Former Chief of Defence Staff and chieftain of National Democratic Coalition (NADECO, Lt Gen Alani Akinrinade rtd yesterday took a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari over his handling of Fulani herdsmen crisis and the killing that have taken place in different parts of the country.
Akinrinade who was the chairman of the first-anniversary lecture of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN of Ondo State also criticized the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for admitting that it registered underage voters in Northern part of the country because of the threat to lives of its officials.
Besides, the NADECO Chieftain who was in trenches with pro-democracy activists during the regime of late Gen Sanni Abacha recommended the creation of state police as a panacea to series of insecurity challenges in the country.
In his remark on the lecture titled “rethinking the Nigeria Nationhood: issues and challenges” delivered by a professor of law, Prof Akin Oyebode, the NADECO chieftain expressed worry that herdsmen have been on the rampage for several months killing, maiming, raping, burning, kidnapping without any efforts by the Federal Government to stop them.
His words “ it was recently when our president was called out as the patron of his kinsmen, the herdsmen, that letters of complaints and its denials between the Federal executive, the police and governors in distress started circulating that he gave feeble, unclear, half-hearted order to stop the carnage. Let us allow history to deliver its verdict after much more have died, but I am certainly tired and ashamed of being classified as a barbarian.”
While calling on governors of the Southwest geo-political zone to stand up and defend their lands against the herdsmen marauders, Akinrinade said any further attack of the likes of Chief Olu Falae may lead to anarchy in the country.
In his criticism of INEC for registering underage voters in the North, Akinrinade said “the past two or so years in our country, appears to be like a tragic thriller movie in slow motion, full of abject cruelty of the highest order of barbarity, edged on by those we elected or selected to give us governance.
“The clock has started ticking again to the periodic bloody ritual of election without the electorate. Or how do you rationalize the INEC admitting recently that they were registering hoards of toddlers for election in the Northern part of Nigeria on the pains of death.
“What then happened to our humongous financial outlay of seven infantry Army Divisions, a mighty Air Force and a Navy that supposedly rule our portion of the seas, hundreds of thousands of policemen and numerous other gun totting formations, when mere threat of violence is all that is required to hold sway over law and order?
“Or are these python dancing? Where are the men who refuse to do the wrong things? Could INEC not have withdrawn their services and closed down all facilities? Collaborators?
On the need for the state police, Akinrinade said it was wrong for a governor who was elected to make law for the good of his people could not implement those laws.
In his lecture, Prof Akin Oyebode took a swipe at the Federal Government for dumping the report of the 2014 National Conference which proffers solutions to myriads of problems bedevilling the country.
Oyebode, who said “Nigeria either restructures or dies” argued that people are not showing allegiance to their country because the government has refused to defend them.
According to him, the military regimes which had ruled the country before dismantled the federal structure and imposed quasi-unitary constitution framework on the people which ensure that the country remained work in progress almost sixty years after independence.
Meanwhile, Akeredolu has presented gifts to sportsmen and students who have excelled in their chosen fields in the last one year.
Yahaya Bello gave herdsmen blank cheque to operate in Kogi – Faleke
A federal lawmaker and running mate to late Abubakar Audu in the 2015 governorship election in Kogi state, James Faleke, has accused Yahaya Bello, the Kogi state governor, of giving herdsmen a “blank cheque to operate in Kogi”.
Suspected herdsmen had invaded three communities in the state, killing 25.
The attacks, which occurred in Oganienugwu and Ikende communities in Dekina local government area and Abejukolo in Omala local government, happened after Bello said Kogi had land to accommodate herdsmen.
In a statement, Faleke described the killings as the “height of wickedness”.
He called on the state government to “accept responsibility for its failure”, and call the attention of the Miyetti Allah breeders association to the situation.
“The news came to us as a shock. That is wickedness of the highest order. What can we ever equate with human lives? How did we come to this sorry pass as a people?” Faleke asked.
“We are calling on the state government led by Governor Yahaya Bello who gave the Fulani herdsmen a blank cheque to operate in Kogi state in the first place to urgently move to draw the attention of the leadership of the herdsmen, the Miyetti Allah, to this wicked assault on the people of Kogi, while also rallying the various security organizations to action.
“We find it difficult to believe the statement credited to the state government after the attack which said ‘the attack was politically motivated’ instead the government should be bold enough to accept responsibility for its failure.
“We note that we have lived with Fulanis in our various communities since times past and had never had cause to fight them. We are therefore appealing to the original peaceful Fulanis living in our midst to be more accommodating and volunteer information to security agencies on invaders and criminals parading themselves as Fulanis.”
The group asked who would appear before the judicial panel set up by the government when the perpetrators were yet to be identified.
“How can the state government set up a judicial panel when investigations are still ongoing to unravel and arrest perpetrators of the henious crime?” he asked.
“So, who and who would appear before the panel? We sincerely hope this is not another opportunity for the witch hunt of perceived political enemies.
“We are aware that the government bought over 300 GSM handsets to some of its political informants to give information to it on anybody or group discussing or found to be speaking ill against government in all the 21 local governments.
“We advise that those informants be used to help track the movement of the herdsmen and not the peaceful Kogites.
” We hereby call for support for the displaced members of these communities. Public-spirited individuals, government and international agencies are urged to come to the aid of these people.”
Kwankwaso Denies Apologizing To Ganduje
The Former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has vehemently denied apologizing to his successor Governor Umar Abdullahi Ganduje, saying, ‘why should I apologize when it is Ganduje that should apologize to me for his misconducts’.
Speaking exclusively with Telegraph, the spokesperson to Kwankwaso, Hajiya Binta Sipikin said, ‘ I’m amazed and baffled to hear
speculations that my Boss Kwankwaso apologized to his godson Ganduje whom he made and nurtured, you know by this story you knew is a cook and Bull story that has no basis what so ever’.
She said rather than spreading rumours that Kwankwaso apologized to Ganduje the government now in Kano should do all they could to ensure that they pipe down Kwankwaso otherwise they should forget about 2019 because Kano people are highly fed up with them.
Binta Sipikin reminded that it was Kwankwaso who allegedly made Ganduje and allowed him to succeed him despite all odds and that since
when he left Kano he has no any concern with the State, ‘ but you could see that these people are always jittery of their misconduct that is why they are every day creating one falsehood to another’.
The spokesperson noted that the government of Ganduje should by now knows that the political prowess of Kwankwaso has since gone far away Kano, and that what her boss is looking for now and which Nigerians are earnestly waiting to give him is the presidency comes 2019, while Kano whether they like it or not he will change the leadership therein.
Speculations quickly spread in the Social Media that Senator Kwankawso had sent an apology letter to Ganduje seeking him to forgive his sins and allowed him to come to Kano and visit some places.
The Rumors has already sent bad signal among arch supporters of Kwankwaso with many of them starting regretting following him to
fought Ganduje and some even allegedly started throwing away their Red Caps.
Russia’s Vladimir Putin Wins Another Term
Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, has won won a fresh term of office, following a landslide victory of 73.9% of the vote, defeating the closest competitor, according to exit poll.
With the victory, Putin will lead Russia for another six years.
According to BBC, the main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, was barred from the race.
The scale of victory – which had been widely predicted – was a marked increase in his share of the vote from 2012, when he won 64% of the votes.
A state exit poll put the turnout at 63.7%, down on 2012.
Mr Putin’s campaign had hoped for a large turnout, to give him the strongest possible mandate.
Video recordings from polling stations showed irregularities in a number of towns and cities across Russia. Several videos showed election officials stuffing boxes with ballot papers.
Early results showed that with just 21.3% of boxes counted, Mr Putin had almost 72% of the votes.
Exit polls, published as soon as voting ended, showed that Mr Putin’s closest opponent, Pavel Grudinin, was only projected to win 11.2%.
Mr Navalny was excluded from the election because of an embezzlement conviction that he said was manufactured by the Kremlin.
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