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Only Buhari can explain why he has kept mute over Herdsmen killings – Falae



A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, on Monday said only President Muhammadu Buhari can explain his silence in the face-off the killing by herdsmen across the country.
False, who spoke when the police and officials of the Ondo State Government visited his farm that was set on fire by herdsmen in Ilado area of the state, said he was disappointed by the silence of Buhari on the activities of Fulani herdsmen in the country.
The police team was led by the Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Olugbenga Adeyanju.
Falae said: “My farm has been destroyed five times within three years and it’s a deliberate means to probably kill me, run me out of business and away from the farmland, which is not possible.
“There shall not be cattle colonies in any part of Yorubaland.
“It’s a fraud.”
When asked if he was not worried by the silence of the President on the activities of the herdsmen, Falae said: “It is only President Buhari who can answer the question why he is silent over these Fulani herdsmen atrocities.
“I have expected him for over two years to take an initiative and make a national broadcast to his people in Nigeria and assure us that he will handle the matter by announcing effective measures that could control the rapacity of the herdsmen.”
“He has failed to assure Nigerians that both the herdsmen and us can live together in peace without one side damaging the other.
“I am disappointed I’ve not heard this from him.
“If I were President, I would have taken the initiative because this is not a problem that cannot be solved.
“Many nations have gone through this.
“This mode of cattle rearing is universal, but in the last 100 years, most nation’s have solved the problem by adopting ranching.
“Ranching in cattle farming is a legitimate and very profitable business run by private businessmen, but they are trying to make my crops to feed their cattle to subsidise their own business because they are forcing me by invading my farm in the night to supply free food to their cattle and when they sell the cattle they don’t give me part of the money.
“This is a system that cannot survive and I expected the government to have stopped it.
“We are not saying cattle rearing should be stopped, but the cattle rearers should be assisted to set up or do their business without hurting anybody.
“Hurting farmers is not acceptable.
“What they did to my farm is not a question of cattle eating grass.
“It is a matter of people destroying other people’s means of livelihood consciously, maliciously and deliberately.
“They set the farm on fire overnight and did it one after the other.
“They burnt them.
“Cattle does not feed on palm trees.
“They just want to destroy my assets.
“This is an attack on my livelihood, on what I possess.
“It is continuous.
“They do it every year.
“For the agriculture people, this is an attack to our food production.
“People are afraid now to plant.
“They do not have guarantee that they would not destroy it.
“They have destroyed my 10 hectares of cassava.
“Whoever borrows money to plant now, the asset will be ruined.
“I thank God that the road that divides the plantation and with the help of those who were in the farm yesterday night, they were able to prevent further damages.
“They limited the spread.
“The intention is what worries me: that some Nigerians deliberately want to destroy properties of other Nigerians.
“The destruction does not enhance their well-being.
“If they drive the cows to eat my maize and destroy my assets, it enhances their assets using it to subsidize their cows.
“But when they burnt my plantation, there is no rationality except malice and hatred.
“I will try to contain myself because I am provoked.
“You know Nigeria was a colony.
“Through the efforts of our leaders, we were able to get the British to leave and we are free.
“A colony is a territory that is a dependent territory, more or less owned by another nation.
“Thank God, since 1960 we are no longer a colony.
“In Nigeria, to mention the word colony has political connotation, not economic.
“A colony is a political entity, which someone said he wants to create in the territory of another.
“That is a provocation.
“That is terrible thing for anybody to contemplate.
“I am sure it was a mistake.
“I hope my friend Audu Ogbeh will withdraw that obnoxious policy.
“In any case, with what is going on, I can tell you as a leader of our race, the Yoruba people will not concede one inch of its territory as a colony to another person.”

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Kano Assembly sets up panel to probe bribery allegations against Gov. Ganduje



The Kano house of assembly has set up a panel to investigate the bribery allegation against Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of the state, according to DAILY NIGERIAN.

In a video trending online, Ganduje was seen collecting bundles of dollars and putting them into his white dress known as ‘babanriga’ in the northern part of Nigeria.

The video has generated a lot of reactions from Nigerians, with some saying it is a dent on President Muhammadu Buhari’s corruption agenda since the governor is a member of the ruling party.

Raising a motion on Monday, Labaran Madari, a member representing Warawa constituency, said the assembly should investigate the authenticity of the video and take necessary actions.

Madari said the videos had brought the institution of governance in the state to disrepute.

The matter was seconded by Baffa Dan’Agundi, a member representing Kano municipal.

Alhassan Rurum, speaker of the house, therefore, constituted a seven-man committee to investigate the matter and report back to the assembly.

Members of the committee include Baffa Dan’Agundi, Labaran Madari, Garba Gafasa, Zubairu Masu, Ayuba Labaran, Abubakar Galadima, Garba Yau Gwarmai and Mujtafa Amin.

Sources were quoted as saying the assembly is planning to serve the governor impeachment notice as soon as the committee submits its report.

“This is a serious matter that should not be swept under the carpet. We did preliminary investigation and found out the videos are genuine. The committee is just mere formality,” said a member who was said to have preferred anonymity.

“The governor confessed to some of us that it was real but he is now trying to stop us from exercising our constitutional duty.”

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Rivers APC Guber candidate, Tonye Cole reportedly skipped NYSC, omits degrees in nomination forms



The gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Tonye Cole, is in trouble for skipping the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme, the NEXT EDITION has found out.

Sources close to the stylish businessman-turned-politician said he is struggling to get the NYSC to help him out with the problem.

The Lagos-based billionaire emerged APC’s gubernatorial candidate for 2019 during the party’s primary in Port Harcourt on October 1.

Lawal Isa, Chairman, Rivers State APC Governorship Primary Election Committee, had said Mr. Cole got 3,329 votes to beat other aspirants.

According to him, Dawari George, a former aide to Rotimi Amaechi, scored 491 votes to come a distant second.

Dumo Lulu-Briggs, another business mogul who stood the election, secured 38 votes while a serving Senator, Magnus Abe, got a single vote.

Mr. Abe was the only person who voted for himself in the primary that was attended by no fewer than 4000 delegates.

But weeks after the primary was conducted and won, Mr. Cole is yet to name his running mate, situation observers blamed on the fear he might be disqualified after all.

This newspaper found out Mr. Cole deliberately omitted his tertiary education qualifications in the nomination forms he submitted to his party and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Under academic records, Mr. Cole indicated he attended Corona School, Victoria Island, Lagos from 1973-1978 and King’s College, Lagos, between 1978 -1983.

This shows in spite of his rich educational background, he only filed his primary school leaving certificate and the ordinary level West African Examination Council General Certificate of Education he obtained in June 1983 from the King’s College.

Apart from the WASCE, Mr. Cole also attached a testimonial from King’s College which showed he was born on January 11, 1967, and had attended the institution from Form One to Five.

With registration number 4107, he was a member of Mckee Wright House as well as the Literary and Debating Club.

The principal of the school at the time, Olapeju Oladele, indicated he held no leadership position but indicated he had a promising career.

“He has very strong personality traits and was well-behaved,” under behavioural traits.

However, under general remarks, Mr. Oladele wrote, “Patrick was a very promising student who has high potential to succeed in his chosen career.”

Based on his WASC attached to his nomination forms, Mr. Cole had credit (4) in English Language, good (3) in Geography, credit (4) in Economic and credit (6) in Mathematics.

Others include Physics – pass (7), Biology – credit (5), Art –credit (5) and Technical Drawing –pass (7).

With only WASC and a testimonial from King’s College attached to his forms, it seemed Mr. Cole, for some undisclosed reasons, deliberately omitted his degrees as contained in his public profiles.

While he failed to indicate his tertiary education qualifications, the APC candidate sumptuously showcased the training he has attended across the globe and the many papers he has presented and positions he has occupied.

But findings by this newspaper showed Mr. Cole went straight to King’s School, Ely, Cambridgeshire, the United Kingdom after he left King’s College, Lagos at age 16.

He is also said to be an alumnus of the University of Lagos and Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil, where he was graduated with merit honours in Architecture.

Curiously, information regarding his tertiary education and the record of his compulsory NYSC participation are all absent in the document he filed with his party and INEC.


Given his family background and the age he completed his primary and secondary education, it is very clear Mr. Cole got his first degree before he was 23.

The one-year service, organised by NYSC is compulsory for all Nigerians who graduate from universities or equivalent institutions at less than 30 years of age.

Apart from being a prerequisite for obtaining government and private sector jobs in Nigeria, the NYSC Act prescribes punishment for anyone who absconds from the scheme or forges its certificates.

For instance, eligible persons, who skipped the scheme, are liable to be sentenced to 12 months imprisonment and/or N2, 000 fine, based on Section 13 of the NYSC law.

In Section 13 (3) of the Act, a three-year jail term or option of N5,000 fine is prescribed for anyone who contravenes the provisions of the law.

Subsection 4 of the same section also criminalises giving false information or illegally obtaining the agency’s certificate.

It provides for up to a three-year jail term for such offenders.

NEXT EDITION made several attempts within the last two weeks to speak with Mr. Cole on the issue but failed.

The APC chieftain would not pick calls or respond to text messages from this newspaper.

However, when contacted, on one of his allies, Tonye Princewill, said Mr. Cole could not speak on the issue because the party was yet to set up a campaign structure for the 2019 polls.

All of Mr. Cole’s public profiles show he had tertiary education in Nigeria and in Brazil but none indicates the dates of his graduation.

NEXT EDITION could not also extract any record of where he served in any of such profiles, some of which have been edited recently.

Attempts to speak with the NYSC spokesperson, Adenike Adeyemi, failed as her line was unreachable and text message to her phone was not replied.

But a senior staff of the scheme, who could not be named because he is not authorised to speak on the matter said the NYSC has no record Mr. Cole served or was offered an exemption.



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2019: Atiku picks Peter Obi as running mate



The Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Friday picked former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, as his running mate in the 2019 general elections.

This newspaper gathered that Mr Atiku made the choice after narrowing his search for running mate to a politician from the South East.

On Wednesday, ThisDay reported that at least three technocrats and two politicians have been penciled down for the position.

The technocrats include: former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Charles Soludo; former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Akinwunmi Adesina; and former Managing Director of Asset Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON, Chike Obi.

The politicians are: former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, and the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

The PDP hierarchy are still undecided between the South-West and South-East, on the zone the position should be allotted.

Both zones were believed to have helped Atiku neutralise the Northern zones’ delegates’ votes that went to Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, during the presidential primary on Saturday.

More details soon..

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