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Open grazing: Your comment provocative, shut up, Fr. Ehusani tells Malami

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The founder of Lux Terra Leadership centre, Rev. Fr. George Ehusani, has chided the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, for comparing ban on open grazing to prohibition of spare parts.

Fr. Ehusani who spoke on Friday during a town hall meeting to mark 2021 National Dialogue Day in Abuja said such comment from a highly placed government functionary was provocative.

Last Tuesday, southern governors resolved to ban open grazing and the movement of cattle by foot, after a meeting in Asaba, Delta state.

The resolutions of the southern governors have been greeted with mixed reactions from different parts of the country.However, the catholic priest while condemning Malami’s comment said, “The latest of the provocative comments on open grazing came from AGF who compared violent activities of fulani herdsmen to sales of vehicle or motorcycle spare parts. 

“I think some should tell those who speak or work at the Presidency to shut up if they don’t know what to say on vital issues.”

Rev. Fr. Ehusani who is the Executive Secretary of Lux Terra leadership crntre also described the World Dialogue Day as a day set out to highlight the importance of engaging humanity in discussing issues of importance.

Also speaking, a social commentator, Barr Mainasara Kogo Umar, condemned what he described as “biased analogy” put forward by the AGF on open grazing and stressed the need for qualified individuals to be appointed into positions of government adding, “how do you compare violent activities with people who creatively earn a living?” 

One of the panelist, Dr Goke Adegoroye, said urged Nigerians to always speak out about issues and every sphere of the society.
He said, “We should not be afraid of talking because the implication of not talking could be worst than talking. Even in the family, talking between husband and wife is very important.

“Look at what just happened in the middle east where lives were lost. Ceasefire has been called so that there will be talk, how come those concerned didn’t begin with talk so as to avert the incidences that led to loss of lives and property.”

On the crisis arising due to alleged activities of herdsmen in various parts of the country, Dr Adegoroye said, “When you move from your domain to other people’s domain, it’s imperative to learn and respect the culture or custom of the area, hence the saying, do unto others what or how you expect others to threat you.”

In their separate speeches, two panelists Hauwa Abbas and Uju Obuekwe enjoined Nigerians to hold leaders at grassroots accountable as well as engage in meaningful dialogue a vital way to resolve conflicts.

Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) FCT council, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche, spoke of the need for constituted authorities to be accountable, responsible and responsive to the yearning of the Nigeria’s populace.


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Shocker! Kidnappers detain pregnant woman till child birth, keep new baby, set mother free

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A pregnant woman, has allegedly been set free and her baby taking away by kidnappers, after detaining her till the birth of her child, introducing a shocking but gory dimension to what has now become a sort of epidemic in parts of Africa.

Reports coming from Ghana, said the woman, who was identified as Josephine Panyin Mensah, was seized and taken away from her home in Takoradi, when her pregnancy was already due at nine months, but that her abductors only allowed her to go, after she gave birth and her baby taken away.

According to the source, the kidnappers who were interested in the unborn baby bolted with the baby after she had been delivered, adding that family sources indicated that the distraught woman is currently receiving treatment at the Effiankwanta Teaching Hospital.

The victim, was said to have gone missing on Thursday, September 16, after she went for a dawn walk in Takoradi, and that the police immediately swung into action leading a search party for her after a report was made to the by her husband, Michael Simmons.


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Breaking: Davido’s photographer dies

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Davido’s official photographer Fortunate Umunname Peter aka Fortune is dead.

He died three months after the hit maker’s close friend and associate, Habeeb Ademola Uthman aka as Obama DMW passed on.

Davido had also lost his bodyguard of six years, Ogbeide Tijani Olamilekan (Teejay) in 2020.

In 2017, Davido lost two friends and team members, Tagbo and DJ Olu.

Fortune was born and bred in Bariga, Lagos but hailed from Owerri.

He has been working with Davido since 2019.

He was born on July 10, 1997 and started off as a graphics designer before he moved to photography after his aunt, Dr. Harriet, got him his first camera which forced him to move back to Lagos from Owerri.

The exceptional photographer has made portfolios for Davido, Pogba, Popcaan, Lilbaby, Cassanova, Mayorkun, Wizkid, Jidenna, Tiwa Savage, Burna boy, Patoranking, Akon, DMW and many others.

His last Instagram post was on July 10 where he made a birthday post with a caption “Rolling stone +1”


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Breaking: Ex-Kwara gov, Jega, Utomi, Duke, others form third Force ahead 2023 elections

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Ahead of the 2023 general elections, prominent Nigerians have established a third force, Rescue Nigeria Project (RNP), to give Nigerians alternative platform to the All Progressives Congress, APC and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Founders of RNP include former governor of Kwara state, Ahmed Abdulfatai, Prof. Pat Utomi, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, former Governor of Cross River state, Donald Duke,

Senator Lee Maeba, Usman Bugaje, Prof. Attahiru Jega, Amb. Nkoyo Toyo, Yomi Awoniyi, Dr. Rose Idi Danladi, Dr. Sadiq Gombe among others.

Delivering his keynote address, Abdulfatai lamented the state of the nation, noting that the high level of nepotism and lack of inclusiveness have given rise to agitations by different ethnic groups.

He recalled that in 2015, Nigerians embraced change, adding that today, “that change appears to be what we didn’t expect, as insecurity has taken over the nation.”

He said, “It is based on this that we decided to set up this Rescue Nigeria Project. We want to salvage this country and see how we can fix the mess. We want to set a template and key criteria leaders must have before they can attain any political position.

“Despite the great opportunities of the past, Nigeria has failed to live up to the dreams of its founding fathers and the hopes of successive generations of its citizens.

“Perhaps, at no other time have these failings become more apparent than in the past decade or so.

“In 2015, Nigerians overwhelmingly embraced the promise of change. These hopes have not only been dashed, but they have arguably turned out to be the worst political statements ever to be made in this country. Nigeria today appears set to fulfill all the prophesies of doom.”

He further noted that “Unprecedented nepotism and political exclusion have left the country more divided than ever as evident in the various separatists agitation that are threatening the corporate existence of the country itself.”

Also speaking, Adeniran noted that there is disaster at hand, hence the move to rescue the nation.

He said: “You only rescue when there is disaster and when you fail to rescue during disaster, it is more dangerous.

“We have a disaster in our hands and we need to rescue the country. We need to look back and see how we get here. We know where Nigeria was before now. We know the task is not going to be easy, but we have to determine how to rescue the nation.”

In his opening remarks, the RNP national coordinator, Usman Bugaje, explained that the Rescue Nigeria Project was founded on the premise that the challenges bedeviling the country were largely derived from poor leadership.


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