Yoruba Leaders Task Government On Nigerian Economy

mimiko-on-ode-irele symptomsFrontline leaders of the Yoruba nation in south-west Nigeria have called on the Federal Government to proffer solutions to the challenges of economic downturn, insecurity and unemployment in Nigeria.

The leaders, drawn from socio-political organisations such as Afenifere, Yoruba Council of Elders, Oodua People’s Congress, Yoruba Unity Forum, Oodua Foundation and Agbekoya Organisations, jointly gave the advice at a Yoruba summit held on Wednesday in Akure, the Capital city of Ondo State.

The theme of the summit is: “Economic downturn and unemployment in Yorubaland.”

The leaders equally called on President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to implement some of the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference, laying emphasis on resource control by states.

Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, also lamented the devastating effect of the activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group. He also regretted the state of the nation’s economy and the inability of states to pay workers’ salaries.

Elder Statesmen, Chief Olu Falae, Dr. Lekan Olajide and Dr. Yemi Farombi gave their views on the state of insecurity, economic recession and unemployment in the nation.

This edition of the Yoruba Summit is the second, with the first one held in Ibadan, Oyo State in October.

Shekarau Visits Olu Falae

ShekarauThe need to ensure social justice for all has been identified as the panacea for ensuring the peaceful coexistence of the various ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.

A former Kano State Governor and Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, stated this while fielding questions from journalists in Akure.

Shekarau was in Akure on a solidarity visit to elder statesman, Chief Olu Falae in his Akure country home over his abduction from his farm by suspected Fulani Herdsmen.

He maintained that the herdsmen should be well taken care of ‎and farmers also supported and guided, ensuring the interests of all are considered without one hindering the other.

Speaking earlier, Chief Olu Falae reiterated his stance on peace and peaceful resolution of crisis.

He added that his hope and prayer was that threat to human life and inter communal activities be ended in Nigeria.

Mallam Shekarau is the only political leader from the northern part of Nigeria that has visited Chief Falae since he regained his freedom from the kidnappers.

Police Boss Orders Arraignment Of Suspected Abductors Of Falae

IGP Arase Orders Prosecution Of Falae's Suspected AbductorsThe Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, has ordered the arraignment of the suspected kidnappers of Chief Olu Falae in an Ondo Magistrate court in Nigeria’s south-western region.

According to the police, the decision came after discreet investigations into the abduction of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the subsequent arrest of his suspected abductors, two weeks after his release.

The former presidential candidate was kidnapped from his farm in Ondo State on Monday, September 21 but was subsequently released by his captors on Thursday, September 24.

The Police have filed a five-count charge against the five suspects, who abducted the elder statesman.

A statement released on Friday by the Police said “the IGP, while commending his men for the quick arrest of the suspects, said the Nigeria Police under his leadership will leave no stone unturned at ensuring that all criminals in the country are brought to justice”.

He also solicited Nigerians cooperation and partnership with the Police, stressing that “with credible and quick information, the job of protecting lives and property comes with ease”.

Olu Falae’s Abductors Are Not Herdsmen – DSS

falaeThe Department of State Services (DSS) has revealed that former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olu Falae, was abducted by suspected criminals and not Fulani herdsmen.

This came on the back of the controversy surrounding the abduction of the former SGF.

The DSS paraded two suspects, Abdullahi Usman, the okada rider and Babawuro Kato, a cattle rearer who both confessed their involvement in the kidnap.

The agency expressed concern over the ethnic dimension the kidnap case has taken, insisting that the elder statesman was kidnapped by criminals.

Abdullahi Garba of the DSS asked Nigerians to shun attempts by mischief makers who have given the incident an ethnic colouration.

In the meantime, Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, known as Miyetti Allah, have asked the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere to withdraw the two weeks ultimatum issued to Fulani herdsmen living in the southwest over the recent kidnap of Chief Olu Falae.

The former SGF was kidnapped from his farm in Ondo State on Monday, September 21 with his abductors demanding for a cash sum of 100 million naira, later reduced to 90 million naira, as ransom.

President Muhammadu Buhari consequently directed the IGP and other security agencies to take all necessary action to ensure the safe and speedy rescue of the former SGF.

Chief Olu Falae, who is also a former presidential candidate, was released by his captors on Thursday, September 24.

Two weeks after his release, news broke that five of the eight abductors of the elder statesman had been nabbed in Niger, Ekiti and Ondo states by the Special Intelligence Team deployed by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase.

Falae Abduction: Fulani Group Asks Afenifere To Withdraw Ultimatum

Falae Abduction: Fulani Group Asks Afenifere To Withdraw UltimatumThe Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has asked the Yoruba Socio-Cultural group, Afenifere, to withdraw the two weeks ultimatum issued to Fulani herdsmen living in the South-west over the recent kidnap of Chief Olu Falae by alleged Fulani herdsmen.

Addressing a news conference on Monday in Abuja, the National Secretary of the Association, Mr Baba Ngelzarma, condemned the recent abduction of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

Mr Ngelzarma admitted that the kidnap of Falae was a criminal offence that must not be allowed to go unpunished by security agencies but noted that it was unfair to brand all Fulani herdsmen as criminals.

The group added that their members were also suffering from the activities of kidnappers who collect ransom from the herdsmen in addition to carting away their cattle.

The former SGF was kidnapped from his farm in Ondo State on Monday, September 21 with his abductors demanding for a cash sum of 100 million naira, later reduced to 90 million naira, as ransom.

President Muhammadu Buhari consequently directed the IGP and other security agencies to take all necessary action to ensure the safe and speedy rescue of the former SGF.

Chief Olu Falae, who is also a former presidential candidate, was released by his captors on Thursday, September 24.

Two weeks after his release, five of the eight abductors of the elder statesman were nabbed in Niger, Ekiti and Ondo states by the Special Intelligence Team deployed by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase.

Police Arrest Olu Falae’s Abductors

Olu Falae's Abductors Arrested By PoliceThe Nigeria Police has arrested five of the eight abductors of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Olu Falae.

The arrest is coming about two weeks after the elder statesman was released in Akure, Ondo State capital in Nigeria’s south-western region.

A confirmed source of the Ondo State Police Command disclosed that the suspects were arrested in Niger, Ekiti and Ondo States by the Special Intelligence Team deployed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase.

The source also hinted that part of the alleged ransom paid by the family has also been recovered.

The former SGF was kidnapped from his farm in Ondo State on Monday (September 21) with his abductors demanding for a cash sum of N100 million, later reduced to N90 million as ransom.

President Muhammadu Buhari consequently directed the IGP and other security agencies to take all necessary action to ensure the safe and speedy rescue of the former SGF.

Younger brother to the elder statesman, Sunday Falae, confirmed to Channels Television that the former presidential candidate was released by his captors on Thursday, September 24.

Afenifere Seeks Implementation Of National Conference’s Recommendations

national conference

A pan Yoruba political group, Afenifere, has called on the government to implement the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference as it relates to the interest of the Yoruba nation.

The group also stressed their support for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan, saying it is the only guarantee for the implementation of the recommendations of the conference.

The call by the Afenifere was the crux of a summit convened by the Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko on Friday, with the theme, “the National Conference, 2015 Elections and the Yoruba Nation.

Addressing the group, Governor Mimiko emphasised the benefits of the recommendations of the national conference to the Yoruba nation if implemented.

According to Dr. Mimiko, the summit was of uttermost importance, especially as Nigeria prepares for a general election.

Key political players in the South Western states of Nigeria: Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti converged on Akure, for the one day summit on the 2014 National Conference, which was organised by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The summit had the theme: The National Conference, the 2015 Elections and the Yoruba Nation.

Political leaders at the summit included: Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State and his deputy, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; Chief Femi Okunrounmu; Minister State for Works, Dayo Adeyeye; Founder of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Dr. Frederick Fasehun; OPC leader, Chief Gani Adams, Dr. Kunle Olajide and a former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Abiodun Olujimi amongst others.

Chief Ayo Adebanjo, who chaired the summit kick-started the programme with his opening remarks.

Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko who was the Convener of the summit emphasised the benefits of the recommendations of the report of the 2014 national conference.

He informed that the essence of the summit was to look into the gains of the Yoruba nation from such recommendations so as to ensure the people take right decisions in the forthcoming elections.

Goodwill messages came from some Yoruba leaders present including, Dr. Frederick Fasehun, Chief Gani Adams and Mr. Dayo Adeyeye.

At the end of the summit, the Chairman, Chief Ayo Adebanjo read the nine point communique which major point was the declaration of support for the second term bid of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Meanwhile, the leader of the South West delegation to the national conference, Chief Olu Falae was unavoidably absent but sent his apology.

Middle Belt Articulate Position For National Conference

Chairman, Middle Belt Forum, Professor Jerry Gana

Leaders from the middle belt region including minority group representatives from the North East have gathered to articulate the region’s position in the forthcoming National Conference.

Opinion leaders from the middle belt states of Plateau, Kwara, Kogi, Benue, and Nassarawa as well as representatives from minority groups of North East states of Gombe, Taraba, Yobe, Borno and Adamawa gathered in Jos, North Central Nigeria to discuss the region’s position and presentation with the theme, ‘Strategic Partnerships for the National Conference’.

Chairman of the Middle Belt Forum, Professor Jerry Gana, stressed the importance of the national dialogue and challenged the delegates to be critical in the deliberations on issues ranging from insecurity, economic downturn, poor leadership and poor governance among others.

Setting the tone for deliberations, he urged the delegates to consider the various topics for discussions with all seriousness for onward presentation to the conference.

Former Secretary to The Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae and former Governor of Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, in their contributions at the meeting noted that the proposed National Conference should be taken seriously for a better country.

Addressing the gathering, the Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang also reinstated the non-negotiable unity of the country at the proposed national dialogue.

The delegates were in different syndicate groups with topical issues on fiscal federalism, creation of states and local governments, systems of government, legislative powers, citizenship, citizenship rights and social safety nets for minorities, electoral systems and political party systems among others.

The conference was attended by prominent sons and daughters of the region including retired military officers, technocrats, as well as politicians and the academia.