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Afenifere Fires Back At Ahmadu Ali, Calls Him Foul Mouthed And Ill Mannered

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Ahmadu AlliA former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Col. Ahmadu Ali (retd.) has come under fire from the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, who has described him as uncouth, ill-mannered and foul-mouthed.

Ali’s criticism came on the heels of a recent newspaper interview where he (Ali) lampooned the Yoruba for failing to “worship” Obasanjo, whom he described as the “god” of the Yoruba.

Ali had reportedly said, “The Yoruba people are a totally ungrateful kind of people in this country” and went ahead to add “The Yoruba are another character.”

But Afenifere in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, said Ali had no lesson to teach the Yoruba in the art of gratitude.

The group said, “Ali’s uncouth remark only portrays him as ill-mannered and foul-mouthed.

“For Ali and those who think like him, Yoruba don’t venerate mere positions but rather leadership through service to the community.

“This explains why the Yoruba adore Chief Obafemi Awolowo who contested the highest office in the land three times and lost and resent Ali’s hero who occupied the same office three times!”

It said Ali’s type of remark against a whole people was totally unbecoming of the ex-Peoples Democratic Party chairman.

The group said, “We ordinarily would have ignored his vituperation but for two reasons: Given his profile as a former chairman of the ruling party and a failed aspirant to the chairmanship of its Board of Trustees, the unwary may be tempted to assume that the words he spoke came from a wise man who is highly informed.

“Ali has touched on a deep cultural value of the Yoruba people – appreciation. The Yoruba people value an appreciative spirit to the point of criminalising an ungrateful.”

Afenifere added that the Yoruba continued to venerate Awolowo because he used his tenure as Premier of Western Region to banish ignorance through free education and eliminated diseases through free health. Afenifere went on to cite the first television station, the 25-storey Cocoa House in Ibadan, among other imperishables as the legacy of the late sage.

Afenifere said, “In contrast, the years Ali’s hero spent as leader of Nigeria institutionalised corruption, which deepened poverty for all Nigerians including the Yoruba.

“The poverty index in Nigeria was 45 per cent in 1999 and jumped to 67 per cent in 2007.”

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  1. Sanusi A.Yaradua

    March 19, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Ali has made a great mistake by calling the whole of a tribe ungrateful. Ungratefulness in my definition is individually assessed mannerism of man,therefore it cannot take a generalized scope in definition. He should at least have said that they have rejected Obasanjo despite his efforts to appease them.

  2. ibiyomi

    March 19, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Yinka u yorubas are truely ungrateful, do u hear abt economic melt down? it affect the whole world and if such happen, tell me why poverty level will not increase. u and ur colleagues are critics. leave Obasanjo alone, is the best president nig have as of now.

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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