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Obasanjo stripped of all Yoruba Chieftaincy title

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Obasanjo stripped of all Yoruba Chieftaincy title

 

 

 

Yoruba Council Worldwide, ‘acclaimed’ apex Yoruba indigenous organization, has stripped former Nigeria president Olusegun Obasanjo of all traditional chieftancy titles in Yoruba land.

 

 

 

Obasanjo stripped of all Yoruba Chieftaincy title

 

 

This was unconnected with the outburst of Obasanjo against some traditional rulers who were in attendance at the inauguration of the Iseyin Campus of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) on Friday, September 15.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The outburst which is described by many as humiliation of a traditional institution, has generated anger and varied responses from Nigerians in all sections of the society.

 

 

 

 

 

Yoruba Council Worldwide (Igbimo Apapo Yoruba) conveyed this in a September 18 letter titled “Declaration/Non-recognition As Balogun Of Owu Kingdom and any Other Chieftaincy Titles In Yoruba Land” and addressed to the Olowu of Owu Kingdom, Oba Professor Saka Matemilola and Olusegun Obasanjo, respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

It reads: “The above subject matter refers.

“The Yoruba Council Worldwide being the apex Yoruba indigenous organization, having waited endlessly for your compliance to the 3 days earlier call for sober apology press conference via our widely circulated notice on 16th September, 2023, we hereby declared and seize to recognize your Chieftaincy titles conffered on you by any monarchs in Yoruba Land, including the Balogun of Owu Kingdom, consequent upon your brazen refusal to apologize, degradation and disparaging comments to the Yoruba Obas on the 15th September, 2023 at Iseyin, Oyo State: A Total Sacrilege.

“We see your disrespectful statements at the commissioning of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Iseyin campus, and had commanded kings from Oyo State to stand up and accord you respect (and subsequent defense in premium times); to the arrays of first class Royal Fathers and other leading Obas like toddlers or a village headmaster or Army General talking profusely at his foot soldiers in a most depressing, disparaging and disrespectful manner.

 

 

“We reiterate as the leading vanguard voice for all Yoruba Indigenous people globally, we have eternal duty to preserve the aesthetic distinct Omoluabi ethos, Royal stools and ancestral customs and traditions of the Yoruba Obaship. precipitating our earlier demand for immediate apologies within three (3) days which you deliberately ignored blatantly.

“Furthermore, we shall mobilize all market women, youths and leaders of thoughts for onward sanitization and compliance to our declaration forthwith.

“We shall further commence strict legal action at a court of competent jurisdiction for defamation and scandalous libel

“We have emphatically spoken!”

The letter was signed by the President of the Council, Aare Oba Oladotun Hassan Esq, and Secretary General of the Council, Siyanbade Adekanmbi.

On Monday, September 18, Obasanjo stated that he still stood by his “stand up, sit down” order issued to some Yoruba traditional rulers in Oyo State.

Obasanjo added that he would remain firm, unapologetically and uncompromisingly maintain the position that the governor holds the highest office in the state, which informed his remarks and the ‘edide e joko’ directive.

The elder statesman, who made this known through his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, in a statement, noted that the position, respect, protocol, and dignity that must be given to the office of a governor by virtue of the constitution must not be denied, stressing that to do otherwise is to deride the office and the constitution.

“….the former President has affirmed that he stood firmly, unapologetically and uncompromisingly on the position that the Governor of a State holds the highest office in the State.

“By that position, the respect, protocol and dignity that must be given to the office by virtue of the Constitution must not be denied. To do otherwise is to deride the office and the Constitution

 

 

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Engage in Active Political Engineering, Not Planned Protest Says Buratai To The Youths

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cautioned that a “10 day of rage” can not be peaceful. Such a protest will be unconstitutional. The word rage connotes violence.

 

 

The former Chief of Army Staff and former Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Benin retired Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has advised Nigerian youths against the proposed nationwide protest by not allowing themselves to be used as willing tools by do-or-die partisan individuals or groups who want to stir up trouble in the country.

 

 

Buratai advised them to be good students of history and take lessons from the 2020 EndSars protest, which did not yield the desired benefit. According to him, what they did was to allow hoodlums to hijack the protest, and the result was total mayhem against innocent individuals, public, and private properties.

 

Not undermining their fundamental human rights, he cautioned that peaceful protest is guaranteed in our constitution, but in most cases, such protests end up being violent. The indicators are everywhere.

 

According to him, the planners of the protest have exposed their hidden and evil plan by christening the protest as “10 days of rage.” This means that the protest was never intended to be peaceful. A 10 day of rage can not be peaceful. The word rage connotes violence.

 

He challenged the planners of the protest to embrace the tenets of political engineering instead. According to him, youths constitute a large percentage of our voting and working population. Thus, they should be actively involved in the democratic process to bring about the needed change if need be.

 

“Youths can actively participate in politics, and their voices can be heard, their ideas and their actions can bring about the needed transformation in the country”

 

 

“Let Nigerians give the government the benefit of the doubt as President Tinubu listens to, and reacts to the challenges facing the country”, he concluded.

 

 

It would be recalled that the United Nations’ Department of Safety and Security has also issued a warning that the planned protests in Nigeria could be hijacked by groups with ulterior motives.

 

Also, President Tinubu has pleaded with the aggrieved Nigerians, especially the youths who are planning a national protest over the high cost of leaving to shelve the planned action. The President also assured those behind the planned national protest that he has heard their grievances and is working seriously to ensure that all their concerns are addressed.

 

According to reports, various Nigerian groups are planning a nationwide protest from August 1 to 10, dubbed “10 days of rage,” to address the country’s soaring cost of living and economic hardship.

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₦‎5bn Defamation Threat: We Meet In Court – Onanuga Replies Peter Obi

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₦‎5bn Defamation Threat: We Meet In Court – Onanuga Replies Peter Obi

 

The Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Communications and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, has reacted to the threat by Peter Obi, the former presidential candidate of the Labour Party, to institute a lawsuit against him.

According to reports  Onanuga recently alleged that Obi and his supporters were responsible for the planned nationwide protests against the Tinubu-led government over the hardship in the country.

But Obi, in a letter signed by his lawyer, Alex Ejesieme, to Onanuga, urged the presidential spokesman to retract the statement and tender an unreserved apology to him within 72 hours.

Obi also demanded N5 billion in damages from Onanuga over the said allegation.

Reacting, Onanuga, in a fresh post on his official X handle on Tuesday, said: “I am still waiting for the letter from Peter Obi’s lawyer threatening a N5 billion suit and demanding an apology to Peter Obi over the planned ‘revolution’.

“Let me just tell Obi and his lawyer: I am not afraid of any legal action. We shall meet in court.”

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General Buratai Pays Royal Homage to Shehu of Bama, Commends Peace, Development Efforts

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General Buratai Pays Royal Homage to Shehu of Bama, Commends Peace, Development Efforts

Former Chief of Army Staff and former Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai (Rtd), has in a heartwarming display of friendship and solidarity, paid a royal visit to the Shehu of Bama, Alhaji Umar Kyari Umar El-Kanemi, on Tuesday. The visit, which stems from the strong bond between General Buratai and the people of Bama, was marked by warmth and camaraderie.

The former Army Chief, who led the military’s efforts to liberate Bama from Boko Haram insurgents, was visibly moved by the transformation he witnessed in the area. “It’s good to be back in Bama again after my period of service… I can see that peace has finally returned to the Bama local government and the emirate. We give glory to the Almighty Allah for this achievement,” General Buratai said, his voice filled with emotion. The former Army Chief commended the state government for its efforts in bringing lasting peace to the state, saying, “We are looking forward to a closer relationship as friends… We wish to state that with the peace that has been attained, more development would come to Bama being the largest city after Maiduguri in Borno State.”

 He praised the Shehu for his leadership, saying, “I want to congratulate you on your installation as the Shehu of Bama… I also want to pray that the Almighty Allah grant your late father eternal rest.” The Shehu of Bama, in his remarks, praised General Buratai for his sacrifices and services to humanity, saying, “We are glad to receive you this morning… Your coming to Bama today is a clear indication that you have a cordial relationship with not just my late father but also with the people of Bama.” He expressed gratitude for General Buratai’s efforts in liberating Bama from insurgents, saying, “We continue to pray for your well-being… We will continue to cooperate with you and seek your advice in ways you can.”

The visit also attests to the military’s commitment to maintaining peace and stability in the region, allowing commercial activities to resume and life to return to normal. As General Buratai departed Bama, the people of the emirate were left with a sense of hope and renewal, knowing that their former Army Chief and Ambassador still holds them dear to his heart.

The visit was a reminder that even in retirement, General Buratai remains committed to the people and the region he served with distinction. As the people of Bama look to the future, they do so with a sense of optimism, knowing that they have a friend and ally in General Buratai. His visit was a testament to the power of relationships and the impact one person can have on a community. The visit also highlighted the importance of leadership and the role that individuals can play in shaping the destiny of their communities.

General Buratai Pays Royal Homage to Shehu of Bama, Commends Peace, Development Efforts

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