A few days to May 29, 2018 Democracy Day celebration in Nigeria, Catholics in Nigeria moved out in thousands on the streets nationwide, in tears. Many other Christians from different denominations joined, as they marched peacefully, in protest against the murder of two priests in Benue State. The protest was also in anger against the new form of terrorism in the country. The protest is against Boko Haram and armed herdsmen whose stock in trade is to kill and destroy.

The Pope, the clergy and other men of God are angry. Muslim clerics at various times have also spoken out in condemnation. Political leaders, patriots from various parts of the country spoke out in condemnation too. Verbatim checks reveal and estimated 7000 people killed. And government failed in attempts to stop the crime. And, not much has been done to apprehend and punish the offenders.  It was the darkest spot in events that took place in the three years of President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

It is instructive that in his broadcast to the nation, May 29, Buhari promised that those who have turned Nigeria into killing fields will not go unpunished. Similar assurances were given in the past, but the killings are continuing. How the President will do it this time will be of great interest to the nation!   

The story of the Buhari administration, from the perspective of the high level insecurity which took place, is the crux of Verbatim magazine’s cover story for this edition. It is titled REIGN OF TERROW AND BLOODBATH IN NIGERIA. It is detailed, about shocking events in Benue, Taraba, Kaduna, Adamawa, Birnin Gwari, Nasarawa, Plateau, Enugu and many other parts of the country. We also have an exclusive on an earlier attack in a catholic church in Ozubulu, Anambra State.

Ndigbo spoke in unison two weeks ago, at a summit in Awka, Anambra State. It was an opportunity to consolidate the Igbo nation position on the future of Nigeria. They insisted on moving forward in a restructured Nigeria, under the principle of true federalism. What Ndigbo Wants is the title of the story written by Uche Bruno Okeke.

From our Kaduna Bureau, Verbatim also has a well-researched story on Governor El-Rufai and his Legacy of Crisis in the state. The story item is presented in a unique style written by Lanre Olu, a new introduction to the Verbatim family. You will enjoy Olu’s style.

VERBATIM POLITICAL FORUM is debuting in this edition. In the count-down to 2019 general election year, it shall be a highly reliable and informative package on political news. Expect exclusive and incisive interviews, punchy commentaries and hard hitting criticisms. It shall also be an open forum for the public to share views on the political state of the nation.

In this introductory edition, we serve you with insider information on David Mark, former President of the Senate, who is still undergoing checks from different parts of the country on his presidential ambition. We will also feature an interview with His Excellency, Ude Oko Chukwu, Deputy Governor of Abia State.

Must Read: GOVERNORS WHO DELIVERED DIVIDENDS OF DEMOCRACY: watch out for the series. It will be a special stock taking exercise by editors and reporters of Verbatim nationwide.

Tobs Agbaegbu



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