Olusegun Bamgbose, Esq., National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, has vowed to lead a massive protest against President Muhammadu Buhari’s government over ethnic clashes and insecurity in the country.
Bamgbose said that the failure of president Buhari, the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces to address the nation on these pressing issues across the nation is highly disturbing.
The senior lawyer explained that the cordial relationship that has existed between the Yoruba and other ethnic groups, especially the Fulani and the Hausa, for donkey years, have now been shattered, alluding to the recent clashes in Oyo State.
“The painful thing about the ugly scenario is that our President has blatantly refused to constructively come up with ways to prevent the looming disaster,” Bamgbose said while addressing a press conference in Abeokuta.
According to him, it is very sad that the Yoruba now see the Fulani as enemies and vice-versa adding that this is purely a wrong notion.
“This conflict is like an ill-wind that will blow no one any good. I’m very much concerned about the innocent Northerners affected by these clashes.
“I’ll also commend the Governors who came from the North to visit Governor Makinde on the issue of Shasha market. Dialogue remains the best way to resolve any conflict.
“No one is in doubt that we have bad eggs among the Fulani herdsmen, but there should be a way to deal with them and spare the innocent ones of the pains they are passing through.
“After considering this ugly trend, I’ve decided to inform our President to address the nation or get prepared to order my arrest for leading a peaceful protest.
“Whether Fulani or Yorubas or Igbos, we are Nigerians. Lives must be protected at all cost. I won’t sit in the comfort of my house and watch Nigerians being turned against themselves.
“I will soon lead a protest if Buhari won’t address this security issue. Enough is enough. The time to ACT has come,” Bamgbose, a 2023 presidential hopeful said.
AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine certified safe by NAFDAC
Minister of Health, Ehanire Osagie said the certification came some minutes past midnight on Friday March 5, ahead of the vaccine’s launch in Abuja.
Ehanire who disclosed that the launch would have been cancelled if the agency did not give the final go-ahead, said the vaccine underwent a 48 hour test after arriving the country on Tuesday March 2.
“The long-awaited day is here in which Nigerians can now join the global community to be vaccinated against the dreaded COVID-19 virus.”
Buhari’s successor must be Yoruba Muslim – Islamic group vows
The group wondering why no single Yoruba Muslim has ever ruled Nigeria since independence to date, argued that all Yoruba that have occupied the position have been Christians all along.
MURIC’s argument is contained in a statement issued by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Friday, contending that Yoruba Muslims have been at the receiving end of political and religious persecution for too long.
It said in the interest of fairness and equity, it’s time to allow a Yoruba Muslim occupy Nigeria’s number one seat come 2023.
MURIC argued that even on the state level, Muslims in the South West have suffered marginalisation in the appointment of Commissioners and other political positions by Governors of Ekiti, Oyo, Ondo and Ogun.
“Are Yoruba Muslims third class or second class citizens? Are we not equal before the law?
“It is our strong belief that the narrative will only change when a Yoruba Muslim occupies Aso Rock. Who feels it knows it,” MURIC said.
“Yorubas have been heads of state, president and vice president but all those who got there have always been Christians.
“So we have had three Christians of Yoruba extraction in Aso Rock at different times. It is therefore natural to ask why there hasn’t been any Yoruba Muslim politician in Aso Rock all these years, particularly from 1979 to date?
“President Buhari’s tenure ends in 2023 and the South West is already warming up. Will it still be fair for another Christian from the South West to occupy Aso Rock come 2023?
“Our message to all political parties is loud and clear. Yoruba Muslims will not support any non-Muslim presidential candidate put forward by any political party. To our brothers in the North, we call for solidarity for a Yoruba Muslim presidential candidate from any political party,” he said.
Senate confirms Abdulrasheed Bawa as EFCC chairman
The 40-year-old Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist was screened by the lawmakers at the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly today February 24.
Last week, President Buhari nominated Bawa and asked the Senate to confirm him as the substantive Chairman of the Commission.
He assumes office as the first core EFCC official and non-police officer to head the agency.
Bawa also became the youngest person ever to serve as chairman of the anti-corruption agency.
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