Sheikh Gumi: President Buhari’s Ally In Funding Terrorism

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The actions of self-appointed terror mediator, Sheikh Gumi has further exposed President Muhammadu Buhari and his Government as terror lovers. The tacit endorsement of the activities of terrorists in the country by the current Government and its key players is no longer news. No Government in the history of Nigeria has given moral, financial, and religious support to the terrorists like Buhari’s Government. Nigerians have repeatedly seen Buhari agree to the demands of terrorists. As envisioned, his intimate relationship with terrorists has further weakened his government and weakened the country’s democratic values making the war against terrorism almost ‘unwinnable’.

Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Gumi as many Nigerians know is an Islamic cleric, scholar, and current chief judge of the Shariah Court of Appeal in Northern Nigeria. He is as well the current mufti and mufassir at the Kaduna central mosque Sultan Bello. How he silently transfigured himself to assume the scary position of Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) for bandits in Nigeria has left many lovers of peace in Nigeria into acute depression.

When he assumed the self-appointed position, many Nigerians appeared unconcerned not until his provocative statements in support of the terrorists who Government for obvious reasons prefer to call ‘bandits’ began to make headlines. To hoodwink innocent Nigerians, Gumi roams around as a peacemaker and flies the flag of a mediator yet at every turn, Gumi takes any available opportunity to put in a word for the terrorists, heaping the blame for their criminal ways on everyone but the deadly terrorists.

Many Nigerians would recall how Sheik Gumi, who rose to the rank of a captain as a doctor in the medical corps of the Nigerian Army, had a few months back accused Christians in the military’s counter-insurgency/banditry campaign of being responsible for the killing of bandits. A careful perusal of the remark would show that the aim was clear; to set off a sectarian war in the military, connecting the dots would simply show why Buhari refused to visit the Nigerian Defense Academy (NDA) in the aftermath of the attack in Kaduna, yes, many Nigerians do not know that only Christians were targeted and killed by the bandits in arguably the most secured vicinity in the country. To put it in terse terms, Buhari’s government is Gumi’s biggest ally.

How can Buhari pay blind eyes to the fact that over the last two years, Gumi has been very vociferous in his defense of the terrorists’ in bandits uniforms? Can he? In attacks on schools, Gumi has always made it a point of duty to hold the students culpable for the crime committed against them by the army of outlaws that have now overtaken the North. Gumi goes on the media to offer a rather romantic and generally sympathetic account and justification of the activities of the criminals. Gumi has successfully spun the narrative to paint bandits as victims and not as criminals. How can all this happen in a country that has laws if not for the common mission he shares with the Government of the day? By merely listening to Gumi, these beastly terrorists who have murdered hundreds of Nigerians in cold blood and received ransoms running into hundreds of millions of naira from both the State and traumatized relations of kidnap victims could be mistaken for evangelists yet, Buhari and his Government have continued to look the other way.

Gumi’s role as a bandit sympathizer has continued to endanger the collective security of Nigerians, upending the security setup in ways that should be repugnant to all supporters of order and justice, this can only happen with the active connivance with State actors, Buhari who is constitutionally mandated to protect Nigerians sees absolutely nothing wrong in the deliberate symbiotic relationship of Gumi and the deadly terrorist organizations wrecking mayhem in Nigeria. Gumi himself has severally and openly confessed that highly placed people in the Buhari Government are fully aware of his engagements with terrorists. Gumi as a matter of fact even gets State protection at will. This is the sad reality facing Nigerians.

Sometime early this year, when Gumi took what looked like an extremely dangerous journey to the forest to meet the terrorists, his justification was that the entire process needed an impartial arbiter, not the State who he claimed that had serially violated previous agreements with the terrorists. A curious thinker may wonder what kind of agreements this was, however, it shouldn’t be surprising to know that these were generous offers of appeasement money that were directed at getting the terrorists to drop their arms. So which government was Gumi referring to if not Buhari and his cohorts? In fact, take away the agreements which the government of the day has continued to downplay, those comments by Gumi were both a cheap surrender and admission of State failure.

Gumi and his likes are the reason why Buhari has continued to capture and release terrorists under the guise that they are now ‘repented’ ignoring the fact many of the terrorists rehabilitated under these arrangements returned to the forests before or as soon as they had exhausted their monetary largesse or as soon as they got tired of the charade. Many Nigerians do not know that the move which started as a peaceful approach to getting the terror under control was actually a big-time money-making business for the terrorists and some of those employed to check them in the security units. No wonder Gumi had to even openly advocate that agency or ministry be created for bandits using billions of taxpayers’ money.

More disgustful is the fact that Gumi has even gone as far as comparing the terrorists, who he claims lack a voice, to coup plotters while demanding State pardons for them. This is the sad rhetoric of appeasement, Gumi now tries to propagate. The terror-loving Islamic Sheikh has even gone on to describe the devastating onslaught of the terrorists on farming communities and the attendant conflict as ethnic wars. More worrisome is the fact that in his desperate appeasement game, Gumi, a few months ago made the outstanding claim that the northern terrorists learned their art from Niger-Delta militants. Just as he demanded that an amnesty programme in the manner of the one President Umar Yar'Adua emplaced for Niger-Delta militias should be instituted for the terror-bandits of the north. What manner of man is this terrorist? What are bandits fighting for? What does Gumi want?

What has Gumi not asked on behalf of his so-called beloved voiceless bandits? Just like many northern advocates as well as elements in the Buhari government, he has demanded that Bandits be recruited into the military or assigned the task of guarding the forests against terrorists like themselves! Where would this saccharine love of criminals, end? When would Buhari stop colluding with terrorists and shout enough of the bloodshed? Where was Gumi’s humanity when he urged parents of the abducted Greenfield University students to pay about ₦200 million in addition to procuring motorbikes for the bandits that abducted them in exchange for the return of the remainder of the students that escaped summary execution? He wants them pampered with amnesty and cash. Otherwise more school children would be abducted.

However, there are some things that are certain. Terrorists and terrorism require a structure to operate since money is their jugular vein. Arms, food supply, and logistics are all dependent on funds, as we’ve seen (and read). These terrorists, unbelievably, keep these variables in flux, along with their level of knowledge and strategies for eluding security officials (most times at least). How else could they survive despite billions of naira spent fighting them? They constantly seem to be one step ahead of any apparent progress made by security authorities to eliminate them. Buhari’s culpability is certain. A man that can shield Pantami is capable of doing just anything.

Why has Buhari allowed Gumi the leverage to continue to fan insurrection and disunity? How can a man who has unfettered access to bandits be allowed to threaten the government by saying the govt cannot protect all schools? How can a Government that believes that popular Nollywood actor, Chinwetalu Agu should be in jail on the account of a cloth he was putting on look the other way when Gumi is systematically breeding terrorism? Too many questions indeed, but then, the answer is simple, they are in the same business of propagating terrorism. And yes, Nigerians who have always been perplexed as to why Buhari has refused to designate the bandits as terrorists now have a clue. This is the painful reality.




By Marco Lancaster

According to a recent report, Samsung may be preparing itself for a future where its smartphones will no longer run Android OS. Instead, it will run a new operating system that’s been in development in Google’s laboratories for a few years. If you’ve been following, then you probably know… yes, we’re talking about Fuchsia. Earlier this year, it came to light that Samsung has contributed to Fuchsia’s development. Now, a new report suggests that Samsung may have gone a few steps forward and decided to leave Android behind. The company will work to make Fuchsia its alternative over Android, but that may be still a few years away. 

As reported by the folks at SamMobile, this will not happen from a single night to a new day. The source specifics that it will take a few years before Samsung adopts this new open-source OS from Google. This will probably coincide with other companies as well. In the past, reports have suggested that Fuchsia was announced to become Google’s alternative for Android. For now, it’s too soon to say if Fuchsia OS will come with One UI or another proprietary skin from Samsung. The Open Source nature of the OS means that the Korean firm could easily apply its skin and features over Fuchsia.

The transition is not a mere coincidence. As aforementioned, it’s all a part of Google’s master plan to switch to a new platform. Unlike Android OS, Fuchsia will not use the Linux kernel code but a new code called Zircon. The search giant is developing Fuchsia to run on a wide variety of smart products, from wearables to smartphones, tablets, computers, and IoT. It was already used for the Nest hub as a pilot run.

So, as aforementioned, Samsung may not be the only company leaving Android. If Google makes Fucshia a viable alternative over Android, it will put it on the forefront with its Pixel smartphones,  being shipped with the new OS. As a result, we may see other companies jumping in the boat. Just like Thanos, moving to what Google offers will be inevitable.

One time that Samsung already has some insight of Fucshia’s development, then the company may have a certain advantage over its competitors. The Korean firm will familiarize itself with the new OS early on, and this early start may be a key for the company to keep the leadership in a new era without Android.

It’s interesting to see that Samsung is still going for Google rather than trying to build its own Operating System from scratch. In the past, the company tried to develop Tizen OS for its smartphones, but it proved to be a failure. In fact, companies that tried to ship their own OS didn’t achieve much success.

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Buhari's Killing Fields: Dozens killed in ‘barbaric, senseless’ violence in Nigeria

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Nigeria’s presidency says dozens of people have been killed in violence between farmers and herders in the country’s central Nasarawa state.

In a statement released by the office of President Muhammadu Buhari, the government said at least 45 farmers were killed in the violence that erupted between Fulani herders and farmers, with dozens more also reportedly wounded. 

Buhari “expressed grief over the heart-wrenching” killings and said his government would “leave no stone unturned in fishing out the perpetrators of this senseless and barbaric incident, and bring them to justice”.

Local police said the violence broke out when armed Fulani herders attacked villagers from the Tiv ethnic group over the killing of a kinsman that they blamed on Tiv farmers. The unrest continued unabated.

The police initially gave a death toll of eight. Nasarawa state police spokesman Ramhan Nansel earlier said military and police teams had deployed in the area to restore calm and arrest the perpetrators.

“We received a complaint on the killing of a Fulani herdsman but while the investigation was ongoing, a reprisal attack was carried out in Hangara village and neighbouring Kwayero village,” Ramhan Nansel,

“Eight people were killed in the attacks and their bodies were recovered by the police and taken to hospital.”

But Peter Ahemba of the Tiv Development Association said the death toll was higher.

“We recovered more than 20 corpses of our people killed in the attacks in 12 villages across Lafia, Obi and Awe districts where around 5,000 were displaced,” he said, adding that many people were still missing.

Deadly clashes between nomadic cattle herders and local farmers over grazing and water rights are common in central Nigeria.

The internecine conflict has taken on an ethnic and religious dimension in recent years. The Fulani herders are Muslim, and the farmers are primarily Christian.

The friction, which has roots dating back more than a century, was caused by droughts, population growth, the expansion of sedentary farming into communal areas as well as poor governance.

Violence by criminal gangs of cattle thieves among the herders, who raid villages, killing and burning homes after looting them, has compounded the situation.

The Governor of Nasarawa State,  Abdullahi Sule, has promised to go after killers of Fulani herders and Tiv farmers.

“There was needless loss of lives of our citizens. Such act of violence is most unfortunate, condemnable, and unacceptable and will not be condoned by this administration,” he was quoted as saying by the Sahara Reporters news site.



New Zealand links 26-year-old man's death to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

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New Zealand authorities on Monday said they had linked a 26-year-old man's death to Pfizer Inc's COVID-19 vaccine after the person suffered myocarditis, a rare inflammation of the heart muscle, after taking his first dose. 

  The death is New Zealand's second linked to a known but rare side effect from the vaccine after health authorities in August reported a woman had died after taking her doses. 

  "With the current available information, the board has considered that the myocarditis was probably due to vaccination in this individual," a COVID-19 Vaccine Independent Safety Monitoring Board said in a statement. 

  The man, who died within two weeks of his first dose, had not sought medical advice or treatment for his symptoms. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle that can limit the organ's ability to pump blood and can cause changes in heartbeat rhythms. 

  A Pfizer spokesperson said the company was aware of the report of the death in New Zealand, it monitored all reports of possible adverse events, and continued to believe the benefit-risk profile for its vaccine was positive. 

  New Zealand's vaccine safety board also said another two people, including a 13-year-old, had died with possible myocarditis after taking their vaccinations. More details were needed before linking the child's death to the vaccine, while the death of a man in his 60s was unlikely related to the vaccine, it said. 

  Despite the rare side effects, the vaccine safety board said the benefits of vaccination greatly outweighed the risks.



Leftovers for Africa: Europe sent Nigeria up to 1 million near-expired doses of covid-19 vaccine

By Annalisa Merelli

Senior Reporter

As many as 1 million doses of AstraZeneca’s covid-19 vaccine reportedly expired before they could be used in Nigeria, a country of more than 200 million where less than 2% of the population is fully vaccinated.

According to Reuters, the doses were sent from Europe through Covax, a program to distribute covid-19 vaccines donated by rich countries to poor ones. But Nigeria didn’t have enough time to distribute the supply before much of it expired—in some cases, within four to six weeks, versus the AstraZeneca vaccine’s typical shelf life of six months—and much of the donation went to waste.

Vaccine waste routinely occurs in large immunization campaigns, and rich countries such as the US, UK, and Canada have been especially cavalier in letting millions of doses expire and destroying them, even as the rest of the world was short on supplies. But what happened in Nigeria is a different issue: Not only is the number of wasted doses very large, but they arrived relatively close to their expiration date, in a county not yet equipped to ensure rapid distribution, offering yet another indicator of the severity and complexity of vaccine inequality.

The blunder in Nigeria isn’t the first. In November, despite needing vaccine doses, Namibia warned it would be forced to destroy doses because their remaining shelf life wasn’t long enough to allow for distribution. South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Malawi similarly had to destroy or return doses of vaccines donated by wealthy countries because they didn’t receive them in time to distribute them before expiration.

In November, Nigeria was able to distribute 800,000 doses that were close to their expiration date, thanks to a plan that has ramped up vaccine facilities, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

One year after the global vaccination campaign started, rich countries continue to hoard vaccines, pretty much limiting their global redistribution efforts to leftover doses arriving too late for their usefulness to be fully maximized.

Former UK prime minister Gordon Brown warned in late September that 100 million surplus doses of covid-19 vaccines would go to waste in rich countries by December and urged those nations to donate them instead. Even a timely response back then would have likely left receiving countries with only a few weeks to administer the doses.

In a statement from the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), on behalf of Covax, which it leads with the WHO, the organization nonetheless praised Nigeria’s success in delivering large numbers of doses in a short period of time, pointing at an important issue that limits the ability of poor nations to deliver what they receive: the lack of a vaccine supply stream that is predictable and reliable.

Although more doses of vaccines have been sent to poor countries (chiefly African) in recent weeks, the donations continue to be piecemeal and ad-hoc, with doses often received close to expiration dates, according to GAVI.

The lack of a steady stream of supply is one more challenge in countries already grappling with a lack of refrigerators or reliable electricity to store the vaccine in remote locations, a lack of health workers to administer the shots, a shortage of syringes needed to deliver the life-saving medicine into arms, and the need to conduct other large immunization campaigns alongside the one for covid-19.

So alongside other measures (such as sharing patents), wealthy countries need to get more consistent with how much they’re sending and how often, and making sure their donations have enough shelf life left to get distributed.

Responsibility is on vaccine manufacturers, too. “We’ve seen manufacturers [that] delayed their shipments to Covax while we know that they’re supplying other buyers, countries,” WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said at a recent press conference.

As the emergence of omicron has shown, until better immunity is reached globally, the whole world continues to be under threat from new variants. We need wealthy countries and drug-makers to stop treating poor countries as repositories for soon-to-expire leftovers, so that we have a chance to have some actual control over the pandemic.