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Killer herdsmen, kidnappings: I foresee citizens’ revolt, violence, destruction – Obasanjo warns Buhari in open letter – Lifestyle News

…stop .ing politics with death, says Presidency

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Monday complained about the continued insecurity in the country which he says is “eroding the root of our Nigerian community.”

“The issue I am addressing here is very serious; it is the issue of life and death for all of us and for our dear country, Nigeria,” Obasanjo said in the open letter addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari and signed by Obasanjo’s spokesman Kehinde Akinyemi.

“This issue can no longer be ignored, treated with nonchalance, swept under the carpet or treated with cuddling glove,” Obasanjo added.

Obasanjo accused Buhari of “poor management or mismanagement of diversity” leading to a “very onerous cloud is gathering”

“And rain of destruction, violence, disaster and disunity can only be the outcome,” Obasanjo said.

Frequent violent crimes have grown to form a major threat to Nigeria’s national security. These include instances of militancy, insurgency and banditry such as kidnapping for ransom. In fact, Nigeria has one of the world’s highest rates of kidnap-for-ransom cases.

The Islamist militants, who operate chiefly in Nigeria’s restive north, have carried out numerous deadly attacks on mosques, churches and businesses and even on the Nigerian troops.

Listing out the “four avoidable calamities” looming, Obasanjo said he is deeply worried about abandoning the country to the “hands of criminals” suspected to be Fulanis and terrorists of Boko Haram.

He said the conflict may lead to a “planned reprisal attacks against Fulanis which may inadvertently or advertently mushroom into pogrom or Rwanda-type genocide that we did not believe could happen and yet it happened.”

“Violent uprising beginning from one section of the country and spreading quickly to other areas and leading to dismemberment of the country,” Obasanjo pointed out this to make his four avoidable calamities list.

Obasanjo wants the Buhari-led government should open up discussion, debate and dialogue as part of consultation at different levels.

He suggested that Buhari should contacts “traditional rulers, past heads of service, past heads of para-military organisations, private sector, civil society, community leaders particularly in the most affected areas, present and past governors, present and past local government leaders, religious leaders, past Heads of State, past intelligence chiefs, past Heads of Civil Service and relevant current and retired diplomats, members of opposition and any groups that may be deemed relevant.”

“The President must be seen to be addressing this issue with utmost seriousness and with maximum dispatch and getting all hands on deck to help,” Obasanjo noted.

Obasanjo and Buhari, both former military heads of state in the country, were allies in the run-up to the 2015 polls that brought in the latter into power.

But their relationship went sour in 2018 with Obasanjo labelling Buhari incompetent and accusing him of nepotism.

Obasanjo has doubled down on the criticism of his former ally in subsequent statements and open letters.

Weeks before Nigeria’s last general elections, he accused Buhari of desperation to retain power, comparing him to the late Nigerian despot General Sani Abacha.

Meanwhile, the Presidency has appealed to those .ing politics by capitalising on the killing of Mrs Funke Olakunrin in Ondo state, to stop it.

In a strong statement issued Monday night by Garba Shehu, the SSA Media, the Buhari government said: “Times of tragedy like these are not the time for politics. It reveals only disrespect for the departed and her family. And we hope that those who stand in positions of influence recognise and understand this”.

Although the statement did not identify those who have been exploiting the tragedy to hit the Buhari administration, in the last 72 hours some critical remarks have been credited to former president Olusegun Obasanjo, Professor Wole Soyinka, Pastor Tunde Bakare, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and a host social media commentators, with sympathy for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

In the statement issued by the presidency on Monday night, government made a pointed appeal to the critics and appealed for national unity.

“It is incumbent on all leaders across the country to consider their language and its potential consequences. Insecurity is an issue that Nigeria must face together as one nation – united”.

The statement noted public concerns on the unfortunate attack and recalled the concern of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

“The President has already issued a statement expressing his heartfelt condolences to the family of Mrs Funke Olakunri and followed up with a telephone call.

“The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has in addition, paid a visit to the grieving family in Akure, Ondo State.

“Her death is a tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family”, it said.

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We are afraid of speaking out because of the frightening insecurity – Christian council of Nigeria

Archbishop Tunde Adeleye, the chairman of the Christian Council of Nigeria in the south-south has revealed that the church is afraid of speaking out against the ills affecting the country because of the insecurity challenge witnessed across the country. 

 

Recalling how his predecessor was kidnapped and how junior pastors in the diocese he heads are attacked, the Archbishop for Anglican Church diocese for Niger Delta told journalists that there is an intimidation of the church and they are nursing the wounds inflicted on her. 

 

“The too many kidnappings and killings of pastors in Nigeria have become very worrisome. There is frightening insecurity even to the stage that the church has become afraid to speak out anymore. There is intimidation of the church.  A handful is still talking, but the church is nursing the wounds inflicted on her” the Archbishop said. 

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“I robbed to raise money to bail my gang member from Kirikiri prison”- Suspect tells RRS

25-year-old Sadiq Yinusa, pictured above, has been arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, of the Lagos State Police Command, for attempted robbery. When interr.ted, Yinusa said he went to rob at a nightclub in the Igbobi area of the state so he can raise money to secure the release of his other gang member who is currently being held at the Kirikiri prison.

 

Yinusa was arrested at a nightclub in Igbobi while attempting to rob the club supervisor. Armed with a locally made shot gun, 4 live cartridges, a socket wrench, a chisel and a plier, Yinusa attempted to rob the night club supervisor but was apprehended.

 

When interr.ted, Yinusa said

 

“Prince Chika, currently serving prison sentence in Kirikiri for robbery, called me last week to help him hassle around for funds to secure his freedom from prison. I have visited him in the prison a week ago and he had called me from prison to appeal for my assistance. He gave me the location of this gun and some of the arms he used.

He has assured me to pay back within the first few weeks of regaining freedom. I retrieved all these arms from the bush where he kept them before heading for the operation. He told me that he bought the gun in Anambra State for a sum of N5000. Yesterday was the first day I would fire a gun during an operation. Everybody had already left the club in Morocco Road, Igbobi when I scaled the fence. I saw the supervisor, and at gunpoint, I requested for his wallet.

I felt he was wasting time, so, I shot him but he dodged it and raised alarm. I was escaping when I ran into a patrol team of RRS men responding to distress noise. I was a pickpocket and a burglar before venturing into robbery. Last week, I broke into three houses in Somolu. From each of the houses, I collected two mobile phones of my victims. I also got three laptops as well as jewelry. I sold them to Adamu Jubril.

Whenever, I collect ATM cards from victims, it is Korede Baki (22) that assist me in doing the withdrawals. I collected the PIN along with the ATM card at gun point.”

Also arrested with the suspect were the receivers; Jubril Adamu and Korede Baki. According to Jubril Adamu, popularly called Ango, a trader in Tejuosho Market, Yaba,

 

“I have been buying stolen items from Yinusa for over six months now. I have bought over 15 mobile phones, laptops and jewelry from him. I bought laptops from him at N30,000:00 each.”

 

 

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Kidnappers on the prowl in Abuja, abduct lecturer, two teenagers, others in 24 hours

Kidnappers are on a prowl in Abuja, the nations capital, as a lecturer at Base University Abuja, Abubakar Alkali and two teenagers were abducted on Saturday September 14th in Abuja. 

 

According to reports, the teenagers were returning from Quranic lecture at Wuse zone 6, when they were abducted.  Also on Saturday, unknown gunmen abducted one Hannah Azuibuike near Habiba plaza in Maitama, and also Ummi Ardo who was kidnapped outside Blickers super market in Asokoro.

 

In a statement released on Sunday September 15th, Ardo’s father who is an Adamawa-based politician, confirmed  his daughter’s abduction and said no one has heard from her abductors.

“My daughter, Ai’shat Umar Ardo (Ummi)), 24, was kidnapped at Blinkers Shopping mall, No.46 Nkwame Nkurma crescent, Asokoro around 7:45pm yesterday. They put her in an ash Camry and zoomed off. Nothing is heard of her since, and no call is yet received from them. Your prayer is needed. Thank you.” the statement read

 

Spokesperson of the FCT police command, Anjuguri Manzah, confirmed the reported abductions but declined to give further comments.

 

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