President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday expressed grief over the incessant attacks and killings in Benue State by suspected armed herdsmen, saying that he was deeply pained over the killings.
The President also acknowledged the contributions of the people of the state towards nation building, saying they deserved to be actively involved in the scheme of things and vowed to do everything possible to put an end to the killings in the state.
President Buhari, represented by the Vice- President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, disclosed this while addressing stakeholders at the new banquet hall of the Government House, Makurdi, the state capital.
“I am a Christian, a born again Christian and a Professor of Law, Law of Evidence, I must fight for justice. I am pained about these killings. Though, I don’t believe that there is ethnic cleansing, but we must put an end to this. I am prepared to leave my position at any time. No one owes the destiny of another, the word of God cannot be killed. We shall do all we can to bring a permanent solution to this crisis. We shall make sure peace returns to Benue State.
“It is undoubtedly true that Benue people have made significant contributions for the progress of the country and we need no reminding of that.” He condoled with the people of the state over the brutal murder of two Catholic priests and 17 parishioners by armed herdsmen and restated the resolve of the Federal Government to ensure the peaceful return of hundreds of the displaced persons back to their ancestral homes.
He said: “I saw the displaced persons at IDPs camps where I went and I want to assure you that they still have hope as far as they are still living.
Mr. President has given me some responsibilities and I shall carry them out. We have beefed up security already. We shall work towards the return of the IDPs back to their homes, places destroyed will be rebuilt, those out of schools will return back to their schools, farmers will be given loan to start farming, there shall be microfinance to release funds to traders to aide their trading.”
Governor Samuel Ortom, who also spoke at the meeting, lauded the support given to the state through the massive deployment of security operatives to quell the crisis.
The governor regretted the killing of the priests and other parishioners, saying it would have brought a religious crisis in the country, and appreciated the swift intervention of security men and the release of funds to the state to accord them a befitting burial.
Former Military Administrator of Katsina State, Lawrence Onoja, told the Vice-President that Benue State value three things, education, agriculture and military, but most of these things had been greatly affected due to the lingering Fulani-farmers’ crisis in the state.
VIDEO: Sunday Igboho steals show as Moshood Adeoti declares to succeed Aregbesola
One of the leading aspirants in the race to Abere government house for the September 22nd governorship election in Osun state, Alhaji Moshood Olalekan Adeoti popularly addressed as “SHEU” by his admirers has officially declared his intention to contest for the post of the governor, to succeed his boss, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola under the platform of the All Progressives Congress APC.
He made his intention known when he visited the state secretariat of the party in Osogbo, accompanied by his teeming supporters, loyalists and well-wishers gathered from all local governments of the state, in his words at the occasion, “Mr. Chairman, I have come forward today as a disciplined and active party member of APC to declare my interest in contesting for the governor of Osun, I have gathered valuable experience over the years, starting from my humble political background as a councilor in Iwo to the state party chairman of Action Congress AC, Action Congress of Nigeria ACN, and now the secretary to the state government in the last eight years, i am most experienced and qualified among all the contestants from both the PDP and APC ” he said.
My interest primarily is to make success out of everywhere Governor Rauf Aregbesola has failed as we have many shortcomings as an administration but government is a continuum, our party APC made many promises which we cannot fulfill but I vow to fulfill all of them if elected as governor. I also want to align with the six integral action plan of Aregbesola and I am totally committed to fulfilling them all provided the APC will give me the platform to contest as its flag bearer, he stressed further.
Speaking at the short ceremony, one of the notable personality who accompanied Adeoti to the ceremony, Chief Sunday Igboho Adeyemo, a chieftain of PDP in Oyo State and a former ally of former Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola who affirmed his total readiness to work assiduously for the emergence and success of Adeoti at the polls categorically assured that all known and prominent thugs within and outside Osun will be mobilized to support the ambition of Adeoti. Igboho, a known confidant of Senator Rashidi Ladoja said he has gotten approval of Ladoja to support the APC aspirant.
One of the party elders from Ejigbo who accompanied Adeoti to the event but prefers to stay anonymous expressed shock about the missed opportunity and lack of cohesion displayed by the grassroot politician of Adeoti caliber, this was an opportunity for Sheu to itemize his manifesto to the party and people, prove bookmakers wrong that he has the capacity needed to administer our state, he also failed to showcase to the public the achievements of the administration in which he served as SSG for eight years, instead was hammering on areas of weaknesses and failures of Aregbesola, the former AD councillor lamented.
“We have over 50 party leaders here, and Sunday Igboho who is not a resident, citizen or voter in Osun state was the one of the persons recognized by the SSG to address the gathering, Igboho that was in Osogbo 2months ago for the PDP state Congress where Adagunodo was elected chairman, this is an insult to our collective sensibility in Osun, the septuagenarian questioned.
When asked when he will resign his present appointment, he simply answered, there is no place in Nigeria or APC constitution where it was written that I have to resign because I want to contest for governor, I’m still the SSG, he boasted.
I built my demolished house with gratuity, says landlord
Landlords and residents of Iyeri community, located at Imota, Ikorodu area of Lagos State, have cried out over what they described as the illegal demolition of completed and uncompleted buildings in their communities.
The Iyeri community chairman, Mr Tony Aghedo, said that all the buildings in the community were demolished on April 4, 2018, by the Lagos State Building Control Agency. According to them, they were shocked to see that the bulldozers, which pulled down their homes, were escorted by hundreds of policemen and soldiers.
The community chairman said that he was disallowed to evacuate his property out of his house by the policemen and soldiers, leading to destruction of his property. Tony, who noted that it was the state Ministry of Agriculture that directed the state building control agency to demolish all buildings in the community, added that the community lawyer had already been alerted and that a protest had been held at the state government house.
Tony further said: “It was a tragic day for us. Every landlord and landlady in the community bought their land from the Shupori family. We don’t know the genesis of this land. We only heard that there had been an agreement between the Ministry of Agriculture and the family in question, which was not supposed to affect us.” In a voice filled with emotion, Tony cried out: “I built my now demolished house with my gratuity. I’m just a retired civil servant.
There should at least be a compensation of a sort for us. We must not allow this ministry to intimidate us because we are very sure there has been a conspiracy.” A landlady, who gave her name as Iyaafin Adekola, said: “On the day of the demolition, the policemen were power drunk due to the extent that phones of those who tried to defend their homes were snatched and smashed.” Adekola, a petty trader, said that she was able to raise money, buy and built her now demolished house by working to the bones.
She was said to have collapsed when bulldozers rode through the walls of her two-bedroom apartment, pulling everything to the grounds. She added: “The next place I found myself after witnessing the horrible incident was in the hospital.
I had received two drips. My children and I, live in an uncompleted building.” Comfort Oladeji, 57, implored the government to compensate the affected community members. Oladeji said that it took her 10 years to build her house, which, was demolished within seconds.
The community secretary, Mustapha Akeem, said that necessary actions had been taken, stressing that those who were affected had staged a protest to the Lagos State House of Assembly and other vital places.
He added: “I’m sad because I’m a civil servant, working under the Lagos State Government. We have staged a protest and we are happy that the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, has given us an appointment date. We wished to be compensated.”
Fani-Kayode’s wife delivers triplets on her birthday
Precious, wife of former Aviation Minister, Dr. Femi Fani-Kayode, was yesterday delivered a set of triplets. Precious, who gave birth to three boys, made the announcement on her Instagram page on yesterday.
The former beauty queen further revealed the names of her new babies. She wrote via her handle @snowhiteey: “Thank you Lord for these special birthday gifts. My target was 35 weeks and exactly today, Ragnar, Aiden and Liam just arrived. “I’m doing fine and so are my boys. Thanks for your prayers and wishes, I really do appreciate.”
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