NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [19 JANUARY, 2018].

Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 19 January, 2018.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), yesterday, at a meeting in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, rejected establishment of cattle colony and grazing reserves in any part of Yorubaland.

The meeting also resolved that it is time for President Muhammadu Buhari to change his position on the agitation for restructuring of Nigeria based on developments that have been threatening the country’s corporate existence, especially the menace of herdsmen in Benue State and other parts of the country, as well as militancy and terrorism.

YCE President General, Chief Idowu Shofola, disclosed this when he fielded questions from newsmen after a three-hour meeting on the state-of-the-nation by the council.

He said: “We don’t subscribe to the idea of cattle colony. We feel that cattle rearing and farming are businesses. If you want to go into a business, you will provide the needs for yourself. You don’t need the government to do it for you.

“Whatever business you want to do, you have to provide the money, either you have it or you go for loan  from a bank, or you look for a big brother to help you out or whatever.”

Shofola noted that the land, as presently conceded in the law, “does not belong to the Federal Government. It belongs to the state under our law. Therefore, the federal government cannot just come to any part of Nigeria and say this land is this or that.

“We do not think it is necessary for anybody or herdsmen to come and do whatever they like. Let them go to the government there, buy or lease land in terms agreeable to both sides at their own expense.”


 
The council Secretary General, Dr. Kunle Olajide, also corroborated Shofola’s stand, saying: “YCE rejects cattle colony and grazing reserves as a solution to this problem. YCE believes strongly that the beginning of solutions to this problem is restructuring.

“Once the country is effectively restructured, foreigners will even come to Nigeria to do business. It is not the government that provides them with facilities. So, once the country is effectively restructured, it will take care of all these anomalies.


 
“If the government is advocating we should all go back to agriculture and then goes on encouraging a section of the country to go with cows and ravage farmlands and farm crops, you can see a contradiction, and that is a paradox. YCE rejects, in totality, cattle colony and grazing reserves.”

In a communique read earlier by Olajide, the council condemned the ineptitude of security agencies on the crisis.

“Three weeks after gruesome murder, no arrest has been made. YCE is alarmed that the leadership of an association, Myetti Allah (an umbrella body of Fulani herdsmen), who had openly been issuing threats have not been questioned. The kid glove treatment of Myetti Allah speaks volume about the neutrality of the presidency on this matter.

“YCE is also disturbed by the apparent insensitivity of sone political leaders to the current worrisome situation in the country. Barely 24 hours, after the gruesome murder in Benue State, a group of governors appeared on national television endorsing President Buhari for 2019 election, in violation of regulations of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),” the council said.
Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), yesterday failed to reverse the order of the Federal High Court, proscribing its activities and designating it as a terrorist organisation.

The Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati refused the application on the grounds that the order granted by the court on September 20, 2017, proscribing IPOB and its activities was proper and valid in law.

But, in a swift reaction, counsel to the group, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor vowed to challenge the decision at the Court of Appeal.

Justice Kafarati, in his ruling yesterday, disagreed with the position canvassed by Ejiofor, that IPOB, not being registered in Nigeria, but only registered in some other countries, could not be sued in Nigeria.

The acting chief  judge noted that an organisation registered abroad could be likened to a foreigner, who could be arrested in another country where he commits a crime.

Justice Kafarati also held that the issuance of the proscription order by him in chambers was valid in line with the provisions of the Terrorism Prevention Act and did not constitute a breach of the fundamental rights to fair hearing, freedom of association and freedom of expression as argued by counsel to the applicant.

Meanwhile, Justice Kafarati awarded N500 as cost against IPOB.

The organisation had, through its lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor,  approached the court to challenge the ruling it delivered on September 20, 2017, which outlawed it, following  an ex-parte motion the AGF and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, filed on behalf of the government. 

Justice Kafarati, had, in the said ruling, declared as illegal, all activities of IPOB, particularly in the South East and South South regions of the country.


 
The proscription order which was dished out in chambers  further restrained “any person or group of persons from participating in any of the group’s activities.”

The court consequently directed the AGF to ensure that he published the order proscribing IPOB in the official gazette, as well as in two national dailies, an order the Federal Government had since complied with.


 
Meanwhile, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has condemned judgment of an Abuja High Court, presided over by Justice Abdul Kafarati, which yesterday upheld the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation. 

The Federal Government had last year declared IPOB a terrorist organisation which the group challenged in court.
Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that the magnitude of crisis in Nigeria now, is unprecedented in the history of the country.

This was even as thousands of Rivers women have joined other groups in the state, to endorse the governor for a second term in office. 

Also, Wike declared that supporting the All Progressives Congress (APC) to form the Federal Government in 2019, is  like digging the nation’s grave, as the country is already dead, since the party gained control in 2015.

He made the statement yesterday, while addressing Rivers women,  who stormed the Government House, Port Harcourt to endorse him for the second term in office.

Wike said Nigerians, irrespective of gender, have a responsibility  of ending the lifespan of the APC federal government in 2019.

He said the nationwide breakdown of security, especially in APC states, exemplified the failure of the current administration to productively manage national resources. 

He said: “Nigeria is in crisis. Never in the history of this country have we had crisis of this magnitude.  Rather than resolve developmental challenges, they continue to give excuses for their failure.

“We must come together in 2019 to protect our votes. Supporting APC is like digging our graves. The country is already dead under their control. Everyday, the country is moving from one problem to another.”

The governor said APC leaders  from the state took pride in de-marketing and destroying  the economy of Rivers for political reasons. 

He urged Rivers women to jealously protect their permanent voters’ cards as that is the only weapon to uproot the APC in 2019.

Governor Wike announced a business development scheme worth N500 million for Rivers Women in 2018.


 
According to him, the fund would be domiciled at the State Micro-finance Bank and managed by the Ministry of Women Affairs.

He said the empowerment scheme will assist the women develop small scale businesses, stating that the  Women Development Centre will be completed in 2018.


 
Earlier, the women  declared that they would follow their endorsement with massive rural and urban mobilisation of all groups  to vote overwhelmingly for Wike in 2019.

They staged solidarity marched from Mile One to Government House, Port Harcourt, celebrating the governor and creating awareness on his achievements. 

The women were drawn from the 23 local government areas of the state, with each highlighting the projects executed by the governor in their respective councils.

In a solidarity message, former Rivers State chairman of the Federation of Female Lawyers, Mrs Florence Amiesimaka, said Wike has made Rivers people proud through developmental projects, hence the endorsement.  

She assured the governor that they would stand with him all through the electioneering to his re-election. 

Rivers South-East Women spokesperson, Charity Demua, said the women have experienced good governance under the leadership of Wike, saying they will reciprocate by re-electing him.

Mrs Macetelli of Rivers West and Mrs Carol John of Rivers East said the infrastructure development  had impacted positively on the lives of women and their businesses. 






Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar III, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, John Cardinal Onaiyekan and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), have called on President Muhammadu Buhari  to immediately deploy all the security apparatus at his disposal and arrest the current carnage  in the Middle-Belt  Region of the country, manifesting as herders-farmers’ clashes. 

Speaking at the second edition of the Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace (IDFP) in Abuja, yesterday, Abubakar, enjoined all Nigerians especially religious leaders to toe the path of peace. 

He said the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), was not a terrorist group, arguing that calling for its proscription, was equivalent to calling for the abolition of other ethnic organisations like the Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo.  

The Sultan described Miyetti Allah as an organisation of Fulani people concerned with their business interest, noting that he as the patron of the 32-year-old association he would not subscribe to violence or killing of anybody, irrespective of the religion or tribe.

“This is not time to apportion blames because the women and children killed will never come back even if we shout in the media till thy kingdom come; the killings must stop now. What we owe these people that have been killed is for the killings to stop.

“Miyetti Allah doesn’t control any Fulani man. Somebody said the other day that the association should be proscribed. But calling for proscription of Miyetti Allah is equivalent to calling for the proscription of other ethnic organisations like Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo.  

“It was formed 32 years ago and these crises were not there.  I am the patron and we have never asked Fulani herdsmen to kill anybody. 

“Any Fulani man caught killing is a criminal and should be treated as such. What are the security agencies doing? If they have failed, they should accept that they have failed,” the monarch stated. 

He said the issue at hand was neither ethnic nor religious, but actually an economic problem, noting that the solution was for the various leaders to sit down and dialogue.

The Sultan continued: “As religious leaders, we have to be very careful with what we say; because it carries weight, our followers listen to us very seriously. 

“We must believe in one another, trust and love ourselves because that is what our two major religions preach. We must continue to speak with one voice. 

“We should not be labelling everybody a criminal because his brother is a criminal.  People are saying; label Miyetti Allah a terrorist group.  No, we are not terrorists and can’t join terrorism. 

“This thing didn’t start today, in the past eight years, I have been to Benue many times to discuss this issue.  We had met for hours and agreements reached, yet nothing has been implemented.  Why?

“The former governors of Benue and Nasarawa are still alive, they know all these. Even the present governor of Benue had written to me to come again with my peace mission, but we had not had the opportunity before this round of crisis. 
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