Abubakar gave the charge during a special Eid-el-Kabir feast organised for the front line troops at the Nigeria Air Force (NAF), 105 Composite Command, Maiduguri.
He said that he was in Maiduguri to celebrate with the troop at the front line to boost their morale and foster comradeship.
“The essence was to also fill in the gap created for those of us that are in the front line and did not have the opportunity to celebrate with our families, to enable them have a sense of belonging during Eid-el-Kabir festivities.
“I commend the ATF Commander for his efforts in ensuring that the activities of the unit in the northeast are running smoothly and the tempo of the operation is being maintained.
“On the general note, I wish to thank you all for all your contributions in the successes recorded in the operations.
“However, we are all aware that too much is as stake for us in this war. As such, we cannot allow our selves to be taken unaware.
“I wish to remind you all that we are still at the frontline so we should not loose sight to the fact that we could come under attack at anytime.So let us continue to maintain vigilance,” he said.
Abubakar noted that President Muhammadu Buhari had demonstrated commitment, provided support and resources required to enable the Service discharge its duties.
He said: “We can only show appreciation for the President support by redoubling our efforts and also remaining as a discipline force.
“We are expected to exhibit a high level of professionalism in all our actions.”
Amadi noted that the gesture would go a long way to motivate the troops.
“Your presence was not only a source of motivation but also a strong indication of your commitment to the welfare and morale of the personnel at ATF Command, Maiduguri.
“We shall replicate the gestures by remaining focus, committed and highly professional in the execution of air power in support of the counter insurgency campaign in the northeast,” Amadi said.
Edited By: Yakubu Uba (NAN)
Shipping Institute urges FG to re-engage Global West in fight against piracy
Onogharigho stated this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
He hinged the appeal on the recent acquittal of Chief Government Ekpemupolo and Capt. Enusoh Warredi of charges of corruption and seizure of their maritime security assets, including the surveillance and combat vessels, belonging to GWSV.
NAN also reports that the company and its operators were accused of embezzlement in 2015, while their assets, including vessels, were confiscated by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
According to him, re-engaging will not only be a resounding political score for the present government, but one that will timely address the challenges of piracy and maritime insecurity.
“The deployment of GWSV was an impressive outing within the period it partnered the Federal Government to combat piracy and maritime insecurity.
“This will reassure the international shipping community and international oil companies that this government can deliver on its assurance for safety of foreign investments and international merchant shipping,” he said.
“We thank God that Tompolo and Warredi have been acquitted of the charges of corruption filed against them.
“Global West was doing a very wonderful job in partnership with all the security agencies: EFCC, Navy, Marine Police and the Air Force. It was the best combination ever this country has put together to combat piracy and maritime insecurity.
“Now that they have been acquitted, my appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari is to re-engage Global West so that they can return to the sea, clean up the place and rid it of pirates.
“National security should not be politicized. It is a shame that Tompolo, who invested his money and his civilian partners like Warredi, were slammed with frivolous charges.
“Now that the court has acquitted them, Mr President should prevail on EFCC to release their seized vessels and platforms, and make them to return to sea.
“Global West was doing a great job by arresting sea robbers and pirates and bringing money for NIMASA.
“Working with Global West, Tompolo and his men will be one of the best political and security decisions the country will make,” he said.
Edited By: Nkiru Ifeajuna and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
APC governors pledge commitment to end terrorism
They pledged to mobilise funds for the security architecture of the states in the geo-political zone.
The Chairman of the forum, Gov. Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi, made the pledge in Maiduguri when he visited Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno to commiserate with him over the recent attack on his convoy by insurgents in Baga Local Government Area.
Bagudu, who was accompanied by Gov. Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa, said the forum would mobilise the needed funds to support the security in Borno.
Bagudu said that the PGF team was in Borno to identify with and encourage the government and people of the state.
“This challenge facing the state is for all Nigerians and it’s not just only for Borno people.
“We will continue to urge the security agencies to do more.
“We will continue to mobilised more funding to support both the security agency and the resettlement programme of displaced people so that they can go back to their normal lives,’’ Bagudu said.
Also speaking, Badaru lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for the gains recorded in the counter-insurgency campaign.
He called for more funding and enhanced security arrangement to restore lasting peace in the state and north-east in general.
Responding, Gov. Zulum who lauded the forum for its support, raised concern over possible sabotage in the system that would not allow the insurgency to end.
“Let me re-echo my previous position with respect to the level of insurgency in Borno.
“I earlier said that the gravity of the insurgency cannot be compared with what has happened between 2011 -2015 on one hand and 2015 till date on the other.
“Yes, the president has done well, but there is sabotage in the system that will not allow the insurgency to end,’’ Zulum said.
He called for more concrete measures by the military to end the insurgency, adding that displaced persons needed to go back home and pick up their normal lives.
The governor lauded President Buhari for creating the North East Development Commission, which he said had created job opportunities and is assisting in the reconstruction of affected communities in the state.
Edited By: Yakubu Uba/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
Ibadan group demands indigene as UI, UCH heads
The apex Ibadan socio-cultural organisation, Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint an indigene as the new Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan.
It further demanded the renaming of railway stations within Ibadan corridors after prominent indigenes of the community.
Soladoye said that Ibadan people were not happy that the town was yet to have one of its own as the vice-chancellor of the institution since it was founded in 1948.
“The University of Ibadan, established in 1948, sits on 2,550 acres of land released to the institution for 999 years by our fathers with a “Thank You” handshake, One Guinea (£1.1s) and a bottle of Schnapps.
“By this year, the University of Ibadan is 72- years -old and has produced 14 Nigerian vice-chancellors between 1960 and today; but inexcusably, no Ibadanman has ever emerged as the vice-chancellor of the university.
“Out of the 14 serving and former Nigerian vice-chancellors of the university (including Acting), 10 are of Yoruba descent – seven Ijesha (Osun), two Ijebu (Ogun) and one Offa (Kwara).
“The other four, from Prof. Kenneth Dike to Prof. Tekena Tamuno, were from non-Yoruba parts of Nigeria,” he said.
Soladoye said that the neglect was not borne out of the absence of qualified Ibadan indigenes within the institution’s system or in academic circles.
He listed some qualified Ibadan indigenes presently vying for the position as Prof. Remi Raji-Oyelade, Prof. Kayode Adebowale, Prof. Emiola Olapade-Olaopa and Prof. Kolapo Hamzat.
“We wish to draw the attention of the Federal Government of Nigeria and Nigerians to the fact that this neglect is not for the absence of qualified Ibadan indigenes within the University of Ibadan system.
“We hereby humbly appeal to members of the University of Ibadan Governing Council, the Senate and other respected stakeholders of this citadel of learning to please work for the emergence of an Ibadan man this time around.
“In similar vein, it is also now 54 years since Ibadan gave large expanse of land to build the University College Hospital (UCH), still, no Ibadan man has ever emerged as the Chief Medical Director of the UCH.
“This one again seems to be the exclusive right of the indigenes of Ekiti and Ondo State. Sincerely, these records call for caution, even on the part of the beneficiaries,” he said.
Soladoye said that Ibadan people were not pleased with the recent naming of railway stations in the Ibadan corridors after non-indigenes without considering prominent people from the community.
“We are convinced that this listening government of President Muhammadu Buhari will honour some of these prominent Ibadan indigenes with some of the stations along the rail corridors on Ibadan soil,” he added.
Soladoye cited indigenes such as late Alhaji Adegoke Adelabu, late Chief Adisa Akinloye, High Chief Wuraola Esan, and Dr Onikepo Akande as deserving of being named on the rail corridors.
Others, he added, were Dr Omololu Olunloyo, late Chief Kolapo Ishola, late Alhaji Lam Adesina, Sen. Rashidi Ladoja, late Chief Richard Akinjide and late Sen. Abiola Ajimobi.
Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
Why Gemade, others returned to APC–Spokesman
APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena, said this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.
He said: “The return of Senator Barnabas Gemade to the APC is another signpost of the well-received and successful reconciliation efforts being led by Governor Mai Mala Buni as Chairman of the APC Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee.
“Sen. Gemade, who was a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), swells the numbers of recent APC returnees which includes the former Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara.”
According to him, the APC caretaker committee led by Gov Buni has created a conducive and sincere environment to address many of the grievances within the party and return it to its progressive and lofty heights.
“We assure all true progressives, who left the party over whatever grievance, to return and join ongoing efforts to reposition the APC and further achieve our pro-people plans for the country.
“It is heartwarming that party faithful led by President Muhammadu Buhari as leader of the APC have recognised the reconciliation efforts of the Governor Buni-led APC caretaker and continue to support the committee.
“We call on our supporters, members and leaders to continue their support for the caretaker committee by coming forward with any issues, grievances, disputations, differences for amicable resolution.
“The task of keeping the party unified and strong is a collective one,” the party’s spokesman said.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)