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Again Sultan of Sokoto, Alafin of Oyo warn FG to act fast on cries of citizens 

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Again Sultan of Sokoto, Alafin of Oyo warn FG to act fast on cries of citizens

If decisive steps are not taken to listen to the yearnings and aspirations of the citizens as well as act on them appropriately things may get worse for the country the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar 111,  has warned the Federal Government and other levels of government.

Abubakar, spoke on Friday at the 5th coronation anniversary lecture of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, held at the Banquet Hall of Premier Hotel, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Entitled, ‘Preventing our Common Heritage: Celebrating the Labour of our Heroes Past,’ organised by the Oodua Descendants Worldwide, the Sultan noted the array of traditional rulers that graced the occasion and representatives of the Oba of Benin and Emir of Ilorin, as well as political office holders has sent a positive signals to the public space that unity in diversity of Nigeria should be emphasised.
The event was also attended by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi; Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji; Aje Ogungunniso I; Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero; Oniru of Iru; Elegushi of Ikateland; Alara of Ara and representatives of state governors in the Southwest, who paid glowing tributes to Oba Ogunwusi.
He said the fact that people saw monarchs from different parts of the country together “means a lot, especially at this time when there so much cries; cries for division here and there and cries for do this and do that.
“I am not going to talk politics; I am not a politician, but I am the father of politicians. I can talk politics from now till tomorrow, it may not get into some people’s heads, but I know some words will get into some people’s heads, whether they like it or not.”
The Sultan was particular on the alarm he raised on Thursday in Abuja that the northern part of the country is a dangerous place to live, based on insecurity rocking the region at the moment, adding: “If you check the newspapers today (yesterday), almost all of them have this very bold headlines on what I said on Thursday. It means some people are watching; they are listening, they are reading.
“What we want is for them to implement, act. If you listen, you will hear what people have been saying and crying for. When you don’t act, then things will get worse. When things get worse, they will get worst. When they get worst, of course, it is only Almighty Allah who will come and help us.
“So, let’s not allow that; let’s rise up and make things change in this great country. Almighty couldn’t have made a mistake when He put this country together. And if He wants to do whatever He wants to do, He will just do it. He will separate this country, divide it into one million little pieces and you will need visa to go somewhere and you may not get the visa.”
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Adeyemi, who prayed for long life for Oba Ogunwusi, lauded the Sultan for saying the truth to the authorities even at the highest level in Nigeria, especially that the northern part of the country is the worst place to live based on protracted insecurity in the region.
He also urged different ethnic groups to embrace peace, so that the country could move forward.
Both monarchs condemned the killing of another monarch in Ondo State on Thursday.
Oba Ogunwusi, in his address, thanked the traditional rulers and other representatives that honoured him with their presence on the occasion, saying: “We can see the mix of all of us that are here and that is the beauty of our dear country.
“Anytime we are talking about the unity of this country and togetherness, these royal fathers are always there to support government in anything they do.”

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Gov Bello felicitates with new Emir of Kagara

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NIGER State Governor and Chairman North Central Governor’s Forum (NCGF), Abubakar Sani Bello has congratulated the newly appointed 3rd Emir of Kagara, Alhaji Ahmed Garba Gunna.

Appointment of Garba Gunna followed the death of Alhaji Salihu Tanko who died Tuesday, March 2nd 2021 after 39 years on the throne.

Alhaji Ahmed Garba Gunna scored the highest number of votes in the recently concluded election by the electoral college of the Kagara Emirate and subsequently declared winner.

Bello, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Berje, described the appointment as well-deserved stressing that his nomination by the kingmakers stands him out as the one with the royal pedigree to stir the emirate to greatness.

Governor Sani Bello expressed the believe that, as a reputable professional and public servant, the new Emir has the capacity to build on the legacies of his predecessors by upholding the sanctity of the traditional institution.

“Your appointment, after serving the emirate as Dan Majen Kagara, to the exalted seat also represents the confidence and belief of the entire people of the emirate that you will bring your wisdom and expertise in preserving the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the people”.

He reminded the new Emir that he was ascending the throne at a critical period of insecurity in his domain and urged him to use his wealth of experience by collaborating with relevant stakeholders to bring enduring peace to the area.

The Governor called on the people of Kagara Emirate to support the New Emir to bring harmony and peaceful coexistence towards the socioeconomic development of the area in particular and the state in general.

The new Emir was, until his appointment, the Acting Chairman Niger State Board of Internal Revenue and the Dan Majen Kagara

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Olusunle speaks on the glamour of Ogidi Day

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A former presidential advisor Dr Tunde Olusunle, Scholar and Poet has described Ogidi day as Nigeria’s biggest cultural event.
While reminiscing on his past experiences he said he has attended Ogidi Day on a number of occasions, usually on the invitation of his senior professional colleague and brother, Mr. Tunde Ipinmisho.

“I’ve always been thrilled at the ability of the fiesta to draw guests and invitees from across  the broad spectrum of society. This for sure, is an unmissable intersection of colours, cultures and history.

“The overall ambience, the dancing, the spell-binding performances  and displays, continue to intrigue you even after the event.

Continuing, he said  Ogidi Day among others, is one programme which re-enacts the Yoruba-ness of the Okun people of Kogi State’s Western Senatorial Zone that responds to the misgivings of doubters, and confused proponents of the sociocultural ambivalence of the Okun people.

“Ogidi Day challenges other communities in Okunland to take genuine pride in their heritage and culture, and to happily flaunt these in the face of the world.

“Ogidi Day, Nigeria’s biggest culture event in June comes up again on *Saturday, June 19, 2021.*Prepare to relish the grandeur of pure culture”

Ogidi-Ijumu, also affectionately called Ogidi-Ela by its people, is a small Yoruba town about 56 miles North West of Lokoja in Kogi State, Nigeria.
With s population of about 15,000 according to 2011 national census, Ogidi is known for its formations of igneous rock mountains, a traditional art industry, hospitality, valour and a deep tradition of self-reliance.

The language spoken in Ogidi is the Okun dialect of Yoruba. The men are traditionally farmers and hunters, and the women are renowned for arts, craft and trading.

Administratively, Ogidi-Ijumu was under the Northern Region with Kaduna as the capital. With the creation of 12 states, it came under Kwara State with Ilorin as the capital.

Today, Ogidi-Ijumu is under Ijumu Local Government Area (hereinafter referred to as “the LGA”) in Kogi State with Lokoja as the capital.
Ogidi shares boundaries with Kabba in Kabba/Bunnu LGA, and Ayere, Iyara and Ogale in Ijumu LGA.

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Asiwaju Asiru to Chair Ogidi Day 2021

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Kogi State Commissioner for Finance, Asiwaju Idris Asiru will be the Chairman of the Ogidi Day Festival holding in Ogidi, Ijumu Local Government Area, Kogi State on Saturday, June 19, this year.

Asiru, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) conveyed his acceptance of the invitation to the Ogidi Day Secretariat on Wednesday.

The Chairman gives overall strategic direction to the programme, deemed to be Nigeria’s biggest culture event in June.

Past Chairmen of the programme include former Health Minister, Professor Eyitayo Lambo, one time Managing Director of Daily Trust Newspapers, Akogun Isiaq Ajibola, former General Officer Commanding, 3 Armoured Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Julius Osanupin (rtd) and Chief Tunde Thani, a communication specialist and Chief Executive Officer of Explicit Communications Limited.

Before his foray into government, Asiru had worked meritoriously in the banking industry.

He has made great contributions towards the social and economic development of Isanlu, his home town and other communities in the state.

In accepting the invitation to Ogidi Day, the Commissioner said he saw it as an opportunity to join hands with the illustrious people of Ogidi towards the realization of their development aspirations.

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