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Ben Murray-Bruce reacts to Bichi’s appointment as new DSS Boss

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Senator, Ben Murray-Bruce has reacted to the appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new Director General of State Department Service, DSS.

He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to be generous in his appointments and remember other parts of Nigeria.

“Seiyefa was the ONLY Southerner heading an Intelligence agency. He was competent and loyal. In the interest of federal character and North South balance, President @MBuhari should have retained him. Bichi may be competent, but how can all Intelligence be headed by Northerners?

I urge President @MBuhari to remember when he said: “I belong to everybody and belong to nobody”. Do his appointments reflect that statement or do they mock it? How can the President belong to everybody when only Northern Muslim men, like him, head all our intelligence agencies?” He said on Twitter.

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Six Vehicles Burnt As Thugs Attack Taraba APC Guber Candidate

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Thugs in Taraba State on Thursday attacked the campaign entourage of the state’s All Progressives Congress gubernatorial candidate, Hon. Sani Danladi

Sani Danladi’s convoy was attacked in Wukari Local government of the state by hoodlums who also set ablaze six vehicles in his entourage.

David Akinremi, the state commissioner of police confirmed the attack, warning politicians to desist from any act capable of threatening the existing peace in the state.

Among the personalities in APC gubernatorial candidate convoy were the Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Alh. Hassan Ardo Jika, the state party chairman among others.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicly said the action was necessitated by the invasion of Wukari by political thugs causing breakdown of law and order in the town.

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Buhari mourns Oba Adejana of Iworoko-Ekiti

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Mr. Buhari says he remains confident that Nigeria will prevail over Boko Haram

President Muhammadu Buhari commiserates with the family of the late traditional ruler of Iworoko-Ekiti, Oba Oluwafemi Adejana, on the monarch’s transition.

The President also condoles with the Ekiti State Government and the people of Iworoko-Ekiti on the demise of the royal father.

According to President Buhari, “Coming barely a week after the tragic truck accident in a market in his town, which claimed many lives and destroyed several property, Oba Adejana’s passing is particularly sad and regrettable.”

The President, however, urges the community to take solace in the fact that the octogenarian traditional ruler lived a long and rewarding life as he ensured peace and development in his domain.

As the people of Iworoko-Ekiti mourn their revered late Oba, President Buhari prays Almighty God to console them and grant the soul of the departed peaceful rest.

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Throwback to the Coup Speech that Overthrew Buhari on August 27, 1985 – By Dele Momodu

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On August 27, 1985, when the Armed Forces overthrew the administration of General Mohammadu Buhari, Brigadier Joshua Dogonyaro stepped out to present their case to Nigerians. He made salient points that seems to still be in vogue in today’s Nigeria.

We went down memory lane to represent the coup speech that ousted Buhari in 1985:

I, Brigadier Joshua Nimyel Dogonyaro, of the Nigerian Army, hereby make the following declaration on behalf of my colleagues and members of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

Fellow country men, the intervention of the military at the end of 1983 was welcomed by the nation with unprecedented enthusiasm. Nigerians were unified in accepting the intervention and looked forward hopefully to progressive changes for the better. Almost two years later, it has become clear that the fulfillment of expectations is not forthcoming.

Because this generation of Nigerians and indeed future generations have no other country but Nigeria, we could not stay passive and watch a small group of individuals misuse power to the detriment of our national aspirations and interest.

No nation can ever achieve meaningful strides in its development where there is an absence of cohesion in the hierarchy of government; where it has become clear that positive action by the policy makers is hindered because as a body it lacks a unity of purpose.

It is evident that the nation would be endangered with the risk of continuous misdirection. We are presently confronted with that danger. In such a situation, if action can be taken to arrest further damage, it should and must be taken. This is precisely what we have done.

The Nigerian public has been made to believe that the slow pace of action of the Federal Government headed by Major-General Muhammadu Buhari was due to the enormity of the problems left by the last civilian administration.

Although it is true that a lot of problems were left behind by the last civilian government, the real reason, however, for the very slow pace of action is due to lack of unanimity of purpose among the ruling body; subsequently, the business of governance has gradually been subjected to ill-motivated power play considerations. The ruling body, the Supreme Military Council, has, therefore, progressively been made redundant by the actions of a select few members charged with the day-to-day implementation of the SMC’s policies and decision.

The concept of collective leadership has been substituted by stubborn and illadvised unilateral actions, thereby destroying the principles upon which the government came to power. Any effort made to advise the leadership, met with stubborn resistance and was viewed as a challenge to authority or disloyalty.

Thus, the scene was being set for systematic elimination of what, was termed oppositions. All the energies of the rulership were directed at this imaginary opposition rather than to effective leadership.

The result of this misdirected effort is now very evident in the country as a whole. The government has started to drift. The economy does not seem to be getting any better as we witness daily increased inflation.

The nation’s meager resources are once again being wasted on unproductive ventures. Government has distanced itself from the people and the yearnings and aspirations of the people as constantly reflected in the media have been ignored.

This is because a few people have arrogated to themselves the right to make the decisions for the larger part of the ruling body. All these events have shown that the present composition of our country’s leadership cannot, therefore, justify its continued occupation of that position.

Furthermore, the initial objectives and programmes of action which were meant to have been implemented since the ascension to power of the Buhari Administration in January 1984 have been betrayed and discarded. The present state of uncertainty and stagnation cannot be permitted to degenerate into suppression and retrogression.

We feel duty bound to use the resources and means at our disposal to restore hope in the minds of Nigerians and renew aspirations for a better future. We are no prophets of doom for our beloved country, Nigeria. We, therefore, count on everyone’s cooperation and assistance.

I appeal to you, fellow countrymen, particularly my colleagues in arms to refrain from any act that will lead to unnecessary violence and bloodshed among us. Rest assured that our action is in the interest of the nation and the armed forces.

In order to enable a new order to be introduced, the following bodies are dissolved forthwith pending further announcements: (a) The Supreme Military Council (b) The Federal Executive Council (c) The National Council of States. All seaports and airports are closed, all borders remain closed.

Finally, a dusk to dawn curfew is hereby imposed in Lagos and all state capitals until further notice. All military commanders will ensure effective maintenance of law and order. Further announcements will be made in due course. God bless Nigeria.

 

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