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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has just announced the cancellation of election in ward 9 unit 3 of Ogu/Bolo LGA after hoodlums carted away result sheets and bitter disagreement between PDP and APC.

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Shiites Crisis: Borno Elders And Diseased Conscience,  By Gabriel Onoja
Famous Jihadists leader in Nigeria, Othman Dan Fodio once admonished mankind with this timeless wisdom; “Conscience is an open wound, only truth can heal it.”

A few days ago, some Nigerians under the umbrella of Borno Elders Forum (BEF) wrote President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) a brief letter. It expressed half-hearted concerns about the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) or Shiites induced crises with security agents, constituted authority and segments of the Nigerian public.

The BEF letter purportedly signed by its chairman, Ambassador Usman Gaji Galtimari pretended on the face value to counsel the Presidency on the imperative to wade into the simmering Shiites crises for amicable resolution to avoid a repeat of another religious crisis in Nigeria.

But deep down the hearts of the author(s), the contents appropriately reproached government for its “poor’ handling of the Shiites issue and tacitly demanded for a reversal of the decisions government has taken on the abhorrent sect members.

The epistle from these self-styed elders also elaborately instigated this queer Islamists and disguised terrorists to sustain their unlawful affront on the state and a silent voice assured the terror Shiites of the backing of elders of Borno (BEF). But is terrorism religious crisis? No, it can never be one, at least, in the case of Nigeria!

The document markets itself as emanating from elders advertising a Polluted conscience by canvassing for the impossible. And then, it unveiled the elders as possible financiers or sympathizers of terrorism in Nigeria, who are unhappy with the defeat of BHTs by the Nigerian Army. So, they are suspected of clandestine plotting of the nourishment of another sect of Boko Haram successors in the guise of Nigerian Shiites.

The assaults on the sensibilities of Nigerians are becoming too manifold. Just recently, a Federal High Court in Abuja, presided over by Justice Gabriel Kolawole, passed a pervasive judgment on the detained leader of IMN, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat.

The judge unashamedly ordered the FGN to release El-Zakzaky unconditionally, provide him with a befitting house within 45 days and compensate both with the sum of N25 million each, amounting to N50 million. The judgment speaks more of compelling the FGN to fund the leader of a suspected terror sect with state money.

The excitement the judgment elicited in the camp of the Shiites in Nigeria belittled efforts of the FGN in securing its responsible citizens. IMN spokesman, Ibrahim Musa in a statement loudly proclaimed how the court verdict vindicated the sect’s obviously devious mindset.

Musa lauded, “The judge showed a full grasp of all the issues at stake as he succinctly captured it when he said he viewed the matter to be that of religious intolerance, where a majority Sunnah is oppressing a minority Shi’ah.”

But millions of Nigerians were unhappy with the judgment. A civil society group under the banner of Coalition on Good Governance and Change Initiative (CGGCI), led by its national chairman, Okpokwu Ogenyi, stormed the court premises in thousands protesting the verdict, thus voicing out the collective pains of Nigerians.

It lamented the “dangerous precedence it would have on law enforcement, security, anti-terror fight, terrorism, extremism and secessionist movements in Nigeria.”

While the condemnations and protests of the court verdict lingers, BEF contrived its version of assault and boldly unleashed it on the FGN.

BEF backed the terrorists by this declaration; “From what we read and heard in the print and electronic media, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria has been branded as an insurgency group and therefore outlawed. We see what is happening in Kaduna State as similar to what happened in Borno State back in 2009 leading to a sorry state of affairs in the State.”

The BEF refused to see the terror and atrocities of the Shiite sect on the Nigerian state, but only got worried when the state branded them terrorists and outlawed the group.

May be, to reawaken the Polluted conscience of these perfidious elders, a recount of the terror instincts of the Nigerian Shiites is germane. That the IMN has existed in Nigeria for nearly 40 years, but has not been a lawfully registered organization is bad enough.

Nigerian Shiites have been unrepentantly a torn in the flesh of Zaria people, where its headquarters is domiciled; Kaduna, Kano states and elsewhere in the North where it parades membership. These are facts re-echoed repeatedly.

Each time the IMN sect members embark on their lengthy religious processions, they do not only possess crude and dangerous weapons, including dane guns, but flagrantly abuse laws of the land, harass, intimidate and bully law-abiding citizens. Public complaints against their demonic acts were not addressed and so, they developed a thick, mindboggling and abhorring impunity to attack security agents.

Shiites detestable conduct came to the fore when they had the guts to attack the army in Zaria. Indeed, El-Zakzaky himself ignored calls put across to him by Governor el-Rufai to prevail on his unjustifiably incensed sect members to open the aisle for the army boss.

It is important to note that shiism is not under attack in Nigeria because there are at least two other shiite sects operating peacefully in Kaduna, but IMN has turned itself into a terror group

It is their ready inclination to disregard laws of Nigeria, stick to violence and the display of terror instincts that also led them to brutally confront the police in Kano who attempted to foil their procession from the ancient city of Kano to Zaria for the annual Arbaeen Trek to Zaria, in memory of martyred Imam Husain (AS). This was after Kaduna state officially banned the IMN sect and the police in Kano also slammed a ban on their unlawful processions.

The Kaduna State Judicial Commission of Inquiry (JCI) has disclosed the recalcitrance of Nigerian Shiites in floating details in the report it has submitted to government. Acting on the white paper, the state government adopted the recommendation branding the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, an insurgent group. “For all intent and purposes, the IMN is an insurgent group and ought to be treated as such,” the white paper noted.

The various violent protests the Nigerian Shiites staged for the release of El-Zakzaky in disregard of constituted authority is a tip of the iceberg. But to decode the terrorists bent of the IMN, the declaration by its alternate leader, Sheik Abdulkadir Koki during the burial of some Shiites members in Kano state unequivocally stated it;

“As followers of Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, we shall never submit ourselves to the dictates of the Nigerian government even if our own lives will be taken away by the forces of its security agents.”

This was after the recently redeployed Iranian envoy to Nigeria, Amb. Saeed Koozechi emboldened the Nigerian Shiites which has sponsorship from Iran’s ISIS, by daring Nigeria’s sovereignty when he said, “Nigeria is pouring fuel on fire,” by the continuous detention of Sheik El-Zakzaky by Nigerian security agents.

In all these acts of malfeasance by Nigerian Shiites, against the Nigerian state, what Borno elders have thought worthwhile to preach is the removal of the tag of terrorists and outlaws which their activities have hung on their necks and government endorsed. The BEF letter failed to make any appeal to the Nigerian Shiites sect members to be law-abiding and respect laws and constituted authority.

This is known trademark of BEF. In the not too distant past, a voice of BEF was only heard tormenting the Nigerian military in the anti-terrorism war with allegations of killing their children (Boko Haram Terrorists). But they have always shied away from even public pretense as in the Shiites case, in pleading for armistice on the part of their Boko Haram terrorists children.

Nigeria is getting increasingly suspicious of BEF, as their voices always resonate on the path of caution in favour of terrorists only when they sense that the military has turned the table against terrorists in the counter-insurgency war. What deranged antics, from destructive elders!

Perhaps, one is prompted to ask whether BEF is scared of reports making the rounds that Nigerian military has inaugurated an inquiry to unveil the real sponsors of BHTs and the pretentious letter is designed to shield their suspected involvement.

Why has BEF not publicly called on remnants of Boko Haram terrotists, their supposed children to surrender their arms and selves to Nigerian Army, but deem it necessary to interfere in the state’s handling of a new terror sect been raised in faraway Kaduna state? Why has charity, in the case of these cursed Borno elders, not beginning at their home state of Borno or is it a ploy to confuse Operation Lafiya Dole from completely flushing out the remnants of terrorists, while BEF secretly provides them with shield in their protective fortresses?

May be, for the first time, BEF is appreciating the selfless efforts of the Nigerian military in decimating Boko Haram. But it does not confer on these so-called elders the liberty to derail, in any guise, the ongoing final onslaught of terrorists in the Northeast and elsewhere in Nigeria.

They must avoid any support to terrorists and bury their diabolical agenda against peace loving Nigerians, whether covert or overt, especially, the Nigerian Shiites logjam in Kaduna and other parts of the North. No terror sect can defeat the state as the Nigerian military has demonstrated. Total obliteration of terrorists in Nigeria now is a project beyond theirs warped senses of gathering political mileage.

Onoja writes from the Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism, {CATE} Jos.

2019 Mega Party: Makarfi's PDP, APC Allies In Disarray, Polarized Over Party New Name
In what could be described as a bad omen for the proposed new mega party formation from it beginning, promoters of the party are currently said to be in disagreement over the name to give the new party, report according to Saturday Punch Newspaper suggests.

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Our source revealed that the promoters of the mega party are sharply divided on which name to adopt for the proposed party.

Punch Newspaper further reported that, the proposed christening of the mega party has polarised the committee set up by the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led national caretaker committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, whose responsibilities include wooing former members of the party who defected to the All Progressives Congress and other political parties.

The 15-man committee, which is headed by a former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, was said to have been meeting with groups and individuals who are said to have shown interest in leaving their political parties.

The job of the intra-party committee, whose activities have been criticised by the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction of the PDP, includes bringing back former members of the PDP and also wooing those who have never been members of the former ruling party.

However, our correspondent learnt that most of those spoken with on the need to return to the party were said to have been insisting that the PDP must change its name, just like the other political parties that formed the now ruling APC.

The former All Nigeria Peoples Party, Action Congress of Nigeria and the Congress for Progressive Change and a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance merged to form the APC.

ARMY Promotes Obasanjo's Son, 226 others
The Nigerian Army Council has approved the promotion of no fewer than 227 officers.

Among those promoted are Adeboye Obasanjo, son of ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo, and its spokesman, Sani Usman, Premium Times reports.

Details of a memo, dated December 9, 2016, showed that the promotion will take effect from as far back as March 2014 for some officers and as recent as December 2016 for many others.

The promotion comes three years after the decoration of 102 officers by the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

The officers were considered for promotion by the Army Council in strict compliance with the provisions of the Armed Forces Act.

In the latest rounds, Chukwunedum Abraham, the general officer commanding of the Nigerian Army 2nd Division in Ibadan and 20 other officers were promoted to the position of Major-General.

Ninety-three were elevated to the rank of Brigadier-General, including Sani Usman, the spokesman for the army, whose promotion from the rank of colonel took effect from September 5, 2016.

Obasanjo’s son and 112 others were promoted from the position of a lieutenant colonel to colonels. His promotion which is effective August 27, 2016, came two years after he sustained serious injuries in a shootout with Boko Haram insurgents in Adamawa state.

ARMY Promotes Obasanjo's Son, 226 others

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Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja Division has granted an order of mandamus seeking the arrest and immediate sack of Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and his Science and Technology counterpart, Ogbonnaya Onu, over recent allegations levelled against them by two justices of the Supreme Court.

The applicant, Human Rights Foundation International, sought the order in its substantive suit where it prayed the court to compel the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to “perform their statutory obligations” by immediately arresting and prosecuting the two ministers.

Court Orders Buhari To Sack 2 Of His Prominent Ministers Over Corruption Allegations
The group also sought an order of mandamus compelling President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately sack both ministers “in the interest of the public and morality” based on allegations of attempts to influence court decisions as claimed by the two jurists.

A copy of the enrolled order made on December 1 specifically called for the disengagement of the ministers pending when they were cleared by a court of competent jurisdiction.
The plaintiff further asked for an order of mandamus under the reviewed Administrative Action/Inaction Procedure, to first seek and obtain the leave of court through an ex-parte application to properly commence the suit.

In the relief sought, the plaintiff raised the following questions: “Whether or not the allegation made by Justices Inyang Okoro and Sylvester N. Ngwuta in connection with the criminal-like invasion of their houses by the DSS on allegation of corruption, which the matter is already in the public domain, should be investigated and those arrested be prosecuted by the third and fourth defendants.

“Whether or not the allegation is a reasonable ground to warrant the 5th defendant, which is the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and who claims that his administration is fighting corruption, to sack or compel Amaechi and Onu to resign from office as ministers pending when they are cleared of every allegation of corruption.”

Both justices had in two separate correspondences to former Chief Justice Mahmud Mohammed accused the ministers of attempting to influence court decisions in some election cases between 2015 and this year.

The matter has, however, been slated for mention on December 15.

Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Bode George has asked ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo to shut up and stop playing to the gallery through public criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Lagos State chieftain of the PDP, in a recent interview with the Daily Sun Newspaper, berated former President Olusegun Obasanjo for publicly criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari

Below is a related excerpt from the Daily Sun interview:

Many people including former President Obasanjo are saying that things are getting too tough for Nigerians and that President Buhari should do something fast about the recession and economic crises facing the nation, what is your reaction to that?

What people should realize is that Rome was not built in a day. We all have one role or the other to play in bringing the situation back to normal.

But to crucify President Muhammadu Buhari I don’t agree. For me, I believe in praying for leaders. Let’s pray for Buhari that God should give him the wisdom to pull Nigeria through the present economic crisis. It is true that many Nigerians, millions are genuinely suffering, the hardship in the land today is beyond human comprehension, but rather than condemning Buhari, I will continue to pray for him to succeed.

Although we belong to different political parties, but I don’t want to talk politics now, let’s talk about the nation and Nigerian interests, I pray to God that the president should have quick solutions to myriads of problems facing us today especially problem of poverty, hunger and biting economic recession. Buhari should assemble a team that will work with him to get us out of these problems as fast as possible.

Condemning Buhari is not the solution but we should advise and pray for him. I believe it is too early to condemn Buhari, may be after three years, we can ask him to present his scorecard. Condemning Buhari is not the solution but we should advise and pray for him. Moreso, I don’t believe in the approach adopted by Baba [former President Olusegun Obasanjo]. Why should Baba go public in his criticism of Buhari? Obasanjo has unlimited access to the President, even if he asks Buhari to come and see him at his farm in Ota , I believe Buhari would go there to see him and there he would have expressed his mind on the nation’s state of affairs to the President, after all he was Buhari’s former boss in the military. But for Obasanjo to have gone public to condemn Buhari’s policy to me is like a betrayal, it amounts to playing to the gallery.

For those other Nigerians condemning the President openly, it is understandable, they don’t have direct access to the President, but for Obasanjo who have unlimited

access to the President to have behaved in that way, it is like playing to the gallery. I believe he should have adopted a more matured approach. However , like I said earlier I   believe it is too early to condemn Buhari, may be after three years, we can ask him to present his score card.

There was a report that some Yoruba elders were trying to broker peace between you and former President Obasanjo. The two of you were known to be very close until things fell apart, how true is the reconciliation effort?

I’m not fighting anybody. Baba is Baba anyday. I’m not fighting him. He was my senior in the military, and my political leader when he became civilian president. I worked with him closely and if I still see him today, I will salute him and pay him compliments as my elder and senior. But like I said earlier, whatever a human being does he should be fair to all, and God fearing. Vengeance is mine as God says.

If we are not close again today, it doesn’t matter. When I was working with Obasanjo, I was completely loyal to him, 100 percent loyal, but what I got back in return for my loyalty was a shock. I didn’t bargain for it.

What kind of shock was that?

I supported Obasanjo blindly  but what did I get in return, I got a blind eye for supporting him. I was jailed on a false allegation. I went to prison falsely accused but thank God the Supreme Court quashed my jail sentence.

But my disappointment with Baba was that when I was released from prison, and my supporters came rejoicing with me, and I was given a heroic welcome, Obasanjo said we were celebrating criminality. That means that Obasanjo who I was extremely loyal to, also believe that I truly committed the crime.

But God fought my battle, and my adversaries were all put to shame. I thank God for the Supreme Court judgment, which exonerated me from committing any crime.

I was wrongfully jailed, but since God has vindicated me, I bear no bitterness or grudges against anybody including Obasanjo, but I have learnt a great lesson about human beings. I thank God that I went to prison, I came out without becoming a blind person or suffering one deformity or the other.

Life is but a walking shadow, and the Bible says in everything, always thank God.

Read full interview from Daily Sun
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