Aisha Buhari Lauds Military’s Effort To End Boko Haram

Aisha Buhari, Boko Haram, MilitaryWife of Nigeria’s President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has commended the patriotism and resilience of the military in its sustained effort to rid the country of the Boko Haram insurgents.

Mrs Buhari gave the commendation when she visited about 50 soldiers who sustained various degrees of injuries in the battle field and were receiving treatment at the 44 Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.

Presenting some gift items to the wounded soldiers and officers, the first lady, who was represented by wife of the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Mrs Ladi Bantex, commended them for their gallantry in protecting Nigeria’s territorial integrity.

She lauded their effort in ensuring that peace was restored in the troubled northeast region and prayed for their quick recovery with an assurance that their efforts would not be in vain.

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Also, the delegation visited the Obstetrics/Gynecology wards to offer gifts to patients as well as pregnant and nursing women at the hospital.

The Medical Director of the Centre, Brigadier General Ikechukwu Okeke, who commended the gesture, revealed that the soldiers were injured during the Operation Lafiya Dole operations.

He added that some of them were responding to treatment, while those with critical cases had been flown abroad for further treatment.

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Air Force Officers In Kaduna Get More Housing Units

BiafraThe Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has again reassured officers and men of the service that their welfare remains a major priority of the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Air Vice Marshal Abubakar gave the assurance on Wednesday at the commissioning of hostel accommodations and other projects at the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna State, north-west Nigeria.

He explained that efforts were also being made to provide decent accommodation, healthcare services and welfare for his men across Nigeria, as a way of boosting their morale in the war against insurgents in north-east Nigeria.

Lack of sufficient and comfortable accommodation for officers and men of the Nigerian military has remained a major challenge officers and men had had to contend with over the years.

Serving personnel especially the rank and file and those undergoing training had provide accommodations for themselves in some cases and when there is one, they may not be conducive.

The Air Force boss having the foreknowledge of this challenge, had upon assumption of office last year, commenced the construction of more accommodations and other projects to ensure a good and healthy life for his men.

The Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Bala Bantex, accompanied by the Chief of Air Staff and other senior officers were at the Air Force Base in Kaduna State to commission some of the completed projects.

The projects include an extended old Kaduna Airport runway, 250 bed capacity hostel for recruits, one million litre water reservoir and two bed room three-storey accommodation for non-commissioned officers. The projects were constructed through direct labour.

After commissioning the projects, the Deputy Governor, who represented Governor Nasir El-rufai, commended the Nigerian Air Force for the successes recorded in the renewed vigour of flushing out the insurgents in the northeast and cattle rustlers in the north-west zone.

According to him, the present administration’s determination to build modern accommodations for personnel is not only a motivational measure, but also in line with the vision of the Chief of Air Staff to reposition the service into a highly professional and disciplined force.

The contribution of Nigerian security forces in contending the Boko Haram insurgents cannot be over emphasised, but for them to effectively discharge this constitutional role, they also need a conducive environment.

Northern Governors Inaugurate Committee To Identify Boko Haram Sponsors

Boko HaramThe Northern Governors Forum, has inaugurated the committee on the Review of Criminal Justice System with a mandate to identify the sponsors of the Boko Haram sect and ensure their prosecution.

Inaugurating the committee in Kaduna State on Friday, Chairman of the forum and Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, said that the days of the Boko Haram insurgents were numbered as the military have dislodged them from their strongholds in the northeast.

He expressed confidence of victory against the terrorist group because of the commitment shown by the Federal Government and the professional manner the military kicked the group out of their strongholds.

Governor Shettima, while explaining that the Boko Haram insurgents have been decimated tremendously by troops, lamented that terrorism and other related crimes in the region have continued to increase due to the absence of an effective uniformed legal framework to deal with perpetrators of such criminal acts in the region.

Therefore, among the committee’s terms of reference is to identify the sponsors of the Boko Haram insurgents and come up with appropriate punishment against such persons and to also review the current penal code with a view to identifying its weaknesses and challenges in the overall administration of justice in the region, among others.

According to the Northern Governors, the criminal justice system that is being used in the region presently, is the one that was inherited from the colonial masters.

The system was outdated and no longer in conformity with the current security challenges.

The committee was advised to ensure that the new criminal justice system is in conformity with the 1999 Constitution as amended, as well as any Act of the National Assembly.

The Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Bala Bantex, who represented Governor Nasir El-Rufai, expressed optimism that the challenges posed by insecurity would be reduced to the barest minimum if there are effective laws in place to deal with perpetrators of such crimes.

A member of the newly inaugurated committee and SSG of Kaduna State, Balarabe Lawal, gave the assurance that the committee would cover all the terms of reference given to them by the governors.

The committee was given two months to complete the assignment.

Days Of Boko Haram Are Numbered – Northern Governors

Boko HaramThe Northern Governors Forum, has said that the days of the Boko Haram insurgents are numbered as they will soon be wiped out.

Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, said this in Kaduna on Friday during the inauguration of the committee on the Review of the Criminal justice system of Northern Nigeria.

He, however, expressed confidence of victory against the terrorist group because of the commitment shown by the Federal Government and the professional manner the military kicked the group out of their strongholds.

Governor Shettima, while explaining that the Boko Haram insurgents have been decimated tremendously by troops, lamented that terrorism and other related crimes in the region have continued to increase by the day due to the absence of an effective uniformed legal framework to deal with perpetrators of such criminal acts in the region.

Among their terms of reference, is to identify the sponsors of the Boko Haram insurgents and come up with appropriate punishment against such persons and to also review the current penal code with a view to identifying its weaknesses and challenges in the overall administration of justice in the region among others.

According to the Northern Governors, the criminal justice system that is being used in the region presently, is the one that was inherited from the colonial masters.

The system was outdated and is no longer in conformity with the current security challenges.

They advised that the new Criminal Justice System must be in conformity with the 1999 Constitution as amended, as well as any Act of the National Assembly.

The Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Bala Bantex, who represented Governor Nasir El-Rufai, expressed optimism that the challenges posed by insecurity would be reduced to the barest minimum if there are effective laws in place to deal with perpetrators of such crimes.

 

Nigerian Army Pulls Out 33 Generals

nigeria armyThirty-three retired Generals of the Nigerian Army Corps of Artillery were on Friday pulled out of service in Kaduna State, North-west Nigeria.

The retired officers comprise of 12 Major-Generals and 21 Brigadier Generals, including a former General Officer Commanding 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Lawrence Jokotola.

In a valedictory speech, Major-General Jokotola, who spoke on behalf of the retired generals, expressed hope that the current security challenges in the Northeast are surmountable if only the old ideals of military training, good administration and discipline are maintained.

He commended the Army authorities for re-engaging a number of its retired officers to serve as consultants and instructors at the Nigerian Army School of Artillery (NASA), Kachia in Kaduna State, stating that such sharing of knowledge and expertise will be of immense benefit to the serving officers.

The Generals retired between 2005 and 2013, having served for the mandatory 35 years in service.

Having served their fatherland meritoriously, the officers were formally pulled out at a colourful ceremony that was attended by their friends and family members.

Despite the heavy downpour, a colourful match past and parade were held in honour of the retired Generals.

General Jokotola, in his speech, pledged that the retired officers would continue to keep the Nigerian Flag high by providing timely, accurate and effective fire support in the fight against all forms of external and internal aggression.

The General urged the serving military personnel to continue to be loyal, extra-vigilant, and however expressed the conviction that the Nigerian military would overcome the current security challenges in the country.

Other retirees also expressed their gratitude to the Army and Nigerians for the opportunity to serve the nation.

The Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Mr Bala Bantex, who represented the state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai at the occasion, commended the effort of officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces in trying to restore peace to all troubled parts of the country.

Southern Kaduna Indigenes Urge FG To Intensify Efforts At Curbing Insecurity

Boko HaramThe people of Southern part of Kaduna State, North West Nigeria, have called on the Federal and State Governments to put in more efforts in addressing insecurity in the area which has claimed several lives.

Speaking during a security and political summit to brainstorm on ways of addressing insecurity and political conflicts in the area, the people scored government’s effort at providing security to the citizens low, and called on both the Federal and State Governments to step up the fight against terrorism and insurgency in the area and other parts of the country as well as providing a peaceful political arena ahead of the 2015 elections.

The summit which was organized by the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) took place in Kachia Local Government Area of the state and attracted the presence of politicians, traditional and religious leaders, security experts as well as youth leaders.

Addressing the participants, the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Mr Nuhu Bajoga, said every indigene has a role to play in the fight against insecurity and restoring peace in the area.

He highlighted that insecurity has remained one of the forces working against the nation’s unbroken democracy and political instability, adding that with effective collaboration between the people and government, the national political climate will wear a positive outlook.

Mr Bajoga also disclosed that Southern Kaduna zone has benefited immensely under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) administration since 1999 and therefore, stressed the need for them to come together and assist government in restoring peace to all parts of the state.

The Catholic Bishop of Kafanchan Diocese, Joseph Bagobiri, identified lack of appropriate solutions by the government and the people as well as political imbalance as the most critical. He said government has not done well in terms of protecting the citizens from attacks.