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Monarch urges youths to shun drug abuse, other social vices



The Osuko of Obi Kingdom in Nasarawa State, Alhaji Aliyu Dangiwa, has urged Nigerians, especially the  youth, to shun drug abuse and other negative vices for societal development.

Dangiwa gave the advice while speaking in an interview with newsmen in his palace in Obi, Obi Local Government Area of the state.

He said that drug abuse and other social vices had affected the education of many Nigerian youths and the society negatively, hence the need for his call.

The royal father called for collective fight to nip drug abuse in the bud in the interest of peace and for the overall development of the country.

Dangiwa advised the authority concern to intensify  efforts in the fight against the menace for the betterment of the society.

On Ramadan, the Osuko of Obi called on Muslim faithful to use the Ramadan period to reflect on the lessons which include sacrifice, forgiveness and genuine love for neighbours.

“I am using this opportunity to call on all Muslims and other Nigerians to pray for peace, progress of the country as well as to assist and support the less privileged ones so as to better their lives,’’ he said.

He charged all ethnic groups in the state to ensure peaceful co-existence irrespective of their affiliations in the interest of development.

“Peace is paramount, priceless and non-negotiable and it is the necessary requirement for the development of any nation.

“No nation will achieve meaningful development in an atmosphere of rancour, confusion and violence.

“It is in view of this that, I want to urge the people of the state and Nigerians to continue to live in peace and tolerate one another for development to thrive,” he added.

The first class monarch restated his continued commitment to initiate peace building and other good policies and programmes that would have direct bearing on the lives of his subjects, the people of the state and   Nigerians at large.

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Kwara Monarch begins empowerment scheme to reduce unemployment by 50%



The Olomu of Omupo, Oba Yakubu Buari, in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara, says the community is embarking on Empowerment Scheme to reduce unemployment and unskilled human capital by at least 50 per cent.

Buari, who is the 17th monarch of Omupo, disclosed this while delivering his speech during the 10th years anniversary of his ascension to the throne.

“The pilot scheme, which will be taken off in August 2020 and will be restricted to indigenes resident in Omupo after which those resident outside will subsequently be considered.

“This is why the plan coming up within the next two months is Olomu of Omupo Empowerment Scheme, consisting of Economic and Social Emancipation, Development of the people and Community,” he said.

He noted that this will reduce unskilled human capital in the community by at least 50 per cent within the first year of its operation.

He added that it will also reduce the number of unemployed youths by at least 50 per cent and improve the productivity of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Artisans by at least 65 per cent in the first year of its operation, among others.

Speaking further, the traditional leader pledged to continue developing his community and ensure partnership with the Kwara Government.

He observed that since his ascension to the throne 10 years ago, there have been “geometrical leap in development and growth through the cooperation of the citizenry and the understanding of the Kwara State Government.

“Within the last ten years we have put in place a National Body that has transformed our developmental efforts to be more focused and single directional,” he said.

The royal father explained that prior to the last 10 years, Omupo has erroneously, acquired the tag of ”Anti-Government” in government circle and this has denied the community, government patronage in terms of political appointments and access to the State’s Social and Economic Community Development Programme.

He added that conscious efforts were made to embark on visible constructive collaboration to demonstrate our unalloyed loyalty.

According to him, such efforts has ensured that for the first time in the political history of Kwara, indigene of Omupo were appointed Commissioner and member of the State Executive Council.

“We gained access to the Kwara State/World Bank Social and Community Development Programme,  which has eluded us in the past.

“Through the programme we were able to resuscitate the moribund Omupo Water Scheme and we extended the Maternity Wing of our Cottage Hospital,” said Buari.

He explained that the health facilities in the community was expanded and physician and other health workers are fully manning the facility.

Buari observed that among other achievements is the establishment of interreligious harmony in the community, through the creation of the National Omupo Development Association.

He said one immediate action taken was the establishment of Inter-Religion Committee, whose first task was to look into the fragile peace that was existing among the religious bodies.

“This is on the understanding that no meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of disharmony and rancour,” he said.

He noted that there is also development in education, as computers were deployed to schools in the town and various vocational computer schools were established.

Oba Buari commended the efforts of the citizenry of the community, those in diaspora and the Omupo Descendant Union for their efforts in bringing various development and assistance to Omupo.

Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)


Olomu of Omupo, Oba Yakubu Buari, Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State.
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Monarch canvasses establishment of higher institutions in Omupo



The Olomu of Omupo, Oba Yakubu Buari, in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara, has canvassed the establishment of higher institutions in the community.

The Olomu, who made the call during a news briefing to commemorate his 10th anniversary on the throne, asserted that higher institutions will bring development to the community.

According to him, Omupo is one of the highly educated community in Kwara, as it boasts of 10 graduates in every household.

He added that the community has the conducive environment to host a higher institutions, be it a varsity, polytechnic and colleges of education.

The Royal  father said that even satellite campuses can be sited in Omupo, adding that this will further bring about development of Kwara state as a whole.

The Monarch also appealed to the state government to establish a radio station as it is also a harbinger of development and information.

“Information is what is making the world into a global village, and radio is the closest to the grassroots.

“We also appeal for the establishment of radio station in our community, which will bring information on government activities closer to Kwara communities, ” he said.

Buari also described Omupo Kingdom as a place where women were highly revered for their roles as mothers and confidants.

According to him, no indigene of Omupo plays lightly with the role of women, as they are regarded as fosters of peace.

“Our women are highly revered, you must never underestimate the role of a woman and that is why women in our community are paragons.

“We must always bring them along in whatever we do so as to be successful, ” he said.

Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)
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Kwara Monarch advocates resurrection of House of Chiefs, constitutional roles for monarchs



The Olomu of Omupo, Oba Yakubu Buari, in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara, has advocated resurrection of House of Chiefs in Nigeria, to provide constitutional role for monarchs.

The Royal father, who made the call on Friday during news briefing as part of the activities of his 10th years on the throne, explained that this will check any excesses or any fraudulent activities among the tiers of government.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the House of Chiefs, constituted by traditional rulers in the regions, acted as a check on the parliament in Nigeria’s First Republic.

Buari said there is the need for a third force to act as a check on the two chambers in Nigeria.

According to him, traditional rulers are the custodian of values, culture and interest of their people, they are best placed to champion the cause of their people without bias, since they do not belong to any political party.

“I think for fair representation of our people, we should constitute the House of Chiefs like we used to have in the olden days, which we had as the second legislative chamber.

Buari reiterated that the traditional rulers are closer to the grassroots and know the need and aspirations of their people, adding that whenever there is crisis any where, the government run back to traditional rulers to intervene and bring about peace.

He also said his aspirations and dreams as the reigning monarch in Omupo Kingdom is to establish a happy community with steady and meaningful development.

According to him, Omupo is agrarian community,  who are passionate about farming.

However, he expressed regret that the major bane to the farmers there is herdsmen destruction of farmlands.

He appealed to government at all levels to intercede and ensure herdsmen don’t destroy farms, adding that different tribes are already in his community farming and living in peace.

“The legacy I wished to leave is to be remembered as someone who is fair and not bias or exhibiting sentiment on anything. Here, everyone is regarded equal,” he said.

Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)


Olomu of Omupo, Oba Yakubu Buari.
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It’s taboo to sell pounded yam in Omupo – Monarch



Oba Yakubu Buari, the Olomu of Omupo, in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara, on Wednesday described it as a taboo to sell pounded yam, one of Nigeria’s delicacies, in the town.

The royal father made the clarification at a media briefing, as part of activities to mark his 10th year on the throne of his forefathers.

According to the traditional ruler, different communities in Yoruba Kingdoms have their taboos and Omupo is no exception.

Buari said that the violators of the taboo in the past, battered themselves to death with the pestles.

He said that since that tragedy, the oracle had forbidden the sale of pounded yam in the community.

The monarch said that apart from getting killed with the pestles, the violators of the taboo could also be hit with spiritual affliction.

Buari, however, said that nothing negative would happen to those who prepare the delicacy and consume it at home either as individuals or as a group.

The royal father described Omupo or Omu-ipo as an ancient Igbomina-Yoruba town, situated in the state.

The Oba described Omupo kingdom historically as a place of refuge for the warriors, who enhanced their weapons by soaking them in a poisonous juice from the oro-agogo cactus.

“According to tradition, the early settlers in the town migrated from Ile-Ife, the source of Yoruba nation.

“The founder was Ikuojenrola Adebari Alomole, the surviving son of Awogbola Olomu Aperan, an Ifá priest and renowned herbalist, with metaphysical powers.”

Buari noted that Olomu Aperan, the progenitor, was a prince from Obadio royal family, one of the eight autonomous monarchs, in Ile-Ife by Oduduwa, the progenitor of the Yoruba race.

According to him, the major festivals in Omupo include Oba Agba or Baba Agba and Egungun festivals, in addition to the Omupo Day, which takes place every four years.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/ Felix Ajide (NAN)
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