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‘I fear for Nigeria’s future in 2023’ – Sultan of Sokoto

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The Sultan of Sokoto and President General Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Sa’ad Abubakar, has expressed worry that Nigerians has become more divided politically ahead of the next general elections in 2023.

He made his fears known during the weekend ay the 2019 General Assembly of the Da’awah Coordination Council of Nigeria (DCCN) held at the Sultan Palace, Sokoto

He noted: “If Nigeria has these troubles in 2019 then, I have my fears over 2023. The signs are already on ground.

“Brothers no longer talk to each other. Friends are now divided in a very terrible way because they have been insulting one another before the election. Neighbours now hate each other because they belong to different political parties,” he added.
Sultan noted that the 2019 elections witnessed a very disturbing trend with religious leaders who ought to be neutral, openly pitching tent with candidates.

The religious leader said despite the contest was between two Muslims who were the candidates of the two major political parties, some respected Muslim and Christian clerics turned their worship places to an avenue of campaign for either of the two candidates.

He stressed: “We that are religious leaders, have to be careful of what we tell our followers because most of them are not educated and will take whatever you say as true.

“I have been an observer of the election over the years and have never declared support for any candidate. As a religious leader, I have never asked Imams or Muslims preachers to preach against anybody or in support of any as well,” he asserted

“Prior to 2019, you have heard and seen the Muslims and Christians leaders preaching things that you find it difficult to respond to.

“We should ask ourselves why have things changed that way? Is it because of the greed of our religious leaders who collect monies to preach their support for a particular candidate? Let’s try to discourage that, because the religion preaches love for all.

“2019 election has come and gone. Though there are court issues here and there but let us begin to plan ahead of 2023 on how to ensure that we have leaders that are our choice and not those that are forced on people.

“So let’s begin to plan on how to ensure peace and peaceful coexistence before, during and after the general elections.

“Let’s work towards peace and having a society where everybody is free to coexist in peace. Let start working on our challenges from now by trying to collectively decide to do what is right,” the royal father added.

He tasked religious leaders: “I want you to go back to your closet and ask yourself what you have done in using your influence to preach to people on the need for peace and allow the will of God to prevail.

“We have much more challenges now that we cannot in any way deny it. You have heard and seen that the challenges are real. You can see the insecurity in the north west. “

Also speaking Sokoto state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal who opened the assembly, said a lot needed to be done to project the true image of Islam, especially to the youth.

“If the true teachings of Islam are shown to the world, those having misconceptions about the religion would have a change of heart,” he stated.

The governor described the gathering as very veritable platform to address many issues that the Muslim community have divergent views on.

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I’m not scared of kidnappers – Senate Deputy Majority Leader speaks on running from constituency

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The Deputy Majority Leader of the Nigerian Senate, Prof. Ajayi Boroffice, has said he visits his hometown, Oka-Akoko in Ondo State regularly while dismissing media report suggesting otherwise as utterly misleading.

Reacting to a media report suggesting that he no longer visit or travel to his constituency, the lawmaker said he has been regular to his hometown in Ondo State now than before.

“The said media report is utterly misleading as it did not reflect the crux, essence and meaning of what I said when I visited the Akure residence of Pa Reuben Fasoranti whose daughter was killed by gunmen.

“The misleading report seems more like offside interpretation and off-key inference.”

Speaking with DAILY POST in Abuja, he said he has scheduled programmes in his home this weekend, while promised to honour all.

“I visited my hometown recently and I will visit my hometown by this weekend and next week to attend scheduled political engagements and community activities”.

“The suggestion that I can no longer travel to my hometown does not represent the truth.”

Meanwhile, it should be noted that when Senator Ajayi Boroffice spoke with reporters in Akure, he emphasized the enormity of security challenges and made reference to a spot near Oba Akoko which is said to be regular operational base of gunmen.

During the engagement with reporters, the senator also said government will find sustainable solutions to the menace.

He called for synergy among security agencies and advised security agencies to work closely with space agencies to ensure accurate mapping of possible locations and hideouts of criminals in Ondo State and Nigeria in general.

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Nigeria Immigration to capture foreign Fulani in migrant e-registration

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Cross River State Comptroller of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Barr. James Okey Ezugwu has disclosed that all non Nigerian Fulani will be captured in the current NIS e-registration exercise going on in the 18 local government areas of the State.

Speaking in Calabar during breakfast meeting with newsmen on Monday, he said, “Fulani who are non-Nigerian and other entities who are not Nigerians, but residing in Nigeria will be captured”.

Ezugwu said the Service began e-registration of all migrants in the entire 18 local government areas of Cross River State, explaining that the e-registration was not to find out “Whether the person has a mission or not but to know that he or she is here”.

The Comptroller said the profiling of migrants was even more imperative because Cross River State, being a border state, was a haven for foreigners.

“We are commencing the registration of migrants in all the eighteen local government areas of the state. Every migrant must be captured and profiled so that we can be held responsible. It helps in planning and enhances our productivity, securitywise.

“Cross River State occupies a strategic place when it comes to boundary issues. Our peculiar situation makes it imperative to account for every foreigner in the state,” the Comptroller said.

Ezugwu however said that: “The essence of profiling is not to find out whether he or she (immigrant) has a mission or not, but to know that such person is here. It is not a medium to find out who has overstayed or find out one’s status, but to know where you are.”

He pointed out that there were two categories of immigrants: those who were required to register and those who were exempted from registering.

“There are two categories of immigrants: those who are expected to register and those who are exempted from registration. Those who are to register include visitors staying for more than ninety days; residents who are non-Nigerians and ECOWAS Nationals.

“Those who are exempted are: persons under the age of 18; persons enjoying diplomatic immunity and immigrants staying in Nigeria for less than ninety days,” he said.

Ezugwu maintained that registration was free and appealed to landlords in the state to assist in identifying foreigners living in their houses in order for the registration to succeed.

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Pa Adebanjo reacts to Obasanjo’s letter

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Pa Ayo Arebanjo, an elder statesman and Afenifere chieftain, has reacted to former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to President Muhammadu Buhari over Nigeria’s insecurity.

Obasanjo had enumerated the huge security challenges in the land, proposed some solutions and asked Buhari to act now so that Nigeria can remain one.

But the letter activated a fresh wave of controversy, with notable personalities taking various positions.

However, Adebanjo in a statement yesterday, advised President Buhari to act immediately on the Obasanjo’s message to demonstrate his commitment to keeping the country together.

Adebanjo said: “I endorse what he (Obasanjo) has said hundred per cent. The situation in the country has got to a critical point that needs immediate attention. It is not a question of we shall do this or we are doing this. The thing has got to a boiling point.

“The situation in the country has got to a position where we have to decide two things: are we going to do restructuring now or we are going to do de-amalgamation? It has come to that stage. We are talking of restructuring because we believe under restructuring we can take care of our security if we do it properly then we can stay together. Anything that is not immediate now is just praying for time.

“Mr. President must do something positive immediately to show that he wants to keep the country together and all the complaints he sees to it. They are killing us right, left and centre; kidnapping us; no arrest has been made, not to talk of prosecution. You want to beat us and ask us not to cry?”

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