This month, the world moved a step closer to the defeat of Boko Haram, the jihadist group that has terrorized hundreds of thousands in the northern states of Nigeria. In one of my first acts since taking office as president six weeks ago, I have replaced the heads of Nigeria’s army, navy and air force. Our new military leadership has not been chosen because of their familiarity with those in government, as was too often the case in the past, but on their track records and qualifications alone.
These new military leaders will be based in Borno State in northern Nigeria, where the headquarters of the armed services has been relocated. This shift of resources and command directly to the front line, in addition to the replacement of the head of the State Security Service, Nigeria’s intelligence organization, and a new emphasis on working in partnership with our neighbors, has equipped us to take the fight directly to Boko Haram.
Already we are beginning to see a degrading of Boko Haram’s capabilities as a fighting force. In recent weeks, it appears to have shifted away from confronting the military directly to an increase in attacks on civilian areas, as we saw only last week when an elderly woman and 10-year-old girl blew themselves up at a Muslim prayer gathering in northeastern Nigeria. We should not be confused by this change, hateful as it is: It does not mean that Boko Haram is succeeding in its aims — it shows that it is losing.
While we work to defeat the terrorists, I ask the people of Nigeria and the world for resolve and fortitude. The campaign we will wage will not be easy; it may not be swift. We should expect stages of success and also moments when it may appear that our advances have been checked. But no one should have any doubt as to the strength of our collective will or my commitment to rid this nation of terror and bring back peace and normalcy to all affected areas.
Similarly, my determination should not be underestimated in other matters. This includes instilling good governance and tackling the scourge of corruption that has held Nigeria back for too long. Read More →
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From TIMOTHY OLANREWAJU, Maiduguri
A former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart and ex- Parliamentary Liaison Adviser to late President Umaru Ya’Adua, Senator Abba Aji has blamed former President Goodluck Jonathan for what he called deliberate destruction of the party (PDP) before leaving office two months ago.
Aji who was justifying his decision to quit PDP and join the All Progressive Congress (APC), told journalists in an interview in Maiduguri, that the former president knew the future of the party was precariously bleak months before elections but deliberately decided to destroy it.
“PDP was deliberately destroyed by Jonathan. He was the greatest beneficiary of democracy in Nigeria and PDP’s 16 years of ruling in most states and at the federal level, yet he did everything to undermine the progress of the party and left it worse than he met it. He simply messed up the party,” he alleged. Read More →
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By Willy Eya And Chinelo Obogo
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, said he would shift his attention to the Niger Delta at the end of this month to decisively deal with the issue of oil theft in the country.
This is even as he, again, vowed to break the vicious circle of corruption, insecurity and downturn in the nation’s economy, which has led to massive unemployment in the nation.
President Buhari, who made the remarks in an interview on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) last night decried the effect of oil theft to Nigeria’s economy and vowed that his administration would begin to tackle the menace at the end of July. Read More →
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. President hasn’t contradicted any strategic rule
A strategy and innovation postgraduate student of the University of Oxford, Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim, has advised former military President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, IBB, to make his memo on security concern, specifically on the Boko Haram insurgency, confidential to President Muhammadu Buhari in the future.
Ibrahim, who said Buhari has not contradicted any strategic rule of engagement, pointed out that the President’s brief to Nigerians, creating hope to end the seemingly intractable Boko Haram crisis, was perfectly within acceptable global strategic standard.
He added that the strategic drivers in the security challenge were not revealed by the President to the public, stressing that “the military orchestrated conductors in the Boko Haram insurgency, the military architects, and the military chess masters were not put in the open by President Buhari.” Read More →
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Barely 48 hours after they attacked Mainok town in Borno state, which left over 30 persons dead and most part of the village burnt, Boko Haram terrorists on Wednesday returned to attack villagers returning to count their losses.
Commuting along the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway was halted again for the fourth time in a week, as security operatives battle to prevent Eidel Fitri holiday travelers from driving into an ambush by the insurgents.
Villagers reported 15 persons killed on Tuesday night as Boko Haram fighters carried on days of attacks on the only safe route linking other parts of the country with Maiduguri, the birth place of the Boko Haram insurgency. Read More →
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By Augustine Adah – Lagos
The appointment of new service chiefs by President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, following the sack of the former officers did not come to many Nigerians as a surprise. The newly-appointed service chiefs were expected to take the fight against Boko Haram as a major task of their assignment in the new government led by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Since President Buhari took over the mantle of leadership in Abuja, there has been a spike in the activities of the militant group, Boko Haram. Churches, Mosques, markets and other public places have been bombed by the terrorists with scores of citizens killed. For Buhari, who has made cracking down on Boko Haram insurgency his number one priority, these bombings may have been quite embarrassing.The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been mocking the president and his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, over the growing activities of the group which was reported to have killed more than 500 Nigerians between May and July this year. Though the President and APC has reacted to the allegation describing the renewed attacks as the desperation of a drowning group, Buhari’s latest attempt may be aimed at giving a new direction to the fight against insurgency which the former service chiefs were alleged to have compromised. Read More →
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By Henry Umoru & Joseph Erunke, with agency reports
ABUJA—Following the appointment of new service chiefs on Monday by President Muhammadu Buhari, military sources have confided in Vanguard that about 25 Major Generals may proceed on retirement when the Senate confirms the new appointments.
Indications also emerged, yesterday, in Abuja that President Buhari’s forthcoming trip to the United States of America this month for extensive bilateral, economic and financial discussions with US President Barrack Obama, the need to engage his hosts about the terrorism challenges as well as Nigeria’s military capability to tackle the menace conclusively, necessitated the sack of the service chiefs last Monday. Read More →
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