2019: Atiku is a ‘thief’, he should not come to my palace for blessing – Oba of Lagos, Akiolu.
Abiola yetunde Lagos
￼In an indirect remarks and apparent reference to presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, the Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu has warned the former vice president not to visit his palace for the usual endorsement or blessing of traditional rulers ahead of the 2019 presidential election.
￼The monarch, who spoke in an interview with Vanguard, however, praised President Muhammadu Buhari for not being “materialistic”, while labelling other politicians as “theives”.
“It’s unfortunate that Buhari did not stay long as Head of State in 1984, Nigeria would have been better. Buhari is one of the few, politicians who are not materialistic,” he said.
“Majority of them are ‘grab –grab’ politicians. Let me use this medium to tell all those politicians moving about because election is coming, that if they are not ready to hear the truth, they should not come to my palace.
￼“I will tell them that they are thieves, Nigerians know them, and youths should not allow politicians to use them.”
He also said the problem facing Nigeria today was created by former president Olusegun Obasanjo, who was “running after” Lagos when in government, instead of focusing on the country’s investments.
“The major problem of Nigeria today is former President Olusegun Obasanjo. When he was in government, he was running after Lagos while someone was cornering all the blue-chip companies that belong to the country,” he said.
￼“He cannot win election in his ward in Abeokuta. He ignored all Supreme Court judgements which were in favour of Lagos state.”
Speaking about the 2019 elections, Akiolu advised Nigerians to vote for candidates based on their manifestoes and not for money.
“It is unfortunate, many Nigerians are deceiving themselves. The kind of politics we play here is ‘money politics.’ Politicians should bring their manifestoes and their followers should make sure they deliver on their promises,” he said.
“But for some people to line-up somewhere and be collecting $20,000, $25,000 to pick a presidential candidate is wrong.
￼“If the person gets there, he will first recoup his money. I pray those people should not get there.”
I prefer Buhari to Obasanjo – Oba of Lagos
General Yahaya took over from Adeniyi as new theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole
General Yahaya took over from Adeniyi, as new theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The new theater Commander Ooeratiin Lafiya Dole, General Farouk Yahaya has took over the leadership of the command from the former theater Commander Major General Olusegun Adeniyi.
While taking over the mantle of leadership of command, at the headquarters of theater Command in Maiduguri, the new theater Commander Major General, Farouk Yahaya solicited the support of all component of the theater command to ensure that Boko Haram insurgents are completely defeated.
” I solicites the support of all component of the theater command to ensure that we once and for all completely defeat the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists groups, so that peace will be completely restored back to the Northeast”, General Yahaya added.
In his remarks, the former theater Commander. major General Olusegun Adeniyi said ” I have known General Yahaya for over 34 years. I know he is more capable to take the war to an end.”
He also urged the officers and soldiers of the theater command to extend the support he enjoyed from them to the new theater Commander to enable him end the war against insurgents.
Operation Lafiya Dole locally developed mines resistance, Anti-Ambush Protective Vehicles
Operation Lafiya Dole locally developed Mines Resistance, Anti-Ambush Protective vehicles
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
In it’s moves to meet its military hard ware requirements to effectively execute its mandate of defeating Boko Haram, the Operation Lafiya Dole theater Command has developed and inaugurated a homegrown Mines Resistance, Anti Ambush protective Vehicles ( MRAP) assuring that the mandate of the command to defeat Boko Haram in the Northeast and restore law and order in the region is a task must be done.
While inaugurating the vehicles at the headquarters of the theater Command, Maiduguri yesterday., the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai said ” today we are witnessing yet another set of these locally produced vehicles. These include 7 MRAPs of the conqueror variant and one recovery vehicle. Therefore, drawing from Niezoshe, these represent the very good walking steps that can take us to desire flight of tomorrow “.
The Chief of Army Staff represented by the theater Commander Major General Olusegun Adeniyi said “today marks a new vista in homegrown technological innovations for the Operation Lafiya Dole, the Nigerian Army and the Nation at large. Today’s ceremony is significant in the sense that courtesy of our drive to restore normalcy to the Northeast and the need to preserve valuable National resources, the theater command has been on research and development effort since August 2019″
General Buratai said ” the aim of this novel effort is to look inward to evolve home-grown technologies in military equipment production. It is pertinent to note that these efforts have yielded fruits and the theater command intends to sustain this. As at today, the theater command has produced locally some MRAPd in 3 variants,. They are the Champion, the invincible and the Conqueror MRAP variants”
” The theater has also undertook the conversion of Gun trucks . All Terrain. In the same vein, “Fire Eaters” with Armoured plating were made to provide local protection for troops while in harbour and in defense positions. It is heartwarming to note that materials for these platform were sourced from.within the theater except for the bullet resistance glass, which were obtained from Kaduna. Most of these platforms are already in use in the Theater”, the COAS stated.
The Army Chief further said ” in light of this efforts , it is pertinent to state that Operation Lafiya Dole provide significant prospects for Nigeria’s post war military technological advancemen, if these efforts can be harnessed and improved upon. I hereby commend the theater commander. Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, Officers and soldiers of the Operation Lafiya Dole for this novel efforts. Be rest assured that the Army headquarters will do all it can to encourage and support further research and production of these platforms.
In his technical brief, Brigadier General Ibrahim Alaya said ” what we are witnessing today is an ingenuity of the of the Theater Commander . All materials were source locally in Maiduguri . in the first set we developed champion 1-5, Second phase invincible 1-3 , third Toyota Bufallo and the fouth phase is what we witnessing today commissioning of 7 Conquerors”
The vehicles are resistance to 7.62 mm ammunition at all ranges, 12.7 Anti Aircraft ammunition at 200 metres fistancr and a spread of 80 kilometers per hour and carries 10 person and can move in untarred road at 40 kilometers per hour with a view to protect our troops in all operations “, he added.
In his welcome address, the chief of Staff, theater Command. Brigadier General Mohammed Abdullahi said , ” in our quest to meet the military hard ware equipment, the Theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Adeniyi have to look inward to come up with these initiatives to support and protect our troops in our operations against Boko Haram”.
I want to draw your attention that all the MRAPs were all Assembled in the theater by our capable Theater Commander “, he added.
Nigeria Army removes Gen. Adeniyi, as theater Commander
Nigeria Army removes Gen Adeniyi, as theater Commander
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi has been deployed from Operation Lafiya Dole theater command to Nigerian Army Resources Centre Abuja, as senior Research fellow, while Major General F Yahaya, General Officer Commanding 1 Division, Kaduna to takes over as the new theater Commander.
The deployment was contained in Nigerian Army statement signed by its Acting Durector Army Public Relations, (ADPR). Col. Sagir Musa said “while the erstwhile Special Adviser Nigerian Army University Biu Maj Gen CC Okonkwo now redeployed to STF Operation SAFE HAVEN Jos and appointed Commander, Maj Gen F Yahaya from Headquarters 1 Division Kaduna to Headquarters Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE (OPLD) Maiduguri and appointed Commander, while Maj Gen Olusegun Adeniyi is redeployed from Headquarters Theatre Command OPLD Maiduguri to NARC as Senior Research Fellow, Maj Gen S Idris from Sector 2 OPLD Damaturu- Yobe State redeployed to DHQ Abuja and appointed Director Liaison.”
In the rekindle spirit of professionalism, the Nigerian Army has released the postings and appointments of some affected senior officers.. The posting which was approved by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen TY Buratai is a routine/normal exercise intended to reinvigorate the system for greater professional effectiveness and efficiency”, Col Musa added.
The Army in a statement said ” the major highlight of the posting includes – the posting and appointment of Maj Gen ACC Agundu from Special Task Force (STF) Operation SAFE HAVEN Jos to Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) Abuja as Senior Research Fellow, Major General HI Bature from Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Defence Liaison Office National Assembly Abuja to Army Headquarters Department of Civil Military Affairs and appointed Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Maj Gen UM Mohammed from Nigerian Army Property Limited (NAPL) to the Office of the Chief of Army Staff and appointed Special Adviser Nigerian Army University Biu/Deputy Chairman Board of Trustees NAPL,”,
While wishing all the officers well in their respective appointments, the Chief of Army Staff enjoins them to take their new responsibilities/appointments seriously and discharge all duties professionally with utmost loyalty to the Nation and the Service.
Others affected include – Maj General AA Adesope from Office of the Chief of Army Staff Directorate of Audit and Financial Management to NAPL and appointed Group Managing Director, Maj Gen MG Ali from Headquarters Theatre Command OPLD Maiduguri to Headquarters 4 Special Forces Command Doma, Nasarawa State as Commander while the erstwhile Chief of Civil-Military Affairs AHQ Abuja Maj Gen US Mohammed has been redeployed to 1 Division Kaduna and appointed General Officer Commanding,” the Acting Director further stressed.
The Chief of Army Staff, Major General, Lt General Tukur Buratsi said all the postings and appointments take effect from the 1st of April 2020.”
“Similarly, Brig Gen HI Daniel from the Defunct Army Special Forces Command Maiduguri to Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command Minna and appointed Director Army Training Support, Brig Gen BE Onyeuko is to remain in DHQ Abuja as Acting Director Defence Media Operation, Brig Gen NM Jega from Training and Doctrine Command Minna to Infantry Corps Centre Jaji and appointed Chief of Staff, Brig Gen LA Araba from Nigerian Army Welfare Limited by Guaranty Abuja now redeployed to Sector 2 OPLD Damaturu, Yobe State as Ag Commander, Brig Gen VO Ita from DHQ, Abuja to Headquarters 402 Special Forces Brigade Azare and appointed Commander while Brig Gen JAL Jimoh from Sector 3 Artillery Brigade OPLD Monguno to Headquarters 31 Brigade Minna and appointed Commander and Brig Gen GTO Ajetunmobi has been redeployed from 31 Brigade Minna to Nigeria Army Welfare Limited by Guaranty, Abuja as Executive Director Operation,” the Army further stated.
According to the statement Others includes Brig Gen LG Lepdung from Headquarters Infantry Corps Centre Jaji to DHQ Abuja and appointed Deputy Director Procurement (Logistics), Brig Gen MO Ihanuwaze to remain in Office of the Chief of Army Staff Directorate of Audit and Financial Management as Acting Director, Brig Gen EC Obi – Osang from the defunct Headquarters 707 Special Forces’ Brigade Makurdi to Headquarters 401 Special Forces’ Brigade Makurdi as Commander while Brig Gen GM Muktar is redeployed from the Defunct Nigerian Army Amphibious Command OPLD Baga to Headquarters 403 Amphibious Brigade Baga and appointed Commander and Brig Gen JR Lar from Nigerian Army School of Artillery Kachia to Sector 3 Artillery Brigade OPLD Monguno as Commander among other posting
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