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President Buhari Replaces Buratai, Others. Appoints New Service Chiefs

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PMB appoints new Service Chiefs.
Maj Gen LEO Irabor, CDS,
Maj Gen I Attahiru, Army,
Rear Adm AZ Gambo, Navy,
AVM IO Alao, Air Force.

He congratulates outgoing Service Chiefs on efforts to bring enduring peace to the country.

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Insecurity: Tinubu Tells FG To Recruit 50 Million Youths Into Army

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Insecurity: Recruit 50 million youths into army, Tinubu urges FG

All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu, on Monday, urged the Federal Government to recruit at least 50 million youths into the Nigerian Army to boost Nigeria’s fight against terrorism, banditry and all forms of internal and external security threats confronting the nation.

Tinubu spoke at the 12th colloquium to celebrate his 69th birthday in Kano State.

He said, “We are under-policed and we are competing with armed robbers and bandits to recruit from the youths who are unemployed —33 per cent unemployed?”

“Recruit 50 million youths into the army,” he stated, adding that “what they will eat —cassava, corn, yam, will grow here.”

The APC chieftain, while reacting to recent statistics by the National Bureau of Statistics that over 23 million Nigerians are jobless, also urged the government to create jobs for youths in the agricultural value chains.

He said, “Don’t talk about illiteracy, anybody who can hold a gun, who can handle a gun, who can rooster and shoot is technically competent to repair a tractor in the farm.”

The former Lagos State governor, however, saluted “very creative” youths in the country, saying, “They are angry, they are showing their anger but we will appeal to them”.

The colloquium held in Kano, was themed, ‘Our Common Bond, Our Common Wealth: The Imperative Of National Cohesion For Growth And Prosperity’.

The event was virtually attended by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), who chaired the occasion and restated the essence of a One Nigeria.

The colloquium was also virtually attended by the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo; House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila; Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; amongst others, whose itineraries were disrupted by poor weather from the Abuja airport to the Kano airport.

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Why We Cannot Expose Boko Haram Sponsors – Nigerian Army

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The Nigerian Army has said it is not their duty to expose those sponsoring Boko Haram in the country. Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, John Enenche, stated this at a media briefing on Thursday.

Enenche admitted that the Army knows that some criminal groups have heavy financial backing, but its major task is to fight “terrorism and other criminality”.

He explained that the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the Department of State Services (DSS) were responsible for revealing the sponsors.

“It is not the duty of the military to uncover the sponsors.
Our duty is to remain in the frontline and defeat terrorism and other criminality and that is what we are doing.”

“We have the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the Dept of State Security (DSS). It is their responsibility to gather intelligence on the sponsors of the terrorists and not the military,” Enenche maintained.

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Nigerian Troops Neutralizes Bandits In Zamfara

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By Emma Peters, Abuja

According to the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, John Enenche, said in a statement on Wednesday 22 April 2020, obtained by sharpernews.com, that the Nigerian gallant troops of operation Hadarin Daji neutralized 21 bandits after a fierce encounter while 4 of the Nigerian troops paid a supreme price.

“Gallant troops of operation Hadarin Daji engaged a large number of bandits by 201530hrs April 2020 at Zurmi in Zurumi LGA of Zamfara State. After a fierce encounter, Twenty One (21) bandits were neutralized and Four (4) of our troops paid the supreme price.

“Meanwhile the troops in high morale, have commenced aggresive patrols in the area, for domination and confidence building among the the locals”, the statement said.

The Nigerian army however, request the general public to provide any useful information that will assist them in getting rid of banditry, terrorism and other criminal elements out of the country.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria requests the general public to provide credible information on the bandits to assist the Military to rid the Country of the criminal elements” it added.

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