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Politicisation of Boko Haram insurgency, bane of Nigeria’s anti-terror fight (2)

Being paper delivered at Portcullis House,
House of Commons, London by Alhaji Lai
Mohammed, National Publicity Secretary, All
Progressives Congress, APC, on Monday
PHASE Three: This is where things started to
fall apart between Boko Haram and
politicians/government officials in Borno
State. Available reports point to some sort of
disagreement between the group and some
politicians following the 2007 elections (e.g.
over monthly stipends payable to the group).
This was followed by recurring clashes
between Boko Haram members and the local
police, especially over police harassment and
arrest of Boko Haram members.
One of such led to the massacre of over a
dozen police officers in July 2009. This
triggered a large-scale security operation as
ordered by President Yar’Adua in Borno, Yobe
and Bauchi states. It is estimated that over
1000 suspected Boko Haram members were
killed or summarily executed by security
forces, including Mohammed Yusuf and his in-
laws in this operation. In the aftermath of this
crack down, some members of Boko Haram
leadership escaped and regrouped outside
Nigeria, and linked up with other Salafist
groups in the Sahel.
Phase Four: This covers the ‘hardening’ of
Boko Haram as it was transformed into an
ultra-violent, insurgent Salafist group.
Remnants of Boko Haram reportedly joined up
with salafi-jihadi groups – such as the
Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West
Africa (MUJAO) and Al Qaeda in Islamic
Maghreb (AQIM) – and underwent insurgency
trainings in jihadi camps in Northern Mali, and
Mauritania. From September 2010, Boko
Haram commenced violent attacks to mark
the onset of the current insurgency. It started
with high profile targets such as the Nigerian
Police headquarters, United Nations country
office, police and military facilities, prisons,
mosques and churches, banks, schools,
government offices, telecommunication masts,
markets and lately local communities.
Phase Five
This covers recent dynamics of Boko Haram
insurgency, including the emergence of splinter
groups, and the sheer increase in the Boko
Haram’s audacity, including the kidnapping of
more than 200 Chibok school girls (that
internationalized the insurgency), the take-
over of entire communities and towns; the
declaration of
a Caliphate and hoisting of its
flags in attacked communities. In short, the
Boko Haram insurgency has changed from
what it was before, and it is at its fiercest
level, as yet.
The Politics of Boko Haram
I have carefully chronicled Boko Haram’s
evolution to counteract the rationale of PDP-
Jonathan Administration failed attempt at
linking it to the APC.
What is the PDP’s logic and rationale for
linking the APC with Boko Haram?
This is based on a faulty logic of presuming
that the APC is a sectional (Northern), as
opposed to a national political party, that the
APC is made up predominantly of Muslims,
that it is a North/Islamic party; and therefore
the APC must directly or indirectly support
and sympathize with Boko Haram; and finally
that Boko Haram is a Northern and Muslim
plot to resist and challenge a Southerner-
Christian Jonathan Presidency.
This position is inconsistent on several fronts.
First, Boko Haram climaxed during the reign
of Late President Yar’Adua, hence could not
be a Northern plot against a Southern-
Christian president. The 2009 security
operation which led to the death of over 1000
members of Boko Haram was ordered by a
sitting Northern-Muslim president!
Second, it was the PDP, from 2009 till date
that transformed Boko Haram from a
movement into an insurgent group, from a
moderate Sunni group to a Salafist-Jihadi
franchise, from a local group with localized
(socio-economic and cultural change) agenda
to an international violent jihadist group.
Third, while it is true the APC is the number
one grassroots party across Northern Nigeria,
but so also is the case in substantial parts of
Southern Nigeria. The APC is a proper Pan-
Nigerian party that reflects the ethno-religious
and cultural diversities of Nigeria. The APC
has functional structures across the 774 LGAs,
and 36 states plus Abuja. As a matter of fact
as of today APC has seven state governors
from the Northern part of Nigeria and eight
from the Southern part of the country.
Complex diversities
Fourth, the APC is neither a Muslim nor a
Christian political party. I make bold to say
that it is impossible to have a religious
political party in Nigeria because of the
complex diversities in Nigeria. APC, like the
PDP has Christian members across Northern
Nigeria, and Muslim members across Southern
Nigeria. Moreover, it is absurd to still think of
Nigeria in a simplistic North equate Muslim,
and South equate Christian prism.
Fifth, the APC is neither ashamed nor proud to
acknowledge the socio-economic and political
abyss that made the emergence of such a
deadly and evil group like Boko Haram
possible in the first place, and the crass
leadership failures and ineptitude that
transformed Boko Haram into a killing
It is the APC’s acknowledgement of the
underlining socio-economic and political
conditions that is misinterpreted by the PDP
as APC’s ‘sympathy’ for Boko Haram. The
truth must be told, Boko Haram, similar to
other ethno-political militias in post-1999
Nigeria, emerged against the backdrop of
deepening poverty, social-economic
deprivations, corruption, poor governance,
police brutality and governance failures under
the PDP since 1999. It is no coincidence that
the northern half of Nigeria, including the
northeast corner (Boko Haram base), are the
poorest in the country.
A 2010 assessment by the National Bureau of
Statistics reported the national poverty rate
was 60.9 per cent, but it was 77.7 percent for
the northwest and 76.3 per cent for northeast,
compared with 59 per cent for the Southwest.
The World Bank also noted that economic
growth and opportunities were not equally
shared by different parts of the country, that
growth was fastest in southern and middle
agro climatic zones, with much slower growth
in northern states. This has resulted in the
largest number of poor people residing in the
northern part of the country.
Sixth, Alh. Ali Modu Sherif, and all known
persons directly or indirectly implicated in
Boko Haram are members of the PDP or
persons serving or with close ties to the
Jonathan presidency.
Finally, the President Jonathan-PDP’s
political manipulation of the Boko Haram has
to be understood as part of its ‘poker-like’
calculus for clinging on to political power
ahead of the 2015 elections.
How is the PDP doing and using this? In
essence, how is the PDP benefitting politically
from the Boko Haram insurgency?
This is in at least six ways:
The PDP is using the Boko Haram crises to
launder the battered image of the Jonathan
presidency by securing attendance and
participation for President Goodluck at
important international summits and
meetings. Curiously, Boko Haram has now
become a way of getting the international
community to talk and meet with President
Goodluck Jonathan, and gain international
media coverage.
The PDP is also using the Boko Haram crises,
especially the #Bringbackourgirls campaign,
to blackmail opposition groups, impose
emergency rule in states and areas controlled
by opposition political parties, harass and
restrict media freedom (through military
clampdowns), and for justifying illegal
Constitutional responsibilities
The Boko Haram crisis is readily used by the
PDP to rationalize the Jonathan Government’s
abdication of its constitutional
responsibilities, including visits and
assistance to areas affected, effective response
to kidnappings and abductions (e.g. the GEJ
government was silent over the Chibok girls
kidnaps for over 15 days).
The declaration of emergency rule, massive
increases in spending on security without
correspondent impact, has become a political
gimmick by the PDP now being counted as the
GEJ achievement in promoting peace and
The PDP is actively politicizing the declaration
of emergency rule. For instance, the PDP
government is ever quick to propose and
declare emergency rule in areas controlled by
opposition political parties, but not in PDP-
controlled states even where the scale of
violence, killings and destruction are similar.
For example, despite incessant violence,
killings, displacement and destruction in
Taraba, Benue and Plateau (PDP controlled
states), the PDP has been quick to discount
the possibility of a full scale emergency rule in
the above mentioned states, however it is
quick to impose emergency rule in non-PDP
states at the slightest episode of violence.
Finally, the status quo favours the PDP and
President Goodluck Jonathan. Why? Boko
Haram affected areas and indeed the Northern
region are APC strongholds, hence Boko
Haram crises, the declaration of emergency
rule and general atmosphere of insecurity in
the North are likely to affect voting (low
turnout due to displacement). There is already
talk of cancelling elections in some areas in
the Northeast, all plots designed to minimize
President Jonathan-PDP electoral losses in
the North and enhance the likelihood of a PDP

Lagos – The police in Lagos on Thursday
arraigned a 23-year -old man, who allegedly
stabbed his girlfriend for desiring to quit their
Olaide Salami appeared before an Apapa
Magistrates’ Court over assault, stealing and
Salami, who resides at Ajegunle, Apapa,
Lagos, allegedly stabbed Miss Monisola
Adedoyin on the face with a broken bottle.
The Prosecutor, Cpl. John Iberedem, told the
court that the accused committed the offences
on Oct. 28, 2013 at No. 25, Adeyemi St.,
He said that the accused conspired with
others at large to commit the crimes.
“Salami started harassing the complainant
because she said she was no longer interested
in their relationship.
“Adedoyin said that the accused came to her
house with some of his friends and started
assaulting her.
“She said that the accused also stole her
phone and N30,000.
“When Adedoyin’s mother tried to resolve the
dispute, the accused also assaulted her,
“Iberedem said.
The prosecutor said that the offences
contravened Sections 171, 285 and 409 of the
Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports
that Section 171 prescribes a three-year jail
term for assault occasioning harm, while
Section 409 stipulates two years imprisonment
for conspiracy.
The Magistrate, Mr Patrick Adekomaiya,
granted the accused bail in the sum of
N20,000, with one surety in like sum.
Adekomaiya adjourned the case to Sept. 29
for substantive trial. (NAN)

police announces new commissioners for akwa ibom,lagos Delta and 17 others

The Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP)
Monday approved new Commissioners of
Police for Akwa Ibom, Delta, Lagos, Rivers
and 17 other states of the federation
following the “recommendation of the
Commissioners to the Police Service
Commission and its subsequent approval,” a
police force statement by spokesman
Emmanuel Ojukwu said.
The IGP said the postings are “In line with
the determination and drive to reposition
the Nigeria Police Force for improved
service delivery.”
The CPs and their commands are as follows:

Balarable musa: to gang up against Jonathan is legal

Says conditions for credible polls in 2015
don’t exist
Accuses FG of conspiracy in abduction of
Chibok girls
Alhaji Balarabe Musa, former governor of
Kaduna State, in this interview, fears that the
2015 polls would not be free and fair because
the conditions for credible election are not in
place. He also justifies northern leaders’
gang-up against President Goodluck Jonathan
so long as it is legal. He accuses the Federal
Government of conspiracy and cover-up in the
abduction of the 219 Chibok schoolgirls and
urges the set up of a commission of inquiry on
Dr Steven Davis’ comments on sponsors of
Boko Haram. Excerpts:
By Dapo Akinrefon
It has been 147 days that the Chibok school
girls were abducted and all attempts to rescue
them have been futile. Some say there is a
conspiracy somewhere. Do you think so?
I think their abduction is very suspicious
because we have to face the reality. We are
dealing with politics particularly the 2015
elections, which encourages the incumbent to
destabilise the country so that elections will
not hold in 2015, in which case the provisions
of the constitution will prevail. It means that
the president will continue.
If the election is conducted for whatever
reasons, it is rigged because of the insecurity
in the country. The abduction of the girls is
part and parcel of the Boko Haram and so,
this is a serious issue because such thing
cannot happen without the government getting
serious information on the matter.
Everything is mysterious and nobody knows
anything about the abducted girls. The
government has not come out with any
reliable information about the whereabouts of
the girls.
There were some information a few months
ago that international organizations have
been involved in the identification of the
whereabouts of the girls.
It is unfortunate that in spite of the
involvement of the international security
agencies, the girls are still missing. Nothing is
convincing and if there is no government
conspiracy, how can this happen? There is no
information and action on the part of the
There is also another aspect of it, there were
reports that 57 of the girls had escaped and
then, we now hear a lot of talks about these
escaped girls. We don’t know where they are
being kept, we hear also that they are being
offered scholarship abroad. How sure are we
that these are the girls being talked about?
You see, everything is mysterious.
How do you see the allegations of Australian
terrorism negotiator, Dr Steven Davis, that
former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General
Azubuike Ihejirika and former Borno State
Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff are sponsors of
Boko Haram?
It is not impossible because it means there is
a conspiracy for political reasons in the
action. Therefore, these allegations should be
looked into.
Do you think the president has the political
will to go after these alleged Boko Haram
He may not even have the moral will because
the government itself has been accused of
conspiring with an interest to do this and to
cover it up. There should be a judicial
commission of inquiry over this because the
political allegations are becoming very
The Boko Haram insurgents have taken over
some communities and towns in Boko State
and also hoisted their flags there, what signal
does this send?
First of all, it shows that the issue we are
facing is not just insecurity but an attempt on
the sovereignty of Nigeria. This is serious.
How can the activities of these insurgents be
nipped in the bud because it is taking a
dangerous dimension?
The only way we can do it peacefully because
the government has lost moral credibility on
this is to have free, fair and transparent
elections in this country.
For this to happen, we need to rely on the
Independent National Electoral Commission,
INEC, but unfortunately, INEC is also part of
the problem.
And so, the only thing we can do peacefully is
to ask the National Assembly to do something
about it and really ensure that there is free,
fair and transparent elections leading to a
legitimate government. If we can have a
legitimate government by any means, we can
successfully address this issue.
The Northern Elders Forum has given
President Jonathan an ultimatum to bring
back the abducted Chibok girls or forfeit 2015.
What is your take?
This is nonsense because you cannot identify
who these Northern elders are. You cannot
identify their relevance because anybody can
call himself an elder.
Those who can be referred to as elders can
only be elected representatives of the people.
In that case, they can be members of the
National Assembly from the North or State
Houses of Assembly and local government
councils. These are the elders. These are the
ones who can legitimately represent the
people. Let us forget about these sectional
Is it true that there is a gang up by Northern
leaders and elders against President Goodluck
It is legitimate and democratic politics. If you
gang up against your opponent what is wrong
with it as long as you are doing it legally?
Ahead of the 2015 elections, a group has been
going round the six geo-political zones of the
country to hold rallies for President Jonathan.
What is your take on this considering the
mood of the nation?
I hold the president responsible for this act of
gross misconduct and it is an impeachable
offence because he is undermining the law.
Nobody can absolve the president of this
because he cannot say he doesn’t know about
it. He cannot deny authorizing it because
these campaigns are being funded with the
approval of the president. Here, Mr President
is been charged with gross misconduct and an
impeachable offence.
What are your fears for 2015?
It is not possible for us to get over these
national crises on or before 2015. It is also
not possible for us to conduct free, fair and
transparent elections in 2015 because the
conditions for it do not exist and there are
attempts to bring them about.
So, it is either we do not have 2015 elections
at all or the elections will be rigged.
I want to call your attention to what happened
some days ago over a report by the media.
The president was saying that the government
will print the ballot papers for INEC.
Now this shows clearly that INEC is not
independent and the president wants to use
INEC to rig the elections.
If INEC is an independent electoral agency,
how can the government print ballot papers
for them in an election where the president is
contesting? You can now see that the 2015
elections is a myth because INEC is not
This goes to show that even if the 2015
election holds, it is going to be rigged and it
will not bring about a legitimate government.

Adamawa 2014:How fintiri won PDP guber ticket

YOLA—Acting Governor of Adamawa State,
Ahmadu Fintiri, has emerged as the
governorship candidate of the Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP, for the October 11,
2014 bye-election.
He polled 624 votes out of the 912 votes cast
to defeat four other aspirants.
Announcing the result of the 14-hour electoral
process, the leader of the PDP Adamawa
Gubernatorial Primaries Committee, Dimeji
Bankole, said Fintiri polled 624 while Dr
Ahmed Modibbo got 197 votes.
Modibbo was followed by Brig-Gen Buba
Marwa, who scored 64 votes; Dr. Umar Ardo,
nine votes; and Mr Jerry Kumdusi, four votes.
Bankole, a former speaker of the House of
Representatives disclosed that of the votes,23
invalid ones were recorded during the
The 912 delegates were categorized into
Statutory (members of the party holding
elective and political appointments or holding
executive office in the state, zonal or national
office of the party) and Ad- Hoc delegates
(those at the ward levels).
The primaries scheduled to commence at 10
am on Saturday started at about 6:30pm with
the accreditation of delegates from the 21
local councils of the state.
In his acceptance speech, the acting governor,
described his emergence as a resounding
victory for the party and appealed to other
aspirants to join hands with him and other
stakeholders to lead PDP to victory in the
October 11 election.
Speaking on the primaries, Marwa accepted
the outcome of the exercise and declared his
support for Fintiri.
Marwa stated that his decision is to enable
the PDP to emerge victorious in the October
11 bye-election.
According to him “after due consultations with
my political associates and supporters, I have
decided to support the Acting Governor in the
task ahead.”
Marwa declared that all his supporters have
been directed to support the PDP flag bearer
on October 11

Davis revelation: Nigerians will hear from us soon “Boko haram”

More stunning revelations on the relationship
among Boko Haram, the government and the
Australian negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davis, may
be unveiled by the sect’s leadership this week.
The move, according to a source close to the
sect, is to put the record straight and clear
the air on several controversial issues
contained in the interview by the Australian to
the media last week.
Vanguard source said last night that the
leadership of Boko Haram was upset by most
of the claims made by the negotiator and was
set to make a categorical position on all the
issues raised by Davis in the media.
“Nigerians will soon hear from the sect
leadership concerning all the issues raised by
the negotiator, who, in any case was not hired
by the Federal Government to dialogue with
the group.
“In fact, what the man has said has really
infuriated the sect leadership and they are
unhappy with him,” the Nigerian negotiator
“As far as the sect leadership is concerned,
Davis is being used by some politicians to
score some points and they are ready to clear
the air on the issues.

How gunmen rob,rape FRCN training school students

LAGOS — In what is fast becoming the norm,
gunmen, Friday, stormed the Federal Radio
Cooperation of Nigeria, FRCN, Training School,
Lagos State, raping and robbing many of the
female trainee journalists.
An eye witness in the school said that was the
third time the armed men would be attacking
the school.
An insider said: “The armed robbers were
many. They attacked the school last week, last
two weeks and now this week. They always
rape the girls and dispossess others,
including male students and workers on night
duties of their valuables.”
The three attacks on the school have left
many of the workers shocked, especially as
policemen were supposed to be manning the
school gate.
The last attack occurred at about 2am, with
the gunmen targeting the financial records
offices. Three of the gunmen wore masks and
focused on the new BOND FM station, which
has a lot of new expensive transmitting
“Many of them broke into our offices, remove
burglar-proofs, raped girls who were in
training and living in our hostel. They
collected money, phones and laptops. This is
the third time this will be happening,” said a
According to another insider, the school has
male and female trainees drawn from across
different radio stations in the country who are
on special courses. There are also private
students studying broadcast journalism.
The insider added: “The gunmen are usually
many whenever they attack. The first time they
came, they appeared to be searching for
something as they ransacked all offices.
This time, they came with three or four men
wearing masks. They were apparently the
people who wanted something from the school
or offices. When they came this time, they
were the ones doing the frantic searching.
Whether they succeeded in getting what they
wanted this time around is what we don’t
Police spokesperson, Ngozi Braide, however
said only a case of burglary was reported.
“I just got to hear today that the place has
been burgled three times. But they had never
reported. It’s only today that an official
complaint was lodged. No case of rape was
reported. Nobody has come forward to say
that she was raped,” she said.

legal obstacles wont stop our effort to market Jonathan……..says TAN

ENUGU — The pro-Jonathan organisation,
Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN,
weekend, said that it would not be deterred by
any form of legal obstacle in her on-going
nationwide rallies to market President
Goodluck Jonathan and his achievements in
the last four years.
TAN said that the rally and road-shows
already held in the three geo-political zones of
the southern Nigeria would by next Saturday
move to Minna, Niger State.
The founder and national coordinator of TAN,
Dr. Ifeanyi Uba, made this known in Enugu
during the inauguration of TAN executives in
the three senatorial zones, 17 local
government areas and 260 wards of Enugu
Uba, who was the governorship aspirant of
Labour Party in the November 16, 2013
Anambra governorship election, stated that
Enugu had braced the tape as the first state
in the country to establish state structures for
TAN, and commended the state coordinator,
Chief Anayo Onwuegbu (Omeiheikwu) and the
facilitator, Deputy Senate President, Ike
Ekweremadu for their untiring efforts.
The TAN national coordinator, who was
represented by Chief Ben Etiaba, insisted that
as a non-governmental and non-political
organisation, TAN was not campaigning, but
merely drumming support for the Federal
Government led by President Jonathan with a
view to highlighting the achievements of the
administration, adding that TAN will enter the
campaign stage at the appropriate time in line
with INEC regulations.
“Jonathan has done a lot in health, finance,
agriculture and the oil sector. The reason TAN
came to be was that the visioner (Uba) saw
that this president was being pummeled,
getting a bad press.
“Please, I want to, at this point, thank the
media for supporting us; because before TAN
came on board, it was as though there was a
conspiracy against the President in the media.
But TAN has somehow managed to turn it
around, we are so grateful to the media.”
Earlier, the state coordinator of TAN, Engr.
Onwuegbu said that the entire South East had
fared better under President Jonathan’s
administration more than any other in the
He listed the construction of Akanu Ibiam
International Airport in Enugu, award of
contract for construction of Second Niger
Bridge at Onitsha, reconstruction of Enugu-
Port-Harcourt and Enugu-Onitsha expressway,
the inland Port at Onitsha, appointment of
Onyeabor Ihejirika the first Chief of Army Staff
from the zone after the civil war and state
burial for late Odumegwu Ojukwu, among other
things, as the highlight of Jonathan’s
achievement in the zone.
“TAN is a non-governmental, non-political
organisation, whose mandate is to package
and tell the world what the government of
Jonathan has achieved within the past four
years, the main objective is to return President
Jonathan back to Aso Rock,” he said.
Highlight of the occasion was presentation of
three fresh registers containing 85, 000
signatures and phone numbers of people that
endorsed President Jonathan for the second
term in office and submitted by the
coordinators at the zonal level including; Hon.
Frank Anioma for Enugu East (30, 000), Ozor
Okey Ozoani for Enugu West (25, 000) and
Frank Oloto for Enugu North (30, 000

fifa15 rating:Lionel messi no1 ahead of Ronaldo and others

Cristiano Ronaldo might have beaten Lionel
Messi to the Ballon d’Or earlier this year, but
the Barcelona man has gained a measure of
revenge on his great rival by winning another
With a score of 93 out of a possible 100
Messi tops the player ratings in video game
FIFA 15, which is due for release in the UK on
September 26.
To get debate among fans raging in advance,
makers EA Sports released a countdown of
the top 50 players on the newest instalment
of the popular franchise.
VIDEO Scroll down to see which Premier
League stars are grumbling about their rating
1. Lionel Messi 93
2. Cristiano Ronaldo 92
3. Arjen Robben 90
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic 90
5. Manuel Neuer 90
6. Andres Iniesta 89
7. Luis Suarez 89
8. Bastian Schweinsteiger 88
9. Franck Ribery 88
10. Eden Hazard 88
Messi came out on top, beating Real Madrid
star Ronaldo (92) by just a single mark on
the scoring system. Bayern Munich and
Holland winger Arjen Robben was third with a
total of 90.
The ratings, which are based on performances
in league and cup games over the past 365
days, determine what each virtual player is
capable of when used on the game.
Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan
Ibrahimovic and Bayern Munich goalkeeper
Manuel Neuer are ranked fourth and fifth on
the new game, despite sharing the same
rating as Robben.
Barca duo Andres Iniesta and Luis Suarez –
both of whom have been given a score of 89 –
sit six and seventh, with Bayern Munich pair
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Franck Ribery
(both 88) are eighth and ninth respectively.
Chelsea winger Eden Hazard, who has earned
himself an 88 rating over the last year, is the
only Premier League player to make the top
10, pipping Manchester United’s Robin van
Persie and Radamel Falcao.bbo1410109608017_wps_41_Real_Madrid_forward_Crist1410109121671_wps_37_image001_png1410109586064_wps_40_image001_png

i still dont know why i am not a Liverpool player bur I am still happy being at chelsea

Chelsea striker Loic Remy says he still
doesn’t understand why his transfer to
Liverpool collapsed during the summer.
The 27-year-old was set to move to Anfield
for £8million before the Reds pulled out of
the deal suggesting he had failed his
VIDEO Scroll down to watch Loic Remy scores
for France v Spain
Remy had failed previous medicals due to
problems with his heart and knee but he was
surprised by the announcement.
‘I did not understand myself. A problem
during the medical examination? I do not
know. They put it, that must be it,’ he told
the Daily Star .
The Frenchman returned to QPR and
appeared in the Premier League before
making a move to Chelsea in the final week
of the transfer window, where he will now play
as back-up to Diego Costa who injured his
hamstring on international duty.
Loic Remy scores for France v Spain
Remy, who scored the winner for France
against Spain on Thursday, said: ‘In my head,
I quite wanted to stay at QPR, but I did not
hesitate one second to many reasons: for my
room for improvement, for my confidence, in
terms of level of demand and Chelsea is one
of the best clubs in the world. I’m happy to
have signed for a club like this.
‘I know I’m not going to be the first striker,
but nothing is set. I have goals. By signing
here, I did not say it was to stay on the
sidelines. I will try to move up alongside
great players. The rest will happen naturally.’1410045801087_wps_63_France_s_forward_Loic_Rem1410045825788_wps_65_Chelsea_FC_via_Press_Assovideo-undefined-211DB19600000578-798_636x358

How Shekau went wild-Boko haram negotiator

Amid the dust raised by his allegation linking
a former governor of Borno State, Senator Ali
Modu Sheriff, and an erstwhile Chief of the
Army Staff, Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika, with
the sponsorship of Boko Haram, an Australian
negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davis, at the weekend,
gave insight into how Abubakar Shekau
hijacked the Islamist group.
“The Boko Haram we see today is not the
Jama’atu Ahlul Sunnah Lih Da’awa wal Jihad
(JAS) that was operational under Yusuf –
former JAS leader killed by the police in
2009”, Davis told Sunday Vanguard in an
In the interview conducted online, the
negotiator said: “Shekau formed Ansaru which
he used for kidnapping and beheading
victims. This behaviour was a major
departure from the original mandate of the
JAS which was to purify Islam and return it to
the exemplary life of the Prophet. Many
among the JAS leadership are no longer active
and others have been killed. This has allowed
Shekau to take the JAS to a more extreme
action and expand the frontiers of kidnapping,
bombing and slaughtering. The Boko Haram
we have today is a much expanded Ansaru.
What we see now is not the Yusufiya which
wanted very much to settle a score with former
Governor Ali Modu Sheriff. It is Boko Haram
as a partner to ISIS and Al Shabaab”.
Davis admitted that he came to Nigeria in
April to facilitate the release of the Chibok
girls abducted by Boko Haram, but denied
that he was engaged by any party and
therefore had no obligation to report to
He claimed to have interacted with former
commanders of JAS and others close to Boko
Haram during his visit to Nigeria.
Davis didn’t speak with real Boko Haram
leaders – Nigerian negotiator
Meanwhile, a Nigerian negotiator claimed,
yesterday, that Sheriff and Ihejirika could not
have been Boko Haram sponsors as the two
men were actually sworn enemies of the
Islamist group.
The negotiator, who didn’t want to be named
for security reasons, told Sunday Vanguard
that neither Sherrif nor Ihejirika was a sponsor
of the sect.
Shekau in the video released to AFP. Photo:
The source, who has been assisting the
government to find a lasting solution to the
insurgency in the North-east, pointed out that
Sheriff was even one of the three most wanted
enemies of the sect. He did not say who the
other two were.
“The statement credited to advise that Sherriff
and Ihejirika are sponsors of Boko Haram is
far from the truth because, as at today, the
former Borno governor remains one of the
three worst enemies of Boko Haram”, he
“I can tell you that the group has not forgiven
Sheriff over the killing of its leader,
Mohammed Yusuf, who was arrested and
killed during his tenure as governor”.
Confirming the claim by Davis that he was
not hired by the Nigerian government to
broker peace with the sect, the source said
that the Australian came on his own to secure
the release of the Chibok girls.
He said that while in Nigeria, Davis never met
the real commanders of Boko Haram but
depended on information from a member of
the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and
Amnesty for information on the activities of
the sect.
The source blamed what is now playing out
on the issue of Boko Haram sponsorship on
the information given to Davis by the member
of the presidential committee.
He said,”We can say with all amount of
seriousness that Davis did not meet the
leadership and main commanders of Boko
Haram during his visit to the North-east.
“If Davis insists that he met with any senior
commander or leader of the sect, we challenge
him to mention their names and ranks”.

2015;voter’s card insecurity as threat

IF the challenges and unresolved hitches that
trailed ongoing distribution of the Permanent
Voters’ Card (PVC) by the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC) are
anything to go by, having credible general
elections in less than six months time may be
a tall dream.
The matter is worsened by the wind of
insurgency and insecurity blowing across the
North eastern parts of the country, a region
that has over 12 million voters.
By Clifford Ndujihe
Without the PVC a prospective voter will not
be allowed to vote at the elections, the INEC
has said.
Last May, the INEC began the distribution of
the permanent voters’ card. The first phase of
the distribution took place in 10 states,
namely: Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Enugu, Abia,
Benue, Kogi, Zamfara, Kebbi, Taraba and
Gombe. The exercise lasted for three days-
May 23 to 25.
The second phase began in 11 states on
Friday, August 15 and ended on Sunday,
August 17. The states are Bauchi and Yobe,
(North East); Jigawa and Sokoto (North-
west); FCT and Kwara (North-central); Ebonyi
and Anambra (South-east); Ondo and Oyo
(South-west); Delta and Cross River (South-
Thus, 15 states are yet to benefit from the
exercise. Even among the benefitting states,
most would-be voters are yet to get the prized
document. A deluge of criticisms trailed the
exercise. Many people could not find their
names in the voters register. Some had to
travel long distances to their polling units and
yet could not get the card. Some who found
their names in the register had the problem of
their PVC not being available.
The challenges
Many stakeholders are afraid that using the
PVC for the elections may disenfranchise
Reason: INEC may not complete the
distribution of
the cards before the elections.
About 73 million voters are expected to get
the cards. The INEC’s Technical Committee
had approved the printing of 40 million cards
for the first phase at the cost of about N2.6
The electoral commission claimed that the
first phase of the exercise was successful. Mr.
Kayode Idowu, chief press secretary to INEC
Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, reportedly
said 71 per cent of those targeted in the first
phase got the cards and promised that the
commission would improve on the success in
subsequent exercises.
Idowu’s views were not shared by other
stakeholders such as the political parties, civil
society organisations and the citizenry, who
claimed that getting the cards was
cumbersome. Some of them said apart from
their names not being on the register, the
INEC appeared to be hoarding cards. If those
who had not relocated could not get their
cards from their polling units what about
those, who had relocated from one state to the
other or even towns?
The INEC expects those who are 18 and above
and could not take part in the 2011 voters
registration exercise to do so now.
Incidentally, the five days the commission
allowed for registration have been described
as too short especially given that logistics
problems trailed the exercise in the 21 states
it has been held so far.
Before the distribution of the PVC, the INEC
gave guidelines for easy collection of the
cards. In spite of the guidelines an avalanche
of hitches dotted the exercise. There were
complaints that INEC officials did not report
for the distribution in designated centres.
Confirming these complaints and challenges,
the International Society for Civil Liberties &
the Rule of Law, in a statement by Emeka
Umeagbalasi (board Chairman), Uzochukwu
Oguejiofor (head, Campaign & Publicity
Department) and Chiugo Onyekachi
Onwuatuegwu (head, Democracy and Good
Governance Programme) said: “Borrowing
from previous exercises such as the ones
conducted in Anambra State in 2013, INEC has
mountainous challenges ranging from
administrative to personnel and machines.
Administratively, the Apex Electoral
Commission must lower its stringent
conditions imposed on the target audience
(registered voters and unregistered eligible
“For instance, asking those that lost their
voters cards to obtain ‘police extract or court
affidavit’ or both, etc can be very frustrating
and has the capacity of discouraging them
from obtaining their legitimate voters cards.
Another area is the issue of limiting the
Continuous Voters Registration, CVR exercise
to electoral wards/collation centres only.
“This will deny hundreds of thousands, if not
millions of unregistered eligible voters the
opportunity of being captured in the exercise
under reference owing to far distances and
other artificial bottle necks.
In Anambra State, for instance, rural dwellers
will have to travel about five kilometers or
more to locate their wards/collation centres
usually located at LGA headquarters or
conspicuous community facilities. This is
totally cumbersome.
“Also the three days mapped out by the
Commission for the PVC exercise is grossly
The post polling unit continued distribution of
PVCs arrangement proposed by the
Commission is not enough remedy.
The Commission should not only extend the
time for the PVCs and CVR exercises but also
create more centres across the country for
CVR exercise.
“The issue of “missing names” occasioned by
the Commission’s administrative
incompetence has become a recurring decimal
in the country. INEC’s ICT and pen and paper
(POP) data management is still very poor.
This has brought about a series of complaints
ranging from missing names to erasure of
pictures and other data of registered voters
who successfully completed their ‘voters’ card
transfer.’ The watery allegation of double or
multiple voter registration leveled against Mr.
Willie Obiano, who is now the Governor of
Anambra State, is a clear case in point.
The failure of INEC in this respect is a clear
violation of Section 13 (4) of the Electoral Act
of 2010. The supplementary Section requires
the ‘transferring and receiving INEC officials’
to ensure that the previous data of a
successful voter’s card transferee is clearly
deleted from the Commission’s data bank
containing the successful applicant’s previous
Get your cards by December or forget polls –
Reacting to these complaints, the INEC said it
was making efforts to address them and urged
would be voters to ensure they get their cards
before December 2014 if they want to vote in
the 2015 polls.
The Director of Voter Registry in INEC,
Emmanuel Akem gave the assurance during a
one-day Town Hall meeting on the continuous
voter registration and distribution of
Permanent Voters Cards, on Monday.
Akem, who said that the observations and
complaints by prospective voters were being
addressed, assured that voters that just
registered would have their PVCs in 30 days
His words: “All potential voters must have
collected their PVCs before December 2014,
those that did not collect theirs will not vote
in 2015. We had technical support deployed
to the field to deal with the breakdown of
machines during registration. This, among
other measures, is being taken for the success
of the exercise.”
Akem stated that although the CVR had not
commenced in the local governments, they
would start the exercise as soon as the three
phases of the exercise were concluded across
the country.
Permanent Voters Card
How to collect PVC
How to collect PVC
The distribution officer:
*Takes custody of the PVC cards
*Pastes the register of voters for display at
the Polling Unit (PU) and makes sure it is on
display for the period of the distribution.
*Checks and confirms that the prospective
voter is in the distribution register of voters.
*If the name of the prospective voter is found
on the distribution register of voters, he/she
shall search through the PVC cards for his/
her PVC.
*Requests prospective voter to thumbprint and
sign the PVC collection section of the
distribution register of voters.
*Retrieves the TVC from the prospective voter
and hands over to prospective voter his/her
*Where the prospective voter does not have a
TVC, the prospective voter is made to sign an
attestation form and affix his/her passport
*If the prospective voter is suspected to be
under-age, his/her PVC shall be retained at
the LGA office.
Features of the PVC
*Smart card -based Voter ID;
*Stores voter’s information such as bio-data,
biometrics and facial image;
*The card technology provides adequate
security features to reduce vulnerability to
*The PVC shall be used for identification and
authentication of voters during elections
Who is eligible to collect PVC?
A person is eligible to collect PVC if he/she:
*Has registered before
*Is in the register of voters displayed
*Has a temporary voter card (TVC)
*Has lost his/her TVC but his/her identity can
be confirmed.
*Is physically present at the collection centre
because there shall be no collection of PVC by
Where to collect PVC
*PVC distribution will be at the Polling Unit.
*Those who are unable to collect their PVC
during the specified period (8am to 4 pm at
the PU) shall, therefore, collect theirs from the
INEC office in the LGA
Why INEC introduced card
The electoral umpire said it would use the
permanent voters’ card for the 2015 elections
to guard against the challenges that trailed
previous elections in Nigeria.
The INEC Commissioner for Operations, Mr
Nuhu Yakubu, said recently that the card will
ensure free, fair and credible elections in
2015. How?
The card has anti-rigging features because it
is a smart card, similar to a credit card which
has a chip imbedded in it.
The chip captures one’s biometrics and data
like finger print, photograph, address,
photograph and telephone number, among
others. “It transmits signal. That is the kind
of card that the commission is going to use
during 2015 elections,” he said.
In like manner, INEC’s Director of Information
and Communication Technology Mr. Chidi
Nwafor, said that the introduction of PVCs
would make the elections credible. He said
the cards would erase the problems of
identification and authentication.

Who will be APC’s con census candidate

By Hamza Danjuma
The above question was asked by The Cable,
the new but increasingly popular online
newspaper in its analysis of the different
aspirants on September 1, 2014, and I
expected that the analysis will go all the way
to answer the question.
Perhaps the first question should be: Does the
APC really want to win the presidential
election next year? If they want to win, then,
they must do their homework. As it appears
today, there is nothing to suggest that they
want to win. Any party that wants to choose a
consensus candidate among several aspirants
must use certain objective criteria devoid of
selfish interests. To do so, the APC must
ponder what the key issues are right now that
are likely going to influence the direction of
voting next year. In my opinion, there are four
key issues today:
1.Nigeria has become dangerously polarized
on the issue of religion caused directly by the
Boko Haram phenomenon and President
Jonathan’s divisive actions along those lines.
This appears to be PDP’s main strategy for
2015 as the party’s big wigs continue to
associate the APC with Boko Haram without
bordering to back up their assertion with any
evidence. It would also appear that the PDP
has enlisted the SSS in this dangerous
strategy considering the fact that Marilyn
Ogar, the spokesperson of the SSS has started
echoing that line too recently. The PDP has
continuously referred to the APC as an Islamic
party from the first day it was established.
2. Beating a sitting president has so far not
been possible in Nigeria no matter how
unpopular he is. To defeat particularly this
one will require the mobilization of the entire
country, in order to neutralize the rigging
3. Jonathan has currently been roundly
branded, and rightly so, as incompetent and
unfit to govern, and therefore extremely
unpopular but because of (1) above, that does
not necessarily mean any APC candidate can
defeat him.
4. The unity of the north shall also be key as
this will determine whether a northern
candidate can win in 2015. To defeat
Jonathan in 2015, APC must field a candidate
who has the capacity to unite the whole north
and who can be supported by all the
contending and power centres within the
party. The credential of that candidate must
also be such as to be able to neutralize
Jonathan and PDP’s strategy of balkanizing
the nation along petty religious lines in the
2015 election.
So in determining which of the APC
presidential aspirants comes closest to
qualifying as a consensus candidate using
these criteria, let us re-examine the names
mentioned by TheCable viz Muhammadu
Buhari, Atiku Abubakar, Rabiu Kwankwaso,
Aminu Tambuwal and Sam Nda-Isaiah.
I will also examine the prospects of Rochas
Okorocha and Bukola Saraki
• Muhammadu Buhari: Buhari is a very well-
respected former head of state. He is straight
as an arrow. His greatest strength is that he
is very popular among the masses of the far
North. But history has shown that politicians
with such massive following among their
people are held in suspicion in other parts of
the country. Consequently, such people
usually cannot garner the national appeal to
become president. Very popular politicians of
old who fall into that category and never
became president include Chief Obafemi
Awolowo, Mallam Aminu Kano and Dr. Joseph
Tarka. That is the real reason Buhari lost in
2003, 2007 and 2011 and will lose again in
2015 if fielded by APC as its presidential
candidate. Buhari’s case has also been
worsened by the fact that his opponents have
successfully branded him as a fundamentalist.
Even though there is no evidence to support
this, the perception has stuck. It does not
matter who Buhari’s running mate is, that
perception will stick. That is why in spite of
Pastor Tunde Bakare,
a well-known Christian clergy, being his
running mate in 2011, he lost almost all of the
Christian votes in Nigeria. Buhari’s supporters
always brandish his over 12 million votes in
the 2011 presidential election as the strongest
reason he should be APC’s candidate, but
they forget that of this more than 12 million
votes, less than 250,000 votes came from the
entire 17 states of the South and probably
even less from the Christian North. This is
what has led several to conclude that no
structure can deliver Buhari to the presidency.
With Buhari flying the APC flag, the APC
would be playing directly into the hands of
Jonathan and PDP. Buhari will get his
traditional votes but will lose the Christian
North and the Christian South. Jonathan will
coast to victory easily with Buhari as APC’s
presidential candidate. (There are other
reasons Buhari may not even get the 12
million votes again. There is the Buhari
fatigue. After contesting in 2003, 2007 and
2011, many people think he should not be
contesting in 2015 ag
ain. Many also believe that a 70-year old
should not be contesting to be president
especially for a man that was head of state 30
years ago, and there are still many others who
think that Buhari, having publicly declared
that he would not be contesting in 2015, has
fallen short of his own standard of integrity to
go back on his word. In spite of Buhari’s
intimidating CV and anti-corruption
credentials, he is far from being the ideal
consensus candidate for the APC. Buhari’s
APC candidacy will immediately polarize the
APC and the party would have lost even before
the race begins. But even though Buhari may
not be able to win the presidency, he remains
the biggest asset to the APC.
• Atiku Abubakar: Atiku’s strongest point is
the tons of money at his disposal to buy up
the APC presidential primary, but if that
happens, then the election would have been
concluded for Jonathan. The President will
defeat Atiku without even having to rig the
election. Not many people both within the
APC and outside think Atiku should be the
APC presidential candidate. Buhari and
Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu are unlikely to find it in
their hearts to campaign for Atiku as the APC
presidential candidate considering their past
• Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso: Kwankwaso has
done well as the governor of Kano State. He is
one of the PDP governors who crossed over to
the APC because Jonathan will not be keeping
his promise of not seeking a second term and
therefore would be denied the party’s ticket.
But it will show the APC as an extremely
unserious party to give its ticket to a
politician, no matter how good, who simply
crossed over into the party to get the ticket. If
Kwankwaso gets the ticket, then the 2015
presidential election will be between PDP and
New PDP. Even the PDP will laugh at the APC.
And many original opposition politicians will
remind themselves that in 2003, they had to
virtually wrestle Kwankwaso to the ground in
order to replace him as the governor of Kano
State. Buhari and his followers in Kano will be
reminded that in the 2003 governorship
election, Kwankwaso, together with Obasanjo,
tried to use the military to alter the peoples’
will. Kwankwaso will most certainly be a good
president but giving him the ticket can break
the party. He is also far from being the ideal
consensus candidate.
• Aminu Tambuwal: There haves been rumours
of Speaker Aminu Tambuwal decamping from
the PDP to the APC and contesting for the
APC presidential ticket almost immediately.
As The Cable said, his candidacy could
satisfy the yearnings of a large section of the
country for a generational shift, but it will
simply be laughable for the Speaker, or
anyone for that matter to officially decamp
from the PDP to the APC tomorrow and the
day after, he becomes the party’s presidential
candidate. The Speaker cannot be a consensus
candidate by any stretch of the imagination.
• Sam Nda-Isaiah: As The Cable said, Sam
Nda-Isaiah, the publisher of Leadership
newspapers, is not a political heavyweight. He
has never contested any election and has
never occupied any public office, so no one
knows how he might behave in public office.
But his campaigners say that also makes him
the only real face of change among all the
aspirants since “change” is the APC’s slogan.
It is probably true that no other APC aspirant
can really claim to represent change as Sam.
At 52, he is also one of the youngest aspirants
and therefore a representative of the school of
generational shift. As The Cable itself
analyzed, being a Christian minority from the
North could eliminate Jonathan’s key and
pivotal support in the Christian North.
Because of the activities of Boko Haram and
President Jonathan’s divisive politics, no
Muslim candidate would be able to receive
northern Christian support. But Sam also has
another critical advantage. Northern Muslims
feel very comfortable with him in a way that
they do not wit
h some other Christian northerners such as
Professor Jerry Gana, for instance. So Sam’s
candidacy, in spite of his scanty political CV
(according to The Cable), has the potential of
uniting the entire North. His fresh face in
politics with little political baggage and a
popular South-west Muslim running mate can
also deprive Jonathan of the entire south-west
votes, since his candidacy can also neutralize
Jonathan’s South-west Christian vote
advantage. And the Muslims of the South-
west will definitely not vote for Jonathan in
2015. Unfortunately the South-west which
used to be insensitive to religion has changed.
That is why for the first time there is a
clamour for a Christian governor in Lagos
State. The almost entirely Christian South-
east zone will be turned into battleground
states by both Sam and Jonathan with each
picking up what they can. Ditto for the South-
south even though Jonathan should be
expected to win in his South-south zone in
spite of Governors Amaechi and Oshiomhole.
Sam’s major problem is that he does not
appear to posses the campaign war-chest like
the other aspirants.( Sam also has another
vital edge over all the rest. It will be almost
impossible for Buhari to support Atiku and
other PDP entrants into the APC if they
emerge candidates, but as Buhari’s “boy” and
a member of the same tendency, it will not be
difficult for Buhari to support Sam. It is public
knowledge that the Leadership publisher has
been one of the boldest and most consistent
supporters of the former head of state since he
joined partisan politics in 2002. In fact, he
once joked during a media interview recently
that he is the “original Buhari person, not all
the current PDP people that now surround him
and who had rigged elections against us in
the past”. Atiku, Kwankwaso, Tambuwal and
the APC governors would also have no
problem backing Sam.
• Bukola Saraki: The former governor of Kwara
State also has age on his side and will also
represent those with the thought of
generational shift. He also did well as a
governor so can be counted to be a good
president. But he is hampered by a couple of
issues. First, like Atiku, Kwankwaso and
Tambuwal, he is of the PDP stock. In fact, in
2011, Atiku and Saraki were presidential
aspirants on the platform of the PDP. The
second is that he is currently under
investigation by the EFCC. Even though the
EFCC issue is clearly a tool of victimization of
the Jonathan government against him, the
APC cannot field a candidate with this
unresolved problem.
• Rochas Okorocha: The main issue against
Rochas at this time is that the APC has
technically zoned the presidency to the North
in 2015.
* Danjuma is resident in Hotoro Quarters,

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