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Fredrick Nwabufo: Audacity of fake news: Army recruiting Boko Haram members

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Fredrick Nwabufo: Audacity of fake news: Army recruiting Boko Haram members

It is my deduction that fake news is fecundated by prejudice; prejudices whether ethnic, political or religious. Nigeria’s social media dome is a hang-out for lies, malice and bigotry. Falsehood in this seemingly anonymous quarter is oxygenated by hate and bias. The canard of the Nigerian Army recruiting repentant Boko Haram insurgents, for example, has been rippling because it fits into the prevailing solitary narrative and slant.

It is really startling to see well-certificated Nigerians gobbling and vectoring fallacies because they suit their bias. These ones advertise ‘’certificated ignorance’’ with vanity titles on their bios. How can anyone who has gone through the tedious mill of pedagogy and who makes pretensions to high academic qualifications resolve without a scintilla of proof that the nation’s military is absorbing terrorists? Is it a case of ‘’certificated ignorance’’ or deliberate mischief?

It makes absolutely no sense that a ‘’PhD holder’’ will choose to believe the nattering of internet infestations but disregard obtrusive facts. In scholarship, there is methodology – a process in arriving at conclusions. Theories and arguments must be tested and verified. But why do some cast aside the diligence and thoroughness that come with education to promote falsehood?

The surrendering of some Boko Haram fighters has effectuated cynicism and suspicion among Nigerians. Nigerians have a reason to be sceptical about the mass capitulation of the insurgents, especially as the military authorities handed some of them placards, saying ‘’Nigerians forgive us’’ and making drama of the entire matter.

Personally, I believe that performance was unnecessary. It is only counter-productive. These are people who are unlettered and whose hands have been made unclean by the blood of the innocents they killed without provocation. It is customary to allow the surrendering of enemy forces. But I do not think it is decent to make a lachrymal show out of the submission of suspected killers. That violates the sensibilities of their victims – widows, orphans and those who lost precious ones.

The surrendering of insurgents is a tactical breakthrough if only it will bring an end to the decade-old war in the north-east. But the war still rages, and already the government is rehabilitating and reintegrating these ‘’repentant outlaws’’. It is natural that Nigerians will want to proceed with cautious optimism and cynicism since terrorism is still much alive in the region.

Reacting to the pervasive apprehension over the reformation of insurgents, Lucky Irabor, chief of defence staff, asked Nigerians to trust the rehabilitation of the repentant insurgents. A statement issued by Benjamin Sawyerr, defence spokesman, on Tuesday, said: “On the recent fear and apprehension making the rounds about the mass surrendering of Boko Haram/ISWAP ex-members, the CDS reassured Nigerians to trust the relevant agencies that have been tasked with responsibility of planning the rehabilitation of repented insurgents.”

Rehabilitation offers an exit path for insurgents seeking absolution. But Nigerians would like to see those who took up arms against the state, killing citizens pay for their crimes. It is a knotty convergence of expedient policy and moral justice.

But is the army recruiting repentant Boko Haram members? While the military through ‘Operation Safe Corridor’ has been rehabilitating insurgents, there is no official record of the enlistment of former insurgents into the army. We should give our armed forces some credit. It is acute mischief to spread injurious falsehood that has the potency of desiccating citizen/law enforcement cohesion.

The military is about the most organised of all Nigerian institutions – forged in discipline, formulaic procedures and principles. Over the years the army has come out to dispel the speculation that it is recruiting former insurgents. It had to double down on its position on Wednesday as the fiction remains animated.

Onyema Nwachukwu, army spokesman, said: “For the avoidance of doubt, the NA does not have any repentant terrorist joining its ranks and does not have any plan for that. There are teeming able-bodied Nigerians that are willing to join the NA to genuinely help in the fight against terrorism and other violent crimes. The campaign of falsehood embarked upon by some individuals who do not wish the nation well cannot distract its personnel from their resolve to bring an end to the violent crimes in the country.”

I have done some digging seeking answers from confidants in the military circles and some trusted sources, but there is no verisimilitude in the pesky rumour. At most, some former insurgents are used as informants and baits to capture ‘’bigger fishes’’. I also learnt that the surrendering of insurgents is purely intelligence-driven. There is more to it than meets the eye.

Fake news remains fossilised as long as the triggers are operative. Ethnic, religious and political biases fecundate falsehood here.

The fake news of the army recruiting former Boko Haram insurgents dovetails with the ‘’northernisation of the military conspiracy theory’’. This falsehood has rippled for long because it fits perfectly into the prevailing ethnic and sectional prejudices.

The fight against banditry and insurgency is a collective effort. We should not help in the propaganda of the enemy.

Defend Nigeria.

By Fredrick ‘Mr OneNigeria’ Nwabufo
Twitter/Instagram/Facebook @FredrickNwabufo

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Abuja – Kaduna – Kano highway will be ready in 2023

Engr Yahaya Baba Ali, Federal Controller of Works, Kano field headquarters during the weekend assured that barring any last minute change, the hybrid Abuja-Kaduna-Kano federal highway would be delivered on schedule.

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The federal Controller told reporters in Kano that activities at various sections of the strategic road are on smooth ride, adding that the 2023 delivery date is feasible.

Engr Baba Ali said Kano – Zaria section of the road covering a stretch of 137km dual carriageway of expanded service lane being handled by Julius Berger has recorded 23 percent completion.

Engr Ali stated that, the hybrid road project includes upgrade and reconstruction of over 100 bridges, and box culvert within the stretch of Kano- Zaria section of the highway.

He disclosed that the hybrid highway that runs from the Federal Capital Territory through Kaduna State that terminates at the commercial city of Kano was among the list of 25 ongoing road projects in Kano and environs.

The federal Controller listed Kano – Katsina (phase 1) which terminates at Gidan Mutum Daya to have recorded 78 percent completion, while Kano – Shuwarin with a stretch of 202km, (sec 1) Kano- Maiduguri, divided into 5 sections, recorded 55 percent completion.

Similarly, Kano Gwarzo – Dayi flagged off recently by Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje with a stretch of 90 km is ongoing as contractors have since mobilized men and equipment to site.

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Tension in Jos as States continue with massive evacuation of citizens

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Tension in Jos as States continue with massive evacuation of citizens.

As some states rush to evacuate their citizens studying in Plateau State following the activities of bloodthirsty men who have been on the prowl, killing unsuspecting residents, indigenes and others who are stranded, the State remains under tension as attacks have continued.

Recall that Plateau State was recently plunged into unusual security crisis following the massacre of over 30 travelers who were attacked along Rukuba Road in Jos North Local Government Area of the State on August 13.

The victims, majority of whom were Fulanis, born and brought up in Ondo State, were attacked while travelling from Bauchi en-route Jos to Ikare in Ondo State.

DAILY POST reports that the incident triggered other attacks in the State as some ‘unscrupulous’ citizens embarked on what may be termed as reprisal attacks.

The security crisis has forced some schools in the State including the popular University of Jos and the Federal College of Forestry to suspend academic activities and shut down pending when normalcy returns to the State.

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The crisis grew worse on Wednesday following the report of about 35 persons who were slaughtered in Yelwa Zangam community, Jos North Local Government Area of the State by armed men suspected to be bandits.

The assailants were said to have disabled the bridge leading to the community, preventing any access by security agencies before launching the unfortunate assault.

Apparently rattled by the skirmishes around the university and the continued flares of tension and threats of reprisals, many states in the country have rushed in to evacuate their citizens to avoid being slaughtered by gunmen said to be on the prowl in the state.

It would be recalled that the UniJos Chapters of ASUU, and the Students’ Union Government, SUG, had recently raised the alarm over the continuous killings of students of the University by hoodlums suspected to be bandits.

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At least, eight states including Benue, Enugu, Abia, Ogun, Oyo, Kogi, Kwara and Gombe have Successfully  evacuated their students from Plateau over the continued reprisal attacks.

Some stakeholders who spoke with DAILY POST on the implications of the evacuation, said the move would have negative effects on the mental health of the affected students.

A psychologist, Dr Torwe Ngunan who spoke with our correspondent from Benue State, said, “the shock, the emotional stress that those students went through even before they were evacuated is enough to keep them depressed.

“Some of these students were eyewitness to the killings. They will have difficulties trying to reason properly at least for sometime due to the memory. Right now, they need to be engaged in some social activities so that they can put off some of the horrible memories”.

In the same vein, a lecturer in the Faculty of Social Science, University of Abuja, Dr Olawole Michael, lamented the disruption of academic activities in the affected institutions.

“Definitely it will affect both the students and the school. To think that after all the setbacks in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic, students are still forced to go home because of security crisis is not good for the ears.

“Be assured that most of the students that were evacuated will not return to the school. That will affect the institution also. No parent will allow his child to go to school in a place where he or she would not be safe,” he said.

DAILY POST’s finding reveals that despite the closing of the institutions, some students particularly from the Southern parts of the country are still stranded in Jos city as fear of attack continues to mount.

But the spokesman of the Plateau State Police Command, ASP Ubah Gabriel Ogaba, in a chat with DAILY POST on Friday, said security has been beefed up in all areas witnessing unrest.

According to him, prior to the evacuation of students from the State, security agencies were on ground to ensure that they were not affected by the mayhem unleashed by the assailants.

“I don’t think there are still students left in the hostels. Many states have evacuated their citizens, some may not publish it in the media but they have.

“Even before the evacuations, we had security everywhere in the state to ensure safety of residents.”

However, Plateau State House of Assembly on Friday gave Governor Simon La long two weeks ultimatum to take action on the prevailing security situation and restore peace in the State.

This was disclosed by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and member representing Pankshin North, Hon. Dasun Peter, during a world press conference by the State Assembly, in Jos, the State Capital.

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