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Sunday Igboho: Buratai Is Merely Doing His Job As Envoy – HURIWA

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Sunday Igboho: Buratai Is Merely Doing His Job As Envoy - HURIWA

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) is concerned about what it says are orchestrated campaigns against the Nigeria’s Ambassador to Benin Republic, Lieutenant General Yusuf Tukur Buratai (retd.) since the arrest and move to extradite the Yoruba Nation crusader Mr. Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho and his wife, Ropo. They were arrested at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

HURIWA said that it welcomed the release of the wife of the activist as reported by credible sources.

“However, as a media- affiliated civil rights body, we have followed developments closely since the arrest of Sunday Igboho on July 19, and it is disheartening that a section of the  usually objective, independent minded and courageous Nigerian media has been agog with a series of attacks on the person of Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, the Envoy of President Muhammadu Buhari in Benin Republic for allegedly facilitating the arrest and pushing for the extradition of Mr. Igboho.

“The more recent attack came from Pelumi Olajengbesi, a prominent member of the legal team of Igboho, who in an interview as published in one of the respected newspapers of July 25, 2021 accused retired General Tukur Yusuf Buratai of acting like Mr. Sunday Igboho was his property and hastily organizing a private jet for extradition,” HURIWA said.

It continued: “For the avoidance of doubt, according to the Vienna Convention, the functions of a diplomatic mission include:

“1) The representation of the sending state in the host state at a level beyond the merely social and ceremonial;

“2) The protection within the host state of the interests of the sending state and its nationals, including their property and shares in firms;

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“3) The negotiation and signing of agreements with the host state when authorized;

“4) The reporting and gathering of information by all lawful means on conditions and developments in the host country for the sending government; and

“5) The promotion of friendly relations between the two states and the furthering of their economic, commercial, cultural, and scientific relations.

“Diplomatic missions also provide public services for their nationals, including acting as a notary public, providing electoral registration, issuing passports and papers for military conscription, referring injured or sick nationals to local physicians and lawyers, and ensuring nondiscriminatory treatment for those charged with or imprisoned for crimes.

“An ambassador or high commissioner as the case may be is an official envoy, especially a high-ranking diplomat who represents a state and is usually accredited to another sovereign state or to an international organization as the resident representative of their own government or sovereign or appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment.

“Ambassadors have a wide range of responsibilities dealing with foreign relations. Each task is carried out in a diplomatic manner that is made to meet the needs of the ambassador’s home country while keeping a positive relationship with that country.

“Because of their unique relationship with the host nation, ambassadors are able to help in the development of foreign policy with that nation. All of these actions are meant to protect their home country’s interests within the host nation.

“Another responsibility of an ambassador is to act as a representative of their country of origin. As a representative, they offer up their home country’s position on many political, social, and economic platforms. They also meet with important political leaders and greet or host other diplomats.

“Ambassadors also help travellers from their home country, explain foreign policy and evacuate refugees from dangerous situations. Because of the sensitive nature of their careers, ambassadors carry out their duties with a diplomatic demeanour, with the goal of keeping a positive relationship between the country that is hosting them and their home nation.

“Thus, assuming without conceding that he played such roles as alleged, as an ambassador who is the ranking government representative stationed in Benin Republic, should General Buratai have folded his arms when someone who has been declared wanted by the government he is representing crosses into his diplomatic territory?

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“Recall that more than three weeks ago, the Department of State Services declared Igboho wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms, an allegation he has since denied. Before then, the DSS on July 1, 2021 raided his house at Soka area of Ibadan, killing two of his aides and arresting 12 others.

“We at HURIWA have earlier taken a position that Mr. Sunday Igboho as a person should be left alone and that the invasion of his house by the Department of State Services, which resulted in the killing of two of his associates as reported is condemnable, but the role Ambassador Buratai is playing as alleged by intervening to tell the government of the host country that someone within the territory he is serving is wanted is just within the job description of his office as President Muhammadu Buhari’s representative in Benin Republic.”

HURIWA added : “We do not understand what anyone wants General Buratai to have done when someone who has been declared  wanted by the government he is serving crosses into the jurisdiction he is serving.

“We therefore call on those orchestrating these campaigns of calumny against Lieutenant General Buratai (retd.) to stop distracting him and allow him perform his diplomatic duties as designated.

“General Buratai, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff between July 2015 and January 2021, was deployed as Nigeria’s envoy in the Benin Republic in June 2021 to expand the frontiers of Nigeria-Benin republic and to advance the interest of Nigeria in his host country.

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“Hence, we commend His Excellency, Ambassador Tukur Yusuf Buratai for living up to his diplomatic obligations in communicating the position of Nigeria on Mr. Sunday Igboho to the government of Benin Republic as reported. HURIWA has no doubt in his professionalism as he over the years exhibited throughout his career in the Military. More so, he has a perfect understanding of the terrain of his service and diplomatic and professional engagements.

Before he was appointed as Nigeria’s ambassador to Benin this year, and Chief of Army Staff in 2015; Lieutenant General Buratai (retd.) had served as Force Commander of the then reconstituted Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTNF) in 2014 under the auspices of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and the Benin Republic. His operational deployments included as Military Observer at the United Nations Verification Mission in Angola, Op HARMONY IV in the Bakassi Peninsular, OP MESA, OP PULO SHIELD, OP SAFE CONDUCT, MNJTF, OP ZAMAN LAFIYA, and OP LAFIYA DOLE.

“We want to conclude by stating again that we at HURIWA are restating our position that Mr. Sunday Igboho be released unconditionally and the invasion of his Ibadan house and the murder of his associates be investigated.”

 

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U.K. Magazine Condemns Corruption In Buhari’s Govt, Army, Police

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The London-based news magazine, The Economist, has condemned what it identified as corruption and ineptness in the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, the military and the police.

The 178-year-old magazine said this in an editorial titled, ‘The Crime Scene at the Heart of Africa,’ which was published in its October 23, 2021, issue.

It said due to Buhari’s mismanagement of the economy, food prices had soared while life had become more difficult for Nigerians.

The editorial read in part : “Economic troubles are compounded by a government that is inept and heavy-handed. Mr Buhari, who was elected in 2015, turned an oil shock into a recession by propping up the naira and barring many imports in the hope this would spur domestic production.

“Instead he sent annual food inflation soaring above 20 per cent. He has failed to curb corruption, which breeds resentment. Many Nigerians are furious that they see so little benefit from the country’s billions of petrodollars, much of which their rulers have squandered or stolen.”

The Economist stated that even before COVID-19 last year, Nigeria was already witnessing unprecedented poverty.

The news magazine opined that this economic hardship was fuelling the current insecurity in the country.

“Two factors help explain Nigeria’s increasing instability: a sick economy and a bumbling government. Slow growth and two recessions have made Nigerians poorer, on average, each year since oil prices fell in 2015.

“Before COVID-19, 40 per cent of them were below Nigeria’s extremely low poverty line of about $1 a day. If Nigeria’s 36 states were stand-alone countries, more than one-third would be categorised by the World Bank as

“low-income” (less than $1,045 a head). Poverty combined with stagnation tends to increase the risk of civil conflict,” it argued.

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The Economist gave the Nigerian Army a dressing down, describing the military organisation as only strong on paper.

It alleged that the army had ghost workers on its payroll and often sold equipment to insurgents who destabilise the nation.

The news magazine said the Nigeria Police Force was poorly trained and underpaid hence they rob innocent citizens in order to augment their salaries.

The editorial further read: “When violence erupts, the government does nothing or crack heads almost indiscriminately. Nigeria’s Army is mighty on paper. But many of its soldiers are ‘ghosts’ who exist only on the payroll, and much of its equipment is stolen and sold to insurgents. The army is also stretched thin, having been deployed to all of Nigeria’s states.

“The police are understaffed, demoralised and poorly trained. Many supplement their low pay by robbing the public they have sworn to protect.”

It called on the Department of State Services to stop disobeying court orders and release all those being detained illegally.

The Economist described as scandalous the refusal of the Nigerian government to arrest and prosecute any of the security operatives that killed protesters in Lagos last year.

The news magazine said in order to stop the slide towards lawlessness, Nigeria’s government should make its own forces obey the law.

The editorial further read: “Soldiers and police who murder or torture should be prosecuted. That no one has been held accountable for the slaughter of perhaps 15 peaceful demonstrators against police abuses in Lagos last year is a scandal. The secret police should stop ignoring court orders to release people who are being held illegally. This would not just be morally right, but also practical: young men who see or experience state brutality are more likely to join extremist groups.”

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The news magazine noted that Nigeria was home to one of the largest film industries in the world and had the most successful start-ups in sub-Saharan Africa.

It argued that despite the great potential of the country, youths were beginning to emigrate in droves because of the sorry state of Nigeria.

 

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Govt Recaptures 262 Escaped Inmates From Oyo Correctional Facility

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The Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) says 262 inmates from the 837 who escaped from the Abolongo Correctional Centre in Oyo town have been recaptured.

The Spokesperson of the NCS Oyo command, Olanrewaju Anjorin, in a statement on Saturday in Ibadan, said while 262 escaped inmates had been recaptured, 575 were still at large.

It was reported that suspected gunmen invaded the facility on Friday at about 9.30 p.m., blowing up the facility with dynamite and freeing all 837 awaiting trial inmates.

Mr Anjorin said, “All the awaiting trial detainees were forced out of custody, the cells housing the convicts and the female inmates were not vandalised.

“Meanwhile, a total of 262 of the escapees have been recaptured leaving 575 still at large.”

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According to him, “the State Controller, Noel Ailewon, has commenced the process of search and recapture after visiting the scene of the incident.”

Assuring the public the fleeing inmates will be recaptured, the spokesperson said credible intelligence was needed to assist security agencies to track down the inmates.

He said the Oyo Custodial Centre was established in 2007 with a capacity of 160 inmates but had a total population of 907 at the time of the attack.

“Of this number, awaiting trial persons were 837 representing 92 per cent with just 64 convicts,” Mr Anjorin said.

(NAN)

 

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How My Father Was Jailed For Not Sending Me To School – Atiku

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Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has narrated how his father was jailed for failing to send him to school while he was growing up as a teenager.

The former presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) stated this while delivering a speech at the Baze University Graduation ceremony in Abuja on Friday.

Atiku also said that his father later embraced the idea of education and despite his humble background, he enjoyed quality education for free.

In his speech titled “Solving Nigeria’s Education Challenges”, Atiku said : “I was a schoolboy and a herdsboy, and I fed my family.

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“When I was 11 years old, my father drowned and died while crossing a river in the neighbourhood. He was not up to 40 years.

“Being an only child, I was raised by my maternal grandparents. I remember, sometimes we could barely afford one meal a day.

“Despite my difficult background, I went to school for free, in fact, I was paid to go to school.

“Initially, my father did not buy the idea of me going to school, for which he had to go to jail. I furthered my education to other tertiary institutions. I was the Students Union President at the School of Hygiene, Kano.

“My journey to education is different from yours. Your parents may have paid tuition fees for your education, but you did not have to rear cattle for food. However, both you and I got educated eventually. The paths may be different; nonetheless, the destination remains the same. Let us help others to reach their destination too.”

 

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