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Army Warns Gumi, Others Against Unguarded Utterances
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Army Warns Gumi, Others Against Unguarded Utterances

The Nigerian Army has warned popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi and other “ opinion merchants” in the country to exercise restraint with their utterances and not drag the Army to disrepute . The Army said contrary to Gumi ’s statements to bandits recently that Christian soldiers were the ones killing the bandits, the Army does not deploy troops along religious or ethnic lines . This was contained in a statement issued on Monday titled, ‘ Nigerian Army Does Not Deploy Its Troops Along Ethnic Or Religious Lines’. The statement was signed by Director , Army Public Relations , Mohammed Yerima . It read , “ The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a viral video- clip showing the renowned and respected Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi, alleging that non - Muslim...
Killer Herdsmen Are Ethnic Militants At War, Not Bandits – Sheikh Gumi
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Killer Herdsmen Are Ethnic Militants At War, Not Bandits – Sheikh Gumi

Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi, yesterday, insisted that the armed Fulani herdsmen are not bandits but militants fighting for ethnic survival. The former captain in the Nigeria Defence Academy, NDA, spoke on Channels Television’s Politics Today, while reeling out his experience with the armed herders. His words: “It is a complex issue. It is an ethnic war and the solution is dialogue and teaching them Islam. To them, they are talking about an ethnic existence.” Asked if the armed bandits are Nigerians, Gumi said: “They are Nigerians. I hate to call them bandits. They are militants fighting for ethnic survival. They want to defend themselves. If there is peace, you will not see such things as banditry, kidnapping among others. If you are talking about victims, they have more ...
Nigeria Is Currently Facing Crisis — Tinubu
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Nigeria Is Currently Facing Crisis — Tinubu

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has called for peace among all ethnic, tribal and religious groups in Nigeria. Tinubu made the call on Friday, during the Eighth-Day Fidau Prayer for the late Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the first Civilian Governor of Lagos State. He said that the country was facing a crisis but all needed to live in harmony and give peace a chance. ”Nigeria is currently facing a crisis; a crisis of insurgency, banditry in all aspects of security, but God Almighty that made this country as one of the largest and most resourceful countries will protect us. ”I appeal, in his memory today, for us not to turn whatever challenges we are facing right now into ethnic, tribal and religious crises. ”If there is a crisis, ...
Stop Giving Ethnic Colouration to Crimes – FG
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Stop Giving Ethnic Colouration to Crimes – FG

The federal government has asked Nigerians to stop giving ethnic colouration to crimes. Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola who said this as he received a delegation from the Executive Intelligence Management Course (EIMC) 14 of the National Institute for Security Studies (NISS) on Friday February 12, averred that crime is evil to the nation and the morality of the African race and Nigeria in particular, abhors all forms of criminal activities. Aregbesola further asked the institute to think of how it could help Nigerians change the narrative of crime tied to a particular ethnic group and stop prioritising tension and heating up the polity unnecessarily. The statement read;   FG URGES NIGERIANS TO STOP ETHNOCISING CRIMES The Federal Government has called on Niger...
I think El-Rufai doesn’t understand the issue of insecurity – Governor Ganduje
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I think El-Rufai doesn’t understand the issue of insecurity – Governor Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has said that he believes his counterpart in Kaduna state, Governor Nasir El-Rufai does not understand the issue of insecurity very well. Reacting to El-Rufai's comment of North West Governors not winning the fight against insecurity in the region because they are fighting differently, Ganduje recalled speaking with El-Rufai and the governor of Bauchi State on how to tackle insecurity.   In the interview on Radio France International on Thursday February 11, Ganduje said he initiated the conversation based on the advice of security agents on how Falgore forest in Kano could be made safe for the benefits of other states. He said; “First of all. the talk about lack of synergy, I don’t see where this statement is coming from. Secu...
China Bans BBC World News From Broadcasting
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China Bans BBC World News From Broadcasting

Authorities in China have banned BBC World News from broadcasting in the country. The news follows a move by Britain's communications regulator to strip the state-run China Global Television Network (CGTN) of its broadcast license in the U.K. last week. The CGTN was also found in breach of British broadcasting regulations last year, for airing the footage of UK citizen, Peter Humphrey 'confessing to a criminal offence' after he was allegedly forced to do so. According to the state news agency Xinhua, China's National Radio and Television Administration said BBC World News "was found to have seriously violated regulations on radio and television management and on overseas satellite television channel management in its China-related reports which went against the requirements that ...
Without Unity, Restructuring Won’t Work – Goodluck Jonathan
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Without Unity, Restructuring Won’t Work – Goodluck Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has on Thursday said restructuring the country had its benefits but the elites must de-emphasize issues that polarised the people. He said, “We cannot restructure without solving issues that polarize us which are nepotism, ethnic and religious differences and lack of patriotism. “Also, discussion on restructuring will not help except we restructure our minds. Some of the challenges faced at the national level are still there at the state and local government levels, and sometimes even in our communities. “From Independence, the struggle was that politics was based on regions and there was this tension. It’s a dynamic blow between the regions who will produce the national leaders and that is still hunting us till today.” Drawing morals less...
Amotekun Not For Ethnic Persecution –  Akeredolu
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Amotekun Not For Ethnic Persecution – Akeredolu

Ondo state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has reiterated that the formation of the Ondo State Security Network Agency also known as ‘Amotekun’ will not be used for ethnic persecution. The governor stated this on Monday while declaring open the public hearing on the bill for the formation of Amotekun, held at the Babafunke Ajasin Auditorium, Igbatoro road in Akure. According to the governor, the security of residents of the state is paramount to him, hence the involvement of the locals in the setting up of the Ondo State Security Network who will serve as the Amotekun Corps. “Amotekun is just only to assist the police and civil defence in the battle against insecurity in order to share intelligence particularly in terrains the conventional security agencies are not familiar with. ...
I Neever Called President Buhari an Ethnic Bigot in 2003- Bola Tinubu
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I Neever Called President Buhari an Ethnic Bigot in 2003- Bola Tinubu

National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has accused ‘merchants of hate and fake news’ of plotting to sow seeds of discord between him and President Buhari. The former Lagos state governor said this while reacting to a statement credited to him, in which he was alleged to have described Buhari as an ‘ethnic bigot’ and an ‘agent of destabilisation’, who ‘if given the chance would ensure the disintegration of the country”. In a statement released by his spokesman, Tunde Rahman, Tinubu denied ever making such a statement. Tinubu said the concocted statement was the “handiwork of merchants of hate and fake news”. “Let’s dissect it: Yes Asiwaju and GMB as he then was, were not in the same party in 2003. But they were not on each other’s path to war...
Nigeria is heading towards anarchy if insecurity is not fixed – Femi Falana warns President Buhari
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Nigeria is heading towards anarchy if insecurity is not fixed – Femi Falana warns President Buhari

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana and former Governor of Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa have warned President Buhari to take pragmatic steps in tackling the insecurity and ethnicity brewing in the country as the nation is already heading towards anarchy.   A statement issued by the duo on Sunday said amid the cacophony of ethnic and regional voices, it was imperative that pan-Nigerian voices should be heard louder than ever before to save Nigeria from disintegration, stating that the symptoms of the brewing socio-political crisis were manifest.   They said the Nigerian state had failed to tackle the worsening insecurity plaguing every part of the country, stressing that Nigeria was increasingly being defined by insecurity, as killings had become almost a daily affair in N...
What Senate Will Do For Buhari – Omo-Agege
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What Senate Will Do For Buhari – Omo-Agege

The Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, on Friday said the Senate would ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari succeeds and delivers on his next level agenda to Nigerians. According to a statement from his media office, Omo-Agege stated this while receiving a delegation of the Abraka Progressive Union at the National Assembly in Abuja. He said the Senate would focus on providing legislation that would create an enabling environment for the president. Omo-Agege stated the commitment of the Senate stemmed from its bi-partisan approach, which according to him led to the emergence of the leadership of the 9th National Assembly. He said: “We’ve started on a bi-partisan note. We had only 62 APC senators on the floor during the elections, and we had 68 votes, meaning ...
You Have Short Memories Buhari’s Aide Tackles Obasanjo On Fulanisation Claim
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You Have Short Memories Buhari’s Aide Tackles Obasanjo On Fulanisation Claim

An aide of President Muhammadu Buhari has tackled former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, over the latter’s claim that Boko Haram is the agenda of some individuals to fulanise and islamise the country. Mr Obasanjo on Saturday noted that the activities of Boko Haram has surpassed what the country could handle because the terrorist group intends to extend and dominate African continent. Boko Haram terrorists are clamouring for the declaration of Nigeria as a Islamic state. A faction of the group has since aligned itself with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). “They have both incubated and developed beyond what Nigeria can handle alone. They are now combined and internationalized with ISIS in control,” Obasanjo said in a keynote address at the 2019 Synod of the Church of Nig...
Youth Devt Stimulates Aiteo’s Sponsorship of Nigerian Football
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Youth Devt Stimulates Aiteo’s Sponsorship of Nigerian Football

Indigenous energy conglomerate and Official Optimum Partner of the Nigerian Football Federation, Aiteo Group, reaffirmed its pledge to youth capacity development in Nigeria and across the African continent through its sponsorship of football at the second edition of the annual Aiteo-NFF Awards in Lagos. In a keynote speech by the Executive Vice Chairman of the Group, Benedict Peters, Aiteo reiterated that positively influencing the youthful population of Nigeria informed its decision to venture into football sponsorship. According to Peters: ‘‘First, we believe a deep commitment to encouraging and empowering Nigeria – and Africa’s youth population through the compellingly attractive medium of sport. Second, it is indisputable that the availability of sporting talent remains one...
Abdulsalami Urges Politicians to Refrain from Promoting Religious, Ethnic Sentiments
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Abdulsalami Urges Politicians to Refrain from Promoting Religious, Ethnic Sentiments

                                                   Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar A former Head of state, General Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd), has urged politicians to refrain from campaigns laced with religious and ethnic sentiments. Speaking yesterday at the launching of a book on the late former governor of Kaduna State, Mr. Patrick Yakowa, who died in a helicopter crashed in Bayelsa State in December 2012, Abdulsalami, who is the chairman of the National Peace Commission (NPC), said politicians must not divide Nigerians along ethnic and religious lines because of their quest for power. According to him, the unity and peace of the country was more important than the ambition of any politician who does not have the interest of the country at heart. He called on politicians to focu...
Okonjo Iweala, Dickson, Gbenga Daniels, Fayose, Others Make Atiku’s VP List
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Okonjo Iweala, Dickson, Gbenga Daniels, Fayose, Others Make Atiku’s VP List

There are many eminent PDP members across the country who are qualified for the running-mate role but only one person would take the spot.   Atiku Abubakar Following the landslide victory of Mr Abubakar Atiku as the flag bearer of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday, information available to us reveal that the jostling for who will be his running mate has reached fever-pitch. According to sources close to Mr Atiku, he has referred the question of who will be his running mate to the party elders to decide. This, many believe, would serve to heal any wounds that may have arisen from his landslide victory over Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, who had been enjoying the unhinged support of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and the state delegates loyal to h...
Breaking: 23 Dead In Weekend Of Ethnic Violence In Ethiopia
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Breaking: 23 Dead In Weekend Of Ethnic Violence In Ethiopia

Ethnic violence in Ethiopia left 23 people dead at the weekend, state media reported Monday, as protests against the killings gripped the capital Addis Ababa where an angry crowd gathered in the city centre. The state-owned Ethiopia News Agency said an organised mob carried out a spree of murder and looting in and around Burayu town, leaving 23 people dead and 886 displaced, citing Oromia regional police commissioner Alemayehu Ejigu.
Eid-EL-Kabir : Embrace Sacrifice, Love, Unity, Ambode Urges Muslims
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Eid-EL-Kabir : Embrace Sacrifice, Love, Unity, Ambode Urges Muslims

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday called on Muslims in Nigeria to embrace the values of sacrifice, love and continue to foster unity as they join their counterparts worldwide to celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festival. Akinwunmi AmbodeAmbode In his Sallah message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, Governor Ambode said the period of the celebration was a clarion call for Nigerians to imbibe the lessons of the season such as selfless service to God and humanity, sacrifice and sincere commitment to righteous conducts in their private and public life. He explained that the significance of the season should be beyond feasting, adding that as Muslims prepare to offer animal sacrifice in the prescribed days of the festival, the real essence should be...
GOVERNOR DICKSON SAYS: NIGERIA IS TOO DIVIDED ALONG ETHNIC, RELIGIOUS LINES
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GOVERNOR DICKSON SAYS: NIGERIA IS TOO DIVIDED ALONG ETHNIC, RELIGIOUS LINES

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has reiterated his call on leaders of the country, across board to deliberately unite the country, saying that the nation is too divided along ethnic and religious lines. Meanwhile the Governor, who made the call in his New Year message to the people of the state, believed that 2018 would provide a rare opportunity to put the country on the path of mutual co-existence and stability. The Governor also urged the people to support the leadership and remain steadfast in God and pray for peace and stability of Nigeria, a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Francis Agbo, said on Saturday. He said it is when the leadership delivers selfless services backed with the fervent prayers of the citizenry that the country would attain its pride of place in...
Call For Boko Haram Peace Talks Masks Ethnic Tensions
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Call For Boko Haram Peace Talks Masks Ethnic Tensions

A group of community elders in northeast Nigeria where Boko Haram has waged a bloody eight-year insurgency are urging the Islamists to enter peace talks, a move some see as motivated by ethnic self-interest. The Borno Elders Forum of retired military and civilian officials, all ethnic Kanuri, said it was “time they (Boko Haram) put down their arms” and they should “repent and rejoin the larger society”. “If our leaders had the leeway to negotiate with the Boko Haram for the release of some of their captives, they should employ the same tactics to negotiate for the end of the insurgency,” they said in a newspaper advertisement last Friday. “The Government of Nigeria had earlier negotiated with the Niger Delta militants and succeeded. Let the Government do the same with Boko Haram.”...
Don’t Ignore Ethnic Agitations – Atiku Tells Fed Govt
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Don’t Ignore Ethnic Agitations – Atiku Tells Fed Govt

Vice President Atiku Abubakar and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as patriotic the groundswell of positions for restructuring of Nigeria by leaders and stakeholders of diverse regions and leanings. He said the recent debate about restructuring is confirmation that he was not a lone voice in the wilderness over the inevitability of tweak in the national arrangement for the good of all. He also cautioned that attempt at ignoring the agitations could complicate the already bad situation. The former VP in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday from his media office commended the resolution of the APC Progressive Governors Forum that aligned recently with restructuring and true federalism, stressing that the issue transcends religion and ethnicity. According to him;...
Fed Govt Sends In Troops, Police After Ethnic Clashes
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Fed Govt Sends In Troops, Police After Ethnic Clashes

Acting president Yemi Osinbajo has ordered troops in to keep the peace in the restive state of Taraba after deadly clashes between herders and farmers. The vice-president, standing in for President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on indefinite medical leave, said Thursday the extra military battalions and police reinforcements had been sent. Police say 18 people were killed in unrest between the Mambilla and Fulani groups in the central state earlier this week but others put the death toll at more than 100. A local senator put the death toll at about 50 but it was not possible to independently verify that figure. “With great sorrow, I offer my condolences to the victims of the violent attacks in communities in Taraba State,” Osinbajo said in a statement posted on Twitter Thursday even...
UN Accuses Rivals In DR Congo Of Fuelling Ethnic Hatred
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UN Accuses Rivals In DR Congo Of Fuelling Ethnic Hatred

The UN human rights chief accused the government in the Democratic Republic of Congo of backing a new armed group behind "horrific attacks" in Kasai provinces, including killing and mutilating hundreds of civilians. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Tuesday called for an independent, international probe into hundreds of recent killings in central Congo, pointing to accounts of pregnant women and toddlers hacked to death and faulting the government for failing to protect its citizens. "I am appalled by the creation and arming of a militia, the Bana Mura, allegedly to support the authorities in fighting the Kamwina Nsapu (rebels)," Zeid told the UN Human Rights Council. Over the past two months, the armed group had carried out "horrific attacks against civilians from the Luba and Lulua ethni...
Restructuring Can End Agitations By Ethnic Militia Groups – NANS
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Restructuring Can End Agitations By Ethnic Militia Groups – NANS

National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Zone B, Thursday, told the federal government to commence the process of restructuring the country without further delay, so as to put to rest, various agitations by all ethnic militia groups. It said: “There is no longer a better time to restructure Nigeria than now. There is already a consensus built around a restructured Nigeria as the only gateway to a prosperous Nigeria” Threatening to begin massive mobilization of Nigerian Students and the general public to achieve the demand “in the days ahead” NANS, in a statement by the zone’s Coordinator, Pedro Obi, noted that “a restructured Nigeria will no doubt encourage healthy competition, inclusive growth and development, as it was in 1960’s “As the West was then synonymous with Coco...
Pope Wades Into Ethnic Crisis In Imo Church
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Pope Wades Into Ethnic Crisis In Imo Church

Pope Francis has intervened in an ethnic crisis involving the Nigerian town of Ahiara, Imo state, whose bishop, Peter Ebere Okpaleke, appointed by Benedict XVI in 2012, is unwanted by lay people and priests of the diocese. Though Okpaleke is an Igbo from Anambra State, the Catholic leaders in Ahiara rejected him because he is not an Igbo man from Mbaise. The Vatican Insider said the pope received on Wednesday a delegation from the Diocese of Ahiara, accompanied by Archbishop of Abuja and apostolic administrator of Ahiara, Cardinal John O. Onaiyekan. Others at the meeting were Metropolitan Archbishop of Owerri, Monsignor Anthony Obinna, Archbishop of Jos and President of the Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, Monsignor Ignatius Kaigama, and the Bishop of Ahiara, Bishop Okpaleke. Pr...
Why Biafra Should Remain In Nigeria – Osinbajo
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Why Biafra Should Remain In Nigeria – Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has delivered a dispassionate call for the nation to stay united, amid renewed agitation for a breakup and the creation of an independent state of Biafra. Mr. Osinbajo said Nigerian s should think more of what unites them than what separates them. “No country is perfect; around the world we have seen and continue to see expressions of intra-national discontent,” the acting president said. “The truth is that many, if not most nations of the world are made up of different peoples and cultures and beliefs and religions, who find themselves thrown together by circumstance.” Mr. Osinbajo made the statementThursday in Abuja at the colloquim on “Biafra: 50 years after’’ organized by the Yar’ Adua Foundation at the Shehu Musa Yar’ adua Centre, Abuja, where h...
17 Mar, 2008 – Kosovo Becomes Independent
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17 Mar, 2008 – Kosovo Becomes Independent

17th March, 2008 : Kosovo's parliament has declared independence from Serbia. The Kosovan Prime Minister has promised a democracy that respects the rights of all ethnic communities, and the Serbian Prime Minister has denounced the United States for its help there. The U.N. Security Council was split on the issue, with Russia saying that there was no need to change the 1999 resolution that handed Kosovo to the U.N. European Union foreign ministers have ended talks on Kosovo's independence from Serbia, with its member states being divided in their recognition of it. France has said that it would recognize its independence, but several other states, especially Spain, were unhappy about the legal ramifications if held. President Bush has said that Kosovo's people were 'independent,' but stopp...
China Marks Lunar New Year With Prayers
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China Marks Lunar New Year With Prayers

Chinese people are heading to temples and fairs to wish for an auspicious start to the Lunar New Year. Thousands gathered at Beijing's major temples on Saturday, the first day of the Year of the Rooster. Wearing heavy winter coats, they lit incense sticks and bowed as they prayed for good fortune and health. Beijing's sprawling temple fair opened at Ditan Park, where empty tree branches were festooned with red lanterns and traditional goods and foods were for sale. Other New Year's traditions include the eating of dumplings in northern China and the lighting of fireworks. Local media reported air pollution levels in Beijing and several other cities shot up Friday night and early Saturday morning. Ethnic Chinese and others around the world also marked the holiday with ce...

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