The Osun State Government on Saturday dismissed claims that there was an ethnic clash between Yoruba and Hausa in Osogbo, the state capital.
According to the state government, the state remains one of the most peaceful states in the country.
Speaking in a statement, the Information and Civic Orientation Commissioner, Mrs Funke Egbemonde, said it became necessary to clear the air about social media claims of ethnic clash in Sabo area of Osogbo, the State capital of Osun where some Yoruba and Hausa youths reportedly clashed in the early hours of the day.
Egbemode said: “There was no such thing as an ethnic clash in Osogbo. The State of Osun remains one of the most peaceful states in the country.
“Yorubas and Hausas have been living peacefully as a family for a very long time in the state, and that has not changed. We remain, one family, in the spirit of national unity,”, Egbemode stated.
Explaining further, Egbemode said that there was an uproar that followed some market touts trying to extort traders in the market, but the situation was immediately calmed by security operatives in the area.
Egbemode continued: “The government is and will continue to prioritize security in the State. So, everyone can go about his normal duties because there is nothing to fear.
“The people of the State of Osun have never been intolerant of other ethnic groups, and so, peddlers of misinformation should desist from misleading the public and creating non-existent tension-inducing scenarios,” she said.
Gowon: AfDB President Adesina Warns Against Misinformation
In recent days, the former Head of State has been in the news over the allegation that he looted half of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) when he was in office.
Tom Tugendhat, a member of the United Kingdom parliament, had referenced an allegation that Gowon looted Nigeria’s treasury while in office.
Reacting in a tweet on Thursday, Adesina said Nigerians should beware of misinformation.
He described Gowon as a “great and admirable elder statesman of Nigeria”, adding that his “honesty and integrity are impeccable.”
“Be careful of misinformation! H.E. General Yakubu Gowon, Nigeria’s former Head of State, is a man of great honour, decency, honesty, amazing simplicity, humility, and integrity. I know him. A great and admirable elder statesman of Nigeria. His honesty and integrity are impeccable.
Be careful of misinformation! H.E. General Yakubu Gowon, Nigeria’s former Head of State, is a man of great honour, decency, honesty, amazing simplicity, humility and integrity. I know him. A great and admirable elder statesman of Nigeria. His honesty and integrity are impeccable. pic.twitter.com/YznYN873qH
— Akinwumi A. Adesina (@akin_adesina) November 26, 2020
Gowon Describes UK MP’s Fraud Allegations As False
Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd) has reacted to allegations by a British lawmaker that he stole half of the Central Bank of Nigeria while in office.
In his reaction on Wednesday, the former Nigerian leader described the submission by the British Parliamentarian, Tom Tugendhat as rubbish.
He pointed out that he served Nigeria meritoriously and never stole anything with the records clearly available for all to see.
It will be recalled Tugendhat on Monday while addressing the British Parliament during a debate on a petition calling on the UK to impose sanctions on some federal government officials for their roles during the recent #EndSARS protest in Nigeria, submitted that some leaders have been looting the West African nation and hiding the ill-gotten wealth in the UK.
However, Gowon in his reaction to the allegation was quoted to have told the BBC in an exclusive interview: “I don’t know where he got that rubbish from, I served Nigeria diligently and my records are there for all to see.”
Senate Committee Screens Yakubu For INEC Chair Today
The Chairman of the committee, Kabiru Gaya, disclosed this to journalists on Wednesday after the panel submitted the report of the 2021 budget estimates of the commission to the Senate Committee on Appropriation.
The Senate received President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter seeking Yakubu’s confirmation on Tuesday.
He had on October 27 announced his decision to reappoint the former INEC boss.
The president’s letter was forwarded to the committee on INEC for screening which Senator Gaya said will be carried out expeditiously.
“Precisely the re-nominated Chairman of the Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu is to face our committee by 2:00 pm for the required drilling, the outcome of which will determine the report to be submitted to the Senate on Tuesday,” he said.
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