Nation

Ooni: What Buhari Told Me About Sunday Igboho

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has regretted the detention of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, in Benin Republic.

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

According to Ooni, when he met the President Muhammadu Buhari over Sunday Igboho, Buhari was informed of the reasons for Igboho’s agitation.

In his reaction, Buhari was said to have said Igboho needs to be “calm and patient”.

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

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

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

On his part, 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 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 have 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.“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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Nnamdi Kanu has lots of followers in South-East, Ifeanyi Ubah warns FG

The Senator representing Anambra South, Ifeanyi Ubah, has said the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, should be taken seriously by the Federal Government because he has a lot of followers in the South-East.

Ubah said this during an Arise TV interview on Monday where he revealed why he filed a motion through his counsel, Agugoesi Ikem, to visit Kanu in the custody of the Department of State Services.

The lawmaker said his aim is to persuade Kanu so that the threat by IPOB to lock down the South-East region won’t affect the Anambra governorship election slated for November 6.

“You must understand that Nnamdi Kanu has a lot of followership in the South-East. So, the government should take him seriously. But we are engaging and finding political solutions to this issue. We are engaging with IPOB and showing them the importance of this election. The most important thing is that the election is constitutional, and I’m also very much sure that on the day of the election, there would be a peaceful election in Anambra state,” he said.

“I’m the only politician that’s working hard to see the leader of the indigenous people of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu so that I can also have the opportunity of talking to him and get him to talk to his people to look into the issue. Because the election is constitutional, and if really anybody loves our people, they shouldn’t be saying there’ll be no election.

“It doesn’t really help our people. If there’s no election, there will be voters apathy, and somebody might come in and then do something that might not augur well.

“IPOB is a very big force because most of them are not even in Nigeria. And they have their way with the media, and people are listening to them. So, that’s why I have dedicated myself to how we can bring in and proffer a political solution.”

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Insecurity

Declaring bandits as terrorists’ll come at a price —Gumi

Controversial Islamic scholar and preacher, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has warned that declaring bandits as terrorists will come at a price.

The PUNCH earlier reported that speakers of the 36 state Houses of Assembly in Nigeria on Saturday called on the Federal Government to declare bandits and kidnappers as terrorists, adding that kidnapping and banditry should be dealt with decisively.

However, Gumi, in an statement titled, ‘Declaring Bandits As Terrorists Will Come With A Prize,’ said the moment bandits are termed terrorists, the direct foreign Jihadist movements will set in in force.

He said this may be found palatable and attractive by many teaming unemployed youths.

The statement read, “Nobody doubts that sentimentalism today overrides sensibility in our polity. For the sake of posterity, some people will have to speak out.

“The acts the bandits are committing now in NW have gradually over time become tantamount to terrorism because wherever innocent people are fatal victims it’s pure terrorism. Yet, innocence these days is relative. We agreed if their children and women are also killed, they are guilty by association or collateral damage, so also the bandits may think the same way. It’s right for vigilantes to lynch Fulanis herdsmen or anyone that looks like them by profiling but wrong for the herdsmen to ransack villages in retribution. They are pushed to believe it is an existential war and in war, ethics are thrown to the winds.

“Yet again, the only helpful part that is against bandits is that no other than them are attracted to join them in the NW because of its ethnic tinge and coloration. However, the moment they are termed Terrorist – Islamic for that matter, the direct foreign Jihadist movements will set in in force. And many teaming unemployed youths may find it palatable and attractive. Shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ plus AK47 against a ‘secular’ immoral society where impunity reigns are the magnet for extremists and downtrodden – the majority of our youth.

“Already these deadly terrorist groups are fighting for the soul of these bandits. This will give criminality a spiritual cover and remove the stigma of discrediting them with such crimes since now they are fighting a ‘Jihad’ as they will claim. In such a situation, does the larger society -as it is- has the moral high ground to fight back? This is the most probable consequence, the price of which is not worth it. Nothing stops the kinetic actions from going on without the controversy of semantics.”

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PFN Cautions Christians against Amplifying Nigeria’s Problems, Calls for Prayers

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) yesterday in Abuja cautioned Christians against amplifying the country’s problems and challenges but to pray ceaselessly for the nation and its leaders.

“Christians should not amplify the challenges or problems of the country, but pray and fill the vacuum of worries and anxieties with prayers.

“God is showing mercy to our country and we shall prevail if we the people do not relent in prayers or give excuses not to pray,’’ PFN president, Bishop Wale Oke, said while giving the charge.

It was at the end of a three-day Anchor Men’s conference of the PFN themed “In His Presence.’’

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the conference was part of an Anchor Business Breakfast Meeting organised annually by the Men’s Fellowship of Family Worship Centre (FWC) in Abuja.

Oke advised Christians, especially Christian men not to lose close contact and relationships with God, His words and His presence.

According to him, Christians, especially real Christian men should not lose their place in God’s presence, because it is in God’s presence that men will get clear directions for life.

“According to Philippians 4:6 in the Holy Bible, God says be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayerful and supplicate with thanksgiving; let your requests be made known to God.

`This is the will of God, so instead of worrying and amplifying the challenges, pray about everything and watch God intervene,’’ he said.

Oke said that it was only when men sought God’s guidance and directions to lead that they would be able to lead rightly and righteously.

He added that where kings could not do anything, where the military was paralysed, and the economy could not be sustained, it was only the Word of God through prayers that would make a difference in the country.

Pastor Oke prayed for peace and an ease of tension in all the regions of the country and in all spheres of governance.

At the conference were Mr. Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation who is also the Chairman of the Anchor Men’s Fellowship, branch pastors of FWC and other ministers of God.

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Journalists to Protest Colleague’s Disappearance in Abuja

Journalists in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are set to protest to the Nigeria Police Force’s headquarters in Abuja over the continuous disappearance of a reporter with Vanguard newspapers, Tordue Salem.

Salem, who is attached to the House of Representatives, was said to have gone to a garden near the police headquarters in Garki area of the FCT on October 13 around 8pm and has been missing since then.

According to the Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, FCT chapter, Emmanuel Ogbeche, the journalist’s disappearance in front of the police headquarters is ridiculous.

He said: “Journalists should hold security operatives in the FCT responsible, especially the police. We have resolved to stage a peaceful protest tomorrow (today).

“The FCT police command has been interrogating some people but we feel that is not enough. We want the matter to be transferred to the force headquarters and a special unit there should handle it.

“It is ridiculous that he went missing in front of the force headquarters and he has not been found or whether it was a case of abduction or not.

“We remain persuaded that this is not a case of kidnapping. Security agencies have a lot of answers to provide in this regard.

“We don’t want to insinuate that he is with them, but if they have been unable to find him and we have referenced a case of where a journalist went missing for two years before pressure was mounted which led the DSS to admit he was with them.

“We do not hope this isn’t the case but if it is it, we demand he should be brought out and charged to court if there are allegations against him.

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Ethnic Crisis

IPOB sit-at-home: Anambra adopts Saturday as school day

The Anambra State Government has adopted Saturday as a school day to replace Monday, which has been marked as the sit-at-home day by the Indigenous People of Biafra.

This was made known in a recent memo by the government titled, ‘Anambra State Government Approves Saturday as School Day’, adding that Saturday classes commence on October 30, 2021.

The statement read, “I am directed by the Executive Secretary to inform you that the Anambra State Govt. has approved Saturdays as school days in place of Mondays.

“All HMs are to notify teachers, pupils as well as parents about the new development. Quality Assurance supervision and every other supervision henceforth will hold on Saturdays.

“Every game permission for absent from classes on Saturdays must be addressed to the Executive Chairman ASUBBEB through the Executive Secretary following due process. Saturday classes will commence on 30/10/21 ie next week.”
The State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Don Adinuba, confirmed the statement.

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Business News

CBN introduces eNaira app, merchant wallet

The Central Bank of Nigeria has finally launched its Central Bank Digital Currency called eNaira on Monday.

The eNaira was scheduled to be launched on October 1, 2021, but was moved due to a clog of activities billed for Nigeria’s 61st anniversary celebrations.

The Digital Currency has two applications – eNaira speed wallet and eNaira merchant wallet, which were launched on the Google Playstore and Apple Store on Monday.

A statement on the eNaira website explained the overall function of the currency and its value to Nigeria’s economy.

The statement read, “eNaira is a Central Bank of Nigeria-issued digital currency that provides a unique form of money denominated in Naira.

“eNaira serves as both a medium of exchange and a store of value, offering better payment prospects in retail transactions when compared to cash payments.”

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EFCC Grills Ex-Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday commenced the interrogation of a former Senate President, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, in an alleged case of corruption and diversion of public funds.

Anyim, who arrived the headquarters of the anti-graft agency in Jabi, Abuja at about 3pm yesterday, was still undergoing interrogation by a team of operatives as at the time of filling this report.

Though details of the specific allegations against the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) were sketchy, a source familiar with the case said it may not be unconnected with the corruption and money laundering case involving former Aviation Minister and serving senator, Stella Oduah.

Part of the rehabilitation funds to the tune of N780 million were allegedly traced to a company in which Senator Anyim has interest.
When contacted, EFCC Spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said he was yet to be briefed.

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NIN-SIM linkage: Subscribers want two-month extension as deadline nears

Telecommunication subscribers are clamouring for a two-month extension of the October 31 deadline for National Identity Number-Subscriber Identity Module data verification.

The President of National Association of Telecoms Subscribers, Adeolu Ogunbanjo, highlighted the need to further extend the deadline of the SIM-NIN exercise to allow for the full implementation of the security policy.

He said, “We have been at it for close to one year now. They started by giving a six-week deadline, and on and on till March, then June, and now October 31.

“In view of the current security situation, which necessitated the policy, we want the deadline to be extended to the end of the year, so that from January 1, there won’t be any excuse. But I also would want a situation where subscribers should take advantage of the remaining days left in this window.”

According to Ogunbanjo, registration centres for NIN are now jam-packed because the deadline is about to expire.

“Unfortunately, the centres are now jam-packed. I was at one on Friday. Another two months won’t be bad. We are pleading for a two-month extension – November and December – so that full implementation of the security policy can start in January,” he said.

Speaking on the number of registrations, he said about 60 million unique subscribers had linked their SIMs to their NIN.

Ogunbanjo said, “According to Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria, they said they had done close to 60-something million. And there are over 110 to 118 million unique subscribers. There is a need for an extension to cover everyone. Whoever doesn’t register afterwards by end of December would have themselves to blame.”

When asked if the date for the SIM-NIN linkage would be extended, a source in the NCC told one of our correspondents, “What I know is that the deadline is there. There has not been any statement yet on whether it would be reviewed or not.”

The Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Umar Danbatta, had recently disclosed that over 180 million telephone lines had been linked to NINs.

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Politics

Buhari Departs Abuja for Saudi Arabia Today

President Muhammadu Buhari will today depart for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to participate in a three-day investment conference organised by the Future Investment Initiative Institute.
During his stay in Saudi Arabia, the president is also expected to perform the lesser Hajj before returning to Abuja, the nation’s capital, on Friday.

Buhari, according to a statement issued yesterday by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, would be joined at the fifth edition of the flagship investment event by business executives from Nigeria, bankers, captains of industry, and energy experts to discuss issues on the future of investments across the globe.

The three-day event, with the theme, “Investment in Humanity,” would host global executives and asset managers. It would deliberate on progress and prosperity with energy; true final frontiers in investments; science in action; and impact of climate change on communities among others.

On the president’s entourage are the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami; Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada; Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva; National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd); Director General of National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar; Managing Director of Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, Uche Orji, and Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

According to the statement, some other participants to attend the investment summit from the private sector include: Alhaji Mohammed Indimi, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Tope Shonubi, Wale Tinubu, Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu, Hassan Usman, Omoboyode Olusanya, Abubakar Suleiman, Herbert Wigwe and Leo Stan Ekeh.
Buhari would perform the lesser Hajj in Madina & Makka before returning to the country on Friday.

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