Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has responded to the threats by the leadership of the Miyetti Allah that it will sue governors in southern Nigeria and the Middle Belt who enact the anti-open grazing ban in their states.
Ortom who reacted to Miyetti Allah’s vow to take the affected governors to court, said he was not afraid of the Fulani socio-cultural group as he is prepared to meet them in court.
In a statement issued on Tuesday by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Terver Akase, Ortom insisted that Benue State has no land for herdsmen to graze on and the anti-open grazing law has come to stay.
“It is laughable that Miyetti Allah has threatened to sue governors in southern Nigeria and the Middle Belt who enact the anti-open grazing law,” the statement reads.
“What I will tell them is that I am not afraid of them and I am ready to meet them in any court of law.
“They can intimidate others but not me as I have never been afraid of them or their antics.
“I have told them repeatedly that Benue State has no land for open grazing. Let us meet in the court and see who comes out winners at the end of the day.
”Open grazing is neither on the exclusive nor concurrent list, so I don’t know on what basis they are going to approach the National Assembly.
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“What Miyetti Allah does not know is that the National Assembly cannot enact laws for the state.
“The state has the power to make laws that will protect its citizens if it feels their lives are endangered.
“The National Assembly cannot go ahead and make laws as regards grazing because it is not in the exclusive or concurrent lists.
”Also, the resolution of the state government is not the law, it is the law of each state that is the law on the matter.
“Anybody who wants to challenge the law will have to pick on the state one after the other.
”They cannot challenge the resolution of the southern governors in court because it is not a justiciable matter.
“What they can challenge is the law enacted by the various states,” the statement sighted by Ripples Nigeria said.
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Senator Afikuyomi Greets Mustapha On Turbaning As Turaki Of Ilorin
The Royal Turbaning of Alhaji Saliu Mustapha as the Turaki of Ilorin by His Royal Highness, Alhaji (Dr) Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, CFR, is a worthy recognition of Alhaji Mustapha’s contribution to nation-building, according to Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, a long-term associate of the new Turaki.
Afikuyomi stressed in a statement that Alhaji Saliu Mustapha has been conscientious in politics, and painstaking in humanitarian services, not just around the people of Ilorin Emirate alone, but in the entire Kwara State and in Nigeria as a whole.
According to the Senator, who once represented both, Lagos Central Senatorial District, and Lagos West Senatorial District. Mustapha’s decent politics, maturity and candor have combined to portray him as a rare breed amongst the pack, which is why he is often welcomed in any circle he has pitched tent with.
“He has a great sense of fairness, comportment and is also result oriented. A loyal friend, with a god-fearing disposition, he passes as one of the most respectable public figures from Kwara State,” Afikuyomi added.
The senator summed that with his turbaning as the Turaki of Ilorin, he was confident that he will impact on the people of the peace-loving emirate, in line with the vision of His Royal Highness, and the expectations of citizens.
“May God almighty give him the wisdom, good health and longevity to deliver the much-needed goods for his people, his fans and for humanity at large. Congratulations to a good friend,” the Senator concluded.
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How I Was Sexually Abused At 13 By My Teacher, Ex-Man Utd Defender, Evra Makes Startling Revelation
Former Manchester United defender, Patrice Evra, has revealed he suffered sexual abuse as a teenager.
Evra, in an interview with The Times ahead of the release of his autobiography entitled ‘I Love This Game’, said the incident took place when he was 13.
The ex-France international is only now disclosing it at 40, even to his mother and family.
Evra recounted how he stayed at his principal’s home having moved to a new school. At his home inside the school grounds, the teacher would let him play Nintendo and help with his homework.
“I now recognise that he’d tried to groom me,” he said.
Evra continued: “The head teacher, believing I’d gone to sleep, would put his hands under my bedcover and try to touch me. I knew what he was doing was wrong, so I tried to push him away and punch him.
“I was tough, but I was scared too, although I couldn’t show him my fear. This could go on for 10 or 15 minutes, like a fight. He wasn’t joking; he was going hard trying to get my pants off.
“There were no words spoken in the dark, but he was touching himself and getting sexually excited by what was happening.
“I didn’t tell anybody. I was too ashamed to speak to my mother and I didn’t know if anyone else would believe me. I haven’t told anybody the full story until now.”
Evra reveals that “On the last night at that man’s house, when he knew that I was going back to my family, he finally succeeded: He put my penis in his mouth.”
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I’m Determined To End My Career At Liverpool, Says Salah
Mohamed Salah has told Liverpool he wants to stay for the rest of his career, but the Egypt forward insisted the success of his contract negotiations with the club “doesn’t depend on me”.
Salah’s current contract expires in 2023 and Liverpool are trying to finalise a new long-term deal.
The 29-year-old has so far been unable to come to terms with the Reds amid reports he wants wages that would make him one of the Premier League’s top earners.
That has sparked fears Salah will leave Anfield eventually, a concern fuelled when he flirted with Real Madrid last season.
But, on the eve of Liverpool’s clash with arch rivals Manchester United on Sunday, Salah put the ball in his club’s court as he said he would stay forever given the chance.
“It doesn’t depend on me, but if you asked me I would love to stay until the last day of my football career,” Salah told Sky Sports on Friday.
“But I can’t say much about that, it’s not in my hands. It depends on what the club wants. It doesn’t depend on me.
“At the moment, I can’t see myself ever playing against Liverpool. That would make me sad.
“It’s hard. I don’t want to talk about it, but it would make me really sad and at the moment I don’t see myself playing against Liverpool, but let’s see what will happen in the future.”
Salah has been in superb form for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season, scoring 12 goals in 11 appearances in all competitions.
He is the first Liverpool player ever to score in nine successive games in all competitions and he also became the fastest player to score 100 goals for Liverpool in September.
Salah’s majestic goals against Manchester City and Watford recently were considered early contenders for goal of the season.
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