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Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 16, 2019
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The Fulani socio-cultural organisation in Nigeria, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has called on President Buhari to as a matter of urgency, arrest former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his recent remarks on insecurity in the country.

The group said the former President in his open letter to President Buhari released today July 15th, accused Fulani herdsmen of being the root cause of insecurity in the country.

The former President in his open letter, said it is quite unfortunate that criminality has now been attached to the Fulani tribe because President Buhari is from the Fulani extraction.

”The unfortunate situation is that the criminality is being perceived as a ‘Fulani’ menace unleashed by Fulani elite in the different parts of the country for a number of reasons but even more, unfortunately, many Nigerians and non-Nigerians who are friends of Nigeria attach vicarious responsibility to you as a Fulani elite and the current captain of the Nigeria ship. Perception may be as potent as reality at times. Whatever may be the grievances of Fulanis, if any, they need to be put out in the open and their grievances, if legitimate, be addressed; and if other ethnic groups have grievances, let them also be brought out in the open and addressed through debate and dialogue”.

Reacting to the content of his letter, the National Secretary of the Miyetti Allah, Alhassan Saleh, in an interview with newsmen, said the Fulani should not be blamed for the rate of insecurity in the country.

“The fact that there is insecurity, I don’t think the Fulani are responsible for it. The narrative that we are responsible for the insecurity is even the problem we have with the Nigerian state.  When any crime happens, even before there is an investigation, people rush to the press and start accusing Fulani herdsmen. Herdsmen are supposed to be carrying herds of cows but if somebody is a criminal or an armed robber, he should be treated as such.

But if Obasanjo, in particular, having ruled this country for so many years and with his network of security contacts, both locally and internationally, has information, I think he can volunteer it” he said

He went on to call on the Federal government to immediately arrest Obasanjo who he accused of attempting to destabilise the government.

“The earlier they get him (Obasanjo) arrested and dealt with, according to the laws of the land, the better. He doesn’t mean well for the country. We just elected a new government; we have a National Assembly that was just inaugurated. Nobody needs any conference, except they are pushing for something else. The unfortunate thing is that intellectuals like Wole Soyinka are also joining the bandwagon of these discredited politicians. But our worry is that they seem to associate every crime that happens now to the Fulani, simply because the President is a Fulani man. We are just waiting and watching carefully because we are not demanding too much from the Nigerian state. All we are saying is give us space to graze our animals. That is not difficult.” Saleh said.


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 16, 2019
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While a false accusation or not being arraigned have kept many in prison hence the recent campaign for prison reforms and decongestion, that of a 48-year-old man, Derrick Addai, was over a typographical error.

The Nigerian man convicted of drug peddling in Thailand, reportedly spent five years and six months in Thai prison before being repatriated to Nigeria in 2005 following the intervention of the then President Olusegun Obasanjo. He however had more time in Nigerian prison, as a typographical error struck out his name from the list of pardoned inmates approved by the Presidency. He got his freedom back afer the Osile of Oke-Ona, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, and the Director General of the Prison Rehabilitation Mission International, Bishop Kayode Williams intervened.

 

Speaking after getting his freedom which took 14 years to come, Addai, a native of Cross River State, said;

“I spent 14 years in a Nigerian prison after I had spent five years and six months in Thailand’s prison from the year 2000, and I came back to Nigeria in 2005. It is quite unfortunate that my name was omitted from the list they brought then, and I spent time and money writing several letters for it to be corrected but, it did not work out.

“It happened that when they brought the list from Aso Rock, the letter was sealed and I was there and they asked me to open it. When I opened the letter, I saw that there were 30 names on the list, I just dropped it and left. After a few minutes, we were called back that one name was missing but that the numbers were complete.

“We called Obasanjo, Senator Lekan Mustapha and other people involved. They asked the officials to bring the letter to the office and when the man who wrote the names saw it, he insisted that that was not the list he sent and asked me to give him two days and the two days never came till now.”

On his experience in prison, he said;

“You can’t put people in prison without giving them anything. No work; they are just abandoned and earn nothing.

“No matter the condition or the environment, they should allow prisoners to do their handwork, but, when the prisoners don’t have any work or something they are doing there, when they come out, they will have nothing to do.”


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 16, 2019
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13 suspects have been paraded by the police over the kidnap of President Buhari’s in-law, Alhaji Musa Umar Daura, the Magajin Garin Daura.

The suspects were paraded after being arrested by Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Special Tactical Squad (STS) under operation Puff Adder, were identified as Aminu Saleh, Yusuf Dahiru, Abdullah Mohammed, Bilal Yusuf, Sarfilu Abdu, Dahiru Musa, Tukur Bukar, Muhammed Saidu, Abubakar Adamu, Mustapha Zakariyya, Ibrahim Mohammed and Bako Mustapha.

The spokesman of the Police, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Frank Mba, said the suspects demanded for a ransom of $30m for the release of the district head, but no money was paid to them before his rescue. He further revealed that one of the suspects is from Niger Republic.

Nine AK-47 rifles, six assorted gun, 383 round of ammunition of different calibre, military-grade hand grenades and chemicals for making improvised explosive devices were recovered from the suspects.


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 16, 2019
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The Presidency has fired back at former CNN anchor, Isha Sesay, over her claim that girls kidnapped by Boko Haram have been forgotten by Nigerians and the government because they were from poor homes.

 

Revealing that they are still negotiating with Boko Haram terrorists for the release of the abducted Chibok school girls, Leah Sharibu and other kidnapped Nigerians, the Presidency alleged that Isha Sesay’s book  ‘Beneath the Tamarind Tree,’ had so many lies in it.

 

Putting out the argument of Goodluck Jonathan’s government failing to acknowledge the abduction of the girls at first, Garba Shehu stated that it will be wrong to push down some challenges that came off the last administration to President Buhari.

The statement reads ” The Presidency wishes to seize this moment to reiterate the government’s unwavering determination to secure the release, by peace or by force, the remaining 110 Chibok girls, Ms Leah Sharibu and all other citizens held captive by terrorists.

It is imperative to do this at this time in view of the doubts that may possibly arise following the release of a new book, “Beneath The Tamarind Tree”, written about the kidnapping of 270 Chibok school girls, by Isha Sesay, the ex-CNN star and now a Child Rights activist.

This book should serve the useful purpose of spotlighting the crimes against humanity by Boko Haram terrorists, etching it permanently on the public mind.

In addition, the book should rightfully stir up interest and rally international support for the young girls on the continent who must stay in school and avoid early pregnancy and marriage, in order to actualize their God-given potential.

In her introduction of the book, Isha claims that she wants to “humanize” the girls, instead of them being seen as “mere headlines”.

She acknowledged the release from Boko Haram captivity of more than 50 percent of the girls under the Buhari administration but says, very rightfully, that “we must not forget the 112 who are still missing”. On this, we share a common position.

In stitching together her compelling portrait of this unfortunate yet paradoxical incident, Isha, this terrific journalist risks a negative judgment of history on a book that is a farrago of misrepresentation.

It is wrong of the author to say, of the Buhari administration that “they don’t know who to negotiate with” because Boko Haram had split into factions.

This is a misrepresentation of the position of the government on split in the leadership of the terrorist group into two contending factions.

When government spoke on the issue, it was clear that this split had the effect of making negotiation and reaching an agreement a more difficult talk. Otherwise this country and our international partners are still engaged through third parties with the terrorists.

While it is true that the government has no information on where the captives are held, otherwise it would have seized the location and recovered the girls using all means at its disposal, it is equally incorrect to say Government had given up on the Chibok girls when the truth is that there is nothing on the ground to give that impression.

In the Ministry of Women and Social Development, there is a fully staffed government unit dealing with the Chibok abductions and its fallout.

This book asserts that the government and people of Nigeria no longer cared about the girls because “they are poor…they don’t have famous names; people just don’t care.” No. Nigerias care, and that is why the Bring Back Our Girls, BBOG movement was able to generate “the groundswell of public opinion “as acknowledged by the author.

Yes it is true that “the only reason“ the sitting government at that time “acknowledged fully what had happened” was due the public outcry but it is again unfair to lump criticism on the Nigerian Government without differentiating which of the two administrations that served Nigeria from 2014 to date.

The Buhari administration came in 2015 with a promise to recover the stolen girls and a milestone has indeed been achieved by bringing back and caring for the more than 50 percent of them, even though the job cannot be said to be complete.

No one here is giving up and we happy that the individuals, groups and nations partnering with the administration have continued to show interest in securing the release of our daughters.

We are happy to partner with Isha on her charity that engages adolescent girls in West Africa (W. E. Can lead) and I write to invite her to visit Nigeria again for her continuing update on the Chibok situation and possibilities of partnership with our caring administration over the future of our youths, particularly of the girl child.”


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 16, 2019
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Calistus Anyichie, a Nigerian-born basketball player died on Sunday after he got drowned at Buttermilk Falls State Park near Ithaca, New York.

The sophomore student at Binghamton University, was a member of the University’s basketball team and was majoring in political science before his death.

The body of the deceased was found at the base of a 15-foot bank, after the Crews responded to the drowning at the 300 block of West King Road at upper Buttermilk Falls State Park at around 5 p.m on Sunday.

He had attended St. Mary-Assumption High School, where he played basketball for three years, was the team captain and was also selected all-conference as a senior.

 

Nigerian basketball player Calistus Anyichie drowns in US

 

“There are no words. There is no blueprint for how to deal with such a painful loss,”  Tommy Dempsey, head coach of the Binghamton University men’s basketball team, said in a statement. “We all loved Calistus so much. He was such a special young man. We are devastated.”

 

It was also gathered that the Nigerian NBA prospect averaged 1.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 9.1 minutes per game last season at Binghamton.


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 16, 2019
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A teenage housekeeper identified as Ofonime John, was on Monday arraigned before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos for alleged theft of her employer’s international passports.

John, 19, who lives in Ogun State, is facing a count charge of stealing, to which she pleaded not guilty. Prosecuting Sergeant Modupe Olaluwoye told the court that the defendant committed the offence at 10am on July 1, on Grace Court Estate, Makoko, Yaba.

 

She said the defendant worked for the complainant, Mrs. Modupe Olubamowo, for over a year before she stole her passport with UK 10-year visa and an expired one.

 

Olaluwoye said the complainant kept the passports in a cupboard in her room, from where the defendant stole them and ran away.

“My lord, the defendant claimed that she had to rush to her village because her mother was ill. It was after she left that the complainant noticed that her passports were missing and she reported to the police. They contacted the agent that connected her (defendant) to the complainant and she was brought back,” the prosecutor said.

The alleged offence contravenes Section 287 (7) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised). Chief Magistrate Oluwatoyin Oghere granted the defendant N100,000 bail with two sureties in the like sum. She said the sureties should be employed and show evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.  The case continues on September 11.


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 14, 2019
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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has sent goodwill messages to the renowned writer and critic, Professor Wole Soyinka as he clocks 85.

The former vice president in his message sent via his Twitter handle, described the Nobel Laureate as an “institution of literary excellence and conscientious activism.”

Atiku thanked the famous poet for his feat as he wishes him a happy 85th birthday.

He wrote:

Happy 85th birthday Professor Oluwole Soyinka. I would have used the word icon to describe you, but you are beyond that. You are an institution. An institution of literary excellence and conscientious activism. A national treasure, you are Nigeria’s pride and a beacon to Africa.

In wishing you many more years of life, I celebrate the fact that, like wine, you are getting better with age. We have a lot to thank you for. From putting us on the Nobel map to getting FRSC up & running, and expanding the minds of our youth. We can never thank you enough. -AA.”


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 14, 2019
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Today, the African literary giant and Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka adds another year to his awesome reign on earth. Below are seven beautiful facts we discovered about him, which you might not be aware of.

– He has been married three times and divorced twice

His first marriage was in 1958 to the late British writer, Barbara Dixon, whom he met at the University of Leeds in the 1950s. Barbara was the mother of his first son, Olaokun.

His second marriage was in 1963 to Nigerian librarian Olaide Idowu with whom he had three daughters: Moremi, Iyetade (deceased), Peyibomi and a second son, Ilemakin.

He has been married to his third and current wife, Adefolake Soyinka since 1989 and has three children with her. Adefolake is a former student of Soyinka.

– He lost the Oxford Professor of Poetry

Soyinka lost the race to be Oxford’s Professor of poetry to English poet, playwright and novelist, Simon Armitage after he was betrayed by Melvyn Bragg. What the Nobel Laureate missed out on is the second most prestigious poetry position in the UK.

– He fled Nigeria on a motorcycle hounded by Abacha

During the military reign of General Sani Abacha, Wole Soyinka who spoke out against the junta had to flee via the ‘NADECO’ route. Wole Soyinka fled on a motorcycle to preserve his life. General Abacha pronounced a death sentence on him “in absentia”. With civilian rule restored to Nigeria in 1999, Soyinka returned to the nation.

The National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) was formed on May 15, 1994 by a broad coalition of Nigerian democrats, who called on the military government of Sani Abacha to step down in favour of the winner of the June 12, 1993 election, M. K. O. Abiola. The members mostly came from the southwest of the country. They quickly became the symbol of mass resistance against military rule.

– He wrote poems on tissue paper while in prison

While behind bars despite being denied access to pens and paper, he improvised. Soyinka wrote poetry on tissue paper, which was published in a collection titled Poems from Prison. His experiences in prison are recounted in his 1972 book The Man Died: Prison Notes of Wole Soyinka.

– He was a Professor at Obafemi Awolowo University

From 1975 to 1999, he was a Professor of Comparative Literature at the Obafemi Awolowo University then called the University of Ife. With civilian rule restored to Nigeria in 1999, he was made Professor emeritus. Soyinka has been a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

– He has been named Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

This is a Nigerian honor first established in 1964 people who served and benefited Nigeria. Soyinka was awarded in 1986, the same year he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. The medal was awarded in 1986 by General Ibrahim Babangida, a former military ruler.

On Sunday, July 24, 1994, he threw away his ‘national merit’ medal in Tafawa Balewa Square. He got angry that police halted the march he led for the restoration of democracy, end to military rule and release of Chief MKO Abiola.

– He is not religious although his father was an Anglican minister

His father, Samuel Ayodele Soyinka (whom he called S.A. or “Essay”) was an Anglican minister and headmaster of St. Peters School in Abẹokuta. His mother, Grace Eniola Soyinka, owned a market shop, was active in the women’s movement in her community and also was a practicing Anglican. Soyinka, on the other hand, is an atheist. His beliefs contributed greatly to his writing.


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 13, 2019
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A former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has stated that Nigeria is a country without consequences, adding that citizens and voters have failed to hold politicians and leaders accountable for their actions and policies.

Amaechi said that he knows politicians who have suddenly turned billionaires few months after taking up political positions.

Amaechi who is also a former governor of Rivers State stated this during a panel session at the fifth edition of The Nigeria Symposium For Young and Emerging Leaders held in Lagos on Friday.

Speaking on ineffective policies and extreme poverty, Amaechi explained that the country’s wealth has been in the pocket of an influential few and called for politicians to invest in infrastructure in order to create jobs and reduce crime.

“I know politicians who have suddenly become billionaires, and this is the money that should have been used to build roads and provide amenities that could have been used to improve the lives of citizens. Our politicians have to be clear on how they intend to lift people out of poverty,” he said.

Also commenting on citizen participation, a former presidential candidate, KOWA, Professor Remi Shonaiya, added,“We have to educate ourselves in order to become more active, and we have to begin to consider the greater good in our decisions.

“Most of us don’t care about what is happening in the House of Assembly, we are much more concerned about ourselves. The focus has to be on the people, not the government. But we as the people also have to make sure that we hold our leaders accountable to us. There’s too much personal style in the way we practice politics in the country,” said Professor Shonaiya.


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 13, 2019
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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and PDP’s presidential aspirant in 2019 Presidential election has condemned the alleged killing of Pa Reuben Fasoranti’s daughter by herdsmen.

Atiku, who reacted via his Twitter handle, called on the security operatives to initiate a speedy and thorough investigation to bring her killers to book, and stem the epidemic of insecurity in the land.

He wrote:

“I condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the killing of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Chief Reuben Fasoranti, the Chairman of Afenifere. This is one death too many.

“I call on the security services to initiate speedy and thorough investigations to bring her killers to book and stem the epidemic of insecurity in our land. My prayers and deep compassion go to Chief Reuben Fasoranti, his family and the entire membership of Afenifere.

“My family and I stand shoulder to shoulder with you at this trying time, even as we pray for the repose of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin’s soul. Peace must return to Nigeria, by every means possible. Enough of this. Enough of this! -AA

It’s also reported that President Mohammed Buari has ordered security operatives to look into the matter.