Nigerian Govt Accuses New York Times of Working for the Opposition

Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Ade Adefuye, on Tuesday faulted an editorial published by the New York Times on the postponement of the general elections in Nigeria.

“I was shocked and disappointed to read your editorial of Feb.16 titled ‘Nigeria Miserable Choices’ because it distorted and omitted important facts,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.

The publication had in its editorial said the main reason Nigeria’s elections were postponed was to frustrate Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress.

See: “Nigeria’s Miserable Choices”: New York Times Slams President Jonathan Over “Extra Time” to Fight Boko Haram

Mr. Adefuye explained that the decision to postpone the election was made by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and not by President Goodluck Jonathan.

“The election management body has always been allowed a freehand in conduct of its activities including the time table for the elections. In arriving at the decision to postpone the elections, INEC chief, Prof. Jega, said ‘no one pressurised INEC to take the decision,” the ambassador said.

He said in arriving at the decision, the commission took into consideration the prevailing situation in the country in the build up to the Feb. 14 earlier scheduled for the commencement of the elections.

According to him, the issues involved included distribution of the permanent voter cards, card readers and security.

He said the issues were acknowledged in a research conducted by the U.S.-based National Democratic Institute and the International Republic Institute after a four-week stay in Nigeria.

“The research was sponsored by the U.S. State Department and has been published; it is surprising that The New York Times is not aware or chose to ignore this report,” he said.

Mr. Adefuye argued that Boko Haram constituted a serious threat to the country and that government had in the recent past made appreciable progress in tackling the problem.

“Boko Haram will soon be a thing of the past. It is simply not practicable to be fighting Boko Haram and be providing the security necessary for the elections. It is very clear that this editorial of yours was motivated by bias and ignorance both of which are inexcusable,” he said.

 

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We Will Not Retrench Workers; Governor Ahmed Assures Labour Congress

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has described workers as the engine room for service delivery by any government. This assertion was made at the governorship interactive session organized by the Joint Kwara Labour Congress of the NLC and the TUC yesterday where the governor enthusiastically entertained series of questions and rubbed mind with the workers of the state.

It was never a surprise as the workers prioritized matters concerning them during the course of the debate. The very first question put to the governor thus was about the retrenchment of workers in the State.

The governor in his response spoke convincingly on the significance of workers in the development of any nation. He reiterated that in recognition of their service and commitment to nation building, every government must intensify efforts to keep them happy un-interruptedly.

In his bid of justification, he explained that every single worker is symbolically a stem with numbers of branches depending on him. Retrenching him in an undue course therefore will not bring havoc to him alone, but also cause a great dismay to his dependants.

Ahmed maintained that retrenchment is a tyrannical approach inherited from the military. He seriously condemned and described it non-democratic. He however, related reasons that are capable of causing such catastrophe to poor financial capacity of the state, expatiating on how downfall has over the years struck the state allocation from, and other responsibilities of the federal government.

In his way forward analysis, the governor elaborated how his administration has been taking care of the situation by sourcing funds from its internal revenue to cater for the cumbersome responsibilities of the administration. He emphasized that areas been affected by the horrid behaviour of the federal government towards the state and other tiers are so much devastating that only a proficient government can survive, and device alternative means to it.

“In the face of all challenges, our government will never fail the people or show any ineptitude concerning every matter that affects them. Rather, we will continue to strive to meet up with their needs and ensure our targets are met as a government” Ahmed re-assures.

He finally urged the workers to re-exhibit their progressive character in the forthcoming election and never play a partisan politics, as he enjoined the entire public to make sure their votes count for the right person of their choice in a non-violence manner.

 

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Boko Haram Leader Shekau Releases New Video, Vows to Stop Nigeria Elections [Watch]

The leader of the Boko Haram insurgents group, Abubakar Shekau has released new video vowing to stop Nigeria’s elections scheduled to hold on March 28 and April 11.

In the video, Shekau who spoke in Hausa language was shown in front of a solid blue background, dressed in black and with an automatic weapon resting to his right.

He said: “This election will not be held even if we are dead. Even if we are not alive Allah will never allow you to do it.”  Presumably referring to the polls scheduled for March 28.

He also claimed to have carried out the weekend attack in the northeast Nigerian city of Gombe, which the military says was repelled.

These latest threat by the sect comes hours after a suicide bomber attacked a restaurant along Damaturu road of Potiskum town, Yobe State, north east Nigeria.

It would be recalled that the security situation in the northeast of the country, which is Boko Haram’s strong hold was the reason why Nigeria’s general election initially scheduled for February 14 was postponed by six weeks, with the security services saying they needed more time to contain the insurgency in the region.


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List of Kaduna Based Islamic Clerics Who Received Cash for Supporting Jonathan/Sambo Campaign Surfaces [Look]

Abusidiqu has obtained a memo which listed a number of Islamic clerics from Kaduna state penciled down for cash inducement for supporting the re-election campaign of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The memo, signed by one Ambassador Garzali Tanko, said to be the Director of Finance of the National Coalition for Jonathan/Sambo Presidency listed 13 of the clerics to benefit from various sums ranging from N1,000,000 to N500,000.

We however cannot confirm the authenticity of the memo.

The memo indicated that the payment is the second of such as the first phase was carried out in December.

See copy of the memo below:Kaduna clerics

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Civilian JTF Nab Ammunition Loaded Vehicles in Maiduguri as Soldiers Kill Five Members of the Group

Members of the Civilian Joint Task Force in Borno State on Monday captures some vehicles loaded with ammunition in Maiduguri.

This occurred as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari visited the town for his presidential campaign.

However, their action led to the death of five of its members who were shot by soldiers in the city for what a military source described as an affront.

The trailer load of ammunition was said to be in the convoy of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army, with headquarters in Maiduguri, which came in through the Maiduguri International Airport in a private commercial trailer.maid-arms

According to report, the army claimed they chartered the private trucks to ferry military ammunition because ‘the military trucks were faulty.”

But on suspicion, vigilante youths who blocked most of the roads in the town as a security precaution against any attack during the campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), in the town accosted the convoy and asked to check the trailers.

When the soldiers refused, the youths forcefully climbed the vehicle and also made a bonfire on the road to make it difficult for the soldiers to move the trailer.

The action of the youths was said to have angered the soldiers, who, according to eyewitnesses, resorted to shooting at the youths, killing five of them in the process. Some of the other youths were injured in the process.

Despite the killing of the youths, hundreds of other civilian volunteers rounded off the vehicles. maid-arms2

A security source told our correspondent that it was wrong for the youths to accost soldiers.

The source said, “It was an affront on the military for some armed youths under any guise to accost military officials on the road.

“They even went a step further to set bonfire which could have caused a massive explosion as the trailer was filled with thousands of explosives.

“They left our men with no other choice but to shoot at them.”

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AUDIO: Interrogated Boko Haram Suspect Implicates Nigerian Govt, Security Services for Terror Attacks

We have obtained audio from a recent Nigerian army interrogation of an arrested Boko Haram suspect in the northeast. The suspect in the audio confessed to be a Christian and had some startling accounts to give including implicating Nigeria’s president and state security agents in recent terror attacks.

Below is a translation of the interview:

Interrogator- who did the Mubi Job

BH– We did but I’m not among. The bomb at kaban we did it.

Interrogator- talk to me or else?

BH– I was staying at EYN church the one on the market road close to kaban.

Interrogator- When you entered Mubi were you all Muslims or all Christians?
BH– there’s nothing to hide we were all Christians.

Interrogator- When you meet people what do you say?
BH– we say Allahu akbar.

Interrogator- what do you call Mubi?
BH– Fityanul Islam.

Interrogator- Now you said DPO knows?
BH– Yes he knows,

Interrogator- who else knows?

BH– all the top shots know. The DPO and the DCO.

Interrogator- how did you come into town?

BH– we came late in the night no one knows we came. Around 2;am. Using a car like that of Banks it cannot be detected I can go and show it to u if you want me to.

Interrogator- which way did you follow.

BH– we came in through many ways but we came in through Kaduna road.
We had someone dressed in suit at the front seat I wasn’t wearing a suit but soldiers thought we were bankers.

Interrogator- What color is the car?

BH– it’s black
Interrogator- where is the car now?

BH– I can show you its here by the Yoruba Mosque
Interrogator- when did you park the car?

BH– Today its still there.
Interrogator- now tell me what is you name?

BH– my name is Jacob

Interrogator- where are you from and what’s your tribe?

BH– am from Kaduna and am Kataf.

Interrogator- then what took you to Keffi?

BH– I went there on my own. I stay there I have a place to stay. I have been there for like 4 months now.

Interrogator- when did you leave Mubi?

BH– like a month now.

Interrogator- what took you to Mubi?

BH– we were sent? Wallahi I never wanted to go, it was never my choice.

Interrogator- who sent you?

Interrogator- you said you guys have planted a bomb in Kaduna. How may did you plant yourself?

BH– yes we did plant a bomb in Kaduna but I have planted only one.

Interrogator- did the bomb that you planted go off and are there people in house and who own the house Muslim or Christian?

BH– Christians.

Interrogator- why did you kill your fellow Christians?
BH– We are in need of money

*Audio not clear, “Yoruba’ mentioned

Interrogator- the Yoruba woman you were referring to what’s her name and where she?

BH– she’s by the Yoruba mosque. She’s a Christian she’s called Mrs Eizikel.

Interrogator-If we kill you now have we done justice to you?

BH– I brought it upon myself but am asking for forgiveness. Give me a chance to repent.

Interrogator- why did you get yourself into this?

BH– its greed.

Interrogator- how much have you been paid?

BH– not much they said when we finish we are going to be paid in full.

Interrogator- where the girls that are kidnapped?

BH– they are in Abuja with Goodluck they have been given a house.
Interrogator- are the one putting one on hijabs? Say it with your mouth

BH– yes they are the one putting on hijab and killing people.

Interrogator- how many people did you kill in Mubi?

BH– 500

Interrogator- how many did you personally kill?

BH– I killed 5

Interrogator- where did you kill them?

BH– I killed them at eclesiatic of EYN I killed believers.

Interrogator- close to kaban?

BH– yes.

Interrogator- did you shoot or cut their throats?

BH– we shot them.

Interrogator- how many guns did you come with?

BH– 12 they are with Eiziekel
Interrogator- Do you know how to shoot and who taught you?

BH– Yes I do. My people taught me how to.
Interrogator- where are the guns now tell us the truth?

BH– they are with Eiziekel in his shop.
Interrogator- how many bombs did you bring into Mubi?

BH– 20 some are in the car and some in the shop.

Interrogator- how big are the bombs?

BH– they are big like generating set.

Interrogator- we are now taking you to the police and you are saying the police knows about the whole plan.

BH– when you take me to them I will repeat myself in their presence.
Interrogator- do you think you done justice to yourself?

BH– I haven’t. My greed led me into trouble.
Interrogator- you know what I want from?

BH– please give me water and loose this rope is too tight.
Interrogator- I want you to tell us the truth?

BH– at the police station?
Interrogator- we don’t care about the police station.

BH– pls give me water I will tell you everything you want to know.
Interrogator- Tell us first and I will give you water.

BH– to tell you the truth we came with 35 guns they are kept at Eiziekels shop.

Interrogator- where’s the shop?

BH– is by the Yoruba Mosque.
Interrogator- is he familiar with the Yoruba lady their.

BH– yes she’s his wife.
Interrogator- what of the man by the Izallah mosque?

BH– Mallam Habibu.
Interrogator- the one that you said converted you to Islam? You are just lying to people.
Interrogator- how did you know Mallam Habibu’s house?

BH– I asked people for the location telling them I want to convert
Interrogator- and he told you to come here or you brought yourself here.

BH– I brought myself.
Interrogator why did you did lie to us instead of you to come straight?

BH– I made a mistake.

NR

 

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MURIC Condemns Attack On PDP Campaign Office

Several campaign offices and posters of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) were allegedly vandalized and torched in Maiduguri, Borno State yesterday during the presidential campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) takes strong exception to this act of recklessness and unprovoked aggression. We commend the security agencies for exercising restraint in the face of such lawless behavior.

It is unfortunate that, 55 years after independence, Nigeria still wallows in a barbaric political culture. The current trend of political violence is repulsive, despicable and alarming. This trend is characterized by physical attacks on members of other political parties, vandalisation, arson and even murder.

The spectacle is disturbing because of its capability to discourage the injection of new blood into the political system. Elites and youths who have good ideas about moving Nigeria forward are most likely to be pissed off politics by the ugly phenomenon. The end result is the endless recycling of Stone Age politicians who are only marketable for their nuisance value.

The fact that the orgy of violence involves mainly the two main contending parties, the ruling party, PDP and the main opposition party, APC is quite instructive. It gives stakeholders an area of concentration.

MURIC is optimistic that the trend can still be reversed if the police, elder statesmen, religious leaders, traditional rulers and other stakeholders call leaders of the PDP and APC to order now. We are aware that the Nigerian Police has organized peace meetings among political parties in most states of the federation. We commend the police for initiating this move.

But just as the police alone cannot maintain security without the active support of the citizens, the police alone cannot successfully perform the task of peace-making in a political process. There is urgent need to involve people who can influence the citizenry. We therefore charge elder statesmen, religious leaders, traditional rulers and other stakeholders to take up the challenge immediately by calling leaders of the PDP and APC to roundtables.

This must be done urgently before the elections. Nigerians are on edge. Many people are afraid of travelling or even moving around the city for fear of being caught between two hostile political groups.

MURIC affirms that the offenders must not go scot free. Beginning with the Maiduguri thugs but not limiting action to the ugly event, those responsible for acts of violence must be made to face the wrath of the law. Political parties whose supporters are clearly and unambiguously identified as being responsible for violent attacks on other parties should be made to repair damaged properties or pay compensation.

Finally, we remind politicians and the rest of the citizens that it is high time Nigerian politicians evolved a civilized political culture which must be characterized by maturity, tolerance of opposition and the adoption of a liberal attitude towards elections instead of the current desperado politics whose only dogma is ‘do or die’.

Professor Ishaq Akintola,

Director,

Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)

 

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Military Recaptures Munguno, Other Towns from Boko Haram

The Defence Headquarters has said that Monguno, a town in Borno State seized by Boko Haram insurgents last month, has been recaptured by the military, Hausa service of the British Broadcasting Corporation reports.

In a statement by defence spokesman, Maj-Gen Chris Olukolade said that the army had arrested some of the insurgents and their vans loaded with foodstuff near Baga.

“Military operations to clear terrorists from Monguno and other communities (were) successful,” Olukolade said.

It said the operation involved airstrikes, and led to the capture of a number of insurgents as well as truckloads of food and supplies meant for Boko Haram fighters in the town of Baga.

“The air and land operation is continuing with aggressive advance toward other designated communities and locations meant to be cleared,” he said.

It was not clear if the operation involved troops from Niger, Cameroon or Chad, the three countries currently helping Nigeria fight the extremist group.

Monguno, a town of about 100,000, was seized by Boko Haram on January 25. Rights group Amnesty International criticized the Nigerian army afterward, saying it had failed to protect the town despite receiving advance warning of impending attack.

 

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“Nigeria’s Miserable Choices”: New York Times Slams President Jonathan Over “Extra Time” to Fight Boko Haram

In an editorial on Monday, the New York Times slammed the postponement of the Nigerian elections.  It pointed out that the action might have been more credible if President Goodluck Jonathan’s government had not spent much of the past year playing down the threat posed by Boko Haram and if there were a reasonable expectation that Nigeria’s weak army has the ability to improve security over the next few weeks.

“It appears more likely Mr. Jonathan grew alarmed by the surging appeal of Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler who has vowed to crack down on Boko Haram,” the article said. “By dragging out the race, Mr. Jonathan stands to deplete his rival’s campaign coffers, while he continues to use state funds and institutions to bankroll his own.”

Recalling that Buhari led a coup against a democratically elected government in 1983, it argued that his emergence as potential winner of the forthcoming election is more of an indictment of Jonathan’s dismal rule than a recognition of the former military chief’s appeal.

It criticized Jonathan’s performance over the abduction of the Chibok girls and the attacks by Boko Haram, saying they have exposed the weaknesses of Nigeria’s armed forces and the dysfunction of the government.

“Beyond security matters, entrenched corruption and the government’s inability to diversify its economy as the price of oil, the country’s financial bedrock, has fallen have also caused Nigerians to look for new leadership. Nigeria, the most populous nation in Africa, and a relatively young democracy, cannot afford an electoral crisis.”

It would be recalled that following an endorsement of Buhari by The Economist in its edition dated February 7, a sulking Jonathan said he did not need the support of the magazine.

Text of the editorial by the New York Times:

Nigeria’s Miserable Choices

The Nigerian government was supposed to hold presidential elections this past weekend, which presented voters with the dispiriting choice of keeping a lousy incumbent or returning to power a former autocratic leader. Now they will have to wait at least six weeks to cast votes.

The Nigerian election commission said earlier this month that it had pushed back the vote until at least March 28, after the country’s security chiefs warned that they could not guarantee the safety of voters in northeastern areas of the country where Boko Haram, the extremist militant group, captured international attention last spring when it abducted hundreds of schoolgirls. On Friday, Boko Haram fighters attacked a village in neighboring Chad for the first time, an alarming sign of the group’s expanding strength in a region that also includes areas of Cameroon and Niger.

Any argument to delay the vote might be more credible if President Goodluck Jonathan’s government had not spent much of the past year playing down the threat posed by the militants and if there were a reasonable expectation that the country’s weak military has the ability to improve security in a matter of weeks.

It appears more likely Mr. Jonathan grew alarmed by the surging appeal of Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler who has vowed to crack down on Boko Haram. By dragging out the race, Mr. Jonathan stands to deplete his rival’s campaign coffers, while he continues to use state funds and institutions to bankroll his own.

That Mr. Buhari, who helped launch a coup against a democratically elected government in 1983 and ruled until late 1985, has emerged as potential winner is more of an indictment of Mr. Jonathan’s dismal rule than a recognition of the former military chief’s appeal.

Nigerian voters have grown increasingly worried about the stunning rise of Boko Haram, which has committed terrorist atrocities including bombings.

The abductions and attacks by the group have exposed the weaknesses of Nigeria’s armed forces and the dysfunction of the government. Although Mr. Jonathan’s government has in the past been less than enthusiastic, and at times obstructive, in response to offers of American and European aid, he appears to be growing increasingly worried. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal last week, he said he would welcome American troops to fight the insurgency.

Beyond security matters, entrenched corruption and the government’s inability to diversify its economy as the price of oil, the country’s financial bedrock, has fallen have also caused Nigerians to look for new leadership. Nigeria, the most populous nation in Africa, and a relatively young democracy, cannot afford an electoral crisis. That would only set back the faltering effort to reassert government control in districts where Boko Haram is sowing terror. The security forces may not be able to safeguard many districts on Election Day. But postponement is very likely to make the security threat worse.

*An editorial by New York Times published today with the title, ‘Nigeria’s Miserable Choices’

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Twitter Verifies @ProfOsinbajo

After two months on Twitter, the account of the Vice Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) has been verified. The confirmation of this process for the account, @ProfOsinabjo, came through at exactly 4pm on Friday afternoon.

Speaking about his experience so far on social media, the Running Mate to General Muhammadu Buhari, admitted that he had followed online conversations passively for a long time but had to get fully involved when he was picked to join the APC Presidential Ticket.

“I consider myself a Digital Immigrant, while all those born in the Computer Age are the Natives,” he said. “It took a while to get used to it, but I have always known social media to be a very useful tool for engagement, enlightenment and entertainment. Its huge value to Nigeria and the nation we hope to build cannot be overestimated and I’m grateful for how I have been so well received. It has been extremely interesting.”

Professor Osinbajo said a Buhari-led federal administration would promote information technology and make it a primary source of employment for the millions of unemployed youths in Nigeria. He said industrial and technology parks would be developed and equipped free Internet and electricity to help young program developers. Loans would also be made accessible for young entrepreneurs, he added.

“Nigeria is blessed with very talented young people who should be ruling the world in the IT world. All they need is a platform to shine and I believe we could have the next Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Jobs from amongst us. Africa is waiting for Nigeria to lead it on the technological superhighway and I believe the current generation of young Nigerians have it in them to take us to the moon,” the Law Professor summed up.

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Don’t Drag Us Into Politics, DHQ Warns Obasanjo, Says He is an Embarrassment to the Military

The Nigerian military today warned former President Olusegun Obasanjo to show understanding of its sacred duties instead of dragging it into politics.

A statement released today by the DHQ also described the former president as an embarrassment to the force he once served.

This was coming few hours after Obasanjo announced his exit from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Obasanjo dumped the PDP at a dramatic event in Abeokuta, Ogun State, a move that appeared aimed at forestalling an expulsion by the party.

“The Defence Headquarters has noted the remarks of a former President,  Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as reported in the media stating his views on perceived state of the armed forces and   the roles being allegedly played by the military in the nation’s political process in recent times. The leadership and cross section of the military believes that the former President and retired General has every right to be interested in the actions and fate of the military. Hence, his views like many others will continue to be accorded the well-deserved attention. It is however noteworthy that most of his utterances lately indicate an attitude of playing to the gallery or indulging in politicization of serious national security or military affairs.

“For instance, the comments credited to Chief Obasanjo alleging that the postponement of the General Elections was to enable President Jonathan to use the Service Chiefs to plot a tenure extension is to say the least, very surprising. It is surprising indeed, considering the fact that the retired General chose to ignore the clarification and emphatic assurances of non-partisanship of the military as declared in a DHQ statement on the position of the Armed Forces in the ongoing political activities. His motive as usual remains unknown but it is certainly less than noble or well intentioned.  We dare say again that Chief Obasanjo’s assertions are false.

“Much as the military desires to respect the old General and his views, it has become necessary to point out that his conduct and unguarded utterances of late has fallen short of the standard of discipline expected of an individual who has had the privilege of service in the military and risen to the status of a General. The behavior of retired General (Chief) Obasanjo has been so unbecoming and continues to constitute a serious embarrassment to the military before all who have reasonably and rightly adjudged the essence of military background in terms of the high value and standard it tends to contribute to statesmanship.

“We feel constrained to remind the old General that the world has moved beyond that parochial and self-adulating reasoning and mindset which he seems stuck to. Indeed, he needs to be told that by virtue of their better training, exposure, education, assessment and environment, the military personnel of today are already far beyond his level in their appreciation of democracy and it’s indispensability for the stable and prosperous society which Nigerians cherish.

“In this instance, the military wishes to inform the retired General, that the institution which he bequeathed to the nation has .certainly developed beyond how he left it. The Nigerian military is now better placed to strive for the maintenance of the legacies and ethos of service, valour, subordination to constituted authorities, and nonpartisan commitment to duty and fatherland. It has to be restated that the military as an institution, is neither as inept in the discharge of its duties, nor is it being misused for political ends in the manner the retired General Obasanjo who was also a former President has possibly been made to believe.

“Indeed, the system now strongly believes in Democracy as well as its structures and institutions to the extent that it will do nothing whatsoever to undermine or truncate the steady growth and development of the nation’s democracy. The military will remain professional as it keeps doing its best along with others to ensure adequate security and defence of the nation’s territorial integrity in this auspicious period in the country.

“The Defence Headquarters will like to encourage Chief Obasanjo to be genuinely interested in the growth and sustenance of Nigeria’s democratic credentials.  He is also enjoined to endeavor to improve in his understanding of intricate issues and try to encourage the military rather than continue with this tendency to indulge in imputation of ulterior motives to every effort, all for the purpose of discrediting well thought out policies or decisions related to the military’s roles in the polity. The support of all well-meaning elderly Nigerians remains vital in the onerous duty of working for the stability, defence, and peace of our country under duly constituted authorities in a democratic environment.”

 

 

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My Life Has Been Under Threat Since I Revealed Jonathan’s Six Weeks Election Marshal Plan – Abusidiqu Publisher

I woke up on Tuesday morning, February 10 to meet comments to news and articles I posted a day before on my blog, abusidiqu.com. Since every single comments checked so as to be able to weed out those no considered fit for consumption, I checked to know which to approve and which to disapprove. It was during this process that I discovered a comment with the following words:

“Keep on fooling yourself and others with your fake stories. We will soon get you down” Kindly note that your base is somewhere in Lokoja, Kogi State and we have our men around watching you. Very soon, we will get you down.” [Screen shot below]”

Abusidiqu threat

The comment was in response to a news report published a day earlier exposing the six weeks election marshal plan [See: EXPOSED: Jonathan’s Six Week Marshall Plan for Which Election was Postponed Leaks]

I ordinarily would have passed the comment as just another rant from some online bully, but the part about Lokoja, Kogi State caught my attention, so I decided I was going to inform my followers on twitter just by way of information and I did, but without attaching the screen shot of the comment. As expected, some persons prayed for my safety and encouraged me not to be cowed by their threats, while some others dismissed it as just one of those attention seeking claims. Well¸ I didn’t bother about the latter because my decision to make the threat known is never to make any capital of any kind from it, but to inform my followers of the development just in case.

I thought the threat of that day would be it all, until I woke up the following day to yet another threat comment, this time around from a different email address, similar IP address, but with similar threat message. [Screen shot below]. I approved the comment just like I did to the previous one so It would be on record and then sent out a message to my twitter followers for the second time that I have been threatened again. This time around, I attached the screen shots of the two threat messages. Few hours after, I got another threat comment. This particular one got made reference to my health and warned again that they will get me down. [Screenshot below]

Abusidiqu Threat again

Email threat

The two threats notwithstanding, I remained unconvinced that they are real until the following day, Thursday 12 February when I received two strange telephone calls from numbers that was concealed. The first call came in at exactly 12:09pm with ‘private number’ appearing on my screen. When I answered the call which lasted for exactly 12 seconds, the caller told me “you think you can write rubbish about this govt and go free? We will get you down”. The call came to an end immediately after. Until the second call came in at 2:02pm with the number appearing as “unknown”. I however declined to answer this particular one knowing it could be from the same person who made the first call. There have been no further threat since the 2:02pm call of Thursday, 12th February, but I cannot conclude that would be all.

By way of precaution, I have taken all the necessary steps that I need to take as far as issues like this is concerned and this includes trying to find out who may be responsible for the threats. Before that however, Investigative online platform, NewsRescue carried out some investigation on the second day of the threat and came up with some findings which indicate that the threats (comments) were made from a blackberry device pointing to the United Kingdom. They however added that the United Kingdom address may be a decoy to erase any trace of who the perpetrators are. [See screenshot of their findings below]

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ipuk2You can read their full report: AbuSidiqu Media Receiving Death Threats From ‘Army’ For Posts On Jonathan 7th Feb. Coup

I have decided to make this known to the public just so they will be aware and also to emphasizes that no amount of threat will cow me into submitting to the wish of those who have chosen the path of threat rather than confront the issues I raised in the report exposing the plan by the Jonathan government for which they pushed for the postponement of the election. That report or any other one for that matter are based on credible intelligence for which I am ready to stand by any time or day. Therefore, no amount of threat, intimidation or whatever it is called will stop me from doing what I have considered my responsibility to the Nigerian public.

I shall continue in whatever way I can to help strengthen Nigeria’s democracy, the well-being and the rights of the people as well as advocate for good governance, transparency and human rights, in line with the values expected of a modern democracy.

 

Abubakar Sidiq Usman

Publisher, Abusidiqu.com

 

 

 

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