The Federal Government announced on Monday that Chief of Army staff, Lt.Gen. Tukur Buratai, has been ordered to return to the northeast to oversee the fight against Boko Haram. He is to stay there until Boko Haram insurgents are crushed.
The federal government has also instructed Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, and Gen. Buratai to overhaul operational commands of major operations in the country. These are to include, especially, operations Lafiya Dole in the northeast, Operation Delta in the Niger Delta, Operation Sharan Daji in Zamfara and Katsina states, and Operation Awatse in the Southwest.
This steps are being taken after the attacks on troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in the Northeast, the latest of which is the attack on the troops of 157 battalion stationed in Melete, Northern Borno in which 23 soldiers died.
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate procurement of critical equipment for the armed forces.
Goodluck Jonathan Denies Dumping PDP
Former president Goodluck Jonathan has denied rumours he had dumped the People Democratic Party.
The former president said he has no reason to quit the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), or retire from politics for now.
He made the statement through his media adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, in reaction to a report by an online publication claiming the former president had resigned from PDP and quit politics.
Eze’s statement described the news as fake, saying it was a “calculated attempt to rubbish the elder statesman”
Supplementary Elections: Presidency Urges APC Candidates To Work And Earn People’s Mandate
President Mohammadu Buhari has charged all APC candidates in states where supplementary elections would hold to work hard to earn the people’s trust and mandate.
The presidency warned state governors against having any thoughts that the president would influence the decision of the people.
It also warned political leaders to desist from making inflammatory statements capable of inciting the citizenry to violence ahead of Saturday’s supplementary elections.
The presidency said some party leaders expected that Buhari would abuse his office by usurping the powers of INEC to turn the table in their favour.
Party leaders in the six states were advised to work hard to earn the people’s votes on Saturday.
Gbenga Daniel Quits Politics, Shows Interest In APC
Ogun State former governor Gbenga Daniel has shown interest in joining the All Progressives Party.
Gbenga Daniel resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Saturday saying he was quitting politics.
But on Sunday, after meeting with his supporters, Daniel said he was considering their plea that he ‘lead them into APC.’
Apart from governing Ogun under the PDP, Gbenga Daniel was the chief campaign strategist for the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in last month’s election.
Daniels also supported Ogun APC governorship candidate, Dapo Abiodun, in the governorship election in the state.
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