I Won’t Sign 2016 Budget Unless Critically Reviewed – Buhari Insists

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President Muhammadu Buhari has on Thursday maintained that he would not sign the 2016 Appropriation Bill, passed into law by the National Assembly, last week, unless he critically reviewed it.

READ ALSO: Buhari Withholds Assent To 2016 Budget, Seeks Full Details From NASS

The President made this known at a meeting with the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, in Washington DC.

According to him, following the controversial alteration and padding of the budget proposals, he needed to review the document to be certain that its contents tallied with the authentic budget proposal presented to the National Assembly.

He said: “Some bureaucrats removed what we put in the proposal and replaced it with what they wanted.

“I have to look at the bill that has been passed by the National Assembly, ministry by ministry, to be sure that what has been brought back for me to sign is in line with our original submission.”

The National Assembly had passed the bill last week and sent it to the Presidency without its details.

The president, on the other hand, refused to sign the bill into law because he does not know what is contained in the details and what adjustments the National Assembly made to the proposal sent to them last December.

When the President insisted that he will not sign the bill into law until he receives the details, some National Assembly members said it would not be out of place to sign, while others refer to him as being ungrateful for the excellent job done on the document.

They cited instances under former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and the late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua when budget were signed while the details were being worked on.

Meanwhile, in a separate meeting with the Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Geoffery Onyema, Kerry said the US would invest, at least, $600 million in Nigeria in 2016.

READ ALSO: National Assembly Slates Buhari Over Failure To Assent 2016 Budget

Kerry, who disclosed this during the opening session of the US-Nigeria Bi-national Commission meeting, reiterated the commitment of the US government to Nigeria’s growth.

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In Lagos: Governor Ambode To Cancel Restriction On Sanitation Day

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The Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led government of Lagos state has unveiled plans to cancel restriction during the monthly environmental sanitation in the state by the end of 2016.

This was declared on Thursday by the Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Babatunde Adejare, at the monthly briefing of the ministry.

“Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, in line with his responsive government, hopes to discontinue restriction during the monthly environmental sanitation exercise,” he said.

According to the governor, Lagos state, which is the fifth biggest economy in Africa, should always function round the clock.

Mr Adejare said that the government could no longer afford to keep shutting down the megacity because of sanitation.

In a related development, the commissioner disclosed that the state government had issued a seven-day notice with effect from Thursday to some markets across the state for violating environmental laws.

The markets include Sura, Itafaji, Oke-Odo, Sangrouse, Bariga, Ajah Ultra-Modern, Agbalaka, Aiyetoro, Sabo and Ita-elewa in Ikorodu.

Adejare said the markets would be shut if the traders failed to comply with relevant laws regarding sanitation.

 

 

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Nigeria Police Recruitment 2016 – Apply Here

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The Nigeria Police Service Commission (PSC) informs the general public that the Nigerian Police has started its recruitment today April 1st 2016.

READ ALSO: Nigeria Police Commences Recruitment Of 10,000 personnel On April 1

Below are the available positions and their requirements

A.) Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police

Academic Qualification

Have a Bachelors Degree or High National Diploma (HND).
Have and NYSC certificate.

B.) Cadet Inspector of Police

Academic Qualification

Have a minimum of either Ordinary National Diploma (OND), Advanced Level (A Level), National Certificate of Education (NCE) or their equivalent.
Possession of at least five (5) credit level passes (including Mathematics and English Language) at O’Level.

C.) Police Constable

Academic Qualification

Have an O’Level certificate or its equivalent with at least five credit level passes including Mathematics and English Language in not more than two sittings.

Police recruitmentThe recruitment portal is now open for applicant as advertised on National Dailies. Kindly visit www.npf.gov.ng or www.psc.gov.ng to apply.

CLICK HERE TO START YOUR APPLICATION

Note: To apply for a Specialist position, candidates must possess relevant certificates and/or credentials in the required technical discipline.

Requirements

Before filling the Nigerian police recruitment form online, ensure you meet the requirements below:

1.) You must be a citizen of Nigeria
2.) You must have a valid identity card. You can use your voters card, Driving licences or international passport.
3.) You must have your first school leaving certificate
4.) Five credit pass including English language and mathematics is compulsory. (For those applying for Police Constables)
5.) Ordinary National Diploma (OND), Advanced Level (A level), National Certificate in Education (NCE) or their equivalents for Cadet Inspectors.
6.) University degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND) for Nigerian Police Recruitment Cadet ASP applicants.

This recruitment exercise is absolutely free!!!

Application Deadline
May 13, 2016

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No Pupil Was Abducted From Chibok, Says Fayose

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Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has stated that no pupil was abducted by Boko Haram from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.

The governor, who made this known on Wednesday, insisted that the girls would never be found because “what is not missing, you cannot find”.

READ ALSO: Nigeria’s Biggest School Abduction Isn’t #ChibokGirls

According to Fayose, the report of the missing schoolgirls was politically motivated to influence public opinion against the Goodluck Jonathan administration ahead of the 2015 general elections.

Speaking in a two-day workshop on “Political Aspirants Capacity Enhancement” organised by Women Arise for Change Initiative for women from Ekiti, Osun and Ondo states, Fayose described the #BringBackOurGirls campaign as a hoax to unseat Dr Jonathan.

“If you want to use it to get some people out of office, you have succeeded in doing that,” he said. “But you must equally look for those girls, if indeed they are missing.

“It was a strategy to get some political push- ups. That is why you can never find them.”

The governor also threw shade at the #BringBackOurGirls campaigners, alleging that some of them had been settled with political appointments.

He continued, “I was laughing at this people when they came out with ‘freedom for our girls’, or is it ‘where is our girls?’

“Is it trailer that they used to pack 200 girls away or luxurious bus? Who is fooling who?

“Most of them (the campaigners) have become political appointees or they are looking for political appointments.

“I like to tell people the truth, if you don’t like you can go to (the) police station.”

Fayose’s statement is coming on a day the Human Rights Watch (HRW) highlighted that the abduction in Chibok was not the biggest in Nigeria as AFP claimed that over 300 children were among the 500 girls, boys and women taken from Damasak by the nefarious death cult on Monday November 24, that same year.

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FRSC Warns Against Collection Of Driver’s Licence By Proxy

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has on Wednesday cautioned the general public against obtaining the driver’s licence by proxy as it urged prospective applicants to obtain the document through due process.

The caution was made known by the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, during a one-day workshop organised for the Corps Heads of Driving License Centres.

“There will be no more collection of driver’s licence by proxy; prospective applicants will have to come by themselves and be captured to avoid obtaining fake license.

“Also, fresh applicants must obtain permit from an approved driving school and undergo all necessary processes before they will be issued the document,’’ Oyeyemi said.

Oyeyemi also said the issue of integrity of driver’s licence was raised when the corps visited the National Assembly recently, assuring that the corps was poised to tackle the issue of fake licence.

The corps marshal restated that the document could be obtained with only N6, 350 and advised applicants to report any personnel of the corps who demanded more than the amount.

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Radio Biafra Back On Air Again, ‘We Are Unstoppable’—IPOB

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has announced the resurgence of Radio Biafra after the Federal Government had blocked the airwaves in 2015 following the arrest of the Director Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.

The detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, who doubles as the Director of Radio Biafra

The detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, who doubles as the Director of Radio Biafra

The pro-Biafra spokesman, Emma Powerful, who made this known in a statement on Wednesday, said that the station operates on short waves and its satellites covers all the Southeast geopolitical zone, Lagos, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa, Cross River, London.

READ ALSO: #Biafra: Court Refuses To Quash Charges Against Nnamdi Kanu, Others

He also added that its programmes could be reached through apps and phones.

The statement said, “Right now, we are back on shortwave after Nigerian government spent millions of dollars taxpayers money trying to stop Radio Biafra.

All Biafrans and friends of Biafra can now go to 11600 kHz at 25-meter band to cherish the gospel of truth, Broadcasting time is 8pm London time, 9pm Biafra land time. We are unstoppable because Chukwuka Okike Abiama, Almighty God, is on our side.”

The statement also stated that Akwa-Ibom is now on chk 102.1 fm covering Ikot Ekpene, Uruan, Oron, Uyo, insiriatai, ibiono, nundo, abak, idioro, Akwa-Ibom dakka, Yamal-402 DTH Platform: Frequency 11045MHz Pol: Vertical Symbol Rate: 40MSym, DVB-S, QPSK, 2/3 FEC, Service ID: 5.

READ ALSO: DSS Allegedly Uncovers Plot To Abduct Nnamdi Kanu, Others From Court

Meanwhile, the detained leader of the IPOB, Mr. Kanu, has written to the British Government to intervene in his case by asking President Muhammadu Buhari to release him from prison.

Kanu who is facing treason charge alongside two other pro-Biafra agitators, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, approached the British government through his lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor.

READ ALSO: Biafra: Court Reschedules Kanu’s Trial To April 5

Kanu, in a letter dated March 24 and addressed to the British High Commissioner in Abuja, described himself as a victim of travesty of justice and gross human rights violation, insisting that the President Buhari-led administration has violently abused his fundamental human rights through his prolonged detention in prison custody.

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Nigeria’s Biggest School Abduction Isn’t #ChibokGirls

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Fresh findings have emerged that the dreaded Islamic group, Boko Haram captured hundreds of children from a remote town in Northeast Nigeria in late 2014 but initial calls to report the kidnapping were ignored with locals fearful of the government’s response.

The school in Chibok, where more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists

The school in Chibok, where more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists. Getty Images

READ ALSO: Troops Rescue 1,890 Hostages From Boko Haram Enclaves

Over 300 children were among the 500 girls, boys and women taken from Damasak by the nefarious death cult on Monday November 24, 2014, a local government administrator, a chief and an elderly resident confirmed to AFP on Wednesday.

READ ALSO: End Of Boko Haram Is Near – Chief of Air Staff

It was gathered that the numbers of those abducted surpassed even the 276 schoolgirls who were taken from Chibok in April the same year, which drew global outrage.

However, the previous administration in March 2015 denied reports of the Damasak kidnapping while a local senator and a senior intelligence source also doubted the claim.

READ ALSO: Boko Haram May Have Lied About Allegiance To ISIS

On Wednesday, March 30, an administrator, whose seven-year-old child was among those abducted, said:

“We kept quiet on the kidnap out of fear of drawing the wrath of the government, which was already grappling with the embarrassment of the kidnap of the Chibok schoolgirls.

“Every parent was afraid to speak out.”

“Locals who managed to flee alerted their political representatives in the Nigerian Senate and House of Representatives but “they kept mute and ignored us”, he said on condition of anonymity.

“The government didn’t want the news out,” he said, explaining that the decision to speak out publicly came after Human Rights Watch (HRW) highlighted the case on Tuesday.

Similarly, the local chief, who pleaded anonymity, said:

“They went to the private school and Islamic seminaries and carted away children as young as five.”

“They also went into town and forcibly seized children from their mothers, children too old to be breastfed. My 16 nephews were among the children kidnapped. They were aged between five and 16.”

Hundreds fled across the river that separates Damasak from Diffa in neighbouring Niger but many drowned, he said, adding that he returned to bury “over 200 dead bodies in mass graves”.

Also confirming the abduction, the Damasak elder said the insurgents killed more than 200 in the initial attack, which happened on a market day.

Findings by HRW from multiple interviews showed that the schoolchildren who were abducted – age between seven to 17 – were initially kept at a primary school, which was then turned into a military base.

However, on March 2015, troops from Chad and Niger liberated Damasak and discovered about 100 bodies in a mass grave under a bridge on the edge of the town.

Countless bodies, including of women and children, were found the following month on the streets, in houses and in the dried-up river.

The reports from HRW and AFP underline the brutality by the Boko Haram sect that has claimed an estimated 20,000 lives and made more than 2.6 million people homeless since its inception in 2009.

This might lead to fresh questions about the previous government’s negligent handling of the insurgency, after its response to the Chibok abduction was condemned as slow and lacklustre.

Nearly two years on, 219 schoolgirls are still being held captive in the dungeon of the Islamic cult.

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End Of Boko Haram Is Near – Chief of Air Staff

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The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sodique Abubakar, has declared that the days of the ferocious Boko Haram sect were numbered.

This is just as he expressed optimism that the provisions made for the Nigerian Air Force in the 2016 budget would improve its operations, and put an end to the war against insurgency in the country.

READ ALSO: Report Says Boko Haram Kingpin, Shekau Urged Members To Surrender To Nigeria

Speaking on Wednesday shortly after commissioning a medical laboratory at the NAF 81 Maritime Group in Benin City, Edo State, the Chief of Air Staff also stressed that the Nigerian Armed Forces is committed to stopping the activities of terrorists in the North East.

He said: “We are at the tail end of the war against Boko Haram. One of their enclaves, Alagarnu, has just been taken over. I was in the North-East a few days ago and I believe that we are at the tail end of this operation.”

“The last time we came, we didn’t have a laboratory. But today, we have a well equipped laboratory. Professionalism is not just about training and equipping the soldier but also taking care of the welfare of the soldier.

“A professional soldier can also fall sick. That is why we need to provide a laboratory, which we have done.”

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National Assembly Slates Buhari Over Failure To Assent 2016 Budget

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The National Assembly (NASS) has stated that if President Muhammadu Buhari actually said he would not sign the 2016 Appropriation Bill unless it was accompanied by the details, then he is being ungrateful for the excellent job it did on the document.

READ ALSO: Buhari Withholds Assent To 2016 Budget, Seeks Full Details From NASS

NASS expressed regret that the Presidency was unmindful of the herculean task it faced to pass the budget, despite the errors contained in the different versions of the document submitted to the legislature and the litany of disapprovals by some ministers.

Speaking to pressmen on Wednesday in Abuja, the Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Dr. Abdulmumin Jibrin, confirmed that the National Assembly did not forward the details of the 2016 budget to President Buhari for assent.

He said it was a regular practice of the National Assembly to send details to the president weeks after passing the budget, saying there was nothing abnormal for the president to sign the budget without seeing the details.

READ ALSO: Senate Passes 2016 Budget | Reduces N6.077trn To N6.060trn

He also gave instance with the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, saying that he (Obasanjo) assented to the budget without the details.

Jibrin therefore assured that details of the budget would be made available to the Presidency within the next two weeks, insisting that from the side of the National Assembly, the budget had been passed.

He said: “There is nothing that has happened so far that is abnormal. Let me put it straight and clear that I doubt that such a statement could come from the Presidency, knowing fully the challenges we went through during the budgeting process.

“Ordinarily, the National Assembly should not have responded to the issues raised but we are duty-bound to put the issues into perspective and put records straight, even though we doubt very much if the Presidency will issue such a statement, knowing the challenges the budget has faced so far.

The general public should note that the MTEF (Medium Term Expenditure Framework) and 2016 budget proposal came to NASS very late. You will also recall that a lot of dust was raised over different versions of the budget circulated in the National Assembly. Further, some ministers disowned the content of the budget during defence before NASS.

Amid these inconsistencies and discrepancies, the NASS had been deeply engrossed in perfecting the anomalies inherent in the 2016 Appropriation Bill. In order for the nation to move forward and avoid stagnation of administrative processes, the tradition is that the bill is passed and forwarded to the Presidency for assent, while the lawmakers continue to work on the details.

“There is nothing abnormal about this practice and yet nothing abnormal about a President assenting a budget before or after seeing the details. In any case, the budget details are usually sent within a week or two after passing the budget.

In view of the inconsistencies, errors, omissions and padding that characterised the 2016 Budget, it would be unpatriotic of NASS to forward the budget details without being extra-careful, meticulous and cautious in discharging its duties. This is to ensure we do not make same mistake that the executive made.

We have been working day and night, we are doing our best, we have been very generous to the executive arm of government. With all these series of challenges in the course of working on the budget, I doubt very much that the executive arm of government or the Presidency, knowing what has transpired in the last few months, will be throwing stones at the National Assembly.

We have instances of President Olusegun Obasanjo signing the budget without the details; we came to Yar’Adua who always preferred to see the details.

For us in the National Assembly, we are trying to make sure that we do not make the same mistake the executive arm made.

Mind you, whatever comes from the executive is a proposal. Maybe, that is why they get away with a lot of things. We cannot get away with such things that they came with because what we are sending to them is practically the law. So, there are lots of differences between what they do and what we are doing.

I have heard people say the President has refused to assent or the President will refuse to assent. We have the power to appropriate and the National Assembly will continue to uphold its power of appropriation as enshrined in the constitution.

There is no place in the world, no country in the world where the executive sends a budget to the parliament and expects that that budget goes back to the executive the way it was sent, it never happened.

So there is no way the details will go back to the executive the way it was sent. We have been gracious enough, we have been generous enough. We sent the envelope the way they brought it, apart from the N17 billion reduction.

The N17 billion was a cut we did from the overheads, which we actually believed that there were lots of things that ought not to be included in the overhead. So we cut off 10 per cent across lines, across all the MDAs, to be able to save that amount of money for the country, otherwise, all the envelopes were left the way they were. Even with that alone, I expect that the executive arm of government should be thankful.

What we have done for the executive arm of government in the last few months since the Buhari’s administration, I think if they are not thanking us, they cannot complain or throw stones at the National Assembly.

He continued: “The 2016 Budget is the most challenging budget the NASS has ever passed in its recent history, taking into account the many controversies and omissions, particularly in NYSC, Prisons, Pensions, personnel shortfalls, among others. The budget failed in many respects to connect with the policy thrust of the government.”

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Police Shut Down Kogi Assembly Complex Over Crises

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Officers of the Kogi State Police Command have on Wednesday morning besieged and sealed the State House of Assembly complex on the order of the National Assembly following the lingering leadership tussle that has bedeviled the house in the last three months.

The development which took the workers of the state assembly by surprise follows the failure of the Assembly to resolve its crisis and the order by the senate that the House be sealed.

Speaking on the seal-off, Mr Aliyu Akuh, deputy to the embattled speaker Momoh-Jimoh Lawal said the crisis remained unresolved as earlier directive to return to status quo ante by the House of Representatives was ignored by the five members.

 “What happened with five members seeking to impeach a speaker in a house of 20 members is an aberration, unheard of and more so that some members’ names and signatures were forged and included as being part of them.

“We had to go to the higher authority which is the National Assembly vested with the constitutional powers to intervene in such situations. The House of Representatives ordered the seal-off and it was concurred by the Senate,” he said.

On its part, factional speaker, Alhaji Umar Imam described the seal-off as illegal saying that for the National Assembly to have gone ahead to seal-off the assembly in spite of the fact that the matter was pending in court was tantamount to illegality.

It was gathered that the road leading to the complex was barricaded by armed policemen who subjected staff of the assembly to scrutiny and only allowed them entry upon confirmation they that they were staff.

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Islamic Military Coalition: Nigeria’s Dangerous Liaison – Chris Ngwodo

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The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

Recently, President Muhammadu Buhari announced his administration’s decision to join the Islamic Military Alliance against Terrorism formed and led by Saudi Arabia. The 34-member coalition had been unveiled by the desert kingdom in December 2015 with the stated aim of combating terrorism all over the Islamic world. Buhari’s decision to accede to the Saudi invitation has been criticised in Nigeria where Christian activists are sensitive to international affiliations that obscure Nigeria’s secular or multi-religious character or which project her as having an Islamic national identity.

However, beyond nomenclature, a more cogent critique would question the geostrategic utility of aligning with Saudi Arabia. To begin with, the objectives of the alliance are ambiguous even to its purported members. Pakistan, Lebanon and Indonesia seemed to express surprise at their inclusion which they apparently learnt of through media reports. Some members have said they will seek clarification on the exact nature of the coalition and its operational scope. When asked if the initiative could include deploying troops to conflict spots, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said, “Nothing is off the table.” It is not clear that the Nigerian government is sufficiently aware of the terms and conditions of her engagement in this initiative. There is ample reason to proceed with extreme caution.

Saudi credentials for leading an international war on terror are decidedly dubious. The desert kingdom is the world’s biggest purveyor of extremist ideology. Following her enrichment by the 1973 oil boom, Saudi Arabia spent billions of dollars building mosques and forming Islamic associations all over the world. The Saudi ministry for religious affairs distributed millions of Qurans in Europe, Asia and Africa, along with doctrinal texts written from the extreme perspective of Wahhabism – a violently ultraconservative theology of medieval austerity conceived in 18th century Arabia and based on a harshly legalistic and literalist interpretation of Islam (known as Salafism in Saudi Arabia) which is the foundational ideology of the modern Saudi state.

Nigeria was impacted by this Wahhabi missionary campaign and it fanned a revival of fundamentalist fervour most notably in the form of Jama’at Izalat Al Bidi’ A wa Iqamat Al Sunna (JIBWIS) otherwise known as Izala but also in an amorphous movement of madrassahs and groups across Northern Nigeria. It was also in the late 1970s that the Nigerian government began funding pilgrimages to Mecca (and subsequently to Jerusalem), sponsoring a record one hundred thousand pilgrims to the Hajj in 1981. This reflected both an official cluelessness as to what to do with her oil wealth and the gravitation towards the Saudi orbit.

Saudi missionary exports have been so successful that more tolerant and pluralistic versions of Islam have been supplanted to the extent that Wahhabism is now deemed synonymous with Sunni Islam in many places. Much of the contemporary jihadist terror groups are directly or indirectly influenced by Saudi sponsors. Al Qaeda, Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) and Boko Haram (otherwise known as Islamic State West Africa Province, ISWAP) are all ideological progeny of Saudi missionary foreign policy, guided by murderous ideas with their roots in Wahhabism.

The international propagation of Wahhabism is part of a Faustian bargain between the House of Saud and the religious establishment. By exporting its home-grown radical discontent abroad, the Saudi elite prevent their extremist clerics from turning their fury against a ruling family that is seen as apostate and decadent. As the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II once remarked, “Muslims who are unduly influenced by the puritanical ideology of Wahhabism are…a major source of instability in plural societies. The equilibrium established among adherents of various faiths through the agency of a common citizenship based on respect for each group and equality of individuals is undermined by the call to a superior and exclusive religious identity that rejects common citizenship.” This makes Wahhabist ideology an existential threat to the Nigerian state.

It is more likely that this global military alliance is part of the Saudi strategy to counter and contain the resurgence of Iran – which is pointedly excluded from the coalition. Saudi-Persian rivalry is coterminous with the Sunni-Shia struggle to shape Middle Eastern politics and global Islam at large. This contest for primacy between Saudi Arabia and Iran, rooted in a succession struggle, theological dispute and civil war that occurred in the early days of the Islamic community, is the most toxic fault line in the Middle East and has fueled proxy conflicts in Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen and Syria. With the lifting of nuclear sanctions against Iran, the Islamic republic is poised to resume pursuit of its longstanding goal of becoming the preeminent power in the Middle East.

Like Saudi Arabia, Iran has impacted Nigerian society. The 1979 Islamic revolution radicalised many young Nigerian Muslims and led to the formation of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria headquartered in Zaria. Ironically, some of the newly minted Shiites were erstwhile Izala members who had been radicalised by visits to Iran and returned home with revolutionary zeal. They derided the Izala as too soft and sometimes attacked official mosques. Throughout the 1980s and the 1990s, the Izala and the Shia embodied the broad currents of radical Islamic militancy in Nigeria.

Clearly, Saudi Arabia and Iran are two major radicalising (and potentially destabilising) influences in Nigeria. Nigeria, which has to manage tensions between her Sunni majority and Shia minority, must exercise extreme caution in her dealings with these two Middle Eastern power houses which are deeply vested in local anti-establishment movements. The recent clash between the Nigerian military and Shiites which resulted in the massacre of hundreds of Shiites elicited intense reactions in the Shia world and an official reaction from Iran. It was on the heels of that clash in December that the Saudis invited Nigeria to join the anti-terror coalition. Nigeria’s large Muslim population makes her an important prize in the Saudi-Persian struggle for primacy. Our posture should be one of strategic non-alignment, engaging with Riyadh and Tehran on the basis of a reasoned calculus of our national interests, which it must be stressed, are not coterminous with Saudi or Iranian interests.

There is a broader geostrategic imperative that the Nigerian foreign policy establishment should be cognisant of. Most of what the international media portrays as the “Muslim world” is actually the Middle East which accounts for just one-fifth of the world’s Muslim population. Some of the countries with the largest Muslim populations such as Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Nigeria are outside the Middle East. Significantly, these non-Middle Eastern countries with huge Muslim populations are typically secular or, at the very least, sustain a constitutional recognition of pluralism. In these countries, the degree and definition of secularism is the subject of debate. Indeed, while secularism is one of those concepts that appear to mean different things in different places, none of its diverse manifestations accommodates the wedlock of religion and the state found in Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Given her large Muslim population, Nigeria can offer an alternative perspective on the global discourse on Islam’s compatibility with democracy and pluralism. She can serve as a laboratory for the sort of sociopolitical experiment direly required but stridently forbidden by repressive regimes in the Middle East. Nigeria can be a model of ecumenical coexistence, civic mutuality and social democracy. This requires us to chart a course away from Levantine strife, Saudi religious tyranny and Persian theocratic totalitarianism.

At this point, the lines between foreign policy architecture and domestic nation-building must blur. We must wrestle with Northern Nigeria’s peculiar vulnerability to Middle Eastern extremist currents – a debility to which Southern Nigerian Muslims seem immune. The root cause of this plague in Northern Nigeria is Arabophilia – a racist inferiority complex which idealises Arabian culture as the sole authentic repository of Islamic values and posits Arabs as the highest manifestation of Muslim piety. This perspective renders Northern Nigeria extremely susceptible to subversive influences from the Arab world. Nigeria must tackle the crisis of governance that enables these influences to thrive.

For ideological, historical and strategic reasons, Nigeria should not allow herself to be conscripted into the Saudi sphere of influence. Nigeria’s national security interests are best served by a measured, rather than an uncritical engagement with the Saudis. A definite priority should be strengthening cooperation with regional neighbours to adequately police the chaotic ungoverned spaces in the Sahel and the Maghreb. A more robust (and perhaps less servile) relationship with the Saudis would necessitate a close interrogation of the financial and moral support flowing from the Gulf States to anti-establishment actors in Nigeria. It is doubtful that tackling these channels of support for extremism is part of the Saudi-led alliance’s mandate. The National Assembly, which is constitutionally tasked to ratify international agreements, should scrutinise the particulars of this alliance and spare Nigeria possible geostrategic embarrassment.

Chris Ngwodo is a writer, analyst and consultant

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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Here Is How To Check If Your National Identity Card Is Ready

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Notice to the public! If you are among those who have enrolled for the National identity Card for a very long time and currently do not have an idea on how to go about it, there is now an online platform where you can check the status of your identity card whether it is ready or not.

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has now made it possible for Nigerians who have registered for their National ID Card to check their status online.National ID card

Here Is How To Check If Your National Identity Card Is Ready

  • Visit NIMC center: https://touch.nimc.gov.ng/
  • Then click the proceed button
  • Now, fill in your first name, last name and your National Identification Number and hit the ‘check now button’.

It will take few seconds to load and then display the status of your Nimc card. If you’ve not yet enrolled for it, seize the opportunity to enroll and get yourself a copy.

Note: The details provided must tally with what you used during enrollment. Please check your National Identification Number (NIN) Slip.

Visit http://www.nimc.gov.ng/ for more information.

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Many States In Nigeria Seek To Adopt The ‘Religious Bill’ – El-Rufai

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Several attempts by critics and agitators to quash the controversial ‘Religious Bill’ proposed by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State may have hit a huge brick wall as the Governor has confirmed that many state governments are willing to embrace the contents of the Bill as they have requested for a copy to replicate in their states.

READ ALSO: Critics Can’t Sway El-Rufai To Withdraw Religious Bill – Aide

Speaking with reporters at Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna, on Tuesday, the governor averred that the proposed law was sent to the state House of Assembly since October 15, 2015 and was not a new bill as being speculated.

READ ALSO: Apostle Johnson Insists That Governor El Rufai Will ‘Die!’

He said: “It was first enacted in 1984 during the term of Air Vice Marshal Usman Mua’zu (rtd) after the Maitsine uprising in 1982. The then military junta saw the need to regulate preaching in some states in the North.

“Many states are ready to do similar thing now. They have asked for the copy of our bill. I will not name the states.”

The governor also reacted to an allegation that made headlines on National dailies and social media that he walked out of a meeting with the vice-president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, when the VP tried to reach an understanding with him on a particular issue, stressing that the speculation was the handwork of his political detractors.

READ ALSO: El-Rufai Seeks 2-Year Jail Term For Unlicensed Religious Preachers In Kaduna

He said: “I have never attended a meeting where the President and the Vice-President were all in the same room.

“I think the only time where the President and the Vice-president were around and I was in attendance was when the National Economic Council, NEC, was inaugurated by Mr President. He (President) came and delivered his address and left.”

Also, the governor cleared the rumour that he exchanged blows with his deputy, Bala Bandex, saying he had known the deputy governor since 1976 and had never argued with him.

READ ALSO: VIDEO: Pastor Warns El Rufai To Revoke Preaching Restriction Law Or Die

“We think alike and act alike. We are going on weII. I think I did not make him like a spare tyre. If  I am leaving the state, I write to the state assembly that he will be acting. He chairs the executive council meetings as well as the security council meeting. I was told this has never happened in Kaduna before and some people are not comfortable with that,” he said.

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Buhari Withholds Assent To 2016 Budget, Seeks Full Details From NASS

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There are strong indications of uncertainty and dissent over the 2016 Budget estimates approved by the National Assembly last Thursday as President Muhammadu Buhari may not be signing the Appropriation Bill into law any time soon following the senate’s refusal to send details of the budget to his office.

READ ALSO: Senate Passes 2016 Budget | Reduces N6.077trn To N6.060trn

Consequently, the refusal of the president to sign the appropriation bill will further delay the implementation of a budget the government hopes will deliver Nigeria out of its present economic crisis.

A senior official to the presidency on Tuesday said Buhari could not sign the budget because the senate sent only highlights of the budget and then kept the details in their custody.

According to the source, the president who had been anxious to give assent to the Bill and commence implementation became reluctant as he was concerned that signing the budget without details may give approval to an un-implementable spending plan.

“The president has not been able to sign the Bill into law because he does not know what is contained in the details and what adjustments the National Assembly made to the proposal sent to them last December,” the official said.

The source, who yearned for anonymity, said the delay in transmitting the details could mean that the National Assembly either did not complete work on the budget, or were “playing politics” with the passage of the document.

READ ALSO: Again, Senate Adjourns Passage Of 2016 Budget

The source also said the president was disappointed that his desire to see the immediate implementation of the provisions to ease the tension in the economy and polity would have to tarry a little longer till when the details were transmitted to him and the adjustments are found to be implementable.

The harmonised N6.06 trillion budget was finally passed by both chambers of the National Assembly last Wednesday after weeks of bickering over controversial allocations in the N6.08 trillion proposal submitted by Mr. Buhari on December 22, 2015.

Reacting to this, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions, said the bill was at the moment going through a process.

He said: “There is nothing like the President refusing assent to the Appropriation Bill. We worked closely with the executive in passing the bill. We are aware it is going through the normal process before the President assents.

“If anybody tells you that the President refuses to assent, let the person tell you the reason. The Appropriation Bill is already with the Executive with full details.”

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In Oyo: Workers Issue 7-Day Ultimatum Over 5 Months Owed Salaries

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Organised labour in Oyo State has issued a 7-day ultimatum to Oyo State Government to settle over five months arrears of salaries owed to workers.

The ultimatum was issued in a statement on Tuesday in Ibadan by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiation Council (JNC).

Speaking at a news conference, the State NLC Chairman Mr Waheed Olojede, stated that the 7-day ultimatum would be effective starting from today, Wednesday, March 30 and elapse on Thursday, April 7.

He said that the unions had considered the prevailing condition of workers and pensioners with five months unpaid salaries and the failure of government to accede to previous requests.

 “If government fails to meet the leadership of the labour movement in the state, we may not be able to guarantee continued industrial peace beyond the stipulated time,” he said. (NAN)

We’ll bring more as the news develops

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Troops Capture ‘Spiritual Power Base’ Of Boko Haram, Recover 2 More Villages

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Troops of the Nigerian Army have successfully captured Alagarno, the `spiritual power base’ of the Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East, less than 10 days after it conducted an offensive clampdown on the terrain.

READ ALSO: Troops Kill 5 Boko Haram Fighters In Alagarno, Rescue 63 Hostages

This was confirmed during a press conference in Maiduguri on Tuesday by the head of the counter-insurgency operations in the North-East (Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole), Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor.

He said, “On March 18, at about 0900 hrs, troops of 3 and 7 Divisions commenced advance to capture Alagarno, with a preparatory air bombardment by Nigeria Air Force (NAF), advance was halted severally due to planted Improvised Explosive Devises (IED) along the routes leading to Alagarno.

“During the operations, troops cleared Yajiwa, Joba, Mosa and other villages. Our gallant troops finally entered Alagarno on March 28, during which several Boko Haram terrorists were killed along the route.

“This operation demystified the Boko Haram terrorist spiritual power base in Alagarno.

“Throughout the operation, the NAF monitored the operation, consistently resupplied the advancing troops as well as assisted in evacuating soldiers that were wounded in action.

This is coming on a day when the Army announced that troops have cleared the remnants of the Islamic death cult from Bolungu and Gare villages near Sambisa forest.

READ ALSO: 76 Starving Boko Haram Fighters Surrender To Nigerian Military

According to a statement signed by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, the military recovered several weapons and ammunition during the operation.

“Troops of 155 Task Force Battalion of 29 Task Force Brigade while on clearance patrol along Banki junction on Monday encountered a Boko Haram terrorists ambush at Bolungu village which was successfully cleared. The troops killed all the 3 attackers and also recovered 1 Fabrique Nationale rifle with registration number UE16A86257 and 1G3 rifle with registration number 10f995, as well as 19 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition.”

“Similarly, some element of the unit stationed in Mayanti encountered 2 fleeing Boko Haram terrorists from the villages cleared yesterday and killed 1 while trying to shot the troops and arrested the other. The arrested suspected terrorists has been making very useful statements. The troops recovered 5 bicycles, bags of grains and other items.”

“In a related development, the unit today, cleared more more Boko Haram terrorists enclaves and hideouts Gare village around Sambisa forest. During the operation, the troops killed 1 terrorist who attacked a soldier with cutlass and arrested 4 other suspected Boko Haram terrorist group members. The troops also rescued 36 persons, comprising 2 men, 9 women and 26 children and recovered 2 mobile telephone handset,” he concluded.

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#TheNextBigThingAfrica: The 5th Annual Innovention Lecture Series

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The 5th Annual Innovention Lecture Series, which held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos moved the crowd like a surge of unbridled energy. The Theme ‘The Next Big Thing: Identifying Africa’s untapped potentials’ was thoroughly discussed by the thought leaders ranging from core academics to the creatives.

Prof. Pius Adesanmi, Professor of African Studies at Carleton University, Canada gave a killer intro with the mnemonic #iyalayaanybody epitomizing the audacious spirit of the African who will conquer the future. Kelechi Nwosu, President of Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria; Joel Chimhanda, founder of JC Capital Ltd and Audu Maikori, founder of Chocolate City Entertainment, in a session moderated by ace broadcaster, Siju Alabi, totally dissected the thought with powerful nuggets.

Also in attendance were industry heads – Uncle Sam Amuka, Publisher, Vanguard Media; Steve Babaeko, MD, X3M Ideas; Bunmi Oke, MD, 141 Worldwide; Tope Jemerigbe, MD, DKK; ‘Mowunmi Owodunni, MD, STB-McCann; Steve Omojafor, Executive Chairman, STB-McCann; Ladipo Rufai to mention a few. 

Interesting talking points emerged with requests for an expansion of scope for the Innovention Series and possibility of taking this to other states within the country.

Special thanks to the convener, Dr. Tunji Olugbodi (Executive Vice Chairman /GCEO of Verdant Zeal Group) and the wonderful team for putting together such a much-needed discourse in these times begging for an economic renaissance.

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360Downloads: Moelogo – Ìréti EP

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On the back of a breakthrough 2015, which culminated in him being nominated for ‘Best African Act’ at theMOBO Awards, and ‘Diaspora Artist of the Year’ at the NEA Awards, with collaborations with Tinie Tempah,Wretch 32, Avelino, Sneakbo, and Geko among others, British Nigerian Afrobeats artist Moelogo is proud to debut his long-awaited highly anticipated sophomore EP titled Ìréti, premiered via The FADER.

Backed by its critically acclaimed lead single ‘Penkele’ which has been playlisted by Rinse FM, Bang Radioand Reprezent FM, with further support coming from Apple Music’s Beats 1, BBC 1Xtra and Capital Xtra, the Ìréti EP is a perfectly rounded 5-track affair, highlighting Moelogo’s compelling artistry and musicianship, infectious Afrobeats and Dancehall sensibilities, and captivating R&B flavours.

The EP sees Moelogo collaborating with fast-rising producer P2J (Krept & Konan, Trey Songz) to bring all five songs to life, with Mark Asari (LuvBug, Giggs, Angel) co-writing the EP’s opening track ‘Plenty Plenty’, and Ari Pensmith (Trey Songz, Davido, Conor Maynard) assisting on the introspective ‘Some Say’ and the Dancehall-tinged ode to Moelogo’s Peckham hometown ‘My City’.

Speaking about the inspiration behind the EP, Moelogo said, “Ìréti is about one thing – hope. Hope and belief in my abilities as an artist, despite the many setbacks; hope that my talents will get my family and I to a better life; hope and faith in God; hope that if I continue working hard, all my dreams will come true; searching for hope in a world filled with doubt and despair”.

From Moelogo’s first foray into the UK music landscape in 2013 with the BBC 1Xtra-playlisted ‘Pangolo’ and his critically acclaimed debut EP, to his 2014 underground hit ‘The Baddest’ featuring UK rap icon Giggs, to his partnership with Island Records last year, Moelogo is one of the most exciting artists coming out of the UK, fusing his African heritage into British urban music to glorious effect.

ENJOY!

 

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Fuel Scarcity: Kachikwu Begs Nigerians, Says Queues To Disappear On April 7

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The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, who had insisted that the fuel scarcity across parts of the country would linger till May, in a dramatic u-turn on Tuesday, pleaded with Nigerians as he assured that the long queues in the country’s petrol stations would disappear on Monday, April 7, 2016.

READ ALSO: APC Demands Kachikwu’s Resignation Over Remark On Fuel Scarcity

The Petroleum minister, who doubles as the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) made this known when he appeared before the Senate committee on Petroleum (Downstream) over the fuel scarcity ravaging the country.

READ ALSO: Fuel Scarcity: Tinubu Vents Harsh Words On Buhari’s Petrol Minister, Kachikwu

The Minister said: “By 6th or 7th April, the long queues in filing stations would disappear.”

Kachikwu also apologized to Nigerians over his statement that the biting fuel scarcity will linger till May.

It will be recalled, a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu had blasted Kachikwu for telling Nigerians that he “was not trained as a magician”, a reference to the lingering fuel scarcity that appears to be defying efforts of the NNPC.

Tinubu, who was apparently angered by Kachikwu’s seeming lack of empathy and manifest arrogance, said he believed a member of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government “has strayed from the progressive calling required of this administration.”

Angered by Tinubu’s criticism on Kachikwu, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), lambasted Tinubu, saying he lacks the moral right to criticise the minister knowing the role he played in the emergence of the APC-led Federal Government.

Also, in quick defence of the petroleum minister, the spokesperson for the president, Mr Femi Adesina pleaded with Nigerians not to crucify the minister for telling the truth.

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7 Muslim Leaders Allege Forceful Detention By Governor Okowa’s Aide, Demand N10m

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Seven Muslim leaders have written a petition to the Governor of Delta state, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, claiming that they were forcefully detained by his Executive Assistant on Religious Matters, Bishop Nmalagu Greatman, for over 30 minutes.

This is just as the Bishop had invited them to a meeting in his office.

The clerics – Alhaji Abubakar Mumakai-Unagha, Alhaji Wasiu Udi, Alhaji Jubril Jenje, Alhaji Mohammed Kiti, Alhaji Ibrahim Miphoro, Alhaji Yusuf Eregbene and Alhaji Muhammadu Okotie – are demanding a sum of N10m in compensation and an apology from the governor’s aide, in three national newspapers within 14 days or risk legal action.

According to the petitioners, “For over 30 minutes, we were locked up and despite pleas, we were kept in the office against our fundamental human rights to freedom of movement, association, liberty and dignity of life, under section 33, 34, 35, 40 and 41 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 and Article XIII and XX of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, and we hereby demand N10 million from the governor’s aide or we will take legal action against him, 14 days from today (yesterday).”

They also claimed that, “When eventually the door was opened, some of us had collapsed and fainted due to suffocation and trauma which we passed through and those of us who fainted were subsequently rushed to a nearby clinic for medical attention.”

Neither the Governor, nor Bishop Greatman had responded to the allegation as efforts to reach them for comment proved abortive as at press time.

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Critics Can’t Sway El-Rufai To Withdraw Religious Bill – Aide

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In spite of the criticism and public outcry that trailed Nasiru El-Rufai’s controversial religious bill, the Special Adviser to the Kaduna State Governor on Political Affairs, Malam Uba Sani has maintained that the governor will not backtrack on his programmes for the state.

READ ALSO: Another Cleric Gives El-Rufai Ultimatum, ’Withdraw Religious Bill Or Face God’s Wrath’

Speaking to pressmen in Kaduna on Monday, Sani blamed mischief makers of being responsible for some of the criticisms against the El-Rufai’s policies.

READ ALSO: VIDEO: Pastor Warns El Rufai To Revoke Preaching Restriction Law Or Die

He said, “We are not going to get tired of explaining to our people that all the policies, programmes as well as legislations currently being implemented or about to be implemented by the El Rufai administration will always be in the best interest of the state. They will also be for the good of the people who overwhelmingly elected the governor into office.

“You may accuse Governor El-Rufai of anything but you‎ don’t even have to know him too well to deduce that the governor is not the type to be swayed by any form or shade of primordial religious sentiments.”

“The governor has deep knowledge of the state and knows how easy it is for persons who do not mean well for the state, to orchestrate negative religious issues given the seemingly sharp religious divide in the state.”

“The bill in question is not even a new law, as some persons are making it appear. This law has existed since 1984, with amendments in 1987 and 1996.”

READ ALSO: El-Rufai Seeks 2-Year Jail Term For Unlicensed Religious Preachers In Kaduna

He added: “Recall that at some point, Kaduna State became notorious for religious riots and there was the compelling need to resort to all legal means possible to tackle this matter that never does anyone any good.

“Hence the amendment of this law, that is aimed at stemming religious extremism. So, like we have severally explained, in further amending this law, the government is only seeking to discourage the use of religion for violence and division.”

READ ALSO: Apostle Johnson Insists That Governor El Rufai Will ‘Die!’

Kindly note however, that this law does not in any way abridge, threaten or violate the freedom of worship as enshrined in the constitution of our great country.”

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APC, The Real Threat To Nigeria’s Security – Fayose Fires Back

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In a swift comeback, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has referred to the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the real threat to the security of Nigeria and its people.

READ ALSO: APC Declares Fayose A Threat To National Security

On Monday, in a statement, the APC described the recent utterances and actions of the governor as threats to national security, adding that Fayose’s perceived unguided statements had exposed him as fighting for selfish motives in order to create instability in an already tottering economy.

In a swift reaction on Tuesday, the governor, via his Special Assistance on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said, “it is only in Nigeria that a party that ran Ekiti State aground in four years and was rejected in six straight elections by the people can still be talking.”

“The major threat to national security is a party that lost election since June 21, 2014 and still trying to get back to power, using crude means including turning itself to the mouthpiece of the Department of State Services (DSS).”

“The question that Nigerians must ask the APC Spokesperson in Ekiti State, Taiwo Olatunbosun is whether he now doubles as the DSS spokesperson.

“In the last three weeks, everything the APC speculated that the DSS was going to do was exactly what the security agency did and that has reinforced the belief that the DSS was working in collaboration with the APC in Ekiti State to destabilise the Fayose-led government.

“It is also a fact that the chairman of APC in Ekiti State, Chief Jide Awe who is standing trial for murder was hosted to a dinner in the Presidential Villa while TKO Aluko on whose bench warrant was issued for alleged perjury is going about with armed security men.”

Fayose’s spokesperson insisted that no organisation is qualified as a threat to the security of Nigeria other than the APC that was compromising major government institutions, including DSS such that functionaries of the party were now the ones telling the security agency who to arrest and detained indefinitely in Ekiti State.

According to him, a party like the APC that its government kept silent when over 400 Agatus were killed by Fulani herdsmen in Benue State and women were raped, farmlands destroyed by the herdsmen in other parts of the country cannot be anything other than threat to national security.

“Or what should Nigeria call a party that caused the murder of over 20 Nigerians, including Youth Corp member in Bayelsa and Rivers States just because of desperation to win elections?

“When you try to truncate democratically elected government, deny Nigerians rights to fair hearing by detaining them indefinitely and disobey court orders, while also failing to conduct free and fair elections, what is such a government inviting other than breakdown of law and order? And what should such a party in power be called other than security threat to Nigeria?” he asked.

The spokesperson to the governor also urged leaders of the APC in Ekiti State, especially former governor, Kayode Fayemi to stop falling prey to political 419, whom he said were collecting millions of Naira from them, claiming to be helping them to fight Governor Fayose.

 “Instead of lavishing millions of Naira on TKO Aluko and others, they should rather use such money to empower the remnants of their party members in Ekiti State who are in dire need of financial help,” the spokesman said.

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Of Tyrants, Martyrs And Heroes (2) – Fani-Kayode

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It is with the foregoing in mind that we must examine and critically analyse the performance of the Buhari administration. I have nothing personally against President Muhammadu Buhari and, as he knows, I have the utmost respect for his office.

Yet, like Oliver Cromwell and Sir Thomas More, despite the sign of the times and the hazards and perils of standing against injustice and tyranny, we must rid ourselves of our fears and speak the bitter truth. And that truth is as follows.

READ ALSO: Of Tyrants, Martyrs And Heroes (1) – Fani-Kayode

The more our government persecutes its perceived enemies, the more they are sowing the seeds of disintegration in our country. The more they oppress and attempt to intimidate those they seek to silence and subjugate, the more they engender anger, rebellion, alienation, enmity and division.

Nobody wishes to be part of a country in which apartheid, genocide, ethnic cleansing, islamisation, state-sponsored terror, religious bigotry and the selective application of justice is alive and well. Nobody wishes to be part of a contraption which seeks to empower and strengthen a tiny minority and which seeks to impoverish and enslave a pliant and docile majority.

If you want a country to remain united you do not go out of your way to kill, destroy, intimidate and tell lies about those that oppose you, that criticize you and that are not in your political party.

You do not attempt to relegate Christianity into being regarded as a weak, inconsequential and second rate faith. You do not burn the cross and attempt to shame our faith. You do not drag our nation into a military coalition of Sunni Muslim countries. You do not refer to concerned Christians as “religious bigots”.

If you want your country to remain together you do not get into bed with the Jihadists. You do not refuse to condemn the heinous activities of your kinsmen, the Fulani militants and herdsmen.

You do not tolerate the banning of preaching in public places, the banning of all-night prayers or the licensing and pulling down of churches anywhere in the country.

You do not condemn the bombing in Brussels and remain silent about the massacre in Agatu, the slaughter of the Igbo in the east and the mass murder of the Shia in Zaria. You do not behave like the King of the North and instead you conduct yourself like the President of Nigeria.

If you want your country to remain together you do not try to convict and jail your opponents for no just cause or attempt to silence them with sensational, salacious and baseless allegations and lies.

You do not use the security agencies to insult and threaten them on a daily basis and attempt to demonize them with half truths and mendacity before the entire world.

You do not impoverish the people with half-baked and ill-conceived economic and fiscal policies which have resulted in untold hardship, an unprecedented economic recession, high food and fuel prices, endless fuel queues, high electricity tariffs, the exile of the U.S. dollar, the unofficial devaluation of the naira, high unemployment and the lowest generation of electrical power since 1999.

You do not tell your people that you are ”not a magician” and that they have to live with the debilitating and traumatic fuel queues up until May.

​​You do not tell the Nigerian people to hold the vandals that are sabotaging our pipelines responsible for the lack of electricity that we are suffering and the perpetual darkness that we have found ourselves in. You do not throw 76 hardworking farmers in police cells in Enugu simply because they attempted to defend their wives, children and farms from the rampaging, lustful and bloodthirsty clutches of the Fulani militants and herdsmen.

If you want your country to remain together you do not tell your people that you will import Brazilian grass and establish grazing lands and settlements for Fulani herdsmen in the south.

You do not say that as a testimony of your so-called ”monumental efforts” to save the nation and as part of your contribution to national and international development our country will start producing toothpicks in 2018.

You do not say that we will send a man into space in 2030 when we can’t even produce enough petrol and refined products to fuel our cars and meet our local needs in 2016.

If you want your country to remain together you do not implement an economic policy that is nonsensical, counter-productive and irrational, that drives away foreign and local investment, that has killed the manufacturing and industrial sector, that has crippled farmers and the agricultural sector and that has turned us into a nation of poverty-stricken paupers and destitute beggars.

You do not implement a foreign policy that has turned us into the joke of the African continent, the laughing stock of the civilized world and the lackey of the Arab world.

You do not use your Armed Forces to intimidate your people or your AK-47-wielding ethnic militias to kill, crush and terrorize those that you consider to be subhuman slaves and second class citizens.

You do not attempt to break the spirit of those that refuse to worship you and bow down before you with brutal aggression and naked intimidation.

If you want your country to remain together you do not demonise President Goodluck Jonathan and leading members of the PDP and attempt to break them, humiliate them and destroy their legacy.

You do not lock up Col. Sambo Dasuki and Mr. Nnamdi Kanu indefinately, ignore court orders that have ordered their release and throw away the keys of their dungeons and cells.

You do not provoke God by using the machinery of state to ruin the name and annihilate the families, homes and lives of those that you hate and those that oppose you even though you know that they are innocent of any wrongdoing.

​You do not denigrate and unleash your thugs on the people of the Niger Delta and you do not attempt to turn Nigeria into Africa’s North Korea.

These things that you insist on doing do not breed love, peace, joy, hope and unity: they breed hate. They also breed bitterness, defiance, suspicion, fear and rage and ultimately they will result in civil unrest and a bitter and prolonged conflict.

I do not believe in violence and neither do I call for or support the idea of an armed struggle. I am a man of peace and like Sir Winston Churchill, the United Kingdom’s greatest Prime Minister, once said I believe “jaw jaw is better than war war”. I do not subscribe to the logic of force and instead I believe in the force of logic.

However when a people are pushed up against a wall and when a government has as its primary objective the silencing and cowering of the opposition and the destruction and humiliation of leading opposition figures, things begin to change very quickly.

When dreams are shattered, when hearts are broken, when children weep, when widows mourn, when tempers flair, when hearts harden and when blood boils, the center cannot hold and things fall apart.

When men cry through the night for the future of their nation and when women wail in despair because there is no hope for their children, the center cannot hold and things fall apart.

Where the voice of reason is drowned, when lawful opposition is reigned in, when peaceful dissent is silenced and when the fury of violence becomes inevitable, the center cannot hold and things fall apart.

History proves that those angry young men and women that do not believe that they have a future in a united Nigeria and that do not share or care for our disposition for peaceful dialogue will eventually say “enough is enough” and rise up like an all-powerful, angry and erupting volcano.

They will push the rational and reasonable aside and they will pick up their weapons of war in a desperate attempt to break the yoke of slavery and liberate themselves from the bondage of servitude.

Let us pray that it never comes to that. Let us trust God that restraint and good reason will prevail. Let us hope that we settle our differences in a peaceful manner.

Let us pray that those that hold the reigns of power today will eventually change their ways. Let us hope that they remember that they will not be there forever.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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APC Declares Fayose A Threat To National Security

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The Ekiti State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the recent behaviour and utterances of Governor Ayodele Fayose, as constituting a serious threat to national security.

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State

A statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Monday by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Olatunbosun, alleged that Fayose’s perceived unguided statements suggest acts of sabotage targeted at rendering national institutions ineffective in order to create instability in an already tottering economy.

He said that Mr. Fayose’s unguided serial statements had exposed him as a man fighting a lone battle against the Federal Government over alleged selfish motives.

The statement cited the governor’s alleged death wish for President Muhammadu Buhari at a rally held at Fajuyi Square, Ado-Ekiti, over the weekend to welcome the detained member of the House of Assembly, Akanni Afolabi, to the state capital as a case study.

The statement reads: “We have heard of reports of Governor Fayose inciting the people to stone the operatives of the DSS anywhere they are seen. This is besides saying many unprintable things about the President, such as that he (Buhari) would soon die, and declaring the DG of DSS, Lawal Musa Daura personal non-grata in Ekiti State.

It is regrettable that Fayose cannot separate his personal views as a man constantly at war with the Nigerian law from the views of lawful Ekiti people, who are ready to submit themselves to the Nigerian law where the rule of law and good governance flourish.”

He further accused the governor of running a government built on his personal image, the APC said this misconception had “robbed Ekiti people the quality leadership with the right mindset to see governance beyond the prism of self-glorification”.

“This failure to see governance beyond personal appeal of the governor is costing our state good governance for the development of our people and her deserved place of honour in this country. That is why the governor is wasting state resources on helicopter charter to ferry an accused person, Akanni Afolabi, from Abuja to Ekiti after which he took six pages of several newspapers on frivolous adverts to publish court records on the accused’s bail application and topped it with the donation of a new car to same Akanni, who is still under investigation over several criminal cases.

“Fayose has appointed himself national opposition leader just because he wants to help himself in his many criminal cases against the nation’s law.”

Neither the governor, nor his aides or the state government had yet responded to the APC statement.

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Boko Haram In Trouble As 10,000 Hunters Seek Clearance To Raid Sambisa Forest

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More than 10,000 local hunters from the North-east of Nigeria converged during the weekend in Adamawa State for their annual oath-taking festival, known as Salala in the local parlance.

During the oath-taking festivity, the hunters – clad in their warfare attires, with their local gun dangling over their shoulders – pleaded with the federal government to make use of them in the ongoing war against Boko Haram terrorism and other social vices.

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Muhammad Tola, the leader of the hunters in Adamawa, who claimed the hunters had so far played significant roles in the fight against Boko Haram, said hunters were familiar with the terrain in dreaded forests, like the Sambisa forest.

He said: “We are ready to pursue the terrorists because we know the terrain very well.”

“We are appealing to the military authorities to allow us join the fight against Boko Haram at the Sambisa forest.”

“We remain one big family devoid of religious or tribal sentiments, that is why you can see over 10,000 hunters from Taraba, Gombe, Bauchi, Borno, Yoba and Adamawa converged for this epoch-making event.”

He stressed that the hunters needed the government to assist them with ammunition, transportation and logistics.

The Salala festival also had female hunters in attendance.

The leader of the female hunters, Aisha Bakari Gombi, said securing the society was a fight for everyone, irrespective of gender, so “this is a clarion call. We all must make sacrifices.”

This is just as the Chief Hunter of Borno State, Mallam Maigana Maidurma, yesterday, renewed his appeal to the military to allow hunters in the state join the fight against Boko Haram in Sambisa Forest.

He said: “We are renewing our call on the military authorities to allow us join the search for Boko Haram elements in their Sambisa forest hideout. We are ready to pursue the terrorists because we know the terrain.”

“We know that it is true that the Boko Haram terrorists are in the habit of burying landmines to prevent encroachment into their hideout. But we believe that we can work in collaboration with local vigilantes, called Civilian JTF, to overrun them.

“Hunters from all 27 Borno local governments are all in Maiduguri with our leaders, doing nothing at present because of Boko Haram. Rather than idling away, we will want to assist the military in crushing Boko Haram terrorists.”

He said that the hunters were not afraid of any danger because most of them have supernatural powers, which will come in handy in the fight.

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