Posted by: Augustine Ehikioya, Abuja
The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun, on Tuesday declared that President Muhammadu Buhari will surprise the, Boko Haram sect.
According to him, the increase in Boko Haram’s attacks after Buhari’s inauguration was to test the President’s resolve against the group.
He spoke with journalists after he led members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to a meeting with the President at the Defence House, Abuja. Read More →
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Defence chiefs briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the security situation in the country on Tuesday.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jubrin, made this known to newsmen in Abuja.
Jubrin told State House Correspondents after the closed door meeting that the meeting, the first with the president since his inauguration on May 29, was successful.
“Since he was inaugurated as the President and Commander in Chief, this is the first time that we are formally meeting him to give a general security briefing of the country and that went very well.”He said the military would like to maintain the level of successes recorded against Boko Haram terrorists and sustain it until they are defeated. Read More →
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By Njadvara Musa, Maiduguri
Insurgents raid Yobe towns, cart away food items
ABOUT four people were injured yesterday afternoon when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was detonated by a suspected Boko Haram sect member at the Gambouru market in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Also yesterday morning, suspected Boko Haram gunmen attacked Fika and Ngalda towns in Yobe State, carting away grains and other food items.
They set on fire many public buildings, telecom masts, private houses and shops, and later fled into Sambisa Forest. The attackers, according to a resident, Mainasara Ali, looted several shops and loaded barns of grains into their trucks before setting the stores ablaze.
Eyewitnesses at the scene of the market attack in Maiduguri said that the device was detonated at around 1.30 p.m. yesterday.
Gambo Isa, a shop owner said: “The suspected may have planted this explosive device last night when the curfew was extended to 10 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. to celebrate Democracy Day in Maiduguri metropolis. Read More →
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President Muhammadu Buhari will this week make his first foreign trip since taking office, travelling to Chad and Niger for talks on Boko Haram, his spokesman said on Monday. Shehu Garba said the two-day trip starting on Wednesday will focus on “matters of security”, with the cooperation of Nigeria’s neighbours seen as crucial to ending the Islamist uprising which has claimed more than 15,000 lives since 2009. Buhari was sworn in last Friday and vowed in his inaugural speech to crush the insurgent group he described as “mindless” and “godless”.
But Boko Haram attacked some 12 hours after the new president took the oath of office, hitting homes in the key northeast city of Maiduguri with rocket-propelled grenades overnight on Saturday.
Later, a suicide attack at a mosque in the city, which is the Borno state capital, killed at least 26 people. Suspicion immediately fell on the insurgents. The militants then raided two towns in Borno’s neighbouring state of Yobe on Sunday, torching public buildings and looting food and fuel stores. Niger shares a border with both Borno and Yobe while Chad borders just Borno in Nigeria’s extreme northeast. Read More →
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By Michael Olugbodi in
Maiduguri, Jaiyeola Andrews and Onyebuchi Ezeigbo in Abuja with Agency report
Nigeria’s military on Saturday repelled a Boko Haram attack on the key north-eastern city of Maiduguri, hours after President Muhammadu Buhari took office vowing to crush the Islamist group.
Also, there was a bomb blast on Saturday at a mosque near the popular Monday Market in Maiduguri. According to a youth vigilante source, Abba Modu, the incident occurred during the Muslim early evening prayer (3:40pm) at one of the mosques located near the Monday market.
In his reaction, President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned in strong term, the latest terrorist attack on Maiduguri. He equally warned that his new administration would not tolerate wanton and willful destruction of life by criminal elements that are bent on anarchy. Read More →
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Being Inaugural Speech by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, following his swearing-in as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Friday, May 29, 2015
I am immensely grateful to God Who Has preserved us to witness this day and this occasion. Today marks a triumph for Nigeria and an occasion to celebrate her freedom and cherish her democracy. Nigerians have shown their commitment to democracy and are determined to entrench its culture. Our journey has not been easy but thanks to the determination of our people and strong support from friends abroad we have today a truly democratically elected government in place. Read More →
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President Muhammdau Buhari on Friday in Abuja directed the central command of the military to relocate to Maiduguri, Borno, to intensify the fight against Boko Haram insurgency.
Buhari, who gave the directive in his address after his inauguration, said it was impossible to achieve victory against the insurgents if the command continued to operate from Abuja.
He said that the command center would relocate and remain in Maiduguri until the insurgents were subdued.
He appealed for patience from Nigerians to enable his administration to settle down and face the challenges in the nation.
“My appeal for unity is predicated on the seriousness of the legacy we are getting into. With depleted foreign reserves, falling oil prices, leakages and debts the Nigerian economy is in deep trouble. Read More →
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