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FEAST OF EAGLES AND VULTURES

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Haruna Yusuf, Writes from Abuja.

 

FEAST OF EAGLES AND VULTURES

Though a political masterstroke, the timing of the national honour investiture on Chief MKO Abiola by President Muhammadu Buhari has continued to be enmeshed in controversy. Proponents and opponents of the event have their points; but we lose the relevance of that electoral epoch if we disregard the fact that June 12 has become a national paradox that epitomises the dark and bright side of our democracy.
The annulled presidential election represents the resilience of the Nigerian people amidst the shackles of military dictatorship. When hope was lost and the citizens were tired of the trampling of their rights; they stood on the side of democracy. For once, a nation that was being invaded by demons of religious violence buried the hatchet and stood behind a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
From Borno to Lagos; Katsina to Port Harcourt; Calabar to Sokoto; and Ibadan to Adamawa; the electorate marched with the Hope ’93 Campaign Team. When it seemed obvious that that late Are Ona Kakanfo was coasting to victory, the military reversed our expected dawn of hope and replaced it with a moment of despondency. The annulment exposed the underbelly of some politicians whose sole pre-occupation in politics is to grab power.
No doubt, Buhari’s choice of the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi for the national award is in recognition of his struggles not just for June 12, but for the masses. The acceptance by Ambassador Babagana Kingibe who served as Foreign Affairs Minister in the Abacha military regime and thereafter Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) under President Umaru Yar’Adua, proved a heavy blow against the June 12 struggle. To Kingibe’s critics, honouring the former Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF) with the GCON award amounted to honouring Judas.
The presence of Senator Jonathan Zwingina, who served as Director General of Hope ’93 Campaign Organisation, at the event proved that politics and prostitution could be bedmates. It was Zwingina who quickly renounced the June 12 struggle to become a commissioner in Adamawa State. His speech at the investiture ceremony is akin to Brutus’ justification of the assassination of Julius Caesar.
The absence of Professor Humphrey Nwosu, who was the Chief Midwife of June 12 Miscarriage, was an irredeemable mistake. For those who are quick to describe the chief electoral umpire as a coward, I only pray for them not to have an encounter with a bandit. According to his account as contained in his book, Professor Nwosu came under an unprecedented pressure to keep silent. He must have taken to the advice of Professor Chinua Achebe who said, “It is good to be fearless my son, but sometimes it is good to be a coward; for we often stand in the compound of a coward to point at a ruin where a great man used to live.”
Professor Wole Soyinka must have been miffed at the presence of some of these politicians who had come to a feast to brighten their prospects ahead of 2019 polls. He recalled the selfless efforts Ola Oni in rallying other nameless Nigerians to stake out their lives in defiance of the military over the annulment. For justice to be served, Soyinka advocated for the setting up of Halls of Fame and Shame to appropriately recall the roles played by various people.
The June 12 struggle is the most profound movement that threatened Nigeria’s oppressive forces as it propelled our people to take control of their destiny. As Senator Bola Tinubu rightly noted, June 12 was not a South-west affair as some have tried to paint it. Victims of the June 12 annulment cut across ethnic, religious and social status. Any deliberate ploy to ethnicise the struggle.

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Nigeria Army Mourns its Commander death as a result of Boko haram ambush

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Nigerian Army mourns its commander death as a result of Boko Haram ambush

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army and the Operation Lafiya Dole have lost a gallant commander in a Boko Haram ambushed after he led a successful clearance operation again at Boko Haram insurgents along Sabon Gari Wajirako axis in Damboa local government area of Borno state.

The Operation Lafiya Dole in a statement issued by ihe Deputy Director Army Public Relations ( DDAPR), spokesman, Col. Ado Isa said. “Operation LAFIYA DOLE wishes to intimate the general public of the demise of one of our gallant and finest war heroes Col DC Bako.”.

” It could be recalled that the professional, gallant senior officer who always led from the front and a patriotic Nigerian, led a patrol to clear Boko Haram Terrorists from Sabon Gari-Wajiroko axis near Damboa when his patrol team entered an ambush at about 10 a.m Sunday 20 September 2020. Under his able leadership, the troops cleared the ambush resulting to the killing of scores of terrorists and recovery of weapons and equipment,” the statement added.

The Army said “Sadly however, he was wounded in action and immediately evacuated by the Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE to the 7 Division Hospital at Maimalari Cantonment. The late senior officer was recuperating well after successful operation at the hospital, in good spirit and also said his prayers in the early hours of this morning before his sad passing on at the hospital. May Almighty Allah grant his soul eternal rest. Ameen. “

While comesurating with the bereaved family, the troops of the Operation Lafiya dole,, the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai on behalf of himself, gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE and indeed well meaning Nigerians expressed heartfelt condolences to his esteemed family..

“We are most grateful for his contributions and sacrifices to the mother land. May God grant eternal rest to the gentle soul of Col DC Bako and the souls of all Nigerian Army officers and soldiers who paid the supreme prize in the defence of our father land,” General Buratai quoted to have said.

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Fuel, Electric hike, don’t take Nigerians for Granted, NANS tells FG

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Fuel, Electricity hike, don’t take Nigerians for granted, NANS tells FG

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called in the federal government not to take Nigerians for granted as they protest the recent hike in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularity known as petrol and electricity tariff.

The NANs in a protests led by the zonal Coordinator of NANS Zone “C” Comrade Suleiman Muhammad Sarki in Maiduguri on Monday were at the NUJ Press Centre, holding placards with several inscriptions such as, ‘Government should not be sadistic and thinks less of its citizens”, The dead is dying again, ” Increase of fuel price is too daring,”among others and singing all kind of solidarity songs against what they described the hike as the highly erroneous action of government against citizens at the time the world is recovering from COVID 19.

Comrade Sarki said ” We call on government to stop pushing Nigerians to wall. This is too daring; stop killing the dead. The country and indeed the whole world are facing serious problem right now due to covid19 pandemic, such mistaken decision is just as adding salt to injury.”

“Instead of dealing with insecurity, we are taking actions that will further heighten insecurity. The hike in petrol pump price will lead to hikes in price of goods and services.”, The NANS added.

The Association therefore condemn the increase in petrol price and electricity tarrif by federal government and call for the immediate reversal.

” We are not out of COVID 19, a lot of citizens are loosing their jobs, people are getting poorer and more responsibility, school closure, young people are roaming the streets unemployed, therefore fuel hike at this time is shocking”, the NANs further stressed

Comrade Sarki said Nigerians have gave this administration under President Bihari so many excuses than any other government in the history of Nigeria and therefore, called on the Federal government not to take Nigerians for granted.

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Set up Independent Panel to investigate Alleged Commercialization Counter Insurgency War – Group Tells FG

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Panel to investigate alleged comeilaluzation counter insurgency war – group tells FG

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

A group called Borno Emirate Concerned Citizens Forum (BECCF) has appealed to the Federal Government to constitute an independent investigation panel to investigate the alleged commercialization of war against insurgency in the Northeast.

The group at a press briefing held at the NUJ Press Centre, Maiduguri yesterday and led by it’s Chairman, Zannah Hassan Boguma the group called on the Federal Government to constitute an independent investigative panel to investigate the commercialization of the war against insurgency in the Northeast.

The group said ” regarding the commercialization of the war against the terrirists, the Forum holds similar view with the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum. Because, once the fundermentals behind the formation of this Forum is a report by the district head of Baga that some miscreant among the security forces are engaged in all sort of bussiness, including farming and fishing business in the fringes of Lake Chad’.

“We strongly condemn and urge the Nigerian government to bring those responsible for the horrific crime to justice,” Boguma stressed.

“The recent developments in the state including abduction of innocent people, attacked on Governor’s Motorrcade, terrorising innocent people and shedding blood, constitutes a form of Injustice can never be tolerated by all well meaning individuals in the state , which viewed them as gross crime and sinful acts which undermining the peaceful circumstance of the people of Borno state”, Boguma added.

The group urged the people of Borno state to unite against those terrorising them and those who.permits the killing of non.contants without justification stressing that Islam has declared the spilling of blood and the destruction of.property as obsolute prohibition until the Day of Judgement.

” We urge all well meaning individuals and groups to desists from the culture of silence to denounce the terrorists act and their sponsors by revealing thieir secrets and exposing their lies. We believed that the conservative nature of our people has seriously made enemies within and outside to take chance to create havoc on our society, the group stressed.

The group further said ” the Armed Forces should take cue their counterparts in Tchad Republic. If the President of Tchad, Idriss Debby Itno and his soldiers cleared and annihilated Boko Haram Terrorists in 8 days in their territory Why is it taking Over 10 years (not ten days ) for the Nigerian Armed Forces?, Therefore, we suggest that the Chief of Army Staff Lt General Tukur Buratai should lead the war and fish out the terrorists”.

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