The Coalition of Oduduwa Descendants and the Movement for Peace (CODMP) says President Muhammadu Buhari has wiped away tears of Nigerians with the rescue of 344 schoolboys in Katsina State.
The group made this known on Monday when it led thousands of South-West natives to a one-day grand rally in appreciation of the president.
The massive march, held in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, had numerous notable Oduduwa sons and daughters in attendance.
Speaking on behalf of other visibly elated Nigerians, Oloye Balogun Tosin said palpable tension accompanied the abduction of the students given the country’s past experiences in such situations.
He noted that mischief merchants immediately capitalised to paint the current administration in bad light before the populace and the international community.
He said the successful rescue of the boys, however, deflated their egos and evil plot against the country.
According to Balogun, President Buhari displayed patriotism and sound leadership to achieve this feat in record time.
He also acknowledged the remarkable role of security agencies who displayed a “great professionalism” and “unalloyed commitment”.
He, however, assured the president of the unflinching support of the entire southwest region.
Read the full statement below:
This is indeed a day of joy, and our most profound appreciation goes to all of us that kept faith in efforts by the government towards rescuing the abducted students of Government Science School, Kankara, Katsina State.
The leadership of the Coalition of Oduduwa Descendants and Movement for Peace in Nigeria convoked this grand rally not to grandstand, but to express our deepest gratitude to God Almighty for this triumphant return of our boys from the den of captivity.
If we may recall, when news of the abduction of the schoolboys filtered into the country, there was palpable tension in the polity given our past experiences in such situations, and as such the nation was rife with various narratives that attempted to deflate our belief in the commitment of the Muhammadu Buhari led administration in the protection of lives and properties in the country.
Rumour and mischief merchants ran riot in an attempt to cast the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in bad light before the populace and the international community. But the successful rescue of the boys has indeed deflated their egos and evil plot against the country.
The return of our boys is indeed a joyous event in the country hence this grand rally in appreciation of President Muhammadu Buhari for displaying sound leadership in such a trying time in the country.
We are consequently rolling out the drums in ecstatic celebration for this remarkable feat that was achieved in record time, which remains a first in the annals of the country. We are also not ignorant of the fact that the security agencies in the country deployed tremendous and detailed planning and execution towards the return of our boys.
We must all admit that this is indeed a great display of professionalism by the security agencies in the country. They have indeed exhibited an unalloyed commitment to addressing the various security challenges in the country.
We must note that it takes sound leadership for such a feat to be recorded and that is why we are here in solidarity with President Muhammadu Buhari regardless of what conflict merchants have been peddling in the public space and the polity.
If only they knew that to President Muhammadu Buhari every life matters regardless of ethnic or religious affiliations or social status. President Muhammadu indeed belongs to everybody and nobody, and this much he has exhibited in his leadership of the country manifest in policies that affect all strata of the society in ways too numerous to mention.
We are using this medium to inform Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari is indeed God sent to Nigeria and all those that have been engaging in acts that undermine his efforts as the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces ought to have a rethink in this material time.
We are saying this loud and clear that no amount of blackmail of politically instigated acts of insecurity would deter Mr President in fully executing his social contract with the people which is to ensure that all Nigerians from all nook and cranny of Nigeria have a country they can call their own.
We can go on non-stop because the Nigeria of today is such that requires a leader that is alive to his responsibilities and this much President Muhammadu Buhari has exhibited in the country. The successful rescue of our boys is one of such instances that deserve commendation from all well-meaning Nigerians.
The Coalition of Oduduwa Descendants and the Movement for Peace in Nigeria is deeply appreciative of President Muhammadu Buhari and is making a patriotic call to all well-meaning Nigerians to extend their support to our amiable president as he pilots the affairs of our great country.
We are using this medium to say a big THANK You to President Muhammadu Buhari and also to encourage him not to relent in his commitment towards leading Nigeria on the path of greatness.
We are also using this medium to shout five big Gbosa to Mr. President: Gbosa, Gbosa, Gbosa, Gbosa and Gbosa for a job well done and for him to continue in this fashion to the benefit of humanity and the glory of God.
Nigeria is indeed blessed to have such a president and our loyalty towards this government is unflinching, and this much we are displaying in our number at this grand rally.
This rally is also to send a message to all the doubting Thomas’s that Nigeria is indeed in safe hands with President Muhammadu Buhari and this much the generality of Nigerians must know in our quest for sustainable development as a people and as a country.
We consequently make a solemn pledge to continue to support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, and this remains unflinching.
Finally, we say a big thank you to all those that kept faith till our boys were rescued. And to those gallant security agents that led the successful operations, we appreciate your efforts.
Once again, thank You, Mr President.
Thank you all, and God bless.
Bandits Lay Siege To Armed Forces Command And Staff College, Jaji
Some criminals, suspected to be bandits, are currently laying siege around the premises of Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) located in Jaji, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Their mission, according to some locals in the community who spoke to our correspondent during a telephone conversation, was to abduct some staff of the college and the communities around the area.
This is coming in less than two months after bandits stormed the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Mando, also in Kaduna and kidnapped no fewer than 39 students.
AFCSC is a training facility for the Nigerian Armed Forces, including the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force and Nigerian Navy.
A resident of the area, who simply identified himself as Adamu, told Daily Trust via telephone that the bandits have always surrounded the institution while terrorising the communities around the college.
“It is only Allah that has been saving us. They (bandits) have always rustled cows in our communities. Military operatives do engage them in gun battle anytime they come around, that is why we don’t have major casualties yet,” Adamu said.
The Commandant of the college, Air Marshal Olayinka Alade, confirmed this on Wednesday in Abuja when he visited the Army Headquarters to brief Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Attahiru Ibrahim, on the development and other issues in the institution.
Alade said the institution has decided to launch impromptu searching and clearance operations in some communities where the bandits are operating around the college having informed General Officer Commanding 1 Division.
“There are some communities around the school that have developed and because it is like part of the college, maybe they are hiding under that cover, so some bandits are there. Because of that, there is collaboration with other institution’s heads in the college. Constantly, we try to conduct an impromptu searching. We conduct search and patrol from time to time.
“What we discovered now is that, not too far ahead, some communities… it is like all these bandits have made all that place their aim, so I discussed with GOC 1 Div. From time to time, we need to carry out clearance operations,” the AFCSC Commandant said.
The Commandant further disclosed that the bandits rustled some cows behind the college on Tuesday, April 13 – a development that led to gun duel between them and the military operatives.
He, however, did not disclose whether there was any casualty, noting that he came to brief the COAS so as not to be surprised if he hears anything subsequently.
According to him, “In fact, yesterday (Tuesday), I was told that some bandits came to come and rustle some cows just behind us. There was an exercise that was carried out by the NACI. They actually encountered these bandits, they had to exchange fire during the exercise.
“Those are the things we’re trying to ensure that we are not surprised if they have come that close, then, we need to sit tight and ensure we clear that place.”
$1bn Arms Procurement: Clear Your Name Now, Coalition Charges Defence Minister
The Coalition for Truth and Justice (CTJ) has called on the Minister of Defence, Bashir Salihi Magashi, to clear his name from the controversial purchase of security equipment.
The group noted that Magashi must explain how his ministry expended the $1billion approved by the Federal Government in April 2018.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday in Abuja, national coordinator, Timothy Charles, described the minister’s silence as “unholy” and an “embarrassment” to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Charles said the group is alarmed that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Attahiru Ibrahim is carrying out acts to shield the minister.
The Coalition for Truth and Justice, therefore, advised the COAS to be bold enough to stand by the truth instead of being clever by half and attempting to insult the sensibilities of Nigerians.
The group also urged all well-meaning Nigerians to demand that the minister comes out clear by providing facts and details on arms procurement under his watch.
While absorbing the former service chiefs of any involvement, the Coalition for Truth and Justice added that Magashi must come clean for Nigerians to take the FG more seriously in its quest to address the security challenges in the country.
Read the full statement below:
The Coalition for Truth and Justice, a non-governmental organization in Nigeria dedicated to the entrenchment of transparency and accountability in governance in Nigeria, welcomes you all to this important press conference that is intended to address some of the pertinent issues that have surrounded the $1 billion released for the purchase of arms in the prosecution of the war against terrorism and other acts of criminalities across the country.
We must agree that these issues are of great importance to the well-being of the country at large, given the country’s security challenges in recent times as well as the government’s efforts in addressing these challenges.
It is common knowledge that the Muhammadu Buhari administration had in April 2018 approved the release of $1 billion to Nigerian Defence authorities for the purchase of security equipment to fight insecurity in the country under the purview of the Ministry of Defence.
Thus, it is pertinent to state that since the coming of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, arms purchases have been domiciled with the Ministry of Defence and not individual services as erroneously projected in the public space.
It is also succinct to state that the Honorable Minister of Defence, who is in charge of the Ministry of Defence, should provide answers to questions surrounding arms purchase in the country. It is thus despicable that there has been some well-orchestrated attempt by some vested interest to divert attention from the Minister of Defence.
We are constrained to add that the statement credited to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, during his appearance before the House of Representatives is diversionary and an indication that he is carrying out the whims and caprices of the Honorable Minister of Defence.
The Coalition for Truth and Justice views the recent happenings as a sad development in the sense that as a high ranking officer of the Nigerian Army and one who is conversant with the operational procedures in the Nigerian Military would elect to feign ignorance to an issue as sensitive as arms purchase in the prosecution of the war against terrorism in the country.
We are aware that the Ministry of Defence is responsible for arms purchases and the unholy silence of the Honorable Minister of Defence in this regard leaves many questions unanswered. This is also an embarrassment of unimaginable proportion to the Muhammadu Buhari administration that the Honourable Minister of Defence cannot articulate a response to the questions surrounding the monies meant for arms purchase.
The Coalition for Truth and Justice uses this medium to call on the Honorable Minister to come out clear by providing the much-needed information surrounding the $1billion released to purchase arms.
If this is not the case, we then wonder why the Honorable Minister of Defence has elected to play to the gallery in a case as sensitive as this. More alarming is that the Chief of Army Staff has been carrying out acts that aim to shield the Honorable Minister of Defence.
The Coalition for Truth and Justice frowns at such display and wishes to advise the Chief of Army Staff to be bold enough to stand by the truth instead of being clever by half and attempting to insult the sensibilities of Nigerians.
We are constrained to add that if the Chief of Army Staff who has barely spent months in office would not be bold enough to call a spade a spade, we are afraid that his ability to lead the prestigious Nigerian Army is indeed questionable.
It is also curious that the Chief of Army Staff could ask that the past service chief be invited to answer questions on arms procurement during their tenures. This is indeed an anomaly that all well-meaning Nigerians must resist.
This also goes to the Honorable Minister of Defence, who, by his actions, has displayed that he does not have a grasp of the operational strategies of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
It is our considered opinion that the Honorable Minister of Defence must, as a matter of necessity and urgency, provide the general public details on how the $1billion was expended under his watch in the spirit of transparency and accountability.
The Coalition for Truth and Justice calls on all well-meaning Nigerians to demand that the Honorable Minister of Defence come out clear by providing facts and details on arms procurement under his watch.
Therefore, it would be inexcusable for the Honorable Minister of Defence to continue to shy away from his responsibilities by pushing a distractive narrative in the public space. And not until this is done, the government’s seriousness in the prosecution of the war against terrorism would always be called to question.
The general public must also be aware that the former service chiefs were never involved in arms procurement and must do good to ignore the well-orchestrated campaign in this regard. Consequently, the Honorable Minister of Defence must come out to clear the air if we are indeed serious in addressing the security challenges in the country.
This is the position of the Coalition for Truth and Justice as critical stakeholders in the entrenchment of transparency and accountability in governance in Nigeria.
We thank you for your time and charge all present to take this message to their various constituencies.
God bless Nigeria.
God bless the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
UK Group Task Ibomites to Support Their Leaders
The people of Akwa-Ibom state have been urged to celebrate their own rather than castigating leaders who have sacrificed for the development of their region.
The president General, Global Peace Movement International UK, Dr. Mike Uyi made this declaration in a statement on Thursday in London.
According to him, the people of Akwa-Ibom should see themselves as a region in Nigeria that are lucky to have a leader like the former governor of the state, Godswill Akpabio now minister of Niger Delta.
He said, “People of Akwa-Ibom state should learn to celebrate what they have. For any reason whatsoever, Sen. Godswill Akpabio is a palm tree, an iroko which is known by every native and international farmer”.
“Akpabio is tested and trusted. As commissioner, Governor, Senator, now a minister of Niger Delta, he performed excellently and still have outstanding performance among his minister counterparts. So, why attack him?”.
Uyi said assessing Akpabio’s political journey so far, one will not be wrong to call Akpabio a successful politician because of his antecedents.
“If not for anything else, he puts Akwa-Ibom state in the Guinness book of record. The state or region is currently enjoying what Akpabio left on the ground”.
“Global Peace Movement International UK is saying clearly that the future of Nigeria is in Akwa-Ibom”.
Dr. Uyi said Akpabio’s progressive portfolio has added a label (GSM) to his personality. The label GSM stands for: Governor (G), Senator (S) and Minister (M).
“His starling performance can not be compared to any in the history of democracy in Nigeria and in Akwa-Ibom state since the creation of the state”.
Uyi further stated that Akpabio has long transcended state or regional barriers. “His sole motivation has been raising the standards of living of Nigerians, promoting the good image of the country and empowering ordinary citizens of Nigeria to not only pursue their dreams but more importantly in providing them with the means to achieve these dreams”.
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