Stop the Mischief, Buhari Volunteer Network (BVN) Warns Fayose, Fani-Kayode Over Unholy Attack on Buhari

BEING THE TEXT OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY COMRADE OLAYEMI SUCCESS, THE NATIONAL COORDINATOR BUHARI VOLUNTEERS NETWORK (BVN) ON 20TH FEBRUARY, 2015, IN ABUJA ON THE UNHOLY ATACKS ON GMB BY AYODELE FAYOSE AND FEMI FANI KAYODE

Protocols!

Buhari Volunteers Network (BVN) is the Network of volunteers comprising young, energetic, dynamic, vibrant and progressive minded Nigerians, with no religion, ethnic or gender barrier,for the victory of General Muhamadu Buhari (GMB), the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) at the pool during general election, and this we have been doing through various orientational and campaign programs.

All this while, we have been doing our campaigns and telling the electorates the real qualities of General Mahamadu Buhari and his passion for the well being of Nigerians and the development of Nigeria, without joining issues with the PDP and their campaigners especially the duo of Governor Ayodele Fayose, the Governor of Ekiti State and Mr. Femi Fani Kayode the Media Director of Goodluck presidential campaign organization despite their unwarranted and highly provocative attacks and hate campaigns, campaign of calumny, propaganda and blackmail of our candidate General Muhamadu Buhari.

It is no more news that GMB recently travelled abroad on work visit as part of our efforts to be fully prepared for the purpose of hitting the ground running and give Nigerians the much needed change we all desire, that we are massively going to vote for, come March 28 this year, but unfortunately, the clueless mischief makers in the persons of Fayose and Fani Kayode will never stop blackmailing our candidate, the people’s choice and the Godswill for Nigeria by saying he traveled on medical reason, which is far from the truth, GMB is hale, healthy and fit, remember; he is not a drunkard, he has sound health!

The comment of Fani Kayode on the campaign rally of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Borno State is rather unfortunate, talking as if he is yet to know that Nigerians everywhere have made up their mind for change that GMB represents, talking as if he is ignorant of what is happening in Borno State especially the existence of Civilian JTF that has been helping our security agents to record some successes, pointing to them in the picture at the rally as thugs, anyway, we will still not join issues with clueless people that will never prioritise the security of life and property of the citizenry but rather concentrate on how to perpetuate themself in office even when they have noting to justify their time in office!

Finally, we call on Nigerians to remain resolute and calm, collect your PVCs, keep it well and ready to effect the change we want come 28th March this year!

 

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NLI and First Bank Collaborate to Groom Future Leaders [Apply Here]

Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) in partnership with First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s most valuable bank brand will be grooming twenty-five Nigerian leaders from Nigeria and the Diaspora at the NLI May 2015 Future Leaders Seminar in Lagos, Nigeria.

The Future Leaders Seminar (FLS) is a four-day seminar conceived for emerging leaders in the public and private sectors as well as civil society Nigerian leaders between 25-35 years with outstanding leadership attributes and accomplishments in their respective fields. In the course of the seminar, the participants will have their leadership skills, knowledge and confidence significantly honed and enhanced in preparation for them to assume a transformative role in the future development of Nigeria. Case studies and active small group discussion sessions are an integral part of the Future Leaders Programme (FLP). The highpoint of the FLP is the FLS class project, which is a practical way of teaching social responsibility and inculcating the importance of ‘giving back’ to the society.

Commenting on the event, NLI’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Yinka Oyinlola stated that “An increasing number of NLI Associates in their various fields are now turning their success to significance as captains of industries, heads of organizations, reformers of institutions and influencers in key leadership positions in government, social and corporate market space”. He added that NLI Associates continue to exhibit value-based leadership in their spheres of endeavors with the promise to continue into the future to serve as a driving force for patriotism in Nigeria.

According to FirstBank’s Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communication, Mrs. Folake Ani-Mumuney, “FirstBank is pleased to support this credible initiative to raise leaders who will go on to successfully man leadership positions in the private and public sectors as it is part of our business focus to empower our youth and build a better nation”.

The Future Leaders Seminar was designed to define the mission of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative by creating a growing, global network of credible, accomplished community-spirited Nigerian leaders, committed to taking responsibility for driving positive change in Nigeria and Nigerian communities.

Apply online by visiting Future Leaders Seminar

 

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Rescue Kaduna Group Condemns Election Postponement

For months now, one subject has been making news headlines and burning in the minds of every Nigerian. Nigerians have been preparing themselves for the general elections scheduled to hold in February 2015 to exercise their civic right and responsibility of choosing who leads them for the next four years.

For six years, the Federal Government has executed an unsuccessful and uninspiring military campaign against a group determined to destroy the very fabric of our dear country. This has posed challenges to the security of persons and property in the affected regions. Concerns have been raised by some quarters over the ability of INEC to peacefully conduct the 2015 general elections, but INEC categorically stated that it is prepared and ready to conduct a free, fair and credible elections exercise.

Against the stand of major stakeholders; Council of States, civil society organizations, majority of political parties, the electorate and the international community, INEC announced a shift in dates for the forthcoming general elections by a period of six weeks, for which insecurity was given as the reason for the postponement.

The security apparatus in the country has requested to be given six weeks to crush the dreaded Boko Haram sect in order for elections to be safely conducted.  On this basis, two questions linger on the minds of Nigerians.

Given the time spent (six years) , resources expended (over 2bn USD) and lives lost (over 20,000) in the war against insurgence, how much guarantee do we have that six weeks is enough to accomplish what could not be accomplished in six years for elections to hold?

Going by the reason given for the postponement, how sure are we that if the raging Boko Haram war goes on, another postponement will not be announced on the same grounds?

The constitutional tenure of this present administration ends May 29, 2015. On the precedence already set by INEC under duress from factors outside its limits of control, it is on this premise that we call on INEC not to give in to pressure to deny the Nigerian voters their right to a vote in government that will represent them for the next four years.

For the resignation of Nigeria’s service chiefs, the National Security Adviser and the Inspector General of the Nigerian Police for their gross incompetence as it has shown in their inability to curb the steady rise of Boko Haram, leading to the postponement of the February general elections after expending monumental tax payers resources on an ineffective and unsuccessful military campaign.

On the Presidency not to subvert the Nigerian Constitution by ensuring that the new dates announced by INEC are respected.

On the international community to watch closely and apply pressure on the FG to ensure that the biggest democracy in the African continent is protected. And;

We vehemently condemn the call by Chief Edwin Clack for the sack and arrest of the INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega on baseless arguments put forth as we believe this will cast doubt over the sincerity of intentions of the presidency towards the 2015 polls.

In the words of a one-time US presidential candidate “where peaceful change becomes impossible, violent change becomes inevitable”.  We would like to use this medium to appeal to Nigerians to remain committed to peace and unity and to desist from any actions/inactions that may result in breakdown of law and order no matter how provocating the situation might look.

Nevertheless, we stay committed to the case for transparency and accountability in our political system.  We will wait another six weeks to exercise our civic rights.

Signed,

 

Mustapha Munir

Chairman, RKG                     

 

Mujahid Balarabe                             

Secretary, RKG

 

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6 in 10 Nigerians Agree That Nigeria Has Fared Better as A Nation – Survey

NigeriaAbuja, Nigeria. February 8, 2013 – Latest weekly poll results released by NOI Polls Limited have revealed that about 6 in 10 Nigerians agree that the country has fared better as a united nation, instead of being separate. The results also indicate that 48 percent of Nigerians think the planned 100 year celebration of Nigeria in 2014 is justified. These were two key findings from the centenary polls done in the week of February 4^th 2013.

According to media reports, Tuesday February 5^th 2013 marked the flagging-off of Nigeria’s year-long Centenary celebration at the Banquet Hall of the State House by President Goodluck Jonathan. While delivering his address, the President expressed his appreciation to eminent Nigerians and corporate organisations who have actively participated towards making the launch of the Centenary celebration a success.
It was against this background that NOI Polls, Nigeria’s leading opinion polling organisation, sought to gauge the awareness of Nigerians regarding the country’s Centenary and their opinions on the planned celebrations. Respondents to the poll were asked five specific questions. The first question sought to establish awareness regarding Nigeria’s forthcoming Centenary. Respondents were asked: Are you aware that Nigeria would be 100 years as nation in 2014? The results indicate that almost 7 in 10 Nigerians (69%) said they were aware that Nigeria would be 100 years in 2014; while 31% of respondents stated that they were not aware.

Respondents who were aware that Nigeria would be 100 years in 2014 were further asked about their awareness of the planned celebration: Are you aware of the year-long centenary celebration to mark the amalgamation of Nigeria? of the 69% of respondents who were aware that Nigeria will be 100 in 2014, a further majority (68%) were aware of the planned celebration, while 32% were not aware.

The third question sought the opinions of Nigerians regarding the need for the planned centenary celebration. Respondents were asked: Do you agree or disagree that 100 years celebration of the amalgamation of Nigeria is justified? The results indicate that majority (48%) of the respondents agree that the celebration is justified, followed by 31% that disagree. Also, 11% of the respondents are neutral, while 5% each strongly agree and strongly disagree.

When responses from the third question were further analysed across geo-political zones, the analyses shows that the South-East zone has the greatest proportion of respondents (75%) that agree the centenary celebration is justified; while the North East has the largest percentage of respondents (62%) who disagree with the celebration. Generally, the results indicate that 53% of Nigerians are of the opinion that the centenary celebration is justified.

Next, respondents were asked the following question: Do you think Nigeria has achieved the vision of the founding fathers after its first 100 years? The overwhelming majority (72%) responded negatively, stating they did not think Nigeria has achieved the vision of its founding fathers in the first 100 years. Furthermore, 26% answered “Yes” to the question while 2% stated they did not know or refused to answer the question. This finding highlights earlier findings from the company’s 2012 independence poll, where 88% of the respondents thought that the current vision of the country is not the same as it was in 1960. Please visit www.noi-polls.com (http://noi-polls.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=49b0aad9cb04a7467834a9d88&id=fa477aa520&e=7a575ca66a) for results of  the  Independence Day Poll.

Finally, given the mixed opinions that have trailed the issue of Lord Lugard’s amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorates to form one single nation called Nigeria; respondents were asked the following question: Do you agree with the opinion that Nigeria would have fared better if it had remained two separate protectorates?  Majority (61%) of the respondents answered “No”, indicating that they disagree that Nigeria would have fare better if the country had remained two separate protectorates. Also, 37% responded “Yes” to the question, while 2% said they do not know or refused to answer. The results indicate that at least 6 in 10 Nigerians (61%) are of the opinion that it was a right decision by Lord Lugard to amalgamate the Northern and Southern protectorates, and that Nigeria has fared better by remaining one nation.

Furthermore, when the data was cross-tabulated and the responses analysed across the geo-political zones, it is clearly observed that the only region that had a significantly different opinion regarding the amalgamation is the South-East zone, where majority (63%) of the respondents seemed to hold the view that Nigeria would have fared better if it had remained two separate protectorates.

In conclusion, the results of this current poll have clearly indicated that most Nigerians are aware that the country will mark 100 years of amalgamation in 2014, and they consider this worth celebrating. Also, despite the fact that most Nigerians (72%) do not think that Nigeria has achieved the vision of its founding fathers; yet the majority of those polled (61%) are still of the opinion that Nigeria has fared better as one united indivisible nation instead of remaining two separate protectorates.

Survey Methods
The opinion poll was conducted on February 5^th to 7th 2013. It involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample. 720 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country, were interviewed. With a sample of this size, we can say with 95% confidence that the results obtained are statistically precise – within a range of plus or minus 4%. NOI Polls Limited is Nigeria’s leading opinion polling and research organisation, which works in technical partnership with the Gallup Organisation (USA), to conduct periodic opinion polls and studies on various socio-economic and political issues in Nigeria. More information is available at www.noi-polls.com (http://noi-polls.us5.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=49b0aad9cb04a7467834a9d88&id=753e0b23ce&e=7a575ca66a)

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Edo Decides: Interim Statement by The Nigerian Civil Society Election Situation Room

The Nigerian Civil Society Election Situation Room commends the people of Edo State for coming out to vote in the 14 July 2012 gubernatorial election in the state. The zeal with which they participated in the election demonstrates the desire of the people of the State to elect their leaders
through a free and fair election.
Reports received from our network of observers in the field indicate that INEC’s preparation for the election leaves room for improvements. The Nigerian Civil Society Election Situation Room observes that security agents were absent in a number of polling units, and election officials were not deployed in sufficient numbers in some polling units, prompting party agents to step in and assist the election officials in the accreditation of voters at PU 010 EBEN/NB III, Oguola primary school II, Benin City. We are also particularly disturbed by the reports that many prospective voters were disenfranchised following the omission of their names or photograph in the voters register. The problem of late arrival of election materials and delays in the commencement of accreditation and voting, which has plagued Nigeria’s elections in the past, was also observed in many polling units. In some communities, the conflict over ownership of polling units nearly marred the election. Lastly, the Situation Room notes with dismay the unlawful arrest and intimidation of two accredited election observers by military
officers in Eghor Local Government Area.
In spite of the hitches experienced in many polling units, the distribution of materials and commencement of accreditation have however been reportedly timely in some areas, accreditation and voting progressed largely in a peaceful manner. In particular, election officials and security agents deployed in the State have conducted themselves in a professional and
commendable manner.
As collation of results begins, we urge INEC to carry out the process in a transparent and forthright manner. We call on political parties and candidates to respect the wishes of Edo people, which have been expressed in votes. They are to guard their statements and conduct themselves in a peaceful manner. We condole with the families of the three police officers
and the INEC official that died in a boat mishap in Ologbo while carrying out election duties. The Nigerian Civil Society Election Situation Room will issue a final statement on the Edo gubernatorial election subsequently.

Boko Haram Terror: Official Communiqué From Muslims Against Terror, Nigeria

OFFICIAL COMMUNIQUÉ FROM MUSLIMS AGAINST TERROR, NIGERIA

Fear None Save Allah. Defend Islam, Defend People, Defend Churches, Defend our Nation

Quran 2:40 ….and fear none but Me. Quran 33:39 …and do not fear anyone except Allah; and Allah is Sufficient to take account.

All Nigerian Muslims NASFAT – NASFAT | Nasrul-Lahi-Fatih Society Muslim Association of Nigeria Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) FOMWAN | Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria Al-Habibiyah Organisation All other Muslim Organisations

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

We, Nigeria’s Muslims Against Terror, hereby send this urgent release to the Muslims of Nigeria in light of the protracted attack on our deen and the peace of our Nation by the Abubakar Shekau, ‘Boko Haram’, terrorist organization.

This is an official communication to be propagated to Muslim gatherings this Friday, Jumah, in other meetings during the weekend and week and each Friday thereafter; established with critical resolve toward strengthening our national security, eliminating the threats of terrorism, and preventing terrorists, criminals, or other unscrupulous actors from destroying property and incessantly taking innocent life.

Abubakar Shekau’s Boko Haram and related or affiliated ‘Muslim’ terrorism is the most challenging threat to our national security and our identity as Muslims and Nigerians today. Defeating this threat requires specific reactions, strong resolve, the commitment of all Muslims and active involvement as a duty as Muslims and humans.

If we do not stand up against Abubakar Shekau’s Boko Haram and related or affiliate elements, in addition to failing our duty as Muslims, we stand to loose, not only our lives, but even the sanctity of our sovereignty. Boko Members were recently listed in global terror lists, via drone attacks, travel and business restrictions, we will all be affected. We will loose our friends and children. Abubakar Shekau’s Boko Haram and related or affiliate elements will have used their evil to more gravely, permanently affect us.

The Noble Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) said: If one of you sees something evil he should change it with his hand. If he cannot, he should speak out against it, and if he cannot do even that he should at least detest it in his heart, this being the weakest form of faith (Sahih of Muslim). Are we going to be of weakest faith? No! It is time for us to change it. We must now as Muslims condemn the megalomaniac, Abubakar Shekau’s Boko Haram and its related platforms. But not only this, we must act against it as they continue to create a state of terror and insecurity in the North of Nigeria and disgrace us to the world as Muslims and as Nigerians. A Call For Action

To be communicated in Sermons and at gatherings:

1. Our sermons must encourage brothers to protect and shield the targets of Boko Haram, to frustrate their efforts and deny them of their ploy to cause sectarian strife between Muslims and Christians. They have attacked Government installations, but our resolve, will and peace was unhindered, they have attacked Mosques, we did not bend to their evil, they are now attacking Churches, to lead us to fight ourselves. Rather, from now onward, we must come out in great numbers and defend these religious sanctuaries.

This is our duty as Muslims. The Glorious Quran say what means:

Qur’an 22:40… And were it not that Allah checks the people, some by means of others, there would have been demolished monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques in which the name of Allah is much mentioned. And Allah will surely support those who support Him. Indeed, Allah is Powerful and Exalted in Might.

Our brothers in Nigeria have been defending Churches, of note, since the Fuel subsidy riots last January, witnessed in Minna, and again, of note, by MuslimAg last Sunday. So also Christians defended us and formed chains around Muslim brothers as we prayed. Fear none save Allah. Preach to brothers and let us come out in greater numbers to defend Islam and crush this menace of common criminals.

Tell congregations that are they afraid of defending Islam? Are you afraid of being known and marked as a defender of Islam? But we allow every Christian in our Muslim predominated North be as glaring a target. Will we allow Boko install fear of man in us?

Our so-called Muslim leaders have been afraid-of Boko, not Allah- to speak out these basic obligations of the Muslim Ummah.

Dear brothers, Muslims are a minority in many states and countries. Will we want majority Christians to look the other way if, if they simply stood up, with ease they can crush a minority extremist christian terror group that bombed our Mosques, if the roles were reversed? Muslim Chain of Protection Around Churches

Tell the congregations to come out in droves and defend the Churches, as is our obligation. Whoever saves a life, has saved all mankind, and if we sit back and allow a single innocent man, woman, or child die, when we could avert it, we enabled the killing of all mankind, including our very selves.

Quran 5:32 ..whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind; and whoever saves a person, it is as if he has saved all mankind.

It is forbidden even in war to kill women, children and the elderly. Abubakar Shekau’s Boko Haram is a very wicked, non Islamic group of very wicked common criminals and murderers. They violate the most fundamental tenets of our pure deen. And truth stands out clear and distinct from error.

Will our congregation not come out and save the entire human race?

Please follow these guidelines, as obtains in our article: http://muslimsagainstterror.com/form-a-shield-of-protection-for-churches-on-sunday-muslim-brothers/

1. Please dress simple with white preferably. Have a sign that states your mission. Simply write ‘Vigilante Security‘, on the sign.

2. First- Pat-down and search every brother who volunteers, there must not be any weapons or dangerous material on any one! No bags etc.

3. Please ensure you send a single representative to first approach the Church you wish to defend and ask them where they will like you to stand and where may be vulnerable. Have their security persons phone number.

4. Please discuss the ways you can be of assistance with any security officers in the area.

5. Please have police phone numbers at the ready.

6. Apply absolute discretion at all times. Be only ready to accost and have planks to put in front of suspicious cars that may be speeding toward the Church.

2. We must stress the importance of our communicating and building inroads with Christians. To regain their trust, so we can jointly defeat terror in Nigeria. Only Nigeria in the entire world, displays this type of pointless, insane bomb throwing, anti human, anti monotheism and anti sanity, meaningless madness. This is the time to promote the display of Islam’s better virtues. We are a religion of peace. Many do not recognize this any more. Let us meet with Christians and other groups and discuss how to cooperate and make the world better. There is poverty and hardship in the North. Boko Haram terror is making the situation even worse. Prophet Mohammed was reported to have allowed Najran Christians observe their worship in his Mosque. This is extreme level of tolerance from our beloved messenger.

3. Please let us talk to ourselves, our youth, on better Islamic values and behavior. Truth stands out clear from error. We must never kill innocent people, never, neither as a group nor as individuals. When we participate in mob actions, riots and people are killed, we become murderers. This is the basic tenets of Islam. Unless an official war is declared by the Muslim leaders and the proper attitudes of war are engaged, we as Muslims are prohibited from taking a life. This is madness. Even if a life of one of ours is taken, the only person responsible is the one with blood on his hands, We can not keep carrying out these riots and killing other innocent people. Even if any other religious group does this, let us Muslims lead by example, by the example of our Noble Prophet Mohammed(PBUH). And show restraint. This is the greater Jihad.

4. Please cooperate with the authorities. Reveal all information on terror to the law. If you are scared, simply email us, we will forward this information to the relevant authorities. Let us expose them. Lats time they bombed and killed 200 of us in Kano. They made martyrs of us, because we have been exposing them. This is a welcome event. May Allah accept the souls of those killed.

It ultimately is the role and responsibility of Nigerian security services to protect life, to stop the inflow of dangerous chemicals used in bomb making, to expose finance flow and disrupt intelligence, material and human communication between members and across our borders. But this national defense obligation and responsibility can not be successful without our full and proactive participation.

Though the Boko Haram criminal cult/confraternity gains recruits more easily due to the critical poverty level in the North, which is being looked at and must soon be addressed by the Government, with welfare systems among other means, as Muslims we know and need remind our family and friends that poverty is never an excuse to commit such criminal atrocities and abominable haram.

Let us commit to getting rid of Abubakar Shekau and his Boko hooligans, other related groups and whoever sponsors them in Nigeria and abroad, by the end of this year, Insha Allah.

Let us all come out and defend Islam, our Christian guests, our families and our Nation.

Please redistribute this communique to all Muslim bodies, Mosques, and individuals.

Salam Alaikum
Brother Isa Sami
brother@MusliMag.com; Media@MuslimAg.com
011 234 (0)7086539243
Public Relations and Media, MuslimsAgainstTerror.com

 

Press Statement By Festus Keyamo On The House Of Representatives’ Summons To President Jonathan

The recent summons issued to President Goodluck Jonathan by the House of Representatives to appear before it to explain the security situation in the country was obviously done in exercise of its power under section 89 (1) C-D of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) which provides as follows: Read more

COMMUNIQUE OF THE RETREAT OF HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON CONSTITUTION REVIEW

The House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee on Constitution Review held a retreat at Port Harcourt, Rivers State, from 24 – 27 May 2012.

The retreat was organized to provide an opportunity for the Committee to listen to presentations on the issue of constitution amendment by experts drawn from across Nigeria and to examine the various issues in the Constitution identified as requiring amendment. Read more

DEMOCRACY DAY ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN

President Goodluck Ebelle Jonathan, GCFR on the 29th of May, 2012 delivered a National address to mark the 2012 democracy day where he highlighted the achievements of his administration and its plan for the remaining period  of his tenure in office. part of the announcement in he national address was the renaming of the University of Lagos after late MKO Abiola. Click HERE to read the full address.

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