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Don’t count Obasanjo’s sins, listen to his suggestions – Ex-APC chieftain, Frank tells Buhari

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A former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Timi Frank, has described the recent open letter by former President, Olusegun Obasanjo to President Muhammadu Buhari as more of solution than criticism and urged him to act on it without delay.

He said the All Progressives Congress APC government should not start counting Obasanjo’s sins instead of acting promptly on his suggestions.

Frank said the APC’s administration seems to have exhausted ideas on how to end the multidimensional security challenges facing the nation, “hence Obasanjo’s latest letter is light in a dark tunnel.”

Obasanjo had made public another letter on Monday, making some suggestions on how to tackle the security menace in the country.

But reacting to the development, Frank said in a statement to DAILY POST on Tuesday that the former President should be commended for his courage and patriotism.

He, however, called on other former Heads of State like Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar, Gen. Yakubu Gowon and other prominent leaders to speak out now by making suggestions on how the insecurity can be surmounted.

While endorsing the letter, Frank recalled that Buhari has been very critical of the OBJ’s administration when the latter was president.

Frank said: “I have read the latest letter of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Truly, OBJ is a courageous nationalist. His current intervention is also historic, kudos to him.

“I hope the APC’s government and its motley lackeys will not start counting OBJ’s sins instead of acting promptly on his suggestions? Definitely, history will not forget OBJ for once again speaking out boldly at this most challenging moment in the country.”

Frank insisted that despite the obvious state of insecurity across the country, leading to the killing of several innocent Nigerians, “It is shameful that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai could still tell the world that insecurity has been tamed across the country by the Nigerian Army.

“Buratai and the APC’s leaders who are doing everything possible to be politically correct despite the obvious should know that the state of insecurity does not recognise a political party, tribe, religion or region. That is why all hands must be on deck to tackle the menace.”

Frank said that Buratai must be tried for deceiving Nigerians, recalling how the same Chief of Army Staff recently revealed that the morale of his men was low, “how come the same military men have suddenly defeated Boko Haram and ended the insecurity in the country?

“Buratai is deploying propaganda and fake news to sustain his incompetence and his job at the expense of Nigerians who are being killed daily even more at the home state of Gen. Buhari in Katsina.”

While calling on other leaders at all levels to speak out, Frank said keeping quiet in the face of injustice amounts to wickedness.

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Operation Lafiya Dole: I Will Take The Fight To Boko Haram, Says New Commander, Adeniyi

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Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, the new theatre commander, Operation Lafiya Dole in Borno state, has vowed to turn on the heat on Boko Haram insurgents and take the fight to them in their hideouts.

Adeniyi made the declaration while taking over from the former theatre commander, Major General Benson Akinroluyo in Maimalanri Cantonment in Maiduguri on Saturday.

He said: “I am going to turn on the heat on the Boko Haram insurgents. I am going to take the fight to them until Boko Haram disappears from the Northeast.

“I am proud and happy that I am today taking over from General Akinroluyo, my commander. He has mentored me and we are going to continue from where he stopped and even do more until we finish the task of wiping out insurgents from the theatre and the nation at large.”

He also vowed to fight to the end and close the chapter of Boko Haram Insurgency in Nigeria.

“I want to thank the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai for appointing me as Theatre Commander. I assure him and Nigerians that I will not let you down. We will fight everything to see that the works finish on time.”

In his remarks, the immediate past Theatre Commander, Major General Benson Akiroluyo said that he was leaving the theatre calm and better than what he met when assumed duty.

“I came when there is tension in the theatre, a few days after metal attacked and the Metele was always on the media. And thank God I am leaving the theatre today calm and better than when I met it.

“I am happy whenever I am In Borno because I was in Maimalanri as a captain in 1997 and got my promotion to Major and 20 years after, in 2017 I was also decorated with the rank of Major General here in Maiduguri; Maiduguri is my second home. I was also the second longest-serving theatre commander since the commander was created, second to General lucky Irabor.

“I am happy that I am today still alive that I am handing over to my deputy’s. I have gone round the theatre and today thank God He has spared my life and I am leaving the command to my deputy who also knows the terrain and the operation of the theatre. I hope he will continue from where I stopped. It is just like a moving vehicle and today I am leaving to my spare driver, who will keep the vehicle moving until we reached the destination.”

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Nigerian newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Sunday morning

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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. Former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, was on Saturday beaten by suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The incident happened at an event in Germany.

2. The immediate past Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ike Enweremadu confirmed a physical assault on him by some members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, in Nuremberg, Germany, on Saturday, but said he was fine.

3. The camp of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, on Saturday, accused Buhari administration of trying to make a case against former President, Goodluck Jonathan by claiming that he is responsible for the $9 billion judgment against Nigeria in the United Kingdom in a case brought against the nation by Messrs P & ID.

4. The Department of State Services (DSS) and the London Metropolitan Police Service, yesterday, received petitions to investigate the documents of President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential election tribunal.

5. Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, on Saturday, closed his case in the suit instituted by Emmanuel Jime and the All Progressives Congress challenging his re-election.

6. President Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday, charged the military to be more spontaneous in restoring peace to the country, particularly states troubled by bandits, ordering them “not to spare bandits’’ that have been killing, maiming and extorting innocent citizens.

7. Former president, Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said he had been promoting peace and supporting efforts towards consolidating democracy in Africa since he left office as Nigeria’s leader.

8. Femi Falana (SAN), the lawyer to Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, has called the Federal Government to provide an alternative and adequate treatment for the couple in Nigeria.

9. A bloody clash was averted on Saturday by the police following failed attempts by a former militant leader and Niger Delta activist, Asari Dokubo, to hold an expanded inaugural meeting in support of Biafra.

10. The Nigerian Government on Saturday condemned the attack on the former deputy senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu by members of the IPOB.

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Buhari issues fresh order to military over banditry

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President Muhammadu Buhari Saturday in Katsina, Katsina State, charged the military to be more spontaneous in restoring peace to the country, particularly states troubled by bandits, ordering them “not to spare bandits’’ that have been killing, maiming and extorting innocent citizens.

Addressing 15 officers and 160 soldiers of the 17th Army Brigade and Nigerian Air Force 213 Operational Base in Katsina, under the “Operation Hadarin Daji’’, at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Airport, President Buhari, said:

“This group was formed by the military to secure the geo-political zone from the activities of bandits. Fundamentally, it is your responsibility to secure the country.

“As the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, I believe you are capable of doing it. I don’t think you should spare any bandit. Identify and eliminate them. Pursue them anywhere you can find them and eliminate them,’’ he said.

“Nigeria deserves peace. The rainy season is good and we are already achieving food security, but we need peace. The money saved from food importation will be used to purchase arms for operations,’’ he said.

The President, flanked by Governor Aminu Bello Masari, assured the troops that the Federal Government will provide all the necessary support for restoration of peace in the country.

“We will give you all the right equipment so that you can deal with them with despatch. I appreciate all your efforts but you can do more. I don’t want any bandit spared,’’ he added.

President Buhari said the government and all officials were being sustained in office by the ordinary people, and they owe the people a duty to protect their lives and property.

“Please give my regards to your families. The earlier you finish with the bandits, the earlier you will return and stay with your families,’’ he said.

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