The Northern Elders have made U-turn on the Biafra agitation.
Speaking through one of the vocal voices and National Chairman of the Northern Elders Forum Prof Ango Abdullahi the northern elder said if the Igbo are tired in remaining in Nigeria, they should be allowed to leave.
He stated this while answering questions in an interview with Daily Sun. Professor Ango said he said it openly in front of the Vice President of Nigeria Prof Yemi Osinbajo that he supports Biafra in line with the principle of self-determination.
He said: ”I do if the Igbo want it. If the people of Igbo want Biafra I support them. I said this in front of the Vice-President that I support Biafra if the people of Biafra want Biafra according to the principles of self determination as agreed in the United Nations. It is a convention people should have their self determination.
See what is happening…I mean South Sudan had self determination and Nigerians if they are tired because I have said so openly that if Nigerian elites particularly those who are creating all the problems we are having today if they feel that we cannot sit down and talk honestly…
”Yes I am and I am saying we should sit down and face each other and say we want one Nigeria. If we say we want one Nigeria okay let’s sit down and discuss how we will get along with the job of creating one Nigeria. But if at some point we feel that one Nigeria will not be possible except on individual terms, not on collective terms then I am in favour of quietly and peacefully going our different ways. That is what I have said. I still say so.” he said.
Buhari Orders Air Attacks On Bandits In Niger State
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered seamless air attacks on areas occupied by bandits ravaging communities in Niger, Kaduna and Zamfara states.
The President’s order followed assurances that harmattan haze, which previously hampered military air operations, is gradually clearing out.
According to a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the military air operation against bandits, kidnappers and cattle rustlers that have been attacking remote communities around Dogon Gona forest in Niger State will commence this week.
The President, who described the repeated attacks leading to the losses of several lives in the communities “as a disaster for the nation,” had authorized the deployment of air power to support troops and policemen deployed to the “difficult terrain,” to counter the menace of the attackers operating in the forest area bordering Kaduna, Niger and Zamfara states.
In line with this directive, the Nigerian Air Force is setting up refueling facilities at Minna, Niger State to support the aircraft operations, giving assurances that given the improved weather conditions, a major exercise to “visually acquire targets” and launch attacks will soon follow.
The Police Command in Niger has equally given assurances that the planned dedicated air raids to complement the police helicopter gunship operations remain the best approach given the lack of motorized roads in the areas constantly under attack.
President Buhari commiserates with the government and people of Niger State following the attacks and the loss of lives that followed, and assures that victim communities in the state will not be abandoned by the rest of the country.
NDA Expels Cadets For Misconduct
Some cadets have been expelled by the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) on Friday, January 24 over misconduct.
This was disclosed by the NDA’s spokesperson, Major Abubakar Abdullahi in a statement made available to newsmen.
The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) was established on 5 February 1964 in response to the defence needs of independent Nigeria to train officers for the Armed Forces of Nigeria. Before then, the institution was known as the Royal Military Forces Training College (RMFTC). After independence in 1960, it became known as the Nigerian Military Training College.
Major Abdullahi disclosed that the military academy conducts periodic dossier reviews to address cadets’ disciplinary cases.
The statement read in parts;
“The recently concluded dossier review resulted in the relegation and withdrawal of some cadets found wanting in discipline and general misconduct. This is in line with the NDA’s continued demonstration of its commitment to produce quality officers for the Nigerian Armed Forces and to ensure that discipline is preserved.
“The exercise which is in line with provisions of the cadets’ hand book on discipline and General Administration 2018 (revised) and Armed Forces Act CAP A20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 aims to achieve the mission of the academy to provide each officer cadet the requisite knowledge, skills and values necessary to meet the requirements of a military officer through military training, academic excellence and character development.”
Leah Sharibu Allegedly Gives Birth In Boko Haram’s Captivity
Leah Sharibu has allegedly given birth to a son fathered by a top Boko Haram commander.
According to Sahara Reporters, Leah, the Christian girl who was kidnapped along with other schoolgirls but was not released with the others because she refused to renounce Christianity, allegedly gave birth to a baby boy weeks ago.
She was reportedly forced by the terror group to convert to Islam before being married off to a top Boko Haram commander, the publication claims.
The forced marriage has now allegedly produced a son.