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Anti-Open Grazing Law: We Are Prepared To Protect Our People At Any Cost, Akeredolu Vows

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Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) has said his administration is ready to protect the lives of the people of the state at all cost.

Akeredolu said although some people are not happy with the recently signed anti-open grazing law in the state, he will stand by it and ensure that farmers are saved from losing their farm crops to an outdated open grazing practice.

The governor spoke in his office on Tuesday while receiving the Pastorate of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, led by the State Overseer, Pastor Jacob Asubiojo.

This was disclosed in a statement the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Richard Olatunde posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday.

According to the statement, Akeredolu noted that the law was not targeted at anyone.

The governor was also said to have noted that the state chapter of the Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria was ready to cooperate with his administration on the open grazing ban.

The governor also announced that the state government is partnering with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to train herders on feedlot (a type of animal feeding operation).

The statement quoted the governor as saying: “I want to urge you to intensify your prayers for us. We need it. You have referred to our efforts in trying to secure this our homeland. We have made efforts, we established Amotekun and banned open grazing.

“It is not what is pleasing to everybody. Some people are not pleased with us. We are ready to stand by it and face whatever it will cost us. Pray for us. Amotekun and the anti-open grazing law are not pleasing to some people and they are gathering together, planning evil. Pray for us. Their evil will not work.

“What we are saying is that your herds can not keep destroying our crops. The FAO has come and we have discussed it. The Miyetti-Allah here in Ondo appears to want to cooperate with us because they know that when their cows destroy crops, we seize their cows and they pay the farmers before they are released.

“The FAO will train them on how to do feedlot. They will be trained to make feed and take it to the cows. We are not discriminating against anybody. We just want to make it clear that you can’t make your own ends meet and destroy other people’s source of livelihood. We know your prayers are very important to us. We need it.”

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Nnamdi Kanu, Igboho: Why Northern Elders Are Responsible For Secession Agitation, Afenifere Reveals

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The Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, has accused the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, of fueling the ember of secession.

Jare Ajayi, National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, said recent comments from his NEF’s counterpart, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed is part of the reasons some Nigerians were craving for secession.

Speaking exclusively with DAILY POST, Ajayi urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call Baba-Ahmed to order.

On Baba-Ahmed’s claim that North will retain power, Ajayi said they do not have the monopoly to rule Nigeria.

According to Ajayi: “The North does not have the monopoly of who can govern this country well.

“The kind of governance we have in the past six years which would be eight in 2023 is not the kind we worked, prayed for or desired.

“What Baba-Ahmed is saying is undemocratic, unfair, and unfortunately, it’s that kind of posture that is responsible for those agitating to leave Nigeria.

“It’s unfair, we are using this opportunity to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to call Baba-Ahmed to order because what they are saying is fueling the ember of discord.

“This is not the kind of thing that would unify the country. It’s unfortunate that it’s coming from a person like him and he needs to be cautioned.”

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Utomi Debunks Rumours Of New Party Formation

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Professor Patrick Utomi has debunked rumors that he and some other people are forming a political party called Rescue Nigeria Project (RNP) to rival the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressive Congress (APC).

The political economist spoke on Thursday on the sidelines of a press conference announcing winners of the Year 2020 Zik Prize in Leadership Awards. The event was organized by the Public Policy Research & Analysis Centre (PPRAC).

Others mentioned working alongside Prof Utomi to float the new party are former Kwara Governor Ahmed Abdulfatai; former Minister of Education Prof. Tunde Adeniran; former Cross River Governor Donald Duke; Senator Lee Maeba; former National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) Prof. Attahiru Jega among others.

Prof Utomi while speaking said the group is simply more interested getting competent leaders into office, irrespective of the political party platform.

“No, I don’t think it (Third Force) is going to be a political party. We need to gather some of these movements, moving towards a better society,” Utomi said.

Sen. Lee Maeba, who is also listed among those forming RNP disassociated himself from plans to float any party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

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Ortom Blasts Buhari, Says Nothing Will Silence His Voice

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, on Thursday, came hard again on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government, accusing it of trying to silence every dissenting voice.

Ortom, who said he would never be cowed, maintained that the All Progressives Congress, APC, Government had failed in every indices.

The Benue Governor made the assertion in Enugu during an event on organized by the Radio Nigeria chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ.

He said the Government was busy fighting perceived opposition while at the same time looking the other way amid mindless killing and maiming of Nigerians by Herdsmen.

Ortom said “the present administration at the centre has adopted the approach of intimidation of those who dare to voice out their frustrations and concerns over growing insecurity and marginalization.

“But I, Samuel Ortom, will never keep quiet as long as injustice and marginalization prevail in the affairs of our country. I uphold the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior when he said and I quote: ‘If peace means accepting second class citizenship, I don’t want it. If peace means keeping my mouth shut in the midst of injustice and evil, I don’t want it. If peace means being complacently adjusted to a deadening status-quo, I don’t want peace. If peace means a willingness to be exploited economically, dominated politically, humiliated and segregated, I don’t want peace.’

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