Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has charged Southern Kaduna people not to be intimidate by those who are imposing fear on them and want to keep them subdued.
This was disclosed on Saturday, January 4, 2020 during the Southern Kaduna Prayer Summit held at the Kafanchan Township Stadium, Kafanchan, Kaduna State; organised by Southern Kaduna Christian Leaders Association (SKCLA).
Fani-Kayode whose speech was delivered by Rev. Emmanuel Olorunmagba that represented him at the occasion spoke in line with ‘the book of Proverbs 23:7 “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he…”
‘There is an ongoing battle to conquer none-Fulanis and Christianity in Nigeria and Southern Kaduna being strategically located at the Middle Belt is at the center of the battle. The battle is spiritual, intellectual and physical. We will engage them spiritually and intellectually, but we will not take up physical illegal weapons like they do and we pray they don’t push this country to the brink of another civil war. Nobody in his right sense will pray for war because no tribe and no religion will be spared in the casualties.’
The fearless former minister stressed further to Southern Kaduna people that not to be subdued because ‘they want to configure your mind to think that you are a second class citizen in Nigeria, but you must stand your ground to say “NO”
‘They are programming your mind to think that you a nonentity, but you must stand your ground to say you are highly respected, well endowed and blessed entity.
‘They are installing the virus of economically disadvantage race into your system. But it’s time to stop the installation, then uninstall what has been installed, format your system and look around you because you are dangerously loved by God, powerfully loaded by Jehovah Jireh, highly endowed with both human and natural resources.
‘Arise and empower yourselves. The church members should empower their pastors and the pastors too should return to empower their members. The masses should stand with the power of unity and push their people to places of authority and the politicians too should return to empower their people. Give them what they need to fish and not just fish.’
‘Speaking further about the activities of the enemies of Southern Kaduna people he stressed that ‘They are downloading the mentality of slavery in your system, but you have to delete what has been downloaded, reconfigure your thinking system and rise to take power from them.’
FFK commends the show of determination by the Southern Kaduna people during the 2019 governorship election in Kaduna, which he described as ‘a referendum, a show of unity’ between Southern Kaduna people and a show of their determination.’
X-raying the results declared by INEC, which he insisted that it was already manipulated in favour of the ruling party, yet total votes from 7 Local Governments from Southern Kaduna gave Ashiru of the PDP 385,114 votes to the incumbent El-rufai’s 114,726; which is a difference of 270,388 in favour of PDP. Whereas ‘the total votes declared in all the 23 Local Governments after their terrible manipulations from the northern part of Kaduna shows that APC could only be declared with a difference of 231,262.
‘That means 7 LGAs in Southern Kaduna gave excess of 39,126 votes above the total declared winning margin after all the results from the 23 Local Governments were announced.’
Stressing further that it is an indication that ‘Southern Kaduna people came out to give block votes, daring the power that be and despite the obvious rigging, you still marked them “Bumper-To-Bumper” during the election, down to collation centres at the level of the Wards, Local Govts and state.
‘This is a show of strength. A show of the power of unity. A show of determination.’
He therefore warned Kaduna State governor Mallam Nasiru El-rufai not to ‘joke with such people (Southern Kaduna people)’. Adding that El-rufai should ‘stop the marginalisation against the Southern Kaduna people. Stop oppressing them. Stop the harassment and intimidation. Ensure equitable distribution of resources, appointment, empowerment and development in Kaduna State: Southern Kaduna people are not slaves!’
He called the attention of the people to the cryptic plan to take over their thrones.
‘Do I need to remind you that they have started the plan to take over your thrones? They want to change the title of your traditional rulers to Emirs and if you allow them succeed they will take the next step by imposing strangers on you to rule you just as Fulanis are ruling Ilorin in Kwara State.
‘The people of Southern Kaduna are under siege. The chains and shackles must be broken through effectual travailing prayers, but not prayer or just talking alone, there must also be a Solemn Assembly. There must be strategic planning and there must be specific well mapped out corresponding action. The Bible clearly declares that “faith without work (action) is dead.”‘
He added that the ‘Church leaders too must speak out. Enough of killings in Southern Kaduna. The souls you are called to minister to are being massacred. Your people are being brutally murmured not because of their wrong doing, but just because of their faith and ethnicity. Is it a crime to be a Christian? Is it a crime be of Southern Kaduna extraction? But that is what they want to make you believe. Why will the Christian Leaders keep quiet in the face of such evil?’ he added.
Charging Southern Kaduna people to maintain the tempo of the determination and the unity exhibited during the last governorship election and present a gubernatorial candidate united as one people and they will be on the way to have another governor from Southern Kaduna after Yakowa that was brutally murmured in an helicopter, which was blamed on the so called crash.
‘The last election should have opened your eyes that if you can come as one people knowing that you are first a Southern Kaduna person before you are Bajju or Gbagyi or other tribes. If you will allow the progress of Southern Kaduna to take priority over your different tribes, then you can united as one people to produce a governor in Kaduna State.
‘Don’t be intimated – Arise, shine and move forward. You have sat on a spot for too long.
‘I want to categorically and fundamentally assert that when you are ready for the GOVERNORSHIP you can count on me’, he concluded.
Inclusive Foundation Mourns Veteran Actress, Rachael Oniga
Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation, a non-governmental organisation has expressed its heartfelt sympathy to family, friends and the entire movie industry over the loss of the veteran actress, Rachael Oniga who died at age 64.
The CEO of the foundation, Chief (Mrs.) Pat Eleto, in a condolence visit to the family, on Saturday, July 31st, said the news came as a rude shock to many, but she believes that the late actress has created a great impact with her career, and her legacy should never be forgotten.
In her statement, Chief (Mrs.)Eleto said:
“It is with a heavy heart that I grief with the family of a sister, friend and adviser of Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation.
“Mrs. Oniga, is one of our great ambassadors, and we were actually working on a project that is meant for the later part of this year when the sad news of her demise came.
“Death is inevitable, we pray for the repose of her soul, and may God comfort all the people she left behind. We also hope and pray that all her good legacies, be sustained because, she was indeed a pillar of support to our foundation, and also one of veterans that contributed immensely to the growth of Nollywood,” the statement reads.
A native of Delta State, Oniga was one of the ambassadors of Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation.
Alaafin Shuns Ooni-Backed Group Over Alleged Anti-Buhari Posture
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, on Friday, at the last minute, allegedly cancelled an appointment he gave to a Yoruba group, Ooni’s Caucus, on the alleged complaint that members of the group are “notorious critics” of the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
The Ooni’s Caucus, which was inaugurated at the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on July 20, 2021, is made of many influential Yoruba persons and is being coordinated by a former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Mr Akin Osuntokun.
PUNCH learnt that Osuntokun led about 14 members of the group to Alaafin’s palace for the alleged 11am appointment on Friday, but after waiting for about two and a half hours, the influential monarch sent words to them that he would not be seeing them.
According to a source, who spoke to PUNCH on condition of anonymity, some of the group’s members who went to Alaafin’s palace with Osuntokun were a monarch, the Olugbon of Orile-Igbon, Oba Francis Alao; a former presidential spokesman, Dr Doyin Okupe; a former commissioner in Osun State, Muyiwa Ige; a former Minister of Defence, Mrs Dupe Adelaja; a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, Oye Oyewumi, Sola Lawal, among others.
A former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, is also said to be a member of Ooni’s Caucus, but he was not on the delegation to Alaafin’s palace on Friday.
The source, who is a member of the group, claimed that the group had through the Olugbon secured an appointment with Alaafin since Monday, and the same appointment was confirmed on Thursday, only for them to get to the palace and the Alaafin refused to see them on the claim that they were anti-Buhari and were also loyalists of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The source explained that the main purpose of the meeting was for the newly-inaugurated group to get Alaafin’s blessings and to possibly discuss the issue of the embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, alias Sunday Igboho, who is currently being held and tried in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
The source said, “The Olugbon, a member of the caucus, was the one who booked the appointment, but he said the Alaafin said he didn’t want to see us because we’re notorious critics of the Buhari government.
“He (Alaafin) confirmed the appointment yesterday (Thursday). But when we got there today, he kept us waiting; after a while, he asked to see the Olugbon. He (Alaafin) didn’t come to see us; we were told he said he wouldn’t see us because we are notorious critics of Buhari’s government and that some of us are close to Obasanjo, who is also critical of the government.
“We were made to wait for about two and a half hours; he gave us an appointment for 11am; we got there at 11am and at about 1.30pm, that was when it was obvious to us that he wasn’t coming (to see us). But he initially asked to see the Olugbon, who went to see him for about an hour. When the Olugbon eventually came back, he said Alaafin would not see us, saying we are a group that is critical of the Buhari government and some of us are loyalists of Obasanjo.”
On whether the group’s mission to Alaafin’s palace was to discuss Sunday Igboho’s matter, the source said, “Of course, the issue (of Igboho) would come up but that was not the purpose of the visit. The issue of Igboho concerns all the Yoruba people but that was not our reason for going to him.”
On whether the group would try and book another appointment, the source said, “I don’t know; we were all surprised that a Yoruba oba can refuse to see his children on account of not wanting to be on the bad side of Buhari’s government. I would have thought that an oba is supposed to take everybody as his children, whether they are supporters of Buhari the All progressives Congress or the Peoples Democratic Party or whatever party.”
But when contacted by PUNCH, the Media Director to the Alaafin, Bode Durojaye, said the reason his principal did not see the group was because they did not have any prior appointment with him.
Durojaye said the Alaafin would be willing to entertain the group if they booked an appointment.
He said, “Those who came are men of honour and kabiyesi did not say he did not want to see them. He did not say he would not see them because they are critical of President Buhari or they are former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s men. Obasanjo himself is a friend of Kabiyesi, so you can see that what you were told was not what happened.
“Kabiyesi said he could not see them because they did not give him prior notice that they were coming. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to see them again. They can notify him and he will give them an appointment. You cannot just come and say you want to see him, there are protocols to follow and due process is always adhered to at Alaafin’s Palace.
“There was no rancour, no ill-feeling even when they were going; I was there and I saw them off to their vehicles. If anybody told you that kabiyesi said he didn’t want to see them because they are critical of government or they are Obasanjo’s men, that is a lie.”
NMA Reacts As Bandits Break Into, Pick Nurse At Zamfara General Hospital
Suspected bandits invaded General Hospital, Dansadau, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Friday, resulting in the abduction of a nurse and caregiver.
Residents said that immediately the men stormed the medical facility, the armed men headed to the outpatient ward in search of a doctor or nurse.
“When they couldn’t find anybody there, they started going from one ward to another. A nurse and a caregiver were abducted. They then moved to staff quarters looking for doctors and nurses but could not find any.”
“The armed criminals had earlier attempted to attack Maigoge, a community located six kilometres north of Dansadau town.
“But when they laid siege to the community, the vigilantes otherwise known as Yan Sakai firmly defended the village. The vigilante killed some of the bandits and injured several others.
“They then invaded the hospital to kidnap nurse and doctors that will treat their injured brothers in the forest.”
Maigoge is one of the few communities in Dansadau Emirate known to be firmly defending themselves against bandits.
“The staff of the facility are not carrying out night duties now. They only attend to patients at day time. They then move inside the town to spend night usually at undisclosed locations,” he added.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association in Zamfara state, Dr Mannir Bature, who confirmed the attack said the association is worried by the unfortunate incident.
He said they would hold an emergency state officers council meeting on Saturday.
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