By Prince Macdonald Enwere
I have no intention of throwing opprobrious spanner or pouring acidic venom on you for any reason at all.
I bear you no malice or ill-will but in view of your disgraceful removal as the majority leader of Imo state House of Assembly and given the fact that those you ran to and embraced with your two hands have finally thrown you under the bus and dumped you, I really feel for you.
They trickily brought you to the dining table, shown you a savory aromatic and palatable pudding and ended up serving you with cramps that failed down from the table.
They removed you unceremoniously and turned back to brand you “insubordination” and “arrogant“.
Even though they mistaken your vain delusions and gluttonous appetite for power for insubordination and arrogance, but they shouldn’t have humiliated you in such a disgraceful manner.
They fooled you, used you, dumped you and called you “asu- awuru” . They succeeded because you refused to build a consolidated and robust antecedent for yourself, instead you betrayed your conscience and conspired against your “chi” like the proverbial “Nwanza” .
Now they have caged you, you have lost your sweet and golden voice; you can’t make ‘pim’ again because they are holding you at the jugular. They are like a bug perched at the scrotum.
The truth is that you condescended to the cheapest sycophantic ebb amid irredeemable depravity. It marvels people like us that you can because of survivalist instinct and stomach infrastructure decide to sell your blue ribbon and hard earned name and reputation built over the years.
Now the chickens have come home to roost and the writing is on the wall. They have laid ambush against you; the signs are there for all to see.
Like Icarus the Greek, you flew too high and too close to the sun with your wax wings, puffed up and fuelled by your hubris and pride and now you are hovering around looking for where to perch. My problem with you is that you allowed your enemies to use you as a lesson and correctional reference point. My prayer is that let my enemies never use me as a lesson or correctional reference point.
The problem is that you failed to recognize the hand of God in your political circumstances. You decided to build your prospection around men who have no control of the future. You failed to realize that God alone rules in the affairs of men. You failed to heed to wise counsel, see where you are today.But I have a good news for which you can take as your take-away. There is still more grace for you if you can realize the supreme power of God. You can’t play politics in everything. God is still interested in your future only if you can amend and retrieve your steps.
Yoruba self-determination rally begins in Ibadan
The Yoruba self-determination rally organised by the Ilana Omo Oodua is underway in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Hundreds of members of the group whose leader is an 86-year-old Emeritus Professor of History, Banji Akintoye, had initially scheduled the take-off of the rally for the ancient Mapo Hall but the heavy presence of armed policemen forced them to change the venue.
They are addressing people at Mapo Roundabout but they were not disturbed by the police in any way.
The agitators are armed with banners and Yoruba nation flags while leaders of the group addressing the people are saying Yoruba people are tired of staying with Nigeria.
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One of the leaders of the group, Basorun Kunle Adesokan, said Yoruba were no longer part of Nigeria and the people want to be an independent nation.
He condemned the insecurity in Yorubaland, saying the people could no longer stand the injustice in Nigeria.
Adesojan said, “We are no longer part of Nigeria. Yoruba people are determined to stand alone. We are starting the rally here in Ibadan because this is the capital of the Yoruba nation.
” Our brothers in Kwara, Lagos, Kogi, Edo, Delta and other states are here. We are not going to use violence, we want the Yoruba nation. No retreat no surrender. Let Hausa go their way, let Fulani go their own way and Igbo people should also go.
“The rally has taken off, we won’t stop until we achieve our aim.”
One of the leaders of Itsekiri youths present at the rally, Isaac Ajatitan, said Itsekiri people were part of Yoruba and would support them to achieve this aim.
South-East govs joking with regional security, says ex-Imo senator
A former member of the National Assembly, Athan Achonu, has accused South-East governors of trivialising the region’s security.
Achonu, who represented Imo North at the 8th Senate before he was sacked by a Court of Appeal judgment in Owerri, urged Igbo governors to take over Eastern Security Network from the Indigenous People of Biafra and reform it.
The ex- senator was reacting to the jailbreak in Owerri, as well as the attack on the Imo State Police Command headquarters and the killings in Enugu and Ebonyi States.
He said that the youths were angry with the governments because of lack of employment and business opportunities.
Achonu, who said that he was championing a movement for Igbo billionaires to bring their investments home, said that without security and infrastructure, manufacturing businesses would not thrive in the South-East.
He said, “There is problem in Nigeria. The situation is terrible. Our economy is losing control. Unemployment rate is unbelievable. The worst hit are South-East and South-South. The youths have now been turned into Yahoo boys and drug addicts.”
“Our group will make a presentation to all the South-East governor this April on the need for Igbo billionaires to invest at home. Without local government autonomy, no true democracy will happen in Nigeria.
“South-East governors are joking with Igbo security. They are making the biggest mistake of their lives. They can take ESN and legalise it. There is no security in Nigeria. Kidnapping takes place even in Buhari’s village. Nowhere is safe in Nigeria again.”
House bill to permit wearing of hijab in military
A bill pending before the House of Representatives is seeking to compel the Armed Forces and para-military organisations to permit female officers to wear Islamic veil, commonly known as hijab.
The bill, known as the Religious Discrimination (Prohibition, Prevention) Bill, 2020, which has passed second reading at the House, was sponsored by the Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Finance and Member representing Bida/Gbako/Katcha Federal Constituency, Saidu Abdullahi.
Article 13 of the bill titled, ‘Discrimination in employment in security and other sectors,’ prohibits the military from discriminating against anyone wearing a hijab.
Article 13(2) reads, “Any person employed in the security sector, whether within the military or paramilitary or otherwise, shall not be discriminated against on the ground of the exercise of his right to manifestation of his religion in worship, teaching, practice and observance such as wearing religious emblem, head cover, or hijab in concomitant with the common uniform code or code of conduct in relation to the choice of colour, type, or design of such religious emblem, religious head cover or hijab.”
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Although the bill does not propose any fine or jail time for persons who discriminate against persons wearing hijab, it states that anyone who contravenes the section would have committed an offence.
It further states that the High Court will have original jurisdiction on such matters while the National Human Rights Commission shall have the power either on its own motion or upon a petition presented by an aggrieved person to investigate allegations of any violation of the provisions of the Bill ithin a reasonable time or not more than 30 days.
Hijab, a veil worn by Muslim women, has become a controversial issue in Nigeria. In Kwara State for instance, an attempt by the government to impose hijab on Christian missionary schools is being resisted by the in-grant Christian colleges.
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