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Again, Army Generals pledge loyalty to President, Constitution
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Again, Army Generals pledge loyalty to President, Constitution

Despite condemnations over the years, the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) continue to pledge loyalty to the sitting President. There was another instance on Thursday during the decoration of newly promoted senior officers of the Nigerian Army (NA). Minister of Defence, retired Major General Bashir Magashi told them to discharge their duties professionally. He spoke at the Army Officers’ Mess in Asokoro, Abuja, as some Brigadier Generals became Major Generals; a number of Colonels moved up to the Brigadier General rank. Magashi described their elevation as recognition of diligence and sacrifices individually and collectively to the military. The minister assured that the government will continue to support the Army by acquiring additional hardware for operations across the coun...
Increase in food prices is caused by insecurity – Defence Minister Bashir Magashi says
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Increase in food prices is caused by insecurity – Defence Minister Bashir Magashi says

Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, says the rising cost of food prices across the country is as a result of the prevalence of insecurity in the country. Magashi said this on Monday at the opening of a retreat for defence advisers/attaches, organised by the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) in Abuja. “The threats currently facing Nigeria and understanding their socio-geographic context is pivotal for adapting appropriate and lasting counter-measures. Regrettably, the prevalence of these threats has continued to endanger not only national security and economic growth, but also food security. In particular, food security has been adversely affected with the attendant rise in the prices of foodstuff across the country which portends a new dimension of threat. This makes it impera...
Reps meet NDA commandant over bandits’ attack
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Reps meet NDA commandant over bandits’ attack

The House of Representatives Committee on Defence on Tuesday met with the Commandant of the Nigeria Defence Academy, Maj Gen Ibrahim Yusuf, on the bandit attack on the academy. It would be recalled that the bandits had carried out an audacious attack against the foremost academy and abducted some military personnel at the institution. Maj Gen Yusuf informed the committee that the military is working to prevent future occurrence of the attack. The committee, chaired by Babajimi Benson from Lagos State, had an executive session with the commandant to get the details of the attack. Also, the Committee met with the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi to discuss the impact of the recent military agreement between Russia and Nigeria. It would be recalled that Nigeria and Russia si...
President Buhari Presides over Security Meeting
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President Buhari Presides over Security Meeting

President Buhari presided over a security meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja today September 7. At the meeting, the security chiefs gave the President updates on recent security operations in different parts of the nation. Some of those in attendance were Minister of Defence, General Bashir Magashi (Rtd); Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; and the service chiefs led by Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor. See more photos below...
My government’s response to Insecurity has been strong and robust – Buhari
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My government’s response to Insecurity has been strong and robust – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his government's response to insecurity witnessed in the country has been “strong, determined and robust”. The President who was represented by Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi at the graduation of Course 29 participants of the National Defence College in Abuja on Friday August 13, commended the personnel of the Nigeria police, intelligence and security agencies as well as local vigilante and community groups for their efforts, adding that his government is making continuous efforts at consolidating the progress made in improving the enabling security environment for peace and development. Buhari said;   “Although the nation is still grappling with the challenges of terrorism, banditry, kidnapp...
NAF takes Delivery of Six Super Tucano aircraft
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NAF takes Delivery of Six Super Tucano aircraft

The Nigerian Air Force has taken delivery of the first batch of six A-29 Super Tucano aircraft from the United States. NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet  said the aircraft arrived in Kano State on Thursday afternoon. Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (Rtd), Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao were present to receive the aircraft.
Stop Threats against Ndigbo – Southeast leaders to other regions
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Stop Threats against Ndigbo – Southeast leaders to other regions

  Southeast leaders, on Saturday, expressed concern over threats against Ndigbo living in other parts of the country.j They made their feelings known during an enlarged meeting between the Southeast Governors’ Forum, Federal and State lawmakers, ministers, religious and traditional leaders, as well as the Ohanaeze Ndigbo. DAILY POST reports that the meeting is a follow up to the consultation the Presidential delegation, led by the Minister of Defence, rtd Maj.Gen. Bashir Magashi, had with leaders in the zone, on June 11, following rising insecurity in the region. Addressing journalists at the end of the meeting, Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, said the leaders reaffirmed their commitment to one nation built on fairness...
Stop threats against Ndigbo – Southeast leaders to other regions
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Stop threats against Ndigbo – Southeast leaders to other regions

Southeast leaders, on Saturday, expressed concern over threats against Ndigbo living in other parts of the country. They made their feelings known during an enlarged meeting between the Southeast Governors’ Forum, Federal and State lawmakers, ministers, religious and traditional leaders, as well as the Ohanaeze Ndigbo. DAILY POST reports that the meeting is a follow up to the consultation the Presidential delegation, led by the Minister of Defence, rtd Maj.Gen. Bashir Magashi, had with leaders in the zone, on June 11, following rising insecurity in the region. Buhari’s alleged war threat sparks more reactions from stakeholders Addressing journalists at the end of the meeting, Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, said the leaders reaff...
President Buhari to Visit Ghana Over Mali Crisis
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President Buhari to Visit Ghana Over Mali Crisis

President Buhari will on Sunday, May 30, depart Abuja for Accra, Ghana to attend an emergency Extraordinary Summit of ECOWAS, convened to discuss recent political crisis in Mali. A statement released by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, said the meeting is at the instance of the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS and President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo. ''Prior to the Extraordinary Summit, the President had met with the Special Envoy and ECOWAS mediator in Mali, former President Goodluck Jonathan, who briefed him on the latest developments in the country following his meeting with key political actors in the West African country. As the situation in Mali continues to evolve, Nigeria had condemned the May 24...
Boko Haram: President Buhari Happy With Troops Performance – Defence Minister
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Boko Haram: President Buhari Happy With Troops Performance – Defence Minister

The Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, has commended the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole combating insurgents in the north-eastern part of the country, saying that President Muhammadu Buhari appreciates their performance. Magashi made the commendation on Sunday while addressing the troops at the headquarters of the Theatre Command in Maiduguri. “Let me begin by thanking you all with the work you have been doing. “The job you have been doing is highly appreciated by our Commander in Chief of the Armed forces, President Muhammadu Buhari and he said we should come here and talk to you to continue with the effort,” Magashi said. The minister who noted the injuries and lost of lives by some personnel in the course of the assignment, assured them that thei...
”Don’t be afraid of bullet. If you are not meant to die by bullet, it will never kill you”- Defence Minister, Bashir Magashi tells troops in the North East
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”Don’t be afraid of bullet. If you are not meant to die by bullet, it will never kill you”- Defence Minister, Bashir Magashi tells troops in the North East

The Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, has asked troops fighting the insurgents in the North East not to be afraid of bullets and that they should be more daring in their fight against insurgents. Speaking during a morale-boosting visit to the troops in Maiduguri, Borno state over the weekend, Magashi, a retired Brig.-Gen. said what should be on the minds of the troops while battling insurgents should be to secure the country. “You should not be afraid of the bullet because it can even meet you in the house if it means you dying by it. But if you are not meant to die by the bullet, it will never kill you even at the heart of a war.” The minister assured them of the government’s readiness to improve on their welfare.  
PDP Demands the Sack of Defence Minister, Bashir Magashi, for Asking Nigerians to Defend Themselves Against Bandits
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PDP Demands the Sack of Defence Minister, Bashir Magashi, for Asking Nigerians to Defend Themselves Against Bandits

< The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the immediate sack of the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi, for ''abdicating his statutory duties'' by asking unarmed Nigerians to defend themselves against armed aggression by bandits and terrorists. Speaking at the National Assembly on Wednesday, February 17, Magashi while reacting to the abduction of staff and students of Government Science College in Niger state, said; ''Is it (security issue) the responsibility of the military alone? We shouldn’t be cowards. It is the responsibility of everybody to be alert and ensure safety when necessary. We shouldn’t be cowards. Sometimes bandits come with about three rounds of ammunition and when they fire shots everybody will run. In our younger days, we stand to fight...
Defence Minister, Bashir Magashi Asks Nigerians To Confront Bandits
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Defence Minister, Bashir Magashi Asks Nigerians To Confront Bandits

Minister of Defence, Major General (rtd) Bashir Magashi, has asked Nigerians to summon courage and stand up to the gunmen wreaking havoc across the country. Speaking with newsmen on the sideline of the screening of Service Chiefs by the House of Representatives on Wednesday, Magashi described those who abducted staff and students of a secondary school in Kagara community in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, as cowards. He said Nigerians have the responsibility to ensure there is adequate security around them. Magashi said, “Well, is it the responsibility of the military alone? It is the responsibility of everybody to be alert and ensure safety when necessary.” “We shouldn’t be cowards. Sometimes the bandits come with about three rounds of ammunition and when they fir...
Some of the #EndSARS Protesters are Rogues and Thieves- Minister of Defense, Bashir Magashi, Says
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Some of the #EndSARS Protesters are Rogues and Thieves- Minister of Defense, Bashir Magashi, Says

The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (retd.), has said over 60 percent of those who participated in the #EndSARS protests don’t know why they participated in the demonstrations and that some of them are rogues and thieves. Magashi said this after participating in the revalidation exercise of the All Progressives Congress in Kano on Saturday, February 13. “There is a basic responsibility of the government, and that is to protect every Nigerian, whoever he is. We always believe that given the necessary intelligence, no agent of government will sit down and fold its hands without doing something. This #EndSARS issue, if you recall, the minister of information has briefed this nation and alerted that something like this is coming; and we know we are always prepared....
“Some #EndSARS Protesters Are Rogues And Thieves” – Minister Of Defence, Bashir Magashi
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“Some #EndSARS Protesters Are Rogues And Thieves” – Minister Of Defence, Bashir Magashi

Bashir Magashi, minister of defence, says over 60 percent of #EndSARS protesters don’t know why they participated in the demonstrations. On Saturday, a second wave of the #EndSARS protest began in Lagos under the #OccupyLekkiTollGate rally, with more than 30 protesters, including Debo Adebayo, a Nigerian comedian better known as Mr Macaroni, arrested by security operatives. The protesters have, however, been arraigned before a mobile court in Lagos, and granted bail. Speaking on Saturday after participating in the revalidation exercise of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano, the minister alleged that some of the protesters are rogues and thieves. “I am the minister of defence and the defence of this country is entirely my responsibility. We have the mandate to ensur...
US Rescue Operation Not Violation Of Nigeria’s Sovereignty – Defence Minister, Bashir Magashi
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US Rescue Operation Not Violation Of Nigeria’s Sovereignty – Defence Minister, Bashir Magashi

The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd.), has said the recent rescue operation by the United States special forces on Nigerian soil was not a violation of the country’s sovereignty. He said the Nigerian government granted the US necessary permission to carry out the military operation. The United States Special Military Force, over the weekend, successfully rescued an American citizen kidnapped by bandits in the northern part of Nigeria. In an interview with journalists shortly after he defended his Ministry’s budget at the Senate on Tuesday, the minister said Nigeria gave permission to the United States “as a friendly country” almost as soon as it was contacted by the government. He ruled out theories that the United States might have violated Nigeria’s...
Salami Rejects Magu’s Demand To Invite Buhari’s COS, Minister, Ends Probe
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Salami Rejects Magu’s Demand To Invite Buhari’s COS, Minister, Ends Probe

The Justice Ayo Salami-led Presidential panel probing the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has rejected a request by Magu to invite the President’s Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari; the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi; and Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas. Others who were supposed to appear before the panel include- a former Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde; the Director General of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, Modibbo Hamman-Tukur; EFCC’s Acting Director, Directorate of Asset Forfeiture and Recovery Management, Mr Aliyu Yusuf; an EFCC lawyer, Bala Sanga; and a former EFCC official, Isa Dongoyaro. The Salami-led panel had drafted a subpoena addressed to the naval chief, minister and others...
President Buhari Meets Security Chiefs In Abuja
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President Buhari Meets Security Chiefs In Abuja

President Buhari on friday met with security chiefs At the Presidential Villa Abuja. . Present at the meeting were: . -Inspector General Of Police, Mohammed Adamu. -Chief of Air staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar. -Chief of Naval staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe-Ibas. -Chief Of Army staff,Lt-Gen Turkur Buratai. -Chief of Defence staff, Gabriel Olonisakin. -Minister of Defence, Bashir Magash. Among others
Buhari Silent As Defence Minister, Bashir Magashi Is Named In $550,000 Fund Diversion
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Buhari Silent As Defence Minister, Bashir Magashi Is Named In $550,000 Fund Diversion

President Muhammadu Buhari came under heavy criticism yesterday for his failure to act in the alleged indictment of his Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, for a $550,000 security fund diversion. Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu deflected response on the allegation to the office of the Minister of Defence when The Guardian sought the presidency’s reaction on the matter. Against a groundswell of allegations of cherry-picking on whom to prosecute in his anti-corruption offensive, Buhari is now directly fingered for shielding Magashi, who is accused of stealing and shipping $550,000 from the nation’s treasury to an offshore account. Magashi has been called out to explain his role in the slush amount he received from the infamous ‘Abacha loot’ estimated by Transparency International t...
Boko Haram Received Training Within, Outside Africa – Defence Minister
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Boko Haram Received Training Within, Outside Africa – Defence Minister

Nigeria's Defence Minister, Mansur Dan-Ali who presented a paper on regional security at the 8th conference on international security in Moscow, Russia, stated that Boko Haram received training within, outside Africa. According to the Defence Minister, though Boko Haram terrorists who over the years received support and training from larger terror networks within and outside Africa have killed many innocent citizens, however sustained counter-insurgency operations by Nigeria and other countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission had helped in destabilising the Boko Haram network. He said; “There is the worrisome rise in terrorism and insurgency on the African continent with specific reference to the Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin countries, Al-Shabaab in Somalia and Kenya, and th...
Minister Of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali Blames ‘Traditional Leaders’ For Violence In North
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Minister Of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali Blames ‘Traditional Leaders’ For Violence In North

The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, on Tuesday said fresh intelligence had exposed the complicity of some "highly-placed traditional rulers" in the ongoing killings of Nigerians across the northern parts of the country. Deadly attacks blamed on "bandits" have increased in north west states of Zamfara, Sokoto, and Katsina, with hundreds killed in recent months. In the north east, attacks by the insurgent group Boko Haram have continued, affecting mostly Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. The widespread killings by rampaging armed bandits had prompted a surge in military and police deployment in those states, with President Muhammadu Buhari promising an escalation of security response if required. The government on Sunday ordered the immediate stoppage of artisanal mining in Zamfara s...
FG To Flood Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta With Security Personnel
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FG To Flood Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta With Security Personnel

Indications emerged on Tuesday that states prone to electoral violence and malpractices are going to be flooded with security personnel during the gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections slated for March 9. This much was gathered after President Muhammadu Buhari met with all the service chiefs, including the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali. Among states where security presence will be much visible are Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Edo and a number of states in the South-West that witnessed killing of the electorate during the presidential and National Assembly elections which held on February 23. The Police IG, who spoke to State House correspondents on some of the security measures to be adopted, said the pol...
Soldiers Massacare: Buhari Sends Defense Minister To Meet Chad’s President
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Soldiers Massacare: Buhari Sends Defense Minister To Meet Chad’s President

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday dispatched the Minister of Defence, Brigadier Gen. Mansur Dan Ali (rtd) to the neighbouring Republic of Chad for an urgent meeting with President Idris Deby and his Defence counterpart on the deterioration of security situation on the Nigeria–Chad border that has led to the recently increased Boko Haram onslaught in the area. President Buhari Claims that Okonjo-Iweala, others urged me not to concede is twisted logic – Jonathan Recall that a soldier who survived the Boko Haram attack on a military base in Matete, Northern part of Borno State had stated that over 70 soldiers and officers were brutally killed by the Islamic sect on Monday due to inadequate weapons. Diplomatic sources who did not want to be named in Abuja said: “Nigeria has identified ...
2019 Elections: What Buhari Discussed With Service Chiefs In Closed Door Meeting
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2019 Elections: What Buhari Discussed With Service Chiefs In Closed Door Meeting

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday held meeting with heads of the National Security Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. This is as the security Chiefs have raised concerns over proliferation and stockpiling of weapons by politicians to cause mayhem ahead of the 2019 general elections. The meeting also discussed what it termed as attempts by “notable personalities” to manipulate and put pressure on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) through street demonstrations that could be hijacked by hoodlums and miscreants. The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, in a statement he read after the meeting, said it was recommended that security agencies should deploy their personnel to states ahead of the polls and to douse the tension created by recent rancorous ...
Fulani Herdsmen Invade TY Danjuma’s Community, Slaughter Family Of Five Including Children
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Fulani Herdsmen Invade TY Danjuma’s Community, Slaughter Family Of Five Including Children

Suspected herdsmen killed five members of a family in Mbiya village in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State. Former Minister of Defence, Theophilus Danjuma, who called on Nigerians to defend themselves against armed bandits, is from the local government area. The suspected herdsmen said to be about 20 in number, stormed the family's farmland on Wednesday April 4th and burnt alive Sunday Sabo, the head of the family and slaughtered his wife and children. Confirming the attack, the chairman of the local government, Shiban Tikare, said the man, his wife and children were slaughtered like chickens. Quote “By the time we got there, the family of five, a man, his wife and children were slaughtered like chickens,” he said. Dajuma at the recent graduation ceremony of the state u...
Buhari Reacts To Zamfara Massacre, Directs Arrest Of Perpetrators
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Buhari Reacts To Zamfara Massacre, Directs Arrest Of Perpetrators

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday condemned the killing of 41 persons in a fresh attack in Birane village, Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.   DAILY POST reported that suspected gunmen had intercepted a vehicle conveying bridesmaids and traders to the community market and killed 41 persons at Birane village.     Buhari, who commiserated with the family of the victims and the government of Zamfara State, vowed to bring the perpetrators of the act to book.   A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu, Buhari directed the Minister of Defence, Brigadier-General Mansur Dan Ali (Rtd) to proceed immediately to the state to bring the situation to normalcy.   Buhari also ordered that security agencies shoul...
Defence Minister, Senator Disagree On Boko Haram Control Of Territory
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Defence Minister, Senator Disagree On Boko Haram Control Of Territory

The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, and the Chairman, Senate committee on Defence, Abubakar Kyari on Monday, disagreed on Boko Haram’s actual level of control of territory in Borno State. At Monday’s special town hall meeting on military issues and security that held in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, the defence minister said Boko Haram no longer controls any Nigerian territory. Mr. Dan-Ali, a retired brigadier general, had while giving an overview of the progress made by the security agencies in the ongoing counterinsurgency operations, said prior to the coming of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, Boko Haram was controlling most of the local government areas of Borno. “Today no local government area or any part of the Nigeria territories is under the control ...
Herdsmen Killings: Senator Sani Attacks Dan-Ali Over Comment On Benue, Taraba Massacre
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Herdsmen Killings: Senator Sani Attacks Dan-Ali Over Comment On Benue, Taraba Massacre

The Senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Shehu Sani, has criticized the comments made by the Minister of Defence Mansur Danali, that recent massacre of innocent people by Fulani herdsmen in Benue and Taraba was as a result of the anti-open grazing laws and blockade of grazing routes. Senator Sani lambasted the Defence Minister, noting that his comments were capable of causing more troubles instead of quelling the crisis. He wrote on twitter, “Minister of defense is doing a good job in the north east in the battle against the insurgents. But his attempt to rationalize, justify, interpret or translate the violence and bloodletting in the states affected by armed Herdsmen does not help in the search for viable solution.” Sani also frowned at the proposed ...
Nigeria President Buhari Meets Security Chiefs Over Insecurity
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Nigeria President Buhari Meets Security Chiefs Over Insecurity

President Muhamamdu Buhari on Thursday met behind closed doors with the nation’s security chiefs as part of efforts aimed at ending the spate of insecurity across the country. The meeting was held inside the President’s office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; and the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, led the security chiefs to the meeting. The new Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar, attended the security meeting for the first time since his recent appointment. Apart from the service chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, also attended the meeting. In a message posted on the Twitter handle, @NGRPresident, the Presidency said the security chiefs briefed Buhari on intelligenc...
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Buhari, Osinbajo, Others Lay Wreaths For Heroes

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday led other top government officials and service chiefs to lay wreaths in honour of soldiers who died in service in Nigeria and at international assignments. The ceremony was to mark the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day. January 15th every year is also dedicated to remembering and appreciating surviving Nigerian military men who have retired from active service. It was the third time President Buhari as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces was laying the wreath in a democratic setting. Buhari was clad in white ‘Babanriga’, just like Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, The brief ceremony started at about 10:00 a.m. when President Buhari a...
FG Alleges Campaign Of Calumny Against Military
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FG Alleges Campaign Of Calumny Against Military

Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai looks on at the headquaters of Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri, Borno State in northcentral Nigeria, on October 4, 2017.The United Kingdom is providing expert training to the Nigerian military in helping to develop the skills necessary to tackle the terror threat of Boko Haram in North East Nigeria. Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency began in 2009 and has killed at least 20,000 and forced more than 2.6 million from their homes. / AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI• Denies Buratai Was Ambushed The Federal Government has raised the alarm over an alleged campaign of calumny against the leadership of the Nigerian military, “aimed at smearing the efforts of the government at fighting Boko Haram terrorists.” It said the perpetrators wanted to cre...
Air Force Seeks Improved Rescue Operations
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Air Force Seeks Improved Rescue Operations

The Nigerian Air Force has asked its personnel to adopt best practices in handling emergencies, especially Boko Haram attacks in the North-East. The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said NAF had established ties with other African forces as well as the United States Air Force in Europe (USAFE) on intelligence gathering and aeromedical skills. Abubakar spoke on Friday at the closing ceremony of African Partnership Flight 2017, organised for the officers and their counterparts from Chad, Republic of Benin and Niger Republic in conjunction with USAFE, at NAF Base, Ikeja, Lagos. The five-day event, tagged, ‘Aeromedical Evacuation and Medical Deployment,’ was aimed, among others, at training the participants in rescue operations and provision of effective treatment...
Osinbajo Orders Service Chiefs Back To Maiduguri Over Boko Haram
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Osinbajo Orders Service Chiefs Back To Maiduguri Over Boko Haram

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has directed military service chiefs to move back to the Command Centre in Maiduguri, Borno State. This was the outcome of a meeting the acting president held with the service chiefs, at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday. It was also decided that the military should get more surveillance devices and cameras that would be able to see distant attackers. This came three days after Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima cautioned that the Boko Haram terrorists should not be underrated. Yesterday’s meeting was attended by the Minister of Defence Mansur Dan-Ali, as well as Chief of Defence Staff Gabriel Olonishakin, Chief of Army Staff Tukur Burata, Chief of Air Staff Sadique Abubakar and Chief of Naval Staff Ibok Ekwe Ibas. Addressing Sta...
Minister Launches Army 6 Division In Port Harcourt
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Minister Launches Army 6 Division In Port Harcourt

The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, on Thursday formally launched into operation, the newly-established 6 Division of the Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt. The division was set up on Dec. 7, 2016, as part of the measures adopted by the Army to address the security challenges in the Niger Delta. The division covers the four coastal states in the region – Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom. Dan-Ali said: “the division was established out of the desire of the present administration to protect lives and property in the region.’’ He enumerated the security challenges in the area as cultism, illegal oil bunkering, political violence, as well as the activities of militants. He said other threats that informed the division’s establishment was the activities of the Indigenous Pe...
The Seven-fold Yoke And The Cabal That Own Nigeria-FFK
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The Seven-fold Yoke And The Cabal That Own Nigeria-FFK

Permit me to share a scholarly, revealing and I daresay disturbing intervention which was sent to me by a friend. The author wishes to remain anonymous. He wrote as follows: “The disruptive power of the Hausa-Fulani cabal is a structural reality and will only get worse, no matter where the President of Nigeria comes from. It is a seven-fold yoke which we must break for the sake of our children. 1. THE POLITICAL YOKE: Globally, out of the 16 Federal Republics in the world, Nigeria is the only federation where land mass is used as a primary criteria for creating federating units. NO Southern leader (civilian or military) has ever had the guts to create any federating unit; all the federating units have been created by Northern military adventurers. 20 federating units were cre...
Buhari Cancels Trip To Sambisa Forest, To Be Represented By Defence Minister
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Buhari Cancels Trip To Sambisa Forest, To Be Represented By Defence Minister

President Muhammadu Buhari has canceled his visit to the Sambisa Forest, the former head quarter of Boko Haram sect. Buhari was initially scheduled to declare open the Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship holding in Sambisa forest on Monday, March 27. The minister of defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, will now represent the President at the event, Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai disclosed this on Saturday, March 25. No concrete reason was given for the cancellation. Speaking to newsmen in Maiduguri, Buratai said Sambisa forest was chosen for the event to consolidate Nigerian Army’s grip on the area. He said: “We have been in the north-east, fighting the Boko Haram terrorists, and you know the significance of the Sambisa forest to them. “It used to be one of their centres; in fa...
2019 Presidency: Tinubu Divides Northern Leaders
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2019 Presidency: Tinubu Divides Northern Leaders

THE perceived presidential ambition of a National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu is unsettling the North and already dividing its leaders. The former Lagos governor had last weekend in Akure, the Ondo State capital hinted that, he may contest for Nigeria’s presidency if there will be vacancy in 2019. He has since clarified the statement credited to him. The clarification notwithstanding, Northern leaders are already divided over his perceived and real intentions. Speaking with newsmen at the inauguration of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in Ondo State, on Friday, February 24, 2017, Tinubu said vying for any office in Nigeria is an opportunity to serve the country. He added there is nothing wrong in aspiring for the office. His words, “You s...
Service Chiefs Brief Osinbajo, Pledge Loyalty To Buhari
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Service Chiefs Brief Osinbajo, Pledge Loyalty To Buhari

The Nigeria military has pledged “total commitment and loyalty” to President Muhammadu Buhari. Buhari has been in the United Kingdom on extended medical vacation since January 19. Briefing Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa on Wednesday, Mansur Dan-Ali, minister of defence, who led the service chiefs to the meeting, said the military was totally committed and loyal to the president. He said more progress had been made in the war against insurgency in the north-east. Dan-Ali commended the government for adequately funding the military, which he said has helped it in the conduct of its operations. “Let me start by expressing our appreciation to the current administration for their relentless support and continuous funding of the armed forces in the conduct of...
President Buhari Meets With Security Chiefs On Kaduna Killings
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President Buhari Meets With Security Chiefs On Kaduna Killings

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has met with Security Chiefs at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. It was gathered that the meeting focused on the prevailing insecurity in southern Kaduna, the Niger Delta and other parts of the country. The Minister of Defence, Mohammed Dan-Ali revealed that troops have been moved to Southern Kaduna while negotiations are on-going to end the killings in the area. The Minister of Defence made this known after the meeting with the President. He also clarified that no conclusion has been reached on the issue of standby force to be deployed to the Gambia. He added that the matter of forceful removal of President Yahyah Jammeh is to be handled by the regional body, ECOWAS. The clarification follows reports that Nigeria has assembled about ...
NSCDC To Recruit 10,000 Graduates To Beef Up Workforce
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NSCDC To Recruit 10,000 Graduates To Beef Up Workforce

The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr. Abdullahi Gana, wednesday stated that the paramilitary agency would target the recruitment of 100,000 young graduates to beef up its workforce in line with the growing demands to secure the critical infrastructure of government across the country. The NSCDC boss who made the disclosure after decorating 10 newly promoted officers to the rank of Assistant Commandant Generals (ACG) in Abuja, he said the recruitment has become necessary to meet up with the request for its personnel running into several thousands from the Ministries of Defence, Agriculture, Solid Mineral. He said: “We are facing more and more challenges on daily basis. Just some months ago, we had a meeting with the Federal Ministry of Sol...
FG To Establish Air Force Station, School In Zamfara
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FG To Establish Air Force Station, School In Zamfara

The Minister of Defence, Alhaji Mansur Dan-Ali, on Saturday said Federal Government would establish Air Force station in Gusau, Zamfara, to assist in tracking down criminals in the state and its environs. The minister stated this in Gusau while launching the Integrated Medical Outreach for the military and civilians at the One Base Ammunition Depot of the Nigeria Army. He said that the government would also establish three post-primary schools, including a Command Secondary School with boarding facilities to be located at Talata-Mafara, Army Day Secondary School, Gusau and Air Force Girls Secondary School, Kaura-Namoda. On the medical outreach programme, the minister said that it was aimed at sensitising the army, their families and members of their host communities to their gener...

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