMORAN, MUTUM & ANAKOWA made public statement to discredit the protesters as not belonging to any association, not register to any association and are probably been used, much as I don't totally agree with that line of defense, I also believe efforts is on going to see to it that mutual understanding exist between the union members, leaders and government.

The villain in this matter is the opposition party, who bereft of information jump into the lagoon of confusion, transmitting confusion to their innocent members and readers especially the PDP chairman. We shall continue to educate them when necessary on what opposition politics is about.
By Charles Adeyemi

OSUN OKADA PROTEST
The question of tax is a civic responsibility for societal progress, this is not a new practice anywhere in the world, it's the reason great nations of the world attained feat of greatness and as a state within the Nigerian federation we are getting there.

Yesterday 21st may, some okada riders protest an alleged due increment, I first thought it must have been a communication gap between the union leaders and their members BECAUSE to the best of my knowledge the leaders approach government on the need to unify their mode of due collection with government due hence the #200 levy which when paid no one will stop bikemen again for the day as against the usually practice of paying at every other junction, this is the narrative I know and understand until the leaders of the union, ACCOMORAN, MUTUM & ANAKOWA made public statement to discredit the protesters as not belonging to any association, not register to any association and are probably been used, much as I don't totally agree with that line of defense, I also believe efforts is on going to see to it that mutual understanding exist between the union members, leaders and government.

The villain in this matter is the opposition party, who bereft of information jump into the lagoon of confusion, transmitting confusion to their innocent members and readers especially the PDP chairman. We shall continue to educate them when necessary on what opposition politics is about.

Nigerian Armed Forces not sentimental about retirement policy — Christian group

Nigerian Armed Forces not sentimental about retirement policy — Christian group

By Dansu Peter

The Young Christians Forum of Nigeria (YCFN) has described as unfounded allegations of lopsided recruitment, postings, appointments and retirements of military personnel by the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN).

Nigerians were taken aback last week when malicious reports spread across the media about the military's alleged favouritism for a particular religion and region.

A statement on Tuesday by Onyeama Nwachukwu, Acting Director Defence Information, had rubbished claims that over 200 officers from a particular geo-political zone and religion, in the first quarter 2019, were retired prematurely.

After thorough fact-finding through its members in the Federal Character Commission, the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy, the Nigerian Airforce and other related authorities, the YCFN backed the Armed Forces’ stands.

This was made public in an extensive report signed by its President Rev. Nathaniel Ochimana but represented at the press conference by Vice President, Bro. Bright Sunday.

According to the Christian group, the  assertion of premature retirement of Christian officers and lopsided recruitment of northern Muslims, postings, and appointments are utterly misleading.

“ We wish to state that the Young Christians Forum of Nigeria, an organization consisting of Christians from all works of life in Nigeria was taken aback by the claims that some Christian officers were silently retired from the Armed Forces and replaced by Muslims by the leadership of the Armed Forces led by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonishakin,” the group began.

“ So as not to leave any stone unturned, the Young Christians Forum investigated the claims with a view to ascertaining the correctness of the news making the rounds in the public domain.”

Upon completion of investigations, however, the group discovered that there was never a time in the history of the Armed Forces that promotions and retirements were based on ethnic or religious factors.

“ Findings gathered from the Federal Character Commission indicates that no such infraction was recorded in the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under the leadership of the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonishakin

“ Findings from personnel from the Army, Navy, and Airforce debunked the claims of mass retirement of Christians officers and the recruitment and lopsided posting of Muslim officers to replace them.

“ Findings from the National Human Rights Commission also indicates that the commission is not in receipt of any petition on religious and ethnic discrimination in the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The Christian group, therefore concluded that the allegations were concocted, and a deliberate falsehood aimed at sowing the seed of bitterness in the Nigerian Armed Forces.

They added that "the Young Christians Forum of Nigeria believes that the news is highly misleading and capable of puncturing the harmonious working relationship between Christians and Muslims in the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“ We also wish to state that from the interactions we had with some select officers and men of the Armed Forces, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonishakin upon resumption of office has instituted a number of reforms that ensures a strict adherence to the rules of engagement as it concerns discipline, promotion, postings and retirement from the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“ The Young Christians Forum of Nigeria consequently wishes to sound a note of warning to the political detractors to stay away from the activities of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria so they can concentrate on the fight against terrorism in Nigeria.

 “ The Young Christians Forum of Nigeria also wishes to state that the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not an ethnic or religious organization and hence it should not be associated with the promotion of ethnic or religious agenda.

“The Young Christians Forum of Nigeria also wishes to remind the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that they are indeed patriots and never give in to the cheap blackmail been bandied around by detractors.”
By Dansu Peter

The Young Christians Forum of Nigeria (YCFN) has described as unfounded allegations of lopsided recruitment, postings, appointments and retirements of military personnel by the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN).

Nigerians were taken aback last week when malicious reports spread across the media about the military's alleged favouritism for a particular religion and region.

A statement on Tuesday by Onyeama Nwachukwu, Acting Director Defence Information, had rubbished claims that over 200 officers from a particular geo-political zone and religion, in the first quarter 2019, were retired prematurely.

After thorough fact-finding through its members in the Federal Character Commission, the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy, the Nigerian Airforce and other related authorities, the YCFN backed the Armed Forces’ stands.

This was made public in an extensive report signed by its President Rev. Nathaniel Ochimana but represented at the press conference by Vice President, Bro. Bright Sunday.

According to the Christian group, the  assertion of premature retirement of Christian officers and lopsided recruitment of northern Muslims, postings, and appointments are utterly misleading.

“ We wish to state that the Young Christians Forum of Nigeria, an organization consisting of Christians from all works of life in Nigeria was taken aback by the claims that some Christian officers were silently retired from the Armed Forces and replaced by Muslims by the leadership of the Armed Forces led by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonishakin,” the group began.

“ So as not to leave any stone unturned, the Young Christians Forum investigated the claims with a view to ascertaining the correctness of the news making the rounds in the public domain.”

Upon completion of investigations, however, the group discovered that there was never a time in the history of the Armed Forces that promotions and retirements were based on ethnic or religious factors.

“ Findings gathered from the Federal Character Commission indicates that no such infraction was recorded in the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under the leadership of the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonishakin

“ Findings from personnel from the Army, Navy, and Airforce debunked the claims of mass retirement of Christians officers and the recruitment and lopsided posting of Muslim officers to replace them.

“ Findings from the National Human Rights Commission also indicates that the commission is not in receipt of any petition on religious and ethnic discrimination in the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The Christian group, therefore concluded that the allegations were concocted, and a deliberate falsehood aimed at sowing the seed of bitterness in the Nigerian Armed Forces.

They added that "the Young Christians Forum of Nigeria believes that the news is highly misleading and capable of puncturing the harmonious working relationship between Christians and Muslims in the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“ We also wish to state that from the interactions we had with some select officers and men of the Armed Forces, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonishakin upon resumption of office has instituted a number of reforms that ensures a strict adherence to the rules of engagement as it concerns discipline, promotion, postings and retirement from the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“ The Young Christians Forum of Nigeria consequently wishes to sound a note of warning to the political detractors to stay away from the activities of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria so they can concentrate on the fight against terrorism in Nigeria.

 “ The Young Christians Forum of Nigeria also wishes to state that the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not an ethnic or religious organization and hence it should not be associated with the promotion of ethnic or religious agenda.

“The Young Christians Forum of Nigeria also wishes to remind the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that they are indeed patriots and never give in to the cheap blackmail been bandied around by detractors.”

Re: Military Promotion, Retirement And Religious Politics By Tunde Johnson

Re: Military Promotion, Retirement And Religious Politics By Tunde Johnson

By Tunde Johnson

I am not impressed with some critics or “activists.” It is not enough to think, we have the liberty of expression and endowed with skills of the pen and so, can wake up any day to push all manner gibberish into public domain.

The article by Samuel Omachi titled, “Military Promotion, Retirement And Religious Politics” has the tapestry of what some Nigerians describe as armchair criticisms. I perused the entire gamut of the article and found nothing convincing. It is speculative, assumptive and very fluid. Its infantile reasoning to push the argument that some officers have been retired from military service and from a particular region of the country without any striking example.

It sounds exciting only to the extent it fulfils the inner yearnings of the critic to fuel public incitement or anger against the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, the current leadership of the Nigerian military and presiding officials of the Federal Character Commission (FCC). There is no modicum of credibility in anything the critic has rendered his reading fans.

It’s just like I would pick a pen and scribble that Samuel is not the son of his father. And I will not explain anything to justify this claim. But feel contented I have questioned his paternity.  Mr. Samuel, let me correct certain impressions first.

It may please Samuel to know that President Buhari is an impartial leader. It is the immutable truth. Buhari’s honesty, integrity and passion of perceiving every Nigerian like a member of his nuclear family is legendary. No Nigerian leader I know has exhibited his leadership traits. We cannot doubt it. 

Buhari has no affinity to any religion, tribe or region. It is evident in the manner he dispensed his first term in office by patronizing every section of Nigeria regardless of whether they supported his presidential aspiration in 2015 or backed out of it.

The President sees Nigeria and Nigerians as one huge united and indivisible community of people destined to be together. It is not his Presidency that would break this cord of communality.  He is not the kind of President a Samuel would gleefully seek to destroy simply because he is excited with an idle pen.

The retired or promoted military officers, Samuel glowingly alludes in his narration are shielded by this narration. I don’t believe in those who claim to be fighting injustice with fearfully or masked. Those who genuinely stand for the cause of injustice and truth do it boldly. King Martin Luther Jr died fighting it boldly; Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison for fighting apartheid and a lot more.

What about our own Gani Fawehinmi? They are human beings and also value the air they breath and the freedom savoured by the rest of us. So, hiding to claim fighting  injustice is absolute mischief.

Any informed critic like Samuel wants us to believe would have at least mentioned some names of the sacked soldiers to buttress and anchor his point. It is unwise to embark on such a senseless voyage by guessing vague figures. It demeans and defeats sound argument. The Nigerian military were gracious enough to respond to him by attempting some explanations. I am angry with them for promoting nonsensicality.

Now Samuel, let’s break your piece to shreds to establish the extent you goofed. Happily, Samuel elaborately quoted the Federal Character Commission (FCC) in his narrative. And assuming, he could vouch for whatever propaganda contained in this irritating piece, we expected him to have quoted correspondences he had with the FCC over this alleged injustice.

Oh Samuel! Public systems do not function according to personal  whims and caprices. There are procedures and, in this instance, the first step of a person convinced of a genuine case of injustice would have been to approach the FCC for redress. Activism requires commitment. It’s either you are committed to it or abandon the cause and desist from unnecessary noisemaking. I hope Samuel is with me and decoding it appropriately?       

It smacks of barefaced mischief and ridiculous posturing to the institution of the Military for Samuel or anyone else  to think he can remote control the routine internal postings, retirement or appointments. We have marketed ourselves as sticklers to religion or tribe in handling national issues and it has cost us grave retardations in the past. Some leaders adhered to such principles over merit and the 57-year old Nigeria has remained tethered to retrogression we see today. 

Samuel, do you expect for instance that if the first seven airforce pilots in seniority are Christians or all Muslims or from the same geo-political zone, you expect their junior should be catapulted from the back to head them in order to balance the sentiments espoused by you? Is it normal and if Samuel heads a place, would he consent to such anomaly?   

The day any Nigerian is appointed into any position, he knows there would come a day of retirement.  And retirement is not same as termination of appointment. So, if all those due for retirement are from one tribe, religion or region, they should hang on for the absurd reasons advocated by Samuel?

 One could secretly replace names in the public civil service or other public institutions. But it doesn’t sound plausible to me that the military could “secretly” replace retired personnel, ignoring the rigours of military training. Its not possible even in the para-military. I task Samuel to conduct his research properly and serve us verifiable and undeniable facts or respect himself with silence. 

Nigerians are the most talented and belligerent people in the world, yet our country does not reflect it. We regale in the excitement of freedom and seem to forget our limits. I don’t know which American dictates to President Donald Trump, who he should appoint into sensitive positions that are levers of the success or failure of his government. He sacked Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State and appointed Mike Pampeo without consulting anybody. He sets the standard for his appointments.

We must recognize that there are certain liberties we must concede to President Buhari. If Nigeria is rated a failed or successful nation now, only Buhari takes the blame or credit. Nigerians will not blame any religion, tribe or region, but President Buhari. When insecurity rages in the country, we blame Buhari and not the ethnic champions or religious bigots who canvass for such sentiments in appointments.

 So, what is wrong if President Buhari  in the last presidential campaigns told  Ndi’gbo that none of  their sons met the criteria to be appointed any of the Security Chiefs? Was it not just yesterday Gen. Ihejirika was there as COAS? What impact did he make on the war against Boko Haram insurgency?  It rather festered under his watch. Perhaps, he was not even qualified, but the then President appointed him in response to such  unproductive sermons of Nigerians like Samuel. 

Samuel angles for us to believe his poor criticism and so, compensates himself by tasking others to do what he failed to do: Hear him; We call on the Presidency, the National Assembly and the military authorities to go beyond rebuttal of alleged divisive and religious administration of the armed forces. Let them constitute an independent panel of inquiry to forensically investigate the alleged infraction of federal character in the military and para-military appointments, postings, retirements and redeployment with the view to assuaging frayed nerves in the interest of unity, peace, tranquility, justice and fairness in the country.”

For me, this is outright expression of unpardonable intellectual and research laziness. If the result of such independent inquiry is published, would Samuel not pick loopholes in it so long as it does not favour his jaundiced thinking? 

I advise Samuel to always stoop to conquer.  Its wrong to stoke public anxiety baselessly and unnecessarily only to push the burden of proof to someone else. I repeat, nothing in Samuel’s piece alerts me to the submissions of a serious mind or critic or activist. It’s unfortunate that Military authorities stooped so low to dignify him with a response.

But let it be known to the likes of Samuel that the military under President Buhari is no respecter of tribe, religion or regionality. Its insulated from such regressive sentiments. Samuel can utilize his idleness by scavenging elsewhere. An African adage says, “idle hands scratches the anus,” and Samuel’s piece is a perfect illustration. 

 The Armed Forces of any nation is a sensitive national institution and everyone is its owner. All military personnel lose their tribe, region or religion from the first day of enlistment and garb the coat of national tribe for their country. The logic of the sentiments and bogus assertions spewed by Samuel are not derivable in the Nigerian military.  Nigerians must therefore see the need for national cohesion, national unity and national peace above every other consideration.

Johnson wrote this piece from Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos.
By Tunde Johnson

I am not impressed with some critics or “activists.” It is not enough to think, we have the liberty of expression and endowed with skills of the pen and so, can wake up any day to push all manner gibberish into public domain.

The article by Samuel Omachi titled, “Military Promotion, Retirement And Religious Politics” has the tapestry of what some Nigerians describe as armchair criticisms. I perused the entire gamut of the article and found nothing convincing. It is speculative, assumptive and very fluid. Its infantile reasoning to push the argument that some officers have been retired from military service and from a particular region of the country without any striking example.

It sounds exciting only to the extent it fulfils the inner yearnings of the critic to fuel public incitement or anger against the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, the current leadership of the Nigerian military and presiding officials of the Federal Character Commission (FCC). There is no modicum of credibility in anything the critic has rendered his reading fans.

It’s just like I would pick a pen and scribble that Samuel is not the son of his father. And I will not explain anything to justify this claim. But feel contented I have questioned his paternity.  Mr. Samuel, let me correct certain impressions first.

It may please Samuel to know that President Buhari is an impartial leader. It is the immutable truth. Buhari’s honesty, integrity and passion of perceiving every Nigerian like a member of his nuclear family is legendary. No Nigerian leader I know has exhibited his leadership traits. We cannot doubt it. 

Buhari has no affinity to any religion, tribe or region. It is evident in the manner he dispensed his first term in office by patronizing every section of Nigeria regardless of whether they supported his presidential aspiration in 2015 or backed out of it.

The President sees Nigeria and Nigerians as one huge united and indivisible community of people destined to be together. It is not his Presidency that would break this cord of communality.  He is not the kind of President a Samuel would gleefully seek to destroy simply because he is excited with an idle pen.

The retired or promoted military officers, Samuel glowingly alludes in his narration are shielded by this narration. I don’t believe in those who claim to be fighting injustice with fearfully or masked. Those who genuinely stand for the cause of injustice and truth do it boldly. King Martin Luther Jr died fighting it boldly; Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison for fighting apartheid and a lot more.

What about our own Gani Fawehinmi? They are human beings and also value the air they breath and the freedom savoured by the rest of us. So, hiding to claim fighting  injustice is absolute mischief.

Any informed critic like Samuel wants us to believe would have at least mentioned some names of the sacked soldiers to buttress and anchor his point. It is unwise to embark on such a senseless voyage by guessing vague figures. It demeans and defeats sound argument. The Nigerian military were gracious enough to respond to him by attempting some explanations. I am angry with them for promoting nonsensicality.

Now Samuel, let’s break your piece to shreds to establish the extent you goofed. Happily, Samuel elaborately quoted the Federal Character Commission (FCC) in his narrative. And assuming, he could vouch for whatever propaganda contained in this irritating piece, we expected him to have quoted correspondences he had with the FCC over this alleged injustice.

Oh Samuel! Public systems do not function according to personal  whims and caprices. There are procedures and, in this instance, the first step of a person convinced of a genuine case of injustice would have been to approach the FCC for redress. Activism requires commitment. It’s either you are committed to it or abandon the cause and desist from unnecessary noisemaking. I hope Samuel is with me and decoding it appropriately?       

It smacks of barefaced mischief and ridiculous posturing to the institution of the Military for Samuel or anyone else  to think he can remote control the routine internal postings, retirement or appointments. We have marketed ourselves as sticklers to religion or tribe in handling national issues and it has cost us grave retardations in the past. Some leaders adhered to such principles over merit and the 57-year old Nigeria has remained tethered to retrogression we see today. 

Samuel, do you expect for instance that if the first seven airforce pilots in seniority are Christians or all Muslims or from the same geo-political zone, you expect their junior should be catapulted from the back to head them in order to balance the sentiments espoused by you? Is it normal and if Samuel heads a place, would he consent to such anomaly?   

The day any Nigerian is appointed into any position, he knows there would come a day of retirement.  And retirement is not same as termination of appointment. So, if all those due for retirement are from one tribe, religion or region, they should hang on for the absurd reasons advocated by Samuel?

 One could secretly replace names in the public civil service or other public institutions. But it doesn’t sound plausible to me that the military could “secretly” replace retired personnel, ignoring the rigours of military training. Its not possible even in the para-military. I task Samuel to conduct his research properly and serve us verifiable and undeniable facts or respect himself with silence. 

Nigerians are the most talented and belligerent people in the world, yet our country does not reflect it. We regale in the excitement of freedom and seem to forget our limits. I don’t know which American dictates to President Donald Trump, who he should appoint into sensitive positions that are levers of the success or failure of his government. He sacked Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State and appointed Mike Pampeo without consulting anybody. He sets the standard for his appointments.

We must recognize that there are certain liberties we must concede to President Buhari. If Nigeria is rated a failed or successful nation now, only Buhari takes the blame or credit. Nigerians will not blame any religion, tribe or region, but President Buhari. When insecurity rages in the country, we blame Buhari and not the ethnic champions or religious bigots who canvass for such sentiments in appointments.

 So, what is wrong if President Buhari  in the last presidential campaigns told  Ndi’gbo that none of  their sons met the criteria to be appointed any of the Security Chiefs? Was it not just yesterday Gen. Ihejirika was there as COAS? What impact did he make on the war against Boko Haram insurgency?  It rather festered under his watch. Perhaps, he was not even qualified, but the then President appointed him in response to such  unproductive sermons of Nigerians like Samuel. 

Samuel angles for us to believe his poor criticism and so, compensates himself by tasking others to do what he failed to do: Hear him; We call on the Presidency, the National Assembly and the military authorities to go beyond rebuttal of alleged divisive and religious administration of the armed forces. Let them constitute an independent panel of inquiry to forensically investigate the alleged infraction of federal character in the military and para-military appointments, postings, retirements and redeployment with the view to assuaging frayed nerves in the interest of unity, peace, tranquility, justice and fairness in the country.”

For me, this is outright expression of unpardonable intellectual and research laziness. If the result of such independent inquiry is published, would Samuel not pick loopholes in it so long as it does not favour his jaundiced thinking? 

I advise Samuel to always stoop to conquer.  Its wrong to stoke public anxiety baselessly and unnecessarily only to push the burden of proof to someone else. I repeat, nothing in Samuel’s piece alerts me to the submissions of a serious mind or critic or activist. It’s unfortunate that Military authorities stooped so low to dignify him with a response.

But let it be known to the likes of Samuel that the military under President Buhari is no respecter of tribe, religion or regionality. Its insulated from such regressive sentiments. Samuel can utilize his idleness by scavenging elsewhere. An African adage says, “idle hands scratches the anus,” and Samuel’s piece is a perfect illustration. 

 The Armed Forces of any nation is a sensitive national institution and everyone is its owner. All military personnel lose their tribe, region or religion from the first day of enlistment and garb the coat of national tribe for their country. The logic of the sentiments and bogus assertions spewed by Samuel are not derivable in the Nigerian military.  Nigerians must therefore see the need for national cohesion, national unity and national peace above every other consideration.

Johnson wrote this piece from Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos.

Wike Is Afraid Of Wike, By Okanga Agila

Wike Is Afraid Of Wike, By Okanga Agila

By Okanga Agila

“Let your consciousness, savoir faire and understanding liberate you from all the clutches of delusions, dopiness, greed, arrogance, sufferings and hopelessness. Let you reclaim your brilliance, be able to interact with the core of your being, connect, integrate and merge with your higher self  and feel the bliss, acceptance of what is and joy that comes with radiating your true self to your world. Let all the dense and menacing fog be cleared away by your own sunlight…. “-Rajesh Goyal, an author.

 Goyal’s philosophy invokes a lot of wisdom for   Rivers State  Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike. If only leaders like Wike could find sense in such words on marble, they would discover like the rest of us, how needless it is to connect harshly with the outside world, when the inner self is riotous and forsakes peace on tenets of idealism. 

Unfortunately, though, Wike is not a leader to be placated with such ideas in leadership. I believe he is more attuned to his caged world of leadership brigandage, deceit, roaring or meaningless verbal attacks on opponents and its thuggish manifestations. Nigerians know him more as a clown on the leadership space of Nigeria.

I am flabbergasted by Gov. Wike’s brand of politicking, but not surprised because he is a politician groomed ab initio in such precincts. Overtime, I have known Wike as unique in political weirdness, mudslinging, vendetta and very acerbic attacks on opponents.

He is very conversant with the character of politics and leadership in Nigeria; he knows, Nigerians romance leaders who mouth one thing and do exactly the opposite behind the scenes.  One must not be a psychologist to understand that even Wike’s facial look betrays him as a political undertaker. Almost all his media photographic images have this imprimatur.

This Governor is uncouth, rasped and feels, his political survival only depends on the extent he dubiously attacks perceived rivals with concocted claims and confrontations. In such instances, he barks like a wounded lion.

The ilk of Wike were two in Nigeria, the now opposition PDP dashed Nigerians. But time has ebbed out former Ekiti Governor, Pastor Ayo Fayose. He is now more silent than an adventurous, lone soldier who stumbled across a ravenous monster in a wild forest.  But Fayose’s gulf has been bridged by Zamfara State Governor, Abduaziz Yari who swallowed all the security votes in his state when it was pleasure time but fast to resign his constitutional role as Chief Security Officer when the bandits came calling. 

And in these leaders, I sense a common denominator. They have a shameless flair for re-manufacturing reality in a sublimity that would make creative writers green with envy. The urge to twist facts and stoking hatred on the political arena, even where the circumstances defile such colorations is outstanding and outlandish.

 But for Wike, so long as the missiles weaken their targets, its alright. And like Machiavelli has echoed, the end result justifies the means, so the likes of Wike are infinitely consoled.

 I am the least dumbfounded that Gov. Wike and his soulmates have bickered everyone or institution in the country, the last four years for empty political grandstanding and reasons of grabbing power. They are easily provoked once their satanic plots are detected and scuttled. At such points, they accuse, haggle, scold and even curse those who they think constitute obstacles. From President Muhammadu Buhari to the police, to the Nigerian Army, the DSS and political opponents, Gov. Wike neither spares any weapon nor anyone. 

What I know is that such leaders are perpetually afraid of their evil haunting shadows.  Each of their actions is conceived and delivered on the altars of devilry. So, they are burdened by the phobia of reprisal attacks from the same personalities they have unjustly defamed, attacked and even murdered. But it baffles me that they dread death themselves.

And it can be glimpsed from the recent and numerous alarms by Gov. Wike who falsifies assassination claims so freely, and frequently than a man chants the name of his favorite son. Since he grabbed the governorship seat of Rivers state in 2015, Wike has been shouting alleged assassination attempts on him till yesterday.

Wike’s Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dr Austin Tam-George as far back as 2017 alleged his Governor survived five assassination attempts. By now, the number would have increased to 10, but Gov. Wike is still alive and kicking. 

It’s Wike’s regular menu like his friend, Pastor  Fayose , once they run into brick walls after misusing political power. And it’s like a virus in some Governors today.  Gov. Wike has been quiet at his own alleged sponsored and glaring assassination attempt on his 2015 APC governorship opponent, Dr. Peterside Dakuku,  the DG,  NIMASA’s in March 2016 , when the DSS napped Wike’s Chief of Staff (COS) Mr.  Chukwuemeka Woke, in front of their office in Port Harcourt, who led a killer squad to trail Dakuku on his way home on Aba road and still followed him after he detoured on realization of being trailed to DSS office. But I am sure, Gov. Wike hates to remember the incident. 

Therefore, I am not appalled with Gov. Wike’s penchant to drag everybody into this unfounded frenzy of wild and unsubstantiated assassination alarms. If Wike is not accusing the Federal Government of Nigeria under President Buhari, he gladly picks the quarrel with all arms of security agents protecting him. No leader, I have known in my adult life with everything evil; everything dubious, nasty and brutish like Gov. Wike.

 I have come to realize, it is a gimmick Wike deploys to earn national public sympathy, to veil the execution of his dubious and satanic plots of silently eliminating his political opponents. He diverts attention with such gimmicks. 

Like most Nigerians, it’s very clear to me Gov. Wike has become a terribly tormented soul since after “winning” a controversial election in 2015 and again, in 2019 adopting the same crude arm-twisting tactics. If he is not talking about Amaechi today, he is talking about Buhari. The Wike we know as master rigger, sadist and brutal electoral thief, felt the flattering sanity on advising President Buhari against rigging the 2019 presidential polls, as if the President exhibits his greed, lust or debauchery in forcefully acquiring political power.

That’s how we know empty leaders. But has Wike ever asked himself whether he possesses an inch of the pedigree of formal and informal advisers to President Buhari on anything? Mr. President detests characters like Wike more stringently than he abhors Lucifer. 

Wike’s latest publicity stunt is to attack the General Officer Commanding (GOC),  6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major Gen. Jamil Sarham,  alleging an attempted assassination on him. He mouthed it while addressing some international observers on the eve of the February 2019 presidential and national assembly elections.

Thereafter, Wike confirmed my conviction in his personality, by engaging the Nigerian Army in sustained altercations over the alleged assassination he could not justify, even after the Army gave him a seven-day ultimatum to prove or permanently hide his face in shame. To my knowledge, Gov. Wike has not been able to substantiate beyond alleging that soldiers, on protection mission in the build-up to the 2019 general elections cordoned his residence for protection. Is this a leader?

Nonetheless, it is known to us that Wike’s grudge against the GOC, Maj. Gen. Sarham is the latter’s resolute refusal to compromise his integrity and that of the Nigerian Army by accepting  the Governor’s series of overtures and monetary inducements of millions of dollars, both in person  or  through cronies to assist rig  the general elections in favour of PDP

And Maj. Gen. Sarham is not the only victim of this campaign of calumny from Wike and his proxies. Even when the Nigeria Police Force  transferred the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, who was replaced with a new officer, Wike alleged, the new commissioner of police was redeployed to the state to assassinate him.

If any other Nigerian takes Gov. Wike seriously, I am an exemption. And I know, there are millions of us with same perception on him. When the demons which irretrievably occupy Wike’s demented soul prick his conscience to reflect about his countless atrocities, he strangely relives himself by attacking the military, instead of genuine confession and penitence.

I am constrained to emphasis that let truth be told; Wike is just afraid of the 2019 election he has rigged again to wriggle himself into office. And with Buhari’s renewed searchlight on the judiciary, Gov. Wike is angry that he may not buy justice again, like he did in 2015 against Dakuku.

  Wike is afraid that “Wike” will be exposed at the tribunal and Wike intends to divert serious attention from Wike by accusing everybody, including flies which fly past his dinning table of assassination plots. Only if Wike listens to the wisdom of author, Rajesh Goyal! But we are aware of his antics!

Okanga wrote this piece from Agila, Benue State.
By Okanga Agila

“Let your consciousness, savoir faire and understanding liberate you from all the clutches of delusions, dopiness, greed, arrogance, sufferings and hopelessness. Let you reclaim your brilliance, be able to interact with the core of your being, connect, integrate and merge with your higher self  and feel the bliss, acceptance of what is and joy that comes with radiating your true self to your world. Let all the dense and menacing fog be cleared away by your own sunlight…. “-Rajesh Goyal, an author.

 Goyal’s philosophy invokes a lot of wisdom for   Rivers State  Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike. If only leaders like Wike could find sense in such words on marble, they would discover like the rest of us, how needless it is to connect harshly with the outside world, when the inner self is riotous and forsakes peace on tenets of idealism. 

Unfortunately, though, Wike is not a leader to be placated with such ideas in leadership. I believe he is more attuned to his caged world of leadership brigandage, deceit, roaring or meaningless verbal attacks on opponents and its thuggish manifestations. Nigerians know him more as a clown on the leadership space of Nigeria.

I am flabbergasted by Gov. Wike’s brand of politicking, but not surprised because he is a politician groomed ab initio in such precincts. Overtime, I have known Wike as unique in political weirdness, mudslinging, vendetta and very acerbic attacks on opponents.

He is very conversant with the character of politics and leadership in Nigeria; he knows, Nigerians romance leaders who mouth one thing and do exactly the opposite behind the scenes.  One must not be a psychologist to understand that even Wike’s facial look betrays him as a political undertaker. Almost all his media photographic images have this imprimatur.

This Governor is uncouth, rasped and feels, his political survival only depends on the extent he dubiously attacks perceived rivals with concocted claims and confrontations. In such instances, he barks like a wounded lion.

The ilk of Wike were two in Nigeria, the now opposition PDP dashed Nigerians. But time has ebbed out former Ekiti Governor, Pastor Ayo Fayose. He is now more silent than an adventurous, lone soldier who stumbled across a ravenous monster in a wild forest.  But Fayose’s gulf has been bridged by Zamfara State Governor, Abduaziz Yari who swallowed all the security votes in his state when it was pleasure time but fast to resign his constitutional role as Chief Security Officer when the bandits came calling. 

And in these leaders, I sense a common denominator. They have a shameless flair for re-manufacturing reality in a sublimity that would make creative writers green with envy. The urge to twist facts and stoking hatred on the political arena, even where the circumstances defile such colorations is outstanding and outlandish.

 But for Wike, so long as the missiles weaken their targets, its alright. And like Machiavelli has echoed, the end result justifies the means, so the likes of Wike are infinitely consoled.

 I am the least dumbfounded that Gov. Wike and his soulmates have bickered everyone or institution in the country, the last four years for empty political grandstanding and reasons of grabbing power. They are easily provoked once their satanic plots are detected and scuttled. At such points, they accuse, haggle, scold and even curse those who they think constitute obstacles. From President Muhammadu Buhari to the police, to the Nigerian Army, the DSS and political opponents, Gov. Wike neither spares any weapon nor anyone. 

What I know is that such leaders are perpetually afraid of their evil haunting shadows.  Each of their actions is conceived and delivered on the altars of devilry. So, they are burdened by the phobia of reprisal attacks from the same personalities they have unjustly defamed, attacked and even murdered. But it baffles me that they dread death themselves.

And it can be glimpsed from the recent and numerous alarms by Gov. Wike who falsifies assassination claims so freely, and frequently than a man chants the name of his favorite son. Since he grabbed the governorship seat of Rivers state in 2015, Wike has been shouting alleged assassination attempts on him till yesterday.

Wike’s Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dr Austin Tam-George as far back as 2017 alleged his Governor survived five assassination attempts. By now, the number would have increased to 10, but Gov. Wike is still alive and kicking. 

It’s Wike’s regular menu like his friend, Pastor  Fayose , once they run into brick walls after misusing political power. And it’s like a virus in some Governors today.  Gov. Wike has been quiet at his own alleged sponsored and glaring assassination attempt on his 2015 APC governorship opponent, Dr. Peterside Dakuku,  the DG,  NIMASA’s in March 2016 , when the DSS napped Wike’s Chief of Staff (COS) Mr.  Chukwuemeka Woke, in front of their office in Port Harcourt, who led a killer squad to trail Dakuku on his way home on Aba road and still followed him after he detoured on realization of being trailed to DSS office. But I am sure, Gov. Wike hates to remember the incident. 

Therefore, I am not appalled with Gov. Wike’s penchant to drag everybody into this unfounded frenzy of wild and unsubstantiated assassination alarms. If Wike is not accusing the Federal Government of Nigeria under President Buhari, he gladly picks the quarrel with all arms of security agents protecting him. No leader, I have known in my adult life with everything evil; everything dubious, nasty and brutish like Gov. Wike.

 I have come to realize, it is a gimmick Wike deploys to earn national public sympathy, to veil the execution of his dubious and satanic plots of silently eliminating his political opponents. He diverts attention with such gimmicks. 

Like most Nigerians, it’s very clear to me Gov. Wike has become a terribly tormented soul since after “winning” a controversial election in 2015 and again, in 2019 adopting the same crude arm-twisting tactics. If he is not talking about Amaechi today, he is talking about Buhari. The Wike we know as master rigger, sadist and brutal electoral thief, felt the flattering sanity on advising President Buhari against rigging the 2019 presidential polls, as if the President exhibits his greed, lust or debauchery in forcefully acquiring political power.

That’s how we know empty leaders. But has Wike ever asked himself whether he possesses an inch of the pedigree of formal and informal advisers to President Buhari on anything? Mr. President detests characters like Wike more stringently than he abhors Lucifer. 

Wike’s latest publicity stunt is to attack the General Officer Commanding (GOC),  6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major Gen. Jamil Sarham,  alleging an attempted assassination on him. He mouthed it while addressing some international observers on the eve of the February 2019 presidential and national assembly elections.

Thereafter, Wike confirmed my conviction in his personality, by engaging the Nigerian Army in sustained altercations over the alleged assassination he could not justify, even after the Army gave him a seven-day ultimatum to prove or permanently hide his face in shame. To my knowledge, Gov. Wike has not been able to substantiate beyond alleging that soldiers, on protection mission in the build-up to the 2019 general elections cordoned his residence for protection. Is this a leader?

Nonetheless, it is known to us that Wike’s grudge against the GOC, Maj. Gen. Sarham is the latter’s resolute refusal to compromise his integrity and that of the Nigerian Army by accepting  the Governor’s series of overtures and monetary inducements of millions of dollars, both in person  or  through cronies to assist rig  the general elections in favour of PDP

And Maj. Gen. Sarham is not the only victim of this campaign of calumny from Wike and his proxies. Even when the Nigeria Police Force  transferred the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, who was replaced with a new officer, Wike alleged, the new commissioner of police was redeployed to the state to assassinate him.

If any other Nigerian takes Gov. Wike seriously, I am an exemption. And I know, there are millions of us with same perception on him. When the demons which irretrievably occupy Wike’s demented soul prick his conscience to reflect about his countless atrocities, he strangely relives himself by attacking the military, instead of genuine confession and penitence.

I am constrained to emphasis that let truth be told; Wike is just afraid of the 2019 election he has rigged again to wriggle himself into office. And with Buhari’s renewed searchlight on the judiciary, Gov. Wike is angry that he may not buy justice again, like he did in 2015 against Dakuku.

  Wike is afraid that “Wike” will be exposed at the tribunal and Wike intends to divert serious attention from Wike by accusing everybody, including flies which fly past his dinning table of assassination plots. Only if Wike listens to the wisdom of author, Rajesh Goyal! But we are aware of his antics!

Okanga wrote this piece from Agila, Benue State.

Emefiele: Centre urges Buhari to sustain culture of transparency in appointing competent persons into critical sectors

Emefiele: Centre urges Buhari to sustain culture of transparency in appointing competent persons into critical sectors

By Dansu Peter

The Centre for Social Justice Equity and Transparency, CSEJST, has urged the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to sustain what it termed its “culture of transparency” in the critical sector as a panacea towards a just nation for her citizens.

It noted that such in the security sectors where Mr. President has demonstrated that competence must come above ethnic and religious coloration in the choice of his pillars has seen the nation emerging stronger out of the worst insurgency and economic recession within a short period of time.

CESJET, which was reacting to the re-appointment of Mr Godwin Emefiele as Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Governor, said the President has always gotten it right on security and the economy through his competent appointees.

Comrade Isaac Ikpa, Executive Director of the group, while addressing a press conference on Tuesday, called on the apex bank boss and others holding strategic offices in the economic sector to continue to justify the confidence reposed in them by President Muhammadu Buhari to continue to render quality and selfless services to the country in our quest to make Nigeria great again.

His statement below.

CESJET notes with enthusiasm the recent reappointment of Godwin Emefeile as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria for another term of five years in reward for his outstanding stewardship in the past five years. 

CESJET sees the reappointment of Godwin Emefiele as one made in the overall interest of the country and devoid of ethnic or religious sentiments. This is indeed a welcome development and a departure from the norm where ethnicity and religion are placed above merit and competence.

President Muhammadu Buhari has by his action demonstrated a Pan-Nigerian spirit geared towards nation-building that requires equity and transparency in the conduct of government business.

President Muhammadu Buhari has sufficiently exhibited this much in the choice of his appointments in critical sectors such as the economy and security since the advent of the administration in 2015.

This is quite commendable, and CESJET wishes to state that such actions are for the public good and a step towards the right direction towards eliminating the feeling of ethnic and religious superiority which have been the bane of the myriad of the challenge confronting us as a people and a country.

CESJET also wishes to commend President Muhammadu Buhari for his choice of appointees into key strategic offices in the economic and security sectors of Nigeria that has been based strictly on merit, competence, and transparency.

CESJET consequently calls on Godwin Emefiele and others holding strategic offices in the economic sector to continue to justify the confidence reposed in them by President Muhammadu Buhari to continue to render quality and selfless services to the country in our quest to make Nigeria great again.

This is especially so as their actions and inactions would either make or mar the current efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari in his quest to take Nigeria to the next level to reclaim our pride of place in the comity of Nations.

They should also realize that the impact of their stewardship must continually impact on the masses which constitute a critical constituency in the scheme of things in Nigeria, and as such any that would be against their interest would mean a betrayal of the trust reposed in them by President Muhammadu Buhari.

CESJET also charges those in the critical security sector to continue to render their invaluable services in the tedious task of keeping Nigeria safe and secured and free from both internal and external threats.

CESJET commends their efforts so far mainly in the fight against terrorism in North East Nigeria and other militant groups that threatened our relative peace and tranquillity. Their sacrifices have been invaluable and indeed worthy of commendation.

CESJET also wishes to use this medium to appeal to appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to continue in the fashion of identifying and placing merit and competence above ethnic and religious affiliations in the conduct of government business which has resulted in the multiple gains in all aspects of the Nigerian economy in the past four years of this administration.

CESJET endorsees all the appointments of President Muhammadu Buhari in the economic and security sectors and encourages him to continue in this fashion in the overall interest of Nigeria.
By Dansu Peter

The Centre for Social Justice Equity and Transparency, CSEJST, has urged the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to sustain what it termed its “culture of transparency” in the critical sector as a panacea towards a just nation for her citizens.

It noted that such in the security sectors where Mr. President has demonstrated that competence must come above ethnic and religious coloration in the choice of his pillars has seen the nation emerging stronger out of the worst insurgency and economic recession within a short period of time.

CESJET, which was reacting to the re-appointment of Mr Godwin Emefiele as Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Governor, said the President has always gotten it right on security and the economy through his competent appointees.

Comrade Isaac Ikpa, Executive Director of the group, while addressing a press conference on Tuesday, called on the apex bank boss and others holding strategic offices in the economic sector to continue to justify the confidence reposed in them by President Muhammadu Buhari to continue to render quality and selfless services to the country in our quest to make Nigeria great again.

His statement below.

CESJET notes with enthusiasm the recent reappointment of Godwin Emefeile as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria for another term of five years in reward for his outstanding stewardship in the past five years. 

CESJET sees the reappointment of Godwin Emefiele as one made in the overall interest of the country and devoid of ethnic or religious sentiments. This is indeed a welcome development and a departure from the norm where ethnicity and religion are placed above merit and competence.

President Muhammadu Buhari has by his action demonstrated a Pan-Nigerian spirit geared towards nation-building that requires equity and transparency in the conduct of government business.

President Muhammadu Buhari has sufficiently exhibited this much in the choice of his appointments in critical sectors such as the economy and security since the advent of the administration in 2015.

This is quite commendable, and CESJET wishes to state that such actions are for the public good and a step towards the right direction towards eliminating the feeling of ethnic and religious superiority which have been the bane of the myriad of the challenge confronting us as a people and a country.

CESJET also wishes to commend President Muhammadu Buhari for his choice of appointees into key strategic offices in the economic and security sectors of Nigeria that has been based strictly on merit, competence, and transparency.

CESJET consequently calls on Godwin Emefiele and others holding strategic offices in the economic sector to continue to justify the confidence reposed in them by President Muhammadu Buhari to continue to render quality and selfless services to the country in our quest to make Nigeria great again.

This is especially so as their actions and inactions would either make or mar the current efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari in his quest to take Nigeria to the next level to reclaim our pride of place in the comity of Nations.

They should also realize that the impact of their stewardship must continually impact on the masses which constitute a critical constituency in the scheme of things in Nigeria, and as such any that would be against their interest would mean a betrayal of the trust reposed in them by President Muhammadu Buhari.

CESJET also charges those in the critical security sector to continue to render their invaluable services in the tedious task of keeping Nigeria safe and secured and free from both internal and external threats.

CESJET commends their efforts so far mainly in the fight against terrorism in North East Nigeria and other militant groups that threatened our relative peace and tranquillity. Their sacrifices have been invaluable and indeed worthy of commendation.

CESJET also wishes to use this medium to appeal to appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to continue in the fashion of identifying and placing merit and competence above ethnic and religious affiliations in the conduct of government business which has resulted in the multiple gains in all aspects of the Nigerian economy in the past four years of this administration.

CESJET endorsees all the appointments of President Muhammadu Buhari in the economic and security sectors and encourages him to continue in this fashion in the overall interest of Nigeria.

Emefiele: Scholars hail Buhari, task FG against replacing security chiefs

Emefiele: Scholars hail Buhari, task FG against replacing security chiefs

By Dansu Peter

Emefiele
President Muhammadu Buhari has again received a pat on the back over the reappointment of Godwin Emefiele as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for a final five-year term.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora, an umbrella organization of Nigerian scholars in the Diaspora, which gave the commendation, noted that reappointment of Godwin Emefiele as the apex bank governor’s boss was indeed a welcome development that depicts a strong political will by the government of Nigeria towards repositioning Nigeria to take its pride of place in the comity of Nations.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars as a prelude delegated its committee on Economic Development that consists scholars versed in Economic Development to assess the tenure of Godwin Emefeile as the CBN governor in Nigeria and discovered that the Nigeria economy indeed gained substantial traction in the last four years and also commended the dexterity with which the governor of the CBN handled our economic crisis.

Prof Bitrus Gwamna, President of the group in a statement on Sunday averred that it would have been counter-productive if President Muhammadu Buhari had effected a change in the leadership of the CBN, especially in this critical stage of our existence because the country just exited recession.

The group also cautioned the presidency against replacing the current security chiefs the country.

The statement reads.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora consequently wishes to charge President Muhammadu Buhari to continue to bring on board more seasoned individuals to assist in Nation building regardless of their ethnic or religious affiliations.

The reappointment of Godwin Emefiele as the governor of the CBN is indeed a step in the right direction, which should be replicated in other critical sectors such as security.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora also notes the invaluable efforts of the security agencies in curtailing the activities of criminal elements that have attempted to hold the country to ransom through their nefarious actions and inactions.

Worthy of mention is the role of the Nigerian Army in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria. The position of the Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora is that the military hierarchy indeed displayed capacity and competence in arresting the various security challenges that almost brought the country to its knees.

Consequently, the position of the Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora is that the various heads of the security agencies in Nigeria should be supported and not replaced in the critical point of our existence.

This is in our opinion is so, upon a careful assessment of how the Nigerian military has carried on with the fight against terrorism in North East Nigeria, as well as other militant groups in other parts of Nigeria.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora having assessed the performances of the Service Chiefs in Nigeria, unanimously agreed that President Muhammadu Buhari would indeed write his name in gold if he extended same gesture in the economy by the reappointment of Godwin Emefiele as CBN governor to the current set of Service Chiefs who by all parameters have performed creditably well in onerous task of keeping the country safe and secured.

It is necessary so due to the volatile nature of the security situation in Nigeria. And an attempt to tinker with the current security architecture might have some consequences, which in our opinion might rubbish all the gains that have been made in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria.

It is, therefore, the position of the Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora that the Service Chiefs should be retained so that can consolidate in the gains made in the security sector in Nigeria.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora is in tandem with the position of the Senate of the National Assembly of Nigeria on the reappointment of Godwin Emefiele as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora wishes to state that President Muhammadu Buhari deserved commendation in the areas of the economy and security with the quality of appointments made so far, and having the will to resist political pressure to effect a change in the leadership of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora sees the current Service Chiefs as the best in the annals of the country and highly recommends that just like in the case of the Central Bank of Nigeria, the status quo should remain for consolidation of the gains already made in the past four years in the sensitive security sector in Nigeria by the present administration.
By Dansu Peter

Emefiele
President Muhammadu Buhari has again received a pat on the back over the reappointment of Godwin Emefiele as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for a final five-year term.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora, an umbrella organization of Nigerian scholars in the Diaspora, which gave the commendation, noted that reappointment of Godwin Emefiele as the apex bank governor’s boss was indeed a welcome development that depicts a strong political will by the government of Nigeria towards repositioning Nigeria to take its pride of place in the comity of Nations.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars as a prelude delegated its committee on Economic Development that consists scholars versed in Economic Development to assess the tenure of Godwin Emefeile as the CBN governor in Nigeria and discovered that the Nigeria economy indeed gained substantial traction in the last four years and also commended the dexterity with which the governor of the CBN handled our economic crisis.

Prof Bitrus Gwamna, President of the group in a statement on Sunday averred that it would have been counter-productive if President Muhammadu Buhari had effected a change in the leadership of the CBN, especially in this critical stage of our existence because the country just exited recession.

The group also cautioned the presidency against replacing the current security chiefs the country.

The statement reads.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora consequently wishes to charge President Muhammadu Buhari to continue to bring on board more seasoned individuals to assist in Nation building regardless of their ethnic or religious affiliations.

The reappointment of Godwin Emefiele as the governor of the CBN is indeed a step in the right direction, which should be replicated in other critical sectors such as security.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora also notes the invaluable efforts of the security agencies in curtailing the activities of criminal elements that have attempted to hold the country to ransom through their nefarious actions and inactions.

Worthy of mention is the role of the Nigerian Army in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria. The position of the Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora is that the military hierarchy indeed displayed capacity and competence in arresting the various security challenges that almost brought the country to its knees.

Consequently, the position of the Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora is that the various heads of the security agencies in Nigeria should be supported and not replaced in the critical point of our existence.

This is in our opinion is so, upon a careful assessment of how the Nigerian military has carried on with the fight against terrorism in North East Nigeria, as well as other militant groups in other parts of Nigeria.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora having assessed the performances of the Service Chiefs in Nigeria, unanimously agreed that President Muhammadu Buhari would indeed write his name in gold if he extended same gesture in the economy by the reappointment of Godwin Emefiele as CBN governor to the current set of Service Chiefs who by all parameters have performed creditably well in onerous task of keeping the country safe and secured.

It is necessary so due to the volatile nature of the security situation in Nigeria. And an attempt to tinker with the current security architecture might have some consequences, which in our opinion might rubbish all the gains that have been made in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria.

It is, therefore, the position of the Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora that the Service Chiefs should be retained so that can consolidate in the gains made in the security sector in Nigeria.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora is in tandem with the position of the Senate of the National Assembly of Nigeria on the reappointment of Godwin Emefiele as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora wishes to state that President Muhammadu Buhari deserved commendation in the areas of the economy and security with the quality of appointments made so far, and having the will to resist political pressure to effect a change in the leadership of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora sees the current Service Chiefs as the best in the annals of the country and highly recommends that just like in the case of the Central Bank of Nigeria, the status quo should remain for consolidation of the gains already made in the past four years in the sensitive security sector in Nigeria by the present administration.

Obasanjo has more to tell the world about his plans to destroy Nigeria — Coalition

Obasanjo has more to tell the world about his plans to destroy Nigeria — Coalition


The Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) has called out ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo over another failed plot to incite violence across the nation.

Mr Obasanjo, Nigeria's number one citizen between 1999 and 2007 had claimed that Boko Haram and marauding Fulani herdsmen are out to Islamize and Fulanize Nigeria and the entire West Africa.

However, in response, the Coalition for Nigeria Movement believes this is another coy by the “professional rabble-rouser” to cause friction in the much-admired relationship between Christians and Muslims.

The group further revealed that Mr Obasanjo's secondary aim is to pitch the south against the north, which would lead to massive deaths.

These concerns were brought to the fore in a press conference on Monday in Abuja.

According to Sabo Odeh, the group's Convener, the estranged former president could have more mischief under his sleeves hence Nigerians shouldn't be surprised.

“ We are aware that Obasanjo suffers from intermittent depression brought on by his failure wasted years in office as a president that did not do enough to positively impact the life of Nigerians. His depression has been worsened by the direction and focus that President Muhammadu Buhari has been able to show Nigerians as opposed to the lost years that the country has under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

“ It is important that Nigerians do not allow Obasanjo to lead the country into crisis, which is his age long ambition. We are not strangers to his many failed letters and antics in the run up to the General Elections, how he tried to appropriate even the name of our group in his desperate bid rally Nigerians behind his destabilization agenda. It took the maturity of Nigerians to see through his duplicity at that time.

“This has now made him to switch to sectarian and ethnic sentiments knowing that these are the only issues that make Nigerians react with passion instead of logic. He is cashing in on the weakness of the masses where their religion or ethnicity is concerned in order to plunge the country into civil a war. Nepotism, lack of continuity of policies by successive administrations, and corruption had hindered development, resulting in widespread insecurity, mistrust, nepotism, and electoral fraud that he mentioned as other reasons for the possible collapse of the country were intended to merely pad his speech and deflect attention from his true intent.

“ Coalition for Nigeria Movement is using this opportunity to remind Obasanjo that the era where he can full most people sometimes is over. He can now only fool a few people once in a while. Nigerians are wiser and they know that problems of the country today have their root in the manner Obasanjo handled the affairs of the country when he had the unusual fortune of being the first civilian president in the current democratic dispensation.”

In terms of his alleged Islamisation of the country, the group revealed that had Obasanjo done the right thing when he was in office, the then dubious governors that toyed with Sharia rule would not have had the fertile ground to sow the seed of controversy that is today bearing the fruits of extremism and radicalization.

“He ignored them and allowed them to set the country on the tortuous part it today threads. The poverty he laid the foundation for remains the foundation of the huge recruitment.

“ We state unequivocally that the ex-president is playing a game. He knows exactly where he is going which is not far from the agenda to disintegrate the country at all cost. We have seen this pattern in the assertions of those that have come out to support his evil position. It is for this reason that we declare that Obasanjo owes Nigerians and the rest of the world more explanation to shed light on his aims, intentions and objectives why he made such evil pronouncement that is now dividing the country. He him come out to tell the world about his evil plan in details.

“ The federal government must take steps to counter the damage intended by Obasanjo’s utterance. It will take the grace of God for the country not record a spike in ethno-sectarian strife when a supposed leader made the kind of criminal comments that came from Obasanjo. Citizens have to be reassured that government is on top of the security situation, which have no bearing with the lies of Obasanjo.”

The Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) has called out ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo over another failed plot to incite violence across the nation.

Mr Obasanjo, Nigeria's number one citizen between 1999 and 2007 had claimed that Boko Haram and marauding Fulani herdsmen are out to Islamize and Fulanize Nigeria and the entire West Africa.

However, in response, the Coalition for Nigeria Movement believes this is another coy by the “professional rabble-rouser” to cause friction in the much-admired relationship between Christians and Muslims.

The group further revealed that Mr Obasanjo's secondary aim is to pitch the south against the north, which would lead to massive deaths.

These concerns were brought to the fore in a press conference on Monday in Abuja.

According to Sabo Odeh, the group's Convener, the estranged former president could have more mischief under his sleeves hence Nigerians shouldn't be surprised.

“ We are aware that Obasanjo suffers from intermittent depression brought on by his failure wasted years in office as a president that did not do enough to positively impact the life of Nigerians. His depression has been worsened by the direction and focus that President Muhammadu Buhari has been able to show Nigerians as opposed to the lost years that the country has under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

“ It is important that Nigerians do not allow Obasanjo to lead the country into crisis, which is his age long ambition. We are not strangers to his many failed letters and antics in the run up to the General Elections, how he tried to appropriate even the name of our group in his desperate bid rally Nigerians behind his destabilization agenda. It took the maturity of Nigerians to see through his duplicity at that time.

“This has now made him to switch to sectarian and ethnic sentiments knowing that these are the only issues that make Nigerians react with passion instead of logic. He is cashing in on the weakness of the masses where their religion or ethnicity is concerned in order to plunge the country into civil a war. Nepotism, lack of continuity of policies by successive administrations, and corruption had hindered development, resulting in widespread insecurity, mistrust, nepotism, and electoral fraud that he mentioned as other reasons for the possible collapse of the country were intended to merely pad his speech and deflect attention from his true intent.

“ Coalition for Nigeria Movement is using this opportunity to remind Obasanjo that the era where he can full most people sometimes is over. He can now only fool a few people once in a while. Nigerians are wiser and they know that problems of the country today have their root in the manner Obasanjo handled the affairs of the country when he had the unusual fortune of being the first civilian president in the current democratic dispensation.”

In terms of his alleged Islamisation of the country, the group revealed that had Obasanjo done the right thing when he was in office, the then dubious governors that toyed with Sharia rule would not have had the fertile ground to sow the seed of controversy that is today bearing the fruits of extremism and radicalization.

“He ignored them and allowed them to set the country on the tortuous part it today threads. The poverty he laid the foundation for remains the foundation of the huge recruitment.

“ We state unequivocally that the ex-president is playing a game. He knows exactly where he is going which is not far from the agenda to disintegrate the country at all cost. We have seen this pattern in the assertions of those that have come out to support his evil position. It is for this reason that we declare that Obasanjo owes Nigerians and the rest of the world more explanation to shed light on his aims, intentions and objectives why he made such evil pronouncement that is now dividing the country. He him come out to tell the world about his evil plan in details.

“ The federal government must take steps to counter the damage intended by Obasanjo’s utterance. It will take the grace of God for the country not record a spike in ethno-sectarian strife when a supposed leader made the kind of criminal comments that came from Obasanjo. Citizens have to be reassured that government is on top of the security situation, which have no bearing with the lies of Obasanjo.”

The Legend of Buratai revealed. Read full text of speech by Philip Agbese at the public presentation of book in Abuja

The Legend of Buratai revealed. Read full text of speech by Philip Agbese at the public presentation of book in Abuja

May 17, 2019

Philip Agbese
A brief rendition of Gen. Buratai’s legendary anti-terrorism exploits in Nigeria, stylishly monikered in the monograph titled, ‘The Legend of Buratai', by Philip Agbese as Guest Speaker during its public presentation, on   May 17, 2019 in Abuja.

Ladies and Gentlemen, 
I welcome you all to this occasion, the public presentation of the prosaic rendition of the counter-terrorism efforts in our dear country, Nigeria, encapsulated in the book, “The Legend of Buratai", authored by a distinguished scholar and publisher, Dr. Abubakar Mohammed Sani. First, let me clarify that I am still a junior scholar in this field and unworthy to bear the cross of a Guest Speaker at this auspicious ceremony. Nonetheless, I felt highly honoured and privileged and I shall strive to share my little perspective on this book and the personality of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Nigerian Army, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai.
2.      Before the reality of this occasion today, I have read some funny commentaries about the title of the book. I have encountered attempts at disparaging the personality of Lieutenant General Buratai, and deliberate efforts to undermine the relevance of the fictional narrative as creatively reflected in the title of the book, by some persons. I could see the futile laborious efforts to diminish the laudable impacts of the counter-terrorism operations under the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, through the commanding heights and ingenuity of Lieutenant General Buratai, a military leader, strategist and tactician. He is unarguably one of Nigeria’s finest breeds of soldiers. 
3.      Some self-appointed critics have queried the title of the book by its reference to him as a legend. So, the egocentric critics prefer not to fete the honour of Lieutenant General TY Buratai with such grandiose concept; but to see him exit the Nigerian Army and the world, as an unknown little boy from Buratai village in Biu Local Government Area of Borno state. But fate and destiny are not susceptible to the conscious twists of debased minds. The worth of real men is measured by their actions and impact on a world consistently in search of liberators for its troubled souls. In contrast, I dare say emphatically that Lieutenant General Buratai is more than just a hero, but an eminent legend, conqueror of the most fortified terrorists’ havens in Nigeria.
4.      An American renowned psychologist, Philip Zambardo says, “…to be a hero means you step across the line and are willing to make a sacrifice, so heroes always are making a sacrifice. Heroes always take a risk. Heroes are always deviant. Heroes are always doing something that most people don't and will want to change - I want to democratize heroism to say any of us can be a hero.”  So, heroes are people who came, saw and conquered. Yes, we have many heroes; but ironically, not every hero is a legend. However Lieutenant General TY Buratai is a combination of both and much more. Through courage, selfless sacrifice and exemplary leadership, he commanded the Nigerian Army that save me and you; our brothers and sisters from the brutal strangulation of insurgents and criminal gangs in Bama, Gwoza, Sambisa forest in the Northeast and other places in Nigeria. Therefore, Lieutenant General Buratai has amazingly surpassed the mark of a mere hero, and has launched himself into the nobility of remarkable legends. A famous American athlete, Max Holloway says, “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.” For me, this is a perfect description of the persona of Lieutenant General Buratai and the monograph is excellently structured to keep him evergreen in our memories for his unprecedented efforts and exploits to save humanity.
5. The fictional prose is inspirational and prods into deep thoughts each time we think about the Nigeria’s numerous battles and encounters with insurgents; the retinue of tormenting religious and regional extremists and the legion of dark forces amassed against our collective existence as a nation.   Whatever respite and exculpation Nigeria savours today from Boko Haram terrorism streams from the relentless sacrifices of Lieutenant General Buratai and Nigerian Army troops' years of sleeplessness and battles in the trenches.

6.   Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, you may recall that when Gen. Buratai was appointed the COAS in July 2015, he promised to make a difference in the counter-terrorism operations; he vowed to defeat Boko Haram insurgents, reclaim all seized territories and free Nigerians held hostage by terrorists. He gave us timelines to execute his assignment and has religiously complied with it. Today, we sit here to savour a greater freedom from these demonic forces. I fondly remember Lt Gen. Buratai’s adherence to the promise of decimating Boko Haram by December 2015; his speedy reclamation of seized Nigerian territories by the turn of 2016 and the symbolic defeat of Boko Haram terrorism with the invasion, penetration and capture of the dreaded Sambisa forest by December of 2016, as Christmas gift to Nigerians. I recollect the several times insurgents had ambushed Lt Gen. Buratai’s convoy in the Northeast; but with his gallant and courageous resistance, the assailing terrorists rather met their waterloo.
7.  I see in Lt Gen. Buratai the image of an uncommon soldier; rugged and combative on the battlefields and a torn in the flesh of insurgents, insurrectionists and other enemies of Nigeria.  He is a soldier tough at battlefront, but meek, kind and humble at home. His humility and compassion always leave whoever encounters him in awe. He is the face of a perfect humanity, who shares the pains and agonies of a suffering people and steps out to assist traumatized and helpless people. He counts his joy and happiness in the number of people he has freed from torments and the hangman’s noose and the lives he positively impacted.  Because of his immense love for humanity, Lt Gen. Buratai goes out of his way to assist individuals and communities. The prosperity and development he brought to many communities across Nigeria are uncountable. His numerous philanthropic and humanitarian gestures touched my heart dearly; the one dearest to me was when he supported returning Internally Displaced Persons in the Northeast to resettle in their liberated, but deserted communities and homes. Lt Gen. TY Buratai assisted them with implements and tractors to clear bushy surroundings, construction of roads and boost farming.  Elsewhere, Lt Gen. Buratai has never shirked in displaying his milk of human kindness, as we have seen in the provision of water to Abakpa Nike community in Enugu State, south east Nigeria, or the electrification of some communities in the Northeast or free Medicare to host communities in North, South and East of Nigeria. He is an epitome of a good neighbour’s keeper.
7.  A watchful world is not unmindful of these rare exploits, which have not in any way exhausted all that ought to be done on Nigeria’s inglorious path of induced insecurity. But Lt Gen. Buratai remains a legend as thoughtfully observed by a famed journalist, Don Yeager, who says,  “Sometimes legends find themselves remembered more for what they have not done than for their accomplishments. But those resume gaps can also help drive them to achieve even greater things in new arenas.” We cannot claim, every insecurity challenge has been dismantled in Nigeria. Controversial novelist, Salman Rushdie said that “There is no such thing as perfect security, only varying levels of insecurity”, reminds us.  But Lt Gen. Buratai has substantially dispensed himself as an Army Chief whose footprints are not only indelible, but have dwarfed the accomplishments of all his predecessors put together. 
8.  I am encouraged to say, Lt Gen. Buratai’s mutation from heroism to a legend is mirrored in the promises he has kept and the change from midwifing the formally agonizing and nightmarish face of insecurity in Nigeria to a peaceful and secured country, we are proud to call our dear nation.  Our men and women in the Armed Forces are truly heroes and we must commend and emulate their courage and patriotism as we think of replacing our parents as leaders of tomorrow. Therefore, as students and future leaders of Nigeria, we must know that to be a General, you must first become a soldier.  But not all soldiers are Generals and so, you must embrace hard work.   To be a legend, you must first become a hero and it is also a function of dedication to your work. But not all heroes are legends; Just like not every collection of books make up a library. If we perceive Lt Gen. Buratai today as a legend, it means, we must imbibe the virtues of hard work, patriotism and loyalty to our country. 

9.  It is pertinent that anytime we think counter-terrorism in Nigeria, we must know, Lt Gen. Buratai is an authority, a point of reference and an encyclopedia.  But again, not every collection of knowledge makes up an encyclopedia. So, assuming Lt Gen. Buratai is an encyclopedia, a book and library, and then it will be apt to state that a big library like Buratai in counter-terrorism can only be equated with the library of Congress. The legendary Buratai will remain a reference point not only for us, students, but an inspiration and motivation for the upcoming generation in emulating celebrated patriots.   Therefore, I must commend the author for ercognising these and wrote this wonderful book in honour of our legend and hero, Lieutenant Tukur Yusufu Buratai.
10.  I thank you all.

SIGNED:
Philip Agbese [Human Rights Activist]
Guest Speaker
May 17, 2019

Philip Agbese
A brief rendition of Gen. Buratai’s legendary anti-terrorism exploits in Nigeria, stylishly monikered in the monograph titled, ‘The Legend of Buratai', by Philip Agbese as Guest Speaker during its public presentation, on   May 17, 2019 in Abuja.

Ladies and Gentlemen, 
I welcome you all to this occasion, the public presentation of the prosaic rendition of the counter-terrorism efforts in our dear country, Nigeria, encapsulated in the book, “The Legend of Buratai", authored by a distinguished scholar and publisher, Dr. Abubakar Mohammed Sani. First, let me clarify that I am still a junior scholar in this field and unworthy to bear the cross of a Guest Speaker at this auspicious ceremony. Nonetheless, I felt highly honoured and privileged and I shall strive to share my little perspective on this book and the personality of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Nigerian Army, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai.
2.      Before the reality of this occasion today, I have read some funny commentaries about the title of the book. I have encountered attempts at disparaging the personality of Lieutenant General Buratai, and deliberate efforts to undermine the relevance of the fictional narrative as creatively reflected in the title of the book, by some persons. I could see the futile laborious efforts to diminish the laudable impacts of the counter-terrorism operations under the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, through the commanding heights and ingenuity of Lieutenant General Buratai, a military leader, strategist and tactician. He is unarguably one of Nigeria’s finest breeds of soldiers. 
3.      Some self-appointed critics have queried the title of the book by its reference to him as a legend. So, the egocentric critics prefer not to fete the honour of Lieutenant General TY Buratai with such grandiose concept; but to see him exit the Nigerian Army and the world, as an unknown little boy from Buratai village in Biu Local Government Area of Borno state. But fate and destiny are not susceptible to the conscious twists of debased minds. The worth of real men is measured by their actions and impact on a world consistently in search of liberators for its troubled souls. In contrast, I dare say emphatically that Lieutenant General Buratai is more than just a hero, but an eminent legend, conqueror of the most fortified terrorists’ havens in Nigeria.
4.      An American renowned psychologist, Philip Zambardo says, “…to be a hero means you step across the line and are willing to make a sacrifice, so heroes always are making a sacrifice. Heroes always take a risk. Heroes are always deviant. Heroes are always doing something that most people don't and will want to change - I want to democratize heroism to say any of us can be a hero.”  So, heroes are people who came, saw and conquered. Yes, we have many heroes; but ironically, not every hero is a legend. However Lieutenant General TY Buratai is a combination of both and much more. Through courage, selfless sacrifice and exemplary leadership, he commanded the Nigerian Army that save me and you; our brothers and sisters from the brutal strangulation of insurgents and criminal gangs in Bama, Gwoza, Sambisa forest in the Northeast and other places in Nigeria. Therefore, Lieutenant General Buratai has amazingly surpassed the mark of a mere hero, and has launched himself into the nobility of remarkable legends. A famous American athlete, Max Holloway says, “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.” For me, this is a perfect description of the persona of Lieutenant General Buratai and the monograph is excellently structured to keep him evergreen in our memories for his unprecedented efforts and exploits to save humanity.
5. The fictional prose is inspirational and prods into deep thoughts each time we think about the Nigeria’s numerous battles and encounters with insurgents; the retinue of tormenting religious and regional extremists and the legion of dark forces amassed against our collective existence as a nation.   Whatever respite and exculpation Nigeria savours today from Boko Haram terrorism streams from the relentless sacrifices of Lieutenant General Buratai and Nigerian Army troops' years of sleeplessness and battles in the trenches.

6.   Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, you may recall that when Gen. Buratai was appointed the COAS in July 2015, he promised to make a difference in the counter-terrorism operations; he vowed to defeat Boko Haram insurgents, reclaim all seized territories and free Nigerians held hostage by terrorists. He gave us timelines to execute his assignment and has religiously complied with it. Today, we sit here to savour a greater freedom from these demonic forces. I fondly remember Lt Gen. Buratai’s adherence to the promise of decimating Boko Haram by December 2015; his speedy reclamation of seized Nigerian territories by the turn of 2016 and the symbolic defeat of Boko Haram terrorism with the invasion, penetration and capture of the dreaded Sambisa forest by December of 2016, as Christmas gift to Nigerians. I recollect the several times insurgents had ambushed Lt Gen. Buratai’s convoy in the Northeast; but with his gallant and courageous resistance, the assailing terrorists rather met their waterloo.
7.  I see in Lt Gen. Buratai the image of an uncommon soldier; rugged and combative on the battlefields and a torn in the flesh of insurgents, insurrectionists and other enemies of Nigeria.  He is a soldier tough at battlefront, but meek, kind and humble at home. His humility and compassion always leave whoever encounters him in awe. He is the face of a perfect humanity, who shares the pains and agonies of a suffering people and steps out to assist traumatized and helpless people. He counts his joy and happiness in the number of people he has freed from torments and the hangman’s noose and the lives he positively impacted.  Because of his immense love for humanity, Lt Gen. Buratai goes out of his way to assist individuals and communities. The prosperity and development he brought to many communities across Nigeria are uncountable. His numerous philanthropic and humanitarian gestures touched my heart dearly; the one dearest to me was when he supported returning Internally Displaced Persons in the Northeast to resettle in their liberated, but deserted communities and homes. Lt Gen. TY Buratai assisted them with implements and tractors to clear bushy surroundings, construction of roads and boost farming.  Elsewhere, Lt Gen. Buratai has never shirked in displaying his milk of human kindness, as we have seen in the provision of water to Abakpa Nike community in Enugu State, south east Nigeria, or the electrification of some communities in the Northeast or free Medicare to host communities in North, South and East of Nigeria. He is an epitome of a good neighbour’s keeper.
7.  A watchful world is not unmindful of these rare exploits, which have not in any way exhausted all that ought to be done on Nigeria’s inglorious path of induced insecurity. But Lt Gen. Buratai remains a legend as thoughtfully observed by a famed journalist, Don Yeager, who says,  “Sometimes legends find themselves remembered more for what they have not done than for their accomplishments. But those resume gaps can also help drive them to achieve even greater things in new arenas.” We cannot claim, every insecurity challenge has been dismantled in Nigeria. Controversial novelist, Salman Rushdie said that “There is no such thing as perfect security, only varying levels of insecurity”, reminds us.  But Lt Gen. Buratai has substantially dispensed himself as an Army Chief whose footprints are not only indelible, but have dwarfed the accomplishments of all his predecessors put together. 
8.  I am encouraged to say, Lt Gen. Buratai’s mutation from heroism to a legend is mirrored in the promises he has kept and the change from midwifing the formally agonizing and nightmarish face of insecurity in Nigeria to a peaceful and secured country, we are proud to call our dear nation.  Our men and women in the Armed Forces are truly heroes and we must commend and emulate their courage and patriotism as we think of replacing our parents as leaders of tomorrow. Therefore, as students and future leaders of Nigeria, we must know that to be a General, you must first become a soldier.  But not all soldiers are Generals and so, you must embrace hard work.   To be a legend, you must first become a hero and it is also a function of dedication to your work. But not all heroes are legends; Just like not every collection of books make up a library. If we perceive Lt Gen. Buratai today as a legend, it means, we must imbibe the virtues of hard work, patriotism and loyalty to our country. 

9.  It is pertinent that anytime we think counter-terrorism in Nigeria, we must know, Lt Gen. Buratai is an authority, a point of reference and an encyclopedia.  But again, not every collection of knowledge makes up an encyclopedia. So, assuming Lt Gen. Buratai is an encyclopedia, a book and library, and then it will be apt to state that a big library like Buratai in counter-terrorism can only be equated with the library of Congress. The legendary Buratai will remain a reference point not only for us, students, but an inspiration and motivation for the upcoming generation in emulating celebrated patriots.   Therefore, I must commend the author for ercognising these and wrote this wonderful book in honour of our legend and hero, Lieutenant Tukur Yusufu Buratai.
10.  I thank you all.

SIGNED:
Philip Agbese [Human Rights Activist]
Guest Speaker

Celebrating Buhari’s Phenomenal Wisdom On Economy And Security

Celebrating Buhari’s Phenomenal Wisdom On Economy And Security

By Philip Agbese

Buhari
Like his predecessors, Nigerians have decorated President Muhammadu Buhari with multiple insignias.  Certainly, some of these sobriquets are positive and others negative.  It’s the favorite pastime of Nigerians. When we give our leaders some funny or indicting nicknames, most of which are humorous ones, it submits to our inner yearnings of satisfaction for reproach of a leader.

But President Buhari is luckier. Almost all his epaulets are positive, even if some mischievous persons derive derogative undertones from it. So, we have differently branded him as “Sai Baba,” “Baba Go-Slow,”Mai Geskiya,” “Mr. Integrity” “Nepotist,” “Fanatic” and a lot more. None of these is demeaning in its real application. 

However, what is obvious is that Buhari is not a leader anyone can take for granted. He is always calm and calculated. He is not a glib, but a leader who takes measured steps and actions. Buhari weighs his leadership decisions intensely and once he stamps his seal, on what his convictions prick him as right, no revolting noise from critics distracts him.

Many Nigerians lest expected he would retain any appointee inherited from his predecessor. Those who initially failed to see his wisdom in instantly sacking appointees of the Jonathan Presidency are beginning to know the reason now.

Buhari as leader in the last three decades is firmly committed to credible performance and merit. He abhors corrupt persons and believes that the foremost agenda of leadership should be service to the people and the nation. So, he refused to subscribe to the narrative that every appointee of the Jonathan Presidency never performed or is a bad Nigerian. 

So, those he sacked immediately were the Security Chiefs because it was apparent Nigeria was bleeding under insurgencies and insurrections. It was enough proof that these sets of Security Chiefs could not handle the security challenges confronting the nation.

Midway into his first tenure, some Nigerians bandied negative opinions about the leadership persona of President Buhari. He was dishonestly accused of exhibiting leadership character quite alien to some of us who have keenly followed his proclivities and idiosyncrasies.  And the President Buhari some of us pretend not to know now has again, pulled a surprise and a shocker on Nigerians.

Buhari re-appointed the outgoing Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Mr. Godwin Emefiele for another term of five years. Buhari inherited Emefiele from his predecessor, who appointed him in 2014.  He was barely a year in office when Buhari assumed leadership of Nigeria. But the nation already had teething and debilitating economic problems. Nigeria had sadly kissed economic recession.

But Buhari sighted in Emefiele  a competent and astute banker, with rich experience and  expertise in financial management. Buhari was excited with Emefiele’s commitment in rescuing Nigeria from the economic mess. 

It never mattered to our President that he inherited Emefiele from his predecessor; Buhari never even bothered that Emefiele is a Southerner and should not have held such a sensitive position under a President of Northern extraction. Emefiele’s performance satisfied him or else, though a statutory appointment, Buhari could have deployed federal might to unseat him and damned the public condemnations and outcries. 

But the performance factsheet of Emefiele has justified President Buhari’s recognition of this celebrated banker cum financial and managerial expert, as a rare asset to the nation. I  praised his wisdom because I know there is no country on earth; not even the greatest of nations that exist without problems.

 But what makes them outstanding is the capacity to withstand these challenges and surmounting them, with the right leaders in the right positions.  Emefiele has proved it beyond doubts to all Nigerians.  He has justified the confidence the President reposed in him. Its why the no-nonsense President Buhari has re-appointed him for another term.

Under a Buhari Presidency, there is no amount of influence or intensity of pressures from lobbyists that would compel him to dump a worthy public servant such as Emefiele with these sparkling track records. He is Governor of Nigeria’s apex bank who rescued the economy from recession, carefully coordinated meagre federal revenue inflows, stabilized the same economy and secured these revenues for government to fund public expenditure and capital projects running into trillions of Nigeria?

It’s the first of its kind in Nigeria’s recent history and Buhari would have ignored Emefiele for whatever sentiment? It’s impossible for a Mr. President who is unpretentiously concerned about the progress and development of a nation he leads.

Emefiele’s groundbreaking imposition of fiscal discipline in Nigeria’s banking sector, amazingly instilled sanity in this sector. Fraudulent managers of commercial banks knew it was no longer business as usual in granting unsecured loans to “big” customers, most of which ended as bad debts, thus eroding investors’ confidence in investing in the country. 

Emefiele’s stable economic monetary policies and its implementation in the face of years of sharp shortfall in crude oil revenues ensured Nigeria traced and saved every kobo earned from federal revenue sources. He ensured transparency and accountability. The economy bounced back to life from the austere times because of these stiff, fiscal discipline in the banking sector.

The re-appointed CBN boss managed scarce FOREX so ingeniously and since 2017, stabilized the Naira which stubbornly hanged at N520/$1 to now N360/$1 at official exchange rate and freely available to Nigerians for legitimate businesses in all banks. He secured Investors and Exporters Window to an unshakable $25 billion stabilization and a lot more. No investor or depositor is scared of scarce or unsecured FOREX funds today in Nigeria. 
I still vividly remember, party chieftains, power brokers and lobbyists who strongly advocated for the sacking of Emefiele when President Buhari came on board. But Buhari stood his grounds and today, we have fared better as a people. And the country is on a fast, economic progression lane, as evidence of Emefiele’s wealth of experience.
Again, Buhari reappointed Emefiele because the national economic team, on which he is a focal person has not finished its job. Only the team knows the extent of progress of work to sustain the economy and upgrade in performance.
Buhari met same messiness in the economy and did justice to it by sustaining Emefiele who showed great promise on the job, even though others hotly canvassed a change of leadership at the apex bank. But he declined.  But we are reaping the reward of Buhari’s King Solomon’s wisdom, as much has been achieved in this sector and he knows Nigeria’s economy can still do better under Emefiele, its guardian angel.

And I am prompted to also comment on the senseless nagging over the retention of Service Chiefs by President Buhari. The Nigerians who are averse to this idea have conveniently forgotten that President Buhari met a terrible insecurity situation in the country, which degenerated for six years under Security Chiefs appointed based on political, ethnic or religious patronage.
We cannot deny that insecurity in Nigeria accentuated under these Abuja-resident Service Chiefs. And it explains why they were the first to be sacked by President Buhari. He confronted same problem by appointing seasoned Military officers as Security Chief and charged them to end insurgencies and insurrections in Nigeria.
It’s not easy altogether. But our current Security Chiefs have also performed incredibly in securing Nigeria, despite the politically induced violence and killings. But they have not relented either. And even in the last few weeks, the face of security in the country has really changed in conquerors’ delight by the Army.  None of us can genuinely doubt that much has been accomplished on security, except those who perceive it sentimentally or from partisan lenses. 

Nonetheless, we still need to do more to bury the resurrecting ghosts of insecurity, their masked sponsors and covert agents. For President Buhari, it is all about competence and credibility. Those who are uncomfortable with it are free to kick and groan.  But we know Buhari has got the Security Chiefs to blend and they are working together seamlessly on security.  The President is on track and deserves the support of all Nigerians. 
The security chiefs still have more to offer in securing Nigeria and recruiting greenhorns to start the journey afresh is the most unwise decision any leader could consent. Those arguing for injection of fresh blood into the system should also ask themselves whether the fresh blood would migrate from heaven to land in Nigeria. Or else, they are personnel of the Nigerian military and if really patriotic, they can still contribute their brilliant ideas at the lower rungs of leadership within the Nigerian military to assist the Military’s apex leadership to make lasting impacts. 
 So,  like the President, I believe the economic team hasn’t finished its good work. And same goes for the security team. Buhari’s decision on Emefiele tells us plainly that we must learn to give a leader the latitude to operate freely, especially in key sectors. If he fails or succeeds, he bears the brunt of public anger or applauses solely.

Agbese is a publisher and researcher in international human rights laws based in the UK.
By Philip Agbese

Buhari
Like his predecessors, Nigerians have decorated President Muhammadu Buhari with multiple insignias.  Certainly, some of these sobriquets are positive and others negative.  It’s the favorite pastime of Nigerians. When we give our leaders some funny or indicting nicknames, most of which are humorous ones, it submits to our inner yearnings of satisfaction for reproach of a leader.

But President Buhari is luckier. Almost all his epaulets are positive, even if some mischievous persons derive derogative undertones from it. So, we have differently branded him as “Sai Baba,” “Baba Go-Slow,”Mai Geskiya,” “Mr. Integrity” “Nepotist,” “Fanatic” and a lot more. None of these is demeaning in its real application. 

However, what is obvious is that Buhari is not a leader anyone can take for granted. He is always calm and calculated. He is not a glib, but a leader who takes measured steps and actions. Buhari weighs his leadership decisions intensely and once he stamps his seal, on what his convictions prick him as right, no revolting noise from critics distracts him.

Many Nigerians lest expected he would retain any appointee inherited from his predecessor. Those who initially failed to see his wisdom in instantly sacking appointees of the Jonathan Presidency are beginning to know the reason now.

Buhari as leader in the last three decades is firmly committed to credible performance and merit. He abhors corrupt persons and believes that the foremost agenda of leadership should be service to the people and the nation. So, he refused to subscribe to the narrative that every appointee of the Jonathan Presidency never performed or is a bad Nigerian. 

So, those he sacked immediately were the Security Chiefs because it was apparent Nigeria was bleeding under insurgencies and insurrections. It was enough proof that these sets of Security Chiefs could not handle the security challenges confronting the nation.

Midway into his first tenure, some Nigerians bandied negative opinions about the leadership persona of President Buhari. He was dishonestly accused of exhibiting leadership character quite alien to some of us who have keenly followed his proclivities and idiosyncrasies.  And the President Buhari some of us pretend not to know now has again, pulled a surprise and a shocker on Nigerians.

Buhari re-appointed the outgoing Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Mr. Godwin Emefiele for another term of five years. Buhari inherited Emefiele from his predecessor, who appointed him in 2014.  He was barely a year in office when Buhari assumed leadership of Nigeria. But the nation already had teething and debilitating economic problems. Nigeria had sadly kissed economic recession.

But Buhari sighted in Emefiele  a competent and astute banker, with rich experience and  expertise in financial management. Buhari was excited with Emefiele’s commitment in rescuing Nigeria from the economic mess. 

It never mattered to our President that he inherited Emefiele from his predecessor; Buhari never even bothered that Emefiele is a Southerner and should not have held such a sensitive position under a President of Northern extraction. Emefiele’s performance satisfied him or else, though a statutory appointment, Buhari could have deployed federal might to unseat him and damned the public condemnations and outcries. 

But the performance factsheet of Emefiele has justified President Buhari’s recognition of this celebrated banker cum financial and managerial expert, as a rare asset to the nation. I  praised his wisdom because I know there is no country on earth; not even the greatest of nations that exist without problems.

 But what makes them outstanding is the capacity to withstand these challenges and surmounting them, with the right leaders in the right positions.  Emefiele has proved it beyond doubts to all Nigerians.  He has justified the confidence the President reposed in him. Its why the no-nonsense President Buhari has re-appointed him for another term.

Under a Buhari Presidency, there is no amount of influence or intensity of pressures from lobbyists that would compel him to dump a worthy public servant such as Emefiele with these sparkling track records. He is Governor of Nigeria’s apex bank who rescued the economy from recession, carefully coordinated meagre federal revenue inflows, stabilized the same economy and secured these revenues for government to fund public expenditure and capital projects running into trillions of Nigeria?

It’s the first of its kind in Nigeria’s recent history and Buhari would have ignored Emefiele for whatever sentiment? It’s impossible for a Mr. President who is unpretentiously concerned about the progress and development of a nation he leads.

Emefiele’s groundbreaking imposition of fiscal discipline in Nigeria’s banking sector, amazingly instilled sanity in this sector. Fraudulent managers of commercial banks knew it was no longer business as usual in granting unsecured loans to “big” customers, most of which ended as bad debts, thus eroding investors’ confidence in investing in the country. 

Emefiele’s stable economic monetary policies and its implementation in the face of years of sharp shortfall in crude oil revenues ensured Nigeria traced and saved every kobo earned from federal revenue sources. He ensured transparency and accountability. The economy bounced back to life from the austere times because of these stiff, fiscal discipline in the banking sector.

The re-appointed CBN boss managed scarce FOREX so ingeniously and since 2017, stabilized the Naira which stubbornly hanged at N520/$1 to now N360/$1 at official exchange rate and freely available to Nigerians for legitimate businesses in all banks. He secured Investors and Exporters Window to an unshakable $25 billion stabilization and a lot more. No investor or depositor is scared of scarce or unsecured FOREX funds today in Nigeria. 
I still vividly remember, party chieftains, power brokers and lobbyists who strongly advocated for the sacking of Emefiele when President Buhari came on board. But Buhari stood his grounds and today, we have fared better as a people. And the country is on a fast, economic progression lane, as evidence of Emefiele’s wealth of experience.
Again, Buhari reappointed Emefiele because the national economic team, on which he is a focal person has not finished its job. Only the team knows the extent of progress of work to sustain the economy and upgrade in performance.
Buhari met same messiness in the economy and did justice to it by sustaining Emefiele who showed great promise on the job, even though others hotly canvassed a change of leadership at the apex bank. But he declined.  But we are reaping the reward of Buhari’s King Solomon’s wisdom, as much has been achieved in this sector and he knows Nigeria’s economy can still do better under Emefiele, its guardian angel.

And I am prompted to also comment on the senseless nagging over the retention of Service Chiefs by President Buhari. The Nigerians who are averse to this idea have conveniently forgotten that President Buhari met a terrible insecurity situation in the country, which degenerated for six years under Security Chiefs appointed based on political, ethnic or religious patronage.
We cannot deny that insecurity in Nigeria accentuated under these Abuja-resident Service Chiefs. And it explains why they were the first to be sacked by President Buhari. He confronted same problem by appointing seasoned Military officers as Security Chief and charged them to end insurgencies and insurrections in Nigeria.
It’s not easy altogether. But our current Security Chiefs have also performed incredibly in securing Nigeria, despite the politically induced violence and killings. But they have not relented either. And even in the last few weeks, the face of security in the country has really changed in conquerors’ delight by the Army.  None of us can genuinely doubt that much has been accomplished on security, except those who perceive it sentimentally or from partisan lenses. 

Nonetheless, we still need to do more to bury the resurrecting ghosts of insecurity, their masked sponsors and covert agents. For President Buhari, it is all about competence and credibility. Those who are uncomfortable with it are free to kick and groan.  But we know Buhari has got the Security Chiefs to blend and they are working together seamlessly on security.  The President is on track and deserves the support of all Nigerians. 
The security chiefs still have more to offer in securing Nigeria and recruiting greenhorns to start the journey afresh is the most unwise decision any leader could consent. Those arguing for injection of fresh blood into the system should also ask themselves whether the fresh blood would migrate from heaven to land in Nigeria. Or else, they are personnel of the Nigerian military and if really patriotic, they can still contribute their brilliant ideas at the lower rungs of leadership within the Nigerian military to assist the Military’s apex leadership to make lasting impacts. 
 So,  like the President, I believe the economic team hasn’t finished its good work. And same goes for the security team. Buhari’s decision on Emefiele tells us plainly that we must learn to give a leader the latitude to operate freely, especially in key sectors. If he fails or succeeds, he bears the brunt of public anger or applauses solely.

Agbese is a publisher and researcher in international human rights laws based in the UK.

Banditry/Kidnappings: Human Rights group backs Buratai for exposing those behind killings in Nigeria

Banditry/Kidnappings: Human Rights group backs Buratai for exposing those behind killings in Nigeria

By Dansu Peter

The Coalition of Human Rights Groups has backed the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai for exposing those behind the unrest in the country.

Lt. Gen. Buratai had on Wednesday said embittered politicians, who were bent on destabilising the country were responsible for the rising activities of bandits.


He gave this assertion while hosting members of the 10-man Committee on Army of the House of Representatives, who were in Maiduguri on a two-day oversight function.

He said, “There are myriads of security challenges we are facing right now in the North-West, North-Central and other parts of the country. I want to believe, and rightly so, that with the fallout of the just-concluded general elections, there are politicians who saw their defeat as a means of revenge, sponsoring these criminal activities and even banditry and clashes between the farmers and herders.”

Speaking on the revelation, the human rights group warned those behind the serial acts of banditry, kidnapping and killings must desist from these evil acts and change their ways.




Maxwel Gowon (Esq), Executive Director of the group in a statement obtained by our reporter on Thursday, appealed to defeated political players in the last election to use proceedings in expressing dissatisfaction with election outcomes without resorting to bloodletting.


The statement reads below.

Permit us to say that we are not in any way surprised by the revelations made by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai while speaking before a committee of the House of Representatives this week. In summary, General Buratai asserted that politicians are behind the new wave of attacks against Nigerians by Boko Haram terrorists, bandits and other killer groups.

 He also said some politicians who were defeated during the General Elections sponsor criminal as their own way of revenge for their rejection by Nigerians.

The Coalition of Human Rights Groups in Nigeria want to categorically state that what General Buratai have disclosed is not really new. Political support for Boko Haram is something that our coalition expressed concerns about shortly before the elections.

 Our concerns at that time were validated when the Federal Government raised the alarm about how the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar were procuring the services of these terrorists and foreign mercenaries to make the country unsafe. We had also, after the elections, revealed that the opposition, following their election losses, had given a fresh mandate to the terrorists to make the country ungovernable.

The favor General Buratai has done for Nigerians is to confirm that the threat from politicians that lost election is real. The Chief of Army Staff, by virtue of his position has access to the best intelligence about the dynamics of the politically motivated acts of terror being committed against Nigerians by those that want to take over the government at all cost. The affirmation by General Buratai that the Boko Haram threat is real is therefore a well-founded fear and informed position as he neither known for being flippant nor alarmist but has always been sounded patriotic in his intervention.
On the heels of what the Chief of Army Staff has said, we are drawing the attention of Nigerians to five critical points:


The opposition backed terrorist groups and foreign mercenaries to cause insecurity in several parts of the country prior to the elections in the hope that the resulting chaos will either allow them rig the polls or deplete potential votes for President Muhammadu Buhari in his strongholds.

The attacks by Boko Haram, bandits and other criminal elements are centered on areas where the opposition had predicted they would win but were roundly defeated, which could mean that Nigerians in these affected places are being punished by the opposition for voting their choice.

The opposition, especially Atiku Abubakar, categorically told the world that they will ensure that killings continue across the country because President Buhari was re-elected. The killings are fitting this predicted pattern.

Captured terrorists, victims and security agencies have repeatedly identified political players as drivers of the acts of terrorism that have been recorded.

The opposition had never hidden their glee each time there was an attack anywhere. They are quick to exploit the attacks for launching verbal and media attack on the government. This insecurity is what they are now leveraging on to plot a coup against the government as have been exposed by the Nigerian Army.

We are calling on the politicians that lost elections to have a rethink and immediately desist from sponsoring killings and supporting Boko Haram or any terror group to unleash deaths on Nigerians. There are legal proceedings to expressing dissatisfaction with election outcomes without resorting to bloodletting.


Not only is the Coalition of Human Rights Groups in Nigeria asking these politicians to withdraw support for the killers they have commissioned, they must also, because they engaged these terrorists to carry out the killings, come up with modalities for decommissioning and demobilizing the killer gangs while handing over inventories of weapons they issued to these killers so that law enforcement agencies can properly mop up the illegal firearms that are being used to carry out the killings.

Those that have been contracted to take the life of others must know that they face reckoning. Time has practically run out for them to repudiate the bloody contracts assigned to them by disgruntled politicians. They should immediately turn themselves in and name the politicians that gave them dirty jobs to do while also surrendering weapons in their possession. They must know that the military in Nigeria is capable of dealing them mortal blows once the era of persuasion is over. This will lead to certain death for the killers while their political masters are able to slink into the shadows to enjoy the proceeds of their corrupt past.

In conclusion, we are calling on the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, notably the Nigerian Army, to consider that the period of grace is over for those that have decided that Nigerians cannot or will not know peace. The battle should be taken beyond the theatre of operation; the identities of Boko Haram terrorists, bandits and killer mercenaries gunned down in battles should henceforth be investigated and confirmed so that those they are linked to can be tracked down. The military should co-operate with the Nigerian Police Force and Department of State Services (DSS) in this regard so that politicians or anyone found to be connected with these killers.

We want to urge the Nigerian Army and other branches of the Armed Forces not to relent in the commendable efforts they have made in saving the country from the killers unleashed on the rest of us by the failed politicians. It is apparent that the situation would have been far worse if Nigeria does not have committed leaders in the military.

Our appeal to the Federal Government is to repeat an earlier stated position that the situation at hand has gone past the one for political consideration. People that are devious enough to send killers after the electorate as punishment for not being voted do not require pampering; what they need is the activation of the full powers of the Nigerian state against them and the military and security agencies should be allowed to deploy this. They should get the backing to go after anyone found to be sponsoring these killers irrespective of whether there will be cries of clamp down on the opposition or not.
Thank you for listening.
By Dansu Peter

The Coalition of Human Rights Groups has backed the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai for exposing those behind the unrest in the country.

Lt. Gen. Buratai had on Wednesday said embittered politicians, who were bent on destabilising the country were responsible for the rising activities of bandits.


He gave this assertion while hosting members of the 10-man Committee on Army of the House of Representatives, who were in Maiduguri on a two-day oversight function.

He said, “There are myriads of security challenges we are facing right now in the North-West, North-Central and other parts of the country. I want to believe, and rightly so, that with the fallout of the just-concluded general elections, there are politicians who saw their defeat as a means of revenge, sponsoring these criminal activities and even banditry and clashes between the farmers and herders.”

Speaking on the revelation, the human rights group warned those behind the serial acts of banditry, kidnapping and killings must desist from these evil acts and change their ways.




Maxwel Gowon (Esq), Executive Director of the group in a statement obtained by our reporter on Thursday, appealed to defeated political players in the last election to use proceedings in expressing dissatisfaction with election outcomes without resorting to bloodletting.


The statement reads below.

Permit us to say that we are not in any way surprised by the revelations made by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai while speaking before a committee of the House of Representatives this week. In summary, General Buratai asserted that politicians are behind the new wave of attacks against Nigerians by Boko Haram terrorists, bandits and other killer groups.

 He also said some politicians who were defeated during the General Elections sponsor criminal as their own way of revenge for their rejection by Nigerians.

The Coalition of Human Rights Groups in Nigeria want to categorically state that what General Buratai have disclosed is not really new. Political support for Boko Haram is something that our coalition expressed concerns about shortly before the elections.

 Our concerns at that time were validated when the Federal Government raised the alarm about how the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar were procuring the services of these terrorists and foreign mercenaries to make the country unsafe. We had also, after the elections, revealed that the opposition, following their election losses, had given a fresh mandate to the terrorists to make the country ungovernable.

The favor General Buratai has done for Nigerians is to confirm that the threat from politicians that lost election is real. The Chief of Army Staff, by virtue of his position has access to the best intelligence about the dynamics of the politically motivated acts of terror being committed against Nigerians by those that want to take over the government at all cost. The affirmation by General Buratai that the Boko Haram threat is real is therefore a well-founded fear and informed position as he neither known for being flippant nor alarmist but has always been sounded patriotic in his intervention.
On the heels of what the Chief of Army Staff has said, we are drawing the attention of Nigerians to five critical points:


The opposition backed terrorist groups and foreign mercenaries to cause insecurity in several parts of the country prior to the elections in the hope that the resulting chaos will either allow them rig the polls or deplete potential votes for President Muhammadu Buhari in his strongholds.

The attacks by Boko Haram, bandits and other criminal elements are centered on areas where the opposition had predicted they would win but were roundly defeated, which could mean that Nigerians in these affected places are being punished by the opposition for voting their choice.

The opposition, especially Atiku Abubakar, categorically told the world that they will ensure that killings continue across the country because President Buhari was re-elected. The killings are fitting this predicted pattern.

Captured terrorists, victims and security agencies have repeatedly identified political players as drivers of the acts of terrorism that have been recorded.

The opposition had never hidden their glee each time there was an attack anywhere. They are quick to exploit the attacks for launching verbal and media attack on the government. This insecurity is what they are now leveraging on to plot a coup against the government as have been exposed by the Nigerian Army.

We are calling on the politicians that lost elections to have a rethink and immediately desist from sponsoring killings and supporting Boko Haram or any terror group to unleash deaths on Nigerians. There are legal proceedings to expressing dissatisfaction with election outcomes without resorting to bloodletting.


Not only is the Coalition of Human Rights Groups in Nigeria asking these politicians to withdraw support for the killers they have commissioned, they must also, because they engaged these terrorists to carry out the killings, come up with modalities for decommissioning and demobilizing the killer gangs while handing over inventories of weapons they issued to these killers so that law enforcement agencies can properly mop up the illegal firearms that are being used to carry out the killings.

Those that have been contracted to take the life of others must know that they face reckoning. Time has practically run out for them to repudiate the bloody contracts assigned to them by disgruntled politicians. They should immediately turn themselves in and name the politicians that gave them dirty jobs to do while also surrendering weapons in their possession. They must know that the military in Nigeria is capable of dealing them mortal blows once the era of persuasion is over. This will lead to certain death for the killers while their political masters are able to slink into the shadows to enjoy the proceeds of their corrupt past.

In conclusion, we are calling on the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, notably the Nigerian Army, to consider that the period of grace is over for those that have decided that Nigerians cannot or will not know peace. The battle should be taken beyond the theatre of operation; the identities of Boko Haram terrorists, bandits and killer mercenaries gunned down in battles should henceforth be investigated and confirmed so that those they are linked to can be tracked down. The military should co-operate with the Nigerian Police Force and Department of State Services (DSS) in this regard so that politicians or anyone found to be connected with these killers.

We want to urge the Nigerian Army and other branches of the Armed Forces not to relent in the commendable efforts they have made in saving the country from the killers unleashed on the rest of us by the failed politicians. It is apparent that the situation would have been far worse if Nigeria does not have committed leaders in the military.

Our appeal to the Federal Government is to repeat an earlier stated position that the situation at hand has gone past the one for political consideration. People that are devious enough to send killers after the electorate as punishment for not being voted do not require pampering; what they need is the activation of the full powers of the Nigerian state against them and the military and security agencies should be allowed to deploy this. They should get the backing to go after anyone found to be sponsoring these killers irrespective of whether there will be cries of clamp down on the opposition or not.
Thank you for listening.

Emefiele: Group holds “thank you” Rally for President Buhari over reappointment of CBN Gov

Emefiele: Group holds “thank you” Rally for President Buhari over reappointment of CBN Gov

...says Nigeria under Buhari has defeated ethnic and religious bigotry

By Dansu Peter

Several groups early this morning staged a ‘thank you’ rally in appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for reappointing Godwin Emefiele as the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Governor for another term.

The group in their thousands led by the Coalition for Good Governance and Change Initiative, a civil society organization  in an open letter addressed to the President, commended him for defeating what it tagged ‘ethnic and religious bigotry’ with Emefiele’s reappointment.

Comrade Okpokwu Ogenyi, National Coordinator/Convener in the letter noted that security and the economy were too sensitive to consider ethnic or religious coloration and Mr. President has proven that these two sectors were very dear to his heart, hence, his reappointment of Emefiele.

The group, therefore, called on other Nigerians to rally round the president as he strives to boost the nation’s economy and as well make Nigeria a terror-free nation.

The letter reads in full.

Your Excellency,
Muhammadu Buhari, GCON,
President & Commander-In-Chief of The Armed Forces,

Federal Republic of Nigeria,

Aso Rock Villa,
Abuja.

Your Excellency Sir,

“Mr. President, Sir, You Must Stand-Up For Nigeria Now Than Ever, We Plead Of You!”

1.      Sir, leaders and millions of members in the “Coalition for Change and Good Governance Initiative “ group wishes to congratulate you in advance for your repeat and historic inauguration on May 29th 2019 for a second term in office as Nigeria’s democratic leader.

2.      We look forward to this eventful ceremony with unsurpassed enthusiasm; which is greater than what Nigerians communally felt, when you performed the twine ceremonies on May 29, 2015 to uphold the sanctity, laws, and democratic ethos of Nigeria, our nation of inestimable value on the African continent.

3.      Please, permit us to briefly hint you that what today has become before you, as an assemblage of millions of pro-Nigerians under the SUN group are your beloved citizens who separately and in individual capacities spanning various states/regions and communities in the country worked uncompromisingly for your emergence as President of Nigeria in 2015. 

4.      We quietly followed you on campaign trails as you traversed the land in campaigns and listened to your soul-touching messages about the predicament of Nigeria. We were rivetted to your honest messages on the plight of the poorest of Nigerians and your agenda of freeing us from the manacles of entrenched relapse of patriotic values orchestrated by the ruling political elites and hijackers of our common destiny.

5.      It was very clear to us, as   evidenced in the personal fiefdoms these previous leadership vultures erected in Nigeria and abroad for the pleasure of their personal families. We endured it; but nothing can be so repulsive, then this manner of oppression!

6.      Sir, without sounding modest, you impressed us; we believed your messages and they sank in us acutely. And even after your victory at the presidential polls in 2015, we individually monitored your government to know if you are a leader we can continue to trust.

7.      Sir, as you mounted the saddle of leadership, our members intensely searched for more faults in your administration for three years, but found none. We set assessment yardsticks for your government comparatively with previous administrations in the country, hoping that you would derail, and we shall instantaneously withdraw support. But pleasantly, you stuck to your convictions, vision and mission as leader of Nigeria. We are most impressed and proud of you. 

8.      The same spirit of solidarity with you compelled members of CGGCI to also faithfully support the cause of your reelection in 2019. We did it because we knew, with you on the saddle, our country stands the brightest of chances to feel the impact of lasting and full recovery from its doldrums. 

9.       And God heard our fervent prayers for your retention as our democratic leader in 2019 to consolidate on your uncommon impacts on the economy, security and anti-corruption. And we erupted in wild jubilations when the electoral umpire body announced your resounding victory, which resonated all over Nigeria, from a stiffly contested presidential elections, with about 72 candidates and with merged political parties or ganged-up against your candidature.   

10.  And in your 2019 post-victory era, we are also not unmindful of the connivance to destabilize or distract you from performing the functions of your office. They have sponsored protestive groups or hirelings against your administration in Abuja and elsewhere in Nigeria.

11.   So, after diligent deliberations, those of us who believe in your personal ideologies and leadership style, thought it wise to converge under an umbrella body, now with the acronym CGGCI to openly appreciate and to further inspire you on the leadership plane of Nigeria despite the distractions.

12.  Sir, CGGCI is therefore a coalition of pro- Nigerian Patriots that believe in your capacity to provide the kind of leadership that Nigerians have always yearned at this point of our beleaguered history. We need not remind again, but for emphasis, Nigerians craved for a leadership stripped of religious, ethnic or regional bigotry, which is imaged and epitomized by you. A leadership which place places national interest foremost.

13.  The confidence of CGGCI members in your leadership has not diminished; but rather, it has intensified with the decisions you have taken even before the formal commencement of your second mandate in office. 

14.  Mr. President sir, like you pledged in your 2019 victory acceptance speech, we can confirm without balking that truly you meant serious business when you again re-echoed that concentration in your second term would be on stampeding the economy into full growth after recession, security and intensifying the anti-corruption crusade. They are the pillars of any nation and once, decayed such a country is doomed and we identify with you absolutely. 

15.  Thus, your reappointment of the exiting Governor of the central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, the henchman of Nigeria’s recovery from economic recession for another term of five years, confirms to millions of SUN members in Nigeria, your committed and unalloyed devotion to solving the problems of our dear country.  We are totally confident that sustaining the economic recovery of the country is on course. We are very thankful to your leadership ingenuity.

16.  Sir, please permit us to remind Nigerians that you inherited Mr. Emefiele as CBN boss from your predecessor who appointed him in 2014. Though, a statutory appointment, you could have used the powers of your Presidency to sack him, as prematurely done to Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, now a traditional ruler in Kano.

17.   But you never abused such powers and when the time came for Emefiele to exit office naturally, as stipulated by law,  as head of Nigeria’s apex bank, you reappointed him again because of your passion for performance.

18.   Nigerians genuinely committed to the progress of this nation can concede to you that it’s not your style and kind of politics. You neither patronize sentiments whether ethno-religious or partisan. It uniquely stands you out as an outstanding leader. You focus on merit and competence from any Nigerian, but hates indolence in public office or corruption. We can confirm it.

19.  We hail you as the face of Nigeria’s most de-tribalized and unsentimental leader and Pan-African the continent has ever produced. The eulogies in your glorification are all over, both  in Nigeria and abroad, even from renowned  foreign leaders. 

20.  And with your retention of Emefiele, we are confident that your decision to retain only patriots in the coming days ahead will receive a boost from all Nigerians particularly those that have achieved great milestones on the economy of Nigeria.
Nigerians are indeed very proud of your fearless posture that has risen above ethno-religious sentiments in the country.

21.   Please sir, help us extend our profound greetings to our Security Chiefs and all your lieutnants that have made the milestones possible. There is no doubt on our minds that your team is working day and night to keep us safe. It is our solemn pledge to support the administration and the security team to deliver more on your promises and Blueprint.

May you also convey our message of Nigerians unshakeable solidarity with them and our troops. Under your Presidency, we shall finally conquer Boko Haram unfailingly.

22.  Sir, we are excited that you have taken total control of the economy and security of Nigeria, which are the key pillars of progression of any nation. Before now, these vital sectors were in the hands of economic plunderers/saboteurs and armed terrorists before your Presidency.  But you have rescued us from the fangs of these wearying national malaises. 

23.  So, we have crafted this public letter to celebrate you Mr. President for your thoughtfulness and impeccable wisdom in addressing these national issues. And may we remind that your decision on the caliber of appointments in the security sector too is splendid. Particularly, the Security Chiefs have recorded the victories we today experience against Boko Haram and the peace in our nation.

24.  May we appeal that if Mr. President is satisfied with the performance of these Security Chiefs like millions of CGGCI members, let him not shirk in reappointing or retaining them in office  to  finally deliver to us a secured nation in peace, security and fraternity.

25.   We  are equally aware that many Nigerians have expressed concerns over the resurgence of some ugly  security situations in some parts of the country.  But CGGCI  is confident that with Mr. President and his team of tested and trusted security experts on the saddle and like Boko Haram, it will soon become a thing of the past again as our President enters second term. They must be extinguished soon by the renewed focus of Service Chiefs.

26.  Finally, the entire civil society leadership and millions of its members wish  to commend Mr. President for these laudable accomplishments in just four years. We therefore pass a total vote of confidence on President Buhari and looking forward to a more eventful second term as he hits the ground “flying” expectedly like a tornado.

27.  This time to take Nigeria to the Promised Land on the wings of an eagle uninterrupted. This is the ripe time for Mr. President to stand up for Nigeria because you have the greatest support in Nigerian masses as fronted by us and many others.

28.  And lastly, Mr. President, we are assuring you that the Coalition for Good Governance and Change Initiative and our allies are always ready to ensure that every policy of your government is not only given  full attention, but actively supported.

29.  Your Excellency Sir, we appreciate your kind audience, in spite of your busy schedules. We  are most honored and Thank you, most profoundly and warmly!
...says Nigeria under Buhari has defeated ethnic and religious bigotry

By Dansu Peter

Several groups early this morning staged a ‘thank you’ rally in appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for reappointing Godwin Emefiele as the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Governor for another term.

The group in their thousands led by the Coalition for Good Governance and Change Initiative, a civil society organization  in an open letter addressed to the President, commended him for defeating what it tagged ‘ethnic and religious bigotry’ with Emefiele’s reappointment.

Comrade Okpokwu Ogenyi, National Coordinator/Convener in the letter noted that security and the economy were too sensitive to consider ethnic or religious coloration and Mr. President has proven that these two sectors were very dear to his heart, hence, his reappointment of Emefiele.

The group, therefore, called on other Nigerians to rally round the president as he strives to boost the nation’s economy and as well make Nigeria a terror-free nation.

The letter reads in full.

Your Excellency,
Muhammadu Buhari, GCON,
President & Commander-In-Chief of The Armed Forces,

Federal Republic of Nigeria,

Aso Rock Villa,
Abuja.

Your Excellency Sir,

“Mr. President, Sir, You Must Stand-Up For Nigeria Now Than Ever, We Plead Of You!”

1.      Sir, leaders and millions of members in the “Coalition for Change and Good Governance Initiative “ group wishes to congratulate you in advance for your repeat and historic inauguration on May 29th 2019 for a second term in office as Nigeria’s democratic leader.

2.      We look forward to this eventful ceremony with unsurpassed enthusiasm; which is greater than what Nigerians communally felt, when you performed the twine ceremonies on May 29, 2015 to uphold the sanctity, laws, and democratic ethos of Nigeria, our nation of inestimable value on the African continent.

3.      Please, permit us to briefly hint you that what today has become before you, as an assemblage of millions of pro-Nigerians under the SUN group are your beloved citizens who separately and in individual capacities spanning various states/regions and communities in the country worked uncompromisingly for your emergence as President of Nigeria in 2015. 

4.      We quietly followed you on campaign trails as you traversed the land in campaigns and listened to your soul-touching messages about the predicament of Nigeria. We were rivetted to your honest messages on the plight of the poorest of Nigerians and your agenda of freeing us from the manacles of entrenched relapse of patriotic values orchestrated by the ruling political elites and hijackers of our common destiny.

5.      It was very clear to us, as   evidenced in the personal fiefdoms these previous leadership vultures erected in Nigeria and abroad for the pleasure of their personal families. We endured it; but nothing can be so repulsive, then this manner of oppression!

6.      Sir, without sounding modest, you impressed us; we believed your messages and they sank in us acutely. And even after your victory at the presidential polls in 2015, we individually monitored your government to know if you are a leader we can continue to trust.

7.      Sir, as you mounted the saddle of leadership, our members intensely searched for more faults in your administration for three years, but found none. We set assessment yardsticks for your government comparatively with previous administrations in the country, hoping that you would derail, and we shall instantaneously withdraw support. But pleasantly, you stuck to your convictions, vision and mission as leader of Nigeria. We are most impressed and proud of you. 

8.      The same spirit of solidarity with you compelled members of CGGCI to also faithfully support the cause of your reelection in 2019. We did it because we knew, with you on the saddle, our country stands the brightest of chances to feel the impact of lasting and full recovery from its doldrums. 

9.       And God heard our fervent prayers for your retention as our democratic leader in 2019 to consolidate on your uncommon impacts on the economy, security and anti-corruption. And we erupted in wild jubilations when the electoral umpire body announced your resounding victory, which resonated all over Nigeria, from a stiffly contested presidential elections, with about 72 candidates and with merged political parties or ganged-up against your candidature.   

10.  And in your 2019 post-victory era, we are also not unmindful of the connivance to destabilize or distract you from performing the functions of your office. They have sponsored protestive groups or hirelings against your administration in Abuja and elsewhere in Nigeria.

11.   So, after diligent deliberations, those of us who believe in your personal ideologies and leadership style, thought it wise to converge under an umbrella body, now with the acronym CGGCI to openly appreciate and to further inspire you on the leadership plane of Nigeria despite the distractions.

12.  Sir, CGGCI is therefore a coalition of pro- Nigerian Patriots that believe in your capacity to provide the kind of leadership that Nigerians have always yearned at this point of our beleaguered history. We need not remind again, but for emphasis, Nigerians craved for a leadership stripped of religious, ethnic or regional bigotry, which is imaged and epitomized by you. A leadership which place places national interest foremost.

13.  The confidence of CGGCI members in your leadership has not diminished; but rather, it has intensified with the decisions you have taken even before the formal commencement of your second mandate in office. 

14.  Mr. President sir, like you pledged in your 2019 victory acceptance speech, we can confirm without balking that truly you meant serious business when you again re-echoed that concentration in your second term would be on stampeding the economy into full growth after recession, security and intensifying the anti-corruption crusade. They are the pillars of any nation and once, decayed such a country is doomed and we identify with you absolutely. 

15.  Thus, your reappointment of the exiting Governor of the central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, the henchman of Nigeria’s recovery from economic recession for another term of five years, confirms to millions of SUN members in Nigeria, your committed and unalloyed devotion to solving the problems of our dear country.  We are totally confident that sustaining the economic recovery of the country is on course. We are very thankful to your leadership ingenuity.

16.  Sir, please permit us to remind Nigerians that you inherited Mr. Emefiele as CBN boss from your predecessor who appointed him in 2014. Though, a statutory appointment, you could have used the powers of your Presidency to sack him, as prematurely done to Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, now a traditional ruler in Kano.

17.   But you never abused such powers and when the time came for Emefiele to exit office naturally, as stipulated by law,  as head of Nigeria’s apex bank, you reappointed him again because of your passion for performance.

18.   Nigerians genuinely committed to the progress of this nation can concede to you that it’s not your style and kind of politics. You neither patronize sentiments whether ethno-religious or partisan. It uniquely stands you out as an outstanding leader. You focus on merit and competence from any Nigerian, but hates indolence in public office or corruption. We can confirm it.

19.  We hail you as the face of Nigeria’s most de-tribalized and unsentimental leader and Pan-African the continent has ever produced. The eulogies in your glorification are all over, both  in Nigeria and abroad, even from renowned  foreign leaders. 

20.  And with your retention of Emefiele, we are confident that your decision to retain only patriots in the coming days ahead will receive a boost from all Nigerians particularly those that have achieved great milestones on the economy of Nigeria.
Nigerians are indeed very proud of your fearless posture that has risen above ethno-religious sentiments in the country.

21.   Please sir, help us extend our profound greetings to our Security Chiefs and all your lieutnants that have made the milestones possible. There is no doubt on our minds that your team is working day and night to keep us safe. It is our solemn pledge to support the administration and the security team to deliver more on your promises and Blueprint.

May you also convey our message of Nigerians unshakeable solidarity with them and our troops. Under your Presidency, we shall finally conquer Boko Haram unfailingly.

22.  Sir, we are excited that you have taken total control of the economy and security of Nigeria, which are the key pillars of progression of any nation. Before now, these vital sectors were in the hands of economic plunderers/saboteurs and armed terrorists before your Presidency.  But you have rescued us from the fangs of these wearying national malaises. 

23.  So, we have crafted this public letter to celebrate you Mr. President for your thoughtfulness and impeccable wisdom in addressing these national issues. And may we remind that your decision on the caliber of appointments in the security sector too is splendid. Particularly, the Security Chiefs have recorded the victories we today experience against Boko Haram and the peace in our nation.

24.  May we appeal that if Mr. President is satisfied with the performance of these Security Chiefs like millions of CGGCI members, let him not shirk in reappointing or retaining them in office  to  finally deliver to us a secured nation in peace, security and fraternity.

25.   We  are equally aware that many Nigerians have expressed concerns over the resurgence of some ugly  security situations in some parts of the country.  But CGGCI  is confident that with Mr. President and his team of tested and trusted security experts on the saddle and like Boko Haram, it will soon become a thing of the past again as our President enters second term. They must be extinguished soon by the renewed focus of Service Chiefs.

26.  Finally, the entire civil society leadership and millions of its members wish  to commend Mr. President for these laudable accomplishments in just four years. We therefore pass a total vote of confidence on President Buhari and looking forward to a more eventful second term as he hits the ground “flying” expectedly like a tornado.

27.  This time to take Nigeria to the Promised Land on the wings of an eagle uninterrupted. This is the ripe time for Mr. President to stand up for Nigeria because you have the greatest support in Nigerian masses as fronted by us and many others.

28.  And lastly, Mr. President, we are assuring you that the Coalition for Good Governance and Change Initiative and our allies are always ready to ensure that every policy of your government is not only given  full attention, but actively supported.

29.  Your Excellency Sir, we appreciate your kind audience, in spite of your busy schedules. We  are most honored and Thank you, most profoundly and warmly!

Emefiele: Igbos laud re-appointment of CBN Gov as positive reward for breakthrough in economy, security

Emefiele: Igbos laud re-appointment of CBN Gov as positive reward for breakthrough in economy, security



Igbos in Nigeria Movement’s (INM) has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for reappointing Mr. Godwin Emefiele as Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, governor.

The group described the development as President Buhari’s undaunted commitment to issues of economy and security rebirth of Nigeria.


Mazi Ifeanyi Igwe, President of INM at a press conference held in Abuja on Friday, said President Buhari’s renewed commitment in fully regenerating Nigeria in all sectors, INM has no hesitation than to pledge total support and loyalty to his administration.

According to him, Emefiele’s track records showed his deftness in pulling  back  and stabilizing an economy in recession, hence, his reappointment by President Buhari.

Text of his speech below.

The Igbos in Nigeria Movement (INM)  has found it extremely  expedient and important  to interact with Nigeria through your media platforms today. This after we reviewed the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to  re-appoint the Governor of  Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) , Mr. Godwin Emefiele for another term of five years.

We wish to state unequivocally that the decision of President Buhari to re-appoint Emefiele and forward same to the Senate for confirmation is not only wise, but appropriate, progressive and  a pleasant development. Emefiele has proven his expertise, managerial acumen and sterling leadership qualities in the finance and banking sector over the years, especially as head of the CBN and deserves further patronage of treasure of knowledge by Nigeria. 

  The reemergence of Emefiele, a Southerner as head of the apex bank in the country is the triumph of integrity, hard work, diligence and excellence. And above all, it has dissolved the baseless accusations of favoritism and cleared all doubts that President Buhari is not nepotistic, tribalistic, sectional or even a religious bigot as most of his traducers often erroneously propagate. This impartial disposition has explained why Ndi’gbo worldwide have hailed his presidency. 

This single appointment has rekindled the trust and confidence of INM in the administration and leadership of President Buhari   who has scaled through all the parameters of doubts and showcased himself consistently as the best leader to ever emerge  on the leadership plane of  Nigeria.

The re-appointment of Emefiele as CBN boss is explicit confirmation of President Buhari’s posture and disposition to drive Nigeria on the path of sustained and rapid economic progress and prosperity in the next four years of his tenure. The President has demonstrated that the issues of the economy and security are very dear to his heart and would always remain his top priorities, as exemplified by the engagement or retention of the best hands. 

We state without fear of contradiction that President Buhari has tackled with an uncommon adroitness the issue of  a recessed economy and the  degenerated insecurity in the country. And in these two sectors his administration has without any contention delivered over and above the expectations of Nigerians.

Nigerians are unanimous that despite the overwhelming turbulence in the economic and security sectors, the men leading these critical areas have continued to prove Nigerians and doubting Thomases that Mr. President has got everything right on security and the economy. They have successfully weathered the storm, which we believe is responsible for the retention of Mr. Godwin Emefiele as boss of Nigeria’s apex bank.

Emefiele’s track records showed his deftness  in pulling  back  and stabilizing an economy in recession;  the imposition of  financial discipline in the banking sector, which saw a drastic reduction in frivolous loan approvals and launching  of a  regime of stable economic monetary policies even in the face of crashed crude oil revenues.

INM is excited with Mr. President for recognizing Emefiele’s financial management expertise which has stabilized the Naira at  N360$1 for the past two years, from N520/$1 in 2017 at the open market. His initiative of innovative Investors and Exporters Window pegged at  $25 billion, liberalized official transactions of forex  and tended to be a great lifeline he injected into the ailing economy that contributed immensely to its resuscitation.

With President Buhari’s renewed commitment in fully regenerating Nigeria in all sectors, INM has no hesitation than to pledge total support and loyalty to his administration. It is our desire to see a prosperous nation and President Buhari has dispensed himself these past years as a leader extremely and religiously committed to this mission, who deserves our support.

Therefore, INM hereby promises that Igbos will work assiduously hard to ensure every sector and program is supported handsomely and unflinchingly to get the desired results  as intended by Mr. President   for  the good  of Nigeria and Nigerians.


Igbos in Nigeria Movement’s (INM) has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for reappointing Mr. Godwin Emefiele as Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, governor.

The group described the development as President Buhari’s undaunted commitment to issues of economy and security rebirth of Nigeria.


Mazi Ifeanyi Igwe, President of INM at a press conference held in Abuja on Friday, said President Buhari’s renewed commitment in fully regenerating Nigeria in all sectors, INM has no hesitation than to pledge total support and loyalty to his administration.

According to him, Emefiele’s track records showed his deftness in pulling  back  and stabilizing an economy in recession, hence, his reappointment by President Buhari.

Text of his speech below.

The Igbos in Nigeria Movement (INM)  has found it extremely  expedient and important  to interact with Nigeria through your media platforms today. This after we reviewed the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to  re-appoint the Governor of  Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) , Mr. Godwin Emefiele for another term of five years.

We wish to state unequivocally that the decision of President Buhari to re-appoint Emefiele and forward same to the Senate for confirmation is not only wise, but appropriate, progressive and  a pleasant development. Emefiele has proven his expertise, managerial acumen and sterling leadership qualities in the finance and banking sector over the years, especially as head of the CBN and deserves further patronage of treasure of knowledge by Nigeria. 

  The reemergence of Emefiele, a Southerner as head of the apex bank in the country is the triumph of integrity, hard work, diligence and excellence. And above all, it has dissolved the baseless accusations of favoritism and cleared all doubts that President Buhari is not nepotistic, tribalistic, sectional or even a religious bigot as most of his traducers often erroneously propagate. This impartial disposition has explained why Ndi’gbo worldwide have hailed his presidency. 

This single appointment has rekindled the trust and confidence of INM in the administration and leadership of President Buhari   who has scaled through all the parameters of doubts and showcased himself consistently as the best leader to ever emerge  on the leadership plane of  Nigeria.

The re-appointment of Emefiele as CBN boss is explicit confirmation of President Buhari’s posture and disposition to drive Nigeria on the path of sustained and rapid economic progress and prosperity in the next four years of his tenure. The President has demonstrated that the issues of the economy and security are very dear to his heart and would always remain his top priorities, as exemplified by the engagement or retention of the best hands. 

We state without fear of contradiction that President Buhari has tackled with an uncommon adroitness the issue of  a recessed economy and the  degenerated insecurity in the country. And in these two sectors his administration has without any contention delivered over and above the expectations of Nigerians.

Nigerians are unanimous that despite the overwhelming turbulence in the economic and security sectors, the men leading these critical areas have continued to prove Nigerians and doubting Thomases that Mr. President has got everything right on security and the economy. They have successfully weathered the storm, which we believe is responsible for the retention of Mr. Godwin Emefiele as boss of Nigeria’s apex bank.

Emefiele’s track records showed his deftness  in pulling  back  and stabilizing an economy in recession;  the imposition of  financial discipline in the banking sector, which saw a drastic reduction in frivolous loan approvals and launching  of a  regime of stable economic monetary policies even in the face of crashed crude oil revenues.

INM is excited with Mr. President for recognizing Emefiele’s financial management expertise which has stabilized the Naira at  N360$1 for the past two years, from N520/$1 in 2017 at the open market. His initiative of innovative Investors and Exporters Window pegged at  $25 billion, liberalized official transactions of forex  and tended to be a great lifeline he injected into the ailing economy that contributed immensely to its resuscitation.

With President Buhari’s renewed commitment in fully regenerating Nigeria in all sectors, INM has no hesitation than to pledge total support and loyalty to his administration. It is our desire to see a prosperous nation and President Buhari has dispensed himself these past years as a leader extremely and religiously committed to this mission, who deserves our support.

Therefore, INM hereby promises that Igbos will work assiduously hard to ensure every sector and program is supported handsomely and unflinchingly to get the desired results  as intended by Mr. President   for  the good  of Nigeria and Nigerians.

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