Chad Accuses Nigeria of Stalling Onslaught against Boko Haram

Nigeria had refused to let Chadian troops continue with their campaign to recapture territories controlled by Boko Haram, Reuters reported yesterday.

In a span of six weeks the Chadian troops had been able to recapture Malam Fatori and Damasak on the border with Niger Republic and Gamboru and Ngala on the Cameroonian border.

They also sacked the insurgents from the ancient town of Dikwa, bringing them within 45 kilometres of Bama, Borno state’s second largest town.

But diplomats told Reuters it would be an embarrassment to President Goodluck Jonathan who is seeking re-election, for a smaller nation to tackle Nigeria’s security problems.

Reuters said in their forward base in the town of Gamboru on the Nigeria-Cameroon border, Chadian soldiers displayed dozens of guns seized from Boko Haram and a burnt-out armoured vehicle painted with black and white Arabic script.

“We turned back because Nigeria did not authorise us to go any further,” army spokesman Colonel Azem Bermandoa said.

Nigeria’s spokesman for operations in the northeast, Mike Omeri, said cooperation between Chadian and Nigerian forces had brought some major military adding that successes and any issues would be resolved via existing command structures.

But the Chadians say there have been no joint operations between the two forces. Chad’s offer to join a Nigerian offensive to capture Baga, site of one of Boko Haram’s worst atrocities in January, was rebuffed, Bermandoa said.

Officials from Chad, Niger and Cameroon say lack of cooperation from Nigeria has for months hampered efforts to put together a regional taskforce against Boko Haram.

Chad was compelled to take unilateral action in January, under a deal that allows it to pursue terrorists into Nigeria, after Boko Haram violence started to choke off imports to its economy.

With Niger and Cameroon deploying thousands of troops on their borders, blocking escape routes for Boko Haram, the tide may be turning.

Francois Conradie, analyst with South African-based NKC Research, told Reuters that if the current offensive could be sustained, Boko Haram could quickly be driven out of the remaining towns it holds.
He warned that the sect would, however, remain a deadly rural guerrilla force.

 

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War Against Boko Haram: We’ll Avoid Civilian Casualties, Rights Abuses- Jonathan

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan said Tuesday in Abuja that utmost care was being taken by the Federal Government to avoid collateral damage to the lives and properties of civilians as the military intensifies its ongoing offensive against Boko Haram.

Speaking at an audience with the new South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Noh Kyu-Duk, President Jonathan said that everything possible was also being done by the military to avoid human rights violations in the theatre of operations in the North Eastern states.

“We are sticking to international best practices in prosecuting the war against terrorism and doing our best to ensure that we don’t have cases of human rights abuses in the North-East.

“We are consistently monitoring the situation and have investigated previous reports of such abuse which were mostly blown out of proportion for political reasons.

“Our military has a reputation for discipline and we have insisted on that discipline and control for the safety of civilians in the North-East.

“The purpose of the entire operation is to save our people from the brutal tyranny of Boko Haram, so we cannot tolerate human rights abuses or willfully impose further suffering on them,’’ President Jonathan said.

The President also told Mr. Kyu-Duk that Nigeria’s entire security architecture was being reviewed, restructured and strengthened to ensure greater safety for Nigerians and foreign workers in all parts of the country.

“We are inviting all our friends in the international community, particularly those that are more technologically advanced, to complement our efforts to build a more secure and prosperous country in which our people and foreigners can live in peace and safety,” President Jonathan told the new South Korean Ambassador.

The President urged Mr. Kyu-Duk and his Indonesian counterpart, Mr. Harry Purwanto, who was also at the Presidential Villa to present his letters of credence, to work for the strengthening of existing trade and economic relations between Nigeria and their countries.

The new ambassadors thanked President Jonathan for receiving them and assured him that they will do their best to promote stronger economic and cultural relations between their countries and Nigeria during their tenure in Abuja.

 

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Boko Haram Leader Shekau Releases New Video of Two Men Beheaded for Spying

The leader of the Boko Haram insurgents group, Abubabakr Shekau, has released a new video which shows two beheaded men, who were accused of spying, a parody of the modus operadi Islamic State group.

The SITE intelligence group said the video, called “Harvest of Spies,” was posted on the sect’s twitter handle, the group’s new media arm.

According to it, the video is much slicker than previous ones, saying it borrows certain elements from IS productions, such as the sound of a beating heart and heavy breathing immediately before the execution.

Boko Haram had said, in social media messages last month, that it was considering swearing allegiance to IS.

Speaking before the execution, the two victims on their knees said that they went to Baga, Borno State to witness what was going there when the Boko Haram captured them.

Other media reported that a man identified as Dawoud Muhammad of Baga town, in response to questions, said that a police officer paid him N5,000 to spy and promised to make him so rich he would never have to farm again.

The video which was delivered in Hausa, written in English, French and Arabic, does not show the actual beheadings but the two bodies after the executions, with heads on the chests.

Boko Haram previously published only one beheading of a pilot whose plane went missing in September.

The Boko Haram began emulating the Islamic State group last August, declaring it had established an Islamic caliphate in territory it controls in north-eastern Nigeria.
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Troops Kill 73 Boko Haram Fighters in Failed Konduga Attack

No fewer than 73 Boko Haram terrorists yesterday fell to the superior firepower of the Nigerian troops during a failed attempt by the insurgents’ bid to retake Konduga town in Borno State.

One Nigerian soldier was reportedly killed in the attack which lasted over five hours, security sources said.

According to one of the soldiers stationed in Konduga, the terrorists tried to attack the military base using herds of cows and a car filled with improvised explosive devices.

“They intended to take us by surprise but even before they came we had pre-information about them and we laid ambush after securing our territory,” the soldier told journalists in Maiduguri by telephone.

“Initially they flocked a herd of cows into Konduga in order to create some kind of detour and confuse us to enable the suicide bomber attack from another side; but we were able to gun the vehicle from afar before it got near and the car exploded. After that, the terrorists came in large numbers and we engaged in several hours of shooting with them.”

“We counted about 73 of them that were killed and many others who got injured escaped. But we lost a soldier during the shootout,” the soldier said.

Residents of Maiduguri were alarmed by the sight of two military jets hovering over Maiduguri and moving to and fro the direction of Konduga for hours.

“We continued to engage them from 7 a.m. to about 1p.m. when an air force jet came to give us backup,” the soldier added.

Konduga has repeatedly been attacked for over 15 times in the last 10 months as Boko Haram terrorists are bent on capturing the town as part of their strategy to launch an attack on Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, but they have been bloodied in each attempt.

 

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Niger Delta Ex-Militants Warn Against Another Polls Shift…Say Region Free To Support Any Party

Former leaders of some militant groups in the Niger Delta yesterday declared that any further shift in the election dates will lead to chaos in the country. The ex-warlords, General Aboy, General Bonny and General Gentle in a statement released after their deliberations today stated that indigenes of the oil rich region are free to support any presidential candidate of their choice.

The full text of their communique reads: “We the ex-militants and leaders of communities in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria having deliberated, considered the state of the nation, and the Niger Delta, the tension and fragile peace, the feelings of our people and the potential for severe breakdown of law and order in the land, have decided certain non-negotiable conditions for peace and continued co-existence. They are:

“We insist that elections must hold on March 28’h and April 11th 2015 as currently announced. We reject any further cancellation, postponement or rescheduling.

“We abhor and reject any military deployment and intervention in the political and electoral process. We hail and adopt the decision of the Judiciary that the Armed Forces have no role in elections and will strongly resist any participation of the Armed Forces in elections.

“We insist that the elections must be credible, free and fair. We insist that for this to happen, the elections must hold on March 28th and April 11th, and the Armed Forces must be excluded.

“We demand that the INEC and its Chairman be independent and be allowed to do their work free from pressure from the Armed Forces or the Federal Government. We insist that their preparation and plan for the election be allowed to materialize including tools and requirements for the elections.

“We reject and deny any pronouncements that there will be breakdown of law and order or mayhem in the Niger Delta if any particular candidate is not returned as victorious in the elections.

“We assure and promise that the Niger Delta will be peaceful and accept the result of transparent, credible, free and fair elections that will occur on March 28th and April 11th.

“We condemn any statements or plans that convey the Niger Delta as being undemocratic or supporting one particular candidate exclusively.

“We reiterate that citizens of the Niger Delta in exercise of their Constitutional rights may support any party or candidate of their choice in a peaceful manner, and assure their safety and security in this choice and in the aftermath of the elections.

“We inform that, it is the failure to hold transparent, credible, free and fair elections on March 28th and April 11th 2015 that may lead to chaos, insecurity and problems in the Niger Delta.

“We further inform that any attempt to deploy soldiers, or intimidate and harass citizens in the Niger Delta prior to, during and after the elections will be strongly resisted and may break the peace of the land.

“We individually, and collectively on behalf of our communities and people solemnly sign this Declaration and also put the country on notice that these demands are the only conditions for peace in the Niger Delta and the continued peace of Nigeria as well as mutual and equitable enjoyment and benefit from the resources in the Niger Delta.”
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Pastor Enoch Adeboye is an Exemplary Nation Builder – Buhari

General Muhammadu Buhari, APC presidential candidate has congratulated the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye on his 73rd birthday.

The APC presidential candidate described Pastor Enoch Adeboye as a peace-loving citizen, in a statement released by the Directorate of Media and Publicity of the APCPCO.

“Your role as a nation-builder is being acknowledged by all, and I enjoin you to continue in your service to God and humanity,” said Malam Garba Shehu.

The statement concluded by wishing the amiable Pastor Enoch Adeboye long life in the service of God and humanity.
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Defamatory Documentary: Tinubu To Sue AIT

All Progressives Congress National Leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is set to sue the management of the Daar Communications Limited, owners of the Africa Independent Television, AIT for the defamatory content of a documentary aired on Sunday.

Counsel to Asiwaju Tinubu, Mr. Tunji Abayomi, said a letter asking Daar Communications to apologise for the content and stop further airing was delivered this afternoon.

A part of the letter to AIT reads, ” … You aired an hour long documentary focussing on our client (Bola Tinubu). Clearly pre-occupied with political resentment and hatred neither warranted, necessary, proper, or justified, you published several false allegations against our client…More disturbing is your misrepresentation that the said documentary was “sponsored” without disclosing the “sponsors”. You cannot under law, hide under media freedom to maliciously injure a citizen’s reputation”.

The letter also demanded for N20billion (Twenty Billion Naira) as cost of damage done to the reputation of its client failing which the client will sue the company.

Another part of the letter reads: “…to affirm the right of our client against your defamatory publication, we demand that you confirm to us within 24 hours of receipt of this letter, an apology and retraction of the said publication/documentary.”

 

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Plot To Remove Jega This Week Thickens As Fears Rises Over Another Poll Shift

There are indications that the Presidency may this week show the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, the exit door.

This is coming as insider sources revealed that the hawkish members of President Goodluck Jonathan’s inner circle have convinced him to move in an aggressive and decisive manner to remove Attahiru Jega as the commission’s boss.

Sources within INEC as well as the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) disclosed that, barring a last-minute change of heart, President Jonathan will go ahead this week to force Mr. Jega to embark on a terminal leave prior to the end of his year in the middle of 2015.

Mr. Jega’s removal was a done deal, a PDP source said. According to him, the hawks around Mr. Jonathan, including Ms. Alison-Madueke, Governor Olusegun Mimiko, Vice President Namadi Sambo, and presidential aides Doyin Okupe and Femi Fani-Kayode, believe that the PDP and Mr. Jonathan can weather the storm of any fallout from the firing of the INEC chairman.

“They believe the APC, the world press, the US and EU will make noise, but then everybody will eventually calm down,” said the source. He added that the same situation played out when President Jonathan removed Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the Governor of the Central Bank.

Our sources said the decision to remove Mr. Jega would open the door to appoint a new chairman, a national commisoner of INEC, Amina Bala Zakari,  who would be open to jettisoning the use of permanent voters cards and other anti-rigging technologies. “Once Prof. Jega is removed, Mr. President will nominate a new chairman who will declare that INEC is not ready to use PVCs. And once PVCs are removed, it will become easier to carry out major rigging,” an INEC source said.

He added that the Presidency had been able to use its massive slush funds, sourced from deals in the oil and energy sectors, to compromise a majority of INEC officials in the states. Over the last four years, Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke has been stashing away funds that President Jonathan is now using to bribe electoral officials, traditional rulers, and even some members of the civil society groups.

It was gathered that Mr. Jonathan had distributed more than $200 million to different groups since INEC postponed elections two weeks ago.

Our sources said Mr. Jega’s refusal to be compromised in the conduct of this year’s elections had spelt his doom. “Many RECs (resident electoral commissioners) are in the party’s [PDP’s] pocket, but Professor Jega has refused even to pick up the phone calls of those representing the president. That’s why the decision has been reached to push him out of the way,” one INEC source said. He added that Mr. Jega knew that the eyes of the world were on him, and had decided to run elections that are acknowledged as credible.

Several sources said the removal of Mr. Jega is a major part of a strategy developed by President Jonathan’s team to ensure that they win the presidential and other elections by hook or crook.

While the plan t remove Jega may have been perfected and concluded, there are fears that the March 28 and April 11 elections may be shifted.

The elections were originally slated for February 14 and 28. They were shifted because the Service Chiefs told the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that they could not guarantee security. They asked for six weeks to defeat the Boko Haram insurgents troubling the Northeast.

“The same reason is likely to be advanced in making a case for another postponement,” a source said last night.

The Service Chiefs, it was learnt, will tender the military’s recent gains in the war against Boko Haram to make the case for another postponement.

The military says it has made much progress in the anti-terrorism war, retaking towns captured by the terrorists and making arrests.

But, the popular thinking, particularly  in the camp of the opposition, is that another shift will allow the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to perfect its strategies to stay put in office by manipulating the elections.

The strategies include:

•the sudden push for the removal of INEC Chairman Prof. Attahiru Jega and;

•the campaign against the use of the Permanent Voter Card (PVC) and the Card Reader – two key elements of a fraud–free election, according to INEC.

The PDP insists that many would-be voters are yet to get their cards. Besides, the party says the Card Reader may go faulty.

Almost 80% of would-be voters have got their cards. INEC says there are spare card readers, should some suddenly go faulty.

 

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Military Issues Security Alert, Says Suicide Bombers on the Prowl

Against the backdrop of the massive air bombardments and artillery pounding of Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East, military authorities have issued a security alert warning of plans by the group to carry out suicide bombings in several parts of the country.

The plot, it was gathered, is aimed at diverting attention from the epicentre of the terror war in North-East with the killing of unsuspecting members of the public in a soft target siege at such places like markets, recreation grounds, gardens and important national monuments.

Nigerian troops in collaboration with forces from neighbouring countries on the platform of the Multinational Joint Task Force, MJTF, have decimated most of the operational bases of Boko Haram terrorists while many of them have been killed.

In their bid to remain relevant and attract importance, the group has once again reverted to the use of suicide bombers in its evil campaign against Nigeria as witnessed in places like Kano, Jos, Yobe etc.

The security alert wants Nigerians to be vigilant and on the look-out for potential suicide bombers already brainwashed and probably drugged by the terrorists. Top intelligence sources insisted that Boko Haram members, in their desperation to escape the military onslaughts on their camps and their bid to retaliate such offensive, may have resorted to suicide bombings which was their hit-and-run tactic used mostly between 2012 and 2013.

This time around, however, the terrorists have been using children and teenagers especially females to perpetrate their nefarious activities on soft targets in some Northern states. “Their major mission is to attack soft targets like motor parks, schools, worship centres, markets among others for maximum casualty among the citizens,” a source said.

It was further gathered that some of the explosive devices used for suicide bombing were dynamite materials stolen from quarry industries within and outside the country. However, the collaboration against religious extremism forged by countries around the Lake Chad Basin has so far frustrated the insurgents that it is now difficult for them to strike in Nigeria and run to neighbouring countries who have sealed off their borders against the terrorists hence the resort to soft targets.

In the last two weeks, several towns and local governments in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States, including the training facilities and logistic dumps of the insurgents have been reclaimed by Nigerians troops.

Reacting to the development, Directorate of State Services, DSS, in a statement issued at the weekend said: “It has become evident that following the successful, sustained air raids and intense combat operations by the military on insurgents’ positions in the North-East which had effectively degraded the capacity of the terrorists, its members are now in disarray and have resorted to taking out their anger on hapless civilians and soft targets.

“This development accounts for the recent spate of attacks recorded in Yobe, Kano, Borno and Plateau States with intent of distracting security forces. “Accordingly, this Service wishes to advice members of the public to be vigilant especially in crowded environment and when travelling. Commuters should desist from boarding unmarked vehicles along the road and only use designated motor parks.

“We also reiterate our call on motor park managers to ensure proper screening of vehicles, persons and luggage entering their premises. They should also look out for new faces who show up as drivers and conductors.”

 

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Nigerian Troops On Patrol Encounter And Dislodge Terrorists, Recover Arms

Troops on cordon and search along Djimitillo Damaturu road axis on Friday night had an encounter with a group of terrorists after their hideout was discovered by troops.  The fierce fight to dislodge them from the location which is very close to a market, resulted in the capture of   Machine Guns and rifles as well as the death of some number of them.

 

Some of the terrorists are believed to have died in the fire that gutted the house where they had made their base.  A soldier was killed while another was wounded and is undergoing treatment.

In Gulak, Adamawa State, troops in pursuit of terrorists caught up with some of them who were in the process of blowing up a bridge to deter troops advance.  The terrorists were not lucky as they died in their encounter with troops.  The troops are continuing with the cordon and search of the town and environs after overpowering the terrorists.  A lot of arms have been recovered in the process.  Troops are also dismantling the terrorists group’s flags hoisted in the towns.

CHRIS OLUKOLADE
Major General
Director Defense Information

Cache of arms recovered from the terrorists

 

 

Terrorists killed in their attempt to blow up a bridge; 

 

Troops in a group photograph with one of the dismantled terrorists flag; 

 

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INEC Publishes Data of PVC Distribution in All 36 States and the FCT

Ahead of the 2015 general elections, a total of 14,505,729 Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) are yet to be distributed, latest data from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) revealed yesterday.

By the recent data released by the electoral commission, a total of 54,327,747 PVCs have been collected so far, at a rate of 78.93 percent.

The commission further disclosed that a total of 67, 206,600 PVCS have been distributed to the states.

The last data released by INEC on February 17 shows that 52,275,367 PVCS were distributed at 75.94 percent.

However, the data shows a difference of 2,052,380 (3.01 percent) between February 17 till date.

Nevertheless, Akwa Ibom State has recorded the highest number of PVCS collected so far at 1,587, 566 at 94.46 percent.

This is followed by Bauchi State,where 1,938,192, PVCS have been collected at a rate of 94.36 percent.

The lowest state still remains Ogun State, where 808,590 PVCS have been collected at a rate of 44.20 percent.

In Zamfara State, 1,397,296 PVCs have been collected at a percentage of 93.42; in Taraba State, 1,252,491 have been collected at 93.42 percent.

 

Independent National Electoral Commission

Issuance Of Permanent Voters Cards As At February 26, 2015

 

(a)     (b)                         (c)                          (d)                         (e)                          (f)

1         ABIA                     1,396,162           1,382,181           1,132,928           81.15

2         ADAMAWA        1,559,012           1,570,370           1,364,804           87.54

3         AKWA-IBOM    1,680,759           1,720,645           1,587,566           94.46

4         ANAMBRA         1,963,173           1,915,070           1,527,045           77.78

5         BAUCHI              2,054,125           2,024,340           1,938,192           94.36

6         BAYELSA             610,373               577,230               404,119               66.21

7         BENUE                 2,015,452           2,015,441           1,566,186           77.71

8         BORNO               1,934,079           1,544,612           1,320,667           68.28

9         CROSS RIVER   1,175,623           1,184,534           919,622               78.22

10       DELTA                 2,275,264           2,282,018           1,795,307           78.91

11       EBONYI               1,074,273           1,043,746           848,392               78.97

12       EDO                      1,779,738           1,784,404           1,197,829           67.30

13       EKITI                    732,021               813,871               505,829               69.10

14       ENUGU                1,429,221           1,434,511           1,169,408           81.82

15       FCT                       881,472               903,613               552,381               62.67

16       GOMBE               1,120,023           1,129,622           1,064,577           95.05

17       IMO                      1,803,030           1,772,129           1,352,554           75.02

18       JIGAWA              1,831,276           1,857,558           1,794,646           98.00

19       KADUNA             3,407,222           3,447,996           3,159,011           92.72

20       KANO                   4,975,701           4,827,236           4,112,039           82.64

21       KATSINA            2,827,943           2,809,910           2,620,096           92.65

22       KEBBI                   1,470,648           1,484,580           1,316,656           89.53

23       KOGI                    1,350,883           1,330,400           926,013               68.55

24       KWARA                1,142,267           1,153,109           858,623               75.17

25       LAGOS                 5,822,207           5,558,062           3,693,355           63.44

26       NASARAWA       1,242,667           1,228,098           1,026,657           82.62

27       NIGER                  2,014,317           1,981,183           1,642,144           81.52

28       OGUN                  1,829,534           1,387,401           808,590               44.20

29       ONDO                  1,524,655           1,501,694           1,073,904           70.44

30       OSUN                   1,407,107           1,569,368           1,021,169           72.57

31       OYO                      2,415,566           2,416,470           1,603,168           66.37

32       PLATEAU            2,001,825           1,812,704           1,430,852           71.48

33       RIVERS                                2,537,590           2,295,325           2,091,132           82.41

34       SOKOTO             1,611,929           1,650,081           1,428,098           88.60

35       TARABA              1,340,652           1,347,104           1,252,491           93.42

36       YOBE                    1,099,970           973,250               824,401               74.95

37       ZAMFARA          1,495,717           1,476,734           1,397,296           93.42

Total                    68,833,476        67,206,600        54,327,747        78.93

 

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Jonathan’s Men After Our Lives For Endorsing Buhari, Northern Christian Leaders Allege

Christians from Northern part of Nigeria under the aegis of Northern Christian Leaders Eagle Eyes Forum (NCLEEF) have raised the alarm, accusing President Jonathan’s agents of threatening their lives following their recent endorsement of the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari.

Addressing the press in Kaduna today, Chairman of the Forum, Pastor Aminchi Habu said President Goodluck Jonathan’s tenure in the past six years was a disappointment to Nigerians; particularly Christian community which he claimed gave the President the winning votes in 2011 general elections.

Pastor Habu said it was based on the failure of the Jonathan administration that the Christian Forum decided to dish the President and endorse General Buhari who they believe could rid the country of insecurity and underdevelopment.

According to Pastor Habu “Our decision to endorse Buhari was informed by our patriotic commitment to build a free, fair and a secular society where the inheritance should be justice to all.

“After the endorsement, our members, especially the Chairman of this Forum have continued to receive threatening phone calls and text messages, labeling them a sell-out group who have abandoned a Christian candidate in the person of President Goodluck Jonathan.

“We supported the present government in 2003, 2007 and 2011, however after critical analysis, the Forum decided to endorse General Muhammadu Buhari based on abysmal performance, the security challenges, outrageous corruption in public places, coupled with economic downturn under the Jonathan administration.

“Our enemies accused us of collecting N500 million from General Buhari, this accusation is not only wrong, but a blatant lie from the pit of hell. We charge anybody with concrete evidence of any money collected by anybody on behalf of the Forum to come forward with such evidence.

“The endorsement of Buhari was done publicly, and not secret like our accusers will do, yet segment of corrupt minds are employed to water down the good intention of the Forum which is to build bridges and promote peaceful co-existence without our complex diversity.

“We shall not betray our trust as religious leaders for any monetary consideration. We shall do everything humanly possible within our calling to protect the interest of our image.

“We are therefore calling on the Christians not to be deceived by these religious bigots and shun sentiment by voting the right candidate in the forthcoming general election”.

 

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