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YCE’s Alarm: Yoruba Council Condemns Divisive Publication On Disowning Serikin-Hausa/Fulani Stools

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YCE’s Alarm: Yoruba Council Condemns Divisive Publication On Disowning Serikin-Hausa/Fulani Stools

*says it negates principles of reciprocity, peaceful cohesion, national development

The apex Yoruba interest group, Igbimo Apapo Yoruba Lagbaye in a swift reaction to correct the misconceptions on the divisive spiral media publications by the former President of the Yoruba Council of Elders, Chief Col. Dansaaki Samuel Agbede (Rtrd.) on the state of insecurity and influx unidentified Fulani youth in Lagos State and other parts of Southwestern States, has condemned the publication.

The President of the Yoruba Council Worldwide (Igbimo Apapo Yoruba Lagbaye) Aare Barr. Oladotun Hassan in his reaction signed by the Publicity Secretary, Otunba Gboyega Adeoye, used the opportunity to call for peace, unity and concerted sober reflections by all Nigerians.

It said that predicated on the rising spate of kidnappings, community invasions and killings of Igangan, Ekiti, Ondo and Yewa part of Ogun State, not forgetting its ripple effects across the country, one will feel concerned as a stakeholder to caution the Lagos State Government, the Oba of Lagos and other critical stakeholders to be extra vigilant and be more security conscious accordingly.

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“However, it is rather uncomplementary to seize the precarious situation to raise an inflammatory statement on the call for the abolition and unrecognition of the stools of Serikin Hausa/Fulani of Lagos or any part of Yoruba Land thereof.

“This is most condemnable and decietfully captioned alarming headlines by majority of the newspapers and blogs inorde to cause traffic and tension, as it was issued by the Yoruba Council of Elders.

“For absolute clarity and records, this is not a categorical statement of YCE, consequently, we hold no personal grudge against the elderstateman but we dissociate ourselves and implore the general public to view the publication as his personal opinion and not for the entire Yoruba race,” it said.

The group further said that considering the current porous hydraheaded state of indiscriminate killings, ethnic bigotry and animosity amongst the various ethnic groups, political and religious sections in Nigeria, there is the necessity to be extremely cautious by threading softly in making inflammatory statements capable of infuriating inter-tribal war, aimed at causing more harm than good.

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He said, “We detest such Infamous publications which lack ardent professionalism guiding journalism, it is therefore, a complete misrepresentation of facts.

“Inevitably, we appeal for genuine tolerance and unity amongst the various ethnic groups, most importantly on the need to extol the principles of communal reciprocity as well respecting Nigeria’s constitution and trite fundamental human rights of all citizens irrespective of creed, religion or ethnic backgrounds to live peacefully and cohabit in any parts of the country.

“Nonetheless, it is imminent for the Lagos State Government to set up a special Agency on Inter-Ethnic Relations to regulate the modus operandi on how such non- indigenous groups operates Lagos.

“Unfortunately, we reiterate our stand that Lagos and other Southwestern States belong to the Yoruba people. In view of our uncommon love and accommodation of other tribes, in order to set records straight, in total condemnation of the incessant frivolous claims by some unscrupulous groups who are in the habit of saying: “Lagos is a No man’s land” or other vexatious statements by such non-indigenous ethnic groups.

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“Most importantly to note, some areas in the North and Southern Zones allow for habitation of other indigenous clan representations, as well as their community leaders to operate under different nomenclatures and modus operandi, but it can therefore, be properly regulated by law in order not to misconstrue the title toga as land owners but rather as visitors, arguably not total abolition of the stools of Serikin Hausawa and Fulani, Eze Nndigbo, Oba/Asiwaju Yoruba to mention a few as the case may be.”

Aare Oladotun Hassan urged all Nigerians to pray for peace and harmony for the nation, which is currently bleeding to its marrows as a result of protracted state of insecurity, political instability, religious cum ethnic animosity and attrition, resulting to serious hydraheaded economic disastrous issues.

“We must remain steadfast and committed to the cause of one indivisible and united Nigeria, in order to achieve sustained peace and committed sacrifices,”

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NCWS Holds One-Day Awareness Seminar in Awka

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….Charges Mothers to Live Up to They’d Responsibility

By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu

The National Council for Women’s Societies (NCWS), Anambra State last Tuesday held a One-Day Seminar with a call on women to live up to their responsibility and eschew acts capable of undermining the sacredness of marriage and proper upbringing of their children.

The Seminar attended by the women’s leaders and sponsored by Dr Ogechukwu Shirley Echendu and Prince Okey Agurd had Culture, Peace and National Security: The Role of Women and Youth as its theme.

In her opening remarks, the State President of NCWS, Lady (Mrs) Oby Obodoezie appealed to members to serve as bridge between the family and society, noting that the women, especially mothers should endeavour to live by example and to be a model to their children and wards.

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Lady Obodoezie who represented by the State Treasurer, Lady Ify Umeh enjoined women to remain a light to their various families and also practice what they preached, urging them to take the message garnered to their various localities and also impact same on other women.

NCWS Holds One-Day Awareness Seminar in Awka

Obodoezie commended the wife of Governor of Anambra State, Her Excellency, Chief Dr (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano for all she had done for women in Anambra State, especially widows and the less-priviledged through her Pet Project, CAFE.

In her lecture, a lecturer in the department of English Language, School of Languages, Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze, Dr Okafor, Amaka Mary harped on the need to train their wards well, saying that a child that was well brought up would always be useful to society and more especially to themselves and their families.

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Speeches from women, interactions, goodwill messages formed the highpoints of the occasion.

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Obafemi Owode LG Boss, Ogunsola Bags UN International Peace Ambassadorial Eminent Awards

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Solanke Ayomideji, Abeokuta

“Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire., This year, 2021 theme is Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”

The Executive Chairman of Obafemi Owode local government, Hon Ogunsola Lanrewaju Adeshina has bagged Ambassadorial Eminent awards at the annual celebration of United Nations, UN, World International Peace Day held in Abeokuta, Ogun state.

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The event was organized by the International Association of World Peace Advocates, a world class organisation with United Nations ECOSOC Consultative status since 2019) in observance of the United Nations World Peace Day today, Tuesday 21st of September 2021.

According to the guest lecturer, Ambassador Prof. Chidi Ehiriodo, Director, International Association of World Peace Advocates charged the participants and the world in general to embrace peace as it is the only way to sustainable development of our countries, he reminded the participants of the past war and conflict as well as the implication to development in the world.

Obafemi Owode LG Boss, Ogunsola Bags UN International Peace Ambassadorial Eminent Awards

Obafemi Owode LG Boss, Ogunsola Bags UN International Peace Ambassadorial Eminent Awards

The High Chief Oluwole Matthew, the chairman of the occasion maintained that peace is very paramount in our society as he welcomed all participants for gracing the programme.

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The event have in attendance the traditional rulers, Oba Abdul-Fatai Kolawole Sowemimo, Olu of Owode Egba, Oba Adeogun, Olu of Igbore, among other eminent personalities in the state.

Those awarded during the event were, Hon Ogunsola Lanrewaju Adesina, Prof Francisca Bassey, Goodness Osah from Babcock University, Goodness Hosa, Sister Cecilia, Chief Tambo Maddona from Liberia, Pastor Dr Sunny David, Olatunji Oladimeji.

Representing the United Nations, UN, Amb. Chief Per Statsen, International Peace President, Denmark charged the newly awarded eminent personalities to ensure they represent themselves well in the society by promoting peace and stability of the world.

“The awards is not money oriented, we selected our awardees based on their social responsibility and role in maintaining peace within their society.” Statsen said.

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On the awards plague, Ogunsola Adesina Lanre was awarded as Eminent Peace Ambassador and he is qualified to all rights and privileges binding the organisation and also expected to function as a peacemaker in any part of the world with regards to the declaration on the right of people to peace (1984) of the United Nations resolution.

Obafemi Owode LG Boss, Ogunsola Bags UN International Peace Ambassadorial Eminent Awards

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By Tony Arugba

Comrade Joseph Kpokpogri is reputable for his campaign against anti-corruption. He is the publisher of Integrity Watchdog Magazine of which his reports are balanced and unbiased. His reports are not malice driven, but facts.

For the writer of the venomous publication titled “ PRINCE KPOKPOGIRI: THE NOTORIOUS BLACKMAILER & EXTORTIONIST WHO IS A CONSULTANT WITH THE ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION (EFCC) to tag Kpokpogri a blackmailer shows that he is delusional, depraved and has a small mind.

Being an anti-corruption crusader means people will attempt to tarnish your image by calling you unprintable names. They will label you a blackmailer or even arrest you for being a journalist of value.

Have you ever seen anybody throwing stones at an unripe mango? If there is any, it is a clear manifestation of psychotic dimension.

His dealings with Senator Peter Nwaoboshi is strictly on friendship level. There was never a time he blackmailed Nwaoboshi as claimed by the writer. The claims by this writer is contrived. He concocted this false and baseless information from the pit of hell with help of the devil to enhance the defamatory campaign of his pay master. Nwaoboshi’s travails had nothing to do with Kpokpogri.

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On Tonto Dike’s false alarm of threat by Kpokpogri to expose her nudes, it is crystal clear that it is a situation of relationship gone sour. If a relationship between two consenting adults ends, it is only fitting that both parties go their separate ways and seek emotional fortunes elsewhere. However, in this case of Tonto Dike, she has employed her usual tactics of defaming her ex-boyfriend. Recall that after the relationship between Tonto and Churchill ended, she made life miserable for him on social media for many years. She called Churchill many names. She called him a ritualist, an internet fraudster “yahoo boy” and other names. Tonto Dike alleged that Kpokpogri is threatening to release her nudes; the question now is, where and when was the threat made? Where is the voice recording? The burden of proof is on the person alleging. If she so claims that he threatened to release her nudes, let her provide irrefutable evidence.

Desperate plot to defame Kpokpogri: An exercise in futility

Senator Godswill Akpabio is the Minister of Niger Delta, former Senator, former governor of Akwa-Ibom State and high ranking member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) with enormous political power. For the writer to claim that Kpokpogri is being used by Akpabio for racketeering is unthinkable considering the political and socio-economic power he wields. Akpabio has all the connections, so will not have any use for Kpokpogri. The relationship between Okowa and Kpokpogri is like father and son. There is a good rapport between them. To further show how twisted and demented the writer is, he claimed that Kpokpogri holds Okowa hostage. How can one man hold the sitting Governor of Delta State hostage?

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The writer continues to tow the path of ignorance or malice when he added Uduaghan to the fray. Uduaghan is a god-father figure to Kpokpogri, nothing more. The writer is desperate in his attempt to discredit Kpokpogri, which is the reason behind the false narratives he exhibited in the publication.

While he has never met Cecilia Ibru before, his relationship with Dr. Cairo Ojougbo is cordial. Dr. Cairo is a respected Deltan and elder statesman.

As a Nigerian with inalienable rights, Kpokpogri has the right to association. Ngozi Olejeme, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, Minority Leader of House Representatives, Hon. Friday Osanebi and other persons mentioned are people he knows. Of course, there is nothing wrong with being friends with respected members of the society such as they. The way the writer has gone about this publication shows he is clueless. As a writer, you must write with facts. He mentioned different figures without evidences to back up his claims. Where are the transaction details? Where are the receipts and tellers of those figures? The quality of a good writer include : a unique quality of maintaining discipline; patience; ability to write with facts; paying attention to details among other. All these qualities are deficient in this piece, which indicates that the writer is a mediocre. He needs to hon his writing skills in order not to be an embarrassment to the journalistic profession. We dare him to provide evidence to back his false claims, less he hides his face in shame.

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Tony Arugba is the editor, Integrity Watch Magazine.

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