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We’ve Resolved Nigeria Must Not Break, Say Governors |The Republican News

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• Osinbajo asks state helmsmen to battle hate speech

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

State governors, on Wednesday, said they had resolved that they would not allow Nigeria to break up, stating that those fanning the embers of war were wasting their time.

The governors spoke after their meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, in continuation of Osinbajo’s consultations on the recent tension in the country as a result of several agitations.

Oyo State Governor, Abiola, Ajimobi, who spoke on behalf of the other governors, said the governors and other stakeholders had agreed that despite the agitations being witnessed in parts of the country, Nigeria must not break.

Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of a meeting, Osinbajo stated that any Nigerians expecting the country to break was only wasting his time.

“The message is for Nigerians to work more together and collaborate. We have more to gain when we are united.

“We cannot afford to break, and anybody that is thinking of that, is wasting his time, and we will not allow it, not in this country. All of us are unanimous about that,” he added.

He said the governors resolved that the unity of the country “is sacrosanct, non-negotiable and we have all agreed to work together to educate people.”

Ajimobi added, “Any time you have agitation, usually, there will be poverty; there will be unemployment; there will be a hardship. So, we should address fundamentally these areas of poverty, unemployment and hardship.

“Nigerians are by nature a united people; nobody cares whether you are from the north, south or the east.”

The governor also warned against the consequences of war, urging Nigerians to learn from Rwanda and Somalia.

Osinbajo had appealed to the governors to always be ready to speak up against statements from individuals or groups capable of setting the nation on fire.

He said they must be ready to protect the nation and its democracy from the hands of those who were bent on dividing the country.

He spoke before the meeting, which was held inside the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, went into a closed-door session.

He stated, “We must not allow the careless use of words, careless expressions that may degenerate into crisis.

“We are a people that like to talk and we express ourselves loudly but it is expected for us to recognise that it is those same words that can cause conflagration; that can, unfortunately, lead to calamity. We must be careful on how we express ourselves.

“What we have seen in recent times is that some of the languages (words) used have tended to degenerate badly and I think that we must begin to speak up against some of these things and ensure that we protect our democracy and our nation from the hands of rhetoric that may just divide us.

Osinbajo, who had earlier met separately with leaders of thought and traditional rulers from both the North and the South-East, said those who participated in the previous consultations agreed that Nigeria’s unity should not be taken for granted.

He said nobody wanted the nation to witness bloodshed or war.

While describing the previous meetings as frank and open, Osinbajo said they were able to agree on most of the critical issues that were discussed, and in most cases, changed perceptions that might have been long embedded in their minds.

He added that the participants also agreed that under no circumstances should hateful speeches be condoned and that government should take all steps necessary to bring to book all those who preached violence.

The acting President stated that they also agreed that government needed to do more to engage youths productively, create some jobs and multiply the economic opportunities available.

Osinbajo added, “More importantly, we agreed on the need for leaders to speak out forcefully to counter divisive speech or any kind of warmongering.

“We agreed that leaders, at all levels, must speak out forcefully against any kind of divisiveness or divisive speech. And we expect that our political leaders will do so without waiting to be prompted.

“All of those who spoke felt that sometimes when leaders do not speak up promptly, it always results in degeneration, no matter what the problem may be.

“This applied to both the statements made by the young people in the South-East as well as the youth in the northern states. We discovered there was a need for much greater resonance in the way that these things are done and for the leaders to speak up more forcefully.

“We believe that if the leaders do not speak up forcefully enough, if for any reason, matters are allowed to degenerate, not only does leadership lose their legitimacy, they run the risk of things going completely out of  control.”

He commended the leaders from the North and South-East for their openness at the consultations, saying they were extremely responsible even in their criticisms of what they felt were issues that should have been better handled.

While saying their criticisms were fair and balanced, he commended them for their sense of responsibility and their leadership.

Osinbajo mentioned the issue of herdsmen and farmers crisis, especially the way that some of these had resulted in flashpoints across the country, as one of the issues raised at the previous meetings.

He said it was important that lasting and satisfactory solutions were found to the problems identified.

Describing the problems as multidimensional, Osinbajo said state governors had important roles to play especially because they were in control of their territories.

He stated, “We must resist the temptation to play politics especially with matters of security, but to reach for simplistic narratives that might be originally expedient and satisfying but false, deceiving and sometimes unhealthy to a proper understanding of the issues.”

Governors, who attended the meeting, included Rauf Aregbesola (Osun); Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo); Dave Umahi (Ebonyi); Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto); Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano); Nyesom Wike (Rivers) and Godwin Obaseki (Edo).

Among others are governors from Borno, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Adamawa, Benue, Plateau, Kogi, Lagos, Kebbi, Ondo, Imo, Taraba and Anambra states among others. (Punchng.com)

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Lagos Policeman Allegedly Caught Extorting Money With POS |RN

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Samson Folarin

THE Lagos State Police Command on Wednesday cleared a policeman attached to the Makinde Police Division of an allegation of extortion.

A seven-second clip filmed by a female motorist had shown the policeman holding what looked like a Point of Sale terminal.

He was seen taking what appeared like an Automated Teller Machine card from a man who had disembarked a motorcycle.

The woman who was filming the incident from her car was heard in the background accusing the policeman of extortion.

Efforts by our correspondent to speak with the woman were abortive, as the poster of the clip on Instagram said she sought anonymity.

The poster told PUNCH Metro that the witness was in her car when the incident happened.

After the video went viral on the social media, many Nigerians expressed shock and dismay at the attitude of the cop, which they said represented the level of corruption in the Nigeria Police Force.

Our correspondent visited Olowora Street, in the Mafoluku area of Oshodi, where the incident reportedly happened on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. He established the spot of the incident from the video evidence, but no resident owned up to witnessing the incident.

Instead, the residents, including motorcyclists and traders, lamented that policemen from the Makinde and Akinpelu divisions were notorious for extorting money from commercial motorcyclists in the area.

A trader close to the scene of the incident noted that policemen from the Makinde division sometime stayed at the junction to extort money from motorists and motorcycle riders.

A resident of the area said, “Extortion by policemen is not new here.  There is a woman selling roasted corn down the road. They stay close to her place. But I did not witness the one in the video.”

An executive member of one of the motorcycle riders association in the community, who watched the video, said it was not impossible for the policemen to do such a thing.

He said, “It is a normal occurrence around here. In fact, it happens on a daily basis. Those policemen always stay in that area to stop motorcycle riders and motorists. But I believe the man that was being extorted in that video is not the motorcycle rider. It must be his passenger, who could be a yahoo-yahoo boy (Internet fraudster). When policemen ask them (fraudsters) for money, they give excuses. The excuses may have forced the policeman to devise the method of the POS terminal.

“But for us as motorcycle riders, they collect between N5,000 and N10,000 when they seize our motorcycles. They have told us that we are their ATM. The policemen fond of this are from the Akinpelu and Makinde divisions.”

Another motorcycle rider in the community said cops sometimes threatened to take them to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad where they would be detained for robbery.

“We all have been victims at different times. Sometimes, they ask us not to park close to banks or pick more than one passenger. They could say we have been asked to stop using a particular park and they will arrest us and start demanding money,” he added.

A resident listed some of the points of extortion to include Akinniku Street, Bolade Junction and Oshodi Express bus stop.

“There is nobody to call them to order; they just do as they like,” he said.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, said the command was aware of the video, adding that the policeman involved was arrested and detained.

He said, “The policeman was on a stop-and-search on Tuesday. From what we gathered, he stopped a commercial motorcycle rider who was carrying a passenger with a bag. He asked the passenger what he had in his bag and he stated them.

“The policeman searched the bag and found the POS terminal and other documents. When he asked him what he was doing with the POS, the man claimed he was using it to pay utility bills and that he worked with an electricity distribution company.

“The policeman demanded a proof of identification and he tendered it. The policeman then asked him to go since there was nothing implicating on him. Unknown to all of them, a passerby was filming the scene without their knowledge.

“We arrested the policeman initially. But this morning (Wednesday), we saw the same commercial motorcycle rider and asked him to give an account of what transpired. The  rider gave the same account, saying the policeman did not collect any money from the passenger.”  (Punchng.com)

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50-year-old Nabbed For Defiling 15-month-old Baby |The Republican News

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Simon Utebor, Yenagoa

A suspect identified as Oku Ekanem has been arrested in Bayelsa State for alleged defilement of a 15-month-old baby.

The incident reportedly occurred in the Swali area of the metropolis.

The 50-year-old Ekanem, said to be an indigene of Akwa Ibom State, was arrested by men of the state’s security outfit codenamed, Operation Doo Akpo.

It was learnt that the incident, which occurred about 1 am on Monday, provoked anger among residents, particularly women lawyers under the auspices of the International Federation of Women Lawyers.

The suspect, who was said to be a lover to the mother of the child, Blessing Joshua, was allegedly caught in the act.

Joshua, the 40-year-old mother of the victim, said she was shocked when she caught Ekanem defiling her daughter.

She said, “I heard the scream of my child and ran to where the cry was coming from. I was shocked when I saw him (Ekanem) defiling my child.

“ He claimed it was the work of the devil and I told him that this would be the last time the devil would use him. I invited the police.

“He was arrested, but he denied the act. But a test carried out at the hospital showed that the minor was defiled.”

Reacting to the development, the Chairperson of FIDA in Bayelsa State, Dise Ogbise Erhisere, described the act as “barbaric and wicked, which can impede the healthy development of the child.”

Calls to the spokesman for the Bayelsa State Police Command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, proved abortive as his mobile phone failed to connect.         (Punchng.com)

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Boycott Nov. Anambra Gubernatorial Election, Nnamdi Kanu Calls On Voters

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IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu

From: OKEY SAMPSON, Aba

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has called on eligible voters in Anambra State to boycott the November 2017 gubernatorial election in the state should the Federal Government fail to organise a referendum in the South East to determine the fate of Biafra.

Kanu made the call, on Tuesday, at Isiama Afara-Ukwu Ibeku Umuahia, the Abia State capital, while addressing a mammoth crowed of IPOB members that gathered in his father’s palace to welcome him.

Kanu equally threatened that the people of Southeast and others under the Old Eastern Region would boycott the 2019 general elections should the Nigerian government under the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari fails to hold a referendum for the South East.

The IPOB leader, who faulted acting President Yemi Osibanjo’s statement on why he (Kanu) was not amongst the south-east leaders and stakeholders invited to Aso Rock for a roundtable discussion, vowed not to relent in the struggle for the agitation for a sovereign state for Biafra.

According to him, “Nigerian government should build as many prisons as possible to jail all Biafrans because there is no going back and we are ready to go there (Prisons) unless the federal government give us Biafra.

“We are starting with Anambra come November this year. There will be no governorship election in Anambra State. In 2019, the whole of Biafra Land will not vote for any President. There will be no Senator, there will be no House of Reps, there will be no House of Assembly and there will be no Councillorship elections in Biafra land if they (Federal Government) fail to call for a referendum,” he said.

The IPOB leader urged his members to remain steadfast and calm as Biafra remains their only hope.

“We are not like any other people. People like us don’t come twice. That’s why I know that with the last breath in this very body that Biafra will be restored. There’s nothing anybody can do about it. Tell them that’s what I said. Nobody on this earth can stop Biafra.”

Those Kanu addressed included other Igbo socio-cultural organisations like  World Igbo Citizens (WIC) Ikwerre/River State chapter, who came to show solidarity with IPOB towards the restoration of the sovereign state of Biafra.

Some leaders of the WIC who spoke to the media said they supported Biafra restoration and Nnamdi Kanu because of his strong will and commitment towards the emancipation of the people of South East and South-south from marginalisation in the hands of Nigeria.    (The Sun)

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CRK Compulsory For Christian Students, Islamic Studies Compulsory For Muslim Students – FG

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Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo

…Declares fallen standard in education serious

…Holds retreat in two weeks

From: Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

The Federal Government has explained that contrary to claims peddled on social media platforms and national dailies, Christian Religious Knowledge is compulsory for all Christians students and Islamic Studies compulsory for their Muslim counterparts.

It described as false and unfounded the claims specifically as regards the Religion and National Values Curriculum, explaining that the Basic Education Curriculum which includes the Christian Religious Knowledge and Islamic Studies Curricula was approved in 2013 by the

National Council on Education which is the apex policy making body in education in Nigeria, made up of all the 36 States Commissioners of Education and the FCT under the Chairmanship of the Minister of Education.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu who addressed State House Correspondents at the post-FEC briefing presided over by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, who accused those who want to destabilise the country as being behind the claims, explained that the last review of the curriculum was approved in 2013 and implementation commenced in September 2014.

He said both instances, neither the Christian Religious Knowledge nor Islamic Studies was removed from the curriculum.

“I will like to also address one issue which I will also throw back at you. You journalists especially those of you on social media are not helping this nation by bandying things that are absolutely false.

“The issue of Christian Religious Knowledge that all the national media, social media took up and deceived even the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria because they believed it. I read in the papers that they asked the acting president to confirm if the report is true. There is no truth in it at all. It was just somebody’s imagination probably somebody who wishes to raise tension in the country after the Biafra issue and then the quit order given by some young people in the north, so the person just followed suit trying to stoic the embers of religion. There is no truth whatsoever I repeat.

“Certainly there was a policy in 2012 which was given effect in 2014 that is even before this government came in. One of the things I did as minister was to speak to the national council on education to disarticulate history from the social studies curricula because we believe we want our young people to know our history. You cannot know who you are without knowing who your ancestors were in the past. And the national council of education did accept and agree that the teaching and learning of CRK have been made compulsory for all Christians students and teaching and learning of Islamic Studies are compulsory for all Muslim students.

“So you are actually accusing the ministry of the opposite of what it has done. I think I just need to tell you even if you are not the ones in the social media, they must be your compatriots, please tell them to be more responsible in handling the issues especially at this time in history.”

Adamu said the Federal Executive Council discussed only a single item on the agenda, the road map on education sector and developments.

According to him, Council members agreed unanimously that education has fallen and there is a need for a ministerial retreat to urgently address the issues militating against the sector.

Adamu said council members rejected the blueprint presented by the ministry, saying the problems in the sector was being blueprinted.

He said, “Today at council we discussed many issues but the most important were education. Members agree that the fallen standard in education is so serious that we will need a ministerial retreat to look at all the issues. There are a lot of issues in education and all of them are crying for solution. So there will be a ministerial retreat in the next two weeks to look at the issues and from there we will take off in what we are doing.

“Initially we had prepared a blueprint but FEC felt the issues is beyond that because there is crisis in all the areas of education, in out of school children, in technical education and training, in ICT, in all the areas you can think of. So ministers are going to start talking to themselves and come out with solutions.”  (The Sun)

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If Biafra Is Dead On Arrival, Why Worry, If Not Attainable, Why Shoot The Youths-Annkio Briggs

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Annkio Briggs

 
IPOB this, Kanu that! BIAFRA this, Biafra that! Igbo people leave Lagos! Igbo people leave North of Nigeria!
Amongst all of these negative predictions against the Igbos from home and abroad all they have been saying for decades is their desire to leave a country that killed and starved them and their children to death, including other ethnic nationalities of the former Eastern region.
Their billions and millions and investment were taken from them in 1970 after the war of Nigeria against them, the Igbos and a few other none Igbos of the former Eastern region were given a paltry £20 per family.
Our question as the interested party is this:
If the call by IPOB as led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu for Biafra is not attainable, why shoot the Igbo youths?
If Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is not the voice of Igbo people as claimed by the VP/Coordinator/Acting President pray tell Igbo nation and other interested parties who then is the voice of the Igbo people?
If one young, quiet humble, but strong 46 years old man is not the voice of the Igbo people explain how Igbos in Nigeria heard his voice, obeyed his voice and shut down their businesses and stayed at home.?
While the FG is choosing the voices of the 375 ethnic nationalities, it should please publish the names of the 375 people that speak for each ethnic nationalities, starting with whose voice you the VP represent?
Not FG as FG is not an Ethnic Nationality or is it?
 
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Igbo Youths Write UN, Demand Protection For Ndigbo In Northern Nigeria

 

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The Ohanaeze Youth Council, Worldwide, OYC, has petitioned the United Nations, UN, asking that Ndi Igbo in the North be granted special protection following the quit notice issued to them by a coalition of northern youths.

The council which is the youth wing of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation also, demanded that the United Nations begins preparation to conduct a referendum in Igbo land to finally determine the fate of their people.

This is following the letter written by the Arewa Youths to the Acting President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, in which they bashed Ndigbo over the continuous agitation for Biafra.

Recall the Arewa youths in the letter accused Ndi Igbo of instigating various crisis in the country, including the first military coup as well as the civil war.

But in the letter to the UN by the OYC, said it was a high time a referendum was conducted to pave way for the final end to the “unworkable marriage” called Nigeria.

The letter signed by the group’s national president, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike (National Secretary) Amb Arthur Obiora (Dep National President) Engr Obinna Adobe (National Publicity Secretary) was copied to the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the United States Embassy in Nigeria, the UK Embassy, the Commonwealth, the Amnesty International, among others.

The letter was entitled: “A CALL FOR EMERGENCY IN NIGERIA- OUR TWO-POINT DEMAND.”

It reads in parts: “It is with great concern that we alert the international community of the looming genocide against the Igbos in the Northern part of Nigeria, occasioned by a well-orchestrated, carefully thought-after plot by the Northern hierarchy, who are hiding under the Arewa Youths.

“Their latest ranting, which they packaged a letter to the Acting President has left no one in doubt as to their motive: A GRAND DESIGN TO ANNIHILATE THE IGBO RACE. This, they want to achieve so easily through the well packaged false history, which they have now dished out to gullible minds in order to create a passionate hatred for the Igbos in the minds of their people and thereby easily achieve the October 1 planned mayhem against our people.

“How else could one justify their attempt to stab history in the back by labelling the first military coup in Nigeria as an Igbo coup? How else could people twist history than their justifying the pogrom against the Igbos between 1966 and 1967, which eventually led to the civil war? In what measure can one justify the insult on our late leaders, in the persons of Late Gen. Aguiyi Ironsi and Late Col. Chukwuemeka Odumewgu Ojukwu?

“In Igbo land, we have respect not only for the elders but more so for the dead and it if is for that purpose that we chose not to go further into this matter. Truth cannot never be changed. However, we must let these youths and their paymasters know that contrary to their claims, our people have made much more sacrifices for the unity of this country, starting from the later Owelle of Onitsha, Nnamdi Azikiwe.

“To also justify their planned killing of every Igbo man remaining with the Biafra agitation amounts to the hypocrisy of the highest magnitude. May we remind them for over a decade now, the Boko Haram did not just declare war on the Nigerian State but has gone ahead to seize territories, killed thousands of thousand and rendered millions homeless, yet nobody has branded it an action signed by the entire North. Besides, like the Arewa Youths pointed out in their hypocritical letter, the Biafra agitators have their demand for self-determination found in so many characters, including that of the UN, for which Nigeria is a signatory to. Where does the Boko Haram derive its own right to be engaging in mass murder?

“Our point here, however, is not on the propriety or otherwise of the attempt by Boko Haram to take over every Nigerian Nigeria territory or the Biafra agitation, but the difficult attempt by the Arewa Youths to link every Igbo man with the activities of the IPOB. If it is so, suffice it to say that all of them are members of the Boko Haram sect.

“May we also state that contrary to their claims that Ndigbo were being accommodated in every part of the country, our people have continued to be slaughtered like chickens, especially in the North, without justifiable reason. The case of Mrs Bridget Agbahime, a pastor’s wife, who was murdered in cold blood will speak against these youths. The manner her case was muzzled by the Kano State Government will make her blood to cry forever against her shameless murderers.

“We, therefore, alert your attention to another impending massacre of the Igbos, especially with the thick rumour of arms being stockpiled in the North in readiness for action. It is even more painful considering undenied claims that some security personnel were aiding the smuggling of these sophisticated arms through the porous land borders in the North.

“Suffice it to say, Sir, that the life of our people is now at a great risker. It does appear that the pogrom of the 60s is here to repeat itself again. There are indications that they are only waiting for the whistle to be blown for them to unleash another round of terror on our people.

“Giving the above, we urge the United Nations to beam its satellite on the Northern Nigeria ahead of any eventuality that may befall our people. Considering the manner the security agencies have handled these endless threats, it is unlikely that they may protect our people when these marauders will strike.

“Secondly and very important too, having seen that Igbos have remained the victims of this marriage called Nigeria, despite our sacrifices, we demand that the on-going constitutional amendment will not be acceptable should it not make provision for a referendum. It is high time people are given freedom to decide whether they want to remain in a country where they are not loved, not wanted but hated with a passion.

“The National Assembly should make no mistake of undertaking any further constitutional amendment without an option for a referendum, this is the only way to go and we urge the United Nations to mount all necessary international pressures on Nigeria to effect that very much needed amendment.”

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