The Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Otunba Gani Adams has commended the Kwara State Government for its cooperation and support for the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), a Pan-Yoruba nationalist organization.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Kwara State Deputy Governor, Kayode Alabi in Ilorin yesterday, Adams said “for the first time, the OPC is receiving attention and unprecedented support from the Kwara State Government.
“This is great and we appreciate the State Government under the effective leadership of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq and Your Excellency, Kayode Alabi,” he added.
The OPC leader said the organisation was planning to deepen its operations in Kwara State by solidifying its presence and base in all the 16 local government areas of the State.
He also showered praises on Governor Abdulrazaq for his commitment to the Yoruba agenda by giving a nod to the installation of a Yoruba Oba in Ilorin, which has been a long-time desire of the OPC and other Yoruba groups.
In his words “We recall that during the Campaign, the Governor promised us that he would be fully committed to the entrenchment of Yoruba ideals and values in Kwara State and from our observation so far, he appears to be in the sync with that promise.
“The issue of Yoruba Oba is long overdue and we will be very glad to see to its realisation under this current dispensation. While Kwara by geography is in the North, Kwara has huge Yoruba identities, and it is for this reason that we reckon a Yoruba monarch for Ilorin will help to entrench those identities and fully establish Kwara as an Ooduduwa State.”
The Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi, in his own remarks, promised that the State Government would continue to give full and unreserved cooperation to the Yorubas and other indigenous groups, noting that the present administration is for all.
Aare Gani Adams has always held that the installation of a Yoruba Oba in Ilorin is a must. In his book, “My Life and Struggle” published some years ago, Adams declared that there was no going back in installing Oba in Ilorin.
He disclosed that no amount of intimidation can deter him from championing a movement that would see to the installation of a Yoruba traditional ruler in Ilorin.
“I am very happy with Yoruba elders who have embraced the idea but we are not saying that there will be violence in Ilorin. Our rights as a Yoruba nation had been exterminated in Ilorin several years ago when Afonja was on the throne,” an excerpt in a chapter of the book reads.
Also, several Yoruba leaders in Ilorin such as
the President of Afonja Descendants Union, Alhaji Olola Kasum and Alhaji LAK Jimoh have always expressed their hope and determination for the installation of a Yoruba Oba in Ilorin.
It will be recalled that before the last general elections, an Islamic cleric based in Ilorin, Kwara State, Sheikh Abdulrahim Aduranigba, has said that, the emergence of Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq as Kwara governor would pave way for the enthronement of a new royal father in the ancient town of Ilorin to be known as Oba of Ilorin.
Aduranigba, who claimed to be Chief Imam of Yoruba in Ilorin, added that “after winning the next governorship election, we shall have an Oba of Ilorin once our own son, Abdulrahman becomes the governor of the state.
Alhaji Oluwadamilare Saka
Oodua People’s Congress,
Kwara State Chapter.
After Meeting NGF Chairman, Akpabio Apologies To state Givernors Over N30bn Claim
The President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, has finally apologised to the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) under the leadership of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State over his comment on the N30bn allowance allegedly given to them to cushion the effect of inflation in food prices.
This was coming after the Senate President held a meeting with the NGF Chairman and some of his counterparts in Abuja yesterday.
Akpabio had, at a plenary sitting last Tuesday, said an “unverified report” indicated that state governors received N30bn each from the Federation Account to cushion the effect of inflation and the high cost of food prices.
The statement has generated controversies in the public space, with some commentators asking governors to come clean about the money they did not collect.
However, on Monday, Akpabio in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Eseme Eyiboh, retracted the statement, saying the SP held the governors in high esteem.
The statement reads below:
“During the session, the President of the Senate commented on the payment of an unverified cumulative sum of about N30bn to the sub-national governments by the Federal Government for various interventions to ameliorate the food situation of our citizens at the sub-national governments.
“The unfortunate conjectures to take away the kernel in the material facts of FAAC payment are rather regretted. In considering the well-intended motive of urging state governments to collaborate with the Federal government of President Bola Tinubu to facilitate strategic interventions to mitigate the prevailing economic situation in the country remains the underpinning motivation in the comment.
“The President of the Senate is not oblivious to the fact that state governments are functional partners in all the efforts of the current administration of President Bola Tinubu and are also valuable stakeholders’ in the various legislative engagements of the legislature in creating the nexus between the legislature and the people.”
Eyiboh added that Akpabio has always demonstrated commitment to team building and shall not do less in the circumstance.
He, therefore, urged the sub-national governments not to be distracted by any misunderstanding of the context and true meaning of the statement.
He added, “The President of the Senate recognises and appreciates the current efforts of the governors at ameliorating the adverse effects of the current inclement socio-economic environment and therefore invites more hands on the plow to complement the renewed hope agenda.”
Police arrest wanted Abuja kidnapper, Dahiru after Wike’s N20m Bounty
Operatives of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command have arrested a wanted notorious kidnapper, Saidu Abdulkadir, popularly known as Dahiru Adamu.
This comes barely three days after the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike placed a N20m bounty on the suspect and one other wanted kidnapper, Abu Ibrahim.
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Players including Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa, Victor Osimhen, Ola Aina, Frank Onyeka, Calvin Bassey, Ademola Lookman, Kenneth Omeruo, Joe Aribo and Williams Troost-Ekong were at the welcome breakfast at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.
Members of the coaching crew are also at the breakfast.
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