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Maduekwe, Bianca Ojukwu, Other Ambassadors Get Postings

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President Goodluck Jonathan


By Ahamefula Ogbu in Abuja


“Jonathan lists Nigerians’ protection, investment as priorities
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday presented letters of credence to 93 ambassadors whom he gave a marching order to protect Nigerians in their countries of posting as well as to attract more investment to Nigeria.
The president, at the occasion at State House, Abuja, witnessed by top government officials and family members of the new ambassadors, among others, reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to make Africa the centre piece of its foreign policy.
Among those that got their letters were Bianca, widow of Ikemba Nnewi, Chief Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu; former Foreign Affairs Minister, Chief Ojo Maduekwe; former Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Fidelia Akuabata Njeze; former Oyo State deputy governor, Alhaji Taofeek Arapaja; former State House Chief of Protocol, Alhaji Abdullahi Tijani and Presidential Liaison Officer, Mohammed Abubakar Waziri.
However, it was gathered that Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Professor Adebowale Adefuye; High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Senator Dalhatu Tafida; Ambassador to China, Alhaji Aminu Wali; and Nigeria’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Professor Joy Ogwu, will retain their positions.
Although 93 people were presented with their letters of credence yesterday, a list of the posting obtained by THISDAY showed that only 48 of them have been posted.
A presidency source said the 48 ambassadors were the first batch whose accreditation process had been completed following the receipt of letters of agreement from their host countries.
The source said the list also omitted names of those being posted out as deputy chiefs to Nigerian missions, who though are of ambassadorial rank, they do not require Letters of Agreement.
Jonathan, while handing over the letters of credence to the ambassadors, urged them to forge a common front and de-emphasise ethnic associations for the greater feeling of oneness.
He told them to give higher priority to promoting democracy and good governance while at the same time pursuing multilateral diplomacy to the benefit of Nigeria in an ever-changing world.
He said: “You are assuming office at a critical period in Nigeria’s developmental history. As you prepare to depart to your countries of accreditation, you must always bear in mind that our foreign policy must reflect the aspirations and priorities of a democratic Nigeria.
“Economic diplomacy and Africa remain at the centre of our foreign policy agenda. In this respect, your responsibility to attract investments into the country and open up markets for our local goods and services cannot be over emphasised.
“Defending the interests of Nigerians living and operating lawfully in your countries of accreditation must be seen as a primary assignment.
“Protecting their interest through greater and more efficient consular support is also a priority to which you must remain fully committed.
“Increasingly, the Diaspora is shaping the growth and development of nations. Ours should not be different. We have a vibrant Diaspora that you need to constantly engage with so that it can effectively support and make contributions to national development, especially in the areas of finance, ICT and intellectual property.”
Jonathan explained that he deliberately included more career diplomats in the posting to underscore the need to achieve excellence in diplomacy while ensuring the gains of such positions.
“Today, we live in an international environment that is characterised by rapid change, intense competition, and driven by knowledge and technology. It is an exciting world in which only the best succeed.
“In such an environment, only a dynamic, confident and proactive foreign service can effectively and efficiently serve Nigeria’s interests.
“To build and sustain a corps of staff that can excel, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs must accord priority to recruiting the best and ensuring the regular training of its diplomatic agents.
“I believe that the objective of raising standards can also be achieved if senior Foreign Service officers are given challenges that prove their worth. They should be sufficiently equipped to act as veritable change agents, and lead in positively driving Nigeria’s foreign policy objectives abroad.
“My decision to give prominence to career officers in the current appointments was informed, in part, by the imperative to incentivise the career officers and enhance commitment to professional excellence,” Jonathan stated.


Names Country
1. Amb. Chive Lor Ignatius Kaave  – Argentina
2. Amb. Felix Edobor Awanbor  -Belgium
3. Amb. Lawrence Olufemi Obisakin  – Benin Republic
4. Amb. Okwudili Odi Obidigbo Nwosu  – Burundi
5.  Amb. Hadiza Mustapha  – Cameroon
6. Amb. Ojo Uma Maduekwe – Canada
7. Amb. Garba Abdu Zakari  – Chad
8. Amb.Victoria Jolaade Bosede Onipede – Congo Brazzaville
9. Amb. Katherine Uyok Okon  – Chech Republic
10. Amb. Grant Okechukwu Ehiobuche  – Democratic Rep. of Congo
11. Amb. Sunday Benjamin B Bassey  – Equitorial Guinea
12. Amb. Akinyele Oladipo Fayomi  – France
13. Amb. Ademola Oluseyi Onafowokan  – Ghana
14. Amb. Ayodeji Lawrence Ayodele – Greece
15. Amb. Abdul Rahman Sallahdeen  – Indonesia
16. Amb. Tukur Mani  – Iran
17. Amb. Eric Tonye Aworabhi – Italy
18. Amb.Olatokunboh Kamson  – Jamaica
19. Amb. Taofeek Oladejo Arapaja – Jordan
20. Amb. Solomon Akintola Kayode Oyateru  – Kenya
21. Amb. Haruna Garba  – Kuwait
22. Amb. Ghigozie Fidelia Obi-Nnadozie – Liberia
23. Amb. Mohammed Lawan Gana  – Malawi
24. Amb. Zhiri James Gana  – Mexico
25. Amb. Matilda Kwashi – Mozambique
26. Amb. Biodun Nathaniel Olorunfemi  – Namibia
27. Amb. Alexander Nwofe  – North Korea
28. Amb. Akinyemi Farounbi – Philippines
29. Amb. Samuel Wodi Jimba – Poland
30. Amb. Abba Abdullahi Tijjani  – Romania
31. Amb. Assam Ekanem Assam  – Russia
32. Amb. Ayibakuro Peter Ogidi-Oke – Rwanda
33. Amb. Abubakar Shehu Bunu – Saudi Arabia
34. Amb. Katyen Catherine Jackden – Senegal
35. Amb. Eyo Asuquo – Sierra Leone
36. Amb. Femi Akenson Rotimi – Sri Lanka
37. Amb. Haliru Sodangi Shuaibu – Sudan
38. Amb. Fidelia Akuabata Njeze – Switzerland
39. Amb. Adamu Babangida Ibrahim – Syria
40. Amb. Chukwudi Newington Okafor – Thailand
41. Amb. Matthew Sunday Adoli  – Togo
42. Amb. James Shuaibu Barka  – Tunisia
43. Amb. Cornelius O. Oluwateru – United Arab Emirates
44. Amb. Frank Ngozi Isoh – Uganda
45. Amb. Ibrahim Auwalu – Ukraine
46. Amb. Francis Chukwuemeka Okeke – Vatican
47. Amb. Matthias Ojih Okafor – Vietnam
48. Amb. Sifawu Inu-Umoru Momoh – Zambia

Source: Thisday Newspaper

#Nigeria FG to Compel Telecoms Firms to List on NSE

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 NSE Headquarters

By  Ndubuisi Francis    04 May 2012


The Federal Government yesterday said that it would compel telecommunications companies operating in the country to list their shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

The biggest telecoms operators are MTN, Airtel, Etisalat and Globacom.
Minister of State for Finance, Dr. Yerima Ngama, who spoke at a forum where ministers unveiled their scorecard as part of the 2012 democracy day celebration and first anniversary of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, stated that the era where multinational companies would come to Nigeria and generate huge profit without the citizenry benefiting would become a thing of the past with the compulsory listing.


The minister said a lot was being done to revive the capital market, adding: “We know that most of us who invested in the market have lost a lot. Not because these companies are not known yet. In fact, many of the intrinsic values of their shares are higher than their market values but what is happening is that there is a loss of confidence by Nigerians.”

He said 81 per cent of all the trading on the NSE involves foreign investors, stressing that Nigerians were displaying a lukewarm attitude occasioned by what transpired in the capital market.


“We are also trying to encourage new companies to list on the NSE; we want to make sure that MTN, Glo, Zain (Airtel) and all the companies that are doing very well and making billions of profit should also list on the capital market so that Nigerians can also share from their profits,” he said.

The minister also added that the power generation and distribution companies that would be privatised would be compelled to list their shares on the NSE.


“The power sector is also another big business in Nigeria and we are working to ensure that when we are regulating the sector, we want to do it in such a way that one or two people will not come into the sector to form a cartel.

“So to avoid this, we are also going to make sure that distribution companies that will operate in that sector list their shares so that after their privatisation, Nigerians will be given the opportunity to buy shares in these power generation and distribution companies,” he said.


Meanwhile, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy,  Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, at the forum yesterday also disclosed that the launch of the Integrated Personnel and Pay System (IPPS) in 2010 had started yielding fruits, citing the N14 billion saved from the payment of pensions to ghost pensioners.

She added that in 2011, the Federal Government investments yielded N48.723 billion in dividends, operating surplus, rent, and privatisation proceeds even as the minister noted that appreciable progress had been made in re-directing credit to key sectors like agriculture, power and aviation at single digit interest rates.

Source : Thisday

#Nigeria No plan to prosecute oil thieves now – FG

May 4, 2012 by Ihuoma Chiedozie, Abuja
Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN)

Against the expectations of Nigerians, the Federal Government on Thursday said it was not ready to prosecute individuals and firms indicted in the N1.7tn oil subsidy scam.

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN), who spoke government’s mind in a statement, said it would be guided by the dictates of due process and the rule of law in its handling of the report of the House of Representatives AdHoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy Regime.

Apparently responding to widespread calls, particularly from civil society, for government to take an immediate decisive action on the report, the AGF said the probe was “mainly fact-finding.” He stressed that the Federal Government would conduct thorough investigations in the matter before commencing prosecution.

He hinted that a forensic audit of the accounts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, directed by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2010, was part of the ongoing investigations that would result in the possible prosecution.

He re-echoed Jonathan’s declaration that the Federal Government was determined to prosecute all those indicted in the report, no matter how highly placed.

However, the AGF noted that the report as well as the resolutions of members of the House on the document were yet to be transmitted to the executive.

He said when received, the report and the resolutions would be passed to the anti-graft agencies for perusal. He stated that the anti-graft agencies would then be expected to assemble ingredients required to raise criminal charges that might be filed against the indicted persons.

The statement reads in part, “The attention of the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has been drawn to recent calls by some groups and well-meaning Nigerians for the prosecution of those allegedly indicted in the Report of the House of Representatives AdHoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy Regime.

“It is pertinent to reiterate government’s position as aptly captured by Mr. President’s initial reaction to the report of the fuel subsidy probe to the effect that any person found wanting will be prosecuted, irrespective of the person’s standing in the society.

“Nigerians must, however, appreciate that in discharging this onerous responsibility, government must be guided by the dictates of the rule of law and due process as required of any democratically elected and responsible government.

“In this regard, the need to ensure that thorough investigations are carried out by relevant law enforcement agencies cannot be overemphasised.

“This is more so, as the exercise carried out by the House of Representatives is mainly fact-finding.

“I also wish to point out that the report of the ad hoc committee and the resolutions adopted by the House of Representatives have yet to be transmitted to the executive arm of government.”

Adoke cautioned against stampeding the anti-graft agencies into embarking on a hasty prosecution.

“Experience has shown that whenever our law enforcement agencies are stampeded to arraign suspects, the end result is usually the discharge of such suspects by the courts ostensibly for want of evidence.

“Nigerians must, therefore, allow our law enforcement agencies to conduct painstaking investigations that will ultimately satisfy the standard of proof required in criminal cases,” he said.

He drew attention to a forensic audit of the accounts of the NNPC, directed by Jonathan in 2010, and urged Nigerians to wait patiently for the outcome of the investigations and subsequent prosecutions that may arise from the subsidy probe conducted by the House, as well as a similar probe by the Senate.

He said, “I, therefore, humbly urge Nigerians to have faith in the processes being undertaken and to patiently wait for the outcome of the investigations and subsequent prosecutions that may flow from the fuel subsidy probe conducted by the House of Representatives and the ongoing probe by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

On the threat by the Save Nigeria Group to mobilise Nigerians for a protest if action is not taken on the report after the expiration of a two-week ultimatum, Adoke said, “In this respect, I wish to observe that the ultimatum being given by some groups and the threat to embark on demonstrations and strike actions will only compound the problem and divert attention, as well as, the energy that would otherwise have been channelled into productive use by law enforcement agencies.”

Source – The Punch

#Nigeria Fire Diezani now!

Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke
The Nation‘s Editorial

•The minister and others who presided over the fuel subsidy scam have no moral right to retain their posts

There are two ways to interpret the reluctance of the Federal Government to act decisively by firing officials of the petroleum ministry at the centre of the subsidy scam. The first is that the Jonathan administration has become so impervious to legitimate demands by citizens that government appointees – like Caesar’s wife – be seen to be above board at all times, as to be contemptuous of their opinions. The other is that the affected officials are indispensable to the administration to such an extent that it would risk the odium of Nigerians to keep them on board. Either way, we consider their retention in government as setting a new low in public service.

We refer here to the continuing retention of Diezani Alison-Madueke, the Minister of Petroleum, in the federal cabinet. The same applies to the executives of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the Petroleum Product Prices Regulatory Authority (PPPRA) as indeed all other high officials of the Jonathan administration that had anything remotely to do with the fuel subsidy scam.

Agreed, none of the officials have been convicted of any crime(s), yet. They needn’t be. To start with, it is the job of the anti-graft agencies to sift through the probe document by the House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee on Petroleum Subsidy to determine those to be brought to trial. However, knowing how tardy the judicial system is, and given the half-hearted commitment by the anti-graft bodies to the fight against corruption, we would not even go as far as raising any expectations that the government would go after those indicted by the lower parliament – or even act on the House report at all.

It is however a different call for minister Alison-Madueke and her officials in the petroleum ministry. We must emphasise that one of the burdens necessarily imposed on those privileged to serve in the public service is recognising when to quit. That a high official whose ministry came under intense searchlight would insist on being at the driver’s seat – and well after the earth-shaking revelations of fraud were established – and would still choose to carry on in office as if nothing happened has become a new index in measuring the parting of ways between our officials and shame.

We are saying here that the minister and her top officials ought to have handed in their letters of resignation long ago. Their hyper-activism in the wake of the House probe impresses no one, least of all, Nigerians who have now seen the hollow posturing of the administration for what it is – a mere smokescreen. The scandal brought untold embarrassment on the nation as consequence of their failure of oversight. Added to the moral lapse in failing to exercise the voluntary option of throwing in the towel is their continuing occupation of cosy offices.

The President should take the drastic option of firing Alison-Madueke and co – now.

We say this because nothing makes her and the other officials indispensable. Much as we recognise the prerogative of the President to hire and fire his appointees, the matter goes to the heart of the question whether the President can afford to keep her and the other officials under whose watch the grave economic crimes were committed in office, without courting the odium of Nigerians for himself and his government.

At the risk of sounding too obvious, what is needed now in the petroleum ministry is a thorough cleansing of its Augean stable. We do not see how officials generally seen in the eyes of Nigerians as tainted by scandal could be part of the cleansing process. It does not make sense. For the umpteenth time, we say it is time to let Diezani Alison-Madueke and others go!

Source: The Nation

“Dieziani Allison-Madueke Called Me Over 20 Times In Quest to Become Minister For Petroleum,” Claims Henry Okah in Affidavit

Diezani Allison-Madueke
By SaharaReporters, New York

In an affidavit to be filed in a South African court, detained Mr. Henry Okah claims that in just the first few days of April 2010, after Mr. Goodluck Jonathan became Acting President of Nigeria, one Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke called him over 20 times for help to become Petroleum Minister.


In her calls, Ms. Madueke explained that she “was competing for the post of the Minister of Petroleum with the now Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr, Odein Ajumogobia,” and asked for assistance “to tip the scale in her favor.”


In the 42-page affidavit, Mr. Okah claims Mrs. Madueke specifically asked him to speak to President Jonathan and “put a good word for her,” furnishing him with up to date information on the president’s availability via calls and text messages.  Mr. Okah then spoke to President Jonathan in the early hours of April 5, 2010, he says in the affidavit, following which Mrs. Madueke later called to thank him for his contribution in influencing her appointment as Minister for Petroleum.


Okah says in the affidavit that he reluctantly accepted to speak to Ms. Madueke at the prompting of now presidential adviser, Mr. Oronto Douglas, who, he said, called him on April 4, 2010, saying that Ms. Diezani Allison-Madueke was desperate to speak to him.  Mr. Douglas underlined Mrs. Madueke’s need of Okah’s assistance in persuading President Jonathan to appoint her Minister for Petroleum.


In March of 2010, Mr. Jonathan had sent Douglas to meet Okah in South Africa, according to the affidavit.  During their meeting, which took place between March 31 and April 1, Mr. Douglas informed Okah that the Northern region of Nigeria was doing everything to prevent Jonathan from being the president.


Mr. Okah has been in a South African Prison since October 2, 2010. He is charged under the Terrorist Act’s Protection of Constitutional Democracy against Terrorist and Related Act, Act 33 of 2004. He has been denied bail by various courts in South Africa.


Okah was linked with the 2010 Independence Day bombing of the Eagle Square in Abuja.  Okah is facing charges that Chima Orlu, who allegedly supervised the operation, acted under his instructions.  Prosecutors allege that he was in communication via phone and SMS with Mr. Orlu and another co-perpetrator, Ben Jessy Ebere.


In Mr. Okah’s new affidavit, he affirms that on the day of the bombing, he received a call from Mr. Moses Jituboh, the Head of Personal Security to President Jonathan, who asked him to continue to cooperate with the President. As Mr. Okah asserted in 2010, following the bombing, Mr. Jituboh also asked him to shift the blame of the bombing to radical elements in the North.


Following the emergence of new facts, Mr. Okah is reapplying for bail. In his response to new information in his police docket that contains evidential material that will be used in his trial.  Okah is facing trial at South Gauteng High Court that is estimated to last over 18 months.


He is pleading with the court to grant him bail because the case against him is weak and the state cannot provide evidential material to support their case.


The case will begin on October 1, 2012 by which time he would have spent 2 years in jail. The State has lined up over 50 witnesses from Nigeria to appear in court in South Africa. Okah also plans to call over 100 witnesses in his defense.

Quit If You Can’t Lead, CAN Tells Jonathan

Dissatisfied with federal government’s style of handling the security challenge posed by the spate of bombings and killing of innocent citizens occasioned by the insurgencies of a terrorist gang, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) yesterday pointedly told President Goodluck Jonathan to step aside if he couldn’t put a stop to the mindless killings in the country.

Specifically reacting to the attacks on Christian worshippers in Kano and Borno states, CAN said, “We are telling President Goodluck Jonathan, if he has not done anything to put an end to this madness, then, he should know that there is trouble in his hand.”

Meanwhile, Taraba State commissioner of police Mr. Maman Sule yesterday narrowly escaped death when a suicide bomber who laid ambush on the route to the commissioner’s office thrust an improvised explosive device (IED), at his convoy.

Although the commissioner escaped unhurt, many security operatives on his entourage were not spared: 11 persons lost their lives in the attack.

But speaking with journalists in Kaduna, the spokesman of the northern CAN, Elder Sunday Oibe, also accused northern traditional rulers of the mindless killings in the region.

He said: “We are telling the emirs, traditional rulers and the political chieftains in the north that they are behind these things and they must bring the perpetrators to book”

“To us, we feel that government is just playing games and politics with the church and the church is not going to take it anymore because anybody who kills is a murderer or arsonist.

“Why is the government becoming helpless to bring these people to book? Is the government telling us that a particular tribe or religion is superior to every other person in this country?

“We are feeling serious pains and disappointment at the entire system called Nigeria. It is highly condemnable in the strongest term because these are innocent students who were sent to school by their parents to acquire education.

“They went to worship their God only for some people to come and sniff lives out of them. It is highly condemnable, it is not just condemnable, but we will not sit down and fold our arms to accept this madness any more.

“This country belongs to all of us, and if truly it is one Nigeria, one indivisible country that has a government to protect lives and property, then, government must do something about it because it is the systematic approach of these murderers which tends to the fact that it is only Christians that are the major targets.

“They do it on Sundays and attack only places of worship owned by Christians. We have mosques scattered all over BUK, nobody has heard any attack on them. They said it is the issue of poverty, but they have not attacked any government infrastructure. If it is the issue of power, then, they should go and fight government. Why is it that it is Christians that they are fighting?

“The irony of this thing is that the people have carefully put a plan in place to eliminate Christians. Total annihilation of Christianity from the surface of this country – that is the target.

“And it seems that the government of this country led by Goodluck Jonathan is helplessly looking on, always telling us that security men are on top of the situation.

“We want to use this medium to tell the world that he has not stepped up to arrest and bring to book the people who carry out this heinous crime, who are behind these things. The country is on the verge of collapse, and no country has ever survived two wars.

“We had survived a civil war, but no country has survived a religious war. Let it be made known that Christians are not taught to retaliate, but Christians have been given the right to defend themselves, and we will do it with all manner of defence we know within ourselves.

“We cannot produce legitimate children, God-given children, beautiful children, sent to school, then people who have no value for life will continue to kill them.

“Christians cannot fold their arms anymore, and we are telling President Goodluck Jonathan if he has not done anything to put an end to this madness, then, he should know that there is trouble in his hand.”

Taraba Attack: I saw bombers force their way into my convoy — CP

A Red Cross information coordinator, M. Umar Waziri, who confirmed that 11 people died in the Taraba State commissioner of police convoy bomb attack, said: “We can confirm that 11 people were killed; 10 people died on the spot, while one person died at the Federal Medical Centre in Jalingo.’’

Waziri also disclosed that 20 others injured by the blast were taken to various medical centres in the city.

The Taraba State commissioner of police, however, told newsmen that the police only confirmed the death of three persons, saying that he escaped death by a whisker.

Explaining the circumstances that led to the attack, he said he was on his way to the office and the bombers struck just when he entered the premises of the state Ministry of Finance which was adjacent to the Taraba police headquarters.

The police boss, who said that investigation had begun towards apprehending the bombers, added:

“The explosives actually hit the official car I was riding in and shattered the windscreen and front bumpers but I escaped unhurt.”

Police sources in Taraba told LEADERSHIP that the bomb which exploded at the premises of the Taraba Ministry of Finance, at about 8.45am when workers were resuming for work after the weekend break, destroyed parts of the building and damaged valuable items.

Police sources said the bombers had the police commissioner as their target, as the explosive was thrown directly at his convoy. One of the explosives hit the rider leading the commissioner’s convoy.

The police headquarters in Taraba is 40 metres away from the main entrance into the finance ministry with the ministry’s premises forming part of the entrance into the building leading to the police commissioner’s office.

“The police commissioner usually has to go through the ministry of finance to enter his office. He was passing by that usual route when the explosives were thrown. So the police commissioner’s convoy was clearly the target,’’ a top police source who preferred anonymity said.

An eye-witness, Mr. Francis Dominic, who also confirmed the attack on the CP, told LEADERSHIP at the scene of the incident that “the suicide bomber, riding a JINCHENG motorcycle with registration number QB 928 LAU, forced his way into the commissioner’s convoy while trying to detonate the explosive device suspected to be a bomb.

“The outrider on the CP’s convoy who noticed how the suicide bomber was trying to force himself into the convoy used his power bike to displace him but, by then, the bomber had already released the explosive with intention to damage the commissioner’s car, but unfortunately, the bomb exploded before he could get to the commissioner’s car.”

Another witness to the bomb blast, Shehu Umar, who spoke with LEADERSHIP in Hausa language, said:

“We saw him as he kicked his bike from the other side of the road when he discovered that the commissioner’s siren was blaring, but we never knew he was that kind of person. All of us that used to stay here are used to seeing the commissioner passing, so we never expected anything new; only to discover a heavy explosion with noise from where the man was heading into the commissioner’s convoy.

“The explosion of the bomb wounded the outrider of the commissioner’s convoy, leaving his left leg broken and one of his eyes badly damaged while several others on the convoy were either killed or severely injured,” he said. A staff of the ministry, Nuhu Titus, was not lucky as he came out at about the time the CP’s convoy was arriving. While he was waiting for it to pass, the blast went off and he was crushed into the nearby drainage.

Meanwhile, the inspector-general of police, Mohammed Abubakar, who had a meeting with the vice president, Namadi Sambo, at the presidential villa yesterday refuted claims that the bomb attack that killed over 10 persons and left many civil servants in the Ministry of Finance building injured was targeted at the state commissioner of police.

Fielding questions from State House correspondents after the meeting with the vice president, the IGP said, “My CP was not the target. It was placed on the road and it exploded; nothing happened to the commissioner and we have made arrests.”

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday condemned the bomb attack in Jalingo by terrorists, with an appeal to affected communities and Nigerians as a whole to report suspicious persons to security agencies.

Speaking through his special adviser on media and publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the president once again reassured Nigerians and foreigners resident in the country that his administration was taking every necessary action to end the spate of terrorist atrocities in the country.

Abati said, “Noting, however, that success in the war against terrorism will be more speedily achieved with greater support and assistance from affected communities, President Jonathan calls on all patriotic Nigerians, once again, to promptly report all suspicious persons to national security agencies.

“Against the background of the recent upsurge in terrorist attacks, the latest of which occurred in Jalingo earlier today, President Jonathan urges Nigerians and foreigners living in the country not to be discouraged or deterred from going about their regular affairs by the persistence of the mindless bombings and gun attacks.

Attack on media, BUK are ploys to destroy nigeria — Jonathan

Similarly, President Jonathan said that last Thursday’s attacks on three newspaper houses and the Sunday attack on Bayero University Kano chaplaincy by suspected terrorists were indicative of the fact that the objective of the terrorist group was to destabilise the country by destroying its sensitive institutions.

He, however, implored Nigerians “not to succumb to despair over the persistence of the terrorist attacks, but to remain assured that the federal government is doing everything possible to ensure that Nigeria overcomes the scourge of mindless terrorism”.

Dr. Abati in another statement noted: “The president urges Nigerians to remain united in their condemnation and rejection of the terrorists, who have shown even more clearly by their latest attacks on the media and the academic community, that their objective is to destabilise the nation and its vital institutions.

“The president deeply regrets this utterly heinous descent to new depths of calumny by the perpetrators of the attack on one of the nation’s citadels of academic endeavour and its members.

“The president conveys his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of members of the Bayero University community who lost their lives in the attack.”

US, JNI, ACF decry attacks

In a related development, the United States government has stated that Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in Africa were the major sources of instability and underdevelopment in the continent.

This was contained in the reports presented to the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs by Ambassador Don Yamamoto, the principal deputy assistant secretary for African affairs, on Monday.

Apart from Boko Haram that was largely indicted in the testimony made by the United States official, al-Shabaab, Al-Qaeda (AQIM) and the The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) were also said to be part of the reasons the African continent is not stable.

Also, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) National Headquarters has expressed shock over the multiple bomb blasts on some media houses in Kaduna and Abuja, and the similar attacks in Yola, Gombe State University and Bayero University, Kano.

JNI however called for restraint on the part of the government, especially on the arrest of innocent people as a way of stemming the tide of insecurity in the country.

In a press release signed by the religious group’s public relations officer (PRO), Alhaji Umar Ahmad Zaria, which was made available to LEADERSHIP in Kaduna yesterday, it noted that human life is sacred and it must be treated as such by all, stressing that “these incidents call for sober reflection of our actions and inactions as a nation”.

It said JNI commiserated with the families of the bereaved and wished their loved ones the fortitude to bear the loss. “In the same vein, we wish all those who sustained injuries from the blast quick recovery and their respective families, the patience and perseverance in managing the patients.”

The JNI, which also called on Nigerians to be security-conscious, stated: “We call on the federal government not to handle with levity the issue of security upheaval the nation is passing through. It is now apparent that there is serious disconnect between security personnel and the citizenry on leading information, hence the need to bridge the gap so that trust and confidence will be restored.”

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), meanwhile, noted that the perpetrators of violence that killed innocent citizens in Bayero University, Kano should embrace constructive dialogue as the only viable path to peaceful coexistence and national security for collective good.

The Forum which condemned the attacks on Christian worshippers said: “The attacks on innocent people in places of worship in Bayero University is worrisome because it conveys some aimlessness on the part of the perpetrators, considering that those affected are not part of causes of any perceived grievances.”

A statement signed by the ACF’s spokesman, Anthony Sani, stated: “ACF submits that time for sheathing of the sword is long overdue and that whatever may be the nature of any perceived grievances, violence resulting in mindless killing of innocent people can never be the solution.

“This is because, however long any conflict may take, it would still be resolved at peace talks.

“ACF also condoles and commiserates with all those who lost their lives and properties and prays to God to provide them with the fortitude to endure what happened and in the hope that they will replace the losses many folds.”

Stop wasting human lives for political motives, Tambuwal warns

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has asked perpetrators of bomb blast attacks in some states of the country, including that of Bayero University, Kano, and that which occurred in Taraba State to halt their activities, saying no innocent life must be wasted on the altar of political motives.

The speaker, who made the statement yesterday in a press release issued by his special adviser on media and public affairs, Mallam Imam Imam, was reacting to the twin bomb blasts that rocked Bayero University, Kano, and the Ministry of Finance building in Jalingo, Taraba State, on Sunday and Monday respectively.

The speaker equally urged the victims of the attacks and other Nigerians not to despair over the security challenges facing the nation, recalling that many countries of the world had at one time or the other faced various security challenges, but the important thing was that the collective determination of the people of such countries saw them through the dark periods.

“Nigeria is today experiencing its tough challenge. I am however confident that what we are facing will soon be a thing of the past. Our collective resolve as Nigerians who desire peace and stability will triumph over all dark forces in our country,” Tambuwal added.

While commiserating with the families of those who died or suffered injuries in the blasts, Speaker Tambuwal urged the security agencies to unmask those behind the blasts and bring them to justice.

Academics, students now endangered species — Don

A university don and professor of veterinary parasitology, Prof. Barineme Fakae, said yesterday that last weekend’s attack on a university campus which claimed about 17 lives, including those of two professors, was unnecessary.

Concluding that academics and their students were now endangered species, Prof. Fakae, who is the vice chancellor of Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST), said that the university was a centre of knowledge that prepares people that will help the country. He therefore wondered why anybody or group would carry out such act of wickedness on a place that was expected to produce people of integrity and character.

“This type of incident is really unfortunate, unnecessary and uncalled for. If we now attack the centres where we are expecting people who can help the country, then himself it means our future is being threatened.

“Anybody who has respect for the future would not involve in this kind of act. When you attack and kill teachers, students, it is really unfortunate, I must say. And what it means for the university environment is that academics and students are engendered species,” the vice chancellor said.

Police defuse bomb at BUK as gunmen kill ward head

Anti Bomb squad of the Kano State Command of the Nigeria Police,  yesterday defused a bomb suspected to be planted closed to the mosque of the new site of the Bayero University, Kano (BUK).

The bomb, according to the police, was found inside a polythene bag at about 6pm and was left by the side of the mosque at the university.

“It remained few minutes for the bomb to explode when the specialists of the anti-bomb department successfully defused it,” the police said.

According to the police account, the bomb timing had 25 minutes left before explosion, but was defused successfully.

State Police spokesman, Musa Magaji Majiya (ASP) confirmed to LEADERSHIP that the planted bomb was successfully defused by the anti -bomb unit of the state police command. “Thank God, the bomb was diffused before it exploded,” Majiya said.

Meanwhile, the police have confirmed the killing of a Ward Head in Hotoro Quarters of Kano Municipality, yesterday night.

According to the police, the deceased, late Yusuf Ali, was killed by unknown gunmen at about 7.30 pm yesterday.

An eye witness said the gunmen came to the house of the deceased, identified him from among some people, and shot him.

His brother, Ado Umar confirmed the attack and said the matter had been reported to the police.

Spokesman of the police, ASP Magaji Musa Majiya confirmed the incident and said that investigation was ongoing.

Gunmen kill 3 in Yobe 

Gunmen yesterday killed three persons around T-Junction in Potiskum Local Government area of Yobe State.

A source told our state correspondent that the victims were  shot at about  8.30pm by the gunmen in their house at the Residence of Alhaji Shehu Degree around T- Junction area

Confirming the incident, the Acting Area Commander (AC) of the state police command, Nuradeen Sabo, said investigation had begun over the matter. He added that no arrest had been made, saying that  the remains  of the victims had been deposited  at the General Hospital,  Potiskum.



I held no meeting with Jonathan, says Tinubu By Kelvin Osa-Okunbor


•Calls for solution to insecurity


Former Lagos State Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu yesterday said he did not hold any meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan.

He said he was not even in town when the supposed meeting took place.

The frontline politician said there was no meeting between Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fasshola (SAN), the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, and Jonathan.

Asiwaju Tinubu spoke against the backdrop of a report that the trio met in Lagos when the President visited last weekend.

He said he would meet Dr Jonathan, if their discussion would centre on proffering solutions to the lingering insecurity and other national challenges. But he insisted that this should be at the President’s request.

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) National Leader said much as any of such meetings are called by the President without politicising issues, it would enable stakeholders in the Nigerian project to solve the nation’s problems.

Tinubu addressed reporters at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, on his way to visit Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole on the Saturday road crash involving the governor’s convoy.

He was accompanied by ACN National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande; former Ekiti State Governor Niyi Adebayo; and ACN National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

Tinubu said: “That report is not correct. To tell you categorically, I did not attend any meeting with the President in company of the Oba of Lagos. I wasn’t even aware that the President was coming to Lagos until after the visit of the Oba at night. So, there was no meeting between myself, the President and the Oba of Lagos. I am very sure that the governor did not attend any such meeting with the President.

“We have all been meeting on national issues. We have met several times. So, if the party leadership across board is invited to a meeting to solve the problems of the country, why not?

“This is a critical time when all hands must be on deck to help solve the security problems of the country. This is the time to get together to develop ideas. All necessary steps that can help the nation’s security should be less politicised. Advice should be solicited in good faith. If ideas are solicited in good faith, we must offer them. Those in authority should not reject the ideas outright. But these have to come through the political parties’ leadership.”

On Boko Haram and insecurity, the ACN leader said: “You have touched on a critical issue confronting the nation. It is reaching a phenomenal dimension that we all cannot afford to sleep with our eyes open or ignore the national security.

“The President, as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, is the first person who probably should begin consultations with the people and must not politicise this problem.

“Since 1999, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been ruling this country. It claims to have the wisdom and the apparatus, but each time it reacts to this question of national security, the tragedy confronting the country, it has not gone without blaming one political party or the other. That is passing the buck.

“Those in the PDP are the ones saying they are in government; they are in power. So, if they cannot solve the problem of security, why blame it on others?

“Now, there is a clear line and ideological difference between us. But Nigeria belongs to all of us. The best is the PDP-led Federal Government should do is to cry for help and, if they do, they will get it, instead of putting blames or categorising one party as one-man party. They are running around like headless chickens,” Asiwaju Tinubu added.


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