Buhari Vows To Crack Down Very Hard On Biafra, Yoruba Nation Campaigners
President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to crack down very hard on those agitating to break up Nigeria to carve out new independent nations.
The south east region has been involved in agitation to break away from the country over the past decades, a leftover of the agitation that led to the Nigerian Civil War in 1967.
Numerous separatist groups have accused the Nigerian government of discrimination against the region of the Igbo tribe, and demanded a referendum to create a separate nation of Biafra.
There has also been a recent resurgence of agitations in the south west for a breakaway nation made up of states in the Yoruba-speaking region.
President Buhari said in a statement on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 that those agitating to break up the country are too young to remember the horrors of the civil war that took place between 1967 and 1970.
“Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand. We are going to be very hard sooner than later,” he warned.
The government declared the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), a popular separatist group, a terrorist organisation in 2017 after numerous tense confrontations with the military that led to the exile of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who was on trial for treasonable felony.
The group’s creation of a paramilitary wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN), has escalated tensions, as it has been blamed for the recent surge in violent attacks recorded in the region.
The Nigerian Police Force recently launched Operation Restore Peace in the region with a major focus on IPOB members.
Operation Restore Peace will be carried out by operatives of the Police Force in collaboration with the Armed Forces, the intelligence community and other sister security agencies.
Source – Pulse
Bandits Kill Six In Kaduna Communities As 90-Year-Old Commits Suicide
Bandits have killed six persons in an attack on communities in Jema’a, Birnin-Gwari and Giwa Local government areas of Kaduna State on Tuesday morning.
Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who disclosed in a statement, also said a nonagenarian committed suicide.
According to him: “Security agencies have reported a deadly attack on Goska community in Jema’a LGA. According to the reports, the bandits invaded the community and killed four residents.
“The quartet killed were identified as; Wakili Kon, Yusuf Joshua, Martha Ayuba and Lami Peter.
Source – The Nation
Teacher Commits Suicide After She Was Arrested For Having Sex With Students
An English teacher at an Alabama high school has died by apparent suicide two days after she was arrested for allegedly having sex with two students.
Leslie Gillespie, 44, was found dead in her home in Hillsboro at around 11.30am on Saturday, authorities told AL.com.
It appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound,’ Lawrence County Coroner Scott Norwood said.
An autopsy on Gillespie’s body was scheduled to take place at the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.
Gillespie taught English at R.A. Hubbard High School in North Courtland, a small town near the Tennessee River in the northern part of the state.
The apparent suicide took place a day after authorities announced criminal charges against Gillespie for allegedly having sex with two students.
Gillespie was arrested on Thursday for what authorities described as sexual contact that she had with two students ages 15 and 16 in her classroom after school sometime in September 2020.
She was booked into Lawrence County jail and charged with two counts of school employee engaging in a sex act with a student younger than 19 and one count each of second-degree rape and second-degree sodomy.
Gillespie was released on $60,000 bail later on Thursday.
After Gillespie’s arrest, Lawrence County Superintendent Jon Bret Smith issued a statement which read: ‘The Lawrence County school district has been made aware that an employee has been arrested.
‘Our school district treats this type of situation with the highest level of care.
‘District leaders are conducting an investigation into this matter and will support law enforcement as they do the same.
‘While the district cannot provide any specific details at this time, we want to emphasize that there is nothing more important to Lawrence County Schools than the safety and well-being of our students.
Source -Lailas News
Constitution Review: Sultan Canvasses Unrestricted Usage Of The Hijab
Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, has advocated the use of Hijab by Muslim women, without restrictions and in total observance of the freedom of religion in the country.
The Sultan, who is also the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), stated this in Birnin Kebbi, on Tuesday, at the North West Zonal Public Hearing on the Constitution Review organised by the House of Representatives for Stakeholders from Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara.
Abubakar wondered why the wearing of the Hijab would be a problem for others who were not using it, stressing that the other religions could also be encouraged to adopt what their religions ordered them to do. “The most important issue is the issue of religion.
Almighty God created us to worship Him and you must protect my rights as a Muslim, in whatever documents you are going to bring and there are no two ways about it. “I must have freedom to worship Allah the way Almighty says I should worship Him. So, why do people make too much noise about Shariah and its implementation? “It is all about our lives as Muslims from the day of our birth till we die. So, look at the way to protect the interests of Muslims that constitute over 50 per cent of this nation’s population. Whether in the North, East, South, or West.
“I believe Nobody should stop me from practising my religion and I must practice it to the best of my ability, without tampering with other religions or their freedom. You can pick a stone and keep it in your home; that is the problem between you and your God, not me.
”There are so many cases where young girls were denied the right to use their Hijabs in schools. Why is it that the use of the Hijab becomes a problem to those people who are not using Hijab? “On the other hand, we should even encourage persons of other faiths to do what their religions ordered them to do. And that is how we will live in peace,” he said.
Source – Vanguard
Nigeria Tilting From Failed State To Point Of No Return – US Council
The United States Council on Foreign Relations and the Harvard Kennedy School on Tuesday warned that Nigeria is moving from a failing state to the point of no return under the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd).
This was disclosed in a statement released by the council’s senior fellow, former US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. John Campbell and Mr. Robert Rotberg, Founding Director, Harvard Kennedy School’s Programme on Intrastate Conflict and president emeritus, World Peace Foundation.
According to Hallmark News, the US’ warning comes amid heightening insecurity aided by killings and kidnappings by bandits and terrorists and economic troubles.
The report argued that the Buhari administration no longer has control of the situation, warning that Nigeria’s failure as a state comes with negative consequences for peace and security in the West Africa sub-region as well as Europe and the US.
“Nigeria has long teetered on the precipice of failure. But now, unable to keep its citizens safe and secure, Nigeria has become a fully failed state of critical geopolitical concern. Its failure matters because the peace and prosperity of Africa and preventing the spread of disorder and militancy around the globe depend on a stronger Nigeria,” the report published on foreign policy (dot)com on Thursday said.
Source – Wuzup Nigeria
Governor Makinde Reduces Tuition Of Oyo University, LAUTECH By 25 Percent
Oyo State government has come to the aid of parents and students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH).
The government has announced 25 per cent reduction in the tuition of students.
Governor Seyi Makinde made this known on Tuesday while paying a visit to the students of the institution.
Makinde said the reduction was done despite the fact that the LAUTECH tuition was the lowest in the entire South-West.
He added that the reduction will cut across the board.
He said he had fulfilled the promises he had made to the students during electioneering having fixed the Under G Road and actualised the sole ownership of LAUTECH for Oyo state.
“Let me tell you, the LAUTECH fee is still the lowest in the entire South-West. Having said that, I will reduce your fee across the board; whether indigenes or non-indigenes, even new students. There will be a reduction of 25 per cent across board,” he said.
Source – Tori NG