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What A Cow Says About The President

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The Fulani Herdsmen killing have become a pressing topic of discussion in the media. I have decided to stay mute on the matter, reason being that the whole killing is orchestrated by Nigerian top wigs and with time names will come out. But in the light of that, i came across an article on Saharareporters which only the title stirred my interest ” What A Cow Says About The President ” by Azu Ishiekwene. It speaks much about the Nigerian presidents nepotistic actions towards the incessant killings by Fulani herdsmen who are mostly considered as his brothers.

Read the piece below;
There was a video of President Muhammadu Buhari that shocked me recently and undermined my confidence in his ability to end the deadly attacks by Fulani herdsmen. It was not the video of him purportedly admiring a cow in his Daura ranch on a tablet. And certainly not the tape of his reported visit to former Governor Lam Adesina 18 years ago as the leader of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association delegation.
It was a clip from Saudia Arabia.
After the president’s visit to that country and Qatar in February 2016, the NTA reporter on his entourage interviewed him. The last question was about what the president planned to do about the attacks by herdsmen.
He started well, but in an incredible foot-in-the-mouth moment, he said if a man had 400 or more cows, there was nothing the herder could do about his cattle invading another man’s farm. It was, in effect, an endorsement of trespass too stunning to believe, especially since these were not just pastoralists, but armed herdsmen.
Yet, we’re living the endorsement. In the wake of the deadly attacks in Benue, the security services are not only trying to popularize the notion that trespass is all right – or minor communal irritation at worst – they’re looking for scapegoats, or more appropriately, scapecows. Word is gaining ground that Governor Samuel Ortom is largely responsible for the killings!
According to this version of the story, Ortom short-paid members of a militia he had been preparing in Benue for God-knows-what. In response, members of the militia, who had also been armed, turned on citizens in an orgy of revenge, leaving scores dead.
I’ve learned not to put anything past politicians but it would take a whole new level of cynicism for this story to make sense. But that’s not for those inside Aso Rock.
Two other sentiments just as incredible, but sadly true, are the statements comparing the number of victims killed this time with those killed under President Goodluck Jonathan, and the claim that when 800 Fulani herdsmen were killed in Mambilla, Kajuru and Numan, the government did nothing about it. Even if only one herdsman was killed, it should not go uninvestigated.
But when did the promise of change by the ruling APC become a debt to unleash our worst selves?
When I think of the endless rows of coffins of different shapes and sizes driven on low-bed trailers through the streets of Makurdi last week; of women weeping and children too confused to understand what was going on as grieving crowds went on their way to the cemetery, all I think about is justice, not blame-trading.
President Buhari has promised justice, but it’s hard to believe him after watching that Saudi Arabia video. It’s hard to believe he’ll deliver justice after he told a delegation of Benue elders to his office to restrain “your people” and in the name of God, “to accommodate your countrymen.”
The 73 or more dead are also your people, Mr. President. The bereaved families are your people. The wounded, the dispossessed and the displaced are all your people and deserve protection from their commander-in-chief.
And if they could not get the protection they deserve or have the president in their midst in their moment of grief, why should they trust him to give them justice?
Why should any community in Nigeria suffer such confirmed large-scale loss of human lives, while the president sits on his high horse hosting delegations from the bereaved communities in his office and begging them in God’s name?
And it was in that same week when the bereaved were turning the dust over their dead in Makurdi that the president hosted Nasir El-Rufai and six other governors who said they had come to Aso Rock to ask the president to run for a second term.
It was a shameless, self-serving stampede for presidential affection that took no account at all of a country in grief.
I’m not sure why God’s name was dragged into the Benue killings, but he will not do for us what we’re perfectly able to do for ourselves. And if that sounds like speaking in parables, then watch the trending video of how the police in Ghana tackled the menace of armed herdsmen in Agogo and Afram plains in the Eastern region, after the cattle farmers refused to obey court orders against their trespass.
Cattle breeding is a private business and God is not a dairy farmer. Those who are clamoring for government-sponsored cow colonies need to be reminded that a Scotsman started Obudu in 1951, and it was one of Nigeria’s most successful ranches until government grabbed it.
Even after independence, several ranches were created, like the Bornu Breeding Ranch and the Manchok Fattening Ranch, largely through private efforts with help from international agencies.
Nigeria is not among the world’s top 20 by cattle inventory and yet we’re shedding more blood over cattle than India, Brazil, and China, which together control over 60 percent of the global cattle stock.
Sure, there’s a role government can play, but examples from countries that have made serious and sustainable progress suggest that intervention is often restricted to areas like regeneration/preservation, research, targeted grants, and relief, especially in cases of natural disasters. And such interventions are normally spread over the value chain and dispensed transparently.
Agriculture Minister, Audu Ogbeh, may think we have not done enough until we have given our heads to armed herders on a platter, but he should ask El-Rufai if appeasement has made any difference.
After a series of deadly attacks by the herdsmen, the governor sent emissaries to them in Niger and reported as follows in an interview (just as disturbing as the one Buhari had in Saudi Arabia) published by Premium Times: “In most of the communities, once the appeal was made to them (the Fulani herdsmen), they said they have forgiven.”
“There are one or two that asked for monetary compensation. They said they have forgiven the death of human beings but want compensation for their cattle.”
He said nothing about the victims of the trespass.
Before El-Rufai, Jonathan also tried to pay off the herders. He asked the Central Bank to release N100billion to the states for “mini modern ranches” across the country.
The money was released without appropriation and cowboy governors, a number of whom are enjoying their second term today, disappeared with the billions.
Now, we’re back to square one. All the talk about cow colonies, hydrological zones, Saudi grass and whatnot, is still about how to appease the aggressor herdsman, spread their hegemony and create another pool of funds that will also disappear into private pockets.
It should worry Buhari that his words and body language are enabling the aggressors and impeding healing, justice and the pursuit of peace in this conflict.
Can he shed his tunnel vision and become the broadminded statesman that Nigerians voted thought they voted for three years ago?

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Confusion – Atiku in U.S – Dele Momodu, Atiku not in U.S – Media Aide

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Confusion arises as Dele Momodu and Paul Ibe make contradicting statement concerning the location of Atiku Abubakar – PDP presidential candidate for the upcoming general election.

Confusion - Atiku in U.S  - Dele Momodu, Atiku not in U.S - Media Aide

Dele Momodu

Dele Momodu said in a tweet post that Atiku Abubakar has landed in United States of America.

And this is following claims by APC, PDP’s major opposition party that Atiku Abubakar cannot obtain a US Visa prior to an alleged crime he committed on US soil.

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Paul Ibe who is Atiku’s media aide has contradicted what Momodu said while speaking to This day live over a phone call where he said,

“You know what the social media can do. You know the social media for what they are now. It is not true. His Excellency hasn’t gone anywhere,” – Paul Ibe.

Confusion - Atiku in U.S  - Dele Momodu, Atiku not in U.S - Media Aide

Confusion – Atiku in U.S – Dele Momodu, Atiku not in U.S – Media Aide

Who do you believe ?

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Dele Momodu is THE CEO of Ovation magazine, a world wide read publication. While Paul Ibe is the media aide to Atiku Abubakar.

Not long ago, TheCable reported that Atiku Abubakar is in U.S.A for a meeting with the US Chamber of Commerce and the US Africa Business Centre which is expected to hold at 1615 H street, NW 20062 on Friday, tomorrow.

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In conclusion, Atiku Abubakar, former Vice-president is in U.S.A now.

 

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The Plunging of our Nation – Solomon Ekeoma

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The Plunging of our Nation

Solomon Ekeoma Ogbu

The proclivity of our Nation plunging into a deeper sea is so high… The rate at which the country is being handled by some individuals who have no interest of the populace at heart is so alarming…

From the indifferent President who is so biased as it regards national issues and insecurity in Nigeria… Of course, he has negative his inaugural speech which he stated inter alia “I belong to no one… I belong to everybody…”

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The President has proven from recent national issues… Ranging from the IPOB proscription to the herdsmen’s unlawful acts, corruption of cabinet members et higher administrative officers to even the Boko Haram campaign at the North that he’s incapable of discharging his functions of his office as provided for in the constitution… Even to the recent JAMB-snake saga.

We have seen and experienced the alarming rate of corruption in Nigeria… This I must state has never been experienced in the history of Nigeria’s corruption cases. How can we talk of integrity of our “dutiful” President who has claimed blindness as regards certain National issues…

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It is therefore at this point I must state that we as the youth of Nigeria must stand against all forms of corruption… Our constitution makes us powerful than the government… For benefit of doubt, section 14 of the 1999 constitution can be referred to. It’s high time we stood against all those who have no interest in our country… Public interest should and must at every point in time override individual interest (salis populi est suprema lex)

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In lieu of this, I beckon on us all to get our PVC and vote out these guys out of office…
Let’s exercise our power, our sovereignty and every legal arsenal we have in our disposal…
Together we can do it!

On a lighter note… I’ll need to get bitter kola around my bank to protect my account from snakes.

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Nigerian Presidency reacts to Accusations that Amina Zakari is related Buhari

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Nigerian presidency took their verified social media handle to clear the air surrounding the appointment of Amina Zakari as INEC’s head of collation centre for the upcoming general election. They debunked claims by PDP that Amina is related to the President Buhari who is on the rerun for a second tenor under the APC.

Amina Zakari was recently appointed the head of collation center by INEC ahead of the general elections this year.

Nigerian Presidency reacts to Accusations that Amina Zakari is related Buhari

Nigerian Presidency reacts to Accusations that Amina Zakari is related Buhari

As shared by the Nigerian Presidency on twitter.

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In another mendacious press release, the PDP has continued their baseless accusations regarding Hajiya Amina Zakari, a commissioner in the INEC, accusing her of partiality and casting doubts about her integrity as an electoral commissioner. In their desperation, they forget that it was the PDP government that appointed her in the first place and they keep lying, as they have been caught doing on so many issues, by imputing a blood relationship between her and President Muhammadu Buhari. President Buhari and Commissioner Amina Zakari do not share a family relationship. An inter-marriage occurred in their extended families, so the imputation of blood relationship between the President and the electoral commissioner is a lie. What is even more curious about all the fuss coming from the PDP is that they, as a ruling party picked Mrs Zakari, judging her by her own merit and made her an electoral commissioner. She served so well with distinction as can be verified from the records that President Buhari approved the recommendation that she be reappointed, as he did other PDP nominees for second-term of four years. PDP, therefore, has no moral right to keep harassing this hardworking mother unless they have a hidden agenda. By this statement, the PDP is guilty of scoring an own goal and two, of harassing an innocent citizen on the basis of a lie, pure and simple.

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