South West Will Vote For Buhari In 2019, Says Ayo Arise|The Republican News

Why South West will vote for Buhari in 2019 – Ayo Arise


A chieftain of the All progressives Congress (APC), Senator Ayo Arise, has said that the South West  zone will vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general elections. In this interview with WILLY EYA, he spoke on various issues.

It is two months to another round of general elections and there is a heightened political tension in the country now; what are your thoughts ahead of the 2019 poll?

Looking at what is on ground and the efforts of the incumbent government and the lackluster campaign of the opposition, it looks to me that the election is going to be what the Americans call a home run. I have my reasons. Maybe the master strategy and masterstroke that the APC as a party adopted ab initio, their social services to the poor have virtually made members of the opposition to panic with some actually saying it is like bribing the electorate. That is the kind of panic that I have seen that shows that this government is actually working. Every government around the world that has been so popular has always done so. I will take you back to immediately after the Second World War or shortly before that, during the reconstruction when President Roosevelt started what he called the social security benefits; in the process, he introduced the post stamps to those people who could not feed themselves. The idea was for them to go to the post offices and collect stamps and they could feed free in America. Something similar to that is what the APC has done to the poor in our society. Not only do they give the elderly, the very poor, they give them stipends to live on. It might be poor but there is a difference between zero and something.

The APC has done so much for the poor in our society by giving them something to feed themselves and to have hope that tomorrow will be better. They have gone beyond that. The niche is the ‘Trader moni’ programme. It is actually given in the form of a loan but is interest-free to encourage people to develop themselves and as soon as they pay back, the money is increased and the person could have 100 per cent once he pays back the initial money. How do you want to tackle that in any society? Roosevelt was not only popular, he did four terms as president.

As a matter of fact, the man was on a wheelchair. So, the APC has continued to do things for the poor people and that is where the PDP has no response. When the President came out to say that he would not allow what they did to him to happen to another person, it is that he is so confident of what he has done. Anyway you look at it, whatever grammar and noise you make, the social services to the poor have achieved a lot and the politics of the APC is working the talk. But it is very painful for those who are making easy money in Nigeria. In this dispensation, there is no free money anywhere. It is being ploughed back to those who require survival in the society and the money could go round the people. So, I support the APC and their programmes.

Our people are prepared for this election more than three years ago unlike the PDP that are struggling for votes two months to the election. You can see all the programmes of the party. Some are three years old, some two and some even recently, and looking at all of these, I want to say that 2019 is going to be a homerun election for the APC. If you look at the geographical configuration, you find out that even if the South East will vote for the APC because of the PDP vice presidential candidate, Peter Obi for whatever reasons, you find out that that zone has been effectively neutralized by the votes that will come from the South West. Don’t forget that almost all the South West states now have APC governors. Forget about all the noise in some quarters; the moment you allow a stranger to occupy your house and you do not have a house to go back to, you. are finished. The South West will vote for Buhari.

You talked about a lackluster campaign by the opposition but many people feel it is the other way round and that they are not seeing much of the APC campaigns; is it a matter of strategy or what? Again, what would you say to those who hold the view that some of the social investments your party is embarking on now like the ‘Trader Moni’ programme are like vote-buying ahead of the election.

It is just a question of looking for excuse. Those people who are complaining know the programme of the APC ab initio and were here when N500 billion was allocated for that purpose some two or three years ago. Why you see all these is because they have not been able to respond to most of these policies to make any impact in the coming election. The government started with the N-power and would you now say that because of the fear of what the opposition would say, you stop such a programme that is good for the people. Or would you say because the PDP is complaining, you would not give the poor people money that sustains them? Would you say that because the PDP might call it bribery, you would stop giving loans to the traders? There are so many things that are going on that you can see but it is only lazy people who do not want to work for their money that are complaining. I am talking about those who are used to free money and stealing. I have always encouraged everybody to work for his money; this country will move faster than waiting for free money. I was part of the PDP when I was at the National assembly and I had my voice and supported everything that was progressive. So, for me it is not an issue of waking up overnight and now saying this. I started from the Alliance for Democracy; that is my own background. Politics is about caring for the people; it is not about making money.

You sound very optimistic about the APC winning the election but unlike in 2015, the two major candidates are both from the Fulani tribe in the North and of the same Muslim faith, don’t you think that it is going to be a tough battle?

Some people are of the view that former President Jonathan lost because the election was between a Christian and a Muslim and a Northerner versus a Southerner but they have forgotten that in 2011, all those were not considered before Jonathan was elected. Some people compare Buhari to Atiku but let me tell you, if Buhari goes to any state in the North, it is always a lockdown; I have never seen that level of followership before. Even before the social investment programmes that the government has been executing, if you saw the followership, you would marvel. It is not an issue of where a candidate comes from but that of what do we want as Nigerians. If Buhari is able to do what he has done so far, imagine if he stays four more years and he now moves the power generation to 10000 megawatts or more than that. Look at our foreign reserve! Where were we in 2015? Look at the agricultural sector! We are looking for a country that would care for everybody.

In the area of security, remember that in 2015, we were already getting jittery that Boko Haram was coming to the Southern part of the country. Today, Boko Haram is contained in the North and most of the local governments where the sect hoisted its flags before have been fully recovered by the Nigerian Army.

What is your take on the order of the Nigerian Army for the Amnesty International to quit the country following its report that about 3500 Nigerians have been murdered under this administration? I listened to both sides and the Army spokesperson said they recommend their relocation from Nigeria. It is not the military that should tell them to move out of Nigeria. The woman who spoke on Channels for the Amnesty International said they never got any clarification from the military even though they made attempts to do so. She said that when there was a response from the Benue State government, they had already written their report. It is good for people to continue to do their work but when there is exaggeration of statistics based on probably rumour, it is wrong. So, I think the reaction by the military was in anger because they do not have the right to order the Amnesty International to relocate from the country. When you are wrongfully accused, there is a tendency for you to get angry and upset.

What would you say about the president declining to assent to the Electoral bill? Do you agree with those who insist that President Buhari did that because he does not want a free and fair election in 2019?

I have listened to so many people on the Electoral bill. In that bill, a section says 90 days notice is required and in another section on the same thing, 41 days is required; how would you now say you should go and pass an act that has such an obvious conflict. The president has an Attorney General who would look at it and luckily enough, he has a Senior Advocate of Nigeria as his vice. What would you imagine would happen if people go to court if they find the obvious conflict in the act? So, when people trivialize this, I started wondering what is the problem. That is the way we trivialize everything in the country. Most of the people in the National Assembly, on individual basis, we are friends and most of them who have even moved back to the PDP are people that I know but I am saying that if people defected from the party that voted them in, they should forfeit their seats.   (The Sun)

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Presidential Election: Afenifere Endorses Buhari, Osinbajo For 2019 |RN

The Afenifere leaders, led by Pa Ayo Fasanmi, held the meeting at the House of Chiefs, Parliament Building, Secretariat Agodi, in Ibadan.

Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan

Notable leaders of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural and political organisation, Afenifere, rose from a meeting which lasted for about three hours on Thursday, in Ibadan, capital of Oyo State, and endorsed the candidature of President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for re-election in February 2019.

x states in the South West, also fixed January 29, 2019 for an official declaration for Buhari and his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo.

The Afenifere leaders, led by Pa Ayo Fasanmi, held the meeting at the House of Chiefs, Parliament Building, Secretariat Agodi, in Ibadan.

The resolution was reached by Yoruba leaders including former governor of old Oyo state, Dr. Omololu Olunloyo, former deputy governor of Lagos and Oyo states, Prince Biodun Ogunleye and Iyiola Oladokun, respectively, Dr. Abayomi Finnih; son of the late Pa Adekunle Ajasin, a former governor of old Ondo State, Tokunbo, and former commissioner for Lands in Osun State and son of Chief Bola Ige, former Minister of Justice, Muyiwa. The roll call also included Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, Mr. Ayo Afolabi, Prof Adebayo Ademudi, Oladosu Oladipo, Tajudeen Olusi, and chairman of Ekiti State chapter of Afenifere, Chief Akin Fasae.

Briefing newsmen at the end of the meeting, Fasae said: “We have decided to host Yorubaland in Ibadan, on January 29, next year. It is to proclaim the support of Yorubaland for president Buhari in 2019, and also, to tell the whole world that Afenifere, which Chief Obafemi Awolowo (former premier of the Western Region) created before he left, is still intact as a progressive movement. And any Afenifere person, who is not in the progressive, is not part of us. “We are now telling the Yoruba people and the whole world that Afenifere, as enunciated and enacted by Chief Awolowo is still intact and we are going to support president Buhari and Prof Osinbajo; come the presidential election in February 2019.”

Giving more information about the January 29, 2019 Declaration, Fasae said that “the owner of the mandate of the Yoruba people is APC. The six governors of Yorubaland are APC. Speakers of all Houses of Assembly in Yorubaland are APC. So, we have six speakers.

“Those people in other group of Afenifere, none of them has ever contested election. Go and research it. So, they don’t have any mandate. The Afenifere we are talking here has the mandate of the Yoruba people, and you will see them here, all of them,” and added that Osinbajo and progressive

leaders of Yoruba nation would attend the January 29 declaration. Fasae dismissed the notion that Afenifere should not be playing partisan politics by endorsing a political party.

“Yoruba, as a nation, must have a political interest. So, when they tell us this is their political interest, as Afenifere, we must support them. This is just the point. We cannot say because Afenifere and Yoruba people want this, then, we’ll run away from them. No, we don’t do that.”

In response to the endorsement of the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, by the Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), Fasae said: “The Afenifere we know in Yorubaland is progressive. And this is where we are in Ibadan. The other Afenifere that is talking about Atiku is the Ayo Adebanjo. They are not part of us. They are usurpers in the group.”  (The Sun)

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The Wealth Of Lagos And Pre-colonial Obas Were Built On Slavery |RN

by Demiji Ajibogunsoro

Yoruba-King                                 Lagos Monarch: Oba Akintoye:

The wealth of Lagos and its pre-colonial Obas was built on slavery. It rose to a commerce city in the 1700’s and positioned itself to benefit from the fall of Oyo empire in the early 1800’s and invasion of many Yoruba kingdoms for two sides, one from Ilorin by the Mohammedans (many of them ambitious Yoruba migrants under the new confederate kingdom of Ilorin) and from King Gezo of Dahomey who invaded from the west into Yoruba kingdoms( Sarah Forbes Bonita, an Egba princess and future wife of John Davies was captured as a slave when Dahomean armies raided Oke Adan in present day Ogun State) which led to the first mass enslavement of Yoruba people across the Atlantic.

Oba Akinsemoyin (1760 to 1775).
He was the fifth monarch of Lagos (counting from Ogunfunminire) and slave trade pioneer. He grew up in Badagry and was exposed to the profitable trade by the ports west of Lagos. After the death of his brother, he was invited to take the throne of Lagos. He brought with him Portuguese slave merchants and built the first slave port off the coast of Lagos. One of his Portuguese friends who opened the first trade ports was Joao de Oliveira. From then up until 1861 when the slave trade was abolished, Lagos remained a hub for slave trade and source of wealth for the majority of the blue blood of Lagos. Another important Irish trader to cash in on Lagos slave trade at the time was Richmond Brew, a notorious trader with controlling interest in slave trade on the West African ports. Akinsemoyin gave the Portuguese traders land at Isale Eko called ‘Portugese Town’ at the time. The Portuguese, in return for the special privileges from trade alliance, rebuilt his palace at Iga Idungaran with roofs of clay tiles and iron, (quite different from other palaces roofed with leaves. After the Portuguese, came the French and the British with their slave vessels.

Oba Osinlokun (the 1820’s)
Osinlokun was the father of another notorious future oba ( Kososko). He was introduced to the trade at a young age by his father ( Ologun Kuture ). He set up and prospered in the slave trading business so much that when his father died, he was reluctant to take the throne due to the conflict of interest that might arise with him being saddled with affairs of state at the expense of his thriving slave business. He stepped down for his younger brother (Oba Adele). As Oba, Adele also traded in slave and expanded the business to a near monopoly status using his powers as a monarch, so much that it threatened Osinlokun’s stake in the business. He planned a coup against his brother and drove him from the throne to protect his business interest in slave trading. Adele escaped into exile at Badagry and expanded his own slave trade from there, having as a partner, one of the most notorious Portuguese traders of the time called ‘Francisco Felix De Souza’. Osunlokun reigned at the time of the Mohammedan invasion of Oyo from Ilorin, providing a fresh source of slaves in large numbers. He placed a tax on all ships loading slaves from Lagos Ports and made a fortune from the large supply at the time. Both Samuel Ajayi Crowther and Joseph Wright were shipped into slavery at the Lagos ports but were lucky to have the ships intercepted, ensuring their freedom and migration to Sierra Leone. Osinlokun’s daughter ( and Kosoko’s sibling), princess Opo Olu bought many of the slaves for personal use and farm hands. She was said to have over 1,000 slaves.

Oba Akintoye. (1841 – 1845: 1851 – 1853)
Akintoye was also a part of the institution and had a thriving slave trading business. One very prominent Portuguese who made his fortune as a slave trade business associate of Akintoye was Domingo Fernadez Martinez. They would later grow to be lifelong friends. In the 50’s when some of the power-brokers including Akinpelu and Ajeniya who turned against him in favour of the ousted monarch stocked weapons at Ebute Metta and sent secret letters to Kosoko in preparation for another coup, he sent for help from Egba warriors and Domingo.

Oba Kosoko (1845 – 1851)
Kosokos was the son of Osinlokun, and like his ancestors was both a slave trader and an ambitious prince. Not only did he thrive in the slave business, he trusted slaves more than free men in all his campaigns and reign as a king, elevating them sometimes to positions of the title. As monarch, he took power from the prominent chiefs and appointed slaves who managed his trading business as chiefs in a clever attempt to consolidate power and absolute loyalty for himself. One of such privileged slaves was Oshodi Tapa. A warrior and shrewd businessman who grew up as a privileged slave boy in the household of Osinlokun. He showed promise from a young age and prospects of loyalty to the house of Osinlokun, so much that he was trusted with the welfare of the King’s wives. A strange paradox though, was that even though he himself was once a slave who managed to wiggle his way into class, even to a point where an Abagbon title was granted to him, he was totally unsympathetic to the institution and even traded in slaves after his return from Brazil on slave trading business. He was also a powerful war chief in Kosoko’s army. He played an active role in the coup that brought Kosoko to power in the coup against Akintoye and played a central role in the defence of the palace against British naval force determined to oust Kosoko and return Akintoye to power. he fled with him back to exile in Epe and was a part of the negotiation between the British and Kosoko for compensation in exchange for a promise by Kosoko never to invade Lagos again. Another war chief in his inner circle was a wealthy man called Dada Antonio. The Rift between Kosoko and the British was his defiance against the thriving slave trade business.

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Army To Launch Operation Crocodile Smile 2 in S’South, S’West |RN

                              Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman

Olaleye Aluko

As Operation Python Dance in the South-East region continues to generate controversy, the Nigerian Army said on Saturday that it would launch an operation, Crocodile Smile II, which would cover the South-South region and some parts of the South-West.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, said this in an interview with Signature TV on Saturday, monitored by our correspondent.

The army spokesman noted that “encouraging feedback” from the South-East after Python Dance I made the army commence Python Dance lI.

He said, “Look, this is the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Nigerian military belongs to Nigeria and they have a duty to exercise in any part of the country. It is so sad that some people try to politicise these issues. They should have exercised patience and seen how this exercise would go.

“We had Operation Harbin Kunama II covering the North-West and parts of the North-Central this year. As soon as we are done with Egwu Eke II (Python Dance), we are also going on Crocodile Smile II that will cover the South-South and some parts of the South-West of the country.

“Operation Python Dance II came about based on the encouraging feedback we received as a result of Python Dance I held last year. This is especially because of the crimes during the ‘ember’ period in the region. You know that the South-easterners, who are enterprising and industrious people, have to return to their places at the end of the year.

“Unfortunately, some criminal elements take advantage of this period to perpetrate crimes. We have armed robberies, kidnappings, and communal clashes. But the Christmas of 2016 and New Year 2017 were the most peaceful in that part of the country, and that is attributed to the field training exercise, Python Dance I.”

The army spokesman said the activities of a group of “vocal people, out of mischief or ignorance trying to create violence” should not be taken as the stand of the South-East region.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, and 82 Division’s spokesman, Colonel Sagir Musa, while appraising Operation Python Dance II, told our correspondent on Saturday that people had been calling the communication lines supplied by the military to supply information.

Musa said, “There is no reported friction anywhere so far in the whole of the South-East. Apprehension has gone down and people are freely conducting their business. The volume of calls received so far through our dedicated public information cell phone numbers is unprecedented.”

Also, the Nigerian Navy said on Saturday that it was on a red alert to secure Nigeria’s unity, despite the tension generated by the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, said this in Abuja during the Navy Route March at the Mogadishu Cantonment, saying he had ordered the naval personnel to mobilise and secure the maritime domain.

Represented at the event by the Chief of Naval Transformation, Rear Admiral Ibe Enenwo, Ibas said, “Even without tasking, we are fully deployed in internal security situations as required by the constitution and for our own peculiar environment, the maritime environment.

“This exercise is holding simultaneously in all naval locations all over the country, and it is required now that we as military personnel keep fit. For you to execute the demanding task I have pointed out, things like security challenges are more now than we have before.”  (Punch)

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Quit Notice To Yoruba, Northerners In Niger Delta Stands – Militants |RN


• Threaten to attack oil installations from September 10

From Fred Itua, Abuja

The coalition of Niger Delta Agitators, yesterday, reiterated its quit notice to Yoruba and northerners living in the region.

Besides, the coalition said plans have been concluded to protest disaffection with the current state of affairs in the country.

The protest is scheduled for all niger delta states, from September 12, 2017.

The group declared that it has the backing of over 500 groups for the protest and warned that markets, schools and other public institutions would not be opened from that day.

The militants also said the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration has failed to commission a single road project or improve on the epileptic power situation in the country, among other infrastructure, since its inauguration on May 29, 2015.

The agitators, in a statement which had the endorsement of heads of the groups in the coalition, said they will carry out threats to cripple economic activities in oil-producing states.

Signatories to the statement included General Ekpo Ekpo (Niger Delta Volunteers); General Osarolor Nedam (Niger Delta Warriors); Major General Henry Okon Etete (Niger Delta Peoples Fighters); Major General Asukwo Henshaw (Bakassi Freedom Fighters);

Major General Ibinabo Horsfall (Niger Delta Movement for Justice); Major General Duke Emmanson (Niger Delta Fighters Network); Major General Inibeghe Adams (Niger Delta Freedom Mandate); Major General Abiye Tariah (Niger Delta Development Network) and Major General Joshua Ebere (Renewed Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta).

Others were Major General Jeremiah Anthony (Movement for Actualisation of Niger Delta Republic); Major Francis Okoroafor (Niger Delta Freedom Redemption Army) and Colonel Nelson Okochi Walter.

“The Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators has concluded arrangement for a mass protest. We have concluded plans and have the backing of over 500 groups, and we want to warn everyone that would not be part of the protest to stay indoors, all shops, markets, businesses, schools, parks and companies should remain lock as we cannot guarantee that the protest is going to be peaceful because we shall resist any attempt by security forces to destabilise the protest.

“Our quit notice remains valid, we have not withdrawn it.

“Our attention has been drawn to the publication in some national newspapers of Friday, September 1, 2017, that we, Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators mandated one Chief Mike Loyibo of Pan Niger Delta Peoples’ Congress (PNDPC) to withdraw the quit notice on our behalf.

“We want to state here clearly that we did not, at any point in time, appoint or mandate anyone to withdraw any quit notice on our behalf neither did the self-acclaimed leader of PNDPC ever meet with us or our representative to discuss any matter relating to quitting notice. 

“Our quit notice stands… We cannot work with PNDPC or PANDEF. We stand by our previous statements.

“The quit notice we issued to northerners and Yoruba remain valid.

“As a matter of fact, our strike team are already prepared and positioned to start the attack on oil facilities in the Niger Delta from September 10, 2017, in preparation for our planned declaration of Niger Delta Republic on October 1, 2017.”  (The Sun)

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Defend Yourselves Against Fulani Herdsmen, Yoruba Leaders Tell S’West Residents

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                                                    Rev. Ayo Ladigbolu

Femi  Makinde, Osogbo

The Deputy Chairman, Yoruba Unity Forum, Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu, has asked the people of the South-West to defend themselves with anything at their disposal to stop the incessant attacks by the Fulani herdsmen in the region.

Ladigbolu said this in an interview with journalists on Tuesday in Ile-Ife, Osun State, after his condolence visit to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, at the monarch’s palace over the communal clash between Yoruba and Hausa in the town.

The retired cleric explained that self defence had become imperative since the government had abdicated its responsibilities to the citizens who were being oppressed and terrorised every day by the rampaging herdsmen.

While berating the silence of the Federal Government on the atrocities being committed by Fulani herdsmen, Ladigbolu argued that governors in the South-West were not doing enough to defend their people or to stop the herdsmen daily attacks.

Ladigbolu said, “I am not sure the South-West governors are doing enough and indeed, my own fears is that could  this be a rehearsal of the ground design to invade Yorubaland using decoys? That is my personal fears.

“But all we can do at the moment is to ask our people to be vigilant and to defend themselves and protect their lives and property. That is about what we can do for  now until we are sure that we have a government that will be fair to all and  that will be just to all and that will not be partisan in dealing with issues that affect our communities.”

Speaking on the police investigation into the March 8 clash in Ile-Ife, Ladigbolu said the group was happy that the Osun State Government had set up a panel of inquiry to probe the matter.

Ladigbolu added that he believed that the panel would do a thorough job and come out with a report which would explain the issues surrounding the deadly clash.

He said governments and traditional rulers should call meetings of various ethnic nationalities in their domains to ensure constant dialogue so that the people would know the idiosyncrasies and peculiar things about one another.

The YUF leader had earlier, while addressing the Ooni, stated that vigilance was one of the lessons God wanted Yoruba people to learn from the clash against the Hausa people at the Sabo area of Ile-Ife.

Another leader of the YUF, Senator Femi Okurounmu, said despite the current problems confronting Nigeria, the nation would still be at peace and enjoy development later.

The Ooni called on Yoruba leaders to unite and work more for the development of the race.

He advised Yoruba people against allowing politics to divide them, saying they should unite irrespective of their political affiliations.

The Ooni noted that Yoruba people were unique in the whole world because of their religious tolerance, adding that Christians, Muslims and adherents of other religions coexisted without any fight in Yorubaland.

The Ogiyan of Ejigbo, Oba Omowonuola Oyesosin, also said Yoruba people needed unity more than before.

He said other ethnic groups were envious of the Yoruba race, which could inform the attacks against them.                         (

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