The Spokesperson of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Prof Ango Abdullahi has described the herdsmen killings in the middle belt region as political agenda to split the north. He stated that the political unity of the North and its size had been in question for a long time hence plot to cause disunity in the middle belt region. In a statement issued on Friday, he said “that is the bottom line. The herdsmen crisis is politically driven. We have been having herdsmen for over 200 years or 300 years ago in Nigeria, particularly we in the North. I haven’t seen how this crisis between farmers and herdsmen would lead to attacks and loss of lives. “This is a politically driven agenda, perhaps, intended to split the monolithic North; we have been talking about
...The prosperity of any nation is the simple result of a collective and sincere commitment by all who are proud to be identified with their nation. As such, those who share in a society should show an identity that is birthed by a responsibility and love for one another and for their nation... This is the climax of Travis Hirshi’s conception in his 'social bond' theory. Believe it or not, the bond expected as a society (the Nigerian society inclusive) is one that replicates the instructions contained in the scriptures, which reads: love your neighbour as you love yourself. But this is totally absent in the Nigerian environment. Most irking are the monsters of ethnocentric filament and incongruous sycophancy pushed by religious bigotry within the polity of Nigeria. It is not to be skept
President Muhammadu Buhari’s kinsman, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim Daura, has called on him to resign from the office of Petroleum Minister and concentrate on his duty as the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria. Daura who is also a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Katsina State, while briefing newsmen in Kaduna, Tuesday, said the office of the President was very demanding and required full concentration of the President to chart forward the affairs of the nation. He explained that the petroleum ministry was a very sensitive one, adding that it was the mainstay of the nation’s economy that needed to be handled by professionals who were not distracted by any other demanding duty. Alhaji Daura added that President Buhari
A former Imo State Governor, Ikedi Ohakim, has noted that people doing Mortuary business in the state are now making a lot of money due to the poor condition of health facilities in the state. The former governor decried what he described as “the increasing degree of government imposed poverty and the comatose state of Medicare in the state, which has claimed several lives.” Ohakim said this while informing his supporters of his renewed governorship ambition, in his Burma Retreat ancestral home, Okohia, Isiala Mbano local council area of Imo State. He also expressed regrets that the poverty level and poor medical facilities have sadly increased mortality rate and mortuary business. He said, “Mortuary business is booming in Imo State and this is attributabl
Tunde Bakare, General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, has said Nigeria does not need another election in 2019. Delivering his state of the nation address at his church in Lagos, Bakare stressed that what the country needed at a time such as this was a renegotiation of its union. Bakare’s speech reads in part: “Nigeria does not need an election come 2019, but needs renegotiation of its union. “Let me reiterate that what Nigeria needs now is not another election but a return to the drawing board to renegotiate our union. You will recall that, in 2015, I made a similar declaration in the message titled ‘The Gathering Storm and Avoidable Shipwreck: How to Avoid Catastrophic Euroclydon’. “In that address, I called for restructuring when ot
The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has said that the idea of cattle colonies is an insult to Nigerians. Addressing reporters on the issue, the Secretary-General of the association, Chief Sehinde Arogbofa, expressed disappointment the way President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government was handling the issue of incessant clashes between the Fulani herdsmen and the farmers in some parts of the country with levity. According to Afenifere, the crisis that would be created with the creation of cattle colonies would be worse than open grazing system which had been rejected by many Nigerians. Arogbofa stated, “The term colony is very insulting w people are being killed in their 20s and 30s by some armed men and their killers are not arrested.
My prayer for Nigeria is that President Muhammadu Buhari will not contest another presidential election in 2019. I hope when the time comes, he will do the noblest thing: Thank Nigerians for giving him a chance to serve, allow the transition process to run smoothly without his interference, and walk away with his head high. M That will be the best thing for Nigeria, and one hopes he has enough of the acclaimed Mandela spirit in him to know when to walk away from the gambling table. Nigeria is doing poorly under his watch and we cannot continue this way until 2023. We cannot be munching the same old issues on our weakened gums every election cycle. If Buhari decides to contest in 2019, we will waste about half of the electioneering time on enervating debates about his health; arguing wh...
A 31-year-old housewife, Ngozi Obasi, has allegedly poured a pot of hot water mixed with pepper on her husband’s private part. The woman was arraigned before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ in Lagos on Thursday. Mrs. Obasi, a resident of 17, Fatiregun St., Ilaye in Ebute Meta, is charged with attempted murder to which she pleaded not guilty. The police in charge of the matter, Sgt. Kehinde Omisakin, told the court that Ngozi committed the offence on Oct. 1 at 3.00 a.m. at their residence in Ebute Meta. According to the prosecutor, the accused after a heated argument, emptied the pot of hot water mixed with pepper on the private part of Igwe Obasi, her husband, in a bid to murder him. He said the offence contravened Section 230 (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Advocates of more power for states seem to be winning their age-long battle. Their position is being vindicated at the various consultations on restructuring organised by the All Progressives Congress (APC). In the North, an elder statesman yesterday said was not afraid of restructuring, some states supported the devolution of power, a rework of the revenue allocation formula and a united Nigeria. It was all at the APC’s restructuring consultation in North West (Sokoto), North Central (Ilorin) and North East (Bauchi). Kwara, Kogi and Niger states were in Ilorin. Bauchi, Gombe and Yobe had their session in Bauchi. Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states met in Sokoto for the consultation on Nigerians’ position on restructuring, which many believe is the antidote to the dismemberm
The caption for this piece was originally meant to be "Strange Things In A Strange Country" but at the last minute I changed my mind and settled for the above. I decided otherwise because I believed Fayose's presidential ambition (as laughable as it seems) and Senator Melaye's recall conundrum presented more appeal and suitability. Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state and Senator Dino Melaye are two (executive and legislative) reprobates this democracy has thrown up. Standing up to them, exposing their folly and refusing to buy their nauseating political brand remains a duty we owe to our embattled country in defense of her troubled democracy. Nigeria is a strange country populated by strange fellows. Having lived in a couple of countries outside the shores of 'Naija' for over a decade I ...