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Buratai’s footprints and the task ahead of COAS Attahiru

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*Army professionalism has curbed Nigeria’s multiple Security Challenges,  Buratai Commends Officers and Soldiers*

Buratai’s footprints and the task ahead of COAS Attahiru

Combating terrorism or insurrections is acknowledged globally as quite an arduous assignment. Soldiers who command such warfares must necessarily be brave, courageous, and determined combatants of the trenches. It’s not a task for the faint-hearted!

The ex-Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and leader of the counter-insurgency operations in Nigeria, retired Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, remonstrated these rare qualities abundantly when he scored the shots on the podium of terrorism combats in the country.

But a very honest verdict on the ex-COAS, as the honcho of anti-insurgency operations in the country from May 2015 to January 2021 can only be gleaned from the enduring whirlwind of his exploits, long after he quitted active service.

Even unpatriotic misanthropes can sight the legacies of Buratai which have refused to be fogged by the thickness of billowing smokes; whether of partisan and ethnoreligious flavors, as peculiarly Nigerian.

Buratai’s successor, the incumbent COAS and ombudsman of the counter-insurgency operations, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru might not be caught unawares by the new assignment. But it’sits certain, his predecessor, Buratai left a big-sized shoe, quite uneasy to wear effectively.

An introspection of what constituted the defining principles and convictions, Gen. Buratai weaponized to wilt the storm of insurgencies and insurrections in the country for six long years would certainly prop up the image of a strong leadership character in his persona.

 

Even dispassionate outsiders attested loudly to Buratai’s palpable, unshaken and unfractured patriotism and loyalty to Nigeria. He could be jovial with his subordinates to a fault; but upheld the sacred military doctrines of professionalism, loyalty, and discipline.

He dispensed himself to soldiers generally as a father, blood brother, welfarist, amiable boss, compassionate leader, trustworthy compatriot, and courageous warrior in the trenches. Boko Haram factional leaders, both Abubakar Shekau and the ISIS-backed Musab Al Barnewi, in alliance with Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky of the IMN or Shiites in Nigeria, another terrorist’s sect, wished Buratai dead for his uncompromising stand.

 

Leaders of these sects operating in Nigeria vigorously pursued the agenda of eliminating Buratai through terrorists’ ambushes of his convoy in the Northeast and the assassination plot hatched against him in Zaria by IMN. Though he faced death multiple times in the trenches but remained resolute and undeterred.

 

Buratai’s NDA course mate and friend, who retired much earlier, Major Daniel Banjo (rtd), recalled when he requested for a thanksgiving service in his home state for the ex-COAS; “I remember, about three times, he (Buratai) called me in the middle of the night. He was at the war front. He would call and say things are happening here and Nigerians are not appreciative of what we are doing…He wouldn’t sleep for weeks. He was ambushed three times and he jumped into the bush with his men, with Kalashnikov (AK-47 rifles) and they would be able to kill some and arrest some.”

Hate or love him, but it never escaped the sight that Buratai was relentless and untiring. His troops often chortled among themselves whether this boss ever slept or thought of a beloved family which also needed his attention.

 

He sprung surprises of a talisman with his presence everywhere in the war front, day and night, from North to South. He constantly visited troops and supervised Army units and formations to ensure planned Internal Security (IS) operations or projects progress smoothly and unencumbered. He tolerated no excuses for failure from troops on any assignment.

And to bolster performance and unalloyed loyalty, Buratai also, religiously fulfilled his own part of the bargain by ensuring troops legitimate entitlements and allowances were promptly delivered to them, even in the frontlines. It was one of the many things Buratai got right and it really worked for the Nigerian Army, especially for the troops in the frontlines on terrorism combating expeditions.

 

He treated the families of troops like his cherished assets and personal family. Buratai paid frequent visits to Army barracks, interacted with wives of soldiers, listened to their problems, and remedied them immediately. Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA) explored new frontiers in the economic empowerment of wives of soldiers through various multi-purpose cooperative investments initiatives.

The ex-army chief further boosted the morale of his troops with packages such as the COAS special allowances and incentives, like special recognitions’ and instant or accelerated promotion of troops who demonstrated proven gallantry, courage, and exceptional excellence in the frontlines.

 

The expansion and re-equipping of the Nigerian Army were another was a focal policy of retired Buratai’s leadership. He relaunched the Nigerian Army on the path of manufacturing its own small and light weapons in the combat of terrorism, innovatively using home-grown technology and human resources.

Under his reign, the Nigerian Army established two new Army Divisions 6 and 8, in Borno and Rivers states; a dozen Forward Operations Bases (FOBs) and Special Task Force units across the country in strict compliance with the new Order of Battle (ORBAT). The initiative brought security closer to Nigerians, boosted troops’ rapid responses to distress calls from entrapped Nigerians, and the operational effectiveness of soldiers in operations.

 

Nigerian soldiers were endeared to Gen. Buratai and performed their official assignments with glee because he prioritized the building of infrastructures for soldiers and officers of the Nigerian Army. He had the stringent focus or absolute belief in the welfare of troops in multiple ways and he knew, soldiers deserve at least minimum comforts to function splendidly. So, he erected new offices and residential accommodations for soldiers.

Therefore, Buratai aggressively relaunched the Nigerian Army on the path of its lost glory in a revolutionary style. The former army chief embarked on ambitious projects such as the massive construction of new army barracks, renovations of dilapidated barracks and army formations, their upgrade and re-equipment with state-of-the-art facilities resuscitation of moribund Army training institutions, and the building of new ones, namely, the Army War College, the Army Aviation School, and the Nigerian Army University, Biu.

 

Buratai garnished it with the generous renovations/upgrades of existing, but outdated army hospitals and the building of new Army Referral hospitals to carter for the Medicare of soldiers, their families, and members of Army host communities. These were legacy projects, signposts of focused leadership, the pillars, and inerasable footprints of his leadership that publicized a reformed Nigerian Army in conduct and performance.

 

The former army chief understood clearly that the success of Nigeria’s anti-insurgency combats basically depended on the assistance of foreign nations in weaponry and technical support. He was conscious of the prohibitions on human rights abuses by soldiers as enshrined in the Leahy Act amendment law. Besides, as a humane and compassionate leader, Buratai was conscious of the human dignity of all Nigerians. He never shirked from punishing erring soldiers.

Consequently, records of his observance of human rights were unequaled in the history of the Nigerian Army. He established the novel Human Rights Desk in the Nigerian Army, manned by a desk officer, and structured in an accessible manner to all Nigerians by its replication in all major Army formations throughout the country. The Army human rights desk handled, redressed, and dispensed hundreds of cases between soldiers and civilians.

 

The Nigerian Army was under the plague of meager budgets for its operations, even in the age of consuming insurgency. Therefore, Buratai imbibed the spirit of transparency, accountability, and judicious application of Army resources for maximum effect. Lack of transparency in the administration of Army resources’ engendered distrust, dissension, and rebellion among officers and soldiers.

 

Foremostly, Buratai resolved the problem by switching over to e-governance in consonance with the policy of the federal government. He established the Army Procurement Department; migrated the Nigerian Army into the IPPIS payment system, and halted the culture of table payment of allowances/entitlements to troops in the war front, which often led to avoidable complaints of diversion.

The former leader of counter-insurgency operations in Nigeria was a famed Military strategist, tactician, and foresighted leader. Therefore, his clairvoyance pricked him of the looming threat of Cyberspace terrorism in combating insurgency in Nigeria. In order to clip the wings of cyberspace terrorists, who were largely Boko Haram sympathizers and agents, Buratai built and launched the Nigerian Army Cyberspace Warfare Command. Its mandate mainly is to secure Army’s classified information from leakage to enemies and certify the preservation of sensitive documents.

 

Added to it, Buratai upgraded and re-equipped the Department of Army Public Relations (DAPR)) to handle fake news and propaganda syndrome on the counter-insurgency operations in the country. The DAPR operated 24hours a day and proactively deflected terrorists’ propaganda which previously caused unnecessary public anxiety and panic.

To this end, good leadership examples are worthy of emulation. The onus falls on Gen. Attahiru, who is also an old horse in the game to sustain and improve on these legacies of Buratai by moving a notch higher to turn the table against Boko Haram. It is the necessary antidote the incumbent Army leadership has to adapt if it wants to really succeed to finally cripple insurgents.

 

It’s no longer news that Nigerians are unwittingly beginning to celebrate the Buratai days. But Nigerians want to celebrate the Army at all times and the only alternative is to kick harder, harder than Buratai ever did. Attahiru should be mindful of news of Boko Haram’s dreadful presence in Niger state and predictively, Abuja is now donated to the mercy of terrorists.

 

But fundamentally, all the incumbent Service Chiefs have already clocked 100 days since their appointment on January 26, 2021. Quite unimpressively, media reports are awash with news that 741 Nigerians have been killed by Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists, armed bandits, herdsmen, and arsonists across the country. Neither is it exciting that the southern part of the country is also contending with lethal kidnapping syndicates and killer herdsmen conundrum. Nigerians are no longer singing joyful songs which heralded the new service chiefs and there is a need to redouble the efforts.
Agbese writes from the United Kingdom.

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40 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PASTOR DR. MRS. IFEOMA EZE

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*40 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PASTOR DR. MRS. IFEOMA EZE*

 

1. She was born on 20th July 1983

2. She is a native of Nando in Anambra East L.G.A of Anambra state Nigeria.

 

40 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PASTOR DR. MRS. IFEOMA EZE

3. Her parents are of Anglican origin where she and her siblings got moulded and groomed into Christ.

4. She holds a Bsc in Parasitology and Entomology from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

5. She got born again on 31st May 2001 after a terrible accident that claimed the lives of people but her mum and brother were saved.

6. On 14th May 2005, she met a young Prophet of God for the first time and through God’s leading, the prophet proposed marriage to her the next day and on 1st April 2006, they got married. The Prophet’s name is Bishop Okwudili Eze

7. On 13th May, 2007, She and her Husband started the Church, Zion Heritage and Miracle Ministries at a new land off Amaeke junction by Bende Road, Umuahia. That was the same day her first son, David was dedicated.

8. She has three biological sons. They are David, Daniel and Dominion (known as Triple DCEs)

9. She has four biological siblings, including an only sister.

10. She has an exceptional gift of Discernment of Spirit and gift of Wisdom through which she has helped in pointing men and women connected to her to the right path in life.

11. She is a proud Educationist bagging numerous degrees across 5 different universities and Honorary Doctorates (including Doctor of Business Administration from the prestigious Gregory University and Doctor of Public Administration. She also has a Masters in Education Administration and planning from University of Abuja).

12. She and her Husband have written over 90 books that covers all spheres of life and mountains of influence.

13. She is a passionate songwriter who has written over 115 songs, and has 11 albums to her name (including a life worship concert series known as Pastor Ifeoma Eze live in concert – PIELIC)

14. She is a certified Marriage counsellor and relationship coach having enjoyed 18 years marital bliss.

15. She is one of Nigeria’s foremost Emotional Intelligence Expert/ Professional Trainer.

16. She is an uncontrollable giver, and has been known to help sponsor numerous young people in school and helped many to start businesses for their survival.

17. She is an Alumna of Harvard Business School where she studied Organizational Leadership.

18. She and her husband have been privileged to travel and minister in several countries within four continents out of the seven continents of the world.

19. She passionately loves her husband and spends more time with him than anyone else. He is her best friend and her sweetest memories outside encounter with God are moments spent jisting, laughing, dancing and playing with him.

20. She was ordained a Pastor at the age of 24 years in May, 2007.

21. She likes to spend happy times with her biological sons a lot and makes out time for them during their weekly family-time-out.

22. She honours her mother and Mother In-law a lot by caring for them and providing for them always.

23. She is a spiritual Mother and Mentor per excellence. She pours herself out in people and follows them up prayerfully with lots of encouragement until they excel and break through.

24. She is widely known for her attitude of humility and relates with people of all class and pedigree. She is humble despite the evidences of God’s manifest hand upon her life.

25. She hates four things greatly. They are sin, insincerity, injustice and Limiting beliefs.

26. Together with Her Husband, they vendor the mandate of Enthronement. She has helped her husband to raise so many pastors through Enthronement Bible Institute (EBI), some which pastor the church branches and others who now pastor their own churches and ministries.

27. She is a woman of integrity, sincerity and honesty.

28. She hates laziness and negative mindset. She never believes in impossibility. She believes there are alternatives to do things and these things have to be done the right and proper way.

29. She lives a very contented life and does not envy others because of what they have.

30. She is an astute Administrator with over 18 years experience in Church Administration, Education Administration, and Business Administration. She is also a member of CASON- Church Administrators Society of Nigeria.

31. Her day officially begins at 3am daily no matter how late she sleeps.

32. She is a role model per excellence that most young girls and ladies have admired and looked up to.

33. She is the founder and President of The Kings Rubies and Royal Daughters Fellowship. An NGO charged with the mission of assisting ladies conquer limiting beliefs about themselves in order to maximize destiny while empowering them to discover and fulfil their life’s purpose.

34. She is a rugged teacher and preacher of the word of God with signs, wonders and testimonies accompanying her ministry.

35. Her message revolves around Jesus incarnated, Jesus manifested, Jesus crucified, Jesus glorified and Jesus returning. She also speaks purpose into people.

36. She is the C.E.O of Heritage Records, A gospel recording studio in Abuja.

37. She is a Serial Entrepreneur, with different businesses.

38. She is a woman who has been accused, betrayed and offended by many, but she has a forgiving heart and remembers she has also been forgiven by God.

39. She is the Director of Lifted Kids Academy and Proprietress of World Changers Academy with Nursery, Primary and Secondary categories.

40. She is the host of Checkpoint and The Polymath. Two weekly online media series where she inspires and edifies people on life changing topics and messages.

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AMERICA IS COUNTING ON YOU, President JOE BIDEN TO DR DK OLUKOYA AS HE WAS HONORED (Video)

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AMERICA IS COUNTING ON YOU, President JOE BIDEN TO DR DK OLUKOYA AS HE WAS HONORED (Video)

 

Founder and General Overseer of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, MFM, Pastor Daniel Olukoya was honored today, 21st of July, 2024 by the president of the United States of America, Joe Biden at the ministry’s America headquaters, Houston.

 

AMERICA IS COUNTING ON YOU, President JOE BIDEN TO DR DK OLUKOYA AS HE WAS HONORED (Video

 

The award of honor was presented by the official representative of President Biden for the impact of his life and ministry in changing lives of others. Biden stated that they recognized the lifetime achievement of the church and the founder as regards community service.

 

 

 

In his official statement from the white House to Dr Olukoya he stated that the American story doesn’t depend on one of us or some of us but on all of us. He congratulated Dr olukoya and his wife for their contribution to the American society and is delighted to present them with presidents lifetime achievement awards in recognition of 45,000 hours of service to the USA. He stated that his passion and service has helped in providing solutions to challenges facing the society. Therefore, America is counting on you says Biden in his written speech.

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Middle Belt Youths Won’t Protest Against Tinubu, Bago’s Administration – NCYG

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*Middle Belt Youths Won’t Protest Against Tinubu, Bago’s Administration – NCYG

 

 

The North Central Youth Group, a vibrant coalition of young people from the Middle Belt, has distanced itself from any form of protest against President Bola Tinubu and Governor Umar Bago of Niger State.

The group’s stance comes after a thorough evaluation of the leaders’ performances, which they say has brought hope, opportunities, and smiles to the faces of Nigerians, particularly the people of the North Central region.

A statement jointly signed by Abdullahi Mohammed and Barr Fidelis Elaigwu described President Tinubu’s administration as a beacon of light in just one year, illuminating the path to a brighter future for Nigeria.

They said Governor Bago has also been making giant strides in his administration’s focus on agriculture, education, and youth empowerment.

“President Tinubu’s visionary leadership has led to the implementation of the National Development Plan, a comprehensive blueprint for economic diversification and growth,” the statement said.

“This laudable initiative has already started yielding positive results, with the economy showing signs of stability and growth.

“Additionally, the President’s establishment of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council has brought together a team of experts who provide sage advice on economic matters, further solidifying his commitment to good governance.

“Moreover, President Tinubu’s dedication to youth empowerment is a testament to his belief in the potential of young people to drive positive change. His administration’s innovative programs, such as the National Talent Export Programme, the 3 Million Tech Talents (3MTT) initiative and Nigerian Youth Academy (NiYA) have provided countless opportunities for young Nigerians to acquire skills, gain employment, and start their own businesses.

“These initiatives have not only impacted the youth positively but have also positioned them as key players in the country’s development narrative.”

The statement added: “On his part, Governor Bago’s commitment to agriculture has transformed Niger State into a major food hub in the region, providing a sustainable source of food and income for the people.

“The Governor’s passion for education has led to the construction of new schools and the renovation of existing ones, creating a conducive learning environment for students to thrive.

“Bago’s reforms have had a direct and positive impact on the youth in Niger State. His administration’s youth empowerment programs have provided training, mentorship, and entrepreneurship opportunities for young people, enabling them to acquire skills, start their own businesses, and become self-sufficient.

“The Governor’s dedication to youth development is evident in his policies and actions, and we commend him for his unwavering commitment to the future of Niger State.”

The youths, therefore, described President Tinubu and Governor Bago as champions of good governance, visionary leaders, and true advocates for the welfare of Nigerians.

“Their selfless service, integrity, and passion for development have earned them our respect, admiration, and endorsement.”

They, however, urged other “youths to join us in supporting these leaders, who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to our collective progress.”

The youths noted: “We recognise that challenges still exist, but we believe that President Tinubu and Governor Bago are working tirelessly to address them.

“We urge our fellow youths to be patient, supportive, and constructive in their engagement, rather than allowing themselves to be used by political manipulators. Let us work together to build a brighter future for ourselves, our region, and our country.”

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