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Update: Breaking: “About 15 villages overran in Middle-belt by Fulani-Herdsmen renamed so there is an agenda, Buhari has nothing to offer, you can imagine what will happen if he accidentally come back in 2019, he will roast everybody alive, Buhari or any Fulani should not be voted into power anymore”–Bishop Moge-

Update: Breaking: “About 15 villages overran in Middle-belt by Fulani-Herdsmen renamed so there is an agenda, Buhari has nothing to offer, you can imagine what will happen if he accidentally come back in 2019, he will roast everybody alive, Buhari or any Fulani should not be voted into power anymore”–Bishop Moge- Bishop Moge-:“about 15 villages […]

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Update: Breaking: “About 15 villages overran in Middle-belt by Fulani-Herdsmen renamed so there is an agenda, Buhari has nothing to offer, you can imagine what will happen if he accidentally come back in 2019, he will roast everybody alive, Buhari or any Fulani should not be voted into power anymore”–Bishop Moge-
Bishop Moge-:“about 15 villages taken over by this sect have been renamed so there is an agenda”.“Buhari has no change or anything to offer and what we are seeing so far will tell you that now that he is even looking for votes and he allows this to happen, what if he finally gets the votes? You can only imagine what will happen, he will roast everybody alive. Buhari or any Fulani should not be voted into power anymore”, he said.
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Following the wanton massacre of Christians in Northern parts of the country, the Bishop, Diocese of Asaba Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Justus Mogekwu, has charged Nigerians to defend themselves or be prepared to be killed.
Bishop Mogekwu, who described President Buhari as a “monumental disaster who hoodwinked Nigerians in the guise of offering change”, said that it would be the greatest tragedy of all times for Nigerians to return Buhari in 2019.
In a statement, he said, where the government, the military, the law enforcement agencies appeared to be either complicit in the ongoing killings or where they are afraid and look the other way while the killers are on rampage, I would suggest that people who suffer, who are victims should get up and defend themselves, they must defend themselves as much as they can, Mogekwu said.
The clergyman said “if the Fulani herdsmen are coming to your area and you know the kind of thing they will do when they enter your land, come together, get the vigilante and chase them away”, even as he lamented the recent cases in Plateau and Benue States, adding that “about 15 villages taken over by this sect have been renamed so there is an agenda”.
“Buhari has no change or anything to offer and what we are seeing so far will tell you that now that he is even looking for votes and he allows this to happen, what if he finally gets the votes? You can only imagine what will happen, he will roast everybody alive. Buhari or any Fulani should not be voted into power anymore”, he said.
He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to step down and not consider a second term because he has done enough havoc already. According to him, “he was Head of State in 80s, look at the evil things he did. Buhari should respect himself to steer clear because he has nothing to offer anymore, that is my advice to him”.
In the same vein, he said that his commendation for Governor Okowa is devoid of any political coloration, stressing that it has nothing to do with the political platforms but on individual achievements.
“He is a man who works on equity and that is what I have observed throughout the time that he has been Governor; he will not over pamper you because you are from Delta North or cheat you because you are from Delta South. Everybody has a fair share of the blessings of this state and so it has nothing to do with being politically motivated”, he said.
Meanwhile, Mogekwu has congratulated the state Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for his bold step in organizing the Afrcian Continental Athletic Competition in Asaba despite the leak of financial resources of the state.
Bishop Mogekwu made the commendation in his Bishop Court office Asaba while speaking with our correspondent.
He said Governor Okowa had done enough within a short period of three years.
According to him, Asaba Airport, Asaba stadium, road repairs and construction, efforts at paying off retirees’ entitlements, free healthcare service as well as peace and unity between the different groups in Delta State are his major achievements.
Bishop Mogekwu said African athletic competition taking place in Asaba is a big plus for Okowa’s administration and a litmus test for his leadership in the area of security.
He stressed that the duty of security should not be left alone to the Police, Army and Civil Defence alone but every person resident in Asaba should intensify prayers before the commencement of the competition in order to guarantee peace during the period.
While answering questions on whether churches should screen people before ordination as ministers, pastors or Bishop as the case may be, Mogekwu said the Anglican Church conducts an intensive screening before making any appointment as head of an Anglican church.
On whether Anglican churches take proper care of its members’ welfare, Bishop Mogekwu said the church takes care of many in all ramifications.
He said the Anglican church pays medical bills of members who are sick in the hospital, provides accommodation for those displaced by one factor or the other and gives out physical cash for some women who wish to start trading and who also train some indigent members of the church in school of their choice.
On Nigeria being the poorest country in the world according to the rating of Brooking Institute, USA, Bishop Mogekwu lamented the situation and blamed it on political leaders who are not sharing the national crake evenly.
He said that if Nigerian leaders use the money they are diverting and invest in the country, young school leavers would not line the streets in search of jobs.
Credit: Nosa Akenzua in Asaba, Metrowatchonline.com
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Disturbing Killings In Plateau State

By Adewale Kupoluyi

Over 200 persons have been reportedly killed and over 50 houses razed down in renewed attacks in 11 villages in three local government areas of Plateau State, namely: Barkin Ladi, Riyom and Jos South, attributed to armed herdsmen bandits, who have been terrorising the Middle Belt region since 2001. This time around, heavily armed gunmen had invaded the affected villages of Exland, Gindin Akwati, Ruku, Nghar, Kura Falls and Kakuruk; in the Gashish district as well as Rakok, Kok and Razat villages in Ropp district of the local government area.

Eye witnesses to the killings claimed that security agents failed to intervene despite the high level of presence, as a result of the recurring communal violence. The source further noted that the crux of continuous unending bloodbath in the state was the unresolved crisis, saying the latest fighting was a result of the sale of cattle by herdsmen. After selling the cow, some locals attacked the herdsmen, killed them and took away the money alongside the cow.
The unknown story in this is: If any of the herders survive a massacre, he passes the message to his family and children to retaliate. This continuous circle of anger usually leads to retaliation on the part of the herdsmen, who always take revenge for the loss of their dead family members and cows.

He added that the way herdsmen massacres were carried out was simultaneous and if they are going to attack a village, they would divide themselves into groups and start the attack at the same time. If they would start at midnight, they would start once, exactly 12 a.m., making the killings massive and there is no way to escape. So, if you are running out of this village or place, you are running into another place. Most residents could not sleep as most communities stayed up watch with the help of the age grade and youth forums. The youths continued to keep watch as they closely inspected their border to prevent attack. He added that security agents were culpable in the on-going attacks, alleging that they want the crisis to last because they are being paid for as long as the crisis continues and do not take any proactive measures to stop the killings.
Other flashpoints in the killings include the Southern Kaduna as well as Taraba, Nasarawa and Benue states. In quick response to the dire situation, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State had imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the affected local government areas even though the bandits shift from one theatre to the other, almost at will and with little resistance from security forces, a disheartening trend that led a former Chief of Army Staff and Defence Minister, Lt. General Theophilus Danjuma (rtd), to call on Nigerians to rise and defend themselves for the perceived poor response of security personnel to the impasse.
Plateau State presently has no anti-grazing law and unless something urgently is done to stop these killings, this year’s farming season could be lost because the farmers that feed the nation are either being killed or rendered refugees by the attackers. This would not only lead to insecurity, but a sharp rise in the cost of food imports and local staples as a result of low harvests. The deadly activities of herdsmen have raised concerns over the future of agriculture in the North-Central geopolitical zone part of the country.
Plateau State, which used to be a place attractive to both foreigners and Nigerians because of its cool weather, landscape and serenity, had suffered major inter-ethnic and inter-religious conflicts from 2001 to 2004. The conflicts have consumed the lives of hundreds, maimed many, displaced others and drove many people to relocate to other states. In 2004, the killings in Yelwan Shendam affected about 600 people alone that largely contributed to why the Olusegun Obasanjo administration once declared a state of emergency in the state and between 2007 and 2015, during the tenure of Governor Jonah Jang, the state suffered other serious crises, as a fallout of the local government elections of November 2008.
In 2015, when the incumbent Governor Lalong took over as chief executive, the state seemed to enjoy some peace and stability because of the disposition of the governor to embracing peace and open-door policy that promotes regular communication with all and sundry. The conflicts between farmers and herders always occur either because herders’ cattle ate farmers’ crops or herders blame local communities for cattle rustling or killing of their people that often leads to reprisal attacks and counter-reprisal attacks. As a way forward, all those who had a hand in the criminality should be made to face the music. The recent upsurge in violence must be nipped in the bud before it gets out of control by apprehending the perpetrators.
It is commendable that the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara recently met with President Muhammadu Buhari over the massacre. The meeting was said to be at the instance of the President of the Senate. It is only hoped that both the executive and legislature would really work together by fashioning out a better model that would help in nipping the brutality into the bud.
Beyond that, the Nigerian state should swift into action by protecting lives and property, which remain the primary purpose of government by virtue of our constitution. There is the need to review the continued relevance of heads of our security agencies that appear to be helpless and incapable of solving the problem. Recently, the Inspector-General of Police refused to stay in Makurdi,Benue State, as directed by President Buhari while the Minister of Defence had directed states to suspend the Anti-Open Grazing Prohibition Laws, a call that is capable of fueling the crisis.
There is no need playing politics with the lives of innocent people, there should be an overhaul of the entire security apparatus, to bring efficiency to. Rivalry among security agencies should stop and they should collaborate better, especially in the area of intelligence sharing. Security personnel should not be made to stay in a particular location for too long so that they would not be compromised. The urgency for why state policing should be operational becomes clearer by the day. The president, being the chief security officer of the country should show, and be seen to show more commitment to ending the killings, not only in Plateau but in other parts of the country. The bulk ends on his table. That is why he has to act more decisive in curbing the senseless massacres in Plateau and other parts of the country.
Credit: Kupluyi
Kupoluyi wrote from Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).

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