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Terrorism: Group condemns senseless killings by ISWAP in Lake Chad region, charges supranational bodies to rise in support of Nigeria

Terrorism: Group condemns senseless killings by ISWAP in Lake Chad region, charges supranational bodies to rise in support of Nigeria

By Dansu Peter

Following series of heightened attacks by the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) around the Lake Chad Basin, the Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC) has called for the intervention of the international community.

With the Nigerian military effectively chasing out Boko Haram leftovers, the sect switched focus to the Lake Chad region , wrecking havoc on helpless women and children.

Remnants of Boko Haram elements dislodged from the north-east region had converged  around the area forming an alliance with displaced terrorists from Syria, Iran and Mali.

The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre has condemned in strong terms the activities of these radical Islamic fighters whose only nemesis appear  to be the Nigerian Government and her  military.

SHAC Executive Director, Grace Akatu made this known at a world press conference on Sunday in Abuja.

To avoid further horror, however, the SHAC has appealed to countries around the world to join forces with the Nigerian authorities  in combating the menace of ISWAP.

“ The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre, a civil society organization, devoted to the entrenchment of sustainable peace and development in Nigeria is alarmed with the nefarious activities of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) around the Lake Chad Basin,” the statement began.

“ The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre has reviewed the operations of the Nigerian authorities in the fight against terrorism and wishes to commend the Nigerian government for the commitment in the fight against terrorism.

“ The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre appreciates the way and manner the Nigerian authorities have tackled the Insurgency in North East Nigeria in the past four years. This was evident in the reclaiming of local government areas in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe States that were once under the control of Boko Haram terrorist.

“ The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre is however alarmed with the activities of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) around the Lake Chad Basin region and the consequent risk this has posed to harmless women and children.

“ The activities of ISWAP around the Lake Chad Basin region is a source of concern given the way and manner it has continued to maim, harass and kill innocent people that consist mainly of women and children.

“ The activities of ISWAP has constituted an enormous threat to the economies of countries around the Lake Chad basin such Cameroon, Niger, and Chad, hence the need for urgent intervention in a bid to address the menace that activities of ISWAP have posed in the Lake Chad Basin region.

“ The Nigerian Authorities cannot address the ISWAP challenge alone; it consequently behoves on all well-meaning countries to join forces with Nigeria in confronting this terrorist organization.

“ The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre consequently calls on all the countries in the world to see the threat posed by ISWAP as a global threat rather than a regional threat because of the support it enjoys from international terrorist networks around the world.

“ The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre also calls of international humanitarian organizations such as the United Nations and its affiliates to rise to this challenge posed by ISWAP in a bid to ensure that the world is a better place and women and children are protected from harm.

“ The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre reiterates that the efforts of the Nigerian Authorities must be complemented in a bid to rid ISWAP out of the Lake Chad Basin region in the overall interest of peace. 

“ We consequently believe that the urgency of now requires that all the necessary support the world can avail Nigeria should be given in the quest to defeat terrorism in Nigeria, as well as the Lake Chad Basin region. The world must indeed act fast.”
By Dansu Peter

Following series of heightened attacks by the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) around the Lake Chad Basin, the Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC) has called for the intervention of the international community.

With the Nigerian military effectively chasing out Boko Haram leftovers, the sect switched focus to the Lake Chad region , wrecking havoc on helpless women and children.

Remnants of Boko Haram elements dislodged from the north-east region had converged  around the area forming an alliance with displaced terrorists from Syria, Iran and Mali.

The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre has condemned in strong terms the activities of these radical Islamic fighters whose only nemesis appear  to be the Nigerian Government and her  military.

SHAC Executive Director, Grace Akatu made this known at a world press conference on Sunday in Abuja.

To avoid further horror, however, the SHAC has appealed to countries around the world to join forces with the Nigerian authorities  in combating the menace of ISWAP.

“ The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre, a civil society organization, devoted to the entrenchment of sustainable peace and development in Nigeria is alarmed with the nefarious activities of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) around the Lake Chad Basin,” the statement began.

“ The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre has reviewed the operations of the Nigerian authorities in the fight against terrorism and wishes to commend the Nigerian government for the commitment in the fight against terrorism.

“ The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre appreciates the way and manner the Nigerian authorities have tackled the Insurgency in North East Nigeria in the past four years. This was evident in the reclaiming of local government areas in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe States that were once under the control of Boko Haram terrorist.

“ The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre is however alarmed with the activities of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) around the Lake Chad Basin region and the consequent risk this has posed to harmless women and children.

“ The activities of ISWAP around the Lake Chad Basin region is a source of concern given the way and manner it has continued to maim, harass and kill innocent people that consist mainly of women and children.

“ The activities of ISWAP has constituted an enormous threat to the economies of countries around the Lake Chad basin such Cameroon, Niger, and Chad, hence the need for urgent intervention in a bid to address the menace that activities of ISWAP have posed in the Lake Chad Basin region.

“ The Nigerian Authorities cannot address the ISWAP challenge alone; it consequently behoves on all well-meaning countries to join forces with Nigeria in confronting this terrorist organization.

“ The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre consequently calls on all the countries in the world to see the threat posed by ISWAP as a global threat rather than a regional threat because of the support it enjoys from international terrorist networks around the world.

“ The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre also calls of international humanitarian organizations such as the United Nations and its affiliates to rise to this challenge posed by ISWAP in a bid to ensure that the world is a better place and women and children are protected from harm.

“ The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre reiterates that the efforts of the Nigerian Authorities must be complemented in a bid to rid ISWAP out of the Lake Chad Basin region in the overall interest of peace. 

“ We consequently believe that the urgency of now requires that all the necessary support the world can avail Nigeria should be given in the quest to defeat terrorism in Nigeria, as well as the Lake Chad Basin region. The world must indeed act fast.”

Rivers CSOs write Chief of Army Staff, hail conduct of Army personnel throughout 2019 polls

Rivers CSOs write Chief of Army Staff, hail conduct of Army personnel throughout 2019 polls

By Dansu Peter

The 2019 general elections may be a forgotten issue but the Nigerian Army’s translucent apolitical and uncompromising role is still fresh in the hearts of many.

The country's gallant troops stood to defend its democracy and integrity by successfully thwarting malicious intent of the opposition to rig and rain terror on innocent electorates, especially in the oil-rich South-South region.

The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) domiciled in Rivers State is the latest to shower encomiums on the military under the leadership of Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai.

In a letter addressed to the Army Chief, the Rivers CSOs reckoned that with their intervention, there was a near-zero electoral violence and killings during and after the last exercise.

According to the group, the singular initiative of establishing Army’s Situation Room averted the impending massacre.

Signed by Convener, Comrade Tamuno George, the CSOs were even more impressed by the Army's resoluteness in the face of pressure and conspiracy by Governor Nyesom Wike.

“ These CSOs are particularly bolstered into this open appreciation of your leadership of the Army because the 2019 general elections were scary for us and other electorates in Rivers state, Niger Delta region and the entire country. We least expected that Nigeria would come out of it unhurt as it is today,” the letter read in part. 

“ Sir, and for the first time, we saw and utilized the Army’s Situation Room under your leadership, which monitored and promptly responded to insecurity alarms from Nigerians in all parts of the country.

“ This singular initiative saved Nigerians from the planned electoral violence and killings. It averted the plots of electoral heist by demonic forces in Nigeria in 2019. We saw top military officers, especially in Rivers state, who stoutly resisted the numerous temptations of financial inducements by the incumbent Government of Rivers State to compromise the ballots. 

“ We applaud the good conduct of the Nigerian troops particularly in Rivers State, where a vicious Gov. Nyesom Ezenwa Wike who was so desperate for reelection by hook or crook, blackmailed, intimidated and undermined the Army with his executive might.

“ It has not escaped our memory that Gov. Wike attempted to tarnish the good image and reputation of the Nigerian Army under your leadership by severally approaching the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Jamil Sarham and other officers to compromise the electoral process. When the attempts failed, Gov. Wike went to bizarre extents in blackmailing the institution of the Nigerian Army.

“ We dare say, without the intervention of soldiers, Gov. Wike would have murdered a sizeable population of the people of Rivers state like he did in 2015 for the sake of political power.

“ But Gen. Sarham resisted his devilish overtures and he is greatly appreciated for his steadfastness to save lives and protect Nigeria’s democracy in Rivers state. Again, the Army under your command actually saved democracy in Nigeria and our experience in Rivers state amply attest to it.

“ And Sir, when we heard of the James Moore group, the  "UK Matters Most", protests in London  to  #10 Downing Street, Buckingham Palace and delivered a letter to Queen Elizabeth II as well as the Westminster Parliament, compelling these  top government officials to kick-start action on Gov. Wike’s alleged $1 million bribe to the High Commissioner and consulate officials in the  British High Commission in Abuja, it was clear to us, Gov. Wike’s failure to monetarily influence the Army or compromise them compelled him to shift his devilry to foreign officials.

“ We learnt Gov. Wike’s alleged $1 million bribe to British High Commissioner and Consulate officials in Abuja was meant to have the British election observers cook an incriminating report, which will implicate and question the partiality of the Nigerian Army, especially, the innocent Gen. Sarham and his officers in Rivers state.

“ But God intervened by exposing the innocence of the Nigerian Army under your command by leaking the secret deals designed against your troops in Rivers state. The “UK Matters Most,” group’s protest in far away London explained it all. “
By Dansu Peter

The 2019 general elections may be a forgotten issue but the Nigerian Army’s translucent apolitical and uncompromising role is still fresh in the hearts of many.

The country's gallant troops stood to defend its democracy and integrity by successfully thwarting malicious intent of the opposition to rig and rain terror on innocent electorates, especially in the oil-rich South-South region.

The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) domiciled in Rivers State is the latest to shower encomiums on the military under the leadership of Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai.

In a letter addressed to the Army Chief, the Rivers CSOs reckoned that with their intervention, there was a near-zero electoral violence and killings during and after the last exercise.

According to the group, the singular initiative of establishing Army’s Situation Room averted the impending massacre.

Signed by Convener, Comrade Tamuno George, the CSOs were even more impressed by the Army's resoluteness in the face of pressure and conspiracy by Governor Nyesom Wike.

“ These CSOs are particularly bolstered into this open appreciation of your leadership of the Army because the 2019 general elections were scary for us and other electorates in Rivers state, Niger Delta region and the entire country. We least expected that Nigeria would come out of it unhurt as it is today,” the letter read in part. 

“ Sir, and for the first time, we saw and utilized the Army’s Situation Room under your leadership, which monitored and promptly responded to insecurity alarms from Nigerians in all parts of the country.

“ This singular initiative saved Nigerians from the planned electoral violence and killings. It averted the plots of electoral heist by demonic forces in Nigeria in 2019. We saw top military officers, especially in Rivers state, who stoutly resisted the numerous temptations of financial inducements by the incumbent Government of Rivers State to compromise the ballots. 

“ We applaud the good conduct of the Nigerian troops particularly in Rivers State, where a vicious Gov. Nyesom Ezenwa Wike who was so desperate for reelection by hook or crook, blackmailed, intimidated and undermined the Army with his executive might.

“ It has not escaped our memory that Gov. Wike attempted to tarnish the good image and reputation of the Nigerian Army under your leadership by severally approaching the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Jamil Sarham and other officers to compromise the electoral process. When the attempts failed, Gov. Wike went to bizarre extents in blackmailing the institution of the Nigerian Army.

“ We dare say, without the intervention of soldiers, Gov. Wike would have murdered a sizeable population of the people of Rivers state like he did in 2015 for the sake of political power.

“ But Gen. Sarham resisted his devilish overtures and he is greatly appreciated for his steadfastness to save lives and protect Nigeria’s democracy in Rivers state. Again, the Army under your command actually saved democracy in Nigeria and our experience in Rivers state amply attest to it.

“ And Sir, when we heard of the James Moore group, the  "UK Matters Most", protests in London  to  #10 Downing Street, Buckingham Palace and delivered a letter to Queen Elizabeth II as well as the Westminster Parliament, compelling these  top government officials to kick-start action on Gov. Wike’s alleged $1 million bribe to the High Commissioner and consulate officials in the  British High Commission in Abuja, it was clear to us, Gov. Wike’s failure to monetarily influence the Army or compromise them compelled him to shift his devilry to foreign officials.

“ We learnt Gov. Wike’s alleged $1 million bribe to British High Commissioner and Consulate officials in Abuja was meant to have the British election observers cook an incriminating report, which will implicate and question the partiality of the Nigerian Army, especially, the innocent Gen. Sarham and his officers in Rivers state.

“ But God intervened by exposing the innocence of the Nigerian Army under your command by leaking the secret deals designed against your troops in Rivers state. The “UK Matters Most,” group’s protest in far away London explained it all. “

Obasanjo, GEJ are enemies of Nigeria who must pay for their evil days — Coalition for Nigeria

Obasanjo, GEJ are enemies of Nigeria who must pay for their evil days — Coalition for Nigeria

By Dansu Peter

Following a groundbreaking Democracy Day celebration on Wednesday, the Coalition for Nigeria Movement has labelled former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan as “enemies of Nigeria" owing to their separate roles in plunging the country into dire straits.

According to the group, the estranged pair should be banned from state functions, having selfishly enriched themselves and families to the detriment of the common masses.

In a statement carefully signed by Convener, Patriot Sabo Odeh, the group, however, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the ethswhile leaders, whom they said, must pay for their crimes.

Read full press release below:

Gentlemen of the press, the Coalition for Nigeria Movement congratulates Nigerians on the attainment of 20 years of uninterrupted democracy. Considering our history of truncated democracy and aborted republics, our successfully keeping at democracy for upwards of two decades is a feat that is worth celebrating, which the country has rightly celebrated.

Thankfully, the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has woken up to the realization that we must as a people go beyond merely celebrating our achievement. He has taken steps to stamp the significance of our commitment to democracy by institutionalizing the day in our consciousness by documenting June 12 as Democracy Day, in recognition of the importance of the election of June 12, 1993 to where we are today. President Buhari has further broken away from the denial syndrome of his predecessors, who refused to recognize and honour the heroic role of late Chief MKO Abiola as the catalyst of what the country enjoys today. Mr. President’s choice of actions has placed Abiola on the list of Nigeria’s past presidents as of today, which is something that will encourage even more patriots to be willing to lay down their lives to defend democracy.

These developments that have elated Nigerians cross class, ethnic, religious and political divides. It is however alarming that there is a pocket of evil people that are saddened by the very fact that Nigeria’s democracy have survived their repeated assault on it, which has made their intentions to abort two decades of continued democracy to fail serially. So toxic is their bad wish for the country that they are unable to hide their disappointment and anger that the country is on the path of thriving in spite of their willful acts of sabotage against the nation.

This axis of evil have in recent times spoken through two former presidents, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. It is interesting that these are men that Nigerians have the misfortune of enduring as leaders for fourteen out of the twenty years of democratic rule. These are men under whose administration Nigerians were almost misled to believe that democracy is synonymous with corruption; they presided over fourteen years of the country being parcelled out to friends and family – government funds became ATM where they, their associates and cronies withdraw money to finance their debased lifestyles.

There is a long list of national assets that were fraudulently privatized against the interest of the country. Proof that these entities were sold under questionable terms is in the very fact the sectors are being held hostage while the supposed buyers are unable to meet basic benchmarks.

One would have expected that the disgrace of being found to have looted the collective treasury would have forced these men to seek out the path of honour but it appears they are too far gone to the dark side for them to be remorseful. Instead of finding ways to atone for their sins in the hope that they will one day be considered in the light of legends like MKO Abiola and President Buhari, they have rather resorted to piling more sins on their existing transgressions. Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan have decided to continue assaulting the country on several fronts and in various guises.

We are of the opinion that their resort to attacking the integrity of Nigeria while making it appear as if their target is President Buhari is a strategy to draw attention away from the years of bad governance that they inflicted on Nigerians. It is a concept of making the current state of affairs appear dismal so that the horrible foundation they had laid for our democracy can be forgiven.

While they are free to attempt exonerating themselves from their misdeeds, what they are not allowed to do is to go about it in a way that further does damage to our body politics. The utterances of Obasanjo and Jonathan in recent weeks are capable of sparking off ethno-religious crisis in the country because they continue to speak in ways that pitch one section of the country against the other. They incite Christians against Muslims, they pitch other ethnic nationalities against the Fulani even as they encourage some parts of the country to wallow in victimhood, a situation that has fueled separatist agitations of different shades.

They even went beyond merely making inflammatory and inciting utterances to actually courting foreign support to destabilize Nigeria.  Taken with their recent ugly remarks and posture in the public domain, these subversive actions all point to the fact that Obasanjo and Jonathan not have the interest of the country at heart as erroneously believed in certain quarters.

Let us point out that these evil utterances are not in any way intended to be fair criticism of the government of the day. They are rather intended to make the country fail. It must be noted that in the era of both men as presidents, they would not tolerate such from anyone as those who criticized them are summarily dealt with. 

We must further state that Nigeria is not the property of a few people. The country belongs to us all. A consequence of this is that we must rise up to ward off the attacks by these men and their agents on the long term stability of Nigeria. They have cornered enough resources to buy citizenship in other countries for themselves and their family members; in order to retain what they have looted they have no qualms about plunging the country into crisis.

Nigerians owe it a duty to protect themselves from these kind of desperate men and any measure necessary to curtail their excesses and stop their evil plans against the country. Desperate times they say call for desperate measures. Our belief is that the unethical behavior of these two men should be visited with unorthodox responses as a deterrence. To this end, the Coalition for Nigeria Movement hereby presents a 7-point demand to the Federal Government, which must be met to prove that the present administration is no colluding with Obasanjo and Jonathan to ink the country. Our demands are:

That the Federal Government conduct a comprehensive audit of government funds by probing national finances from 1999 – 2015. This probe should be with a view to unravel the mysteries surrounding the loss of Nigeria’s resources, which has become imperative to unveil the true identities of those who stole Nigeria blind but are today parading as elder statesmen.

That anyone indicted by the aforementioned investigation should be made to stand trial and handed the stiffest punishment applicable where they are convicted. This to serve as deterrence to those that think they can loot the treasury and then assume the roles of critics in order to evade justice.

That the federal government, as another phase of the anti-corruption war, prioritize the recovery of assets that were illegally privatized or sold to family members and associates of Obasanjo and Jonathan. In addition to recovering the said assets, government should open corruption probe and trials of those that took part in this heinous crime against Nigeria.

That the nation’s anti-graft agencies should get a marching order to trace foreign assets that were illegally acquired using looted funds using international collaboration platform that exist for this purpose. Countries where assets are domiciled should be encourage to cooperate with Nigeria while the necessary procedure for asset recovery and forfeiture for proceeds of crime should be lodged with those nations to recover that has been stolen from Nigeria.

That henceforth Nigerians should declare former presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan as persona non-grata and not accord either of them any respect either in public places as former presidents or elder statesmen. This stance shall persist is until such a time that all the sponsors of terrorism either directly or indirectly are unraveled in the country.

That the Federal Government should henceforth not extend any invitation to state functions to any of Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan for using their positions in the past to enrich themselves and families to the detriment of the common masses of our beloved country.

That the federal government notifies friends and partners of Nigerians to stop further transactions and interactions with both men or risk being enemies of Nigeria. Countries that continue to hobnob with either men would have proven that they are the international components that are fanning the embers of the security breaches in Nigeria.

That no Nigerian will be harassed, arrested, prosecuted or criminalized for publicly humiliating, insulting or taunting these men for what they have done to Nigeria. This should be a new approach to treating treasury looters and those that have proven that they are enemies of the country.

The Coalition for Nigeria Movement will not stop at just making these demands but will begin a nationwide mobilization and contact activities to get more Nigerians on board in the quest to properly criminalize the theft of public assets and running subversive activities against the country irrespective of who is involved. We shall also be mobilizing Nigerians to join us on piling pressure on the government of the day not to shy from its responsibility of defending Nigeria’s democracy against subversive past leaders.

We want Nigerians to remember that it a sacred duty for all of us to ensure that our democracy survives into perpetuity. This is a task that requires that all sentiments are discarded while national interest takes primacy.
By Dansu Peter

Following a groundbreaking Democracy Day celebration on Wednesday, the Coalition for Nigeria Movement has labelled former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan as “enemies of Nigeria" owing to their separate roles in plunging the country into dire straits.

According to the group, the estranged pair should be banned from state functions, having selfishly enriched themselves and families to the detriment of the common masses.

In a statement carefully signed by Convener, Patriot Sabo Odeh, the group, however, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the ethswhile leaders, whom they said, must pay for their crimes.

Read full press release below:

Gentlemen of the press, the Coalition for Nigeria Movement congratulates Nigerians on the attainment of 20 years of uninterrupted democracy. Considering our history of truncated democracy and aborted republics, our successfully keeping at democracy for upwards of two decades is a feat that is worth celebrating, which the country has rightly celebrated.

Thankfully, the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has woken up to the realization that we must as a people go beyond merely celebrating our achievement. He has taken steps to stamp the significance of our commitment to democracy by institutionalizing the day in our consciousness by documenting June 12 as Democracy Day, in recognition of the importance of the election of June 12, 1993 to where we are today. President Buhari has further broken away from the denial syndrome of his predecessors, who refused to recognize and honour the heroic role of late Chief MKO Abiola as the catalyst of what the country enjoys today. Mr. President’s choice of actions has placed Abiola on the list of Nigeria’s past presidents as of today, which is something that will encourage even more patriots to be willing to lay down their lives to defend democracy.

These developments that have elated Nigerians cross class, ethnic, religious and political divides. It is however alarming that there is a pocket of evil people that are saddened by the very fact that Nigeria’s democracy have survived their repeated assault on it, which has made their intentions to abort two decades of continued democracy to fail serially. So toxic is their bad wish for the country that they are unable to hide their disappointment and anger that the country is on the path of thriving in spite of their willful acts of sabotage against the nation.

This axis of evil have in recent times spoken through two former presidents, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. It is interesting that these are men that Nigerians have the misfortune of enduring as leaders for fourteen out of the twenty years of democratic rule. These are men under whose administration Nigerians were almost misled to believe that democracy is synonymous with corruption; they presided over fourteen years of the country being parcelled out to friends and family – government funds became ATM where they, their associates and cronies withdraw money to finance their debased lifestyles.

There is a long list of national assets that were fraudulently privatized against the interest of the country. Proof that these entities were sold under questionable terms is in the very fact the sectors are being held hostage while the supposed buyers are unable to meet basic benchmarks.

One would have expected that the disgrace of being found to have looted the collective treasury would have forced these men to seek out the path of honour but it appears they are too far gone to the dark side for them to be remorseful. Instead of finding ways to atone for their sins in the hope that they will one day be considered in the light of legends like MKO Abiola and President Buhari, they have rather resorted to piling more sins on their existing transgressions. Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan have decided to continue assaulting the country on several fronts and in various guises.

We are of the opinion that their resort to attacking the integrity of Nigeria while making it appear as if their target is President Buhari is a strategy to draw attention away from the years of bad governance that they inflicted on Nigerians. It is a concept of making the current state of affairs appear dismal so that the horrible foundation they had laid for our democracy can be forgiven.

While they are free to attempt exonerating themselves from their misdeeds, what they are not allowed to do is to go about it in a way that further does damage to our body politics. The utterances of Obasanjo and Jonathan in recent weeks are capable of sparking off ethno-religious crisis in the country because they continue to speak in ways that pitch one section of the country against the other. They incite Christians against Muslims, they pitch other ethnic nationalities against the Fulani even as they encourage some parts of the country to wallow in victimhood, a situation that has fueled separatist agitations of different shades.

They even went beyond merely making inflammatory and inciting utterances to actually courting foreign support to destabilize Nigeria.  Taken with their recent ugly remarks and posture in the public domain, these subversive actions all point to the fact that Obasanjo and Jonathan not have the interest of the country at heart as erroneously believed in certain quarters.

Let us point out that these evil utterances are not in any way intended to be fair criticism of the government of the day. They are rather intended to make the country fail. It must be noted that in the era of both men as presidents, they would not tolerate such from anyone as those who criticized them are summarily dealt with. 

We must further state that Nigeria is not the property of a few people. The country belongs to us all. A consequence of this is that we must rise up to ward off the attacks by these men and their agents on the long term stability of Nigeria. They have cornered enough resources to buy citizenship in other countries for themselves and their family members; in order to retain what they have looted they have no qualms about plunging the country into crisis.

Nigerians owe it a duty to protect themselves from these kind of desperate men and any measure necessary to curtail their excesses and stop their evil plans against the country. Desperate times they say call for desperate measures. Our belief is that the unethical behavior of these two men should be visited with unorthodox responses as a deterrence. To this end, the Coalition for Nigeria Movement hereby presents a 7-point demand to the Federal Government, which must be met to prove that the present administration is no colluding with Obasanjo and Jonathan to ink the country. Our demands are:

That the Federal Government conduct a comprehensive audit of government funds by probing national finances from 1999 – 2015. This probe should be with a view to unravel the mysteries surrounding the loss of Nigeria’s resources, which has become imperative to unveil the true identities of those who stole Nigeria blind but are today parading as elder statesmen.

That anyone indicted by the aforementioned investigation should be made to stand trial and handed the stiffest punishment applicable where they are convicted. This to serve as deterrence to those that think they can loot the treasury and then assume the roles of critics in order to evade justice.

That the federal government, as another phase of the anti-corruption war, prioritize the recovery of assets that were illegally privatized or sold to family members and associates of Obasanjo and Jonathan. In addition to recovering the said assets, government should open corruption probe and trials of those that took part in this heinous crime against Nigeria.

That the nation’s anti-graft agencies should get a marching order to trace foreign assets that were illegally acquired using looted funds using international collaboration platform that exist for this purpose. Countries where assets are domiciled should be encourage to cooperate with Nigeria while the necessary procedure for asset recovery and forfeiture for proceeds of crime should be lodged with those nations to recover that has been stolen from Nigeria.

That henceforth Nigerians should declare former presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan as persona non-grata and not accord either of them any respect either in public places as former presidents or elder statesmen. This stance shall persist is until such a time that all the sponsors of terrorism either directly or indirectly are unraveled in the country.

That the Federal Government should henceforth not extend any invitation to state functions to any of Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan for using their positions in the past to enrich themselves and families to the detriment of the common masses of our beloved country.

That the federal government notifies friends and partners of Nigerians to stop further transactions and interactions with both men or risk being enemies of Nigeria. Countries that continue to hobnob with either men would have proven that they are the international components that are fanning the embers of the security breaches in Nigeria.

That no Nigerian will be harassed, arrested, prosecuted or criminalized for publicly humiliating, insulting or taunting these men for what they have done to Nigeria. This should be a new approach to treating treasury looters and those that have proven that they are enemies of the country.

The Coalition for Nigeria Movement will not stop at just making these demands but will begin a nationwide mobilization and contact activities to get more Nigerians on board in the quest to properly criminalize the theft of public assets and running subversive activities against the country irrespective of who is involved. We shall also be mobilizing Nigerians to join us on piling pressure on the government of the day not to shy from its responsibility of defending Nigeria’s democracy against subversive past leaders.

We want Nigerians to remember that it a sacred duty for all of us to ensure that our democracy survives into perpetuity. This is a task that requires that all sentiments are discarded while national interest takes primacy.

PHOTOS: ERELU FAYEMI VISITS OCTOGENARIAN, COMMUNITY LEADER IN ORIN EKITI

PHOTOS: ERELU FAYEMI VISITS OCTOGENARIAN, COMMUNITY LEADER IN ORIN EKITI

 Erelu Bisi Fayemi

Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi; with an All Progressives Congress (APC) staunch supporter, Mama Iwa Adefarakan; when she visited the octogenarian community leader at her Orin-Ekiti residence on Saturday



 Erelu Bisi Fayemi

 Erelu Bisi Fayemi

Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi; with an All Progressives Congress (APC) staunch supporter, Mama Iwa Adefarakan; when she visited the octogenarian community leader at her Orin-Ekiti residence on Saturday



 Erelu Bisi Fayemi

GOV. FAYEMI WANTS FULL ACCREDITATION FOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, MEETS RETIRED HOS

GOV. FAYEMI WANTS FULL ACCREDITATION FOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, MEETS RETIRED HOS


Kayode Fayemi
Ekiti State government has re-affirmed its commitment towards ensuring full accreditation of the Ekiti state University College of Medicine to allow students admitted in the college ten years ago, graduate
without further delay.

Governor Fayemi made this known while hosting members of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria who were in the state to inspect facilities at the College as part of the process for its final accreditation.

Fayemi said he was optimistic that with the efforts of the state government and the University towards ensuring improved facilities, the college would get the final nod of the council and would be able to graduate its first set of medical doctors.

He said, “This is something that is long overdue as you can see that ten years is a long time and for these students to have been in school waiting to have this over with. Lets hope that by the time you finish this accreditation they wont have any reason not to receive positive nod from you that will not allow them to become properly recognized medical doctors.

“For us its been a long journey, it is unfortunate, but I must really thank all of our professionals in charge, they all contributed in their own way to bring us to this point. I believe the students would give a good account of themselves, I met a few of them in the course of their professional studies and I think they are eager to complete this process. I believe on our part we would do everything to ensure that we support the university and the college of medicine to achieve the purpose.”

The governor described the situation as shameful saying it wrong for any government to have delayed
accreditation for so long while putting the career of the students in jeopardy, adding that many universities that does not have the number of professionals as the Ekiti State University were turning our their students regularly.

“I was speaking to one of our icons this morning, Chief Afe Babalola and he briefed me about the open heart surgery done ABUAD Teaching Hospital, my mind went to our own students. If ABUAD is already doing open heart surgery, we really need to do more to put the the EKSU College of Medicine in its place of pride and I believe we are determined to do that, I will continue to support to the best of our ability.

Dr Fayemi assured the Council that his administration would ensure further improvement on the facilities at the college to allow it graduate more than the approved fifty students, adding that government would wish to retain as many as would want to stay back and work in Ekiti among them when they graduate, because they are already conversant with the various challenges of the people of the state.

“Of course we want them to be more than fifty to be graduated and we would want to even retain them in Ekiti. we still do not have enough and if we must really successfully undertake our universal basic health programme then, we need to tap more of our medical officers in the place. And as you say sir, if they stay within the state they will add more value because they understand the state, they know the challenges our people have and they will do a lot better job in the state.” he said.

Earlier, the Registrar, Dr T.A.B. Sanusi who led the 14- member Council appreciated the efforts of the state government towards ensuring final accreditation of the college stressing the importance of adhering to and maintaining minimal standard for setting up medical school.

Dr Sanusi lamented the delay which made the students to spend about ten years when most of their
colleagues in other courses and institutions might have completed their Doctorate.

He explained that the council is a regulatory body that must ensure that minimum standard is maintained
because it has the responsibility to ensure that the health of the people are not put in jeopardy.

It is recalled that Governor Fayemi, had earlier in the year presented a coaster bus to the college and
released funds for the upgrade of some facilities needed to get the final accreditation.

Kayode Fayemi
Ekiti State government has re-affirmed its commitment towards ensuring full accreditation of the Ekiti state University College of Medicine to allow students admitted in the college ten years ago, graduate
without further delay.

Governor Fayemi made this known while hosting members of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria who were in the state to inspect facilities at the College as part of the process for its final accreditation.

Fayemi said he was optimistic that with the efforts of the state government and the University towards ensuring improved facilities, the college would get the final nod of the council and would be able to graduate its first set of medical doctors.

He said, “This is something that is long overdue as you can see that ten years is a long time and for these students to have been in school waiting to have this over with. Lets hope that by the time you finish this accreditation they wont have any reason not to receive positive nod from you that will not allow them to become properly recognized medical doctors.

“For us its been a long journey, it is unfortunate, but I must really thank all of our professionals in charge, they all contributed in their own way to bring us to this point. I believe the students would give a good account of themselves, I met a few of them in the course of their professional studies and I think they are eager to complete this process. I believe on our part we would do everything to ensure that we support the university and the college of medicine to achieve the purpose.”

The governor described the situation as shameful saying it wrong for any government to have delayed
accreditation for so long while putting the career of the students in jeopardy, adding that many universities that does not have the number of professionals as the Ekiti State University were turning our their students regularly.

“I was speaking to one of our icons this morning, Chief Afe Babalola and he briefed me about the open heart surgery done ABUAD Teaching Hospital, my mind went to our own students. If ABUAD is already doing open heart surgery, we really need to do more to put the the EKSU College of Medicine in its place of pride and I believe we are determined to do that, I will continue to support to the best of our ability.

Dr Fayemi assured the Council that his administration would ensure further improvement on the facilities at the college to allow it graduate more than the approved fifty students, adding that government would wish to retain as many as would want to stay back and work in Ekiti among them when they graduate, because they are already conversant with the various challenges of the people of the state.

“Of course we want them to be more than fifty to be graduated and we would want to even retain them in Ekiti. we still do not have enough and if we must really successfully undertake our universal basic health programme then, we need to tap more of our medical officers in the place. And as you say sir, if they stay within the state they will add more value because they understand the state, they know the challenges our people have and they will do a lot better job in the state.” he said.

Earlier, the Registrar, Dr T.A.B. Sanusi who led the 14- member Council appreciated the efforts of the state government towards ensuring final accreditation of the college stressing the importance of adhering to and maintaining minimal standard for setting up medical school.

Dr Sanusi lamented the delay which made the students to spend about ten years when most of their
colleagues in other courses and institutions might have completed their Doctorate.

He explained that the council is a regulatory body that must ensure that minimum standard is maintained
because it has the responsibility to ensure that the health of the people are not put in jeopardy.

It is recalled that Governor Fayemi, had earlier in the year presented a coaster bus to the college and
released funds for the upgrade of some facilities needed to get the final accreditation.

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