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Outrage greets Nigeria’s ranking as second-most terrorized country



…Afenifere, Ohanaeze, ACF, PANDEF, MBF, LP, ADF, Osuntokun, others lament

Outrage on Friday, greeted the ranking of Nigeria as the second most terrorized and attacked country in the world after Iraq by the global Terrorism Research/ Analysis Organisation.

Groups and eminent Nigerians, who spoke on the ranking lamented the dangerous bent insecurity has taken and tasked the government on decisive action.

Those who spoke include the Afenifere; Ohanaeze Ndigbo; Middle Belt Forum, MBF; Pan NigerDelta Forum, PANDEF, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF; the Labour Party, LP; and Chief Akin Osuntokun.

Commenting on the ranking, former National Publicity Secretary of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Mr Anthony N.Z Sani, said: “I do not have the facts to make informed comments on the rating of Nigeria as the second most terrorized nation in the world. All I can say is that the government should note the reports and double down its efforts in order to put a permanent end to insecurity posed by terrorist across the country.”

In its reaction, the pan Yoruba Socio-political organisation, Afenifere, said the ranking shows a vote of no confidence on the President Muhammaadu Buhari administration.

Afenifere’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Jare Ajayi, said: “It’s a dangerous thing if on the negative side, Nigeria is ranked in the whole world after Iraq. As we all know, Iraq just went through a devasting war immediately after the removal of Saddam Hussein but Nigeria did not go through such.

“For that, there is no basis whatsoever why Nigeria should be in this kind of situation.

It is a negative mark on the Buhari government, which has been on in the last seven years and a vote of no confidence on his administration.

“This is what Afenifere has been saying and we have been consistent on it. We are not comfortable with it and it is a pity that the global terrorism index has ranked us on the negative side. It is sad.”

National Chairman of the Labour Party, LP, Comrade Julius Abure, and National Publicity Secretary of the party, Comrade Abayomi Oluwafemi, said the ranking was in tandem with the parlous insecurity situation in the country.

Abure said securing lives and property of the citizenry is the basic minimum duty of any government and any government that cannot provide security should not exist.

The Labour Party added that Nigeria’s position as the second most terrorized nation on earth is a clear testimony of the failure of the President Buhari-led All Progressives Congress, APC administration.

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Comrade Abayomi Oluwafemi, said: “This ignoble position we have found ourselves is a clear testimony of the failure which the APC administration has been on all fronts over the last seven years.

“It is not surprising because this is the same country where bandits over ran our foremost military officers training institution, the Nigerian Defence Academy.

“Is it not in this same country under the watch of the APC that bandits attacked the convoy of a sitting President? Is this not the same country where terrorists are killing, raping and maiming defenceless  citizens?

“What about the killing of innocent worshipers at the Church in Owo? the APC is a total failure.

“That is why we appeal to Nigerians to make a better choice when voting in 2023, they can chose wisely by voting for the Obi/ Datti ticker and the Labour Party to change the narrative.”

The National Presidet of the Middle Belt Forum, MBF, Dr. Bitrus Pogu, said the classification of Nigeria as the second most terrorised country in the world was  absolutely correct because it was based on happenings in the country.

Dr. Poge who spoke to to Vanguard in Makurdi, said: “I believe that they used available data to arrive at that classification. There are a lot of things happening in this country that are not reported especially in the North West. The level at which the indigenous Hausa are being attacked and wiped out is unprecedented.

“You know that in our case (Middle Belt) we have an organised system and it has worked in our favour, we have been able to make noise in some cases. But in their own case much of it is not reported. But the international community has quite some data, and it is based on that that they must have arrived at the conclusion that we are the second most terrorised country in the world.

“So it is now left to our government that whatever they are hiding, whatever they didn’t want the international community to know, is now known; and they should do the needful.

“They should put their acts together because in the long run what they are trying to cover up will come to the open; and it has started coming to the open. We pray that they change what is being done.

“I mean when Governor Samuel Ortom said that government forces are protecting terrorists and now the Federal Government is saying they should give evidence as to who revealed it to him; it is all a cover up. As far as we know Nigeria is so terrorised, you and I don’t feel safe moving on the road. We move praying that we do not fall prey to bandits.

“So that classification is correct as far as I’m concerned. And we need to do things right, so that we don’t continue to live in fools’ paradise and continue pretending that all is well while everything is not well.”

On his part, Chief Akin Osuntokun, former spokesman to former  President Olusegun Obasanjo, said:  “No honest observer of Nigeria can claim to find this revelation surprising. We live the daily realty of the report. But wait for the response of the presidency and the alternate reality they will concoct and you will understand why Nigeria is the way it is.

“Look, who feels it knows it. I went for the burial ceremony of the mother of my boss Nduka Obaigbena, two weeks ago in Agbor, Delta State. What pained me most was I couldn’t go by road. “Given the reality of contemporary Nigeria, it would have been insane of me to even float the idea for discussion.

You remember what the governor of kaduna state said on the security status of Nigeria. He said the government knows where these bandits are holed up and couldn’t understand why his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari was pussy footing around. He thereafter threatened to invite foreign mercenaries to come and fill the vacuum created by the incapacity of this government.

Two days ago, the Governor of Zamfara state, Mutawallen, stated he had ordered 7000 guns for the citizens to protect themselves since the government has become powerless to do anything about the security situation.”

The Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, led by the South South leader, Chief Edwin Clark described the Global Terrorism Research/Analysis Organization ranking  Nigeria as the  2nd Most Terrorized/ Attacked Country After Iraq as the stark reality.

According to PANDEF, though the ranking is appalling and quite frightening the truth must be told considering how unsafe Nigeria is following the incessant attacks and kidnapping by terrorists, massive killing and wanton destruction of property.

Speaking with Vanguard,  National Publicity Secretary of PANDEF,  Mr.  Ken Robinson said: “The ranking of Nigeria as the second most terrorized/attacked country, coming after Iraq, and ahead of countries like Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, etcetera, is appalling and quite frightening, but that’s the stark reality.

“The state of insecurity is dreadful and it’s worsening by the day; innocent Nigerians are being killed daily virtually in all parts of the country by violent extremist groups and criminal gangs. It is either audacious terrorist bandits and marauding killer expansionists in some parts of the country or vicious kidnappers, unknown gunmen and sea pirates in the other parts. Suffice it to say that the country is under an existential threat.

“Unfortunately, the Police, as well as the military and other security agencies, appear to have been overwhelmed, and the situation has been exacerbated by the equivocations of the government, with reports of official complicity and even outright sabotage.

“We can only hope that the next administration would be pragmatic and decisive in dealing with the security situation.”

Also reacting, Igbo elite body, Alaigbo Development Foundation, ADF, through its Spokesman, Chief Abia Onyike, said: “It is not the yearly increases in security budgets that would defeat insecurity and terrorism in Nigeria.

The defeat of these monsters would come from a radical socio-economic transformation that would guarantee mass employment opportunities, improved educational opportunities  for the citizens and a drastic national mental reformation which should place less emphasis on religious indoctrination and ethnic chauvinism.

“If these measures are not introduced and followed, no amount of ammarment build-up can eradicate the crisis of terrorism, violence and banditry in Nigeria.”

“The  culture of extremism,  seperatism, violence and terrorism are man-made.They reflect the internal struggles between rival factions of the ruling class and  diverse regional forces for  political  control and hegemony. These struggles undermine patriotic commitment to nation-building.

“Unless the various ethnic and religious dichotomies are compelled to close ranks for genuine patriotism and nation-building, there can be no end to terrorism in Nigeria.”

Agreeing with the ranking, the  Ohanaeze Ndigbo declared that insecurity in Nigeria would persist as long as the wrong approach is deployed to tackle it.

Ohanaeze specifically said insecurity would remain as long as the appointment of security chiefs are based on nepotism rather than on merit.

In a statement the National Publicity Secretary, Dr. Alex Ogbonnia, Ohanaeze Ndigbo said: “The insecurity in Nigeria will remain unabated so long as the wrong approach to its solution persists. In the first place, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has raised alarm that the lopsidedness in the appointment of service chiefs in Nigeria has greatly antagonised merit.

“Ohanaeze has questioned the rationale behind the alienation of several brilliant brave military officers from the South East of Nigeria on account of nepotism. We argued that the expected morale and integrity in the armed forces will be jaundiced if ethnocentrism is elevated as a state policy among the rank and file of the army.

“The current insecurity catastrophe is the outcome of poor policy options.

“Secondly, the federal government is highly insincere in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria. It is very curious that the members of  Boko Harram are treated with kid gloves even when they kill, maim and displace  their victims. In other words, the Nigerian government lives in denial.

“Third, the gestapo style and precision with which terrorists overwhelmed the security operatives and picked the members of Boko Haram at the Kuje Correctional Centre leaves much questions than answers

“In sum, we do not really believe that any country is higher than Nigeria on insecurity, rather insecurity in Nigeria is underrepresented.

“This is because, while the insecurity in some other countries such as Syria and Iraq are one directional, the sources of insecurity in Nigeria are multifaceted. They include Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen, unknown gun men, banditry, kidnappings, cultism, corruption, fetishism, night marauders and hoodlums, etc.

“Based on the above backdrop, no Nigerian is sure of the next day. It is very painful that Nigeria has degenerated so low”.  – Vanguard.

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Fuel queues hit Abuja, other cities after Tinubu suspended subsidy



File: Motorists on long Fuel queues at NNPC Petrol station at CBD Abuja

Subsidy can no longer justify its ever-increasing costs in the wake of drying resources, says Tinubu

Fuel queues returned to Nigerian cities Monday as many motorists scrambled to get petroleum products hours after President Bola Tinubu announced that the government will put an end to the fuel subsidy regime.

Tinubu on Monday in his inaugural address at Eagle Square, Abuja, declared that there would no longer be a petroleum subsidy regime as it was not sustainable.

He said the current 2023 budget only has provision for the fuel subsidy till June, adding that the funds meant for subsidies will be diverted to creation of public infrastructure, education, health care and jobs.

“We commend the decision of the outgoing administration in phasing out the petrol subsidy regime which has increasingly favoured the rich more than the poor. Subsidy can no longer justify its ever-increasing costs in the wake of drying resources.

“We shall, instead, re-channel the funds into better investment in public infrastructure, education, health care and jobs that will materially improve the lives of millions,” Mr Tinubu said.

But hours after the declaration, fuel queues resurfaced in major cities across the country amid uncertainty over the effect of the new policy.


A PREMIUM TIMES correspondent who visited petrol stations around Abuja metropolis Monday evening found that queues have yet again resurfaced in the city.

Across the nation’s capital city, some filling stations were under lock and key while some were besieged by motorcyclists, tricycle owners, as well as private and commercial drivers.

Many filling stations in the Lugbe area of Abuja sold petrol at prices ranging between N194 and N198. Outside Abuja, residents said fuel stations sold petrol for N230.

On Monday evening, a long queue of motorists was observed at the NNPC filling station along Airport Road, Lugbe.

Shafa, Fynefield and NNPC fuel stations at Apo sold petrol to motorists at prices ranging between N194 and N198, while Mobil, MRS and Ashafa along Lugbe Airport Road were also open to customers.

Some other filling stations were, however, shut against motorists and tricycle riders.

A car owner, Nwekefero Munachi, at the NNPC filling station along Airport Road, Lugbe, said: “As I was driving down from town, I saw a queue at the filling station but I don’t know what the cause may be. So as I approached Lugbe, I noticed another queue. I can’t place my hand on what the queue is all about. But all I know is that there are queues in filling stations.”

The same trend was witnessed in Lagos, Ogun, and Ado-Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State Lagos, Ogun

In Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre, fuel queues surfaced around the Ojodu and Berger axis Monday evening as motorists scrambled to get fuel ahead of resumption of work Tuesday

A commercial motorcyclist, Ibrahim Adeleke, said he noticed the queues about two days ago but things got worse Monday after Mr Tinubu said the subsidy regime has ended.

“People don’t know what will happen and petrol station owners too are not certain of what the new government will do,” he said.

In Akute area of Ogun State, some of the popular fuel stations were shut Monday evening.


In Ekiti, there were long queues at some of the major fuel stations visited. The filling stations were seen dispensing petrol at N230 while many remained shut.

At the Furasat filling station Okebareke, in Ido Ekiti, Tunde Ajayi, a motorist at the station, attributed the fuel queue to subsidy removal.

“This is surprising, people have started panic buying just with the announcement of subsidy removal.

“We used to buy it for N230 per litre before and now it is still the same price but people already believe that with the president’s announcement fuel price might go up,” Mr Ajayi said.

“I’m here to buy and store so I can manage it before the filling station starts increasing their litre price,” he added.

Kenneth Onyebuchi, a civil servant said: “I’m not sure this is because of the subsidy removal announcement, I think this is because of the long holiday. You know tomorrow is work so I just think people are just coming out to fill their cars.

“If it’s because of what the president said we will know within the week,” he said.

A car owner, John-wisdom Nwali, said “As I was driving towards my house, I observed a queue in the filling stations and I decided to stop and refill my tank. Another round of fuel scarcity should not be encouraged in this regime because we have suffered a lot in Buhari’s tenure because of scarcity.

“I heard that this recent queue is caused by the government announcement of removing fuel subsidies but I don’t know how true it is,” he said.

Fuel subsidy

The Nigerian government has, for decades, subsidised fuel and fixed retail prices of petroleum products. The payment has, however, threatened the nation’s fiscal position and impacted the government’s ability to fund developmental projects across the nation.

In November 2021, the federal government announced its plan to remove the fuel subsidy and replace it with a monthly N5,000 transport grant for poor Nigerians.

But the government later suspended the plan after the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) threatened to embark on mass protests.

The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, in January last year said the government had realised the timing of its planned removal of petrol subsidy is “problematic”, and will worsen the suffering of Nigerians.

She said the government will retain fuel subsidy indefinitely and will work on amending the 2022 budget to provide funds for that purpose. The government added that it would spend N3 trillion on subsidies in 2022.

In the first quarter of 2023, Mrs Ahmed said that it will be more appropriate for the government to begin the implementation of its fuel subsidy policy in the second quarter of the year. She noted that the country needs to exit the fuel subsidy regime because it is a very significant contributory factor to revenue loss.

As concerns were raised over the sustainability of the subsidy regime, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) also announced that the country was spending over N 400 billion monthly on petroleum subsidies.

The government subsequently said that it will phase out the subsidy regime by the end of the first half of the year.

But in April, the National Economic Council (NEC) suspended the planned removal of subsidy on petroleum products by the end of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

Mrs Ahmed said that the council deliberated on the matter and resolved that the subsidy cannot be removed for now.

On Monday, Mr Tinubu announced that the subsidy regime has ended because it’s not sustainable. (PREMIUM TIMES)

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How Dokpesi died – DAAR management



Late Chief Raymond Dokpesi

The Management of DAAR Communications Limited on Monday cleared the air surrounding death of its founder, Raymond Dokpesi.

The media mogul breathed his last on Monday in Abuja.

While confirming his death in a statement, the DAAR Communications Group Managing Director, Tony Akiotu, said the late businessman had been ill prior before his death.

He, however, explained that he was on his journey to full recovery before he fell and died during routine exercise on Monday.

“He had been ill in the last few weeks but was on his way to full recovery.

“He had a fall off his threadmill during routine gym exercise.

“Further announcements as regards to burial arrangements will be made by the family,” the statement read.

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Dopkesi: Nigeria has lost a patriot — PDP



Late Chief Raymond Dokpesi

A statement issued by Debo Ologunagba, National Publicity Secretary, noted that Dokpesi was an exceptionally committed and courageous nationalist, an insightful and loyal party man; a brilliant and resourceful entrepreneur who was steadfast in his selfless contributions towards the unity, stability and development of our great Party and the nation at large.

According to the party, as a patriotic Nigerian, Dokpesi deployed his media empire of Africa Independent Television (AIT) Ray Power FM and Faaji FM to champion the course of national development, promoted greater and affordable access to information across the country, stimulated good governance, enhanced economic growth and development in all critical sectors and opened our nation to international limelight and opportunities.

The statement added: “He was a detribalized Nigerian, who put the interest and wellbeing of our nation above every other consideration and made numerous positive landmarks in our national political, economic and social landscapes.

“Chief Dokpesi’s death is indeed a colossal national loss and a big blow to the PDP family.”

The PDP condoled with the Dokpesi family, the Daar Communication Group, the Government and people of Edo State, the Weppa-Wanno Kingdom, the Edo PDP family and prayed to the Almighty God to grant all the fortitude to bear this devastating loss and to Dokpesi, eternal rest in the Bosom of the Lord.

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