The convivial mood of the country had changed and the land, especially the northeast was reeking in the ancient massacre and became devastated with the diabolical intrusion.
For the first time in a long time, anger and nihilism became official dictum through organized terrorism.
The peace in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, was displaced by vengeful, Omnidirectional hatred.
This ugly situation when President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office in 2015 provoked an immediate need of a trusted General to change the insecurity narrative in Nigeria.
Lieutenant General Yusuf Tukur Buratai (retd), was widely recommended on account of his outstanding military pedigree. He was, unarguably, the pick of the pack. And he became the Chief of Army Staff in July 2015.
He hit the ground running and soldiered on. Despite segmented bashings from stakeholders and sections of the human rights groups who orchestrated hugely unsubstantiated allegations, Buratai continued in a most commendable fashion.
He equally provided leadership and inspired the troops to work harder through dedicated strategies.
In the course of this selfless service, he was grossly abused and insulted even when he daily put his life on the line, fighting insurgents.
By the time he left office in early 2021, the remnants of the Boko Haram insurgents have been confined to the fringes of the Lake Chad Basin region, with no territory under their control and largely carrying out hit-and-run skirmishes.
But for his unalloyed commitment to Nigeria’s unity through dedicated services, Ambassador Tukur Buratai, by now, would have been enjoying his retirement, tending to his post-service engagements in agriculture.
But that was not to be as President Buhari beckoned yet again for “Another important assignment”, few days after service in January 2021.
The former Chief of Army Staff faithfully obliged to take part, as fully as he can, in any measure designed, in particular, to keep the constituent ethnic units in the federation of Nigeria as one as well as preserve Nigeria as an economic and political entity, but, this time, through diplomatic channels.
The President’s brief was clear and straight forward especially from the already well-known international influence, funding, and supports for insurgency in Nigeria.
Given his deep understanding of the President’s intentions in view of his direct involvement in counter-insurgency operations for a reasonable length of years as Army boss, Buratai easily subsumed into Buhari’s tactical design to secure Nigeria’s borders through neighboring countries as an Ambassador.
He particularly felt it would be untidy of him to abdicate such responsibility when the war against insurgency is yet over.
He reckoned that there was an important need to reinforce service chiefs’ efforts from the outside through diplomatic push and supports.
Expectedly, his resumption at the Republic of Benin as Ambassador was the needed signals to smugglers of arms and architects of economic sabotage that the game is over.
First was the case of Sunday Igboho, an apostle of secessionist ideology and leading figure in the agitation for the creation of the Oduduwa Republic.
Igboho’s agitation ran foul of the regulations. He was discovered to be associated with illegal weapons, a development that undermines the government’s commitment to ride the system of illegal arms and promote peace for social harmony and economic growth.
The Nigerian government swung into action and Igboho thought of exploring the Benin Republic loophole to escape justice. But never again. A new Sheriff is in town.
With General Buratai as the Nigerian Ambassador in the Benin Republic, such was not going to happen again.
He reawakened all the unused diplomatic regulations including bi-lateral relations in line with the science and philosophy of international laws to ensure appropriate diplomatic steps are deployed without infringement on fundamental rights.
To all intending Igbohos, the rhythm of the Nigerian song has changed. In the economic front, the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics, NBS, in late August, released figures of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) which grew by 5.01% (year-on-year) in real terms in the second quarter of 2021, marking three consecutive quarters of growth following the negative growth rates recorded in the second and third quarters of 2020.
Buratai, an economic engineer himself, rose to the occasion to consolidate the gains of the joyous development by ensuring the growth rate is not punctuated through smuggling of contraband goods.
On Tuesday, August 31, he assembled stakeholders and all other security arms and inculcated in them fresh dimensions aimed at reinventing Nigeria’s narrative.
Buratai met border personnel and inspected facilities at the Nigeria-Benin Republic border.
He shared President Muhammadu Buhari’s renewed vision to the extent that the border should no longer serve as route for smuggling of arms, ammunition, and other contraband economic goods.
Speaking with Customs and Immigration personnel, Buratai called for synergy as well as rational measures in the containment of illegal activities in alignment with the federal government’s vision.
He injected fresh directives into their operational codes, maintaining that never again should the border become the hub of economic sabotage.
FG To Lift Twitter Suspension Soon
The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced that the ban on Twitter will soon be lifted.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, confirmed this development when he fielded questions from State House correspondents on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to him, a lot of progress has been made in the ongoing dialogue with Twitter.
“I think even Twitter itself two days ago gave what I will call a progress report on our talks with them, and I think if I want to quote them rightly `it has been productive and quite respectful’.
“And as to the qualifying word for when or how soon, I want to assure you that the time that Twitter operation has been suspended, (I meant) between the time it has been suspended, and when it will be restored is by far, much, much shorter.
“That I can assure you that it is by far in other words, if the operation has been suspended for about 100 days now, I can tell that we’re just actually talking about a few, just a few more days now.”
The minister stressed that both parties were focused on reaching a conclusion on the matter.
“What we’re trying to do is the changes that have been going on, but we need to dot the ‘i’s’ and cross the ‘t’s’, but I can assure us that we’re not unmindful of the anxiety of Nigerians and both parties are working very hard to put a closure on the matter.
“And like Twitter itself said the changes have been very, very productive on both parties. It has not been advisory at all. And it’s quite respectful,’’ he said.
Our Director Not On Terrorist Financier List — 9mobile
According to a press statement cited by Crystal News, 9mobile said that one Abdurrahman Ado Musa, who is on that list is not a director of the mobile telecommunications company.
Some Nigerians were included on the list said to have been ratified by the Emirate Federal Capital. One of the names on the list and that the media has latched on is Abdurrahaman Ado Musa.
In its clarification, 9mobile said “We, however, wish to clarify that the so-named individual is not 9mobile’s Executive Director, Regulatory & Corporate Affairs, Abdulrahman Ado. The resemblance in names is purely coincidental, and our Director does not bear ‘Musa’.
“Our Director, Abdulrahman Ado, is a respectable law-abiding Nigerian. He served the country diligently in public service for over three decades before transferring his services to the private sector.
“He served in various capacities and was Pioneer Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission and Executive Commissioner, Licensing and Consumer Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission.
“As a law-abiding company that believes in the greatness of Nigeria, and the well-being of all its citizens, 9mobile would never accommodate any undesirable element within its management and staff.
“We urge the general public to kindly disregard the mistaken identify media reports making the rounds”
ICYM: High Profiled Nigerians Enlisted As Terrorist Sponsors- UAE Report
UAE authorities named 6 Nigerians as financiers of terrorist organizations including the Boko Haram sect and other criminal activities.
The 6 persons mentioned had been previously tried and sentenced in UAE with various prison terms after a federal appeals court upheld their convictions for funding the terrorist groups.
The decision was taken when the UAE federal cabinet met in Abu Dhabi on Monday after which they issued Resolution No. 83 of 2021, designating a total of 38 individuals and 15 corporate sponsors on its approved list of persons and organizations supporting Boko Haram and other terrorist causes.
The 6 Nigerians who are part of the list include Abdurrahaman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad.
The 38 names on the list are mostly Arabs from the Middle East.
UAE news agency reported that the resolution underscored the country’s commitment to target and dismantle networks that finance terrorism and its related activities.
IGP’s Wife Empowers 50 POWA Members in Edo State
The wife of the Inspector General of Police, Hajia Hajara Alkali on Tuesday empowered 50 members of the association in Edo with Small and Medium Scale Enterprise (SMSE) tools.
Alkali, who is the National President of the Police Officers Wives Association (POWA), in her remarks in Benin, said that the exercise was in line with one of her three points agenda.
She noted that it was important that every woman or mother has a means of survival and could contribute to the running of the family.
She added that it was in view of this that empowerment of POWA members was included in her three points agenda.
The POWA president, who charged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the items, disclosed that a monitoring team would be set up to guide against beneficiaries’ selling off the items.
She also said that as owners of the SMSE tools, the beneficiaries, which include widows of fallen officers as well as retired female officers, were now self employed.
Tools presented to the beneficiaries include mini industrial oven, gas cookers and cylinders, sewing machines, grinding machines, as well as coolers.
Earlier the POWA president had graced the graduation ceremony of some POWA members in Edo from the Amena Academy.
In her remarks at the event, she noted the the two weeks training of 23 members of the association on small scale snack and food production was facilitated by the association, but sponsored by AFEDOSA Catering Services.
She added that all members graduated would be given starter packs.
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