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RASHIDAT YAHAYA BELLO; A Quitessential Woman Of Distinct Valour As Kogi First Lady

RASHIDAT YAHAYA BELLO; A Quitessential Woman Of Distinct Valour As Kogi First Lady

By Yusuf Abubakar

Rashidat Yahaya Bello
Rashidat Yahaya Bello
There is always a saying that later metamorphosed to an adage in Nigerian and African parlance,that 'Behind every successful man,there is a woman' for Rashidat Yahaya Bello,Kogi First lady,the story is beyond the origin of the widely accepted norm.

From her roles as Kogi First Lady,that predates from her days both in the public service and private citizen of the state,hence it was a round peg in a round hole,on her new role as number one woman in Kogi, soon after the governor was sworn in January 2016,but that's not where am going.

The immediate roles that ushered in the Govenor to win the second term election, trascends beyond the remote and official roles in the last four years as kogi state First Lady.

The events and programs engaged by the number 1 woman in Kogi before,during the electioneering,was not only mobilising women across the state for political participation and awareness,but to see the need for continuity of governance under APC, rather than starting all over,capable of retarding the progress of the state.

Mrs Bello stood through thick and thin,criss cross the nooks and crannies of the state to detonate the general negative notion about the adminstration of the governor,campaign vigorously for both women and men to see the need to re-elect the present admnstration of Alhaji Yahaya Bello of APC .

The high level Mobilisation of women and support garnered across the state,was a conviction of the earlier notion that Kogi First Lady, drives and sustain the fortune of her dear husband,Governor Yahaya Bello .

Her approach, mien,humility and candour towards the disposition of the people of the state, particularly women had been moderate and lacked ethnic and tribal coloration ,as those that directly worked under her purview and extension of his office,testified severally to her credit.this is unlike the previous occupants of the highly revered office .

This is far from her performance in office as Kogi First Lady, that focused on the vulnerable,less priviledged,charity,humanitarian and social services to the women in the society at large, outside the purview of the state and the country in general .

Kogi mother was able to deliver it's campaign promises and that of her husband new direction agenda by fulfilling all the programs and policies of the administration of Alhaji Yahaya Bello's APC.

No wonder the outcome of the weekend election reflected her dogedness,zeal, desire and efforts to deliver the APC led goverment under Yahaya Bello,that saw his emergence as a re-elected governor of the state, with a landslide victory.

Her Excellency,Kogi First Lady has come,see,and conquer on the people's mandate,as the victory of the APC,the state government under the current administration of Alhaji Yahaya Bello success story, will not be written/complete without mention of her efforts and contributions.

As we match towards the second term in office of her husband,the state governor and that of her office,we are confident that her efforts will be redoubled towards the much talked about,house hold name Pet Project and other interventions, focused towards the emancipation of the poverty ridden society,provision of more empowerement outlets and charity, meant to eradicate social stratification in the state and our society at large.
By Yusuf Abubakar

Rashidat Yahaya Bello
Rashidat Yahaya Bello
There is always a saying that later metamorphosed to an adage in Nigerian and African parlance,that 'Behind every successful man,there is a woman' for Rashidat Yahaya Bello,Kogi First lady,the story is beyond the origin of the widely accepted norm.

From her roles as Kogi First Lady,that predates from her days both in the public service and private citizen of the state,hence it was a round peg in a round hole,on her new role as number one woman in Kogi, soon after the governor was sworn in January 2016,but that's not where am going.

The immediate roles that ushered in the Govenor to win the second term election, trascends beyond the remote and official roles in the last four years as kogi state First Lady.

The events and programs engaged by the number 1 woman in Kogi before,during the electioneering,was not only mobilising women across the state for political participation and awareness,but to see the need for continuity of governance under APC, rather than starting all over,capable of retarding the progress of the state.

Mrs Bello stood through thick and thin,criss cross the nooks and crannies of the state to detonate the general negative notion about the adminstration of the governor,campaign vigorously for both women and men to see the need to re-elect the present admnstration of Alhaji Yahaya Bello of APC .

The high level Mobilisation of women and support garnered across the state,was a conviction of the earlier notion that Kogi First Lady, drives and sustain the fortune of her dear husband,Governor Yahaya Bello .

Her approach, mien,humility and candour towards the disposition of the people of the state, particularly women had been moderate and lacked ethnic and tribal coloration ,as those that directly worked under her purview and extension of his office,testified severally to her credit.this is unlike the previous occupants of the highly revered office .

This is far from her performance in office as Kogi First Lady, that focused on the vulnerable,less priviledged,charity,humanitarian and social services to the women in the society at large, outside the purview of the state and the country in general .

Kogi mother was able to deliver it's campaign promises and that of her husband new direction agenda by fulfilling all the programs and policies of the administration of Alhaji Yahaya Bello's APC.

No wonder the outcome of the weekend election reflected her dogedness,zeal, desire and efforts to deliver the APC led goverment under Yahaya Bello,that saw his emergence as a re-elected governor of the state, with a landslide victory.

Her Excellency,Kogi First Lady has come,see,and conquer on the people's mandate,as the victory of the APC,the state government under the current administration of Alhaji Yahaya Bello success story, will not be written/complete without mention of her efforts and contributions.

As we match towards the second term in office of her husband,the state governor and that of her office,we are confident that her efforts will be redoubled towards the much talked about,house hold name Pet Project and other interventions, focused towards the emancipation of the poverty ridden society,provision of more empowerement outlets and charity, meant to eradicate social stratification in the state and our society at large.

Bayelsa: Pro-democracy group lauds Nigerian Army over professional conduct of troops

Bayelsa: Pro-democracy group lauds Nigerian Army over professional conduct of troops

By News Proof


The National Democratic Front (NDF) has hailed the Nigerian Army for its professional conduct during last Saturday's governorship election in Bayelsa State.

The gallant troops, alongside other security agencies, were on ground in the usually hostile oil-rich state,  ensuring that armed militia don't stop Nigerians from performing their constitutional obligation.

Unlike in time past where unprecedented violence and bloodletting was the day's order, the exercise in Bayelsa was relatively peaceful and calm.

In a press conference on Monday, the  NDF was full of praise for the Army for its “invaluable role in the peaceful conduct of polls in the country.”

The group, in a statement signed by Secretary General, Dr Abdulkadir Bolaji, believes it is a “ testament of the commitment of the Army in protecting the country’s nascent democracy and upholding the sanctity of the constitution”.

The pro-democracy group is particularly impressed with Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai for “the institutional reforms introduced in the Nigerian Army that has seen to the renewed vigour and commitment of officers and soldiers in protecting the territorial integrity of Nigeria.”

Read full statement below:

The National Democratic Front commends the Nigerian Army and other security agencies for their invaluable role in the peaceful conduct of the gubernatorial elections, and it wishes to state that. However, for this intervention, the polls would have witnessed unprecedented violence and bloodletting.

This is indeed commendable because our country’s democracy was preserved, and the will of the people prevailed in electing leaders of their choices during the elections.

The National Democratic Front particularly commends the Nigerian Army for its invaluable role during and after the polls in Bayelsa state, which gave rise to the relative peace and tranquillity that pervaded the state that is known for high militant activities.

This is indeed a testament to the commitment of the Nigerian Army in protecting the country’s nascent democracy and upholding the sanctity of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Nigerian Army, by every standard, lived up to the expectation of Nigerians and the international community by seeing to the peaceful conduct of the polls.

The National Democratic Front believes that despite the myriads of security challenges that were witnessed during the gubernatorial elections in Kogi state, the intervention of the Nigerian Army indeed saved the day in Kogi state; else, the level of destruction and loss of lives would have been disastrous. 

This is also on the heels that there was some noticeable connivance by some security agencies in abetting the anomalies that were witnessed during the elections. However, it is on record that the Nigerian Army stood tall and was able to minimize the level of casualties during the elections in Kogi State.

The National Democratic Front wishes to specially commend the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai for the institutional reforms introduced in the Nigerian Army that has seen to the renewed vigour and commitment of officers and soldiers in protecting the territorial integrity of Nigeria, as well as preserving the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at all times. The Chief of Army Staff also deserves special praise for ensuring that soldiers are not used to disrupt elections anymore, but rather, on the ground to preserve the integrity of the electoral process as with the case in Bayelsa and Kogi states.

The National Democratic Front notes with enthusiasm that with the way and manner the Nigerian Army has been restructured by the present leadership led by Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Nigerians should expect that gone are the days where officers and soldiers would be used by politicians to subvert the will of the people.

The National Democratic Front commends the Nigerian Army and other security agencies that worked round the clock to ensure that the electoral process in Bayelsa state was peaceful, and the voters were able to exercise their electoral franchise without fear, and also for its timely intervention in the Kogi state polls to save the day by minimising incidences of violence, bloodletting and other acts of electoral brigandage.

This is indeed commendable and an indication that our nascent democracy shall thrive with the commitment exhibited by our security agencies in recent times. The National Democratic Front also notes that all of these would not have been possible without the inputs of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who indeed promised Nigerians that the country’s nascent democracy shall thrive under his watch.

The fact that we are experiencing peaceful electoral transition in the country indicates that Nigeria is indeed on the path to greatness, and the efforts of the various security agencies cannot be overemphasized.

This much the National Democratic Front identifies and encourages the various security agencies not to relent in their efforts so far in the best interest of the generality of Nigerians and our nascent democracy.

The National Democratic Front wishes to use this medium to state that with the level of professionalism in the Nigerian Army and other security agencies, Nigerians do not have any reason to entertain any form of fear towards the preservation of our democracy.

The National Democratic Front also wishes to encourage Nigerians to continue to extend their support to the security agencies in the country in their quest towards protecting the territorial integrity of the country, as well as the preservation of our democracy.
By News Proof


The National Democratic Front (NDF) has hailed the Nigerian Army for its professional conduct during last Saturday's governorship election in Bayelsa State.

The gallant troops, alongside other security agencies, were on ground in the usually hostile oil-rich state,  ensuring that armed militia don't stop Nigerians from performing their constitutional obligation.

Unlike in time past where unprecedented violence and bloodletting was the day's order, the exercise in Bayelsa was relatively peaceful and calm.

In a press conference on Monday, the  NDF was full of praise for the Army for its “invaluable role in the peaceful conduct of polls in the country.”

The group, in a statement signed by Secretary General, Dr Abdulkadir Bolaji, believes it is a “ testament of the commitment of the Army in protecting the country’s nascent democracy and upholding the sanctity of the constitution”.

The pro-democracy group is particularly impressed with Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai for “the institutional reforms introduced in the Nigerian Army that has seen to the renewed vigour and commitment of officers and soldiers in protecting the territorial integrity of Nigeria.”

Read full statement below:

The National Democratic Front commends the Nigerian Army and other security agencies for their invaluable role in the peaceful conduct of the gubernatorial elections, and it wishes to state that. However, for this intervention, the polls would have witnessed unprecedented violence and bloodletting.

This is indeed commendable because our country’s democracy was preserved, and the will of the people prevailed in electing leaders of their choices during the elections.

The National Democratic Front particularly commends the Nigerian Army for its invaluable role during and after the polls in Bayelsa state, which gave rise to the relative peace and tranquillity that pervaded the state that is known for high militant activities.

This is indeed a testament to the commitment of the Nigerian Army in protecting the country’s nascent democracy and upholding the sanctity of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Nigerian Army, by every standard, lived up to the expectation of Nigerians and the international community by seeing to the peaceful conduct of the polls.

The National Democratic Front believes that despite the myriads of security challenges that were witnessed during the gubernatorial elections in Kogi state, the intervention of the Nigerian Army indeed saved the day in Kogi state; else, the level of destruction and loss of lives would have been disastrous. 

This is also on the heels that there was some noticeable connivance by some security agencies in abetting the anomalies that were witnessed during the elections. However, it is on record that the Nigerian Army stood tall and was able to minimize the level of casualties during the elections in Kogi State.

The National Democratic Front wishes to specially commend the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai for the institutional reforms introduced in the Nigerian Army that has seen to the renewed vigour and commitment of officers and soldiers in protecting the territorial integrity of Nigeria, as well as preserving the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at all times. The Chief of Army Staff also deserves special praise for ensuring that soldiers are not used to disrupt elections anymore, but rather, on the ground to preserve the integrity of the electoral process as with the case in Bayelsa and Kogi states.

The National Democratic Front notes with enthusiasm that with the way and manner the Nigerian Army has been restructured by the present leadership led by Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Nigerians should expect that gone are the days where officers and soldiers would be used by politicians to subvert the will of the people.

The National Democratic Front commends the Nigerian Army and other security agencies that worked round the clock to ensure that the electoral process in Bayelsa state was peaceful, and the voters were able to exercise their electoral franchise without fear, and also for its timely intervention in the Kogi state polls to save the day by minimising incidences of violence, bloodletting and other acts of electoral brigandage.

This is indeed commendable and an indication that our nascent democracy shall thrive with the commitment exhibited by our security agencies in recent times. The National Democratic Front also notes that all of these would not have been possible without the inputs of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who indeed promised Nigerians that the country’s nascent democracy shall thrive under his watch.

The fact that we are experiencing peaceful electoral transition in the country indicates that Nigeria is indeed on the path to greatness, and the efforts of the various security agencies cannot be overemphasized.

This much the National Democratic Front identifies and encourages the various security agencies not to relent in their efforts so far in the best interest of the generality of Nigerians and our nascent democracy.

The National Democratic Front wishes to use this medium to state that with the level of professionalism in the Nigerian Army and other security agencies, Nigerians do not have any reason to entertain any form of fear towards the preservation of our democracy.

The National Democratic Front also wishes to encourage Nigerians to continue to extend their support to the security agencies in the country in their quest towards protecting the territorial integrity of the country, as well as the preservation of our democracy.

EDO 2020: Why I Actually Want To Dump the PDP For APC - Pastor Ize-Iyamu Opens up At Last

EDO 2020: Why I Actually Want To Dump the PDP For APC - Pastor Ize-Iyamu Opens up At Last

By News Proof

Pastor Ize-Iyamu  Osagie
Pastor Ize-Iyamu
Osagie 
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the 2016 Edo State election, Pastor Ize-Iyamu Osagie has confirmed he is set to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2020 governorship election in  the state.

speaking on the alleged defection, Ize-Iyamu said his planned move was at the instance of his loyalists.

Ize-Iyamu who had been at a loggerheads with the PDP in the state, said he succumbed to pressure from his supporters because of the disarray within the rank of the PDP.

He said that having done his best to reconcile the warring parties within the PDP without success, he decided to call it quit and was fully set to join the APC.

Ize-Iyamu said as a founding member of the Action Congress (AC) which metamorphosed to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and later the APC following the merger of several parties, he was merely returning home and not defecting.

He said, “It is true that I am leaving the PDP for the APC. I am not defecting but merely returning home. I am quitting the PDP because of the too many problems bedeviling the party which I have tried in my own way to resolve without success. It is not a rumour, I am going back home to APC,” he said.

Meanwhile, barely eight months to the 2020 governorship election in Edo State, the search for possible “replacement” of Governor Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is glaring due to the bickering between him and the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

Oshiomole and Obaseki, have been in supremacy battle over the latter’s second term bid following the squabble between the duo.

The governor, it was gathered, was accused of not “patronizing” party leaders, especially Oshiomhole’s foot soldiers after helping him to win the 2016 governorship election.

After being sworn-in, Obaseki allegedly introduced a new order and banned politicians and party leaders from the government house and declared that the state resources is not meant for sharing but for the development of the state.

This was shortly after that the governor sacked local governments revenue collectors employed by Oshiomhole and returned the collection to the local governments.

According to Daily Trust, Oshiomhole felt betrayed by his political godson and asked his loyalists to shop for a possible replacement for Obaseki who he defiled all odds to “install” as governor.

Interestingly, the unabated crisis culminated in the formation of the Edo Peoples Movement (EPM), by a section of the APC believed to be Oshiomhole’s loyalists.

An insider source told our source that shortly after that, the EPM was said to have been given the mandate to shop for a replacement of Governor Obaseki.
Immediately, some names came up. They include Chris Ogiewonyi, Maj-Gen. Charles Airhiavbere (rtd) Pius Odubu and Captain Hosa Okunbo among others.

The source said Okunbo was approached to become a candidate based on his financial muscle and in the believe that he can sponsor the election if Obaseki eventually lost the ticket.

The source also said that Captain Okunbo declined the offer but requested that Pastor Ize-Iyamu Osagie, the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2016 governorship election be drafted into the APC and possibly given the ticket before rendering any help.

Following the development, Oshiomhole was said to have met Ize-Iyamu in one of his flights from Benin to Abuja when the deal to return to the APC was struck with a promise of the APC ticket.

But Obaseki during the Alaghodaro Summit declared that his second tenure was assured and it was only the people that can determine who govern the state.

Pundits believe that federal appointments in the state sparked another round of crisis between Oshiomhole and Obaseki as the latter was alleged to have been denied input in all the appointments from the state.

It was gathered that as at the last count, there are over 15 federal appointments from the state with no evidence of the governor’s inputs a development pundits say raises concern over any hope of reconciliation between the political actors.

In July, Obaseki was said to have cried out at a meeting with members of Benin Community residents in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, over his relegation to the background when federal appointments are made from the state.

“I have endured so much as governor. As governor, I have not been able to even nominate somebody for a federal appointment and federal appointments are made every day. I will sit down they will call me from the Senate. ‘Are you aware of this?’ I keep quiet. I have said it that at the end of the day, I only have one mandate to serve Edo people and as long as God has given me this opportunity, I will not allow Edo State to be a pawn in anybody’s political chess game,” he said.

The crisis has however consumed over 300 aides, which included Special Assistants and Senior Special Assistants as well as five local government chairman said to be loyalists of Oshiomhole.

The recent alleged suspension and counter-suspension of Oshiomhole and Obaseki is directly linked to the 2020 governorship ticket which Ize-Iyamu is clearly angling.

In fact barely 24 hours after the suspension of Oshiomhole, a faction of the party who are members of the EPM, announced the suspension of Governor Obaseki, his deputy, Phillips Shaibu, Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie and the party state chairman, Anslem Ojezua.

Speaking during a meeting at the residence of Maj.-Gen. Airhiavbere (rtd), the spokesperson of the group, Patrick Ikhariale, alleged that Obaseki struck a deal with the PDP to run on the party’s platform in the 2020 governorship election.

Ikhariale claimed the governor had already paid N3 billion to secure the PDP ticket for the forthcoming election, an allegation which the Edo State chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih has described as untrue.

As it is, many areas still remained unearth in the move by Ize-Iyamu to return to the APC to take up the governorship ticket and whether Obaseki will move to the PDP for it ticket. The attention will turn to Edo State after the governorship polls in Kogi and Bayelsa states.
By News Proof

Pastor Ize-Iyamu  Osagie
Pastor Ize-Iyamu
Osagie 
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the 2016 Edo State election, Pastor Ize-Iyamu Osagie has confirmed he is set to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2020 governorship election in  the state.

speaking on the alleged defection, Ize-Iyamu said his planned move was at the instance of his loyalists.

Ize-Iyamu who had been at a loggerheads with the PDP in the state, said he succumbed to pressure from his supporters because of the disarray within the rank of the PDP.

He said that having done his best to reconcile the warring parties within the PDP without success, he decided to call it quit and was fully set to join the APC.

Ize-Iyamu said as a founding member of the Action Congress (AC) which metamorphosed to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and later the APC following the merger of several parties, he was merely returning home and not defecting.

He said, “It is true that I am leaving the PDP for the APC. I am not defecting but merely returning home. I am quitting the PDP because of the too many problems bedeviling the party which I have tried in my own way to resolve without success. It is not a rumour, I am going back home to APC,” he said.

Meanwhile, barely eight months to the 2020 governorship election in Edo State, the search for possible “replacement” of Governor Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is glaring due to the bickering between him and the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

Oshiomole and Obaseki, have been in supremacy battle over the latter’s second term bid following the squabble between the duo.

The governor, it was gathered, was accused of not “patronizing” party leaders, especially Oshiomhole’s foot soldiers after helping him to win the 2016 governorship election.

After being sworn-in, Obaseki allegedly introduced a new order and banned politicians and party leaders from the government house and declared that the state resources is not meant for sharing but for the development of the state.

This was shortly after that the governor sacked local governments revenue collectors employed by Oshiomhole and returned the collection to the local governments.

According to Daily Trust, Oshiomhole felt betrayed by his political godson and asked his loyalists to shop for a possible replacement for Obaseki who he defiled all odds to “install” as governor.

Interestingly, the unabated crisis culminated in the formation of the Edo Peoples Movement (EPM), by a section of the APC believed to be Oshiomhole’s loyalists.

An insider source told our source that shortly after that, the EPM was said to have been given the mandate to shop for a replacement of Governor Obaseki.
Immediately, some names came up. They include Chris Ogiewonyi, Maj-Gen. Charles Airhiavbere (rtd) Pius Odubu and Captain Hosa Okunbo among others.

The source said Okunbo was approached to become a candidate based on his financial muscle and in the believe that he can sponsor the election if Obaseki eventually lost the ticket.

The source also said that Captain Okunbo declined the offer but requested that Pastor Ize-Iyamu Osagie, the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2016 governorship election be drafted into the APC and possibly given the ticket before rendering any help.

Following the development, Oshiomhole was said to have met Ize-Iyamu in one of his flights from Benin to Abuja when the deal to return to the APC was struck with a promise of the APC ticket.

But Obaseki during the Alaghodaro Summit declared that his second tenure was assured and it was only the people that can determine who govern the state.

Pundits believe that federal appointments in the state sparked another round of crisis between Oshiomhole and Obaseki as the latter was alleged to have been denied input in all the appointments from the state.

It was gathered that as at the last count, there are over 15 federal appointments from the state with no evidence of the governor’s inputs a development pundits say raises concern over any hope of reconciliation between the political actors.

In July, Obaseki was said to have cried out at a meeting with members of Benin Community residents in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, over his relegation to the background when federal appointments are made from the state.

“I have endured so much as governor. As governor, I have not been able to even nominate somebody for a federal appointment and federal appointments are made every day. I will sit down they will call me from the Senate. ‘Are you aware of this?’ I keep quiet. I have said it that at the end of the day, I only have one mandate to serve Edo people and as long as God has given me this opportunity, I will not allow Edo State to be a pawn in anybody’s political chess game,” he said.

The crisis has however consumed over 300 aides, which included Special Assistants and Senior Special Assistants as well as five local government chairman said to be loyalists of Oshiomhole.

The recent alleged suspension and counter-suspension of Oshiomhole and Obaseki is directly linked to the 2020 governorship ticket which Ize-Iyamu is clearly angling.

In fact barely 24 hours after the suspension of Oshiomhole, a faction of the party who are members of the EPM, announced the suspension of Governor Obaseki, his deputy, Phillips Shaibu, Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie and the party state chairman, Anslem Ojezua.

Speaking during a meeting at the residence of Maj.-Gen. Airhiavbere (rtd), the spokesperson of the group, Patrick Ikhariale, alleged that Obaseki struck a deal with the PDP to run on the party’s platform in the 2020 governorship election.

Ikhariale claimed the governor had already paid N3 billion to secure the PDP ticket for the forthcoming election, an allegation which the Edo State chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih has described as untrue.

As it is, many areas still remained unearth in the move by Ize-Iyamu to return to the APC to take up the governorship ticket and whether Obaseki will move to the PDP for it ticket. The attention will turn to Edo State after the governorship polls in Kogi and Bayelsa states.

Kogi Election: Collation Officer Presents N50,000 Bribe Offered By Politicians, See Photos

Kogi Election: Collation Officer Presents N50,000 Bribe Offered By Politicians, See Photos

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A collation officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kogi state on Sunday presented a N50,000 bribe politicians offered to a presiding officer in Igalamela-Odolu local government area of the state during Saturday’s election.

There was widespread financial inducement by politicians during the election.

The collation officer presented the money at the INEC headquarters in the state while submitting the result of the local government he coordinated.
By News Proof

A collation officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kogi state on Sunday presented a N50,000 bribe politicians offered to a presiding officer in Igalamela-Odolu local government area of the state during Saturday’s election.

There was widespread financial inducement by politicians during the election.

The collation officer presented the money at the INEC headquarters in the state while submitting the result of the local government he coordinated.

Bayelsa Decides: Army, security agencies deserve commendation not vilification, CDC cautions Gov Dickson

Bayelsa Decides: Army, security agencies deserve commendation not vilification, CDC cautions Gov Dickson

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The Nigerian Army and other security agencies deserve massive commendation for a near-perfect election in Bayelsa State, according to the Centre for Democracy and Change (CDC).

At a press conference on Saturday in Yenegoa, the group of election observers stated that rather than vilify the Army and other security agencies as done by Governor Seriake Dickson, our gallant troops and other security agencies should be applauded for again rising to the occasion.

The outgoing governor had called for the cancellation of the election even before the exercise fully commenced, insinuating that the security agencies are conniving with the All Progressives Congress.

However, in response, the Centre for Democracy and Change accused Mr Dickson of plots to truncate the election meant to produce his successor.

In a statement by Executive Director, Gbenga Badamosi, the CDC disclosed that Mr Dickson and his likes would have had a field day if not for  the brave  soldiers  on ground to support the police and other security agencies.

While calling him to order, CDC, however, apprised the governor that he will be held criminally liable for any breach of the peace in his state.

Read full statement:

The Centre for Democracy and Change (CDC) is alarmed at the plot by the outgoing Governor of Bayelsa state, Mr. Seriake Dickson to truncate the election that is meant to produce his successor.

Mr. Dickson has taken the unprecedented step of a governor calling for the cancellation of an election even before voting was properly underway. The instances and incidents he is latching onto to make this questionable call have been proven as being blown out of proportion, which raises the question of his motives for attempting to deny Bayelsans of their franchise when they have used the same instrumentality to keep him office for almost eight years.

Part of the justification for this treacherous call by Mr. Dickson is the lumping together of militias with the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police Force, something that has exposed the desperation on his part to have his party’s candidate win the election, possibly in order to install a lackey that will cover his tracks for whatever unacceptable acts he might have committed in his eight-year rule.

CDC elections observers are on ground in Bayelsa state and at no time did we witness the incidents that the Governor claimed to have occurred. Remarkably, neither local nor foreign observers have made any comment as to the conduct of the election along the line that Mr. Dickson did.

We are concerned that he made these indicting comments to provoke the army and other security agencies to abandon the electorates to his militias that have been paid to disrupt the vote. There have also been reports that the so-called army and police personnel are the militias that the governor procured fake uniforms for in order to use them for the agenda that he has now fully activated.

CDC is aware that the presence of legitimately deployed Army and other security personnel is the saving grace in Bayelsa at this electioneering moment as thugs loyal to politicians had made up their minds to destroy our democracy by sabotaging the governorship election.

We consequently call Mr. Seriake Dickson to order even as we warn that he shall be held criminally liable for any breach of the peace in Bayelsa state arising from his incitement of the populace against military and security personnel on election duty.

It does not matter whether his party or another political party wins the election because CDC will take this matter up when his immunity expires with his tenure as what he has done is capable of triggering a genocide.
By News Proof

The Nigerian Army and other security agencies deserve massive commendation for a near-perfect election in Bayelsa State, according to the Centre for Democracy and Change (CDC).

At a press conference on Saturday in Yenegoa, the group of election observers stated that rather than vilify the Army and other security agencies as done by Governor Seriake Dickson, our gallant troops and other security agencies should be applauded for again rising to the occasion.

The outgoing governor had called for the cancellation of the election even before the exercise fully commenced, insinuating that the security agencies are conniving with the All Progressives Congress.

However, in response, the Centre for Democracy and Change accused Mr Dickson of plots to truncate the election meant to produce his successor.

In a statement by Executive Director, Gbenga Badamosi, the CDC disclosed that Mr Dickson and his likes would have had a field day if not for  the brave  soldiers  on ground to support the police and other security agencies.

While calling him to order, CDC, however, apprised the governor that he will be held criminally liable for any breach of the peace in his state.

Read full statement:

The Centre for Democracy and Change (CDC) is alarmed at the plot by the outgoing Governor of Bayelsa state, Mr. Seriake Dickson to truncate the election that is meant to produce his successor.

Mr. Dickson has taken the unprecedented step of a governor calling for the cancellation of an election even before voting was properly underway. The instances and incidents he is latching onto to make this questionable call have been proven as being blown out of proportion, which raises the question of his motives for attempting to deny Bayelsans of their franchise when they have used the same instrumentality to keep him office for almost eight years.

Part of the justification for this treacherous call by Mr. Dickson is the lumping together of militias with the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police Force, something that has exposed the desperation on his part to have his party’s candidate win the election, possibly in order to install a lackey that will cover his tracks for whatever unacceptable acts he might have committed in his eight-year rule.

CDC elections observers are on ground in Bayelsa state and at no time did we witness the incidents that the Governor claimed to have occurred. Remarkably, neither local nor foreign observers have made any comment as to the conduct of the election along the line that Mr. Dickson did.

We are concerned that he made these indicting comments to provoke the army and other security agencies to abandon the electorates to his militias that have been paid to disrupt the vote. There have also been reports that the so-called army and police personnel are the militias that the governor procured fake uniforms for in order to use them for the agenda that he has now fully activated.

CDC is aware that the presence of legitimately deployed Army and other security personnel is the saving grace in Bayelsa at this electioneering moment as thugs loyal to politicians had made up their minds to destroy our democracy by sabotaging the governorship election.

We consequently call Mr. Seriake Dickson to order even as we warn that he shall be held criminally liable for any breach of the peace in Bayelsa state arising from his incitement of the populace against military and security personnel on election duty.

It does not matter whether his party or another political party wins the election because CDC will take this matter up when his immunity expires with his tenure as what he has done is capable of triggering a genocide.

PHOTOS: Very touching, See Soldiers fighting Boko Haram renovate road leading to sects hideout in Borno

PHOTOS: Very touching, See Soldiers fighting Boko Haram renovate road leading to sects hideout in Borno

By News Proof
Soldiers fighting Boko Haram renovate road leading to sects hideout in Borno
Soldiers fighting Boko
Haram renovate road
 leading to sects hideout
 in Borno
The Nigerian Army has maintained its onslaught against Boko Haram/ISWAP fighters.

The gallant troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have left no stone unturned in its bid to totally wipe out the fleeing insurgents.

As seen in some photos that went viral on social media a couple of months ago, the troops were pictured constructing a bridge leading to secret hideout of the radical Islamic sect.

Yet again, the gallant troops  have displayed selflessness and rare patriotism.

This time around, though, the troops proved that they are not only engaged in the counter insurgency operations but are also working hard to mend the abandoned roads into the areas.

The gallant troops of Sector 3 Operation Lafiya Dole were spotted fixing bad portions of the road from Monguno-Kekeno-Cross Kauwa, Borno State.

It will be recalled that no fewer than 50 Boko Haram fighters were killed by the Nigerian  Army around the said road in April.

See more photos :








By News Proof
Soldiers fighting Boko Haram renovate road leading to sects hideout in Borno
Soldiers fighting Boko
Haram renovate road
 leading to sects hideout
 in Borno
The Nigerian Army has maintained its onslaught against Boko Haram/ISWAP fighters.

The gallant troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have left no stone unturned in its bid to totally wipe out the fleeing insurgents.

As seen in some photos that went viral on social media a couple of months ago, the troops were pictured constructing a bridge leading to secret hideout of the radical Islamic sect.

Yet again, the gallant troops  have displayed selflessness and rare patriotism.

This time around, though, the troops proved that they are not only engaged in the counter insurgency operations but are also working hard to mend the abandoned roads into the areas.

The gallant troops of Sector 3 Operation Lafiya Dole were spotted fixing bad portions of the road from Monguno-Kekeno-Cross Kauwa, Borno State.

It will be recalled that no fewer than 50 Boko Haram fighters were killed by the Nigerian  Army around the said road in April.

See more photos :








None of Osinbajo's Aides Sacked - Buhari Breaks Silence Over Controversy In Presidency

None of Osinbajo's Aides Sacked - Buhari Breaks Silence Over Controversy In Presidency


buhari osinbajo

The controversy surrounding the purported sack of 35 aides in the office of Vice President Yemi Osibanjo by President Muhammadu Buhari, became compounded on Saturday, as the President denied the termination of appointment of any aides in the Presidency.

Rather, President Buhari clarified that the appointees   were redeployed to a new ministry.

The President, who fielded questions from the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) State House Correspondent at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, upon his return from a private visit from the United Kingdom, described the interpretations of his directives as a sack as ‘unfortunate’.

He described what happened as a re-organisation and not a sack, stressing that, a new ministry has recently been created, that is, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

“They said 35 people were sacked in the Vice President’s office but we just created a ministry and we reorganized but people are giving it an ethnic and political dimension. It is unfortunate,” the President said.


While media report had widely claimed the sack of 35 aides, including the circulation of a list of those sacked, informed sources insisted that what the President directed was redeployment and not a sack.

It was gathered that the President only gave express instructions for redeployment to ministries not sacking.

However, the clarification by Mr. President sharply contradicted the justification for the earlier sack of the 35 aides by one of his spokesmen, Mallam Garba Sheu, on November 8, 2019.

buhari osinbajo

The controversy surrounding the purported sack of 35 aides in the office of Vice President Yemi Osibanjo by President Muhammadu Buhari, became compounded on Saturday, as the President denied the termination of appointment of any aides in the Presidency.

Rather, President Buhari clarified that the appointees   were redeployed to a new ministry.

The President, who fielded questions from the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) State House Correspondent at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, upon his return from a private visit from the United Kingdom, described the interpretations of his directives as a sack as ‘unfortunate’.

He described what happened as a re-organisation and not a sack, stressing that, a new ministry has recently been created, that is, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

“They said 35 people were sacked in the Vice President’s office but we just created a ministry and we reorganized but people are giving it an ethnic and political dimension. It is unfortunate,” the President said.


While media report had widely claimed the sack of 35 aides, including the circulation of a list of those sacked, informed sources insisted that what the President directed was redeployment and not a sack.

It was gathered that the President only gave express instructions for redeployment to ministries not sacking.

However, the clarification by Mr. President sharply contradicted the justification for the earlier sack of the 35 aides by one of his spokesmen, Mallam Garba Sheu, on November 8, 2019.

Jonathan Kinsmen Celebrate PDP's Defeat In Bayelsa

Jonathan Kinsmen Celebrate PDP's Defeat In Bayelsa

By News Proof

Goodluck Jonathan
Goodluck Jonathan 
Kinsmen of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Kolo, Ogbia Local Government Area trooped out to celebrate the defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ward 9.

They took over the road leading to Ogbia Town immediately the results of the 13 units in Ward 9 were announced by electoral officials and APC was declared the winner of the ward.

Some of them flew the flag of APC while others used their brooms to sweep the road saying they had suffered under the current PDP government.

Some of them said they were given as much as N10,000 but that they rejected the money because they were United and determined to vote out PDP.

“We are happy because we won the PDP in all the units” one of them, who failed to mention his name out of excitement said.

Also in Eppie-Atissa in Yenagoa, residents took over the road jubilating over the defeat of the PDP in the area.

Source : The Nation
By News Proof

Goodluck Jonathan
Goodluck Jonathan 
Kinsmen of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Kolo, Ogbia Local Government Area trooped out to celebrate the defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ward 9.

They took over the road leading to Ogbia Town immediately the results of the 13 units in Ward 9 were announced by electoral officials and APC was declared the winner of the ward.

Some of them flew the flag of APC while others used their brooms to sweep the road saying they had suffered under the current PDP government.

Some of them said they were given as much as N10,000 but that they rejected the money because they were United and determined to vote out PDP.

“We are happy because we won the PDP in all the units” one of them, who failed to mention his name out of excitement said.

Also in Eppie-Atissa in Yenagoa, residents took over the road jubilating over the defeat of the PDP in the area.

Source : The Nation

Human rights coalition lauds Indian government over ban of Amnesty International

Human rights coalition lauds Indian government over ban of Amnesty International

....wants Nigeria to emulate counterparts


The Coalition for Human Rights Monitoring Groups in Nigeria (CHRMGN) has hailed India for the ban meted on international non-governmental organization, Amnesty International (AI).

Following suspicious activities, the Asian nation in 2014 began a crack down on foreign NGOs, suspending or banning thousands of groups, many working in health or the environment, for receiving money from abroad

AI recently received the chop, for amongst others, violating foreign exchange regulations through taking money from its London-based parent.

The Coalition for Human Rights Monitoring Groups in Nigeria has advised the Nigerian government to take a leaf from its Indian counterparts, especially after several evidence against the supposed humanitarian group.

The group made this known at a press conference on Saturday in Abuja on the need to commence investigation on source of funding of Amnesty International and other NGOs operating in the country.

In a statement signed by Gabriel Agibi, the coalition revealed that this has become imperative owing to the  nature of NGOs activities and how their actions, in many instances, have caused security threats in the country.

The group said it came to this conclusion after stakeholder’s emergency general meeting.

The group recounts how the AI, on numerous occasions, attempted to undermine the progress of the Nigerian military in the North-East.

According to them, if relevant authorities in Nigeria fail to commence detailed investigations into the sources of funding of the NGOs in Nigeria, it may hamper the fight against terrorism.

Read full press statement:

The Coalition of Human Rights Monitoring Groups in Nigeria dedicated to assessing and monitoring the level of human rights compliance of critical organs of government in Nigeria wishes to bring to the notice of the relevant authorities in Nigeria on the need for detailed investigations into the sources of funding of Amnesty International ( AI) and other NGO’s operating in Nigeria.

This is given the suspect nature of the activities of NGOs in operation in Nigeria and how their actions, in many instances, have caused security threats in the country.

The Coalition of Human Rights Monitoring Groups, having studied the recent happenings in India, where Amnesty International was caught in the web of illicit funds transactions, views the development as worrisome given the global posture on human rights by Amnesty international. This is aside from the fact that Amnesty International has, in numerous instances, constituted themselves as parallel governments in countries where they operate.

The Coalition of Human Rights Monitoring Groups in Nigeria after a stakeholder’s emergency general meeting came up with the unanimous decision for the Nigerian authorities to commence immediate investigations into the funding of the operations and activities of Amnesty International in Nigeria.

This is highly recommended given the threat terrorism has posed in Nigerian and around the world, where terrorist organisations have perfected the art of using NGOs to transfer illicit funds for the operations of their affiliates all around the world.

The Nigerian authorities must also, as a matter of urgency, launch an investigation into the operations and funding of other NGOs operating in Nigeria to identify their sources of funding.

The Nigerian authorities must treat this call as a matter of urgency in the best interest of the generality of Nigerians who have been subjected to untold hardship as a result of the nefarious activities of some NGOs who have been collaborating with some foreign interest to undermine the sovereignty of Nigeria.

The Coalition of Human Rights Monitoring Groups in Nigeria wishes to state that there is multiple evidence to suggest that the bulk of the NGOs operating in Nigeria have ulterior motives aimed at causing unrest in Nigeria.

The situation in North-East Nigeria provides us with vivid examples of how the NGOs have been undermining the efforts of the Military in the fight against terrorism. Worthy of mention is Amnesty International in its annual reports accusing the Nigerian Military of Human Rights violations, which is, in most instances, fabrications and half-truths.

The Coalition of Human Rights Monitoring Groups in Nigeria wishes to state in unequivocal terms that should the relevant authorities in Nigeria fail to commence detailed investigations into the sources of funding of the NGOs in Nigeria, the fight against terrorism in Nigeria would continue to remain a mirage.

The Coalition of Human Rights Monitoring Groups in Nigeria wishes to commend the Indian authorities in India for taking the bold step of expelling Amnesty International from their country for nefarious acts.

It is expected that the Nigerian Authorities should learn from the Indian example and act in the best interest of the country if we are desirous of winning the war against terrorism in Nigeria.

The Nigerian authorities must also act decisively in dealing with NGOs found to be operating against extant laws in Nigeria.

The Indian example should serve as an eye-opener on the activities of Amnesty International in Nigeria and other places where it operates and why Nigerians should disregard the constant fabrications in its annual reports.

The activities of Amnesty International in Nigeria have been suspect as echoed in times past in numerous forums, especially with its constant attacks against the operations of the Nigerian Military in the theatre of operations in North-East Nigeria, as well as its tactic support to other militant groups in Nigeria such as the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

The Nigerian Authorities must act now as a matter of urgency in commencing investigations not just on the source of funding of Amnesty International as well as other NGOs in operation in Nigeria, it must also put in place measures that would keep NGOs operating in Nigeria in check.
....wants Nigeria to emulate counterparts


The Coalition for Human Rights Monitoring Groups in Nigeria (CHRMGN) has hailed India for the ban meted on international non-governmental organization, Amnesty International (AI).

Following suspicious activities, the Asian nation in 2014 began a crack down on foreign NGOs, suspending or banning thousands of groups, many working in health or the environment, for receiving money from abroad

AI recently received the chop, for amongst others, violating foreign exchange regulations through taking money from its London-based parent.

The Coalition for Human Rights Monitoring Groups in Nigeria has advised the Nigerian government to take a leaf from its Indian counterparts, especially after several evidence against the supposed humanitarian group.

The group made this known at a press conference on Saturday in Abuja on the need to commence investigation on source of funding of Amnesty International and other NGOs operating in the country.

In a statement signed by Gabriel Agibi, the coalition revealed that this has become imperative owing to the  nature of NGOs activities and how their actions, in many instances, have caused security threats in the country.

The group said it came to this conclusion after stakeholder’s emergency general meeting.

The group recounts how the AI, on numerous occasions, attempted to undermine the progress of the Nigerian military in the North-East.

According to them, if relevant authorities in Nigeria fail to commence detailed investigations into the sources of funding of the NGOs in Nigeria, it may hamper the fight against terrorism.

Read full press statement:

The Coalition of Human Rights Monitoring Groups in Nigeria dedicated to assessing and monitoring the level of human rights compliance of critical organs of government in Nigeria wishes to bring to the notice of the relevant authorities in Nigeria on the need for detailed investigations into the sources of funding of Amnesty International ( AI) and other NGO’s operating in Nigeria.

This is given the suspect nature of the activities of NGOs in operation in Nigeria and how their actions, in many instances, have caused security threats in the country.

The Coalition of Human Rights Monitoring Groups, having studied the recent happenings in India, where Amnesty International was caught in the web of illicit funds transactions, views the development as worrisome given the global posture on human rights by Amnesty international. This is aside from the fact that Amnesty International has, in numerous instances, constituted themselves as parallel governments in countries where they operate.

The Coalition of Human Rights Monitoring Groups in Nigeria after a stakeholder’s emergency general meeting came up with the unanimous decision for the Nigerian authorities to commence immediate investigations into the funding of the operations and activities of Amnesty International in Nigeria.

This is highly recommended given the threat terrorism has posed in Nigerian and around the world, where terrorist organisations have perfected the art of using NGOs to transfer illicit funds for the operations of their affiliates all around the world.

The Nigerian authorities must also, as a matter of urgency, launch an investigation into the operations and funding of other NGOs operating in Nigeria to identify their sources of funding.

The Nigerian authorities must treat this call as a matter of urgency in the best interest of the generality of Nigerians who have been subjected to untold hardship as a result of the nefarious activities of some NGOs who have been collaborating with some foreign interest to undermine the sovereignty of Nigeria.

The Coalition of Human Rights Monitoring Groups in Nigeria wishes to state that there is multiple evidence to suggest that the bulk of the NGOs operating in Nigeria have ulterior motives aimed at causing unrest in Nigeria.

The situation in North-East Nigeria provides us with vivid examples of how the NGOs have been undermining the efforts of the Military in the fight against terrorism. Worthy of mention is Amnesty International in its annual reports accusing the Nigerian Military of Human Rights violations, which is, in most instances, fabrications and half-truths.

The Coalition of Human Rights Monitoring Groups in Nigeria wishes to state in unequivocal terms that should the relevant authorities in Nigeria fail to commence detailed investigations into the sources of funding of the NGOs in Nigeria, the fight against terrorism in Nigeria would continue to remain a mirage.

The Coalition of Human Rights Monitoring Groups in Nigeria wishes to commend the Indian authorities in India for taking the bold step of expelling Amnesty International from their country for nefarious acts.

It is expected that the Nigerian Authorities should learn from the Indian example and act in the best interest of the country if we are desirous of winning the war against terrorism in Nigeria.

The Nigerian authorities must also act decisively in dealing with NGOs found to be operating against extant laws in Nigeria.

The Indian example should serve as an eye-opener on the activities of Amnesty International in Nigeria and other places where it operates and why Nigerians should disregard the constant fabrications in its annual reports.

The activities of Amnesty International in Nigeria have been suspect as echoed in times past in numerous forums, especially with its constant attacks against the operations of the Nigerian Military in the theatre of operations in North-East Nigeria, as well as its tactic support to other militant groups in Nigeria such as the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

The Nigerian Authorities must act now as a matter of urgency in commencing investigations not just on the source of funding of Amnesty International as well as other NGOs in operation in Nigeria, it must also put in place measures that would keep NGOs operating in Nigeria in check.

APC In Early Lead In Bayelsa As More Results Declared At Units

APC In Early Lead In Bayelsa As More Results Declared At Units

By News Proof

Bayelsa Governorship Results

Some declared results from Polling Units in Bayelsa suggest that the the All Progressives Congress is already in early lead in the governorship election held today.

Here are some of the results :

BAYELSA
Opume Isibo Unity, Ward 012, Ogbia LGA

APC: 28

PDP: 26

PU 07, Ward 2, Agbutubu Polo/market-square, Nembe

APC: 557

PDP: 43

PU 02, Ward 1, Okiye Ewoama, Ogbolomabiri 1, Nembe

APC: 900

PDP: 5

PU 01, Ward 1, Ogbolomabiri Isoukiri 1, Nembe

APC: 590

PDP: 10

PU04, Ward 7, Orubiri town-square, Opokuma north, Kolokuma /Opukuma

PDP: 105

APC: 57

Source : TheCable

By News Proof

Bayelsa Governorship Results

Some declared results from Polling Units in Bayelsa suggest that the the All Progressives Congress is already in early lead in the governorship election held today.

Here are some of the results :

BAYELSA
Opume Isibo Unity, Ward 012, Ogbia LGA

APC: 28

PDP: 26

PU 07, Ward 2, Agbutubu Polo/market-square, Nembe

APC: 557

PDP: 43

PU 02, Ward 1, Okiye Ewoama, Ogbolomabiri 1, Nembe

APC: 900

PDP: 5

PU 01, Ward 1, Ogbolomabiri Isoukiri 1, Nembe

APC: 590

PDP: 10

PU04, Ward 7, Orubiri town-square, Opokuma north, Kolokuma /Opukuma

PDP: 105

APC: 57

Source : TheCable

#BayelsaDecides2019: Some Official Polling Units Results Trickling In

#BayelsaDecides2019: Some Official Polling Units Results Trickling In

Bayelsa Governorship Results

BAYELSA
PU 24, Ward 1, Onopa, Yenagoa

APC:183

PDP: 122

PU026, Ward 1, Fanogbo, Attissa 1, Yenagoa

APC: 84

PDP: 105

PU05, Ward 1, Attissa, Yenagoa

APC:144

PDP: 90
Bayelsa Governorship Results

BAYELSA
PU 24, Ward 1, Onopa, Yenagoa

APC:183

PDP: 122

PU026, Ward 1, Fanogbo, Attissa 1, Yenagoa

APC: 84

PDP: 105

PU05, Ward 1, Attissa, Yenagoa

APC:144

PDP: 90

BREAKING: Gov. Sanwó-Olú Begins N35,000 Minimum Wage Payment To Lagos Workers November

BREAKING: Gov. Sanwó-Olú Begins N35,000 Minimum Wage Payment To Lagos Workers November

By News Proof 

Babajide Olusola Sanwó-Olú
Babajide Olusola
Sanwó-Olú 
The Lagos State government has offered the state workers N35,000 minimum wage, News Proof has understands. This is N5000 excess on the approved minimum wage by the federal government.

Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwó-Olú has earlier promised Lagos workers that his government would pay above the approved workers minimum wage by the federal government.

The new approved wage for Lagos civil servants is contained in a statement released by Lagos State Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JNC) after a meeting held with the state government.

According to the statement, Lagos Government will begin the payment of the new wage by November 2019. The government also agreed to pay it arrears starting from when it was approve by the federal government.

Below is the statement:

CONCLUSION OF NEGOTIATIONS ON THE MINIMUM WAGE AND CONSEQUENTIAL ADJUSTMENT OF SALARIES FOR LAGOS STATE PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS

Dear Comrades,

Consequent upon series of meetings and discussions held between the Lagos State Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JNC) and Lagos State Government as witnessed by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) on the payment of the New Minimum Wage to Lagos State Public Sector Workers, necessary terms of settlement and agreement were reached today 15th November, 2019.

Recall that the National Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (NJPSNC) and the Federal Government's Negotiations and Consequential Adjustment of Salaries produced the following figures on Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure (CONPSS)
a. GL. 01-06=N30,000
b. GL. 07=23.2%
c. GL. 08=20%
d. GL. 09=19%
e. GL. 10-14=16%
f. GL. 15-17=14%

Comparatively and in consonance with the pronouncements of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, find below the product of the process of negotiations that were painstakingly undertaken and concluded with the Lagos State Government by the Labour Movement for the Public Sector Workers.

1. LAGOS STATE SALARIES CONSEQUENTIAL ADJUSTMENT/INCREASE
a. GL. 01-06=N35,000.09
b. GL. 07=30%
c. GL. 08-10=25%
d. GL. 12-14=22.5%
e. GL. 15-17=20%

2. PROFESSIONAL/SECTORIAL PECULIAR ALLOWANCES
Payment of *allowances peculiar to certain professions/sectors such as Health Workers, Medical Personnels, Teachers, etc embeded in their respective Consolidated Salary Structures (e.g. CONHESS, CONMESS, CONTISS, etc)* shall be paid for those stated items (e.g. Hazard, Call, Shift, etc) at such rates as provided in the various salaries of government approved in 2011.

3. COMMENCEMENT OF PAYMENT
The payment of the New Minimum Wage at the aforestated Consequential Adjustment Rates shall commence in Lagos State in the November, 2019 Salary Cycle.

4. PAYMENT OF ARREARS
The New Minimum Wage Act came into effect on the 18th April, 2019 as such, it was agreed that payment of the six and half months arrears shall be be made and concluded by the first quarter of Year 2020.

Thank you.

Comrade Rasaq Adio Falade
*State Chairman JNC*
By News Proof 

Babajide Olusola Sanwó-Olú
Babajide Olusola
Sanwó-Olú 
The Lagos State government has offered the state workers N35,000 minimum wage, News Proof has understands. This is N5000 excess on the approved minimum wage by the federal government.

Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwó-Olú has earlier promised Lagos workers that his government would pay above the approved workers minimum wage by the federal government.

The new approved wage for Lagos civil servants is contained in a statement released by Lagos State Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JNC) after a meeting held with the state government.

According to the statement, Lagos Government will begin the payment of the new wage by November 2019. The government also agreed to pay it arrears starting from when it was approve by the federal government.

Below is the statement:

CONCLUSION OF NEGOTIATIONS ON THE MINIMUM WAGE AND CONSEQUENTIAL ADJUSTMENT OF SALARIES FOR LAGOS STATE PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS

Dear Comrades,

Consequent upon series of meetings and discussions held between the Lagos State Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JNC) and Lagos State Government as witnessed by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) on the payment of the New Minimum Wage to Lagos State Public Sector Workers, necessary terms of settlement and agreement were reached today 15th November, 2019.

Recall that the National Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (NJPSNC) and the Federal Government's Negotiations and Consequential Adjustment of Salaries produced the following figures on Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure (CONPSS)
a. GL. 01-06=N30,000
b. GL. 07=23.2%
c. GL. 08=20%
d. GL. 09=19%
e. GL. 10-14=16%
f. GL. 15-17=14%

Comparatively and in consonance with the pronouncements of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, find below the product of the process of negotiations that were painstakingly undertaken and concluded with the Lagos State Government by the Labour Movement for the Public Sector Workers.

1. LAGOS STATE SALARIES CONSEQUENTIAL ADJUSTMENT/INCREASE
a. GL. 01-06=N35,000.09
b. GL. 07=30%
c. GL. 08-10=25%
d. GL. 12-14=22.5%
e. GL. 15-17=20%

2. PROFESSIONAL/SECTORIAL PECULIAR ALLOWANCES
Payment of *allowances peculiar to certain professions/sectors such as Health Workers, Medical Personnels, Teachers, etc embeded in their respective Consolidated Salary Structures (e.g. CONHESS, CONMESS, CONTISS, etc)* shall be paid for those stated items (e.g. Hazard, Call, Shift, etc) at such rates as provided in the various salaries of government approved in 2011.

3. COMMENCEMENT OF PAYMENT
The payment of the New Minimum Wage at the aforestated Consequential Adjustment Rates shall commence in Lagos State in the November, 2019 Salary Cycle.

4. PAYMENT OF ARREARS
The New Minimum Wage Act came into effect on the 18th April, 2019 as such, it was agreed that payment of the six and half months arrears shall be be made and concluded by the first quarter of Year 2020.

Thank you.

Comrade Rasaq Adio Falade
*State Chairman JNC*

Fake news more dangerous than Boko Haram--- Abubakar

Fake news more dangerous than Boko Haram--- Abubakar

By News Proof

Ibrahim Abubakar
A human rights activist, Comrade Ibrahim Abubakar, has raised an alarm over the rise in fake news in the country, describing it as a “higher threat than terrorism”.

Mr Abubakar made this known on Thursday at a one-day workshop/presentation of assessment report on the impact of fake news on the war against terrorism organised by the Centre for Social Justice and Transparency (CESJET).

In his paper presentation, Mr Abubakar, president of Save Humanity  Advocacy Centre (SHAC) revealed that fake news “ is inimical to national security; hostile to the morale of the troops, and by and large, it is one of the demoralizing factors making the counter-insurgency operation more difficult.”

According to him, fake news, over the years, has proven to be an undermining factor in countering terrorism engagement as well as a sponsor and promoter of acts of terror in Nigeria today.

The human rights activist added that “the rampant spread of fake news and its efficacy in relegating the real story to the bottom discourages the counter-insurgency efforts of the Nigerian Military both tactically, psychologically, and otherwise.”

To curb further wreckage, Mr Abubakar recommended that:

“ The Nigerian media should report and analyse terror as a matter of international priority. Yet striking the right balance between informing the public without unnecessarily stoking fear or giving disproportionate publicity and attention to a terrorist organization has proven to be more difficult than it should because of the rapid spread of fake news about insurgency and counter-insurgency efforts that are most times exploited by Boko Haram.

 “CSOs should mount sustainable pressure on broadcast Media that gets easily distracted by shiny ratings, which usually come with the spread of fake news, to desist from promoting contents that are fake and harmful to national development. CSOs should continually encourage reliable broadcast Media to regularly get factual information out, especially those associated with national security, even if it feels like it is falling on deaf ears amid widespread fake news.

“ The people should also be taught how to use and rely upon vital fact-checking organizations even as they also cite sources as to what they post or tweet, making sure those sources are reliable. CSOs, instead of undermining the work of the military in countering terrorism in Nigeria, could be instrumental in limiting the spread of fake news that aggravate terrorist activities by raising the populace awareness towards boycotting news media and its relatable sponsors.”
By News Proof

Ibrahim Abubakar
A human rights activist, Comrade Ibrahim Abubakar, has raised an alarm over the rise in fake news in the country, describing it as a “higher threat than terrorism”.

Mr Abubakar made this known on Thursday at a one-day workshop/presentation of assessment report on the impact of fake news on the war against terrorism organised by the Centre for Social Justice and Transparency (CESJET).

In his paper presentation, Mr Abubakar, president of Save Humanity  Advocacy Centre (SHAC) revealed that fake news “ is inimical to national security; hostile to the morale of the troops, and by and large, it is one of the demoralizing factors making the counter-insurgency operation more difficult.”

According to him, fake news, over the years, has proven to be an undermining factor in countering terrorism engagement as well as a sponsor and promoter of acts of terror in Nigeria today.

The human rights activist added that “the rampant spread of fake news and its efficacy in relegating the real story to the bottom discourages the counter-insurgency efforts of the Nigerian Military both tactically, psychologically, and otherwise.”

To curb further wreckage, Mr Abubakar recommended that:

“ The Nigerian media should report and analyse terror as a matter of international priority. Yet striking the right balance between informing the public without unnecessarily stoking fear or giving disproportionate publicity and attention to a terrorist organization has proven to be more difficult than it should because of the rapid spread of fake news about insurgency and counter-insurgency efforts that are most times exploited by Boko Haram.

 “CSOs should mount sustainable pressure on broadcast Media that gets easily distracted by shiny ratings, which usually come with the spread of fake news, to desist from promoting contents that are fake and harmful to national development. CSOs should continually encourage reliable broadcast Media to regularly get factual information out, especially those associated with national security, even if it feels like it is falling on deaf ears amid widespread fake news.

“ The people should also be taught how to use and rely upon vital fact-checking organizations even as they also cite sources as to what they post or tweet, making sure those sources are reliable. CSOs, instead of undermining the work of the military in countering terrorism in Nigeria, could be instrumental in limiting the spread of fake news that aggravate terrorist activities by raising the populace awareness towards boycotting news media and its relatable sponsors.”

WEIRD PHOTOS: Alleged Female Ritualist Turns Goat In Èkìtì School

WEIRD PHOTOS: Alleged Female Ritualist Turns Goat In Èkìtì School

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A suspected female Ritualist today turned to a goat at Oganganmodu Grammar School in Ekiti.

A Facebook user, Ọmọ Ológo Èkìtì shared the weird incident thus;

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A suspected female Ritualist today turned to a goat at Oganganmodu Grammar School in Ekiti.

A Facebook user, Ọmọ Ológo Èkìtì shared the weird incident thus;

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BREAKING: In Buhari's Absence, Osinbajo Hosts Foreign Investors in Aso Rock... See Photos

BREAKING: In Buhari's Absence, Osinbajo Hosts Foreign Investors in Aso Rock... See Photos


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Osinbajo Hosts Foreign Investors in Aso Rock






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Osinbajo Hosts Foreign Investors in Aso Rock





Sowore: Before we crucify the secret Police, By Idoko Ainoko

Sowore: Before we crucify the secret Police, By Idoko Ainoko

 Idoko Ainoko

Omoyele Sowore
Omoyele Sowore
The recent attacks on the Department of State Service (DSS) with regards to the handling of the demonstrators demanding the release of the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, is at best uncharitable. I say this for the fact that the demonstrators acted out of ignorance, and as usual, some segment of the country that does not see anything right with this present administration went to the market.

They were quick to cast aspersion and attempt to crucify the secret Police. This is somewhat not surprising in the sense that the nation has witnessed the upsurge of individuals and organizations that are hell-bent on causing unrest in the country. And the free Sowore protesters fall under this same category.

We must get the issues in proper perspectives and counter the harmful intentions of those that are hell-bent on causing unrest in the country. The Omoyele Sowore issue is a case of an attempt to instigate the people against the constituted authorities and by extension effecting a change in government by calling for a revolution. If this is not a treasonable offense, I don’t know what else to call it unless the gang of monetarily induced protesters would feign ignorance to the consequences of calling for a revolution that would see to the overthrowing of a democratically elected government.

Let us make no mistakes; national interest should always surpass personal interest if we are desirous of making progress in this country. We must learn to call a spade and spade in the interest of the sensibilities of over 180 million Nigerians who have nowhere to call home other than here.

I also wonder how some individuals’ would think they can attempt to cause mayhem in the country and walk away scot-free. Even in civilized climes, there are consequences for our actions and inactions. Can an Omoyele Sowore go to the United States and call for a revolution and street protest if he has some reservations about the effectiveness of government? The answer is a huge no. And so, the question is why such anomaly should be tolerated in Nigeria?

That aside, when an individual is viewed as a high risk to societal peace, would it be wise to have such an individual in circulation to cause more damage? There are cases of such individuals in Nigeria that, for the sake of National interest, they must be kept outside circulation till the determination of their cases by a court of competent jurisdiction.

This, in a way, explains the case of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, as well as the founder of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zarzarky. You would agree with me that these individuals, as well as Omoyele Sowore, are high-risk individuals and by extension, agents of destabilization.

The law is clear on this, and this much we must come to terms with. I am quite sure that if the revolution that Omoyele Sowore had planned succeeded, the bulk of the people clamouring for his release under various nomenclatures would have been greatly affected. Again, just maybe they either by omission or commission refused to see the disservice in that revolution agenda. And just perhaps, they thought calling for violent change would do Nigeria and Nigerians any good.

My opinion has been this, and it won’t change anytime soon. There are decent ways of expressing grievances if such grievances are genuine. But to call for violence is a no and would remain one, especially in a democratic setting. The wounds of the civil war in Nigeria are still fresh in our minds, and to think someone somewhere would opt to set Nigeria once again on that dangerous path is most despicable.

So, just before we elect to crucify the secret Police, we should task our conscience to understand that an offense was committed in the first place, and that gave rise to the actions taken by the government in the overall interest of the generality of Nigerians. Some might want to argue that a court had granted him bail and he was refused bail. But what they failed to understand was that there were conditions that must be fulfilled before bail would be granted. And is it on record that his bail conditions were met and the secret Police refused to release him?

We should not be deceived by the antics of some people who are gifted in the art of spreading fake news to win public sympathy. Some also argued that the bail conditions were stringent, and my answer is: calling for violence to set the country on fire is grave enough for strict bail conditions to be issued.

I believe that the government must act decisively to serve as a deterrent to others. This is the case with Omoyele Sowore. And my advice for those that pursue public causes blinded is that they should employ objectivity and sound reason because National interest is the watchword, and no individual is bigger than the country. Nigeria cannot afford any attempt at truncating its nascent democracy. We must call a spade a spade.

Ainoko  wrote this piece from Kaduna.
 Idoko Ainoko

Omoyele Sowore
Omoyele Sowore
The recent attacks on the Department of State Service (DSS) with regards to the handling of the demonstrators demanding the release of the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, is at best uncharitable. I say this for the fact that the demonstrators acted out of ignorance, and as usual, some segment of the country that does not see anything right with this present administration went to the market.

They were quick to cast aspersion and attempt to crucify the secret Police. This is somewhat not surprising in the sense that the nation has witnessed the upsurge of individuals and organizations that are hell-bent on causing unrest in the country. And the free Sowore protesters fall under this same category.

We must get the issues in proper perspectives and counter the harmful intentions of those that are hell-bent on causing unrest in the country. The Omoyele Sowore issue is a case of an attempt to instigate the people against the constituted authorities and by extension effecting a change in government by calling for a revolution. If this is not a treasonable offense, I don’t know what else to call it unless the gang of monetarily induced protesters would feign ignorance to the consequences of calling for a revolution that would see to the overthrowing of a democratically elected government.

Let us make no mistakes; national interest should always surpass personal interest if we are desirous of making progress in this country. We must learn to call a spade and spade in the interest of the sensibilities of over 180 million Nigerians who have nowhere to call home other than here.

I also wonder how some individuals’ would think they can attempt to cause mayhem in the country and walk away scot-free. Even in civilized climes, there are consequences for our actions and inactions. Can an Omoyele Sowore go to the United States and call for a revolution and street protest if he has some reservations about the effectiveness of government? The answer is a huge no. And so, the question is why such anomaly should be tolerated in Nigeria?

That aside, when an individual is viewed as a high risk to societal peace, would it be wise to have such an individual in circulation to cause more damage? There are cases of such individuals in Nigeria that, for the sake of National interest, they must be kept outside circulation till the determination of their cases by a court of competent jurisdiction.

This, in a way, explains the case of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, as well as the founder of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zarzarky. You would agree with me that these individuals, as well as Omoyele Sowore, are high-risk individuals and by extension, agents of destabilization.

The law is clear on this, and this much we must come to terms with. I am quite sure that if the revolution that Omoyele Sowore had planned succeeded, the bulk of the people clamouring for his release under various nomenclatures would have been greatly affected. Again, just maybe they either by omission or commission refused to see the disservice in that revolution agenda. And just perhaps, they thought calling for violent change would do Nigeria and Nigerians any good.

My opinion has been this, and it won’t change anytime soon. There are decent ways of expressing grievances if such grievances are genuine. But to call for violence is a no and would remain one, especially in a democratic setting. The wounds of the civil war in Nigeria are still fresh in our minds, and to think someone somewhere would opt to set Nigeria once again on that dangerous path is most despicable.

So, just before we elect to crucify the secret Police, we should task our conscience to understand that an offense was committed in the first place, and that gave rise to the actions taken by the government in the overall interest of the generality of Nigerians. Some might want to argue that a court had granted him bail and he was refused bail. But what they failed to understand was that there were conditions that must be fulfilled before bail would be granted. And is it on record that his bail conditions were met and the secret Police refused to release him?

We should not be deceived by the antics of some people who are gifted in the art of spreading fake news to win public sympathy. Some also argued that the bail conditions were stringent, and my answer is: calling for violence to set the country on fire is grave enough for strict bail conditions to be issued.

I believe that the government must act decisively to serve as a deterrent to others. This is the case with Omoyele Sowore. And my advice for those that pursue public causes blinded is that they should employ objectivity and sound reason because National interest is the watchword, and no individual is bigger than the country. Nigeria cannot afford any attempt at truncating its nascent democracy. We must call a spade a spade.

Ainoko  wrote this piece from Kaduna.

Revealed: Report identifies fake news, foreign actors as major distractions to the Army in clearing remnants of Boko Haram

Revealed: Report identifies fake news, foreign actors as major distractions to the Army in clearing remnants of Boko Haram

By News Proof

Centre For Social Justice, Equity And Transparency (CESJET)
Centre For Social Justice,
Equity And Transparency
(CESJET) 
Fresh revelations have emerged on the real reason the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists are yet to to be cleared from north eastern part of the country by the Nigerian Army

According to a latest special report by  by the Centre For Social Justice, Equity And Transparency (CESJET) fake news, foreign actors  are major distractions to the Army in clearing remnants of Boko Haram elements operating in the north east.

This was made known at a workshop organized for Presidents and Secretaries of CSOs, NGOs, Social Media influencers, stakeholders by the Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

The report further tasked the  media,  citizens and all stakeholders to be patriotic in identifying and exposing fake news targeted at derailing the war against Nigeria's enemies.

The full report signed by its Executive Secretary, Isaac Ikpa,  below.



The menace of fake news in Nigeria is a time bomb waiting to explode. This is on the heels that misinformation and hate speech has threatened the peace, unity, security and the corporate existence of Nigeria.

 The relevant authorities in Nigeria have strived to educate the populace on the demerits of fake news and how its continued patronage has aided the spread of terrorism in the country.

The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency, in carrying out one of its core mandate consequently commissioned a special report to look at the menace of Fake News in Nigeria in an attempt to bring to the fore the various factors responsible for the spread of Fake news in Nigeria, as well as measures the relevant authorities needs to put in place to curtail the spread of fake news in the country.

The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency x-rayed the origin of fake news in Nigeria and took a systematic approach in highlighting the impact on the Nigerian polity. It also looked at the various mediums through which fake news is propagated. The focus of the report was 2015 to 2019 to cover the years that fake news gained prominence in Nigeria.  The choice of 2015-2019 was also informed by the numerous efforts of the relevant agencies in Nigeria towards arresting the menace of fake news in the polity.


Terrorism is now a major feature of the international political system in the 21st century. Terrorism in the 21st century has gone beyond its traditional conception both in the motivations, objectives, tactics, techniques and territorial aspiration of its actors. Traditional terrorism uses kidnappings, suicide bombings (human and vehicle borne), hostage-taking, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and armed assaults to achieve mostly political objectives. Terrorism in its present incarnation has expanded from the physical (geographical regions) into the virtual (cyberspace) and its techniques now include the use of technology-driven devices such as unmanned aerial vehicles, Twitter, Blogs Youtube and Facebook. Terrorists’ objectives have gone beyond such abstract concepts as instilling fear, creating awareness for a particular cause and forcing governments to change specific policies, to tangible and disruptive aims like the creation of viable political, administrative, religious and territorial units.

Terrorism has been around since the beginning of recorded history. What have changed are the dissident groups’ capability of inflicting harm on an ever-larger number of people, their ability to organize through the Internet, and, thanks to the media, a heightened concern, bordering on paranoia, among the populace about their own security. Domestically, nations, are deeply concerned about the radicalization of the youth along the entire ideological spectrum. Increased migration from the war-torn areas and failed states is not only putting strains on the nations’ resources but is also fomenting xenophobic reactions among native populations.

There are also fears of terrorist cells among immigrant minorities, isolated in their enclaves. To this volatile mix, we must add the internecine warfare with deep historical roots in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Thus, fake news is an enhancer of terrorism and terrorist activities around the world.

Fake news and its Terrorism Influences
Media and terror are inextricably linked. The media is expected to report and analyse terror as a matter of international priority. Yet striking the right balance between informing the public without unnecessarily stoking fear or giving disproportionate publicity and attention to a terrorist organisation is a complex task. To make matters even more complicated, since the emergence of new media, social media in particular, ‘traditional’ media has had to adapt to and compete in an accelerated news cycle of reporting, commentary and analysis.

Digital platforms such as Blogs, Twitter and Facebook have changed the flow of information in a way that enables unverified user-generated content (UGC) to appear alongside media outlets’ fact-checked content. Unlike traditional media, UGC isn’t subject to strict editorial, ethical or practical guidelines and the speed and scale at which this information is created and disseminated is hard to contain. This presents challenges to news reporting on terror, such as the spread of misinformation and ‘fake news’.

There has been an increasing focus on violent activities in social meda and what would traditionally be categorised as criminality has increasingly branded as ‘terrorism’ as event unfolds and before all of the facts can be ascertained and a judgement made upon factual evidence. The use of social media and other media sources contributes in part to the premature categorisation of these events and creating unnecessary hype.

The use of language, labelling coupled with unsubstantiated or grossly inaccurate facts before an event has been analysed, can result in misinformation and heighten the public fear unnecessarily.

The difficulty is thus separating the fake news about terrorism, the over-exaggerations and untruths from what unfolds. In doing so this creates confusion, fear and unnecessarily intensifies events at a time when the focus should be primarily on dealing with an incident and helping the victims, whether injured or deceased, and those directly affected by the event. A further problem arises which is event fatigue: individuals becoming desensitised to images of pain and suffering and the acceptance of a new norm.

The question then becomes what can we do to ensure the accurate flow of information and the correct categorisation of events. The other interesting question is that terrorist groups or cells  manipulate criminals and mettaly ill persons to  carry out criminal attacks to ensure that they  take credit for these events.

Terrorism is  generally defined , as action or intimidation to perpetrate an outcome for the furtherance of a political, ideological or religious objective. There is, however, legal uncertainty regarding the links between the action and the objective of serving further ideological objectives.

This becomes blurred in the case of terrorism where an individual may carry out an attack and hold the flag of a known terrorist group or chant a statement purportedly to link their activity to a bigger cause, to effectively promote themselves as martyrs serving a greater cause when in fact they are criminals.

 The problem with the labelling or semantics of these attacks when loosely employed, allowing for a known terrorist group to claim the event was their responsibility, is that this feeds into the objective of that group in increasing publicity. Instead, a more careful control over the labelling of an event and assessment of the facts will limit the media publicity of known terrorist groups. Instead of allowing fake news, fear and hype feed into the objectives of these groups.

Media outlets should remain grounded in facts in the aftermath of an attack, rather than speculating about the perpetrator and their potential terrorist links. A disproportionate response to terror only cultivates further chaos and fear. Violent extremists across the spectrum have capitalised on the spread of misinformation that creates knowledge vacuums and pushes myths and rumours into mainstream society. Media outlets have a responsibility to dispel such myths and rumours, to minimise harm—both physical and rhetorical—when reporting on terror.

Recommendations
Communicating accurate information and minimising the spread of rumours and conspiracy theories is vital to supporting the public during a time of crisis. News media outlets and social media platforms should play complementary roles in this process: news media must try to ensure that correct information is disseminated, and social media platforms should be more vigilant in preventing bots and propagandists from flooding online platforms with misinformation. The role of independent, nuanced and responsible journalism has never been more important—and yet there’s a growing distrust of mainstream media’s reporting on terror. This stems from Trumpian rhetoric and accusations of fake news, as well as from public perceptions of media bias when reporting on attacks.

It is important for our security experts to remain vigilant. The reduction of misinformation and the accurate use of terrorist terminology relating to events, foiled plots and threats will not detract from the overall objective of public protection but rather will strengthen and focus this goal. Clear information and a common focus on ensuring accurate information is disseminated can be complemented by the accurate and honest acknowledgement of the real threat and the due recognition of the excellent job which the security industry has done to date to abate attacks and minimise the potential for any future events.

Similarly, the general population, while rightfully expressing anguish and grief, must refrain from excessively circulating news in these times, given the possibility that even media channels do generate fake news. The presence of fact checkers, as third parties and separate teams within news channels, is important to ensure that such news is not peddled to an unsuspecting public. Ultimately, it must be noted then that fake news and rumours are frequently spread by various parties despite their intentions and that media and the general public must remain vigilant at this time. In this regard, politicians too have an added and urgent responsibility to prevent both rabble-rousing and circulation of rumours.

States and non-state actors including terrorist groups use misleading information in order to try and influence values and the action of the populace. As such, protection against false information and hostile propaganda is to critically appraise the source," it continues. "The way to do that is to ask questions like 'Is this factual information or opinion?' or 'Is the source trustworthy?'" It goes on to advise seeking out information from more than one source in order to verify it.

In this age of social media, the spread of misinformation, or ‘fake news’, has made the job of journalists much harder. There are examples of sincere efforts to maintain journalistic integrity, but there are many challenges to overcome, especially related to UGC on social media. Calling for greater government control or a ‘content watchdog’ to police online platforms is a good approach to the above percieved problem. It echoes precisely the ‘Orwellian’ sentiments that tech companies are pushing back against. Rather, as a first step, it should be in their own interest for online platforms to work with news media outlets to develop appropriate ethical, editorial and practical guidelines, and then to regularly adapt and revise those guidelines.

The Nigerian government has made effort to inject sanity into the social media space which, today is totally out of control, contrary to insinuations, the government had no intention of muzzling the media or stifling free speech, the campaign was against fake news and hate speech. Fake news has proven to possess the  capaility of inflicting untold damage on Nigeria's national unity. They represent a clear and imminent danger to the survival of the   nation.

Acknowledging that fake news and hate speech is not only a threat to democracy but also to peace, security and cooperate existence of Nigeria. Fake pictures and videos have also contributed their parts in stoking conflicts in Nigeria. All of these interfere with choices of the people and stoke conflicts in the midst of peace as they are being deliberately peddled to cause division and tension in the polity to put Nigeria backward.

Nigeria must find a way to ensure that its national newspapers and TV stations are sustainable to practice quality journalism that will be acceptable to people. When you do that successfully, you will consider good independent regulation of the media; with this will reduce the attention that the fake media get and penalty should be given for maliciously published items.
By News Proof

Centre For Social Justice, Equity And Transparency (CESJET)
Centre For Social Justice,
Equity And Transparency
(CESJET) 
Fresh revelations have emerged on the real reason the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists are yet to to be cleared from north eastern part of the country by the Nigerian Army

According to a latest special report by  by the Centre For Social Justice, Equity And Transparency (CESJET) fake news, foreign actors  are major distractions to the Army in clearing remnants of Boko Haram elements operating in the north east.

This was made known at a workshop organized for Presidents and Secretaries of CSOs, NGOs, Social Media influencers, stakeholders by the Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

The report further tasked the  media,  citizens and all stakeholders to be patriotic in identifying and exposing fake news targeted at derailing the war against Nigeria's enemies.

The full report signed by its Executive Secretary, Isaac Ikpa,  below.



The menace of fake news in Nigeria is a time bomb waiting to explode. This is on the heels that misinformation and hate speech has threatened the peace, unity, security and the corporate existence of Nigeria.

 The relevant authorities in Nigeria have strived to educate the populace on the demerits of fake news and how its continued patronage has aided the spread of terrorism in the country.

The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency, in carrying out one of its core mandate consequently commissioned a special report to look at the menace of Fake News in Nigeria in an attempt to bring to the fore the various factors responsible for the spread of Fake news in Nigeria, as well as measures the relevant authorities needs to put in place to curtail the spread of fake news in the country.

The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency x-rayed the origin of fake news in Nigeria and took a systematic approach in highlighting the impact on the Nigerian polity. It also looked at the various mediums through which fake news is propagated. The focus of the report was 2015 to 2019 to cover the years that fake news gained prominence in Nigeria.  The choice of 2015-2019 was also informed by the numerous efforts of the relevant agencies in Nigeria towards arresting the menace of fake news in the polity.


Terrorism is now a major feature of the international political system in the 21st century. Terrorism in the 21st century has gone beyond its traditional conception both in the motivations, objectives, tactics, techniques and territorial aspiration of its actors. Traditional terrorism uses kidnappings, suicide bombings (human and vehicle borne), hostage-taking, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and armed assaults to achieve mostly political objectives. Terrorism in its present incarnation has expanded from the physical (geographical regions) into the virtual (cyberspace) and its techniques now include the use of technology-driven devices such as unmanned aerial vehicles, Twitter, Blogs Youtube and Facebook. Terrorists’ objectives have gone beyond such abstract concepts as instilling fear, creating awareness for a particular cause and forcing governments to change specific policies, to tangible and disruptive aims like the creation of viable political, administrative, religious and territorial units.

Terrorism has been around since the beginning of recorded history. What have changed are the dissident groups’ capability of inflicting harm on an ever-larger number of people, their ability to organize through the Internet, and, thanks to the media, a heightened concern, bordering on paranoia, among the populace about their own security. Domestically, nations, are deeply concerned about the radicalization of the youth along the entire ideological spectrum. Increased migration from the war-torn areas and failed states is not only putting strains on the nations’ resources but is also fomenting xenophobic reactions among native populations.

There are also fears of terrorist cells among immigrant minorities, isolated in their enclaves. To this volatile mix, we must add the internecine warfare with deep historical roots in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Thus, fake news is an enhancer of terrorism and terrorist activities around the world.

Fake news and its Terrorism Influences
Media and terror are inextricably linked. The media is expected to report and analyse terror as a matter of international priority. Yet striking the right balance between informing the public without unnecessarily stoking fear or giving disproportionate publicity and attention to a terrorist organisation is a complex task. To make matters even more complicated, since the emergence of new media, social media in particular, ‘traditional’ media has had to adapt to and compete in an accelerated news cycle of reporting, commentary and analysis.

Digital platforms such as Blogs, Twitter and Facebook have changed the flow of information in a way that enables unverified user-generated content (UGC) to appear alongside media outlets’ fact-checked content. Unlike traditional media, UGC isn’t subject to strict editorial, ethical or practical guidelines and the speed and scale at which this information is created and disseminated is hard to contain. This presents challenges to news reporting on terror, such as the spread of misinformation and ‘fake news’.

There has been an increasing focus on violent activities in social meda and what would traditionally be categorised as criminality has increasingly branded as ‘terrorism’ as event unfolds and before all of the facts can be ascertained and a judgement made upon factual evidence. The use of social media and other media sources contributes in part to the premature categorisation of these events and creating unnecessary hype.

The use of language, labelling coupled with unsubstantiated or grossly inaccurate facts before an event has been analysed, can result in misinformation and heighten the public fear unnecessarily.

The difficulty is thus separating the fake news about terrorism, the over-exaggerations and untruths from what unfolds. In doing so this creates confusion, fear and unnecessarily intensifies events at a time when the focus should be primarily on dealing with an incident and helping the victims, whether injured or deceased, and those directly affected by the event. A further problem arises which is event fatigue: individuals becoming desensitised to images of pain and suffering and the acceptance of a new norm.

The question then becomes what can we do to ensure the accurate flow of information and the correct categorisation of events. The other interesting question is that terrorist groups or cells  manipulate criminals and mettaly ill persons to  carry out criminal attacks to ensure that they  take credit for these events.

Terrorism is  generally defined , as action or intimidation to perpetrate an outcome for the furtherance of a political, ideological or religious objective. There is, however, legal uncertainty regarding the links between the action and the objective of serving further ideological objectives.

This becomes blurred in the case of terrorism where an individual may carry out an attack and hold the flag of a known terrorist group or chant a statement purportedly to link their activity to a bigger cause, to effectively promote themselves as martyrs serving a greater cause when in fact they are criminals.

 The problem with the labelling or semantics of these attacks when loosely employed, allowing for a known terrorist group to claim the event was their responsibility, is that this feeds into the objective of that group in increasing publicity. Instead, a more careful control over the labelling of an event and assessment of the facts will limit the media publicity of known terrorist groups. Instead of allowing fake news, fear and hype feed into the objectives of these groups.

Media outlets should remain grounded in facts in the aftermath of an attack, rather than speculating about the perpetrator and their potential terrorist links. A disproportionate response to terror only cultivates further chaos and fear. Violent extremists across the spectrum have capitalised on the spread of misinformation that creates knowledge vacuums and pushes myths and rumours into mainstream society. Media outlets have a responsibility to dispel such myths and rumours, to minimise harm—both physical and rhetorical—when reporting on terror.

Recommendations
Communicating accurate information and minimising the spread of rumours and conspiracy theories is vital to supporting the public during a time of crisis. News media outlets and social media platforms should play complementary roles in this process: news media must try to ensure that correct information is disseminated, and social media platforms should be more vigilant in preventing bots and propagandists from flooding online platforms with misinformation. The role of independent, nuanced and responsible journalism has never been more important—and yet there’s a growing distrust of mainstream media’s reporting on terror. This stems from Trumpian rhetoric and accusations of fake news, as well as from public perceptions of media bias when reporting on attacks.

It is important for our security experts to remain vigilant. The reduction of misinformation and the accurate use of terrorist terminology relating to events, foiled plots and threats will not detract from the overall objective of public protection but rather will strengthen and focus this goal. Clear information and a common focus on ensuring accurate information is disseminated can be complemented by the accurate and honest acknowledgement of the real threat and the due recognition of the excellent job which the security industry has done to date to abate attacks and minimise the potential for any future events.

Similarly, the general population, while rightfully expressing anguish and grief, must refrain from excessively circulating news in these times, given the possibility that even media channels do generate fake news. The presence of fact checkers, as third parties and separate teams within news channels, is important to ensure that such news is not peddled to an unsuspecting public. Ultimately, it must be noted then that fake news and rumours are frequently spread by various parties despite their intentions and that media and the general public must remain vigilant at this time. In this regard, politicians too have an added and urgent responsibility to prevent both rabble-rousing and circulation of rumours.

States and non-state actors including terrorist groups use misleading information in order to try and influence values and the action of the populace. As such, protection against false information and hostile propaganda is to critically appraise the source," it continues. "The way to do that is to ask questions like 'Is this factual information or opinion?' or 'Is the source trustworthy?'" It goes on to advise seeking out information from more than one source in order to verify it.

In this age of social media, the spread of misinformation, or ‘fake news’, has made the job of journalists much harder. There are examples of sincere efforts to maintain journalistic integrity, but there are many challenges to overcome, especially related to UGC on social media. Calling for greater government control or a ‘content watchdog’ to police online platforms is a good approach to the above percieved problem. It echoes precisely the ‘Orwellian’ sentiments that tech companies are pushing back against. Rather, as a first step, it should be in their own interest for online platforms to work with news media outlets to develop appropriate ethical, editorial and practical guidelines, and then to regularly adapt and revise those guidelines.

The Nigerian government has made effort to inject sanity into the social media space which, today is totally out of control, contrary to insinuations, the government had no intention of muzzling the media or stifling free speech, the campaign was against fake news and hate speech. Fake news has proven to possess the  capaility of inflicting untold damage on Nigeria's national unity. They represent a clear and imminent danger to the survival of the   nation.

Acknowledging that fake news and hate speech is not only a threat to democracy but also to peace, security and cooperate existence of Nigeria. Fake pictures and videos have also contributed their parts in stoking conflicts in Nigeria. All of these interfere with choices of the people and stoke conflicts in the midst of peace as they are being deliberately peddled to cause division and tension in the polity to put Nigeria backward.

Nigeria must find a way to ensure that its national newspapers and TV stations are sustainable to practice quality journalism that will be acceptable to people. When you do that successfully, you will consider good independent regulation of the media; with this will reduce the attention that the fake media get and penalty should be given for maliciously published items.

Reward For Gallantry and Gen. Buratai's Leading Example, By Robert Audu

Reward For Gallantry and Gen. Buratai's Leading Example, By Robert Audu

By Robert Audu

Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai
Lt. Gen. Tukur
Yusufu Buratai
"For them to perceive the advantage of defeating the enemy, they must also have their rewards.” – Sun Tzu

A great leader motivates and inspires his followers. He continuously craves for excellence and erects favorable templates or incentives to compel and induce hard work. Rewards are the oyster of performance in any workplace. And leaders conscious of success imbibe the policy of reward for hard work, dedication and exceptional performance as bait for outstanding productivity.

Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff ( COAS) and emperor of the anti-insurgency operations in Nigeria, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai is a perfect leader in this sense. Though, it is the natural and constitutional duty of the Army to fight wars, but he knows soldiers need to be emboldened to go the proverbial extra-mile in battles.

The job of a soldier is quite a difficult one. A soldier in the battlefield is perpetually under the threats of death or life deformities. He is the bulwark of nations and citizens against deadly enemies in peace or war times.

Gen. William T. Sherman of the American Army captures the dreariness of war in these scary words; “It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.”

War is really hellish, but the life of a soldier is confined to it. Besides the era of the unfortunate Nigerian civil war of 1967-70, Gen. Buratai is presiding over the Nigerian Army in the country’s second most difficult phase in history. The age of ravaging Boko Haram insurgency is certainly not a storm in a tea cup. Terrorism has proven to be an obstinate malignant turmoil on souls of nations and successive leaders of Nigeria.

But President Buhari has made the difference. Under Gen. Buratai as the helmsman of the counter-insurgency operations, Nigerian troops have performed exceedingly commendable. The Army boss has vanished the spirit of spinelessness, soldiers’ feminine retreats from the frontlines and the remonstrative balking of troops before enemy forces in tales of mutiny at the battlefield.

Joyfully, the years of gloom, hesitance and frustrations to battle insurgents by Nigerian troops have eclipsed. Gen. Buratai has reactivated the reward system for his troops fighting Boko Haram insurgency in the country. He rewards gallantry, but punishes indolence or dereliction of duty.

Like the US war veteran and diplomat, Collin Luther Powell, the Nigerian Army Chief has inculcated in soldiers that   "All work is honorable. Always do your best because someone is watching.” And rewards in special promotions’ have been Gen. Buratai’s perfect weapon in bolstering the performance ego and  strides of Nigerian troops battling Boko Haram.

Chinese war veteran, Sun Tzu once echoed that “Rewards for good service should not be deferred a single day.” So, Gen. Buratai  does it promptly and indiscriminately once any soldier earns it by dint of gallantry, valour and hard work.

Iconic warlords have theorized on the reverence of soldiering. Gen.  George S. Patton Jr for instance says; "The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.”

Therefore, Gen. Buratai has consistently elevated deserving soldiers to stimulate what Collin Powell clarifies with his timeless and immortal philosophy in positing that;  “The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average.”

From the outset, part of Gen. Buratai’s intrinsic vision and policies sighted  reward for gallantry and hard work. Barely weeks after assumption of duty in 2015 as COAS and leader of counter-insurgency, headquarters of Operation Lafiya Dole Command Theatre went agog in wild celebration. Gen. Buratai effected the promotion of over 5,000 soldiers fighting insurgency in the Northeast and allied operations in the country.

 He took the action to boost their combat readiness and willingness to serve fatherland. The promotion was a pledge made to the soldiers by his predecessor.  Gen. Buratai  stated at the opening session of the 2015 COAS Third Quarter Conference, in Army Headquarters Abuja that; “Since we came on board, we have introduced several measures aimed at encouraging our troops to give their best in the service of their nation. “

“The approval of the accelerated promotion of 5,000 soldiers was to redeem the promise made by my predecessor to the troops fighting insurgents in the North-East. It is my belief that this promotion, coupled with other incentives, will encourage our troops to fight for our country,” he added.

And the leader of counter-insurgency operations has kept faith his vision and pledges of reward for gallantry and exceptional impact in the course of battling insurgencies and insurrections in the country.  It is outside his implementation of normal promotions timely and promptly to soldiers, like he caused the promotion of  34 senior Army Generals last week.

Therefore, in August 2017,  Gen. Buratai also splashed special promotions for 3,729 troops of Operation Lafiya Dole who participated in “Operation Deep Punch II” in Sambisa Forest.

The then Army’s spokesperson  articulated in a public statement that the Army Chief specially rewarded the gallant troops in recognition of their valour and uncommon commitment to duty during the “Operation Deep Punch.” It was an operation that laid to rest the ghost of the much dreaded Sambisa forest.

So, 223 Staff Sergeants were promoted to the rank of Warrant Officers, 511 Sergeants promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeants; while 994 Corporals were promoted to the rank of Sergeants. Others are 1064 Lance Corporals promoted to the rank of Corporals, while 932 Private soldiers were appointed Lance Corporals. Such magnitude of special promotions were seldom in the Army until Gen. Buratai reactivated it as morale booster for troops.

Later the same year, during one of his frequent visits to the frontlines in Bama,  Borno state, Gen. Buratai, also gave special automatic promotion to  two soldiers for their gallantry in fighting Boko Haram.

The COAS visited troops of 21 Brigade at Bama and was impressed with their performance against Boko Haram.  Troops of the brigade had liberated Bama from Haram terrorists  after hours of  fierce battle. Many terrorists were neutralized during the encounter, and a cache of arms and  Improvised Explosive Device, IED, making materials were recovered from insurgents. Therefore, Corporal Thomas Orim of 202 Battalion and Corporal Abubakar Usman Usman of 150 Task Force Battalion were rewarded with this special promotion.

To Gen. Buratai, it is inconsequential whether it is a single soldier or bunch of soldiers who demonstrates acts of valour or gallantry and merits a reward.  A soldier, Master Warrant Officer, Garba Abdullahi of 159 Battalion, Nigerian Army was elevated to the rank of Captain in recognition and reward for his outstanding military professionalism, gallantry, courage and selfless service and enjoyed  the special privilege of Executive Commission.

The then  Director army public relations officer, Brig. General Sani Kukasheka explained; “Garba Abdullahi’s leadership qualities endeared him to his Commanding Officer who deemed it fit to assign him a higher responsibility as platoon commander of one of the arrow head sub-units of the Battalion, the role he played excellently to the admiration of both his superiors and subordinates alike

“Under his able leadership, his platoon achieved great exploits of daring bravery and courage for which the Battalion was reputed. The 159 Battalion is of one the rugged and most experienced cohesive fighting unit that make up Operation Lafiya Dole…the Battalion primarily occupies a blocking position from where it conducts Counter Terrorist and Counter Insurgency operations to defeat Boko Haram terrorists, deny them freedom of action….”

Gen. Buratai has sustained the string of special elevations, rewards and promotions of deserving officers and soldiers to date. Even in October 2019, he recommended  for accelerated promotion to President Muhammadu Buhari  two  Army Generals and a Subaltern of the Nigerian Army as reward for their gallantry and exemplary leadership.

Acting Director, Army Public Relations,Col. Sagir Musa explained that the soldiers earned the President’s approval for the special promotion  for their “extra-ordinary feats, courage, exemplary leadership, loyalty, uncommon commitment and valour in the counter insurgency operation in the Northeastern part of the country.”

The benefitting two senior officers were Maj.Gen. L.O Adeosun, the Chief of Training and Operations at Army Headquarters, who was also promoted to the rank  Lieutenant General; Brig.-Gen. A.B Biu, General Officer Commanding 7 Division and Commander, Sector 2, “Operation Lafiya Dole”  Maiduguri was decorated with the rank of Major General and the subaltern, Lieutenant A.J Danjibrin of 211 Demonstration Battalion, Bauchi was elevated to the rank of a Captain.

Also, Lt. Col. Mohammed Abu Ali  (aka BH killer) who commanded the Army’s 272 Tank Battalion under “Operation Lafiya Dole” enjoyed this rank for the recognition of his outstanding efforts in blighting the fire of insurgents  under his area of jurisdiction. Shortly afterwards, he was killed in an ambush by Boko Haram. 

The quantum of special rewards and promotions extended to soldiers in the counter-insurgency operations in the Northeast is an apt indication that Gen. Buratai meticulously picks his postings of officers and soldiers. He ensures only his best and competent hands are deployed to every area of military operation.

In the counsel of Collin Powell, "There are no secrets to success: don’t waste time looking for them. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty to those for whom you work, and persistence." So, through Gen. Buratai  Nigerian soldiers clearly understands that hard work and loyalty is beneficial.

Audu wrote this piece from Abuja.
By Robert Audu

Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai
Lt. Gen. Tukur
Yusufu Buratai
"For them to perceive the advantage of defeating the enemy, they must also have their rewards.” – Sun Tzu

A great leader motivates and inspires his followers. He continuously craves for excellence and erects favorable templates or incentives to compel and induce hard work. Rewards are the oyster of performance in any workplace. And leaders conscious of success imbibe the policy of reward for hard work, dedication and exceptional performance as bait for outstanding productivity.

Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff ( COAS) and emperor of the anti-insurgency operations in Nigeria, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai is a perfect leader in this sense. Though, it is the natural and constitutional duty of the Army to fight wars, but he knows soldiers need to be emboldened to go the proverbial extra-mile in battles.

The job of a soldier is quite a difficult one. A soldier in the battlefield is perpetually under the threats of death or life deformities. He is the bulwark of nations and citizens against deadly enemies in peace or war times.

Gen. William T. Sherman of the American Army captures the dreariness of war in these scary words; “It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.”

War is really hellish, but the life of a soldier is confined to it. Besides the era of the unfortunate Nigerian civil war of 1967-70, Gen. Buratai is presiding over the Nigerian Army in the country’s second most difficult phase in history. The age of ravaging Boko Haram insurgency is certainly not a storm in a tea cup. Terrorism has proven to be an obstinate malignant turmoil on souls of nations and successive leaders of Nigeria.

But President Buhari has made the difference. Under Gen. Buratai as the helmsman of the counter-insurgency operations, Nigerian troops have performed exceedingly commendable. The Army boss has vanished the spirit of spinelessness, soldiers’ feminine retreats from the frontlines and the remonstrative balking of troops before enemy forces in tales of mutiny at the battlefield.

Joyfully, the years of gloom, hesitance and frustrations to battle insurgents by Nigerian troops have eclipsed. Gen. Buratai has reactivated the reward system for his troops fighting Boko Haram insurgency in the country. He rewards gallantry, but punishes indolence or dereliction of duty.

Like the US war veteran and diplomat, Collin Luther Powell, the Nigerian Army Chief has inculcated in soldiers that   "All work is honorable. Always do your best because someone is watching.” And rewards in special promotions’ have been Gen. Buratai’s perfect weapon in bolstering the performance ego and  strides of Nigerian troops battling Boko Haram.

Chinese war veteran, Sun Tzu once echoed that “Rewards for good service should not be deferred a single day.” So, Gen. Buratai  does it promptly and indiscriminately once any soldier earns it by dint of gallantry, valour and hard work.

Iconic warlords have theorized on the reverence of soldiering. Gen.  George S. Patton Jr for instance says; "The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.”

Therefore, Gen. Buratai has consistently elevated deserving soldiers to stimulate what Collin Powell clarifies with his timeless and immortal philosophy in positing that;  “The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average.”

From the outset, part of Gen. Buratai’s intrinsic vision and policies sighted  reward for gallantry and hard work. Barely weeks after assumption of duty in 2015 as COAS and leader of counter-insurgency, headquarters of Operation Lafiya Dole Command Theatre went agog in wild celebration. Gen. Buratai effected the promotion of over 5,000 soldiers fighting insurgency in the Northeast and allied operations in the country.

 He took the action to boost their combat readiness and willingness to serve fatherland. The promotion was a pledge made to the soldiers by his predecessor.  Gen. Buratai  stated at the opening session of the 2015 COAS Third Quarter Conference, in Army Headquarters Abuja that; “Since we came on board, we have introduced several measures aimed at encouraging our troops to give their best in the service of their nation. “

“The approval of the accelerated promotion of 5,000 soldiers was to redeem the promise made by my predecessor to the troops fighting insurgents in the North-East. It is my belief that this promotion, coupled with other incentives, will encourage our troops to fight for our country,” he added.

And the leader of counter-insurgency operations has kept faith his vision and pledges of reward for gallantry and exceptional impact in the course of battling insurgencies and insurrections in the country.  It is outside his implementation of normal promotions timely and promptly to soldiers, like he caused the promotion of  34 senior Army Generals last week.

Therefore, in August 2017,  Gen. Buratai also splashed special promotions for 3,729 troops of Operation Lafiya Dole who participated in “Operation Deep Punch II” in Sambisa Forest.

The then Army’s spokesperson  articulated in a public statement that the Army Chief specially rewarded the gallant troops in recognition of their valour and uncommon commitment to duty during the “Operation Deep Punch.” It was an operation that laid to rest the ghost of the much dreaded Sambisa forest.

So, 223 Staff Sergeants were promoted to the rank of Warrant Officers, 511 Sergeants promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeants; while 994 Corporals were promoted to the rank of Sergeants. Others are 1064 Lance Corporals promoted to the rank of Corporals, while 932 Private soldiers were appointed Lance Corporals. Such magnitude of special promotions were seldom in the Army until Gen. Buratai reactivated it as morale booster for troops.

Later the same year, during one of his frequent visits to the frontlines in Bama,  Borno state, Gen. Buratai, also gave special automatic promotion to  two soldiers for their gallantry in fighting Boko Haram.

The COAS visited troops of 21 Brigade at Bama and was impressed with their performance against Boko Haram.  Troops of the brigade had liberated Bama from Haram terrorists  after hours of  fierce battle. Many terrorists were neutralized during the encounter, and a cache of arms and  Improvised Explosive Device, IED, making materials were recovered from insurgents. Therefore, Corporal Thomas Orim of 202 Battalion and Corporal Abubakar Usman Usman of 150 Task Force Battalion were rewarded with this special promotion.

To Gen. Buratai, it is inconsequential whether it is a single soldier or bunch of soldiers who demonstrates acts of valour or gallantry and merits a reward.  A soldier, Master Warrant Officer, Garba Abdullahi of 159 Battalion, Nigerian Army was elevated to the rank of Captain in recognition and reward for his outstanding military professionalism, gallantry, courage and selfless service and enjoyed  the special privilege of Executive Commission.

The then  Director army public relations officer, Brig. General Sani Kukasheka explained; “Garba Abdullahi’s leadership qualities endeared him to his Commanding Officer who deemed it fit to assign him a higher responsibility as platoon commander of one of the arrow head sub-units of the Battalion, the role he played excellently to the admiration of both his superiors and subordinates alike

“Under his able leadership, his platoon achieved great exploits of daring bravery and courage for which the Battalion was reputed. The 159 Battalion is of one the rugged and most experienced cohesive fighting unit that make up Operation Lafiya Dole…the Battalion primarily occupies a blocking position from where it conducts Counter Terrorist and Counter Insurgency operations to defeat Boko Haram terrorists, deny them freedom of action….”

Gen. Buratai has sustained the string of special elevations, rewards and promotions of deserving officers and soldiers to date. Even in October 2019, he recommended  for accelerated promotion to President Muhammadu Buhari  two  Army Generals and a Subaltern of the Nigerian Army as reward for their gallantry and exemplary leadership.

Acting Director, Army Public Relations,Col. Sagir Musa explained that the soldiers earned the President’s approval for the special promotion  for their “extra-ordinary feats, courage, exemplary leadership, loyalty, uncommon commitment and valour in the counter insurgency operation in the Northeastern part of the country.”

The benefitting two senior officers were Maj.Gen. L.O Adeosun, the Chief of Training and Operations at Army Headquarters, who was also promoted to the rank  Lieutenant General; Brig.-Gen. A.B Biu, General Officer Commanding 7 Division and Commander, Sector 2, “Operation Lafiya Dole”  Maiduguri was decorated with the rank of Major General and the subaltern, Lieutenant A.J Danjibrin of 211 Demonstration Battalion, Bauchi was elevated to the rank of a Captain.

Also, Lt. Col. Mohammed Abu Ali  (aka BH killer) who commanded the Army’s 272 Tank Battalion under “Operation Lafiya Dole” enjoyed this rank for the recognition of his outstanding efforts in blighting the fire of insurgents  under his area of jurisdiction. Shortly afterwards, he was killed in an ambush by Boko Haram. 

The quantum of special rewards and promotions extended to soldiers in the counter-insurgency operations in the Northeast is an apt indication that Gen. Buratai meticulously picks his postings of officers and soldiers. He ensures only his best and competent hands are deployed to every area of military operation.

In the counsel of Collin Powell, "There are no secrets to success: don’t waste time looking for them. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty to those for whom you work, and persistence." So, through Gen. Buratai  Nigerian soldiers clearly understands that hard work and loyalty is beneficial.

Audu wrote this piece from Abuja.

BREAKING: Prof. Tam David-West Dies

BREAKING: Prof. Tam David-West Dies

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Late Prof. Tam David West 
A Nigerian renowned virologist, Professor and former minister of Petroleum, Professor Tamuno David-West is dead.

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Late Prof. Tam David West 
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UPDATED: Confusion As Appeal Court 'Nullifies' Oyo Gov. Seyi Makinde's Election

UPDATED: Confusion As Appeal Court 'Nullifies' Oyo Gov. Seyi Makinde's Election

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In a judgment that has been adjudged as controversial, the Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State on Monday nullified the election of the governor of the state, Seyi Makinde.

The court reversed the judgement of governorship election petition tribunal, which declared Mr Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, winner of the election.

In a four-against-one judgement, the five-man panel said the tribunal judgement was perverse.

However, the appellate court did not give order for a fresh election.
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In a judgment that has been adjudged as controversial, the Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State on Monday nullified the election of the governor of the state, Seyi Makinde.

The court reversed the judgement of governorship election petition tribunal, which declared Mr Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, winner of the election.

In a four-against-one judgement, the five-man panel said the tribunal judgement was perverse.

However, the appellate court did not give order for a fresh election.

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