Gen Danjuma accuses military of collusion with killer herdsmen

Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo

Former Minister of Defense General Theophilus Danjuma has accused the Nigerian Armed forces of colluding with killer herdsmen on an ethnic cleansing agenda.

Danjuma stated this in Jalingo at the maiden convocation ceremony of Taraba State University, Jalingo, where he was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Science Degree.

Danjuma said that the Military were providing cover for killer herdsmen unleashing terror on communities across the country.

He called on the people to rise up and defend themselves, as relying on the armed forces to defend them was suicidal.

The war veteran warned that if ethnic cleansing does not stop in Nigeria, “Somalia would become child’s play,” he said.

“The Armed Forces are not neutral. They are conniving with armed bandits that kill people. They facilitate their movement. They cover them,” the former Minister said.

“You must rise to defend yourselves from these people. If you are depending on the armed forces…

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Air Force charges personnel to be combat-ready

Rose Ejembi, Makurdi

The Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Tactical Air Command (TAC), of the Nigerian Air Force, Air vice Marshall Oladayo Amao, has charged officers, airmen and airwomen of the command to be physically-fit at all times and be combat-ready to contribute their quota in the ongoing Operations LAFIYA DOLE, DELTA SAFE and other internal security operations across the country.

AVM Amao gave the charge, on Saturday, when he led over 1000 officers, airmen, airwomen as well as youth corps members serving in the command on the 2018 First Quarter Route March Exercise for Tactical Air Command and Co-Located NAF units.

“You are aware of the threats to peace and security in Nigeria posed by the activities of Boko Haram in the North East, militants in South-South including kidnapping, cultism, herdsmen and farmers clashes in the Middle Belt and South East.

“It is our duty to protect and safeguard lives  and property in these areas anytime we receive orders from the President…

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Why Buhari should revisit 2014 Confab report, by Jonathan

Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has, again, called on President Mohammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government to revisit the report of the 2014 national conference to end the myriads of agitations, protests, provocations and clamours for reforms in Nigeria.

The former president spoke, on Saturday, at a mega rally tagged ‘Restructuring The Nigerian Federation’ organised by leaders of Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum (PANDEF); Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere and Middle Belt forum under the aegis of Mass Alliance for Inclusive Nigeria(MAIN) Front,  at the Ox- Bow Lake Pavilion, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital.

He maintained that the implementation of the Confab report  was the only way out for Nigeria.

Jonathan, whose speech was read by Sen. Nimi Barigha Amange, noted that Nigerians “have to dialogue in order to avoid the opposite action which could bring about destruction to lives and property and the very thing that holds us…

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Fayose raps Buhari for asking security to go after critics

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement asking security to go after critics of  his government’s cluelessness as ‘last desperate attempt by a failed government to silence Nigerians’, adding that “In a democracy, it is the rights of the people to express their views freely and President Buhari must accept that and live with it.”

He said Nigerians would resist any attempt by the president to hide under the “arranged abduction and release of the Dapchi girls”  to achieve his dictatorial aim  of further clampdown on those speaking out against his failed government.

In a release issued, on Saturday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said it was strange that the president, who should be asking questions as to why military checkpoints in Dapchi and other surrounding towns were removed to pave way for the abduction of the girls, was threatening Nigerians who…

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Leah Sharibu, last Dapchi Girl, free, says Police Chief

The Federal Government of Nigeria reached a breakthrough in securing the release of the last of the abducted Dapchi Girls, Leah Sharibu, said the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris on Saturday in Maiduguri.

Islamist terror group Book Haram had reportedly held back on freeing Leah on account of her not renouncing her Christian faith.

The now freed girl is on her way to Dapchi, Yobe State, according to the Police IG on Saturday evening.

Idris had been paying a visit to Theatre Commander of the military counterinsurgency in the northeast Maj. Gen. Rogers Nicholas, saying that he “was to be in Dapchi as part of my on the spot assessment tour of deployment of personnel to schools around the northeast for enhanced Security.

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