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Why Banditry Won’t End In Zamfara Soon – Matawalle

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Banditry in Zamfara State will not end soon because those fuelling it are highly placed individuals in the society, Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle has said.

The Federal Government recently christened bandits as terrorists after a federal high court designated them as so.

After meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, Governor Matawalle told State House correspondents that there would be a marked improvement in the security situation in the state by this week despite the effort of those instigating terrorism.

According to him, President Buhari’s determination to strengthen security activities in the state will bring changes in the situation from Wednesday.

 

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He debunked reports that over 200 persons were killed in the recent attacks in Bukuyyum and Anka areas of the state, saying that the victims were 58.

The governor said that banditry should have become a thing of the past in the state if not for the activities of some individuals he described as political bandits who were fuelling criminality in Zamfara.

He said that he visited the scenes of the recent attacks in the state even as he accused the “political bandits” as being behind the bandying of unverified figures.

Asked what can be done to bring a permanent solution to the insecurity in Zamfara, he stated: “Well, you know when I assume duty as a governor I used so many options to bring this insecurity to a minimal level. First of all, I initiated dialogue and reconciliation between the herders and farmers and during that dialogue, we spent more than nine months without any crisis in Zamfara State. It worked.

“But unfortunately, people use politics, because they have collaborators, of course. So, they went back to those bandits, telling them that the government is not serious about this dialogue, that we did not give them anything.

“So, the bandits decided to go back to their normal businesses. That’s why I backed out from the reconciliation programme. But definitely, it worked for over nine months. But because this is something that I inherited, that has been going on for almost eight years, and you don’t expect it to end within just two years of my administration. Because it is supposed to be an ongoing process.

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“So, after I realized that some of them had backed out of this dialogue, then I cut off the programme. I then initiated the cutting off communications, and some logistics that used to go to the bandits from August 2011 to December 2011. And it worked too.

“But sometimes those collaborators who are usually happy with what is happening, who even jubilate when people are killed, they went back and started again, saying that the government is not serious and instigating some of the public. In fact, they even dragged me to court.

“So you see with the kind of people in Zamfara State, I don’t think this issue of banditry will end very soon because, already, some people are behind it. Some people are using it.

“And all they need is at least to show Nigerians that both the federal and Zamfara state governments are not serious on the issue of insecurity, despite the fact that some of them are involved in the crisis of this insecurity. But we’re doing our best.”

The governor, who disputed the figures put out as those killed in the latest terrorist attacks in the state, said he was at the State House to brief the president on the security situation in Zamfara.

He said: “I briefed Mr. President on what happened and the next action that we should take and the government is doing everything possible to make sure that we bring sanity in state.

“All the action that we have taken, we have recorded successes within just three days. And you will bear me witness after that attack, there has not been any report on any banditry activities in the state until today.”

On the number of people killed recently, Matawalle explained: “Yes, I have already cleared the air about the figures because I have seen some reporting that 200 people, 300 people, 500 people were killed. But I went to the community by myself and the security agencies.

“First we went to Bungudu and we confirmed from the Emir that it was only 36 people that have been killed and two communities were razed by these bandits. And when we went to Anka, we met the Emir, at the time we met him he gave us a list of 22 people that have been killed, making the total numbers of 58 people killed.

“But as I’ve been saying there are some political bandits who have been spreading lies, rumors so that they can achieve some political gain.

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“But actually it is just 58 people that have just been killed. But some people will just go to social media and be writing figures without having genuine information from those communities. Someone will just call a media personnel and tell him that look so, so number of people have been killed in so, so place.

“Some people even swear with the Holy Koran that thousands of people have been killed which is grossly misleading but we know all those kind of people do not want peace in the nation but God will prevail Inshallah.”

Asked to comment on the allegation emanating from the government circle that some powerful persons including some retired military officers were behind the insecurity in the state, he said that an investigation to unravel those behind terrorism was ongoing.

He said: “Well, like I said, we are still investigating those that are involved in these activities and we’ll make the public know after the confirmation of the reality of all the information that we have at hand. Because, we are working to make sure that all those who a have hand in this insecurity must be brought to justice.

“Therefore, once the investigation is concluded, we’ll inform the public of the result of the investigation of what the security is doing about it.”

On his interaction with the President Buhari, he said the president assured him of action that will be taken soon to address Zamfara insecurity.

He further explained: “You know I do initiate some actions to be taken and if I initiate some actions, I do inform Mr. President, and I’ve been getting support from him.

“So, now, I initiated another option of which I informed him.

” You know, issues of security are not something that someone should be talking on the screen of television or on the pages of newspapers, but I assure the people of Zamfara State that they will see changes very soon and Mr. President is committed to bringing down this issue of insecurity to barest level

“And I assure people that we have all it takes to fight these people and he has motivated me and when we go back on Wednesday, the people will see changes because I know what we discussed and I know what is going to happen within this period.

“So, my people would be happy with the action that the federal government is going to take on the issue of insecurity very soon.”

 

 

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BREAKING: Ex-VC Of University Of Ibadan Ayo Banjo Dies

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Emeritus Prof.Ayo Banjo.

A former vice-chancellor, University of Ibadan, Emeritus Prof. Ayo Banjo, has died at the age of 90 years.

The don died early morning, Friday, May 24.

The top academic celebrated his 90th birthday on May 2nd.

Renowned for his contributions to the development of the English Language curriculum in Nigeria and the promotion of Nigerian varieties of English, Banjo was a former Chairman of the Board of the National Universities Commission

He was Pro-Chancellor of the Universities of Port Harcourt, Ilorin, and Ajayi Crowther.

Banjo’s scholarly contributions include over 50 publications and widely used textbooks in primary and secondary education.

He was born into the family of the late Pa. Reverend Samuel Ayodele Banjo, a graduate, an educationist and a teacher at St. Andrew Primary School, Oyo, a period when Professor Ayodeji Banjo was born. He was a native of Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State.

He started his education career at the St. Andrew Anglican Primary School where he did standard One (1) to three (3). On the transfer of his father to Christ Cathedral Primary School in Lagos on the same mission, he completed his Standard Four (4) and Five (5) at St. Aroloya and Christ Cathedral Primary Schools both in Lagos.

He attended Igbobi College, Lagos from 1947 to 1952 for his secondary education.

Following his sound academic background and excellent performance at ‘A’ Level Class at the Nigeria College of Arts Science and Technology, Ibadan, on the nomination, Professor Ayodeji Banjo was awarded the British Council Scholarship in 1959 to study Master of Arts (M. A.) in English Language at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He thereafter proceeded to do a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PG in education) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in English Studies at the University of Leeds in England and came out, with distinction.

In 1966, he was awarded a scholarship by the American State Department to study Master of Arts (M. A.) in Linguistics, at the University of California, Los Angeles, United States of America (U. S. A.). He got his Ph.D with a specialization in English Language at the University Ibadan, Ibadan in 1969. Professor Banjo’s work experience was garnered across several countries of the world.

During summer, he was consistently travelling to the Oxford University press, England, to write English Course Books and Oxford Dictionaries at primary and 4 secondary levels. This work, he did from early 70’s until he was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan in 1981.

Professor Ayodeji Banjo had to his credit, over 55 publications (books, chapters in books and articles in learned journals).

Professor Ayodeji Banjo spent ten (10) Years, consistently in the University of Ibadan, managing the affairs of the University; two (2) years as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, one (1) year as Acting Vice-Chancellor and seven (7) years as Vice-Chancellor respectively. Records have shown that Professor Ayodeji Banjo is the longest-serving Vice-Chancellor in the history of the University of Ibadan, to date!

On successful completion of his term of office as Vice-Chancellor in 1991, Professor Ayodeji Banjo, humbly displayed a beauty in the academics by returning to the classroom to lecture. In 1994, Professor Ayodeji Banjo, clocked sixty (60) years of age in service and consequently retired from the service of the university.

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Sanusi Reinstated As Emir of Kano State

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By John Michael Ojo

Former CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has been reinstated as the Emir of Kano State four years after he was humiliated and dethroned by the then Governor of the state, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

This was made known on Thursday by the state governor, Alhaji Abba Yusuf moments after he abolished the five emirates earlier created by Ganduje while signing the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 into law.

While making the announcement, Governor Yesuf said “With the full support of the kingmakers, I have approved the reappointment of Malam Sanusi Lamido,”

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In addition to Kano Emirate, in December 2019, Ganduje created the emirates of  Karaye, Bichi, Rano, and Gaya. Thereafter, he dethroned Sanusi on March 9 2020 after a prolonged power tussel.

 

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House Of Reps Passes Bill To Revert To Old National Anthem

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By John Michael Ojo

Despite opposition from some lawmakers, a bill seeking to adopt Nigeria’s former national anthem ‘Nigeria We Hail Thee’, was on Thursday passed by members of the House of Representive after a third reading.

The bill sponsored by Majority Leader, Professor Julius Ihonvbere, was also debated upon by the Senate in an executive/closed door session.

While there are currently no official comments from the National Assembly on the proposed bill, the bill has however been greeted with criticism by the public.

The House Minority Leader, kingsley Chinda, who opposed the bill, stated that the old anthem has a colonial tag which was the reason for the new anthem.

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‘Nigeria We Hail Thee’ was the nation’s first national anthem used at independence in 1960 but was replaced by the current anthem “Arise, O Compatriots,” in 1978.

Composed by Frances Berda, a British in 1959, it has the lyrics.

Nigeria we hail thee

Our own dear native land

Though tribes and tongue may differ

In brotherhood we stand

Nigerians all, are proud to serve

Our sovereign Motherland.

Our flag shall be a symbol

That truth and justice reign

In peace or battle honour’d,

And this we count as gain,

To hand on to our children

A banner without stain.

O God of all creation

Grant this our one request.

Help us to build a nation

Where no man is oppressed

And so with peace and plenty

Nigeria may be blessed.

 

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