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AtaAta Igala, His Royal Majesty, Alhaji Mathew Opaluwa-Akpa, has warned traditional rulers of Igala extraction against conferring traditional titles on people of questionable characters.
He handed down the warning on Sunday at Idah, Kogi at a meeting with all Igala title holders (Onu Igala) from the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.
“Any act by any traditional ruler that will denigrate the reputation of our ancestral stool will be termed as a disservice and abuse to the Igala ethnic nationality.
“Such an act will no doubt be met with severe consequences no matter who is involved,’’ the paramount ruler warned Opaluwa-Akpa added that “the time has come for all our traditional rulers and chiefs to uphold the dignity and sanctity of the Igala kingdom with decency and truthfulness, “This is for the good of our people, for Kogi and for the country at large.
’’ He charged title holders of Igala nation to maintain unity among themselves and to be good ambassadors of the Igala kingdom at uniting people within their domains for peaceful coexistence in the country.
The traditional ruler urged Igala people to imbibe the virtues of their ancestors that secured the kingdom from invading enemies and do same to invading forces of disunity in any guise.
He noted that peace and unity were great tools of development and warned that the selling of ancestral or family land should be done courteously.
This, he said, was to ensure that such sale did not breed crisis, hardships and disaffection within the family setting now or in the nearest future.
“If your ancestral parents had put the land up for sale before you were born, you would not have anything to inherit as children; therefore think of what your grandchildren will stand to inherit tomorrow.
“Those persons involved in such practice should retract their steps in the interest of their unborn grandchildren and to avoid incurring curses of their ancestral fathers,’’ he admonished.
Earlier, Chairman of the Onuh Igala, His Royal Highness, G.
Joseph thanked the paramount ruler for his exemplary leadership in Kogi. Joseph assured Opaluwa-Akpa of the readiness of the Onu Igala to uphold the ethics associated with Igala ethnic nationality with their host communities to enhance the good name of the stool.
President Buhari mournPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday in Abuja condoled with the family of Tijjani Kiyawa, a former member of the House of Representatives from Jigawa.
Kiyawa, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for the Southwest Senatorial District of Jigawa for the 2023 general elections died in a Chinese hospital on Saturday.
Malam Garba Shehu, spokesman to the president stated that Buhari also condoled with the government and people of Jigawa over the demise of the former lawmaker.
Buhari described the deceased as a “kind and insightful politician who placed the interests of the people he represented above his own.
“He left behind an indelible contribution to the social and economic development of his community and the nation.
“He will always be remembered for his acute understanding of grassroots political mobilisation.
’’ The president prayed for the repose of Kiyawa’s soul and for fortitude for the family, political associates, the government and people of Jigawa to bear the loss.
Kenyans prayed for peace Sunday as they waited anxiously for the final outcome of the presidential election, with the two frontrunners almost neck and neck, according to partial official results.
As of Sunday morning, Deputy President William Ruto was slightly ahead of his rival Raila Odinga, data from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) showed, before cutting off the live feed displaying the percentage of votes won by both men.
The IEBC, which has now tallied votes from over 70 percent of constituencies, did not give an explanation for the decision.
But a running tally at the Daily Nation newspaper, citing the official data, said Ruto had so far scored 52.
54 percent of the vote, while Odinga had 46.
Tuesday’s vote passed off largely peacefully but after previous elections sparked deadly violence and rigging claims, the IEBC is under intense pressure to deliver a clean poll and release results by Tuesday.
Riot police were deployed overnight inside the commission’s heavily guarded tallying centre in the capital Nairobi after political party agents disrupted the process, hurling rigging allegations at each other.
IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati has accused party agents of delaying the tallying process by haranguing election workers with unnecessary questions.
More than a dozen civil society groups, trade unions as well as the Kenyan chapters of Amnesty International and Transparency International issued a statement Sunday urging calm.
“We call on all political candidates, their supporters and the public to exercise restraint.
We must all avoid raising tensions that could easily trigger violence,” the 14 organisations said.
The poll pitted Odinga, a veteran opposition leader now backed by the ruling party, against Ruto, who was widely expected to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta until his boss joined hands with former foe Odinga in a dramatic shift of political allegiances.
‘Let us have peace’ Both candidates have pledged to maintain calm, with the memory of the 2007-08 and 2017 post-poll violence still fresh for many Kenyans.
“We have voted peacefully, we have gone through this process peacefully and it’s my prayer that we end this process peacefully,” Ruto, 55, said at a church service in Nairobi on Sunday.
Speaking at a separate service in the capital, Odinga, 77, recited the opening lines of the Peace Prayer of St Francis and said: “I want to become an instrument to bring peace, to heal, to unite and keep the hope alive in our country.
” Worshippers in Odinga’s stronghold of Kisumu also prayed for a peaceful outcome, with bishop Washington Ogonyo Ngede telling his 300-strong flock: “Don’t let politics divide us.
We must remain united.
”“Because leaders come and go but the country of Kenya lives forever,” said Ngede, a lifelong friend of the Odinga family.
“Let us have peace,” he said to cheers and ululations.
In Ruto’s Rift Valley bastion of Eldoret, the clergy and congregants alike called for calm and patience.
“We have come here to pray for peace, for our country, for our politicians to ask them (to) be very cautious and prudent in their utterances,” said bishop Dominic Kimengich.
“We have gone through this as Kenyans, we know that any imprudent remark… can easily trigger conflict and that’s what we don’t want,” he told AFP.
Churchgoer Mary Wanjiru, 59, told AFP she didn’t “want to hear any incitement from politicians.
” “We want a peaceful Kenya.
”Lower turnout Kenyans voted in six elections, choosing a new president as well as senators, governors, lawmakers, women representatives and some 1,500 county officials.
Lawyer David Mwaure — one of the four presidential candidates, along with former spy George Wajackoyah — conceded on Sunday, endorsing Ruto, whose party won a key gubernatorial race when Johnson Sakaja secured control of Nairobi, Kenya’s richest city.
The election is being closely watched by an international community that views Kenya as a pillar of stability in a volatile region.
Turnout was about 65 percent, much lower than the 78 percent recorded in 2017, a reflection, some observers say, of the disenchantment with the political elite, particularly among young people.
The winner of the presidential race needs to secure 50 percent plus one vote and at least a quarter of the votes in 24 of Kenya’s 47 counties.
If not, the country will be forced to hold a runoff within 30 days of the original vote.
Observers say that with the race so close, an appeal to the Supreme Court by the losing candidate is almost certain, meaning it could be many weeks before a new president takes office.
Ilebaye, Khalid evicted from BBNaija show Ilebaye, KhaliTwo housemates, Ilebaye and Khalid, in the ongoing television reality show, Big Brother Naija, season 7, have been evicted from the show.
Host of the show, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, announced their eviction during the Sunday live eviction show.
The housemates nominated for possible eviction were: Bryan, Groovy, Ilebaye, Phyna and Khalid.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the vote percentage revealed during the show, showed that Ilebaye garnered 08.51 per cent votes while Khalid got 10.72 per cent.
23-year-old Khalid upon eviction said though he came into the show with the intention of not wanting to get entangled in any relationship, but got serious with a co-housemate, Daniella.
Just before the eviction was done, two of the fans of the show predicted that Ilebaye would be evicted.
Nigerian artiste, Crayon, thrilled fans in the course of the show along with DeeJay Sparrow.
NAN reports that 23 housemates are currently on the show, eying the coveted grand prize of N100 million.
Group hails military over recent operational suRenaissance Initiative, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has commended Armed Forces of Nigeria for the recent and decisive onslaught against terrorists, bandits and economic vandals across the country.
The group in a statement by its General Secretary, Abdullahi Gombe, on Sunday described the onslaught as timely, proactive and prayers answered.
Gombe said it was an assurance that normalcy would soon return to all parts of the country.
He attributed the ongoing successful military operations to the enhanced synergy being promoted by the Defence Headquarters, adding that Nigerians were united behind the military in the fight against those bent on instilling fear in the populace.
According to him, the evil plot is to instill fear in Nigerians and make us take abnormality as a way of life.
“Indeed, the Armed Forces of Nigeria has continued to let the enemies of the country know that their evil desire for the country is unacceptable.
“On Sunday we heard that Nigerian Air-force aircraft struck at their gathering at Kurebe in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State and eliminated several terrorists during an important meeting hosted by Aminu Duniya, a Boko Haram terrorist commander.
“In same week, Nigerian Air Force (NAF) killed a terrorist kingpin, Alhaji Shanono, and 17 of his foot soldiers in Kaduna State.
“Similarly, eight suspected terrorists including their gang leader, Abdulkarim Faca-faca, were killed in a raid by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State on Saturday.
“We are also relieved that the bombers of Owo Catholic Church have been captured,” he said.
He said the renewed vigor against economic saboteurs under the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor and the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Awwal Gambo, had been yielding fruits.
He hailed the recent court martial of 13 officers and ratings by the authorities of the Nigerian Navy at the Western Naval Command in Lagos for offences ranging from conniving with crude oil thieves and pipeline vandalism and other Maritime infractions.
According to him, it is important to know that naval forces fighting to rid the nation’s maritime domain of criminality have successfully foiled oil theft, illegal oil bunkering, and pipeline vandalisation and stealing of crude oil.
He said that products worth more than N25 million since April.
“In the Northeast, Theatre Commander, Joint Task Force Operation Hadin kai”, Maj.-Gen. Christopher Musa, confirmed that the kinetic and non-kinetic adopted by the Nigerian military made 14,609 active out of the 70,593 insurgents to surrender to troops.
“Indeed, it is reassuring that our armed forces are making this huge sacrifice for the peace of the country.
“We, the Renaissance Initiative urge Nigerians to support them,” he added.
The CyberSafe Foundation “NoGoFallMaga” (NGFM) Community, says it has released its first investment scam handbook through its community platform.The Foundation in a statement, on Sunday in Lagos, said the book was released on Aug. 12 to align with the World Youth Day.NoGoFallMaga Community Manager, Enyinna Abazie, said that the platform had released “The Phishing Handbook” and “The Book of Scams” over the years to tackle various segments of scams in the country.He said that the investment scam handbook was an essential tool that would protect individuals and businesses from investment scams.Abazie said that the book would provide an in-depth look at the warning signs of ponzi scams and offer tips on how to stay safe.He said that the objective was for the handbook to continuously educate people on these cyber crime tactics.“The timely release of the handbook is to align with the theme for this year’s World Youth Day, which is ‘Intergenerational Solidarity.“The NGFM community wants to encourage people, especially the youth to show solidarity with other generations by educating them about the danger of investment scams,” he said.Abazie said that since youths were the most active online and conversant with emerging technologies, the onus was on them to act as a sort of intergenerational stop gap, protecting nefarious activities of fraudsters.Abazie said, “Our biggest ponzi burst so far was getting involved with the ‘Intelligence Prime Capital Scam.”He said the organisation claimed to have a trading bot which used artificial intelligence to make a steady stream of profit.Abazie said that ponzi schemes tend to go undetected for years and by the time they were exposed, it was often too late.He said that the NogoFallMaga community, whose primary focus was on digital fraud, had intervened in several cybersecurity cases across the country.Abazie said the community had in the past exposed a fake job syndicate impersonating the United Nations online.NAN reports that CyberSafe Foundation’s NGFM community is a group of online security experts set to help people protect their money, assets, and identities online.NGFM has 142 active volunteers and has uncovered and exposed over 20 ponzi schemes in Nigeria alone.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
A Professor of Virology, Sunday Omilabu, has urged the Federal Government to put efforts in place to aquire smallpox vaccines in the fight against monkeypox.
Omilabu, who spoke in an interview aired on Arise TV on Sunday, said research had shown that the smallpox vaccine was effective against the monkeypox virus.
He said that monkeypox which is a zonotic disease is a virus transferred from animals to humans.
He said: “Government should negotiate for smallpox vaccine as other European countries are doing to prevent more cases of the virus.
“People above 60 years are lucky because they got a shot of the smallpox vaccine sometime ago but people who are presently below 50 years didn’t get the shot.
” The Public Health expert said that the capacity and structure used for COVID-19 should not be discarded, noting that it had helped in case detection of the virus.
“We have laboratory facility to detect this virus and this is as a result of the structure put in place during COVID-19. “This structures should be highly maintained,” he said.
Omilabu called for more enlightenment to educate people on monkeypox, adding that health workers should be well protected.
“Monkeypox is not as deadlier as COVID-19 but it is very scaring when you see people infected with the virus.
“People should be enlightened about the causes and how the virus is spread from animals to humans,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently classified the different variants of monkeypox as Clades l, llA and llB to avoid social, cultural offence.
The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to inaugurate the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) board, for real development.
The General-Secretary of AUPCTRE, Mr Sikiru Wahid, made the appeal in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Wahid noted that the call had become imperative to save the commission from destruction.
The union also appealed to the National Assembly (NASS), President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Umana Umana, to take urgent steps to ensure NDDC delivered on its mandate.
“As critical stakeholders in the Niger Delta Development Commission and of the regional development efforts, after taking a critical review and appraisal of all the happenings within and around the NDDC, since January, 2019, have resolved as follows: “That we as staff of the NDDC collectively, under the umbrella of AUPCTRE, cannot fold our hands while different political actors from the region through their actions or inactions undermine the enabling Act of the NDDC, and so threaten the corporate existence of the commission.
“That as a union, we say to all political heavy weights from the Niger Delta region, that enough of putting personal interest over and above the development of the region for which the vehicle of the Niger Delta Development Commission was set up,” Wahid said.
According to him, the positions of the NDDC’s Managing Executive Officer, Nsima Ekere and its Chairman, Sen. Victor Ndoma Egba, should have been filled when they resigned their appointments to contest elections in their respective states.
He said their positions should have been filled in accordance with Section 5, Paragraph 3, of the act establishing the commission, since January 2019 when they left.
“The paragraph which states inter alia that: ”Where a vacancy occurs in the membership of the board, it shall be filled by the appointment of a successor to hold office for the remainder of the term of his predecessor.
“The successor shall represent the same interest and shall be appointed by the President, Commander–in–Chief of the Armed Forces, subject to the confirmation of the Senate, in consultation with the House of Representatives.
” “However, political gladiators from the region for whatever reason, ill advised the president to dissolve the board of the commission, and in its place, appointed an Interim Management Committee.
” Wahid said the commission as it stands did not fully represent all the NDDC states, a situation that had culminated into anger and lack of support by the aggrieved persons towards successive interim management committees.
He noted that instead of focusing on driving development of the commission, these committees either fight back or focus on pacifying the aggrieved stakeholders thereby faulting the forensic audit being carried out on the NDDC’s activities.
“And since that January 2019, therefore, it has been one interim administration or the other.
We as members of staff and as a union are saying enough of all these.
Let the right thing be done.
“A forensic audit meant to take between three to six months to complete, but eventually took almost two years to complete, has been undertaken.
“At the moment, auditors from the office of the Auditor General for the Federation have been in the NDDC for about two months auditing the books of the commission, including personnel staff files,” he said.
The union also kicked against what it described as unending audits that were clearly hampering the development of the region through the NDDC.
Wahid assured that the union and staff of the commission would partner with the President and the minister of Niger Delta Affairs, to ensure that the right things were done to move NDDC forward.
He said: “Let the Board of the NDDC be inaugurated, with the same ease as it has been done for other commissions, agencies and parastatals of government across the federation.
“As a union, we hereby state unequivocally that we are not against a personnel audit of the commission, just as we were not against the forensic audit.
“We are against a personnel staff audit where assumption of duty forms of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs is given to staff of the NDDC to fill as if they are fresh employees of government.
” AUPCTRE also reiterated that it was against doing anything that contravened the NDDC Act, 2000 as amended, while demanding for a general meeting with the minister on the way forward, at NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt.