Senate Presidency: Groups Support Saraki With Prayers

senator bukola sarakiThe race for Senate leadership is getting more interesting as people from different groups and religious affiliations offer prayers to God, to ensure the victory and emergence of Dr Bukola Saraki as the next Senate President.

While the All Progressives Congress (APC) championed the cause, Dr Saraki has also said that he is hopeful of becoming the next Senate President.

The prayer session was started by the Kwara South chapter of the APC where representatives from seven local governments converged at Ajjase Ipo, the headquarters of Irepodun Local Government to seek the blessings of God for the emergence of Dr. Saraki as the President.

The State Chairman of the party, Ishola Balogun Fulani, noted that the Senator is qualified to hold the position, having served as the Chairman of the Governors Forum meritoriously.

He also appealed to the party leadership to zone the post to North Central and other Senators to support Saraki for the coveted post.

Pastor Bisi Oyewo, who led the Christians, expressed belief that Dr. Saraki has contributed immensely to the growth and success of the party and ought to be rewarded with the post of the Senate President.

While playing host to traditional rulers from Kwara Central which comprises of Magajis and Alanguas, the State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, who spoke in Yoruba, urged the royal fathers to intensify their prayers for Saraki’s emergence as the President of the Senate.

Afenifere Charges Yoruba, Nigeria On Peaceful Polls

YorubaThe Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) has called for a violent free election, urging the Yoruba nation to help achieve peaceful polls instead of fighting one another.

The group called on the Yoruba people to remember the peace treaty signed on September 23, 1986 in which it was agreed that Yoruba nation would never war against one another.

The ARG, in a statement signed by its Chairman, Olawale Oshun, noted that before the advent of colonisation, Yoruba people had a history of democratic lineage.

The group also stated that democracy, – “as defined by one man, one vote and the majority having their way and minority, their say” – has never been strange to the people.

Part of the statement reads: “We advise all Yoruba voters to use their votes wisely, in accordance with collective peace and progress of the region because traditionally, political leadership has always been germane to the well being of Yoruba people.

“This election has been described as a watershed in many quarters, and could be another defining moment in the history of Nigeria. Therefore, as a minimum irreducible expectation, we demand that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) lives up to its promise of conducting perhaps the best elections in the history of Nigeria and ensure the outcome of the elections reflect popular will.

“ARG therefore urges law enforcement and electoral officials to stick to their constitutional duties and resist any temptations for partisanship because any premeditated or contrived action that threatens to derail the ongoing transition process and force a constitutional impasse is an action that will push Yoruba nation to the wall.”

However, the group wished Nigeria a successful and peaceful election process, thanking all Nigerians, including electoral and security officers, for playing their roles loyally.

Yoruba Leaders Say Election Must Hold As Rescheduled

yoruba leadersYoruba leaders in south-west Nigeria have stressed the need for the rescheduled elections to hold without any delay on March 28 and April 11, expressing their commitment to a smooth transition and purposeful leadership.

After an extensive summit at the historic parliament building in Ibadan on Thursday, it was concluded that no excuse would be entertained for any shift of the date, as it could be a recipe for disaster.

In his address at the Pan Yoruba Summit that, the convener of the conference, General Alani Akinrinade (Rtd), said the summit was necessary because the current leadership had made Yorubas “victims of arrested development, with significant retrogression which must be stopped”.

He expressed hopes that the meeting would arrive at a common narrative that would outline the demand of the Yorubas for development in an emerging Nigeria, with purpose driven goals for regional and national progress.

Retrogressive Measures Of The Government

The Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, who hosted the event, condemned recent violent protest involving OPC in Lagos. He lamented what he called a state of servitude of his people which made it possible to turn them against one another .

Governor Ajimobi further said that despite the rich historical repertoire of the Yorubas and its contribution to national development, the region had suffered a great deal in the last 16 years of democracy.

The convergence of eminent Sons and Daughters of the Yoruba race at the House of Chiefs, Parliament Buildings Secretariat in Ibadan was called by the Yoruba elders to urgently address issues affecting the growth and unity of the race.

It was an avenue for the Yoruba leaders to register their displeasure with the retrogressive measures of the government at the centre to the south-west and by extension all Yoruba kits and kins across the world.

In a communique signed by the convener at the end of the summit, the elders agreed unequivocally that; elections must hold as scheduled, states must be allowed to grow and prosper at their pace while an end must be put to alienation and repression of the race.

Al-Makura: Disabled Persons Threaten Protest Against Nasarawa Lawmakers

Governor-Umaru-Tanko-AlmakuraThe Kaduna State Chapter of Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria have threatened to mobilise the over 25 million of their members across the country to stage a peaceful protest in Nasarawa State, against the plot by the state lawmakers to impeach the State Governor, Umaru Tanko Al Makura, who is also a member and supporter of the association.                                                          

In an interview with Channels Television in Kaduna on Thursday, spokesman of the association, Mohammed Abdullahi, and some other members said that the Nasarawa State lawmakers were plotting to remove the Governor not because of any tangible offence as alleged, but because the Governor is a disabled person, having developed deafness at the age of 37. They, therefore, vowed that such move would be resisted by the association.

They also criticised the statement credited to the Nasarawa State PDP Chairman, Yunana Iliya, sometime ago that Al-Makura should resign over his hearing impairment or face impeachment by the State House of Assembly, expressing disappointment that someone so high in the society would make such remarks on disability.

While describing the statement as “immoral, inhuman and ungodly”, the association accused the PDP of being behind the plot to remove the governor by all means.

They stressed that Governor Al Makura had alleviated the sufferings of the less privileged and persons with disabilities in the state through empowerment programmes and recruiting their members into the state civil service, pointing out that being disabled is not the end of life as according to them, Al Makura became the governor of Nasarawa State as a person with hearing impairment, and has also transformed the state more than his predecessors.

Emir Of Lafia Intervenes In Al-Makura Protest

Emir-of-Lafia-Alhaji-Isah-Mustapha-Agwai-IThe Emir of Lafia, Dr. Mustapha Agwai, has opened a peace pact between members of the State Assembly and Governor Al-makura, as street protests in the state capital enters day two.

The intervention came as the mass protest in solidarity with Governor Al-makura, continued to ground activities and obstructing free movement, shutting down the state capital.

Tension rose among the protesters who throng the streets of Lafia, Doma and Keana, with reports of impending break down of law and order.

Some protesters, made up of politicians, youths, women, non-indigenes and some PDP members were at the Emir’s palace in Lafia with placards that had solidarity messages inscribed on them, demanding the Emir’s intervention between the lawmakers and the Governor.

Addressing the crowd of protesters at the palace, Dr. Mustapha Agwai urged the people to remain law abiding, as the traditional institution wades into the dispute to find an amicable solution.

Consoled by the assurances of the Emir, the non-indigenes from Igbo, Igala, Yoruba and South-South tribes, resident in the state, also added their voices, urging the lawmakers to heed the advice of their electorates.

With Military men and Police in most parts of the state, it is hoped that an amicable solution would be found, as reports have indicated security concerns about the safety of the people.

National Confab: Analysts Express Optimism Despite Prevailing Issues

Prof. Joseph AbuguProfessor of Commercial and industrial law at the University of Lagos, Prof. Joseph Abugu, on Saturday expressed confidence in the outcome of the on-going National Conference despite the myriad of challenges it is faced with, especially the issue of composition.

Appearing on a segment of Channels Television’s Saturday breakfast programme, Sunrise, Abugu said “the National Conference as presently constituted is faulty in a number of respects but that is not to say nothing good can come out of it.

“Indeed, however poor Nazareth was, the messiah came from Nazareth,” he said, maintaining that something good can still come out of the National Conference however faulty the composition may be.

On the 70 percent voting majority rule which was agreed upon by delegates at the Conference, following a major disagreement which threatened the success of the meeting, Abugu stressed that the voice of the minorities of the Niger Delta, South-South and Middle-belt would be drowned by the 3 main ethnic nationalities, Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa.

He noted that “a lot of the discontent in present day Nigeria is with respect to the interest of minorities” hence the inability of the Conference to help the minorities have their say would still not solve the nation’s problems.

On his part, the President, Association of University French Lecturers in Nigeria, Prof. Tunde Fatunde highlighted the importance and significance of the National Conference which is being held during the centenary celebration of the amalgamation treaty.

“It is very significant in the sense that no nation is natural; all nations are products of wars” hence the Conference is in line with what has happened in other nations of the world, as a means of seeking the way forward.

He agreed that “the minority question is extremely very important in the history of Nigeria” as the leaders of the minorities prevented the disintegration of the nation in 1966, in the first and second coups.

“The bulk of the fighting ranks of the Nigerian Military are mostly from the Middle Belt” while “the Niger Delta is the bread winner of Nigeria, in terms of crude oil”. Fatunde credited these factors as two major things that keep the nation going.

He however stressed that there are other fundamental issues to be addressed including fiscal federalism and the role of education in Nigeria’s 21st century, stressing that the nation’s resources must be used in building human capacity via education and training.

Fatunde opined that if these two issues were properly addressed, the issue of minorities would have been solved as the development of the nation as a whole would take the front-burner.

Contributing to the conversation, a social commentator, Sam Emefiele, said the only way to make progress in the Conference and as a nation is through sincerity of purpose. He noted that corruption, which the nation decries, is a product of dishonesty.

He argued that ethnic, religious, political and all forms of sentiments have been exhibited at the Conference, maintaining that the delegates are there to serve selfish interests.

He berated those who complained that the composition of the Conference was skewed in favour of Christians, noting that religion has been one of the major problems of the country.

However, he said he was “cautiously optimistic” about the outcome of the Conference.

Wizkid Drops ‘Jaiye Jaiye’ Video Featuring Femi Kuti

One of Nigeria’s youngest musicians, Wizkid, has released the music video for the song entitled ‘Jaiye Jaiye’ featuring Femi Kuti, son of Afrobeats pioneer, Fela Kuti.

The video featured scenes from Wizkids’ and Femi Kuti’s performance at the just concluded Felabration event.

Singer, K-Switch and ‘Samba’ beat maker, Sarz also made appearances in the 4:11 minute video directed by Sesan.

Wizkid, released the brand new video under his label, Starboy Entertainment, alongside Banky W’s Empire Mates Entertainment.

Afrosoul Singer, Tosinger Drops ‘Ile’ Music Video

Atlanta based Nigerian Afrosoul/folk singer and songwriter, Tosinger has released the official music video for her song ‘Ile’ (Home) featuring Ghanaian Poet Justice Boateng.

‘Ile’ which means ‘Home’ in her native Yoruba language (Nigeria, West Africa) is the latest single from her AfroSpire demo project.

‘Ile’ is a song with a basic message that is summed up in the saying ‘Home is where the heart is’; that is, after a day’s labor or journey, where there’s love/peace/harmony is where you return to. A place called ‘Home’. Sentimental and inspirational, ‘Ile’s vibe has a reggae swing, laced with prominent guitar licks and smooth vocals with a chorus in Yoruba, which all ring true to Tosinger’s African sound and style.

The AfroSpire Demo project follows her inspirational EP ‘Finally’ previously released January 2012 which is still available on iTunes and CdBaby.

Influenced by Miriam Makeba, Nina Simone and likely to be put in the same basket as Asa, India Arie, Dobet Ghanore et al;  her signature catchy Yoruba choruses always stand out in her unique soulful delivery.

Tosinger says of the ‘Ile’ song: “When people tell me how touched and inspired they are when they listen to the ‘Ile’ song, how what matters most in life – love, family, friends, heart, faith become more real to them, then I know the mission of my music is accomplished.”

Watch ‘Ile’ here:

Who wins the battle? Yoruba Movie Academy Awards

Nollywood actresses Funke Akindele, Fathia Balogun and Bimbo Akintola will be battling for the Best Actress award at this year’s Yoruba Movie Academy Awards.

This event will be held at the Cultural Center Kuto- Abeokuta the state capital of Ogun State South West Nigeria.

The award has been carved out as part of the event lined up to mark Gov. Ibikunle Amosun’s first year in office.

According to the commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Chief Olu Odeyemi ‘It is worthy to note that Abeokuta is fast becoming the movie capital of the Southwest as plans are also underway to build a world class movie village towards the attainment of this historic objective’

This is the inaugural edition of the Yoruba Movie Academy Awards.