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SPONSORED BY YES434.COM...THE BUSINESS DIRECTORY: The popular money-doubling scheme, Mavrodi Mundial Moneybox (MMM), which placed a one-month ban on all withdrawals from Dec. 13, 2016, is back in full force.

In a statement on its official Twitter account on Friday, MMM stated: ”This is to officially inform you that MMM Nigeria is open for business a day earlier than promised! Let’s go there Nigerians’.

Read the full statement below:

MMM returns in full force

MMM Nigeria participants have been patiently and eagerly awaiting the return of the controversial Ponzi scheme and this has witnessed a countdown to January 14, a day believed to be when the scheme would begin operations after the end of the year break.

The Mavrodi Mondial Movement which is a scheme that assures up to 30% interest on money invested, and is very popular in the country with several millions involved in it.

The Ponzi scheme on December 12, 2016, announced a ‘one-month freezing’ of confirmed Mavros, with a promise to upgrade and return three weeks after the ‘freezing’ which is January 14.

The scheme last week introduced the Bitcoin payment as part of its mode of payment in its comeback plans. According to the scheme, the Bitcoin was the world’s best-performing currency in 2016, appreciating by more than 100 percent, from about $400 per bitcoin to over $1,000 per bitcoin.

Prior to the freeze of MMM, participants were allowed to provide help in bitcoin, but they were paid back in naira, this according to the scheme has been reviewed.

In this light, MMM Nigeria participants are currently wishing themselves ‘a happy crossover night’ on social media.

A social media user, Jide Oluseyi while encouraging other participants wrote on Facebook that, “we are waiting for the return of MMM. We will be having a special service to cross over to our new year this night in Ejigbo stadium. Happy cross over night Mavrodians.”

Before the one-month freezing saga, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN) had warned Nigerians against participating in the scheme which it described as a “Ponzi”.

The House of Representatives also in October 2016 ordered an investigation into the operations of the scheme.

Posted On Friday, 13 January 2017 15:55 Written by

SPONSORED BY CHIQUEMAGAZINE.COM...CELEBRITIES, ENTERTAINMENT, FASHION & MORE MAGAZINE: The Federal Government on Wednesday says she will no longer recognise Taiwan as a country but rather pledged support for One China.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, stated this while answering questions from newsmen after a joint news conference with the Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs in Abuja.

Onyeama said Nigeria had withdrawn all diplomatic relations with Taiwan as a country, adding that Taiwanese office in Abuja would be shut down and be relocated to Lagos.

According to him, Nigeria has communicated Taiwan and they are moving to Lagos as soon as possible.

“Taiwan will stop enjoying any privileges because it is not a country that is recognised under international law and under the position we have taken internationally we recognise the people of China.

“Taiwan will not have any diplomatic representation in Nigeria and also they will be moving to Lagos to the extent that they function as a trade mission with a skeletal staff.

“Chinese Government does not oppose trading with Taiwan as such as long there is no formal contact with the Government that will suggest recognition of Taiwan as sovereign country,” he said.

According to him, China does not oppose relationship with Taiwan in the level of trade but not on government to government level.

The minister, however, said that Nigeria was not pressurised to take the decision, noting that the development was a bit of anomaly on the side of Nigeria

He said that Nigeria recognised the People’s Republic of China as country because Nigeria was one the leading African nations that fought for China to reclaim its seat at the UN Security Council from Taiwan.

He said the step being taken was to right the wrong that one could not specifically say how it came.

“It was not very clear how it got into Nigeria system – an arrangement for the Taiwan for a trade mission.

“And in granting the right of the trade mission, it did not accurately reflect the nature of relationship between Nigeria and Taiwan,” he said.

Onyeama stated that the country took the decision to remove any iota of doubt in the mind of the Chinese people.

He said on the issue of building trust, the international community had embraced one China and China is a member of the United Nations and we don’t want to leave any doubt on the issue.

The minister stressed that Nigeria would adhere to it completely and there is no ambiguity at all.

He said Nigeria as a nation would do everything to realise the One China Policy as well as any effort that would promote the peace and well being of the People’s Republic of China.

According to Onyeama, China is one of the countries that have been in full support of reforms in the UN that would see Africa having two seats at the UN Security Council, as such deserved to be supported in her unification drive of One China.

Posted On Thursday, 12 January 2017 01:10 Written by

SPONSORED BY X365TV.COM: The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, at plenary on Tuesday, announced Sen. Ahmed Lawan (APC-Yobe North) as Leader of the Senate.

Reading a letter from the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senate Caucus dated Jan. 10, Saraki said based on the letter, Sen. Ali Ndume (APC-Borno South) was no longer the leader of the senate.

He said that “a letter from the APC Senate Caucus dated Jan. 10, His Excellency, the President of the Senate, notice of change of leadership.

“This is to inform your Excellency and the senate that after several meetings held on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 and upon due deliberations and consultations, the APC caucus of the senate wishes to notify you of the change in the leadership of the senate.

“The new senate leader is now Sen. Ahmed Lawan, representing Yobe North Senatorial District, Yobe State.’’

In his reaction, Ndume expressed shock at his removal as the leader of the senate.

He said he had no prior information with regard to the development, adding that the announcement of his removal was made when he stepped out of the chamber.

“I was leading the business of the senate and I asked Bala Ibn N’Allah to sit in for me to pray and on coming back the session ended.

“I didn’t know that there was a change because I went to pray. I don’t know if I am no longer the senate leader.

“I was not invited for any meeting. There should be a procedure. The announcement came to me as a surprise, I can’t tell you more than that.”

Ndume said he was not sure if his removal was as a result of his position on
Ibrahim Magu’s non-confirmation as Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He promised to speak to newsmen on the development.

The APC in a mock election on June 6, 2015, adopted Sen. Ahmed Lawan as President of the Senate.

However, Saraki emerged President of the Senate at the inauguration of 8th National Assembly on June 9, 2015, while Ndume emerged as leader of the senate.

Until his emergence as leader of the senate, Lawan was Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence.

Posted On Wednesday, 11 January 2017 01:45 Written by

SPONSORED BY 234NAIRA.COM: The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has welcomed the removal of Mr. Jim Obazee, Executive Secretary, Financial Reporting Council (FRC) yesterday by President Muhammadu Buhari.

FRC is the body whose law led to the retirement of Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye as General Overseer of Nigerian arm of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).

CAN General Secretary, Rev. Musa Asake while reacting to this development said the sack of Obazee by President Muhammadu Buhari was divine.

He added that God used authorities to punish the official for daring to interfere in the work of the church.

Asake while speaking with newsmen said, “The sack of Jim (Obazee) is good riddance to bad rubbish. Anybody that wants to fight the church will find himself where he does not want”.

“Jim got to the position by the grace of God but set out to probe and destroy the church of God. I spoke with him several times on this issue but he wouldn’t listen.

“He was going to take the church to what is worse than Armageddon. Thank God the authorities have stepped in to right the wrong.

“He should have been fired a long time ago and we don’t know why he was left alone, but God’s time is always the best.

“That code should be thrown out completely because the government should not interfere with the church.

“The church is a no-go zone for the government. Doing that has serious implications. If they attempt it, it will lead to confusion in the nation”, he added.

Meanwhile, Obazee who was a former pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, had said only 89 of the 23,216 registered churches in the country had complied with FRC provisions.

Also, the leadership of CAN is set to hold an emergency meeting on the FRC code and other related matters.

Rev. Samson Ayokunle, CAN President said the organisation’s lawyers would review the issues and make their position known to the public.

Posted On Tuesday, 10 January 2017 11:28 Written by

SPONSORED BY BUY656.COM: Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died Sunday in Tehran at the age of 82, Iranian state media reports said.

Rafsanjani had been admitted to hospital in the Iranian capital during the morning with cardiac arrhythmia.

The cleric was one of the architects of the Islamic Revolution that deposed the shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, in 1979 and established a religious state.

Considered a moderate and mentor of current President Hassan Rowhani, Rafsanjani served as president between 1989 and 1997. He was also one of the richest men in the country.

Born in 1934 in Bahreman in the south-east of the country, the cleric worked his way up the political ladder to become chairman of the parliament, before achieving the presidency.

When he left the presidency he successfully campaigned for reformist Mohammad Khatami to replace him, setting him on a collision course with the hardline elements in government.

In 2005, he stood again for the presidency, but was defeated by the relatively unknown Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Following Ahmadinejad’s victory, he isolated himself increasingly from the arch-conservative clergy, actively campaigning against the hardliners, who branded him a dissident and banned him from leading Friday prayers in Tehran.

Rafsanjani did not retire and returned to the political stage in 2013 when his protege Rowhani won the presidential election and went on to seal a nuclear deal with the international community, leading to the lifting of sanctions, which had been so punishing for Iran.

Posted On Monday, 09 January 2017 03:38 Written by

SPONSORED BY BUY656.COM: Ghana has a new president. He is Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Akufo-Addo was sworn in as the president this morning.

He was sworn in by the Chief Justice, Theodora Georgina Wood before thousands of people and African leaders at the inaugural ceremony, which held at the Black Stars square.

He takes over from John Dramani Mahama.

Posted On Saturday, 07 January 2017 16:26 Written by

SPONSORED BY HIRING234.COM: The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has sold N172.85 billion ($550 million) at its first treasury bill (T-Bills) auction of the year with yields unchanged from the previous auction, held on December 21.

Yields on fixed income securities have been rising in recent months with the CBN mopping up naira liquidity to try to lure back foreign investors who sold naira assets following the plunge in the price of oil, the country’s economic mainstay.

Fixed income traders said the apex bank auctioned N115.85 billion of one-year debt at a rate of 18.68 per cent, the same as the previous auction.

The traders said the CBN also sold N35 billion of 91-day paper at 14 per cent and N22 billion of six-month bills at 17.5 per cent, unchanged from the previous auction.

Subscription at the auction came to N194.12 billion, well up from N42.68 billion at the previous auction.

T-bills are marketable short-term money market securities that serve the purpose of raising money for the government and also help in monetary policy management of the CBN. The T-bills’ maturities range between three months and a year and would be raised today, according to the CBN.

The CBN issues treasury bills to raise cash to fund the government budget deficit, help manage banking system liquidity and curb rising inflation.

The CBN had on August 3, raised N245.18 billion ($773.44 million) worth of T-bills to settle short-term obligations. The CBN issued N45.18 billion in three-month debt, N80 billion of six-month paper and N120 billion of one year bills in a Dutch auction, traders said. Indicative rates for the auction are 16 per cent for three-months, 18 per cent for six-months and 18.5 per cent for one-year bills. The auction’s results will be published the day after the sale.

The main investors in government securities are mainly pension funds and commercial banks which control more than 60 per cent of the market, followed by insurance funds and a few micro-finance institutions.

Posted On Friday, 06 January 2017 04:17 Written by

SPONSORED BY 234NAIRA.COM: ABUJA — The Federal Government has said the three airports close to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja, do not meet the criteria set for alternative airports to Abuja. This, however, did not go down well with stakeholders in the aviation industry, who expressed divergent views on the alternative airport and the total closure of the Abuja Airport from March 8 to April 19, 2017.

Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, during the stakeholders forum in Abuja, yesterday, said three other airports close to Abuja— Minna Airport in Niger State, Yakubu Gowon Airport in Jos and Ilorin Airport in Kwara— did not meet the criteria set by the Federal Government as alternative airports. The minister, while explaining the rationale behind the choice of Kaduna airport, said: “Niger and Kwara states are probably thinking they are better alternatives, they are very good alternatives for sure but unfortunately, there are quite a number of criteria we looked at which the other airports did not meet before we chose Kaduna. Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport. “The three are good airports close to Abuja but they simply did not meet with the criteria we used. Minna, Ilorin and even Jos airport as well.” What necessitated rehabilitation Stating what necessitated the rehabilitation of Abuja airport runway, the minister recalled that the Abuja runway was constructed in 1982, adding that it had overshot its design lifespan by 14 years, resulting in a number of distressed and failed portions of the runaway.

He recalled the experiences of airlines on the Abuja runway, saying: “On December 4, 2013, a Saudi Arabian cargo plane damaged its landing gear in a major incident at the Abuja airport runway, which led to the closure of the airport for several hours, from the night of December 4 to the evening of the following day. “In August 2016, there was also another major incident involving South Africa Airways flight that got damaged when it landed on the same Abuja airport runway. “Just last year, Emirates aircraft was also damaged when it landed on the same runway and it was one of the reasons the airline gave for stopping operations to Abuja airport, while  other international airlines were considering pulling out of Abuja airport like the Kenya Airways because of the dangerous runway and multiple incidences of landing gear damages that had been reported by operators of private jets caused by the poor condition of the Abuja runway. “This administration with safety and security as its priority, has decided to face the problem head-on. The cooperation of all stakeholders is, therefore, required to enable us go through this transition period with minimal discomfort.” Stakeholders differ  on closure Expressing their misgivings about the decision of the Federal Government, stakeholders, including Aviation Operators of Nigeria, AON; International Airline Operators, IAO; embassies in Abuja and the Nigerian Association of Travel Agencies, NATA, among others were not in agreement with Federal Government on the choice of Kaduna as alternative airport and total closure of the Abuja airport.

Chairman of AON, Capt. Nogie Meggison, said operators were in total support of the rehabilitation of the Abuja airport runway but do not agree with the complete shutdown of the airport. Meggison was of the view that the 3900-metre runway could be divided into sections while a section is undergoing repair, the other is left open till the repairs of the closed section is completed.

He suggested that a section that would be left open could accommodate a Boeing 737, adding that international flights could go to Lagos or Kano for the period of repairs. He wondered if Kaduna airport was ready to accommodate the traffic of passengers and aircraft. Responding, however, Executive Secretary, Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency, Mallam Gambo Hamza, said Kaduna was ready to take the traffic while the state had made provision for security with 20 policemen on standby at every kilometre.

Posted On Friday, 06 January 2017 03:39 Written by

 

It was King Solomon I believe who wrote the verse that for everything under the sun there is a time and season. There is a time to be born and a time to die. There is a time to rejoice and a time to weep. There is a time to listen and a time to talk. And for my own peculiar case there is a time to write and a time to read what others have written.

 For a while now, and essentially for reasons of time, I have refrained from commenting about happenings in Nigeria. But I cannot in all good conscience remain quiet while to all intents and purposes a meticulously planned pogrom of genocidal ethnic cleansing is afoot with the passive connivance and perhaps active oversight of the Federal and State authorities whose primary duty it is to maintain peace and security while facilitating the administration of justice.

Sometime in July 2014, this writer had written a two-part piece titled ‘Nations Also Die,’ (Parts 1 and 2), which was published in several online media. In it I identified four major cancers which were standing on the path of true Nigerian nationhood. Listed in alphabetical order but with no particular order of severity, the four cancers I identified then were first ‘Absent Leadership’, referring to the laissez-faire leadership style of then Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan, second was Hausa-Fulani expansionism, third was Igbo materialism and fourth was Yoruba exceptionalism. The last three refer to the group tendencies of Nigeria’s three largest ethnicities.

 With the emergence of Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s president, it is now clear to me that the four major cancers afflicting Nigeria at this moment, ranked in order of severity are the ‘Malicious Leadership’ style of the Muhammadu Buhari Administration as well as Fulani Expansionism (it is not Hausa-Fulani) occupying the joint first position, with Igbo Materialism and Yoruba Exceptionalism as joint second.

Shortly after President Buhari was elected and before he was sworn into office, unlike his supporters who were in jubilant mood and Goodluck Jonathan’s supporters who were in sorrowful mood, I had cautioned the in-coming President in a write up titled ‘A Nation in Heat – Fait Accompli’ published sometime in April 2015 as follows :

“However there is one particular ethnic misdemeanor which the President-elect must address forthwith as soon as he assumes power not only because it involves his own ethnic group of origin but also because human lives are involved. The wanton killing of innocent Nigerians in their places of origin by itinerant Fulani herdsmen has gotten out of hand, is a grave threat to national stability and cohesion and should end……The nation is waiting and watching the President-elect’s action in this issue, a successful resolution of which will convey his seriousness of purpose to all Nigerians.”

Not only did President Buhari fail to heed this timely advice, there is ample evidence to suggest given the unrestrained terrorist activities of these Fulani tribesmen across the length and breadth of Nigeria that their murderous rampage is being instigated and the perpetrators shielded by conniving orders proceeding from the highest levels of government in Nigeria. It was by exasperated induction given the conniving modus operandi of the Buhari Administration that I wrote in my last opinion piece about Nigeria titled ‘When Words Fail’ which was published sometime in April 2016 as follows:

“Every political administration in Nigeria has a tipping point beyond which, nothing it does matters any more – it must fail. I think the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration crossed that point this last weekend of April 23rd – 24th, 2016. From the very moment when by several accounts, 500 or so Fulani Herdsmen who belong to the same ethnicity as President Muhammadu Buhari amassed together and sacked several communities in Enugu State without a whimper of resistance by the Buhari Administration, this Administration lost all its legitimacy before God and man.”

In that article published in April 2016, I had estimated that since he assumed power, anything between 2,500 to 5,000 Nigerian citizens may have lost their lives in their own ancestral lands due to the murderous activities of invading Fulani herdsmen cum terrorists across Nigeria. At the present time that estimated number may have risen to anywhere between 5,000 to 10,000 innocent Nigerian fatalities within a space of 18 months of the Buhari Adminstration.

The latest event was the recent sacking and destruction of entire villages in Kaduna State of Nigeria where according to the Catholic Bishop of Kafanchan, about 800 innocent citizens sleeping peacefully in their own homes were murdered at night by Fulani terrorist-herdsmen. This genocide was coming barely a month after the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, himself a Fulani and a very close confidant of President Buhari (he has been touted as Buhari’s successor), boasted to the nation that he has been paying non-Nigerian Fulanis with Malian and Chadian nationalities, “appeasement money” in order to stop them from attacking the non-Fulani indigenes of his own State.

Meanwhile Governor El-Rufai has not provided support or rehabilitated the people of Kaduna State whose houses where burnt down and thousands of family members killed due to the unrestrained action of Nigerian and non-Nigerian Fulani terrorist-herdsmen whose murderous activities find support and succor at the very highest levels of the Nigerian Government.

To all intents and purposes, therefore, the Buhari Administration has failed. It has run out of gas, it has nothing positive to offer Nigerians and its only administrative agenda is “how to make Nigeria move backwards again.”

It is interesting to note that to date President Buhari, a retired military general has not been able to summon the courage to condemn the murderous terrorist activities of his own kinsmen. But he is quick to deploy the coercive instruments of state to crush peaceful neo-Biafran independence activists exercising their fundamental human rights of expressing their preference for Biafran Independence, as well as Shiite muslims in Kaduna State and numerous other economically aggrieved Nigerian citizens.           

Even his touted anti-corruption crusade is a charade as it focuses only on one segment of the population namely his political opponents while leaving his political associates basically untouched.

For instance, under what accounting sub-head is Governor El-Rufai of Kaduna State retiring the huge amounts he claims to be spending as appeasement money to foreign and local Fulani terrorist-herdsmen? Do the terrorist herdsmen issue receipts for State money received?

Since he has not been able to provide security for common Nigerians, why has President Buhari not stopped the collection of the so-called security votes and transferred the security vote in its entirety to the Inspector General of Police as well as the Director of State Security? Do the Presidents of advanced countries collect non-retire-able security votes?

The truth of the matter is that President Buhari and a segment of the Fulani elite (there are many decent, peaceful Fulanis) are attempting by all means to seize the ancestral lands of non-Fulani Nigerians under the guise of cattle-herding thereby forcibly maintaining Nigerian unity under Fulani overlord-ship or worse.

The latest institution to be coerced into serving the selfish expansionist interests of a greedy segment of Nigeria’s Fulani ethic group is the Nigerian Army whose Chief of Army Staff came out the other day to inform a stunned nation that the Nigerian Army is about to veer into cattle ranching. When a national army ceases to serve the interests of the entire nation and is reduced to serving the expansionist interest of a particular ethnic group it ceases to be a national army and must be recognized for what it truly is: a tribal militia.

At a time when modern armies are building rockets, tanks, attack aircrafts and drones, the mission of the Nigerian Army in this 21st century is to engage in Cattle ranching and become a Trojan horse in order to grant expansionist Fulani elements a back door option of ceasing the ethnic lands of other ethnic sub-nationalities. If this is not a backward movement into the middle ages for Nigeria, what else is it?

It is time for us as Nigerians to tell ourselves the bitter truth. Not only has the Buhari Administration failed, together with the expansionist Fulani agenda it actively supports and serves, both have emerged as the greatest cancerous threat to Nigeria’s nationhood. Both are of far greater danger to Nigeria than the exuberant online and offline propaganda of Nigeria’s neo-Biafran agitators. They are of far greater danger to Nigeria than the street demonstration of Nigerian Shiites or the guerilla antics of Nigeria’s hungry and jobless Niger-Delta militants.

If any group of persons should be facing treason charges in Nigeria today, it is those who control the coercive powers of state but who refuse to apply these very same powers against internal and external terrorists who murder the very same Nigerians they swore before God and man to protect, for the simple reason that the criminals are of their own ethnic stock and religion.

If any persons should be facing political and economic treason charges in Nigeria today, it is people in very high places who injudiciously aid and support terrorists by transferring State money to them under the guise of appeasement.

If any persons should be facing treason charges in Nigeria today, it is those who use national assets that belong to the whole nation to support and prop up the greedy and expansionist agenda of a particular component part.

If any persons should be facing treason charges in Nigeria today, it is those who instigate non-Nigerians of their own ethnic stock to attack, terrorize and murder bona fide Nigerians in their own ancestral lands within Nigeria, while looking askance – seeing nothing, hearing nothing and saying nothing. This is not politics. It is called high treason.

In deed when the touted remedy for a corporal malaise morphs into a malignant tumor, its further use should be discontinued, and the tumor cleanly and democratically excised.

Nigerians smell the tea-leaves! Nigerians read the signs!!  Nigerians the omens are not good!!! Nigerians wake up!!! 

I wish all and sundry a more prosperous New Year 2017.

 

 

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Posted On Monday, 02 January 2017 13:46 Written by

‎SPONSORED BY BUY656.COM: ABUJA-President Muhammadu Buhari last night charged the Nigerian Army to ensure that the country remained one and strong indivisible entity despite threats of secession in some quarters. The President also received the captured flag of Boko Haram terrorists from the Sambisa forest from the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. -Gen. Lucky Irabor of the Nigerian Army‎. Buhari spoke at the 2016 Regimental Dinner organized by the Presidential Brigades of Guards in Abuja. The dinner was an annual event to mark the end of drilling year. It also provides the rare opportunity for officers to interact with their commanders.‎  

Speaking at the event, President Buhari who went down memory lane, remembered his ordeal which he said would have cost his life. But despite the development, the president said he had a good time, serving the army for 25 years. He charged the military to ensure the unity of the country, saying it was sacrosanct.

Presdient Buhari receives Boko Haram captured flag from Chief of Army Staff. Gen.Tukur Buratai He said: “I belive you are here because you want to be here and you cannot complain. We will do our best to build the national institutions in the country. “All these political madness in the country where in the north east, the Niger Delta or in the East. “There are 250 ethnic groups, so keeping Nigeria one is a task that must be done. So, even for personal reason you must make sure this country stays one and remain strong.” Speaking on the state of the economy, president Buhari recalled his position on the devaluation of the Naira, hike of the petroleum products among others. According to him, he rejected similar advise by the IMF, World Bank to devalue the Naira as a military Head of State. “I refused and gave my reasons and the next thing I knew I was removed and detained for three and half years. “As a civilian president I will do my best and I’m telling you all these because you are part of the leadership of this great country and God willing we will remain great”, he said.

Also speaking, the Chief of Army Staff. Gen.Tukur Buratai said underscored the function of the brigade of guards, saying that apart from providing security to the president, they also provided security for the FCT. He also reminded the officers to need to maintain discipline at all times even in 2017, promising not to give up in the north east until the insurgents were completely wiped out. Buratai also promised to restore calm in other troubled areas of the country, however assuring that the army would remain apolitical. Handing over the flag to the president earlier, Irabor in whose command the Boko Haram stronghold, “Camp Zero”, in Sambisa forest was eventually captured disclosed that ‎about 1,240 suspected Boko Haram terrorists were arrested during a mop-up operation by troops inside the Sambisa forest.

The highlight of the event was the ‎commissioning of the PMB Gymnasium at the Scorpion Mess in W.U Bassey Cantonment By President Buhari. Dignitaries who graced the Dinner were the representative of Senate President, ‎Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, Federal Capital Territory Minister, the National Security Adviser, Chief of Defence Staff, Service Chiefs‎, the Inspector General of Police, Presidential Aides, among others.


Posted On Saturday, 31 December 2016 13:47 Written by
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