Saturday

The two enemies of the people are 'criminals' and 'government'


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By Professor Femi Ajayi

"Muhammadu Buhari is an agent of destabilization, ethnic bigot and religious fanatic who if given the chance would ensure the disintegration of the country. His ethnocentrism would jeopardize Nigeria's national unity.".....Ahmed Bola Tinubu - 2003

Albert Einstein cautions that "The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything."

In Theodore Roosevelt words, "Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the President or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him in so far as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else."

Since 2016, General Muhammadu Buhari has been ASSURING Nigerians for better life; secured environment by terminating the atrocities of Boko Haram; gainful employment; positive economic growth; and a united Nigeria regardless citizens ethnic or religious affiliations.

Embarrassingly, it has been a rough road for an average Nigerian since 2016. In less than two years to his second term, Buhari keeps assuring Nigerians to end poverty, economic disasters, appropriate modern inappropriate, leaky environment in the hands of Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen, among other assurances.

Buhari claimed that "Nigerians are unfair to me". Justifying that his administration has been doing well, in tackling insecurity across Nigeria. More so, training, and equipping security operatives. He denies sparing bandits and other terrorists in fighting insecurity in Nigeria.

Buhari pre-recorded unacceptable interview of June 2021, on Arise TV, is not a substitute to speak to Nigerians in this critical time. Nevertheless, his reference to Igbos as a "dot within Nigeria" is unpresidential, failing to realize that the Earth is also a dot within the galaxy. Each dot in a Society makes the whole.

Buhari affirms the words of Thomas Jefferson that the "two enemies of the people are Criminals {Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen} and Government, {Buhari Administration}, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first."

However, the re-examination of the 1999 Nigeria Constitution is urgently critical.

We recognize the historical fact that in any society where injustice becomes a rule or law, civil disobedience or resistance becomes a duty, or an obligation. Buhari is feebly refusing to realize that Nigeria security challenges encourage the agitations for separation across Nigeria: the Oduduwa Country in South-West; Biafra in South-East; Ibom Republic within Akwa Ibom Coalition, Middle Belt in North Central; and Self-Determination in the Northern Minorities.

According to Buhari, "Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War. Those of us in the field for 30months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand."

Hence, it is shocking for his statement dealing with those agitating for separation in the language they understand. Violence or War?

Prof. Wole Soyinka remarked, "Regrettably, the President threatens, and in a context that conveniently brackets opposition to governance with any blood thirsting enemies of state, we must call attention to the precedent language of such a national leader under even more provocative, nation disintegrative circumstances."

Buhari has been quiet on the attacks and killings in Benue State especially, or any other Northern States, regrettably, he is very quick to evoke memories of the civil war whenever the South-East is involved.

Prof. Wole Soyinka continues "…When Benue was first massively brought under siege, with the massacre of innocent citizens, the destruction of farms, mass displacement followed by alien occupation, Buhari's language, both as utterance and as what is known as 'body language', was of a totally different temper. It was diffident, conciliatory, even apologetic. The evocation of the civil war, where millions of civilians perished, is an unworthy emotive ploy that has run its course".

Regardless, Buhari administration would be labelled as the promoter of religious and ethnic division in Nigeria. Any opportunity could be seized by Buhari to launch an attack on areas that seem not to be in support of his administration.

In Soyinka's words, "…the nation is already at war, and of a far more potentially devastating dimension than it has ever known. Every single occupant of this nation space called Nigeria has been declared potential casualty, children being pushed to the very battlefront, without a semblance of protective cover. We need no breast-beating about past wars. The world has moved on, so have nations,"

History shows that using the military and violent to solve the National problem leads to national fractionalization, lawlessness, and inevitable dissolution.

As Buhari war-drum gets louder, Nigerians should be cautious of the war dangers knowing fully well that the 'Military don't start war, politicians do;'

Betrand Russel warns that "War does not determine who is right, but who is left."

Herbert Hoover cautions that "Older men declare war, but it is the youth that must fight and die."

While Herodotus painfully reminds us that "In Peace, sons bury their fathers, but in war fathers bury their sons."

Whilst Bellic says, "War is when young and stupid are tricked by the old and bitter into killing each other."

The intelligence report that broke Buhari's silence could had been echoed by the Chairman of the Oyo State Security Network, aka Amotekun, Gen. Kunle Togun (retd), in May 2021 advised the residents of Southwestern States, Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo States to be security alert of the eminent attack from the foreign Fulani Herdsmen from Futa Jallon, Mali, Bourkina Faso, Chad, Niger Republic, who have been residing in the forests.

The President should deal with the sources of the insecurity in Nigeria in the language they understand, however, not on the innocent citizens.

Regrettably, the Boko Haram and the Fulani Herders, have intensified their killings, kidnappings for significant ransom as a way of indirect Government sponsorship. Ironically, as of June 2021, Boko Haram expanded to Niger State, closing to Abuja, while Fulani Herdsmen invaded Cross Rivers State.

Unfortunately, Buhari administration refused to establish the way of ending Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen atrocities against citizens facing hunger, poverty, insecurity, and poor infrastructure.

In the face of security challenges in Nigeria. There is a popular saying that if your neighbor is swallowing bad insects, the disquieting noise of wheezing would prevent peaceful night sleep. The Islamic State group and its rivals in al-Qaeda have taken a strategic decision to make Africa their new priority after suffering setbacks in the Middle East, meanwhile Nigeria is very vulnerable in the faces of Both Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen.

Africa's semi-arid Sahel region has been hit by an insurgency, since militants captured large parts of northern Mali in 2012 and 2013, and it is spreading fast to Nigeria. If chaos, violent extremism, and insecurity become the norm in Sahel nations like Mali, then we are likely to see a new geographic base from which jihadists can plot attacks around the world, especially its neighboring countries, like Nigeria. Whereas this part of Africa, the Sahel, is the transit route for huge numbers of migrants making their way northward to Europe or its neighboring countries to escape from their own countries. It is also a major transit route for illegal drugs, weapons, and jihadists. Nigeria vulnerability is inevitable.

Nigeria-Niger Republic proposed rail system could facilitate the Terrorist infiltration into Nigeria.

Could what Tinubu said about Buhari in 2003 be true about him, before they became 'partners in crime against humanity', ten years later, in 2014, that "Muhammadu Buhari is an agent of destabilization, ethnic bigot and religious fanatic who if given the chance would ensure the disintegration of the country. His ethnocentrism would jeopardize Nigeria's national unity."

So also, Nigerians were pre-warned by Prof. Stanley Nwabia on June 26, 2018, that "If Buhari wins a second term, Fulani Herdsmen will spread deep into Southern Nigeria using Oyo State as launch pad. Remember Buhari and his Fulani brothers had already 'marked' Oyo State in the early 2000s during Lam Adesina's era."

Buhari should be cognizant of his oath of office, if that means anything to him positively protecting Nigeria Citizens focusing on security issues in Nigeria, diverting Nigerians from agitations for separation. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari should realize that it is time for a peaceful action and dialogue, not war and destruction.

Most Nigerians, with their lifestyles, prefer unity in peace than war. Dialogue is what patriotic Nigerians, Nigerian admirers and the international communities is expecting of Nigeria President to resolve the present national crises, and not military action.

We close with a message from Muhammadu Buhari that "I belong to everybody, and I belong to nobody."

Nigerians want Justice, Peace, Equity and Fairness, PEACE not WAR.

Wednesday

Ethnic Cleansing, Authoritarianism and Human Rights Abuses: US Senate blocks sale of military equipment to Buhari government

Buhari (L) with former Army Chief Buratai (R) now Ambassador to Benin Republic
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United States Senate has blocked the sale of weapons and military equipment to the Buhari regime, as a result of its constant abuse of human rights, one which is evident in the killing of #EndSARS protesters in Lagos, U.S. officials say.

The Nigerian government has over time relied on U.S. arms sales to help address multiple security challenges ranging from Boko Haram attacks, kidnapping farmers- herders clashes.

Foreign Policy reported that the lawmakers on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee delayed clearing a proposed sale of 12 AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters, 28 helicopter engines produced by GE Aviation, 14 military-grade aircraft navigation systems made by Honeywell, and 2,000 advanced precision kill weapon systems—laser-guided rocket munitions.

Information sent by the State Department to Congress said that the deal is worth $875 million.

The blockage is believed to be an indication that the lawmakers want the U.S. government to have a rethink on its relationship with Nigeria as Mr. Buhari gradually drifts towards authoritarianism.

Even as the country battles the Boko Haram insurgency, Western governments and rights organizations have berated the current administration for its abuse of human rights, particularly the killing of #EndSARS protesters by army personnel, corruption, and the recent suspension of Twitter operations across the country.

In June, Bob Menendez, chairperson of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called for a “fundamental rethink of the framework of our overall engagement” with Nigeria during a Senate hearing with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Mr. Menendez and the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Jim Risch, jointly placed a hold on the proposed arms sale, multiple U.S. officials and congressional aides had disclosed to the outlet.

Details on the proposed sale were first sent by the U.S. State Department to Congress in January before Joe Biden assumed office as president.

Some experts had also advised that the U.S. pause the arms sales, pending when it makes a broader assessment of corruption, and the Nigerian military’s effort in minimizing casualties in its fight against Boko Haram insurgents and other acts of violence.

“There doesn’t have to be a reason why we don’t provide weapons or equipment to the Nigerian military,” said Judd Devermont, director of the Africa program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“But it has to be done with an assessment of how it will actually, one, change the direction of conflict in Nigeria, and, two, that they will use it consistent with our laws.

In both cases, it’s either a question mark or a fail.”

“There is a culture of impunity that exists around abuses by the military,” Punch quoted Anietie Ewang, the Nigeria researcher at Human Rights Watch, to have said.

“I’m sure it’s a difficult situation. There are so many conflicts springing up across the country now,” the newspaper quoted Mr. Ewang further to have said. “The authorities, I presume, are trying to do the best they can to save lives and properties. But this must be done in accordance with human rights standards. You can’t throw one out just to be able to achieve the other.”

Nigeria has only received six out of the 12 Tucano jet fighters purchased from the U.S. government.

Meanwhile, the UK Parliament has declared that Mr. Buhari’s actions indicate support for incessant terrorists and bandits’ attacks targeted at individuals and communities.

The lawmakers sent a protest letter to Dominic Raab, UK foreign secretary, on July 26.

“Nigerian citizens are currently at the mercy of non-state actors who have been allowed to evolve and now have the capacity to shoot down a fighter jet, as has recently occurred in Kaduna,” said the letter.

Tuesday

Why men go for married or engaged women – Moyo Lawal


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By Staff

The age-long mystery behind why men would rather go for married or engaged females, instead of the single and free ones, may have been finally unraveled by Nollywood actress and model, Moyo Lawal.

In a recent Instagram post, the beautiful actress, while sharing a post, followed it up with how she understood the post she shared.

“My male friend told me he’d rather go for a girl in a relationship because he’d only be up against one other boy. But if she was single, he’d be up against 20! Scary” said the shared quote.

“Lool. Now we know why men prefer married or engaged females..you people are just mad… True.” Moyo fumes.

Sunday

10 Biggest Lies About Jesus

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Saturday

ISWAP, Fulani Herdsmen and Boko Haram terror: Foreign investors' interest in Nigeria plunges by 80%

President Muhammadu Buhari - Nothing to smile about

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Investment announcements in Nigeria fell to $1.69bn in the second quarter of this year from $8.41bn in Q1, indicating a decline of about 80 per cent, a new report by the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission has said. 

The report said the total value of investments interests in the first half of this year fell by $1.57bn to $10.11bn, compared to the second half of last year. The figure is, however, $5.05bn higher than that of the same period of last year. 

An analysis of investment announcements by sectors revealed that the manufacturing sector attracted the highest investments with $5.9bn or 58 per cent.

The general sense of helplessness or possible disinterest in tackling the growing insecurity by the Buhari administration has not helped matters. 

Rather than focus on the murderous activities of the Fulani Herdsmen, Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists, President Buhari and his handpicked Attorney-General Abubakar Malami, a Northern Fulani Muslim, have instead focused their attention on Southern law and justice advocates like Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho.

The head-scratching focus on these Southern advocates, as opposed to the Northern-Muslim terrorist organizations, has essentially exposed Buhari as an unrepentant ethno-religious bigot, a label the latter has struggled to shake off for much of his underwhelming career both as a soldier and as a leader.

Nigeria is indeed at a cross-roads and there is no telling where Buhari's rudderless leadership might eventually lead the nation. 

The Nigerian economy can't survive without the requisite foreign direct investment and the current atmosphere is just not conducive for that.

Friday

The Unknowns: Mystifying UFO Cases

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Tuesday

Oyedepo: I warned about this evil Buhari govt in 2015, some were upset

Bishop David Oyedepo

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Bishop David Oyedepo said he has now been vindicated when he warned Nigerians in 2015 that the coming Muhammadu Buhari government was evil.

He spoke yesterday in his first sermon at the Faith Tabernacle in Ota, Ogun state.

“I told this nation you were heading for trouble. Are they in trouble or in turbulence?,” he told his church members.

“I am privileged to be among the few God shows things long before they happen.

“I saw the wickedness of the wicked being forced on the land. Now no direction, no motion.

“When a Prophet speaks, He speaks the heart of God.

“I can’t believe the prophetic Word for you. You have to believe it. I can’t!

“You have to believe it if you want to see it come to pass in your life.

‘Some fellows were so upset when I was talking against this evil government. They were so upset.

“Will I ever be in a (Political) party in my life? No. Gone forever. I knew God has positioned far above, for nations when I was not above a town or a street. . I knew by divine insight”.

“Interestingly there is no devil that can stop some people experiencing their massive turnaround which has started already.

“There are some who won’t know there is turnaround anywhere because of their careless approach to the demands of the covenant, to make it happen.

“God has ordained a good old age for us: Yes”


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Monday

The 21st Century Marriage


From a recent study done in the United States of America, about 49% of all marriages end in divorce and you might think the odds of failure of marriages will be much less for couples heavily involved in the church but I am sorry to shock you, it is not quite so. Ministries today reports the divorce rate up 279% in the last 27 years! This, if anything, is frightening!

Taking a survey of all ministers in all denominations, 50% of their marriages will end in divorce. A recent ABC News broadcast also reported that the divorce rate in the "Bible Belt" is 50% higher than in other areas of the US. The Christian-Based Research Group reported in January 2000, that 21% of atheists and agnostics will or have experienced divorce while 29% denominational Christians and 34% of non-denominational Christians will or have experienced divorce. This is a rebuke to the church! Where are we getting it wrong?

Most marriages are predicated on faulty foundations and marriages with such foundation cannot last. People get into marriage for the wrong reasons for some it is the wealth that will be available at their disposal, others for reasons other than genuine love entrenched in God's approval.

I read a story about Tony Toto, of Allentown, PA. He operated a pizza parlor there. Tony Toto survived at least 5 attempts on his life, all arranged for or carried out by his dear wife, Frances & her lover. Twice she arranged for assailants to beat him over the head with baseball bats. On one occasion she put a tripwire across the basement stairs in their house, hoping that he would trip over it & plummet to his death.

She also arranged for him to be shot, at least on two occasions. The first time she drugged his chicken soup so he would sleep soundly; he was shot in the head, but miraculously survived. The 2nd time he was shot in the chest, but only sustained minor injuries.

Even more miraculous than Tony's survival was his attitude toward his wife once he found out she was responsible for all of this. Tony said that he held his wife blameless.

When she was found guilty and sent to prison for arranging for his murder, he took their 4 children and visited her every week - every single week. Then when she was released from prison, she went back to their red brick home to resume her married life with Tony.

With his arm around her, Tony said, "We're more in love now than ever before.Wow! What a man! This is one very rare case, but how many people can live up to this? I am sure a lot of people would have thrown out the woman at the first attempt or probably kill her in the process. What is happening to our homes and marriages today?

Is your marriage going through a strain? Are you so stressed and worked up and thinking of calling it quits? Divorce should not be an option, you can work this through. During my counseling sessions, I have asked couples 'what attracted them to each other in the first place and if that object of attraction is still present.'

Most marriages get into murky waters when there is a downward shift in the relational disposition of either or both partners. When the gifts stops coming, the communication becomes brief and formal and the romantic sparks becomes extinguished…you had better watch out, you are standing on a divorce time-bomb waiting to explode!

Let me share with you some secrets that I have shared with my audience. It is embedded in the four letter word L.O.V.E. I am not saying love by mouth but this is love from the very depth of your soul, it's a connection you must have with your spouse, if anything comes in between this connection then you are on a dangerous path. Let's look at this together:

L - Living for One Another: Living for one another is one of the strong keys to living together till 'death do you path.' It means your spouse becomes the reason for your living. When you live for another it means you are dead to self, it means you are broken. At this stage, it is not about your qualification nor is it about how much money you earn more than your spouse…the moment you begin to see yourself as the more important part of the relationship then you are digging the grave for your marriage. When you live for one another, then you will grow in each other.

O - Open Up to One Another: Secrecy is a silent and gradual terminator of the peace and joy within the home. Many homes have been destroyed as a result of secrets that were believed to have been kept but later came to the fore. Your spouse has the right to know everything; that is why you are married. You owe each other that obligation. Open to one another and you will enjoy the peace that passes all understanding. Many individuals have held back secrets from their spouses which later inflamed them and their marriage never was the same again.

Openness rides on the wings of a healthy communication within the marriage. Couples, if when together are at lose of what to discuss or say to each other are already exhibiting symptoms of 'communication wilt.' Communication must be fun, informal and sincere. Openness is the first defense against external infiltration into your marriage. Be open about everything. Genesis 2:25 says "And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and they were not ashamed." There is no shame in being open. These should include our finances, sex, relationships and every other area.

V- Value for One Another: Value means worth. When you value your spouse then he/she is worth more than all the valuables of the world put together. A man that values his wife will not treat her as a slave. Learn to appreciate your wife. Treat her as the queen that she is and let her feel that sense of worth. How do you treat your husband? Do you discuss her with your friends and by extension make him a laughing stock before them. Do you disrespect each other before extended family members? Value means you are sensitive to the needs of your spouse and that you hold each other in high esteem. Do you value your spouse?

E - Encourage One Another: Your spouse should be your first pastor. It is not every problem or misunderstanding you take to the church or your parents. Be the shoulder upon which your spouse can lean on. There is power when you agree on something together. Rather than place curses on each other, make positive declarations of a better life together.

There are women who bathe their husbands with curses and true to their word, the man will never make progress and you cannot expect to have peace in return in such situation, the devil will succeed in turning that home to a battle field. Encourage and pray for another.

The success of one should be the joy and success of another. Don't take your spouse to the threshing floor of the public, since when he/she is ridiculed you will also be humiliated in your home. Make Jesus your focus. 

Face that challenge together and see God come out strong on your behalf. Your family will be beauty to behold and a reference point in the comity of families.

God bless you mightily! 

Gbenga Owotoki, is the founder and Presiding Coordinator Hephzibah Network International Ministries; a Ministry committed to stirring up the 'sleeping giant' in people for end-time exploits. A US trained Business and Change Management Strategist. He is widely known as the 'Change Driver' for his simple but yet unique ways through which he initiates changes that are rejuvenating lives and organizations and helping to restore hope in individuals who had completely given up. A widely travelled international conference speaker and Convener of the annual Giant Conference and Life Summit that have been a blessing to many.

Friday

Wednesday

‘May Your Tears Never Dry’ – Nigerians Attack American OAP, Smith, Who Denigrated D’Tigers


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By gwg.ng

Nigerians have taken to popular microblogging site, social media to excoriate, Stephen Smith, over his condescending remarks following the nation’s basketball team, D’Tigers’ victory over the USA basketball team.

Smith is an American sports television personality, sports radio host, and sports journalist who also works as a commentator on ESPN’s First Take, where he appears with Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim.

Trouble ensued after the Nigerian team scored an incredible 20 three-pointers and took control of the game. 

At a point, the team was leading the Americans, who are rated fourth globally, by 24 points.

Nigeria eventually upset Team USA 90-87 in Las Vegas that Saturday night.

As reported by Yahoo Sports, “The American men’s team — headlined by NBA stars such as Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal — fell 90-87 to Nigeria in its first of five exhibition games before the Olympics in Tokyo.”

And, while the American team featured NBA All-Stars throughout its rotation, Nigeria had the likes of Precious Achiuwa and Gabe Vincent of the Miami Heat and Chimezie Metu of the Sacramento Kings, all headlined by former Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike Brown.

Nigeria rode a torrent of 3-pointers to victory, making 20 attempts from deep to shock the overwhelming gold medal favorites.

It may be recalled that when the Americans met Nigeria nine years ago, it was a 156-73 USA win. The Saturday encounter was therefore stunningly shocking for pundits who had expected the match to be a stroll in the park for the American team.

Reacting to the outcome, Smith blurted in his widely circulated video embedded here: “[To lose to] some dude Gabe Nnamdi, who goes by Gabe Vincent for the Miami Heat. Or Caleb Agada. Or Nma … however the hell you pronounce his name…”

However, Smith comments drew the ire of Nigerians on Twitter who took turns to lampoon the African-American on air personality.

See the video containing the name butchering as posted by Stephen A Smith via his own verified Twitter handle @stephenasmith:

Tuesday

S-West leaders cry foul as Fulani terrorist group Miyetti Allah alleges governors hiding Sunday Igboho


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YORUBA leaders, yesterday, dismissed claims by Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore that South-West governors were shielding Yoruba activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, from arrest by the Department of State Service, DSS.

They described the allegation as divisive and satanic, saying the DSS should go after marauding herdsmen and their sponsors and not Ighoho.

This came as the South West governors said they would not dignify the herders’ group with a response.

The Department of State Services, DSS, had raided Igboho’s Ibadan residence in Oyo State on July 1, detained 13 of his followers and killed two of the activist’s associates in a gun battle.

S-West govs hiding Igboho — Miyetti Allah

Spokesman of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Saleh Alhassan, in an interview, said the DSS should have raided Igboho’s house earlier than it did, just as it advised the activist to turn himself in.

Alhassan said: “It is in his (Igboho) own best interest if he submits himself peacefully so that he can face justice. Why is he running? Is he not a revolutionary?

“He should submit himself before they get him because as it is now, he has been declared wanted, he should present himself to the nearest police station.”

Alleging that the South-West governors are hiding Igboho, he said: “All his (Igboho’s) actions are political; he is being used. His godfathers in the South-West should bring him out.

“The security agencies are speaking the language he understands, they will get him. I know the governors are hiding him but they (security agents) will get him.

“The (Nigerian) State has declared him wanted. He is not more than the state. The governors keeping him should produce him.

“He declared a republic; that was a rebellion. How can you be threatening the sovereignty of the (Nigerian) State and you still have the guts to be walking around and organizing rallies?”

Meanwhile, angry reactions trailed Miyetti Allah Hore’s allegations yesterday, as the Yoruba Council of Elders, YCE; the pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere and leader of the Ilana Omo Oodua, Professor Banji Akintoye, said the herders’ group deserve no attention from serious-minded people.

They deserve no attention from serious-minded people —Afenifere

When contacted, the National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Comrade Jare Ajayi, said expletives from a spokesman of an organisation like Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Saleh Alhassan, ordinarily deserved no attention from serious-minded people.

He said the Miyetti Allah’s scribe’s position was not out of arrogance but the fact that the man in question hardly spoke sense whenever he spoke on national issues, especially issues that had any link with herdsmen.

He said: “But, we like to say the following to set the record straight so that Alhassan and his ilk would not take it that his assertion was correct.

‘There was no record that the man (Igboho) was invited but refused to honour the invitation. There was no record that he was violent in the way he goes about his agitation.

“There is no justification whatsoever, therefore, for the DSS to invade his house in the dead of the night the way they did. There was no search warrant or any civility in their approach.

“It is known that any human-run institution can make mistakes. When such occurs, remedial steps are taken in civilized climes as exemplified by the way the policeman in America was made to face justice for suffocating Floyd unlawfully.

“But what do we normally have here? When security agencies conduct inhuman actions, including extra-judicial killings, such actions are said to have been carried out by ‘unknown gunmen’.

“With that type of official cover, unscrupulous security officers engage in actions for which they ought to be reprimanded. They do this with impunity, knowing full well that they would get away with it.”

The spokesman said that it was to put an end to this type of impunity that Afenifere is insisting on restructuring.

He added that bandits among the herders and kidnappers were those security agencies ought to pursue vigorously.

“Unfortunately, they tend to expend energies on those who are carrying out peaceful rallies in the open.

“This is part of what makes democratizing the police service very imperative,” he said.

Miyetti Allah handful of ill-informed people — YCE

Also reacting, Secretary-General of the YCE, Dr. Kunle Olajide, said: “How do you give much recognition to Miyetti Allah? I feel uncomfortable when you journalists are talking about Miyetti Allah, they are just a group of people who sit in a place and churn out utter rubbish. I don’t even want to react to whatever they say but since you have asked, I will oblige you.

“Miyetti Allah is a handful of ill-informed people, who pretend to be speaking for people they don’t know and against people they don’t understand. The allegation of shielding Igboho is very elementary.

“I have repeatedly said that Igboho is my son and for me, he has to keep himself away from this administration that does not recognize and acknowledge freedom of speech, freedom of movement and freedom to express an opinion.

“The Federal Government which has refused to take action against bandits who are North, who are criminals, kidnapping and murdering people in tens and hundreds, has not used the same force, the same viciousness used in addressing and addressed Sunday Igboho to apprehend those criminals there.

“For me, our governors in South-West are too busy doing the jobs they are elected to do. We don’t want any group of ill-formed people to insult them. We voted them into office because we have found them worthy of holding that office. I would not want our governors to respond to them.

“Miyetti Allah should turn their guns to their governors in the north and presidency for accommodating banditry and unknown gunmen this far.”

DSS should go after killer herders, backers — Akintoye

On his part, leader of Ilana Omo Oodua, Professor Banji Akintoye, urged the DSS to go after marauding herdsmen and their sponsors and not Igboho.

Akintoye, who spoke through his Communications Manager, Maxwell Adeleye, said: “Miyetti Allah is operating in another world entirely. They are acting like they are above the law because the Federal Government made them look untouchable. They have abused governors, threatened state governments, and laid claim to killings of thousands across the South and Middle Belt of Nigeria.

“Their members have raped and maimed scores of people without being made to account for their crimes against humanity.

“Now, they have taken their crass aberration to the peace-loving Yoruba Nation because our elected representatives now have chosen to speak and stand in support of their people.

“Now, I have bad news for Miyyeti Allah: This is the beginning of the end of their reign of terror and hooliganism in the South-West. Wherever they may be or hiding, they shall be crushed through the instrumentalities of law to be enacted by our governors.

“Their claim that our governors are shielding Ighoho from DSS arrest is divisive and satanic. The DSS should be pursuing the murderous members of Miyetti Allah, not Ighoho, who has not committed any offence known to Nigeria and international laws. He is not a criminal.”

We won’t dignify herdsmen group with response — Govs

But the South West Governors’ Forum said it will not dignify the herders’ group with a response.

When contacted, Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Donald Ojogo, who spoke on behalf of chairman of South West Governors Forum and governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, said: “If what that group says is worthy and publishable to the extent that the reaction of Southwest governors are sought, the governors will rather keep quiet. Let whoever attaches importance to such publish what the group says.”


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Warren Buffett warned the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's CEO about the 'ABCs.' The investor has flagged those threats before

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Warren Buffett told the CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that the greatest threats to the philanthropic behemoth were cockiness, red tape, and self-satisfaction. The billionaire investor and Berkshire Hathaway CEO, who has gifted a total of $33 billion to the foundation and resigned as its trustee in June, has warned about those forces in the past. 

Mark Suzman took charge of the Gates Foundation early last year, and promptly flew to Buffett's hometown of Omaha, Nebraska to have lunch with the investor and seek his guidance. 

"He told me then that my most important job was to guard against the 'ABC' risks of decay that all very large organizations face: arrogance, bureaucracy, and complacency," Suzman wrote in a recent email to the foundation's employees. 

Buffett pledged in 2006 to donate over 99% of his wealth to the Gates Foundation and four other foundations, and reached the halfway mark towards that goal in June. His advice to Suzman isn't surprising; he wrote in his 2014 letter to Berkshire shareholders that when he retires, a big part of his replacement's job will be warding off those exact threats.

"My successor will need one other particular strength: the ability to fight off the ABCs of business decay, which are arrogance, bureaucracy and complacency," Buffett said. "When these corporate cancers metastasize, even the strongest of companies can falter."

The Berkshire chief went on to highlight General Motors, IBM, Sears Roebuck, and US Steel as examples of corporate titans that once appeared to have unassailable grips on their industries. "The destructive behavior I deplored above eventually led each of them to fall to depths that their CEOs and directors had not long before thought impossible," he said.

Buffett noted in the letter that he structured his company to minimize red tape. Berkshire's decentralized web of autonomous subsidiaries, underpinned by a culture of trust, acts as the "ideal antidote to bureaucracy," he said. Berkshire also saves money and boosts efficiency by not having HR, PR, IR, legal, acquisitions, and other departments in its headquarters, he added.

The investor singled out the "B" in the ABCs again in his 2009 shareholder letter.

"We would rather suffer the visible costs of a few bad decisions than incur the many invisible costs that come from decisions made too slowly – or not at all – because of a stifling bureaucracy," Buffett said.

Given Buffett's clear disdain for the ABCs, it's no surprise that he told Suzman that his primary focus should be preventing the Gates Foundation from succumbing to them.


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