Borno MASSACRE: Why Nigeria’s at mercy of terrorists — Lai Mohammed
In the wake of the massacre of 43 farmers in Borno State, the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said, yesterday, that Nigeria is currently at the mercy of terrorists because the country is being denied access to needed weapons to fight the insurgents, despite efforts to do so. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
This is even as Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum, yesterday, gave the Federal Government six recommendations on how to win the war against Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West Africa Province, ISWAP, insurgents terrorising the north-eastern region of the country.
The Military High Command also, yesterday, disputed the report by the United Nations that 110 civilians were killed by Boko Haram in Saturday’s massacre of farmers in the Jere Local Government Area of Borno State, insisting that only 43 of the farmers died, while several others were still missing.
Looting of CBN: We can vouch for Gowon — Clark, Adebanjo, Nwodo, Bitrus
THE Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum, SMBLF, yesterday, faulted an allegation that former military head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd), looted half of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, during his tenure as Head of State, noting that if he (Gowon) had half of the CBN in a foreign bank, “going to school would probably not have been his pre-occupation.” View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Gowon was accused of looting half of the CBN by a United Kingdom member of Parliament, Tom Tugendhat, last week Monday, during a hearing of a petition against the Nigerian government at a committee meeting of the parliament.
But in a statement titled: ‘On Looting Allegation Against General Gowon’, the forum Chairman, Chief E. K. Clark, South-South; Chief Ayo Adebanjo, South West; Chief John Nwodo, South East, and Dr. Pogu Bitrus, Middle Belt, debunked the accusation.
Falana-led Coalition Asks Buhari to Remove Service Chiefs
The Alliance for the Survival of COVID- 19 and Beyond (ASCAB), led by a human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Femi Falana, has stated that the recent massacre of rice farmers in Borno State has provided another opportunity for President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately sack the service chiefs. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
In a statement issued yesterday by Falana, the coalition of some 80 labour and civil rights groups said the savage killings was a signpost of incompetence and ineptitude on the part of those in power.
“We commiserate with the victims of these savage killings. We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the victims and their families at this gory moment of grief. The Federal Government must take a drastic action. This should include changing the Service Chiefs,” ASCAB said.
13% Derivation: Militants’ plan to stop S’South govs splits stakeholders
THE call by a Niger-Delta militant group, Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, RNDA, on the Federal Government, last week, to reject the newest seven-point demands by South-South governors until they (governors) start paying 13 per cent derivation directly to oil communities, has caused division among leaders, activists and stakeholders in the zone. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
While some slammed the militant group for the request they considered outrageous and diversionary, others said RNDA was right in its demand, as governors had frittered away derivation fund over the years. A number of them said both the governors and militants have rights to express their views.