Buhari re-election movement gathers momentum for 2019; Igbo will never go to war again – Ohanaeze Ṇ́dị́ Ìgbò; Buhari commissions new rail vehicles, first Nigeria dry port; Army Troops Free Another Abducted Chibok Girl; Boko Haram ‘abducted’ 31 loggers in fresh attack in Borno; Herdsmen attack: Benue governor stoned during violent protest in Makurdi; Herdsmen attack: President Buhari commiserates with Gov. Ortom . . .
President Muhammadu Buhari’s supporters got a boost on Wednesday when a Buhari key ally announced he would head a group campaigning for Buhari to seek re-election next year. Reports say Ex-governor of Rivers state and current Minister of Transportation, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, was re-appointed the Buhari campaign DG for the 2019 presidential election. Again, the Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, wednesday announced the launch of the South-west chapter of the Buhari/Osinbajo Dynamic Support Group on January 20, to champion the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari, 75, has not publicly said whether he will take part in the February 2019 election. Political insiders have privately questioned Buhari’s willingness, or ability, to keep the top job after he spent much of the past year in Britain being treated for an undisclosed ailment that left him visibly weakened. The Nigerian president has recovered fully and appears fit and ready to run again in 2019.
The Igbo apex socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has said that the Igbo will never again go to war to resolve conflicts in the country. The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, stated this at the 2018 Igbo International Leadership and Good Governance Retreat held at Abagana, Anambra State.
Nwodo said: “We have suffered so much and that is why we should apply diplomacy. One of such diplomatic moves is the planned handshake across the Niger in which Igbo leaders will be negotiating with Yoruba leaders in Enugu in the coming week.”
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday commissioned new rail vehicles consisted of 10 new coaches and two new locomotives for the Kaduna –Abuja train service at Rigasa train station in Kaduna. The rail project was launched by the Olusegun Obasanjo administration and sustained by the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
In his address at the ceremony, Buhari reiterated the resolve of his administration to vigorously implement the federal government’s 25-year railway master plan with a view to transforming rail transportation in Nigeria. In his own welcome address, the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, said railway transport had nearly become a new phenomenon in Nigeria through the current efforts of government to expand its facilities. The President later took a train ride from Rigasa to Kakuri on the outskirts of Kaduna to commission the Inland Dry Port.
Troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole deployed in Pulka, Gwoza LGA of Borno, on Thursday rescued one of the Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in 2014. According to a statement by Col. Onyema Nwanchukwu, the spokesman of the Operation Lafiya Dole, preliminary investigations revealed the young girl identified as Salomi Pagu.
Col. Nwachukwu said Salomi was the same as the Chibok girl published on serial 86 of the online list of abducted Chibok girls. “Currently the girl who was intercepted in the company of another young girl, Jamila Adams, 14, with a child are in the safe custody of troops and receiving medical attention,” Nwachukwu said.
At least 31 loggers are believed to have been abducted by Boko Haram jihadists after they went missing in northeast Nigeria, security sources said Wednesday. The alleged kidnapping took place just days after 30 troops vanished following a raid on a military base in the same region amid a surge in bloody violence.
Reports say the loggers, mostly in their twenties, had left for Wulgo village in nearby Marte district, 15 kilometres away, with their axes and wooden carts to collect wood to sell and raise money to buy food, Kachalla said. A LOCAL militia, Shehu Mada SAID: “We believe Boko Haram abducted them to use them as fighters, given their young age,” Mada said.
Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue state was stoned while trying to calm protesters at Wurukum in Makurdi, capital of the state, on Wednesday (photo: above). Protesters (photo: below) were aggrieved as a result of the fresh killings by suspected Fulani herdsmen and booed Ortom. The governor had gone to placate the restive youth who vowed to remain on the streets until a decisive action is taken against the attackers.
Soldiers drafted to quell the protest found it difficult to control the crowd. Residents trooped out in their thousands on Wednesday morning wielding placards with inscriptions: ‘Presidential Intervention needed’, ‘Why value cows more than Humans’, ‘Stop this incessant bloodbath’ and chanted anti-government songs. Reports say uncounted number of peasant farmers, women, children and the aged from Guma and Logo LGAs were killed in the massive Fulani herdsmen attack.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday commiserated with Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on the “wicked and callous” attacks and the killings, injury of several persons and wanton destruction of property in Guma and Logo LGAs of the state by alleged Fulani herdsmen. Buhari assured the governor and people of the state that relevant security agencies had been directed to do everything possible to arrest those behind the regrettable incidents and avert further attacks.
According to a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Buhari said: “This is one attack too many and everything must be done to provide security for the people in our rural communities”. He also commiserated with families of the victims and wished the injured speedy recovery.
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