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ASMATA Calls on Buhari to Retain Ikonne

Ikonne

The Chairman of Abia State Amalgamated Traders Association, Chief Lucky Akubueze, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore the contrived publication by an “unknown Ariaria International Market stakeholder” calling for Paul Ikonne the Executive Secretary of National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA), to be removed from office.

Addressing newsmen in Aba on Monday, Chief Akubueze described the publication as political mischief sponsored by those who do not wish the President and Abia traders well as Prince Ikonne whom he described as one of those who brought the All Progressives Congress (APC) to Abia State is one of the best representatives of the party and the President in the state.

He further described Prince Ikonne as one of only few credible politicians in APC in Abia State with very large following and commitment to the party and expressed appreciation to the President for approving Ariaria Independent Power project which has helped to imporve business activities in the market. While appealing to the President to extend the IPP to other key markets in Abia State, Chief Akubueze assured him of the unflinching support of the people.

How APC leaders frittered away N15 trillion under Buhari–PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Wednesday chided the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, over what it called the ruling party’s attempt to cover some of its leaders who siphoned and frittered over N15 trillion from the national coffers, instead of advising President Muhammadu Buhari to recover the looted funds from them.

In a statement signed by Kola Ologbondiyan, spokesman of the party, the PDP said the alleged cover up “is a classical case of corruption in the APC fighting back and justifying its loathsome activities.”

The statement read: “Since the APC has now turned itself into the mouthpiece in defence for the stolen N15 trillion, our party invites Nigerians to also hold the Mai Buni-led APC leadership accountable for this humongous treasury looting, which is responsible for escalated unemployment, collapse of infrastructure and hardship in our nation.”

“PDP asserts the shameful attempt by the APC National Caretaker Committee to justify and provide cover for looters in their party at a time over 40 million Nigerians have lost their means of livelihood, with many more living in abject poverty because of the unbridled widespread looting by APC leaders, further confirms that the APC is an irredeemable citadel of corruption.

“It is not surprising that the Governor Mai Mai Buni-led APC leadership has become the mouthpiece for the treasury looters in their party, whose conduct has brought our nation to its knees in the last five years.

“We invite the new spokesperson in the APC to answer to the leaked NNPC official memo which detailed how a whooping N9.3 trillion was stolen by alleged APC leaders as well as the reported N1.1 trillion worth of crude allegedly stolen with 18 unregistered ship belonging to certain APC leaders.

“This is in addition to the reports in the public space of over N3 trillion stolen from various agencies including the Federal Inland Revenue Services, FIRS, National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, the Social Investment Programmes where the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, exposed that N500 billion was siphoned as well as the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA)l, in which a very top APC government official was indicted.

“The APC spokesperson should answer the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, over its recent report that unemployment had escalated to an alarming 33.3 per cent under the corrupt and treasury looting APC administration; a revelation that shows that claims of massive job creation by the deceptive APC are mere statistic hoax.

“Furthermore, the APC mouthpiece should respond to reports by credible international bodies such as Transparency International (TI) that corruption in Nigeria has worsened under the APC, with our nation falling 13 places in the corruption index since 2015 under the watch of their “Mr. Integrity”

“It is clear that the APC is seeking ways to cover the looting of N15 trillion belonging to our nation as Nigerians are clamoring for the investigation of the indicted APC leaders and recovery of the money.”

WE NEED THIS COUNTRY, WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK FOR ITS STABILITY, SAYS PRESIDENT BUHARI

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja said that the stability of the country is of paramount interest to him and Federal Government will continue to work towards it despite the actions of a few people.

Receiving a delegation of Borno/Yobe Elders Forum on a courtesy call, President Buhari said: “We need this country. We will continue to work for its stability. I feel that whatever happens, we will continue to make it, and will keep on praying to God so that for those who feel that they don’t need Nigeria, we will succeed over their intentions and actions.”
The President attributed the upheavals in some parts of the country to a few people with resources and influence, assuring that they will be identified and dealt with in due course.

“I am confident that we will eventually convince the small number of people with resource and influence that are a nuisance to this great country. God willing, we will identify them, and deal with them. I am extremely concerned about your constituency like the rest of the country.”

President Buhari noted the request for the upgrade and development of infrastructure in the states and assured that while he would do his best in acceding to the requests, he would however, prioritise development in education.

“We are aware of the infrastructure deficit. Our priorities will be education because all our citizens know that children within a certain age must receive it otherwise if they miss it, the future is destroyed.”

He expressed appreciation to the leaders for coming to terms with the positive improvement that has occurred in the states since the inception of the administration.

In his remarks, Professor Babagana Zulum, Governor of Borno State, said the leaders were in Abuja to thank the President for the tremendous improvement in their states and to intimate him with some of the prevailing socio-economic conditions.

Also speaking at the event, Architect Ibrahim Bunu and Gambo Gubio expressed appreciation to the President as well as the armed forces for their commitment and sacrifices in bringing a new lease of life to the Northeast. They requested for completion of long-standing infrastructure and on-going projects in the states, especially roads.

They also called on the President to continue oil exploration in the Chad Basin initiated when he was the Minister of Petroleum in the 70s and the recharging of the Lake Chad which the President is passionate about.

Also on the delegation were Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, former Governor Kashmir Shettima of Borno State, as well as senators, traditional rulers and elders in the two states.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
February 16, 2021.

Sacked service chiefs corrupt, incompetent, nepotistic, abused human rights;new chiefs must secure Nigeria – Activist Eholor

Ace human rights activist crusader and President of One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Osagie Eholor has played the appointment of new service chiefs in the country.

Eholor, who is also popularly known as Ultimate Equals, and the Democracy Observer-General of the Federal Republic expressed his position in a Press Brief he sent to our newsroom this morning.

While commending President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing the new service chiefs, he accused the sacked security chief of being knee-deep into incompetence, corruption, nepotism, highhandedness and a history of human rights abuses.

He stated: “Let me start by saying that it became apparent early in the life of this regime that the set of Security Chiefs now sacked by Buhari had no zeal to fight and secure the nation. These men were purely businessmen in uniform who came to make money from insecurity rather than securing the nation.

“Under their tenure, insurgency, banditry and kidnapping spread like wild fire from the North East to the North West, North Central, South West, South South and South East zones of the country.

“The Service Chiefs were incompetent, clueless, corrupt and practiced nepotism and anti democratic in all their dealings.

“The rising spate of insecurity in the country can be attributed to the retention for far too long of the incompetent Service Chiefs by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“I think he allowed them for too long because they were doing his bidding by protecting his office and that of the cabals.

“They lost battle as the men in their various theatres became lame duck easily attacked by the insurgents as a result of insufficient armaments as a result of the corrupt men leading the armed forces.

“Therefore, it’s good riddance to bad rubbish. Nigerians won’t miss them. I urge the EFCC to investigate all their dirty deals and bring them to book.

“Furthermore, I think the new Service Chiefs which include Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff, are experienced enough judging by their profile. I believe that they would be able to turn the tide on insecurity in the country in no distant time.

“The new Service Chiefs should shun politics and use their new positions to work selflessly for the peace and security of the country.

“Lastly, the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari must continue to fund the military and their men by increasing their salaries and benefits to enable them compete favorably with their counterparts all over the world.

“You can’t send a hungry and angry man to secure you and be happy. There must be extra motivations to enable them discharge their duties effectively”, Eholor stated.

Enough is enough! 3 million Fulanis cannot continue to hold 200 million Nigerians to ransom

Frontline social rights activist and president of One Love Foundation, Comrade Patrick Eholor has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari must call Fulani herdsmen to order to avoid the looming crises they have created, and a possible civil war.
Eholor in a telephone interview this morning, argued that the Fulani is a minority in population holding Nigeria by the jugular, and must never be allowed to continue to cause mayhem across the country.
Accusing the president’s media adviser Femi Adesina and the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo of complicity in the ongoing crises in the South West, Eholor, who is also popularly known as Ultimate Equals called for the sack of the service chiefs, and the legalization of firearms for citizens to defend themselves.
His words “General TY Danjuma once said that the Fulani are about 3milliom in population. And it may interest you that we are over 200 million, even though it wasn’t captured by the census commission.

“How can you be allowing 3 million people to be controlling and leading us to doom in this country? Sunday Igboho of Oyo State has said that because the Federal Government can no longer protect them, they are giving the herdsmen seven days to vacate their forests. The Ondo State governor also said the same thing. Unfortunately, Femi Adesina has sold his birthright by keeping quiet while his kinsmen are slaughtered.
“The same goes for Vice President Osinbajo, who is just there doing nothing. We know what a civil war is. We have fought one and know that casualties will suffer from both sides. There is no country in the world that has fought civil war twice and recovered. Look at Somalia today.
“Somali may never recover again. For the sake of peace, for the sake of sanity, let President Muhammadu Buhari drop nepotism and favouritism. Let him know what is right and what is fair, and do it for this country.
“Nnamdi Kanu is also there talking about marginalization. Niger Delta states are marginalized. Ndoma people are being enslaved. I am from South south, Edo. We see a lot of robbery and kidnapping and rape by herdsmen. A video went viral today, where a bus was abandoned along Benin-Ora road. Kidnappers came there and took away the passengers, telling their people to pay ransom.
“It has happened so many times and I am saying that I am tired. Are we living in a banana republic or are we still living in a country? In order for us to take our country back, I think President Muhammadu Buhari has to show respect for the rule of law.
“It also is worthy to note that the issue of self protection can never be wished away. It is a universal law that people have to protect themselves. So if President Muhammadu Buhari can no longer protect us, if he can no longer trust his government, if we are at the mercy of criminals, the we must be allowed to carry guns, and other weapons to protect ourselves. Enough is enough. Nigeria is sitting on the keg of a gunpowder. I hope it doesn’t escalate. If it does, it will consume the rich and the poor. War is not friendly.
“If they do not want to solve this problem by calling for a referendum, then they must be ready to build more prisons, and buy more guns to kill their citizens, because we are not going to relent.”, he stated.

Why you must sack the Service Chiefs: Eholor writes President Buhari

The intention of this letter is actually to appeal to the service chiefs to turn up their letters of voluntary retirement after they have served their mandatory tenures and another extended year of service.

Since their stay in office is at the discretion of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, I have rather decided to write this letter, appealing to you in the spirit of fairness, standard procedure and progression in the service to allow the longest-serving service chiefs go after exceeding their run-out dates (ROD), which is the mandatory 35 years of military service, and the additional discretionary extension, which is generally time-bound.

As you are aware Mr. President, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Abayomi Olonisakin from Ekiti was born on December 2, 1961. He enrolled at the Nigerian Military School, Zaria in 1973 and later joined the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) as a member of the 25th Regular Course. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1981.

The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas from Nko, Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River, was born on September 27, 1960. He enlisted into the NDA as a member of 26th Regular Course on June 20, 1979 and was commissioned a sub-lieutenant on January 1, 1983.

Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar from Bauchi was born on April 8, 1960 in Azare, Bauchi State. He joined the Nigerian Air Force as a member of the Cadet Military Training Course (CMTC 5) in November 1979.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai from Borno was born on November 24, 1960. In January 1981, he attended the NDA as a member of the 29th Regular Course (29 RC). He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on December 17, 1983.

As you may be aware Mr. President, apart from attaining the ROD, the tenures of the defence and service chiefs have since expired, going by the revised Armed Forces of Nigeria Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service (HTACOS) for officers.

In Section 09.08 of the said HTACOS, which is the authoritative and official service order in the military, it is stated that, “An officer appointed to the substantive appointment of the Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff and the Chief of Air Staff will hold the appointment for a continuous period of two years. The appointment could be extended for another two years from the date of expiration of the initial two-year period.”

The service chiefs were first appointed in July 2015 and their tenures were extended for an additional two years in 2017, which finally expired in 2019 before another extension. It has always been the standard practice, since the return of democratic governance to Nigeria in 1999, for service chiefs to be in office for a maximum term of two years, except on a few occasions of discretionary extension by Mr. President, after which replacements are made.

The retention of the chiefs stagnates the careers of other senior officers and induces unfair early mature retirements, in the absence of vacancies at the topmost echelons of the services.

As in the practice in the past, the exit of a service chief automatically impels the departure of their course mates from the service, such that officers who are next in seniority, such as the chiefs of various corps and departments at the service headquarters; general officers commanding; commandants; brigade commanders; and directors then experience an upward movement in their careers.

As it is now, at least five sets, and generations of regular course (RC) members, including those in the 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st, 32nd and 33rd courses, with the exception of Lt. General Adeosun, have left the service without any of them attaining the highest military positions in their various services. There is likelihood that those of the 33rd and 34th courses may also not have the privilege of producing a service chief among them if this trend continues. With limited vacancy, only a few officers can be promoted, while several other brilliant officers would be forced to go on retirement.
Meanwhile, after staying for more than four years, with adequate resources provided to the military chiefs for procurements, recruitments and the training of personnel, they have performed to the best of their abilities, yet recent developments call for more strategic thinking, fresh ideas and a change in the administration and style of managing generations of military talents.

The international community has been raising concerns about disturbing trends from the end of last year into the beginning of the new year (2020) pertaining to the steady reversal in the fortunes of our troops in the hands of terrorists.

The European Parliament, the legislative branch of the European Union (EU), observed that there has not been any significant progress in the fight against the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists. The Parliament, in its resolution of January 16, 2020, remarked that the security situation in Nigeria has deteriorated significantly, with insurgents turning the Maiduguri-Damaturu and surrounding routes into an extended death zone.

In the same vein, the United Nations (UN) had expressed outrage over the scale and intensity of the attacks carried out by the suspected insurgents against its facilities and other targets in parts of North-East Nigeria. The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon strongly condemned attacks on its humanitarian hub.

There is also the alarming Global Terrorism Index of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), which ranked Nigeria as the third country with the highest level of terrorist activity in 2019, after Iran and Afghanistan.

Some of these reports are not only distressing in terms of the upsurge in the insurgency but have been very embarrassing, as terrorists are not only going for soft targets but staging ambushes against our gallant troops while attacking military facilities. In some instances, civilians, as well as soldiers, have been either abducted or killed by the cowardly but deadly terrorists.

In other climes, including Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad and the Niger Republic, such incidents usually necessitate the replacement of service chiefs under whose leadership there are repeat assaults and losses of lives of troops in the hands of terrorists.

While I believe the service chiefs have good intentions and have done their best, I suggest they leave when the ovations are loudest and in order to allow fresh ideas to come into the management of our national security, whilst encouraging progression and the promotion of deserving officers in the armed forces.

This will also inspire in a coming generation of officers, the hope of their finding ultimate career fulfilment in the armed forces, after decades of sacrifice.

Mr President, It is also imperative that you listen to the yearnings of the masses that the service chiefs are completely bereft of fresh ideas to tackle the high level of insecurity in Nigeria despite the improved funding of the military.

It’s very glaring to all that in spite of the funding of the military and the assurances they gave Nigerians that things would change, nothing seems to have changed.

The worsening security situation in the country is further reinforcing the urgent need to inject new hands with fresh ideas to handle the nation’s security architecture. I’m sure they’ve ran out of excuses and it’s time for them to go.

The idea of keeping these service chiefs in office is raising suspicions in some quarters that they are only in office to protect your interest which is keeping in power.
Mr President, it is also very important to inform you that Nigerians are disappointed with your Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria(SAN) and a lawyer. He has failed Nigerians woefully for failing to advise you properly on issues related to our constitution and rule of law.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo should apologise to Nigerians for not helping you to promote the rule of law. He has disappointed the masses and the people are not happy with him.

Finally, let me use this opportunity to wish you a blissful Christmas celebration and a wonderful new year in advance.

Chief Patrick Osagie Eholor is the Global President of One Love Foundation. He is also the Democracy Observer-General General, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Eholor condemns violence, looting, hijack of #EndSARS struggle by Nnamdi Kanu, says Buhari’s speech uninspiring

With reports of violence, looting and destruction of properties across Nigeria due to the unrest caused by the #ENDSARS protest, the Global President of One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Osagie Eholor has condemned it describing the situation as unfortunate and regrettable.

Eholor in a media chat in Benin City, said he also observed with dismay the hijacking of the protest by irresponsible and divisive elements like the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu whose utterances and unguided vituperation led to vandalization of properties, thuggery and looting of both government and private properties in disguise of protest across Nigeria.
Over 10 police stations were burnt down across the nation

“The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu cannot come in disguise to hijack the genuine #endsars protest. We will not allow him to do that. People fought for one Nigeria. We are going to remain one Nigeria. Our problem is not about tribe or ethnicity. Our problem is about bad leadership. Now the people have finally wake up to say they want their right because their right is their life. That’s what we should focus on not on Nnamdi Kanu. For me, I don’t take him serious. If you’re a serious person who wants to agitate for your people you should be here for the struggle just like as I am here for the struggle. That’s what they call a patriot and a democrat. Kanu is just a rabble-rouser.”

“It’s most imperative to note that, I supports in all sincerity the betterment of Nigeria especially with governance as agitated for by the youths, but it is quite unfortunate that unscrupulous elements including those outside the country are making inciting and divisive statements, thereby hijacking the process to unleash mayhem and anarchy by creating unnecessary pandemonium.

“Following the unfortunate event of the Leeki shootings on unarmed #ENDSARS protesters which was condemned by all including myself, as I share in the plights and grievances of the youths especially those that lost their lives, but it’s inhumane and barbaric to destroy properties of individuals and government as witnessed across the country.”

“The youths should embrace dialogue or continue protesting in a peaceful and civil manner like I did at the US Embassy. Destruction of properties won’t give us the needed results.”

On President Muhammadu Buhari ‘s speech yesterday, Eholor said the speech was boring, uninspiring and unpresidential.

“At a time like this, I expected the President to act like a father by bringing the youths to a round table. As usual, it was uninspiring an boring. Lives were lost due to the Lekki shootings and the President failed to say a word on it.”

The Whisperer

PROTESTS: Buhari, Security HEADS In Emergency Meeting In Aso Rock.

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting with the Service Chiefs and heads of security agencies at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Although the agenda of the meeting is yet to be made public, it may not be unconnected to the ongoing nationwide protests against police brutality, especially the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, a unit of the Nigerian Police Force and the Tuesday night shooting of protesters at Lekki, Lagos State

Present at the meeting are the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olanishakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Yusuf Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Abas and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar.

President Buhari appoints former Super Eagles striker, Daniel Amokachi as Special Assistant on Sports

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed former Super Eagles striker and Nigerian Football Ambassador, Daniel Amokachi as the Special Assistant on Sports.

This was confirmed by Buhari’s Special Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmaad.

Ahmaad tweeted: “President Buhari has appointed former Super Eagles striker and Nigerian Football Ambassador, Daniel Amokachi as the Special Assistant on Sports.”

South East Group threatens legal action against FG over $22.7B loan

Amaka Ani, Enugu

The National Coordinator of South-East Response Team (SOREST), Comrade Aku Obinna on Wednesday, June 25 said his organisation would exhaust all alternatives against the President Muhammadu Buhari for marginalising South East of Nigeria.

Briefing journalists at a Press Conference in Enugu, Aku wondered why it has become a tradition for the APC led federal government to continually and deliberately marginalise and discriminate against Ndi Igbo. He argued that since 2015, it has been one exclusion after another in infrastructure, appointments and other dividends of democracy.

According to him, “We want to draw your attention to the vexatious continuous marginalization and discrimination against the South East people by the President Buhari administration. As we are all aware, shortly after President Buhari was sworn into office for his first tenure, he told the world through a global medium that his government will treat South Easterners who he perceived and still perceives as not to have massively voted for him during Election unfairly.

“South East have been almost excluded and sidelined in the leadership of the country, the brazen and unchecked extortions of the the South Easterners by the several Federal security outfits road checkpoints and the high number of unaddressed extral judicial killings during peaceful protest.

“Mr President has commenced an action which we see as the height of marginalization and discrimination of his government against the South Easterners. This is the exclusion of the zone from benefiting from the current projects in the twenty two billion, seven hundred million dollars ( $22.7B) loan which the Federal Government is sourcing from several international lending institutions.

“We wish to reiterate our call on President Muhammadu Buhari, the parliament and international creditors to immediately put a hold to this transaction. South East zone should be captured in this project. Unless that is done, SOREST will be bound to take every necessary legal steps towards ensuring that the loan is not accessed”, he said.