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Coalition condemns campaign of calumny against Mallam Yusuf Bichi; DG, Department of State Services.

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Coalition condemns campaign of calumny against Mallam Yusuf Bichi; DG, Department of State Services.

 

 

 

The Coalition of Civil Society Groups Against Terrorism in Nigeria has described the unfounded rumours and various sponsored campaign of calumny against the Director General of the DSS, Mallam Yusuf Bichi as an attempt by mischief makers to smear his name.

 

 

Coalition condemns campaign of calumny against Mallam Yusuf Bichi; DG, Department of State Services.

 

 

The group in a statement signed by it’s Convener and Secretary, Comrade Oladimeji Odeyemi and Barrister John Atani, described the detractors and some highly partisan purveyors of those fake news and false narratives against Mallam Bichi and most importantly the
Department of State Services (DSS), as visionless and unpatriotic attention seekers.

One of such sponsored propaganda, is the myopic insinuation that the Director General siphoned an imaginary payment of Thirty-five thousand naira (₦35, 000) meant for the payment of wages approved by President Bola Tinubu for personnel of the service, while an average Nigerian knows that the statement is a figment of the imagination of the enemies of this great Country and criminal elements who are afraid of the work of the Service. The personnel of the DSS have been enjoying an improved welfare package since the assumption of office of Mallam Bichi. While it’s a statement of fact that the personnel of DSS cannot be classified as Civil servant rather a security organization rendering essential services to the nation. Staff welfare, allowances and packages has been one of the cardinal programmes of Mallam Yusuf Bichi, hence we condemn this insidious attempt to cause disaffection within the service and it’s leadership.

This is to also condemn the activities of a certain, Jackson Ude who on his X (Twitter) handle @jacksonpnb, posted, accused the person and office of the DSS Director-General Mallam Yusuf Bichi of increasing an imaginary “goodbye allowance” for outgoing DG from N120million to N200million.

According to him Bichi would pocket N200million as he prepares to leave the agency he had once retired from.

Ude insiated that the operatives are angry at the level of corruption under Bichi, maintained that it is the worst in the history of the DSS especially with the involvement of his wife and other family members in contracts in the spy agency.

But the Coalition of Civil Society Groups Against Terrorism in Nigeria said the allegations is baseless, careless and unfounded and should not be taking serious by any discerning mind. The said Jackson Ude is on a voyage of self destruction and he does not care to drag an innocent soul into the mud with him.

The group maintained that, Under Mallam Yusuf Bichi, the DSS operates within the bounds of the law and adheres to international best practices because he is an astute and versatile administrator, a resourceful, a highly detribalized Nigerian, an Intelligence Officer of immense repute and more importantly a transparent and prudent leader,.who possesses a high level of experience and exposure that has no doubt repositioned and made the Service one that Nigerians and the personnel are proud of.

The Coalition urges the said Ude and all other sponsored characters and their team to desist from tampering with the credibility of Mallam Yusuf Bichi whose tenure have witnessed tremendous progressive changes and reforms in the Services.

In concluding the Coalition reiterated that, it’s a statement of fact that Mallam Yusuf Bichi and the DSS enjoys a high level of confidence from President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Nigerian populace, and what Mallam Yusuf Bichi and the DSS deserves from Nigerians are accolades, and not mudslinging and wicked propaganda from highly partisan characters.

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Engage in Active Political Engineering, Not Planned Protest Says Buratai To The Youths

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cautioned that a “10 day of rage” can not be peaceful. Such a protest will be unconstitutional. The word rage connotes violence.

 

 

The former Chief of Army Staff and former Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Benin retired Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has advised Nigerian youths against the proposed nationwide protest by not allowing themselves to be used as willing tools by do-or-die partisan individuals or groups who want to stir up trouble in the country.

 

 

Buratai advised them to be good students of history and take lessons from the 2020 EndSars protest, which did not yield the desired benefit. According to him, what they did was to allow hoodlums to hijack the protest, and the result was total mayhem against innocent individuals, public, and private properties.

 

Not undermining their fundamental human rights, he cautioned that peaceful protest is guaranteed in our constitution, but in most cases, such protests end up being violent. The indicators are everywhere.

 

According to him, the planners of the protest have exposed their hidden and evil plan by christening the protest as “10 days of rage.” This means that the protest was never intended to be peaceful. A 10 day of rage can not be peaceful. The word rage connotes violence.

 

He challenged the planners of the protest to embrace the tenets of political engineering instead. According to him, youths constitute a large percentage of our voting and working population. Thus, they should be actively involved in the democratic process to bring about the needed change if need be.

 

“Youths can actively participate in politics, and their voices can be heard, their ideas and their actions can bring about the needed transformation in the country”

 

 

“Let Nigerians give the government the benefit of the doubt as President Tinubu listens to, and reacts to the challenges facing the country”, he concluded.

 

 

It would be recalled that the United Nations’ Department of Safety and Security has also issued a warning that the planned protests in Nigeria could be hijacked by groups with ulterior motives.

 

Also, President Tinubu has pleaded with the aggrieved Nigerians, especially the youths who are planning a national protest over the high cost of leaving to shelve the planned action. The President also assured those behind the planned national protest that he has heard their grievances and is working seriously to ensure that all their concerns are addressed.

 

According to reports, various Nigerian groups are planning a nationwide protest from August 1 to 10, dubbed “10 days of rage,” to address the country’s soaring cost of living and economic hardship.

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₦‎5bn Defamation Threat: We Meet In Court – Onanuga Replies Peter Obi

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₦‎5bn Defamation Threat: We Meet In Court – Onanuga Replies Peter Obi

 

The Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Communications and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, has reacted to the threat by Peter Obi, the former presidential candidate of the Labour Party, to institute a lawsuit against him.

According to reports  Onanuga recently alleged that Obi and his supporters were responsible for the planned nationwide protests against the Tinubu-led government over the hardship in the country.

But Obi, in a letter signed by his lawyer, Alex Ejesieme, to Onanuga, urged the presidential spokesman to retract the statement and tender an unreserved apology to him within 72 hours.

Obi also demanded N5 billion in damages from Onanuga over the said allegation.

Reacting, Onanuga, in a fresh post on his official X handle on Tuesday, said: “I am still waiting for the letter from Peter Obi’s lawyer threatening a N5 billion suit and demanding an apology to Peter Obi over the planned ‘revolution’.

“Let me just tell Obi and his lawyer: I am not afraid of any legal action. We shall meet in court.”

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General Buratai Pays Royal Homage to Shehu of Bama, Commends Peace, Development Efforts

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General Buratai Pays Royal Homage to Shehu of Bama, Commends Peace, Development Efforts

Former Chief of Army Staff and former Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai (Rtd), has in a heartwarming display of friendship and solidarity, paid a royal visit to the Shehu of Bama, Alhaji Umar Kyari Umar El-Kanemi, on Tuesday. The visit, which stems from the strong bond between General Buratai and the people of Bama, was marked by warmth and camaraderie.

The former Army Chief, who led the military’s efforts to liberate Bama from Boko Haram insurgents, was visibly moved by the transformation he witnessed in the area. “It’s good to be back in Bama again after my period of service… I can see that peace has finally returned to the Bama local government and the emirate. We give glory to the Almighty Allah for this achievement,” General Buratai said, his voice filled with emotion. The former Army Chief commended the state government for its efforts in bringing lasting peace to the state, saying, “We are looking forward to a closer relationship as friends… We wish to state that with the peace that has been attained, more development would come to Bama being the largest city after Maiduguri in Borno State.”

 He praised the Shehu for his leadership, saying, “I want to congratulate you on your installation as the Shehu of Bama… I also want to pray that the Almighty Allah grant your late father eternal rest.” The Shehu of Bama, in his remarks, praised General Buratai for his sacrifices and services to humanity, saying, “We are glad to receive you this morning… Your coming to Bama today is a clear indication that you have a cordial relationship with not just my late father but also with the people of Bama.” He expressed gratitude for General Buratai’s efforts in liberating Bama from insurgents, saying, “We continue to pray for your well-being… We will continue to cooperate with you and seek your advice in ways you can.”

The visit also attests to the military’s commitment to maintaining peace and stability in the region, allowing commercial activities to resume and life to return to normal. As General Buratai departed Bama, the people of the emirate were left with a sense of hope and renewal, knowing that their former Army Chief and Ambassador still holds them dear to his heart.

The visit was a reminder that even in retirement, General Buratai remains committed to the people and the region he served with distinction. As the people of Bama look to the future, they do so with a sense of optimism, knowing that they have a friend and ally in General Buratai. His visit was a testament to the power of relationships and the impact one person can have on a community. The visit also highlighted the importance of leadership and the role that individuals can play in shaping the destiny of their communities.

General Buratai Pays Royal Homage to Shehu of Bama, Commends Peace, Development Efforts

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