Ex-Naval officer blames Jummat Mosques, Says
Boko Haram indicted govs, senators, Presidency officials as sponsors
By Adumu Mohammed Dodo, Yola
- The aim of the BH and banditry sponsors is to Islamise Nigeria, practice Sharia, have Qur’an at the helm of affairs at all cost – Olawunmi
Taken to governor Ortom’s Buhari hate style, proselytising Islamophobia, an eastwhile Naval officer, Professor of Global Security Studies, Kunle Olawunmi, alleged that the Boko Haram terrorists apprehended in 2012 have named some current governors, senators and Aso Rock officials as sponsors of terrorism when they were interrogated by the then military authorities but President Buhari led government, owing to ethno-religeous sentiment, failed to demonstrate the necessary political will, to go after the accused politicians in government.
The ex-Naval officer who disclosed this on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily on Wednesday was fantastically silent, he craftily evaded the question that why didn’t the past government prosecute the sponsors of terrorism indicted by the apprehended Boko Haram members who were interrogated far back in 2012, only to heap ethno-religeous blame on the Buhari led government, alleging that the aim of the sponsors of the insecurity related activities is mainly to turn Nigeria to an Islamic country ruled by Sharia like the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Olawunmi described as an aberration the attack by bandits on Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA Kaduna, where two military officers were killed instantly and the other kidnapped later found dead.
“It is an aberration; you don’t attack the Nigerian Defence Academy and get away with it,” he lamented.
The ex-Naval officer has accused Jumu’at Mosques of being window opening for insurgency, pointing out that just like other military formations in the country, the gate of NDA Kaduna is thrown widely open to everyone on Fridays for Jumat prayer, even though the attack was carried out on Tuesday.
“That is the time the terrorists have to profile our security environment. It has always been the case. I have served the military intelligence for the past 35 years. Our problem is religious and socio-cultural.”
Olawunmi, said he was a member of the Intelligence Brief at Defence Headquarters during the leadership of the then Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, retd.
Olawunmi said he told the then CDS that the centre of gravity of the Boko Haram insurgency ravaging the North-East and spreading to other parts of Nigeria was the sponsors.
“I told General Olonisakin then that the centre of this problem cannot be solved the same way we solved the problem of the Niger Delta.
“The Niger Delta problem was solved during (Ex-President Umaru Yar’adua) basically by me and I told them that we can’t use that same template for Boko Haram.
“I told General Olonisakin to look at the centre of gravity of the problem. I was made a member of the committee in 2016 – 2017, including (Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru) that died.
“I told them that the centre of gravity of Boko Haram in Nigeria is the sponsors of the programme. It was beyond us because the job we needed to do was kinetic but we cannot resolve issues of sponsors of Boko Haram that were in Buhari’s government that we know them.
‘’That was why we couldn’t pursue that aspect that could have resolved the issue because we need to arrest people,’’ he added.
Olawunmi said the government had not been able to prosecute the sponsors because it was allegedly partisan, it was also also owing to ethno-religeous influence, as he pointed out.
He said: “Recently, 400 people were gathered as sponsors of Boko Haram, why is it that the Buhari government has refused to try them? Why can’t this government bring them to trial if not that they are partisan and part of the charade going on?
“You remember this Boko Haram issue started in 2012 and I was in the military intelligence at that time. We arrested those people. My organisation actually conducted interrogation and they (suspects) mentioned names.
‘’I can’t come on air and start mentioning names of people that are presently in government that I know that the boys that we arrested mentioned. Some of them are governors now, some of them are in the Senate, some of them are in Aso Rock,” he said.
He however could not blame the past government led by a non Muslim for failure to bring the accused to trial. It is indeed a lacuna maliciously filled with ethno-religeous sentiment, Yunusa Abubakar the literary critic would observe, while responding to the Periscope, for a deconstruction.
“Why should a government decide to cause this kind of embarrassment and insecurity to the sense of what happened yesterday (Tuesday at the NDA)?” Olawunmi queried, adding that terrorist financiers want to turn Nigeria to Sharia rule at all cost, typical of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Olawunmi also said the Department of State Services (DSS) has tremendous information on terrorists but they could not do anything except the body language of the President.
He, however, expressed hope that the next Nigerian President in 2023 could have the will power to bring the high-profile sponsors of Boko Haram to book.
I want to be Remembered As A President Who Stabilized Nigeria, President Buhari Tells South East Leaders
I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED AS A PRESIDENT WHO STABILISED NIGERIA, PRESIDENT BUHARI TELLS SOUTH EAST LEADERS
By Uchenna Okafor, Owerri
President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Owerri said that he would want to be remembered as the President who stabilised Nigeria in the area of security, economic prosperity and triumph over corruption.
The President, who spoke at a town hall meeting with South East leaders during his one-day official visit to Imo State, said with less than two years left in his eight-year tenure as President, security still remains a major priority for his administration.
‘‘If there is no security, there is nothing anyone can do no matter how much you try or the initiative you have.
‘‘Security is number one priority and then the economy. When people feel secure they will mind their own business,’’ he said.
The President told South-East leaders that while fighting corruption in Nigeria had become very sophisticated and difficult, he would continue to strive to leave a lasting legacy of integrity and accountability in the system.
‘‘Nobody can accuse me of having companies or mansions anywhere in the country and I thank God that I try to keep myself as clean as possible, so that I cannot be taken hostage.
‘‘I will do my best to ensure that Nigerians that try hard, succeed in their efforts,’’ he said.
On the forthcoming 2023 elections, the President reaffirmed his commitment to free, fair and credible polls, urging the leaders to honestly educate their constituencies on the need to hold their elected representatives accountable.
Acknowledging the resourcefulness and enterprising spirit of Igbo people, the President said:
‘‘The fundamental thing about the Igbo people is that there is no town you will visit in Nigeria without seeing the Igbos being in-charge of either infrastructure or pharmaceutical industry.
‘‘Therefore, it is unthinkable for me that any Igbo man would consider himself not to be a part of Nigeria.
‘‘The evidence is there for everyone to see that Igbos are in charge of Nigeria’s economy.’’
Noting that no country can make any meaningful progress without the development of infrastructure, the President expressed regret that successive governments at the Federal level contributed to the decay of critical infrastructure in the country.
He promised that the Federal Government would complete ongoing key projects in the South East, including the 2nd Niger Bridge as well as the railway lines and routes linking the region with other parts of the country.
‘‘I firmly believe that when you get infrastructure right, Nigerians will mind their own businesses,’’ he said, adding that as a group, the Igbos stand to benefit more from the ongoing development of infrastructure in the country because ‘‘they are more enterprising.’’
President Buhari had earlier commissioned four projects executed by Governor Hope Uzodinma, including the Naze/Ihiagwa/Nekede/Obinze link road, the Balloon Driven/Flood Control drainage at Dick Tiger Road, the Egbeada Bypass road and the New Exco-Chambers, Government House, Owerri.
Addressing Imo residents at the commissioning of Egbeada bypass named after a prominent son of the State, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the President said he was very impressed with the level of work done by the State government.
‘‘I am very pleased with what I have seen and I assure you that I will support Imo State within the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,’’ he said.
In his remarks at the town hall meeting, Governor Uzodinma said Ndigbo believe in a united Nigeria predicated on ‘‘justice, equity and fairness.’’
He thanked the President for addressing the interests of Ndi Igbo through deliberate policy initiatives designed to give the people a true sense of belonging, including the ongoing construction of the 2nd Niger Bridge, among others.
Governor Uzodinma said the people of South East would remain grateful to the President for approving the establishment of a Naval Base in Oguta Local Government Area of the State, adding that as time unfolds, the economic benefits of the base would manifest.
The Governor also commended the President for strongly supporting the appointment of two prominent Igbos into two key international organisations-Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Assistant Director-General of Health Emergency Intelligence, World Health Organisation (WHO).
In his remarks, the President-General, Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, Prof. George Obiozor assured the President of the continuous support of Ndigbo.
‘‘Ndigbo are committed to Nigerian unity and there is news for those trying to push us out of Nigeria.
‘‘Ndigbo in Nigeria are like fish in the ocean and no matter how rough the storm is, it cannot drive the fish out of the ocean.
‘‘Mr President, it is in this context, that we see a new dawn in your distinguished presence in Igbo land and believe that on your return to Abuja the significance and substance of this visit will form new foundation of a platform for meaningful dialogue on critical issues of concern to the Igbo nation,’’ he said.
Troops Neutralized 6 ISWAP Insurgents in Borno, Recovered Arms and Ammunitions, other items
Troops neutralized 6 ISWAP insurgents in Borno,,recover Arms Ammunition’s, other items*
By Madu Mohammed, Msiduguri
Troops of 25 Brigade of the operation Hadin Kai of the Nigerian Army have killed four Boko Haram terrorists and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP along Damboa-Bulabulin- Maiduguri road in Borno state state.
The Army in a statement issued by the Director Army Public Relations, (ADPR), Brigadier General ONYEMA NWACHUKWU said “the troops of the 25 Brigade of Joint Task Force, North East,Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) have neutralised six terrorists of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) on Wednesday 31 August 2021.”
” The terrorists who were on espionage along Damboa-Bulabulin- Maiduguri road ran into a fighting patrol team at Kukawa and were neutralised in the fire fight that ensued with the troops. On further exploitation after the encounter, the gallant troops recovered from the terrorists, four AK 47 rifles and four Magazines, each loaded with 30 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition” General Nwachikwu said.
The state further said “in a separate operation, troops of 195 Battalion, Sector 1 OPHK in conjunction with elements of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) at Dusman-Muna Garage, Borno state have eliminated two ISWAP terrorists in an ambush operation conducted along an identified ISWAP terrorists’ crossing point at Musari village”
“The troops also captured and destroyed an ISWAP logistics vehicle conveying assorted goods and contraband items belonging to members of the terrorist group. Items recovered by troops from the terrorists’ vehicle are two bags of Hemp (Cannabis Sativa), 2 bags of Detergent,120 packets of mosquito coils, l2 mosquito nets and five textile materials. Other items recovered are two bicycles, two bags of beans, a bag of corn and some quantity of fish.,the statement added.
General Nwachikwu also stated that the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has commended the troops for their operational exploits and urged them to maintain the aggressive posture in order to decisively root out the terrorists from their enclaves.
Resettlement of IDPs, FG Hands over 1,000 to BOSG
Resettlement of IDPs FG hands over 1,000 houses to BOSG,
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Federal ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has handover 1000 Housing Estate at Ngom village of Mafa local government of Borno state.
for the relocation of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in support of the state’s resettlement
The ministry of Humanitarian Affairs through the Northeast Development Commission also constructed and inaugurated Burnt centre at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), for the treatment of those who sustained injuries as a result of Boko Haram attack, graduated 218 youths in various skills and laud the foundation for the construction of 300 seat auditorium for the Centre for the Study of violence extremism as well as distribution of food items and livelihood support.
Speaking at the occasion of commissioning of 1,000 housing units, ground breaking ceremony and graduation of youths in ICT which held at the Government House, Maiduguri on Thursday, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state said the occasion signified another milestone in the resettlement drive of the state and that it is timely, because, it came at the time when the state government is determined to closed down all IDPs camps in the state.
” The Borno state government is determined to close all IDP camps, in the state, especially those in the state capital before the end of this year. This intervention is timely . In the last 2 years, the Borno state government under my leadership had executed over 700 capital projects, providing succour to our people” governor Zulum said
He urged the Federal Government through the ministry of humanitarian Affairs to support the state government in handling the issue of the surrendering Boko Haram, as the situation has became humanitarian crisis.
While commending President Muhammadu Buhari, the minister of Humanitarian Affairs and the NEDC for their support, Zulum said the ministry has done a lot in the areas of construction of 10,000 houses, provision water and sanitation,
construction of Skill acquisition centre and training of youths in ICT among others”.
Also speaking , the minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Faruk ssid ” .we are here to witness the commissioning of 1,000 houses for our displaced persons.
To mitigate food insecurity, malnutrition and other challenges faced by the persons of concern in the northeastern states, the FMHADMSD through the NEDC is: commencing the distribution of food and nonfood items to the six states of the region which is part of an overarching goal to improve food security and reduce hunger;, handing over the Burn Centre which would cater for victims of burn injuries as a result of bomb attacks, handing over of 1000 Ngwom Mass Housing units
constructed under the Special Presidential Intervention for resettlement of IDPs, graduating Batch B from the NEDC ICT training scheme in Graphic Design and Small Phone repairs an ground breaking of the construction of 300-seater auditorium/centre for the study of violent extremism for prevention.”
Hajiya Sadiya Faruk said “His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari has shown commitment in addressing the issues of food insecurity and malnutrition, by initiating the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS). The Strategy specifically aims to address hunger, malnutrition and poverty through economic growth and social protections programmes. Furthermore, the Federal Government is focused on promoting local production, providing loans to farmers and skills acquisition, to enhance socioeconomic”.
Earlier, , the Managing Director, North East Development Commission (NEDC), Alhaji Goni Alkali said ” I am glad to mention that the construction of 1,000 houses at Ngom site has been virtually completed and contract for the equipping of vocation and Technical skills acquisition centre have been awarded and awaiting delivery”.
” The 1,000 housing units that will be commissioned today has the following social economic facilities solar powered street lights, four solar powered industrial boreholes, over 3,000 economic trees provision for the construction of market, police state motor parks and etc “, he added.
In his remarks the chairman of the occasion, the chairman Senate Commission on Special Duties, Senator Yusuf A Yusuf said this occasion , is an occasion we are all looking forward to, the handing over of 1,000 houses more especially at the time our IDPs are been resettled.
Also in his remarks the chairman of the NEDC Board, General Paul Tarfa (rtd), said ” today i is an important day to the commission, since its established 2 years ago. The occasion is important not only because for the handing over 1,000 house, because the houses will help in solving the problem of accommodation by the IDPs.”.
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