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Hon. Peller Salutes Sunday Igboho’s Bravery, Mourns Gattuso’s Death

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Hon Shina Abiola Peller, the MHR representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola and Iwajowa constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, has lauded rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, for his bravery and determination in evicting criminal herdsmen from the South West.

Previously, the people had issued a seven-day ultimatum to herdsmen to vacate the Ibarapa community of Oyo State as a reaction to the series of criminal activities within the community. He stated: “I will soon sack criminal herdsmen from Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Ogun, Lagos even Kwara State. We are tired of the criminal activities of these herdsmen. Yoruba must unite to fight this course. I am not scared of anybody.

“I am fighting for the peace of my people, enough is enough. The killing is much. I am not ready for any dialogue with any government other than they should ensure that those herders leave our land.”

His statement was met with a huge uproar and mixed reactions from all sects within the country.

However, Hon Shina Peller has stepped forward to salute the Yoruba activist for his determination to restore peace to the South West, even in the face of death threats and the razing down of his home in Ibadan.

Hon Peller went on to warn that no citizen should take laws into their hands to avoid a chain of drastic events. He stated that Governors in the Southwest were fully committed to restoring peace and unity across the South West regions and Nigeria as a whole.

He explained that while it is clear that the Government alone cannot fight the war due to the rise in kidnapping, banditry, and killings in the area, it is time for the Government to create an enabling environment for communities to protect themselves.

In the same vein, Hon Peller equally sympathized with the family of Late Leye Ajibola, popularly known as Gattuso, who was shot by unknown gunmen on January 23. According to him, Gattuso’s death was a shocking blow to everyone who knew the late socialite.

He further stated that it was his wish that the killers would be brought to book in no time at all.

 

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JUST IN: Yoruba Nation Protesters Storm Osogbo [VIDEO]

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Scores of youths under the aegis of Omo Oduduwa United have stormed the streets of Osogbo capital of Osun State to agitate for the Yoruba nation.

The protesters converged on November 27 bridge in the Africa area, Osogbo for the protest.

They marched from the November 27 bridge through Ogo-Oluwa, Aregbe junction, Fakunle, Ola-Iya, and Odi Olowo areas.

The protesters carried placards, banners chanting secession songs, and distributing handbills to people along the streets.

They are heading to Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Old Garage.

The Nation had reported there was heavy security presence in major junctions of Osogbo as men of DSS, Police, JTF, Amotekun and other local operatives were on the ground.

Details shortly….

 

Credit: The Nation

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Restructure Your State Before Calling For Restructuring At Federal Level —- Lawan Knocks Southern Governors

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Ahmad Lawan, Senate President, has cautioned Governors calling for the restructuring of the country.

Lawan, who spoke to State House correspondents on Thursday, said although he was not against those calling for restructuring, elected officials must not be among those advocating such.

According to him, state governors must ensure that they restructured their respective states first before calling for restructuring at the federal level.

He said: “The call for secession or the call for restructuring, many are genuine calls even though I never believe that someone who is calling for secession means well or is a misguided person.

“But I believe that when somebody calls for improving the structure that we have is a genuine call.

“But I want to advice here, I believe that as leaders those of us who were elected must not be at the forefront of calling for this kind of thing because even if you are a governor you are supposed to be working hard in your state to ensure that this restructuring you are calling for at the federal level you have done it in your state as well.

“This is because what you may accuse the federal government of whatever it is, you may also be accused of the same thing in your state.”

“So, we are supposed to ensure that we have a complete and total way of ensuring that our systems at the federal, state, and even local government work for the people and that we allow people to participate in governance so that whoever feels that he has something to offer to make Nigeria better does so freely without any hindrance.’’ NAN quoted him as saying.

Lawan also said Nigerians must come together regardless of their religious, ethnic, or political persuasions to find lasting solutions to the nation’s challenges.

He called on all elected leaders across the three tiers of government to always avoid primordial sentiments capable of creating division and social discontent among Nigerians.

“We should avoid partisanship, we should avoid regionalism. We are all leaders and we are in this together. The solution must come from us regardless of what level of government we are – whether at the federal, state, or even at the local government level,’’ he added.

Lawan, who also frowned at the way the local government system was relegated to the background in the country, noted that for the nation to address its security challenges the local government system must be functional and efficient.

“I want to take this opportunity also to say that we have diminished the local government system. I think we can attribute some of the security issues to the lack of a functional local government system.

“For me, I think the time has come for us to take up the challenge to ensure that the local government system functions. This is in keeping with looking for ways, for means, for solutions to the security challenges that we face. We must never neglect the local government system.

“I believe that this is one system that had worked even though in a different name. When it was Native Authority it was very effective, very efficient.

“So, we must go back to our local government to ensure that the local government continues to be autonomous, continues to be functional in order to complement whatever the States and the Federal Government would be doing.

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Ohanaeze To Sanwo-Olu: Ignore Threat Of Attack On Lagos, Igbo Aren’t Violent People

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Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, has asked Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos governor, to ignore threats of attacks on the state.

On Monday, Hakeem Odumosu, Lagos commissioner of police, said the command is probing threats of attacks by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Oodua Republic agitators.

The groups have, however, denied the allegations.

Speaking at a meeting with Sanwo-Olu at the Lagos government house on Thursday, George Obiozor, Ohanaeze president-general, said the “rumour” is intended to distract the governor from delivering good governance to the people.

Obiozor said Igbo people are not known for acts of violence.

“Today, the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, in the company of Igbo elders and leaders in Lagos, are here to pay you (Sanwo-Olu) a solidarity visit and to further reassure you that Ndigbo are not violent in nature, neither are we are known for acts of violence anywhere we live,” Gboyega Akosile, chief press secretary to the governor, quoted Obiozor as saying.

“[On] the constant and periodic dangerous insinuations, rumour, gossip and callous statements that Ndigbo in Lagos or any part of Yorubaland contemplate or instigate violence in Lagos or any part of Yorubaland, we wish to state clearly that anywhere this dangerous rumour or statement is emanating from is aimed to cause division, crises and conflict amongst us.

“We think that this rumour is intended to distract the Lagos State Government from its efforts to provide good governance for all and cause disaffection between Ndigbo who live in Lagos and their host community, which is the second home of several Ndigbo.

“The quick denial of this rumour by members of IPOB and Yoruba groups in Lagos and across the southwest was a source of relief.

“The Igbo nation is renowned for being agents of development, not destruction. Ndigbo are builders and their contributions to the development of Lagos State are evident and exemplary.”

Responding, Sanwo-Olu said his administration will continue to secure the lives and property of residents in the state.

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