Women Group Honours Buratai, Bestows “Icon Of Hope” Award

Ideal Women Support and Empowerment Foundation has presented an award to former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), His Excellency Ambassador Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai Rtd.

The award was presented on Saturday in Kaduna, in a private ceremony, attended by several dignitaries.

President of the group, Falmata Abacha while presenting the award, said that Buratai has been supporting the group to help and empower the less privileged even when when he was in service.

She said with the award, the group wants to appreciate him for the kind gesture, “the selfless efforts of valiant men towards the development and advancement in the country.

Dr. Manzo Ahmed in his response, described the recipient as his childhood friend.

” I named my son after Buratai and also he named his daughter after my late mother.

“On behalf of his friends that are here, we appreciate your honour. We appreciate you all that have honoured him for finding him worthy We have lost count of how many honours he has received, this is due to his commitment, dedication and service to the nation.

“Buratai has never forgotten his friends throughout his life.

“Buratai is retired, but not tired. I am wondering if he is not much busier than he was in service,” he said.

Amongst notable dignitaries that accompanied Buratai to receive the awards, were, Lt. Gen. L. O. Adeosun (Rtd), Dr. Manzo Ahmed, Alhaji Alhassan Sultan, Maj. Gen. A. Tarfa (Rtd), Maj. Gen. Bulama Biu (Rtd), Alhaji Usman Nan-Nam,
Hon. Jafaru Ribadu and a host of others.

Passionate Message To Nigerian Youth

DYNAMISM IN POLITICS AND NIGERIA’S FOUNDING FATHERS

By TUKUR YUSUF BURATAI

Let me begin by stating unequivocally that I have spent my entire service life defending my nation and democracy because I am convinced that it is the political system most conducive to peace, sustainable development, the rule of law, and respect for human rights, which are the three pillars of any healthy and democratic nation.

Permit me to utilize this opportunity to congratulate Nigeria and all Nigerians, particularly the youth, on 22 years of uninterrupted democratic administration. Some may argue that Nigeria’s young democracy is nothing to celebrate because its elections, which are designed to serve as means for the peaceful resolution of political rivalries, are frequently flashpoints for political bloodshed. I concur that elections devoid of integrity cannot bring legitimacy to the winners, security to the losers, or public confidence in their leaders and institutions.

This weakens polities by encouraging disaffected groups to seek out less constructive outlets for their discontent. Because of this challenge associated with all nascent democracies, some people feel that there is no need to commend the Nigerian democratic project. I respectfully disagree.

We are evolving, and as you can see, the system is improving daily as a result of our leaders’ periodic enhancements to the democratic system. For instance, the 2022 Electoral Act which the President, Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari just signed into law, is a factor that will undoubtedly improve the transparency and acceptability of the country’s future elections and promote democratic governance.

Democracy remains a universal aspiration because it actually delivers. For example, of the twenty countries with highest levels of human development as measured by the UN’s human development index, nineteen are liberal democracies.

Among the top forty, thirty-six are liberal democracies. And even the citizens of poorer democracies live, on average, nine years longer than citizens of poor autocracies, because they have better access to health and education. Democracies are also less vulnerable to famines and conflicts.

It was the Greek philosopher, Aristotle, who said, “Man is, by nature, a political animal.” It means that a man is born, lives, and dies as a member of a community, and the affairs of that community are therefore his and vice-versa.

This is why since my transition back to civilian life from the Army, I have continued to participate in every civic activity I could to promote peace and strengthen our democracy. It is the reason I decided to send this message to all Nigerian youths.

Democracy is known as the finest form of government. Why so? It is because in a democracy, the people of the country choose their leaders who will then form a government to lead them.

They enjoy certain rights that are very essential for any human being to live freely and happily. On the other hand, Good governance has been defined to refer to structures and processes that are designed to ensure accountability, transparency, responsiveness, rule of law, stability, equity and inclusiveness, empowerment, and broad-based participation.

Good governance also represents the norms, values and rules of the game through which public affairs are managed in a manner that is transparent, participatory, inclusive and responsive.

If we want to continue to make our democracy work and deliver dividends, we must take the critical issues of participation and a vibrant democratic system in Nigeria as sacrosanct, and our youths must embrace what I termed political dynamism. Political dynamism can be defined as vigorous political activity that is geared towards progress, and strength in the polity.

It is usually characterized by patriotism, service to the fatherland, and youth inclusivity. Youth can be a creative force, a dynamic source of innovations, and they have undoubtedly, throughout history, participated, contributed, and even catalyzed important changes in political systems, power-sharing dynamics, and economic opportunities.

However, young people also face poverty, barriers to education, multiple forms of discrimination, and limited employment prospects and opportunities.

This is a global challenge although it differs across countries, and it is why the youth must take the issue of electing their leaders very seriously. Our greatest resource as a country is not crude oil or any of the natural minerals but our population, our youth.

Today, we have the largest global youth population in history, and the large majority of young people around the world are committed to peace, sustainable development, and human rights.

Throughout my time in the Army, I’ve met with many groups of young people, including youth groups, student groups, and young leaders. I’ve always been impressed by their talent, knowledge, and desire to make the world a better place.

If I should take you back to memory lane to the history of our founding fathers, which most people agree that Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto, and Chief Obafemi Awolowo agreed on, you will find out that they all started as youths fired by political dynamism.

Dr. Azikiwe captured the nation’s attention when, in 1937, he arrived in Nigeria with an electrifying personality and a bundle of talents, and on November 22, 1937, he published the maiden edition of his popular newspaper, The West African Pilot.

The Sardauna started to experiment with his leadership qualities right from Katsina Teachers’ College, and later on, through political dynamism characterized by inclusiveness of all ethnic nationalities in the North. Same with Awolowo who showed his people the power of education as a liberating and equalizing force in any society.

All three of these great leaders practiced political dynamism characterized by non-violence, patriotism, human development, and service to humanity.

The first time all three met together was on Friday, June 19, 1953. Enahoro’s Self-Government-Now bill and the consequent resignation of all the Action Group’s federal ministers caused a constitutional crisis which made Nigeria ungovernable.

Oliver Lyttleton, the secretary of state for colonies, tried to salvage the situation by inviting the main players to a constitutional conference in London. But Awolowo and Azikiwe, who had become friends since Enahoro’s bill was tabled, refused the terms and conditions. Because the Sardauna was fine with them, Macpherson, Nigeria’s governor, brought Sardauna, Azikiwe and Awolowo together in his office to jointly fashion new terms and conditions.

After the meeting, which ended at 10:10pm, he presented the trio to the media and the Daily Times the following day, naming them The Big Three. Since then, it has stuck that they were founding fathers because their tribes and their parties were the largest and because it offered an inclusive impression that all the regions had a say in the formation of the country.

In countries emerging from or facing conflicts, young people can engage in peace-building by leading non-violent movements and using innovative solutions to mobilize societies to bring about the needed transformation.

Young people have demonstrated the potential to build bridges across communities, working together to help manage conflict and promote peace. Young people play a big role in conflict and peace-building, and they can be agents of peaceful change and help rebuild lives and communities, making the world a better place.

President Muhammadu Buhari has laid a foundation for a new Nigeria. Despite the myriad of challenges, he has kept faith with his vision and principles. The youths must carry these vision and principles beyond this administration. The legacies must be protected for a greater Nigeria and a formidable future generations.

My message to young people today is that they must not let themselves be used as willing tools by do-or-die politicians who want to stir up trouble in their communities. Instead, you must embrace the tenets of political dynamism and root out every factor that contributes to the democracy deficit in Nigeria, namely voter apathy, ballot snatching, looting, arson, and the likes.

You constitute a large percentage of our voting and working population. You are also going to be the number one population block that will suffer the consequences of bad governance and incompetent leaders in the future.

Therefore, you must do everything to safeguard your future survival and welfare in mind. Get actively involved in the democratic process by joining a political party and electing those who will lead you. Remember that voting is a civic duty expected of every Nigerian.

I thank you all Great Nigerian Youths.

Ambassador Tukur Yusufu Buratai (Lt Gen Rtd) was NIgeria’s ex Chief of Army Staff and presently Ambassador of the country to Benin Republic

COAS Operationalizes 37 NDA Demonstration Battalion 

*Charges Army Cadets to be exemplary

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya today 25 February 2022 operationalized 37 Nigerian Defence Academy Demonstration Battalion in Afaka, Kaduna State. 

During the ceremony, which took place at the premises of the premier military institution, Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), the COAS stated that timely review and adjustment of Order of Battle for the Nigerian Army (NA) has become imperative, due to the fluidity and dynamic  nature of contemporary threats to national security. He noted that this necessitated the need to establish the new battalion.

The COAS further disclosed that the establishment of the battalion had earlier been approved by the NDA Council, adding that its activation is a practical demonstration of the NA’s commitment to enhancing national security by complementing the capacity development efforts of the NDA, which has the mandate of producing quality junior military officers for the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

Gen Yahaya stressed that in his effort to enable the battalion achieve its dual mandate of supporting the training of cadets and the provision of security to Kaduna State, he authorized the issuance of vehicles, arms, ammunition and other enablers to facilitate a smooth take off for the new battalion.

The COAS also commissioned the Headquarters of the  Battalion and conducted a foundation laying ceremony to commence the construction of a standard barrack for  officers and soldiers of the battalion. 

While addressing the troops,  the Army Chief charged them to be exemplary and live by the battalion’s motto, which is, “Resilience and Adaptability”. He urged them to demonstrate the traits of the battalion’s mascot, the “Honey Badger”, a creature, known to be fearless, resourceful, resilient and adaptable.

In an earlier event, which also took place today, the COAS addressed Passing Out Cadets of Short Service Course 47, where he charged the Cadets, who will be passing out tomorrow 26 February 2022 from the Nigerian Defence Academy, to imbibe the principles of their training and be loyal, dedicated and committed to military duties. 

He also admonished the 293 Passing Out Cadets to shun societal vices such as “get rich quick and drug abuse syndromes” currently permeating the ranks of some misguided youths in the country. He added, that the NA has imbued them with requisite training and discipline to succeed in their military career and to actualize their life ambitions.

The COAS also expressed confidence in the standard of training given to the cadets and their ability to perform effectively in the field, especially, in defence of the nation and the citizenry.

In his remarks, Commandant, Nigerian Defence Academy, Maj Gen Ibrahim Manu Yusuf said, “Today will go down in history for the academy as one of those special days when the academy achieves one of its milestones.

“The Nigerian Defence Academy has been craving for a demonstration battalion for many years it has always been a demonstration company.

“The need for it to be upgraded into demonstration battalion consistent with the practice in Nigeria Army maneuver training tools has been in the open for quite some time.

“We are highly delighted under the leadership of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Faruk Yahaya, the establishment order came into force now consistent with the Nigerian Army tradition there is requirement for the unit to be formally operational.

“I will like to thank the chief of Army Staff for making this a reality.”

Present at the event were the Commandant, Nigerian Defence Academy Maj Gen Ibrahim Yusuf, Principal Staff Officers from the Defence and Services Headquarters, Commander Infantry Corps and other senior officers from the NDA.

Ambassador Buratai Distances himself from Presidential Campaigns

Former Chief Of Army Staff(COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has distanced himself from campaign posters by some group of persons calling on him to contest for the 2023 presidential elections.

Buratai, who is also Nigeria’s Ambassador to Republic of Benin, said he has never indicated interest in politics or declared his intention to contest for the office of president in next year’s general elections. He reiterated his contentment and commitment to national service in his present capacity as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Benin Republic.

He has therefore called on the public to ignore the posters which he said is the handiwork of mischief makers for reasons best known to them.

Buratai, made this known in a statement signed by former director army public relations officer Brigadier General Sani Usman, issued in Abuja.

The statement made available to Newsmen, reads; “The attention of His Excellency, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai (rtd), Nigeria’s Ambassador to Republic of Benin and former Chief of Army Staff, has been drawn to calls and dissemination of campaign posters calling on him to join partisan politics and contest for Presidential candidature of one of the political parties by some persons.

“However, it is essential to state that the Ambassador has never indicated interest, discussed with, or directed anyone on such matters. Therefore, such calls and posters should be  discountenance as they did not emanate from him, nor is he interested in them. It is entirely the handiwork of some people for reasons best known to them.

“His Excellency wishes to reiterate his contentment and commitment to national service in his present capacity as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Benin Republic. He remains loyal and eternally grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for the opportunity to serve. He, however, wishes to thank all well-meaning persons, friends and well-wishers who showed concern over this development”.

Group Urges Buratai To Embrace Partisan Politics By Joining APC

An influential group within the ruling All Progress Party, ‘APC Door-to-door Campaign Forum’ has made a passionate appeal to the Former and Nigeria’s longest serving Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai (RTD) to join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), saying that would benefit from the tremendous experience of the General especially now that the political atmosphere of the country is gathering momentum toward the 2023 general election.

The group made the appeal in a Press Briefing signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Ibrahim Dahiru Danfulani, made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Sunday February 16, 2022 during it 7th Northwest Annual meeting

“Ahead of the 2023 general elections in the country, we are making a passionate appeal to Nigeria’s most celebrated Military Chief, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai (Rtd) to join our party, as people like him would of great asset to our party and his present in the party will greatly enhanced the fortune of the party in many more ways.

The group further explains that “While appreciating the fact that the former Army Chief is still contributing positively to Nigeria as the Ambassador of Benin Republic, we want the country to feel his positive contribution politically’’.

They explained that they decided to come out publicly with their appeal, seeing that all efforts to woo him privately have not yielded fruits, “We need General Buratai at the center stage of Nigerian politics considering his wealth of experiences after serving as the Nigerian longest Chief of Army Staff in our history.

HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF MNJTF TROOPS REMAIN OUR TOP PRIORITY

The Force Commander (FC) MNJTF Major General Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim made the remarks when he visited soldiers of the MNJTF who are receiving treatment at Renaissance Hospital in N’Djamena Chad on 8 February 2022. The FC accompanied by the MNJTF Chief Medical Officer, Colonel Major Boubakar Siddo, Director General of the Hospital Ali Mahamat Djibrine and some Military Staff Officers toured the hospital wards where the soldiers from Cameroon, Chad and Niger republics are being treated from the injuries sustained from the ongoing operation in Lake Chad Basin.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Chief of Military Public Information Headquarters Multi National Joint Task Force N’Djamena Chad Colonel Mohammed Dole and made available to the press on 9th February 2022

While comforting the injured soldiers, the FC praised their uncommon bravery and patriotism in the face of imminent danger and risks in the battlefield. He assured them of the provision of best medical treatment for their quick recovery, adding that troops health and wellbeing remain the top priority of the Force. He further stated that despite the mass surrender by the insurgents, operations would continue until they totally surrender or are totally defeated. The injured soldiers were visibly glad and felt inspired by the visit, through the encouraging words and care displayed by the leadership of the MNJTF.

In his interaction with the hospital management, General Ibrahim expressed satisfaction with the level of professional conduct and commitment of the staff in handling the patients, thus promised to continue to work together for the provision of efficient medical services to the wounded soldiers. The visit was hitch free

Poultry Farmers Urged To Always Consult Vet. Doctors To Avoid Waste In Investment

From Chris Duniya

The Chairman of Poultry Association of Nigeria PAN Musa Bala has urged Poultry Farmers in Nigeria particularly in Kaduna State to be consulting experienced poultry Veterinarians in other to avoid colossal waste in the business.
Bala gave this advice in an interview in Kaduna shortly after a one day sensitisation workshop on Poultry production with the Theme: Efficiency and Profitably in Poultry Production- Counting the Dots been organized by Vetco Livestock’s Solutions in conjunction Adamore Nigeria Ltd.
The Chairman said that “We have been sensitising them from time to time that failure to consultant experienced Poultry Veterinarians, their investment in the industry would amount to wastage. “
“Without consulting the Poultry Veterinarians is like throwing away their investment, adding that the experienced Poultry Veterinarians should also work well anywhare they were employed. “
According to him, “We have a serious problem in Poultry industry, saying that the industry employ millions of people directly and millions of people indirectly as well as, train millions of people especially the youths. “
The Chairman further explained that “We contribute heavily in enhancing national food security. “
Also in an interview, Poultry Veterinarians expert Dr James Baba Wageti concurred with the PAN Kaduna State Chairman, saying although consulting the Poultry Veterinarians is very expensive, but we advise Poultry Farmers to be consulting them so that to give them expert advice on how to treat their birds and avoid lost, most of problem, is due to random treatment.
He added, some of the Poultry Farmers are doing the business blindly, saying that there is need for them also to understand the importance of weighing their bird as well as, monitor body weight and deformity of their birds.
The Veterinarians suggested that Poultry Farmers in Nigeria should come together and lobby the National Assembly members to intervene in the industry by regulating it as the birds are dying because of diseases.
He then noted that some of the Poultry Farms are very closed to each other, pointing out that a commercial Poultry Farm by standard is supposed to be one kilometer apart so, we need regulation in the industry

UNITED KINGDOM AND MNJTF REINFORCE COOPERATION IN COUNTER INSURGENCY OPERATIONS IN THE LAKE CHAD REGION 

The cooperation and relationship between United Kingdom (UK) and Multinational Joint Taskforce (MNJTF) has taken a new dimension in counter insurgency operation. This was reflected during the recent visit by the Commander Operation TURUS, Colonel Rory Shannon to HQ MNJTF on 1 February 2022. The Force Commander (FC) MNJTF Major General Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim welcomed the delegation to N`Djamena and the HQ MNJTF. 
This was contained in a statement signed by the Chief of Military Public Information Headquarters Multi National Joint Task Force N’Djamena Chad Colonel Mohammed Dole and made available to the press on 2 February 2022
The FC acknowledged his regular working visits to the HQ MNJTF.  Thus, he proposed a field visit to one of the sectors in his subsequent visits, in a bid to have first hand information on the progress of the MNJTF activities. General Ibrahim highlighted that the recorded achievements have so far enabled the return to normalcy in most areas previously occupied by the terrorists in the Lake Chad basin. He said, MNJTF facilitated the restoration of local authorities in towns and villages such as Baga, Banki, Baroua,Amchide  being towns in Nigeria, Niger and Cameroun where Internally Displaced Persons and refugees, who have retuned are living in a peaceful environment.
As part of the programme, a detailed information brief was presented reflecting MNJTF activities. While expressing gratitude for the warmth reception, the Commander stated that his role is to provide command and control to assigned British troops in west Africa and the Lake Chad Basin region. He equally commended British personnel embedded in Centre Coordination and Liaison (CCL), which is one of the MNJTF strategic partners. 
As he applauded the operational efforts of the MNJTF, which has taken great strides to counter terrorism, he recognized that the MNJTF is a unique structure that has a real military bearing in the fight against insurgents in the region. Colonel Rory assured that UK through the CCL, will continue to provide necessary training assistance to enhance the Force operational capabilities, as well as humanitarian support to the affected population.
He acknowledged that the MNJTF operates in a complex environment, faced with dauting operational challenges, as such he promised to present these challenges for possible additional support.  The Commander urged for more ways that can strengthen the partnership and collaboration in support of MNJTF activities. 
In another related development, the FC received a delegation of African Union Commission (AUC)Team of Experts  in N’Djamena led by Mr Ahmadu Diongue, Principal Advisor and Coordinator of the Team of Experts at the HQ MNJTF on 2 February 2022.The delegation mission in Chad is to help achieve a smooth political transition and facilitate all the procedures relative to the Chadian national dialogue. The Team Leader started by expression of satisfaction with the achievements of MNJTF in accomplishing  its mandates. He highlighted that the MNJTF is part of an important mechanism which facilitate the maintenance of stability and peace as contribution to global peace and security.  He appreciated the cordial and mutual relationship that exist between AUC and MNJTF for the benefit of the population in the Lake Chad Basin. Mr Ahmadu solicited the support and experience of MNJTF to enable them achieve their mission in Chad.
In his remarks, the FC assured them of MNJTF support to attain the objectives their noble assignment, which will greatly enhance peace and stability across the region. General Ibrahim averred that both AU and MNJTF have shared aspiration for promotion of  peace and stability in Chad, taking cognisance of N’Djamena as the host city of the HQ MNJTF. All the visits were hitch free

Short Service: 295 NDA Cadets Concludes Outdoor Field Training In Kachia

No fewer than 295 short service 47 cadets of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Kaduna have concluded their outdoor field training which ended in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Saturday.

The final phase of the officers cadets outdoor training was the battle inoculation and fire power demonstration, held at table hill, Nigeria Army area in Kachia.

Also, the tactical drills and battle inoculation drills which took place in Kachia general area lastedfrom 14 – 29 Jan.

While addressing the cadets, the Commander Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Nigeria Army, Maj-Gen Stevenson Olabanji , said the battle inoculation is aimed at exposing the cadets to the sights and sounds of battlefields.

Olabanji said the battle inoculation had truly met the objectives of the exercise.

According to him, “This has given us a semblance of actual battlefield experience albeit without actual casualties and chaos associated with the real battlefield.

“Since we can’t possibly replicate actual battle scenario, this firepower demonstration has shown you some of the destructive effects of war.

He told the cadets that battle inoculation has given them a foretaste of what they may likely experience as they go into the field as subalterns occupying junior leadership positions into the various theatres of operations within and outside the country.

“I am very certain that you are now better prepared mentally andy physically for the tasks ahead.

As we are all aware, our nation is currently faced with numerous contemporary security challenges ranging from, insurgency banditry, kidnapping, militancy and violent agitations, among others.

“The Nigerian army in collaboration with the sister services and the other security agencies, has the constitutional mandate to combat these threat to national security security.

“You the passing out cadets therefore fall in line with the vision of the Chief of Army Staff, which is “To have a Professional Nigerian Army Ready to Accomplish Assigned Missions within a Joint Environment in Defence of Nigeria.

The Nigerian Defence Academy has provided you with all the necessary basic military skills, character development and academic prowess that would enable you to fit into this vision.

“What will separate the chaff from the grain would be your attitude and how you would apply yourselves to your chosen career hereafter, “he said.

He added that, irrespective of the corps you might be posted after your commissioning, you must all be prepared to be drafted at short notice fo perform difficult and sometimes dangerous operations such as Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Insurgency (CTCOIN), operation , peace enforcement , peacekeeping , or other operations in aid to civil authority.

He said apart from mastering your tactics, techniques and procedures, you also need the requisite physical fitness, mental alertness and stamina to be able to succeed.

“However, watching you here charging through the enemy objective under fire, shows that you are ready for this job.

“I must therefore, applaud the initiative and effort of the commandant in deeming it necessary to extend the training duration for a period of 3 months.

“This initiative was well thought-out and has greatly Improved the training quality, much of which has been replicated in the output of today’s exercise.

“You must continue to indulge yourselves in activities that would enable you to further develop and maintain the desired cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and flexibility to withstand the rigours of military operations,” he urged.

Olabanji congratulate the cadets for successfully completing all stages of military training which culminated today with this battle Inoculation.

“It can only be by dint of hard work determination and commitment that you have been able to survive the rigorous training up to this point.

“However, you must bear in mind that a race is never won until an athlete has crossed the finish line.

“Therefore, you must remain focused, disciplined and levelheaded,” he said.

The Commander appreciated the Chief of Army Staft Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya for his strategic direction of the Army and for all the outstanding support he has been providing to all the NA training schools including the NDA.

“Undoubtedly, the endorsement of the Establishment Order for the creation of 37 NDA Demonstration Battalion coupled with the issue of fighting vehicles to the new unit would enhance the capacity of the academy to deliver realistic training to the cadets.

The Commandant of the Academy ,Maj-Gen Ibrahim Yusuf, advice the cadet to always place the nation above all other interest to take away all the lesson, trainings we have impacted on them.

It would be recalled that other phases of the exercise which took place in Plateau State included map reading exercise at Heipang and adventure training at the citizenship and leadership training centre, Shere Hills, Jos, from January 8 to 14.

2023: Achudume’s fake prophesy to Gov. Emmanuel will spark political turmoil in AKS – Prophesy

Pastor Benson Offiong of the Light of Glory International Ministry, Ojota, Lagos, says God has revealed to him that political turmoil will soon engulf Akwa Ibom State because of Pastor Lawrence Achudume’s fake prophesy to Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel.

Addressing reporters at his International Headquarters, the Lagos based Pastor says after more than 24 hours of intense prayer, God revealed to him in a vision that except Governor Udom Emmanuel frees himself from the bondage of Pastor Lawrence Achudume’s fake prophesies, a sudden and unexpected political turmoil will happen in the State which will cause irreparable damage to lives and properties that will crash Udom’s legacies and his succession plan.

Apostle Lawrence Achudume is Senior Pastor of Victory Life Bible Church International based in Ogun State.

“I am not one of those pay and carry prophets. I am saying what God has revealed to me. Except the Governor runs away from the many fake pastors and prophets his step brother and Pastor Lawrence Achudume pays to give false prophesy on who God wants as successor, I see the Governor commiting a big blunder because of Pastor Achudume”.

“God has revealed that the Umo Eno project is a pit they have dug for the Governor to fall into. If he goes ahead with it, a political turmoil will erupt in the state at the end of an enlarged PDP caucus meeting convened by the Party which will lead to massive destruction of lives and properties. It will be a crisis that is ten times greater than what the state saw in 2011. In the vision, God revealed to me how the Governor will have to cut short an official trip outside the state to rush back to Uyo before normalcy is restored”, he said.

Pastor Offiong said, while he may not really have a big religious title to be taken seriously, Governor Udom Emmanuel should be careful of fake prophesies from Canadian, Ghananian and local pastors who are on Achudume’s payroll but take out time to go on a personal retreat and seek the face of God again.

“When I prayed and asked God to reveal to me who Governor Udom Emmanuel’s successor will be, God told me He has already revealed that to the Governor more than five times but that some people around the Governor are the ones confusing the Governor. God told me He revealed Himself to Udom and showed him who his successor will be but he has rather chosen to hear the lies of Pastor Lawrence Achudume”.

“God told me to tell Udom to be careful. Some trusted aides will betray him on Umo Eno. God has told me to tell him that he will not send any prophet to tell him who his successor will be as He has already revealed that to him (Governor Udom Emmanuel). God says I should tell the Governor to go on a private spiritual retreat and He will again speak to him, provided he travels out for this retreat without informing Pastor Achudume”, he said.

Pastor Offiong said this was the same way God sent him to warn Obong Attah in December 2006 ahead of the 2007 Governorship election. He said after God revealed to him to tell Attah that his plans to have his son in-law succeed him will not work, he (Offiong) sent a text to the Late Elder Joe Udobia who was Governor Attah’s Special Adviser on Political Affairs who ignored and mocked him for bringing spiritual matters to politics until it came to pass.

“If it is today that we have a strong social media maybe Obong Attah would have gotten my message. The Late Udobia laughed when I sent him a text of the prophesy until it was too late to reverse what was destined to happen”.

Pastor Offiong said the same Attah incidence is what is about to happen to Udom as his close aides will betray him the way they did to Attah. He told the Governor to seek the face of God more and depend less on prophesy from any man of God.

He said if the Governor ignores his warning and the violence God has shown him takes place, it will be hard for the Governor to recover from the damage that will have on his legacy and the hang over of the crisis may lead him to flee the state for his Deputy to hand over power to someone else who will be someone Udom did not want to be Governor.

He said God also reinforced the December 31, 2021 Cross Over Night prophesy given by Prophet Ekong Ituen of Christ Deliverance Ministries (CDM) who warned that Governor Udom Emmanuel should carefully and divinely seek the face of God over the choice of successor because he may not be able to sail through with his succession plan. Pastor Offiong also said God said he should tell the Governor that many advisers will tell him to dissolve the State Executive Council but that will still not be the solution to the problem but he should rather go back to what God has told him in his closet about the future of Akwa Ibom.

The Pastor said the Governor started well but the confusion around him is not ordinary so Akwa Ibom people must pray for him so that he will not make a decision that will bring shame to him and jeopardize the peace the state is enjoying. The man of God said God told him to tell Martha Emmanuel to pray hard for her husband as she has an important role to counsel the Governor on what God has revealed to her.

“I am not saying this for the Governor to come and give me anything. I do not need anything from my State Governor. I am comfortable by God’s grace. I am one person that is contented. But I have to say what God has revealed to me. If Udom allows this crisis I am seeing in this vision to come to pass in Akwa Ibom State, mark my word and write today’s date, the state will never be the same again till his last day in office and he may not have the courage to perform the handing over ceremony on May 29, 2023”, Pastor Offiong said.

The Pastor when asked by journalists if this is the only prophesy he has for the Governor said he has decided to embark on a 7-day dry fasting and during the period anything God reveals to him, he will tell the Governor as it is for the sake of Akwa Ibom State.

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