The Yoruba in Kwara State Sunday demanded for boundary adjustment in Nigeria to eradicate the problems associated with minority group, citing Section 8 (2) of the 1999 Constitution.At a conference with theme “The Kwara State Yoruba and the National Conference”, organised by an umbrella socio/cultural organisation of all Yoruba of the South-Senatorial District of Kwara State, Yoruba in Ekiti, Oke-Ero, Irepodun, Ifelodun, Isin, Offa and Oyun local councils of Kwara State at Omu-Aran City Hall, the Yoruba said they were at a great disadvantage by remaining as a minority in Kwara.The Yoruba of the other five Yoruba-speaking areas of Kwara State (Ilorin-East, West, South, Asa, Moro local council areas) were in attendance. The Okun Development Association (ODA) of the Yoruba in Kogi State sent quality representation. There were goodwill messages from Yoruba in Canada and America.The group, in a communiqué signed at the end of the conference by Sir Joseph Aderibigbe, said: “It is in the best interest of the Yoruba people of Kwara State to request for a boundary adjustment, which will accommodate the desires and interests of the Yoruba of Kwara and Kogi states to be appropriately grouped with our kith and kin in the present South-West geo-political zone of Nigeria, with whom we share common boundary, culture, tradition, folklores, artifacts, and others. We hinge this demand on the Section 8 (2) of the 1999 Federal Constitution of Nigeria.“Yoruba people of Kwara State reject vehemently their minority status in the North where they have been permanently disadvantaged, especially in seeking limelight political offices and key economic advantages, as we are like bat (neither animal nor bird) in the North where as a result of our language and culture, we are regarded as Yoruba and as a result of demographic partition, the South-West regard us as northerners. We have the greatest chunk of our people in the South-West Nigeria.”The conference viewed with concern the alleged political conspiracy that informed the non-implementation of plebiscite as recommended by Henry Willinks Commission of Enquiry into the grievances of the minorities in 1958.The conference is of the view that if that had been done before Independence, the Yoruba of the North would not have had any business to be made part of the North “even at Independence.”The communiqué added: “Conclusion of the conference is that the outcome of the issue of the boundary adjustment at the national conference should be subjected to a referendum to authenticate the desires of the people.“The conference viewed with embarrassment and insult some spurious claims that the territories of the Yoruba of the North are the property of the defunct Caliphate and it is hereby emphasised that not an inch of Yorubaland will be yielded to any power outside Yorubaland.
Political and Religious scam: While about 100 killed by B’Haram in NorthEast Nigeria despite emergency rule, Jonathan claims Prayer Has Kept Situation In Nigeria Under Control.
President Goodluck Jonathan has attributed the relative peace in the country to prayers offered by different religious faiths. The made the disclosure on Sunday at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Olive Tree Parish, Ikoyi, Lagos, where he attended Church service. The service was attended by the General Overseer of the Church, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, his wife, Pastor Folu, and the Resident Pastor and former Attorney-General of Lagos State, Pastor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN). The First Lady of Lagos State, Mrs Abimbola Fashola, the Deputy Governor of the state, Mrs Adejoke Adefulire were also at the service. Also at the service was Ms Olajumoke Akinjide, the Minister of State for FCT and the Supervising Minister of Police Affairs. President Jonathan said the country had experienced unfair share of global terror but remained united and unshaken because of the prayers of faithfuls. “I want to thank all of you for your prayers for this country. I thank Christians and other religious groups who prayed for this country, especially at the period the whole world is facing a lot of challenges. “You will agree with me that whenever you tune your television, especially the international news centres like CNN, Aljazeera or Sky news, you always see breaking news. “All the breaking news are always negative, you hardly see any positive breaking news all over the world. “In Nigeria too, we have been having our own unfair share of these negative news brought about by Boko Haram, but we believe that God knows it all. Without your prayers, probably it will have been worse than this”. The President, who said God had been faithful to Nigeria, added that “God will continue to hear our prayers so that our country will get out of these challenges and other crimes”.
National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has said the party was formed so that Nigerians from all walks of life and social station will gather under one tent to develop the nation on the basis of equity and shared prosperity. Tinubu, who stated this on Saturday shortly after he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree of Civil Law, Honoris Causa, of the Njala University, Sierra Leone, explained that what the APC leadership sought was a fair social compact that the country may avoid social calamity. The former governor of Lagos State, who explained that a unique political movement is afoot and gains traction in Nigeria, pointed out that by joining other progressive leaders, he recently helped establish APC. He noted that APC is more than a political party or organisation, stressing, “It is a mission, a calling forth of the nation to realise its better self. “We realised that if Nigeria continues as is, it would soon collide into the barrier of its internal contradictions. His words: “A land of vast wealth yet vast penury. A people of great talent and energy, but also of despair and unproductively, born of their jobless poverty. “A land that exports the raw material that helps fuel, electrify and lubricates the global economy, but one that lives more in darkness than in light. “A core element of our mission is to make all levels of education, from primary to university level, accessible to all people, regardless of economic circumstance. To survive in the modern economy, education is a must. “As such, responsible leadership must view education as a public right and no longer a luxury to be enjoyed only by those with the money to purchase it for themselves. “Government must help financially those who can’t help themselves in this essential regard. “For example, we advocate a liberal student aid and loan programme so that able but poor students are not denied their dream of a university education.
For 36 year-old Mrs Mercy Nnamdi, life can never be the same for her again, she was maimed with hot iron in Ago, Okota area of Lagos, over her husband’s allegation that she was sleeping with his father, life could never have been more cruel.I was fast asleep when I was woken up by a sharp pain on my back. I thought it was a night mare. But when I opened my eyes, lo and behold, my husband was planting the hot iron he was using on the clothes on me. Immediately I turned, he planted it on my chest. When I raised my hand to prevent it, he planted it on one of my hands .By then I did not know what to do. I started screaming and calling on my neighbours for help. I raised my leg to prevent him, again, he landed the hot iron on me.As he planted the hot iron hard on my flesh, he would use a screw driver to peel off the flesh. At a point, I became too weak to shout. I begged him to stop but he would not. Rather, he would ask me to tell him how many times his father slept with me. Even in pains, I begged him to listen to himself and imagine what he was saying.My response seemed to anger him the more because he would plant it harder, leaving it on my skin and at the same time, asked me to tell him the truth.”At this point, Crime Guard asked if she was guilty of the claim. She grimaced and replied, “How can that be? The father already has a wife.” Pausing for a while and staring at the ceiling , a position she has been maintaining for several hours, she continued, “ at that point, my baby woke up and started crying . I begged him to allow me breast feed the baby .But before I could finish the statement, he placed the hot iron on my breasts, threatening to kill me if I shout. As he lifted the iron, I saw that the flesh from my breast had stuck to the iron surface. Again he pressed it harder on my stomach, leaving it there. I managed to turn, only for the iron to land on my lap.He told me there was no way of escape for me that night, that members of his gang were outside to take my corpse to an unknown destination by the time he finished with me. At that point, I knew the end had come for me. I managed to shout out for help with all the strength in me but I could not.At that point, he forcefully took Ebuka from the bed and went outside. I decided to go out because I did not know what he would do next when he came back. I cannot tell how I crawled out of the room. But I found myself in the kitchen naked, from where two men who saw me gave me wrapper to cover myself.“As I was there, trying to fathom how I would escape from the compound, somebody shouted that my husband had killed my child. That was the last thing I heard. I guessed I passed out because I later opened my eyes and found myself in the hospital.”Residents of Number 3, Lambe street, Ago confirmed to Crime Guard that they simply refused to go to Mary’s rescue that night because it was late and also that her shout for help had been one too many .
The Federal Government has spent at least N260bn on ex-Niger Delta militants between 2009 and 2013 through both the amnesty programme and oil pipeline protection deals, SUNDAY PUNCH investigations have shown. About N248bn has been spent through the amnesty programme to pay monthly stipends to ex-militants and on their training, both in the country and abroad.…
No fewer than100 people were at the weekend killed in separate terrorist attacks in Baga and Izge villages of Kukawa and Gwoza Local Government Areas of Borno State.Several others also sustained gunshot injuries and properties worth millions of naira were destroyed by suspected members of Boko Haram Islamic sect.Within the last one week, investigation showed that the Boko Haram terrorists had killed over 200 people, inflicted severe injuries to residents and damaged property worth billions of naira in Konduga, Gwoza and Kukawa council areas of the state.This is even as Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima admitted that “the terrorists are much more motivated than the security
Foreign assets of banks in the country fell by 2.4 per cent to N8.68 trillion in November 2013, compared to a decline of 0.3 and 0.35 per cent in October and the corresponding period of 2012, respectively.This development was attributed to the respective decline of 1.5 per cent and 6.4 per cent in the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and banks’ holdings of foreign assets.According to November’s economic report by the CBN, over the level at the end of December 2012, net foreign assets of the banking system fell by 4.0 per cent.The report explained that other assets of the banking system on a month-on-month basis fell by 0.6 per cent to negative N8.04 trillion in November compared to the decline of 4.5 and 0.5 per cent in October and the corresponding period of 2012.
Outspoken Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi has said that a Northern Christian candidate for President under the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) would not work in Nigeria’s 2015 elections. He made the comment while analyzing the political developments in Nigeria in an interview with SaharaTV on Saturday.Northern Christians he said needed to rebuild confidence with other Northerners before they would be taken seriously. Instead of a northern Christian candidate he suggested that a South West Muslim presidential candidate and an amiable Northern Muslim candidate as a combination that would rather guarantee a landslide.“Because the Northern Christians, unfortunately for them, during the 2011 election … all went to Jonathan, they need to build the confidence back for the northerners to show that they believe in being northerners before they will be
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said the prayers of various religious groups had brought peace
The incident happened Saturday at Okpara Square, Umuahia, Abia state, the venue of the rally which was designed to officially declare Governor T.A Orji’s Senatorial ambition ahead of the 2015 general election. The deceased who was identified as Mr. John Ndubuka, a planning officer with the Abia State Government House Umuahia as well as a…