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Tiv Day: Build bridges of unity, peaceful coexistence, Sule tells Tiv nation

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From Abel Leonard, Lafia

Gov Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state, has enjoined the Tiv Nation to use their rich and endowed culture heritage to build bridges of unity and peaceful coexistence among other ethnic nationalities in the state.

Gov Sule stated this at the occasion of Tiv Day celebration and N500 million appeal fund for the building of Tiv Development Association (TIDA) Secretariat on Sunday in Obi local government areas of the state.

Sule, while congratulating nation for successfully organising its Day, said his administration was determine to continue to promote peace among different ethnic nationality in the state.

Sule, who was represented by Yakubu Lawal, the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, charged Tiv Nation in Nasarawa to live in harmony with other ethnic nationalities and tolerate one another to enjoy more dividends of democracy.

The Governor said his administration would continue to promote peace and key into positive polices and programmes that would have direct bearing on the lives of the people of the state.

Also speaking, Justice Sidi Bage (Retd), Emir of Lafia and the chairman Council of Chiefs, Nasarawa state, made a commitment in ensuring that Tiv nation in the state get a recognised chiefdom in order to have a representative in the traditional council in the interest of peace.

On his part, Sen. Jacob Gyado, the Chairman, Tilley Gyado Group of Companies, the Guest Speaker at the occasion, urged Tiv people to continue to be law abiding, live in peace and unity with their neighbours for development to thrive

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Gyado had commended Gov. Sule purposeful leadership and his love for Tiv people, while urging Tiv people in the state to vote for him, come 2023.

“From today let nobody come and distract you, you are indigenes of Nasarawa state, first from Plateau now Nasarawa, this kind of adjustment affected many people, you must be law abiding and support the Government,” he said.

Earlier speaking, Peter Ahemba, President Tiv Development Association (TIDA), said Nasarawa Tiv Day was an annual event where Tiv sons and daughters in the state and beyond come together to discuss the unity, peace and development of the Tiv nation.

He commended gov. Sule’s proactive security measures in dealing decisively with the security threats in the state, which he said brought about peace not only in Nasarawa south but all over the state.

Ahemba, however, appealed to the governor to expedite action for the quick return of the remaining internally displaced persons to enable them continue with their economic activities as the rainy season began.

“To whom much is given, much is expected, the administration of Abdullahi Sule has given so much toTiv people. To this end, be rest assured of our continued support to the peoples’ oriented policies and programmes of your administration,” he said.

Daily Sun reports that gov Abdullahi Sule was given traditional title “Zege mule -u- Tiv, meaning great shelter of Tiv in the state, others awardees are Simon Lalong of Plateau, Jacob Gyado, Sen. George Akume, Joseph kigbu, Emmanuel Jime, Mbawuese Tsuwa among others.

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Insecurity: Advocacy group condemns renewed attack in Kaduna

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From Okwe Obi, Abuja

An advocacy group, Southern Kaduna Peace Practitioners Network (SOKIPEP) has deplored a renewed attack in Gora Gan Community of Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, by bandits.

The group noted that the inhumane act was carried out disrupt the level of peace achieved by internal military outfit, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in the area.

SOKIPEP National President, Dauda Fadia, in a statement, yesterday sympathized with families of the deceased, the people of Southern Kaduna, and Kaduna State Government over the development.

Fadia charged security agencies to remain resolute and go all out in fishing out the culprits and their sponsors with a view to facing the law.

Aside calling on the people to remain calm with the assurance that security agencies were capable of unraveling the culprits, he appealed for immediate deployment of relief materials to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

“As a peace advocacy group working with both security agencies and stakeholders in Southern Kaduna to bring lasting peace to our area, we note with concern the latest attack on Gora Gan Community of Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

“We condemn in the strongest terms yet another attack by some mindless and senseless criminals in Gora Gan village which claimed the lives of six persons.

“This attack by some suspected cattle rustlers whose mission was to steal some bulls being used by the locals for farming is unfortunate and must be condemned by all.

We condole with the government and people of Southern Kaduna over the lost of six in the attack, our heart is with them,” he said.

The cleric, however, commended the leadership of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), for the prompt and effective intervention of the situation from escalating.

“We wish to acknowledge the prompt response of OPSH in quelling the Gora Gan village attack.

“Worthy of commendation is the timely and quick response of the men of Operation Safe Haven who gave the attackers hot chase  and as a result killed  four of the attackers who invaded the community.

“We are full of thanks to God Almighty and officers and men of Operation Safe Haven for their responsive actions not only in the Gora Gan village attack but also the various others in the entire Southern Kaduna in the past in general.

“But for the prompt response of the gallant security men, our community would have been completely brought down considering the intimidating number of the attackers and sophistication.

“This gallantry of the security men has given us more grounds to continue to support the special military outfit and other security agencies working in Southern Kaduna to restore peace.

In addition, he called for support from both authorities and the stakeholders for the military outfit.

“All that is needed for them (OPSH) to succeed and return Southern kaduna to part of peace and progress is for all stakeholders to come together and speak truth to ourselves by calling a spade a spade, criminals for criminals rather than unjustly acting the script of some desperate people working against the efforts of OPSH and its Commander to restore peace in our area,just all for their selfish gain,” he added.

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Nigeria’s next president deserves our pity

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By Fredrick Nwabufo

Expectations are high. Rightly so. 2023 has been roundly described as a make-or-mar year for Nigeria. Citizens seek change. Things have to change. The current socio-economic tailspin must be arrested. But we have to be pragmatic with our expectations. Good things do not come easy. No single individual can magic Nigeria into an El dorado in four years. Nigeria’s problems, which are functionally in situ, are age-long. But one ‘’Alexander the Great’’ can actuate the process to cutting the systemic Gordian knots.

According to legend, Gordius, king of Gordium, tied an intricate knot and prophesied that whoever untied it would become the ruler of Asia. It was cut through with a sword by Alexander the Great in 333 B.C. Alexander went on to conquer most of Asia. So, the term ‘’Gordian knot’’, which means difficulty, snag, setback, problem or obstacle, came from the artful tapestry of the king of Gordium.

What are Nigeria’s Gordian knots? Pervasive insecurity, omnipotent corruption, nepotism, prostrate economy, acutely divided citizenry, decrepit health infrastructure, wobbly education, ubiquitous poverty, unchecked killings, indiscipline, persistent workers’ strikes, capricious and avaricious petrol subsidy regime, and general societal malaise.

Nigeria’s next president will be coming at a time the country is agonisingly sundered along ethnic and religious contours; at a time of unseething anger and great uncertainty; when the economy is in shreds; corruption at the apogee; at such a perilous a time when Nigerians cannot commute from one part of the country to another for fear of being killed and kidnapped; at such a vulnerable time when a dollar is N600 at the parallel market, and when over 13 million children are out of school. Nigeria’s next president will be coming at a time of anomie.

In the column, ‘Why are ethnicity, zoning dominant issues of 2023 elections’, I said while we fixate on primordial concerns, we lose sight of the most important matters. We dispense too much energy on trivialities, and leaving little to interrogate those who have come forward to represent us. Even if ethnicity, region and religion are to be criteria for selecting Nigeria’s next president for the sake of ‘’justice, equity and fairness’’ as propounded by those calling for an orbiting in the geography of power, this should not take precedence over the principal issues of leadership.

The task ahead is humongous and Nigeria desperately needs the right people in government to get the right fixes.

A critical concern today is insecurity. How would the next president tackle the hydra of insurgency, banditry, terrorism and kidnapping? What measures will the next president take to address the galloping debts, oil revenue shrinkage and freewheeling inflation? How will the next president provide elixir for our health sector and get our wobbly education kicking again?

A critical concern today is insecurity. How would the next president tackle the hydra of insurgency, banditry, terrorism and kidnapping? What measures will the next president take to address the galloping debts, oil revenue shrinkage and freewheeling inflation?

What are the plans to take the edge off youth unemployment? What will be the policy on petrol subsidy, considering that N4 trillion will be spent on this Venus flytrap in 2022? What is the plan to oxygenate Nigeria’s power sector and make it less of an embarrassment? How will ASUU demands be addressed for good? How will sectional agitations and omnipresent corruption be tackled?

These are some of the issues that the next president will have to contend with. The task ahead is immense. If we are serious about getting out of the doldrums, then we must make this election about real issues – with gravitas.

Who will begin the process of cutting Nigeria’s many Gordian knots? As a matter of fact, people with the capacity for governance are not in short supply here. But if we are seeking some flawless individuals or celestial beings to turn Nigeria around, we will only be chasing a will-o-the-wisp. Again, we have to be realistic and measure our expectations.

No single government can fix all of Nigeria’s problems. What we need is successive corrective leadership. One government addresses some critical challenges, and the next comes to build on the successes of the other. Governance should be a progressive continuum.

If 2023 is really a make-or-mar year for Nigeria, then we must begin to make every bit of the process to electing a new leadership count. We must prioritise the real issues and interrogate those who have come forward for elective office. It is facile to assume that because delegates, who are often bribed, will nominate the candidates for elections, the choice of the uninitiated population is already compromised. It is not a fait accompli. Delegates do not exist in isolation. They are everyday Nigerians encumbered by the same quotidian problems.

I believe the zeitgeist; the mood of the time, (among other factors), will govern the nomination of presidential candidates by the parties.

And if I am reading the mood of the country correctly, Nigerians are tired.

My sympathies in advance to anyone who takes up the job of leading Nigeria under this reign of babel.

By Fredrick Nwabufo; Nwabufo aka Mr OneNigeria is a writer and journalist.

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