Herdsmen killings: Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed writes emergency letter to Buhari on “war”
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The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has written an open letter to Muhammadu , warning him of an impending war.

The monarch wrote Buhari over the decaying security situation in the country at the moment.

In his letter, Oluwo also recommended short and long term solutions to tackle the menace, stressing the need for peace and unity over any kind of knee-jerk decision.

“I am compelled to write at this fragile moment our togetherness is under threat. I rarely write, not because of what or how but as a proactive father, I love actions. But for the purpose of Nigerians, my race and my promising subjects, I chose to communicate this solution based epistle for two things – to avert journey of no return (war) and kill negative ambitions with alternative means.

“The recent security threat emanating from incessant kidnapping by bad elements or alleged Fulani herdsmen most especially in the south western is not without general knowledge.

“Many brainstorming sessions have been conducted by stakeholders. Just three days ago, I was with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at Osun State Government , Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria addressing the same burning issue. I’ve suggested both long term and short term solutions for policymakers’ attention.

“One of those suggestions was adopted by some State Assemblies recently. I met Nigeria as Nigeria. There were hurdles but our fathers managed themselves despite diverse ethnic background. As a pragmatic leader, I’m hopeful you are on toe to run peacefully.

“’Peace cannot be achieved through violence; it can only be attained through understanding.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

is a tool to peace, though does not guarantees peace. Understanding is the primary key to peace. Had Yugoslavia, Liberia, Sierra Leone knew this, maybe they would have avoided blood bath. I was caught up in the Liberia war and even fought along Charles Taylor as a Rebel on the NPFL, the havoc wrecked all. War knows no status, age, influence, identity.

“Mano and Gio tirelessly committed atrocities against the Kru tribe, the whole nation was tore a day to Christmas celebration (December 24th, 1989) led by National Patriotic Front of Nigeria under the watch of Charles Taylor. It consumed over 250,000 souls including leaders despite plea for dare lives. Majority paid the debt they didn’t owe. War is an enemy of identity.

“War turns the rich to beggars and something to nothing. I’ve seen many survivors of war including Professors, Doctors, Ministers, and even kings lining up with plates begging for food. Human eating human during war. Nothing except your cloth is yours in a war zone, provided not naked at the point of attack. Is this what some are drumming?

“Who will pray to line up begging for food? Do this people know about war in 21st century? As a responsible father, I will never go with bloodshed. No father will pray to loose his children. No father will want to be childless and turn barren at menopause. No one will prefer turning a beggar in the land of hope. There is an understandable way of killing a rat without shedding blood.

“We shouldn’t forget in haste event have overtaken voodoos and traditional war instruments. A fighter jet can destroy thousands in jiffy. Mr President, I say no to war. War is older than us all. ‘Òkun ki o ruru, kawa ruru,’ meaning you don’t fuel a burning fire.

“Mr President, I want to urge you, call every opinion leaders to order to stage a caution of their utterances at this moment. If you can’t be peace we want, don’t be agent of chaos. In my own assessment, your excellency, the solutions to the trauma are two – Short term and long term.

“My domain is the highest host of the fulanis in Osun State. Before the escalation of the kidnapping menace, I’ve visited the Fulanis in my domain mandating formal education and threatened to arrest parents of teen children rearing cattle during hours.

“They obliged although not completely. Recently, Seriki Fulani brought one of their children who graduated from to my palace. Understanding is key while education is the door to peace. I want to appeal to your excellency to assent a legislation that will compel education for children and enact strict punishment for parents refusing to educate their children.

“Priority can be placed on the Fulanis with preferential monitoring of nomadic settlements. This option will secure their future to be engineers, pilots, doctors, Professors , kings, bankers , ambassadors etc and not kidnappers. Additionally, growth is gradual.

“Our security should go digital. If not now, who else is our Messiah? Nigeria security should be strengthened. The boost can optionally be assured through mandatory and timely provision of electronic national identity card for everyone on Nigeria soil such that the security force can accost and demand for identification anywhere anytime. With digital ID card, the security can track suspicious members of the society.

“Your excellency, as a short term mechanism, kidnapping cases should be given accelerated hearing with death as penalty for culpable kidnappers. The famous Ralph Waldo Emerson was remembered quoting that ‘there are five enemies to peace: ambition, avarice, anger, pride and envy.’

“Enacting such severe law will dissociate perpetrators from the five enemies of peace. We can’t continue cold handling and expect cold retort. Kidnappers are killers. If caught, they should have a taste of their intention.

“Your excellency, I want to appeal for quick response to enact a law in collaboration with the national assembly for quick trial and execution of culpable kidnappers. There is no justifiable excuse for injustice. Injustice is only justified when matching penalty is meted. The change is in action.

“Let two, three to four culpable kidnappers taste death, then, we will breath air of peace. ‘Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.’

“Additionally, there should a special federal government sponsored enlightenment programme for herdsmen to halt farm attacks. I have done it in the past. I tutored Fulanis in my area on ranch and provision of hay. You walk your cattle miles to feed them. Acquired nutrients almost used while covering miles walking them back home.

“Even in the course of covering miles of journey in the bush, there are many dangers. The federal government should legislate advanced training on cattle raising as obtainable in developed nations. Construct ranch in your personal land, and feed them with hay. Hay is the best food for the cattle. There is little nutrient in silage.

“Formal learning should be made compulsory for herdsmen while government can as well sponsor them overseas for training on ranching. In a final note, let me state it unequivocally that Nigeria is indivisible. The only voodoo to war is peace not traditional concoctions in digital age. We are on the part of greatness.

“We must not for once be drunk with deception of war. Mr President, my words are given for your attention. Nigeria is yours and mine. While I pray for wisdom greater than that of Solomon to constructively pilot Nigeria, do accept the assurances of traditional rulers support at effecting solutions mentioned and conduct Nigeria’s affairs.”

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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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How Aisha Buhari attacked me in Aso Villa – Mamman Daura’s daughter alleges [AUDIO]

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Fatima, one of the daughters of Mamman Daura, Muhammadu ’s nephew, has accused the wife of the President, Aisha of attacking her inside the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

She spoke on Monday in an interview with BBC Hausa in Abuja.

Fatima commented on a viral video where the first lady was seen complaining about being denied access to her apartment.

In the video, which trended on Friday while the rumour mill was agog that the president was getting married to Sadiya Umaru Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, the president’s wife was seen speaking in anger.

While the President’s wife has confirmed the authenticity of the video, Fatima said she least expected her to act in a violent manner in the first place.

In a BBC Hausa interview, Fatima who claimed responsibility for recording and releasing the video, said she did so as a proof that Buhari’s wife confronted her violently in 2017.

Excerpts from the interview:

“My name is Fatima. I am a daughter to Mallam Mamman Daura… if one reasons well, he or she will understand that it is not possible to say that the wife of the president is denied access to her apartment but let me give a context,” she said.

“The apartment in question is called the Glass . You know that there are several houses and apartments in the villa. When the president got into office, he gave the Glass to our father, Mamman Daura.

“You all know that they are friends and are related, more so, they grew up together like twins. When he became president, he gave the Glasshouse to our dad and said he should stay there. Our dad stayed there for three years now until when the president’s son, Yusuf, had an accident and went to Germany for treatment.

“When he returned, the president told our dad to move out of that apartment to an even bigger one in the villa, that Yusuf is going to stay and be treated in the Glass House. The Glass House is closer to the main presidential apartment and that will make easier access to him by his mother. It is not in her apartment, which is in the main apartment.”

Fatima narrated what led to the incident that was captured in the video, saying she recorded it to use as evidence against the first lady.

“(On that day) My mom and dad were not around. So, my dad instructed me and my elder sister, both of us are working and we go to work every morning, that we should come on a Saturday and move our belongings to the new apartment the president instructed,” she said.

“We planned to park out then and have even concluded moving all the things. All of a sudden, in the afternoon as we were busy on that errand of packing our belongings when we heard noise from outside. I was in an inner room in the house while my sister was in an outer one close to the main gate of the apartment. So my sister went out before I could come out.

“On getting there, it was the wife of the president. When she came, the door was locked and she picked a metal chair and broke the door. I have sent the picture to you. My sister that went out was almost hit by the chair. She threw the chair which broke through the door and almost hit my sister.

“I was so shocked and afraid of getting there because she was shouting and reigning abuses words and saying we should move out of that apartment. That she has never seen this kind of thing before. I then went back and picked my phone because if one is to say that she acted that way, no one would believe it without a proof. She has already been saying a lot of things depicting that she is being suppressed.

“So I recorded it to show our parents and the security, so that they will know the truth should anything happen. Because the way she was raging and shouting, I was thinking that she would pick something and hit us with it or something like that. That was why we recorded it. Had it been we wanted to release the video, we would have done it earlier. But you know if a video clip enters one or two hands, you can’t control where it will get to.

“There are even other clips that have not been released, I will send them to you to see how she was insulting the security and how she drove them away saying who are they protecting and calling them bloody idiots. Its all on the video clip. That was what happened.”

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Buhari’s minister confirms takeover of Social Investment Programme from Osinbajo

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Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has confirmed taking control of the federal government’s Social Investment Programmes (SIP).

The Minister, who made this known via Twitter on Monday, said she met with Maryam Uwais, Senior Special Assistant to the on Social Investment for crucial briefing on the programme.

DAILY POST reports that until October 1, the SIP was being coordinated by the office of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

But, in his Independence Day broadcast, President had announced that the newly-created ministry would be in charge of the scheme.

The minister tweeted: “It is a busy week. Moving forward, I met with the SSA to President Buhari on NSIP.

“She briefed me on the activities, programmes, achievements and challenges of the establishment.

“NSIP manages Social Investment Programmes in and it is presently under the purview of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development,” she tweeted.

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