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Double jeopardy as Niger Emirate rejects banished Kogi monarchs

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***Ask gov Bello to resolve political issues with them

Niger State Emirate Council the supposed host for the three banished monarchs in Kogi State, has observed that their dethronement was orchestrated by political reasons hence the emirate cannot accept them on exile.
The council admonished outgoing gov Bello to settle the political differences he had with them.
This is coming after all the ruling Houses and three surviving kingmakers of Igu and Koton-Karfe Kingdom have rejected the deposition of
His Royal Highness, Alhaji Abdulrazaq IsahKoto, the Ohimege-Igu, Koton-Karfe, recently by Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.
They described the action as a sacrilege on the Igu traditional institution

At a Press Conference held at the NUJ press center in Utako, Abuja on Sunday, the representative of the eight ruling houses and spokesperson Alhaji Kolo Yakubu Ameh said the purported Coronation of another person as Ohimege will not stand.
He called on the government of Kogi State to as a matter of urgencybreverse the purported deposition of Alhaji Abdulrasaq Gambo Sani Isakato.
Ameh added that the deposition of the reverred king was politically motivated saying that the coronation and installation of the Ohimege which took place 11 years ago was a cultural tradition not political.

It was gathered that the three deposed monarchs were yet to arrive exile in Niger, a week after they were removed from office as traditional rulers. 

Monarchs who were dethroned are, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Abdulrazaq Isah Koto, the Ohimege-Igu of Koton-Karfe who is the Chairman, Lokoja/Kogi Local Government Area Traditional Council. He was sent on exile to Rijau Local Government Council of Niger State.

The traditional ruler of Ogori-Magogo, His Royal Highness, Sam Bola Ojoa was deposed and exiled to Salka Emirate Council in Magama Local Government Council of Niger State.

While the traditional ruler of Ihima, His Royal Highness, Samuel Adayi Onimisi was removed from throne and sent on exile to Lavun in Doko Local Government Council of Niger State.

Our correspondent who visited the various emirate councils to confirm the arrival of the banished Kings on Wednesday discovered that they were yet to arrive their different emirate locations, as it was further gathered that the Niger State Emirate Council has rejected their exile to Niger.

A source within the palace of Etsu Nupe who spoke based on anonymity said feelers indicates that there is no place for any of the dethroned monarch in any emirate council in Niger.
He claimed that the Etsu Nupe would not subscribe to political mudslinging that led to the removal and exile of the three monarchs to Niger State.

According to him, the Emirate was yet to receive any official letter from Kogi State government in respect of the exiled Kings to the State, but said, when such letter comes, the Emirate was ready to reply and make a copy available to journalists.

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Eid El-Fitr: Gen Abdulsalami, Gov Bago, Ex-Gov Aliyu sue for peace

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***Charge Muslims to internalize Ramadan lessons

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As Muslims all over the world celebrate this year’s Eid-Firti to mark the end of the Ramadan, former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, Niger Governor Umar Mohammed Bago and former Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu have called on Nigerians, especially Muslims faithful to imbibe the lessons of Ramadan to ensure peaceful coexistence among one another.
In separate interviews with newsmen shortly after observing the prayers at the Minna praying ground, the leaders believed that peaceful coexistence was needed by all Nigerians to be able to overcome the present economic challenges facing the country.
General Abdulsalami in his message, pointed out that the Ramadan has taught Muslims all over the world a lesson to be each others keepers by maintaining peaceful coexistence.
He pointed out that the peaceful atmosphere enjoyed during the Ramadan should be sustained for the good of the country, adding that nothing can be achieved in an atmosphere of crisis and public disturbance.
Also speaking, the former governor of the state, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu said that some Muslims are just Muslims by name because they have failed to internalized the very good teaching of Islam which symbolizes peace.
He said that Muslims must allowe the teaching of Islam which is a way of life become part of them, stressing that “we must internalize the actual teaching of Islam so that it will become part of them but this he said is lacking in most Muslims today. “Many are just Muslims by name and not in practice”, he said
Also speaking shortly after observing the prayer, at the Kontagora praying ground where he spent the Sallah, the state Governor Umar Mohammed Bago called on all Muslim faithful to continue to imbibe the lessons learnt in the Month of Ramadan.
He emphasized the need for Muslims to remain selflessness, show kindness and maintain good neighbourliness as they continue to pray to God for peace in the land
While appreciating the Kontagora Emirate for the warm reception accorded him, he urged them to be security cautious during the Sallah celebrations by reporting any suspicious movement to relevant authorities.
Senator representing Niger North Senatorial District and former Niger State Governor, Senator Abubakar Sani Bello in his message expressed gratitude to Allah for witnessing another Eid-El-Fitr and pray to Allah to continue to protect the Country and bring an end to all forms of insecurity.
Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora, Muhammad Barau Mu’azu II who commended the Governor for coming to celebrate Eid with the people of Kontagora Emirate, prayed to Allah for the success of his administration.
Notable among other Muslim adherents that graced the Eid-El-Fitr prayer included Speaker, Niger State House of Assembly AbdulMalik Sarkin Daji, Member representing Kontagora/Mariga/Mashegu and Wushiahi Federal Constituency Abdullahi Idris Garba, Chief of Staff to the Governor Abdullahi Usman Gbatamangi, other members of the State Executive Council and traditional leaders from Kontagora Emirate

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SMA gives rice palliatives to 2,000 women in Bida

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**follow up exercise continues on Sunday in Katcha, Gbako LGAs

Member Representing Bida/Gbako/Katcha Federal Constituency, in the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Saidu Musa Abdullahi, SMA (Gwarzon Nupe) has given succor of Rice palliatives to two thousand women in Bida Niger State.
The support which was flagged off at Gowon’s Lodge is an initiative targeted at the poor women, beneficiaries who were drawn from widows and other vulnerable groups in the society.i⁸
A statement by the Senior Legislative Aide (SLA) to the Reps member Dodo Mustapha quoted the chairman of the distribution Committee Alhaji Baba Suleiman to have indicated that the gesture came at a time people were in dire need of assistance.
the chairman who is also the Sarki Samari Nupe, urged other political office holders and well to do individuals to emulate thr gesture to reduce poverty.

A Member of the Distribution committee, Wakili Raya Kasan Nupe, Alhaji Mohammed Baba Ndana pointed out that the exercise was properly strategized to accommodate various groups including the blind, FOMWAN, Muslim Ummah, security operatives and others.

Some of the Beneficiaries appreciated the Lawmaker for the initiative.

Similar exercise is billed to hold for Gbako and Katcha Local Government Areas that formed the Federal Constituency on Sunday

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Senator Sani Musa distributes 20,000 bags of grains, others to Constituents

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***Says hard times Will Soon Be Over

The Senator representing Niger East Senatorial district, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Musa on Friday in Minna, distributed over 20,000 bags of assorted grains and other food items to his Constituents to cushion the effect of the current hardship in the country.
The food items which included rice, beans, maize among others were distributed to the people of in the 2,053 polling units in the nine local government areas of the senatorial district.
This gesture is coming barely one month after the senator doled out cash and food items to his Constituents over the same reason
As many as 4,100 Constituents benefited with N50,000.00 each as empowerment to enable them cope with the present economic reality in the country.

The Senator in addition to the cash grant, gave grains and seedlings to farmers ahead of the forthcoming farming season.

This he said is targeted at boosting farming activities in his senatorial district in order to tackle the hardship from different angles.

The intervention programme tagged ” 313 Palliative/ Ramadan package distribution” cut across the 2,053 polling units in the nine local governments of Suleja, Gurara, Tafa, Paikoro, Chanchaga, Bosso, Rafi, Munya & Shiroro making up the Niger East Senatorial District .

Explaining to journalists the essence of the intervention program, Senator Musa noted that the gesture was for all his constituents, irrespective of party affiliations, to alleviate the prevailing economic hardship in the country, especially in Niger East.
“This is just my way of giving back to the people who voted me into office. It is my resolve to continue to do my best to bring dividends of democracy to them “, he said .

The responsive legislative gesture, he added, is required strategy of addressing the root causes of the current economic difficulties and also geared towards promoting long-term economic stability and prosperity of the people of his Senatorial district in particular and Niger state at large.

“These food items are a humble gesture to ease the burden of our families during this period. I pray that they bring sustenance, joy, and blessings to all who receive them’, he stressed .

Specifically in Paikoro Local Government Council, the items distributed include 232 Bags of Rice; 464 Bags of Millet, 464 Bags of Maize, among others.
Items for the local Government council were received by the Constituted Palliatives Distribution Committee consisting the Paikoro Local Government Council Chairman, Hon Umaru Aminu Yandayi, the Hon Commissioner for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Mrs Elizabeth Shaba; the Paikoro Local Government APC Chairman, Hon Jibrin Mohammed (Anti-Boss), Hon Walijo Ahijo and the Paikoro Local Government 313’s Coordinator, Hon Danjuma (DJ Gwam).
Similar channels of distributions, were also used in other local government councils in the Senatorial District
Meanwhile the senator told Nigerians that the hard times being faced will soon be over following the successes being recorded by the federal government to improve the economy.
He indicated that the current economic hardship is being tackled from different dimension including the distribution of palliatives, adding that “the federal government had to a large extent been able to stabilize the exchange rate of the national currency against others thereby improving imports and exports”.
According to him, concerted efforts are also being made to fight oil bunkering which has contributed to the shortfall in revenue from the sector, pointing out that very soon the pump price of petrol and other petroleum products will drop.
“All these steps will soon begin to have positive impact on Nigerians. I can assure Nigerians that the hard times Will soon be over”, he added.
Musa appreciated the peaceful conduct of his constituets which he said has also assisted the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) government in the state “in delivering dividends of democracy to them.
“Many projects are ongoing and immediately after fasting more projects will be flagged off by the Umaru Bago led APC administration in the state” he submitted.
Musa solicited for the continued cooperation of the people with the government at all levels stressing that “without peace there cannot be meaningful development”.
Special Adviser to Governor Umaru Bago on Political Matters, Alhaji Nma Kolo who witnessed the distribution of the food items, commended Senator Musa for always reaching out to his constituents saying ” You have reduced hunger among our people”.
He therefore appealed to the people to be patient and show some understanding with the present government, insisting that”there will surely be light at the end of the tunnel”.

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