By Ismaila Chafe During a surprisingly busy week, President Muhammadu Buhari pledges to maintain democratic order in the country and to do what is necessary to ensure that the governor’s election takes place in Anambra on November 6.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had threatened to lock down the entire southeast for six days if its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, was not unconditionally released by November 4.
However, the federal and state governments of Anambra have since rejected the threat, assuring that nothing will stop the November 6 elections from unfolding.
President Buhari made the federal government’s position known when he chaired the National Security Council meeting at State House, Abuja, on October 21.
The President’s National Security Advisor, the retired Major-General. Babagana Mongonu, who addressed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, also announced the murder of Malam Bako, the successor of Abu Musab Al-Barnawi, the head of the Islamic State in the province of ‘West Africa (ISWAP).
reports that the Chief of the Defense Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, confirmed Abu Musab’s death on October 14.
Irabor said: “I can confirm with authority that Abu Musab is dead. He’s dead and stays dead. ”
However, Mongonu revealed that Abu Musab’s successor, Malam Bako, was also neutralized along with a prominent ISWAP member.
He said: “The fact is still that the armed forces, the ground forces have done a great job because within a month we were able to take over the leadership of the Islamic State in the province of. West Africa (ISWAP) – this is Abu Musab Al-barnawi.
“Two days ago, the man who succeeded him, a certain Malam Bako, one of the main leaders of the Shura Council of the Islamic State of the West African province, was also took of.
“They are also grappling with a leadership crisis. You know that these things also come with inherent issues of trust, conflict, mutual suspicion and other things.
“Thus, the operations carried out by the armed forces in the north of the country put a lot of pressure on the Islamic State of the West Africa province, Boko Haram and also the tangential group known as the State Islamic in the greater Sahara.
In the next election for Governor of Anambra on November 6, the NSA said the president had ordered the security agencies to show their authority and ensure the election’s success.
Monguno said the president was responding to heightened security concerns in Anambra, orchestrated by the outlawed IPOB.
“The president has ordered that in no case should anything be allowed to prevent the proper conduct of the elections. The people have the right to vote and to choose their leader.
“No group or individual will be allowed to stimulate lawlessness and chaos, leading to murderous activities.
“The president has made it very clear that the armed forces and all law enforcement agencies must ensure that elections take place, even if that means overwhelming the whole environment with the presence of security personnel,” did he declare.
Buhari previously hosted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on 20 October, who was on a two-day official visit to Nigeria.
The Turkish leader, who expressed satisfaction with the level of bilateral relations between Turkey and Nigeria under the leadership of President Buhari, revealed that Turkey’s trade volume would be increased by five billion dollars, immediately, for further strengthen socio-economic ties between the two countries. .
Erdogan, who spoke through an interpreter, expressed hope that relations between the two nations would develop further on the basis of a win-win situation and on the basis of mutual respect.
The Turkish leader also expressed his country’s willingness to partner with Nigeria to address its security challenges.
Buhari had sent a stern warning to the bandits on October 19, saying that “the time for your ultimate destruction is running out for you will have no place to hide.”
In a statement in Abuja on Monday, Malam Garba Shehu, the president’s spokesman, said Buhari was responding to the murder of more than 30 people in Goronyo in Sokoto state on Sunday by bandits.
According to the president, the days of the bandits are indeed numbered because the military capacities of the armed forces are reinforced by the acquisition and deployment of advanced equipment.
“The bandits live in a fool’s paradise of invincibility, but the reality will soon become more difficult than ever for them.
“The bandits are currently under desperate pressure due to the intense and sustained air and ground operations against them in their hiding places by our security forces.
“Cowardly attacks on innocent people by bandits show rearguard action by criminals under pressure.
“But they will have nowhere to hide and our valiant security forces will not relax the current offensive to defeat these ruthless enemies of humanity,” the president stressed.
Former Head of State, Retired General Yakubu Gowon, also called President Buhari on October 19 to wish him and other Muslim faithful a happy celebration of Eid-el-Maulud. .
The celebration is to mark the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.
Also on October 19, the Nigerian leader offered his deepest condolences to President Joe Biden, the government and people of the United States on the passing of former Secretary of State General Colin Powell.
President Buhari believed that as the first African-American chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest military post in the US Department of Defense as well as the first African-American secretary of state, Powell was a great man. State and a global icon in every sense of the word. of it.
He observed that the deceased was also a great advocate for the eradication of polio and the fight against the deadly spread of the HIV / AIDS pandemic in Africa.
However, on October 19, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo attended an event marking six years of the Future Assured Program, an initiative of the Aisha Buhari Foundation.
He noted that the intervention programs of the Buhari administration since 2015 to date are designed and implemented in order to improve the health, education and socio-economic conditions of the Nigerian people, especially women, children and young people.
He said, “The very future of Nigeria and our communities depends on how we address the many concerns of women and children in our communities, especially the focal areas of health, education and education. economic empowerment. “
Later the same day, the Deputy Speaker also spoke at the public presentation of Senator Ken Nnamani’s book, Standing Strong.
Osinbajo had received on October 18 at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja, a delegation of the American government led by the assistant adviser to national security of the White House, Mr. Jonathan Finer.
The vice president, who has spoken on climate change on the occasion, said: “The Biden administration is fully back on the global climate change agenda, in a laudable restoration of US government support. to the Paris Agreement.
“We are pleased that the United States is fully involved in climate change and is coming back to the table on this issue. I think we should salute the dynamism that this American administration has put behind climate change. “
Osinbajo was also in Lagos on Friday where he inaugurated Duchess International Hospital, a new facility under the Reddington Hospitals group.
According to the vice-president, the opening of the new hospital is a cause for celebration because it shows that “we have everything it takes to become the place of choice even for medical tourists”.
The event featured a collection of world-class medical experts and prominent Nigerians, including two state governors: Babajide Sanwo-Olu from Lagos and Dapo Abiodun from Ogun.
The Governor of the Central Bank, Godwin Emefiele, the Managing Directors of the Bank of Industry – Olukayode Pitan and Access Bank – Herbert Wigwe, were also present at the event.
Chinese President Xi Jinping wrote to President Buhari on October 22, saying that his country would use the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with Nigeria to promote the strategic partnership to new heights.
According to the Chinese leader, Nigeria is an important strategic partner of China in Africa, adding that Sino-Nigerian cooperation has been the engine of Sino-African cooperation.
President Buhari concluded the week under review with a meeting with some leaders and stakeholders of the Ogoni country, where he urged them to raise awareness about the value of protecting national assets like pipelines and other oil facilities.
He noted that deliberate damage usually wreaks more havoc on their environment and hinders development in the region.
He said the federal government is committed to clearing the Ogoni land so that the natives can regain life, return to the farms and reactivate economic activities.
“You will need to educate the people of Ogoni Land and the region more that when pipelines are broken the damage is done more to the surrounding environment and to the people.
“The majority of farmers and fishermen are struggling because the fish are now moving to deep water,” he said.
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