Ambassador Ahmad Bamalli. the 19th Emir of Zazzau in Kaduna state will be officially installed today in Zaria.
The ceremony will hold at the Muhammadu Aminu Square, Race Course, GRA Zaria, with Governor Nasir El-Rufai presenting Bamalli with staff of office.
The Kaduna State government has urged residents of the state to turn out en masse and participate in the coronation ceremony.
Alhaji Ja’afaru Sani, Chairman of the Central Working Committee for the installation, made the call in a statement issued on Sunday in Kaduna.
Sani, who is also the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, said that arrangements had been concluded to facilitate smooth conduct of the installation ceremony.
He said the new emir would host a special durbar as part of activities lined up to celebrate the installation.
South-West Governors on Sunday met in Lagos to strategise on improved security in the region following to the recent #EndSARS protest mayhem.
In his opening remark, Chairman, South-West Governors’ Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, said that the region had gone through a lot in recent time.
Akeredolu, who is also the Governor of Ondo State, said that when the #EndSARS protest started in the South-West and other parts of the country, the police were guiding the protesters.
He said that what started as a peaceful demonstration by the youths eventually turned to a different thing.
“In the recent past, our experience has been most worrisome, everybody is worried, everybody is concerned, we have to sustain the peace we have started noticing.
“We are worried. What we are seeing in the last days shows that something needs to be done,” Akeredolu said.
He said that the meeting was to improve on the relationship in the South-West region and find solutions to youth unrest.
“What we have witnessed in the South-West is a great attack on our heritage. We must have collaboration across the board. We need the cooperation of the Federal Government so that this does not repeat itself,” the Ondo governor said.
He urged the governors to be up and doing in their duties, adding that the welfare of the people was paramount.
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said that the South-West region had serious issues of security confronting the people.
Sanwo-Olu said that over 500 vehicles, both public and private were destroyed, hospitals, monarch palace, among others, were not spared.
A former governor of Abia State, Theodore Orji, on Sunday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to dialogue with the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in order to avoid further crisis in the country.
Orji, who stated this in a chat with journalists as part of activities marking his 70th birthday celebration, said dialogue with IPOB and other dissident voices in the South-East remained one of the best ways to achieve peace in the region.
He added that the people of South-East extraction who had been crying of marginalisation in the last few years deserved a listening ear rather than the use of force.
The ex-governor said: “If there are dissident voices, the president should call them and discuss with them.
“He should find out the cause of their agitation and work out ways to address their grievances.
“He should see how he can bring them in and fully integrate them into the system.
That is what will solve the problem of the country. Call the dissident voices to a conference.
“There is nothing bad in discussing with the IPOB. If you don’t discuss with them, they will continue to give you trouble.
“We can’t be happy when other regions have six states and we have five. It shows that we are marginalised and cheated. That is what is causing the agitation in the region.
“Some groups are agitating that the zone should be a country on its own. Others are demanding restructuring because it is glaring that the South-East is being marginalised.
“If you treat me fairly like you treat other persons and I’m convinced that you are sincere, I will not complain. It is when I look around me and I see that I am being marginalised and treated like a second-class citizen that would make people to be agitating.”
Former President Good luck Jonathan and the Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, on Sunday called for the immediate adoption of an electronic voting system to curb violence during elections.
The duo spoke at the Third Synod of the Diocese of Ogbia at St Mark’s Anglican Church, Otakeme, Bayelsa State.
The ex-president said over 50 percent of the problems in the country, including insurgency, cultism and corruption, would be addressed with the adoption and effective use of e-voting.
Jonathan blamed the rising insecurity in the country on the activities of politicians who were hell-bent on grabbing political power through the backdoor, against the popular wish of the people.
He said: “Our political activities particularly the use of young people as militiamen and thugs and so on, to win elections had increased the security challenges facing our nation.
“Some of the youths they use are so protected that even the police cannot arrest them because they are ‘boys’ to powerful politicians who use them during elections.
“That is why I have always advocated that for us to move forward as a country, we must use electronic voting where nobody will use thugs to win elections.
“Immediately we use electronic voting, the issue of thuggery and cultism will drop by at least 50 percent.”
Diri, who was represented at the occasion by his deputy, Mr. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, urged youth to shun politicians who only use them to achieve their selfish political goals and abandon them afterward.
He noted that the only way the youth could resist the temptation of going into thuggery and cultism was to love and appreciate themselves as unique creations of God.
The governor also urged the people of the state to key into the present administration’s prosperity agenda by embracing agriculture and small scale businesses to better their lot.
He said: “Just like our father (the former president) said earlier, I want to encourage our youths to resist evil politicians who do not mean well for them. If they invite you to carry guns, ask them, where are your children? You must learn to love yourself above any politician.
“For us as a government, we are determined to improve the lives of our people. And our focus is to see how prosperity can be engendered. Prosperity is not engendered by coming to beg a politician to give you something to eat.
“The man who teaches you how to fish is better than the one who gives you fish. To take fish from a politician every day is to be dependent.”
The Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, on Sunday paid a sympathy visit to the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Bola Tinubu, at his Ikoyi residence in Lagos.
Gambari was accompanied on the trip to the ex-Lagos governor’s residence in Bourdillon, Ikoyi, by some ministers from the South-West part of the country.
The president’s chief of staff and the ministers had earlier held a meeting with governors of the six South-West states and traditional rulers on the security situation in the region following the mayhem that trailed last month’s #EndSARS protests in many parts of the country.
The ministers that visited the APC chieftain are Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Minister of State, Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora; Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammad, and Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare.
The Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, also joined the entourage to the Tinubu’s residence.
Suspected hoodlums had last month destroyed several properties linked with the former governor following the shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at Lekki tollgate in Lagos.
Two media organisations, the Television Continental (TVC) and The Nation Newspaper, purportedly owned by Tinubu were looted and set on fire by the hoodlums.
The APC chieftain had since denied involvement in the shooting of the protesters.
Some governors of South-East states on Sunday held a closed-door meeting with the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, at the Government House in Port Harcourt.
The meeting was also attended by leaders of the apex Igbo socio-political organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and a few leaders of the Igbo community in Rivers State.
Present at the meeting were Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, his Abia State counterpart, Okezie Ikpeazu, President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo, and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Emmanuel Iwanyanwu.
Although issues discussed at the meeting have not been made public, it may not be unconnected with the recent face-off between the state government and the proscribed Indigenous People Organization of Biafra (IPOB).
Wike had last month accused IPOB members of killing six soldiers and four police officers during the #EndSARS protests in the state.
The governor, who addressed the leadership of the Nigerian Guild of Editors who paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, said the protest against police brutality in the state was peaceful until IPOB members took the law into their hands.
He said: “I don’t support criminality. IPOB killed six army officers, four policemen, burnt police stations, and court buildings.
“This is Rivers State. Go to Oyigbo and see the level of destruction. Now the state government will be rebuilding those facilities. Those who don’t understand our actions are saying we are fighting the Igbo. How will they allow criminals to speak for them when there are intelligent Igbo people to speak for them?”.
President Donald Trump on Sunday insisted that the US presidential poll was stolen from him and that the people involved in the fraud are thieves.
Trump was soundly defeated by Joe Biden in the presidential election after the democratic candidate secured 279 electoral college votes with counting still ongoing.
The president had consistently said the poll was rigged in favour of Biden, but he has not been able to substantiate the allegations.
An angry Trump in series of tweets on Sunday said “We believe these people are thieves. The big city machines are corrupt. This was a stolen election.
rights group, International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety) has condemned the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu for advising men of the Nigeria Police Force to use force against members of the public when their lives are threatened.
Intersociety said, “By the written signals and circulars issued yesterday, Sat, 7th Nov 2020 by Inspector General of the Nigeria Police Force, Alhaji Adamu Abubakar, to the Force’s principal officers, ordering them and their subordinates to use ‘lawful force’, henceforth, against Nigerians, “in defense of themselves, their personnel and properties,” it is now clear and unarguable that the present High Command and Officers of the Nigeria Police Force are unchangeable and ‘untrainable’.
“In other words, they are not only chronically uninformed in modern policing but also “experts” only when it comes to corking, shooting, killing and maiming defenseless citizens. The order also practically indicates the end of the so-called “police reforms,” in Nigeria.
“The referenced moves and actions by the IGP are therefore strongly condemned. Condemned too is the IGP’s matching order to the named to henceforth ‘”repel” any further street protests in Nigeria or any part thereof.
“The IGP is not only called upon to retrace his steps and watch his homicidal utterances but also to lead the NPF and midwife the internal security of Nigeria democratically and within the ambits of the rule of law, or throw in the towel.
It said for a force that is known to have killed Nigerians who refused to offer them bribe on the highway, and taking into cognizance the ability of the men of the Nigeria Police force to spin stories against innocent persons, the order will help them to kill and label anyone who refuses to bribe them, as coming against them.