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Christian leaders kick over killer herdsmen attacks

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The freedom with which the herdsmen have succeeded in killing hundreds of innocent citizens of Nigeria and burning their houses almost on daily basis without adequate response by the Federal Government has irked the psyche of the body of Christians.

The Christendom may have decided to take their destiny in their hands by shouting ‘enough is enough!’ on the government of the day for lacking the willpower to end the menace.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) could not imagine why the sacredness of human lives was being sacrificed on the altar of mediocrity by President Muhammadu Buhari’s APC-led government.

While the Delta State chapter of the association tenaciously held on to the commandment of God on ‘Thou shalt not kill’, and maintained that only God is the final arbiter of life, the Bishops passed a vote of no confidence in President Buhari and his government for poor management of the killing spree by herdsmen, handling it with preferential treatment and failing to declare them as terrorists. Also agitating the minds of the Catholic Bishops, after the killing of two priests and 17 worshippers in Benue State, was why Nigeria suddenly became a killing field, hence they concluded that it was an indication of a failed government.

For the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Delta State, Rev. Gideon O. Oyibo, such killings, maiming, raping and arson can only take place under a government that has a tacit support for them.

The CAN leader was categorical that enough has not been done by President Muhammadu Buhari to sympathize with Nigerians over the killings. According to Rev. Oyibo, the daily killing going on in some parts of the country is an indication of the failure of the Buhari-led government, accusing the powers-that-be of weakening the power to resist and thereby strengthened the power to oppress.

He maintained that the Commander in Chief, President Buhari and his Security Chiefs have become helpless and do not seem to know what to do again to put an end to the spate of killings across the country. In his signed statement, he said: “In another way, one may be tempted to say that the Buhari government is weak in handling the situation because he has a soft spot for the killer herdsmen.

The view has become necessary because it is difficult to believe that the killer herdsmen are more powerful than the Nigeria military.” He said the freedom with which the killer herdsmen kill and burn houses, without responsible response from those that vowed to protect lives and properties of their citizens had shown high level of bigotry and nepotism.

He insisted that if his view was wrong, the government of President Buhari should prove it by putting an end to these incessant killings in the country. “I agree with the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria that President Buhari should resign for his inability to put an end to the spate of killings in the country. People cannot continue to die under his government without any proof of assurance of an end to the killings.

It is now clear beyond any reasonable doubt that President Buhari cannot lead us at such a time like this. The only option for him is resignation. “There is nothing wrong in the National Assembly inviting President Buhari to answer questions or brief them on critical issues affecting the country.

Constitution or no Constitution, the President is the chief image or symbol of the country and as such, responsible or answerable to the people as represented by members of the National Assembly. If President Buhari truly considers himself as the President of Nigeria, who is answerable to the people and does not have a tacit support for the killer herdsmen, this is the time to prove it by honouring the invitation.”

He continued: “If the President fails to honour the invitation, the National Assembly should not consider impeachment process because of the consequences of its political implications on the country.

The National Assembly can hold him to ransom by not considering any request or bill from the President. This is an area the National Assembly can call the President to order since the Presidency cannot operate fully without the Legislature.”

As if that was not enough, the Anglican Bishop of Asaba Diocese, Rt. Rev. Justus Mogekwu, accused the President of displaying high level of incapability in living above ethnic, religious bigotry and sentiments. He described the killings by herdsmen as a collaborative effort to wipe off Christianity from the face of Nigeria.

He said: “What is happening in Benue and Taraba, are calculated attempts to Islamise Nigeria and to destroy Christianity. How can you otherwise explain that the same military people, the same security are collecting arms from people who want to defend themselves and leaving the gunmen, the notorious Fulani to move about freely? You weaken the power to resist and then strengthen the power to oppress.

“What has happened in Benue State especially, is a calculated attempt to destroy the Christian faith and impose Islam on the whole of Nigeria. Fulani issue is that of a long drawn plan to Islamize the whole of Nigeria. All coastlands, all forests, are all covered by Fulanis well armed to the teeth.

The government know this and they know what to do and they don’t want to do it. “When the President gave instructions to the IGP, did he really mean he wanted that man to obey him? Only to turn round and say he did not know that IGP did not obey his directive. Is that sign of a serious president? They know what they are doing.

They said the Tivs were the people who resisted the spread of Islam down south and they have held that against them. Now they have come to take their pound of flesh. What is happening now is simply a continuation of the Islamisation policy and they are seriously pursuing this agenda.” Mogweku condemned how herdsmen killed two Roman Catholic priests, over 17 worshippers and some refugees in the Church in Benue.

“How can you go to a church and kill innocent worshippers and their priests and you tell people to fold their hands? Does that show that this government is serious about the lives and property of people?

An ethnic group, Fulani, who value the life of one cow over the lives of Nigerians? “So, my opinion about this is that Buhari’s case is a tragedy to Nigeria.

Unless Nigerians rise against them and vote them out and restructure this country, we are not going to have peace in Nigeria. I can assure you that what has happened in Benue State now will continue in other parts of Nigeria; they are not relenting and they will not relent. The power that should restrain them is very much in their favour.

“It is Satanic plan of the Islamic agenda to ruin this country. Let us restructure Nigeria, let everybody develop according to their own ability. Let people be armed to defend themselves.

Theophilus Danjuma did what he should have done, but it came rather late. He should have told people that what you should do is to arm yourselves and fight back”, Bishop Mogweku said. According to him, when these people know that they can be resisted, it will make them to relent.

“In this part of Nigeria, in the night they bring in lorries and truck loads of armed Fulani herdsmen. And deposit them in our bushes, colonizing the entire place.

The police cannot do anything because they are subject to the Hausa Fulani authority. So, Benue State is a kind of barrier to them in what they want to do. But their agenda they will pursue it vigorously. It is my conviction”, he added.

The Executive Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Religious Matters, Bishop Greatman Nmalagu, wondered that since Nigeria has become a killing field under the Buhari-led government, following the way and manner in which herdsmen have killed, maimed and raped innocent citizens of the country, who will bring Nigeria face to face with peace and ended up saying, “the beautiful ones are not yet born in the politics of Nigeria.”

Bishop Greatman explained that the mourning day protest declared by CAN was to serve President Buhari an immediate quit notice but also to express dissatisfaction about his style of leadership and to inform him that the Christians who hold human life in high esteem have rejected him.

He urged Nigerian to take the ongoing registration of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) very seriously, insisting, “that is the only power with which we can kick out a failed government.”

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VIDEO: Sunday Igboho steals show as Moshood Adeoti declares to succeed Aregbesola

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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.

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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.

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I built my demolished house with gratuity, says landlord

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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.”

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Fani-Kayode’s wife delivers triplets on her birthday

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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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