Breaking: Boko Haram kills 10 Nigerian soldiers in fresh ambush – Report
Jihadists have killed 10 Nigerian soldiers in an ambush near the town of Marte in the Lake Chad region, two security sources said Wednesday.
Fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province carrying machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades on Tuesday opened fire on a military convoy on a “logistics supply mission”, they said. “The terrorists killed 10 soldiers, including two officers, in the ambush,” one of the sources, told AFP.
Eight soldiers were injured, said a second source who gave the same death toll. The convoy was on its way to deliver food and other supplies to troops in the region when it was attacked, said the sources who asked not to be identified. The insurgents looted the supplies and set two trucks ablaze before retreating into the bush, they said. They said the attack could be a reprisal for recent aerial bombings on the group’s camps in the Marte region in which several members, including three commanders, were killed.
ISWAP split from main Boko Haram faction in 2016. It has camps in islands on Lake Chad and the marshy area is known to be the group’s bastion. ISWAP has recently stepped up attacks on military and civilian targets.
On Friday the Islamist militants killed 30 people, including security personnel, when they ambushed the convoy of regional governor Babagana Umara Zulum near Baga, a town on the lake’s shore. At least 36,000 people have been killed and around two million displaced in the decade-long jihadist conflict in Nigeria’s northeast. The violence has spilled into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting a regional military coalition to be formed to fight the Insurgency.
Nigeria @60: Time to invest in our youths is now – Atiku
As Nigeria celebrates her 60th independence anniversary today, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has called for the immediate adoption of a development plan to harness the creative energy of the youths across the country.
Atiku who stated this in a press statement to mark the nation’s 6th decade as an independent sovereign state, wants the nation’s leaders to draw lessons from reputable Nigerians doing the world proud in diverse fields of human endeavour, adding that a paradigm shift in the nation’s quest for new identity has become necessary.
The statement read in part: “For Nigeria to work for the millions of its people, and to be reckoned with as a global competitive force in the nearest future, we must come up with a development plan that will have our youths at the centre of the plan. The times of idle, lame promises are over! We urgently need to build a new Nigeria where every dream would be embraced and the potentialities of our youth could be unleashed without the usual fears that have dragged us. The youths of Nigeria represent the future wealth of the fatherland and the only way we can tap into them is through quality investments in education and skills acquisition. Through the creativity that they inject in their passion, the excellence of the Nigerian youth is a global signature in diverse fields notably in sports, as they can be found in medicine, in education, in business and finance, agriculture, and in our entertainment industry. Indeed they ‘berekete’ in every facet of our life from the rain forest of the south to the sudan and sahel Savannah of the north and the guinea Savannah of the midlands of the territories we call home”.
Singling out for praise Israel Adesanya, the Nigerian currently doing the world proud in the UFC, Atiku tasked the leadership of the country to fish out youthful talents across the country and invest in them for the future. “On Saturday, 26 September, 2020 in far away United States, Israel Adesanya, an illustrious Nigerian, who embodies the indefatigable Nigerian spirit made the nation proud by successfully defending his UFC middleweight title. That victory lifted our spirit, and gave us hope in a season of hopelessness when every index of life and human development in our country is trending abysmally negative. Nigerians of all hues are united in the celebration of the victory of Adesanya. It is our victory. No one cares if he is from Abia or Zamfara, Rivers or Osun state. Indeed some are wont to adopt Ibrahim or Omesonma as his name. But what is important is that he is a Nigerian, and his victory our collective victory. Truth be told, there are many Adesanyas in every nook and crannies of our land. They give meaning to our aspirations. Sadly we have failed them. The structure on which we have hinged our political and economic emancipation has equally failed us. We do not hope to continue doing the same thing with jaded and unworkable system and expect to get a remarkable result. We may have missed countless opportunities to reset our mindset moving forward as prosperous people, but this 60th anniversary of the life of our nation offers introspection. We may have failed to take advantage of the power of the Nigerian youth. But there is something much more significant that their triumphs teach us a people looking forward to a better future. When they win, they celebrate Nigeria. Our youth are ready and eager to conquer the world. What they lack is the leadership to take them through that process,” he added.
According to the Wazirin Adamawa, taking up arms against the Nigerian state would do more harm than good, saying, “I call on those who have taken up arms against Nigeria to have a rethink. Whatever differences they may have with the rest of Nigeria, whether religious, ethnic or political: terror, violence and separatism are not the way. Let us learn from history. In Ireland, Israel, and the Balkans, such groups have seen the wisdom in giving up armed struggle for participation in the political process. There is much wisdom in the saying that to jaw jaw is better than to war war. We must accept the reality that we are all brothers and sisters sired by our fatherland. We cannot defeat separatist groups by force of arms alone; we can only defeat separatism by making all Nigerians feel like they belong. And this is only possible when we live up to the words of our national motto: Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress. As a nation, we asserted our independence in our infancy by lending to other nations. We must be careful not to lose the hard-won independence of our heroes’ past. By learning to live within our means, we can put a stop to the needless borrowings that threaten our economic independence. Our nation is in dire need of healing. We must foster unity and douse the tense atmosphere which is breeding feelings of alienation. We must promote freedom of speech and freedom after the speech. As such, in the spirit of our 60th Independence Anniversary, I call on the federal and state governments, to release all political prisoners and detainees, and discontinue the prosecution of such individuals. If Nelson Mandela could reconcile with those who imprisoned him for twenty seven years, we can reconcile with those who have disagreed with us,” he added.
Insecurity: I’ll be more careful, but will not chicken out – Zulum
Following attack on him by Boko Haram terrorists who ambushed his convoy on Sunday evening, making it the second time within 48 hours, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state has promised to henceforth be very careful in the way and manner he traverses the state.
Governor Zulum has however vowed that inspite of the cautionary measures he was putting in place, he will not be forced by the insurgents to make him chicken out of pursuing his goals of returning his people to their ancestral homes.
Recall that barely 48 hours when some members of dreaded Boko Haram ambushed convoy of Governor Babagana Umara Zulum along Cross Kauwa-Baga road in Borno state leaving over 30 people dead including 10 policemen and 4 soldiers, another set of insurgents y laid ambush along Monguno- Maiduguri axis and attacked the returning convoy on Sunday evening.
The Borno State governor declared this when the Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF and Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi visited him in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, to demonstrate solidarity and commiserate with him on the recent attacks on his convoy.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF have made a donation of N100 million to the Government and people of Borno State.
In a statement yesterday by NGF Head of Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazaque Barkindo, Governor Fayemi was accompanied on the trip by the Governor of Sokoto State and Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, the Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and the Governor of Plateau State and Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum, Rt Hon Simon Bako Lalong.
The statement read, “The Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has promised to be careful in the way he traverses his state but vowed that that does not mean that he will be forced to chicken out of pursuing his goals of returning his people to their ancestral homes”. Governor Zulum made this proclamation when the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr John Kayode fayemi visited him in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, to demonstrate solidarity and commiserate with him on the recent attacks on his convoy. The Forum also assisted the government and people of Borno State with N100m.
Governor Fayemi was accompanied on the trip by the Governor of Sokoto State and Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, the Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and the Governor of Plateau State and Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum, Rt Hon Simon Bako Lalong.
According to the statement, Fayemi admonished Prof Zulum to exercise caution in his activities in the state, even though he narrated how the Borno Governor always responded by saying that his life was in the hands of Allah and that death will only comes when Allah wills.
The statement further read, “Dr Fayemi emphasised that Nigeria owes the Borno people a duty to end this insurgency and nip it in the bud. The Ekiti State Governor described how Gov Zulum attempted to dissuade them from visiting his state but the Chairman of the NGF insisted that it is not just a duty but the most realistic thing to do because “an attack against one is an attack against all”, to which the Government House Maiduguri erupted in a thunderous applaud. The NGF Chairman announced a donation of one hundred million Naira to the Government and people of Borno State from the NGF before handing the cheque over to the Borno Governor. Responding the Borno State Governor thanked the NGF for its kind gesture saying it is not the amount of money but the gesture behind the donation that matters. He thanked the NGF on behalf of the Borno people and goes further to explain the dire condition into which the insurgency had thrown the Borno people. Gov Zulum who spoke in a sombre mood explained that he would not be deterred from pursuing his goals of emancipating his people because, according to him, “security and development are two sides of the same coin”, arguing that Borno “people had been forced to be unproductive and depend on aid. Painting a very gory picture of the situation of the population in Borno, Zulum narrated that the Chad Basin employs about 10 million people, the Sambisa Grazing Reserve and the Mandara Mountains employ 3million people but no one is farming there because the insurgents have made these places inaccessible to the people. The situation in our state is has become very dire,” the governor of Borno stated “because, everything calls for endurance, commitment and dedication, if our people were to be drawn out of the woods”.
He further stated “that more than 800.000 people are resident in Monguno and all of them are under the age of 20 yet all of that population is lying idle, making them susceptible to going astray if nothing is done to engage them positively. Zulum added that Gajiram Local Government has over 300000 internally displaced persons, all of them bereft of education and employment before making a passionate plea in which he asked the Federal Government to ensure that Chadian soldiers are invited to join the Nigeria Army in their fight against insurgency if any meaningful success is to be recorded on the battlegraound. Zulum rationalised that no single army anywhere in the world has ever succeeded in quelling insurgency and requested that the government looked into ways of complimenting the efforts of the Nigeria Army with the Chadian soldiers, emphasising that it is not to undermine the Nigerian soldiers but to help them in finishing the job within a realistic deadline”.
NAF opens fuel depot in Port Harcourt
The Nigeria Air Force on Wednesday, opened an aviation fuel depot in Port Harcourt. The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, inaugurated the Bulk Fuel Installation (BFL) at the Air Force 115 Special Operations Group in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
Abubakar, represented by the General Managing Director, Nigerian Air Force Holding Company, AVM Abubakar Bagare, said the facility was built by the Nigerian Air Force Investment Limited (NAFIL) and Skymaster Achievers Limited to meet the fuel needs of the air force and civilian aircrafts.
According to him, the 340,000 litres capacity facility was established to supply aviation fuel to military aircrafts and other aviators. “The BFL will also accommodate the fuel requirements of the special mission aircrafts that would be deployed for the management and monitoring of Nigeria’s exclusive economic zone,” he said. Abubakar said the facility was part of the recent plans to transform the air force to a powerful fighting force.
The Managing Director of NAFIL, Air Commodore Uche Nwagwu, said the facility was also equipped with a laboratory to ensure that aviation fuel meets the requirements of the aviators. “So, basically, we will serve aviation operators, whose activities are around Port Harcourt military aerodrome as well as the air force in support of their numerous operations,” he added.
We are happy with Buhari’s leadership – PDP lawmakers.
Some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators on Wednesday commended President Muhammadu Buhari for what they say is his unique approach to governance. Two of the PDP lawmakers, who spoke at the plenary, commended Buhari’s leadership style for prioritising the interest of Nigerians over partisanship.
Under Order 43 of the Senate standing rules, the Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP – Taraba South), praised Buhari for commencing the construction of Ibbi bridge in his constituency.
He stated that the people of his constituency had written a letter of appreciation commending Buhari for a promise kept, NAN reports.
According to the lawmaker, the resuscitated project, which connects Taraba and Plateau States, is a dream come true for the people of Taraba South Senatorial District. “We are very happy and want to extend our appreciation to President Buhari by presenting this letter on behalf of my constituents,” Bwacha said.
Another lawmaker, also under Order 43, Sen. Matthew Urhogide (PDP – Edo South), was full of praise for Buhari over his efforts in ensuring transparency in the conduct of the governorship election in Edo.
According to him, the outcome of the election signals the return of the country’s electoral process to the path of transparency and fairness. “I want to put on record that the people of Edo State wish to thank Mr President for making INEC and the police discharge their duties without fear or favour. This is why I’m coming from the Senate to say it openly and clearly that what Mr President did to ensure free and fair election on the 19th of September in Edo State gives hope to this country. I want to tell the Senate that we are not ashamed, even though we are in the opposition to commend Mr President. The Inspector-General of Police, whom we met, promised that the Nigeria Police will carry out its duties fairly; and indeed they did that. INEC promised fairness to all, and they did that, from when the votes were cast at the polling units to collation centres, and we found out that they did the correct thing,” Urhogide said.
In his remark, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan said that the day was a very good day for democracy in Nigeria. “Even though some of our colleagues here are in the opposition, the two distinguished senators who spoke, eulogized the Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration; and they have very solid grounds for doing so. This is how it should be. I want to congratulate the PDP and people of Edo State for winning the election. We look forward to October when the APC would do the same here, and congratulate the President, the IGP and everybody for a free and fair election in Ondo. I hope that the opposition will not see that election as compromised,” he added.