Al-makura Debunks Claims Part Of Agatu Is Ceded To Fulanis

tank-al-makura-governor-of-nasarawa-stateGovernor Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa State in north-central Nigeria has debunked claims that part of Agatu land has been ceded to Fulanis.

Agatu people in Benue State had alleged that Mr Al-makura and the Governor of Benue State, Mr Samuel Ortom, facilitated the ceding.

They also claimed that both governors created grazing routes and ranches during their visit to the area to broker peace between farmers and Fulani herdsmen that have had years of disagreements.

Unpatriotic Allegations

He explained that what they did was to ensure that the both parties reconciled their differences without giving favour to one side at the expense of the other.

While clearing the air on the issue, he described the allegations as unpatriotic and mischievous, saying their efforts were misconstrued.

He noted that in the agreement reached which the governors, the leaders of Agatu and Fulanis signed, it was indicated that all parties had agreed to live in peace.

“What we did in that mediation, contrary to what is going around by some mischievous individuals, was to bring peace between the Agatus and Fulanis.

“We have not ceded any part of Agatu to the Fulanis at all. We have not created any grazing reserve. We have not earmarked any area as ranching area. What we did was to facilitate the usage of the routes that have been normal routes where the nomadics and migrating Fulanis are passing from Nasarawa through to Benue and onward to Kogi and other parts of the country.

“We requested for three routes that were the normal routes but because of the sensitivity and sensibility of the situation at that point in time, only one was the one that we agreed the Fulanis will be using. So, that cannot be construed to mean creation of reserve or ceding of any part of Benue to the Fulanis.

“The routes, for the purpose of clarification, are to start from Guto in Loko development area of Nasarawa State to Adanyi, from Adanyi through to Ogumagbo. From Ogumagbo, they will cross to Bagana in Kogi State. Where is the ceding of any part of Agatu to the fulanis?” he questioned.

Mr Al-makura insisted that the allegation was unpatriotic and did not reflect the spirit of one Nigeria.

“I believe the agreement was well meant and accepted by all. For the avoidance of doubts it is to facilitate grazing routes for the nomadic to pass so that we don’t have a situation where there will be any crisis,” he added.

FG Sets Up 15-Man Committee To Investigate Gwako Clashes

The Federal Government has constituted a 15-man reconciliation and investigation committee to investigate the recent communal clash in Gwako village in the Federal Capital Territory, which left two people dead.

Speaking at an emergency meeting of the villagers and traditional chiefs, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory; Senator Bala Mohammed gave the committee one week to submit its findings and vowed that all those involved in the violent clash would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

Following threats of reprisal attacks by the Fulani people, the minister directed the FCT commissioner of police, Mr Adenrele Shinaba to heighten security around the vicinity to ensure safety of lives.

A makeshift refugee camp has been put in place to house hundreds of these displaced Fulani people that was attacked by Gwari people in Gwagwalada area council of the FCT.

This bloody clash between the Fulani and the Gwari people over cattle grazing is the first of its kind in ten years of their co-existence behind the university of Abuja grounds.

According to the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, the violence which has drawn huge attention will not be taken lightly, as a 15-man committee has been constituted to start investigation and the minister vowed to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act.

At the refugee camp, many of the Fulanis who challenged the government to live up to its promise were also quick to appeal for calm.

Narrating the incidence in their local language, they ask for increased security and relief materials.

However representative of the Gwari people, Alkali Ibrahim said the Federal Government’s investigation is apt but rumours of reprisal attacks by the Fulanis cannot be ignored.

Former Senate leader; Olusola Saraki is dead

The former Senate leader in the second republic, Dr. Olusola Saraki is dead.

He passed away early this morning in Lagos, after a prolonged illness.

The late strongman of Kwara politics has been battling with an undisclosed ailment for months and has been seeking treatment abroad.

Dr Saraki became a Senator of the Nigerian Second Republic (1979-1983).

The late politician fondly called ‘Oloye’ was the Waziri of the Ilorin Emirate.

Born 17th of May, 1933 at Ilorin, Kwara State, he attended Eko Boys High School for his secondary education and proceeded to London for his university education, attending the University of London and St George’s Hospital Medical School, after which he returned to Nigeria to work as a medical officer at the General Hospital, Lagos and the Creek Hospital, Lagos.

He veered into politics in 1964, when he ran as an independent candidate in the parliamentary election for Ilorin, but didn’t succeed and after the election, he returned to his medical practice in Lagos.

In 1977, Olusola Saraki was elected as a member of the constituent assembly that produced the 1979 constitution and he was elected a Senator of the Second Republic, in 1979 and became the Senate Leader.

He was re-elected to the Senate in 1983 on the platform of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN).

In 1998, Dr Saraki became the National Leader and member of the Board of Trustees of the All People’s Party (APP), contributing to the APP success in Kwara and Kogi States.

He assisted Mohammed Alabi Lawal in becoming Governor of Kwara State.

In 2001, he was head of a team from the Arewa Consultative Forum, a northern cultural and political group, sent to meet and discuss common goals with northern state governors and other leaders.

Dr Saraki later switched allegiance to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and in the 2003 elections, supported his son; Bukola Saraki to be the PDP’s governorship candidate in April 2003 election in Kwara state.

Dr Bukola Saraki became the governor of the state while his sister, Gbemisola R. Saraki, was elected a Senator for Kwara State Central.

Meanwhile, the Kwara State Governor has declared today, Wednesday, 14th November, 2012 a work free day and three days of mourning, to allow residents in the state attend the burial of late states man.

A 20 man committee on the burial for Dr Saraki has been set up.

Members of the committee which is headed by Alhaji Saka Onimago are Barrister Anthony Towoju, Alhaji Kayode Issa, Alhaji Tajudeen Oloje, Alhaji Yekeen Ilobu, Alhaji Sule Maja, Prince Yemi Afolayan, Alhaji Ali Olola, Alh Lekan Alabi, Alhaji Mohammed Saraki and Alh Ope Saraki. Others are Alhaja Muslimat Ibrahim, Hon. Ganiyu Abdulkareem, Hon. Adamu Sabi, Hon. Mrs Owolabi, Alhaji Issa Hajia Nimota, Dr. Muyideen Akorede, Alhaji Wahab Oba and Alhaji Abdulsalam Suleiman. Alh. M. A Shehu is the secretary of the committee.

The governor urged community, religious and political leaders to troop out en masse to receive the remains of this illustrious son and Nigeria’s political icon later today at the Ilorin International Airport.


Why we gave quit notice to Fulanis in Plateau state – Army

The Defence Headquarters has explained the rationale behind its planned military exercise in some villages in Plateau state.

Chief of Policy and Plans, Defence Headquarters, Air Vice Marshal Dick Iruoanagbere  told journalists in Abuja that  investigations by the Defence Headquarters indicate that some hoodlums have been impersonating military officers to wreak havoc in the area and that air recognizance  around the villages  indicate that such elements are  still within the area and mountains surrounding the area.

He denied claims and assertions by some Nigerians that the directive for inhabitants of the areas to vacate their villages was targeted at some ethnic groups.

Iruanagbere also added that relief camps have been provided by the state government which is housing both Beroms and Fulanis.

He also says that the evacuation is to minimize casualties on the side of innocent citizens who have bore the brunt of the hoodlums.

Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Professor Chidi Odinkalu says preliminary talks with the defence headquarters indicate that appropriate legal, human rights and security laws are been applied to the exercise.

The defence headquarters had informed the people of Mahanga, Kakuruk, Kuzen, Maseh and Shong 2 to vacate their villages to allow for a military exercise said to be targeted at criminals and impersonators in the area who are said to be responsible for fresh killings in the villages in the last two weeks.

The exercise is expected to last two weeks.