Aide to the senate deputy minority leader, Moses Agbe has reacted to an article against his boss Senator Emmanuel Bwacha.
The article widely been circulated on social media by one Tiv Youths Forum accused the deputy minority leader of the 9th senate of keeping mute over the Tiv /jukun debacle of his senatorial district.
But reacting to the allegations his senior legislative Aide ,said it is just a campaign of propaganda against his boss.
In the press release the aide listed all his boss efforts in the senatorial district.
“My attention has been drawn to an inciting article widely circulated in the social media and other fora of recent, signed by an amorphous Tiv Youths Forum, accusing the Deputy Minority Leader of the 9th Senate, Sen.(Dr.) Emmanuel Bwacha, CON of keeping mute over the recurrent Tiv/Jukun debacle of Taraba South-the zone he represents.
Nothing could be ridiculous to say the least but we shall get to that later. The writers who addressed the write-up to the Senate President failed, in the first count by displaying lack of understanding of legislative procedures. You don’t address such a matter to the Senate and ask it to set-up a comnüssion of inquiry when the matter concerns a State.
It’s unfortunate that the group feigned ignorance; by-passing the Chief Security Officer of Taraba State (The Governor) and went to the Senate to seek relief in the matter that every patriotic and peace loving Tiv/Jukun in the State is concerned about”.
“WHAT IS SILENCE?
It is unfair for anyone to accuse Senator Bwacha of keeping silent when it is on record, he is the most consistent vocal voice on the issue. And this is not only because he is the Senator representing the Zone of the conflict but also because he is a believer in peace and mutual coexistent of all tribes in his Jurisdiction, which he has proven over the decades”.
In one of the initial cases the group referred to, that is the Mararraba/Donga issue, it was the Senator who made the first move for peace. He reached out to Tiv Leaders across the State to intimate them of the burrowing hostilities. Many of the leaders he reached out to can attest to this fact. The Senator reached them to prevail on the attackers who first pillage Gidan Adamu and Gankwe communities. They were initially repelled but to the communities’ shock, the attacker’s remobilized and came back. Suntai village was attacked too and people displaced in their thousands. The counter attack was said to be as a result of the initial provocation. In one of the attack a Pastor and his wife were hacked to death in the Farm by the alleged Tiv militia.
The attack on the Senators main place was bizarre because the place is NOT known for such clashes. For decades, while those crises raged, they never spilled into the area since it was mostly outside the place. So both the senator and many watchers of the area were shocked at the sudden attacks on the communities”.
After the attacked on Suntai, Senator Bwacha sent N 1m (One Million Naira ) for relief materials to the displaced people. The senator sent more than that amount to the Tiv communities too. The Tiv Youth Forum’s accusation that he sent N3million Naira to any Divisional Police Officer (DPO) to release culprits in the crisis is a figment of their imagination”.
“THE EFFORTS AT PUBLIC AWARENESS
It is on record that the Senator is always bringing the issues of insecurity of the Zone generally, and Tiv/Jukun debacle particularly, to the front burner of the hallowed Red Chamber. Coming under order 43, the Senator has brought this matter severally on the floor of the Senate. He has had various media interviews on the issues. This is in addition to all the background efforts back home in various peace parleys he has been holding with Tiv/Jukun Leaders of thoughts”.
“PRESENCE OF ARMED FORCES
It’s common knowledge that the art of Military Command is not in the purview of Senator Bwacha. He doesn’t control or direct how armed forces and law enforcement agents chose to station their base(s). What we can say, is that the military is grappling with national insecurity and may thus deploy their men wisely around the country to the best of their professional abilities. This aspect is to the exclusive preserve of the Military hierarchy and the governor. To now accuse the Senator of Influencing posting of Soldiers to protect only Jukun communities is a Fallacy”.
“STOPPING TIV POLITICIANS FROM CONTESTING
It’s comical to accuse Senator Bwacha as a person, of stopping Tiv from contesting elections as the youths averred. After all, Senator Bwacha ran with Dr. Yakubu TorAgbidye, a Tiv Man in the last election. Dr. Agbidye, came a distant third, even with his boast of harnessing Tiv votes. Senator Bwacha enjoyed substantial Tiv votes in past elections. In this last election, most Tiv votes TcMAgbidye) but Senator also got some votes from Tiv especially in Chanchanji and a few from his Local government-Donga.
Those who know Senator Bwacha can attest that he has done a Jot to the Tiv nation in Taraba and the results are there for anybody who cares to know can verify.
It’s also factual that God has used Senator Bwacha to uplift many sons and daughters of Tiv nation in Taraba. Therefore, to accuse him of being part of some mysterious plans for genocide is totally uncharitable and unpatriotic”.
Timi Frank Demands Immediate Release of Lance Corporal Martins
Timi Frank, former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has called on the Nigerian Army to immediately released Lance Corporal Martins.
A Nigerian Army officer Lance Corporal Martins was arrested after making a video blasting the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, and other security chiefs in the country.
According to a reliable source, the soldier was picked by senior military officers, who said they were acting based on an “order from above.”
In the 12-minute video, the soldier expressed his anger at the security chiefs especially Buratai, and Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, for not being committed to end the incessant killings of Nigerians by terrorists and armed bandits.
He revealed how the military ordered the illegal detention of some soldiers, who demanded better weapons and ammunition to combat Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in the country.
He stated that though he might be arrested and probably killed for the video, he is ready to sacrifice himself for the country.
Reacting to the arrest of the Lance Corporal, Timi Frank via his verified twitter handle released a press statement where he expressed his disappointment with the Nigerian Service Chiefs. Frank called the Service Chiefs, Service Thieves
Frank further said this issues of security challenges has made Nigeria to remain the way she is up till date.
Frank acknowledged how strong Nigeria Militaries are but that they lack the needed all round supports because of the corruption prevalent in the characters of the Service Chiefs.
Comrade Timi Frank’s Full Statement
“After watching this video of a Nigerian Military Officer crying out, Nigeria is indeed in big trouble. I’m very disappointed with our service Chiefs. With this video, it is obvious we dont have Service Chiefs but Service Thieves. And that is why the country will continue to remain in a helpless state like this. May God save Nigeria!
With this video, it has clearly shown the reason why these Service Chiefs have refused to retire, even when they’re due for retirement.
Nigeria is suppose to be Giant of Africa, rather we are the Giant of Thieves. With all our military war chest we have, Nigeria still cannot defeat Boko Haram, rather a country like Chad were able to extinct Boko Haram around their region.
Nigeria has a very strong military force, but there has been no support for them to Carry out their duties, because of the corruption amongst the Service Chiefs.
From all indications, Boko Haram is more prepared than our military. Because the Service Thieves keep embezzling all the money that is meant for equipment.
After watching this video, Nigerians should stop seeing these criminals as Service Chiefs, but as Service Thieves.
I hereby call on the release of Lance Corporal. He should be celebrated, not arrested. He has Nigeria’s interests at heart.”
Ondo APC Primary: Hold Akeredolu Responsible For Security Breach – Adelami Campaign Team
Ahead of Ondo state governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Adelami Lamilaka Campaign organisation rooting for the ambition of Olaide Owolabi Adelami, has asked the security agencies to hold governor Akeredolu responsible if any life lost to the exercise.
The campaign team in a statement released in Abuja Tuesday, signed by Barrister Segun Ogodo, said governorAkeredolu, who is supposed to be the chief security officer of the state appears to be aiding and abetting gross insecurity in the state particularly in Owo, his hometown.
“For quite some times, Owo community has been living under palpable fears as guns and other dangerous weapons are being openly displayed with sporadic gunshots even in the day time without any challenge.
“The Police seems to be helpless as they complain of no operational vehicle for them to respond to emergencies. The questions people are asking is that could this be deliberate? Whose responsibility is it to provide essential working tools for security operatives in the state? Inspite of the huge security votes at the disposal of the Governor to be used in security the lives and property of the people, it is now being used to molest and harass perceived opponents.
“The authority and the general public are invited to note the challenging situation in Owo community and to further note that crimes related to killing and kidnapping of party stalwarts may not be far from the nefarious activities of this killer squad. The task, for them, became necessary as there are about six aspirants contesting against Mr Governor in his hometown, Owo.”
The campaign team asked the security agencies to “call on Nigeria Police Force, the DSS and Civil Defense to investigate and make proper arrest before July 20th primary election.
“Furthermore, it was gathered that these bad boys recruited into this heinous acts are given mandate to kill some popular APC aspirants and their supporters before the primary election. Some categories of APC strongholds loyal to these marked-for-death aspirants are to be bulldozed with cutlasses, pump-action guns and AK47 assault riffles bought for them.
“Just last week, one of the foremost aspirants and our principal, Chief Olayide Adelami, who hails from the same Owo town with Gov Akeredolu called for calm among his followers, as his campaign vehicle was seriously hit by bullets and machete from these cultists in Akeredolu’s camp. The vehicle driver, who happened to be one of the Adelami campaign frontrunners was targeted and seriously hit by bullets as occupants narrowly escaped death on that fateful day. Another woman, one of our loyalists from Owo, Mrs Esther Annunobi, whose house was ransacked and subjected to sporadic shooting was recently discharged from the hospital, after receiving treatment as a result of the shock received over the unpleasant incident.
“Mr Governor seems to have given the marching order to his aides that this election is a do or die affair for him, that it is either he wins or something else happens, they should do whatever they think would give him the victory regardless of the number of innocent lives that can be affected.
“In the meantime, several letters have been submitted to the Presidency and Inspector-General of Police office by one of the leading APC groups in the state, Ondo APC Mandate Group over the stock-pilling of arms by Akeredolu boys but up till now, neither investigation nor arrest has been made, this gives these bad boys an impression that nothing will happen to them, as promised by Gov. Akeredolu.
“For the last time, we hereby call on Nigeria Police Force, the DSS and Civil Defense to investigate and make proper arrest before July 20th primary election. Our fear is that, after the election the temple of their mobilization will not continue, and these boys will retire to armed robbery, kidnapping and terrorism, which are already happening along Owo-Akure and Owo-Akoko roads.
“A stitch in time saves nine. This is how Boko-Haram started and was treated with kid-gloves and the situation has become a National embarrassment with all the security services involved in fighting the insurgence.
“Gov. Akeredolu should be held responsible and be made to face the full wrath of the law, if any life is lost or threatened henceforth.”
5th Anniversary: Buhari is Killing Nigeria With Debt, Says Timi Frank
Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, on Friday, said that the last five years of General Muhammadu Buhari’s regime remains the worst in the history of the country.
Frank in a statement in Abuja said that the nation’s progress is presently on a freeze and can only return to normal mode of development after Buhari’s tenure.
He noted that apart from the President’s inept and riderless administration in the last five years, Nigerians must brace up for further economic and social torments ahead in the next three years.
He lamented that Buhari has continued to lead the country and its yet unborn citizens into the abyss of debt and slavery with his penchant for amassing loans meant to be shared by the cabal rather than for positive developmental projects.
He insisted that it would take Nigeria another 10 decades to repay and recover from the loans already amassed and squandered by the present administration.
Frank said: “Today marks the fifth year of the Buhari’s regime in power, yet, Nigerians have not recovered from his ruinous ways of the dummy sold to them prior to the 2015 presidential elections.
“Buhari is not only the most incompetent Nigerian leader but the most unprepared for the nation’s exalted office of President.
“Notwithstanding his half-baked polices like the single treasury account, closure of borders and playing patron to deadly and bloodthirsty herdsmen, his incapacity to comprehend the workings of modern economy is legendary.
“In 2016 alone, over five million Nigerians lost their jobs when he plunged the country into an unwarranted recession.
“Besides, the worsening insecurity across the country, he has not deemed it to change the leadership of the armed forces purposely selected from a section of the country and religious faith.
“The only legacy Buhari has built in the last five years is an ever increasing debt profile for the country.
“Under Buhari, Nigeria’s debt profile rose from N10.32 billion in June 30, 2015 to 27.4trillion naira as at December 31, 2019.
“Presently, our rubber stamp 9th National Assembly is sealing another $5.513billion external loan for Buhari.
“This is after the same National Assembly hurriedly repurposed N850 billion external loan to be sourced by Buhari from the local capital markets in May 2019.
“Already, over a quarter of Nigeria’s N10.51 trillion revised 2020 budget, that is N3trillion has been earmarked for debt service, which far exceeds the N2.23trillion meant for capital expenditure.”
“This clearly shows that Buhari’s only Next Level Agenda has been to lead the country into bondage through unmitigated borrowing from multilateral lending institutions like the World Bank, IMF, AfDB, Islamic Development Bank and the China EXIM Bank, among others,
“With all these, one of Buhari’s hirelings claims that ‘we are glad’ the retired General ‘came our way’ in 2015. What do you expect?
“I believe that Nigeria will be free from this burden one day. All it would take is for Nigerians to put on their thinking caps and elect a leader who will lead them out of Egypt and not one that would further increase their heavy yoke.
“Today Nigerians are celebrating five years of poverty, hardship, sickness, joblessness, rising inflation, drowning economy and debt slavery courtesy of Buhari.”
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