Female Suicide Bomber Hits Maiduguri Mosque, Kill Eight |The Republican News


Eight people were killed on Monday when a female suicide bomber detonated her explosives at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, in the latest attack in the restive region.

The head of the Borno state emergency management agency, Ahmed Satomi, said the blast happened at about 5:30 am (0430 GMT) in the London Ciki area of Maiduguri, which has been at the epicentre of Boko Haram violence since 2009.

“She killed eight people and injured 15 others. The mosque was being guarded by civilian JTF (joint task force militia) during prayers,” he told AFP.

“Unknown to them, the girl was being pursued from another part of town by residents who were suspicious of her movement at the time.

“When she approached the mosque, they demanded that she stop to be searched but she suddenly bolted into the mosque and set off her bombs.”

Three other female suicide bombers were located in Maiduguri at about the same time, said Satomi.

Two were killed in the Mammanti area as they tried to cross the ditch around the city perimeter while another set off her explosives in the suburb of Simari, he added.

It is the second time in a week that four female suicide bombers have sought to cause carnage in Maiduguri.

Last Monday, at least 19 people were killed and 23 others injured when four women set off their bombs in the Molai Kolemari area of the city.

Boko Haram has increasingly used women and young girls as human bombs as they have been forced out of captured territory due to a sustained military counter-insurgency.

Maiduguri has been repeatedly attacked in recent months, with mosques, markets, camps for those displaced by the conflict and other civilian “soft” targets hit regularly. (

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The Core North’s Hausa-Fulani Is Nigeria’s Problem |The Republican News

By Southern League Of Professionals
Did you know that southern Nigerians living in Kano were killed by northerners for struggling for independence? It happened in 1953. They were attacked and killed by northerners opposed to independence after Anthony Enahoro called for independence in the Parliament in Lagos.
Did you know that Africa’s first genocide was perpetrated by Northerners in Nigeria? This genocide preceded that of Rwanda and was the first time in Africa a government, military, police, political, traditional institutions and civilians combined undertook the massacre of another ethnic group. This infamy happened between 1966 and 1967 in northern Nigeria/ continued through the war and put the nation on the global genocide list.
Did you know that regional police was scrapped because the northern government used the Native authorities regional police corruptly to intimidate/repress political opponents and rig elections?
Subsequently, there were strident calls for regional police to be scrapped. It was eventually scrapped by Aguiyi/Gowon.
Did you know that the first election rigging in Nigeria was organised by the Northern Peoples Congress? In 1960 due to lack of support by the TIV’s the NPC rigged elections in TIV division leading to the TIV riots.
Did you know that the Northern Peoples Congress rigged the 1962 census results leading to a national crisis?
Did you know that in 1964 the Northern Peoples Congress; Ahmadu Bello and Tafawa Balewa used federal power to massively rig elections in the Western region. This massive rigging led to riots (wetie) that led to scores dying dead on a daily basis. Rather than cancel the elections and organise fresh ones, the Northern leader’s allowed the riots and killings to continue for two years leading to the unfortunate military intervention in 1966.
Did you know that Nigeria was named the most corrupt country in the world under the leadership of Generals Babangida, Abacha and Abdulsalam Abubakar?
Did you know that Alhaji Umaru Dikko was the most corrupt/biggest single looter in the 2nd republic? He pioneered looting in billions and was reported to have stolen N2 billion as of 1983 at a time the Naira exchanged higher than the dollar.
Umaru Dikko’s loot in today’s exchange rate would be the equivalent of a trillion Naira.
Did you know that all Nigeria’s institutions collapsed under the Northern rule? Refineries, Nigeria Airways, Railway lines, steel plants, Universities, hospitals, NEPA, NIPOST etc all collapsed during Babangida, Abacha, Abubakar regimes due to massive corruption.
Did you know that ethnic violence has been ongoing in the north since 1945? The first recorded riot in the north against other ethnic groups was in 1945. These killings have continued till today.
Northern Nigeria is the only place in Africa where fellow citizens are routinely killed. It’s no surprise that the North now harbours Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen both of which have been classified the 1st and 4th deadliest terrorist groups in the world by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).
Did you know that from hitherto killing of Christians in the core north, Fulani herdsmen now attack and kill Nigerians/Christians in their home states without consequence because the Northern led federal government is protecting them? Such killings have taken place in Benue, Enugu, Kogi, Delta etc.
Did you know that Northen leaders support Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen terrorists? They have never for once criticised, condemned or called for the arrest/prosecution of Boko Haram or Fulani terrorists.
Did you know that the North harbours the poorest and most destitute illiterate population in the world? This was recently confirmed by Emir Sanusi.
Despite controlling power, since independence, the north has the world’s poorest/destitute/illiterate population due to harbouring Nigeria’s most corrupt elite.
Did you know that despite the claimed bogus population, the north has never produced any literary giant/ academician of note? While the Yorubas have produced Wole Soyinka, Ola Rotimi etc the Ibos Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Adichie etc the core north cannot boast of a single literary/academic figure.
Did you know that for entrance into unity schools the South has the highest cut-off point while the North has the lowest? For example, a man from Delta, Ogun or Anambra state who scores 170/200 might not be admitted while a man from Zamfara who scores 9/200 will be admitted. This mediocrity/apartheid continues till today.
Did you know that Moshood Abiola won the freest and fairest election in 1993 but the election was cancelled and he was killed because the north didn’t want a Yoruba to come to power?
Did you know that next door in Ghana a single ethnic group the Akan/Ashanti make up 50 percent of the country’s population but they have not claimed to be “born to rule” nor do they oppress other ethnic groups but in Nigeria where Hausa plus Fulani make up less than 30 percent of the population they arrogantly claim to be “born to rule” accordingly oppressing other ethnic groups/ refusing to enthrone justice and equality.
Did you know that when as a Southerner you move to the core north you are segregated into ” Sabon Gari” (strangers quarters) and when northerners move down south they segregate themselves into “Hausa quarters” because they don’t believe in Nigeria and don’t want to mix/integrate with other Nigerians?
Did you know that in creative industries ie Nollywood, music, comedies, sports and other entertainment the core north is nowhere to be found?
Did you know that in 2000 the core north went against Nigeria’s constitution and declared Sharia in 12 northern states thereby technically rebelling and separating themselves from the rest of Nigeria? Ensuing Sharia riots took more than 20,000 lives.
Did you know that the core north has been alone in opposing every progressive attempt to restructure and move the country forward preferring instead to maintain the parasitic, unworkable, unjust and corrupt status quo?
The core north/Hausa-Fulani are Nigeria’s greatest fault line/problem. They are corrupt, unprogressive, unjust, domineering and murderous with no regard for human life.
Except a definitive decision is taken by the rest of the country willing to restructure to separate from them, Nigeria will never know peace or progress.
Signed Dr I. Attoh
Secretary General

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Anti-Igbo Threat: Police Fail To Arrest Arewa Youth Leaders Despite El-Rufai’s Order

                       Inspector-General of Police , Ibrahim Idris

The police, on Thursday, failed to carry out a directive by the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, to arrest some northern youths, who issued a three-month ultimatum for the Igbo resident in the area to quit the region.

The groups had, on Tuesday, issued a three-month ultimatum to people of Igbo extraction, resident in the 19 states in the North, to leave or be forced out before October 1, 2017.

Related: Buhari Commends El-Rufai For Ordering Arrest Of Northern Youths Asking Ndigbo To Leave The North

A prepared text of a press conference addressed by the groups was signed by the leaders of the various groups.

Those who signed the groups’ statement are Nastura Sharif (Arewa Citizens Action for Change); Amb. ShettimaYerima (Arewa Youth Consultative Forum); Aminu Adam (Arewa Youth Development Foundation); Alfred Solomon  (Arewa Students Forum); Abdul-Azeez Suleiman (Northern Emancipation  Network) as well as Joshua Viashman (Northern Youth Vanguard).

“We are also telling our brothers (northerners) out there in the South-East to get prepared to come back home,” Yerima had said.

The National President of the Northern Emancipation Network, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, who read the text of the press conference, alleged that the Igbo had become a threat to the unity of the country.

The Force Headquarters spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, in an interview with one of our correspondents, said the police were still searching for the northern youths who issued the ultimatum.

On Wednesday, El-Rufai had ordered the immediate arrest and prosecution of the leaders, saying the call by the groups could destabilise the country.

But while the police said they had yet to make any arrest, the youth in a statement on Thursday dared the force by insisting on their ultimatum.

They, however, said they had no plan to resort to violence.

Explaining the efforts of the police to arrest the youth leaders, the police spokesman stated that police operatives were “looking for them.”

“We are looking for them. They are not sitting in the market waiting to be picked up,” he said.

When asked how long it would take to nab the youth leaders, Moshood said he was issuing a statement that would address the issues.

The Kaduna police command spokesman, Aliyu Usman, said there was no update on the matter.

“We have no statement to make, if there is any development, I will tell you. No arrest yet,” he said.

When asked if the police were reluctant to arrest the youths, Usman simply said he would speak when there was an update.

Also, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, while responding to questions from journalists at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, on Thursday, said the police had yet to arrest the northern youth leaders.

Idris spoke during his monthly conference with assistant inspectors-general of police, commissioners of police and other senior officers.

The IGP stated, “We have no arrest yet. As Commissioners of Police and Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, we have the responsibility to stop this group of persons from carrying out their threats.

“I want us to be at alert to ensure that such persons or groups were stopped at all cost from carrying out their threats. No individual has the authority to stop anybody from looking for his daily bread.”

In a statement late on Thursday, the police called on Igbo in the North to disregard the ultimatum by the northern youths.

The statement by the Force spokesman, Moshood, was however silent on the expected arrest of the group members for making inciting statements.

The force said it was monitoring closely the activities of the various northern youth groups, warning them against acts that could precipitate tension and violence.

Youth leaders maintain threat, slam Kaduna, Borno govs

But the groups, which issued the quit threat on Tuesday, urged the Federal Government to begin the process of actualising the South-East’s clamour for Biafra.

Related: Defend Yourselves, Ohanaeze Youth Wing Tells Ndigbo In The North

The five groups, in a statement by their spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, insisted on their ultimatum to the Igbo to move out of the 19 northern states.

The groups said the statement on Thursday was meant to clarify their stand on the controversies that the ultimatum had generated.

The coalition also berated El-Rufai and Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, for not supporting their cause, saying the two governors took sides because of their “blind ambition for the vice-presidency.”

El-Rufai and Shttima had, on  Wednesday, condemned the threat by the youth, noting that the northern governors had taken measures to guarantee the rights of all Nigerians living in the 19 states in the northern geopolitical zones.

Speaking for the youth leaders, Suleiman said, “We are disappointed by the treacherous positions assumed by governors Nasir El-Rufai and Kashim Shettima, who, in pursuit of their blind ambition for the vice-presidency, chose to side with the secessionist Igbo against the interest of peace-loving Nigerians.

“The governors are known to be waiting in the wings for Mr President to die, so they can further their plots to seek the Presidency.

“We are irked by the hordes of lies issued by Shettima, ostensibly on behalf of the 19 northern governors, in which he referred to us as faceless. Shettima has disconnected from reality.”

The groups stated that they had never called on anybody to embark on violence as a means of conflict resolution.

They added, “We restate our determination and commitment to ensuring that the North will never partake in any contrived arrangement that would still have the Biafran Igbo as a component.

“We reiterate our call on Nigerian authorities and recognised international bodies such as ECOWAS, the AU (African Union) and the UN (United Nations) to hasten the initiation of the process for the final actualisation of the Biafran nation and, with it, the excision of the Igbo out of the present federation.

“We urge the Federal Government, as a matter of urgency, to initiate the process for a peaceful referendum to allow the Igbo to go. Let them go.”

All attempts to get a reaction from El-Rufai’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Samuel Aruwan, proved abortive due to a bad telephone connection. He had yet to respond to a text message as of 9 pm on Thursday.

The spokesman of Borno State Governor, Mallam Isa Gusau, said the governor would not take issue with the youth.

“If there is no nation, where do you realise your ambition. Governor Kashim Shettima and the rest of his colleagues are foremost interested in the existence and unity of Nigeria,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the Arewa Consultative Forum said on Thursday that it was not a party to the coalition’s decision, adding that the ACF stood by its earlier statement.

The ACF National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim, in an interview, said, “Our stance has not changed. We would not encourage any act that is not in conformity with the law by any group or individuals which will do no one any good. We appeal for caution over unguarded utterances that can jeopardise the unity and corporate existence of Nigeria.”

 Northern groups can’t decide for other Nigerians –Ohanaeze

Reacting to the latest statement by the coalition, the Deputy Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Mr. Chuks Ibegbu, told one of our correspondents that the Northern groups had no right to speak or decide for other Nigerians.

Ibegbu also stressed that Ohanaeze, as a body, did not want the break-up of Nigeria, but a restructured Nigeria.

The Ohanaeze chieftain stated, “One thing they (Northern groups) should know is that they are not speaking for the Niger Delta; they are not speaking for the Middle Belt; they are not speaking for the South-West, who have all spoken out to condemn the ultimatum given to the Igbo to leave the North.

“They have no moral duty to decide for other parts of the country.

“They should be made to understand that threats of separation started with the North. In 1950, during the Ibadan conference, the North threatened to secede if not given half of the seats in parliament. Again, after the counter-coup in 1966, the North threatened to secede until they were assured that power is now in their hands.

“Biafra is not an Igbo thing; every Nigerian is a Biafran. The Biafra agitation is a cry against injustice. Even geographically, Biafra is not an Igbo thing; it has never been an Igbo thing.”

Afenifere backs referendum

On its part, the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, endorsed the demand for a referendum to determine the future of the country.

Its National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, stated that a referendum was the right thing to do, but chastised the northern youths for insisting on expelling the Igbo from the North.

He said, “There is nothing wrong with organising a referendum, there is no section in Nigeria today that would not want a referendum on the future of Nigeria and that’s a civilised way of doing things.

“In Quebec, Canada, how many times have they organised a referendum and now they even called it liberendum. If they (northern youths) had called for this, nobody would be against them, but to first say you are expelling the Igbo and now calling for a referendum, is an after-thought.”

Work together to resolve differences –UN

The United Nations expressed concern with the ultimatum issued by some youths in the North.

“We have to work together to resolve peacefully any concerns that different groups in the country may have,” says the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria Mr Edward Kallon.

“I am heartened by reactions of leaders from all over the country condemning this ultimatum.”

The global body called for tolerance and a spirit of togetherness in transparency to address the concerns of all the citizens in a peaceful manner, urging that no one should be left behind in the quest for sustainable development.

In a statement by the National Information Officer, United Nations Information Centre, Oluseyi Soremekun, on Thursday, the UN urged cultural and religious leaders to play their part in guiding the youth to settle differences peacefully.

Nigerians have rights to live anywhere –Jonathan

Also, former President Goodluck Jonathan, on Thursday, said every Nigerian had a right to live anywhere they pleased in the country, calling on citizens to tailor their thoughts, utterances and action towards the preservation of this right.

Jonathan, who stated this in a post on his Facebook wall, was apparently reacting to the ultimatum reportedly issued by some northern youths that the Igbo living in the North should leave within three months.

In his post, Jonathan stated, “As Nigerians, we should all tailor our thoughts, actions and utterances to promote this and other rights.

“We are all brothers and sisters born from the womb of mother Nigeria. There are no stillbirths or unwanted births from our mother. We are all one and equal and it is the responsibility of all men of goodwill to appeal for calm and unity in our beloved country Nigeria.”

Arewa Youth Forum faults ultimatum insists on united Nigeria

The umbrella body of all youth groups in the North, the Arewa Youth Forum, however, condemned the three-month ultimatum issued to the Igbo.

The group insisted that Nigeria belonged to all Nigerians irrespective of tribe or religion.

The National President  of  AYF, Alhaji Ibrahim Gambo-Gujungu, said while the Arewa groups that issued the ultimatum had the constitutional right to free association and expression , issuing such an ultimatum to the Igbo would not only be viewed as a threat but also as inciting  the public.

He stated, “If it was the belligerent action of the IPOB, MASSOB and others that made the Arewa groups to issue such ultimatum, they should know that many among the Igbo frown on the activities of these dissident Igbo groups.

“We have many Igbo in the North living peacefully; they have invested massively in northern states, we even inter-marry.  So, I see no reason why the seeming fault of Nnamdi Kanu should be a reason to force an unceremonious relocation of peaceful and law-abiding Igbo in the North.”

Reps ask FG to place security agencies on the alert

In its own reaction, the House of Representatives, on Thursday, condemned the northern youth groups over the October 1 deadline they gave all Igbo in the North to quit the region.

It also asked the Indigenous People of Biafra and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra to withdraw their directive to the Igbo to comply with the deadline.

At a session presided over by the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, lawmakers suspended their rules to pass the resolution, condemning all the youth groups under matters of urgent public importance.

A Peoples Democratic Party member from Lagos State, Mr. Oghene Emma-Ego, had moved the motion, seeking the urgent intervention of the House.

Members wasted no time in passing the motion and specifically asked the Federal Government to intervene by ensuring that the northern youths did not carry out their threat.

The resolution stated, “The House calls on all security agencies to be on the alert in order to prevent unscrupulous elements from taking advantage of the two unpatriotic calls and avert disaster.

“The two calls will lead to loss of trillions of dollars, dislocation of lives of people who have lived in different parts of Nigeria for several decades because people cannot carry their houses, properties, business from their abode in a short frame of time.”

Reacting on Thursday, the Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Mr. Onofiok Luke, described the ultimatum by the northern youths as “a high level of insult.”

Speaking in Uyo, the Speaker said the call was an insult to the sensibilities of not just the people of the South-East, but also to Nigerians in other parts of the country.

Luke said this while receiving a delegation from a foremost socio-political group in the state, the ‘1 for 8 Initiative’.

He stated that Nigeria had gone past the stage where people should be holding tenaciously to tribal differences.

Southerners will retaliate, says Fani-Kayode

Also, a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, warned the youth, who issued the ultimatum to the Igbo on Tuesday to weigh the consequences of their actions because “they are playing with fire that will consume them.”

Fani-Kayode in a statement on Thursday, said the killing of Igbo residents in the North would lead to a swift, immediate and devastating retaliation throughout the south.

The ex-minister added, “Any pogrom or slaughter of Igbo in the North will lead to a swift, immediate and devastating retaliation throughout the south.

“The northern youths must be warned and told in very clear terms. This is not 1966.

“Those that gave the Igbo ‘notice to quit’ in the North are playing with fire and that fire will consume them.

“They are plunging us into darkness and we shall enter that darkness together. Nigeria belongs to us all.

“I urge the core Muslim northern elders and leaders to caution their youths before they spark off a series of events and crisis that may not only lead to a second civil war but will also lead to the end of Nigeria.”

‘Ignore threat to quit North’

In his reaction, the Eze Ndigbo Kano, Chief Boniface Ibekwe, advised the Igbo in Kano to ignore the threat, saying the threat lacked the northern elders’ support.

Ibekwe stated, “I believe, and based on my understanding as a major stakeholder in the North, the northern leaders are never in support of the threat; so they should ignore it and go about their day-to-day business and activities.’’

Also, youths in Plateau State, on Thursday, dissociated themselves from the ultimatum.

While calling on Nigerians to speak against such threats and work towards national unity, integration, peace and prosperity of the country, they also demanded the arrest and prosecution of the youth leaders by security agencies.

The Convener, Plateau Youths G-17 Peace and Progressive Forum, Dachung Bagos, told journalists in Jos, that such threats should not be taken lightly.

Bagos said, “The call is inimical, retrogressive and irrational to the fragile and relative peace the country is enjoying and capable of heating the polity and springing violence which could hinder peaceful coexistence.

“We call on security and law enforcement agencies to swing into action by ensuring that those youths that issued such threat and their sponsors are arrested and prosecuted according to the law of the land.”

In a similar development, the Ijaw Youth Congress described the insistence on a notice to quit to Igbo people in the North by some northern youths as a ploy by such youths to loot the massive investment of the Ndigbo in the area.

The IYC President, Mr. Eric Omare, said, “The ultimatum to the Igbo by the northern youths is senseless and baseless because the agitation of the Igbo people did not trample on the rights of any northerner.

“We call on the security agencies to go after those who gave such an ultimatum. The ultimatum for the Igbo to quit the North is a way of hiding under an umbrella to loot the massive investment of Igbo people in the North.”

Rising spate of separatist agitations disturbing –APC

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress described the growing spate of separatist agitations as disturbing.

It said it respected the inalienable rights of citizens to agitate for a just cause, the party noted that such agitations must be within the confines of the law.

The party said this in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, in Abuja, on Thursday.

The statement stated that the APC commended what it called the proactive and decisive action taken by northern governors and political leaders on the ultimatum to the Igbo by a so-called Arewa Youth Consultative Forum.

It added, “Our party remains disturbed by the increasing spate of separatist agitations by individuals and groups in the country.

“We are delighted to see that the pressure mounted by the various leaders has forced the group to reverse its misguided ultimatum and threats.

“We observe that the nature and content of recent agitations clearly transcend the boundaries of the law and exceed the limits of freedom of speech. They are therefore, patently inimical to national cohesion and the sustenance of our hard-earned democracy.

“The National Assembly, the courts and several lawful avenues are available to citizens, groups and sundry interests to make change, seek redress and advance legitimate causes. Therefore, we call on agitators to either join a political party which shares their ideology or form a new party to push their cause.”

Story by: Niyi  Odebode, John Alechenu, John Ameh, Chukwudi Akasike, Eniola Akinkuotu, Friday Olokor, Ade Adesomoju, Adelani  Adepegba, Ihuoma Chiedozie, Etim Ekpimah, Olaleye Aluko, Godwin Isenyo, Ted Odogwu, Kayode Idowu and Ramon Oladimeji            (

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Can Restructuring Still Save Nigeria? – By Yinka Odumakin

Afenifere is a self-determination platform for the Yoruba.

Yinka Odumakin, an Afenifere Leader, was a delegate at the 2014 National Conference

A freelance American journalist, Brian Hall, was one of the last outsiders permitted to freely take a tour of Yugoslavia during the final days of its existence. From early May to mid-September 1991, he interacted with members of the various Balkan “tribes” in Zagreb, Belgrade, Sarajevo and points in-between, taking notes of their comments on their history, prejudices, superstitions, fears, aspirations and opinions of other ethnic and national groups. He wrote a book titled “The Impossible Country: A Journey Through the Last Days of Yugoslavia” in which he described the last days of peaceful coexistence among Yugoslavia’s religious and ethnic communities and highlighted conflicts that would trigger the horrors of “ethnic cleansing” and war.

In the gripping account of the former Yugoslavia’s decay and collapse in 1991, Hall’s powerful sense of location and mentality is expressed through a blend of close friendships, high-level interviews, and courageous questions. Hall moved comfortably among Serbs who perceived the nation as a “super personality”, Croats who remained ambivalent toward their World War II fascist regime, and Muslims like Bosnian president, Alijah Izetbegović, who claimed only the “freedom to define themselves as a people.” By January 1992, the Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia ceased to exist having dissolved into its constituent units.

Murderous Fulani Herdsmen

It is only those blinded by hegemonic desire for domination and control that cannot see today that Nigeria presently is wobbling through its last days regardless of whether a Brian Hall is travelling through it or not. Never in the history of this country (save for the civil war years) has there been the level of bloodletting currently going on along its fault lines. There is hardly any day one opens the newspapers now and don’t read of Fulani herdsmen dispatching innocent souls to the great beyond in the hapless Southern and Middle Belt communities of the country. Shorn of pretenses, these hitherto stick-wielding herdsmen who are now the only group “officially” sanctioned armed group in Nigeria (not one of them has been arrested for wielding AK 47 rifles in public) are out on an expansionist mission as the level of violence they are unleashing cannot be about cattle rearing.

Images of woes from Northern Nigeria, Waves of terror originating from Northern Region put tremendous stress on the pre-existing geopolitical fault lines that negate “unity” of Nigeria

As a child, I remember how we used to run after their forebears who grazed animals in our communities without any harm befalling us. The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Olasupo Ayokunle, a few days ago, was moved to deliver a timely warning to the Federal Government on the unhinged monstrosity of the Fulani herdsmen. In asking for the Federal Government to prosecute the herdsmen arrested in connection with the recent killings in Benue and Southern Kaduna to ease tension in the two states, he declared: “We also want the Federal Government to investigate, through intelligence gathering, those unpatriotic Nigerians supplying the herdsmen with weapons being used to perpetrate evil. “If the government fails to stop the provocation by the Fulani herdsmen militia, they should be prepared for war. No ethnic group has a monopoly of violence and no ethnic group should be a monster to others.”

The CAN President summed up the hopelessness and frustration in the country today as there is official indifference to the ruthlessness and criminality that is going on as the marauders have set evil loose on their host communities. Given the happenings in Nigeria presently, rational thinking dictates that those who think that the only possible means of survival is milking others would, at least, be interested in the continued corporate existence of Nigeria by cooperating with reforms that could extend the life span of the entity, but hail no. They would rather become much more insensitive and unfeeling. They have continued to task the long sufferings of patriots who stand in the gap between Nigeria and disintegration by campaigning for restructuring.

On May 2, I travelled in company of some compatriots from the Southwest to Abuja to join our former colleagues at the 2014 National Conference for some reunion. On the eve of the meeting, one Bashiru Dalhatu was circulating a text message to Northern delegates not to attend the meeting as his rebel group of Northern Delegates Forum (NDF) had met earlier to declare the reports dead and buried. Attendance from the North at the meeting, however, proved that Dalhatu was representing only his fraction of the country that he misnamed the “North”. He could not have been speaking for those communities in the North whose killers, instead of being arrested, are being compensated with taxpayers’ money. Neither could he have represented Southern Borno where Elder Paul Bassey told the meeting was still under heavy bombardment from Boko Haram despite official claim by government that it has been degraded.

Minders of the Sokoto Caliphate. Chairman of the Northern Elders Council, NEC, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai

Those who still engage their brains, of course, know that you cannot exchange commanders of a murderous group for innocent Chibok girls if indeed you are not claiming false victory. One poignant message from Elder Bassey to the meeting was that all the reconstruction the Federal Government is spending fortunes on is concentrated only in Northern Borno with total and virtual neglect of the Southern Borno communities, whereas the hegemonists talk of “one North” glibly. We left the Abuja meeting that faithful Tuesday with a beautiful communique signed insisting on the implementation of the 2014 National Conference recommendations under the chairmanship of Alhaji Tanko Yakkasai.

The following day saw the presentation of a book by General Alani Akinrinade in Lagos during which the need to restructure Nigeria came on the front burner from speaker after speaker. By Thursday, Alhaji Yakkasai was already telling The Sun Newspapers that Southwest leaders campaigning for restructuring are envious of the North and are unpatriotic. I had to check “envy” and “unpatriotic” in the dictionary again to be sure the elder statesman cannot be right. Any doubt about Taqqiya (deception) at play was put to rest when Alhaji Yakassai told The Guardian of May 12: “I have always suspected the motive behind such clamor (restructuring). The whole idea is to deny the North its God-given advantage of population and landmass which it has effectively used to earn appreciable allocation from the Federal Government. Those behind it are not interested in Nigeria’s unity and progress.”

This is the crux of the matter for the Yakassais of the North as exemplified also by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) which met in Kano a few days back. And what it all says is that we are dealing with the deepest contradictions flowing from clash of civilizations which are nonnegotiable. It is like the notorious man, Leo Tolstoy, talked about who said he would do all humanly possible to ease the lot of the fellow he was riding on his back, except getting off it. It is clear at this point that the Nigerian contradiction has gone beyond restructuring.

I watched the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Channels TV years back showing his deep understanding of the Yoruba language as he waxed eloquent on the Nigerian situation. He said when something is damaged, the Yoruba would say “o ti ra” (it is rotten). And that when it is irretrievably damaged, they will say “o ti se din” (it is maggot-infested). Nigeria is already maggot-infested. Maybe, it’s about time campaigners for restructuring suspend this appeasement and see how long the hegemonists can run this contraption before it answers the call of nature.

Culled from Vanguard Newspaper

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Reasons North Is Uncomfortable With Restructuring Of The Federal System

By Adamu Abuh (Abuja), Charles Coffie Gyamfi (Abeokuta) and Tunji Omofoye (Osogbo)   

• Agenda is to hurt our region, Yakassai insists
• It’s the way out, say Onadipe, Akande,

The controversy over whether or not to restructure the country continued at the weekend with two elder statesmen, Malam Tanko Yakassai and Chief Bisi Akande as well as former Nigerian Ambassador to China, Olusola Onadipe expressing divergent positions on the matter.

The persistence of the calls for restructuring requires a decisive move by all the citizens to resolve the issue amicably instead of allowing it to breed ethnic suspicion and hostility.

In an interview with The Guardian, Yakassai said the north was uncomfortable with the idea of restructuring the country.

“We are suspicious that the motive is to deprive the north in two important areas – representation at the National Assembly which is on the basis of population, and because there are more states in the north than in the south, when it comes to revenue allocation on the basis of equality of states and local governments, the north is bound to benefit more.“The idea behind the agitation for restructuring is to demolish those two advantages that are naturally due to the north in terms of representation and revenue sharing. What is disturbing is that those behind it are unable to come out with a blueprint on what restructuring means to Nigeria. Anybody who is hiding his motive on an issue that would affect Nigerians has something bad up his sleeves.

“Nobody has told us the benefit we would derive from it. What we are saying is that it is not that the north is afraid, but why should people be inconsistent? This is the reason northerners who know what they are doing and who know the background of the agitation are not comfortable with the call for the restructuring of Nigeria,” the politician said.

Yakassai, who is a founding member of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), shed light on why the north is also uncomfortable with those agitating for restructuring.

“Those of us who were privileged to see through the transformation of Nigeria from a colonial territory to an independent nation, and who are aware of the history of the political development of the country, are surprised at the inconsistency on the part of those who are agitating for the restructuring because the agitation for the creation of more states in Nigeria was by and large supported by some political figures from the South West.

“The Action Group (AG) as a party representing substantial number of people from the South West supported the agitation for the creation of Middle Belt in the north and the creation of the COWA state movement (Calabar – Ogoja – Rivers State movement) and they, at the same time, opposed the agitation for the creation of the Mid-West State which was at the time part of western Nigeria. The leaders of the south-west at the time were supporting the dismemberment of the north and the east, but were opposed to the creation of a state from their own area of control.

“So people started to wonder why they were supporting splitting of other areas and you are not prepared for the split of your own area. That was the beginning of the suspicion. They campaigned and argued that the north was too big to be allowed to continue as it were because it was made up of two-thirds of the land mass in Nigeria and more than 50 per cent of the population and therefore people could see the justification of the argument for the creation of states from the north,” Yakassai said.

But Ambassador Onadipe challenged leaders across the six geo-political zones to summon courage and accept the reality that restructuring is the way out of the socio-economic challenges and others confronting the nation.

Onadipe was of the view that the federal system of government currently being practised in the country would continue to hold it and the people down economically unless power is devolved to the states and then to the local governments, “the sources of economic activities.”

“What is the business of federal and state governments in primary school education? We have been giving the Federal Government so many responsibilities and at the end of the day, nothing to show for it. There is too much power at the centre, power of appointments and others,” he said.

The former envoy, who is a member of the Ijebu Professional Excellence Foundation (IPEF), spoke at the weekend during the 2017 Annual Merit Award ceremony of the group.

Onadipe suggested “leadership with foresight” as another ingredient the country needs to overcome her sundry challenges, particularly in the area of the economy.

According to him, leaders are supposed to break grounds, think for the masses, educate them and understand the fabrics of the economy, the political situation and forge ways to make life meaningful to the people.

He lamented that citizens and residents of some countries, less endowed than Nigeria enjoy better social services from their respective governments.

His words: “If there is no restructuring, this country is not moving anywhere, but some people are saying over their dead bodies would there be restructuring.

“I don’t understand that kind of talk. Are we making progress now, how many years after independent? It is unfortunate.”
Similarly, Akande, a former interim chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), attributed the current national woes to deficiency in the constitution.

The APC leader spoke at the weekend at the 2017 Distinguished Role Model Award of The Wings Schools in Iwo, Osun State in honour of the late Ben Adisa Akinola, an educationist cum administrator.

Akande who was the chairman of the event noted the inadequacies in the 1999 Constitution and said the document had created unwarranted challenges not only to the country but its federating components. “The constitution that can move Nigeria forward is the one that recognises the culture of the people in relation to their occupation.”

The former governor of Osun State noted that no nation is practising federalism in which all or larger percentage of existing power is concentrated on a single hand .

He noted that until the constitution is reviewed to conform to the nation’s needs, the country would remain stagnant.

According to him, power must be properly distributed and devolved from the central to the federating units as being practised in other countries.

Akande said: “ The Nigeria’s constitution (1999) now constitutes a major obstacle to peace. Those who wrote the constitution did not realise that political domination and subjugation breed revolts, community disharmony and national insecurity. The bad constitution of 1999 has now begun to stimulate demand for ethnic self-determination and economic security otherwise being called ‘resource control’ or ‘restructuring.’ Whatever name you call it, community disharmony is a burden on national security and it is dangerous for economic development and peace.“What we are saying, for instance, is that the constitution which (according to 1999 census) gave Lagos State (with 5,725,153 population) 20 local governments, also gave Kano State (with 5,810,494 population) 44 local governments. The same constitution, which gave Anambra (with 2, 796,510 population) 21 local governments, also gave Jigawa (with 2, 875,559 population) 27 local governments.

“Such constitutional provisions seem unjust to some federating components, especially in terms of equal opportunity to access the national revenue allocations. Such agitations may not be healthy for community harmony and national security to influence the change for the better,” he stated.    (The Guardian)

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Buhari Won’t Resign, Arewa Consultative Forum Replies Aisha (BBOG Convener)

From Noah Ebije, Kaduna

Northern socio-cultural organisation, Arewa Conservative Forum (ACF), has said that no pressure from any quarters would make President Muhammadu Buhari resign on account of his ill-health.
In a statement issued yesterday by the National Publicity Secretary of ACF, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, the forum stressed that those calling for the president’s resignation were not conversant with the provisions of the Nigerian constitution.
It stated that the president had met the constitutional requirement by transmitting a letter to the National Assembly seeking transfer of power to the Vice President as Acting President.  “President Buhari has done what is constitutionally required of him to do by his letter to the leadership of the National Assembly. The Vice President is now Acting President, performing the duties of Mr. President. In other countries, when their presidents fall sick or become incapacitated while in office, the citizens encourage him through prayers and good wishes, rather than intimidation or calling for his resignation,” the statement added.
“The call by Aisha Yusuf, Co-convener of BBOG, for President Buhari to resign is therefore unnecessary, misplaced and not in tune with the provisions of the 1999 constitution,” ACF declared.   (The Sun)

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I’m Against Changing The Current Federal System, Says Yakasai

An elder statesman and leader of Northern Elders Council, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, on Tuesday in Kano reaffirmed his earlier position against the restructuring of the country, contending that Nigeria will remain indivisible.

While responding to questions on state of the nation in Kano on Tuesday, Yakasai maintained that despite the lingering agitation from some quarters for restructuring of the country, nobody, till date has come out with a blueprint to back up the restructuring.

According to him, as long as no one comes out with a blueprint on restructuring of the country, he will continue to pitch his tent, with proponents for the unity, and stability of the country.

However, he argued that if those agitating for the restructuring of the country came out with a convincing blueprint, he might choose to or not to support the agitation.

He contended that the country would be a lot stronger, and a force to be reckoned with in sub-Saharan Africa if it remains an indivisible entity.

“I do not speak for anybody but often freely express my views, like every other Nigerian, focusing on the unity and stability of the country and do not represent any group, which is the mindset of some misinformed Nigerians.

”Many of those who are agitating for restructuring of the country were not born during the amalgamation of Nigeria by the colonial master in 1914. If they were, they would have a contrary view.”

As leader of the Northern Elders Council, Yakasai stressed that the mission of the Council, among others, is to checkmate the reckless statements of other groups, like the Northern Elders’ Forum.

Similarly, Yakasai disclosed that he does not belong to any political party, adding that he had resigned from the ANPP since 2001, so as not only to have absolute freedom of speech but to enjoy his fundamental human rights.

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