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COVID-19: Churches not to reopen for this reason – CAN.


The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has maintained that churches will not open, despite increased pressure from leaders and members.

This was contained in a statement personally signed by CAN President, Rev. Supo Ayokunle, on Friday.

According to Ayokunle, the relaxation of lockdown had seen the country witnessed more coronavirus infection.

“Champions for the reopening of worship centres argue that if people had contracted the virus in the markets and other places, closing the church from worshipping becomes unreasonable!

“It is like using medicine after death! Furthermore, the church is more organised and a place of healing,” part of the statement read.

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Ayokunle, therefore, urged “all churches to remain closed because the daily increasing infected people in Nigeria is dangerous for the survival of us all.”

He said that “the church needs to exercise restrain at this time so that we might not naively and overzealously plunge our members into regrettable destruction and sorrow.”


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HURIWA attack Buhari over systemic appointments of Fulani, Kanuri and…


A Civil Rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has expressed apprehensions over the lopsided appointment by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government.

HURIWA condemned the continued domination of strategic appointments by Hausa, Fulani, and Kanuri extraction under Buhari’s administration.

It stressed that due to the deep-seated Northern Muslims domination of all strategic federal appointments under Buhari including the skewed appointments in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), the next government may need to “convoke a year-long National Constitutional Conference to try to mend the deeply broken fences.”

A statement sent by HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko reads: “The current Government under President Muhammadu Buhari has skewed all strategic appointments to favour his cronies and political affiliates in the Core Moslem North and a sprinkling of some Christian Northerners but millions of Northerners are left marginalised just like the heavily marginalised Southerners under the current administration.

“However the impact is felt more in the far North whereby due to a large-scale state of wars by armed hoodlums many poor individuals in places like Sokoto and Katsina States have since the last two years migrated into Niger Republic for succour and security whilst only a few Northern elites with assets offshore are the few controlling the national assets under the watch of the selective administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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“Last year, NobleReporters learnt that Many Nigerians residing in Katsina State have fled to neighbouring Niger Republic to escape persistent attacks by kidnappers and bandits. In addition to evacuating their family members, the Nigerians are also acquiring plots and building houses in Niger Republic’s towns of Maradi and Dan Issa. This is even as some of them have obtained resident permits, allowing them to stay in the West African country.”

HURIWA blamed the unequal redistribution of national wealth for the total state of anarchy in the North.


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COVID-19: Near 40 indeginous group infected. [Brazil]


The coronavirus pandemic has hit 38 indigenous groups in Brazil, raising fears for populations that have a history of being decimated by outside diseases, the Brazilian Indigenous Peoples’ Association (APIB) said Friday.

“The virus is reaching indigenous territories across Brazil with frightening speed,” the association said in a statement.

An APIB survey found 446 cases of the new coronavirus and 92 deaths among the affected groups, mainly in the Brazilian Amazon.

The grim news came a day after the indigenous community of Parque das Tribos, outside the northern city of Manaus, held a funeral for its chief, Messias Kokama, who died of COVID-19.

Kokama, who was 53, was buried in a closed casket wrapped in plastic to avoid spreading the virus.

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Brazil, the Latin American country hit hardest in the pandemic, has seen its death toll spiral.

It has registered nearly 15,000 deaths and 220,000 cases so far, though experts say under-testing means the real figures could be 15 times higher or more.

The pandemic is also creating an opening for illegal miners and loggers to encroach on indigenous lands, said rights group Survival International.

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“Countless tribal lands are being invaded, with the backing of a government which wants to completely destroy the country’s first peoples and makes no attempt to hide it,” said the group.

It criticized far-right President Jair Bolsonaro for his push to open protected indigenous lands to farming and mining.


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former Chief economist passes on, ECA Mourn.

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ECA – The Economic Commission For Africa has joined the mourning train over the death of one of its most distinguished Chief Economists, Prof. Owodunni Teriba, who was buried on Tuesday in Chicago, Illinois in the United States of America.

In a statement by its Communications Section on Tuesday, the United Nations agency lauded Prof. Teriba’s contribution to the economic development and growth of the African continent.

The 82-year old, who died on Friday in Chicago, was a distinguished Professor of Economics and an accomplished scholar who worked at the ECA in various capacities for 18 years.

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He retired in February 1998, after serving as Chief Economist of the Commission and Director of the then Socio-Economic Research and Policy Division (SERPD) under the late Prof. Adebayo Adedeji.

Teriba led the development and implementation of several initiatives in support of accelerating Africa’s development, including the African Alternative Framework to Structural Adjustment Programmes for socio-economic recovery and transformation (AAF-SAP).

Executive Secretary of ECA, Ms Vera Songwe, said the work Teriba did for the continent of Africa during his time at the ECA will never be forgotten.

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Teriba first came to the ECA in 1980/81 while he was on sabbatical from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and later in 1985 as the Senior Regional Adviser to Member States of the Commission on economic surveys, research and planning.

He rose to become the ECA’s Chief Economist under Prof Adedeji, the then Executive Secretary of ECA.

Songwe recalled that Teriba contributed immensely to the Lagos Plan of Action (LPA) and the Final Act of Lagos (FAL) that were adopted by the African Heads of State and Governments in 1980.

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“He also contributed to Africa’s Priority Programme for Economic Recovery (APPER) that formed the basis of the UN Programme of Action for African Economic Recovery and Development (UN-PAAERD) that was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1986.

“Teriba also played a leading role in the United Nations New Agenda for the Development of Africa, 1991 (UN-NADAF), and the AAF-SAP that was adopted at various levels in 1989 beginning with the ECA’s Conference of African Ministers of Finance and Economic Planning, the African Heads of State and Government and the General Assembly of the United Nations.

“Colleagues at the ECA hailed him as a humble person with an in-depth and exceptional knowledge of development economics who made outstanding contributions both at national, regional and international levels to economic policy,” she said

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Teriba had a PhD and an MA in Economics from the University of Manchester in England. His first degree was a B.Sc.(Hons) Economics from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.

He is survived by his wife Yetunde, a former Head of Gender Coordination and Outreach Division in the Women, Gender and Development Directorate of the African Union Commission, five children and seven grandchildren


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COVID-19: Group of Nigerian women spotted on the ground and praying. {Photos}


A Nigerian Facebook user, Onah Blessed Emmanuel spotted a group of Methodist Church women lying on the road in Ukpute, Benue State, while praying against Coronavirus.

Emmanuel who shared photos of the women praying, said he wasted no time in joining them in the prayer.

PRAYERS AGAINST CORONAVIRUS

On my way to the village, last weekend, at the boundary between the Igede and the Tiv people – that was in Konshisha – I saw these the women of Methodist Church Nigeria, Ukpute, whose photos appear underneath, with their white uniform all laid on the red sand praying completely smeared. Upon sighting them, I stopped quickly and wasted no second to join them in the prayer. They called on God to put an end to coronavirus. They asked God to preserve Igede sons and daughters and bless them wherever they are.

They prayed for Governor Samuel Ortom and the people of Benue State. They begged God to stop the killings in Benue and in other parts of the country. They expressed their happiness that I was the first among those who passed before me to stop, and they prayed for me. Mrs Jessy Obwo, the wife of the circuit minister, specifically requested the women to pray for me and appreciated me for identifying with them.

The world is on a trajectory to a devastating end, if nothing is done. A famous American elite, yesterday, charged the people of the United States to spend more time on their knees than they do on the internet.

The social media too have been awashed with pictures of doctors surrendering to God in prayers while treating Coronavirus patients.

Are these not clear statements that the solution to the global health crisis is in the place of prayer?

Let’s speak to God. Suffer your knees and save your life. Emmanuel wrote on Facebook


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Kano govt set to settle Ruga with N36 billion.


The Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has inaugurated a $95 million agro-pastoral development project, a flagship programme anchored on food security and social development.

The objective of the project, which is expected to be implemented within a five-year period, is to contribute to poverty alleviation and strengthening food security in the state.


The project is being financed by the Islamic Development Bank, the Life and Livelihoods Fund (LLF) and other organisations providing concessional financing, while the remaining $5 million (N1.8 billion) would be paid by the state government as its counterpart fund.

Speaking during the project’s inauguration at Tahir Guest Palace in Kano, the governor said it would enhance agricultural productivity and competitiveness through access to input and credit facilities, value addition, market access, extension services, and capacity building.


“The Kano State Agro-Pastoral Development Programme (KSADP) will provide the much-needed solution to farmer-herder conflicts, unfettered nomadism and enhance the development of pastoral communities,” he stated.

“I want to believe that it is only projects such as this one that can curb farmer-herder clashes and security risks, improve farm yields, accelerate livestock production through adoption of modern best practices to improve the economic potentialities of smallholder farmers,” Ganduje added.


“The project will improve the capacity of our herdsmen to produce and process more milk and pave way for quality beef production. We are of the belief that because of the security implication of nomadic lifestyles such as farmer-herders clashes and the fact that the old system of cattle rearing is more cultural than economic, things must change,” he said.

Ganduje assured that the state would ensure the timely release of its counterpart funds of $5 million to facilitate smooth implementation of the project.


Meanwhile, Regional Manager, Islamic Development Bank, Regional Hub of Abuja, Mr Mayoro Niang, explained that the project was aligned to the bank’s five-year plan and the Federal Government’s Economic Empowerment and Poverty Reduction Strategy.

“This five-year project will contribute to poverty reduction and to strengthen food and nutrition security of the vulnerable population in Kano State through sustainable development of selected livestock and crop value chains,” he stressed.


On the workshop, Mr Niang said it is to ensure that the quality of the project is maintained and to guarantee proper orientation on its specifics, under applicable policies and procedures of the bank.

In his remarks, Mr. Jena Jacques, from the Lives and Livelihood Funds, said his organization, a partner of the Islamic Development Bank Group, is glad to work with the Kano state government to make a positive impact on the lives of the poor.

“The fund is delighted to support not only Kano state but also other IsDB member countries to address community health, agriculture and basic infrastructure challenges,” he stated.

He, however, maintained that “Our concessional financing comes with obligations including abiding all our rules and regulations, accurate procurement plan, clear disbursement plan and having maximum project impact, among others.”


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Nigeria need to be restructured so not to experience war – Group tells FG


The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum has called on the Nigerian Government to immediately restructure the country in order to prevent a war.

The group in a statement on Sunday signed by Yinka Odumakin (South-West), Gen. C.R.U Ikekire (South-East), Senator Bassey Henshaw (South-South) and Dr Isuwa Dogo (Middle Belt), said frustrations by different nationalities living in Nigeria must be addressed as the situation had reached tipping point.

The statement reads, “Warnings to Nigeria from the two oldest ex-leaders in two months that the country must restructure to avoid a war situation is not lost on us as Nigeria rolls from one challenge to another.


“First was Gen. Yakubu Gowon, who warned in January that Nigeria must urgently deal with the business of restructuring to avoid another civil war as a country.

“Gowon was the man who led the country through its last civil war from 1967-70.


“The latest admonition is coming from Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, who fought vigorously in the war to keep Nigeria united but is now warning us 50 years after the hostilities ended that we need to restructure now to save the country from anarchy and break-up.

“It is sheer wishful thinking for anybody to assume that the displeasure that various nationalities are feeling over the many attendant inequities of unitary Nigeria can disappear with strong-arm tactics and bullying those at receiving ends with terror gangs on rampage around the country.

“A cursory look at events around the world in recent years have shown clearly that the force of arms cannot succeed in keeping together any diverse people brought together by historical circumstance but refuse to constitute themselves with respect, justice and understanding.

“We align with the patriotic interventions of the leaders and call on those in the saddle to look beyond temporary gains of power and heed the advice to set this country on the path of negotiation, inclusiveness and a federal constitutional order.”


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Operation Amotekun: Bill return for passage on Wednesday.


The stage was set on Sunday night for the resumption of legislative works on the bill seeking to establish Amotekun Corps in the six Southwest states.

Lawmakers in Osun, Lagos, Ogun, Oyo and Ondo states will be finalising the process beginning from today.

Speakers and Attorneys-Generals of the states met in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, where they made observations, suggestions and cleared conflicting areas identified during the public hearings conducted by the states last week Monday.


They did a clause-by-clause deliberation on the issues raised at the public hearings that held simultaneously in the states.

At the meeting were Speakers Adebo Ogundoyin (Oyo), Timothy Owoeye (Osun), Bamidele David Oleyelogun (Ondo), Mudashiru Obasa (Lagos), Funminiyi Afuye (Ekiti) and Olakunle Oluomo (Ogun).


The speakers adopted a uniform law for the security outfit to ensure uniformity and ease of regional cooperation on training, equipment and intelligence sharing.

It was learnt on Sunday that the Oyo State House of Assembly will tomorrow (Tuesday) pass into law the bill backing the establishment of the Oyo State Amotekun Corps.


The Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Kazeem Olayanju, told The Nation that the bill, which has passed through Second Reading, will be passed into law at tomorrow’s plenary.

A source in the Assembly revealed that the request by Miyetti Allah to have its members recruited into the outfit was not accommodated in the bill to be passed.


The group made up of herdsmen, had during the public hearing requested that its members be recruited along with others into the security outfit.

The request was contained in its memorandum to the public hearing committee in Ibadan, the state capital last week.


In Lagos, the Tunde Braimoh-led Committee on Information, Strategy and Security of the Lagos State House of Assembly will tomorrow present its report on the proposed amendment to the Neighbourhood Safety Corp Agency Law 2019 at plenary.

The law is being amended to create Amotekun Corps in line with the region’s effort to tackle rising crime waves such as kidnapping for ransom, killings, robbery and banditry.


The House suspended its recess two weeks ago to consider an executive bill sent to it.

Information revealed that the House is resuming plenary tomorrow at 12noon.


According to the notice sent out to lawmakers and legislative staff, the bill will be laid and presented by the committee.

The notice reads: “At the plenary, the House shall consider laying and presentation of report on a bill for a law to amend the Neighborhood Safety Corps Agency Bill, 2020.”


Also in Akure, the Ondo State House of Assembly will tomorrow pass the Amotekun Corps’ Bill.

According to the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Gbenga Omole, the lawmakers had done what was required by organising a public hearing after cutting short their recess last week.


Omole said the lawmakers are ready to pass the bill tomorrow like their counterparts in other Southwest states.

The bill on the Osun State Security Network and Amotekun Corps will be passed into law on or before Wednesday, Speaker Timothy Owoeye told The Nation on Sunday night.


He told our reporter that he and his colleagues will resume legislative work on the constitution of the bill from today.

Owoeye said: “From tomorrow (today), we will start considering the suggestions and recommendations of individuals and groups from the public hearing. By Wednesday latest, we will pass the bill and send to the governor for his assent.


Barring the unforeseen, the Amotekun Bill will be passed by the Ogun State House of Assembly tomorrow, Speaker Kunle Oluomo assured last night.

In a telephone chat with The Nation, Oluomo said: “The bill having concluded the public hearing on the bill a week ago, and the document gone through reconciliation and harmonisation in Ibadan by all the Southwest Speakers, Majority Leaders and attorneys-general among others, it was resolved that each state Assembly should pass the Bill into law on Tuesday (tomorrow).

He added: “When it is eventually passed by the Assembly and eventually signed into law by the Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, the bill would be translated into indigenous languages for easy understanding so that essence of it will be felt by all even in remote area of the state.

The speaker reiterated the bill’s importance to protect the overall wellbeing of residents and investors in the state, emphasising that intelligence gathering remained the fulcrum of any effective security outfit.


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COVID-19: Prevent virus from getting to Nigeria – Group tells FG


The Senate has criticised the Federal Government for not doing enough to prevent coronavirus from getting into the country.

The position of the lawmakers followed a Point of Order raised by Senator Robert Boroffice during Thursday’s plenary in the Senate chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.


Senator Boroffice drew the attention of his colleagues to what he described as loose arrangements at one of the international airports he travelled through recently.

He, therefore, urged the Nigeria authorities to properly screen visitors coming into the country.


In his remarks, Senate President Ahmed Lawan who presided over the plenary called on the Federal Government not to take anything for granted in ensuring the prevention of coronavirus.

He said, “We must take all the necessary measures at our seaports and airports. People should be screened and be quarantined.

“The Committee on Health should engage with the Federal Ministry of Health that people are screened when they come into our country.”

The Senate, thereafter, mandated its Committees on Primary Healthcare and Health to work directly with the Ministry of Health to ensure thorough screening of travellers at all entry points.


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Operation Amotekun: Gani Adams propose Ammo use for Group


The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, has called for the possession of firearms for Amotekun security outfit.

Adams made the call on Monday during the public hearing of the state security network agency bill 2020 in Oyo State.


Represented by Gboyega Adejumo, Adams said that the use of guns will be ineffective for their operations, adding that hoodlums and criminal-minded persons may attack operatives once it was observed that they had no arms.

Also, Oyelowo Oyewo, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Oyo State, who spoke during the event, said one of the objectives of Amotekun was to share intelligence about crime, suspicious activities and other criminal activities.

He said, “It is also meant to protect lives and property within the state and ensure that people travelling on highways, major roads, remote areas, hinterland, forest and inland waterways carry out their normal socio-economic activities without fear or hindrance.”


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Operation Amotekun: Miyetti Allah wants to join Leopard

tells Oyo govt to enlist members


Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has told the Oyo State Government to include its members in the Amotekun security network.

A former chairman of the association, Yaqub Bello, said this during a public hearing of the state security network agency bill 2020 in Oyo State.


He said, “Some of us have been in Oyo State for over 40 years, cohabiting with the natives, married Yoruba women and have children.

“So, our request is to include Miyetti Allah as members of Operation Amotekun to enhance the job of the outfit, since we know the terrain of where we rear our cattle.

“Having Fulani among the outfit will make it easier for Amotekun officials to distinguish between genuine herdsmen and criminals while on patrol. A Fulani man can also serve as an interpreter while interrogating any suspected herdsman.”

Operation Amotekun is an idea of governors of the six South-West states to combat insecurity in the region.


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Amotekun, Shege Ka Fasa Will Not Work – Ekweremadu Allege


A former deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, has said that with so many ethnic diversities in Nigeria, community policing will not work.


Claiming that many Nigerians are living in denial, Ekweremadu said that the security condition in the country is not only bad but unbearable, NobleReporters learnt

He said that as a federal system, what should be done is a decentralisation of the police, not community security outfit like Amotekun and Shege Ka Fasa because they will operate in ways completely different from what is prescribed in the constitution.


Ekweremadu said that the security condition in the country is not only bad but unbearable.
The former deputy Senate president said: “Amotekun is different from what the federal government is saying about community policing.

“They have personnel who are going to deal with issues unlike what the federal government is proposing.”

Moreover, he said that the creation of regional security initiatives is proof that people have lost trust in the ability of the government to ensure their security.


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Group tackles Buhari over insecurity, poverty rate in Nigeria


A group, Concerned Nigerians in Canada, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately resign from office following the rising spate of insecurity and poverty in the country.

Decrying latest attacks on helpless citizens by Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East region of Nigeria, the group said that the administration of Buhari had failed woefully in protecting Nigerians and creating avenues for economic empowerment for the people.


In a statement by Convener of the group, Olujimi Adekanle, and addressed to House of Commons Government of Canada, Catholic Archdiocese of Canada, Amnesty International among others, Concerned Nigerians in Canada disclosed that they would soon embark on a global protest against the government of President Buhari for failing to deliver on promises made before coming into office.

The statement reads, “We want to register our fears and utter disappointment at the leadership and government of President Muhammed Buhari.


“Events and heart-breaking happenings in our country as a result of gross incompetence of the Buhari administration can no longer be tolerated judging by the humongous negative effect they are having on our nation.

“We unequivocally submit that Buhari’s government has failed in all departments of governance and he has become nothing but a puppet in the hands of his cabal.


“The recent infighting between the National Security Adviser, General Monguno (retd), and Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, is a signal that all is not well with Nigeria’s security system. Buhari has totally lost it.

“Nigeria went in search of solution and elected a problem, today we have graduated to the third position in global terrorism index after Syria and Iran.


“What is obvious to the whole world is that rather than face good governance and delivery of his campaign promises for public good, Buhari and his cohorts have continued to engage in lethargic divisive ethnic and sectarian sentimentality with alarming impunity.

“We can no longer entrust our collective destiny in the hands of such wicked leaders and therefore call on Nigerian patriots world over to rise up to this occasion to join us to resist Buhari’s government of total failure.

“We want to assure you that a protest will be staged round the globe to finally end a grossly incompetent and self-centred government.

“We beckon on all well-meaning Nigerians to support us in our quest to take our Nigeria back from evil leaders benefiting from terror in our nation.”


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Afenifere Chieftain: Buhari is Illiterate, only bothered about cows


Pa Adebanjo, who spoke at a lecture titled: ‘Restructuring: Building a Knowledge-Based Economy’, organized by the Voice of Reason in honor of her Founder, Late Prince Goke Omisore, also lamented that Nigeria had not been lucky with the right political leadership since the return to democracy.


The Afenifere chieftain stated that “Despite far-reaching resolutions submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari on how to restructure Nigeria politically, economically and socially, Buhari is less-concerned because he does not know what restructuring means.

“President Buhari is not literate, he does not know what restructuring means, he is less concerned about the future of Nigeria, he is only bothered about his cows.”


Adebanjo called on Nigerian youth to unite and form a movement that would facilitate how they would regain power from the old guard.

He added, “I am 92 now, I want to challenge the younger generation to take their destiny into their hands.

“There is little to what I can do, the energy is no longer there.

“I want you to take the bull by the horn, take Nigeria back from the hands of your oppressors and build a society that will make you proud among your fellow young people in the global economy.”


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Trending: Group hails Ajimobi, Bisi Akande’s election


The Leadership of Agbarijo Egbe Odo Yoruba (Grand Council of Yoruba Youths) has applauded what it called “timely recognition of the two political giants from the Southwest Zone through their popular elections, Chief Bisi Akande and Senator Abiola Ajimobi”.


The former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Akande, and the immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Sen. Ajimobi were recently elected Chairman, APC Reconstituted 12 – Member Reconciliation Committee and APC Deputy National Chairman, Southern part of Nigeria, respectively.

According to the President General of the group, Comrade Awa Bamiji, in a press release forwarded to media on Monday, “both progressive leaders are former governors of the State of Osun and Oyo State respectively and their individual records of achievement remain unbeatable till today in these two states. N.Rs heard


“Their choices could be best described as round pegs in round holes”.

The group, therefore, wished the leaders success in the onerous task of making the ruling party stronger for future elections.


“Little wonder, the warring factions in Edo State have been so fascinated by the choice of Chief Bisi Akande.” Awa Bamiji enthused.

He also congratulated the Chairman of Nigerian Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who clocked 55 years of age on Sunday, February 9, 2020.

“The good people of Ekiti State won’t forget the legacies you will leave behind decades after leaving office at the expiration of your 2nd term, which elapses by October 2022, because of your on-going landmark achievements.

“Agbarijo Egbe Odo Yoruba, Grand Council of Yoruba Youths, and in deed the entire Southwest Region are proud of you all, and we pray for your long life, prosperity and divine direction, as you continue to steer the ships of your individual tasks”, Awa Bamiji concluded.


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Feb’14: Kanu didn’t attend parent’s funeral; accused police of arresting IPOB members

Although IPOB members didn’t show up at the ceremony in their uniform, they praised Kanu and chanted pro-Biafra songs.


The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has accused Nigerian police and soldiers of arresting members of the group heading to his parents burial on Friday, February 14, 2020.

In a statement on his Facebook page, Kanu said the mourners were accosted on their way to the burial and intercepted in three coaster buses on Enugu-Port-Harcourt expressway.

Earlier, the Abia State Police Command had warned IPOB members against attending the burial, but members of the group defied the police order on Friday, as many of them attended the burial ceremony in Afaraukwu.


The state’s Commissioner of Police, Ene Okon, had warned that the police would not allow miscreants disguising as IPOB members to hijack the burial, adding that the group members won’t be allowed to display Biafran flag and other insignia.

Kanu’s parents, Israel Kanu and wife, Sally, were laid to rest at Isiama Afaraukwu in the Umuahia North Local Government Area of the state.


According to Punch, riot police and other security agents closely monitored the burial process.

Although IPOB members didn’t show up at the ceremony in their uniform, they praised Kanu and chanted pro-Biafra songs.


A member of the group, identified as Maduka Okeke, who spoke to Punch said no amount of threat could stop them from paying their last respect to Kanu’s parents by attending their burial.

He said, “We didn’t come in our uniforms because we are mourning and in the Igbo culture we have a dress code for burials.”

Kanu’s father, died at 85 while his wife, Sally, died at 67.

The former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi; Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and Senator Victor Umeh were among the dignitaries that attended the burial ceremony.


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Feb’14: Nnamdi Kanu parent’s body awaits funeral

abaribe, obi storm abia state


A large crowd has arrived the home of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu waiting for the arrival of the bodies of Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and Ugoeze Sally Kanu. The bodies left the mortuary at about 10am and were taken to the headquarters of Umuahia North council.


The bodies were being awaited at the St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Afaraukwu for commendation service.
The PDP vice presidential candidate in the last election, Mr. Peter Obi and Senator Enyinnya Abaribe are already in the church.

Some of the mourners including Uchenna Madu who spoke to our correspond said they came to the parents of one of their own to pay them their last respect.
Some of the mourners said they came to Afaraukwu since Wednesday.
Banks in Umuahia were closed for business as well as shops in Afaraukwu. Schools in the area were also closed perhaps for the fear of the unknown.


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Operation Amotekun: Ekiti passed bill into law. Val’20


Ekiti State House of Assembly, on Friday, passed the bill for the establishment of Ekiti State Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps into law.

The Speaker, Funminiyi Afuye, said, “Having passed through the third reading, the bill has become a law.”

Afuye, who lauded the lawmakers for their “leadership and commitment to the bill,” said the Assembly did not short-circuit any process that was required in law-making, NobleRepoters report


The Speaker said the bill would be transmitted to the state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, for his assent.

The law passed through the first and second readings in the Assembly on Thursday and committed to the House Committee on Security for proper legislative scrutiny before the House adjourned sitting till Friday.


The lawmakers, who debated the bill exhaustively in the chambers on Thursday, spoke on the appropriateness of the proposed law in view of the security challenges facing the state, region and Ekiti State.

A public hearing was also conducted on the Bill later on Thursday.

At the resumed sitting on Friday, the House Committee of Security presented the committee’s report.

The report was adopted by the Committee of the House, then the Bill went into the third reading, which it passed through.


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Operation Amotekun: AG presents bill to Fayemi


The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Ekiti State, Mr. Olawale Fapohunda has presented the Western Nigeria Security Network Bill (WNSN) also known as the Amotekun Bill to the Governor of Ekiti State.


The bill was presented to Governor Fayemi at the Governor’s office, Ado-Ekiti.

Mr. Olawale Fapohunda while presenting the Bill appreciated the Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi for his unique responsiveness, passion, and commitment to the safety of the lives and properties of the people in Ekiti State.


The Attorney General, while addressing the Governor on the Amotekun Bill said, all the (6) six Attorney Generals’ from the southwest states namely Ekiti, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Ogun, and Lagos State have been working assiduously to provide a legal framework which will serve as an operational guideline for the proposed Security Agency across the Western States.

Mr. Fapohunda stated that the Amotekun Bill contain 38 provisions and enumerated some of the key provisions to include the Establishment of Ekiti State Security Network; Establishment and Composition of Governing Board for the Security Agency; Establishment of Amotekun Corps and Criteria for being appointed as a Corp Member; and Independence of Amotekun Board, where erring members would be reported among others.

The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi in his response appreciated the Attorney General for the job well done and promised to send the Bill to the Ekiti State House of Assembly for accelerated passage.

The Bill will eventually be passed into law after it has passed through the House of Assembly and assented to by the Governor of Ekiti State.


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Don’t cause chaos – FFK warns FUNAM, Shege Ka Fasa and Amotekun


Former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani Kayode has reacted to the establishment of the Nothern security outfit named ”Shege Ka Fasa”, warning the security outfit from attempting to cause chaos in the country.

Earlier this month, the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) had unveiled a security outfit code-named “SHEGE KA FASA”, which it said will address the security challenges in the northern region of the country. The decision was to emulate their colleagues in the South-West and South-East region in securing the lives of residents of their states.

According to Fani Kayode, the name ”Shege Ka Fasa” means ”Bastard, you stopped”. He warned that the security outfit and the Fulani Nationalist Movement (FUNAM) must not attack the citizens and indigenes of South-Western states.

He tweeted; ”The Northern security outfit called Shege Ka Fasa (means bastard, you stopped) & the Fulanist Nationalist Movement (FUNAM) must not target or attack the children of Oduduwa or else they will plunge Nigeria into a cauldron of fire which will leave her in ashes. BE WARNED!”


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Stay away from your parent’s funeral – Imeobi tells Kanu


Nnamdi Kanu has been warned by an Igbo socio-political organization, Imeobi Igbo Forum, on Monday, to stay away from his parents’ burial.

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), was given the advise in order to avoid any confrontation with the government.

His Royal Highness, HRH, late Eze Israel Okwu Kanu of Afaraukwu community, Umuahia, in Abia State and wife, late Ugoeze Sally Nmeme Okwu Kanu, parents of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, would be buried on 14th February, 2020.


Addressing newsmen in Onitsha, Anambra state, the National chairman of the group, Chief Mike Ikegulu-Onugha, said “Left for me, the government of the federation should allow him to come and bury his parents. I wish he will come and bury his parents the way I did mine.

“However, rather than come and get involved in all sorts of legal matters and military stuff as well as other issues, it is better for him to keep off,” he noted.

He urged the federal government to forgive “a freedom fighter who is asking for a democratic/judicial means of independence”.

“In all struggles, stories like these come up. These are stories that will be told better in life. His parents died in the struggle, let us not mince words about it. The struggle has taken toll on them” he stated.


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