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I like this pampering. Don’t you?, by Femi Adesina

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Femi Adesina, 2021: Presidency Warns Critics Against Wailing

For those who believe in the ineluctable victory of good over evil, no matter how long it takes, this has been an inspiring week.

From the forests of a thousand daemons in Zamfara, Kaduna, Niger States, among others, bandits, criminals, evildoers are taking a pounding. In their scores, scores upon scores, they are being spoken to in the language they understand, and sent to God to answer for their sins. One has never been prouder of our military.

I see the hair splitting over whether they should be called terrorists rather than bandits, and I laugh. Sheer sophistry. Whether insurgents, bandits, kidnappers, ritual killers, criminals are criminals. And what do you do to such? Eliminate. Annihilate. Obliterate. If they won’t let decent society be, get rid of them. That is one case when an eye for an eye won’t make the whole world go blind.

Before they got to this sorry pass, they had the chance to turn a new leaf. Zamfara, Katsina, and many other states offered dialogue. The governments tried to negotiate with them. But they were contumacious. Like dogs fated for destruction, they refused to hear the hunters’ whistle. They filled the land with sorrow, tears and blood, ‘dem regular trademark’ (as Fela Anikulapo-Kuti would say). Now, the shoe is on the other foot.

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In the different evil forests, when the Nigerian Air Force strikes from the sky, the remnants of the evildoers not killed immediately attempt to flee. The ground troops then pick them off like flies. I say it again. One has never been prouder of our troops. They are cleaning up the country.

Shocking and disconcerting, however, that in the middle of all these, you still hear words meant to discourage our gallant soldiers. A bandit-lover is on record as saying military offensive would not work, and that the bandits “are going nowhere.” True? False. They are going somewhere. And that is: hell.

In my days as a newspaper editor, I remember when a butcher in Sierra Leone called Foday Sankoh died. Now, if anyone was brutal, evil through and through, Foday was. He loved to amputate innocent people. And he would cynically ask if they wanted short or long sleeve. If you chose short sleeve, he cut off the hand from the elbow. If you wanted long, he did from the wrist. After some time, Sierra Leone was swarming with amputees. He was urinating inside the same well from which he would fetch drinking water.

Foday Sankoh was an implacable demon. Till God moved against him. He was arrested, and took ill in custody. Ended in a wheelchair, and lived out his life in misery, facing trial. Then he died. As editor of Daily Sun, my headline was ‘Foday Sankoh goes to hell.’ Judgmental? Well, he asked for it.

On the same day, I took a popular British tabloid to read. The lead story was also on Sankoh. The headline? ‘Next stop: Hell’ That’s it. The stubborn fly follows the corpse into the grave. The evildoers had all the opportunity to turn a new leaf. They were deaf to reason. They deserve what they are getting now, so that decent people can live in peace.

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Because we are the way we are as a people, as intractable as the warfare in the North-west had been, some people have tried to create a false narrative. They said while President Muhammadu Buhari went after separatists and divisive elements in the southern parts of the country with a big stick, he pampered bandits and terrorists in the north. Really? How mean-minded can we be? Well, we have now seen the ‘pampering’ going on in the north. You love the pampering being handed out simultaneously from the air and the ground by the troops, don’t you?

I have always had the conviction that the ravening clouds shall not long be victorious, they shall not long possess the sky. Yes, we’ve had serious security challenges. They were inherited by the Buhari administration, and they mutated and became hydra-headed. But a government exists to solve problems, and that is what President Buhari had been committed to doing. But some people, out of evil hearts and petty political gains want it to be the definition of the government. He could not secure the country. Thousands of citizens were killed under him. But they will be shocked! The insecurity ravaging the land will soon become history. Where will they then hide their faces?

Dr Okolo Oteri Eme is one of the women who love Buhari. To bits. She plays prominently on Facebook, and I love what she posted this week on the pounding the evil people have been getting: “Those who claim bandits are being pampered can join them for Shawarma in Zamfara. Kudos to our troops.”

It’s promise made, and promise being kept by our President. He said those who trouble the country would be spoken to in the language they understand. It is happening now. The job is not fully done yet, but progress is fast and laudable. And the message is loud and clear. Don’t you like it?

*Adesina is Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity

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Ooni Of Ife: APC And PDP Are Same

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Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has cautioned Nigerians against believing politicians, saying the ruling-All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are birds of a feather.

The monarch made this known at his Ile-Oodua palace, Ile-Ife, before heading into seven days of seclusion to commune with the gods ahead of the Olojo Festival.

Speaking to his audience at the palace, Ogunwusi said politicians in the country all cross carpet from one major political party to another in order to only protect their interests and not that of members of the public.

While pledging to pray for his ancestors to renew the minds of Nigerian political elites, Ooni of Ife challenged them to commit themselves genuinely to the offices they occupy.

In Ooni of Ife’s words, “We believe in the forces of nature for nature to conspire in our favour but every other thing in our country they are all man-made, the likes of security, our politicians will take credit for that, they are the ones that caused it till date. I will go again to seclusion for God to touch their heart for them to stop playing all of us like ludo.

“They should be more sensitive about people because it is one political party. They are just crisscrossing from one political party to the other in order to retain their positions. We have one political party in this country, same value, same character, same politician. But I am going to go into seclusion for God to touch their hearts for them to stop playing games with the lives of citizens of this country. It is about time for them to realize that they should serve us genuinely because we can not continue like this.

“This time around is a serious one, it is a request on behalf of the entire people, Yoruba race and by extension our dear Country Nigeria. I am going for God to touch their heart and really pray to my ancestors. We are just deceiving ourselves that they are different,  they are the same. All of them have crossed to the major party but Nigeria is above them all.

“This time around it is a very sensitive one and a very serious one. First of all, to thank God almighty and the spirit of our ancestors that have been guiding us thus far, God has really helped us with the pandemic issue because we won’t be able to handle it when we compare things we have been doing with other nations. We have every course to be thankful to God. 

“They said we are spiritual and it is working for us in this country, we have a course to thank God Almighty, that it is not out of hands.  We shouldn’t rest our hoax, I am going to seclusion which is the 6th. I inherited the tradition from my ancestors thousands of years ago.”

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My Visit To Tinubu Has Nothing To With 2023 Presidential Race -Akeredolu

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My Visit To Tinubu Has Nothing To With 2023 Presidential Race -Akeredolu

The Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has said his visit to a former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has nothing to do with the 2023 presidential race.

He said he was in London to see Tinubu and he was sure that the rumours flying around on social media was not true.

The governor gave the explanation on his London trip while speaking on a monitored Arise TV programme, on Sunday, September 19, 2021.

Akeredolu, who described the former Lagos State Governor as the ‘capon’ in the South, said he (Tinubu ) was expected to return to the country soon, so as to meet with him and be able to take certain critical decisions.

Asked if he will support Tinubu as the presidential candidate of the party in 2023, Akeredolu said, “APC is a party. APC will decide who the candidate will be. I have said it several times. I’m going no where. If I leave APC, I am going back to my chamber. For me, whatever APC decides, I will follow.

“We went to London because it was important for us to go and see for ourselves. How he’s doing. He’s the capon for us here. But the time he comes, we can make some serious decisions.”

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More People Will Join APC, Says Fani-Kayode After Dumping PDP

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More People Will Join APC, Says Fani-Kayode After Dumping PDP

Former minister of aviation Femi Fani-Kayode has stated that more Nigerian politicians would join the ruling-All Progressives Congress (APC).

He made this known in a live interview on Channels TV monitored by Newsrand.

Confirming the development that he dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) despite earlier claiming he would rather die than leaving for APC, Fani-Kayode said more surprises are on the way for Nigerians.

“I was influential in the defection of those that recently joined APC so far. I played a significant role in making that happened, and it will surprise you to know the people that will soon join the party.

“I can assure you that some leaders will eventually come over to the APC, and it will be based on conviction. Like me, I came here having being led by the spirit of God,”Fani-Kayode stated.

As reported on Newsrand, Fani-Kayode, a lawyer, used to be a strong critic of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He was the Special Assistant on Public Affairs to former President Olusegun Obasanjo between 2003 and 2006.

Also in 2006, the new APC member served as the Minister of Culture and Tourism for a few months before he was later appointed as the Minister of Aviation later that year.

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