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BREAKING: Ruga Settlements Will Set Nigeria On Fire — Wole Soyinka

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Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has added his voice to the growing opposition against the federal government’s proposal to establish Ruga settlements across the nation for herdsmen.

Speaking in Lagos on Tuesday at the launch of United Nations’ Solutions 17 SDG programme, Soyinka berated the federal government for the idea, which will said can cause Nigeria to explode.

According to him: “Ruga is going to be an explosion if not handled with care. But why do we not take our policies from good models? This is not the way people and countries deal with issues of cattle.

“I travel everywhere. It has to be handled in a way that is logical, comprehensible to the environment. When a cattle walks up to the window of my house in Abeokuta, a house which is located in a residential area, then there’s a problem.

“When cattle goes to Ijebu Ode and eat up their plant seedlings and so on and you expect people to be quiet?”

He stated the handling of the herdsmen issue by President Muhammadu Buhari was enough to make him lose re-election.

“President Buhari deserved to have lost the last election for the lackadaisical attitude he took to the issue of cattle rearing in the country.

“People have been killed in hundreds just because of the failure of leadership at a critical time. And the cattle herders have been given a sense of impunity. They kill without any compunction, they drive away the farmers who have been contributing to the food solutions in the country, the cattle eat their crops and then you come up with Ruga.

“I think that there is going to be trouble in this country if this Ruga thing is not handled imaginatively and with humanity as a priority. Any country where cattle takes priority over human life is definitely at an elementary stage,” he maintained.

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Banditry Becoming An Industry, Benefiting Some People —Senate President Lawan

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The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday, lamented that banditry was fast becoming an industry and that quite a number of people were benefitting from the ugly situation.

Lawan, who spoke after the confirmation of the service chiefs, described the situation as unacceptable and asked the new military generals to stop the ugly trend.

The newly confirmed service chiefs are, Maj. Gen. Lucky Eluonye Onyenuchea lrabor as Chief of Defence Staff; Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru (Chief of Army Staff); Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, (Chief of Naval Staff); and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka O. Amao as Chief of Air staff.

They replaced the former Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

Lawan asked the new service chiefs to take the war to the bandits and insurgents and dislodge them in their strongholds.

He said, “A situation whereby a group of people will go to a school and take over 300 students away on motorcycles is not accepted.

“Kidnapping without a trace is not acceptable. Something has to be done because, apparently, this is becoming an industry, some people are benefiting from this and we have to unravel who these people are, and fight bandits and insurgents until we rescue our country.

“Let me also advise the service chiefs that there must be an interagency corporation. There must be an interagency corporation, the army, the air force, they are supposed to have complementary roles.

“We promise them and indeed Nigerians that we support them in whatever way the parliament can come to their support.

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of the new service chiefs following the consideration of the report of the Committee on Defence which recommended their confirmation.

Lawan, had on Wednesday, penultimate week, referred the request of the President, Major General, Muhammadu Buhari, (retd.), for the confirmation of the new service chiefs, to the Committee on Defence.

Lawan, gave the committee, led by Senator Aliyu Wamakko, two weeks to carry out their assignments and report to the Senate in plenary.

The Senate confirmed their appointments both at the committee of the whole and at plenary on Tuesday following the Wamakko report’s consideration.




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Popular Nigerian Author Chimamanda Adichie Loses Mum

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Popular Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Adichie, has lost her mother, Grace Ifeoma Adichie. It was gathered that her mother died on Monday, however, the cause of her death is still unknown.

Her mother’s death comes more than eight months after the author had lost her father, James Adichie, who died after a brief illness.

The deceased couple are survived by six children: Ijeoma, Uchenna, Chuks, Okechukwu, Chimamanda, and Kenechukwu; as well as nine grandchildren.




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Drama As Sowore Appears In Court With Personal Babalawo [PHOTOS & VIDEO]

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Sahara reporters publisher Omoyele Sowore has caused a stir as he appeared at the magistrate court in Abuja with a “Babalawo” in tow.

It was gathered that Lawyers, journalists, and other court personnel were left shocked by the former presidential Candidate’s choice of association.

“The Gods are angry”, Sowore could be heard saying to his entourage while awaiting the presiding judge on the matter.

Recall A Chief Magistrate Court in Abuja had fixed March 2 for the trial of the activist and four others for alleged criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, and inciting public disturbance.

Sowore had been accused of carrying placards and calling for a forceful revolution. He was eventually granted 20 million naira bail after which he regained his freedom.

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