An Islamic cleric, Dr Abdul Haady Tiamiyu has warned that the growing menace of street children and urchins in garages, motor parks, slums and markets in the southwest region may be worse than the Boko Haram menace in northern Nigeria.
Tiamiyu made this disclosure while delivering the 2022 Oyo State House of Assembly Muslim Community Ramadan Lecture titled “Nigeria’s Current Social Vices: Islamic Antidotes”.
Banditry, terrorism and the Boko Haram menace which started in 2009 in Borno State have been attributed to the growing rate of street children in most of northern Nigeria.
Tiamiyu who is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Abeokuta, Ogun State while delivering the lecture in Ibadan, warned that the menace of street children at motor parks, slums and markets if not urgently addressed by the governments of Southwest may be worse than Boko Haram in the northern region.
The cleric said the root cause of banditry, kidnapping and terrorism in the Northern part of Nigeria was the Almajiri system.
He explained that the Almajiri system gave rise to millions of street and abandoned children who now constituted themselves into dangerous groups threatening the peace and existence of the nation.
The cleric said people should expect an alarming surge in crime rates when they continue to give birth to children without proper parental care and quality education.
He identified the collapse of the country’s educational and family system, failure of the political class, lack of provisions for the weak and the poor as well as a failure of faith-based communities and groups as the root causes of the current social vices in Nigeria.
“When we continue to give birth to children without proper parental care and quality education, then we should expect an alarming surge in crime rates. I am afraid the situation is disturbingly high at the moment and nowhere in the country is safe.
“The news is daily awash with incidences of armed robbery, stealing, kidnapping, ritual killing, assassination, thuggery, banditry, brigandage, vandalism, cult clashes, attacks, illegal sexual escapades, tribal, ethnic and religious crises, political violence, internet fraud, corruption, money laundering and lots more.
“Every system seems to have collapsed in Nigeria. We now have incidental and accidental parents and families that do not see taking care of their children as a responsibility and a priority.
“The resultant effect of all these is that the masses are hungry and angry, and are ready to survive whether by hook or by crook hence the rise in crime and social vices. Except we address the problems, Nigeria is sitting on a time bomb”.
Deputy Speaker of the Assembly who is also the Chairman of the Muslim Community, Muhammad Abiodun Fadeyi congratulated the Muslim staff in the Oyo State House of Assembly on the 2022 Ramadan and for upholding and promoting the tenets of Islam even in their place of work.
Release ‘Mama Biafra’ From Detention, She’s Mother To Me – Nnamdi Kanu Tells Buhari Government
The detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has asked the Muhammadu Buhari government to release Mrs Ukamaka Ejezie, popularly known as “Mama Biafra” from the detention of the Department of State Services, Abuja.
According to Kanu, Mama Biafra, a septuagenarian, was arrested during the IPOB leader’s last court appearance in Abuja on May 18.
Kanu, who spoke from the DSS detention, also expressed rage over the spate of bloodletting and insecurity in the South-East.
Kanu’s younger brother, Prince Emmanuel Kanu, relayed the message on Monday evening in an interview with Vanguard after visiting the IPOB leader in detention.
Kanu also told his brother (Prince) that he was saddened by the reports of killings across the South-East.
The IPOB leader added that the detained Mama Biafra had been acting as his mother since his parents died.
He said that the old woman committed no crime for coming to Abuja to solidarise with him at the court when she was arrested.
“I saw her at the DSS detention cell after her clothes were washed and spread on the wall. I demand that she be released because she committed no crime. She is an old woman and since my mother died, I have taken her as my mother. The DSS should release her,” Kanu was quoted as saying.
Kanu urged all to ensure there was peace in South-East, adding that those behind the insecurity in the zone did not mean well for the people.
BREAKING: Ruling Party, APC Again Adjusts Timetable For National Assembly, Governorship Primaries
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has yet again revised the timetable and schedule of activities for its governorship, State House of Assembly, Senate, and House of Representatives primary elections.
The development comes a day after the National Working Committee postponed the screening of the presidential screening exercise.
The revised timetable was announced by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Felix Morka, on Monday night at the APC Secretariat in Abuja.
Morka stated that the recently cleared 145 governorship and State House of Assembly aspirants will test their popularity at the primaries that will be determined by state and local government delegates respectively on Thursday, May 26.
In the statement obtained by SaharaReporters, the APC secretary said, “The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday, 23rd of May, 2022, approved a revised Timetable/Schedule of Activities for the Governorship, State House of Assembly, Senate and House of Representatives Primary Elections as follows:
“Thursday, 26th of May, 2022
Governorship – (State Delegates)
State House of Assembly – (LGA Delegates)
“Friday, 27th of May, 2022
Senate – (LGA Delegates)
Saturday, 28th of May, 2022
House of Representatives – (LGA Delegates)
“Please Note that the Special Convention for the Presidential Primary will be held as scheduled on Sunday, 29th – Monday, 30th of May, 2022.”