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Be Warned, Don’t Invite The Wrath Of Igbos, Ohanaeze Tells Miyetti Allah

7 hours 16 min ago


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The apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has warned Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) against any attempt to operate a Fulani security group in the Igbo land.

The group in a statement by its Secretary General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro emphasized that securing lives and property of the citizenry solely lies in the hands of governors and the President, vowing that Ndigbo would resist such attempt to deploy any Fulani security group to man the nooks and crannies of Igbo land.

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Isiguzoro said if the purported move by Miyetti Allah is not quelled, it may spell doom for Nigeria.

“We have accommodated them, living with them peacefully, but we will resist any attempt to deploy any Fulani security group in the East,” he said.

The group also gave marching orders to the Eastern Security Network (ESN) and Ebube Agu to as a matter of urgency ensure the unwarranted attacks on Igbo land are stopped henceforth.

The apex Igbo body disclosed that its leadership will invite ESN, Ebube Agu and Miyetti Allah for a meeting so as to holistically and proactively address the wanton destruction of lives and property, occasioned by herdsmen and farmers’ clashes across the South-East zone.

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Northerners Treated Boko Haram Like A Pet Snake Till It Grew Stronger—Fasehun's OPC Faction

7 hours 22 min ago


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The President of the late Frederick Fasehun's faction of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Otunba Wasiu Afolabi, has lambasted the former Chief of Army Staff, General Abdulrahman Dambazau, for describing the group as a terrorist organisation.

Afolabi said the South-West has no history of breeding terrorists like Northern Nigeria. 

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He therefore described as narrow-mindedness, displayed mischief and prejudice for the former Chief of Army Staff to have compared OPC to Boko Haram terrorists, according to a report by the Nation. 

He said: “Is this an attempt to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it? It will not work. We shall not succumb to this cheap attempt at blackmail and negative profiling. OPC is not, has never been and will never be a terrorist organisation. Nobody should link us or liken us with terrorists. We have never been on the global radar of terrorism like Boko Haram because we have never even been remotely connected with terrorism.

“Dambazau and his likes should realise that there is no federal character in terrorism. The South-West has never bred any terrorist organisation, least of all OPC. Some people feel that the tragedy they brought upon their part of the country should be duplicated in the South. But, it won’t work, not even with the backing they are giving killer herdsmen.”

Afolabi who said OPC has continued to maintain excellent relationship with the police, Department of State Services and other relevant agencies for the maintenance of security, law and order in the entire South-West, alleged that Dambazau’s rhetoric and mindset show why the administrators of the Nigerian Army from the North have continued to handle Boko Haram with kid gloves. 

He added that such an attitude has cost the lives of thousands of poor soldiers for nothing.

“Northern leaders have treated Boko Haram like a pet snake and allowed it to grow stronger instead of killing it once and for all. What they should realise is that there is neither federal character nor quota system in terrorism. The North should call a spade a spade and demand its leaders to bring this ugly Boko Haram insurgency to a close. 

"It is no longer a secret that some people turned the fight against Boko Haram into an ATM. They exploited the Boko Haram insurgency to amass massive blood money that allowed them to purchase choice houses in places like Abuja, Dubai and the US.

 “A case in point is the last #EndSARS protests. OPC operatives guarded the police stations and prevented several of them from being burnt down. Several Divisional Police Officers, officers and men are living witnesses to our patriotic action on that occasion.”

Afolabi recalled how OPC was formed in 1994 with millions of followers who fought for the entrenchment of democracy as part of NADECO (National Democratic Coalition). 

He described OPC founder, Fasehun, as a Scottish-trained medical doctor, who, along with some others, were detained and charged to court several times but thereafter acquitted. 

According to him, the organisation has secured the lives of Yoruba indigenes and settlers in the South-West. 

He said, “Where was Dambazau when people were dying for June 12 and democracy? OPC was part of NADECO. Hundreds of OPC warriors paid the supreme price for the democracy under which Dambazau became Chief of Army Staff between 2008 and 2010 and Minister of the Interior between 2015 and 2019.”

However, speaking on agitations for a separatist Oduduwa Republic, Afolabi said only the entrenchment of equity, justice and restructuring would silence such agitations.

 “There is no smoke without fire and no true Yoruba person is comfortable with the current situation in Nigeria today. Agitations, whether for Biafra or Oduduwa Republic, are being fuelled by the rising scale of insecurity, the unhindered killing by Fulani herdsmen, kidnapping and poverty. OPC will not go against the wish, aspiration and decision of the generality of Yoruba people on the matter.

“As Dr. Fasehun always said, Nigeria must come together to the negotiation table and fashion out a truly people’s Constitution that will emphasise true federalism, resource control and devolution of power. Without taking that road, Nigeria likely may break up.”

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President Deby’s Death, Insecurity in Chad Will Affect Nigeria—Adeyanju

7 hours 50 min ago


The convener of Concerned Nigerians, a civil society organisation, Deji Adeyanju, has warned that the death of Chadian President, Idriss Deby and the attendant rising insecurity in Chad will affect events in Nigeria.

Deby was announced dead on Tuesday from injuries sustained while fighting with the country’s troops in the frontlines against the rebels who advanced towards the state capital, Ndjamena.

His death came after he was re-elected for the sixth term in office. 

Adeyanju, a popular Abuja-based activist warned Nigerian leaders to have a deep thought about President Deby’s death.

According to him, the insecurity in Chad will end up affecting Nigeria and its sub-region if not tackled.

Adeyanju on his Twitter page wrote, “Chad’s President, Idriss Deby has been shot dead in the frontlines in a battle with rebels. He had ruled the country since 1990 and just won a 6th term. May God have mercy on his soul. He was very courageous. See Also Breaking News BREAKING: Chad's President, Deby Has Died Of Injuries Suffered On Frontline 0 Comments 4 Hours Ago

“Insecurity in Chad will seriously affect Nigeria. Declared winner on Monday, died Tuesday. Nigerian leaders, think. We must all condemn what is happening in Chad as the rebel forces advance on the capital because insecurity in Chad will seriously affect Nigeria and the sub-region. RIP to Idriss Deby.”

President Deby has faced repeated insurgencies, rebel attacks in the country.

On Saturday, the rebel group, Front for Change and Concord in Chad, attacked a border post on Election Day in the country while agitating for an end to Deby’s presidency. See Also Breaking News BREAKING: Chadian Military Picks Idriss Deby’s Son As Replacement For Late President 0 Comments 3 Hours Ago

Chad’s military spokesman, Azem Bermendao Agouna had told Reuters that troops killed more than 300 insurgents and captured 150 on Saturday in Kanem province.

Also, about five government soldiers were killed while 36 were injured.

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'How We're Being Assaulted, Killed, Maimed' — Bolt, Uber Drivers Lament As They Commence Strike

7 hours 54 min ago


Members of the Professional E-hailing Drivers and Private Cars Association (PEPDA) who work for e-hailing companies such as Bolt and Uber have embarked on a one-week strike which commenced on Monday. 

The drivers said this was necessary so the companies affected can address issues of physical assault on drivers among other things. 

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One of the drivers simply identified as Dipo told SaharaReporters that the drivers want a stop to the killing and meaningless assaults on drivers by riders (customers), hence the reason for the strike.

He alleged that every day of the week, drivers get assaulted, killed, or maimed by their clients.

According to him, the e-hailing services do not give a fair hearing to the drivers but rather block or suspend them upon customer's complaint. 

Dipo said the drivers want the companies to properly profile riders (clients) the same way they profile drivers so abusers won't go scot-free. 

He also called for fair hearing by the e-hailing services when a rider makes any complaint or allegation against drivers. 

He said: “As drivers, our lives and properties should be very paramount to e-hailing companies and in all respect, I don't think they value our lives because when incidents like this happen and we report such to the app companies, it gets ignored most of the time. See Also Sahara Reporters Uber/Bolt Drivers Embark on Strike, List Demands 0 Comments 3 Hours Ago

“I can tell you of two or three incidents that I know about. First, Tomi Waziri, a Bolt driver that got blind while driving Bolt. What happened was that thieves attacked the car, shot at his windscreen and the glass shattered into his eyes and got him blind. 

“After all the complaints and shouting, what Bolt did was to go through their lawyers, they didn't go to him directly, they didn't visit his family, they called their lawyer to get in touch with him. They gave him N250, 000 through their lawyer. Up till now, his eyes are gone and there's no other compensation apart from what they gave to him. 

“There's also someone in our group that had an incident, a rider stabbed him. Some of these things are happening, riders are usually responsible. For Olanrewaju, a Uber driver was stabbed by a rider. Up till now, I don't think he was given the befitting compensation. He is out of the job right now. He is not driving any e-hailing cab right now. 

“Another driver, his phone was stolen by the rider after the rider requested for a ride. There are a lot of incidents like that. For a driver to gain access to the Bolt and Uber platforms, you would upload some details about you so, we want our riders too to be profiled. 

“We know a lot of things are not working well in the country but rider profiling will not cost them anything so that we will also know this is the person we are carrying and if we want to report, we will know the security outfit to report such rider too, in case incidents of robbery or others occur.

“That is what we are fighting for but to my greatest surprise, all that happened yesterday, no media company reported it. It was not trending on Twitter, no hashtag, nothing and there was a surge yesterday. There was a heavy surge yesterday and no one complained. A lot of people requested for rides yesterday but as we drivers are on strike, we declined the ride and also requested working drivers to join us in the strike. 

“We are going to the stadium for our protest march. It's a week strike. It started yesterday and will end next Monday. 

“Before we registered, we were promised to be protected, it's just shocking that when we started and these things started happening to us, nothing was done. 

“All these things we are complaining of, we ought not to be complaining about them if the riders are being profiled. Every day, 20 to 30% of drivers get assaulted by riders so every one of us has a story to tell. If we complain to the ride-hailing company about that, they won't even listen to us. 

“There is a friend of mine, a rider, he was closing from work and he said he should take the last trip that would take him through a particular route. He got a request from the airport, called the rider who told him that he was going to a different location. He told the man he was sorry that he could not go in that direction. The next thing the man told him was he would report him and Bolt would block him. 

“To our greatest surprise, the driver was blocked from the Bolt platform the following morning. We don't get fair hearing, we are always scared of what the riders will tell Bolt. If you mistakenly make a wrong turn or something happens while on a trip, the next thing you'll hear is they will report you to Bolt or Uber.

“Uber is even fairly considerate, they might call the driver to tell his side of the story but Bolt won't do that. They will just block you or suspend you indefinitely. We are the ones working for them. 90% of each ride are being taken by Bolt and it's bad that we get treated like this.”

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BREAKING: Granting Asylum To IPOB, MASSOB Members Disrespects Nigeria—Lai Mohammed Attacks UK

8 hours 1 min ago


The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

The Nigerian government has described as disrespectful the decision of the United Kingdom to grant asylum to members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra who seek such over alleged persecution.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, also said such a move would sabotage Nigeria's fight against terrorism and undermine its security during a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) interview programme, NANForum, on Tuesday.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

He however said the matter is under the purview of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, whom he said was competent to handle the issue appropriately.

“As the spokesman for the Federal Government of Nigeria, I will say that if indeed the report that the UK will grant asylum to supposedly persecuted IPOB and MASSOB members is true, then something is wrong somewhere.

“Against the background of the fact that IPOB is not only proscribed but also designated as a terrorist organisation here in Nigeria, the UK’s decision is disrespectful of Nigeria as a nation.

“The decision amounts to sabotaging the fight against terrorism and generally undermining Nigeria’s security. It is not only unconscionable, it is inexplicable,’’ he said.

Citing the recent attacks on police stations, police personnel and prisons in the South-East, Mohammed said IPOB had been found to be responsible for the violence. 

He continued, “If we could go down the memory lane, what the UK has done is like Nigeria offering asylum to members of the IRA before the 1998 Good Friday Peace Agreement."

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) had released new guidelines on how to consider and grant asylum applications by members of Biafran secessionist groups.
 

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EXPOSED: Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Director Caught In N10million Bribery Scandal To Secure Appointment

8 hours 13 min ago


Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada

A Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) serving in the Directorate of Technical Cooperation In Africa (DTCA), Suleiman Momoh, has been caught in a N10 million bribery scandal which was offered to secure his appointment.

SaharaReporters learnt that the N10 million was paid to a staff member in the Presidency in Aso Rock in January 2020 to ensure that Momoh was made a director at the MFA because the former director at the DTCA was retiring.

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SaharaReporters gathered that Momoh, to raise that money had sought loans from friends and associates, including one Mr Gift Agadagu, a businessman from whom he borrowed N2.5 million.

It was learnt that Momoh asked Agadagu in December 2019 to borrow him the money, with a written agreement that he would pay back the sum in January 2020, but the bubble burst when Momoh, after becoming a director, refused to repay the money.

Agadagu thereafter raised a petition to the DCTA of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in May 2020 to complain about Momoh and get his money back but the petition was not acted upon and subsequently swept under the carpet.

SaharaReporters obtained the petition in which Momoh’s wife confirmed that her husband paid N10 million to an Aso Rock staff member to get the directorship position at the DCTA which he is currently occupying.

Sources at the corruption-ridden DCTA told SaharaReporters that the petition came to the attention of the Minister of State of Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada, but it was killed because “the minister’s boys also got shares of job racketeering money from the DCTA.”

“The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dada, supervises the DCTA and he is aware of the anomalies on the ground. Momoh’s case is just an example of the various job and promotion racketeering going on at the foreign affairs’ agency. The former Director-General, Adamu Mahmud, is also aware of the whole saga. The minister and his boys eat from the proceeds. They are too corrupt to investigate the petition,” a source said.

The petition raised against Momoh is titled, “Complaint of Criminal Abuse of Office and Obtaining Money by False Pretence Against Suleiman Momoh.”  

The letter written through the Koyen-Hi Kebo Chambers, partly reads, “Mr Momoh has used the instrumentality of his office and official position as a civil servant to obtain money by false pretences from our client (Gift Agadagu). Our client met Mr Momoh through one of his associates, Alhaji Abdulsalam Dahiru based in Abuja.

“On December 30, 2019, Momoh approached him with a loan request under the pretext that his department was trying to mop up the balance of their budgetary allocation before the new year –2020 for which he was looking for some money to offer to some staff members of the Ministry of Finance to facilitate the transaction.

“For this purpose, Momoh requested a loan of N2.5 million only, with a promise to return the money on January 7, 2020. In return, Momoh entered into an agreement to pay our client the sum of N1.8 million only. Consequently, Momoh was asked to pay N3.8 million on January 7. The handwritten agreement between Momoh and our client dated December 30, 2019, is attached.

“To this end, Momoh issued a cheque from Access Bank, 20198691 dated January 7, 2021. However to our client’s disappointment, on presentation of the cheque at the bank, the cheque was not honoured as the banker told our client that there was insufficient fund in the account to which he drew the attention of Momoh. Up till now, Momoh has refused and ignored to pay our client. Momoh is avoiding our client and has remained incommunicado.”

The lawyer added that Momoh brought the official documents from his office in order to solicit for the loan and hoodwink “our client that they were mopping up the budgetary balance of his department.”  

“When Mr Momoh was unable to pay our client, Momoh’s wife intervened and called Alhaji Dahiru, requesting him to intervene and prevail on our client, telling him that her husband had asked for the loan for the purpose of securing the position of a Director in the ministry as the incumbent was retiring.

“Mr Momoh’s wife further told Alhaji Abdulsalam that her husband paid the sum of N10 million to a staff member in the Aso Rock in the Presidential Villa to secure the job but he did not mention the name of the staff member, which means he used the money to bribe for official position in the department.

“It is our client's request that you kindly cause this petition to be investigated to get to the root of Mr Momoh’s criminal conduct in relation to his office as a civil servant and abuse of office. Our client and Alhaji Abdulsalam are willing to come and testify regarding this petition,” the lawyer concluded.

SaharaReporters learnt that the DCTA has since refused to act on the petition nland also failed to invite the petitioner or the accused for questioning.

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I Wrote Jonathan, Buhari About Pantami's Ties With Terrorists But Nothing Was Done — Borno Cleric

8 hours 43 min ago


The Director-General, Centre for Justice on Religion and Ethnicity in Nigeria, Kallamu Musa Ali Dikwa, said he had written three times to the Nigerian government over the alleged ties the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim, has with terrorism.

Dikwa, however, said the Nigerian government shunned his petitions on all three occasions.

He said he wrote the first letter addressed to the Nigerian government in 2012 during the President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration and was invited to stand as a witness in the trial but the case was struck out thereafter.

Dikwa told SaharaReporters he wrote another letter in 2018 during the first term of President Muhammadu Buhari. He said he was invited to recall the letter and the VCDs attached and warned never write such again.

The pastor, who hails from the Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno state, said he wrote again in 2020 but the letter was never acknowledged.

He said, “Since the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, I have written letters to the security agencies and President of the Senate, concerning the activities of Sheikh Isa Ali Pantami, the present Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Sanusi Kalil, Sani Yahaya Jingir, Abubakar Gero and Kabiru Gombe on how they are terrorising Nigerians and doing the same activities of Boko Haram terrorists in the name of working for President Muhammadu Buhari to take over power and I submitted the letters with VCDs showing the activities of the aforementioned people.

“The former Senate President forwarded (them) to the Chairman, Senate Committee on National Security & Intelligence, Senator Mohammed Magoro. Senator Magoro, Vice Chairman of the committee, Senator Sale Maina, and the committee secretary, Umaru, invited us and we met. They agreed to take the matter to court and I was the one who was going to stand for the case and I had agreed to do so but till date, nobody has invited us again.

“The reply to our letters from the two chambers of the National Assembly dated: letter from the Senate President was 29/02/2012 and the other one was from Chairman, House Committee on Public Petitions Committee Hon. C. I. D. Maduabum (sic).

“But recently, it was reported that the US had put the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy on the watchlist of terrorists in Nigeria. Although the minister came out and gave Nigerians meaningless excuses, but he and his friends, including Mr President know within themselves that what the US said was very true.

“But we are now hearing that the Buhari government will use some of the Christians amongst the executive council such as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Minister of Foreign Affairs to discuss with the US authorities to cover up the secret and change the story. According to them, Yemi Osinbajo is a very close friend of the minister, Isa Ali Pantami."

A part of the letter shared with SaharaReporters read, “...In the same vein, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami preached to his followers in Bauchi that Governor David Jonah Jang had urged the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in Bauchi State because of Kalakato and Boko Haram. According to Isa Pantami, all the killings of Muslims in Plateau State were perpetrated by Governor Jonah David Jang and Gbong-Gwom Jos-Da Jacob Gyang Buba.

“Dr Pantami said, according to Daily Trust newspaper as captured in the column of the current minister of education, Malam Adamu Adamu, out of three thousand people killed in Plateau State, two thousand eight hundred are Muslims.

“According to Pantami, Governor Jang and Bauchi State CAN (Christian Association of Nigeria) Chairman, and some Christians leaders held a meeting in Lagos with journalists at Sheraton Hotel to plan how to kill Muslims in this country. Pantami said when the last 2010 crisis started, the Sultan of Sokoto called Governor Jonah Jang on the phone over 20 times and Jang refused to answer the Sultan's calls.

“Dr Ali Pantami said all Muslims must buy weapons to fight Christians in this country. It is regrettable that as President, you could appoint this kind of extremist, and fanatical Islamic scholar, Dr Isa Ibrahim Ali Pantami as Director-General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) who hates and pathologically dislikes Christians and any non-Muslim person. Mr President, you also reappointed him as the Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2019.

“It should be noted that the above-mentioned names i.e Islamic clerics such as Sheikh Sani Jingir, Sheikh Abubakar Gero, Sheikh Sanusi Khalid and Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami only promote hate speeches and always motivate and incite their adherents to kill Christians and this is well known to security agencies. Unfortunately, and sadly enough, the appropriate security agencies have failed to act decisively. We submitted copies of CD plates of their teachings and recommended that they should be arrested and prosecuted accordingly."

Dikwa warned that Nigerians should be careful about linking their mobile phone numbers to their National Identification Numbers as required by the government.

He alleged that it would enable bandits, killer-herdsmen and Boko Haram terrorists to prey on Nigerians using their information after the current leaders have left the government.

“They are also looking to change the names of these terrorist groups that they are using now to a different name.    

“Federal government knows where these terrorists are staying, they meet with leaders of these terrorist groups anywhere and anytime. Dr Ahmed Gumi and Prof. Umar Yusuf meet with the North-West terrorist group, so-called bandits and kidnappers and give feedback to the federal government on what the bandits and kidnappers want from the government. So, why is it that the government has continued to deceive Nigerians?

“Also, members of the DSS (Department of State Services) and military are the ones always escorting members of a non-governmental organisation called Kalthum Foundation to receive kidnapped victims from ISWAP/Boko Haram terrorists after the families have paid millions of naira in ransom."

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BREAKING: Election Tribunal Affirms Re-election Of Governor Akeredolu

8 hours 56 min ago


The re-election of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State last October has been affirmed by the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Akure, the state capital.

The tribunal gave the verdict on Tuesday. 

Akeredolu was declared winner of the October 10, 2020 governorship poll in Ondo State by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

He won with 292,830 votes, while the runner-up, Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party had 195,791 votes.

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Nigeria Under Buhari 'A Mass Of Cumulative Failure', Oby Ezekwesili Says

9 hours 17 min ago


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Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, has said that Nigeria under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, has become “a mass of cumulative failure.”


In a Twitter thread on Tuesday, Ezekwesili lamented that with the way things are currently going, Nigeria risks losing its status as a country as it steadily hobbles down the slippery slope under President Buhari.

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According to her, recent happenings in Nigeria do not present the country as a progressive one but rather as a 'mass of cumulative failure'.

She said Nigeria of today can be compared with countries like Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, among others. Ezekwesili called for a sovereign national conversation. 

Her tweet read, “For 60 years, Nigeria in a classic case of failure of nation formation failed to make the transition from country to nation.

For 60 years, Nigeria in a classic case of failure of Nation Formation failed to make the transition from Country to Nation.

Worse, it even now risks its status as a country as it steadily hobbles down the slippery slope of Fragile State to totter on the brink under @MBuhari ✍🏾

— Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) April 20, 2021

“Sadly, it even now risks its status as a country as it steadily hobbles down the slippery slope of fragile state under the leadership of President Buhari.

“The most representative characterisation of today’s Nigeria is not of a progressive country, but as a mass of cumulative failure.

“The Fragile State Score for Nigeria in 2020 according to the Fund for Peace is 97.3. That high score for all indices of a failing State has placed the country as the world’s 14th most fragile state."

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EXCLUSIVE: Army Raids Imo Communities, Arrests Youths, Residents Over IPOB, ESN Membership

9 hours 20 min ago


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The Nigerian Army has deployed its personnel to some Imo State communities to carry out raids, discreet searches and arrests of youths and residents who are suspected to be linked to the Indigenous People of Biafra and its security arm, the Eastern Security Network.

Multiple sources told SaharaReporters that the military personnel, suspected to be led by the 34 Artillery Brigade, Owerri, since Sunday have been arresting male residents and youths, particularly in Oguta and Ohaji communities and clamping them into vans and taken to unknown destinations.

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“We have been getting distress calls from our relatives and people that the army sent its men to surround communities in Ohaji, Osu, Agwa and Izombe. They have been abducting some male youths. It is an abduction because nobody among those arrested knows his offence, where they are taking him to or is able to communicate to his relatives before he is taken away. The military are forcing them in their vans,” a source stated.

“A few women are among the victims being raided too. Some of our women who went to farms have not returned since. People from Oguta, Ohaji communities, who have relatives in Owerri town are fleeing, because the army wants to turn our villages into deserts. What is all this search because of IPOB and ESN? Is it by emptying our villages that you arrest IPOB and ESN? Won’t people go to their farms again?” a resident said.

Imo State has been a hotbed of violence and killings which got to a head on April 5, when the notorious gunmen attacked the state police command headquarters, and freed no fewer than 2,000 inmates at the headquarters of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Owerri.

The gunmen had also attacked the office of the State Criminal Investigation Department of the state police command, freeing suspects there.

The attackers had burnt all the vehicles parked at the command headquarters and freed all the suspects in almost all the cells at the SCID. 

SaharaReporters had reported that the gunmen operated in over 10 vehicles, and also attacked soldiers stationed at Umuorji along Owerri–Onitsha Expressway.

Earlier, four police divisional headquarters had been attacked since February. They include Obowo, Aboh Mbaise and Ihitte/Uboma, divisions.

Unknown gunmen on March 20 also razed the Isiala Mbano Police Divisional Headquarters located at Umuelemai in Imo State.

The gunmen had invaded the divisional headquarters armoury and freed suspects in the detention facility and carted away arms.

While some had fingered the IPOB and ESN as the culprits, the state government had said the gunmen were being used by aggrieved politicians, while the IPOB has also denied its involvement in the attacks.

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BREAKING: Delta Youths Stop Screening Of Supervisory Councillors Over Alleged Imposition

9 hours 26 min ago



Youths numbering over 200 in the Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta state on Tuesday stopped the screening of supervisory councillors over allegations of imposition.

The protesting youths, drawn from the 13 wards of the local government area, were with leaves and placards that had different inscriptions accusing the commissioner representing Isoko North in the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Paul Oweh; local government Peoples Democratic Party chairman, Godwin Ogorugba, council chairman, Christian Iteire and a few other leaders of imposing candidates on the people. 


SaharaReporters gathered that the protesting youths had last week got wind of the screening and swearing-in of the supervisory councillors billed for Tuesday at the legislative chamber and stormed the council secretariat. 

They drove away the councillors, council chairman, and some PDP leaders, disrupting activities there.


Our correspondent gathered that the protesting youths almost lynched the council chairman for allegedly conniving with the DESOPADEC commissioner, Oweh, and Ogorugba to carry out the imposition.
 

Speaking with our correspondent, one of the leaders of the protesters who identified himself as Joseph Owhologbo, from Ellu ward, said they decided to embark on the protest following the imposition of supervisory councillors by the council chairman, PDP chairman, and DESOPADEC commissioner without proper consultation with other leaders in the local government area. 


"We are protesting against the wrong selection and imposition of supervisory councillors billed for screening today, Tuesday and their swearing-in by the council chairman, Christian Iteire in connivance with the Isoko North PDP chairman, Godwin Ogorugba, DESOPADEC commissioner, Paul Oweh and a few other leaders. 


"They selected and imposed the supervisory councillors without consulting other leaders like Emmanuel Ogidi, Comrade Ovuozourie Macaulay, Jude Omena Ogbimi, Kome Okpobor, Philip Adheke, Nelson Ejakpovi, Emma Egbabor and other leaders from the 13 wards in the Isoko North Local Government Area. 


"This is absolutely wrong, we cannot fold our arms and watch this insolence act being done by the council chairman, Christian Iteire, Godwin Ogorugba, Paul Oweh and few others. To avoid any crisis in Isoko North Local Government Area, the council chairman and his cohorts should consult all leaders in the local government area before carrying out any selection of supervisory councillors," he said. 


Also speaking, a protester who simply identified himself as Karo, described the council chairman, PDP chairman and the DESOPADEC commissioner as trouble makers who did not mean well for the party.


"Ask Paul Oweh, what has he done since he was appointed as a commissioner in DESOPADEC? What has been his impact apart from amassing wealth? In Emevor, the only street he managed to tar was not done properly. It was a shoddy job and he got his kickback as always. What about the PDP chairman, he has nothing to offer other than to extort money from electoral candidates. We are saying no to any form of imposition on us," he said. 


In the same vein, a protester who identified himself as Lucky Okeremu from Emevor ward, also condemned the alleged imposition of the supervisory councillors on the people. 

"In Emevor ward, we have two leaders, Paul Oweh and Nelson Ejakpovi who stood in all elections to deliver the PDP in Emevor ward. Paul Oweh has produced two councillors from Emevor and he again connived with the PDP chairman, Godwin Ogorugba and the council chairman, Christian Iteire to impose a supervisory councillor on us.


"This is an injustice being done to us all in Emevor ward. We are calling on the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa to intervene and put to an end all these acts of injustice being done by the Isoko North council chairman, Isoko North PDP chairman, DESOPADEC commissioner, Paul Oweh and few other leaders in our local government area," he said. 


Following the protest, the screening and swearing-in of the supervisory councillors had to be suspended.

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Two Lovers Arrested For Selling Cannabis Biscuits To Schoolchildren In Abuja

9 hours 26 min ago


Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have arrested two suspects who produce and sell drug cookies to schoolchildren and other unsuspecting members of the public in Abuja.

The suspects, a university student, Rhoda Agboje, and her boyfriend, Ifeanyi Nwankwo, were arrested for producing the cookies with Arizona, a highly psychoactive variant of cannabis; alcohol, and Rohypnol, among other ingredients.

The syndicate was unravelled following the arrest of Agboje who was caught with four pieces of the drug cookies on Sunday.

The Commander, FCT Command of the NDLEA, Mohammed Malami Sokoto told journalists that Agboje was arrested at the NNPC Cooperative Estate, opposite Gaduwa Estate in Abuja, based on a complaint after she gave an unsuspecting young girl the cookies to eat.

The young girl, after eating the drug cookies, lost her mind and could not sleep, making incoherent utterances due to the effects of the cookies.

Under interrogation, the prime suspect, Agboje, confessed that she prepares the cookies with a friend and sells each pack of three pieces at N1, 500. A follow-up operation in her boyfriend’s house led to the recovery of over 200 pieces of the drug cookies.

Sokoto said, “The boyfriend, Ifeanyi Nwankwo, and all the equipment used for the production of the cookies were brought to the office for further investigation.

“The suspect confirmed that she sells at parties and to unsuspecting members of the public, including schoolchildren that are the most vulnerable. The suspect also supplies some supermarkets and clubs in the FCT.”

Narcotics agents with the FCT Command of the NDLEA have also launched a manhunt for another member of the syndicate involved. 

In reaction, Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Mohamed Buba Marwa, on Tuesday, commended officers and men of the FCT Command for unravelling the syndicate.

According to him, what the syndicate was doing is not only criminal but equally unconscionable by deliberately luring schoolchildren into taking drugs under the cover of selling to them biscuits or cookies.

“I wish to draw the attention of parents to this new devious strategy to get children addicted to drug cookies and to urge them to remain vigilant while monitoring what their wards bring home from school or consume as a snack,” Marwa said.

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Uber/Bolt Drivers Embark on Strike, List Demands

9 hours 30 min ago


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Drivers of Nigeria's biggest ride-hailing companies, Uber and Bolt have embarked on a strike action to push for the immediate increment of fares.

The e-cab operators, under the aegis of Professional E-hailing Drivers and Private Owners Association (PEDPA), had earlier warned that they would embark on strike if there demands were not met.

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This was revealed by National President of PEDPA, Mr Idris Shonuga at a news conference in Lagos where he called for the immediate upward review of e-cab fares to reflect the current economic

He listed their five-point demands as follows: "Immediate and proper profiling of all riders patronising our services. 

"Immediate joint upward review of the fares  to meet the current economy reality. There must be uniform price across board. 100 /km, 15/mins 500 base fare and N1, 000 minimum fare. 

"Immediate review of all accounts blocked unjustifiably.

"Adequate welfare packages for drivers and compensation to the families of those that lost their lives or permanently disabled!

"No more individual engagement, all policies must be reviewed by drivers' union before being enacted."

Meanwhile, there have been complaints of drivers losing their lives through kidnapping or outright targeted killing by ritualists while on the job with no compensation from the company.

"There have been instances where drivers have been slammed wrongfully with sexual assault charges by female riders who feel slighted by their drivers. And there is no insurance policy to cover the job risks," a driver said. 

Shonuga said the association was considering taking legal action to seek remedies against the e-hailing companies if their demands were not met.
 

 

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BREAKING: Chadian Military Picks Idriss Deby’s Son As Replacement For Late President

10 hours 1 min ago


Chadian Army has announced Idriss Deby's 37-year-old son, Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, a four-star general, as the new leader of the country.

 

Deby died on the battlefield after three decades in power, the army announced on state television on Tuesday.

The shocking announcement came after the 68-year-old was proclaimed the winner of a presidential election that had given him a sixth term in office.

 

According to AFP, the army said Deby had been commanding his army at the weekend as it battled against rebels who had launched a major incursion into the north of the country on election day.

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Deby “has just breathed his last breath defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield,” army spokesman General Azem Bermandoa Agouna said in a statement read out on state television.

 

Deby, 68, had ruled Chad with an iron fist for three decades but was a key ally in the West’s anti-jihadist campaign in the troubled Sahel region.

 

On Monday, the army had claimed a “great victory” in its battle against the rebels from neighbouring Libya, saying it had killed 300 fighters, with the loss of five soldiers in its own ranks during eight days of combat.

 

Deby would have been one of the longest-serving leaders in the world, after provisional results showed him winning the April 11 election.

 

He was a herder’s son from the Zaghawa ethnic group who took the classic path to power through the army, and relished the military culture.

 

His latest election victory — with almost 80 percent of the vote — had never been in doubt, with a divided opposition, boycott calls, and a campaign in which demonstrations were banned or dispersed.

 

Deby had campaigned on a promise of bringing peace and security to the region, but his pledges were undermined by the rebel incursion.

 

The government had sought Monday to assure concerned residents that the offensive was over.

 

There had been panic in some areas of N’Djamena on Monday after tanks were deployed along the city’s main roads, an AFP journalist reported.

 

The tanks were later withdrawn apart from a perimeter around the president’s office, which is under heavy security during normal times.

 

“The establishment of a security deployment in certain areas of the capital seems to have been misunderstood,” government spokesman Cherif Mahamat Zene had said on Twitter on Monday.

 

“There is no particular threat to fear.”

 

However, the US embassy in N’Djamena had on Saturday ordered non-essential personnel to leave the country, warning of possible violence in the capital. Britain also urged its nationals to leave.

 

France’s embassy said in an advisory to its nationals in Chad that the deployment was a precaution and there was no specific threat to the capital.

 

The rebel raid in the provinces of Tibesti and Kanem was carried out by the Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT), based in Libya.

 

The group has a non-aggression pact with Khalifa Haftar, a military strongman who controls much of Libya’s east.

 

FACT, a group mainly made up of the Saharan Goran people, said in a statement Sunday that it had “liberated” the Kanem region. Such claims in remote desert combat zones are difficult to verify.

 

The Tibesti mountains near the Libyan frontier frequently see fighting between rebels and the army, as well as in the northeast bordering Sudan. French air strikes were needed to stop an incursion there in February 2019.

 

In February 2008, a rebel assault reached the gates of the presidential palace before being pushed back with French backing.

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Kill All Bandits, Bomb Forests —El-Rufai Tells Military

10 hours 16 min ago


Kaduna State Governor Nasiru Ahmed El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has said the only way to make schools safe is to kill all bandits. 

The governor said this on Tuesday in Abuja at an ongoing conference on Financing Safe Schools in Nigeria. 

Kaduna State Governor Nasiru Ahmed El-Rufai

According to El-Rufai, the Nigerian Air Force should should bomb the forests where bandits have been using as hide-outs.

He said, “Nobody living in the forest is innocent and we must kill them all. 

“The Chief of Air Staff has been doing well and this has led to a reduction in the activities of bandits in recent times."

The governor also suggested that drones should be bought and deployed to assist in the fight against banditry and other forms of criminality. 

He added that banditry can also be stopped if people stop negotiating with them and paying them ransoms. 

“People ask if my child was kidnapped and I say that I won’t pay, it is a personal decision, which we do not all support.

“So the only way to stop banditry is to kill them all,” he said.

But in 2016, El-Rufai admitted his government traced some violent, aggrieved Fulani to their countries and paid them to stop the killing of Southern Kaduna natives and the destruction of their communities.

He had said, “For southern Kaduna, we didn’t understand what was going on and we decided to set up a committee under Gen. Martin Luther Agwai (rtd) to find out what was going on there. What was established was that the root of the problem has a history starting from the 2011 post-election violence.

“Fulani herdsmen from across Africa bring their cattle down towards Middle Belt and Southern Nigeria. The moment the rains start around March, April, they start moving them up to go back to their various communities and countries.

“Unfortunately, it was when they were moving up with their cattle across Southern Kaduna that the elections of 2011 took place and the crisis trapped some of them.

“Some of them were from Niger, Cameroon, Chad, Mali and Senegal. Fulanis are in 14 African countries and they traverse this country with the cattle.
“So many of these people were killed, cattle lost and they organised themselves and came back to revenge.

“So a lot of what was happening in Southern Kaduna was actually from outside Nigeria. We got a hint that the late Governor Patrick Yakowa got this information and he sent someone to go round some of these Fulani communities, but of course after he died, the whole thing stopped. That is what we inherited. But the Agwai committee established that.

“We took certain steps. We got a group of people that were going round trying to trace some of these people in Cameroon, Niger Republic and so on to tell them that there is a new governor who is Fulani like them and has no problem paying compensations for lives lost and he is begging them to stop killing.

“In most of the communities, once that appeal was made to them, they said they have forgiven. There are one or two that asked for monetary compensation. They said they have forgiven the death of human beings, but want compensation for cattle. We said no problem, and we paid some. As recently as two weeks ago, the team went to Niger Republic to attend one Fulani gathering that they hold every year with a message from me.”

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Senate Orders Probe Of CCT Chairman For Assaulting Abuja Security Guard

10 hours 33 min ago


The Senate on Tuesday directed its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to probe the alleged assault on a security guard by the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau, Danladi Umar.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, gave the directive after the Senator representing Plateau North, Istifanus Gyang, laid a petition before the Senate on behalf of the victim, Clement Sargwak.

The victim through his representative in the red chamber alleged in his petition that he was assaulted by Umar and a policeman attached to him after he informed him (Umar) that his car was wrongly parked.

The 22-year-old employee of Jul Reliable Guards Services Limited, posted as a security guard to Banex Plaza, in Wuse, Abuja, told the Senate that he was attacked by Umar last month.

He, therefore, asked the Senate to ensure justice was done on his case.

SaharaReporters had on April 1 reported Sargwak narrating how the power-drunk justice slapped him for several times and tore his uniform for asking him to park appropriately.  

Sargwak, who had a bruised lip, said Umar further picked an iron rod from his car and attempted to hit him (Sargwak) on the head before other security men came to his rescue.
“I work as a security man stationed at the car park section at the old Banex Plaza. I was on duty when a man (Mr Umar) arrived in his car at the plaza and I noticed he parked his vehicle wrongly.

“Then I approached him to inform him about his wrong parking, because he had parked by the roadside obstructing other visitors arriving at the plaza.

”After I informed him about his wrong parking, he came out and slapped me, when he slapped me the driver also came down and slapped me and they tore my uniform and they stepped over me several times.

“It was the ‘Oga’ by himself (Mr Umar) that went to his car to pick up an iron rod in an attempt to hit me on my head. A tenant at the plaza quickly held his hand and pleaded with him on my behalf not to hit me with the metal.

”I later ran to meet my supervisor to come to my aid. I was unable to find my supervisor. But I later got my head guard to report my situation. On getting there, my head guard called the Banex police. I was slapped and kicked again by Mr Umar, policeman,” he had said.

Mr Sargwak said Mr Umar called the policemen and State Security Service operatives attached to him as security details from home and waited for them to arrive.

He said on the arrival of the security details, a policeman among them also slapped him “on the order of Mr Umar.”

Nigerians and civil society groups have since been demanding the removal of the CCT Chairman over his public misconduct.

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Can Nigeria Be Saved From Religion? By Adebayo Raphael

10 hours 47 min ago


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Gradually, the whirlwind of religion is pushing Nigeria towards the point of no return. When the incumbent president, General Buhari, said in early 2015 that “if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria,” he left out an avalanche that is just as likely – perhaps more likely and swifter in rage to kill Nigeria – Religion. Hence the new pith should be: if we don’t check religion, religion will kill Nigeria.

Religion has invariably been a critical centrepiece in Nigeria’s politics, and this is historically understandable because Africans have always been religiously impassioned. The introduction of non-native, belligerent religions, particularly Islam and Christianity to Africa, which accelerated the decline of Africa's animism-era, continues to condense our capacity for mutual tolerance in the same way that these religions continue to provoke grisly conflicts in Asia and Europe. Many generations have passed but the inherent aggression of these religions have lingered in Nigeria, constituting a bane to the tenuous peace in our society.

The maniacal extremist religious aspiration of Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, as recently brought to light, vouchsafes the depth of fundamentalist rot in Nigeria’s socio-political fabric. Between the ninety-eighties Maitatsine Riots, the violent clashes between religious groups in the nineties, the Sharia Riots and the other religious conflicts in between up until Boko Haram, the Hijab crisis in Kwara and the lingering Southern Kaduna crisis, Nigeria have witnessed no less than forty religious violence that has led to the deaths of thousands and displacement of tens of thousands of Nigerians.

It’s been a century and seventy-eight years, but one can still say without scruples that Karl Marx was right when he said “religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.” Often, the import of Marx’s polysemous metaphor in this expression is lost in what is sometimes a deliberate waterlogging of what ought to be genuine dialectical interpretations.

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Context matters, just as signification does. The struggle for Nigeria today is the struggle against religion. And, as Marx describes it in his Introduction in Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right, from which the expression above is culled, “the struggle against religion is, therefore, indirectly the struggle against that world whose spiritual aroma is religion.”  People like Pantami – as much a religious extremist as Nigeria’s incumbent president, Buhari – are the worst of a society like Nigeria’s where socio-economic conditions and the acute desire for transcendental interventions exacerbates credulity, repels logic and gives undue advantage to extremist religious fundamentalists.

Marx’s argument (ibid.) that religion is both a state of suffering and of illusion which has been commodified and for which a solution may only be found within the problem itself, holds true for religious fanatics in Nigeria. And for Pantami and his likes, the credulity of these fanatics remains his best form of defence against the overbrimming calls for his resignation and investigation.

This is significant to Nigeria’s immediate future in two ways: Pantami’s protection by the government would be interpreted, rightly so, as full government backing of a salafization agenda which, in turn, will lead to the reification of religious extremism; and two, the other religious (and indeed ethnic) groups will have a reason to not only grow in disaffection but to also accentuate their disaffection in especial ways that may spell doom for Nigeria. Neither is good for Nigeria.

So, how can Nigeria avoid the portent religious disaster?

I know very well from experience that there are Muslims, respected Imams and ordinary followers alike, who do not share the extremist worldview of Pantami and his likes. Their belief is undiluted and they are temperate in practice. These are the ones who must rise to the occasion and save Nigeria from the portent religious disaster. It would simply be unfortunate if non-extremist Muslims embrace a quietist disposition in this trying time. Also, if there weren’t so many ethnoreligious bigots in the National Assembly, starting with the Senate President and his Fulani-lackey counterpart in the other chamber, the institution would be better positioned to confront the portent religious disaster with a sound public policy.

Nigeria’s ultimate goal, as an irreducible policy focus on religion, must be clear and emphatic secularism. Religion must be checked, and fast. It is simply a disaster that is ready to engulf Nigeria. Unlike the current ineffectual fight against corruption, Nigeria must take the business of checking religion seriously. Until such a time when the minds of people are not enchained by the opiate called religion; when their socio-economic conditions do not make them credulous to believe every Pantami and Buhari on the streets; when their sense of fulfilment does not come from engaging in religious warfare on behalf of a Supreme Being from whom they have no mandate of warfare, Religion must be checked.

Then, as Marx argues, the capitalist-induced conditions that make opium necessary in the first place must be confronted and obliterated.  

Adebayo Raphael is a Writer and Human Rights Activist. He can be reached via Asorosobioro@gmail.com.

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Don't Misquote Me, My Position Now Is Self-Determination For Yoruba People— Gani Adams

10 hours 50 min ago


Gani Adams

The Aare Onakankafo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, has said he is in full support of self-determination and not restructuring as is being propagated in some quarters.

Adams was speaking at a conference as seen in a video that has now gone viral on the internet.

Gani Adams

According to him, a major step in moving the country forward could be on either self-determination or regionalism.

He referred to the Republican Constitution of 1963 which, he said, allows for federating units to develop at their own pace.

He said, “The constitution that presents Nigeria as a country in 1960 and the republic constitution that our forefathers wrote politically in 1963, this gives room for federating units to be uninterrupted, this gives room for regionalism, this gives room for every federating units to develop at their own pace. 

“We have six federating units that were agreed in the constitutional conference in 1995/96, Abacha government, the six zones can be changed to the region and each region can develop at their own pace. That's the minimum demand for determination. I don't want our people to misquote me that I'm coming back to restructuring, my own position now is self-determination.

“When you are fighting a war, maybe intellectual war or psychological or political war, you'll prepare for a negotiation. After everything, you will now come to the table and negotiate. I believe that will be the best of interest for the Yoruba people because this is about interest.

“Some people will talk about unity when you are talking about unity, you don't want me to talk about the influence on my own locality, you don't want me to talk about the influence on my local government, my community and my own region. Politics is purely a local interest and everything that happened is local, from the community to local government, state and federal government.

“I believe it is highly imperative to move this country forward. If you want to move this country forward, it should be on two sides, either self-determination or regionalism and the for regionalism in the constitution, the powers are now concentrated in the confederacy. Assuming we allowed confederacy in our constitution, our brothers in the North will not do what they have done to us in the course of almost 60 years.

“We know how the Yoruba nation started, when Obafemi Awolowo left government, took over self-government in 1959, we know what we achieved within the period of five years of self-government and we know what happened to us in Yorubaland between 1960 and 1966 before the military came and concrete our federalism on January 15, 1970, by Aguiyi Ironsi and since then, the centre could not hold. 

“So far, we have been living together in mutual suspicion. Like what Prof Banji Akintoye said, we are a country, not a nation because when you are living on the basis of mutual suspicion, you're not a nation.”

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BREAKING: Chad's President, Deby Has Died Of Injuries Suffered On Frontline

10 hours 58 min ago


Chad's President, Idriss Deby has died, an army spokesman said on Tuesday, Reuters reports.

Details of his death are still sketchy but the army authorities said he died from injuries sustained on the front.

The Chadian army is currently combating rebel forces who have launched an assault on the capital, N’Djamena.

His death came a few hours after he won a sixth term in office. 

Chad's veteran president, Deby, won a sixth term, provisional election results showed on Monday, as the army said it had beaten back a column of insurgents advancing on the capital, N'Djamena.

The 68-year-old Deby, who came to power in a rebellion in 1990, took 79.3% of the vote in the April 11 election, which was boycotted by top opposition leaders.

He was expected to give a victory speech to supporters, but his campaign director, Mahamat Zen Bada, said he had instead gone to visit Chadian soldiers on the front lines.

"The candidate would have liked to have been here to celebrate ... but right now, he is alongside our valiant defence and security forces to fight the terrorists threatening our territory," Zen Bada told reporters.

The rebel group Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT), which is based across the northern frontier with Libya, attacked a border post on election day and then advanced hundreds of kilometres (miles) south.

But it suffered a setback over the weekend. Chad's military spokesman, Azem Bermendao Agouna, told Reuters that army troops killed more than 300 insurgents and captured 150 on Saturday in Kanem province, around 300 km (185 miles) from N'Djamena.

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Buhari’s War On Terror A Joke With Communications Minister, Pantami Still In Office—Pyrates Confraternity

11 hours 38 sec ago


The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) has declared that the continued stay in office of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami after the exposure of his previously held extremist views in support of global terrorism confirms that President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration's war on terror is a ruse.

The NAS Capoon, Mr Abiola Owoaje, in a statement titled ‘Pantami’s volte-face contrition is not sufficient to remedy’, said the minister’s recant after the initial denial was “unfortunate, embarrassing and disheartening".

According to him, videos and tapes which revealed Pantami’s support for the aims of Al-Qaeda while condemning the intervention of the Nigerian Army in the North-East have exposed him as a sympathiser of Boko Haram.

“His recant notwithstanding, those remarks mark him out as a religious zealot, a terrorist sympathiser and a middling proselytiser whose intellectual horizons are severely constricted by religious fervour and primordial ethnic sentiments.

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“These, and other infelicities make his position at the head of a sensitive ministry both regrettable and untenable. His resignation should only be the first step towards a process of accounting and explanation that the Nigerian citizenry deserves. A multi-ethnic and multi-faith country should not have religious zealots that flirt with political and religious extremism in public office.

“It is also a matter of great concern that these antecedents were either missed or glossed over during the screening process by security agencies that precedes ministerial appointment. The relevant bodies in charge of those processes should explain these lapses and what measures they would put in place to restore public trust in these protective measures.

“For the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration that came into office in 2015 on the back of a promise to wage a sincere war against terrorism, a promise it has failed to fulfil in six years amidst suspicion of internal saboteurs and collaborators frustrating the war on terror, the continued stay in office of Dr Pantami would confirm that its war on terror was no more than a political ruse all along.”

Pantami has attracted public criticism after some of his past comments which tend to support terrorism were made public. Many Nigerians have since been calling for his resignation or sacking. 

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