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THE NIGERIAN ARMY FIZZLES AS TERROR RULES

THE NIGERIAN ARMY FIZZLES AS TERROR RULES

Basil Okoh



Former Governor of Cross River State, Mr. Donald Duke just gave voice to the most discussed secret in the Nigerian security establishment. Weaponry used by Boko Haram, Ansaru and The Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP) terrorist groups are sourced mainly from the Nigerian Government through the security forces. 


Scandal? No, that’s not the real scare. The real scandal is the brazen and open channels by which these supplies get to the terror groups. All Intelligence Agencies know these channels and also know the principal sources and players in the supplies. The Nigerian Government is the stock owner of the guns and the bombs with which the terror groups kill Nigerian soldiers and citizens. 


The shock for Governments and intelligence Agencies across the world is the personalities involved in the transactions and the fact that no arm of the Nigerian Government does anything to apprehend or stop them.



How the terror groups gain access to the armories of the Nigerian armed forces is no secret to the Military high command and the Nigerian Government. There are officers and men who are in charge of ordnance at every military base in the country. Records of the movement of arms and ammunition are the most meticulously guarded documents in every military organization. How then do these weapons leave the ordnance depots to end up in the hands of the enemy? 


The motivation, as many people may not believe, is not strictly for cash. The major motivation for depleting the Nigerian military ordnance depots across the country to supply the terror groups is empathy for and solidarity with the jihadists. 


Many officers and men of the Nigerian military believe in and are fighting for the causes of Boko Haram and other splinter terror groups. Officers in the Military High Command and top levels of Government are implicated in the well structured and supported supply chain to the terror groups because they share similar belief with the jihadi.


Many officers and men identify and accept the doctrine espoused by the terror groups and see radical Islam as good and proper to purify the North and impose Islamic beliefs on the rest of the country. To these men in military  uniform therefore, fighting the cause of Islam and identifying with the jihad of the terror groups is an obligation in faith Superior to the show of patriotism to the Nigerian nation.


The military high command has known this fact since the beginning of the Boko Haram conflict, because many of them, politicians and other highly placed officers in the civil establishment, are implicated in the conspiracy to support the terror groups as a means of advancing Islam and building an Islamic State in Nigeria. Boko Haram has never been an idea and organization without support in the highest echelons of the Nigerian establishment. Muhammadu Buhari acknowledged that before his presidency when he called them “our people”.



To these officers and men, Boko Haram is not the pariah group that the world perceives it to be but a positive force for the Islamic purification of the North and the advancement of the Muslim agenda to the rest of Nigeria. Many in the civil North also believe that Boko Haram and other terror groups are committed to the “noble” cause of Islam and the jihad.


An important reason for the prolongation of the war against terror in the North-east of Nigeria is the unending betrayal by these jihadi officers and men in the military. They see a threat to the cause of Islam from the Nigerian Government and its deployment of military force against the Jihadi and continually work to stop the defeat of the terror groups. They justify the supply of both arms and information to the terror groups by pleading the cause of the Muslim “umma”. 


Fundamentalist Islam has always been an attractive platform to win political relevance in Northern Nigeria and has always been exploited by all comers to win the acceptance, adoration and followership of the mass populations. 



In this sense, fundamentalist Islam has always been weaponized to win dominance and control of the political institutions and civil structures of the North since Usman Dan Fodio. The war against terrorism is therefore seen by many, including intellectuals, as a war against Muslims and Islam and by extrapolation, a war against the north. 


The presence of Christian and Southern soldiers further inflames the perceived conspiracy against Islam and the North. The war against terror in Northern Nigeria has therefore become a Hydra headed monster, convoluted and without a clear knowledge of who is fighting on which side. 


Many battles have been encumbered by betrayals as battle plans are leaked, dud weapons supplied, troops are ambushed or Commanders shot from the rear.


These acts of betrayal by known officers and men identifying with the cause of jihad is no longer clandestine but have become mainstream with the ascension of Muhammadu Buhari to the presidency. 


Soldiers at the various fronts will tell you that the terror groups are better armed than the  troops and that they have real time intelligence on the movement of troops. 


In fact International Intelligence organizations have always known the fact that there is no intelligence or plan by the Nigerian Military High Command that will not be leaked to the terror groups in Nigeria. The terror groups have more reliable intelligence on the Nigerian Military than the Military have on them. 


Intelligence Agencies also know that the terror groups have access to and influence at the highest decision making bodies of Government. They have cuts in padded security budgets. There are ardent believers in the jihad and committed members of the terror groups in those high level bodies.


Foreign Governments and organizations who at the beginning showed interest in joining the Government of Nigeria to defeat the terror groups have all retreated and withdrawn support. Their contributions in the forms of finance and logistics have fizzled.


International News Organizations covering the war have also withdrawn their correspondents on the orders of the Nigerian Government for reporting the war crimes and theft of food and other humanitarian supplies. Right now, only the AFP is reporting the war against terror in the North-east of Nigeria from across the borders in  Northern Cameroun.



The soldiers, particularly of the Christian and Southern extraction no longer have the motivation to fight and are now all holed up in their various locations. They are dreadful of venturing out to confront the enemy in a war that because of too many battlefield betrayals, have clearly opened the ethnic and religious divisions in their country. 


Trust, comradeship and the much needed adrenalin for fighting and survival among soldiers in the battlefield, has been drained through unceasing betrayals by bigoted soldiers and Government officials who have taken sides with the enemy. The tragedy is not in the loss of a war but in the loss of a country which it portends. 


@basilokoh.


The state formerly known as Nigeria in its death throes 

#Oduduwa

Basil Okoh



Former Governor of Cross River State, Mr. Donald Duke just gave voice to the most discussed secret in the Nigerian security establishment. Weaponry used by Boko Haram, Ansaru and The Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP) terrorist groups are sourced mainly from the Nigerian Government through the security forces. 


Scandal? No, that’s not the real scare. The real scandal is the brazen and open channels by which these supplies get to the terror groups. All Intelligence Agencies know these channels and also know the principal sources and players in the supplies. The Nigerian Government is the stock owner of the guns and the bombs with which the terror groups kill Nigerian soldiers and citizens. 


The shock for Governments and intelligence Agencies across the world is the personalities involved in the transactions and the fact that no arm of the Nigerian Government does anything to apprehend or stop them.



How the terror groups gain access to the armories of the Nigerian armed forces is no secret to the Military high command and the Nigerian Government. There are officers and men who are in charge of ordnance at every military base in the country. Records of the movement of arms and ammunition are the most meticulously guarded documents in every military organization. How then do these weapons leave the ordnance depots to end up in the hands of the enemy? 


The motivation, as many people may not believe, is not strictly for cash. The major motivation for depleting the Nigerian military ordnance depots across the country to supply the terror groups is empathy for and solidarity with the jihadists. 


Many officers and men of the Nigerian military believe in and are fighting for the causes of Boko Haram and other splinter terror groups. Officers in the Military High Command and top levels of Government are implicated in the well structured and supported supply chain to the terror groups because they share similar belief with the jihadi.


Many officers and men identify and accept the doctrine espoused by the terror groups and see radical Islam as good and proper to purify the North and impose Islamic beliefs on the rest of the country. To these men in military  uniform therefore, fighting the cause of Islam and identifying with the jihad of the terror groups is an obligation in faith Superior to the show of patriotism to the Nigerian nation.


The military high command has known this fact since the beginning of the Boko Haram conflict, because many of them, politicians and other highly placed officers in the civil establishment, are implicated in the conspiracy to support the terror groups as a means of advancing Islam and building an Islamic State in Nigeria. Boko Haram has never been an idea and organization without support in the highest echelons of the Nigerian establishment. Muhammadu Buhari acknowledged that before his presidency when he called them “our people”.



To these officers and men, Boko Haram is not the pariah group that the world perceives it to be but a positive force for the Islamic purification of the North and the advancement of the Muslim agenda to the rest of Nigeria. Many in the civil North also believe that Boko Haram and other terror groups are committed to the “noble” cause of Islam and the jihad.


An important reason for the prolongation of the war against terror in the North-east of Nigeria is the unending betrayal by these jihadi officers and men in the military. They see a threat to the cause of Islam from the Nigerian Government and its deployment of military force against the Jihadi and continually work to stop the defeat of the terror groups. They justify the supply of both arms and information to the terror groups by pleading the cause of the Muslim “umma”. 


Fundamentalist Islam has always been an attractive platform to win political relevance in Northern Nigeria and has always been exploited by all comers to win the acceptance, adoration and followership of the mass populations. 



In this sense, fundamentalist Islam has always been weaponized to win dominance and control of the political institutions and civil structures of the North since Usman Dan Fodio. The war against terrorism is therefore seen by many, including intellectuals, as a war against Muslims and Islam and by extrapolation, a war against the north. 


The presence of Christian and Southern soldiers further inflames the perceived conspiracy against Islam and the North. The war against terror in Northern Nigeria has therefore become a Hydra headed monster, convoluted and without a clear knowledge of who is fighting on which side. 


Many battles have been encumbered by betrayals as battle plans are leaked, dud weapons supplied, troops are ambushed or Commanders shot from the rear.


These acts of betrayal by known officers and men identifying with the cause of jihad is no longer clandestine but have become mainstream with the ascension of Muhammadu Buhari to the presidency. 


Soldiers at the various fronts will tell you that the terror groups are better armed than the  troops and that they have real time intelligence on the movement of troops. 


In fact International Intelligence organizations have always known the fact that there is no intelligence or plan by the Nigerian Military High Command that will not be leaked to the terror groups in Nigeria. The terror groups have more reliable intelligence on the Nigerian Military than the Military have on them. 


Intelligence Agencies also know that the terror groups have access to and influence at the highest decision making bodies of Government. They have cuts in padded security budgets. There are ardent believers in the jihad and committed members of the terror groups in those high level bodies.


Foreign Governments and organizations who at the beginning showed interest in joining the Government of Nigeria to defeat the terror groups have all retreated and withdrawn support. Their contributions in the forms of finance and logistics have fizzled.


International News Organizations covering the war have also withdrawn their correspondents on the orders of the Nigerian Government for reporting the war crimes and theft of food and other humanitarian supplies. Right now, only the AFP is reporting the war against terror in the North-east of Nigeria from across the borders in  Northern Cameroun.



The soldiers, particularly of the Christian and Southern extraction no longer have the motivation to fight and are now all holed up in their various locations. They are dreadful of venturing out to confront the enemy in a war that because of too many battlefield betrayals, have clearly opened the ethnic and religious divisions in their country. 


Trust, comradeship and the much needed adrenalin for fighting and survival among soldiers in the battlefield, has been drained through unceasing betrayals by bigoted soldiers and Government officials who have taken sides with the enemy. The tragedy is not in the loss of a war but in the loss of a country which it portends. 


@basilokoh.


The state formerly known as Nigeria in its death throes 

#Oduduwa

NO DOCUMENTS SHOWING FORMER SERVICE CHIEFS BOUGHT ANY WEAPON TO FIGHT INSURGENCY

NO DOCUMENTS SHOWING FORMER SERVICE CHIEFS BOUGHT ANY WEAPON TO FIGHT INSURGENCY

"It seems the money released to former Service Chiefs by President Buhari, to buy Weapons to fight terrorism, banditry and kidnapping, is missing. Bcos the new Service Chiefs have confirmed to us they didn't see where the new Weapons were purchased in their handing over. The money is missing, and we must investigate".

Major General Babagana Mongonu (Rtd) said this on BBC Hausa Friday, 12 March 2021, Morning programme at 6.30 am.

Mongunos stated that Buhari led federal government is not aware of how monies meant for the purchase of arms were spent under the immediate past Service Chiefs. Adding that the government cannot also trace the arms claimed to have been bought.

The NSA who made the disclosures in an interview with Hausa service of the BBC, explained the new Service Chiefs also said they have not seen the arms bought by their predecessors. According to Monguno, it is still unclear how much President Muhammadu Buhari has spent on arms and other equipment to fight insecurity.

He said the government was working hard to address the ongoing security crisis, “which some Nigerians saw as a serious setback.”

“No one knows what happened to the money but God willing, the President will investigate to find out where it went or where the goods went. “As long as there is no proper investigation, I will not say anything but the money is gone, the goods are not seen and the new Security Chiefs say they have not seen it.

“Some may be on their way from the United States, England or elsewhere but now I don’t see them on the ground. The President has done his best to provide out-of-pocket funds but the goods have not been procured”.

Nigerian troops fighting Boko Haram terrorists in the Northeast have severally protested lack of modern equipment to battle the insurgents.

The Defence Information department of the Nigerian Defence Headquarters is expected to make comment or press release on the matter.

"It seems the money released to former Service Chiefs by President Buhari, to buy Weapons to fight terrorism, banditry and kidnapping, is missing. Bcos the new Service Chiefs have confirmed to us they didn't see where the new Weapons were purchased in their handing over. The money is missing, and we must investigate".

Major General Babagana Mongonu (Rtd) said this on BBC Hausa Friday, 12 March 2021, Morning programme at 6.30 am.

Mongunos stated that Buhari led federal government is not aware of how monies meant for the purchase of arms were spent under the immediate past Service Chiefs. Adding that the government cannot also trace the arms claimed to have been bought.

The NSA who made the disclosures in an interview with Hausa service of the BBC, explained the new Service Chiefs also said they have not seen the arms bought by their predecessors. According to Monguno, it is still unclear how much President Muhammadu Buhari has spent on arms and other equipment to fight insecurity.

He said the government was working hard to address the ongoing security crisis, “which some Nigerians saw as a serious setback.”

“No one knows what happened to the money but God willing, the President will investigate to find out where it went or where the goods went. “As long as there is no proper investigation, I will not say anything but the money is gone, the goods are not seen and the new Security Chiefs say they have not seen it.

“Some may be on their way from the United States, England or elsewhere but now I don’t see them on the ground. The President has done his best to provide out-of-pocket funds but the goods have not been procured”.

Nigerian troops fighting Boko Haram terrorists in the Northeast have severally protested lack of modern equipment to battle the insurgents.

The Defence Information department of the Nigerian Defence Headquarters is expected to make comment or press release on the matter.

FULANISATION AND THE COMPLICIT HANDS OF OBASANJO (NOW THE LETTER WRITER GENERAL OF NIGERIA)

FULANISATION AND THE COMPLICIT HANDS OF OBASANJO (NOW THE LETTER WRITER GENERAL OF NIGERIA)

Obasanjo

Major General Olufemi Olutoye (retd.), is now the traditional ruler of Ido-Ani in Ondo State, is one of the first graduates to join the Nigerian Army. He was compulsorily retired in 1977 by the General Olusegun Obasanjo regime.)


Major-General Olufemi Olutoye had asked to see the head of state, General Olusegun Obasanjo. As he waited for the head of state to come in, he went over in his mind what he would say. Then the head of state came in.


     As usual he was relaxed and keen as they shook hands.”You wanted to see me? Any problem? “Nothing really, said Olutoye, I just wondered if you do not think that you have made too many concessions to the North recently.”


     “Really what do you mean specifically?’ Replied Obasanjo” “For instance you said that both your photograph and the photograph of the former head of states (General Muritala Mohammed) should appear together throughout the country, but in many places in the North, only the picture of your predecessor can be found. Also in siting some projects, it would seem as if the rest of the country did not exist. At least if the North gets two, or three things, should the other parts of the country not have at least one?” Olutoye stopped speaking.


     “I see. Just wait for me.” Obasanjo said and left the room for some minutes. Olutoye wondered if Obasanjo was going to order his arrest. Then he dismissed the thought. Lt General Shehu Yar’Adua came in first, followed by Obasanjo. Shehu Yar’Adua was the Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters and the next person to the head of state. “Sit down Shehu.” said Obasanjo.”Olufemi can you repeat what you have just told me in front of Shehu?’ Olutoye repeated what he had said and left Dodan Barracks. Few hours later, he heard on the radio that he had been relieved of his post and retired from the Nigerian Army.

(Source: “Just Before Dawn”, a book written by Professor Kole Omotoso in 1988. PAGES 32 & 33)


Take: OBJ went to court because of these pages and got an injunctions and the book was banned from Nigeria for so long. Fela Anikulapo Kuti went all the way to Cotonou, Togo and Ghana bought and brought lorry loads of this book to his shrine and People started going there to buy copies but you could not buy more than a copy. This was to prevent OBJ sending someone to mass buy all. Fela said: “i dey wait for the court bailiff wey go come enter here”.


     Later, the book was unbanned but every reprint would be bought out next day. The best book on Nigeria History as far as I am concerned. Prof Omotoso would have likely won a Nobel because of it.


I read the real account of Gen Olutoye from the defunct Guard Magazine many years ago about the incident. Gen Olutoye was miffed with the way OBJ was retiring the southern officers without touching the northern officers. Olutoye went to Dodan barrack boldly and asked OBJ why was he doing that?. OBJ told Olutoye to sit down. He then picked a phone, call Shehu Yar’Adua and Theophilous Danjuma, who were the chief of staff, Supreme Headquarters and chief of Army Staff respectively. It was Shehu who came first and later Theo. Then OBJ asked Gen Olutoye to repeat in the presence of both what he, Olutoye told him. According to the report, Gen Olutoye was totally shocked of OBJ’s action. Even though Gen Olutoye never in his imagination thought that OBJ could do that to him, as a General in the army he summoned courage and repeated what he told OBJ in their absence. After that the three musketeers told Olutoye to go. Olutoye went outside and opened the radio gadget of his car. As he was driving home the first news item of the programme was that Gen Olutoye had voluntarily retired from the Nigeria army. Olutoye was shocked but he took it with all equanimity.


 Now! This is OBJ talking of Fulanisation of Nigeria today. Let Obasanjo explain to us whether he was not Fulanised in 1979 when he worked for Alhaji Shehu Shagari and denied his Yoruba kinsmen of becoming a President, that apart from actively campaigning against Chief Awolowo as evident in his infamous statement that “the best man did not have to win the election,” he took many steps that effectively shut out the sage from winning.


Some of these steps include the removal of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Justice Darnley Arthur Alexander before the hearing of the suit brought to challenge the results of 1979 elections by other political parties. Obasanjo was suspicious that Justice Alexander could not be manipulated to support Shehu Shagari of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN). Justice Alexander was replaced with Justice Atanda Fatai William.

     Other steps taken by Obasanjo to ensure that Chief Awolowo never became the President include the spurious midnight single handed “amendment” of the 1979 Constitution by him without the Supreme Military Council (SMC). Obasanjo had removed the clause from the Constitution that allowed for ELECTORAL COLLEGE if there was not a clear win.


Copied. 


Otunba Greg Bolaji Towolawi


Happy birthday Gen Obasanjo

May you live long enough to see the Yoruba nation enjoy freedom in a separate sovereign Yoruba nation Oduduwa Republic.


Disclaimer: Latest News Plus is not the author of this article but opinion of the author.

Obasanjo

Major General Olufemi Olutoye (retd.), is now the traditional ruler of Ido-Ani in Ondo State, is one of the first graduates to join the Nigerian Army. He was compulsorily retired in 1977 by the General Olusegun Obasanjo regime.)


Major-General Olufemi Olutoye had asked to see the head of state, General Olusegun Obasanjo. As he waited for the head of state to come in, he went over in his mind what he would say. Then the head of state came in.


     As usual he was relaxed and keen as they shook hands.”You wanted to see me? Any problem? “Nothing really, said Olutoye, I just wondered if you do not think that you have made too many concessions to the North recently.”


     “Really what do you mean specifically?’ Replied Obasanjo” “For instance you said that both your photograph and the photograph of the former head of states (General Muritala Mohammed) should appear together throughout the country, but in many places in the North, only the picture of your predecessor can be found. Also in siting some projects, it would seem as if the rest of the country did not exist. At least if the North gets two, or three things, should the other parts of the country not have at least one?” Olutoye stopped speaking.


     “I see. Just wait for me.” Obasanjo said and left the room for some minutes. Olutoye wondered if Obasanjo was going to order his arrest. Then he dismissed the thought. Lt General Shehu Yar’Adua came in first, followed by Obasanjo. Shehu Yar’Adua was the Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters and the next person to the head of state. “Sit down Shehu.” said Obasanjo.”Olufemi can you repeat what you have just told me in front of Shehu?’ Olutoye repeated what he had said and left Dodan Barracks. Few hours later, he heard on the radio that he had been relieved of his post and retired from the Nigerian Army.

(Source: “Just Before Dawn”, a book written by Professor Kole Omotoso in 1988. PAGES 32 & 33)


Take: OBJ went to court because of these pages and got an injunctions and the book was banned from Nigeria for so long. Fela Anikulapo Kuti went all the way to Cotonou, Togo and Ghana bought and brought lorry loads of this book to his shrine and People started going there to buy copies but you could not buy more than a copy. This was to prevent OBJ sending someone to mass buy all. Fela said: “i dey wait for the court bailiff wey go come enter here”.


     Later, the book was unbanned but every reprint would be bought out next day. The best book on Nigeria History as far as I am concerned. Prof Omotoso would have likely won a Nobel because of it.


I read the real account of Gen Olutoye from the defunct Guard Magazine many years ago about the incident. Gen Olutoye was miffed with the way OBJ was retiring the southern officers without touching the northern officers. Olutoye went to Dodan barrack boldly and asked OBJ why was he doing that?. OBJ told Olutoye to sit down. He then picked a phone, call Shehu Yar’Adua and Theophilous Danjuma, who were the chief of staff, Supreme Headquarters and chief of Army Staff respectively. It was Shehu who came first and later Theo. Then OBJ asked Gen Olutoye to repeat in the presence of both what he, Olutoye told him. According to the report, Gen Olutoye was totally shocked of OBJ’s action. Even though Gen Olutoye never in his imagination thought that OBJ could do that to him, as a General in the army he summoned courage and repeated what he told OBJ in their absence. After that the three musketeers told Olutoye to go. Olutoye went outside and opened the radio gadget of his car. As he was driving home the first news item of the programme was that Gen Olutoye had voluntarily retired from the Nigeria army. Olutoye was shocked but he took it with all equanimity.


 Now! This is OBJ talking of Fulanisation of Nigeria today. Let Obasanjo explain to us whether he was not Fulanised in 1979 when he worked for Alhaji Shehu Shagari and denied his Yoruba kinsmen of becoming a President, that apart from actively campaigning against Chief Awolowo as evident in his infamous statement that “the best man did not have to win the election,” he took many steps that effectively shut out the sage from winning.


Some of these steps include the removal of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Justice Darnley Arthur Alexander before the hearing of the suit brought to challenge the results of 1979 elections by other political parties. Obasanjo was suspicious that Justice Alexander could not be manipulated to support Shehu Shagari of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN). Justice Alexander was replaced with Justice Atanda Fatai William.

     Other steps taken by Obasanjo to ensure that Chief Awolowo never became the President include the spurious midnight single handed “amendment” of the 1979 Constitution by him without the Supreme Military Council (SMC). Obasanjo had removed the clause from the Constitution that allowed for ELECTORAL COLLEGE if there was not a clear win.


Copied. 


Otunba Greg Bolaji Towolawi


Happy birthday Gen Obasanjo

May you live long enough to see the Yoruba nation enjoy freedom in a separate sovereign Yoruba nation Oduduwa Republic.


Disclaimer: Latest News Plus is not the author of this article but opinion of the author.

Insecurity: Nigerians should borrow a leaf from Israel, rise to the occasion, and right the wrong

Insecurity: Nigerians should borrow a leaf from Israel, rise to the occasion, and right the wrong

Israel's Iron Dome

Israel is a nuclear-armed state with sophisticated weapons capable of taking on their neighbors.


It is not because they don't trust the God of Israel to protect them, but they know that the God of Israel won't do their duties for them.


Israel has a thriving economy with high standards of living for the citizens. 


It is not that they don't trust the God of Israel that provided their ancestors with Manna in the wilderness, but they understand that God won't plant rice and harvest it for them.

They have to do it themselves. 


Israel is not leaving the Gaza border in the hands of God and do nothing.


No, they built an 'Iron Dome' that intercepts rockets fired into Israeli territory by the Palestinian militant Hammas. 

Isreal has the best medical practice and hospitals in the world. They won the highest noble prize in science and research for humanity. 


It is not that they don't have confidence in the God of Moses and Elijah, but they understand that the God of Israel gave them wisdom and knowledge to act decisively. 


Dear Nigerian leaders, if there’s one, stop fooling around and hiding behind empty religion to cover up your incompetence. 


Your country is burning, people are dying, being murdered by militants. 


Kidnapping and banditry is the order of the day. 


People are living in fear everyday. 

.Yet, we hear you use words like, "It is in the hands of God" 


"Southwest is in the hands of God" 


"Nigeria is in the hands of God" 


How daft that is when you know that God has given you the power to take control of things. 


The money to equip the Army, Police and other security agencies to get a grip on this situation is not in the hands of God, it is in your hands.


Use it!


The money to rebuild roads, secure our borders, improve Healthcare and increase life expectancy is not in the hands of God, it is in your hands.


Use it!


For years, we've been sold this lie and fooled around, playing vain religion with people's lives. 


We can't go on like this. 


Borrow a leaf from Israel.


They have a job to do.


They do their part and God does His part. 


Do your part and get to work. 


Stop fooling around and playing with religion. 


The country is boiling while the leaders act as if they are in a coma!


Power is not conventionally given, rise to the occasion, get it and right the wrong.


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Israel's Iron Dome

Israel is a nuclear-armed state with sophisticated weapons capable of taking on their neighbors.


It is not because they don't trust the God of Israel to protect them, but they know that the God of Israel won't do their duties for them.


Israel has a thriving economy with high standards of living for the citizens. 


It is not that they don't trust the God of Israel that provided their ancestors with Manna in the wilderness, but they understand that God won't plant rice and harvest it for them.

They have to do it themselves. 


Israel is not leaving the Gaza border in the hands of God and do nothing.


No, they built an 'Iron Dome' that intercepts rockets fired into Israeli territory by the Palestinian militant Hammas. 

Isreal has the best medical practice and hospitals in the world. They won the highest noble prize in science and research for humanity. 


It is not that they don't have confidence in the God of Moses and Elijah, but they understand that the God of Israel gave them wisdom and knowledge to act decisively. 


Dear Nigerian leaders, if there’s one, stop fooling around and hiding behind empty religion to cover up your incompetence. 


Your country is burning, people are dying, being murdered by militants. 


Kidnapping and banditry is the order of the day. 


People are living in fear everyday. 

.Yet, we hear you use words like, "It is in the hands of God" 


"Southwest is in the hands of God" 


"Nigeria is in the hands of God" 


How daft that is when you know that God has given you the power to take control of things. 


The money to equip the Army, Police and other security agencies to get a grip on this situation is not in the hands of God, it is in your hands.


Use it!


The money to rebuild roads, secure our borders, improve Healthcare and increase life expectancy is not in the hands of God, it is in your hands.


Use it!


For years, we've been sold this lie and fooled around, playing vain religion with people's lives. 


We can't go on like this. 


Borrow a leaf from Israel.


They have a job to do.


They do their part and God does His part. 


Do your part and get to work. 


Stop fooling around and playing with religion. 


The country is boiling while the leaders act as if they are in a coma!


Power is not conventionally given, rise to the occasion, get it and right the wrong.


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NIGERIAN PRESIDENT, MAJOR GEN. MUHAMMADU BUHARI APPOINTS NEW SERVICE CHIEFS

NIGERIAN PRESIDENT, MAJOR GEN. MUHAMMADU BUHARI APPOINTS NEW SERVICE CHIEFS


Nigeria's President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service.

According to a statement signed by Femi Adesina who is a Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), those nvolved are the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

President Buhari thanks the outgoing Service Chiefs for what he calls their “overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country,” wishing them well in their future endeavours.

The new Service Chiefs are: Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff.

The President congratulates the new Service Chiefs, and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.


Nigerians from all works of life have for many years been calling for the sack of the service chiefs following the inability of the nation's security apparatus to put an end to the insurgency that has been bedevilling the country for more than a decade on which promises Buhari rode to power in 2015. 


Rather than ending the Boko Haram insurgence, the country hàs witness more killings from another emerging terrorists groups such as FULANI Herdsmen and banditary as well as the military itself inform of Lekki tollgate massacre in Lagos and the Shiites killing in Kaduna among many others.



Nigeria's President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service.

According to a statement signed by Femi Adesina who is a Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), those nvolved are the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

President Buhari thanks the outgoing Service Chiefs for what he calls their “overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country,” wishing them well in their future endeavours.

The new Service Chiefs are: Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff.

The President congratulates the new Service Chiefs, and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.


Nigerians from all works of life have for many years been calling for the sack of the service chiefs following the inability of the nation's security apparatus to put an end to the insurgency that has been bedevilling the country for more than a decade on which promises Buhari rode to power in 2015. 


Rather than ending the Boko Haram insurgence, the country hàs witness more killings from another emerging terrorists groups such as FULANI Herdsmen and banditary as well as the military itself inform of Lekki tollgate massacre in Lagos and the Shiites killing in Kaduna among many others.


SUNDAY IGBOHO AND THE THREAT OF WAR

SUNDAY IGBOHO AND THE THREAT OF WAR

By Femi Fani-Kayode



For soldiers to escort murderous Fulani herdsmen back to a community in Ogun state from which they were earlier evicted and then to publicly whip members of that community for evicting them simply beggars belief. 


Have the people of the South West now become slaves in their fathers land? Have we finally been conquered and occupied? 


It is utterly mind-blowing. It is wicked. It is evil. It is unacceptable. How much more bloodshed, carnage, violence, insults and humiliation are the people of the South West expected to take? Soldiers are whipping our people like dogs in the street in order to reinstate those that are killing, raping and maiming them? 


Is our Army a Nigerian Army or a Fulani Army? Are the Fulanis superior to all others? Are they above the law? Is the Presidency a Nigerian Presidency or a Fulani Presidency? Why do they always speak out in defence of killer herdsmen and never for their victims? 


It is only when you have met someone whose whole family has been raped and butchered by Fulani herdsmen that you will know or appreciate what is going on in the South West. It has become a daily occurrence. 


They have kidnapped, maimed and slaughtered traditional rulers, businessmen, politicians, elder-statesmen, farmers, artesans, lecturers, teachers, students, artists, pure-water sellers, market women, hairdressers, the rich, the poor, women, children and so many others including the beautiful daughter of Baba Reuben Fasoranti, the leader of Afenifere.


For Miyetti Allah, the ACF, the NEF or anyone else to say that the Fulani "own all the land in Nigeria" and that we are "being provocative", "beating the drums of war" and "asking for a second civil war" by calling for the arrest and eviction of the killer herdsmen and murderous thugs from our land is insulting and provocative. 


Only the ignorant, cowardly and uninformed talk like that. Only those that are secretly behind the carnage, that profit from it and that sent the herdsmen to unleash terror on us can say such things. 


The Constitution does not grant the Fulani or anyone else the right to commit murder in Nigeria or to turn the South West into their killing fields. The Constitution does not regard Yoruba blood as being cheaper than others and neither does it prescribe that the Yoruba people are to be treated like sacrificial lambs and killed at will. 


Some Yoruba leaders want to be President or Vice President in 2023 and are therefore prepared to keep quiet and tolerate this rubbish that is being done to our people. I am not one of those leaders. Nothing in this world can make me trade in the blood and lives of my people. Nothing will make me turn a blind eye to their sufferings or betray them.  


For me my people come first and politics or political expediency comes a distant second. I will speak the truth no matter the consequences, no matter what it costs me and no matter whose ox is gored. 


And the truth is that Chief Sunday Igboho, Governor Akeredolu, Afenifere, Professor Akintoye, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, SOKAPU, the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) and all the other individuals and bodies that have spoken out against the murderous activities of the herdsmen in the South West and elsewhere are right.


And those that have supported or attempted to rationalise the criminal behaviour of the killers in the name of political correctness or political expediency are treacherous, shameless and irresponsible. 


If you are a Yoruba man and you want to be President or Vice President I wonder whose affairs will you be presiding over and who will you lead or represent at the national level if all your Yoruba people have already been killed?  


Soon we shall start calling the collaborators and  coward's out by name. You betray your own just for support, acceptance and promotion from northerners whereas no northerner worth his salt will ever sell his own people out for you? Nothing could be more reprehensible than that. 


Shakespeare wrote 'cowards die many times before their death' and Soyinka wrote "the man dies in him who remains silent in the face of tyranny and injustice". They were both right. 


The man has died in too many of our leaders today and the time to speak out is now. We all need to take a cue from Sunday Igboho. 


Enough is enough. Too much blood has been shed and too many lives have been taken by these herdsmen in the South West and elsewhere. They kill in the North, the Middle Belt, the South South, the South East and everywhere else and they do it without remorse and with total impunity. 


Peace-loving and law-abiding Fulanis are welcome in the South West but those that kill, steal, rape and destroy must leave and they must be brought to justice by the authorities. If this does not happen expect many more Sunday Igbohos to rise up.


The worst culprits in all this are the Buhari administration who are complicit in these crimes and in this ethnic cleansing, mass murder and genocide. I say they are complicit because they have refused to disarm the perpetrators, arrest them or bring them to justice despite the fact that it is their constitutional duty to do so. 


They have failed to maintain law and order and to protect the lives and property of the Nigerian people and they continue to pamper and encourage the killer herdsmen. 


The Presidency no longer speaks for the Nigerian people but only for Miyetti Allah and the Fulani herdsmen. This is a tragedy of monumental proportions and no matter what they say they will never change. 


(FFK)

By Femi Fani-Kayode



For soldiers to escort murderous Fulani herdsmen back to a community in Ogun state from which they were earlier evicted and then to publicly whip members of that community for evicting them simply beggars belief. 


Have the people of the South West now become slaves in their fathers land? Have we finally been conquered and occupied? 


It is utterly mind-blowing. It is wicked. It is evil. It is unacceptable. How much more bloodshed, carnage, violence, insults and humiliation are the people of the South West expected to take? Soldiers are whipping our people like dogs in the street in order to reinstate those that are killing, raping and maiming them? 


Is our Army a Nigerian Army or a Fulani Army? Are the Fulanis superior to all others? Are they above the law? Is the Presidency a Nigerian Presidency or a Fulani Presidency? Why do they always speak out in defence of killer herdsmen and never for their victims? 


It is only when you have met someone whose whole family has been raped and butchered by Fulani herdsmen that you will know or appreciate what is going on in the South West. It has become a daily occurrence. 


They have kidnapped, maimed and slaughtered traditional rulers, businessmen, politicians, elder-statesmen, farmers, artesans, lecturers, teachers, students, artists, pure-water sellers, market women, hairdressers, the rich, the poor, women, children and so many others including the beautiful daughter of Baba Reuben Fasoranti, the leader of Afenifere.


For Miyetti Allah, the ACF, the NEF or anyone else to say that the Fulani "own all the land in Nigeria" and that we are "being provocative", "beating the drums of war" and "asking for a second civil war" by calling for the arrest and eviction of the killer herdsmen and murderous thugs from our land is insulting and provocative. 


Only the ignorant, cowardly and uninformed talk like that. Only those that are secretly behind the carnage, that profit from it and that sent the herdsmen to unleash terror on us can say such things. 


The Constitution does not grant the Fulani or anyone else the right to commit murder in Nigeria or to turn the South West into their killing fields. The Constitution does not regard Yoruba blood as being cheaper than others and neither does it prescribe that the Yoruba people are to be treated like sacrificial lambs and killed at will. 


Some Yoruba leaders want to be President or Vice President in 2023 and are therefore prepared to keep quiet and tolerate this rubbish that is being done to our people. I am not one of those leaders. Nothing in this world can make me trade in the blood and lives of my people. Nothing will make me turn a blind eye to their sufferings or betray them.  


For me my people come first and politics or political expediency comes a distant second. I will speak the truth no matter the consequences, no matter what it costs me and no matter whose ox is gored. 


And the truth is that Chief Sunday Igboho, Governor Akeredolu, Afenifere, Professor Akintoye, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, SOKAPU, the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) and all the other individuals and bodies that have spoken out against the murderous activities of the herdsmen in the South West and elsewhere are right.


And those that have supported or attempted to rationalise the criminal behaviour of the killers in the name of political correctness or political expediency are treacherous, shameless and irresponsible. 


If you are a Yoruba man and you want to be President or Vice President I wonder whose affairs will you be presiding over and who will you lead or represent at the national level if all your Yoruba people have already been killed?  


Soon we shall start calling the collaborators and  coward's out by name. You betray your own just for support, acceptance and promotion from northerners whereas no northerner worth his salt will ever sell his own people out for you? Nothing could be more reprehensible than that. 


Shakespeare wrote 'cowards die many times before their death' and Soyinka wrote "the man dies in him who remains silent in the face of tyranny and injustice". They were both right. 


The man has died in too many of our leaders today and the time to speak out is now. We all need to take a cue from Sunday Igboho. 


Enough is enough. Too much blood has been shed and too many lives have been taken by these herdsmen in the South West and elsewhere. They kill in the North, the Middle Belt, the South South, the South East and everywhere else and they do it without remorse and with total impunity. 


Peace-loving and law-abiding Fulanis are welcome in the South West but those that kill, steal, rape and destroy must leave and they must be brought to justice by the authorities. If this does not happen expect many more Sunday Igbohos to rise up.


The worst culprits in all this are the Buhari administration who are complicit in these crimes and in this ethnic cleansing, mass murder and genocide. I say they are complicit because they have refused to disarm the perpetrators, arrest them or bring them to justice despite the fact that it is their constitutional duty to do so. 


They have failed to maintain law and order and to protect the lives and property of the Nigerian people and they continue to pamper and encourage the killer herdsmen. 


The Presidency no longer speaks for the Nigerian people but only for Miyetti Allah and the Fulani herdsmen. This is a tragedy of monumental proportions and no matter what they say they will never change. 


(FFK)

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

Corruption in Nigerian military: Captain allegedly faces court-martial over petition against CNS

Corruption in Nigerian military: Captain allegedly faces court-martial over petition against CNS

 Adelani Adepegba, Abuja


A former Assistant Director Procurement in the Defence Intelligence Agency, Capt. Emmanuel Ekpe, has reportedly been summoned to appear before a court-martial in Lagos, for allegedly petitioning the president, accusing the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, of misconduct.


Ekpe, aka Owen, a decorated naval officer, was said to have been relieved of his appointment at the DIA following the petition in which he accused Ibas of corruption, abuse of office and employment of state powers to pursue personal vendetta.


This was contained in a statement on Tuesday by the lawyers to the captain, Pelumi Olajengbesi, titled, ‘Demand for the immediate sacking of the CNS for gross misconduct and acts capable of destroying national security.’


The statement said Owen’s ordeal began in 1996 while onboard NNS AMBE when he admonished Ibas to serve with integrity after he allegedly discovered that the CNS was involved in corrupt practices.


“Rather than taking the admonition of Capt. Owen, the now CNS locked him up in the toilet and tried him for a trumped-up offence while still onboard the NNS AMBE in Liberia. The innocent and decent Captain has since 1996 remained an object of victimisation by the now CNS in the Nigerian Navy,” the lawyer alleged.


Olajengbesi further said the CNS has channelled resources to make life as a naval officer unbearable for Owen, adding that Ibas withheld funds from him for the training of naval officers for Admiralty yachting regatta in India in 2016 and 2017.


He added, “The CNS also refused to approve funds to purchase equipment for the officers nominated to attend the exercise in India. The diligent Captain was forced to borrow the sum of $2,400 for the purchase of the said equipment in honour and respect for the Nigerian Navy without any refund till date. He has been denied promotion thrice and his records have been tampered with.”


The lawyer explained that after enduring several years of suffering and intimidation, Owen filed a petition to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, but Ibas allegedly frustrated the complaint by assuming jurisdiction over it.


He stated, “Rather, the CNS assumed jurisdiction by proxy over the matter by setting up a committee to hear the complaint. The committee simply ignored the complaints and manufactured new spurious issues, thereby turning the petitioner to the accused person in an attempt to silence him. The CNS has now summoned Capt. Owen to Lagos to face a court-martial.”


The statement argued that the CNS had no authority to convene a court-martial, noting that by section 131 of the Armed Forces Act, officers having the power to convene a court-martial are the President, the Chief of Defence Staff or the Service Chiefs; a general officer commanding, a brigadier, colonel or lieutenant colonel or their corresponding ranks.


It further noted, “Constituting the court-martial in Lagos whilst the officer is engaged in Abuja because of his official posting is tantamount to a deliberate attempt to frustrate him when same could have been constituted in Abuja and made for ease of attendance of proceedings, among others.”


The lawyer called on the President to review Owen’s case, while demanding the sacking of the CNS without further delay “to save the reputation, integrity and right standings of the Nigerian Navy and by extension, the Armed Forces as a whole.”


When contacted, the NN spokesman, Suleiman Dahun, said, “The matter is being handled administratively.”


Copyright by PUNCH.

 Adelani Adepegba, Abuja


A former Assistant Director Procurement in the Defence Intelligence Agency, Capt. Emmanuel Ekpe, has reportedly been summoned to appear before a court-martial in Lagos, for allegedly petitioning the president, accusing the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, of misconduct.


Ekpe, aka Owen, a decorated naval officer, was said to have been relieved of his appointment at the DIA following the petition in which he accused Ibas of corruption, abuse of office and employment of state powers to pursue personal vendetta.


This was contained in a statement on Tuesday by the lawyers to the captain, Pelumi Olajengbesi, titled, ‘Demand for the immediate sacking of the CNS for gross misconduct and acts capable of destroying national security.’


The statement said Owen’s ordeal began in 1996 while onboard NNS AMBE when he admonished Ibas to serve with integrity after he allegedly discovered that the CNS was involved in corrupt practices.


“Rather than taking the admonition of Capt. Owen, the now CNS locked him up in the toilet and tried him for a trumped-up offence while still onboard the NNS AMBE in Liberia. The innocent and decent Captain has since 1996 remained an object of victimisation by the now CNS in the Nigerian Navy,” the lawyer alleged.


Olajengbesi further said the CNS has channelled resources to make life as a naval officer unbearable for Owen, adding that Ibas withheld funds from him for the training of naval officers for Admiralty yachting regatta in India in 2016 and 2017.


He added, “The CNS also refused to approve funds to purchase equipment for the officers nominated to attend the exercise in India. The diligent Captain was forced to borrow the sum of $2,400 for the purchase of the said equipment in honour and respect for the Nigerian Navy without any refund till date. He has been denied promotion thrice and his records have been tampered with.”


The lawyer explained that after enduring several years of suffering and intimidation, Owen filed a petition to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, but Ibas allegedly frustrated the complaint by assuming jurisdiction over it.


He stated, “Rather, the CNS assumed jurisdiction by proxy over the matter by setting up a committee to hear the complaint. The committee simply ignored the complaints and manufactured new spurious issues, thereby turning the petitioner to the accused person in an attempt to silence him. The CNS has now summoned Capt. Owen to Lagos to face a court-martial.”


The statement argued that the CNS had no authority to convene a court-martial, noting that by section 131 of the Armed Forces Act, officers having the power to convene a court-martial are the President, the Chief of Defence Staff or the Service Chiefs; a general officer commanding, a brigadier, colonel or lieutenant colonel or their corresponding ranks.


It further noted, “Constituting the court-martial in Lagos whilst the officer is engaged in Abuja because of his official posting is tantamount to a deliberate attempt to frustrate him when same could have been constituted in Abuja and made for ease of attendance of proceedings, among others.”


The lawyer called on the President to review Owen’s case, while demanding the sacking of the CNS without further delay “to save the reputation, integrity and right standings of the Nigerian Navy and by extension, the Armed Forces as a whole.”


When contacted, the NN spokesman, Suleiman Dahun, said, “The matter is being handled administratively.”


Copyright by PUNCH.

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.

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

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.

ICC investigates Nigerian military, Boko Haram for war crimes, torture, others

ICC investigates Nigerian military, Boko Haram for war crimes, torture, others

 Adelani Adepegba, Abuja


The International Criminal Court has concluded plans to investigate the military and the Boko Haram insurgents for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The ICC stated that it has found a reasonable basis to believe that members of the Nigerian security forces and the insurgents have committed murder, rape, torture, and cruel treatment, including enforced disappearance and hostage-taking.

The ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, disclosed on Friday, that preliminary investigations also indicate that the military equally carried out the forcible transfer of population; outrages upon personal dignity; intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population and individual civilians not taking direct part in hostilities.

The Prosecutor’s Office has investigated war crimes in multiple jurisdictions since 2003, including in Uganda; the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Darfur, Sudan; the Central African Republic Kenya; Libya; Côte d’Ivoire; Mali; Georgia, Burundi Bangladesh/Myanmar and Afghanistan.

Bensouda in a statement also alleged that the troops engaged in unlawful imprisonment; conscripting and enlisting children under the age of 15 years into the armed forces and using them to participate actively in hostilities; persecution on gender and political grounds; and other inhumane acts.

The statement titled, ‘Statement of the Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, on the conclusion of the preliminary examination of the situation in Nigeria,’ followed the conclusion of the preliminary examination of the situation in Nigeria, which commenced since 2010.

The prosecutor explained that the statutory criteria for opening an investigation into the security situation had been met, paving the way for a full-blown probe of the allegations against the members of the security forces engaged in counter-insurgency operations in the North-East.

This is happening five days after Amnesty International said that the military and the insurgents have killed many aged citizens at disproportionate levels due to their inability to flee attack

In a 67-page report titled ‘My heart is in pain: Older people’s experience of conflict, displacement, and detention in North-East Nigeria’, the rights group disclosed that older people were killed both by the terrorist group and the militay.

The officer of the ICC prosecutor had announced its findings on crimes in Nigeria since 2013 and about two months ago, promised to conduct a preliminary investigation into the conduct of security operatives in the country.

Bensouda disclosed that the duration of the preliminary examination, open since 2010, was due to the priority given by her Office in supporting the Nigerian authorities in investigating and prosecuting the crimes domestically.

She said, “While my Office recognises that the vast majority of criminality within the situation is attributable to non-state actors, we have also found a reasonable basis to believe that members of the Nigerian Security Forces have committed the following acts constituting crimes against humanity and war crimes: murder, rape, torture, and cruel treatment; enforced disappearance; forcible transfer of population; outrages upon personal dignity; intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population as such and against individual civilians not taking direct part in hostilities; unlawful imprisonment; conscripting and enlisting children under the age of 15 years into armed forces and using them to participate actively in hostilities; persecution on gender and political grounds; and other inhumane acts.”

The prosecutor noted that her office had concluded that there was a reasonable basis to believe that members of Boko Haram and its splinter groups similarly committed various war crimes including sexual slavery, forced pregnancy and forced marriage; enslavement; torture; cruel treatment; outrages upon personal dignity; taking of hostages; intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population or individual civilians not taking direct part in hostilities.

 

She further accused the sect of intentionally directing attacks against personnel, installations, material, units or vehicles involved in humanitarian assistance; intentionally directing attacks against buildings dedicated to education and places of worship and similar institutions; conscripting and enlisting children under the age of 15 years into armed groups and using them to participate actively in hostilities; persecution on gender and religious grounds; and other inhumane acts.


Bensouda stated that the allegations are sufficiently grave to warrant investigation by her Office, both in quantitative and qualitative terms, noting that she would provide further details in the forthcoming annual Report on Preliminary Examination Activities.


Source: Punch




 Adelani Adepegba, Abuja


The International Criminal Court has concluded plans to investigate the military and the Boko Haram insurgents for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The ICC stated that it has found a reasonable basis to believe that members of the Nigerian security forces and the insurgents have committed murder, rape, torture, and cruel treatment, including enforced disappearance and hostage-taking.

The ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, disclosed on Friday, that preliminary investigations also indicate that the military equally carried out the forcible transfer of population; outrages upon personal dignity; intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population and individual civilians not taking direct part in hostilities.

The Prosecutor’s Office has investigated war crimes in multiple jurisdictions since 2003, including in Uganda; the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Darfur, Sudan; the Central African Republic Kenya; Libya; Côte d’Ivoire; Mali; Georgia, Burundi Bangladesh/Myanmar and Afghanistan.

Bensouda in a statement also alleged that the troops engaged in unlawful imprisonment; conscripting and enlisting children under the age of 15 years into the armed forces and using them to participate actively in hostilities; persecution on gender and political grounds; and other inhumane acts.

The statement titled, ‘Statement of the Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, on the conclusion of the preliminary examination of the situation in Nigeria,’ followed the conclusion of the preliminary examination of the situation in Nigeria, which commenced since 2010.

The prosecutor explained that the statutory criteria for opening an investigation into the security situation had been met, paving the way for a full-blown probe of the allegations against the members of the security forces engaged in counter-insurgency operations in the North-East.

This is happening five days after Amnesty International said that the military and the insurgents have killed many aged citizens at disproportionate levels due to their inability to flee attack

In a 67-page report titled ‘My heart is in pain: Older people’s experience of conflict, displacement, and detention in North-East Nigeria’, the rights group disclosed that older people were killed both by the terrorist group and the militay.

The officer of the ICC prosecutor had announced its findings on crimes in Nigeria since 2013 and about two months ago, promised to conduct a preliminary investigation into the conduct of security operatives in the country.

Bensouda disclosed that the duration of the preliminary examination, open since 2010, was due to the priority given by her Office in supporting the Nigerian authorities in investigating and prosecuting the crimes domestically.

She said, “While my Office recognises that the vast majority of criminality within the situation is attributable to non-state actors, we have also found a reasonable basis to believe that members of the Nigerian Security Forces have committed the following acts constituting crimes against humanity and war crimes: murder, rape, torture, and cruel treatment; enforced disappearance; forcible transfer of population; outrages upon personal dignity; intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population as such and against individual civilians not taking direct part in hostilities; unlawful imprisonment; conscripting and enlisting children under the age of 15 years into armed forces and using them to participate actively in hostilities; persecution on gender and political grounds; and other inhumane acts.”

The prosecutor noted that her office had concluded that there was a reasonable basis to believe that members of Boko Haram and its splinter groups similarly committed various war crimes including sexual slavery, forced pregnancy and forced marriage; enslavement; torture; cruel treatment; outrages upon personal dignity; taking of hostages; intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population or individual civilians not taking direct part in hostilities.

 

She further accused the sect of intentionally directing attacks against personnel, installations, material, units or vehicles involved in humanitarian assistance; intentionally directing attacks against buildings dedicated to education and places of worship and similar institutions; conscripting and enlisting children under the age of 15 years into armed groups and using them to participate actively in hostilities; persecution on gender and religious grounds; and other inhumane acts.


Bensouda stated that the allegations are sufficiently grave to warrant investigation by her Office, both in quantitative and qualitative terms, noting that she would provide further details in the forthcoming annual Report on Preliminary Examination Activities.


Source: Punch




Security operatives arrest #RevolutionNow members in Akure

Security operatives arrest #RevolutionNow members in Akure

They were released after several hours of delayed.

The security operatives comprising of combined team of Nigerian Army, the Police and the Civil Defense personnel has arrested the members of the RevolutionNow in Akure. 


They were arrested on their way to Abuja. Both Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare confirmed the arrest.

@yelesowore wrote on twitter: FLASH: Nigerian Security Forces in Akure comprising of @policeng, @HQNigerianArmy and Civil defence just arrested our colleagues heading to Abuja for the #RevolutionNow trial slated for Thursday and Friday! The CP of ONDO is requested to release them without delay #RevolutionNow


Those comrades arrested were in two buses conveying them to Abuja  to show solidarity for the RevolutionNow trial of Sowore and Olawale.



However, our sources have also confirmed their release after few hours of delayed.

More details later.....

They were released after several hours of delayed.

The security operatives comprising of combined team of Nigerian Army, the Police and the Civil Defense personnel has arrested the members of the RevolutionNow in Akure. 


They were arrested on their way to Abuja. Both Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare confirmed the arrest.

@yelesowore wrote on twitter: FLASH: Nigerian Security Forces in Akure comprising of @policeng, @HQNigerianArmy and Civil defence just arrested our colleagues heading to Abuja for the #RevolutionNow trial slated for Thursday and Friday! The CP of ONDO is requested to release them without delay #RevolutionNow


Those comrades arrested were in two buses conveying them to Abuja  to show solidarity for the RevolutionNow trial of Sowore and Olawale.



However, our sources have also confirmed their release after few hours of delayed.

More details later.....

#EndSARS: How Policemen, Soldiers Storm Lekki Toll Plaza

#EndSARS: How Policemen, Soldiers Storm Lekki Toll Plaza

Show Of Force Around Ikeja, Others To Stop Anticipated Protests



After police officers and soldiers were stationed at the Lekki tollgate, police officers have also been sighted at Opebi, Alausa and Ikeja areas, in an apparent plot to stop the suspected EndSARS protests billed to start today, Monday.

As commuters and residents confirmed to SaharaReporters, scores of police officers and soldiers have started patrolling the Ikeja, Opebi and Tollgate areas in a show of force to wade off suspected protesters.

There are some other areas, according to yet-to-be-confirmed reports.

“The state police command did the deployments based on the intelligence it received. The police also got the army at the Bonny Camp to send some reinforcements,” a source said.

On Sunday, the Lagos State Police Command had said it would resist any planned protest, procession or gathering in the state.


The demonstrations were expected to resume in Lagos on Monday, December 7, 2020, at designated locations across the metropolis.

In a statement on Sunday, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, had said the command would not allow any demonstration under any guise because Lagos residents were still nursing the injuries of the violence that trailed the #ENDSARS protest.

“The Lagos State Police Command has again warned against any gathering, procession or protest in Lagos State as some unpatriotic individuals and groups are planning to embark on the replica of the recent destructive and violent EndSARS protest that left pains and agonies in Lagos State.

“The command has reliably gathered intelligence that specific individuals and groups have concluded plans to lure unsuspecting Lagosians, especially youths, into their planned protest which is proposed to commence tomorrow, Monday, December 7, 2020, at designated locations in the state. 


“The Lagos State Police Command wishes to re-echo and remind the general public that the Government of Lagos State, businesses, individuals and security families still groan in losses and pains that the last violent EndSARS protest occasioned. The state is still nurturing the injuries orchestrated by some violent EndSARS protesters and not fit to accommodate such protest for now.

“In the light of the above, the Lagos State Police Command, therefore, warns those who might want to disguise under EndSARS protest to cause another set of mayhem, brouhaha and violence in the state, to desist from such plans as the police and other security agencies will not fold their arms, seeing individuals or groups orchestrating another violence and anarchy in the state.

“The command also warns parents and guardians to warn and discourage their children and wards from being lured into any act, gathering or protest capable of causing violence in the state. The command wishes to reiterate that any unlawful gathering, procession or protest will be suppressed professionally in accordance with the provisions of the law.

“The police command encourages residents and those who are in Lagos for their genuine engagements to go about their lawful businesses as all hands are on deck to maintain law and order within the length and breadth of Lagos State.” 

The #EndSARS protests, which engulfed the country in the first week of October through the third, were later hijacked by hoodlums leading to the destruction of properties and loss of lives.

Show Of Force Around Ikeja, Others To Stop Anticipated Protests



After police officers and soldiers were stationed at the Lekki tollgate, police officers have also been sighted at Opebi, Alausa and Ikeja areas, in an apparent plot to stop the suspected EndSARS protests billed to start today, Monday.

As commuters and residents confirmed to SaharaReporters, scores of police officers and soldiers have started patrolling the Ikeja, Opebi and Tollgate areas in a show of force to wade off suspected protesters.

There are some other areas, according to yet-to-be-confirmed reports.

“The state police command did the deployments based on the intelligence it received. The police also got the army at the Bonny Camp to send some reinforcements,” a source said.

On Sunday, the Lagos State Police Command had said it would resist any planned protest, procession or gathering in the state.


The demonstrations were expected to resume in Lagos on Monday, December 7, 2020, at designated locations across the metropolis.

In a statement on Sunday, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, had said the command would not allow any demonstration under any guise because Lagos residents were still nursing the injuries of the violence that trailed the #ENDSARS protest.

“The Lagos State Police Command has again warned against any gathering, procession or protest in Lagos State as some unpatriotic individuals and groups are planning to embark on the replica of the recent destructive and violent EndSARS protest that left pains and agonies in Lagos State.

“The command has reliably gathered intelligence that specific individuals and groups have concluded plans to lure unsuspecting Lagosians, especially youths, into their planned protest which is proposed to commence tomorrow, Monday, December 7, 2020, at designated locations in the state. 


“The Lagos State Police Command wishes to re-echo and remind the general public that the Government of Lagos State, businesses, individuals and security families still groan in losses and pains that the last violent EndSARS protest occasioned. The state is still nurturing the injuries orchestrated by some violent EndSARS protesters and not fit to accommodate such protest for now.

“In the light of the above, the Lagos State Police Command, therefore, warns those who might want to disguise under EndSARS protest to cause another set of mayhem, brouhaha and violence in the state, to desist from such plans as the police and other security agencies will not fold their arms, seeing individuals or groups orchestrating another violence and anarchy in the state.

“The command also warns parents and guardians to warn and discourage their children and wards from being lured into any act, gathering or protest capable of causing violence in the state. The command wishes to reiterate that any unlawful gathering, procession or protest will be suppressed professionally in accordance with the provisions of the law.

“The police command encourages residents and those who are in Lagos for their genuine engagements to go about their lawful businesses as all hands are on deck to maintain law and order within the length and breadth of Lagos State.” 

The #EndSARS protests, which engulfed the country in the first week of October through the third, were later hijacked by hoodlums leading to the destruction of properties and loss of lives.

Nigeria's Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Buratai

Nigeria's Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Buratai

 


Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff Buratai tees off today in Abuja while out there in the North East, Boko Haram is unleashing terror, bandits are holding the North West & Central to ransom. 


Meanwhile, In April, Buratai said he won’t return to Abuja unless BH is defeated. 


They are too rich from the proceeds of corrupt system than to still be concerned about security of lives and properties been silenced and destroyed daily by the terrorists.

 


Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff Buratai tees off today in Abuja while out there in the North East, Boko Haram is unleashing terror, bandits are holding the North West & Central to ransom. 


Meanwhile, In April, Buratai said he won’t return to Abuja unless BH is defeated. 


They are too rich from the proceeds of corrupt system than to still be concerned about security of lives and properties been silenced and destroyed daily by the terrorists.

Terrorism: Report Shows B'Haram Killed 657 Civilians, 592 Officials In 11 Months

Terrorism: Report Shows B'Haram Killed 657 Civilians, 592 Officials In 11 Months


A report by an international agency, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), has shown that Boko Haram terrorists killed about 657 civilians in the last 11 months in Nigeria.

It was gathered that the terrorists had also killed 592 state actors, including security operatives, government officials, humanitarian workers, civilian task force, and others. 

This brings the number of people killed to 1,249 in less than a year.

Also, according to a report by Daily Trust, thousands of people have been killed in the country by the Boko Haram terrorists in the last 11 years. Like some of those that occurred this year, many killings are hardly reported by the media because of some reasons as the regime of Major General Muhammadu Buhari keep maintaining it's propaganda stance of technically defeating the dreaded group.

As the year 2021 is inching closer, many families, especially in Borno and Yobe states, would live to remember 2020 as an ugly one that deprived them of their loved ones.

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in its Nigeria Security Tracker shows that Boko Haram has killed 657 civilians between January and November 2020.

The CFR's Nigeria Security Tracker tracks political violence based on a weekly survey of the Nigerian and international press.

CFR is a nonpartisan membership organisation, founded in 1921, that works on providing a resource for its members; government officials, journalists and other interested citizens to help them better understand the world.

The council, which relied on press reports of violence in its report, noted that there is a shortage of accurate reporting across certain regions.

organisation, founded in 1921, that works on providing a resource for its members; government officials, journalists and other interested citizens to help them better understand the world.

The council, which relied on press reports of violence in its report, noted that there is a shortage of accurate reporting across certain regions.

The tracker showed that 179 civilians were killed in June – the highest in 2020, followed by November with 130, while 81 and 52 civilian deaths were recorded in January and August respectively. March had the least with 13 deaths followed by April with 24.

However, newspaper reports compiled by Daily Trust Saturday showed that Boko Haram killed 396 people during the period in review.

"There is the potential for political manipulation of the media. Given these limitations, the NST makes every effort to collect information from multiple sources. Nevertheless, NST statistics should be viewed as indicative rather than definitive," the council said on its website, adding that the Nigeria Security Tracker was edited by Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Studies, John Campbell.

As the council reported, this number, however, could rise as several cases were either unreported or exact number of casualties unknown as was the case with the farmers killed in Zabarmari, Jere Local Government Area of Borno State which fuelled calls for President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the service chiefs.

There have also been calls in some quarters for the resignation of the president due to the growing insecurity in the country. The presidency described such needs as irresponsible.



A report by an international agency, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), has shown that Boko Haram terrorists killed about 657 civilians in the last 11 months in Nigeria.

It was gathered that the terrorists had also killed 592 state actors, including security operatives, government officials, humanitarian workers, civilian task force, and others. 

This brings the number of people killed to 1,249 in less than a year.

Also, according to a report by Daily Trust, thousands of people have been killed in the country by the Boko Haram terrorists in the last 11 years. Like some of those that occurred this year, many killings are hardly reported by the media because of some reasons as the regime of Major General Muhammadu Buhari keep maintaining it's propaganda stance of technically defeating the dreaded group.

As the year 2021 is inching closer, many families, especially in Borno and Yobe states, would live to remember 2020 as an ugly one that deprived them of their loved ones.

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in its Nigeria Security Tracker shows that Boko Haram has killed 657 civilians between January and November 2020.

The CFR's Nigeria Security Tracker tracks political violence based on a weekly survey of the Nigerian and international press.

CFR is a nonpartisan membership organisation, founded in 1921, that works on providing a resource for its members; government officials, journalists and other interested citizens to help them better understand the world.

The council, which relied on press reports of violence in its report, noted that there is a shortage of accurate reporting across certain regions.

organisation, founded in 1921, that works on providing a resource for its members; government officials, journalists and other interested citizens to help them better understand the world.

The council, which relied on press reports of violence in its report, noted that there is a shortage of accurate reporting across certain regions.

The tracker showed that 179 civilians were killed in June – the highest in 2020, followed by November with 130, while 81 and 52 civilian deaths were recorded in January and August respectively. March had the least with 13 deaths followed by April with 24.

However, newspaper reports compiled by Daily Trust Saturday showed that Boko Haram killed 396 people during the period in review.

"There is the potential for political manipulation of the media. Given these limitations, the NST makes every effort to collect information from multiple sources. Nevertheless, NST statistics should be viewed as indicative rather than definitive," the council said on its website, adding that the Nigeria Security Tracker was edited by Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Studies, John Campbell.

As the council reported, this number, however, could rise as several cases were either unreported or exact number of casualties unknown as was the case with the farmers killed in Zabarmari, Jere Local Government Area of Borno State which fuelled calls for President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the service chiefs.

There have also been calls in some quarters for the resignation of the president due to the growing insecurity in the country. The presidency described such needs as irresponsible.


Borno killings: Nigerian lawmakers to summon Buhari

Borno killings: Nigerian lawmakers to summon Buhari

The Nigerian lawmakers of the second chamber, House of Representatives has on Tuesday resolved to invite the Nigerian President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to address members in plenary over the security crises across the country.


According to the report, the House of Representatives earlier, at the plenary turned rowdy on Tuesday as members were sharply divided over a motion seeking to invite Buhari to appear before the lawmakers to explain the rising spate of insecurity in the country.


The House was considering a motion moved by members from Borno State on the recent massacre of 43 rice farmers in the state by Boko Haram insurgents. The later report of the massacre put the numbers of those killed at more than 100.


Part of the prayers was to invite Buhari to appear on the floor of the House and address the lawmakers in plenary.


Efforts by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila; Majority Leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; and Chairman, House Committee on Air Force, Shehu Koko, among others, to have the prayer dropped proved abortive.


Gbajabiamila’s plea that a state of emergency be adopted instead was also rebuffed.


The speaker was forced to ask that the lawmakers have an executive (closed-door) session.

Emerging from the closed-door session, Gbajabiamila asked one of the sponsors of the motion, Ahmad Jaha, to make an amendment to the motion.


Jaha prayed the House to invite the president as proposed in the original motion.


The Speaker put the amended motion to a voice vote and it was unanimously adopted by the lawmakers.


Already, many Nigerian are tired of the Buhari led administration of corrupt, cluelessness and tyranny that put not the interest of the citizens at the center of government policies and programs.


The APC led federal government has failed in all its electoral promises made to Nigerians in 2015 as insecurity and economy woes are more compounded under the lawlessness Buhari leadership.


Despite the invitation or summon of the president, Nigerians are well aware that the house are toothless bull doga that can not bite.

The Nigerian lawmakers of the second chamber, House of Representatives has on Tuesday resolved to invite the Nigerian President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to address members in plenary over the security crises across the country.


According to the report, the House of Representatives earlier, at the plenary turned rowdy on Tuesday as members were sharply divided over a motion seeking to invite Buhari to appear before the lawmakers to explain the rising spate of insecurity in the country.


The House was considering a motion moved by members from Borno State on the recent massacre of 43 rice farmers in the state by Boko Haram insurgents. The later report of the massacre put the numbers of those killed at more than 100.


Part of the prayers was to invite Buhari to appear on the floor of the House and address the lawmakers in plenary.


Efforts by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila; Majority Leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; and Chairman, House Committee on Air Force, Shehu Koko, among others, to have the prayer dropped proved abortive.


Gbajabiamila’s plea that a state of emergency be adopted instead was also rebuffed.


The speaker was forced to ask that the lawmakers have an executive (closed-door) session.

Emerging from the closed-door session, Gbajabiamila asked one of the sponsors of the motion, Ahmad Jaha, to make an amendment to the motion.


Jaha prayed the House to invite the president as proposed in the original motion.


The Speaker put the amended motion to a voice vote and it was unanimously adopted by the lawmakers.


Already, many Nigerian are tired of the Buhari led administration of corrupt, cluelessness and tyranny that put not the interest of the citizens at the center of government policies and programs.


The APC led federal government has failed in all its electoral promises made to Nigerians in 2015 as insecurity and economy woes are more compounded under the lawlessness Buhari leadership.


Despite the invitation or summon of the president, Nigerians are well aware that the house are toothless bull doga that can not bite.

KILLING OF FARMERS IN BORNO: A SIGN OF AN EXPLODING GUNPOWDER

KILLING OF FARMERS IN BORNO: A SIGN OF AN EXPLODING GUNPOWDER

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On 15th of August last year, I wrote a piece titled "Boko Haram: A Decade of Terror Explained" to capture the atrocities this deadly sect has committed ever since their birth ranging from the August 2, 2009 murder which cost the country 700 lives in Borno and the response of successive governments to the activities of this dreadful sect which has been listed as one of the most dangerous terrorist group in the cosmos.


A fact that should not be denied by every responsive and responsible government is that we have been thrown into full-blown crisis-ridden chaotic situation marred with hostage taking and unnecessary killings throughout the length and breadth of the country most especially in the northern part of the country by Boko Haram. Unfortunately, we have a government that has chosen to dwell in dangerous delusion that everything is ok with us as a people which is having a dangerous effect on governance.


Farmers killed in Borno
 state by Boko Haram

A typical example of the negative impact the non-challant attitude of the government is having on us as a people is the unprovoked murder that took place in Borno last night where over 40 rice farmers were murdered in cold blood on their farmland by members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect. 


It is most insulting that the usual response of the government to killings by Boko Haram is simply by commiserating with the families of the deceased while providing amnesty for their killers and also giving them financial aid in the form of swapping those taken as hostages by Boko Haram with cash. Aside this, there has been no serious strategic and tactical plan that are rigorously time-bound in overcoming terrorism which has become a bane on our development by a government that rode into power on the promise of eradicating Boko Haram.


It is no news that the security of the citizens is what defines a State and that government exists for the State and not the State for the government and this is well-captured in the provision of Section 14 sub-section 2 (b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) which states that "the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government”.


There is no gainsaying the fact that based on the letters of the quoted Section of the Constitution which is the guiding  principle, government is Constitutionally mandated to guarantee the security of the citizenry. This implies that if government fails to perform this constitutional obligation with utmost dedication and commitment, it will inevitably become a fifth wheel and it won't be out of place to demand replacement. 


Today, the situation we have found ourselves as a people is one in which none of us is safe and that anything can happen to anybody at any material time as this government has failed to fulfil the most basic essence of its existence. 


The state of insecurity in the country questions the essence of social contract between the citizenry and government which is predicated on the centrality of security to human flourishing and felicity. In social contract, citizenries willingly abdicates their rights of self-protection to government, thereby, authorizing it to enjoy monopoly of force. Social contract also envisages that government will evolve veritable mechanisms to prevent, abate, and resolve violent external or internal conflicts perpetuated by state or non-state actors.


To utter dismay, this government just like its predecessors has failed to fulfil the social contract it willingly signed with the people. As a people, we have been battling with multifarious threats to peace. Unfortunately, many are victims of criminal violence. Incessant violent crimes have dimmed the prospects of attaining national cohesion, socio-economic prosperity, and democratic consolidation in the country. Terrorism and the sprouting up of ethnic militias and kidnappers across the six geopolitical zones have also quashed all hopes that every Nigerian can experience freedom from fear of violent attacks with nothing critical being done by the government to salvage the situation.


Violent attacks which is a product of insecurity as was witnessed in Borno yesterday has multilayered and multi-generational implications that do not lend themselves to easy computation and the government itself has done nothing to put an end to this not to talk of compensating and reuniting affected families. Not until government succeeds in its primary purpose as clearly stated in Chapter 2 of the Constitution, it cannot succeed in its secondary purposes. In other words, the efforts of the government to diversify the economy by reviving the agro-allied sector cannot amount to anything without widespread peace, stability, and security which the country obviously lacks with many families sundered by criminal violence perpetuated by Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen, kidnappers and ethnic militias. Undoubtedly, the killings, the kidnappings, the destruction of farmlands and the clashes will definitely sabotage the quest and effort of the government to attain food security. 


At this stage, it is important that the government takes urgent measures to guarantee maximum security and safety for all Nigerians because, for Nigeria to become an anthill of economic activities, she would need to strengthen her security architecture and make sure organized crimes are reduced to their bearest minimum.


Conclusively, our lawmakers must as a matter of necessity and urgency wakeup to check the excesses of the Buhari led-government which has proven to be class-sensitive and ethno-religious bias. Our lawmakers must not allow political correctness or naive rationalisation to delude them into playing the ostrich.


The country is sitting on a keg of gunpowder!



Kazeem Olalekan Israel is a political activist. He writes from the ancient metropolitan city of hospitality, Ibadan. He writes via [email protected]

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On 15th of August last year, I wrote a piece titled "Boko Haram: A Decade of Terror Explained" to capture the atrocities this deadly sect has committed ever since their birth ranging from the August 2, 2009 murder which cost the country 700 lives in Borno and the response of successive governments to the activities of this dreadful sect which has been listed as one of the most dangerous terrorist group in the cosmos.


A fact that should not be denied by every responsive and responsible government is that we have been thrown into full-blown crisis-ridden chaotic situation marred with hostage taking and unnecessary killings throughout the length and breadth of the country most especially in the northern part of the country by Boko Haram. Unfortunately, we have a government that has chosen to dwell in dangerous delusion that everything is ok with us as a people which is having a dangerous effect on governance.


Farmers killed in Borno
 state by Boko Haram

A typical example of the negative impact the non-challant attitude of the government is having on us as a people is the unprovoked murder that took place in Borno last night where over 40 rice farmers were murdered in cold blood on their farmland by members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect. 


It is most insulting that the usual response of the government to killings by Boko Haram is simply by commiserating with the families of the deceased while providing amnesty for their killers and also giving them financial aid in the form of swapping those taken as hostages by Boko Haram with cash. Aside this, there has been no serious strategic and tactical plan that are rigorously time-bound in overcoming terrorism which has become a bane on our development by a government that rode into power on the promise of eradicating Boko Haram.


It is no news that the security of the citizens is what defines a State and that government exists for the State and not the State for the government and this is well-captured in the provision of Section 14 sub-section 2 (b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) which states that "the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government”.


There is no gainsaying the fact that based on the letters of the quoted Section of the Constitution which is the guiding  principle, government is Constitutionally mandated to guarantee the security of the citizenry. This implies that if government fails to perform this constitutional obligation with utmost dedication and commitment, it will inevitably become a fifth wheel and it won't be out of place to demand replacement. 


Today, the situation we have found ourselves as a people is one in which none of us is safe and that anything can happen to anybody at any material time as this government has failed to fulfil the most basic essence of its existence. 


The state of insecurity in the country questions the essence of social contract between the citizenry and government which is predicated on the centrality of security to human flourishing and felicity. In social contract, citizenries willingly abdicates their rights of self-protection to government, thereby, authorizing it to enjoy monopoly of force. Social contract also envisages that government will evolve veritable mechanisms to prevent, abate, and resolve violent external or internal conflicts perpetuated by state or non-state actors.


To utter dismay, this government just like its predecessors has failed to fulfil the social contract it willingly signed with the people. As a people, we have been battling with multifarious threats to peace. Unfortunately, many are victims of criminal violence. Incessant violent crimes have dimmed the prospects of attaining national cohesion, socio-economic prosperity, and democratic consolidation in the country. Terrorism and the sprouting up of ethnic militias and kidnappers across the six geopolitical zones have also quashed all hopes that every Nigerian can experience freedom from fear of violent attacks with nothing critical being done by the government to salvage the situation.


Violent attacks which is a product of insecurity as was witnessed in Borno yesterday has multilayered and multi-generational implications that do not lend themselves to easy computation and the government itself has done nothing to put an end to this not to talk of compensating and reuniting affected families. Not until government succeeds in its primary purpose as clearly stated in Chapter 2 of the Constitution, it cannot succeed in its secondary purposes. In other words, the efforts of the government to diversify the economy by reviving the agro-allied sector cannot amount to anything without widespread peace, stability, and security which the country obviously lacks with many families sundered by criminal violence perpetuated by Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen, kidnappers and ethnic militias. Undoubtedly, the killings, the kidnappings, the destruction of farmlands and the clashes will definitely sabotage the quest and effort of the government to attain food security. 


At this stage, it is important that the government takes urgent measures to guarantee maximum security and safety for all Nigerians because, for Nigeria to become an anthill of economic activities, she would need to strengthen her security architecture and make sure organized crimes are reduced to their bearest minimum.


Conclusively, our lawmakers must as a matter of necessity and urgency wakeup to check the excesses of the Buhari led-government which has proven to be class-sensitive and ethno-religious bias. Our lawmakers must not allow political correctness or naive rationalisation to delude them into playing the ostrich.


The country is sitting on a keg of gunpowder!



Kazeem Olalekan Israel is a political activist. He writes from the ancient metropolitan city of hospitality, Ibadan. He writes via [email protected]

AAC Condemns Buhari over insecurity, warns Makinde to desist from breeding hoodlums, Almajeri for his selfish 2023 presidential ambition

AAC Condemns Buhari over insecurity, warns Makinde to desist from breeding hoodlums, Almajeri for his selfish 2023 presidential ambition

An opposition party in Nigeria, the African Action Congress has asked Nigerians to call for the resignation of the Nigerian President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari for failing woefully to protect Nigerians.

The party's national body said this in reaction to the killing of 43 farmers by Boko Haram in Zabarmari Local Government Area of Borno State on Saturday.


The party said this in reaction to the killing of 43 farmers by Boko Haram in Zabarmari Local Government Area of Borno State on Saturday.


The AAC demanded that all service chiefs be sacked due to their "lack of will and adequate requisite to fight insecurity".


The party said, "The news that Boko Haram beheaded 43 farmers in Zabarmari is heartbreaking! The primary responsibility of every government is the protection of lives and property. The All Progressives Congress, under the incompetent and clueless Buhari, has failed woefully in that aspect. 


"We have repeatedly called for the sack of all the service chiefs just as we have also asked Buhari to resign. The service chiefs are not only overdue of being relieved of their jobs but also lack the will and adequate requisite to fight insecurity."


The AAC lamented that it was unfortunate that Nigeria had continued to rank the third most terrorised country in the world under President Buhari.


It said only an overhauling of the system could change the country.


"We want to reiterate that only a systemic change can guarantee security as those benefiting massively from terrorism don't want it to end. 


"Nigerians must take control and begin to call for the resignation of Buhari and his APC looters through every democratic means," the party added.


Also in Oyo State, the AAC party in a statement on Sunday warned the Oyo state Governor Engineer Seyi Makinde to desist from breeding hoodlums and Almajeris in the state.

According to the party chairman in the state, Comrade Ogunlana Rotimi, the party is seriously worry about current security situation of the country

"Seyi Makinde is breeding hoodlums in Oyo state and has turned Oyo state into capital of Almajiri"


"Almajiri is everywhere you go in ibadan."

" Makinde accommodated them on his personal interest to contest for president or vice president in 2023."

"We have Yoruba juvenile that are wallowing the street of ibadan now especially Iworoad under bridge, they are committing all sorts of atrocities.

" We equally have the large section of Almajiri in the nock and cranny of ibadan metropolis, before now, sabo is the only place you can find Almajiri but nowadays, they are everywhere."


"It's only Oyo state government that inaugurated Amoteku last in the South West as a sign of Makinde's compromising the security of lives and properties of the citizens and residents in the state."

"Today, some part of ibadan interland like Agbeni, Foko, Ode- Aje has become no go area now."

Major General Muhammadu Buhari led APC administration has failed to delivered since 2015 but has only succeeded in compounding the security challenges of the most populus black nation on earth with the clear emergency of Fulani herdsmean and banditary under a crippled economy and maladministration of APC leadership in the country.


Kidnapping and killings have become the new acceptable norms and orders under this anti Nigerian government.


An opposition party in Nigeria, the African Action Congress has asked Nigerians to call for the resignation of the Nigerian President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari for failing woefully to protect Nigerians.

The party's national body said this in reaction to the killing of 43 farmers by Boko Haram in Zabarmari Local Government Area of Borno State on Saturday.


The party said this in reaction to the killing of 43 farmers by Boko Haram in Zabarmari Local Government Area of Borno State on Saturday.


The AAC demanded that all service chiefs be sacked due to their "lack of will and adequate requisite to fight insecurity".


The party said, "The news that Boko Haram beheaded 43 farmers in Zabarmari is heartbreaking! The primary responsibility of every government is the protection of lives and property. The All Progressives Congress, under the incompetent and clueless Buhari, has failed woefully in that aspect. 


"We have repeatedly called for the sack of all the service chiefs just as we have also asked Buhari to resign. The service chiefs are not only overdue of being relieved of their jobs but also lack the will and adequate requisite to fight insecurity."


The AAC lamented that it was unfortunate that Nigeria had continued to rank the third most terrorised country in the world under President Buhari.


It said only an overhauling of the system could change the country.


"We want to reiterate that only a systemic change can guarantee security as those benefiting massively from terrorism don't want it to end. 


"Nigerians must take control and begin to call for the resignation of Buhari and his APC looters through every democratic means," the party added.


Also in Oyo State, the AAC party in a statement on Sunday warned the Oyo state Governor Engineer Seyi Makinde to desist from breeding hoodlums and Almajeris in the state.

According to the party chairman in the state, Comrade Ogunlana Rotimi, the party is seriously worry about current security situation of the country

"Seyi Makinde is breeding hoodlums in Oyo state and has turned Oyo state into capital of Almajiri"


"Almajiri is everywhere you go in ibadan."

" Makinde accommodated them on his personal interest to contest for president or vice president in 2023."

"We have Yoruba juvenile that are wallowing the street of ibadan now especially Iworoad under bridge, they are committing all sorts of atrocities.

" We equally have the large section of Almajiri in the nock and cranny of ibadan metropolis, before now, sabo is the only place you can find Almajiri but nowadays, they are everywhere."


"It's only Oyo state government that inaugurated Amoteku last in the South West as a sign of Makinde's compromising the security of lives and properties of the citizens and residents in the state."

"Today, some part of ibadan interland like Agbeni, Foko, Ode- Aje has become no go area now."

Major General Muhammadu Buhari led APC administration has failed to delivered since 2015 but has only succeeded in compounding the security challenges of the most populus black nation on earth with the clear emergency of Fulani herdsmean and banditary under a crippled economy and maladministration of APC leadership in the country.


Kidnapping and killings have become the new acceptable norms and orders under this anti Nigerian government.


AFTERMATH OF #ENDSARS PROTEST: POLICE AS VICTIMS OR VILLAINS?

AFTERMATH OF #ENDSARS PROTEST: POLICE AS VICTIMS OR VILLAINS?

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"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watched them without doing anything." - Albert Einstein.


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In the past two weeks, after the #EndSARS protest and the unfortunate carnage, brutality and destructions that followed have mellowed down, many citizens are still counting their loses. The government, institutions, private citizens and even the protesters themselves, suffered dare consequences. But a particular institution that remained battered and demoralised is the Nigeria Police Force (NPF). They remained downcasted and unenthusiastic to promptly return to their duty posts.


Since then, we have heard several appeals from well-meaning Nigerians and political authorities to them to return to work. Not that they abandoned their stations completely but they have refused to lift a finger in many situations that demanded their attentions, which statutorily are their responsibilities.


The cause of such demoralisation was the targeted attacks at them during the protest. We read series of irreplaceable losses they incurred. Some police officers and their family members were killed, stations and their vehicles burnt, and personal properties destroyed.


Even when the protest had its main or initial focus on the ending of the brutal and beastly SARS, it proceeded to demand for police reforms. SARS officers were first and foremost, police officers. While many regular police officers "claimed" innocence of all that SARS did over the years, they also suffered the consequences. Unfortunately, at the height of the rage, most of the real culprits could have escaped and disappeared, leaving the regular police officers to bear the brunt.


Sadly, all the atrocities that SARS officers committed in those years of terror were done under the nose and in the full glare of the regular police officers. The SARS did not have separate stations. All their bases and torture centres were located in various police stations, which are superintended by Divisional Police Officers (DPOs), at Area Commands, State HQs, Zonal Commands or Force Headquarters overseen by Senior Police Officers. That put all the other officers, and their stations in the line of fire. A case of "when one finger touches oil, it soils the others".


The IGP has continously reiterated in his tour of affected stations across the country, assuring them of government's supports and a renewed commitment to their welfare and wellbeing. The losses were huge. According to reports, about 205 stations were burnt, 22 officers killed, while many others injured. They should be adequately compensated. And some of the demands of the protesters included these. They recognised the essence of having a functional, efficient, well-remunerated and motivated police force. Afterall, police officers are human beings and are Nigerians too. They deserve better.


However, too many horrible things have been attributed to police officers for far too long. The menace perpetrated by SARS officers in the last decade only took it a notch higher. And despite endless cries from the citizens to their governments and political leaders to do something about them, the pleas fell on deaf ears, until it boiled over about five weeks ago when the youths said that enough was enough. They rose to the occasion and demanded the end to SARS and police brutalities. Unfortunately, we paid higher prices than it would have been had governments responded as and when due over time.


The irresponsibility and non-responsiveness on the part of governments and police authorities to address the alleged heinous crimes against humanity being committed by SARS officers in particular and many police officers in general, gave the culprits the air of invincibility. They became lords onto themselves, having no regards for lawlessness and order or any constituted authority.


In the past one week since the panels of inquiry set up by various states and the FCT started sitting, it has been one horror of a story after another as victims and or their relatives narrated their gruesome ordeals in the hands of SARS officers all these years. Nigerians, many of them innocent, were subjected to most inhuman treatments. Many of them suffered permanent damages and deformations. Many dead. Many lost their life savings and entire properties to SARS criminal activities and police brutalities.


I watched in horror as people came out, making this revelations one after another, across the country, especially in Lagos where it seemed most prevalent and other states in the southern Nigeria. I kept wondering how human beings could do such horrendous things narrated to fellow human beings. Those officers must have been "mentally deranged" to be able to do that. There were allegations of  many of them being on illicit drugs most of the time. But their greatest motivation was the impunity.


When they knew that nothing would happen to them no matter how grievous their atrocious acts were. Life was nothing to them. They killed, maimed, assaulted, extorted and robbed many innocent people. They arrogated absolute powers to themselves. But why was that? Didn't they have superior authority who oversaw their activities? Or were there compromises on the part of their leadership as well?


If all that the SARS committed were done with the knowledge of other regular police officers, in their presence and they did nothing, or they participated in them, then, it amounted to hypocrisy to play the "victim cards" as we have seen them do in the last one week. They are as guilty as the SARS officers by association and silence in the face of evils. They paid for their compromises with the unfortunate and condemnable attacks on them and their stations.


The truth is that, many police officers committed same crimes. The attitude exhibited by many of them poisoned their relationship with the general public, despite the deceitful slogan that "police is your friend". Actions speak louder than words.


The police themselves need introspection, rethink and remodelling as a people and an institution. Blackmail won't solve any problem. It is by this act that they too can seek restitution, start to gain the trust of the populace and succeed in carrying out their responsibilities of protecting lives and properties more effectively with peoples' supports.


Like President Harry S. Truman of the United States of America said that; "The buck stops here (on his desk)". That’s taking responsibility. Over the years, our political leaders were culpable in all that happened. The bulk stopped on their tables but they took the citizens for granted while the officers had field day at the expense of the citizens and their lives.


Police brutalities and extrajudicial killings did not start with this administration, they are historical.


Sadly, I have observed with shock that many things that the protest was against were already being repeated in the name of arresting palliatives and shops' looters. I watched on the television and many video clips of the people arrested for commiting one crime or another during the protest and after. The way many of them were being treated is still extrajudicial. Police and security agents cannot be the arrestors, prosecutors and judges at the same time. There have been arrests and detentions without charging "suspects" to court.


A woman alleged that she was arrested while on her way to buy foodstuffs for her children and family, on the premise of the curfew imposed in Lagos, despite the claim by Governor Sanwo-Olu that he did not direct that people be arrested on that account. The woman was not allowed to speak or reach out to her family. She just got missing. That’s was six days when I watched it this Monday.


Some of the utterances and body language of many of the officers who arrested them exuded vendetta. That is not acceptable. I believe this past incident should have taught us some lessons that, as Yorubas will say; "ojo gbogbo ni t'ole, ojokan ni t'oloun" (everyday for the thief, one day for the owner). The day of reckoning will always come either "normally", where authorities do their jobs by punishing erring personnel or "abnormally", when citizens would have been pushed to the wall as we saw. We pray there wouldn't be a repeat of such again. "Ogun awitele ki pa aro t'obagbon".


Going forward, the people need to recognise that police officers are humans like the rest of us. They are our brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers and relatives. And they came from our generally rotten and dysfunctional society too. Like many have said, that the symbolism of "SARS" is inherent in most of us as Nigerians. We do exhibit them in different positions of authority we found ourselves in our attitudes and behaviours. There is "SARS" in each and everyone of us. The only difference is that we do not carry guns, though, the consequences of our own "SARS" might be more devastating sometimes.


To the political leadership of the country, from the president down to the lowest office holders, the buck stops on your desks. Even when all others, apart from Mr. president, have no powers over the police or control over their activities, they owe their constituencies the duty to speak up against ill-treatment of the people who put them in office and act in accordance. "A ko gbodo fi eniyan j'oye awodi, k'oma le gb'ediye" (leaders should be alive to their responsibilities).


This has also made it more expedient, the call for state and community police. They will also be fall-outs of proper restructuring of this country. The venom displayed during the period of the crisis was an indication of bottled-up anger, disenchantment, hunger, frustration and a feeling of hopelessness by the people, caused by the country and her political leadership over the decades. Nigeria is not working as presently configured. There is need to restrucure and stop playing the ostrich. Who is afraid of restructuring "sef"?


The police need to be taken care of. People who risk their lives to protect all of us should be adequately compensated. Their improvement should begin with the criteria for recruitment. Situations where dropouts, touts, thugs and other criminal elements can find their ways into the police force or any other security agency should be prevented. The qualifications should be made stricter and prospects should be employed on merit basis with adequate background checks, unlike the "man-know-man" largely obtainable. They should be well trained in the art of modern ways of policing.


The existing facilities in the training schools that we saw in a documentary are not habitable for animals, not to talk of our dear police personnel. Same thing goes for their barracks. They are better imagined. The conditions in those facilities could be worse than prisons. Their welfare, remunerations and life insurance should be critical and top priorities. Adequate arms and amunitions, protective gears, working tools and other needs should be provided.


To the officers, you are part of us. Why would any officer treat fellow citizens like animals just because they have guns which were bought for them with taxpayer's money? The same guns which were supposed to be used to protect the citizens were used to terrorise them. That’s criminal and unacceptable. This should stop. If the claims that majority of officers are good and that the bad ones are in the minority are true, it is then the responsibility of this majority to expose and flush out the bad eggs from among them. Otherwise, the general public will continue to paint them with the same brush.


For those who joined the force to perpetrate "official crimes" simply for self agrandissement, they should turn over a new leaf. The day of retribution is here already. If they escape this time around, they will not be all-time lucky. Karma will always catch up with them.


All the Panels of Inquiry set up must do justice to the assignments given to them without fear or favor. The victims' succour now rests with them. All the SARS and police officers found culpable should be brought to book, prosecuted and appropriately punished for their crimes no matter whose horse is gored. The victims of police brutality should be adequately compensated. Their assailants should also be punished in line with the law.


We appeal to the police officers to return to "active service" to their fatherland with renewed dedication and sincerity of purpose.


God Bless Nigeria.



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"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watched them without doing anything." - Albert Einstein.


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In the past two weeks, after the #EndSARS protest and the unfortunate carnage, brutality and destructions that followed have mellowed down, many citizens are still counting their loses. The government, institutions, private citizens and even the protesters themselves, suffered dare consequences. But a particular institution that remained battered and demoralised is the Nigeria Police Force (NPF). They remained downcasted and unenthusiastic to promptly return to their duty posts.


Since then, we have heard several appeals from well-meaning Nigerians and political authorities to them to return to work. Not that they abandoned their stations completely but they have refused to lift a finger in many situations that demanded their attentions, which statutorily are their responsibilities.


The cause of such demoralisation was the targeted attacks at them during the protest. We read series of irreplaceable losses they incurred. Some police officers and their family members were killed, stations and their vehicles burnt, and personal properties destroyed.


Even when the protest had its main or initial focus on the ending of the brutal and beastly SARS, it proceeded to demand for police reforms. SARS officers were first and foremost, police officers. While many regular police officers "claimed" innocence of all that SARS did over the years, they also suffered the consequences. Unfortunately, at the height of the rage, most of the real culprits could have escaped and disappeared, leaving the regular police officers to bear the brunt.


Sadly, all the atrocities that SARS officers committed in those years of terror were done under the nose and in the full glare of the regular police officers. The SARS did not have separate stations. All their bases and torture centres were located in various police stations, which are superintended by Divisional Police Officers (DPOs), at Area Commands, State HQs, Zonal Commands or Force Headquarters overseen by Senior Police Officers. That put all the other officers, and their stations in the line of fire. A case of "when one finger touches oil, it soils the others".


The IGP has continously reiterated in his tour of affected stations across the country, assuring them of government's supports and a renewed commitment to their welfare and wellbeing. The losses were huge. According to reports, about 205 stations were burnt, 22 officers killed, while many others injured. They should be adequately compensated. And some of the demands of the protesters included these. They recognised the essence of having a functional, efficient, well-remunerated and motivated police force. Afterall, police officers are human beings and are Nigerians too. They deserve better.


However, too many horrible things have been attributed to police officers for far too long. The menace perpetrated by SARS officers in the last decade only took it a notch higher. And despite endless cries from the citizens to their governments and political leaders to do something about them, the pleas fell on deaf ears, until it boiled over about five weeks ago when the youths said that enough was enough. They rose to the occasion and demanded the end to SARS and police brutalities. Unfortunately, we paid higher prices than it would have been had governments responded as and when due over time.


The irresponsibility and non-responsiveness on the part of governments and police authorities to address the alleged heinous crimes against humanity being committed by SARS officers in particular and many police officers in general, gave the culprits the air of invincibility. They became lords onto themselves, having no regards for lawlessness and order or any constituted authority.


In the past one week since the panels of inquiry set up by various states and the FCT started sitting, it has been one horror of a story after another as victims and or their relatives narrated their gruesome ordeals in the hands of SARS officers all these years. Nigerians, many of them innocent, were subjected to most inhuman treatments. Many of them suffered permanent damages and deformations. Many dead. Many lost their life savings and entire properties to SARS criminal activities and police brutalities.


I watched in horror as people came out, making this revelations one after another, across the country, especially in Lagos where it seemed most prevalent and other states in the southern Nigeria. I kept wondering how human beings could do such horrendous things narrated to fellow human beings. Those officers must have been "mentally deranged" to be able to do that. There were allegations of  many of them being on illicit drugs most of the time. But their greatest motivation was the impunity.


When they knew that nothing would happen to them no matter how grievous their atrocious acts were. Life was nothing to them. They killed, maimed, assaulted, extorted and robbed many innocent people. They arrogated absolute powers to themselves. But why was that? Didn't they have superior authority who oversaw their activities? Or were there compromises on the part of their leadership as well?


If all that the SARS committed were done with the knowledge of other regular police officers, in their presence and they did nothing, or they participated in them, then, it amounted to hypocrisy to play the "victim cards" as we have seen them do in the last one week. They are as guilty as the SARS officers by association and silence in the face of evils. They paid for their compromises with the unfortunate and condemnable attacks on them and their stations.


The truth is that, many police officers committed same crimes. The attitude exhibited by many of them poisoned their relationship with the general public, despite the deceitful slogan that "police is your friend". Actions speak louder than words.


The police themselves need introspection, rethink and remodelling as a people and an institution. Blackmail won't solve any problem. It is by this act that they too can seek restitution, start to gain the trust of the populace and succeed in carrying out their responsibilities of protecting lives and properties more effectively with peoples' supports.


Like President Harry S. Truman of the United States of America said that; "The buck stops here (on his desk)". That’s taking responsibility. Over the years, our political leaders were culpable in all that happened. The bulk stopped on their tables but they took the citizens for granted while the officers had field day at the expense of the citizens and their lives.


Police brutalities and extrajudicial killings did not start with this administration, they are historical.


Sadly, I have observed with shock that many things that the protest was against were already being repeated in the name of arresting palliatives and shops' looters. I watched on the television and many video clips of the people arrested for commiting one crime or another during the protest and after. The way many of them were being treated is still extrajudicial. Police and security agents cannot be the arrestors, prosecutors and judges at the same time. There have been arrests and detentions without charging "suspects" to court.


A woman alleged that she was arrested while on her way to buy foodstuffs for her children and family, on the premise of the curfew imposed in Lagos, despite the claim by Governor Sanwo-Olu that he did not direct that people be arrested on that account. The woman was not allowed to speak or reach out to her family. She just got missing. That’s was six days when I watched it this Monday.


Some of the utterances and body language of many of the officers who arrested them exuded vendetta. That is not acceptable. I believe this past incident should have taught us some lessons that, as Yorubas will say; "ojo gbogbo ni t'ole, ojokan ni t'oloun" (everyday for the thief, one day for the owner). The day of reckoning will always come either "normally", where authorities do their jobs by punishing erring personnel or "abnormally", when citizens would have been pushed to the wall as we saw. We pray there wouldn't be a repeat of such again. "Ogun awitele ki pa aro t'obagbon".


Going forward, the people need to recognise that police officers are humans like the rest of us. They are our brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers and relatives. And they came from our generally rotten and dysfunctional society too. Like many have said, that the symbolism of "SARS" is inherent in most of us as Nigerians. We do exhibit them in different positions of authority we found ourselves in our attitudes and behaviours. There is "SARS" in each and everyone of us. The only difference is that we do not carry guns, though, the consequences of our own "SARS" might be more devastating sometimes.


To the political leadership of the country, from the president down to the lowest office holders, the buck stops on your desks. Even when all others, apart from Mr. president, have no powers over the police or control over their activities, they owe their constituencies the duty to speak up against ill-treatment of the people who put them in office and act in accordance. "A ko gbodo fi eniyan j'oye awodi, k'oma le gb'ediye" (leaders should be alive to their responsibilities).


This has also made it more expedient, the call for state and community police. They will also be fall-outs of proper restructuring of this country. The venom displayed during the period of the crisis was an indication of bottled-up anger, disenchantment, hunger, frustration and a feeling of hopelessness by the people, caused by the country and her political leadership over the decades. Nigeria is not working as presently configured. There is need to restrucure and stop playing the ostrich. Who is afraid of restructuring "sef"?


The police need to be taken care of. People who risk their lives to protect all of us should be adequately compensated. Their improvement should begin with the criteria for recruitment. Situations where dropouts, touts, thugs and other criminal elements can find their ways into the police force or any other security agency should be prevented. The qualifications should be made stricter and prospects should be employed on merit basis with adequate background checks, unlike the "man-know-man" largely obtainable. They should be well trained in the art of modern ways of policing.


The existing facilities in the training schools that we saw in a documentary are not habitable for animals, not to talk of our dear police personnel. Same thing goes for their barracks. They are better imagined. The conditions in those facilities could be worse than prisons. Their welfare, remunerations and life insurance should be critical and top priorities. Adequate arms and amunitions, protective gears, working tools and other needs should be provided.


To the officers, you are part of us. Why would any officer treat fellow citizens like animals just because they have guns which were bought for them with taxpayer's money? The same guns which were supposed to be used to protect the citizens were used to terrorise them. That’s criminal and unacceptable. This should stop. If the claims that majority of officers are good and that the bad ones are in the minority are true, it is then the responsibility of this majority to expose and flush out the bad eggs from among them. Otherwise, the general public will continue to paint them with the same brush.


For those who joined the force to perpetrate "official crimes" simply for self agrandissement, they should turn over a new leaf. The day of retribution is here already. If they escape this time around, they will not be all-time lucky. Karma will always catch up with them.


All the Panels of Inquiry set up must do justice to the assignments given to them without fear or favor. The victims' succour now rests with them. All the SARS and police officers found culpable should be brought to book, prosecuted and appropriately punished for their crimes no matter whose horse is gored. The victims of police brutality should be adequately compensated. Their assailants should also be punished in line with the law.


We appeal to the police officers to return to "active service" to their fatherland with renewed dedication and sincerity of purpose.


God Bless Nigeria.



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