PEDIGREE OF A NOBLE HERALD
By MUSA DANGIWA,
17th August 2022
At 13:45PM GMT
A year Nigerians can not forget in a quick time, history was made in the political landscape of the nation when the president and many other elective positions of government succeeded in taking over power from the then ruling party.
The APC Government came into power on the 29th day of May 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari emerged the new president of Nigeria.
The rulling party (APC) amalgamated from the coalition of the three largest opposition parties;
1~ Congress For Progressive Change(CPC).
2~ Action Congress Of Nigeria (ACN).
3~ All Nigerian People’s Party (ANPP).
Ministers of the Buhari Administration were appointed and sworn~in on the 11th of November 2015.
Mansur Muhammed Dan~Ali became the new herald of the Nigerian security history.
Upon assuming Office on Friday 11th November 2015 as the newly appointed minister of defence, Mansur Dan~Ali did not waste any time in celebrating his new appointment, unlike others; he swung into action by ensuring that his capabilities meet the promises of the new government and yearning of Nigerians.
Before President Muhammadu Buhari became Nigerian President, the country was plunged with serious threats of terrorism and insurgency, the boko haram terrorists had captured over half of the borno state, north eastern part of Nigeria and had accelerated their targets to parts of Gombe, Yobe and Adamawa States of Nigeria.
During his administrative tenure as the minister of defence, the Nigerian army recaptured all the territories under the control of boko haram.
In the first 100 days of the Buhari Administration, the strength of the boko haramists had been contained.
The former minister of defence; Mansur Muhammed Dan ~Ali contributed immensely in the profiling of successes gained by the Rulling APC Government.
In 2018, Brigadier General Dan~Ali initiated the purchase of 12 Tucano fighter jets presented to the federal executive committee members which was approved by the president at the sum of four hundreds and ninety six million U.S Dollars (496 USD).
Six out of the 12 fighter jets were delivered to Nigerian Government on the 22nd day of July, 2021.
The remaining six thus to be delivered soonest before the expiration of the Buhari Administration.
The Nigerian army recaptured most of the territories previously under the control of boko haram terrorists within the first one year of the Buhari Government, reclaiming towns and villages, rescued over 12,000 persons held captive by the terrorists and reopened several intra and entra state roads which were impossible to ply due to security risk in the north east.
Under the administrative leadership of Mansur Dan~Ali as the then defence minister, “Operation Safe Corridor” was established to derascalise and rehabilitate terrorists who denounced violence or those captured in the battle and set up a human rights desk committee of the Nigerian army to carry out proactive response to cases of abuse by troops in operation.
The priority of government is to secure lives and property of citizens, guarantee a secured environment for socio~economic hindrance, Dan~Ali was quoted in his speech during the Nigerian armed forces Remembrance Day in 2016.
Under his Administrative watch as the defence minister, Mansur Dan~Ali ensured that the armed forces of Nigeria made significant progress in the fight against insurgency and militancy in the country.
Among his projects in giving the Nigerian military a new profound look, Dan Ali established the new army barracks in Gombe state; the Mansur Dan Ali army barracks in Gusau zamfara state and the initiation of “operation crack down” which took the fight into the sambisa forest that mound victory in securing the release of seventy four out of the 276 chibok school girls held in captivity by the boko haram terrorists.
The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to change the story of failure of leadership structures, economic and security reminiscences and in the course of the defence ministry’s contribution to the success of the government, the then minister of defence “Mansur Muhammed Dan Ali” was always on top gear in projecting programs and high profile security meetings with leaders of great nations.
In November 2017, Dan Ali was at the meeting of the Islamic military counter terrorism coalition in Riyadh; Saudi Arabia, where he appealed for humanitarian assistance program for the north eastern part of Nigeria and other areas affected by the activities of insurgents.
The Saudi government promptly responded to his call and offered food items worth ten million U.S Dollars in aid to the internally displaced persons in the north east.
In Ankara” turkey in 2017, Gen Dan Ali called for the speedy ratification of the military training corporation agreement and the defence industry corporation assessment between nigeria and turkey by the parliament of the two countries to enable the Nigerian military benefit from training at Turkish military institutions and joint military exercises with the Turkish army.
Mansur Muhammed Dan Ali was also at the Russian federation ministry of defence “MOSCOW” where he called for the support of Russia, as one of the biggest economies in the world to ensure that criminal activities at the Gulf of Guinea which constitutes threats to the existence of humanity and economy development where stamped out of Nigeria’s maritime environment.
Also at the Italian ministry of defence in Rome in June 2017, Mansur Dan Ali proposed the agreement between the two countries in the areas of exchange of data and experience in the field of counter piracy, held combined counter piracy exercises and other maritime security activities, training of Nigerian Navy Personnel among others.
At the G7+ friends of the Gulf of Guinea group meeting held in Rome “ITALY” in 2017, Masur Dan Ali called for the viable and implacable decision and solutions to maritime security and economic challenges in the Gulf of Guinea.
Mansur Dan~Ali, the then minister of defence took the campaign against the security challenges in Nigeria to Egypt in august 2018 where he proposed joint military exercises between the Nigerian and Egyptian Navy and requested for intelligence and surveillance on vessels coming into Nigerian maritime environment for close monitoring among others.
Brigadier General Dan Ali was also at the Xiangham forum, Beijing china in October 2018 where he told the world that the development of a counter narrative to the ideology of boko haram insurgency was imperative, saying “arguably” the ideology is there centre of gravity and thus; driving force for recruitment and radicalization.
In January 2019, prior to the General Elections in Nigeria, Brig Gen Muhammed Mansur Dan~Ali introduced the establishment of the “NATIONAL CENTER FOR THE CONTROL OF SMALL ARMS AND LIGHT WEAPONS” (NCCSALW) as part of the federal government’s restructuring of Nigeria Security Architecture which until may 2021; President Muhammadu Buhari approved the creation of the agency which is domiciled in the Office Of the National Security Adviser..
Mentioned here are just a tip of the humongous efforts of the Nigerian former honorable minister of defence “Mansur Muhammed Dan Ali “ to tripolise the efforts of the Muhammadu Buhari‘s Administration.
Mansur Dan Ali has contributed profoundly in keeping the Nigeria Nation afloat.
He has passion for the less privileged children for whom he built a school called El-Eman Nursery/Primary School which he donated to his community and facilitated the establishment of eight Command Secondary Schools at different locations to create more access to education by the less privileged children.
He holds the traditional titles of Yariman Birnin-Magaji and sarkin yakin zamfara.
Mansur Dan Ali is a loyal member of the ruling APC and a staunch supporter of the Asiwaju/Shettima Candidacy and a profound supporter of all the APC Candidates for the 2023 General Elections..!!
Mansur Muhammed Dan Ali contributed immensely in the discussions that gave victory in the party winning back her position in zamfara state after loosing out to the PDP in 2019.
He contributed pro~foundly in bringing in the current administration of the zamfara state governor,
“HE Dr Bello Matawalle of zamfara state from PDP to the rulling party “APC.
Musa Mudi Dangiwa Writes from Kaduna state Nigeria..!!