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Kingmakers of Igu/ Koton-Karfe dare Bello, urge him to reverse deposition of Ohimege-Igu

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***We have never selected our king by political appointment

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.
“After 11 years on the throne, you now came out to say that you want to depose the King without a fact. First year, second year, and now ten years after, this is injustice because politics is involved. We have never selected our king by political appointment.”
According to him, the reversal will save the age-long custom and traditions, from bastardization, particularly of their highly revered and respected Ohimege Igu Koton-Karfe Kingdom institution.

He said the deposition was an ugly political vendetta orchestrated by a few political Lilliputians with bloated images of their perceived personal self worth.
The Ohimege Igu Alhaji Abdulrazaq Isah Koto who was also the Chairman, Lokoja/ Kogi Local Government Area Traditional Council was deposed and banished to Rijau Local Government Area of Niger State by Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello on the 8th of January, 2024.

Reading from a text that was signed by the kingmakers, Ameh said,
“We the represensatives of all the ruling houses and the 3 surviving pout of the 4 kingmakers of Igu, Koton-Karge Kingdom Kogi Local Government Area Of Kogi State wish to state categorically and most unequivocally our total rejection of the purported deposition of Alhaji Abdulrazaq Gambo Sani Isakoto as the Ohimege Igu, Koton-Karfe and Chairman, Lokoja/Kogi Local Government Area traditional council.

According to him, “We have also rejected the purported appointment of an ohimege during a proclamation on television and on the social media on 8th January, 2024 and since thereafter.

“It’s pertinent to state that out of the three royal fathers that were purportedly deposed and banished it’s only Alh. Abdulrazak Gambo Sani Isakoto that was replaced immediately by that proclamation with the speed of light. This smacks of abitrariness and punitiveness.

“What has happened on this vexed issue is an anathema and a real mockery of our centuries long and reverred kingship institution of the Ohimege Igu, Koton-Karfe and which if not urgently addressed poses great and imminent danger to our well respected and highly acclaimed kingship institution and the peace and tranquility of our very old kingdom.

“It is therefore imperative to use this medium to intimate the kogi state government, its agents and the general public that the capricious proclamation is unacceptable and rejected in its entirety as it relates to our dear kingdom and the reverred institution of The Ohimege Igu, Koton-Karfe.
“It should be put on record that desecration of our age long customs and traditions cannot be allowed to stand.
“At this juncture, we wish to draw the attention of all Nigerians to the willful, calculated and capricious aberration and desecration of our traditional kingship institution which the kogi state government has wittingly embarked upon with the unjust purported removal and the hasty appointment of an Ohimege in order to serve the interest of few political jobbers.
“We therefore certainly consider the abominable deposition of our loving and well respected Ohimege, Alh. Abdulrazaq Gambo Sani Isakoto as an ugly political vendetta orchestrated by some political lilliputians with bloated images of their perceived personal self worth.
Bello in the exercise of his power as givernor also deposed His Royal Highness, Sam Bola Ojoa, the Olu Magongo of Magongo whom he banished to Salka, Magama Local Government Area of Niger State.
His Royal Highness, Samuel Adayi Onimisi, the Obobanyi of Emani, was also removed and deposed to Doko, Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State.
In what was believed to be a fallout of the recently held governorship election in the State which the APC candidate was declared winner, the Governor who felt betrayed by some of the traditional rulers, came up with the decision to depose them as punishment for their alleged partisanship.

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Ex-IPAC legal adviser tells Tinubu not to delay the regulation of prices of food items

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***Naira Gains and Losses – Product of APC’s Ineptitude

Former National Legal Adviser  Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) Barr. Chukwudi Ezeobika has raised issues over skyrocketing prices of goods and services amidst speculations on a daily basis that the Nigerian Naira is gaining value against the American dollar

Ezeobika who was also a Candidate Anambra South Senatorial District (2018) gave the indication in statement on Sunday.

He said the presumption of gains in the Nigerian currency may be erroneous as they are without the consequent effects on goods and services as the average Nigerian is yet to feel the impact

“The reason for this indescribable phenomenon, just as we have in every sector of the Nigerian economy, is indeed not far-fetched. The wilful resolve by the Bola Ahmed Tinubu – led APC government to continually deceive Nigerians amidst the glaring economic recession and crisis. 

“It is erroneous to yield to the belief that the Nigerian currency can ever make any gains against the American dollar or its economy relevant in the global stage if the country is unable to produce the basic goods and services required by it, to build and develop its dilapidated and or non-existent infrastructure in critical sectors of the economy such as health, power, transport and agriculture. 

“All known indices of economic recession are currently prevalent in the Nigerian economy as can be seen in high and unprecedented costs of goods as well as services and the continued manipulation, by the current administration,  of the Nation’s currency, against the will of the Nigerian people.

“The Federal and State agencies saddled with the responsibility of regulating the prices of goods, most especially food items which are basic to an average Nigerian, have become either obsolete or 

non-existent, hence, the absurdities prevalent in the prices of food commodities such as rice, yam and beans, in most Nigerian markets.  

“The current administration has wilfully and consciously chosen to continue the path of its predecessors by propagating ill-conceived social and economic policies and engaging in projects that are purely unconnected and at variance with the well-being of its citizens.  

“The Nigerian Legislature ought to, as a matter of urgency, re-discover its essence in enacting relevant laws which have direct bearing on the lives of ordinary citizens, re-position itself in its oversight functions and periodically justify the huge budgets passed yearly to maintain the legislative arm of the Nigerian government. 

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Ganduje: Northern Patriots accuses Kano Gov of lack of Clear Agenda

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***Say, he is Progressing In Error

The Northern Patriots (NP) has take a swipe at Governor Abba Yusuf for lacking in any clear blueprint or agenda for the people of Kano State.

Comrade Dominic Alancha, the national president of the group, gave the indication during an interview on TVC’s Journalists Hangout on Sunday.

According to Alancha, the governor has instead resorted to a witch-hunt and political vendetta against his predecessor Alhaji Umar Ganduje all in the name of a probe.

Comrade Alancha indicated Governor Yusuf is progressing in error as his perceived case against Ganduje is dead on arrival as it is not within the jurisdiction of the state to probe him.

The Northern Patriots, however, advised the governor to focus on governance and if indeed he wants to recover state funds, he should look the way of Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.

“It is unfortunate that Governor Abba Yusuf is progressing in error. Instead of focusing on advancing governance, he is out for a witch-hunt and political vendetta against his predecessor,” he said.

“I don’t think that he is aware that there is a judicial pronouncement on this matter. The state can’t prosecute Ganduje, it is the responsibility of the federal high court.

“For me, this case is dead on arrival. If he’s transparent enough, he should have gone back to 2011 or even beyond to probe his political godfather because there are a lot of accusations against Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso of corruption and misappropriation of state resources.

“For example, in 2011, there was a 5km contract purportedly allocated to each of the 44 LGAs. Unfortunately, to date, 1km of that road has not been constructed.

“If any probe is to be done, it should be based on transparency and accountability. But this whole case is diverting the attention of the people from seeking transparency and good governance from the governor.

“Abba has nothing to point out as his achievement in the last 11 months. Rather, he is busy setting up committees to probe his predecessor.

“I think it is proper for him to sit down and make his priorities known. He should set out a clear agenda for the people. ”

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Fubara vows to liberate Rivers people from oppression

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Gov. Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers has vowed to his to liberate Rivers people from bad governance and oppression.

Fubara spoke on Saturday at a thanksgiving rally organised by the SIMplified Movement at Ibaka, Okirika Local Government Area.

The SIMplified Movement, a pro-Fubara group, organised the event to mark the governor’s successful election and victory at the Supreme Court.

Fubara who spoke through Awajinombek Abiante, the member representing, Andoni/Opobo/Nkoro federal constituency in the House of Representatives, said that Rivers people had been oppressed for too long

”A reggae artiste named Lucky Dube, once sang about the imprisonment of the mind, that song mirrors our pathetic situation in Rivers state today.

”Few days ago, a report revealed that many schools in the state lacked teachers, and are dilapidated.
”This reported decay and shortage of teachers did not happen in the last 10 months of my administration, it is an accumulation of neglect.
”They decided not to build schools because they want to imprison the minds of our people, to make us blind in loyalty and unable to ask questions,” he
Fubara said that his government had already commenced efforts to revive the education sector by renovating schools and recruiting more teachers.
”It is for this sake that this government has come to guarantee liberty and break the chains that have held us bound,” he said.
The governor said that his administration had commenced the rehabilitatiin of Okirika Grammar School to provide a sound learning ground for the people of the area.
According to him, his administration would listen to the yearnings of Rivers people and take actions without making noise about it.
Also speaking at the event, Mr Anderson Allison, APC member representing Okirika/Ogu/Bolo federal constituency in the House of Representatives, said that membership of the SIMplified Movement spanned across political parties.
Allison said that prominent politicians and the elite class in Rivers were in support of Fubara due to his integrity and commitment to the service of the state.
”Fubara sees the welfare of Rivers people as a priority, he has also demonstrated dedication to good governance and service delivery.
”The governor has been in office for just 10 months and has already achieved a lot without resorting to abuses, this is how a leader should behave,” he said

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