Chairman, Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution on Security Challenges in the North, Tanimu Turaki, on Sunday ruled out any form of compensation for victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in some parts of the North. Addressing Muslim leaders, who gathered at the National Conference on the Role of Muslim Scholars, organised by the Jama’atul Nasril Islam in Kaduna, Turaki, however, said those to be compensated were security operatives, who lost their lives during the incidents. Turaki said, “Government cannot pay compensation but it will support victims. It will compensate military personnel that were affected by this insurgency.
The Sultan of Sokoto and President, Jamatu Nasril Islam, JNI, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has said that Muslims gave President Goodluck Jonathan an agenda for implementation during the 2011 presidential election campaign. He, however, did not reveal the content of the agenda. This revelation came at a time the dust raised over the one-term agreement President Jonathan allegedly reached with governors in the build-up to the 2011 presidential election was yet to settle. The Sultan stated this at the national conference and pre-Ramadan meeting of JNI in Kaduna yesterday.
Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, yesterday, called on President Goodluck Jonathan to make a “blanket request” for the recovery of over $400 billion Nigeria’s looted fund. Rising from a meeting in Enugu, the CNPP in a communique signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, said: “Whereas we applaud the recovery of fund looted by the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, we demand, as a matter of urgent national importance, that President Goodluck Jonathan requests for blanket recovery of over $400 billion fleeced off our treasury in the last two decades.”
Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Azubuike Ihejirika, disclosed, yesterday, that he has had sleepless nights since 2010 when he was appointed COAS because of activities of the Boko Haram sect. Ihejirika made the disclosure just as he said that the military had made tremendous achievements in the battle against insurgency in the north, but admitted that a lot still had to be done. Speaking at an interdenominational church service to mark 150 years of existence of Nigerian Army, he stated that the capacity of all the units and those of the officers and men of the force had greatly improved; noting that the situation was what gave him the confidence that the operation would succeed.
A prophet prophesies the coming of Biafra nationPRIMATE Theophilus Olabayo, 67, founder of Evangelical Church of Yahweh with headquarters in Mende, Maryland, Lagos, had remained one of Nigeria’s respected prophets whose prophesies had shaken the high and mighty in the country. In this interview, the cleric says there would be a spiritual revolution that will rock the nation to its foundation and at the end of it, a new nation will emerge. Excerpts:
Alleging neglect against the Igbo race in Kano, the leader of the Igbo community in the state,
Some eminent Nigerians, among them the leader of the pan Yoruba socio- political group, Afeniefere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, Chief Ayo Adebanjo and Lagos lawyer, Barrister Fred Agbaje, have urged the Federal Government to come to the aid of one of the heroes of the Nigerian civil war, Brigadier- General Benjamin Adekunle, who has for the past five years been battling various ailments.
Northern governors, and other senior politicians in theregion, may form a new political party. A source who is part of the move to ensure that the regionrecaptures power in the 2015 general elections disclosed this to one of ourcorrespondents in Abuja, on Friday.
The Joint Task Force in Yobe said on Saturday that it had smashed a Boko haram group in Fune, recovering two vehicles, arms, ammunition and other materials. JTF spokesman, Lt. Lazarus Eli, said this in Damaturu while displaying the items to newsmen, News Agency of Nigeria reports. He explained that the terrorists attacked a JTF checkpoint in Fune on Friday and took away a police vehicle conveying some items to Borno State.
GUNMEN suspected to be members of Boko Haram Saturday attacked seven hilly communities in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State and killed about 15 people. They attacked the areas with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and petrol-bombs, torching many houses and carting away food items and livestock.