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CELEBRATING 161 YEARS OF THE NIGERIAN ARMY: A LEGACY OF BRAVERY, SERVICE, AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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FORTIFYING TRUST: CATALYSING NATIONAL UNITY FOR A SECURE NIGERIA BY SANI USMAN KUKASHEKA, mni In the intricate tapestry of human interactions, trust is the cornerstone upon which societies are built, nations flourish, and progress thrives. It is a beacon that guides our collective endeavours, shaping the dynamics of national unity and development. In our country Nigeria, a nation rich in diversity and history, trust has played a pivotal role in the past. It possesses the potential to pave the way for a brighter future. As we navigate the complex landscape of the present world, it becomes evident that the implications of eroding trust are profound and far-reaching. The lack of trust casts shadows of conflict, misunderstandings, and insecurity, undermining the essence of societal cohesion among the various components of Nigerian society. However, beyond these ominous clouds lies the promise of enhanced national unity, harmony, and prosperity if we have trust and understanding. Trust, a cornerstone of societal harmony, economic progress, and national solidarity, serves as the adhesive that binds diverse individuals into a cohesive whole. It encompasses the belief in reliability, honesty, and effectiveness, a shared faith that empowers cooperative efforts towards shared goals. Today, Nigeria stands at a crucial juncture, facing both the ravages of mistrust and boundless unity opportunities. In this context, nurturing trust emerges as a solution to the current conflicts and misunderstandings and as a vital catalyst for security, prosperity, and global relevance. A glance into history reveals a Nigeria adorned with interwoven bonds of trust. Tradespeople entrusting their goods and children to business associates across regions has been a hallmark of cross-cultural partnerships and mutual reliance over the past few decades. Communities embraced the values of accommodation and hospitality, fostering an environment where trust was the currency of interaction. However, contemporary times find us on a different path. Amidst rumours, suspicions, and the deluge of misinformation, the erosion of trust has been palpable. The fraying of these essential bonds is evident in the swift resort to religion and ethnicity in national debates, eclipsing the broader perspectives that should unite us. The ramifications of this deficit in trust are dire. Once harmonious under a banner of unity, the discordant chords of ethnicity and religion now resound with disharmony. The aftermath of the EndSARS movement and the last general elections highlighted the fractures within the national fabric, exposing a landscape marred by primordial sentiments, selfish inclinations, and a loss of collective identity. This critical moment demands reevaluating our societal values and an introspective journey towards rebuilding the trust that underpins our progress as a nation. But why has trust waned, and who is responsible? Due to the unchecked spread of false information and fake news on social media, politics, religion, and cultural biases play a part. To navigate our diversity, we must champion the shared values that transcend our differences. Examples abound of countries embracing their diversity to forge national unity. Their successes underscore the state's and its citizens' pivotal role in sculpting a harmonious narrative. The state must not merely govern but also inspire trust through transparent governance, unbiased justice, and inclusive policies. In tandem, citizens are entrusted with nurturing a culture of empathy, openness, and cooperation. To transform our trajectory, concerted efforts are indispensable. National orientation, public education, and enlightenment campaigns will serve as the lodestars that guide our collective ethos. Reviving neglected sports as a binding force is imperative, as is strengthening institutions like the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). By promoting cultural exchange programmes and inter-ethnic marriages, we lay the foundation for an inclusive Nigeria. Government ministries, departments, and agencies, notably information and culture, youth, sports, the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), civil society organisations, and other professional bodies, are pivotal in spearheading initiatives to engender a sense of belonging and unity. Good governance, complemented by incentives for inter-ethnic marriages, will facilitate a tapestry where diversity is celebrated rather than vilified. Our media should play a transformative role by amplifying cultural practices that foster unity rather than those that divide us. Yet, the path to restored trust is full of obstacles. The communication gap between citizens and authorities needs bridging, requiring timely, truthful, and transparent information dissemination. The government can nurture a culture of responsiveness that fortifies trust by leveraging modern communication channels such as mainstream d social media and credible non-partisan organisations and associations. Although this project may be challenging, the rewards are immeasurable—a united Nigeria built on integrity and trust. In the mosaic of our nation, trust is the luminous thread that stitches hearts and minds together. By embracing the collective heritage bestowed by our founding fathers and the shared values that bind us, Nigeria can transcend its current challenges and emerge as a beacon of unity, strength, and progress on the global stage. With trust as our cornerstone, we can mould a future where national development and security thrive, prosperity is shared, and our collective identity stands resolute against the tides of discord. In the end, trust will unite us, and in unity, we shall thrive. The writer, Sani Usman Kukasheka, is an Abuja-based public analyst, strategic communication expert, and security expert. He can be reached at usmanusk@yahoo.com or on his Twitter handle, @skusman.

CELEBRATING 161 YEARS OF THE NIGERIAN ARMY: A LEGACY OF BRAVERY, SERVICE, AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman (rtd) mni fnipr

As the Nigerian Army prepares to commemorate its 161st anniversary on July 6, 2024, in Jos, Plateau State, with the theme “Transforming the Nigerian Army: Imperative for Combating Contemporary Security Challenges within a Joint Environment”, it is important to spare a moment to reflect on this symbol of national power and its profound contributions to our national development, peace and security and above all the enduring legacy of one of the greatest armies in the world for over a century and a half. Therefore, this year’s Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) 2024 is not just an attestation of the Army’s rich history, but also a recognition of its role in the nation’s security, development, and peace.

The Nigerian Army, established in 1863 with a strength of 18 men, known as the “Glover Hausas”, has grown from a modest force to a formidable institution known for its professionalism, resilience, dedication and immense contribution to national development, peace and security in our country, West Africa and beyond. Over the years, the Nigerian Army has demonstrated exceptional bravery and commitment in various national and international engagements. From peacekeeping missions in conflict-ridden regions across the world to defending the sovereignty of Nigeria during the civil war and against insurgencies and other security threats, the Nigerian Army has consistently showcased its capability and resolve as a professional army.

Beyond its military engagements in peacekeeping and peace enforcement especially in some West African states, the Nigerian Army has significantly contributed to national development. Through various civil-military cooperation initiatives, the army has been playing an important role in infrastructure development, disaster response, and community services. Projects such as the construction of roads, schools, and medical facilities in underserved areas through initiatives such as the Chief of Army Staff’s Special Projects, medical outreaches and Quick Impact Projects for host communities, highlight the army’s dedication to the defence of Nigeria’s territorial integrity and improving the quality of life for Nigerians.

In the face of internal security challenges, including insurgencies, banditry, and communal conflicts, the Nigerian Army has remained a bulwark of peace and security in Nigeria. The ongoing counterinsurgency operations against Boko Haram in the Northeast, efforts to curb kidnappings and banditry in the Northwest, and other Internal Security Operations (ISOs) in aid of civil authorities in various parts of the country pointed to the Nigerian Army’s critical role in maintaining peace and security in Nigeria.

Interestingly, the army’s counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency strategies have evolved over the years, adapting to the changing dynamics of the security challenges. This adaptability, combined with rigorous training and advanced military technologies, ensures that the Nigerian Army remains a formidable force capable of addressing contemporary security threats in the country in conjunction with other services and security agencies, hence the vision of a joint environment.

In recent years, the Nigerian Army has also made significant strides towards gender mainstreaming. The establishment of a Women’s Corps shows the service’s commitment to gender inclusivity and equality. Women in the Nigerian Army have increasingly taken on roles that were traditionally dominated by men, participating in combat, leadership, and technical positions. This inclusion not only enhances the operational effectiveness of the army but also promotes gender equality within the service.

The Nigerian Army’s modernization efforts include the establishment of an aviation corps, a giant stride in enhancing its operational capabilities. The recent acquisition of helicopters has significantly bolstered the army’s ability to conduct aerial surveillance, rapid troop deployment, and logistics support. This advancement in aviation technology will undoubtedly ensure that the Nigerian Army remains at the forefront of modern military operations, capable of addressing diverse security challenges with greater efficiency in the future.

Therefore, it is particularly gratifying that this year’s celebration is being held in Jos, Plateau State, the headquarters of the 3 Armoured Division and Operation SAFE HAVEN, known as the home of tourism in Nigeria. Jos, with its scenic landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and pleasant climate, provides a fitting backdrop for this momentous occasion. The choice of Jos not only highlights the city’s significance but also promotes its potential as a tourist destination, contributing to the state’s economic growth, and enhancing peace and security on the Plateau.

As we commemorate 161 years of the Nigerian Army, it is imperative we also honour the sacrifices of the brave officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army who have served and continue to serve the nation with distinction. Their unwavering commitment to duty, courage in the face of adversity, discomfort and dedication to national development are the hallmarks of the Nigerian Army’s enduring legacy. Yet, despite the countless sacrifices made by these citizens in uniform, the level of understanding and appreciation from our fellow Nigerians has sometimes fallen woefully short. It is our solemn duty to rectify this, stand in solidarity with the noble protectors of our sovereign lands, and honour their commitment to preserving our cherished way of life.

The history of the Nigerian Army is a story of evolution and growth. From its origins as a small colonial force, it has transformed into a modern and highly professional institution. The journey of the Nigerian Army over the past 161 years is marked by significant milestones, including its role in the independence struggle, contributions to United Nations peacekeeping missions, and active participation in various regional and international military coalitions.

In recent years, the Nigerian Army has made strides in modernizing its equipment, adopting advanced technologies, and improving the training and welfare of its personnel. These efforts have not only enhanced the operational capabilities of the army but also boosted its morale and readiness to tackle contemporary security challenges.

The Nigerian Army’s contributions to global peace and security extend beyond the nation’s borders. Nigeria is one of the largest troop-contributing countries to United Nations peacekeeping missions, having participated in operations in Lebanon, Congo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Sudan, South Sudan, The Gambia, Guinea and many other countries. Nigerian peacekeepers are renowned for their professionalism, bravery, and dedication to restoring peace and stability in conflict zones.

These international engagements have not only enhanced Nigeria’s reputation on the global stage but also provided valuable experience and exposure to Nigerian soldiers, further strengthening the army’s capabilities.

The Nigerian Army’s role in community outreach and humanitarian efforts cannot be overstated. In times of natural disasters, such as floods and epidemics, the army has been at the forefront of relief and rescue operations, providing critical support and assistance to affected communities. The Army’s Medical Corps has also been instrumental in delivering healthcare services to remote and underserved areas, often bridging the gap in public health infrastructure.
The army’s involvement in educational initiatives, including the establishment of schools and scholarship programmes for children of fallen soldiers, shows its commitment to the welfare of its personnel and their families. These initiatives foster a sense of community and support, ensuring that the sacrifices of soldiers and their families are recognized and honoured.

In an era of rapidly evolving security threats, the Nigerian Army has embraced technological advancements to enhance its operational effectiveness. The adoption of drones, advanced communication systems, and modern weaponry has revolutionized the army’s approach to modern warfare. These technologies provide critical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities, enabling more precise and effective operations.

Furthermore, the Nigerian Army’s investment in cyber warfare capabilities and counter-terrorism strategies reflects its proactive stance in addressing new and emerging threats. Training programmes and international collaborations have been pivotal in equipping Nigerian Army officers and soldiers with the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate the complexities of modern conflict.

As we celebrate 161 years of the Nigerian Army, it is also a time to look ahead and envision the future of this esteemed institution. The Nigerian Army remains committed to its mission of defending the nation’s sovereignty, ensuring internal security, and contributing to global peace and stability.

Ongoing reforms, capacity-building initiatives, and strategic partnerships with other security agencies and international allies will continue to strengthen the army’s capabilities. The focus on enhancing the welfare and professional development of its personnel will ensure that the Nigerian Army remains a highly motivated and effective force.

 

Therefore, the Nigerian Army Day Celebration 2024 under the able leadership of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General TA Lagbaja, is more than a commemoration of the past; it is a celebration of the present and a commitment to the future. In Jos, Plateau State, amidst the beautiful landscapes and rich cultural heritage, we honour the Nigerian Army’s legacy of bravery, service, and national development. We celebrate the men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting the nation and promoting peace.

Consequently, as the Nigerian Army marks this significant milestone, let us recognize and appreciate its profound contribution and impact on Nigeria’s journey towards peace, security, and development. The Nigerian Army’s legacy is a testament to the enduring spirit of patriotism, resilience and dedication that continues to inspire the nation. I beseech fellow Nigerians, to open your hearts and minds to the profound significance of our Army’s enduring legacy.

Let us not merely observe this milestone of the Nigerian Army but embrace it with the reverence and gratitude it so rightfully deserves. In doing so, we not only pay homage to the past, but we also invest in the future – a future of unity, security, and unshakable national pride. Let this be a clarion call, echoing through the very fabric of our society, imploring all Nigerians to celebrate our Army now and always, for their unwavering service is the bedrock upon which our nation’s stability and progress are built. I join millions of well-meaning Nigerians home and abroad, in celebrating our armed forces and wishing officers of the Nigerian Army a happy NADCEL 2024.

The writer, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman (rtd) mni fnipr, is a former Director of Army Public Relations and Spokesman of the Nigerian Army, public commentator and security expert.

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Grace Nation: You Cannot Claim to be a Spiritual Person Without Understanding the Spiritual Language – Dr Chris Okafor

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Grace Nation: You Cannot Claim to be a Spiritual Person Without Understanding the Spiritual Language – Dr Chris Okafor

So many Christians cannot do the Kingdom business because they don’t understand the Kingdom Principles and it’s Language.

Speaking On Sunday 21st July 2024 at Grace Nation Divine and Breakthrough Service held at the international Headquarters of the church in Ojodu Berger Lagos Nigeria, The lead Pastor Grace Nation world-wide Popularly known as The Generational Prophet of God Dr Chris Okafor said when you understand the language of the Spirit, whatever you do becomes successful.

The Popular Lagos Clergyman who Teach on the Subject The Language of The Spirit subtitles with The Voice of Thanksgiving remarked that when you gives thanks to Elohim, it’s implies that you heard his voice Clearly ans Appreciate his Kindness and Provision.

The Lagos Clergyman who just returned from United States of America when he went to with the Good News of The Limit Breakers Winning millions of Soul to the kingdom of God said the day you come into understanding the Language of the Spirit, Everything about you changes for better and your enjoyment in Life becomes Unlimited.

The Generational Prophet of God Dr Chris Okafor also emphasised that when you understand the Language of the Spirit, it will become Easy for you to differentiate between true voice of God and Voice of the flesh and when you listen to the voice of Thanksgiving, God multiply you and make more provisions.

The Power of God came down Mightily through the Fresh Annoiting upon his servant who just returns from God’s own Country, United States of America, USA, Popular Lagos Prophet, The Generational Prophet of God Dr Chris Okafor at the Divine Intervention and breakthrough service of the Church

The Fresh Annoiting that break the yokes over his servant stirs Deliverance, Healing, Miracles, Restoration and Solution to different kind of afflictions, Problems at the service, Evil altars were set on fire while Generational battles were resolved once and for all, God also uses his servant at the service to re write the history book of some Faithful, While Garment of hatred upon some were destroyed.

It was a thing of joy for Some ladies who are believing God for a life Partner as God show them.mercy by releasing wedding Gowns for them, God also gave some people foreign benefits and most Interesting God gave over 70 awaiting Mother’s there miracle Babies.

Meanwhile the Monthly Night of Prophecy, Miracle, Deliverance and Solution of Grace Nation international aka Liberation City is coming up on 26yh July 2024 at the international Headquarters of Grace Nation world-wide in Ojodu Berger Lagos, This Serves as a special invitation, make plans to attend as the Night will be brutal as described by the Generational Prophet of God Dr Chris Okafor, come with your family, Friends and Love one, God will definitely visit your case files and Profiles Solutions.

 

Grace Nation: You Cannot Claim to be a Spiritual Person Without Understanding the Spiritual Language - Dr Chris Okafor

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ECOWAS PARLIAMENT REITERATE CALL FOR IMPROVED WOMEN REPRESENTATION IN GOVERNANCE

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ECOWAS PARLIAMENT REITERATE CALL FOR IMPROVED WOMEN REPRESENTATION IN GOVERNANCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That The First Lady Oluremi Tinubu says women have to learn how to obtain power the e ECOWAS Female Parliamentarian Association has held its Spotlight Initiative with the theme; Re-thinking Women’s Proportional Representation in Governance.

 

 

 

 

ECOWAS PARLIAMENT REITERATE CALL FOR IMPROVED WOMEN REPRESENTATION IN GOVERNANCE

 

 

 

 

The First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Oluremi Tinubu noted that the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration has made significant progress in this regard but barriers still exist especially culturally and socially.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“These barriers include deeply entrenched societal norms, systemic discriminatory practices, structural issues within our political systems, and financial incapability”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“To achieve this across board, we must be seen to walk the talk. For instance, our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has taken significant steps to remove financial barriers by making nomination forms for elective positions free at grassroots level, ensuring that capable and qualified women can participate in the political process without the burden of prohibitive costs”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senator Oluremi Tinubu commended the Federal House of Representatives for its recent passage of the Bill seeking 74 seats for women in the National Assembly in a bid to encourage more female participation in politics and governance.

 

 

 

 

 

ECOWAS PARLIAMENT REITERATE CALL FOR IMPROVED WOMEN REPRESENTATION IN GOVERNANCE

 

 

 

 

“I believe that the leadership in the Senate is gender-friendly”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Power is not served A’lar carte, just as my husband, President Bola Tinubu said. You have to learn how to obtain power. You need older women to mentor you”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Education is the cornerstone of empowerment. By improving access to education for girls and women, we can equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate effectively in political processes. Additionally, raising awareness about the importance of women’s representation in governance is crucial. Public campaigns, media engagement, and community programs can help shift societal attitudes and dismantle stereotypes that hinder women’s political participation”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament who is also the first female to occupy the position, Rt Hon Hadija Memounatou Ibrahimah in her remarks urged the First Lady of Nigeria to serve as the champion of the course of better representation for women in governance in the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This she noted is especially so with the commendable contributions to the issues of women and girls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Your Excellency, you transmit a kind of light that illuminates the leadership of Nigeria. It touches the lives of even the ordinary man”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Women account for half of the population of ECOWAS member States. Only 17% are Parliamentarians and 24% are Ministers in the region. It is high time to reduce the under representation of women in democracy”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Senate President, Senator Godwill Akpabio who was represented by the Deputy Senate President Jibrin Barau stated that for the Senate, women participation in governance is a priority.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We will redefine the power of women in governance”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the Session, the First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu in a nostalgic move, visited the newly renovated hallowed Red Chamber. She commended the leadership of the senate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The First Lady was a 3 term Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District till 2023.

 

 

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Busola Kukoyi

SSA Media to the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

22nd July,2024

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Women Impacting Nigeria (WIN) Supports Olatokunbo Foundation community-based initiative for disadvantaged women and children in the Oshodi-Isolo Community of Lagos State, Nigeria

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Women Impacting Nigeria (WIN) Supports Olatokunbo Foundation community-based initiative for disadvantaged women and children in the Oshodi-Isolo Community of Lagos State, Nigeria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…Over 40 families benefit from the first phase of business empowerment and educational support

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That Women Impacting Nigeria (WIN), a leading Nigerian impact and development organisation for women, recently provided support to The Olatokunbo Foundation for its charity event on July 13, 2024, at the Rotary Community Hall in Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area, Lagos. The Olatokunbo Foundation Empowerment Initiative for Women and Children aimed to uplift and empower underprivileged families in select communities in Lagos, offering a range of financial and material support to enhance their living standards. Over 40 at-risk families were provided with critical material and financial assistance, such as sewing machines, complete commercial makeup boxes, barbing kits, and grinding machines, to help improve their economic independence. In addition, cash awards were distributed to support the educational and personal growth of underprivileged children in the community.

 

 

 

 

 

Women Impacting Nigeria (WIN) Supports Olatokunbo Foundation community-based initiative for disadvantaged women and children in the Oshodi-Isolo Community of Lagos State, Nigeria

 

 

 

 

 

In his speech, Otunba Abiola Olatokunbo, the Founder of the Olatokunbo Foundation, highlighted the importance of community, combined efforts, and the positive outcomes of giving back to society. “We are committed to uplifting and empowering the underprivileged, particularly in overlooked or underserved areas. For every woman or child we support, there is a multiplier effect on society. We expect that these donations will significantly improve the daily lives of the beneficiaries by providing them with tools that can help improve their overall quality of life”, Otunba Abiola said.

 

 

 

 

 

Women Impacting Nigeria (WIN) Supports Olatokunbo Foundation community-based initiative for disadvantaged women and children in the Oshodi-Isolo Community of Lagos State, Nigeria

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commenting on the partnership, Ms Adesuwa Tope Imasekha, Founder of Women Impacting Nigeria, said, “Our technical assistance partnership with the Olatokunbo Foundation is a demonstration of the significant value and change that can be achieved when organisations come together for a common cause. Donating is not enough without equipping beneficiaries with the necessary skills to take advantage of the support they receive, which is why we trained beneficiaries to run a business. WIN is proud to support this initiative, and we look forward to more impact-based collaborations with other organisations that can lead to sustainable results in the future.”

 

 

 

 

 

Women Impacting Nigeria (WIN) Supports Olatokunbo Foundation community-based initiative for disadvantaged women and children in the Oshodi-Isolo Community of Lagos State, Nigeria

 

 

 

 

 

The Olatokunbo Foundation’s charity event provided immediate relief to those in need and highlighted the importance of collective efforts in uplifting and empowering the less privileged. It showcased the profound impact of charity and demonstrated how community leaders and organisations, such as Women Impacting Nigeria, can collaborate to drive positive change.

 

 

 

 

Women Impacting Nigeria (WIN) Supports Olatokunbo Foundation community-based initiative for disadvantaged women and children in the Oshodi-Isolo Community of Lagos State, Nigeria

 

 

 

 

Women Impacting Nigeria is a not-for-profit organization based out of Lagos, Nigeria dedicated to women empowerment and gender equality.

 

For more information and to be a part of our programmes, visit womenimpactingnigeria.org or email [email protected]

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