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Nothing Special About Nigerians Being Killed – Osinbajo

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Nothing Special About Nigerians Being Killed - Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that there is nothing special about Nigerians being violently killed, going to bed hungry, unemployed, and having their rights violated by state and non-state actors.

He also insisted that the citizens must go through the current economic, political, and security chaos under President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime.

“We must remind ourselves of certain truths. The first is that our present challenges are neither unique nor exceptional,” said Mr Osinbajo, reasoning that

“various nations at various points in their histories underwent similar tribulations.”

He reminded Nigerians that the violent killings and kidnapping going on in the country would have to be endured.

“Many nations throughout history and across the world have had to tackle this same task. Many are still doing so,” explained Mr Osinbajo. “It is within our powers to address these challenges and emerge from them even stronger as a people.”

Mr Osinbajo stated this at ‘The Nigeria Social Cohesion Dialogue and Unveiling of the 2021 Nigeria Social Cohesion Survey Report” by the African Polling Institution (API) in Abuja on Thursday.

He encouraged Nigerians to remain optimistic, noting that the citizens are always hopeful even in seemingly hopeless situations.

“This is who we are as a people, and it is why I believe that we will prevail over today’s tribulations,” he reminded them.

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According to him, Nigerians do not hate each other despite the divisive rhetorics of those he claimed were profiting from the chaos under Mr Buhari’s regime.

“Every day, millions of Nigerians with different ethnicity and creeds interact, make a common goal, and forge friendships across our fable fault lines,” Mr Osinbajo argued. “They partner to do business, to engage in philanthropy, and advance their political goals. They are trading. They are intermarrying and migrating across this land in search of better livelihoods.”

He further noted that with Nigeria’s diverse ethnicities, frictions would be inevitable.

“While we have our share of such acrimony, the situation does not support the narrative that we are a nation of fragments condemned perpetually to be at each other’s throat,” counselled Mr Osinbajo. “What matters is how committed we are to constructive management of diversity and the peaceful resolutions of such conflicts. This is where we should certainly work harder.”

However, the vice president acknowledged that the “fair, swift and equitable dispensation of justice to address both everyday grievances and long suffered wrongs was essential in fostering social cohesion.”

(NAN)

 

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Ooni Opens Up On Meeting With Buhari Over Igboho

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has disclosed what transpired during his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari over Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho.

In an interview with BBC, the monarch said the agitator rejected advice offered him by monarchs sent to dialogue with him.

Ooni said that during the meeting, Buhari was informed of the reasons for Igboho’s agitation.

In his reaction, Buhari said Igboho needed to be “calm and patient”.

The president also asked monarchs in the South-West to advise Igboho against moves that were lawless.

The monarch, who said Igboho had a just cause to fight, said he should have been more diplomatic.

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He alleged that Igboho was misled by politicians, insisting that the activist deserved the support of monarchs in the region.

Ooni said he had forgiven Igboho and already working to get him freed from detention in Benin Republic.

He urged other Yoruba Nation agitators to consider dialogue.

He said: “I have always told the government to call the agitators for a dialogue. Sunday Igboho grew up in Ife. All that he has become today, started from Ife. He fought the Ife and Modakeke war and both lands belong to Ife. He is a son of the soil.

“He wanted to fight for his kinsmen. He stood up and fought for those killed in Oke Ogun. We thank God for preserving his life. He tried his best but he was overwhelmed by different pieces of advice from people.

“Many people advised him wrongly. He listened to them.

“I visited President Buhari on his case and we discussed it. I told him that Igboho is our son, he told me that he (Igboho) should stay calm and exercise patience. The president told me that monarchs should warn him to be calm.

“After I left Buhari’s place, I called on monarchs and elders of Yoruba land for a meeting to advise Igboho to exercise patience but Igboho did not listen. He started abusing everyone, including the monarchs I sent to him.

“He hurled so many bad words but he is still our son. God owns forgiveness. We’ve forgiven him. If he had listened, he wouldn’t have found himself in his current travail.

“We are trying our best to secure his release.

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“It is better to fight together. We can only achieve our goal if we are united.

“No one can fight with the government alone. You’ve to be diplomatic.”

 

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Bandits Kill 17 In Mosque

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Seventeen people were killed as bandits invaded a mosque in Maza Kuka village in Mashegu local government area of Niger State.

Also, 18 people were said to have been abducted during the attack on Monday morning.

The gunmen invaded the community on motorcycles while the residents were performing their morning prayers, shooting sporadically into the air.

Sources said that the gunmen shot at some victims, leaving 17 dead.
Some of the residents said on phone they were still in shock over the attack, which they said took them by surprise.

The Maza Kuka and Kulhu communities in Mashegu local government council of Niger State are bordering Kianji Lake Forest where most of the bandits are said to be taking refuge.

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The Secretary to the Niger State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, confirmed the attack to reporters.

He said that 16 people were killed in the mosque while one other was killed at Kaboji village by the gunmen.

Matane said that the State Government had sent a team of military personnel to the forest to fish out bandits hiding there.

The Chairman of Mashegu local government council, Alhaji Alhassan Isa Maza-Kuka also confirmed the incident, describing it as very devastating to the people.

He said that the attack was uncalled for especially as the people were in the mosque for prayers.

Alhassan disclosed that one of the injured people was in a critical condition and had been referred to the Minna General Hospital for medical attention.

 

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Federal University, Lokoja Honours Toyin Falola, Holds Conference

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Federal University, Lokoja Honours Toyin Falola, Holds Conference

The Department of History and International Studies, Federal University, Lokoja will hold a national conference in honour of renowned historian Prof. Toyin Falola.

The theme of the conference is “Insurgency, Armed Banditry, And Ethno-religious Conflicts In Central Nigeria.”

The event billed for 10:00 a.m. on November 10, 2021 at the University Auditorium, Adankolo Campus, is one of the ceremonies of the fifth convocation of the university.

Falola is a Professor of African History and Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin , U.S.A.

Prof. Falola’s research interest is African history and the geographic areas of interest include Africa, Latin America, and the United States. Falola’s thematic fields include Atlantic history, diaspora and migration, empire and globalization, intellectual history, international relations, religion and culture.

Beyond his academic pursuits, Falola who is author and editor of more than one hundred books, makes regular interventions in the simmering and overt socioeconomic and political crises of his country Nigeria and continent Africa.

 

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