2019: Go and settle with your God, not me; Atiku tells Obasanjo
Daily Hint 5/8/2018
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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his erstwhile deputy, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, clashed, again, yesterday, after the former, said God will not forgive him if he supports Atiku’s presidential bid ahead of 2019 elections.
￼ Atiku, not one to shy away from a battle, immediately responded that his former boss should tidy up his relationship with God, instead of hanging his judgment with God on things concerning him (Atiku).
￼Obasanjo and Atiku
The erstwhile VP is currently a presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The development follows what some had considered as a dilemma for Dr. Obasanjo who supported Muhammadu Buhari’s 2015 campaign but is now a major face against a second term for the incumbent. Atiku Abubakar who served as vice president in the two terms of the Obasanjo civilian presidency between 1999 and 2007 is one of those aspiring to take over Buhari’s office.
Atiku and Obasanjo have, however, had issues arising from perceptions of what Atiku allegedly did to undermine Obasanjo as president during the first term of their presidency. Obasanjo has, however, put his opposition to Atiku on insinuations of corruption which, however, have never been established by either Obasanjo or the court of law.
Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, however, at the weekend, claimed ego on the part of the former president, as he alleged that Obasanjo knelt to beg Atiku to help him win the second term ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in 2003.
Obasanjo, when asked, in an interview with Premium Times, whether he will support Atiku’s 2019 presidential bid, had said:
“How can I be on the same side with Atiku? To do what?
“If I support Atiku for anything, God will not forgive me. If I do not know, yes. But once I know, Atiku can never enjoy my support,” he added.
“I do not have personal grudges with anyone,” Obasanjo said. “If you do not do well for Nigeria, you do not do well for all of us.
“It is not a question of working with or not working with an individual, If you are working for the good of Nigeria, I am working with you. If you are not working for the good of Nigeria, it does not matter who you are, I am not working with you.
“Most of you do not understand the way I operate. And I thought your own paper will understand better.
“I know Atiku very well. And I have mentioned my position with Atiku. My position has not changed.”
On a personal note, the former President added, “If my children are getting married, he has sent representatives. If his children are getting married, I have sent representatives. That is social. That is not political.
“But on political ground, my position has not changed. If I support Atiku for a political office other than the one I supported him in the past when I did not know him,” maybe, but not “now that I know him, God will not forgive me.”
The Atiku 2019 Presidential Campaign responding to Obasanjo’s missive at the weekend through its spokesman, Segun Sowunmi, said:
“The first is to say it upfront that HE former Vice President Atiku Abubakar holds former President Olusegun Obasanjo in very high esteem, just as he holds every other leader in Nigeria high esteem.
“The esteem that President Obasanjo enjoys is premised on two things; one, being the former president, Atiku also understands that he cannot and should not desecrate anybody that has sat in the office that he aspires to.
“The second is the fact that they had worked together.
Again insurgents cut off, Maiduguri from power supply, as residents appeals to FG to end decade long war against Boko Haram
Again, insurgents cut off, Maiduguri from power supply, as residents appealed to FG to end decade long war against Boko Haram
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
Barely 54 hours after the restoration of power supply back to Maiduguri the Borno state capital and its environs, Boko Haram insurgents have again planted Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and damaged the transmission line of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) , and thrown the city into total darkness.
The electricity which was restored back on Wednesday, March 24 after about two months of blackout was again cut off as the insurgents again planted an IEDs that blown off the line resulting into second wave of the blackout in the early hours of yesterday.
It could be recalled that the Boko Haram insurgents planted IED and blown off the electricity on 26th of January, 2021 that thrown the city into total darkness but was restored on Wednesday 24th March, 2021 where it was again attacked by the insurgents on Saturday, 27th March,2021 barely less than 70 hours after the restoration.
Also Saturday, Feb. 27, five electricity workers were injured when a vehicle carrying them stepped on an IED planted by the insurgents and burnt down the cables meant for the restoration of the power.
Speaking on the vandalization, a Maiduguri resident, Alh Buba Ibrahim called on the Federal government and the military in particular to carry out clearing operations along the general Areas to get rid of the criminals, as their hide out are all know, stressing that the federal government should live up to its expectations and do the needful to end the over decade long insurgency, saying that *enough is enough”
Another Resident, Abdullahi.Ali.called on the Borno state government to connect the state capital with REB power supply pending the end of the insurgency, as even if the light is restored again they may vandalize it since it is very difficult to manned the electricity towers.
- I also call on President Buhari and the APC to end this insurgency, kidnappings, banditry among other crimes before 2023 if not what consumed PDP will consume the APC as security is a primary responsibility of any government”, he added. .,
General Attahiru Tours Operation Lafiya Dole On Operational Visit To Enhance Fight Against Boko Haram
General Attahiru tours Operation Lafiya Dole on Operational visit to enhance fight against Boko Haram
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
In order to boost the moral of the troops and enhance operation against Boko Haram, the Chief of Army (COAS), Lt General Ibrahim Attahiru has embarked on an one week Operational visit to Operation Lafiya Dole in the Northeast.
Addressing journalists shortly after he had a closed door meeting with the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, Major General Abdul Ibrahim and principal officers of the Division at the Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri, General Attahiru said ” i am here on one week operational visit to the theater to enhance and boost the moral of our troops in the ongoing counter insurgency in the Northeast “
“The essence of this visit is to enhance, operations, boost the moral and motivate men and officers for better result for the total clampdown
of Boko Haram insurgents”, the COAS added.
General Ibrahim while inspecting some weapon reccovered from Boko Haram fighters said ” you can see some of the weapons we recovered from the insurgents, by the grace of God very soon we will end insurgency in the Northeast”.
It could be recalled that the COAS who was also in sector, Damaturu, the visit was less than 24 hours after their operational visit to the theater Operation Lafiya Dole alongside the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor and other service chiefs on Saturday.
We Will Address Your Challenges – COAS Tell Troops
We will address your challenges – COAS Tell Troops
By Baba Saleh, Damaturu
The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru has reiterated his commitment to address the challenges faced by the troops in fighting the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.
The Army Chief made the disclosure Sunday in Damaturu while addressing troops at the headquarters of Sector 2 Operation Lafiya Dole .
According to him the purpose of his visit was to familiarise with the troops, adding that “The essence is to meet the soldiers to get to know us and we get to know them as well.
He said “We hear their challenges at the course of conducting their operations, we try our level best to ensure we solve these problems and ensure morale is at the highest level as we go to confront Boko Haram and the entire insurgency, in the final end to bring the insurgency to an end.
“I bring you a very special greetings from the President Commander in Chief, he is fully briefed and aware of how and well you are doing.
“I personally as your Chief of army staff, I am here to take cognizance and note of the challenges you have and ensure they are addressed, to ensure you have the highest level of morale to be able to do your job and do it proudly as Nigerian soldiers.
“I am very pleased your commanders have told me what you have done collectively as part of “operation tura takai bango” how you have pushed the Boko Haram insurgents we are so proud of you”
“And I believe in the second phase of that operation you will do more. So ensure you go out there and push them so hard and bring this entire insurgency to an end, all your challenges I’ve catalogued I will address all the problems”
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