Agitations : Nigerians Should Follow The Path of Constitutionality and Law- Senator

Nigerians with grievances have been called upon to follow due process and the rule of law, while agitating for a change in the status quo.

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This call was made  by the Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.

“Whoever has genuine grievances should follow the path of constitutionality, law, dialogue, love, brotherhood and peace. We are one. We have the resilience and infinite capacity to handle all challenges confronting us as a people”.

“Every Nigerian should feel at home and protected wherever he or she finds himself or herself in the territory of Nigeria”.

“So I want to strongly advise and appeal for peace and urge our security agencies to be vigilant and maintain the peace at all times. We don’t want our fellow citizens to be intimidated, harassed or killed extra-judicially for whatever reasons”.

“I must advise also that this should not be a pretext by any security agent to harass our peace-loving people. That shouldn’t happen at all.  Let’s constantly engage with ourselves in wisdom as we build a better society for all, Senator Omo-Agege  concluded.

 

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Igbos Must Pray for All That will Bring Total Nigerian Citizenship -Ohaneze Ndigbo

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohaneze Ndigbo, has called on Igbos  at home and in diaspora to use this year’s  Igbo day to pray for Justice, Peace, Equity  and full Nigerian citizenship.

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This call was made on Tuesday  by the Chairman of the National Organising Committee of the 2017 Igbo Day celebration, Dr. Greg Ibe, in a news conference,  at Enugu.

“Our prayer points are numerous. It ranges from justice, peace, equity and all that will bring us in total belonging to this country called Nigeria.”

“Against the backdrop of the current challenges of Ndigbo and as a way of seeking divine solutions to these problems, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has decided to use the annual Igbo Day celebration for 2017 to mobilise Igbo across the globe to pray and seek the face of God for Nigeria and Ndigbo in particular”.

 

Coronation of 21 Obas : Oyo Govt. is very Fraudulent- Sen. Rashidi Ladoja

As the controversy over the recent installation of 21 Traditional rulers in Ibadanland by the Oyo state Governor rages, a former Governor of the state, who is also the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja, in this interview with Journalists at his Ondo street, Bodija, Ibadan, residence says  the state Government acted fraudulently. Federationews2day was there. Excerpts :

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 The bone of contention today in Ibadanland , is the  interference of Government in the Traditional institution ? What is your position on this ?

Where do We start from ? It is not the responsibility of Government to tamper with the 1959 declaration, because they tried to mislead the people, they are now saying it is not the 1959 declaration, it is the 1957 declaration. The 1957 law was the chief’s law, it was under the chief’s law that the 1959 declaration was  gotten. It stated clearly that it was not the responsibility of anybody to do embark on amendment. We are not having the Olubadan of Oyo state, we are having the Olubadan of Ibadanland, so why do you have to bring somebody from Ibarapa, somebody from Oyo, and some people from Oke-Ogun to amend our own declaration. It is not the responsibility of the Oyo state Government to tamper with the Olubadan Chieftaincy  declaration, the case is still in court. And from what we are seeing the Government seems not to respect the courts again. Why did they start after work on Friday and ended on Sunday ? What is the cause ? Are those people going to, die ? They distributed the letters under floodlights, I see what happened in Mapo as a theatre.  If you want to amend the law, you know the procedure. The procedure is that when you amend the law you take it to the House, anyway we expect that he is going to bribe the legislators in the House. I only want to warn them, the legislators, that they should go back to their constituencies to know what their constituencies want. They should not think that because it is an Ibadan issue, the other zones in the state don’t have interest in it, because the Governor has said that when he finishes with Ibadan, the next place is Ogbomosho, all those Baales will become Obas and after Ogbomosho, he will end it up in Oyo. The implication is that since the Ibadan High chiefs, kingmakers are now Obas, the Oyomesis, kingmakers in Oyo, and all associated villages heads Obas can also become Obas. If he does not do that then our point  that he does not have the right to tamper with the declaration is right. He just wants to destroy the institution of traditional rulers. The question now is that what time does he have to reflect on issues pertaining to governance ?

The  state Government  alleges that during your tenure, you attempted same  ?

It is not true. I have said it several times that I did not set up any Adio  commission. Oyo state is in the number 29 position in the country, with all the private schools in the state. If you take away the private schools, it means maybe we would have come last, after Lagos the next place where there are private schools is Oyo state. This was not the case during my time. So the institution of Ibadan Obaship is so complex, that it is better to leave them and face the job of Oyo state. After you might have put Oyo state where it is supposed to be, then you can now go back and look at it. We are not like other places, Saki has not got an Oba now, even Fiditi hasn’t got an Oba now, So what I am saying is that I did not set up the Adio commission, it is either the Governor is been mischievous or the Governor decided to be a lair himself, either of the two, because  if they are say that they cannot find the report then is Adio alive ? then if he is alive they should call him.

You said that Government is no longer respecting the law, now what is the way forward ?

You don’t get the point, the Local Government elections have not been held because their case is in court, the Council of Chief was suspended in 2011 because the case is in court,   this time around there is no case in court ? Abi ? So that is what we are saying, it is not a question of selectively taking advantage of the court, if you want to take advantage of the court, then you take the disadvantage of the court as well. Democracy is Governing by the rule of law, if the rule of law breaks down, then everybody will resort to self help, God save all of us, that is what we are saying. So it is not the question of what is the way forward. The way forward is that at the end of it the court will prevail, the court will prevail, they may delay it, they may do everything, even if you influence the local court, are you going to influence the Appeal Court, are you going to influence the Supreme court ? We are not dead, we are not  dying yet, so why should I bother about how long the case lasts, because I know that some Obas, having spent 15 years on the throne were removed. So, that is the situation. The Governor has no right or the Government has no right to interfere in the Ibadan  declaration.

The impression, is that the High Chiefs, including yourself instituted the  law suit, what made the others back out ?

Well, I don’t know because I am not one of them.  The two of them came to see me, they came on the 22nd, because they went to Government on the 21st, they asked ”What is the quarrel between you and your brother, I asked who ? They said Isiaka Ajimobi , I said no I am not quarreling with Isiaka Ajimobi, I am quarreling with the Governor and if you go to the executive’s office you will see the Governors who  have been there. Starting from Sir John Ranking up to Akala, and on the 29th of May, 2019his own photograph will join us. So, it is the Governor I am having problems with, so many people do know know how to distinguish between the Governor and the holder. Maybe they think it is a solidarity with an Ibadan boy,  but I told them the danger there, the danger there is that when my brother Alao Akala said he wanted to create only six Obaship, the whole Ibadan rose in unity and said that he cannot do it and he did not do it. But now that an Ibadan boy wants to create 50 Obas, nobody is talking. I said that so, if you keep quiet in the face of tyranny, ………And I said, you people you say you want to become Obas, have you looked into the report ? Nobody has seen the report, even though  he is  giving you the sweet part of the report, and maybe the bitter parts are still hidden. Has anybody seen the white paper ? And the only thing they published, they say recommendations, this is recommendation four, where is recommendation one to three ? recommendation four, recommendation five, recommendation eight, where is six and seven ?  Recommendation nine, the High Chiefs will retain the titles of Otun Olubadan, Osi Olubadan, Balogun, Osi Balogun etc, and will not use the titles of Obas, this is what Government has published, as a prefix to their names, in order to avoid any confusion that would be caused by using the title ‘Oba ‘ in conjunction with their titles as Otun Olubadan, Osi Olubadan, Balogun and Osi Balogun etc. The Government now says, the Government rejects this recommendation. You can see that the Government had a plan before they started this, they just want to use the commission to bring out what they have in them. There is recommendation 10, there is no recommendation 11, there is recommendation 12,  so, where is  where is recommendation 13 to 98 and after 99, there is 100, there 101, I don’t know whether that is the end. But where is recommendation 13 to 98 ? So, this is Government print out, not so ? So you can see that the Government is very fraudulent. There is no report, the commission’s report is not there, they didn’t tell us what it is. Secondly, the white paper is not there. They are now talking of 1959 declaration, but when they started it, it was 1957 declaration, but now it is 1959 declaration, so, you can see that they are very inconsistent, so, as I said the Governor is most of the times too busy to look into details, he just allow these people to do whatever they want to do.

Bore Hole Drilling : Govt. Should Introduce Regulations To Stop Quackery-AWDROP PRO

As sub-standard bore holes take over the Nigerian landscape, the Association of Water Well Drilling Rigs Owners and Practitioners(AWDROP)has declared that unless the Federal Government regulates the industry, the activities of quacks will continue unabated.

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Indeed, Nigerians have repeatedly expressed worry over the increasing rate of newly constructed bore holes that have seized functioning.

They blame this situation on the sharp practices of some stake holders in the industry.

However, the National Public Relations Officer of the Association, Mr. Richard Ajayi, insists that lack of regulation by the Federal Government is responsible for the present state of things.

”This association is trying all its best to ensure that quackery in bore hole drilling is reduced to the barest minimum. And this association cannot do it alone, except in collaboration with Government, by regulating bore hole drilling activities. And if Government fails to listen to  what this association is saying, then we all will have to bear the consequences”.

”So, it is better they realize now, than later, when our underground water has been bastardized. We  liaise with the Bureau of Public Procurement(BPP), when the issue involves award of Government contracts. Contracts are awarded indiscriminately. If Government fails to regulate  us, and we are trying to regulate ourselves, then people will say that there is no Government policy. Those going all about claiming to be our members, are not our members, because most of them do not adhere by the code of practice, they always say that there is freedom of association. Contracts are not awarded to professionals. The BPP is not following the laid down procedures in the award of contracts. We are just doing things the way we like”, Mr. Ajayi concluded.

Involve Ethnic Diaspora Heads in National Issues-Vice President, Ezendigbo in Diaspora(South)

Nigerians  agree  dialogue could be effective  in solving the multifaceted problems of the country, but a sizable number of Nigerians fail to adopt dialogue as a solution to the challenges that confront them on a daily basis. In this interview with Federationews2day, the Eze Ndigbo of Ibadan and Oyo state, who also doubles as the Vice President of Ezendigbo in Diaspora, Eze(Dr.)Alex Anozie urges Government to include diaspora Ethnic Heads in meetings to find solutions to the country’s problems. Excerpts :

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What are your views on the constitution of any  body, set up to discuss the country’s problems ?

I am in support of Ango Abdullahi’s idea. I read his suggestion in a national newspaper of Saturday 5th August, 2017, page 3, there he suggested that the Federal Government should invite both Northern and Southern agitating youths and their elders to a round table, where he hopes some common ground shall be reached. I seriously support the idea, but with some additions. (1) When the Federal Government is making such arrangement, they should insist that diaspora ethnic group Heads of all the states in the country should be included in that meeting. Why do I say so ? In all the meetings that have been held on this particular issue before now, nobody had ever thought it wise to bring in these ethnic group Heads, whom we all know play vital roles in the mutual interaction and unification of the country, as they are the ones living, mixing, relating on daily basis with each other in the various states of the Federation. They have become friends and this has brought about inter ethnic marriages. The diaspora ethnic Heads feel concerned for their safety and that of their property, when threats are issued, such as directing everyone to return to their ethnic regions. When the diaspora Ezendigbos and Oba Yorubas and the South South heads all from the South residing in the North alongside the Northern Ethnic heads, who also reside in the Southern part of the country, sit down in any meeting of such, it will definitely be easier to reach a compromise, that will go a long way in getting the country out of this very dangerous situation, we find ourselves. So, I support Ango Abdullahi’s idea seriously, Federal Government should go ahead to implement this suggestion, without much delay, please.

Traditional rulers Should Expose Criminals in Their Domains-Taraba Gov

Taraba state Governor, Dairus Ishaku has  called traditional rulers in the state to expose criminals in their domains

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The Governor made this call, when traditional rulers in the state paid him condolence visit  on the death of the immediate past Governor of the state, Danfulani Danbaba Suntai.

He advised them to be at the forefront of the drive to maintain peace and order, while assuring that the state Government will deal decisively with trouble makers.

 

Nigerians Should Shun Hate Speeches and Songs-Vice President Ezendigbo in Diaspora(South)

 Nigerians have been called upon to shun hate speeches and songs, as a result of its destructive tendencies.

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This  call was made by the Ezendigbo of Ibadan and Oyo state and Vice President Ezendigbo in Diaspora, Eze (Dr.) Alex Anozie.

”May I use  this medium to advice against the use of  abusive and insulting utterances, while trying to  make public their divergent views. I sincerely believe that  people can make their points known without necessarily using abusive, insulting and foul language. All and sundry should as much as possible do away with such. Acting President Yemi  Osinbajo should do everything possible to see that  this very misunderstanding gets resolved peacefully without delay, and history will remember the Buhari Government for good. Let us all continue in our  relentless prayers and avoid hate talks and songs, I believe it is  the  devil at work, let us join hands together to shame the  devil and his cohorts, so that at the end of the day Almighty God the creator of Heaven and Earth will take all glory”, Eze(Dr) Anozie concluded.

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Ozubulu Killings : Govt Should Pull Down the Church If It was Built With Drug Money-Vice President Ezendigbo in Diaspora(South)

Security agencies have been called upon  to do the needful, if established, that the Catholic Church in Ozubulu, Anambra state, where 13 people were shot  dead and  many others  severely injured, was built with proceeds from hard drug business.

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This call was made in a Press Release  dated 9 August, 2017 and signed by  the Ezendigbo of Ibadan and Oyo state and Vice President Ezendigbo in Diaspora(South), Eze(Dr.)Alex Anozie.

”If after all proper investigations, and it is confirmed that the particular Ozubulu Catholic Church was built and donated by a drug lord from his ill gotten wealth, please let the church be pulled down without delay”.

”I am of this opinion, because like I said, if it is confirmed to be so, the souls of those innocent people, who were massacred in that gruesome incident will join hands with the conscience of anybody wanting to walk into that church again to worship henceforth and forever to work against the answering of anybody’s prayers from God, who is Holy, in that church, therefore the church deserves to be pulled down”.

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”When this is done it  will make our  church leadership and even that of the Muslims to sit up and do what they should be doing, and abandon the rampant  preaching for money by most Churches and Mosques. It is  common knowledge that everywhere in our country now,  only the rich ones are appreciated and worshiped because of their wealth, nobody bothers to know the source of  the wealth been flaunted about. Who is even sure,  that God did not  allow this particular Ozubulu incident to happen  in order to open the eyes of the world to the wicked crimes going on in our assumed holy place of God. These are the things that have killed our societal integrity and  discipline, because every youth now have the belief that if one is not stinkingly  rich,   life is not worth it, because he is nobody in society”.

”We all heard how the drug lord built roads for the community, and the churches, and in the eyes of the community, he is an hero. Some  of our politicians who  stole the country’s wealth in billions of Dollars, have embarked on this kind of gesture in various communities and churches, that is for those of them, who are bold enough to come out to do such, there are many who out of fear of been suspected or exposed of their crime, just steal the wealth and go out to any part of the world and stash the money away in banks, thereby  developing the economy of those countries, while our country’s economy is disintegrating rapidly. And when the looter passes on, the loot gets stock permanently in those countries”; Eze (Dr.) Anozie noted.

He lamented that it was the absence of Government in these communities that resulted  in the intervention of questionable characters in issues of development.

”If the Federal and State Government had built roads for the communities, the way it ought to be and had the wealth of the country not been stolen, these criminals would have seen no reason to build anything for the communities with their blood money”.

” There are no jobs for our youths, no electricity, no easy transportation system working, no good water, no salary for workers and pensioners, no good health facilities, our leaders are all going abroad to treat themselves, flood is threatening to consume the whole country, due to erosion and bad drainage systems, our security agencies are  increasingly finding it difficult to cope, as a result of their negligible number and inadequate equipment. This is happening because the country has no wealth anymore to cater for these challenges. Fellow Nigerians, we have a lot of work to do. May the soul of those unfortunate people, who lost their lives in that gruesome murder rest in peace in the Lord. I seriously condole with the people of  Ozubulu community and the  Anambra state Government over this wicked act. May God give them the fortitude to bear the loss”, Eze(Dr.)Anozie concluded.

 

Government has Lost the Support of The People-Prof. Olagoke

The political class in Nigeria are currently engaged in unending  acrimony, intrigues, backstabbing, blame game and unpatriotic schemes. In this interview with Federationews2day, the Founder and Spiritual Head of Shafaudeen Worldwide, Wkajaiye, Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria, Professor Sabitu Ariyo Olagoke says political office holders have lost the support of the people. Excerpts:

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Insecurity and Corruption is the order of the day in Nigeria, Nigerians  are worried and now insinuate that the political will is no longer there, what is the way out ?

They have the political will, but they don’t have the political might, their intention initially was to redeem the situation in Nigeria, the economy, security situation and even enthroning good governance. But getting there they discovered that Nigerians have been morally debased. Corruption is at its highest, to the extent that the treasury has been looted to the point of not been able to pay workers’ salaries. So in this particular scenario, the masses whose support they are supposed to enjoy became antagonistic because they have been impoverished, unfortunately what they would have done to continue to enjoy the support of Nigerians was to cut salaries from the top across board, so that they will depend less on borrowing and the perception will be that they are there to serve, through self-sacrifice, which every country including the United Nations is advocating. Unfortunately, they have continued the game of impoverishing the masses, not paying their salaries and the wasteful spending continues.  And what would have endeared the people to them is no more there. The people are working without salaries and the  case of unemployment is on the high side. So, they have the will to do it, but they do not have the might again.

They have lost the support of the people. And those state Governors who are still having their people in place, it must be through coercion, the coercive approach.. A situation whereby you create Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), without putting infrastructure on ground, a situation whereby you fail to pay workers’ salaries and a situation whereby you do not allow elections into the Local Governments to take place, all these are some kind of coercive means of preventing the people to react, either positively or negatively, incapacitating the people. So without the might, which is no longer there, eventually they have lost the will, they had the will before, but they have lost it because they are now in disarray.

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The President is indisposed and outside, and the Vice President, who is acting is not having the majority support of the people. Even between the Executive and the Legislative arms, they are eyeing the number one position, someone to emerge as Mr. President, in case of any eventuality.

The country is just like a cursed nation in which nothing works again ad everybody is just at the mercy of God. So, that is Nigeria’s situation, it is a bad scenario. So, the solution lays in the opposition, not the People’s Democratic Party this time. The solution lays in stopping to recycle people into political positions.  Let us focus on the youth, encourage them to join politics, and whoever wants to sponsor them for any political position, should critically examine them at the party level, so that they do not gang up against the masses to continue the game of shame.  I was abroad recently, London, Liverpool, Glasgow, Manchester, everything was working. You see technology in the real life situation.

You will see science impacting positively on the people, you see education working. They don’t need to consult the Church, Mosque or Ifa oracle, before they do anything there Education there, is more of a culture, here in Nigeria it is a luxury, most of the public schools here are not patronized by the elites. They prefer to send their children abroad with looted funds. Unfortunately, all sectors of the Nigerian economy are bedeviled. South Sudan seceded, it continues to be at war, so our salvation is not in secession, our salvation is in ensuring everyone realizes his or her negative contribution, and corrects it. Nigerians need a general change of attitude towards work, towards the nation, towards the home, towards themselves, it is highly imperative; we resort to that on time.

 

Decision of Igbo Leaders A Good Omen For Nigeria-Vice Chairman, Ezendigbo in Diaspora(South)

The Governors and leaders of thought  of the South East Geo-Political zone  have been commended for adopting a definite position on the raging debate between the people and their leaders on the contentious issue of secession and restructuring.

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This commendation was given  on Tuesday in a chat with Federationews2day in Ibadan, Nigeria by the  the Ezendigbo nala Ibadan and Oyo state, who doubles as the Vice Chairman, Ezendigbo in Diaspora(South), Eze(Dr.)Alex Anozie, .

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”It  is a very good omen for our country, Nigeria.  I commend them for that bold step they have taken, these are people who have seen Nigeria both in the night and in the day, these are people who have seen the war, many of them even fought the war, many of them were in the battle field, and they saw war and what war means. So, everything that can be done to avoid war, I think I support it, so, I commend them for been courageous enough, despite whatever, whatever our youths may want to think about them or the way they may want to frown at their action, I commend them, it was a good move. I support it, and their stand, we must shed blood no more in Nigeria”.

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”We do not want to lose lives any longer, be it the life of Onye Igbo, or Yoruba or Hausa, or any Nigerian, even non Nigerians. So, whatever peaceful sacrifice anyone or group can make, let us go ahead to make such sacrifice, in order to have peace in our country, I think it is worth it. I am appealing to everyone to show understanding. And I am also appealing to those who are fund of doing the wrong thing in Nigeria, to please begin to do things the right way, in order to allow frayed nerves to calm down”.

”I am sure it is the stand of the majority of people of Igbo extraction, who have seen things and things in Nigeria. If restructuring is allowed to have its way, most of the problems would have been taken care of. So, we are still within the confines of one Nigeria, with restructuring, marginalization will minimize, injustice will minimize, killings here and there will minimize, corruption will minimize, and agitations here and these will fizzle out, because all the zones will put machinery in motion towards eradicating these social vices within their zones. So, it is a very good omen for our country, Nigeria”, Eze Dr. Anozie concluded.