Suspected members of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) have released a video online which shows its members executing two Nigerian soldiers and a police officer.
The video shows masked ISWAP members executing the officers who were said to have been abducted at a fake checkpoint in Benisheikh, Maiduguri.
The executed officers displayed their identity cards and introduced themselves as a mobile police sergeant, a sergeant of the Nigerian army and a private soldier.
In the video dated December, the ISWAP members were also seen threatening to carry out massive attacks on the Nigerian military.
“We are saying to the soldiers of Nigeria, we will never spare those fighting people practicing the religion of Allah. Because of that we shall attack your barracks, wallahi we shall block you on your roads. The story is, what you hear is not what you see; what lies ahead is tougher and uglier than this, Allahu Akbar.”
Nigeria Ranks 146 Out Of 180 On The Annual Corruption Index
Nigeria has been ranked at 146 out of the 180 countries considered on the annual corruption index published by Transparency International.
The report released on Thursday shows that Nigeria dropped two places from its previous position to become the 146th most corrupt country out of 180.
According to the report released by Transparency International, “the index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, according to experts and business people.
“It uses a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. More than two-thirds of countries score below 50 on this year’s CPI, with an average score of just 43.”
Nigeria scored 27 out of 100 points in this year’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), which is way below the global average of 43.
“This year’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) reveals that a majority of countries are showing little to no improvement in tackling corruption,” Transparency International writes.
It adds: “Our analysis also shows corruption is more pervasive in countries where big money can flow freely into electoral campaigns and where governments listen only to the voices of wealthy or well-connected individuals.”
According to the 2019 CPI, two-thirds of the countries considered – which is 120 countries out of 280- scored below 50.
Countries within Sub-Saharan Africa have the lowest average CPI with 32 over 100 points. Countries in Western Europe and the European Union came out as the highest region with 66 over 100 points.
Somalia ranked lowest with 9 points while Denmark scored the highest with 87 points.
Boko Haram Is Not Defeated In Nigeria — Adamawa CAN Chairman
The Chairman of the Adamawa Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bishop Dami Mamza has said that Boko Haram is not defeated in Nigeria.
He said this while criticising the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government following the killing of its abducted official Rev. Lawan Andimi by Boko Haram insurgents.
The CAN Adamawa chapter chairman, told some journalists in Yola, the Adamawa state capital, that the insurgents had demanded two million euros as ransom but went ahead to execute the pastor.
“After his abduction, contacts were established to the members of the Boko Haram and they there were negotiations. Even as of Sunday, negotiation were still going on but unfortunately on Monday, we heard that they had already executed him. The message came through the person that they always pass the message to Reverend Joel and told him that the Rev. Andimi has been executed.
“He even sent him a picture of the execution and he told him that there is a video but the video is too gruesome to be sent.
“The first thing the Government needs to do is to tell Nigerians the truth. Boko Haram is not defeated and they are still active and strong. And so, the government should stop fooling Nigerians and stop deceiving Nigerians. Boko Haram are still there and they are still very active. If they are no there then why would we be experiencing this type of things. Who can pass from Michika to Maiduguri without military escort.”
If We Expose Those In Buhari’s Govt, They’ll Not Only Go To Jail, They’ll Go To Hell — Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that most of the officials in the Buhari-led government will not only go to jail but also go to hell if the entire government is investigated for corruption. According to him, this government is by far enmeshed in corruption.
He said this in an interview with BBC Yoruba. While comparing his former Vice President and PDP Presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar with President Buhari, the former President said though Atiku is not a messiah, he would have done far better than President Buhari if given the opportunity.
“What I am saying is that where we are today, our present situation, if you look at those who are there today and our boss, I insist that Atiku will do better than them.
This is not a prophecy. Those in government today, if we expose them, all of them will enter hell; they will not only go to jail. They will go to hell. Whoever that God does not expose his sins to the public is the person whose secret is kept.
I did not say he will behave like Jesus. I did not say he will behave like Prophet Muhammed, but he will do better, in fact twice better than what we have at present.” he said
Speaking further, the former president accused President Buhari of nepotism.
“Look at what is happening, the person that is leading us says he cannot appoint any other tribes into the posts he considers sensitive because he does not trust them. If he cannot trust my tribe and your tribe what is the benefit? And he still wants my tribe and your tribe to vote for him. So, he can ask us to vote for him but he cannot trust us to be appointed into sensitive positions. What is sauce for the goose is also sauce for the gander.
“If you don’t trust us, how do you want me to trust you? If you trust me and I misbehave replace me with another person. But if only your maternal and paternal relatives are the only people you can appoint because they are the only people you can trust…
“In Nigeria, where we have tribes numbering about 500, you now said you could not trust some people. That is what we are saying.” he said
Recall that Obasanjo has at several times written open letters to President Buhari expressing his displeasure in his government, During the 2019 presidential election, Obasanjo openly campaigned against President Buhari.