The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), has declared that the late former vice president, Dr Alex Ekwueme was a detribalized Nigerian during his life time.
The group in a communique yesterday in Awka, after its emergency meeting at East End hotel, implored both the federal and state governments to immortalize the iconic figure.
CNPP’s communique was signed by the Anambra state Chairman, Lolo Kate Oby Okafor and the Secretary, Sir Peter Okala and made available to reporters.
The group recalled how late Ekwueme, along side others in the country founded what was called G-34 that metamorphosed into People’s Democratic Party PDP that ruled the country for 16 years and his contribution on the unity of Nigeria.
Naja’atu Mohammed: When A Tirade Goes Wrong-By Princess Ajibola
I struggled to find another word for clueless. As I was struggling, the word ingrate came to my mind. Clueless and ingrate are the best words to describe Naja’atu Mohammed who in her wisdom attempted to cast aspersion on the personality of President Muhammadu Buhari and by extension the Service Chiefs.
When I read her piece titled “All the President’s men on national (in)security” I could not help but burst into a round of laughter for very obvious reasons. Everything she wrote was figments of her imaginations. Even though she attempted to sound like an intellect, and one conversant with the operations of the Nigerian Military, you could quickly notice the deficiency in her plot, choice of words, and execution.
She went to town mentioning what is not and what has never been. So much so that I marvelled at the way and manner she churned out half-truths that could cause an earthquake in Sabon Gari in Kano state. She took her tirade too far when she assumed that the Chief of Army Staff does not have the necessary combat experience as he allegedly dodged ECOMOG and all local operations throughout his career in the lower ranks. And I said what nonsense to that. It was arrant nonsense that could only come from a retard. Whoever it was that advise her to pen such an ignoble piece must be senile too. And the chap that wrote on her behalf was also uncharitable to her by using her “hard earned” name as the author of such gibberish.
Who is Najatu Mohammed to comment on military exploits or strategy? What is her pedigree? What has been her contributions in the intellectual space? I did a google search, and I got absolutely nothing. The closest I got was that she is a Nigerian politician, which she rightly is, and the “first woman to win a Senate seat in Kano state.” That is all about her asides her usual political rants here and there, like someone who has Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD). For the records, individuals suffering from HPD exhibit excessive emotionality and are attention seekers. People with this disorder are uncomfortable or feel unappreciated when they are not the centre of attention.
I want to assume that was the case with her that she so decided to put her name on an amalgamation of lies titled “All the President’s men on national (in)security.” It is indeed legendary for someone to sit down and concoct stories, incidences, and timelines on things that were never in existence. She also went further to arrogate to herself as a key stakeholder in the Police and the National Security Establishment. And I asked in Nigeria or another country? What has been her contributions to national security in Nigeria? How has she impacted on the National security debate in Nigeria? Excuse me; we are not talking about rendering “escort services.” We are talking about National security madam, and not because she sits on the board of the Police Service Commission.
Looking at it from a rational perspective what credential does she have to have been so appointed as a commissioner in the Police Service Commission in the first place? Aside from being a graduate of History with no known public or private career, there is nothing about her that qualifies her for such an appointment. I think the posturing of Najatu Mohammed is very typical of politicians wanting to increase their market value. She sits as a commissioner in the commission representing women. Now tell me, how does this translate to Najatu Mohammed being that expert of security that she is now questioning the operational style and effectiveness of the Nigerian military in the fight against insurgency. If this is not purely mischief, I do not know what else to call it. Needless I remind her that it was the same President Muhammadu Buhari that out of his benevolence so appointed her, and not because she parades an intimidating CV. This is ingratitude. You can’t bite the fingers that fed you. This is very typical of politicians like her.
This is quite an anomaly. It is either for mischief purposes or out of ignorance. But I would instead go with the mischief school of thought. If not for mischief purposes, I wonder how someone would be so daring to spread lies with so much impunity. I won’t be shocked if she also has some proposals not receiving proper attention somewhere and so she decided to resort to ill-mannerism to drive home a selfish point. But in all, what she failed to realize was the fact that she attempted to portray President Muhammadu Buhari in bad light as regards the fight against the insurgency. She is from Kano state and has also forgotten how Kano was once under constant attack from Boko Haram terrorists. She also forgot how the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) was also under constant attack. The question I would like to ask her is, has there been a substantial difference in the fight against insurgency from 2015 to date?
To help her out, I think I need to furnish her with intellectual materials on Nigeria’s fight against insurgency from 2015 to date. But this would be dependent on whether she can process intelligent information. I stand to be corrected. If she has such capacity, I am not sure would want to be associated with the nonsense she conjured. This is on the heels of the fact that she is a misfit to criticize the war against insurgency, but it is to help her in the least to supply some oxygen into her occluded brains.
When issues of National security are discussed, Najatu Mohammed should not blink an eyelid, because it is not the bedroom matter she is used to from Kano to Kaduna and all the way to Abuja. National security is a different terrain that requires a high level of intellectualism to decipher what constitutes gains and setbacks. It is also definitely not an emotional issue.
I could go nonstop in addressing her tirade, but that would somewhat amount to falling victim to her Histrionic Personality Disorder. But in a bid to help her out though, I challenge her to an open debate on National Security so that she could further expose her crass ignorance and mischief to the same members of the unsuspecting public she wanted to hoodwink. I patiently await her acceptance of the debate challenge — good riddance to bad rubbish.
Ajibola is Vice President, Africans in Diaspora writing from DR Congo.
Buratai: The Hero Who Made The Difference-By Nkechi Odoma
The Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration is an annual event organized to honour members of the Nigerian Armed Forces who fought in the first and second World Wars, and those who served or are still serving in various peace support operations worldwide as well as those who fought in the Nigerian civil war. The Day is to celebrate both the dead and the living heroes including all those who suffered various deprivations as a result of wars.
As I watched the wreath-laying ceremony, I could not hold back tears remembering those that paid the supreme price in service to fatherland from yesteryears. I also thought of the ongoing war against Boko Haram insurgents and those that have been persecuting war as well as those that have paid that supreme price. It was emotional for me as I thought of their families and loved ones. It then dawns on me that indeed patriotism knows no tribe or religion. It knows no envy of others, the common good is and has remained the watchword.
And this brings me to the recent achievements of the Nigerian Military in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria. We must admit that they had indeed sacrificed a lot to keep Nigeria safe and secured since 2009 when Boko Haram transformed into a monstrous phenomenon. Even though we experienced quite substantial casualties, they nonetheless gave their best. And on this auspicious occasion, Nigerians indeed celebrate our Armed Forces, both the living and the dead. We must always remember the sacrifice the Nigerian soldiers have made; we must remind our ourselves that they left families behind who need to be cared and catered for and also to remind us that whatever might have led to the loss of lives of members of our armed forces will no longer recur.
This mind-set has resonated in recent times with the exploits of our Armed Forces, especially the Nigeria Army under the leadership of Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai. To say the Nigeria Army made substantial gains in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents and other militant groups that constituted threats to national security might be an understatement. We might not fully comprehend the efforts of the Chief of Army Staff, but when one juxtaposes his achievements in office to that of his predecessors, then we would be able to see that the difference is indeed crystal clear.
I stand to be corrected, the Chief of Army Staff is one of the few whose contributions to the overall well-being of Nigeria cannot be overemphasized. He has indeed demonstrated that service to fatherland is the ultimate. He has also shown that when there is a will, there would always be a way as evident in the way and manner the Nigeria Army has continued to push in the battlefield despite some setbacks. For Buratai, it has always been no retreat and no surrender.
The exploits of the Nigeria Army under Buratai is indeed exceptional even though in some instances, it was stretched thin. Imagine coordinating military operations around the country simultaneously, imagine making gains, suffering setbacks, imagine strategizing and implementing all at the same time. Indeed, it takes only a genius to be able to do all of that without blinking.
If we must be honest with ourselves, the Nigeria Army under Buratai has indeed redefined the concept of protecting the territorial integrity of the country through countless innovations in the last three years. For instance, there has been an improved civil-military relationship, there has been an improved accountability and transparency process, military expenditure no longer top secret. And much more too numerous to mention.
It is, therefore, sufficing to state that Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai is one of the few that have made a difference in the discharge of his duties. He has carried on like a real war general who displayed courage, character, presence, and intellect. His drive and tenacity are second to none, alongside his psychological openness that allows for cross-fertilization of ideas on war strategies. This much his lieutenants can attest to. Some would readily say that, but for his exploits, Nigeria would have been consumed by the Boko Haram menace, as well as that of other militant groups that threatened our existence.
And as we remember our fallen heroes on this occasion, it behoves on us to also recognize and encourage the ones still standing and keeping us safe from external aggressions. We must realize that the commitment to protect the territorial integrity of Nigeria is unwavering under Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai. This much he has demonstrated through his actions and inactions in the cause of a brilliant career that saw him traverse the length and breadth of the country. Some call him, the soldier’s soldier. Some also call him the strategist. Some call him a legend. But I choose to call him the hero who made the difference.
I dedicate this piece to the officers and soldiers fighting Boko Haram insurgency in North East Nigeria, as well as other participating in military operations across the country. I encourage them to continue to give their best in service to fatherland. And for the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, you have indeed made a difference and posterity would be kind to you.
Odoma is President, Africa Arise for Change Network and wrote from Abuja.
Opinion-By Aaron Artimas
On Monday night some leaders of the Wurkum community met Governor Darius Ishaku under an eerie atmosphere of trembling trepidation and uncertainty.
So frightened by the unfortunate turn of events, the leaders permitted themselves the luxury of small lies just to assuage themselves in the face of a collapsing empire.
This goes to prove the point that Darius became governor of the state without knowing the real weighty politicians and three years on he still does not know them. One of the notable faces at the meeting, Alhaji Shehu Mohammed is at best an elder statesman. He had enjoyed generous political appointments, but he is certainly not a politician.
Since fantasizing with politics more than twenty years ago, Alhaji Mohammed has never delivered his Darofai ward and he has since transferred his voting unit to Jalingo where he resides. Mr Zik Sunday’s case is even worse as his ward exclusively belongs to Sani Danladi, the APC gubernatorial candidate.
As an absentee politician, he knows that the promise he made is empty, self seeking and unjustifiable. These perhaps are the notable faces, including of course, Hon Baido, who is standing on one leg on his quest to return to the National Assembly.
To be sure the promise they made to Darius to return him in March is either a crude joke or a condolence statement over an impending calamity. It is completely inexplicable that old people can sit before the Governor and lie that Sani Danladi will not be allowed to even enter Karim Lamido, his local government or the Wurkum will prefer a House of Representatives seat to a GOVERNOR.
This joke is coming barely three weeks after the APC gubernatorial candidate Alhaji Sani Danladi made a triumphant visit to Karim, to condole with some families.
The crowd was so overwhelming, Alhaji Sani Danladi had to cry throughout the occasion and he also had beg to allow Baido’s convoy which was passing at time. What will happen during the real campaign visit? We are inviting those elders to avail themselves during the campaign.
No one should begrudge the few elders their rights to offer their loyalty, but it is completely preposterous to drop the name of their entire community as Darius appointees always do. They should be realistic in their reports because the situation around the state does not give any cheer to Darius and his party.
Our concern is not the lies they have been telling each other in order to squeeze money from their boss but the constant raising of flags of an impending “plans to disrupt elections”. Who wants to disrupt elections? Certainly,not APC, because we are poised to win. We will win because our people have already decided on what to do in March 2019.
STATE APC PUBLICITY SECRETARY
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