The Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism (CATE) has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate at the last polls, Atiku Abubakar, of leading other disgruntled politicians to sponsor falsehood just to demoralise the Nigerian military.
CATE made this known in a press conference on Monday in Abuja in reaction to a piece published by a national daily.
In a statement signed by National Coordinator, Gabriel Onoja, the group revealed that the story was meant to cast impression that the gallant troops have become inferior to remnants of Boko Haram/ Islamic State (ISWAP).
According to the CATE, the opposition has resumed its devilish alliance with international NGOs and some third party nations, taking up previous plot of portraying an entirely turbulent situation in the NorthEast.
Unlike painted in the article, the group reckoned that the Nigerian military remains better equipped than the terrorists, evident in its series of sensational onslaught.
While cautioning the daily to desist from publishing such falsehood and unfounded reports, CATE threatened not to hesitate to comprehensively expose the network that is being used to implement this anti-peace agenda.
However, the group urged the military not to be distracted by this kind of ploy as Atiku and his cronies are hell-bent on unleashing terror for their selfish interest.
Read full press statement below:
Gentlemen of the press, the Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism (CATE) has noted with concern news report by national daily titled, “We need better arms to fight Boko Haram –Military commanders.” The news report did a hatched job of creating the impression that government troops have become inferior to Boko Haram and Islamic State (ISWAP) terrorists that they are fighting in the north-east of Nigeria.
The report cooked up a narrative of troops being confined to Shilka guns, T-72 Tanks and Soviet era relics as equipment for fighting the terrorists. It went on to create the impression that troops are constantly on the run whenever they have to confront the terrorists. Permit us to point out that the true intention of that report was hidden towards the closing of the piece where it attempted to disparage the Super Camps that were recently created on the heels of the realization that concentrated efforts are needed to take on Boko Haram terrorists.
It does not take rocket science to figure out the flaw in the story. The scenario concocted in the story could not have produced the heave body counts of Boko Haram dead that have been recorded in recent weeks. If the troops are able to annihilate such number of terrorists with supposedly outdated weapons then Nigeria is fortunate because it means the terrorists will be wiped out with even more modern equipment.
A report as profound as that had the chance to speak with so called field commanders, had all the time in the world to analyse ten years of defence spending but could not make genuine efforts to hear from any military spokesperson. What Nigerians were offered were lame excuses on why the hit job was concluded without hearing the side of the people that were maligned in the course of performing their duties.
The foregoing leaves no option than to conclude that the report in question is another in a long series of lies and falsehood to demoralise troops. This has been an aspiration of the terrorists, some elements of the political opposition, international NGOs and some third party nations that all have the interest of seeing Nigeria fail.
While it true that the sponsors of such malicious reports have been airdropping weapons and supplies to terrorists, especially beyond Nigeria’s borders, the Nigerian military remains better equipped than the terrorists and have continue to do damage to Boko Haram and ISWAP.
The dating of equipment, as attempted in that report, gave away the fact that its sponsors are unfamiliar with the fact that the age of a hardware is not necessarily a setback when they are well maintained.
Judging from the tone of the report and its fixation on playing with figures, it has all the hallmarks of the scam artists running propaganda for the defeated candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Abubakar Atiku. These fraudsters fabricating the lies that they expected Nigerians to accept without question.
The essence of this travesty is to continue the sense of insecurity they had attempted to overwhelm the country with before the election, which they have now resumed after the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal dismissed Atiku’s petition.
We must also say that with the benefit of hindsight and taking the Atiku’s failed Dubai pre-election strategy meeting into consideration, any new weapons, including technology that Boko Haram has acquired apparently can be traced to the money the opposition leader deployed for that purpose. It ties into the threat from this same man that killings will continue if he is not made the president of Nigeria. Now that his killers are unable to unleash terror on Nigeria as predicted, his cronies are trying to use media reports to sow terror in the land.
CATE warns that this media aggression against the people and the Nigerian state is unacceptable and has no place in the scheme of things that the country is doing to develop and position itself in the emerging world order. We shall not hesitate to comprehensively expose the network that is being used to implement this anti-peace agenda. Our exposing them would help Nigerians to know those that do not wish them well.
We urge the military not to be distracted by this kind of ploy, which the Atiku camp unleashed as its retribution against the military for not agreeing to overthrow a legitimately elected government to suit his desperation to get into power. They should also be ready for further escalation of such misleading report because Atiku’s supporters are yet to get over the fact that the military protected the election in line with what was expected of them.
Edo Elections: PDP Protests Siege on Governors By Security Agents
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) protests the clampdown on its governors by security agents in Benin City, Edo state capital, ahead of Saturday’s governorship election.
The national leadership of the party, in a press conference addressed by the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, alerted the nation and the international community of the security siege on PDP governors in their lodging in Benin City.
The party expressed shock that security agents were detailed to surround the lodging of our governors to harass and intimidate them, whereas APC governors, including the governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje, his Imo state counterpart, Hope Uzodimma as well as the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, are left free in the comfort of the residence of the sacked national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole in GRA, Benin City.
Our party considers this siege as provocative and completely unacceptable as there cannot be two sets of laws for the citizens of our nation. In as much as the APC governors are given the liberty to stay in Benin City, our governors must not be harassed or stampeded to leave the state.
At any rate, we are confident that our governors will not allow themselves to be stampeded.
The PDP calls on all stakeholders in the Edo governorship election, particularly the security agencies, to work towards a peaceful, credible, transparent, free and fair election on Saturday.
Edo Guber: Youth Leader Canvass For Peaceful Poll, Charged Youths To Desist From Violence
A youth leader in Kaduna state and convener of Youths Arise in Democracy Now, Hon James Makeri has on all the gubernatorial candidates of all the political parties participating in the September 19, 2020 election not to use youths as agent of destruction during the polls.
Hon Makeri made the statement today while answering questions in an exclusive interview with Kabido Newspaper in Kaduna.
He said that ” my message to Edo youths to particularly not to allow themselves to be use in thuggery and other crimes which will affect the election negatively”.
” Also the main contenders that is Governor Godwin Obasakie and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu should allow the electorate to vote for their choice as there is no victor or vanquished in the election as it is the will of the people which must be respected by all.
He added that Nigeria is evolving and both the youths and elder state men must as a matter of patriotism give way to peace for democracy to flourish in the country.
Hon Makeri further called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be steadfast and honest in the conduct of the election in order to entrench democratic norms in the country.
NBA Closely Monitoring Edo Election, Says Aikpokpo Martins
The Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) says it is closely monitoring the activities leading to the governorship election in Edo State.
NBA First Vice President, John Aikpokpo-Martins, disclosed this on Thursday during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily in Abuja.
He explained that the body is satisfied with the peaceful manner political actors have conducted themselves so far.
“The NBA does not have the resources to follow up from the beginning to the end. As an association, this particular team was set up to observe from tomorrow till the election will be over; that is to say to the announcement of the result.
“However, we have been watching and observing all that is going on. For now, we are satisfied to the extent that the parties have conducted themselves very well, they have campaigned hard,” he said.
Speaking on the possibility of violence in the polls, the legal practitioner said there have been allegations of “threat to violence but not actual violence yet.”
The NBA leader said the allegations and counter-allegations do not automatically translate to violence on the election day.
Aikpokpo-Martins, who is also an indigene of Edo State, said the state does not have a history of violence in previous elections.
Although he admitted that the political atmosphere is tensed with the “temperature very high,” he is however optimistic of a peaceful conduct of the exercise on September 19.
“The security is very tight now. There are a lot of soldiers, a lot of policemen on the streets. I am very sure that will dissuade merchants of violence from going out to disrupt the election in a violent way,” he said.
His remarks come two days after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate and incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki embraced his main rival and contender in the poll, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The duo beaming with smiles warmly hugged each other, an indication that they have decided to toe the line of peace and avoid unnecessary bloodshed in the election.
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