By Yushau A. Shuaib “Fear a tumult which will affect those who caused it as well as the innocent ones…” Quran Chapter Anfal 8:25 I have deliberately quoted the above verse from the Quran, the Holy Book of Islam since the majority of Borno People are Muslims without ignoring the fact that there are other communities and towns within the state that are predominantly Non-Muslims. As a Nigerian like most of you, I express my deepest sympathy and great empathy with Governor Kassim Shettima, the Shehu of Bornu, Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi and the resilient people of Borno State over the seeming unabated Boko Haram insurgency. It is rather regrettable that when the military had prepared for a massive onslaught with a declared 40 days ultimatum for a major arrest, Nigerian troops escorting oil prospectors and geologists were ambushed by the terrorists in the state. While some of the victims including soldiers,...

E-PAPER -16TH AUGUST, 2017.

E-PAPER -16TH AUGUST, 2017.

Between PMB And Rumour Warriors

BY Jonathan Nda-Isaiah Not too long ago,  Nigeria’s rumour mills went overdrive when some persons started alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari is on life support and was fighting for his life. It was a recircling of the same old rumour that made the rounds when the president travelled earlier in the year for medical vacation. Earlier this month, acting president Yemi Osinbajo embarked on a sudden trip to London to see the president. Because there was no pictures to back up the visit, the cynics and internet warriors , also called e-rats, started alleging that the acting president never went to London. An online medium went as far as saying Osinbajo spent only five minutes with the president because of the state he found  Buhari in. Specifically,  Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose, accused Osinbajo of lying about the true state of the president’s health. He threatened to release some pictures of...
We the Youths for Socioeconomic Re-orientation (YSR), would like to express for Your Excellency’s recent appointment of Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed as President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Specal Assistant on Social Investment Programmes (SIPs). This is one among several appointments made by this administration that indicates its sensitivity to the yearnings of the people. We are confident that there is no better person for this position as Barr. Ismaeel who has spent a large part of his life advocating for the common man with his ears always tuned to even the tiniest whispers of the unremembered and unrepresented masses of Nigeria; regardless of ethnicity or religious orientation. Given that considerable time has been spent in planning and test-running several of the SIPs initiated by this government, it is quite strategic that an addition is made of an individual in Barr. Ismaeel; with unquantifiable qualities who is already in tune with the administration...