JUST IN: Under-fire Buhari summons Osinbajo, security chiefs again
President Muhammadu Buhari has again summoned security chiefs for a crucial meeting to address the security challenges in some parts of the country.
Mr. Buhari had on April 30 and May 4 met with the security chiefs and heads of the intelligence community as part of the ongoing “critical engagements” to provide solutions to security challenges in the country.
Those in attendance at today’s meeting include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.
Others are the Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi and the National Security Adviser to the president, retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno, as well as the acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba.
The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, Chief of Army Staff; Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Naval Staff; Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu, and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amoo, are also in attendance at the “crucial” meeting.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama is also attending the security meeting for the first time.
Source: NAN/Peoples Gazette
Gunmen Kidnap Pastor Inside Church Premises
A pastor of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Mayomi Ogedengbe has been abducted in his church located in Irese, a community near Akure, Ondo State capital. According to an eyewitness, the kidnappers came in with a black Corolla Sports Car and took the pastor away to an unknown destination.
The whereabouts of the pastor have since then remained unknown, and his abductors are yet to reach out to the family on what to do to secure his release. The Spokesperson of Ondo State police command, Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed the incident to Channels Television noting that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Bolaji Salami has ordered the immediate search and rescue of the pastor.
He noted that a combined team of security operatives including the police, Amotekun, the military, the vigilante as well as the NSCDC have started combing the bush around the area to rescue the victim and equally apprehend the culprits.
MURIC: Yoruba Muslim must get 2023 presidential ticket — regardless of political party
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) says the 2023 presidential ticket must be given to a Yoruba Muslim. In a statement, Ishaq Akintola, director of MURIC, said former President Olusegun Obasanjo is making plans to draft Akinwunmi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank (AFDB), into the 2023 presidential race.
MURIC said Obasanjo’s attempt to draft Adesina, who is a Yoruba Christian, into the race negates the principles of fairness, justice and equity. The group noted that while three Yoruba Christians have “occupied Aso Rock villa”, not a single Yoruba Muslim has been allowed to hold the position of president or vice president since independence.
MURIC described it as “an attempt to rob Yoruba Muslims of the presidential slot”, adding that it violates the principle of inclusiveness.
“Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo is reportedly making attempts to draft the current president of the African Development Bank (ADB), Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, into the 2023 presidential race. We object to this move. Obasanjo wants to waste all the efforts put in place by the Nigerian government to get Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina to that continental position,” the statement reads.
“We remind the former president that as a Yoruba Christian, he has led Nigeria twice. Two other Yoruba Christians have also occupied Aso Rock. Chief Earnest Adegunle Oladeinde Shonekan was the interim head of state from 26th August 1993 to 17th November 1993. The current vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, is also a Yoruba Christian.
“It is an open secret that Yoruba Muslims who form the majority of the population in the South West are being denied their Allah-given fundamental human rights.
“This has led to complaints and court cases initiated by Muslims across Yorubaland over political and religious persecution. Yoruba Muslims are at the receiving end of deprivation of civil liberties. It is our contention that another Yoruba Christian presidency will usher in another opportunity for Christian hegemony and the marginalisation, stigmatisation, repression and persecution of Yoruba Muslims.
“MURIC rejects this grand design to keep Muslims in Yorubaland in perpetual bondage. There are many Yoruba Muslims who are eminently qualified for the post of president. We also believe that the interest of the Yoruba people will be best served if they will channel their grievances towards ensuring that a Yoruba man emerges president instead of pursuing a separatist agenda that may lead them nowhere.
“We advise ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo to relax his grip on the Nigerian jugular vein. He should stop pushing Yoruba Muslims to the background. Christians are not the only human beings in Yorubaland. “The political party does not matter to us. What is important is that the next Yoruba presidential ticket must go to a Yoruba Muslim in the name of fairness, justice and equity.”
Source: The Cable