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The Batch 6 of soldiers trained for counter terrorism operation graduated in Jaji, Kaduna State, this morning. The troops, however, did not receive a befitting treatment from the concerned authorities, a source told ekekeeeDOTcom. The source said the Batch 6 team was denied of the requisite kits for the operations they’ll be embarking on, and wondered where the huge sum appropriated for security in this year’s budget has gone to if issues as elementary as soldiers’ kits can’t be made available for all concerned personnel.

As at the time of this report, the morale of the passing out soldiers was dampened. The authorities later brought borrowed helmets and fragmented jackets and handed out to those who were slated to be part of the passing out parade.

Speaking further, our source said; “They were supposed to be kitted with 2 pairs of uniform, boot, ballistic helmet, fragmental jacket and communication gadgets.
But the unfortunate thing is that only the 1st and 2nd Batches received complete
kits, all other batches were incomplete. This 6th batch happens to be the worst, because they were only given a pair of uniform; all other things that will give
them the courage to fight, like helmets, jackets, boots and communication gadgets were missing. The soldiers’ moral is down. Where is huge amount budgeted for security?”

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Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Ita Okon Bassey, Thursday, said that Nigeria would by 2015 put its first set of astronauts to space.

He said the move was part of government efforts to boost the economy through space technology.

He also said technology transfer agreements between Nigerian entrepreneurs and their technical partners abroad had saved Nigeria over N16 billion between May 2011 and March 2012.

The Minister, who spoke at the 2012 ministerial platform, one year score card, organized by Ministry of Information in Abuja, said training of the first set of astronauts to be sent to space would soon commence.

On savings from technology transfer agreements, the minister said: “The highest amount of money that was saved was in September 2011 with over N5.3 billion followed by N3.8 billion and the lowest amount was N89.8 million in August 2011.

“Nigeria shall vigorously pursue the attainment of space capabilities as an essential tool for the socio-economic development and enhancement of the quality of life of its people.

“20 technologies are transferred on weekly basis through training for establishments of small medium enterprises.

These included, instant pounded yam flour, fruit juice production, cassava products (chips, adhesives, starch, flour), instant fufu flour, baking and confectioneries.”

He said the ministry signed eight Memoranda of Understanding (MoU), with private sector companies for use of technologies developed by parastatals of the ministry.

On leather technology, Prof. Ewa said there was a strong improvement of production of leather foot wear and products.

He called on the Ministries of Defence and Interior to patronise the ministry by buying their military boots and other accessories from it.

He noted that the ministry had already trained over 150 entrepreneur’s from Benue, Kaduna, Kano and Sokoto states, adding that these had created jobs for so many youths in that area.

He assured Nigerians that more youths would be trained on the making of leather foot wears.

He stressed the need for the Federal Government to invest more on technical technology which could create one million jobs in three years, while tomato paste industry could create 500,000 jobs in three years.

He said: “Utilization of coal for industrial chemicals production will create jobs and save foreign exchange.

“Municipal solid wastes, which are environmental hazards, is now being converted to wealth as well providing a cleaner environment. Liquid fuels from coal technology are a hitech area and Nigeria venturing into it is a necessary pre-condition in attaining vision 20:20:20. The skill we acquire will make us globally competitive.”

Source: Vanguard

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Boko Haram issues new threats and says all government establishments in northern Nigeria and Abuja should be evacuated in preparation for deadly attacks

The extremist Boko Haram sect says it is set to resume its deadly attacks with sights now aimed at bombing government-owned properties, offices and residential quarters, in the 19 northern states and Abuja.

In what appears to be a defensive response to growing public anger and a tactical shift in operational approach, the spokesperson for the sect, Abul Qaqa, told PREMIUM TIMES, Thursday afternoon, that the facilities being targeted are in retaliation for the destruction of properties belonging to its members and those it characterized as “innocent landlords” in some parts of Kano and Borno States.

In a prompt response, the police asked Nigerians to disregard such a threat and go about their normal businesses, adding that it is battle ready to repel any attack by “any criminal group”.

It is not clear whether the State Security Service is aware of the fresh threat by the group. The spokesperson for the agency, Marilyn Ogar, declined comments, saying she would not respond to telephone enquiries.

In a move indicating that the group is battling for its share of the minds of the public, Mr Qaqa also said his sect is giving a notice in advance of the attacks because, “we don’t want innocent people to be caught in the attacks. We are not happy that innocent people are dying in our war with the government. And that is why we have reduced our attacks in the past few days to enable us to strategize.”

He accused the Joint Task Forces, the inter-agency outfits in charge of security in Kano and Borno states, of harassing and arresting members of the sect in the two states.

“Most of these people live in rented apartments,” Mr. Qaqa claimed.

“But to our utmost surprise, after arresting them, some with their wives and family members, the JTF will bring out their properties. Both the apartments and the properties are then destroyed.

“This has become the new trend and it is becoming difficult for people to rent out accommodation to people, and a lot of people, including our people are homeless.

“Because of this trend, we have decided that in the coming days, every Nigerian, especially in the North, including Abuja, should vacate any government quarters or buildings – residential, office, classroom or anything owned by government.

“Every government building, whether occupied or empty will be blown up. Whoever is caught up in the attacks has his or herself to blame. We have done our best by
issuing this warning,” Mr. Qaqa said coldly.

We are ready for them

But the spokesperson of the police, Frank Mba, who refused to disclose whether or not his force is aware of the threat, said the security consciousness and readiness of the police is at its peak.

“For us, security is 24 hours,” Mr. Mba said.

“Whether there are threats or no threats from criminal groups, we will continue to provide the best level of security.

“We want to urge Nigerians to disregard whatever threats there are. We also want to reassure Nigerians of our commitments to providing the citizens and other inhabitants of utmost security.”

The police spokesperson said the new leadership of the force had put in place an elaborate and effective counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency strategies.

History of killings

The Boko Haram sect, founded by Mohammed Yusuf in 2002, set out seeking to impose a stricter form of Sharia or Islamic law in northern Nigeria and end corruption.

The group gradually became violent after the five days of clashes in July 2009 between the group and members of the security forces in Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, and Kano states that left more than 800 people dead, including at least 30 police officers.

During that unrest, the police captured and allegedly killed the Boko Haram leader, Mohammed Yusuf, along with several dozen of his followers in Maiduguri.

Since the July 2009 clash with the authorities, the group has executed series of attacks on Nigeria.

Suspected members of the group carried out hundreds of attacks on cities in northern Nigeria, targeting government security officers, politicians, traditional leaders, opposing clerics, Muslims, Christians, students and journalists.

Last year, the group claimed responsibility for the November bombings in Damaturu, Yobe State, that left at least 100 people dead, and a suicide bomb attack in August on the United Nations building in Abuja that killed 24 people and injured more than 100 others.

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Reports have just reached ekekeeeDOTcom of loud explosions in the Southern City of Port Harcourt. It is yet to be ascertained whether it was bombs or not.

A source told us that it was a bus. Casualty figures yet to be ascertained.

ekekeeeDOTcom will keep you updated.

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Minister of Youth Development, Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi, on Wednesday assured corps members across the country that their delayed allowances would be paid latest on Friday.

Abdullahi gave the assurance after an outcry by corps members over the delay in the payment of their allowances.

He told State House correspondents that he had extracted a commitment from the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier-General Nnamdi Okore-Afia, that the delayed allowances would be paid by Friday.

The minister blamed the NYSC authorities for failing to explain the cause of the delay to the corps members.

He said, “The problem is that at the point that the allowances are being delayed, the NYSC ought to have come out to explain to the corps members why the allowances will be delayed.”

He explained that the delay in payments of allowances to corps members was due to the transition to a new accounting system.

In a statement by his Special Asistant on Media, Mr. Julius Ogunro, on Tuesday, Abdullahi said the delay was not unique to corps members alone adding that some civil servants in the employ of the Federal Government were also affected by the development.

Abdullahi said, “The delay in the payment of corps members allownace for the month of April is not deliberate. It is as a result of the transition to the new and better secured integrated payroll payment system, as part of government’s commitment to transparency and accountability.

“Besides, the delay is not unique to corps members but also affects some civil servants in the employ of the Federal Government.”

Meanwhile, the delay in the payment of the corpers allowance may not be unconnected with the delay in the release of money into the Federation Account by the NNPC which has also delayed the release of the April allocation to the states.

Source: The Punch

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The Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) has stressed the need to promote indigenous software so as to unleash huge potential of software to the economy.

According to the President of ISPON, Dr. Chris Uwaje, Nigeria can earn about $10bn (about N1.5trn) in foreign exchange annually from the software industry.

Uwaje explained that importation of foreign software currently costs Nigeria about $1bn.

“Currently, our knowledge-base and technology environment of the “new economy” is greatly influenced, undermined and controlled by foreign information system and database, where software plays a fundamental roll and viewed as the backbone of modern wealth creation and national security,” he said.

Uwaje, who spoke on the sideline of the International Arch of Europe Award presented to ISPON by the Business Initiative Directions, Europe, described software as the new productive knowledge frontier and potential instrument for economic empowerment, creation of wealth and national survivability.

He said Nigeria was yet to properly harness software potential for driving economic development.

Uwaje noted that the secret of all future national development progress lies in information systems, where software is a critical driver.

“With a very poor research, design and development platform and technology incubation and development culture, Nigeria is at best, described as light years away from mastering heavy industries, as experiences in the Industrial Revolution has portrayed, making us currently incapable of manufacturing such common technology products as an automobile, Airplane/or even a simple motorbike or bicycle,” he said.

Source: Daily Trust

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Bishop David Oyedepo’s Faith Tabernacle, also known as Winners’ Chapel, is currently enmeshed in a controversy over a missing two-year old baby, whose name has been given as Praise

The girl’s parents, Samuel Eleng and his wife, Favour, said their daughter disappeared at the children’s department of the church located in Sango-Ota, Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria about a year ago and that since then, the self acclaimed Bishop and his church had been doing everything possible to hide the matter from the public.

Mr. Eleng explained that the sad experience brought about by the missing child began on 17 April, 2011, which happened to be an Easter Sunday.

According to him, when the family got to the church, the couple handed Praise and her twin sister, Glory, over to the school teachers under whose custody many other children were kept.

He said the teachers gave them two tags as proof that their children were at the department for that day.

However, after the church service, the parents went back for their kid only to discover that Praise had gone missing from the class and that the teachers under whose care the children were kept were said to have gone inside the church at that period when parents came back to pick their kids.

“I saw my wife around the vicinity of the Children’s Section, she was crying. She told me that Praise was missing,” Mr. Eleng explained, adding that they eventually got hold of one of the four teachers allegedly in charge of the children’s class, and that the said teacher was also confused regarding Praise’s whereabouts.

“She claimed not to know but advised us to check other classes. So we started moving around from class to class, around the church premises,” he said further, stressing that after the futile search, he and his wife became apprehensive but still hopeful and that they waited until after most people had gone home before reporting the issue to Oyedepo, who the couple said prayed and joined them in the search after he had told them that he did not see “any evil signal in the disappearance of the little girl.”

Since then, the couple said, the family had continued to look for their child and according to Samuel, “I was thinking so many things; how can I come to the house of God and my child will suddenly disappear? Even if it was time for rapture, how can it just pick my child only?”

He said the case was later reported at the Police Area Command in Onipanu, Sango-Ota in Ogun State by the church’s Chief Security Officer, Supol Cosmas, and that Ijeoma Lawal was assigned as the Investigating Police Officer, IPO.

However, an unconfirmed report claimed that the four teachers connected with the case were never interrogated or asked to make statements.

When it appeared the police were not making any success at finding Praise, the parents decided to go public with the photographs of the missing girl and that he went to a television station (name withheld) where he was interviewed

He however said during the announcement, the station made some misrepresentation of facts and that when he called, he was told by Desmond that the church told them that the child got missing at the family home and not the church.

“Even the IPO called me to say that she watched the broadcast and was shocked at what was reported.

“…Is it a sin for me to go to a church of God with my family? This is a year since my child disappeared under the church’s custody.

“…How can the church interfere with police investigation?” he asked.

He said he had made several attempts to get the four teachers interrogated to no avail, adding that in August last year, the police told him the church called and asked that the case be withdrawn as the little girl had been found, but that this was not true.

Provoked by the shoddy handling of the issue, Mr. Eleng said he went to the church to make some trouble and that right from then, Bishop Oyedepo stopped picking his calls.

He said he again met Oyedepo on 12 April, 2012, almost a year after Praise went missing and that after reminding him that his daughter had not been found, the Bishop told him to be prayerful for God to strengthen him so the child could be found. When our correspondent contacted the Divisional Police Oofficer, DPO, of Onipanu station at Ota, called Jide on phone this morning, he directed him to the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, ASP Muyiwa Adejobi.

Adejobi confirmed the incident and gave an assurance that the matter will not be swept under the carpet.

It is true, there was a case like that being handled by a unit of the station called Juvenile and Women Centre (JWC).

“The DPO confirmed that his men are in Lagos looking for a suspect in the case. It is a case we may not be able to finish within a day or two. We will continue to monitor our men investigating the matter now that we have been fully briefed. The family should exercise patience. We understand their feelings. I can assure them that we will get to the root of the matter.”

The police spokesman further assured the family of the command’s readiness to assist get to the root of the matter.

If the family are not feeling comfortable with the way the police in Onipanu are handling the matter, you as a journalist can help them by giving them our numbers so they can get across to us. The DPO too will now step up action to ensure that the matter is accelerated,” he added.

One of the pastors of the church who spoke with our correspondent under anonymity disclosed that the case of the missing child and some matters going on in the church have forced many of the pastors to either resign or step aside.

He said: “my brother, I don’t want any problem with my life. As it is now, I will soon leave the church. Crises upon crisis all the time. Are we the only church in Nigeria? Daddy has lost grip of that place, that I can confirm but who are we to talk?

“There are some cabals as we have in the government circle who are not faithful and sincere with the Lord. Sooner or later, the wheat will be separated from the chaff. I pity Mr Samuel, the father of the missing girl. How on earth can you explain that your child is missing? It is a taboo in Yorubaland. A proverb says, ‘my child is dead is better than my child is missing.’ All our efforts to let Daddy see the implications of some of these issues, always proved abortive as the cabals will never allow him to either see you or listen to you.”

Another pastor in the church, identified as Pastor Dare, when contacted on phone this morning, declined to comment and simply said, “I don’t know anything about the matter and please don’t drag me into it, thanks.”

The presiding Bishop of the church, Bishop David Oyedepo was recently sued for N2 billion by one of the female members for allegedly assaulting her. The matter is still pending at the Ogun State High Court in Abeokuta.

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The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has thrown its support behind the warning by General Muhammadu Buhari of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).

In a statement issued in Osogbo, Osun State, by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the ACN reiterated that the 2011 general elections remain the most systematically-rigged polls in Nigeria’s history, irrespective of the so-called endorsement by some visceral foreign election monitors.

It denounced the crude, vitriolic and impudent verbal attack on Gen. Buhari, by the presidency and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), affirming that the warning by the former leader against election rigging in 2015 is timely.

”We hold no brief for anyone,” ACN said. “But it is true that if elections are rigged, as they have been so shamelessly and brazenly done by the PDP since 1999, naturally people will react, and in doing so it is impossible for anyone to predict how far things can go. This is what, in our opinion, Gen. Buhari warned against. If the presidency and the PDP have no intention to rig in 2015, why are they so worried about the consequences of such action?” it queried.

The party said the statement for which Gen. Buhari is now being mercilessly savaged was nothing but a warning against those who may be planning to rig the 2015 general elections, hence it should not have rankled anyone who believes in free, fair and transparent polls.

It said the viciousness of the seemingly coordinated attacks by the presidency and the PDP raise a lot of concern regarding their plans for the 2015 elections.

”The 2011 elections also left Nigeria divided along ethnic and religious lines, more than at any other time in the history of Nigeria, hence no one should tell us about the polls being the best since Nigeria returned to civil rule, just because some self-acclaimed monitors said so!” ACN said.

It also expressed serious concern at the growing propensity of the presidency, in particular, to use intemperate language in its response to any statement it perceives to be critical of its principal.

”We have said it before and we will like to repeat it: any statement emanating from the presidency must be presidential through the use of civilised and elevating language, rather than beer parlour and unguarded phrases. This is because such statements are read all over the world, and provide a window into the minds of those overseeing the affairs of state.

”The voice of the presidential spokesman is the voice of his principal, the President. That is why his statements must be sober and guarded, in addition to reflecting deep introspection. The insults heaped on Gen. Buhari, a former Head of State – for merely exercising his right to freedom of speech is totally unacceptable and run against the tenets of decorum and mature political discourse,” it said.

ACN said, however, that it is not surprised at the response of the PDP, since it is becoming increasingly clear to all that nothing good can come out of a party that has wasted all the opportunities that could have made Nigeria a proud member of the international community in the past 13 years.

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The Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, has noted the response of Dr Goodluck Jonathan, as President of Nigeria, to the altruistic statement credited to our National Leader, General Muhammadu Buhari (GMB) wherein he had stated inter-alia dire consequences for the perpetual riggers of our electoral process in 2015. In the statement signed by Dr. Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President on Media, GMB was grotesquely characterized as a sectional leader.

First, GMB has been out of office as Head of Government for about 28 years, yet his relevance to the Nigerian nation is something firmly acknowledged by a broad spectrum of Nigerians, including his adversaries. As Head of State, his Oil Minister was Professor Tam David-West, a Kalabari man in Rivers state. As a Leader, he created the ambience for his ministers to work unobtrusively and devoid of executive meddlesomeness. But what do we find with Dr Goodluck Jonathan? All the appointees as Oil ministers in his two-year reign thus far as President of Nigeria have been Nigerians of Ijaw extraction, like himself!

Second, in October 1, 2010, there was a bomb blast during the year’s independence anniversary celebrations, with attendant deaths of many Nigerians. Without waiting for any preliminary report from the Security Agencies, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, as President, told a traumatized Nation, “it is not MEND!” Meanwhile, MEND is the name for the militant group from Dr Good-luck Jonathan’s ethnic extraction that had in the immediate past waged relentless and potent insurgency against the Nigerian state but had been placated with more slice of the Nation’s resources ceded to the region. Indeed, MEND impugned the President’s statement and admitted responsibility.

Third, so far as President of Nigeria, Dr Good-luck Jonathan has shown very generous affinity for Nigerians of Ijaw stock in terms of appointments and promotions in the Federal Public sector. There is a marked lopsidedness that smacks of clannishness and ethnocentrism by the President!

On Corruption and sleazy tendency, the Jonathan administration transcends all others before it! Nigerians are still befuddled by the impeachable show of arbitrariness by the regime in expending N2.67Trillion on fuel subsidy instead of the appropriated N240Billion in the 2011 appropriation act. As expected, the regime has attempted all manner of subterfuge to give Executive cover for the indicted people in the scam, who were the bank-rollers of the President’s electioneering campaign. Could it be that the missing money was funneled deliberately to the Jonathan Presidential Campaigns, with the acquiescence of the President?

GMB was quoted as saying that the Jonathan-led Federal Government is the greatest Boko-Haram. Understandably, this elicited awful response from the President. In a jejune, puerile, and very pedestrian communication, the presidential spokesman defined Boko-Haram as “Western education is sin” and went on to posit the administration’s investment in Education. How awkwardly inane could that be?!

It is common knowledge that Boko-Haram has become the euphemism for subtlety in devious schemes that cause mass killings of the innocents! As GMB aptly stated, Boko Haram has three variants, with varying degrees of severity and murderous content: the original Boko-haram that seeks to avenge the extra-judicial killing of its Leader by the Nigeria Police; the Boko Haram that pursues criminality for monetary gains and of course, the Political Boko-haram that is bent on setting the stage for ethno-religious pogrom in the Nigerian nation. It is the Political Boko Haram, with its extremely lethal content, that the Jonathan-led Federal Government represents!

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In January 2012, Dr Good-luck Jonathan told a bewildered nation, still smarting from murderous Bombings, that his government has been infiltrated by Boko Haram.

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In February 2012, a serving PDP senator from Borno South (Mohammed Ali Ndume) was arrested for being a member of Boko Haram.

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In March 2012, Ndume deposed to an affidavit before a Federal High Court wherein he stated that Vice-President Namadi Sambo was aware of his activities with Boko Haram.

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In April 2012, General Andrew Owoeye Azazi , the National Security Adviser, averred that there was indisputable proof that Boko Haram is PDP. As things stand, President Good-luck Jonathan is the national leader of PDP.

· In April 2012, Henry Okah (while standing trial on Terrorism charges) deposed to an affidavit before a South African court that President Good-luck Jonathan was the sponsor of the October 1, 2010 bombing at Eagle square. It is on record that as governor of a Niger-delta state, Dr Good-luck Jonathan (together with his brother governors) had used the MEND to command the attention of the Nigerian state.

· As a Party, we are aware of the role played by Jonathan’s PDP in the way the People’s post-electoral angst (at the subversion of their electoral will) was turned into murderous ethno-religious mayhem.

· We are also aware about how the Jonathan administration has consistently used the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) under the leadership of his fellow Niger-delta Nigerian, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, to demonize GMB in the despicable attempt to veil the murderous intent of the administration.

Meanwhile, with the hullaballoo that Dr Jonathan and his PDP elements have unwittingly caused within the Polity, should it be interpreted that there is a real effort towards ensuring that the 2015 election is also rigged as before in giving vim to the PDP Leaders’ claim of ruling Nigeria for 60 years? As a Nation, we are witnesses to the manner in which rigged elections have foisted on the Nation cluelessness in governance and rapacious impudence; it is indeed a dreary road to tread.

We insist that it is never ignoble to lose elections because President Abraham Lincoln, before being reputed to be the best American President that ever existed, was known to have lost elections several times. GMB, though lost Presidential elections three times to the rigging collusion of the Nigerian presidency and the electoral umpire, took the loss each time (like Abraham Lincoln) with equanimity!

In the meantime, we shall continue to trumpet the sterling qualities of the Buhari brand which is still a rarity among the Political players in our nation’s season of anomie. We stand unwaveringly by the statement credited to GMB!

God bless Nigeria.

Rotimi Fashakin (Engr.)

National Publicity Secretary, CPC

(Wednesday, 16th May, 2012).

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Former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday said President Goodluck Jonathan and the Federal Government were hatching a plot to arrest him.

Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES via his closest political associate and national secretary of his party, Buba Galadima, Mr. Buhari said the presidency and the ruling party were already preparing the ground to harass, arrest and incarcerate him.

“They are just trying to give us a bad name in order to hang us,” Mr. Galadima told this newspaper in a telephone interview. “We know that they are already planning to arrest the General and I, they are just preparing grounds for their actions.”

Mr Buhari was reacting to statements issued by the the presidency and the national headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party describing him as a serial election loser and blood thirsty politician, who is in the habit of inciting his supporters to violence.

The PDP and the presidency issued the statements in reaction to comments attributed to Mr. Buhari on Monday where he said the Nigerian government, led by President Goodluck Jonathan of the ruling PDP, is more deadly than the extremist Boko Haram sect and that any attempt to rig the 2015 election would be firmly resisted.

In its statement, released at a hurriedly convened press conference, the PDP said the leader of the opposition Congress for Progressive Change had become unstable and is being haunted by what it described as “combat withdrawal syndrome.”

The party also described the retired army general as excessively blood thirsty.

Shortly afterwards, the presidency came out smoking describing Mr. Buhari as a serial election looser renowned for inciting Nigerians to violence.

But speaking to PREMIUM TIMES after the statements were released, Mr. Buhari said rather than him, it was the PDP and the Jonathan-led Federal Government that were the real threat to peace in the country.

“It is those who organise the rigging of elections that are trying to disrupt the peace, not Buhari,” the former head of state said, through Mr. Galadima.

Mr. Galadima also said the PDP and the presidency only came up with the allegations because the government “is planning to arrest Buhari and I, and so they are using Monday’s remarks as an excuse.”

“It is not General that is threatening peace, rather it is the action of the PDP that is leading to bloodbath, they have infected us with bloodbath,” he added.

In its statement, the PDP said such remarks by Mr. Buhari was capable of “inciting people to take the law into their hands” adding that it was the same sort of remark that the retired general made prior to the last presidential election that led to “a spate of bloody post-election violence across six states of the federation”.

The party also claimed that a 22-man panel raised by the government to investigate the causes of the post-election violence under the leadership of Ahmed Lemu “confirmed that Buhari’s provocative remarks played a significant role in the bloody violence that led to the death of at least 200 people, gruesomely injuring thousands and the displacement of more than 40,000 people.”

The PDP said although it believed in freedom of speech, assembly and association, it is also of the view that such freedom comes with responsibilities.

The party said it “condemn in no uncertain terms this shameful call for the spill of blood of innocent Nigerians to acquire political power”.

“What Nigeria needs right now is ‘evolution’ in the true spirit of democracy. The utterances of General Buhari, a former military Head of State is truly, undemocratic, unpatriotic and un-statesmanly,” it added.

The ruling party continued, “Buhari’s pre-election utterances were misconstrued by his supporters to engage in the condemnable mayhem that greeted the aftermath of the presidential elections. Buhari never apologized to the nation or to the families of the victims. Today, Buhari is again engaged in another build up of massive bloodletting and destruction”.

However, shortly after the press conference by the PDP, the presidency also issued a statement describing the former head of state as “a serial election loser who has never taken his past election defeats graciously even when such elections were generally acknowledged to be free and fair.”

The statement also described the comments by the retired general referring to the Jonathan government as Boko Haram as unfortunate.

“The Federal Government led by President Jonathan is not Boko Haram. Boko Haram means Western Education is sin. That being the case, one wonders how a government that devoted the largest sectoral allocation in the 2012 budget to education could be said to be Boko Haram,” presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati said.

The Federal government, Mr. Abati said, can “ now challenge Major General Buhari to tell Nigerians what he has done, whether in his capacity as the head of a military junta or in his private capacity, to bring education to vulnerable children. If he cannot live up to this challenge, perhaps he has to reassess who really is Boko Haram”.

Mr. Abati also said the government was particularly disturbed by Mr. Buhari’s remarks in which he said that “Since the leaders now don’t listen to anybody but do whatever they wish, there is nothing the north can do.”

“We find it very sad that an elder statesman who once presided over the entirety of Nigeria can reduce himself to a regional leader who speaks for only a part of Nigeria,” Mr. Abati added.

“When Buhari says that “if what happens in 2011 should again happen in 2015, by the grace of God, ‘the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood”, we hereby state that it is Buhari himself who does not listen.

“He has obviously refused to listen to the Nigerian People, the European Union, the Commonwealth Monitoring Group, the African Union and a multitude of independent electoral monitors who testified that the 2011 elections were free and fair and “the best elections since Nigeria returned to civil rule.

“Finally, we wish to make it known to Buhari that given his reference to “dogs and baboons”, perhaps his best course of action would be to travel to the zoo of his imagination because President Goodluck Jonathan was elected by human beings to preside over human beings and it is human beings who will determine what happens in Nigeria at any material time not “dogs and baboons”.