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Boko Haram Bomb Explosion Kills 2, Injures 3 On Yobe Road |The Republican News

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From: Timothy Olanrewaju, Maiduguri

A-bomb explosion believed to have been buried on a road in Yobe State has killed two persons and injured three persons when the vehicle they were travelling in unknowingly stepped on it.

Military sources said some Boko Haram ambushed travellers along the Damaturu-Biu road, on Sunday, had laid the bomb on the road. It said that upon sighting the vehicle, the insurgents opened fire on it, prompting drivers to manoeuvre their ways for escape.

“The vehicle sadly stepped on explosives buried on the road by Boko Haram while trying to flee the Boko Haram shooting. Two people were killed and three other injured,” the source who preferred anonymity said.

There was no official confirmation either from the military or police authority in the state as at press time.

Hospital sources in Damaturu, Yobe State capital said three injured persons were brought for treatment. (The Sun)

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Full Text Of President Buhari Nationwide Broadcast On Monday |The Republican News

Retired Nigerian General Buhari attends African Diaspora Conference

London, United Kingdom. 5th March 2013 — General (Rtd) Muhammadu Buhari seen here delivering a speech at the 4th African Diaspora Conference in London. Buhari was a Major-General in the Nigerian Army and a former military ruler of Nigeria. — Nigeria’s retired General Buhari gave a speech on the subjects of democracy, corruption and the economy at the 4th African Diaspora Conference hosted at the Houses of Parliament in London.

 

My dear citizens,

I am very grateful to God and to all Nigerians for their prayers. I am pleased to be back on home soil among my brothers and sisters.

2. In the course of my stay in the United Kingdom, I have been kept in daily touch with events at home. Nigerians are robust and lively in discussing their affairs, but I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far.

3. In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura. Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analyzed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united.

4. Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood.

5. Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance.

6. I believe the very vast majority of Nigerians share this view.

7. This is not to deny that there are legitimate concerns. Every group has a grievance. But the beauty and attraction of a federation are that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence.

8. The National Assembly and the National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate bodies for national discourse.

9. The national consensus is that it is better to live together than to live apart.

10. Furthermore, I am charging the Security Agencies not to let the successes achieved in the last 18 months be a sign to relax.

11. Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety.

12. Therefore we are going to reinforce and reinvigorate the fight not only against, elements of Boko Haram which are attempting a new series of attacks on soft targets, kidnappings, farmers versus herdsmen clashes in addition to ethnic violence fuelled by political mischief makers. We shall tackle them all.

13. Finally, dear Nigerians, our collective interest now is to eschew petty differences and come together to face common challenges of economic security, political evolution and integration as well as lasting peace among all Nigerians.

14. I remain resolutely committed to ensuring that these goals are achieved and maintained. I am so glad to be home.

15. Thank you and may God bless our dear Nation. (NAN)

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Nigeria’s Unity Not Negotiable, Says Buhari |The Republican News

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From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja, Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki, Agaju Madugba, Katsina, Emmanuel Adeyemi, Lokoja and Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned those trying to foment trouble in the country, saying Nigerian’s unity not negotiable.

He declared that Nigerians have the right to live and do business in any part of the country without let or hindrance.

In a national broadcast this morning, President Buhari, who returned to the country on Saturday, after 104 days in London, United Kingdom, for medical treatment, said the country was better staying together.

He ordered security agencies to step up the fight against insurgency so that the gains of the past 18 months will not be lost.

The president enjoined Nigerians to play down on petty differences and come together to face economic, security, environmental and other challenges facing the country.

President Buhari’s speech reads: “I am very grateful to God and to all Nigerians for their prayers. I am pleased to be back on home soil among my brothers and sisters.

“In the course of my stay in the United Kingdom, I have been kept in daily touch with events at home. Nigerians are robust and lively in discussing their affairs, but I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far.

“In 2003, after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown, Daura. Over two days, we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analysed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united.

“Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood.

“Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance. I believe the very vast majority of Nigerians share this view.

“This is not to deny that there are legitimate concerns. Every group has a grievance. But the beauty and attraction of a federation are that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence.

“The National Assembly and the National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate bodies for national discourse.

“The national consensus is that it is better to live together than to live apart.

“Furthermore, I am charging the security agencies not to let the successes achieved in the last 18 months be a sign to relax.  Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety. Therefore,  we are going to reinforce and reinvigorate the fight not only against elements of Boko Haram, which are attempting a new series of attacks on soft targets; kidnappings, farmers versus herdsmen clashes; in addition to ethnic violence fuelled by political mischief makers. We shall tackle them all.

“Finally, dear Nigerians, our collective interest now is to eschew petty differences and come together to face common challenges of economic security, political evolution and integration as well as lasting peace among all Nigerians.

“I remain resolutely committed to ensuring that these goals are achieved and maintained. I am so glad to be home.”

Earlier yesterday, there was a celebration at the Aso Villa chapel, where Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and several worshippers sang various songs in Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba languages to thank God for Buhari’s safe return.

Speaking at the service, the Aso Villa Chapel’s Administrator, Rev. Isaac Ambi, said: “We want to rejoice with our father, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, for the safe return of our President and our father, Muhammadu Buhari. And we also want to thank God on how he has used you in piloting the affairs of Nigeria while the president was away.”

Also speaking, Prof. Durosinmi Etti, who urged the worshipers to celebrate the Lord for what he had done in the president’s life, led the church to sing: “What shall we say unto the Lord, All we have to say is thank you, Lord.”

A special ministration with the title: “All Things are working for my good” was also rendered by the choir to honour the Lord for spearing the president’s life.

In his sermon entitled: “What is new for a Christian,” Ambi, using John 15:1-11 and Psalm 23, as anchor texts, urged everyone who had accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour to continue to live life according to the dictate of Christ.

“A Christian life is a matter of relationship; knowing the rules and the regulation. So, what is your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ? We are supposed to have a kind of relationship that draws our strength from Jesus Christ,” he remarked.

According to him, one of the new things a Christian has to include is a new position, a new possession, a new product and new focus.

“As soon as we receive Christ, we will experience the great exchange according to 2 Corinthians 32. So, you have a new position because Jesus has taken the centre stage in your life and that is why a Christian must not engage in shady deals. Second Corinthians 5:17 says if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature,” he said.

Individuals and groups, including the South East Governors Forum (SEGF), governors Aminu Masari and Abiola Ajimobi of Katsina and Oyo respectively, have reacted to Buhari’s return.

Chairman of the SEGF and Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, described the recovery of Mr President as great work of God and wished him total recovery as he assumes duty.

The forum thanked Nigerians for praying for his speedy recovery, adding that it showed that the people were becoming more patriotic despite the varying political lines.

It called for more prayers and dedication to service by every Nigerian, noting that it was only through the unity of purpose that the country could achieve greatness.

Masari in a statement also commended Nigerians for their steadfastness in prayers and moral support to the president while Buhari was away.

“God has answered the prayers of Nigerians and friends of Nigerians across the globe by healing and returning President Buhari home in better health,” Masari said in a statement sign by his Senior Special Adviser, Abdu Labaran Malumfashi.

Governor Ajimobi, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy, Mr Yomi Layinka, expressed delight in the renewed vigour of the president, which he said should reinforce the people’s belief in the awesome powers of God.

He called for continued prayers for the well being of Buhari and leaders at all levels for the country to remain cohesive and return to prosperity and abundance.

Meanwhile, Kogi State government has declared today as a public holiday and Thanksgiving Day.

Governor Yahaya Bello said the gesture was in line with the “support of the Kogi people for the renaissance of our nation by Mr President.

He enjoined the people of Kogi to also use the occasion to pray for the president, as he resumes his responsibilities of repositioning Nigeria.

Similarly, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State said with his return, the challenge for the delivery of dividends of democracy has been reactivated and expectations from the citizenry rekindled.

The party, in a statement by the Director of Media and Publicity, Mr Steve Otaloro, praised the president for the confidence reposed in his Vice, Osinbajo by handing over the reins of power to him. It said the development demonstrated the belief in the political system of the country.

The crux of the overwhelming solidarity witnessed in the return of President Buhari is the total support for the president’s drive in the continued fight against treasury looters, recovery of national assets and funds as well as rebuilding the national economy, the statement said.

It urged the citizenry to continue to pray for the president to enable him to deliver good governance.

Also, reacting, an APC chieftain in Abia State and Board of Trustee (BoT) member, Prince Benjamin Benedict Apugo said the fact that Buhari came back not only alive but also fully recovered, was a thing of great joy for him, his family, APC members in the state and Abians in general.

He noted that the president’s return will oil and reinvigorate the machinery of government and called on him to re-jig his cabinet to inject fresh blood that would better the lots of the people.

Apugo condemned the activities of the group that campaigned that the president should either return home or resign, stressing that it was insensitive and out of place to force the president home when doctors had not satisfied him fit to resume duties.

“It is quite unfortunate that the group, whatever their name is, did not act wisely. When someone’s father is sick and went to the hospital for medical attention, you don’t force him back home, unless you don’t love him and want him dead.

“We know that those who embarked on the protest acted a script written by the opposition, but I’m happy that the president has returned not to the weight of the so-called protest, but based on his doctors’ advice.”

While the Deputy National Chairman (South) of the party, Chief Segun Oni described the home coming as a soothing balm on the tensed political atmosphere in Nigeria, a traditional leader and industrialist, Prince Olusegun Aderemi urged the president to apologise to Nigerians over his long absence.

In a statement signed by his media aide, Mr Steve Alabi in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, Oni said seeing Buhari in good health has put a lie to the wishes of those who don’t wish the nation well.

Oni advised some of the Buhari’s antagonists to stop playing politics with every issue, especially when it touched on health, saying, they were not God.

But Aderemi who spoke with newsmen in Aramoko Ekiti said Buhari should not blame anybody who was aggrieved and expressed his or her grievances over his long absence, noting that, it was their right to express their feeling. He said though it was not the wish of Buhari to stay away from the country for over 100 days, as a democrat he should apologise to those who felt strongly about his absence. (The Sun)

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Ojukwu Agreed With Me In 2003 That Nigeria Must Remain United, Says Buhari |RN

President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed how the late Chukwuemka Odumegwu Ojukwu agreed with that the country must remain an indivisible entity.

The president said this in his nationwide broadcast on Monday morning. This came less than 48 hours after his return to the country from London, where he spent more than 100 days on medical vacation.

Recall that while the president was ways, the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had repeatedly insisted that the unity of the country was not negotiable.

Osinbajo’s comments had come amid agitations for secession in the South East, a quit notice to the Igbo in the North by some northern youths and repeated calls for the restructuring of the country.

President Buhari, in defending the government’s position on the unity of the country, recalled an encounter with the late General Chukwuemka Odumegwu Ojukwu in 2003.

According to the President, Ojukwu who led the ‘Republic of Biafra’ in its attempt to secede from Nigeria from 1967 to 1970 agreed with him that the country should remain united.

In his national broadcast this morning, President Buhari said, “In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown in Daura. Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analysed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united.”

Consequently, the President warned that secessionist agenda would not be tolerated and that all grievances must be channelled through legitimate means.

“Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood,” he said. (Channelstv)

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Wild Jubilation In Abuja, Other Places As Buhari Returns From Sick Vacation |RN

Olalekan Adetayo, Ifeanyi Onuba, Okechukwu Nnodim and Olaide Oyelude

There was wild jubilation in Abuja, Katsina and other parts of the country on Saturday as President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the country from London, the United Kingdom where he had been for medical treatment since May 7.

Security operatives had a hectic time controlling the crowd as the President’s long motorcade moved from the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to the Presidential Villa.

Related: Buhari Will Shock Nigerians When He Returns, Says Tam David West |RN

Many residents of the Federal Capital Territory thronged the major roads from the airport to catch a glimpse of the President, who had spent 104 days outside Nigeria.

Some of them were singing, dancing with banners of the President’s portraits in hand, while others jostled to take photographs of the President’s convoy with their mobile phones.

The presidential aircraft that conveyed Buhari landed at the airport at 4.35pm to the excitement of all those present.

The aircraft then taxied to the tarmac amidst music played by the Guards Brigade along with a cultural troupe performing at the airport.

The President disembarked from the aircraft, NAF 001, at 4.48pm. He was received by top government officials led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Decked in a brown kaftan, Buhari mounted a rostrum and saluted the guard of honour.

He did not inspect the guard of honour before proceeding to acknowledge cheers from well-wishers and the dancers.

He, thereafter, got into his official car to be driven to the Presidential Villa.

The airport was at a standstill as workers made frantic efforts to get a glimpse of him.

Airport roads shut, travellers, commuters stranded

Hundreds of workers, travellers and other airport users were stranded at the airport following the closure of roads in the area.

Many travellers and other people at the airport were forced to wait, as security operatives cleared dignitaries who had come to welcome the President.

Despite the closure of roads and the delay of the travellers at the airport, many of them were excited to see the President back in the country.

On roads leading to the airport were hundreds of people singing and dancing, as they welcomed Buhari.

There were chants of “Sai baba!” as some youths performed some stunts with their vehicles and motorbikes.

Other groups of people displayed placards with messages like: “Welcome home, dear President”; “Sai Baba”; and “We love Buhari” as they struggled to catch a glimpse of the President.

There were other excited Nigerians who moved closer to the car the President was riding in, screaming, “Sai baba!” as they danced, following the slowly moving convoy of Buhari.

Earlier, there was commotion at the commercial wing of the NAIA as air passengers and workers rushed out in excitement to see Buhari immediately his aircraft touched down.

Those at the commercial terminals tried to push their way through to the tarmac but were stopped by security officials and personnel of the Federal Airports Authority.

“I would have loved to see at least his plane, because I know there’s no way I can see him from this departure terminal,” Okeke Benny, a Lagos-bound passenger said.

Daura residents jubilate

Residents of Daura – Buhari’s hometown – in Katsina State on Saturday evening suspended various activities they were engaged in to watch the President return to the country on television.

The residents who had waited patiently for the news of the arrival of the President, thereafter, began to dance as they sang to praise him.

In a carnival-like manner, some residents took to the streets in their vehicles and motorbikes; some drove around the town singing praises to God for bringing Buhari back to the country hale and hearty.

Business activities remained paralysed in major commercial areas, including Sabonline, Kofa-kaoran, Mani Road, Nagogo Road, and Ibrahim Babangida Way, in Katsina as many traders stayed glue to the TV.

Some youths were also seen in places like Rafindadi, Kofar Kwaya, Kofar Durbi and Kofar Sauri, also in Katsina singing Buhari’s praises and going from one place to the other.

A Daura resident, Shuaibu Haruna, said, “I am happy. At least, we shall all see our President and this will further shame those branding rumours around about him.”

Another resident, Hassan Dajuma, said, “You know, some people have cashed in on President Buhari’s absence to unnecessarily heat up the polity. Now, with his return, I foresee normalcy. I am happy for him; I am happy for our great country over his return.”

Speaking on Buhari’s return to the country, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, told reporters at the airport that Buhari’s return had nothing to do with the #ReturnOrResign protests that took place in Nigeria and London.

Adesina said he and some presidential aides knew about his return some days back.

Adesina had earlier on Saturday issued a statement in which he announced that Buhari would return to the country later in the day and address Nigerians through a national broadcast on Monday.

The statement read, “President Buhari is expected to speak to Nigerians in a broadcast by 7 am on Monday, August 21, 2017. He thanks, all Nigerians who have prayed ceaselessly for his recovery and well-being since the beginning of the health challenge.” (Punchng.com)

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Nigerians Want Full Restructuring, Opposing It Is Unfair, Southern Monarchs Tell Sultan |RN

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                            Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III

OLUFEMI ATOYEBI, FEMI MAKINDE, KAMARUDEEN OGUNDELE, SIMON UTEBOR, ETIM EKPIMAH, PETER DADA, CHIDIEBUBE OKEOMA, and GIBSON ACHONU

First-class traditional rulers across the southern parts of Nigeria have denounced the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar’s stance on restructuring, noting that it is unfair for a monarch of his stature to speak against the wish of the people.

Some of the monarchs told SUNDAY PUNCH that the position of the Sultan was born out of the interests of the North.

Last Monday, Abubakar had called on Nigerians to focus on the devolution of the economy, rather than the restructuring of Nigeria, while speaking at the Niger State Investment Submit in Minna.

“Rather than the clamour for the restructuring of the country, the Federal Government should be called upon to release dams across the country to state governments for massive participation of Nigerians in all-year farming seasons.

“We have the ability and technical knowledge to feed the continent with what we can produce, with the required political commitment, through the provision of modern farming implements for our teeming farmers,” he had said.

Rather than economic restructuring, the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, stated that it was mind-boggling that the Sultan was not in tune with the masses.

“If the people of Nigeria want the country to be restructured, as traditional leaders, we are not in a position to oppose it. We are closer to the people, so we must lead by example. It is important to find a way of addressing the yearning of our people.

“Without the people, there cannot be a leader. We can see clearly what is wrong with the present system. The people and all the major political parties are calling for restructuring. We should allow people to develop at their own pace. It is the only way out of a potential crisis. That is how we can address all the agitations across the country. We support the restructuring of the nation,” the monarch, who spoke through his Director, Media and Public Affairs, Adeola Oloko, said.

Another first-class traditional ruler from Eket, Akwa Ibom State, Obong Etim Abia, noted that reforming the country’s economic policies to make it more buoyant was not the focus of the call for restructuring.

“I think the general opinion is that, as Nigerians, we all need to come together, sit down and discuss how we want this country to be governed. This is the only country in the world that people have to go to the centre and share money. Things cannot continue like that — that is why some people insist on resource control.

“To say the country should not be restructured and that we should leave it to what the military decided to make it — with the military all from one side of the country — is unfair and unrealistic. We must agree on resource control in which every state will control its own resources and give a percentage, even if it is 50 per cent, to the centre,” Abia said.

Also weighing in on the matter, the paramount ruler of Aburemi Kingdom, Ogbia, Bayelsa State, King Collins Daniel, told SUNDAY PUNCH that he disagreed with the Sultan, arguing that only restructuring would address the perennial problems of the country.

Daniel, a first-class monarch, said he did not buy into the idea of building dams across the country as the solution to the restructuring Nigerians were calling for.

“The man (Sultan) who is talking about building dams across the nation is talking in respect of the Sahel region. You know this country is divided into different geographical regions. You have the savannah; you have the Sahel, the forest and the swamps. You will find out that most of the Niger Delta states are in the swamps, lowlands; the South-East and the South-West are in the forest region. The Middle Belt is in the savannah and the North-East and the North-West are in the Sahel region. Now the problem of someone that is in the North-East or North-West cannot be the same problem of the people in the swamp region; it cannot be the same with the people in the forest region.

“So, what is the significance of dams? What will dams do? Dams are for those who don’t get enough rains. The northerners don’t have enough water, so they need dams. So, if that is the solution to their problem, that cannot be the solution of Nigeria. There is always a unifying force for people to say, ‘Let there be restructuring.’ People should be able to negotiate on this structure that we have so that a section of the country does not have undue advantage over other sections of the country,” the Ogbia monarch said.

For the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo, a paramount ruler in Ondo State, there are many imbalances in the Nigerian system and only restructuring can correct them. He told our correspondent that no monarch should ignore restructuring demands.

“I must say that we cannot shy away from the restructuring of this country. Remember that we are talking about an equitable society where we will all see ourselves as one and not a lopsided situation as we currently have. We need to restructure the political frame of the country; the fiscal federalism must equally be addressed.

“We must, therefore, look for a way to discuss these challenges and the best way to overcome them is by the restructuring of Nigeria,” the Deji of Akure said.

Similarly, an Ekiti monarch, the Ajero of Ijero, Oba Adebayo Adewole, argued that, contrary to the view of the Sultan, the country would not progress without political restructuring.

Oba Adewole said, “I believe strongly in restructuring. There is no need for a region to be dragging another region behind. Each state should develop at its pace and control its resources.

“This is why the Niger Delta people are agitating; they feel they are the ones generating the wealth of the nation and their region is not developed. If Nigeria is restructured, the economic and security challenges will go away.”

Similarly, a first-class traditional ruler from Imo State, Obi of Ihim, Eze Oliver Ohanwe, noted that the northern monarch’s preference for economic restructuring would not bring about equity, fairness and justice that Nigerians are clamouring for.  He asserted that anything aside full restructuring would continue to undermine the unity of the country.

“I do not agree with the Sultan of Sokoto with his take on restructuring. We need to restructure the country. Agitations for the restructuring of the country did not start today. They started during the amalgamation in 1914 — most Nigerians support restructuring of the country.”

In the same vein, the Okirika-Ama, Umuokirika in Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of the state, Eze Dom Okoro (Eze Okirika I) told SUNDAY PUNCH that he was not surprised that the Sultan did not throw his weight being the restructuring that many Nigerians wanted.

He said, “I say this because they (northerners) are beneficiaries of the current distortions in the country.  By that campaign from the Sultan, they want the existing imbalance and cheating in the country to continue.”

His view was shared by another paramount ruler, Dr Ikechukwu Okoligwe, (Okukoro II) of Awo-Idemili in Orsu Local Government Area, Imo State.

The monarch said, “Many Nigerians are calling for restructuring for us to have equity and fairness in the country. If we fail to do that, we would be deceiving ourselves.”

However, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, told SUNDAY PUNCH that he agreed with the Sultan’s call for economic restructuring.

“I sat with the Sultan and he explained what he meant to me. He explained everything about the devolution of the economy to me and I agreed with him. If restructuring is about breaking up the country, I am against it. But if it is about how to improve the welfare of the people, I will support it,” he stated.

Oba Akanbi added that there should be a clear understanding of the restructuring being called for.

“So many people do not understand what the restructuring is about. Many think it is about the break-up of the country and the people must be educated that the restructuring they are clamouring for is not to break up the country.

“What I would advocate is industrialisation. This government must do everything to ensure that Nigeria is industrialised. The kind of agriculture we are practising in Nigeria is wasting our produce. Farmers lose 75 per cent of their produce after harvest,” he said. (Punchng.com)

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Police Nab Ritualist, Recover Body Of 8-year-old Daughter Of Neighbour |RN

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From: Tony John, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Police Command yesterday, took custody of a 23-year-old man, Ifeanyichukwu Maxwell Dike, who was arrested by members of a vigilance group in the Eliozu area in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, while he was on the way to dispose the body of his neighbour’s daughter after using other parts of her body for ritual.

Sunday Sun gathered that the suspect abducted the eight-year-old victim, Victory Chikamso on Friday, raped, killed and removed some parts of her body for a ritual. When he was arrested by the vigilance group, he was carrying the remains of the corpse in a bag.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, told newsmen that the suspect who was residing at Messiah Street, Eliozu, Port Harcourt was arrested by men of the Okporo Police Station.

He said that Dike abducted the little girl, who lived with her parents at the same address on Friday.

“The little girl was abducted, defiled and killed, while her vagina, eyes, tongue and breast were removed and put in a polythene bag.

“The suspect was going to dispose of the body when he was arrested by members of a local vigilance group that suspected his movement. On being questioned, the suspect dropped the bag and took to his heels.

“Consequently, the vigilantes gave the suspect a hot chase and apprehended him. On further interrogation by the Police, he confessed and took the Police to where the vital organs were concealed,” Omoni said.

He, however, disclosed that the body and the organs of the victim had been recovered and deposited in the mortuary, while the suspect was helping the Police in the investigation. 

In a related development, operatives from the Azikiwe Police Station on stop-and-search duty at the Eagle Island Sandfill, on Friday, intercepted a Toyota Avalon salon car with Reg. No. WER 767 CN  with three occupants, namely, Ignatius Opara,  Aniebiet Daniel and Lawson Basoene.

On searching the car the police recovered one locally made pistol with two 7.62mm live ammunition which was hidden under the driver’s seat.

The Police further said interrogation revealed that the suspects had stolen the car from where it was packed at  Amadi Ama. (The Sun)

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