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Crime / EXCLUSIVE: President Buhari Will Surmount Insecurity In Nigeria, Says Amb. Burat by IDanfulani(m): 8:07am On Aug 10
EXCLUSIVE: President Buhari Will Surmount Insecurity In Nigeria, Says Amb. Buratai

By Augustine Ehikioya

The Nigeria’s former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and Ambassador, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai (Rtd), on Tuesday expressed confidence that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration will surmount the new security challenges facing the country and called on Nigerians to exercise patience.

Besides subsiding terrorists attacks in the North East, banditry, kidnapping, and terrorism have led other criminal activities in other parts of the country.

Speaking in Abuja when Security Watch Africa (SWA) Team led by its President/C.E.O., Mr. Patrick Agbambu, paid him a courtesy visit, Amb. Buratai, pointed out that President Buhari brought the rampant activities of terrorists in the North East before his tenure under control when he assumed office in 2015.

He said “But a new challenge has emerged in other parts of the country which is a fall out of what happened in the North East.

“But I believe government is concerned and is not sitting idle, its not resting.

“Things are being done and I believe the current state of fear, the sense of despair in some quarters will soon be resolved,” he stated.

Recalling the situation in the country before President Buhari assumed office in 2015, he said “The security situation continued to deteriorate. But we give glory to God for the change in 2015.

“We contributed our little quota to stop the drift into anarchy. People tend to forget where we were.

“When we were in the office, we responded immediately there was any attack and we were always ahead of them.

“I believe we have done our country proud as members of the Armed Forces and we are still doing our best,” he added.

With so much conviction, the former COAS concludes, “The situation now will soon be tackled just like we did with the Boko Haram issue. President Buhari has the will and requisite capacity to surmount these challenges.”

Politics / Ambassador Buratai Pays A Condolence Visit To The Family Of Late Barkindo And Th by IDanfulani(m): 5:32am On Jul 11

Today, Sunday, 10 July 2022, former Chief of Army Staff and Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Benin Republic, His Excellency, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai (Rtd), was in Yola, Adamawa State, where he paid a condolence visit to the families of the former Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Secretary-General, late Doctor Muhammadu Sanusi Barkindo, Walin Adamawa and the Lamido of Adamawa.

On arrival in Yola, Ambassador Buratai went to the residence of the late Dr Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, Walin Adamawa, where he sympathised with his elder brother Alhaji Hamidu Muhammad Jada, wife, son and relatives. Afterwards, he proceeded to the family house, where he sympathised with the late Barkindo’s aged mother Hajiya Saadatu Barkindo.

Lt Gen Buratai (rtd) then went to the palace of the Lamido of Adamawa, Alhaji (Dr) Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Mustafa and condoled him over the passing away of Walin Adamawa.

In all the places he paid his condolences, General Buratai paid eloquent tribute to the late Barkindo, whom he described as a friend and patriot that served Nigeria and the international community meritoriously in different positions and left behind indelible marks.

He also said the death of the late Walin Adamawa was a significant loss not just to the family and the nation but to the international community too. Ambassador Buratai further conveyed his deepest condolences to the bereaved family as well as the government and people of Adamawa State over the huge loss, praying Almighty Allah to grant the deceased aljannah Firdausi.

Special prayers were said for the late Walin Adamawa, praying Allah forgive his shortcomings and granted him aljannah Firdausi.

It will be recalled that the former OPEC Secretary-General died at about 11.00 pm on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, in Abuja at the age of 63, and he has since been buried according to Islamic injunctions.

His Excellency, Ambassador Tukur Buratai, was accompanied to the condolence visit by his friend and former Director at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Doctor Manzo Ahmed, a former Director of Army Public Relations Brigadier General Sani Usman Kukasheka (rtd) mni and Alhassan Sultan.

Politics / Academy Sends Inspiring Eid-el-kabir Message To Buratai by IDanfulani(m): 11:45am On Jul 09
As Muslim faithful in the world mark the annual Eid-el-Kabir, TY Buratai Football Academy has sent out congratulatory messages to its patron, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai and Nigerians.

This was contained in a statement signed by President TY Buratai Football Academy Engineer Hassan Muhammad, made available to newsmen in Mecca on Friday July 8, 2022.

"This is yet another golden opportunity to extend warm greetings to our patron, Ambassador Tukur Yusuf Buratai at this special season of sacrifice as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim," it said.

The academy said the festival of sacrifice reminds its players and staff of the efforts made by Nigeria's former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen Buratai in empowering talented youth and giving them a chance to excel on the world stage of football.

The academy therefore, wished Buratai and the entire Muslim Umma a happy Eid-el-Fitr, while praying that the festival brings peace and prosperity to Nigeria.

Politics / PDP Feasting On Fake News, Afraid Of 2023 Election by IDanfulani(m): 2:17pm On Jul 04
_The National Democratic Front (NDF)_
*PDP Feasting on Fake News, Afraid of 2023 Election*

The National Democratic Front (NDF) is surprised at the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s brazenness that made it weaponize fake news, launch it at the Nigerian public and went on to believe that there are no right-thinking people in the populace to find out its lies and manipulative ways.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Secretary General Dr. Bolaji Abdulkadir and made available to the press in Abuja on the 4th July 2022

NDF is particularly amused at PDP’s latest tirade directed at Nigeria’s Ambassador to Benin Republic and former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and, Ambassador Tukur Buratai on the false allegation that the N1.85 billion recovered by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in a property in Abuja belonged to the accomplished retired Army boss.
It is common knowledge that Ambassador Buratai, through his lawyers and aides has unequivocally distanced himself from the recovered money and cars while the ICPC had also made it clear that the Ambassador was not a person of interest in its investigation that has already apprehended the Managing Director of K Salam Construction Company Nigeria Limited, Mr. Kabiru Salau, whose company is a military contractor.
The anti-graft agency had further clarified the cash and assets it recovered from the said property amounted to N267.43 million and not N1.85 billion, which leaves one wondering if the PDP is in touch with reality or rather absorbed in believing the fake news it is attempting to feed Nigerians.
The statement by PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, PDP, Debo Ologunagba that attempted to rehash the fake news that linked Ambassador Buratai to the phantom N1.85 recovered funds is so incoherent and disjointed that it was apparent the so-called opposition party has lost essence and sense of direction and only now feeds on fake news to justify its existence.
While it attempted to paint the outstanding former COAS as a corrupt person, PDP’s tenuous attempt to string together unrelated variables and create a nexus to the 2023 General Elections showed that the party fears the trouncing awaiting it at the polls hence the unreasonable fear that has left it grasping at straws in a bid to assemble the excuses it would give for being rejected by Nigerians yet again. Rather than maligning the personality of persons that have sacrificed for the country, the PDP should direct its efforts at discussing issues since this is the only way political parties can pitch themselves to Nigerians.
NDF finds it necessary to advise the PDP to stop projecting its warped values on other political parties and public office holders since the fake crime it is accusing Ambassador Buratai of fits into the pattern of the looting that the party used to destroy Nigeria and precipitate the security crisis that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has grappled with. Insecurity resulting from bad governance does not occur overnight but takes time to manifest and the fact that the security fallout resulting from PDP’s years of misrule manifested under the present government does not in any way absolve the party of responsibility for what it did to Nigeria.
We further urged the PDP to seek forgiveness from Nigerians and atone for its sins against the country in the hope that its members would one day be found worthy of being rehabilitated and reintegrated into mainstream politics and governance, which Nigerians presently think the party is unfit for. However, dishing out fake news about Ambassador Buratai and the incumbent government would only deepen the odiousness in which citizens hold the party owing to the magnitude of perversions its members committed in the office while the party held sway.

Culture / Osun Monarch, Olowu Of Kuta Warns Critics To Desist From Media Terrorism Against by IDanfulani(m): 2:31pm On Jun 28
Osun Monarch, Olowu Of Kuta Warns Critics To Desist From Media Terrorism Against Buratai

A foremost Osun Traditional Ruler and Chairman Council of Owu Monarchs, Oba Hammed Adekunle Makama, Tuesday contended that attribution of a house in Wuse, Abuja, where operatives of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) raided and recovered huge cash and other luxury items to the former Chief of Army Staff, Ambassador Tukur Yusuf Buratai was a smear campaign.

The Olowu of Kuta kingdom has also described the attack as a “media terrorism against Buratai but urged those behind it to desist from the attack.”

Speaking during a press conference in his palace at Owu -Kuta on Tuesday, Oba Makama said those behind the attack on the person of Ambassador Buratai sponsored blackmail after several unsuccessful attempts to get him removed from office before his time.

Olowu flanked by other traditional rulers in Osun State said he’s ready to support any Nigerian that’s patriotic and have shown enough commitment to the unity of Nigeria like Buratai.

Describing the attempt by some faceless groups to tarnish the image of the former chief of army staff as effort in futility, the foremost traditional ruler said Buratai is of unimpeachable character worthy of emulation.

According to him “Let it be known that we have credible information that several faceless NGO (Non Governmental Organizations) have been paid to embark on campaign of calumny and destruction against the person of Buratai.

He opined that those trying to pull him him down Will have so many of Traditional Rulers to contend with, hence he urged those involved to desist from this Media terrorism.

“The misinforming reports, I stand to confirm, is purely malicious and another fabricated tale published to tarnish Ambassador Buratai’s brilliant image. But, this too has failed, because the ICPC’s official public statement has confirmed Buratai has no link with the said property or the cash and other items found in the building.”

Oba Makama attributed the attack on Ambassador Buratai to his milestone in the military as the longest serving chief.

“As you rightly know, Ambassador Buratai is not from Kuta. He is not an Owu person, but I stand for integrity. God himself has covered Buratai with garment of honour.

“He has neither own a house in Wuse. I pray they desist. I am supporting him with this address to the press, since I can always vouch for his excellent character and uncommon integrity. A Yoruba axiom says ‘if you pursue someone and you did not meet him, you make detour’.

“His years of meritorious service to his fatherland cannot be overlooked and as a patriot, having been tested and proven in his commitment to nation building.

“Ambassador Buratai has and is still serving Nigeria without any blemish despite the unwarranted attacks having chosen to serve without bias which is fetching him commendations almost on a regular basis.
“I make bold to say that Ambassador Buratai remains a man of immense honour. Therefore, he needs the support of all well-meaning Nigerians to succeed in his current assignment, notwithstanding the avoidable distractions.”

Oba Makama thereafter called on Nigerians to support Buratai to succeed in his bid to salvage the country at his present place of duty, rather than joining in the pull-him-down antics of those bent on smearing his hard earned honour and integrity.

Politics / Tukur Buratai Is A Man Of Decency, Integrity – Wole Arisekola Reacts To Sahara R by IDanfulani(m): 1:22pm On Jun 24
Tukur Buratai Is A Man Of Decency, Integrity – Wole Arisekola Reacts To Sahara Reporters’ Bile, False Allegations

Mogaji Bowale Oluwole Arisekola, a close ally to the former Chief of Army Staff, General (rtd) Tukur Buratai, has on Thursday reacted to a publication credited to Sahara Reporters wherein the sum of N1.85 billion was said to have been allegedly discovered in Abuja residence of the ex-COS by the operatives of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

The Ibadan-born businessman, public affairs analyst and pub¬lisher of Ireland-based journal, The Street Journal magazine maintained that the Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Benin is a man of integrity and profound decency whom he has known for donkey years with meritorious and indelible records of excellence in his service to his fatherland.
Reacting, Arisekola in a statement sent to the media, faulted the allegations, describing it as tissue of lies from the pit of hell, whilst maintaining that such claims against the Army General turned diplomat were false.
He said “I found it so ridiculous and appalling, reading the bile and vitriolic verbiage on Sahara Reporters against a great, honorable, decent and honest man, Nigeria’s former Chief of Army Staff, General (rtd) Tukur Buratai, whose only offence is that he chose to serve his fatherland without blemish in spite of the life threatening risks associated with his service to the nation. These pugnacious, malicious and malevolent diatribe is unnecessary, petty, baseless and unfortunate at a time like this.
Arisekola continued, “It is utterly preposterous to read from the news portal that ICPC officials stormed a house in Wuse area of Abuja, beside National Open University and arrested a man, Kabiru Salisu after they saw N850 million cash in the house. The publication went further to say officials of the ICPC also took Kabiru to an office where another N1billion in cash was discovered.
“Sahara Reporter also claimed that bulletproof cars, BMW, G-Wagon worth N450m were also recovered. This is clearly a disjointed thoughts which are not presented in a smooth or logical way and therefore difficult to understand. Without contradiction, only lies and fictions are dressed in a manner like this, it is really shameful.
“I hope Sahara Reporters understands the implications of this hatchet work from the legal point of view and as well from the prism of the professional ethics of journalism. What does anyone stands to benefit by dragging the good name someone has built over the years through the mud? This is totally reprehensible”
While interrogating the publication further Mogaji stated, “In this time and season how can any media organization come up with such damaging, insidious, sensational and very disparaging assertions without engaging in any due diligence before going to press? No pictures, no videos, the addresses of the houses not mentioned and as well not traceable; the plate numbers of the vehicles in reference were also not revealed. This is not excellent journalism to say the least.
“Those that believe that the former Chief of Army Staff, General (rtd) Tukur Buratai, could keep such a huge amount in his private residence; money earmarked for the purchase of arms and ammunition by the Muhammadu Buhari-led government obviously do not know him. He is a man of profound decency and integrity. This is not the first time Sahara Reporters is doing this and I believe it is a joke taken too far which should attract severe consequences within the ambit of the extant laws.
“I am sorry for those that are peddling these specious lies and slanderous falsehood, they are agents of satan from the pit of hell. Their attempt to discredit and destroy Buratai has failed woefully. I advise them to try something else, definitely this one cannot hold water, it is dead on arrival even as I have aboslute faith and confidence in my dear friend and brother that he will never do such thing and no smear campaign against him will stand by God’s grace,” Arisekola said.

Politics / Women Group Honours Buratai, Bestows "Icon Of Hope" Award by IDanfulani(m): 5:01pm On Jun 12
Women Group Honours Buratai, Bestows "Icon Of Hope" Award

Ideal Women Support and Empowerment Foundation has presented an award to former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), His Excellency Ambassador Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai Rtd.

The award was presented on Saturday in Kaduna, in a private ceremony, attended by several dignitaries.

President of the group, Falmata Abacha while presenting the award, said that Buratai has been supporting the group to help and empower the less privileged even when when he was in service.

She said with the award, the group wants to appreciate him for the kind gesture, "the selfless efforts of valiant men towards the development and advancement in the country.

Dr. Manzo Ahmed in his response, described the recipient as his childhood friend.

" I named my son after Buratai and also he named his daughter after my late mother.

"On behalf of his friends that are here, we appreciate your honour. We appreciate you all that have honoured him for finding him worthy We have lost count of how many honours he has received, this is due to his commitment, dedication and service to the nation.

"Buratai has never forgotten his friends throughout his life.

"Buratai is retired, but not tired. I am wondering if he is not much busier than he was in service," he said.

Amongst notable dignitaries that accompanied Buratai to receive the awards, were, Lt. Gen. L. O. Adeosun (Rtd), Dr. Manzo Ahmed, Alhaji Alhassan Sultan, Maj. Gen. A. Tarfa (Rtd), Maj. Gen. Bulama Biu (Rtd), Alhaji Usman Nan-Nam,
Hon. Jafaru Ribadu and a host of others.

Politics / Nigeria's Insecurity Can Only Be Solved Through Dialogue, Local Manufacturing O by IDanfulani(m): 7:16pm On Jun 11
Nigeria's Insecurity Can Only Be Solved Through Dialogue, Local Manufacturing Of Military Equipment - Buratai

Insecurity is a hydra-headed monster, which can only be solved by adopting both kinetic and non kinetic measures like dialogue and local manufacturing of military equipment.

Former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai (rtd) expressed this, while delivering a lecture titled, "Politics and Insecurity In Nigeria: Way Forward" at a one-day Symposium on National Security at the Arewa House, Kaduna on Saturday June 11, 2022.

According to him, such non kinetic approaches should include negotiation, dialogue are integrated approaches that can end insecurity through involving traditional and religious leaders, media, security and intelligence agencies.

"The public needs to be constantly sensitized on roles they must play to end insecurity as key stakeholders," he said.

He further suggested revitilazation of Defense Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), better welfare and equipment for police, as well as establishment of a national border force like it is done in other parts of the world.

His Excellency, Buratai, also advised that the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) should collaborate and employ all means to block off supplies to terrorists.

"Ungoverned spaces should be covered by states and LGAs to prevent insurgents and bandits from moving around freely.

"Fighters are always in the bush even if military eliminates their leaders and others, they will continue to recruit. Issue of dialogue is very important. If you eliminate those in the bush, what of their political leaders and their recruiting agents?" He asked rhetorically.

Speaking further on the importance of dialogue, he said he strongly aligns with the approach being promoted by revered Islamic cleric, Sheikh Gumi.

"This is where I commend Sheikh Gumi for his initiative. One third of the fight is military, others should be non kinetic, through dialogue. We must get this solution and this is the right time to get it done," he stressed.

Politics / APC Primaries: Support Group Says, They Are Proud Of Amaechi by IDanfulani(m): 12:48am On Jun 09
APC Primaries: Support Group Says, They Are Proud Of Amaechi

*Thank Buratai for tremendous support to group

Following his second place finish at the primaries of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), former Minister of Transport, Rt. Honourable Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi has been described as an aspirant who exhibited true leadership qualities.

This was expressed by Amaechi Support Group, in a statement Jointly signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Ibrahim Dahiru Danfulani and Dauseighe Bowei South/South Zonal Coordinator dated Wednesday June 8, 2022.

"We are using this opportunity to thank everyone that supported , prayed, worked for and voted our aspirant, Rt. Honourable Amaechi.

"We as a support group are deeply proud of the true leadership example of our principal, His Excellency, Rt. Hon Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, for his resilience and bold efforts," the group said.

According to the group, Amaechi ran a fantastic race.

"We celebrate his consistent faithful commitment and patriotism to Nigeria and demonstration of true courage," the group added.

They appreciated and congratulated Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi's team for their dedication and support in the just concluded APC convention.

"We will also be grateful to our convener, His Excellency Ambassador Tukur Yusufu Buratai for all the necessary support he has been given the us," they added.


Politics / APC Primaries: Kaduna Speaker Hails Buhari, Congratulates Tinubu by IDanfulani(m): 6:54pm On Jun 08
APC Primaries: Kaduna Speaker Hails Buhari, Congratulates Tinubu

The Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani has commended President Muhammadu Buhari on the feat of two successful conventions of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) within the last three months.

He expressed this in a statement signed by his SA Media and Publicity, Honourable Ibrahim Dahiru Danfulani, dated Wednesday June 8, 2022.

"I Rt. Honourable Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani on behalf of myself and the members of our great party All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Kaduna State House of Assembly, heartily congratulate our amiable President and Commander-in-chief, Muhammadu Buhari on the historic fear of hosting two successful conventions within the last three months," Zailani said.

Zailani also congratulated former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his resounding success at the APC Presidential primaries, held at the Eagle Square, Abuja on Wednesday June 8.

"With the emergence of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC has proved to be a true democratic party, which keeps to its unwritten promise of handing over power to the South,' he said.

He called on all APC faithful all over the country to rally round their flagbearer to ensure Tinubu is sworn-in as president on May 29, 2023.

He also called on all those that contested with Bola Ahmed Tinubu to joins hands and make sure the party maintained its electoral success come 2023

Politics / Children Are Our Treasures, Should Be Jealously Guarded - Kaduna Speaker by IDanfulani(m): 12:45pm On May 29
Children Are Our Treasures, Should Be Jealously Guarded - Kaduna Speaker

Children have been described as valuable treasures, who if properly brought up, remain the hope of Nigeria.

Speaker, Kaduna State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani expressed this in his message to the 2022 annual Children's Day.

This was contained in a statement signed by his Sepcial Adviser on Health, SDGs and NGOs Dr Halimah Nuhu Sanda dated May 27, 2022.

"We are blessed in Nigeria with not just brilliant children, they are also energetic and hold the dreams of a greater NIgeria," it said.

He therefore, called for parents, guardians and teachers to play the Crucial role of educating, nurturing Children into God fearing, patriotic and innovative Nigerian adults.
Sports / Nationwide League One: Buratai Academy Come From Behind To Seal Victory Against by IDanfulani(m): 6:56pm On May 23
Nationwide League One: Buratai Academy Come From Behind To Seal Victory Against Zaura FC

T.Y. Buratai Academy came from behind to claim the three maximum points in the Nationwide League One Division Two Jos Center 2022 on Sunday May 22.

They overpowered AA Zaura FC Kano in the tension filled match in which they were trailing at the end of the first half, courtesy of a goal scored by Yohanna Beagan in the 40th minute.

Gabriel Ochdo who indisputably was the man of the match, put in brilliant moves that saw him scoring a brace in the second half.

He leveled up on the 77 minute, before sealing victory for Buratai Academy in the 82nd minute.

Politics / APC Primaries: Buratai Woos Zulum, APC Delegates For Amaechi by IDanfulani(m): 9:02pm On May 22
APC Primaries: Buratai Woos Zulum, APC Delegates For Amaechi

Former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has urged the Governor, and delegates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Borno State to vote for former Transportation Minister, Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, to emerge as the party’s flag bearer for the 2023 presidential elections.

Buratai who is now Nigeria’s Ambassador to Benin Republic, said Amaechi is one Nigerian that can change things for good in the country, if given the opportunity to serve as President.

Speaking at a consultative meeting between Amaechi, Governor Babagana Zulum, leaders and delegates of the APC in Maiduguri, Borno State on Sunday, Buratai narrated how Amaechi as Governor of Rivers State, fought militancy, kidnapping and others forms of criminality, restoring sanity to the State within few months of assuming office.

The former COAS, who was then Brigade Commander of the Nigerian Army in Rivers State, said he saw in Amaechi the resilience and determination to do things right, urging the Governor and delegates to give him all their votes and see for themselves the change that will occur when Amaechi gets the ticket and eventually becomes President.

He said, “Your Excellency, we will not share any votes. Give hundred percent of your votes to Rt Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, and I will tell you the reasons why. Here with us is the man of the moment who is ready to serve, and has shown the determination in his exploits and his experience over the years, as Speaker, as a Governor and as Minister. He has led his peers Governors twice. He has also led his colleagues in parliament as Chairman, Conference of Speakers twice.

“He has that experience and very importantly he has remained loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari. On two occasions in 2015 and 2019 as campaign Director General he delivered President Muhammadu Buhari. You know the history of Borno, we have always gone along with the winning team. Do not follow any other person apart from Amaechi who is here. We must align ourselves with Amaechi, we must be with the man of the moment,” he said.

Sports / Kano Pillars Hosts Buratai Academy In A Friendly Match by IDanfulani(m): 12:48pm On May 16
Kano Pillars Hosts Buratai Academy In A Friendly Match

The friendly match was aimed at preparing the Buratai FC in their quest of joining the Nationwide League 1 Division 2 which will start on May 21, 2022. The Kano state Pillars host T.Y. Buratai Academy in a friendly match.

The match which ended 2-1, most of the officials of the Burtai Academy commended the Ambassador of Nigeria to Benin Republic His Excellency Tukur Yusuf Buratai for his immense contribution and support to the academy.

In their respond during separate interviews with newsmen, they said all the success being achieved by the academy was due Buratai's care and concern for the academy.

One of them who is an official in Buratai's academy, Nura Salisu said, "We have being receiving massive support and cooperation from His Excellency Buratai and it is as a result of that the academy has being recording success".

While Awwal Jos said all the achievement that the academy has being recorded in the academy was due to Buratai's support.

Abbas Gaza who is one of the coordinator of Nigerian Football Association NFA commended Buratai for this gesture of nation's building through sporting activities.

Politics / Kaduna Councilors Forum Disowns Gunrunning Colleague, Said His Arrest Is Answere by IDanfulani(m): 7:20am On May 14
Kaduna Councilors Forum Disowns Gunrunning Colleague, Said His Arrest Is Answered Prayers

The Kaduna State Councilors Forum has condemned their colleague nabbed with an AK 47 in Soba Local Government Area, describing his arrest by security operatives as prayers answered.

This was expressed in a statement signed by the Chairman Councilors Forum Kaduna State Chapter, Hon Auwal Sani Mohammed who doubles as Councillor Afaka Ward.

He called on the security operatives to investigate the issue thoroughly and if the accused is found wanting, he should be used as a scape goat for others to learn.

"What he did was not in the interest of councilors and the forum will never support such act.

"As you can recall, the forum met during Eid-el-Fitr celebration, where they prayed that God should end the insecurity bedeviling the nation," the forum said.

The chairman of the forum noted that God has started answering their prayers.

He said the accused did it on his personal capacity as Abdullahi Adamu not as councillor.
Sports / Hosts Potiskum FC Fall 1-2 To Buratai Academy In Friendly Match by IDanfulani(m): 6:28pm On May 08
Hosts Potiskum FC Fall 1-2 To Buratai Academy In Friendly Match

In spite of playing one man down after a player was handed red card in the 60th minute, T.Y. Buratai Academy showed superiority over hosts, Potiskum Academy in a friendly matched played.

The first goal came in the 17th minute, courtesy of a brilliant shot on target by Buratai Academy's Brother Nguru.

The visitors increased the tally close to half time in the 40th minute, when a goal mouth melee saw the hosts conceding an own goal.

Potiskum struggled to score with no results, but we're able to convert a penalty on the 81st minute, off the heels of Abbati, who pulled one back.

Further attempts by both teams in their opponents areas, proved abortive as the centre referee blew the last whistle with scoreline showing 1-2 in favour of the visitors.

Our correspondent gathered that T.Y. Buratai Football Academy will play three more matches within the next two days, against Bade Academy and Jajimaji Academy FC, all in Potiskum.

The friendly matched are aimed at prepping the Buratai Boys in preparation to join the Nationwide League 1 Division 2 which will start on May 21, 2022.
Investment / Asattahir International Foundation Commissions Research On Incidences Of Fire Di by IDanfulani(m): 3:35pm On Apr 25
Asattahir International Foundation Commissions Research On Incidences Of Fire Disaster In Sokoto State

The research is aimed at identifying and understanding the causes of fire outbreaks and the complex environment that underlined the dynamics of the incidences.

The recurring Incidences of fire disaster in the state has become a thing of huge concern to government, private sector, households and people across the state.

In his opening remarks, the Founder and Chairman Board of Trustees (BoT) of Asattahir International Foundation (AIF), Aliyu Sidi Attahiru welcomed participants to the flag off and training of enumerators at the AIF office Sokoto.

He specifically thanked the Research Team of the foundation led by the Head of Programmes and Research, Rufus Yagkong for its resilience, foresight and willingness to selflessly bring to limelight not just the root causes of the catastrophic infernos that have for long been ravaging the state, but recommendations and interventions to forestalling future occurrences of fire disasters in the state.

In his opening remarks, the Founder and Chairman Board of Trustees (BoT) of Asattahir International Foundation (AIF), Aliyu Sidi Attahiru welcomed participants to the flag off and training of enumerators at the AIF office Sokoto.

He specifically thanked the Research Team of the foundation led by the Head of Programmes and Research, Rufus Yagkong for its resilience, foresight and willingness to selflessly bring to limelight not just the root causes of the catastrophic infernos that have for long been ravaging the state, but recommendations and interventions to forestalling future occurrences of fire disasters in the state.

The Founder/Chairman BoT stated that as part of the ethics of research, approval was sought from relevant authorities particularly the three local government councils of Sokoto North, Sokoto South and Wammako where the research will be conducted.

Commenting on the activity, Barr. Rashida Mohammed commended the foundation’s initiative to embark on this research. She charged the enumerators to exhibit honesty and professionalism during fieldwork.

Similarly, Dr Garba Ibrahim tasked the enumerators to be objective, committed and respectful during data collection. He commended the foundation for doing things differently and for truly having humanity at heart in all its interventions.

Professor Yahaya Tanko Baba, the Executive Secretary of the Foundation, concluded with comments by drawing the attention of the enumerators on research ethics and the level of scrutiny the data will undergo before being accepted as reliable. He pointed out that the organization takes data quality seriously because the findings and recommendations therefrom will have a direct impact on the livelihood of people in the state.

The enumerators were extensively trained on the ethics, approaches, techniques, research locations, as well as the expected sample size. The data will be generated digitally using online tool. At the end of the training, the enumerators were commissioned to commence data collection by the Founder/Chairman BoT Aliyu Sidi Attahiru.

The activity was attended by Barrister Rashida Mohammad, the Legal Adviser of the foundation, Comrade Hussaini Mohammed Aliyu, Senior Special Assistant to the Executive Governor Sokoto State on Human Rights, Dr. Garba Ibrahim of Modern European Languages and Linguistics of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.

Crime / Mnjtf Operation Lake Sanity Makes In Road Into Terrorists' Enclaves In The Lake by IDanfulani(m): 4:06pm On Apr 17

In a clear demonstration of it's determined efforts to speedily eliminate the Boko Haram Terrorists /Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) insurgents hibernating along the fringes of the Lake Chad, the forces of the Multinational Joint task Force (MNJTF) have in the past weeks been conducting a well coordinated land and air offensives.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Chief Military Public Information Headquarters Multi National Joint Task Force N'Djamena Chad Colonel Mohammed Dole and made available to the press on 17th April 2022

The Operation codenamed OPERATION LAKE SANITY is a joint and combined operations involving the MNJTF troops from Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon and troops from Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK- Nigeria) as well as the Air Task Forces of the MNJTF and OPHK, other security agencies and the Civilian Joint Taskforce (CJTF).

Steadily advancing in different corridors of the theatre towards identified enclaves, the dogged troops operating under the shared aspiration of the MNJTF made gradual but unprecedented incursions into the insurgents dens.
Some of the areas cleared include ZANARI, ARINA WOJE which served as a major fabrication workshop, ASAGAR, LARKI and GARERE. Other areas cleared include KERENOA, WURJE, AREGE, ABADAM, DORON LELEWA, KOLARAM and several other locations around the Islands. Within the period of this operation, well over a hundred terrorists have been neutralised.

Including over 10 top commanders neutralised following intelligence driven lethal air strikes in the Lake Chad islands by the combined Air Taskforces. Some of the commanders include Abubakar Dan Buduma, Abubakar Shuwa, Abu Ali and Abu Jubrilla among others.
Relatedly, sophisticated weapons of different calibres were either destroyed or captured including a 105 mm artillery piece, several canoes/boats, motorcycles, bicycles, other terrorists' equipment, several Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) making factories and bunkers were destroyed. In the course of the operation, significant number of innocent citizens mostly women and children held captive by the criminals were rescued. Large quantity of food stuff (grains), fuel dumps, illicit drugs, terrorists' uniforms and other house holds materials were recovered and destroyed immediately.

Recent activities of the Operations include a clearance patrol to Fedondiya settlement where logistics and foodstuffs including several bags of maize and beans, motorcycles, some immobilized and cannibalized military and civil vehicles, were discovered. Others include grinding machines ,other vehicle fabrication tools and military uniforms were all destroyed and set ablaze in the location.
It is obviously a big Boko Haram /ISWAP camp having another large IED making and vehicle borne IED making factory that was cleverly camouflaged to prevent detection from the air. In a related development, the MNJTF troops on clearance patrols in the general areas of Kimeguna near the Lake Chad in Niger republic accosted BHT/ISWAP logisticians ferrying Four Hundred Fifty Seven (457) bags of fish in several carts. The bags of fish were immediately destroyed in line with the MNJTF Standing Operating Procedure, while the suspects are being profiled.

The obviously frustrated criminal,BHT/ISWAP have resorted to indiscriminate laying of IEDs and use of Vehicle Borne Explosive Devices attacks. One pattern noticed in the operation is that the criminals hastily withdraw and avoid making contact with the approaching troops .
They instead rely on suicide vehicle borne attacks. About four (4) different such attacks have so far targeted the determined troops who have not been deterred. Sadly, eighteen (18) soldiers including an officer have been wounded in these attacks and have been evacuated to various military medical facilities for treatment while three soldiers and one member of the CJTF paid the supreme sacrifice.

Despite the obvious challenges of difficult terrain,IED threats and sundry challenges, especially in this religious season, the troops continue to maintain the momentum, remaining focused and determined to pursue and decimate the fleeing terrorists, wherever they go in the Lake Chad islands. The Force Commander (FC) MNJTF, Major General Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim has commended the Deputy Force Commander, sector commanders, other officers and especially the gallant officers and men of MNJTF and other operations, including the CJTF actively operating in the field for their courage and commitment. While paying tribute to the members of this operation, who paid the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty, he referred to them as heroes that would never be forgotten.
He also prayed for the quick recovery of the wounded heroes. The FC urged the troops to be resolute and bold to finally eradicate the criminals from the Lake Chad areas and promised continuous logistics support to the troops. General Ibrahim advised the terrorists to lay down their arms like thousands of their colleagues who had done so instead of pursuing a futile and failed cause. He finally appealed to the communities in the areas of operation and beyond to always support security forces by passing credible information on the terrorists quickly to bring the scourge of terrorism in the area to an end. ( See Attached pictures of the Operation)

Politics / Easter: Amaechi Support Group Begs Terrorists To Repent by IDanfulani(m): 3:24pm On Apr 15
In the spirit of Easter and the ongoing Ramadan, a frontline Rotimi Amaechi 2023 campaign structure, Amaechi Support Group has begged all criminal gangs perpetuating heinous crime all over Nigeria to have a change of heart

The group expressed this in an Easter message, signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Ibrahim Dahiru Danfulani, made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Friday April 15, 2022.

"At a time like this when Christians are celebrating Easter and Muslims, the Holy month of Ramadan, we appeal to all those sponsoring terrorism and other criminal activities, as well as the foot soldiers to have a change of heart.

"No religion encourages crime. As such, terrorism, banditry, cattle rustling and other criminal activities should be denounced and righteous living embraced," it said.

The group said that the recent attack on a Kaduna bound train from Abuja saddened All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Aspirant, Rt. Honourable Rotimi Amaechi, who is also the Minister of Transport, whose ministry oversees the railway sector.

"Amaechi lost weight after that incident and for over a week, lost appetite to eat or any other indulgence, following the dastardly act.

"He was saddened by the loss of lives and abduction of others by that incident and prays such never occurs again in our country," the statement said.

The group therefore, wished Christian Faithful a Happy Easter celebration, while urging them to intensify prayers for Nigeria and its leaders.

Politics / Easter: Kaduna Speaker Preaches Peace, Unity by IDanfulani(m): 11:56am On Apr 15
As Christians all over the world prepare to mark the 2022 Easter celebration, the Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani has tasked them to embrace the virtues of Jesus Christ which are, peace, humility, love and sacrifice.

Zailani expressed this in a message to Christian Faithful in Kaduna and the country, in a statement signed by his SA Media and Publicity, Honourable Ibrahim Dahiru Danfulani, dated April 15.

"Easter symbolises sacrifice and love as exemplified by Jesus Christ, who preached and practiced same even till he was crucified.

"Today being Good Friday, is a remarkable date in history, signifying the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.

"As Easter Sunday which is celebrated by all Christian Faithful approaches, I implore all Christians to be reminded of the ultimate sacrifice and be guided by same," he said.

The Speaker who lamented the spate of insecurity in the country, urged Christians to use the period to solemnly pray to God that the security challenges become a thing of the past.

He also called for prayers for the country's leaders, as well as the economic prosperity of Nigeria.

"We are blessed to have Easter and Ramadan fall within the same period this year. I believe it is a sign of good things to come.

"I wish you all a pleasant Easter celebration and prosperity for our dear nation," he prayed.

Sports / Buratai Academy Plays 2-2 In Friendly With AMD FC Doma by IDanfulani(m): 5:16am On Apr 01
Buratai Football Academy on Monday, played a 2-2 draw with visiting AMD FC Doma.

This was in a second leg friendly match, organised to keep the players of the academy in shape.

The visitors, AMD had earlier in the first half taken a two-goal lead before the hosts leveled up in the highly explosive encounter, played at the Tukur-Tukur Farms football pitch located along Abuja-Keffi Highway.

Buratai Academy pulled one back in the dying minutes of the first half, before leveling in the extra time.

Notable dignitaries that watched the match were, His Excellency, Ambassador Tukur Yusuf Buratai, Lt. General Lamidi Adeosun (rtd), Dr. Manzo Ahmed and Idris Mamman.

Others are Chairman of Buratai Academy, Engineer Hassan Mohammed and Secretary of the academy, Engineer Usman Ibrahim.

Politics / Buratai Visits, Congratulates New APC Chairman, Senator Adamu by IDanfulani(m): 10:02am On Mar 29
Buratai Visits, Congratulates New APC Chairman, Senator Adamu

Former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), and NIgeria's Ambassador to Benin Republic, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai (rtd) on Monday, paid an unscheduled visit on the new All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu.

The visit was paid on the ruling party's chairman at his country home in Keffi.

During the visit, he congratulated him on his emergence, adding that he has no doubt that his tenure would lead to more positive exploits for the party.

He prayed to Almighty Allah to guide and protect him in his new role.

Responding, Senator Adamu thanked him for the visit, while assuring that the will use all the resources at his disposal in ensuring that NIgeria prospers, as the chairman of the ruling party.

It would be recalled that Ambassador Buratai attended the APC National Convention that held on March 26, as a Diplomatic observer.

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Politics / Empowerment: Kaduna Speaker Files Out Over N20m To 400 Youth, Women by IDanfulani(m): 1:03pm On Feb 28
Empowerment: Kaduna Speaker Files Out Over N20m To 400 Youth, Women

The Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani has doled out over 20 million Naira to youth and women on Igabi Local Government Area, where he hails from.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by his SA Media and Publicity, Honourable Ibrahim Dahiru Danfulani, dated Sunday February 27, 2022.

"In view of his commitment at ensuring that women and youth in Igabi LGA are self employed, the Honourable Speaker Kaduna State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani has inject over 20 milion Naira cash to youth and women in Igabi Local Government Area to empower them in various fields of businesses," the statement said.

The empowerment which took place within the premises of the Kaduna State House of Assembly on Sunday February 27, saw some of the beneficiaries shed tears of joy.

According to the statement, Zailani charged the beneficiaries to utilize the opportunity to be self reliant by judiciously using the funds made available.

The statement explained that the gesture will have a multiplying effect on Igabi LGA communities as several households will henceforth have source of livelihood.

"In this particular empowerment drive, over 400 beneficiaries were presented various sums as required for setting up their Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)," it further informed.

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Tanimu Saleh thanked the Speaker for the gesture.

He prayed that God will continue to bless and uplift him, so that many others can benefit from the noble gesture.

Politics / Ambassador Buratai Distances Himself From Presidential Campaigns by IDanfulani(m): 7:01pm On Feb 20
Former Chief Of Army Staff(COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has distanced himself from campaign posters by some group of persons calling on him to contest for the 2023 presidential elections.

Buratai, who is also Nigeria’s Ambassador to Republic of Benin, said he has never indicated interest in politics or declared his intention to contest for the office of president in next year’s general elections. He reiterated his contentment and commitment to national service in his present capacity as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Benin Republic.

He has therefore called on the public to ignore the posters which he said is the handiwork of mischief makers for reasons best known to them.

Buratai, made this known in a statement signed by former director army public relations officer Brigadier General Sani Usman, issued in Abuja.

The statement made available to Newsmen, reads; “The attention of His Excellency, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai (rtd), Nigeria’s Ambassador to Republic of Benin and former Chief of Army Staff, has been drawn to calls and dissemination of campaign posters calling on him to join partisan politics and contest for Presidential candidature of one of the political parties by some persons.

“However, it is essential to state that the Ambassador has never indicated interest, discussed with, or directed anyone on such matters. Therefore, such calls and posters should be discountenance as they did not emanate from him, nor is he interested in them. It is entirely the handiwork of some people for reasons best known to them.

“His Excellency wishes to reiterate his contentment and commitment to national service in his present capacity as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Benin Republic. He remains loyal and eternally grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for the opportunity to serve. He, however, wishes to thank all well-meaning persons, friends and well-wishers who showed concern over this development”.

Crime / General Buratai Advocates For Continuous Training As Panacea For Excellence by IDanfulani(m): 5:23pm On Feb 11
From Ibrahim Dahiru Danfulani

The Nigerian Ambassador to Benin Republic, and former Chief of Army Staff, His Excellency Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai (rtd), has advocated for continuous training among the Armed Forces of Nigeria as panacea for excellence in strategic leadership. The ambassador made the assertion today at the National Defence College Nigeria while presenting a lecture on Strategic Leadership to the participants of Course 30/2021 of the college.

Durning the lecture he enumerated qualities of a good strategic leader which includes emphasized the need for weight control policy to ensure that officers and soldiers are physically, medically and mentally fit to enable them to perform their jobs optimally.

General Buratai call for exposition of officers and soldiers to training courses both at home and abroad, inspiring a shared vision, to inculcated core values; ethics and standards to improve the performance of the Nigerian Army.

According to him, when you talked about Strategic leadership, so many things comes into mind especially as regards those could be referred Strategic leaders. A Strategic leader is the one that has experience, as stated by General Douglas McArthur.

The lecture which was specifically for the participants of National Defence College Nigeria Course 30/202, he call for the need to improved on innovation as it the key in order to achieve the vision and goals set to be achieved in every task, “You must develop the capacity of your officers and men. It would help if you were versatile and adaptive. Every leader aims to get the job done, through exemplary leadership” he said.

He also added that “We have made Nigeria Army a Modern Army, we have made Nigeria Army to be professional by introducing many Infrastructures like the Nigeria Army Warfare Research. My regrets is our not discovering our Initiative of MRAP and many war instruments but we thank God as it has been introduced”
In his response, the commandant, Rear. Admiral Bashir said that General Buratai has unique and practical leadership worthy of emulation. The commandant said that because of these qualities, as such General Buratai had been selected as one of the strategic leaders to be studied in the college.

Members of his entourage includes Major General Adeniyi Oyebade (Rtd), Major Gen Iliya Abba (Rtd), Brig Gen Sani Usman Kukasheka (Rtd) and Ibrahim Dahiru Danfulani.

Politics / Buratai; Reflecting On The Gains Of The Army General Turned Diplomat by IDanfulani(m): 8:26pm On Jan 11
Buratai; Reflecting On The Gains Of The Army General Turned Diplomat

By Ibrahim Dahiru Danfulani

When he served, as Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and leader of the counter-insurgency operations, His Excellency, Ambassador Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai (rtd) stretched his last energies, to save his country, from the twinges of insurgencies and insurrections. He donated his life and strength to the cause of liberating humanity to the best of his capacity and conscience for six years in leading the battle in the trenches.

But life has mixed experiences; some pleasant and others unpleasant. So, Amb. Buratai has been publicly arbitrated maliciously or accurately eulogized based on who holds the other end of the stick, as ennobled by his personal perceptions.

Nonetheless, he is not exhausted yet. There are still a lot of treasures embedded in Gen. Buratai (rtd) unknown to many Nigerians. He is a mystique of some sort, with multilayered ingeniousness. Its easy to describe him as a soldier of the trenches or a warmonger of the finest breed. And it’s also very appealing to denote Gen. Buratai as an administrator of rare configuration in military circles. His service records yawns with uncommon accomplishments.

But these are just the elementary understanding of Nigeria’s envoy to the Republic of Benin, His Excellency, Amb. Tukur Y. Buratai. He created wonderous impacts and made indelible imprints in Nigeria’s battles with Boko Haram terrorism. In just 5 years, he set unimaginable records in the anti-terrorism combats in the country. His shadows while he served his fatherland in the warfront were acknowledged by national and international bodies/ world leaders.

President Muhmmadu Buhari’s appointment of Gen. Buratai (rtd) and his posting to the Republic of Benin was for strategic reasons. Fighting and defeating terrorism requires more than just having a properly trained army and warfare weapons. It transcends such basic considerations. It needs international alliances, collaboration and partnership with other foreign nations.

Benin Republic is strategic to Nigeria for several reasons. As a nation which shares a major commercial border with Nigeria- the Seme border, the country has come with its enough blessings on the economic front; and much as the concomitant burden. Both legitimate and illicit trade transactions occur on the border. The Seme border’s most terrifying nightmare to Nigeria includes trans-border crimes such as smuggling of firearms and contraband goods into the country.

While smuggled weapons have exacerbated insecurity in Nigeria; smuggled goods deny the Nigerian Government of its essential revenue or tax levies on imported goods. Importation of banned items also destroys the local economy and kills productivity. Nigeria has battled with these malaises for years.

Angered by the danger posed by such sabotaging acts, President Buhari closed Nigerian borders, including the Seme border in August 2019, to curb smuggling of goods and weapons by these economic criminals.

Nigeria’s greatest problem on insecurity is battling banditry and terrorism, which has lasted for over 10 years. Much as the country has attempted to weaken terrorists and bandits operations within, they resurge from time to time, exalting more powers through smuggled weapons into the country.

Through subtle talks and persuasions, Benin Republic joined the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), a regional security outfit set up to confront the madness of terrorism in the West African sub-region. The original countries in this arrangement are Nigeria, Niger and Chad republics. But the needed cooperation for better gains has to be constantly activated or renewed by Nigeria.

And there is a bright hope to end these tribulations with Gen. Buratai (rtd), a soldier who demonstrated his zeal, passion and determination to see to the greater security and peace for humanity, especially in Nigeria, now serving as a bridge between Nigeria and Benin, one of the countries which greases the problem. It is therefore right to say, from the trenches, Gen. Buratai (rtd) has taken up the battle against terrorism and banditry on the diplomatic plane.

Considering that the international community is focal in the fight against armed gangs, in addressing the security challenges in Nigeria, the posting of Amb. Buratai to the Republic of Benin has countless blessings. He is in a better position and more experienced to search for diplomatic solutions to Nigeria’s porous borders which facilitate smuggled weapons from that axis by striking a mutual understanding with the country to checkmate the trend.

Not everything is achieved through brute force or laws. So, diplomacy and international relations on smooth template comes handy in resolving certain problems. Negotiations and dialogue between nations have solved knotty problems which years of wars or conflicts have failed to resolve.

Therefore, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai’s (rtd) ambassadorial mission in Benin republic will harvest and sustain multilateral ties with the West African country. As attested by his impeccable credentials in public service, Buratai is trusted to galvanize international support from this country in the final defeat the Boko Haram insurgency and allied insurgencies in Nigeria.

Gen. Buratai is famed for his passion for multiple approaches in fighting terrorism. While in the service of the Nigerian Military, he was a consistent exponent of the adoption of non-kinetic weapons in fighting terrorism in the country. His service now as Nigeria’s ambassador to Benin republic is a good icing on the cake, hence a standard platform has been raised for him to utilize his competence on embalming the multi-dimensional security issues afflicting Nigeria for peace, progress and security of the country.

Nigerians who know the worth and treasures in Gen. Buratai, applauded his diplomatic sojourn to Benin Republic jubilantly. The timing is also auspicious. Due to sustained pressures, the Federal Government of Nigeria reopened its closed borders in December 2020, after it nearly broke international relations between the two countries. By implication, while Government is desirous to encourage legitimate or authentic trans-border trade and commerce, it must also necessarily confine the operations within the prisms of approved international laws.

Consequently, Amb. Buratai’s first duty or challenge in this direction is how to renew the broken trade relations between Nigeria and Benin in terms profitable to both countries, in accordance with prescriptions of the ECOWAS Protocols. No magic can work better, rather than diplomatic engagements, which Amb. Buratai is poised to vigorously pursue.

Again, Amb. Buratai is working round the clock to promote national security through the Nigeria/Benin border. Topmost on his agenda is how to curb smuggling of arms and other dangerous weapons into Nigeria through the Benin border. It is a germane issue and uppermost on the minds of Nigerians. His initial steps are commendable in less than two months in office.

Amb. Buratai has also engaged the Government of Benin Republic on ways to curb the large scale smuggling of goods into the country. It is a practice orchestrated by economic wolves and saboteurs’ which has deprived Nigeria of critical revenue in billions of naira annually for the development of public infrastructure. With these loopholes blocked, it would open the sure path to a greater and more rapid development of Nigeria under the Buhari Presidency. Individuals engaged in the business of importation will also have robust transactions in a competitive and protected environment.

Gen. Buratai performed incredibly, as Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) in the very few months of his resumption of duty. He is again replicating the same feat in Benin. Nigerians are looking forward to more of such exploits in his mission in Benin Republic. And the quick wins have started trickling into Nigeria, evident in the curtailing of the flow of smuggled weapons into the country. The reduced tempo in acts of terror or banditry. The series of surrenders by terrorists and armed gangs to the Nigerian Army is an apt indication of their suffocation in various ways, including weapons supply.

Amb. Buratai has hit the ground running in his usual fashion. And as a friendly and likeable leader, the Nigerian Embassy staff in Benin Republic are in high spirits to work with him. They are excited with his vision of service and willing to actively assist him to re-energize his foreign mission in that country. Gen. Buratai’s (rtd) reign will definitely birth prosperity for both nations.

With Amb. Buratai at the helms of affairs, Nigeria is bound to see a new form of healthier bilateral engagements with Benin. He has already set modalities in motion to entrench a culture of mutual benefits of the trans-border trade between the two countries. Amb. Buratai is ensuring that not only Benin Republic’s Cotonou smiles in the long run; but Lagos and indeed, Nigeria count multiple gains from the business interactions.

The leadership style plus moral courage of Gen Buratai has since assisted heavily in taming the activities of the terrorists in the North East and banditry in the North West, despite occasional hitches or setbacks here and there not withstanding.

Clearly, many factors are accountable for the achievements recorded in checkmating insecurity in Nigeria. Some of the factors are – Gen Buratai’s courage, charisma, perseverance and leadership by example has made him a hero and one of the greatest motivational military Commanders in the military history of Nigeria.

So far, he has shown extraordinary commitment, selfless service and devotion to duty oftentimes at the risk of his health and at the risk of his life.

Credible reports have it that Gen Buratai, in some cases, led his troops in the battlefield with resounding victory.

As a patriotic Nigerian who is fully concerned with the happenings on security of our country, it is easy for me to list some of the visible achievements of Lt Gen TY Buratai during the period under review.

Successful war against terrorism

Despite the asymmetric, complexity and international dimension of the Boko Haram and ISWAP Terrorism (BHT), and the dwindling fortunes of the Nigerian troops in the areas of equipment, motivation and the will to fight, Gen Buratai has within a short time succeeded in reinvigorating troops’ morale and fighting spirit through deliberate multiple dynamic war strategies to keep pace with the mutating nature of terrorism.

Thus, it is interesting but not surprising that in less than 6 months the troops recovered lost ground and pushed on to defeat terrorism in our nation.

The NA in collaboration with other security agencies have so far dominated the area of combat and continue to carry out sustained operations against the Boko Haram and ISWAP Criminals.

Similar operations are simultaneously going on intensively in the North Western states of Kaduna, Katsina, Niger, Sokoto and Zamfara to checkmate banditry activities like kidnapping, cattle rustling, farmers-herders clashes among others.

1. Improved Internal Security Operations

Internal security operation in Nigeria has improved dramatically from where we were in 2015 when Gen Buratai took over command of the NA. Before he took over as the army chief, NA was in most cases in the news for abuse of human rights and some professional misconduct such as reckless extortion on the highways, illegal duty and poor dressing among others. These professional malfeasances have been gradually eradicated to the barest minimum through deliberate institutionalized efforts by the COAS.

Additionally, on the issue of insecurity in Nigeria, it is obvious that alot of succeses have been achieved in the areas of fighting terrorism in the North East and banditry in North West.

Suffice to state that the hitherto identified security threats in the south east, south west and south south have all been effectively checkmated.

Security challenges such as farmers – herders conflict, communal conflict, kidnapping, armed robbery, arms sales/arms proliferation, armed robbery and Cultistism as well as violent activities of outlawed secessionist agitators have been checkmated to the level that the hitherto troubled zone is now one of the most peaceful region in Nigeria.

Similarly, in both south south and south west zones, the threats of militancy, kidnapping, sea piracy, illegal oil bunkering and pipeline vandalization have all been brought to the barest points.

Although there are some potent threats that require continuous operational review which the NA under Gen Buratai is working on a regular basis.

1. Effective Civil-Military Relations As a Force Multiplier in Insurgency War

As a polyvalent military strategist and war time military Commander, Gen Buratai has since recognized the importance of civil populace in helping to win war against terrorism and banditry activities.

He has through various corporate social responsibility/ intervention projects identified the need to assist some selected lucky fluky communities with palliatives and free medical outreaches to help enhance relationship between host communities and the NA in its area of operations.

This effort helps tremendously in creating harmonious working relationship between the troops and the locals with the benefit of sharing information that could be of interest and advantage to the success of military operations and the process is ongoing.

Accordingly, the NA is supporting the Government’s efforts at encouraging Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to return to their ancestral homes.

To this end, the army under Gen Buratai conducted Operation Last Hold designed to further degrade BHTs, facilitate the relocation of IDPs back to their communities as well as to promote excellent civil-military relations which have so far yielded the desired results and require continous collaborative efforts and supports from relevant stakeholders to consolidate on this achievement.

It is important to state that through Operation Last Hold, over 5,000 IDPs have returned to their communities in Northern Borno State as reported by the media.

1. Reorganisation of Army towards professionalism

The NA has so far witnessed a lot of reorganization and injection of modern equipment, platforms and hardwares in a bid to improve the overall operational responsiveness, effectiveness and efficiency.

It is on record that new divisions and new commands have been created namely 6 Division Portharcourt, 7 Division Maiduguri and 8 Division Sokoto to combat terrorism and the lingering insecurity across the country.

Also Special Forces Command, Nigerian Army Women Corps, NA Special Forces Training School in Buni Yadi Yobe State and Cyber Warfare Command among many institutional reforms created by the COAS for the present and indeed more profoundly future benefits of Nigeria.

1. Enhanced Trainings and Capacity Building for NA Personnel*

Training and retraining of NA personnel is one of the topmost priorities of Gen Buratai. For instance, at an occasion recently, Gen Buratai said –”In the area of training, we have expanded our in-theater training for troops in the frontlines to afford them the required capabilities to operate and conduct effective operations. Special attention was also given to providing local and foreign training opportunities for all cadre of officers and men.

In the Year 2018 alone, a total of 156 personnel have attended foreign courses while 2,390 have attended courses and training programmes here in Nigeria ranging from masters degree programmes to workshops, seminars and conferences. The NA has also hosted over 300 local and international conferences, seminars or workshops either solely or in-conjunction with other relevant bodies.

We hereby hailed the Army General turned Diplomat for all these achievements

Politics / 2022: There's Hope For Nigeria - ROMZAIB Foundation by IDanfulani(m): 9:11am On Dec 31, 2021
As the year 2021 winds up and 2022 beckons, Romeo & Zainab Boudib (ROMZAIB) Foundation has extended greetings to Nigerians, while expressing hope of brighter prospects in the New Year.

In a statement signed by Founder/CEO ROMZAIB, Dr Halimah Sanda (MPH, FRSPH), she wished all Nigerians a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

"We all must contribute our quota in making Nigeria the land of our dreams. By all working towards sustaining peace, we would make good progress and make our country the envy of others," she said.

According to the statement, the negativity witnessed in 2021 as a result of COVID-19 and insecurity ravaging several parts of the country is memories that should be left behind and hope for a better 2022.

"To us at ROMZAIB, 2022 brings a bright hope of a new start for all of us to choose our destiny and show commitment to bringing it to reality," she charged.

According to her, all Nigerians should be united in prayers for the leaders of the country at all levels.

"We must trust on the Almighty and fervently pray for our leaders from the federal, state and local government level. We must also pray for our law enforcement agencies as well as the youth of this country.

"We have great potentials. Let us collectively harness it and take our people out of poverty and insecurity," she charged.

Politics / Kaduna Speaker Mourns Agwam Bajju by IDanfulani(m): 3:03am On Dec 20, 2021
Zailani commiserates with Bajju Chiefdom, Kaduna state Government over death of Monarch, Nuhu Bature

The Chairman Northern Speakers Forum, Speaker Kaduna state House of Assembly Rt Hon Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani, commiserate with the people of Bajju Chiefdom Zangon Kataf local government and Kaduna state government over the death of their Monarch A̠gwam Ba̠jju I, His Royal Highness Nuhu Bature Achi OON.

This was contained in a statement signed by his S.A Media and Publicity Hon Ibrahim Dahiru Danfulani and made available to the press.

Kaduna Speaker described the dead of Late Nuhu Bature Agwam Bajju I as not just a great loss to the Chiefdom but the State and Country at large

According to him, “He always supported and prayed for us. He governed the people well, and ensured peace, harmony and progress for his people. He is no longer with us but he stood for truth, fairness, peace and progress.”

Extending condolences to the people of Zangon Kataf on behalf of Kaduna House of Assembly, Zailani added, “He has served and been a good example and will be remembered for his good works and legacy.”

Late Bature became the first monarch of the Bajju Chiefdom after its creation in 1995.

Crime / Zailani Mourns Kaduna Assembly Member Killed By Bandits, Says He Was Dynamic by IDanfulani(m): 12:48pm On Dec 15, 2021
Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani has described as devastating, the death of Hon Lirwanu Aminu Gadagau member representing Giwa West at the Kaduna State House of Assembly.

This was contained in a statement signed by his SA Media and Publicity, Honourable Ibrahim Dahiru Danfulani, dated Wednesday December 15, 2021.

It informed that his remains were discovered in a morgue on Wednesday, suspected to have been on of those killed by bandits on Monday night along Kaduna-Zaria Highway.

According to the statement, he died during bandits attack along Zaria highway.

"This is tragic and painful. We are in deep grief over this sad incident," Zailani said.

He prayed for Almighty Allah to grant the state, Assembly and his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss

The Speaker also prayed for Almighty Allah to grant him Aljannah Firdaus.

"Our prayers at this time, goes to his immediate family. Honourable Gadagau was a young and dynamic lawmaker, who had a passion for his constituency, state and NIgeria.

"We will miss his vibrant contributions," he declared.

The Speaker also commiserated with families of others who were killed during the same attack.

"Our hearts also go out to those kidnapped in same operation, believing that they would be rescued by security operatives as soon as possible," he said.

Before his death, Honorable Gadagau was the Chairman House Committee on Local Government.

Crime / Alleged Abduction Of Commuters Along Maiduguri -damaturu, False Alarm by IDanfulani(m): 9:21pm On Dec 11, 2021
Alleged Abduction Of Commuters Along Maiduguri -Damaturu, False Alarm - Operation HADIN KAI

The attention of Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) has been drawn to series of unsubstantiated reports making rounds today, 11 December 2021 on social media and some pages of newspapers on the purported abduction of Maiduguri bound commuters by members of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) along Mainok and Borgozo in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno State.

A statement signed by the Deputy Director Public Relations
7 Division Nigerian Army/Joint Task Force (North East)
Operation HADIN KAI, Colonel Ado Isa, dated December 11, 2021, said that the alleged incident which is false, misleading with the sole intention to smear the glaring good efforts and achievements of OPHK was said to have occured on Saturday December 11, 2021.

"The fact is that members of the terrorists group emerged through the Dole/Bari villages on some vehicles with the intent to mount snap road blocks in order to cause havoc and apprehension in the hearts of villagers and commuters. Troops on mobile patrol within the general area foiled the attempt without any delay.

"There was no abduction of any commuter today. It was just the imagination of mischief makers who are not happy that peace is gradually returning to the North East," it said.

Joint Task Force North East Operation HADIN KAI assured that it will continue to sustain the peace efforts by ensuring the Maiduguri - Damaturu Main Supply Route (MSR) is not only fortified to frustrate the evil intentions of the terrorists but the Theatre will continue to ensure all locations are adequately manned by highly trained troops ready to defeat any criminal act against the peace loving citizens.

Members of the general public were therefore, urged to disregard all forms of reports in the media regarding the recent abduction of commuters alleged to have occured along the MSR today.

"We crave for understanding and cooperation of every well meaning members of the public. We should all remain calm and verify issues with the military authority as unsuspected group of persons are planning to cause apprehension and anxiety especially as the yuletide season is already here," it concluded.

Crime / Arewa Group Slams Journalists For Linking Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau To DSS by IDanfulani(m): 9:01pm On Dec 09, 2021
*Arewa Group Slams Journalists For Linking Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau To DSS Arrest*

A group, Arewa Think Right Group has tasked journalists to cross check information, facts and clarify from reliable sources before going to press.

The charge was handed out by the National Coordinator of the group, Comrade Hamza Alkasim, in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Thursday December 9, 2021, in which they frowned at those responsible for reports, alleging that a former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (Rtd) was arrested by the Departmental of State Security Services (DSS)

"We were shocked and totally disappointed with media houses that reported the news as the former COAS, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (Rtd) was arrested by the DSS.
This is a blatant lie. The former COAS was never invited nor arrested by the DSS.

"Without mincing words, we categorically state that although we heard another Dambazau was arrested, it was not the former COAS they declared.

They wondered why some media organisations published the story as such, adding that it is a clear case of mischief.

"Linking the former COAS, General Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau to DSS arrest was not fair, because he was never invited nor arrested. Instead, one Brigadier General Idris Bello Dambazau (Rtd) was arrested," they stressed

The group said that the Former COAS was a man of proven integrity and respect who contributed and served his fatherland with passion and humility.
Politics / Late Baba Gwabin: Family Appreciation Message by IDanfulani(m): 8:25am On Nov 26, 2021
Late Baba Gwabin: Family Appreciation Message

His Excellency, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum mni FNSE, Executive Governor Borno State, the Chief of Defence Staff, Service Chiefs, members of Borno State delegation, members of the Armed Forces both serving and retired. Our Royal Fathers, the Clergy and all invited guests.

The Family of late Baba Musa Gwabin appreciates your presence at the Burial of their late Father, Grand Father and Uncle
We remain grateful.

The Gwabins

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