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Olubadan’s Palace Attack And A Call For Truce

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ONE of the reverberating consequences of the Oyo state government/Olubadan face off manifested itself in form of violent attacks on the Olubadan’s palace on Monday, September 25, 2017. The incident coincided with the occasion of the installation of some Baales and Mogajis by the Olubadan.

Prior to this development,there was a stiff opposition from the state government and the newly crowned Obas, who are still subordinate to Olubadan, on the impropriety of carrying out the installation without due approval from the government and Obas in council as stakeholders. Albeit, no live was lost.

Perhaps it was the handiwork of some overzealous guys from either of the two sides who had wanted to impress their paymaster and as a show of absolute loyalty, nobody knows. It can be reasonably infered that this scenario constitute a partial setback to the peace and tranquility in the state.There is no doubt, sustenance of peace and orderliness in Oyo state through the provision of good and efficient security is the flagship of the present administration in Oyo state.

The government laboured hard to secure this peace and tranquility as opposed to the laiz faire attitudes of the past afministrations that only paid lip service to this important area.

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Irked by this ugly development and with an intent to guard jealously the prevalent peace in the state, Governor Abiola Ajimobi condemned the incident in unequivocal terms. He pointed accusing finger to the opposition camp as the sponsor of the malevolent act.

He specifically linked the leader of opposition in the state, Sen. Rashidi Ladoja with the unfortunate incident. He enthused that his inference was based on Ladoja’s antecedents and exploits on similar matters in the past.There was a counter allegation from Sen. Rashidi  Ladoja to the effect that the Oyo state government should be held responsible for the dastardly act.

Up till now, no single arrest has been made on this matter. But, it is gladdening to note that peace has since returned to the area and police has stepped in.

It is worth asserting here that nobody stands to benefit positively from violence.The trajectory partisan dimension which the present face-off has assumed is worrisome and regrettable. Unfortunately, the impasse has snowballed into an orgy of violence, the end of which nobody can predict. It is pertinent to say that the Ibadan elders should resume the peace moves not minding insinuations of smear and blackmail if only to arrest this ugly trend of violence that may lead to carnage.

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The sordid fact that the matter is in the law court for adjudication is not a sufficient reason or excuse for the elders in the town to remain indifferent and maintain superfluous passivity.Their continued non-intervention has given the evil doers and some unpatriotic political jobbers on both sides the freedom and liberty to execute their private diabolical missions and agenda.

It is nauseating to observe that drums of war are being beaten on daily basis with provocative interpretations from both camps. And, this portends serious danger and threat to the prevalent peace in Ibadan land. Afterall, “malicious songs precedes a serious rebellion and battle.”

Pending the amicable resolution of this crisis, the peace makers should bar both sides from making press releases with the significant objective of safeguarding the job of the peace and reconciliation committee.This peace initiative should be all encompassing.Out of the court settlement move should be explored and pursued to the logical conclusion.

Furthermore, the Obas in council should be reconciled with the Olubadan with a view to moving the town forward.The present ugly and unabating impasse has heated the state polity to an embarrassing level, thus, rendering it vulnerable to undue and unsolicited security surveillance.

While praising the Governor for his level headedness and maturity on this matter, he should sustain the tempo of this prevailing magnanimity until the matter is finally disposed off. Also, Olubadan should exercise restraints and discourage partisan colourations of this matter by the scores of political jobbers who troops into his palace on daily basis.

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Akeem Adebiyi writes from Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.

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#ENDSARS: Buhari to address the Nation at 7pm on Thursday

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President Muhammadu Buhari will make will make a national broadcast Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7pm.

This was stated in a Press Statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adriana

According to him, “Following detailed briefing by security chiefs on the current situation in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari

”Television, radio and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Radio Nigeria respectively for the broadcast”.

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#ENDSARS: ‘Military offensive on protesters is an abomination, Akande -Sadipe talks tough

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The Chairperson, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe has called on President Muhammed Buhari to address the killing of unarmed protesters across the nation, while condemning the killing of protesters by Armed Security operatives in the country.

Tolulope Akande Sadipe in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday said, “I weep for my beloved country, Nigeria. This is the Darkest Moment in our Nation. The Current Action is Unacceptable”.

She wondered why men of the Nigerian Army turned on the people they were meant to Protect, firing live bullets at citizens holding the Nigerian Flag and chanting the National Anthem, describing such as an “Abomination”.

“I, as a member of the House of Representatives cannot keep quiet in the midst of this abominable action. I was duly elected to be the voice of my people and my people are weeping”, she said.

She opined that the protests were about a generation trying to end the systematic rot that pervades the society, which had eaten deep into the fabrics of the Nation.

The APC chieftain  continued, “We need to be honest with one another on this matter. We need to face the truth on ground. The youths were out there because they are tired and fed up of victimization, daily oppression, injustice, unemployment, untapped talents, lack of opportunity, poor healthcare, poor education and lack of infrastructure and power across the Nation. The Youths are protesting for a better future for themselves and their children. The #EndSARS PROTEST stands for the systematic ROT in our Nation.

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“This was about the realities on ground. This was about the ROT since independence. This was about genuine service to the people who elected us to represent them. This was not about the President, this was not about the current administration, this was not about North and South, this was not about Religion. This was not about party affiliation. This was about a Generation trying to end the systematic ROT that pervades our society”.

Speaking against the backdrop that there are some external forces pushing for the destruction of Nigeria, the lawmaker representing Oluyole Federal Constituency  said the Federal Government should genuinely address issues.

“Those alluding, that there is a 5th Columnist within or external, there is a solution. If there is a 5th columnist or external negative force, pushing for the destruction of Nigeria, if we do the right thing, by genuinely addressing the issues that have led to the distrust between leadership and our youths, by addressing the rot that has pervaded our Nation. The 5th columnist in our midst or external negative force, would fail. But with this action, what have we said to the Youth and to the world.

“This is the time to make the wrongs right and it is not by bringing out the Army to shoot its own citizens, that we achieve this. We can still put a stop to this inferno. We must realize that no position is permanent and it is the country we make that we shall all live in”, she added.

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Concluding, she empathized with all the families of fallen Youth Patriots, praying that their death would not be in vain.

 

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Nigeria Excluded From 2022 US Visa Lottery

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Nigeria has been barred from the US visa lottery application for 2022, a document obtained from the US Government website showed. 

In a 19-page document published on the website, Nigeria is the only African country barred from the visa lottery.

“For DV-2022, persons born in the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than, 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam,” the document read. “Persons born in Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible.”

Although natives of other African countries are allowed to apply, the document explained that “persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt are chargeable, respectively, to Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt,” it said.

“Persons born in the Gaza Strip are chargeable to Egypt; persons born in the West Bank are chargeable to Jordan; persons born in the Golan Heights are chargeable to Syria.”

In the document captioned “Instructions for the 2022 diversity immigrant visa program (dv-2022),” applicants must meet certain guidelines to be eligible for the visa lottery.

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“The Department of State determines selectees through a randomized computer drawing,” the statement added.

“The Department of State distributes diversity visas among six geographic regions, and no single country may receive more than seven per cent of the available DVs in any one year.”

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