A former Minister of Power, Prof. Bath Nnaji, has listed crisis of values, lack of unity in practical terms and absence of joint planning of development
No fewer than 159 people have been killed by suspected members of Boko Haram in three roadside attacks this week along Maiduguri- Biu federal highway, officials have said. This is as seven people were feared killed as security operatives bombard a hideout of suspected sect members in Abuja. In the first attack, on Tuesday, Boko Haram guerrillas wearing army uniforms stopped traffic on a highway between the cities of Maiduguri and Damaturu, dragging people out of their vehicles and killing them, with 143 bodies recovered so far. Violence in the North- East area of the country has intensified over the past two months, as the sect fight back against a military operation that started in May to try to crush their four-year-old rebellion.
The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, its counterpart in the South-East, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Arewa Consultative Forum as well as the South-South Peoples Assembly have expressed different opinions on the mode that the conference of ethnic nationalities in the country being suggested by Senate President David Mark should take. Although all the groups agreed that there was a need for a conference that would help in addressing the myriad of problems facing the country, they were divided on whether such conference should just be a national conference or a sovereign national conference. In separate interviews with SATURDAY PUNCH, at various locations on Thursday, each of the groups demanded the convocation of the conference without delay. Mark declared support for a national conference on Tuesday.
The Kaduna State Government on Friday declared a 24-hour curfew in Kafanchan following bloody fighting between indigenous groups in Southern Kaduna and settler elements of the Hausa-Fulani dwelling in the area. An online portal, SaharaReporters, said that at least five persons were killed in the fighting. The agency said the bloody clash was also confirmed by an elderly Yoruba resident of Kafanchan, an otherwise quiescent town that used to be known as a railway hub. The man said the assaults flared up again yesterday, after armed soldiers had earlier quelled a skirmish last Sunday.
No fewer than 34 motorists and passengers plying the Maiduguri- Biu federal Highway road were reportedly killed between Thursday and early hours of yesterday in Limanti Village, Konduga Local Government Area of Borno state. Two people were also allegedly killed in the early hours of yesterday in a fresh attack in Nbiyak village, Kadarko District in Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State, bringing the number of people killed in the two states within the period to 36. Limanti is about 50 kilometres from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital where many motorists and passengers were abducted and killed last week by suspected members of Boko Haram insurgents.
FORMER Vice President Alex Ekwueme, one time Federal Commissioner for Information and Ijaw Leader, Chief Edwin Clark, Reverend Emmanuel Gbonigi and others under the aegis, Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly, SNPA yesterday reiterated their support for the immediate convocation of a National Conference and called for its immediate convocation by President Goodluck Jonathan. According to a statement signed by Dr. Alex Ekwueme (South East); Chief Edwin Clark ( South South) and Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Gbonigi (South West) yesterday, the SNPA urged President Goodluck Jonathan to before December this year set up a Committee that will work out strategies and modalities for the convocation of a National conference that will give the ethnic nationalities of Nigeria the opportunity to discuss the collective future after what they termed a “forced” marriage of 100 years remains the most rewarding centenary gift President Jonathan can give to Nigerians.
Eight suspected members of Boko Haram were yesterday allegedly killed in Abuja, during a shoot out with a combined team of security forces. Security sources told Saturday Vanguard that the suspected terrorists were killed in an uncompleted building located at the Kyari close, Zone E Apo Legislative Quarters, near the Gudu Cemetery in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT. The house allegedly belongs to a retired military officer. A combined team of security men from the Department of State Services, DSS, and soldiers from the Guards Brigade of the Nigerian
Chief Bode George, former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party – South
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The Pincer strategies My suggested strategy was, first for the Sector HQ to move forward to Ohoba nearer the beleaguered 16 Bde immediately, then to start what I called Operations Pincer 1, 2 or 3, one of which will not only relieve 16 Bde of pressure but end the war at the same time. the war front, and he was completely frustrated like most of us. However, we had to realize that Uli Ihiala was the most important part of Biafra at that time. So, I invited Akinrinade to my Uyo HQ to discuss the “Pincer Strategy” after which Akinrinade and I went to discuss with Ayo Ariyo in Calabar; but Ariyo was no more interested. He led us into Port Harcourt during the 30-day advance, he held Port Harcourt until Adekunle returned finally to the war front, and he was completely frustrated like most of us.