• JUNE 12: ABACHA wanted to conditionally release ABIOLA but was misled by NADECO to reject ABACHA's offer - Ishaya Bamaiyi

    02/Apr/2017 // 1347 Viewers

     

    Former Chief of Army Staff, General Ishaya Bamaiyi, has stoked fresh controversy over the incarceration and death of the acclaimed winner of the June 12,1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola, as he claimed that members of the defunct National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) merely paid lip service to the business mogul’s travails in the hands of the then military administration led by General Sani Abacha.

    He also accused them of misleading Abiola into rejecting a conditional release offered him by Abacha.

    Bamaiyi, who held sway as Chief of Army Staff between March 1996 and May 1999, made the claims in his book entitled “Vindication of a General” presented to the public in Abuja, also debunked the report of an alleged plot by the United States of America (U.S) to destabilize Nigeria with the deployment of $50 million.

    Dismissing NADECO members as merely paying lip service on the detention and death of late Abiola, the former COAS said categorically that NADECO members who were known for battling Abacha and his military junta to a standstill were not committed to the struggle to secure Abiola’s freedom. In the 243-page book, he wrote: “A lot has been said about late Chief Abiola’s arrest and efforts toward his release. The fact remains that NADECO members paid only lip service to Abiola’s release after deceiving him into declaring himself President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    “If they were sincere and actually supported him they would have accompanied him to where he declared himself President.” He continued: “It is also obvious that Abiola was abandoned after his death, which some people suspected that it had the support of some NADECO members. After Abiola’s death, one would have expected some reactions at least from Lagos, but there was no reaction anywhere.” Bamaiyi noted that following the failure of NADECO members to strongly make a case for the release of Abiola, he, former president of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Pascal Bafyau, and Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI) had to meet and resolved to take up the initiative of working for the release of the politician.

    He narrated further: “There are some Nigerians who made efforts to get Abiola released. After Abiola’s arrest, the late General Ibrahim Gumel – then the Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI), the late Mr Pascal Bafyau, then the President of NLC and I met at Headquarters, Lagos Garrison Command on Kofo Abayomi Street. We discussed the implications of Abiola’s arrest.

    “After reviewing the situation, we decided to meet Gen. Abacha. Gumel and I went to Gen. Abacha and pleaded for Abiola’s release. We convinced Abacha that Abiola was not going to be a threat and could be handled. Abacha agreed to release Abiola with some conditions.

    “We conveyed Abacha’s agreement to release Abiola to Bafyau, who briefed some NADECO members on Abacha’s readiness to release Abiola with some conditions.”

    However, he said, “These NADECO members advised Abiola not to accept release with conditions and kept him in detention. Initially Abiola accepted the conditional release, and a judge was brought to Abuja to perfect it. The release documents were ready and Abiola was to go and sign them, but some NADECO members advised him against doing so, and he remained in detention until Abacha’s death.” On the US, Bamaiyi said, “the Abacha project (AP) was said to be a US-sponsored plot with a budget of US$50m meant to destabilize Nigeria. Of this amount, the sum of $10m was said to have found its way into the Military already. A member observed that, of recent, money had been changing hands in the military…”

    He continued: “The member then alluded to the recent deployment of troops of the 223 Tank Battalion in Zuru by COAS in which the CO, Maj. Dogara was made to arrest and humiliate the NDLEA chairman, Maj-Gen MM Bamaiyi, on an issue that had no bearing on national or military security. The fact that the troops were called out by COAS without the knowledge of the GOC was considered worrisome to a member who felt the action should be weighed against recent developments affecting COAS vis-a-vis national security.

    “At the end of the meeting, it was recommended that a joint PRC/Council of States meeting be held to include all military ministers at which the issue of the consensus adoption of the Commander-in-Chief was to be tabled. I was to be spokesperson to the press to get me committed. Interestingly, the meeting was chaired by Idi Musa, a close friend of mine. I never had anything to do with NADECO. I only read about them in newspapers and knew some of them only by name.

    “The question of having anything to do with the US Embassy was most embarrassing. The Abacha project was unknown to me. I believe it was an invention of the writers. They wrote that the Abacha Project was said to be a US-sponsored plot with a budget of $50m which they claimed was passed through me to the military.

    “I believe these people deceived Abacha till he died. To the best of my knowledge there was never anything between the Nigerian Army and the United States of America to destabilize the Abacha government. The officers who attended this meeting must have been Abacha’s greatest enemies and made Abacha ineffective toward his end.”


    Credit: Post syndicated from the Daily Sun


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  • JUST IN: At last, freedom for NNAMDI KANU as S'East governors set to meet Buhari for his release

    02/Apr/2017 // 32795 Viewers

     

    PARIS, APRIL 2, 2017: (DGW) Hope for the release of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra Nnamdi Kanu appears in sight as the five southeast governor had a meeting on Sunday and resolved to lead a delegation to the Federal Government to discuss the myriad of challenges affecting the region.

    Also to be discuss at the proposed meeting is the prolonged detention Nnamdi Kanu who is almost spending two years in detention for his firm resolve to seek self-determination for the region.

    The governors made the disclosure while speaking to journalists in Enugu, the Enugu State capital.

    Among the burning issues to be discussed according to the Chairman of the Forum, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, are the Kanu's detention, the agitation for Biafra by the two pro-Biafra groups, IPOB and MASSOB.

    In the meeting were the five southeast governors namely: Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Rochas Okorocha, Willie Obiano of Enugu, ‎Imo and Anambra.

    While speaking Governor Umahi pointed out,  “today, we discussed a number of issues, but let’s first announce to you that our secretariat here in Enugu is now fully functional, so that if you have a need to contact the South-East Governors Forum, you do that through our secretariat. Fortunately it is also in government house Enugu.

    Continuing, he said “On the issue of IPOB, MASSOB, Kanu’s detention, ecological problems of South East, various water dams that have been abandoned in South East, our challenges of power, our challenges of security, and other very many concerns of our people, the South East governors today agreed to meet with the various and appropriate authorities of federal presence to address these problems. We are very committed to this and actions already started on these issues.”
    He added that they equally agreed “to meet with all stakeholders of South-East to discuss and address all issues that are of interest to our people.

    “We approved economic committee of South-East governors and we have mandated then to immediately meet and fashion out roadmap towards our economic integration and this we will do in coming weeks so that they will present a road map for our economic indices and development in our next meeting.”


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  • Buhari came with an intent to kill us but finds it difficult to do so - Asari Dokubo

    02/Apr/2017 // 3079 Viewers

     

    PARIS, APRIL 2, 2017: (DGW) Ex-militant leader of the of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, Mujahid Asari-Dokubo has dropped another bombshell as he continues to launch diatribes against President Muhammadu Buhari.

    The ex-war lord says the Buhari-led administration is a “deaf and dumb regime” which is insensitive to the myriad of problems plaguing the country.

    He stated this in a chat with the PUNCH newspapers where he lashed out at the Buhari's administration which it says has the intent to “kill but unfortunately, they found it very difficult to kill us”.

    The former militant said palliative measures were not enough to resolve the issues in the Niger Delta.

    Speaking further, he dismissed the anti-corruption fight with a wave of hand saying, “What manner of corruption could be greater than giving some persons dollars at N185/N190 and others are buying at N520?”

    Continuing, he said, “This is the most hostile government. This is the most insensitive government in the life of this country. All our (bank) accounts were put on surveillance, till today, but they found that this man did not steal any money and he is not involved in any criminal activities,” Asari-Dokubo said.

    “We just thank God. A lot of people think I must be corrupt but they have looked everywhere and they found nothing. This government wrote to us that it was going to pay what they were owing us for contracts we concluded and they certified that the contracts were excellently concluded but they refused to pay.

    “This is a deaf and dumb regime. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is trying to placate (Niger Delta people) but that is not enough. We are talking about fundamental issues of self-determination and this issue cannot be swept under the carpet by palliative measures and all sorts of things that people are demanding. This is the worst government in Nigeria because they came with the mindset to kill but unfortunately, they found it very difficult to kill us.

    “Some people are buying a dollar for N520, while others are buying it for as low as N185 from the Central Bank of Nigeria. So, when people are talking about fighting corruption, I laugh.

    “When I was driving recently, somebody asked me to come down but I told him I have a waist problem and I cannot walk a far distance. I am not ashamed to tell somebody I cannot walk a far distance.

    “People like Femi Fani-Kayode, Ayodele Fayose and I raised the alarm that Buhari was not (feeling) fine but people said we would be the ones to die first. We will all die but why should one lie? This is the question of integrity and Buhari has no iota of integrity.


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  • See list of new appointments made by President Buhari on Monday

    02/Aug/2016 // 4974 Viewers

     

    President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of 17 new Chief Executives for Parastatals and Agencies under the Federal Ministry of Education.

    The appointment is with effect from August 1, 2016.

    While some of the appointments amounted to the sack of the former CEOs, some others, like the National Universities Commission, had theirs replaced after the tenure of office of the incumbent.
    Those appointed are:

    National Universities Commission – Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed
    Nigerian Institute for Education Planning and Administration – Prof. Lilian Salami

    Universal Basic Education – Dr. Hameed Bobboyi

    National library of Nigeria – Prof Lanre Aina

    National Examinations Council – Prof. Charles Uwakwe

    National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal education – Prof. Abba Aladu

    Nomadic education Commission – Prof. Bashir Usman

    National Business and technical Examinations Board – Prof. Isioma Isiugo-Abanihe

    Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria – Prof. Sunday Josiah Ajiboye

    Computer Registration Council of Nigeria – Afolabi Aderinto

    National Commission for Colleges of Education – Prof. Bappah Aliyu

    Tertiary Education Trust Fund – Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa

    National Mathematical Centre – Prof. Steven Ejugwu Onah

    Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB – Prof. Ishaq Oloyede

    National Institute of Nigerian Languages – Prof. Chinyere Ohiri-Aniche

    Librarian Registration Counil of Nigeria – Prof Michael Afolabi
    National Teachers Institute – Prof Garba Dahuwa Azare

    Similarly, President Buhari has also approved that the following chief executives to be retained in their respective agencies:

    Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council – Prof. Samaila Junaidu

    Nigerian French Language C\Village – Prof rauuf adebisi

    National board for technical education – Dr. Mas’ud Kazaure

    National Arabic language Village – Prof. Muhammad Mu’az.


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  • Ekweremadu’s removal will divide Nigeria – Archbishop Chukwuma cautions Buhari

    02/Aug/2016 // 3846 Viewers

     

    The Anglican ArchBishop of the Enugu Province, Most Rev Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma on Monday urged the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to desist from further plot to remove the Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu.
    The All Progressives Congress, APC, led administration had continued to rue the emergence of Ekweremadu.

    Speaking to journalists on the sideline of the town hall meeting organized by the Federal Ministry of Information in Enugu, Chukwuma also insisted that “Nigerias is negotiable because people are wounded; people are being sidelined and this is what is causing this spate of bombings by Avengers and all these people who are agitators.

    “The more you make Nigerians to know that they are part of the government and receive the social amenities and care, then there will be no need for us to talk
    about restructuring.

    “Restructuring will surely be done because the way things are going, it has to be restructured. South-East is the only
    zone that has five states. You have to restructure because without restructuring there will be marginalization.”

    “We need to know‎ that Nigerians are Nigerians; to keep Nigeria as one is a task that must be done, but Nigerians must be carried along without any part being neglected in appointments, in infrastructure, and even when you
    see how they appoint some South-East people into government, it does not translate to infrastructural development. It does not.”

    He added that “this town hall meeting is an opening for the Minister to tell the President that we are not happy; we need to be carried along, we need to be recognized.

    “But we appeal to our brothers, let us be patient and see what will happen and this town hall meeting should not just be a jamboree, it should be studied for implementation and action to take place as
    soon as possible.”

    On Ekweremadu, he noted that “What we are saying is that APC should not be afraid of Ekweremadu; Ekweremadu is a very simple developing senator and out of all the senators in the South East, Ekweremadu is the most, I must say, loved, hard-working senator that APC can make use of to develop Nigeria.

    “We want to also express that it is unfortunate that the governor of Imo State has continued to insult him and we say that this is not right, he should be called to order by the APC because Ekweremadu was not elected by the APC and election in the senate was not done by governors.

    “So, if a senator is going to survive in the senate, that senator must come to pay homage to the leading senator in
    the South-East.

    “The governor of Imo State should tread with caution, if he is an Igbo man, otherwise he is a betrayer. I‎ want to call him to order that if he continues this way, the Igbos will deny him.

    “Ekweremadu should be left alone to do his work, he has been elected constitutionally as Deputy Senate President and nobody can‎ remove him there. If they do that, it means that this government doesn’t want the Igbos, then you are calling for its secession from Nigeria because that is the high ranking position we have and we are
    all behind him and he has been performing, and he should be left to perform.‎” - DAILY POST

     

     


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  • Watch video of aerial bombardment of vandals' camps in S'West Nigeria by Nigerian Air Force

    02/Aug/2016 // 1934 Viewers

     

    PARIS, AUGUST 2, 2016: (DGW) THE  Nigerian Air Force on Monday released a video of its fighter jets aerial bombardment of militant camps at Arepo Ogun State. 

    The air strikes became necessary to dislodge vandals whose reign of terror has been going in Ogun and Lagos States' creek communities.


    Below is the video of the air strikes culled from Punch Newspapers.



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  • Buhari ridiculed in Enugu on Monday, Gov Ugwuanyi urges him to redeem campaign promises

    02/Aug/2016 // 1857 Viewers

     

    Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to redeem the promises he made to the people of the state during his campaign.

    The governor spoke yesterday in Enugu at a town hall meeting organised by the Federal Ministry of Information.

    He said the appeal became imperative, following the epileptic power supply in the country.

    Ugwuanyi said the poor state of electricity across the country was discouraging investments.
     
    The governor also urged the Federal Government to make substantial investment in the Ugwuoba Gas Field in Oji River Local Government Area.

    He said: “I recall the President’s campaign promise to revive the coal mines in Enugu and utilise it to generate electricity.

    “Coal is a major energy source in some countries of the world and we have it in abundance in the state. If this is done, it will directly or indirectly create jobs for millions of Nigerians.”

    Ugwuanyi also reminded the Federal Government of the Ada Rice Farm Irrigation Project it started in the state in 2007, adding that work had since stopped on the site.

    The governor said the project was critical and important to the state government, following efforts to diversify the economy and make the country self-sufficient in rice production.

    He said: “Of very critical importance to us is the Ada Rice Farm in Uzo Uwani Local Government Area. The project has the capacity for low gravity irrigation and has the potential of expansion to cover 10,000 hectares.

    “Unfortunately, only 1,200 hectares of irrigable land have been fully developed. The Federal Government started the rehabilitation of the project in 2007. Sadly, progress in this regard has stalled.”

    The governor appealed to the Federal Government to re-evaluate the project to make it fully functional, adding that it would provide employment and boost economic activities in the area.

    He regretted that some Federal Government agencies in the state were indebted to it and contributed to its financial stress.

    Ugwuanyi said: “The government of the state will in this regard appreciate the intervention of the Federal Government to ensure the payment of huge debts owed the state by some federal agencies and establishments in the state.

    “They are the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) and the Federal College of Education, Eha-Amufu, which owe N2.3 billion, N10 billion and N190 million in tax returns.

    “These institutions have continued to owe even though the state government provides infrastructure and other ancillary supports to them.”

    The governor hailed the Federal Government for providing bailout funds to states, saying this had assisted them to wriggle out of some financial challenges.

    He said: “While we commend the Federal Government for providing the bailout funds, we do humbly appeal for the release of more resources to the states to enable them discharge their ever increasing responsibilities.”

    “We request for Federal Government’s intervention in the rehabilitation of its roads linking the Southeast states. They are in deplorable condition.”

    Ugwuanyi called for the economic encouragement of the zone to stem capital flight by localising skills acquisition among the youths to increase productivity.

    “I thank the Minister of Information and Culture for bringing this meeting to the zone. I am convinced that the presence of these ministers will help usher in the new vista of development for Enugu State and other parts of the Southeast region.”

    Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed said the Federal Government was not unmindful of the sufferings of Nigerians, assuring that the difficult times would not last.

    He said the Federal Government would evenly develop all parts of the country, adding that no region would be short-changed.

    On the deplorable condition of the roads in the zone, Mohammed said the Federal Government had mobilised contractors to begin work on some of them.

    He said the rains might have hindered the progress of work on the roads.


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  • 2015 Zaria Massacre: Tension in the Army as soldiers go on trial

    02/Aug/2016 // 1727 Viewers

     

    The Kaduna State Commission of Inquiry into the December 2015 clashes between the members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and the Nigerian Army has recommended the identification and prosecution of the soldiers who participated in the killings of the members of the Islamic sect.

    This is as the commission also indicted the Nigerian Army for its excessive use of force on the IMN also known as Shiites.

    The Kaduna State Government on Sunday night officially released the Justice Mohammed Lawal-Garba-led Commission of Inquiry on the December 2015 bloody clash between the Nigerian Army and the Shiites.
     
    The report e-mailed to our correspondent in Kaduna also indicted the leader of the Shiites, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, for his refusal to caution his members during the crisis, which it said, was ‘avoidable.’

    The report read in part, “The commission is of the view that the use of excessive force by the Nigerian Army, which led to the heavy casualties recorded in the Cordon and Search Operation is an act of commission for which the NA is directly responsible.

    “The commission therefore recommends that steps should  immediately be taken to identify the members of the NA who participated in the killings of 12th- 14thDecember 2015 incident with a view to prosecuting them.”

    The report, however, put the Shiites members on the watch-list of the state.

    It added, “Security agencies should ensure watch-listing of IMN members and other persons of security interests, whenever they are going out or coming into Nigeria with a view to discovering the sources of their funding, foreign contacts and other useful and relevant information.”

    Besides, the report added that the panel found out that the Federal Government, Kaduna State Government, the IMN, the Nigerian Army and other security and law enforcement agencies committed certain acts of commission or omission which resulted in the avoidable clashes.

    The commission was inaugurated on January 29 2016, to unravel the circumstances that led to the clash which claimed many lives and properties in Zaria, Kaduna State.

    The commission on July, 15, 2016 submitted its report to Governor Nasir El-Rufai who promised to make the report public.

    While receiving the report, the governor said it would be diligently studied to ensure that the lessons were properly digested.

    The panel also directed that EI-Zakzaky should be personally held responsible for all the acts of commission and omission of the entire membership of the IMN in its clashes with the Nigerian Army for refusing to caution his members when required to do so.

    The report added, “Considering the nature and organisational structure of the IMN, where the leader has the total control over the members, Sheikh lbraheem EI-Zakzaky should be personally held responsible for all the acts of commission and omission of the entire membership of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria in its clashes with the Nigerian Army for refusing to call his members to order when required to do so.

    “Members of the IMN should never be allowed to carry any unlicensed weapon under any guise. Whosoever found so doing should be prosecuted immediately.

    “Intelligence reports by security agencies regarding all threats to security, law and order should be taken seriously and acted upon to nip in the bud such occurrences.

     “The Federal Government should have the political will to deal with such threats posed by the IMN and similar groups.”


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  • Ngige regrets going to Enugu on Monday, read how he was disgraced while defending Buhari

    02/Aug/2016 // 28375 Viewers

     

    The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, was booed while trying to defend President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointments at a town hall meeting organised by the Federal Government for the South-East in Enugu on Monday.

    Shouts of ‘No! No!’ rented the hall as he attempted to justify the appointments, which are generally believed to be lopsided and skewed in favour of the North.

    The South-East is seen as the most marginalised zone in the appointments made so far by Buhari.
     
    Ngige was responding to criticism of Buhari’s failure to appoint an Igbo as one of the service chiefs at the interactive town hall meeting.

    Some South-East stakeholders at the event included leaders of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, traditional rulers, members of the National Assembly, and other current and former political office-holders.

    Meanwhile, the Federal Government on Monday responded to demands for the implementation of the recommendations of the last constitutional conference with a declaration that new states cannot be created without the involvement of the National Assembly.

    Ngige said this at a town hall meeting between the Federal Government and South-East stakeholders in Enugu.

    The minister was responding to calls for new states in the zone, as well as the demand for the restructuring of the country into regions.

    Stressing that the members of the National Assembly were the only true representatives of the people, Ngige noted that those who participated in the constitutional conference were not elected.

    “The only people elected today to represent the people are those in the National Assembly.

    “If you want to amend the constitution or to create more states you must pass through the National Assembly,” he said.

    The minister, a former governor of Anambra State, and an erstwhile member of the Senate, said the Igbo must strategise on how best to survive and thrive in Nigeria.

    Reacting to what he described as ‘the question of restructuring and the South-East,’ he advised that the Igbo should avoid wallowing in self pity.

    “We (Igbo) have to put on our thinking cap; we don’t have to cry and wallow in self pity,” he said, noting that Nigeria is a federation where all the federating units must relate with one another.

    “If tomorrow President Muhammadu Buhari says ‘I want to do a constitutional conference’, I can assure you that whatever you lobby and get in the conference will be implemented to the letter,” Ngige added.

    The minister added that the demand for the restructuring of the country was not a new thing.

    Going down memory lane, he said the draft constitution from the 1994-1995 Constitutional Conference, organised by then Head of State, the late Gen. Sani Abacha, meant well for the country.

    Noting that most of the states and local government areas in the country were created by ‘military fiat’, Ngige said, “They said Abacha was not good but there were some aspects of Abacha that were excellent.

    “The Abacha Constitution provided for residency, so that any Nigerian could contest election wherever he lived, like Nnamdi Azikiwe did in the then Western region, and rotation of Presidency, among other things.

    “After death took Abacha away we went back to the 1979 Constitution with a few amendments making it the 1999 Constitution.

    “The South-East was divided at the constitutional conference; the South-East rejected zoning because the man from Ebonyi said it would make him a minority in the South-East.”

    Ngige added that the Federal Government would soon set up a committee that would review the minimum wage.

    He explained that the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress would be represented in the planned committee.

    According to him, the current minimum wage is due for a review.

    “The minimum wage has a caveat that it should be reviewed every five years.

    “By next week, we are going to empanel the minimum wage committee with the NLC and TUC involved.

    “The issue of transportation will also be looked into,” the minister said.

    Also speaking at the event, the Agriculture Minister, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said the Federal Government was ready to support youths who were interested in farming.

    “The present farmers are getting too old and something drastic has to be done.

    “In the next 10 to 15 years, most of the old farmers will no longer be active, so who will feed the country?” he said.

    …Presidency denies favouring North, Muslims

    Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

    The Presidency on Monday said contrary to claims by some individuals and groups, President Muhammadu Buhari had treated all Nigerians without bias for ethnicity or religion in his appointments and policies since he assumed office on May 29, 2015.

    It said claims that the present administration was targeting Christians and members of the opposition were without foundation.

    The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in a statement while reacting to The London Telegraph’s article “Children Face Death by Starvation in Northern Nigeria” published on Saturday.

    Shehu said the article repeated a claim from an earlier piece “Nigeria Using UK Aid to Persecute President’s Political Foes” published on April 12, indicating that Nigeria was diverting United Kingdom’s aid monies away from fighting the Islamist terror group Boko Haram towards those the newspaper identified as political opponents of the administration.

    Shehu said the statement was incorrect and unhelpful.

    The presidential spokesman said to suggest that Buhari’s government was deepening Muslim-Christian division was not only untrue, but played into the hands of the Boko Haram sect who wished to divide Nigerians along religious lines.

    He said, “As for claims that the administration is targeting Christians and the opposition, these are without foundation. Since assuming office, President Buhari has treated all Nigerians without bias for ethnicity or religion, as the composition of his cabinet and the policies and programmes of his administration demonstrate.

    “To suggest his government as deepening Muslim-Christian division is not only untrue, but plays into the hands of Boko Haram who wish to divide Nigerians along religious lines.

    “Fighting this group is key priority of President Buhari’s administration. Indeed the international community has widely acknowledged his determination to defeat terrorism in Nigeria and the entire Lake Chad Basin.

    “There is nothing to gain by attempting to mould public opinion against these facts. Therefore we invite The Telegraph to visit Nigeria: to witness first-hand not only the challenges we face, but the administration’s determination to confront them.”

    Shehu noted that while the claims in both articles were attributed to an unnamed source in the United States  and “Western officials,” the first article drew the condemnation of the US Embassy in Abuja as having drawn conclusions directly opposite to the position of the US government when it was first published.


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  • My heart bleeds for Nigeria, it has never been this divided, Buhari pursuing sectional agenda - Ekweremadu

    02/Aug/2016 // 2067 Viewers

     

     

    Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, on Sunday expressed concern over the divisive tendencies of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.
    The Senator spoke in Enugu during a solidarity visit to him by members of the Enugu State Economic Advisory Council.

    The group, led by Monsignor Professor Obiora Ike had disclosed that they were in the visit to show solidarity to Ekweremadu over the face-off between the Senate leadership and the Executive arm.

    He said the group equally needed to get clear information on the matter.

    According to the renowned cleric: “We are here because we have heard a lot of noise from Abuja. We are here because we support the principles of separation of power; separation of power guarantees freedom and brings stability in governance. So, we are here to hear what is happening in the National Assembly.

    “We want to assure you that our people are solidly behind you; our people believe in you; whenever you are in public office, there will always be challenges but if you are upright, you will emerge stronger.”

    Professor Ike advised the federal government to focus its energy on development, reconciliation, building bridges, stressing “we need Nigeria to move forward.”

    Those on the visit also included former power minister, Prof. Barth Nnaji, former economic adviser to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, Prof. Osita Ogbu, among others.

    ‎While addressing the delegation, Ekweremadu re-echoed his earlier stand that he was innocent of the forgery allegation, stressing that it had to do with ill-feelings in some quarters over the emergence of the Senate leadership.

    He maintained that the Buhari led government had neglected major issues affecting the country, while busy pursuing sectional agenda.

    He declared that: “our country has never been as divided as it is now; my heart bleeds because that is not what we desire for this country.”

    On the suit against him in court, Ekweremadu declared: “I restate my innocence. I forged no document; none of the accused persons forged any document.”

    While declining to speak more on the matter since it was already in court, he expressed his commitment towards the independence of the legislature, maintaining that “we will come and go but the Senate as an institution will remain.”


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