Nigeria Air Force recants, admits ‘erroneously’ bombing Yobe villagers

The Nigeria Air Force has finally admitted to carrying out the bombing at Buhari village in Yunusari Local Government of Yobe State where 10 people were killed and over 20 hospitalised.

It had denied responsibility for the bombing on Wednesday with many attributing the incident to neighbouring Nigerien Air Force.

The Nigeria Air Force, in its initial response to reports of the attack, had said: “This tweet is false in its entirety. The NAF last conducted a mission into Yobe State (Not Yunusari LGA) on 5 September 2021 and it was an armed recce. No bomb or missile was even expended. Thanks.”

But less than 24 hours after its denial, the Nigeria Air Force said its operatives carried out the bombing.

In a statement by its spokesman Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the Nigeria Air Force on Thursday said: “Following intelligence on Boko Haram/ISWAP movements along the Kamadougou Yobe River line, an aircraft from the Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai was detailed to respond to the suspected terrorists activities in the area along the Nigeria/Niger border at about 0600hrs on 15 September 2021.

 

“The aircraft while operating South of Kanama observed suspicious movement consistent with Boko Haram terrorists behaviour whenever a Jet aircraft is overhead.

“Accordingly, the pilot fired some probing shots. It is important to state that the area is well known for continuous Boko Haram /ISWAP activities.

“Unfortunately reports reaching Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Headquarters alleged that some civilians were erroneously killed while others were injured.

“Initial release denying the involvement of NAF aircraft was based on the first report available to the Air Component which was subsequently forwarded to NAF headquarters that civilians were bombed as the aircraft detailed for the mission was not carrying bombs.

“Therefore a Board of Inquiry has been set up to thoroughly investigate the circumstances of the incident.”

Yobe Governor Mai Mala Buni commiserated with families of the deceased.

In a statement by his Director General, Press Affairs, Mamman Muhammad, the Governor also called for a full investigation of the matter to forestall future mistakes.

Governor Buni directed his Special Adviser on Security Affairs to liaise with the Nigeria Air Force and the Multi National Joint Task Force, to unravel the unfortunate Air strike on the innocent villagers.

 

 

 

Nigeria Air Force recants, admits ‘erroneously’ bombing Yobe villagers

One dead, others injured as gas explosion rocks Ijebu-Ode

One person was feared dead, while two others were seriously injured in a gas explosion that occurred in Ijebu-Ode area of Ogun state on Monday morning.

 

The  bad incident happened around 8am along Folagbade road, Ijebu-Ode.

The explosion, it was learnt, involved a tricycle, three motorcycles and a Honda SUV.

According to an eyewitness, the explosion was caused by a gas cylinder belonging to one of the occupants of the tricycle.

The eyewitness explained that the rider of the tricycle, which was conveying three occupants, was parked

by the road side, when the owner of the cylinder discovered that gas was leaking from the cylinder.

He said the tricycle was parked near a faulty car with a radiator problem.

The source explained further that, the occupant, in an attempt to fix the leaking cylinder, alighted from the tricycle, adding that the explosion was triggered by the heat which emanated from the car whose bonnet was opened.

It was disclosed that the accident involved three people, adding that one of the victims was badly injured.

“The owner of the cylinder had just refilled it with gas and unknown to her, the cylinder was leaking.

“The rider of the tricycle parked by the roadside for the woman to fix the leaking cylinder, but unfortunately, there was a car with a radiator problem parked nearby.

“The heat generated by the car triggered the explosion,” he said.

According to him, the victims who suffered third degree burns were rushed to a hospital within the ancient city.

One dead, others injured as gas explosion rocks Ijebu-Ode

Primate Ayodele Sponsors 41 Church Members To Jordan For Pilgrimage

The Leader Of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele has sponsored about 41 members of church to Jordan for the purpose of pilgrimage.

It was gathered that the members departed yesterday to Jordan on account of the popular prophet who has been in the business of empowering and giving massively to the society.

The man of God has also over the years sponsored nothing less than 500 church members, Christians to Jerusalem for pilgrimage and about 200 muslims to the holy city of Islam, Mecca.

According to eyewitness reports, the beneficiaries of the Jordan pilgrimage couldn’t contain their joy as they showered prayers on the popular man of God for this continuous philanthropic act.

Primate Ayodele, since he stared his ministry has been helping the needy, empowering widows, uplifting the youths and building human capacity.

In February 2021, during his annual day of thanksgiving, Primate Ayodele spent millions of naira on the needy through provision of house rents, purchase of WAEC and JAMB forms, dashing out of tricycles, dashing out of cars, providing relief materials, to mention a few

Primate Ayodele Sponsors 41 Church Members To Jordan For Pilgrimage

Baba Teacher! Gov. Sanwo-Olu visits Governor Abiodun in Iperu over Father's Death

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assured his Ogun State counterpart, Prince Dapo Abiodun, of Lagos State would stand by him in the funeral rites of the late Pa. Emmanuel Adesanya Abiodun, the father of Ogun State Governor.

He said it is important for Lagos to be part of the funeral rites of late Abiodun to demonstrate that Lagos and Ogun states are indeed together.

The funeral rites of late Abiodun, who died on Monday August 2 at the age of 89 years has been scheduled for September 6 to 9 in Ogun State. 

Speaking during a condolence visit to Governor Abiodun’s family house at Iperu in Ogun State on Sunday, Governor Sanwo-Olu said the deceased lived a good life.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, who was accompanied by his Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde; Commissioner for Home Affairs, Mr. Anofi Elegushi, his Local Government and Community Affairs counterpart, Dr. Wale Ahmed; Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Pharm. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf and Special Adviser to the Governor on Civic Engagement., Princess Aderemi Adebowale, also presented Lagos State Letter of Condolence to Governor Abiodun to sympathise with him, his entire family and Ogun State.

He said: “I am here on behalf of the people and government of Lagos State to commiserate with you and appreciate God for what He has used Papa’s life for. Today, we are thankful and happy that though painful, we are not mourning. We are indeed celebrating the life of Papa Emmanuel Adesanya Abiodun.

“I want to assure you that Papa has gone to rest in the bosom of the most high God. I am sure his fond memories will continue to linger on. I believe and I can see from all the members of the Abiodun family that indeed Baba lived a good life. He was not just a father, he was a teacher in the entire neighbourhood and I am sure he was a disciplinarian. That is the product of what we are seeing here today.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu who was one of the earlier callers to Governor Abiodun shortly after the demise of his father on Monday August 2, prayed that God will continue to give his Ogun State counterpart the knowledge, capability and ability to move his state forward. 

“I commiserate with the entire family and ask God to continue to strengthen you in this very difficult time. It does not matter how old they lived; there would still be a part of them that we will continue to cherish. So, we want to commiserate with you and wish you God’s guidance and continue to pray that as you lead the entire Ogun State right now, God will continue to give you the knowledge, capability and ability to continue to carry your state forward.

“We will continue to join you in prayers and Lagos State will want to be part of the final rites; It is important for us to demonstrate that indeed we are together,” he said.

Responding, Governor Abiodun, who appreciated God for surviving his father, commended Governor Sanwo-Olu and his Ekiti State counterpart, Dr. Kayode Fayemi for finding time out of their tight schedules to commiserate with him and his family.

He said his father lived a humble life and served God with everything in him.

Baba Teacher! Gov. Sanwo-Olu visits Governor Abiodun in Iperu over Father's Death

How DSS Is Tackling Insecurity In Nigeria

It is without doubt that due to some tendencies, certain elements will always endeavor to undermine public order and national security. It is in the recognition of that possibility that countries establish specific agencies to detect and prevent threats against national (internal) security. It goes without saying that managing the internal security of a populous country like Nigeria would not be an easy one.
The State Security Service (SSS) a.k.a Department of State Services (DSS) is one of such agencies charged with detection and prevention of crimes and threats against the internal security of Nigeria. It is the leading domestic intelligence agency in Nigeria. Its primary responsibility includes the collection of intelligence for good governance and national safety. It ensures the protection of the State and its officials, citizens, critical resources and infrastructure from domestic threat.
Evidently, the DSS in the country has been doing a herculean task in discharging the aforementioned responsibilities. It is however unfortunate that most people do not realize how much sacrifice the Service and its operatives have made. One key area the Service’s achievement is outstanding is in the maintenance of national unity.  No doubt the indivisibility and indissolubility of the country provided by the Constitution rests on the DSS ably led by its Director General, Mr. Yusuf Magaji Bichi whose leadership has been impressive.
The criticisms in some quarters that the DSS has failed in its duty as an intelligence agency is unfounded. The Service has continuously implemented strategies that have not only been successful in tackling insecurity, but are saving the nation from collapse. The way and manner it managed the EndSARS incident and even the human rights community has remained outstandingly commendable. Nigeria has not collapsed due largely to the singular efforts of the agency.
That the DSS does not advertise its achievements is not a reason to castigate it in thankless ways. Most people would not know how much it stretches itself to protect the internal security of the country. Those that know are aware it is the eyes and ears of the nation. It is a gate keeper. The DSS is a pillar of support for Nigeria’s democracy. Since assumption of Bichi as its DG, the accusation of rights abuse has reduced drastically. The Service may not be perfect it is discharging its duties within the norms of democracy and rule of law.
Deeply involved in the ongoing counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations in the North East, it provides regular actionable intelligence to sister agencies. It does same for the anti-graft agencies and by doing so has reduced economic crimes, internet and advance fee frauds. The agency has maintained a robust strategy that is fighting kidnapping, banditry, arms trafficking and militancy, amongst others. It has sustained intelligence gathering efforts and aggressively participated in enforcement/joint operations with sister agencies. Some of its other achievements include, but not limited to: intercepting terrorist elements as well as disrupting terrorist cell. It has also intercepted cache of arms and ammunition in parts of the country; investigated and prosecuted criminal cases particularly those against the state.
DSS’ support for democracy, public policy, timely dissemination of intelligence, security education among other positive contributions have helped to boost public confidence in the Service and reversed previously held notions that it is unfriendly. Other strategies employed by the agency are; training and capacity building for staff, acquisition of new tools and technological capacity to meet today’s challenges and partnership with strategic groups. In this regard, major media outfits that have visited the agency’s headquarters were warmly received by top officials of the security agency. The guest were told that primary objective of the Service was to make Nigeria safe for its citizens and not to witch hunt anybody.
Without any shred of doubt, the current DG, since his assumption of Office, has brought lots of positive changes to the DSS. Things can only get better as time goes on. His performance has been commendable, not only in the area of combating insecurity, but in the Service’s diligent discharge of its responsibilities. A million accolades to the distinguished DGSS and his men.

How DSS Is Tackling Insecurity In Nigeria

President Buhari commiserates with Pastor in the death of his Son

President Muhammadu Buhari extends deepest sympathies to the family of Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), on the passing of his son, Pastor Dare Adeboye.

Also commiserating with members of the RCCG on the demise of the Assistant Pastor in charge of Region (Youth) 35, President Buhari urges them to find comfort in the teachings of the Holy Scriptures that those who have chosen to serve God faithfully will see Him as He is in eternity.
The President prays God Almighty to grant the departed rest in His everlasting kingdom and comfort grieving family, friends and associates.
President Buhari commiserates with Pastor in the death of his Son

Synagogue Church Yet To Hold Any Service Two Months After TB Joshua’s Death

All is definitely well at the Synagogue Church of all Nations, SCOAN.The church is yet to hold any service since its founder, Prophet TB Joshua died two months ago.

TB Joshua’s death has no doubt left a huge vacuum begging to be filled but to no avail as no gathering has been seen either at the church or at the prayer mountain.

Although, there are indications of crisis before and after the man of God,was buried on the 9th of July, 2021.

Days after the burial, rumours has it that the founder’s wife, Mrs Evelyn Joshua has been appointed as the new head of the church but was quickly dispelled by the church through a facebook post on the ministry’s page. In the post, an interview of Prophet TB Joshua was posted where he said his wife or children cannot take over from him because they are not anointed. This development was perceived as a plot by mischief makers in the ministry to stylishly sideline the founder’s wife from the affairs of the church.

 

Mrs Evelyn Joshua has the right to step into her husband’s shoes especially in the areas of administration, welfare of members which we believe she has been doing but does she have the capacity to step into his shoes spiritually? This has been one of the issues that has rocked SCOAN since the death of Prophet TB Joshua.

As a result of this, it has become impossible to hold any service as there are uncertainties on who will lead the church in the stead of Prophet TB Joshua. Even on the facebook page of the ministry, all that have been posted so far are past messages of the man of God

Synagogue Church Yet To Hold Any Service Two Months After TB Joshua’s Death

Primate Ayodele Empowers Women in His Church with N7 Million

The leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele has wowed the women in his church with a massive empowerment programme that cost about N7 Million.

The empowerment which took place during the church service today is to commemorate the annual women’s day.

Primate Ayodele while speaking during the service revealed that over N7 Million was spent to make the programme successful as it has been his culture to always reach out to the widows and less privileges.

Some of the beneficiaries appreciated the man of God for his kindness and philanthropic act especially at a time when it is needed.

Primate Ayodele has been making lots of efforts to make life better for his church members and everyone that he has ever come across. Several people that run into hundreds have benefited from his many empowerment programmes.

In his church, every first Sunday is always to give food items that include rice, beans, garri, yam to church members.

Also, the month of February has been recognized as a time when Primate Ayodele embarks on massive empowerment programmes. Just like this year, the popular prophet went to schools, orphanages, motherless babies homes to give them relief materials and on the 14th day of the month which is his annual thanksgiving day, He gave out two cars to journalists, tricycles to some church members, JAMB and WAEC forms, millions of naira to the needy, to mention a few.

Primate Ayodele Empowers Women in His Church with N7 Million

Oduduwa Republic! Why I’m Against Secession by Duro Onabule

 

I saw a video clip of a group of young Yoruba elites canvassing the creation of Oduduwa Republic. The spokesman claimed that they are not even interested in restructuring, that it is late in the day, but the outright creation of Oduduwa Republic.

Carrying placards, they insist they are fed up with Nigeria and that Nigeria has been a setback for the Yoruba's because in 1949 when Yorubas had the television, even when France has not have one.

Also, that Yorubas were ahead of Korea in the 1950's, but today, we have been derailed by the Nigeria project.

These are their main arguments, which, as I will soon show, are no arguments at all.

I write to you leaders of Yorubas to warn you to be careful; be extremely careful so that you don't make some fatal errors that will set Yorubas even further aback.

Times have changed and we must address issues within the context of our time or we risk failing in this endeavour.

Some days ago I had an epiphany of a secession of Yorubas and I am not surprised that some are making underground moves to actualise this end.

However, permit me to share some wisdom for our consideration.

I think it will be a serious mistake at this time for Yorubas to contemplate a secession from Nigeria as the repercussions will be grave, if not incalculable.

It was Albert Einstein who once said, "condemnation without investigation is the highest form of ignorance."

I believe we have done the due diligence and proper investigation before embarking on this course of action?

I hope the youths promoting this venture know the implications and consequences of what their actions could bring and spring in their time?

It is the Yorubas who say that when a child stumbles he looks forward, but when an adult stumbles he looks backward to see the cause.

Let us look backward and also forward to see why Yorubas have been stumbling in Nigeria and examine the cause; we will be surprised who we would see.

The enemy is ourselves.

The enemy of the Yorubas is the Yoruba and secession will not stop the stumbling because it would only take the theatre to a different space.

I must tell you that I am opposed to any form of secession or a unilateral secession of the Yoruba from Nigeria at this point in time. Soon you will know why.

However if other stakeholders agree at a Conference Table that the Nigeria project is no longer workable and there should be mutual separation then that becomes a different thing.

Here are my reasons why I oppose any Oduduwa Republic at this time or any secession from Nigeria.

I shall make this under three specific headings:

1. GENERAL ISSUES

A secession of Yoruba from Nigeria or the creation of an Oduduwa Republic at this time would be wrong for the following reasons:

1. The Yorubas made the largest required investment which made Nigeria possible. If you read the history of nationalism, of Nigerian nationalist struggles and agitations against colonial rule, you will know that the Yorubas made more contributions than any other tribe or group to make Nigeria possible.

Although Chinua Achebe wrongly claimed that the Ibos alone fought for Nigeria's independence in his ill- received, poorly- edited, divisive and tendentious book THERE WAS A COUNTRY, his claim can never stand under proper scrutiny or face authentic history.

The Macaulays, Paynes, Majas, Pearces etc and most of the names known to give trouble to the Europeans to force them into leaving were Yorubas.

Thus it would be wrong to agitate for Nigerian Independence and then turn away from Nigeria.

If it is not working, then make it work.

This is the first argument against secession of the Yorubas from Nigeria.

2. The evils we complain about in Nigeria also exist in Yorubaland and amongst the Yorubas.

The young Yoruba elites who want to take Yoruba out of Nigeria complain of many evils in the nation. True. But these evils too exist among us and Yorubas are not exempted from them.

Remember Soka Hill discovered in Ibadan where human parts were being sold to rich clients for years - its in Yorubaland. Same has been found in several other places in the Southwest.

An Islamic slave labour camp was discovered recently in Ibadan, almost as bad as the ones in the North.

Human "poultries " have been found in Akute, Ogun State, and in Abeokuta etc where teenage girls are kept by super madams to be paired with young men to breed like rabbits and the offsprings sold to rich clients for money.

How about cultism and cultic warfares in Ikorodu, Lagos, Ibadan and Abeokuta which are regular features of news items?

Most of the evil in Nigeria exists among Yorubas. Thus leaving Nigeria solves nothing, in fact, it only compounds the problems because its now spread on a smaller area.

3. The question should be asked: Why should we leave Nigeria at this time?

If we are leaving, why are we leaving?

Because of the bad leadership of Buhari and the APC.

The major reason today causing this agitation was the misrule of the last five years under this government and the promotion of Fulani hegemony over the whole nation.

So I ask, should Yorubas leave because of Buhari?

Really?

Okay. Questions:

Who made Buihari presidency possible?

Who elected Buhari as president of Nigeria?

Not the Ibos. Not the South South.

It was Yoruba votes that brought this disaster of a government upon us, this "one chance" of a government upon this nation.

In 2015 it was so and this error of a government was reinforced again by the Yorubas in 2019 across Ekiti, Osun, Ondo and Lagos - where Buhari won.

The Igbos rejected him both in 2015 and 2019.

So if Nigeria is becoming a failed state because of Buhari, Yorubas have a hand in it.

You cannot cause a problem and then run away from the consequences.

Asking for Oduduwa Republic now is like that.

You cannot leave while the house is on fire: your founding fathers asked for Nigeria from the British and you voted Buhari and financed him into office for which you now regret.

Be brave: you cannot leave without first solving the problem you helped birthed into Nigeria.

4. Most of the problems that plagues Nigeria today are caused by all of us including the Yorubas.

Yoruba elites describe Nigeria as a failed state, a rogue state.

In fact it is worse. It is a bandit state, a gargantuan occult republic run by syndicates and gangster collectives.

Read Claude Ake, it is worse.

Yes, that is true. But that is not the whole truth.

The Yorubas too contributed to making Nigeria into the failed state that it is today. It is time the Yorubas tell themselves the truth.

We love to tell others the truth but we should once in a while tell each other.

Sometimes we talk as if Yoruba is perfect, as if there are no evils on our hands.

We accuse Tafawa Balewa of declaring a state of emergency in the West. True.

But would he have done that if we have not given him the cause to do so?

If they had not found a mole amongst the Yorubas?

- Who betrayed Awolowo at the Treason able Felony trial in 1963?

- Who were the prosecution witnesses and the judge that sentenced him "whose hands were tied "?

- Who betrayed Abiola to Abacha telling him all the movements of the man?

- Who traded-off June 12 to form political parties which was later dubbed Alliance for Destruction (apologies to Gani Fawehinmi)?

- Who betrayed Diya to Abacha telling him what he did not say?

- Who defended the mathematical fraud of 12 2/3 = 13 in 1979 to foist that NPN gang, a consortium of robbers on Nigerians?

- Which of the Chief Justices gave the ruling that fair judgment must never be referred to?

- Which military head of state ensured, by all means, that NPN won and told Nigerians before the elections that "the best candidate need not win the election"?

- Who imposed Yar'Adua on the PDP as its candidate in 2007 and rigged him into office as President?

- Who drafted Jonathan, our Dr. "Clueless" from Otuoke, a man whose mindless looting regime preceeded this "one chance" government, under which we are now trapped?

Let every Yoruba son and daughter sincerely ask himself these questions and answer who those people are - whether they are Yorubas or not.

If they are Yorubas, then Yoruba people also contributed heavily to Nigeria's problems.

Do the promoters of Oduduwa Republic know all these?

Are they aware that their own parents and kinsmen are part of those that compounded the problems of Nigeria and made it, in the words of one of the British racist colonist, "a nation where the worst never happens but the best is impossible."

Oh Britain, treacherous Britain, the blood of Nigeria be upon thee!

All the problems we complain about in Nigeria Yoruba have their own share of them and even more than their own share in their formation, fruition, nurturing and development.

Take cultism that has now become the one giant monster searing the soul of Nigeria before the advent of kidnapping and ransom taking.

A Yorubaman brought cultism to the Nigerian Church. Yorubas brought cultism to the judiciary and the legal profession. And need I tell you that 7 young scholars started confraternity in our university, most of whom are of Yoruba extraction and parentage?

That seed has now bludgeoned to cultism that is infesting every campus, teachers and students and our youths today.

Let me stop here.

My point is Yorubas have a hand in Nigeria's problems. If Nigeria is today a rogue state, a bandit state, we too helped in making it so; just like the Ibos, Hausa-Fulanis etc.

I refuse to blame any tribe for what has happened to Nigeria.

We are all involved and we must all solve the problem together.

Leaving the union is defeatism and a nation is not built on defeatism or frustration.

SPECIFIC STRATEGIC ISSUES

I now address some specific issues of strategy about the proposed Oduduwa Republic for consideration.

There are lots of fantasy, incoherent inconsistencies, phantasmagoria about a Yoruba nation.

Some people have a hidden agenda which they don't want to tell us. All they do is to couch their demands under the dubious revival of a glorious past in a supposed Yoruba Republic.

We should be careful.

We talk of the past as if the past is Eldorado.

It is not. We talk of Awo as if he was a perfect saint.

He was not. He was a great man, perhaps one of the greatest from this land but he is not God.

He never saw himself as God, either.

I am old enough to know him and read his campaign speeches.

One of the men now promoting the Oduduwa Republic from the video footage made some interesting statements.

Funny and amusing.

He said Yorubaland had television station before France.

This is not a good argument, even if it were true. I ask you, is television station an achievement?

Was television invented by a Yorubaman or woman?

How much of the history of television do we know?

John Baird who invented it cried when he saw the havoc and the perversion of purpose that his invention was been used for as against its intended purpose.

That is why it is amusing that in 2020 someone would be crediting a television station as an achievement. I do not see how having a television station in 1949, ahead of France, gives us any cause for bragging.

Congo had printing, as far back as the 18th century, before many European country, due largely to the Catholics who needed it.

Of what use is any technology without the know-how to operate it?

Can we say Obasanjo and the PDP was a success because GSM telephony occured under their watch or because MTN came during their tenure?

I am also surprised that someone is celebrating the 50-storey cocoa house in Ibadan as an achievement.

It is not an achievement. In fact, it is a bad investment and a huge developmental mistake.

Highrise structures are built where there are constraints of landspace.

We all know this.

Ibadan or Southwest Nig did not have that problem now or in the 1950's when that structure was built.

But these are the list of firsts these Yorubas are touting that they want to recreate the Awo miracle.

This would be a fatal mistake, because none of their proposed leaders is an Awoist or even remotely in the mold of anything resembling the shadow of Awolowo or an Aluko for that matter.

And times have changed!

Again, I present the following for consideration.

1. I ask a very pointed question: Would the Yorubas live together, even if they succeed in separating?

A foolish question you would say.

But not so foolish or insolent.

The differences between the Yorubas are there and the cleavages are there.

Because we are currently still within Nigeria, often time we don't see these differences, but they are there.

In the Oduduwa Republic those differences will come to the fore and become magnified.

How then do we address them?

The Aladura Scholar, Prof J.D.Y Peel, noted during his research in Yoruba land in the 1960s, that the differences between the Yoruba sub-tribes, the Ekitis, Ijebus, Egbas, Oyo's etc are as wide as those between the tribes of Nigeria.

In other words, the Ekitis are as different from the Ijebus as the Hausas are to the Ibos. If you have not observed this, you are not very observant.

The white man was right.

Because we are together in Nigeria we don't see this, but now in the Oduduwa Republic they will cone magnified.

How will the Yoruba Republic handle them, because they will not go away.

Will the Ijebus accept the rulership of the Egbas?

Will Oyos allow the Ijebus to lord it over them and continue with their exploitation given their bitter history?

Will the Ijeshas forget their ancient animosity to the Oyos and what they suffered in their hands or revive them?

Can the stubborn Ekitis allow the equally stubborn Ijeshas to Lord it over them?

Because a wound is covered does not mean it has been healed.

If the Oduduwa Republic becomes a reality you will all see the truth of what I am saying.

All the major wars that have been fought in Yorubaland have been fought amongst the Yorubas themselves.

Not against outsiders.

Osun, the Yoruba god does not destroy strangers, it destroys her own children.

Soon you will see what I am saying.

2. We often speak of the Old Western Region as if it was perfect. There were injustices based on ethnicity but which we should not reopen for peace sake.

All the projects done by the Action Group govt, how many of them were sited in the Ondo- Ekiti- Ijesha axis?

Yet the cocoa plantations and wealth that made the West came substantially from there.

How many cocoa plantations exist in Ijebu- Egbas axis, yet all the projects were situated or concentrated there.

How just is that?

Read Profem Ayandele's breakdown and judge for yourselves.

So if there were these imbalances even in those days of yore, how are we so sure that Oduduwa Republic will not be a miniature Nigeria, with more problems but with less resilience to handle them?

The Itshekiris and Delta regions of Warri actually voted to leave the West and have their own region. If they were fairly treated, why did they chose to leave?

The old Ondo and Ekiti equally agitated to have their own state from the West because they saw that they were being exploited by the Ijebus and Egbas in the West.

Will all these agitations suddenly melt away once we have our Oduduwa Republic?

3. We have forgotten that exploitation is in the very nature of men, whether white or black.

There is exploitation amongst Yoruba's too.

Someone is collecting 15% of the entire revenue of a state in the Southwest now.

We all know this and nothing is done about it, yet we are complaining about Nigeria being a failed state.

How are you sure Oduduwa Republic will not be a greater failure?

In which other part of Nigeria does this happen?

How many states in the southwest pay the minimum wage, even whilst most states in the North does?

Who is the exploiter of the people, their own people, now?

How many states in the North pay scandalous pensions to their former governors like is done in the southwest?

Which state started this racket?

These are the same people and their children and cronies that will rule the proposed Oduduwa Republic.

Sadly it will not be the leading minds and top brains in Yorubaland but the dregs and the gang of usurpers that have profited from years of unrestrained looting of the public till.

4. Have you asked yourself where is the industrial base that we will use for take off?

Virtually all the viable banks, industries and conglomerates in the Lagos- Ibadan-Abeokuta axis today are owned by other tribes in Nigeria, certainly not by the Yorubas. Have they thought of this?

Rome did not collapse in one day, it was gradual.

Yorubas are yet to see that they are in big mess, far bigger than they inherited or envisaged, not because of Nigeria, but because of themselves.

5.. In the Oduduwa Republic, which traditional ruler will be supreme?

Will Alaafin accept the supremacy of Ooni or vice versa?

Or will the disputes continue?

6. Ethnicity and Hegemony among the Yorubas is another serious issue.

In the Republic how do we handle the ethnicity and hegemony of the Yorubas.

Perhaps you may not know, I tell you today that there is deep, serious ethnicism amongst Yorubas.

We all speak so loudly about Hausa-Fulani domination and oligarchy that we have forgotten that there is the Egba- Ijebu hegemony over Yoruba affairs.

We used to hammer the Kaduna Mafia, but we forget the Ikenne Mafia.

Consider this - during the 2014 National Conference, 6 slots were allocated to the Yoruba group, Afenifere.

They promptly shared the slots among themselves.

Not a single slot was given to anyone to represent the Yorubas in Kogi and Kwara.

But when they want to negotiate for power, they remember they have their brethren in Kogi and in Kwara and that Yoruba land extends to Jebba and Lokoja.

But when it comes to representation they forget them.

As the Americans say, "taxation without representation is tyranny ".

These are the same men, the same schemes, who are now promoting Oduduwa Republic.

Please think very well, my people in Kogi and Kwara states, so that you don't change one slave master for another.

What about ethnicism among Yorubas?

It exists. Ijebu ethnicism, that sees everyone as strangers except themselves, even in the church!

Some Yorubas have told me, "Can we also call you Yoruba, those of you from Kwara?"

Not once or twice.

As a lecturer from Yoruba, I know the frustrations and struggles given to me by fellow Yorubas. I have never heard of a Fulani man doubting the legitimacy of another Fulani because he's from a different place.

Neither does the Igbos or Hausa or Ijaws.

Only among the ones who call themselves the children of Oduduwa.

That is why I wait to see how that Republic will work even while these contradictions amongst the Yorubas remain as they are. I wait.

THE REALITY OF WAR

I now come to my last issue and conclusion.

Here I am talking of reality.

What does this agitation sum to in real life?

Getting an Oduduwa Republic means war.

If you don't know, know it now. There cannot be an Oduduwa Republic unless there is secession of the Yoruba from Nigeria; and secession essentially means war, unless two conditions subsist, namely:

- Where the other stakeholders in a nation state agree to go their way, as happened in defunct USSR, or

- Where the secessionist group (in this case, the Yorubas) is the largest and the strongest within the existing union and can therefore bully the others.

The two scenarios above is not likely to happen,so the implications is war. I hope the promoters know this?

So I ask - are the Yorubas of today prepared for a second civil war with Nigeria?

Mind you, Yorubas will be fighting not just the Fulanis or Hausas, but the whole of Nigeria.

Why?

Because Lagos is too strategic to Nigeria, too important to it's economy and its prosperity.

Whoever controls Lagos will not be allowed to leave Nigeria except at the cost of war .

2. Are Yorubas prepared, at this time, to face all the regions at the same time?

Do we have the wherewithal to prosecute a war?

The Hausas will fight you because they have said and boasted long ago that Yorubas are the next tribe they want to deal with. I heard this in 2010, in Zaria, during my research.

You will now play into their hands.

The Ibos will fight you because of the old poison sown into them (over the civil war) that the Yorubas betrayed them, which, although not true, but is nevertheless widely believed as true by most Igbo youths to this day - and this is what matters.

Many Igbos will fight you because you foisted Buhari, whom they rejected and who has been, to be honest to the fact, an unmitigated disaster, upon them.

The Ijaws will not support you for removing Jonathan from power...

The Fulanis will fight you for opposing their Fulani Republic on the back of Nigerian wealth.

The Middle belt may not fight, but they won't support you for creating misery for them through Buhari..and so on.

I don't know how you will win this battle. I don't see how you can win all these with things as they are.

No, I am not a defeatist, I am just a realist.

4. Division among the Yorubas. Even when there is unity, success in battle is not assured, how much less when there is division?

Are Yorubas united at this time? I doubt it.

There are Yourba- Islamists who are even opposed to the Amotekun initiative and don't see anything wrong with Buhari, a fellow Muslim.

To them, everything Buhari does is okay, like our rubber-stamp Senate.

Islamists among Yorubas will oppose and can even be the fifth columns in a war.

There are still politicians who are benefiting from Nigeria who have made investment towards 2023 and want to see their ambitions realised. And they have their cronies, tools, aides, who control the press, the traditional power of the southwest. These people will not be keen on any Oduduwa Republic. They can subvert it.

So with all these how can you win a war with Nigeria?

5. People who have never seen a war are usually happy and excited about war, but war must be avoided at all costs. Unless it becomes inevitable.

As a Christian, I am not a pacifist, I am a just-war theorist, in the mold of Augustine and Martin Luther.

I will fight if it comes to that, but not for an Oduduwa Republic that is now being promoted in view of all I have raised here.

No one is driving the Yoruba's from Nigeria, so why leave?

All the evils that's been enumerated above, the Yorubas too, have a hand in them and if Oduduwa Republic is created today they will still manifest those problems.

So why the hassle?

You only know when a war begins, no one knows when it would end.

Think of the Sudan Civil War.

I warn the youths and elites promoting this venture to tread softly.

It is better not to fight than to fight and win. War is evil. Only in cases when it is just- war as conceptualized by Cicero, Augustine etc.

A just war is any war that's fought to stop aggression or remove the cause of evil.

My next article will be on this.

CONCLUSION

In view of all I have said here I think the time is not right for a secession.

We should promote and canvass another special sovereign national conference where we can have a return to regionalism or even a confederate arrangement that's mutually agreed.

We did not have a civil war in 1993 yet we brought down the military without firing a shot.

That is power.

We don't need a revolution of fighting, that is what brought us here.

What we need is a revolution of perception, to quote David Icke.

Fighting changes nothing. You become what you fight.

Gandhi brought down the British empire in India without firing a shot. That is what we need.

The problem of Nigeria is that we have never really had a government worth its name.

We have no leaders but mascaras, jesters and clowns.

Most of what we blame on Nigeria are actually troubles caused by mis-leadership.

But hatred should not be the reason to exit a nation.

You cannot found a nation on hatred, frustration, mutual antagonism. That is why the Oduduwa Republic promoters should watch it.

Nations are built on ideals, on visions, on values, on ethos, on truths; not on hate, or mutual antagonism or misgivings.

That is what caused APC's problem.

They came together to float a party, not on any ideology but on their hatred of PDP and Jonathan. And now that Jonathan and PDP are no more in sight, they have nothing else to strive for but to deploy the same hatred to one other.

They are totally bereft of what to do with Nigeria.

Look at Ogun State,Edo State,Ondo etc, they are fighting each other.

Those who so the wind must, of a necessity, reap the whirlwind.

Chief Duro Onabule is a Veteran Journalist and Chief Press Secretary to President Ibrahim Babangida

Oduduwa Republic! Why I’m Against Secession by Duro Onabule

Top Nigerians congratulate Toyin Kolade as Ooni of Ife Installs her as Iyalaje Oodua Today

Today 17th of July, all roads lead to the Ife Grand Resort Ile-Ife,where the Ooni of Ife and Arole Oduduwa, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja 11,will officially install Princess Toyin Kolade as the Iyalaje of Oduduwa race worldwide (Iyalaje Oodua).Ahead of the celebration many eminent Nigerians including Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and former governor of Ogun state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun across have sent felicitations to Princess Kolade, on her installation as Iyalaje Oodua by the Ooni of Ife.

In a statement by his Director of Media & Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare who doubles as Secretary of the Installation Planning Committee, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi had earlier three months ago announced the selection of Princess Kolade as the Iyalaje Oodua who will be officially installed on Saturday July 17th, 2021 at the Ile Oodua Palace of The Ooni of Ife in Ile-Ife.

In their separate congratulatory letters, the personalities who described Princess Kolade's appointment as the insertion of the right peg in the right hole, lauded the Ooni over such excellent appointment.

Felicitating with the celebrant, Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, in statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. (Mrs.) Folasade Arike Ayoade, described Iyalaje Toyin Kolade as an inspiration to the Yoruba People, to the larger Oduduwa Race globally and Nigeria as a country.

"Iyalaje Oodua, the Administration of His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello is proud of you. We want to use this medium to wish you may more years of peaceful reign and greater heights. I pray that God Almighty will grant you a robust health, wisdom and grace needed to meet up with the demands of this exalted title."

In the same vein, the immediate-past Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, described Princess Kolade as a repecter of the prestigious traditional institution.

"This is a well deserved chieftaincy title considering the many positive impact you have made in business, community service and in other spheres of human endeavors. "Let me also add that your contributions to the propagation of the culture and tradlition of Yorubaland, particularly through the annual Aje Festival Celebrations in lle-Ife under your coordination, have been exemplary." Amosun said.

Similarly, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Senator Adeola Olamilekan Yayi representing Lagos Senatorial District, Lawmaker representing Surulere Federal Constituency II, Hon. Shoyinka Abiola Olatunji and the Deputy Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Nigerian Content, Hon. (Arc.) Ibrahim Hamza rejoice with the celebrant in their separate letters.

Just like her husband, former First Lady of Ogun State, Chief (Mrs.) Olufunso Amosun in her words said, "This chiettaincy title is yet another feather to your already adorned cap. You have been a worthy ambassador of the womenfolk - always exhibiting zeal, passion and selflessness about the development of our society and humanity in general.

"Your nomination for this exalted title of lyalaje Oodua (worldwide) is a well deserved honour which epitomises the many giant strides you have recorded in business and in other spheres of human endeavours. The annual Aje Festival Celebrations in Ile-lfe which you have been coordinating speaks volumes about your contributions to the propagation of the culture and tradition of Yorubaland." Mrs Amosu said.

A leading commercial in Nigeria, Zenith Bank, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) and Occupation Safety And Health Association equally were among the institutions to currently rejoicing with Princess Kolade.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Iyalaje Oodua installation commitee and Atayero of Aramoko Kingdom, HRH Amb. Olusegun Aderemi has announced rites lined up for the history-making event which begins on Thursday.

According to the committee chairman, Iyalaje Oodua will be received at Ilero spot at Iremo road, Ile-Ife by the cultural women (Obinrin Ilero) and the Ooni's traditional aides (Emeses) to perform the ILERO rites who will lead her to the palace (Ile Oodua) to pay traditional oobeisance to the Arole Oodua before taken to the sacred Yeyemolu well for blessings.

She will afterwards return to Ilero spot (Iremo) where to be received by the Chief priests (Isoros) of Ilero for further rites.

Saturday 17th July 2021 will start with the movement of Isoros and Iyalajes of different markets to the AJE temple at Oja Ife (Oja Ejigbomekun), where the Iyalaje would join them in company of Emeses, seven horses and her guests.

She'll then be dressed traditionally as the Iyalaje Oodua and be prayed for to be able to discharge optimally in the lofty capacity.

Afterwards, she'll be led to the palace by the Isoros and Emeses in company of her guests. She'll be received at the palace's entrance (Enugeru) by Ife High-Chiefs who will then take her to the Temple of Wisdom (Ogun Laadin) within the palace courtyard for blessings.

At the Temple of Wisdom, she will get the installation leaves (Ewe Akoko). She'll then be taken to the, where she'll be received by the Ooni who would announce her as the Iyalaje Oodua and continue with other phases of the installation.

The grand reception and other social aspects of the installation ceremony will later hold the OJAJA ARENA, a 3,000 seater MICE Centre located within the premises of the Ife Grand Resort and Industrial Park, Ife/Ibadan Road, Ile-Ife due to be officially commissioned on Friday.

Top Nigerians congratulate Toyin Kolade as Ooni of Ife Installs her as Iyalaje Oodua Today

TB Joshua’s Daughter Gives Birth to Baby Boy on His Birthday…As Family Plans July 9 for Burial

‘I believe in reincarnation of the soul’. Many concur with this Russian Model and Philantropist Natalia Vodianova as  Sarah, one of the daughters of the late Prophet T.B Joshua, Founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) welcomed a baby boy on  her late father’s birthday.

The new addition to the Joshua’s family came on Saturday, 12 June, 2021 when the late Prophet would have clocked 58 years old.The news of the death of the late SCOAN founder shocked the world on June 6 few days to his 58th birthday.

If you recall, Sarah Joshua, got married to her Tanzanian heartthrob, Brian Moshi in May of 2021.

Meanwhile report has it that the late Prophet, may be buried on July 9, 2021 on the premises of his church in Lagos State.

A member of the family, who spoke on condition of anonymity on Sunday, said the date was fixed after the immediate and extended members of the family of TB Joshua met at the residence of the deceased in Lagos State on Friday.

The source said the burial arrangement would take place between July 5 and July 9, 2021

He said, “The extended family members, his (Joshua) wife and children held a meeting on Friday and it was decided that he should be buried in Lagos and the burial programme will be between July 5 and 9.

“It was on the insistence of the wife and the children that the other family members agree on the place of burial because they said they saw revelations that he should be buried in Lagos. Since they said it was spiritual, the family agreed with them.”

Our correspondent who visited the church on Sunday, however, noted that the main gate remained open for pedestrians, church staff and visitors.

Also, residents of the area said business had been poor since the demise of the cleric

TB Joshua’s Daughter Gives Birth to Baby Boy on His Birthday…As Family Plans July 9 for Burial

New WEF African Global Leaders to Get Aliko Dangote Fellowship


Eleven young enterprising Africans, among them two Nigerians, who have been named Young Global Leaders (YGL) by the World Economic Forum (WEF) for 2021, are to benefit from the Aliko Dangote Fellowship endowed to support African Young Global Leaders.


The beneficiaries are among 112 persons under 40 years of age, selected as Young Global Leaders by WEF, from across 56 countries.


The two Nigerians, Dr. Abasi Ene-Obong, founder, 54gene and Obi Ozor, the founder of Kobo360, joined the ranks of past Nigerian winners, Ambassador Debo Adesina, former Editor-in Chief of the Guardian Newspapers and current Nigerian Ambassador to Togo, and Mr. Simon Kolawole, CEO of Cable Newspapers Ltd.


While announcing the winners, the WEF confirmed that the African YGLs will benefit from the Aliko Dangote Fellowship, made possible by the Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF). Till date, 73 Young Leaders from Africa have benefitted from the fellowship.


The aim of the fellowship is to increase the quality and quantity of young African leaders by supporting the engagement of African YGLs in the community, such as those from small enterprises or the non-business sector. The fellowship, WEF added, supports YGLs from Africa to participate in global YGL and Forum events.


The YGL award, according to WEF, “is to recognise and create a platform for a dynamic community of exceptional people with the vision, courage, and influence to drive positive change in the world.”


“We are excited to welcome 112 Young Global Leaders for the Class of 2021. From a gender justice and human rights activist to a multi-award winning artist and advocate for indigenous literacy, to a celebrated leader from the world’s youngest country as well as leaders from business, civil society, healthcare and government.” 


Giving a breakdown analysis of the winners, the WEF said among the 56 countries represented in the award, eleven leaders hail from Africa and their work brings the promise of a brighter outlook at a difficult time. “They join a group of Nobel Prize recipients, Pulitzer winners, Heads of state and chief executive officers committed to improving the state of the world”, it noted.


Chief Executive of Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF), Zouera Youssoufou, congratulated Ene-Obong and Ozor for this accomplishment and urged them to continue raising the Nigerian and African flags.


She said ADF was pleased to have worked with 54gene and Kobo360 at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, when CACOVID partnered various organisations for collaborative efforts to complement the government’s intervention to fight the pandemic.


“We are very pleased to see Dr. Abasi Ene-Obong and Obi Ozor recognised in this way given the remarkable work they and their young team have been able to accomplish recently and especially in this past year. 54Gene and Kobo360, have been integral part of the national rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic displaying exemplary professionalism, efficiency, dedication, and patriotism. Truly inspirational and further proof that Nigerian and African youth are capable of anything given the right opportunities”, Zouera enthused.


Many of the past winners have gone ahead to prove their leadership and enterprising ability in their various fields of endeavour to justify the essence of the award and the genuineness of their nomination.


A past recipient, Ambassador Debo Adesina said, “I am delighted to have two more Nigerians on the Young Global Leaders list of the World Economic Forum. This is a great honour and I trust that my compatriots appreciate the responsibility this laurel carries as well as the duties that come with it. Of course, it is a recognition that challenges them to be better at whatever they do, given the illustrious cast of honourees before them.


“In my 2005/2006 class of YGLs were accomplished young men and women who, afterward, went to greater heights by expanding the frontiers of excellence in public service, academia, the professions, innovations and all sorts of fields. I was inducted on the same day with Daron Acemoglu, the cerebral economist-academic who co-wrote the best-selling book, 'Why Nations are Poor,' Sergei Brin and Larry Page who both founded Google, Ndidi Nwuneli of LEAP Africa, Brian Molefe in South Africa and Prince Harkon of Norway. Gavin Newsom was Mayor of San Francisco then. He went on to be Lieutenant Governor and is now Governor of the State of California in the USA. There were many more across the world in that class and in the years after who are still working hard to make our world a better place. I welcome the new inductees and urge them to keep the light shining for all.


“There is, indeed, no better time than now for all young men and women all over the world, especially these awardees, to commit themselves anew to the goal of charting a clear course of service to humanity and be veritable tools for global development.


Another recipient in 2012, Mr. Simon Kolawole while reacting to the latest list expressed happiness that more Nigerians are being recognised at the international level for good reason.


He stated; “I had a most rewarding experience as a Young Global Leader (YGL) in every sense of it. I gained incredible knowledge from attending short courses at topmost universities and participating in conferences. I interacted with YGLs from diverse cultures and professional backgrounds. The entire experience has helped in shaping my professional career.


To underscore his nomination, WEF said Dr. Abasi Ene-Obong, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, 54gene, has quietly been making waves at the head of one of Africa’s foremost health technology companies, working in the field of gene technology. 54gene was created in 2019 and its stated mission is to understand the genetic factors that lead to disease in Africa.

The African genome has been understudied and misunderstood, according to 54gene, which addresses a vital gap in research and new healthcare solutions. 54gene’s work is included in Time Magazine’s list of the 12 innovations that will change healthcare in 2020.


Ene-Obong was also listed as one of the 30 most innovative entrepreneurs on the African continent in 2019 by Quartz Africa. Prior to 54gene, he worked in a range of pharmaceutical companies and research organisations. He gained a doctorate from the University of London, holding a PhD in Cancer Biology. He also has a Master’s in human molecular genetics from Imperial College London and a Master’s in Business Management from Claremont Colleges, California. As Africa starts punching its weight in science and technology, Ene-Obong is sure to lead the charge for gene-based innovation.


On his own part, Kobo360 floated by Obi Ozor, is a logistic technology company that aggregates end-to-end haulage operations to help cargo owners, truck owners, drivers, and cargo recipients to achieve an efficient supply chain framework.


With only a click of a button, cargo owners can simply request for any truck of their choice and have their goods picked up and delivered to the required location through an all-in-one robust logistics ecosystem. Kobo360 raised $30 million USD in 2019, backed by Goldman Sachs, an impressive feat for a startup.


It would be recalled that the Forum of Young Global Leaders was founded in 2005 by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, to create a world where leaders take responsibility for a sustainable future while meeting increasingly complex and interrelated challenges. There are 1,400 members and alumni from more than 120 countries till date.

New WEF African Global Leaders to Get Aliko Dangote Fellowship
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