Don’t Incite Ethnic Crisis, Ogun Govt Warns Groups

A file photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun. Photo: [email protected]

 

The Ogun State Government has warned groups against insightful and provocative statements capable of causing an ethnic crisis in the state.

This is according to a statement issued on Sunday by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun, Kunle Somorin.

Somorin noted that the warning is sequel to video clips, making the rounds on the social media posted by certain individuals and groups to the effect that some ethnic groups should leave the South-West region within 48 hours.

The governor’s spokesman advised those concerned to “desist from heating up the polity, fanning the ember of discord among ethnic groups in the state.”

For Somorin, the state government considers such pronouncements unfortunate, provocative, reckless and irresponsible.

“Ogun will remain home to all Nigerians and foreigners who have legitimate reasons to live, work, visit or do business here. We shall also protect their lives and properties and look after their wellness, welfare and wellbeing,” he said.

“It is a well-known fact that Yoruba, especially of Ogun state extraction, are cosmopolitan, urbane and too civilized to discriminate against people on account of their ethnic origin, religion or circumstances of birth.

“These unpatriotic individuals neither represent the views of the Yoruba race that is reputed to be accommodating, tolerant and hospitable. They are definitely not speaking for the Yoruba and the good people of Ogun state.

“We advise that rather than dissipating energies on divisive ventures, YYF and their ilk should deploy more time and resources to support causes that promote Nigeria’s unity especially good inter and intra ethnic relations within the context of our unity in diversity.”

Somorin explained that security agents have been put on red alert to be more vigilant, apprehend and deal decisively with people disguising as promoters of self-serving Yoruba agenda.

Two Killed As Groups Clash After Masquerade ‘Flog’ Imam In Nasarawa

Gunmen Kill 15, Injure 11 In Nasarawa Village Attack

 

Two persons have been killed after a clash by some groups in Yeskwa Community of Karu Local Government Area, Nasarawa State.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Bola Longe, who confirmed the incident, said the clash occurred after a cultural festival in the community, where a masquerade flogged an Imam.

According to him, this situation sparked outrage from the Hausa community in the area and it resulted in a reprisal. Two persons were killed in the process.

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“On the 30th of April, Some Yeskwa people who were celebrating their masquerade festival went to the house of an Islamic man and it was alleged that he was flogged by them.

“Consequently, some supporters of the Imam that was flogged mobilised themselves and they attacked some Yeskwa citizen. In the process, one person was killed and some other persons were injured.

“Those who were injured were rushed to the hospital and eventually one of them died,” he said.

The Police Boss queried the behaviour of the community members who he said did not inform the police about the festival.

“The command was a little bit baffled by the act of lawlessness exhibited by the Yeskwa people. They were doing masquerade celebration without informing the police for approval nor security to cover their activities so that orderliness in that area will not be ruptured,” he added.

Longe assured that calm has been restored and investigations are underway to arrest those involved in the act of lawlessness.

“When we were informed, we drafted police personnel to the community alongside army personnel. The place was brought under control and peace was restored to the area and now normalcy has completely been restored.

“Our personnel particularly from the CID apart from the conventional police personnel have been drafted to the area to monitor and get us facts about what really happened so that those who committed criminal act there will be arrested and prosecuted after investigation according to the laws of the lands.”

Rwandans Vote On Allowing 3rd Kagame Presidential Term

KagameRwanda has begun the process that analysts say will grant President Paul Kagame a third term in office.

The citizens are voting in a referendum on a constitutional amendment to allow President Kagame to seek re-election.

Some 6.4 million citizens are eligible to vote on Friday, and around 37,000 Rwandans living overseas were able to have their say Thursday, December 17.

Rwandans are expected to vote overwhelmingly in favour of changing the constitution. The change will allow Mr Kagame to potentially remain in power until 2024.

He is seen by many as the man who stopped the genocide that caused the death of at least 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in 1994.

The referendum was scheduled earlier in 2015 after the parliament backed a proposal to amend article 101 and allow Kagame to run in the 2017 election.

He has been President of Rwanda since 2001 and, at present, is bound by the constitution to step down after serving two consecutive seven-year terms.

Kagame has said that he will make a decision on the future of his political career after the referendum.

Rwanda Sets Date For Referendum To Extend Presidential Term Limit

rwandaRwandans will vote in a referendum on December 18 on whether to amend the constitution and allow President Paul Kagame to remain in office until as late as 2034, officials said on Tuesday.

Under the proposed amendment, Kagame, in power since 2000, would be able to run for office again after his second mandate ends in 2017, first for a seven-year term and then for two further stints of five years each, stretching to 2034.

Kagame is the latest veteran ruler in Africa to attempt to extend his hold on power. Similar moves have already sparked violence and instability in Burundi, Burkina Faso and Congo Republic. So far there has been no political unrest in Rwanda.

“President Paul Kagame has accepted that a referendum be made on the current constitution,” the government said in a statement late on Tuesday after it had discussed the issue.

He had said that the outcome of the referendum would determine if he would seek a third term in office in the next election or not.

The current constitution limits any head of state to two terms.

The United States earlier this month said Kagame should resist the lure of power and step down after his second term to allow a new generation of leaders to come through.

Kagame won widespread praise for rebuilding the Central African country after a 1994 genocide killed about 800,000 people, most of them ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

While praising Rwanda’s economic and social development since then, human rights groups say the government severely restricts freedom of expression and brooks no dissent, charges the government denies.

 

NDDC Set To Empower Niger Delta Youths

The empowerment programme of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) will get a boost soon as the commission is set to release various equipment and tools to the youths of the Niger Delta.

The Acting Managing Director, Dr. Christy Atako announced this shortly after inspecting warehouses in Port Harcourt. She said that the various items kept in the stores would be released to the appropriate groups as a means of empowering them.

The aim of the inspection, according to her, would help the interim management to take informed decisions that would reposition the interventionist agency to increase the tempo of its activities in providing sustainable development.

Having seen what was on ground, she promised that the management would take the necessary steps to facilitate the distribution of equipment and tools to the relevant groups in the region.