Buhari orders military to crush new Niger Delta militant group

President Muhammadu Buhari has given a fresh order to the military to crack down on a new militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers, which has been attacking oil installations.

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1.If we meet a difficult situation the best thing is on how to proffer a solution to it. Sentiments will never help us out. Take your mind back when militancy started in the south south. All of us from the zone were happy with the hope of achieving our aim but it later backfired that made it difficult for some of us to reach our homes. From taking hostages led to kidnapping of our loved ones and it has been there till date. Today they have taken it as a lucrative business. In the north east when it started too there were supports and today we are all seeing the result of it. Governance is a difficult business . You will not appreciate it until you find yourself in it. Allow the government to go with its policies that he believes to better his government.

2.We shall kill all vandals. They deserve not to live! Tell your lazy brothers to emulate other tribes in Nigeria and get a befitting job to earn a living, and not crime.

3.Oh yes!! What a beautiful suggestion that is, are you not forgetting something, like asking the president to buy them houses near Buckingham place, in London England, and perhaps put some virgin girls in the houses, so the world would applaud or recognize the president as the best??? Don’t worry, just be on the lookout as to the presidential treatment they would soon get. If you have access to the pipeline terrorist, just inform them to await the beautiful packages the president has made available for them.

4.We want all militants crushed and any community or or people that stands in the way crushed too. Enough of this he do this for North he do that for South.These so-called avengers are Boko Haram part 2.When they crush them if you feel aggrieved go to International Court of Justice. Nigeria will meet u there.

5.See how the yeye so-called wise men of Ijaw extraction kept quiet like DEAF and DUMB people.Perhaps even applauding the terrorists in the dark.But when the bomb starts to drop that is when they will start blaming the military.All free money to these lazy terrorists should be stopped FOR EVER.

6.What is the difference between El-Zaky Zaky Vs Boko Haram Vs Niger Delta Avengers ( All Niger Delta Militants) Vs Bakkassi Vs OPC VS MASSOB Vs IPOB (Incl ALL BIAFRA Agitators) Vs Fulani Herdsmen. Absolutely nothing. THEY ARE ALL OPPORTUNISTIC TERRORIST BIGOTS

7.How does the govt ‘maximize the capacity’ if criminal minded people like this are given a table ? They should be crushed which will serve as a deterrent to similar minds. It’s only in Nigeria I have noticed that even people who want political appointments will resort to arms , with the hope of been called to the table to talk and hope for amnesty. A nation where illiterates and dropouts’ earn higher ‘than a professor , because they took to arms . This foolishness must be brought to an end.

8.Buhari is treating this people with kid gloves,they need covert operation,and strike them before they strike again.

9.The vandals should be treated like terrorists and be neutralized with immediate effect.

10.I am happy that we now have a government unlike before.How can u be threatening the government of a country because u have complaints? We all have our complaints too.But if u challenge a country to war by bombing and your people maintain a code of silence,then be prepared for what will come to you!



Presidency: Saraki’s trial purely a judicial process •Senate President appeals against arrest order

THE PRESIDENCY said on Sunday that the trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, by the Code of Conduct Tribunal for alleged false asset declaration was purely a judicial process.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement, caution against linking the President with the Saraki’s trial, saying Buhari had no hand in the trial.

Shehu said there was no provision in the law for the Code of Conduct Bureau and the CCT to take instructions from any quarters, describing as uninformed the views that the CCT, which he said was equal to any superior court of record, could only act upon external instigation.

“As an independent institution equal to any superior court of record, the tribunal is set up by the Constitution to determine the issue of default, false declaration or forgery in assets declaration. This therefore is purely a judicial process and has nothing to do with the Presidency,” the statement noted.

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party had on Saturday accused the Buhari-led government of desperation to remove Saraki as the Senate President.

The PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said Buhari was intolerant, particularly over the treatment being meted out to Saraki.

But the Presidency advised anybody not satisfied with the CCT action to go to court.

Shehu statement read in part, “If anyone has an axe to grind with what they (CCB and CCT) are doing, they should do it in a judicial manner by challenging those actions in a proper court of law. Let them hire a good team of lawyers to prove their innocence. Government has no desire to persecute anybody.

“The President has vowed to respect the rule of law and this is what he is doing by staying out of this matter. He has said times without number that the war against corruption has no sacred cows.

“Even if the President wants to help, there is no way he can do anything. Is he going to ask the judge to stop the trial?

“The President has sworn to an oath to protect the Constitution and will not violate that oath.”

Justice Danladi Umar of the CCT in Abuja had last Friday ordered a bench warrant against Saraki for failing to appear before the tribunal to answer false declaration of assets charges.

Umar had specifically ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, or other security agencies to arrest Saraki and produce him in court on Monday (today) to take plea in the 13-count charge slammed on him by the CCB.

Meanwhile, there were indications on Sunday that the Senate President might still not appear before the CCT on Monday (today) despite the bench warrant issued on him by Justice Umar.

Counsel for Saraki, Mr. Mahmud Magaji (SAN), said he had appealed against the ruling by the tribunal judge.

The lawyer said, “We have been able to file a notice of appeal as well as stay of execution. When you have a valid notice of appeal and stay of execution, it puts the order of the court so granted in abeyance, unless and until the final determination of that content of that order that is being challenged at the Court of Appeal. That is the position of the law.”

He also confirmed that the notice of appeal and stay of execution had been received by the CCT.

“We filed it at the registry of the Code of Conduct Tribunal in the same court and it has been served on them since Friday; and then we are good to go. They have a copy of it and we have filed an appeal too. The rule is that you cannot file a stay of execution until you file notice of appeal and so we are good to go,” he said.

The Special Adviser (Media) to the Senate President, Yusuph Olaniyonu, also told one of our correspondents on Sunday that Saraki’s legal team would determine what would happen on Monday.

“The legal team of the Senate President and their client will decide what will happen because there are three cases coming up. One at the Federal High Court, one at the Court of Appeal and another at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, I am not in a position to say what will happen,” Olaniyonu said.

Meanwhile, while the judicial process is on, Saraki on has been fighting to remain afloat by enlisting the support of his base in Ilorin, Kwara Stat.

Saraki was said to have paid an unscheduled visit to Ilorin on Sunday, where he was said to have enlisted the support of his kinsmen and the emirate.

Shortly after the visit, the National President of the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union, a socio-cultural group of Ilorin indigenes, Alhaji Abdulhamid Adi, in an interview with journalists on Sunday, described Saraki’s trial by the CCT as politically motivated.

“I see it more or less as political persecution. It is purely political. Maybe there are some political opponents that are trying to get at him. We believe he will come out of it. You are presumed innocent until proven otherwise,” Adi said.

But the National Publicity Secretary of the Afenifere Renewal Group, Kunle Famoriyo, and a member of the National Executive Council of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Mohammed Abdulrahman, have demanded the resignation of the Senate President.

Famoriyo, in an interview with The Punch, said it was honourable for Saraki to resign.

“He (Saraki) shouldn’t wait till he is embarrassed completely. In the Western world and other civilized countries, once there is any doubt about one’s character, the next thing for one to do is resign. It is not a matter of whether it is a politically instigated case or a witch-hunt. One would have to go and defend himself. He needs not get an injunction because that injunction is an abuse of the court process. Every time there is a problem, people would run to court to get an injunction and that slows down the process.

“The fact that one asks for an injunction is already a sign of guilt. If one is not guilty, he should appear in court to defend himself,” he said.

Abdulrahman also said, “I have told Saraki to step down since. In any civilised country, one doesn’t become that powerful to stall the democratic process, especially when it has got to do with representation.”

Also, the Deputy National Organising Secretary of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Campbell Umeh-Nzekwe, said Saraki was too controversial and unfit to lead the Senate.

He, therefore, urged Saraki to step down and defend himself before the CCT. Umeh-Nzekwe said this during an interview with one of our correspondents on Sunday.

The APGA leader said Saraki had already started working against Buhari’s anti-corruption war, including his refusal to appear before the tribunal last Friday.

He said, “Saraki was never fit to lead the Senate from day one. He was aware of this and that was why he even confessed that he went to hide in a car park so that he could sneak into the Senate and betray his party and emerge as Senate President.

“We thank God that there is a new sheriff in town. Saraki should step down and defend himself at the tribunal. He should stop embarrassing the Senate because the whole world is watching.

“The President of Guatemala, Otto Perez Molina, recently resigned just to answer allegations of corruption. Why must Nigeria’s be different?”

Umeh-Nzekwe slammed the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, for defending Saraki.

He said he was not surprised that Metuh could defend corruption having been accused by workers of the PDP of mismanaging N12bn alongside other members of the PDP National Working Committee.

The APGA chieftain said it was ironic that Metuh, who had been calling on Buhari to start his anti-graft war from within the APC, was now crying foul over Saraki’s probe.

When asked if Saraki’s case was a political witch-hunt, Umeh-Nzekwe said the truth was that the CCT had just woken up to its responsibilities because Nigeria now has an anti-corruption crusader as President.

The APGA boss slammed the National Association of Nigerian Students for threatening to embark on a series of protests in support of Saraki.

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In this interview with ENIOLA AKINKUOTU, human rights lawyer, Mr. Festus Keyamo, speaks about President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointments

You are from the South-South. Why have you come out to defend President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointments which are largely in favour of the North?

I am not a tribalist. If I was, I wouldn’t have campaigned for Buhari. I just wanted the best for Nigeria. I agree that some of the best brains are from the South while some of the best are from the North. We have brains everywhere. However, why people are clamouring for these positions that have just been filled is that people see them as juicy positions and this is my problem. About 95 per cent of the positions are yet to be filled. Buhari has filled just about five per cent of positions. For me, no government position is different from the other and that is the ideal situation. We should not classify some positions as more beneficial than others because that is a euphemism for corruption. It is a euphemism to say that some positions are better than others. People were clamouring for the position of Secretary to the Government of Federation and Chief of Staff because in the past, the Peoples Democratic Party turned those positions into money-making machines. Nigerians have seen the ostentatious lifestyles that others who have occupied these positions have lived. And the nation allowed them to get away with those crimes. And yet we say we want a change. We must begin to change our orientation. So, we are saying that we cannot make a holistic assessment until the President fills all these positions. For those positions he has filled, they are supposed to be occupied by those who are personally loyal to the President. I do not expect him to leave those positions to be filled by his political party. For example, you cannot say the chief of staff should be someone that is loyal to a power bloc in his party. That kind of person would close everyday from work, pick his telephone, and report all the activities of the President to his political camp. That would not be fair because that kind of person would not be loyal to the President but by the person who nominated him for that office. There are many positions that the political party can fill that will not have direct access to the itinerary and activities of the President. That is why I said people should be calm. There are ministerial positions to be filled, heads of agencies and many others.

We must change our orientation such that any appointment given to anybody from any part of the country must be accepted with dignity and pride and patriotism. The argument is that certain ethnic groups have seen some positions as being exclusive to them. They argue that since the presidency has gone to the North and some positions have gone to some other geopolitical zones, the next one must come to them. The clamour is because they see these as hierarchies of juicy positions and I say no.

Is it coincidental that the South-East, where Buhari got low number of votes, has not received any political appointment?

Buhari got the lowest number of votes from the South-South. But as I said, the appointments are not yet complete. You say he has not appointed any Igbo but the biggest position so far has gone to an Igbo man: Emmanuel Kachikwu who is the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. It is just by modern political divide that the man falls within Delta State but he is a Delta Igbo. They speak Igbo. It is only by political delineation that he falls within Delta State but there are Igbo speaking Deltans. He is an Igbo man but only on the other side of the Niger. He is not an Urhobo man. What language does he speak? Is it not Igbo? So what are we talking about? That is the biggest position and they have it already. So, you can see that all this noise is being made by frustrated and jobless politicians who just want to use ethnicity to get juicy positions. It is orchestrated. We the elite should not be moved by this noise and selfish agenda. Imagine a whole ethnic group campaigning for a position! Initially, they said chief of staff, then SGF. Now, with all the noise they have been making since May 29, imagine if one person from that region is appointed to that position. That person will then see himself as a champion of his ethnic group and his kinsmen will descend on that office in the area of contracts and gifts. He will destroy the sanctity of that office and turn it into a political chessboard because that person will see himself as representing a region in that position. It removes professionalism from that position. So, we should not campaign for offices on the basis of representing an ethnic bloc. Yes, every region will get appointments but once he is appointed, he should not see himself as representing that ethnic group but the whole country.