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New Amnesty Boss, Dennis Otuaro Resumes Duty

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New Amnesty Boss, Dennis Otuaro Resumes Duty

By: Michael Mike

The new Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Office, Dr Dennis Otuaro, has resumed duty at the Agency’s headquarters in Abuja.

The Technical Assistant to the former Interim Administrator, Mr Ita Henshaw, handed over the notes to the Otuaro in a brief ceremony in Abuja on Monday.

In his speech, Otuaro said that he will not betray the trust reposed in him by the President and the National Security Adviser.

He said his mission in the Presidential Amnesty Office is to render quality service to the Niger region and the nation, stressing that there would be no room for failure.

Otuaro asked the members of staff to be focused and give him the requisite cooperation to move the establishment forward.

He assured that he is not in the Amnesty Office to pursue personal gains even as he urged the members of staff to embrace his principle.

Otuaro promised to bring the programme closer to the people

He said: “First and foremost, I greet everybody here. I thank Mr President for entrusting me with the opportunity to serve at this time.

“I need everybody’s cooperation here to take this programme to greatness.

“My appeal here is as from today we should back the crowd and face the job. I need everyone’s cooperation so we don’t disappoint the President, the NSA, the people of the Niger Delta and Nigeria as a whole.

“I believe in this country. Everything about me is in this country and it is also in the Niger Delta.

“This assignment is for our people, for the country and for humanity. We are bringing the programme closer to the people. We will not use it to pursue things that are abstract.

“We will streamline whatever that we know that is giving us the load to provide excuses, we must streamline some things and we’ll work together.

“I will not disappoint my people, I will not disappoint Mr. President and National Security Adviser who gave me this appointment. I am not here to pursue personal goals, I am begging everybody to be on same with me.

“This is a serious time we are going to spend here, so I will make everything short. I thank everybody, we will get used to ourselves as time goes on,” he stated.

President Bola Tinubu had approved the appointment of Dr. Dennis Burutu Otuaro as Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme on Thursday night.

Otuaro’s appointment was announced by the Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), Chief Ajuri Ngelale.

Otuaro holds a PhD in Comparative Politics & Development Studies; an MSc in Public Administration, and a BSc in Education.

He had previously served as a top-level executive of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) with experience across multiple sectors, including infrastructure development, security, environmental remediation as well as oil and gas.

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VP SHETTIMA AND THE WINGLESS KITE OF SUBSTITUTION: THE KWANKWASO ANGLE.

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VP SHETTIMA AND THE WINGLESS KITE OF SUBSTITUTION: THE KWANKWASO ANGLE.

By Inuwa Bwala

They want to make it look like a game, much larger than the topic being discussed, and the intrigues are also quite familiar.

They want to make it look as if it is more the issue of a particular region, trying to force itself back into reckoning, having effectively lost out in the political chess game in Nigeria.

But it is a ploy to sway public attention and to divert the government from pursuing its lofty programmes.

A similar narrative played out when the El-Rufais and the Gandujes were in power reckoning in the race to 2023 when they tried to pitch the North East against the North West. It woefully failed that time, but they seem not to have learnt their lessons.

Unfortunately, it is an agenda flying on a wingless kite and an in a coach less locomotive. The North East and North West have historically been allies in Nigeria’s power equation. Trying to change the narrative to please a few will always fail.

They are few, but very rich and powerful. It is the case of a few people desperately in search of a political oracle amongst them, around whom the political fortunes of a whole region will now oscillate.

I could not therefore help smiling to myself, as I watched the recorded encounter between my brother Daniel Bwala and one TV presenter Gimba Umar: discussing a presumed 2027 Vice Presidential race, between the Vice President Kashim Shettima and former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

The presumptions that there is going to be a change of a running mate to President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 2027, is in itself funny to those who knew the existing bond between Tinubu and Shettima, as well as those who were familiar with the circumstances surrounding the emergence of Kashim Shettima, as the Vice President, in the first place.

I smiled because I am familiar with the narrative in this agenda setting game, which the presenter is trying to push.
But I smiled because, as usual, Daniel Bwala, also saw through the plot and presented lucid arguments, often leaving the interviewer scavenging for counter naratives, which turned out to sound rather politically infantile and naive to a discerning mind.

As a journalist, I know the anchor must have realised he made the wrong choice in inviting Daniel to kick-start that rather unpopular narrative.

From all indications, those writing the script of a change in the Vice President in 2027 are both uncharitable to President Tinubu and calous in featuring Rabiu Kwankwaso as the protagonist of that, absurd theatre.

Be that as it may, I wish to briefly discuss a few posers, which could serve as a clue as to why that topic should not be given the garb of an issue, but confined to the dustbin, where it rightfully belongs.

Firstly, one needs to ask whether there is a break in the relationship between the president and the vice president. If there is none, then one needs to ask where Vice President Kashim Shettima may have faltered in the discharge of his duties to warrant the need for a change.

Again, given the tight political fusion between the President and the Vice President, what makes anybody think that, Rabiu Kwankwaso or any of his ilks in the Northwest could make a better trusted ally to the President more than Kashim Shettima?

With the outcome of the 2023 elections, which clearly rubbished earlier hypotheses of political and regional influence futile, what makes anybody think that President Tinubu will want to revisit the futile permutations of the old?

Against the background of Vice President Kashim Shettima’s excellent outing as Vice President, coupled with his growing political sagacity, is Rabiu Kwankwaso a competent rival, even in a contest of public court?

Unless Kwankwaso, like the stubborn fly, forgets to let go of the coffin, which is being lowered, he risks being buried with this unpopular political thesis.

But more importantly, with less than one year into the life of an administration, who knows who will be well and alive to think of a challenge in a presumptions race in 2027, when the ultimate judgement rests with the almighty.

I will deliberately skip exposing the unseen hands in pushing for that narrative, but not without cautioning, that we are familiar with the trenches, where they are firing.

Inuwa Bwala was two times Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture in Borno State.

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Army troops discovers ISWAP Bread Factory in the terrorists den

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Army troops discovers ISWAP Bread Factory in the terrorists den

By: Zagazola Makama

The Troops of Operation Lake Sanity III, Operation Hadin Kai have discovered ISWAP terrorists Break Producing factory in Maisani, Timbuktu Triangle in Damboa LGA of Borno State.

Intelligence sources told Zagazola Makama that the discovery was made by the Combined troops of 199 Special Forces Battalion in conjunction with Hybrid Forces and Civilian JTF during its exploitation into the terrorists den on Sunday, April 21, 2024.

The sources said that the factory was destroyed while items recovered include 2 Lister generating plants, 1 baking machine and several baking materials.

Zagazola reported that the week-long clearance operation was marked by a total decimation of the terrorists from its stronghold in the Timbuktu Triangle, comprising Buk, 1, 2 and 3, Talala, Ajigin, Dusula, Abulam, Gorgi, in the dreaded Timbuktu Triangle.

These groups of terrorists are mostly responsible for attacks, ambushes and IED/mine towards Damboa roads, Damaturu-Maiduguri MSR, attacks towards Askira, Buratai, Buni Yadi as well as destruction of high tension transmission line connecting Borno and Yobe State.

Despite the complexity of the terrain characterized by highly fortified camp mostly located under thick foliage and IEDs planted in several locations within the Timbuktu Triangle, the troops continued to maintain high fighting efficiency.

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Troops nutrialised 2 Boko Haram in Borno

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Troops nutrialised 2 Boko Haram in Borno

By: Zagazola Makama

Troops of Operation Hadin Kai in the North-East in collaboration with Civilian Joint Task, have killed two Boko Haram terrorists in an onslaught in Borno State.

It was gathered that the troops achieved the feat on Sunday April 21, 2023, while acting on credible intelligence that terrorists were crossing and heading towards the axis of Mafa LGA.

Intelligence sources confirmed to Zagazola Makama, a Counter Insurgency Expert and Security Analyst in the LakeChad, that troops laid ambush for the terrorists in Koshebe and instantly nutrialised them.

The troops recovered two Ak47 rifles belonging to the terrorists.

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