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Coalition Seeks sack of service chiefs over US Navy seal team 6

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Coalition Seeks sack of service chiefs over US Navy seal team 6

A coalition of 102 peace and good governance groups has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari not only to immediately sack the service chiefs but also restructure the entire security architecture of the country for efficiency.
This was contained in a statement signed By Dr. Ibrahim Gadzama national coordinator and Barr. Gboyega Fayemi national secretary on sunday November 2020,

This was coming on the heels of a successful rescue operation in the country by the American Navy Seal without involvement and the knowledge of Nigerian security services.
The U.S. Navy SEAL Team 6 had led an overnight mission in northern Nigeria, where fighters loyal to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State had held the abductee, identified as Philip Nathan Watson, 27, hostage demanding more than $1 million from his family members, who are missionaries.

While the group commended the United States Government for Saturday’s successful rescue of its citizen from terrorists’ cell in Nigeria they also condemned the actions of the US Navy Seal as a flagrant abuse of Nigeria’s territorial sovereignty.

They also noted in the statement that the action exposed the weakness of the security services, especially the service chiefs for being ignorant of the development, noting that it was a confirmation that they had outlived their purposes in the nation’s security architecture.

” We, the entire management and members of this group wish to commend the American government and their navy seal team 6 for rescuing one of its citizens who was kidnapped in Niger Republic and later moved to Nigeria by bandits. This show of patriotism and commitment by the US government is phenomenal.

“However, this action by the US Seal is not only a very big breach of our sovereignty as a nation but also indicates that there is a big gap in our country’s security architecture, the Statement said.

“As a group working under the umbrella of Coalition of 102 Civil Society for Peace and Good Governance (COSOGOG), the group stated that the implications of the US Navy Seal’s action was that Nigeria was porous and can fall to any foreign invasion easily.
They blamed the incidence on what they described as the professional inadequacies of the nation’s security chiefs.

According to the coalition, “This US operation has further exposed us to the world that our country is vulnerable and prone to external and internal attack or attacks any day, hence there is an urgent need not only to relieve the service chiefs of their positions but a total restructuring of the entire security architecture.”

“In other countries , they should have ordinarily resigned by now, since we know they won’t do that, we jointly appeal to President Buhari to as a matter of national security, urgently sack them.

“It is on this note that we kindly appeal to President Muhammad Buhari to immediately replace them with younger generals who still have the zeal to transform the Armed Forces and the other security agencies”

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Finally Biden arrives at the White House

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US President Joe Biden arrived at the White House on Wednesday, walking the last block with members of his family through streets that were eerily empty because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Under tight security, military bands and an escort of police motorcycles led the presidential motorcade to the White House down Pennsylvania Avenue.
Biden was riding in a limousine with the license plate “46” — he is the 46th US president — flanked by six mask-wearing Secret Service agents before emerging to walk the final steps to the White House.

“It feels like I’m going home,” he told a reporter from NBC News along the route.

Biden’s arrival was followed shortly afterward by that of Kamala Harris, the first woman vice president of the United States.

The 78-year-old Biden was sworn in at the Capitol about four hours earlier, calling for “unity” in his inauguration speech.

Instead of going straight to the White House, Biden and Harris visited Arlington National Cemetery to pay respects to US military war dead at a ceremony attended by former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

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Amidst christmas day sermon controversy, Pope boosts Kukah’s profile with International appointment

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Amidst christmas day sermon controversy, Pope boosts Kukah’s profile with International appointment




The Head of Vatican city, Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed the Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Dr. Matthew Hassan Kukah, as a Member of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Human Integral Development.

The appointment was contained in a letter to Bishop Kukah dated 11th December, 2020, and signed by His Eminence, Peter Cardinal Turkson, the Prefect of the Dicastery.

With the appointment, Bishop Kukah will now join other members of the Dicastery drawn from different regions of the world to advise and promote the Pope’s concerns on issues of justice and peace, human rights, torture, human trafficking, care of creation and other issues related to the promotion of human dignity and development.


The appointment which is renewable, is for an initial period of five years.The council will be formally inaugurated on a later date.

The Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development was created on January 1, 2017, when four Dicasteries – the Pontifical Councils for Justice and Peace, Cor Unum, Pastoral Care of Immigrants and Itinerant People and Health Care of Workers, were all merged by the Holy Father.

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This appointment adds to Bishop Kukah’s string of national and international engagements within the universal Church. He was first appointed a Consultor and later a Member of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, Vatican City and served under three Popes.

He is currently, chairman, Dialogue Committees of both the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN). He was a member of the official Delegation of the Holy See that met with the Emir of Qatar when that country opened diplomatic relations with the Holy See in 2002.

Besides, in 2016, he was nominated by the vatican to represent Africa on the Advisory Board of the Vienna based, King Abdulazeez International Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue, KAIICID. KAIICID is the fruit of the collaboration between the governments of Saudi Arabia, Austria and the Holy See for the promotion of worldwide Dialogue between world religions. Bishop Kukah comes to the Dicastery on the Promotion of Integral Development with a lot of experience in the areas of human rights, justice and reconciliation.

Credit: Guardian

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Donald Trump on Wednesday broke a record for becoming the first US president to be impeached twice

A bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives voted to charge him with inciting last week’s attack on the US Capitol.

Just seven days left dor Trump to leave office, 232 lawmakers, including 10 Republicans who broke with the president, voted to impeach the defiant Republican leader for high crimes and misdemeanors on a single charge of “incitement of insurrection.”
Impeachment triggers a trial in the US Senate, but the chamber is not expected to take up the matter until after Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th president on January 20.

Scores of National Guard members besieged the seat of US democracy on Wednesday as congressmen and women proceeded with the impeachment process.
Democrats mobilised rapidly to begin the process to have Trump removed after he encouraged his supporters last Wednesday to “march” to the US Capitol and “fight”.
In a violent insurrection, the rioters stormed past outnumbered police, rampaged through and ransacked the building, and interrupted Congress as it was certifying Joe Biden’s election victory.
Political leaders across all continents have condemned Trump’s action, with many accusing him of dragging one of the world’s most respected and resilient democracy in the mud.

With Agency’s report

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