2023 Presidency: PDP Wishing Gov. Yahaya Bello Will Run on their Platform – Group

A political support group ‘Got Your Back Nigeria’ said Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has the support of even the opposition party to run for the presidency come 2023.

National coordinator of the group, Prof Chris Mustapha Nwaokobia Jnr, stated this in a press statement on Tuesday.

Prof. Nwaokobia Jnr was reacting to a recent debate on Channels TV’s ‘Politics Today’.

He said Segun Sowunmi, a former spokesperson of Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation in the 2019 presidential election and Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, both profound speakers had their turns as the anchor grilled them on the politics of 2023 and the chances of presidential aspirants seeking to emerge as candidates of the two leading political parties.

He said: “The names listed on the PDP side were Atiku Abubakar, Aminu Tambuwal, Bukola Saraki, Bala Mohammed, Peter Obi, Sam Ohuabunwa, Goodluck Jonathan and Pius Anyim. And on the APC side were names like Bola Tinubu, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Governor Yahaya Bello, Rochas Okorocha, Rotimi Amaechi, Godswill Akpabio, Kayode Fayemi and Babatunde Fashola. And Kingsley Moghalu, Akinwunmi Adesina, Jack Rich Tein, Oby Ezekwesili, and Tunde Bakare were those mentioned outside of the two major parties.

Prof. Nwaokobia Jnr said the guest from the PDP, Segun Sowunmi, was seen clearly in admitting that besides his boss, Atiku Abubakar, Governor Yahaya Bello (GYB) was perhaps the most prepared to take Nigeria to the next level.

“He admitted that GYB is broad minded (can carry along Nigerians of different tendencies), sagacious (creative and has the capacity to generate the ideas needed to make Nigeria work), youthful (has age and fitness), is competent, and can unite Nigerians. He practically craved and called on GYB to move over to the PDP to make real his ambition. It was an endorsement beyond Partisanship, and a testimony of the competency and the capacity of the phenomenon called GYB

“GYB is a pan Nigerian political and social vehicle, GYB is young, fit, active and vivacious, GYB has the ideas and is 21st century compliant, GYB is passionate about the Nigeria of our dreams, GYB is an apostle of human capital development, and GYB in so many ways have proven that the call to berth a new Nigeria is his unalterable commitment and destiny.

“Finally on the program in reference, the Guests and the Anchor of that didactic show on politics (Politics Today), were unanimous in the chances of the name that stole the show. It was Governor Yahaya Bello (GYB) everywhere throughout the duration of the show. It was Atiku Abubakar a few times, it was Kayode Fayemi and Babatunde Fashola once or twice, and the name Bola Ahmed Tinubu BAT hardly featured in the 1hour long program because apparently his age, fitness, and perhaps ideas needed to weave a united and cosmopolitan Nigeria is suspect. Baba BAT is obviously old and tired, and should be asked by all men and women of goodwill to rest,” he claimed

OPHK AND MNJTF Air Strikes Neutralizes 3 High Profile ISWAP Elements, 4 Others

A coordinated precision air strike by Joint Task Force Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) and Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has neutralized three high profile Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP) elements.

Our correspondent gathered that those killed in the Air Interdiction (AI) include Chimake Bulama (Amir), Abu Zakari Bello (Amir) and Osama Khalifa, (Amir).

It was gathered that the air raid was conducted between December 27 and 28 2021 and was very successful.

It was further gathered that the AI was conducted at the fringes of Chad N’Djamena near Mandara Mountains.

Other areas include around Gava Mountain, Hraza Mountain and Kunde Mountain.

It was further gathered that there were also four Arab tribesmen suspected to be linked to ISIS core elements, who were also neutralized.

Those affected include one Abubakar Ibn Maliki, a Libyan national.

The marauding remnant elements of ISWAP/BHTs desperate in search of food and other logistics now revert to attacking soft targets and isolated villages and communities. There end is near.

source Gamji Reporters

OPERATION SHARAN FAGE: MNJTF NEUTRALISES SEVERAL BOKO HARAM TERRORISTS, AS BUNKERS AND EQUIPMENT WERE DESTROYED

In its continued commitment to swiftly end the menace of the insurgency in the Lake Chad Region, the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) recently conducted OP SHARAN FAGE with MNJTF troops drawn from Sector 3 Monguno (Nigeria) and Sector 4 Diffa (Niger). The recently concluded operation which was heavily supported by OP HADIN KAI (Nigeria) targeted Boko Haram/ISWAP criminal terrorists hibernating in the vicinity of Mallam Fatori town towards the fringes of the Lake Chad.

This was contained in a statement signed by the chief of military public information Headquarters Multi National Joint Task Force N’Djamena Chad and made available to the press on 30th December 2021

In line with its mandate of support for facilitating willing Internally displaced persons and refugees to return voluntarily and safely to their ancestral homes, the MNJTF provided security for the continuous security enhancement work in this area and would do so until the inhabitants return. The operation also created a favourable atmosphere under which the festivities marking the 63rd Anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Niger was peacefully conducted on 18 December 2021 in Diffa, with His Excellency, President Mohamed Bazoum in attendance. It should be noted that this was the first such celebration in many years.

Troops met strong resistance from the terrorists, who launched several mortar attacks, laid Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) along the troops route of advance and further attacks with Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIEDs). However, the troops brought superior fire power to bear on the insurgents forcing them to abandon their enclaves. Operation SHARAN FAGE was massively supported by the air component of Operation Hadin Kai and other partners with air assets and surveillance Equipment. This Support spurred the determined troops to successfully clear enemy hideouts in and around AREGE, GASHIGAR, ASAGA, KAINOA, BANA and KAMAGUNMA among other general areas. In the course of this operation 22 Boko Haram terrorists were neutralised, 5 of their gun trucks destroyed, 5 motorcycles and several logistic bunkers were destroyed while 8 AK47 Rifles were recovered. Regrettably, 6 members of the JTF (2 officers and 4 other ranks) from both countries paid the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty with about 16 wounded in action. 17 suspects were arrested in the general area of operations and are being profiled.

On Wednesday, 29 Dec 21, the Force Commander, MNJTF, Maj Gen Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim on a debriefing mission visited the MNJTF Headquarters in Diffa Niger Republic where he addressed the officers and men after receiving an after action brief by the Operational Commanders. He commended the uncommon display of gallantry professionalism and courage by the troops who have taken the fight to the criminals hideouts in their areas. He said after listening to the brief, that a lot still needs to be done but this was a good starting point. He promised to mobilise more equipment and other operational enablers to the Sectors. He declared year 2022 as a year of decision for the MNJTF as he vowed to uproot the criminals from their hideouts in the lake. He paid tribute to the fallen heroes whom he described as martyrs of freedom. He appealed to the people of the Lake Chad Basin to continue to support the MNJTF and to bring forward information. He further assured them of the MNJTF resolve to clear the operational area and make it safe for all in the coming year in compliance with directives of the Service Chiefs of the Lake Chad Basin Countries. He was accompanied on the visit by the Deputy Force Commander MNJTF, Gen Abdou Assoumane (Niger) and other key commanders of the MNJTF.

Relatedly, in the side line of this visit the FC alongside other MNJTF senior officers decorated some rotating staff of the MNJTF Sector 4 with the MNJTF medal of service. He thanked them for their meritorious service. The visit was rounded with a virtual conference with Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner for Political Affairs of the African Union Security Council in Addis Ababa who thanked the FC and DFC for their untiring efforts and asked that his best wishes and End of Year/New Year greetings be passed to all members of the MNJTF in all the countries. He charged the MNJTF to do all it can within its powers to end the crisis in the Lake Chad Basin area soonest. He assured of the continuous support of the AU Headquarters in achieving this. Visit was hitchfree and the FC has safely returned to his Headquarters in N’Djamena Chad.

FORCE COMMANDER ATTENDS PROCLAMATION OF 63th ANNIVERSARY OF THE REPUBLIC OF NIGER AND OTHER ACTIVITIES OF THE MULTINATIONAL JOINT TASK FORCE (MNJTF)

The Republic of Niger marked its 63th anniversary of proclamation of the Republic in a colourful celebration on 18 December 2021 in Diffa, Headquarters of Diffa region. The event took place in a peaceful atmosphere, following the restoration of relative peace and security in the region. The ceremony was presided over by the President of the republic His Excellency President Mohamed Bazoum.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Chief of Military Public Information Headquarters Multi National Joint Task Force N’Djamena and made available to the press on 19 December 2021

The ceremony had in attendance the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the Parliament of Niger. Other esteemed invited dignitaries are the Prime Minister of Chad ,Mr Pahimi Padacke Albert and Special representative of the President of Nigeria Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, who was accompanied by the Governors of Jigawa, Katsina ,Kebbi, Sokoto and Yobe states.

The Force Commander (FC), Multinational Joint Taskforce (MNJTF) Major General Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim and some Military Staff Officers also attended the occasion as a Guest. Recall that Diffa town is the Headquarters of Sector 4 MNJTF, The FC was received by the Sector Commander, Colonel Mamane Sani Kiao. General Ibrahim took part in all the lined up activities of the celebration.

On the sidelines of the ceremony, the FC met with President Bazoum and Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Major General Salifou Mody. During the meeting discussions centred mainly on improving the synergy and cooperation between MNJTF and national forces with the aim of generally confronting the scourge of the BHT/ISWAP terrorists in the Lake Chad region. Restoration of peace and security in the region will surely enhance the socioeconomic activities of the people. Therefore, President Bazoum reiterated his total commitment to support the MNJTF to achieve its mandates. The highlights of the 63th anniversary were the march pass by the members of the Armed Forces, Police and security agencies and display of military hardware and equipment. A grand Durbar whereby the people of Diffa region displayed their rich cultural heritage was also held.

In another development, on 13 December 2021, the HQ MNJTF hosted a French military delegation comprised of students and the Directing staff from Centre of Advanced Military Studies Paris France. The delegation was led by the Director of the centre, Rear Admiral François Xavier Polderman. They were received by the Deputy Force Commander MNJTF Brig Gen Abduo Harouna Assoumane on behalf of the FC, who highlighted the various kinetic and non kinetic measures conducted which contributed to operational successes. Additionally, a detailed brief on the activities of the Force was presented and interactive session to clarify issues were conducted. The Team leader ,Rear Admiral François Polderman commended MNJTF for the recorded operational successes and explained that, they were on tour of Sahel region, because of its strategic importance to the France and their desire to have a peaceful Sahel region adding that the MNJTF presented a perfect model of study.

Likewise, as part of capacity building to improve troops’ operational proficiency and readiness, recently ,series of trainings and courses for the HQ MNJTF military staff officers and personnel drawn from the 4 sectors were concluded in collaboration with the Centre for Coordination and Liaison (CCL) Operation TURUS, European Union (EU) Direct support and UNITAR. The training focused on Battlefield First Aids, Nautical Unit Trainers and Information Management

The Battlefield First Aids involved 64 MNJTF troops, who were impacted with the skills and knowledge to help save lives and ultimately reduce the rate of avoidable deaths on the field. While, during the nautical unit training, 60 MNJTF personnel were exposed to acquiring good aquatic skills, operational navigation, Rules of Engagement in nautical environment and requirement of the crew work, among others. All the activities ended on a hitch free note.

Commandant Tasks 73 Course Cadets On Shunning Indiscipline

The Commandant Nigerian Defense Academy (NDA), Major General Ibrahim Manu Yusuf has reminded all cadets in the academy that there would be zero tolerance for all forms of indiscipline, examination malpractices and brutality.

Manu said this in his speech on Thursday, during the 10th matriculation ceremony for 73 regular course cadets held at the academy’s auditorium.

According to him, “I must remind all cadets that here in the Academy, we have zero tolerance for all forms of indiscipline, examination malpractices and brutality.”

He remanded them that, “Like others before you, you must not only be serious with your training, but you must also take full responsibility for your actions and inactions.”

Manu explained that, “today we shall be witnessing the matriculation ceremony to formally enroll 453 officer cadets of 73 Regular Course into their respective degree programmes. These cadets undertook an oath of allegiance to the Armed Forces of Nigeria thus subjecting them to the Doctrine of Compact which makes them bound by all military laws in addition to civil laws.

His words, “l am happy to report that the cadets of 73RC have commenced their military training based on a revised curriculum which is designed to equip them with the knowledge and skills to deal with the emerging threats confronting the country.”

He noted that withinn the past eight weeks, the cadets have undergone rigorous military training designed to condition them to be mentally sound and physically fit to participate in a tough regime of military training and academic education.

Manu explained that the exercises were also designed to instill military skills and group cohesion in the carets, adding that, “I am happy to report that the cadets of 73RC have commenced their military training based on a revised curriculum which is designed to equip them with the knowledge and skills to deal with the emerging threats confronting the country.”

He urged parents and guardians of the cadets to encourage them to desist from any attempts to interfere with their administration while in the academy.

The commandant said that he was happy to report that the cadets of 73RC have commenced their military training based on a revised curriculum which is designed to equip them with the knowledge and skills to deal with the emerging threats confronting the country.

He said , “in the past eight weeks, the cadets have undergone rigorous military training designed to condition them to be mentally sound and physically fit to participate in a tough regime of military training and academic education.

“This is in addition to meeting the basic physical fitness requirements of completing 30 push-ups in one minute, 40 sit-ups in the same period and running up to 6.4km in 35 minutes.

“This matriculation ceremony therefore, marks the formal induction of the 73 Regular Course cadets into the Academic Branch and brings to an end their admission and registration processes,” he said.

While congratulating the cadets of 73 Regular Course for their well-deserved admission into the prestigious institution, the commandant said after now, the cadets shall undergo five years training with the academic programme culminating at the end of the fourth year.

He expressed appreciation to the National Universities Commission (NUC) for giving them the opportunity and guidance to kickstart new courses across their faculties.

Also in remarks as special guest of honour, Professor S.U. Abdullahi noted that it is significant that NDA has embraced best practices in higher education by introducing the matriculation of cadets in the past few years as conducted in other conventional universities.

He urged the matriculating cadets to take their academics serious as much as military training, since both compliment each other.

He charged them not give up easily no matter the difficulty, saying that, “remember the saying that the ends justify the means as you will always look back with happiness at the end of your cadet training and you will see all that you went through as fun.”

Alleged Abduction Of Commuters Along Maiduguri -Damaturu,  False Alarm –  Operation HADIN KAI

The attention of Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) has been drawn to series of unsubstantiated reports making rounds today, 11 December 2021 on social media and some pages of newspapers on the purported abduction of Maiduguri bound commuters by members of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) along Mainok and Borgozo in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno State.
A statement signed by the Deputy Director Public Relations 7 Division Nigerian Army/Joint Task Force (North East)Operation HADIN KAI, Colonel  Ado Isa, dated December 11, 2021, said that  the alleged incident which is false, misleading with the sole intention to smear the glaring good efforts and achievements of OPHK was said to have occured on Saturday December 11, 2021. 
“The fact is that members of the terrorists group emerged through the Dole/Bari villages on some vehicles with the intent to mount snap  road blocks in order to cause havoc and apprehension in the hearts of villagers and commuters. Troops on mobile patrol within the general area foiled the attempt without any delay. 
“There was no abduction of any commuter today. It was just the imagination of mischief makers who are not happy that peace is gradually returning to the North East,” it said.
Joint Task Force North East Operation HADIN KAI assured that it will continue to sustain the peace efforts by ensuring the Maiduguri – Damaturu Main Supply Route (MSR) is not only fortified to frustrate the evil intentions of the terrorists but the Theatre will continue to ensure all locations are adequately manned by highly trained troops ready to defeat any criminal act against the peace loving citizens.
Members of the general public were therefore,   urged to disregard all forms of reports in the media regarding the recent abduction of  commuters alleged to have occured along the MSR today. 
“We crave for understanding and cooperation of every well meaning members of the public. We should all remain calm and verify issues with the military authority as unsuspected group of persons are planning to cause apprehension and anxiety especially as the yuletide season is already here,” it concluded.

Arewa Group Slams Journalists For Linking Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau To DSS Arrest

A group, Arewa Think Right Group has tasked journalists to cross check information, facts and clarify from reliable sources before going to press.

The charge was handed out by the National Coordinator of the group, Comrade Hamza Alkasim, in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Thursday December 9, 2021, in which they frowned at those responsible for reports, alleging that a former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (Rtd) was arrested by the Departmental of State Security Services (DSS)

“We were shocked and totally disappointed with media houses that reported the news as the former COAS, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (Rtd) was arrested by the DSS.
This is a blatant lie. The former COAS was never invited nor arrested by the DSS.

“Without mincing words, we categorically state that although we heard another Dambazau was arrested, it was not the former COAS they declared.

They wondered why some media organisations published the story as such, adding that it is a clear case of mischief.

“Linking the former COAS, General Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau to DSS arrest was not fair, because he was never invited nor arrested. Instead, one Brigadier General Idris Bello Dambazau (Rtd) was arrested,” they stressed

The group said that the Former COAS was a man of proven integrity and respect who contributed and served his fatherland with passion and humility.

Operation Hadin Kai: I See Future Champions In You, Theatre Commander Applauds Barrack Youth

The Theatre Commander (TC) Joint Task Force North East operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) Major General Christopher Musa Ball Games Tagged “Barrack Youths Tournament 2021” which commenced on Tuesday, 23 November, 2021 at the Lieutenant Colonel BU Umar Sports Complex Maimalari Cantonment has been concluded in grand style with El-Kanemi Junior Warriors emerging winners of the maiden edition in the football events.
While flagging-off the games, the TC stated that the games are to create an avenue for unification and building the future generations of the Military Barracks. He also noted that the games will be used as an avenue to select good sports men and women that will represent the barracks community in future sporting activities in the state.  
The tournament which saw 18 teams, with 6 teams each that competed in the various events which includes football, volleyball and Basket Ball saw winners and runners-up emerging and carting away teams and individual awards and trophies for outstanding performance during the games.
The games which were organized as a means of unification and bringing the youths together indeed brought lovers of sports, members of the cantonment and other spectators from Maiduguri Metropolitan Council together in one arena cherishing the skillful performances of the barrack youths.
In his closing remarks, the Theatre Commander expressed satisfaction in the performances, show of strength and sportsmanship in all the participants as well as the Coaches and officials. He said “I see future champions in you, your performances is highly commendable and this has truly shown that we can generate a team for the nation” he added. 
The grand finale of the football event was slogged out between the Desert Warriors and El-Kanemi Junior Warriors which ended draw and later decided through penalty shootout that ended in favour of the El-Kanemi Junior Warriors while Theatre Commanders Attackers emerged the second runners up respectively.
In the Basketball event, 7 Div team emerged the winners while Bama Warriors and Armour team emerged the first and second runners up. In the Volley Ball event, 333 Artillery Team emerged overall winner while 7 Division and Theatre Commander’s Team emerged first and second runners up respectively.
Presenting the teams for their trophies, medals and individual awards, the Acting Assistant Director Army Physical Training (ADAPT) Major Adebayo Oloruntoba stated that the game was free and fair, with participants, coaches and officials exhibited spirit of sportsmanship, fair play and neutrality throughout the games. 
The highlights of the grand finale were presentation of trophies and awards to individuals for outstanding performance. The award winners in volley ball event are Best Spiker goes to Sunday Isiaka, Best Setter, Haruna Bulus while the best female player goes to Clara Akuma. Best player in Basket Ball event is Shamsudeen Nuhu and the best rebounder goes to Umar Abarum.  In football event, the best goal keeper award was carted away by Victor, best player to Sulaiman Abdurahaman while the highest goal scorer of the tournament was Reuben Gana. 
Present at the grand finale were the Deputy Theatre Commander 1 OPHK, Major General Ibrahim Jallo, the Acting General Officer  Commanding 7 Division Nigerian Army and Commander Sector 1 OPHK, Brigadier General Abdul Wahab Eyitayo, the Maritime Component Commander, Commodore Richard Shammah and the Theatre Logistics Component Commander, Brigadier General Emmanuel Akpan. Others include Principal Staff Officers from Headquarters Theatre Command and 7 Division.

Late Baba Gwabin: Family Appreciation Message 

His Excellency, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum mni FNSE, Executive Governor Borno State, the Chief of Defence Staff, Service Chiefs, members of Borno State delegation, members of the Armed Forces both serving and retired. Our Royal Fathers, the Clergy and all invited guests.
   The Family of late Baba Musa Gwabin appreciates your presence at the Burial of their late Father, Grand Father and UncleWe remain grateful.                      Signed      The  Gwabins

DESPERATE MOVES BY BOKO HARAM/ISWAP TERRORISTS IN THE NORTHEAST

There are strong indications that the operations of troops of the Nigerian military in the North East are gaining results in the annihilation of terrorists and their counterparts in their various hideouts.

Investigation by our reporter revealed that life has become so unbearable in the terrorists various camps as evident in their desperate efforts seeking for attention and to show their presence in some parts of the North East leading to the sadly act of indulging into attacking innocent civilians in Borno State especially in Damboa and environs on Friday, 19 November, 2021. 

Following the activities of the terrorists, four innocent children and youths were injured namely; Bukar shugaban, Ahamed kallama, Alhaji fannami and Bukar kallama.

Some of the natives who sought for anonymity explained that the attack was due to the anxiety and apprehension that has engulfed the terrorists camps following the recent massive destruction they suffered in the hands of ground troops and Air Components of the Nigerian military thereby causing them to device other means of seeking attention.

The natives commended the activities of the troops of the Nigerian military and other security agencies for dislodging the terrorists from their hideouts in order to ensure sanity in the region.

The sources called on Nigerians to cooperate with the security agencies towards ensuring absolute peace in the country by reporting suspected elements in the society to the security agencies for prompt action in order to ensure total peace and harmonious coexistence in the north east and the country at large.

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