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I Support Terrorist Groups Like Taliban, Al-Qaeda But I’m Not A Fan Of Boko Haram — Isa Pantami |The Republican News

Minister of Communications and Digital, Isa Pantami


Though Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami denounces any allegiance to Boko Haram, he expressed support for the global extremist groups, the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

“This jihad is an obligation for every single believer, especially in Nigeria,’’ Mr Pantami said in one of his vicious preachings in the 2000s. “Oh God, give victory to the Taliban and to al-Qaeda (Allahumma’ nṣur Ṭālibān wa-tanẓīm al Qā‘ida).”

Mr Pantami’s call to Jihad and unalloyed support for murderous groups portray him as a dyed-in-the-wool Islamic fundamentalist. Yet, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Mr Pantami as communications minister to control the country’s massive data and telephone infrastructure and other sensitive details of national intelligence.

When contacted on Wednesday by newsmen regarding his support for the terrorist groups, the minister did not comment.

On Monday, Mr Pantami threatened to sue some media platforms for reporting that he is on the U.S. terror watchlist for supporting Boko Haram.

The minister had claimed on Twitter that his lectures “against the doctrines and all other evil people (terrorists) have been available for over 15 years, including debates that endangered my life against many criminals in Nigeria.”

But he failed to acknowledge that he is an avowed supporter of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, as revealed in a 2019 academic document ‘Debating Boko Haram’.

Mr Pantami invited Muslims, especially “Ahlus Sunna” (Salafis), to be sceptical of politicians and religious leaders calling for peace and understanding but retaliate with jihad.

“This jihad is an obligation for every single believer, especially in Nigeria (hādhā jihād farḍ ‘ayn ‘ala kull muslim wa-khuṣūṣan fī Nījīriyā),” he added. Mr Pantami’s comments were translated by Professor Andrea Brigaglia, an African expert at Naples University in Italy. Nigerian scholar Musa Ibrahim of the University of Florida in the United States contributed to the paper that explored the onset of Boko Haram in Nigeria.

Top journal publisher academia.edu published the research in March 2019, several months before Mr Buhari tapped Mr Pantami as a minister. Mr Pantami’s violent preachings, which he rendered in Hausa and Arabic throughout the late 1990s and early to mid-2000s, had gone largely unreported in the Nigerian mainstream media.

The document detailed how Mr Pantami offered himself as a volunteer to mobilise the Hisba police of the North, requesting to be appointed as the “commander” (kwamanda) of a militia (ready to travel to Yelwa Shendam) to fight in defence of the Muslims.

The speech, which is about 20 minutes long, concluded with the prayer, “Oh God, give victory to the Taliban and to al-Qaeda (Allahumma’ nṣur Ṭālibān wa-tanẓīm alQā‘ida).”

“During his speech, Pantami is in tears, and his voice is often broken by sighs. The genuineness of his emotional response to what was, without doubt, a dramatic episode in the history of violent conflict in Plateau state is obvious,” said the report.

In a second speech, delivered in 2006, Mr Pantami offered his public condolences for the death of the leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, al-Zarqawi.

“May God have mercy on Aḥmad alFāḍil al-Khalayleh, raḥmatullāh’ alayhi. May God forgive his mistakes. He is a human being. He has certainly some mistakes in front of God, so may God forgive his mistakes. Who am I talking about? He is Abū Muṣ‘ab al-Zarqāwī.

“He was born in 1966 of the Christian era, that is forty years ago. […] After some time, he was given responsibility for a camp in Herat. It was the Commander of the Faithful (Amīr almu’minīn) Mollah Omar ‒ may God preserve him ‒ who personally gave him the authority to run this camp.”

The document noted Mr Pantami as further saying, “To this date, in the community of the Prophet we have some awesome people, people of awesome faith, who follow the creed of the Sunna and thanks to whom the enemies of God are unable to find rest in this world.

“They have killed the Shaykh, the martyr Abdallah Yusuf Azzam ‒ may God have mercy on him ‒ but did the struggle end? They went on to strike Chechnya, and they killed many of them: did it end? […] Whenever one goes, another one comes, and he is even more awesome than the first,” Mr Pantami added.

In 2012, former President Goodluck Jonathan made a veiled reference to the fact that terrorists and their sympathisers had infiltrated his government. Boko Haram and other terror groups in the country have continued to terrorise Nigerians by the wanton destruction of lives and property. Source: Peoples Gazzette

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EXCLUSIVE: ESN Release Photo Of Fulani Terrorist Killed In Ebonyi Mass Murder, Blames Northerners |RN

Killed Fulani Terrorist

The suspected Fulani terrorist was one of the several militants who invaded the community to allegedly carry out a reprisal but were gunned down by the ESN operatives.

The Eastern Security Network operatives have released a photograph of a suspected Fulani terrorist killed during the violence which has engulfed Umuogudu Akpu-Ngbo Community in the Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State since Monday.

Sources in the community told SaharaReporters that the suspected Fulani terrorist was one of the several militants who invaded the community to allegedly carry out a reprisal but were gunned down by the ESN operatives.

A top source revealed that the Fulani herdsmen were among those fuelling the crisis in the Ebonyi communities.

“This is one of the Fulani terrorists that came to attack the Ngbo community in Ebonyi province on Monday. Despite the charm tied around his waist, the gallant ESN operatives still sent him to face proper judgment.

“God bless ESN operatives forever. The ESN is our last hope, since Governor Dave Umahi’s best effort after several months of bloodshed is to come up with a toothless outfit called Ebube Agu,” the source stated.

Suspected Fulani herdsmen had in March killed at least 25 persons in Egedegede community in the Ishielu Local Government Area of the state.

The governor later said despite protecting Fulani herdsmen in the state and South-East region, they still killed people of Ebonyi.

Umahi, during a visit to the community, confirmed that AK-47-wielding herdsmen killed at least “15 persons” from the information he got.

He said, “We are in Ishielu where the AK-47 herdsmen came yesterday (Monday) and killed 15 of the members of this community. I remember a year ago that we had an incident of the killing of two herdsmen within this same location. And immediately, the security agencies and local government chairman and community leaders all came together to condemn the attack and killing and we immediately asked the security agencies to fish out the people who did.

“We fished them out and as we talk, they are standing trial in Ebonyi State. The community, government and security agencies appeased the herdsmen and made peace with them. And so, it is very shocking that overnight, all the herdsmen in Ishielu LGA vacated which means that the local herdsmen are part of the conspiracy of the killing of our people.”. (Sahara Reporters)


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JUST IN: Nigeria’s Minister Of Justice, Abubakar Malami Slumps In Sokoto |The Republican News

Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami

Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), slumped before being revived during an official assignment in Sokoto, northern Nigeria.

A report monitored  by NewsOne Nigeria says the Minister of Justice was immediately surrounded by anxious aides and dignitaries who raised him up from the ground after successfully reviving him.

Malami, who recently returned from an official visit to Turkey was in Sokoto for the inauguration of the reconstructed State High Court complex.

The Minister of Justice, whom witnesses said looked exhausted after his speech, collapsed and was revived, the report said.

A closed source to the AGF who confirmed the incident said he was currently at a hospital in Abuja after he was transported sick from Sokoto.

Malami, along with the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko, was in Sokoto on Monday to commission the reconstructed State High Court complex.

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Northerners Own Nigeria, The Igbo, Yoruba Are Minority, Says Ganduje |The Republican News

Governor of Kano state, Alahaji Abdullahi Ganduje

Kano State Governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje has said the Northerners remain the owners of Nigeria, describing the Igbos and Yorubas as minority.

Ganduje made the statement during an interactive session with Journalist in the State Capital, Kano on the need to restructure Nigeria.

The Governor however, emphasized on the need for every tribe in Nigeria to calm down and support the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration in order for the country to move forward.

He maintained that Northerners are the owners of Nigeria as they occupy over 80 percent of Nigeria’s population, while Igbos and Yorubas are minority.

According to him, “It is a glaring fact that Northerners occupy over 80 percent of Nigeria’s population and that is primarily why other minority tribes like Igbo and Yoruba should respect them for that.

“The insecurity everybody is talking about is everywhere. Before, Nigerians particularly Igbos and Yorubas use to think that insecurity exist only in the North, but today, insecurity in those tribes is on the increase.

“Igbos and Yorubas are busy agitating for freedom, thereby creating their own insecurity with the establishment of IPOB and Oduduwa Republic which are now terrorizing the entire nation.

“My advise to every Nigerian is to support President Muhammadu Buhari in moving this country forward. He has achieved so much for the country and must be commended”.

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BREAKING NEWS: Okorocha Arrested By EFCC, Media Aide Claims He Was Invited |The Republican News

Senator Rochas Okorocha

Former Governor Of Imo, Senator Rochas Owelle Okorocha  Arrested By EFCC Over Money Laundering.

Okorocha was arrested On Tuesday April 13 2021 at his office Unity House located at Area 11 in the  Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.

Former Governor of Imo State Rochas  Owelle Okorocha has been arrested by the  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC)

A source speaking with The Republican News confirmed the arrest adding that it took about 5hrs before EFCC officials were able to effect the arrest.

Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC Spokesperson also confirming the news said,

“ Former Governor Rochas Okorocha has been arrested by our men”

In a hurriedly release press statement, which seems to be a PR damage control stunt, his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo claims that he was invited and he honoured the invitation.

The press release obtained by The Republican News reads as follows.

PRESS RELEASE

RE: SENATOR ROCHAS OKOROCHA AND HIS REPORTED INVITATION BY THE EFCC

We have been inundated with calls by Media Houses and Concerned Nigerians and beyond, trying to Confirm the reported invitation of Senator Rochas Okorocha by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, later today, being April 13, 2021,

The truth is that, Okorocha left as the governor of Imo State on May 28, 2019. And shortly after his exit as governor, Imo State Government wrote Petitions upon Petitions against him.

The EFCC investigated the petitions and has been in various Courts of the land with Okorocha, to that effect.

And if the EFCC has decided to invite Okorocha for Clarifications on the matters already in Courts, especially with a new Chairman at the helm of affairs at the Commission, there is nothing wrong with that.

The matters between EFCC and Okorocha over his governorship in Imo, have been pendent in various Courts of the land.

At the end of the day, we would know whether the Commission will be withdrawing the Cases in Courts, or would Continue with the Cases already in Courts.

But to us, the Commission is doing its job and should be given the needed cooperation. And Okorocha being a law-abiding Citizen, would always cooperate with the Commission over the Matters in Courts. EFCC is not a slaughter House, but a very responsible institution and should be seen as such.

We have no reason to complain about the invitation of today, which Okorocha honoured as patriotic and responsible Nigerian.

Like we Stated earlier, the Commission didn’t invite Okorocha today, for the first time.

Sam Onwuemeodo
Special Adviser on Media to the former Governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha

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US Police Officer Who Assaulted Black Army Lieutenant, Nazario, Has Been Fired |The Republican News

One of two Virginia police officers accused of assaulting a US Army Lieutenant Caron Nazario by pointing their guns and pepper-spraying him during a traffic stop has been fired, according to an official statement.

Officer Joe Gutierrez was terminated from his employment after an investigation determined he did not follow policies set by the police department, the town of Windsor, Virginia, said in a statement.

The statement did not detail any punishments for the other officer involved in the incident, Daniel Crocker.

It added that disciplinary action and department-wide requirements for additional training were implemented after the incident.

The firing comes after Nazario filed a lawsuit against the two police officers in federal court over what court papers say was a violent traffic stop on December 5, 2020, where officers pointed their guns, knocked him to the ground, pepper-sprayed him and “threatened to murder him”.

Nazario, who is Latino and Black, alleged Gutierrez and Crocker violated his constitutional rights, with his lawsuit including assault, illegal search and illegal detention.

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MKO Abiola: Why Abiola Never Became President —Obasanjo |The Republican News

By Wale Odunsi

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has insinuated that former Head of State Ibrahim Babangida (IBB) cancelled the June 12, 1993 election presumably won by MKO Abiola due to “bad belle”.

‘Bad belle’, Nigerian slang, is synonymous with jealousy. It is used to express the resentment of a person(s) towards a thing or individual(s).

Obasanjo insinuated this on Sunday in Abeokuta, the Ogun capital, after his investiture as a trustee of the Abeokuta Club.

The Owu-born elder statesman was honoured alongside Abiola. The late philanthropist was awarded a posthumous vice-patron of the club.

He said IBB’s action denied Egbaland and Ogun the privilege of producing three occupants of the nation’s top seat, including Ernest Shonekan, ex-Head of Interim National Government (ING)

“I want to thank the club for this honour being bestowed on me and the honour being bestowed on my school mate MKO Abiola which he richly deserved”, The Nation quoted him as saying.

“When you win a cup three times, you keep that cup. Isn’t it? If not for bad belle, Abeokuta would have produced the President of Nigeria three times, in which case we should have kept it permanently.”

Obasanjo assured of his continuous commitment to the development of the state, Nigeria, and global peace.

Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo described Obasanjo and Abiola as proud sons of Abeokuta.

The traditional ruler added that “bad blood” didn’t allow Abiola to emerge President.

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We Received Order Not To Repel Boko Haram Attack On Borno Town —Military Source |The Republican News

The military source told SaharaReporters that Brigadier General, S. S. Tilawan had asked soldiers to stay back rather than attack the terrorists who invaded Damasak town on Saturday.

A military source has explained why the Nigerian Army of 5 Brigade and 145 Battalion could not repel Boko Haram attack on Damasak town, Borno State despite heavy military presence.

The military source told SaharaReporters that Brigadier General, S. S. Tilawan had asked soldiers to stay back rather than attack the terrorists who invaded Damasak town on Saturday.

According to him, the Boko Haram militants had come through the town where civilians are residing making it difficult for the fighter aircraft to strike.

He said the airforce personnel had monitored the movement of the terrorists and informed foot soldiers who ought to tactically combat the attack. He, however, said S. S. Tilawan asked soldiers to retreat, giving the terrorists a smooth operation.

“The Boko Haram terrorists came through Damasak town and started the attack from 4:04 pm to 8 pm. The attack lasted for that long, the Boko Haram militants came through the town where civilians live. The airforce personnel tried, they were there on time to attack Boko Haram but couldn’t because of civilians.

“It was supposed to be the duty of the army to enter that town and fish out these bad boys, but we don’t even have what to use, talkless of other things. The jet cannot bomb that town because the Boko Haram militants came from where civilians are staying and the governor of this state, Babagana Zulum, has so much confidence in this battalion, that is why he opened IDPs’ camp in Damasak to protect his people because he so much loves his people. He wants to ensure that the people live comfortably but now it seems like the army has failed the man due to high corruption in the army, this country is so bad.

“With my five years in the army, even common helmet we don’t have, even those who fought first and second world wars used the helmet to fight and in this modern day and age, we don’t have a helmet, I am very angry.

“Within a month now, we have lost 18 soldiers in this battalion because of one useless Brigade Commander S. S. Tilawan they brought to us. This man is creating unnecessary work, he scattered the camp. I believe he is an agent of Boko Haram. A few days ago, a company was dislodged by Boko Haram militants and when our people tried to go for reinforcement, he said we should not go. That day we lost 10 soldiers and today when the jet came, they told us that they could sight the Boko Haram guys but could not bomb because civilians were there, and that we should go with our little weapons and recapture the town.

“Tilawan still gave order that we should not go to that town. He has forgotten that we are here because of these people. The world should come and do something about this man before the issue gets out of hand. The governor should know that his people are no longer safe because of the Brigadier General S. S. Tilawan, he should come fast and do something.

“People are dying anyhow, and we are here for them. I don’t know the number of people who died but I know Boko Haram militants entered the area and looted it. I feel angry because we could not help these people and we are here for them. It is my duty as a Nigerian soldier to protect people but there is nothing we can do when our leaders make decisions against the people.

“Boko Haram killed people in the town and injured some. The people are doing burials in their cemetery now. We would’ve rescued them yesterday but the commander gave the order that we should not enter the town.

“They didn’t enter our camp but they looted Damasak town to their satisfaction. They even took civilians’ cars away. We lost 3 soldiers to yesterday’s attack, totalling 18 soldiers under just one month.”

SaharaReporters had earlier reported how the Boko Haram fighters invaded Damasak town in Borno State on Saturday, burning United Nations facilities and forcing humanitarian workers to flee for their lives.

It was learnt that the terrorists, aided by their deadlier Islamic State West African Province fighters, set fire to the UN office and at least three other international charity organisations contiguous to the UN facility.

“The terrorists came into the town in gun trucks. They first embarked on a looting spree. They carted away aid supplies meant for the Internally Displaced Persons before they set fire to the UN hub in the town and three other buildings belonging to other aid organisations,” a source in the town narrated.

(Sahara Reporters)

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Rochas Okorocha Behind Owerri Attacks, Declan Emelumba Alleges |The Republican News

Our reporter Owerri

The Imo state Government has accused a former governor of the state of allegedly being behind the incessant attacks on federal and state government facilities in the state.

The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba on Thursday an unnamed former governor of the state of masterminding the Monday’s attacks on Owerri Correctional Center, the state command headquarters and well as the attack on a military base at Ukwuorji on Owerri- Onitsha expressway.

He said the former governor engaged thugs whom he had earlier granted amnesty to unleash violence in the state to prod the federal government to declare a state of emergency in imo.

Emelumba, insisted that all that took place in the state last Monday had the aid of the former governor.

According to him, the fact that the former governor sponsored some northern youths who called for the declaration of a state of emergency in Imo barely hours after the attacks made him a culprit.

Emelumba alleged that the former governor wants to get back at Governor Hope Uzodinma for insisting on the implementation of the white paper that indicted him for looting the state and grabbing people’s lands.

“Recall that the man had gone to court to stop the commissions from sitting. When that failed, he approached Gov Hope Uzodinma to disband the panels, and when that failed,he resorted to violence to repossess property Government had sealed. That is the motive for the attacks”,he insisted.

The commissioner said all that happened on Monday were orchestrated to portray Uzodinma as an incompetent Governor as a prelude to the declaration of a state of emergency in imo by the federal government.

While brandishing a copy of a press conference by the northern youths where they castigated Uzodinma but praised the former governor, Emelumba said it was not a rocket science for people to know the person behind the attacks.

He added that it was not hy coincidence that the former governor has not condemned the attacks in Owerri on Monday ,insisting that he failed to do so because he knows something about the attacks “How come the former governor is not condemning the attacks if not because it is his brain child”

He disclosed that government was also in possession of information on how a special adviser to the former governor procured the thugs that invaded Owerri that Monday morning.

The Commissioner said he was sure that at the end of thorough investigation, the truth would come out that the desperation of the former governor to hold on to filched imo property has driven him to unleash violence and destabilise the state.

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