God has helped us to clear Boko Haram in North-East – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari says the threat of terrorism has been the most critical security challenge facing his administration since assuming office in 2015.
He however expressed delight that normalcy had returned to the affected states, stressing, “God has helped” his government to “clear Boko Haram” in the North-East.
Buhari declared that he had fulfilled the commitment he made to Nigerians in his May 29, 2015 inaugural address to frontally tackle Boko Haram terrorists and stabilise the country.
He spoke at a state banquet Monday night organised in his honour in Damaturu, Yobe State, according to a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Tuesday.
The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari says nobody can blackmail him on inexplicable wealth and illicit enrichment while in office, saying ‘’I do not have one square-inch outside Nigeria.”
“This is as he said nobody could blackmail him on inexplicable wealth and illicit enrichment while in office, stating that he did not have “one square-inch outside Nigeria,” the statement added
Buhari was also reported as restating “his vow to serve God and Nigeria until his last day in office and beyond.
“He advised Nigerians to remain patriotic, saying ‘as I said more than 30 years ago, we have no other country than Nigeria, we must all stay here and salvage it together.
“Noting that the most critical security challenge inherited by the administration nearly eight years ago was the potent and pervasive threat of terrorism, the President expressed delight that normalcy has returned to affected States in North-East Nigeria.
“He recounted that the threat was particularly pervasive across the North-East geopolitical zone with Yobe State as one of the most hit by the terrorists.
“He, therefore, declared that he has fulfilled the commitment made to Nigerians in his May 29, 2015 inaugural address to frontally and courageously tackle Boko Haram terrorists and stabilize the country.”
He was quoted as saying, “In the North-East, God has helped us to clear Boko Haram, the economy has picked up and some people are asking me about the achievements of my promise to fight corruption.
“Well, under this system fighting corruption is not easy. When I was in the military, as Head of State, I locked up some people because the Constitution says you must declare your assets and people who couldn’t explain the differences in their assets, I locked them up.
“In the end, I was also locked up. So, if you want to serve this country you must be prepared for the worst. But one thing that I am grateful to God for is that nobody can blackmail me. I do not have one-square inch outside Nigeria and I intend to stay in Nigeria when I retire from public office.”
The President spoke on his re-election, saying, “Between 2003 and 2019, I visited all the local government areas in this country. In 2019 when I attempted a re-election, I visited every state and the number of people that came out to see who this Buhari is and was is more than what anybody can pay or force.
‘So, I thank God that Nigerians understood me and I made a promise that I will serve God and Nigerians.”
Buhari commended Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State for taking advantage of the return of peace and security in the state to execute people-oriented projects.
He described the governor as very competent and courageous, adding that he was lucky to have him in the saddle as the political leader in the state, supporting the federal efforts to decimate Boko Haram terrorist group.
He also thanked the people of Yobe State, including Senate President Ahmed Lawan for their warm reception during the state visit.
Ex-Chief of General Staff Oladipo Diya dies at 79
Former Chief of General Staff under the late General Sani Abacha, Lt. General Oladipo Diya (retd), is dead.
Diya reportedly died on Sunday morning in Lagos from a protracted illness. He was aged 79.
A short statement released by one of his children, Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, confirmed the death of the former military leader.
The statement read, “On behalf of the entire Diya family, home and abroad, we announce the passing on to glory of our dear husband, father, grandfather, brother, Lt- General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Retd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni.
“Our dear daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March, 2023.
“Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.
“Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, on behalf of the family.”
His demise came about two years after he lost his second wife, Deborah Folashade Diya, at the age of 66.
Born in April 3, 1944, Diya was military Governor of Ogun State after the Buhari/Idiagbon coup of December 31, 1983.
He joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and fought during the Nigerian Civil War.
He later attended the US Army School of Infantry, the Command and Staff College, Jaji (1980–1981) and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.
While serving in the military, Diya studied law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained an LLB degree, and then at the Nigerian Law School, where he was called to bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
He held other top military positions such as GOC, 82 Division and finally the Chief of General Staff (military Vice President) to Gen Sani Abacha.
He was the CGS when he was arrested for planning a coup to unseat Abacha.
He was thereafter condemned to death by firing squad along with Maj.-Gen Abdulkarim Adisa on April 28 1998.
The death sentence was commuted to 25 years in jail. When Abacha died, Diya and others were later released.
We will not tolerate anarchy – DSS
The Department of State Service (DSS) says it will take measures to check groups and individuals making inciting statements that can lead to anarchy.
It said this in a statement signed by its spokesman, Peter Afunanya.
The DSS warned people against taking the laws into their hands and championing anarchy.
The statement read in part, “It would be recalled that the service had earlier advised political players to abide by the rules of engagement as well as approach the courts for redress, if and where there are suspicions of infractions on extant electoral laws.
“It is evident that some aggrieved politicians are already taking advantage of this legal process. This, without a doubt, is the beauty of democracy. It is strongly believed that this approach enhances peace and security. All and sundry should cherish it.
“Be that as it may, the DSS will not tolerate a situation where persons and/or groups take laws into their hands and champion anarchy. Those peddling fake news, hate speech, and all forms of false narratives as a basis to ignite violence or pit the people against the present or incoming administrations, at the Federal, State, and Parliamentary levels, should stop forthwith.
“Those inciting violence have nothing to gain as doing so will not only consume them but also the innocent. It is otherwise disturbing to see respected personalities use their platforms to mislead or incite citizens. This, to say the least, does not augur well for peaceful coexistence and general order.”
The DSS added that it would continue to take necessary measures “to checkmate these elements who do not wish the country well.”
CJN worships at Abuja Mosque hours after claims of meeting Tinubu in London
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayoode Ariwoola, on Friday attended a Jumaat service at a mosque in Abuja, amid reports of meeting the president-elect, Bola Tinubu abroad.
A video emerged from the Supreme Court on Friday afternoon showing the CJN leaving his office to the Ansar-Ud-Deen Mosque while holding a walking stick.
Further pictures showed him inside the mosque participating in the Jumaat prayer.
There were social media reports on Thursday that the CJN visited Tinubu, who is said to be vacationing in London ahead of the Ummrah in Saudi Arabia, while using a wheelchair.
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The declaration of Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the February 25 presidential election had already attracted petitions by at least four political parties, including the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Labour Party (LP), the Action Alliance (AA), and the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).
Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the Supreme Court, Dr Festus Akande, said the reports were false, adding that the CJN travelled last Saturday for medical reasons and had returned to the country for his judicial functions.
“On March 23, the CJN returned from London and was in the office till 8pm. Today (Friday) he went to the mosque and returned to the office,” he said.
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