Nigerians have reacted to the independence broadcast by President Muhammadu Buhari, calling an insult to Nigerians, among others.
The Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday said the broadcast was an insult to the psyche of Nigerians.
The opposition party in a statement on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, also described Buhari’s broadcast as a mockery of an independent state like Nigeria.
The PDP said Buhari’s broadcast had further confirmed that Nigeria was in wrong hands.
It said, “The PDP notes that President Buhari, in his recorded address, failed to forcefully address the key issues of freedom, social justice, constitutional order, separation of powers, rule of law, human rights, credible elections, national cohesion, accountability and transparency in government; the very fundamentals of an independent state, because his administration had violated them all.
“Our party notes that this address further exposes that the Buhari’s Presidency is not interested in nation building; that it is completely disconnected from the people and remains insensitive to the plights of Nigerians.”
According to the PDP, under Buhari Nigeria has experienced “the worst form of division, deprivation, human right abuse, constitutional violations, disregard for rule of law, electoral malpractices, disobedience to court order, disrespect for separation of powers and curtailing of press freedom.”
The opposition party said, “The dearth of foreign direct investments and the inhuman treatments being meted out to our citizens in countries where we were once held in very high esteem are some of the injuries our nation is suffering under the Buhari administration.
Also, a former aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr Reno Omokiri, also berated Buhari speech.
Omokiri said contrary to Buhari’s claim to have defeated Boko Haram, the insurgents were in control of eight local government areas of Borno State.
He alleged that the Nigerian military was fighting the terrorists with outdated weapons purchased in the 80s during the administration of the late President Shehu Shagari.
Analysing Buhari’s independence speech, Omokri said, “Buhari said ‘I reiterate my call for all to exercise restraint.’
“This is the joke of the century from a man who threatened to ‘soak the dog and baboon in blood.’
“@MBuhari said, ‘This administration inherited a skewed economy,’ Buhari inherited an economy rated by the CNNMoney and WorldBank as the world’s third-fastest growing economy! He ruined it in one year.
“Buhari said ‘exchange rate in the last three years has remained stable,’ Google it. The naira was rated the fourth worst performing currency three years ago and one of the most depreciated two years ago.
“Buhari said we have ‘robust reserves of US$42.5bn,’ what he failed to tell you is that he has more than doubled our debt; when you minus the reserves from our debt, we have no reserves.”
“Buhari took credit for the second Niger Bridge. The Second Niger Bridge is a Public-Private project that was fully paid for by Goodluck Jonathan from the Sovereign Wealth Fund.”
Buhari’s broadcast was also greeted with criticisms by Nigerians who commented on PUNCH online.
In response to the President’s claim that Nigeria under him had made progress,one Oguntade wrote, “Progress in lawlessness. What an achievement for outlaws?”
But another commentator, Fen Awan defended the President.
Awan said, “Two things stand out in this speech.
One, we have to rededicate ourselves. Second, this government inherited a skewed economy. The PDP did not know the economy was skewed. Their plan still does not include putting it right and redressing the imbalance. They just want power so they can live big and make their bellies big again!”
Another commentator, Ajayi olupono said, “I am of the view that that Nigeria was one thousand times or probably one million times better while the country was under the colonial rule of Britain if compared to the present sorry state of the nation at almost 60!
“For example, it was about two decades after independence that our public schools were all practically abandoned; our roads transformed into death traps, the railways and the Nigerian airways were ruined and our once effective general hospitals turned into mere mortuaries!
“Beside the general panic and the mass exodus of our youths in their millions to other nations due to hardship and mass kidnaps mass killing, Nigerians no longer have access to ordinary power and potable water!”
Another commentator, Comfortkay said “With all due respect to the President and his speech, if with all our universities and polytechnics we are not in a position to build our own country then we have nothing to celebrate. How many engineers graduated last year alone from our institutions and how many of them are building our roads? Something is very wrong with Nigeria and its leaders.
“What are we celebrating? Independence? I don’t think so. It is better we still have the colonial masters that have human feelings than being ruled by devilish leaders.”
A former Vice-President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Monday Ubani, while reacting to Buhari’s call on the citizens to be law-abiding, said it was up to the Buhari administration to take the lead in this respect.
Ubani, who said, “everything falls and rises with leadership,” said the government could not be demanding that citizens be law-abiding when it was disobeying court judgments and orders at will.
The lawyer said it was incumbent upon the Buhari government to put into action the things it was demanding of citizens.
Calling on the President to be more tolerant of opposition views, Ubani reminded Buhari that “Nigerians elected President Muhammadu Buhari to deal with Nigeria’s problems and not to deal with the citizens.”
Hon. Hamidu Sajo Lekki Gets Double Honour Awards
Hon. Hamidu Sajo Lekki the Member representing Yola north state constituency in Adamawa state house of Assembly Hon. Hamidu Sajo Lekki has been Honoured with Double award By G4 Media International
Alhaji Musa Yaro Speaking through Mr. Emmanuel Stephen the Leader of G4 media international and The official partner of the institute of criminal justice and criminology administration, the first criminal reform institute in Sub – Sahara Africa .
He described the nomination of Hon. Hamidu Sajo as a reward for services and national impact.
Alhaji Musa Yaro the Market chief of Jimeta ultra modern market in Yola north local government, describes the performance of Hon Sajo as equal to none as a member representing Yola north.
Alhaji Musa Yaro
Alhaji Musa Yaro said the nomination came as double Honour and additional value to a man of excellence and good representative of the good people of Yola north in the state Assembly.
He Said the Honour which has recognized the Best Legislator and voice of the Masses and coming from G4 media international and also followed by the Institute of Criminal justice and criminology administration.
“The double honour is given to an active performer of our today’s Democratic action member in the House who deserved this award at this moment of our political differences”,
Presenting the letter in Yola the Chairman G4 media international Emmanuel Stephen described Hon. Soja as a man worth and fits for the Double Award.
The Students , youths and good people of Yola north described Hon. Soja Lekki as a man with the love of his people.
Army Arrests Bandits, Recovers Arms, Frees Kidnapped Victims in Zamfara, Katsina
Suspected bandits and other criminals specialized in killing and kidnapping Nigerians have been arrested by troops of the Operation Sahel Sanity, a component of the Nigerian Army operating in the North-West zone.
This was revealed by the acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier-General Bernard Onywuko, in a statement on Friday.
The statement said the troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY have stepped up their quest to rout remnants of bandits and other criminal elements in the North West zone of the country.
It says the gallant troops have relentlessly redoubled their efforts in this regard recording more successes against the bandits and their collaborators across the Theatre.
“On 12 September 2020, troops deployed at Dandume while on patrol rescued 2 young girls kidnapped by bandits at Dandume LGA in Katsina State. The girls were rescued after a hot pursuit by the troops which forced the bandits to abandon their victims escaping troops’ wrath by the skin of their teeth. The victims who were reportedly kidnapped on 18 August 2020 have been reunited with their families”.
According to the statement, on 13 September 2020, following credible information, troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Wuya recovered one AK-47 Rifle buried in a surgacane farm at Yarsabiya village in Anka LGA of Zamfara State. This prompted further search of the general area in anticipation of more similar recoveries. Relatedly, troops deployed at Moriki and Jangeru responded to a distress call and foiled a planned armed bandits attack on Mai-Zuma village in Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State. The troops immediately mobilized and engaged the marauding bandits in a shoot out along Kayawa axis forcing the bandits to withdraw in disarray and in the process abandoned 3 motorcycles which were recovered by the gallant troops.
Similarly, on 16 September 2020, troops deployed at Magami acting on a tip off arrested one Mr Yaya Rabiu at Magami checkpoint. The suspect was identified by troops to be a member of a notorious bandit gang that recently attacked troops location at Ruwandawa-Kwankele village in Gusau LGA of Zamfara State. Additionally, troops at Dangulbi also acting on credible intelligence arrested a suspected bandit named Basharu in a green tinted Golf III wagon car. Suspect have been on wanted list of bandits terrorizing locals in the general area.
Furthermore, on 16 September 2020, troops on routine patrol encountered armed bandits at Baga Buzu in Zamfara State. The cowardly criminals engaged the troops from afar, but the troops responded with superior fire power forcing the bandits to withdraw in disarray into the nearby forest with gunshot injuries as traces of blood were seen on their escape route. Nevertheless, during exploitation, troops recovered one AK-47 Rifle, 2 motorcycles, and one empty AK 47 Rifle magazine abandoned by the escaping criminals. Similarly, troops on fighting patrol encountered and pursued unconfirmed number of bandits on motorcycles at Kaiga Malamai. During the incident, the bandits abandoned 3 motorcycles and fled into the bushes.
The Army General said on 16 September 2020, troops deployed in Faskari arrested a suspected bandits informant named Isah Indo while spying on troops location. The suspect claimed to be a native of Sabon Layi village in Faskari LGA, but investigation revealed that his claims were false as the villagers denied knowing him. Similarly, following credible information, troops deployed at Yankara arrested a suspected bandits collaborator named Idris Isah from Yampa village in Faskari LGA of Katsina State, who is reported to be engaged in illicit activities with bandits.
Additionally, on 17 September 2020, troops deployed in Faskari responding to a distress call rescued 8 kidnapped victims from suspected bandits at Fankama and Sabon Layi area. This was as a result of actionable information that bandits dressed in military camouflage uniforms were sighted with kidnapped victims, the troops responded quickly and made contact with the bandits forcing them to abandon the victims as they fled into the bushes. In the same vain, troops while on patrol at Chabas Chabas, swiftly responded to a distress call and rescued a Canter truck driver, 11 women and children who were on their way to Batsari Market but were blocked by suspected bandits along Shimfida – Gurbi road. Also on 17 September 2020 troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Dansadau arrested a suspected bandit named Bello Ibrahim on a motorcycle on his way to Dandalla village in Dansadau, Maru LGA of Zamfara state with one Pump Action rifle and 3 live cartridges carefully concealed in a bag. All arrested suspects are in custody understanding preliminary investigation and will soon be handed over to the appropriate prosecuting authorities for further action.
Consequently, the gallant troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY are commended for their continuous successes and their commitment to duty. They are further urged not to rest on their oars until Northwest zone is rid of all criminal elements. While the good people of the Northwest are once again assured of troops commitment to the safety of lives and property within the zone, they are also encouraged to continue to avail the troops with timely and credible information that will assist them in the conduct of their operations.
G4 Media International Confers On Hon. Jingi Rufai Award For Excellent Leadership
The Executive Chairman Mubi South Local Government area ,Hon. Jingi Rufai has just be awarded with the Nobel G4 Media International Award for Excellent Leadership , Peace And Human Development.
Hon. Rufai who spoke through his Council Secretary in a media Chat said he remains committed to peace,security and agricultural development in Southern Mubi.
He also explained that during his time he has been able to facilitate construction of two international Bridge and road linking Nigeria to Cameroon.
He also said his initiative to establish Local Hunters and vigilante has help to counter insecurity in the area.
About agriculture Hon. Rufai stressed that over 70million was spent on the purchase of Irish potatoes which today is currently yielding its harvest but called on more investors to help expand the vision
Mr Emmanuel Stephen Who represented G4 Media International Noted that despite issues on ground and the wrong mis-representation of southern Mubi the chairman has been able to achieve a lot in the few months of his chairmanship , he said indeed this is a proof of good governance by the chairman.
Emmanuel thanked the chairman for his true representation of the people and ask other chairmen to emulate him,saying the award is a result of diligence and good work.
Amongst the many Achievement of the chairman also include Sinking of 10 Boarwholes each across the 10 council wards of the Mubi south Local government area,
In Education the chairman is embarking on Scholarship scheme for indigene of the local government in Tertiary institution of Adamawa state which includes, Adamawa state University, Federal Polytechnic, College of Health Technology, College of Legal studies, National Teachers institute (NTI) and National open University among others,
In a good will message to the chairman,The Village Head, Alhaji Haruna Ahmed in his remarks , Said the Chairman is the First Best Chairman ever produce for the people of the Council, he urges the people to continue to support his administrations to enable him deliver the dividend of Democracy to the people.
Also Council vice chairman Hon. Samuel Iliasu in his speech also said his Boss is Focused, committed and ready to serve the good people of Mubi south Local government, and pray for God protection and Divine direction on him as he pilots the affairs of the Local government.
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