Olu Falae Charges Oyo Governor-Elect On Good Governance

Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olu Falae visits the Oyo State Governor-Elect, Seyi Makinde on March 26, 2019 in Ibadan.

 

The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Olu Falae has charged the Oyo State Governor-Elect, Mr. Seyi Makinde on good governance.

On his visit to Makinde on Tuesday in the Ibadan area of the state, Falae advised the newly-elected governor to reset the template instituted by late Obafemi Awolowo in the southwest.

Falae, who is the national chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) said only a determined and focused person can help reposition the region based on good governance.

“Since the demise of Obafemi Awolowo, we have not had a governor to set a new template, the template Obafemi Awolowo Set in his 9 years of government as the Premier of Western Nigeria.

“We need to reinvent that template so that we will be more in accordance with the challenges and priorities of today, and I have no doubt whatsoever that Engineer Seyi Makinde by the grace of God is the man chosen by providence to set that for the Yoruba race,” he stated.

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The elder statesman also commended Makinde over what he described as his courageous and resilient spirit over the years by remaining focus after suffering setbacks in his political career.

He advised those who are still aspiring to go into politics not to give up, adding that “Seyi never gave up, he will go back to the drawing board, come to Akure and seek for advice on how to go about his next step. Today God has crowned his efforts.”

In his response, Makinde appreciated the elder statesman for the visit and support extended to him so far.

He reiterated his commitment for regional integration, adding what is needed for Nigeria to be lifted economically and socially is the restoration of the Yoruba race.

He also stated his resolve to consult the elder statesman, imploring him that whenever they are passing through Oyo state “see us and we will host you as you give us your advice on how to move the state forward.”

Falae Quits Active Politics

File Photo; The Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mr Olu Falae speaks to Channels Television on the herdsmen attacks in parts of the country.

 

A former Presidential candidate and Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Olu Falae, has announced that he will no longer be actively involved in politics.

The decision according to him is a result of some health challenges.

Falae made the announcement at a news conference in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Friday.

Details later…

Olu Falae Blames Northern States For Herdsmen Crisis

The Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mr Olu Falae, speaks to Channels Television on the herdsmen attacks in parts of the country.

 

The National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mr Olu Falae, has blamed the northern states for the herdsmen crisis in parts of the country.

Falae criticised the state governments in the region during an interview on Channels Television’s Roadmap 2019, a political programme that aired on Monday.

“The problem of the herdsmen has been exacerbated by the failure of many of the state governments in the North to take care of the needs of the herdsmen,” the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) said.

According to him, the needs of the herdsmen were thoroughly met during the days of late Sir Ahmadu Bello – the then premier of the Northern region and Sardauna of Sokoto.

The former minister of finance recalled that during the period, there were grazing reserves while all kinds of facilities were provided for the herdsmen and their cattle.

He highlighted some of the factors responsible for the crisis to include the reduction in size of the Lake Chad.

Falae, who was once a victim of the crisis, was kidnapped for days allegedly by herdsmen in September 2015 in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The police had confirmed that the abductors demanded a N100million as ransom before they would release the elder statesman.

The former SGF suffered another loss in January 2018 when his farm was razed in the South-western state.

While the police have yet to identify the perpetrators of the attack, Falae blamed the incident on malice and hatred by some individuals.

 

In further reaction to the herdsmen crisis, he repeatedly called on the Federal Government to take proactive steps in addressing the matter.

The elder statesman asked the government to tackle the depletion of the Lake Chad, erosion, as well as the Boko Haram insurgency among other challenges.

“Over one million people are herdsmen who earn their livelihood from the lake can no longer do so,” he said. “Added to that are those uprooted by Boko Haram and then, desertification has been continuously eroding the arable land in Nigeria.”

“When you put all these factors together, you find a tremendous pressure on herdsmen and their cattle and the response should have come from the state governments and the Federal Government to take care of their needs because they are Nigerians who are entitled to their livelihood,” Falae added.

Watch the full interview on Monday, June 25 by 9 pm.

Falae Blames ‘Hatred’ For Attack On His Farm

Olu Falae Attributes Farm Attack To Hatred
File photo: Olu Falae

 

A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Olu Falae, on Monday believes malice and hatred are responsible for the burning of his farm by yet to be identified persons.

He said this in his reaction to the incident which took place on Sunday in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

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While Mr Falae blamed herdsmen in the area for the attack, the Ondo State Police Command it was yet to ascertain if the crime was perpetrated by herds as claimed.

The former SGF, however, noted that there was no tangible reason why his farm would be set on fire if not for hatred from a group of people.

“When they burn my oil palm plantation, there is no rational reason for it except malice and hatred, he said.

“The intention is what worries me, that there is a group of Nigerians who want deliberately destroy the belongings of other Nigerians. The destruction does not, in my view, enhance their own well-being at all.

“If they drive the cows to eat my maize, it destroys my own asset – it enhances their own assets; they are using me to subsidise their own cows. That is bad,” Falae added.

He further recalled how he was kidnapped from the same farm by gunmen sometime in 2015.

The former presidential candidate who spent a few days with his abductors said they were later apprehended and prosecuted.

“They kidnapped me (six of them); I lived with them in the bush for four days. The six of them were tried and convicted and they were sent to live jail. They are in prison now,” he said.

Also speaking to reporters, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Gbenga Adeyanju, vowed that the perpetrators of the evil act would be brought to justice.

He said, “Whatever it is, we will get to the root (of the matter). The bushes have been burnt, what led to the bushes being burnt is what we are going to look at. It’s bush burning but what caused it is another issue.”

Rivers Police Rescue Kidnapped GM Of Dolphins FC

Dolphins The General Manager of Dolphins FC, Joe Johnson, who was abducted on Sunday, October 11 by gunmen in Port Harcourt the Rivers State capital, has been rescued by men of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Rivers State Police Command.

Joe Johnson told Channels Television that he was ambushed on his way to the airport to honour a scheduled match against Giwa FC by his assailants.

According to him, while members of his family were negotiating ransom in the range of 15million naira, he was confident that he was going to get out alive.

His optimism paid off when men of the Rivers State Police Command stormed the uncompleted building where he had been held hostage on Thursday evening.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Ahmad Mohammad, said that the rescue operation was part of the command’s onslaught against kidnapping in the state.

Police File Five-Count Charge On Suspected Abductors Of Olu Falae

policeThe Nigeria Police have filed a five-count charge against the five suspects, who abducted elder statesman, Chief Olu Falae.

The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, was kidnapped from his farm in Ondo State and freed few days later after a ransom was allegedly paid by his family.

The names of the Suspects are Abubakar Auta arrested In Niger, Idris Lawan arrested in Ekiti, Umar Ibrahim arrested in Ondo, Masahudu Muhammed arrested in Ekiti and Bello Tanu arrested in Ekiti.

However, two suspects – Usman Kato and Babawuro – were arrested in Lokoja by officials of the Department of State Security (DSS)

Exhibits recovered from the suspects include over N823,990, 12 Sim cards, phone used for Chief Falae ransom negotiation and a red Bajaj motorcycle with Reg No; KER 385 QA used for the kidnapping operation and carrying Chief Olu Falae to their camp in the bush near Owo.

Yoruba Summit Condemns Fulani Herdsmen’s Attacks

fulani-herdsmenYoruba Leaders from all Yoruba speaking states in Nigeria and from the Diaspora have deliberated on the way out of the incessant unwarranted attacks on their kinsmen by Fulani herdsmen.

Gathered at the House of Chiefs Secretariat in Ibadan on Friday, the Yoruba leaders cited the recent abduction of elder statesman, Chief Olu Falae, as an appalling example.

The summit said that it would no longer tolerate such brazen and mindless attacks on its people.

The Summit noted that despite the fact that they matchetted, molested, demanded and got ransom paid before the release of Mr Falae, the herdsmen were back on his farm on Monday, October 6 and have commenced grazing on the same parcel of land where he was forcefully taken.

They demanded immediate end to the lawless nomadic cattle grazing in Yoruba land and asked all those who want to engage in cattle business in any part of the land to do animal husbandry by establishing ranches, as Yorubas would no longer tolerate further encroachment on their farmlands and brutal attacks on them.

The group called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take urgent measures to put an end to the nefarious activities of Fulani herdsmen in the southwest.

The summit also asked the Federal Government to ensure immediate arrest and prosecution of the abductors of Mr Falae and all perpetrators of the violent crimes which had been reported at different police stations in Yoruba land arising from cattle rearing activities.

The summit further demanded an immediate restructuring of Nigeria with the implementation of the report of 2014 National Conference as a starting point on the way to true federalism.

With obvious anger on their faces and in their submissions, the summit came up with three recommendations in a communique after long hours of extensive discussions on the way out of what they described as the ugliest form of oppression on their own lands.

The 3-point communique, which was read by Dr. Kunle Olajide, sought to put an end to all grazing activities of Fulani herdsmen on private farmlands.

The Leader of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress, Dr. Fredrick Faseun, also told Journalists that such acts would no longer be tolerated and called on President Buhari to do something urgently about it.

NHRC Condemns Fani-Kayode’s Speech On Fulani Herdsmen

NHRC on fani-kayode's hate speechThe Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Professor Chidi Odinkalu, has condemned in strong terms, an article written by a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, which describes Fulani herdsmen as “Tse-Tse fly and leeches” as hate speech.

In an article titled “Herdsmen from Hell”, Mr Fani-Kayode had taken to his Facebook page to condemn the abduction of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olu Falae.

However, in several messages via his twitter handle, the NRHC Boss said although, the abduction of the prominent elder statesman is a crime to make it a campaign against a race.

Professor Odinkalu said that it is unlawful to advocate the mass removal of Nigerians from their country.

I Was Beaten With Machetes And Made To Trek Barefooted – Falae

FalaeFormer Secretary to the Government of the Federation and presidential candidate, Olu Falae, on Tuesday said his abductors used machetes to beat him and made to trek bare footed day and night without food.

Speaking to Channels Television in his residence in Akure, Ondo State capital, Mr Falae said that he had been having a running battle with the cattle rearers whose cattle used to consume his crops.

Mr Falae said that the six young men were armed with guns and cutlasses and they continuously threatened him with death if the 90 million Naira they ransom demanded was not paid.

The Elder Statesman, however, called on the Federal Government to regulate cattle rearing so that they would not constitute problems for other Nigerians.

Mr Falae, who confirmed that his family paid a ransom to secure his release, maintained that he didn’t bother to find out how much was paid. He thanked the Federal Government, the police, the Ondo State Government, his relatives and all Nigerians that showed concern during his ordeal.

President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the Inspector-General of Police and other security agencies to take all necessary action to ensure the safe and speedy rescue of the former presidential candidate.

Mr  Falae was kidnapped from his farm in Ondo State on Monday, September 21 with his abductors, suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, demanding for a cash sum of 90 Million Naira as ransom for the septuagenarian to be released.

Nigeria Lacks What It Takes To Rescue Kidnap Victims – Ubani

chigozie ubani on kidnapA Security Consultant says he doubts if Nigeria has what it takes to successfully rescue kidnap victims.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Friday, Chigozie Ubani, said that the Police has little or nothing to do about the issue of kidnapping, because training, equipment, manpower, intelligence among others are lacking in the area of solving kidnap cases.

Mr Ubani sympathised with the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae who was recently kidnapped but released after four days.

“My sympathy to Olu Falae, not because he has been a Federal Minister, but because of his age.

“It is even good that this happened to a man of his pedigree so that national attention would be drawn to the menace of kidnapping.

“People have been paying ransom and these young men and those behind them have been making money. So, kidnapping is an economic crime.

“The earlier the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, and other security agencies begin to understand this, the better for us”, he said.

Giving his opinion on the rescue of Falae by the Police, Mr Ubani said that “there are no policies in the country” as it took an order from the President for the rescue effort to be intensified, “President Muhammadu Buhari gave an order and everything was deployed,” he said.

Ubani demanded that the Inspector General of Police should disclose if a ransom was paid for the release of Chief Olu Falae, adding that, “if government pays kidnappers to rescue high profile citizens, it means we are in trouble.

“If Falae was rescued, I will gladly walk on the street knowing that if I’m kidnapped, the Police will come to rescue me,” he stressed.

He also attributed some kidnap cases to politics, “I see political actors who engage the services of these young men in the course of protecting themselves, intimidating their opponents, electioneering, and soon after, the kidnappers are dumped.”

Mr Ubani also suggested the use of technology to curb the trend, warning that “kidnappers are not lazy people” and “they think and act fast ahead of security agencies”.

“I am a practitioner and an advocate of security technology and I am aware that we can use technology to bring this down, but it will take a lot of money, and power on the side of the government to get these things put to use,” he said.

“Politicians have to purge themselves; government has to take it hard on politicians who recruit and engage the kidnappers, the law has to be strong enough,we need to equip the Police with training, human capacity and we also need to look at the society in terms of our value systems,” he said.

Former SGF Olu Falae Freed

FalaeFormer Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, has been freed by his abductors.

His younger brother, Sunday Falae, told Channels Television that the former presidential candidate was released by captors on Thursday afternoon.

Also confirming his release, the Commissioner for Information of Ondo State, Kayode Akinmade, said that Chief Falae was on his way to the Government House and from there to his home.

The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, led five units of mobile and over 400 policemen from Ondo State Command and the special intelligence response team to Owo area of Ondo State, where Chief Olu Falae was rescued at 2:30pm.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Wednesday directed the Inspector-General of Police and other security agencies to take all necessary action to ensure the safe and speedy rescue of the former presidential candidate.

Chief Olu Falae was kidnapped from his farm in Ondo State on Monday, September 21 with his abductors, suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, demanding for a cash sum of 100 Million Naira as ransom for the septuagenarian to be released.

Buhari Orders Arase To Rescue Former SGF, Falae

FalaePresident Mohammadu Buhari has directed the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, and other security agencies to take all necessary action to ensure the safe and speedy rescue of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Olu Falae.

Mr Falae was abducted from his farm on Monday by suspected Fulani herdsmen who are demanding a N90 million ransom for his release.

A statement by the presidency noted that President Buhari “condemns the callous and reprehensible kidnapping of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and elder statesman.

The statement further assured the “Falae family, friends and other concerned Nigerians that the Federal Government would do all within its powers to ensure his swift release”.