“Wither Moral Conscience.”

Et tu, Brute? is a Latin phrase meaning “even you Brutus?” It is notable for its occurrence in William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, where it is spoken by the Roman dictator Julius Caesar to his friend Marcus Junius Brutus at the moment of Caesar’s assassination. Wikipedia.

Same scenario applies in Anambra State today, when “Moral Conscience” with a pained eye, have stared the leadership of NUJ in the face, and with quivering lips “Et tu NUJ?”

It is not wrongful to expect a renowned assemblage of reputable journalists in Anambra State, towards their 2018 Press Week; but to have Chinedu Obidigwe as the Chairman of that event, falls short of all intelligent expectations and moral rectitude on the part of the organisers and the Event proper.

In a letter headed paper, dated 1 Nov. 2018, with ref. No NUJ/AN/COR/3/60, and signed by the NUJ Chairman and Secretary respectively, inviting the Aguleri alleged thug to chair an intellectual gathering, on the Theme; Party Politics, Hate Speech and the Media; Should be likened to inviting a “military dictator, to chair a lecture on building the tenets of democracy!”

Such an invite, has not only succeeded in making mockery of the Event Theme, and the discussions, but has thrown more light on the intellectual deficiencies and moral bankruptcy of the organisers.

Just recently, it was the National Association of Nigerian Student, NANS, taking the role of media assistants of Chinedu Obidigwe, to champion his fading popularity, at the height of the Eneh abduction saga; Now NUJ has given us the impression that ‘although the pen can be mightier than the sword, a cheque booklet is the mightiest of them all!
“There was a bug called Cash and Carry.”

How can any reasonable and intelligent conscious mind, sit for hours and hear Chinedu Obidigwe rail against hate speech as an impediment to a successful free and fair 2019 general elections? Is Chinedu Obidigwe not ladened with guilt? in making hate speech against his real or imagined political foes? The same person Who openly led an evil Protest with some ignorant and jobless people, to malign and abuse a former Governor of the State, HE Peter Obi? and his media mafians /warriors /foot soldiers are devotedly damaging any eminent personalities who are opposition and perceived political rivals?

How can NUJ, after long considerations and suggestions from different quarters, settled with the very Controversial man, as it’s Chairman for the 2018 Press Week, to discuss hate speech and how it effects democracy?

It would have been quite understandable, if Chinedu Obidigwe had been made to Chair any of the NUJ’s launching occasion, where Naira can rain freely, that which is typical of our public officials, Our moral antenna wouldn’t have been so buzzing with apprehensions, than having him to Chair an Event of such an intellectual proportion.
“The bull finally succeeded in making itself into a China shop.”

What has he got to offer the public on telling them to discard hate speech and embrace good sportsmanship during elections? How can his recent abduction case with a media personality, Mr Victor Eneh, sit well within his stony heart, as he opens his Chairman’s remark on that occasion?

NUJ Anambra State chapter has failed in its professionalism, in ensuring that sound Characters, are brought to enlighten and educate appropriately, in their 2018 Press Week.

Nigeria Institute of Public Relations, NIPR, should as a matter of fact, be relied on to provide the needed professional journalistic charisma for our teeming young journalists. They should take the lead in informing and enlightening the general public on sensitive issues, bothering on humanity and morality like Genetic Education and Compatibility before marriage which NUJ relegated to the background for online bloggers. They should also help in investigating and drawing the attentions of all authorities to Signing the Sickle Cell Bill into Law as a matter of Urgency, Since there is no money to facilitate the sponsorship of that Bill.

Social Media is another rich pool, where information and educative submissions can be arrayed for public consumptions. But more is need to properly sanitize and regulate it’s functions to guard against abuses of different source.

And to the invitees of NUJ 2018 Press Week, Chaired by Chinedu Obidigwe, I humbly advice that people find more meaningful activities for their precious time.

“The pen still is the mightiest”

@Aisha Edward
Center for moral Mentorship.

Army: Anyone Who Deliberately Spreads Fake News To Undermine National Security Will Be Prosecuted

The Nigerian Army has said anyone who “deliberately spreads fake news that aims to undermine national security” will be prosecuted.

The position was contained in a statement by the Nigerian Army on Saturday, where it expressed displeasure with “the myriads of photos and video clips being recklessly distributed on various social media platforms”.

The Army warned individuals and groups to desist from disseminating “fake videos” depicting alleged attacks by Boko Haram on military locations.

According to the statement, the Nigerian Army will file cases against those found culpable regarding fake news dissemination.

The statement read: “The NA has continued to observe with great dismay the myriads of photos and video clips being recklessly distributed on various social media platforms by different caliber of persons. It is indeed shocking to see how these well doctored propaganda materials from enemies of the State has succeeded in creating fear and unrest in the polity. These doctored materials are obviously serving the purposes intended by the terrorists to misinform the populace, spread panic, hatred, religious intolerance and above all to undermine national security.

“The NA wants to categorically state that the videos and images making rounds as the purported attack on Metele base are false and do not in any way portray the reality of the situation on the ground. Unfortunately, many do not know that indiscretional posts and comments from a citizen that is supposed to be solidly behind its military in these trying times could have a way of dampening the morale of the troops. However, the NA’s resolve in protecting the territorial integrity and sanctity of the Nigerian State would not be undermined by detractors or tacit supporters of the enemies of our beloved country.

“Whilst appreciating the concerns of well-meaning Nigerians who genuinely care for the well-being of its military, the NA wants to draw the attention of its detractors to the fact that spreading of fake news is an offense and violates the provisions of Section 24(1)(a),(b) and (2)(a),(b),(c)(i),(ii) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition & Prevention etc) Act, 2015.

“In view of this, please note that the NA would henceforth report these infractions and file cases against individuals or groups who deliberately spread fake news that aims to undermine national security, in courts of competent jurisdictions. Equally, the NA wishes to inform the public of its iReport channels on the NA website, Android and iOS platforms via which the public can forward meaningful advice, criticism or observations that would enable the NA better serve the good people of Nigeria. You are to please note this and kindly disseminate through your various channels.”

Metele Boko Haram Attack: Soldiers’ Death Toll Rises To 118, Over 150 Still Missing

News details obtained by PREMIUM TIMES have revealed that at least 113 soldiers were killed in the pre-dusk attack on 157 Task Force Battalion in Borno State on November 18.

The newspaper also confirmed based on the accounts of top military officers that 153 soldiers are still missing in action as of November 24, nearly a week after the attack.

Those killed included the commander of the battalion, a lieutenant colonel.

It has now been learnt that the second-in-command to the commander, the intelligence officer of the battalion and two other officers were amongst those killed by Boko Haram in the attack, which occurred at about 6:00 p.m. last Sunday.

On November 22, a soldier who escaped the attack and witnessed how his colleagues were killed by insurgents disclosed that 70 bodies had been confirmed.

Some media reports, including one by London-based newswire, Reuters, cited sources as giving up to 100 soldiers killed by the insurgents in the attacks.

But PREMIUM TIMES has now learnt from top officers that the casualty had risen significantly to 118 soldiers, comprising 113 soldiers and five officers.

Sources also confirmed 153 soldiers are still missing in action, and wounded troops have been evacuated to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, for treatment.

President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly summoned service chiefs over the attack. He also dispatched Nigeria’s defence minister Mansur Dan Ali to Chad Republic, a neighbouring country on whose borders the Boko Haram seemed to have waxed stronger in recent month.

BREAKING NEWS:Boko Haram Kidnapped School Girls

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped 15 girls overnight in a village near Toumour, southeastern Niger, the local mayor said on Saturday.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Boukar Mani Orthe, the mayor of the town in Niger’s Diffa region near the border with Nigeria, said about 50 unidentified armed men seized the girls in a village about nine kilometres from the town centre.

On Thursday suspected Boko Haram fighters killed eight people working at French drilling company, Foraco’s water well site in Toumour.

Boko Haram has been waging an insurrection since 2009 aimed at establishing an Islamic state in northeast Nigeria. It has launched repeated attacks into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

The violence has killed thousands of civilians and forced millions to flee their homes in the large Lake Chad basin region.

Kidnapping of schoolgirls has been a Boko Haram horror mark, since its fighters in 2014 kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State, in Nigeria.

It also staged this year, another major kidnap of schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe state.

In Mali, French forces said they “put out of action” some 30 Islamist militants, possibly including veteran Malian jihadist leader Amadou Koufa, during a raid in the central Mali region of Mopti.

The French army, which has about 4,500 troops in West Africa battling Islamist militants, did not specify whether the jihadists had all been killed or taken prisoner. The operation took place with air support on Thursday night, it said.

“At this stage of the evaluation of the operation, it appears that about 30 terrorists were put out of action,” the army said in its statement on Friday, adding that Koufa and other prominent militants were probably among them.

Koufa, a radical preacher, inspired the Massina Liberation Front (MLF), a group blamed for a wave of attacks that has shifted Mali’s six-year-old Islamist insurgency from the remote desert north ever closer to its populous south

2019: Atiku Reveals Why He Regrets Joining APC

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has apologised for joining the groups who came together to form the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Atiku said the apology had become necessary because of the sufferings Nigerians had been subjected to in the last three and half years, from a party he played a role in bringing to power.

The former vice-president stated this while speaking at a town hall meeting with residents of Jimeta in Adamawa state.

He said, “I regretted being a part of the party which never deemed it fit to fulfil all of the promises it made to Nigerians.

“If I had known that the APC would be such a colossal failure and disgrace, I would never had joined the party.

“The APC has failed to fulfill even one of the promises it made to Nigerians. The APC is simply an assembly meant to defraud Nigerians.”

Two Policemen, Four Others Feared Dead As IPOB Protest In Anambra

Two policemen and four others believed to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra on Friday died during the group’s protest in Nnewi, Anambra State.

But the Anambra State Police Command said only one policeman died in the protest while a Divisional Police Officer in the area was hospitalised after sustaining injuries in the clash that erupted when security agencies stormed the venue of the protest.

Speaking with our correspondent on the telephone, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations, Mike Okoli, said, “I will confirm to you that we lost a policeman, an inspector in the clash. The DPO who went with him to that operation is hospitalised. I can’t tell you of any other casualties; this is the much I know.

It was gathered that the pro-Biafran agitators marched round Nnewi and environs on Friday sensitising the people about the need for a referendum to highlight the need for the Sovereign State of Biafra and the rejection of the 2019 general elections.

Members of the group numbering about 2000 had stormed the Nnewi market, shouting “No referendum, no 2019 election.”

Waving the Biafran flag as they moved round, the protesters asked people in the market not to participate in the 2019 general elections unless the Federal Government heeded their demand for the conduct of referendum to actualise Biafra Republic.

Our correspondent gathered that trouble started when security operatives arrived at the scene in three Toyota Hilux pick-up vans and attempted to stop the protesters.

Members of the group were said to have pounced on the policemen and destroyed their vans, with two people dead in the process. The development forced traders in the Nkwo Nnewi market to close their shops and scampering for safety.

The IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, in a statement made available to our correspondent in Awka, said members of the group went on a peaceful demonstration to express their joy over the “second coming and appearance” of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, in Israel.

Powerful said the reappearance of their leader was a testimony that the struggle for Biafra was divine.

The statement partly read, “Our leader’s reappearance in Israel after the Nigerian government and her security forces, including the Nigerian Army, Air force and Naval forces invaded his compound at Afaraukwu Ibeku in Umuahia, Abia State, last year September is clearly an indication to all and sundry that God Almighty is behind the struggle for Biafra liberation.

“Biafrans are equally today showcasing to the world that we are ready to boycott every Nigerian elections come 2019 especially the presidential election next year.

“Our march today on the roads and streets across Biafraland must send signals to politicians and saboteurs among us that Biafrans are determined to leave the prison called Nigeria where British government experimented to lead black Africans and other black nations across the globe but failed to live up to the expectations for over 100 years because of the Hausa-Fulani caliphate dominations.

“IPOB rally and march today (Friday) being November 23, 2018 is ongoing in all the states across Biafraland like Rivers, Enugu, Abia, Anambra, Delta, Imo, Ebonyi, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa states and other Biafra clans and tribes fraudulently carved into Kogi, Benue and Edo States.”

He said the group would not rest until a date was given for Biafra referendum to hold so that its people would decide whether to stay in Nigeria or not.

He added, “IPOB is divinely ordained to retrieve Biafra sovereignty from this enclave called Nigeria. We are coming to show Nigerians and its handlers including their security apparatus what is called civil disobedience because IPOB is more of intellectuals.