Sahara Reporters Latest News Friday 28th December 2018

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target=_blank>Evangelism Of Logo Benz By Adedokun Seyi

I’ve decided to pen my thought on the spontaneous sense ridden lyric of the song of this secular stars who, at times, people feel they just wake to bounce into the studio and say something to only sound like a song. First, to say nonsensical songs get their ways amidst us as Africans alone doesn’t settle a sense of reasoning. We are only being driven by accent and localization. Had it been the song was wrapped in the tongues of foreign hip-hop stars, we may have little to say because they’re foreigners, but that’s not the issue at hand by the way.
When I saw different criticism on Logo Benz, I couldn’t say anything because I was ignorant of the release, so I decided to download and listen to it, just as I did to the “one corner” song by “katapa” and I didn’t pick a thing useful from it, other than preaching libellous fact about dancing and in a form, it speaks a lot about what people do while alone. Morally, from the song lyric to the dance, to me, it even speaks about the person that sang it. But some songs sang by these music hobnobbers are not just songs we can plug into our ears at every moment. Many of these songs are meant for a while and they should be forgotten or played again when that moment comes.
When the issue of monkey and snake carting large sums of money away arose among others – being politics, education and socialization, falz decided to paint Nigeria in a beautiful, simple and innocent satire, which explains to its dwellers, exposes what we’ve been blindly engaged in. He decided to sing this after Childish Gambino presented his own rendition to America. Many of these music stars did the same thing for their countries and they all have things in common. The great song satirists, I call them.
In the Matters Miscellaneous column of Professor Dare Olatunji, he satirically discussed Buhari’s Double, Between giver and receiver, Vast Estates, Ghost Owners, GEJ is back, and the satire shook the spirit-filled Bishop Oyedepo that he raised a fire branded prayer on the altar after reading that part to his members and they also sheep along. As said by Bishop, what attracted his attention was what the Professor wrote “I can report authoritatively that representatives of the Jubril family, having discovered the gigantic swindle, suddenly showed up in Abuja the other day and demanded to be compensated with a power-sharing arrangement at the federal level in perpetuity, plus 50 percent of Nigeria’s oil revenues for ten years in the first instance” – he recognized authority and he kowtowed to it.
The same way, Nigerians have been trapped in the song sang by Lil Kesh and Olamide – Logo Benz.  After listening to it for more than fifteen times, I decided to read through to get his reason for that guilty song, to find out why he decided to expose himself and let people know him for what they’ve known him for. Music stars have tyrants, ritualists, kidnappers, s** stars, p*** stars, buried among them. They are guilty, they speak what they do, they don’t care, many value love, friendship, appreciation, admonition and warning of the end time.
Why did you think the song is promoting rituals as the only way? Why do we think the only fume is about prostitution, making money by all means and causing quagmire? Why can’t we bend to the satirical part – the reality of this time.
We’ve heard many people say the challenges of this country have taught them to laugh, lamenting over it would only lead to nothing but stagnation of one’s progress and unnecessary soberness. So, why shouldn’t a music star laugh it in songs as writers do write satires? Nowadays, we should try and respond to life with Sacarsm at times.
Even though, these duo may be unconscious or guilty of the song, all I could see is the mind of the people. I saw the apparent characters in our world today. Ritualists, kidnappers, prostitutes, fraudsters, greedy spiritualists, people that want to get money at all cost. Tied around the symbol of Logo Benz is a description of women underwear – panties, having the shape of this logo. According to the makers of Mezedes-benz, thenewswheel.com explained the Mercedes-benz star emblem, saying it holds a big secret.The iconic design has adorned the grilles and radiators of quality vehicles for a hundred years – as well as many personal accessories carried by enthusiasts. It represents the automaker’s drive towards universal motorization with its engines dominating the land, sea, and air (three point) and the Mercedes-benz emblem is a symbol for the company’s plan for the world domination.
This has taken the mind of the youth and has ridden us off hardworking and creativity. The only focus of a larger percentage of humans is money, how to get it, how to spend it without accounting for it, how to use it to command anything. In politics, people seek for power and they use anything to get their ways into the dusted seats and most of them buy the destiny of young girls after taking them to the moon and feeding them with honey. The essence of having these things is to get materials which cars belong to.
It is needful for parents to pull the heads of their sons and daughters down in oil of warning. This is a period when everyone is overwhelmed with several goodies, gifts, invitations and parties. Before these money mongers get hold of their panties to buy any Benz or get credit from their occultic organization, care must be taken and if there would be domination at all, each person should dominate himself. God can use inanimate thing to minister to humans, so, what your pastor won’t tell you on the altar, he has spoken to us through these ones. Listen to what the spirit saysAdedokun S. O 

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E2%80%99s-achievements-callistus-ijeh target=_blank>What Are Dan Ali’s achievements? By Callistus Ijeh

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When in November 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari named retired Brig. Gen Mansur Dan Ali as his defence minister I was somewhat at a loss. I was at a loss for two reasons. One was the fact that the name does not ring a bell in complex military operations or counterinsurgency operations, and two was also the fact that Nigeria was in a precarious security situation with the Boko Haram insurgents gaining more and more grounds in northeast Nigeria. I doubted it was a good choice. And three years down the line that position hasn’t changed, but further enhanced. 
In my curiosity, I carried out covert research on the personality of the defence minister and his contributions to lasting peace in Nigeria. And guess what? My research bounced because there was nothing spectacular throughout his career that spanned 29 years. In the interim, here was the few I was able to scope about our defence minister.  
“Dan Ali was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army in 1984 through the Short Service Commission at the Nigerian Defence Academy. Dan-Ali served in different command and staff capacities, some of which include commanding the Nigerian contingent supporting the United Nations Africa Hybrid Mission in Sudan. Dan Ali was on the Directing Staff of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji from 2003 -2005 and was Chief Instructor (CI) at the Nigerian Defence Academy in 2010. He was also Acting Director Military Training before getting posted to the Ministry of Defence’s Logistics Department as Deputy Director. He retired from the Nigerian Army on August 30, 2013.”
I was therefore not surprised by the way he has carried on with his duty as the defence minister. I dare say since the inception of democratic rule in Nigeria in 1999, Mansur Dan Ali is the most out of tune defence minister that the country has produced. I stand to be corrected. Else, how does one explain the manner he has carried on since 2015? How could one also justify the rampant killings in his home state of Zamfara? I would  draw a hasty conclude here. 
And the conclusion is that it is one thing to know what is expected of you and it is another thing to have the capacity to deliver. In the case of the defence minister, I think it’s a mixture not knowing what to do and also not having the intellectual ability to perform in the critical security sector. This is at variance with other climes where the defence minister manages all branches of the Armed Forces to maintain a modern, competent, and professional military force for the protection of the national territory. 
But the case of Nigeria has been different. So much so that one is tempted to ask what are Dan Ali’s achievements since he assumed political leadership of the Defence ministry? Has he demonstrated a commitment to the entrenchment of peace in all parts of the country? Has he carried on with so much vigour that speaks volume of the sensitive office he occupies? Has he risen above sentiments in the discharge of his responsibilities as defence minister? Has he been able to galvanize the various services of the armed forces into greater productivity? The answers are resounding no. 
As despicable as this might sound, it is the stark reality on the ground and further emphasizes why it is necessary to always put round pegs in round holes in sensitive government positions. I make bold to say that Mansur Dan-Ali is a square peg in a round hole hence the lack of a clear-cut policy direction from the defence ministry as regards the various security challenges confronting the country. 
The best that can be ascribed to him is the issuance of press statements on casualty figures either in North East Nigeria and even in his home state of Zamfara. 
This is what the office of the minister of defence has been reduced to. I dare say that as one that is conversant with the operations of the military, if not for the efforts of the Chief of Defence Staff and other service chiefs, that decided to take initiatives, Nigeria would have long been consumed. 
I also know that since 2015, not one strategic policy directive has emanated from the Office of the Defence Minister. So much so that it is not a norm for the defence minister to order the service chiefs to relocate to the battlefront as if that what is needed to achieve victory. But again, this is understandable because you cannot give what you don’t have. 
Also, looking at the critical area of equipping the Armed Forces with the needed weaponry which falls under the purview of the defence minister, what has he done? I recall sometime in November when the People’s Democratic Party accused the minister of defence of using monies meant for arms procurement for other purposes. The PDP also accused Mansur Dan-Ali of being insensitive to the plight of the soldiers waging war against Boko Haram in the North-East. 
And only recently, a group, Security Watch International, accused the Minister of Defence, of influencing the deployment of military checkpoints around his house in Zamfara State in the face of raging banditry in the state. The group stated that the minister was only concerned about his personal security hence the deployment of checkpoints around his house while the state was on fire.
If this is not a shame, I don’t know what to call it. It just goes a long way to state the obvious. And the obvious is that Mansur Dan-Ali has done little or nothing as Nigeria’s defence minister. So much so that I dare ask: What are Dan-Ali’s achievements?
Ijeh is a security analyst and writes from Lagos state.

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target=_blank>Understanding Why Boko Haram Urgently Needs A Territory By Karen Goulding

Notorious terrorist group, Boko Haram (Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād) has ramped up its suicidal attacks. Suicidal in this context should not be missed up with suicide bombing in which person borne improvised explosive devices are detonated, killing the bearer and anyone unfortunate enough to be caught up within range of the explosion. Suicidal is in reference to the attacks staged against military facilities and convoys, which until recently was successful for the terrorists until the Nigerian Army made it into a costly venture for any of the insurgents on Boko Haram’s posse to their chosen locations or targets. They get killed in droves.
This has not deterred Boko Haram as it continued these brainless attacks. The end game on the part of the terrorists has been confirmed as the desire to again have geographical areas under their black flag. If they succeed in doing this they would have achieved the same level of nuisance and threats that they were to the country pre-May 29 2015 when they announced a caliphate in parts of the north-east; if they succeed in doing this, their political sponsors would be able to claim that the present administration has not achieved anything in the four years it has been in the saddle. 
A second consideration along this point is that Boko Haram, at least the faction branded the Islamic State in West Africa or Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP), would be able to show itself as a worthy affiliate of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS/IS). The main Islamic State has been the recipient of a harsh medication dispensed by Russia and its allies, delivered in sufficient dose for the United States to be pulling out of Syria with President Donald Trump declaring that the group has been defeated.
With the US out of the picture Russia may dispense with any form of finesse, which could potentially imply a scorch earth policy for ISIS. Boko Haram could thus be eager to carry out attacks until it lays claim to a geographical area it can use to harbour the fleeing murderers from Syria and Iraq. Hopefully, the coalition led by Russia will see to it that ISIS commanders do not make it out alive from the enclaves in which they are presently holed up, hiding from the sustained attacks that has ensured their poison does not spread beyond its current reach.
On the domestic front, Boko Haram carries out these attacks because the terrorists are broke. They lack funds and it makes sense to deploy what is left of their strength and resources to stage attacks that can convince their financiers that they are still worth backing. In the past, attacks on the scales they have been able to pull off would have led to some phony negotiations that put money in their pockets but it is apparent that the government they are currently dealing with would not play ball as expected. The natural response to the government’s refusing to bend has been to scale up the attacks.
Escalating attacks is as well a kind of signal to the international terror brand, ISIS, to which Boko Haram is affiliated. ISIS no longer sees its Nigerian franchise as useful nor is it appreciated as a potent force to reckon with. The group that once attracted the label of the most bloodthirsty terror group in the world is now desperate to the point of emphasizing the ISWAP tag merely for its propaganda value.
The chronic rant about a religious Jihad has since lost its value after the group was decimated, sent out of Sambisa Forest and now compelled to conduct cross border attacks.
The resort to ambushes and kidnapping of women to get stipends is also not flying on the scale it once did. The best ransom comes from French nationals, whose government somehow finds the means to pay millions of dollars in ransom. But even the French have learnt to avoid the harrowing experiences of being dehumanized by the terrorists before they regain their freedom. The market for kidnap-for-ransom has thinned out.
Even the strategy of focusing on military targets to win public sympathy has been jettisoned. It has returned to attacking soft target, on which attacks are becoming the order of the day. The return to attacking food supply, markets and farming communities might have driven terror into the hearts of the people that are proximate to areas where the terrorists operate, it has also sown a hatred for Boko Haram in their hearts. Now they know that the government forces are a better option above the terrorists any day.
Finally, elections are around the corner so those that want to prevent or postpone the polls appear to again be exploiting Boko Haram’s attacks as justification to distort the political landscape. The attacks from Boko Haram should have threatened the polls same way it happened in 2014 but each successive attack has only proven that there is not much that the terrorists can do to stop the exercise in any part of the country. If the attacks have not had the desired results then the politicians that would have financed more of them to disrupt the polls no longer see sense in throwing money away for terrorists that cannot do worse than the level they have been reduced to.
Boko Haram has been suffocated for too long as a result of sustained military action against them. The escalation of attacks by the group should be treated with the diverse perspectives to its dire financial needs in view. Beyond the unleashing of military might against the terrorists, there should be further efforts to starve the terrorists of funds, food and weapons. In addition, the earth should be swept from under their feet to ensure that they have to claim to a squared metre of territory over which to hoist flags less declaring a territory.
Authorities must also meet the terrorists on any other front to which they take the battle. As their attacks intensified, their media and online assets also activated, which makes it important that the government is prepared to counter the escalation they are coming with. The most critical part of course is not to allow these killers the breathing space to re-strategize.
Goulding, a counter-terrorism expert wrote this piece from the United Kingdom.

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target=_blank>Police Postpone Parade Of Suspected Killers Of Former CDS Badeh

The Nigeria Police Force has postponed the scheduled parade of suspected killers of Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, former Chief of Defence Staff.
The Force had earlier stated that it would present the suspects before newsmen on Thursday.
Badeh was shot on December 18, 2018, on his way back from his farm.

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Jimoh Moshood, Force Public Relations Officer, made the disclosure on Thursday in Abuja, stating that suspects were arrested in connection with the crime.
According to NAN, Moshood said the decision to postpone the presentation of the suspects to the media so as not to jeopardise the ongoing investigation.
“It is of significance to note that the presentation of the two suspects and the three other gang members will not come up today so as not to jeopardise the ongoing investigation. The two suspects arrested actively participated in the killing of the former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh. The public should also know that the investigation into the killing is being intensified to arrest other suspects who are still at large,” he said.
He also added that “The force will not relent and will leave no stone unturned in getting to the root of the killing and bringing all perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice”.

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target=_blank>Police Arrest Four Suspects Linked To Abule Egba Pipeline Explosion

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested four suspected pipeline vandals in connection with the inferno that occurred at Abule Egba on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.
The fire outbreak, caused by explosion from a vandalized pipeline, destroyed at least 100 houses, 100 shops and 50 cars.
In a statement released by the command‘s Public Relations Officer (PRO) on Thursday, the Police said it had arrested four suspects in connection with the incident and declared the principal suspect wanted. 
The statement read: “During interrogation, the four suspects gave vivid account of how the fire that emanated from a vandalised petroleum pipe engulfed a fraction of Abule-Egba community and escalated to parts of Agege area, destroying properties worth millions of Naira. They also mentioned one Hon. (Amb) Prince Adedipo Dauda Ewenla as their ring leader.
“Based on this, the Command extended invitation to him at his last known address, but found out that he has fled to Ogun State in order to evade arrest.
“He is hereby advised to come out of hiding and report himself to the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja or to the nearest Police station in the state, to defend the allegation against him.”

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target=_blank>Fayose Asks Buhari: Why Can’t You Flag Off Your Presidential Campaign In Zamfara Or Borno?

Ayodele Fayose, immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, has queried President Muhammadu Buhari on the decision to flag off the campaign for his reelection in Akwa Ibom.
He also accused the President of making “only phone calls” to the state, which has been the hotbed of killings in recent times.
According to Fayose, Buhari should have chosen Zamfara, Yobe or Borno for his campaign flag-off, rather than the “peaceful Akwa Ibom”.
He stated this in a tweet that read: “Nigerians are being killed in Zamfara, President Buhari could only make ‘phone calls’. But he is going to Akwa Ibom, a state made peaceful by the PDP Govt of @MrUdomEmmanuel to flag off his campaign. Why can’t he do the flag off in Zamfara, Yobe or Borno?” Nigerians are being killed in Zamfara, President Buhari could only make “phone calls”. But he is going to Akwa Ibom, a state made peaceful by the PDP Govt of @MrUdomEmmanuel to flag off his campaign. Why can’t he do the flag off in Zamfara, Yobe or Borno?— Peter Ayodele Fayose (@GovAyoFayose) December 27, 2018

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target=_blank>Wike Says Nothing Will Change His Decision On Power Plants Bought By APC Gov Candidate’s Company

Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State, says no amount of blackmail and propaganda will alter the termination of sale of valued state assets to Sahara Energy Limited.
He said the termination of sale of valued state assets to Sahara Energy followed due process, and called on those aggrieved to seek redress in court.
He spoke on Wednesday during the 2018 Ogbakor Etche December Convention at Obiri Etche, Umugwu, Okehi in Port Harcourt.
“No amount of blackmail will change the situation. The courts are there for them to seek redress. Rivers and Lagos States are not the same. No single man can dictate what happens in Rivers State. We have different ethnic groups and culture,” Wike said.
“The Rivers State Government was not vindictive in terminating the sale of valued state assets to Sahara Energy Limited. One company used three subsidiaries to illegally acquire state assets. If there was any vindictiveness, it was on the part of those who used the state government to deny Rivers people their valued state assets.”
According to Wike, the Rivers State Government resolved to implement the White Paper on the recommendations of the Justice Omereji Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate the sale of valued state assets, because there is no stay of execution stopping the administration.
He also said Rotimi Amaechi, former Governor of Rivers State, lost at the High Court and Court of Appeal when he tried to stop the implementation of the recommendations of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry, noting that the Minister of Transportation and his business partner illegally bought over state assets with the plot to install Tonye Cole, Rivers governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the purchase of more state assets.
“Rivers people have come to know that only one person bought all their assets. He came and took what belongs to the entire state. Now they want to acquire more,” he said.
Wike also said he would continue to support Etche ethnic nationality and develop their communities through key projects.
He said his administration will complete the State Sports Academy and all ongoing road projects in Etche to further enhance the economy of the area. The Governor said more than any other administration in the past, he has executed key projects in the area.

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target=_blank>ADP Presidential Candidate Meets UK Conservative Party Leaders

In the build-up to the 2019 general election in Nigeria, presidential candidate of Action Democratic Party (ADP), Yabagi Sani has met with party leaders of the United Kingdom Conservative Party in London.
Sani also met with British investors and spoke with them on investing more in Nigeria to further boost the Nigeria’s economy.
Speaking after his return to Nigeria, Sani stated that political parties in the country must model party activities like that of the developed country if Nigeria is to experience true democracy and massive economic development.
“If you look at the UK, things are working well there; the institutions of government respect law and humanity; the political parties adhere to the rules of engagement; they don’t breed political thugs nor allow the subversion of people’s will. These are things we must first of all tackle if we want Nigeria to work for all of us, and this is the reason our party is looking at a ‘New Direction’, because we cannot continue to do same thing same way all the time and expect another result,” Sani said.
The ADP presidential candidate noted that his party is in collaborative talks with UK’s Conservative Party, adding that the Conservative Party will assist by providing technical support and capacity building to ADP.
Condemning the current crop of politicians in the country, Sani said: “The political and socio-economic activities in Nigeria have not been for the benefit of the people. We must find a way to change that, and by implication, we must start the reform and orientation shift from our political parties.”
According to him, his visit to the United Kingdom is one of many where he is working to bring investors to Nigeria if he emerges as the next president.
The presidential hopeful was recently awarded by the United Nations for his contribution to the political and socio-economic activities in Nigeria.

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target=_blank>Chaos At Lagos Airport As Lufthansa Cancels Flight, Passengers Lament Poor Treatment

The serene atmosphere of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos degenerated into chaos on Wednesday evening, as the German airline, Lufthansa, cancelled its flight abruptly.
The airline also dragged its feet in its decision to accommodate stranded passengers in a hotel, as recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), and some of the passengers had to depart the airport in annoyance.
The passengers, numbering more than 300, who had come to the airport to catch the late night flight out of Lagos to Frankfurt, Germany and other destinations were taken aback when it was discovered that the flight had been cancelled.
Some of them with children lamented that they were not notified of the cancellation of the flight.
At the time of filing this report, the reason for the cancellation could not be ascertained, but a source close to the airline attributed it to “technical failure”.
The remaining passengers insisted they had nowhere else to spend the night, and had to be booked into a hotel with the promise that they would board their flights on Thursday.
One of the affected passengers, who gave her name as Mrs. Lateefat Abdulateef, claimed that the airline did not inform them prior to the cancellation.
She also alleged that the counter staff of the airline did not provide the passengers with any information on the cancelled flight, adding that before some of them could be put in a hotel, they had to protest their poor treatment by the airline, while others who resided in Lagos or could get cheap hotel accommodation, had to leave in annoyance.
Lamenting the situation, Abdulateef said: “The way and manner some of these foreign airlines treat Nigerians is unfathomable. We were here with the plan to leave Nigeria to various destinations, but to our surprise, we could not depart as planned. It was late at night that we discovered we won’t be travelling as scheduled. This can happen to anyone, especially if it is has to do with safety, but the annoyance of everyone was that the airline refused to provide hotel accommodation for the passengers.
“Some of us had to leave angrily, while others were prepared to spend the night at the airport, but early this morning, the few remaining passengers were booked into a hotel. Till now, no one has told us why we did not fly yesterday and we have the fear that there might be a spillover as those expected to travel today will also come to the airport.”
Lufthansa operates daily flights from Frankfurt to Lagos. It is not clear if the stranded passengers would be airlifted today.
Attempts to get the officials of the airline to comment proved abortive as our correspondent was referred to its headquarters in Germany.

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Address Zamfara Killings Before Another Boko Haram Situation Emerges, Group Tells Nigerian Govt

The remains of four residents killed by armed bandits at Nassarawa Gödel, being prepared for burial in the community in Zamfara State

The remains of four residents killed by armed bandits at Nassarawa Gödel, being prepared for burial in the community in Zamfara State

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A human rights group, Save Nigeria Coalition (SNC), has condemned the recent attacks in Zamfara State where close to hundred people lost their lives and millions of properties detroyed.
In a statement obtained by SaharaReporters, the group stated that the attacks was “very troubling and baffling as innocent persons were murdered in their prime”.
Comrade Yusuf Msheliza, National Convener of the group, who signed the statement, accused politicians of being behind the attacks.
Msheliza, however, appealed to the Nigerian Government to call the state governor and his associates to order before the situation gets out of hand in Zamfara State.
The statement read: “Here is a state that was peaceful and set to becoming a replacement of economic hub for what the country has lost in the Borno State axis where farming and fishing in the Lake Chad Basin have been disrupted by terrorists. The same Zamfara State has now metamorphosed into a killing field where unknown killers are now on rampage.
“We of course acknowledged that the state in the past had occasional incidents of cattle rustling and incidents of robberies like any other part of the country or even other countries of the world. The state graduating to banditry on an industrial scale was quite a surprise, but the surprise was only up till the time that information has now trickled out to provide details about how the political bigwigs in the state have been stoking the fire of banditry, especially upon their rejection by their party members as flag bearers in the 2019 elections.
“There is no point dilly dallying about what we have found out. The upsurge in banditry is politically masterminded by the Zamfara State Governor Yari. The governor, unfortunately, is supported by some All Progressives Congress (APC) members in his camp. These elements who lost out in the primaries are embittered that they were unable to get tickets as candidates. It is no coincidence that bandits have gone on killing spree since they lost out.
“Nigerians will therefore not tolerate a situation where politicians, irrespective of whether they lost primary elections, release killers in the guise of bandits to create another security threat for the country.”
The group also asked the governor and his supporters in the APC to respect the sanctity of life and ensure they find the people behind the attacks with a view of bringing them to book.
The statement continued: “They must also publicly renounce violence in any guise in addition to distancing themselves from acts that amount to endorsing violence as the answer when the permutation does not favour them. The governors of the neighbouring states must do their part, which would in a way reassure Nigerians that they are not part of the political syndicate that is encouraging bandits to launch attacks against communities in the area.
“We urge the Federal Government to step into the situation before it gets out of hand. While the state governor presently enjoys immunity, his aides that do not enjoy immunity and found to be complicit in the banditry related killings in the state must be shown the full wrath of the law.
“Again, we warn that we must not have another Boko Haram in the country before steps are taken to bring those behind the carnage in Zamfara to book.”

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