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2019 Budget Presentation: Kogi State Gov. Bello, attacks lawmakers for booing Buhari

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2019 Budget Presentation: Kogi governor, Bello, attacks lawmakers for booing Buhari

By Haruna Yusuf Abuja 20/12/2018

The governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has described lawmakers who booed the president, Muhammadu Buhari, while he presented the 2019 budget on Wednesday as children who are not well trained by their parents.
Mr Bello spoke Wednesday night during a chat with State House correspondents at the end of a Gala night organised by beneficiaries of the federal government’s Anchor Borrowers Scheme at the Banquet hall of the presidential villa in Abuja.
Mr Buhari was interrupted and booed intermittently – with chants of “Lies! Propaganda! Freedom come by struggle, by struggle!” – by some of the lawmakers as he made his presentation.
The lawmakers intensified the boos when the president was reading out the achievements of his administration, forcing Mr Buhari to pause his speech and address them saying, “May I appeal to the honourable members that the world is watching us… we’re supposed to be above this.”
Mr Bello, a staunch supporter of the president, commended Mr Buhari for remaining calm in the face of such provocation.
He said Mr Buhari exhibited the character of a father and a gentleman “who has the interest of the country at heart”.
He chided the lawmakers for showing themselves as “selfish, self-centred and bent on destroying this country and democracy.”
“Like I said sometimes back that when you have a child that is not well trained by his parents, he will constitute a menace to the society. And that is what we witnessed today at the National Assembly.
“National Assemblies are supposed to be made of men and women of character and integrity. We’ve seen those who constitute such class of human being today and those that constitute menace to the society in the National Assembly today.
“But above all, I thank God and thank Mr President for a wonderful presentation of 2019 Budget estimates and which we all believe will take Nigeria to the next level by the grace of God,” the Kogi State governor said.

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Nigerian Army Flags Off Operation Crocodile Smile VI to Commence 20th October to December 31st Nationwide

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Nigerian Army flags off Operation Crocodile Smile VI to commence 20th October to December 31st Nationwide

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army has on Saturday flagged off ” Operation Crocodile Smile VI in it’s flush out Boko Haram insurgents,, kidnapping, Banditry, cyber crime and other crime and criminality.

The Chief of Army Staff, ( COAS), Lt General Tukur Buratai while addressing a Press Conference at the Army Social Super Camp 1 Ngamdu said the Operation which is to commence on 20th, October 2020 will last till December 31st, 2020 across all Nigerian Army formations in the country.

The COAS who represented at the briefing by the Chief Training and Operations (CTOP), Major General Nuhu Ambazo said ” the Nigerian Army is set to start its annual Exercise CROCODILE SMILE which is traditionally conducted in the last quarter of the year. This year’s Exercise CROCODILE SMILE V1 is scheduled to commence from the 20th of October to the 31st of December 2020.”

“The Exercise is deliberately intended to be all encompassing to include cyber warfare exercises designed to identify, track and counter negative propaganda in the social media and across the cyberspace. This is the first ever Cyberwarfare exercise to be conducted in the history of the African Armed Forces. Accordingly, the exercise will also include positive identification component aimed at identifying Boko Haram terrorists fleeing from the North East and other parts of the country as a result of the ongoing operations in the various theatres of operations especially in the Northeast, North Central and North Western parts of Nigeria, the COAS stated.

General Buratai said “this years exercise will as well have civil military component which consist of environmental sanitation, roads rehabilitation and repairs, humanitarian aids, medical outreach, assistance to physically challenged and assistance to widows of our fallen heroes”.

He said Operation Harbin Kunama 4 Operation Crocodile smile 5 have been successful completed, while Operation, Fire Ball, Operation Hadarin Daji, Operation Auem A Kpayem, Operation safe Heaven among others are still on going.

He therefore commended other sister security agencies for their support and synergy and the press for finding time to grace the briefing.

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Fight against desert and desertification, FG establishes forestry college in Borno

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Fight against desert and desertification, FG establishes Forestry College in Borno

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

In it’s efforts in combating desert, desertification and climate change, the Federal Government has established College of Forestry in Gwangolong village of Jere local government area of Borno state.

The Minister for Environment, Alhaji Mamoud Abubakar who made this known in Maiduguri, when he paid a courtesy call on Governor Babagana Zulum at the Government House, Maiduguri yesterday said ” I am on a working visit to Borno state. We have a lot of presence in this state because of its strategic importance. We have agencies and departments that are working in the state, the Great Green Wall, Forestry Research Institute among others.”

He said ” the Great Green Wall has raised 1.3 million seedling, , planted 60 kilometers of shelter belt and 140 heaters reserved among others ‘.

” Borno is one of the 11 Frontline states of Great Green Wall project, which is an international project consist of 11 countries. We have our newly established Forestry college in Borno, GGW which is working on desert and desertification and environmental management. We also here to find out need of the state. what the state needs and how we can collaborate and strengthen them”, the minister said.

He said ” we know the Borno state Governor have working diligently in terms of environmental management in terms of planting trees. We will continue to support him in planting more trees, we have planted more trees, we’re going to plant more. The Great Green Wall has planted over half a million trees in Borno state, we will do more, the GGW have raised 1.3 seedlings to support Borno..

Responding, the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum said ” I want to notify the people of Borno state that the Federal government in it’s magnimity has established College of Forestry in Gwangolong village of Jere local government are here in Borno state.”

” You are aware of the arid nature of the state and I believe with the establishment of the College of Forestry, the people of Borno state will benefit a lot with a view to combating desertification and enhancing climate actions in the state. I remain eternally grateful to the Federal Government”, The governor added.

He assured that the Borno state government under his leadership will collaborate with the Federal ministry of Environment, Great Green Wall and Forestry Research institute of Nigeria to see how possible best to work together in safeguarding the environment, because environment is very important, stressing that ,without environment there should be no rain, and that the nexus between environment and development cannot be overemphasize.

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Remain apolitical professional, in Ondo Elections as exhibited in Edo – General Buratai Urges Troops

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Remain apolitical Professional, in Ondo Elections as exhibited in Edo -General Buratai Urges Troops

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt General Tukur Buratai has directed all officer and men of the Nigerian Army to remain apolitical,above board and professional during the Saturday’s Ondo Governorship Elections, as they exhibited in the recently concluded Edo Governorship Elections.

Lt. General Tukur Buratai made the charge yesterday in Maiduguri while speaking at the first, second and third combined COAS conference held at the Multi purpose Hall of the Command Guest House, Maiduguri.

As I mentioned during my opening address, the forthcoming Ondo State Governorship Election provide us yet another opportunity to display the high level of professionalism which the Nigerian Army is well known for, similar to the Edo state Election, we must be apolitical, above board and professional in all our actions. Going forward, this posture, we must be professional in our operations and activities to retain the admiration and respect of our citizenry,, the Army chief added.

General Buratai said ” we are approaching a crucial phase in our counter terrorism operation in the Northeast with imminent commencement of Operation FIRE BALL
.my recent directive on the relocation of AHQ DATOR and AHQ DOAL to the Northeast. These geared towards ensuring that the AHQ provides maximum support to the operation”.

” Additionally, I issued the COAS Specific Order 1 , specifically, so that all troops will switch over to a war mode. This is necessary for the final destination of the criminal insurgents, I am happy to note that this has been deciminated to all officers and men in the Theater. i want courageous and exemplary leadership to be displayed in all levels during our operations”,.

He said all hands must be on deck, as no excuses will be tolerated whatsoever, in the accomplishment of the set objectives of the operation Fire Ball, stressing that as we gradually approaches the end of the year, the Nigerian Army Wii continue to be resolute and aggressive in pursuance of its constitutional role

” I want to charge field commanders not to rest on their oars I implore you all to maintain a positive disposition and attitudes towards improving our current operational success. You must sustain the tempo of operations across the various theater of Operations in order to create enabling environment for socio economic activities to thrive in our dear country”, General Buratai further stressed.

While expressing his gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for making fund available to the Nigerian Army operations despite lean resources, General Buratai pledged the unflinching loyalty and commitment of the Nigerian Army to the defence of democratic governance in Nigeria.

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