#NigeriansHonorOurHeroes: BBOG holds event to celebrate Nigeria’s Fallen Heroes tomorrow.

As earlier announced, tomorrow 12 November 2016 between 5 and 7 pm there shall be a special event to honour the patriotism and sacrifice of Nigerian troops who have passed on, most especially those fighting the counter-insurgency war in Northeast Nigeria. This is to demonstrate how much we Nigerians appreciate them and their families, for effort and sacrifice to keep us protected.

This event shall hold at Unity Fountain Abuja. Formal invitations have gone out to the Ministry of Defence, the Defence, Army, Navy, Air force, and Police headquarters, as well as their respective officers’ wives associations. We are also working with the various associations of ex-servicemen, and non-governmental and civil society organisations (NGOs/CSOs) involved with activities of honouring our heroes.
The key features of tomorrow‘s event include tributes to our heroes by families, friends, colleagues, and citizens. There shall also be prayers, and close with a candlelight procession within the venue.

Kindly make arrangements to attend and invite others. Please share as many images along with names of our departed heroes with the hashtag #NigeriansHonorOurHeroes to show appreciation and honour their memory.

Sesugh Akume
#BringBackOurGirls Spokesperson

Boko Haram: $9bn lost to insurgency in Northeast – Panel

The Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative has said that about $9bn has been lost to the destructive activities of the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

The committee also said that a strategic framework would be inaugurated soon by President Muhammadu Buhari in line with his determination to rebuild the North-East.

The Vice-Chairman of the PCNI, Alhaji Tijani Tumsah, said this on Thursday in Abuja, while briefing journalists on the outcome of its inaugural meeting.

According to him, the focus of the meeting was to discuss the mandate given to the PCNI to fashion out a way that would be most direct in terms of the delivery of that mandate, analyse the enormity of the task and fulfil the presidential mandate to give succour to the people of the North-East.

He however said the committee was not given the mandate to investigate and prosecute the people who allegedly participated in the diversion of relief items meant for the victims of insurgency in the Internally Displaced Persons’ camps.

Tumsah said, “We are not investigating anybody; there are people who are investigating such diversions. I’m glad you mentioned the Senate, the House of Representatives, police and the EFCC. Our mandate, going forward, is to provide a strategic framework for the implementation of all interventions going into the North-East in terms of humanitarian works, resettlement and eventual rebuilding of the North-East.

“In terms of cost, there is an immediate, short-term and long-term view. The entire rebuilding of the North-East, of course, will keep changing. But we do know that a substantial amount of resources estimated at $9bn have been lost to insurgency

“We are going to channel this strategic framework through a document that we have developed, that is going to be launched very soon. It is the plan of President Muhammadu Buhari to rebuild the North-East. That is the strategic implementation going forward.”

Speaking on the money meant for the rebuilding of the North-East, Tumsah said it was donated for a particular purpose – rehabilitation of the victims of terrorism.

Another member of the committee representing the Senate, Ali Ndume, said members of the committee were representatives of the North-East caucus, because of the peculiarities and the objectives for which the PCNI was set up.

Over 5,000 CSOs Support Buhari On War Against Insurgency

Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism, CATE, a coalition of over 5000 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Tuesday in Abuja held a rally in appreciation of the success made by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and the current military leadership in the war against Boko Haram insurgents.


Addressing journalists during the rally which kicked off at the Federal Secretariat and ended at the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Secretary General of the Coalitions, Comrade Daniel Obaje, said since the government of President Buhari came into office, significant progress had been made in addressing the security breaches that had threatened the integrity of Nigeria.


He said areas where Boko Haram once set up camps had been cleared, adding that some displaced persons were already beginning to return to their homeland.


He said: “The Army freed over 5000 persons that the terrorists once held captive even as efforts are being intensified to free those that are yet to regain freedom.

Remnants of the terrorists are risking death to flee across the desert into the Mediterranean. The group in its defeat can only now think of hit and run attacks by drug addled fighters who now increasingly opt to fail in their assignment so that the military can capture them for rehabilitation.


“The recent weeks have seen the higher echelon of Boko Haram decimated with several commanders killed in troops’ operations. Others have been captured, which has left the group being fragmented with split in its leadership. Everything points to a group that has been finished.


We therefore want to urge Mr. President not to relent in continuing with measures that will ensure Boko Haram terrorists are not allowed to regroup anywhere on our territory ever again. In fact, we urge that Nigeria does all that is necessary to make sure these killers do not regroup in Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic, all of which share borders with us.”


Responding on behalf of the SGF, Ibrahim Bapetel Hasan, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to President Buhari on Policy Development Analysis said the report would be passed to the president.

Must Read: New Boko Haram Leader, Al-Barnawi Reveals What Living With Shekau Was Like.

New Boko Haram leader, Musab Al-Barnawi, Friday released a long audio tape in which he accused Shekau of massive corruption and unjustifiable killings of Muslims.


Al-Barnawi, who claimed to be a founding member of the bloody group, alleged that Shekau favoured only himself and his family.


He lamented that Shekau had been busy killing Muslims instead of seeking ways to attack churches and security formations.


He accused Shekau of abandoning the path set by the group’s founder, Mohammed Yusuf.


The new leader recalled that before he was captured and murdered in 2009, Yusuf usually subjected his Friday sermons to vetting by his top aides.


He challenged Shekau to confront his faction and risk his life.


He, however, said if Shekau repents, he will be accepted back in the fold.


Al-Barnawi’S audio tape reads in part, “[Shekau] was boasting that if we attempt to escape from his empire, his men will kill us. He is a liar.


“I am not the only one that left, but eight of us left, all kitchen cabinet members. And right now two other top members are on the way to join us.


“We are all here. The issue of Islam is not personal, there is no sentiment in Islam, and that is why we are here.


“Nobody can dare us or stop us from it, no matter how he brags. Here we are on our own. Can’t you see how we left your empire?


“We left women and everything and just left with guns on our shoulders. We would have crushed anyone that stood on our way.


“We said we would not touch anyone but just go on our way to our religion. We will fight for the cause of Allah and work against personalising Jihad and against unjustifiable killings and shedding of blood.


“We are out because you came out with your own cassette. We want our people to know proper Islam because Allah in the Quran forbids killings without justification.


“Just like Allah gave us power to kill infidels, there are those he said we shouldn’t kill without reason.


“In the Quran, Allah forbade Muslims from killing one another…and he also taught against killing in secret. If it is serious punishment, it must be public for people to know and witness it.

“But once you see killings in secret, there is something fishy and this is what we noticed with Shekau. What he is doing is not Islam.


“He said we should follow him and we agreed, but we later realized it is another thing and we said no. We have to stick to the Quran and what Allah said, not [follow] someone’s waywardness.


“We have vowed to say the truth. If we will be killed, let us be killed. If we will be eaten, let us be eaten up and if we will be roasted, let us be roasted.


“We will not leave our fellow brothers in the dark; this message of mine will get to Sambisa Forest. It will get into Shekau’s house. We have agents that will convey the message no matter how he dislikes it.


“Almighty Allah is against killings of Muslims. Allah is saying better heaven and earth fall than innocent soul of a Muslim, but you have Shekau who likes killing our own people.


“He is always boasting that he will kill, he will kill. Okay, continue to kill, you will also be killed. Who will dwell here forever? Everybody will die. You will also die some day.


“And there is no one that will die without reaching his day of death. You can see we are here alive, all of us here sitting. Anyone that Allah did not kill you cannot kill him. The same way, you cannot stop anyone Allah willed his death.


“That is why when someone boasts to kill a man, the man asks him, ‘Why are you in a haste?’ The man says, ‘If my time has come, you will not stop me from going.’ There are several verses that forbid killing of a fellow Muslim unjustifiably.


“Our vow that we will practice Islam is real. That is why we left our parents, homes, our cars and everything and came to this forest. How can we then agree to see you bringing strange ideologies?


“In one of our Shura meetings, someone asked Shekau how he felt about Muslims running away from their own land to the land of the infidels for their own safety.


“Shekau said [the Muslims] are also infidels and should be killed like the infidels. These people are not infidels, they are Muslims running for their lives, and he insisted that they are infidels and should be killed.


“Shekau is ignorant of the fact that it is forbidden for a Muslim to be killed after being chased out of Islamic Caliphate to a strange land and [when the Muslim] has not taken part in any conspiracy against Muslims.


“[Shekau] is ignorant and needs to be taught the rudiments of Islam. Islam is not his creation. Only Allah defines who is a Muslim and who is an infidel.


“Even if you travel to a foreign land, you have no jurisdiction to say who is who until you have a basis. Anywhere you go you can’t say who is who. You can’t kill and take away people’s properties.


“We fled from him with our religion for good. It is there in the books, when you are not allowed to do Islam you have the liberty to flee and follow what you know is right.


“Shekau, we did not touch you, don’t touch us. If you touch us we will touch you and we are many against you. We have people in your house and even your present hideout.


“You don’t know us enough; we are ready for anyone to kill us, even if it is infidels, for so long as we will make heaven and be before Allah. That is why we are countering the false ideology you are spreading.


“[Shekau] said he is looking for our information. We also have your information and we are close to you. What kind of thing is this? There were states we captured as part of the Islamic Caliphate and you allowed men to be looting property.


“We told you and you did not take action. We don’t know this brand of Jihad; you kill children, women and bomb people. We should be looking for infidels and not our own people. How can we be killing people in the mosques when there are churches, barracks?


“It is nonsense and Allah will ask you [about it] if you don’t repent. Another thing is, [Shekau] is interpreting verses with his own opinions and the cassettes are being spread. Stop interpreting the Quran with your own opinion. We who lived with [Shekau] knew his conduct.


What is not in the Hadith, he will insist that it is there. Kai, Imam, all these interpretations are your own creation. Please go and seek education and knowledge from those that know.


“Nobody should believe him. People should see understanding and not depend on his lies.


“Haba Imam, have you forgotten our past? Is this how we started? You forgot your days in our learning place with your two items of clothing, learning under the tree? And today you are arrogant and killing your own people because you have now got an empire?


“You forgot how you rushed to pass a verdict over the case of a man over sheep? And you rushed a judgment that saw the man’s hand amputated. The same thing happened in Bama.


“Five of us were sitting, and the issue came up of some fighters who married slaves. He quickly said they should be killed. The killings spread to eleven persons. Later on, the allegation turned out to be false.


“Some fighters murmured and said there would be no peace with his injustices. And all these are not part of Islam.


“People complained of several acts, but because [Shekau] was enjoying power he refused to take action. Who killed the Malam in Banki? Is it not you that killed him? The same thing happened to a man you brought inside and killed.


“You forgot one day I told you that your wives are not aware that their husbands are alive. You dismissed me with a wave of hand. And you said their husbands should be killed.


“Is it not you that killed them? Are you not the one that killed Malam Abdulmalik? He is popularly known as Baba Abdulmalik, and you killed him.


“And you are killing them secretly when, in Islam, there is nothing like secret killings even of an infidel. Even if it is Buhari that comes to you following an agreement, if you killed him, it is not Islam.


“Even if it is an infidel, if you killed him it is not Islam. If you are afraid of their treaty, tell them we are enemies, instead of drawing people close tokill them.


“Where did you see the judgment of Allah secretly done? And you said you are following Allah. Is it the Prophet that said this? This is not Islam, Shekau.


“You killed Ameer Falluja because he was close to Abdulmalik. When he entered, he never came out. The same way, you killedBagomna because he bought a house in Amchide.


“If someone bought a house, is that a reason to kill him? With your hand you killed him. Bagomna came on a bike, and you just killed him. When we asked you why you said since he went to war he did not return.

Insurgency: FG To Provide Appropriate Equipment, Effective Fighting Force – CDS

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen Abayomi Olonisakin, on Wednesday pledged that the Federal Government would continue to provide appropriate equipment and build an effective fighting force to contain current security challenges in the country.


Olonisakin said this during the inauguration of a training programme for selected units of the Nigeria Army in Jaji, Kaduna State.


“Let me assure you of the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari in ensuring that the Nigerian Armed Forces is adequately equipped to enable it perform its constitutional role of protecting the territorial integrity of the country,” Olonisakin said.


He said that the training was among series of support programmes developed to deepen strategic partnership between the Nigerian Armed Forces and the United States Military.


According to him, the strategic partnership is borne out of a shared commitment to counter terrorism and violent extremism in the world.


He therefore implored the trainees to “make maximum use of this unique training to improve on their skill and capabilities in tasks that the battalion would be given.”


The CDS commended Mr James Entwistle, the US Ambassador to Nigeria, and Commander, US AFRICOM, Gen. Rodriguez for their support.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. – Gen. Tukur Buratai, also assured soldiers that the government would improve their welfare and provide them with necessary logistics support to excel.


“You are all aware of the gains made so far in the ongoing fight against Boko Hara terrorists in the North East and the effort to restore normalcy to all liberated territories,” the COAS said.


Buratai assured that the Nigerian military would strictly respect the rights of citizens in line with international laws.


“I urge all of you to be a reflection of soldiers that are professional, disciplined and patriotic in the discharge of your duties in whatever operation you find yourselves.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that about 800 personnel are participating in the training.

Insurgency: Air Force Seeks Cordial Civil-Military Relations

The Nigerian Air Force has established a Directorate of Civil-Military Relations to earn and sustain the support of the civil populace for its operations and activities.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja on Friday, the Director of Civil-Military Relations of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Afam Chukwu, said the security challenges faced by the nation, especially in the northeast, required a holistic approach by all Nigerians for the military to achieve sustainable success.

He also announced the establishment of a Public Information/Complaints Desk in the directorate in order to smoothen outstanding rough edges and enhance the mutual benefits between the military and the civil populace.

Counter-terrorism operations have continued in the northeast region of Nigeria, with the Air Force providing surveillance support to ground troops.

On February 2, the Nigerian Air Force’s Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UAV) destroyed a logistics base used by members of the Boko Haram terrorist group.

The UAV destroyed the base of the insurgents in Borno, one of the states the terrorist group has attacked in its over six years insurgency.

According to the Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, the UAV was on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission when it came across the gathering of Boko Haram terrorists at Garin Moloma, about one kilometer north of the Sambisa forest.

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Buhari Calls For More Vigilance In North-East

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday called on all Nigerians, especially those living in areas ravaged by insurgents, to be more vigilant and ready to be part of the war against terrorism.

Buhari was reacting to the recent attacks near Maiduguri and the suicide bombings in Chibok, in Borno and Gombi market in Adamawa State.
“Having lost the war, they are seeking ways and means to gradually find their way back into society. They are not returning to contribute but to cause more havoc.

“I urge all citizens wherever they live to own the war against terror and to be part of the fight because it is the only way we can finish the remaining work that needs to be done to make our country safe again”, he said.

Buhari said having suffered immensely from the sustained bombardments of their camps and hideouts by the military, the insurgents had resorted to using desperate measures to gain cheap media attention.

The president also stated that the insurgents were locally sourcing the materials for Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

He urged citizens to be more circumspect and report suspicious purchases and movements of unusual components in any part of the country, especially the northeast.

Condoling with all the people of Chibok, Gombi and Dolari whose loved ones were killed in recent attacks, Buhari prayed that Almighty God comfort them and grant the injured quick recovery.



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Army Kills 14 Insurgents, Recover Arms In Yobe

The Nigeria army says it has killed 14 Boko Haram insurgents and captured two others around Chirokusko Village in Tarmuwa Local Government Area in Yobe.



Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Aliyu, General Commanding Officer (GCO), told newsmen in Damaturu on Monday that 16 assorted weapons and ammunitions had also been recovered from the insurgents.



Aliyu said the terrorists sneaked into the area and were about settling down when the army ambushed them following a tip-off from patriotic citizens. He commended the host communities for their cooperation which included providing security operatives with useful information.




According to him, more troops have been deployed to the area to enhance manpower to consolidate the gains recorded in the fight against insurgency.



“The Damaturu-BuniYadi-Biu road will soon be opened to motorists for economic activities to resume in the liberated areas.’’ The GOC said as part of efforts to boost the morale of the troops, more than 10, 000 soldiers had been given special promotion, while 1,500 others were currently under consideration for promotion to their next rank.




According to the GOC, the army will continue to operate within the rules of engagement and with respect for human rights. Aliyu said the closure of markets in some communities were based on security reasons and pleaded with people of the area to be patient, adding that the markets would soon be re-opened for business.




“We are aware of the inconveniences the market closure might have caused the communities, but we are working hard to reopen them for economic activities to resume,’’ he assured. The GOC called for improved cooperation between soldiers and the communities in order to collectively defeat insurgency in the country.





Police Deploy 3,000 Officers To North-East

The Nigeria Police said it had deployed 3,000 officers as “holding force’’ to restore civil authority to the liberated areas in the North-East.


The Inspector -General of Police (I-G), Mr Solomon Arase, disclosed this at the End of Year Commissioners of Police Conference held at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday.


“The Force has deployed 3,000 officers as holding forces to the liberated areas in the North-East with the task of restoring civil authority.


“It is pertinent to note that the Force has been fighting side by side the Military in the counter-insurgency operation in the North-East’’, he said.


He stressed that the Police was making efforts to expand the deployment to cover all other theatres of insurgency in the region.


“In this critical national assignment, some gallant officers have paid the supreme sacrifice’’, he said.


He added that the force has dismissed 51 officers for corrupt practices, while 56 others had been made to face diverse punishments.


“Between May and November, the anti-corruption enforcement architecture emplaced by the Force leadership has led to the dismissal of 51 personnel for proven corrupt practices while another 56 have been awarded various punishments’’, he said.



He said that Monitoring Unit; X-Squad and the Provost Marshal have been charged to sustain the enforcement drive in the upcoming year.



The I-G assured that the policy of holding Commissioners of Police, Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers, liable for professional misconduct would be re-enforced.


He absolved the Force from acts of violence during the Bayelsa State governorship election.


Arase explained that Police did what was expected of them and should not be blamed for problems created by politicians.

“In fact, I have written letters of appreciation and recommendation for the Police on duty during the election”, he added.


Meanwhile, the Police high command has launched scholarship awards to 301 children of personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty.


“They shall not walk alone. We, as their commanders and colleagues, will do everything within our professional powers to keep their invaluable dreams alive and support the family they left behind.



He said that the force would reward the families of serving police officers that kept faith with the vision of the force.



Arase urged individuals and corporate organisations to support the gesture, adding that it would add value to the future of the children and serve as a source of encouragement for officers to perform better.





FG To Develop New Strategy Of Fighting Insurgency

The Federal Government has reiterated its resolve at developing strategies that will put an end to the menace of the Boko Haram insurgency confronting the nation.

President Muhammad Buhari speaking at the Chief of Army Staff annual conference 2015 taking place in Dutse, Jigawa said despite achievements made by the Nigerian Army intellectuals, the threat of terrorism in some parts of the country remains an issue of serious national concern.

Represented by the Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. General Gabriel Abayomi, at the conference with the theme “Contemporary Conflict, Human Rights and Military Operations,” President Buhari said the threat of terrorism has the potential of impeding the government’s change drive.

The President noted that the recent achievements of the security agencies in the fight to defeat terrorism underscored his earlier position that the Boko Haram threat will soon be a thing of the past, adding that the military achievement “has shown that the Nigerian Army has been working assiduously to implement and carry out my directives to rout the insurgents by the end of this year.”

President Buhari noted that the conference will in no small measure create a sense of peace and belongings to the people of the region, stressing that the reform process within the Nigerian Army has not only enhance service, discipline, functional capacity and operational readiness, but properly positioned the service for its role as a critical stakeholder in the nation’s quest for peace and stability.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, in his welcome address, said the annual conference is a forum for re-accessing the performances of the Nigerian Army for the year in order to rededicate them to the challenges of new year, saying it also affords the Nigerian Army hierarchy the opportunity to rub minds with the public and the private sectors, the academicians especially in view of the contemporary security challenges in the country.

Lt. General Buratai explained that the security challenges witnessed in the country in the area of Boko Haram insurgency has posed a serious threat to national security, adding that “this has placed great demands on the Nigerian Army which has not relented in living up to the expectations of the nation’s citizenry.”

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Over 400 Schools In Borno Reopen After 18 Months – UN

Hundreds of schools in northeast Nigeria have reopened for the first time in a year and a half, though many teachers and pupils are reluctant to return because of persistent violence in the region, the United Nations said on Tuesday.


Almost 450 schools have reopened in Borno state since October, more than 18 months after education was halted in the wake of an attack by Boko Haram militants on a boarding school in neighbouring Yobe state in which they killed 59 students.


Some schools in Adamawa and Borno states are doubling the number of classes to provide education for people uprooted by the conflict as well as for local children, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).


Displaced teachers across the region have volunteered to teach, and many children who fled violence in remote rural areas have gone to school for the first time, the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said.


“Prioritising education is absolutely essential if we are to avoid losing the next generation to more poverty, hopelessness and the risk of radicalisation,” said Toby Lanzer, U.N. humanitarian coordinator for the Sahel.


Borno is the birthplace of the six-year insurgency waged by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which kidnapped 276 girls from a secondary school in the village of Chibok in April 2014.


A regional offensive by Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon earlier this year drove Boko Haram from much of the territory it held in northern Nigeria, but the militants have since struck back with a renewed wave of deadly raids and suicide bombings.


More than 1,200 schools have been attacked in northeast Nigeria and hundreds of teachers and pupils have been killed by bomb blasts, raising fears among communities about the safety of resuming education, according to UNICEF.


“Many parents are reluctant to send their children – especially girls – to school… even some teachers are afraid of going to work due to the targeted attacks, threats of attacks or general insecurity,” said Eva Ahlen from UNICEF in Nigeria.


The United Nations is working with the Nigerian government to make schools safer, train teachers and offer basic education to those staying in camps and with host families, where nine in 10 of Nigeria’s 2.2 million internally displaced people are living.


Even before the conflict in the northeast, Nigeria had the highest number of out-of-school children in the world, more than 10 million, according to OCHA.


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Shehu Sani Identifies 13 Factors Fuelling Boko Haram Insurgency

The senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, on Sunday identified 13 factors responsible for the emergence of the Boko Haram insurgency, especially in North-East Nigeria.

Speaking when he received a delegation of Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, MSSN, in his Kaduna office, Mr. Sani described Boko Haram as a “demonic force” and a serious threat to the religion of Islam, Nigeria and humanity.

He said there was no better time than now for the MSSN to play a key role in addressing issues that bedevil the people, the region and the country.

“Your relevance today is very much needed in terms of finding solutions to the challenges of our era and challenge of our generation.

“I have been able to identify 13 factors that have seriously contributed to pervasive insecurity and the wave of violence and bloodshed ignited and sustained by insurgency in the North-eastern part of Nigeria.

“We have reached a point in the North where we are not safe in the mosque, not safe in office, not safe in church and in any public gathering,” he said.

Enumerating the factors, Mr Sani identified manipulation of religion as first major factor.

“The first and very strong factor has to do with manipulation of religion. There is no doubt those who took up the part of extremism sow its seed from manipulating and distorting religious teachings.

“The second is the disconnect between government and the governed. The growing gap between the leader and the led has created a vacuum, and has made it possible for violent extremists to take over that vacuum and propagate their murderous ideology.

“The third factor is the prevalence of social and economic injustices. What you refuse to invest in social security, you must spend on national security…”

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Atiku Heartbroken By Recent Maiduguri Blast, Desperate To Crush Insurgency

Former vice president of Nigeria and APC presidential aspirant expresses sadness over the recent Maiduguri blast.

He took to his facebook account to express how he feels about the situation. He went further to sympathize and pray for those affected and the traumatized North East as a whole.

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PMB Should Address Nigerians On Insurgency – BBOG

Expressing concerns over the resurgence of suicide bombings in the North-East, the #BringBackOurGirls(BBOG) group has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation on the Boko Haram insurgency.

Speaking during the group’s sit-out, Aisha Yesufu, noted that Nigerians, especially those affected by the bombings, would want to know government’s efforts towards ending the nightmare that had been terrorizing the nation over the years.

According to her, the president’s’ silence on the issue was unacceptable, adding that addressing the nation would not only soothe the pain of the victims of the insurgency and Nigerians, but would give them hope of a better tomorrow.

“Times for excuses are over. Several people have lost their lives. President Buhari was also attacked in Kaduna last year where he almost lost his life; so he knows what it is. We are all scared! We want the president to address us on the issue. We are humans, and not chickens. Where is the change we voted for? We are tired of the killings, we are tired of dying. People go to churches and mosques to worship and are killed for no just cause. We can no longer pray and worship the way we want, because we are scared. The president should come forward to address the citizens.

“Death, we know is inevitable. When we lost someone and people come to sympathise with us, it doesn’t mean that the dead will come back to life, but it gives us some comfort. That empathy is what we need from our president,” she said.

Also speaking, another member, Abubakar Yusuf, said even though Nigerians were not expecting a total turnaround of events, they would appreciate a nationwide broadcast by the president on the state of the nation.

“The silence is worrisome. We don’t expect a turnaround of the event in just over 30 days, but we expect a caring approach to the challenges facing the nation. The people have the right to know what is going,” he said.

On the contrary, another member, Deji Kolawole believes the president has done a lot on the issue of insurgency, urging Nigerians to be patient with him and expect the best for the future.

“We have done something different and we are expecting different results. The president has done a lot on the issue of insecurity. We are not getting results yet, but I am sure we will at the end of the day. The vice president has been visiting IDPs, showing them love and care,” he said.

President Buhari Assures Victims Of Insurgency Govt Support

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday commended the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and other government agencies on measures taken to rehabilitate victims of terrorism and violent extremism in Nigeria.

Receiving officials of the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Department of ONSA, Buhari said the Federal Government would provide necessary assistance to victims of Boko Haram insurgency.

The president also reiterated the determination of his administration to rid the country of terrorism and insurgency. “One of the objectives of the CVE is to reform terrorists and prevent others from joining terrorist groups and violent sects.”

The Head of the CVE, Dr Fatima Akilu, had earlier told Buhari that its non-military approach was running concurrently with the armed onslaught against insurgents in the country.

She said the CVE had so far rehabilitated no fewer than 305 victims of terrorism rescued from Sambisa forest by the Nigerian military.

She said a National Security Corridor Programme had been created to provide safe route for those who wish to denounce Boko Haram sect.

She said 47 erstwhile members of the sect had embraced the programme, adding that no fewer than 22 women and girls, recruited as suicide bombers by Boko haram, were undergoing rehabilitation by the CVE after voluntarily embracing its de-radicalization programme.

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Insurgency Will End in Nigeria, Says Expert

A Nigerian Researcher, Sani Umar, has assured that the six-year long insurgency in Nigeria will come to an end. Speaking to journalists at a workshop on Research on Radicalization, Counter-Radicalization and De-radicalization in Nigeria, Mr. Umar said the crisis as complex as it may seem would end, although he added that the average length of time it might take to end is unpredictable.

“There’s a scientific literature on that,” Mr. Umar, a professor of history said. “It takes an average of 20 something years for most insurgencies to come to an end. The scientific evidence suggests that the impact of the ideology and religious ideas in particular is ambiguous at its best.”

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Be Very Vigilant As Boko Haram Plans Attack On Civilians, DSS Urges Public

The Department of State Services (DSS), has advised the public to be vigilant in crowded environment, especially when travelling as fleeing insurgents have resorted to attacking hapless civilians and soft targets.

The advice is contained in a statement issued by Marilyn Ogar, the spokesperson of the service on Friday.

The statement also advised commuters to desist from boarding unmarked vehicles along the road and only use designated motor parks.

It said the insurgents were in disarray following sustained offensive against them by troops in the North-East and they had resorted to vent their anger on civilians.

The statement added that the sustained attacks also accounted for the spate of attacks recorded recently in Yobe, Kano, Borno and Plateau states with intent of distracting security forces.

“We also reiterate our call on motor park managers to ensure proper screening of vehicles, persons and luggage entering their premises.

“They should also look out for new faces, who show up as drivers and conductors.

“Similarly, we want to encourage residents of recaptured towns and communities to return to their homes,” it said.

The statement called on people relocating from one part of the country to the other because of the forthcoming elections to desist from doing so.

“Adequate steps have been taken by security forces to guarantee security of lives and property,” it said.

It urged those with useful information of “untoward activities in their localities” to forward same to security agencies, adding that the security agencies were determined to end the activities of the terrorists.

Source – PM News

Chadian Troops Kill 100 Boko Haram Fighters

Soldiers from Chad killed 207 Boko Haram fighters in clashes near a Nigerian town close to the border with Cameroon, Chad’s army announced in a statement.

One Chadian soldier was killed and another nine were wounded in Gambaru, the scene of regular attacks by the group in recent months. There was no immediate independent verification of the Chadian army’s announcement, reports a news agency.

Chad’s military also claimed to have seized large quantities of small arms and ammunition and two pick-up trucks on Tuesday.

Niger, Cameroon and Chad have launched a regional military campaign to help Nigeria defeat the Boko Haram insurgency, which aims to carve an Islamic emirate out of northeastern Nigeria.

Chad deployed troops last month in support of Cameroonian efforts to stop repeated cross-border raids by the fighters, whose operations increasingly threaten Nigeria’s neighbours.

The African Union last month authorised the creation of the regional force, which will also include Benin, and is pushing for a United Nations Security Council mandate for the operation.

We Will Overhaul Counter-insurgency Operations – Kenneth Minimah

The annual Chief of Army Staff (COAS) began in Uyo yesterday with both President Goodluck Jonathan and the army chief, Lt General Kenneth Minimah vowing to put an end to the menace of terrorism raging in some states in the Northeast.

In his address, COAS disclosed the conference would produce a 20 years development plan for the army.

Said he: “A major discussion at this Conference will focus on the Nigerian Army Development plan in the next 20 years. Furthermore, topical presentations on Nigerian Army ORBAT, training in the Nigerian Defence Academy, and establishment of Nigerian Army Aviation will be made and deliberated upon during the Conference.”

On the terrorists attacks in the Northeast, Minimah said the conference would overhaul the ongoing war against the outlawed sect.

“The upsurge of terrorism and violent extremism in the North-East of our country has remained the most significant threat facing our dear country today. The Nigerian Army is fully aware of the enormity of this national challenge having fought a 30 month civil war to unite Nigeria and taken part in operations to protect the territorial integrity of other countries which faced similar threats.

Source – Leadership Newspaper