In what has turn out to be a routine in Nigeria’s nationwide life, the week ranging from twenty first of February to twenty seventh, was one other eventful one.
Curiously, the week appears to have adopted largely what was obtainable in the reason for the previous week.
The week, beginning with the information of the discharge of the Kagara college students, employees and different dependents, which turned out to be a ruse, the kidnapping of 317 college students of Authorities Secondary Faculty, Jangebe in Zamfara State, the tried arrest of Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho, and the eventual launch of the Kagara abductees, was a blended bag of occasions, stuffed with drama, however ended on a shiny observe with the Kagara abductees’ eventual launch.
DAILY POST presents a evaluation of happenings previously week.
Kagara College students Aborted Launch
In what would have been one of the simplest ways to start out the week, information filtered out, albeit by means of the Niger State authorities, formally saying that the kidnapped 27 college students and employees of the Authorities Science Faculty, Kagara in Rafi Native Authorities Space of Niger State had been launched.
The information, for a lot of, was a cheering one, primarily as a result of their abduction had dominated the media area for the earlier week since they have been taken away by bandits in an early morning raid. Expectant mother and father and family
have been already gathered on the Authorities Home, Minna, ready to have a heat embrace with their youngsters and family members, when Governor Abubakar Bello, sadly introduced to them that the scholars and employees of the varsity have been nonetheless with the bandits.
“We nonetheless have the scholars of Kagara within the palms of the bandits and all the things is being finished to safe their launch soonest,” Governor Bello stated to heartbroken mother and father that trustworthy night time at about 11.30pm.
Nonetheless, the week, which began with dashed hopes for the Kagara College students, employees and their households, ended on a shiny observe for them with the eventual launch of the abductees on Saturday, twenty seventh.
In what has turn out to be a routine, Nigerians have been as soon as once more greeted with the grim information of the kidnapping of a whole bunch of women from the Authorities Secondary Faculty, Jangebe, Talata Malafa Native Authorities Space of Zamfara State by bandits on Friday, twenty sixth.
Although the variety of the kidnapped women was initially merely put at over 300 by the media, a trainer within the faculty was reported to have given a determine in extra of 500 earlier than the Zamfara State Police Command lastly confirmed 317 as the precise variety of women taken from the varsity, making the Jangebe abduction the second largest, coming simply behind that of Kankara, Katsina State within the dying days of 2020.
It’s also instructive to notice that the Jangebe abduction got here lower than 48 hours after political, conventional and non secular leaders within the Northern a part of Nigeria gathered in Kaduna to debate the deteriorating safety scenario in that a part of the nation.
For a lot of Nigerians, the Jangebe abduction is one too many, giving rise to anger and indignant reactions from many.
Sunday Igboho’s Tried Arrest
Additionally on Friday, twenty sixth, a drama, finest suited to Nollywood movies performed out on the Ibadan finish of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, as a mixed workforce of troopers, operatives of the Division of State Providers and the police reportedly tried to arrest Yoruba activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly often called Sunday Igboho.
Although the DSS and the Oyo State Police Command have come out to disclaim their involvement within the drama, a video that trended on-line, nonetheless, confirmed a topless Igboho with hoards of youths who have been daring the safety brokers to do their worst.
Additionally, a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, in an announcement the identical day, confirmed the tried arrest, whereas in a follow-up interview, Igboho dared the Federal Authorities to first go after Boko Haram chief, Ibrahim Shekau and Kaduna primarily based Islamic Cleric, Ahmad Gumi, who has been interfacing with bandits, earlier than coming after him.
The botched arrest of Igboho is believed to be due to his current actions in opposition to killer herdsmen within the South-West geopolitical zone.
Buratai, others Confirmed
Additionally in the reason for final week, the Nigerian Senate confirmed the nomination of speedy service chiefs as ambassadors designate amid protests from some lawmakers within the Senate and a cross-section of Nigerians.
DAILY POST had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari requested the lawmakers to substantiate the nomination of former Chief of Defence Employees, Gabriel Olonisakin; former Chief of Military Employees, Tukur Buratai; former Chief of Air Employees, Ibok Ibas; and former Chief of Naval Employees, Abubakar Sadique.
Many, together with the opposition Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP), opposed their nomination primarily based on their perceived failure in tackling insecurity within the nation whereas in workplace as service chiefs, labelling their appointment as rewarding incompetence whereas others interpreted their appointment as a manner of defending them from doable investigation and prosecution by the Worldwide Felony Court docket (ICC) for crimes in opposition to humanity and rights abuses.
The Senate nonetheless confirmed them regardless of protests in opposition to their nomination.
The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), in the middle of final week additionally obtained a substantive Chairman for the primary time in over 5 years because the Nigerian Senate verify the appointment of Abdulrasheed Bawa, a 40-year-old core employees of the fee.
Bawa’s affirmation additionally introduced a conclusive finish to the controversial tenure of erstwhile appearing Chairman of the anti-graft company, Ibrahim Magu.
Although Bawa’s appointment by President Buhari had initially been bugged by allegations of corruption and non-qualification, the brand new EFCC boss had a lower than tedious screening and was thereafter confirmed.
Buahri’s Robust Talks
President Muhammadu Buhari, in the middle of final week additionally wakened from his slumber, as he unmistakably spoke in powerful language in opposition to bandits and different criminals who’ve been terrorising components of the nation, particularly the North-West and the North-Central.
At a gathering of Northern political, conventional and non secular leaders in Kaduna, President Buhari, who was represented by his Chief of Employees, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, dominated out the potential of granting amnesty to bandits and criminals.
The President’s declaration is in apparent response to vehement calls by Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, who has been clamouring for the bandits to be granted amnesty in the identical style with repentant Niger Delta militants.
Additionally on Friday, the President tried to re-establish his authority and that of his authorities, when he advised the murderous bandits that they don’t seem to be stronger than the federal government.
Based on the President, the army has not moved in opposition to the bandits due to collateral harm to locals and hostages held by them.
“This administration won’t succumb to blackmail by bandits who goal harmless faculty college students within the expectations of big ransom funds.
“No felony group will be too robust to be defeated by the federal government, the one factor standing between our safety forces and the bandits are the foundations of engagement.
“We’ve the capability to deploy huge drive in opposition to the bandits within the villages the place they function, however our limitation is the worry of heavy casualties of harmless villagers and hostages who could be used as human shields by the bandits.
“A hostage disaster is a posh scenario that requires most endurance with a view to shield the victims from bodily hurt and even brutal loss of life by the hands of their captors.
“Allow them to not entertain any illusions that they’re extra highly effective than the federal government. They shouldn’t mistake our restraint for the humanitarian targets of defending harmless lives as a weak spot or an indication of worry or irresolution,” the President stated in an announcement by his Senior Particular Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
Salihu Tanko Yakassai’s admonition, arrest and his sack
“Clearly, we as APC authorities, in any respect ranges, have failed Nigerians in the #1 responsibility we have been elected to do which is to safe lives & properties. Not a single day goes by with out some form of insecurity on this land. This can be a disgrace! Cope with terrorists decisively or resign.”
With the above tweet, Salihu Tanko, an aide to the Kano State Governor, Abdulahi Ganduje, booked an appointment with the Division of State Providers (DSS) and likewise obtained himself sacked.
Tanko, tweeting with the deal with @Dawisu, had within the wake of the kidnapping of the Jangebe women, taken to Twitter to precise his feeling, and asking President Buhari to resign within the course of.
Although he was first thought to have been kidnapped, his father Tanko Yakassai stated he was arrested by the DSS, whereas the key police additionally confirmed identical. To compound his issues, his principal, Ganduje additionally booted him out of his authorities.
It might be recalled that Salihu Tanko was as soon as suspended by Ganduje after he expressed a essential opinion in regards to the Buhari administration.