The Nigerian Army has described recent viral photos showing members of terrorist groups — Boko Haram and the Islamic State West Africa Province —distributing Ramadan welfare packages to some residents of Borno and Yobe States as fake and stage-managed.
The Army in a statement signed on Thursday by Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General, Mohammed Yerima, said the incident never happened but was a mere propaganda to distract Nigerians.
Yerima also knocked Sahara Reporters for publishing a story on the so-called donation on Tuesday, adding that story was not factual and lacked substance as the location of the distribution was not stated in the story published by the online medium.
The statement partly read, “The article went on to give breakdown of the food items distributed including cash which the publisher alleged was meant to entice the locals to join the terrorists ranks.
“The NA being a professional organisation decided to look at the article with every seriousness with a view to making intelligence out of it. However, our analysis established that there was nothing substantial about the claim except that it was a hurriedly packaged piece of propaganda that was meant to distract the populace away from the recent defeats being suffered by the terrorists.”
Continuing, the statement read, “In the self-styled amateurish publication, there was no single mention of any community that the said distribution took place which is indicative of the fact that there was indeed no community or village where such activity took place.
“The writer consciously omitted such an important part knowing that once a name is attached to the publication it would be much easier to unravel the motive behind it, which is simply to mislead the unsuspecting readers.
“Our team of eagle-eyed analysts went further to critically examine the pictures attached to this malicious publication and discovered that they were simply stage-managed in a typical terrorists-styled propaganda.
“The uncoordinated director of the photo shoot presented the pictures according his IQ and decided to measure the standard of the Nigerian public from his own personal standing.
“He used two poorly constructed shacks sited in the wilderness in multiple scenes by simply changing the arrangement of items and introducing different faces to make it look like an existing structure. He later posted a truck loaded with bags and a few terrorists on it parked in the middle of nowhere.
“A closer look at the background of all the pictures clearly showed an empty forest with no signs of human habitation or activity except the few terrorists and some children that must have forcefully taken away from their parents. These facts therefore met every known style of the terrorists propaganda.”
The Army also inferred that the terrorists chose “Sahara Reporters as the medium to propagate such unfounded piece” because “the terrorists find the media outfit fertile enough for propagating their devilish stories”.
It, therefore, called on the general public to disregard the “propaganda” by the terrorists, adding that the troops under the leadership of the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru would continue to maintain the pressure on the remnants of terrorists hibernating in the forests around the North-Eastern borders until they are completely obliterated.
Economy: Buhari Sad, Admits Failure, Pushes Restructuring To Legislators.
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed displeasure at the tumbling economy of the country, even as he confessed that the development is giving him a serious concern.
The President made the confession Friday night during an interview session with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in Abuja.
He said the low performance of the economy has been a thing of concern to him, adding that his administration was doing everything possible to improve the economy.
According to him, one of the steps taken so far is reaching out to the international community to allow their multinational firms to come to Nigeria and establish their presence by employing Nigerians through which the economy will pick up.
On corruption, President Buhari said it was high time special courts were established to try several corruption cases currently stuck in conventional courts.
“You have instances of cases lasting for as long as 10 years before they are determined and in some cases judges handling the cases may die. But if there are special courts, there will be a time frame to conclude the corruption cases and not dragging on unnecessarily,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari has said only the National Assembly can deal with the contentious issue of restructuring, true federalism or devolution of powers.
Buhari said this on Friday while receiving members of the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) led by Co-Chairmen, Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar and President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), His Eminence, Rev. Dr. Samson Supo Ayokunle, at the State House, Abuja.
The President restated his position on devolving more power to the people.
“On the contentious issue of restructuring or true federalism or devolution of powers, like you all know, this is a constitutional matter with which only the National Assembly can deal.
“I remain an unapologetic believer in devolving power to the people and that is why I signed the Executive Order granting autonomy to State Legislature and Judiciary.
“Unfortunately, this was met with some resistance at the state level and led to a more than two months strike action that has caused the country a lot of pain.
“Luckily, the National Assembly has nearly completed the constitutional review process, which I hope would address some of the burning issues agitating the minds of our people.’’
Buhari assured that efforts were already on to create a more conducive environment to address both direct and indirect causes of challenges including areas of job creation and employment generation, while appreciating religious leaders for their significant role in national development, particularly in shaping perspectives.
“Your role is critical in putting the correct perspective out to Nigerians,’’ he said.
Afe Babalola Canvases Strong Legal Framework For Tourism In Nigeria
A legal legend and founder, Afe Babalola University Ado Ekiti, ABUAD, Aare Afe Babalola, SAN, has called for the drafting of a robust and strong legal framework for the enhancement of the tourism sector in Nigeria.
Aare Afe Babalola made this call while receiving the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Ekiti _ State on Tourism Development, Mr Wale Ojo – Lanre and Team Ekiti Tourism Development, in his White Rock Office , Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti on Wednesday 26 May 2021, after a tour of the Afe Babalola University campus, the Multi-System Hospital, the Planetarium and ABUAD Farms all within the ambit of Afe Babalola University, Ado – Ekiti.
Aare Afe Babalola who commended Dr Kayode Fayemi ‘s tourism vision exposed why Nigeria has not been reaping bountifully from tourism “We have a country which is overwhelmingly blessed with viable and humongous tourism wonders most in their pristine form.
We have intelligent, resourceful and vibrant tourism practitioners and stakeholders who are frenetically strengthening them delved out to eke something from the tourism offerings.
We have a world that is ready to explore Nigeria. But regrettably, we have a set of weak legislation and laws which were crafted when the tourism sector was in an analogue era “
He disclosed that “ One of the impediments truncating the phenomenal transition of Nigeria into a viable tourism economy is the lack of a robust and strong legal framework which is the necessary jelly for the lubrication of a vibrant tourism economy and business in Nigeria “
He called on the public and private sectors tourism practitioners in Nigeria to synergize efforts at ensuring the enactment of a purposeful and vision driven legal framework pointing out that the tourism sector is at present an unregulated and uncoordinated sector that revels in archaic and obsolete legal contents which bear no relevance of appropriateness in the face of contemporary developments.
Ambassador Ojo –Lanre in his remark disclosed that his mission to ABUAD was in furtherance of Dr John Kayode Fayemi’s tourism policy of enhancement of tourism potentialities of Ekiti State.
He described Aare Afe Babalola as an asset of inestimable value to Ekiti State not just only because he planted an international trans-generational academic enclave in Ado Ekiti, but has also created in Ado – Ekiti a global tourism destination capable of attracting millions of tourists to Ekiti State.
Ambassador Ojo – Lanre pointed out that “Here within the canopy of Afe Babalola University one can enjoy the luxury of an Educ-tour by feeding one’s eyes with the beauty of a truly conducive academic environment, embarking on agro-tourism sightseeing of a large expanse of well-mechanized farmland of varieties of crops, poultry and animal husbandry with allied industries processing them to finish products, take an expedition on medical tourism to one of the most equipped medical complex in Africa and finally take a trip from the Earth and explore the space at the biggest and largest Planetarium in West – Africa.
He pointed out that the totality of Aare Afe Babalola as a person and accomplishments is tourism itself for those who want to take a tour of a life which survived in the middle of hopeless deprivation and rose from grass to grace of fortune and opulence .
Rumours Of Fresh War Between Ife And Modakeke Hit The Internet
Ife and Modakeke have always been rivals from the time past, and as a result of this, a border had to come between them to demarcate each land space.
Many years ago when the crisis between them happened, it led to the death of many, until some Yoruba leaders intervened.
However, the report of a fresh war between them has not been confirmed or denied but it’s not something that should happen especially at a time like this.
Read the rumours making rounds below
Even if this Ife and Modakeke fight thing is a rumour. Please, still stay safe regardless.
Close your gate and lock your door. Stay awake if you can, especially if you can hear gunshots.
May God protect us all🙏
— I’m Dammy (@AyamDamiee) May 16, 2021
I can confirm this. And I hope the government intervene as fast as possible. Because ife and modakeke crises is not always a good thing to behold
— official aybaba (@timboswik) May 17, 2021
What am I hearing about IFE and Modakeke? Is that another war?
Please if you stay in modakeke area, some part of (Asherifa, Omole Estate, lagere and the likes ). Avoid late night walks and stay safe. pic.twitter.com/5W3GQBFEUd
— Black Zinari👧 (@microbialawyer) May 16, 2021
I don’t know precisely but there has been news about some clash between Ife and Modakeke communities over the death of a Mother and Child……. I think Alapata or Alapete area…… something like that
— dre! 💡✨ (@dre_daada) May 16, 2021
This Ife and modakeke self is one Israeli and second is Palatine? because I don’t know how same tribe will be fighting themselves within one state, if na North and East dey fight still dey reasonable, with this situations of this country we are still killing ourselves. God!!
— akinade olamilekan afeez (@fezco1) May 17, 2021
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