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.

Respond To Every Invitation For Negotiation, Boss Mustapha Urges NARD

Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC), Boss Mustapha, and others holding a book at the launch of the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination on August 16, 2021. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha has urged striking resident doctors to accept every invitation for negotiation with the Federal Government.

Boss Mustapha made the call on Monday while flagging off the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination at the Federal Medical Centre in Jabi, Abuja.

The SGF called on the medical practitioners to give the ongoing industrial action a rethink.

“Respond to every invitation for negotiation and discussion to bring to an end the continuous strike action that is affecting the health administration infrastructure,” the SGF said in his appeal to members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).

As the country begins the second phase of vaccination, Mustapha who doubles as Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, said vaccines have proven to be the game-changer in Nigeria’s response to the virus.

According to him, the vaccines are “our only hope out of COVID-19”.

Senator Ibrahim Olororiegbe who also spoke at the event appealed to the striking doctors to embrace moves for negotiation.

The lawmaker and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health said human resources is a big challenge in Nigeria, noting that the money the doctors are requesting has already been provided and is being processed.


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An unhealthy battle

The Director-General of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, and others watch as a man takes the COVID-19 vaccine on August 16, 2021. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

While the nation fights the deadly virus, the raging battle between the aggrieved resident doctors and the government has continued to threaten Nigeria’s health sector.

About a fortnight ago, the doctors embarked on an indefinite strike over irregularities and salaries owed housing officers. They claimed that the Federal Government has been mute since the commencement of the industrial action.

The situation seems to be deteriorating. NARD and the Minister of Labour Dr Chris Ngige have so far not reached a consensus, raising concerns among Nigerians that the strike may linger for a while.

Ngige had recently threatened to replace the striking resident doctors if they refused to return to work.

According to the Minister, an employer has a right to replace an employee who abandons their duties, especially as it pertains to essential services.

“He will also withdraw your money and use it to pay those he has acquired during the period you were away,” he said.

But in a swift rebuttal, NARD President Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, said the people who deserve to resign or be sacked from their duties are those who have put the doctors in a position where they have to embark on industrial actions to drive home their demands.

Okhuaihesuyi asked Nigerians to “tell those that are the cause of the strike and have not done their work that they should be sacked or resign from the positions they hold”.

While the government seeks to pacify the resident doctors, the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has threatened to join the strike if their colleagues are not paid their wages.

Sule Lamido Remanded In Prison Pending Bail Application

sule_lamidoA Federal Court sitting in Kano State, Nigeria’s Northwest region has ordered a former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, his two sons, Aminu and Mustapha, who were accused of fraud, to be remanded in Kano prison till September 28.

The former governor was arraigned today (Thursday) alongside his children for allegedly receiving N1.351 billion kickback from a government contractor.

The presiding judge, Justice Evelyn Anyadike ruled that the four accused persons be remanded in a Kano prison custody because the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said they lacked enough facilities to accommodate them.

Rejecting the pleas of defense Counsel, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, (SAN) Mr. Effiong Effiong, Justice Anyadike ruled that the accused be kept at EFCC custody, saying the commission had complained of inadequate Facilities.

Earlier, the defense Counsel, Mr. Effiong had argued that remanding the accused persons in prison will amount to trampling on their fundamental human rights.

The trial for the Lamidos is fixed for September 28, for hearing.

Channels Television also gathered that the court was besieged by supporters of the former governor who chanted songs in his support.

The police are reported to have fired tear gas canisters into the air after an altercation ensued between supporters of the former governor and the police.