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Gov poll: Kogi youths storm INEC headquarters, back election outcome

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Gov poll: Kogi youths storm INEC headquarters, back election outcome . Warn 'bad losers' against blackmailing umpire . Vow to occupy INEC 'as long as necessary

Gov poll: Kogi youths storm INEC headquarters, back election outcome

. Warn ‘bad losers’ against blackmailing umpire

. Vow to occupy INEC ‘as long as necessary’

 

 

 

 

Youths of Kogi State, on Wednesday, marched, in their numbers to the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Abuja, to declare their utmost confidence in the umpire and also affirm their support for the Governor-elect of the state, Usman Ododo.

The indigenes, who warned mischief makers in the state, under the guise of opposition parties, to desist from blackmailing the INEC, said the good people of Kogi State “stand by the mandate given to the duly elected Governor, Usman Ododo”.

They stressed that ethnic agenda had been nailed in the state and would not have a place again in its polity, and commended the good people of Kogi East who refused to be misled by those pursuing their own selfish interests at the expense of the collective good of the entire people of Kogi State.

The protesters who carried placards with inscriptions such as “Ododo is Kogi Agenda”, “The people of Kogi have spoken on November 11”, “INEC, Kogi youths are saying thank you”, and “Kogi has decided”, among others, said they would continue to gather at the INEC headquarters for as long as those they described as “dubious politicians” continued their “evil misinformation”.

One of the protesters who spoke at the rally, AbdulRahman Umar, said they were at the INEC headquarters to commend the authorities, including the security agencies for making the last election in the state the most peaceful and fairest in the history of Kogi State.

“We will never allow criminals and election robbers go away with misinformation. We all have a voice in Kogi State and the voice of truth is always louder no matter how hard they try. We have spoken loudly on November 11, and we will continue to speak until we stamp out ethnicity in our dear state,” he said.

Another lady protester, Asmau Idris, said Kogi indigenes were surprised when some people came out to say they were protesting against the INEC on Saturday’s election and decided to all come en masse to Abuja to truncate “the evil agenda”.

“They told us to come out and vote. We voted en masse for our choice. It was free and fair. What else do they want? We will tell them that we all own Kogi State. The Okuns are with us in this struggle; the Central are with us; and the Igalas are with us. Our mandate must be protected,” she said.

Other youths and stakeholders of the state who spoke at the rally vowed to remain at the headquarters everyday for as long as the action was needed, stressing that Kogi State was united and not divided.

INEC, last Sunday, declared Ododo Ahmed Usman of the All Progressives Congress as the Governor-elect of Kogi State, having won the governorship election with a wide margin and satisfied all requirements. He polled a total of 446,237 votes to defeat other candidates.

Addressing the protesters, National Commissioner and Chairman, Security Committee of INEC, Maj. Gen. Modibbo Alkali (retd), appreciated their cooperation with the Commission and reiterated that the off-cycle elections conducted in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states were conducted fairly and credibly, in line with laid down guidelines.

 

Gov poll: Kogi youths storm INEC headquarters, back election outcome

. Warn 'bad losers' against blackmailing umpire

. Vow to occupy INEC 'as long as necessary

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HAPPY EID AL-ADHA: AANI CALLS FOR UNITY, PEACE, AND RESILIENCE IN NIGERIA

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HAPPY EID AL-ADHA: AANI CALLS FOR UNITY, PEACE, AND RESILIENCE IN NIGERIA

HAPPY EID AL-ADHA: AANI CALLS FOR UNITY, PEACE, AND RESILIENCE IN NIGERIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That As Muslims around the world prepare to celebrate Eid al-Adha, the National President of the Alumni Association of the National Institute (AANI), Ambassador EO Okafor mni, on behalf of the National Executive Committee and the entire AANI family, extends heartfelt congratulations to our Muslim members and the entire Nigerian Muslim community. Eid Mubarak.

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY EID AL-ADHA: AANI CALLS FOR UNITY, PEACE, AND RESILIENCE IN NIGERIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

At this time of joyous celebration, It is imperative for all Nigerians to live in peace, embracing the spirit of tolerance, respect, and compassion towards one another.

AANI wishes to commend the resilience and unwavering commitment of Nigerians to our beloved country despite the current economic challenges. We urge the populace to maintain their faith in the nation and implore leaders at all levels to strive tirelessly to enhance the wellbeing and prosperity of all citizens. We also extend our sincere appreciation to our military and security forces for their relentless efforts in ensuring the safety and security of our nation.

Furthermore, AANI reiterates its support for the Government and all individuals and organizations dedicated to building a sustainable and prosperous future for Nigeria. We encourage our members to continue being beacons of hope, generously offering their wealth of knowledge, expertise, and experience to positively impact our country.

As we celebrate this significant religious occasion, we wish everyone a peaceful and joyous Eid. May the lessons of Eid al-Adha—faith in God, tolerance, respect, compassion towards others, and the spirit of sacrifice—guide us towards creating a better society.

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Sarkin Yakin Kanwan Katsina

AANI National Publicity Secretary

Saturday, 15th June 2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Obasa, Others Declare Support For Protection Of Vulnerable Boys

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– as Sanwo-Olu’s wife visits Lagos Assembly

 

 

The First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, on Friday led a team of young boys to the House of Assembly as part of a mentorship programme she initiated for the boy-child.

The First Lady, who arrived with the wife of the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Oluremi Hamzat, was received by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, and members at a special plenary session held to encourage the children.

Advising the young boys, Dr. Obasa, a lawyer, recalled how, as a young student, he got challenged to love Literature after he attended a theatre performance where someone quoted from one of William Shakespeare’s works without looking at a book or paper.

He advised the children and explained the roles of the legislature in the lives of Lagos State and its residents as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“I want you to resolve to be true leaders of tomorrow. And to do this, you must say no to crime. A criminal can never be a leader.

“So try to be good children and students. You have learnt from my colleagues and I today. We all started as youth. All it takes is to be good boys and law-abiding citizens,” he advised.

The Speaker noted that the House takes the welfare of every resident important.

“In the next 25 years, let us hear the impact of this visit from you,” he urged adding that the child’s right law passed by the House protects children of the state just.

He advised the children to ensure that they are able to speak their mother-tongue effectively.

Addressing the House, Dr. Sanwo-Olu said the young boys, under the aegis of the Lagos State Boy Child Initiative, were selected from public and private schools as well as orphanages and correctional facilities.

She noted that focus has mostly been on the girl child adding that the initiative is aimed, among others, to mentor young boys, raise awareness about the rights of the boy child and make them useful to society.

Commending the First Lady, lawmakers who spoke at plenary urged the boys to keep the memory of the visit and apply the advice that they received.

 

Obasa, Others Declare Support For Protection Of Vulnerable Boys

Eromosele Ebhomele
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

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Food Insecurity: Yoruba Nation Agitators Raise Concern Over Farmland Destruction By Fulani Herdsmen

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Food Insecurity: Yoruba Nation Agitators Raise Concern Over Farmland Destruction By Fulani Herdsmen

Food Insecurity: Yoruba Nation Agitators Raise Concern Over Farmland Destruction By Fulani Herdsmen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That A socio-cultural organisation, Yoruba Commitment Forum, YCF has called on the Federal Government to permanently put a check on the activities of Fulani herdsmen in Yorubalnd.

 

 

 

 

Food Insecurity: Yoruba Nation Agitators Raise Concern Over Farmland Destruction By Fulani Herdsmen

 

 

 

 

 

The group made this known in a statement yesterday, stressing that food shortage in the country would continue unabated if farmers in Yorubaland whose source of livelihood is farming is being destroyed by criminal Fulani herdsmen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The full text of the Press Release is highlighted below:

 

 

 

NIGERIA’S HEADACHES, FOOD INSECURITY IN YORUBALAND

 

There is a looming danger, a Sword of Damocles, hanging on the neck of Nigerians. That imminent danger is serious food crisis, as an euphemism. It is none other than famine, shone of its half speak. Though it is an impending national crisis but its impact on Yorubaland is going to be calamitous.

 

We have observed that for about seven (7) years now, Fulani herdsmen have been engaging in a relentless destruction of farmlands and settlements in Yorubaland. These criminal Fulani elements resorted to kidnapping, raping, maiming and killing of farmers and Yoruba sons and daughters. Neither the Governments, any level, nor Fulani herdsmen’s apologists would claim ignorance of the atrocious activities of these ruthless people. Video recordings of their wicked actions suffuse the internet. The end result is that farmers began to be scared off their farms gradually until now when farms have been completely abandoned.

 

When this started years ago, foresighted individuals raised concerns; they warned about the potential danger of food insecurity beginning with rising food prices and the need to ensure a stable food supply. It appears that Southwest was deliberately targeted and the invasion of our farmlands was the execution of a conscious plan to starve our people to death. We, the Yoruba Nation agitators, cried out for help against the brazen onslaught but none came from the Federal Government led by a Fulani man.

 

Unfortunately, the hens have now come home to roost as the consequences of our action, or rather inaction, are now here for real with food shortages and very high prices making it increasingly difficult for our people to access the basic necessity of food.

Before the current bad situation spirals out of control, we hasten to inform the Government that there is no alternative to large scale farming which Fulani herdsmen have destroyed by waging a war against farmers. Subsistence farming through the backyards, as good as it is, cannot serve the purpose of assuring any people of food security. Farmlands in the South West must be made very safe. We state emphatically that the situation whereby a basket of tomatoes is sold for #4000 in the North while the same is sold in Yorubaland for #150,000 is callous, ruthless and unacceptable to us

We also call for assistance to use cheaper rail transport among others to assist our market men and women. Other regions do this,why not here in YORUBALAND?

 

Secondly, Governments must incentivise farmers whose investments have been destroyed during the war of attrition waged against them by Fulani terrorists. Without Government’s financial assistance, there is no way most farmers will be able to go back to farming, even if security of their lives and new investments are assured.

 

Signed.

 

Otunba Hon Tayo Onayemi

 

Barr Akeem Aponmade

 

Barr Femi Mokikan

 

Otunba Niyi Sodiya

 

Dr Kayode Olunuga

 

Mrs Buky Tunde Oshunrinde

 

Mrs Sola Maja

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