The Presidency Remains One, Adesina Reacts To Claims Osinbajo Is Being Sidelined

 

Claims that Osinbajo had been sidelined had intensified after President Muhammadu Buhari constituted and Economic Advisory Team (EAC) to replace the Economic Management Team (EMT), which was constituted during his first term.

While the EMT was headed by Osinbajo, the newly constituted EAC will report directly to President Buhari.

But the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, who was a guest on Channels TV’s Politics Today dismissed the claims.

According to him, all that the president has done particularly this week was just to “tweak governance and get the best for Nigerians”.

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He also maintained that the presidency remains one and that there’s been too much suspicion and different kinds of inferences which he believes are only aimed at driving a wedge between both the President and the Vice President.

“The Vice President is the number 2 man in the country… the new economic advisory body can also relate with the Vice President as necessary.

“It’s just some Nigerians who want to drive a wedge between the President and the VP, that read meanings into everything and insinuate but there’s no need for that,” he said.

Nigerians Can Really Expect Good Things From Buhari’s 2nd Term – Adesina

 

100 days into the second tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari, Special Assistant to the President, Femi Adesina, has said that more is set to come under the administration’s next level agenda.

He also assured Nigerians that the government continues to work hard in the various areas of priority it had set for itself.

“I think Nigerians can really expect good things to happen from this administration in the 2nd term,” Adesina said on Channels TV’s Sunday Politics.

While analysing the progress made so far, he, however, explained that the concept of 100 days in office, ordinarily does not apply to returning governments.

He, therefore, maintained that the government continues to work towards fulfilling its promises to Nigerians in the three cardinal areas of security, economic development and the anti-corruption fight.

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“Where we copied the concept of 100 days from, America…they don’t do it with a 2nd term President or Governor. 100 days is only done in the first term.

“You don’t access a returning Government according to 100 days in office because that Government is a continuum.

“Nigerians should recognise that this Government is working. Working in different areas of priorities it has set for itself,” he said.

 

Xenophobia: Presidency Faults S.A Envoy, Insists Nigerians Were Targeted

 

The Presidency has insisted that contrary to the claims of the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Bobby Monroe, foreigners, particularly Nigerians, were targeted in the recent attacks in South Africa.

Mr Munroe had stated on Tuesday during a media briefing with Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, that the attacks in South Africa are not xenophobic neither are they targeted at Nigerians.

According to him, they were only ‘sporadic acts of violence’.

He also stated that businesses belonging to other South Africans were equally affected in the violence.

However, addressing the issue on Channels TV’s Politics Today, Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disagreed with the comments, stating that the attacks were not sporadic.

“I disagree with the South African ambassador who says it is sporadic attacks…it’s not. If it was sporadic attacks, why were South Africans not attacked?

“It was targeted at foreigners, Nigerians particularly,” he said.


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Adesina further stated that it was clear that the attacks did not involve only Nigerians against Nigerians as earlier claimed by the South African President.

“President Ramaphosa was here some months back and we clearly heard him when he said not all the violence was between South African against Nigerians that most of the times, it was Nigerians against Nigerians.

“But what has happened these past few days has shown that this is not Nigerians against Nigerians.

“This is clearly South African against Nigerians and this has shown us that there is xenophobia,” he said.

Mr Adesina, however, stated that the Federal Government would continue to demand the protection of Nigerians, a failure of which “stronger measures” will be taken.

Buhari Re-Appoints Femi Adesina, Garba Shehu As Media Aides

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the re-appointment of Mr. Femi Adesina as Special Adviser, Media and Publicity and Garba Shehu as Senior Special Assistant, Media, and Publicity.

The President also re-appointed Mr Laolu Akande as Senior Special Assistant, Media, and Publicity, Office of the Vice President.

In a statement by the Deputy Director of Information, Abiodun Oladunjoye, President Buhari as well retained Tolu Ogunlesi, Bashir Ahmad, Lauretta Onochie and Nazir Bashiru as Special Assistant, Digital/New Media, Personal Assistant, New Media, Personal Assistant, Social Media and Personal Assistant, Visual Documentation, respectively.

Following the election of Hon. Shaaban Ibrahim Sharada, the former Personal Assistant, Broadcast Media, as the lawmaker representing Kano Municipal Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, the President has appointed Buhari Sallau as his replacement.

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Mr. Oladunjoye noted that all appointments take effect from May 29, 2019, except that of the new entrant into the team, Buhari Sallau.

In the same vein, President Buhari approved the re-appointment of Mr. Ade Ipaye as Deputy Chief of Staff to the President. Mr. Ipaye who was former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos State works from the Office of the Vice President.

He also approved the re-appointment of Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu, Special Adviser to President on Economic Matters; Mrs. Maryam Uwais who retains her position as Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment Programme as well as Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters.

Also, re-appointed is Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, who will now serve as the Special Adviser to the President on Ease Of Doing Business.

Equally, President Buhari has also appointed Mr. Ahmad Rufai Zakari as Special Adviser on Infrastructure, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, as Senior Special Assistant on Education Interventions, Mr. Louis Odion as Senior Technical Assistant on Print Media, and Mr. Ajuri Ngelale as Senior Special Assistant for Public Affairs in the Presidency.

All appointees are to serve in the Office of the Vice President.

Except for Zakari, Bank-Olemoh, Odion and Ngelale, all the other appointments take retrospective effect from May 29, 2019.

 

What Nigeria Needs Is Repositioning, Not ‘Unnecessary Criticism’ – Adesina

Adesina

 

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, says Nigeria needs to be repositioned rather than being unnecessarily criticised.

Adesina, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is committed to repositioning the country.

“It’s not the time for cynicism in the country. It’s not the time for scepticism. If you want to be cynical or sceptical, you have a right for it but it wouldn’t do you good nor will it do the country well.

“Once there are explanations, the best thing is to accept them and together move forward to reposition Nigeria. That is what matters, not unnecessary criticism for the sake of criticising,” he said.

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Adesina’s comment comes shortly after President Buhari held a retreat for minister’s designate, asking the incoming members of his cabinet to brace up for the tasks ahead of their inauguration on Tuesday.

Although the presidential aide admitted that the current administration is being criticised, he, however, said it isn’t disturbed by the level of criticisms.

He explained that the Federal Government rather work on those seen as genuine and constructive in order to take Nigerians to improve on the nation’s economy, security and in fighting corruption.

Meanwhile, the National Chairman of the Zenith Labour Party, Mr Dan Nwanyanwu, said President Buhari needs the right ministers that will tell him the truth.

Nwanyanwu who was also a guest on Politics Today advised the incoming ministers against presenting fake issues to the President at the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.

“Government must put the right people that must tell the President the truth. These ministers should not go to Council to garnish issues that are not real.

“You can only look at the President and say: “Mr President, I have problems here. I suggest this is the way we can do it.

“Nigeria needs people that are very serious to get people out of poverty which is the cardinal programme of the President this time around,” he said.

Killings: The Presidency Feels Very Very Sad – Adesina

 

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said that the Presidency is saddened by the spate of killings in the country.

He said this on Tuesday while reacting to the Shiite/police clash in the nation’s capital, Abuja, which resulted in the killing of a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Usman Umar, a corp member who was serving with Channels TV and some Shiite members.

When asked “how does the presidency feel?” during an interview on the station’s breakfast show Sunrise Daily, he said: “very very sad”, noting that that primary responsibility of government should be to secure lives of citizens.

“This is our country, we are all citizens, lives should not be taken just anyhow. The primary responsibility of government is to protect lives and property. The Constitution vests the protection of lives and property in the government so when it fails, as we have seen it fail in recent times and particularly yesterday, government will feel it, because it’s not good for anybody”.


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Mr Adesina, however, assured Nigerians that regardless of the current security situation, a lot is being done to secure Nigerians and all hands should be on deck.

“A lot is being done but when some people make it seem as if nothing is being done, they are exacerbating the matter.

“Government is doing a lot and these times call for concerted efforts from all Nigerian to beat this insecurity,” he said.

 

Shiite Protests Have Become Anything But Civil – Adesina

 

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, has said protests by members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), over the continued detention of their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, have become anything but civil.

Mr Adesina, who was a guest on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, said this while reacting to the killing of several persons following the Shiite protest on Monday.

According to him, there is a case coming up on July 29 where El-Zakzaky would be seeking bail to go abroad for medical attention and the Shiites could have been patient for the decision of the court, rather than resorting to violence.

He further stated that the police only responded with live ammunition because the protesters were not being civil.

“The protests had become anything but civil. You saw what happened at the National Assembly on July 9… they stormed that place, set so many cars ablaze, a policeman was killed, so it was anything but civil,” he said.

“The police said all protests in Abuja had been restricted to the Unity Fountain so if they wanted a civil, peaceful protest, they would do it at the prescribed place, granted that under democracy, you have the right to protest.

“Democracy recognises civil protest and one thing you would agree to is that till now, the police had used minimum force because they could have started using those live rounds from day one because this has persisted for months”.

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Speaking further, he denied reports that the government is considering proscribing the group.

“No no no… If government is considering it, who told them, who confirmed it to them. Someone may have sat in the comfort of his living room and concocted that story,” he said when asked to confirm.

When asked why the IMN leader has remained in detention despite a court order for his release in 2016, Mr Adesina said it is a legal matter.

“I know that the immediate past AGF in whose purview it was to make pronouncements on that, addressed the issue.

“If bail is granted and another case subsists or there is an immediate filing of appeal, you have to wait till it is dispensed with. So, that is a legal matter which is outside my purview but as a layman, (an unlearned man as lawyers would call us), we know that until all cases are dispensed with, you don’t say that it has been concluded,” Mr Adesina explained.

Chibok Parent Insists 49 Towns Are Occupied By Boko Haram, Adesina Reacts

 

A Chibok Parent, John Bassa, has stated that at least 49 towns in the north east, are still being occupied by Boko Haram insurgents.

He said this on Tuesday during a town hall organized by Channels to assess the performance of the Muhammadu Buhari administration in the last four years.

Bassa who stated that 44 of his relations who were Boko Haram commanders had been killed, and at least 50, were still “active and high-ranking officers of Boko Haram” controlling some territories, maintained that many towns are currently empty as a result of the insurgence.

When asked: “Are you saying that Boko Haram is still in control of some territories in the northeast, from where they plan and execute these attacks – he responded by saying “of course”.

He went further to explain that “out of 52 towns in Gwoza, its only three right now that you can freely live within. (that is, Limankara, Gwoza town and Pulka).

“Gwoza town was liberated by our former President Goodluck, one week before election then in 2015 and the new administration liberated Limankara and Pulka so, 49 towns are still empty with nobody apart from the Boko Haram.

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“They are the ones enjoying those areas and you dare not go there”.

In response, the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said the idea of “infestation and actually controlling a place” are two different things.

Although he sympathised with Mr Bassa for the loss of his relatives who were Boko Haram commanders, Mr Adesina noted that – “that in itself shows that the government is not taking the situation lying low. It is taking the battle to Boko Haram and it is eliminating those who are behind it”.

He insisted that under the previous administration, insecurity was at an all-time-high and cannot be compared to the current times.

“What we saw as at 2015, was that Boko Haram was sitting on the traditional stools of some emirs.

“The emirs had fled and the Boko Haram members were the ones using the palace and controlling the places, Local Govt Chairmen had fled, they were sitting in the offices, they were collecting taxes and tolls and that is not the situation as at today.

“They are prevalent in certain areas does not mean they are the law,” he said.

Buhari Blames Poverty, Insecurity On Decades Of Resource Mismanagement

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has blamed the current economic and security challenges being experienced in the country on decades of neglect and mismanagement of resources.

The President believes that if assets and resources available to the country had been properly managed in years past, it would have been a prosperous and peaceful nation.

He was quoted to have said this in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

According to the statement, President Buhari made the remarks at the State House, Abuja, while receiving in audience the board of Ecobank Transactional Incorporated, led by the Group Chairman, Mr Emmanuel Ikazoboh.

Addressing the delegation, he, however, noted that despite the challenges, the government remains committed to the goals of securing the country, inclusive economic growth, and fighting corruption.

He also stressed that Nigeria was in a unique position as the most populous and resource-rich nation on the African continent, adding that the resources would be harnessed and properly managed, to engender a prosperous and peaceful country.

Speaking further, he said his administration had made progress in some areas such as agriculture, while stating that his government was determined to reverse the trend of squander-mania and mismanagement.

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He, therefore, appealed to Ecobank Transnational Incorporated to “institute a special fund to develop agriculture, which will cement your legacy as a bank that helped to transform this region’s economic fortunes.”

President Buhari commended Ecobank for “being active in promoting financial inclusion”, noting that it is key to the government’s diversification agenda.

On requests by the bank for decongestion of the Apapa ports, and rebuilding of the transnational Lagos-Badagry-Seme road, the President results would be visible as he commences his second term.

“We are aware and are working in all those areas, and by the grace of God, you will start seeing results during my second term in office,” he said.

Buhari’s Second Term Is For Legacy Building – Adesina

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity

 

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, says Buhari’s second term is for building up a lasting legacy.

He stated this on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

“The second term is a term for legacy building. The President would do all that will stand in good stead in the memory of Nigerians as a President that came, that saw and that conquered,” he said amid criticism that trailed the President’s slow handling of the nation’s affairs.

When asked if the cabals, a group of individuals considered to be wielding large influence over the president are still holding sway over the presidency, Adesina denied knowledge of such.

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The presidential spokesman claimed that the cabal is neither visible to the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo nor himself.

“Unless you tell me who they are. The Vice President has told the media that he doesn’t know of a cabal, (they are not visible to the vice president) neither are they visible to me.

“No, unless you can prove to me that there is indeed a cabal. If I have not seen a cabal, nothing like that has affected my work in any negative sense, then I can’t agree with you that there is indeed a cabal,” he stated.

Adesina’s comments come shortly after the President presided over the valedictory session of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting ahead of his inauguration for a second term on May 29.

During the meeting, he directed ministers to continue till May 28, and handover their schedules to the permanent secretaries of their respective ministries.

Presidency Lists Major Security Breakthroughs For 2019

 

The Presidency on Sunday, May 12, listed the achievements of the Muhammadu Buhari government in the area of security.

Femi Adesina on behalf of the presidency listed some of the achievements in the area of security including the various operations of the Nigerian Police Force and other security agencies.

In his wordy communique, Adesina also reeled out a timeline within which certain efforts made by security operatives yielded the desired results.

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Below is a full statement as published by Femi Adesina.

“MAJOR SECURITY MILESTONES IN 2019, BY PRESIDENCY

These are no doubt times of great security challenges for our country, and the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government is not leaving any stone unturned to restore sanity and calm.

For the records, below are some of the security initiatives taken between January and now, for the safety and security of Nigerians:

Ø Operation Puff Adder (Nigerian Police), Operation HARBIN KUNAMA 3 (Nigerian Army) and Exercise Egwu Eke 3 (Nigerian Army) have all been launched in 2019, to complement the existing Operations Sharan Daji (launched in 2016 by the Nigerian Army) and Diran Mikiya (launched 2018 by the Nigerian Air Force). All of these operations are focused on tackling banditry and criminality in the North West of Nigeria.

Ø Operation HARBIN KUNAMA 3 was launched on 1 April 2019 to ensure the complete defeat of the bandits fleeing military operations in Zamfara and escaping into Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Niger and Sokoto States.

– Hundreds of kidnappers and bandits have been arrested or killed since January, several camps/hideouts destroyed; and hundreds of hostages rescued. In a two-week operation in February (lasting from Feb 4 to Feb 14), 80 hostages were freed by the Nigerian Army, with 37 bandits killed.

– Aerial bombardments of bandits’ camps have been intensified in recent months. A new Air Force Base – the 271 Nigerian Air Force Detachment (271 NAF Det) – was commissioned at Birinin Gwari in Kaduna State in May 2019, to complement the 207 Quick Response Group (QRG) established in Gusau, Zamfara State, in 2017.

NIGERIAN POLICE:

Between January 2019 and the 1st week of May, 2019, a total of 270 suspected kidnappers, 275 suspected armed robbers, were arrested and 105 assorted weapons plus a large cache of ammunition recovered by the Nigerian Police within the states of the North West and North Central Nigeria.

● April 5- The Nigerian Police launched ‘Operation Puff Adder’, a multi-agency strategy, in collaboration with the Nigerian Armed Forces and the Department of State Services (DSS), tailored towards ridding the Kaduna – Abuja Expressway, Kogi, Katsina, Niger and Zamfara states of all forms of crimes and criminality- kidnapping, armed robbery, cattle rustling, amongst others.

● April 9- Police operatives attached to ‘Operation Puff Adder’ arrested three notorious criminals involved in the kidnap of Channels Television’s staff, Mr. Friday Okeregbe- Hanniel Patrick, Abdulwahab Isah and Salisu Mohammed.

● April 10- Officers of the ‘Operation Puff Adder’ killed nine notorious criminals on the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway. 6 Ak47 Rifles, 1 Pump Action Gun, 1,206 Rounds of Ak47 Ammunition, 7 Magazines, 28 Cartridges And 158 Expended Shells were recovered from the criminals.

● April 16- Operatives attached to ‘Operation Puff Adder’ arrested one Mallam Salisu Abubakar, 48yrs old, a native of Dutsinma LGA, Katsina State. The Mallam, is a self-confessed spiritual father of kidnappers terrorizing Abuja-Kaduna expressway and parts of other North-West/North-Central states.

● Following the arrest of the kidnappers’ ‘spiritual father’, Police detectives attached to ‘Operation Puff Adder’, arrested 18 notorious kidnappers and armed robbers at different times and places across the country. A total of twenty- two (22) AK 47 rifles, five (5) locally fabricated pistols and a cache of live ammunition were recovered from the bandits.

● May 5- Operatives from ‘Operation Puff Adder’ rescued unhurt 27 kidnap victims including 5 Chinese nationals. The Chinese citizens who were earlier kidnapped on 15th April, 2019 in Bobi, Niger State, were safely and successfully rescued from a forest in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State, following painstaking investigative efforts, including both air and ground surveillance. Two of the kidnappers died from injuries sustained during exchange of gun fire with the Police in the course of the rescue mission. Twenty-two other kidnap victims were rescued in Zamfara State and other parts of the country.

NIGERIAN ARMY:

● 8 January – The Army flagged off ‘Exercise EGWU EKE III’ in 8 Division Nigerian Army’s area of responsibility at 1 Battalion, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State.

● 2 February- Troops of 8 Division of the Nigerian Army on ‘Exercise EGWU EKE III’, in conjunction with other security agencies recovered dangerous weapons from criminals and political thugs in Sokoto State. This has really contributed immensely to a peaceful security situation in the state.

● 15 March- Troops of 72 Special Forces Makurdi, deployed at Yelwata, in Guma LGA, which is a border town between Benue and Nasarawa states, while on patrol along Yelwata-Kadarko road engaged armed robbers in a gun battle, which resulted in the elimination of one of the armed robbers, while others took to their heels. The suspects were dressed in military desert camouflage and robbing motorists along the road.

● 13 April- Troops conducting ‘Operation Sharan Daji’ in Zamfara State killed 23 bandits and arrested 18 suspected informants, cattle rustlers, kidnappers and logistics suppliers to armed criminals in the state.

● 20 April- Troops on Operation ‘HABIN KUNAMA III’, based on credible intelligence about bandits’ movements in Kirsa and Sunke in Anka LGA, Zamfara State, continued with the clearance operation into the hinterland to clear the brigands, arresting 18 informants and recovering arms and motorcycles.

● 22 April- Troops of 72 Special Forces (SF) Battalion Makurdi deployed for internal security operation in Katsina-Ala LGA, Benue State, averted a terrible clash between two Tiv clans-Shitile and Ikyora in the early hours of that day. They exterminated 5 mercenaries, recovered arms and ammunition.

● May 8- A patrol team of 1 Division of the Nigerian Army raided a bandits’ den at Gonan Bature East of Rijana and Kasarami farm house in Chikun LGA, Kaduna State. The abandoned Kasarami farm house was reportedly forcefully occupied by criminals and had been used as a shelter and a place where victims of kidnapping were kept.

● May 8- Troops on Exercise ‘HARBIN KUNAMA III’ arrested a notorious logistics supplier for bandits crouching between Jibia-Batsari axis -one Marwana Abubakar was arrested at Kwashabawa village in Jibia LGA, Katsina State.

● May 8- Troops of 311 Artillery Regiment successfully conducted a raid operation on a suspected facility in Kontagora township, Niger State. During the raid, some weapons were discovered and recovered.

NIGERIAN AIR FORCE:

● 19 January- The Nigerian Air Force deployed a fighter aircraft, along with support equipment, and a detachment of Special Forces (SF) personnel to Sokoto to further boost anti-banditry operations in Northwest Nigeria under ‘Operation DIRAN MIKIYA’. The deployment is aimed at adding value to the efforts to deal with the spate of insecurity in some parts of Sokoto State and the border areas between Zamfara and Sokoto States.

● 7 February- The Air Task Force (ATF) of ‘Operation DIRAN MIKIYA’ intensified the bombardment of armed bandits’ hideouts in Zamfara State and environs, after several camps being used by the bandits to launch attacks against innocent civilians were identified.

● 21 February- The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) provided a mobile Jet A-1 fuelling facility to enable the refuelling of NAF Helicopters that would operate out of the 23 Quick Response Wing (23 QRW) Nguroje. This will further enhance security on the Mambilla Plateau.

● 12 March- In continuation of efforts to enhance security in Kaduna State and its environs, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), working with other security agencies, intensified aerial surveillance over identified hotspots and flashpoints in the state while sustaining its air patrol along the Abuja-Kaduna Highway. Some of the areas covered in the surveillance missions include Gonin Gora, Kajuru, Kujama, Kasuwar Maganin and surrounding settlements.

● 31 March- A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Special Forces (SF) Team operating in Zamfara State successfully repelled attacks by armed bandits who attempted to invade Hayin Mahe and Hayin Kanawa Villages in Gusau Local Government Area.

● 8 April- The Air Task Force (ATF) for ‘Operation DIRAN MIKIYA’ renewed air offensive against armed bandits in Zamfara State and its environs. The air strikes are aimed at flushing out the bandits from their hideouts in Sububu, Rugu and Kagara Forests, amongst others, whilst ensuring the protection of the lives and properties of citizens in Northwest Nigeria.

● 9 April- The Air Task Force (ATF), ‘Operation DIRAN MIKIYA’ neutralized dozens of armed bandits in Sector 2 Area of Operation in Zamfara State and also supported surface forces to move into the attacked areas to mop-up the fleeing survivors and recover their weapons. Some of the bandits fled across the border into Niger Republic.

● 13 April- The Air Task Force (ATF) for ‘Operation DIRAN MIKIYA’ destroyed some logistics stores belonging to bandits at a location within Kagara Forest, Zamfara State. Some of the armed bandits who had fled their camps as a result of NAF’s earlier air strikes had relocated some logistics items, including fuel, motorcycles and local arms-making equipment, to another location within Kagara Forest.

● 16 April- In response to reports that high profile armed bandits were gathering around Rafi and Doka villages of Mada District in Gusau Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara State, which is under the Area of Responsibility (AOR) of the 207 Quick Response Group (207 QRG), a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Special Forces (SF) Team was dispatched to the area to secure the 2 settlements.

● 22 April- The Air Task Force (ATF) for ‘Operation DIRAN MIKIYA’ neutralized about 10 armed bandits at Sububu Forest area in Zamfara State. This was achieved while the ATF was responding to a request for close air support by ground troops of Sector 7 Area of Responsibility of Operation SHARAN DAJI, who had come into contact with armed bandits in Shinkafi Local Government Area (LGA).

● 4 May- NAF commissioned the 271 Nigerian Air Force Detachment (271 NAF Det) at Birinin Gwari in Kaduna State. The Detachment was established to serve as support Base and a blocking force for troops in Operations DIRAN MIKIYA and SHARAN DAJI.

It is the constitutional duty and responsibility of government to safeguard lives and properties. The Buhari administration remains committed to this, and despite recent spikes in the spate of crime and criminality, the evildoers will be beaten, and badly, too. The ravening clouds can never be victorious. Soon, they shall no longer possess the sky.”

‘Can They Now Swallow Their Words?’ Presidency Mocks Opposition As Buhari Returns

 

The presidency has asked political opponents and all those who said President Buhari’s trip to London was for hospitalization, to swallow their words.

In a statement on Sunday, the Presidency through Femi Adesina, said President Buhari’s return after ten days in London, has put to rest all speculations suggesting that he was sick.

Adesina’s statement further added that the reports which said the president would extend his visit has also been proven as fake, adding that all those reports were vain imaginations of those he called “apostles of evil”.

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Below is the full statement by Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the President.

“PRESIDENT BUHARI RETURNS: CAN THEY NOW SWALLOW THEIR WORDS?

President Muhammadu Buhari Sunday returned to Abuja, after a 10-day private visit to the United Kingdom.

Some reckless online media, irresponsible political opposition, and other bilious groups and individuals had gone on overdrive since the President left the country on April 25, insinuating that he was going for hospitalization, and would not return after 10 days as stated.

In their vain imaginations, they even stated that fictive doctors have advised President Buhari to stay longer for more intensive care.

Now that the President has returned, can these apostles of evil imaginings swallow their words? Can they retract their tendentious stories as well as press statements, and apologize to millions of Nigerians both at home and in the Diaspora that they have fed with hogwash?

Few days after the celebration of World Press Freedom Day, we daresay that this valuable freedom does not tantamount to liberty to mislead and hoodwink the populace through concocted and jejune publications.

The Buhari administration will always respect and uphold press freedom, but the onus lies on those prone to passing off fiction as facts, to remember that freedom demands concomitant responsibility. Those who further share and disseminate falsehood are also encouraged to embrace responsible conduct.”