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Lokoja holds maiden boat rigatta festival

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Lokoja, the Kogi State capital was agog at the weekend as it witnessed its maiden Boat Regatta festival that was organised by the Lokoja Forum of Patriots in collaboration with the Lokoja Traditional Council.
The festival was designed to showcase the diverse cultural heritage of the people in the area.
The Walin of Lokoja, Rear Admiral Ibrahim Idris (rtd) called on the Federal and state governments to pay more attention to the development of the tourism sector to create jobs for the youths in the country.
Idris said that the sector had been left undeveloped for too long at the detriment of the country’s economic development.
Idris who spoke as the Chairman of the maiden edition of the Lokoja Boat Regatta Festival pleaded for a change of attitude to the sector from the two tiers of government.
According to him, the country has a lot to gain from the tourism sector because of its job creation and foreign exchange earning potentials.
He said that tourism be accorded the same attention being given to agriculture by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to further widen the internally generated revenue base of the country.
The Chairman commended the Lokoja Forum of Patriots ( LFP) for resuscitating the boat regatta festival which he described as the traditional festival of the indigenous people of Lokoja.

Alhaji Shiru Lawal, the Administrator of Lokoja Local Government in his speech said that he had initiated a move with the state government to develop the tourism sites in the council area.

Lawal who was the Chief host of the event identified confluence of River Niger and River Benue, mount patti, Lord Luggard resting place , iron of liberty , World war cenotaph as some of tourist sites in Lokoja waiting to be developed to standards.
He pledged his total support for the festival , saying that the council will ensure that it holds on yearly basis henceforth.
The Chairman of the Lokoja Forum of Patriots ( LFP), Alhaji Idris Babaango said that the organisation decided to leverage on the traditional festival to further promote unity and understanding among the various ethnic groups in the local government.
He also said that it was aimed at projecting the unique position of Lokoja in Nigeria and use its creative resources to attract local and foreign tourists.
Babaango thanked the people for embracing the festival enthusiastically, promising that efforts will be made to sustain and improve upon on subsequent editions.

The event featured swimming and rowing competitions among seven districts while trophies and prizes were distributed to winners by the Roggan of Eggan, Alhaji Alhassan Idris who was the royal father of the day.

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Obaro of Kabba joins Ooni of Ife for Aje festival – Ipinmisho

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Obaro of Kabba joins Ooni of Ife for Aje festival  – Ipinmisho

The Obaro of Kabba and the Chairman, Okun Traditional Council, His Royal Majesty, Oba Solomon Dele Owoniyi is billed to join the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi to celebrate the 2021 Aje Festival.

This was contained in a statement issued by the spokesman of the Royal father, Tunde Ipinmisho.

The statement indicated that the Kabba monarch’s trip to Ile-Ife, Osun State tomorrow is to honour an invitation to be the guest of the Arole O’odua, the Ooni of Ife.
It stated further that the festival will hold in the ancient city on Monday, February 22, 2021.
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According to the statement, the Obaro will be accompanied on the trip by leading traditional rulers in Okunland.

The royal father was the Chairman of the Obalufon Festival and Annual Lecture which held in Ile-Ife on Friday, December 18, 2020.

“The Aje Festival is expected to give a new breath of life to the commercial and economic activities of not only in Ile-Ife and environs, but the entire Yorubaland and Nigeria at large.”

“Prayers will be offered by top spiritual leaders, royal fathers and religious leaders to seek the intervention of the Almighty God in the economic difficulties facing the nation.”

Those attending the festival will all be dressed in white attire, symbolizing purity, peace, unity and progress, the statement added.

Market women and men are also expected to display their wares, food stuffs and other articles of trade for the array of visitors who would be in the Cradle of the Yoruba Race to savour the gifts bestowed upon the flourishing land of Ile Ife.

Oba Ogunwusi will be the grand host while the famous Yoruba entrepreneur, Princess Toyin Kolade will be the host.

The Obaro and his delegation are expected back in Kabba on Tuesday.

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Silver jubilee celebration: ICDA felicitates with Eje of Dekina

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Silver jubilee celebration: ICDA felicitates with Eje of Dekina

By Labaran Tijani, Lokoja.

The Igala Cultural Development Association (ICDA) has congratulated His Royal Highness (HRH), Eje of Dekina, Dr Usman Obaje as he marks 25-year on the throne.

In a congratulatory message signed by the incorporated trustees chairman of the Board of ICDA, Dr Omakoji Oyiguh, which was made available to newsmen in Lokoja on Saturday, the board chairman said the reign of HRH (Dr) Usman Obaje has been very peaceful.

The message reads in part, “lest we forget, Kogi State University, Anyigba, now, Prince Abubakar Audu University in Dekina local government was established during his reign. And some social amenities like pipebone/borehole water, electricity and feeder roads in that part of the State had their greater impact on the land during his period”.

“As you clock 25 years on the throne, may you receive more wisdom, strength and wherewithal to continue to tend your domain, nay the Igala nation to the desired height.

The ICDA board Chairman therefore enjoined people of Igala extraction to supported and cooperate with HRH, Dr Usman Obaje and other custodians of the tradition of the land in their efforts to bring the Igala nation out of the woods, wishing him peaceful reign, long life and prosperity.

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ICDA BoT Chairman petitions IGP over threat to life

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By Friday Idachaba
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Igala Cultural Development Association (ICDA), Dr Simeon Oyiguh has petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP) over alleged threat to his life and other members of the association’s Interim Management Committee.

In a letter of Safe Our Soul (SOS) to the IGP made available to newsmen on Saturday in Lokoja, Oyiguh said the petition had become imperative to forestall danger and possible attack on him and members of the board and the committee.

It is also to check any form of embarrassment and wilful hindrances to smooth operation of the Association.

In the letter dated January 15, 2021 the BoT Chairman alleged that the ousted national President of the ICDA, one Sadiq Amodu Abubakar, in a recent on-line video that went viral.

Oyiguh who is also Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Kogi State chapter said that the video authored and anchored by Abubakar threatened in Igala language to destroy him and two other members of the Caretaker committee.

In the petition titled “Impersonation and threat to life”, Oyiguh said that he was moved to Lodge the “report against Sadiq Abubakar before the IGP and Director General of the Department of State Security (DSS) in view of the manner the threats were conveyed.

“He has courageously, fearlessly and brazenly recorded a video in Igala language where he openly threatened me (Oyiguh) and two others and made the video go viral”, Oyiguh said.

The BoT Chairman added that he would have ordinarily disregarded the threat in the video but given his position and the nature of the threat taking due cognizance of those encouraging him (Abubakar), he had to alert the heads of law enforcement agencies.

Oyiguh chronicled in the petition on hindsight, the “birth” of ICDA and how he met Abubakar as well as registration of the association at corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Abuja with the Board of Trustees members.

He added that all the members (Abubakar inclusive), consented to the terms of aggrement on formation, membership, function or operation and dissolution, including discipline of any erring leader or member.

“These and other regulations were stipulated in the association’s constitution before it was duly registered with the assistance of a legal practitioner.

“We began to fall apart when he started to involve the organization in political activities against the vision and mission, objectives, goals and aspirations of the organization”, he explained.

Oyiguh further explained that following repeated disagreements with the majority of the BoT members, the Executive Committee of the association led by Abubakar was dissolved.

He said that the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) was communicated by the Board and the then paramount ruler of Igala kingdom, the Attah Igala, late Dr Micheal Idakwo Ameh II.

He accordingly, condemned the activities of the ousted President which including frivolous giving of chieftaincy titles and awards to individuals without recourse to the palace.

The petition hinted further that Abubakar caused to be forged, the official document of Igala Area Traditional Council purportedly signed by Yunusa O. Idachaba, the Secretary of the Council.

It added that he disrespectfully went ahead to host an Annual General Meeting and Award Ceremony on the 1st of August, 2020 after the dissolution of his executive committee members.

An action which drew the ire of Attah Igala who addressed the forgers of the document as “Imbeciles” with pronouncement of curses”.

According to the petition before the IG and DSS, among others, the BoT Chairman urged the Inspector of General of Police to invite Sadiq Amodu Abubakar to explain his desperation that has led him to

The petitioner had urged the heads of security agencies to question Abubakar on his continued impersonation as President of ICDA and the use same platform to threaten lives.

Oyiguh also urged that Abubakar should be made to sign an undertaking that should anything happen to any of those mentioned in the video, he should be held responsible. (NAN)

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