Buhari Congratulates President Issoufou Of Niger On His Re-Election

Mahamadou Issoufou President Niger Republic
President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger Republic

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has congratulated President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger Republic on his recent re-election.

A statement by Mr Femi Adesina, a spokesman for President Buhari, said the President extended his best wishes to President Issoufou and the people of Niger Republic after the peaceful elections.

“It bodes well for the progress of the country,” he said.

President Buhari also acknowledged an invitation to attend President Issoufou’s swearing-in for a new term in office, but regretted that he would be unable to attend due to his ongoing participation in the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC.

Wishing President Issoufou a successful new term in office, President Buhari expressed the hope that peace and progress would continue to prevail in Nigeria and Niger Republic.

Yobe APC Alleges PDP Planning Election Shift In North-East

APC Vs PDPThe Yobe State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has alleged that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is planning for a shift in the conduct of the general election in four north-east states of the country.

A statement issued by secretary of the chapter, Mr Abubakar Bakabe, states that “we are concerned with the phony plan by the PDP for a shift in the conduct of the general elections in Adamawa, Borno, Yobe and Gombe States from the rescheduled March 28th and 11th April, 2015.

According to Bakabe, the plot “is to pave way for the PDP to rig the election and augment their poor performances in other states, through the use of security forces to be massively deployed to the states”.

The statement also condemned the “ill-conceived plan for a serial rape of democracy in Nigeria, by sinking party that foresees ultimate failure in the forthcoming election and is therefore, afraid of facing Nigerians at the polls due to its failure in the last 15 years of leadership”.

It stated further that “We are also concerned with the hidden agenda contained in the heinous plan to intimidate, disenfranchise, and rig the election, reminiscent of what happened in the Ekiti States governorship election last year, through massive deployment of security forces to create an environment for rigging”

The party according to the statement, advises the PDP to refrain from this obnoxious, dangerous and undemocratic stand posing great threat to the democracy in Nigeria.

It reminded security agencies on the need to be highly professional, patriotic and to abide by the international best practices.

It also enjoined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other stakeholders not to be distracted by such “devilish, unpatriotic and undemocratic plans aimed at thwarting the smooth transition and successful conduct of the general election in Nigeria come 28th March and 11th April 2015”.

Shekau Threatens Mayhem During General Elections

Abubakar Shekau
Abubakar Shekau

Reports from foreign media, Al Jazeera and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) says the leader of the Islamist group, Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has threatened mayhem during Nigeria’s presidential election scheduled to hold on March 28.

Shekau, in a new video purportedly released by the group on Tuesday, that was obtained by US based SITE Intelligence Group, issued a warning to the Goodluck Jonathan’s government that next month’s elections would be disrupted with violence.

“Allah will not leave you to proceed with these elections even after us, because you are saying that authority is from people to people, which means that people should rule each other, but Allah says that the authority is only to him, only his rule is the one which applies on this land,” he said.

“And finally we say that these elections that you are planning to do, will not happen in peace, even if that costs us our lives,” Shekau added.

In the video message, titled “A message to the leaders of the disbelievers”, the contents of which Al Jazeera has not been able to independently verify, Shekau took aim at the leadership of regional countries who are co-ordinating efforts against the group.

“You are claiming that we don’t know how to fight, but we forced your forces to flee from their bases and we freed our imprisoned brothers from the prisons that you oppressed them in, only praise be to Allah.”

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had postponed the February 14 election by six weeks after consultations with security chiefs and political stakeholders.

The BBC reports that the 15-minute film was released via the group’s newly created Twitter account, prompting some analysts to question whether they had been influenced by Islamic State.

Four African Leaders Agree On Coordinated Military Forces To Fight Boko Haram

Goodluck Jonathan and Idriss Deby.The leaders of four African nations, Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Benin Republic have agreed to step up a command centre with additional battalion to fight the Islamist sect, Boko Haram.

The agreement was reached at a meeting held on Tuesday in Niamey, the capital of Niger Republic.

After the meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria and three other heads of state and a representative of Cameroon’s president the group said in a statement that the command centre for an already agreed-upon multinational force, led by a chief of staff, would be established by November 20.

Other leaders at the meeting were the President of Benin Republic, Thomas Boni Yayi, Niger President, Mahamadou Issoufou and Chad President Idriss Deby.

“The heads of state regrets the persistence of Boko Haram Islamic sect’s atrocious acts of terror on people and security forces in Nigeria and other neighbouring countries,” the statement read.

The leaders agreed to finalise the deployment of troops promised by member states to form the multinational force, to operate within their national borders, by the beginning of November.

Benin, Nigeria’s western neighbour whose border stretches from the Atlantic to the Sahel north, was asked to deploy a full military battalion to its border with Nigeria.

The terrorist group, Boko Haram, has carried out violent attacks mostly in three north-east states in Nigeria.

They are demanding for an Islamic State and an end to Western Education in the region. But in the past few months the group has progressed from bombings, raids and kidnappings that have led to the death of thousands to trying to seize territory in remote areas near Nigeria’s border with Cameroon.

The recent twist in their operations is believed to have been inspired by the similar moves by Sunni Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria.

The militants have also carried out incursions into Niger and Chad, and authorities fear the attacks will continue to spread if left unchecked.

The Niamey meeting is a follow-up to a May summit in Paris where the leaders promised to improve cooperation in the fight against Boko Haram after the group kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls and threatened to destabilise the wider region.