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‘This suffering is too much’ – unpaid Kogi workers protest against Yahaya Bello VIDEO

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Some civil servants in Kogi state have protested against the administration of Yahaya Bello, governor of the state.

In an undated video which surfaced on Tuesday, the protesters, who were armed with various placards and branches of trees, can be heard chanting solidarity songs in Yoruba, indicating that they are from Kogi west.

“This suffering is too much, we cannot cope,” one of the songs can be heard in the video.

Bello has been accused of owing civil servants between 8 to 38 months salary arrears. The governor, however, argued that he only owed the state workers four months salaries.

In May, the governor said unpaid salaries of workers is most pressing issue for him.

Below is a video of the protest.

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Tinubu has become a plague in Yoruba land — Fani-Kayode

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Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has said that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress APC, Bola Tinubu, has sold his soul to the devil because of his 2023 presidential ambition.

Tinubu had on Sunday warned Nigerians against stigmatizing herdsmen, saying such could lead to the disintegration of the country.

The APC chieftain who was accompanied by a former Osun State governor, Bisi Akande said this when he visited Pa Fasoranti to console him over the loss of his second daughter who was attacked by suspected Fulani Herdsmen along Benin/ Ore/ Sagamu expressway.

But reacting in a statement on his official Facebook page on Monday, Kayode said the former Lagos governor was not there to mourn or commiserate with Pa Fasoranti, but he was there to play politics and speak for his Fulani masters.

He prayed that Tinubu’s 2023 presidential ambition will fail woefully.

His words, “The greatest danger to Nigeria are not the Fulani terrorists who seek to enslave us but the small handful of treacherous Yoruba slaves who have dedicated their miserable lives to serving and worshipping them.

“These people are FROM the SW but not OF the SW. They are nothing but scum and filth. Permit me to give you one example.

“I listened to Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s slurred speech and utter nonsense at Pa Fasoranti home.

“He was as inconsiderate and insensitive as ever.

“He was not there to mourn or commiserate with Pa Fasoranti, he was there to play politics and speak for his Fulani masters.

“What on earth have Evans the kidnapper or the Igbo got to do with the targeting and assassination of Mrs. Funke Fasoranti-Olakunri?

“And why the obscene determination and desperate hurry to absolve the Fulani of this hideous crime?

“He may not believe that they did it but why would he rule it out completely? Does he know something that we do not know? Is he an expert when it comes to assasination, homicide and murder matters?

“Does he know who the killers are? Why the rush to tell us who it wasn’t? Can’t he at least wait for the police to conclude their so-called investigation?

“Even for a confirmed quisling and desperate serf this time Tinubu has gone too far. Funke has not even been buried yet and he is already pissing all over her bullet-riddled body.

“Tinubu has sold his soul to the devil and his conscience to the north. He has become a slave to his ambition and a plague to his people.

“He is a shameless soul and wicked man who is ready to sacrifice anyone and anything to become President.

“I make this pronouncement today: as long as Jesus sits on the throne he will fail woefully.

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Your unpatriotic letters may land you in prison again — Yakasai tells Obasanjo

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Tanko Yakasai, a founding member of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has attacked former President Olusegun Obasanjo over a letter he wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The elder statesman said that Obasanjo is known with the attitude of writing “unpatriotic” letters to the past leaders of the country.

Yakasai said this in reaction to the letter Obasanjo wrote to Buhari on the insecurity in the country.

Obasanjo had written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on the prevalence of insecurity in the country, calling on him to take decisive action to prevent another ‘Rwanda-type genocide’ in the country.

Speaking to journalists in Kano on Monday, Yakasai said the content of the letter may cause unrest in the country.

He said all letters written by Obasanjo to past Nigerian leaders were never inspired by patriotism but selfish interests.

Yakasai said one of the letters Obasanjo wrote during the reign of late Sani Abacha, former military head of state, landed him in prison.

His words, “The actions of General Olusegun Obasanjo are, indeed, an open invitation for disaster for this country with the kind of hate speeches and messages that are flying all over the country,” Yakasai said.

“I don’t see patriotism in General Obasanjo’s letters. In fact, all the letters written by General Obasanjo to all Military Heads of State and Presidents of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are not guided by patriotic considerations.

“My experience with Nigerian political situation is that the top echelons of the Military are always fighting one another, either when in the service or when on retirement.

“It is from this angle that I always view most of the writings of General Olusegun Obasanjo to any military officer who is a Head of State or President in Nigeria as unpatriotic. Even the ones he wrote to former Presidents Goodluck Jonathan and the late Umar Musa Yar’Adua were not patriotic. They were guided by selfish interest.

“General Obasanjo did it during Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida’s era. He did it during the late General Sani Abacha’s regime, which later resulted to accusations that he was trying to overthrow the government, which eventually led to his imprisonment.

“General Olusegun Obasanjo also wrote a number of letters during General Abdulsalami Abubakar’s regime; and he is still writing letters in this current presidency of General Muhammadu Buhari. So, this attitude of writing unpatriotic letters has been part of General Olusegun Obasanjo.”

Yakasai said there was nothing new raised in Obasanjo’s July 15 letter other than the call for a national conference.

He advised Buhari to revisit the recommendations of the 2014 national conference rather than calling for a fresh one.

“I am puzzled to read from that letter that General Olusegun Obasanjo is requesting or asking for the convocation of another National Conference at this critical moment in our national history,” he said.

“A National Conference, even if it is convened at this point in time cannot begin in peace and end in peace

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Benue: Four Killed As Suspected Militia Attack Tiv Settlement

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An early Monday morning attack has left four people dead at Jootar, a Tiv settlement in Benue state, Ndigbo News reports.

It would be recalled that Jukun and Tiv ethnic groups have been locked in dispute with each other for the past five (5) months over what started as a minor disagreement.

Over 70 persons have been killed and property worth’ millions of naira destroyed so far in the lingering crisis.

This online news medium gathered that the suspected Jukun militia stormed the border town at about 4:00 am when the people were fast asleep and set many houses ablaze.

They also shot and killed four (4) persons who attempted to escape.

When contacted the Chairman Ukum local Government Hon Tor-tyokaa Ibellogo who spoke through his special adviser on media and strategy, Hon Godwin Iwanan confirmed the attacked and killings saying the bodies have been deposited in the mortuary.

According to The Nation, attempt to speak with the Police spokesperson, Kate Anene, a DSP, failed as she did not pick her phone nor replied to SMS sent to her.

Both the Tiv and Jukuns within the crisis areas are predominantly farmers and cannot engage in their normal farming activities during this rainy season due to the conflict.

The crisis between the Tivis and Jukuns has brought hardship to both tribes economically, socially, educationally and culturally.

President Muhammadu Buhari has since raised a committee to look into the communal crisis.

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Obasanjo Open Letter: Arewa Consultative Forum Reveals What It Will Do

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The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has said it is studying former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari and would respond soon.

“Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) is studying Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari and will make it’s position known soon,” National Publicity Secretary of the Forum, Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, said in brief statement.

Concise News reports that Obasanjo, a critic of the Buhari administration, in the letter released by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, expressed worry over insecurity, notably the clashes between herdsmen and farmers, in Nigeria.

The former Nigerian leader called on Buhari to take decisive action to prevent the situation from escalating into a full-blown crisis.

“I am very much worried and afraid that we are on the precipice and dangerously reaching a tipping point where it may no longer be possible to hold danger at bay. Without being immodest, as a Nigerian who still bears the scar of the Nigerian civil war on my body and with a son who bears the scar of fighting Boko Haram on his body, you can understand, I hope, why I am so concerned,” part of the letter read.

He also said, “We need cohesion and concentration of effort and maximum force – political, economic, social, psychological and military – to deal successfully with the menace of criminality and terrorism separately and together. Blame game among own forces must be avoided. It is debilitating and only helpful to our adversary.”

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I support establishment of Ruga settlement — Kalu

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The chief whip of the Senate and former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, has said that he supports the establishment of Ruga settlement, adding that the policy worked well when he introduced it.

According to Kalu, the controversy over the suspended Ruga policy of the federal government is unnecessary.

The Senator, while Fielding questions from journalists on national issues in Abuja, on Friday, said the Ruga settlement was not properly marketed to Nigerians, particularly those in the southern and north central axis.

The policy, he disclosed, was perfectly implemented by him in Abia State in 2001, when he was governor without generating any controversy let alone mistrust or suspicion between Abians and their brothers from the North or other categories of Nigerians resident there.

“Wen people talk about Ruga, I wonder, in 2001, I initiated the Ruga practice in Abia. In Lokpanta, I built it and the cows were being sold in Umuahia and Abah. In 2001, I invited the Hausa Community and they said Umuahia and Aba we needed to decongest.

“I had meeting with the communities and they agreed in Lokpanta and that is the biggest cow market, both southeast and southsouth of Nigeria today. So, it is about the attitude of people to issues.

“Yes, Federal Government should always do very serious and extensive consultation whenever they want to embark on such issues. It is not just to go and put a deliberate policy and say I want to do Ruga. If people in villages don’t understand what Ruga means, they will panic and say they want to kill all of them.

“Some of us are the largest sellers of cow. I started selling cow as far back as when I was in the university, I am still selling cows till tomorrow because it is profitable, so most of the cows you see are not owned by Hausa people.

“We trade on cows. So people should have information because information is power and power is information”, he explained.”

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Court Of Appeal Suspends Vacation Over Election Petitions

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President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, has directed justices of the appellate to put on hold their plans for this year’s annual vacation of the court in view of the volume of pending election-related cases.

Justice Bulkachuwa directed the cancellation of the court’s annual vacation in a two-page circular issued last week.

She was said to have issued the directive “upon considering the enormous petitions the court is faced with, 2019 being an election year, it became obvious that “we have to forfeit our annual vacation to enable us entertain and determine all appeals arising from the various Election Petition Tribunals transmitted to the Court.”

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JUST IN!! I have 104 cows, I’m qualified for Ruga — Melaye tells Buhari

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Dino Melaye, lawmaker representing Kogi west senatorial district, says he is now a member of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria and deserve a share of the Ruga settlement.

The senator said during the funeral service of his mother in Aiyetoro-Gbede, Ijumu local government area of Kogi state, he received 104 cows from sympathisers and this has made him qualified to join Miyetti Allah.

The service held at Apostolic Church of Nigeria, Oke-Ayo assembly, Ilusion quarters in Ijumu.
“My sincere appreciation goes to the good people of this country, including the chief of army staff, and several others that have identified with me and my family,” he said.

“During this period, I have received 104 cows and I can say I’m now a member of Miyetti Allah, and will thereby ask President Buhari to make available to me a Ruga cattle settlement.”

The lawmaker later announced the donation of N5 million to the church where the service held in addition to another N1 million donation by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leadership.

Dignitaries at the event were Bukola Saraki, former senate president; Ike Ekweremadu, former deputy senate president; Dimeji Bankole, ex-speaker of the house of representatives and Felicia Etteh, also a former speaker of the house of reps.

President Muhammadu Buhari and Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, sent representatives.

Source: TheCable

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Poverty has become the fastest growing venture in Nigeria — Atiku react to UN report

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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the February 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday said that poverty had become the fastest growing venture in Nigeria over the last four years.

Atiku stated this while reacting to the recent report by the United Nations Development Programme, published on July 11, which said that over 98 million Nigerians were living in multi -dimensional poverty.

The former Vice President, in a statement by his media adviser, Paul Ibe, said there was an urgent and compelling need for institutions of the Nigerian state to understand that it was an appalling dereliction of duty to stand idly by and allow misery multiply in the populace.

According to him, this was no longer a grassroots problem.

He said, “The failure of our economy over the last four years affects everyone from top to bottom. Four years ago, Aliko Dangote, Nigeria’s richest man, was worth $25bn. However, his net worth in 2019 is less than half that. He joined thousands of industrialists whose wealth and their ability to produce, had eroded in recent years, and continue to do so.

“With the National Bureau of Statistics reporting a net job loss of over six million since 2015, we see that if industrialists have their wealth eroding, it affects their ability to create opportunities, which means that the trickle- down effect gradually dries.”

Atiku stated that the greatest national security threat Nigeria faced in 2019 was not Boko Haram/ ISWAP or bandits but the ‘creation of the largest wave of poverty in human history in the country.’

He warned that the world was noticing, hence Foreign Direct Investment was shifting from Nigeria to Ghana, making Ghana the top recipient of FDI in West Africa in the last year.

He said, “And in the wake of this report by the UNDP, we are greeted with nonchalance by those who led us into this crisis . It is as though they think that as long as they and their families are not amongst those 98 million extremely poor Nigerians, things can carry on as before.

“But that cannot be allowed to be the case. Those who have the ability, including the Council of State, all former leaders, elder- statesmen, and especially the other arms of government, must begin to collaborate for solutions, before the number increases from 98 million, to all 198 million Nigerians.

“We must remember that we are stakeholders in the Nigerian project; stakeholders who must speak up for those 98 million people who are losing their voices to poverty.”

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