Sponsors Of Boko Haram, Bandits Are The Problems – The Week In Quotes

 

Security issues continue to dominate the news in Nigeria and across the world. The passing week had its fair share of security-related matters making the rounds, with the attack on Nigeria’s Defence Academy stirring many questions.

Having examined the stories published in the course of the passing week, here are the top quotes that best relay the tone and mood of most of what transpired within the week in focus.

1. “The security architecture of the Nigerian Defence Academy was compromised early this morning by unknown gunmen.”

A front view of the NDA Headquarters in Kaduna State.

 

NDA spokesman Major Bashir Muhd Jajira confirms the attack on the academy.

2. “We must compromise somebody, either through blackmail or through incentives – maybe we give money; or we try to indoctrinate that person. We can’t succeed without an inside person.”

Commodore Olawunmi believes the Nigerian government is not sincere in the fight against Boko Haram.

 

Former Nigerian Navy Commodore, Kunle Olawunmi, says the bandits who attacked the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) on Tuesday did so with help of at least one insider.

3. “Nigeria will continue to exist because the cost for us for Nigeria not to continue to exist is much more than the cost for us to make Nigeria continue to exist.”

A file photo of former President Olusegun Obasanjo
A file photo of former President Olusegun Obasanjo

 

Despite calls for secession, former President Olusegun Obasanjo says Nigeria will continue to exist as a nation.

4. “Today, based on our dialogue and reconciliation, we used the repentant bandits to secure the release of these students.”

A file photo of Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle.

 

Governor Bello Matawalle, speaks on how students released from the den of their captors were released through the help of some repentant bandits.

5. “He sorely will be missed”

Sir Victor Uwaifo was a multi-talented musician was also a songwriter, sculptor and professor.
Sir Victor Uwaifo was a multi-talented musician, songwriter, sculptor, and professor.

 

Buhari condoles the family and friends of the legendary musician, Sir Victor Uwaifo.

6.“One thing I know is that the intelligence community is solid in this country but what impedes them in carrying out some of the jobs they want to do is politics, politicians because when you mix with politics security, then it becomes a big problem.”

A former Deputy Director, Department of State Services, Dennis Amachree speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on August 27, 2021.

 

Former Deputy Director, Department of State Services, Dennis Amachree, identifies politics as a factor hindering security agencies from effectively performing their jobs.

7. The situation in Nigeria today calls for the deepening of political and religious collaboration at all times.”

A file photo of Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.
A file photo of Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.

 

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha believes Nigeria’s current security challenges call for deeper collaboration between political and religious leaders in the country.

8. “So why is this President obsessing about something which is being rejected right, left and centre?”

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka speaks to the press on August 27, 2021. Seun Okinbaloye/Channels Television
Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka speaks to the press on August 27, 2021. Seun Okinbaloye/Channels Television

 

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka criticises ongoing plans by the Federal Government to reopen grazing routes across the country.

9. “Despite the divisive rhetoric of demagogues and the utterances of those who profit from disharmony, Nigerians do not hate each other.”

A file photo of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says despite the activities of those with a divisive agenda, Nigeria will prevail over her tribulations due to the resilience, faith, hope, and strength of its people.

10. “Everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester.”

 

Manchester United announce they have reached a deal to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus, 12 years after he left Old Trafford for Real Madrid.

11. “To those who carried out this attack as well as anyone who wishes America harm, know this: We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay.”

US President Joe Biden delivers remarks about the situation in Afghanistan in the East Room of the White House on August 16, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP)

 

US President Joe Biden pledges to hunt down the perpetrators of the suicide bombings that killed 12 American troops in Kabul and said the United States will not be deterred from its mission to evacuate thousands of civilians from Afghanistan.

12. “Unfortunately, we have recorded severe recalcitrance on the part of the public, which has led to the higher infection rates that we are now recording.”

A file photo of one of the COVID-19 treatment facilities in Lagos State. Photo: [email protected]

 

A dismayed Lagos State Governor reveals that the emergence of the third wave in the metropolis is based on the non-adherence to the laid-down health protocols designed to mitigate the pandemic.

13. “PDP and Secondus are not afraid of court; this party is a child of history, owned by Nigerians, bigger than any individual or group, including desperadoes.”

A combination of file photos of the PDP logo and Mr Uche Secondus

 

Through his lawyers, Mr. Uche Secondus responds to a court order restraining him from acting as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

14. “So many scenarios are being created though, could this be a criminal act to violate the sanctity of that military institution? Was it an opportunistic crime?”

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, speaks on the security challenges in the country on August 25, 2020.

 

Barely 24 hours after gunmen attacked the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna State, Mr. Garba Shehu says the intention of the attackers should not be ruled, adding that it might be political.

15. “I was attacked more than 40, 50 times.”

A file photo of Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum. Photo: [email protected]

 

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, says he has survived many attacks numbering over 40 by insurgents in the state.

16. “This is the time for patriots and people of goodwill to support and encourage those who are in the vanguard of the battle against wickedness in the land”.

President Muhammadu Buhari presides over the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja on August 18, 2021.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari says Tuesday’s attack on the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), rather than dampen the morale of the Armed Forces, will buoy them to end criminality in the country.

17. “Nigerians do not deserve to go through this form of harrowing experience.”

A file photo of members of the House of Representatives attend a plenary at the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja on November 24, 2020.

 

Members of the Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives say Nigerians do not deserve the torment which has become their plight in recent times.

 

18. “Things are not getting better. I have said it and will say it again and again until we see that yes; things are getting better.”

File photo of the Sultan of Sokoto.

 

Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar again expresses concern over the level of insecurity in the country, adding that it has worsened.

 

19. “They [government] know. Of course, it is in the news.”

Commodore Olawunmi believes the Nigerian government is not sincere in the fight against Boko Haram.

Commodore Olawunmi hints that the Nigerian government knows those behind the decade-long Boko Haram insurgency in the country.

That’s it for our top quotes this week, do stay reading as we bring more your way in the coming week.

31 Inmates Of Kano Correctional Centre Regain Freedom

A map of Kano state in northern Nigeria.-Kanooooo
A map of Kano, a state in north-west Nigeria.

 

The Federal Government has released no fewer than 31 inmates from the Nigerian Correctional Centre in Kano State.

Spokesman of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, disclosed this in a statement issued on Sunday.

He said the release of the inmates was facilitated by the Presidential Committee on Correctional Centres Reform and Decongestion during their visit to the Kano Correctional Center.

“The Committee was in Kano for an on-the-spot assessment of conditions of Correctional Centres and inmates with a view to making payment of fines for inmates who were convicted of minor offences with the option of fines but unable to pay the fines as well as a general review of peculiar cases,” the statement read.

Giving the breakdown of the figures, Gwandu said 19 inmates were released through payment of fines by the Federal Ministry of Justice, three regained freedom through payment of fines by the Buni Yadi Foundation and an additional two after Policy Vault Africa made payment.

Similarly, seven more inmates were released due to old age.

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One of the inmates was granted a State Pardon by Rahama Husseini by Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

The governor promised that the state government will support her rehabilitation.

Husseini found her way in prison in 2015 after a struggle with her husband which led to his unfortunate death.

“The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) brought to the attention of the chairman Hon. (Dr.) Justice I. U Bello(Rtd), the case of Rahama Husseini.

“In 2015, Rahama said to be fourteen (14) years at the time, was alleged to have been forcibly married off by her father and three days after, whilst her husband attempted to consummate the marriage, a struggle ensued which led to his unfortunate death,” the statement added.

Representatives of UNODC and Buni Yadi Foundation were also present to lend their voice and support for Rahama’s release.

The Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, had on October 30, 2017, constituted and inaugurated the Presidential Committee on Correctional Reforms and Decongestion.

Over 10,000 inmates have been released through the Committee.

 

Buhari Arrives In Kano For Son’s Wedding

President Muhammadu Buhari presided over a Virtual Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Kano-Katsina-Jibya-Maradi with a branch line to Dutse Railway Project in State House on February 9. 2021.
File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Kano for the wedding ceremony of his son, Yusuf Buhari.

Yusuf is getting married to Zahra Bayero, the daughter of Nasiru Ado Bayero, the Emir of Bichi in Kano State and the wedding will take place in the Emirate on Friday.

The Vice president, Yemi Osinbajo and former President Goodluck Jonathan have also arrived at the palace for the wedding.

While he was away in the UK, President Buhari’s representatives had sought the consent of the Emir’s family for their daughter’s hand in marriage.

 

Having obtained consent on behalf of the First Family, the date was picked for the wedding.

Prior to his arrival, the president had visited Yola in Adamawa State to condole with the government and people of the state over the death of former permanent secretary and an elder statesman, Ahmed Joda.

Kano Govt Denies Plan To Ban Women From Driving

File photo of Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje at the Government House

 

The Kano State Government has denied plans to ban women from driving automobiles, amid reports trending on social media.

Some yet-to be verified reports claimed that the state government in collaboration with the state’s Council of Ulama have concluded plans to send the bill prohibiting women from driving, to the House of Assembly.

But making the clarification via a statement issued on Thursday, the State Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, said the government had at no time contemplated on such a matter.

Garba dismissed the report, saying it cannot be traced to any credible news platform.

“The trending story lacks any credibility and that is why it is wholly attributed to a source that cannot be substantiated,” the commissioner said.

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According to him, the report which could not be traced to any credible source, was nothing but the imaginary thinking of the authors.

Garba noted that Saudi Arabia which had for decades restricted women from driving, lifted the ban in 2018.

See the full statement issued by the Commissioner below:

Kano rebuts trending story on women driving ban

Kano state government has described as fallacious a trending story on social media platforms on a purported plan to officially disallow women regardless of any faith from getting behind the wheel.

The state commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba who made the clarification in a statement issued on Thursday, said government had at no time contemplate on the matter.

He said the story, which could not be traced to any credible source, was nothing but the imaginary thinking of the authors.

“The trending story lacks any credibility and that is why it is wholly attributed to a source that cannot be substantiated,’’ it added.

Malam Garba pointed out that if at all there was such plan, the state government does not have to be involved in any secretive meeting to decide on a critical issue that has to do its teeming populace.

The commissioner stated further that even Saudi Arabia which for decades had laws that sanctioned women from driving has, after all, lifted the ban in 2018.

He said it was interesting that some of the scholars quoted to have supported the alleged ban have already dissociated themselves from the story.

MALAM MUHMMAD GARBA

Hon. Commissioner for Information, Kano State

Kano Is Home To All Nigerians –  Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo speaks during the coronation of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano State on July 3, 2021. Photo: State House.

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday said Kano State is home to all Nigerians and a place where they can co-exist peacefully regardless of differences.

Osinbajo stated this in Kano during the coronation of Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero as the 15th Emir of Kano, where he represented President Muhammadu Buhari.

The event which drew dignitaries from far and wide featured, besides the administration of the oath, and the formal presentation of the Staff of Office to the Emir, traditional rites, prayers, recitals and speeches.

While conveying the President’s warm felicitations and personal good wishes to the State government and people of Kano, Osinbajo described the coronation as ‘historic’, while noting that Kano is revered as a major commercial and economic centre in sub-Saharan Africa.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo addresses the crowd during the coronation of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano State on July 3, 2021. Photo: State House.

 

“We are all proud of this city; proud of its legacy of tolerance and warmth and very proud that it indeed remains home to all and for all Nigerians, regardless of tribe and ethnicity, and the melting pot of diverse tribes and cultures assimilated into a robust, vibrant and cohesive whole,” he said.

“It is only the tolerance of the culture of Kano, where opposite ideas can co-exist peacefully, that you could have a thriving free-market economy, with several millionaires and yet also be the base of the radical left of Centre political ideas.  This is after all the city of the socialist man of the masses, Mallam Aminu Kano, and many of his disciples.  Kano is also the home of the richest man in Africa, Alhaji Aliko Dangote.”

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Congratulating the Emir of Kano on his coronation, the Vice President said: “Your Royal Highness, it is this great city over which God has given you the good fortune of being Monarch, a privilege which you know comes with the obligation of preserving these rich traditions of the brotherhood of all tribes and tongues.

Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje presents the Staff of Office to the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero during his coronation at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano State on July 3, 2021. Photo: State House.

 

“You inherit not only one of the most revered thrones in Africa, but on a more personal level, your great father was known for his wisdom, courage and integrity. He loved his people and served them with honor and complete commitment. You have a goodly heritage but a particularly difficult act to follow. But we are confident that by the grace of God you will exceed the reputation of your illustrious forebears.

“So today, as you ascend the throne of your fathers, carrying with you the love and trust of your people, I can only offer you a prayer: I pray that this land will prosper in your reign, I pray that the Almighty God will be merciful to you and to the people of this land and that his hand will be upon you to guide and direct you daily. Your family and tribe will increase, your days will be long, and as your days so shall your strength, your wisdom and your favour with God in Jesus name. Amen.”

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo speaks to the new Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero during his coronation at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano State on July 3, 2021. Photo: State House.

 

Osinbajo also congratulated Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje for “midwifing a generational change of guards that only a few will experience in their lifetimes,” adding that “the swearing-in and handing over of the Staff of Office to the new Emir of Kano is in fulfillment of the extant law and practice of the installation of Emirs.”

The event was attended by the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan; Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari; governors of Katsina, Aminu Bello Masari; Kebbi, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu; Bauchi, Bala Mohammed; Jigawa, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar; Kogi, Yahaya Bello; Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal; Zamfara, Bello Matawalle.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje and the new Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero pose for a group photograph during the coronation at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano State on July 3, 2021. Photo: State House.

 

Also present were the Ministers of Aviation, Hadi Sirika; Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi (Retd.); and Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono; as well as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Abubakar III, and other traditional rulers.

Buhari Lauds Late Ado Bayero As Son Wears Emir Of Kano Crown

Emir Ado Bayero is the 15th Emir of Kano.
Emir Ado Bayero is the 15th Emir of Kano.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, describing him as a man of remarkable culture and principles, who staked his own life at several junctures in the defence of his people.

Buhari also shared some memories and anecdotes of his interactions with the late Emir whom he said was his friend, asking the new Emir, Aminu Ado Bayero to copy the example of his father.

“I remember with nostalgia, the passion and commitment he always exhibited in pursuit of any cause he believed in, a distinctive character that almost cost him his life prematurely on January 19th, 2013 because of his vociferous stand against Boko Haram terrorists,” the President said via his Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.

The President expressed his belief in Aminu Ado Bayero, saying, “I have confidence that you would exhibit such leadership qualities and much more as you have demonstrated in the few months of your Emirship.”

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In the letter as delivered to the new Emir, President Buhari extended “deep and wholehearted congratulations to you for your ascension to the throne of you fore-fathers as the 15th Fulani Emir of Kano from Sullubawa Clan, culminating in a well-deserved installation scheduled to take place on Saturday, 3rd July 2021.”

He added that “Your turbaning is providential because it is happening at a time in the history of our country when prevailing social and political conditions resonate with the ascension to the throne of my friend, your late father, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero. May his soul Rest In Peace.”

The President prayed for the success of the Emir, saying he looked forward to his contributions to uplifting the people of Kano Emirate in particular and the nation in general, assuring him of his “total support for you to leave a sustainable legacy.”

Those that represented the President included the Chief of Staff, Ministers of Defense, Major General Bashir Magashi (Rtd); Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono; Water Resources, Engineer Sulaiman Adamu; Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, as well as the Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity), Garba Shehu and Yusuf Buhari, the president’s son.

Troops Arrest 13 Suspected Boko Haram Terrorists In Kano

A file photo of soldiers on a military vehicle. Photo: Channels Television/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Thirteen suspected Boko Haram terrorists have been apprehended around Filin Lazio in the Hotoro axis of Kano State, authorities said on Sunday.

The suspects were arrested by troops of 3 Brigade of the Nigerian Army during an operation in the north-west region of the country.

Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, who is the Director of Army Public Relations, explained that the operation conducted on Saturday was part of ongoing efforts to flush out all forms of criminality within the area of responsibility.

According to him, the ongoing operations are predicated on the need to apprehend criminals who may want to hibernate in any part of Kano.

The army spokesman called on the people of the state, especially the residents of Filin Lazio to go about their lawful businesses without fear.

He assured them that the security forces were working relentlessly to ensure the security of the lives of residents and their properties.

Brigadier General Yerima, however, asked the people to keep a high level of vigilance and continue to report any suspected movement of strange persons or groups in their environment to the relevant security agencies for prompt action.

Attacks by Boko Haram terrorists spanning more than a decade have left thousands killed and millions displaced in the North East.

Known for the deadly attacks majorly in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa States in the past, the insurgents have renewed their activities recently.

These include the takeover of some communities in Yobe State, with fears that they may be working to expand their operations to other regions in the country.

On April 26, Governor Abubakar Bello confirmed that Boko Haram insurgents have hoisted their flag in Kauri community in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.

He confirmed the presence of the insurgents in the community to reporters, lamenting that they may be strategising to make Kauri their stronghold just as they did to Sambisa forest in Borno.

According to the governor, the situation is critical and it is time for well-coordinated actions in order to address the problem of insurgency in the country.

NDLEA Seizes Heroin Worth N10bn In Lagos, Kano Airports

A file photo of an official of the NDLEA backing the camera.

 

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano have intercepted and seized consignments of heroin and khat with a value of over N10 billion.

At the MMIA, Lagos, during cargo examination at SAHCO Import Shed, a freight agent had presented a cargo from South Africa with an Ethiopian Airline ET 3901 Airway Bill no: 071-40689003 for examination before NDLEA operatives attached to the beat. The officers subsequently conducted a search of the cargo during which a suspected brownish substance was discovered concealed inside a red bag popularly called “Ghana-must-go”.

During a preliminary interview of the suspect, it was gathered that another freight agent sub-contracted the clearing job to him and eventually six suspects have so far been arrested in follow-up operations, while the substance had tested positive to heroin with a total weight of 24.05kg.

Another consignment in the consolidated cargo has also proved to be methamphetamine with a weight of 1.25kg, bringing the total weight of illicit drugs seized in the cargo to 25. 3kg. Though the cargo arrived at the airport on the evening of 16th April, properly searched the following day, 17th, follow-up operations leading to a number of arrests lasted till the weekend.

According to the Commander, MMIA Command of the Agency, Ahmadu Garba, “the heroin and methamphetamine consignments were tagged in different names to deceive our officers but we still uncovered them and neutralised their plot.”

In a similar development, the MAKIA Command of the Agency in Kano has intercepted and seized a consignment meant for export to Manchester, the United Kingdom at its Cargo shed. A sample of the suspected substance in the consignment was sent for laboratory analysis, the result of which came out positive to khat, weighing 36kg. This brings the total weight of illicit drugs seized at the two international airports to 61.3kg.

Mohammed Ajiya, the Ag. Commander, MAKIA Command, said further investigations still ongoing to ascertain the true owners of the illegal consignment.

Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA on Sunday 25th April 2021 commended the officers and men of the Lagos and Kano airports Commands of the Agency for not allowing the illicit substances to escape their watch either into Nigeria or foreign jurisdictions.

He assured them that he would continue to do his best to improve their welfare and take the anti-drug law enforcement agency to an enviable height.

Fire Guts INEC Data Processing Unit In Kano

The Kano State Office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was on Tuesday gutted by fire.

The data processing unit was burnt down to ashes while the main building is still intact as men of the Fire Service tried to put the fire out.

Men of the Fire Service put out the fire at the INEC office in Kano

Although the cause of the fire has not been ascertained.

A staff of the commission assured that all hope is not lost as the burnt data can be retrieved from the national headquarters in Abuja.

An investigation is still ongoing to know the cause of fire and measures taken to forestall a repeat of such incident.

A photo of a burnt section

10 Confirmed Killed In Boko Haram’s Latest Attack On Damasak

 

Ten civilians have been confirmed killed in Tuesday night’s attack on Damasak, the headquarters of the Mobbar Local Government of Borno State.

This is according to the Chairman of the local government, Mustapha Bako Kolo.

An unspecified number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were also injured during the attack, according to Kolo.

Although sources say fighters of the Islamic State West Africa Province met stiff resistance from the Nigerian Army who were supported by the Airforce, the encounter left many civilians injured.

According to sources, the terror group stormed the area in over a dozen gun trucks and could be seen heading towards the Army base in Damasak, as residents were forced to flee for safety.

Last night’s attack on Damasak is the second within the week.

The insurgents had shared a video of their weekend attack on Damasak town during which they burnt UN buildings and food storehouses.

As of the time of filing this report, an official statement from the military was yet to be released.

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Nigeria’s military has struggled to end a jihadist insurgency in the northeast for more than a decade, with two million people displaced from the homes by fighting.

The latest attack prompted residents to flee towards the border.

“The locals are currently relocating to Niger Republic due to state of insecurity in the town,” said the military officer, who asked not to be identified.

Many residents had fled the town towards the regional capital Maiduguri or into the town of Diffa across the Niger border following three previous attacks, but other residents decided to stay back.

On Wednesday, residents who remained left the town across the border when militants in several trucks fitted with machine guns engaged troops in a fight outside the military base in an attempt to overrun it.

“This is the situation we found ourselves again, as you can see now we are going to take refuge in another country that is not even our own,” a resident said in a video clip sent to AFP by sources.

In the recording, hundreds of residents are seen on foot and on donkeys moving along a winding bush path with personal effects.

Jihadist warning

The fleeing residents wanted to seek refuge in nearby Gamari village across the border but were told that the jihadists had warned the villagers not to host anyone from Damasak.

“The insurgents went to Gamari last night (Tuesday) and gathered the people and warned them not to accept any humanitarian aid from NGOs and not to accommodate anyone from Damasak,” said another Damasak resident.

“The only option left to us is to go to Diffa where most of our kinsmen fled to in the past two days,” the resident said.

Meanwhile, fighting between the jihadists and troops was continuing around the base, said the resident and the military officer.

The insurgents had attacked the town on Saturday and Tuesday, causing the destruction of humanitarian facilities and at least four deaths, including a soldier.

Late on Tuesday, the jihadists stormed Damasak, burning a divisional police station after a failed attempt to raid the base, residents and military sources said.

Damasak has repeatedly been targeted by ISWAP militants who have made several failed attempts to overrun a military outpost outside the town.

ISWAP, which split from the jihadist group Boko Haram in 2016, has become a dominant threat in Nigeria, attacking soldiers and bases while killing and kidnapping passengers at fake checkpoints.

Nigeria’s 12-year-old jihadist conflict has killed 36,000 people and forced around two million more to flee their homes to escape fighting.

Colloquium: I Chose Kano To Prove Yoruba, Fulani Can Live In Peace – Tinubu

 

 

Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said that the choice of Kano State as a venue for his 12th colloquium is to establish the fact that the Fulanis and Yoruba people can co-exist in love and peace. 

Speaking at the event which also marks his 69th birthday, the political stalwart said his choice of Kano as a celebration venue stems from a longing to unite the two ethnic groups.

While addressing the crowd in Kano, Tinubu said Nigeria at this critical time needs such a move as his, to see if other people “will have peace of conscience and live in harmony and be lovely to one another”.

He said Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and himself are trying to show to Nigerians that some of the agitations rocking the country at this time are misplaced.

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“If we can encourage support to go and spend a couple of days with my brother an in-law in Kano and demonstrate that he has not quarreled with me, he has not seceded from Nigeria, I didn’t need a passport or visa to get to Kano, maybe others will have peace of conscience, live in peace and harmony and be loving to one another. That is what Ganduje and I are showing to Nigerians and that is the purpose of this colloquium end of the story.”

“All of you here should thank Ganduje for what we have been able to show Nigerians together. That a Fulani man and a Yoruba man can show the entire nation that in harmony, we can show Nigerians that perseverance creates understanding. It is a common blood that flows through our veins,” the former governor stated.

Ganduje Receives COVID-19 Vaccine

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, takes the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine jab at the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital in Kano on March 11, 2021.

 

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Thursday received his first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine at the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital in Kano.

The vaccine was administered to him by his personal physician, Dr Fakhraddeen Muhammad, in the presence of some members of the State Executive Council, representatives of the Kano Emirate, and some frontline health workers, among others.

Governor Ganduje registered officially for the vaccine before his personal physician administered it to him.

He called on the residents of the state to cooperate with health officials in the course of exercise.

The governor gave an assurance that the state government would not relent in making sure that COVID-19 was adequately tamed in the state.

In his brief remarks, the Commissioner for Health in Kano, Dr Ibrahim Tsanyawa, thanked the governor for the investment of his administration in the fight against COVID-19 in the state.

“Sir, we are very grateful that you provided many things needed in this area; we are glad for your good leadership in the fight against the pandemic,” Dr Tsanyawa told the governor.

He gave an assurance that the state Ministry of Health was ready for the vaccination exercise in the state.

“As His Excellency is having his vaccine now, it shows that the vaccine is safe and exclusively meant for the purpose it is provided for – that is to prevent people from contracting the pandemic.

“We want people to be aware that His Excellency, the governor, is taking the lead in the state,” the commissioner added.

The vaccination of the governor, which marks the beginning of the exercise in the state, comes two days after he held a series of sensitisation meetings with different sections of stakeholders, including the security agencies and healthcare professionals.

During the meetings, Governor Ganduje made it very clear that the state government would follow all possible strategies to ensure that the fight against the pandemic was stronger.

With the governor taking his vaccine, the exercise has commenced officially in Kano.