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Maj-Gen. Buhari (retd) and the Lie of a New Year Message

Maj-Gen. Buhari (retd) and the Lie of a New Year Message

 

In the now customary fashion of a New Year broadcast by the President, Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd) delivered a 34-point message on 1st January. The rather hollow speech was filled with half-truths, outright lies, and significant omissions.


The speech starts with an attempt to drum up patriotic sentiments, saying that after sixty years “we are standing tall in the comity of nations as one country united under the will of God”. But those who are standing tall are the few stupendously rich. The backs of well over a hundred million poor people have become bent from the burden of increasing costs of living which they can hardly bear.


As a report last year puts it “Nigeria is making more millionaires than ever”. In fact, under the APC regime, the country has recorded the fastest growth in millionaires and billionaires on the African continent. At the same time, it has also secured the infamous position of the country with the largest number of extremely poor people in the world!


The social inequality is simply sickening. The wealth of Nigeria’s five richest men could end extreme poverty in the country. And the worst part of it all, as Oxfam reports, is that most of the wealth of these “big men” have simply been stolen from the public coffers. $20 trillion were stolen between 1960 and 2005.


We can of course imagine just how much more has been stolen over the last fifteen years. The “recorded substantial gains” of the administration’s so-called “anti-corruption drive” is the most disingenuous articulation of sakamanje. Corruption in high places has continued to be the norm under this regime, despite the fighting corruption shakara it came up with as part of its “Change” mantra wayo in 2015.


And without batting an eye the retired Major-General tells us that “your voices have been heard and we would continue to listen to you”. As if that were not enough, in the same sentence he claims to be “committed to the unity of Nigeria to ensure every region of this nation is safe for us all, while guaranteeing that the future is also secure for the coming generation”.


This is the same government that was called out for its lawlessness and penchant for repression by The Punch newspapers barely a year back. Has it turned a new leaf since then for the better? On the contrary, the regime has become even more heinous in definitely not listening to the voices of the people that it might have heard over the last year.


And it does not stop at that. Journalists, whistle-blowers, humanists, and others have been brutalised and detained over the last year. In some instances, the “crimes” of such Nigerians have been for something as petty as using a former SIM card of the president’s daughter (bought from a telecoms company, years after she last used it!) And what of the three people arrested for allegedly insulting the president on social media, who were charged with committing cyber-crimes?


No sir, you never listened to us. You are deaf to our concerns. Where the poor were whipped with koboko you now whip us with scorpions. And your talk about ensuring safety would have been laughable were it not so tragic. And the neoliberal policies of today would rather make the future insecure for coming generations except today’s working-class people and youth kick this regime and its policies meant to make the rich richer and the poor poorer into the dustbin of history.


The lies continue “on the economy”. Is it true that “growing food related inflationary figures” have been reduced? The simple answer is a capital NO! Bloomberg reported mid-December that inflation was at its highest in almost three years on food costs, with annual food inflation acceleration increasing to 18.3%, from 17.4% in October.


“Transformation through rehabilitation, modernization, and expansion of the railway system, national roads and bridges” is also little but razzmatazz code for chopping and cleaning mouth, to borrow from Abami Eda Fela. And all sections and parties of the thieving bosses have their mouths soiled in this more chop and less infrastructure drama.


A Premium Times investigation in July takes us into the “multibillion naira railway fraud” from Jonathan to Buhari. And we equally recall Rotimi Amaechi the minister of transportation urging the national assembly to desist from probing a $500bn Chinese loan for road construction.


And just by the way, Mr Amaechi who’s never had much identifiable source of wealth outside politics is one of the top ten richest politicians in the country, with a worth of $780m. But he is at the lowest rung of that list. The number one position is held by the former Lagos state governor, APC leader, and aspiring presidential candidate come 2023 – Bola Ahmed Tinubu himself, with $8.4bn (and that’s just what could be traced to him).


Beyond the simply vexatious lies, probably the most insulting paragraphs of this tract of barefaced lies are those reaffirming commitment to the people of Nigeria especially the youth which it describes as “our most valuable natural resource”. Coming from the butcher-in-chief of Lekki who never expressed a word of regret about the 20-10-2020 massacre when he delivered a fire and brimstone speech two days after; this is rubbing salt on open wound. Maj-Gen. Buhari and the entire pack of wolves constituting this vampirish regime have blood on their hands. Animals in human skin, as Fela taught us, cannot dash us human rights.


There are lies of omission as well as lies of commission in the Major-General’s speech.


He fails to tell us that the health of the poor masses is not a priority for the regime, even in the midst of a global health emergency. Two decades after the Abuja Declaration commitment made by governments of African countries to set aside 15% of their annual budgetary provision for provision of healthcare, and in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 budget’s provision for the health sector is barely 7%.


He fails to tell us that the regime and its supporters care less for public schools and honouring agreements reached with university teachers, allowing an ASUU strike to drag on for almost a year.


He fails to tell us that, in contravention of the National Minimum Wage Act, 2019 one third of the states of the federation have failed to pay workers the paltry N30,000 and even some who had started paying have illegally been making deductions from such miserly take-home pay that hardly takes any worker home.


And since he cannot tell us these, we cannot expect him to tell us the interconnectedness of the things not said. The class of rich people, in and out of government, do not use the public health system, nor do they send their children to public universities. While COVID-19 has barred them from jetting away to Europe for healthcare, they still access top-notch healthcare services in expensive private hospitals in the country. As with health, so with education. A year and a half back, The Sun reported that a major reason why the country’s education system suffers is that the rich send their children and wards to study abroad. These include Mr President.


S/he who wears the shoe knows where it pinches. We cannot rely on the goodwill of Maj-Gen Buhari (retd) or the class of rich people to make life better for us out of their benevolence. We have to fight to win even that which is legal like implementation of the National Minimum Wage Act! The president like those before him can and will continue to come and beguile us with lies year in and year out.


We must however tell ourselves the truth. We are not in the same boat. The secret of their wealth lies in our pauperisation. We must fight for improved funding of public healthcare and quality education. But we must fight for even more. We must fight for system change. For as long as the exploitative and oppressive capitalist system still stands, the rich will take back whatever reform we win today, somehow or the other, as soon as they can.


The ultimate lie is to believe we can build a new Nigeria and indeed a better world, without revolutionary overthrow of the lying, thieving vagabonds in power and the pro-rich people system they represent. Labour, as the NLC motto clearly states, creates wealth.


The working-class whose labour creates the wealth which the crop of millionaires and billionaires feed fat on must rise, and with it, the entire poor masses and youth. We must take power and democratically run society as self-governance of the working people, by the working people for the working people.


by Baba AYE

 

In the now customary fashion of a New Year broadcast by the President, Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd) delivered a 34-point message on 1st January. The rather hollow speech was filled with half-truths, outright lies, and significant omissions.


The speech starts with an attempt to drum up patriotic sentiments, saying that after sixty years “we are standing tall in the comity of nations as one country united under the will of God”. But those who are standing tall are the few stupendously rich. The backs of well over a hundred million poor people have become bent from the burden of increasing costs of living which they can hardly bear.


As a report last year puts it “Nigeria is making more millionaires than ever”. In fact, under the APC regime, the country has recorded the fastest growth in millionaires and billionaires on the African continent. At the same time, it has also secured the infamous position of the country with the largest number of extremely poor people in the world!


The social inequality is simply sickening. The wealth of Nigeria’s five richest men could end extreme poverty in the country. And the worst part of it all, as Oxfam reports, is that most of the wealth of these “big men” have simply been stolen from the public coffers. $20 trillion were stolen between 1960 and 2005.


We can of course imagine just how much more has been stolen over the last fifteen years. The “recorded substantial gains” of the administration’s so-called “anti-corruption drive” is the most disingenuous articulation of sakamanje. Corruption in high places has continued to be the norm under this regime, despite the fighting corruption shakara it came up with as part of its “Change” mantra wayo in 2015.


And without batting an eye the retired Major-General tells us that “your voices have been heard and we would continue to listen to you”. As if that were not enough, in the same sentence he claims to be “committed to the unity of Nigeria to ensure every region of this nation is safe for us all, while guaranteeing that the future is also secure for the coming generation”.


This is the same government that was called out for its lawlessness and penchant for repression by The Punch newspapers barely a year back. Has it turned a new leaf since then for the better? On the contrary, the regime has become even more heinous in definitely not listening to the voices of the people that it might have heard over the last year.


And it does not stop at that. Journalists, whistle-blowers, humanists, and others have been brutalised and detained over the last year. In some instances, the “crimes” of such Nigerians have been for something as petty as using a former SIM card of the president’s daughter (bought from a telecoms company, years after she last used it!) And what of the three people arrested for allegedly insulting the president on social media, who were charged with committing cyber-crimes?


No sir, you never listened to us. You are deaf to our concerns. Where the poor were whipped with koboko you now whip us with scorpions. And your talk about ensuring safety would have been laughable were it not so tragic. And the neoliberal policies of today would rather make the future insecure for coming generations except today’s working-class people and youth kick this regime and its policies meant to make the rich richer and the poor poorer into the dustbin of history.


The lies continue “on the economy”. Is it true that “growing food related inflationary figures” have been reduced? The simple answer is a capital NO! Bloomberg reported mid-December that inflation was at its highest in almost three years on food costs, with annual food inflation acceleration increasing to 18.3%, from 17.4% in October.


“Transformation through rehabilitation, modernization, and expansion of the railway system, national roads and bridges” is also little but razzmatazz code for chopping and cleaning mouth, to borrow from Abami Eda Fela. And all sections and parties of the thieving bosses have their mouths soiled in this more chop and less infrastructure drama.


A Premium Times investigation in July takes us into the “multibillion naira railway fraud” from Jonathan to Buhari. And we equally recall Rotimi Amaechi the minister of transportation urging the national assembly to desist from probing a $500bn Chinese loan for road construction.


And just by the way, Mr Amaechi who’s never had much identifiable source of wealth outside politics is one of the top ten richest politicians in the country, with a worth of $780m. But he is at the lowest rung of that list. The number one position is held by the former Lagos state governor, APC leader, and aspiring presidential candidate come 2023 – Bola Ahmed Tinubu himself, with $8.4bn (and that’s just what could be traced to him).


Beyond the simply vexatious lies, probably the most insulting paragraphs of this tract of barefaced lies are those reaffirming commitment to the people of Nigeria especially the youth which it describes as “our most valuable natural resource”. Coming from the butcher-in-chief of Lekki who never expressed a word of regret about the 20-10-2020 massacre when he delivered a fire and brimstone speech two days after; this is rubbing salt on open wound. Maj-Gen. Buhari and the entire pack of wolves constituting this vampirish regime have blood on their hands. Animals in human skin, as Fela taught us, cannot dash us human rights.


There are lies of omission as well as lies of commission in the Major-General’s speech.


He fails to tell us that the health of the poor masses is not a priority for the regime, even in the midst of a global health emergency. Two decades after the Abuja Declaration commitment made by governments of African countries to set aside 15% of their annual budgetary provision for provision of healthcare, and in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 budget’s provision for the health sector is barely 7%.


He fails to tell us that the regime and its supporters care less for public schools and honouring agreements reached with university teachers, allowing an ASUU strike to drag on for almost a year.


He fails to tell us that, in contravention of the National Minimum Wage Act, 2019 one third of the states of the federation have failed to pay workers the paltry N30,000 and even some who had started paying have illegally been making deductions from such miserly take-home pay that hardly takes any worker home.


And since he cannot tell us these, we cannot expect him to tell us the interconnectedness of the things not said. The class of rich people, in and out of government, do not use the public health system, nor do they send their children to public universities. While COVID-19 has barred them from jetting away to Europe for healthcare, they still access top-notch healthcare services in expensive private hospitals in the country. As with health, so with education. A year and a half back, The Sun reported that a major reason why the country’s education system suffers is that the rich send their children and wards to study abroad. These include Mr President.


S/he who wears the shoe knows where it pinches. We cannot rely on the goodwill of Maj-Gen Buhari (retd) or the class of rich people to make life better for us out of their benevolence. We have to fight to win even that which is legal like implementation of the National Minimum Wage Act! The president like those before him can and will continue to come and beguile us with lies year in and year out.


We must however tell ourselves the truth. We are not in the same boat. The secret of their wealth lies in our pauperisation. We must fight for improved funding of public healthcare and quality education. But we must fight for even more. We must fight for system change. For as long as the exploitative and oppressive capitalist system still stands, the rich will take back whatever reform we win today, somehow or the other, as soon as they can.


The ultimate lie is to believe we can build a new Nigeria and indeed a better world, without revolutionary overthrow of the lying, thieving vagabonds in power and the pro-rich people system they represent. Labour, as the NLC motto clearly states, creates wealth.


The working-class whose labour creates the wealth which the crop of millionaires and billionaires feed fat on must rise, and with it, the entire poor masses and youth. We must take power and democratically run society as self-governance of the working people, by the working people for the working people.


by Baba AYE

Enough of intimidation: Nepotism under President Buhari topnotch says ECWA

Enough of intimidation: Nepotism under President Buhari topnotch says ECWA


The Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Nigeria has said the ranging nepotism under Nigerian President, Major Gen. Muhammadu Buhari has been second to non in the history of the country.

General Secretary of ECWA, Rev. Yunusa Sabo Nmadu Jnr said on Tuesday that there was nothing new about what Bishop Kukah had said and warned against any attempt to harm him.

Rev. Nmadu said: “I have read so many reactions to the Christmas message of our respected Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, with many of them coming from Muslim and Northern groups.”

He observed that “some of these uncharitable groups have even called for the arrest of our revered Bishop. Arrest a man that spoke the minds of millions of Nigerian? They must be joking.” “There is nothing new about what Bishop Kukah said, the Bishop has spoken our minds, and we will resist any attempt by any group or agency of government to harm him. Enough of this intimidation.”

“This style of governance to silent dissent voices by the Major General Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is unacceptable and must be resisted.” 

“We invite the international community and Nigerians to hold General Buhari and his government responsible should anything happen to Bishop Kukah.” 

“As a matter of fact, Nepotism under General Buhari administration is topnotch. This administration has a first class in nepotism and maladministration.”

“The Federal Government must immediately take steps towards addressing those concerns raised by Bishop Kukah, rather than sponsoring fake groups to attack the revered Bishop.”

“There is no denying the fact that Nigeria under General Buhari is now a centre of bloodshed. Killings, banditry, kidnappings and all forms of insecurities are now order of the day. The President should face the job for which he swore to. Mr. President, fulfill your campaign promises, secure the country and make life better for all of us. ”

“The earlier this administration take steps to addressing these genuine concerns and stop living in denial, the better for them and the country.”

“This country belongs to all of us. And no section of this country should be made superior than the other. We are bonafide citizens with equal rights. Enough of this shenanigans. We are watching,” he said.

The Majo Gen. Buhari led APC government in Nigeria has failed the people and the county as the administration has not deliver on its electoral promises in major areas. Instead of ending the Boko Haram terrorism, Fulani herdsmen and banditry havemade to compounded the woes of the country. 

Highest rate of Unemployement ever, crash of the country's economy into reccession, ASUU strikes as the government lack any meaningful direction right from the inception of the adiministration which has been adjuged the most nepotic and corrupt to lead the country.

The Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Nigeria has said the ranging nepotism under Nigerian President, Major Gen. Muhammadu Buhari has been second to non in the history of the country.

General Secretary of ECWA, Rev. Yunusa Sabo Nmadu Jnr said on Tuesday that there was nothing new about what Bishop Kukah had said and warned against any attempt to harm him.

Rev. Nmadu said: “I have read so many reactions to the Christmas message of our respected Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, with many of them coming from Muslim and Northern groups.”

He observed that “some of these uncharitable groups have even called for the arrest of our revered Bishop. Arrest a man that spoke the minds of millions of Nigerian? They must be joking.” “There is nothing new about what Bishop Kukah said, the Bishop has spoken our minds, and we will resist any attempt by any group or agency of government to harm him. Enough of this intimidation.”

“This style of governance to silent dissent voices by the Major General Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is unacceptable and must be resisted.” 

“We invite the international community and Nigerians to hold General Buhari and his government responsible should anything happen to Bishop Kukah.” 

“As a matter of fact, Nepotism under General Buhari administration is topnotch. This administration has a first class in nepotism and maladministration.”

“The Federal Government must immediately take steps towards addressing those concerns raised by Bishop Kukah, rather than sponsoring fake groups to attack the revered Bishop.”

“There is no denying the fact that Nigeria under General Buhari is now a centre of bloodshed. Killings, banditry, kidnappings and all forms of insecurities are now order of the day. The President should face the job for which he swore to. Mr. President, fulfill your campaign promises, secure the country and make life better for all of us. ”

“The earlier this administration take steps to addressing these genuine concerns and stop living in denial, the better for them and the country.”

“This country belongs to all of us. And no section of this country should be made superior than the other. We are bonafide citizens with equal rights. Enough of this shenanigans. We are watching,” he said.

The Majo Gen. Buhari led APC government in Nigeria has failed the people and the county as the administration has not deliver on its electoral promises in major areas. Instead of ending the Boko Haram terrorism, Fulani herdsmen and banditry havemade to compounded the woes of the country. 

Highest rate of Unemployement ever, crash of the country's economy into reccession, ASUU strikes as the government lack any meaningful direction right from the inception of the adiministration which has been adjuged the most nepotic and corrupt to lead the country.

The reality of a Nigerian Soldier in the corridor of terrorism

The reality of a Nigerian Soldier in the corridor of terrorism

Let's all ponder on this! 



Imagine for a minute that you are a trained soldier.

In fact, a Lieutenant.

You have a wife and two kids.


Now, imagine that during the quarterly rotation, you were sent to Bornu to fight insurgence (Boko Haram)

On this fateful day, as you were moving with your platoon. 


There was an ambush.

Gun fire ensured.


You shot with all you've got.

You know that you have a slim chance of surviving the attack. 


As you were running out of ammo, you called john, your buddy, for fresh supply.


No response.


You glanced and saw John's head split into two halves.

By your left is Barry, his torso turn and one of his arm lying 10 ft away.


With nothing to fight with, you made a run for it  and took a deep dive into the abondoned crater while bullets were getting fired at you.


You passed out 


When you woke, you saw yourself in the hospital.


The doctor came in.

"Officer, you are awake, we did an emergency surgery"

"We had to amputate you"


We are sorry.


You then asked.


'What of my team mates ?"


"Well, you lost 18 men and 2 survivors", the doctor replied. "You and Barry. 


Barry is still in intensive care."


Now, 3 months later, at the defence headquarters.


Your commanding officer, General Gida told you.

"You are back, lieutenant "


"Good news!

We rounded up all the terrorist that attacked your platoon after in another battle confrontation."


They are now in rehabilitation center.


"Can I see them?" you asked


'Sure!'


You got wheeled to the center.


They opened the door. 


And yes.


'There they are !'


Across the hall,

Young men in white flowing gowns were eating fried and Jollof rice with multiple chicken parts.

Some were drinking wine.


Laughter filled the air.

Having a ball.


You were told they will soon be taken abroad on scholarship.


Government sponsored.


As you were getting back to the generals office.


Just outside the defence headquarters gate, you saw the wives of your team, now widowed,  as they agitate with high voices and placards.


"We have been abandoned!"

"Pay us our husbands benefits!"

"We are hungry"


Just imagine all that.


It is the reality of a Nigerian Soldier in the corridor of terrorism.


Unknown author.

Let's all ponder on this! 



Imagine for a minute that you are a trained soldier.

In fact, a Lieutenant.

You have a wife and two kids.


Now, imagine that during the quarterly rotation, you were sent to Bornu to fight insurgence (Boko Haram)

On this fateful day, as you were moving with your platoon. 


There was an ambush.

Gun fire ensured.


You shot with all you've got.

You know that you have a slim chance of surviving the attack. 


As you were running out of ammo, you called john, your buddy, for fresh supply.


No response.


You glanced and saw John's head split into two halves.

By your left is Barry, his torso turn and one of his arm lying 10 ft away.


With nothing to fight with, you made a run for it  and took a deep dive into the abondoned crater while bullets were getting fired at you.


You passed out 


When you woke, you saw yourself in the hospital.


The doctor came in.

"Officer, you are awake, we did an emergency surgery"

"We had to amputate you"


We are sorry.


You then asked.


'What of my team mates ?"


"Well, you lost 18 men and 2 survivors", the doctor replied. "You and Barry. 


Barry is still in intensive care."


Now, 3 months later, at the defence headquarters.


Your commanding officer, General Gida told you.

"You are back, lieutenant "


"Good news!

We rounded up all the terrorist that attacked your platoon after in another battle confrontation."


They are now in rehabilitation center.


"Can I see them?" you asked


'Sure!'


You got wheeled to the center.


They opened the door. 


And yes.


'There they are !'


Across the hall,

Young men in white flowing gowns were eating fried and Jollof rice with multiple chicken parts.

Some were drinking wine.


Laughter filled the air.

Having a ball.


You were told they will soon be taken abroad on scholarship.


Government sponsored.


As you were getting back to the generals office.


Just outside the defence headquarters gate, you saw the wives of your team, now widowed,  as they agitate with high voices and placards.


"We have been abandoned!"

"Pay us our husbands benefits!"

"We are hungry"


Just imagine all that.


It is the reality of a Nigerian Soldier in the corridor of terrorism.


Unknown author.

UK's Financial Times says Nigeria close to becoming failed state, kidnapping, banditry are among country’s rare growth industries under Buhari

UK's Financial Times says Nigeria close to becoming failed state, kidnapping, banditry are among country’s rare growth industries under Buhari

A UK based newspaper Financial Times has described Nigeria under Major General Muhammadu Buhari as a country going backwards economically and plagued with terrorism, illiteracy, poverty, banditry, and kidnapping and risks becoming a failed state if things don’t take a drastic turn.

The Financial Times, in an editorial on Tuesday titled, ‘Nigeria at Risk of Becoming a Failed State’ said the abduction and subsequent rescue of over 300 schoolboys in Kankara, Katsina State, revived memories of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls abducted in Borno State in 2014.

According to the London newspaper, while the government’s claim that no ransom was paid to the abductors of the schoolboys remains doubtful, other acts of criminality could not be overlooked.

The editorial read in part, “The government insists no ransom was paid. Scepticism is warranted. In a country going backwards economically, carjacking, kidnapping and banditry are among Nigeria’s rare growth industries. Just as the boys were going home, Nigerian pirates abducted six Ukrainian sailors off the coast.

“The definition of a failed state is one where the government is no longer in control. By this yardstick, Africa’s most populous country is teetering on the brink.”

The newspaper also questioned the claim by President Muhammadu Buhari that Boko Haram had been technically defeated.

It said contrary to the government’s claim, Boko Haram remained an ever-present threat

The Financial Times stated, “President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 pronounced Boko Haram technically defeated’. That has proved fanciful. Boko Haram has remained an ever-present threat. If the latest kidnapping turns out to be its work, it will mark the spread of the terrorist group from its north-eastern base.

“Even if ‘ordinary’ bandits carried out the mass abduction — as now looks possible — it underlines the fact of chronic criminality and violence. Deadly clashes between herders and settled farmers have spread to most parts of Nigeria. In the oil-rich, but impoverished, Delta region, extortion through the sabotage of pipelines is legendary.”


The newspaper said security is not the only area where “the state is failing”.

The Financial Times added that Nigeria has more poor people than any other country even as Nigeria has the highest number of out of school children on earth.

The newspaper stated that as oil continues to lose its value, Nigeria’s economy would worsen.

“The population, already above 200 million, is growing at a breakneck 3.2 per cent a year. The economy has stalled since 2015 and real living standards are declining. This year, the economy will shrink 4 per cent after COVID-19 dealt a further blow to oil prices.

“In any case, as the world turns greener, the elite’s scramble for oil revenue will become a game of diminishing returns. The country desperately needs to put its finances, propped up by foreign borrowing, on a sounder footing,” it said.

The newspaper said Buhari, who has less than three years left in office, must use the remainder of his term, to redouble efforts at improving security.

It advised the government to restore trust in key institutions, among them the judiciary, the security services and the electoral commission, which will preside over the 2023 elections.

The Financial Times said the #EndSARS protests led by Nigerian youths, signalled a glimmer of hope for Nigeria’s teeming youth population.

It added, “The broad coalition that found political expression this year in the EndSARS movement against police brutality provides a shard of optimism. At least Nigeria has a relatively stable democracy. Now Nigeria’s youth — creative, entrepreneurial and less tainted by the politics of extraction — should use that system to reset the country’s narrative.”

The newspaper concluded by saying that it was time for Nigeria to restructure its political system and concentrate on security, health, education, power and roads.

“At the present trajectory, the population will double to 400 million by 2050. If nothing is done, long before then, Nigeria will become a problem far too big for the world to ignore,” it warned.


A UK based newspaper Financial Times has described Nigeria under Major General Muhammadu Buhari as a country going backwards economically and plagued with terrorism, illiteracy, poverty, banditry, and kidnapping and risks becoming a failed state if things don’t take a drastic turn.

The Financial Times, in an editorial on Tuesday titled, ‘Nigeria at Risk of Becoming a Failed State’ said the abduction and subsequent rescue of over 300 schoolboys in Kankara, Katsina State, revived memories of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls abducted in Borno State in 2014.

According to the London newspaper, while the government’s claim that no ransom was paid to the abductors of the schoolboys remains doubtful, other acts of criminality could not be overlooked.

The editorial read in part, “The government insists no ransom was paid. Scepticism is warranted. In a country going backwards economically, carjacking, kidnapping and banditry are among Nigeria’s rare growth industries. Just as the boys were going home, Nigerian pirates abducted six Ukrainian sailors off the coast.

“The definition of a failed state is one where the government is no longer in control. By this yardstick, Africa’s most populous country is teetering on the brink.”

The newspaper also questioned the claim by President Muhammadu Buhari that Boko Haram had been technically defeated.

It said contrary to the government’s claim, Boko Haram remained an ever-present threat

The Financial Times stated, “President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 pronounced Boko Haram technically defeated’. That has proved fanciful. Boko Haram has remained an ever-present threat. If the latest kidnapping turns out to be its work, it will mark the spread of the terrorist group from its north-eastern base.

“Even if ‘ordinary’ bandits carried out the mass abduction — as now looks possible — it underlines the fact of chronic criminality and violence. Deadly clashes between herders and settled farmers have spread to most parts of Nigeria. In the oil-rich, but impoverished, Delta region, extortion through the sabotage of pipelines is legendary.”


The newspaper said security is not the only area where “the state is failing”.

The Financial Times added that Nigeria has more poor people than any other country even as Nigeria has the highest number of out of school children on earth.

The newspaper stated that as oil continues to lose its value, Nigeria’s economy would worsen.

“The population, already above 200 million, is growing at a breakneck 3.2 per cent a year. The economy has stalled since 2015 and real living standards are declining. This year, the economy will shrink 4 per cent after COVID-19 dealt a further blow to oil prices.

“In any case, as the world turns greener, the elite’s scramble for oil revenue will become a game of diminishing returns. The country desperately needs to put its finances, propped up by foreign borrowing, on a sounder footing,” it said.

The newspaper said Buhari, who has less than three years left in office, must use the remainder of his term, to redouble efforts at improving security.

It advised the government to restore trust in key institutions, among them the judiciary, the security services and the electoral commission, which will preside over the 2023 elections.

The Financial Times said the #EndSARS protests led by Nigerian youths, signalled a glimmer of hope for Nigeria’s teeming youth population.

It added, “The broad coalition that found political expression this year in the EndSARS movement against police brutality provides a shard of optimism. At least Nigeria has a relatively stable democracy. Now Nigeria’s youth — creative, entrepreneurial and less tainted by the politics of extraction — should use that system to reset the country’s narrative.”

The newspaper concluded by saying that it was time for Nigeria to restructure its political system and concentrate on security, health, education, power and roads.

“At the present trajectory, the population will double to 400 million by 2050. If nothing is done, long before then, Nigeria will become a problem far too big for the world to ignore,” it warned.


Bandits were created by Gen Mohammadu Buhari Rtd to oust Jonathan

Bandits were created by Gen Mohammadu Buhari Rtd to oust Jonathan

Bandits are not Boko Haram nor Herdsmen


BY: NUHU RIBADU,  FORMER  EFCC BOSS

 

It all started in April 2014 when Mohammadu Buhari assembled his ardent supporters, promoters and strategists to determine how to remove President Jonathan Goodluck.  Prominent amongst them were El-Rufai, Gen Danbazo (Rtd)……..

 

A decision was reached to consult Miyatti Allah cattle breeders association for assistance to boot Jonathan Goodluck out of office. Consequently, the National Chairman of Miyatti Allah was engaged to bring in foreign mercenaries. Within a month, 2,000 Fulani fighters were brought in from Mali, Senegal, Niger Republic, Chad, Libya to name but a few. Further 4,000 fighters were stationed in Niger and Chad on standby.

 

 On arrival, they were assembled in Kaduna under the sponsorship of El Rufai and were addressed by various Northern Leaders including the Sultan of Sokoto, Gen. Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar (Rtd) etc.

 

Specifically, Gen Buhari in his address told the fighters that “the British handed Nigeria over to us the Fulanis at independence. The land (Nigeria) belongs to us. We must reclaim what belongs to us.”He added that at the event that Jonathan Goodluck worn the election, the Fulani machinery must fight until they regain control of the country. He assured them that the Nigerian Army was behind them.

 

The mercenaries received initial training from the Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy and were sent to 6 camps in Ekiti State, Benue State, Katsina State, Kaduna State, Zamfara State and Borno State.

 

In the camps, brand new pick-up trucks, generators etc were provided them. Nigerian Airforce helicopters were used to provide them essential supplies like food, water, drinks and even arms and ammunitions.

 

Evidently, Jonathan Goodluck lost the election in 2015 through a well orchestrated election organised by INEC under a Fulani Chairman, Professor Jega. Gen Buhari (Rtd) was sworn in as the president. This saw the emergence of a Fulani president through a dodgy election hence the planned violent war was averted.

 

Contrary to expectation, the mercenaries in the various camps were abandoned, no more food and essential supplies. The relationship between Miyatti Allah, El Rufai (now a State Governor) and Dambazo broke down. El Rufai arrogantly declared that they were not needed anymore and they should go back. Consequently, the killings in Kaduna commenced as a warning to El Rufai but it did not bother him. He declared that he had paid the people carrying out the killings and they did not want to stop. The Nigerian police did not bother to call Gov El Rufai to give further clarification on this.

 

The Mercenary at the various camps decided to go about to find food for themselves by robbing people, going into farm lands and kidnapping.  Miyatti Allah made several efforts to contact El Rufai and Dambazzo to appeal to them to provide money to return these fighters to where they came from. All efforts proved abortive. The mercenaries at this point vacated their organised camps and took to crime.

 

The criminal gangs which emanated from these mercenaries were at this point described as “Bandits” in order to differentiate them from other notorious terrorist groups like Fulani Herdsmen, Boko Haram etc.

 

Following the untold destruction and killings which the Bandits carried out especially in Katsina and Zamfara, the Northern leaders in conjunction with officials of Nigerian Government requested Miyatti Allah to intervene and remove the Bandits from Nigeria. Miyatti Allah returned demanding 150 Billion Naira to settle the Bandits and evacuate them. The Government turned the offer down and restricted itself to the payment of 100 Billion Naira.

 

Shamefully Godwin Emefiele raised 100 Billion Naira for the settlement as a condition for his re-appointment as the Central bank Governor.

 

Miyatti Allah collected the money and purportedly distributed it but nothing changed.

 

In a bid to control the damage, President Buhari directed that RUGA initiative be setup to create colonies for these fighters in every state in Nigeria.

 

My questions are:

1. Should Nigerian communities accommodate these criminal elements?

2. Why has El Rufai not been called to clean up the mess he created?

3. Does this explain the President Buhari’s silence?

4.Is this conspiracy of the North gone wrong?

Nigerians think for yourselves?


Written 

By 

DSP Nuhu Ribadu

Reposted by URBAN CLASSIC Media ltd.

C&S Magazine

Bandits are not Boko Haram nor Herdsmen


BY: NUHU RIBADU,  FORMER  EFCC BOSS

 

It all started in April 2014 when Mohammadu Buhari assembled his ardent supporters, promoters and strategists to determine how to remove President Jonathan Goodluck.  Prominent amongst them were El-Rufai, Gen Danbazo (Rtd)……..

 

A decision was reached to consult Miyatti Allah cattle breeders association for assistance to boot Jonathan Goodluck out of office. Consequently, the National Chairman of Miyatti Allah was engaged to bring in foreign mercenaries. Within a month, 2,000 Fulani fighters were brought in from Mali, Senegal, Niger Republic, Chad, Libya to name but a few. Further 4,000 fighters were stationed in Niger and Chad on standby.

 

 On arrival, they were assembled in Kaduna under the sponsorship of El Rufai and were addressed by various Northern Leaders including the Sultan of Sokoto, Gen. Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar (Rtd) etc.

 

Specifically, Gen Buhari in his address told the fighters that “the British handed Nigeria over to us the Fulanis at independence. The land (Nigeria) belongs to us. We must reclaim what belongs to us.”He added that at the event that Jonathan Goodluck worn the election, the Fulani machinery must fight until they regain control of the country. He assured them that the Nigerian Army was behind them.

 

The mercenaries received initial training from the Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy and were sent to 6 camps in Ekiti State, Benue State, Katsina State, Kaduna State, Zamfara State and Borno State.

 

In the camps, brand new pick-up trucks, generators etc were provided them. Nigerian Airforce helicopters were used to provide them essential supplies like food, water, drinks and even arms and ammunitions.

 

Evidently, Jonathan Goodluck lost the election in 2015 through a well orchestrated election organised by INEC under a Fulani Chairman, Professor Jega. Gen Buhari (Rtd) was sworn in as the president. This saw the emergence of a Fulani president through a dodgy election hence the planned violent war was averted.

 

Contrary to expectation, the mercenaries in the various camps were abandoned, no more food and essential supplies. The relationship between Miyatti Allah, El Rufai (now a State Governor) and Dambazo broke down. El Rufai arrogantly declared that they were not needed anymore and they should go back. Consequently, the killings in Kaduna commenced as a warning to El Rufai but it did not bother him. He declared that he had paid the people carrying out the killings and they did not want to stop. The Nigerian police did not bother to call Gov El Rufai to give further clarification on this.

 

The Mercenary at the various camps decided to go about to find food for themselves by robbing people, going into farm lands and kidnapping.  Miyatti Allah made several efforts to contact El Rufai and Dambazzo to appeal to them to provide money to return these fighters to where they came from. All efforts proved abortive. The mercenaries at this point vacated their organised camps and took to crime.

 

The criminal gangs which emanated from these mercenaries were at this point described as “Bandits” in order to differentiate them from other notorious terrorist groups like Fulani Herdsmen, Boko Haram etc.

 

Following the untold destruction and killings which the Bandits carried out especially in Katsina and Zamfara, the Northern leaders in conjunction with officials of Nigerian Government requested Miyatti Allah to intervene and remove the Bandits from Nigeria. Miyatti Allah returned demanding 150 Billion Naira to settle the Bandits and evacuate them. The Government turned the offer down and restricted itself to the payment of 100 Billion Naira.

 

Shamefully Godwin Emefiele raised 100 Billion Naira for the settlement as a condition for his re-appointment as the Central bank Governor.

 

Miyatti Allah collected the money and purportedly distributed it but nothing changed.

 

In a bid to control the damage, President Buhari directed that RUGA initiative be setup to create colonies for these fighters in every state in Nigeria.

 

My questions are:

1. Should Nigerian communities accommodate these criminal elements?

2. Why has El Rufai not been called to clean up the mess he created?

3. Does this explain the President Buhari’s silence?

4.Is this conspiracy of the North gone wrong?

Nigerians think for yourselves?


Written 

By 

DSP Nuhu Ribadu

Reposted by URBAN CLASSIC Media ltd.

C&S Magazine

STATE SPONSORED Hired Thugs Disrupt Northern Groups’ security summit in Kaduna

STATE SPONSORED Hired Thugs Disrupt Northern Groups’ security summit in Kaduna

 By Ibrahim HassanWuyo



Thugs wielding dangerous weapons

invaded the Arewa House Kaduna on

Monday, where they ran after

officials of the Coalition of Northern

Groups, CNG, who were there for a security summit.


Abdulaziz Suleiman, spokesman of

the CNG, in a statement, explained

that even security guards had to run

for their lives.


According to him, “We regret to announce that armed thugs numbering hundreds were unleashed on the Arewa House venue of the

security summit hosted by the Coalition of Northern Groups on Monday December 14.”


“The Summit aimed to discuss ways to achieve synergy between communities and government security and design a uniform approach to the current security situation in the North.”

“Participants at the meeting included retired military officers, Retired Police

officers, religious leaders, traditional rulers, various women, youth and

trade associations.”


The CNG said just as the meeting was kicking off, ” sponsored armed thugs stormed the auditorium after

subduing the civil guards at the gate.”

“They overturned tables shattered glasses, attacked the guests and officials, wounding several people

and smashing vehicles parked in the premises.”

 By Ibrahim HassanWuyo



Thugs wielding dangerous weapons

invaded the Arewa House Kaduna on

Monday, where they ran after

officials of the Coalition of Northern

Groups, CNG, who were there for a security summit.


Abdulaziz Suleiman, spokesman of

the CNG, in a statement, explained

that even security guards had to run

for their lives.


According to him, “We regret to announce that armed thugs numbering hundreds were unleashed on the Arewa House venue of the

security summit hosted by the Coalition of Northern Groups on Monday December 14.”


“The Summit aimed to discuss ways to achieve synergy between communities and government security and design a uniform approach to the current security situation in the North.”

“Participants at the meeting included retired military officers, Retired Police

officers, religious leaders, traditional rulers, various women, youth and

trade associations.”


The CNG said just as the meeting was kicking off, ” sponsored armed thugs stormed the auditorium after

subduing the civil guards at the gate.”

“They overturned tables shattered glasses, attacked the guests and officials, wounding several people

and smashing vehicles parked in the premises.”

Gunmen kidnap 22 in Niger State — Report

Gunmen kidnap 22 in Niger State — Report




On early Sunday 13th December, 2020, unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits have kidnapped at least 22 persons in Ogu and Tegina communities in Niger State, Nigeria. Channel TV reported.


According to a report, a resident of Ogu, Kamal Wayam, said the assailants stormed the village on motorbikes “and started shooting sporadically into the air”.

The incident in Niger State happened a few days after gunmen stormed a secondary school in Katsina State and abducted 333 students according to a figure given by the state government, reducing the numbers from 600 suspected to have been kidnapped.


Since the advent of Major General Muhammadu Buhari led APC government in the country, insecurity levels have been aggravated in all party of the country's regions due to cluelessness, misgovernance, corruption and nepotism which have been the almighty of the government principles of administration.

According to a witness, the gunmen ransacked houses and took away valuables.

“The gunmen in their large number arrived in Ogu on motorcycles and before we knew what was happening, they started shooting into the air.

“They ransacked people’s houses and whatever valuable they could lay their hands on, they carted away,” the witness said.

He said four of the persons abducted in Ogu “were members of one family while the other two were visitors to the community”.

The attack on Tegina community was said to have happened at about 12:30 a.m on Monday with 16 people abducted.

“The gunmen entered the room of my daughter that night, but she hid herself under the bed, while her husband went up the ceiling,” Sani Gamachindo, a resident of the community, told Channels TV.

"When the gunmen entered their room, they spent like 30 minutes and ate almost all the food in the kitchen. Thank God they were not abducted, but 16 persons were kidnapped.”

The spokesperson of the Niger State Police Command, Wasiu Abiodun, neither picked calls nor responded to an SMS requesting information.

The abduction is coming barely a month after the reported abduction of 12 police officers.

The officers were on their way to Zamfara from Borno State to carry out a special assignment.

Niger, Kaduna, Katsina and Zamfara and States have seen have seen more frequent attacks from bandits in recent years, despite heightened security measures in the area.

Bandits are regularly suspected in the attacks, but occasional skirmishes between warring villages have been reported.


Sources: Premium Times

 




On early Sunday 13th December, 2020, unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits have kidnapped at least 22 persons in Ogu and Tegina communities in Niger State, Nigeria. Channel TV reported.


According to a report, a resident of Ogu, Kamal Wayam, said the assailants stormed the village on motorbikes “and started shooting sporadically into the air”.

The incident in Niger State happened a few days after gunmen stormed a secondary school in Katsina State and abducted 333 students according to a figure given by the state government, reducing the numbers from 600 suspected to have been kidnapped.


Since the advent of Major General Muhammadu Buhari led APC government in the country, insecurity levels have been aggravated in all party of the country's regions due to cluelessness, misgovernance, corruption and nepotism which have been the almighty of the government principles of administration.

According to a witness, the gunmen ransacked houses and took away valuables.

“The gunmen in their large number arrived in Ogu on motorcycles and before we knew what was happening, they started shooting into the air.

“They ransacked people’s houses and whatever valuable they could lay their hands on, they carted away,” the witness said.

He said four of the persons abducted in Ogu “were members of one family while the other two were visitors to the community”.

The attack on Tegina community was said to have happened at about 12:30 a.m on Monday with 16 people abducted.

“The gunmen entered the room of my daughter that night, but she hid herself under the bed, while her husband went up the ceiling,” Sani Gamachindo, a resident of the community, told Channels TV.

"When the gunmen entered their room, they spent like 30 minutes and ate almost all the food in the kitchen. Thank God they were not abducted, but 16 persons were kidnapped.”

The spokesperson of the Niger State Police Command, Wasiu Abiodun, neither picked calls nor responded to an SMS requesting information.

The abduction is coming barely a month after the reported abduction of 12 police officers.

The officers were on their way to Zamfara from Borno State to carry out a special assignment.

Niger, Kaduna, Katsina and Zamfara and States have seen have seen more frequent attacks from bandits in recent years, despite heightened security measures in the area.

Bandits are regularly suspected in the attacks, but occasional skirmishes between warring villages have been reported.


Sources: Premium Times

 

Do not be deceived, what a man sows, that shall he reap, Hailer wants Buhari to resign

Do not be deceived, what a man sows, that shall he reap, Hailer wants Buhari to resign


Many who have been so courageous enough to call out on the misgovernance and maladministration of the Tyrants Major General Muhammadu Buhari are been viewed as enemies of the state even as unfounded allegations and trumpup charges are leveled against many for calling for a better, prosperous and egalitarian Nigerian state.

Omoyele Sowore and many others are currently being prosecuted, accounts of some are also frozen as been part of EndSars Protests. The fact that is becoming more glaring is that nobody will be exempted from the rewards of bad governance under clueless Buhari including the wailers.

Soon, only the poor masses will be able to walk at least freely as rich and middle class and those stealing  our common wealth will find it very difficult to even be living here for the fear of the fruits of their labour.


Those who harbor, praising and hailing the evil doers or enablers cannot but share and partake in the bitter gal of it.

The Holy Book says: "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life."

The Hailer above who now want the president to tender resignation as soon as possible because two brothers of his are among those kidnapped by bandits in Kastina state but for long has failed to realized that many have been killed and kidnapped by the bandits, Fulani herdsmean and Boko Haram under the administration that came to power on the cardinal promise to end insecurity and boost the economy.

The evils of this Buhari led APC government are enough to go round but certainly at different times if we failed to stop this misgovernance under the incumbent unrepented Tyrant.

Many who have been so courageous enough to call out on the misgovernance and maladministration of the Tyrants Major General Muhammadu Buhari are been viewed as enemies of the state even as unfounded allegations and trumpup charges are leveled against many for calling for a better, prosperous and egalitarian Nigerian state.

Omoyele Sowore and many others are currently being prosecuted, accounts of some are also frozen as been part of EndSars Protests. The fact that is becoming more glaring is that nobody will be exempted from the rewards of bad governance under clueless Buhari including the wailers.

Soon, only the poor masses will be able to walk at least freely as rich and middle class and those stealing  our common wealth will find it very difficult to even be living here for the fear of the fruits of their labour.


Those who harbor, praising and hailing the evil doers or enablers cannot but share and partake in the bitter gal of it.

The Holy Book says: "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life."

The Hailer above who now want the president to tender resignation as soon as possible because two brothers of his are among those kidnapped by bandits in Kastina state but for long has failed to realized that many have been killed and kidnapped by the bandits, Fulani herdsmean and Boko Haram under the administration that came to power on the cardinal promise to end insecurity and boost the economy.

The evils of this Buhari led APC government are enough to go round but certainly at different times if we failed to stop this misgovernance under the incumbent unrepented Tyrant.

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