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exposed: How France Funding Boko Haram Against Nigeria, Group Alleges

exposed: How France Funding Boko Haram Against Nigeria, Group Alleges

By Our Reporter

The Save Humanity Advocacy Center (SHAC)
The Save Humanity Advocacy Center (SHAC) has accused France of repeatedly providing funds for Boko Haram and arming them with sophisticated weapons to keep up the insurgency momentum in the country.

The Centre made this known at a press conference by Executive Secretary, Comrade Ibrahim Abubakar, in Abuja, on Wednesday, in reaction to reports that the radical Islamic fighters had obtained ultra-modern drones.

The group fingered France and its allies in this latest scheme, owing to previous history and by doing so the European nation is undermining Nigeria's sovereignty.

Having continually remained mute, the SHAC, therefore challenged France to “ tell the world who was responsible for arming Boko Haram in the past".

The Centre, however, urged the Nigerian military to maintain its onslaught on the terrorist while calling on member states committed to the new funds to break free of colonial loyalties.

Read full press statement below:

Gentlemen of the press, you must have noticed the report that said Boko Haram insurgents have acquired sophisticated drones. The reported hardware are presently capable of reconnaissance, intelligence gathering and spying missions. It is a matter of time before they escalate to using drones that are capable of carrying out attacks.

We find expedient to believe the report because it was widely syndicated by western owned media, which are known to run propaganda for Boko Haram in the past.  Their report of the drones acquisition came about the same time that there were reports from locals that the terrorists have started sporting new weapons in recent weeks.

In the past, the source of the weapons air-dropped to Boko Haram terrorists in Northeast of Nigeria has been established as patently French. It is something that has attracted outcry  from the Save Humanity Advocacy Group in the past with the concern echoed by other individuals and organizations that became aware of the French treachery.

Let it be noted that in spite of the overwhelming evidence that indicted France it has not done anything meaningful to address its complicity in the distribution of instrument of death to terrorists for use against Nigerians. Even the arrest of French trainers among the terrorists has not moved French to own up to its negative role in the axis neither has it taught it to halt it subversive activities against Nigeria.

When this French involvement in arming Boko Haram was raised in the past France will sidestep the issues by sponsoring international NGOs and some media circuits to demonized the Nigerian authorities, especially the military and particularly the Nigerian Army. It is this practice that has again surfaced as the running commentary about the military being incapable of fighting the terrorists or that Boko Haram members have the upper hand over the Nigerian state.

The timing of the report about Boko Haram now possessing drones and even newer firearms curiously coincides with the announcement of a $1 billion regional effort aimed at combating terrorism in the West African Sub-region. These kind of reports coinciding with announcement of regional efforts have been pivotal to the demise of such efforts at fighting Boko Haram in the past. The stories we are now reading means we will be seeing a repeat of previous patterns – Boko Haram will attempt hitting soft targets and occasional military targets that will not dare try now that there are Super Camps. These will then be followed by lopsided media campaigns that will first cast Boko Haram as the superior force and later present insurgents as victims of human rights abuses.

We are challenging France to tell the world who is responsible for arming Boko Haram in the past. The answer to this question of who supplied past weapons will signpost who to hold responsible now that the terrorists are getting drones that could strike any city of the world.

For this reason, we are imploring the world to ask France the pertinent questions before it becomes too late. Whether by default or by accident, it is a matter of time before Boko Haram tests the weapons France is arming them with on other nations, possibly in the west. Hopefully, by that time the world would not be in a quandary over who to hold accountable for such disaster should it unfold. 

We use this opportunity to warn France and any country it may be using as proxy to prop up Boko Haram by using them as conduit to deliver arms and military gear to the terrorists. There are international instruments at the disposal of Nigeria to address the rascality being put up by those undermining Nigeria’s war against terrorism.

On its part, the Nigerian military must repeat the device blows it had dealt terrorists in the Northeast in the past. Eliminating the new threat posed by Boko Haram is crucial to the safety of citizens in Borno and other places.  It must punish the terrorists with the same intensity that had made it impossible for them to overrun the country as planned by the countries secretly supporting them. It must continue with its strategy of Super Camps since this appears to be what has rattled the sponsors of Boko Haram to both increase weapons supply to the terrorists and to re-open the media front in the war.

The member states that have committed to the new funds to combat Boko Haram must break free of colonial loyalties, after all, no nation should continue tying itself to the apron strings of a nation that once postured as their conqueror. They should stand firm to the terms of the fund and make sure that all countries in the region make the place unconducive for terrorists and terrorist activities.
By Our Reporter

The Save Humanity Advocacy Center (SHAC)
The Save Humanity Advocacy Center (SHAC) has accused France of repeatedly providing funds for Boko Haram and arming them with sophisticated weapons to keep up the insurgency momentum in the country.

The Centre made this known at a press conference by Executive Secretary, Comrade Ibrahim Abubakar, in Abuja, on Wednesday, in reaction to reports that the radical Islamic fighters had obtained ultra-modern drones.

The group fingered France and its allies in this latest scheme, owing to previous history and by doing so the European nation is undermining Nigeria's sovereignty.

Having continually remained mute, the SHAC, therefore challenged France to “ tell the world who was responsible for arming Boko Haram in the past".

The Centre, however, urged the Nigerian military to maintain its onslaught on the terrorist while calling on member states committed to the new funds to break free of colonial loyalties.

Read full press statement below:

Gentlemen of the press, you must have noticed the report that said Boko Haram insurgents have acquired sophisticated drones. The reported hardware are presently capable of reconnaissance, intelligence gathering and spying missions. It is a matter of time before they escalate to using drones that are capable of carrying out attacks.

We find expedient to believe the report because it was widely syndicated by western owned media, which are known to run propaganda for Boko Haram in the past.  Their report of the drones acquisition came about the same time that there were reports from locals that the terrorists have started sporting new weapons in recent weeks.

In the past, the source of the weapons air-dropped to Boko Haram terrorists in Northeast of Nigeria has been established as patently French. It is something that has attracted outcry  from the Save Humanity Advocacy Group in the past with the concern echoed by other individuals and organizations that became aware of the French treachery.

Let it be noted that in spite of the overwhelming evidence that indicted France it has not done anything meaningful to address its complicity in the distribution of instrument of death to terrorists for use against Nigerians. Even the arrest of French trainers among the terrorists has not moved French to own up to its negative role in the axis neither has it taught it to halt it subversive activities against Nigeria.

When this French involvement in arming Boko Haram was raised in the past France will sidestep the issues by sponsoring international NGOs and some media circuits to demonized the Nigerian authorities, especially the military and particularly the Nigerian Army. It is this practice that has again surfaced as the running commentary about the military being incapable of fighting the terrorists or that Boko Haram members have the upper hand over the Nigerian state.

The timing of the report about Boko Haram now possessing drones and even newer firearms curiously coincides with the announcement of a $1 billion regional effort aimed at combating terrorism in the West African Sub-region. These kind of reports coinciding with announcement of regional efforts have been pivotal to the demise of such efforts at fighting Boko Haram in the past. The stories we are now reading means we will be seeing a repeat of previous patterns – Boko Haram will attempt hitting soft targets and occasional military targets that will not dare try now that there are Super Camps. These will then be followed by lopsided media campaigns that will first cast Boko Haram as the superior force and later present insurgents as victims of human rights abuses.

We are challenging France to tell the world who is responsible for arming Boko Haram in the past. The answer to this question of who supplied past weapons will signpost who to hold responsible now that the terrorists are getting drones that could strike any city of the world.

For this reason, we are imploring the world to ask France the pertinent questions before it becomes too late. Whether by default or by accident, it is a matter of time before Boko Haram tests the weapons France is arming them with on other nations, possibly in the west. Hopefully, by that time the world would not be in a quandary over who to hold accountable for such disaster should it unfold. 

We use this opportunity to warn France and any country it may be using as proxy to prop up Boko Haram by using them as conduit to deliver arms and military gear to the terrorists. There are international instruments at the disposal of Nigeria to address the rascality being put up by those undermining Nigeria’s war against terrorism.

On its part, the Nigerian military must repeat the device blows it had dealt terrorists in the Northeast in the past. Eliminating the new threat posed by Boko Haram is crucial to the safety of citizens in Borno and other places.  It must punish the terrorists with the same intensity that had made it impossible for them to overrun the country as planned by the countries secretly supporting them. It must continue with its strategy of Super Camps since this appears to be what has rattled the sponsors of Boko Haram to both increase weapons supply to the terrorists and to re-open the media front in the war.

The member states that have committed to the new funds to combat Boko Haram must break free of colonial loyalties, after all, no nation should continue tying itself to the apron strings of a nation that once postured as their conqueror. They should stand firm to the terms of the fund and make sure that all countries in the region make the place unconducive for terrorists and terrorist activities.

CSOs end conference in Abuja, urge citizens to stop blacklisting ethnic groups with criminal robes

CSOs end conference in Abuja, urge citizens to stop blacklisting ethnic groups with criminal robes

By Dansu Peter

The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for Change and Good Governance has ended its one-day conference in Abuja, with a strong message to Nigerians to deist from blacklisting ethnic groups with criminal robes.

 The conference tagged:  "Appraising 100 Days of President Buhari on the saddle and building a nation where justice shall reign" was held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

A communiqué issued at the end of the conference examined the progress that has been made in the country since May 29, 2019 when Mr President was sworn in for a second term of four years.

The CSOs in the communique jointly signed by Bashir Alhaji Shehu, Chairman and Barr. Joyce Alobo, Secretary, said it was observed during the conference that Igbos are not drug peddlers are being erroneously held in some quarters.

Resolutions and observations made during the conference read below.

The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for Change and Good Governance on Tuesday September 17,  2019 held a conference in Abuja on "Appraising 100 Days of President Buhari on the saddle and building a nation where justice shall reign".

The event was to examine the progress that has been made in the country since May 29, 2019 when Mr President was sworn in for a second term of four years.
Conference was well attended by representatives of the member organizations of the coalition, resource persons, leaders of thought, influencers, statesmen and other stakeholders.

Participants, following speeches, a keynote address, lead paper presentation, and interventions by some stakeholders, discussed the issues raised at the gathering.

A former President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Ameh Ebute presented a paper on "THE CSO AS A BULWARK IN EXPOSING THE POLITICAL ELITES RESPONSIBLE FOR THE STATE OF INSECURITY IN
NIGERIA:  A CURSORY LOOK AT THE BUHARI 100 DAYS IN OFFICE."  Three other notable Nigerian scholars also made presentations on various topics jointly agreed by the organizers of the conference.

The discourse interrogated the security challenges in the country, how these have affected President Muhammadu Buhari’s ability to focus on governance in the period under review,  and how he has been able to make remarkable progress in spite of the difficulties caused by the security breaches contrived by the opposition.  Participants dissected the nature of these threats and how the country can overcome them.

Participants welcomed the ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal that upheld the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari, which was described as confirmation that Nigeria will continue along the path of reforms that Mr President is implementing.

In the course of the conference, participants observed as follow:

There is a difference between the ideal Nigerian and the stereotypes being painted about citizens at home and abroad. No region of the country should be criminalized and demonized on account of the failings of a minuscule fraction of its population. No ethnic group should be similarly treated. At such, using ethic colouration to describe any ethnic group is out of place; all herdsmen are not killers and not all herdsmen are Fulani.

Blanket criminalization of a religion or sect is also unacceptable even when criminal elements hide under their faith to commit evil. Boko Haram members are not  Muslims and not every Nigerian from Borno State is a member of Boko Haram.  The acts of terrorism they commit speak more to their dysfunctional existence than it speaks of their faith and ethnic background.

Igbo youth are not drug peddlers, scammers or dubious. Nigerians of Igbo ancestry excel in different fields of human endeavour.  Those engaged in separatist-terrorism are not representative of the prevailing sentiments among patriotic Igbo, who are in the majority.  The deviant behaviour of a few bad eggs should not be a basis to criminalize any ethnic group.

The xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa are unacceptable as they conflict with the concept of Africa for Africans. 

Corruption is not only a root cause of underdevelopment in Nigeria but also a source of poverty leading to crime in the country. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has continued to expose cases of corruption by those that have failed to key into the anti-corruption drive of President Buhari. The successes of the EFCC are useful for convincing the international community that Nigeria is committed to stamping out graft.

Several international NGOs are exploiting the security challenges in the country to further foment trouble to the extent that some citizens have taken it upon themselves to demand their expulsion. International relations considerations are obstacles to the government's ability to frontally tackles these organisations that have remained on Nigerian soil at great risk to citizens.

On the strength of the validation of his reelection by the Tribunal, President Buhari is now in a position to be decisive in dealing with those responsible for undermining security in the country since the can no longer claim witch-hunt because they are in the opposition.

Participants at the conference noted as follow:
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) remain designated as terrorist organisations and consequently proscribed; although some disgruntled politicians continue to support and finance these groups to cause problems for the country.

The military has continued to diligently discharge its responsibility by containing the excesses of violent and terrorist groups to keep the country safe and secure. . It achieved this even in the face daunting challenges that would have overwhelmed its contemporaries in other countries.

There is a growing risk from the weaponization of  information for fake news, which poses a great risk to stability, inter-ethnic and inter-religious relations in the country. Fake news is being deployed by opposition figures that ordinarily lay claim to respectability and should have known better than to engage in the destructive practice. Fake news has helped to spread insecurity and hate across the country.

President Buhari has performed excellently in his first 100 days in office since he was sworn in for his second term in office. Of note is the improvement that has been made in the security situation.This has positively affected the economy as more Nigerians are now being empowered to contribute to the development of the country.

The Conference resolved to:
Call for an end to the stereotyping of Nigerians based on the action of a negligible portion of the population.

Call on Nigerians to display more patriotism on xenophobic attack on their compatriots in South Africa with a charge that the response from the country must be devoid of violence as opposed to the unnecessary reprisals carried out by persons who failed to realize that it is the interests of fellow Nigerians they hurt by such acts.

Warn the government of South Africa against complacency in the face of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.

Urge Nigerians to unite against fake news and to rally round the military, the Police and other security agencies to fight insecurity without ethnic, political or religious connotations.

Salute the Service Chiefs, the Inspector General of Police and heads of other security agencies for bringing the various cases of politically masterminded killings, banditry and kidnappings to a halt within a record time. The Army should be particularly singled  out for it remarkable efforts against terrorism and its relentless sacrifices while observing high level of human rights compliance in its operations and thereby making itself available for collaboration with citizens. The Chief of Defence Staff preformed laudably in this regards.

Commend the EFCC under the leadership of Mr. Ibrahim Magu with a demand that the agency double its efforts in ensuring sanity in every sphere of our national life. Other agencies in this crusade should also live above board and embrace inter-agency collaboration just as being witnessed in the security sector.

Support the demand for the expulsion of any and all entities that threaten the unity of Nigeria or undermine the country’s corporate integrity through support for terrorist groups.

Demand that proscription of IMN and IPOB should remain in place while the government should get other countries to globally recognise and accept the groups as terrorists.

Caution the opposition that there is a limit to sabotaging the country in the pursuit of power; the opposition shall be held accountable for any degradation in the improved security situation in the land and this shall come with consequence.

Commend President Buhari for his achievements in his first 100 days of his second tenure while appealing to him to sustain the tempo he has started with.

Support President Buhari to take any action necessary to permanently address the security challenges facing Nigeria.

This Communiqué from the conference is to be circulated to participants and stakeholders. It is also to be given the widest publication possible in addition to hand-delivering a copy to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The conference organisers expressed appreciation to all participants, resource persons and stakeholders for their robust contributions and dispassionate approach to examining the issues raised at in the course of the one day event.
By Dansu Peter

The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for Change and Good Governance has ended its one-day conference in Abuja, with a strong message to Nigerians to deist from blacklisting ethnic groups with criminal robes.

 The conference tagged:  "Appraising 100 Days of President Buhari on the saddle and building a nation where justice shall reign" was held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

A communiqué issued at the end of the conference examined the progress that has been made in the country since May 29, 2019 when Mr President was sworn in for a second term of four years.

The CSOs in the communique jointly signed by Bashir Alhaji Shehu, Chairman and Barr. Joyce Alobo, Secretary, said it was observed during the conference that Igbos are not drug peddlers are being erroneously held in some quarters.

Resolutions and observations made during the conference read below.

The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for Change and Good Governance on Tuesday September 17,  2019 held a conference in Abuja on "Appraising 100 Days of President Buhari on the saddle and building a nation where justice shall reign".

The event was to examine the progress that has been made in the country since May 29, 2019 when Mr President was sworn in for a second term of four years.
Conference was well attended by representatives of the member organizations of the coalition, resource persons, leaders of thought, influencers, statesmen and other stakeholders.

Participants, following speeches, a keynote address, lead paper presentation, and interventions by some stakeholders, discussed the issues raised at the gathering.

A former President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Ameh Ebute presented a paper on "THE CSO AS A BULWARK IN EXPOSING THE POLITICAL ELITES RESPONSIBLE FOR THE STATE OF INSECURITY IN
NIGERIA:  A CURSORY LOOK AT THE BUHARI 100 DAYS IN OFFICE."  Three other notable Nigerian scholars also made presentations on various topics jointly agreed by the organizers of the conference.

The discourse interrogated the security challenges in the country, how these have affected President Muhammadu Buhari’s ability to focus on governance in the period under review,  and how he has been able to make remarkable progress in spite of the difficulties caused by the security breaches contrived by the opposition.  Participants dissected the nature of these threats and how the country can overcome them.

Participants welcomed the ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal that upheld the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari, which was described as confirmation that Nigeria will continue along the path of reforms that Mr President is implementing.

In the course of the conference, participants observed as follow:

There is a difference between the ideal Nigerian and the stereotypes being painted about citizens at home and abroad. No region of the country should be criminalized and demonized on account of the failings of a minuscule fraction of its population. No ethnic group should be similarly treated. At such, using ethic colouration to describe any ethnic group is out of place; all herdsmen are not killers and not all herdsmen are Fulani.

Blanket criminalization of a religion or sect is also unacceptable even when criminal elements hide under their faith to commit evil. Boko Haram members are not  Muslims and not every Nigerian from Borno State is a member of Boko Haram.  The acts of terrorism they commit speak more to their dysfunctional existence than it speaks of their faith and ethnic background.

Igbo youth are not drug peddlers, scammers or dubious. Nigerians of Igbo ancestry excel in different fields of human endeavour.  Those engaged in separatist-terrorism are not representative of the prevailing sentiments among patriotic Igbo, who are in the majority.  The deviant behaviour of a few bad eggs should not be a basis to criminalize any ethnic group.

The xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa are unacceptable as they conflict with the concept of Africa for Africans. 

Corruption is not only a root cause of underdevelopment in Nigeria but also a source of poverty leading to crime in the country. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has continued to expose cases of corruption by those that have failed to key into the anti-corruption drive of President Buhari. The successes of the EFCC are useful for convincing the international community that Nigeria is committed to stamping out graft.

Several international NGOs are exploiting the security challenges in the country to further foment trouble to the extent that some citizens have taken it upon themselves to demand their expulsion. International relations considerations are obstacles to the government's ability to frontally tackles these organisations that have remained on Nigerian soil at great risk to citizens.

On the strength of the validation of his reelection by the Tribunal, President Buhari is now in a position to be decisive in dealing with those responsible for undermining security in the country since the can no longer claim witch-hunt because they are in the opposition.

Participants at the conference noted as follow:
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) remain designated as terrorist organisations and consequently proscribed; although some disgruntled politicians continue to support and finance these groups to cause problems for the country.

The military has continued to diligently discharge its responsibility by containing the excesses of violent and terrorist groups to keep the country safe and secure. . It achieved this even in the face daunting challenges that would have overwhelmed its contemporaries in other countries.

There is a growing risk from the weaponization of  information for fake news, which poses a great risk to stability, inter-ethnic and inter-religious relations in the country. Fake news is being deployed by opposition figures that ordinarily lay claim to respectability and should have known better than to engage in the destructive practice. Fake news has helped to spread insecurity and hate across the country.

President Buhari has performed excellently in his first 100 days in office since he was sworn in for his second term in office. Of note is the improvement that has been made in the security situation.This has positively affected the economy as more Nigerians are now being empowered to contribute to the development of the country.

The Conference resolved to:
Call for an end to the stereotyping of Nigerians based on the action of a negligible portion of the population.

Call on Nigerians to display more patriotism on xenophobic attack on their compatriots in South Africa with a charge that the response from the country must be devoid of violence as opposed to the unnecessary reprisals carried out by persons who failed to realize that it is the interests of fellow Nigerians they hurt by such acts.

Warn the government of South Africa against complacency in the face of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.

Urge Nigerians to unite against fake news and to rally round the military, the Police and other security agencies to fight insecurity without ethnic, political or religious connotations.

Salute the Service Chiefs, the Inspector General of Police and heads of other security agencies for bringing the various cases of politically masterminded killings, banditry and kidnappings to a halt within a record time. The Army should be particularly singled  out for it remarkable efforts against terrorism and its relentless sacrifices while observing high level of human rights compliance in its operations and thereby making itself available for collaboration with citizens. The Chief of Defence Staff preformed laudably in this regards.

Commend the EFCC under the leadership of Mr. Ibrahim Magu with a demand that the agency double its efforts in ensuring sanity in every sphere of our national life. Other agencies in this crusade should also live above board and embrace inter-agency collaboration just as being witnessed in the security sector.

Support the demand for the expulsion of any and all entities that threaten the unity of Nigeria or undermine the country’s corporate integrity through support for terrorist groups.

Demand that proscription of IMN and IPOB should remain in place while the government should get other countries to globally recognise and accept the groups as terrorists.

Caution the opposition that there is a limit to sabotaging the country in the pursuit of power; the opposition shall be held accountable for any degradation in the improved security situation in the land and this shall come with consequence.

Commend President Buhari for his achievements in his first 100 days of his second tenure while appealing to him to sustain the tempo he has started with.

Support President Buhari to take any action necessary to permanently address the security challenges facing Nigeria.

This Communiqué from the conference is to be circulated to participants and stakeholders. It is also to be given the widest publication possible in addition to hand-delivering a copy to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The conference organisers expressed appreciation to all participants, resource persons and stakeholders for their robust contributions and dispassionate approach to examining the issues raised at in the course of the one day event.

Super Camp, Boko Haram and the end of evil By Kareen Goulding

Super Camp, Boko Haram and the end of evil By Kareen Goulding

By Kareen  Goulding

Since 2009 when Boko Haram began its violent campaign against the state in Nigeria, it has been a tale of invincibility. The military authorities underrated their sophistication at the time, and this resulted in heavy casualties on civilian populations as well as troops who employed conventional war strategies in a war that is asymmetric.

I must add that the Nigerian authorities were dumbfounded as they could not phantom the way out of dealing with the threat posed by the terrorist group. So this trend lasted for an upward eight years, and with millions displaced and properties worth millions of naira destroyed in North-East Nigeria. The Boko Haram phenomenon posed a severe threat to the territorial sovereignty of Nigeria and consequently plunged North-East Nigeria in a humanitarian crisis that shook our very foundation.

I recall that various school of thoughts propounded theories that would curtail the activities of the terrorist group, but none seemed to provide that magic wand needed to turn the tide against the terrorist group.  And they gained more grounds, so much so that they took control of over 16 local government areas in North-East Nigeria. They established caliphates and attempted to begin an inglorious regime of abductions, maiming and killings, rape, destructions, and other nefarious activities centred around crimes against humanity.

The then government of the day seemed clueless, and there was no solution in sight. And the monster of Boko Haram grew in phenomenal proportion. Nigeria was on the brinks, nowhere including the federal capital territory was safe with the constant attack on critical government infrastructures including the headquarters of the Nigerian Police Force, as well as the headquarters of the United Nations in Nigeria. It was such a sorry tale in Nigeria.

However, things began to look positive with the coming into office of the administration of President Muhummadu Buhari in 2015. I recall one of the first decisions taken was the relocation of the military high command from Abuja to North-East Nigeria, and it was followed with the appointment of service chiefs who were mandated to hit the ground running in the quest to bring the activities of Boko Haram terrorist to an end.

Many of us wondered then how such would happen with the level of grounds gained by the group as well as with the sophistication with which it operated that had left a huge demoralizing effect on the troops in the theatre of operations in North-East Nigeria.

I must confess that some of us had doubts on how this gargantuan task was going to be accomplished by a military that was highly demoralized and lacking the required weaponry to confront a terrorist group that was growing in sophistication daily.

When on 24th December 2016 news filtered in that Sambisa Forest, the operational headquarters of Boko Haram had been captured by Nigerian troops, the country leaped in joy. Even though in some quarters, the news was received with a pinch of salt, it was nonetheless true. This was a significant milestone in the war against terrorism in Nigeria, and since then, there has been no turning back. The Boko Haram group was left in disarray and attempted to employ other nocturnal means to regain control of their strong base, and that saw to the deployment of suicide bombings using women and children targeted at unarmed civilians. But again, the Nigerian Military was able to sustain the tempo with renewed vigour to the amazement of all the doubting Thomas’s.

The tide changed entirely, and there was hope once again that the threat posed by the terrorist group had been curtailed.  And Nigerians celebrated this rare feat and urged the troops to do more. The political leadership of the country also provided that support by offering all that was needed to boost the morale of the troops.

The military leadership also led by example. The Chief of Army Staff was always in the trenches with the troops in a manner that was quite commendable. In my opinion, that was strategic in the sense that the troops were charged to give their best in defence of the country. And today, the successes recorded have been applauded in many quarters.

I must add that one of the things that caught my attention with the operations of the Nigerian Military is the deployment of operational strategies that were dynamic and yielded the required results in the war against terrorism in Nigeria. Amongst the avalanche of strategies introduced, the recent introduction of the Super Camp Strategy by Nigerian Military in the final onslaught against Boko Haram terrorist is indeed a masterstroke worthy of commendation.

According to available information, the Super Camp Strategy is such that has seen to the rapid decimation of the Boko Haram fighters. It was revealed that upon the realization that the Boko Haram terrorists were taking advantage of rural communities to strategize and launch attacks on military formations in North-East Nigeria, the military hierarchy designed the Super Camp Strategy that involves the setting up of military camps in remote communities across North-East Nigeria. This was aside the various army formations already in place.

The idea is indeed strategic that it gives the remnants of Boko Haram fighters little or no opportunity to move freely and to pass in between static defence location. And the result has been phenomenal with heavy casualties inflicted on Boko Haram remnants.

I am elated with the final defeat of Boko Haram terrorists and must give credit to the gallantry exhibited by the Nigerian Military. I believe that Nigerians must indeed doff their hats for the efforts of the Nigerian Military in defeating Boko Haram in Nigeria. This is on the heels that those in positions of authority made a lot of sacrifices.

The introduction of the Super Camp Strategy has proven to be effective in the war against terrorism in Nigeria. Nigerians must indeed come to terms with this reality and extend their support to the operations of the Nigerian Military.

Credit must also go to President Muhammadu Buhari for standing by his words to do everything within his powers to ensure that no Nigerian territory is under the control of Boko Haram terrorists. And to the leadership of the Nigerian Military for exhibiting a high sense of patriotism in protecting the territorial sovereignty of Nigeria. The fighting troops that have laboured day and night also deserve our commendation. I think that a cue must be taken from this sense of dedication and commitment to duty as exhibited by the Nigerian Military. And if that is the case, there would be no stopping Nigeria in our quest for greatness.

Goulding wrote this piece from the UK.
By Kareen  Goulding

Since 2009 when Boko Haram began its violent campaign against the state in Nigeria, it has been a tale of invincibility. The military authorities underrated their sophistication at the time, and this resulted in heavy casualties on civilian populations as well as troops who employed conventional war strategies in a war that is asymmetric.

I must add that the Nigerian authorities were dumbfounded as they could not phantom the way out of dealing with the threat posed by the terrorist group. So this trend lasted for an upward eight years, and with millions displaced and properties worth millions of naira destroyed in North-East Nigeria. The Boko Haram phenomenon posed a severe threat to the territorial sovereignty of Nigeria and consequently plunged North-East Nigeria in a humanitarian crisis that shook our very foundation.

I recall that various school of thoughts propounded theories that would curtail the activities of the terrorist group, but none seemed to provide that magic wand needed to turn the tide against the terrorist group.  And they gained more grounds, so much so that they took control of over 16 local government areas in North-East Nigeria. They established caliphates and attempted to begin an inglorious regime of abductions, maiming and killings, rape, destructions, and other nefarious activities centred around crimes against humanity.

The then government of the day seemed clueless, and there was no solution in sight. And the monster of Boko Haram grew in phenomenal proportion. Nigeria was on the brinks, nowhere including the federal capital territory was safe with the constant attack on critical government infrastructures including the headquarters of the Nigerian Police Force, as well as the headquarters of the United Nations in Nigeria. It was such a sorry tale in Nigeria.

However, things began to look positive with the coming into office of the administration of President Muhummadu Buhari in 2015. I recall one of the first decisions taken was the relocation of the military high command from Abuja to North-East Nigeria, and it was followed with the appointment of service chiefs who were mandated to hit the ground running in the quest to bring the activities of Boko Haram terrorist to an end.

Many of us wondered then how such would happen with the level of grounds gained by the group as well as with the sophistication with which it operated that had left a huge demoralizing effect on the troops in the theatre of operations in North-East Nigeria.

I must confess that some of us had doubts on how this gargantuan task was going to be accomplished by a military that was highly demoralized and lacking the required weaponry to confront a terrorist group that was growing in sophistication daily.

When on 24th December 2016 news filtered in that Sambisa Forest, the operational headquarters of Boko Haram had been captured by Nigerian troops, the country leaped in joy. Even though in some quarters, the news was received with a pinch of salt, it was nonetheless true. This was a significant milestone in the war against terrorism in Nigeria, and since then, there has been no turning back. The Boko Haram group was left in disarray and attempted to employ other nocturnal means to regain control of their strong base, and that saw to the deployment of suicide bombings using women and children targeted at unarmed civilians. But again, the Nigerian Military was able to sustain the tempo with renewed vigour to the amazement of all the doubting Thomas’s.

The tide changed entirely, and there was hope once again that the threat posed by the terrorist group had been curtailed.  And Nigerians celebrated this rare feat and urged the troops to do more. The political leadership of the country also provided that support by offering all that was needed to boost the morale of the troops.

The military leadership also led by example. The Chief of Army Staff was always in the trenches with the troops in a manner that was quite commendable. In my opinion, that was strategic in the sense that the troops were charged to give their best in defence of the country. And today, the successes recorded have been applauded in many quarters.

I must add that one of the things that caught my attention with the operations of the Nigerian Military is the deployment of operational strategies that were dynamic and yielded the required results in the war against terrorism in Nigeria. Amongst the avalanche of strategies introduced, the recent introduction of the Super Camp Strategy by Nigerian Military in the final onslaught against Boko Haram terrorist is indeed a masterstroke worthy of commendation.

According to available information, the Super Camp Strategy is such that has seen to the rapid decimation of the Boko Haram fighters. It was revealed that upon the realization that the Boko Haram terrorists were taking advantage of rural communities to strategize and launch attacks on military formations in North-East Nigeria, the military hierarchy designed the Super Camp Strategy that involves the setting up of military camps in remote communities across North-East Nigeria. This was aside the various army formations already in place.

The idea is indeed strategic that it gives the remnants of Boko Haram fighters little or no opportunity to move freely and to pass in between static defence location. And the result has been phenomenal with heavy casualties inflicted on Boko Haram remnants.

I am elated with the final defeat of Boko Haram terrorists and must give credit to the gallantry exhibited by the Nigerian Military. I believe that Nigerians must indeed doff their hats for the efforts of the Nigerian Military in defeating Boko Haram in Nigeria. This is on the heels that those in positions of authority made a lot of sacrifices.

The introduction of the Super Camp Strategy has proven to be effective in the war against terrorism in Nigeria. Nigerians must indeed come to terms with this reality and extend their support to the operations of the Nigerian Military.

Credit must also go to President Muhammadu Buhari for standing by his words to do everything within his powers to ensure that no Nigerian territory is under the control of Boko Haram terrorists. And to the leadership of the Nigerian Military for exhibiting a high sense of patriotism in protecting the territorial sovereignty of Nigeria. The fighting troops that have laboured day and night also deserve our commendation. I think that a cue must be taken from this sense of dedication and commitment to duty as exhibited by the Nigerian Military. And if that is the case, there would be no stopping Nigeria in our quest for greatness.

Goulding wrote this piece from the UK.

APC youths felicitates with Aminugo on Appointment..... . Lauds DSP Omo Agege

APC youths felicitates with Aminugo on Appointment..... . Lauds DSP Omo Agege

By Ode Williams and Ukane Goodwin


Youths of the home of the Rt.Comrade Williams Odevwaryehor Aminugo Akpotilegbe of the All Progressive Congress APC  of Ewu, Okparabe ,Arhavwarien  and Ughievwen kingdom

In Ughelli South Local Government Area ,has felicitated with him on his appointment as the legislative Assistant to the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo Agege of the Federal Republic of Nigerian.

This was contained in a statement issued and signed by comrade Gedion sadjereh Ayoro of jerem ward 11 and General Amos Onakurhefe on behalf of the youths across the Local Government Area. I'n  OKPARABE Ughelli South LGA, Delta State,  made available to newsmem recently,

The youths described the appointment of Hon Williams Odevwaryehor Akpotilegbe Aminugo as a reference of muchly contribution to the party and having laboured for the APC right from the time of SSRC, AD, Dpp and APC  to deserve the appointment.

They described the appointment of Hon Williams Odevwarehor Akpotilegbe Aminugo as a light openings door and rightful young Man with compentent experience because  he was one of the late senator Pius Ewherido politically boy in many parts.

Ayoro said, when Hon Williams Odevwaryehor Akpotilegbe Aminugo ran as a Ewu Ward 11 Councilorship position last year he was the right choice of OKPARABE, Arharvwarien,Iwhre-Okpe and Oluta but it becames  very unfortunately his mandate was robbed by People Democratic party
He assured that, Hon Williams Odevwarhor Akpotilegbe Aminugo will carry the grassroots along in scheme of things to bring divindends of democracy to his people and ughelli South and Nigeria at Large.
The group urges  Ewu Okparabe Arhavwarien and ughelli South Leaders and Elders to offered him  for  the maximum support for the appointment well deserved.

They therefore, thanked the Deputy Senate President senator Obaisi Ovie Omo Agege for recognizing the great contribution of Hon Williams Odevwarhor Akpotilegbe Aminugo and empowering his diligence work in so many capacity of the party so far with the progressive spirit.

On their part, Hon Omogor Cyprain and Hon. Orutu Tule APC  Councilors candidate in Ewu Ward 1and 3 appreciated DSP senator ovie Omo Agege for appointing Hon Williams Odevwarhor Akpotilegbe Aminugo as a Legislative Assistant into the 9t  Senate of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
By Ode Williams and Ukane Goodwin


Youths of the home of the Rt.Comrade Williams Odevwaryehor Aminugo Akpotilegbe of the All Progressive Congress APC  of Ewu, Okparabe ,Arhavwarien  and Ughievwen kingdom

In Ughelli South Local Government Area ,has felicitated with him on his appointment as the legislative Assistant to the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo Agege of the Federal Republic of Nigerian.

This was contained in a statement issued and signed by comrade Gedion sadjereh Ayoro of jerem ward 11 and General Amos Onakurhefe on behalf of the youths across the Local Government Area. I'n  OKPARABE Ughelli South LGA, Delta State,  made available to newsmem recently,

The youths described the appointment of Hon Williams Odevwaryehor Akpotilegbe Aminugo as a reference of muchly contribution to the party and having laboured for the APC right from the time of SSRC, AD, Dpp and APC  to deserve the appointment.

They described the appointment of Hon Williams Odevwarehor Akpotilegbe Aminugo as a light openings door and rightful young Man with compentent experience because  he was one of the late senator Pius Ewherido politically boy in many parts.

Ayoro said, when Hon Williams Odevwaryehor Akpotilegbe Aminugo ran as a Ewu Ward 11 Councilorship position last year he was the right choice of OKPARABE, Arharvwarien,Iwhre-Okpe and Oluta but it becames  very unfortunately his mandate was robbed by People Democratic party
He assured that, Hon Williams Odevwarhor Akpotilegbe Aminugo will carry the grassroots along in scheme of things to bring divindends of democracy to his people and ughelli South and Nigeria at Large.
The group urges  Ewu Okparabe Arhavwarien and ughelli South Leaders and Elders to offered him  for  the maximum support for the appointment well deserved.

They therefore, thanked the Deputy Senate President senator Obaisi Ovie Omo Agege for recognizing the great contribution of Hon Williams Odevwarhor Akpotilegbe Aminugo and empowering his diligence work in so many capacity of the party so far with the progressive spirit.

On their part, Hon Omogor Cyprain and Hon. Orutu Tule APC  Councilors candidate in Ewu Ward 1and 3 appreciated DSP senator ovie Omo Agege for appointing Hon Williams Odevwarhor Akpotilegbe Aminugo as a Legislative Assistant into the 9t  Senate of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Boko Haram: Who is afraid of Super Camp Strategy?

Boko Haram: Who is afraid of Super Camp Strategy?

By Richards Murphy

I was jolted out of my seat when I read the story published by Reuters titled 'Islamic State fills the void in Nigeria as soldiers retreat to 'super camps". I imagined how such a piece laced with outright mischief, and illogical conclusions would have passed editorial integrity and certified fit for publication.

As a start, the whole concept of the Super Camp Strategy launched by the Nigerian Army was deliberately presented to picture a situation where troops would leave communities they hitherto protected to form clusters somewhere in a bid to avoid or minimize casualties. While this misrepresentation of fact can be stated to be uncharitable, it further reinforces the conspiracy theory that stated that Boko Haram/ISWAP fighters are receiving support from external sources, as well as the deplorable role most international NGOs are playing in the theatre of operations in North-East Nigeria.

I say this because the Reuters story quoted sources from the international NGOs in operation in North-East Nigeria and they based their judgment on what was availed them, which in my opinion is the height of unprofessionalism and unbecoming of a news medium such as Reuters.

It is more challenging to come to terms with the fact it was stated that the army's withdrawal into large bases has coincided with a string of insurgent raids on newly unprotected towns and has left the militants free to set up checkpoints on roads as they roam more freely across the countryside. The first question is, were they referring to any part of North-East Nigeria or a neighbouring country? Because I am at a loss, just like the generality of Nigerians as to why anyone or organization would want to adopt a strategy such as the one advanced by Reuters in areas that it has complete control over. It is tantamount to leaving the comfort of one's bedroom and taking solace elsewhere. 

This is quite worrisome and somewhat an insult to our sensibilities as a people in Nigeria when foreign media organizations come in and scoop half-truths from their accomplices masquerading under various humanitarian nomenclatures in an attempt to unsettle the efforts of the Nigerian Military in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria mainly when successes are recorded and Boko Haram/ISWAP fighters retreating to the fringes of the Lake Chad Basin region.

This in my considered opinion is the height of mischief, and unsuspecting members of the general public must disregard it because, since the introduction of the Super Camp Strategy by the Nigerian Army in the fight against terrorism in North-East Nigeria, Boko Haram/ISWAP fighters have suffered heavy casualties as rightly reported by reputable news mediums in Nigeria.

The Super Camp Strategy is not a situation where troops would withdraw to "super camps" that can be more easily defended against insurgents as stated by Reuters. Instead, the Super Camp Strategy is one that is designed to create military presence everywhere in villages and localities of the troubled areas of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states.

I recall in a parley with members of the Borno Elders Forum, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, stated that the Super Camp Strategy will ensure fast mobilizing, quick reaction and more extended reach at tactical level, combined with the striking power of the Air Taskforce to see that the days of Boko Haram moving freely and passing in between static defence location is over." Also, true to his words, the introduction of the Super Camp Strategy has seen to the presence of troops in places such as remote communities, unlike in times past where soldiers were stationed in military bases.

If the Super Camp Strategy is not a brilliant one, I don't know what else to call it. And my guess is that those that do not want an end to the Insurgency in North-East Nigeria are those behind the Reuters story, and it is such a shame that Reuters with all its years of journalism would condescend so low to tow this dishonourable path.

This is on the heels that activities of international NGOs operating in North-East Nigeria have been suspect. For them, the war against terrorism in North-East Nigeria should not come to an end so they can continue to justify their stay in Nigeria as well as funding for their operations. This is aside from the fact that it has been speculated in some quarters that most of these NGOs are involved in espionage activities for the sponsors of Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists.

In all of these, one thing comes to my mind, and it is the fact that with the introduction of the Super Camp Strategy, the end of Boko Haram/ISWAP is in sight, and this fact is not going down well with a group of actors and as such all must be done to discredit in its entirety. But again, would this new offensive against the operations of the Nigerian Military work? Would the Military hierarchy succumb to the Reuters blackmail?

Your guess is as good as mine. I believe that all must be done by the military hierarchy to sustain the tempo in its operations in North-East Nigeria, with regards to the Super Camp Strategy. And less I forget to mention that the Super Camp Strategy involves two critical components, which is taking the fight to the enemies in their domains and a routine introduction of counter-insurgency strategies that always takes the Boko Haram/ISWAP fighters unawares as against what was obtainable in the past.

At this point, the likes of Reuters and its accomplices should adopt another strategy in their attempt to mislead members of the unsuspecting general public. The attempt at discrediting the Super Camp Strategy is feeble in its delivery. And those afraid of the end of Boko Haram/ISWAP should do the needful, which is to pack their belongings and leave Nigeria, instead of the futile attempt at distorting facts.

Murphy is a security expert based in Calabar.
By Richards Murphy

I was jolted out of my seat when I read the story published by Reuters titled 'Islamic State fills the void in Nigeria as soldiers retreat to 'super camps". I imagined how such a piece laced with outright mischief, and illogical conclusions would have passed editorial integrity and certified fit for publication.

As a start, the whole concept of the Super Camp Strategy launched by the Nigerian Army was deliberately presented to picture a situation where troops would leave communities they hitherto protected to form clusters somewhere in a bid to avoid or minimize casualties. While this misrepresentation of fact can be stated to be uncharitable, it further reinforces the conspiracy theory that stated that Boko Haram/ISWAP fighters are receiving support from external sources, as well as the deplorable role most international NGOs are playing in the theatre of operations in North-East Nigeria.

I say this because the Reuters story quoted sources from the international NGOs in operation in North-East Nigeria and they based their judgment on what was availed them, which in my opinion is the height of unprofessionalism and unbecoming of a news medium such as Reuters.

It is more challenging to come to terms with the fact it was stated that the army's withdrawal into large bases has coincided with a string of insurgent raids on newly unprotected towns and has left the militants free to set up checkpoints on roads as they roam more freely across the countryside. The first question is, were they referring to any part of North-East Nigeria or a neighbouring country? Because I am at a loss, just like the generality of Nigerians as to why anyone or organization would want to adopt a strategy such as the one advanced by Reuters in areas that it has complete control over. It is tantamount to leaving the comfort of one's bedroom and taking solace elsewhere. 

This is quite worrisome and somewhat an insult to our sensibilities as a people in Nigeria when foreign media organizations come in and scoop half-truths from their accomplices masquerading under various humanitarian nomenclatures in an attempt to unsettle the efforts of the Nigerian Military in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria mainly when successes are recorded and Boko Haram/ISWAP fighters retreating to the fringes of the Lake Chad Basin region.

This in my considered opinion is the height of mischief, and unsuspecting members of the general public must disregard it because, since the introduction of the Super Camp Strategy by the Nigerian Army in the fight against terrorism in North-East Nigeria, Boko Haram/ISWAP fighters have suffered heavy casualties as rightly reported by reputable news mediums in Nigeria.

The Super Camp Strategy is not a situation where troops would withdraw to "super camps" that can be more easily defended against insurgents as stated by Reuters. Instead, the Super Camp Strategy is one that is designed to create military presence everywhere in villages and localities of the troubled areas of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states.

I recall in a parley with members of the Borno Elders Forum, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, stated that the Super Camp Strategy will ensure fast mobilizing, quick reaction and more extended reach at tactical level, combined with the striking power of the Air Taskforce to see that the days of Boko Haram moving freely and passing in between static defence location is over." Also, true to his words, the introduction of the Super Camp Strategy has seen to the presence of troops in places such as remote communities, unlike in times past where soldiers were stationed in military bases.

If the Super Camp Strategy is not a brilliant one, I don't know what else to call it. And my guess is that those that do not want an end to the Insurgency in North-East Nigeria are those behind the Reuters story, and it is such a shame that Reuters with all its years of journalism would condescend so low to tow this dishonourable path.

This is on the heels that activities of international NGOs operating in North-East Nigeria have been suspect. For them, the war against terrorism in North-East Nigeria should not come to an end so they can continue to justify their stay in Nigeria as well as funding for their operations. This is aside from the fact that it has been speculated in some quarters that most of these NGOs are involved in espionage activities for the sponsors of Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists.

In all of these, one thing comes to my mind, and it is the fact that with the introduction of the Super Camp Strategy, the end of Boko Haram/ISWAP is in sight, and this fact is not going down well with a group of actors and as such all must be done to discredit in its entirety. But again, would this new offensive against the operations of the Nigerian Military work? Would the Military hierarchy succumb to the Reuters blackmail?

Your guess is as good as mine. I believe that all must be done by the military hierarchy to sustain the tempo in its operations in North-East Nigeria, with regards to the Super Camp Strategy. And less I forget to mention that the Super Camp Strategy involves two critical components, which is taking the fight to the enemies in their domains and a routine introduction of counter-insurgency strategies that always takes the Boko Haram/ISWAP fighters unawares as against what was obtainable in the past.

At this point, the likes of Reuters and its accomplices should adopt another strategy in their attempt to mislead members of the unsuspecting general public. The attempt at discrediting the Super Camp Strategy is feeble in its delivery. And those afraid of the end of Boko Haram/ISWAP should do the needful, which is to pack their belongings and leave Nigeria, instead of the futile attempt at distorting facts.

Murphy is a security expert based in Calabar.

T.Y Danjuma, Governors, others perpetrate evil under farmers-herders' crisis to undermine Buhari presidency - Ex-Senate President Ebute

T.Y Danjuma, Governors, others perpetrate evil under farmers-herders' crisis to undermine Buhari presidency - Ex-Senate President Ebute

By Dansu Peter

Third Republic Senate President, Chief Ameh Ebute, has accused some respected politicians, serving governors and elder statesmen of leveraging on the Famers-herders’ clashes to discredit President Muhammadu Buhari's administration.

The highly-revered ex-lawmaker made this known in a paper presented at a One Day International Conference on Good Governance and Accountability in Government organised by the Coalition for Civil Society Organizations for Change and Good Governance on Tuesday in Abuja.

In his piece titled “Appraising 100 Days of President Buhari on the saddle and building a nation where justice shall reign”, Chief Ebute gave an honest assessment of the president's second term thus far.

According to him, out of desperation for power, certain well-known politicians have either taken to sponsoring violence or simply turned blind eyes to clashes around them for their selfish gains.

In the forefront, as stated by Mr Ebute, is former Defence Minister, LT Gen TY Danjuma (Rtd) who he claims has surprisingly remained mute despite the farmers/herders in his state, Taraba, because those affected are not from his ethnicity.

The former number 3 citizen also fingered the opposition of fuelling the wave of violence, going as far as allegedly sponsoring the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) – thus keeping to their vow to make the country ungovernable for Mr Buhari.

Despite these conspiracy, however, Chief Ebute hailed the pesident for remaining resolute and focused, holding firm to his transparent and accountable ideals.

While admitting that the positive signs points towards path to greatness for the country, the ex-Senate President urged Nigerians to embrace the excellent governance philosophy of Mr Buhari.

Read excerpts from the paper below:

It is no longer a secret that the various security challenges facing Nigeria predate the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. It is on the heels that before 2015, there has been insinuation in certain quarters about the sponsorship of violence as a means of achieving political, religious, and ethnic goals by elite politicians.

These politicians whom in some instances are referred to as senior citizens or elderly political leaders have exploited ethnic and religious clashes to their advantage.  A good example suffices in Taraba state where a former minister of Defence is silent over the killings in Taraba state because those being killed are not from his ethnicity.

The Taraba state killings raise the question as regards the sincerity of heart and of the purpose of supposed elderly political leaders in Nigeria who have been exploiting situations for their personal and selfish gains. They turn a deaf ear if the victims of such nefarious activities are not from their ethnicity and also feign ignorance if their kin perpetrated acts of violence. When factions of political elites compete for political power at the national level based on identity, groups emerge at the subnational level in Defence of these identities.

Also, those that lost in the 2019 general elections in Nigeria have vowed to make the country ungovernable, and this explains why despite the efforts of government, some of these issues won't go away. I believe that they intend to cause the disintegration of Nigeria and to paint a picture of incapacity before the eyes of the international community.

Nonetheless, some of us conversant with the dynamics involved in the contemporary Nigerian society would readily attest to the fact that the killings and kidnappings, as well as the rise in cases of armed banditry, is as a result of what members of the opposition have plotted thinking that Nigerians would be gullible.

They have deployed huge resources to make the country ungovernable, they have also engaged the services of both local and international media to escalate issues to their advantage, not minding the consequences of their actions.

They have also adopted a negative narrative in the clashes between farmers and herders. In the wisdom of members of the opposition, the farmers-herders conflict must be construed in such a way that would make the citizens lose faith in the present Administration. While this is not only despicable, it is also an indication that those that failed to actualize their political ambitions at the general elections have refused to move on with their lives. However, instead, they have chosen this dishonourable path of fuelling ethnic and religious conflict aimed at distracting and destabilizing and distracting the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Most politicians hide under cover of farmers-herders' crisis to perpetrate evil in the society. They arm and sponsor militia groups to wreak havoc. This much has been witnessed in situations where there has been a hasty ascribing any form of crime or criminality to a particular ethnicity or religion.

For example, we have seen situations where people from southeast Nigeria have been arrested masquerading as herdsmen after committing a crime or engage in any criminal behaviour.  I also recall a particular episode that happened in Ghana, where a Nigerian man was arrested after killing three persons. He claimed to be a Fulani herdsman but couldn't speak Hausa or pronounced a word in Fulani.

That is the irony of the situation we face as it stands today. People are masquerading under different umbrellas to perpetuate evil and passing the blame on ethnicity or religion, which would ultimately lead to reprisal attacks on innocent people going about their normal businesses. The cases presented in the Benue-Taraba axis gives us a hint on how the political elites have continued to exploit the situation for their benefits.

The political elites understanding the gullibility of their subjects have formed the habit of taking advantage of communal clashes to paint a particular ethnicity or religion in a bad light just in an attempt to be able to perpetuate their nefarious activities thereby causing unrest in the polity.

It is most worrisome that in a state like Taraba, the government would choose to play petty and feign ignorance to the monster they created. I am particularly pained that a personality such as Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma would condescend so low as meddling in petty politics despite what he has benefitted from Nigeria.

The likes of Danjuma and his cohorts have indeed shown that they do not have the interest of the country at heart. This is also on the heels that some CSOs have been able to expose the fact that a high ranking member of the opposition is behind the wave of violent protests by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) with huge sums of monies.

While I consider such acts as despicable, I am gladdened with the fact that Nigerians didn't sell their birthrights for a plate of porridge. Indeed, Nigerians were wise when they cast their votes for integrity, accountability, and transparency. If the reverse has been the case, I am sure there would have been no country called Nigeria today due to the wickedness of these individuals parading themselves as elder statesmen.

I believe that the traditional rulers must rise to the challenge instead of blaming the table of President Muhammadu Buhari. They must understand the dynamics involved in the farmers-herders' crisis and realize that it is merely the act of political elites manipulating the system to their advantage, and at the detriment of peace and tranquillity in the system. 

A good example can be seen in Zamfara state where peaceful engagements and collaboration with security agencies have helped to tame the nagging problem of insecurity. Also, the South-West Governors have been holding meetings on how to support the security agencies to address the insecurity situation.

However, some governors who have exhibited a high level of incompetence are still bent on passing the blame on President Muhammadu Buhari, whereas they are the Chief Security Officers of their respective states and they draw security votes every month. 

The democratic experience in Nigeria has not come without its challenges. Some of us have witnessed Nigeria in its lowest, so much so that we feared for the worst to happen. However, our hopes were rekindled with the advent of the Muhammadu Buhari led administration, which by all standard is a worthy example of accountability and transparency in governance.

Nigeria indeed got it right in 2015, as well as 2019 with the way and manner the government has carried on since then. So in this context of this conference, which is the first 100 days in office of President Muhammadu Buhari, I am convinced to say the foundation for economic growth has been laid.

As an elder statesman, I have witnessed administrations in Nigeria, and I dare say that the level of commitment displayed by President Muhammadu Buhari in the governance of Nigeria is equal to none.   

The first 100 days in office of President Muhammadu Buhari is filled with hopes for Nigeria. All the critical sectors of the economy are receiving the required attention, and it is sufficing to say that President Muhammadu Buhari has indeed displayed an unalloyed commitment to the growth and development of Nigeria and as such it behoves on all well-meaning Nigerians to lend its support to this Administration in its quest to building a country of our dreams for this generation and generations to come.

Civil society organizations (CSOs) are often assumed to be institutions that facilitate communication between citizens and policymakers. However, CSO advocacy is only as effective as the space allowed by the government, the resources available from funders, and their internal capacity.

Emerging trends point to the fact that the Muhammadu Buhari led Administration has indeed highlighted to Nigerians that when there is a will, there would always be away. This much the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has displayed in the first 100 days in office.

This is noteworthy that despite the conspiracy to paint the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in a bad light, the high level of transparency and accountability displayed has indeed negated the plot to make the country ungovernable.

The first 100 days in office of President Muhammadu Buhari has indeed proved to Nigerians that indeed Nigeria is on the path of greatness. I cannot but align with the vision and mission of this Administration, and I encourage the generality of Nigerians to do same because never in the history of Nigeria have we experienced such display of sincerity of heart and purpose and a rare demonstration of commitment to the advancement of Nigeria as a country.

The leaders and the led should embrace the excellent governance philosophy if development administration is to meet the underlying rationale it stands for. Both the leaders and the led have their roles to play to embrace good governance and strengthen development administration. Highly developed nations can attest to the promotion of national development through the application of good governance in their development administration.
By Dansu Peter

Third Republic Senate President, Chief Ameh Ebute, has accused some respected politicians, serving governors and elder statesmen of leveraging on the Famers-herders’ clashes to discredit President Muhammadu Buhari's administration.

The highly-revered ex-lawmaker made this known in a paper presented at a One Day International Conference on Good Governance and Accountability in Government organised by the Coalition for Civil Society Organizations for Change and Good Governance on Tuesday in Abuja.

In his piece titled “Appraising 100 Days of President Buhari on the saddle and building a nation where justice shall reign”, Chief Ebute gave an honest assessment of the president's second term thus far.

According to him, out of desperation for power, certain well-known politicians have either taken to sponsoring violence or simply turned blind eyes to clashes around them for their selfish gains.

In the forefront, as stated by Mr Ebute, is former Defence Minister, LT Gen TY Danjuma (Rtd) who he claims has surprisingly remained mute despite the farmers/herders in his state, Taraba, because those affected are not from his ethnicity.

The former number 3 citizen also fingered the opposition of fuelling the wave of violence, going as far as allegedly sponsoring the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) – thus keeping to their vow to make the country ungovernable for Mr Buhari.

Despite these conspiracy, however, Chief Ebute hailed the pesident for remaining resolute and focused, holding firm to his transparent and accountable ideals.

While admitting that the positive signs points towards path to greatness for the country, the ex-Senate President urged Nigerians to embrace the excellent governance philosophy of Mr Buhari.

Read excerpts from the paper below:

It is no longer a secret that the various security challenges facing Nigeria predate the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. It is on the heels that before 2015, there has been insinuation in certain quarters about the sponsorship of violence as a means of achieving political, religious, and ethnic goals by elite politicians.

These politicians whom in some instances are referred to as senior citizens or elderly political leaders have exploited ethnic and religious clashes to their advantage.  A good example suffices in Taraba state where a former minister of Defence is silent over the killings in Taraba state because those being killed are not from his ethnicity.

The Taraba state killings raise the question as regards the sincerity of heart and of the purpose of supposed elderly political leaders in Nigeria who have been exploiting situations for their personal and selfish gains. They turn a deaf ear if the victims of such nefarious activities are not from their ethnicity and also feign ignorance if their kin perpetrated acts of violence. When factions of political elites compete for political power at the national level based on identity, groups emerge at the subnational level in Defence of these identities.

Also, those that lost in the 2019 general elections in Nigeria have vowed to make the country ungovernable, and this explains why despite the efforts of government, some of these issues won't go away. I believe that they intend to cause the disintegration of Nigeria and to paint a picture of incapacity before the eyes of the international community.

Nonetheless, some of us conversant with the dynamics involved in the contemporary Nigerian society would readily attest to the fact that the killings and kidnappings, as well as the rise in cases of armed banditry, is as a result of what members of the opposition have plotted thinking that Nigerians would be gullible.

They have deployed huge resources to make the country ungovernable, they have also engaged the services of both local and international media to escalate issues to their advantage, not minding the consequences of their actions.

They have also adopted a negative narrative in the clashes between farmers and herders. In the wisdom of members of the opposition, the farmers-herders conflict must be construed in such a way that would make the citizens lose faith in the present Administration. While this is not only despicable, it is also an indication that those that failed to actualize their political ambitions at the general elections have refused to move on with their lives. However, instead, they have chosen this dishonourable path of fuelling ethnic and religious conflict aimed at distracting and destabilizing and distracting the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Most politicians hide under cover of farmers-herders' crisis to perpetrate evil in the society. They arm and sponsor militia groups to wreak havoc. This much has been witnessed in situations where there has been a hasty ascribing any form of crime or criminality to a particular ethnicity or religion.

For example, we have seen situations where people from southeast Nigeria have been arrested masquerading as herdsmen after committing a crime or engage in any criminal behaviour.  I also recall a particular episode that happened in Ghana, where a Nigerian man was arrested after killing three persons. He claimed to be a Fulani herdsman but couldn't speak Hausa or pronounced a word in Fulani.

That is the irony of the situation we face as it stands today. People are masquerading under different umbrellas to perpetuate evil and passing the blame on ethnicity or religion, which would ultimately lead to reprisal attacks on innocent people going about their normal businesses. The cases presented in the Benue-Taraba axis gives us a hint on how the political elites have continued to exploit the situation for their benefits.

The political elites understanding the gullibility of their subjects have formed the habit of taking advantage of communal clashes to paint a particular ethnicity or religion in a bad light just in an attempt to be able to perpetuate their nefarious activities thereby causing unrest in the polity.

It is most worrisome that in a state like Taraba, the government would choose to play petty and feign ignorance to the monster they created. I am particularly pained that a personality such as Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma would condescend so low as meddling in petty politics despite what he has benefitted from Nigeria.

The likes of Danjuma and his cohorts have indeed shown that they do not have the interest of the country at heart. This is also on the heels that some CSOs have been able to expose the fact that a high ranking member of the opposition is behind the wave of violent protests by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) with huge sums of monies.

While I consider such acts as despicable, I am gladdened with the fact that Nigerians didn't sell their birthrights for a plate of porridge. Indeed, Nigerians were wise when they cast their votes for integrity, accountability, and transparency. If the reverse has been the case, I am sure there would have been no country called Nigeria today due to the wickedness of these individuals parading themselves as elder statesmen.

I believe that the traditional rulers must rise to the challenge instead of blaming the table of President Muhammadu Buhari. They must understand the dynamics involved in the farmers-herders' crisis and realize that it is merely the act of political elites manipulating the system to their advantage, and at the detriment of peace and tranquillity in the system. 

A good example can be seen in Zamfara state where peaceful engagements and collaboration with security agencies have helped to tame the nagging problem of insecurity. Also, the South-West Governors have been holding meetings on how to support the security agencies to address the insecurity situation.

However, some governors who have exhibited a high level of incompetence are still bent on passing the blame on President Muhammadu Buhari, whereas they are the Chief Security Officers of their respective states and they draw security votes every month. 

The democratic experience in Nigeria has not come without its challenges. Some of us have witnessed Nigeria in its lowest, so much so that we feared for the worst to happen. However, our hopes were rekindled with the advent of the Muhammadu Buhari led administration, which by all standard is a worthy example of accountability and transparency in governance.

Nigeria indeed got it right in 2015, as well as 2019 with the way and manner the government has carried on since then. So in this context of this conference, which is the first 100 days in office of President Muhammadu Buhari, I am convinced to say the foundation for economic growth has been laid.

As an elder statesman, I have witnessed administrations in Nigeria, and I dare say that the level of commitment displayed by President Muhammadu Buhari in the governance of Nigeria is equal to none.   

The first 100 days in office of President Muhammadu Buhari is filled with hopes for Nigeria. All the critical sectors of the economy are receiving the required attention, and it is sufficing to say that President Muhammadu Buhari has indeed displayed an unalloyed commitment to the growth and development of Nigeria and as such it behoves on all well-meaning Nigerians to lend its support to this Administration in its quest to building a country of our dreams for this generation and generations to come.

Civil society organizations (CSOs) are often assumed to be institutions that facilitate communication between citizens and policymakers. However, CSO advocacy is only as effective as the space allowed by the government, the resources available from funders, and their internal capacity.

Emerging trends point to the fact that the Muhammadu Buhari led Administration has indeed highlighted to Nigerians that when there is a will, there would always be away. This much the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has displayed in the first 100 days in office.

This is noteworthy that despite the conspiracy to paint the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in a bad light, the high level of transparency and accountability displayed has indeed negated the plot to make the country ungovernable.

The first 100 days in office of President Muhammadu Buhari has indeed proved to Nigerians that indeed Nigeria is on the path of greatness. I cannot but align with the vision and mission of this Administration, and I encourage the generality of Nigerians to do same because never in the history of Nigeria have we experienced such display of sincerity of heart and purpose and a rare demonstration of commitment to the advancement of Nigeria as a country.

The leaders and the led should embrace the excellent governance philosophy if development administration is to meet the underlying rationale it stands for. Both the leaders and the led have their roles to play to embrace good governance and strengthen development administration. Highly developed nations can attest to the promotion of national development through the application of good governance in their development administration.

Wildlife Society honours Buratai with award

Wildlife Society honours Buratai with award

By Dansu Peter

The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai receives ‘FELLOW WILDLIFE SOCIETY OF NIGERIA HONOUR AWARD’. The award was received on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff by the General Officer Commanding 2 Division Nigerian Army, Maj Gen Anthony Bamidele Omozoje at the Wildlife Society of Nigeria Annual Conference 2019.

The conference which was organised by the Wildlife Society of Nigeria took place at the Otunba Subomi Balogun Conference Centre, University of Ibadan.

According to a press release signed by Colonel Hassan Ifijeh Mohammed, deputy director, Army Public Relations, 2 Div, the conference afforded intellectuals the opportunity to brainstorm on Wildlife Conservation best practice. The theme of the conference was ” WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT CONTRIBUTION TO THE DIVERSIFYING ECONOMY”.

At the conference, the need to balance between wildlife resources utilisation and conservation for human sustainance was identified. The urgent need for increased funding and implementation of stronger forestry policy was also noted.

The General Officer Commanding 2 Division Nigerian Army Maj Gen Anthony Bamidele Omozoje thanked the organisers of the conference for honouring the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai with the well deserved ‘ Fellow Wildlife Society of Nigeria Award’ for his contribution to wildlife conservation in Nigeria.
By Dansu Peter

The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai receives ‘FELLOW WILDLIFE SOCIETY OF NIGERIA HONOUR AWARD’. The award was received on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff by the General Officer Commanding 2 Division Nigerian Army, Maj Gen Anthony Bamidele Omozoje at the Wildlife Society of Nigeria Annual Conference 2019.

The conference which was organised by the Wildlife Society of Nigeria took place at the Otunba Subomi Balogun Conference Centre, University of Ibadan.

According to a press release signed by Colonel Hassan Ifijeh Mohammed, deputy director, Army Public Relations, 2 Div, the conference afforded intellectuals the opportunity to brainstorm on Wildlife Conservation best practice. The theme of the conference was ” WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT CONTRIBUTION TO THE DIVERSIFYING ECONOMY”.

At the conference, the need to balance between wildlife resources utilisation and conservation for human sustainance was identified. The urgent need for increased funding and implementation of stronger forestry policy was also noted.

The General Officer Commanding 2 Division Nigerian Army Maj Gen Anthony Bamidele Omozoje thanked the organisers of the conference for honouring the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai with the well deserved ‘ Fellow Wildlife Society of Nigeria Award’ for his contribution to wildlife conservation in Nigeria.

100 Days in Office: Nigerians in Diaspora give Buhari pass mark in security, anti-corruption, others

100 Days in Office: Nigerians in Diaspora give Buhari pass mark in security, anti-corruption, others

By Dansu Peter

Some well-meaning Nigerians in the diaspora under the aegis of Arise Nigeria (AN) has rated President Muhammadu Buhari's administration high for tackling insecurity, anti-corruption and reviving the economy.

The intellectual think-tank with headquarters in London, United Kingdom and branches across  Europe, Asia, America and other parts of Africa sounded the president's trumpet after critical assessment of his government from 2015 till date. 

In a well-detailed report to mark 100 days of the president's second term, jointly signed by Dr. Philip Edeawor and Mr Charles Eze, its Chairman and Chief Operations Officer (COO) respectively, the group said it gathered feedbacks on the policy initiatives and level of implementation.

Arise Nigeria, therefore, concluded that Mr Buhari has surpassed expectations having made considerable improvements in all sectors of the economy in the last four years.

The group, however, urged Mr President to maintain the same vigour and expediency in the remaining four years of his administration.

The statement reads in part:  “The Muhammadu Buhari administration from the available statistics at the disposal of Arise Nigeria, has indeed done tremendously well in addressing corruption in the country by introducing measures such as the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) and the introduction of the Whistle Blowing Policy which gave rise to tremendous successes in the fight against corruption.

“ The administration also introduced institutional reforms that strengthened the various anti-corruption agencies such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC). Consequently, this yielded positive results with the revelations that followed, as well as the recoveries and convictions made.

“ The Muhammadu Buhari administration in the past four years was able to address the level of insecurity in the country with the quality of appointments made in the Armed Forces which translated to the various successes recorded in the fight against terrorism and other militant groups in the country. This is on the heels that before the advent of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, Boko Haram terrorist occupied over 16 local government areas in North-East Nigeria, and the activities of militant groups such as the Niger Delta Avengers, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and the Indigenous People of Biafra were unabated.

“ The capital city of Nigeria was also under constant attack by terrorist groups as evident in the attack the headquarters of the Nigerian Police Force as well as the headquarters of the United Nations in Nigeria.

The efforts of the Armed Forces as well as the political will exhibited by the government has indeed assisted tremendously in turning the tide against Boko Haram terrorist in North-East Nigeria. Also, the activities of other militant groups have been curtailed. 

“ There has also been a tremendous improvement in the economy of Nigeria despite the rot inherited. Arise Nigeria identified a combination of factors as responsible for this. And they are the commitment exhibited by President Muhammadu Buhari as well as the quality of appointments in critical sectors of the economy.

“ Arise Nigeria after the extensive analysis of the state of affairs in Nigeria in the period under review comes to the conclusion that the periods of 2015 to 2019 in Nigeria experienced tremendous growth and development occasioned by the provision of sound leadership and a commitment to the introduction of noteworthy policy initiatives that have translated to improvement in all sectors of the Nigerian society.

“ However, Arise Nigeria notes that the gains, as mentioned above, did not come without an exceptional level of the sacrifice given the deplorable state of affairs pre-2015. The indices that Nigeria would consolidate on these modest achievements are visible.

“ It is, therefore, the considered opinion of Arise Nigeria that with the sincerity of heart and purpose as exhibited by the Muhammadu Buhari led administration, Nigeria has indeed made considerable improvements in all sectors of the economy.

“ The years under review indicates that the foundation for the "change" that Nigerians craved for has indeed been laid. What is now required is consolidation which Arise Nigeria believes would come about in the next four years of the life of this present administration.

“ Arise Nigeria in its assessment gives the Muhammadu Buhari led administration a pass mark in its resolve to put Nigeria on the path of economic growth and development in the years under review.

“ It must also be stated that if the same vigour and expediency exhibited by the Muhammadu 'Buhari's administration in the past four years is sustained, Nigeria would indeed experience tremendous growth and development in the years ahead.

“ Convincingly the last 100 days of Mr. President has witnessed sustained efforts to domesticate the legacies of his administration. Arise Nigeria is therefore confident that Mr. Presidsnt is on track and his lieutenants in the critical sector be commended.”
By Dansu Peter

Some well-meaning Nigerians in the diaspora under the aegis of Arise Nigeria (AN) has rated President Muhammadu Buhari's administration high for tackling insecurity, anti-corruption and reviving the economy.

The intellectual think-tank with headquarters in London, United Kingdom and branches across  Europe, Asia, America and other parts of Africa sounded the president's trumpet after critical assessment of his government from 2015 till date. 

In a well-detailed report to mark 100 days of the president's second term, jointly signed by Dr. Philip Edeawor and Mr Charles Eze, its Chairman and Chief Operations Officer (COO) respectively, the group said it gathered feedbacks on the policy initiatives and level of implementation.

Arise Nigeria, therefore, concluded that Mr Buhari has surpassed expectations having made considerable improvements in all sectors of the economy in the last four years.

The group, however, urged Mr President to maintain the same vigour and expediency in the remaining four years of his administration.

The statement reads in part:  “The Muhammadu Buhari administration from the available statistics at the disposal of Arise Nigeria, has indeed done tremendously well in addressing corruption in the country by introducing measures such as the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) and the introduction of the Whistle Blowing Policy which gave rise to tremendous successes in the fight against corruption.

“ The administration also introduced institutional reforms that strengthened the various anti-corruption agencies such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC). Consequently, this yielded positive results with the revelations that followed, as well as the recoveries and convictions made.

“ The Muhammadu Buhari administration in the past four years was able to address the level of insecurity in the country with the quality of appointments made in the Armed Forces which translated to the various successes recorded in the fight against terrorism and other militant groups in the country. This is on the heels that before the advent of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, Boko Haram terrorist occupied over 16 local government areas in North-East Nigeria, and the activities of militant groups such as the Niger Delta Avengers, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and the Indigenous People of Biafra were unabated.

“ The capital city of Nigeria was also under constant attack by terrorist groups as evident in the attack the headquarters of the Nigerian Police Force as well as the headquarters of the United Nations in Nigeria.

The efforts of the Armed Forces as well as the political will exhibited by the government has indeed assisted tremendously in turning the tide against Boko Haram terrorist in North-East Nigeria. Also, the activities of other militant groups have been curtailed. 

“ There has also been a tremendous improvement in the economy of Nigeria despite the rot inherited. Arise Nigeria identified a combination of factors as responsible for this. And they are the commitment exhibited by President Muhammadu Buhari as well as the quality of appointments in critical sectors of the economy.

“ Arise Nigeria after the extensive analysis of the state of affairs in Nigeria in the period under review comes to the conclusion that the periods of 2015 to 2019 in Nigeria experienced tremendous growth and development occasioned by the provision of sound leadership and a commitment to the introduction of noteworthy policy initiatives that have translated to improvement in all sectors of the Nigerian society.

“ However, Arise Nigeria notes that the gains, as mentioned above, did not come without an exceptional level of the sacrifice given the deplorable state of affairs pre-2015. The indices that Nigeria would consolidate on these modest achievements are visible.

“ It is, therefore, the considered opinion of Arise Nigeria that with the sincerity of heart and purpose as exhibited by the Muhammadu Buhari led administration, Nigeria has indeed made considerable improvements in all sectors of the economy.

“ The years under review indicates that the foundation for the "change" that Nigerians craved for has indeed been laid. What is now required is consolidation which Arise Nigeria believes would come about in the next four years of the life of this present administration.

“ Arise Nigeria in its assessment gives the Muhammadu Buhari led administration a pass mark in its resolve to put Nigeria on the path of economic growth and development in the years under review.

“ It must also be stated that if the same vigour and expediency exhibited by the Muhammadu 'Buhari's administration in the past four years is sustained, Nigeria would indeed experience tremendous growth and development in the years ahead.

“ Convincingly the last 100 days of Mr. President has witnessed sustained efforts to domesticate the legacies of his administration. Arise Nigeria is therefore confident that Mr. Presidsnt is on track and his lieutenants in the critical sector be commended.”

Presidential Tribunal: Buhari's victory in court upheld the will of Nigerians over corruption - NCC

Presidential Tribunal: Buhari's victory in court upheld the will of Nigerians over corruption - NCC

By Dansu Peter

The National Coalition for Change  (NCC) has reacted to the verdict of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, which upheld the victory of President Muhammmadu Buhari in the February 23 presidential election.

 Buhari's victory in the 2019 presidential election was upheld by tribunal after it dismissed the petition filed by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The court ruled that Buhari was duly elected as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria during the presidential election held on 23rd February, 2019.     

The tribunal ruled that electronic transfer of results which was the crux of the opposition’s petition did not take place at any level.

Reacting to the development, NCC said the judgement upheld the will of  Nigerians over corruption

Jeremiah Giwa, Secretary-General of the group in a statement on Wednesday urged President Buhari to see the verdict of the Tribunal as the final impetus for him to roll out the final phase of his reforms for Nigeria since the coast is not clear.

The statement also urged the PDP and its candidate to pursue their rights in a manner that does not threaten the peace.


The National Coalition for Change (NCC)  is pleased with the ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has dismissed the petition the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, challenging the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Not only is the Tribunal’s verdict a victory for democracy, it has gone the extra mile to prove that propaganda, even when deployed by corrupt moneybags, is no match for the will of the people and the rule of law. The Tribunal has expressed the will of Nigerians.

The Tribunal has set Nigeria on the path of peace and restoration by failing to legitimize the culture of lies, violence and manipulation upon which the Atiku/PDP challenge was based; they had even vehemently attempted to blackmail the courts into doing their bidding in order to coerce from the Tribunal the victory they could not intimidate the Nigerian electorates to give them at the polls.

NCC commends the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal for not succumbing to Atiku’s blackmail, particularly in the petitions he filed on the use of card readers and the phantom server that the PDP supposedly found in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The fraudulent claims in these petitions were intended to make mockery of the bench by through the expectation that judges are not technologically enlightened enough to know when they are being lied to.

The judges on the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal are true heroes of democracy and NCC  will so recognize and honour them at the appropriate time. They have proven that there can still be found within Nigeria upright men that cannot be swayed by ethno-religious sentiments and bribes.

We urge President Buhari to see the verdict of the Tribunal as the final impetus for him to roll out the final phase of his reforms for Nigeria now that the obstacle of the PDP/Atiku judicial challenge has been removed from his path. He must particularly ramp up the war on corruption without fear of a backlash because no one can at this point claim to be hounded because he or she is a member of the opposition. The anti-terrorism war must also extend to those that had hidden under the cover of opposition to finance terrorists.

Without prejudice to Atiku and PDP’s rights to seek a review of the ruling at the Supreme Court, we advise them to pursue their rights in a manner that does not threaten the peace. Even the mentally incapacitated knows that it is time for Atiku to stop implementing his Dubai Strategy that has failed from one phase to the other.

Prior to the Tribunal’s verdict, the impressive reduction in the intensity of crimes before and after the election is well documented; we shall therefore hold Atiku and the PDP responsible for any upsurge in terrorist attacks, banditry, kidnapping, ethno-religious strife and other spikes in crime in the aftermath of the ruling.

We congratulate Nigerians on being saved from the desperadoes that had attempted to exploit the judiciary as a tool to overthrow the government they had overwhelmingly entrusted with the mandate to administer the country.
By Dansu Peter

The National Coalition for Change  (NCC) has reacted to the verdict of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, which upheld the victory of President Muhammmadu Buhari in the February 23 presidential election.

 Buhari's victory in the 2019 presidential election was upheld by tribunal after it dismissed the petition filed by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The court ruled that Buhari was duly elected as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria during the presidential election held on 23rd February, 2019.     

The tribunal ruled that electronic transfer of results which was the crux of the opposition’s petition did not take place at any level.

Reacting to the development, NCC said the judgement upheld the will of  Nigerians over corruption

Jeremiah Giwa, Secretary-General of the group in a statement on Wednesday urged President Buhari to see the verdict of the Tribunal as the final impetus for him to roll out the final phase of his reforms for Nigeria since the coast is not clear.

The statement also urged the PDP and its candidate to pursue their rights in a manner that does not threaten the peace.


The National Coalition for Change (NCC)  is pleased with the ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has dismissed the petition the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, challenging the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Not only is the Tribunal’s verdict a victory for democracy, it has gone the extra mile to prove that propaganda, even when deployed by corrupt moneybags, is no match for the will of the people and the rule of law. The Tribunal has expressed the will of Nigerians.

The Tribunal has set Nigeria on the path of peace and restoration by failing to legitimize the culture of lies, violence and manipulation upon which the Atiku/PDP challenge was based; they had even vehemently attempted to blackmail the courts into doing their bidding in order to coerce from the Tribunal the victory they could not intimidate the Nigerian electorates to give them at the polls.

NCC commends the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal for not succumbing to Atiku’s blackmail, particularly in the petitions he filed on the use of card readers and the phantom server that the PDP supposedly found in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The fraudulent claims in these petitions were intended to make mockery of the bench by through the expectation that judges are not technologically enlightened enough to know when they are being lied to.

The judges on the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal are true heroes of democracy and NCC  will so recognize and honour them at the appropriate time. They have proven that there can still be found within Nigeria upright men that cannot be swayed by ethno-religious sentiments and bribes.

We urge President Buhari to see the verdict of the Tribunal as the final impetus for him to roll out the final phase of his reforms for Nigeria now that the obstacle of the PDP/Atiku judicial challenge has been removed from his path. He must particularly ramp up the war on corruption without fear of a backlash because no one can at this point claim to be hounded because he or she is a member of the opposition. The anti-terrorism war must also extend to those that had hidden under the cover of opposition to finance terrorists.

Without prejudice to Atiku and PDP’s rights to seek a review of the ruling at the Supreme Court, we advise them to pursue their rights in a manner that does not threaten the peace. Even the mentally incapacitated knows that it is time for Atiku to stop implementing his Dubai Strategy that has failed from one phase to the other.

Prior to the Tribunal’s verdict, the impressive reduction in the intensity of crimes before and after the election is well documented; we shall therefore hold Atiku and the PDP responsible for any upsurge in terrorist attacks, banditry, kidnapping, ethno-religious strife and other spikes in crime in the aftermath of the ruling.

We congratulate Nigerians on being saved from the desperadoes that had attempted to exploit the judiciary as a tool to overthrow the government they had overwhelmingly entrusted with the mandate to administer the country.

BREAKING : Tribunal dismisses Atiku's claim on server, electronic transmission of results

BREAKING : Tribunal dismisses Atiku's claim on server, electronic transmission of results

By Our Reporter

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPC) has declared that there is no evidence that INEC transmitted the results of the last presidential election electronically to any server.

The court, in the judgment still being read on the petition by Atiku Abubakar and PDP, held that the petitioners failed to prove the existence of an INEC server or that the electoral commission transmitted results electronically.

The court held that there is no law in place in Nigeria that allows electronic transmission of results or the transmission of result using card reader.

“I have carefully examined and examined Exhibit 28 (INEC Manual for Election) tendered by the petitioners, I did not see where there is provision for electronic transmission of result of election,” PEPC Presiding Justice, Justice Mohammed Garba said.
By Our Reporter

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPC) has declared that there is no evidence that INEC transmitted the results of the last presidential election electronically to any server.

The court, in the judgment still being read on the petition by Atiku Abubakar and PDP, held that the petitioners failed to prove the existence of an INEC server or that the electoral commission transmitted results electronically.

The court held that there is no law in place in Nigeria that allows electronic transmission of results or the transmission of result using card reader.

“I have carefully examined and examined Exhibit 28 (INEC Manual for Election) tendered by the petitioners, I did not see where there is provision for electronic transmission of result of election,” PEPC Presiding Justice, Justice Mohammed Garba said.

100 Days in Office: Pro-democracy group hails Buhari's commitment towards building strong institutions

100 Days in Office: Pro-democracy group hails Buhari's commitment towards building strong institutions

By Dansu Peter

Muhammadu Buhari 
President Muhammadu Buhari has received massive adulation from the National Democratic Front (NDF) for strengthening the country's institutions in the first 100 days of his second term.

President Buhari and other elected officials sworn-in on May 29 marked their first decade days in office last Friday.

While there's been some insurmountable hurdles along the way, Mr Buhari scaled through unscathed, visibly plotting some strategic policy initiatives designed to better the living standard of Nigerians.

In a statement signed by Secretary General, Dr Bolaji Abdulkadir, the NDF acknowledged this magnificent feat, hailing Mr Buhari for showcasing an unalloyed commitment to the unity, growth and development of Nigeria.

The pro-democracy group even affirmed that the last 100 days ushered what is called the “Era of Abundance” for the country due to the various policy initiatives being aggressively implemented across the country.

Several sectors have benefited from the drastic upswing, but according to the NDF, the economy, security, international relations and health are the most clearly improved.

The group, therefore, urged the President to maintain the same momentum while ensuring gains made in critical sectors in the first tenure are consolidated upon.

Read full press statement below:

We warmly welcome you to this press conference put together to appraise the 100 days in Office of the second tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The second tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria began effectively from May 29th, 2019 in an occasion that was witnessed across the world. On that day, Nigerians were regaled with the sight of the man they overwhelmingly voted for as their president.

The hopes and dreams of Nigerians were fixated on that man whose integrity and sincerity of heart and purpose had never been in doubt. And in just 100 days since he assumed leadership of the country, there have been tales of strategic policy initiatives that are designed to set Nigeria on the path of progress.

President Muhammadu Buhari in the last 100 days has indeed demonstrated an unalloyed commitment to the unity of Nigeria, as well as its growth and development in a manner that is capable of evoking envy from other African countries.

The Last 100 days in Office of President Muhammadu Buhari has ushered in what  is called the “Era of Abundance” for Nigeria due to the various policy initiatives that are being aggressively implemented across the country.

It must be stated that President Muhammadu Buhari in his first tenure between 2015 and 2019, indeed set the agenda rolling through the implementation of laudable initiatives that is translating to tangibles in this era.  This speaks volume of a man who is blessed with foresight and a man whose dedication to the leaving Nigeria better than he met it has never been doubted.

In the critical sector of the economy, President Muhammadu Buhari has indeed done tremendously well to the envy of other countries as well as economic analysts that predicted that the Nigeria economy was never going to come out of recession. There has also been a tremendous improvement in other sectors of the Nigerian economy, such as security, agriculture, health, and education.

The security sector is one area that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has fared brilliantly well, especially in the fight against Terrorism and other militant groups in the country. This is with the fact that before the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari Boko Haram terrorist-controlled over 16 local government areas in North-East Nigeria. However, with the quality of appointments in the critical security sectors, Nigeria was able to turn the tide against the Boko Haram terrorist and other militant groups in the country.

Under President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria has been able to make substantial gains in international relations with countries in the world that have resulted in the signing of bilateral agreements.

The health sector was among the areas that witnessed tremendous improvement in the first tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari, and this is mainly responsible for the rapid gains seen within 100 days in Office into the second tenure as president.

This is indeed a testament to the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari has made a thunderous statement on governance in the country. He has demonstrated capacity; he has shown a high sense of political will. He has also shown that leadership is all about commitment.

That commitment exhibited has seen to the rapid manifestation of positive results in the first 100 days in Office by President Muhammadu Buhari.

It is therefore imperative for President Muhammadu Buhari not to relent in his efforts towards making Nigeria a much better place for this generation as well as the incoming generation. This much he promised Nigerians during the inauguration and commencement of his second tenure in Office.

The gains made in critical sectors of the economy in the first tenure must be consolidated in ways and manners that would bring about the meaningful impact on the lives of Nigerians. President Muhammadu Buhari must continue to uphold the trust and confidence reposed on him by the generality of Nigerians who have placed their trust in him.

The gains recorded in the first 100 days is indicative of this fact, and it becomes expedient that the same trend is embraced so that at the end of the four years’ tenure, Nigeria would have been placed on a solid rock foundation that would eventually lead to the era of abundance.

Consequently, there is no element of doubt as regards the loud statement of President Muhammadu Buhari on governance in Nigeria.

Ladies and Gentlemen: I thank you all for taking out time to grace this occasion and also charge you all to take this message to your constituencies.
By Dansu Peter

Muhammadu Buhari 
President Muhammadu Buhari has received massive adulation from the National Democratic Front (NDF) for strengthening the country's institutions in the first 100 days of his second term.

President Buhari and other elected officials sworn-in on May 29 marked their first decade days in office last Friday.

While there's been some insurmountable hurdles along the way, Mr Buhari scaled through unscathed, visibly plotting some strategic policy initiatives designed to better the living standard of Nigerians.

In a statement signed by Secretary General, Dr Bolaji Abdulkadir, the NDF acknowledged this magnificent feat, hailing Mr Buhari for showcasing an unalloyed commitment to the unity, growth and development of Nigeria.

The pro-democracy group even affirmed that the last 100 days ushered what is called the “Era of Abundance” for the country due to the various policy initiatives being aggressively implemented across the country.

Several sectors have benefited from the drastic upswing, but according to the NDF, the economy, security, international relations and health are the most clearly improved.

The group, therefore, urged the President to maintain the same momentum while ensuring gains made in critical sectors in the first tenure are consolidated upon.

Read full press statement below:

We warmly welcome you to this press conference put together to appraise the 100 days in Office of the second tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The second tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria began effectively from May 29th, 2019 in an occasion that was witnessed across the world. On that day, Nigerians were regaled with the sight of the man they overwhelmingly voted for as their president.

The hopes and dreams of Nigerians were fixated on that man whose integrity and sincerity of heart and purpose had never been in doubt. And in just 100 days since he assumed leadership of the country, there have been tales of strategic policy initiatives that are designed to set Nigeria on the path of progress.

President Muhammadu Buhari in the last 100 days has indeed demonstrated an unalloyed commitment to the unity of Nigeria, as well as its growth and development in a manner that is capable of evoking envy from other African countries.

The Last 100 days in Office of President Muhammadu Buhari has ushered in what  is called the “Era of Abundance” for Nigeria due to the various policy initiatives that are being aggressively implemented across the country.

It must be stated that President Muhammadu Buhari in his first tenure between 2015 and 2019, indeed set the agenda rolling through the implementation of laudable initiatives that is translating to tangibles in this era.  This speaks volume of a man who is blessed with foresight and a man whose dedication to the leaving Nigeria better than he met it has never been doubted.

In the critical sector of the economy, President Muhammadu Buhari has indeed done tremendously well to the envy of other countries as well as economic analysts that predicted that the Nigeria economy was never going to come out of recession. There has also been a tremendous improvement in other sectors of the Nigerian economy, such as security, agriculture, health, and education.

The security sector is one area that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has fared brilliantly well, especially in the fight against Terrorism and other militant groups in the country. This is with the fact that before the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari Boko Haram terrorist-controlled over 16 local government areas in North-East Nigeria. However, with the quality of appointments in the critical security sectors, Nigeria was able to turn the tide against the Boko Haram terrorist and other militant groups in the country.

Under President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria has been able to make substantial gains in international relations with countries in the world that have resulted in the signing of bilateral agreements.

The health sector was among the areas that witnessed tremendous improvement in the first tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari, and this is mainly responsible for the rapid gains seen within 100 days in Office into the second tenure as president.

This is indeed a testament to the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari has made a thunderous statement on governance in the country. He has demonstrated capacity; he has shown a high sense of political will. He has also shown that leadership is all about commitment.

That commitment exhibited has seen to the rapid manifestation of positive results in the first 100 days in Office by President Muhammadu Buhari.

It is therefore imperative for President Muhammadu Buhari not to relent in his efforts towards making Nigeria a much better place for this generation as well as the incoming generation. This much he promised Nigerians during the inauguration and commencement of his second tenure in Office.

The gains made in critical sectors of the economy in the first tenure must be consolidated in ways and manners that would bring about the meaningful impact on the lives of Nigerians. President Muhammadu Buhari must continue to uphold the trust and confidence reposed on him by the generality of Nigerians who have placed their trust in him.

The gains recorded in the first 100 days is indicative of this fact, and it becomes expedient that the same trend is embraced so that at the end of the four years’ tenure, Nigeria would have been placed on a solid rock foundation that would eventually lead to the era of abundance.

Consequently, there is no element of doubt as regards the loud statement of President Muhammadu Buhari on governance in Nigeria.

Ladies and Gentlemen: I thank you all for taking out time to grace this occasion and also charge you all to take this message to your constituencies.

Bayelsa Primaries: Group wants APC to consider disqualified INEC REC,Oyeins in future appointments 

Bayelsa Primaries: Group wants APC to consider disqualified INEC REC,Oyeins in future appointments 

By Dansu Peter

Frankland Oyeins 
Following the disqualification of former Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC, Frankland Oyeins from the Bayelsa state APC gubernatorial primaries and the successful conduct of the primaries, some groups have called on the APC to consider him for future appointments

The Interfaith Youth Organization and the APC Concerned Youths for Good Good Governance who addressed a press conference yesterday in Abuja called on the leadership of APC to carry Oyeins along in the development of Bayelsa State.

The groups said after following the activities surrounding the APC Gubernatorial primaries in the state, Oyeins should not be left behind in the development of the state despite his removal from the race.

Led by Comrade Ishaq Godiya Adamu, the group lauded the transparent nature of the primaries and the statesmanly disposition of Dr. Oyeins throughout the exercise despite his disqualification.

"He has remained resolute in supporting the outcome of the Party primaries, by this action,  Oyeins has proven to be a true democrat, an altruistic leader and a committed Party man who follows the ideology of the Party and is on the same page with President Muhammadu Buhari's incorruptible lifestyle.

"Despite his brief stint in politics, he has demonstrated through incontrovertible actions what several others could not do for years

"We believe he will be an asset to the APC government both at the State and Federal level,he will be of great service to the people of Bayelsa state and Nigeria in general if he is considered for future appointment.

"We hereby call on the APC to reach out for his rich experience and expertise  to fast track the rapid development of the State.

The group said, as a mark of their  belief in him, they will be  visiting APC Secretariat soon to discuss with the leadership of the Party on the way forward.

They also called on Bayelsa residents and politicians to maintain the peace and conduct themselves in a responsible manner during the polls.
By Dansu Peter

Frankland Oyeins 
Following the disqualification of former Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC, Frankland Oyeins from the Bayelsa state APC gubernatorial primaries and the successful conduct of the primaries, some groups have called on the APC to consider him for future appointments

The Interfaith Youth Organization and the APC Concerned Youths for Good Good Governance who addressed a press conference yesterday in Abuja called on the leadership of APC to carry Oyeins along in the development of Bayelsa State.

The groups said after following the activities surrounding the APC Gubernatorial primaries in the state, Oyeins should not be left behind in the development of the state despite his removal from the race.

Led by Comrade Ishaq Godiya Adamu, the group lauded the transparent nature of the primaries and the statesmanly disposition of Dr. Oyeins throughout the exercise despite his disqualification.

"He has remained resolute in supporting the outcome of the Party primaries, by this action,  Oyeins has proven to be a true democrat, an altruistic leader and a committed Party man who follows the ideology of the Party and is on the same page with President Muhammadu Buhari's incorruptible lifestyle.

"Despite his brief stint in politics, he has demonstrated through incontrovertible actions what several others could not do for years

"We believe he will be an asset to the APC government both at the State and Federal level,he will be of great service to the people of Bayelsa state and Nigeria in general if he is considered for future appointment.

"We hereby call on the APC to reach out for his rich experience and expertise  to fast track the rapid development of the State.

The group said, as a mark of their  belief in him, they will be  visiting APC Secretariat soon to discuss with the leadership of the Party on the way forward.

They also called on Bayelsa residents and politicians to maintain the peace and conduct themselves in a responsible manner during the polls.

Is Buhari still the messiah? By Bunmi Oteniya

Is Buhari still the messiah? By Bunmi Oteniya

By Bunmi Oteniya

The 2019 general elections have come and gone and, as they say, the rest is history after President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in for a second term of four years on May 29th, 2019. It has been close to 100 days since the commencement of the second term administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and if we must admit a lot has changed in the polity.

Appointments have been made, policy statements have been issued and as well as strategic actions have been implemented towards ensuring that Nigeria is on track in delivering its mandate to the people that voted overwhelmingly for the candidate of their choice during the presidential elections.

While I must admit that the 2019 general elections were indeed a fiercely contested one that indeed brought about political tension in the country, but again, Nigerians exercised their political franchise wisely by electing President Muhammadu Buhari, a decision, in my opinion, many Nigerians would come to appreciate at the end of the day.

Three critical areas have attracted my attention since President Muhammadu Buhari took over the mantle of leadership in the country for a second tenure. They are in the areas of appointments, policy initiatives, and mending fences across the country. While these areas might not sound loud in the minds of some, the truth is that for some of us conversant with what governance entails at the highest level would readily attest to how giant the present administration’s strides in these areas have been since May 29th, 2019.

As a start, the President gave assurances that the present administration would hit the ground running by ensuring that critical appointments are made. And true to his words, the cabinet has been inaugurated and portfolios assigned to various ministers. This has been hailed by many political pundits that have indeed scored the President high in this regards. And I can’t help but agree with their position which has indeed reflected the desire of a government with a burning desire to ensure that its citizens are availed the best at every point in time.

In my opinion, there has been a renewed commitment from the present administration towards translating the hopes and aspirations of the people into tangible realities. This can be seen in the way and manner the government has responded to national issues, and also with the way and manner it has been able to make timely decisions on sensitive matters that affect the ordinary man and woman on the streets.

An excellent example of the renewed commitment of the present administration towards protecting the rights and privileges of all Nigerians regardless of their location is evident in the unfortunate incident in South Africa involving Nigerian citizens. The government response has been hailed in many quarters as phenomenal in the sense that it wasted no time in making its displeasure known to the South African authorities and also the demand for full compensation for all the victims. However, the catch for me is the way and manner the government has been able to manage the crisis that almost erupted in Nigeria. Not only were the security agencies up and doing, the government also embarked on a sensitization drive to inform Nigerians that violence has never been a replacement for dialogue and as such there was no need for attacking South African businesses in Nigeria.

The setting up of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission for the engagement of Nigerians in Diaspora in the policies, projects, and participation in the development of Nigeria and to utilize the human capital and material resources of Nigerians in Diaspora towards the overall socio-economic, cultural and political development of Nigeria is indeed one area that credit must be given to the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

This is indeed a brilliant one given the fact that migrant remittance to Nigeria in 2018 was 77.2% of the federal government’s budget and more than ten times the foreign direct investment flow in the dame period into Nigeria according to a report published by PWC.

In the report by PWC, it estimated that migrant remittances to Nigeria could grow to $25.5 billion, $29.8 billion and $34.8 billion in 2019, 2021 and 2023 respectively. It also stated that Nigeria accounts for over a third of migrant remittance flows to Sub-Saharan Africa, and the government must engage the Diaspora.

PwC, therefore, recommended the need to create platforms that increase the accessibility of crucial information for Nigerians in the Diaspora; encourage and create pooled investment vehicles, and early-stage businesses with smaller financing needs, presents an excellent opportunity for those in the Diaspora to invest through angel networks. And that platform is the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission. What does this tell us? It does tell us that there is a government in place that is willing to do all within its means to see to the development of Nigeria. I stand to be corrected, what the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has done by creating the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission is a masterstroke whose positive impact would be felt from generations to generations.

Another strategic area of intervention is the creation of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development. The ministry charged with the responsibility of providing solutions to the plight of millions of Internally Displaced Persons as well as coordinate humanitarian affairs and social development in the country. This is indeed another masterstroke of the Muhummadu Buhari administration given the fact that the country, in the last ten years, has witnessed humanitarian crisis that has resulted in the displacement of an estimated 1.8 million people in North-East Nigeria.

It is also on record that lots of work have gone into peace enforcement and peacebuilding in the country with the various initiatives embarked upon by the government. The critical security sector has also received much-needed attention with the different security strategies designed to combat terrorism and other acts of insecurity in the country.

At this point, it is imperative to state empathically that President Muhammadu Buhari is indeed a leader of repute and that Nigerians were wise in their choice of him as President of this great country for another four years. The fact that in just 100 days into the life of the administration and we can lay our hands on a couple of strategic interventions buttresses the point that the next four years would indeed usher in for Nigeria greener pastures.

I make no hesitation to state that President Muhammadu Buhari is indeed still the answer for our quest towards translating our hopes and aspirations into tangible realities in Nigeria. And those with contrary views should please put them forward.

Oteniya wrote this from Instabul.
By Bunmi Oteniya

The 2019 general elections have come and gone and, as they say, the rest is history after President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in for a second term of four years on May 29th, 2019. It has been close to 100 days since the commencement of the second term administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and if we must admit a lot has changed in the polity.

Appointments have been made, policy statements have been issued and as well as strategic actions have been implemented towards ensuring that Nigeria is on track in delivering its mandate to the people that voted overwhelmingly for the candidate of their choice during the presidential elections.

While I must admit that the 2019 general elections were indeed a fiercely contested one that indeed brought about political tension in the country, but again, Nigerians exercised their political franchise wisely by electing President Muhammadu Buhari, a decision, in my opinion, many Nigerians would come to appreciate at the end of the day.

Three critical areas have attracted my attention since President Muhammadu Buhari took over the mantle of leadership in the country for a second tenure. They are in the areas of appointments, policy initiatives, and mending fences across the country. While these areas might not sound loud in the minds of some, the truth is that for some of us conversant with what governance entails at the highest level would readily attest to how giant the present administration’s strides in these areas have been since May 29th, 2019.

As a start, the President gave assurances that the present administration would hit the ground running by ensuring that critical appointments are made. And true to his words, the cabinet has been inaugurated and portfolios assigned to various ministers. This has been hailed by many political pundits that have indeed scored the President high in this regards. And I can’t help but agree with their position which has indeed reflected the desire of a government with a burning desire to ensure that its citizens are availed the best at every point in time.

In my opinion, there has been a renewed commitment from the present administration towards translating the hopes and aspirations of the people into tangible realities. This can be seen in the way and manner the government has responded to national issues, and also with the way and manner it has been able to make timely decisions on sensitive matters that affect the ordinary man and woman on the streets.

An excellent example of the renewed commitment of the present administration towards protecting the rights and privileges of all Nigerians regardless of their location is evident in the unfortunate incident in South Africa involving Nigerian citizens. The government response has been hailed in many quarters as phenomenal in the sense that it wasted no time in making its displeasure known to the South African authorities and also the demand for full compensation for all the victims. However, the catch for me is the way and manner the government has been able to manage the crisis that almost erupted in Nigeria. Not only were the security agencies up and doing, the government also embarked on a sensitization drive to inform Nigerians that violence has never been a replacement for dialogue and as such there was no need for attacking South African businesses in Nigeria.

The setting up of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission for the engagement of Nigerians in Diaspora in the policies, projects, and participation in the development of Nigeria and to utilize the human capital and material resources of Nigerians in Diaspora towards the overall socio-economic, cultural and political development of Nigeria is indeed one area that credit must be given to the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

This is indeed a brilliant one given the fact that migrant remittance to Nigeria in 2018 was 77.2% of the federal government’s budget and more than ten times the foreign direct investment flow in the dame period into Nigeria according to a report published by PWC.

In the report by PWC, it estimated that migrant remittances to Nigeria could grow to $25.5 billion, $29.8 billion and $34.8 billion in 2019, 2021 and 2023 respectively. It also stated that Nigeria accounts for over a third of migrant remittance flows to Sub-Saharan Africa, and the government must engage the Diaspora.

PwC, therefore, recommended the need to create platforms that increase the accessibility of crucial information for Nigerians in the Diaspora; encourage and create pooled investment vehicles, and early-stage businesses with smaller financing needs, presents an excellent opportunity for those in the Diaspora to invest through angel networks. And that platform is the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission. What does this tell us? It does tell us that there is a government in place that is willing to do all within its means to see to the development of Nigeria. I stand to be corrected, what the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has done by creating the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission is a masterstroke whose positive impact would be felt from generations to generations.

Another strategic area of intervention is the creation of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development. The ministry charged with the responsibility of providing solutions to the plight of millions of Internally Displaced Persons as well as coordinate humanitarian affairs and social development in the country. This is indeed another masterstroke of the Muhummadu Buhari administration given the fact that the country, in the last ten years, has witnessed humanitarian crisis that has resulted in the displacement of an estimated 1.8 million people in North-East Nigeria.

It is also on record that lots of work have gone into peace enforcement and peacebuilding in the country with the various initiatives embarked upon by the government. The critical security sector has also received much-needed attention with the different security strategies designed to combat terrorism and other acts of insecurity in the country.

At this point, it is imperative to state empathically that President Muhammadu Buhari is indeed a leader of repute and that Nigerians were wise in their choice of him as President of this great country for another four years. The fact that in just 100 days into the life of the administration and we can lay our hands on a couple of strategic interventions buttresses the point that the next four years would indeed usher in for Nigeria greener pastures.

I make no hesitation to state that President Muhammadu Buhari is indeed still the answer for our quest towards translating our hopes and aspirations into tangible realities in Nigeria. And those with contrary views should please put them forward.

Oteniya wrote this from Instabul.

Boko Haram: Human Rights Watch garnering sympathy for insurgents with fake report - CESJET

Boko Haram: Human Rights Watch garnering sympathy for insurgents with fake report - CESJET

By Dansu Peter


The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) has accused the Human Rights Watch of garnering sympathy for Boko Haram insurgents with fake and unfounded report.

The group was reacting to a 50-day page report  entitled “They Didn’t Know if I Was Alive or Dead."

The report claimed that the Nigerian military were detaining underage Boko Haram fighters.

However, CESJET while reacting, said the intention of the report was to garner sympathy for the sect while painting the military as an organization that incarcerate, torture and dehumanize children.

Comrade Ikpa Isaac, Executive Secretary of CESJET while addressing newsmen on Tuesday, called on the Nigerian authorities and the rest of the world to throw the Human Rights Watch’s report into a garbage bin because it lacks  substance and has no element of truth.

Text of his speech below.

Several factors are interesting about this report but we shall limit ourselves to a few of them because there is the inherent danger of unnecessarily promoting  a work of fiction and elevating it into the realm of fact in the course of highlighting its shortcomings to the populace.

The first thing we want to draw attention to is the timing of the report, which is coming at a time when Boko Haram and its various iterations are struggling to justify to their sponsors the merit of receiving  continuous funding because they no longer make the news in any impressive or profound way. This in part explains why the terrorist group is desperate in attacking military formations so that it can continue to lay claims to exploit and  consequently the allowances and remittances it is being owed by those propping it up against the Nigerians state.

This strategy of shopping for incriminating anecdotal concoctions against the Nigerian military is a strategy that Amnesty International, a leading antagonist of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and key supporter of terrorists in the country, had repeatedly deployed without success. It is disappointing that Human Rights Watch is now replicating the same strategy without modification after Amnesty International that originally owned the approach of discrediting the military to give traction to terrorists has given up on it.

The intention of the report is to garner sympathy for Boko Haram fighters while painting the military as an organization that incarcerate, torture and dehumanize children. The military is meant to become distracted in its war against terrorism especially since it will now be compelled to ignore the bulk of Boko Haram fighters are usually youths that just went past their teenage years. Besides slowing down the fight against terrorism, making exception for this population bracket will prove fatal for troops for those in the post-teenage age band have proven to be most ferocious and deadly. The fact that poor nutrition that resulted in stunted growth gives them the appearance of children does not imply that they behave with the innocence of children.
Troops’ units that have in the past made the mistake of treating hardened terrorists as children have tales to tell.

The second issue to draw attention to is the decision of Human Rights Watch to lump together detention units with rehabilitation programmes marks a new low in the extent that some foreign owned outlets will go to justify extorting donors that fund their programmes. Had the group looked beyond the dollar signs that is clouding the eyes of its decision makers it would have realized that its claim of the Nigerian military using kids as prisoners in the name of Boko Haram is another cheap blackmail that Nigerians have now become familiar with as coming from foreign agents bent on destabilizing Nigeria. Such claim is part of the technical support that has been promised as a clandestine means to embolden Boko Haram when its obvious they can no longer sustain their evil against the Nigerian state.


Thirdly, the only aspects that should have been of concern to Human Rights Watch at the exact issues it shied away from. Other local or indigenous groups that have worked in the areas affected by Boko Haram have done much to improve on the conditions in the area through genuine humanitarian work. But Human Rights Watch has not done anything to address its discovery of a so call harsh interrogation of children, and that is assuming  that it is genuinely interested in the wellbeing of children. For instance, it supposedly documented the lack of adequate sanitary facilities at detention centres without even running a pilot programme with one cell to demonstrate the quality of facilities it deems acceptable. The implication is that it is more interested in watching human suffering and misery than addressing them. The obsession is with writing reports, doctored reports that serve fake news, instead of taking practical steps that solve identified problems.

We would have also loved for Human Rights Watch similarly failed to be realistic by asking that children that are freed from detention should be handed over to civilian judicial authorities, forgetting that some of them were in custody as per court rulings. It really wants to help it should come up with plans to have children caught up on the wrong side of the conflict relocated to third party countries where they will be far away from the harrowing reality of relieving the difficult moments and experiences the group claimed they have had. But Human Rights Watch is in no condition to do this when its entire report is built on lies. It is largely a make-believe literature founded mostly on lies.


CESJET is therefore calling on the Nigerian authorities and the rest of the world to throw the Human Rights Watch’s report into a garbage bin because that is where it rightfully belongs. Perhaps some measure of originality might have mitigated the situation such that some lines in the document would have been salvageable but the manner it copied an old format that has failed to record any success paints those that who issued the report are  as lazy and unimaginative. It would not be out of place for those that paid this NGO to do a hatchet job suddenly start demanding for refund.

It is on this fact that I encourage the world and members of the fourth estate to continue to demand more answers to the persistent questions;

1. Why are they doing this to Nigeria?

2. Why do they want Nigeria to fail even when the counter has refused to fail ?

3. Who is afraid of President Buhari and the military?
By Dansu Peter


The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) has accused the Human Rights Watch of garnering sympathy for Boko Haram insurgents with fake and unfounded report.

The group was reacting to a 50-day page report  entitled “They Didn’t Know if I Was Alive or Dead."

The report claimed that the Nigerian military were detaining underage Boko Haram fighters.

However, CESJET while reacting, said the intention of the report was to garner sympathy for the sect while painting the military as an organization that incarcerate, torture and dehumanize children.

Comrade Ikpa Isaac, Executive Secretary of CESJET while addressing newsmen on Tuesday, called on the Nigerian authorities and the rest of the world to throw the Human Rights Watch’s report into a garbage bin because it lacks  substance and has no element of truth.

Text of his speech below.

Several factors are interesting about this report but we shall limit ourselves to a few of them because there is the inherent danger of unnecessarily promoting  a work of fiction and elevating it into the realm of fact in the course of highlighting its shortcomings to the populace.

The first thing we want to draw attention to is the timing of the report, which is coming at a time when Boko Haram and its various iterations are struggling to justify to their sponsors the merit of receiving  continuous funding because they no longer make the news in any impressive or profound way. This in part explains why the terrorist group is desperate in attacking military formations so that it can continue to lay claims to exploit and  consequently the allowances and remittances it is being owed by those propping it up against the Nigerians state.

This strategy of shopping for incriminating anecdotal concoctions against the Nigerian military is a strategy that Amnesty International, a leading antagonist of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and key supporter of terrorists in the country, had repeatedly deployed without success. It is disappointing that Human Rights Watch is now replicating the same strategy without modification after Amnesty International that originally owned the approach of discrediting the military to give traction to terrorists has given up on it.

The intention of the report is to garner sympathy for Boko Haram fighters while painting the military as an organization that incarcerate, torture and dehumanize children. The military is meant to become distracted in its war against terrorism especially since it will now be compelled to ignore the bulk of Boko Haram fighters are usually youths that just went past their teenage years. Besides slowing down the fight against terrorism, making exception for this population bracket will prove fatal for troops for those in the post-teenage age band have proven to be most ferocious and deadly. The fact that poor nutrition that resulted in stunted growth gives them the appearance of children does not imply that they behave with the innocence of children.
Troops’ units that have in the past made the mistake of treating hardened terrorists as children have tales to tell.

The second issue to draw attention to is the decision of Human Rights Watch to lump together detention units with rehabilitation programmes marks a new low in the extent that some foreign owned outlets will go to justify extorting donors that fund their programmes. Had the group looked beyond the dollar signs that is clouding the eyes of its decision makers it would have realized that its claim of the Nigerian military using kids as prisoners in the name of Boko Haram is another cheap blackmail that Nigerians have now become familiar with as coming from foreign agents bent on destabilizing Nigeria. Such claim is part of the technical support that has been promised as a clandestine means to embolden Boko Haram when its obvious they can no longer sustain their evil against the Nigerian state.


Thirdly, the only aspects that should have been of concern to Human Rights Watch at the exact issues it shied away from. Other local or indigenous groups that have worked in the areas affected by Boko Haram have done much to improve on the conditions in the area through genuine humanitarian work. But Human Rights Watch has not done anything to address its discovery of a so call harsh interrogation of children, and that is assuming  that it is genuinely interested in the wellbeing of children. For instance, it supposedly documented the lack of adequate sanitary facilities at detention centres without even running a pilot programme with one cell to demonstrate the quality of facilities it deems acceptable. The implication is that it is more interested in watching human suffering and misery than addressing them. The obsession is with writing reports, doctored reports that serve fake news, instead of taking practical steps that solve identified problems.

We would have also loved for Human Rights Watch similarly failed to be realistic by asking that children that are freed from detention should be handed over to civilian judicial authorities, forgetting that some of them were in custody as per court rulings. It really wants to help it should come up with plans to have children caught up on the wrong side of the conflict relocated to third party countries where they will be far away from the harrowing reality of relieving the difficult moments and experiences the group claimed they have had. But Human Rights Watch is in no condition to do this when its entire report is built on lies. It is largely a make-believe literature founded mostly on lies.


CESJET is therefore calling on the Nigerian authorities and the rest of the world to throw the Human Rights Watch’s report into a garbage bin because that is where it rightfully belongs. Perhaps some measure of originality might have mitigated the situation such that some lines in the document would have been salvageable but the manner it copied an old format that has failed to record any success paints those that who issued the report are  as lazy and unimaginative. It would not be out of place for those that paid this NGO to do a hatchet job suddenly start demanding for refund.

It is on this fact that I encourage the world and members of the fourth estate to continue to demand more answers to the persistent questions;

1. Why are they doing this to Nigeria?

2. Why do they want Nigeria to fail even when the counter has refused to fail ?

3. Who is afraid of President Buhari and the military?

Revealed: Group uncovers plot by international NGOs to discredit Buhari's 100 days in office

Revealed: Group uncovers plot by international NGOs to discredit Buhari's 100 days in office

....says Human Rights Watch  acting opposition's script

By Dansu Peter

The Coalition for Human Rights Groups in Nigeria (CHRGN) has claimed that there's an ongoing campaign by some foreign civil society groups to desperately discredit President Muhammadu Buhari's 100 days in office.

The group came to the conclusion that the Human Rights Watch (HRW) is in the forefront of this nefarious plot after extensively studying a report set to be released to the media.

In a statement signed by Executive Director, Maxwell Gowon, on Tuesday, the Coalition revealed that the Human Rights Watch took this shameful path after receiving humongous amounts of monies from the opposition.

According to the group, the HRW's recently released “mischievous” report was no coincidence with the President’s 100 days in office as it was meant to paint his administration in the negative light.

The Coalition, therefore, advised the Human Rights Watch and its allies in the business of misleading the general public to desist from such nefarious actions in the interest of peace and stability of the nation.

Read full statement below:

It further revealed that the Human Rights Watch as an organization is “not credible enough to issue a report on the state of affairs in Nigeria because there have been unanswered questions regarding its methodologies and presence in Nigeria and other climes it is operating from”.

The Coalition of Human Rights Groups in Nigeria is in receipt of a grand plot by some agents masquerading under cover of civil society organizations to discredit the laudable strides of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Coalition of Human Rights Groups in Nigeria having extensively studied the intended report slated for release to the media in Nigeria wishes to state that the Human Rights Watch (HRW) is in the vanguard of the nefarious plot after huge amounts of monies have exchanged hands.

The Human Rights Watch a supposedly Human Rights Organisation in a news release titled ‘Nigeria's Military: Holding Children as Boko Haram suspects" attempted to ingloriously portray a scenario that smacks of mischief by stating that the Nigerian Military has detained children without charge for months or years in squalid and severely overcrowded military barracks, with no contact with the outside world.’

While it is expedient to put the records in proper perspective for the discerning minds to make their informed decisions, the Coalition for Human Rights groups in Nigeria wishes to state that the report by the Human Rights Watch is indeed an attempt at discrediting the laudable initiatives of the Muhummadu Buhari led administration.

As a start, the Human Rights Watch as an organization is not credible enough to issue a report on the state of affairs in Nigeria because there have been unanswered questions regarding its methodologies and presence in Nigeria and other climes it is operating from.

It is also on record that in times past, some members of the opposition in Nigeria paid hefty sums of monies to the organization for it to release or to commission false reports on the state of affairs in the country to paint a picture of gloom and despair before the local and international community.

The recent report titled 'Nigeria's Military: Holding Children as Boko Haram suspects' is one of those numerous attempts aimed at causing disaffection in the polity. It is also instructive to state that the report, is intended for mischief purposes as there are no tangibles that suggest that the Nigerian Military would hound women and children into cells in Giwa Barracks in Borno state.

The Human Rights Watch as an organization is one that has a history replete with mischief and activities geared towards achieving pecuniary gains. This is evident in the postulations that the Nigerian Military has indiscriminately hounded young children in detention on fictitious allegations.

In the words of the Human Rights Watch, Children are being detained in horrific conditions for years with little or no involvement with Boko Haram terrorist is at best the fiction of their imaginations. This is expedient of the fact that the Coalition of Human Rights Groups in Nigeria has followed the activities of the Nigerian Military in North-East Nigeria with keen attention, and there has been no instance where cases of indiscriminate arrests were made in North-East Nigeria. Also, to think that the Human Rights Watch could make such bogus assertions defeats common sense.

The Coalition of Human Rights Groups in Nigeria is aware of the grand plot to discredit the Muhammadu Buhari led administration, and it's consequently appalled by such blatant disregard for the sensibilities of Nigerians and Nigeria as exhibited by the Human Rights Watch.

We are consequently constrained to state that it is too much of a coincidence for the Human Rights Watch to seek to release a mischievous report to coincide with the first 100 days in office of President Muhammadu Buhari.   

The report intended for release by the Human Rights Watch is indeed an amalgamation of fictions and half-truths that do not in any way reflect the realities on the ground in Nigeria. So much so that we are tempted to ask specific questions such as in whose interest is the Human Rights Watch advancing? The interest of the over 180 million Nigerians or the interest of a select few that are hell-bent on changing the narrative in Nigeria by calling a dog a bad name to hang it?

The Coalition of Human Rights Groups in Nigeria views such attempt as derogatory and inimical to the overall interest of Nigeria, as well as an insult to our sensibilities as a people, and wishes to bring to the attention of the members of the unsuspecting general public of this nefarious publication that is laced with outright mischief and a  despicable attempt at pleasing their paymasters.

The Coalition of Human Rights Groups in Nigeria also wishes to state that since the unfortunate Xenophobic crisis in South Africa, the Human Rights Watch has not deemed it pertinent to condemn it in its entirety, but instead they have chosen to toe the dishonourable path of dancing to the whims and caprices of their paymasters who seem to have not gotten over their electoral failures in the last general elections in Nigeria.

This is also on the heels that since 2009, when the Boko Haram terrorist took up violence in Nigeria, there has never been any record of the Nigerian Military taking into detention children and women. Instead, the reverse has been the case with tales of how Boko Haram terrorist have exploited women and children as shields in the theatre of operations in North-East Nigeria.

The cases of the Chibok and Dapchi girls are still fresh in the minds of Nigerians and the international community, and as such, it is indeed despicable for the Human Rights Watch to attempt to change the narrative in return for a mess of porridge.

The Coalition of Human Rights Groups in Nigeria wishes to state in unequivocal terms that the report released by the Human Rights Watch is at best the height of mischief and a disservice to the advocacy for Human Rights in Nigeria and all over the world.

The Coalition of Human Rights Groups in Nigeria wishes to by this statement sound a word of caution to those that are hell-bent on misleading the general public to desist from such nefarious actions in the interest of peace and stability in Nigeria.
....says Human Rights Watch  acting opposition's script

By Dansu Peter

The Coalition for Human Rights Groups in Nigeria (CHRGN) has claimed that there's an ongoing campaign by some foreign civil society groups to desperately discredit President Muhammadu Buhari's 100 days in office.

The group came to the conclusion that the Human Rights Watch (HRW) is in the forefront of this nefarious plot after extensively studying a report set to be released to the media.

In a statement signed by Executive Director, Maxwell Gowon, on Tuesday, the Coalition revealed that the Human Rights Watch took this shameful path after receiving humongous amounts of monies from the opposition.

According to the group, the HRW's recently released “mischievous” report was no coincidence with the President’s 100 days in office as it was meant to paint his administration in the negative light.

The Coalition, therefore, advised the Human Rights Watch and its allies in the business of misleading the general public to desist from such nefarious actions in the interest of peace and stability of the nation.

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It further revealed that the Human Rights Watch as an organization is “not credible enough to issue a report on the state of affairs in Nigeria because there have been unanswered questions regarding its methodologies and presence in Nigeria and other climes it is operating from”.

The Coalition of Human Rights Groups in Nigeria is in receipt of a grand plot by some agents masquerading under cover of civil society organizations to discredit the laudable strides of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Coalition of Human Rights Groups in Nigeria having extensively studied the intended report slated for release to the media in Nigeria wishes to state that the Human Rights Watch (HRW) is in the vanguard of the nefarious plot after huge amounts of monies have exchanged hands.

The Human Rights Watch a supposedly Human Rights Organisation in a news release titled ‘Nigeria's Military: Holding Children as Boko Haram suspects" attempted to ingloriously portray a scenario that smacks of mischief by stating that the Nigerian Military has detained children without charge for months or years in squalid and severely overcrowded military barracks, with no contact with the outside world.’

While it is expedient to put the records in proper perspective for the discerning minds to make their informed decisions, the Coalition for Human Rights groups in Nigeria wishes to state that the report by the Human Rights Watch is indeed an attempt at discrediting the laudable initiatives of the Muhummadu Buhari led administration.

As a start, the Human Rights Watch as an organization is not credible enough to issue a report on the state of affairs in Nigeria because there have been unanswered questions regarding its methodologies and presence in Nigeria and other climes it is operating from.

It is also on record that in times past, some members of the opposition in Nigeria paid hefty sums of monies to the organization for it to release or to commission false reports on the state of affairs in the country to paint a picture of gloom and despair before the local and international community.

The recent report titled 'Nigeria's Military: Holding Children as Boko Haram suspects' is one of those numerous attempts aimed at causing disaffection in the polity. It is also instructive to state that the report, is intended for mischief purposes as there are no tangibles that suggest that the Nigerian Military would hound women and children into cells in Giwa Barracks in Borno state.

The Human Rights Watch as an organization is one that has a history replete with mischief and activities geared towards achieving pecuniary gains. This is evident in the postulations that the Nigerian Military has indiscriminately hounded young children in detention on fictitious allegations.

In the words of the Human Rights Watch, Children are being detained in horrific conditions for years with little or no involvement with Boko Haram terrorist is at best the fiction of their imaginations. This is expedient of the fact that the Coalition of Human Rights Groups in Nigeria has followed the activities of the Nigerian Military in North-East Nigeria with keen attention, and there has been no instance where cases of indiscriminate arrests were made in North-East Nigeria. Also, to think that the Human Rights Watch could make such bogus assertions defeats common sense.

The Coalition of Human Rights Groups in Nigeria is aware of the grand plot to discredit the Muhammadu Buhari led administration, and it's consequently appalled by such blatant disregard for the sensibilities of Nigerians and Nigeria as exhibited by the Human Rights Watch.

We are consequently constrained to state that it is too much of a coincidence for the Human Rights Watch to seek to release a mischievous report to coincide with the first 100 days in office of President Muhammadu Buhari.   

The report intended for release by the Human Rights Watch is indeed an amalgamation of fictions and half-truths that do not in any way reflect the realities on the ground in Nigeria. So much so that we are tempted to ask specific questions such as in whose interest is the Human Rights Watch advancing? The interest of the over 180 million Nigerians or the interest of a select few that are hell-bent on changing the narrative in Nigeria by calling a dog a bad name to hang it?

The Coalition of Human Rights Groups in Nigeria views such attempt as derogatory and inimical to the overall interest of Nigeria, as well as an insult to our sensibilities as a people, and wishes to bring to the attention of the members of the unsuspecting general public of this nefarious publication that is laced with outright mischief and a  despicable attempt at pleasing their paymasters.

The Coalition of Human Rights Groups in Nigeria also wishes to state that since the unfortunate Xenophobic crisis in South Africa, the Human Rights Watch has not deemed it pertinent to condemn it in its entirety, but instead they have chosen to toe the dishonourable path of dancing to the whims and caprices of their paymasters who seem to have not gotten over their electoral failures in the last general elections in Nigeria.

This is also on the heels that since 2009, when the Boko Haram terrorist took up violence in Nigeria, there has never been any record of the Nigerian Military taking into detention children and women. Instead, the reverse has been the case with tales of how Boko Haram terrorist have exploited women and children as shields in the theatre of operations in North-East Nigeria.

The cases of the Chibok and Dapchi girls are still fresh in the minds of Nigerians and the international community, and as such, it is indeed despicable for the Human Rights Watch to attempt to change the narrative in return for a mess of porridge.

The Coalition of Human Rights Groups in Nigeria wishes to state in unequivocal terms that the report released by the Human Rights Watch is at best the height of mischief and a disservice to the advocacy for Human Rights in Nigeria and all over the world.

The Coalition of Human Rights Groups in Nigeria wishes to by this statement sound a word of caution to those that are hell-bent on misleading the general public to desist from such nefarious actions in the interest of peace and stability in Nigeria.

Christians, Muslims end 40 days prayer and fasting for Nigeria, pray against disunity, xenophobia, others

Christians, Muslims end 40 days prayer and fasting for Nigeria, pray against disunity, xenophobia, others

By Dansu Peter

Nigerians, across religious divides, on Monday poured out their hearts to God in prayers for the soul of Nigeria and against of disunity and retrogression.

The prayer was part of activities to mark the grand finale of the 40 days fasting and prayers organised by The National Interfaith and Religious Organisations for Peace (NIFROP).

The event, which was graced by over 500 clerics and many Nigerians from both Christain and Muslim faiths, witnessed torrential prayers for  Nigeria and Nigerians.

The clerics took out time one after the other to intercede for the nation, her leaders and Africa at large.

The well-attended event also witnessed rain of prayers against the spirit of xenophobia in South Africa, which has sent many promising Nigerians to their early graves.

Speaking during the programme, the National President of NIFROP Bishop Sunday Garuba, described the 40 days fasting and prayers as a huge success.

“We have successfully come to the end of the 40 days’ prayer and fasting programme designed by the National Interfaith and Religious Organisations (NIFROP) to pray and fast for Nigeria for God to unite Nigerians in our quest for national unity.

“The 40 days’ prayer and fasting programme was such a huge success in that Nigerians from all ethnic and religious affiliations gathered and prayed in one voice for Gods intervention against the evil plot by some enemies of Nigeria to see to the disintegration of the country.

“The large turnout of clerics from all over Nigeria for the grand finale of the 40 days’ prayer and fasting programme is an indication that Nigerians have indeed have risen above religious sentiments to pray and fast for the unity of the country and to put to shame the evil plans of the enemies against the unity and progress of Nigeria.”

The cleric said he was optimistic that all the prayers tabled before God would receive speedy answers.

Also speaking, Sheik Ahmad Jibrin also stated that what Nigeria needs in this critical point of its existence was prayers and supplication to God for the grace for Nigerians to see that the myriads of challenges been experienced are the handiwork of distractors who are angry with the level of growth and development in the country in the past four years.

“We have prayed and fasted and the revelations we received are indicative of the fact that Nigeria shall experience and unimaginable level of unity now and in the years ahead.”

“We have prayed and fasted and the revelations we received are indicative of the fact that Nigeria shall experience and unimaginable level of unity now and in the years ahead.”

“As you can see, the turnout is massive, and the composition is an indication that Nigerian clerics have indeed embraced this laudable initiative and that is why over 500 clerics have gathered here in Abuja.”

The high point of the event was awe inspiring performance by rave of the moment and Ekwueme crooner, Prospa Ochimana.
By Dansu Peter

Nigerians, across religious divides, on Monday poured out their hearts to God in prayers for the soul of Nigeria and against of disunity and retrogression.

The prayer was part of activities to mark the grand finale of the 40 days fasting and prayers organised by The National Interfaith and Religious Organisations for Peace (NIFROP).

The event, which was graced by over 500 clerics and many Nigerians from both Christain and Muslim faiths, witnessed torrential prayers for  Nigeria and Nigerians.

The clerics took out time one after the other to intercede for the nation, her leaders and Africa at large.

The well-attended event also witnessed rain of prayers against the spirit of xenophobia in South Africa, which has sent many promising Nigerians to their early graves.

Speaking during the programme, the National President of NIFROP Bishop Sunday Garuba, described the 40 days fasting and prayers as a huge success.

“We have successfully come to the end of the 40 days’ prayer and fasting programme designed by the National Interfaith and Religious Organisations (NIFROP) to pray and fast for Nigeria for God to unite Nigerians in our quest for national unity.

“The 40 days’ prayer and fasting programme was such a huge success in that Nigerians from all ethnic and religious affiliations gathered and prayed in one voice for Gods intervention against the evil plot by some enemies of Nigeria to see to the disintegration of the country.

“The large turnout of clerics from all over Nigeria for the grand finale of the 40 days’ prayer and fasting programme is an indication that Nigerians have indeed have risen above religious sentiments to pray and fast for the unity of the country and to put to shame the evil plans of the enemies against the unity and progress of Nigeria.”

The cleric said he was optimistic that all the prayers tabled before God would receive speedy answers.

Also speaking, Sheik Ahmad Jibrin also stated that what Nigeria needs in this critical point of its existence was prayers and supplication to God for the grace for Nigerians to see that the myriads of challenges been experienced are the handiwork of distractors who are angry with the level of growth and development in the country in the past four years.

“We have prayed and fasted and the revelations we received are indicative of the fact that Nigeria shall experience and unimaginable level of unity now and in the years ahead.”

“We have prayed and fasted and the revelations we received are indicative of the fact that Nigeria shall experience and unimaginable level of unity now and in the years ahead.”

“As you can see, the turnout is massive, and the composition is an indication that Nigerian clerics have indeed embraced this laudable initiative and that is why over 500 clerics have gathered here in Abuja.”

The high point of the event was awe inspiring performance by rave of the moment and Ekwueme crooner, Prospa Ochimana.

500 clerics storm Abuja for the grand finale of 40-days of deliverance prayer for Nigeria

500 clerics storm Abuja for the grand finale of 40-days of deliverance prayer for Nigeria

By Dansu Peter

Over 500 clerics from various religious faiths and ethnicity have assembled in Abuja for the grand finale of the 40 days’ prayer and fasting programme organized by The National Interfaith and Religious Organisations for Peace (NIFROP). This was contained in a statement by Sheik Ahmad Jibrin, a Co-Convener in Abuja.

The statement stated that the 500 clerics were drawn from all parts of Nigeria in solidarity of the initiative to pray and fast for the unity of Nigeria in this critical point of its existence.

“We have successfully come to the end of the 40 days’ prayer and fasting programme designed by the National Interfaith and Religious Organisations (NIFROP) to pray and fast for Nigeria for God to unite Nigerians in our quest for national unity.”

“The 40 days’ prayer and fasting programme was such a huge success in that Nigerians from all ethnic and religious affiliations gathered and prayed in one voice for Gods intervention against the evil plot by some enemies of Nigeria to see to the disintegration of the country.”

Sheik Ahmad Jibrin also stated that what Nigeria needs in this critical point of its existence was prayers and supplication to God for the grace for Nigerians to see that the myriads of challenges been experienced are the handiwork of distractors who are angry with the level of growth and development in the country in the past four years.


“We have prayed and fasted and the revelations we received are indicative of the fact that Nigeria shall experience and unimaginable level of unity now and in the years ahead.”


According to one of the clerics that came to Abuja for the grand finale of the 40 days’ prayers and fasting programme, Pastor Stephen Okwu, he stated that one of the reasons why they have agreed to converge for the grand finale was because of the multiple revelations on the need for all Nigerians regardless of ethnic or religious beliefs to come together and pray for Nigeria.


“We are convinced beyond doubt that God, in His infinite mercies, has indeed heard the cries of his children for people of diverse religious faiths to congregate and pray for the common good of the country. Those of us Christians, as well as our Muslim brothers and sisters, have constantly interacted and agreed in one voice to be a part of this historical event that the Lord Almighty in his infinite mercies has made to come to pass.”


in a similar vein, another cleric Imam Abdul Ibrahim also stated that the purpose of the gathering is to show solidarity to a noble cause towards ensuring the continued unity of Nigeria.


“The unity of Nigeria supersedes tribes and religion, and that is why you can see the large turnout of Muslims and Christians for the grand finale of the 40 days’ prayers and fasting programme in Abuja.”


“We see ourselves as Nigerians before our tribes and religions, and this is contrary to what the enemies of Nigeria want and Insha Allah they have been defeated by the large turnout of people drawn from various parts of Nigeria.”


“As you can see, the turnout is massive, and the composition is an indication that Nigerian clerics have indeed embraced this laudable initiative and that is why over 500 clerics have gathered here in Abuja.”


In his remark, Bishop Sunday Garuba, a co-convener of the 40 days’ prayer and fasting programme stated that the 40 days’ prayers and fasting programme are essentially to intercede on behalf of Nigeria for God to deliver the country from the evil that wants to see to its disintegration.


“The large turnout of clerics from all over Nigeria for the grand finale of the 40 days’ prayer and fasting programme is an indication that Nigerians have indeed have risen above religious sentiments to pray and fast for the unity of the country and to put to shame the evil plans of the enemies against the unity and progress of Nigeria.”


It would be recalled that the National Interfaith and Religious Organisations for Peace (NIFROP) commenced a 40 days’ program of fasting and prayers for the unity of Nigeria. The programme which is holding at the Unity Fountain in Abuja attracted Christian and Muslim faithful’s from across the country.


The event which ends on the 9th of September 2019 has so far attracted 500 clerics from various religious organizations as well as ethnicity across Nigeria to pray and fast for the unity of Nigeria.
By Dansu Peter

Over 500 clerics from various religious faiths and ethnicity have assembled in Abuja for the grand finale of the 40 days’ prayer and fasting programme organized by The National Interfaith and Religious Organisations for Peace (NIFROP). This was contained in a statement by Sheik Ahmad Jibrin, a Co-Convener in Abuja.

The statement stated that the 500 clerics were drawn from all parts of Nigeria in solidarity of the initiative to pray and fast for the unity of Nigeria in this critical point of its existence.

“We have successfully come to the end of the 40 days’ prayer and fasting programme designed by the National Interfaith and Religious Organisations (NIFROP) to pray and fast for Nigeria for God to unite Nigerians in our quest for national unity.”

“The 40 days’ prayer and fasting programme was such a huge success in that Nigerians from all ethnic and religious affiliations gathered and prayed in one voice for Gods intervention against the evil plot by some enemies of Nigeria to see to the disintegration of the country.”

Sheik Ahmad Jibrin also stated that what Nigeria needs in this critical point of its existence was prayers and supplication to God for the grace for Nigerians to see that the myriads of challenges been experienced are the handiwork of distractors who are angry with the level of growth and development in the country in the past four years.


“We have prayed and fasted and the revelations we received are indicative of the fact that Nigeria shall experience and unimaginable level of unity now and in the years ahead.”


According to one of the clerics that came to Abuja for the grand finale of the 40 days’ prayers and fasting programme, Pastor Stephen Okwu, he stated that one of the reasons why they have agreed to converge for the grand finale was because of the multiple revelations on the need for all Nigerians regardless of ethnic or religious beliefs to come together and pray for Nigeria.


“We are convinced beyond doubt that God, in His infinite mercies, has indeed heard the cries of his children for people of diverse religious faiths to congregate and pray for the common good of the country. Those of us Christians, as well as our Muslim brothers and sisters, have constantly interacted and agreed in one voice to be a part of this historical event that the Lord Almighty in his infinite mercies has made to come to pass.”


in a similar vein, another cleric Imam Abdul Ibrahim also stated that the purpose of the gathering is to show solidarity to a noble cause towards ensuring the continued unity of Nigeria.


“The unity of Nigeria supersedes tribes and religion, and that is why you can see the large turnout of Muslims and Christians for the grand finale of the 40 days’ prayers and fasting programme in Abuja.”


“We see ourselves as Nigerians before our tribes and religions, and this is contrary to what the enemies of Nigeria want and Insha Allah they have been defeated by the large turnout of people drawn from various parts of Nigeria.”


“As you can see, the turnout is massive, and the composition is an indication that Nigerian clerics have indeed embraced this laudable initiative and that is why over 500 clerics have gathered here in Abuja.”


In his remark, Bishop Sunday Garuba, a co-convener of the 40 days’ prayer and fasting programme stated that the 40 days’ prayers and fasting programme are essentially to intercede on behalf of Nigeria for God to deliver the country from the evil that wants to see to its disintegration.


“The large turnout of clerics from all over Nigeria for the grand finale of the 40 days’ prayer and fasting programme is an indication that Nigerians have indeed have risen above religious sentiments to pray and fast for the unity of the country and to put to shame the evil plans of the enemies against the unity and progress of Nigeria.”


It would be recalled that the National Interfaith and Religious Organisations for Peace (NIFROP) commenced a 40 days’ program of fasting and prayers for the unity of Nigeria. The programme which is holding at the Unity Fountain in Abuja attracted Christian and Muslim faithful’s from across the country.


The event which ends on the 9th of September 2019 has so far attracted 500 clerics from various religious organizations as well as ethnicity across Nigeria to pray and fast for the unity of Nigeria.

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