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Monday, 29 February 2016

These Fulani Cattle-Rearers Are Looking For War!

Fulani Herdsmen’s Serial Attacks: An Avoidable War Looming

Fulani Herdsmen’s Serial Attacks: An Avoidable War Looming.

They now have access to an array of sophisticated weaponry.
By Ifedayo Obi.

This is our second piece on the meat producing venture that has been turned to an avenue for destruction of human lives and properties. We will not stop echoing into ears of the authorities concerned that a premium ought to be placed on human life and dignity than that of animals.
The number of people being sent to their early graves by these bloodthirsty, heartless and barbaric group call Fulani herdsmen is on the increase daily and our leaders seem hapless to curb this menace.
In fact, in recent times, losses emanating from the cancerous activities of this group has outnumbered that of the Boko Haram terrorist group. Just this week, Channels TV brought the evils perpetrated by this wanton group to limelight, the loss was countless and the perpetrators are bent on continuing with this ignoble act.
The recent attack on the Agatu people of Benue State was a pointer to this. The erroneous excuse by the Fulani Herdsmen that they are producing food just like the farmers and therefore should not be disturbed is baseless.
The primary responsibility of any reasonable government is to provide security for the lives and properties of its citizens. But in this clime, we witness a near total reversal of the case.
After being ranked among the world deadliest groups, we expected our government to take the bull by the horn and do the needed but their response so far can more or less be described as a kid glove approach.
Is Nigeria the only country that produces beef for the entire world? If not, why are other countries not facing same challenge(s)?
Today’s Fulani herdsmen, aside maiming and mutilating fellow humans and destroying farmlands, are now involved in brazen shows of daylight kidnapping(s) and armed robbery. They now have access to an assortment of sophisticated weaponry.
The most disturbing reality is that not one of the perpetrators of such heinous acts has ever been brought to book. The Governors, LGA Chairmen and village heads are most oft helpless and scared of goring the ox of the power-that-be. So let us ask our security agencies who are fond of muscling over harmless protesters why they have not made a single arrest on any attack perpetrated by these herdsmen?
Going by these developments, our leaders ought to see reasons why the old practice of TRANSHUMANCE cannot work any longer. Anyone standing on a section of our constitution that says there should not be restriction to movement of people and animals within the country to justify these deleterious acts by Fulani Cattle rearers needs to be more humane and have a serious rethink.
The crux of the matter is not about flaunting or disregarding the stance of our constitution, what we are more direly concerned about is the aftermath of transhumance which has turned an avenue to steal, destroy and kill senselessly.
Without mincing words, we ask; ‘why are their atrocious acts restricted to some sections of the country (South and North Central)?’ Or do they not practice transhumance in the Northwest and Northeastern parts of Nigeria?
Without being economical with the truth, we unequivocally assert that these recent attacks are a reflection of ethno-religious wars being fought under the guise of grievances resulting from land disputes. The earlier we address and tackle this issue head-on, the better and safer for our coexistence.
The good news which concerned authorities can confidently leverage on is that we now have a President who has over fifty years’ experience in cattle rearing and a Senate President that brought in white Zimbabwean farmers to his State during his tenure as governor to practice ranching. Both presidents should save Nigeria from this avoidable war.
In its entirety, we reject the suggestion of the minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, that grasses should be planted in all States of Federation.
More so, we declare a capital NO to those calling for the revisit of the old land demarcation system. The population explosion cannot make any of these two options work. We need to utilize our comparative advantages, let beef production stay in the core North and Palm Oil production stay in the South.
Enough is enough, RANCHING is the best solution. This is what Argentina uses to generate billions of dollars as revenue while supplying large quantity of beefs around the world.
We hereby appeal to all concerned authorities who should be involved in curbing this transhumance menace to adopt RANCHING system now.
Ifedayo Obi
For Shadow Cabinet of Nigeria
He can be reached directly via email
The Shadow Cabinet of Nigeria is a group of young, creative and peace loving Nigerians who have come together to constructively scrutinize the government of the day, monitor the government policies and proffer alternate policies when necessary.
The group can be reached via email: ShadowCabinetNG@gmail. com

NNPC begin nationwide fuel supply in March with joint Task Force.

In a re-designed pact with stakeholders involving major oil marketers and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC Group has declared a regular delivery of fuel henceforth as cargo of PMS commences daily as from Tuesday the first of March and promised an onward uninterrupted supply. The deliveries which amount to about 180 million litres is part of a new arrangement by the corporation.
In an official press statement made available to Acting President of Nigeria Union of Journalists European Chapter, Prince Lashley Oladigbolu, it was indicated that NNPC has set up a renewed joint task process that is going to ensure and enforce compliance to the rules and regulations governing the supply and distribution of petroleum products.
 Honorable Ministe for  Petroleum Resources , Dr. Ibe Kachikwu on Monday activated an intra-Ministerial Joint Monitoring Task Force made up of officials of DPR, PPPRA, and PPMC. The Minister of Petroleum, coordinated the new pact in a bid to bring to an end  the resurfacing fuel scarcity hitting major some capital cities in Nigeria.
Dr. E I Kachikwu, Minister of State, Petroleum Resources and Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum
 "We appeal for understanding and support from members of the public as we work towards a stable supply of products across the country", the statement reads.
Find the copy of the press release here:
By Lashley Oladigbolu, London.

Christmas Day Bombing: Victor Moses amongst four suspects arrested !

By Suzan Edeh
Bauchi - The alleged Boko Haram surveillant of the Christmas day bomb blast that killed about 44 persons and wounded over 75 others at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church at Madalla, Niger State has been arrested at Alkaleri town of Bauchi by the Nigeria Army.
The surveillant Victor Moses who was arrested hovering around a mosque in Alkaleri town claiming that he want to convert to Islam.
Victor Moses who hailed from Benue state was arrested along other three suspects Abubakar Shetima Bama, Salisu Mohammed Bello and Umar Madaki.
The suspects were paraded before the Chief Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Yusuf Buratai who was in Bauchi on an official engagement in Bauchi. Parading the suspects before newsmen at Shadawanka Barrack in Bauchi on Monday, the Brigade Commandant of 33 Artillery Brigade, Bauchi, Brigadier General Abraham Luka Dusu said the suspects were arrested following information from the public.
He said ” our troops on duty in Alkaleri arrested Victor Moses after receiving report from the people in the area that the suspect, Victor Moses has been loitering around the mosque claiming that he is a Christian and want to convert to Islam but because he is not from the area, they suspected him and reported to our men.
“Victor Moses confessed that he is conducting surveillance for Boko Haram sometimes he stays in the shop Of Abubakar Shetima Bama who is based in Jos while the other two accomplice, Salisu Mohammed Bello and Umar Madaki are based in Gombe.
“With the information given to our men by Victor Moses, the other three suspects were arrested,” he said.
Brig General Dosu said the suspects after investigation will be handed over to Joint Intelligent Centre in Maiduguri for further interrogation.

Behold! The Winners of OSCARS 2016 awards and flashes

It was a much expected long night of glitches and glamour but it was painted in contrast to all white-themed as moments were scarcely spared to reel on jokes on diversity.
Yes,very expectedly, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brie Larson took home the major acting awards at the 88th annual Academy Awards Sunday night. Spotlight snagged Best Picture, while Alejandro Iñárritu picked up his second consecutive Best Director award for his work on The RevenantMad Max: Fury Road received six gold statues, mostly in technical categories.
Best Picture (Spotlight)
Best Picture
Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio)
Best Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio
Best Actress (Brie Larson)
Best Actress
Brie Larson
Best Director (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
Best Director
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Best Original Song (Writing's on the Wall)
Best Original Song
Writing's on the Wall
Best Original Music Score (The Hateful Eight)
Best Original Music Score
The Hateful Eight

Best Original Screenplay
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Spotlight (winner) 
Straight Outta Compton

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Big Short (winner)
The Martian

Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl (winner)
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Costume Design
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road (winner)
The Revenant

Best Production Design
Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road (winner)
The Martian
The Revenant

Best Makeup & Hairstyling
Mad Max: Fury Road (winner)
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

Best Cinematography
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant (winner)

Best Film Editing
The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road (winner)
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Sound Editing
Mad Max: Fury Road (winner)
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Sound Mixing
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road (winner)
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Visual Effects
Ex Machina (winner)
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Animated Short Film
Bear Story (winner)
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

Best Animated Feature
Boy and the World
Inside Out (winner)
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

The Oscars in 90 Seconds
The Oscars in 90 Seconds 01:29

Story highlights

  • 88th Annual Academy Awards had some memorable moments
  • With controversy around the awards and Chris Rock hosting, this was somewhat expected.
The rest of the winners includes:

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies (winner)
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best Documentary Short
Body Team 12
Chau Behind the Lines
Claude Lanzman
A Girl in the River (winner)
Last Day of Freedom

Best Documentary Feature
Amy (winner)
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Best Live Action Short Film
Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay
Stutterer (winner)

Best Foreign Language Film
Embrace of the Serpent
Son of Saul (winner)
A War

Best Original Song
“Earned It,” 50 Shades Of Grey
“Manta Ray,” Racing Extinction
“Simple Song #3,” Youth
“Til It Happens to You,” The Hunting Ground
“Writing’s on the Wall,” Spectre (winner)

Best Original Score
Bridge of Spies
The Hateful Eight (winner)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Director
Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant (winner)
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room (winner)
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Actor
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant (winner)
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Best Picture
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Spotlight (winner)

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