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‘Why Fulani Herdsmen Must Kill’- Ango Abdullahi Reveals Shocking Reasons

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A former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, and spokesperson of the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, Prof. Ango Abdullahi has vehemently defended the incessant killings by Fulani herdsmen across the country.

Abdullahi also said that the herdsmen menace is politically motivated by the South to disrupt the politically united North ahead of the 2019 general elections, adding that this was how Boko Haram was introduced during Goodluck Jonathan’s government which led to his failure in the 2015 polls.

Justifying the killings, the Professor said that the herdsmen are killing members of their host communities in order to defend themselves, adding that the herders were free to take the cattle to any part of the country the same way an Igbo man does his business.

In a strong worded interview with Vanguard, Abdullahi said, “I have been involved in debates against some respected people from the southern part of this country who believe that this country is not balanced because the North is too big; because the North is too politically united, so there must be a way of disrupting this unity, and this is what we are seeing on ground today, and the elements that are being used are the Fulani herdsmen.

“This matter would be looked at properly; political alliances and so on are welcome. You don’t need to lose blood, or property to engage in political alliance or whatever you want, or still, you don’t need to introduce excuses that will lead to loss of lives. We saw this when the Boko Haram was on ground; they said northerners created the sect to disrupt former President Goodluck Jonathan’s government, which led to his failure in the last election, and so on.

“Now that Boko Haram is out of the way, the new excuse is the Fulani herdsmen. This is what is happening in other places except in areas that you are talking.

“We have seen what they called a new handshake across the Niger; it is political, and we have seen the mourning that has taken place in Benue and other places to show that the monolithic North is not in tandem with the Middle Belt; it is all politics. Our Middle Belters don’t need to take the agenda that appears to be a thing of distrust. We are not going to force anybody into a relationship politically or otherwise. We see this as a political agenda.

Asked if herdsmen are not the ones committing the murders, he added, “The truth is, if you want to kill me and I have a chance first, I will kill you, or you do want people to be killed and not defend themselves? By your reporting, you have denied them justice and government also has denied them justice by not going to arrest those that are killing them. So, they defend themselves.

On the herdsmen that kidnapped, raided and Chief Olu Falae’s farm ablaze, he said, “My uncle was kidnapped last week in Kaduna, my cousin’s children were also kidnapped and they had to go and find N2.5 million to pay. Why is Olu Falae case different?

“Because he was Secretary to the Federal Government? He is a Nigerian just like my uncle and my cousin whose children were kidnapped. The right of every citizen is important under the law. Why is he so special?

“What about the impunity of the people killing herdsmen? The herdsmen in Nigeria are reacting to the injustice meted out daily to them?

“You people, you Nigerians, including you who are biased, who are not prepared to protect the rights and interests of herdsmen. They are killed but not reported, that is not acceptable.

“Herdsmen operate in these places you mentioned because the country has denied them the traditional routes which the British created for them IN 1914 when they occupied this country because they realised that, like cars require tracks, herdsmen also require tracks they can use to graze and drink water.

“The British provided it for them and gazetted it but people have denied them these routes. So, where do you expect the animals to follow? They have to follow somewhere and the easy road is the one other people are using. We are all living in Nigeria.

Asked if he was trying to justify the menace of herdsmen, he maintained, “I am justifying it very strongly because herdsmen are being unjustly treated in this country.

“They are businessmen just like the farmers whose crops are being destroyed. They should invest in their business; buy ranches like the farmers bought their parcels of land.

They are businessmen. If an Igbo man could go to my state and set up a shop, why shouldn’t herdsmen operate elsewhere? Or are you the one who planted the grass the animals are feeding on? Are you the one who created the water they drink?

“The land belongs to Nigerians and herdsmen are Nigerians. If an Igbo man can go to the North and set up a business, why won’t herdsmen go to the South, including your village, to graze their cattle?

“Where we come from, you don’t pay for land, you only ask for permission to use it. That is why I said you people are biased against other people and that is why the peace of this country will be very difficult.”

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ELECTION TRENDS: Check Out Your Most Search Electoral Candidates According To Google #NigeriaDecides2019

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As the election draws near, a lot of issues are coming into play, conflicts are arising, candidates are heavily campaigning and the only thing that’s new is the more involved participation of the social media in the political affairs of the country. Just to show how aware the masses want to be, Google has provided evidence of the most searched for subjects since the beginning of this year which are no surprisingly, related to politics and imminent matters that need to be resolved before the General election in February. It also covers your top searched presidential candidates and questions people are brimming to ask about them. Now I do not know why but one question about each president seems to revolve around his married life. Could it be that the measure of a president is based on whether or not he is a worthy father or family man?

Take a look at the list below

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Mavin Act, Di’ja Shows Philanthropic Side as She is Set to Hold “Save Me” Launch Concert in Lagos

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The Save Me Launch Campaign Lagos Edition is a movement that raise awareness for mental health and helping the young Millennial achieve psychological stability within our society. We aim at creating a platform where citizens are updated about Mental Health and its importance in achieving overall Health as we wish for those impacted to be able to live a life full of dignity, free of stigmatization and with good access to high quality health service.

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NGO to Offer Free Medical Services to 600 Persons in Kogi in New Outreach

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A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Waves Of Success Foundation (WSF) on Tuesday said it had concluded plans to organise free medical outreach for residents of Kogi State.
Mr Yusuf Okpanachi Ocholi, the Founder of the NGO (www.wsf.com.ng), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview in Lokoja, that the aim was to provide free medical services for the less privileged in the selected areas.
Okpanachi added that the free medical outreach would be carried out at Adankolo community in Lokoja, and at ‘Our Lady of Schools’ in Anyigba on November 15 and 16, 2018, respectively.
“We are targetting 600 persons for free medical treatment in both Lokoja and Anyigba, to help the poor who cannot pay for their medical bill by treating them free of charge.
“We are creating a platform to reach out to the masses to see how we can alleviate their sufferings particularly the poor people in the society.
“We choose to offer medical services because everybody knows that there can be no success without health, which is the foundation of wealth.
“So, we want to start with foundation to ensure that people are healthy enough to stand in the way of success and be taken off the streets.
“Various kind of ailments will be diagnosed and treated, such as: hypertension, diabetes, malaria, athritis, pneumonia, ulcer, free eye testing, free eye glasses, free drugs, mass deworming of children, among others,” Okpanachi said.
He, therefore, urged the people of Kogi to take advantage of the outreach and come out en masse to access the free medical treatment.
Okpanachi, a businessman and philantropist, said that WSF had donated sewing machines, motorcycles to youths, and helped some widows to pay their children’s school fees.
According to him, the target beneficiaries of their programmes are vulnerable widows, women and youths such as empowerment, education, sports, talents, social funds, students and artisans’ grants, etc..
Okpanachi, however, called on well meaning Nigerians, groups, individuals and corporate organisations, who have the same mindset of taking people off the streets, to partner with them in helping the poor.
“Let us come together and see how we can impact lives and make the society better, because government alone cannot do it,” Okpanachi advised.
 

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Police investigate death of UNILAG Microbiology student, Niyi

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A 400-level student of the Department of Microbiology, University of Lagos, Adeniyi Ogundijo, died shortly after writing his final year exams, and it was alleged that he committed suicide. However, the rumor mill has it that

The men of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba are currently investigating the circumstances that led to his death. This because some people claim the deceased committed suicide over his poor academic performance but his friends claim that he was killed by unknown persons.

One of the coursemates of the deceased who spoke anonymously to Punch said the results of their examination were released as they prepared for their graduation.

UNILAG microbiology student commits suicide

We have a Whatsapp group chat and a course mate broke the news on the platform. The course mate had spoken to a relative of Niyi (Ogundijo), who said she lost her brother. The course mate asked to see his photo. Lo and behold, it was him. Although we got the news yesterday (Monday), we learnt he died on Saturday. A family member said he was with his friends when the incident happened. We also learnt that he had yet to return home since we finished the final exams.

“We have seen the results of all our papers. There are insinuations that he took local insecticide, Sniper. He was probably killed and those who did it made it appear like he committed suicide. Two of his friends have been arrested by the police. To the best of my knowledge, Niyi was a good student. He interacted well with people and had no reason to kill himself.”

A family member of the victim, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said Ogundijo was on a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.2 (Second Class Lower), adding that he did not know the result of the final exams.

“I don’t know where people got the idea that my brother committed suicide because he failed some courses. Why should he wait till his final year to do that? I have been in worse situations. I know my brother was a loner and could be quiet, but it did not mean he was depressed. I spoke to him this week and we had a good conversation. There was no issue with the family or anybody at all. About five of his friends have been arrested over this. Although I don’t know about the results of their final exams, his CGPA was 2.2 before the incident happened.” the relative said

A text message purportedly circulated by the Office of the Dean of Students Affairs, Prof. Ademola Adeleke on the death of the undergraduate reads

“I am saddened to confirm the untimely death of Mr Ogundijo Adeniyi Samson, of the Department of Microbiology with Matric no. 140807008. We have spoken to the father, who confirmed the death. He, however, declined to give additional information on the cause, nature or time of death. The DSA is arranging a condolence visit to the family. Kindly stop the speculation on the cause of death”.

Also speaking on the death of the undergraduate is the Principal Assistant Registrar, Communications Unit, University of Lagos, Mrs Taiwo Oloyede, who said the cause of death is yet unknown. She added that the victim died outside the campus.

“The cause or nature of his death is not known. Here at the University of Lagos, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and we wish eternal rest for the soul of the departed”.

Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the Lagos state police command, Chike Oti, said investigation carried out so far by the police, shows that the deceased died after consuming Sniper.

“The deceased was a student who normally visited his friend from time to time. His friend and uncle lived in the same house. He had gone on the visit as usual when the friend and uncle later went out. By the time they returned to the house, they found him dead with an empty container of Sniper. However, the police are looking at a possible case of murder. Forensic investigation is being carried out on his corpse. Meanwhile, the uncle and friend are in our custody.” he sai

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Man Wins 24Million Naira on Nairabet with 1500 Naira, Owner Laments

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Akin Alabi, the CEO of betting company, NairaBet, took to his twitter account to lament on how a particular person won N24M after betting with N1500.

Akin who is a member of the Akin Alabi is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and a candidate for the Egbeda/Ona Ara Federal constituency in Oyo State for the 2019 general elections, says it is the opposition parties fault PDP and ADC,

He wrote;

“So this guy won over N24m with N1,500 on @NairaBET. Some people have forgotten that I have an election to fund. Haba. This must be the work of PDP and ADC. The guy suppose donate to my campaign.For those that know how to check betslips, the number is 178549440.

Some people are just wicked. I’m planning a political campaign and this one is now chopping all the money 🤦‍♀️ NairaBET we created to just be playing o, somebody is now planning to send me to my village 🙄”

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