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NDA Attack: Aso-Rock Has Been Infiltrated by ‘Terrorists’ – Farouq Kperogi Opens Up
Social Critic and Lecturer, Farooq Kperogi has stated that ‘Terrorists’ have infiltrated Nigeria’s seat of Power in Aso-rock.
Kperogi’s comments are coming shortly after a daring attack on the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna by Dare-devil bandits.
In a recent article titled; “NDA attack and Yusuf Buhari’s lavish wedding”, Kperogi disclosed that Aso-rock has since been ‘breached’ adding that it was only a matter of choice for the Terrorists to ‘invade’.
The article read in Part; “People who say the next stop for the terrorists is to invade Aso Rock fail to realise that Aso Rock has already been breached, making its non-invasion by terrorists only a question of choice, perhaps because the chief occupant of the Villa isn’t distinguishable from them.”
“Apart from Aisha Buhari’s claim that she’d relocated to the United Arab Emirates because of “insecurity” in the Presidential Villa, on May 10, the Peoples Gazette reported that “armed men” had “invaded” the Aso Rock residences of Ibrahim Gambari, Buhari’s Chief of Staff, and Abdullahi Maikano, an Aso Villa admin officer, and made away with “valuable assets.”
“The presidency all but confirmed the authenticity of the story (after one of its officials initially predictably called it “fake news”) but spiced it up with the mandatory official falsehood statements from the government must have by insisting that the breach was only a “foolish attempt” at burglary.”
“In Nigeria’s more than 60 years of existence, there had never been any record of a “foolish attempt” at burglarising the residences of key government officials in the Presidential Villa.”
“In my May 15, 2021 comments in the aftermath of this incident, I wrote: “If even the most fortified place in the country isn’t secure enough for Buhari’s wife to stay in—and his Chief of Staff is vulnerable to armed raids in it—where’s safe?”
“It’s worse when the person who should be most concerned about this isn’t even alive enough to know what’s happening around him, much less what’s happening in the country.”
“So, the invasion of the Nigerian Defense Academy is only an outgrowth of much worse security breaches in the very seat of power—and elsewhere. Even the characteristically restrained Sultan of Sokoto has said that abductions and murders of people are grossly underreported by the media. Most people know this, but it takes courage for a traditional ruler like the Sultan to voice it openly.”
House Of Representatives Caucus Tackles Buhari Regime Over Harassment Of Channels TV’s Presenters
The House of Representatives Minority Caucus has described the alleged harassment of Channels Television and its staff as a toxic push against press freedom and citizens’ rights.
The Nigerian Broadcasting Commission had issued a notice of infraction against the management of Channels Television over an interview granted by the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, on its news and current affairs programme, Sunrise Daily.
The two presenters are Chamberlain Usoh and Kayode Okikiolu, the anchors of the programme.
Reacting to the development, the Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives in a statement by its Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, condemned the action of NBC.
The lawmakers frowned at the growing clampdown on the media and the lack of neutrality on the part of the regulatory agency.
“The Minority caucus frowns at the growing clampdown on the media as well as the lack of professionalism and neutrality on the part of the regulatory agency under the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government.
“As lawmakers, we hold that rather than try to muffle the media, the broadcast regulator should have directed the television station to avail the Federal Government the opportunity to refute, with facts, the statements of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State during the Sunrise Daily programme, which it considered critical or misrepresentation of the government.
“The commandeering of Channels Television presenters to NBC’s headquarters in Abuja, the query of television outfit, and the unrelenting intimidation of independent broadcast media outfits by the NBC is most inauspicious.
“Section 14 (2) (b) of the 1999 Constitution is very clear that the security of lives and property is the primary purpose of government. The same Constitution also vests all the security agencies and legitimate instruments of coercion solely in the Federal Government.
“Therefore, when criminal cartels freely prowl and plunder the citizens, with the Federal Government showing manifest failure to step up to discharge its constitutional obligations, why should any reasonable government try to muffle the media in their constitutional role in the collective effort to salvage the situation, including the carnage going on in Benue State?
“The Minority caucus points the Federal Government to the call by the Governor of Mr. President’s home state, Hon. Bello Masari, on people of Katsina State to defend themselves, and wonders how such is different from the attempt by Governor Ortom to hold the Federal Government to account on the failure to check the killings in his state. Both confirm the total breakdown of security in the land.
“Our caucus insists that when bloody bandits and terrorists find their ways into an elite military training institution like the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), it presupposes nothing else but a brutal violation of our sovereignty and an unedited collapse of government and security.
“In that regard, the Federal Government should take steps to reassure the people rather than trying to muffle information. As representatives of the people, the Minority caucus reminds the NBC the need to stick to professionalism and patriotism in the discharge of duties, urges the Federal Government to desist from engaging in activities that give the citizens the impression that it is always trying to cover up facts.
“The NBC should not promote the suppression of the truth. It should bear in mind that there cannot be any NBC without a Nigeria. It is also high time the NBC eschews partisanship and also understand that regulation does not presuppose the suppression of truth, but the promotion of it.”
Tinubu Hale And Hearty: Lagos Speaker Obasa Speaks From London (Photos)
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is hale and hearty, members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have said.
Led by its Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, the lawmakers said they had lengthy discussions with their host in London.
Photographs taken during the visit showed Tinubu all smiles and excited.
Among the members who visited Tinubu were Temitope Adewale, chairman of the House Committee on Transportation; Nureni Akinsanya, chairman of the House Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development, as well as Sylvester Ogunkelu, chairman of the House Committee on Overseas Investments and SDG.
According to Obasa, Tinubu was his jovial self and had discussions with the team on issues of national importance.
Tinubu with some members of the Lagos State House of Assembly in London
He added that the visit was necessary considering the position of Asiwaju as a leader in the country, a mentor and benefactor to many Nigerians.
“Asiwaju remains amazingly passionate about Nigeria. He is hale and hearty.
“We had a lengthy discussion about developments in the country; he was in high spirit, cheery, witty as usual and remains optimistic about the progress of the country,” the Speaker said.
Sources – Politicsngr, Sahara Reporters, PM News