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10 Years of Boko Haram Insurgency

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The Boko Haram insurgency, which  started as a usual     conflict 10 years ago has sadly  remained    one of the longest rebellions in Nigeria’s history. The insurgency has left in its wake thousands of people dead, while farmlands and properties running into billions of US dollars have been devastated.
  The conflict   started at the end of July 2009,when  Mohammed Yusuf , founder of the  armed group   was killed in police custody in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state in North- Eastern Nigeria. The group’ s leader had risen to prominence some seven years before his death, through his  preaching the virtues of an Islamic way of life and encouraging people to turn their back on Western influences. He declared western education as evil. By 2002, he had established a group he called the Jama’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihad, comprising mostly young men who were agitated by unemployment, government negligence and inequality.
The group continued to grow, especially in northeastern region of the country. By 2009, security services had begun to try to curtail the notorious body’s public demonstrations. It was during one of these altercations that Yusuf was arrested and held by the police, who later announced that he had died in controversial circumstances. His successor, Abubakar Shekau, vowed to exact revenge on the Nigerian government and reprisal attacks on churches, followed later by mosques, government buildings and other public places commenced.   In the ensuing Boko Haram killings, nearly 30,000 people have been killed and more than two million displaced, according to the Council on Foreign Relations’ Nigeria Security Tracker. The country had gone through crises and phases in the government’s efforts at stemming the insurgency. A state of emergency was declared in 2013 by then-President Goodluck Jonathan in the northeastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. A sad chapter in the history of the Boko Haram insurgency is the kidnap of  276  schoolgirls  from a Chibok boarding school in April 2014, while another kidnapping in February of last year saw some 110 teenage girls taken from their school in Dapchi. There were cases of bombings later in  Jos, Abuja and in towns in the North East. The fight against Boko Haram has been beset by many drawbacks, including delays to military funding and corruption. In the face of these odds and challenges, the government has made remarkable progress with joint task forces with neighbouring countries like Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Benin Republic. As a result, Boko Haram is not in control of any territory today, unlike the previous era. A Civilian Joint Task Force has stepped in to complement efforts by the understaffed army, using rudimentary firearms and machetes to protect their civilian neighbours. Their contributions to this decade-long war cannot be underestimated. In spite of the great gains made against the insurgency, Boko Haram continues to evolve and analysts say the war is far from over.         At this point, we wish to enjoin the federal government to give the Nigerian military at the fore front, the required support to enable them prevail finally over these marauders. We wish to salute the effrontery and gallantry of the country’s military as well as those of neigbouring states for the remarkable progress made so far in the war against the insurgents. Sincerely however, 10 years is a long period to fight any war, even though we understand that this is not a conventional war.   We are therefore, worried over some misunderstanding between the Army and Borno state government over the appropriate strategy to take in combating the insurgency in the final phases of the operation. Any misunderstanding between the Theatre Commander, Maj.Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi  and the Borno State Governor, Babagana  Zulum in this regard should be amicably resolved to ensure the final routing of the terrorists.  
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Peter Obi Promises to Change the Country for the Better

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Presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), Mr Peter Obi has asked Nigerians to hold him accountable if a new Nigeria fails to emerge with him as president.

Obi threw the challenge in Abakaliki on Friday at his campaign rally.

He pledged to reform Nigeria back from consumption to production.

The LP candidate assured that the country would be restored when most qualified candidates with character, trust and competence were elected.

He maintained that the 2023 general elections must be based on character and not on or and tribe.

“We will offer you a new Nigeria and also secure and unite the country.

“Let no one deceive you with religion or tell you it is their turn. Just vote people that understand governance.

“I am not contesting as an Igbo man, a south-easterner, but as a Nigerian who is most qualified and competent to revive the country,’’ Obi said.

He commended the people of Ebonyi for their solidarity and support for the Labour Party.

He urged the electorate to vote for Mr Edward Nkwegu, the gubernatorial candidate of LP in Ebonyi to build a better nation.

In his remarks, National Chairman of Labour Party, Mr Julius Abure, appreciated the people of Ebonyi for their show of solidarity, support and commitment to the party.

Abure said the LP would produce most intelligent and credible candidates to fight poverty and insecurity in the country. (NAN)

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Alia Polls 219,009 at  APC Governorship Re-run in Benue 

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From David Torough, Makurdi

Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia has again, won the gubernatorial primary rerun election conducted by the Sen. Bashir Lado led rerun committee. 

Alia polled a total number of 219,002 to defeat 12 other aspirants to emerge winner.

Recall, that the court of appeal sitting in Makurdi while delivering judgement in a case filed by one of the gubernatorial aspirants, Prof.

Terhemba Shija directed the party to conduct a primary re-run election in eleven(11) local government areas of the state.

While announcing the result at the APC Secretariat Makurdi, which also served as the collation Centre for the rerun, Sen. Lado, Chairman of Benue State Rerun Election Committee stated that the primary election rerun which was won by Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Alia was not only free, fair and credible but represented the wishes of  APC members in Benue State.

Chairman of the party in the State, Comrade Augustine Agada while commending APC members in the state for a peaceful primary election, thanked them for their show of maturity during the rerun and termed the results of the election as no victor no vanquish, explaining that the winner in the election is not only Fr. Alia but for the entire Benue APC family.

In a good will message, Amb. Prof. Stephen Ugba who spoke on behalf of party Stakeholders, commended Benue APC for a successful exercise and called on all those who participated in the primary election to see themselves as winners. 

The party immediately after the declaration of results went into a Special Congress to ratify the primary elections. 

The Congress unanimously ratified and adopted Rev. Fr. Dr Hyacinth Alia as the candidate of APC  Benue state for the position of governor.

The Special Congress was attended by members of the State Executive Committee of the party, Critical Stakeholders, teeming members of the APC in Benue state and members of the press.

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Man Slumps, Dies At FCMB Bank In Rivers

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Man has allegedly slumped and died in front of a branch of the First City Monument Bank at Ikwerre Road, Mile 1, Rivers Stateon Tuesday.

The man’s death, according, to a Twitter user, Dokubo, Kenneth Promise #EndSARS, who posted it on his Twitter handle @dokubo_kenneth, was due to frustration resulting from hostile treatment meted out on him by the customer service officials of the bank.

According to the report, the man (whose name was withheld) had been trying to withdraw money but could not, as the bank asked him to do an affidavit in order to have access to his money.

Dokubo further said the victim went with his next of kin to the bank as judicial workers had been on strike, jeopardising any process of swearing an affidavit.

Man dies at @MyFCMB in Port Harcourt due to frustration and unfriendly treatment by the customer service attendants of a bank,” Dokubo tweeted.

 

The man was said to have been vomiting and begging having been in the queue for five hours before he collapsed and died.

“An eyewitness at the scene of the incident disclosed that a man who hails from Asari-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State, a customer of (First City Monument Bank) FCMB died in front of the bank.

“He was refused access to his own money since Friday even when he came with his next of kin. He was asked to go to the court to get an affidavit knowing the court is not in session.

“Narrating the event, she added, ‘The man was vomiting and at the same time begging for him to have access to his own money yet he was denied. After he was left unattended to for more than 5 hours, he just died now a few minutes ago at FCMB, Education Bus Stop, Ikwerre Road, Mile 1, she said,’” Dokubo reported on Twitter.

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