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Bishop Kukah blows hot over ‘demonization’ of Fulani herdsmen

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The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Most Revd. Matthew Kukah, has warned against the widespread demonization of the shepherds, especially the population of Fulani.

He warned that such actions could be a preamble to a rupture of violent confrontation against the Fulani. According to Bishop Kukah, hate speech often preceded any genocide experienced in history.

He spoke on Tuesday at a colloquium on fake news and hate speech organized by the Olusegun Obasanjo Center for African Studies, an arm of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) in Abuja.

He said that Nigerians “must be very careful” before the situation degenerates beyond control. He compared the uproar and profile of the Fulani with what happened to the Igbo that led to the Nigerian civil war between 1967 and 1970.

“If today is Fulani, yesterday were the Igbos,” he said. In response to the recent controversy over the use of a pastor’s photograph in Nigeria’s passport booklet, Kukah said that the false news almost left him indifferent, before obtaining a copy of his passport.

The cleric showed his passport to illustrate the content and discredited the hints that he only carried a photo of a pastor.

“When I look at my passport, it has the shield and the map of Nigeria. Then, right in front of the data page where all my information is, I have the Bini. I’m not a Bini man, but I’m extremely proud of this. I did not even know I was here, because I had to go through the passport page by page.

“When I opened the passport, the first thing I saw was Zuma Rock, then I see Tiv dancers. Who gave them permission to put Tiv dancers? Then I got to the next page, before I got to this poor Fulani man who is standing next to his cows.

“Why is it exciting? It’s exciting because this is the time for us to” hate “, literally label all the Fulani as a pastor, we are on a very dangerous precipice,” he said. Kukah said it was time for those in the leadership position to domesticate the situation.

“Those who guide us should get up and tell us where we are going,” he said. The Catholic cleric also urged Nigerians to be guardians of others and avoid ethnic-religious profiles in dealing with others.

To further dominate the spread of hatred, Mr. Kukah asked the media to analyze who to choose whom to give audience to avoid the people who spread hatred and mischief.

In his opening speech, NOUN Deputy Foreign Minister Abdalla Adamu said that the liberalization of media space through technology provided the opportunity to easily disseminate false news and hate speech.

He regretted the increase in hate speech in politics that, he said, will not bode well for society. “What we see are labels about crimes. The moment you start talking about labels, you are generating hate speech, “Adamu said.

In his contribution, the former journalist and politician, Chris Anyanwu, also lamented “too much of this hatred and bile” warning that it could consume the country if it is not properly addressed.

“We have to be careful not to use our own hands to burn our own house and someone will sit in Russia laughing,” he said.

Ms. Anyanwu, a former senator, said that the media has a great role to play in reversing the trend, but lamented the poor quality of journalism currently in the country.

She said that the increase in “brown envelope” in journalism has generated a bad attitude to work, so some reporters rely on press releases issued by news creators.

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Buhari approves new appointment

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President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of Captain Musa Nuhu as the new Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that It will replace Captain Muthar Usman. Until his appointment, Nuhu was the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

He is an airline pilot, security expert, leading quality control auditor, and artificial intelligence expert. Nuhu has a master’s degree. Bachelor of Business in Aviation and was in the Presidential Air Fleet as Captain and security officer.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that He also worked at Nigeria Airways, Aero Contractors and Petrowest, among other organizations.

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Declare state of emergency on education – CLO tells Gov Emmanuel

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The Civil Liberties Organization, a chapter of the state of Akwa Ibom, has asked Governor Udom Emmanuel to declare a state of emergency in the state’s education sector.

The president of CLO in the state, Franklyn Isong, said this in his office in Uyo, the state capital while informing journalists as part of activities to commemorate World Teachers’ Day with the theme “Young teachers: the future of the profession.”

He said the need became necessary to stop the serious decomposition of infrastructure and insecurity in state public schools.

Isong criticized the content of the education presentation recently organized by the state government, describing it as “urbanized” and not with the intention of capturing the deep crisis that was shaking the sector in the state.

He said: “It is worrisome and sad that most public schools in some communities in Akwa Ibom state are in ruins, insecure and left to the destiny of the communities without government attention.

“All that is needed is for the Governor to take bold steps by declaring a state of emergency in the education sector to build more classroom blocks in rural and urban schools, provide good infrastructure such as science equipment, libraries, laboratories, as well as review the education curriculum to ensure a better and safe future for children in the state of Akwa Ibom. ”

He thanked the state government for tameing the right to basic education of the Akwa Ibom child in free and compulsory education and urged the state government to do what is necessary.

“The right to basic education of all Nigerian children, as enshrined in the Child Rights Act of 2003 in Article 15 (1), had been tamed under the Akwa Ibom State Child Rights Act, to ensure that every child in the State of Akwa Ibom the right to compulsory, free and qualitative basic education. ”

Isong added that; “In the Fundamental Principles and Directives of State Policy, as set out in Chapter 2, Section 13 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 (as amended), the government has the responsibility to ensure that the education of Nigerian children be free and qualitative. ”

He also urged the government to address the numerous complaints of delays in the payment of pensions and unpaid tips to relatives of late elementary school teachers with delays in 1991 and to provide an improved social assistance package for teachers in public schools throughout the state.

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We will attack DSTV, MTN, Shoprite, Stanbic IBTC, others if they don’t leave Nigeria – Yoruba youths

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After the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and Nigerian companies in South Africa, the Oodua Youth Coalition, OYC, has granted South African companies and businesses seven ultimata to leave Nigeria.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that the group president, Oluyi Akintade Tayo, the refusal of the interested parties to give in to the notice of resignation will mean death.

While expressing disappointment at the attitude of South Africans against Nigerians living and working in South Africa, particularly what they described as the continued silence of the South African government on development, the group emphasized that during the apartheid era, which was the time Difficult of In the rainbow country, Nigeria was firm with them.

The statement says: “Oodua Youth Coalition (OYC), the most crucial youth group in Nigeria that projects and protects the Yoruba nation in the country, is sad and angry because South Africans, with the support of the country’s authorities, are coordinating the looting and burning of Nigerian businesses and mutilations and murders of our brothers and fathers on earth.

“It is unfortunate that South Africa, which under the apartheid regime had the support and solidarity of the Nigerians and the government while the white supremacists reigned supreme, is now turning to inflict physical and psychological pain and injury to the people whose parents committed great harm.” part of wages and profits and the community to end the apartheid reign.

“The circulating video in which Mr. Bongani Mkongi, the Vice Minister of Police of South Africa, defended the attacks against Nigerians and other Africans confirmed our previous fear and doubts about the guilt of the South African authorities. It is disconcerting that the country whose former leader, the late Nelson Mandela, recognized Nigeria’s efforts to elevate the South African-led government, is expelling other Africans, mostly Nigerians, energetically and with shame.

“We have tolerated the excesses of these South Africans whose businesses have prospered in Nigeria without any physical and psychological attack. For months, the coalition has written several letters to the South African consulate in Nigeria requesting meetings to chart a way forward and find a lasting solution for these unfortunate and barbaric incidents that have still been ignored or have run into a brick wall.

“OYC, after an emergency meeting, has concluded plans to, as a matter of urgency, attack all South African companies and facilities in Nigeria, especially in the southwest region of the country. DSTV, MTN, SHOPRITE, STANBIC IBTC, and other outlets are our goals.

“Therefore, we give these South African companies a maximum of seven days to leave Nigeria or forget them, since our coalition, with other groups and comrades throughout the country, will attack them and burn them to ashes,” reads the notice.

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