Fayose’s Sallah rams split Ekiti Muslims


SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 : KAMARUDEEN
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Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Tuesday
distributed rams to Muslims in the state,
appealing to them to shun politicians whipping
religious sentiment.
A communiqué signed by the state’s Assistant
Secretary, League of Imams and Alfas, Alhaji
Quadri Oguntuase, and two others, had earlier
ordered Muslims in the state not to collect rams
and other food items for Sallah celebration, if
presented to them in any form by the
government.
However, the General Secretary of the League,
Alhaji Abdulrazak Adenipekun, in a counter-
statement, ordered Muslims in the state to ignore
the ban on Sallah gift.
Distributing the rams at the Government House,
Fayose said he would not allow himself to be
dragged into playing politics with religion in the
state.
“I won’t allow anybody to drag me into playing
politics with religion. What I am doing today is a
demonstration of love and support for the
Muslims. I am not that kind of a leader who does
things with religious interest.
“I will do same to Christians at Christmas exactly
what I am doing to Muslims today. Ekiti is one,
whether you are a Muslim or a Christian and this
is the spirit I want all of us to imbibe.
“In my actions and conducts, every Ekiti man
knows that I am going to relate with you whether
you are a Christian or a Muslim. The two are the
same. I have no preference in either of the two. I
am the governor today and if Muslims get there
tomorrow, we will all support him.
“The Chancellor of the Ekiti State University and
Alara of Aramoko Ekiti, Oba Olu Adeyemi, is a
Muslim. The Special Adviser, Political, Alhaji
Ademola Bello, is a Muslim and many that had
been appointed into boards, which I won’t like to
play up.”
Fayose urged Muslims to continue to live in
harmony and always think of one Nigeria,
regardless of where they stay or live.

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Nigeria’s biggest opponent


SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 : OUR READER
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Boko Haram is a terror group which has caused
a lot of devastation in the nation’s polity
especially in its sphere of operations in the
North.
Boko Haram which translation means, “Western
education is sin” has become a major threat
facing Nigerians in recent times. This group has
perpetrated several bombings that claimed
millions of innocent citizens.
The sect has become more organised and
dangerous in unleashing terror on Nigerians,
particularly government establishments in the
northern part of the country. Either way one
looks at the group, its activities have been very
damaging both physically and psychologically. Its
real leadership and financiers are largely
unknown. And because its threat of operation is
very wide, no one can predict where it is going
to strike next or at whom. It operates at will and
at its own choosing. The insurgents’ activities
have both domestic and global implications
having bombed churches, mosques, schools and
market places, kidnapped women, children and
assassinated politicians and religious leaders
alike.
The government has had varying success in its
attempts to tackle the group. It has been able to
limit the attacks by the sect to northern Nigeria.
This however seems due to the sect not having
south in its sight than to the competence of
Nigerian security forces. It has been able to
arrest key leaders of the group and engage
international support to crush the sect.
However, Boko Haram activities have
destabilised socio-economic activities in many
parts of the country especially in the North, and
increased crimes and destruction of lives and
property to Nigerian citizens. This crisis is
beginning to turn into a full-scale national crisis
because the destructive effects on the
communities are immense.
Furthermore, we live in a world where violence is
now the order of the day and prevalent in human
relations. Terrorism is one of the greatest threats
Nigerians are facing today. Our nation is at the
instance confronted with intimidation from Boko
Haram insurgents. The security of any nation is
very vital because where peace, safety of lives
and property is not guaranteed, there can be no
meaningful development.
The government would therefore be well-advised
to recognise this as a major problem that
requires more than military action because it is
very unlikely that the Boko Haram sect can be
defeated militarily. The sophistication of Boko
Haram’s operations indicates the group may
enjoy support from some top officials. So, I am
appealing to the government to expose those
behind the funding of the sect, and also to
create more job opportunities for the citizenry.
It is therefore necessary that the government
seeks ways to limit the effectiveness of the
sect’s attacks and finds means to drive the sect
underground.
Ruth Nkeonye,
Ejigbo, Lagos State,
+23481603327

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Trucks return to Apapa, cause gridlock


SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 : COMFORT OSEGHALE
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Truck drivers have taken over major routes
leading to Apapa in Lagos State, causing
unprecedented gridlock.
Our correspondent observed that the situation
started soon after the drivers called off their 10-
day protest.
They had embarked on the protest following the
implementation of the Lagos State Road Traffic
Law, which restricted movement of trucks to
between 9pm and 6am within the Lagos
metropolis.
Since the drivers resumed operations on Monday,
trailers had taken over the Ijora Bridge with the
traffic spilling over to the Western Avenue and
extending to other connecting routes.
On the Mile 2/Apapa areas, there was gridlock
on both sides of the roads going into and exiting
Apapa.
Commercial motorcycle riders, popularly called
okada riders had a field day, as frustrated
commuters solicited their services to get to
Apapa.
Chairman of the Association of Maritime Truck
Owners, Chief Remi Ogungbemi, said the
situation was the aftermath of the 10-day strike.
He added that the association was working on a
system so that trucks would no longer have to
park on the roads, waiting to access the ports.
He said, “The truck drivers would have to be
called before they show up and before this
happens, the terminal operator must be sure that
they are ready to attend to the truck. So that we
don’t have a situation where they come and
queue on the road.”
The General Manager, Public Affairs of the NPA,
Captain Iheanacho Ebubeogu, had said the truck
drivers were ready to abide by the restriction
order.
He pleaded with the government to give a month
grace before the enforcement of the order.

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Tertiary institutions, catalysts for economic boom ─ Ambode


SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 : SESAN OLUFOWOBI AND
SADE ADEBAYO
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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode
The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode,
says tertiary institutions are critical to achieving
economic prosperity.
The governor spoke on Tuesday at the Lagos
House, Alausa, Ikeja, during the inauguration of
the Governing Councils of the Lagos State
University, the Lagos State Polytechnic, Adeniran
Ogunsanya College of Education, Micheal
Otedola College of Primary Education and the
Lagos State College of Health Technology.
He urged the council members to work to
reposition the state institutions as foremost
citadels of learning.
The governor said, “My administration’s belief
that tertiary institutions are critical in achieving
economic prosperity prompted the careful
selection of diverse professionals from the
academia, public and private sectors, with proven
track records and sterling antecedents, to
manage the affairs of the state institutions.
“There is no disputing the resolve of the state
government to build a new foundation for our
tertiary institutions. The quality of leadership and
members of the Governing Councils inspire
confidence that the potential of the institutions
and their ability to rise up to the challenge of
development will be unleashed.”
Ambode said the multifaceted problems and
challenges plaguing tertiary institutions in the
state could only be solved by taking concrete
steps with the right people driving the process.
He urged the members of the council to see
their appointment as a challenge and call to duty
to bring back the lost glory of tertiary institutions
in the state.
Ambode said, “You must be focused on the
formulation of policies and programmes that will
reposition the institutions to achieve their
mandates of quality teaching, research and
community relevance and service.
“Your mandate is to ensure that relevant and
appropriate measures are put in place for smooth
and harmonious working relationship in the
institutions. You are also to assist in setting the
desired guidelines and pursuing relevant policies
that will ensure academic excellence, standard in
education, better learning and teaching
environment, improved welfare for the staff,
quality infrastructural development and effective
management.”
The governor urged them to uphold due process
and respect for the rule of law in their official
dealings in the institutions, adding that the issue
of labour relations and clearance of all
outstanding matters relating to staff was of
utmost importance.
Among those inaugurated are Justice George
Oguntade (retd.), as the Chancellor of LASU;
Prof. Adebayo Ninalowo, a professor of Sociology
at the University of Lagos as Pro-Chancellor and
Chairman, Governing Council of LASU; Prof.
Tajudeen Gbadamosi, a professor of History at
the University of Lagos as the Chairman,
Governing Council of LASPOTECH; Alhaja Sekinat
Yussuf as Chairman, Governing Council of
MOCPED; Prof. Tunde Samuel as Chairman,
Governing Council of AOCOED; and Mrs. Tilley
Giyado as Chairman, College of Health
Technology.

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Assembly approves re-ordered budget for Lagos


SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 : SESAN OLUFOWOBI
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The Lagos State House of Assembly has
approved the re-ordering of the 2015 budget of
the state government as requested by Governor
Akinwunmi Ambode.
The House on Tuesday approved N19.7bn for
capital expenditure and N5.7bn for recurrent
expenditure bringing the total approved sum to
N25.4bn.
The Chairman of the ad hoc committee set up by
the Assembly to work on the letter, Rotimi
Olowo, had presented the committee’s report on
the floor of the House before it was approved.
The House also ordered the Ministry of
Economic Planning and Budget to thenceforth do
a quarterly review of approved budget to
enhance effectiveness and determine the level
of compliance by the Ministries, Departments
and Agencies.
It will be recalled that Ambode had last week
presented a letter to the Assembly, explaining
that the re-ordering of the budget was needed to
conclude certain projects, including the
construction of a pedestrian bridge at Ojodu
Berger and the construction of fly-over bridges
at Ajah Roundabout and Pen Cinema, Agege,
among others.
In a related development, the lawmakers also
confirmed the appointment of Mr. Olufolarin
Ogunsanwo as the Chairman of the Lagos State
Internal Revenue Service.
Ogunsanwo, who appeared before the House on
Tuesday, promised zero tolerance for tax evasion
in the state.
A statement by Ambode’s Chief Press Secretary,
Habib Aruna, added that the governor had earlier
approved the appointment of new directors to
the board of LIRS.
The statement read in part, “The new directors
include Mrs. Akintola Bolaji, Moroof Tijani, Mrs.
Arinola Kola-Daisi, Seyi Alade, Mrs. Afolayan
Folashade and Ayodele Adebayo, with Jimi Aina
serving as board secretary.
“The new officers are expected to resume work
immediately and work towards implementing the
vision of the state government.”

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Boko Haram kills 27 in fresh Monguno bombing


SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 : KAYODE IDOWU AND
GODWIN ISENYO
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Twenty-seven persons were killed and 62 others
injured during bomb attacks on Monguno, a town
about 135 kilometres from Maiduguri, the capital
of Borno State.
A member of the youth vigilante group, Idris
Baba, told our correspondent on Tuesday that
the Monguno attack happened at about the same
time 54 persons were killed through bombs
planted by members of the Boko Haram Islamic
sect in Maiduguri on Sunday.
He said a bomb explosion from a suicide bomber
hit the Onion section of a local market at
Monguno on Sunday evening, which resulted in
the death of not less than 27 persons, mostly
traders.
A medical officer at the state Specialists
Hospital, Maiduguri, who spoke anonymously,
said, “Five vehicles conveyed 62 injured persons
from the Monguno attack to the Specialists
Hospital in Maiduguri (on Monday afternoon) but
we quickly asked them to go to the University
Teaching Hospital, because our facilities are
over-stretched.”
A resident of Monguno, Baana Abubakar, who
accompanied some of the injured persons to
Maiduguri, confirmed to our correspondent that
27 persons were killed.
“I was at the Onion market after the bomb
explosion to help in the rescue of people. I
counted 27 dead bodies from the scene,” he
said.
“We lost 27 people in the bomb blast. Our people
have started burying the dead ones. One of the
injured ones we brought to Maiduguri today also
died,” he said.
Confirming the attack, the Borno State Police
Commissioner, Aderemi Opadokun, in a text
message, said, “Yes, at about 1330 hrs of
21/9/15, caretaker Chairman of Monguno Local
Government reported an IED Explosion at
Monguno Onion Market at about 2130 hrs of
20/9/15.
“Some people died on the spot while others
sustained various degrees of injuries. Injured
victims were transferred to UMTH, Maiduguri,
while the dead were buried by their relations.
The scene has been visited. Investigation is
presently in progress.”
Monguno is the birth place of the National
Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno.
Meanwhile, the pan-Northern socio-political
organisation, Arewa Consultative Forum, on
Tuesday urged the Nigerian military never to be
deterred by the renewed bombing by the Boko
Haram insurgents in Maiduguri, Borno State.
The Boko Haram terrorists had on Sunday
carried out multiple suicide bombings which
claimed 50 lives at Damari and Bulunkutu areas
of Borno State.
However, the ACF said in a statement by its
National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim,
in Kaduna that the military was already winning
the war on insurgents and should not relent.
According to the forum, with the renewed effort
of the military and the civilian JTF, Maiduguri
had experienced relative peace, “but for this
wicked act of barbarism on September 20,2015.”
The ACF, while condemning the continued use of
suicide bombers by Boko Haram to kill innocent
people, also hailed the Nigerian military for the
onslaught on the terrorists’ enclaves.
It noted that all the Nigerian military needed to
route out the insurgents was to intensify its
intelligence synergy with the community.
The northern body said,”Arewa Consultative
Forum was shocked and disturbed by the sad
news of the multiple bomb blasts again which
occurred on Sunday September 20, 2015, at
Gomari and Bulunkutu areas of Maiduguri, the
capital of Borno State, killing about 50 people
with many injured.
“The ACF condemns in strong terms the
continued use of suicide bombers by Boko
Haram terrorists to kill innocent people in the
name of a religious war, as no religion condones
such cruel and barbaric act.
“The ACF wishes to commend the military and
other security agencies for the continued
onslaught on the terrorists’ enclaves and
hideouts, thereby dislodging them from their
strong holds.
“The ACF urges the military not to be deterred
by the cowardly act of the Boko Haram
terrorists, as their renewed effort and
determination will soon end the insurgency.
“The ACF also appeals to the military to intensify
its synergy of sharing intelligence with the
community.”
The ACF also condoled with families of those
who lost their loved ones, the government and

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Buhari meets Ban-Ki Moon, Obama, others at UN


SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 : ADELANI ADEPEGBA
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President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Nigeria
for New York on Thursday for a series of
meetings and interactions with notable world
leaders at the 70th Session of the United
Nations General Assembly.
The President is scheduled to hold talks with the
UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban-Ki Moon,
President Barack Obama of the United States,
President Francois Hollande of France, Prime
Minister David Cameron of Britain, Chancellor
Angela Merkel of Germany, President Vladmir
Putin of Russia, President Xi Jinping of China,
and Prime Minister Narenda Modi of India,
among others.
A statement on Tuesday in Abuja by the Special
Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President,
Femi Adesina, said issues to be discussed
include domestic developmental issues, bilateral
relations, the war against terrorism, countering
violent extremism, the enhancement of global
security, peace-keeping operations, climate
change and the adoption of a post-2015 global
development agenda.
The statement added that Buhari would be
accompanied by governors of Sokoto, Kaduna
and Niger states, the National Security Adviser
and permanent secretaries in the Federal
Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Finance,
Health, Industry, Trade and Investment.
It stated that the President would deliver
Nigeria’s statement to the 70th Session of the
UN General Assembly on September 28.
The statement said, “President Buhari is also
scheduled to address the World Leaders Summit
on ‘Violent Extremism’ – to which he was
personally invited by Mr. Ban-Ki Moon during the
Secretary-General’s recent visit to Nigeria.
“Also on the President’s busy schedule in New
York are a meeting of the African Union’s Peace
and Security Council, a high-level roundtable on
South-South Cooperation organised by President
Xi Jinping of China and the United Nations, and
participation in the launching of an updated
global health strategy for women and children.”
On Buhari’s schedule too are meetings with
former President Bill Clinton of the United
States, Bill Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation which is assisting Nigeria in several
areas including polio eradication, and former
Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Britain, the
United Nations Special Envoy on Global
Education, who is one of the main drivers of the
Safe Schools Initiative.
The President will conclude his visit to New York
on September 29 and leave for Abuja on the
same day.

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