OWERRI— The members of Imo State House of Assembly have expressed concern over what they described as the growing menace of Hausa-Fulani herdsmen in the state. Already, the Donatus Ozoemena-led ad-hoc committee has sent what it called “a clarion call” to the security agencies in the state, complaining about “the menace of Hausa-Fulani herdsmen in Imo State.” The committee said: “We wish to bring to your notice the brewing tension in some of our communities, which require urgent and concerted effort to stem and avoid an imminent conflagration that will further compound the already charged national security situation.” Ozoemena, who is the Deputy Speaker, enumerated series of unprovoked attacks on some communities in Owerri West, Ohaji/Egbema and Ngor Okpala local council areas by the nomadic herdsmen, which resulted in the destruction of crops, farmlands, raping of women and girls, as well as killing and maiming of the
To be honest, I no longer believe in the entity called Nigeria. No matter how much we pretend, the truth MUST be told. This union is certainly not working. Any member of the union that decides to do things its own way should be allowed to do so without compromising the unity of the land. Why force your own way of life on a man who wants Sharia in his region? It is high time we allowed the local people to control their own territories. To say the least, I have lost hope and interest in today’s NIGERIA. Let us peacefully terminate this forced marriage to prevent the events that led to the Nigeria-Biafra war. How can I live in a country where a young woman is slaughtered like a goat in broad daylight and the video gleefully posted on social media? How can I live in a country where four innocent boys were roasted alive like barbecue by their compatriots over an unproven allegation? Till date, the spirits of those boys and other innocent souls so treated still hover around seeking justice. How can I live in a country where a clueless leader withdraws constitutional role of protecting our waterways from the Navy and hands over the assignment to a militant? Yet, millions of barrels of oil are reported stolen offshore daily.
NIGERIA has accused Liechtenstein of using legal challenges as a pretext to cling on to 185 million euros ($250 million) stolen by the late military dictator, General Sani Abacha. Nigeria has been fighting to recover the money for years, but companies linked to the Abacha family keep going to court to prevent the funds being repatriated, Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said. A Liechtenstein government spokesman said the country was making efforts to return the money, but a complaint in the European Court of Human Rights brought by companies affected was still pending. “We feel that the Liechtenstein people have been stalling for 14 years,” Okonjo-Iweala told Reuters. “They are just looking for excuses and I think this is where international civil society should mount pressure on these people,” she added. A Liechtenstein court ordered the Abacha money confiscated in 2012, but companies linked to his family had mounted a challenge in court.
Critics of national confab wrong —Jonathan •As Presidency slams Tinubu •Address the issue, APC national leader replies
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has explained that the reason he is organizing a national conference is to provide an acceptable platform for Nigerians to resolve issues that are causing tension in the polity. He has therefore urged Nigerians to embrace the idea, saying that those criticising the idea as diversionary or promoting political ambition are wrong. The president made the assertions in his message released in Abuja on Monday to Nigerians to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration. He said his administration remains fully committed to the implementation of measures and policies that will further promote and enhance national peace, stability and progress. He stated: “It is in keeping with that avowed commitment and my firm belief in the right to freedom of expression and the right of all people in a democracy to make choices on how they wish to live and be governed that I recently announced plans for an orderly national conversation on our problems and challenges.
Gunmen on Sunday night attacked a Divisional Police Station and a commercial bank in Makarfi Local Government Area of Kaduna State. According to reports, the attackers invaded the town when residents were asleep. National Mirror gathered that the gunmen, suspected to be armed robbers, destroyed the police station and the bank with explosives as officers escaped into the neighbouring houses for safety. An eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, said: “The gunmen disarmed police officers while some escaped. Actually, I can’t tell you that people were killed because the attack happened in the midnight of Sunday.” Governor Mukhtar Yero, who visited the spots of the attack in Makarfi, the hometown of the former governor, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, called for closer security-
Foremost constitutional lawyer and leader of The Patriots, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, yesterday explained that he opted out of the National Conference
Jonathan has not offered Sovereign National Conference and that is the problem. Make it “sovereign” and I am on board. I will not replace Hausa Fulani domination, which we have suffered for over 40 years in this country, with ijaw or igbo domination. As each day passes it dawns on me more and more that the only way to secure and protect the interests of my people, the 50 million Yoruba people of south western Nigeria, is for us to leave Nigeria and establish our own nation. For us Nigeria has done nothing. She has only held us back. I am not ashamed to say that this is how I feel and I am under no illusion that it may not be the most popular position today even amongst the yoruba themselves.
Leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and former governor of Lagos state, Senator Bola Tinubu, has provided more insight and justification into why he is opposed to the proposed national conference. A week after he returned from a medical trip, proponents of the national conference continued to challenge his comments and rejection of the national conference’s implementation by the current administration. Tinubu maintained that he remained an unrepentant supporter of the idea of Sovereign National Conference, as he is weary of a rushed embrace. “Though I remain an unrepentant supporter of a genuinely Sovereign National Conference, I am suspicious of this present concoction, because it is half- baked and fully deceptive. Government’s sincerity is questionable; the timing is also questionable. Now that this government is sinking in a pool of political and economic hot water of its own making, it gets hold of national conference idea as if it were a life jacket,” he said. Tinubu said, however, that he was simply exercising his right as a citizen and would not take back what he had said about the issue of sincerity or insincerity of the government, just as he wants the proposal subjected to questioning and scrutiny.
THERE are strong indications that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has zoned its Vice Presidential slot to the South West while the Northern part of the country is to produce the presidential standardbearer of the party. The national leader of the party, Senator Bola Tinubu is also reported to have abandoned his rumoured vice presidency bid and is now said to be shopping for the right nomination to team up with whoever emerges as the party presidential candidate. These were said to be the outcome of series of nocturnal political consultations which took place within and outside the country when the former Lagos state governor was on medical treatment in both the United Kingdom and the United States. Impeccable party source told the Nigerian Tribune that the unofficial decision to concede the vice presidency to the South West rather than the South East was because of the zone’s strength within the party while the north is naturally primed to produce the standardbearer.
Leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo Asari, has dismissed Nigeria as a satanic entity, saying he has never seen himself as a Nigerian and hates and detests “this evil tag.” “It seems a lot of people don’t know that I have never seen myself as a Nigerian,” Dokubo said in a post on his Facebook wall. “I hate and detest this evil tag….My country’s sovereignty was stolen by the British and handed over to this satanic entity Nigeria….The whole gamut of my struggle is to rid myself of this satanic tag,” he added. The former militant in the Facebook update exonerated himself of any corrupt practices and defended his penchant to invest in the neighbouring Benin Republic