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Gov Uzodinma is the only person from the southeast to make the list

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He may just be returning the favor.

The President Muhammadu Buhari Government was shocked to learn that it could end up being proscribed as a terror organization following a petition by a US based non-profit organization, Global Advocates for Terrorism Eradication (GATE), alleging that “from all available indices, what is happening in Nigeria is state-sponsored terrorism.”

It has been since established, that the ongoing acts of terror in the country, has heavy financial backing from within the country, a claim the Buhari administration itself, has acknowledged. 

There were calls for the Buhari government to disclose the identities of those it claims to identify as sponsors of terror in the country, but in response, presidential aide, Femi Adesina, said the Federal Government’s focus would be on the prosecution of suspects, not shaming anyone.

“Naming and shaming won’t be the motive. Rather, bringing malefactors to justice would be it. Nigeria is not interested in naming and shaming anybody. Rather, it wants to bring them to justice,” Adesina said.

The refusal to name names wasn’t well received by the public however. While reacting to the development, Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, in Bauchi State, Rev Abraham Damina, has said Nigerians deserve to know the very people who have aided the wanton destruction of lives and properties in the country over the years. 

He said: “Since it is in every public domain that the sponsors and financiers are known, a development government has not denied, then, the names should be made official and public so that Nigerians will know the faces of those who have endangered our lives over the years”.

“Many innocent lives have been lost, valuable properties have been lost, we need to know those behind all these callousness and wanton destruction of lives and properties,” he added.

Similarly, former Kaduna State senator, Shehu Sani has wondered why the Buhari government won’t publish names of terror sponsors in the country, saying the only reason would be the fear of implicating itself.

Sani who made the statement in a tweet in reaction to the position of the Buhari government on the matter, said, “If the Nigerian Government can’t expose the sponsors of terrorism, then it can’t absolve itself from the horror and tragedy our people experience every day of their lives.”

Despite calls to disclose the said terror sponsors in the country however, the Buhari government could only identify leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu who is already in DSS custody, and Sunday Igboho who is also facing trial in Benin, two of whom Nigerians see as freedom fighters. 

While it hesitates or chose to blackmail those it considers as threats to its government, the US based group however, would not play such games. 

In it’s petition, high profile names of individuals it claims are behind terrorism in the country, most of which serve in the Buhari government, or are from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), where disclosed.

Although most names on the list would come as no surprise to Nigerians, the inclusion of a man nicknamed (Supreme Court Governor), would have many scratching their heads. 

Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, is the only name from the entire South East region, to make the list.

It is unclear how Uzodinma made it to a list that would without a doubt earned him a horrible image not only in the South East, but also in the eyes of victims of terrorism in the country.

Beside the Imo state governor, Tinubu who is the national Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is similarly the only name from the South West region to make the list. 

Others include;Governor Nasir El-Rufai of kaduna State, former Chief of Army Staff and Current Nigerian Ambassador to Republic of Benin, Tukur Buratai, Director General of State Services, Yusuf Magaji Bichi, former Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, Ministers of Communications, Justice and Information, Isa Pantami, Abubakar Malami and Lai Mohammed.

The group alleged that these individuals with the support of the Buhari government, 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.

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Nigeria not at dead-end, will overcome challenges – Dogara

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The former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Sunday expressed optimism that Nigeria would soon overcome its security challenges.

Dogara, who stated this in his keynote address at the House of Justice Annual Summit held in Kaduna, urged Nigerians not to rest on their oars until the country over the challenges.

He said: “These security challenges, as deeply disconcerting as they are, they are not strange. There is no nation on earth that has not been tried or tested. Every one of them has come to moments of national peril. We can put an end to the moral vandalism that flows from all spots of bedlam across the face of the nation.

“No season lasts forever, therefore this cup shall pass if we all do our bit such as we are doing at this summit in order to keep the promise of this great country alive.

“For us to leave this Nigeria, our country that we cherish and hold dear, for others to defend is not cowardice, it is apostasy to the Nigerian creed. For those who think Nigeria has arrived at a dead-end, let us disappoint them by turning the end into a bend. We can do it!

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“I need neither remind us that national security is a subject matter on the lips of all Nigerians now. I am further comforted by the recognition by House of Justice, in their thesis, that this insecurity challenge is surmountable, its enormity notwithstanding.”

The ex-speaker said ...-civil war situation in Nigeria had been largely calm except for limited instances of armed robbery.

Dogara added: “For about two decades the security situation has become unhinged. Killing, maiming, and the destruction of property have become commonplace daily occurrences.

“These manifest in the form of the Boko Haram insurgency, kidnapping , militancy in the Niger Delta, the activities of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) secessionists in the South-East, banditry, farmer/herders clashes, cattle rustling and ethnoreligious conflicts among others. These, each sufficiently vicious in its own right, have combined to compound the quagmire of insecurity that pervades Nigeria now.”

By: Yemi Kanji

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Keyamo brands #EndSARS panels illegal, confirms Twitter agreement with Nigeria

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The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, on Sunday questioned the legality of the judicial panels of inquiry set up by state governments to investigate cases of police brutality across the country.

Keyamo, who appeared in a programme on Channels TV, was responding to a question on the Federal Government’s position on the leaked report by the Lagos judicial panel of inquiry.

He said: “I will not answer this question as a sitting minister.

“I will answer this question as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and so, I am entitled to my own opinion. This is not the Federal Government’s position.

“For me, that panel was an illegal panel.”

The minister’s comments came days after the panel in its report indicted the operatives of the Nigerian Army and Police for complicity in the shooting of #ENDSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate on October 20 last year.

Keyamo also revealed that Twitter has agreed to all the conditions laid out by the federal government regarding its operations in Nigeria.

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The minister added: “The reason why the President took that step is to recalibrate our relationship with Twitter and not to drive them away from our country.

“That recalibration, we have started it and the President graciously added me to the committee.

“We also set up a technical committee to interface with Twitter and come up with a lot of conditions for them to fulfill for us to lift the suspension.

“It was Twitter that reached out to the Federal Government to say they want to know what and what they can do to straighten up the relationship with the Federal Government and so, we have gone far but I may not, at this forum, let out a lot but we gave them a lot of conditions and they have agreed to all the conditions.”

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‘Why Nigerians can’t trust PDP to rebuild Nigeria,’ VON chief, Okechukwu

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The Director-General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, on Sunday explained why Nigerians cannot trust the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on its plans to rebuild Nigeria.

Okechukwu, who spoke with journalists in Lagos, said the PDP cannot be trusted to rescue Nigeria based on its antecedents.

He said: “How can Nigerians trust our sister political party, the PDP, given their antecedents riddled with trust deficit? We know that times are hard; methinks it’s better to allow APC to fix Nigeria. Where does one start from?

“Let’s start from PDP-In-house, by listening to Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo; ‘I handed over N11 billion in fixed deposit and N800 million in current account when I left as national chairman after seven months. I don’t see what was done with that money.

“Millions were raised to finish our national headquarters; we don’t seem to have a trace of where all that money went. Our headquarters is yet to be completed. Today we don’t even have a party account. We have to get back to strict monitoring of our party accounts.

“Our internal audit department needs to be strengthened and supported by the party leadership. Very strict sanctions must be imposed on the mismanagement of party funds.

“I suggest that we include inviting the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to probe erring officers and members and prosecution of those found culpable. This is the only way to create a deterrent.”

The VON chief also recalled how a former Commissioner for Information in Edo State, Kassim Afegbua, alerted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the monumental corruption in PDP.

Okechukwu added: “Can we forget the squandermania of $23 billion Greenfield Refineries – one meant for Lagos, one for Kogi, and one for Bayelsa? A golden opportunity cost to our economy.

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“Recall that on March 19, 2015, Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) queried Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, then Minister of Finance thus, ‘May we under the Freedom of Information Act 2011, request for the full disclosure of transactions concerning the three Greenfield refineries and petrochemical plant contract awarded on May 13, 2010 by President Goodluck Jonathan to Chinese State Construction and Engineering Corporation Limited (CSCEC), at $23 billion meant to be located at Bayelsa, Kogi and Lagos States.

“Secondly, why are they dead on arrival as six years down the line, neither the three Greenfield refineries nor petrochemical plant is under construction. The three Greenfield refineries one understands, on completion were to add 750,000 barrels per day capacity to Nigeria’s refining infrastructure and create over a million jobs.

“The Greenfield Refineries fiasco happened when our Excess Crude Account had over $40 billion dollars the China State Construction Corporation even upped their equity to 80 percent. The unfortunate outcome is that $15 billion is fleeced off our national treasury annually for the importation of refined petroleum products for over a decade.”

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