Establishing radio for herdsmen, signs of another civil war – Afenifere warns
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A Pan socio-political group, Afenifere has called on the federal government to urgently address the growing trend of insecurity in the country, particularly the attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen within the South West states, which the group stated that it was targeted primarily at non-Fulanis.

The group made this comment at a meeting on Monday at the residence of its National Leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

Afenifere stated that the alleged backing of the herdsmen by government portends danger to the existence of the country as an entity.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting and made available to DAILY POST, the group emphasized that going by the past records of countries engaged in civil wars; it followed the current trend being experienced in the country, especially, the plan to establish a Fulani radio station in country.

The communiqué signed by the group’s National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, appealed to the international community to come to the aide of the country, as the security situation was fast deteriorating, stressing that the herdsmen were in pursuit of expansionist agenda in the country.

The communiqué read, “Genocide stalks : Meeting reviewed the spate of wanton killings going on across and being perpetrated largely by Fulani herdsmen/militia the only group that are in possession of unlicensed sophisticated weapons in today without fear of any consequence as they seem to have official backing ,promotion and defense.

“The killings targeted at non-Fulani groups across the country are willful and deliberate in pursuit of expansionist and conquest agenda.

“And most unfortunately, the government in place has betrayed perceived complicity as we are not aware of any member of the group on trial for these monumental crimes even when Miyetti Allah has owned up to some of them.

“Instead, the regime has treated them with kid gloves, making excuses for their crimes with our Information Ministry and media being made to look like and Miyetti Allah media centre as they issue statements to defend these groups even when they are not defending themselves with the presidency equating Miyetti Allah with Afenifere and Ohanaeze in order to confer legitimacy on them.

“And of late, is the insensitive and impunity inspired decision of the FG to open a Fulani Radio for the herdsmen in violation of the Federal character spirit of our constitution.

“Those who have studied events in Liberia, Somalia, Rwanda and Sudan would not miss the fact that this was how events started until full-scale civil wars broke out.

“To avert this destructive scenario, we call on the Federal Government to immediately readdress its priorities in these matters and begin the process of running an inclusive country while re-defining law and order so that no citizen would take the life of another and not fear for consequences.

“We equally call on the international community not to stand aloof as Nigeria drives to the edge of the precipice. There is a big burden for the global community if things get out of hand in Nigeria.”

While urging the Yoruba nation to fortify itself against what it described as looming civil war, the group commended the former Nigeria , Olusegun Obasanjo, Prof Wole Soyinka among others for their stance against the menace of the suspected herdsmen in the country.

“Yoruba land under serious Siege: Meeting also frowned at the activities of the Fulani marauders all over Yorubaland in form of killings, kidnappings and rape of women.The situation has become much more frightening with the claim by a recently kidnapped Don at OAU.

“Meeting advised our people to active their traditional and communal self-defense system in the face of these existential threats .

“We commend Obasanjo and other patriots: The Assembly took note of the recent statements by former President Olusegun Obasanjo crediting the wave of terror going on Nigeria by Boko Haram and Miyetti Allah in Nigeria to the Fulanisation project in West Africa. We commend his boldness in speaking the truth no matter how inconvenient it may be , which is the hallmark of a statesman.

“We also acknowledge the forthrightness of the Nobel Laureate,Prof Wole Soyinka,Gen David Jemibewon ,Col David Bamigboye ,Ohanaeze Ndigbo,Pan Niger Delta Forum(PANDEF),Middle Belt Forum and all other patriots who have backed Obasanjo’s statement. Meeting equally endorsed the Yoruba Summit Group position on insecurity in Yorubaland.

“Afenifere states unequivocally that its only those who don’t wish Nigeria well and agents of destruction that would dismiss all these patriots as raising a false flag,” the communiqué read.

 

Source: Daily post

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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Sowore vs DSS: House of Reps to investigate invasion of court

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The House of Representatives has directed the relevant house committees to investigate the event surrounding the rearrest of the founder of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore in the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The motion was moved by Minority Leader, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu (PDP-Delta) under Matters of Urgent Public Importance at the plenary presided over by the Speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila on Tuesday.

The committees are National Security and Intelligence, Judiciary, and Human Rights.

Elumelu said the investigation was on the “invasion of the Federal High Court premises Abuja by yet to be identified persons”.

He described the invasion of the court by the unidentified persons as “disregard for the rule of law”.

“The videos emerging in public domain show these unidentified person trying to bundle Omoyele Sowore and his co-accused Olawale Bakare away from the courtroom room, while Sowore’s supporters were resisting them, which is an abuse to the sanctity of the courtroom.

He expressed concern that “men of the civil society” claimed that the unidentified masked men were agents of the Department of the State Services (DSS).

“The DSS has denied through their spokesman Peter Afunanya that its personnel were never involved in the incident.

“Sections 4, 5 and 6 of the 1999 Constitution as amended guarantees the separation of powers and the independence of every arm of government.

“A situation where one arm is seen to be overpowering another in the course of dispensing its duties will definitely spell doom for the separation of powers as enshrined in the constitution.”

The lawmaker also expressed worry that the “act of the persons disrupted judicial proceedings and made the presiding judge to abandon her duty post because of safety concerns.

“This is a complete desecration of the temple of justice and such an action should be completely discouraged”.

He said that if the action was not properly checked, the National Assembly “may one day be invaded and the relevant security agencies will claim not knowing who the offenders are.”

He also said that the physical assault on Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare by the yet-to-be-identified persons inside the courtroom was the “highest act of sacrilege” in the judiciary.

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Wives of the 36 States Governors have been commended for the role they play in reducing the spate of maternal and child mortality in .

The commendation was made by First Lady of Nigeria, Dr Mrs Aisha Muhammadu Buhari during a Mid-Term Peer Review session on Governors Wives Advocacy Coalition (GWAC) held at the State House, Abuja.

Mrs Buhari recalled the day in October 2017, when she signed a commitment with the wives of Governors to champion the cause of RMNCAH+N, the commitment that led to the Governors’ Wives Advocacy Coalition.

“We all realized the need to aggressively address the issues to avoid a situation where women will have to choose whether to give birth to a child or stay alive”, said the First Lady.

She expressed her excitement over their performance leading to several interventions for the improvement of RMNCAH+N in their various states, including the trickling down efforts to the wives of Local Government Chairmen thus complementing the effort of government in their states.

She said as women and mothers, they understand better than anybody the problems and challenges being faced by women and children in the society.

A communique read at the end of the meeting identified the peer review as an opportunity to assess the progress made and provide insights on the future of the project.

It further called on Development Partners both from the public and private sectors interested in working for the health and wellbeing of women and children to strategically engage state’s first ladies.

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the president’s wife urged them to “use every opportunity to advocate for the improvement in the services towards detection and treatment of TB in Nigeria.

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