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Army redeploys 210 generals, 450 colonels, others

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The Nigerian Army has redeployed senior military officers, which affected 1,546 officers, including 210 generals.

The changes also affect 450 colonels, 309 majors, 251 captains and 322 lieutenants, according to a statement on Saturday by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sagir Musa.

It said the posting taking effect from January 18 was approved by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, and was intended to “reinvigorate the system for greater performance and effectiveness.”

Maj. Gen. F. Agugo was moved from the headquarters of the Nigerian Army Signals Corps Apapa, Lagos to the Defence Headquareters Department of Communications as Chief of Defence Communications; Maj. Gen. M Mohammed from the Nigerian Army Resource Centre Abuja to Pronto Tech Nigeria Ltd. and appointed Managing Director, Maj. Gen. A Owolabi from Defence Headquarters Abuja (Department of Communications) to Headquarters Nigerian Army Signals Corps as Commander.

Maj. Gen. A. Bande is to remain as General Officer Commanding 8 Division Sokoto while Maj. Gen. E. Akerejola was moved  from Army Headquarters Department of Logistics to Nigerian Army School of Supply and Transport, Benin as Commandant.

Also Maj. Gen. U. Mohammed will remain in the office of the COAS as the Special Adviser Nigerian Army University Biu and Vice Chairman, Nigerian Army Property Ltd., Abuja, while  Maj. Gen. C. Eze was redeployed from the Nigerian Army Special Projects to Army Headquarters, Department of Army Logistics and appointed Director, Engineering Services.

Maj. G. O. Azinta has been moved from Defence Space Agency, Abuja to the Defence Headquarters as Director, Psychological Warfare; Maj. Gen. A. Dauda was moved from National Defence College, Abuja, to Army Headquarters Department of Policy and Plans and appointed the Director Policy.

 Maj. Gen. A. Dusu, from Army Headquarters, Department of Policy and Plans, was appointed the Commandant at the Nigerian Army School of Artillery, Kachia, while Maj. Gen. H Ahmed of the Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police maintained his position as the Provost Marshal.

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Soyinka: Nigeria on the edge, Buhari must take urgent action

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Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says Nigeria is on the “edge”, and asked President Muhammadu Buhari to move beyond mere talk, and take urgent action to set the country on the right path.
He said the President should stop exuding false confidence and speak like a leader ready to take action concerning the country’s challenges.
Last week, Buhari spoke, in two recorded interviews and a national broadcast, on challenges facing the country, stating that his administration was committed to ensuring growth and improved security.
Soyinka on Arise Television programme on Monday said the problems of the country could be addressed with the right actions by the leaders.
He said, “First of all, he should start talking to people like a leader — and a leader who is awake to the realities of the situation. Then, let us see actions being taken.
“I’m tired of hearing things like ‘you will see differences in a few weeks’ time’. We are tired of that. He’s got to put his cards on the table and take people into confidence.
“He’s got to stop exuding a false confidence, because that kind of confidence is totally false. It is not based on realities, and we’ve got to see an acceleration of actions to retrieve this nation from the very edge.
“It is no longer a problem of the people,; it is a problem of leadership, because the people have shown themselves ready to act, to save their own community.”
Soyinka also said the national assembly and the 36 state governors were not doing enough, considering their constitutional responsibilities.
He said, “Members of NASS are not doing enough. If you study the constitution very carefully, you will realise that they have certain powers which they haven’t touched
“There are certain areas they can compel this government to act the way it should, and that applies especially to governors — the governors themselves are too timid.”
He warned Nigerians to stop spreading fake news, stressing that it is a way of distorting constructive narratives that could help the people.
Soyinka said, “I appeal to people to stop putting words in my mouth. If you think you can pressure me to speak by stealing my identity and putting words in my mouth on social media, you are wasting your time. Not only that, you are acting in a distorting way.
“At this sensitive time, I must warn Nigerians to stop playing around with such serious issues, otherwise they are going to lose the kind of support they have from people like me.”

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Surrender and seek forgiveness, Army tells B’Haram insurgents

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The Nigerian army has called on Boko Haram insurgents to drop their arms, “seek forgiveness and reconciliation”.

General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Nigerian Army, AA Eyitayo, made the call on Sunday at an event organised for journalists by the army in Maiduguri, Borno state capital.

Eyitayo said Boko Haram insurgents are in a state of disarray, following the recent military onslaught against them.

He asked the insurgents to surrender and take advantage of the opportunity to be rehabilitated and reintegrated into society.

The brigadier-general, who is also the commander sector 1, operation Hadin Kai, asked the media to enlighten the insurgents about the call for them to “shun violence”.

“We are not here for bloodletting, nobody is happy that people are dying,” the GOC said.

“Some of them (insurgents) are listening to the media so it is good for us to appeal to them through the media to shun violence, turn up to seek forgiveness and reconciliation.”

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BREAKING: Bennett replaces Netanyahu as Israel’s prime minister

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Israel has elected Naftali Bennett its new prime minister after its parliament narrowly voted in favour of a new coalition government, ending Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s historic 12-year rule.
Sunday’s vote, passed by a 60-59 margin, ended a two-year cycle of political paralysis in which the country held four elections.
Bennett, a former ally of Netanyahu turned bitter rival, will preside over a diverse and fragile coalition comprising eight parties with deep ideological differences.
Netanyahu remains head of the Likud party and will hold the post of opposition leader, according to a report obtained Sunday evening.

Netanyahu reportedly sat silently during the vote.
And after it was approved, he was said to have stood up to leave the chamber, before turning around and shaking hands with Bennett.
Netanyahu, wearing a black medical mask, then sat down in the opposition leader’s chair.
Minutes later, Bennett was sworn into office, followed by members of the new cabinet.

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