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You cannot tarnish our image — Lai Mohammed reacts angrily to accusation by GATE

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He said the Buhari government is not a terror group.

The President Muhammadu Buhari Government has reacted to an allegation by a US based organization, claiming the Buhari government is behind terrorism in the country, and calling for its proscription as a terror organization.

The non-profit organization known as Global Advocates for Terrorism Eradication (GATE), has in a 26-page petition, signed by the group’s Principal Advocate, Robert Berry, and addressed to Anthony J. Blinken, the US Secretary of State, urged the US government to designate the Nigerian government as sponsors of terrorism, alleging that “from all available indices, what is happening in Nigeria is state-sponsored terrorism.”

It alleged that the Nigerian government officials were sponsoring terrorism by carrying out terrorist activities including training, funding, financing, and recruitment of terrorists using their offices as a safe haven, transit and operational base for terrorists and terrorist activities.

GATE, in the petition, accused the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of kaduna State, former Chief of Army Staff and Current Nigerian Ambassador to Republic of Benin, Tukur Buratai, and the Director General of State Services, Yusuf Magaji Bichi, of aiding terrorism in Nigeria.

Others accused of terrorism by GATE are; former Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, Ministers of Communications, Justice and Information, Isa Pantami, Abubakar Malami and Lai Mohammed respectively, amongst others.

It alleged that “the Nigerian government officials have deployed the instrumentality of power and are using the veil of sovereignty in knowingly consenting and with malicious intent allowing and promoting the use of Nigeria as a breeding ground and recruitment nursery for international terrorism activities contrary to foreign relations authorizations act fiscal years 1988 and 1989 (P.L.100 to 204:22 U.S.C 2656f), as amended.”

The group also gave a two-month notice to the United States Government, warning that “if at the expiration of the two months deadline, and the designation is not made, GATE will proceed to the Federal Court in United States to apply for a Writ of Mandamus to compel the United States Secretary of State to issue the designation in line with the provisions of Law.”

GATE argued that designating Nigerian officials as sponsors of terrorism by the US will have far reaching legal implications, including potentially arrest and criminal prosecution in a Federal US court if they visit the country.

Buttressing its point, the group cited an interview a former Deputy Director of Defense Intelligence Services of the Nigerian Military, Navy Commodore Kunle Olawunmi, granted Channels Television on August 24, 2021.

It said in spite of the revelations from the interview, the Nigerian government did nothing about the issues raised.

“That in spite of this knowledge, the Nigerian government has vehemently refused to take appropriate measures to protect her citizens and the global community from the nefarious activities of those state actors,” it said.

The group concluded: “The current Nigerian Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari is executing a Global Jihadist agenda that is comparable, if not more insidious than that of the Taliban’s of Afghanistan.

“It is even more dangerous because it is mixed with genocidal tendencies. It is in the best interest of the United States and all the Democratic countries of the world to identify this threat early and address it now.

“This is to prevent the further spread of the global jihadist agenda of the Buhari government and to arrest an imminent ethnic and religious genocide.”

But reacting to the allegation, the Nigerian government through the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the allegation is false and aimed at tarnishing the image of the Buhari government which he claimed has been fighting all forms of insecurity in the country.

The Minister said the Global Advocates for Terrorism Eradication (GATE) is an irritant that should be ignored, Wondering why the Government that is tackling the twin evil of terrorism and banditry will be accused of sponsoring terrorism.

Lai Mohammed noted the fact that GATE, in making its allegation, relied on the words of a former Nigerian Navy intelligence officer has shown the hollowness of its allegation.

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After bandits, designate Miyetti Allah, MACBAN, FUNAM as terrorist organizations, Ortom tells Nigerian govt

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has called on the Federal government to also designate groups like the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) and the Fulani Nationality Movement (FUNAM) as terrorist organisations.

Ortom made the call following the recent declaration of bandit groups as terrorists by an Abuja High Court.

Ortom, while speaking at a town hall event in Makurdi on Friday, said the bandits perpetrating attacks in the state and other parts of the country were mostly members of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, MACBAN and FUNAM, and as such, the groups should also be designated as terrorist organizations.

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“I want to commend the Federal Government for being bold to designate bandits as terrorists which is long overdue.

“But I want to also call on the Federal Government to include Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, MACBAN and Fulani Nationality Movement, FUNAM in the category of terrorists because those bandits are their members.

“If you remember, when I was attacked in my farm, FUNAM came out to claim they were the ones who attacked me. So they are also terrorists in their own way,” the governor said.

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National Pivot: Breaking: Powerful explosion rocked Maiduguri

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Rocket also hit a community close to the airport.

An explosion reportedly rocked a 1000 Housing Estate in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, on Saturday morning, according to a report by Daily Trust.

The explosion believed to have been triggered by Boko Haram fighters sparked tension in the area.

A rocket launcher also landed at Gomari Airport, a community about four kilometres from the airport located in the state capital.

A military source said troops of 33 artillery, Njimtelo, opened fire when they sighted insurgents on the outskirts of Maiduguri.

The insurgents were said to have also engaged troops in a gun battle.

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Nkoyo Toyo addresses Youths on categories of human security ahead of 2023

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Nkoyo Toyo addresses Youths on categories of human security ahead of 2023

With the imminence of the 2023 general elections in Nigeria and Cross River State, issue-based political campaigns seem to have started taking the front burner. A female aspirant for the high Office of the Governor of Cross River, Her Excellency Ambassador Nkoyo Toyo, has kick-started the campaigns with a fond of issues worth talking about.

On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, while addressing Nigerian Youths from the Southern Senatorial District of the State, under the aegis of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) in Calabar, the state capital, Toyo who is a legal practitioner said that she is keen about what she referred to as “human security” and she did well to highlight over five of such “securities” in health, food, economics, environment, personal and communal.

Her words: “This is what is worrying us as a country – insecurity. What’s happening to our country. You may come up with ideas… what you think you want us to do.

“But, what are the things I think about? The things I think about is what I call human security, those are the things I think about, and what is human security?

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“Human security is economics – do we have the money we need for our livelihood? The things we want to do with money. There are many things we want to do with money. Do we have it? Some people don’t even have food security. We laugh when they say ‘food on the table’.

“Some people don’t have food on the table. Some people can’t afford to eat well. We can’t afford to even eat. We worry about where would we find food to feed our people. We worry about health security. That’s the most worrisome one. If you are sick today many of us cannot even find the money to go to the hospital. We worry about environmental security. Some people said look, ‘our forest is being chopped. Our wood, timber is gone. Nobody is taking interest in those things’. Some people worry about our personal security. Me as a person, I am not secure. I don’t know whether if I go back on the road they will kidnap me. And what will happen? Some people worry that their community is not secured, we have had to move out… displacement. I know that in Akpabuyo, Bakassi and Odukpani for example, areas like Okoyong and Ikoneto, have had quite a lot of problems. Ikot Offiong is an old story. Mbiabo, Ukwa are old stories. So many communities are not secured.

“And of course, there is political security, we don’t even know what kind of politics is it going to be. We want a kind of politics that you know with certainty that when I promise you something or when we promise ourselves something we will stay by our promise. So these are some of the worries I am walking around with. How do I create a new government that provides all the securities that we are talking about? They all come in form of one security or the other” she said.

The former Federal House of Representatives further noted that she will plan a governance solution around these issues. Adding, “That is my plan and my design. So, that is where my thoughts are.

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“That I will think about how I provide economic security for the state, how I deal with the food needs of the state, how I deal with the health needs of the state, educational, environmental, community and personal. Personal involves your education, job needs, and even the political – how do we make the government work for the people and the people work too for the government. Let me stop here and listen to you. I think I have made a few comments and I hope that guides us in terms of how we go from here”.

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