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The Nigerian Military And The Merit Of The Mad Dog Manners

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Chief of Army Staff, General Farouk Yahaya

 

 

By Bala Ibrahim.

The latest news in town is that, pursuant to the attack on the Presidential Guard in Abuja last week, where two officers were killed, the Nigerian Army troops of the same Presidential Guards Brigade, have sprang to action, in the course of which, they identified and destroyed, camps belonging to the bandits, in addition to the recovery of a huge hidden store of weapons. This is a laudable action that is not only worthy of individual praises, but calls for collective commendation.

According to credible sources, the soldiers took the fight to the terrorists, where they raided forests around the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Niger, Kogi and Kaduna states, in search of the terrorists, bandits and kidnappers taking refuge there. The terrorists, who are said to be mostly foreigners, were badly hit, killing many of them, while some escaped on power bikes with gun shots. A good number of the terrorists have been arrested, and are giving useful statements to intelligence officers.

Information obtained from those arrested said, the suspects have revealed that their membership spans across many artisans, including okada riders, water vendors, wheelbarrow pushers, petty traders, mobile tailors, shoe cobblers and others, who are constantly on the move, and ever ready with information before the evildoers strike. The same people also serve as informants on the movements of troops and suspicious presence of security personnel.

This exemplary action of the military has given way to a big question, viz- so the Nigerian military has the capacity for such spectacular operation, yet they remained disdainful to the situation, until some of them were attacked and killed? Why is the mad dog instinct employed only when theirs is the victim? Why?, why?

Those with good memories may still remember, how in the eighties, as a result of a traffic altercation involving Kola Abiola, the eldest son of late MKO Abiola, and a military officer, some soldiers reportedly invaded the Abiola family house and assaulted them. When the matter was reported to the military top brass, a senior military chief said, there was no need for any apology, because, by training, when soldiers are attacked, they respond with the instinct of a mad dog.

The Ijaw people of Odi in Bayelsa State, whose village was temporarily occupied and ravaged in 1999, may still be licking the wounds inflicted on them, when the federal government ordered troops to flush out the killers of some security operatives that were posted there to keep peace. The consequences of the excessive use of force by the military in the area is obnoxiously reprehensible. That is the mannerism of the military, when an attack is visited on them.

Late Gen. Victor Malu, the officer that earned the nickname of the man with guts, and one that was said to be gifted with the character of being blunt, frank and fearless, was then the Chief of Army Staff. He ordered the Odi operation.

Shortly after the operation, which attracted a global opprobrium by Human Rights organizations, I ran into him at the then Ikoyi Hotel, Lagos, and in the course of our interview, where he justified the action of the military, I asked him, what would he do, if his father were to pull a trigger on his head? I would blow up his head, he answered instantaneously. That is the mannerism of the military, when an attack is visited on them.

In something reminiscent to a reminder on the law of Karma, which says, what happens to a person, happens because they caused it with their actions, after Gen. Malu left service, the Zaki-Biam Massacre happened, where hundreds of unarmed Tiv civilians were killed by the military, in revenge to the killing of 19 soldiers, whose mutilated bodies were found near some Tiv villages in 2001. Amongst the villages attacked by the military was Victor Malu’s village, and one of those killed was Malu’s uncle. That is the mannerism of the military, when an attack is visited on them.

With such antecedent, and a history of robust capacity for rapid response, why should it take eternity, for the Nigerian military to rescue kidnapped victims, or identify and demolish the dens of terrorists? More so, when investigative journalists are visiting and talking to the terrorists on regular basis.

Whether or not the military like it, they have long been convicted in the public court, for the dereliction of duty in this regard, and the bulk of the blame goes to the National Security Adviser, Gen. Monguno rtd.

No wonder the call for the sacking of Monguno is gaining momentum, with the latest coming from Senator Sani Musa of the ruling APC.

“What proactive action has the NSA taken? We have to call a spade a spade. If I was the NSA in this country, I will tender my resignation because I have failed. When they (terrorists) are creating cells, you do not wait until when you are attacked before acting. The intelligence that is being shared is a pre-information given to you at a stage where these culprits have not concluded their plans and you neutralise them. For me, I believe that we need to re-strategize”-Sen. Sani Musa.

Yes, Nigerians need to see some spectacular actions, in order to justify the merit of that mad dog manners of the military.

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Rivers Boils, Kano Simmer: Political Chaos and Federal Indifference

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Harun Muhammad

For those that have been following with a keen interest, Rivers politics has been intensely boiling for almost a year now. First, a state Governor losing a control of his entire cabinet members, and the State Assembly intended to serve him an impeachment notice. Instead to allow that unfortunate event to happen, he instructed demolition of the House Assembly chamber. This single act could’ve been termed as an absolute abuse of power and treasonable offence against the democratic settings of our land. However, nothing happened.

Secondly, while on that mission of emancipation, we have watched with dismay how the police, under instructions from those close to the corridors of powers, discharge out hot water on the Executive Governor of Rivers, all in the attempt to stop him from having access to the Assembly chamber. However, that didn’t stop him. The Governor, used executive power to present his budget to minority assembly members, which was considered as illegitimate way of democratic processes. Again, nothing happened.

Thirdly, since last few months, there has been tension in the state because the tenure of the existing local government chairmen is expiring tomorrow. As a result, the Wike and Fubara’s camp started throwing heavy threats. The former’s camp is claiming that only the court of law can sack them while the later are saying, based on the orders from the Governor, they must vacate their seats before tomorrow. As I am writing this, it is getting spontaneously tense in Rivers, and only God knows when this melting pot will stop boiling.

Why am I saying this?

Ever since this series of events started to emerge in Rivers, the State Governor and the security forces in the state, despite multiple court orders and proceedings, have been working closely with Gov Fubara. There has never a time when a Commissioner of Police publicly disagreed with the Governor. In fact, the first CP was removed and new one was issued into the state at the peak of the turmoil just to make things easier for the Governor.

Rivers, being one of the oil-producing states, is a critical factor to Nigeria’s evaporating economy. With political instability on ground, a clear threat to the national security is conspicuously aiming to emerge. However, there was never a time the security forces takeover some portion of the state against the State Governor’s order. There was never a time security forces usurped the Executive Governor. There was never a single time.

On the other hand, in Kano, the state government passed a law to revert the Emirate to its status quo, which has been in existing over 100 years ago. The Governor, by the power given to him constitutionally, signed the bill into law. By that single Act, the Governor generously refused to send the dethroned out of the state against the tradition of the Emirate in the past.

Despite this, some political actors find themselves in a position to destabilise the peaceful coexistence of the state, which has given them everything. Consequently, with the help from the above, they have been fanning the embers of resentment which continues to smolder, threatening to reignite from time to time.

It should be noted that, the Rivers and Kano issues are mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive events. However, the later seems to have drawn more attention to the security forces and federal government, despite posing significantly less threat to the national security than the one in Rivers. The question is: why always Kano?

Again, it should be noted that the political actors, having been democratically defeated at the polls twice, including the courts, are hellbent to continuously cause unending chaos in Kano State, and therefore prepare them for 2027 election.

We shall remind the Federal Government that the people who are encouraging them to challenge a democratically elected Governor are not doing the entire process a favour. More specifically, what we want the state actors to note that they are setting a dangerous precedence because tomorrow someone with access to power could play a worse syntax against the laws in the land.

The world is watching, and seven years—even if those in power secure re-election—will quickly pass.

Haroun Muhammed writes from Lagos, Nigeria

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The Wike ,I never Expect-Abba Hamisu

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Governor Wike making the address

 

Abba Hamisu

Glad to be a resident of Abuja the Federal Capital Territory FCT,glad to have Nyesom Wike as FCT Minister .

Yes in past nine years particularly from 2014 to 2022 I frequently visit Abuja from Kano mostly by air as one of my clients that I provide TV content for them paid the bill on weekly basis together with one or two of my workers at Time Base TvAfrica ,but from the Airport to my hotel all I see then was dust plus harders walking freely around some of the strategic areas of the city .

But with coming of the former Rivers State Governor Wike who mostly perceived to be a stubborn politician ,things have suddenly change overnight.

What I mean by overnight is that the man have change the face of Abuja within one year. I am proud with this development and appreciate the support of Dr. Bunkure ,the State Minister of FCT who was the former Commissioner for Higher Education in Kano State from 2019 to 2023.

With out bothering you much ,what really passionate me about this man is the completion of the Abuja Metro rail which was initiated during the second tenure of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

Serial FCT Ministers couldn’t complete this project but Wike did. From Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport to the National Stadium down to Edu rail station up to the Central area ,the main Metro stations,was a lovely journey,free of charge for all passengers including me on 7th June 2024 .And according to the plan ,the train will be free up to December 2024.

So Abuja residents like me and Visitors have every right to enjoy this giant project of Wike.

Congratulations Abuja residents and Nigerians by Extension.

My hope is to see Kano light rail soon ,forget about politics ,Governor Yusuf should learn from Wike ,as Prophet of Islam (S A.W ) said “Wisdom is the property of a pious man ,he should pick it where ever he see’s it”.

Kano need modern transportation system fly overs and under passes alone can not provide the needed solutions.

Abba Hamisu Sani ,is the CEO Time Base TvAfrica/Nigerian Bureau Chief Africa Press and the National Coordinator Society For Patriotic Journalism.

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Federal Government Agents Must Uphold the Law, Not Cause Havoc in Kano

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Emir Of Kano Muhammadu Sunusi II

 

By Turaki Abubakar

The recent turmoil surrounding the emirship throne in Kano is distressing and alarming. I am compelled to speak out against the blatant disregard for the law and moral integrity by federal government agents and certain political factions.

Governor Kabir Abba Yusuf has signed into law a decision that deposed the five emirs, effectively reinstating Muhammadu Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano. However, federal security institutions, including the Nigerian Army, Police, and the Department of State Services (DSS), are allegedly working against the implementation of this law, undermining the state’s legal authority.

The complicity of former Governor Ganduje and his camp in this legal defiance is evident. They are abusing the judicial process by rushing to federal courts in Abuja for matters that should be under the exclusive jurisdiction of state high courts. This is a dangerous precedent for federal overreach into state matters.

It is shameful and degrading for institutions like the Nigerian military, police force, and DSS to be allegedly compromised in this manner. Their involvement in this unconstitutional stand-off is a direct affront to the resolutions passed by the Kano State House of Assembly and signed into law by Governor Abba.

The jurisdictional issues are clear. State high courts have exclusive jurisdiction over chieftaincy matters, not federal courts. The Federal High Court has overstepped its bounds by entertaining cases related to the emirship that are the purview of state courts.

I urge senior lawyers, citizens, and all those with a conscience to speak out against this encroachment on Kano’s autonomy and legal integrity. The law must take its rightful place. Aminu Ado Bayero is no longer the Emir of Kano, and unless the law is repealed and his appointment reversed, Muhammadu Sanusi II remains the duly appointed Emir.

In conclusion, the federal government must refrain from encouraging impunity and ensure that its agents respect the rule of law. The institutions responsible for maintaining law and order should not be used as tools for political maneuvering and unconstitutional actions. It is high time that the federal government upholds the principles of justice and legality, allowing Kano State to govern its affairs without undue interference.

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