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Gowon Expresses Fear over Killings, Bleak Economy

Mon, 26 Nov 2018

Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), yesterday expressed concern over the wanton killings in the country, lamenting that with the 2019 general elections fast approaching, Nigerians were becoming fearful and anxious about the future.

He was also worried over the state of the economy, saying hardship has not only made the poor poorer, but has drastically reduced the quality of life of even the rich.

Gowon, who is also the convener of Nigeria Prays, an interdenominational Christian organisation that prays and intercedes for the people and the country, spoke at a special National Prayer Service held at the national headquarters of the Deeper Life Bible Church in Lagos yesterday, and tasked the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to be alive to its primary responsibility of protection of lives and property of all citizens.

He said, “The problem of economic hardship has not only made the poor poorer, but has drastically reduced the quality of life of even the rich or politically influential.

“But we must continually demand that government be seriously alive to its primary responsibility of the protection of life and property of all citizens. While the government is encouraged to do the needful, people of faith also must be encouraged to win over unnecessarily angry and violent people with the force of love.”

The former head of state said despite the killings perpetrated by “the dark agents of insurgency, Boko Haram, or by armed cattle herdsmen and rustlers, Christians should not resort to any form of retaliation that would lead to a religious war.”

The former head of state said despite this, the children of God should come together and pray for the nation, adding that “whatsoever the provocation, whatever the threat, for the sake of the country -Nigeria, Christians should never resort to retaliation.”

He urged the people and the church to embrace the spirit of love, patriotism and commitment to the good of the nation irrespective of political party or religious affiliations or tribal differences.

Gowon said, “I say this mindful of the concerns that have been raised by Christians across the country over the growing spate of the killings of our brethren that have been recorded and reported nationwide.

“Truth be told, these are genuine concerns. Should this lead us to contemplating retaliations or reprisal attacks? The scriptures are clear: vengeance is of the Lord. We must steer clear of any semblance of encouraging religious warfare in the guise of self-defence.”

At the service, where Buhari was represented by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, and was attended by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Okey Enelamah, who represented Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; the Social Democratic Party (SDP) presidential candidate, Mr. Donald Duke, and his wife, Onari; the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate for Lagos State, Mr. Jide Sanwo-olu; Dr. Christopher Kolade; Chief Opral Benson and the wife of the governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Funsho Amosun, among others, the General Overseer of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Dr. William Kumuyi, in his sermon, said that God has not given up on Nigeria.

Kumuyi, while quoting profusely from the Bible, said that Nigeria is like Egypt in the Bible, where God said that “Egypt shall return to the Lord,” adding that despite what the nation may be going through, it shall overcome the present tribulations.

Criticisms Trail Metele Massacre as Defence Minister Meets Chadian Counterpart

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), pan-Yoruba cultural group, Afenifere, and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) among others said yesterday that President Muhammadu Buhari had not done enough to frontally respond to the worsening security situation in the country, especially in the North-east.

In a press statement during the week by the presidency, Buhari was quoted as expressing deep shock over the killing of over 100 military personnel in Metele village of Borno State by Boko Haram terrorists, assuring that immediate measures were being taken to ensure that the gaps that gave room for the fatalities were blocked once and for all.

It was gathered last night that the Minister of Defence, Brig-Gen Mansur Muhammad Dan Ali (Rtd) is expected to visit N’djamena, Chad later in the week to discuss with his Chadian counterpart, General Daoud Yaya, on how to respond to the worsening security crisis along the Nigeria – Chad border.

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In Borno, Boko Haram Crisis Mounts, Buhari in Shock, Assures a Weary Nation

Mon, 26 Nov 2018

There are fears that the recent spate of attacks on military barracks and formations in the North-east may be a precursor of much bigger assaults by a resurgent Boko Haram, THISDAY has learnt. The decimation of military formations in communities in the zone is been viewed as a clear pattern for an audacious takeover of the territories that these units were established to protect.

The attack on Metele community in Borno State about one week ago, which led to the death of over 118 soldiers, caused outrage and massive criticism of the federal government’s handling of the war against the terror group. Islamic State West Africa (ISWA), which has claimed responsibility for the attack, had pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS in Syria. Members of ISWA had travelled to Syria to partake in the fight to oust President Assad of Syria.

Having been defeated in Syria, most of the fighters came back to form ISWA and have been fighting alongside Boko Haram in the West African sub-region.

Yesterday, there were further reports of sustained attacks by Boko Haram on troops sent to Metele to recover corpses of the slain soldiers. The attacks prevented the soldiers from evacuating the reportedly decomposing bodies of their fallen colleagues.

President Muhammadu Buhari Saturday issued a statement expressing shock over the killings and assuring Nigerians of his government’s commitment to their security.

“Members of the armed forces are one family who are commonly committed to the security and safety of all Nigerians,” the statement said.

The statement came nearly one week after the fact and heavy criticism of the president for keeping quiet over the killing of the soldiers by terrorists believed to be members of the Islamic State in West Africa.

The president had last week summoned the country’s security chiefs to meet with the President of Chad, Idris Deby, and thereafter invited them for a meeting at the Presidential Villa.

Impeccable sources told THISDAY that fears that the extremist group might launch more lethal attacks led Buhari to summon the meeting with the service chiefs.

Buhari on Saturday night said he was engaging the military and intelligence chiefs in extensive discussions on the next steps to take, despite having claimed that the insurgents had been defeated.

The president was quoted as saying in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, “No responsible Commander-in-Chief would rest on his oars or fold his hands to allow terrorists to endanger the lives of its military personnel and other citizens. Our loyal forces have proved their strength over the terrorists and we are ready to give them all the needed support in terms of equipment and manpower to succeed in ending the renewed threat. In the coming days, I am engaging the Military and Intelligence Chiefs in extensive discussions on the next steps we shall be taking.” However, a senior military officer who spoke with THISDAY on condition of anonymity revealed that there was a growing discontent in the military bordering on distrust and poor weaponry to execute the war against the insurgents.

According to another senior officer in Maiduguri, who also preferred anonymity, Metele is one of the deepest frontline created in the military campaign against Boko Haram and its offshoot, ISWA. It was meant to push back the insurgents.

“For some time now, there has been some kind of resurgence and most of these small brigades that were created along the frontlines are not fully equipped to the standard of a proper brigade. Some don’t have armoured tanks, the ones that have are not functional,” the military source explained.

The officer further disclosed, “They just parked them there. Some don’t have diesel – the trucks don’t have diesel also. Even the pickups don’t have fuel. And Boko Haram gets all the intelligence that these tanks are not working. So, once they strike, the first thing they do is to set the tanks on fire. So the tanks don’t change the game against them. Ordinarily, it should be the game changer. So the brigades don’t have what it takes to run the tanks and trucks because of the usual Nigerian way.

“What Boko Haram does is to make the troops’ call for assistance to the air force useless because before the air force gets to the scene of attacks they have wreaked havoc and melted into the night. Their (insurgents’) operation is usually around 6pm to 6.30pm. Before an air force rescue mission will come from Makurdi, it will take a minimum of one hour and by that time it is already dark and none of the aircraft is equipped with night vision. So the air force is useless in such a situation.”

He was dismayed that the extremists often had all the information and intelligence to counteract the federal troops and “they choose their time to strike correctly, particularly when soldiers are relaxed”.

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Collapsed Building: Wike Orders Arrest of Owner, Sets up Commission of Inquiry
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
By Ernest Chinwoin Port Harcourt Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday ordered the arrest of the owner of seven-storey building which collapsed last Friday in Port Harcourt, killing at least six persons and injuring scores of others. The governor also directed the State Attorney-General to set up a Commission of Inquiry to ascertain the remote []The post Collapsed Building: Wike Orders Arrest of Owner, Sets up Commission of Inquiry appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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South-east Govs to Buhari: We Need Service Chief from Igboland
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
By Benjamin Nworiein Abakaliki Apparently worried that no Igboman or woman is in the apex security architecture in the country, the South-east governors have renewed agitation, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint a service chief from the zone. The Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi, disclosed to []The post South-east Govs to Buhari: We Need Service Chief from Igboland appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Winner of N37m NLNG Prize, Oke, Dies
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Renowned poet and winner of the 2017 NLNG Prize for Literature, Ikeogu Oke, has died. Oke was said to have died in Abuja last Saturday night after an undisclosed ailment. The poet gained nationwide fame last year when he won the 2017 Nigeria Prize for Literature for his book,The Heresiad, a book of epic poetry. []The post Winner of N37m NLNG Prize, Oke, Dies appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Thebe Ikalafeng to Speak at AAAN 2018 LAIF Awards Seminar
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
The Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN) in partnership with Globacom Nigeria Limited, has concluded plans to invite Mr. Thebe Ikalafeng as the keynote speaker at the 2018 LAIF Awards seminar, which will take place on December 5, 2018, at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island in Lagos. Ikalafeng is arguably the foremost global African []The post Thebe Ikalafeng to Speak at AAAN 2018 LAIF Awards Seminar appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Metele Attack: SERAP Writes Buhari, Seeks Probe of Military Spending
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
By Udora Orizuin Abuja A civil society organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, requesting him to urgently set up a commission of inquiry to investigate the defence spending and military budgets between 1999 and 2018 in order to promote transparency and accountability in the sector. []The post Metele Attack: SERAP Writes Buhari, Seeks Probe of Military Spending appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Experts Search for Sustainable Solution to Climate Change
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
As preparations for the 50thannual scientific workshop and first international conference being organised by the Environmental Health Officers Association of Nigeria (EHOAN) gather momentum, an international environmentalist, Professor George Karani, has described it as an opportunity to share ideas on sustainable solutions to effects of climate change. Karani of the Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, United []The post Experts Search for Sustainable Solution to Climate Change appeared fir
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Rivers Govt Warns APC against Violence, Says State Safe for Residents
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
By Ernest Chinwoin Port Harcourt The Rivers State Government has warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop de-marketing the state by labeling it unsafe. It said residents should resist the tag of violence placed on them by enemies of the people for political gains, as the state was safe for everyone. In a statement []The post Rivers Govt Warns APC against Violence, Says State Safe for Residents appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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2019: Action Aid Faults Atiku, Buhari’s Policy Documents
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
By Adedayo Akinwalein Abuja Action Aid Nigeria has lamented that the policy document presented to Nigerians by the presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Atiku Abubakar, have no clear plan on emergency preparedness, inclusion of persons with disabilities among others. The international non-governmental []The post 2019: Action Aid Faults Atiku, Buhari’s Policy Documents appeared first on T
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2019: SGF Urges APC Members to Bury Grievances for Better Outing
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, has called on All Progressives Congress (APC) members to bury their differences and work for the success of the party in the 2019 general elections. Mustapha made the appeal at the end of the two daysAPC North-east zonal meeting in Bauchi yesterday. He []The post 2019: SGF Urges APC Members to Bury Grievances for Better Outing appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Today’s New Telegraph Newspaper Headline, Monday 26th November 2018

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